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 Title Count Writer Artist Publisher
1 The Prince and the Dressmaker 46 Jen Wang Jen Wang First Second
2 Sabrina 41 Nick Drnaso Nick Drnaso Drawn and Quarterly
3 On A Sunbeam 39 Tillie Walden Tillie Walden First Second
4 Mister Miracle 37 Tom King Mitch Gerads DC Comics
5 Berlin 34 Jason Lutes Jason Lutes Drawn and Quarterly
6 Immortal Hulk 32 Al Ewing Joe Bennett, Ruy José, Paul Mounts Marvel Comics
7 Saga 28 Brian K. Vaughan Fiona Staples Image Comics
8 Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles 26 Mark Russell Mike Feehan, Sean Parsons, Paul Mounts DC Comics
9 Woman World 24 Aminder Dhaliwal Aminder Dhaliwal Drawn and Quarterly
10 Why Art? 24 Eleanor Davis Eleanor Davis Fantagraphics
11 Venom 24 Donny Cates Ryan Stegman Marvel Comics
12 Infidel 23 Pornsak Pichetshote Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia Image Comics
13 Be Prepared 23 Vera Brosgol Vera Brosgol First Second
14 Young Frances 21 Hartley Lin Hartley Lin AdHouse Books
15 Gideon Falls 21 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino Image Comics
16 The Lie and How We Told It 20 Tommi Parrish Tommi Parrish Fantagraphics
17 My Boyfriend Is A Bear 20 Pamela Ribon Cat Farris Oni Press
18 Hey, Kiddo 20 Jarrett J. Krosoczka Jarrett J. Krosoczka Scholastic
19 Upgrade Soul 19 Ezra Claytan Daniels Ezra Claytan Daniels Lion Forge
20 All the Answers 19 Michael Kupperman Michael Kupperman Simon & Schuster
21 X-Men: Grand Design 18 Ed Piskor Ed Piskor Marvel Comics
22 Nancy 18 Olivia Jaimes Olivia Jaimes United Features Syndicate
23 Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet 17 Julie Doucet Julie Doucet Drawn and Quarterly
24 Crowded 17 Christopher Sebela Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell Image Comics
25 Bingo Love 17 Tee Franklin Jenn St-Onge, Joy San Image Comics
26 Black Hammer: Age of Doom 17 Jeff Lemire Dean Ormston, Rich Tommaso, Dave Stewart Dark Horse Comics
27 Monstress 16 Marjorie Liu Sana Takeda Image Comics
28 Prism Stalker 16 Sloane Leong Sloane Leong Image Comics
29 Abbott 16 Saladin Ahmed Sami Kivelä Boom!
30 My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies 15 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips Image Comics
31 Frontier #17 15 Lauren Weinstein Lauren Weinstein Youth In Decline
32 X-Men Red 14 Tom Taylor Mahmud Asrar, Carmen Carnero, Roge Antonio Marvel Comics
33 Coyote Doggirl 14 Lisa Hanawalt Lisa Hanawalt Drawn and Quarterly
34 Check, Please!: #Hockey 14 Ngozi Ukazu Ngozi Ukazu First Second
35 Batman 14 Tom King Lee Weeks, Jorge Fornés, Mikel Janin, Mark Buckingham, Clay Mann, Joëlle Jones, Michael Lark DC Comics
36 Batman: White Knight 14 Sean Murphy Sean Murphy DC Comics
37 Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures 13 Yvan Alagbé Yvan Alagbé New York Review Comics
38 The Mighty Thor 13 Jason Aaron Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson Marvel Comics
39 Passing for Human 13 Liana Finck Liana Finck Random House
40 Runaways 13 Rainbow Rowell Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson Marvel Comics
41 Parallel Lives 13 Olivier Schrauwen Olivier Schrauwen Fantagraphics
42 Eternity Girl 13 Magdalene Visaggio Sonny Liew DC Comics
43 Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World 13 Pénélope Bagieu Pénélope Bagieu First Second
