The best comics of 2018: a meta list

[UPDATE 2: added 9 more lists – ComFor (German), Comic Report (German, multiple mentions only), Comic.de (German), Comicgate (German), Diamond (comic books via Major Spoilers, TPBs via The Beat), Smash Pages, Women Write About Comics (Big Press, Small Press).]

[UPDATE: added 14 more lists – 101 Comics (DC, Marvel), Bookriot, Comickunst (German), Gamespot, Hyperallergic, The Hollywood Reporter, Spiegel (German), Readings, The Comeback, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Tor Online (German), WhatCulture, YALSA; arrows next to entries indicate that their rank went up or down compared to the previous version.]

Just in time for some last-minute Christmas shopping: here’s a ‘master list’ of comics that appeared on best-of-2018 lists on the Web. Each comic is assigned a score from 1 to 30 for each list it appears on, depending on its position or the total number of entries in that list, and the sum of these points results in the rank below (full explanation here). Some lists are still missing, so I’m going to update this post as more lists are published.

THE TOP 25 COMICS OF 2018:

  1. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (246 points) ⇧
  2. Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (223) ⇩
  3. Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (218)
  4. Berlin by Jason Lutes (202)
  5. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (155) ⇧
  6. The Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett ⇩, tied with
    Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels (142)
  7. Young Frances by Hartley Lin (133) ⇩
  8. Action Comics by Brian Michael Bendis (130) ⇧
  9. Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal (123) ⇩
  10. On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (117) ⇧
  11. Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol (115) ⇩
  12. The Lie And How We Told It by Tommi Parrish (114) ⇩
  13. X-Men: Grand Design by Ed Piskor (112) ⇩
  14. All the Answers by Michael Kupperman (111) ⇩
  15. Batman by Tom King ⇧, tied with
    Runaways by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka ⇩ (107)
  16. Der Umfall by Mikael Ross (106) ⇧
  17. My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris (105) ⇩
  18. Justice League by Scott Snyder (99) ⇧
  19. Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan (97) ⇩
  20. Why Art? by Eleanor Davis (96) ⇩
  21. Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak ⇩, tied with
    Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man by Chip Zdarsky ⇩ (94)
  22. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (92) ⇧

[Comment written after the second update:] This time, the list paints a dismal picture of the state of comics. Not that the comics that made the top 25 are bad, but with only one European comic (Der Umfall) and not a single manga, the Atlantic and Pacific divides are clearer than ever. Simply put, Americans seem to read American (including Canadian) comics only. Which is a pity, as they are missing out on e.g. three (3!) new Spirou albums (though technically, Il s’appelait Ptirou already came out in late 2017 in France). The next European comics from further down the list would be Spirou in Berlin by Flix (rank 29), Imbattable by Pascal Jousselin (rank 30 – another French comic originally published in 2017), and La terra dei figli by Gipi (rank 33 – already published in 2016 in Italy). The only manga in the top 50 are My Solo Exchange Diary (the sequel to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, which ranked 2nd in the previous year) by Nagata Kabi (rank 35), My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi (rank 38), and One Piece by Eiichirō Oda (rank 47).

The following lists were evaluated: 101 Comics (DC, Marvel), Adventures in Poor Taste – series, Amazon, A.V. Club, Barnes & Noble (‘Manga’, ‘Comics’), The Beat – Manga (‘Comics’ list not considered due to extent), Bookriot, CBC, Chicago Public Library, The ComebackComFor (German), Comic Report (German, multiple mentions only), Comic.de (German), Comicgate (German), Comickunst (German), Da Vinci (German translation at Sumikai), Diamond (comic books via Major Spoilers, TPBs via The Beat), Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, GamespotGoodreads, Gosh (adult, kids), Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Hyperallergic, io9, Kono manga ga sugoi (English translation – male, female), Major Spoilers Podcast, Newsweek, Oricon (German translation at Sumikai; ‘Franchise’ list only), Paste, Publishers Weekly (Critics Poll), Readings, School Library Journal, Spiegel (German), Smash Pages, Syfy Wire, Tagesspiegel (German), Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Tor.com, Tor Online (German), The Verge, Vulture (Best Superhero Stories; comics only), Washington Post, WhatCulture, Women Write About Comics (Big Press, Small Press), YALSA, Your Chicken Enemy.

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3 Comments on “The best comics of 2018: a meta list”

  1. Bob Thebob says:

    Thank you so much for doing this, I loved the list last year. It’s a huge help in making my must read list.

    • Martin de la Iglesia says:

      Thanks, Bob! I’m always having a good time compiling these lists, but it’s even more fun when I know they are of use to someone. Stay tuned for the updates!

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