After the last Underrated post, I got to thinking that there are some very good comic book publishers producing comics that don’t get the same level of attention as those from the Big Two. So I asked myself, I said “what about the other publishers that don’t get the same level of attention as the Big Two? There’s probably a lot, eh?”
As it turns out (amazingly enough), there is.
A few things before we start; firstly, the only rule for these publiherss to be included here are that they’re not from Marvel, C 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.
It should come as no surprise to any who’ve read a review or two featuring comics from Valiant to see this publisher heading up the list. Having read most of their output for the past couple of months, I’ve found that these are the comics I look forward too the most each week. Their summer event, Book Of Death is wrapping up soon, and I am really looking forward to the new Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior series that begins afterwards.
Their first release, Hero Hourly is fantastic (look for a review closer to the November 18th release date). This is the only comic by this company I have read, because it’s also the only one that they’ve published so far. Keep an eye on these guys – there’s some great things on the horizon.
Home of many of the pulp heroes from the days before comic books rose to prominence, Dynamite has some fantastic licenses to play with, but I love them for their production of characters that originally appeared in those over sized magazines back in the 30’s. Although two of my favourite characters from the pulp era aren’t active right now (the Spider and the Phantom), Will Eisner’s The Spirit and The Shadow Vol. 2 are both equally worth reading if you like pulp heroes.
Run by Scott and Robert Reichert, Indigo Comics publishes free digital comics that you can download at their website (www.indigo-comics.com). The first comic released was reviewed here earlier in the week, and blends the darkly funny humour of Buffy The Vampire Slayer with a mix of The Dresden Files. If it sounds interesting, go read it. It’s free.
Dark Circle Comics
A spin off of Archie Comics publishing arm that focuses on superheroes, Dark Circle has produced some fantastic comics over the past month that range from the dark feel of The Hood to the upbeat foolishness of the (fantastic) The Fox. The Fox was a highlight for me every month, and I am eagerly anticipating the next round of comics from Dark Circle.
There we have it – a mere handful of underrated comic book publishers that aren’t Marvel or DC. Are there other comic book related things out there that are, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?
Although I didn’t want to list every publisher in this iteration of Underrated, there several great companies, both large and small, that I missed. For that reason expect a second or third part to this list in the future. In the meantime, Underrated will probably 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!