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January 2019 Comics Sales Early Look

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

January 2019 has five shipping weeks, the same as January 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That month, which began the final quarter of the 2016-2018 recession in the Direct Market, had $39.31 in comics and graphic novel sales — better in comparison than it might have been because it had the extra ship week over 2017. The chart-toppers that month were Doomsday Clock #3 and Dark Nights Metal #5

Frank Miller has a variant cover of Batman #62 in January, which retailers can order as many as they want of. January's slate for 2019 also includes Guardians of the Galaxy #1, a relaunch set for Jan. 23 from Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. Daredevil gets a weekly Man Without Fear miniseries, culminating with a new #1 in February.

January also sees as its first major launch of the year Conan the Barbarian #1, marking the character's return to Marvel. The franchise had gone to Dark Horse for several years; the last time a franchise went from Marvel to Dark Horse to Marvel, the return fell in the same month. That was January 2015, and Star Wars #1.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in February, likely in the second week or so. 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.

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.

Advance reorders placed between Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 2018

• Top advance-reordered January-shipping comic book:
Conan the Barbarian #1 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Dark Nights: Metal (DC)

The January-shipping Conan the Barbarian #1 topped the advance reorder chart overall; the lead December issue was the Jon Sommariva cover of IDW's first Marvel title, Marvel Action Avengers #1, on sale Dec. 26.

The Dark Nights Metal softcover, on sale Jan. 23, was the top advance-reordered softcover.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Conan The Barbarian #1$4.99Marvel
2Batgirl #30 Var Ed$3.99DC
3Heroes In Crisis #4$3.99DC
4Middlewest #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
5Infinity Wars Infinity #1$3.99Marvel
6Marvel Action Avengers #1 Sommariva$3.99IDW
7Immortal Hulk #11$3.99Marvel
8Wolverine Long Night Adaptation #1$4.99Marvel
9Uncanny X-Men #8$3.99Marvel
10Walking Dead #187$3.99Image
11Man Without Fear #1$3.99Marvel
12Dark Nights Metal TPB$19.99DC
13Doomsday Clock #9$4.99DC
14Flash #61 Var Ed$3.99DC
15Batman Who Laughs #2$4.99DC
16Uncanny X-Men #1 2nd Ptg Asrar Var$7.99Marvel
17Champions #1$3.99Marvel
18Doomsday Clock #9 Var Ed$4.99DC
19Conan The Barbarian #1 Ribic Teaser Var$4.99Marvel
20Daredevil #610 2nd Ptg Noto Var$3.99Marvel
21Venom #8 2nd Ptg Coello Var$3.99Marvel
22Conan The Barbarian #1 Saiz Var$4.99Marvel
23Amazing Spider-Man #13$3.99Marvel
24Heroes In Crisis #5$3.99DC
25Return of Wolverine #5$4.99Marvel

Advance reorders placed between Dec. 3-9, 2018

• Top advance-reordered January-shipping comic book:
Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel)

Captain Marvel #1, which has an on-sale date of Jan. 9, was the top advance-reordered comic book.

The top advance-reordered DC comic book for the week was the Frank Miller variant edition of Batman #62, which also has an on-sale date of Jan. 9.

No hardcover or softcover graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Captain Marvel #1$4.99Marvel
2Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 Artgerm Var$4.99Marvel
3Web of Venom Unleashed #1 Bradshaw Var$4.99Marvel
4Batman #62 Var Ed$3.99DC
5Captain Marvel #1 Movie Var$4.99Marvel
6Criminal #1$3.99Image
7Miles Morales Spider-Man #2$3.99Marvel
8Young Justice #1$4.99DC
9Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1$4.99Marvel
10Captain Marvel #1 Tsai Var$4.99Marvel
11Captain Marvel #1 Hughes Var$4.99Marvel
12Uncanny X-Men #9$3.99Marvel
13Avengers #12$3.99Marvel
14Die #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
15Thor #9$3.99Marvel
16Die #2 Cvr A Hans$3.99Image
17Murder Falcon #4 Cvr B Heavy Metal Var$3.99Image
18Avengers #12 Marvel Rising Action Doll Homage Var$3.99Marvel
19Young Justice #1 Superboy Var Ed$4.99DC
20Web of Venom Unleashed #1$4.99Marvel
21Harley Quinn #57 Var Ed$3.99DC
22Daredevil #612 2nd Ptg Noto Var$4.99Marvel
23Young Justice #1 Robin Var Ed$4.99DC
24Martian Manhunter #2 Var Ed$3.99DC
25Justice League #15$3.99DC

Advance reorder charts will be posted here as soon as they are released. Stay tuned!

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


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, generally speaking; deep discounts may also put titles on these lists.

Reorder charts will be released weekly during the month. Stay tuned!

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