Reading ALL of the New 52

I’ve been reading the entire New 52 in order here on DC Universe and have been using this as my source to know what to read and in what order:

https://comicbookreadingorders.com/dc/new-52-reading-order-part-1/

So far I’m loving it. I didn’t really get into comics until about four years ago and my knowledge of DC was pretty limited to the tent pole characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc. Reading the New 52 takes me to every corner of the DC Universe and introduces me to characters I never knew before - and in more than just a cameo. These characters get their own books, their own storylines and I’m enjoying absorbing it all.

Characters like:
Voodoo
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E
O.M.A.C.
The Blackhawks
The Demon Knights
Team 7
The Shade

…and I’m not even halfway through the first part! Still over 1,500 books to go!

While I’ve enjoyed a lot of books so far last night I hit upon my favorite so far - Batwoman. The first five books of her 2011 New 52 run were outstanding. The artwork and layout was gorgeous. The characters were fascinating and compelling and this Bones guy from the DEO…I love him already. It was late when I started book #1 but I was hooked and had to finish the storyline before I went to bed. Those are issues I will seek hardcopies of - they were true works of art.

I’m just starting the Green Lantern Corps with characters I’m more familiar with but can’t wait to see where it all goes from here. Reading all of the New 52 would have cost thousands but with DC Universe it’s all possible for just $75 a year thanks to my annual subscription.

I love DC Universe and I’m loving this journey through the entire DC Universe. Back to it!

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Ohh thanks for the link!

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Do you find it disorientating to read part of one series then move to another? Looking at that list, which is really cool, I don’t think I could do that. I’d rather just read through, series by series or else I’d get lost.

But reading through New 52 is actually a cool goal. Nice idea!

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A little bit, yes, but I guess I’m used to it now. I kind of look at it as if I’m picking up issues at my local comic shop each week/month. I wouldn’t wait to get all 12 issues of a story before I read another story so this is similar. There’s also enough overlap in stories and characters to make it worth doing - like O.M.A.C showing up in Justice League International and me already knowing who he was and why he was a badass. O.M.A.C fighting Frankenstein was one of my favorite moments so far as well.

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That is a good way of looking at it. I didn’t think about it like that. When I’m reading a full run I like to just read it, not jump from story to story. But I guess I do that each week with new releases.

I’ve read some New 52 but mostly main story lines. I’ll have to add the ones I haven’t read to my reading list now.

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This list I’m using does a good job of grouping issues together to complete storylines. There are some one offs here and there but for the most part they conclude a storyline before moving on. For example I’m reading Green Lantern Corps #1-6 which tells a story from start to finish and then I’ll move on to another series. Eventually I’ll come back for GLC #7 and it’ll take a moment to remember where they left off but, like a new series, I pick it up pretty quick.

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August General in Iron had a panel in Justice League International that was so rewarding and epic - it is one I wish I could have framed and hung on my wall. I loved that moment and yet had never heard of him before I started this project. Those moments make this whole thing an enjoyable labor of love and keep me reading “just one more issue” before I close the app. Plus I’m racking up rewards points quickly!

I got more into DC (apart from Green Lantern) with the New 52. It was very good at introducing me to more characters than I knew before.

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This project continues and I’m currently reading ‘Batwing’ issues #1-4. I had never read any of Batwing before this and knew very little about the character - I’m loving the action taking place in Africa and getting to see a whole different version of Batman. He’s made Batwing almost like a Batman franchise for Africa giving him the tech, the suit and the mystique to fight crime and bring justice to a new continent.

Earlier @Row.Harper asked me about these books jumping around and as I’ve gone from ‘I, Vampire’ to ‘Detective Comics’ to ‘Justice League Dark’ within three issues - all dealing with the same topic/battle - I love it. I would never have picked up all of those books back when they were released and probably would have just read Detective Comics or Justice League Dark but to read all of them gives you the full story and a better experience.

It’s also been rewarding to have the payoff of books you read weeks/months ago come back and to already be familiar with the characters - ones you would not have known about otherwise. ‘I, Vampire #0’ was literally the 26th book I read in this endeavor and to have Andrew Bennett and Mary, Queen of Blood come back hundreds of issues later was great. It was like seeing an old friend.

Jumping from one book/series to the next feels like the greatest crossover event I could have ever asked for as this literally takes me to every corner of the DC Universe and let’s me explore each character, hero, villain, location and story in depth. This isn’t just a panel or two where Resurrection Man or Blue Beetle makes an appearance it’s an entire book about him and there’s more than one!

I can’t recommend this enough to those of you that want to make the most of your DC Universe subscription, want a project to do while we’re staying home due to COVID or who just want to learn more about different characters in the DC Universe. I’m not even 1/3 of the way through this yet but I’m already so happy I did this and can’t wait to see where it take me next.

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I’ve made it to ‘The Red Lanterns’ and to see Atrocitus presented as the hero, to see his perspective on why he has rage and why he believes using it to purge the universe of evil, even though it creates more evil, is just is fantastic. I’ve always liked the Red Lanterns as the villains to the Green Lanterns but having them as the focus of their own books is very fun to read.

Oh, and Resurrection Man may be one of my all-time favorite DC characters now. I don’t know what it is about characters that can die but simply come back to live again but I love them - Hawkman and Resurrection Man need to team up at some point and fight evil through the millennia.

I am doing the same thing but with Rebirth. Also using the comic book reading orders site. I started last year and got almost 200 issues in before having to cancel due to unemployment from the pandemic. But I back at it with a new job. Even thought it had been a while I started remembering what had happened as the writers are good at referencing past events. I’m not going to read everything, probably 85-90%.

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In my opinion Batman by Snyder, Batwoman by JH, and Wonder Woman by Azzerello are the best series that came out of the New 52. It struggled in a few parts, but what it did right really stood out and was a great triumph.

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The New 52 Batwoman is stunning to look at. Extremely creative visual layout and artwork, great story and yes - that’s been a highlight so far for sure. Good call.

If/When I ever finish The New 52 I will almost assuredly start up on Rebirth (after DC You, of course). This place makes projects like that feasible and affordable and it’s one of the many reasons I am a VERY happy DC Universe Infinite subscriber.

Congrats on the new job and glad to have you back on here. Cheers to Comic Book Reading Orders for giving us easy to follow lists to use!

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