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The DC Comics Events and Crossovers List

 

DC Comics Universe Events Crossovers

Like Marvel Comics did (see the full events & crossovers list here), DC Comics started to organize big events and crossovers during the ’1980s. The first one was Crisis on Infinite Earths, an event that changed DC Comics continuity forever, a huge creative accomplishment from Marv Wolfman and George Perez. After that, more crossovers followed, some big and ambitious, others more modest in scope, connecting heroes and series.

Like I said about Marvel events, even after the near extinction of the industry following the speculative boom of the ’90s, big events and crossovers kept multiplying. Some are forgettable, others are unmissable parts of the overall mythology surrounding the superhero’s adventures, from Batman to the Green Lanterns, from Superman to Harley Quinn.

This article is a list of the crossover events, big and small, involving superheroes and characters from different DC Comics series. It will be updated with links to the dedicated reading orders, as they are published, and, of course, with new entries, as DC Comics continues to announce more and more of them.

The ’80s

Crisis On Infinite Earths DC Comics Events and Crossovers

  • Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985-1986)
    A mysterious being known as the Anti-Monitor has begun a crusade across time to bring about the end of all existence. As alternate earths are systematically destroyed, the Monitor quickly assembles a team of super-heroes from across time and space to battle his counterpart and stop the destruction. DC’s greatest heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman, assemble to stop the menace, but as they watch both the Flash and Supergirl die in battle, they begin to wonder if even all of the heroes in the world can stop this destructive force. Here is the full reading order.
  • Legends (1986)
    Out of the ashes of the greatest interdimensional holocaust comes a new generation of superheroes: Wonder Woman, the Suicide Squad, the Flash, and the all-new Justice League! But first they must take on a fight to the finish with the deadly minions of Darkseid the Destroyer in order to earn the right to join Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, and Green Lantern as the mightiest heroes of modern times. This is the story of…Legends!
  • Millennium (1988)
    After the Guardians and Zamarons exile themselves from this dimension, one of each remains and seeks out 12 Chosen to become the New Guardians. The robotic Manhunters aim to prevent this and several supporting characters are revealed to be Manhunters. Here is the full reading order.
  • Invasion! (1989)
    Resilient. Overpowering. Unstoppable. By their very nature, our planet’s superheroes have become a threat to the rest of the universe. Now, an alliance has formed between the fiercest, most calculating alien races to pursue a single goal: the elimination of Earth’s guardians. As war erupts all over the world, Superman leads the charge against these would-be alien conquerors. Here is the full reading order.
  • Suicide Squad: The Janus Directive (1989)
    Amanda “the Wall” Waller has fought tooth and nail to keep her Suicide Squad of metahuman black ops agents in operation. Together with Checkmate, a covert government spy agency, these two teams make up Waller’s Task Force X, taking on the missions that the United States government deems too dangerous for anyone else. But the members of Task Force X aren’t the only ones doing the government’s dirty work…

DC Comics Events and Crossovers

The ’90s

  • Armageddon 2001 (1991)
    Monarch threatens to destroy the future and Earth’s superheroes must stop him. Limited series with crossovers in the 1991 DC Annuals.
  • War of the Gods (1991)
    Wonder Woman Icon On Wonder Woman’s island home of Themyscira, angry voices are rising. Following a massacre in man’s world, Queen Hippolyta is presumed dead, and the Amazons’ thirst for revenge is strong. But even as her people teeter on the brink of war, Princess Diana is forcibly summoned to Olympus, where Zeus and the Greek gods are being attacked by their Roman counterparts—in defiance of all heavenly order. The realms of the gods are being turned upside down and inside out, and if left unchecked the chaos will quickly engulf the earth.
  • Justice League: Breakdowns (1991-1992)
    Justice LeagueJustice League America and Justice League Europe are at their lowest ebb. Maxwell Lord has been shot, and both teams have been ordered to disband by the United Nations. And while the teams are in disarray, one of their oldest foes, Despero, returns with revenge in mind–and it’s up to Lobo to team up with Booster Gold to beat him.
  • Eclipso: The Darkness Within (1992)
    After an unsuspecting Daxamite hero named Valor frees Eclipso from his palace on Earth’s moon. Eclipso began his quest to possess the superheroes of the DC universe using the evil power of an ancient black diamond.