44 Poochytown 12 Jim Woodring Jim Woodring Fantagraphics
45 Coda 12 Simon Spurrier Matias Bergara Boom!
46 Skyward 11 Joe Henderson Lee Garbett Image Comics
47 Ice Cream Man 11 W. Maxwell Prince Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran Image Comics
48 Girl Town 11 Carolyn Nowak Carolyn Nowak Top Shelf
49 The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins 10 Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch Carey Pietsch First Second
50 The Wild Storm 10 Warren Ellis Jon Davis-Hunt DC Comics
51 Speak: The Graphic Novel 10 Laurie Halse Anderson Emily Carroll Farrar, Straus and Giroux
52 One Dirty Tree 10 Noah Van Sciver Noah Van Sciver Fantagraphics
53 Love That Bunch 10 Aline Kominsky-Crumb Aline Kominsky-Crumb Drawn and Quarterly
54 Isola 10 Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl Karl Kerschl, Msassyk Image Comics
55 Fearscape 10 Ryan O’Sullivan Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov Vault Comics
56 Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows 10 Jeff Lemire Max Fiumara, Dave Stewart Dark Horse Comics
57 Chlorine Gardens 10 Keiler Roberts Keiler Roberts Koyama Press
58 The Cardboard Kingdom 9 Chad Sell Chad Sell Knopf Books
59 Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310 9 Chip Zdarsky Chip Zdarsky Marvel Comics
60 Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection 9 Junji Ito Junji Ito Viz
61 Justice League Dark 9 James Tynion IV Alvaro Martinez DC Comics
62 Grip 9 Lale Westvind Lale Westvind Perfectly Acceptable Press
63 Dark Nights Metal 9 Scott Snyder Greg Capullo DC Comics
64 All Summer Long 9 Hope Larson Hope Larson Farrar, Straus and Giroux
65 Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction 9 Inio Asano Inio Asano Viz
66 Black Panther 9 Ta-Nehisi Coates Daniel Acuña Marvel Comics
67 The Winner 8 Karl Stevens Karl Stevens Retrofit Comics
68 These Savage Shores 8 Ram V Sumit Kumar, Vitorio Astone Vault Comics
69 Thor 8 Jason Aaron Mike Del Mundo, Christian Ward Marvel Comics
70 The Weatherman 8 Jody Leheup Nathan Fox Image Comics
71 Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters 8 A. Degen A. Degen Koyama Press
72 Paper Girls 8 Brian K. Vaughan Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson Image Comics
73 Home After Dark 8 David Small David Small Liveright
74 Kill or Be Killed 8 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips Image Comics
75 Brat 8 Michael DeForge Michael DeForge Koyama Press
76 Black Hammer: The Quantum Age 8 Jeff Lemire Wilfredo Torres, Dave Stewart Dark Horse Comics
77 West Coast Avengers 7 Kelly Thompson Stefano Caselli Marvel Comics
78 Thanos Wins 7 Donny Cates Geoff Shaw Marvel Comics
79 Supergirl: Being Super 7 Mariko Tamaki Joëlle Jones DC Comics
80 The Wicked + The Divine 7 Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson Image Comics
81 Your Black Friend And Other Strangers 7 Ben Passmore Ben Passmore Silver Sprocket
82 The Seeds 7 Ann Nocenti David Aja Dark Horse Comics
83 Sleepless 7 Sarah Vaughn Leila del Duca Image Comics
84 Eternal 7 Ryan K. Lindsay Eric Zawadski, Dee Cunniffe Black Mask Studios
85 East of West 7 Jonathan Hickman Nick Dragotta Image Comics
86 Fake Blood 7 Whitney Gardner Whitney Gardner Simon & Schuster
87 Love And Rockets 7 Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez Fantagraphics
88 Fence 7 C.S. Pacat Johanna the Mad, Joana Lafuente Boom!
89 Friendo 7 Alex Paknadel Martin Simmonds Vault Comics
90 Illegal 7 Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin Giovanni Rigano Sourcebooks
91 Green Lantern: Earth One 7 Gabriel Hardman Corinna Bechko DC Comics
92 Bitter Root 7 David F. Walker, Chuck Brown Sanford Greene, Rico Renzi Image Comics
93 All the Sad Songs 7 Summer Pierre Summer Pierre Retrofit Comics
94 Doomsday Clock 7 Geoff Johns Gary Frank DC Comics
95 Aquicorn Cove 7 Katie O’Neill Katie O’Neill Oni Press
96 Action Comics 7 Brian Michael Bendis Ryan Sook, Patrick Gleason, Yanick Paquette DC Comics
97 Belonging: A German Reckons With History And Home 7 Nora Krug Nora Krug Scribner
98 Blammo #10 7 Noah Van Sciver Noah Van Sciver Kilgore Books
99 Superman 6 Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Barry Kitson, Scott Hanna, Gabriel Eltaeb DC Comics
100 The New World 6 Aleš Kot Tradd Moore Image Comics
101 The Dreaming 6 Simon Spurrier Bilquis Evely, Mat Lopes DC Comics
102 Shit is Real 6 Aisha Franz Aisha Franz Drawn and Quarterly
103 Shanghai Red 6 Christopher Sebela Joshua Hixson Image Comics
104 My Brother’s Husband 6 Gengoroh Tagame Gengoroh Tagame Pantheon
105 My Hero Academia 6 Kohei Horikoshi Kohei Horikoshi Viz
106 Rogue & Gambit 6 Kelly Thompson Pere Pérez Marvel Comics
107 Photographic: The Life Of Graciela Iturbide 6 Isabel Quintero Zeke Peña Harry N. Abrams
108 Justice League 6 Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Jorge Jimenez, Jim Cheung, Francis Manapul, Mikel Janin, Doug Mahnke DC Comics
