2018 has been an amazing year for the comics industry. Year after year more and more comics have been adapted into movies, series or games and the world of comics have grown massively.
With the world of comics growing so does the need for unique stories, new character developments, entirely new universes that match the needs of the readers and each time I say "now I've seen it all" another comic comes along to make me reconsider. 2018 was one of those years with not just big publishers like DC and Marvel standing out but many smaller new players jumping in the waggon of success.
Here is 101Comics.com list of the absolutely must-read comic series of 2018.
From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved New Gods.
Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.
You might say Scott Free has everything...so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick—except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.
Written by Tom King (BATMAN) and illustrated by Mitch Gerads (The Punisher), this is a MISTER MIRACLE unlike any you’ve read before.
DC's Mister Miracle has smashed it all year long. Writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads teamed up to give the world what is by far one of the best DC comics of our times.
In this story, we see Scott Free aka Mister Miracle in a totally different way than we were used to and as we mentioned before
Mister Miracle is a multi-dimensional comic in the sense that you will understand the love Mister Miracle feels for Barda, his hatred for Granny Goodness, and his questions about life and death. In a sense, in Scott Free we see ourselves and the questions and feelings we feel on a daily basis.
HORROR HAS A NAME. You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head... all he’d do is die. Until night falls. And someone else gets up again. The man’s name is Banner. The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Talk about a unique story! Immortal Hulk was one of the biggest surprises of 2018. The way Al Ewing (writer) and Joe Bennett (artist) took something that we all know so well and created something unique is simply fantastic.
Immortal Hulk sets a totally new light on the previously much-loved Marvel character. Actually scratch light sets a whole lot of darkness and horror around Hulk.
This comic series will stay at the top of the best Marvel comic series for quite a few years. If you are looking for a comic book to buy or you are into Hulk then you can't go wrong with this one.
Read a full review and a reading guide of the Immortal Hulk here.
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.
When it comes to the best comics of 2018 or any year since 2012 for that matter there is no surprise to anyone that Saga is in there. Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, Saga has been one of the top-performing comics of all time winning numerous awards along the way.
Saga is as unique as they come these days. It's a combination of numerous genres. It's a magic meeting science, future meeting epic sort of thing. But what best describes Saga is as one of our authors previously mentioned
Saga is a story about parenthood. A story of people trying to stay true to their nature, coming together and being pulled apart. A story of enemies slowly becoming, if not friends, then at least family.
Read our full Saga review.
In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City.
He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…
Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman!
Superstar writer and artist Sean Murphy (PUNK ROCK JESUS, THE WAKE) presents a seven-issue miniseries of a twisted Gotham City with a massive cast of heroes and villains that, at its heart, is a tragic story of a hero and a villain: Batman and The Joker. But which is the hero—and which the villain?
Batman is a gift that keeps on giving for 80 years. All these stories, all these arcs, team-ups, spin-offs, and yet every time something new comes up it surprises us. This is Batman: White Knight.
Written and Illustrated by Sean Murphy and colors by Matt Hollingsworth this is one Batman comic series you won't want to miss.
In a world where Joker is cured of his insanity and with a goal to repay Gotham for all his previous mistakes, he hunts down the one real enemy of Gotham. Batman.
Having loved this series I might even go as far as saying that this might be this generation's version of The Dark Knight Returns. Do not miss out.
Picked up for TV by Hivemind after a multi-studio bidding war with long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg, and former Valiant Entertainment CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. From the bestselling creative team behind Old Man Logan and Green Arrow comes a character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith. The legend of the Black Barn—an otherworldly building alleged to have appeared and reappeared throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake—ensnares and entwines the lives of two very different men. Plus, this collection includes a variant cover gallery from some of comics’ best artists, including CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS), JOCK (WYTCHES), SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND), and more! Collects GIDEON FALLS #1-6
Gideon Falls is not just another comic on this list. Sometimes a creative team is so perfectly complementing each other that they elevate their work in just a whole different level of standards. That's the case with Gideon Falls.
Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino is the creative team behind huge successes such as Old Man Logan and Green Arrow but if that wasn't enough they reunited to give us this on-going comic series.
