April 2019 Comics Sales Early Look
Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
April 2019 has four shipping weeks, the same as April 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That month was a big one for the comics business, with DC's Action Comics #1000, the Action: 80 Years of Superman hardcover, and Marvel's Infinity War tie-ins, and Dan Slott's final Amazing Spider-Man arc helping to drive overall orders of $45.84 million, the best in ten months. (Click to see our video walkthrough of that month's sales report.)
The month in 2019 features Marvel's War of the Realms event, which will involve six issues across three months and many of the publisher's titles. The previous April had a lot going for it, but a successful event of significant size would stand a good chance in comparison.
In theaters, Shazam releases April 5, and Hellboy on April 12.
The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in May, 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 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.