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Titans/Teen Titans Reading Order

Not long after the Justice League made its debut in 1960, the sidekicks came together to form their own team: The Teen Titans.

The first partnership between Robin (Batman’s sidekick), Aqualad (Aquaman’s sidekick), and Kid Flash (Flash’s sidekick) happened in the pages of The Brave and the Bold #54 (1964), written by Bob Haney and penciled by Bruno Premiani.

This team-up must have been a success as they came together again five issues later — this time with Wonder Girl and a name for the group: The Teen Titans. After another adventure in Showcase #59, the Teen Titans finally had their own title.

Soon enough, the team was expanded ranks with characters like Speedy (Roy Harper), Aquagirl (Tula), Bumblebee (Karen Beecher), Hawk (Hank Hall), Dove (Don Hall), Harlequin (Duela Dent), and three non-costumed heroes: boxer Mal Duncan, psychic Lilith, and caveman Gnarrk.

But success will really knock at their door in the 1980s with the revival titled the New Teen Titans and today’s classic Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’s run. The group was more adult and independent, while still maintaining their status as teenagers.

New characters were introduced: Cyborg (Victor Stone), Starfire (Koriand’r), and Raven (Rachel Roth), as well as the former Doom Patrol member Beast Boy (Garfield Logan). The team also created one of the most iconic critical and commercial storylines with The Judas Contract.

In short, the New Teen Titans established the standard for all the Teen Titans/Titans that were to come. Throughout the decades, Teen Titans were canceled and relaunched many times, had seen its roster change with new and old members coming and going, and fought many enemies.

There have been many versions of the Teen Titans, and you can explore all of them with our reading order!

Teen Titans Reading Order

Silver & Bronze Age Teen Titans (1966-1978)

Meet the original Teen Titans with team leader Robin, founding members Kid Flash, Aqualad and Wonder Girl, and others. This youthful Junior Justice League came together to aid other youngsters and stomp out evil wherever they found it.

See also: Teen Titans: Year One, a 2008 6-issue limited series retelling the origins of the Teen Titans.

The New Teen Titans (1980-1996) 

In 1980, writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez introduced a timeless team including Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Changeling, Raven and Starfire—young heroes with great powers and strong personalities who learned their way in the world through the strength of their friendship and the adventures they shared. This was the New Teen Titans!

Omnibus and other hardcover editions

  • The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1 (2022 Edition)
    Collects DC Comics Presents (1978) #26, New Teen Titans (1980) #1-20, Tales of the Teen Titans (1982) #1-4, and material from The Best of DC (1979) #18. (It does not include material from Annual 1). Also collected in:

    • DC Archives: The New Teen Titans Vol. 1 (DC Comics Presents #26, The New Teen Titans #1–8)
    • DC Archives: The New Teen Titans Vol. 2 (The New Teen Titans #9–16, The Best of DC Blue Ribbon Digest #18)
    • DC Archives: The New Teen Titans Vol. 3 (The New Teen Titans #17–20, Tales of the New Teen Titans #1–4)
  • The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 (2018 Edition)
    Collects The New Teen Titans (1980) #21-40 & Annuals 1-2, Tales of the Teen Titans (1984) #41, and Batman and the Outsiders (1983) #5. Also collected in:

    • DC Archives: The New Teen Titans Vol. 4 (The New Teen Titans #21–27, Annual #1)
    • Starting with issue #41, The New Teen Titans has been renamed Tales of the Teen Titans.
  • The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 3 (2018 Edition)
    collects Tales of the Teen Titans #42-58, The New Teen Titans (1984) #1-9. Dick Grayson transitions to Nightwing in issue #45.
  • The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 4
    Collects The New Teen Titans (vol. 2) #10–31, Annual #1–2, Omega Men #3
  • The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 5
    Collects The New Teen Titans (vol. 2) #32–49, Annual #3–4, Infinity, Inc. #45, Secret Origins #13, Annual #3, Tales of the New Teen Titans #91.

