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.
This week Justice League #3 pipped the Black Panther #1 launch, but only just. The Terrifics is the only New Age title that is performing well, and Barrier is a smash from Image.
- Justice League No Justice #3
- Black Panther #1
- Detective Comics #981
- Flash #47
- Invincible Iron Man #600
- The Terrifics #4
- Barrier #4
- Hunt for Wolverine Mystery in Madripoor #1
- Old Man Logan #40
- X-Men Gold #28
Thanks to the following retailers,
- Ssalefish Comics Winston-Salem – North Carolina
- Big Planet Comics – 4 stores in the Washington DC area
- Comix Experience Outpost, San Francisco, California
- Comix Experience, San Francisco, California
- Fat Jack’s Comicrypt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Collector’s Paradise, Canoga Park, California
- Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore of Marietta, Georgia
…who had this to say… and if your store would be interested in joining the Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, do get in touch…
Black Panther #1 gave people an excellent jumping on point and the recent Blu-Ray release timed well to make it the top book this week. Justice League No Justice continues to plow on and everything else is about the same as usual. Honorable Dishonorable mention goes to Infinity Countdown Darkhawk. Y’all Darkhawk guys need to stop. J/K, but look at the prices some time on Darkhawk #1. If there’s a joke somewhere I don’t get it.
Scott Snyder’s weekly NO JUSTICE maintains its popularity, coming out as our best seller for the week. Hot on it’s toes is the *new* BLACK PANTHER #1, kicking off King T’Challa’s adventures in space. It wouldn’t be our top five without a Bat-title, and DETECTIVE COMICS keeps that torch going this week.
Elsewhere on the list we have standouts like TERRIFICS and BARRIER. A five-way tie for last place features a number of the usual suspects, as well as INVINCIBLE IRON MAN’s landmark #600th issue.
BLACK PANTHER was first out of the gate, with readers eager to see Wakandans in space. It took our top spot pretty decisively, with some help from the adorable variant cover by Tom Beland. We had a few people call specifically looking for that cover, and it definitely helped boost sales a bit. BKV and Marcos Martin’s BARRIER continues to kill it–the 4th issue was our runner-up bestseller this week. Los Bros Hernandez also made an appearance in our top 10 with LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #5, their latest entry in the beloved Love & Rockets canon.
Weak sales week. Not sure if people are out of town already for the holidays or what. Flash took the top spot. Batgirl blew out the door this week. Black Panther 1 bombed for us. Sales of the Artgerm cover for Black Panther was the only increase in sales over the previous issue. Marvel’s non-stop renumbering is not working. If Marvel didn’t have the Star Wars license to publish their comics Marvel would be dead weight for us currently.
Joshua Middleton was an amazing artist BEFORE Batgirl #23, but whatever.
7 DC titles in our Top Ten, 3 Marvels. What is most interesting is that Marvel’s big number one launch for the week, Black Panther, did NOT crack the top ten; a lot of readers see it as “more of the same” since there is no major creative change, so they passed it by. Surprise sellers of the week were Batgirl #23 (which sold because of that striking Josh Middleton cover) and Invincible Iron Man #600 (which sold because of that eventful Brian Bendis finale).