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The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked

Updated December 5, 2020 658 votes 87 voters 3.2k views45 items

These are the best Dark Horse comic books you should add to your library. Dark Horse Comics first got its start back in 1986 as a comic book and manga publisher. The company initially earned a reputation for itself by publishing off-beat, artist-driven stories, such as Hellboy and The American. The company even gained licenses to create comic books based on pre-existing properties, including Star Wars, Aliens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Over the years, numerous Dark Horse Comic titles have been created, and now, it is up to you to vote for the ones you think are the best of all time. 

Are you a fan of Dark Horse's offbeat superheroes? From 1993 to 1996, the publisher created a line of superhero comics that became known as Comics' Greatest World. Many unorthodox characters came out of the woodwork during this time, which included Barb Wire and Ghost. Down the line, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way would enter the fold and create The Umbrella Academy, which would go on to become a Netflix television series. 

With so many wonderful and unique titles over the years, it is time to narrow down the top Dark Horse comics of all time. Your votes will help determine the best Dark Horse comics. Vote for the ones you have read and enjoyed so other fans of Dark Horse know what to read next. 

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  • 1
    Hellboy
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    12

    Hellboy

    Mike Mignola, John Byrne

    Hellboy first appeared in 1993 and has since starred in several one-shots and miniseries. His true name is Anung Un Rama, and he is a well-intentioned half-demon who works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). His main power is the Right Hand of Doom, which is a key that can bring about Ragnarok.

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  • 2
    Sin City
    35
    5

    Sin City

    Frank Miller

    PublisherDark Horse Comics

    Sin City is a neo-noir comic book series. Sin City follows a catalog of characters as their stories intertwine in Basin City. 

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  • 3
    Harrow County
    30
    8

    Harrow County

    Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

    The woods around Harrow County are filled with monsters and ghosts. On the eve of Emmy's 18th birthday, she learns she has a special connection to this place.

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    The Umbrella Academy
    29
    14

    The Umbrella Academy

    Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

    PublisherDark Horse Comics

    The Umbrella Academy consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes. In the mid-20th century, 43 babies with special abilities were born to unconnected women around the globe. Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven children who survived and uses them to try to save the world. 

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  • 5
    300
    18
    2

    300

    Frank Miller

    PublisherDark Horse Comics

    300 was a limited series of comics in 1998. It is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae as told from the point of view of Leonidas of Sparta. 

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  • 6
    American Gods
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    5

    American Gods

    Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell

    Based on the popular book of the same name by Neil Gaiman. A war between the old and new gods is brewing. The strange Mr. Wednesday hires Shadow to act as his new bodyguard, and Shadow is soon thrust into a bizarre world filled with magic and intrigue. 

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  • 7
    Star Wars: Legacy
    18
    7

    Star Wars: Legacy

    John Ostrander, Jan Duursema

    PublisherDark Horse Comics

    The future of the Skywalker legacy is told in this epic comic book series. The heir of the Skywalkers must thwart the plans of the Empire, which has been conquered by the Siths. 

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  • 8
    Lone Wolf and Cub
    19
    9

    Lone Wolf and Cub

    Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima

    Lone Wolf and Cub follows the story of Ogami Ittō. After his life is upended by false accusations, he travels the land with his three-year old son to seek revenge. 

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  • 9
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs

    PublisherDark Horse Comics

    Hellboy quit B.P.R.D. in 2001, leaving Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and other special task force agents to protect the planet from otherworldly threats. With the growing menace of a frog army, the team must work together to save the world from the occult. 

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  • 10
    Black Hammer
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    7

    Black Hammer

    Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston

    The old superheroes have to live out the rest of their lives on a farm after being banished from existence. They must work together to free themselves from this realm with the aid of a mysterious stranger. 

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  • 11
    Aliens: Dead Orbit
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    9

    Aliens: Dead Orbit

    James Stokoe

    After a horrifying incident takes place on a space station, one engineering officer is left up against the xenomorph. The officer must use all the tools available, from a utility kit to a timer, to take out the deadliest creature in space. 

