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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fresh Start Avengers #1 tops advance reorders, Action Comics: 80 Years hardcover leads reorders

by John Jackson Miller

The hardcover celebration, Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman releases today — and we know that retailers were already stocking up, as it was the top reordered item last week according to Diamond Comic Distributors' reorder charts, also out today. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for Apr. 2-8, 2018 (in invoiced 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.

As noted above, the top hardcover and top reordered item overall was DC's Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman hardcover, which previously had topped the advance reorder charts. It releases in shops today.

The Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback repeated yet again as the top reordered softcover; the book wound up 17th overall in the charts for March, released earlier this week.

Dark Nights Metal #6, which was the top selling comic book for March, will be adding to its total, as it was the top reordered comic book for the week. The top reordered comic book from the month of April was the top reordered comic book last week: Amazing Spider-Man #798, which went on sale April 4.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Action Comics 80 Years of Superman HC$29.99 DC
2Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
3Dark Nights Metal #6$4.99 DC
4Amazing Spider-Man #798$3.99 Marvel
5Green Lantern Earth One HC Vol. 1$24.99 DC
6Green Lantern The Silver Age Omnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00 DC
7Doomsday Clock #4 Var Ed$4.99 DC
8Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
9Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
10Doomsday Clock #4$4.99 DC
11Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
12Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
13Annihilation TPB Vol. 1 Complete Collection$34.99 Marvel
14Saga TPB Vol. 1$9.99 Image
15Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 Polybag Mix Sg$4.99 Boom
16Daredevil #600 Leg$5.99 Marvel
17Jim Butcher Dresden Files Omnibus TPB Vol. 1$39.99 Dynamite
18Venom TPB Lethal Protector New Ptg$16.99 Marvel
19Thanos TPB Vol. 1 Thanos Returns$17.99 Marvel
20Amazing Spider-Man #798 Ramos Connecting Var Leg$3.99 Marvel
21Saga TPB Vol. 7$14.99 Image
22Saga TPB Vol. 2$14.99 Image
23Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
24Batman #44 Var Ed$2.99 DC
25Dark Knight Returns TPB New Edition$19.99 DC

And now on to the future...

 for Apr. 2-8, 2018 (in full retail dollars)

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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 first Marvel Fresh Start book has made its appearance: Avengers #1, which is slated to release on May 2. (There is an escalating discount opportunity tied to retailers' orders of Avengers #680, but it's not known where the issue would fall in the chart below had it been based on invoiced dollars rather than cover price.) At least so far, Marvel's reported dual-numbering of the Fresh Start titles doesn't seem to be reflected in Diamond's nomenclature for books.

Amazing Spider-Man #800 topped the advance reorder charts once a while back; due out May 30, it took second. The top April-shipping comic in advance reorders was the Stuart Immonen variant of Amazing Spider-Man #798, out on April 25.

More DC comics appeared in this chart than we've seen in a while; that includes DC Nation #0, already announced to have a million copies ordered. For a quarter comic to make a dollar-ranked list, numbers like that would certainly help. A storyline in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers titles has been getting attention lately; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25's second printing took eighth.

No hardcovers or softcovers made the advance reorder chart last week.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Avengers #1$4.99 Marvel
2Amazing Spider-Man #800$9.99 Marvel
3Amazing Spider-Man #798 2nd Ptg Immonen Var$3.99 Marvel
4Spawn #285 Cvr D Virgin Cvr$2.99 Image
5Thanos #13 4th Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
6Thanos #18 2nd Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
7Thanos #14 4th Ptg Shaw Var$3.99 Marvel
8Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 (2nd Ptg)$4.99 Boom
9Amazing Spider-Man #794 4th Ptg Immonen Var$3.99 Marvel
10Deathstroke #30 2nd Ptg$3.99 DC
11DC Nation #0$0.25 DC
12Batman #46 Var Ed$2.99 DC
13Venom #1$4.99 Marvel
14Spawn #285 Cvr C Mattina$2.99 Image
15Doomsday Clock #2 2nd Ptg$4.99 DC
16Deathstroke #31$3.99 DC
17Deathstroke #31 Var Ed$3.99 DC
18Action Comics Special #1$4.99 DC
19Batman White Knight #8 Var Ed$4.99 DC
20Batman #46$2.99 DC
21Hunt For Wolverine Weapon Lost #1$3.99 Marvel
22Go Go Power Rangers #8 2nd Ptg$3.99 Boom
23Avengers #1 Blank Var$4.99 Marvel
24Go Go Power Rangers #9 Main & Mix Sg$3.99 Boom
25Infinity Countdown #3 Drax Holds Infinity Var$4.99 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 April 2018 and May 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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