Gideon Falls is a rural mystery filled with horror, death, darkness, religion, and mental illness. What a combination of things!
As a huge fan of horror comics and graphic novels, I have to say that I was hooked the minute I started reading the first issue.
We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in THE MAGIC ORDER, as five families of magicians—sworn to protect our world for generations—must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first. MARK MILLAR's first NETFLIX comic book, drawn by the incredible OLIVIER COIPEL (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor).
I promise it will only take you about 4 pages into the comic book for you to say "Wow... What's just happened".
Writer Mark Millar and artist Olivier Coipel have seriously shaken the waters of the entire industry of comics with this masterpiece. Mark Millar has created a unique story that blends perfectly with the dark illustration of Coipel making this one of the top dark, mystery, magical comics of not just 2018 but pretty much, ever.
Five families of magicians that are sworn to protect our world are all of a sudden getting murdered one by one. We are talking about gruesome murders here and not your ordinary Harry Potter, Avada Kedavra stuff.
Trust me, this comic series will take many forms and all of them will be successful.
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!
Venom has been a fan favorite for ages and this comic series was a long-awaited gift for all the Venom fans out there that simply re-ignited the fire.
Writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman has created a Venom that will probably stay engraved in our minds for quite a while. Asking questions most of us have probably never thought of before.
We simply loved Eddie Broke and we loved where Donny Cates takes this character and elevates him in just different levels as well as the amazing design of the character from Stegman. The fight between doing what's right while continuously fighting the urge to kill everything that moves is just phenomenal.
Don't waste your time and start reading Venom as soon as possible.
From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Earth’s magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It’s up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of NO JUSTICE, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, and Detective Chimp against enemies too fantastic even for the Justice League. Plus, what awful things are coming through the Tree of Wonder? Dark days ahead...
Some comic series are hard to rank and some others just fit right into this list. Justice League: Dark is one of them.
Straight out of Justice League: No Justice a spin-off that has Wonder Woman leading a team of the most extraordinary characters - Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp. Together they are trying to "fix" magic whilst fighting enemies the Justice League could never have imagined.
This comic series is dark, mystical, magical with some solid characters and crazy awesome design.
Childhood friends BRENDEN FLETCHER (MOTOR CRUSH) and Eisner Award-winning storyteller KARL KERSCHL (Gotham Academy) reunite on the comics page with a breathtaking fantasy adventure two decades in the making! The captain of the Royal Guard has fled the capital city with the Queen of Maar, suffering under the effects of an evil spell. Captain Rook’s only hope of returning Queen Olwyn to her throne and saving the kingdom from impending war lies on an island half a world away—a place known in myth as Isola, land of the dead. Featuring lush color work by MSASSYK (Gotham Academy) and letters by ADITYA BIDIKAR (MOTOR CRUSH). Recommended for fans of Studio Ghibli and the work of Hayao Miyazaki.
Isola is a book that you need to read in order to understand its value. Some people will get it straight away and some will need some convincing. The reason why I rank this one of the best 2018 comics might be entirely personal but I can't do otherwise.
I grew up playing D&D and reading fantasy books which helped me make my decision quite easy.
Isola is the creation of two childhood friends, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, who reunited to bring us this masterpiece of a story and art. It's very rare, and I mean very rare, in our days to see something so unique that it will literally suck you in.
A royal guard, a queen, and an evil spell is everything a good story needs in order to start. But this is just the start. We thoroughly enjoyed reading Isola and we bet you will too.
DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank, and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.
If you have been reading my past articles then you know one thing for sure. Watchmen has been and probably will remain one of my favorite comics of all time and I am quite certain that is one of yours as well.
So when I first heard about Doomsday Clock I was quite skeptical but, boy was I wrong!
Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, Doomsday Clock is definitely one of 2018's biggest masterpieces and easily made the list of the top 10 best comics of the year.
Reading the first issue will take you back to the days of Watchmen. The story feels and reads greatly like Watchmen that it feels like it was Alan Moore himself penning the book.
I can't praise it enough so if you haven't read it, do it right away!