  • Superman: Panic in the Sky (1992)
    SupermanBrainiac returns to invade the earth with his ultimate weapon, Warworld, a planet-sized satellite built for destruction. With the help of super-powered friends like Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and many more, Superman must lead the attack on Brainiac and protect Earth!
  • The Death of Superman (1992)
    SupermanDoomsday. A creature with single-minded purpose of death and destruction. He has landed on Earth, laying waste to anything–and anyone–who dares stand in his way. The Justice League makes a valiant, but ultimately desperate, attempt to stop the unknown juggernaut. When the beast nears Metropolis, Superman answers the call to stop him. Here is the full reading order.
  • Trinity (1993)
    Green Lantern Corps, L.E.G.I.O.N. and Darkstars converge on the planet Maltus, the birthplace of the Guardians of the Universe, the Controllers, and the Zamarons. They go up against a trio of cosmic-powered ancient Malthusian Gods called The Triarch (Quarra the Creator, Archor the Sustainer and Tzodar the Destroyer).
  • Batman: Knightfall (1993)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderThe inmates of Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum are loose, and Batman is in hot pursuit of The Joker, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Scarecrow and more. Pushed to the limit, the Dark Knight comes face to face with Bane, a hyper-pumped-up monstrosity, who delivers a crippling blow that changes Batman’s destiny forever. Here is the full reading order.
  • Bloodlines (1993)
    Hungry alien parasites come to Earth with the intention of feeding themselves on the juices they required from human spinal fluids. Although the giant and formidable monsters slaughtered many, their feeding also activated the metagene in a number of individuals, leading to a massive wave of new super-powered characters.
  • Superman: Fall of Metropolis (1994)
    SupermanWith the Man of Steel out of commission due to injuries, LexCorp and Project Cadmus’ conflict spills over into the city streets. If Superman does not recover in time, this may spell doom for Metropolis.

Zero Hour Reading Order Crisis in Time 25th Anniversary Omnibus

  • Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)
    When time itself comes under attack, it will take the combined efforts of history’s greatest heroes to save the entire DC Universe. A catastrophic temporal distortion is creating chaos across the past, present, and future, leaving puzzling alterations and anachronisms in its wake. As villains across time rise to take advantage of the disruption, it’s up to a team of time-tossed heroes to uncover the true mastermind behind the crisis before the universe itself is destroyed. Here is the full reading order.
  • The Way of the Warrior (1995)
    Green Lantern LogoThe Tormock alien race invades Earth and Guy Gardner, Hawkman, Justice League America, Lobo and former Green Lantern Probert battle to save the world.
  • The Death of Clark Kent (1995)
    SupermanWhen Kenny Braverman, a childhood friend and bitter rival of Clark Kent, learns the true identity of Superman, the former Smallville resident devises a plan of revenge and retribution. As Conduit, a kryptonite-radiating super-villain, Kenny sends an assortment of heavily-armed assassins and killer robots after the people who matter most in Clark’s life. Now as Superman fights devastating battle after devastating battle, the Man of Steel comes to a heartbreaking realization: in order for his friends and family to live, his secret identity must die.
  • The Trial of Superman (1995)
    SupermanThe Man of Steel is on trial by a mysterious galactic court known as “The Tribunal,” and features the return of the Cyborg, a confrontation with Luthor, and the entire Superman family.
  • The Flash: Dead Heat (1995)
    The Flash Wally West 48With the help of Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick, Johnny Quick, Jessie Quick, XS, Max Mercury and Impulse, the Flash takes on an army of super-speedsters.
  • The Final Night (1996)
    The Sun-Eater, an interstellar entity that consumes stars and all sentient life within its path, has come to Earth. As the sun goes dark, the Justice League must quell the planetwide rioting and fight to preserve life where they can. Heroes and villains alike must band together to destroy the Sun-Eater, but does any one person have the will to reignite the sun? Here is the full reading order.
  • Batman: Contagion (1996)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderA mysterious and lethal virus is unleashed on the unknowing inhabitants of Gotham City, causing excruciating pain—and ultimately death—within 48 hours of contact. Batman, Robin and Nightwing must race to contain the chaos while finding a cure—with the help of unlikely allies Azrael, Huntress, Catwoman and Poison Ivy.
  • Batman: Legacy (1996)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderIt begins with the return of the Apocalypse Plague—a deadly disease that infected Gotham City and almost killed Robin—now in an even more virulent form. Batman, Robin, Nightwing and even Catwoman must find out the origin of this ancient virus before it is released worldwide. Their travels take them from the heart of Gotham halfway around the world to Sudan, where two of their greatest enemies are revealed to be the masterminds of this wicked plot.
  • Genesis (1997)
    The Godwave, an interstellar phenomenon created by the Source spreads across the universe, and threatens reality when it reaches back to its starting point, altering or neutralizing the abilities of various metahumans and making ordinary humans feel like something is missing. The superheroes of Earth and the New Gods of New Genesis battle Darkseid to prevent him from accomplishing his plan to seize the power of the Godwave.
  • Brotherhood of the Fist (1998)
    An order of martial artists called The Brotherhood of the Fist declares war on Green Arrow, Nightwing, and every other master hand-to-hand combatant in the world.

