October 2021 Comics Sales Early Look

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

October 2021 has four New Comic Book Days at Diamond and at DC's distributor, Lunar. October 2020 had four for both Diamond and Lunar.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in November 2021. 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.

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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.

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Advance reorders placed between Sept. 6-12, 2021

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
House of Slaughter #1 Cvr C Shehan Foil Intermix Var (Boom)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Paper Girls Complete Story TPB (Image)

The leading comic, a special version of House of Slaughter #1, is slated to ship with a "Secret Blood Red Foil" intermixed approximately 1 copy in every 10 copies.

No hardcover graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1House of Slaughter #1 Cvr C Shehan Foil Intermix Var$4.99Boom10/20/21
2House of Slaughter #1 Cvr A Shehan$3.99Boom10/20/21
3The Lot #4$5.99Bad Idea10/06/21
4Pyrate Queen #2$7.99Bad Idea10/06/21
5Monster Kill Squad #2$6.99Bad Idea10/06/21
6House of Slaughter #1 Cvr B Dell Edera$3.99Boom10/20/21
7House of Slaughter #1 Cvr D Blank Sketch Var$3.99Boom10/20/21
8House of Slaughter #1 Cvr E 25 Incv Copy Foil Var Dell Edera$4.99Boom10/20/21
9Paper Girls Comp Story TPB$49.99Image10/27/21
10Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #1 Cvr A Araujo & Ohalloran ($3.99Image10/06/21
11Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #1 Cvr B Bengal$3.99Image10/06/21
12Chicken Devil #1 Cvr A Hayden Sherman$4.99Aftershock10/06/21
13Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #1 Cvr C Dalrymple$3.99Image10/06/21
14Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr D Capullo$5.99Image10/13/21
15Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr B Mcfarlane$5.99Image10/13/21
16Echolands #1 2nd Ptg Cvr A Williams Iii$4.99Image10/06/21
17White #4$3.99Black Mask10/06/21
18Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr G Booth Connecting$5.99Image10/13/21
19Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr F Revolver$5.99Image10/13/21
20Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr C Romita Jr$5.99Image10/13/21
21 Star Wars High Republic Adventures #9 Cvr A Tolibao $3.99IDW10/06/21
22Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr E Kirkman$5.99Image10/13/21
23Pyrate Queen #3$7.99Bad Idea11/03/21
24Red Sonja (2021) #2 Cvr O Foc Bonus Fleecs Original Art$3.99Dynamite10/06/21
25Me You Love In The Dark #3$3.99Image10/06/21

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Advance reorders placed between September 13-19, 2021

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr D Capullo (Image)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Department of Truth Vol. 2 (Image)

Todd McFarlane's latest new series for Spawn was the top-ranked advance reorder item at Diamond the second week in September, with variants of Gunslinger Spawn #1 taking up the top eight slots in the charts.

No hardcover graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr D Capullo$5.99Image10/20/21
2Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr B Mcfarlane$5.99Image10/20/21
3Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr G Booth Connecting$5.99Image10/20/21
4Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr E Kirkman$5.99Image10/20/21
5Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr C Alexander$5.99Image10/20/21
6Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr F Revolver$5.99Image10/20/21
7Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr A Booth$5.99Image10/20/21
8Gunslinger Spawn #1 Cvr H 50 Copy Incv Capullo Sketch Cvr$5.99Image10/20/21
9Department of Truth TPB Vol. 2$16.99Image10/27/21
10Army of Darkness 1979 #2 Cvr M Foc Bonus Fleecs & Forstner$3.99Dynamite10/13/21
11Me You Love In The Dark #2 2nd Ptg Cvr A$3.99Image10/13/21
12After Dark One Shot Cvr A Tony Harris$6.99Aftershock10/13/21
13Cross To Bear #1 Cvr A Banovic$4.99Aftershock10/13/21
14White #3 2nd Ptg$3.99Black Mask10/13/21
15Department of Truth #7 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/13/21
16Department of Truth #8 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/13/21
17Chicken Devil #1 Cvr C Mask Variant$4.99Aftershock10/06/21
18Department of Truth #10 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/13/21
19Department of Truth #9 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/13/21
20Department of Truth #11 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/13/21
21Department of Truth #12 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/13/21
22Mazebook #2 Cvr A Lemire$5.99Dark Horse10/13/21
23Moon Knight #1 3rd Ptg Cappuccio Var$4.99Marvel PRH10/13/21
24Fine Print TPB Vol. 1$16.99Image10/27/21
25Dark Ages #1 2nd Ptg Coello Var$4.99Marvel PRH10/13/21