Trade paperbacks

With issue #50 and the temporary return of Pérez on the title, the series took the name The New Titans without the “Teen” prefix, as the characters were no longer teenagers. This part is also mostly uncollected, but available in digital:

Introduced in New Titans #79, the Team Titans was first presented as a shadowy group stalking the Titans before having their backstory revealed in New Titans Annual #7. They finally had their own series, published between 1992 and 1994 — from the classic storyline Total Chaos through Zero Hour. Ma Marv Wolfman wrote the first 12 issues, but choose to leave to focus on his two other titles, New Titans and Deathstroke. Jeff Jensen and Phil Jimenez took over writing duties until its cancellation.

Zero Hour DC Event Comic Reading OrderZero Hour! All of reality comes under attack when a mysterious force of entropy begins slowly erasing time itself! As history itself unravels around them, the heroes of the world—including the Titans—scramble to fix the broken timestream. But even if they stop the true source of the chaos, the world they save will never be the same! This Crisis is not one of the more famous, but it also changed the DC Universe as it did end in a reboot for some part of the continuity and it had an impact on the Titans/Team Titans.

A New Team of Teen Titans (and the Young Justice) (1996-1998)

A new team of teens unites as the Teen Titans! But can this group live up to the legacy left behind by their predecessors? Atom leads this new team consisting =of Prysm, Joto, Risk and Argent. Dan Jurgens pens and draws this new title while Tempest became the star of his own title for a 4-issue limited series by Phil Jimenez.

  • Teen Titans (1996) #1-24 & Annual #1
    Available on Kindle & Comixology

    • Teen Titans #13 is part of Genesis
    • Teen Titans #19 is part of Behold! The Millennium Giants!
  • Tempest (1996) #1-4
    Available on Kindle & Comixology

After the cancellation of the Teen Titans in 1998, the team returned and rebranded as The Titans — as everyone is all grown up now — first in a three-issue miniseries, then in the ongoing title Titans written by Devin K. Grayson. The team consisted of Nightwing, Troia, Arsenal, Tempest, the Flash, Starfire, Cyborg, Changeling, Damage, and Argent. Jesse Quick joined them.

Young Justice Logo (Reading Order)

The Teen Titans have become the Titans. They were no current superheroes’ teen team anymore… until Young Justice!  For more details, we invite you to check out our dedicated reading order about the Young Justice.

  • Young Justice Book One
    Collects Young Justice #1–7, #1,000,000, JLA: World Without Grown-ups #1–2, Secret Origins 80-Page Giant #1, Young Justice: The Secret #1, Young Justice: Secret Files #1.
  • Young Justice Book Two
    Collects Young Justice #8–17, Young Justice 80-Page Giant #1, Young Justice in No Man’s Land #1, Supergirl #36–37; bonus material from Young Justice Secret Files #1.
  • Young Justice Book Three
    Collects Young Justice #18-19, Young Justice: Sins of Youth #1-2, Young Justice: Sins of Youth Secret Files #1, Superboy Vol. 4 #74, Sins of Youth: JLA Jr. #1, Sins of Youth: Aquaboy/Lagoon Man #1, Sins of Youth: Batboy and Robin #1, Sins of Youth: Kid Flash/Impulse #1, Sins of Youth: Starwoman and the JSA Jr. #1, Sins of Youth: Superman Jr./Superboy Sr. #1, Sins of Youth: Wonder Girls #1, Sins of Youth: The Secret/Deadboy #1.
  • Young Justice Book Four
    Collects Young Justice #20-32
  • Young Justice Book Five
    Collects Young Justice #33-43, Young Justice: Our Worlds At War #1; material from Impulse #77, Superboy Vol. 4 #91
  • Young Justice Book Six
    Collects Young Justice #44-55, Impulse #85, Robin #101, and Superboy #99

 The Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day limited series brings about the end of the Titans and Young Justice.

Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Judd Winick (with the Outsiders) (2003–2011)

Spinning out of the Graduation Day storyline, Impulse, Robin, Superboy, and Wonder Girl receive invitations to join the new Teen Titans. This new volume was first written by Geoff Johns through issue #46. He was succeeded by Sean McKeever (#51-71), Bryan Q. Miller (#72-74), Felicia D. Henderson (#75-76, #79-87), and J.T. Krul (#77-78, #88-100).

