Bleeding Cool Bestseller List -17th December 2017 – Mister Miracle Beats Out Batman

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This is the Top 10 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 for the first time, Mister Miracle tops the list. It’s rare that a non-event books beats out a book like Detective Comics on the chart and it was certainly a close-run thing. Indeed, it was a miracle…

  1. Mister Miracle #5
  2. Detective Comics #970
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #793
  4. Action Comics #993
  5. Flash #36
  6. Star Wars #40
  7. Wonder Woman #36
  8. Justice League of America #20
  9. Titans #18
  10. Daredevil 596

Thanks to the following retailers,

Who had this to say,

Cold weather made for some cold sales. Very off week.

As usual DC still dominates the Top Ten at FFF, but shockingly this week, Marvel took the majority of the Top Twenty. Detective Comics was far and away our best seller this week, but Amazing Spider-Man managed to wall crawl into #4 selling one more copy than Action Comics. Punisher just barely made it to #10. We were shorted a whole bunch of covers this week from Diamond so we didn’t meet our usual mark on some books like Action Comics, Hal Jordan and JLA. But the fact that two of those books, (Action and Hal) still made it into the Top Ten speaks volumes about how many people are still picking up Marvel.

Marvel may have taken eight of the Top Twenty spots in our bestseller list this week, but I really don’t see it as a sign that things are turning around. It more seems like people aren’t taking chances with indie books like they used to. Coyotes was the only indie book in our Top Ten (or Top Twenty for that matter) and while its a great book, not seeing Wicked and Divine or Animosity in the Top Ten is a bit of a shock. More evidence of this just being an off week I guess. It also didn’t hurt Marvel to put out six X-Books the same week the Disney/Fox merger was announced.

Weird week all around. Hopefully next week’s Metal will bring order back to the cosmos and we’ll see consistent and reliable numbers.

Looks like the only thing that can defeat Batman on the best-seller’s chart is another book written by Batman’s writer. Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s masterpiece MISTER MIRACLE continues to pick up steam with the 5th issue… people are catching up on all the prior issues and its placement on most of the year end best lists is having an impact. Maestros is proving to be a formidable hit as well, outselling all Marvel books.

Action beats Detective. Amazing Spider-Man and Star Wars also beat Detective. Mister Miracle continues to do well. With low sales all around Daredevil sneaks into 10th place.

Nothing was particularly surprising except for the fact that one the highest selling book of the week was a second print of the Dark Nights Tie-in, Batman Who Laughs. Amazing Spider-man did exceptionally well after the Venom Inc one shot last week, which continued to sell great this week and had to be reordered.

Sales overall were kind of middling this week, but there were a few standouts. Mister Miracle #5 was our top seller this week, which was both expected and good to see since King and Gerads’ series continues to be one of the best things coming out. Second was James Stokoe’s long-awaited Aliens Dead Orbit #4. A little lower down the list was Jeff Loveness and Jakub Rebelka’s Judas #1, a thoughtful character study centering on Judas Iscariot after his betrayal of Jesus. I have to admit this BOOM! series didn’t sound like something I would immediately pick up, but seeing the finished product, I’m impressed so far. It’s not the easiest sell, but people seem to be responding to it, especially after they’ve flipped through it and seen Rebelka’s stunning art.

Marvel had a somewhat stronger presence on our list than usual, representing just about half our top sellers and with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 taking the number two spot. King of the hill was, as usual, Batman with DETECTIVE COMICS #970.

Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ MISTER MIRACLE #5 continues that series’ overall excellent quality and strong sales, a nice combination of traits for a book to have. The rest of the list is mostly more of what we’ve come to expect the last few months: Wonder Woman, Superman, and the X-Men.

DC took seven of this week’s top ten spots, but Marvel did manage to get three books in the top ten. The surprise is that Star Wars, which has long been our best-selling Marvel series, has seen some erosion in the past several months, and this week it was outsold by Amazing Spider-Man #792. Surprise #2: Daredevil climbed in sales and made it into our Top Ten; Legacy readers seem to find what they were looking for in Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and Daredevil, at least.


Sales of note: Star Wars John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant #4 9.8 $150


(Last Updated December 17, 2017 8:05 am )

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