The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang Tops the 149 Best-Reviewed Comics Of 2018 List

I cannot express just how much I love Jamie Colville.

A man who number-crunches comics far beyond my humble ability–or patience. He has spent the year so for collating all the Best Comics of 2018 lists (194 of them) to create one huge master list. A Best of the Best Comics of 2018 List. And has allowed Bleeding Cool to share his discoveries.

Here is his Top 149 for 2018, including all titles that had at least 5 mentions in Best Of The Year lists. With the clear winner, The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang published by First Second–who also scored third place with On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, with Sabrina by Nick Drnaso in between the two, from Drawn & Quarterly.

This is followed by the best-reviewed DC Comics of the year, Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads. Jason Lutes’ Berlin gives Drawn & Quarterly their second of three titles in the top ten in fifth place, followed by Marvel’s best-reviewed title, Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy José, Paul Mounts and followed by Image Comics’ best-reviewed title, Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. It’s followed by Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, Sean Parsons, Paul Mounts–Mounts is the only creator credited in two books in the top ten.

Jamie also breaks down publisher stats:

  • Image was the most popular with 90 different titles.
  • DC and Marvel are tied for 2nd with 73 different titles.
  • Fantagraphics is 3rd with 52 different titles.
  • Dark Horse has 42 titles.
  • Boom! did well with 33 titles.
  • 104 Self-Published books made the list too.
Book TitleCountWriterArtistPublisher
1The Prince and the Dressmaker46Jen WangJen WangFirst Second
2Sabrina41Nick DrnasoNick DrnasoDrawn and Quarterly
3On A Sunbeam39Tillie WaldenTillie WaldenFirst Second
4Mister Miracle37Tom KingMitch GeradsDC Comics
5Berlin34Jason LutesJason LutesDrawn and Quarterly
6Immortal Hulk32Al EwingJoe Bennett, Ruy José, Paul MountsMarvel Comics
7Saga28Brian K. VaughanFiona StaplesImage Comics
8Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles26Mark RussellMike Feehan, Sean Parsons, Paul MountsDC Comics
9Woman World24Aminder DhaliwalAminder DhaliwalDrawn and Quarterly
10Why Art?24Eleanor DavisEleanor DavisFantagraphics
11Venom24Donny CatesRyan StegmanMarvel Comics
12Infidel23Pornsak PichetshoteAaron Campbell, Jose VillarrubiaImage Comics
13Be Prepared23Vera BrosgolVera BrosgolFirst Second
14Young Frances21Hartley LinHartley LinAdHouse Books
15Gideon Falls21Jeff LemireAndrea SorrentinoImage Comics
16The Lie and How We Told It20Tommi ParrishTommi ParrishFantagraphics
17My Boyfriend Is A Bear20Pamela RibonCat FarrisOni Press
18Hey, Kiddo20Jarrett J. KrosoczkaJarrett J. KrosoczkaScholastic
19Upgrade Soul19Ezra Claytan DanielsEzra Claytan DanielsLion Forge
20All the Answers19Michael KuppermanMichael KuppermanSimon & Schuster
21X-Men: Grand Design18Ed PiskorEd PiskorMarvel Comics
22Nancy18Olivia JaimesOlivia JaimesUnited Features Syndicate
23Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet17Julie DoucetJulie DoucetDrawn and Quarterly
24Crowded17Christopher SebelaRo Stein, Ted Brandt, Triona FarrellImage Comics
25Bingo Love17Tee FranklinJenn St-Onge, Joy SanImage Comics
26Black Hammer: Age of Doom17Jeff LemireDean Ormston, Rich Tommaso, Dave StewartDark Horse Comics
27Monstress16Marjorie LiuSana TakedaImage Comics
28Prism Stalker16Sloane LeongSloane LeongImage Comics
29Abbott16Saladin AhmedSami KiveläBoom!
30My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies15Ed BrubakerSean PhillipsImage Comics
31Frontier #1715Lauren WeinsteinLauren WeinsteinYouth In Decline
32X-Men Red14Tom TaylorMahmud Asrar, Carmen Carnero, Roge AntonioMarvel Comics
33Coyote Doggirl14Lisa HanawaltLisa HanawaltDrawn and Quarterly
34Check, Please!: #Hockey14Ngozi UkazuNgozi UkazuFirst Second
