Advertisement
Dawn of DC: Your Guide To DC Comics’ 2023 Jumping-On Points
DC Comics

Dawn of DC: Your Guide To DC Comics’ 2023 Jumping-On Points

By 5 Comments

This page contains affiliate links for eCommerce websites. How to Love Comics may recieve a small commission on purchases you make. Find out more in our affiliate disclaimer.

This page contains affiliate links for eCommerce websites. How to Love Comics may recieve a small commission on purchases you make. Find out more in our affiliate disclaimer.

Superhero comics can seem impenetrable for those on the outside looking in. Publishers like Marvel and DC Comics have their own extensive and interconnected universes, making it hard to figure out where to begin and what to read. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. DC Comics is making a concerted effort to make their comics accessible in 2023 with the Dawn of DC publishing initiative.

Read on to find out what Dawn of DC is all about and all the comics you can start reading with this extensive guide.

Updating…

Please note that Dawn of DC is a year-long initiative and DC Comics will be drip feeding new comics and information through 2023.

This guide will be continually updated when more details have been made available. I recommend bookmarking this page and checking in every few weeks to find out more about Dawn of DC.

Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman art by Dan Mora.
Art by Dan Mora.

What is Dawn of DC?

Dawn of DC is a publishing initiative by DC Comics to create dozens of jumping-on points for their superhero comics in 2023. It gives new and old readers a place to start reading the publisher’s much-loved heroes and presents lesser-used characters with a renewed push.

This is done through a number of fresh comic series and new story arcs for existing titles. They’re a great jumping-on point, with readers presented with a number of these each month throughout 2023. While DC Comics launches new stories regularly, the publisher will use these comics to “forge the future one hero at a time”. This will include bold storytelling, big stories, and looking to the future instead of relying on the past.

There also seems to be a focus on multievent narratives. This isn’t new in comics, and it’s been made mainstream with the Marvel movies, but Dawn of DC gives DC Comics something to build towards in this new era of storytelling. Based on what we know so far, many of the comics will have narrative links to specific events (see the What do you need to read before Dawn of DC? section for more details) or franchise family (e.g. Superman-themed comics) but will also stand on their own too with their own stories.

Is Dawn of DC a reboot?

No. Dawn of DC is not a reboot. These new comics are not wiping pre-existing history. Everything still exists – they’re just new comics and stories within the DC Universe.

What do you need to read before Dawn of DC?

Many comics that are part of Dawn of DC have been set up by major stories that recently happened in the DC Universe. The conclusion of comic events such as Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths and DC Universe: Lazarus Planet act as springboards for these new comics. They look at what happens next for certain heroes and villains or justify new status quos.

Are those stories essential in understanding Dawn of DC? Not really. DC Comics has marketed the publishing initiative as a jumping-on point, with stories focusing on looking forward. It’s not like they don’t exist, but DC is instead more concerned with what happens next.

This guide will mention if a comic spins out of a particular story when discussing each series. That way, readers looking to do further background reading can be pointed in the right direction.

What is happening to existing comics?

Dawn of DC is introducing a slate of new series, but the current ones are not going anywhere. Comics such as Batman, Action Comics, Catwoman, and many others make up the bulk of DC Comics’ publishing line and are sticking around. It’s also likely that many of these existing comics will join Dawn of DC with jumping-on points later in the year.

Which comics are part of Dawn of DC?

So now that you know what Dawn of DC is, you’re probably wondering what comics are part of it. Take a look below at the comics that have been announced for this new publishing initiative so far. As mentioned above, DC will be drip-feeding details throughout 2023. As a result, this list will be updated when more titles have been announced.

Action Comics #1051 cover by Dan Mora.
Action Comics #1051 cover by Dan Mora.

Action Comics #1051

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, and Leah Williams. Art by Rafa Sandoval, Lee Weeks, and Marguerite Sauvage.

Action Comics #1051 is the first of many comics in the new era of Superman-themed comics.

Spinning out of the Return of Kal-El crossover, Action Comics #1051 marks a new era for the Superman family of comics and the first comic as part of Dawn of DC. The long-running series is getting a format change, becoming an anthology series that serialises three stories at once.

Headlining this issue will be a Superman story, which will explore the new nature of his powers. This story will include Steel, Lex Luthor, and Metallo.

The second is Lois and Clark 2: Doom Rising. This follow-up to the fan-favourite tale flashes back to tell a story of young Jon Kent on the farm with his parents as he learns to use his powers.

