Glenn: So Donny Cates Venom run has been a sales monster, more often than not being Marvel’s top seller and definitely its top ongoing outside of number ones and various tricks. Issue 35 of the run is double branded as issue 200 of Venom overall and is massively oversized (with a price to match) and is the end of this current defining run (if I may say so) and set up the next era of Venom stories to boot. So despite its $10 price, this issue selling over 282k is no surprise and would have likely been higher if the price had been a bit lower but no one can argue that you didn’t get what you paid for here. This is a run that will be a valuable edition to the Marvel library long term and may go down as the definitive take on Venom and one that influences the characters history for the next 30 years or more. There is no doubt that Cates is Marvel’s biggest asset in terms of writers and this is the run that really took him to the next level. An astonishing success for this issue and the run overall.
Ray: Now this is what I call a mic-drop. Donny Cates pulled off something that I think only Geoff Johns has before – taking a series that was a regular B/C-list seller and elevating it into an A-list top-ten mainstay in only one generation. Venom’s got a great new creative team coming up with some very hot talent, so I don’t expect the heat to head off Venom yet – but it’ll probably lose its top ten slot to Hulk soon!
Glenn: Before our untimely absence it seemed like nostalgia for the 90’s was happening in a big way (see Venom above). Part of that was seeing Spawn rise back up to Image’s top seller after years of steady but unspectacular sales. Its no secret that writer/artist/creator Todd McFarlane is a smart man and knows when to strike when the iron is hot so he is starting to launch a bunch of Spawn related spin off’s with the start being at 2 with Spawn Universe. This sells over 204k indicating further a renewal of interest in the franchise or perhaps retailers being over excited. We’ll see if the market can sustain multiple Spawn books in the long run but this is a very promising sign, especially priced at 5.99.
Ray: Spawn has been doing wild sales fluctuations for a while, and this Jam book got hyped through the roof. I’m not sure of the staying power of these spin-offs once they launch – remember Scream’s solo series, for another Venom comparison? – but Image got what they needed out of this. A little good news for them for a change!
Glenn: The Star Wars franchise was a big success for Marvel when they got the property back but hype has cooled off over the years somewhat. Now we’ve moved to a post Empire Strikes Back era the excitement seems to be ramping up again and that’s more than evident in number 3 selling one shot ‘War Of The Bounty Hunter’s which covers Boba Fett trying to keep his hands on Han Solo. This ois going to be a massive event spanning the main titles and multiple one shots. Boba Fett has always been a fan fave but his reappearance in the Mandolorian and the upcoming Disney+ series has no doubt helped here. It also helps when you’re coming off the most favoured of the 9 main Star Wars films (generally speaking) and have a one shot drawn by the always sellable Steve McNiven. All credit of course due too to Charles Soule who has crafted a story that has gotten Marvel to push it hard and has gotten enough interest for over 179k worth of sales for the opening shot.
Ray: The Star Wars line has been doing some crossovers for a while, but this is the first attempt at a major Marvel-style event. Between the hot artist and Boba Fett being hotter than ever, I expect the main series will maintain its buzz for the run, but I’m a little skeptical about how all the tie-ins will do. Is anyone ordering heavy on a 4-Lom and Zuckuss one-shot?
Glenn: Zuckuss is my fave, how very dare you.
Whenever Boom announced they were getting a comic co-written by a list actor and all around awesome dude Keanu Reeves, we all knew it was a big deal. I knew the initial launch would be huge but thought that it would go down to an impressive seller for Boom but not a big player and yeah, I was ridiculously wrong on that part. 3 issues in this book is selling just under 146k which is insane for any comic right now outside of the heavy hitters and a huge and well deserved win for Boom. Its no wonder it seems that more people from Hollywood want to put their names to comics and publishers seem to be more than open to the idea.
Ray: Well, I’ve been wondering when Boom was going to get that one genuine out-of-the-box megahit. I guess that answers that! And all it took was Keanu. This is almost definitely the top creator-owned book for the foreseeable future, and that’s a huge coup for the company.
Glenn: At 5 is top ten regular, Batman as James Tynion’s unplanned but successful long term run on the book continues to bring it back to its standard 6 figure level from the Snyder/early King Days. Issue 109 has sales of around 130k and given that Tynion seems to be capable of created stories and characters that drive sales I’m not expecting this to change anytime soon.
Ray: This is almost definitely underreported heavily, since DC reorders can’t be accounted for, and that means Batman and Tynion has lost zero momentum since we last left off. And this is before the next event starts!
Glenn: A surprise in the form of Demon Days Mariko at 6, a one shot about a Wolverine supporting character which sells over 111k. I’d be puzzled but this is written and drawn by Peach Momoko who has been delivering stunning art on covers and this has clearly built her a following much like Mirka Andolfo is enjoying as a creator. Its no wonder with these sales that Marvel are keen to have her on more projects.
Ray: Yeah, Momoko is one of those creators who has been building for a while and this is her breakout. If I was Image, Boom, and Dark Horse, I’d be very excited to try to land whatever her first creator-owned project is. Wild that this outsold all the regular X-books!
Glenn: The Black Label creator owned Nice House On The Lake terrifies its way to a 90k debut which a brilliant success for any book but there’s a lot to factor in here. Creator owned and DC have not gone well the last few years but Black Label has seen a measure of success its predecessor Vertigo hadn’t for decades so I think that helped but I do think a bigger factor here is James Tynion. His success with Something Is Killing The Children and Batman among others has made him one of the hottest creators working right now and this is just another demonstration of that. Usually I’d expect a book like this to drop to around 40k but I’d wager this might do a lot better.
Ray: This almost definitely broke 100K when all was said and done thanks to reorders – and that’s another massive win for both Black Label AND Tynion. Reception has been phenomenal as well, so this should hold strong in the coming months.
Glenn: For the next two spots, the reinvention of the X-Men courtesy of the demented genius mind of Jonathan Hickman continues to reap big rewards. The main title’s 21st issue sells just under 90k while the one shot Planet-Sized X-Men sells over 89.2k. this direction for the X-Men continues to pay off in terms of the main book and of course this was during the very promoted ‘Hellfire Gala’ and given the controversial events of the one shot I will say there will be a lot of pre-orders well. We’ll see further on how the spin of books are faring and it’ll be interesting how the ‘main’ X-Men book will fare when it relaunches under Gerry Duggan but the franchise as of here is in a healthy place.
Ray: Good to see the X-line is still plugging along. All these books are pretty solid hits. The one-shot doing so well bodes well for a top-ten launch for Duggan’s new X-book next month as well.
Glenn: Final place in the top ten is another Star Wars title, The High Republic which sells over 85.2k. This is set hundreds (thousands?) of years before the Skywalker saga and takes place during the Jedi’s ‘golden era’. There’s been a big push of this by Disney with them delivering material during this era across multiple media platforms. This is another great number and perhaps the franchise is having a bit of a re-emergence in comics form? Great to see regardless.
