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February 2019 Comics Sales Early Look

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


February 2019 has five shipping weeks, the same as February 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That $36.66 million month, amid the final quarter of the 2016-18 recession in the Direct Market, was a slow month in comics shops hurt by a lackluster graphic novel slate.

While comic-book sales overall during that month held their own, the 101,373 copies shipped of the top-selling issue, Dark Nights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, ranked as the lowest figure for a bestseller since May 2011, shortly before the DC "New 52" relaunch. The month also saw the release of the Black Panther movie, which turned into a blockbuster.

Marvel, which released the "Age of Apocalypse" back in the winter of 1994, has an "Age of X-Man" event slated to launch in February, including Marvelous X-Men #1 and five other mini-series. Daredevil gets a new #1 from Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto. Marvel also has a new Daredevil series which led advance reorders the first full week of the year.

DC has the Mister Miracle trade paperback from Tom King and Mitch Gerads, collecting that 12-issue miniseries; it already topped graphic novel advance reorders during Thanksgiving week.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in March, 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 Jan. 7-13, 2019

• Top advance-reordered February-shipping comic book:
Daredevil #1 (Marvel)

Daredevil #1, which goes on sale Feb. 6, was the top advance-reordered comic book during the first full week of 2019. Marvel supported the issue with a sliding scale of deep discounts, pegged to retailers' orders of Daredevil #611, the previous fall.

The $7.99 Uncanny X-Men #11 placed third.

No graphic novels made the list.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Daredevil #1$4.99Marvel
2Harley Quinn #58 Var Ed$3.99DC
3Uncanny X-Men #11$7.99Marvel
4Batman #64 Var Ed Last Cold Case$3.99DC
5Conan The Barbarian #3$3.99Marvel
6Old Man Quill #1$3.99Marvel
7Conan The Barbarian #1 2nd Ptg Asrar Var$4.99Marvel
8Young Justice #2$3.99DC
9Age of X-Man Marvelous X-Men #1$3.99Marvel
10Immortal Hulk #13$3.99Marvel
11Batman #64 Last Cold Case$3.99DC
12Conan The Barbarian #2 2nd Ptg Asrar Var$3.99Marvel
13Captain Marvel #1 2nd Ptg Camero Var$4.99Marvel
14Female Furies #1 Var Ed$3.99DC
15Age of X-Man Marvelous X-Men #1 Hugo Var$3.99Marvel
16Young Justice #2 Var Ed$3.99DC
17Superior Spider-Man #1 2nd Ptg Hawthorne Var$3.99Marvel
18Avengers #14$3.99Marvel
19Uncanny X-Men #11 Inhyuk Lee Skrulls Var$7.99Marvel
20Amazing Spider-Man #10 2nd Ptg Ramos Var$3.99Marvel
21Daredevil #1 Dell Otto Var$4.99Marvel
22Immortal Hulk #11 2nd Ptg Bennett Var$3.99Marvel
23Harley Quinn #58$3.99DC
24Star Wars Aor Anakin Skywalker #1$3.99Marvel
25Age of X-Man Marvelous X-Men #1 Inhyuk Lee Connecting$3.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between Jan. 14-20, 2019

• Top advance-reordered February-shipping comic book:
Savage Sword of Conan #1 (Marvel)

Conan's return to Marvel continued to draw advance reorders as Savage Sword of Conan #1, named for the long-running magazine-format publication, was the top advance-reordered comic book of the week. The comic book has an on-sale date of Feb. 13.

The top advance-reordered comic book from DC was the Stanley "Artgerm" Lau cover from Wonder Woman #64.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Savage Sword of Conan #1$4.99Marvel
2Wonder Woman #64 Var Ed$3.99DC
3Batman Who Laughs #3 Var Ed$4.99DC
4Avengers No Road Home #1$4.99Marvel
5Detective Comics #998$3.99DC
6Flash #64 The Price$3.99DC
7Amazing Spider-Man #15$3.99Marvel
8Detective Comics #995 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
9Detective Comics #998 Var Ed$3.99DC
10Detective Comics #994 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
11Detective Comics #996 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
12Magic Order #6 Cvr C Kerschl$3.99Image
13White Widow #2 Debalfo Lenticular Cvr C$19.99Red Giant
14Batman Who Laughs #3$4.99DC
15Avengers No Road Home #1 Brooks Hidden Gem Var$4.99Marvel
16Captain Marvel #2 Movie Var$3.99Marvel
17Immortal Hulk #2 3rd Ptg Bennett Var$3.99Marvel
18Age of X-Man Nextgen #1$3.99Marvel
19White Widow #2 Continuado Foil Cvr B$9.99Red Giant
20Avengers No Road Home #1 Suayan Connecting Var$4.99Marvel
21White Widow #1 2nd Ptg Cvr C$9.99Red Giant
22Avengers No Road Home #1 Ferreyra Var$4.99Marvel
23Flash #64 Var Ed The Price$3.99DC
24Immortal Hulk #3 3rd Ptg Brown Var$3.99Marvel
25Age of X-Man Nextgen #1 Inhyuk Lee Connecting Var$3.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between Jan. 21-27, 2019

