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December 2018 Comics Sales Early Look

Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

December 2018 has the same number of Wednesdays as December 2017, so the sales comparison will be an equal one.

That December was a $38.48 million month, a very weak ending to a down year. It was the lowest monthly total since February 2014, and the 6.23 million comics ordered was the lowest sum since January 2012. An aggravating factor in December was a much decreased number of new comics offered to market: 447 new comics was the lightest new release slate since April 2016. Publishers appear to have shifted into their winter crouch early. DC did slightly improve on its previous December, thanks in part to Doomsday Clock #2 and Dark Nights Metal #4. The former had shipments in the month of over 158,600 copies. But the overall direction was down.

December 2018 has already seen advance reorder activity, including for the Aquaman by Geoff Johns Omnibus, which was the top advance-reordered hardcover the week of Sept. 24-30. The Aquaman movie is scheduled for release in the month.

Following the controversy surrounding the content of the first issue of the series, DC helped prospects for Batman Damned #2 with a Jim Lee variant cover, which promptly topped the advance reorder list in the first week of its eligibility.


A reasonably strong December 2018 should have little difficulty ending the year on a note of growth. December 2018 will also bring the first year-to-year comparatives that include the Top 500 comics and graphic novels.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in January, likely in the second week or so. Follow @Comichron on Twitter to get the alert when the report becomes available. In the meantime, you can get a sense of what sales might be like from noting what products were most reordered by retailers.


Advance Reorders

Several weeks ago, retailers began placing advance reorders for items whose initial order deadlines had passed, but which had not yet released at the time the reorders were placed. These reorders, placed further out than regular reorders, tend to be more speculative in nature, as there is less certainty that stock will still be available. But they do give us the farthest-into-the-future look at potential sales. To see potential sales for this month, you generally want to look at the advance reorders placed from the month before.

Note that the listings mix hardcovers, softcovers, and comics together, and that they also rank items by dollars rather than units. Note, too, that these are invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already been applied. There is no guarantee that these advance reorders will be filled. It's also likely that a lot of books in these lists won't synch up exactly with this month; reorders are placed all the time and reported weekly, while comics sales are reported monthly.



Advance reorders placed between Oct. 22-28, 2018

• Top advance-reordered December-shipping comic book:
Batman Damned #2 Lee variant (DC)

The top November-shipping advance reordered comic book was the Batman Damned #2 variant with a cover by Jim Lee; it's expected to be released out Dec. 5. The release follows a first issue impacted by controversy surrounding its content. The regular edition's cover is by Lee Bermejo.

No hardcover or softcover graphic novels made the list.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Batman Damned #2 Var Ed$6.99DC
2Web of Venom Carnage Born #1$4.99Marvel
3Web of Venom Carnage Born #1 Bederman Var$4.99Marvel
4Batman #59 Var Ed$3.99DC
5West Coast Avengers #4 Nakayama Var$3.99Marvel
6Spider-Man Enter The Spider-Verse #1$4.99Marvel
7DC Nuclear Winter Special #1$9.99DC
8Venom Annual #1 2nd Ptg Stokoe Var$4.99Marvel
9Shazam #1 Var Ed$4.99DC
10Uncanny X-Men #2$3.99Marvel
11Justice League Dark #5 Var Ed$3.99DC
12Middlewest #1 Cvr A Huddleston$3.99Image
13Justice League #12 (Drowned Earth)$3.99DC
14X-Men Black Mystique #1 2nd Ptg Failla Var$4.99Marvel
15Spider-Geddon #4 In Hyuk Lee Connecting Var$3.99Marvel
16X-Men Black Juggernaut #1 2nd Ptg Crystal Var$4.99Marvel
17Spider-Geddon #1 2nd Ptg Molina Var$3.99Marvel
18Astonishing X-Men #17 Ross Uncanny X-Men Var$3.99Marvel
19Spider-Geddon #4$3.99Marvel
20Justice League #12 Var Ed (Drowned Earth)$3.99DC
21Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 2nd Ptg Burnett Var$3.99Marvel
22Shuri #1 2nd Ptg Romero Var$3.99Marvel
23Immortal Hulk #9$3.99Marvel
24Shazam #1$4.99DC
25 Marvel Knights 20th #1 2nd Ptg Foreman Var $4.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2018

• Top advance-reordered December-shipping comic book:
Batman Damned #2 Lee variant (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
DC Poster Portfolio: Stanley Artgerm Lau (DC)

For the second week in a row, the top November-shipping advance reordered comic book was the Batman Damned #2 variant with a cover by Jim Lee; it's expected to be released out Dec. 5. The regular edition's cover is by Lee Bermejo.

