Superman New Krypton Reading Order

In 2008, the story arc “Brainiac” made a lot of changes to Superman continuity – Jonathan Kent’s death and the return of the bottled city of Kandor. This arc lead to a much larger story called “New Krypton”. This page contains the reading order for this.

This story is set post Crisis and pre Flashpoint (New 52) for anyone looking to place it. It is a Superman centric storyline which doesn’t involve the Justice League or any other major characters such as Batman or The Flash and can be enjoyed pretty easily even today. Action Comics, Superman and Supergirl are all you’ll need.

It is written by Geoff Johns, a powerhouse of comic storylines before being handed to James Robinson and Greg Rucka.

Note: New Krypton is an umbrella term – it can be used to describe the whole story arc or just a part of it. Some would see New Krypton as the story up until Superman #685 where it then goes into World Without Superman, then World Against Superman etc.

Others, such as this reading order counts New Krypton as the whole thing – it is the only way to give EVERYONE what they’re looking for in one whole list. Must be said that New Krypton is in the design covers of the trades.

Superman: New Krypton Trade Reading Order

Sadly, even now in 2022 there is no Superman: New Krypton omnibus so you’ll need to collect several smaller trades to get them all. But, as is the case with most comic book events you can enjoy it just fine with only one or two. We’ll let you know which class as those.

Superman: Brainiac

New Krypton starts AFTER Brainiac, but without it you might feel a little lost as to why Jonathan Kent’s dead and how Kandor came back. When writing Brainiac Johns always intended for New Krypton to happen so to us this is a part of the reading order. Collects Action Comics #866-870.

5 issues.

Superman: Brainiac (New Edition)
  • Johns, Geoff (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 07/10/2018 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Superman: New Krypton Vol 1

Let’s start with the first volume which Collects Superman: New Krypton Special #1, Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen Special #1, Superman #681, Action Comics #871, and Adventure Comics Special Featuring the Guardian #1.

That’s 5 issues

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Superman: New Krypton, Vol. 1
  • Hardcover Book
  • Geoff Johns (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Superman: New Krypton Vol 2

Collects Superman #682-#683, Action Comics #872-#873, and Supergirl #35-#36.

That’s 6 issues.

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Superman: New Krypton, Vol. 2
  • Hardcover Book
  • Johns, Geoff (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Superman: New Krypton Vol. 3

Collects Superman: World of New Krypton #1-#5, Action Comics Annual #10.

That’s 6 issues again.

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Superman: New Krypton, Vol. 3
  • Hardcover Book
  • James Robinson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Superman: New Krypton Vol. 4

Collects Superman: World of New Krypton #6-12

That’s 7 issues.

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Superman: New Krypton Vol. 4
  • Robinson, James A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 06/07/2011 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

New Krypton Ends, World without Superman Begins

Superman: Mon-El Vol. 1

Collects Superman #684 to #690, Action Comics #874 and Action Comics Annual #10 (which we already have).

8 issues not counting the duplicate.

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Superman: Mon-El (Vol. 1 )
  • Hardcover Book
  • Robinson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Supergirl Vol. 6: Who is Superwoman?

Some issues are in New Krypton and others are a part of World without Superman. Collects Supergirl #34 and #37-#42.

7 issues.

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Superman: Mon-El (Vol. 1 )
  • Hardcover Book
  • Robinson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 1

This is where the Action Comics issues are. Collects Action Comics #875 to #879, Action Comics Annual #12 and Superman: Secret Files 2009 #1.

7 issues.

Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird v. 1
  • Rucka, Greg (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Titan Books Ltd (Publisher)

This brings World Without Superman to a close and starts World Against Superman.

Superman: Mon-El Vol. 2

Collects Superman #692-#697, Superman Annual #14, Superman Secret Files 2009 #1 (a repeat) #1 and Adventure #11. #691 is in Codename Patriot.

8 issues not counting the repeat.

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Superman: Mon-El - Man of Valor
  • Robinson, James A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/18/2011 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 2

Pure Action Comics. Collects Action Comics #883 to #889. #881 to #882 are in the Supergirl trade below.

7 issues.

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Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 2
  • Robinson, James A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 208 Pages - 10/18/2011 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Supergirl: Friends and Fugitives

Collects Action Comics #881 to #882, Supergirl #43 and #45 to #47 as well as Superman Secret Files 2009 (again!!). Supergirl #44 is in Codename Patriot.

6 issues without the repeat.

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Supergirl: Friends & Fugitives
  • DC Comics
  • Gates, Sterling (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Superman: Codename Patriot

A 4 issue miniseries which tied World Against Superman and World Without Superman. Collects Superman World of New Krypton #6, Action Comics #880, Supergirl #44 and Superman #691.

4 issues.

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Superman: Codename Patriot
  • James Robinson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 04/19/2011 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Supergirl Vol. 8: Death and the Family

Right at the very end of World Against Superman. Collects Supergirl #48 to #50. Supergirl Annual #1.

