Master Thread: "I'm New to DC Comics! What Should I Read?"

Now that I’ve answered your question, I’ll agree with everyone who has been saying that you should at least try out some older comics. I’m going to make some typical sample recommendations for Superman and Batman from every decade from the 1940s to the 1990s so that you can get a sense of what the books are like in every era. If you don’t like the style of the suggested books from a certain decade, then you may want to avoid stories from that period in the future.

1940s:
Action Comics #22-23: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/action-comics-1938-22/2b946b01-1d09-4d79-bbae-e0a640918035
Detective Comics #40: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/detective-comics-1937-41/f1a0499b-1f13-4064-a81d-850862cb6734

1950s:
World’s Finest #88: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/world-s-finest-comics-1941-88/2340cf55-ad0c-41a6-9d12-e156c4d6e446
Detective Comics #298: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/detective-comics-1937-298/7c69f446-9a45-44c1-adf2-a59077d35bc3

1960s:
Action Comics #318: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/action-comics-1938-318/60aed002-f419-42a1-bc66-c4754f9e227f
Detective Comics #319: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/detective-comics-1937-319/83f77050-4d3b-4548-8aaf-762b4fa0e147

1970s:
Superman #248: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/superman-1939-248/16cbd991-1c78-410f-9cef-e7b40debbca6
Detective Comics #478-479: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/detective-comics-1937-478/d2871414-b894-4e0e-bd2b-73beeb9216ed

1980s:
Superman #2: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/superman-1986-2/3e16a4db-61a5-44b5-accf-998006bd58a1
Detective Comics #604-607: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/detective-comics-1937-604/dd1cee52-f2db-45dd-8707-408d550dc641

1990s:
Action Comics #672: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/action-comics-1938-672/140972fd-ff91-44a9-9925-ddf7a5e5a2dc
Batman #550: https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/batman-1940-550/ecb8d34b-d039-4c2e-903f-e811d29ee2d9

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Batman (as rundown as I can)
Zero year /year one
Man who laughs
Long Halloween
Dark victory
Killing joke
Death in the family
A lonely place of dying
Knightfall
Hush
Under the red hood
All of grant Morrisons run
Scott Snyder’s run of Batman and all star Batman to metal
Kings run

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Dick is easier :
Dark victory
Robin year one
Teen Titans 80s (no longer cannon but fun)
Nightwing 90s (same here )
New 52
Grayson
Rebirth and Titans

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My favorite DC book right now is the current Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen. Each issue is a great stand alone story by Matt Fraction that is funny and exciting while contributing to a running background plot about the past of Olsen’s family and their history in Metropolis.

While we are waiting for this book to appear digitally you should check out some of the past Jimmy Olsen books on DCU. Jimmy Olsen has managed to get in trouble with almost every hero and villain in DC and his past adventures provide a lot of insight on Superman’s motives. You can see in the past series how Jimmy has had so much influence on Superman’s actions and motives.

If you’re interested in an older title that has an ongoing story, The New Teen Titans (1980s) from Marv Wolfman and George Perez has been entertaining me for a while now, and it kind of got me back into reading comics. Perez happens to be one of my favorite artists. So there’s some bias.

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/the-new-teen-titans-1980-1/10b6f1e3-27f0-4956-ad79-52c98b40f468/

I’d also recommend Batman Year One, it’s four issues and tells a good story from back when Frank Miller was still a pretty strong and respectable voice. You’ll definitely see a lot of familiar stuff here though.

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/batman-1940-404/63605c81-8f1d-45d8-b0e3-ac2f50be585e/batman-year-one-books

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Read John Byrne’s Superman stuff. Any of it. All of it. It’s great stuff, you’ll love it.

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This! I could tell you things to read from 20 years ago, but what good is that if you can’t understand what’s going on?

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If you love Batman and the whole bat family then i highly suggest Scott Snyders run and also there is a run called Batman: Damned. Where Dick is Batman. There’s also an area on here that says “get to know” or you can go to the encyclopedia where it shows you where you should start. Welcome to the community by the way!

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These are great! What would be a good starting comic series for a teenage girl that wants to start reading about Wonder Woman?

Hi there, big Marvel fan here! I wanted to start reading more DC to expand my horizons and wanted to hear some recommendations! I know I like Raven, Batgirl and Zatanna. Any recommendations are appreciated, even if they’re not based on those characters! :catwoman_hv_4:

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I’m curious as to what Raven, Batgirl, and Zatanna stories you have read. The first two characters have “Get to Know” pages here with recommended readings:

https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-raven

https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-batgirl

We also have similar pages for Batwoman, Supergirl, and Catwoman:

https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-batwoman

https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-supergirl

https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-catwoman

With Zatanna, you can check out her solo series and her appearances in Justice League Dark:

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/zatanna-2010/55570ea3-8d04-4254-8f75-e392e55b40c0

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/justice-league-dark-2011/73f0ad59-ccdc-4470-97e7-9c311bc75abb

And there’s also her appearances with the Seven Soldiers of Victory:

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/seven-soldiers-zatanna/0195c7e6-c6d7-4b44-a599-734dd0c59785

https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/seven-soldiers-of-victory/78c42ad2-9286-42a0-a3c7-a98da7ea1949

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I purchased and read Raven, Daughter of Darkness (2018) as it was coming out. I’m currently reading Batgirl: Year One and enjoying it a lot! For Zatanna, I haven’t really read comics following her but I’ve always been interested in the concept of her!

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You might want to check out the 1988 retelling of Zatanna’s origin, which also covers the origin of her father, Zatara (one of DC’s oldest heroes, debuting in Action Comics #1 right beside Superman!). It appears in Secret Origins #27.

Batgirl’s origin was retold around the same time in Secret Origins #20 by Barbara Randall, and Raven’s origins were covered by creator Marv Wolfman in Tales of the New Teen Titans #2.

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Thank you! Any personal recommendations? Comics you love?

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I’m particularly fond of Barbara Gordon, and my go-to series for her is Batman Family, which is set during her days in Congress. Granted, the comic is from the mid-1970s, so if you’re not used to Bronze Age storytelling, it will take a bit of adjustment. The Gordon family gets a nice (if disturbing) feature in the story Black Mirror, set during Dick Grayson’s time as Batman.

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You might be interested in Stargirl who will be getting a show here soon.

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Welcome to the Distinguished Competition lol. For Zatanna, you gotta check out her solo series from Dini

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I recommend reading Batgirl Rebirth (2016) to get up to date on the character. But yeah, each character has a get to know page that’s really helpful. Hope you have fun!

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What type of marvel books do you like? Then people can recommend DC books with similar vibes. -C

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For more Raven stuff, I would recommend reading the Wolfman/Perez run of New Teen Titans. A lot of classic Raven stories stem out of those books, particularly those involving Trigon.

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