Kirkman’s Oblivion Song leads advance reorders for March; Comichron pages for December, January added

Find this issue at TFAWI know from experience that people are frequently looking to see the charts for future months before they’re released; until now, those requests have gone to a redirect page. But we’ve seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for December 2017 and January 2018.

The problem with reorders is that they don’t synch up exactly with any given shipping month; they’re placed all the time and reported weekly, whereas comics orders are reported here monthly. Any given list will have a mix of titles from various months. So while the January page links to some of the more recent advance reorders, some of those items are for months beyond January (as is the case with this week’s top advance reorder book, Oblivion Song #1 I don’t intend to go any more than a month into the future with these landing pages, so the farthest-out month will simply collate the latest advance reorders.

Non-advance reorder charts, meanwhile, are going to be more relevant to the current month, since the books being reordered are on the shelves already. So the current month’s report, December, aggregates links to the most recent reorder reports, while also linking to some advance reorder reports from October and November, because the reported reorders relate to December-shipping books.

It’s not a perfect system, but it’ll do — and you’ll notice that the Top 25s are not being stored on those monthly pages. That’s because those pages will be replaced by the estimated sales charts once they become available. The reorder tables become less important then (especially because they don’t necessarily represent filled orders) so there’s no need to keep them in the permanent archives, though at least for the moment, they will remain visible as blog posts — like this one.

And let’s get to it. Here are the reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between December 19-25, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for December 19-25, 2017 (in dollars)

 Find this issue on TFAWThese are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers’ discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

DC‘s Dark Nights Metal #4, which went on sale Dec. 20, is the top reordered comic book.

In repeats from the previous week, Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet was the top reordered softcover, and DC’s Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus the top reordered hardcover.

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.

Item and Diamond Catalog Link Price Publisher
1 Dark Nights Metal #4 $3.99 DC
2 Infinity Gauntlet TPB $24.99 Marvel
3 Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC $150.00 DC
4 X-O Manowar TPB Vol. 1 Soldier $9.99 Valiant
5 Green Lantern Secret Origin TPB New Ed $14.99 DC
6 Gotham by Midnight TPB Vol. 1 We Do Not Sleep $14.99 DC
7 Batgirl The Bronze Age Omnibus HC Vol. 1 $99.99 DC
8 Watchmen TPB New Ed $19.99 DC
9 BPRD Hell On Earth HC Vol. 1 $34.99 Dark Horse
10 Amazing Spider-Man #792 $3.99 Marvel
11 Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles $19.99 DC
12 Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1 $19.99 Oni
13 Batman Dark Knight Master Race HC $29.99 DC
14 Walking Dead Heres Negan HC $19.99 Image
15 Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 1 $59.99 Image
16 X-Men Classic Omnibus HC $125.00 Marvel
17 Batman Who Laughs #1 2nd Ptg (Metal) $3.99 DC
18 Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 1 Vader $19.99 Marvel
19 Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC $17.99 DC
20 Saga TPB Vol. 1 $9.99 Image
21 Rebels TPB Vol. 1 Well Regulated Militia $24.99 Dark Horse
22 Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible HC Vol. 1 $34.99 Dark Horse
23 Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1 $34.99 Marvel
24 Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC $19.99 DC
25 Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach $17.99 Marvel

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for Dec. 19-25, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed. These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books’ release weeks, so a book’s presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond’s monthly top-seller charts.

The top advance reorder item was the Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector’s Edition from Image, priced at $200; it comes with a statue, a print, and a pin and is limited to 1,000 copies. It’s expected to go on sale March 7. The basic comic version led all comics in advance reorders, placing second in dollars overall.

Lights of the Amalou was the top trade paperback, and Boom’s Giant Days Vol. 2 the top hardcover.

Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog Link Price Publisher
1 Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed $200.00 Image
2 Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 $3.99 Image
3 Walking Dead #176 Cvr B Sienkiewicz $3.99 Image
4 Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1 $4.99 DC
5 Lights of the Amalou TPB $39.99 IDW
6 Tales of Suspense #103 $3.99 Marvel
7 Giant Days Not On The Test Edition HC Vol. 2 $34.99 Boom
8 Star Wars Adventures #6 Cvr B Levins $3.99 IDW
9 Frank Cho Savage Wolverine Artist Ed HC $150.00 IDW
10 Star Wars Adventures #6 Cvr A Charm $3.99 IDW
11 Archie Giant Comics Roll TPB $7.99 Archie
12 Under (Statix) #2 $5.99 Titan
13 Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5 $4.99 Marvel
14 Eternity #4 Cvr A Djurdjevic $3.99 Valiant
15 Eternity #4 Cvr B Muller $3.99 Valiant
16 Ninjak Complete Classic Omnibus HC $99.99 Valiant
17 Flash Annual #1 $4.99 DC
18 Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman HC $49.99 DC
19 Bettie Page #7 Cvr C Photo $3.99 Dynamite
20 Archies #4 Cvr B Allred & Martin $3.99 Archie
21 Berserk Official Guidebook TPB $14.99 Dark Horse
22 Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5 Lee Jean Grey $4.99 Marvel
23 X-Men Grand Design TPB $29.99 Marvel
24 Avengers #678 Leg $3.99 Marvel
25 Archies #4 Cvr A Reg Smallwood $3.99 Archie
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