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Review: Snotgirl #7

After a six-month break, Snot Girl & Co are back in action. Snot Girl #7 is the second book in arc two, which ended with Charlene (Sunny’s new girlfriend), “falling” off the top of a building on New Year’s Eve. Issue #6 gave us some clues as to the general shape of this arc: lots of back story, and an ever-expanding cast of characters.

In issue #7, Caroline “Coolgirl” joins the crew in what Lottie calls “friendtegration”. At the same time, Charlene wakes up from her coma and the “fashion police” continue their off-the-books investigation. All three storylines give us more Virgil, whose status is more slippery than yards of fake silk. By the end of the issue, the girls are well on their way to San Diego for a mid-con blogger party. Charlene may or may not have revisited the scene of her fall as well as Caroline’s strange origins (see issues 1-4). Either way, her plastic surgery does NOT go as planned, and yes, that was most definitely Virgil performing “physical therapy”.

While creators Leslie Hung (artist) and Bryan Lee O’Malley (writer) call this a new arc, it’s certainly worth reading the first five issues before diving in. Arc One built a solid foundation of character connections. It may not be heavy on plot, but the inner-workings of Hung and O’Malley’s cast is almost impossible to explain in summary.

Snot Girl is a fascinating exercise. It took me a while to jump on the train, but now I don’t know what life would be like with Haters Brunch. I think that has a lot to do with Hung and O’Malley’s character-heavy story. I come away from every issue feeling like I’ve gotten a behind the scenes peek at the internet elite, which is, frankly, all I’ve ever wanted in life. Reading Snot Girl is like reading trashy paparazzi magazines, without the guilt of invading a real person’s privacy.

Hung’s artwork, too, is masterful. I would flip through lookbooks by her for hours, if they existed. (hint. Do the thing.) There is something delightful about the “classic” manga style applied to an undeniably American setting. The application may or may not lend itself to a comment on our fetishization of all things Japanese, especially considering the consumerist themes of the book itself. Thanks to Hung, our fashion-conscious cast never wears the same thing twice. It’s easy to believe that these girls have overstuffed closets in their tiny apartments, and that each item they put on has been carefully curated before they even consider walking out the door.

If I knew these people in real life, I would hate them, and you probably would, too. However, kept at the safe distance of “being fictional”, and dressed in what can only be described as the weirdest (and yet coolest?) couture I’ve ever seen, I can’t wait to find out what kind of trouble they get themselves into next.

Story: Brian Lee O’Malley Art: Leslie Hung Color: Rachael Cohen
Lettering: Maré Odomo Cover Color: Jason Fischer
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy!

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/23

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

Ryan C

ViolentLove_08-1Violent Love #8 (Image)** – Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos continue to quietly toil away on the best book almost nobody reads, and ya know what? It’s their loss for passing on it. Our two protagonists finally “hook up” in this issue, and it’s well worth the wait as Santos proves that the only thing he’s better at drawing than noir-esque violence is — noir-esque love, hence the title. Some double-dealings are brought to light, as well, all delivered with a heavy (and awesome) sheen of ’70s grindhouse low-fi panache. The backup strip by Ryan Ferrier and Jamie Jones also continues to impress. Overall: 8.5. Recommendation: Buy

Batman #31 (DC)** – So, now we know what all that build-up surrounding Kite Man was for — he’s a convenient plot device that we had to give a shit about first in order for the timing gimmick he’s put to use as to have any impact. Guess what? It still doesn’t — because telling a long-form storyline through a series of disconnected vignettes just plain doesn’t work. Bless Mikel Janin for still clearly giving his all on art, but man, Tom King just straight-up doesn’t know what he’s doing with this book. Overall: 3. Recommendation: Pass. I purchased my copy because I clearly never learn.

unholy grail 3.jpgUnholy Grail #3 (Aftershock)** – If you’re a sucker for Arthurian lore, as I admit I am, this series pretty much has it all — but man, if you’re unfamiliar with the “source material” (a term I will always hate), I can only imagine how confusing this all would be at this point, because Cullen Bunn’s script pre-supposes fairly solid knowledge of the subject and the heavily-compressed timeline more re-interprets events than it does actually explore them. The whole Guinevere/Lancelot tryst takes center stage this time out, with an intriguing new origin for Morgana LeFay rising from it, and Mirko Colak’s art? Hey, it’s just plain gorgeous. DC needs to put these two on their next re-launch of “The Demon” fast. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Unsound #4 (Boom! Studios)** – Speaking of Cullen Bunn, this “haunted insane asylum” mini-series is getting pretty damn trippy, and this time out we’re treated to a group therapy session from hell — or a neighboring nether-realm of some sort — that brings to light some genuinely creepy shit and leads to another pretty solid cliffhanger. Jack T. Cole’s art is the real star of the book, though, and the fact he’s not cut in on the copyright action for this title is a real crock of shit because he’s the best reason to be buying the comic — and buy it you should. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Whoops, my bad, I already gave that part away.

