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The Beat’s 30 Best Comics of 2022

2022 was another year of great comics, from talents emerging and established. From the oil sands of Canada to the crags of Latveria, from a therapist’s office to Joseph Smith’s Utah, comics once again explored themes and journeys both personal and fantastic. The Beat staff has narrowed the list (Which could easily have been twice as long) to 30 books that defined the year and touched readers’ hearts and imagination. 

Without further ado, The Beat proudly presents our choices for best comics of 2022.


20th Century Men

Writer: Deniz Camp
Artist: S. Morian
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Image Comics

Brutal and incisive, 20th Century Men is a work of counterfactual history that’s enormous in scope but human in its concern. Dealing with Cold War greed and fractured masculinities at every turn, the book loosely focuses on a Soviet Union super soldier in the Doctor Manhattan or Superman in Dark Knight Returns mold. Its co-lead is a journalist tasked with reporting on Comrade Platonov’s apparently heroic exploits. Needless to say, worldviews are shattered and nobody looks good on either side. And quite promisingly, at four issues in so far, in examining the human cost of US / Soviet folly, the creative team are also looking towards those bearing the intimate costs – the people of Vietnam and Afghanistan, for example. The creators have an exceptional harmony which allows Camp to put across the dense, pointed detail that builds out the book’s alternate timeline while still leaving plenty of room for Morian’s wildly expansive and wide-ranging artwork. Troubling, excellent comics, all in all. – Adam Karenina Sherif

A La Brava – A Latina Superhero Team

Writer: Kayden Phoenix
Penciller: Renata Garcia
Inker: Ari Navarette
Colorist: Aislin Gry
Letterer: Sandra Romero
Phoenix Studios, LLC

As the Prism Comics’ Features Editor, I’ve been a fan of Kayden Phoenix‘s work since Avery Kaplan bought me an early coloring book edition of one of her first graphic novels, Jalisco, and Phoenix is going places in the entertainment industry. I can’t wait to see her vision appear on the screen one day because the creator’s 100% correct when she says that the world NEEDS an all-Latina superhero team… and that team should be A La Brava. Even in my thirties, the all-Latina team made me feel more comfortable talking about my own background and identity. Although I am a Russian-Euro mutt, I was partially raised by my Mexican stepgrandmother. The culture was a huge part of my childhood, except I never learned to speak Spanish fluently, just like Loquita (and honestly, I thought I was a lone wolf in the community because the rest of my family learned Spanish). In addition to showcasing the Latina community’s diversity, Phoenix writes big badass, all of whom are rooted in the real world and pose legitimate threats to the well-being of a healthy community, with the A La Brava villain representing toxic masculinity and more (no spoilers here). – Rebecca Oliver Kaplan

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest

Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Dan Mora & Travis Moore
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain 
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
DC Comics

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest, Mark Waid, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain’s new edition of the classic team-up comic, is a breath of fresh air for a longtime reader who, as much as I love reading every book and seeing how it all fits together, also just wants some standalone superheroics every now and then. Set in a nebulous past, Waid gets to tell relatively continuity-free stories starring the heroes of the DC Universe at their most iconic. Mora and Bonvillain are a dream team for the art on this book, at once capturing the classic feel of the characters while also utilizing hyper-modern storytelling techniques. This is superhero comics at their finest (no pun intended). – Joe Grunenwald

Captain America: Symbol of Truth

Writer: Tochi Onyebuchi
Artist: R. B. Silva, Julian Shaw, Ze Carlos, Ig Guara
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Vc Joe Caramagna
Marvel Comics

Sam Wilson’s second go-around as Captain America is an action-packed political thrill ride. Best-selling author Tochi Onyebuchi takes Cap on a world tour of the Marvel Universe on a mission to uncover the mysterious White Wolf’s plot of political brinkmanship. With locations like Latveria and guest stars like Deadpool, Nomad, and Misty Knight, Symbol of Truth is heavily entrenched in the MCU, but this fan service is just the jumping-off point for this nuanced book. Using that solid comic base, Onyebuchi laces the overall story arc with textured ideas and topics like international sovereignty and immigration, whether it’s South Americans making their way to America or Black Americans looking to move to Wakanda, something any true nerd would do in a heartbeat. – George Carmona 3rd

The Crimson Cage

Writer: John Lees
Artist: Alex Cormack
Colorist: Ashley Cormack
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
AWA Studios

