By The Numbers: August 2020
Like in any industry, comic books and their companies listen most to one thing and that’s your money! What does your money tell them? What does it tell us as fans? What series do people say they adore but can’t seem to catch a break and what books to people hate that sell out? What are the trends? What looks good? What looks rough?
All these questions and more will be answered here, every month in ‘By The Numbers’ by comic writers, editors and fans, Glenn Matchett and Ray Goldfield.
Glenn Matchett is a comic writer and editor. He’s worked in the industry for many years but grew up reading comics. He’s had work published with various small press publishers and has is own comic now available on Comixology in Sparks: The Way I Was from Yellow Bear Comics! In a few days Glenn will be visiting Bly Manor, please send help.
Ray Goldfield is a fan of comic books for going on 25 years, starting with the death of Superman. He is a writer and editor and has released his first novel. Ray also does a weekly roundup of DC comic reviews for website Geekdad and they’re brilliantly entertaining. When he votes in a few weeks, Ray is writing himself in. It’s 2020, you never know!
No more cover images until WordPress stops being useless in its new format outside the top book. Sorry for the wall of text! We promise laughs in place of images!
Glenn: Three so close together? It can only happen in 2020! We’re nearly caught up folks, have no fear!
Ray: This is the first month that we have more than 500 books on the stands again, so it seems like most of the industry is returning to normal. We also have confirmation that for the second month in a row, Avengers is the new “index book” replacing Batman due to Batman’s sky-high sales.
Glenn: Once again with Joker War in full swing now, Batman rules the top of the charts with the much anticipated Three Jokers Black Label mini. We know this sold in the 300k mark and its no surprise. This is Johns first work on a mainstream Batman book, Jason Fabok is a hot artist, years of hype, a pseudo sequel to Killing Joke and three times DC’s hottest villain. It was a recipe for success and is no surprise it took the top of the charts.
Ray: Much like last month, we have a comic that just completely outpaced the field. Three Jokers sells exactly double what the next book on the list does, which is a staggering number. This is probably going to be another Evergreen smash for DC, much like Doomsday Clock. It’s only three issues for us, but the total content is closer to a nine-issue miniseries, which should make for a nice collection.
Glenn: Batman the regular book also continues to dominate, surprisingly still outselling the huge event Dark Knights: Death Metal as James Tynion has restored the title to its former sales prestige. Issue 100 is a sure fire finner for October.
Ray: The index indicates that Batman is coming down to Earth just a bit from last month, as retailers probably over-ordered on the first month back due to Punchline-mania. But these numbers are still spectacular overall and Tynion’s run will likely see long-term benefits.
Glenn: Speaking of Death Metal it charts at 4, its not slouching by any means it just underlines how much Tynion’s Batman has surpassed expectations. A lot of good news for DC at the moment.
Ray: The index has it pretty close to Batman this month, so more evidence of its staying power. This mini had the proper hype and buildup that other recent events didn’t.
Glenn: Aforementioned good news continues at 5 with the newest issue of Detective Comics which is now in full Joker War tie-in.with the other issue this month charting at 7. Lets see how this story benefits other bat books as we go.
Ray: Yeah, this is what I expected – Detective probably almost doubled its sales from previous months, and next month’s mega-issue should dominate the charts and be an easy #1. Are we eventually headed for a month where only Batman books make the top ten?
Glenn: Splitting up the Detective issues is Venom at 6 as it continues its own stride of momentum towards the King In Black event.
At 8 is Thor as it seems only the power of Donny Cates is powerful enough to stop Batman this month. It seems Cates has restored Thor to a top seller which it hasn’t been since the JMS years and at various points during the Aaron run. Excpent Cates upcoming Image comic to do big numbers.
Ray: I think it’s pretty clear at this point that Cates is Marvel’s #1 writer. I’d be surprised if King in Black didn’t bring some Thor elements in – it’s too big a plot for Venom alone – so the odds are good that’s going to be a sales monster
Glenn: At 9 is Harley Quinn which benefits from a combination of final issue/anniversary number and Joker War bump. The character has now gone full chaotic good and seems to be a satellite member of the bat family. No word on what her next book will look like but Harley has become a strong franchise in herself so its only a matter of time.
