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.
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 that 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.Best DC Comics of 2018
Talk about 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 simple fantastic.
Immortal Hulk sets a totally new light in the previously much loved Marvel character. Actually scratch light, this 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.
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 times winning numerous awards along the way.
Saga is as unique as they come these days. It’s a combination of numerous genre. 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.Saga Comic Review
Batman: White Knight
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 from 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
Gideon Falls is not just another comic in 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.
The Magic Order
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.
Venom has been a fan favorite for ages and this comic series was a
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 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.
Justice League: Dark
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.
Isola is a book that you need to read in order to understand it’s 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.
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!