The answer to the question of what a wrestling promotion would be like if Shakespeare were one of its head writers finds an authoritative answer in John Lees and Alex Cormack’s The Crimson Cage, a horror/wrestling/crime hybrid that puts Macbeath in the squared circle and then showers it with piledrivers, chokeslams, and murder. The story follows a wrestler that wants to make it big, that wants to be an icon the likes of Hulk Hogan or Jerry Lawler in his Memphis days. He makes a deal with a strange being that helps him get on the path so long as he recognizes the journey has a steep cost of admission. Lees and Cormack submerge the story in darkness, framing the pursuit of fame and recognition as soul crushing and cruel but intoxicating when it yields reward. Fans of the Coen Brothers will find a lot to latch onto here, but it’s in how the story’s influences wrap themselves around the wide world of wrestling that the creative team truly find something special. In a time where wrestling comics are becoming more plentiful and more creative, The Crimson Cage stands tall. A titan amongst titans. –Ricardo Serrano

Dog Biscuits 

Cartoonist: Alex Graham
Fantagraphics

Originally published as a webcomic during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dog Biscuits by Alex Graham works magnificently as an absorbing graphic novel. This captivating portrait of the actions of a few individuals in Seattle, Washington during the summer of 2020 remains one of the few honest depictions of the experience of being alive during this truly bizarre moment in history. Graham’s rendition of the leads as various animals only makes the unexpected inclusion of Jennifer Love Hewitt as the mother of one of the main characters all the more unforgettable. Equal parts honesty about the fucked-up COVID situation and empathy towards its characters (racist meth-crazed cops aside), Dog Biscuits is the kind of book that’s going to provide dissertation material for generations to come. – Avery Kaplan

Read The Beat’s interview with Graham here.

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands

Cartoonist: Kate Beaton
Drawn and Quarterly

Beaton sets aside overt humor for a searing story about her time working in the camps of the Fort McMurray oil sands mining operation. Driven by the need to pay off her college loans, She arrives in her early 20s, one of the very few women in a world of heavy machinery, frozen skies and dangerous work that strips away the civility from the people she knew back home in Cape Breton, subjecting her to endless harassment and worse. While her trademark humor flashes in capturing the rough hewn characters surrounding her, it’s mostly a story of how economic hardship and exploitation reduce people to become less than themselves. Beaton survives – photocopied drawings eventually becoming the webcomics she became famous for – but pays a price. Her gift is showing the price that everyone pays for these systems of abuse. An unforgettable masterwork that’s probably the book of the year.  – Heidi MacDonald

Eight Billion Genies

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ryan Browne
Letterer: Chris Crank
Publisher: Image Comics

This book — which conceptually is about what would happen if every single person on earth was one instantaneously given a genie that would grant them one wish — has been an absolute blast. It’s the type of concept that’s exceptionally well-suited for monthly comics, serving up nice serialized storytelling, a few fun plot threads, and gigantic time jumps that enable the creators to really go wild with their ideas. I’ve been surprised with how well this one has stood up conceptually, and that’s really a credit to the creative team’s commitment to push past any surface narratives in order to find more interesting and nuanced answers to the central question of what would happen if every one of us got one list. Simply put, this is the type of book that makes me glad I still invest my time in reading comics when they come out monthly, rather than just waiting for the trades. –Zack Quaintance

Enter the Blue

Writer & Artist: Dave Chishom
Z2 Comics

Enter the Blue is a jazz/comics fan dream come true. Its melding of forms, tones, and colors allow it to look like no other comic on the shelves right now. And a huge reason for that is Dave Chisholm, who is one of the most exciting and underrated comic auteurs working today. He makes the extremely difficult task of conveying music through the silent medium of comics look easy. His pages are filled with movement, with notes gliding in and out of panels and into the reader’s psyche. Beyond the page construction, Chisholm’s coloring work is phenomenal. The palette choices are carefully thought-out, heightening the feelings of the characters and guiding the reader – sometimes subtly and sometimes bluntly – toward a certain emotive response. In a word, it’s stunning.  For readers who may not be jazz fans, or don’t know anything about the history of Blue Note Records, Enter the Blue is still an emotional triumph. What Chisholm accomplished in these pages is to provide a moving story that combines the best of jazz with the best of what comics have to offer. – AJ Frost

