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.
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:
- Batman #0
- Batman #21
- Batman #22
- Batman #23
- Batman #2
- Batman #24
- Detective Comics #25
- Batwing #25
- Action Comics #25
- Green Arrow #25
- Batman #25
- Nightwing #25
- Batgirl #25
- Green Lantern Corps #25
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #25
- Batwoman #25
- Birds of Prey #25
- Catwoman #25
- The Flash #25
- Batman #26
- Batman #27
- Batman #29
- Batman #30
- Batman #31
- Batman #32
- 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 Vol 4 Zero Year Secret City
- Scott Snyder
- Publisher: DC Comics
This is the first trade and collects issues #21-24, #0, and Batman Annual #2 which is the beginning of the storyline.
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.
- Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Edition no. 52 (05/05/2015)
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.
Last update on 2019-08-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API