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Dark Crisis [DC Comics] Reading Order

Dark Crisis is a seven-part mini-series. The limited series will be preceded by two specials, Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition and Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 one-shot.

The writer Joshua Williamson called Dark Crisis an “epic DCU event about legacy”. Before the release, DC revealed Pariah, a key character in the original 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez and who last appeared in an epilogue of Infinite Frontier #6, is the main villain. 

“A world without the Justice League…”

Pariah is using his powers to bring back his Multiverse from the era of Crisis on Infinite Earths. The mad Pariah wants to destroy Earth-0 in his quest for rebirth and vengeance. Justice League tried to stop it and the team is now believed dead. It will be up to the countless other heroes of the DC Universe to save the day!

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Dark Crisis credits

Writer – Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver

Artist – Chris Burnham and Rafa Sandoval

Publisher – DC Comics


What to read before Dark Crisis?

Joshua Williamson will pull together story threads from past stories and here are some recommendations.

  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Infinite Crisis
  • Infinite Frontier
  • Justice League Incarnate

For the background reading of Dark Crisis read below three comics released just before the event.

  • Justice League #75
  • Dark Crisis #0 FCBD Special Edition #1
  • Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis (one-shot)
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Dark Crisis Reading Order

Justice League (2016 series) #75 (Prelude)
Prelude for the story

Dark Crisis Free Comic Book Day Special Edition 2022 #1 (Prelude)
Prelude for the story

Justice League: Road To Dark Crisis #1 (Prelude)
Prelude for the story in a one-shot comic.

Dark Crisis #1 (of 7)
The main event started.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 (of 6) (Tie-in)
First tie-in for the event. Young Justice will have 6 part tie-in with the main event.

The Flash #783 (Tie-in)
Another tie-in and the story continue in The Flash series.

Dark Crisis #2 (of 7)
Main story continue.

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Superman #1 (Tie-in)
Worlds Without A Justice League centered around Superman

Note: This will also include an Aquaman back-up story.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2 (of 6) (Tie-in)
Young Justice tie-in story continue.

The Flash #784 (Tie-in)

Aquamen #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Chuck Brown and Brandon Thomas. Art by Sam Basri.
Available 26th July

The following comics are known to be are part of Dark Crisis but don’t have enough information to order them right now. This will be updated and added to as more details arise over the coming months.

Dark Crisis #3 (of 7)
Main story continue.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3 (of 6) (Tie-in)
Young Justice tie-in story continue.

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Green Lantern #1 (Tie-in)
Worlds Without A Justice League centered around Green Lantern

Note: This will also includes a Hawkgirl back-up story.

The Flash #785 (Tie-in)

Dark Crisis #4 (of 7)
Main story continue.

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Wonder Woman #1 (Tie-in)
Worlds Without A Justice League centered around Wonder Woman

Note: This will also includes a Martian Manhunter back-up story.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6) (Tie-in)
Young Justice tie-in story continue.

Dark Crisis #5 (of 7)
Main story continue.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5 (of 6) (Tie-in)
Young Justice tie-in story continue.

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Green Arrow #1 (Tie-in)

Worlds Without A Justice League centered around Green Arrow.

Dark Crisis #6 (of 7)
Main story continue.

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League – Batman #1 (Tie-in)

Worlds Without A Justice League centered around Batman.

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6 (of 6) (Tie-in)
Young Justice tie-in story concluded and story continue to Dark Crisis #7.

Dark Crisis: War Zone #1 (Tie-in)

Dark Crisis #7 (of 7)
Main story concluded.


What to read after Dark Crisis?

Yet to be announced.


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