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The current cause for fan excitement (and confusion) is Bruce Wayne: The Road Home. It’s part of the larger overarching Batman: RIP / Battle / Return / Etc storyline and will eventually be included on that trade list, but as the comics come out in issue format you may be wondering how to read them.

Along with the main titles, there is also a companion of sorts being promoted as “The Search for Bruce Wayne.” That runs in issues 1-6 of Time Masters: Vanishing Point. You could probably read those six issues separately after the main bulk, if you wanted, or you can try them as listed here. As with most time travel stories, chronological order may not ever really be possible. Let me know if you have any tips or tweaks!

Here’s the full list, with release dates.

Pre-game:

Batman RIP / Reborn (as much of the Morrison run as you’d like.)

Batman & Robin 1-9

Red Robin 1-14

The Main Event:

1. Batman & Robin 10
2. Batman & Robin 11
3. Batman & Robin 12
4. Batman 700
5. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 1 – (Early July)
6. Batman & Robin 13
7. Batman 701
8. Batman 702
9. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 2 – (Late July)
10. Time Masters: Vanishing Point 1 – (July 25th)
11. Red Robin 15
12. Batman 703 – (September 9th)
13. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 3 – (August)
14. Time Masters: Vanishing Point 2 – (August 25th)
15. Batman & Robin 14
16. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 4 – (September)
17. Time Masters: Vanishing Point 3 – (September 29th)
18. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 5 – (October 13th)
19. Time Masters: Vanishing Point 4 – (October 27th)
20. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne 6 – (November 10th)
21. Batman & Robin 15 – (October 20th)
22. Red Robin 16
23. Road Home: Batman & Robin – (October 13th)
24. Road Home: Red Robin – (October 13th)
25. Road Home: Outsiders – (October 13th)
26. Road Home: Batgirl – (October 13th)
27. Road Home: Catwoman – (October 20th)
28. Road Home: Commissioner Gordon – (October 20th)
29. Road Home: Oracle – (October 27th)
30. Road Home: Ra’s al Ghul – (October 27th)
31. Batman & Robin 16 – (November 3rd)
32. Batman: The Return – (November 17th)
33. Batman, Inc. #1 – (November 17th)
34. Batman 704
35. Red Robin 17
36. Time Masters: Vanishing Point 5 – (November 17th)
37. Time Masters: Vanishing Point 6 – (December 15th)

At this point it’s starting to move into Batman Inc territory. Perhaps it’s a new list? We’ll see.

As always, let us know if we’ve made any mistakes in our ordering! Please keep spoilers out of comments, since most people reading this post will not have read the event yet.

Thanks to Duncan in the comments below for the advice concerning Time Masters: Vanishing Point, Herbzilla for chatting with me about putting in B&R 1-14, and Amanda at Comic Book Issues for advice about Batman: The Return and Batman 703.

Thank you to Sean for advice on where to put in Batman 700, 701, and 702. Thanks to gbeenie for advice about B+R 16/The Return.

Huge thanks to LEO for additional tweaks, especially the addition of Red Robin 15 and 16.

Matthew over at Multiversity also posted an excellent in depth rundown of the entire Grant Morrison epic with issue by issue commentary, which may be of interest to you.

Enjoy!

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  1. avatar Duncan Allcoat wrote on at October 15, 2010 8:01 pm:

    Surely Time Masters: Vanishing Point issues 1 to 6 should be included here. Booster Gold, Rip Hunter and Superman appear in the Return Of Bruce Wayne issue 2 (from memory) so including these 6 issues would help explain their appearance

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    avatar Ian replied on October 15th, 2010 at 8:54 pm:

    Maybe! Thanks for the tip.

    I haven’t read those! Does it tie in directly?

    I’ve only read the old 1990 collection of Time Master stuff

    http://www.tradereadingorder.com/dc/time-masters-time-masters/

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    avatar Duncan Allcoat replied on October 16th, 2010 at 3:03 am:

    It does. Rip, Booster, Hal Jordan and Superman are travelling through time and space following leads to Bruce Wayne’s whereabouts. The issues are headed “The Search For Bruce Wayne” and are being sold over here (in the UK) as a companion to the series

    http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/comics/?cm=15184

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    avatar Ian replied on October 16th, 2010 at 1:52 pm:

    cool, so we could maybe put it right before The Return of Bruce Wayne, then? Does it work well to read 1-6 of that before jumping into this list? Or does it cross over between issues 1-4 of Return.

