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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.

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 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.