The Flash

Writer: Jeremy Adams
Artists: Fernando Pasarin & Various
Letterer: Rob Leigh
DC Comics

Much like Dick Grayson, the character of Wally West has been put through the wringer for the last few years. However, the former sidekick has finally returned to his proper glory thanks to the the skills of writer Jeremy Adams. Having written DC characters primarily for animation before breaking into comics, Adams’ time on this book will easily be remembered as one of the top runs for the character right up there with Mark Waid or Geoff Johns. It’s the perfect blend of action, humor and heart. While Adams has had various artistic collaborators over the the last two years, I think my personal favorite is Fernando Pasarin for his ability to render action and comedy best illustrated by issue #787, the multiversal wrestling story that introduces breakout character Omega-Bam-Man. You can bet they’re pulling out all the stops for the milestone 800th issue next year! –Taimur Dar

Flung Out of Space: Inspired By the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith 

Writer: Grace Ellis 
Illustrator: Hannah Templer
Designers: Andrea Miller & Kay Petronio
Surely Books

In Flung Out of Space by Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer, the unique facets of the medium are used to tell the story of a writer who thought she was too good for comics. The resulting graphic novel tells the story of Strangers on a Train and The Price of Salt writer Patricia Highsmith in a manner that could only be achieved through sequential narrative. This creates an irresistible internal tension that is, incredibly, just the icing on the cake. Queer people shouldn’t have to live impeccable lives in order to be remembered for our achievements, nor should we have to be whitewashed in order to appear more palatable to a “normative” audience. This graphic novel reads like a dispatch from some other, better timeline, one where our community is treated with the respect we deserve. We need more comics like this. – Avery Kaplan

Read The Beat’s review of Flung Out of Space here.

Godzilla Rivals: Vs. Battra

Writer: Rosie Knight
Artist: Oliver Ono
Letterer: Nathan Widick
IDW Publishing

This Godzilla one-shot is a beautiful story of collective environmental solidarity that understands Godzilla and co. as societal gothic – comparable to the likes of Swamp Thing. Ono’s gorgeous soft style keeps the book sweet and the action awesome without becoming terrifying. And his colors give the book a strong sense of place that perfectly matches the smalltown vibes Knight cultivates in the cast’s dialogue and characterisation. Vs. Battra is an uplifting human story paired with a thoughtful approach to monsters. A lovely, lovely book. – Adam Karenina Sherif

Good Person Trouble

Writer & Artist: Noêlle Kröger
Translator: Natalye Childress
Fieldmouse Press

The cartoonist Noëlle Kröger sees the power in a narrative, and puts that understanding to work. The cozy artsy illustration style is well suited for the sources Kröger evokes. Animal folks putting one another on trial, it’s obviously a fable. Good Person Trouble promptly upends classic expectations. The defense is allowed to speak their piece. The good people having the trouble are making it, too. Our world, where the courts are the measure by which injustice advances, requires this role reversal for progress. This pamphlet is a call to action, from what Kröger puts on the panel straight to a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. But a call and a response, it’s also a direct, crushingly cynical, slightly puckish appraisal of society’s failing the trans community. Kröger’s debut graphic novel shows us what comics are capable of. – Arpad Okay

Joseph Smith and the Mormons

Writer & Artist: Noah Van Sciver
Abrams ComicsArts

This is the book that Noah Van Sciver has been working towards for the better part of two decades. Joseph Smith and the Mormons is American mythology, theology, and biography wrapped in a handsome, weighty package. There is substantial reason to argue that Joseph Smith and the Mormons will some day be recognized as a masterpiece of graphic nonfiction, and it could well be Van Sciver’s most impactful contribution to the comics medium. It’s certainly a singular contemporary work that weaves a remarkable tapestry of one man’s yearning for religious meaning, a country that fosters such spiritual innovation, and the darkness that these inclinations engender. It is also an incredible vehicle to display Van Sciver’s pathos, which in contrast to the satiric buffoonery of Fante Bukowski, highlights his dynamism as one of the leading voices within the medium and, perhaps, modern American literature. This is one of the most essential books of the year. – AJ Frost

Read The Beat’s full review here.

