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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Oblivion Song, Infinity Gauntlet lead reorders; Amazing Spider-Man, Ricanstruction lead advance reorders

by John Jackson Miller

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March is winding down, and while it saw rotten weather in the Northeast, there's at least one anecdotal sign of thaw: Chuck Rozanski reported yesterday that the month to date is up 63% at Mile High Comics. That's highly unlikely for the Direct Market at large in March, which is up against a month with one more shipping week; breaking even would be a considerable feat. But we can at least get a glimpse of what's going on from the latest reorders and advance reorders placed with 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 Mar. 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.

See listings on eBayThe $500 Marvel Infinity Gauntlet Box Hardcover Slipcase Set repeated as both the top hardcover and top item overall in reorders. It was a March 7 item. (Possibly not next week, as it's marked as of today as out of stock at Diamond.) There were quite a lot of hardcovers in the reorder charts this time out, including Green Lantern Earth One Vol. 1, which placed second overall. It was released March 14.

Continuing the Thanos theme, the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback was the top reordered softcover.

Oblivion Song #1 repeated as the top comic book reordered. It's had that status three weeks in a row. It arrived in stores March 7.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Infinity Gauntlet Box HC Slipcase Set$500.00 Marvel
2Green Lantern Earth One HC Vol. 1$24.99 DC
3Justice League of America Bronze Age Omnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00 DC
4Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
5Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #1$3.99 Image
6Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Box Set 2$49.99 DC
7Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
8Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
9TMNT Coll HC Vol. 6$49.99 IDW
10Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible HC Vol. 2$34.99 Dark Horse
11Black Panther TPB Book 1 Nation Under Our Feet$16.99 Marvel
12Avengers #684 Banner Hulk Returns$4.99 Marvel
13Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
14Rick & Morty TPB Vol. 1$19.99 Oni
15Sheriff of Babylon Deluxe Ed HC$39.99 DC
16Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
17Nailbiter HC Vol. 2 The Murder Ed$34.99 Image
18Boys TPB Vol. 1 Name of the Game$16.99 Dynamite
19Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
20Daredevil by Waid & Samnee Omnibus HC Vol. 2$100.00 Marvel
21Amazing Spider-Man #796 2nd Ptg Hawthorne Var$3.99 Marvel
22Paper Girls TPB Vol. 2$12.99 Image
23Neil Gaiman American Gods HC Vol. 1 Shadows$29.99 Dark Horse
24Thanos #17$3.99 Marvel
25300 HC$30.00 Dark Horse

And now on to the future...

 for Mar. 19-25, 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.

After a week in which Action Comics #1000 advance reorders pushed much else out of the advance reorder chart, Marvel returned to take 18 out of the Top 25 spots. The regular edition of Amazing Spider-Man #799, due out April 18, was the top advance-reordered comic, followed by one of its variants and reprints of two earlier issues.

The Ricanstruction: Reminiscing and Rebuilding Puerto Rico benefit anthology from Somos Arte was the top advance-reordered trade paperback; it's expected to go on sale May 23. No hardcovers made the charts.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Amazing Spider-Man #799$3.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #799 Ramos Connecting Var$3.99 Marvel
3Amazing Spider-Man #796 Alex Ross B & W 3rd Ptg Var$3.99 Marvel
4Amazing Spider-Man #795 Alex Ross B & W 3rd Ptg Var$3.99 Marvel
5Batman #45 Var Ed$2.99 DC
6True Believers Venom Vs Spider-Man #1 2nd Ptg Var$1.00 Marvel
7Avengers #689$4.99 Marvel
8X-Men Gold #26$3.99 Marvel
9Kick-Ass #3 Cvr C Johnson$3.99 Image
10Infinity Countdown #2 Super Skrull Holds Infinity Var$4.99 Marvel
11Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #26 Main & Mix Sg$3.99 Boom
12Ricanstruction Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico TPB$19.99 Somos Arte
13Amazing Spider-Man #799 Mcguinness Var$3.99 Marvel
14Avengers #683 Medina 2nd Ptg Var$3.99 Marvel
15Black Panther #172$3.99 Marvel
16Amazing Spider-Man #799 Alex Ross Virgin Var$3.99 Marvel
17Weapon H #2$3.99 Marvel
18Skyward #1$3.99 Image
19Venomized #3 Bagley Connecting Var$3.99 Marvel
20Daredevil #601$3.99 Marvel
21Rick & Morty Presents The Vindicators #1 (2nd Ptg)$4.99 Oni
22Weapon H #2 Mayhew Venom 30th Var$3.99 Marvel
23Venomized #3$3.99 Marvel
24John Wick #2 Cvr A Valletta$3.99 Dynamite
25True Believers Rebirth of Thanos #1$1.00 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 March 2018April 2018, and May 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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