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Advance reorders placed between September 20-26, 2021

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
King Spawn #1 2nd Printing (Boom)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Something is Killing the Children Dlx Ed. Slipcase HC Book 1 (Boom)

In the same week that the first Something is Killling the Children softcover led reorders, its Deluxe Edition Slipcase Hardcover led advance reorders overall.

King Spawn #3 was the top advance-reordered comic book that wasn't a reprint.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1 Something Is Killing Children Dlx Ed Slipcase HC Book 1 $69.99Boom10/20/21
2 Something Is Killing Children Dlx Ed HC Book 1 $49.99Boom10/20/21
3King Spawn #1 2nd Ptg$5.99Image10/20/21
4King Spawn #3 Cvr D Barends$2.99Image10/20/21
5King Spawn #3 Cvr C Fernandez$2.99Image10/20/21
6White #5$3.99Black Mask10/20/21
7Gun Honey #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Titan10/20/21
8Me You Love In The Dark #1 3rd Ptg$3.99Image10/20/21
9Primordial #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Image10/20/21
10Gun Honey #2 Cvr A Lim$3.99Titan 10/20/21
11Hellcop #1 Halloween 3D Special$7.99Image10/20/21
12Primordial #2 Cvr A Sorrentino$3.99Image10/27/21
13Hellcop #1 Cvr A Haberlin & Van Dyke$3.99Image10/20/21
14Nita Hawes Nightmare Blog #1 Cvr A Well-Bee$3.99Image10/20/21
15Walking Dead Dlx #25 Cvr D Tedesco$3.99Image10/20/21
16Walking Dead Dlx #25 Cvr E Bressan & Lucas$3.99Image10/20/21
17Gun Honey #2 Mcginnis Virgin Foc Cvr$3.99Titan 10/20/21
18Dune House Atreides HC Vol. 2$24.99Boom10/20/21
19Eat The Rich #3 Cvr A Tong$3.99Boom10/20/21
20Barbaric #1 Cvr A 4th Ptg$3.99Vault10/27/21
21Last Book Youll Ever Read #1 Cvr A 3rd Ptg$3.99Vault10/27/21
22Mirka Andolfo Sweet Paprika #4 Cvr B Tateo$3.99Image10/27/21
23Mirka Andolfo Sweet Paprika #4 Cvr C Ngu$3.99Image10/27/21
24Art of Halo Infinite HC$39.99Dark Horse12/15/21
25Critical Role: Tales of Exandria #1 (Res)$3.99Dark Horse10/20/21

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Advance reorders placed between Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2021

• Top advance-reordered October-shipping comic book:
What's the Furthest Place From Here #1 Dlx Ed. 7-Inch Record (Image)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Friday TPB Book 1: First Day of Christmas (Image)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Kane DM Var. New Ptg (Marvel PRH)