Justice Warriors

Co-Writers: Matt Bors & Ben Clarkson
Artist: Ben Clarkson
Colorist: Felipe Sobreiro
Letterer: Matt Bors
AHOY Comics

AHOY Comics has established itself over the last few years as the premier publisher for razor-sharp, always-hilarious satire, and there’s no better example of that than this year’s Justice Warriors. The Nib founder Matt Bors and cartoonist & animator Ben Clarkson teamed with colorist Felipe Sobreiro for the dystopian sci-fi series about mutant cops patrolling the Uninhabited Zone around Bubble City, preserving the peace and protecting the interests of the elites who live inside. That description really scratches the surface of the series, which takes aim at basically every aspect of life, from politics to economics to relationships both friendly and romantic. It’s still hard to believe this is the first comic series for both Bors and in particular Clarkson, who loads his pages with gags and details that demand to be pored over, all beautifully embellished by Sobreiro. I can’t wait for this series to return. – Joe Grunenwald

Read our interview with Bors and Clarkson here.

Kisses for Jet: A Coming-of-Gender Story

Cartoonist: Joris Bas Backer
Translator: Ammera Rajabali
Nobrow

Translated into English in 2022, Kisses for Jet is the coming-of-gender graphic novel debut from trans creator Joris Bas Backer. The enlightening and often hilarious tale casts light on the experience of many transgender millienals who had to navigate the world of gender identity before that information was easily accessible. Unsurprisingly, because more than one gender story begins with Kurt Cobain‘s iconic black and read sweater, Backer’s story of self-discovery is closely tied with the imperfect role models of the 90s. And I 100% relate. This is a go-to book for cisgender people trying to understand the trans experience… well, some of the trans experience. – Rebecca Oliver Kaplan

Last Chance to Find Duke

Writer & Artist: Shang Zhang
Peow Studio

Yeah you bet the final book ever from the prestige micro-press Peow Studio is on our list: the graphic novel debut of Shang Zhang. Duke is an earnest and twee adventure, a scientist trying to find an elusive insect whose chirping sounds like jazz. The charms of sleeping rough and making odd friends. Strong, unique characters with something in common: living out where the rare bugs still dwell. This book is done in a beautiful, remarkably subtle duotone. The tiniest variations and additions of color go an incredible distance in Zhang’s hands. The Studio Ghibli comparisons it has drawn are on point, but it also has Rubber Blanket to it, in its solemn storytelling, its consciousness of its own printing process, and its physical scarcity. – Arpad Okay

Little Monarchs

Writer/Artist/Letterer: Jonathan Case
Margaret Ferguson Books

There’s so much to like about Little Monarchs, this year’s new graphic novel from writer/artist Jonathan Case. This story involves a pandemic (although Case had been working on the book before 2020), survivalism, and found family. While that’s all compelling, what really elevates this book is Case’s execution. Little Monarchs is a carefully-researched book, and it shows, from Case having taken the central roadtrip here himself with his own family, to all the actual science included about monarch butterfly migration, as well as the creation of vaccines. On top of that, the narrative in the book actively avoids cliches, making a series of earned-yet-surprising decisions with its plot that make for a memorable page-turner of an adventure. Suitable for all ages, I just can’t recommend this one enough. –Zack Quaintance

Little Tunny’s Snail Diaries 

Cartoonist: Grace Gogarty
Silver Sprocket

The diary-style lock-and-key on Little Tunny’s Snail Diaries by Grace Gogarty is your first clue that this charming collection contains something really special. Through their unique and expressive style, Gogarty shares their perspective on bizarre interactions with strangers and the hazards of working with the public… not to mention their studied and insightful observations of their pets. Some of these strips will make you laugh out loud, while others (as promised by the back copy) are “entirely too real,” but every one is a gift. Some of my personal favorites include #35, the entirely relatable “Goop the Therapist,” and #54, “Child Fight,” in which a pair of random children who come to blows over a disagreement regarding Tunny’s gender. In addition to the sometimes (but not always) redone Little Tunny strips, which were previously posted online, each page of the collection includes new notes and/or marginals by Gogarty. – Avery Kaplan

Mamo

Cartoonist: Sas Milledge
Flatter: Belle Murdoch
Sensitivity Reader: Marie Soledad
BOOM! BOX

