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Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For April ’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 April.

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 April’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


God Complex #5 (Image)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 270/4,719
Why You Should Read It: 
A science fiction themed reinvention of mythology? What’s not to love when it is packaged this well.

Bloodshot: Salvation #8 (Valiant)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 202/8,171
Why You Should Read It: 
Valiant have some amazing series out right now, and this is one of the best. Jeff Lemire weaves a brutal tale of a man trying to move away from his violent past, but has no faith he’s good for anything but violence… Bloodshot Salvation is also one of the best looking books on the racks right now – each page could easily be framed and displayed proudly within your house.

Thanos #18 (Marvel)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 192/9,014
Why You Should Read It: Because you’ve seen Avengers Infinity War and want more Thanos in your life. Plus Don Cates is a remarkable voice and one you should pay attention too.

Sex Criminals #23 (Image)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 192/9,014
Why You Should Read It: 
As a late comer to this series, I can honestly tell you that it is a brilliantly hilarious, starkly emotional and remarkably ingenious series.

Shadowman #2 (Valiant)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 165/11,738
Why You Should Read It: 
Because it’s awesome. SM2018_002_COVER-A_ZONJIC

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.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are you all getting? What are you interested in? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – April 2018 Comics Sales Estimates: Diamond ships 450k Action #1000s to North America – For those that enjoy the race.

Talking Comics – Representation Matters: What’s Next for Latinx Superhero Stories? – A very good question. Your thoughts?



Talking Comics – Avengers #1

Talking Comics – Barrier #1

Comics Bulletin – Prisoner 155

Talking Comics – Rogue & Gambit #5

ICv2 – Snails Are Just My Speed

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and there’s lots on tap! But before we get to that, who took part in Free Comic Book Day? What’d you enjoy? What’d you get? Sound off in the comments below!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Globalnews – Comic books are not just for entertainment, they can educate too – Yes, yes they can.

KRQE News – Local nonprofit helps improve literacy rates through comic books, pop culture – This is pretty cool to see.

Fairmont Sentinel – Man allegedly stole comic books – Sigh.

Newsarama – Gambit Script ‘Great,’ FOX Interviewing Replacement Directors – They’re going to say its not?

The Comichron – Action #1000, Infinity War tie-ins power comics shops to big win in $46 million April – For those that enjoy the horse race.

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

DC Comics – Update: Doomsday Clock #5 Will Hit Comic Book Shops On May 30 – Well ok then.

The Comichron – Black Panther leads advance reorders as Infinity Gauntlet, Action #1000 keep rolling – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Newsarama – Spawn Role Offered To Jamie Foxx – Report – Interesting.

Newsarama – Deadpool 3? Ryan Reynolds Doesn’t Think It’ll Happen – Bets it happens?

Preview: Action Comics Special #1

Action Comics Special #1

(W) Dan Jurgens, Max Landis, Mark Russell (A) Francis Manapul, Jill Thompson (A/CA) Will Conrad
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“The Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor”! When Superman’s world was reborn, his greatest enemy became his most unexpected ally. But does that truly reflect Lex Luthor-or was it all a sham? Now, as Lex Luthor’s path toward righteousness reaches its apex, he finds himself involved in an adventure in which Superman stands to be destroyed. What choice will Luthor make? Will he save Superman or watch him die at the hands of a foe he could not possibly imagine? This oversized special also features stories from the acclaimed teams of Max Landis and Francis Manapul (in a story previously slated to appear in the DC UNIVERSE HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2017 #1) and Mark Russell and Jill Thompson!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Action Comics Special #1 (DC Comics) – An oversized special celebrating Superman with a long list of talent involved. If you want to continue celebrating Superman’s birthday, this is a way to do it!

Avengers #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness take on Marvel’s premiere team and when Aaron’s involved that guarantees and epic story.

Coda #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’ve read the first issue and this new fantasy series is absolutely wonderful. If you dig a fantasy setting, this is a must.

Dark Ark #6 (AfterShock Comics) – This new take on Biblical tales has been fantastic and one of the comics we look forward to each and every month.

DC Nation #0 (DC Comics) – A special price and some key stories that will launch the next phase of DC Comics.

Death or Glory #1 (Image Comics) – We’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid story of crime and driving.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been rocking it when it comes to their Star Trek stories and the Mirror Universe. This new one has them coming into the Prime Universe and we’re excited to see where it goes.

The Walking Dead #179 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – A new community and we’re waiting for the evil to be revealed.

Xerxes: Fall of the House of Darius #2 (Dark Horse) – The first issue was just ok but we want to see where Frank Miller takes this.

You Are Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – Choose Your Own Adventure + Deadpool + RPG elements = we want to check this out.

Action Comics #1000 Gets a Super-Sized Deluxe Edition Hardcover this Fall

On the heels of DC’s landmark release of Action Comics #1000, this milestone issue of the longest-running superhero comic book in history will debut in a deluxe hardcover format. Available in comic book stores on September 26 and book stores on October 2, the Action Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition hardcover will feature previously unreleased story scripts, sketches and more. With more than eighty pages of some of the top names in comics paying tribute to Superman, the Action Comics #1000 Deluxe Edition hardcover, will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

The deluxe edition hardcover of Action Comics #1000 will include:

  • All eighty pages featuring stories and artwork by Brian Michael Bendis/Jim Lee, Dan Jurgens/Norm Rapmund, Peter J. Tomasi/Patrick Gleason, Tom King/Clay Mann, Geoff Johns & Richard Donner/Oliver Coipel, Brad Meltzer/John Cassaday and Laura Martin, Marv Wolfman/Curt Swan, Louise Simonson/Jerry Ordway and more.
  • A gallery of eighteen unique retailer variants (open to buy and retailer exclusives) and the eight decade-themed variant covers from artists including Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Dave Gibbons, Joshua Middleton and more.
  • Scripts for each of the stories featured in Action Comics #1000
  • A side by side panel/page comparisons for the Peter J. Tomasi/Patrick Gleason story “Never Ending Battle”
  • The original art for the Marv Wolfman/Curt Swan story “An Enemy Within”
  • The Paul Levitz/Neal Adams story from Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, “The Game”
  • Design sketches from Jim Lee
  • A complete reprint of the stories that started it all—the Superman stories Action Comics #1 and 2 from 1938!

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap this week to keep you entertained and informed! We kick things off with our news from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Avengers Comics Sales Figures, according to Marvel: A Comichron Video Spotlight – Some comic history.

Wicked Local – RI man arrested in Southborough comic book theft – That’s a lot of comics.



Talking Comics – Avengers #690

Comic Attack – Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans #1

Seattle PI – Brazen

Comic Mix – The Mainstream #1

Talking Comics – Super Sons #15

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

Kotaku – After Child Pornography Fine, Rurouni Kenshin Will Resume Publication This June – Uh….

CBR – Comic Legends: Was Action Comics #1 Really Released on April 18th? – No, the comic has a a cover release of June which means May.

IGN – Marvel Studios Boss Addresses Namor’s Complicated Rights Status – But my friends’ brother’s school mater said…

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