Best Graphic Novels Of 2022
‘Ducks,’ by Kate Beaton
The first long-form graphic novels by the Canadian cartoonist best known for her webcomic “Hark! A Vagrant” recounts her often depressing two years working in Alberta’s hazardous oil fields, where she encountered loneliness, drug usage, and sexual harassment frequently. Beaton’s masterwork in soulfulness is this.
‘The Night Eaters: She Eats the Night — Book 1,’ by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
The “Monstress” co-creators open a frightening door to what appears to be a three-part family horror trilogy with wonderfully complex characters. The stunning first volume careens across decades, from the middle of the century to our mask-wearing present, and crackles with supernatural suspense. This is not surprising given that Liu and illustrator Takeda are among the most vital creative partnerships now at work Graphic Novels.
‘Living and Dying in America,’ by Steve Brodner
Master portrait illustrator Brodner committed himself to chronicling the horrors and outrages of the coronavirus pandemic’s first two years in real time for nearly 22 months, frequently putting a face to forgotten patients. The cumulative result of this mundane strategy is pulsing with acutely observed humanity and sociopolitical wrath.
‘Fantastic Four: Full Circle,’ by Alex Ross
With such fighters as Supergirl, She-Hulk, Nightwing, and Shang-Chi featured in excellent outings; superheroes provided an embarrassment of reading riches in 2022. However, the unique item on this shelf may have been the first lengthy piece that the legendary Alex Ross wrote and illustrated Graphic Novels. Ross revisits a 1960s tale about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s dysfunctional first family and gives it a fresh spin, down to the psychedelic colour scheme.
‘Shuri and T’Challa: Into the Heartlands,’ by Roseanne A Brown and artists Dika Araújo, Natacha Bustos and Claudia Aguirre
Can the young royals of Wakanda put their sibling rivalry aside long enough to protect their loved ones and neighbours from an unexpectedly devastating virus? This book, which emphasises bravery, humility, and the importance of STEM, is a dynamic literary on-ramp for Graphic Novels grade-school readers as the “Black Panther” movie sequel opens in theatres. In addition, the artwork is stunningly coloured by colourist Cris Peters.
‘The Keeper,’ by Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes and artist Marco Finnegan
The talented Finnegan collaborates with the renowned husband-and-wife horror writers, who both won NAACP Image Awards, to create a taut and exciting story in which an orphaned Detroit girl must come to terms with the titular spirit. The truth is concealed in the pervasive shadows, and discoveries are skillfully timed and crafted to emerge.
‘The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere,’ by James Spooner
The co-creator of the “Afro-Punk” festival and documentarian places the reader right in the middle of his tumultuous 1980s upbringing in arid rural California, where he yearns for connection after constantly travelling about with his single mother. He and we are fortunately taken on a fulfilling path of identity, creativity, and self-determination by the punk movement.
‘Fine: A Comic About Gender,’ by Rhea Ewing
A “small college project” becomes a ten-year commitment to figuring out what gender is. To create this expansive tapestry of their illuminating experience for their debut graphic novels, the Wisconsin-based Ewing interviewed nearly 60 primarily Midwestern people. Ewing also shares his own story, which includes coming out as trans.