Ray: Given that this is a Star Wars book set hundreds of years before the main narrative, and it’s still doing this well after six issues…well, I think the hardcore Star Wars fans have found this line, and they like it.
Glenn: This top ten is a LOT healthier than when we left it. If memory serves we had top ten entries at about the 50-60k range. I’m not sure if its because of the different distribution options that companies are exploring or perhaps people are seeking comics out to escape the well…everything but I’m very pleased to see it whatever the reason may be!
Ray: Next up we’ve got an unexpected hit – or maybe it shouldn’t be. The fourth issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point sells 85K at #11, with the fifth selling 80K just two spots lower. This is a random tie-in of a Bat-book – but it’s also a tie-in with the hottest video game in the world. Bring on Teen Titans/Splatoon?
Glenn: Fortnite is insanely popular so the appeal here beyond comics is staggering in both the direct market (whatever that is anymore) and beyond. We do see Marvel characters in the game but we do see DC ones too and the publisher getting to print comics in this mega hit franchise is a big get for them.
Ray: Shocking absolutely no one, the fourth issue of Joker has become a juggernaut. Selling 80K at #12, it’s just short of a top ten mainstay – and the third Tynion book in the top twelve!
Glenn: This is kind of a James Gordon book but putting the best known/hottest selling villain they have on the title is going to sell a lot better. It seems that for the moment James Tynion has the golden touch and DC is seeing some of that benefit but there’s plenty of him to go around as we’ll soon see.
Ray: The Milestone relaunch has been VERY delayed, but it seems fans are still interested – the relaunch of Static lands at #14, selling 79K. This is easily the biggest launch of Vita Ayala’s career, and it’ll be interesting to see how Icon and Rocket/Hardware do in the coming months.
Glenn: This line has a lot of love and there seems to be a lot of interest in seeing these characters back at the forefront. How sustainable it’ll be remains to be seen but DC seems committed which is encouraging.
Ray: After regular mainstays Wolverine and Spawn, selling in the upper 70s, we’ve got another surprise – the fourth Tynion book in the top twenty! It’s the latest issue of Something is Killing the Children, selling a whopping 71K, which is well above where we last saw it. With a Mike Flanagan TV series in development, this might not be its peak either.
Glenn: There’s that golden touch again. The book is a monster (in more ways than one) and seems to perform very well in collections too. Boom is coming up fast.
Ray: And after some more mainstays like Batman/Catwoman, Star Wars, and Amazing Spider-Man (which is limping to its finish at #20, #24, and #27) we’ve got more Tynion! Department of Truth, probably his most challenging book, sells 67K at #21 and stakes its claim as the top-selling non-Spawn Image book of the month.
Glenn: Department Of Truth is dense stuff but it isn’t stopping the current power of the Tynion!
When we last left the charts, the sales on Amazing were a bit erratic but seem so have settled to the high 50’s-high 60’s for the weekly Chameleon Conspiracy. A far cry from the sales the title enjoyed during the Slott era but 3 years of bad auto piloting has got us here. The concluding one shot Amazing Spider-Man: Chameleon Conspiracy sells over 47.7k at 54. Not a disaster if it was any other book but a true indication of where the interest is in the actual story being told. Amazing as a brand seems to be floating the other 10-20k the ongoing enjoys so Marvel have found out where the bottom line is for the title starring one of their most iconic and popular characters. I hope the experiment was worth it.
Ray: At #23, we’ve got the 9.99 Marvel Voices: Pride one-shot – easily the top sales we’ve ever seen for one of these massive anthologies that didn’t have a Bat-character or a #1000 on it. It’s great to see fans turning out to support diversity – I wish we had gotten to see the numbers on DC’s Festival of Heroes one-shot a few months ago as well.
Boom seems to be lifting all boats! Cullen Bunn has had some brilliant creator-owned titles before, but most have struggled slightly in sales, Not anymore – his latest, Basilisk, lands at #25 with sales of 60K. Why would any creator not go to Boom right now?
Glenn: An excellent question and great news for Bunn who deserves the success. Those clone farms don’t fund themselves you know.
Ray: Marvel got a lot of attention for their new series The United States of Captain America, which introduced new diverse Cap legacies. While they also got some backlash for various reasons, it paid off in sales – the first issue, which is the only Cap book running right now, sells 59K at #26.
Glenn: With Marvel its always hard to tell how much of this is genuine but I hope this one is. I think fans after the success of Sam Wilson’s debut as Cap in the mainstream of the MCU that more minorities want to see themselves in not only this role but others. While there will be always those who wish that comics scope remains limited, it seems that broadening it is worth doing and well…duh.
Ray: You know how anything will sell if it has Batman in it? The same goes for Spider-man, apparently. The delayed tie-in miniseries WEB of Spider-man, which was intended to promote the new Spidey ride in Disneyland, comes out a year late and still manages 57K. But hey, it’s the place to go for Harley Keener fans.
Glenn: I don’t know who that is.
Ray: At #29 we’ve got the launch of the latest Black Label book, Batman: Reptilian by Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp. This one was originally supposed to be drawn by the late Steve Dillon and has been on the shelf for a while, but it still manages a strong 57K – even though it’s gotten some mixed reviews once it landed.
Glenn: *Bat Label. Well Ennis has his established fan base and this is Batman so it was always going to do okay. This is obviously more mature which curbed it sales potential a good bit. We’ll see if the reaction to it helps or hinders the sales or doesn’t matter either way. I’m betting on the latter.
Ray: I’m a little surprised Infinite Frontier #1 couldn’t do better than 56K at #31, since it’s essentially the spine book of DC’s new era. Maybe retailers just didn’t get how important it was, but I’m expecting some hefty reorders here. The name doesn’t really get across what it is.
Glenn: Maybe they should have called it Justice League: Infinite Frontier? The title also deals with some fringe DC stuff but either way, I would say there will be reorders.
Ray: The switch to Marvel has definitely done some good for the Alien franchise. We don’t know how big it debuted, but the fourth issue of Johnson and Larocca’s series lands at #33 with sales of 54K.
Glenn: Definitely a lot better than the standard Alien mini at Dark Horse so these long time bread and butter franchises for them continue to sell better with the mouse personal publisher on hand.
Ray: The DC Pride anthology is not far below its Marvel cousin, selling 54K at #34. With reorders, it may have essentially done the same as the other one, which is another fantastic showing. Make sure to check this one out for the brilliant Batwoman story by Tynion and Nguyen.
Glenn: I would have thought this one would have done better. The Marvel one wasn’t nearly as good but they have slightly better reach than DC but I think in the long run this one will win out.
