Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel had a particularly awesome 2018. If you want more, though, then you need to dive into the comics!
It can be a little intimidating when you see all those comics on the shelves and long boxes of back issues. How can you pick the best ones for your bottom dollar?
Simple: with our help! Keep reading to discover the best Marvel Comics of 2018.
NEW SERIES. NEW AVENGER(!). STILL EATS NUTS AND KICKS BUTTS! Galactus. Thanos. M.O.D.O.K. With her unique combination of wit, empathy, and totally kick-butt squirrel powers, Doreen Green -- aka The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl -- has taken ALL these chumps down! Alongside her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human with no powers whatsoever -- they checked), Squirrel Girl is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction! Sometimes. Other times there's no threats and she's just a regular computer science student. That's an adventure too though!
Looking back, 2018 was a good year for Marvel. There was a big-screen success with things like The Avengers: Infinity War, but that movie was very serious. Sometimes, we just prefer something a little lighter.
And that’s what makes The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl one of the best Marvel comics of 2018 as well as one of the best Marvel comics for beginners. Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Erica Henderson, this comic combines off-kilter art with absolutely hilarious writing. From the word balloons to the pop-up commentary, each page will leave you with an absolutely huge grin.
Impossible curves. Impossible shots. Impossible targets. Marvel’s #1 soldier of fortune is back in an explosive new ongoing series! The product of a failed super-soldier program, Neena Thurman always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as Domino… but what happens when her own powers betray her? The hunter becomes the hunted as every mercenary in the game smells blood in the water! Plus: A pair of beloved Marvel characters return!
Domino is a character that had a pretty fantastic 2018. While she was a Marvel fan-favorite character for years, her prominent appearance in Deadpool 2 helped bring her to the masses. And just as she became more popular than ever, she ended up headlining one of the best Marvel comic series of the year!
Drawn by David Baldeon and written by the iconic author Gail Simone, this Domino solo series combines equal parts quirkiness and unforgettable action. And for longtime fans, it’s cool to focus on just Domino instead of her being shoved into yet another ensemble cast or friendly sidekick role.
THE FOUR ARE NO MORE, SO TWO MUST DO! Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It’s the Marvel Universe reunion you’ve all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!). Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm?
For fans of a certain age, the Marvel team-up formula is a classic. The idea is simple: take two characters that don’t normally interact, throw them together, and see what happens! This simple-but-brilliant idea is what made the original Two-in-On comics such a big hit in the 1970s and 1980s.
Decades later, Marvel resurrected this formula with an all-new and improved 2-in-One series. It’s written by the hilarious Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Jim Cheung, and each issue is likely to be the most entertaining thing you read all week. Instead of featuring rotating characters, it now focuses primarily on The Thing and The Human Torch. That makes it one of the best Marvel comics if you’ve been having Fantastic Four withdrawal.
The internationally-beloved, butt-kicking, smack-talking, most adorable super hero makes her triumphant return. Look out world, Kamala Khan is back and officially an Avenger! Yup, the dream to end all dreams has happened for Kamala. She's toe to toe with the best of the best, but will being one of Earth's mightiest heros be everything she imagined? Is being a celebrity hero as wonderful as Kamala has hoped? Plus: WHO IS THAT WITH BRUNO?? Welcome back, Kamala Korps. We missed you!
We mostly put this list together by looking at which comics were the most entertaining. Every now and then, though, a comic goes beyond entertaining and becomes groundbreaking. And that’s exactly what happened with Ms. Marvel, which has become an absolute cultural phenomenon.
The series is still written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Nico Leon. It focuses on Kamala Khan, a Captain Marvel fangirl who becomes a superhero in her own right due to her Inhuman abilities. Every issue effortlessly balances humor, action, and social commentary on things like racial and cultural diversity. And in our humble opinion, the young hero is the modern successor to Peter Parker, who once struggled to balance a teenage life and a superheroic identity as Spider-Man.