Batman No Man's Land Reading Order Vol. 4

  • Batman: Cataclysm/No Man’s Land (1998)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderAlready weakened by a devastating plague, Gotham City is struck by an unexpected force of nature: an earthquake that registers over 7.5 on the Richter scale! In a single instant the Batcave and Wayne Manor are left in ruins, thousands are dead and the Batman is among the missing. With the city quickly plunging into darkness, the only thing that stands between Gotham and complete chaos is Nightwing, Robin, and the rest of the Bat-Family. Will the Dark Knight return in time and save what’s left of Gotham? Here is the full reading order.
  • DC One Million (1998)
    Justice LeagueIn the 853rd century–one million months after the publication of ACTION COMICS #1–Earth remains safe, thanks to the heroics of the JLA of the future. The ancestors of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and others remain united in combating forces of evil, but perhaps have never met anything as deadly as the sentient super-computer Solaris, the Tyrant Sun. As this villainous threat becomes too much to handle, these heroes of the future turn to the only group they know can help: the original JLA. Here is the full reading order.
  • Superman: Behold! The Millennium Giants! (1998)
    SupermanThe Millenium Giants were part of the web of life of the Earth. Their purpose was to cleanse the Earth and restore a neutral balance for a new age to start. They followed the ley lines of the Earth.
  • Day of Judgment (1999)
    Etrigan the Demon offers the fallen angel Azmodel freedom from captivity in Hell. If the fallen angel agrees to let the Demon rule Hell, Etrigan will give Azmodel access to the power to claim the ultimate prize: the destruction of Heaven itself! And the power in question? That of the Spectre who, without a human host, is ripe for Azmodel’s picking.
  • JLApe: Gorilla Warfare! (1999)
    Justice LeagueThe apes of Gorilla City have declared open hostility toward the rest of the world; using technology that can turn humanoids into apes. The JLA members–save for Batman–are transformed and must deal with both this and the resulting crises. For example, when the people of Atlantis are hit, various powers try the ape-like role of gaining domination by defeating the current alpha male, namely Aquaman.

DC Comics Events and Crossovers

The ’00s

  • Superman: Emperor Joker (2000)
    Joker Batman New 52 Reading OrderWhen Batman’s greatest nemesis, the Joker, reshapes reality, Superman becomes the world’s greatest dangerous criminal, Bizarro is the world’s greatest hero, and chaos and death reign.
  • Batman: Officer Down (2001)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderWhen Commissioner Gorden is shot, Batman finds that the trail to Gordon’s attacker is riddled with more intrigue than he could have predicted, as the clues start unraveling the terrible truth of the assailant’s identity.
  • Superman: Return to Krypton (2001)
    SupermanSuperman begins to suspect that the version of Krypton he knows is not correct and that the pre-crisis version may be the true Krypton.
  • Our Worlds at War (2001)
    As Imperiex heads towards Earth, leaving a swath of destruction behind him, Superman and his allies–both hero and villain–fight to protect the universe from Imperiex’s ruthless dominion.
  • Superman: President Lex (2001)
    SupermanIn an effort to accumulate more power, and antagonize Super-Man, successful businessman Lex Luthor chooses to use the acclaim he received after helping rebuild Gotham City to campaign for President.
  • Joker: Last Laugh (2001–2002)
    In the Slab, the maximum security prison for super-powered criminals, the Joker learns that he is dying, so he concocts a scheme to carry on his legacy, sharing the venom that transformed him into a pasty-faced sociopath with countless other super-villains. Here is the full reading order.
  • Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive (2002)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderAfter being found with the dead body of Vesper Fairchild in his arms, Bruce Wayne is arrested for her murder. Looking to prove Bruce’s innocence, Nightwing, Robin and Batgirl quickly begin an investigation to discover the true killer. But as the mystery unfolds, evidence of Bruce’s guilt mounts and even his closest allies begin to question their mentor’s innocence. Here is the full reading order.
  • A World Without Young Justice (2002)
    In an alternate universe, a team vaguely reminiscent of Young Justice is hired to protect a young Jason Todd, their failure to do so prompts from out of inactivity to active duty, especially when Impulse appears before them and fades away citing a crisis in time.
  • Superman: Ending Battle (2002)
    SupermanSuperman’s secret identity has only ever been known to a select few. That all changed the day Manchester Black, a gifted telekinetic, uncovered Clark Kent’s alter-ego, setting in motion one of the hardest days in Superman’s life. Looking to avenge his prior defeat at the hands of Superman, Manchester Black amasses an army of super-villains.
  • JSA: Black Reign (2003)
    JSAAided by Atom-Smasher, Brainwave, and a few others, Black Adam attempts to overthrow the dictator of the country of Kahndaq, but Hawkman brings the JSA to intercede.
  • Batman: War Drums/Batman: War Games (2003-2004)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderTensions escalate and war comes to Gotham City when Batman is drawn into a skirmish between rival gangs. As Gotham’s biggest gang battle ignites, Batman must call on all his available allies—Oracle, Batgirl, Nightwing, Orpheus, Onyx and Tarantula—to preserve life and contain the chaos while trying to determine who started this outbreak of violence. Here is the full reading order.