Ray: Amid usual strong sellers like Detective comics, Nightwing, X-Force, and Immortal Hulk in the mid-50s range, I’m surprised to see this Silk miniseries selling so well at #37. 53K is great and far above what her last series did. Looks like female Spiders have a lot of fans. (looks pointedly at Marvel letting Gwen get cancelled)
Glenn: Its high but not suspiciously high like we used to see for Black Cat or Amazing Mary Jane. People might just be starved for good Spider books.
Ray: After a very long holdover, Jupiter’s Legacy finally returns with a new artist for Image – just in time for its TV adaptation to get cancelled. It still manages 52K at #41, but the buzz for this series has definitely dropped off a lot since its last run, and this is supposedly the final act.
Glenn: Losing Quitely will definitely have an effect on sales and interest in the property will have cooled off while Millar has been working on other tv pi…I mean comic properties. Still a very strong performer as Millar titles usually are.
Ray: Marvel was clearly hoping for Heroes Reborn to be a huge event for them, but the way it rolled out caught many readers by surprise. The last issues of it, including the Heroes Return one-shot, all sell in quick succession from #42-46 with sales of between 49-52K. Not great, but also not a disaster.
Glenn: Woof, yeah. It seems that this might have sold better as an arc in Avenger’s. Retalers didn’t buy the title bait. I can only imagine what some of the one shots sold.
Ray: A bunch of new titles since we left off are hanging around here, including the religious-themed X-title Way of X, Tom Taylor’s new take on Old Man Batman in Batman: The Detective, and Damian’s second solo series. As we close out the top fifty, we’re still at a very healthy 49K, so the industry actually seems to be in good shape!
There’s very little interest in the latest Spider-event, as the Giant-Size conclusion to Chameleon Conspiracy (which barely featured Chameleon) lands at #54 with sales of 47K. I’m guessing Sinister War will limp to a close as well.
Glenn: Jeff is coming.
Ray: Tom King’s Rorschach definitely isn’t Doomsday Clock, coming at #55 with sales of 47K, but this is much more of a prestige/slow burn book, not an event. It’s selling around the same level as Justice League and Harley Quinn, and will likely be evergreen when it finishes in September.
Glenn: Definitely not the same broad appeal but its amazing and will go down as an instant classic and DC continues to let him do these type of books with whatever character he pleases.
Ray: Speaking of Geoff Johns, his first creator-owned book Geiger has pretty healthy numbers for Image, with the third issue landing at #59 selling 46K. That’s rare air for Image – but he’s still chasing Tynion!
Glenn: Given his and Frank’s pedigree I would have expected more but despite their star power, retailers are probably unsure how John’s does in terms of creator owned. Also its just another superhero book and so may get lost in the shuffle if it were any other creative team. As usual these things are all relative.
Ray: The top Heroes Reborn spin-off this month is down at #62, with Night-Gwen by Vita Ayala selling 44K. Seems there’s still some interest in this character. Gee, might be smart for Marvel to put out a new title for her – or, you know, finish one.
Glenn: Stop talking silly talk Ray.
Ray: Another Immortal Hulk spin-off, Gamma Flight, lands at #63 with sales of 44K. That’s not too far off from the main series, and this has gotten a bit of buzz for centering the original trans character Dr. McGowan, with Crystal Frasier co-writing. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these characters after the new creative team takes over.
Mariko Tamaki is one of the fastest-rising stars in comics at the moment, and apparently she can take almost anything to high numbers. Crush and Lobo, a Teen Titans spin-off featuring Lobo’s gay daughter, lands at #66 selling 43K. So another win for DC’s diversity push in Pride month, and certain to be the best thing to come out of the previous Teen Titans run.
Scott Snyder’s also joined the creator-owned boom, with his endless-night thriller Nocterra selling 40K for its fourth issue at #68. These Image numbers are high and seem to be staying high.
Glenn: They seem to be experiencing another renascence but they best make sure to keep an eye on their rear view. The Boom truck is coming.
Ray: Nostalgia is big right now, as we’ve got the second volume of Batman: The Adventures Continue selling at #69, right ahead of X-Men Legends, with both selling around the 40K mark. This bodes well for the upcoming Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 comics.
Glenn: Also explains why we have a similar book for the JLU comic. It is nostalgia yes but good quality will always sell.
Ray: It’s a hefty price tag, but Batman: Urban Legends is doing well for a 70-page anthology every month. The fourth issue sells 39K at #71, headlined by a Zdarsky-written Jason Todd story. There are some pretty buzz-worthy stories coming up as well.
Glenn: No wonder DC keeps putting out Batman related material. It may seem like an overabundance of it but it sells no matter how fringe it is or what price they sell it at.
Ray: Not as healthy for a spin-off – the Kelly/Bachalo Non-Stop Spider-Man. It’s been plagued by delays and the franchise as a whole is in rough waters, so it only sells 38K at #72.
Glenn: These are two comic legends but yeah, the franchise has seen better days. The series is also a bit of an odd duck and the delays won’t help. Seems to be done with 5 as Marvel goes back to publishing Amazing 3 times a month.
Ray: Donny Cates continues to make waves in the creator-owned world as well, with Crossover’s 7th issue selling 38K at #73.
Glenn: This was the somewhat odd ‘Chip Zdfarskey’ issue so was super inside baseball so it might not be an accurate portrayal of the series usual level. We’ll see next month!
Ray: Supergirl has always struggled a bit in sales, and that continues with the launch of her new series by Tom King and Bilquis Evely. Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #1 sells 38K at #74. Maybe the sales were muted a little due to it likely not being in continuity?
Glenn: Its not?! I’m also amazed it didn’t do better, I would expect a quick settle and then a gradual uptick.
Ray: Amid a lot of Marvel books, DC’s latest “Color” anthology lands at #76. Wonder Woman: Black and Gold was likely to be the hardest sell of these, but it still manages to pull 37K for a $6 anthology. Not bad, and we’re likely to see second volumes of these.
The long delayed Infinite Destinies crossover kicks off in Marvel annuals with the Iron Man annual at #79, selling 36K. But oddly, most of these don’t even feel like crossovers aside from a short Nick Fury backup. Decent sales for annuals. Captain America and Black Cat’s issues are lower down at 89-90 selling 32K.
DC made another attempt at relaunching Teen Titans with a new status quo, and while Teen Titans Academy has been received marginally better than the previous run, it’s still struggling in sales. It’s down at #84 with sales of 35K, around the same level as the non-renumbered Superman and Wonder Woman. Red X hasn’t gotten people buzzing, it seems.
Glenn: I think that’s still a little better than the series has done in the past? If there was only a sales article I could reference…
Ray: Slightly exceeding expectations is Ram V and Mike Perkins’ The Swamp Thing, which turns the big green guy into a legacy hero. It sells 34K at #85, but has gotten excellent reviews and will likely be a best-seller in trades.