Shean

defenders 5.jpgDefenders #5 (Marvel) We catch up with our heroes shortly after they battle and capture Diamondback, which leaves Danny Rand hurt. On the way to jail,he is locked up with the Punisher,where a short skirmish takes place in the paddy wagon, where he escapes.The gang splits up scouring the city to find him. The reader finally sees he lands at Black Cat’s lair,where he unloads a striking betrayal. Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Luke Cage #5 (Marvel) What started out as way to pay tribute to someone who he thought was a mentor becomes a fact finding mission and an unlikely reunion. As Luke finds out his mentor is not dead and has steadily experimented on dozens of others. We catch up with him and KevLar who has just killed all his friends as he just realized they were turning them into weapons. By issue’s end, everything comes full circle, justice gets served but not everyone gets out of it clear. Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Generations: Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel) Another bending of time and space allows Ms Marvel to enter the same Universe as Captain Marvel. She enters vintage Metropolis where Carolina Danvers works for the Daily Planet and Khamala is am intern. The step back in time is not without is troubles, as Nightscream, a Shiar who has a vendetta with Danvers. By issue’s end, a final skirmish ensues between the three,but both Marvels end victorious. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: The Realm #1

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth; orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight just to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem. While a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, a group of warriors embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.

A post-apocalyptic fantasy, western, is probably the simplest way to summarise The Realm the new series co-created by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. After some sort of apocalypse, humanity has returned to a medieval like society in order to survive. Enter Will Nolan, an escort/bounty hunter/bodyguard who seems to thrive in this new world. I’m curious to see where this story manages to go forward, and how they explore this strange world which is a mix of fantasy and zombie apocalypse.

The Realm‘s artwork manages to balance violence, action, and a dark atmosphere well. There’s a good amount of flowing action scenes throughout and the issue keeps readers on their toes. We’re also briefly introduced to two mysterious unnamed characters, a sorcerer, and a barbarian warrior, each with a real world vibe to them but at the same time mixing in fantasy tropes. The world is an interesting landscape with art that’s full of details giving us hints about this world and telling it’s own story.

The first issue is a solid start of what is sure to be the next hit that everyone will want. A great beginning and a great mix of genres.

Story: Seth M. Peck Art: Jeremy Haun
Color: Nick Filardi Letters: Thomas Mauer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Comics Reveals New The Walking Dead Variants

Image Comics is pleased to reveal a slew of THE WALKING DEAD variants in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary.

This final month of 25th anniversary theme variants pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series THE WALKING DEAD which went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 11th):

  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170648)
  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, B&W cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code JUL178860)
  • EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson (Diamond Code AUG170650)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young (Diamond Code AUG170569)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, B&W cover by Young (Diamond Code JUL178851)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178342)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, B&W cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178861)
  • REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert (Diamond Code AUG170713)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178341)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, B&W cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178862)
  • SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian (Diamond Code AUG170588)
Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 18th):
  • BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas (Diamond Code AUG170606)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren (Diamond Code AUG170614)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, B&W cover by Harren (Diamond Code JUL178856)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire (Diamond Code AUG170721)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, B&W cover by Lemire (Diamond Code JUL178854)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie (Diamond Code AUG170772)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code AUG170775)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, B&W cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code JUL178850)
Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 25th):
  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne (Diamond Code AUG170633)
  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, B&W cover by Browne (Diamond Code JUL178858)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code AUG170643)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, B&W cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code JUL178852)
  • GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & Andre Araujo, cover by Araujo (Diamond Code AUG170654)
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code AUG170662)
  • HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer (Diamond Code AUG170668)
  • KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu (Diamond Code AUG170686)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code AUG170710)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, B&W cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code JUL178853)
  • SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso (Diamond Code AUG170739)
Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, October 2nd):
  • ANGELIC #2 by Si Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard (Diamond Code AUG170604)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170627)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, B&W cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code JUL178857)
  • CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code AUG170630)
  • GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes (Diamond Code AUG170652)
  • HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg (Diamond Code AUG170559)
  • HACK / SLASH #1: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, B&W cover by Rugg (Diamond Code JUL178855)
  • THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel (Diamond Code AUG170666)
  • ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison (Diamond Code AUG170718)
  • SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane (Diamond Code JUL178340)
  • UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code AUG170596)
  • UNDERWINTER: FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, B&W cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code JUL178859)
  • WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland (Diamond Code AUG170769)
Available in stores on Wednesday, November 1st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, October 9th):
  • MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni (Diamond Code AUG170695)

