March 2019 Comics Sales Early Look
Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
March 2019 has five shipping weeks, the same as March 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That wasn't the case for March 2018, which was down significantly against a 2017 month with an extra week; the $38.48 million month combined with January and February 2018 to dig a hole for the year that would take seven months to erase. The top-sellers were Dark Nights: Metal #6 and Doomsday Clock #4; graphic novels were down significantly. But a corner was about to be turned in April. (Click to see our video walkthrough of March 2018's sales report.)
DC looks to try to repeat its success with Action #1000 in April 2018 with Detective Comics #1000, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Batman. Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman — Deluxe Edition is the hardcover for the celebration, and is likely to be one of the top sellers for the month. It was the top advance-reordered hardcover on its first week of eligibility in December. Since Action #1000 had half a million copies ship in North America, a similar (or better) number seems possible for Detective; it would go a long way to helping the market improve on March 2018.
Dark Horse has declared March 23 as Hellboy Day, marking the 25th anniversary of the first appearance of the character.
The month also sees the release of the Captain Marvel movie on March 8.
The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in April, 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.
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 Feb. 4-10, 2019• Top advance-reordered March-shipping comic book:
Harley Quinn #59 Variant (DC)
The Derrick Chew variant of Harley Quinn #59 was the top advance-reordered comic book for the week. It has on on-sale date of March 6.
Amazing Spider-Man #16, a "Hunted" tie-in, was the top advance reordered Marvel comic book. It also has an on-sale date of March 6.
No graphic novels made the list.
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, 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.