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


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all pretty good, 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 100 for July’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


Grumble #1 (Albatross)
December Sales Rank/Units Sold: 304/2,547*
Why You Should Read It:
Think Constantine mixed with Howard the Duck. The first issue was good, but the next ones have been batter. At only around 2,500* (reported to Diamond) sales, this book has been criminally under read. 

*I had originally noticed this book in the rankings at #429 with 763 sales. It turns out that was a second, more expensive, version of this book, but since I had already set the top of the column up, I decided to break the descending format and leave Grumble at the top.

Canadian Vark #1 (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
December Sales Rank/Units Sold: 343/1,709
Why You Should Read It: 
 I may be slightly biased toward this book, living in Canada and all, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first introduction into Cerberus. I dare say that if you’re a Dave Sim fan then you’re going to enjoy this all-in-one comic. 

Mickey and Donald Christmas Parade (IDW)
December Sales Rank/Units Sold:320/2,146
Why You Should Read It:
It should come as no surprise to you by now that I harbour a (not so secret) love for Disney comics, and while the time has passed for this book, it’ll be a great pick up to read in December this year.

Black Badge #5 (Boom)
December Sales Rank/Units Sold: 265/3,814
Why You Should Read It: 
Boy scouts trained as assassins. That’s what sold me on the comic (and I think I started with the sixth issue before circling back), although finding out Matt Kindt wrote it would have had the same effect. As with any Matt Kindt book, there’s more layers to this than a tiramisu, and part of the excellence here is that you get to slowly unpack all of the details on multiple readings.

Ducktales #15 (IDW)
December Sales Rank/Units Sold: 244/4,880
Why You Should Read It:
Because it’s frigging Ducktales. Woohoo!

Witcher: Of Fire and Flame #1 (Dark Horse)
December Sales Rank/Units Sold: 227/5,510
Why You Should Read It:
I’ve become a big fan of The Witcher books over the past few months, and so getting to read a story in comic form for the first time was pretty cool.

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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.