At the same time, some other Titans were starring in a darker superhero team Outsiders (written by Judd Winick) and both team will have to work together in occasional crossovers.

  • Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Omnibus (2022 edition)
    Collects Teen Titans vol. 3 #1/2-26, 29–46 and 50, Legends of the DC Universe #2 Titans Secret Files and Origins #2, Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files 2003, Beast Boy (1999) #1–4, Teen Titans/Legion of Super Heroes Special #1, Outsiders (vol. 3) #24–25, Robin (vol. 4) #147–147, Infinite Crisis #5–6 and Teen Titans Annual #1. 

Infinite Crisis Logo Reading Order

Infinite Crisis! Geoff Johns wrote the event, though it is no surprise that the Teen Titans were front and center during the build-up and events of the Infinite Crisis crossover. And once again, the event will lead to a tragedy… For more information about the whole story, check out our Infinite Crisis reading order.

One Year Later! Following the events of the Infinite Crisis storyline, “One Year Later” makes us jump exactly one year into the future of DC to explore all the changes that have affected our heroes.

Judd Winick follows up his stint on The Outsiders with a new Titans series starring Nightwing, Starfire, Donna Troy, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven. An all-powerful enemy from the team’s past has returned with a vengeance, aiming to destroy anyone who’s ever been a Titan. With their superhero successors caught in the line of fire, the original Titans must reunite to stop the onslaught, before the Titans fall forever…

Villains for Hire! Following the Black Lanterns’ encounter, Slade begins forming a new team of Titans consisting of Jericho, Cheshire, Tattooed Man and the new villain Cinder.

New 52 Teen Titans  (2011-2016)

After the events of Flashpoint, the DC Universe was rebooted and a new Teen Titans team emerged with writer Scott Lobdell and artist Brett Booth on creative duties.

Scott Lobdell’s run on Teen Titans received mostly negative reviews, so at some point, the team reorganize for new adventures written by Will Pfeifer

Rebirth Teen Titans (2016–2021)

After the events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, the original older Teen Titans are reunited while the younger Titans find themselves under Damian Wayne‘s leadership. For more details, see our dedicated Teen Titans Rebirth Reading Order.

Justice League: No Justice is a limited series dealing with the consequences of the Dark Nights: Metal event. It serves to help transition toward a new period and caused the reorganization of many teams within the DC Universe, including the Teen Titans.

Infinite Frontier (2021-2023)

Before the start of this new era, DC explored a possible future with ‘Future State’  which introduced the mysterious Red X, a character originally created for the Teen Titans TV series. This story serves as a sort of teaser for the next title, Teen Titans Academy.

The original New Teen Titans have reteamed and formed the Titans Academy to teach the next generation of superpowered teens…if the students can survive the training. 

Concurrently, DC delivered an adjacent story inspired by the TV Show lineup but using comic continuity with Titans United and its sequel, Bloodpact.

After the events of Dark Crisis and Lazarus Planet, the Infinite Frontier era came to an end to guide us into a more hopeful period for the DC Universe…

Dawn of DC (2023-)

Following the events of the Dark Crisis, the Justice League went on an extended hiatus, with the Titans, led by Nightwing, emerging as the DC universe’s preeminent superhero team. For the occasion, the group relocated to Blüdhaven, where lives Dick Grayson.

The world is living a nightmare! This is the Knight Terrors event that took over the DC Universe for two months with heroes and villains stuck in the Nightmare Realm! For most of the Titans, it means coming face-to-face with a fever dream turned reality: the Terror Titans!

Coming soon for the Titans… the event Titans: Beast World!

Last Updated on February 18, 2024.


5 thoughts on “Titans/Teen Titans Reading Order”

    1. Hey Cos,

      I didn’t know about Burning Rage, I totally missed it! So I placed the trade paperback after the end of Titans Vol. 3. It seems to be considered loosely canon and not the most straightforward story to place in continuity. But I thought after the end of volume 3 seemed appropriate. Tell me if you think it should be at another place, or if I’m missing another trade

      1. there is also future state: teen titans that happens before teen titans academy, it is collected in future state: teen titans – ruins or future state: suicide squad

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