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 May 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.
Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1 (Action Lab)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 509/1,194
Why You Should Read It: The beginning of the end for one of my favourite stories, this comic features a time travelling dinosaur hunting chef, a dinosaur detective and a giant monster. The series has evolved over time to cross genre boundaries and blend them into one great melting pot of awesomeness.
Britannia: Dollar Debut #1 (Valiant)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 441/1,698
Why You Should Read It: Because for a dollar, you really can’t go wrong with this Roman era detective story that’s packed full of insanely detailed action and imagery.
Grumble #6 (Albatross Funnybooks)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 430/1,810
Why You Should Read It: Another criminally under read series on this list, Grumble is easily one of my favourite comics being published at the moment (and another one is the first on this list). The art is vibrant and beautiful, and the story has a surprisingly dark undertone beneath the good feelings that you’ll get in your stomach watching the characters connect.
From Hell: Master Edition #5 (IDW)
Sales Rank/Units Sold: 406/2,163
Why You Should Read It: If you have never read Alan Moore’s From Hell, then you should. These Master Editions are a great way for you to do that without splurging on the huge trade (and they’re much easier to hold). This is a great book set around the times of Jack the Ripper, and another reason Alan Moore has the reputation for greatness that he does.
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.