4 issues.

Supergirl: Death and the Family
  • Gates, Sterling (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 09/21/2010 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

This concludes War Against Superman and enters the final phase which is the Last Stand of New Krypton.

Superman Last Stand Of New Krypton Vol. 1

Collects Adventure Comics #8-#9, Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1-#2, Supergirl #51 and Superman #698.

6 issues.

Superman Last Stand Of New Krypton TP Vol 01
  • Robinson, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 168 Pages - 11/09/2011 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton Vol. 2

Collects Adventure Comics #10 to #11, Supergirl #52, Superman #699, Superman Last Stand of New Krypton #1 to #3.

7 issues.

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Superman: The Last Stand of New Krypton, Vol. 2
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Robinson, James (Author)

Superman: War of the Supermen

This is the final arc of the entire New Krypton Saga. Collects War of the Supermen #1 to #4 and Superman #700.

6 issues.

Superman: War of the Supermen
  • Gates, Sterling (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 01/24/2012 (Publication Date) - DC Comics (Publisher)

All the trades added together have 99 issues. There are 94 issues in the trade reading order so there’s a little bit of extra but they do include ALL the issues in the below reading order.

Perhaps one day there will be an omnibus but it would be over two books.

Superman: New Krypton Issue by Issue Reading Order

This is the Superman: New Krypton Saga reading order issue by issue, including the Brainiac prelude, New Krypton, World of New Krypton, World Without Superman, World Against Superman, Last Stand of New Krypton and War of the Supermen.

  1. Action Comics #866
  2. Action Comics #867
  3. Action Comics #868
  4. Action Comics #869
  5. Action Comics #870
  6. Superman: New Krypton Special #1
  7. Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olson #1
  8. Superman #681
  9. Adventure Comics Special featuring The Guardian #1
  10. Action Comics #871
  11. Supergirl #35
  12. Superman # 682
  13. Action Comics #872
  14. Supergirl #36
  15. Superman #683
  16. Action Comics #873
  17. Supergirl #37
  18. Superman #684
  19. Action Comics #874
  20. Supergirl #38
  21. Superman #685
  22. Superman: World of New Krypton #1
  23. Action Comics #875
  24. Supergirl #39
  25. Superman #686
  26. Superman: World of New Krypton #2
  27. Action Comics #876
  28. Supergirl #40
  29. Superman #68
  30. Superman: World of New Krypton #3
  31. Action Comics #877
  32. Supergirl #41
  33. Superman #688
  34. Superman: World of New Krypton #4
  35. Action Comics #878
  36. Supergirl #42
  37. Superman #689
  38. Superman: World of New Krypton #5
  39. Action Comics Annual #12
  40. Action Comics #879
  41. Supergirl #43
  42. Superman #690
  43. Superman: Secret Files 2009
  44. Superman: World of New Krypton #6
  45. Action Comics #880
  46. Supergirl #44
  47. Superman #691
  48. Superman Annual #14
  49. Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olson #2
  50. Superman: World of New Krypton #7
  51. Action Comics #881
  52. Supergirl Annual #1
  53. Supergirl #45
  54. Superman #692
  55. Superman: World of New Krypton #8
  56. Action Comics #882
  57. Supergirl #46
  58. Superman #693
  59. Superman: World of New Krypton #9
  60. Action Comics #883
  61. Supergirl #47
  62. Superman #694
  63. Superman: World of New Krypton #10
  64. Action Comics #884
  65. Supergirl #48
  66. Superman #695
  67. Superman: World of New Krypton #11
  68. Action Comics #885
  69. Supergirl #49
  70. Superman #696
  71. Superman: World of New Krypton #12
  72. Action Comics #886
  73. Supergirl #50
  74. Superman #697
  75. Adventure Comics #8
  76. Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1
  77. Action Comics #887
  78. Supergirl #51
  79. Superman #698
  80. Adventure Comics #9
  81. Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #2
  82. Action Comics #888
  83. Adventure Comics #10
  84. Supergirl #52
  85. Superman #699
  86. Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3
  87. Action Comics #889
  88. Adventure Comics #11 
  89. War of the Supermen #0
  90. War of the Supermen #1
  91. War of the Supermen #2
  92. War of the Supermen #3
  93. War of the Supermen #4
  94. Superman #700

Superman: New Krypton Reading Order FAQs

How many issues are in New Krypton?

There are 17 issues in the initial New Krypton story but 94 in the entire New Krypton Saga.

When did New Krypton Start?

Superman: New Krypton Special #1 is the official starting point which was released October 22nd, 2008.

When did New Krypton end?

New Krypton ended with Superman #700 which was released June 10th, 2010.

How long did New Krypton go on for?

There was 596 days between the New Krypton Special and Superman 700. That’s 85 weeks or 19 months.

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