35Batman14Tom KingLee Weeks, Jorge Fornés, Mikel Janin, Mark Buckingham, Clay Mann, Joëlle Jones, Michael LarkDC Comics
36Batman: White Knight14Sean MurphySean MurphyDC Comics
37Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures13Yvan AlagbéYvan AlagbéNew York Review Comics
38The Mighty Thor13Jason AaronRussell Dauterman, Matt WilsonMarvel Comics
39Passing for Human13Liana FinckLiana FinckRandom House
40Runaways13Rainbow RowellKris Anka, Matthew WilsonMarvel Comics
41Parallel Lives13Olivier SchrauwenOlivier SchrauwenFantagraphics
42Eternity Girl13Magdalene VisaggioSonny LiewDC Comics
43Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World13Pénélope BagieuPénélope BagieuFirst Second
44Poochytown12Jim WoodringJim WoodringFantagraphics
45Coda12Simon SpurrierMatias BergaraBoom!
46Skyward11Joe HendersonLee GarbettImage Comics
47Ice Cream Man11W. Maxwell PrinceMartin Morazzo, Chris O’HalloranImage Comics
48Girl Town11Carolyn NowakCarolyn NowakTop Shelf
49The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins10Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey PietschCarey PietschFirst Second
50The Wild Storm10Warren EllisJon Davis-HuntDC Comics
51Speak: The Graphic Novel10Laurie Halse AndersonEmily CarrollFarrar, Straus and Giroux
52One Dirty Tree10Noah Van SciverNoah Van SciverFantagraphics
53Love That Bunch10Aline Kominsky-CrumbAline Kominsky-CrumbDrawn and Quarterly
54Isola10Brenden Fletcher, Karl KerschlKarl Kerschl, MsassykImage Comics
55Fearscape10Ryan O’SullivanAndrea Mutti, Vladimir PopovVault Comics
56Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows10Jeff LemireMax Fiumara, Dave StewartDark Horse Comics
57Chlorine Gardens10Keiler RobertsKeiler RobertsKoyama Press
58The Cardboard Kingdom9Chad SellChad SellKnopf Books
59Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #3109Chip ZdarskyChip ZdarskyMarvel Comics
60Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection9Junji ItoJunji ItoViz
61Justice League Dark9James Tynion IVAlvaro MartinezDC Comics
62Grip9Lale WestvindLale WestvindPerfectly Acceptable Press
63Dark Nights Metal9Scott SnyderGreg CapulloDC Comics
64All Summer Long9Hope LarsonHope LarsonFarrar, Straus and Giroux
65Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction9Inio AsanoInio AsanoViz
66Black Panther9Ta-Nehisi CoatesDaniel AcuñaMarvel Comics
67The Winner8Karl StevensKarl StevensRetrofit Comics
68These Savage Shores8Ram VSumit Kumar, Vitorio AstoneVault Comics
69Thor8Jason AaronMike Del Mundo, Christian WardMarvel Comics
70The Weatherman8Jody LeheupNathan FoxImage Comics
71Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters8A. DegenA. DegenKoyama Press
72Paper Girls8Brian K. VaughanCliff Chiang, Matt WilsonImage Comics
73Home After Dark8David SmallDavid SmallLiveright
74Kill or Be Killed8Ed BrubakerSean PhillipsImage Comics
75Brat8Michael DeForgeMichael DeForgeKoyama Press
76Black Hammer: The Quantum Age8Jeff LemireWilfredo Torres, Dave StewartDark Horse Comics
77West Coast Avengers7Kelly ThompsonStefano CaselliMarvel Comics
78Thanos Wins7Donny CatesGeoff ShawMarvel Comics
79Supergirl: Being Super7Mariko TamakiJoëlle JonesDC Comics
80The Wicked + The Divine7Kieron GillenJamie McKelvie, Matt WilsonImage Comics
81Your Black Friend And Other Strangers7Ben PassmoreBen PassmoreSilver Sprocket
82The Seeds7Ann NocentiDavid AjaDark Horse Comics
83Sleepless7Sarah VaughnLeila del DucaImage Comics
84Eternal7Ryan K. LindsayEric Zawadski, Dee CunniffeBlack Mask Studios
85East of West7Jonathan HickmanNick DragottaImage Comics
86Fake Blood7Whitney GardnerWhitney GardnerSimon & Schuster
87Love And Rockets7Jaime and Gilbert HernandezJaime and Gilbert HernandezFantagraphics
88Fence7C.S. PacatJohanna the Mad, Joana LafuenteBoom!
89Friendo7Alex PaknadelMartin SimmondsVault Comics
90Illegal7Eoin Colfer, Andrew DonkinGiovanni RiganoSourcebooks
91Green Lantern: Earth One7Gabriel HardmanCorinna BechkoDC Comics
92Bitter Root7David F. Walker, Chuck BrownSanford Greene, Rico RenziImage Comics
