Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For July ’19
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 400 sellers for July 2019
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 400 (yeah, I went for books that hardly any of you have read for whatever reason) for this month’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.
Knights Temporal #1 (Aftershock)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 201/9,789
Why You Should Read It: Time travelling knight fights across the years. It’s got great art, and a really interesting hook that this blurb does no justice to (but seeing as how the entire first issue is dedicated to setting that up, I refuse to give it away here). You missed out if you missed this.
Killers #1 (Valiant)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 264/7,949
Why You Should Read It: Former British spies are being hunted. That these spies are also super powered ninjas is irrelevant. As engaging a read as you’d hope for, this book is utterly wonderful.
Crow Hack Slash #2 (IDW)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 279/5,330
Why You Should Read It: An unabashed love of James O’Barr’s original story and the movie it spawned means I’ll generally check out anything Crow related. More often than not I’m left a touch disappointed. Not in this case.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves #2 (Dark Horse)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 357/2,704
Why You Should Read It: Although it’s no secret I enjoy Disney comics, or it shouldn’t be, even I was surprised at how much I’m enjoying this classic Disney story in comic book form.
Grumble #8 (Albatross)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 430/1,489
Why You Should Read It: Perhaps arguably my favourite comic on this list, the mix of magic, dark humour and the underdog story just ticks every box for me.
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.