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May 2018 Comics Sales Early Look

Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

May 2018 has the same number of Wednesdays as May 2017, so the sales comparison will be an equal one. That May was a $48.16 million month, the best month of the year in part because it had an extra week over its 2016 counterpart. It will be a challenging target to hit.

The unit sales, however, will get a boost, as DC reported in early April that it had sold a million copies of the 25-cent DC Nation #0, which is out May 2. It won't appear in the charts (and neither do Free Comic Book Day books), but it will impact market shares and year-over-year unit sales changes. And one of the big tickets for the month is certainly Amazing Spider-Man #800, which Marvel announced in early April already had orders topping 300,000 copies for. The first week of May, sixteen of the top 25 advance-reordered items were variants of the issue.

Infinity War titles have been, unsurprisingly, big in reorders for May given the movie's release. It'll be another skip month for Doomsday Clock, whose fifth issue has been pushed to June. A number of hardcovers also appeared in the reorder charts in various weeks, including the Weapon X: The Return Omnibus, which was the top hardcover the week of May 7-13.

Estimated comics sales for this month will become available sometime in June, likely in the second week. Follow @Comichron on Twitter to get the alert when the report becomes available. In the meantime, you can get a sense of what sales might be like from noting what products were most reordered by retailers.

Advance Reorders

Several weeks ago, retailers began placing advance reorders for items whose initial order deadlines had passed, but which had not yet released at the time the reorders were placed. These reorders, placed further out than regular reorders, tend to be more speculative in nature, as there is less certainty that stock will still be available. But they do give us the farthest-into-the-future look at potential sales. To see potential sales for this month, you generally want to look at the advance reorders placed from the month before.


The following charts have advance-reordered May-shipping comics:

Top advance reordered May-shipping comic for week of February 26-March 4
Amazing Spider-Man #800 (Marvel) • Scheduled ship date: May 30
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered May-shipping comic for week of Apr. 2-8
Avengers #1 (Marvel) • Scheduled ship date: May 2
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered May-shipping comic for week of Apr. 9-15
Venom #1 (Marvel) • Scheduled ship date: May 9
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered May-shipping comic for week of Apr. 16-22
Batman #47 (DC) • Scheduled ship date: May 16
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list


Top advance reordered May-shipping comic for week of Apr. 23-29
Black Panther #1 (Marvel) • Scheduled ship date: May 23
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top advance reordered May-shipping comic for week of Apr. 30-May 6
Amazing Spider-Man #800 Romita Sr. variant (Marvel) • Scheduled ship date: May 23
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list


Note that the listings mix hardcovers, softcovers, and comics together, and that they also rank items by dollars rather than units. Note, too, that these are invoiced dollars, so retailers' discounts have already been applied. There is no guarantee that these advance reorders will be filled. It's also likely that a lot of books in these lists won't synch up exactly with this month; reorders are placed all the time and reported weekly, while comics sales are reported monthly.

Click to skip down to the Reorders placed for issues shipping this month.



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Reorders

Reorders, by contrast, are orders for items that had already been released at the time of the order. In other words, these are the comics customers have been asking for.



Top reordered comic for week of Apr. 30-May 6
Action Comics #1000 (DC) • Ship date: April 18
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top reordered comic for week of May 7-13
Action Comics #1000 (DC) • Ship date: April 18
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top reordered comic for week of May 14-20
Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC) • Ship date: May 9
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top reordered comic for week of May 21-27
Justice League: No Justice #2 (DC) • Ship date: May 16
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

Top reordered comic for week of May 28-June 3
Amazing Spider-Man #800 (Marvel) • Ship date: May 30
Catalog page at DiamondFull Top 25 list

The true top sellers for the month will replace this page once they are released by Diamond.