CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2023: #100-76

We’re back with our longtime annual CBR tradition. At the end of the year, we polled the many members of the CBR staff that make this site so great and asked them for their rankings of the top comics of the year. Every publisher putting out new comics material in English, regardless of genre or format, was fair game; each individual list was then factored in to determine the overall Top 100 that will be unveiled on CBR over the course of this week.



Today, we start unveiling the list with entries No. 100 to 76, with the countdown continuing each day this week. Here’s the schedule (all times Eastern): Thursday, 12/28, 3 p.m.: Top 75-51; Friday, 12/29, 3 p.m.: Top 50-26; Saturday, 12/30, 3 p.m.: Top 25-11; Sunday, 12/31, 3 p.m.: Top 10; Monday, 1/1, 9 a.m.: Master list.

Start perusing the list below, and if you feel so moved, take to social media and (politely) discuss your thoughts using the hashtag #CBRTop100.


100. The Great British Bump-Off

A murder mystery is happening during a cooking show

Written by: John Allison

Art by: Max Sarin

Colors by: Sammy Borass

Letters by: Jim Campbell

Publisher: Dark Horse

The Great British Bump-Off works on so many levels. It’s a welcome return and further expansion of the Giant Days universe. It’s a simultaneous pitch-perfect parody of the Great British Bake Off and Agatha Christie, and also just one of 2023’s funniest titles. The Great British Bump-Off is equal measures dark, charming, and silly, with its only fault perhaps being that we don’t get to spend more time in the tent with amateur baker/Detective Shauna. – CBR Senior Writer, Brandon Zachary

99. Fear the Funhouse – Toybox of Terror

An evil doll causes trouble

Written by: Timmy Heague, Danielle Paige and Michael Northrop

Art by: Ryan Caskey, Tango and Ryan Jampole

Colors by: Matt Herms

Letters by: Jack Morelli

Publisher: Archie

In recent years, Archie has set itself apart from other companies with its commitment to a diverse selection of horror comics, and this excellent one-shot was no exception. Playing off of the success of the hit film, M3GAN, and the continued success of the Chucky franchise, this one-shot was devoted to the world of creepy dolls, with a wonderful callback to Archie history, with the use of Evelyn Evernever, an obscure Bob Bolling creation from Little Archie whose only friend was her trusted doll, Minerva. Well, as you might imagine, that was a perfect segue for a M3GAN-style story (that particular approach obviously appealed to more than one Archie writer in 2023)

98. Superior Spider-Man

The Superior Spider-Man returns

Written by: Dan Slott (with a Christos Gage script on The Superior Spider-Man Returns one-shot)

Art by: Mark Bagley, Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Nathan Stockman, John Dell, JP Mayer and Victor Olazaba

Colors by: Edgar Delgado

Letters by: Joe Caramagna

Publisher: Marvel

Ten years ago, Dan Slott shocked the world by having one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies, Doctor Octopus, take over as Spider-Man (literally taking over Peter Parker’s body and life). Now, a decade later, Slott is revisiting the world of Superior Spider-Man in a really clever way by playing with the fact that Octavius has major gaps in his memory for his time as Spider-Man, and as a result, cannot remember how he was able to solve a major scientific breakthrough while as Spider-Man. As it turned out, the reason he can’t remember is that he wasn’t the one who solved it, but rather a brilliant scientist that he had working for him as an underling, and who he ultimately trapped once she was transformed into an energy being. Well, since he doesn’t remember trapping her, he didn’t know not to FREE her, and now she is out and about, and she wants revenge on Spider-Man, and she sure isn’t going to believe that Spider-Man isn’t the man she hates. It’s a delightfully complex mixture of continuity, thrown into an extra new loop by Octavius now RE-discovering his memories!

97. Danger Street

The various cast members of Danger Street

Written by: Tom King

Art by: Jorge Furnes

Colors by: Dave Stewart

Letters by: Clayton Cowles

Publisher: DC

One of the highest-concept series from DC in recent memory is this bizarrely awesome tale from the creative team of DC’s recent Rorschach series, which took all of the characters from DC’s short-lived 1st Issue Special series from the 1970s and placed them all together into a shared narrative, no matter how bizarre the connections are between characters like Lady Cop, Warlord, Metamorpho and the Green Team.

