Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 24th March 2019 – Spider-Man Life Story Launches Big

This is the Top Ten 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 till the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

Batman tops the charts – it is that one in two weeks after all. There was a strong landing for Spider-Man Life Story and Immortal Hulk is on the rise. And looks like people are starting to read X-Men again. It’s notable that aside from the very top-selling books, that Marvel is dominating the charts more.

Top ten comics of the week

  1. Batman #64
  2. Justice League #20
  3. Spider-Man Life Story #1
  4. Immortal Hulk #15
  5. Avengers No Road Home #6
  6. Uncanny X-Men #14
  7. Avengers #17
  8. Venom #12
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy #3
  10. Criminal #3

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Great week for some great books at FFF this week. Batman sits at the top as always. Justice League took the second place with the help of three covers that make whole image. Why spread that out over three months when you can go for a quick cash grab, right? Spider-Man: Life Story was the surprise hit of the week. We sold out of all our regular copies with only a handful of Skottie Young variants left on the shelf. I’m not shocked a Spider-Man book drawn by Bagley and written by Zdarsky sold well, I’m just a little surprised it sold so well, especially when we didn’t have too much buzz. Avengers No Road Home is also doing surprisingly well still maintaining a top ten place on it’s sixth consecutive week. On the opposite spectrum of Life Story, the Gamerverse Spider-Man City at War adaptation came out of the gate a dud. People don’t want to read something they’ve already played. If it was a new story it could’ve done well, but instead, the book is a rehash of something most hardcore fans played and beat six months ago. Putting it out the same week as another Spider-Title was the worst move they could’ve made short of even putting the book out at all.


There wasn’t too much going on this week, with the expected heavy-hitters like Batman, Venom, and Justice League taking the top 3 spots- We got a few extra sales where Justice League is concerned due to the triptych cover, though. Avengers No Road Home has picked up speed 6-issues-deep, and now everyone is trying to play catch up, which makes it difficult to keep on the shelves. Spider-Man Life Story was definitely the treat of the week, though, with all of our Spider-Man regulars (and a lot of not-so-regulars) buying it up until we sold out.


While the top spot went -as per usual- to BATMAN, we had a *very* Marvel-dominated week of sales overall. Just behind the Dark Knight is the always excellent IMMORTAL HULK, followed by the only other DC title in our top 10 this week: JUSTICE LEAGUE.

The new “ageing in real time” miniseries SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY by Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley flew off the shelves at a pretty good clip for us; though that’s hardly surprising for a Spidey book with that creative team.

The rest of the list is Marvel reliables, AVENGES, MILES MORALES, VENOM and the like. The current iteration of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, in particularly, seems to be doing a solid job of keeping up steam.


Good week for creator-owned comics! Criminal #3 and Monstress #21 took the cake, taking our top 2 spots. Also notable are the three promising new series that came out this week: Invisible Kingdom by the always-great G Willow Wilson, Spider-Man Life Story and Lazarus Risen!

What an amazing week for Marvel, with eight of our store’s top ten slots, including first place for Spider-Man Life Story #1. Batman slips all the way to 3rd this week, while Justice League #20 is the best selling DC for us, coming in second place. Fourth through tenth place slots all belong to Marvel, with the next DC title coming in at 12th place. Readers are dropping DC titles from pull lists, complaining about dark storylines that seem to be the antithesis of the Rebirth philosophy. Maybe it’s time for DC to consider Re-Rebirth…

About Rich Johnston

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

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