April 2021 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This data combines orders from all Direct Market distributors. Click to see only Diamond and DC's distributor.

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No matter what happened, April 2021's new comics orders were going to look colossal compared to those from the year before, when Diamond Comic Distributors had paused new comics shipments due to the COVID-19 pandemic and only three new comics came out, all from DC's substitute distributors Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors. So other comparatives are necessary to measure April's performance, which appears from Comichron's retail initial order sample to be between 6.5 and 7 million copies, worth between $29 and $30 million.

March 2021 had something like a million more comics initially ordered — including the colossal BRZRKR #1 from Boom — but that month also had an additional shipping week. March 2020, however, had the same number of shipping weeks, and April 2021's initial orders appear to have handily beaten that month's total.

April 2021's performance was based on just 335 new comics, exactly the same number as in March 2021, which had one additional shipping week. DC's output was just 38 new comics, two more than its March count but still historically very low. March 2020 saw 458 new comics released, so slate sizes were still not back up to pre-pandemic levels.

Our retail order dataset found BRZRKR #2, the second issue of the series cowritten by actor Keanu Reeves, as the top comic book by units and dollars in initial orders, although the margin was far narrower than it was in March with the series' first issue. Publisher Boom had announced that initial orders were 148,000 copies, though that figure likely includes copies outside the North American market. Comichron's dataset suggests that the top sellers were relatively tightly packed, in another contrast to March 2021.

Because our retail order sample only looks at initial orders, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1, which was underordered by retailers, placed eleventh in our tracking. A traditional Diamond chart would have likely ranked it higher.

Lunar did not release any sales reporting, and by late May, Diamond was in the sixth month of its second pause in monthly report releases. As we did during the first pause in 2020, Comichron has drawn upon a retailer initial order sample to determine approximate unit and dollar sales rankings. The dataset represented a sizable number of copies, from which Comichron was able to determine relative sales volumes — but only the rankings are being shared at this time, and no attempt has been made to rank items beyond 250th place.

No statistical adjustments have been made for returnability and no later returns have been subtracted out. Note, further, that our process only looks at first-month orders for comics, so no reordered titles from the month before or reprints appear in the chart below.

The charts feature every new comic book released by Diamond and Lunar in April 2021. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The DC release dates are from Lunar.

Things to remember: As we're not characterizing order levels at this time, ranked comics could be separated by thousands of copies or as little as a single issue. Rankings are most reliable for regular series issues in the middle of the chart: orders for the highest sellers and first issues may tend to show more variation.

Rankings in these charts should also be expected to differ — often significantly — from the sales-to-consumers charts available at other outlets. Those report sell-through and not sell-in. Comichron tracks copies in circulation, a category which includes both copies on retail shelves and in consumers' hands.

You can see the reorders that were placed during the month on our pages for reorders and advance reorders for the year. We also have a page breaking out ship dates for second printings.

As is the case with all data on Comichron, it is subject to revision without notice in the event more authoritative and complete information about orders becomes available.

