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October 2019 Comics Sales Early Look

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

October 2019 has five shipping weeks, the same as October 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That month had $49.39 million in comics and graphic novel orders, and while it lacked any real blockbuster titles, sales levels further down the charts reached some multiyear highs as Image's 15th anniversary of Walking Dead and the fifth week added quite a lot of material to the charts. The Batman: White Knight softcover led the chart in a month in which new graphic novel releases were up significantly. (Click to see our video walkthrough of October 2018's sales report.)

The Thanos: Infinity Ending hardcover original graphic novel, an October 2 release, led hardcover advance reorders the last full week of July.

DC gets a movie release in October with Joker.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in November, 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 advance reorder charts are ranked by retail dollars, so retailers' discounts have not yet 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 Sept. 2-8, 2019

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel)

Al Ewing's Immortal Hulk crossover for "Absolute Carnage" was the top advance-reordered book of the first full week of September, blocking House of X #6 from leading the list. Many Spawn variants charted high.

No graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1 Absolute Carnage Immortal Hulk #1 AC $4.99Marvel10/02/19
2House of X #6$4.99Marvel10/02/19
3Spawn #300 2nd Ptg$7.99Image10/02/19
4Spawn #301 Cvr K Ross$4.99Image10/09/19
5Spawn #301 Cvr O Campbell$4.99Image10/09/19
6Spawn #301 Cvr L Virgin Ross$4.99Image10/09/19
7Spawn #301 Cvr P Virgin Campbell$4.99Image10/09/19
8Joker Harley Criminal Sanity #1 Suayan Var Ed$5.99DC10/09/19
9Spawn #301 Cvr M Sienkiewicz$4.99Image10/09/19
10Spawn #301 Cvr N Virgin Sienkiewicz$4.99Image10/09/19
11Joker Harley Criminal Sanity #1$5.99DC10/09/19
12Spawn #301 Cvr H Parody Mcfarlane$4.99Image10/09/19
13House of X #1 4th Ptg Larraz Var$5.99Marvel10/02/19
14Spawn #301 Cvr Q Blank Sketch Cvr$4.99Image10/09/19
15Marvel Comics #1000 2nd Ptg Buckingham Var$9.99Marvel10/02/19
16Powers of X #1 4th Ptg Silva Var$5.99Marvel10/02/19
17Batman #82 Acetate$3.99DC11/06/19
18House of X #6 Garron Connecting Var$4.99Marvel10/02/19
19Ghost Rider #1 Black Blank Var$4.99Marvel10/02/19
20Batman Superman #4 Yotv Acetate$3.99DC11/27/19
21Ghost Rider #1$4.99Marvel10/02/19
22Once & Future #2 (2nd Ptg)$3.99Boom10/02/19
23Immortal Hulk #25$5.99Marvel10/23/19
24Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 Foc Zonjic Var$3.99Boom10/02/19
25Something Is Killing Children #1 (4th Ptg)$3.99Boom10/02/19

Advance reorders placed between Sept. 9-15, 2019

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Powers of X #6 (Marvel)

Powers of X wraps up in October, and its final issue placed first among all comics reordered in advance.

DC's top comic, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1, placed second overall.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Powers of X #6$5.99Marvel10/09/19
2Tales From The Dark Multiverse Batman Knightfall #1$5.99DC10/16/19
3House of X #4 2nd Ptg Larraz Var$4.99Marvel10/09/19
4Joker Year of the Villain #1 Blank Var Ed$4.99DC10/09/19
5Powers of X #6 Garron Connecting Var$5.99Marvel10/09/19
6Amazing Fantasy #15 Facsimile Edition$3.99Marvel10/09/19
7Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #2 Poison Ivy Card Stock Va$4.99DC10/09/19
8Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #2 Harley Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC10/09/19
9Spawn #301 Cvr P Virgin Campbell$4.99Image10/09/19
10Batmans Grave #1$3.99DC10/09/19
11Joker Year of the Villain #1$4.99DC10/09/19
12Doctor Doom #1$4.99Marvel10/09/19
13Powers of X #6 Camuncoli Foreshadow Var$5.99Marvel10/09/19
14Spawn #301 Cvr O Campbell$4.99Image10/09/19
15Spawn #301 Cvr L Virgin Ross$4.99Image10/09/19
16Powers of X #6 Cafu Character Decades Var$5.99Marvel10/09/19
17Batmans Grave #1 Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC10/09/19
18Powers of X #6 Huddleston Var$5.99Marvel10/09/19
19 Amazing Spider-Man #31 AC $3.99Marvel10/09/19
20Spawn #301 Cvr H Parody Mcfarlane$4.99Image10/09/19
21Spawn #301 Cvr K Ross$4.99Image10/09/19
22Spawn #301 Cvr N Virgin Sienkiewicz$4.99Image10/09/19
23Spawn #301 Cvr Q Blank Sketch Cvr$4.99Image10/09/19
24Buffy Vampire Slayer Angel Hellmouth #1 Unlock Lambert Foil$4.99Boom10/30/19
25Spawn #301 Cvr M Sienkiewicz$4.99Image10/09/19

Advance reorders placed between Sept. 16-22, 2019

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
X-Men #1 (Marvel)

X-Men #1 and its variants dominated the Top 25, and much of what remained came from Absolute Carnage issues.

