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Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close, Diamond provides you with a master list of the Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2018 as named by various review sites including Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR Books, and more!

This year, of all the Best of Year lists we compiled, several titles were mentioned on multiple lists. Bingo Love from Image Comics garnered the most recognition among the Best of Year lists. For the full collection of Best of Year lists, see below. This article will continue to be updated until the end of the year.


NPR's Best Graphic Novels of 2018

  • All the Answers | Gallery
  • Be Prepared | First Second
  • Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home | Scribner
  • Bingo Love | Image Comics
  • Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey | Little, Brown and Company
  • Cake: A Cookbook | Penguin Publishing
  • Che: A Revolutionary Life | Penguin Publishing
  • Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey | First Second
  • Come Again | IDW Publishing
  • Coyote Doggirl | Drawn & Quarterly
  • The Electric State | Atria
  • Eternity Girl | DC Comics
  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles | DC Comics
  • Hey, Kiddo | Graphix
  • Infidel | Image Comics
  • Luisa - Now and Then | Humanoids
  • The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish | Chronicle Books
  • My Brother's Husband Volume 2
  • Photographic: The Life of Graciela Itrubide | Knopf
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker | First Second
  • Sabrina | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Shade, The Changing Girl Volume 2: Little Runaway | DC Comics
  • Why Art | Fantagraphics
  • Your Black Friend and Other Strangers | Silver Sprocket

  • All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir | Gallery 13
  • Bad Friends | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Chlorine Gardens | Koyama
  • Upgrade Soul | Lion Forge
  • Young Frances | AdHouse

Forbes Best Graphic Novels of 2018
  • Berlin | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Fab4Mania: A Beatles Obsession and the Concert of Life | Fantagraphics
  • Gideon Falls | Image Comics
  • Hedy Lemarr: An Incredible Life | Humanoids
  • Inside Moebius | Dark Horse
  • Sabrina | Drawn & Quarterly
  • The Snagglepuss Chronicles | DC Comics
  • Supergirl: Being Super | DC Comics
  • The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt | Bloomsbury
  • X-Men: Grand Design | Marvel

Amazon Book Review's Top 5 Graphic Novels of 2018

  • The Prince and the Dressmaker | First Second
  • Vision | Marvel
  • Sleepless Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • Hey, Kiddo | Graphix
  • My Boyfriend Is a Bear | Oni Press

Amazon's Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2018

  • All Summer Long | Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Crush | JY
  • Bingo Love | Image Comics
  • Grass Kings Volume 1 | Boom! Studios
  • Green Lantern: Earth One Volume 1 | DC Comics
  • Hey, Kiddo | Graphix
  • Home After Dark: A Novel | Liveright
  • Illegal | Sourcebooks
  • My Boyfriend Is a Bear | Oni Press
  • My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1: The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Redlands Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico | Somos Arte
  • Sleepless Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • Stephen McCranie's Space Boy Volume 1 | Dark Horse
  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition | Andrews McMeel
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker | First Second
  • Upgrade Soul | Lion Forge
  • Vision | Marvel
  • What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter | Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Woman World | Drawn & Quarterly

The Washington Post's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2018

  • Berlin | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Hey, Kiddo | Graphix
  • Home After Dark: A Novel | Liveright
  • I Am Young | Fantagraphics
  • Monstress | Image Comics
  • On a Sunbeam | First Second
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker | First Second
  • Sabrina | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Vision | Marvel
  • X-Men: Grand Design | Marvel

The AV Club's Best Comics of 2018

  • Aquicorn Cove | Oni Press
  • Brat | Koyama
  • Coda | Boom! Studios
  • Dodge City | Boom! Studios
  • Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection | VIZ Media
  • Giant Days | Boom! Studios
  • Heartstopper (Wecomic)
  • Immortal Hulk | Marvel
  • Love and Rockets | Fantagraphics
  • Manfried The Man | Quirk
  • My Boyfriend Is a Bear | Oni Press
  • Nancy | GoComics
  • On a Sunbeam | First Second
  • Prism Stalker | Image Comics
  • Rice Boy | Iron Circus Comics
  • Runaways | Marvel
  • Sabrina | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Spectacle | Oni Press
  • The New World | Image Comics
  • The Seeds | Dark Horse

Book Riot's Best Comics of 2018

  • American Carnage | Vertigo
  • Bingo Love | Image Comics
  • Border Town | Vertigo
  • Exorsisters | Image Comics
  • Infidel | Image Comics 
  • Lucy the Octopus | Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Man-Eaters | Image Comics
  • Nancy Drew | Dynamite Entertainment
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker | First Second
  • Rainbow Brite | Dynamite Entertainment
  • Saga Volume 9 | Image Comics
  • The Sandman Universe | Vertigo
  • Snotgirl Volume 2 | Image Comics
  • Tentacles At My Throat | Europe Comics

