There’s a lot of DC Comics entertainment coming at you nowadays. The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) keeps popping movies like Aquaman onto the big screen while the small screen comes to life with a variety of awesome shows on CW. Meanwhile, the DC Universe app is making classic comics and shows available to stream while also premiering original content like Titans.
Long story short? There’s never been a better time to dive into DC comics to get more of the heroes you love. But with so many comics out there, it’s tough to know which are worth collecting.
Don’t worry, though: we’ve hacked the Batcave and brought you the best DC Comics 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.
When it comes to writing comics, very few are a match to Tom King, Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision, and illustrator Mitch Gerads. Their take of Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Mister Miracle is unique, thrilling and by all means, a breath of fresh air that easily made the top of our DC Best Comics for 2018 list.
Scott Free aka Mister Miracle is an escape artist that has pulled off every stand he ever attended including escaping Apokolips and traveling to earth where he became famous for his extraordinary ability. But even though it seems that Scott has it all and has mastered the game he still hasn’t been able to master one. Death.
Even though we found the comic story to be a bit heavy and if you are a new reader you might find this a bit, over your head and you might not understand a big portion of what is actually going on (DC has a history of not explaining things properly), 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, we seem in Scott Free ourselves and the questions and feelings we feel on a daily basis.
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...
Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Alvaro Martinez Bueno Justice League: Dark made the perfect start and combined the perfect mix of characters. Following the story of Justice League: No Justice this spin-off unites Wonder Woman Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, and Detective Chimp trying to save the world from enemies you’ve never seen before whilst trying to "fix" magic
If we could rate this comic, it would easily get a 10 out of 10 which makes it one of the best comics on this list by far.
No one has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight?
CAN’T MISS: Superstar artist David Finch returns to the Dark Knight alongside writer Tom King for this five-part storyline.
Sometimes, it can feel a little tough to recommend a Batman comic. This is because the character is everywhere: movies, TV shows, cartoons, video games, and so on. It’s enough to make even casual Bat-fans ask themselves if there is anything new that can be done with this vintage character.
As it turns out: heck yeah! The latest Batman comics (written by Tom King and illustrated by Mikel Janin, David Finch, Matt Banning, and many more ) have explored old characters like Catwoman and Bane in fun and exciting ways. But what makes it one of the best DC comics to read is the exploration of Batman—his motivations, his hopes, and his fears. Trust us: you don't think the Caped Crusader is played out or one-dimensional after a few of these issues!
“The Many Arms Of Death” part one! At last—Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld…and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there. But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days…and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive!
Writer Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) is joined by James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) and superstar artist Steve Epting (Captain America, Velvet) to present an epic Batwoman story that will alter the course of her life forever! This one’s unmissable!
Batwoman is further proof that Gotham City still has some cool stories left to explore. This series follows a very different kind of vigilante as she embarks on a quest of both self-discovery and vengeance. And if you like the DC TV shows on CW, reading this series is a fun primer for the character’s upcoming cameos and a solo show!
The series is written by Marguerite Bennett and drawn by Fernando Blanco. They make a great team: the dialogue really helps Batwoman stand out from the rest of the Bat-family, and the art is good enough that you’ll want to frame just about every page. By far, this is one of the best current DC comics.
“THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways, our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…
If we’re being honest, the Justice League brand is a little tarnished right now. It’s an open secret that their big-screen debut was quite overwhelming. But if you’re a fan who wants to see what these characters can do in the right creators’ hands, then you need to pick up Justice League.
The art by Francis Manpaul is vivid and vibrant. But our favorite part is the writing by Scott Snyder. Snyder has spent years writing the best Batman comics, and now he brings his unique style and vision to the planet’s greatest team. And the storylines feel nice and accessible, making this one of the best DC comics for beginners.
“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMAN” part one! Supergirl is back and working for the DEO to defend National City! As Kara Danvers, average American teenager and high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth. But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself face-to-face with her father: the sinister Cyborg Superman!
Supergirl has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. This is largely due to her successful TV show and its amazingly charming lead actor, Melissa Benoist. If you’re a fan of the show and wanting more adventures of your fave character, the Supergirl comic is for you.
This is because this book (written by Marc Andreyko and drawn by both Evan Shaner and Karl Kesel) is now modeled more after the show in the wake of the “Rebirth” event. Ultimately, this is another one of the best DC comics for beginners, but we’d recommend it to any veteran fans in a heartbeat!
“THE LIES” Chapter One
Why has the Lasso of Truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!