Several of the X-Men variants' orders were dependent upon orders for other combinations of "Days of X" books (DX in the chart).

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1X-Men #1 DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
2X-Men #1 Artgerm Var DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
3Spider-Man #2$3.99Marvel10/16/19
4X-Men #1 Brooks Party Var DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
5X-Men #1 Bagley Every Mutant Ever Var DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
6Something Is Killing Children #2 Foc Bertram Var$3.99Boom10/16/19
7X-Men #1 Muller Design Var DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
8Powers of X #4 2nd Ptg Silva Var$4.99Marvel10/16/19
9Venom #18 2nd Ptg Coello Var AC$3.99Marvel10/16/19
10Absolute Carnage #4 AC$4.99Marvel10/16/19
11Absolute Carnage Avengers #1 AC$4.99Marvel10/16/19
12X-Men #1 Checchetto Young Guns Var DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
13Something Is Killing Children #2$3.99Boom10/16/19
14Harleen #2$7.99DC10/30/19
15X-Men #1 PortACio Var DX$4.99Marvel10/16/19
16Harleen #2 Var Ed$7.99DC10/30/19
17Absolute Carnage #4 Del Mundo Young Guns Var AC$4.99Marvel10/16/19
18King Thor #2$3.99Marvel10/16/19
19Once & Future #2 (3rd Ptg)$3.99Boom10/16/19
20Captain Marvel #11$3.99Marvel10/16/19
21NYCC 2019 X-Men #1 Yu Var DX (Net)$4.99Marvel10/16/19
22Batman #81 Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC10/16/19
23Absolute Carnage #4 Hotz Connecting Var AC$4.99Marvel10/16/19
24Once & Future #3$3.99Boom10/16/19
25Batman #81$3.99DC10/16/19

Advance reorders placed between Sept. 23-29, 2019

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Immortal Hulk #25 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
LCSD 2019 These Savage Shores Vol. 1 Gold Edition (Vault)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
LCSD 2019 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Years One & Year Two HC Set (Boom)

Exclusives for retailers participating in Local Comics Shop Day in November led the charts.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1LCSD 2019 Walking Dead The Alien$5.99Image11/13/19
2LCSD 2019 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year One & Two HC Set$150.00Boom11/13/19
3 LCSD 2019 DCeased HC $29.99DC11/13/19
4LCSD 2019 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid Blind Box HC$100.00Boom11/13/19
5LCSD 2019 New Mutants #1 Artist Var (Net)$4.99Marvel11/13/19
6Immortal Hulk #25$5.99Marvel10/23/19
7Joker Killer Smile #1 Var Ed$5.99DC10/30/19
8LCSD 2019 Legion of Super Heroes #1$3.99DC11/13/19
9Tales From The Dark Multiverse Death of Superman #1$5.99DC10/30/19
10LCSD 2019 Absolute Carnage #5 Artist Var (Net)$4.99Marvel11/13/19
11LCSD 2019 Hazel & Cha Cha Save Christmas Tales Umbrella Acad$4.99Dark Horse11/13/19
12Marauders #1 Dauterman Red Queen Var Dx$4.99Marvel10/23/19
13Marauders #1 DX$4.99Marvel10/23/19
14Joker Killer Smile #1$5.99DC10/30/19
15Immortal Hulk #25 Bennett Var$5.99Marvel10/23/19
16LCSD 2019 Killadelphia #1$3.99Image11/13/19
17Absolute Carnage #1 5th Ptg Stegman Var AC$7.99Marvel10/23/19
18House of X #2 4th Ptg Larraz Var$4.99Marvel10/23/19
19LCSD 2019 Super Dinosaur #1 Special Ed$4.99Image11/13/19
20LCSD 2019 These Savage Shores TPB Vol. 1 Gold Edition$19.99Vault11/13/19
21Amazing Mary Jane #1 Artgerm Var$3.99Marvel10/23/19
22House of X #5 2nd Ptg Larraz Var$4.99Marvel10/23/19
23Spider-Man #1 2nd Ptg Coipel Var$4.99Marvel10/23/19
24Powers of X #2 4th Ptg Silva Var$4.99Marvel10/23/19
25Marauders #1 Bagley Every Mutant Ever Var DX$4.99Marvel10/23/19

