Where To Start Reading? New 52 or Rebirth?

While valid, I just have so many negatives associated with the n52’s creative choices and story quality and implications that I just don’t ever recommend it as a starting place for new readers. But then, I also think that you should just find a story that sounds cool, and read that, then follow the characters and creators that you liked as you build out your knowledge and experience. Wikis and fan forums exist to help out with questions!


Absolutely. I think most critiques of N52 are centered around what was lost/removed, but there are a lot of weird choices that were never given good backstory. Personally, I enjoyed the novelty of a lot of it, but some were just painful. I’m thinking more from a new reader perspective, it has less “baggage” to jump in to, but you’re absolutely right that some some stories can just be discouraging for a reader.


With The New 52, you can start with just one series, Justice League (2011), which officially was the debut New 52 title.

With Rebirth, you can start with the DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot, then go off into whichever franchises interest you the most, with The Flash, Superman and Titans being the best starting points, per what happens in DCUR.

So, what sounds more inviting to you, @Amartinez2003? One era (The New 52) that begins with one ongoing, or the subsequent era (Rebirth) that began with a one-shot, which then extended into assorted ongoing titles?

Whichever is of greater interest to you is where you should start.

Also, don’t worry about fitting any figurative puzzle pieces together immediately. Just make your choice and enjoy the ride as it unfolds.


First of all, Welcome! Second, I would argue you do need to read some of the old material to understand what is going on. Characters like Batman and Green Lantern didn’t really get rebooted due to their stories being so highly regarded, so they make references to stuff that has already been established before the new 52. Rebirth is in a similar boat in that it connects to old material but it’s done in a slightly better way.

If I could ask, what kind of characters or stories are you interested in?

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Thanks for the advice! I am currently trying Rebirth, but I’ll probably go back and read the New 52 later on.

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Sounds good. Rebirth is my favorite modern era of DC, so I say that you have chosen wisely.


Currently I am planning on reading the comics of the individual justice league members, however, I am open to trying out any other characters. Any character or story that is interesting and cool I am willing to try out!

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Ok, Here is a list of some great stories/series that are worth reading

Batman (He usually has the best stories)
Batman: Year One (Best Batman Origin Story)
Legends of the Dark Knight (#1-23)
The Long Halloween and Dark Victory
Robin: Year One
Batgirl: Year One
Batman Ego
Detective Comics #457 - There is No Hope in Crime Alley!
Detective Comics #500 - To Kill A Legend and other stories
Second Chances
The Cult
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth
Death in the Family
Detective Comics by Alan Grant (#583 - #614)
A Lonely Place of Dying
Under The Red Hood
Batman New 52
Detective Comics Rebirth
The Dark Knight Returns
The Black Mirror
Detective Comics #1000
Detective Comics #1027

Others worth reading
Mister Miracle by Tom King
Swamp Thing by Alan Moore (start at #20 or #21)
Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison (start at #19)
Kingdom Come
All Star Superman
Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?
Zatanna by Paul Dini
DC: The New Frontier
The Question by Dennis O’Neil
Batwoman: Elegy and Batwoman New 52
The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman
Suicide Squad by John Ostrander
Wonder Woman by George Perez
Superman Rebirth by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Green Lantern/Green Arrow: Hard Travelin Heroes
The World’s Greatest Superheroes by Alex Ross and Paul Dini

Stories/Series worth looking up that are not on here
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Animal Man by Grant Morrison
The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Green Arrow by Mike Grell
The Vampire Batman Trilogy (I think they have Red Rain which is part 1, but none of the others)
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman


These are all available here:



Wow! Thank you so much!

Thank you!

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Thank You! I tried looking them up but had no idea they were in the collected edition.


In case you haven’t seen it yet, may I humbly recommend my Digitized Comics Unavailable (or in Alternate Locations) on DC Universe Infinite: A Directory thread? In particular, the Digitized Comics Available in Reprints on DCUI list, which is useful for finding titles exactly like those: ones that are on here, but in alternate locations different from their actual title that make them hard to find.


Much thanks!


I started with new 52 batman. but also read a lot of rebirth.
All I can say is I preferred the more updated and newer comics. But it depends on what interests you most. if you want to read batman for the first time, I recommend “batman year 1” It should give you a good idea of batman. but you also can start with the new 52 since they just created all new storylines. (I really loved Scott Snyders batman from the new 52). just find a character you really love and read the 1st volume or issue for their comics. Welcome to the DC universe!!

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Here’s my viewpoint

Secret Origins the Story of DC Comics

In that hour and a half you will get a good overview of most of our comic book library. It was filmed in.2009 so of course can’t talk about newer than that

The DC History Club has this video as the topic for the month of September 2020

This is my complete list for New DC Readers. It is intended to introduce most of the major characters of the universe at a basic level. It is by year.

This is my
Batman for new readers

if you want to learn significant events in super hero genre history. Most significant issues are mentioned here. It is by year


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



I love reading from all eras. But I really like the ReBirth stuff.
But hey, any day of reading comics, is a good day. :sunglasses::+1:t2:

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Thank you so much!

Thank you! The DC history club sounds very interesting, as does the video.

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Very true, I must say.