Convergence Reading Order Guide

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Convergence promo image by Carlo Pagulayan and Jose Marzan Jr.

In April and May DC Comics is taking a break from their usual publishing schedule (mostly to move offices from New York to California) and will be releasing a weekly limited series called Convergence. This series will see interpretations of various characters of different periods in DC Comics history return – which will give lapsed and older readers a nostalgic kick and newer readers a gateway into new concepts.

But how will all this happen? Over the years DC Comics has changed the structure of their comics universe which have brought change through removing older concepts. But, what if these concepts never actually disappeared? That’s were the Superman villain Braniac comes in to the picture, hording all of these lost ideas and bottle them up in his collection. Although, one day he decides to open up his collection and see what happens when they call converge on each other.

As mentioned earlier, this aims to appeal to both older readers and new readers alike. Lapsed and more seasoned readers will enjoy seeing old concepts and characters return, allowing for new stories about them one last time. DC Comics has said that Convergence will be new reader friendly by bringing readers up to speed on each character and concept so they don’t feel lost.

As an added bonus all the issues in May will be over-sized with an an extra original story which gives readers a taste of the new comics that DC Comics has on offer in June.

For those who are interested in this event a Convergence Reading Order Guide which lets you know about all the available tie-ins, the creators behind them as well as release dates. If you see any details that are wrong please let me know (nicely) in the comments below.

Additionally, I have induced which era each starring character originates from to get a better feel for each series. For those not familiar with older periods of DC Comics’ history Josie Campbell from Comic Book Resources has created a great guide to all of them feature in Convergence.

Lead-Up Stories

While Convergence #0 should explain everything you need to know going in there are a few stories/issues that hint of lead up to Convergence. These are:

Superman: Doomed #2

Future’s End

Earth 2: World’s End

Future’s End: Booster Gold #1

Convergence #1 fold out cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

Convergence

Written by Jeff King, Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell. Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia.

Convergence #0 – April 1st

Convergence #1 – April 8th

Convergence #2 – April 15th

Convergence #3 – April 22nd

Convergence #4 – April 29th

Convergence #5 – May 6th

Convergence #6 – May 13th

Convergence #7 – May 20th

Convergence #8 – May 27th

Tie-Ins

Convergence will also feature 40 two-part standalone stories that spin out of the main story. These are not all essential to read but instead centre around a character or team from a certain period in DC Comics history.

If you want to read the tie-ins would suggest reading Convergence #0 and #1 for some background then reading any of the titles with characters or creative teams that take your interest. They can be read at any time and from what I can tell are not linked to specific issues of Convergence eg: you don’t need to read Convergence #4 to understand part 2 of a miniseries.

Convergence: The Atom #1  cover by Steve Dillon. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

The Atom

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Tom Peyer. Art by Steve Yeowell.

Convergence: The Atom #1 – April 8th

Convergence: The Atom #2 – May 6th

Batgirl

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Alisa Kwitney. Art by Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington.

Convergence: Batgirl #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Batgirl #2  – May 6th

Batman & Robin

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Ron Marz. Art by Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson.

Convergence: Batman & Robin #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Batman & Robin #2 – May 6th

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 cover by Steve Pugh. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Harley Quinn

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Steve Pugh. Art by Phil Winslade and John Dell.

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2  – May 6th

Justice League

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Vicente Cifuentes.

Convergence: Justice League #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Justice League #2  – May 6th

Nightwing/Oracle

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Gail Simone. Art by Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons

Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2  – May 6th

Convergence: The Question #1 cover by Cully Hamner. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

The Question

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Cully Hamner.

Convergence: The Question #1 – April 8th

Convergence: The Question #2 – May 6th

Speed Force

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Tony Bedard. Art by Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons.

Convergence: Speed Force #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Speed Force #2 – May 6th

Superman

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written Dan Jurgens. Art by Lee Weeks and Dan Jurgens.

Convergence: Superman #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Superman #2 – May 6th

Titans

Originating Era: Pre-Flashpoint (2000s up until 2011)

Written by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan.

Convergence: Titans #1 – April 8th

Convergence: Titans #2 – May 6th

Convergence: Aquaman #1 cover by Becky Cloonan. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Aquaman

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Tony Bedard. Art by Cliff Richards.

Convergence: Aquaman #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Aquaman #2 – May 13th

Batman: Shadow of the Bat

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Larry Hama. Art by Philip Tan and Jason Paz.

Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #2 – May 13th

Catwoman

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Justin Gray. Art by Ron Randall.

Convergence: Catwoman #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Catwoman #2 – May 13th

Green Arrow

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Christy Marx. Art by Rags Morales and Claude St-Aubin.

Convergence: Green Arrow #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Green Arrow #2 – May 13th

Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1 cover by Steve Lieber. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Green Lantern/Parallax

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Tony Bedard. Art by Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold.

Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #2 – May 13th

Justice League International

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Ron Marz. Art by Mike Manley.

Convergence: Justice League International #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Justice League International #2 – May 13th

Suicide Squad

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Tom Mandrake.

Convergence: Suicide Squad #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Suicide Squad #2 – May 13th

Convergence: Superboy #1 by Babs Tarr. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Superboy

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr.

Convergence: Superboy #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Superboy #2 – May 13th

Supergirl: Matrix

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Keith Giffen. Art by Ramon Bachs.

Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #2 – May 13th

Superman: The Man of Steel

Originating Era: Zero Hour (Late 80s and 1990s)

Written by Louise Simonson. Art by June Brigman and Roy Richardson.