Glenn: You might say it’ll be…ever green? Eh? Eh? It seems that DC has protected the Swamp Thing property very well so when they do a series, retailers have faith in it.
Ray: DC has done massive anthologies celebrating the 80th anniversary for all their most prominent characters, and now it’s Green Arrow‘s turn. He hasn’t actually had a solo series for a while, so it’s not a surprise that it’s one of the lower-selling ones – 33K at #87 – but it’s still a decent number for a $10 book.
After a very long hold-over, Bendis and Maleev’s Checkmate returns for another miniseries, selling 33K at #88. Year, the buzz has definitely faded off this one if there was ever much of one, and Leviathan has faded off most people’s radar as a DC big bad.
Glenn: Who? This is fine for a throwaway mini which this is basically all this is now.
Ray: Walking Dead hasn’t slowed down yet, with the Deluxe colored edition selling an additional 31K this month at #92.
Glenn: Free money!
Ray: Shang-Chi by Gene Luen Yang also relaunched last month off the successful mini, and it’s likely picked up right where it left off, selling 31K at #93.
Glenn: Not great but its Shang-Chi so there will always be a ceiling. I’m surprised they didn’t hold off until the film to launch this but it might benefit the trade more which will hopefully cycle back to the singles.
Ray: DC introduced a new Batman in Jace Fox during Future State, and his first present-day series seems to be doing decently. The Next Batman: Second Son was a digital-first book, so the print version selling 31K at #94 isn’t bad at all. Bodes well for his official solo in August.
Speaking of Future State, the first spinoff, Future State Gotham, is down at #96 selling 31K. This is a black-and-white anthology, so sales were always going to be a bit muted, but hey – power of Batman!
Glenn: Again Batman (even when its not Bruce) = $$$$$
Aftershock sneaks into the top 100 with the launch of Paul Tobin’s surreal horror comic Bunny Mask at #97, selling just over 30K. This is another company trending up – and the third creator-owned company to make it into the top 100 this month.
And then immediately after, Vault makes it #4! Barbaric, Michael Moreci’s ultraviolent supernatural barbarian satire, lands at #98 with sales of 30K. This is apparently their top launch ever, and another win for the fast-rising company.
Glenn: Great for both companies and it shows that horror right now is definitely the second biggest genre in comics right now.
Ray: Daniel Warren Johnson’s Beta Ray Bill rounds up the top 100 with sales of just under 30K, and that’s a lot healthier than the top 100 looked when we left it, I think.
Glenn: Agreed and for a Thor spin off about a c list character, this is very good but obviously this is more sold on the name of the creator. Johnson is well thought of and this will go on to do well in the heavenly land of collections no doubt.
The Eternals book is just out of the top 100 at 101 selling over 29.8k. This is quite possibly the most fringe of Marvel’s properties and the series hit before the film so the one shots coming out around that time might get more interest. This is a top creative team here and I doubt there any many more people who could do much better with this property given that even with me and Ray being verly big comic fans barely knows what an Eternals is.
Ray: The massive creative team on Eternals likely helps get it this high, honestly. No matter how good the upcoming movie is, this was never going to be an a-list franchise.
Glenn: It worked so well on Inhuma…never mind.
The creators of the very crazy Plastic are back with a new mini series in Vinyl. Plastic picked up a good amount of attention and critical acclaim so this launching at 102 with sales over 29.8k is most likely people curious to see what this pair do next. Very good launch sales for an Image mini from creators who aren’t a list.
IDW’s kid friendly Star Wars line version of the High Republic (adventures) sells over 29.3k at 104 which is really good for that company and an all ages book. Further evidence that this era is getting a lot of interest.
Behemoth comics (?!) launches MFKZ 1 at 105 with sales over 29 which is ridiculously good for a company that if I’ve heard of them I don’t remember. Now this property is seemingly based on a Netflix movie but also a manga so I’m not sure if this is an English translation or not. The fact that this is a Netflix property suggests that there is a pre-existing audience which explains the impressive launch, especially priced at 5.99. We’ll see if this is a flash in the pan or not over the next few months. Very impressive anyway.
Ray: Behemoth as a whole is an interesting publisher that has become semi-prominent since we left off. This is clearly the highest they’ve ever sold, and the book seems to have a pre-existing fandom of sorts. But it’s always good to see another publisher break out somewhat.
Glenn: The next 3 books at all DC guesstimates at the same level but are all interesting in their own way. First up in the 29k club is Green Lantern which is on issue 3 now at 106. Gone are the dynamite creative team of Morrison and Sharpe with the blockbuster sales of the franchise’s peak under Johns a distant memory. Without a big creative team, Green Lantern has settled into a middle-lower middle tier DC seller. At 107 is The Conjuring: The Lover, a comic prequel to the latest installment in WB’s massive Conjuring horror franchise. I think given this is a film tie in that don’t generally sell well this is a good launch. The conjuring is very popular and has been WB’s few movie bright spots over the last decade or so. There is no doubt the back up written by Scott Snyder here helped a tonne too. This will probably settle to about 15-20k and then have a decent life in collections. Finally at 108 is Justice League: Last Ride, the elseworld Chip Zdarskey vehicle that got promoted from being digital first. It’s a little low given all the factors involved but being an elseworld might be the cause of that. Clearly DC are happy given they could have went the easier route with digital first on this one and promoted the book based on sales. Again given with DC that these are all estimates, we’re likely not getting the full story here.
Ray: All of these are decent performances, but it’ll be interesting to see how the DC Horror line does as we get into less-known properties. This is obviously something that would have been a Vertigo book a few years back, but these are good numbers. I also imagine Zdarsky’s JL book will do better in collections – most miniseries do.
Glenn: Two feline’s next to each other in the charts. At 110 is Black Cat selling over 28.2k on issue 7 of her second volume. Well below her initial 6 figure launch but that was nonsense. This is a lot more reasonable and I would actually say very good given that she’s still very new to the ongoing life but this one seems to be a cult darling. Right underneath Black Cat is Catwoman (get your mind out of the gutters people) at 111 selling 28k which is probably about right for her, especially given that there is a storyline distance between her and the main Batman book.
Small press publisher Fantagraphics seems to have a hit on their hands with Red Room with the second issue selling over 27.8k at 113. This is a quirky property from the writer/creator of the very positively received X-Men: Grand Design so I would say the attention that book got is the main reason this one is doing so well. Good for the publisher.
Ray: This is fairly amazing numbers for a hard-R horror book from a publisher that rarely sells well in singles. Piskor, like Lemire, might be becoming his own brand to the point where he can basically sell anything to a certain level.
Glenn: One of the Heroes Reborn one shot a bit late to the party is Weapon X and Final Flight at 117 selling just over 27k. Not a complete disaster but an indication of the true interest in this story overall. This was a heavily pushed event for Marvel but once again it seems to have fallen short overall which has been the case for these massive line wide events of theirs for a number of years.
