10 Underrated Marvel Gems

Marvel Comics. At this point, they’ve published so many great comics that people forget about some of them. So I wanted to take the time to recommend some comics that, if you’ve only been reading two or three or even five years, you might not know about. Admittedly, not all of these are for everyone, but if you can’t find at least one of these you like, I’d be shocked. And if you pick up all of these for that nice Thanksgiving weekend, you’re gonna have a lot to be thankful for.

Source: comicvine.gamespot.com

10. The Twelve

(The Twelve #1-12)

I’ve never been a huge J. Michael Stracynski fan. I don’t, like, hate the dude, but I’ve always had trouble connecting with (or staying connected with, in the case of Rising Stars) his work.

But I kinda love The Twelve. It’s clearly a riff on Watchmen, both in structure and concept. But it feels like its own thing, although SUPER DUPER fails to have even an ounce of Watchmen’s depth. It’s deeper than the movie, though, so there’s that.

The premise follows twelve World War II era Marvel Heroes who were cryogenically frozen at the height of the war and resurrected in the present. It’s sort of a Captain America riff, but one that shows the darker side of the concept. Some of The Twelve are outdated. Racist, homophobic, just A-holes in general. Some aren’t super stable. Some are just unable to persist in a modern world. And it’s a murder mystery. The more I talk about it, the more obvious it is that this comic is just Watchmen, but without the craft.

But hey, it’s still a fun little time.