A new year is coming, and if one of your resolutions for 2022 was to “Read More Comics,” you’re in luck. The first month of 2022 brought with it several major releases, from the resolutions of major winter events to the launch of new high-concept genre series and the long-awaited return of one of the best comics of the last decade. But if you’re still catching up on your January reading, where do you start? We are here to help.
of the long-awaited return of Saga Until the end of the last series of X-Men events, these were our favorite comics of January 2022.
At last, the beloved space opera series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is back, with its first new issue in three years after what was originally announced as a one-year hiatus. so long, long waiting meant the stakes were high in this new issue, which continues with a huge time jump and establishes a new status quo for several major characters in the series, with everyone wondering if the passage of time would temper the sense of magic that hung over the series when it started. Fortunately, it’s evident from page one that Vaughan and Staples haven’t missed a beat. Beautiful, poetic and full of surprises both pleasant and violent, Saga #55 makes it look like the book never left.
Jonathan Hickman’s tenure as “Head of X” at Marvel comes to an end with the latest issue of his Hell event, which followed the mutants of Krakoa as they dealt with the fallout of various secrets behind the nation’s founding that surfaced amid Mystique’s quest for justice. Like so many of the X-events in the days since house of x Y powers of x arrived, Hell it was full of political intrigue, escalating tension, and the kind of world-building that speaks to the years of planning behind the Krakoan era. In the end, Hickman didn’t necessarily burn the whole place down, but made leave a compelling new status quo for your fellow X creators to pick up on. Add the beautiful art of Valerio Schiti and you have an unmissable event finale.
Speaking of compelling endings, there’s the final issue of Jeff Lemire’s stylish, layered, and deeply emotional new solo miniseries, labyrinth. The story of a man struggling with grief who begins to feel his lost daughter calling to him through the puzzle books he used to love. you for the heart. Although his subject matter is undoubtedly intimate and well-focused, labyrinth it ranks as one of Lemire’s most ambitious projects thanks to the sheer force of craftsmanship and the heart that has gone into it.
we ride titans #one
debut number of we ride titans by writer Tres Dean and artist Sebastián Piriz is basically “What if the Jaeger pilots of Pacific Rim Were they all deeply damaged people?” It’s a great hook, but what’s apparent from the opening moments of this issue is that Dean and Piriz aren’t happy with the promise of a really cool setup. Piriz’s art highlights the high quality .wow concept of mechs vs. monsters part of the book right away, but we ride titans it works best when it leans into the character study it’s trying to unpack, a tale of generational trauma and legacy with a heavy genre punch. It feels like the start of something big.
Joe Hill Rain #1
The writer David M. Booher and the artist Zoe Thorogood are in charge of the adaptation of the novel by Joe Hill Rain, and the results are immediately spectacular. The story of a young woman whose perfect love story is about to take a big step forward, only to be interrupted by a mysterious rain of deadly crystal shards. Booher and Thorogood can give the story immediate and compelling emotional roots from which they can grow the rest of the ambitious narrative. Thorogood’s art is particularly captivating, the kind of work that turns even the most grotesque images into magnificent displays of craftsmanship, and Booher’s script retains a gut-wrenching line that keeps you hooked until the very last page. The second problem can’t come fast enough.
one star squad #two
the premise of one star squad It’s simple: Red Tornado and Power Girl round up a group of D-list superheroes and create an app that lets people hire them for everything from security jobs to birthday parties. It’s fun to think about, but in the hands of writer Mark Russell and artist Steve Lieber it becomes another superhero comedy classic in the making. While issue #1 established the premise and established the main cast, issue #2 picks up on a story with a strong focus on the hero known as Minute Man, who is fighting for his place in the world after going through tough times. Throw in a little competition for a spot among the company’s leaders, and you have a fantastic superhero satire that’s equal parts bittersweet and achingly funny. It gets better with every page, and it feels like the kind of run that will make it to many a “Best Of” list by the end of the year.
Silver City: The Complete Series
If you’re a commercial waiter headed to the store to pick up some collections, I recommend you give this supernatural series a try by writer Olivia Cuartero-Briggs and artist Luca Merli. The story of a woman who reaches the afterlife and finds a gritty, mystery-filled metropolis packed with fascinating worlds, great characters, and a beat that will keep you turning the pages. It’s the perfect read for a weekend afternoon.