The artist's variants popular sellers for all of 2018, DC had the top advance-reordered graphic novel in DC Poster Portfolio: Stanley Artgerm Lau. It's a June 12, 2019 release.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Batman Damned #2 Var Ed$6.99DC
2Die Die Die #5$3.99Image
3Amazing Spider-Man #10 JSC Black Cat Var$3.99Marvel
4Batgirl #29 Var Ed$3.99DC
5Daredevil #612$4.99Marvel
6Daredevil #612 Teaser Var$4.99Marvel
7Heroes In Crisis #3$3.99DC
8Venom #9$3.99Marvel
9Amazing Spider-Man #10$3.99Marvel
10Uncanny X-Men #4$3.99Marvel
11Doomsday Clock #8 Var Ed$4.99DC
12Dead Man Logan #1$4.99Marvel
13DC Poster Portfolio Stanley Artgerm Lau TPB$24.99DC
14Batman Damned #2$6.99DC
15Fantastic Four #4$3.99Marvel
16Ironheart #1 Ramos Var$4.99Marvel
17Daredevil #612 TV Var$4.99Marvel
18Man-Eaters #3 Cvr B Miternique$3.99Image
19Daredevil #612 Hotz Var$4.99Marvel
20Defenders Immortal Hulk #1$4.99Marvel
21Marvel Action Spider-Man #1$3.99IDW
22Paper Girls TPB Vol. 5$14.99Image
23X-Men Exterminated #1$4.99Marvel
24Heroes In Crisis #3 Var Ed$3.99DC
25Ironheart #1$4.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between Nov. 5-11, 2018

• Top advance-reordered December-shipping comic book:
Green Lantern #2 Mattina variant (DC)

Versions of Green Lantern #2 took two of the top three spots, with the Francesco Mattina variant placing first. The issue is slated to ship Dec. 5.

The top Marvel comic was Miles Morales Spider-Man #1, which goes on sale on Dec. 12.

No hardcover or softcover graphic novels made the list.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Green Lantern #2 Var Ed$3.99DC
2Miles Morales Spider-Man #1$3.99Marvel
3Green Lantern #2$3.99DC
4Batman #60 Var Ed$3.99DC
5Amazing Spider-Man #11$3.99Marvel
6Uncanny X-Men #5$3.99Marvel
7Die #1 Cvr A Hans$3.99Image
8Amazing Spider-Man #11 Dellotto Fantastic Four Villains Var$3.99Marvel
9Avengers #11$3.99Marvel
10Defenders Silver Surfer #1$4.99Marvel
11Deathstroke #38 Var Ed (Arkham)$3.99DC
12Prodigy #1 Cvr H Virgin Var$3.99Image
13Star Wars Age Republic Darth Maul #1$3.99Marvel
14Self Made #1 Cvr B Hero Initiative Var$3.99Image
15Red Hood Outlaw #29 Var Ed$3.99DC
16Rags #3 Exposed Var$9.99Antarctic
17Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1$4.99Marvel
18Nightwing #54 Var Ed$3.99DC
19Martian Manhunter #1$3.99DC
20Fantastic Four Wedding Special #1 Artgerm Var$4.99Marvel
21Freeze #1 Cvr B Hero Initiative Var$3.99Image
22Unnatural #5 Cvr C Hero Initiative Var$3.99Image
23Justice League #13 Var Ed$3.99DC
24Champions #27 Marvel Rising Action Doll Homage Var$3.99Marvel
25Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #313$3.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between Nov. 12-18, 2018

• Top advance-reordered December-shipping comic book:
Batman Who Laughs #1 Capullo variant (DC)

The Greg Capullo variant of Batman Who Laughs #1 was the top advance-reordered comic book for the week. It has an on-sale date of Dec. 12. The regular version was in second.

Marvel's top advance-reordered comic book was the Brooks variant of Infinity Wars #6.

No hardcover or softcover graphic novels made the list.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Batman Who Laughs #1 Var Ed$4.99DC
2Batman Who Laughs #1$4.99DC
3Infinity Wars #6 Brooks Var$5.99Marvel
4Fantastic Four #5$7.99Marvel
5Catwoman #6 Var Ed$3.99DC
6Superior Spider-Man #1 Sg$3.99Marvel
7X-Force #1$4.99Marvel
8Fantastic Four #5 Brooks Var$7.99Marvel
9Batman Annual #3$4.99DC
10Batman Who Laughs #1 Blank Var Ed$4.99DC
11Amazing Spider-Man #12$3.99Marvel
12Magic Order #5 Cvr C Larsen$3.99Image
13Uncanny X-Men #6$3.99Marvel
14Star Wars Darth Vader #25$4.99Marvel
15 Uncanny X-Men #6 JSC Conan Vs Marvel Var $3.99Marvel
16Magic Order #5 Cvr D Bengal$3.99Image
17Uncanny X-Men #7$3.99Marvel
18Dead Man Logan #2$3.99Marvel
19Infinity Wars Fallen Guardian #1$4.99Marvel
20Murder Falcon #3 Cvr B Heavy Metal Var$3.99Image
21Defenders Best Defense #1 Marvel Rising Doll Homage Var$4.99Marvel
22Spider-Geddon #5 In Hyuk Lee Connecting Var$4.99Marvel
23Captain America #6$3.99Marvel
24Suicide Squad #49 Var Ed$3.99DC
25Justice League Dark #6 Var Ed$3.99DC



