Bleeding Cool Bestseller List – 10th April 2016 – Ooh, Look It’s Negan

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This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait to the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

And yes, a certain someone may have pushed The Walking Dead over Poe and T’Challa…

  • 1. Walking Dead #153
  • 2. Black Panther #1
  • 3. Star Wars Poe Dameron #1
  • 4. Old Man Logan #4
  • 5. Uncanny X-Men #6
  • 6. Justice League Darkseid War Special #1
  • 7. Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fools Special 1
  • 8. Spider-Man #3
  • 9. Green Lantern #51
  • 10. Wonder Woman Earth One HC

Thanks to the following retailers,

Who had this to say,

Walking Dead back issues (especially #98-102) are in demand, even with many people complaining about the finale of the show. There’s no stopping Walking Dead!

We had some pretty big surprises (both good and bad) for us this week. Pleasantly surprised to see Black Panther take off as well as it did, but Poe Dameron didn’t strike nearly as hard as I thought. I was really expecting people to be jazzed up cause of Force Awakens coming out on Blu Ray this week, but perhaps those people were just staying home watching the movie?

On the other side of things, Justice League’s Darkseid War special sold really well, but not well enough to crack the top 5, and I’m really surprised by how poorly the Harley Quinn special did. Not even Jim Lee can entice people who are waiting for DC Rebirth it seems!

Better week than the previous week. Power Rangers 2 might have made the top ten but we were shorted all the regular covers of the comic. Did sell some of the variants but hard to sell what we get invoiced for but don’t actually receive. Walking Dead sold out Wednesday which was a surprise since we still have copies of the previous issue. What do you get when you have a comic with Jim Lee art and interiors? A hot selling comic. Harley kicked some butt. Old Man Logan did really well. The multiple covers helped it out. Poe did good but not the old Star Wars great sales wise.

Batman back issues did really well. The New 52 series still has demand even though a new Batman series will be out in a few months.

DC’s number one book in our store was an out-of-continuity hardcover by the incomparable Grant Morrison, while Marvel took the number one overall slot with a Star Wars title. Just coincidence, or does it say something about the current relative weaknesses of the two big superhero franchises?..

Increased interest in bargain Silver Age adventure from lesser-known publishers (Charlton, Tower, Gold Key, Archie). .

Timing couldn’t have been better for a Neegan issue of Walking Dead, and sales #’s reflected how well Kirkman & Co. planned this. Lots of rekindled interest in the Walking Dead franchise

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.