Most Popular Comic Books Of 2022 So Far – CBR – Comic Book Resources

2022 has featured stellar comic books and events. Living up to all the hype, the most popular comics continue to deliver one epic story after another.
2022 has been a great year for comic fans. Marvel, DC, Image, and more have produced brilliant comics by the best creators, ones that have enthralled fans in a variety of ways. Sales across the industry are up, and readers have so many choices, they may not know where to dive in.
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As can be expected, some books soon eclipsed the others, especially when it came to popularity. Captivating fans with every issue, these books quickly seized the spotlight. They became the topics of many conversations, delivering stories everyone lives for each month.
Nightwing, by writer Tom Taylor and regular artist Bruno Redondo, impressed readers since Taylor and Redondo took over. After the Ric Grayson years, fans just wanted the Nightwing they loved to return, something the creative team delivered. Their run proved popular with fans and made Nightwing one of DC's most talked about comics once again.
Month in, month out, Nightwing delivers. It's always in conversations about the best DC titles and ranks among the best superhero books hitting the stands. It's been a thrill ride so far, one that readers won't want to get off.
The Amazing Spider-Man is historically Marvel's most popular solo series, but its most recent run has received a reputation more infamous than positive. However, there's another popular solo book Marvel fans love: Wolverine. The blockbuster creative team of writer Benjamin Percy and regular artist Adam Kubert made this one of Marvel's best-selling solo books since its launch.
Digging into Wolverine's role as Krakoa's black ops enforcer, Wolverine has wowed new and old fans alike. Percy's Wolverine is the best the character's been in years, and Kubert's an old hand with the ol' Canucklehead. These elements all add up to an amazing solo book.
Detective Comics has long focused on presenting different views of Gotham. Writer Ram V and artist Rafael Albuquerque taking over the book with issue #1062 was big news, but even before that, writer Mariko Tamaki, Nadia Shammas, Sina Grace, and Matthew Rosenberg and artists Ivan Reis, David Lapham, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Fernando Blanco were dropping bombs on readers.
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Batman books will always rule the DC discourse, but 'Detective Comics has gone out of its way to tell Batman stories different from what readers were used to, fleshing out the rest of Gotham and its inhabitants. V and Albuquerque coming on the book was just the icing on the cake.
Image Comics has put out the biggest books on the indie market for years now. Saga, by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, became the publisher's champion with comic readers. Its long hiatus, starting in 2018, saddened fans of this sci-fi masterpiece. Its return in 2022 got readers fired up.
Few books can elicit the response Saga can. Its massive success, driven by word of mouth instead of outside media — unlike The Walking Dead when it was Image's reigning title — says a lot about how beloved Saga remains.
Many consider Wally West the greatest Flash, and The Flash has done everything it can to prove that. Writer Jeremy Adams and regular artist Fernando Pasarin have done an amazing job giving fans the super speed action they crave, while also showing why the West family is the best superhero clan in comics.
Fans were going to embrace Wally West's return no matter what, but this book has taken off like few imagined it would. The Flash just keeps picking up momentum, benefiting from the universal praise it gets.
Marvel's event cycle produced great books and books fans would rather forget. Judgment Day, by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Valerio Schiti, is looking to become one of the greats. Spinning out of events from Gillen's excellent Eternals, it chronicles the war between the mutant nation of Krakoa and the Eternals, led by Druig.
Judgment Day doesn't miss a beat. The book has only just started, but fans love everything about it. That's pretty rare with modern Marvel event books. Judgment Day also includes some of the best tie-in issues ever. Gillen has been dropping classics for years now and Schiti is ready to take his place at the top of the industry.
Action Comics has been getting better with every issue, and 2022 has seen it hit overdrive with its quality. Writers Philip Kennedy Johnson and Shawn Aldridge and artists Riccardo Federici, Will Conrad, Adriana Melo, Brent Peeples, and David Lapham have been impressing everyone with the main story and the back-ups. In particular, the Warworld Saga has paid dividends for this book.
Pitting Superman and the Authority against Mongul and his forces, the Warworld Saga has revitalized interest in Superman. It's an action packed book, rich with lore on Warworld, and delivers everything readers want in a Superman book.
The X-Men have always been revolutionary and X-Men Red has kept that reputation going. Writer Al Ewing and artists Stefano Caselli, Juann Cabal, Andrés Genolet, and Michael Sta. Maria chronicle the battle between the Brotherhood (Storm, Magneto, and the Fisher King) and the mutant traitor Abigail Brand's S.W.O.R.D. approved X-Men Red on the mutant world Arakko.
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The X-Men and science fiction have always gone together. Ewing understands that and so far has done what he does best in X-Men Red, blending sci-fi and superheroes to provide interesting narratives. Regular artist Caselli's four issues, out of the five that have come out, are stellar and the back-up team did a great job as well.
Batman is comic's greatest vigilante, with Batman consistently being a massive seller. 2022 began with an interim creative team of writer Josh Williamson and artist Jorge Molina giving readers a throwback to Batman Inc. before DC announced a smashing new creative team. Artist Jorge Jiménez returned and was joined by writer Chip Zdarsky, who's been on a tear at Marvel and Image for years.
Batman #125 was the team's first issue, and it electrified readers. Zdarsky and Jiménez proved a blockbuster team like few others, and fans remained excited for what they had in store. Batman fatigue can be very real, but with a creative team like this, it quickly disappears.
Since writer Jonathan Hickman left, X-Men hasn't exactly lit the world on fire. It became a flagship book without a sail, and the line felt aimless until Immortal X-Men dropped. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Lucas Werneck and Michele Bandini, the book focused on the Quiet Council, the powerful mutants leading Krakoa.
Gillen has used each issue so far both to move plots along while digging deeper into the characters comprising the Council. Every issue features excellent writing and the art by Werneck and Bandini remains phenomenal. The Quiet Council finally getting some spotlight has been wonderful, and this book is perfect.
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David Harth has been reading comics for close to 30 years. He writes for several websites, makes killer pizza, goes to Disney World more than his budget allows, and has the cutest daughter in the world. He can prove it. Follow him on Twitter- https://www.twitter.com/harth_david.

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