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May 2019 Comics Sales Early Look

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

May 2019 has five shipping weeks, the same as May 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be an even one. That $49.04 million month was a big win for the business, aided by the top-selling Amazing Spider-Man #800, Man of Steel #1and a hit Avengers movie in theaters all month (not to mention Deadpool 2 and a Star Wars film). Marvel had several "Fresh Start" relaunches; total Marvel titles shipped to market exceeded $20 million, the best figure for the company since June 2016. (Click to see our video walkthrough of May 2018's sales report.)

The big event of the month outside comics shops is likely to be the Avengers movie debuting May 3. That's immediately followed within shops by the business's biggest day, Free Comic Book Day, on May 4. Marvel's launches in the month include a Savage Avengers series, while DC launches DCeased.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in June, 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 April 1-7, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Savage Avengers #1 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Spider-Man Noir Complete Collection (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Batman Damned (DC)

Marvel's May 1 release Savage Avengers #1 was the top advance-reordered comic book. Several of its variants made the top 25.

DC's top advance-reordered comic book was DCeased #1's Horror variant, which also goes on sale May 1. Likewise, several of its variants also made the Top 25.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Savage Avengers #1$4.99Marvel
2 DCeased #1 Horror Var Ed $3.99DC
3Major X #1 2nd Ptg Liefeld Var$4.99Marvel
4 DCeased #1 Var Ed $3.99DC
5 DCeased #1 $3.99DC
6Major X #3$3.99Marvel
7Batman Damned HC$29.99DC
8War of Realms #3$4.99Marvel
9Star Wars Original Marvel Years #50 Facsimile Edition$3.99Marvel
10DCs Year of the Villain #1$.25DC
11Amazing Spider-Man #20.Hu$3.99Marvel
12Absolute Swamp Thing HC Vol. 1 by Alan Moore (Res)$99.99DC
13Savage Avengers #1 Jacinto Var$4.99Marvel
14Uncanny X-Men #17$3.99Marvel
15Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 3$49.99Image
16War of Realms #2 2nd Ptg Ferreyra Var$4.99Marvel
17Justice League #23$3.99DC
18Savage Avengers #1 Deodato Teaser Var$4.99Marvel
19 DCeased #2 Horror Var Ed $3.99DC
20Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1$3.99DC
21Die #5 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
22Amazing Spider-Man #18 2nd Ptg Ramos Var$3.99Marvel
23War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #2 Wr$3.99Marvel
24Spider-Man Noir Complete Collection TPB$24.99Marvel
25Savage Avengers #1 Young Var$4.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between April 8-14, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
DCeased #1 Blank variant (DC)

The blank-cover variant of DCeased #1, which goes on sale May 1, was the top advance reordered comic book and item overall on a list heavy with variant covers.

The top Marvel comic book on the chart was War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1.

No graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1DCeased #1 Blank Var Ed$3.99DC
2War of Realms New Agents of Atlas #1$3.99Marvel
3War of Realms #4$4.99Marvel
4Excellence #1 Cvr B Visions of Excellence Var Randolph$3.99Image
5Detective Comics #1003$3.99DC
6Star Wars AOR Boba Fett #1$3.99Marvel
7Batman Who Laughs #5 Var Ed$4.99DC
8Batman and The Outsiders #1 (Res)$3.99DC
9Detective Comics #1003 Var Ed$3.99DC
10War of Realms #1 2nd Ptg Dauterman Var$5.99Marvel
11Retailer Summit 2019 Savage Avengers #1 Mckone Var (Net)$4.99Marvel
12Defenders Marvel Feature #1 Facsimile Edition$4.99Marvel
13Spider-Man Deadpool #50$4.99Marvel
14 DCeased #2 Horror Var Ed $3.99DC
15Excellence #1 Cvr A Randolph & Lopez$3.99Image
16Flash #70$3.99DC
17Batman Who Laughs #5$4.99DC
18Symbiote Spider-Man #2$3.99Marvel
19Symbiote Spider-Man #2 Jongju Kim Marvel Battle Lines$3.99Marvel
20Catwoman #11 Var Ed$3.99DC
21Retailer Summit 2019 Venom #14 Stegman Var (Net)$3.99Marvel
22War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #2$3.99Marvel
23Ronin Island #3 Foc Anka Var$3.99Boom
24 War of Realms #4 Maxx Lim Marvel Battle Lines Var $4.99Marvel
25Retailer Summit 2019 War of Realms #4 Maxx Lim Var$4.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between April 15-21, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Naomi #5 (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Die Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker (Image)

The fifth issue of Naomi from Brian Michael Bendis was the top reordered comic book; it's a May 22 release. A reprint of the fourth issue was right behind it.