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    avatar Duncan Allcoat replied on October 16th, 2010 at 2:23 pm:

    It runs alongside, guess it would probably start after return of Bruce wayne issue 1. Until now, I have been reading one issue of the return followed by an issue of Time Masters. Currently there is just one point in issue 2 of the return where the two stories cross over, otherwise they are heading towards the same goal but otherwise can probably be read any time

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    avatar Ian replied on October 16th, 2010 at 11:13 pm:

    cool. I’ve kind of guessed out their placement based on release dates and reviews of the first three books. Let me know if you see anything that you feel is out of place (or later on down the line if I’ve totally botched something up once they actually come out, lol.)

    Thanks so much for your help, Duncan!

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  2. avatar Matthew wrote on at October 22, 2010 10:34 am:

    This is great, thanks. The Road Home reading order is so odd… you’d think the story would be in the order of where in the cover the characters lay, but no. Of course Ra’s Al Ghul has to be in the middle and of course you have to read his book last! Ah well!

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    avatar Ian replied on October 22nd, 2010 at 9:05 pm:

    yeah, it’s kind of a confusing one – especially because of that cover thing. Maybe they did the covers before plotting out the story? Or just decided the placement aesthetically. *shrug*

    Anyway, hope the order helps. Let me know if you spot any problems while reading!

    Oh, and if there are any other series orders you’re in need of, just let me know and I’ll get crackin’ on em.

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  3. avatar Warren wrote on at October 27, 2010 6:21 pm:

    How abut Brightest Day?

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    avatar Ian replied on October 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm:

    Here’s what I’ve got so far: http://www.tradereadingorder.com/blog/comic-issue-reading-order-brightest-day-dc-event/

    It’s a little bumpy in some areas, but without having the issues in front of me I’m not sure how to adjust. Let me know if you’ve got any advice!

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    avatar Warren replied on November 3rd, 2010 at 2:01 pm:

    Sweet!! Thanks!

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    avatar Ian replied on November 3rd, 2010 at 2:16 pm:

    No problem. Let us know if there’s anything you think could use improvement as you’re reading along. :)

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  4. avatar Amanda wrote on at November 1, 2010 4:37 am:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! This is a great list and should be a lot of help.

    One thing though, I’m pretty sure that Batman: The Return is meant to be read after the Road Home stuff. Since all that stuff is the ROAD leading to his RETURN. I’ve seen that said on a few sites but I couldn’t point to where at the moment.

    You might want to add Batman 703 to the list since it was advertised as a prelude to Bruce Wayne the Road Home (and was written by Fabian Nicieza who planned the whole Road Home event). I don’t think it is absolutely necessary to read to understand anything else, but for the sake of completion it couldn’t hurt to add in. It came out September 9th, but could probably go anywhere in the read order before the Road Home stuff.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 1st, 2010 at 4:49 am:

    Likewise, Amanda! :D

    I think I’ve seen that about The Return as well. Once in a random forum post and the guy didn’t respond to cite a source so I was waiting on it. But hearing it from you as well is enough, I think. I’ll move it until I hear otherwise.

    I’ll add Batman 703 in as well, just by date I guess. Thanks a lot for the advice!

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  5. avatar Warren wrote on at November 10, 2010 4:53 pm:

    After reading B&R 16 today, I’m thinking it may need to go after all the one-shot books and before Batman Inc. #1. The book ends with the press conference announcing Batman Inc., so I’d think that makes sense, especially given that in B&R 16 Dick and Damien KNOW Bruce is back, but in the one-shot B&R they don’t seem to know (and Bruce tells Oracle that they don’t know yet, so there is that).

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    avatar Ian replied on November 10th, 2010 at 6:10 pm:

    yeah, I’ve been hearing a lot about some contradictions lately. I think it would make sense too. I’ll make the move when I get home tonight.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 10th, 2010 at 9:30 pm:

    Alright, it’s been updated! Thanks!

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  6. avatar LEO wrote on at November 16, 2010 2:41 pm:

    SPOILER!!

    May need to adjust order.
    In 702 Dick still has the Batmobile but in B&R 14 it blows up…

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    avatar LEO replied on November 16th, 2010 at 2:51 pm:

    I meant 703

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    avatar Ian replied on November 16th, 2010 at 9:14 pm:

    Do you think that we should put 701 – 703 right before B+R 14? Or should 702/703 be placed somewhere different altogether (even before 701?)