Somehow, King managed to find a way to tie them into a coherent storyline involving the role of fate in people’s lives (important, of course, as the Helmet of Fate played a key role, as well), and Furnes does an absolutely astonishing job in keeping all of these character seeming as if they could realistically share a universe together, let alone a single title.

96. Void Rivals

Two rivals forced to work together

Written by: Robert Kirkman

Art by: Lorenzo De Felici

Colors by: Matheus Lopes

Letters by: Rus Wooton

Publisher: Image

The fascinating trick that Robert Kirkman pulls off with this series is that the “main” plot of the series, about pilots from warring planets forced to work together to survive, before the two pilots ( Darak and Solila) discover that the very nature of the war between the worlds is a lie, thus leading them to decide to go on the run together to try to share the truth with their people, is a GOOD story in and of itself. However, the narrative is also a bit of a blind, hiding the fact that it is also a way to introduce a shared narrative where the Transformers and G.I. Joe characters can share a universe. The reveals of the various Transformer characters is handled so cleverly that it really doesn’t even distract from the main story, it just serves as an extra piece of fun world-building.

95. Peacemaker Tries Hard!

Peacemaker gets his own dog

Written by: Kyle Starks

Art by: Steve Pugh

​​​​​​​Colors by: Jordie Bellaire

Letters by: Becca Carey

Publisher: DC​​​​​​​

After the smash hit Peacemaker TV series, Starks, Pugh and Bellaire take the approach that James Gunn had so much success with on the TV version of Peacemaker, and put it into the comic book version of Peacemaker, in a twisted series that perfectly captures the humor and the tone of the TV series, only paired with the world of comic books, so the concepts can go even harder and way more over-the-top (think War Wheel versus Chemo, for instance), and the blend just hits beautifully.

94. Choujin X

Some guy wearing a creepy mask

Written by: Sui Ishida

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Art by: Sui Ishida

​​​​​​​Colors by: N/A

Letters by: Snir Aharon

Publisher: Viz Media

After having a hit with the bizarre horror series, Tokyo Ghoul, Sui Ishida entered the world of superheroes with Choujin X, which is sort of a twisted take on My Hero Academia, where a certain percentage of the population become “Choujin,” meaning that they gain superpowers, but for most of the Choujin, they seem to use their powers for destructive purposes. Our protagonist, Tokio, is trying his best to be a hero WITHOUT superpowers, but, of course, also gets transformed into a bird-like Choujin, and now has to come to terms with his powers and his monstrous new appearance (but unlike Tokyo Ghoul, the body horror is much less depressing here, and almost played for dark humor more than anything).

93. Batman

The various Batmen all hang out together

Written by: Chip Zdarsky

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Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Mike Hawthorne, Mikel Janin, Belen Ortega, Miguel Mendonca, Jorge Corona and Adriano De Benedetto,

​​​​​​​Colors by: Tomeu Morey, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Roman Stevens and Ivan Plascencia

Letters by: Clayton Cowles

Publisher: DC​​​​​​​

Now in his second year on Batman, Chip Zdarsky followed up his shocking “Failsafe” arc by sending Batman to another world, a world without a Batman, where he faced off against Red Mask, a villain who was destined to be the Joker in a different reality, and has now become obsessed with NEVER becoming the Joker, and wanting to take down Batman in the process. Batman returned from this alternate reality with a major injury, and just in time for the Knight Terrors storyline, which left him out of commission while Catwoman was transforming Gotham City. When Batman finally woke from essentially a coma, he fought back against Catwoman, breaking from the rest of the Bat-Family in the process, and letting his alter-ego, Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, take more and more control of his personality.

92. Hack/Slash: Back to School

Cassie Hack goes to school

Written by: Zoe Thorogood

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Art by: Zoe Thorogood

​​​​​​​Colors by: Zoe Thorogood (Color assists by Sarah Mitrache, flats by Xludgwigx)

Letters by: Zoe Thorogood

Publisher: Image​​​​​​​

After Zoe Thorogood made a bold impression on the entire comic book world in 2022 with her brilliant (and on CBR’s Top 100 Comics of 2022) It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth, Tim Seeley essentially handed her the keys to his long-running Hack/Slash series for a new approach to the Cassie Hack character, with an untold tale showing Cassie going to a school for teenaged slasher hunters. Thorogood has filled the book with brilliantly over-the-top characters, matched with striking artwork that makes this a delightfully twisted adventure series.

