The Complete Watchmen/Before Watchmen Reading Order


Now that DC Rebirth has brought back the Watchmen into our collective consciousness, we thought it might be nice to return to the controversial Before Watchmen miniseries and how all of the books relate together in a coherent canon.  While the Before Watchmen books have been roundly attacked by Watchman creator Alan Moore(as has most things), the books do try to round out the mythology a bit and add far more content than there ever was with the original Watchmen maxi-series.  Adding in DC Rebirth, and now there is a complex set of books that are difficult to find the order for.

To solve this quandry, we have developed the complete Watchmen and Before Watchmen reading order, starting with the almost complete one offered by Comic Book Reader Orders.  We are also adding the newest incarnation, and we will continue to add more if the Watchmen play a larger role in the DC Rebirth relaunch event.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 (2012)
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4


Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill #1 (2012)

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #5
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #6

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 (2012)


Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1 (2012)
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3

Before Watchmen: Comedian #1 (2012)
Before Watchmen: Comedian #2
Before Watchmen: Comedian #3

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4


Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1 (2012)
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #2
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #4


Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #2
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #3
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #4


Before Watchmen: Comedian #4
Before Watchmen: Comedian #5
Before Watchmen: Comedian #6

Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 (2012)

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #5


Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 (2012)
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #2
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #3
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #4

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #6


Watchmen #1 (1986)
Watchmen #2
Watchmen #3
Watchmen #4

Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 (2012)
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #2
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #3
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #4

Watchmen #5

Before Watchmen: Moloch #2


Watchmen #6
Watchmen #7
Watchmen #8
Watchmen #9
Watchmen #10
Watchmen #11
Watchmen #12

DC Rebirth #1

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