  • Identity Crisis (2004)
    With one of their own dead, the entire superhero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets. But before the mystery is fully solved, long-buried secrets of the heroes rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice. Here is the full reading order.
  • Infinite Crisis (2005)
    OMAC robots are rampaging, magic is dying, villains are uniting, and a war is raging in space. And in the middle of it all, a critical moment has divided Earth’s three greatest heroes: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It’s the DC Universe’s darkest day, and long-lost heroes from the past have returned to make things right in the universe… at any cost. Heroes will live, heroes will die, and the DCU will never be the same again! Here is the full reading order.
  • Seven Soldiers (2005)
    The Shining Knight, the Guardian, Zatanna, Klarion the Witch Boy, Mister Miracle, Bulleteer and Frankenstein. Each of these soldiers are pitted in battle against the Sheeda, a force of evil that threatens the entire universe.
  • Superman: Up Up and Away (2006)
    SupermanAs Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the Man of Steel has remained as strong as ever – especially now that Lex Luthor has returned to Metropolis with his thirst for power fully intact
  • Amazons Attack (2007)
    Wonder Woman IconWhat would compel the Amazons to renounce their peaceful ways and attack the United States? The answers will prove useless to a country whose super powered protectors are utterly unprepared for this savage attack. And where is Wonder Woman while her sisters threaten to destroy a nation?
  • Sinestro Corps War (2007)
    Green Lantern LogoSinestro has gathered an army of soldiers fueled by the fear they instill in others, consisting of Arkillo, Karu-Sil, the Cyborg-Superman, and hundreds more of the most terrifying villains the universe has ever seen! Former Green Lantern Kyle Rayner has been possessed by the entity known as Parallax and now assists the Sinestro Corps in cutting a swath of evil across the universe.
  • Final Crisis (2008)
    Using the soul-destroying Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid is remaking the heroes, villains and everyday people of Earth in his dark image…and destroying the very fabric of reality itself in the process. Now superheroes from around the world–and across the Multiverse–must make a last, desperate stand against the forces of Anti-Life. Will Earth endure? Here is the full reading order.

Blackest Night Reading Order Omnibus Saga

  • Blackest Night (2009)/Brightest Day (2010)
    Green Lantern LogoThe Black Lanterns have arrived, and they’re bringing death and destruction with them. Putting aside old vendettas, it’s now up to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to marshal DC’s greatest heroes (as well as their deadliest foes) in a huge, universe-spanning battle to save the DC Universe from an army of the dead. Their collective mission: to defend the light against the blackest night. Here is the full reading order for Blackest Night and the one for Brightest Day.
  • Superman: New Krypton (2009)
    SupermanAfter a devastating battle with the alien villain Brainiac, The Man of Steel learns that a piece of his home planet Krypton survived – the shrunken, bottled city of Kandor! And when the city is grown to normal size, it looks like Superman finally has the connection to his past he’s been missing all his life as thousands of Kryptonians are suddenly able to walk the Earth.

DC Comics Events and Crossovers

The ’10s

  • Reign of Doomsday (2011)
    SupermanDoomsday has returned! The monster that originally took Superman’s life in a battle that destroyed half of Metropolis comes back for another round with the Man of Steel–already savagely beating some of Superman’s closest allies.

  • Flashpoint (2011)
    Flash Barry Allen - Flashpoint Reading OrderThe Flash’s world has changed, and the whole DC Universe with it. Even the Fastest Man Alive can run out of time, and if there is to be anything left of the past, present, or future, Barry Allen must learn the secret of…Flashpoint! Here is the full reading order.

After Flashpoint, a new era began. It’s the New 52! Here is the full reading order of this era, also the one dedicated to Batman.

