Batman: Damned #2 Tops Advance Reorders Despite DC Comics Not Reprinting #1

Batman: Damned #2 Tops Advance Reorders Despite DC Comics Not Reprinting #1

Posted by November 1, 2018 Comment

Greetings from the coal face of the direct comics market. Where retailers try to increase their orders of certain comics ahead of sale. Where supply and demand and most accurately reflected, where you can see which books are hot, where new orders are coming in and how retailers are reacting to new, unanticipated desire! And courtesy of stats from Diamond Comic Distributors.

Batman: Damned #2 has been hovering in the Advance Reorders charts for the last few weeks as retailer struggle to adjust their orders in the wake of a) Batman Damned #1 selling out and then some and b) DC Comics taking the decision not to reprint it, against the wishes of the creative and editorial teams.

This is giving some retailers pause as to how to reorder it. Clearly there is demand, and they should at least order as many as they did of #1. But should they order more, given that their customer base who didn’t get a copy of book one, may not want to get book two.

At MCM London Comic Con, I was talking to a major retailer who told me they are upping their orders massively. Who believes that readers have been reading the comic digitally, legally or not. And there is a strong demand to buy the second volume. And the release of a new Jim Lee variant cover was enough for that demand to hit the advance reorders and see Batman Damned #2 leapfrog over Web Of Venom: Carnage Born, Batman, West Coast Avengers and Spider-Verse...

I note that pre-sales on eBay are already above cover price.

TOP 25 ADVANCE REORDER COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS/TPS

DESCRIPTION SRP VENDOR
BATMAN DAMNED #2 (OF 3) VAR ED (MR) $6.99 DC COMICS
WEB OF VENOM CARNAGE BORN #1 $4.99 MARVEL COMICS
WEB OF VENOM CARNAGE BORN #1 BEDERMAN VAR $4.99 MARVEL COMICS
BATMAN #59 VAR ED $3.99 DC COMICS
WEST COAST AVENGERS #4 NAKAYAMA VAR $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
SPIDER-MAN ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE #1 $4.99 MARVEL COMICS
DC NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL #1 $9.99 DC COMICS
VENOM ANNUAL #1 2ND PTG STOKOE VAR $4.99 MARVEL COMICS
SHAZAM #1 VAR ED $4.99 DC COMICS
UNCANNY X-MEN #2 $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #5 VAR ED $3.99 DC COMICS
MIDDLEWEST #1 CVR A HUDDLESTON (MR) $3.99 IMAGE COMICS
JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 (DROWNED EARTH) $3.99 DC COMICS
X-MEN BLACK MYSTIQUE #1 2ND PTG FAILLA VAR $4.99 MARVEL COMICS
SPIDER-GEDDON #4 (OF 5) IN HYUK LEE CONNECTING VAR $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
X-MEN BLACK JUGGERNAUT #1 2ND PTG CRYSTAL VAR $4.99 MARVEL COMICS
SPIDER-GEDDON #1 (OF 5) 2ND PTG MOLINA VAR $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
ASTONISHING X-MEN #17 ROSS UNCANNY X-MEN VAR $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
SPIDER-GEDDON #4 (OF 5) $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 VAR ED (DROWNED EARTH) $3.99 DC COMICS
COSMIC GHOST RIDER #4 (OF 5) 2ND PTG BURNETT VAR $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
SHURI #1 2ND PTG ROMERO VAR $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
IMMORTAL HULK #9 $3.99 MARVEL COMICS
SHAZAM #1 $4.99 DC COMICS
MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #1 (OF 6) 2ND PTG FOREMAN VAR $4.99 MARVEL COMICS

TOP 25 REORDER COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS/TPS

DESCRIPTION SRP VENDOR
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP $19.99 DC COMICS
UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SUITE $17.99 DARK HORSE COMICS
SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS
MARVELOCITY MARVEL COMIC ART ALEX ROSS HC (C: 0-1-0) $50.00 RANDOM HOUSE
ADVENTURE ZONE GN VOL 01 HERE THERE BE GERBLINS (C: 1-1-0) $19.99 ST. MARTINS PRESS
UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS $17.99 DARK HORSE COMICS
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES HC (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS
INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS
NEIL GAIMAN STUDY IN EMERALD HC (C: 1-1-2) $17.99 DARK HORSE COMICS
SPIDER-VERSE TP $50.00 MARVEL COMICS
HARLEY QUINN #52 FOIL $3.99 DC COMICS
JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 FOIL (DROWNED EARTH) $3.99 DC COMICS
NIGHTWING #51 FOIL $3.99 DC COMICS
DARK NIGHTS METAL DELUXE ED HC $29.99 DC COMICS
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #4 FOIL (WITCHING HOUR) $3.99 DC COMICS
MONSTRESS TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS
BATMAN #57 $3.99 DC COMICS
MAESTROS TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS
DARK NIGHTS METAL DARK KNIGHTS RISING HC $29.99 DC COMICS
SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS
PREDATOR HUNTERS TP $19.99 DARK HORSE COMICS
BERSERK TP VOL 01 BLACK SWORDSMAN (MR) $14.99 DARK HORSE COMICS
TEEN TITANS #23 FOIL $3.99 DC COMICS
SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS
SUPER MARIO ENCYCLOPEDIA LTD ED HC (C: 1-1-2) $79.99 DARK HORSE COMICS
(Last Updated November 6, 2018 6:58 am )

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