Ray: I’m honestly shocked there hasn’t been any announcement on Harley’s new series yet. Maybe we’ll get a printed version of the digital-first Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red first, but the character’s journey from henchwoman to headliner has been amazing.
Glenn: Final spot in the top ten belongs to Maestro, the Peter David written Hulk series that finally tells the background story of quite possibly his most famous Hulk story. Thanks to the success of Immortal Hulk, the character is hot at the moment and while I don’t expect the rest of the series to sell this well this seems to be a pleasant surprise.
Ray: David’s Hulk always had a big fanbase and the character is red hot right now, but this is a little bigger than I expected. Worth noting – this beat every issue of Marvel’s big event comic this month.
As the X-line heads towards its first big event, the latest Hickman issue charts at #11, selling probably somewhere in the 50K range. Still solid, but that’s fallen a lot and it’s dropped out of being the #1 ongoing pretty quickly. If I was the X-editor, I would not be optimistic about a twenty-part hard crossover.
Glenn: Its almost like forcing everyone that just wants to or can afford to read Hickman’s X-Men to read every X-book under the sun was a bad idea!
Ray: Amazing Spider-Man also continues dropping, with the first issue of the month at #12 and the second at #15, both selling about 45K. We got word today that Ryan Ottley is leaving the title, so it feels like the wheels are coming off between this and the sales drop.
Glenn: They’re cheating a bit (no big surprise from Marvel) by having 850 and 50 one after the other so that’ll help. I don’t expect the Kindred story to draw in the big sales like Metal, Joker War and King In Black do/will.
Ray: At #13, we’ve got Dark Nights Death Metal Guidebook, which featured both a new Darkest Night story and the DC debut of Chip Zdarsky. Despite the title making it sound like a sourcebook, it still delivered strong numbers.
The story is basically the same at #16 for Dark Nights Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights. This anthology featuring new evil Batmen featured an eclectic group of creators plus a Darkest Knight framing story. Interest for the limited tie-ins to this storyline is very high – indicating that flooding the market may not be the way to go.
Two Bat-books get a huge boost from their Joker War tie-ins, with Batgirl landing at #17 and Nightwing #19. All together, this makes 11 of the top 20 books Batman or Bat-family related.
Glenn: Batgirl probably won because of one of Joker’s most iconic stories being so heavily associated with her. This event is red hot.
Ray: Sandwiched in between them is the fourth issue of Empyre at #18, selling about 35K. This was the issue with the biggest reveal, and #5 is down at #21. Needless to say, this was not what Marvel was hoping for out of this event, and I’m sure the news won’t be much better from the tie-ins.
Glenn: Never to be mentioned again. Let’s just try not to get overwhelmed but the twenty billion King In Black tie-ins Marvel is doing to make up for this.
Ray: We observed last month that the numbers on Venom #25 weren’t great, and here’s why – an underorder is reflected here, with the issue charting again at #20, selling close to 35K copies. That puts the book well over 70K overall, a monster showing.
Glenn: Its insane that Venom is Marvel’s biggest book right now and the second steadiest ongoing right now.
Ray: We’ve got an odd entry at #22, as the video game tie-in Horizon Zero Dawn charts the highest we’ve ever seen from a Titan book. To put this in perspective, it outsells all the Star Wars books this month, which are clustered in the 20s for the most part. Video game store orders, maybe? Or maybe a very passionate fanbase.
Glenn: Passionate fanbase for sure, this was a very popular game with a very easy concept to transfer over to comics.
Ray: Spawn holds solid at #26, remaining the top creator-owned book – for now, but some big names are coming down the pipe. Keanu crush puny Spawn.
Glenn: We’ll see but Spawn is still doing the best it has done in years. There seems to be some momentum from the anniversary issue which is nothing to sneeze at.
Ray: I continue to be impressed by how well Batman: The Adventures Continue does, landing at #28 and selling roughly the same as Immortal Hulk. This far outpaces what similar books like Injustice did.
Glenn: People love their BTAS. They even got Kevin Conroy giving people directions in their cars now.