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  • 12
    Berserker Unbound
    16
    9

    Berserker Unbound

    Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato

    Berserker Unbound follows a medieval sword-and-shield warrior who gets transported to a modern day city. He must protect those around him from an evil wizard determined to send him to Hell.

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  • 13
    Avatar: The Last Airbender
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    1

    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino

    PublisherDark Horse Books

    Dark Horse continues the epic storyline begun by the hit Nickelodeon series. Aang, Katara, Fire Lord Zuko, and their pals continue to fight against those seeking to disrupt their way of life. 

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  • 14
    Colder
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    11

    Colder

    Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra

    Colder is one of the most frightening comics to come out of Dark Horse. It follows Declan Thomas who is an ex-inmate of an insane asylum and has the power to step inside other people's madness. 

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  • 15
    Usagi Yojimbo
    11
    4

    Usagi Yojimbo

    Stan Sakai

    PublisherDark Horse Comics, Fantagraphics Books

    Usagi wanders the land to sell his services as a bodyguard to anyone who may be in need. The series draws a lot of influence from Japanese cinema, particularly from the works of Akira Kurosawa. 

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  • 16
    Polar
    15
    9

    Polar

    Víctor Santos

    Polar follows a Cold War espionage agent who comes to the United States to assassinate a political target. However, his mission is never what is seems, and he lands in direct conflict with the enemy.

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  • 17
    Prometheus
    9
    2

    Prometheus

    Dan Abnett, Andrea Mutti

    Colonel Marines go to investigate a strange alien ship. However, the Marines find they are not alone and must now contend with an angry god. 

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  • 18
    The Goon
    8
    4

    The Goon

    Eric Powell

    PublisherDark Horse Comics, Avatar Press

    The Goon mixes the comical with the violent and supernatural. The titular character frequently finds himself up against zombies, ghosts, mutants, giant squids, and so much more.

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  • 19
    Empowered
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    8

    Empowered

    Adam Warren

    Empowered is a sexy superhero comedy. Elissa Megan Powers is a superhero who has to combat supervillains as well as her own self-esteem issues. 

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  • 20
    Koshchei the Deathless
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    1

    Koshchei the Deathless

    Mike Mignola, Ben Stenbeck

    Koshchei the Deathless was originally sent to kill Hellboy. In his original series, he must relive every horrible act he has ever committed as he pursues immortality.

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  • 21
    Tomb Raider
    5
    1

    Tomb Raider

    Mariko Tamaki, Phillip Sevy

    Fans of the hit video game series can keep up with the adventures of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider comic book series. Croft becomes entangled in a world of intrigue as she searches for a rare mushroom that has the power to grant the user immortality. 

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  • 22
    MIND MGMT
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    1

    MIND MGMT

    Matt Kindt

    A young journalist stumbles upon an incredible discovery while investigating a commercial flight where everyone lost their memories. This leads her to the Mind Management program that works on everything from talking dolphins to weaponized psychics.

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  • 23
    The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot

    PublisherDark Horse Comics

    From the mind of Frank Miller comes the exciting tale of a monster attacking downtown Tokyo and the only heroes that can stop it are The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot.

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  • 24
    The Dirty Pair
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    1

    The Dirty Pair

    Adam Warren

    PublisherDark Horse Comics, Eclipse Comics

    Dark Horse's The Dirty Pair is the American-produced comic book series based on the Japanese light novels. Kei and Yuri, publicly known as the "diry pair" are trouble consultants who are known for leaving chaos in their wake. 

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  • 25
    Elfquest
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    9

    Elfquest

    Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

    PublisherDC Comics

    Elfquest follows a community of elves as they try to make life work on a primitive Earth filled with other magical species. Dark Horse Comics has been the publisher of this title since 2013. 

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