Given she’s DC’s third biggest character, Wonder Woman has always never enjoyed the sales success of Batman or Superman apart from a few rare periods. Her current title on issue 774 sells 27k at 118. Her new direction doesn’t seem to be gaining much interest but we’ll probably see a brief bump for 775.
Ray: WW was one of the few titles that didn’t renumber with Infinite Frontier and so it only ticked up briefly and then resumed its trajectory. Also, it’s distant from the main status quo at the moment, with Diana being dead to most of the DCU, so I expect it to stay a bit on the fringes for now.
Glenn: The very odd Fantastic Four: Life Story isn’t exactly following the same format or premise that the brilliant Spider-Man life story did. It seems to be more of a creator owned take on the property if there can be such a thing with the decade theme just kinda…there. Fantastic Four isn’t exactly a top property and this weird spin off of sorts at 120 selling over 25k makes a lot of sense.
Another Heroes Reborn: One Shot at 121 in Squadron Savage selling over 24.9k. If it doesn’t have Gwen Stacy wearing another characters costume, no one seems to be bothered much.
Given its deceptively dark nature and that it’s a mini, I would say over 24.8k is very good for the final issue of Stray Dogs. None of the creators involved are big names yet and we’re getting a follow up it seems so all must be well here.
Ray: This was one of the odder books coming out of Image lately, but a well-deserved hit.
Glenn: Infinite Frontier: Secret Files is kind of one of the standard DC anthologies that they put out now and then at 9.99 but this one seemed to have a bit more significance to it. Despite that it sells only a little better than the normal DC antholigies do at 123 with sales of 24k which given the price could be worse.
Ray: I believe this anthology had six stories that were released through DC’s digital service first, so that definitely depressed the sales as well. The price tag was hefty too.
Glenn: The Palmiotti and Connor Red Sonja title Invincible Red Sonja sells over 23.5k on its second issue at 125. This is a good bit higher that the characters standard level and that’s no surprise given the pedigree these two have established in the last 10 years or so on titles like Harley Quinn.
On its 8th issue the critically acclaimed and Eisner award winning Black Widow sells over 23.5k too at 126. It seems to deserve a lot better but Natasha’s books always seem to have a ceiling no matter how good they are. Hopefully the collections are happy to keep this one trucking along.
Another 2 Heroes Reborn one shots in American Knights at 129 selling over 22.5k and Marvel Double Action selling over 22.4k at 131. The fact that the latter featured the first Marvel work from legendary artist Dan Jurgans in like 15 years or so seems to have made no difference.
Sandwiched in-between those at 130 is Space Pirate Capt Harlock from Ablaze, another company seemingly on the rise and managing to sell 22.5k. This is an established property in the form of a manga that dates back to the late 70’s. I’ve never heard of it but it seems to have been a good grab for Ablaze. The figurative battle between these small press publishers is actually very interesting at the moment.
5 issues in, Kyle Higgins Radiant Black seems to be another win for Image selling over 22.3k at 132. There already seems t be hints at an adaption and he’s already rolling the success of this into more work. Much like James Tynion, he seems to be another long time collaborator of Scott Snyder who is starting to enjoy success on his own merit.
22k at 133 for the Teen Titans Academy 2021 Yearbook for a 5.99 one shot which I assume is pretty much like a character guide. Only the really invested people in this new take on the franchise checked this one out I’d say but sales could have been worse.
Ray: The Teen Titans Academy Yearbook was actually sort of an anthology with original stories, but the title didn’t really get that across. Couldn’t have helped the sales!
Glenn: A new book and a relatively new book both from Boom at 135 and 136 for Save Yourself and Eve respectfully. The former of the two sells over 21.8k which given its an odd sounding concept with an unknown creative team makes the over 21.8k a very impressive debut. The other book, Eve is just below that with over 21.5k on its second issue. Another great performance from another new creative team. Boom seems to be a brand retailers are starting to trust in itself.
Ray: If this is the new lower end for Boom, that’s yet another great sign for the company. I remember when they would regularly have titles debut below 10K.
Glenn: Kyle Starks launches a new Image mini, Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton which debuts with a respectful over 20.3k at 138. Its now at this point that I’m wondering if this would have had a better launch with Boom…
Ray: Starks has always been a bit of an oddball creator without a mainstream profile, so this is a decent launch for him. The franchise will also get a spotlight with a short in Skybound X next month, so that might help it long-term.
Glenn: Speaking of Boom another relatively fresh faced batch of creators launch Good Luck at 142 selling over 19.6k. Little lower than the others but still very good given Boom’s history up until just like 3 or 4 years ago.
Ray: Writer Matt Erman is more known for his work on licensed properties and at Scout and Mad Cave, so this is a big step up for him. Decent debut for an untested creator at Boom.
Glenn: Declan Shelvey’s Time Before Time from Image sells over 19.4k at 145 which about the standard number for a Image’s middle tier these days. I’m sure he’s very pleased though.
Another small press company scrambling for visibility continues with Aftershock who launches Out Of Body at 146 with sales over 19.3k. This is the highest launch for the publisher in a while that I can recall. This is a new property from Peter Milligan who is one of those creator’s that doesn’t draw in huge numbers but has a solid dependable following no matter what work he does.
Ray: Milligan’s always a bit of a hard sell, but it seems like Aftershock is trending up right now just like Boom and Vault.
Glenn: The Catwoman annual sells about 9k below the main title at 147 with sales of 19k. Not sure if this was a main part of the story or not but this seems about right for how annuals perform these days.
Although they have become more of a player in creator owned, Boom still has a lot of dependable licenced properties too like Power Rangers and the latest one shot Unlimited Edge Darkness sells over 18.3k at 150. This property has been selling around this level for a while so Boom must be happy with it, its well within normal levels for a licenced property from one of the bigger indie publishers.
The anthology horror series Silver Coin sells over 18.2 at 151. Middle tier for Image but I’m wondering in the coming months if some creators manage to sell better than others given it’s a different writer and story every issue? It must be doing well enough for the primary creative force artist Michael Walsh to already have another batch of writers for more issues ready to go.
I’m not sure what the difference between Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries and the Extravaganza issue at 152 are but despite being $2 more it only sells 1k less. Not bad for an all ages title but again, probably the power of Batman.
Ray: I believe the Extravaganza is a collection of the first three digital-first issues! Either way, decent numbers for a book not aimed at the retail comic market. And it’s great to see a revival of the fantastic Scooby Doo Team-Up series!
DC launching a new Mister Miracle series so relatively close to the Eisner-winning King series was always going to be a hard sell, so I’m not surprised to see the second issue of Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom down here at #153. It sells 18K, around the same as a Super-Sons reprint.
Glenn: Without the creative force and critical acclaim, this is probably as good a Mister Miracle book can do these days. I don’t believe it even stars Scott Free so with that factored in I would say this is very good.
