DC Convergence Reading Order

Now that Convergence #0 has been released, and since I am reading more DC superhero stuff than I ever had in the past, I have decided to jump in head first and see what this will be all about. I have pre-ordered more of the tie-ins than I could afford from Discount Comic Book Service, as well as the entire run of Convergence. With the 40 2-issue miniseries tie-ins it is hard to figure out the order of what to read and when. I personally have focused heavily on Bat-titles, a few classic characters, and ones by known great writers like Greg Rucka.

The miniseries itself is not universally in the New 52, and actually it is divided up by several events. This include “Crisis on Infinity Earths,” Zero Hour: Crisis in Time,” and “Flashpoint.” You will note that many of the miniseries below are going to be divided into periods of time that are pre or post different multiversity events. This means that many are in the old universe and some in the New 52 universe. The goal of the Convergence event is to diversify the continuity, breaking it down into different universes where stories can happen. While many geeks are up in arms about this, it actually provides a lot of opportunities since writers will be less constrained by archaic continuity and can instead just write great stories.

Much of this DC Convergence reading order was taking from How I Love Comics, Comic Book Resources, and other websites that were brought together to give a better sense of how and what to read. It should be said that the miniseries could be read separate from the regular series, but it would be good to have some background with the character and are reading the regular miniseries event. All DC universe series will be suspended during this event, which coincides them moving their studios over to Burbank.

Lead-Up Stories

While Convergence #0 should explain everything you need to know going in there are a few stories/issues that hint of lead up to Convergence. These are:

Superman: Doomed #2

Future’s End

Earth 2: World’s End

Future’s End: Booster Gold #1

Grant Morrison’s Multiversity

Convergence

Written by Jeff King, Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell. Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia.

Convergence #0 – April 1st

Convergence #1 – April 8th

Convergence #2 – April 15th

Convergence #3 – April 22nd

Convergence #4 – April 29th

Convergence #5 – May 6th

Convergence #6 – May 13th

Convergence #7 – May 20th

Convergence #8 – May 27th

Tie-Ins

Convergence will also feature 40 two-part miniseries that spin out of the main story. These are not all essential to read but instead centre around a character or team from a certain period in DC Comics history. If you want to read the tie-ins would suggest reading Convergence #0 for some background then reading any of the titles with characters or creative teams that take your interest.

The Atom

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Tom Peyer. Art by Steve Yeowell.

Convergence: The Atom #1 – April 8th

Convergence: The Atom #2 – May 6th

Batgirl

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Alisa Kwitney. Art by Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington.

Convergence: Batgirl #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Batgirl #2  – May 6th

Batman & Robin

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Ron Marz. Art by Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson.

Convergence: Batman & Robin #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Batman & Robin #2 – May 6th

Harley Quinn

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Steve Pugh. Art by Phil Winslade and John Dell.

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2  – May 6th

Justice League

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Vicente Cifuentes.

Convergence: Justice League #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Justice League #2  – May 6th

Nightwing/Oracle

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Gail Simone. Art by Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons

Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2  – May 6th

The Question

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Cully Hamner.

Convergence: The Question #1 – April 8th

Convergence: The Question #2 – May 6th

Speed Force

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Tony Bedard. Art by Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons.

Convergence: Speed Force #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Speed Force #2 – May 6th

Superman

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written Dan Jurgens. Art by Lee Weeks and Dan Jurgens.

Convergence: Superman #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Superman #2 – May 6th

Titans

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan.

Convergence: Titans #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Titans #2 – May 6th

Aquaman

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Tony Bedard. Art by Cliff Richards.

Convergence: Aquaman #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Aquaman #2 – May 13th

Batman: Shadow of the Bat

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Larry Hama. Art by Philip Tan and Jason Paz.

Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #2 – May 13th

Catwoman

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Justin Gray. Art by Ron Randall.

Convergence: Catwoman #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Catwoman #2 – May 13th

Green Arrow

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Christy Marx. Art by Rags Morales and Claude St-Aubin.

Convergence: Green Arrow #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Green Arrow #2 – May 13th

Green Lantern/Parallax

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Tony Bedard. Art by Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold.

Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #2 – May 13th

Justice League International

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Ron Marz. Art by Mike Manley.

Convergence: Justice League International #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Justice League International #2 – May 13th

Suicide Squad

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Tom Mandrake.

Convergence: Suicide Squad #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Suicide Squad #2 – May 13th

Superboy

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr.

Convergence: Superboy #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Superboy #2 – May 13th

Supergirl: Matrix

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Keith Giffen. Art by Ramon Bachs.

Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #2 – May 13th

Superman: The Man of Steel

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Louise Simonson. Art by June Brigman and Roy Richardson.

Convergence: Superman: The Man of Steel #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Superman: The Man of Steel #2 – May 13th

The Adventures of Superman

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens.

Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #2 – May 20th

Batman and the Outsiders

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Marc Andreyko. Art by Carlos D’anda.

Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #2 – May 20th

The Flash

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Federico Dallocchio.

Convergence: The Flash #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: The Flash #2 – May 20th

Green Lantern Corps

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by David Gallaher. Art by Steve Ellis and Ande Parks.

Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2 – May 20th

Hawkman

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written Jeff Parker. Art by Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena.

Convergence: Hawkman #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Hawkman #2 – May 20th

Justice League America

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Chriscross.

Convergence: Justice League America #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Justice League America #2 – May 20th

New Teen Titans

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Nicola Scott and Marc Deering.

Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 – May 20th

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Stuart Moore. Art by Gus Storms and Mark Farmer.

Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2 – May 20th

Swamp Thing

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Len Wein. Art by Kelley Jones.

Convergence : Swamp Thing #1 – April 22nd

Convergence : Swamp Thing #2 – May 20th

Wonder Woman

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Larry Hama. Art by Josh Middleton.

Convergence: Wonder Woman #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Wonder Woman #2 – May 20th

Action Comics

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Justin Gray. Art by Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons.

Convergence: Action Comics #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Action Comics #2 – May 27th

Blue Beetle

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Scott Lobdell. Art by Yishan Li.

Convergence: Blue Beetle #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 – May 27th

Booster Gold

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.

Convergence: Booster Gold #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Booster Gold #2 – May 27th

Crime Syndicate

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Brian Buccellato. Art by Phil Winslade.

Convergence: Crime Syndicate #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Crime Syndicate #2 – May 27th

Detective Comics

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Len Wein. Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Convergence: Detective Comics #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Detective Comics #2 – May 27th

Infinity Inc.

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Ben Caldwell.

Convergence: Infinity Inc. #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Infinity Inc. #2 – May 27th

Justice Society of America

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott.

Convergence: Justice Society of America #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Justice Society of America #2 – May 27th

Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Simon Oliver. Art by John Mccrea.

Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #2 – May 27th

Shazam

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Jeff Parker. Art by Evan “Doc” Shaner.

Convergence: Shazam #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Shazam #2 – May 27th

World’s Finest Comics

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Paul Levitz. Art by Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein (with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler).

Convergence: World’s Finest Comics #1 – April 29th

Convergence: World’s Finest Comics #2 – May 27th

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