Underrated: Great Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 Sellers For April

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: Great comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for April.

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 six(ish) 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 (although there may be a future Underrated on specific publishers in the future, that’s not the point of this one).

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions but that’s also had the adverse effect of shortening this list more than I’d like in the past, so you may see some recurring series month to month, although I’ll try to avoid that as much as possible.

The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for Marchs comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

uncle scrooge 25Uncle Scrooge #25 (IDW)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 296 /4,359

Sometimes you don’t want a comic to be anything more than a pleasant diversion for a few minutes, and that’s exactly what this series is. Yes, it’s a Disney comic, but so what? It’s fun, and sometimes that’s exactly the kind of read you want.
Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #18 (Marvel)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 214 /7,966

There’s something incredible about this series. Whether you picked it up for the T-Rex in New York aspect, or the fantastic Moon Girl, there is so much here to love about this comic.

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 (Valiant)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 189 /10,218

Almost completely to the contrary of the above we have Valiant’s sequel to Britannia. A brutal story set in Ancient Rome centering around a man who is essentially a Bruce Wayne level detective in a world of superstition and monsters. Ultimately this isn’t going to be for everybody, and will likely end up with a more cult level following, but that’s exactly why it’s on this  list.

Kill Or Be Killed #8 (Image)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #110 /19,616

This barely qualifies for this issue of Underrated, seeing as how it’s only ten places out of the hundred, but it’s a solid series with a much more realistic take on how a vigilante would operate in today’s world (assuming he made a deal with the devil). Fantastically gripping stuff with some truly awesome artwork.

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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