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The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked  

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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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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Harrow County is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Frank Miller

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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Star Wars: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Colin Wilson

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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Lone Wolf and Cub is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

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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B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Mike Mignola

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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Black Hammer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Aliens: Dead Orbit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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300 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Frank Miller

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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Empowered is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Polar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Colder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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Berserker Unbound is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato, Jr.

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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Dept. H is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

Running for 24 issues, Dept. H follows Mia, a special investigator, as she studies an undersea research station that could have been the victim of sabotage. She uncovers a bizarre crime filled with deep-sea creatures and horrible secrets. 

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Lady Killer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Joelle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

Lady Killer is an ultraviolent comic book title. Josie Schuller is a picturesque wife, mother, and homemaker, but she's also a ruthless killer. She finds herself in crosshairs that threaten to ruin her American dream.

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Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Christopher Cantwell, I.N.J. Culbard

Everything is a new department store that takes over a small town in Michigan. Strange occurrences begin to take place in the community, and it all seems to be connected to Everything. 

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Elfquest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

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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Critical Role is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Matthew Mercer, Matthew Colville

Critical Role follows the heroes of Vox Machina as they lead campaigns against the forces of evil. They rescue friends and fend off enemies as they protect their homeland. 

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
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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No One Left to Fight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio

A group of fighters has finally defeated every last villain. This series follows that group of heroes as they figure out what to do next in their lives. 

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Lifeformed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Matt Mair Lowery, Cassie Anderson

After an alien invasion, a young girl must leave behind everything she knows to fight for Earth. Along her journey, she's joined by an alien disguised as her father, and the two bond as they fight for the future. 

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Jody Houser, Stefano Martino, Keith Champagne

The popular Netflix series makes its way into comic book form. The comic series follows Will Byers as he tries to survive from the Demogorgon in the Upside Down. 

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Dragon Age is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dark Horse Comic Book Series, Ranked
Greg Rucka, Carmen Carnero

Dedicated fans of the Dragon Age video games will get a kick out of the comic book series. The adventures continue to fill in the gaps in the popular games.