What are some good jumping in points?

Death “in” the family is a Batman and Robin and joker story from the 80’s.

Death “of” the family is about the joker and the rest of the bat family.

Both great stories. Trying to be as vague as possible describing the story itself lol. Don’t wanna spoil anything.


Teen Titans: Judas Contract is a lot of fun. It skirts around the Batman universe while doing it’s own thing. I would probably read that before Death in the Family which is a great suggestion as well.


If you want something that’s DC but wildly different, give titles from the Wildstorm imprint a whirl.

Here’s a few Wildstorm titles worth your time that are available on DCU:

-The Authority (1999)
-Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday (1997)
-Planetary (1999)
-Sleeper (2003)
-WildC.A.T.S (1992)


Most people start with a favorite character. Then learn more about that character. Then pick another character.

If you have no knowledge of DC Comics I suggest the video
Secret Origins The History of DC Comics

In an hour and a half you would get a good general background of the Golden Age Silver Age and Bronze Age of DC comics. Including the three most famous Wriers from Englanf Alan Moore Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison

If you are interested in recent comics

I suggest the following Titles

Aquaman 2011
DC Rebirth 1 2016
Superman Lois and Clark followed by
Superman Rebirth 2016 followed by Super Sons
Wonder Woman 2016 Year One Issues 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
Detective Comics 2016 intro to Bat Family
Green Lanterns 2016
The Flinstones

Aquaman 2016
RedHood and the Outlaw 2016
New Superman 2016
Titans Hunt
Titans with.Orginal Titans 2016
Demon Knights
Earth 2 issue 17 on
Worlds Finest

Justice League Dark 2018
Shazam 2018
Hawkman 2018

If you have Browse on your Device

Getting to Know has
Start Reading Articles for
Dick Grayson in middle of page
Teen Titans
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Sort alphabetically

Sort Storylines alphabetically
to get Storylines that begin with the character’s name like Batman.

The Encyclopedia may give you important titles and issues for the character you are interested in.

If ypu want to start with earliest issues
Filter Comic by Era to get Golden.Age
And read Only the following

Superman 1
Batman 1
Wonder Woman 1

Finally look.at Movie and TV to see if any videos interest you.

The DC Animation.Universe starts with
Batman The Animated Series
Superman the Animated Series
Justice League
Justice League Unlimited

Also Wonder Woman TV series
Superman 1978 movie with Christopher Reeves

And original Content
Titans two seasons
(partially based on
New Teen Titans 1980
Teen Titans 2003
Titans Hunt)
Young Justice (three seasons of original storylines)
Doom.Patrol (1989 Doom Patrol 19 Crawling from the Wreckage Grant Morrison)
swamp Thing (1984 Saga of Swamp Thing 21 The Anatomy Lesson Alan Moore)

In Community
There are Book Clubs, most of which are starting out such as
DC History Club

See join a club in community events


I started with rebirth. I’d keep in the back of your mind that 5G is coming


Okay thank you, I did see your post that I appreciated about how 5g is going to work. To be fair, probably because i’m not too familiar with DC but i’m a little confused as to how that all is going to work and why things that were cannon are being kicked out and such.


That’s one of the fun things about reboots and relaunches (there is a difference between the two): piecing together the new framework and what it all means going forward.


After you get a feel for DC comics

If you are the type of person who wants a broad history leason.on.when major things happened related to Comic Books

I have two topics listed in Essential Resources

if you want to learn significant events in super hero genre history

if you want to learn how Superman Batman.and Wonder Woman were created

If you want anothet short list of my recommendations that covers from.the 1960s on ( all but two are in.the Library)


Welcome @pattyice420! I’m showing my bias here, but for me, you can’t go wrong with some of the post-Crisis late 80s runs: Byrne’s Superman, Batman: Year One and the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans and Wonder Woman runs…in many ways, the effects of those runs are STILL being felt 30 years later. And of course, the Geoff Johns Green Lantern run is one of the all time greats!



@black_bat says

If you want to start reading

Just after 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths

If you want to stay in time period of 1987

Superman Man of Steel by John Byrne

Wonder Woman by George Perez

Batman Year One by Frank.Miller

Justice League International

Are great reads

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Thank you for the green lantern recommendation! I’ve been wanting to start on green lantern


There are several grrat

on Green Lantern

To find them easily

Go to Comic books
Sort alphabetically
Find the Green Lantern storylines
Find ones by Geoff Johns
Write doen Publication.Date
Manually Sort by Datr

Read in ordet.


My jumping on point was Scott Snyder’s Batman run from the New 52, particularly the Court of Owls and City of Owls stories as well as Zero Year: Secret City and Zero Year: Dark City. Court of Owls is one of the greatest recent Batman stories and Zero Year is an excellent re-telling of Batman’s origin that’s great for beginners (and one of my all-time favs.) I would also recommend DC’s New Frontier as it gives a great introduction to most of DC’s hero roster as well as being a great read all around.