91. Phantom Road

A truck drives by some creepy monsters

Written by: Jeff Lemire

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Art by: Gabriel H. Walta

​​​​​​​Colors by: Jordie Bellaire

Letters by: Steve Wands

Publisher: Image​​​​​​​

The world of popular culture is filled with the idea of the cross country trip. Think about it, they’re just perfectly designed for plots, as you have a clearly defined end goal, but you have all of the weird stops along the way. There’s a reason it has been the backbone for a number of awesome stories, from Y the Last Man to The Last of Us, and that winning percentage continues with Phantom Road, which stars a long-haul trucker meeting a woman, and the two of embarking on a quest to deliver essentially a magical egg to a mysterious city, while facing off against all manners of disturbing creatures along the way (there is also an FBI agent who is trying to figure it all out, as well). It’s tightly plotted by Lemire, with excellent design work by Walta on a spooky, spooky story.

90. My Hero Academia

One of the many heroes of the world of My Hero Academia

Written by: Kōhei Horikoshi

Art by: Kōhei Horikoshi

​​​​​​​Colors by: N/A

Letters by: John Hunt

Publisher: Viz Media

My Hero Academia’s latest chapters in 2023 moved the superhero manga epic into its incredible endgame with much-anticipated showdowns and more than a few thrilling shocks where All Might, Katsuki Bakugo, and Himiko Toga are concerned – ​​​​​​​CBR Senior Writer Louis Kemner

89. Monstrous

An adopted girl sees herself as a monster

Written by: Sarah Myer

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Art by: Sarah Myer

​​​​​​​Colors by: Sarah Myer

Letters by: Sarah Myer

Publisher: Macmillan

Ever since the earliest days of comic books, creators have used comic book characters as a sort of escape from the reality of their world, and in Monstrous, Sarah Myer shows how that escape can also serve as a gateway to a future world away from the hurt of being an adopted Korean kid in a rural community where Myer and their fellow adopted sister are bullied for being different. In Myer’s case, that bullying leads them to feel “monstrous,” but at the same time, their interest in manga and anime while, at the time, something that made them stand out in a negative way is the same thing that gave Myer an escape and a way to get out of this environment. It’s a powerful story about what creativity can do for your spirit (while also acknowleding just how awful racist bullying can be).

88. Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange flies into action

Written by: Jed MacKay and Amy Chu

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Art by: Pasqual Ferry, Andy MacDonald, Juan Gedeon and Tokitokoro

​​​​​​​Colors by: Matt Hollingsworth, Heather Moore, KJ Diaz and Fer Sifuentes-Suto

Letters by: Cory Petit

Publisher: Marvel​​​​​​​

Jed MacKay burst on to the Doctor Strange scene in 2021 with the Death of Doctor Strange storyline, which led into MacKay’s series starring Clea taking over from her dead husband. Now that Stephen Strange is back, however, MacKay is playing around with what it meant for Strange to be ripped from the magical scene, and what kind of holes that left, most notably with the reveal that there is a whole OTHER version of Strange out there, General Strange, who was specifically freed BECAUSE of Doctor Strange’s death, and now Clea and Stephen have to take on this alternative General Strange, a man hardened by a devastating war.

Doctor Strange has been a fun take on the Good Doctor. Although I didn’t read MacKay’s previous Strange work (where Strange died and Clea was Sorcerer Supreme) but this story feels like a good successor to that one. – CBR Star Wars Writer Brian Jankowski

87. Action Comics

Superman is surrounded by super allies

Written by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Leah Williams, Dorado Quick, Magdalene Visaggio, Gene Luen Yang, Greg Hahn, Dan Parent, Nicole Maines, Steve Orlando and Joe Casey

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Art by: Rafa Sandoval, Lee Weeks, Marguerite Sauvage, Max Raynor, Dan Jurgens, Yasmín Flores Montañez, Matthew Clark, Viktor Bogdanovic, Travis Mercer, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Fico Ossio, Joe Prado, Jonas Trindade and Norm Rapmund

​​​​​​​Colors by: Matt Herms, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Marguerite Sauvage, Brad Anderson, Mike Spicer, Andrew Dalhouse, Chris Sotomayor, Luis Guerrero and John Kalisz

Letters by: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh and Becca Carey

Publisher: DC​​​​​​​

Heading into 2023, Superman made his triumphant return to Earth, and his secret identity was not only restored, but it was restored in such a fashion that it was not going to be revealed again any time soon.