—John Jackson Miller

This the two lists below include all comic books released by Direct Market Distributors in the month.
Rankings are based on Comichron's retailer inital order sample and do not include reorders.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitDollarComic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisher
21King In Black5$5.9904/07/21Marvel
43Batman107 (All)$4.9904/06/21DC
712Robin1 (All)$3.9904/27/21DC
813Star Wars High Republic4$3.9904/07/21Marvel
914Batman The Detective1 (All)$3.9904/13/21DC
107Spider-Man Spiders Shadow1$4.9904/14/21Marvel
118Batman Fortnite Zero Point1 (All)$4.9904/20/21DC
129Way of X1$4.9904/21/21Marvel
1310Amazing Spider-Man63$4.9904/07/21Marvel
1518Immortal Hulk45$3.9904/07/21Marvel
1619Amazing Spider-Man64$3.9904/21/21Marvel
2315Magic The Gathering1$4.9904/07/21Boom
2416Detective Comics1035 (All)$4.9904/27/21DC
2520Carnage Black White and Blood2$4.9904/21/21Marvel
2621Miles Morales Spider-Man25$4.9904/28/21Marvel
2723Justice League60 (All)$4.9904/20/21DC
2835Department of Truth8$3.9904/28/21Image
3037Silver Coin1$3.9904/07/21Image
3227Green Lantern1 (All)$4.9904/06/21DC
3440Star Wars Darth Vader11$3.9904/28/21Marvel
3530Guardians of the Galaxy13$4.9904/14/21Marvel
3641Non-Stop Spider-Man2$3.9904/14/21Marvel
3732Next Batman Second Son1 (All)$4.9904/06/21DC
3911Batman Urban Legends2$7.9904/13/21DC
4024Women of Marvel1$5.9904/21/21Marvel
4146Beta Ray Bill2$3.9904/28/21Marvel
4349Fantastic Four30$3.9904/14/21Marvel
4450X-Men Legends3$3.9904/28/21Marvel
4552Nightwing79 (All)$3.9904/20/21DC
4653Children of the Atom2$3.9904/14/21Marvel
4754Harley Quinn2 (All)$3.9904/27/21DC
4855Teen Titans Academy2 (All)$3.9904/27/21DC
4957Swamp Thing2 (All)$3.9904/06/21DC
5142Mighty Valkyries1$4.9904/21/21Marvel
5363Star Wars High Republic Adventures3$3.9904/07/21IDW
5464Star Wars Bounty Hunters11$3.9904/14/21Marvel
5534Batman Black and White5$5.9904/27/21DC
5665Crime Syndicate2$3.9904/06/21DC
5726Locke & Key Sandman Hell & Gone1$6.9904/14/21IDW
5947Superman30 (All)$4.9904/13/21DC
6067Flash769 (All)$3.9904/20/21DC
6168New Mutants17$3.9904/28/21Marvel
6251The Marvels1$4.9904/28/21Marvel
6370Batman Superman17 (All)$3.9904/27/21DC
6471Many Deaths of Laila Starr1$3.9904/21/21Boom
6673Walking Dead Deluxe13$3.9904/21/21Image
6756Action Comics1030 (All)$4.9904/27/21DC
6874Captain Marvel28$3.9904/21/21Marvel
6975King In Black Planet of Symbiotes3$3.9904/07/21Marvel
7144Joker Harley Criminal Sanity8$5.9904/06/21DC
7260Wonder Woman771 (All)$4.9904/13/21DC
7378Radiant Black3$3.9904/21/21Image
7479Iron Man8$3.9904/14/21Marvel
7580Suicide Squad2 (All)$3.9904/06/21DC
7681Fantastic Four31$3.9904/28/21Marvel
7798Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries1$2.9904/13/21DC
7882Savage Avengers20$3.9904/28/21Marvel
7983Maestro War and Pax4$3.9904/14/21Marvel
8084Black Widow6$3.9904/28/21Marvel
8185Catwoman30 (All)$3.9904/20/21DC
8286Stray Dogs3$3.9904/21/21Image
8387Walking Dead Deluxe12$3.9904/07/21Image
8669Darkhawk Heart of Hawk1$4.9904/14/21Marvel
8789Challenge of the Super Sons1$3.9904/13/21DC
8859Star Wars Empire 40th Anniv Cvr Sprouse1$5.9904/28/21Marvel
9062Superman Red & Blue2$5.9904/20/21DC