Ray: The oddball FF mini, Fantastic Four Antithesis by Mark Waid and Neal Adams, lands at #29. It’s a high-profile creative team, but largely an unconnected side story in an earlier era and Adams’ pull isn’t what it used to be.
Glenn: Some loyalty for Waid and a little curiosity for Adams but yeah, not quite what he used to be able to pull in after a few years of odd works.
Ray: Giant-Size X-Men: Fantomex lands at #32. This series is benefiting a lot from the fact that it’s a new #1 every month, but this is the lowest we’ve seen it. General attrition, or lack of interest in Fantomex compared to the other leads?
Glenn: I don’t know what a Fantomex is so I’m going to go with that.
Ray: #33 has the Spider-Man #1 facsimile edition, selling likely under 30K. That’s wild for a reprint. Is this the 90s #1 that sold an insane number of copies with McFarlane art?
Glenn: It is which explains why its still hot after all this time. McFarlane Spidey will never not be an easy sell.
Ray: Justice League #50 lands at #34 with no real bounce for its anniversary issue, but then this was just the final chapter of a Simon Spurrier fill-in arc. Very good story, but the $5.99 price tag likely hurt a bit rather than helped.
Lots of regular books down here, with Strange Adventures holding strong at #38.
The next book of note is Seven Secrets #1, Tom Taylor’s new creator-owned Boom title, which lands at #47 between issues of Legion of Super-Heroes and The Green Lantern. A strong debut, but a little lower than I expected given the hype that this broke sales records for Boom. Unless the index is much higher than we think, we might be in for some heavy reorders here. Boom continues to pick up momentum ahead of upcoming debuts from Al Ewing and Matt Kindt (with Keanu Reeves).
Glenn: Great start here for sure. Boom is having a great year despite you know…all the things. It seems to be making at least Image up their game too as they have a few heavy hitters set up to make things interesting.
Ray: Empyre: X-Men #2 lands at #52, much lower than the first issue. Hickman was involved in the first and last issues, but despite that we didn’t see any sales jump for the last issue. They land at #57 and #59.
A couple of strange reorders this month, with the first issue of Strange Academy #1 landing again at #54, selling about 25K.
The same goes for the first issue of Fire Power, landing at #56 with impressive reorders.
Something very odd, with the second issue of DCeased: Dead Planet landing at #58 and selling about 25K. That’s clearly VERY off, and I’d expect there to be many reorders. Maybe it was something with the classification of the variant covers? There are still a lot of kinks to be worked out here.
Glenn: DC’s new distribution people may be figuring out how this stuff works. ‘Wait, it has the same content but…costs more…and is rarer?!’
Ray: Venom #26 charts again as well at #60, selling a little over 20K in reorders.
Glenn: Crazy stuff.
Ray: Daredevil Annual #64, a wild story featuring Mike Murdock, lands at #64. It’s a similar number to what the title usually did, in between Justice League Dark and Catwoman.
Fire Power #2 lands at #67, showing the title’s likely final standing at near 20K.. It’s likely to be one of the few creator-owned books to establish a regular beachhead in the top 100.
Glenn: Beyond Walking Dead this seems to be where Kirkman’s Image books seem to live.
Ray: Right under that at #68 is reorders of Negan Lives #1, which might show up on this chart pretty consistently in the coming months.
Glenn: As we mentioned last month, retailers didn’t know this was coming so more than likely Image underestimated the demand.
Ray: After a few routine Marvel books, including the Empyre issues of Captain Marvel, we see the next new #1 – Mega Man: Fully Charged from Boom at #72. This video game tie-in didn’t really get the hype of other Boom launches, but the character has a big fanbase and the last time he had a regular comic was at Archie, I believe.
Glenn: That’s a really solid debut for a video game tie-in, especially one that will doubtlessly do better outside the direct market.
Ray: After a bunch of Marvel books including the final issue of Black Cat, we get the launch of a new Power Rangers miniseries at #77 – Drakkon: New Dawn. This post-apocalyptic adventure is going to lead into the upcoming relaunch, which should do well. Boom’s proven this line can sustain a number of spin-offs.
