The 15 Best Horror Comics of 2018

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Come Into Me Cover Art by Piotr Kowalski

5. Come Into Me
Writers: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Co-written by The Dregs breakthrough team Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler and illustrated by the ever-busy Piotr Kowalski (who also spent 2018 drawing the solidly horrific Bloodborne comic), Come Into Me channels David Cronenberg and social media in this speculative jaunt about technology that allows two minds to share one body. As one might expect, the effects of constant contact are more than a little maddening, which provides fertile, bloody storytelling opportunities for Thompson, Nadler and Kowalski in this unsettling body-horror outing—especially when one body shuts down while its mind is visiting another vessel. Nothing anyone can possibly tweet will ever feel like too much after the skin-crawling over-sharing of Come Into Me. Steve Foxe


The Immortal Hulk Cover Art by Alex Ross

4. The Immortal Hulk
Writer: Al Ewing
Artists: Joe Bennett, Others
Publisher: Marvel Comics 
Writer Greg Pak’s work on The Totally Awesome Hulk these past few years has been an awesome showcase for the character Amadeus Cho, but the Jade Giant portion of the book never quite clicked as well as it does with the classically cursed Bruce Banner. Following his bow-and-arrow demise in Civil War II (if anyone read that book), Banner came back—and he couldn’t die again even if he wanted to. In Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s horror-ific The Immortal Hulk, killing Banner does nothing to kill the Hulk, who rises again each night like a green ghoul to wreak his emerald-tinted havoc. Bruce Jones, Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben have all explored the scarier potential of the Hulk before, but Ewing and Bennett unlocked a potent combination of body horror and psychological manipulation, culminating in a hellish surprise development in the most recent issue that sent emerald jaws dropping to the floor. It’s difficult enough to sustain horror across an ongoing series, let alone one fully immersed in a shared superhero series. Ewing and Bennett don’t just sustain the terror, though—they keep ratcheting it up. Marvel’s iconic heroes returned left and right this year: Tony Stark is a dashing iron-suited hero again, Dude Thor has a hammer once more and Captain America almost definitely isn’t a fake Nazi now. The Immortal Hulk isn’t just a return to form for the Banner/Hulk dynamic—it’s one of the scariest examinations of the body and mind in modern comics. Steve Foxe


Gideon Falls Cover Art by Andrea Sorrentino

3. Gideon Falls
Writer:   Jeff Lemire  
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Publisher: Image Comics 
Gideon Falls is one of 2018’s most ghoulish delights: a dual narrative set between the city and the countryside that explores the urban legend of the Black Barn, a structure that appears throughout history to foretell death and madness. Co-creators Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino tap into the mounting dread and heard-it-from-a-friend-of-a-friend compulsion of creepypasta stories, with the much more careful hand of experienced storytellers bringing it all to shadow-drenched life. Gideon Falls #6 wrapped up the first arc by actually inviting readers into the Black Barn—an experience that has to be read to be believed. The following issue kicked off “Original Sins,” the current story arc, which delves deeper into the mysteries of the ominous structure and the characters drawn to it, including revelations that suggest one of the protagonists might actually be an antagonist. Steve Foxe


Infidel Cover Art by Aaron Campbell

2. Infidel
Writer: Pornshak Pichetshote
Artist: Aaron Campbell
Publisher: Image Comics 
Former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote’s writing debut updates the haunted house for the MAGA era, as a young Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors move into a building stalked by spirits that feed off of xenophobia and racism following an explosive attack that claimed the lives of several residents. Like a literary cousin to Get Out, Infidel pulls from the modern tumult to tell a thrilling genre story the way that only sequential art can, enhanced by Aaron Campbell’s shadowy style, which conjures some of the most genuinely unnerving spirits in sequential-art memory. Steve Foxe


I Am a Hero Cover Art by Kengo Hanazawa

1. I Am a Hero
Writer/Artist: Kengo Hanazawa
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Each double-sized collection of I Am a Hero peels away more unexpected layers to Kengo Hanazawa’s particular flesh-eating apocalypse, most recently including the revelation of not-quite-zombified humans with enhanced abilities. If that sounds goofy and too shonen, it’s not—these hybrids owe more to Junji Ito’s twisted fleshy abominations than to any action-packed horror-lite adventure. I Am a Hero began as a fairly straightforward infection story as Japan quickly succumbed to the “ZQN” plague, but 2018’s installments expanded the scope, showing Taiwan and Paris under siege, introducing new bands of survivors using…unusual methods and debuting monstrous new undead behemoths. The volumes released this year further explore the uniqueness of Hanazawa’s approach to the walking dead, as some of the infected begin to display seemingly supernatural abilities instead of merely becoming semi-sentient garbage disposals. If you’ve got a high tolerance for terror, I Am a Hero is one of the best horror stories in comics today—and our pick for the scariest of the year. Steve Foxe

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