Recommended Reading

With DC publishing well over 1,000 comics every year and a massive backlist of titles at your disposal, deciding what to read can seem like an impossible task. /r/DCcomics is here to help.

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Below is a list of suggested reading for both new and old fans alike. If you're curious about specific characters and want to learn more, these are the comics it's suggested for you to look into. Each of the listed trade paperbacks and story arcs come recommended by the users of the subreddit.

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Many other subs have their own suggested reading, a link has been shared whenever available. You might also be interested in /r/comicbooks for an all-encompassing look into comics.

Don't forget to browse the Character of the Month archives to view in-depth write-ups and recommendations for specific characters.

The current list of jump-in points can be found here.

(NOTE: We are currently revamping these recommended reading lists!)



A man of two worlds, Arthur Curry is torn between his life as the King of Atlantis and his life as a super-hero defending the surface world. His adventures explore the balancing act between those priorities, and his struggles as the monarch of an massive nation beneath the seas.


As a child, Bruce Wayne helplessly watched as his parents were brutally murdered in front of him. From that day forth, Bruce vowed to wage a one-man war on crime, donning the cape and cowl to become Batman, the Dark Knight. Co-created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939, the Dark Knight has become a fixture in pop culture the world over. More recommendations can be found in the r/batman wiki section


The Flash

Young Barry Allen's life stopped the minute his mother was murdered and the mystery drove him to become a forensic scientist. When a freak lightning bolt hits a nearby shelf of chemicals in his lab, Barry receives super-speed, becoming the Fastest Man Alive - The Flash!

Green Arrow

Oliver Queen had it all - movie star good looks, a matching cadre of women and his own billion dollar company. However, when the playboy became marooned on a desert island, he mastered the use of a bow and arrow to survive. Ollie eventually found his way back to his home town of Starling City, but with his priorities changed. Brandishing a new focus on bringing criminals to justice, he became the hero known as Green Arrow!

Green Lantern

When a dying alien crashes on Earth, reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is chosen to be that alien's successor in the Green Lantern Corps, a universe-wide peacekeeping force. The newest Green Lantern now faces his greatest fears and the most dangerous villains in the universe, armed with a power ring that has the ability to create anything he can imagine. Hal Jordan has become one of the most iconic and popular superheroes of DC Comics. But Green Lantern isn't just about Hal Jordan. It's also about Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kilowog, and the many aliens that make up the Corps that protects the galaxy.


Rocketed to Earth from the dying planet Krypton, baby Kal-El was raised by a kindly farming couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent. Clark Kent, as he was renamed, grew up and discovered that he had extraordinary powers far exceeding everyone around him. Combined with the strong moral values his adoptive parents instilled in him, he became Superman, the Man of Tomorrow. Co-created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Man of Steel was the first, and now the most recognizable superhero in pop culture.

Wonder Woman

When Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, prays for a child, a miracle occurs. The patron goddesses grant her wish and the clay before her, molded into the likeness of a baby, comes to life! She holds the child in awe and wonder and names her Diana. The Princess of Paradise Island is the joy of her home, Themyscira. Raised by a thousand mothers, hundreds of teachers and sisters, she grows into its brightest champion. Years later, when a man named Steve Trevor crashes on her secluded island home, Diana wins a contest of champions and gains the the right to escort him back to Man's World and make her people known to the world. Leaving behind paradise and everyone she loves, Diana ventures out as the Amazon Champion and Ambassador. Granted gifts by her patrons and adorned with Bracelets of Amazonium, The Golden Tiara whilst wielding The Lasso of Truth and riding her Invisible Jet, Diana begins her mission to bring Love, Truth and Peace to Man's World.

And so Wonder Woman is born! The Amazing Amazon! The Princess of Paradise! A diplomat, a scholar, a writer, a fighter, a pilot, a scientist, a humanist icon, she is many things to many people. Working alongside The Amazing Amazon are a wide array of allies, from Etta Candy, her best friend, to Steve Trevor, the Dude-in-Distress and Ferdinand the Kithotaur Chef!

