Joker War Reading Order

The Joker War is a Bat-family crossover introduced during the DC Universe please and the first of writer James Tynion IV. It is naturally covered if you’re following the main Batman/Detective Comics series but there are several tie-ins which can help complete this decent storyline.

Batman: The Joker War Trade Reading Order

Trades are the easiest and cheapest way to get into a storyline, particularly if there are complete omnibus editions around.

The Joker War Saga

It may not be an omnibus but the Joker War Saga book covers the main series and a few tie-ins and is the most recommended way to experience this crossover event.

Collects Batman #95-100, Batgirl #47, Detective Comics #1025, Red Hood: Outlaw #48, Nightwing #74, The Joker War Zone #1, plus stories from Harley Quinn #75 and Catwoman #25.

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The Joker War Saga (Batman)
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The Joker War Saga (Batman)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tynion IV, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Batman: The Joker War

The main series of issues covering The Joker War from Batman’s perspective. Collects Batman #95 to #100.

Batman Vol. 2: The Joker War (Batman, 2)
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Batman Vol. 2: The Joker War (Batman, 2)
  • Tynion IV, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 02/08/2022 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Batgirl: The Joker War

The saga book only has issue #47 whereas this Collects Batgirl #45-50.

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Batgirl Vol. 8: The Joker War
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Batgirl Vol. 8: The Joker War
  • Hardcover Book
  • Castellucci, Cecil (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Batman Detective Comics Vol. 5, The Joker War

#1025 is included in the saga but this collected edition has Detective Comics #1020-1027, Detective Comics Annual #3, Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. The latter being directly involved in The Joker War so there’s a lot more here.

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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: The Joker War
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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: The Joker War
  • Hardcover Book
  • Tomasi, Peter J. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Nightwing: The Joker War

Same story here, the Saga has Nightwing #74 but this trade has Nightwing Annual #3, Nightwing #70-77.

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Nightwing: The Joker War
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Nightwing: The Joker War
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jurgens, Dan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Note: If you don’t pick up Saga, and go for the individual collected editions, you’ll need to get the Catwoman and Red Hood issues separately as they do not have Joker War versions in the same way Nightwing and Batgirl do.

The Joker War Issue by Issue Reading Order

For the purists, here is the issue by issue Joker War reading list in chronological order. This list can be used with the trades to make it one coherent story.

  1. Batman #95
  2. Batgirl #47
  3. Detective Comics #1024
  4. Batman #96
  5. Harley Quinn #75
  6. Detective Comics #1025
  7. Batman #97 
  8. Nightwing #73
  9. Batgirl #48
  10. Detective Comics #1026
  11. Red Hood: Outlaw #48
  12. Batman #98
  13. Nightwing #74 
  14. Batman #99
  15. Catwoman #25
  16. Batgirl #49 
  17. Batman: The Joker War Zone
  18. Batman #100
  19. Nightwing #75
  20. Catwoman #26
  21. Batgirl #50

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