Power Girl stars in the final story with a three-parter that spins out of DC Universe: Lazarus Planet.

Action Comics #1051 was released on 24th January.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected editions:

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Rise Of Metallo
Collects:
The lead stories from Action Comics #1051-1056
Available on 5th March, 2024

Superman: Lois And Clark: Doom Rising
Collects: Stories from Action Comics #1051-1057 and The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1
Available on 27th February, 2024

Catwoman #51 cover by David Nakayama.
Catwoman #51 cover by David Nakayama.

Catwoman #51/52

Written by Tini Howard. Art by Sami Basri.

Catwoman’s inclusion in this publishing initiative is a bit confusing. This is because the first issue to have the Dawn of DC banner on the cover (Catwoman #52) is actually the second of a story. To start the story cleanly, you’ll want to read Catwoman #51 first.

Selina Kyle has been locked up while the authorities investigate her for murder. While that’s happening, another Catwoman is on the streets of Gotham City, making sure that the mob bosses are behaving.

Catwoman #51 was released on 24th January and Catwoman #52 was released on 21st February.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition:

Catwoman Volume 3: Duchess of Gotham
Collects: Catwoman (2018 series) #51-56

Superman #1 cover by Jamal Campbell.
Superman #1 cover by Jamal Campbell.

Superman #1

Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Jamal Campbell.

Superman has returned to Metropolis after spending a significant time on Warworld. But he won’t have much time to settle in, with villains old and new striking from the shadows. Also, Lex Luther, who is in prison, has left Superman a gift – the secretive Supercorp!

Superman #1 was released 21st February.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition:

Superman Volume 1: Supercorp
Collects: Superman (2023 series) #1-5

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 cover by Clayton Henry.
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 cover by Clayton Henry.

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1

Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Clayton Henry.

Jon Kent, Superman’s son, gets a new series. In this one, he discovers that Supermen from across the multiverse are being murdered. The culprit appears to be Ultraman, the evil Superman from Earth-3.

This series will also see a trip to the world of Injustice: Gods Among Us, which Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent writer Tom Taylor wrote extensively in.

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 was released on 7th March.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition:

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent
Collects: Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1-6

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #1 cover by Chris Burnham.

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #1

Written by Dennis Culver. Art by Chris Burnham.

Spinning out of Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate, the Doom Patrol are getting their first series in a while. Lazarus Planet saw an influx of regular people gaining superpowers. The misfit team’s mission is to protect them from sinister forces so they don’t become weapons or guinea pigs.

The team will consist of Doom Patrol regulars Robotman, Elasti-Woman, Negative Man, and Crazy jane. Along for the ride are two new characters, Beast Girl and Degenerate.

If it’s anything like previous Doom Patrol series, expect plenty of weirdness and odd powers.

According to writer Dennis Culver on Twitter, this will be a seven-part miniseries – with the potential for follow ups.

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #1 was released on 28th March.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

Unstoppable Doom Patrol
Collected: Doom Patrol #1-7 and the Doom Patrol story from Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1
Available on 2nd April, 2024

Nightwing #101 cover by Bruno Redondo

Nightwing #101/102

Written by Tom Taylor and C.S Passat. Art by Travis Moore and Eduardo Pansica.

Just like Catwoman, Nightwing’s inclusion in this publishing initiative is a little confusing. The Dawn of DC banner first appears on Nightwing #102, but that issue is the second part of a story. As a result, you’ll want to read the previous issue, Nightwing #101.

After the events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dick Grayson is continuing the momentum of leadership by getting the Titans together.

These Nightwing issues will help set up May’s new Titans series.

Nightwing #101 was released on 21st February and Nightwing #102 on 21st March.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Harley Quinn #28

Written by Tini Howard. Art by Sweeney Boo and Erica Henderson (Back-up story).

Ever wanted to start reading Harley Quinn? This looks like it will be a great jumping on point! In this issue, Harley get arrested for property damage (after fighting some jerks) and is sentenced to community service. This will end badly…

The back-up will focus on what Dc is describing as a “very special in-continuity dream”.

Harley Quinn #28 was released on 28th March.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #1 cover by Jahnoy Lindsay.

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #1

Written by Kenny Porter. Art by Jahnoy Lindsay.

Conner Kent, Superman’s teenage clone, is looking to make a name for himself. To do that, he’s leaving Earth and going on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, the hero that doesn’t take anything seriously will meet freedom fighters who will challenge what Conner stands for and what it means to wear the Superman crest.

