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

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

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

TOP 25 REORDER COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS/TPS

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

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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