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An alternate, darker timeline, the original Watchmen comic became a hit sensation. They were later expanded in prequel books, and included in DC’s Rebirth.

What’s on this Watchmen Reading Order?

The first Watchmen graphic novel by Alan Moore was a huge success, both critically and commercially. It remains to this day one of the greatest comics of all time. The characters were later expanded in prequel comics and then included in DC’s Rebirth. That was the first time they became part of the larger DC Universe, whereas before they simply existed as an interesting alternate dimension.

This timeline attempts to include the original Watchmen graphic novel, the prequels, and any relevant Rebirth publications. While it might not contain every single story with the team, it does look at the primary comics.

Where to Start?

You can start anywhere you like on this timeline. You can start with the classic stuff, or move on to the more recent comics. When you see the Volumes begin to start over with number 1, that’s often a good place to start.

As always, if you like this timeline, you might enjoy some of our others, including our massive collection of DC timelines in our DC Comics Hub. And if you see something that needs to be added or changed, be sure to let us know over on our contact page. We love to hear all your feedback! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this Watchmen Reading Order.

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1878

Watchmen

Graphic Novel

Amanda Conner
Darwyn Cooke

2013-07-02

1879

Watchmen

Graphic Novel

John Higgins
Len Wein

2013-07-02

1880

Watchmen

Graphic Novel

Brian Azzarello

2013-07-16

1881

Watchmen

Graphic Novel

J. Michael Straczynski

2013-07-16

1882

Watchmen

Graphic Novel

Alan Moore

2013-06-04

1885

Rebirth

Graphic Novel

Geoff Johns

2016-11-29

1956

Rebirth

Graphic Novel

Joshua Williamson
Tom King

2017-09-12

1998.003

Rebirth

Graphic Novel

Dan Jurgens

2018-03-27

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