2022 is a great year to be a DC Comics reader; from big events to small moments, it's a year to remember. Here are some of the highlights.
2022 is a great year to be a DC Comics reader; from the big to the little, this year has been one to remember. Collected here are just a few of DC Comics' greatest moments from the past year.
Limiting this list is a tall order, not every major DC moment from 2022 has been cut. From Tim Drake's first series in over a decade, to Connor Hawke's touching open letter, to Blüdhaven rising to help their hero Nightwing ( Nightwing, there are at least a dozen remarkable stories, panels, and characters to make this limited list. But the highlights that follow are all historic and important in their own right, each one sure to shape the future of DC Comics in the year (and years) to come.
The Arrowverse's Dreamer Made Her Debut in DC Comics.
The latest DC character from TV to comics, The Dreamer in Tom Taylor, Nicole Maines, Clayton Henry, Matt Hermes, Marcelo Maiolo and Dave Sharp The comic book debut in Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 is one of those historic characters. Dreamer/Nia Nal was originally a prophetic character from the Arrowverse's long-running Supergirl program, brought to the Central DC Universe by actress Nicole Maines, Who works with Team Superman. One of DC’s most famous trans heroes, Dreamer is not only a major queer representative: she’s also a core member of Jon Kent’s supporting cast, a partial alien living on Earth. Hopefully in 2023 Dreamer will have his own personal story.
Monkey Prince Became DC's Newest Star in an Historic #1
One of DC's most exciting characters in recent years, Monkey King, is about to be a major character in the 2023 Lazarus Planet event. And it's all thanks to his fun and groundbreaking 2022 personal series. The Monkey King #1 by Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang, Sebastian Cheng and Janice Chiang hits store shelves in February 2022 with great fanfare, and for good reason. Like many fledgling heroes before him, Sun Wukong is struggling with his newfound powers under the tutelage of his mentor, Master Bajie. But what's special about Monkey King is how it uses Chinese folklore and storytelling sensibilities to tell a truly unique story in the DCU -- while still using iconic characters like Batman, Robin, Aquaman, and more.
The Flash Transformed into an Intergalactic Wrestler in One Delightful Issue
The current Flash run has been one of DC's funniest books, posting question after heartwarming question. This Year's The Flash #787 Directed by Jeremy Adams, Fernando Pasalin, Matt Ryan, Jeremy Cox and Rob Leigh It best embodies the running spirit. From the focus on Wally West and his (growing!) family to The Flash's bombastic glee at teaming up with a purple bodybuilder named "Omega-Bam-Man" for some harm-free pro interstellar wrestling, there's little that's wrong in The past year has been memorable like this. The Flash proves that one-off "filler" stories aren't filler at all: They're full of big character moments, introspection, and sheer fun. As Wally said before the first round: "Let's get ready for trouble!"
Wonder Woman's Amazon Sisters Investigated a Murder (and Crowned a Queen)
2022 sees the first Wonder Woman crossover event in 30 years: Trials of the Amazons. Many classic and new Amazon characters work together (and sometimes against each other) to solve the murder of Wonder Woman's mother Hippolyta. This event featuring characters from Nubia, Cassie Sandsmark, Yara Flor, Artemis and more - orchestrated by the multi-book stacked creative team - is notable for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the three Amazon tribes and Of course, their reconciliation was just in time to crown Nubia as queen of the Amazons. Fallout from Hippolyta's death and his ascent to Mount Olympus still reverberates throughout the DCU; effects of the Trials of the Amazon It feels like years.
Poison Ivy Took a Life-Changing Road Trip
Old-fashioned American road trips have spawned dozens of compelling stories, and this year it's Poison Ivy's turn to cross the country and change her life. In the one-player series, directed by writer G. Willow Wilson and lead show artist Marcio Takara, Ivy leaves Gotham for another quest to kill humans to save the environment. Through a series of in-depth human interactions with poets, factory workers, motel managers, and more, Ivy learns to embrace her humanity rather than take aim at the true villains of her world: the money-hungry and powerful, those who only want to serve themselves people. Poison Ivy's first arc ends the first leg of her road trip, at which point she literally eats her abusive ex-teacher. What could be more life changing than this?
Batman Literally Fell from the Moon (and Survived)
There is no doubt that Batman can accomplish anything he sets his mind to, but his latest major feat puts all who came before him to shame. In Batman #130 by Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jiménez, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles, Batman manages to fall from the moon back to Earth and live to tell the story. This sequence showcases what makes Batman such a perpetually interesting character (he make readers believe that humans could fall from the moon and survive), and it also impressively involves a lot of real math, science, and physics. Bruce Wayne sure doesn't want the kids trying this at home, but this moment is the highlight of this year's Batman fight.
Superman and His Allies Triumphed on Warworld
2022 saw the climax and finale of Superman's best story in years: "World at War Saga," which spanned months of action comics and the one-off Superman: World at War Apocalypse. Superman and his allies (including Midnighter, Apollo, Natasha Irons, Manchester Black, and more) fight alongside the enslaved people of World at War in order to free them from the tyrant Mongols. Superman, of course, in Philip Kennedy Johnson, Will Conrad, Brandon Peterson, Miguel Mendonca, Max Reynolds, Lee Roerich and Dave Sharp in Superman: World at War Revelations #1 Victorious over Mongol, reminding readers that he is truly the "champion of the oppressed," as he is described in Action Comics #1.
Dark Crisis Reasserted the Importance of Legacy for DC Comics
This retrospective wouldn't be complete without a sprawling dark crisis story, This is DC's most impactful event in recent years. Beginning with the "Death of the Justice League" story in Justice League #75 by Joshua Williamson, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Matt Herms and Josh Reed, this epic spans Multiple miniseries, one-shots and tie-in issues. There are many memorable moments in this episode: the Justice League disappears at the hands of the pariah, Superman swoops in to save his son at the last moment, the return of the JSA, Nightwing fights Deathstroke, Alan Scott's family Working together - the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, though, Dark Peril's main impact is how it reaffirms the importance of traditional characters in DC's history and future. The events started with the Justice League, but it's really a story about how the Titans, Young Justice, Jon Kent, Yara Flor, Jess Fox, and other young heroes stand against evil in the absence of the League. Legacy has been at the heart of DC since its introduction by Dick Grayson in 1940, and Dark Crisis reminds readers of those roots.
Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Shared a Moving Story about "Finding Batman"
Even with so many knockouts and events in one year, DC's best story in 2022 is voice actor Kevin Conroy's autobiographical comic in DC Pride 2022 #1. "Finding Batman," by Kevin Conroy, J. Bone and Aditya Bidikar, is a moving account of Conroy's journey as a gay man in New York and Hollywood in the 1980s and '90s—until he was cast as Bruce in the film. Wayne/Batman's iconic Batman: The Animated Series, Conroy launched a decades-long career as the face of Batman. After Conroy died in November 2022, the story was even more bittersweet; despite Conroy's struggles, it was that struggle that informed perhaps the most influential Batman performance of all time. Fans miss Conroy terribly, but Finding Batman proved his love for the character and what Batman really is.