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The Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2022

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Watchmen: Absolute Edition

Watchmen is widely considered to be among the greatest pop-culture works of the 20th century; it’s a peerless deconstruction of the superhero myth. Read More

Pros

  • Superheroes and apocalyptic stakes
  • Rich, literary writing
  • Timeless art

Cons

  • Some disturbing content
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Saga: Compendium One

Space fantasy, romance, humor, action, and every strange creature you can possibly imagine—it’s all here in this sprawling postmodern Star Wars. Read More

Pros

  • Sprawling space fantasy
  • Colorful characters
  • Great humor

Cons

  • Violence and sexual imagery
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Locke & Key Slipcase Set

Hill’s writing is brilliant and inspired, and Gabe Rodriguez’s meticulous illustrations are astonishing. Read More

Pros

  • Incredible writing
  • Jaw-dropping art
  • Magic and horror

Cons

  • Bloody violence
  • Adult themes
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The Batman Box Set

The Batman Box Set is an inspired three-book collection, offering 728 pages of Batman storytelling in one affordable package. Read More

Pros

  • Quintessential Batman stories
  • Phenomenal value

Cons

  • Bloody violence
  • Adult themes
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Lore Olympus: Volume One

Rachel Smythe’s smash-hit Webtoon series boasts vibrant watercolors, unforgettable style, and an engrossing contemporary take on Greek mythology. Read More

Pros

  • Compelling romance
  • Cute watercolor art
  • Mythic story

Cons

  • Some disturbing content
  • Adult themes

Whether you’re looking to buy a great gift for the Batman fan in your life or trying to get a collection going for your home library, there’s truly no end of phenomenal comics and graphic novels in print. Don’t think of this guide as a be-all, end-all ranking of the greatest comics stories ever told; everyone has their subjective favorites. (The Wake and The Goon come to mind.)

Instead, these are some great starting points, especially for someone just starting to read comics and fall in love with the medium. You can’t go wrong with anything on this list; these are some of the best comics and graphic novels you can get in print right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Watchmen: Absolute Edition

Watchmen is widely considered to be among the greatest pop-culture works of the 20th century, and that’s because Alan Moore’s script is a peerless deconstruction of the superhero myth from the post-Vietnam era. And the art is nothing short of iconic; Dave Gibbons’s line work and John Higgins’s colors evoke a bygone age in DC Comics history while maintaining a power and timelessness across decades. Call it required reading. Plus, this Absolute Edition hardcover will look gorgeous on your shelf.

Pros

  • Superheroes and apocalyptic stakes

  • Rich, literary writing

  • Timeless art

Cons

  • Some disturbing content

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Saga: Compendium One

Saga shows what great comics can offer in a way that wouldn’t work as well in most other media. Space fantasy, romance, humor, action, and every strange creature Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples could possibly dream up—it’s all here in this sprawling postmodern Star Wars. If you like love stories, colorful characters, or great writing, you’re in for a treat. This 1,300-page compendium ought to keep you entertained for a while.

Pros

  • Sprawling space fantasy

  • Colorful characters

  • Great humor

Cons

  • Violence and sexual imagery

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Locke & Key Slipcase Set

If you’re looking for my personal recommendation, and you don’t mind a little horror and dark fantasy, Locke & Key is the one you’re after. This box set includes all six volumes of the main story, so you don’t have to worry about any cliffhangers or complicated reading orders. This is the tale of the Locke family, survivors of a bloody tragedy who move into a magical old New England house filled with secrets—and strange keys. Hill’s writing is brilliant and inspired, and Gabe Rodriguez’s meticulous illustrations are astonishing.

Pros

  • Incredible writing

  • Jaw-dropping art

  • Magic and horror

Cons

  • Bloody violence

  • Adult themes

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The Batman Box Set

The Batman Box Set is an inspired three-book collection pegged to the release of Matt Reeves’s 2022 film, The Batman. Here, you get 728 pages of Batman storytelling in one affordable package. Batman: Ego and Other Tails collects Darwn Cooke’s stories of the Caped Crusader and Catwoman; Frank Miller’s Year One tells the story of Batman’s earliest years of working with Jim Gordon and Selina Kyle to take down Gotham’s worst mob bosses; and The Long Halloween is an evergreen favorite that inspired both Reeves and The Dark Knight. These are must-own stories for any Bat-fan.

Pros

  • Quintessential Batman stories

  • Phenomenal value

Cons

  • Bloody violence

  • Adult themes

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Lore Olympus: Volume One

Rachel Smythe’s smash-hit Webtoon series boasts vibrant watercolors, unforgettable style, and an engrossing blend of contemporary dialogue and Greek mythology. What if Hades was a depressed workaholic, and the underworld was run like a large corporation? What if Persephone was a troubled millennial navigating friendships, love, and awkward social situations? Smythe’s comic delivers all the romance you can handle—without forgetting that, ultimately, the gods of myth can be wicked, vile schemers from time to time.

Pros

  • Compelling romance

  • Cute watercolor art

  • Mythic story

Cons

  • Some disturbing content

  • Adult themes

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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