Justice League: Darkseid War Reading Order Checklist

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Justice League: Darkseid War Reading Order Checklist.

Since the incarnation of DC Comics’ New 52 Geoff Johns has been kicking goals writing Justice League. From taking on an invading Darkseid and his army of parademons to stopping the Amazo virus from infecting the world Johns has put the League through some some though trials over the years. Although, with the Darkseid War he has ramped up the scale significantly.

The evil Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, two of the most powerful beings in the multiverse, have declared war with each other and the Justice League has been thrown in the middle of whole ordeal. It’s a huge story and with each issue it’s only getting bigger and more exciting. Can the Justice League stop this war without Earth, or even the Universe, intact? You’ll have to read to find out.

Big storylines like this can get a little but confusing, especially when there’s all kinds of tie-ins involved, so I’ve created Justice League: Darkseid War Reading Order Checklist to make it easy. This simple list will help you figure out what you need to read as well as list all of the tie-in along with the creative teams, release date and any other relevant information I can find. Better yet, this will be updated regularly to reflect any of the delays, new issues or changes that made be along the way. If you notice a change that I haven’t picked up politely let me know in the comments below!

All of the comics list below are available at your local comic book store or digitally on Comixology and DC Comics digital comics platform.

Background Reading

If you haven’t been reading Justice League here are some comics you can read to get some additional background coming into The Darkseid War.

For New 52 introduction of Darkseid:

Justice League #1 – #6 (Can be read in Justice League Vol 1: Origin)

For the introduction of Earth 3 characters and hints at the Darkseid War to come:

Forever Evil #1 – #7 (Can be read in Forever Evil hardcover or trade paperback)

For Lex Luthor joining the Justice League and the introduction to the character Power Ring:

Justice League #30 – #39 (Can be read in Justice League Vol 6: Injustice League)

Justice League #40 cover by Jason Fabok.

Darkseid War Reading Order

Justice League #40 (Prologue 1)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Kevin Maguire, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Scott Kolins, Jason Fabok and Jim Lee.
Available April 29th 2015.

Divergence: The Other Amazon (Prologue 2) – Read for free.
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available May 3rd 2015.

Justice League #41 (Part 1)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available June 3rd 2015.

Justice League #42 (Part 2)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available July 27th 2015.

Justice League #43 (Part 3)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available August 19th 2015.

Justice League #44 (Part 4)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available September 30th 2015.

Justice League #45 (Part 5)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Francis Manapul.
Available October 21st 2015.

Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman by Francis Manapul.

In between Justice League #45 and #46 are 6 one-shots that spin out of the events of Justice League #45 and focus on an individual character. They’re all singular side stories stories based on the consequences of Justice League #45 and you don’t have to read them all if you’re not interested.

Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman (One-shot)
Written by Peter J Tomasi. Art by Fernando Pasarin.
Available October 28th 2015.

Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash (One-shot)
Written by Rob Williams. Art by Jesus Merino.
Available November 4th 2015.

Justice League: Darkseid War: Superman (One-shot)
Written by Francis Manapul. Art by Bong Dazo.
Available November 4th 2015.

Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern (One-shot)
Written by Tom King. Art by Evan “Doc” Shaner.
Available November 11th 2015.

Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam (One-shot)
Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Scot Kolins.
Available November 11th 2015.

Justice League: Darksied War: Lex Luthor (One-shot)
Written by Francis Manapul. Art by Bong Dazo.
Available December 9th 2015.

Justice League #46 cover by Francis Manapul.

Justice League #46 (Part 6)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Francis Manapul.
Available December 9th 2015.

Justice League #47 (Part 7)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available December 23rd 2015.

Justice League #48 (Part 8)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available February 24th 2016.

Justice League: Darkseid War Special (One-Shot Interlude)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oscar Jimenez and Paul Pelletier.
Available April 6th 2016.

Justice League #49 (Part 9)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available April 27th 2016.

Justice League #50 (Part 10)
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Available May 25th 2016.

Justice League #52 (Aftermath)
Written by Dan Jurgens. Art by Paul Pelletier and Tony Kordos.
Available June 22nd 2016.

NOTE: Justice League #51 doesn’t relate to this story, but is more to do with DC Rebirth.

After Justice League: Darkseid War

Darkseid War leaves readers with some tasty little plot threads which are slowly taking fruition a year after the story was complete.

Wonder Woman Plot

The Wonder Woman plot will be addressed in Wonder Woman (2016 series) #31 onwards.

Justice League: Darkseid War Trade Hardcovers/Paperbacks

For those who prefer to binge on this epic storyline here are the collected editions you should read:

Justice League Vol. 7: Darkseid War Part 1
Collects Justice League #40-44 and Justice League Sneak Peek.

Justice League: Darkseid War – Power of the Gods
Collects Justice League: Gods And Men Superman #1, Justice League: Gods And Men Batman #1, Justice League: Gods And Men The Flash #1, Justice League: Gods And Men Green Lantern #1, Justice League: Gods And Men Shazam! #1 And Justice League: Gods And Men Lex Luthor #1.

Justice League Vol. 8: Darkseid War Part 2
Collects Justice League #45-50 and Justice League: Darkseid War Special

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Trevor Van As

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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