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Crisis on Infinite Earths

7. Crisis on Infinite Earths

A change in canon

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Let me begin by explaining my intention is merely to act as a guide. This reading order works for me and I researched a lot to come up with it! What I have or prefer may not work for others, and I'm certainly not claiming to be the smartest or most accurate guy on the block, but I hope to help any budding, new DC fans looking to figure out how they want to approach the vast DC Multiverse! For example, I like putting Watchmen first because it predates the Crisis, but many others will put it squarely before DC Rebirth, and to them I say, "Why not just read it again?!"


Bigger events appear in bold while elseworlds/ non-canonical stories appear in green. In some instances, I have omnibuses (omnibi?) and I apologize if that throws one off a bit.


  • Before Watchmen Omnibus
  • Watchmen (Alan Moore's groundbreaking series makes Marvel wish they had anything similar)

  • Camelot 3000 (May not be canon, but is referenced in Justice League 3000)
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 1 (Alan Moore begins his take on Swamp Thing)

  • Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 2

  • Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 3

  • Crisis on Infinite Earths (George Perez & Marv Wolfman reset the DC Universe)
    • Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 4 (one or two crossover issues)

    • Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (Alan Moore examines pre-Crisis Superman)

  • Batman: Year One (Frank Miller's grittier post-crisis origin for Batman)

  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs (the Red Hood descends into Joker-dom)

  • Superman/ Shazam! First Thunder
  • Batman: Gothic

  • Batman: Prey

  • Batman: Venom

  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (Victorian Batman investigates Jack the Ripper in Gotham City)

  • Green Arrow: Year One

  • Batman: Haunted Knight

  • Batman: the Long Halloween (Batman investigates holiday murders as Harvey Dent spirals down)

    • Batman: Dark Victory (post-Crisis origin for Dick Grayson/ Robin)

    • Catwoman: When in Rome

  • Batgirl/ Robin: Year One (Barbara Gordon/ Batgirl origin for post-Crisis)

  • Batman: Faces

  • Green Lantern: Hal Jordan Vol. 1 (both GL stories are canon and tell a similar story) 

  • Green Lantern: Secret Origin

  • JLA: Year One

  • Batman: Year Two

  • Legends (first DC crossover event since Crisis, Wonder Woman meets the Justice League) 

  • Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 5
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol. 6

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Trial by Fire 

  • Batman: Second Chances (Jason Todd/ Robin origin)

  • Green Arrow: the Longbow Hunters

  • Batman: the Killing Joke (the Joker tragically and violently changes the life of a hero forever)

  • Batman: the Cult (Deacon Blackfire takes over Gotham City) 

  • Green Arrow Vol. 1: Hunter's Moon

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 2: The Nightshade Odyssey

  • Deadshot: Beginnings (post-crisis origin for Deadshot) 

  • Green Arrow Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragons

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 2: the Devil You Know

  • Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus Vol. 1 

  • Invasion! (several extraterrestrial species led by the Dominators invade Earth in this crossover)

    • Suicide Squad Vol. 3: Rogues (one or two issues cross over)

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 4: The Janus Directive

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 3: the Fear Machine

  • Green Arrow Vol. 3: the Trial of Oliver Queen

  • Justice League International Omnibus Volume 1

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 4: the Family Man

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Grant Morrison's groundbreaking Batman tale)

  • Batman: a Death in the Family (the Joker once again uses tragedy and violence against the Bat-family) 

  • Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City

  • Green Arrow Vol. 4: Blood of the Dragon

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 5: Apokolips Now (Waller drags her crew to Darkseid's realm) 

  • Superman/ Batman: Worlds Finest

  • Robin Vol. 1: Reborn (Tim Drake origin)

  • Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus Vol. 2

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 6: the Phoenix Gambit

  • Elseworlds: Batman Vol. 1

  • Elseworlds: Batman Vol. 2  (Batman/ vampire anthology) 

  • Green Arrow Vol. 5: Black Arrow

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 5: Dangerous Habits

  • Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus Vol. 3 (contains all the crucial issues to "War of the Gods")

    • Suicide Squad Vol. 7: the Dragon's Hoard (one or two issues cross over with "War of the Gods") 

  • Robin Vol. 2: Triumphant
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Vol. 1: Assassins

  • Suicide Squad Vol. 8: the Final Mission

  • Green Arrow Vol. 6: Last Action Hero

  • Superman: Panic in the Sky (Superman leads the defense against an extraterrestrial invasion)

  • Batman: Birth of the Demon (Batman's "tryst" with Talia) 

  • Deathstroke the Terminator Vol. 2: Sympathy for the Devil

  • Green Arrow Vol. 7: Homecoming

  • Green Arrow Vol. 8: the Hunt for the Red Dragon

  • Deadman by Kelley Jones: the Complete Collection

  • Superman and the Justice League America Vol. 1

  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Vol. 1 (Batman locked in Arkham) 

  • Deathstroke the Terminator Vol. 3: Nuclear Winter
  • Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison & Richard Case Omnibus

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 6: Bloodlines

  • Superman and the Justice League America Vol. 2

  • Elseworlds: Superman Vol. 1

  • The Death & Return of Superman Omnibus (pretty self-explanatory)
    • Wonder Woman and the Justice League America Vol. 1

  • Deathstroke the Terminator Vol. 4: Crash or Burn

  • The Demon Vol. 1: Hell's Hitman

  • Deathstroke the Terminator Vol. 5: World Tour

  • Green Arrow Vol. 9: Old Tricks
  • The Demon Vol. 2: the Longest Day

  • Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1 (Bane begins his reign of terror over Gotham City, breaking the Bat!)
  • Batman: Knightfall Vol. 2

  • Batman: Knightfall Vol. 3
    • Catwoman by Jim Balent Vol. 1

    • Robin Vol. 3: Solo

    • Robin Vol. 4: Turning Point

    • Batman: Troika

  • John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 7: Tainted Love

  • Justice League Task Force Vol. 1: the Purification Plague

  • Wonder Woman and the Justice League America Vol. 2 (lead-in to Zero Hour)


"Zero Hour" begins on the next slide!


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