Ray: The creative team of Skyward launched a new thriller, Shadecraft, and the fourth issue sells 17.8K at #155. That’s middle of the road for Image, and the series wrapped for now with #5, but I expect this creepy family drama will get a second life in collections and is already in development at Netflix.
This seems to be roughly Dynamite’s level, as we get two launches from them at #158 and #159. Bettie Page and the Curse of the Banshee is first, with Stephen Mooney taking the model/secret agent into an Irish-themed mystery, and it sells just over 17K – only fifteen copies more than Die!Namite Lives, which brings Ash into the DCeased-like zombie crossover. What does that guy know about the undead?
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology relaunches down at #161 with sales of 17K as well at #160. A decent number, but this anthology isn’t quite performing like the American Gods saga did for Dark Horse.
Glenn: Norse Gods doesn’t have the street cred that American Gods does and is a bit more of a niche novel. It’ll likely perform very well in book stores when its all collected however.
Ray: The penultimate issue of American Vampire 1976, which will bring the Snyder/Albuquerque saga to a close, lands down at #163, selling 17K. This is a couple leagues better than the title did at Vertigo, and probably a very good sign for any other Black Label revivals. Wish we had gotten to see how the Sweet Tooth revival did on these charts.
Glenn: Still surprised this series never did better given its creative team but likely the long delays have a lot of people waiting for the collection. This was kind of one of Vertigo’s last great franchises so I would say that while it may not be the evergreen performer that Sandman or Fables is, I think it’ll be a steady cult hit for decades to come.
Ray: A pretty low-selling Image launch at #166, the adventure-themed Compass. This medieval tomb-raider pastiche with a Muslim lead got good reviews, but the creators aren’t well-known yet. It could be a sleeper hit, but it barely outsells the 13th issue of Undiscovered Country.
Glenn: Needs to find its level fast in that case but again it depends what is feasible for the creators long term. If it has a better life in collections it could be fine.
Ray: To illustrate just how much of an impact Boom has had, Cullen Bunn’s other creator-owned book of the month (When does he sleep?) Parasomnia launches from Dark Horse at #168. It sells about 16.5K, just over a quarter of what Basilisk did. Dark Horse has some hit books, but Boom is really in a whole different tier now.
Glenn: For the most part, Dark Horse isn’t the preferred destination for creator owned anymore. They’ve been overlapped by Boom by quite a fair bit but having the Hellboy books and Lemire’s loyalty along with the comixology exclusives will mean that they will remain competitive in collections.
Ray: The awesome creative team of Pornsak Pichetshote and Alexandre Tefengki launched The Good Asian last month, and the Asian-American turn-of-the-century noir has gotten amazing reviews. The sales for the second issue of 15.7K are decent enough to get it to the end of its ten-issue run, but I hope it becomes a much bigger hit in trades.
Glenn: Noir isn’t a common genre in comics with even the kings of the genre, Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka unlikely to do much better than this but find a great deal of success in collections and acclaim. I’m sure this series will do much better in other formats.
Ray: Now we’ve got a fun story at #172. This is the launch of Mighty Crusaders: The Shield, which was going to be written and drawn by Rob Liefeld – only for Liefeld to be fired before the first issue was released. The story was rewritten with his art, and it lands with a thud with 15.5K. Remember when Archie had Mark Waid writing critically acclaimed reboots?
Glenn: Apart from their various Sabrina books (a third from Thompson and Fish, the brief return of Chilling Adventures and a continuation of the TV show of the same name), Archie seems to have bowed out of the monthly battle. I would normally speculate they have something cooking but it must be getting a little burnt at this point.
Ray: I’m a little surprised that Proctor Valley Road isn’t doing a little bit better as it heads into its last issue, but the Morrison-cowritten period piece horror lands at #173 selling 15.5K. It’s middle of the road for Boom, but should get a second life as Morrison’s fans come out for collections.
Glenn: Bit of an oddity this one. I do remember Morrison saying they were down with big two books but their Image series didn’t exactly set the world on fire and they then went and did Green Lantern and now Superman and the Authority. Morrison is a unique creator and their work likely is better digested and sold in collections.
Ray: AWA has been struggling since the start – it launched on the last week before the stay-at-home orders hit! – but a lot of their problems are their own doing. Case in point, the new series Moths at #174. This JMS/Mike Choi book is a tie-in to The Resistance, but it wasn’t really promoted like that. Retailers likely didn’t know how to order, so it just settled down at 14.6K.
Lemire’s most durable franchise is back in action! Black Hammer: Reborn launches with 14K in sales at #175. I would have expected it to tick up a little more, but maybe most people are sticking with trades for this as it moves from miniseries to miniseries so rapidly.
Glenn: This is where Black Hammer books usually launch with the exception of the League crossover. Obviously Lemire and Dark Horse are happy as we’re seen going to have like four of these on the go at once.
Ray: Amid a lot of licensed books and creator-owned mainstays, we’ve got the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special selling 13.7K at #177, pretty close to the regular level for the series. That’s impressive for a $9 special, and shows IDW has built a nice brand for the character at their company.
Glenn: A lot of loyalty for the blue hedgehog which at this stage of the charts is worth its weight in gold.
Ray: Ram V’s massively acclaimed comic The Many Deaths of Laila Starr is down at #183 for its third issue, with sales of just over 13K. That’s lower than I would have expected, but this is an odd book with a hard-sell concept. I think retailers may have missed the boat here and we’ll be seeing it become evergreen when it’s complete.
I think we all knew Reptil would be one of Marvel’s lowest-selling titles, right? Terry Blas’ revival of the semi-popular cartoon character has gotten some nice reviews for its accurate portrayal of a latino family, but…it’s Reptil. It only sells 12.9K at #186, but it will hopefully raise the profile of the very talented Blas.
Glenn: This was obviously green lit cause the pitch was strong cause the Avenger’s Academy characters are very, very niche and this shows that. If Blas career blossoms this might do better down the road and could be worth Marvel’s investment.
Ray: The Old Guard: Tales Through Time is an anthology spinoff from the Greg Rucka series that spawned a popular Netflix movie. The creative teams are impressive, but it only manages 12.6K at #187. Image has been making an odd turn towards anthologies lately, with more and more creators switching on and off each others’ books.
Glenn: This is another franchise that has been on ice for a while so most of any audience has likely switched to trades with the most loyal remaining. It doesn’t seem its platform being raised on Netflix has done it any favours in the singles market.
Ray: A lot more licensed books down here, including some more Star Wars Adventures titles, until we get to the next book of note – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tea Time. A Mirka Andolfo one-shot focusing on Giles, it sells 11.3K at #195. Oddly, this took place in the TV continuity, which might have confused some readers of the rebooted version.
