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: A list of underrated comics.
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 some comics and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find six comics that are worth your attention. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, because otherwise Valiant would dominate the list below. Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions (because otherwise Voracious: Feeding Time would top the list again), but that’s also had the adverse effect of shortening this list more than I’d like, so that may change next month.
Not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for January’s comic sales, which is why they’re Underrated.
All sales data comes from Comichron.
A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #12 (Valiant)
February Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 306 /3,839
The final issue in this series capped off a madcap run of pure fun that was masking some deeper emotional subject matter. The series is over, but it’s worth checking out in trade form if you want to read some fun, foolish, and almost self aware stories that don’t require any familiarity with the characters or the wider Valiant universe.
Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpse Makers #1 (Dark Horse)
February Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #251 /6,033
Continuing the theme of fun comics, this new series following Eisner’s classic detective has just the right blend of slapstick humour and mystery to pull a person right into the story. There’s no time wasted trying to retell the origin of the character (and honestly I couldn’t tell you what that is beyond a vague understanding), which is refreshing in this day and age. Just strap in and enjoy the ride!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16 (Marvel)
February Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #201 /8,440
A comic featuring a T-Rex in modern times should be intriguing for anybody, and while that’s a great hook to pull people in, the real star of the show is the super smart, and capable, Moon Girl. A series that deserves more attention, both in terms of buzz and sales. Check out this underrated gem yesterday.
Obviously there are many more comics that should be on that list, so look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t selling as well as they should be.