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Underrated: Great Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 Sellers For May

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 May.


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 six(ish) comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher.

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 100 for May’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

 

croak 1.jpgCroak #1 (Alterna)
May Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 424 /2,906
Alterna’s range of newsprint comics have been a fantastic addition to my pull list, with the stories on offer crossing numerous different genres and styles, and each one easily being worth the price of admission. Croak is a fantastic little horror tale that’ dripping atmosphere from every panel – if horror isn’t your thing, I’d still recommend you give this a shot. It’s more a thriller/psychological horror style of comic, and one that benefits from the newsprint adding a murky, retro feel to the art. I’m a big fan of the newsprint idea, and thankfully this comic lives up to the promise.

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #4 (Black Mask)
May Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 263 /6,706
There have been some significant delays surrounding this series, which is a genuine shame because the momentum the series had been gathering seems to have dissipated a little bit, but if you can find the individual issues then this is a series that’s going to take you on quite an unexpectedly brilliant ride.

TMNT #69 (IDW)
May Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 169 /13,726
Ninja Turtles fan? You’ll love this. It’s a brilliant series that has been quietly chugging along for nearly seventy issues for a good reason.

XO2017_003_COVER-B_ROCAFORTX-O Manowar #3 (Valiant)
May Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 152 /16,002
Perhaps my most loved on going series right now, X-O Manowar can be best described as Space Conan. Every issue is a joy to read and experience. Seriously I can’t express just how great a series this has been over the last few issues, and Matt Kindt’s reluctant-soldier story meshes really well with the phenomenal artwork of Tomas Giorello and Diego Rodriguez give an almost effervescent quality to the pages in your hands. Quite simply, this series is one you have to check out.


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.

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Preview: Uncle Scrooge #27

Uncle Scrooge #27

Romano Scarpa, Thad Komorowski, Olaf Solstrand (w) • Romano Scarpa, Flemming Andersen (a) • Henrieke Goorhus (c)

“The Bodacious Butterfly Trail,” Part 1 of 2! When Brigitta MacBridge and Huey, Dewey and Louie find a centuries-old insect with a built-in Columbus-era treasure map, can Scrooge McDuck not try to cash in?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Mickey Mouse #21

Mickey Mouse #21

Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Jonathan Gray (w) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan (a) • Andrea Freccero (c)

“The Clones of Channel 3000!” After checking out Mouseton’s new TV network, Mickey and Horace seem to see a sinister, weasel-faced man replicating all over the city! What’s this double-army up to… and can Eega Beeva stop them?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Revolution: Aw Yeah! #2

Revolution: Aw Yeah! #2

Art Baltazar (w & a & c)

After learning that his favorite comic book character SNAKE EYES is real, BARON KARZA, along with his new ally COBRA COMMANDER, tries to capture him and claim SNAKE EYES as the ultimate collectible! WHAT?! Someone call G.I. JOE! What will happen when the JOES get involved in the battle, you ask? That’s right! A showdown between Snake Eyes and the Ninja STORM SHADOW! But what happens next…would be a SPOILER! Beware BARON KARZA! Or the world will be crushed in his grasps!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Cosmic Scoundrels #4

Cosmic Scoundrels #4

Andy Suriano & Matt Chapman (w) • Andy Suriano (a & c)

It’s WEDDING BELLS for one of the Cosmic Scoundrels! Could this be the END for our space faring BACHELORS on the run–or the BEGINNING??

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #55

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #55

Christina Rice (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a & c)

“Wings Over Yakyakistan” part 1 of 2. While on a diplomatic mission to Yakyakistan, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash are surprised to uncover an imminent attack on the kingdom by dragons! Will Dash be able to rouse the Wonderbolts to aid the Yaks in time to thwart the invasion?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Highlander: The American Dream #5

Highlander: The American Dream #5

Brian Ruckley (w) • Andrea Mutti (a) • Nick Percival (c)

The cult-classic film’s triumphant return concludes! The American Dream has followed Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod as he clashes with powerful immortals from the American Civil War to 1950s Manhattan on an unstoppable march toward The Gathering, where the last of the immortals will duel to the death. And to the victor goes The Prize… and control over humanity’s destiny!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #11

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #11

Rich Douek (w) • Aaron Conley (a) • Freddie Williams II (c)

Man Ray and Sally Pride journey to New Jersey to investigate rumors of a mysterious monster… who happens to be new mutant Dreadmon!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Star Trek: Boldly Go #9

Star Trek: Boldly Go #9

Mike Johnson (w) • Tony Shasteen (a) • George Caltsoudas (c)

Welcome to New Vulcan! Uhura and Spock adjust to life in the growing colony…and discover an ancient secret that could change the destiny of Vulcans forever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Samurai Jack Returns To Comic Books With A Quantum Twist

Jack is back! Samurai Jack, that is, and he’s making his grand return to comics, courtesy of writer Fabian Rangel Jr. and artist Warwick Johnson Cadwell. Hot off the heels of the critically acclaimed Helena Crash, the pair are re-teaming for a bold new take on the iconic samurai.

The story, entitled “Quantum Jack,” sees Jack like we’ve never seen him before. After getting zapped by an experimental Quantum Ray, Jack is sent hurtling into one alternate reality after another, his memories erased, but his spirit intact. Can you imagine Jack as the leader of a ruthless biker gang of bounty hunters? Thanks to the warped minds of Rangel Jr. and Cadwell, you don’t have to. They’ve done it for you! And that’s just the beginning…

 

In addition to Cadwell’s highly stylized art giving Samurai Jack fans a different, yet familiar, spin on the character, artists Michael Avon Oeming, Alexis Zirritt, and Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky, will all be providing cover art for the debut issue.

IDW’s acclaimed history of publishing high-octane Samurai Jack comics will resume this September as a new chapter emerges from the time stream and new versions of Jack with it!

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