DC Comics is known for putting out the best comics in the industry. They may lag behind Marvel when it comes to sales, but looking at any best of lists or the critical consensus, and they tell a story of DC domination. The company has changed the way fans look at comics, giving readers entirely new ways to look at superheroes.
2022 witnessed DC Comics putting out some amazing comics. The best DC books of 2022 are brilliant representations of the medium. Offering something for new fans and dedicated readers alike, these individual comics earned their place at the top.
10/10 Batman Vs. Robin #1 Kicked Off The Series In Epic Fashion
Created by: Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar, Jordie Bellaire, and Steve Wands
Batman Vs. Robin has some great battles and that started from the word one. Batman Vs. Robin #1, by writer Mark Waid and artist Mahmud Asrar, gave the series the perfect start. From the shock of Alfred being alive to the battle that Batman had with Tim Hunter and Jakeem Thunder, the issue kicked the series of with high octane action and surprises.
Batman Vs. Robin #1 went a long way towards setting up the series. Waid writing is always great, and Asrar’s art really set it off. Waid and Asrar worked together on All-New All-Different Avengers, so that familiarity really helped this issue.
9/10 Gotham City: Year One #3 Saw The Mystery Go In New Directions
Created by: Tom King, Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles
Gotham City: Year One #3, by writer Tom King and artist Phil Hester, took readers to Gotham City in the Sixties. Retired private detective Slam Bradley tells Batman a story about his most interesting case, the kidnapping of Helen Wayne. It’s comic noir perfection, which each issue really digging into Gotham of the past and presenting an interesting mystery.
King is a master at bringing different story types to life, and Gotham is perfect for noir. This issue is the turning point of the story, as the mystery takes a terrible new direction. Hester, working with long-time inker Eric Gapstur, gives the book pitch perfect art that shows off just how great they are as a team.
8/10 Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #2 Gave Readers The Origin Of Hippolyta
Created by: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Gene Ha, Wesley Wong, and Clayton Cowles
Wonder Woman Historia started in 2021, with its final two issues releasing in 2022. The book is a masterpiece, with each issue featuring brilliant art that perfectly brings to life writer Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new origin of the Amazons. Book Two features art by Gene Ha, who does an amazing job of laying down the visuals for the next phase of the Amazons’ evolution.
The seven tribes of the Amazons live a secret life, only going out at night to free women from slavers so the male gods can’t find them. This issue gives readers a new origin for Hippolyta, a woman who saved by the Amazons and begins a new tribe, one devoted to protecting women. However, her actions arouse the wrath of Zeus, setting the story in a new direction.
7/10 Aquaman: Andromeda #2 Took Readers Farther Into The Events Of The Story
Created by: Ram V, Christian Ward, and Aditya Bidikar
Aquaman is an underrated hero, and amazing things can be done with the character if creators will give it a try. Aquaman: Andromeda, by writer Ram V and artist Christian Ward, is a cosmic horror masterpiece. The second issue is the meat of the story, as it digs further into the lives of the crew of the Andromeda, and introduces a dangerous new factor into things: Black Manta.
V definitely shows off his writing chops in this one. This issue really gets into the crew, giving readers the motivations of its members and throwing Manta into the mix. Ward’s art continued to be completely brilliant, giving the story the atmosphere and the depth it needs.
6/10 Batman/Superman: World’s Finest (Vol. 1) #6 Focuses On Robin
Created by: Mark Waid, Travis Moore, Tamra Bonvillain, and Aditya Bidikar
DC has great new reader friendly comics, with World’s Finest giving readers great stories from the past that focus more on why Batman and Superman are a wonderful team than continuity. Issue 6, written by Mark Waid with art by Travis Moore, takes place in the aftermath of the battle with Nezha, an ancient Chinese demon. With Dick Grayson missing, Batman and Superman take action.
The issue is Robin centric, as the duo and Supergirl end up traveling to the past to find their missing friend. It’s a classic DC story, something that Waid is a master of. It’s not an action masterpiece, but Moore does an amazing job with the art, putting the icing on a great cake.
5/10 Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League: Superman Was A Perfect Heartbreaker
Created by: Tom King, Chris Burnham, Adriano Lucas, and Troy Peteri
Superman is much easier to feel bad for than most fans realize. Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League: Superman showed this off expertly. With a main story from writer Tom King and artist Chris Burnham and an Aquaman back-up by writer Brandon Thomas and artist Fico Ossio, the book was the first in a series of books about the Justice Leaguers living their lives on the worlds Pariah made for them.
Superman’s story is a heartbreaker, as it chronicled his training of his son Jon on this new Earth. What makes all the more poignant is that Superman knows he’s not on his Earth anymore. He knows it isn’t real, but he can’t help but feel for his family. This one is a perfect Superman story.
4/10 Nightwing #96 (Vol. 4) Is All About The Action
Created by: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, Caio Felipe, Adriano Lucas, and Wes Abbott
Nightwing took his place as a DC icon in 2022, with multiple important appearances. Nightwing has been firing on all cylinders since its 2021 relaunch with writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo. The book has pitted Nightwing and Barbara Gordon against Blockbuster and the corrupt system of the city. Issue 96 sees the culmination of that.
With Blockbuster having discovered the identity of Nightwing, a desperate battle ensues. Readers have seen this fight before, but never like this, with so much at stake. Taylor and Redondo are an amazing team, and their work on this issue shows off why they go so well together, from the action packed battle to the surprising finale.
3/10 Detective Comics Annual 2022 Takes Readers Back In Time
Created by: Ram V, Christopher Mitten, Rafael Albuquerque, Hayden Sherman, Lee Loughridge, and Deron Bennett
Annual issues are interesting. Sometimes they’re amazing, but they’re usually ultimately unimportant. Marvel has basically stepped away from them, but DC still puts them out. 2022 featured several good ones, but Detective Comics Annual 2022 proved the best.
Ram V takes readers to the Gotham of the 1700s to show how long the Orghams have had designs on the city. The story is titled “Gotham Nocturne: Motifs,” which is perfect for this one as it shows how the past and present echo each other. The art is fantastic, wonderfully bringing this story to life.
2/10 Action Comics #1050 (Vol. 1) Kicked Off A New Era Of Superman
Created by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, Joshua Williamson, Mike Perkins, Clayton Henry, Nick Dragotta, Frank Martin, and Dave Sharpe
Action Comics is among DC’s longest running titles, and 2022 has been the book’s best year in a long time. With the end of “Warworld Saga”, it’s focused on the return of Kal-El to Earth, and issue 1050 is the culmination of that arc. Lex Luthor makes his biggest move against Superman in ages, changing everything for the Man of Steel.
Written by Philip Kennedy Johnson, Tom Taylor, and Joshua Williamson with art by Mike Perkins, Nick Dragotta, and Clayton Henry, this issue is fantastic. It gives readers a great story that serves as a perfect kick-off for the next era of the Superman family. It’s a well-written action packed thrill ride.
1/10 Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #3 Was The Best Of The Best
Created by: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nicola Scott, Annette Kwok, and Clayton Cowles
Wonder Woman has always been among DC’s top superheroic role models, her upbringing by the Amazons a huge part of what makes her so great. Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #3 brings the tale of the Amazons’ origin to an end, focusing on the war between them and the gods.
DeConnick is joined by artist Nicola Scott for this one, and its art is breathtaking. As good as the writing it, it’s Scott’s art that really makes this one sing. The Amazons #3 is constantly brilliant, with amazing page layouts. This series showed off how important the fusion of art and writing are since the beginning, but #3 took that to the next level.
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