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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Black Panther commands reorder charts; Marvel has 21 of 25 advance reorder items

by John Jackson Miller

The reorder list was Black Panther's to rule last week, with seven softcover and hardcover book among the top books that comics shops reordered from Diamond Comic Distributors. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Feb. 19-25, 2018 (in invoiced dollars)

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.

Black Panther Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, propelled by interest due to the movie's release, moved from second to first in reorders for trade paperbacks, followed by its second volume. There were seven Black Panther titles in the Top 25. Image's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was the top reordered softcover for the six weeks running, was third.

The new edition of DC's New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 was the top reordered hardcover and item overall by dollars. It went on sale February 21.

Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 —we're going to have to be careful on these Dark Nights/Dark Knights spellings — was the top reordered comic book. It came out on Feb. 14.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1New Teen Titans Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ed$75.00 DC
2Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1$4.99 DC
3Black Panther TPB Book 01 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
4Avengers Rage of Ultron OGN HC$24.99 Marvel
5Black Panther TPB Book 02 Nation Under Our Feet$15.99 Marvel
6Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
7Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
8Black Panther by Priest TPB Vol. 1 Complete Collection$34.99 Marvel
9Magnus Robot Fighter TPB Vol. 1 Flesh & Steel$17.99 Dynamite
10Star Wars Thrawn #1$4.99 Marvel
11Sideways #1 (Res)$2.99 DC
12Black Panther by Hudlin TPB Vol. 1 Complete Collection$39.99 Marvel
13End of F$$$Ing World HC$19.99 Fantagraphics
14Storm TPB Vol. 2 Bring Thunder$17.99 Marvel
15Moebius Library Inside Moebius HC Vol. 1$39.99 Dark Horse
16Robin Year One Deluxe Edition HC$34.99 DC
17Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
18Infinity Countdown Prime #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
19Secret Loves of Geek Girls TPB$14.99 Dark Horse
20Batman & Robin by Tomasi & Gleason Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
21Black Panther Epic Collection TPB Panthers Rage$34.99 Marvel
22Amazing Spider-Man #796 Leg$3.99 Marvel
23Black Panther TPB Book 04 Avengers of New World$16.99 Marvel
24Black Panther HC Vol. 1 A Nation Under Our Feet$34.99 Marvel
25Amazing Spider-Man Annual #42 Leg$4.99 Marvel

And now on to the future...

 for Feb. 19-Feb. 25, 2018 (in full retail dollars)

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.

Marvel dominated the advance reorder charts, taking 21 of 25 spots last week. The top advance-reordered comic book and top advance-reordered item overall was the Artgerm variant of Mighty Thor #705. It's expected to go on sale March 21.

The top April-shipping comic book was the C2E2 Venomized #1 variant, due on April 4. DC's Curse of the Brimstone #1 was the next highest April shipping comic; another April 4 title. 

No hardcovers on the list this week, but the top softcover is Cable Revolution. It'll ship April 25.

This chart is ranked by full retail dollars and not units, or wholesale dollars.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Mighty Thor #705 Artgerm Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #796 2nd Ptg Hawthorne Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
3Weapon H #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
4Avengers #685 Leg$3.99 Marvel
5Thanos #17 Leg$3.99 Marvel
6Kick-Ass #2 Cvr C Francavilla$3.99 Image
7Thanos #17 Ward Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
8Weapon H #1 Skan Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
9Weapon H #1 Keown Hulk Homage Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
10Old Man Hawkeye #2 2nd Ptg Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
11Mighty Thor #705 Leg$3.99 Marvel
12Avengers #681 2nd Ptg Brooks Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
13Weapon H #1 Kubert Wolverine Homage Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
14C2E2 2018 Venomized Var #1 (Net)$4.99 Marvel
15Weapon H #1 Christopher Trading Card Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
16Doctor Strange Damnation #3 Tarnation Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
17Curse of the Brimstone #1$2.99 DC
18Incredible Hulk #714 Leg Ww$3.99 Marvel
19Cable Revolution TPB$39.99 Marvel
20Doctor Strange Damnation #3 Leg$3.99 Marvel
21Batman Creature of the Night #3$5.99 DC
22Amazing Spider-Man #798 Leg$3.99 Marvel
23Amazing Spider-Man #799 Leg$3.99 Marvel
24Ice Cream Man #3 Cvr A Morazzo & Ohalloran$3.99 Image
25Phoenix Resurrection Return Jean Grey TPB Artgerm Dm Var$17.99 Marvel

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 February 2018 and March 2018. A page for April 2018 has also been started. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

I'll be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend; my schedule is here. Be sure to say hi!

Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 20 years, including a decade editing the industry's retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises. He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Overdraft: The Orion OffensiveStar Wars: A New Dawn, and the Star Trek: Prey trilogy. Read more about them at his fiction site.

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