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.
There was no biggest-seller that outdid the rest this week. all the top items fought each other out, with no unanimity across the comic stores – this is how it all came out in the wash.
- Detective Comics #979
- Mighty Thor #706
- Hunt For Wolverine #1
- Thanos Annual #1
- Saga #51
- Avengers #690
- Terrifics #3
- Flash #45
- Batman & The Signal #3
- Star Wars: Darth Vader #15
Thanks to the following retailers,
- Famous Faces & Funnies of West Melbourne, Florida
- Ssalefish Comics Winston-Salem – North Carolina
- Velocity Comics – Richmond, Virginia
- Comix Experience Outpost, San Francisco, California
- Comix Experience, San Francisco, California
- Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore of Marietta, Georgia
- Fat Jack’s Comicrypt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Rodman Comics of Ankeny, Iowa
And this is what they have to say,
Big week for Marvel at FFF. DC took our #1 spot in our Top Ten Bestsellers with Flash selling one more copy than Babyteeth and Detective Comics, but Marvel took 5 of the Top Ten spots. The Thanos Annual both closed out Donny Cates’ run and it did so by maintaining its numbers even at a dollar more. People are still paying crazy amounts for the regular issues (we’ve marked our first prints up to $8) though, so a $5 book isn’t too daunting for these fans. Hunt For Wolverine also sold well despite being a pricier book. Doctor Strange and Damnation round out the Top Ten at #9 and #10 respectively. Batman and the Signal closed out it’s run with a pretty mediocre end. It might be the first Batman book to not make it into the Top Ten on its first week. The Terrifics continues to be the only New Age of Heroes book to sell anything close to well.
On the Indie side of things, other than Babyteeth matching the numbers of Detective Comics to be our #2 bestseller, Saga landed a spot at #8. Redneck fell just outside the Top Ten at #11 (directly under two other Cates books). The surprise of the week was the fact that The Prisoner from Dynamite actually sold well enough to make it to the Top Twenty. There’s not a lot of chatter around the book but somehow it had a solid first week.
Marvel won! Well, technically SAGA won with #1, but Marvel had 5 books to DC’s 3 and Image’s 2, so I’m counting it for them. We were lucky enough to get a pretty chunky Action #1000 reorder in just under the wire, and that came close to charting as well. Next week the doors get blown off with Jason Aaron’s Avengers going head to head against the unstoppable Batman. Should be fun!
Batman and the Signal isn’t Batman proper and therefore didn’t crest the top 3 this time around. Avengers has had the least lag in sales of any weekly book since the store has opened and finished strong at 3. Mighty Thor secured the top spot although the real MVP of the week is Action #1000 that truthfully won the top spot despite not being new.
Infinity War buzz didn’t seem to give Marvel titles any significant boost this week. Saga 51 was our bestseller, with the Thanos Annual and Mighty Thor 706 tied for a somewhat distant second.
Marvel had a bigger chunk of the top half of the list this week (thanks, in large part I imagine, to their being only two Bat books and nary a Watchman in sight for DC this week). The HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 seems to have folks curious about how Marvel’s formerly ubiquitous mutant is spending his recent resurrection. Hot on its heels though is Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman’s denouement and final issue of Jane Foster Thor era with MIGHTY THOR #706.
It wouldn’t be the top half of the list without a little bit of the Caped Crusader, and this week DETECTIVE COMICS and BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #3 carry the mantle. Elsewhere in the list we’ve got a crowd of the usual suspects, with titles such as WONDER WOMAN, THANOS, and SAGA all selling well this week.
Wow, Marvel managed to get five titles into our top ten this week. Suicide Squad might have had a chance had we not been shorted our order. Sold out of our reorder of Action Comics 1000. We have more coming in. Might actually make our top ten again next week. Not a bad week.
Seven DC titles in our top ten, three Marvels–and one of the DC’s is the week-old Action Comics #1000, which held on at number nine this week after a record-setting sales period last week. The top twenty was a little closer, with ten DCs, eight Marvels, one Image, and one Boom.