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January 2020 Comics Sales Early Look

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

January 2020 has five shipping weeks, the same as January 2019, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That strong $44.93 million month saw healthy slates from major publishers, coming off a December 2018 in which publishers offered only limited Christmas-week slates; they did so again for 2019. Conan the Barbarian returned to Marvel, four years exactly after Star Wars did; the result was fourth place for a new comics series and first place in the graphic novel dollar rankings for an omnibus. Batman Who Laughs #2 was first place in units, while Captain Marvel #1 was first in dollars.

Select titles from publishers for January 1 orders were solicited with early deadlines, with early arrivals; it's not clear yet whether they'll be counted with December or January.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in February 2020, 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.

Reorders placed between Oct. 21-27, 2019

• Top reordered November-shipping comic book:
X-Men #5 (Marvel)

Marvel and Image both have comics that are scheduled to go on sale on January 1, 2020; the Final Order Cutoffs for those comics are earlier than others, hence the placement of several titles on the Oct. 21 advance reorder charts. No graphic novels made the chart.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1X-Men #5 DX$3.99Marvel01/01/20
2Marauders #2 DX$3.99Marvel11/20/19
3Star Wars #1$4.99Marvel01/01/20
4Thor #1$4.99Marvel01/01/20
5Captain Marvel #12$3.99Marvel11/20/19
6Excalibur #2 DX$3.99Marvel11/20/19
7Tales From The Dark Multiverse Infinite Crisis #1$5.99DC11/27/19
8Heartbeat #1 Foc Andolfo Var$3.99Boom11/20/19
9Marauders #5 DX$3.99Marvel01/01/20
10Something Is Killing Children #3 FOC Martin Var$3.99Boom11/20/19
11Deadpool #1 Land Var$4.99Marvel11/20/19
12Deadpool #1 Baldeon Var$4.99Marvel11/20/19
13Thor #1 Artgerm Var$4.99Marvel01/01/20
14Deadpool #1 Christopher Var$4.99Marvel11/20/19
15Daredevil #16$3.99Marvel01/01/20
16Spider-Verse #4$3.99Marvel01/01/20
17Miles Morales Spider-Man #14$3.99Marvel01/01/20
18Captain Marvel #12 Brooks Masked Comic Sketch Art Var (Net)$3.99Marvel11/20/19
19Tarot #1$4.99Marvel01/01/20
20Punisher Soviet #3$3.99Marvel01/01/20
21Money Shot #2$3.99Vault11/20/19
22Captain Marvel #12 Inhyuk Lee Connecting Var$3.99Marvel11/20/19
23Hawkeye Freefall #1$3.99Marvel01/01/20
24Doctor Doom #4$3.99Marvel01/01/20
25Absolute Carnage #5 Ac$4.99Marvel11/20/19

Advance reorders placed between Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019

• Top advance-reordered January-shipping comic book:
X-Men #5 (Marvel)

Comic books from three different shipping months led the charts this week. X-Force #2 led November-shipping comics, while Marauders #3 led December-shipping comics and X-Men #5 led January-on-sale comics. No graphic novels made the charts.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Marauders #3 DX$3.99Marvel12/04/19
2X-Force #2 DX$3.99Marvel11/27/19
3X-Men #3 DX$3.99Marvel12/04/19
4Fallen Angels #2 DX$3.99Marvel11/27/19
5New Mutants #2 DX$3.99Marvel11/27/19
6Marauders #1 2nd Ptg Camuncoli Var DX$4.99Marvel11/27/19
7Excalibur #3 DX$3.99Marvel12/04/19
8Scream Curse of Carnage #1 Artgerm Var$4.99Marvel11/27/19
9Basketful of Heads #2$3.99DC11/27/19
10Venom 2099 #1$4.99Marvel12/04/19
11Last God #2$4.99DC11/27/19
12Venom #20 Ac$3.99Marvel11/27/19
13X-Men #1 2nd Ptg Camuncoli Var DX$4.99Marvel11/27/19
14Immortal Hulk #25 2nd Ptg Ross Var$5.99Marvel12/04/19
15Money Shot #1 (2nd Ptg) Black Bag Burnham Var$5.99Vault11/27/19
16Batman Beyond #38$3.99DC11/27/19
17Marvel Action Spider-Man #12 Cvr A Tinto$3.99IDW11/27/19
18X-Men #5 DX$3.99Marvel01/01/20
19Venom 2099 #1 Ron Lim Var$4.99Marvel12/04/19
20Batman Beyond #38 Var Ed$3.99DC11/27/19
21Venom #20 Codex Var Ac$3.99Marvel11/27/19
22Conan Serpent War #1$4.99Marvel12/04/19
23Captain Marvel #11 2nd Ptg Carnero Var$3.99Marvel11/27/19
24Star Wars #1$4.99Marvel01/01/20
25Star Wars #1 Facsimile Edition$3.99Marvel12/04/19

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.

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.