New 52 era gave many famous and fan-favorite storylines and Batman’s arc in New 52 was one of the best. Started from Volume 1: The Court of Owls to Volume 10: Epilogue, the story was fresh and engaging.
In between we saw Batman Volume 7: Endgame, one of the masterpiece in New 52 era. The story is about the return of The Joker after his disappearance at the end of the “Death of the Family” story arc.
Here is the official synopsis:
He is Batman’s greatest enemy, his deadliest threat, his opposite number. His bloody-minded madness is exceeded only by his twisted genius. He is the Clown Prince, the Pale Man, and his crimes turn the world into one big, sick joke. But today, the joke is over.
Batman Endgame FAQ
What to read before Batman Endgame?
Batman Endgame was a conclusion of Batman vs Joker story arc in New 52. You have to read previous Zero Year and Death of the Family storylines to understand Batman and Joker’s rivalry in this era.
In collected editions –
- Batman, Vol. 4: Zero Year – Secret City
- Batman, Vol, 5: Zero Year – Dark City
- Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family
- The Joker: Death of the Family
Batman Endgame Reading Order
Main story was between Batman #35 to #40. However, additional tie-ins like Batman Annual and Detective Comics also played major roles in this storyline. Correct order of reading is listed below.
- Batman #35
- Batman #36
- Batman Annual #3
- Arkham Manor: Endgame #1
- Batman #37
- Detective Comics: Endgame #1
- Batman #38
- Gotham Academy: Endgame #1
- Batgirl: Endgame #1
- Batman #39
- Batman #40
It is collected in two collector editions-
- Batman, Vol. 7: Endgame
- The Joker: Endgame
What to read after Batman Endgame?
This is the end of The Joker’s story for a while. You can continue Batman story arc in Batman vol 8: Superheavy and Detective Comics, Vol. 9: Gordon at War.
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