This six-part miniseries was the winner of the 2022 DC Round Robin competition.

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #1 was released on 18th April.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow
Collects: Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow #1-6
Available on 19th March, 2024

Green Arrow #1 cover by Sean Izaakse.
Green Arrow #1 cover by Sean Izaakse.

Green Arrow #1

Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Sean Izaakse.

Green Arrow has been missing since Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. His friends and family are determined to find him, but dangerous forces want to keep them apart. DC has promised this action-packed series will set up major stories in 2023.

Based on the above cover, this will feature the extended Green Arrow family of characters plus a few that are not usually associated with the Emerald Archer.

The series was originally announced as a 6-part miniseries but DC Comics announced that it has now been extended to 12 issues.

Green Arrow #1 was released on 25th April.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

Green Arrow Volume 1: Reunion
Collects:
Green Arrow (2023 series) #1-6
Available on 5th March, 2024

Shazam! #1 cover by Dan Mora.
Shazam! #1 cover by Dan Mora.

Shazam! #1

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Dan Mora.

This new Shazam series will be an action-comedy brought to you by the creative team of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest.

DC Comics has promised “Dinosaurs from space! The Clubhouse of Eternity! Homicidal worms and talking tigers! Atomic robots, alien worlds, mad scientists, sinister curses, and villains from throughout the DC Universe…” in this new comic series. Based on that and the creative team involved, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

The character has had a complicated history with his name. This new series adds a new wrinkle with Billy Batson’s alter ego being referred to as “The Captain” – harkening back to the original “Captain Marvel” name – instead of Shazam.

Shazam! #1 was released on 2nd May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Green Lantern #1 cover by Xermanico.
Green Lantern #1 cover by Xermanico.

Green Lantern #1

Written by Jeremy Adams and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (back-up only). Art by Xermánico and Osvaldo Monto (back-up only).

Spinning out of Dark Crisis of Infinite Earths, this series will see Hal Jordan stuck in the quarantined Sector 2814, on order of the Guardians of Oa. With Earth being a being part of this block of space, it’s likely we’ll see a more earthbound Green Lantern series.

It will be a lot of fun if it’s anything like Jeremy Adam’s Flash run. There has been a lot of cool ideas, breathing new life into Wally West.

The series will also have a John Stewart back-up, which will help set up the Green Lantern: John Stewart series in the future.

It’s worth noting that the original announcement for this series had Mariko Tamaki as the writer. However, this changed sometime between November and late-January. Without going into too much detail, it appears that Tamaki had other conflicting projects.

Green Lantern #1 was released on 9th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Titans #1 cover by Nicola Scott.
Titans #1 cover by Nicola Scott.

Titans #1

Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Nicola Scott.

The Justice League is no more after the events of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths! A new team has risen to fill the void – The Titans. These once Teen Titans have now grown up and are ready to show the world they can be the premier superhero team.

The team will be lead by Nightwing and will feature Cyborg, Starfire, Rave, Beast Boy, Donna Troy, and Wally West.

Check out Nightwing #100 if you can’t wait for this new series. That issue helps set up this new series.

It’s also worth noting that DC is publishing a companion series called Tales of the Titans. This s a four-part series, with each issue exploring the background of a Titans member. It doesn’t have the Dawn of DC banner on the cover so it hasn’t been included in this guide.

Titans #1 was released on 16th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 cover by Dan Mora.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 cover by Dan Mora.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1

Written by Tom King and Rob Williams. Art by Mitch Gerads, Guillem March, Gabriel Hardman, Dan Mora.

Batman: Brave and the Bold is anthology series, which will see all-star cast of creators do Batman team-ups and much more. Each issue is 64 pages and will feature at least four tales in each issue. These don’t seem to be limited to just Batman, with the first issue containing other characters as well.

Here’s the details for the debut issue:

  • The first chapter in a four-part Batman story by Tom King and Mitch Gerards. This retells the first meeting between the Dark Knight and The Joker. DC has described it as “a tale of loathing, lies, and laughter, this may be the most frightening Joker story in a generation.”
  • A black and white Batman story by artist Dan Mora that’s set in a Gotham City overrun by cybernetic henchmen of The Joker.
  • A Stromwatch story by Ed Brisson and Jeff Spokes, which continues their story in the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special. It will feature a new incarnation of the team and kick off a new mission.
  • Christopher Cantwell and Javier Rodríguez are pairing up or a Superman story called The Order of the Black Lamp.