At #80 we have the ninth issue of Ghost-Spider, which was printed after being released digitally months earlier. Decent numbers for a second-run book, but what an inauspicious end to the solo title of one of Marvel’s biggest new characters for years.
Glenn: Marvel have handled this character so poorly its outright depressing. This is just bonus sales on top of what it did for re-orders. It’s only here because fans that prefer print were so pissed off.
Ray: At #82, we have the third issue of Spider-Woman. This series bottomed out much more quickly than other Marvel series that started unusually high, likely due to the time off between issues.
More than 15K in reorders for the second issue of Thor at #83, as retailers catch up on their Donny Cates in the rush before King in Black. Similar numbers for Thor #4 at #87.
It’s a quiet end to the Slott era on Iron Man at #84, with the final issue of Iron Man 2020 selling just over 15K.
Glenn: We’ll see what the new run brings, but Marvel still seems to have a problem benefitting off the characters newfound statue as a cultural icon because of the movies.
Ray: Dynamite’s streak of odd crossovers continues with Mars Attacks Red Sonja at #86, by John Layman. It’s not a crossover I ever would have expected, but it’s surprisingly good and it sells about 15K.
The Empyre tie-ins slide down the charts, with Lords of Empyre: Celestial Messiah at #90, spotlighting the big bad of the event. No one really knew who he was except old-school Avengers fans, so these numbers aren’t a surprise – and it won’t be the lowest-selling tie-in on the list.
Glenn: It gets worse from here? Oooph.
Ray: #91 has the final issue of The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, as this Black Label series heads off to collections to sell there forever like so many of Lemire’s books.
Glenn: This was essentially an epilogue to the brilliant 80’s series and the Question doesn’t have quite the fan base that some of the more iconic heroes do so it performed as expected. Like you say, it’ll perform fine as an evergreen.
Ray: A strong showing from Vault at #94, as their new spinoff of the tabletop game Vampire: The Masquerade sells about 15K. This is probably a combination of the established fanbase and the name of Tim Seeley.
Undiscovered Country #7 lands at #97 – lower than I would have expected, but still one of the top five creator-owned books of the month. Marvel and DC really dominated this month.
At #102 we’ve got the debut of Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go, a two-issue spinoff of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s popular fantasy thriller. While these are solid numbers, we all know this book makes most of its money in collections.
Glenn: We may see an exception for the upcoming Sandman team up but time will tell!
Two annuals down here with Teen Titans selling at 103 Wonder Woman’s selling at 105. Interesting that Wonder Woman wouldn’t sell better because this is the end of the run Steve Orlando had not too long ago. It seems that ending a story much later in an annual is an old trick that still doesn’t work as far as DC is concerned.
Ray: Teen Titans was also one of the most significant issues of the run, but didn’t really get much attention.
Glenn: The Dreaming gets a new subtitle (Waking Hours) and a new creative team including writer G. Willow Wilson at 108. These books seemed to launch with a little momentum and quickly became second tier with some life in the collections market most likely. This will be much the same, especially with Wilson’s name attached.
Ray: The entire line has sort of collapsed, down to just one book in a few months. But this will eventually make a very good Sandman-related graphic novel, even if it mostly focuses on satellite characters.
Glenn: New Mighty Morphin Power Rangers title from BOOM is at 110 which is another solid performer in terms of a licensed property that BOOM is reaping benefits from on the down low.
Lords Of Empyre: Swordsman sells at 112, no one knows and no one really cares.
Same thing for Empyre Handbook at 120. These could have done worse of course but they could have done a hell of a lot better too.
Ray: The sales on these tie-ins are disastrous. I think the King in Black ones will do better, but as a whole there seems to be very little interest in anything but the main books on Marvel events.
Glenn: New Image book from writer/artist Jason Howard Big Girls launches at 123. Nothing spectacular but a decent enough number from a premise that sounds like a lot of fun on paper.
Wynd finally seems to be picking up (ha, get it?) as the third issue lands 1t 125. It seems retailers and fans are probably figuring out what this is.
Ray: This is good to see. Even as the main market is collections, Tynion’s name should be enough for solid single-issue sales. And I think this is destined to be a modern classic, so all eyes on reorders next month.