Image Reveals the Pia Guerra Maestros #1 Variant Cover

Image Comics has revealed a special limited variant cover of Maestros #1 by Y: The Last Man co-creator and series artist Pia Guerra.

In Maestros, Willy Little is granted an unlimited and ultimate power by sheer force of luck when his god-like wizard-king father is murdered—along with the rest of the royal family. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? And will he still be a nice guy when nobody ever says no to him anymore?

Limited quantities of Maestros #1 Cover B by Pia Guerra (Diamond code: AUG178206) will be available Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 25th.

Image and Skybound’s Gasolina is Sent Back to Print

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced that Gasolina #1—by creators Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter with colorist Mat Lopes and letterer Rus Wooton—will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

Set south of the border, Gasolina #1 follows newlywed fugitives Amalia and Randy on their journey south from El Norte. They have played many roles in order to survive, but now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico—and the world—has ever seen.

Gasolina #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG178485), Gasolina #2 (Diamond Code AUG170651), Gasolina #2 The Walking Dead tribute variant (Diamond Code AUG170652) will be available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, October 2nd.

Caitlin Kittredge and Roberta Ingranata Bring Back Witchblade this December

Writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Roberta Ingranata—join forces for an all-new story about one Alex Underwood, a journalist who thinks she’s seen it all… until she becomes the unlikely host to an ancient and powerful artifact known as the Witchblade. The ongoing series—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—is set to launch this December.

Witchblade #1 drops readers into the action from page one. Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to the Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC. Demons are real and walking among humans, and every one of them is intent on taking out the Witchblade’s newest host before she becomes too strong to kill. But the artifact chose Alex for a reason, and she’s not going down without a fight.

Witchblade #1 (Diamond Code OCT170557) hits stores on Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 13th.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

Alex

PESTILENCE_04Old Man Logan #28 (Marvel)** The last Marvel comic on my pull list these days, and were it not for a very sentimental attachment to Wolverine I’d have likely dropped it awhile back for no other reason than I’ve largely stopped reading Marvel. That said, I’m still really enjoying this series, and seeing Old Man Logan back with Hawkeye again as they confront the Hulk Gang is a nostalgic throwback for the reader (and possibly Logan). Ultimately, a really solid book – and one I don’t regret picking up in the least. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Pestilence #4 (Aftershock)** There’s something to be said about reading about zombies in the medieval times. Frank Tieri has always been hit or miss for me (though truthfully far more hit than miss), and this series one of the hits. The covers are always brilliantly well done and the interior art, to me at least, has an almost Mignola feel to it. If you want something a bit different from the spandex and capes of the Big Two then you could do a lot worse than this medieval zombie story. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #4 (Dark Horse)** – Brian Wood and guest artist extraordinaire Vanessa R. Del Rey (way to leave her name off the cover, Dark Horse) deliver a stunning stand-alone story about a teenage girl looking to get off “The Land” to have an abortion that depicts the topic with the intelligence and sensitivity that it deserves while eschewing any sign of preachiness. Highly skilled stuff, wonderfully illustrated, with no easy answers provided. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Harrow County #25 (Dark Horse)** – Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook celebrate a milestone issue in their rural horror series with a story that not only moves, but downright propels, the narrative forward into dizzyng new territory. I’ve been “on the harrow county 25.jpgfence” about this book for some time despite Crook’s utterly gorgeous art, but as of now, I’m “all in” again, no question. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Action Comics #987 (DC)** – Lenticularize me, baby! Or, ya know, don’t, since the first issue of the much-hyped “The Oz Effect” storyline is the very definition of comic book mediocrity. Viktor Bogdanovic’s art has a little bit more personality (and a little bit less technical proficiency) than most “Rebirth” stuff, but Dan Jurgens’ script is rote and predictable in the extreme, even if “Mr. Oz” doesn’t turn out to be exactly who you assumed he was. In addition, they seem to have laidall their cards on the table with their “big reveal” on the final page of this issue, and it’s hard to see where they go from here — as well as why I should care. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Mister Miracle #2 (DC)** – Tom King and Mitch Gerads settle things down a bit after their “Mulholland Drive”-esque first issue, but it’s still fairly obvious that all is not quite as it appears here. Orion is running the show on New Genesis now, Granny Goodness apparently ain’t so bad, and Barda doesn’t really get killed even though it looks like she does for a minute there. Certainly interesting stuff, but I’m not sure “dialing back” the high weirdness was the right call (hey, time will tell), and Gerads’ art, while certainly damn good for the most part, is so murky in the final two panels that it’s hard to discern what’s even going on in the big “cliffhanger” ending. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Patrick

