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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Kirkman's Oblivion Song leads advance reorders for March; Comichron pages for December, January added

by John Jackson Miller

Find this issue at TFAWI know from experience that people are frequently looking to see the charts for future months before they're released; until now, those requests have gone to a redirect page. But we've seen enough reorders and advance from the past few weeks from Diamond Comic Distributors to be able to collate some information onto pages for December 2017 and January 2018.

The problem with reorders is that they don't synch up exactly with any given shipping month; they're placed all the time and reported weekly, whereas comics orders are reported here monthly. Any given list will have a mix of titles from various months. So while the January page links to some of the more recent advance reorders, some of those items are for months beyond January (as is the case with this week's top advance reorder book, Oblivion Song #1 I don't intend to go any more than a month into the future with these landing pages, so the farthest-out month will simply collate the latest advance reorders.

Non-advance reorder charts, meanwhile, are going to be more relevant to the current month, since the books being reordered are on the shelves already. So the current month's report, December, aggregates links to the most recent reorder reports, while also linking to some advance reorder reports from October and November, because the reported reorders relate to December-shipping books.

It's not a perfect system, but it'll do — and you'll notice that the Top 25s are not being stored on those monthly pages. That's because those pages will be replaced by the estimated sales charts once they become available. The reorder tables become less important then (especially because they don't necessarily represent filled orders) so there's no need to keep them in the permanent archives, though at least for the moment, they will remain visible as blog posts — like this one.

And let's get to it. Here are the reorders and advance orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors between December 19-25, 2017.

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for December 19-25, 2017 (in dollars)

 Find this issue on TFAWThese are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders. In most cases below, the items are in stock and so the orders are being filled; occasionally items are back-ordered, so their reorders will enter into the channel once they become available.

These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

DC's Dark Nights Metal #4, which went on sale Dec. 20, is the top reordered comic book.

In repeats from the previous week, Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet was the top reordered softcover, and DC's Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus the top reordered hardcover.

The links in the table go to the Diamond information pages for each book.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Dark Nights Metal #4$3.99 DC
2Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
3Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
4X-O Manowar TPB Vol. 1 Soldier$9.99 Valiant
5Green Lantern Secret Origin TPB New Ed$14.99 DC
6Gotham by Midnight TPB Vol. 1 We Do Not Sleep$14.99 DC
7Batgirl The Bronze Age Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99 DC
8Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
9BPRD Hell On Earth HC Vol. 1$34.99 Dark Horse
10Amazing Spider-Man #792$3.99 Marvel
11Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99 DC
12Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
13Batman Dark Knight Master Race HC$29.99 DC
14Walking Dead Heres Negan HC$19.99 Image
15Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99 Image
16X-Men Classic Omnibus HC$125.00 Marvel
17Batman Who Laughs #1 2nd Ptg (Metal)$3.99 DC
18Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 1 Vader$19.99 Marvel
19Batman The Killing Joke Special Ed HC$17.99 DC
20Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
21Rebels TPB Vol. 1 Well Regulated Militia$24.99 Dark Horse
22Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible HC Vol. 1$34.99 Dark Horse
23Runaways Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1$34.99 Marvel
24Batman Flash The Button Deluxe Ed HC$19.99 DC
25Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for Dec. 19-25, 2017 (in dollars)

And now, a look into the future. These are items that have not yet shipped, but for which the Final Order Deadlines have passed. These reorders, if books are available to fill them, may or may not land in the same shipping month as the books' release weeks, so a book's presence on this chart can mean that an item might make a repeat appearance in Diamond's monthly top-seller charts.

The top advance reorder item was the Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici Collector's Edition from Image, priced at $200; it comes with a statue, a print, and a pin and is limited to 1,000 copies. It's expected to go on sale March 7. The basic comic version led all comics in advance reorders, placing second in dollars overall.

Lights of the Amalou was the top trade paperback, and Boom's Giant Days Vol. 2 the top hardcover.

Remember, this is ranked by invoiced dollars and not units.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1 Collectors Ed$200.00 Image
2Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1$3.99 Image
3Walking Dead #176 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
4Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1$4.99 DC
5Lights of the Amalou TPB$39.99 IDW
6Tales of Suspense #103$3.99 Marvel
7Giant Days Not On The Test Edition HC Vol. 2$34.99 Boom
8Star Wars Adventures #6 Cvr B Levins$3.99 IDW
9Frank Cho Savage Wolverine Artist Ed HC$150.00 IDW
10Star Wars Adventures #6 Cvr A Charm$3.99 IDW
11Archie Giant Comics Roll TPB$7.99 Archie
12Under (Statix) #2$5.99 Titan
13Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5$4.99 Marvel
14Eternity #4 Cvr A Djurdjevic$3.99 Valiant
15Eternity #4 Cvr B Muller$3.99 Valiant
16Ninjak Complete Classic Omnibus HC$99.99 Valiant
17Flash Annual #1$4.99 DC
18Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman HC$49.99 DC
19Bettie Page #7 Cvr C Photo$3.99 Dynamite
20Archies #4 Cvr B Allred & Martin$3.99 Archie
21Berserk Official Guidebook TPB$14.99 Dark Horse
22Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5 Lee Jean Grey$4.99 Marvel
23X-Men Grand Design TPB$29.99 Marvel
24Avengers #678 Leg$3.99 Marvel
25Archies #4 Cvr A Reg Smallwood$3.99 Archie

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