Advance reorders placed between Nov. 19-25, 2018

• Top advance-reordered December-shipping comic book:
Die Die Die #6 (Image)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
MIster Miracle (DC)

Die Die Die #6 with its "redacted" cover was the top advance-reordered November comic book, although there's a catch: The issue did not appear in Previews, meaning this chart is where all its orders wound up.

The resolicited Mister Miracle trade paperback was the top graphic novel. It's scheduled to release Feb. 13, 2019.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Die Die Die #6$3.99Image
2Mister Miracle TPB (Res)$24.99DC
3Klaus and Crying Snowman #1 Foc Ramos Incv$7.99Boom
4Firefly #2 FOC Galindo Incv$3.99Boom
5Middlewest #2$3.99Image
6Man-Eaters #4 Cvr B Miternique$3.99Image
7Livewire #1 Cvr A Pollina (Net)$3.99Valiant
8Aquaman #43$3.99DC
9Batman #61 Var Ed$3.99DC
10Gideon Falls #9 Cvr C Hero Initiative Var$3.99Image
11 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #34 FOC Mercado Incv $3.99Boom
12Klaus and Crying Snowman #1 Main$7.99Boom
13Lazaretto TPB$16.99Boom
14Livewire #1 Cvr B Tolibao (Net)$3.99Valiant
15Teen Titans #25 Var Ed$4.99DC
16Life Is Strange #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Titan
17Spawn #292 Cvr B Mattina Virgin$2.99Image
18Life Is Strange #2 Cvr A Leonardi$3.99Titan
19Bone Parish #5 Foc Crook Incv$3.99Boom
20Spawn #292 Cvr A Mattina$2.99Image
21Hardcore #1$3.99Image
22John Wick #4 Cvr A Valletta$3.99Dynamite
23Justice League #14$3.99DC
24DF Venom #1 Midtown Mattina Exc$29.99Dynamite
25Black Badge #5 Foc Lapham Incv$3.99Boom



Advance reorders placed between Nov. 25-Dec. 5, 2018

• Top advance-reordered December-shipping comic book:
Marvel Action Avengers #1 Sommariva cover (Publisher)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Dark Nights: Metal (DC)

The January-shipping Conan the Barbarian #1 topped the advance reorder chart overall; the lead December issue was the Jon Sommariva cover of IDW's first Marvel title, Marvel Action Avengers #1, on sale Dec. 26.

The Dark Nights Metal softcover, on sale Jan. 23, was the top advance-reordered softcover.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Conan The Barbarian #1$4.99Marvel
2Batgirl #30 Var Ed$3.99DC
3Heroes In Crisis #4$3.99DC
4Middlewest #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
5Infinity Wars Infinity #1$3.99Marvel
6Marvel Action Avengers #1 Sommariva$3.99IDW
7Immortal Hulk #11$3.99Marvel
8Wolverine Long Night Adaptation #1$4.99Marvel
9Uncanny X-Men #8$3.99Marvel
10Walking Dead #187$3.99Image
11Man Without Fear #1$3.99Marvel
12Dark Nights Metal TPB$19.99DC
13Doomsday Clock #9$4.99DC
14Flash #61 Var Ed$3.99DC
15Batman Who Laughs #2$4.99DC
16Uncanny X-Men #1 2nd Ptg Asrar Var$7.99Marvel
17Champions #1$3.99Marvel
18Doomsday Clock #9 Var Ed$4.99DC
19Conan The Barbarian #1 Ribic Teaser Var$4.99Marvel
20Daredevil #610 2nd Ptg Noto Var$3.99Marvel
21Venom #8 2nd Ptg Coello Var$3.99Marvel
22Conan The Barbarian #1 Saiz Var$4.99Marvel
23Amazing Spider-Man #13$3.99Marvel
24Heroes In Crisis #5$3.99DC
25Return of Wolverine #5$4.99Marvel

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REORDERS

Reorders, by contrast, are orders for items that had already been released at the time of the order. In other words, these are the comics customers have been asking for, generally speaking; deep discounts may also put titles on these lists.


Reordered comics information will be released weekly in December. Stay tuned!

The true top sellers for the month will replace this page once they are released by Diamond.