Mage: The Hero Denied #2 (Image)** – I’m up in the air over this one, but I think so is Kevin. On the one hand, he likes his quiet family life, so he’s trying to minimize the threats he’s facing. On the other, he has to take the necessary steps to protect his family. I think that it’s just that Matt Wagner hasn’t seemed to make up his mind yet about what MageTheHeroDenied_02-1Kevin wants most and what he’s prepared to do to get it, so the story is passive and reactive. There are just enough interesting hooks to keep me going, though: I love Mags’ magic crockpot, for instance, and Kevin’s relationship with his son is complex and real. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Kill Or Be Killed #12 (Image)** – This issue is strictly prosaic and procedural, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, coming from Ed Brubaker. Dylan starts hitting back at the Russians, and he and Kira inch closer. But Sean Phillips’ portrayal of Dylan struck me: he looks ten years older and seriously haunted, especially sitting next to Kira at the movies. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy.

Time & Vine #3 (IDW)** – The mystery – that of Megan’s Aunt Alice – kind of… meanders along here. Three issues in, I’m starting to wonder what this story is really about and what’s driving it. The historical vignettes are interesting – we go back to 1863 and a meeting of the Emancipation Society of New York to talk about slavery, suffrage, and economics – but I’m starting to lose the emotional connection. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Christopher

Dept H #18 (Dark Horse) Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they give you a view of the surface world as a tease. Showing how they have reacted to the H-virus, as it spreads. As what may be their last hope for surfacing falls short. This series continues to draw me, as it progresses. Hopefully, with only two issues scheduled to remain after this, we will be shown how things end. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Image Comics Reveals More The Walking Dead Variant Covers

Image Comics has revealed four more of the highly anticipated The Walking Dead variants in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary.

This final month of 25th anniversary theme variants pay tribute to some of the hottest, most jaw-dropping moments from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s long-running, and industry-changing series The Walking Dead which went on to become a pop culture phenomenon.

