Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For January

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: A list of underrated comics.

This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have an definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for some comics and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find six comics that are worth your attention. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, because otherwise Valiant would dominate the list below. Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions (because otherwise Voracious: Feeding Time  would top the list again).

Not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for January’s comic sales, which is why they’re Underrated.

All sales data comes from Comichron.

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Tomboy #10 (Action Lab: Danger Zone)*
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: Unknown / Not Listed
Tomboy by M. Goodwin  is a brilliant mix of teenage angst, horror, with a little manga mixed in. Think Kick Ass, but with a teenage girl at the center of it all. Every issue has delivered and many have left my jaw agape. It’s an underrated series that’s on too few individual’s radar and it has never disappointed and only entertained. Easily one of the best small press comics out there right now.

Divinity III: Stalinverse #2 (Valiant)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #215 / 7,848
There are few publishers who can do an event miniseries as well as Valiant can, and as a clear example just take a look at the excellent Divinity III; the latest in the saga of a group of cosmonauts granted godlike powers after a mission into deep space

Solo #4 (Marvel)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #212 / 8,055
The funny thing about this series is that if you’ve heard about it, you probably think it sounds stupid. Honestly, it kind of is. But it’s stupid in a good way, with a pleasantly shallow story that never pretends to be more than it is. There are better comics on this list, but Solo is still well worth a look.

God Country #1 (Image)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #161 / 14,322
I absolutely loved the last series (co-)written by Donny Cates, The Paybacks, so when I realized that he was behind this comic about a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease godcountry_01-1who is cured when he lays his hands upon a magical sword with godlike abilities. Regardless of how it sounds, this is an incredibly well written tale that has more layers than a tiramisu, and the deeper you delve into those  layers the sweet the payoff – and the more rewarding the story.

New Super-Man #7 (DC)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #136 / 18,959
I didn’t think I’d like this when I first started reading it, but there’s something incredibly interesting about watching Kong Keenan learn about being a hero – not mastering his new powers, but by moving away from his days of being a school yard bully and growing into a man worthy of the symbol on his chest. A coming of age story in many ways, this comic is every bit about living up to the expectations placed upon your shoulders as it is about the New Super-Man.

Obviously there are many more comics that should be on that list, so look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t selling as well as they should be.

*I actually haven’t read this series, and this entry was contributed by Brett.

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