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Batman Joker War Reading Order

Batman: Joker War Reading Order: How to read the last Batman event?

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Not The war of Jokes and Riddles, another war with the Joker.

What is the Joker War about?

Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Jorge Jimenez, Batman: The Joker War is taking us to issue #100 of the series with a story in which The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time.

So, here is the official synopsis: The Joker has never wanted to win before, he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. As The Joker’s plan to assemble an army materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness is Harley Quinn. And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage Joker has unleashed—and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!


Batman: Joker War Reading Order:

This is a reading order is based on what was announced. Changes could happen. Thanks for letting me know if you think changes need to be made.

I. Joker War Prelude

  1. Batman Vol 1 Their Dark Designs Joker War Reading OrderBatman: Their Dark Designs – This is the previous storyline written by James Tynion IV, what took place before the Joker War. It’s a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he’s not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything.
  2. Nightwing #70
  3. Detective Comics #1022
  4. Nightwing #71
  5. Detective Comics #1023
  6. Nightwing #72

II. The Main Event

Of course, you must read the main Batman series, the rest is mostly optional if you only want the essential.

  1. Batman The Joker War Reading OrderBatman #95
  2. Batgirl #47
  3. Detective Comics #1024
  4. Batman #96
  5. Harley Quinn #75
  6. Detective Comics #1025
  7. Batman #97
  8. Nightwing #73
  9. Batgirl #48
  10. Detective Comics #1026
  11. Red Hood: Outlaw #48
  12. Batman #98
  13. Nightwing #74
  14. Batman #99
  15. Catwoman #25
  16. Batgirl #49
  17. Batman: The Joker War Zone
  18. Batman #100

III. After the Event

Like always, when there’s a big event, there are consequences. Those books deal with that.

  1. Nightwing #75
  2. Catwoman #26
  3. Batgirl #50

Joker War: The Collected Editions

Batman The Joker War Reading Order Batman The Joker War Reading Order Companion Vol 2 Batman The Joker War Reading Order Companion Vol 1

  1. Batman: The Joker War – Collects Batman #95-100.
  2. Batman: The Joker War Companion Vol. 1 – Collects Nightwing #70-73, Batgirl #47-48, and Detective Comics #1022-1024.
  3. Batman: The Joker War Companion Vol. 2 – Collects Red Hood: Outlaw #48, Nightwing #75, Harley Quinn #75, Catwoman #25-26, and Batman: The Joker War Zone #1.


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  1. ReeRee

    Batman #93 is missing from the prelude

    • Fabien

      If I’m not mistaken, this issue is part of the “Batman: Their Dark Designs” storyline.

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