Future issues of Batman: Brave and the Bold will introduce new stories and feature other characters over time. Some of these will be self-contained, while other spanning over multiple issues. It’s also likely DC Comics will use some stories as a backdoor pilot for new comic book series and to test out new creators.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1 was released on 16th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

Batman: The Brave And The Bold Vol. 1: The Winning Card
Collects: The Winning Card storyline from Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1-2, #5, and #9
Available on 2nd April, 2024

Cyborg #1 cover by Edwin Galmon.
Cyborg #1 cover by Edwin Galmon.

Cyborg #1

Written by Morgan Hampton. Art by Tom Raney.

Cyborg returns to Detroit after many years away to find a simpler life. However, it won’t be restful, when it’s discovered that a company plans on turning the city into a big engine using artificial intelligence – at the price of human life.

Cyborg will run for six issues.

A preview of this series can be found in 31st January’s DC Power: A Celebration anthology one-shot.

Cyborg #1 was released on 16th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

Cyborg: Homecoming
Collects: Cyborg (2023 series) #1-6 and the Cyborg story from DC Power: A Celebration
Available on 2nd April, 2024

Spirit World #1 cover by Haining.
Spirit World #1 cover by Haining.

Spirit World #1

Written by Alyssa Wong. Art by Haining.

New character Xanthe returns for their own series after their debut in Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate*.

Who is Xanthe? They’re a magic user who has the ability to bring objects back-and-forth from the Spirit World, which is realm of the dead in Chinese culture. As you can see in the cover above, their favourite object is a giant sword.

After duping John Constantine, Xanthe will need to team up with them to go into the Spirit World to save Cassandra Cain (Batgirl), who’s stuck in that realm. Along the way, they’ll confront various creatures of Chinese mythology such as jiangshi (Chinese hopping vampires) and other spirits.

Spirit World is part of the We Are Legends initiative, which sees new series inspired by Asian culture.

*Did you missed Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate? The Spirit World story will be reprinted in Dawn of DC: We Are Legends Special Edition #1 released on 6th May.

Spirit World #1 was released on 9th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

Spirit World
Collects: Spirit World #1-6 and stories from Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1 and DC Pride 2023
Available 2nd April, 2024

The Vigil #1 cover by Sumit Kumar.
The Vigil #1 cover by Sumit Kumar.

The Vigil #1

Written by Ram V. Art by Lalit Kumar Sharma.

Spinning out of their appearances in Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution and Detective Comics #1070-1071, The Vigil are a mysterious South Asian team of vigilantes. Each member has revived metahuman abilities that the don’t want and are determined to stop others in their situation from being used in military applications.

It sounds like there will be a covert element to the team, with DC Comics mentioning that the team “clean up the mess before any hero or villain arrives, as if both the crime and The Vigil were never there.”

The Vigil is part of the We Are Legends initiative, which sees new series inspired by Asian culture. It will run for six issues.

*Did you missed Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution? The Vigil story will be reprinted in Dawn of DC: We Are Legends Special Edition #1 released on 6th May.

The Vigil #1 was released on 16th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

The Vigil
Collects: The Vigil #1-6
Available 9th April, 2024

City Boy #1 cover by Minkyo Jung and Sunny Gho.
City Boy #1 cover by Minkyo Jung and Sunny Gho.

City Boy #1

Written by Greg Pak. Art by Minkyo Jung.

Previously appearing the the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special and Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn #1*, City Boy is a new hero who can communicate with cities. He uses this ability to make a living finding hidden and lost objects. However, this power also means he hears all kinds of secrets.

The series will see City Boy heading to other famous locations around the DC Universe including Metropolis, Amnesty Bay, and Themyscira. Will these cities communicate with him too? Or will they be less receptive to him?

City Boy is part of the We Are Legends initiative, which sees new series inspired by Asian culture.

*Did you missed Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn? The City Boy story will be reprinted in Dawn of DC: We Are Legends Special Edition #1 released on 6th May.

City Boy #1 was released on 23rd May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition

City Boy
Collects: City Boy #1-6 and stories from Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn #1 and the WildStorm 30th Anniversary Special
Available 16th April, 2024

Dawn of DC: Primer cover by Jeff Spokes.
Dawn of DC: Primer cover by Jeff Spokes.

Dawn of DC: Primer

Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Leandro Fernandez.

At the end of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earth #7, there was an ominous scene at the end featuring Amanda Waller. It teased that there was something that there was treat coming that could lead to the end of the world. With this free primer comic, readers will find out a bit more about what that is, with Waller assembling an army of allies in the shadows.