Convergence: Superman: The Man of Steel #1 – April 15th

Convergence: Superman: The Man of Steel #2 – May 13th

Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #1 by Mikel Janin. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

The Adventures of Superman

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens.

Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #2 – May 20th

Batman and the Outsiders

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Marc Andreyko. Art by Carlos D’anda.

Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #2 – May 20th

The Flash

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Federico Dallocchio.

Convergence: The Flash #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: The Flash #2 – May 20th

Green Lantern Corps

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by David Gallaher. Art by Steve Ellis and Ande Parks.

Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2 – May 20th

Convergence: Hawkman #1 cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Hawkman

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written Jeff Parker. Art by Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena.

Convergence: Hawkman #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Hawkman #2 – May 20th

Justice League America

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Fabian Nicieza. Art by Chriscross.

Convergence: Justice League America #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Justice League America #2 – May 20th

New Teen Titans

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Marv Wolfman. Art by Nicola Scott and Marc Deering.

Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 – May 20th

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Stuart Moore. Art by Gus Storms and Mark Farmer.

Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2 – May 20th

Swamp Thing

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Len Wein. Art by Kelley Jones.

Convergence : Swamp Thing #1 – April 22nd

Convergence : Swamp Thing #2 – May 20th

Wonder Woman

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Larry Hama. Art by Josh Middleton.

Convergence: Wonder Woman #1 – April 22nd

Convergence: Wonder Woman #2 – May 20th

Convergence: Action Comics #1 by Amanda Conner. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Action Comics

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Justin Gray. Art by Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons.

Convergence: Action Comics #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Action Comics #2 – May 27th

Blue Beetle

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Scott Lobdell. Art by Yishan Li.

Convergence: Blue Beetle #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Blue Beetle #2 – May 27th

Booster Gold

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.

Convergence: Booster Gold #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Booster Gold #2 – May 27th

Crime Syndicate

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Brian Buccellato. Art by Phil Winslade.

Convergence: Crime Syndicate #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Crime Syndicate #2 – May 27th

Convergence: Detective Comics #1 cover by Bill Sienkiewicz. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Detective Comics

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Len Wein. Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Convergence: Detective Comics #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Detective Comics #2 – May 27th

Infinity Inc.

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Jerry Ordway. Art by Ben Caldwell.

Convergence: Infinity Inc. #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Infinity Inc. #2 – May 27th

Justice Society of America

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott.

Convergence: Justice Society of America #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Justice Society of America #2 – May 27th

Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Simon Oliver. Art by John Mccrea.

Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #2 – May 27th

Convergence: Shazam #1 cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner. Convergence Reading Order Guide.

Shazam

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986) mixed with alternate universe ideas.

Written by Jeff Parker. Art by Evan “Doc” Shaner.

Convergence: Shazam #1 – April 29th

Convergence: Shazam #2 – May 27th

World’s Finest Comics

Originating Era: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths (Before 1986)

Written by Paul Levitz. Art by Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein (with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler).

Convergence: World’s Finest Comics #1 – April 29th

Convergence: World’s Finest Comics #2 – May 27th

Convergence Collected

For those who prefer to read in the collected format, here’s how Convergence will be collected.

Superman: Lois and Clark #1 cover by Lee Weeks.

After Convergence

While Convergence is now finished it doesn’t mean that’s the end of the concepts and characters. Starting in October 2015 DC Comics will release spin-off series coming out of this event. These are:

Superman: Lois and Clark

Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Lee Weeks.

Telos

Written by Jeff King. Art by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz.

Titans Hunt (12 issue maxiseries)

Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Paulo Siqueira.

Have Your Say

Have you found the Convergence Reading Order Guide helpful? Will you be reading this event? Let me know at the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.

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Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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Comments (19)

  • You still didn’t provide a “Reading Order”
    Need to list in ORDER the comic books to read
    You showed wonderful info but still have no clue what to read first, second, etc.

    • Hi Jeff, thanks for the feedback. I talk about the Reading Order in the tie-ins section in regards to the tie-ins being optional. The tie-ins are self contained, but I did suggest reading #0 and #1 of the main series to create context for them. For example, you don’t have to read the Batman tie-ins followed by the Superman one followed by the Flash etc. Just pick the ones that appeal to you and read #1 and #2.

      • Hi Trevor. I looked under the Tie in section and didn’t see a reading order mentioned. I have been reading and collecting Convergence. When I read Aquaman #2, at the end it said that the story continues in Convergence #8, I believe. So a Reading Order from start to finish would be helpful.

  • From the readings before Convengence. Do I need to read Future’s End and Earth 2: World’s End full series? Sorry I’m new to this.

    • You should be fine reading main storyline. The tie-ins are optional and I suggest just picking up the ones that interest you instead of them all.

      • That’s what I thought….I’m thinking the same with Secret Wars. Will you be doing a check list for that event? Great job on this site btw…..keep it up. I’m enjoying comics more today than I have in a while.

      • Totally agree with @Chris. Since I started getting into comics 2 years ago, this site is so critical to understanding what to read in an EVENT series and also learn when things are being released in an easy fashion.

        Thanks for the work @Trevor!

      • Thanks Chris! The Secret Wars one is on its way. It’ll be up towards the end of April.

  • Hmmm. I wonder if this will be the thing to finally get me to read DC consistently. I enjoy the big crossovers that Marvel employs so maybe this will be more in my wheel house.