Milledge’s original graphic novel debut about how all of us must reconcile our responsibilities to our families and communities with our dreams for our own future is a must-read for people of any age. Driven by the need to fix the prejudice and corruptive forces left in the wake of Orla O’Reilly’s grandmother’s death (Mamo), the young hedge witch is forced to return home or see the community that her grandmother swore to protect crumble—and thus, it provides an excellent introduction the legal concept of parens patriae in the US. However, Orla not only has to reckon with her grandmother’s destruction of a community, but she also comes face-to-face with the abuse she endured growing up. The graphic novel is full of symbolism, expertly using folklore to tell the story of what happens when a person in power goes too far in the interest of protecting their community. The story is also gay AF. – Rebecca Oliver Kaplan

Mazebook

Writer & Artist: Jeff Lemire
Letterer: Steve Wands
Dark Horse Comics

Mazebook, acclaimed cartoonist Jeff Lemire’s latest graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics, came to me at the time when I needed it most. A meditation on grief in the form of a story about a father who has lost his daughter, Lemire expertly uses the imagery of the maze to present readers with a visual for the complicated, messy grieving process, internal action which is not as linear as the well-known Five Stages would have us believe. Aside from just being a great book, Mazebook was also a comfort to me in the weeks following my wife’s death; It’s a book I’ve returned to a number of times since its release, and will surely come back to again. – Joe Grunenwald

Read our full review here.

Monkey Meat

Writer/Artist: Juni Ba
Publisher: Image Comics

Monkey Meat was a real tour de force of a comic, an anthology series (sort of) with thematic ties between each issue, all with the unique stylistic sensibilities of rising comics star Juni Ba. All five issues of this series were great, playing with post-capitalist ideas of what happens when business comes before the individual so often that the world starts to look unrecognizable. My personal favorite issue of the series was Monkey Meat #2, a meditation on the ways the obsessive fandom can influence developing minds, all played out visually with a set of influences that range from manga to West African traditionalism, an aesthetic Ba also deployed in last year’s also-excellent graphic novel, Djeliya. Zack Quaintance

Poison Ivy

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Marcio Takara
Colorist: Arif Prianto
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
DC Comics

The first issue of this series was an instant smash. The time was definitely right (if not long overdue) for a Poison Ivy solo run, and DC supporting Wilson and Takara to take Pamela Isley on a road trip of self-reflection – largely away from Gotham continuity – paid off immediately with the book’s popularity leading to an extension from a projected six issues to twelve. Wilson’s penchant for combining introspection with body horror is handled wonderfully throughout by Takara and Prianto who establish a coherent visual identity for the book from the first issue’s opening pages. Poison Ivy also explores new depths in this vein with Ivy facing her own mortality. The road trip format has also worked effectively to give Ivy some real time and space to explore her feelings for Harley Quinn, so it’ll be interesting to see if that structure shifts and how it affects the book’s themes as the series hits its back six in the new year. – Adam Karenina Sherif

Read The Beat’s interview with G. Willow Wilson here.

Public Domain

Writer/Artist/Letterer: Chip Zdarsky
Image Comics

Creator Chip Zdarsky has been on fire for the last few years, particularly with his work on Daredevil and now the regular writer on the main Batman title. However it’s his work on Public Domain, first published through his Substack before physical print through Image Comics, that Zdarsky has truly shined. A classic David and Goliath tale about a comic creator regaining the publishing rights to his character, it’s ostensibly a pastiche of countless creators who have been screwed over by big time corporations. Given the issue of comic creator royalties that’s been once again raised in recent years, it’s not difficult to see the inspiration. Zdarsky paints a story simultaneously humorous and engaging that speaks volumes about the industry. –Taimur Dar  

She Eats the Night (The Night Eaters, Book 1)

Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda
Abrams Books

The saying “there’s nothing new under the sun” doesn’t apply to Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. She Eats the Night is evidence of this. It’s a story of generational perseverance, leaning on the anxieties the newer ones aren’t necessarily equipped to deal with the hardships of life in the same way the previous ones are. Liu and Takeda package this idea in a comedic horror tale that sees a mother push her two kids into a haunted house so they can get a crash course in self-preservation. Family secrets inform the decision to take such an unconventional road towards teaching her kids a lesson in life, making way for a very special cast of characters to stake a claim as some of the most well-developed and downright enticing in any work of fiction to have been released this year. She Eats the Night sees Liu and Takeda at the peak of their storytelling skills, exuding confidence in every page. The dialogue zigs and zags with an energy that is matched by the kinetic and layered visuals, proving with authority that Liu and Takeda are among the top creative teams working in comics. There’s nothing on the shelves that even comes close to resembling She Eats the Night. It’s not a book anyone should miss out on. –Ricardo Serrano

Read our full review here.