  • I, Vampire: Rise of the Vampires (2012)
    Vampire Logo Reading OrderAndrew Bennett finds himself in a place he never thought he’d reach during his countless decades walking the Earth. But his absence on Earth signals a deadly loss of order in the vampire hierarchy, as the savage attack on humanity he’s long feared looks like its coming to pass. Plus, the vampire pilgramage begins–but along the way, they encounter an ancient enemy: the Van Helsings!
  • Batman: Night of the Owls (2012)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderAs evil spreads across Gotham City, Batman’s allies, including Red Robin, Batwing, Robin, Batgirl, the Birds of Prey, Nightwing and even Catwoman find themselves in a battle coming from all sides. The Court of Owls have shown their hand, and it’s up to the collective effort of these heroes, some more unlikely than others, in this sprawling tale of corruption and violence. Here is the full reading order.
  • The Culling: Rise of the Ravagers (2012)
    The Culling is upon us! The Teen Titans finally came together during their assault on Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s headquarters, but Superboy, Red Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Solstice and Skitter’s newfound alliance is met with instant adversity. Finding themselves a mile underneath N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s Antarctic base, the forces behind this nefarious organization surface in the form of the monstrous Harvest. Here is the full reading order.
  • Green Lantern: Rise of the Third Army (2012–2013)
    Green Lantern LogoThe Guardians of the Universe have gone mad! To preserve order, they have decided that all free will must be eradicated by their new Third Army – emotionless drones whose sole purpose is to convert living creatures into soulless beings like themselves. Here is the full reading order.
  • Rotworld (2012–2013)
    The Swamp Thing Icon/Logo Reading OrderThe world has fallen to the Rot! Animal Man, a.k.a. Buddy Baker and Swamp Thing form an uneasy alliance as they find that after facing down the undead forces of Anton Arcane that the world has fallen deep into a decrepit future where the world is consumed into a withering land of decay.
  • Hawkman: Wanted (2012–2013)
    HawkmanHawkman escaped from the Thanagarian forces which seek to capture him for crimes they believed he committed on Thanagar. Being chased, Hawkman crosses the paths of both Green Arrow and Deathstroke.
  • The Black Diamond Probability (2012–2013)
    The history of Eclipso’s Black Diamond through out the DC Universe, over the course of centuries. It is first seen in Demon Knights where Lucifer gives the diamond to Exoristos while in hell.
  • Batman: Death of the Family (2012–2013)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderOne year ago, the Joker limped off the streets of Gotham, mutilated and scarred when someone had taken the pale white skin right off of his face. But now, the Dark Knight’s greatest foe has returned but for once, Batman doesn’t seem to be his target. Instead, the Joker turns his vile hatred towards Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood and Red Robin … the only family Bruce Wayne has left. Here is the full reading order.
  • Superman: H’El on Earth (2012–2013)
    SupermanH’El has come to Earth! A figure from Krypton’s past has come to Earth, hoping to revive the dead planet–in place of this one. Superman, Superboy, Supergirl and the Justice League stand ready to fight, but whose side is everyone on? As hero fights against hero, will the Kryptonians be able to defeat H’El, who is their equal in every way?
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2012–2013)
    Justice LeagueWhen Atlantis is struck by a U.S. Naval missile gone awry, Atlantis—led by Aquaman’s brother Ocean Master—attacks the East Coast of the United States flooding its major cities such as Boston, Metropolis, Gotham City and several others. The Justice League comes together to help Aquaman turn back the tide.
  • Superman: Psi War (2013)
    SupermanThe Queen of H.I.V.E.(Holistically Intergrated Viral Equality) has placed the telepathic Dr. Hector Hammond’s thoughts deep into the recesses of Superman’s mind in an effort to control the Man of Steel. The merging of Hammond and the Superman’s minds brings about vivid hallucinations that cause Superman to experience different realities and view longtime allies as potential threats.

