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

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: Comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for October.

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 a 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 something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher.

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list, but the only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for October’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.dark ark 2.jpg

TMNT-Universe-15_Cover-A_richDark Ark #2 (Aftershock)
October Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 215 /8,001
What if Noah’s ark wasn’t the only giant boat that was built to keep species alive? What if there was another? Predictably, this series deals with the darker side;  an ark built to save vampires, dragons and such. It’s as interesting as it sounds, and should be garnering more attention than it currently is.

TMNT Universe #15 (IDW)
October Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 202 /8,656
A companion to the main series, this has been a solid series for some time. While I can’t tell you to read this instead of the main series, if you want more of the Turtles in your reading pile, you can’t go wrong.

Bloodshot Salvation #2 (Valiant)
BSS_003_COVER-A_ROCAFORTOctober Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 174 /10,789
To say that everything Jeff Lemire touches is golden would (probably) be a little bit of an exaggeration, but seeing as how I’ve enjoyed everything he’s written in the last year or two… I also don’t feel the statement is too much of an exaggeration. His ability to humanize the killing machine Bloodshot is incredible, and the twin stories set in Now and Soon timelines are effortlessly balanced. This visually stunning series is another example of why Valiant are one of the best publishers around.

descender25_Digital-1.pngDescender #25 (Image)
October Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 133 /16,873
You may remember a few weeks ago I wrote about the first trade in this series. You can basically say the same things here… so I’ll just link to that post instead.

Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.