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24 Criminally Underrated Indie Comics You Should be Reading

Updated June 14, 2019 3.6k votes 866 voters 51.8k views24 items

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When it comes to comic books, independent really only means one thing: not Marvel or DC. And that's great, because there's a whole lot of indie imprints out there generating some really awesome indie comic content. 

All of the indie comics on this list should definitely be a lot more widely read. Fans may recognize the most popular titles like Fables and Preacher, but may be missing out big time on books like Lumberjanes and Scalped. Even if Batman is your favorite, these underrated indie comics will guarantee you fall in love thanks to suspenseful writing, brilliant world building, and dedicated writers and illustrators. 

This list will help you discover all the amazing indie comic books that have been hiding under your nose, just waiting to be read. 

  • Y: The Last Man is nothing less than an emotional rollercoaster. Another high-concept creation of legendary writer Brian K. Vaughan, Y: The Last Man stars Yorick, the last man on Earth. A mysterious virus has killed all of the male mammals save for Yorick and his pet monkey, Ampersand. Civilization collapses when half of the population suddenly dies, and Yorick must traverse the country in what begins as a search for his girlfriend, but ends up as a quest to save the world. This series asks - and answers - some pretty uncomfortable questions about society.

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  • Preacher might be the most well-known comic on this list, as it was adapted into a television series in 2016. However, few fans have experienced the comics, which differ pretty substantially from the show. Preacher has a fantastic creative team of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, and a concept straight from the depths of hell: Preacher stars a Texan good ol’ boy, forced into a life of preaching.

    He receives god-like powers and sets out to kick God’s ass for doing a bad job of running the world. Oh, and his best friend is an Irish vampire. Preacher is a true gem.

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  • Paper Girls is one of those comics that seems like it has a metaphorical title, but doesn’t. It’s actually about a group of paper girls. However, the presence of legendary indie writer Brian K. Vaughan indicates that there is something much deeper at play. Vaughan always hits his projects out of the park, and Paper Girls is no exception. Nostalgia plays a big part in this groundbreaking comic set in the late 1980s. The series follows a group of well-rounded 12 year olds that uncover a newsworthy story of their own.

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  • Rick Remender wrote one of the best Marvel series of all-time with his Uncanny X-Force run, and then moved on to something best described as “Xavier’s School for Assassins.” Deadly Class takes place at a high school for killers, with students that are the descendents of legendary hit-men. Set in the 1980s, none of the characters in Deadly Class are particularly good or honorable, but their high-stakes high school drama makes for interesting reading and extreme, Game of Thrones-style tension.

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