The Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2018

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East of West Volume 8 (Image)
Imagine the Book of Revelations as a rip-roaring sci-fi western. In the latest installment of Jonathan Hickman's ongoing horse opera, we catch up with Death and his son, The Great Beast, as they continue to be targeted by the other Three Horsemen. Another gem from the master of long-form storytelling. (Collects East is West 35-38.) Get it here.

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Eternity Girl (DC/Young Animal)
The last gasp from DC's Young Animal imprint,  Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew's six-issue mini sees former super-spy Caroline Sharp wrestle with existential dread as she contemplates her own immortality. But an old foe offers her the chance to finally end her existence—if she destroys the rest of the world. Get it here.

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DC Comics

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (DC)
DC revamped numerous Hanna-Barbera cartoons, but few are as piercing as Mark Russell's reimagining of the fey pink puma Snagglepuss as a Tennessee Williams-esque tortured gay playwright caught in the grips of Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt. Get it here.

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DC Comics

Green Lantern: Earth One (DC)
In the latest entry in DC's Earth One imprint, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko give the Emerald Warrior a fresh lease while still staying true to the character's core: While mining an asteroid, ex-astronaut Hal Jordan discovers a strange ring and must face down the murderous Manhunter robots—and decide if he can live up to the mantle of the Green Lantern. Get it here.

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Iceman: Thawing Out (Marvel)
In writer Sina Grace's deft hands, one of Marvel's first X-men grapples with coming out to his family, dating as a superhero and (literally) facing off with his younger self. And that's all before the anti-mutant Purifiers attack. Get it here.

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Archie

Jughead: The Hunger Volume 1 (Archie) 
Jughead Jones' love of food take a horrifying twist in this gruesome tale from Frank Tieri (Wolverine) and artists Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers) and Pat & Tim Kennedy (Death of Archie). Archie's best pal realizes that not only is he a werewolf—he's responsible for a series of gruesome deaths. And all of Riverdale is out for his blood! Get it here.

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The Lie and How We Told It (Fantagraphics)
Two old friends try to salvage their decaying relationship over the course of one awkward evening. Into this, Australian cartoonist Tommi Parrish (Perfect Hair) weaves another story, one about a lovelorn stripper and her relationship with a divorced customer. "Lovers of fine art comics will delight in this worthy discovery," writes Publishers WeeklyGet it here.

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Monstress Volume 3: Haven (Image)
Marjorie Liu's epic fantasy continues, as Maika Halfwolf arrives in Pontus and realizes someone has turned the defense shield off. To save the city, she'll have to make friends with some unusual characters—including Zinn, the shadowy Monstrum that lives inside her. (Collects Monstress 13-18.) Get it here.

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Oni Press

My Boyfriend Is A Bear (Oni Press)
You might not have gone out with a 500-pound black bear, but if you've survived the dating world, you'll find Pamela Ribon's debut graphic novel uplifting, charming and eminently relatable. Get it here.

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My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image)
Ellie's romantic ideas about drug addicts are colored by her junkie mother's death a decade ago. But when she checks into a posh rehab clinic, Ellie uncovers the dangerous—and murderous—side of addiction. A gorgeously rendered original graphic novel from Incognito writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips. Get it here.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second)

A prince with a secret, a maiden who dreams of a better life. At first blush, Jen Wang's fairy tale seems "fairly" par for the course. But Prince Sebastian isn't a toad, he likes to wear dresses—and as the glamorous "Lady Crystallia," he's the toast of Paris! But will his trusted dressmaker, Frances, keep his confidence? Get it here.

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Rise of the Black Panther (Marvel)
Writers (and journalists) Evan Narcisse and Ta-Nehisi Coates pierce the veil on the earliest days of Wakanda's warrior-king, weaving together nuanced storytelling with established Marvel lore and appearances by Captain America, Namor, Storm, and even a certain Latverian dictator. (Collects Rise of the Black Panther 1-6.) Get it here.