Dawn of DC: Primer will be given out for free in comic book shops (and probably digitally too). It’s purpose is to set-up future stories lines, tease secrets, and give readers a taste of the future of DC Comics for the second half of 2023 and beyond.

Dawn of DC: Primer was released on May 16th.

Read free: Kindle

Power Girl Special #1 cover by Marguerite Sauvage.
Power Girl Special #1 cover by Marguerite Sauvage.

Power Girl Special #1

Written by Leah Williams. Art by Marguerite Sauvage.

Check out the Power Girl Special #1 if you’ve been following Power Girl in the pages of Lazarus Planet and Action Comics. The special also includes a 10-page Fire and Ice story too.

Power Girl Special #1 was released on 30th May.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Collected edition:

Power Girl Special #1 will be collected in trade paperback along with other Power Girl stories in the following collection:

Power Girl Returns
Collects: Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1, Action Comics #1051-1053, and Power Girl Special #1
Available on 3rd October.

Batman #136 cover by Jorge Jimenez.
Batman #136 cover by Jorge Jimenez.

Batman #136

Written by Chip Zdarksy. Art by Belen Ortega.

This issue kicks off a brand new story. While details are light at the moment, but the solicitation reveals that “Gotham isn’t as welcoming as it once was” and that Batman will need to remind the city (and Catwoman) what he’s all about.

It appears this will also be an exciting time to read the Bat-books, with DC claiming that “the future of the Bat-books starts here, and everyone’s world is about to explode!”

Batman #135 (a.k.a Batman #900) also has the Dawn of DC banner on the cover but it’s more a conclusion of the previous story and less of a clean jumping on point.

Batman #136 was released on 6th June.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Poison Ivy #13 cover by Jessica Fong.
Poison Ivy #13 cover by Jessica Fong.

Poison Ivy #13

Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Marcio Takara.

Poison Ivy is back in Gotham City, which is the perfect opportunity to take Harley on a romantic date to the swamp.

This series was originally a 6-part miniseries, which was then extended to 12 issues, and finally upgraded to an ongoing series due to strong sales and positive reader reception. Poison Ivy #13 kicks off a new story, making it a great place to jump on if you want to start reading.

Poison Ivy #13 was released on 6th June.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Steelworks #1 cover Clay Mann and Alejandro Sanchez.
Steelworks #1 cover Clay Mann and Alejandro Sanchez.

Steelworks #1

Written by Michael Dorn. Art by Sami Basri.

Spinning out of the pages of Action Comics, Steelworks is a series that focuses on John Henry Irons (Steel) and his new business of rebuilding Metropolis. Business is going well, as well as his love life too. Does he even need to be a superhero anymore? And what does his neice, the other hero known as Steel, think of that?

Steelworks is the debut of Star Trek regular Michael Dorn, who’s best-known for his role as Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. He also has a connection to Steel, having voiced the character in Superman: The Animated Series.

The series will run for six issues.

Steelworks #1 was released on 6th June.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Night Terrors: First Blood #1 cover by Howard Porter.
Night Terrors: First Blood #1 cover by Howard Porter.

Knight Terrors

Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Howard Porter and Guillem March.

The middle point of the Dawn of DC will see a comic book event called Knight Terrors. Spanning over two months, it will have a horror bend to it, with heroes and villains forced to face their worst nightmares in the Nightmare Realm.

Similar to Future State, Knight Terrors will be accompanied by a number of two-part miniseries that focus on a particular character or team. These tie-ins replaced many of the regular series in July and August. For instance, there was not be a regular issue of Action Comics in these months but a two-part miniseries called Knight Terrors: Action Comics instead.

The event was teased with a Free Comic Book Day special on 6th May. Read that free issue here.

Find out more about this comic book event, its tie-in issues, and how to read it in the Knight Terrors reading order.

Night Terrors ran between July and August.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Hawkgirl #1 cover by Amancay Nahuelpan and Adriano Lucas.
Hawkgirl #1 cover by Amancay Nahuelpan and Adriano Lucas.

Hawkgirl #1

Written by Jadzia Axelrod. Art by Amancay Nahuelpan and Adriano Lucas.

After the disbanding of the Justice League in Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kendra Saunders (Hawkgirl) has decided she needs a fresh start. Setting herself up in Metropolis, she soon encounters a mysterious villain with a powerful connection to Nth Metal – the metal that makes up her wings and weapons.

The series will run for six issues.

Hawkgirl #1 was released on 18th July.

