After the last Underrated post where I went over superheroes not from Marvel and DC, I was reminded that I missed some very good comic books featuring superheroes from the other publishers. So I told myself, I said “self, you really should add more to that list.”
So that’s what I’m doing now.
A few things before we start; firstly, the only rule for these characters to be included here are that they’re not from Marvel or DC. Secondly, because I’ve got eclectic taste these comics may not be for everybody, so be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Thirdly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective.
Created by Robert Kirkman (the same man responsible for The Walking Dead) and artist Cory Walker, Invincible is good. It’s very good. The titular hero Invincible is an extraterrestrial teenager with super strength and the ability to fly, born of an alien father and a human mother. Absolutely worth checking out.
Written by Mark Waid, Irredeemable asks the question: what if Superman snapped? It’s a grim, dark tale that explains how thankful we should be that Clark Kent is as well adjusted as he is. Conversely Incorruptible follows the worlds’ greatest supervillain as he he realizes that somebody has to be a hero. But he has no moral compass, and so for him doing the right thing means doing exactly the opposite of what he did.
Both are fantastic series that have been collected in trade paper backs, and you should read them alternately if you do pick them up.
The Shadow (Dynamite)
The first issue of this comic came out August 5th, and it was only a dollar. What better way to check out one of the early pulp heroes who inspired Bill Finger when writing the early Batman stories? I enjoyed the first issue, but I’m also partial to the early pulp heroes.
There we have it – a mere handful of underrated superhero comics that aren’t Marvel or DC. Are there other comic books out there that are, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?
If there’s any that I’ve missed that shouldn’t have been this time, let me know in the comments. In the meantime, Underrated will return next week to highlight more comic book related stuff that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.
Until next time!