Available in stores on Wednesday, October 4th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 11th):
  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170648)
  • ELSEWHERE #3 by Jay Faerber & Sumeyye Kesgin, B&W cover by Kesgin & Riley (Diamond Code JUL178860)
  • EXTREMITY #7 by Daniel Warren Johnson, cover by Johnson (Diamond Code AUG170650)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, cover by Young (Diamond Code AUG170569)
  • I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION by Skottie Young, B&W cover by Young (Diamond Code JUL178851)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178342)
  • POSTAL #23 by Bryan Hill & Isaac Goodhart, B&W cover by Goodhart (Diamond Code JUL178861)
  • REGRESSION #5 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, cover by Luckert (Diamond Code AUG170713)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178341)
  • SOUTHERN CROSS #13 by Andy Belanger & Becky Cloonan, B&W cover by Cloonan (Diamond Code JUL178862)
  • SLOTS #1 by Dan Panosian, cover by Panosian (Diamond Code AUG170588)
Available in stores on Wednesday, October 11th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 18th):
  • BIRTHRIGHT #27 by Joshua Williamson, Adriano Lucas & Andrei Bressan, cover by Bressan & Lucas (Diamond Code AUG170606)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, cover by Harren (Diamond Code AUG170614)
  • BLACK SCIENCE #32 by Rick Remender & Matteo Scalera, B&W cover by Harren (Diamond Code JUL178856)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, cover by Lemire (Diamond Code AUG170721)
  • ROYAL CITY #6 by Jeff Lemire, B&W cover by Lemire (Diamond Code JUL178854)
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #32 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, cover by McKelvie (Diamond Code AUG170772)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code AUG170775)
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #6 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe, B&W cover by Liefeld (Diamond Code JUL178850)
Available in stores on Wednesday, October 18th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 25th):
  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, cover by Browne (Diamond Code AUG170633)
  • CURSE WORDS #9 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, B&W cover by Browne (Diamond Code JUL178858)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code AUG170643)
  • DESCENDER #25 by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen, B&W cover by Nguyen (Diamond Code JUL178852)
  • GENERATION GONE #4 Ales Kot & André Araújo, cover by Araújo (Diamond Code AUG170654)
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #6 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code AUG170662)
  • HORIZON #15 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Mike Spicer, cover by Gedeon & Spicer (Diamond Code AUG170668)
  • KILL THE MINOTAUR #5 by Chris Pasetto, Christian Cantamessa, Jean-Francois Beaulieu & Lukas Ketner, cover by Ketner & Beaulieu (Diamond Code AUG170686)
  • MANIFEST DESTINY #32 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts & Owen Gieni, cover by Roberts & Gieni (Diamond Code AUG170695)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code AUG170710)
  • THE REALM #2 by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun, B&W cover by Jeremy Haun (Diamond Code JUL178853)
  • ROCKSTARS #8 by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison, cover by Hutchison (Diamond Code AUG170718)
  • SPY SEAL #3 by Rich Tommaso, cover by Tomasso (Diamond Code AUG170739)
Available in stores on Wednesday, October 25th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, October 2nd):
  • ANGELIC #2 by Simon Spurrier & Caspar Wijngaard, cover by Wijngaard (Diamond Code AUG170604)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code AUG170627)
  • COPPERHEAD #15 by Jay Faerber, Drew Moss & Ron Riley, B&W cover by Godlewski & Riley (Diamond Code JUL178857)
  • CROSSWIND #5 by Gail Simone & Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code AUG170630)
  • GASOLINA #2 by Sean Mackiewicz, Mat Lopes & Niko Walter, cover by Walter & Lopes (Diamond Code AUG170652)
  • HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, cover by Rugg (Diamond Code AUG170559)
  • HACK / SLASH #1: RESURRECTION #1 by Tini Howard, Celor, K. Michael Russell, B&W cover by Rugg (Diamond Code JUL178855)
  • THE HARD PLACE #3 by Doug Wagner & Nic Rummel, cover by Rummel (Diamond Code AUG170666)
  • SPAWN #279 by Todd McFarlane, cover by McFarlane (Diamond Code JUL178340)
  • UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code AUG170596)
  • UNDERWINTER: FIELD OF FEATHERS #1 by Ray Fawkes, B&W cover by Fawkes (Diamond Code JUL178859)
  • WAYWARD #24 by Jim Zub & Steven Cummings, cover by Cummings & Royce “Fooray” Southerland (Diamond Code AUG170769)

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 200 Sellers In August

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 June.


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. 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 tresspasser 2they’re Underrated.

Trespasser #2 (Alterna)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: Unknown
The series about a father and his daughter struggling to survive in a post plague world on a farm, or in the rural countryside, when they’re visited by a harmless injured alien (a little green man type of alien to be specific). After starving for so long, once the alien leaves the family have some food again… The comic is a psychologically chilling tale that explores how far you would be willing to go to provide for your family, and whether sometimes a short term gain is really worth the anguish it will cause eventually.

SexCriminals_20-1.pngSex Criminals #20 (Image)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 297/5,691
When the two lead characters have sex they freeze time; the first time this happens they decide to rob  a bank (because why not?). The series has developed into a cult following, and it’s quality far exceeds the sales numbers on show here.

Unholy Grail #2 (Aftershock)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 254 /7,340
Set around the legend of King Arthur and Merlyn, this series reimagines the old wizard as a demon inhabiting an old man’s flesh. Kinda creepy, but a whole lot of awesome. If you’re a fan of comics without superheroes you could do a lot worse than checking this series out.

DIVINITY_ZERO_COVER-A_RYPDivinity #0 (Valiant)
August Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 229 /8,692
Valiant’s Divinity is a fantastic story that spans three four issue miniseries, and four tie-in comics, which could be a little intimidating if you were to dive into them all at once (but it’s totally worth doing, however) which is where this zero issue comes into play. By giving you an in-story overview of the event Divinity #0 will both prepare you for the next chapter in this exciting series and refresh (or bring you up to date) with the story so far.

 


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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