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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.

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.
Author(s): Frank Miller

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

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

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.
Author(s): Dennis Hopeless, Paolo Villanelli

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.
Author(s): Dave Gibbons, Andy Kubert

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

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 choiceand a voice. Seeking the path to his destiny, Vader returns to the place of his birth.
Author(s): Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

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.
Author(s): Tynion IV, James, Freddie Williams

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.

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.
Author(s): Frank Miller , Brian Azzarello, et al.

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 inquisitorsand 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 ordedbut how far will Vader go to complete his mission?
Author(s): Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli

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.
Author(s): Peter Milligan , Mikel Janin, et al.

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?
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 Library 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.

Summer Fires

Author(s): Giulia Sagramola
ID: 3373011, Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2022, Size: 249 Mb, Format: epub

Runescape: The First 20 Years: An Illustrated History

Author(s): Alex Calvin
ID: 3303416, Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2021, Size: 740 Mb, Format: pdf

Rick and Morty Character Guide

Author(s): Albro Lundy
ID: 2873718, Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Year: 2020, Size: 26 Mb, Format: epub

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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