9191Old Guard Tales Through Time1$3.9904/21/21Image
9292Black Knight Curse Ebony Blade2$3.9904/21/21Marvel
9377Spider-Man Curse of Man-Thing1$4.9904/28/21Marvel
9493Star Wars Doctor Aphra9$3.9904/21/21Marvel
9696Fire Power10$3.9904/07/21Image
9797Black Cat5$3.9904/14/21Marvel
9899Once & Future18$3.9904/28/21Boom
100101Sensational Wonder Woman2$3.9904/06/21DC
101102Far Sector11$3.9904/06/21DC
103104Conan the Barbarian20$3.9904/07/21Marvel
104105Vampirella Vs. Purgatori2$3.9904/28/21Dynamite
105106You Promised Me Darkness1$3.9904/21/21Behemoth
106107America Chavez Made In USA2$3.9904/07/21Marvel
107108Red Sonja The Superpowers4$3.9904/14/21Dynamite
108109Vampirella Dark Powers5$3.9904/14/21Dynamite
10994Godzilla Monsters & Protectors1$4.9904/21/21IDW
111112Vengeance of Vampirella17$3.9904/21/21Dynamite
112113Cimmerian Iron Shadows In Moon1$3.9904/07/21Ablaze
113114Iron Fist Heart of Dragon4$3.9904/14/21Marvel
116118Red Sonja26$3.9904/21/21Dynamite
117120King In Black Namor5$3.9904/14/21Marvel
118123Power Rangers6$3.9904/21/21Boom
119124Seven Secrets7$3.9904/07/21Boom
120125RWBY Justice League1 (All)$3.9904/27/21DC
121126Sacred Six8$3.9904/21/21Dynamite
122128Proctor Valley Road2$3.9904/14/21Boom
123129Canto & City of Giants1$3.9904/14/21IDW
124130Dejah Thoris12$3.9904/14/21Dynamite
125111Dune House Atreides6$4.9904/28/21Boom
126131Deep Beyond3$3.9904/07/21Image
127132American Vampire 19767$3.9904/13/21DC
129134Two Moons3$3.9904/28/21Image
130116Jules Verne Lighthouse1$4.9904/14/21Image
132136Maniac of New York3$3.9904/14/21Aftershock
133138Blade Runner 20294$3.9904/07/21Titan
134139Orphan & Five Beasts2$3.9904/21/21Dark Horse
136119Firefly Brand New Verse2$4.9904/21/21Boom
137121Dejah Thoris Winters End$4.9904/28/21Dynamite
138141Cult of Dracula2$3.9904/28/21Source Point
139142U.S. Agent5$3.9904/28/21Marvel
140122Helm Greycastle1$4.9904/28/21Image
141144Trials of Ultraman2$3.9904/21/21Marvel
142145Eros Psyche2$3.9904/14/21Ablaze
143127Phantom on Scan1$4.9904/14/21Aftershock
144146Transformers Beast Wars3$3.9904/07/21IDW
145147Fear Case3$3.9904/07/21Dark Horse
146148Home Sick Pilots5$3.9904/14/21Image
147149Cyberpunk 2077 You Have My Word1$3.9904/28/21Dark Horse
148150Avengers Mech Strike3$3.9904/07/21Marvel
149151Batman Vs Ras Al Ghul6$3.9904/20/21DC
150152Young Hellboy The Hidden Land3$3.9904/14/21Dark Horse
151153Blade Runner Origins3$3.9904/21/21Titan
152156Cojacaru The Skinner1$3.9904/21/21Dark Horse
153157Minky Woodcock Girl Electrified Tesla1$3.9904/14/21Titan
154158Black Hammer Visions3$3.9904/14/21Dark Horse
156161God of War Fallen God2$3.9904/07/21Dark Horse
157162Resistance Uprising1$3.9904/07/21AWA
160164Nuclear Family3$3.9904/28/21Aftershock
161165Monstress33 $3.9904/21/21Image
162167Dreaming Waking Hours9$3.9904/06/21DC
164196Rise1$2.9904/07/21Heavy Metal
165174Beasts of Burden Occupied Territory1$3.9904/07/21Dark Horse
166175Usagi Yojimbo Wanderers Road6$3.9904/28/21IDW
167176Buffy The Vampire Slayer24$3.9904/07/21Boom
168137Man Goat & Bunny Man1$5.9904/14/21Zenescope
169177E Ratic5$3.9904/28/21AWA
170178Power Pack5$3.9904/14/21Marvel
171179Thor and Loki Double Trouble2$3.9904/14/21Marvel
173155Truth & Justice3$4.9904/20/21DC
