Comixology Bestseller List, 19th October 2018 - The Crossover-Then-New-Writer Paradigm

Comixology Bestseller List, 19th October 2018 – The Crossover-Then-New-Writer Paradigm

Posted by October 19, 2018 Comment

Matthew Snyder writes,

Welcome to the Comixology Bestseller list, your guide to see how well your favorite titles are selling digitally. Every week I’ll post the ranking of every new title, plus a ranking of the best selling volumes & graphic novels. As always, I hope you find it interesting and informative.

Pretty soft week we have. The usual suspects (Batman, Justice League, Darth Vader, etc) dominate the list as usual, but a little further down, you can see many mid to lower-level books 5 or even 10 spots higher than they usually are. And due to the lack of heavyweights on top (no Fantastic Four this month, apparently), we see a few titles making their first appearance in the Top 10. And it was Aquaman who surfaced from the depths to hand DC a close 5-4-1 win. And while it was easier to make the Top 10 this week, the Drowned Earth tie-in to Justice League certainly helped.

In my opinion, this is a smart strategy by DC: give your titles a boost with a crossover event before handing the series off to a new writer. It certainly worked for the Avengers with No Surrender. We’ll see in the next few months if Wonder Woman and Aquaman will benefit.

In indie news, Jonathan Hickman’s East of West has returned after a short hiatus. It landed at No. 7, becoming only one of a handful of Image titles to make the Top 10 this year. The rest of the new prominent indie titles (Gideon Falls, Black Hammer: Age of Doom and Cemetery Beach) appear to be steady.

When The Sandman Universe debuted at No. 8 and The Dreaming debuted at No. 10, it gave DC some Top 10 contenders it desperately needed after losing some hits in second half the year. But after House of Whispers debuted at No. 23 and now Lucifer has debuted at No. 17 in a soft week, it appears the hype for the Sandman Universe has died down. And while the line can still find some pretty decent success, DC will have to keep searching for some new challengers if they want to regain their dominance over Marvel. (Not the comic New Challengers, though. It… did not do well).

Speaking of New Age of Heroes, we learned something this week. Sideways may be a low-tier title, but it is the best-selling of the low-tier titles. A week’s delay set it up against some new competition, where it fared better. It landed 10 spots ahead of New Challengers and 13 ahead of Damage. Now, it’s possible all of the NAoH titles with the exception of The Terrifics will be canned, but if DC wants to save face and end up keeping several, I believe Sideways will have the edge over its New Age siblings. Remember, you don’t have to outrun the bear, just the person next to you.

 

Top 25 Overall:

  1. Batman #57
  2. Justice League #10
  3. Darth Vader #22
  4. Thor #6
  5. Justice League Dark #4
  6. Nightwing #51
  7. East of West #39
  8. Astonishing X-Men #16
  9. Runaways #14
  10. Aquaman #41
  11. Teen Titans #23
  12. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 4: Hellboy in Hell
  13. Green Lanterns #57
  14. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 3: The Wild Hunt
  15. X-Men: Black- Mystique #1
  16. Venom Annual #1
  17. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 2: Strange Places
  18. Spider-Geddon #1
  19. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction
  20. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #311
  21. Mr. and Mrs. X #4
  22. Lucifer #1
  23. Daredevil #609
  24. Shuri #1
  25. Black Hammer: Age of Doom #6

New Issue Rankings:

