2018 is in the rear view, but we’ve still got a few things to say about it. Tonight on Geek Hard, we’ll be bringing you a special 75 minute episode counting down the Best of the Best Movies, Comics and Television shows that the previous year had to offer. Right now, I thought I’d personally count down the Ten Best Comics series of 2018. There’s been a lot of great stuff that came out this past year but only so many can be touted as the best. So let’s take a look at my picks for the Ten Best Comics of 2018:
#10 – New Mutants: Dead Souls (Marvel)
It’s safe to say that many of the secondary x-titles are throwaway entertainment. Not so with Dead Souls. This team of third stringers and weirdos proved to be far more interesting than most of their x-colleagues as they explored the weirder side of mutant life. Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham brought us a story that felt like X-Files meets Scooby Do. The book took a lot of risks and pulled no punches.
#9 – Gravediggers Union (Image)
The supernatural world has gone nuts and the apocalypse is drawing near. Who you gonna call? The Gravediggers Union, that’s who! Stationed around the country at various grave sites, they fight the things that go bump in the night. Creators Wes Craig and Toby Cypress threw everything at these guys, including ghost storms, death cults and even a space monkey. A wild ride with an unapologetic, dark edge, this comic made the end of the world as we know look like a lot of fun!
#8 – Cover (Jinxworld)
Sometimes a new change of scenery is all you need to get the creative juices flowing again. That seems to be the case with Brian Michael Bendis who created some amazing work in 2018 after his jump to DC. Everything he put out under his Jinxworld imprint was fantastic, from Scarlet to Pearl. The stand out title would have to be Cover with David Mack. A comic creator going to conventions all over the world is the perfect cover for a spy. The premise alone is a winner. Watching cartoonist Max Field try to adapt to his new situation is priceless.
#7 – Superman (DC Comics)
Another Bendis entry! If you listened to the Back Issue Bloodbath Best Comics of 2018 Episode, you already know I named Rogol Zaar for my pick for villain of the year. The guy is a credible threat for Supes! He brought a “Big Fight” feel to the Superman title that’s been lacking for a long time. Throw in the Earth being stuck in the Phantom Zone and you’ve got quite the intriguing comic.
#6 – Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel)
It’s been a pretty good year for Spider-Man. The animated Into the Spider-Verse proved to be a heartwarming tale true to the character’s roots. Chip Zdarsky wrapped up his 20 issue run with one of the best single issues ever! And to top it all off, Nick Spencer brought us his Amazing run. A return to form, Peter Parker is once again the extraordinary every-man with terrible luck. He’s back with M.J. Everything else is a mess. No job, a ruined reputation and an ex-super villain for a roommate. What is a Spider to do? Can’t wait to find out!
#5 – Bone Parish (Boom)
I love a crime comic with a horror twist. A new drug is sweeping the streets of New Orleans: Ash. Made from the ashes of the dead, this drug can give you hallucinations that are a window into the lives of the deceased. They’re so vivid, it’s like the dead have come back to life through the users. The artwork by Jonas Scharf is also very vivid and brings the tension of Cullen Bunn’s storytelling to life on the page.
#4 – Punisher (Marvel)
Frank Castle rocked 2018. After not the greatest 2017 (dude joined Hydra? Whaaaa?), The Punisher truly redeemed himself this year by taking the fight to the criminals and terrorists in a big bad way. Under the watchful eye of writer Matthew Rosenberg, Frank decimated terrorists with a War Machine suit, killed The Mandarin on the floor of the U.N., and put the fear of god into Baron Zemo! Franky boy is playing with the big guns now and it’s everything fans hoped it would be.
#3 – Mister Miracle (DC Comics)
The only title to return from last year’s Best Of list, Mister Miracle is quite a trip. Tom King and Mitch Gerads crafted a story so layered and thought provoking, a paragraph could never do it justice. Escaping death, dealing with loss and losing control are all running themes in this tale that deconstructs the superhero genre. They could have spent the whole series with Scott Free and Big Barda in a room just talking to each other and it would have still been amazing. A gripping title that needs to be not read, but experienced. A masterpiece.
#2 – Skyward (Image)
Probably one of the most exciting titles of the year, Skyward brings us an original take on the road trip story. Willa Fowler lives in a world with low gravity. She, along with everybody else, has the ability to fly because of it. But get too far out and you might just float up into the atmosphere and end up dead. You might also end up dead if you’re charged with the task of bringing gravity back and the powers that be don’t want it to happen. Willa’s on the run from a very powerful man and she doesn’t know exactly who to trust. This comic feels like an 80s adventure film.
#1 – Analog
If you caught the Back Issue Bloodbath Episode from October, you heard me state there that this was the best book of the year. Jack McGinnis is a Ledger Man. What’s a Ledger Man? He delivers private materials as a courier in the not too distant future. It’s a future where the “great doxxing” has taken place and now all private info is available to everyone on the internet. So anything you want to keep private has to be transported by a Ledger Man. It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it. It’s also a great series filled with mystery. Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan brought us the best damn book of 2018 and I salute them for it!
So there you have it. My picks for the Ten Best Comics Series of 2018. Let me know what your picks are by leaving a comment.
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