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    avatar LEO replied on November 20th, 2010 at 7:29 pm:

    Okay, so I read in your order for the most part but then I tweaked the list before I let my friend read them so it would try to flow better.
    700
    ROBW 1
    B&R 13
    701/702
    ROBW 2**
    TM:VP 1**
    Red Robin 15
    703
    ROBW 3
    TM:VP 2
    B&R 14
    ROBW 4
    TM:VP 3
    ROBW 5
    TM:VP 4
    ROBW 6
    B&R 15
    Red Robin 16
    The Eight One-Shots
    B&R 16
    The Return
    Batman, Inc 1

    **Now I didn’t have ROBW 2 or TM:VP 1 but I think that’s where they would go based on your order.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 7:32 pm:

    Thanks for the advice, LEO. I’m gonna take a look at this and do some updates in a few.

    Good show :D

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    avatar Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 7:41 pm:

    Great work bud. Most of it is pretty subtle, but works.

    Especially thankful for the placings of Red Robin, a title I don’t have yet. I’ve tweaked the order and fixed the numbering.

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    avatar LEO replied on November 20th, 2010 at 11:36 pm:

    Oh the Red Robin’s are amazing. I love the character of Tim Drake. I suggest you pick up the two trades, The Grail and Collision. That’s the first 12 issues and they focus on Tim proving that Bruce is alive. You might want to put Red Robin 1 – 14 in the Pre-Game as well.

    Cheers! =)

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    avatar Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 11:37 pm:

    That’s a good thought! Especially since he’s been saying it the whole damn time.

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    avatar LEO replied on November 20th, 2010 at 11:51 pm:

    Haha yea no one wanted to believe Tim. Oh and Red Robin 17 has the Batman Incorporated banner on it so I assume that it would fall after Batman, Inc 1.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 20th, 2010 at 11:58 pm:

    Good call.

    I wonder if I Batman Inc is going to have as many crossovers and whatnot. Should I be making a new reading list just for that? pf.

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    avatar LEO replied on November 21st, 2010 at 12:02 am:

    I don’t know how many titles are going to have that banner on them or for how long but I did see on on the Batman 704 issue and I’m pretty sure it was on a detective comic as well. I don’t know if Batman and Robin will also be sporting it, but I’ll update you when I find out.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 21st, 2010 at 12:13 am:

    sheesh. I’m gonna hit the forums and see if people think I should just keep putting it all on one list or not.

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    avatar LEO replied on November 30th, 2010 at 8:51 am:

    I saw a couple comics with the Batman Inc banner on them today: Batman and Robin 17 and Detective Comics 871. I was a little surprised the Batwoman 0 did not have it because it was hyped with all the other titles that did.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 30th, 2010 at 9:40 am:

    So far it seems that while they tie in a bit, they’ve all got their own plot threads. Concur?

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    avatar LEO replied on November 30th, 2010 at 9:43 am:

    Yes that’s exactly my thoughts, like the Brightest Day banners. They have their own stories and plots but at certain times they might make a reference to one another to make a tie-in

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    avatar Ian replied on November 30th, 2010 at 9:46 am:

    yeah I think we’ll be able to wait while these run for a while before they start really interacting.

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  7. avatar gbeenie wrote on at November 18, 2010 5:28 pm:

    Important note: Batman and Robin 16 comes BEFORE Batman: The Return.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 18th, 2010 at 5:31 pm:

    Does it? I thought 16 moved right into Inc.

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    avatar gbeenie replied on November 18th, 2010 at 5:38 pm:

    ‘Fraid not. B&R 16 wraps up the Doctor Hurt/Professor Pyg stuff, and leads right to Return. THEN comes Inc. #1.

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    avatar Ian replied on November 18th, 2010 at 5:39 pm:

    cool, thanks for the correction. I try to do these lists when requested, but I’m obviously a trade waiter myself so it gets a little hard sometimes :D

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  8. avatar ArrowOfApollo wrote on at November 21, 2010 4:38 pm:

    Thanks so much for the reading order! It’s going to prove immensely helpful as I dive into the pile of recent Batman and Red Robin issues that has accumulated on my desk. :-P

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    avatar Ian replied on November 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm:

    No problem! Hope it helps. Let us know if you’ve got any feedback :)

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  9. avatar irving6000 wrote on at July 14, 2011 3:25 pm:

    This has been really useful for me in catching up. It is also interesting to see just how badly DC bungled the release schedule.
    They go to all the effort of having such an epic story by a big-name creator, and then publish some of the most important story beats in the wrong order! Also, the whole question of what happened between the helicopter crash and final crisis. What was the need, story-wise, to hold that back for so long?

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  18. Herbzilla
    wrote on at October 28, 2010 7:46 pm:

    Thank you so much for this list. I am trying to catch up on the happenings in the DC Universe and lists like this make my life so much easier!!

