Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For June ’18
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 Diamond’s top 100 sellers for June
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. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 for June’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.
Punks Not Dead #3 (IDW)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 370/2,639
Why You Should Read It: If you like, or are at all interested in or curious about punk music then this is a comic you need to be reading. Although there’s a touch more backstory this issue rather than the forwarding of the plot, you’re missing out if you leave this on the shelf.
Fence #7 (Boom)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 369/2,369
Why You Should Read It: The generally friendly world of a boys boarding school hides an evil and competitive… nah. This is genuinely a fantastic book that deals with teenagers trying to make it onto a fencing team. It’s as interesting and as well written as this description is boring.
Ether: Copper Golems #2 (Dark Horse)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 263/4,925
Why You Should Read It: The sequel to one of the most fantastic miniseries of the last year, this should be a contended for Something Of The Year come December. Read this in floppies or in trade, but whatever you do, read this.
Ninja-K #8 (Valiant)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 224/6,613
Why You Should Read It: Ninjak has assembled a team to take on a deadly set of immortal enemies, because the last time he tried to do it alone, he was overwhelmed. This issue is a solid twenty odd pages of pure action as we see the conflict between the immortals and the rag tag group of “heroes.” Spoiler: It’s fantastic.
Stellar #1 (June)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 143/16,236
Why You Should Read It: Impressive world building, an intriguing setting and a first issue from Image? Why aren’t you checking this out?
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.