While Marvel and DC Comics receive the majority of the attention, the comic book industry is huge and diverse, and after a fantastic year for independent and creator-owned comics2022 promises to be just as exciting. This year will see a number of new comic book debuts, sequels to popular comics and the long-awaited return of some of the best stories published in comics in the last 20 years. Here are the most exciting new comics to check out in 2022.
Saga Will finally return
One of the best science fiction comics ever, Saga finally returns after a long break. The wildly popular Image Comics series Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples has been on hiatus for more than three years, but starts the second half of the story with number 55. The epic space opera tells the story of the star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko, whose home planets are involved in a massive intergalactic war . Together with their daughter Hazel, the two struggle to find peace and run from the authorities, bounty hunters, journalists and others who are hot on the tail.
After finishing number 54 on a heartbreaking cliffhanger, the new chapter in Saga will apparently pick up after some time has passed. Sample photos show Hazel as older than she was when readers last saw her. No matter where her path takes her next time, it is guaranteed to be as exciting, emotionally charged and visually dazzling as Saga has consistently proved to be over its first half. Saga returns with a special issue in double size on January 26, 2022.
Fox and Hare Inventor Cyberpunk
The cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction is known for its futuristic technology such as robotics or artificial intelligence and for its urban, dystopian surroundings. Usual works include William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, that Judge Dredd comics, the classic manga and anime film Akira, and other films such as Blade Runner and The Matrix. Cyberpunk is known for borrowing heavily from Asian aesthetics and other cultural elements, while at the same time lacking Asian representation in terms of both character and creators. The long-awaited Fox and Hare cartoon will correct this.
The Vault Comics series, originally scheduled to be released in November Fox and Hare was delayed due to the pandemic and will be available in February. The comic is written by Jonathan Tsuei with art by Stacey Lee and focuses on a coder who discovers that a large company has devised a way to take advantage of people’s past lives. After fleeing, the coder turns to the infamous mercenaries Fox and Hare for protection. With beautiful artwork and a story that aims to reformulate the cyberpunk-themed technology and rebellion through an Asian lens, Fox and Hare promises to be an entertaining and culturally significant science fiction work.
Substack offers exciting new creator-owned works
This next choice represents a trend in the industry rather than a specific book. The back half of 2021 saw a shift in how comic book creators seemed to publish their works. Instead of working with one of the big comic book publishers like Marvel, DC or Image, more and more creators have instead started choosing to make their comics available to their readers directly through newsletter services such as Substack. As comic book-based movies have continued to dominate the global box office, writers and artists have become louder about the fact that they do not see a fair share of the profits, despite having delivered the stories and characters that forms the basis of these billions. – dollar juggernauts. Through direct subscription services, they retain the rights and creative control over their characters.
Substack first got attention this summer, then Batman author James Tynion IV announced that he would be leaving DC for the newsletter subscription. Tynion was not the only superstar to announce deals with Substack, as it has been reported that Jonathan Hickman, Saladin Ahmed, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder and Molly Ostertag also launched Substack newsletters. With so many huge talents given the freedom to create what they want, the comics coming from Substack this year will definitely be innovative and exciting.
Take a trip back to Astro City
Ever since it was first launched in 1995, Astro City has become a beloved cartoon for its unique perspective on superhero stories. Written by Kurt Busiek with art by Brett Anderson and covers by Alex Ross, the series presents fascinating snippets of life stories of a city filled with superheroes and villains, resembling some of the most popular characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Through its first run on Image Comics, to a second volume on WildStorm and a third on DC’s Vertigo Imprint, the series focused on not only the heroes flying through the air, but people on earth looking up at them.
Now, Astro City returns home to Image Comics and gets things started with a whole new one-shot. Astro City: It was then … reunites Busiek, Anderson and Ross with colors by Alex Sinclair and letters by Comicraft. The story will create a new mystery, centered around a group known as the Jayhawks, who will drive a new ongoing Astro City series. With the award-winning series’ signature mix of superhero stories and personal stories, Astro City: It was then … will definitely immerse longtime fans and newcomers in this fascinating world when it was released on March 30th.
We Live: Age of Palladions Continues one of 2021’s best surprises
One of the most surprising and rewarding series of 2021 was AfterShock Comics’ We live, written by Roy Miranda with art by Inaki Miranda. The Miranda brothers’ science fiction story takes place in 2084, when humanity is on the verge of extinction. A mysterious message from heaven informs the world that the end of the human species is approaching, but that five thousand children have been chosen to survive. The bulk of the story revolves around siblings Hototo and Tala as they travel to one of a few select beacons that will transport the selected children away.
The comic was remarkable not only for its concept and storytelling, but also for its eye-catching visuals and designs. The ending also set an exciting new direction for the story with the introduction of Palladions, the protectors of humanity. The Miranda brothers will follow up with a new “season” of the story in March. We Live: Age of the Palladions gathers six years after the original. The advent of the Palladions has not put an end to the darkness of this dystopian future, and the city of Megalopolis 9 is under constant attack from hordes of beasts. The next phase of this saga begins on March 9 with two # 1 numbers, We Live: Age of Palladions Black # 1 and We Live: Age of Palladions White # 1.
The land of the living gods is another kind of dystopia
Another post-apocalyptic story from AfterShock Comics, The land of the living gods is guaranteed a whole new experience for readers. Invoiced as “South African Akira“, this series mixes fantasy and science fiction with African traditions, beliefs and superstitions. The land of the living gods revolves around Naledi, a teenage girl living in Johannesburg after being devastated in a dystopian future. Accompanied by an intelligent potted plant named Buyo, Naledi sets out to find a land of gods in the hope that they can restore her world to what it once was.
The land of the living gods was created by the South African writer Isaac Mogajane and the Brazilian artist Santtos. This is the first cartoon for Mogajane who has written and produced films such as Captivating emotions, Matwetwe and Netflix Queen I am. Santtos is known for works such as Blackout and Samurai Doggy. Mogajane said he was inspired by Akira, and how it told a groundbreaking sci-fi story without adapting to Western aesthetics, and he sought to do a similar thing with South African culture. The land of the living gods will be released on February 2nd.
Anna takes in the spotlight The Ghost in You: A Reckless Book
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are one of the strongest partners in the field of comics, and together they have created classic detective stories that will stand the test of time. The couple’s groundbreaking series Criminal is an extensive saga about the abdomen in Center City, where each arch tells independent stories with a focus on different characters. Brubaker and Phillips have continued to play with, undermine and distort crime genre tropes in works such as Fatal, Fade Out and Kill or be killed. Their latest venture, Reckless, centered around Ethan Reckless, a private eye who lives in a movie theater and investigates crimes in 1980s Los Angeles.
While originally thought so Reckless would consist of three graphic novels, it was announced last month that a fourth Reckless book is on its way. The Ghost in You: A Reckless Book will center around Ethan’s assistant and confidant Anna. While Ethan is out of town, Anna examines the mansion of a Hollywood screaming queen who thinks her home is haunted. Given this track – winning duo’s track record, The ghost in you promises to be yet another masterfully told tale. Image Comics will be released The Ghost in You: A Reckless Book in April.
This is just a handful of the promising new books and series coming on the comic book shelf this year. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn will grow its expanded universe after just launching a new team book They burned. Bom! Studios will continue to update and reinvent Buffyverse with new Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen reunite to tell a story of child vampires struggling with their immortality in Small monsters. Legendary Batman team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullos comiXology Original We have demons will be available in print for the first time in March with permission from Dark Horse Comics. For those looking for fascinating stories and beautiful works of art outside the confines of Marvel and DC Comics, there will be plenty of independent comics available in 2022.
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