The A-Z of Underrated Comic Runs: Conan (2004)

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There’s a whole lot of comics out there. Unfortunately, with hundreds of releases every week, some hidden gems are bound to get swept under the rug. We’re here to bring you what we consider to be some of the best underrated comic runs.

Note: This is limited to material I own/have read, so if you feel like I’ve missed out on better stories, don’t get too hurt. Or better yet, tell me in the comments, and let me know about it!

Well, it’s been some time since the last instalment, but fear not, faithful readers (yes, the two of you), we’re still working! Last time, we looked at the parody type series, The Boys, where this time, we’re venturing into an age of high fantasy! We’ll be looking at one of my personal favourites of writer Kurt Busiek’s work, his run on Conan for Dark Horse.

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The A-Z of Underrated Comic Runs: The Boys (2006)

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There’s a whole lot of comics out there. Unfortunately, with hundreds of releases every week, some hidden gems are bound to get swept under the rug. We’re here to bring you what we consider to be some of the best underrated comic runs.

Note: This is limited to material I own/have read, so if you feel like I’ve missed out on better stories, don’t get too hurt. Or better yet, tell me in the comments, and let me know about it!

Last time, we looked at one of the genre’s most overlooked superheroes, Aquaman. This time, we go to the other end of the spectrum. The Boys is a recent work by controversial Irish writer Garth Ennis (Preacher), and artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan). Famous for his outward loathing of the superhero genre, Garth Ennis puts his all into this book. With despicable superhero characters, and a no-nonsense bastard team to combat them, The Boys is the literal manifestation of Ennis’ anger. It’s a combination of political commentary, humour, satire, and all out super-being action, penned with the dark and beautiful vision of Darick Robertson.

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The A-Z of Underrated Comic Runs: Aquaman (1994)

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There’s a whole lot of comics out there. Unfortunately, with hundreds of releases every week, some hidden gems are bound to get swept under the rug. We’re here to bring you what we consider to be some of the best underrated comic runs.

Note: This is limited to material I own/have read, so if you feel like I’ve missed out on better stories, don’t get too hurt. Or better yet, tell me in the comments, and let me know about it!

What better way to start it, than with one of history’s most underrated characters, Aquaman? Scorned ever since his appearance in the ‘80s cartoon Super Friends, he’s often referred to as the joke of the Justice League, the ‘weird guy who talks to fish’. Aquaman takes a lot of flak from other writers. Luckily for him, he’s had some very dedicated talents over the years, working hard to expand his lore and help him reach his potential.

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Ultimate Farewell: Why I’ll miss Marvel’s ‘Ultimate’ line

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Look guys – I’ll be honest. I’m not the most diehard fan of Marvel’s Ultimate Comics line. I was following the Ultimate Spider-Man series back in the day, but stopped around issue 115, and outside that I’ve only read huge stories like the Ultimates 1 and 2, Ultimate Galactus, some of the Miles Morales stuff and little else. It’s not that it hasn’t appealed to me – believe me, I’m all for the idea – I just never got around to it. But that doesn’t mean I’m not sad to see it go.

The Ultimate Universe meant a lot to people in many ways. It was the launch-pad for some of the most successful writers today – Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, and many more. It gave us a refresher on some of our most beloved and iconic characters, and in a lot of ways, deviated from the originals – largely for the better. There were a few missteps, in which writers felt pressured to make it as gritty and realistic as possible (*cough Ultimatum cough*), but it was an interesting take on an already well established mythos. Now, Marvel is merging all their stray universe, a la Crisis on Infinite Earths, with their upcoming Secret Wars event. That includes the Ultimate Universe. Sure, some characters will survive, but ultimately (pardon the pun), the magic of seeing characters develop in all new ways will be gone. And it’s primarily this reason that I’ll miss it.

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