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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kirkman's Oblivion Song again leads advance reorders; Hawkman Found tops reorders

by John Jackson Miller

March is a ways off, but we already know a few things about the comics sales charts then. First, this March has four shipping weeks versus five last year, so it'll face a bit of a challenge there; our extra week this quarter falls in January. We also know that the big ticket for the month already appears to be Robert Kirkman's new series, as the Collector's Edition for Oblivion Song #1 repeated as the top advance reorder item in dollars at Diamond Comic Distributors for the last week of 2017.

Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018 (in dollars)

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These are items that have already shipped, but have been receiving additional orders from retailers. 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 Hawkman Found #1, a "Dark Nights" tie-in that went on sale Dec. 27, was the top reordered comic book of the week. In yet another repeat, Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet was the top reordered softcover.

DC's Green Arrow: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1, also released on Dec. 27, was the top reordered hardcover.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Hawkman Found #1$3.99 DC
2Doomsday Clock #2$4.99 DC
3Dark Nights Metal #4$3.99 DC
4Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
5Green Arrow The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00 DC
6Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
7Doomsday Clock #1 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
8BPRD Hell On Earth HC Vol. 1$34.99 Dark Horse
9Doomsday Clock #2 Var Ed$4.99 DC
10Batman TPB Vol. 4 The War of Jokes & Riddles$19.99 DC
11Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Sith TPB Vol. 1 Imperial Mach$17.99 Marvel
12Venom #159$3.99 Marvel
13Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99 Image
14Art of Marvel Studios TPB Slipcase$99.99 Marvel
15Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
16X-Men Grand Design #1$5.99 Marvel
17Watchmen TPB New Ed$19.99 DC
18Batman #37$2.99 DC
19Marvel Two-In-One #1$3.99 Marvel
20Paper Girls TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
21X-Men Grand Design #2$5.99 Marvel
22Walking Dead Heres Negan HC$19.99 Image
23Star Wars Darth Vader TPB Vol. 1 Vader$19.99 Marvel
24Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
25My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Vol. 1$39.99 Fantagraphics

TOP ADVANCE REORDERED ITEMS  for for Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018 (in dollars)

Find this issue at TFAWLet's look now 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, for the second week running, 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, second place last week in reorder dollars, dropped to eleventh; the Walking Dead #176 cover by Bill Sienkiewicz was the top standard-priced comic book this time.

The top advance reordered hardcover was the Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman book. The leading trade paperback was Robotech Vol. 1, from Titan.

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
2Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman HC$49.99 DC
3Walking Dead #176 Cvr B Sienkiewicz$3.99 Image
4Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1$4.99 DC
5Robotech TPB Vol. 1$16.99 Titan
6Monstress #13$4.99 Image
7Abbott #1 Lotay Var$3.99 Boom
8Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5$4.99 Marvel
9Vinegar Teeth #1$3.99 Dark Horse
10Frankenstein Alive Trio$7.99 IDW
11Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1$3.99 Image
12Maestros #3 2nd Ptg$3.99 Image
13Dissonance #1$3.99 Image
14Maestros #4$3.99 Image
15Divinity Comp Trilogy Dlx Ed HC$59.99 Valiant
16Abbott #1$3.99 Boom
17Tales of Suspense #103$3.99 Marvel
18Doomsday Clock #4$4.99 DC
19Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey #5 Lee Jean Grey$4.99 Marvel
20Gears of War Rise of Raam #1 Cvr A Brown$3.99 IDW
21Thanos #13 2nd Ptg Shaw Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
22Adventure Time Original Gn Vol. 11 Princess & Princess$14.99 Boom
23True Believers Venom Vs Spider-Man #1$1.00 Marvel
24Doomsday Clock #4 Var Ed$4.99 DC
25X-O Manowar #11 Cvr A Larosa$3.99 Valiant

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; check them out for a further glance at the future.

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