THEY SAID IT: “Drawing Wonder Woman isn’t just drawing a comic, it’s drawing an icon—the most famous and recognizable female superhero in the world,” exclaims artist Liam Sharp. “To get to draw her in her 75th year, with a new storyline scribed by no less than Greg Rucka, makes this without a doubt the most important drawing gig of my 30 years in comics.”
Wonder Woman is another character that has had a surge in recent popularity. This is thanks in large part to her big-screen appearances: she was the best part of the otherwise glum and gritty Batman v. Superman, and her solo movie is one of the few certified hits that the DCEU has had.
The latest Wonder Woman comic continues that momentum by making some fun changes to her mythology while still keeping things fun and familiar. Written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Cary Nord, this series is a perfect blend of both Greek mythology and DC mythology. Even if we had the Lasso of Truth on us, we’d still tell you this is one of the best DC comics of 2018.
The atoms are buzzing. The daydreams crowd sentient streets, and the creative team has been warned, “Turn back now or suffer the mighty consequence of sheer, psycho-maniacal mayhem.” Generation-arsonists unite—this is DOOM PATROL, and the God of the Super Heroes is bleeding on the floor.
A blenderized reimagining of the ultimate series of the strange, DOOM PATROL combines elements from classic runs, new directions, and things that could not be. Our entry point is Casey Brinke, a young EMT on the graveyard shift to abstract enlightenment, with a past so odd that she’s not entirely sure what is real and what is not. Along with her partner, Sam Reynolds, the pair blaze a path through the city and its denizens, finding the only quiet that exists at 3am is the chaos of the brain. When the pair answer a hit-and-run call, they find themselves face to face with a familiar figure: Cliff Steele, AKA Robotman.
“It gets weirder from here,” writer Gerard Way had to say about the book, with artist Nick Derington gripping tightly on the wheel of the ambulance. The pair’s only communication? Shouting out of the open windows while at high velocity. Who needs a new roommate? Who names a cat “Lotion”? And when do we get to see all those muscles?
Find your answers inside the pages of this comic book, as we set the stage for new beginnings, as well as the re-introduction of some classic DOOM PATROL characters, including Niles Caulder, Negative Man, Flex Mentallo, and Crazy Jane.
The debut title of DC’s Young Animal line kicks off with a removable sticker on its cover: Pull back the gyro to reveal its secrets, but be warned—there is no turning back.
One accusation that is often leveled against superhero comics is that they are mostly alike. And we can’t lie: “colorful hero beats up colorful villain” and other tropes often seem like they’ve been done to death. So if you’re in the mood for something that feels both weird and fresh, then you need Doom Patrol.
This comic is written by Gerard Way and Nick Derington. It basically does the impossible: despite being a mature book aimed at older readers, it channels the fearless inventiveness of comics that first drew all of us in as kids. And with their solo show on its way from DC Universe, there’s no time like the present to read up on these characters.
Tom Taylor continues his hit series Injustice: Gods Among Us story as Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together. But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them. But when Harley Quinn has an encounter with Amanda Waller, the new Suicide Squad ends up breaking into the Pentagon. Featuring appearances by Harley Quinn, Superman, Damian and man more. Collects INJUSTICE 2 #1-6.
The first Injustice series took the world by surprise. It was a video game tie-in series that, frankly, most people felt would be phoned in. Instead, it ended up being the most powerful Elseworlds-style comic DC has put out in the last decade.
And Injustice 2 (written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Xermanico) continues the tradition, exploring an alternate world in which Superman went evil and took over the planet. Now, Batman and his compatriots try to put the world back together while taking on new threats. If you want to see heroes and villains like never before, this is one of the best DC comics!
“Die Laughing” part one! Welcome back to Harley Quinn’s crazy world on Coney Island…now get ready to wave goodbye, because everyone there just might get eaten alive! Harley’s gotta protect her neighborhood against an all-out zombie apocalypse! Break out the chainsaws, everybody!
Harley Quinn has, ironically, something in common with her nemesis Batman: both characters often seem overexposed and played out. However, don’t let that fact keep you from reading the latest Harley Quinn comic, as it’s guaranteed to make you smile and laugh even more than the Joker!
The comic is written by Sam Humphries and Alisson Borges. As you’d expect, this is one of the less serious DC titles: it’s all about having fun, and not afraid to laugh at itself as much as at the DC comics world. If you want to walk on the lighter side with Harley, we give this our highest recommendation!