Buy: eBay | Kindle

Justice Society of America #6

Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Mikel Janin.

I’ve put Justice Society of America #6 in this guide as the solicitation says “be sure to pick up this tie-in to The Dawn of DC!” I’ll update this when more information is available.

Justice Society of America #6 was released on 8th August.

The Penguin #1 cover by Stefano Gaudiano and Scorpio Steele.
The Penguin #1 cover by Stefano Gaudiano and Scorpio Steele.

The Penguin #1

Written by Tom King. Art by Stefano Gaudiano and Scorpio Steele.

Spinning out of Batman, The Penguin is ready to leave Gotham City and his criminal past behind him. However, the U.S. Government isn’t and pulls him back in for their own use.

DC Comics will also release The Penguin #0, which collects the Penguin back-up stories that set up this new series. This is perfect for anyone who missed them them when they were originally published in Batman #125-127. This will was released on 15th August.

The Penguin #1 was released on 22nd August.

Birds of Prey #1 cover by Leonardo Romero.
Birds of Prey #1 cover by Leonardo Romero.

Birds of Prey #1

Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Leonardo Romero.

Birds of Prey are back! Black Canary needs some help with a personal mission – one that she can’t do on her own. It’s time for her to re-form the Birds of Prey. The new line-up contains Cassandra Cain, Big Barda, Zealot, and Harley Quinn.

DC are keeping the details of their mission vague at the moment, but has hinted that their goal includes extraction without bloodshed. Easier said than done.

Birds of Prey #1 was released on 5th September.

Power Girl #1 cover Jonboy Meyers.
Power Girl #1 cover Jonboy Meyers.

Power Girl #1

Written by Leah Williams. Art by Eduardo Pansica.

After Lazarus Planet, a story in Action Comics, and a one-shot special, Power Girl has upgraded to a solo series. In it, a long-dormant Kryptonian threat has emerged to take out Superman and his family. Power Girl will be the only one who can stop it.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read recent Power Girl stories. This one appears to be a new chapter for the character and is more focused on looking forward instead of back. However, it might be worth paying attention to the Knight Terrors event, with DC calling it out in the announcement for this series.

Power Girl #1 was released on 5th September.

Fire and Ice: Welcome To Smallville #1 cover by Terry & Rachel Dodson.
Fire and Ice: Welcome To Smallville #1 cover by Terry & Rachel Dodson.

Fire and Ice: Welcome To Smallville #1

Written by Joanne Starer. Art by Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain.

Fire and Ice are lying low in Smallville after a mission goes embarrassingly wrong. However, the small-town life is a bit too slow for some, with Fire getting restless and deciding to challenge some of the DC Universe’s biggest villains to fights – all while live-streamed.

Fire and Ice: Welcome To Smallville #1 was released on 5th September.

Blue Beetle #1 cover by Adrian Gutiérrez and Luis Guerrero.
Blue Beetle #1 cover by Adrian Gutiérrez and Luis Guerrero.

Blue Beetle #1

Written by Josh Trujillo. Art by Adrian Gutiérrez, Wil Quintana, and Lucas Gattoni.

Blue Beetle is getting an ongoing series, which follows up on Blue Beetle: Graduation Day miniseries by the same creative team. This series begins a new chapter in Jaime Reyes’s life, with the character starting university in Palmera City. This comic will see him juggling his studies, being Blue Beetle, and training two new heroes.

Blue Beetle #1 was released on 5th September.

Batman and Robin #1 cover by Simone Di Meo.
Batman and Robin #1 cover by Simone Di Meo.

Batman and Robin #1

Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Simone Di Meo.

The events of Shadow War, Lazarus Planet and Batman Vs. Robin strained Batman and Damian Wayne’s relationship. However, they’re back together as the father and son Dynamic Duo in a new Batman and Robin series.

In this opening tale, several of Batman’s villains have teamed up to turn Gotham into an urban jungle. At the same time, a brand new villain is watching on the sidelines, waiting for the perfect time for revenge.

Batman and Robin #1 was released on 12th September.

Wonder Woman (2023 series) #1 cover by Daniel Sampere and Tomeu Morey.
Wonder Woman (2023 series) #1 cover by Daniel Sampere and Tomeu Morey.

Wonder Woman #1

Written by Tom King. Art by Daniel Sampere.

U.S Congress has passed The Amazon Safety Act, barring all Amazons from American soil, after a mysterious Amazonian is accused of committing mass murder. Wonder Woman is now on a mission to discover the truth while also becoming an outlaw.