The French adventure thriller Seven Swords launches from Aftershock at #196, spinning out of the Three Musketeers. It sells 11.3K without any big name creators attached. That’s a lot closer to what we used to see from Aftershock.
Glenn: If this is just an English translation of existing comic the economics are very different anyway.
Ray: Remember when Marvel reprints used to turn up all the time? We finally found the first one! Down at 197, it’s Trials of Loki: Marvel Tales #1, selling 11.3K. An oversized one-shot designed to promote Marvel’s favorite scoundrel around the time of the TV series, I’m sure it did its job.
We’ve got the penultimate issue of Avengers Mech Strike at #200, selling 11.1K. I would have thought there’d be a bigger audience for Avengers in giant robots, but this glorified toy commercial apparently did enough – it’s getting a spin-off soon.
At #204, we’ve got a rather odd one-shot from Dynamite – Vampirella 1992, which focused on Vampirella cosplayers during the heyday of the “Bad girl” craze. It sells 10.9K, so hey – it takes all kinds. Dynamite obviously still has an audience for this stuff.
Glenn: Saucy vampires will always have an audience.
At 207 is Deep Beyond, the Mirka Andolfo written series. It sells over 10.5k and I’m surprised it isn’t doing better considering how popular Andolfo is at the moment but they key difference here is that she’s only on writing duries. This is 5 issues in so its nearly halfway done regardless.
The Worst Dude’s is a mature comic from Dark Horse from a writer with a somewhat controversial history to say the least. It manages sales over 10.2k at 210 which is a result of a combination of all I just mentioned.
Ray: Andolfo is also only co-writing, I believe, so this is essentially the first book testing her as a “brand” rather than a creator. It hasn’t performed like her own books, but it’s still a win for her.
Glenn: For IDW the Godzilla property is hardly one that has set the comic world on fire but it always delivers consistent and similar sales. The latest one shot, Godzilla Rivals Vs. Hedorah sells over 10.1k at 211 even priced at $7.99.
Ray: Hedorah’s not exactly one of Godzilla’s best-known foes. Between that and the price tag, not surprising numbers.
Glenn: A Witcher comic, Witchs Lament sells over 10.1k at 212 so pretty standard from an other media tie-in and will likely do better elsewhere.
The now long running Buffy series from Boom sells just over 10k at 213 which is about where it used to live prior to the company swap. The big Buffyverse crossover might shake things up a little but it is possible that a relaunch is needed to shake the interest tree once more.
AWA charts again with Marjorie Finnegan: Temporal Criminal’s second issue at 216 selling over 9.6k. This is a Garth Ennis property so that is usually good for a little bit better than this but retailers seem a bit puzzled by this company.
Some reorders for Image mini Stray Dogs first issue at 217 with over 9.5k additional sales. Very impressive a few months after release.
A lot of Image books are ending soon but Monstess is still trucking along at 35 at 220 selling over 9.3k. Obviously the creative team are very happy with how its doing and it’s a very niche book that does very well in collections. It doesn’t hurt that it has awards and critical acclaim up the wazoo.
The all ages James Tynion comic Wynd returns at 224 with sales over 8.7k. This is miles beneath his other books but this one should come with an asterix since it was never meant to be a singles book. I could see this becoming a classic that Boom will be glad to have in their library once its all done.
Ray: Yeah, I’m assuming Wynd will do gangbusters when collected and might even wind up a mainstay in school libraries – well, in some places that aren’t prudes, at least.
Glenn: Not sure what the reason for Red Sonja one shot 1982 is but it sells over 8.5k at 226 which is about the standard level for random offerings for the character like this one.
Ray: Dynamite decided to do a few weird retro one-shots like this this month. I think this one is themed to the year of Red Sonja’s movie?
Glenn: That makes sense! As much as these things normally do anyway.
Vault continues to deliver tiny chips in the sales mountain with the second issue of Blue Flame at 227 with sales over 8.5k. This company is pretty much were Boom was like 5 or 6 years ago which is not a bad position to be in considering where that company is now.
More Image reorders for Geiger this time which sells over 8.5k additional copies at 228, another encouraging sign.
Despite the absence of its creator, Black Hammer Visions which has a different creative team every issue sells over 8.3k at 230. This one is written by Kelly Thompson but I’d wager they all sell about the same. This is how much the property itself is worth without the main narrative or Lemire’s direct involvement. Again this series seems to be a strong performer outside of singles.
Ray: I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the biggest names attached, like Patton Oswalt or Geoff Johns, went a bit higher. This was also focusing on a side character, Skulldigger, but it’s still healthy numbers for an anthology.
Glenn: A comic dedicated to Rick’s new hat (that’s of Rick and Morty fame) is enough to get sales over 7.7k at 241 but as always this property is worth considerably more outside the direct market.
My co-author will likely be able to educate me about the different between Usagi Yojimbo and the mini at 243 titled Dragon Bellow Conspiracy which sells 7.6k because I have no clue. This is a cult property and does very well in collections.
Ray: This one is a colorized reprint of one of the most iconic Usagi storylines! So it’s essentially free sales for the company, and a good sign for how many new people are discovering this excellent franchise.
Glenn: One of IDW’s bread and butter franchises Transformers has an annual at 244 selling over 7.5k. We pretty much know the audience for the franchise after IDW’s had the licence for years and there will be little surprises either way in that regards.
Some reorders for the Alpha part of Star Wars War Of The Bounty Hunters at 249 with sales over 7.2k There is some interest in this story at the moment but Marvel’s really squeezing it hard so we’ll see how long that maintains.
Mignolaverse entry Imogen of Wyrding Way sells over 7.2k at 250. This seems to be the level for these books that don’t involve Hellboy or the B.P.R.D in some way so again, few surprises.
The second issue of Jenny Zero, a superhero comic from Dark Horse from unknown creators sells over 7.1k at 252. Pretty standard for this type of book from Dark Horse this weather.
Ray: Yeah, this is a strange giant robot/kaiju hybrid comic starring a drunk trainwreck of a lead. It’s a very odd book and Dark Horse put it out there with very little promotion.
Udon continues to put out some of the oddest books in the industry, and at #254 we’ve got the Street Fighter 2021 Sci-Fi Fantasy Special. Most of Udon’s books are essentially pinup books, and I doubt this is much different, but it’s good enough for over 7K copies.
Valiant’s output is down to only a few books, but they have a new Cullen Bunn series! That dude’s clones work hard. Shadowman, a revival of the popular horror series, sells 7K at #255 for its third issue. It’s standard for the company, but it’s hard to see this business model being sustainable.
Glenn: Its a shame cause Bunn deserves better and they pushed this one very hard.
Ray: The new Image series Made in Korea, about a childless couple trying to protect their robot child, sells 7K at #256. This is pretty reminiscent of Alex + Ada and doesn’t have any big names attached, so I’m not surprised it’s a little lower.
