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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.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 400

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.

7406691-the-consultant-4The 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.

Devil’s Due Entertainment Becomes Devil’s Due Comics, Launching Two New Titles and Focusing on Creator-Owned

This Summer Devil’s Due Entertainment’s titles will be getting a facelift as the brand changes its name to Devil’s Due Comics. A shift happening to reflect its new Publishing Platform for creator-owned titles.

The first two titles to be released under Devil’s Due Comics are horror title Little Girl (a 4-issue miniseries debuting in July) by writer Pat Shand and artist Olivia Pelaez, and video game homage Final Street (special launch issue dropping in June) by writer Scott Schmidt and artist Brian Atkins.

While most of the changes will remain invisible to the general public, other than a new logo, the company is focusing on alternative deal structures that appeal to what it sees as a growing culture of self-sufficient creators controlling their own properties through social media engagement and comicon weekend “road warrior” promotion. The new platform offers simpler royalty structures for store sales and even flexible one-year contracts. Creators will be allowed a more hands-on, DIY approach to their books, using a web interface developed by Devil’s Due founder Josh Blaylock, which is all part of what he sees as a need in the indie market.

As for its previously existing titles, everything remains as it has been, with creators possibly shifting their publishing arrangements over to the new platform on a case by case basis.

Devil’s Due Comics will continue to be released through comic shops via Diamond under the umbrella label Devil’s Due / 1First Comics.

The company is not accepting open solicitations from the public at this time, and is prepping more titles to be announced later in 2018.

Plume: the Omnibus is on Kickstarter Now!

After six years in the making, the adventures of Vesper Grey and her guardian Corrick have come to an end. Weighing in at 480 pages, the Plume Omnibus is here!

Running to January 12, you can pledge to the Plume: The Omnibus Kickstarter and get your own copy!

Plume follows Vesper Grey and her supernatural (and reluctant) guardian Corrick in the Old West. On their way to recover some stolen artifacts, they start to learn the gritty truth about the past and how far they’re willing to go to avenge it.

Along with Kickstarter Exclusive Editions of the latest collections of Plume, new and OG Plumers alike will also be offered new and limited rewards like the screen printed Plume t-shirt, a Vesper and Corrick enamel pin set, and Plume book plate with the omnibus. And, of course, all books will be signed by the one and only K. Lynn Smith!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Moon_Knight_1_CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Elana

Top Pick: No Mercy #9 (Image Comics)This is the most powerful issue of a comic you will read this month. It actually can stand alone if you haven’t read the series, because it’s that good and complete.

This month’s issue features the only trans male character in a mainstream comic. The ONLY one. I’m not surprised that a series which has dedicated itself to portraying an honest, diverse and realistic range of teens is the book that finally has a character like this. The story offers insight into a great injustice happening to all sorts of young people who society labels as “deviant”.

No Mercy is an unflinching series with high stakes, zero predictability and an extremely high level of moral responsibility. It lives up to it and we are stronger for reading it.

Goldie Vance #1 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios)A Girl Detective! A fun resort setting! Charming and accessible art! Could this be the diverse and actually creative Nancy Drew we never had before? Probably.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Moon Knight #1 (Marvel) – I am one of the few (read only) Moon Knight fans at my comic shop, and I knew I’d be picking this comic up anyway, but with Jeff Lemire and Jordie Bellaire involved Marvel may as well just take my money. I’ve been chomping at the bit for this comic ever since I saw who the creative team involved was.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #2 (Valiant) – Last issue took me entirely by surprise, and I absolutely loved it. I’m incredibly pumped for the second issue this week.

Voracious #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – I can’t get enough of this series. I honestly can’t. It’s an amazingly fun comic about the owner of a diner who is also a time travelling dinosaur hunter (where else do you think he  that you have to read.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #6 (Valiant) – After the brilliance of last issue, this issue has a lot to live up too (spoiler: it does). I can’t wait to get my hands on the print copy.

 

Javier

Top Pick: The Last Contract #4 (BOOM! Studios) – This is the last issue. The Geriatric Hitman with No Name closes the gap on his violent past.  Bittersweet moment, I was hoping it would continue as a series, or at least for 12 issues. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Clint Eastwood picks this up for film.

Black Road #1 (Image Comics) – I’ve been on a Viking kick these past few weeks with the History Channel’s show, and I have Wood’s collected Northlander series in TPB, so the more Vikings the better.

Carver Paris Story #3 (Z2 Comics) – Old school pulp noir in a Paris setting. It’s a brutally simple and effective book.

Delete #2 (Devil’s Due) – This is cool sci-fi action story with Armenian gangsters. Philip K. Dick meets Lone Wolf and Cub when a simple muscular Handyman teams up with an orphaned girl against killers.