That setup established, Action Comics served as a collection of stories starring not just Superman, but the whole family of characters surrounding him, like Power Girl, Supergirl, Steel and Superboy. Leah Williams’ Power Girl feature was so well received that Power Girl received her own solo series.

The variety of creators and styles on the backup stories was a lot of fun, and Johnson’s lead stories have been very engaging, as well, with a number of strong artists on the lead feature, led by Rafa Sandoval.

86. Avengers, Inc.

Wasp solves superhero crimes

Written by: Al Ewing

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Art by: Leonard Kirk and Belardino Brabo

​​​​​​​Colors by: Alex Sinclair

Letters by: Cory Petit

Publisher: Marvel​​​​​​​

One of the things that Al Ewing has always been great at is approaching Marvel’s long and, frankly, fairly convoluted, history, and finding new avenues for compelling stories within the little nooks and crannies of Marvel history. In 2022, Ewing wrote two excellent miniseries celebrating the less-heralded 60th anniversaries of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and he has followed up on those series with this new comic starring the Wasp becoming a bit of a super crime detective working for New York City Mayor Luke Cage, while teaming up with a new character apparently in the resurrected body of her longtime foe, Whirlwind, in a gambit that appears to be tied to her ex-husband, the not quite dead Hank Pym.

85. Parasocial

A young woman takes her favorite celebrity hostage

Written by: Alex de Campi

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Art by: Erica Henderson

​​​​​​​Colors by: Erica Henderson

Letters by: Erica Henderson

Publisher: Image​​​​​​​

Clearly, the “elevator pitch” for this sharp graphic novel is “A post-modern Misery,” but it’s much more complex than that, although the basic concept of an overly-involved fan kidnapping her favorite actor and things get darker from there is roughly the same as Misery. The big difference in this work is the attention paid to the makings of the parasocial relationship, something that wasn’t as big of a deal in Misery. Here, de Campi and Henderson address the responsibility (however level you want to put on it, maybe very little, but there’s SOMEthing there) that celebrities have in leading their most devoted fans on so that they will buy as much as possible. Of course, that doesn’t excuse what happens to this actor, but it’s at least a complicated look at how celebrities intentionally prey on the needs of some fans to feel close to them.

84. Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider fights a villain

Written by: Benjamin Percy, Jon Tsuei and Steven Paul Judd

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Art by: Cory Smith, David Cutler, David Wachter, Brent Peeples, Tadam Gyadu, Chris Campana, Geoff Shaw, Carlos Nieto, Shaun Beyale, Oren Junior and Belardino Brabo

Colors by: Bryan Valenza, Brian Reber and Rain Beredo

Letters by: Travis Lanham

Publisher: Marvel​​​​​​​

One of the key new figures in Benjamin Percy’s Ghost Rider run is FBI agent, Talia Warroad, who was once a SHIELD agent, and is now assigned to a paranormal unit within the FBI, and her knowledge (and her own tragic backstory) has introduced Johnny Blaze to a whole secret dark world in the United States, and their journey against the Cult of Mephisto has been a driving force of this series, which in 2023 saw a crossover with Wolverine AND a (not so happy) return of the former Ghost Rider, Dan Ketch.

83. W0rldtr33

A malevolent being attacks through the internet

Written by: James Tynion IV

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Art by: Fernando Blanco

​​​​​​​Colors by: Jordie Bellaire

Letters by: Aditya Bidikar

Publisher: Image​​​​​​​

James Tynion has always been great at finding the horror in unusual arenas, and few areas are quite as unusual as this fascinating new series from Tynion, Blanco, Bellaire and Bidikar, where it is the internet itself that is serving as the villain, of sorts, through the being known as PH34R, who was unleashed by what a group of friends discovered in 1999. Now, years later, what do you do if the internet has essentially become evil? If you shut down the net, what NEXT? It’s a challenging work and a bold new vision by this strong creative team.