Advance reorders placed between Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2019

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Excalibur #1 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Silver Surfer Epic Collection: When Calls Galactus (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
LCSD 2019 DCeased HC (DC)

Excalibur #1 led among October-shipping comics, followed by DC's Basketful of Heads #1.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1LCSD 2019 DCeased HC$29.99DC11/13/19
2Excalibur #1 DX$4.99Marvel10/30/19
3Venom #19 Jeehyung Lee Mary Jane Var AC$3.99Marvel10/30/19
4Walking Dead TPB Vol. 1-32 Bundle (Net) -- Image10/23/19
5Basketful of Heads #1$3.99DC10/30/19
6Venom #19 AC$3.99Marvel10/30/19
7Flash Omnibus by Geoff Johns HC Vol. 1 New Edition$99.99DC12/18/19
8Descender Dlx Ed HC Vol. 2 DCBS Exc Var$49.99Image11/27/19
9Batman Annual #4$4.99DC10/30/19
10Excalibur #1 Bagley Every Mutant Ever Var Dx$4.99Marvel10/30/19
11Plot #2$3.99Vault10/30/19
12Basketful of Heads #1 Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC10/30/19
13Killadelphia #1 Cvr A Alexander$3.99Image11/27/19
14Red Goblin Red Death #1$4.99Marvel10/30/19
15Amazing Spider-Man #30 2nd Ptg Ottley Var Ac$3.99Marvel10/30/19
16Sandman Universe Special Hellblazer #1$4.99DC10/30/19
17Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 Junggeun Yoon Var$4.99Marvel10/30/19
18Red Goblin Red Death #1 Ron Lim Var$4.99Marvel10/30/19
19Jim Henson Dark Crystal Age of Resistance #2 Foc Peterson Va$3.99Boom10/30/19
20Dceased #6$4.99DC10/30/19
21Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 Bradshaw Var$4.99Marvel10/30/19
22Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 FOC Mora Var$3.99Boom10/30/19
23Silver Surfer Epic Collection TPB When Calls Galactus New Ptg$39.99Marvel11/20/19
24Savage Avengers Annual #1$4.99Marvel10/30/19
25Red Goblin Red Death #1 Daughtry Garney Wrpad Var$4.99Marvel10/30/19

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; while deep discounts may also put titles on these lists, the charts are ranked by invoiced dollars, which is what retailers actually paid.

Reorders placed between Oct. 7-13, 2019

• Top reordered October-shipping comic book:
DCeased #5 (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Umbrella Academy Vol. 3 Hotel Oblivion (Dark Horse)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
MIghty Morphin Power Rangers Dlx HC Year Two (Boom)

Hardcover and softcover collections took the first eight slots.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Dlx HC Year Two$75.00Boom11/14/18
2Batman Who Laughs HC$29.99DC08/28/19
3Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 3 Hotel Oblivion$19.99Dark Horse09/19/19
4Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1$29.99Dynamite03/20/19
5Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
6Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 4$59.99Image10/02/19
7Batman Death of the Family Book & Joker Mask Set $39.99DCBacklist
8Critical Role TPB Vol. 1 Vox Machina Origins$19.99Dark HorseBacklist
9DCeased #5$3.99DC10/02/19
10Joker TPB Black Label$14.99DC07/03/19
11Harleen #1$7.99DC09/26/19
12X-Men Xxl by Jim Lee HC$100.00MarvelBacklist
13Batman Damned HC$29.99DC09/05/19
14Legend of Zelda Link To The Past$19.99VizBacklist
15Stumptown TPB Vol. 1 (Sq1)$10.00OniBacklist
16Crisis On Infinite Earths Companion Dlx HC Vol. 3$75.00DCBacklist
17Uzumaki 3In1 Dlx Ed HC Junji Ito$27.99VizBacklist
18Ghost Rider #1 Black Blank Var$4.99Marvel10/02/19
19Batman White Knight TPB$19.99DC10/03/18
20Battle Chasers Anthology TPB$24.99Image09/26/19
21Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Photo Cvr Ed$29.99DynamiteBacklist
22Heroes In Crisis HC$29.99DC09/26/19
23Absolute Carnage Immortal Hulk #1 Ac$4.99Marvel10/02/19
24Justice League #33$3.99DC10/02/19
25Batman The Long Halloween TPB$24.99DCBacklist

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.