  1. Batman #57
  2. Justice League #10
  3. Darth Vader #22
  4. Thor #6
  5. Justice League Dark #4
  6. Nightwing #51
  7. East of West #39
  8. Astonishing X-Men #16
  9. Runaways #14
  10. Aquaman #41
  11. Teen Titans #23
  12. Green Lanterns #57
  13. X-Men: Black- Mystique #1
  14. Venom Annual #1
  15. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #311
  16. Mr. and Mrs. X #4
  17. Lucifer #1
  18. Daredevil #609
  19. Shuri #1
  20. Black Hammer: Age of Doom #6
  21. Old Man Logan #49
  22. The Life of Captain Marvel #4
  23. Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #1
  24. Gideon Falls #7
  25. Pearl #3
  26. Sideways #9
  27. Marvel Zombie #1
  28. Cover #2
  29. Death of Superman, Part 1 #12 (99-cent digital first)
  30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #87
  31. The Unstoppable Wasp #1
  32. What If? Ghost Rider #1
  33. Cemetery Beach #2
  34. Hit-Girl #9
  35. Lumberjanes #55
  36. New Challengers #6
  37. Harley Quinn #52
  38. Strangers in Paradise XXV #7
  39. Damage #10
  40. Skyward #7
  41. Weapon H #9
  42. Exorsisters #1
  43. American Gods: My Ainsel #7
  44. Luke Cage #3 (Marvel Digital Original)
  45. Archie 1941 #2
  46. Curse Words #17
  47. Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #7
  48. Hack/Slash Resurrection #12
  49. Rumble #8
  50. The New World #4
  51. Deadpool: Secret Agent Deadpool #4
  52. Rivers of London: Action At A Distance #1
  53. Aphrodite V #4
  54. Savage Dragon #239
  55. Stray Bullets: Sunshine & Roses #39
  56. Scooby-Doo Team-Up #85 (99-cent digital first)
  57. Red Sonja #22
  58. Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch #4
  59. Dragon Age: Deception #1
  60. Animosity: Evolution #8
  61. Empowered and Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell #6
  62. Stellar #5
  63. Red Sonja/Tarzan #5
  64. Quantum and Woody! #11
  65. Black Badge #3
  66. MAD Magazine #4
  67. Flavor #6
  68. Captain Ginger #1
  69. MCMLXXV #2
  70. Coyotes #7
  71. The Girl Who Danced With Death #3
  72. Die Kitty Die: Heaven and Hell #1
  73. Xena: Warrior Princess #9
  74. True Patriot Presents #10
  75. Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger #13
  76. Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job #4
  77. Superb #14
  78. Patience! Conviction! Revenge! #2
  79. Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries #3
  80. Low Road West #3
  81. Bedtime Games #4
  82. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the TMNT #1
  83. Artifact One #1

Old Issue Rankings:

  1. Spider-Geddon #1
  2. Superman #4
  3. Avengers #9
  4. Infinity Wars #4
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man #7
  6. Immortal Hulk #7
  7. Wonder Woman #56
  8. Venom #7
  9. X-Men: Black- Mojo #1
  10. Captain Marvel #4
  11. Detective Comics #990
  12. What If? Punisher #1
  13. The Walking Dead #184
  14. The Flash #56
  15. Red Hood and the Outlaws #27
  16. Titans #27
  17. Hawkman #5
  18. The Walking Dead #182
  19. Spider-Geddon #0
  20. The Walking Dead #181
  21. The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #6
  22. Catwoman #4
  23. X-23 #5
  24. The Walking Dead #183
  25. Infinite Dark #1

Best Selling Collections & Graphic Novels:

  1. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 4: Hellboy in Hell
  2. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 3: The Wild Hunt
  3. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 2: Strange Places
  4. Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction
  5. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 3: Family Reunion
  6. Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Vol. 2
  7. What If? Civil War
  8. Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Vol. 1
  9. What If? Dark Avengers
  10. Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire
  11. X-Men Gold: Til Death Do Us Part (64% off)
  12. What If? Infinity
  13. What If? Why Not?
  14. Wonder Woman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition – Book 1 (24% off)
  15. What If? Event Horizon
  16. What If? Age of Ultron
  17. What If? Classic
  18. What If? AVX
  19. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 1: Anchor Points
  20. Saga Vol. 9 (33% off)
  21. Venom: Lethal Protector
  22. Batman: White Knight (4% off)
  23. Wonder Woman: The Rebirth Deluxe Edition –  Book 2 (14% off)
  24. What If? Classic Vol. 2
  25. The Walking Dead Compendium Three (5% off)
  26. Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
  27. What If? Secret Invasion
  28. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 2: Masjs
  29. What If? Classic Vol. 5
  30. What If? Classic Vol. 4
  31. What If? Classic Vol. 3
  32. What If? Classic Vol. 6
  33. The Walking Dead Compendium Two (50% off)
  34. What If? Classic Vol. 7
  35. Wonder Woman by John Byrne Vol. 2 (20% off)
  36. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955
  37. The Walking Dead Compendium One (50% off)
  38. Goblin Slayer Vol. 1
  39. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (35% off)
  40. Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps
  41. The Walking Dead Vol. 29: Lines We Cross (50% off)
  42. East of West Vol. 8 (27% off)
  43. Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2 (9% off)
  44. Kill or Be Killed Vol. 4 (27% off)
  45. Gideon Falls Vol. 1 (30% off)
  46. Saga Vol. 8 (21% off)
  47. The Walking Dead Vol. 28: A Certain Doom (50% off)
  48. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (54% off)
  49. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954
  50. Paper Girls Vol. 4 (50% off)

(Last Updated October 19, 2018 10:34 am )

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