What are the best Yaoi and graphic novels with dark theme?

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    #1Love Pistols (Vol. 1)

    Love Pistols (Vol. 1)

    After an accident riding his bike, Norio is able to see zoomans, humans who are able to adopt animal forms. The crash also messed up his pheromones, which will get the attention of every beast from the school. 

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    Jesse Contreras
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Definitely one of the more stranger Comics I read from Japan. It's a Yaoi graphic novel so it tends to do with boys liking each other but this one goes a little bit further by involving a boy and multiple beasts at his school. Wasn't a big fan of the storyline though the graphics are pretty cool to look at. I wouldn't recommend giving this book to anyone under age unless they're familiar with this genre of graphic novel."
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    #2Loveless (Vol. 1)

    Loveless (Vol. 1)

    Loveless is a fantasy yaoi manga written and illustrated by Yun Kouga and translated by Ray Yoshimoto. It is the first volume of Loveless. Loveless was published on February 7, 2006 by TokyoPop.

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    #3Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

    Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale

    Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale is a horror fiction graphic novel by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It tells the story of the Archie gang as they try to escape from an unfortunate event that threatens the safety of Riverdale.

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    Joe Walker
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I just finished reading this novel. The characters and story were very interesting."
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    #4Death: At Death's Door (Vol. 1)

    Death: At Death's Door (Vol. 1)

    Death: At Death's Door is a mystery fiction manga series that was originally published in 2003 by the Vertigo. This graphic novel was written and illustrated by Jill Thompson adapting a manga-style drawing.

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    Sarah Gardner
    Written on April 27, 2018
    " One of the problems with "Death's Door" was that we had seen this story before. It is impossible to avoid the similarities to Season 2's excellent first episode "In My Time of Dying", which I would consider to be one of Supernatural's best episodes to date. In that episode, Dean resisted death."
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    #5Pathos (Yaoi)

    Pathos (Yaoi)

    Pathos is a book by Mika Sadahiro that tells the story of A, K and J. A was raised by K and J who are immortal vampires. As A grows older, J becomes cold towards him and the reason is a mystery to A. 

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    Albert Chavez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "As with any yaoi, this needs a content warning. This is definitely not everyone's thing. But if it is your thing, this graphic novel mixes a yaoi romance with a wonderful dark theme. This is well worth the read for anyone interested in vampire fiction as well as yaoi romance. I couldn't put it down!"
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    #6Black Summer

    Black Summer

    Black Summer is a graphic novel written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp. This comic book is a limited series that was published between May 2007 to July 2008. There were eight issues released.

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    Walter Howell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Great comic book with mind blowing writing and incredible art "
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    #7Secret Moon (Yaoi)

    Secret Moon (Yaoi)

    Secret Moon is a book by Sira Gou that tells a story about Tomoe and Taichi. They will meet and Tomoe will be curious about Taichi's unique strength and fiery eyes.

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    Richard Pena
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I am a big fan of graphic Yaoi novels that feature a dark theme. I know it’s not a common thing to like but I love to read stories like this. The best book I have found so far on this is Secret Moon by Sira Gou. "
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    #8Vampire’s Portrait Volume 1 (Yaoi)

    Vampire’s Portrait Volume 1 (Yaoi)

    Vampire’s Portrait Volume 1 is a book by Hiroki Kusumoto that tells the story of Ru and Zain, a starving artist and a wealthy vampire. They will meet and something unusual will spark between them. 

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    Billy Ross
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Dark is this novels theme and they nail it. it has so much going for it and if you are into these types of novels, then you need this one in your life. It has some memorable moments and some of the characters really grow on you. Check it out!"
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    #930 Days Of Night

    30 Days Of Night
    30 Days of Night by Steve Niles is a horror fiction graphic novel published in 2017. This comic follows the secluded land of Barrow and the haunting mystery that lurks in their frozen, dark town.
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    Wang Ren
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "30 Days Of Night is one of the best worth-reading graphic novels with dark theme. My son read it over and over and couldn't get tired of it. It's one of those books that live in one's mind even when they grow old. "
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    #10CUT

    CUT
    Chiaki Sakaguchi is a very popular high school student with a secret hidden in his heart, which doesn't give him much freedom to be who he really is. The only person able to unveil his true identity is his classmate.
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    Amanda Soto
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Great manga to read. The selling point of this manga may not be the plot, though it is also fantastic, but the characters. The characters each seem so different and well written/created. The manga really draws you in and leaves you rooting for the relationship to prevail. "
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    #11American Splendor

    American Splendor
    American Splendor by Harvey Pekar was a revolution in the American comic book industry in the 70's. It was the first comic that drew attention to the graphic novels telling the own autobiographical story of Pekar in his hometown of Cleveland. Harvey Pekar counted with the best artists of the underground comic books scene including Robert Crumb, Kevin Brown, Greg Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray.
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    William Jensen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "American Splendor by Harvey Pekar is the perfect graphic novel with a dark theme. Reading this comic opened my mind to a whole new world of reading."
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    #12Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost is a young adult graphic novel created by Vera Brosgol. This sequential art fantasy paranormal book is first published in 2011 by First Second. 

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    Timothy Burton
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I usually don't read graphic novels but this one changed my perception of the graphic novel. The story is about a socially awkward girl who finds it difficult to fit-in in her school and finds a friend, who is a ghost. After reading this great novel, I read few other graphic novels but none of them were as good or story vise as immersive as this one. I definitely recommend this to those who are new to graphic novels."
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    #13Daredevil: Born Again

    Daredevil: Born Again
    Daredevil: Born Again is a graphic novel comics written by Frank Miller released in 2014. It was centered on the story where Matt Murdock's former partner Karen Page sells out his secret identity as Daredevil to the Kingpin.
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    Douglas Crawford
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I loved this graphic novel, I really got into it, I felt like I was living the story. I would highly recommend this, it was very well written. "

Summary

Best What are the best Yaoi and graphic novels with dark theme
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Love Pistols (Vol. 1)Books 46 Paid
2Loveless (Vol. 1)Books 31 Paid
3Afterlife with Archie: Escape from RiverdaleBooks 22 Paid
4Death: At Death's Door (Vol. 1)Books 18 Paid
5Pathos (Yaoi)Books 16 Paid
6Black SummerBooks 14 Paid
7Secret Moon (Yaoi)Books 12 Paid
8Vampire’s Portrait Volume 1 (Yaoi)Books 9 Paid
930 Days Of NightBooks 8 Paid
10CUT Books 6 Paid
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