Almost impossible to get into the dc universe, too many series, crossovers

I feel like a chicken with it’s head cutoff trying to start getting into the comics, I don’t want to start with rebirth, they’re is way too many bat series. All the crossovers and events, the contradictions, tips welcome

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For me this one of the main reasons I fell in love with the DCU. There was/is so much to go back and catch up on.

I guess its an acquired taste. But for me it’s delicious.

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My best advice would be to start with series post Crisis on Infinite Earths (COIE). Anything from 1986/87. Main titles like Bats, Supes, etc.

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There are some great recommendation threads around these here parts- you can find one of them here:

You can also search our Comics section by scrolling to the bottom and locating “Browse All”. On the right side you’ll see a section called “Get To Know”, where you can select a character you’re interested in to be recommended highlighted issues.

We ALSO have lots of book clubs you can find in the “Comic Books” category of these forums :slight_smile: Reading along with other fans could be a great way to take your first bite!

Hope this helps, and welcome to the vast DC Universe!

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Welcome! I’d start with these fun guides. Read an overview of popular stories, find one that catches your interest, and dive in!

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/where-start-reading-green-lantern-comics/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/where-start-reading-batman-comics/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/where-start-reading-superman-comics/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/where-start-reading-wonder-woman-comics/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/where-start-reading-flash-comics/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/where-start-reading-teen-titans-comics/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/beginners-guide-young-justice/

https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/beginners-guide-dc-horror/

Otherwise, what characters brought you to DC Universe?

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Start with The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke for the best and most accessible Justice League/DC Universe story.

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Oh make no mistake I love how many stories the dc universe has, I’m a dc fanboy ain’t gonna lie, but it’s also a daunting task that I look forward to.

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Start with two videos to remove any gaps in your background. It will take less than three hours of your time

Secret Origins History of DC Comics

Justice League The New Frontier

Over at Support Forum I just listed a group of great Start Reading various characters articles that were in the News Section.

I believe part of the links above are links to some of these articles.

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If you think DC is Bad, Marvel is 10x worse! They’ll have 6 events going on at the same time and haven’t stopped oversaturatting the market with em since 2005!

Take it from someone who’s been reading comics since then were 7, once you get started it’s not that hard to sort DC’s comic works out.

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I know that feeling. That is why I collect omnibuses because they collect all issues from an Era in publication order or based on a storyline (Death and Return of Superman, Batman: Knightfall). If there is a character, writer, Age, etc. that can help you narrow down the field, I am sure more comic experienced fans would be able to help.
Hopefully, an “intro quiz” can be set up in the comic sections to help new fans identify where to begin.
Last, movies can be a good way to understand what may pique your interest. For example, if you really like the movie Aquaman, you might like the New 52 Throne of Atlantis storyline.

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Not a big marvel fan, they’ve got some of my favorite characters but the darkness of dc has always interested me more than most marvel stuff, the only marvel comics I buy are star wars, I’ve read thousands of comics, and a lot of dc ones here and there but pretty new to the Dc comic universe on the large scale.

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I like green arrow, Martian Manhunter, The trinity of course, Green lantern, The Flash, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, teen titans, Aquaman, Captain Atom and a lot more.

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The only advice I can give is to fake it til you make it. I mean, I’m sure you are not the only one to feel this way.

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Just jump into something. It’s really that easy.

You don’t need to know the entire history of the DC Universe. Don’t overthink continuities, ages, eras, creative team runs, events and so on. Very simply find that one title that looks interesting to you and go from there.

You’ll be amazed at how quickly you get consumed by the awe-inspiring wonderment that is DC.

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@ Generalskywalker1.88285 Yeah it’s daunting, but so much fun and worth it. Honestly you’ll be surprised how quickly you start burning through 'em.

Oh and always 'member… Big Belly Burger has the best Soder in town!

I used to be daunted, too, by the whole tryin’ to keep up with the Universe thing. Soon sponging enough details becomes almost intuitive. Just float through the panels!

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@DCCC I like to get Soder from Big Belly, then take it home and mix it with a Jim Lee created Whak Soda myself :slight_smile:

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Lol @Vroom

What Vroom said, I was really intimidated by all the options when I got back into DC this year too but eventually I just dove in.

For me I kinda thought back to my first DC comic. I had no idea what was going on or who the characters were, but it gave me a sense of excitement and adventure. From there I just had to know more and it inevitably led me into the larger DC universe.

Just know you don’t have to force it and nobody expects you to be an all knowing omnibus. There won’t be a quiz lol! Even a few pages can be enough of a dive and if the story doesn’t excite you the way Star Wars does (or similar level) it’s ok to put it down and try something else.

Hope it all works out and if you get too bogged down in choosing, remember what the blue lanterns say… all will be well! :slight_smile: