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Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 300 For January

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 Diamonds top 100 sellers for October.

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 300 in sales.

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list, but the only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 300 for January’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

fighting american 4Fighting American #4 (Titan Comics)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 410 /1,838
A continuation of Kirby and Simon’s original series that finds the 50’s heroes (and villains) in the modern day, this series has been an off beat hero-out-of-time style romp that fans of Kirby and/or Simon should be checking out.

Comic Book History Of Comics: Comics For All #2 (IDW) 
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 401 /1,999
What better way to explore the history of  comics than via comics? This well researched and engaging series is a fantastic window into the history of comics; there is a lack of focus on some artist and creators, but as a stepping stone into comic book history then this is as good a place as any to start.

Walt Disney Comics And Stories #741 (IDW)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 361 /2,863
Innocent, entertaining and a perfect break from some of the more universe spanning multi-part epics from other publishers. A not so guilty pleasure of mine.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #5 (Dynamite)
January Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 314 /3,829
The conclusion to the miniseries that will pull you away from traditional capes and tights and back into the Spirit’s noirish world. It’d be a much better idea for you to pick up the full series, or the eventual trade, than starting with this issue – but then whatever floats your boat, right?

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.

Preview: Barbarella #3

Barbarella #3

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Vicente Cifuentes (A), Jorge Fornes (B), Caspar Wijngaard (C), Tom Feister (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Vicente Cifuentes (RI-B/W), Jorge Fornes (RI-B/W), Caspar Wijngaard (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Mature

To stop a war a planet must fall. For Barbarella the ends don’t justify the terrible means, but if she acts to save billions of innocents it may spell defeat and disaster for Earth. Oh, if there were only another way…

Preview: Hack Slash vs Vampirella #5

Hack Slash vs Vampirella #5

writer: Shawn Aldridge
artist: Rapha Lobosco
covers: Chrissie Zullo (A), Goran Sudžuka (B)
Chrissie Zullo (RI-B/W), Goran Sudžuka (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The final hand is dealt as Cassie, Vlad, and Vampirella try to stop the Blood Queen from getting the final heart she needs to summon the Mad God

Chaos…and before one of them falls. Listen, someone is falling in this issue!

Preview: Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle #6

Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle #6

writers: Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujillo
artist: Maria Sanapo
covers: Maria Sanapo (A), Marco Santucci (B), Dan Parent (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D)
Maria Sanapo (RI-B/W), Marco Santucci (RI-B/W), Dan Parent (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +


The start of a bold new adventure! Mother Forest is beset by a terrible plague that sickens the very jungle, but this deadly evil is not the only danger Sheena must face. A ruthless huntress prowls the forest, seeking a girl with golden hair, and the mark of the jaguar…

Preview: Xena #1

Xena #1

writer: Meredith Finch
artist: Vicente Cifuentes
covers: David Finch (A), Vicente Cifuentes (B)
David Finch (RI-Virgin), Vicente Cifuentes (RI-B/W), David Finch (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The path to redemption is never easy, and the journey of a warrior princess seeking to wash the blood of innocents from her hands is no exception. Xena travels to Athens to plead for redemption in the temple of Eleos. but some things can never be forgiven and the shadows of past sins are long. Will Xena find redemption or betrayal waiting for her in the temple of the gods? The power, the passion, the danger… her courage would change the world. Xena: Warrior Princess.

Preview: Greatest Adventure #9

Greatest Adventure #9

writer: Bill Willingham
artist: Cezar Razek
covers: Cary Nord (A), Greg Smallwood (B), Roberto Castro (C)
Cary Nord (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

With the threat of a doomsday weapon looming before them, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ greatest heroes rage into battle to protect the innocent. Who will survive? Can they defeat evil in time? Find out in the epic conclusion of The Greatest Adventure!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #1

Legenderry Red Sonja #1

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Blood Red)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

Preview: The Shadow/Batman #5

The Shadow/Batman #5

writer: Steve Orlando
artist: Giovanni Timpano
covers: Brandon Peterson (A), Philip Tan (B), Derek Charm (C), Robert Carey (D), Giovanni Timpano (E-Sub)
Derek Charm (RI-B/W), Philip Tan (RI-B/W), Robert Carey (RI-B/W), Brandon Peterson (RI-Virgin), Philip Tan (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The Silent Seven fight a war on multiple fronts. But if you follow the strings high enough, are Batman, the Shadow, and Robin still just puppets? Robin and the Shadow fight for their lives, while the actions of the Seven leave Batman unsure if he can trust anyone in his life, including himself. Three generations of crimefighting are deserted and alone, but if they can come together to finally confront the Seven where they live, is it their final victory? Or exactly what the Seven has wanted all along?

Preview: George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #8

George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings #8

writers: George R. R. Martin, Landry Q. Walker
artist: Mel Rubi
covers: Mike Miller (A), Mel Rubi (B)
Mike Miller (RI-B/W), Mel Rubi (RI-B/W), Mike Miller (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Mature

George R.R. Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire series continues with this latest installment of A Clash of Kings!

Preview: Dejah Thoris #1

Dejah Thoris #1

writer: Amy Chu
artist: Pasquale Qualano
covers: J. Scott Campbell (A), Frank Cho (B), Mike McKone (C), Sergio Davila (D)
Mike McKone (RI-B/W), Frank Cho (RI-Virgin), J. Scott Campbell (RI-Virgin), Sergio Davila (D) (RI-B/W), J. Scott Campbell (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Dejah Thoris, obsessed with finding the legendary Gardens of Mars, recruits her own expedition team of scientists. But once outside the palace walls, things don’t go as planned, and the Princess learns the hard way just how dangerous Barsoom really is.

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