A prelude to Wonder Woman #1 will be found in June’s Wonder Woman #800. It’s also worth noting that with this relaunch, DC Comics are introducing a duel numbering system. This makes this relaunched issue Wonder Woman #801 at the same time.

Wonder Woman #1 was released on 19th September.

Green Lantern: War Journal #1 cover by Taj Tenfold. John Stewart.
Green Lantern: War Journal #1 cover by Taj Tenfold.

Green Lantern: War Journal #1

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson. Art by Montos.

A family tragedy has brought John Stewart back to Earth, with plans to retire from Green Lantern Corp. While attempting to transition back to an ordinary life, a Green Lantern from another universe pulls him back in to help stop a mysterious new villain with connections to Oa.

Green Lantern: War Journal spins out of the back-up stories in The Green Lantern #1-3.

Green Lantern: War Journal #1 was released on 19th September.

The Flash (2023 series) #1 art by Mike Deodato Jr.
The Flash (2023 series) #1 art by Mike Deodato Jr.

The Flash #1

Written by Si Spurrier. Art by Mike Deodato Jr.

Wally West’s powers as The Flash are evolving. So much so, that it has opening the door for him to explore the dark vibrations beyond the Speed Force and into strange new realms. This new series will lean hard into the comic’s science fiction roots and new ideas with character’s speed abilities.

Si Spurrier is known for high-concept ideas, which should translate into some fun and different Flash stories.

Just like Wonder Woman #1 (see above), this Flash series will have a prelude story in June’s The Flash #800. It will also adopt the numbering system, which will include the legacy issue number on the cover.

The Flash #1 was released on 26th September.

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 cover by Jorge Jimenez.
Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 cover by Jorge Jimenez.

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War

Written by Chip Zdarsky, Tini Howard, and Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Mike Hawthorne, Adriano Di Benedetto, Jorge Jimenez, and Nico Leon.

The Gotham War is a crossover between Batman and Catwoman that will run in September and October. Gotham City’s crime has drastically reduced recently thanks to a new crime boss – Catwoman. However, that will put Batman at odds with her and split the Bat-Family down the middle.

Check out our Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War reading order to find out how to read this crossover.

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War was released throughout September and October.

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #1 cover by Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia.
Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #1 cover by Riley Rossmo and Ivan Plascencia.

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #1

Written by Robert Venditti. Art by Riley Rossmo.

One of the siginature aspects of the original Sandman, Wesley Dodds, is his gun that dispenses a gas that put criminals to sleep. It appears that this weapon took a lot of development, with Dodds detailing in his journal other formulas – some far more deadly. Unfortunately, his journal has been stolen and he must track it down before his secrets can be used to cause harm.

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #1 was released on 10th October.

Jay Garrick: The Flash #1 cover by Jorge Corona and Sarah Stern.
Jay Garrick: The Flash #1 cover by Jorge Corona and Sarah Stern.

Jay Garrick: The Flash #1

Written by Jeremy Adams. Art by Diego Olortegui.

Spinning out of Star-Girl: The Lost Children and Justice Society of America, the original Flash, Jay Garrick, has reunited with his long-lost daughter. The series will explore their relationship, with Jay looking to make up for lost time.

Jay Garrick: The Flash #1 was released on 17th October.

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #1 cover by David Talaski.
Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #1 cover by David Talaski.

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #1

Written by Tim Sheridan. Art by Cian Tormey.

This series explores the early days of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. It will recontextuslise the character’s golden age interpretation through the lens of the modern interpretation. This includes going into his queer identity and a hero.

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #1 was released on 24th October.

Amazons Attack #1 cover by Clayton Henry and Marcelo Maiolo.
Amazons Attack #1 cover by Clayton Henry and Marcelo Maiolo.

Amazons Attack #1

Written by Josie Campbell. Art by Vasco Georgiev.

Due to the events of Tom King’s Wonder Woman (see above), the world is much more hostile towards the Amazons. Amazon Attacks acts as a companion series to Wonder Woman, focusing on the Amazonian tribes as they search for answer as to how they fit into this new world.

The series will feature Nubia, Wonder Girl (Yara Flor), Faruka II, and Mary Marvel.

Amazons Attack #1 was released on 24th October.

Supergirl Special #1 cover by Jamal Campbell.
Supergirl Special #1 cover by Jamal Campbell.

Supergirl Special #1

Written Mariko Tamaki. Art by Skylar Patridge.

