Batman Zero Year Reading Order

Zero Year is a 26 issue crossover storyline during the New 52 (Read the full New 52 reading order) which was original published between June 2013 and July 2014. Zero Year is a reimagining of some of Batman’s origins with the New 52 reboot, although it does incorporate some of Batman’s origin “lore”. However, Zero Year is a completely different take on the origins which takes a look at Batman’s early Suits, the Red Hood Gang and a young Riddler.

Chronologically, Zero Year is the first reading order in the New 52 if you wanted to read N52 in a strict manner. If you want to read Scott Snyder, click here.

Despite being a crossover, Zero Year is a Batman driven storyline which can easily be enjoyed without the tie-ins. In this Year Zero reading order page we have included two ways to enjoy the crossover – a full issue by issue reading order which includes all the tie ins and a trade reading order which is easier and cheaper to read and enjoy.

Full Batman: Zero Year Reading Order


The full, chronological reading order for Batman: Zero Year is as follows:

  1. Batman #0
  2. Batman #21
  3. Batman #22
  4. Batman #23
  5. Batman #2
  6. Batman #24
  7. Detective Comics #25
  8. Batwing #25
  9. Action Comics #25
  10. Green Arrow #25
  11. Batman #25
  12. Nightwing #25
  13. Batgirl #25
  14. Green Lantern Corps #25
  15. Red Hood and the Outlaws #25
  16. Batwoman #25
  17. Birds of Prey #25
  18. Catwoman #25
  19. The Flash #25
  20. Batman #26
  21. Batman #27
  22. Batman #29
  23. Batman #30
  24. Batman #31
  25. Batman #32
  26. Batman #33

As you can see, the beginning and end are Batman issues and all the tie ins are in the middle.

Batman: Zero Year Trade Reading Order

Reading Zero Year is made a lot easier and cheaper by purchasing the three trades.

Batman: Zero Year - Secret City
1,515 Reviews
Batman: Zero Year - Secret City
  • Snyder, Scott (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 10/07/2014 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

This is the first trade and collects issues #21-24, #0, and Batman Annual #2 which is the beginning of the storyline.

DC Comics: Zero Year
203 Reviews
DC Comics: Zero Year
  • Snyder, Scott (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 448 Pages - 04/07/2015 (Publication Date) - Dc Comics (Publisher)

Next up is the trade which collects the tie in issues and one slight overlap. collects Batman #24-25, Detective Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Catwoman #25, The Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and The Outlaws #25 and Action Comics #25.

Batman: Zero Year - Dark City
1,348 Reviews
Batman: Zero Year - Dark City
  • Snyder, Scott (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 05/05/2015 (Publication Date) - Dc Comics (Publisher)

Finally, you have the second Batman Trade which collects the final issues of Zero City.Collects Batman #25-27 and #29-33. And you’re done!

The next reading order is The Court of Owls.

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