Starve #8 (Image Comics) – Another Brian Wood book.  It’s underrated, but I think word is getting out on this series.  Food and comics, why didn’t I think of this first. It really is good reading.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 (DC Comics) –  A great allegory about the Syrian refugee crisis and ISIS. A great example of how comics can be so much more than spandex and powers, even when they feature spandex and powers.

Monstress #5 (Image Comics) – As always a fantastic series that blends fantasy and politics. This is world building at its best, and I can’t wait to see where it all goes. Add on top of that beautiful art and you’ve got one of the best comics on the market.

Moon Knight #1 (Marvel) – Fascinated to see what they do with this series.

Nameless City Vol. 1 (First Second) – An adorable graphic novel, the first in a series. It’s a great read geared towards younger kids I think, but also very enjoyable for adults too. The series is about a city controlled by an army and the a new soldier becoming friends with one of the town people.

Star Wars Special: C-3PO (Marvel) – I want to know how he got that red arm!!!!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #50 CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: Batman #50 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is one of the best writers to get his hands on the Dark Knight in recent memory. I’ve made no secret of my love for his current run on this series (have you been reading Mr H and Alex Discuss…?), and I am chomping at the bit to get my grubby mitts on this comic, and for once I don’t care about the inflated price. With Bruce Wayne returning under the cape and cowl, it’s going to be an epic.

All-New Classic Captain Canuck #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Spinning out of the back up strips of Captain Canuck comes the adventures of the classic Captain. The #0 issue last month was fantastic, an anthology of the back up strips to date. This first issue in the new series features a version of the character that is more appealing to me, personally, than the more modern version. I’m looking forward to this issue.

Hyperion #1 (Marvel) – The previews had me sold when I read that Hyperion may use a transfer truck as a baseball bat. That’s an image I have to see.

Klaus #4 (Boom! Studios) – As outlandish as the whole Santa Claus: Year One concept is, in Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s hands it’s one that has been working better than it has any right to be. Absolutely brilliant series.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Delete #1 (Devil’s Due) – More indie sci-fi, but this is from the same team that is currently writing Harley Quinn.  A young mute girl, in a future where memories can be implanted and removed, witnesses a murder and is on the run with her protector. Looks promising.

Birthright #15 (Image Comics)  – Wizardry and sword fighting fantasy running amok in our world.  Love it.

Grayson #18 (DC Comics)  – Tim Seeley and Tom King are making the James Bond thing work for Grayson.  More people should be reading this.

Pencil Head #3 (Image Comics) – Ted McKeever’s fictionalized and irreverent behind the scenes look at the comic book industry is a fun, but twisted, read.

Venus #4 (BOOM! Studios) – This is the final issue. I’m sad to see this one go; I was hoping for a 6 to 12 issue run on this sci-fi piece with a re-imagined dystopian American/Chinese space race.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman #50 (DC Comics) – Things have been building for so long, it’s kind of hard for this comic to not be at the top of my pick list. We’ll most likely see Bruce Wayne again as Batman, taking up the mantle once again to save Gotham. And yes, that makes my inner kid a little giddy. This is hopefully the payoff we’ve been waiting for.

All-New Captain Canuck #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – I love the relaunched Captain Canuck, and to be able to get a double dose of the character is fine by me. It’s superhero stories that gets rid of the grim and gritty and instead inject old school fun.

Circuit Breaker #1 (Image Comics) – The first issue is crazy and so out there, I don’t know how to describe it. It feels like very Japanese stereotype mashed together in an anime-ish style that is a visual assault. And of course if focuses on evil robots.

Independence Day #1 (Titan Comics) – The movie gets the comic book treatment before the sequel hits theaters this year.

Superman: Lois and Clark #6 (DC Comics) – I think this is the best Superman comic on the market right now with a great mix of old and new and some fantastic visuals. I hope we see more of this with Rebirth.

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

A bunch of publishers announced sell-outs and new printings to end the year. Here’s some of the announced comics.

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced that the second issue of Klaus, their original comic series by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora that details the epic origin of the one and only Santa Claus, has sold out through its first printing at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to fill demand.

Klaus #2 second print ships with a new cover by David Rubín and is anticipated to be in stores on January 20th.

Klaus #2 2nd Printing Cover by David Rubín

Devil’s Due Entertainment

Squarriors, by Ash Maczko and Ashley Witter has sold out at the distributor level at Diamond Comic Distributors within hours of its release this week. Devil’s Due is working on restocking and encourages retailers to place back orders while a new printing is in the works.

