Batman Fear State Reading Order

Fear State is a major Bat-family crossover event and James Tynion IV’s final storyline in his Batman run. The storyline debuted in August 2021 and finished in December 2021. It is a fairly decent storyline which was well received and a good send off for Tynion.

The synopsis involves the Scarecrow taking over Gotham with fear (nothing new) at the same time as The Magistrate initiative trying to rule Gotham like a police state.

Fear State gas 28 issues in total with Future State and Infinite Frontier as highly recommended pre-reading.

Batman Fear State Trade Reading Order


As usual, buying the trades is the easiest and cheapest way to read Fear State, but it might not be in the perfect order as outlined in the issue by issue reading order. Nevertheless, with the trades you will still get the full storyline or the main series, if you wish.

What this omnibus is missing is the Detective Comics, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Nightwing and Urban Legends tie ins – this is quite a few issues but not important for you to not get the essential story beats.

Batman The Fear State Saga

Just like with The Joker War, DC have released an omnibus which covers the core issues. This omnibus collects Batman #112-#117, Batman: Secret Files: The Gardener #1, Batman: Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1, Batman: Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1, Batman: Fear State Alpha #1, Batman: Fear State: Omega #1

Batman: Fear State Saga
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tynion IV, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Batman, Volume 5: Fear State

If you get the above omnibus, skip this as it contains Batman #112-#117 which is present in the Saga book.Catwoman, Volume 6: Fear State

Batman Vol. 5: Fear State
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tynion IV, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Catwoman, Volume 6: Fear State

Not essential reading bit will completely the set. Ram V and Nina Vakueva have come up with the goods here. Collects Catwoman #34-#38 go which #35-#37 are Fear State tie ins.

Catwoman 6: Fear State
  • V., Ram (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 07/05/2022 (Publication Date) - Dc Comics (Publisher)

Nightwing: Fear State

Tom Taylor’s writers the Nightwing Tie ins. This collection collects Nightwing #84-#88 and Nightwing Annual 2021. Issues #84-#86 are Fear State tie ins.

Nightwing: Fear State
  • Hardcover Book
  • Taylor, Tom (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Batman Detective Comics: Fear State

Detective comics are always a part of a Bat-family crossover. This trade collects Mark Tamaki’s Detective Comics #1040-#1046. #1043-#1045 are the actual tie ins but they are so irrelevant it could be easily skipped despite Fear State branding appearing all over the cover. Very odd.

Batman Detective Comics 2: Fear State
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tamaki, Mariko (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Harley Quinn, Volume 2 – Keepsake

Collects Harley Quinn #7-#12.

Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Keepsake
  • Phillips, Stephanie Nicole (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 10/10/2023 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Owning all of the above leaves you with just these issues to get:

  • Harley Quinn #6, 2021 Annual
  • Batman Urban Legends #8 and #9

Batman Fear State Issue by Issue Reading Order

  1. Detective Comics #1043
  2. Detective Comics #1044
  3. Detective Comics #1045
  4. Catwoman #34
  5. Harley Quinn #6
  6. Harley Quinn 2021 Annual
  7. Harley Quinn #7
  8. Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1
  9. Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1
  10. Batman Fear State – Alpha #1
  11. Batman #112
  12. Batman: Urban Legends #8 – Batwoman’s story
  13. Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1
  14. Batman #113
  15. Catwoman #35
  16. Nightwing #84
  17. Batman #114
  18. Batman #115
  19. Catwoman #36
  20. Nightwing #85
  21. Harley Quinn #8
  22. Batman #116
  23. Batman: Urban Legends #9 – Batwoman’s story
  24. Nightwing #86
  25. Catwoman #37
  26. Harley Quinn #9
  27. Batman #117
  28. Batman: Fear State: Omega #1

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