The top advance-reordered comic book was the deluxe edition of What's the Furthest Place from Here #1 which comes with a record album.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1 What's The Furthest Place From Here #1 Dlx Ed 7 Inch Record $14.99Image11/10/21
2 What's The Furthest Place From Here #1 Cvr A Boss $4.99Image11/10/21
3Gun Honey #1 3rd Ptg Hughes Metallic Ink Var$3.99Titan10/27/21
4Spawn #323 Cvr C Barends Clown$2.99Image10/27/21
5Rush #1 Cvr A Gooden$3.99Vault10/27/21
6 TMNT The Last Ronin Design Archive #1 $8.99IDW11/10/21
7Rush #1 Cvr B Simmonds$3.99Vault10/27/21
8Whats The Furthest Place From Here #1 Cvr D Bendis$4.99Image11/10/21
9Whats The Furthest Place From Here #1 Cvr C Young$4.99Image11/10/21
10Hulk #1$4.99Marvel PRH11/03/21
11Harbinger (2021) #1 Cvr A Rodriguez$3.99Valiant10/27/21
12Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 3 Kane Dm Var New Ptg$125.00Marvel PRH11/17/21
13Crossover #9 Cvr B Panosian$3.99Image10/27/21
14Whats The Furthest Place From Here #1 Cvr B Martin$4.99Image11/10/21
15 Friday TPB Book 1 First Day of Christmas $14.99Image11/03/21
16Mirka Andolfo Sweet Paprika #4 Cvr E Andolfo$4.99Image10/27/21
17Primordial #2 Cvr C Shimizu$3.99Image10/27/21
18Red Room Antisocial Network TPB$19.99 Fantagraphics11/10/21
19Rush #1 Cvr C Daniel 1:5 Var$3.99Vault10/27/21
20Never Never #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Heavy Metal10/27/21
21Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Compendium TPB$64.99Image11/03/21
22Godkiller Spiderland #1 Cvr C Uncensored$4.99Black Mask10/27/21
23Mom Mother of Madness #3 Cvr B Lenox$4.99Image10/27/21
24Godkiller Spiderland #1 Cvr B Chang$4.99Black Mask10/27/21
25Basilisk #1 3rd Ptg Scharf$3.99Boom10/27/21

Advance reorder charts will be posted here as soon as they are released. Stay tuned!

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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 October also put titles on these lists, the charts are ranked by invoiced dollars, which is what retailers actually paid.

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Reorders placed between Oct. 4-10, 2021

• Top reordered comic book:
TMNT: The Last Ronin #4 Cvr. A Eastman (IDW)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Invincible Compendium TPB Vol. 1 (Image)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Smashed Junji Ito Story Collection HC (Viz)

The fourth issue of TMNT: The Last Ronin repeated as most-reordered comic book.

This was the first full week Marvel was distributed by Penguin Random House; of note is the fact that for the second week in a row, no Marvel titles of any kind made the reorder list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Invincible Compendium TPB Vol. 1$64.99ImageBacklist
2Smashed Junji Ito Story Collection HC $22.99Viz05/01/19Find it on eBay
3Invincible Compendium TPB Vol. 2$64.99ImageBacklistFind it on eBay
4Going To The Chapel TPB Vol. 1$14.99Action Lab02/19/20
5 TMNT The Last Ronin #4 Cvr A Eastman$8.99IDW09/22/21
6Gideon Falls Dlx Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99Image09/22/21Find it on eBay
7Something Is Killing Children TPB Vol. 1$14.99Boom06/10/20Find it on eBay
8Sensor HC$19.99Viz08/18/21Find it on eBay
9Stray Dogs TPB$16.99Image09/15/21
10Invincible Compendium TPB Vol. 3$64.99Image07/18/18Find it on eBay
11Jojos Bizarre Adv Pt 5 Golden Wind HC Vol. 1$19.99Viz08/04/21Find it on eBay
12Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1$29.99Dynamite03/20/19
13Spawn Compendium TPB Vol. 1 (New Edition)$59.99Image02/24/21
14Jojos Bizarre Adv 1 Phantom Blood HC Vol. 1$19.99VizBacklist
15Brzrkr (Berzerker) TPB Vol. 1$16.99Boom09/29/21
16Something Is Killing Children TPB Vol. 3$14.99Boom06/09/21
17Something Is Killing The Children #20 Cvr A Dell Edera$3.99Boom09/29/21Find it on eBay
18Blankets Gn (D&Q Ed)$29.95Drawn & QuarterlyBacklistFind it on eBay
19Sky Masters of Space Force Comp Dailies 1958-1961 Sc (C: 0-1$49.99Hermes11/25/20Find it on eBay
20Providence Compendium TPB$29.99Avatar09/01/21Find it on eBay
21Tmnt The Last Ronin #2 3rd Ptg$8.99IDW09/29/21Find it on eBay
22Tmnt The Last Ronin #1 4th Ptg$8.99IDW09/29/21Find it on eBay
23Department of Truth #13 Cvr A Simmonds$3.99Image09/29/21Find it on eBay
24Fist of the North Star HC Vol. 1$19.99Viz06/16/21Find it on eBay
25Black Butler Gn Vol. 1 (New Ptg)$13.00YenBacklistFind it on eBay

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.