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 November
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 100 for July’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.
Catalyst Prime: Accell #10 (Lion Forge)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 370/1,631
Why You Should Read It: A satirical take on superheroes and serialized stories, this series has a lot more depth than you would first think. With the ending of the first arc in this issue, you’ve only got four to catch up on before the fifth issue hits this month.
Low Road West #3 (Image)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 463/1,609
Why You Should Read It: A nuclear war that destroyed part of the US is only the beginning for this series, which is effectively a series of familiar tropes done so very well in every way possible. A very engaging and enjoyable read.
Shuri #1 (Marvel)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold:336/1,982
Why You Should Read It: I really hope that this comic has landed at this place on the sales chart because of its release late in the month and not because people ignored it. Shuri #1 is worth checking out – if nothing else at least read the first issue.
Quantum And Woody #12 (Valiant)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 262/3,960
Why You Should Read It: Perhaps one of the best comics to illustrate what it means to be a superhero, and the effect that even one’s presence can have on the neighborhoods under a hero’s protection. THe final issue of the series, but a great candidate for my comic of the year.
Ducktales #14 (IDW)
October Sales Rank/Units Sold: 238/5,191
Why You Should Read It: Because it’s frigging Ducktales.
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.