DC Comics has been publishing Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman comics starting all the way back in the late 1930s (WhereasMarvel Comics可以追溯到微不足道的1961年)。如果你想了解超人和蝙蝠侠的长寿背景，它们的诞生要早于二战、克利夫兰印第安人队世界职业棒球大赛(小熊队加油!)和电视。
As a result, DC Comics has a heckuva long publication history that can be a challenge for new readers to navigate.
DC漫画并没有一种正确的开始方式，不幸的是，与电视剧不同，DC漫画并没有明确的“第一集”。漫画遍布多个系列(游戏邦注:如《Action Comics》、《Detective Comics》和《World’s Finest》等)，并因此提供传统的非线性叙事路径。
Nonetheless, below you’ll find some approaches for getting started with DC Comics, particularly for new readers starting in 2022!
1) DC Infinite Frontier & Starting With The Newest DC Comics
Having discussed all that massive history behind DC, the reality of superhero universes is you don’t always have to crawl all the way back to the very beginning to catch up with the present. Sure, you can try to start with Superman’s first appearance inAction Comics#1, but that noble aim is going to very quickly turn into a miserable challenge feeling far too similar to homework.
Fortunately, comic book publishers are perpetually attempting to make their universe accessible to new readers, and2021’sInfinite Frontieris the latest example in the DC catalog.
To make a long story short: From 2011 to mid-2016, DC ran a controversial, and often reviled rebooted universe called theNew 52. In my book, the New 52 has plenty of highly enjoyable comics, and is actually the most new-reader friendly major comics initiative of my life (we’ll get to that in a second… the initiative, not my life), but nonetheless, it was a public relations train wreck by 2016.
Enter DC Rebirth. DC finally ended the New 52, and brought back the history and legacy of their full continuity into all-new #1 issues across all their titles like Batman, Wonder Woman and Justice League.
First, you could check out my fullDC Rebirth universe reading order. This will tell you about every single comic in Rebirth, and where you should read each story. So, if you’re not sure if you’re more interested inSuicide SquadorCyborg, or simply want to read them all, I highly recommendthe Comic Book Herald guide.
In its latter years, though, DC Rebirth ran into the same problems as the New 52 (it’s almost like history can teach us lessons? Nahhhhh). And the rise of Infinite Frontier promises a new era, off to an interesting start into 2022.
The alternative is to simply pick a character or two that grabs your interest and start reading. Some of the most popular on Comic Book Herald are:
2) DC’s The New 52
Admittedly, for every really good DC Comic (see Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’sBatman) there are about three stinkers to take its place.
这就引出了你的选择。If you’re an absolute completest nut (join the club!), you can readthe entire New 52 Universe in order using Comic Book Herald’s New 52 reading order.
Alternatively, I’d recommend you focus on a handful of books and focus on those series. My personal favorites are:
3) The Modern DC Fast Track: Essential Storylines From Late 90’s Through 2011
If you want to go back beyond the New 52 and start with DC Comics from earlier in the 2000’s, there’s a solid, clear essential fast track guide on Comic Book Herald that will take you through all the must-reads.
The fast track will take you through instant classic storylines likeIdentity Crisis,Batman: Under the Red Hood, andFlashpointthat are still frequently referenced in fandom and DC Comics today.
4) The Best DC Comics of All Time!
对于许多DC的新粉丝来说，最好的起点就是DC最热门的作品。Obviously over the course of 80 years publishing superhero comics, DC has published some of the best superhero comics of all time, and in some cases they can claim some of the absolutebest comics of all time.
If you want to see a full list of my favorite comics of all time, and where these DC books compare, you can view thebest comics of all time guide.
I also recommend checking out thefast track guide to the 40 Best DC Comics From 1942 to 2000!
Otherwise, I’ve listed out my 10 favorites here. Watchmen is debatably a part of the DC Universe proper at this point, but either way, if you haven’t read Watchmen and you’re looking for great comics, go readWatchmen!
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
All Star Superman
Batman: Year One
Batman The Long Halloween+Dark Victory
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Batman (The New 52)
The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga
JLA: A League of One
If you’re interested in learning how to find comics in general, I recommendComic Book Herald’s guide on how to get into comics.
For DC specifically, you have a few good options:
For digital, DC has a growing array of options, includingDC Universe包括电视和漫画的流媒体。Now that DC Universe does include an enormous amount of DC’s publication history, I’d argue it’s your best bet for digital DC
Hoopla is also a particularly great option for new fans, as all you need is a library card to enjoyfreeDC Comics. You canread more about Hoopla Digital for comics here.
And there you have it: Your guide to getting started with DC Comics. If you have questions or comments, do what feels right to you in the comments below!