174181Mighty Morphin6$3.9904/14/21Boom
175182Jenny Zero1$3.9904/14/21Dark Horse
176160Project Patron1$4.9904/07/21Aftershock
177183Usagi Yojimbo19$3.9904/21/21IDW
179185Doctor Who Missy1$3.9904/14/21Titan
180169Last Witch4$4.9904/07/21Boom
181186Post Americana5$3.9904/21/21Image
182170TMNT Jennika II6$4.9904/14/21IDW
183187G.I. Joe a Real American Hero279$3.9904/14/21IDW
185189Deadly Class45$3.9904/28/21Image
186190Usagi Yojimbo18$3.9904/14/21IDW
187173Dead Dogs Bite2$4.9904/07/21Dark Horse
188191Taarna5$3.9904/21/21Heavy Metal
189192G.I. Joe a Real American Hero280$3.9904/28/21IDW
190194Modok Head Games4$3.9904/28/21Marvel
191195Sweet Tooth The Return6$3.9904/13/21DC
192197Abbott 19734$3.9904/28/21Boom
193199Rick and Morty Worlds Apart3$3.9904/07/21Oni
194166Belle King of Serpents$5.9904/28/21Zenescope
195168G.I. Joe a Real American Hero Serpentor Uncoiled$5.9904/21/21IDW
196201Commanders In Crisis7$3.9904/07/21Image
197202My Little Pony Transformers II1$3.9904/28/21IDW
198204Moonshine24 $3.9904/21/21Image
199193Jim Henson's Storyteller Tricksters2$4.9904/21/21Boom
200205Redemption3 $3.9904/14/21AWA
201206Freakshow Knight1$3.9904/14/21Second Sight
202143Tales of Terror Quarterly H.H. Holmes$8.9904/07/21Zenescope
203154Squadron Supreme Marvel Tales1$7.9904/07/21Marvel
204209James Bond Agent of Spectre2$3.9904/07/21Dynamite
206210Lady Baltimore Witch Queens2$3.9904/21/21Dark Horse
207211Crimson Flower4$3.9904/21/21Dark Horse
208212Grendel Devils Odyssey5$3.9904/14/21Dark Horse
209213I Walk With Monsters5$3.9904/21/21Vault
210216Gung Ho Sexy Beast4$3.9904/21/21Ablaze
211218Carpenter Tales Scifi Hell1$3.9904/28/21Storm King
212219Chained to the Grave2$3.9904/14/21IDW
21422320 Fists1$3.9904/28/21Source Point
216203Girls of Dimension 131$4.9904/21/21Aftershock
217225Tarot Witch of the Black Rose127 $3.9904/28/21Broadsword
218227Galactic Rodents of Mayhem1$3.9904/28/21Scout
219228Robonic Stooges Return1$3.9904/28/21American Mythology
222172Transformers 84 Legends & Rumors 100-Page Giant$7.9904/07/21IDW
223231Cold Dead War2$3.9904/28/21Heavy Metal
224232Nottingham2$3.9904/07/21Mad Cave
226234Casual Fling3 $3.9904/07/21AWA
228208Specter Inspectors3$4.9904/21/21Boom
229238King Tank Girl4$3.9904/07/21Albatross
230242Hollow Heart2$3.9904/07/21Vault
231243Picture of Everything Else3$3.9904/14/21Vault
233200Star Trek Next Generation The Gift$5.9904/14/21IDW
234246Scouts Honor4$3.9904/14/21Aftershock
235245Cerebus the Duck One Shot$4.0004/28/21Aardvark-Vanaheim
237249Vietnam Horror2 $3.9904/21/21Behemoth
238250Resident Alien Your Rides Here5$3.9904/14/21Dark Horse
239221Bedtime Stories Impressionable Children Annual1$4.9904/28/21American Mythology
240252Sam & His Talking Gun2$3.9904/07/21Scout
241222Zombie Tramp79$4.9904/28/21Action Lab
242253George R.R. Martin a Clash of Kings12$3.9904/14/21Dynamite
243254Death By Life1$3.9904/07/21Antarctic
244255Horror Comics Black and White3$3.9904/14/21Antarctic
245256Bitter Root12 $3.9904/28/21Image
246257Bloom1$3.9904/07/21Hero Tomorrow
247258Duplicant1$3.9904/14/21Second Sight
248235Markiplier3$4.9904/07/21Red Giant
249259Zorro In Land That Time Forgot4$3.9904/28/21American Mythology