In this one-shot, Supergirl searches for a new purpose and identity – especially since Power Girl’s return. Will she stay in Metropolis or will it lead her out into the stars?

Supergirl Special #1 was released on 31st October.

Outsiders #1 cover Roger Cruz.
Outsiders #1 cover Roger Cruz.

Outsiders #1

Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Art by Robert Casey.

Spinning out of Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War, this new Outsiders series stars Batwoman and Luke Fox. The pair will be the heads of a new organisation that explores the unknown corners of the DC Universe, finding the forgotten artefacts and better understanding the Multiverse. Think of it part superhero comic part archeology expedition.

Outsiders #1 was released on 14th November.

Speed Force #1 cover by Daniele Di Nicuolo.
Speed Force #1 cover by Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Speed Force #1

Written by Jarrett Williams. Art by Daniele Di Nicuolo.

This Flash spin-off focuses on Wallace West (Kid Flash) and Avery Ho (Flash of China) as they explore the weird changes to the speed force. They find new threats and old friends as they forge their own paths as speedsters and heroes.

Speed Force #1 was released on 14th November.

Titans: Beast World #1 cover by Ivan Reis and Danny Miki.
Titans: Beast World #1 cover by Ivan Reis and Danny Miki.

Titans: Beast World

Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Ivan Reis and Danny Miki.

Titans: Beast World is the first Titans comic book event since the series became one of DC’s top titles.

The Necrostar is threatening to destroy all of Earth. The only person who can stop it is the Titan’s Beast Boy. With the team behind him, will he be able to save the day?

However, that’s not all. The heroes and villains of the DC Universe have been transformed in terrifying beasts. As you can assume, it will be chaos. How will Amanda Waller take advantage of the situation to further her long-stewing plans? You’ll have to read to find out.

Find out how to read the event and it’s tie-ins in the Titans: Beast World reading order.

Titans: Beast World began in November.

Where can I find these comics?

The Dawn of DC titles can be found at all good comic book shops, online stores, eBay, and digitally on Kindle.

Do you need to read everything?

Nope. How much you read is totally up to you.

My recommendation is to check out the comics that appeal to you the most. The could be based on the characters, story premise, or creative team.

Will there be more Dawn of DC comics?

Yes! DC Comics will be drip feeding new comics as part of Dawn of DC throughout the year. As a result, there’s plenty of more comics to reveal over the coming months.

With every batch of announcements, the publisher has released the Dawn of DC roadmap. Here’s the most recent one.

Dawn of DC teaser roadmap.

Each version of the road map has held clues to future announcements. For instance, in a previous version, if you enhance the brightness of the image, you’ll see something called The Return of the Justice League. Oh, and an ominous looking skull too. Perhaps Superman villain Brainiac?

In another version, Detective Chimp holding Dr Fate’s helmet was also shown. Perhaps a Justice League Dark book is in the works? Or is it a piece of a much larger puzzle? I guess we’ll find out later this year.

This is on top of an Aquaman series that has been hinted at.

This guide will be updated throughout 2023 as new information comes to light. Make sure you bookmark it so you can easily find it again.

Share your thoughts

Which of the Dawn of DC comics are excited to read? Share your thoughts in the comments below or via Facebook, Twitter, or Mastodon.

Advertisement

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments (5)

  • Is there a similar “Your Guide to Marvel Comics 2023 Jumping on Points”? Or will there be soon?

    Or is only DC providing a good entry point currently?

  • I hope they plan a new Suicide Squad series I liked the idea of Col. Rick Flag running the Suicide Squad .
    Wish they would add Weather Wizard, Chiller, Phobia, Mammoth, Vigilante 2 & 3, Black Thorn, Rose & Thorn, Quakemaster, Signalman & Live Wire
    Also bring back Deadshot

  • I’ve been waiting for a Hal Jordan/Green Lantern solo series for a long time, and I want to read more Green Lantern with Hal Jordan as the main character. But why Mariko Tamaki ? Why her ? I don’t trust her to handle Hal Jordan. Oh man, I’m worried.

  • I am skeptical about the reboots,
    Yet again the franchise. Has changed over the years. I actually liked Man of Steel. And I am really disappointed that Wonder Woman 3. Was canceled. I really enjoyed the first 2.

Don’t miss out on our newsletter

Get reading recommendations, lists, reading orders, tips and more in your inbox.

Sign-up to the newsletter

Don’t miss out on our email newsletter full of comics recommendations, lists, reading orders, tips and more.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter too.