  • Batman: Zero Year (2013–2014)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderThe New 52 origin of the Dark Knight with secret moments from Bruce’s training abroad, run-ins with aspiring district attorney Harvey Dent, and how Bruce learned to work with his new ally, Lieutenant Jim Gordon. Here is the full reading order.
  • Justice League: Trinity War (2013)
    Justice LeagueWhen the three Justice Leagues go to war with one another, who’s side will everyone be on? Allies will be born, friends will become enemies and the DC Universe will never be the same.
  • Forever Evil/Blight (2013–2014)
    Justice LeagueThe Crime Syndicate come from Earth-3 to take over this world, where they recruit villains to their cause. Earth-0 villains that resist the Crime Syndicate follow Lex Luthor to form the Injustice League to take down the Crime Syndicate. Here is the full reading order.
  • Green Lantern: Lights Out (2013)
    Green Lantern LogoRelic has arrived and the universe with shiver in his wake. The lights of the Lanterns are fading as the emotional spectrum is being drained. It is up to Hal and the Green Lanterns to rally the other Corps together if they are going to survive. Many won’t and others will change allegiances, but one thing is certain–nothing will ever be the same.
  • Supergirl: Red Daughter of Krypton (2013–2014)
    Supergirl She’s done with people pushing her around, taking advantage of her and betraying her. She’s done feeling helpless, lost and discarded. She’s done with hope, faith and acceptance. Now, all that’s left is rage. And she’ll burn the universe down before she lets another person tell her who she should be. Supergirl’s journey as a Red Lantern begins here.
  • Batman: Gothtopia (2014)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderGotham City is miraculously transformed into a bright and happy utopia where most Batman Family members have new identities. These changes are only an illusion, caused by a new type of Scarecrow’s Fear Toxin.
  • Worlds Finest: First Contact (2014)
    Power Girl and Huntress come face to face with Superman and Batman for the first time! Desperate times call for desperate measures as the Worlds’ Finest reveal their origin to their fellow team. The two teams must work together to stop Kaizan Gamorra’s plot to depower Power Girl and unlock the secrets of Superman of Earth 2!
  • Superman: Doomed (2014)
    SupermanIts name is Doomsday. It came from the Phantom Zone, where the Man of Steel had banished it once before. Bigger. Deadlier. Capable of killing life on Earth. Only Superman can stop it. But even that is not the end. Evil is in its blood. And when that blood is spilled, the innocent will fall — and Superman himself will discover the monster within. The Last Son of Krypton may become a destroyer of worlds himself, leaving the Earth without its greatest protector. Here is the full reading order.
  • Green Lanterns/New Gods: Godhead (2014)
    Green Lantern LogoA year ago, Kyle Rayner, the White Lantern, breached the Source Wall at the edge of the universe, killing himself to save creation and inadvertently tapping into the Life Equation. Highfather of the New Gods has become convinced that the Equation can be accessed by combining the colors of the emotional spectrum through the rings of the universe’s Lantern Corps. Fearing the ring bearers too unevolved to wield power that they do not fully understand, Highfather decrees that all who wield a Power Ring must relinquish it to the New Gods.

  • The New 52: Futures End (2014–2015)
    Batman Beyond Reading Order IconFive years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. As heroes are turned into mindless villains, the planet as we know it is no more. The only salvation lies in the past, where this future apocalypse must be averted. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Here is the full reading order.
  • Convergence (2015)
    Once, there were infinite Earths. Untold timelines. Innumerable Elseworlds. Then there came a Crisis…a Zero Hour…a Flashpoint. Worlds lived. Worlds died. Now they all must fight for their future! As heroes and villains from dozens of worlds battle each other for their very existence, it’s up to a ragtag band of warriors from a slain Earth to put an end to this threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. Reality itself hangs in the balance… Here is the full reading order.
  • Truth (2015–2016)
    SupermanA new company called Hordr has sprung up, and its business is secrets. If you have one that you want to keep hidden, Hordr can control you—and no one has a bigger secret than Clark Kent. Now, Hordr is threatening to expose Clark’s alter ego unless he does everything they command.
  • Darkseid War (2015–2016)
    Justice LeagueYears ago the Justice League was first formed to stop Darkseid and his parademon army from invading Earth. Now Darkseid will once again make the planet a war zone, as Earth becomes the front line in his battle with the Anti-Monitor, a universe-devouring creature who can reduce whole planets to rubble. To stop their planet from becoming collateral damage in this war of gods, the Justice League must uncover the secrets of the New Gods and learn the hidden truth behind the Anti-Monitor’s identity and his history with Darkseid. Here is the full reading order.
  • Robin War (2015–2016)
    Robin Letter Icon Reading Order Damian WayneIt’s Robins vs. cops! Robins vs. Robins! Robins vs. Batman! And Robins vs. the Court of Owls?! Damian Wayne returns to Gotham City, and he is not happy. There are kids all over the city calling themselves “Robin,” Bruce Wayne is no longer Batman and the GCPD, led by the new, armored-up Batman, is cracking down on anybody wearing the “R.” And things only get worse when Red Hood, Red Robin, and Grayson all come back to Gotham City. Here is the full reading order.
  • The Savage Dawn (2016)
    SupermanVandal Savage can afford to be patient—he’s immortal. His patience is about to pay off. Through his operatives, he’s taken Superman’s powers—and, indirectly, his secret identity—to siphon the collective strength of the Justice League and generate the ultimate tractor beam. As the beam draws Savage’s long-lost comet all the way back to Earth, unsuspecting souls bearing the immortal’s genetic signature are suddenly infused with maddening might, while their “father’s” already-incredible power exponentially increases.
  • The Final Days of Superman (2016)
    SupermanSuperman’s body is failing him. With his final days upon him, the Man of Steel reaches out to his loved ones and most trusted allies to say his goodbyes. Yet while he does so, the world is greeted by new threats—a dangerous being alive with fire, who insists to Lois Lane and anyone else he meets that he is the one true Superman, and a black-clad man whose appearance and powers mirror those of Superman himself.