The list below includes all the other comics released by Diamond and Lunar for which Comichron is not projecting rankings at this time. They appear in alphabetical order by publisher and then by title; use the arrows to sort by any column.

The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

Comic-book TitleIssuePriceOn salePublisher
Superbabes Starring Femforce6$5.9504/14/21AC
Miranda In Maelstrom5$3.9904/28/21Action Lab
Vampblade50$5.9904/28/21Action Lab
I Breathed a Body4$3.9904/28/21Aftershock
Knock Em Dead5$3.9904/21/21Aftershock
Miles to Go4$3.9904/07/21Aftershock
Shadow Doctor3$3.9904/28/21Aftershock
Undone By Blood Other Side of Eden2$4.9904/14/21Aftershock
Happy Hour6 $3.9904/28/21Ahoy
Hatchet Vengeance3$3.9904/28/21American Mythology
Starring Sonya Devereaux Death Team 51$3.9904/28/21American Mythology
Cat Sh*t3$3.9904/14/21Antarctic
Exciting Comics9$3.9904/07/21Antarctic
Exciting Comics10$3.9904/21/21Antarctic
Gold Digger280$3.9904/07/21Antarctic
Planet Comics3$3.9904/14/21Antarctic
Archie 80Th Anniversary Jumbo Comics Digest2$7.9904/14/21Archie
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest319$7.9904/28/21Archie
World of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest108$7.9904/07/21Archie
World of Betty & Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest4$7.9904/21/21Archie
Manns World4 $3.9904/21/21AWA
Alice In Leatherland1$3.9904/21/21Behemoth
Destiny NY2 $3.9904/28/21Behemoth
Hotline Miami Wildlife8$3.9904/14/21Behemoth
Paranormal Hitmen3$3.9904/14/21Behemoth
Space Riders Vortex of Darkness3$3.9904/07/21Black Mask
Devils Dominion3$3.9904/07/21Blackbox
Shi No Kage3$3.9904/07/21Blackbox
Lost Angeles1 $5.9904/21/21Bliss on Tap
Hellwitch Hellbourne1 BW Ed.$15.0004/28/21Coffin
Avatar The Next Shadow4$3.9904/14/21Dark Horse
Critical Role Vox Machina Origins III2$3.9904/28/21Dark Horse
Dragon Age Dark Fortress2$3.9904/28/21Dark Horse
Overwatch Tracer London Calling5$3.9904/07/21Dark Horse
Scooby-Doo Where Are You109$2.9904/20/21DC
Love & Rockets Magazine10$4.9904/28/21Fantagraphics
Night Hunters3$4.9904/14/21Floating World
Chasing The Dragon2$3.9904/07/21Heavy Metal
Modern Frankenstein1$3.9904/28/21Heavy Metal
Space Bastards4 $4.9904/14/21Humanoids
Marvel Action Captain Marvel2$3.9904/07/21IDW
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic96$3.9904/14/21IDW
Voyage to the Stars4$3.9904/21/21IDW
Bliss6 $3.9904/07/21Image
Nomen Omen14$3.9904/21/21Image
Rain Like Hammers4$4.9904/21/21Image
Savage Dragon258$3.9904/07/21Image
Summoners War Legacy1$3.9904/28/21Image
Ninjas & Robots6$4.9904/28/21Keenspot
Knights of the Dinner Table281$5.9904/07/21Kenzer
Knights of the Dinner Table282$6.9904/21/21Kenzer
Honor and Curse10$3.9904/14/21Mad Cave
Pantomime6$3.9904/21/21Mad Cave
They Fell From The Sky3$3.9904/14/21Mad Cave
Aggretsuko Meet Her World2$3.9904/07/21Oni
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters2$3.9904/21/21Oni
White Lily2$3.9504/14/21Red 5
Magika2$4.9904/07/21Red Giant
Shadow Children2$4.9904/07/21Red Giant
Wayward Legends3$2.9904/14/21Red Giant
Wayward Sons3$4.9904/21/21Red Giant
Children of the Grave4$3.9904/14/21Scout
Create a Comic One Shot$3.9904/07/21Scout
Frank At Home on the Farm4$3.9904/28/21Scout
Murder Hobo Chaotic Neutral1 $3.9904/14/21Scout
Sh*Tshow3 $3.9904/14/21Scout
Blowtorch1$3.9904/14/21Second Sight
Chess1$3.9904/21/21Second Sight
Damned Cursed Children4$3.9904/28/21Source Point
Dead End Kids Suburban Job4$3.9904/28/21Source Point
Eighth Immortal4$3.9904/28/21Source Point
Era of Great Wonders5$3.9904/28/21Source Point
Warcorns Combat Unicorns For Hire4$3.9904/28/21Source Point
Minions Sports2$3.9904/14/21Titan
My Dog Jojo One Shot$6.0004/21/21Uncivilized
Resonant9 $3.9904/21/21Vault
Shadow Service7$3.9904/28/21Vault
Vampire The Masquerade7$3.9904/07/21Vault
Grimm Spotlight Mystere Voodoo Dawn$5.9904/21/21Zenescope
Grimm Universe Presents Qtrly$8.9904/28/21Zenescope

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April 2021 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Comichron did not examine graphic novel orders, but you can see what graphic novels were receiving retail attention at Diamond in the month by looking at its reorders.