• Top advance-reordered February-shipping comic book:
Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising (DC)

Guardians of the Galaxy #2's regular version was the top advance-reordered comic book of the week.It has an on-sale date of Feb. 20.

The debut of Hulkverines also placed well, as did Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Guardians of the Galaxy #2$3.99Marvel
2Venom #11 Gibbons Var$3.99Marvel
3Hulkverines #1$4.99Marvel
4Wolverine Infinity Watch #1$3.99Marvel
5Venom #11$3.99Marvel
6Love Romances #1 Dauterman Young Guns Var$3.99Marvel
7Batman #65 The Price$3.99DC
8White Widow #2 Debalfo Lenticular Cvr C$19.99Red Giant
9Return of Wolverine #5 Kubert Var$4.99Marvel
10 Dark Nights Metal Dark Knights Rising $24.99DC
11Miles Morales Spider-Man #3$3.99Marvel
12Naomi #2$3.99DC
13White Widow #1 2nd Ptg Cvr C$9.99Red Giant
14White Widow #1 2nd Ptg Cvr A$4.99Red Giant
15White Widow #1 2nd Ptg Cvr B$4.99Red Giant
16Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 (2nd Ptg)$3.99Boom
17Firefly #4 Foc Case Incv$3.99Boom
18Batman #65 Var Ed The Price$3.99DC
19Venom #11 Jtc Skrulls Var$3.99Marvel
20White Widow #2 Continuado Foil Cvr B$9.99Red Giant
21Avengers #15$3.99Marvel
22Uncanny X-Men #12$3.99Marvel
23White Widow #2 Tyndal Foil Cvr A$3.99Red Giant
24Age of X-Man Amazing Nightcrawler #1 Inhyuk Lee Conne$3.99Marvel
25Age of X-Man Amazing Nightcrawler #1$3.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2019

• Top advance-reordered February-shipping comic book:
Die Die Die #8 (Image)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
DC Poster Portfolio Jim Lee (DC)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 1 (Marvel)

Die Die Die #8 topped the list, although as in previous months, that's because the entire series so far hasn't appeared in Previews, meaning that its orders appear in the advance reorders chart. The Batgirl #32 Derrick Chew variant was the top comic otherwise.

The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 placed in fifth and was the top advance-reordered graphic novel overall. It has an on-sale date of June 12.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Die Die Die #8$3.99Image
2Batgirl #32 Var Ed$3.99DC
3Wonder Woman #65 Var Ed$3.99DC
4Detective Comics #999$3.99DC
5Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel
6Under The Moon A Catwoman Tale TPB$16.99DC
7Savage Sword of Conan #2$3.99Marvel
8Detective Comics #999 Var Ed$3.99DC
9Amazing Spider-Man #16$4.99Marvel
10Guardians of the Galaxy #1 2nd Ptg Shaw Var$4.99Marvel
11Young Justice #1 2nd Ptg$4.99DC
12Flash #65 The Price$3.99DC
13Daredevil #2$3.99Marvel
14 DC Poster Portfolio Jim Lee TPB $24.99DC
15Miles Morales Spider-Man #2 2nd Ptg Garron Var$3.99Marvel
16Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2 Foc Vampire Mercado Incv$3.99Boom
17Heroes In Crisis #6$3.99DC
18Captain America #8$3.99Marvel
19Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2 Foc Slayer Mercado Incv$3.99Boom
20Avengers No Road Home #3$3.99Marvel
21Detective Comics #1000$9.99DC
22Naomi #1 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
23Walking Dead TPB Vol. 31$16.99Image
24Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2 Cvr A Main Taylor$3.99Boom
25Flash #65 Var Ed The Price$3.99DC



Advance reorder charts will be posted here as soon as they are released. Stay tuned!

Click to skip down to the Reorders placed for issues shipping this month.





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.


Reorder charts will be released weekly during the month. Stay tuned!

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