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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Marvel has top advance reordered comic, hardcover, softcover; Black Panther climbs chart

by John Jackson Miller

Last week saw the release of the Black Panther movie, and we could tell that from the reorders that comics shops placed in February with Diamond Comic Distributors. Other Marvel properties also took the top category slots among advance reorders. Let's look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Feb. 12-18, 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.

's Saga Vol. 8 trade paperback, the top graphic novel for December, was the top reordered softcover for the sixth week in a row — and the top reordered item by dollars overall. The #2 reordered trade paperback was Black Panther Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, propelled by interest due to the movie's release. The Black Panther by Priest Vol. 1 collection also made the Top 20. (Click to see recently posted postal circulation data on Priest's series.)

The House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus from DC was the top hardcover for the second week running. The $125 volume went on sale on Feb. 7.

The top Feburary-shipping comic book in reorders last week was the top reordered comic book overall: the Swamp Thing Winter Special, featuring the last story by the late Len Wein. A Feb. 7 release, the issue was marked as sold out at Diamond as of the report generated on Feb. 14, so it must have sold out early in the week. A second printing is planned for March 21 and was the #3 advance reordered item this week.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
2House of Secrets The Bronze Age Omnibus HC$125.00 DC
3Swamp Thing Winter Special #1$7.99 DC
4Black Panther TPB Book 1 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
5Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
6Gene Colan Tomb of Dracula Artist Ed HC$125.00 IDW
7Absolute Wonder Woman by Azzarello & Chiang HC Vol. 2$125.00 DC
8Superman Action Comics Rebirth Dlx Coll HC Book 02$34.99 DC
9Dark Knights Rising The Wild Hunt #1$4.99 DC
10Daredevil Shadowland Omnibus HC Tan Dm Var$125.00 Marvel
11Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99 Image
12Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
13Flash Rebirth Dlx Coll HC Book 1$34.99 DC
14Watchmen The Absolute Edition HC$99.99 DC
15Batman by Brian K Vaughan TPB$16.99 DC
16Doomsday Clock #1 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
17Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
18X-Men Red #1 Leg$4.99 Marvel
19Black Panther by Priest TPB Vol. 1 Complete Collection$34.99 Marvel
20Saga TPB Vol. 6$14.99 Image
21Batman White Knight #5$3.99 DC
22Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 3$59.99 Image
23Uzumaki 3In1 Dlx Ed HC Junji Ito$27.99 Viz
24Batman #40$2.99 DC
25Only End of the World Again HC$19.99 Dark Horse

And now on to the future...

 for Feb. 12-18, 2018, 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.

The top advance-reordered comic book and top advance-reordered item overall was Avengers #684 by Marvel. It goes on sale March 14.

After a week with no hardcover on the list, the top advance-reordered hardcover was also Marvel's: the big Venomnibus Vol. 1, a $100 edition that ships on June 20.

And for the first time in a while we've got a softcover back on the list, and it gives Marvel the trifecta: It's the new printing of Eternals by Neil Gaiman, due out April 11. 

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Avengers #684 Leg Banner Hulk Returns$4.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #795 2nd Ptg Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
3Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 2nd Ptg$7.99 DC
4Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Polybag Mix$4.99 Boom
5Thanos #14 3rd Ptg Shaw Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
6New Mutants Dead Souls #1 Leg$3.99 Marvel
7Avengers #675 3rd Ptg Larraz Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
8Avengers #680 2nd Ptg Jacinto Var Leg WW$3.99 Marvel
9Avengers #684 Young Var Leg$4.99 Marvel
10Supergirl #19 Var Ed$3.99 DC
11Venomnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00 Marvel
12Infidel #1 Cvr C Virgin Cvr$3.99 Image
13Infinity Countdown Adam Warlock #1 2nd Ptg Allred Var$4.99 Marvel
14Marvel Two-In-One #2 2nd Ptg Cheung Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
15Action Comics #999 Var Ed$2.99 DC
16Marvel Two-In-One #4 Leg$3.99 Marvel
17Eternals by Neil Gaiman TPB New Ptg$24.99 Marvel
18Star Wars Darth Vader #13$3.99 Marvel
19Kick-Ass #1 2nd Ptg$3.99 Image
20Mister Miracle #7$3.99 DC
21X-Men Blue #23 Leg$3.99 Marvel
22Doctor Strange #384 2nd Ptg Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
23Amazing Spider-Man #796 2nd Ptg Hawthorne Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
24Star Wars Thrawn #2$3.99 Marvel
25Doctor Strange #387 Leg$3.99 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.

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