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Best Dark Comic Books You Should Read

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Dark Comic books.

1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition (2016)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadWriter/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in this saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, 10 years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. Forced to take action, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors. Can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have turned them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive…
Author(s): Frank Miller

2. Dark Souls: The Age Of Fire (2019)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadIn a world where ancient Lords wield god-like powers and Everlasting Dragons soar the skies, what place is there for mortal men? Join Silver Knight Arkon, a powerful warrior in Lord Gwyn’s army, on a quest for redemption and survival, as we journey to age before the undead curse blighted the land of Lordran….
Author(s): Ryan O’Sullivan, Anton Kokereve

3. Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 2: Legacy’s End (Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith (2017)) (2018)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadVader’s story continues! Jocasta Nu, the Jedi Temple librarian, puts forth a desperate eff ort to gather and preserve whatever he can of the Jedi legacy after the purge. Vader and the Grand Inquisitor cannot let Jocasta succeed and are sent after her, as alpatine views her as a particular threat. Her knowledge makes her almost a one-woman Jedi Order that must be stopped. DARTH VADER 7-12…
Author(s): Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

4. Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions (2019)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadWHO IS DARTH VADER? He has been many things: a SITH warrior, a commander, a destroyer. DARTH VADER is to many throughout the GALACTIC EMPIRE a symbol of fear and mysterious, otherworldly power. But there are some who have seen the DARK LORD in a different light. There are some corners of the galaxy so dark and desperate that even Vader can be a knight in shining armor. The first issue of a new STAR WARS limited series, writer Dennis Hopeless (CLOAK AND DAGGER, JEAN GREY) sheds new light on the many sides of the galaxy’s greatest villain. Collecting STAR WARS: VADER – DARK VISIONS #1-5….
Author(s): Dennis Hopeless, Paolo Villanelli

5. DC Comics/Dark Horse: Batman vs. Predator (Batman DC Comics Dark Horse Comics) (2017)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadFor the first time, all three BATMAN VS. PREDATOR miniseries are collected into one massive bloody collection, including the Eisner Award-winning BATMAN VS. PREDATOR #1-3 by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN), Adam Kubert (SUPERMAN: LAST SON) and Andy Kubert (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE) in DC COMICS/DARK HORSE COMICS: BATMAN VS. PREDATOR.While fear and darkness have always haunted the streets of Gotham City, a new terror has crept onto the rooftops and into the hearts of its citizens. An alien hunter known only as the Predator has come to Gotham to hunt its greatest warriors, and after a string…
Author(s): Dave Gibbons, Andy Kubert

6. Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1: Imperial Machine (Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (2017)) (2017)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadFrom acclaimed writer Charles Soule comes a brand-new, exhilarating series exploring Darth Vader’s early history. Picking up directly where Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and witness Vader’s rise to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith! STAR WARS: DARTH VADER 1-6…
Author(s): Charles Soule, Jim Cheung

7. Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 4: Fortress Vader (2019)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadContinuing the imperious rise of the Dark Lord! A Jedi makes a desperate deal. The Inquisitors’ mission evolves. And Darth Vader discovers a theft… And when the thief faces the consequences of their crime, Emperor Palpatine rewards Darth Vader with three gifts: A thing, a choice…and a voice. Seeking the path to his destiny, Vader returns to the place of his birth. There, echoes from the past reach out to him – both his own past, and the dark history of the Sith! Be here for a story that could only be called “Fortress Vader”! DARTH VADER 19-25 Judi Cuervo Hachette Book Group 1290 Avenue of the Americas – 5th Floor New York, NY…
Author(s): Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

8. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 (2017)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadA New York Times bestseller!  Written by top comics author James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) and beautifully illustrated by Freddie Williams II (Robin), this is a cross-over you never saw coming: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1.  Join the Bat and some teenage turtles as they try to save their cities from the baddest of the bad guys!    NEW YORK CITY. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles face the battle of a lifetime, fighting both the fearsome Foot Clan and their leader, the Shredder, and the alien forces of General…
Author(s): Tynion IV, James, Freddie Williams

9. Dark Days: The Road to Metal (2019)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadThe unforgettable team of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr. and Andy Kubert combine forces to set the stage for the epic Dark Nights: Metal. Leading directly into this blockbuster event, Dark Days: The Road to Metal collects Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1, as well as classic DC stories that built the foundations of Metal, including Final Crisis #6-7, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, Nightwing #17 and more!…
Author(s): Scott Snyder , Jim Lee, et al.

10. Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race (2018)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadOne of the most highly anticipated sequels of all-time is finally here in Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race! In 1986, Frank Miller introduced his iconic take on Batman and changed the face of comics forever. Now, three decades after Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Miller himself has returned with a third chapter to his groundbreaking saga. It’s been three years since the Batman defeated Lex Luthor and saved the world from tyranny. Three years since anyone has seen Gotham City’s guardian alive. Wonder Woman, Queen of the Amazons… Hal Jordan, the…
Author(s): Frank Miller , Brian Azzarello, et al.

11. Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 3: The Burning Seas (Star Wars: Darth Vader – Dark Lord of the Sith (2017)) (2018)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadAs the Empire’s grip tightens on the galaxy, the stirrings of a rebellion begin in the Mon Cala system. The fearsome Darth Vader knows that order must be maintained at all costs – and this time the job of snuffing out hope falls to Vader, his inquisitors…and Wilhuff Tarkin! To bring Mon Cala to heel means fi nding the surviving Jedi that foment this unrest. No tolerance for rebellion can be aff orded…but how far will Vader go to complete his mission? The Dark Lord of the Sith goes in for some wet work in this brutal story! DARTH VADER 13-18…
Author(s): Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

12. Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52) (Justice League (DC Comics) (paperback)) (2012)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadAs a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, a new type of super-team must come together when supernatural forces threaten the DCU – Justice League Dark!The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing a wave of chaos that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna, Mindwarp and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat? Critically acclaimed writer Peter Milligan brings together an…
Author(s): Peter Milligan , Mikel Janin, et al.

13. Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance (2018)

 Best Dark Comic Books You Should ReadElsewhere, Dick Grayson issues an S.O.S., summoning Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow to prevent the transformation and terraforming of Gotham City into a twisted mosaic of monsters, magic and doom. When they are trapped in a Riddler-designed maze, all hope may be lost.And where is Batman during all this? He’s trapped in his own private nightmare, reliving portions of his life while confronting Barbatos, the leader of the evil Batmen and the demon that has haunted his dreams.These direct tie-ins to the Dark Nights: Metal…
Author(s): Joshua Williamson , Jeff Lemire, et al.

Best Dark Comic Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some dark comic books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Legend of Zelda, breath of the wild : creating a champion

Author(s): Tanaka, Shinichiro; White, Keaton C.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2018, Size: 305 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2293366

Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years

Author(s): Nintendo
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2018, Size: 165 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2446031

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia

Author(s): Nintendo
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2018, Size: 204 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2446506

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild--Creating a Champion

Author(s): Nintendo
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2018, Size: 234 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2446655

Super Mario Encyclopedia

Author(s): Nintendo
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2018, Size: 50 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2556324

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium

Author(s): Various
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2017, Size: 291 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2488942

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Author(s): Various
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2017, Size: 397 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2489450

The Brave and the Bold: from Silent Knight to Dark Knight; a guide to the DC comic book

Author(s): Curry, Michael Gene
Publisher: Smashwords Edition, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2071636

Batman: The Dark Knight #1 January 2011 (Batman: The Dark Knight, #1)

Author(s): David Finch
Publisher: DC Comics, Year: 2011, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 450927

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really hot items according to Washington Post, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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