Updated on May 4, 2022
Here’s a look at what graphic novels of interest are coming out in April 2022 (and beyond).
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Marvel’s full solicitations are available here.
- Marvel’s Voices: Pride TPB, on sale May 18, $25 (Bookshop)
Viz’s full solicitations are available here.
Graphic novel thoughts
“Marvel’s Voices: Pride” collects some of Marvel’s recent stories featuring its LGBTQ characters, including Hulkling, Wiccan, Iceman, and Mystique. It’ll be out just in time for Pride Month in June. Which, given recent events involving Marvel’s owner Disney, should be interesting this year.
DC Universe Infinite is now available outside the US
In a big change, DC Comics’ all-you-can-read comics subscription service, DC Universe Infinite, is now available outside of the United States. According to the press release’s highlights:
- As of this writing, DCUI is now available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
- DCUI will be available in the United Kingdom on April 28, and Brazil and Mexico in “Summer 2022” (presumably between June and August).
- For pricing, fans who sign up within 30 days of the services’ launch in their countries can pay $60 (Canada), $65 (Australia/New Zealand), or £37 (UK) a year. After 30 days, it reverts to the standard rates: $90 (Canada), $100 (Australia/New Zealand), or £55 (UK) a year. Monthly subscriptions run $10 (Canada, Australia, New Zealand) or £7 (UK).
The service carries DC’s current and back library, with a six-month delay between new comics arriving on the service. I haven’t used DCUI myself, but browsing its catalog online, fans of current and recent DC material should be pleased. That said, its back catalog from before the mid-80s is still spotty, especially for pre-Crisis Superman material.
While it’s not as widely available worldwide as Marvel Unlimited, DCUI going international’s a good thing, especially with the recent negative changes to Comixology. Again, those willing to “trade wait” digitally are better off buying subscriptions to both of these services, versus putting up with Comixology. I assume the lack of international availability until now was tied to DCUI once offering DC’s TV shows and movies, which are now on HBO Max.
Image from “Marvel’s Voices: Pride” TPB (2022). Art by Luciano Vecchio (Marvel)