That Texas Blood

Writer: Chris Condon
Artist: Jacob Phillips
Image Comics

Crime comics has a new classic among its ranks with That Texas Blood, a book that centers its criminal horrors in a Texas town that’s looked after by a hard-working, stone cold sheriff with an eye for justice above all else. The character’s incessant pursuit of justice here elevates the darkness behind each of the cases explored in the series, most notably those of a serial killer called the Red Queen Killer (who decapitates his victims and leaves a bloodied chess piece behind) and of a demented bat cult that’s drunk the Kool Aid on child sacrifices. While the series debuted in 2021, it was in this year that it turned into much darker and gruesome territory, bringing more horror-focused influences into the crime formula such as Wes Craven’s Scream and Kolchak the Night Stalker. These have resulted into truly unsettling story arcs that leave an impression as to how certain individuals decide to react and respond to human depravity at its bleakest. Those who followed the series on issue by issue got an in-depth interview divided in parts with horror author Paul Tremblay featured in the backmatter, centered on the inner workings of genre and the shifting elements of horror fiction. This series surprises at every turn, making it not only one of the year’s best but also one to keep an eye on in the new year. –Ricardo Serrano

Thieves

Writer & Artist: Lucie Bryon
Nobrow

This joyously brash read, Thieves by Lucie Bryon (her first graphic novel), is flat out funny enough to get away with all the crazy BS it pulls. Bryon’s expressive, cartoonishly flexible characters are charming, capable of flying way over the top and remaining perfectly balanced and grounded as the scene requires. The world is cluttered with stuff, but drawn simple like the characters and given a lot of screen tone and color and process. Thieves benefits from a lush, Flatstock-quality printmaker approach to inking and coloring pages. Truly some dreamy, suave, hip looking comics. Several reversals of perspective will make you gasp or have you gasping, a rom com more screwball comedy. Smooching, turbulence, mountingly absurd disastrously applied solutions, nobody learns anything (phew), curtain. – Arpad Okay

Read our full review here.

The Thing

Writer: Walter Mosley
Artist: Tom Reilly
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics

This six issue mini-series about The Thing from Fantastic Four was an utter joy to read. It was scripted by Walter Mosley, a prolific and long-tenured novelist who is perhaps best known for his prose, and you can feel Mosley having a blast throughout as he has a chance to play with a character in a world he so obviously loves. Combine that visceral joy with the precise and clean linework of Tom Reilly, who is colored by Jordie Bellaire, and the result is a monthly superhero comic with a prestige feel to it, one that I would recommend to just about anyone, even if they aren’t keen on superhero comics. It’s just that well-executed. –Zack Quaintance

The Third Person 

Cartoonist: Emma Grove
Drawn & Quarterly

The outstanding debut graphic novel by Emma Grove, The Third Person, is a brave and intricate memoir of how the cartoonist’s experience with dissociative identity disorder intersected with the process of obtaining her gender-affirming healthcare. At just over 900 pages, this may be the longest comic on this list – which means the text has the space necessary to tell this story as it deserves to be told: honestly, and with detail. The result are meaty middle sections that take full advantage of the cartoonist’s background in animation to deliver scenes depicting conversations with therapist Toby in exquisite detail. This isn’t just one of the best comics of the year, it is also one of the most artfully executed and important. – Avery Kaplan

Witches: The Complete Collection

Writer & Artist: Daisuke Igarashi
Translator: Katheryn Henzler
Adaptation: Jamal Joseph Jr.
Letterer: Adian Clarke
Seven Seas

Daisuke Igarashi’s manga posits that if witches still existed today, they’d hide in a secret world behind our own. Where witches and their power come from, and how they behave, none of that changes- but the times do. Witches is what happens when two witches are feuding and it warps the town they’re fighting over. It’s the army trespassing in a sacred jungle. What happens when you break a promise to a stranger. It is an intellectually stimulating, complex world, illustrated with a matching baroque eye for detail. Quick flashes of the queasy things magic and hexes do to people, or take to get done, lightning in a macabre storm, suites in a dark symphony. Superb localization. It took me to the Vertigo Comics place. – Arpad Okay

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