This project started as the Tomasi run on Detective Comics, but then expanded as it crossed over into Joker War. Eventually, it became my version of post-Rebirth Batman, similar to the post-Crisis chronology/map. I am not including Tom King’s Batman run in continuity, nor am I following Tynion’s Detective Comics run that started the Rebirth era. I am also not trying to reconcile with Scott Snyder’s Justice League run and related Year of the Villain plotlines, other than what is needed for the ongoing storyline in these Batman comics. These volumes are mapped to go around the main DC Rebirth books, but there is not much overlap. This map is still tentative.
Detective Comics #1000 and #1027 had multiple stories. The specific story in the map will be indicated after the decimal point.
Tremendous gratitude to the work of the Real Batman Chronology Project, which I heavily referenced for issue placement.
“Dark Nights: Metal” takes place prior to these volumes.
Day by Day
Batman Annual #1 (first two stories)
Batman Annual #4
Batman Annual #3 – Father’s Day
Detective Annual #2
Detective #1000.03 – Knute Brody
Detective #1027.02 – Master Class
Batman Secret Files #1
Detective #1000.06 – Heretic
The stories are gathered in this way because most of them reference specific dates. Batman Annual #1 contains several Christmas stories. The first story spans the months of September through December, and the second shares a page and takes place on Christmas. The rest of the stories are out of continuity. Batman Annual #4 takes place over a span in March and April, while Annual #3 takes place on Father’s Day weekend. I originally had Detective Comics Annual #2 placed close to publication order after Detective #1005, but moved it back here based on the recommendation of the Real Batman Chronology Project. There is a line of dialogue on the first page that places the issue on Bastille Day, which is in mid-July. While some of these issues contain stories by Tom King, they do not impact his run nor do they contradict any other continuity, so they have been placed here. This book also became a bit of a catch-all.
Batman Universe (HC)
Batman Giant #3-14 or Batman Universe #1-6
This is the serialized story by Bendis that originally appeared in the Giant issues offered at Wal-Mart.
Three Jokers #1-3
While the plot for this was set up in DC Universe Rebirth #1, the story itself did not actually tie into the Rebirth narrative. It has been placed here based on context determined by the Real Batman Chronology Project.
Heroes in Crisis
Heroes in Crisis #1-2
Flash Annual #2
Heroes in Crisis #3-4
Heroes in Crisis #5-9
This volume is also part of the DC Rebirth event map.
Detective #1000.01 – Batman’s Longest Case
Detective #1000.04 – Batman’s Design
Detective #1000.11 – Medieval prelude
As mentioned above, Detective Comics Annual #2 was originally placed between #1005-1006, but moved due to it’s July setting. The Mythology arc in #994-999 takes place around Batman’s birthday, which the BCP places in February. The thought would be that not enough time has passed for it to be July at that point.
Year of the Villain
Year of the Villain: Joker #1
Detective #1027.06 – Fore
Detective #1027.10 – As Always
“Doomsday Clock” occurs here, as determined by the Real Batman Chronology Project.
While I don’t count Tom King’s run as part of continuity here, it’s obvious that some version of certain events of that run did occur. A volume break has been put here to indicate that those events happened “off camera” around this time.
Pennyworth RIP #1
Year of the Villain: Riddler #1
Detective Annual #3
Detective #1027.01 – Blowback
Detective #1027.07 – Odyssey
Their Dark Designs (HC)
Batman #85 epilogue (last three pages)
Batman Secret Files #3
Batman Secret Files #3 is only listed here because it was included in the official hardcover release. If I were binding single issues, I would just add Batman #86-94 to the beginning of the Joker War volume.
Detective Comics #1027.12
Batman Annual #5
“Flash Forward” and “Dark Knights: Death Metal” both occur here.
After this, the entire DC line took a break for Future State and then launched into Infinite Frontier.