93All the Sad Songs7Summer PierreSummer PierreRetrofit Comics
94Doomsday Clock7Geoff JohnsGary FrankDC Comics
95Aquicorn Cove7Katie O’NeillKatie O’NeillOni Press
96Action Comics7Brian Michael BendisRyan Sook, Patrick Gleason, Yanick PaquetteDC Comics
97Belonging: A German Reckons With History And Home7Nora KrugNora KrugScribner
98Blammo #107Noah Van SciverNoah Van SciverKilgore Books
99Superman6Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick GleasonBarry Kitson, Scott Hanna, Gabriel EltaebDC Comics
100The New World6Aleš KotTradd MooreImage Comics
101The Dreaming6Simon SpurrierBilquis Evely, Mat LopesDC Comics
102Shit is Real6Aisha FranzAisha FranzDrawn and Quarterly
103Shanghai Red6Christopher SebelaJoshua HixsonImage Comics
104My Brother’s Husband6Gengoroh TagameGengoroh TagamePantheon
105My Hero Academia6Kohei HorikoshiKohei HorikoshiViz
106Rogue & Gambit6Kelly ThompsonPere PérezMarvel Comics
107Photographic: The Life Of Graciela Iturbide6Isabel QuinteroZeke PeñaHarry N. Abrams
108Justice League6Scott Snyder, James Tynion IVJorge Jimenez, Jim Cheung, Francis Manapul, Mikel Janin, Doug MahnkeDC Comics
109Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman6Box BrownBox BrownFirst Second
110From Lone Mountain6John PorcellinoJohn PorcellinoDrawn and Quarterly
111Farmhand6Rob GuilloryRob Guillory, Taylor WellsImage Comics
112Judas6Jeff LovenessJakub RebelkaBoom!
113Hawkeye: Kate Bishop6Kelly ThompsonLeonardo RomeroMarvel Comics
114Giant Days6John AllisonMax Sarin, Whitney CogarBoom!
115I Am Young6M. DeanM. DeanFantagraphics
116Art Comic6Matthew ThurberMatthew ThurberDrawn and Quarterly
117Assassinistas6Tini HowardGilbert Hernandez, Rob DavisIDW
118A Perfect Failure: Fante Bukowski 36Noah Van SciverNoah Van SciverFantagraphics
119Black Bolt6Saladin AhmedChristian WardMarvel Comics
120Death Or Glory6Rick RemenderBengalImage Comics
121Amazing Spider-Man6Nick SpencerRyan OttleyMarvel Comics
122Captain America6Ta-Nehisi CoatesLeinil Francis Yu, Sunny GhoMarvel Comics
123The Dead Hand5Kyle HigginsStephen Mooney, Jordie BellaireImage Comics
124Von Spatz5Anna HaifischAnna HaifischDrawn and Quarterly
125The Pervert5Michelle PerezRemy BoydellImage Comics
126The Weaver Festival Phenomenon5Ron Regé Jr.Ron Regé Jr.Self-Published
127Wasted Space5Michael MoreciHayden Sherman, Jason WordieVault Comics
128Wonder Woman: Earth One5Grant MorrisonYanick PaquetteDC Comics
129The Nameless City5Faith Erin HicksFaith Erin HicksFirst Second
130The Vision5Tom KingGabriel Hernandez WaltaMarvel Comics
131The New World: Comics From Mauretania5Chris ReynoldsChris ReynoldsNew York Review Comics
132The Bride Was a Boy5ChiiChiiSeven Seas Entertainment
133The Nib: Death5VariousVariousThe Nib
134The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl5Ryan North, Will MurrayErica Henderson, Zac Gorman, Derek CharmMarvel Comics
135Multiple Man5Matthew RosenbergAndy MacdonaldMarvel Comics
136Oblivion Song5Robert KirkmanLorenzo De FeliciImage Comics
137Manfried The Man5Caitlin MajorKelly BastowQuirk Books
138Long Lost5Matthew ErmanLisa SterleScout Comics
139Koshchei The Deathless5Mike MignolaBen Stenbeck, Dave StewartDark Horse Comics
140Flavor5Joseph KeatingeWook Jin Clark, Tamra BonvillainImage Comics
141Euthanauts5Tini HowardNick RoblesIDW
142Descender5Jeff LemireDustin NguyenImage Comics
143Dognurse5Margot FerrickMargot FerrickPerfectly Acceptable Press
144Cosmic Ghost Rider5Donny CatesDylan BurnettMarvel Comics
145Angloid5Alex GrahamAlex GrahamKilgore Books
146Darth Vader: Lord Of The Sith5Charles SouleGiuseppe Camuncoli, Jim CheungMarvel Comics
147All-New Wolverine5Tom TaylorJuan Cabal, Marco Failla, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Ramon Rosanas, David LopezMarvel Comics
148Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation5Ari FolmanDavid PolonskyPantheon
149Beneath The Dead Oak Tree5Emily CarrollEmily CarrollShortbox

 

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