82. Kneel Before Me

The stars of the manga, Kneel Before Me

Written by: Sosoo (adapting the webnovel by Gyeonwoo)

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Art by: Sosoo

​​​​​​​Colors by: Sosoo

Letters by: Sosoo

Publisher: Manta

Kneel Before Me takes yandere to a new level. What first appears to be a “typical” Josei fantasy romance quickly becomes a much darker tale of obsession and the meaning of violence. The manhwa is not for the faint of heart, but its stunning artwork and a gripping storyline make Kneel Before Me a fan favorite for those who can handle it. – CBR Anime News Writer Paris Geolas

81. The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk attacks

Written by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Vita Ayala

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Art by: Nic Klein, Travel Foreman and Alitha E. Martinez

​​​​​​​Colors by: Matthew Wilson

Letters by: Cory Petit and Travis Lanham

Publisher: Marvel​​​​​​​

In The Immortal Hulk, Al Ewing turned the Hulk into a horror title, albeit one that was still tied to decades of Marvel continuity that reformulated the very existence of Gamma beings in the Marvel Universe. Well, in the current Incredible Hulk, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Nic Kleain are taking that horror theme and taking it a step further by making the Hulk center of the Marvel Universe’s world of monsters, as the Mother of All Horrors wants to be freed, and she’ll try to use the Hulk make her plans come to fruiton.

80. The Devil That Wears My Face

A priest is attacked by a demon

Written by: David Pepose

Art by: Alex Cormack

​​​​​​​Colors by: Alex Cormack

Letters by: Justin Birch

Publisher: Mad Cave

You know you have a fascinating work when the BASIC level of the story is that a hotshot young exorcist is brought in to try to exorcise a demon from the only living son of a Spanish aristocrat in 1741, a demon that has killed three priests already. However, this time around, the demon manages to swap bodies with the priest, heading back to Rome to wreak havoc. Again, that’s the BASIC level of the story. However, Pepose and Cormack continue to kick things up a notch in each issue, mixing classic adventure stories with classic horror tropes in a fascinating amalgamation. Think The Omen meets The Count of Monte Cristo, and you have the basic idea, and that sounds awesome, right? And it IS.

79. Barnstormers

A pilot flies through the skies

Written by: Scott Snyder

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Art by: Tula Lotay

​​​​​​​Colors by: Dee Cunniffe

Letters by: Richard Starkings

Publisher: Dark Horse​​​​​​​

The sheer star power of Scott Snyder and Tula Lotay alone should get you to try this comic book out, but when you check it out, you’ll see why these people ARE such stars, as Lotay’s gorgeous artwork makes the barnstorming era come to life, with figures that feel like they’re familiar movie stars without being overly reliant on photo likenesses. It’s really a stunning artistic achievement overall, with characters that seem like they’re about to leap off of the page, and with characters that dynamic, it’s a good thing that Snyder has come up with a thrilling (and often pretty dark) adventure yarn featuring them all set in the fairly unusual setting of airplane barnstorming.

78. Fire Power

A battle between Fire-bearers

Written by: Robert Kirkman

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Art by: Chris Samnee

​​​​​​​Colors by: Matthew Wilson

Letters by: Rus Wooton

Publisher: Image​​​​​​​

Fire Power is a super engaging martial arts story that continually features some of the coolest two page spreads and splash pages I’ve seen ever. It feels different enough from Kirkman’s other work to keep readers constantly satisfied. – CBR Star Wars Writer Brian Jankowski

77. Star Wars: Dark Droids

Luke Skywalker versus a group of droids

Written by: Charles Soule

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Art by: Luke Ross

​​​​​​​Colors by: Alex Sinclair

Letters by: Travis Lanham

Publisher: Marvel

In recent years, the Marvel Star Wars universe has found a great source of narrative power by having its ongoing series almost all being set in the same timeline, the narrative-rich time between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of Jedi, where things are basically completely wide open for the Star Wars universe (outside of the sad lack of Han Solo). This also makes it a lot easier to do crossovers, and its boldest crossover yet is the currently-running Dark Droids storyline, which sets the artificial life of the Star Wars galaxy against the human life, and, well, as you might imagine, that’s a fascinating conflict, one that sees longtime allies turned against each other.

76. Kaya

The adventures of the young warrior, Kaya

Written by: Wes Craig

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​​​​​​​Art by: Wes Craig

​​​​​​​Colors by: Jason Wordie

Letters by: Andworld Design/Tom Napolitano

Publisher: Image

What is so striking to me about Kaya is that for a good chunk of this action-adventure epic, she doesn’t actually believe that there is anything magical about her brother, Jin, but that doesn’t make her any less devoted to him, and their mission of bringing him across their world so that he can fulfill his destiny. However, once she DOES understand that he actually DOES have a powerful magical destiny, she is even MORE devoted to the mission, despite all of the forces set against them. Craig’s storytelling is so dynamic on this bold adventure series.


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