This is the end of the New 52/DC You era. Here comes DC Rebirth.

  • Batman: Night of the Monster Men (2016)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderIt’s the storm of the century, and it’s headed straight for Gotham City. Thanks to the machinations of the macabre scientist Dr. Hugo Strange, the storm has unleashed a rain of monsters upon the city. Colossal creatures are stomping through the streets, terrorizing the citizens and challenging the skills of even Gotham’s greatest heroes.
  • Batman/The Flash: The Button (2017)
    Watchmen ButtonDuring the unforgettable events of DC Universe: Rebirth, Batman finds a mystery he can’t even begin to solve–a strange bloodstained smiley-face button embedded in the Batcave wall. All analysis suggests the button is not of this universe…so where did it come from? And who left it here? These are questions only the Flash can help answer.
  • The Lazarus Contract (2017)
    Deathstroke Reading OrderWally West, a.k.a. Kid Flash, has returned. Powered by the Speed Force, he’s brought the secrets of time and space following in his wake. And with those secrets comes a prize that Deathstroke, the most lethal foe the Titans have ever faced, would do anything to claim: the rebirth of his long-dead son. Now Titans from every team—past, present or future—must unite to stop the killer called Slade from claiming his sinister prize.

  • Dark Nights: Metal (2017–2018)
    Batman who laughs Icon Reading OrderUnleash the beast and let the headbanging begin! When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. The heroes will need to fight their way across their demonic new home and come face-to-face with their entire history in order to stop the Batman Who Laughs once and for all! Here is the full reading order.
  • Super Sons of Tomorrow (2017–2018)
    Jonathan Kent isn’t a Teen Titan. He’s just a kid, and one of the most powerful beings on the planet. But what if he has the potential to hurt people without even meaning to? That’s exactly what Tim Drake says will happen. But this isn’t the Tim Drake of today — this is the Batman of Tomorrow, and he’s traveled through time to kill Superboy. Go to the Super Sons Reading Order.
  • Milk Wars (2018)
    Characters from the DCU cross paths with characters from the pop-up imprint DC’s Young Animal in this epic crossover event. So what happens when these astoundingly original realms and their unbelievable inhabitants collide? The answer–Milk Wars! Here is the full reading order.
  • Sink Atlantis (2018)
    AquamanAfter Aquaman’s undersea kingdom rises to become a world power of the surface, the Suicide Squad must infiltrate the city and send it back to the depths or die trying.
  • Heroes in Crisis (2018-19 )
    Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It’s up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman to investigate–but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition? Here is the full reading order.
  • The Witching Hour (2018)
    Wonder Woman IconLong ago, Hecate, the goddess of magic, stole the powers of other mystic entities and hid them in Earth beings called the Witchmarked. Now the original owners have returned, and Hecate must awaken today’s Witchmarked, among them Wonder Woman! Allied with Justice League Dark as well as her deadliest enemy, Circe, Wonder Woman must embrace a heritage she never knew she had for a battle they must win…at any cost.
  • Drowned Earth (2018)
    Justice LeagueFrom darkness untold, the Ocean Lords have arisen. These ancient gods have an undying grudge against Arthur, Mera, Diana and the rest of the Justice League–a thirst for vengeance not even the vastest waters can slake.
  • The Terminus Agenda (2019)
    Deathstroke Reading OrderHe escaped Arkham Asylum. Now the planet is his prison. Slade Wilson is Deathstroke, the world’s deadliest assassin. But after his lethal breakout from Gotham City’s most infamous place of imprisonment, Commissioner Gordon has exposed his secret identity to the world. He can run. He can hide. But there are some people he can never escape.
  • Year of the Villain (2019–2020)
    Perpetua, the so-called “mother of the Multiverse,” transformed Lex Luthor into the super-powered “Apex” Lex and sent him out to recruit Earth’s villains to her cause. Now, with help from Lex and his recruits, Perpetua has been restored to her original godlike power, and the Multiverse lives in fear that she might wipe out all of existence. Here is the full reading order.
  • Event Leviathan (2019)
    With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive secret organization called Leviathan has returned and has been systematically wiping out all its competition. Can this new threat’s growth be stopped? Join Lois Lane as she leads Batman, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Manhunter, the Question along with a couple of surprise sleuths in the search of the man who sits behind the cloak of Leviathan. Here is the full reading order.

