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TOP COMIC BOOKS OF 2018

No real math or number crunching here. Simply our mondo staff's top Comicbook picks of 2018.



TOP COMIC BOOKS OF 2018!



10

HACK SLASH VS VAMPIRELLA, DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Shawn Aldridge, Rapha Lobosco and Kyle Strahm

Hack Slash Vs Vampirella kicks off our best of 2018 list! Cassie and Vampirella rip and rustle across the Nevada desert gunning for the Blood Queen…


"Cassie and Vampirella's Vegas Vacation continues as they take the fight to the Blood Queen and her horde to the scenic Nevada desert, where the secrets buried there will come back to haunt them. But not in a charming "old lady who died 100 years ago sitting in a rocking chair" kinda way." - Dynamite Entertainment




9

GO WEST, ALTERNA COMICS

Garrett Gunn, Saint Yak and Sean Forney

Within this Post-apocalyptic Western, Gunn, Yak, and Forney hit a comic sweet spot with the Stunning visuals and in depth writing.


"Now seeking a life of peace, "Slade the Blade" used to be one of the deadliest men in the New West. But when his family is brutally murdered, Slade embarks on one of the grimmest, grittiest, and goriest tales of revenge that the world has ever seen." - Alterna Comics


View more of Saint Yak's astounding portfolio here: www.deviantart.com/saintyak



8

ARMSTRONG & THE VAULT OF SPIRITS, VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

Fred Van Lente, CAFU and Kalman Andrasofszky

"What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?

"Deep beneath New York City's seediest dive bar, Armstrong - the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history's greatest escapades - is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer... Ivar, Timewalker... Faith... Quantum and Woody... And special guests from across the Valiant Universe... All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong's most valuable and tightly guarded treasure... From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!


"ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant's very own disorderly immortal!" - Valiant Entertainment



7

PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES, BOOM! STUDIOS

Dana Gould and Chad Lewis

"The first Planet of The Apes (1968) film is an adaptation of the French novel La Planète des Singes. On the road to making the landmark science-fiction classic, 20th Century Fox commissioned Rod Serling to adapt the source material. However, Serling’s first draft was drastically revised before filming the version of the film that the one the world has come to know and love.


“BOOM! Studios searched the 20th Century Fox film archives and unearthed the first screenplay for the original Planet of the Apes (1968) movie, written by Rod Serling, and adapted this radically different vision of the franchise into comic book format for the first time as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film from acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Chad Lewis (Avengers Origins).” - BOOM! STUDIOS


“Fans all over the world have wanted to experience Rod Serling’s original Planet of The Apes and this graphic novel is an incredible realization of that vision. Dana Gould and Chad Lewis have brought a new dimension to the story you only think you know, delivering a timely, ambitious and unflinching original graphic novel perfect for every reader, whether a long time fan or new to these characters.” - Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios.



6

HEROES IN CRISIS

Tom King and Clay Mann


"Ripped from real-world headlines by C.I.A.-operative-turned-comics-writer Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It's up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate-but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition? " - DC Comics




5

AVENGERS NO SURRENDER , MARVEL COMICS

Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Paco Medina and Chris Sprouse

Voyager, You Got Some “Splainin To Do”!


"THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES! NO SURRENDER Part 13

"The Avengers confront the traitor in their midst - but as the Earth begins to fall apart around them, their greatest enemy may be their best chance at survival." - Marvel Comics




4

HUNGRY GHOSTS, BERGER BOOKS

Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, Vanesa Del Rey, Alberto Ponticelli, Jose Villarrubia and Paul Pope


Anthony Bourdain has finally made it back to the four color panels. He’s partnered back up with Joel Rose and together they weave a most gnarly pungent tale of gritty ghosts and ghastly feasts. Bourdain and Rose last worked together on New York Times Best Seller, Get Jiro. Rounding out the artistic team are Vanesa Del Rey, Alberto Ponticelli and Jose Villarrubia. Paul Pope provides a the hauntingly brilliant cover art.

"On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.


"Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.

"First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly." - Dark Horse Comics



3

STRANGER THINGS, DARK HORSE COMICS / NETFLIX

Jody Houser, Stefano Martino, Keith Champagne, Lauren Affe and Nate Piekos


Not sure why this took so long, but I am excited that the release schedule for the comic book will last longer than the 10 or so hours it takes to binge-watch a season. The upcoming series will begin by focusing on Will Byers story from season one of the Netflix series. Stranger Things #1 hits the rack this fall at your local comic book shop.


“Stranger Things #1 (of four issues) follows Will Byers as he enters a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down.


“Stranger Things #1 features a cover by artist Aleksi Briclot (New Avengers, Maskemane) with three variant covers, one each from Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Blue Beetle), visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.” – Dark Horse Comics



2

INFINITY 8, LION FORGE

Lewis Trondheim, Zep and Dominique Bertail


Eight different 3 issue arcs explore each of the agents parallel investigations, each by a different creative team of the most popular creators in France: Lewis Trondheim, Olivier Vatine Zep, Dominique Bertail, Fabien Vehlmann, Balez, Kris, Trystram, De Felici, and Boulet.


"A city sized space cruiser runs into a field of debris between galaxies, and it is up to the ship's top eight security agents to figure out how to circumnavigate it. Investigating eight different parallel timelines, the agents uncover multiple plots that together could spell the end of the ship's massive interspecies population " - Lion Forge



1

DOOMSDAY CLOCK, DC COMICS

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank


"Gary and I are working diligently to deliver a thought-provoking and beautifully drawn series that’s unlike anything else on the shelves today. It’s incredibly important to us to keep up the quality of DOOMSDAY CLOCK, but also to deliver it on the bimonthly schedule and we intend to keep our word. Issue #5 will begin the countdown for the DC Universe as the worlds of the Watchmen and DC collide full-on. Expect to see characters known and obscure step into the spotlight. And the strangest team-up you’ve ever seen." - Geoff Johns


"In issue #5 the Comedian lives, Mime and Marionette are loose in Gotham City and Rorschach is locked in the bowels of Arkham Asylum. Fans won’t want to miss it!" - DC Comics



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CBV Editor, Posted: Dec 11, 2018

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