Dc comics New Frontier ts great

Some people find issue 1 not to their liking and can be skipped.

It includes the origins of Martian Manhunter and the Martian Manhunter.

In some ways it is Golden Age Superman Batman.and Wonder Woman with just beginning Silver Age heroes.

Some have not yet to become heroes yet like Ray Palmer brfore he was the Atom

Hero films have the slow walk with the leader and his crew.

In this case there is a wonderful page where all the characters

Costumed heroes

All walk together as they try to save the world from destruction

The complete titles is in.the library including a zany solo isdue with Amazons flying in the air and Wonder Woman.and Black Canary at a Playboy Club.


@TurokSonOfStone1950 ■■■■ sounds wild imma check it out


By the way

That is Gloria Steinem in the end panel

One of her first reporting job was being a Playboy Bunny.

She was also responsible for Wonder Woman getting her powers back after DC comics had her lose them

Wonder Woman.was on.the cover of the first issue of Ms Magazine which Gloris created.


Definitely check out Kingdom Come and Justice Society of America: Thy Kingdom Come! Those are my personal, all time favorite comic book tales. Superman: Secret Origin, Identity Crisis, and Batman: The Long Halloween would round out my TOP 5 favorite tales. And as for entire runs, Jeph Loeb’s Superman/Batman is ABSOLUTE greatness, Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern is one of the BEST superhero stories ever, Levitz’s Legion of Superheroes is ESSENTIAL, and Palmiotti and Conner’s Harley Quinn is a MUST read. There are SO MANY more amazing stories, but I guarantee these will not disappoint!! Happy reading!! :slight_smile:


My advice is to take what you’ve read (even the marvel stuff) and pay attention to the writers. Then I would try to follow the writers. I know that doesn’t really narrow it down for you. But I feel whenever a writer starts a run is a good jumping in point and it might be a safe bet for something you might enjoy. But also seeing what everyone’s posted so far those are all good jumping in points.


One thing you have to determine with “jumping in points” is where you want to jump in. You may want to sample a few stories from each era to get a sense for how you feel about various periods in DC history. I’ll give you a sampling of various “jumping in points” (before the obvious one, the New 52) for Batman available on DC Universe.

A. Golden Age (1939-1951)

  1. Detective Comics #27 (1939)
    Batman’s first appearance. Obvious choice? Maybe, but the character is still in the process of being defined.

  2. Batman #1 (1940)
    Joker’s and Catwoman’s first appearances. The beginning of the classic rogues gallery and the final instance of Batman using a gun to kill the villains.

  • Note: DC Universe has most of the Batman stories from 1940 to early 1948, but then there’s a big gap until 1961. The issues between that gap have yet to be digitized.

B. Silver Age (1956-1969)

  1. Detective Comics #298 (1961)
    Clayface II’s first appearance. The wacky, absurd early Silver Age adventures continue through issue #326.

  2. Batman #164 (1964)
    First appearance of the yellow Batman logo. The stories begin resembling the Golden Age again. The same shift occurs in Detective Comics #327.

C. Bronze Age (1970-1986)

  1. Detective Comics #393 & Batman #217 (1969)
    The stories that begin the status quo change of 1970, where Robin goes to college and Batman lives in a penthouse.

  2. Detective Comics #469 (1977)
    Rupert Thorne’s first appearance. The arc that begins here sets in motion the events of the early-to-mid 1980s Batman stories.

D. Dark Age (1987-2000)

  1. Batman #401 & Detective Comics #568 (1986)
    The first issues directly tied to post-Crisis continuity. They are quickly followed by new writers’ runs and the Year One/Year Two stories.

  2. Batman #0 and Detective Comics #0 (1994)
    The first issues following Zero Hour. Dick Grayson briefly fills in as Batman before Bruce returns with a darker costume.

E. Modern Age (2000-2011)

  1. Detective Comics #742 & Batman #575 (2000)
    The first stories set in the rebuilt Gotham after No Man’s Land. Crispus Allen’s first appearance and a shift toward a focus on the Gotham police.

  2. Detective Comics #817 & Batman #651 (2006)
    The first stories set after Infinite Crisis. Batman quickly brings order to Gotham, but a major shakeup comes a few issues in with the arrival of Damian Wayne.


The Blackest Night series has many of the DC characters. It is one of my favorites. It really highlights characters strengths and weaknesses. This event included Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, mainly the Green Lanterns and other lantern corps, most of the Justice League. It is an epic event with great artwork. I don’t know how many times I’ve reread it.
It was one of the series that had me branch out and explore more characters.