Squarriors

Image Comics

Author Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda launched their new fantasy adventure Monstress to early critical acclaim and have taken the comics industry by storm. Image Comics has announced that issues #1 and #2 are being fast-tracked for third and second printings, respectively, to keep up with the high customer demand.

Monstress #1 Third Printing Monstress #2 Second Printing

NYCC 2015: Devil’s Due/1First Comics at the Show

Thursday, October 8th at 10 AM, New York Comic Con begins and Devil’s Due / 1First Comics will be there all weekend! Check them out at Booth #1145. Joining them at the booth will be a few of your favorite Devil’s Due / 1First creators – Ash Maczko, Ashley Witter, Josh Blaylock, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, and Annie Wu (Friday only).

Not only will DD1F be on the main show floor, but they’ll be in artist alley too! Don’t forget to say Dirk Manning (H8), the Fillbach Brothers (BB4), the Yuan Twins.

In honor of NYCC, DD1F is bringing an exclusive convention variant of Public Relations #2 by Squarriors‘s Ashley Witter. Don’t forget to pick up your copy at the booth and get it signed by Witter, Sturges, Justus, and Public Relations‘ cover artist Annie Wu (Friday only).

NYCC ’15 Signing Schedule @ Booth 1145

Thursday 10/8
2 to 3:30 PM – Josh Blaylock (Mercy Sparx)
4 to 5 PM – Ashley Witter, Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus (Public Relations)
5:30 to 6:30 PM – Ashley Witter, Ash Maczko (Squarriors)

Friday 10/9
1 to 2 PM – Josh Blaylock
3:30 to 4:30 PM – Ashley Witter, Ash Maczko
5 to 6:30 PM – Ashley Witter, Annie Wu, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus

Saturday 10/10
1 to 2:30 PM – Ash Maczko, Ashley WItter
3 to 4 PM – Ashley Witter, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus
5 to 6 PM – Josh Blaylock

Sunday 10/11
11 AM to 12:30 PM – Josh Blaylock
1 to 2 PM – Ashley Witter, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus
2:30 to 4 PM – Ashley WItter, Ash Maczko

Public Relations #2 NYCC Exclusive

Devil’s Due Turns to Digital First

Galaxys for Hire Convention Preview - Art by Sherard JacksonKeeping up with the trends, Devils’ Due Entertainment has announced they’re expanding their digital first comic offerings. The first to be released is the sci-fi action series Galaxys for Hire by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson. The series centers around two rivaling sisters, Tanna and Mallori Galaxy, trying to survive a rigorous life in space in the 51st century.

The plan for the publisher is the add this distribution channel along with their crowdfuding and print releases. The publisher said in their release that while some titles do well in stores, others do better at conventions, some better with online sales, or through crowdfunding.

The digital first program will see several titles released in digital format followed by third party digital distributors such as comiXology and Drive-Thru Comics, and (for certain titles) to its crowd-funding campaign backers and additional marketing, all which serve as marketing to promote the comics in anticipation of print distribution through the comic book shop Direct Market and several large comic-cons.

Already known for their huge presence as web-comics, Plume (by K. Lynn Smith) and the recently added Scorch (by Ashley Witter), are also published by Devil’s Due and will maintain their own independent web presence.

The full line-up of digital first comics include:

  • Galaxys for Hire by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson – May 2015
  • Mercy Sparx by Josh Blaylock, Matt Merhoff and various artists starting with issue 8 – May 2015 (still scheduled for print release as solicited).
  • Drafted by Mark Powers which ran as a critically acclaimed twelve-issue maxi-series from Devil’s Due a few years ago, in development as a film by Benderspink Productions – Summer 2015
  • Tales of Mr. Rhee vol. 3 by Dirk Manning and various artists – Fall 2015
  • Solitary vol. 2 by CW Cooke – Fall 2015

Ashley Witter’s Scorch Comes to Devil’s Due

ScorchBefore Squarriors, and before her adaptations of Interview with the Vampire, Ashley Marie Witter built a massive online following with the suburban-goth web-comic, Scorch, about a macabre yet cute demon living in suburban America.

This July Devil’s Due Entertainment brings Scorch to print for the first time, collecting the hundred pages of content into a trade paperback, featuring all new cover art by Witter.

Both written and illustrated by Ashley, Scorch is the story of a demon living an immortal life as a young teen in suburban America. To gain this immortal gift, she made a deal with a more powerful demon who has since manifested himself as a monster (living in her closet) to keep tabs on the debt she needs to settle — the payment: 10,000 souls, plus interest.

Accompanied by her gang of misfits, hoods, and dweebs, Scorch sets out to discover her true past, prevent the end of the world, and pass the 10th grade.

Scorch is available for July release through Diamond.

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