Glenn: In what will be the last Alien comic they publish, the first issue of Dark Horse’s adaption of the original screenplay of the first movie lands at 126. While Alien 3 had a lot of notoriety for its various screenplays, Alien is less so and as a result this is probably one just for the hardcore audience the idly curious.
Ray will have to help me out here but Canto II: The Hallow Men seems to be a new property from the original creator of the Turtles. That alone is seemingly enough to get it to 128 on the charts which is very good by IDW standards.
Ray: This is actually the sequel to the acclaimed Wizard of Oz pastiche from IDW! Canto’s first series had some of the most consistent reorders prior to the apocalypse, so this one should be a pretty solid performer as well.
Glenn: In an example that proves that you can crossover anything, My Little Pony/Transformers is at 132. I’m not sure how these fandoms intersect but I’m mildly curious and I only partially care about one of these (its My Little Pony)
Ray: The Transformers try to learn about the ponies by downloading all information on them from the internet and spontaneously combust.
Glenn: Reprint special as Marvel Tales: Maestro sells 1t 146. These stories have been heavily reprinted and most that haven’t read it are likely just to check it out when its collected in the Hulk Omnibus that Marvel are putting out containing Peter David’s run.
We’ve spoken about how Vault comics seems to be getting some momentum as a publisher and while one of their newest books, Shadow Service lands lower than some of their other recent hits at149 that’s still not too bad from a relatively small publisher with a writer whose name I don’t recognize.
Despite having hotshot artist Mike Deotado on board AWA’s Bad Mother only manages 162 on the charts. Considering AWA is newly minted its hard to gage how well they’re doing, we’ll find out if the stick around or not in due course.
Ray: This seems to be where all non-JMS AWA books land, for the most part.
Glenn: Oni continues to release Rick and Morty comics to keep the lights on with the latest being ‘Birdperson’ which is at 165. These of course are madly successful outside the main comic market.
Jimmie Robinsons Bomb Queen returns with a political commentary book entitled Trump Card at 172. The buxom villainess has always been a cult hit at best and political commentary doesn’t fare well in comics generally.
The Star Wars Action Figure Variant comic which is literally just a 9.99 comic that reprints all the action figure variants that Marvel has put out for Star Wars comics since requiring the licence is at 175. This is literally the easiest money Marvel will make this month.
Ray: I can’t believe over 10K people bought a $9.99 collection of variant covers.
Glenn: Strange Academy falls hard to 178 on its second issue. It’ll have to earn a little more of its keep if it wants to stay around. No doubt a King In Black tie-in will be along soon to help.
Voyage to the stars, a space adventure featuring anamaraphorphic (sp?) animals from IDW sells at 193, no big surprise considering it seems to be from a group of names that aren’t familiar to the market.
The Street Fighter Swimsuit special somehow makes it to the top 200 at 197. People need their sexy drawings of M. Bison.
At 200 is Sex Criminals which has been an oddball schedule for the last few years as most of its fans have likely transitioned to trades in the meantime. It might get a boost for the final time jumping 69th issue, we’ll see.
Ray: Heh. 69. Heh
Glenn: Among a bunch of reorders and lower indie books is our beloved Zombie Tramp at 221, You never call, you never write, you never try to eat my brains. Where’s the love gone Zombie Tramp?
Ray: Zombie Tramp should be selling 69K every month!
There’s a random reorder for Champions #13 at #205, and it’s worth noting that we’re in the area of the charts that only has rankings, no estimates. It was a weird month, with only 169 books being properly indexed. And you’ll also note that there are countless Marvel reorders this month, many from months or even years ago. Yep, it’s stock-dumping time – which is why there were about 200 more books this month than the last on the charts.
Glenn: Marvel be like ‘no one talks about sales anymore, no one is that stupid.’ In fact Marvel, we are that stupid.
Ray: At #210 are reorders for Empyre: X-Men #1, which might get a boost due to being one of the ones Hickman wrote in full. Look for #4 to get the same boost in the coming months.
More Zombie Tramp at #221, for the second time this month! At least she’s keeping busy. And again at #228!
A GI Joe one-shot, A Real American Hero: Snake Eyes Origin #0, charts at #233. This has been one of IDW’s longest-running licensed properties, and it has a small but very loyal audience.
