Batman Reading Order 1987-2011 (Modern Era)

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    Hello, I have recently come into the hobby of collecting comic books. Out of all comic book characters however, Batman has always and will always be my favorite. There has however been many eras and timelines where the caped crusader has donned his cape. So it can be quite difficult and intimidating to get into reading pretty much any  DC or Marvel character (it was for me at least). The one era of DC comics that did catch my eye was the ‘modern era’. This time in DC ran from the event ‘Crisis on Infinite Earth’ until the ‘Flashpoint’ story arch, which brought in the new 52. Finding a reading order for Batman during this time was a very daunting and time consuming task as DC hasn’t released an official timeline unlike they have for their other timelines. So, I have taken it upon myself to bring to you a solid batman timeline for the ‘Modern Era’. Some of the timeline could be wrong and if I’m missing anything it would be a massive help if you could leave a comment. :)

    (If the story has slashes next to it (/) then it is a cross over event with the justice league)

    Two main sources:

    UBC – Home (

    A comprehensive look at the reading order of Batman Part 1! – YouTube

    Batman: year one
    Batman: Shaman
    Batman and the Monster men
    Batman and the Mad Monk
    Batman: The Man Who Laughs
    Batman: Dark Knight Detective vol. 1
    Batman: Four of a Kind
    Batman: Venom
    Batman: Tenses
    Batman: Prey
    Batman Collected Legends of the Dark Knight
    Batman: Other Realms
    Batman: Gothic
    Batman: Going Sane
    Batman: Night Cries
    Batman: Monsters
    Batman: Terror
    Batman: Dark Legends
    Batman: Snow
    Batman: Mr Freeze
    Batman: Year Two
    Batman: Haunted Knight
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Batman: Dark Victory
    Batman: Arkham: A serious house on a serious earth
    Batman: Fortunate Son
    Batman: Tales of the Demon
    Batman: Faces
    Batman: Batgirl
    Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast
    Batman: Second Chances
    Batman: The Caped Crusader vol. 1
    Batman: The Cult
    Batman: The Killing Joke
    Batman: A Death In The Family
    Batman: A Lonely Place Of Dying
    Batman: The Caped Crusader vol. 2
    Batman: The Dark Knight Detective vol. 2
    Batman: The Caped Crusader vol. 3
    Batman: The Dark Knight Detective vol. 3
    Batman: The Caped Crusader Vol. 4
    Batman: The Caped Crusader vol. 5
    Batman: The Many Deaths of Batman
    Batman: Blind Justice
    Batman: The Last Arkham
    Penguin: Triumphant
    Azrael: Fallen Angel
    Batman: Prelude to Knightfall
    Batman: Knightfall vol. 1
    Batman: Knightfall vol. 2
    Batman: Knightquest vol. 1
    Batman: Knightquest vol. 2
    Batman: Knightquest: the Search
    Batman: Knightsend
    Batman: Prodigal
    Batman Troika
    Batman: Zero Hour
    Batman: Mitefall
    The Joker: Devil’s Advocate
    Batman: By Doug Moench and Kelly Jones vol. 1
    Tails of the Batman: J.H. Williams III
    Batman: Contagion
    Batman: Legacy vol. 1
    Batman: Legacy vol .2
    Batman: By Doug Moench and Kelly Jones vol. 2
    Batman: Riddler
    Batman: Two-Face
    Batman: Bane
    Batman: Poison Ivy
    Batman: The Abduction
    Batman: Dreamland
    Batman: The Scottish Connection
    Batman: Anarchy
    Batman: The Dark Knight Detective vol. 4
    Grant Morrison: DC 1,000,000////////////////////
    Batman Road to no Man’s Land Omnibus (collects ‘Cataclysm’, ‘Road to no Mans Land’ parts 1 and 2)
    Batman No Mans Land Omnibus vol. 1 (collects ‘No Mans Land’ parts 1 and 2)
    Batman No Mans Land Omnibus vol. 2 (collects ‘No Mans Land’ parts 3 and 4)
    Batman: Harley Quinn
    Batman: By Ed Brubaker vol. 1
    Our Worlds At War / // // ////// /////////
    Batman: The Dark Knight Detective vol. 5
    Batman: Evolution
    Batman: Turning Points
    Batman/Scarface: A Psychodrama
    Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes
    Batman: New Gotham vol. 1
    Batman: Officer down
    Batman: False Faces
    Batman: New Gotham vol. 2
    Batman: Gotham County Line
    Batman: The Joker’s Last Laugh
    Batman: By Ed Brubaker vol. 2
    Batman: Bruce Wayne Murderer
    Batman: Bruce Wayne Fugitive
    Batman/Nightwing: Bloodborne
    Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty
    Gotham Central: Half a Life
    Gotham Central: Unresolved Targets
    Gotham Central: The Quick and Dead
    Gotham Central: Dead Robin
    Batman in Barcelona: Dragons Knight
    Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
    Batman: Deaths and the Maidens
    Batman: Hush
    Batman/Poison Ivy: Cast Shadows
    Batman: Broken City
    Batman: as the Crow Flies
    Batman: War Drums
    Batman: War Games: Outbreak
    Batman War Games: Tides
    Batman War Games: Endgame
    Batman War Games: Epilogue
    Batman: Hush Returns
    Identity Crisis/////////
    Batman: War Crimes
    Batman: Under the Red Hood
    Batman: City of Crime
    Infinite Crisis/////////////////////
    Batman/Two-Face: Face The Face
    Crisis Aftermath: The Specter//////////////
    Batman: Detective
    Batman: Death and the City
    Batman: Jokers Asylum
    Batman: Gotham Underground
    Batman: Imposters
    Batman: Batman And Son
    Batman: Son of the Demon
    Batman: Bride of the Demon
    Batman: Birth of the Demon
    Batman: The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul
    Batman: Private Casebook
    Batman: The Black Glove
    Batman: Heart of Hush
    Batman: Black Casebook
    Batman R.I.P
    Final Crisis//////////////////////
    Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader
    Batman: Battle for the Cowl
    Batman: Battle for the Cowl Companion
    Batman: Long Shadows
    Batman: Streets of Gotham: Hush Money
    Batman: Streets of Gotham: Leviathan
    Batman: Life after Death
    Blackest Night////////////////////////////
    Batman: The Streets of Gotham: The House of Hush
    Batman: Arkham Reborn
    Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn
    Batman and Robin: Batman vs Robin
    Batman: Time and the Batman
    Batman: The Black Mirror
    Batman: Eye of the Beholder
    Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
    Batman: Bruce Wayne: The Road Home
    Batman And Robin: Batman Must Die
    Batman: Gotham Shall be Judged
    Batman and Robin: Dark Knight vs White Knight
    Batman: Knight and Squire
    Batman: Gates of Gotham
    Batman: The Dark Knight: Golden Dawn
    Batman: Incorporated
    Batman: Leviathan Strikes

    I will also Be making reading orders for other members of the ‘Bat Family’.

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