109 Is This Guy for Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman 6 Box Brown Box Brown First Second
110 From Lone Mountain 6 John Porcellino John Porcellino Drawn and Quarterly
111 Farmhand 6 Rob Guillory Rob Guillory, Taylor Wells Image Comics
112 Judas 6 Jeff Loveness Jakub Rebelka Boom!
113 Hawkeye: Kate Bishop 6 Kelly Thompson Leonardo Romero Marvel Comics
114 Giant Days 6 John Allison Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar Boom!
115 I Am Young 6 M. Dean M. Dean Fantagraphics
116 Art Comic 6 Matthew Thurber Matthew Thurber Drawn and Quarterly
117 Assassinistas 6 Tini Howard Gilbert Hernandez, Rob Davis IDW
118 A Perfect Failure: Fante Bukowski 3 6 Noah Van Sciver Noah Van Sciver Fantagraphics
119 Black Bolt 6 Saladin Ahmed Christian Ward Marvel Comics
120 Death Or Glory 6 Rick Remender Bengal Image Comics
121 Amazing Spider-Man 6 Nick Spencer Ryan Ottley Marvel Comics
122 Captain America 6 Ta-Nehisi Coates Leinil Francis Yu, Sunny Gho Marvel Comics
123 The Dead Hand 5 Kyle Higgins Stephen Mooney, Jordie Bellaire Image Comics
124 Von Spatz 5 Anna Haifisch Anna Haifisch Drawn and Quarterly
125 The Pervert 5 Michelle Perez Remy Boydell Image Comics
126 The Weaver Festival Phenomenon 5 Ron Regé Jr. Ron Regé Jr. Self-Published
127 Wasted Space 5 Michael Moreci Hayden Sherman, Jason Wordie Vault Comics
128 Wonder Woman: Earth One 5 Grant Morrison Yanick Paquette DC Comics
129 The Nameless City 5 Faith Erin Hicks Faith Erin Hicks First Second
130 The Vision 5 Tom King Gabriel Hernandez Walta Marvel Comics
131 The New World: Comics From Mauretania 5 Chris Reynolds Chris Reynolds New York Review Comics
132 The Bride Was a Boy 5 Chii Chii Seven Seas Entertainment
133 The Nib: Death 5 Various Various The Nib
134 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 5 Ryan North, Will Murray Erica Henderson, Zac Gorman, Derek Charm Marvel Comics
135 Multiple Man 5 Matthew Rosenberg Andy Macdonald Marvel Comics
136 Oblivion Song 5 Robert Kirkman Lorenzo De Felici Image Comics
137 Manfried The Man 5 Caitlin Major Kelly Bastow Quirk Books
138 Long Lost 5 Matthew Erman Lisa Sterle Scout Comics
139 Koshchei The Deathless 5 Mike Mignola Ben Stenbeck, Dave Stewart Dark Horse Comics
140 Flavor 5 Joseph Keatinge Wook Jin Clark, Tamra Bonvillain Image Comics
141 Euthanauts 5 Tini Howard Nick Robles IDW
142 Descender 5 Jeff Lemire Dustin Nguyen Image Comics
143 Dognurse 5 Margot Ferrick Margot Ferrick Perfectly Acceptable Press
144 Cosmic Ghost Rider 5 Donny Cates Dylan Burnett Marvel Comics
145 Angloid 5 Alex Graham Alex Graham Kilgore Books
146 Darth Vader: Lord Of The Sith 5 Charles Soule Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung Marvel Comics
147 All-New Wolverine 5 Tom Taylor Juan Cabal, Marco Failla, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Ramon Rosanas, David Lopez Marvel Comics
148 Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation 5 Ari Folman David Polonsky Pantheon
149 Beneath The Dead Oak Tree 5 Emily Carroll Emily Carroll Shortbox

 

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