DC Comics Events and Crossovers

The ’20s

  • Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020–2021)
    Batman who laughs Icon Reading OrderWhen the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Here is the full reading order.
  • Joker War (2020)
    Joker Batman New 52 Reading OrderAs the Clown Prince of Crime battles the Dark Knight Detective head-to-head one last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before–he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end. But now his motivation has shifted. Here is the full reading order.
  • Endless Winter (2020)
    Justice League1000 years ago, a disparate group of heroes – Hippolyta, Black Adam, Swamp Thing and the Viking Prince – banded together to prevent the world from freezing at the hands of the Frost King, an exiled Norse god with the ability to control entire ecosystems. Here is the full reading order.
  • Future State (2021)
    Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal, Future State takes us on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies of DC’s heroes. Here is the full reading order.
  • Batman: Fear State (2021)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderGotham City is on the brink of martial law as Batman fights a two-front battle! The Scarecrow is unleashing a devasting attack on the city while the Magistrate have made their move to invade! Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path and the danger level to Batman and his allies reaching a fever pitch! Here is the full reading order.
  • Wonder Woman: Trial Of The Amazons (2022)
    Wonder Woman IconThe dangers of Doom’s Doorway have found their way to Man’s World and garnered the attention of not one, but all three Amazonian tribes. Now Queen Nubia must show them all the way to peace by calling for one of the most famous Amazon traditions … the Contest. Here is the full reading order.
  • Batman: Shadow War (2022)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderWhen Deathstroke assassinates Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul demands revenge and sends her League of Shadows to kill Deathstroke and Deathstroke Inc.! Batman and Robin must team up to track down Deathstroke and bring him to justice … but do they? Here is the full reading order.
  • Dark Crisis (2022)
    Justice LeaguePariah has found a way to bring his homeworld and the entire infinite Multiverse back from the dead: Earth-0 must die. An ancient destructive force called the Great Darkness is the weapon he will wield as he paves a path to rebirth and vengeance. The heroes left behind must come together to combat this great evil and save the lost Justice League, but what happens when not everyone agrees to join the fight? Here is the full reading order.
  • Lazarus Planet (2023)
    The Lazarus Volcano has erupted—spewing dangerous and transformative chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in chaos across the DC universe! As these Lazarus clouds rain down upon the planet, people across the globe begin to develop strange new abilities, watch their already-extraordinary abilities change, and witness a whole host of chaos, unlike anything the DCU has experienced before! Here is the full reading order.
  • Knight Terrors (2023)
    Justice LeagueWhen Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman find the body of one of their earliest enemies inside the Hall of Justice, their investigation takes them past the land of the living, beyond the land of the dead, and directly to a new villain called Insomnia, who uses his powers to engulf every single hero and villain in their own dark and twisted nightmares. The only way to save the world is to call for the help of an unlikely hero—Deadman! Here is the full reading order.
  • Gotham War (2023)
    Batman Icon Reading OrderA coordinated effort in Gotham City has led to a reduction in violent crime, but at what cost? Villains scatter as their lives begin to crumble under a new regime. And as Batman recovers from his epic battle through the Multiverse, one name runs through his mind. One name at the heart of this new, safer Gotham: Catwoman. Here is the full reading order.
  • Titans: Beast World (2023-2024)
    Superman, Wonder Woman, Starfire—all are powerless to stop the Necrostar from ending all life on Earth. The only hero who can save the world is…Beast Boy?! With Nightwing, Raven, Cyborg, and the Titans beside him, can Garfield Logan rise to battle an ancient evil? What will Amanda Waller do to take advantage of the situation as millions of people are changed into rampaging creatures? Can humanity survive all-powerful heroes and villains transformed into ferocious beasts? Friends will fall. Heroes will rise. And nothing will ever be the same again. Earth is about to become…Beast World. Here is the full reading order.
  • House of Brainiac (2024)
    Brainiac’s Czarnian army is invading Metropolis! The Super-Family and all the superheroes of Metropolis join the fight, but will they be enough to hold off Brainiac’s lethal and crazed soldiers?! Can Superman and Lex Luthor learn what Brainiac is searching for? He’s not bottling Metropolis, so what is he collecting instead? Here is the full reading order.
  • Absolute Power (2024)
    DC’s Trinity of Evil—the Brainiac Queen, Failsafe, and Amanda Waller—has won. They hold all the cards in their final gambit to eliminate all metahumans in the DC Universe! Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest of the World’s Greatest DC Super Heroes make their last stand in Absolute Power. Here is the full reading order.

Last Updated on May 7, 2024.