    That being said, I saw on a couple other forum postings that Batman and Robin should also be intertwined in Return of Bruce Wayne like below:

    Batman and Robin 1-10
    Return of Bruce Wayne 1
    Batman and Robin 11
    Return of Bruce Wayne 2
    Batman and Robin 12
    Return of Bruce Wayne 3
    Batman and Robin 13
    Return of Bruce Wayne 4
    Batman and Robin 14
    Return of Bruce Wayne 5

    Also, I’ve read that one of the stories in Batman 700 goes in around Batman and Robin 12. Everything else here seemed to match up with what I’ve found elsewhere.

    Thanks again for this post!!!!

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  19. Ian
    wrote on at October 28, 2010 7:50 pm:

    That looks like it makes sense to me. Do you think reading the B+R books is essential to the enjoyment of the event?

    I mean, they’re probably fun to read anyway, so I guess it can’t hurt, right? I’ll add them in soon.

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  20. Herbzilla
    wrote on at October 31, 2010 12:05 pm:

    I haven’t actually read them yet, I’m about to start though (I’m reading RIP right now). All the other sites with lists that I looked at had B+R listed as I did in my previous post. 1-9 isn’t needed. 10 Starts The Return of Bruce Wayne though, and should be part of this list.

    So it should be
    B&R 10
    Return of Bruce Wayne 1
    B&R 11
    Return of Bruce Wayne 2

    etc

    Again, I haven’t read it yet, so I’m no expert. Just going off what I’ve seen on the DC comics boards and a few other forums. It makes sense too. B&R 10-12 have “The Return of Bruce Wayne Begins Here!” on the covers.

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  21. Ian
    wrote on at October 31, 2010 7:45 pm:

    I think that makes sense. I put in 1-9 as a kind of pre-lude/pre-game and mixed in the others. It’s possible (because they’re in different times, right?) that B+R could be read in a block before the other ones, but I guess I won’t know for a bit.

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  22. Argonauts
    wrote on at January 22, 2012 9:24 am:

    actually I put this event in Brightest day timeline but the way I see it the reading order should be like this

     

     

    Batman #701
    Batman #702
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #1
    Batman and Robin #13
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #2
    Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1
    Red Robin #13-15
    Batman #703
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #3
    Time Masters: Vanishing Point #2
    Batman and Robin #14
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #4
    Time Masters: Vanishing Point #3
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #5
    Time Masters: Vanishing Point #4
    Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #6
    Batman and Robin #15
    Red Robin #16
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Batman and Robin #1
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Red Robin #1
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Outsiders #1
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Batgirl #1
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Catwoman #1
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Commissioner Gordon #1
    Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Ra's al Ghul #1
    Batman, Incorporated #8
    Batman: The Dark Knight #1-5
    Batman and Robin #16
    Time Masters: Vanishing Point #5

    Time Masters: Vanishing Point #6 -Pages 1-20
    -Stop on the page before you see Bruce Wayne being held by
    Superman and Wonder Woman

    Red Robin #17
    Batman: The Return #1
    Batman #704
    Batman, Incorporated #1
    Detective Comics #871
    Batman and Robin #17
    Detective Comics Annual #12
    Batman #705
    Batman and Robin #18
    Birds of Prey #7
    Azrael #14
    Batman, Incorporated #2
    Batman Annual #28
    Azrael #15
    Detective Comics #872
    Azrael #16
    Batman and Robin #19
    Birds of Prey #8
    Batgirl #17
    Detective Comics #873
    Batman #706
    Azrael #17
    Detective Comics #874
    Batman and Robin #20
    Birds of Prey #9
    Batman #707
    Birds of Prey #10
    Azrael #18
    Batgirl #19
    Batman, Incorporated #3
    Batman and Robin #21
    Batman, Incorporated #4
    Batman Beyond #4
    Batman, Incorporated #5
    Batman, Incorporated #6
    Batgirl #22
    Batman, Incorporated #7

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    -This one just came out but continues

     

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  23. Argonauts
    wrote on at June 27, 2012 11:49 am:

    George to answer your question the Answer is no let me point out why. In Batman & Robin #16 There are 2 Batmans which everyone knows Bruce Wayne is 1 of them. In the Bruce Wayne the Road home part Bruce is back but he he using a new costume (The Insider). When he came back Dick is Batman so Bruce is someone wants to fight. So in the beginning he allows Dick to continue to be batman. Batman Inc is about multiple Batmans  an Idea by Bruce later on. So the way it is its accurate

     

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