BRZRKR continues to tear up the charges, with just under 7K in reorders for its second issue down at #257.
Glenn: Never underestimate Keanu…or mess with his dog.
Ray: Behemoth, one of those companies that is trying to carve out a place in the market, has another entry here with the horror series Freak Snow debuting at #258. It sells 6.9K, which is like what companies like Aftershock and Vault used to debut at a while back.
We’ve got some more reorders here, including 6.7K of the second issue of Geiger at #262, and 6.6K of the first issue of the Aftershock series We Live just below it. This might be because the second volume was just solicited.
I do not even know what Ascencia from Wake Entertainment is, but it’s apparently popular enough for its fifth issue to sell 6.3K at #269. Odd entry from what seems to be…a book about a woman in a bikini being tortured with a power drill, from the cover. ANYWAY.
Glenn: Ah so this is where the Zenescope fans are going.
Ray: Black Mask is still at it as well, debuting the new series Everfrost at #271. It sells 6.3K, and appears to be about a warrior woman who retreated to the frozen north when society collapsed. Not bad for a company everyone assumed was about to collapse.
Glenn: I could have sworn they were done. Their best known series Black continues to be somewhat of a regular staple here and there. That might be keeping them afloat single handed along with them having the brilliant Four Kids Walk Into A Bank in their library.
Ray: North Force #0 is at #272, and this is an odd entry. It’s essentially the month’s issue of Savage Dragon, but with some slight narration changes to focus on the Canadian super-team which debuts. It sells 6.3K – just 100 copies or so less than its parent book. This means that Image likely got retailers to double their order using this gimmick.
Glenn: Hey, whatever works.
Ray: Novelist VE Schwab entered comics with Titan, doing a spinoff series for one of her novels titled Extraordinary. While she has a big name, this is another gritty superhero universe, and as such response was muted. The first official issue, after a #0 issue, sells 6.2K at #275.
Glenn: Might do better in the bookstore market given it has a name behind it but yeah, indie superhero books always have an uphill climb.
Ray: There does seem to be some momentum for The Good Asian, as the first issue picks up 6.1K in reorders at #276.
The video game Apex Legends gets a comic book subtitled Overtime, and sells 6K at #278 from Dark Horse. Well, it’s definitely not Fortnite – but then it doesn’t have Batman in it either. This was likely only for the hardcore fans.
Glenn: Video game adaptions (apart from Fortnite related ones) aren’t really meant for these charts anyway.
Ray: Dynamite continues to struggle with franchises that aren’t sexy ladies, as their latest James Bond book, subtitled Agent of SPECTRE, lands at #281 for its fourth issue with sales of 5.8K. This had Christos Gage and a unique status quo, but Bond comics have never really caught on.
Glenn: Credit to Dynamite as they have thrown a lot at the Bond franchise to try and make it work. Outside of the film franchise, the novels and the much beloved Goldeneye 64 though, Bond has never been able to stretch the success much further.
Ray: There are a LOT of Walking Dead Deluxe entries down here, with reorders for six different issues making up much of the 280s, with sales of 5.6K or so. People love their zombies.
Glenn: Now in fabulous and bloody zombocolour!
Ray: Dark Horse seems to be struggling still with a lot of their creator-owned books if they’re not part of a larger franchise. The post-WW2 supernatural nazi thriller The Secret Land is only able to muster 5.3K at #291 – around the same as Mad Cave’s Robin Hood reinvention Nottingham, from a much smaller publisher.
Glenn: With them getting comixology exclusives (including Snyder’s new books) and with talents like Bendis on the way, Dark Horse might have some fight in them yet. They seem to really struggle to push books from new creators though.
Ray: It’s mostly reprints down here, but we’ve got the launch of the new supernatural rock thriller Cherry Blackbird at #297 from Scout. This is an odd publisher with no real brand, but they put out some offbeat books and this one is good for 5.1K in sales.
After an Archie digest and a Venom reprint, we close out the top 300 with the fourth issue of Lady Baltimore: Witch Queens, another Mignolaverse book which sells just under 5K. That’s a very healthy point to end the top 300, I think.
Glenn: Much better than it was before. Now Ray, come over here and just glance down below here. It’s fine we won’t actually go down. That’ll be silly.
Ray: Hey, is that a penny? *falls* Not agaaaaaaaaaaaain.
Anyway, down here it’s mostly low-selling ongoings, reprints, and weird books. A lot of Vault books settle down here, like the conclusion of horror title The Autumnal, which sells 4.4K at #311.
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose is still going at 128, selling 4.3K. And it’s not even Zenoscope!
Glenn, strike up the Rachel Bloom! We’re back! At #332 we’ve got “Oz Annual: Patchwork Girl“, which I assume is Scarecrow from Oz as a sexy girl? It sells 3.5 and causes many questions.
Glenn: Ain’t nothing more saucy than sexy straw girls.
Ray: Chris Samnee’s new creator-owned project, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, doesn’t seem to have gotten much attention. The fourth issue sells only 3K at #343, but some delays in the early going probably didn’t help.
Glenn: Don’t look for him to leave Fire Power for this one then. Surprising given he’s a name creator.
Ray: Black Mask’s sequel to their controversial hit “Black” debuts at #361, selling 2.4K. It’s called “White”, and the discourse around it will be 100% productive, I’m sure.
What happens when one creator-owned sensation decides to parody another? You get Strangers in Cerebus at #395, selling 1.5K. Poor Terry Moore.
Not much more of note besides some low-selling creator-owned books and a lot of reprints, and closing us out at #446 is the second issue of Chess, from Second Sight publishing, selling 831 copies. This appears to be a spy comic from a new publisher, so they’re probably just happy to be here.
Let’s look ahead (back?) to July sales to see if we get them!
DC will be launching their new Superman book by Tom Taylor, putting Jon Kent in the lead role. The original Superman will also be teaming up with the Authority in a new Grant Morrison comic, There’ll be another new Milestone title focusing on Icon and Rocket, new series for Blue and Gold and Shazam, and a new Suicide Squad Black Label book by Azzarello and Maleev guest-starring Joker.
Over at Marvel, we’ve got the final arc of THAT run as Sinister War kicks off, plus a new Moon Knight series, a new Kaare Andrews elseworlds of sorts, and a whole lot more Extreme Carnage. Plus, the launch of a new X-Men #1 that should likely top the charts as Marvel gets ready for a post-Hickman X-verse.
Glenn: Its nearly over *sobs* its nearly over
Glenn: In the creator-owned world, July will bring us new books from Image by Emilia Clarke, Kyle Higgins, and Mirka Andolfo, but the biggest debut of the month is probably the anthology Skybound X, featuring the return of the world of the Walking Dead to comics. And over at Boom, it’s the return of Mouse Guard and the launch of the acclaimed Mamo.
What will rise? What will fall? We hope you’ll find out here next month on…By the Numbers!
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