Paste Magazine's Top 25 Comic Books of 2018

  • (Tie) Upgrade Soul | Lion Forge
  • (Tie) Berlin | Drawn & Quarterly
  • The Immortal Hulk | Marvel
  • Grafity's Wall | Unbound
  • Land of the Sons | Fantagraphics
  • Why Art? | Fantagraphics
  • Girl Town | IDW Publishing
  • The Nib: Death | The Nib
  • The Dreaming | DC Comics
  • Saga | Image Comics
  • Klaus and the Crying Snowman | Boom! Studios
  • The Song of Aglaia | Fantagraphics
  • The Lie and How We Told It | Fantagraphics
  • I Am a Hero | Dark Horse
  • Runaways | Marvel
  • Manfried the Man | Quirk Books
  • Action Comics | DC Comics
  • Ice Cream Man | Image Comics
  • Monk! | First Second
  • The Strange | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Brazen | First Second
  • Glorious Wrestling Apocalypse | Self-Published
  • Eternal | Black Mask Comics
  • Prism Stalker | Image Comics
  • Persephone | Boom! Studios
  • Exit Stage Left: THe Snagglepuss Chronicles | DC Comics

- Honorable Mention: Nancy | GoComics


Barnes & Noble Best Graphic Novels & Manga of 2018

  • Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross | Knopf 
  • The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | First Second
  • Batman: White Knight | DC Comics
  • Monstress Volume 3 | Image Comics
  • Saga Volume 9 | Image Comics
  • Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition | DC Comics
  • RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Volume 1 | VIZ Media
  • The Walking Dead Volume 29 | Image Comics
  • Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 3 | VIZ Media
  • One-Punch Man Volume 13 | VIZ Media
  • Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection | VIZ Media
  • Homestuck Book 1 | VIZ Media
  • Ibitsu | Yen Press
  • American Gods Volume 1 | Dark Horse
  • Marvel Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide | DK

Vulture Top 10 Best Comics of 2018

  • Berlin Book 3 | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Sabrina | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Drawn to Berlin | Fantagraphics
  • Passing for Human | Random House
  • I Am Young | Fantagraphics
  • Young Frances | AdHouse
  • The Pervert | Image Comics 
  • Upgrade Soul | Lion Forge
  • The Prince & the Dressmaker | First Second
  • All the Answers | Simon & Schuster

Entertainment Weekly Best Comics of 2018

  • (Best ongoing series) Monstress | Image Comics
  • (Best New Series) The New World | Image Comics
  • (Best Finale) Mister Miracle | DC Comics
  • (Best Writer) Ta-Nehisi Coatesl
  • (Best Artist) Bilquis Evely
  • (Best Anthology) Hungry Ghosts | Dark Hourse
  • (Most Relevant) Border Town | Vertigo
  • (Best Return) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - The Tempest | Top Shelf
  • (Best Revamp) Runaways | Marvel
  • (Superhero of the Year) X-23 | Marvel

  • Pink & Pepper Forever | Silver Sprocket
  • On A Sunbeam | First Second
  • In Zodiac Starforce Volume 2 | Dark Horse
  • The Smell of Starving Boys | SelfMadeHero
  • Skin & Earth | Dynamite
  • Bingo Love | Image Comics
  • The Secret Love of Geeks | Dark Horse
  • Justin Case and the Closet Monster | Self-published
  • The Bride Was a Boy | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Lost Soul, Be at Peace | Candlewick Press
  • Part of It | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from my Bipolar Life | Fantagraphics
  • Her Kind of Case | Bancroft Press
  • Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days In Transition | Andrews McMeel Publishing

  • Runaways | Marvel
  • Homunculus | Short Box
  • I Am Young | Fantagraphics
  • Satoko and Nada | Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Girl Town | Top Shelf Productions
  • Beneath the Dead Oak Tree | Short Box
  • Street Angel Goes to Juvie | Image Comics
  • Emma G. Wildford | Titan Comics
  • Woman World | Drawn & Quarterly
  • John, Dear | Retrofit Comics

  • The Snagglepuss Chronicles | DC Comics
  • X-Men Red | Marvel
  • Mister Miracle | DC Comics
  • Abbot | Boom! Studios
  • Justice Leage | DC Comics
  • Rise of the Black Panther | Marvel
  • Crowded | Image Comics
  • Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man | Marvel
  • Eternity Girl | DC Comics
  • Venom | Marvel

American Library Association's Top Graphic Novels of 2018

For the full list of fiction and nonfiction titles, click here.

  • The Backstagers | Boom! Studios
  • Black Hammer Volume 1 | Dark Horse
  • Brave | Yen Press
  • I Am Alfonso Jones | Ty Books
  • Jonesy | Boom! Studios
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptataion | Abrams 
  • Lighter Than My Shadow | Lion Forge
  • My Brother's Husband | Pantheon Books
  • Pashmina | First Second
  • Spill Zone | First Second 

New York Public Library Best Books of 2018

Below listings have pulled comics/graphic novels only. For the full list of books, follow these links: Kids, Teens, Adult.

KIDS

  • Be Prepared | First Second
  • Illegal | Sourcebooks
  • Sci-Fu | Oni Press

TEENS

  • Alice from Dream to Dream | Boom! Studios
  • Check, Please! #Hockey | First Second
  • Isola | Image Comics
  • Mech Cadet Yu | Boom! Studios
  • The Prince & the Dressmaker | First Second
  • Skyward Volume 1 | Image Comics
  • Supergirl: Being Super | DC Comics
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • X-Men: Grand Design | Marvel

ADULTS

  • About Betty's Boom | Archaia
  • Sabrina | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Prism Stalker | Image Comics