At #242 we have the debut of Patriotika, an Antarctic comic that seems to be about…a sexy Captain America-type superheroine who is also the Goddess Athena. Kay. That lack of chest protection doesn’t seem feasible.
Glenn: Just as the profit Liefield predicted. Perhaps her ludicrously giant breasts double as shields?
Ray: Talking about strange Marvel reorders, there’s Monsters Unleashed #7 at #247. That’s a 2017 comic. Back in the olden days, in the before times…
Glenn: Bloody hell I’d forgotten about this book. Now watch as I forget again.
Ray: It’s a long jump with a lot of reorders until we get to the next original #1 at #267, which is…Ninjas vs. Robots from Keenspot. I like both those things, but it’s getting scary down here early, Glenn.
At #276, we’ve got the debut of a new Scout Comics launch, Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists. This supernatural small town thriller does not have any fish-men or undersea cities in it, shockingly.
Glenn: No dreamy Jason Mamoa? I demand a refund!
Ray: #283 brings us the first issue of Amalgama Space Zombie: Most Wanted. One of Zombie Tramp’s pals gets her own spinoff! But she’s no Zombie Tramp. No one really is.
#286 has Conspiracy: Men in Black one-shot from Zenoscope. I wonder if the Men in Black are sexy ladies here.
#293 brings us the latest instalment in Scout’s most bizarre series, Gutt Ghost: Trouble with the Sawbuck Skeleton Society. This is definitely a niche book, but this issue had a Mike Mignola cover, which undoubtedly boosted sales a bit.
#299 brings us the latest Archie mini-collection, Archie & Friends Endless Summer. It’s been a rough year for Archie, and they’ve basically stopped putting out their new line of rebooted books, but they’re still putting out the all-ages material.
#300 brings us the fourth issue of Dryad, and with that into the breach we go.
It’s mostly reorders down here, including a reprint of the 25th issue of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur at #308 – from 2017 again!
At #313 it’s the one-shot “Amicable Spider-Vark One-Shot“. I guess that’s a thing the creator enjoys putting out.
Glenn: Must be nice to be able to be able to yell out your own nonsense while people are literally dying around the world.
Some reorders for Chu at 321, nothing groundbreaking but it does show some interest.
Raven Hex from *checks notes* Broadsword comics sells at 327. This seems to be a property from well known Catwoman artist Jim Balent who will have a fanbase that like the way he draws breasts with people attached to them.
Ray: Good for Balent getting his own company, I guess! Sexy lady books are very much underrepresented in comics these days. *nods*
Glenn: Despite being reprinted more times than I’ve had hot dinners, Image First’s Walking Dead still does a decent amount at 332. Look for the new coloured issues to sell surprisingly well starting in a few months.
Another Joe comic in Snake Eyes: Deadgame at 334. Retailers will know this is for completeists only by this stage.
More Heavy Booby Captain America at 340 with some sort of variant which means the issue sold a respectful amount considering its material combined. Lockdown has been lonely for some people I guess.
Shanna the Firehair who I assume is some not so subtle Shanna the She Devil rip off sells at 342 from Antartic. Sexy ladies in fur bikini’s is about what I’d expect from them.
Among many low reorders and low selling indie books is Amalgama Space Zombie who from the cover is some sort of associate to our beloved Zombie Tramp. YOU CAN’T BE HER SO DON’T EVEN TRY SPACE ZOMBIE.
Proving that any politician can have their own comic, Yang Gang from Keenspot is at 372. I’ve either taken too many pills or not enough.
Ray: Every politician with a wacky fanbase is going to get a comic from them, I guess. At least they’re equal-opportunity?
Glenn: Remember Hunt For Wolverine? I sure as heck don’t but some reorders/stock dumping of the first part shows up at 374.
Gutt Ghost something something Glow In The Dark edition is at 376. Again an indie book that sells better than would first appear based off split sales. I have vague memories of a Ghost Rider glow in the dark cover from like 25 years ago so I’m glad that Scout has their fingers on the pulse.
I just can’t type the name of the comic at 385. I just can’t. I assume this is the hell Dante wrote about.
