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 February.
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 400 in sales.
Yup, top 400.
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 400 for March’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.
The Consultant #4 (Action Lab)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 489 / 589
The final issue of a series that highlights the fallout of super battles, the central character is a former Navy S.E.A.L. who specializes in making the sins of superheroes vanish, so if you like the idea of Superman hiring hookers and somebody needing to cover that up, then this criminally under-read series is one you should be on the hunt for.
Lord Of Gore #4 (Devil’s Due)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 467 / 718
Lord Of Gore, as I’m sure you can tell, won’t be for everyone. But the name comes from the B-Movie franchise within the comic, whose star murdered the young actress years ago. A series that takes a dark look at the entertainment industry and the procedure of Hollywood. Look beyond the horror sheen and you’ll find a fascinating story.
Call Of The Suicide Forest #1 (Amigo)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 458 / 780
A comic that follows a person about to end their life in the suicide forest of Japan, only for the denizens of the forest in both sides of life, to begin a war for her soul. Oddly transcendent, this comic should have a bigger audience than the numbers Diamond reported.
Vs #1 (Image)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 424 / 1,278
Blending violence, dark humour and the juxtaposition of sport, science and social media, Vs presents a world where war is fought for entertainment. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so damn possible. A familiarly fresh comic – give this a look next time you’re shopping for comics.
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.