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Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For November ’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 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.

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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: Jingle Belle: The Homemades’ Tale

Jingle Belle: The Homemades’ Tale

Paul Dini (w) • Nicoletta Baldari (a) • Stephanie Buscema (c)

We all know that Santa arrives on Christmas Eve bearing bright, shiny new toys for happy kids everywhere. But what happens to the humble homespun holiday gifts often passed over in the rush—the grandmother-made sock animals, or the paste and cardboard unicorns given from little sisters to older brothers? Quite often they wind up shoved aside, ignored or tossed in the trash with the wrapping paper—until the night after Christmas, when they are rescued and magically brought to life by the mysterious Queen of Toys.

A strange being both kindly and vengeful, the Queen is amassing an army of abandoned toys, “The Homemades,” for the sole purpose of vanquishing the Kringle family and seizing the holiday season for herself. Only Jingle Belle and an odd assortment of her friends stand a chance of foiling the Queen’s plans. But first, Jingle must unravel the mystery behind the Queen’s origins and confront a heartbreaking secret from a Christmas long past.

FC • 36 pages • $4.99

Preview: Mickey and Donald Christmas #4

Mickey and Donald Christmas #4

Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Jan Kruse, Jonathan H. Gray (w) • Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Bas Heymans, Gil Turner (a) • Ulrich Schroeder and Daan Jippes (c)

In “The Coat of Many Dollars,” Mickey finds an enchanted frock that magically mints money—and Peg-Leg Pete wants his dirty rotten share! Then, in “Claus in the Contract,” Donald’s out to make Scrooge give to charity or die trying… Jump in for a tinsel-trimmed collection of new and vintage greats!

FC • 64 pages • $6.99

Preview: From Hell: Master Edition #2

From Hell: Master Edition #2

Alan Moore (w) • Eddie Campbell (a & c)

Five unsolved murders. Two of the greatest creators in the history of comics. One sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the 20th century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror. The award-winning bestseller FROM HELL, often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time, takes on haunting new dimensions in FROM HELL: The Master Edition, enhanced with impressionistic hues by Eddie Campbell himself.

This volume contains chapters 2 and 3, as well as all of the original annotations.

FC • 72 pages • $7.99

Preview: DuckTales #15

DuckTales #15

Steve Behling (w) • Gianfranco Florio (a) • Marco Ghiglione (c)

Join us for a special two-part tale of mystery, mayhem, and technological terror as we present “The Greatest Invention He’s Never Had”Parts 1 and 2! It’s 20 pulse-pounding pages of action and suspense as Scrooge and company must deal with one of Gyro Gearloose’s unstable inventions after things (unsurprisingly) get out of hand!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Disney Comics and Stories #2

Disney Comics and Stories #2

Stefano Ambrosio, Per Wiking, and Tom Anderson (w) • Claudio Sciarrone and Vicar (a) • Paolo Campinoti and Marco Colletti (c)

Two new stories for U.S. readers make the second issue of this new series a must-read! First up, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy encounter some “Lonesome Ghosts”in a spooky story just in time for the holidays. In “Sports Photographer,” Donald gets a job taking photos at sports events—with predictably hilarious results!

FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Preview: Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1

Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1

Dave Baker & Nicole Goux, Brandon Easton, Jackson Lanzig & Collin Kelly, Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Nicole Goux, Josh Hood, Sonny Liew, Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Josh Hood (c)

The anthology series spanning 50 years of Star Trek returns in this oversized annual! These weird and wonderful stories—set during the Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and more—expand on rarely explored corners of the universe or provide closure for long-forgotten plot threads. But they all remind us of why we love Trek. This volume features your favorite characters, including Data, Q, and Ezri Dax, handled by the top creators of today and the future!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Preview: Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1

Magic: The Gathering: Chandra #1

Vita Ayala (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Ken Lashley (c)

The boundless multiverse of Magic: The Gathering returns to comics!

In the wake of tragedy, Planeswalker and pyromancer Chandra Nalaar strikes out on her own. On her journey, she’ll have to fight against threats both old and new, as well as her own sense of guilt. Can she overcome all of that alone? And who is that familiar face lurking in the shadows?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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