DC Comics: Where To Start Reading

By Matthew Klein | July 13 2021 | Graphic Novels

Welcome to the DC Universe! It’s a vast and fantastical place. There are wonders, caped crusaders, and supermen. It’s filled with titans and task forces, secret organizations and dark forces. From hellblazers to endless beacons of justice and dreams, there’s something for everyone. And don’t worry, there’s always someone to watch over your journey here. One of the premiere publishers of comics and graphic novels for nearly a century, DC Comics is a place where everything is possible. Experience strange adventures with space cops a galaxy away or witness the handling of crises that threaten the very fabric of times, to learning the power of a vow of a young boy in the face of faceless crime, there is a place for you to enter. Perhaps through the House of Secrets? Maybe you’d be more comfortable leaping over tall buildings in Metropolis? Perhaps you’ll be found to have a warrior’s heart and be let into Themyscira? The possibilities may seem endless. But not to worry, if it’s your first time visiting, here are some of the people and places who can act as an entry point.

 

Welcome to the DC Universe, where there’s a place for everyone.

DC: The New Frontier
978-1-4012-9092-4
Welcome to the DC Universe in 1950s America -- a land of promise and paranoia, of glittering cities and segregated slums, of dizzying scientific progress and simmering Cold War conflict. A land without the Justice League--Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Or so it seems. Darwyn Cooke's undeniable classic is now released as a part of DC's prestigious new imprint of standalone graphic novels, DC Black Label.
$34.99 US
Feb 19, 2019
Paperback
520 Pages
DC Comics

Kingdom Come
978-1-4012-9096-2
In the near-future world of Kingdom Come, superheroes are ubiquitous, but heroism is rare. After decades as Earth's champions, the members of the Justice League have all retreated out of the public eye, replaced with a new generation of crime-fighters whose brand of justice leaves humanity terrified, rather than inspired. But with the planet's future in jeopardy, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman must come out of retirement to make one last stand for truth and justice...
$19.99 US
May 07, 2019
Paperback
392 Pages
DC Comics

Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
978-1-4012-3542-0
The breakout hit of the DC Comics--New 52 event now available as a trade paperback
$16.99 US
Mar 26, 2013
Paperback
176 Pages
DC Comics

Watchmen (2019 Edition)
978-1-77950-112-7
A hit HBO original series, Watchmen, the groundbreaking series from award-winning author Alan Moore, presents a world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history--the U.S. won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the Cold War is in full effect.
$24.99 US
May 20, 2019
Paperback
448 Pages
DC Comics

Saga of the Swamp Thing Book One
978-1-4012-2083-9
Alan Moore's influential tales of Swamp Thing, now in trade paperback.
$19.99 US
Apr 10, 2012
Paperback
208 Pages
Vertigo

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition
978-1-4012-8477-0
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, Neil Gaiman's award-winning masterpiece The Sandman set the standard for mature, lyrical fantasy in the modern comics era. Illustrated by an exemplary selection of the medium's most gifted artists, the series is a rich blend of modern and ancient mythology in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven.
$19.99 US
Oct 30, 2018
Paperback
240 Pages
Vertigo

All-Star Superman
978-1-4012-9083-2
Eisner Award Winner: Best New SeriesThe Man of Steel goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet. And Superman faces the final revenge of Lex Luthor in the form of his own death! All-Star Superman is a spectacular reimagining of the Superman mythos, from the Man of Steel's origin to his greatest foes and beyond.
$29.99 US
Dec 04, 2018
Paperback
304 Pages
DC Comics

Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 1
978-1-77950-491-3
The new Metropolis!
$49.99 US
Aug 25, 2020
Hardcover
480 Pages
DC Comics

Wonder Woman By Greg Rucka Vol. 1
978-1-4012-6332-4
Eisner Award-winning author Greg Rucka's critically acclaimed run writing the Amazon Warrior is collected in WONDER WOMAN BY GREG RUCKA VOL. 1.
$29.99 US
Jul 19, 2016
Paperback
392 Pages
DC Comics

DCeased
978-1-77950-565-1
THE END IS HERE! 
$19.99 US
Mar 23, 2021
Paperback
232 Pages
DC Comics

Mister Miracle
978-1-4012-8354-4
No prison can hold him. No trap can contain him. He is Scott Free, the worldwide celebrity sensation known as Mister Miracle, and he is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. But can he pull off the ultimate trick--and escape death itself?
$24.99 US
Feb 19, 2019
Paperback
320 Pages
DC Comics
Age 12 and up

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins
978-1-4012-3006-7
The very first HELLBLAZER stories are repackaged in a new edition.
$19.99 US
Mar 08, 2011
Paperback
304 Pages
Vertigo

JLA Vol. 1
978-1-4012-3314-3
Grant Morrison is one of comicdom's hottest creators, and this first volume collects his run on JLA in a deluxe hardcover format.
$19.99 US
Oct 04, 2011
Paperback
256 Pages
DC Comics

Batwoman: Elegy New Edition
978-1-4012-9886-9
A formidable foe is sucking Gotham into her dark fantasy, only Batwoman can bring a madwoman back to reality and save the city!
$19.99 US
Sep 10, 2019
Paperback
192 Pages
DC Comics