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

Publisher Weekly Best Graphic Novels of 2018
  • All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir | Gallery 13
  • Bad Friends | Drawn & Quarterly
  • Chlorine Gardens | Koyama
  • Upgrade Soul | Lion Forge
  • Young Frances | AdHouse

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