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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Early demand high for June's Justice League, while Infinity War reorders keep rolling

by John Jackson Miller

Avengers: Infinity War
 is still going strong, and that was visible on the Diamond Comic Distributors reorder charts last week — while the advance reorder charts were led by a competing super-team, Justice League. First we'll look first at how the books already in stores fared, and move on to the future:

TOP REORDERED ITEMS for May 7-13, 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.

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These are ranked by invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already applied to the totals before ranking.

As noted, Infinity War-related items took the top three slots, with the Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback, the Infinity War trade paperback, and the Infinity trade paperback topping the charts. (No way to get those confused!)

The Weapon X: The Return Omnibus was the top hardcover. It released on May 2.

Action Comics #1000 from April 18 was again the top reordered comic; as expected last week, sellouts meant no variants appeared in this week's list. (See listings for them on eBay.)

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99 Marvel
2Infinity War TPB$29.99 Marvel
3Infinity TPB$49.99 Marvel
4Weapon X HC The Return Omnibus$125.00 Marvel
5Action Comics #1000$7.99 DC
6Jack Kirbys Fourth World Omnibus HC$150.00 DC
7Avengers #1$4.99 Marvel
8Action Comics Special #1$4.99 DC
9Wolverine Goes To Hell Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
10Saga TPB Vol. 8$14.99 Image
11DC Meets Hanna Barbera TPB$16.99 DC
12Punisher Max by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00 Marvel
13Tokyo Ghost Dlx Ed HC$39.99 Image
14Wolverine Old Man Logan TPB$29.99 Marvel
15Annihilation TPB Vol. 2 Complete Collection$34.99 Marvel
16Infinity War Aftermath TPB$39.99 Marvel
17Batman #46$2.99 DC
18Lumberjanes TPB Vol. 1$14.99 Boom
19Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath TPB$34.99 Marvel
20Batgirl & The Birds of Prey TPB Vol. 2 Source Code$16.99 DC
21Mouse Guard HC Vol. 1 Fall 1152 Dust Jacket Ed$24.95 Boom
22Venom #1$4.99 Marvel
23Wonder Woman by John Byrne HC Vol. 1$39.99 DC
24Black Hammer TPB Vol. 2 The Event$19.99 Dark Horse
25Road To Marvels Avengers Infinity War Art Slipcase HC Vol. 2$50.00 Marvel

And now on to the future...

for May 7-13, 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.

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After several weeks in which either Marvel or DC dominated the advance-reorder chart, this week's looked a bit more balanced, with Marvel placing 12, DC placing nine, and Image placing four items. Everything on the table was a June-shipping book.

DC led the chart with several versions of Justice League #1, which goes on sale on June 6. Marvel's first was Immortal Hulk #1, also a June 6-shipping book, which has a deep discount pegged to retailers' orders of Avengers #684. Image makes its first appearance on the chart with a variant of Isola #3.

There's no sign of the mass of Amazing Spider-Man #800 variants we saw last week, but the top advance-reordered hardcover was the Amazing Spider-Man by Michelinie and McFarlane Omnibus. It's not out until October 3.

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

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher
1Justice League #1$3.99 DC
2Justice League #1 Var Ed$3.99 DC
3Justice League #1 Jim Lee Inks Only Var Ed$3.99 DC
4Man of Steel #2$3.99 DC
5Immortal Hulk #1$4.99 Marvel
6Deadpool #1$4.99 Marvel
7Batman Prelude To The Wedding Nightwing Vs Hush #1$3.99 DC
8Justice League #1 Blank Var Ed$3.99 DC
9Avengers #1 2nd Ptg Mcguinness Var$4.99 Marvel
10Batman #48 Var Ed$2.99 DC
11Doctor Strange #1$3.99 Marvel
12Batman #48$2.99 DC
13Isola #3 Cvr B Kerschel$3.99 Image
14Deathstroke #32 Var Ed$3.99 DC
15Amazing Spider-Man by Michelinie & Mcfarlane Omnibus HC$100.00 Marvel
16Hunt For Wolverine #1 2nd Ptg Marquez Var$5.99 Marvel
17Deadpool #1 Young Var$4.99 Marvel
18Medieval Spawn Witchblade #2 Cvr B Capullo$2.99 Image
19Deadpool #1 Blank Var$4.99 Marvel
20X-Men Gold #29$3.99 Marvel
21Immortal Hulk #1 Connecting Party Var$4.99 Marvel
22Deadpool #1 Liefeld Jay Co Comics Spec Var (Net)$4.99 Marvel
23Thanos Annual #1 2nd Ptg Var$4.99 Marvel
24Death or Glory #2 Cvr C Virgin$3.99 Image
25Walking Dead #180 Cvr A Adlard & Stewart$3.99 Image

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  May 2018 and June 2018. Check them out for a further glance at the future.

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