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Batman/Robin/Deathstroke: Shadow War Reading Order Checklist
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Batman/Robin/Deathstroke: Shadow War Reading Order Checklist

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Deathstroke is one of the DC Universe’s deadliest assassins. With expert skills and a regenerative healing factor, there’s nothing he can’t do. Although, he might’ve just bitten off more than he can chew when he crosses paths with Talia al Ghul and the League of Shadows. It’ll be up to Batman and Robin to track Slade Wilson down before the conflict gets out of hand.

All the action will happen in Shadow War, a three-month crossover event between Batman, Robin, and Deathstroke Inc. This Joshua Williamson penned jam promises to be action-packed and even help set up a “major piece” of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Crossover events can be confusing and it’s easy to miss out on a vital chapter by accident. Luckily, the Shadow War Reading Order is here to help you catch all the action. It includes the recommended reading order, background reading, collected editions, and heaps more.

Enjoy!

Table of contents

Deathstroke Inc #1 cover by Howard Porter.
Deathstroke Inc #1 cover by Howard Porter.

Background reading

There isn’t any essential background reading for Shadow War. you should be able to jump into it with Shadow War: Alpha #1. However, check out the following comics if you want to get a feel of what they are like prior to this crossover.

Deathstroke Inc #1-6
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Howard Porter.

This issues set up the new status quo for Deathstroke, which sees him being funded by secret organisation to take out major villains. These issues are collected in Deathstroke Inc. Volume 1: King of the Super-Villains.

Robin (2021 series) #1-11 and Robin Annual 2021
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Gleb Melnikov, Jorge Corona, Max Dunbar, and Roger Cruz.

Check out this series if you want to know what Damien Wayne has been up to.

These issues have been collected in the following collections:

  • Robin Volume 1: The Lazarus Tournament (Collects: Robin (2021 series) #1-6, and the prelude story from Batman (2016 series) #106 and Detective Comics #1034)
  • Robin Volume 2: I Am Robin (Collects: Robin (2021 series) #7-12 and Robin Annual 2021)

Batman (2016 series) #118-121
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Jorge Molina and Mikel Janin.

Check out these issues if you’re looking to get a vibe on how Williamson writes Batman. They’ve been collected in Batman Volume 6: Abyss.

Shadow War: Alpha #1 cover by Jonboy Myers.
Shadow War: Alpha #1 cover by Jonboy Myers.

Shadow War reading order

Below is the recommended reading order for the Shadow War crossover. You’ll need to read parts one through eight to get the entire story.

Deathstroke Inc. #7 (Prelude)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Stephen Segovia.

Robin (2021 series) #12 (Prelude)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Roger Cruz.

Shadow War: Alpha #1 (Part 1)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Viktor Bogdanovic.

Batman (2016 series) #122 (Part 2)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Howard Porter.

Deathstroke Inc. #8 (Part 3)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Paolo Pantalena.

Robin (2021 series) #13 (Part 4)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Roger Cruz and Norm Rapmund.

Batman (2016 series) #123 (Part 5)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Howard Porter and Trevor Hairsine.

Shadow War: War Zone #1 (Tie-in)
Written by Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips, and Nadia Shammas. Art by Trevor Hairsine, Mike Bowden, and Ann Maulina.

Deathstroke Inc. #9 (Part 6)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Paolo Pantalena.

Robin (2021 series) #14 (Part 7)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Roger Cruz and Norm Rapmund.

Shadow War: Omega #1 (Final part)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Stephen Segovia.

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Robin (2021 series) #15 cover by Roger Cru and Norm Rapmund.
Robin (2021 series) #15 cover by Roger Cru and Norm Rapmund.

After Shadow War

What should you read after the conclusion of Shadow War? Here are five comics that have some connection to the crossover that are worth reading.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Daniel Sampere.

Shadow War sets up a major piece of the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book event – especially with the Deathstroke elements. You can find out how to read this massive story with this handy reading order guide.

Batman (2016 series) #124
Written by Joshua Williamson and G. Willow Wilson (backup story). Art by Howard Porter and Dani (backup story).

This is the final issue of Williamson’s short Batman run. Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez will be the new creative team in July’s Batman #125.

Robin (2021 series) #15
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Roger Cruz and Norm Rapmund.

This will continue plot-threads of Shadow War in the context of what was happening in this series before the event.

Deathstroke Inc. #10
Written by Ed Brisson. Art by Dexter Soy.

The new creative team will be kicking of a new arc called Deathstroke: Year One, which looks back at the early days of Slade Wilson’s career.

Batman vs Robin #1-5
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Mahmud Asrar.

There are hints to this story throughout Shadow War, specially with the scene of Damien on Lazarus Island. Batman vs Robin helps to set up Lazarus Planet, which instigates a lot of new stories in DC Comics’ 2023 publishing schedule.

Collected edition

The entire Shadow War crossover has been collected in a single hardcover collection. See the details below:

Batman: Shadow War
Collects: Batman #122-123, Robin #13-14, Deathstroke Inc. #8-9, Shadow War: Alpha #1, Shadow War: Omega #1, and Shadow War Zone #1

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