Ray: Keenspot, keeping it classy at 385!
Glenn: In a case of just happy to be here, Behemoth Comics (?!?!?!?!) brings us Cardinal Dragon at 390. We’re not making these up.
Ray: I have still never encountered a Behemoth Comics book.
Glenn: If a comic is published and Ray doesn’t know about it, does it happen?
So many reorders/stock dumps down here until we get to Metalshark Bro 2 issue 1 at 405. How did I miss Metalshark Bro 1, HOW?!?!?!!??!
Junior High Horrors is on first glance a kid friendly spooky anthology from Keenspot at 408. I refuse to trust anything from this company after 385.
At 417 is Rock & Roll biographies: Sublime. Is this one of those popular bands you yanks like on your newfangled ‘cassette players’ Raymond? Pip, pip.
Ray: You just don’t get today’s music, Glenn! *stomps up to his room*
Glenn: So much random stuff here. The Domino mini from a while back shows up at 476 for the THIRD issue. What? Why?
Ray: This is almost entirely reorders down here. I’ve never seen anything like this. I would estimate close to a third of the comics this month are all reorders, mostly Marvel with a scattering of DC and Image. I think this was the Gail Simone run, but that’s still something people would logically be picking up in trade, not singles.
Jeff Lemire’s Sentry #1 charts again at #479. This is more a reminder that this miniseries was awesome and you should buy the trade!
Glenn: It was great, the only good use of the character since the original mini.
Ray: Silver Sprocket puts out the most interesting titled books on the market, of course. And that includes #486, aka “Yes I’m Flagging: Queer Hanky Code 101 One Shot“. This is a very niche company that mostly specializes in indie zines.
Glenn: I don’t know what this title means. I could google it but I’m already on enough watchlists…
Ray: Scout’s oddball Funny Monsters comic Adventures of Byron: Comic Capers one-shot charts at #496, a rare original comic at this level. Scout’s one-shots usually don’t pick up much of an audience.
At #500 is a reprint of the 101st issue of TMNT from IDW, which normally would meant the end of this strange journey – but this month there are new depths to plumb.
Glenn: Look I won’t go further than 500, you can’t make me. Its not human. Noooooooo.
Ray: Aside from the Image First reprints, maybe the earliest reorder on this list is Gwenpool #3, which appeared in June 2016 originally. Down at #521. It’s so weird to see cancelled series getting reorders four years later.
Remember “Tales of a Well Hung Man” from Gumby last month? Well, it’s still hanging! Down here at #530. So many jokes.
Glenn: Inhuman says I!
Ray: #534 brings us the Litho edition of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #122. Glenn Matchett! You have to get out of here! Your comic list is haunted!
Glenn: It turns out the knocking was coming from my Scott Snyder box all along.
Ray: And just before we head out, there’s the earliest reorder yet – All-New Hawkeye #1 by Jeff Lemire at #539, which originally debuted in March 2015!
Glenn: This was a great series. The artist is now drawing Stillwater which we’ll likely see in at least the top 30 next month.
Ray: And down at #547 is Image First Rat Queens #1, the very last book on the list. What a long, strange journey it’s been…
And in a month we get to do it all again! So looking ahead, at DC we have the likely clear #1 of the month in Detective Comics #1027, a massive $10 Batman anthology featuring just about every major Bat-creator of the last few decades. Add that to the ongoing Joker War storyline and the Metal tie-ins, and DC should once again dominate the top of the charts.
Over at Marvel, it’s the last of Empyre and the launch of the next event, Sword of X. We’ll also get to see how Kelly Thompson’s Black Widow does as it launches months late.
Glenn: Without the movie to support it, I’m not predicting big things unless Marvel flubs the numbers. It’ll be interesting if they don’t considering they have on a number of female Spider titles which they don’t have nearly outside interest in as much as Black Widow.
Ray: And over at Image, we’ll likely see a rare top ten debut for them as James Tynion IV’s Department of Truth lands. And not to be undone, Boom has the record-breaking launch of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead from Al Ewing.
What will rise? What will fall? Will we go insane after covering six months in a little over a month? Find out next month on…By the Numbers!
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