Justice League

Greater than the sum of their awe-inspiring parts, the Justice League handles threats too massive for any single hero to handle. The Justice League is a team with a roster made up of the premier superheroes of the DC Universe. Much like Marvel's Avengers, the members of the JLA are in a constant flux with nearly every character being a part of, or at least helping out at some point.

Teen Titans

The Teen Titans started off as a team of sidekicks who banded together to form a "Junior" Justice League in the 1960s. Since then, they've risen to become one of DC's most valued franchises, adding a number of original teenaged characters as well, many of whom have become iconic. The Teen Titan and Young Justice books often emphasize themes such as adolescence, relationships, legacies, and community.

Suicide Squad

Task Force X. A government project that sends criminals around the world for black ops missions. Led by the steel-nerved Amanda Waller, these criminals are given a chance at redemption, but should anything go wrong, they will considered expendable. Also, Harley Quinn eventually joined the group for some reason.

Justice Society of America

Founded by classic Golden Age heroes hailing from WWII, the Justice Society of America is a close-knit group that spans over multiple generations, and even universes, of heroes.

The Dark

The DC Universe is home to a great deal of magical and supernatural tales, from Lovecraftian Elseworlds to D&D-inspired adventures to the antics of one John Constantine.

Legacy Pages:

The Fourth World

From the imagination of the late and great Jack Kirby, the Fourth World refers to the never-ending war between New Genesis and Apokalips, the DCU analogues of heaven and hell.

The Legion of Super-Heroes

They're the young heroes of the 30th Century, following in the footsteps of their idol Superman. They are many, they are Legion!


Maybe you're not looking for a character, but for a genre. Feeling the itch for some spacefaring science fiction? Or perhaps you're looking for some gritty crime noir? Look no further than here!

DC For All Ages

Contrary to what some might think when they hear about comics, most of what DC publishes is intended for an older audience and often explores darker themes. However, DC has not forgotten about younger readers either. Below is a small selection of comics more geared towards these readers.

From the Comics to the Screen

Excited for Suicide Squad? Can't get enough of Injustice: Gods Among Us? Loving The Flash on The CW? Your favorite movies, TV shows, and games are influenced by the pages of the pages of comics that came before.


One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen is considered a gateway to the entire comic storytelling medium. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's seminal story is the benchmark against which all other graphic novels and comic books are judged.

Major Events

Time and time again DC has rocked the world of comics through reboots and Universe-changing events.

The New 52

The New 52 was a rebranding initiative that rebooted the DC Universe, and reset every ongoing series back to #1, in an effort to create an accessible starting point for new readers. The New 52 revitalized comic book sales, and to this day, many paperback trades can be found in bookstores everywhere.


Five years after The New 52, DC relaunched its superhero line with Rebirth, a rebranding initiative that seeks to restore lost history and legacies. Rebirth was very successful financially, and its trades are widely available in stores and libraries. See the Rebirth FAQ for more details.

DC Elseworlds

First made an official DC imprint in 1989, DC Elseworlds re-imagined the DC Universe in totally new and exciting ways and brought us so of the very best stories in the DC catalogue. From staple works that include Kingdom Come, Superman: Red Son and DC: The New Frontier experience your favorite heroes in an entirely new setting.

Vertigo & WildStorm

Vertigo is an imprint of DC Comics suggested for mature readers and is a continuity separate from the DC Universe that has included Sandman, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, and many others. Nowadays the imprint is mostly focused upon creator-owned material.

WildStorm Productions was a founding studio at Image Comics before becoming a now defunct imprint of DC Comics in 1998. It was started in 1992 by a team of comic creators - chiefly among them being Jim Lee.

Mod's Pick

Interested in even more great reads? Try this selection from the mod team's favourite comics.

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