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May 2019 Comics Sales Early Look

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

May 2019 has five shipping weeks, the same as May 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That $49.04 million month was a big win for the business, aided by the top-selling Amazing Spider-Man #800, Man of Steel #1and a hit Avengers movie in theaters all month (not to mention Deadpool 2 and a Star Wars film). Marvel had several "Fresh Start" relaunches; total Marvel titles shipped to market exceeded $20 million, the best figure for the company since June 2016. (Click to see our video walkthrough of May 2018's sales report.)

The big event of the month outside comics shops is likely to be the Avengers movie debuting May 3. That's immediately followed within shops by the business's biggest day, Free Comic Book Day, on May 4. Marvel's launches in the month include a Savage Avengers series, while DC launches DCeased.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in June, 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 April 1-7, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Savage Avengers #1 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Spider-Man Noir Complete Collection (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Batman Damned (DC)

Marvel's May 1 release Savage Avengers #1 was the top advance-reordered comic book. Several of its variants made the top 25.

DC's top advance-reordered comic book was DCeased #1's Horror variant, which also goes on sale May 1. Likewise, several of its variants also made the Top 25.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Savage Avengers #1$4.99Marvel
2 DCeased #1 Horror Var Ed $3.99DC
3Major X #1 2nd Ptg Liefeld Var$4.99Marvel
4 DCeased #1 Var Ed $3.99DC
5 DCeased #1 $3.99DC
6Major X #3$3.99Marvel
7Batman Damned HC$29.99DC
8War of Realms #3$4.99Marvel
9Star Wars Original Marvel Years #50 Facsimile Edition$3.99Marvel
10DCs Year of the Villain #1$.25DC
11Amazing Spider-Man #20.Hu$3.99Marvel
12Absolute Swamp Thing HC Vol. 1 by Alan Moore (Res)$99.99DC
13Savage Avengers #1 Jacinto Var$4.99Marvel
14Uncanny X-Men #17$3.99Marvel
15Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 3$49.99Image
16War of Realms #2 2nd Ptg Ferreyra Var$4.99Marvel
17Justice League #23$3.99DC
18Savage Avengers #1 Deodato Teaser Var$4.99Marvel
19 DCeased #2 Horror Var Ed $3.99DC
20Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1$3.99DC
21Die #5 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
22Amazing Spider-Man #18 2nd Ptg Ramos Var$3.99Marvel
23War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #2 Wr$3.99Marvel
24Spider-Man Noir Complete Collection TPB$24.99Marvel
25Savage Avengers #1 Young Var$4.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between April 8-14, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
DCeased #1 Blank variant (DC)

The blank-cover variant of DCeased #1, which goes on sale May 1, was the top advance reordered comic book and item overall on a list heavy with variant covers.

The top Marvel comic book on the chart was War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1.

No graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1DCeased #1 Blank Var Ed$3.99DC
2War of Realms New Agents of Atlas #1$3.99Marvel
3War of Realms #4$4.99Marvel
4Excellence #1 Cvr B Visions of Excellence Var Randolph$3.99Image
5Detective Comics #1003$3.99DC
6Star Wars AOR Boba Fett #1$3.99Marvel
7Batman Who Laughs #5 Var Ed$4.99DC
8Batman and The Outsiders #1 (Res)$3.99DC
9Detective Comics #1003 Var Ed$3.99DC
10War of Realms #1 2nd Ptg Dauterman Var$5.99Marvel
11Retailer Summit 2019 Savage Avengers #1 Mckone Var (Net)$4.99Marvel
12Defenders Marvel Feature #1 Facsimile Edition$4.99Marvel
13Spider-Man Deadpool #50$4.99Marvel
14 DCeased #2 Horror Var Ed $3.99DC
15Excellence #1 Cvr A Randolph & Lopez$3.99Image
16Flash #70$3.99DC
17Batman Who Laughs #5$4.99DC
18Symbiote Spider-Man #2$3.99Marvel
19Symbiote Spider-Man #2 Jongju Kim Marvel Battle Lines$3.99Marvel
20Catwoman #11 Var Ed$3.99DC
21Retailer Summit 2019 Venom #14 Stegman Var (Net)$3.99Marvel
22War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #2$3.99Marvel
23Ronin Island #3 Foc Anka Var$3.99Boom
24 War of Realms #4 Maxx Lim Marvel Battle Lines Var $4.99Marvel
25Retailer Summit 2019 War of Realms #4 Maxx Lim Var$4.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between April 15-21, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Naomi #5 (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Die Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker (Image)

The fifth issue of Naomi from Brian Michael Bendis was the top reordered comic book; it's a May 22 release. A reprint of the fourth issue was right behind it.

The first collection of Die from Image (not to be confused with Die! Die! Die!) was the top advance reordered graphic novel. It's a June release.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Naomi #5$3.99DC
2Naomi #4 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
3Immortal Hulk #17$3.99Marvel
4Spider-Man Life Story #3$4.99Marvel
5Major X #2 2nd Ptg Liefeld Var$3.99Marvel
6Die TPB Vol. 1 Fantasy Heartbreaker$9.99Image
7Detective Comics #1001 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
8Doomsday Clock #8 2nd Ptg$4.99DC
9Immortal Hulk #17 Heyjin Im Marvel Battle Lines Var$3.99Marvel
10Amazing Spider-Man #21 Sujin Jo Marvel Battle Lines Var$3.99Marvel
11Web of Venom Cult of Carnage #1 2nd Ptg Beyruth Var$4.99Marvel
12Symbiote Spider-Man #1 2nd Ptg Land Var$4.99Marvel
13Captain Marvel #1 3rd Ptg Camero Var$4.99Marvel
14Avengers TPB No Road Home$29.99Marvel
15Amazing Spider-Man #21$3.99Marvel
16Uncanny X-Men #18$3.99Marvel
17Venom #12 2nd Ptg Cassara Var$3.99Marvel
18Dceased #2 Horror Var Ed$3.99DC
19Daredevil #5$3.99Marvel
20War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #1 2nd Ptg Araujo$3.99Marvel
21War of Realms Spider-Man & League of Realms #1 Wr$3.99Marvel
22War of Realms Strikeforce War Avengers #1 Wr$4.99Marvel
23Firefly #6 Foc Sliney Var$3.99Boom
24Guardians of the Galaxy #5$3.99Marvel
25Guardians of the Galaxy #3 2nd Ptg Shaw Var$3.99Marvel



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.