The first collection of Die from Image (not to be confused with Die! Die! Die!) was the top advance reordered graphic novel. It's a June release.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Naomi #5$3.99DC
2Naomi #4 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
3Immortal Hulk #17$3.99Marvel
4Spider-Man Life Story #3$4.99Marvel
5Major X #2 2nd Ptg Liefeld Var$3.99Marvel
6Die TPB Vol. 1 Fantasy Heartbreaker$9.99Image
7Detective Comics #1001 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
8Doomsday Clock #8 2nd Ptg$4.99DC
9Immortal Hulk #17 Heyjin Im Marvel Battle Lines Var$3.99Marvel
10Amazing Spider-Man #21 Sujin Jo Marvel Battle Lines Var$3.99Marvel
11Web of Venom Cult of Carnage #1 2nd Ptg Beyruth Var$4.99Marvel
12Symbiote Spider-Man #1 2nd Ptg Land Var$4.99Marvel
13Captain Marvel #1 3rd Ptg Camero Var$4.99Marvel
14Avengers TPB No Road Home$29.99Marvel
15Amazing Spider-Man #21$3.99Marvel
16Uncanny X-Men #18$3.99Marvel
17Venom #12 2nd Ptg Cassara Var$3.99Marvel
18Dceased #2 Horror Var Ed$3.99DC
19Daredevil #5$3.99Marvel
20War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #1 2nd Ptg Araujo$3.99Marvel
21War of Realms Spider-Man & League of Realms #1 Wr$3.99Marvel
22War of Realms Strikeforce War Avengers #1 Wr$4.99Marvel
23Firefly #6 Foc Sliney Var$3.99Boom
24Guardians of the Galaxy #5$3.99Marvel
25Guardians of the Galaxy #3 2nd Ptg Shaw Var$3.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between April 22-28, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 (DC)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1 (Boom)

The May 29 release Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 was the top advance-reordered comic book.

Boom had the fourth and fifth place issues, with Faithless #1 and #2 variant covers, as well as the top graphic novel in the form of its first Buffy trade paperback.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Superman Leviathan Rising Special #1$9.99DC
2Batman Last Knight On Earth #1$5.99DC
3Batman Last Knight On Earth #1 Var Ed$5.99DC
4Faithless #1 Cvr B Llovet Erotica 2nd Ptg$4.99Boom
5Faithless #2 Cvr B Erotica Del Rey Var$4.99Boom
6Venom #14 Maxx Lim Marvel Battle Lines Var$3.99Marvel
7Faithless #2 Foc Moon Var$3.99Boom
8 Venom #14 $3.99Marvel
9Star Wars Galaxys Edge #2$3.99Marvel
10War of Realms Journey Into Mystery #3$3.99Marvel
11War of Realms New Agents of Atlas #2$3.99Marvel
12Detective Comics #1004$3.99DC
13Dceased #2 Horror Var Ed$3.99DC
14Ghost Tree #2$3.99IDW
15Detective Comics #1004 Var Ed$3.99DC
16Ghost Tree #1 2nd Ptg$3.99IDW
17Avengers #19$3.99Marvel
18Miles Morales Spider-Man #6$3.99Marvel
19These Savage Shores #1 (4th Ptg)$3.99Vault
20Buffy The Vampire Slayer TPB Vol. 1$14.99Boom
21Faithless #1 Cvr A 2nd Ptg$3.99Boom
22Road of Bones #1$3.99IDW
23These Savage Shores #3 (2nd Ptg)$3.99Vault
24These Savage Shores #2 (3rd Ptg)$3.99Vault
25Star Wars Aor Jabba The Hutt #1 Parel Villains Var$3.99Marvel



Advance reorders placed between April 29-May 5, 2019

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Immortal Hulk #2 5th Printing variant (Marvel)

Variants and later printings aplenty in this week's advance reorder list, with the fifth printing variant of Immortal Hulk #2 topping the charts. The eighteenth issue of the series placed fifth.

Major X #1's third printing took third.

Boom had a high-ranking issue with Angel #1's regular cover placing fourth.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1 Immortal Hulk #2 5th Ptg Bennett Var$3.99Marvel
2Incredible Hulk #181 Facsimile Edition New Ptg$3.99Marvel
3Major X #1 3rd Ptg Liefeld Var$4.99Marvel
4Angel #1 Cvr A Main$3.99Boom
5Immortal Hulk #18$3.99Marvel
6Major X #4$3.99Marvel
7 Immortal Hulk #1 5th Ptg Bennett Var$4.99Marvel
8Walking Dead #191 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
9Amazing Spider-Man #252 Facsimile Edition New Ptg$3.99Marvel
10Amazing Spider-Man #22 Yu Connecting Var$3.99Marvel
11Doomsday Clock #10 Var Ed$4.99DC
12 War of Realms #5$4.99Marvel
13Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 Foil Montes Var$4.99Boom
14Detective Comics Annual #2$4.99DC
15Immortal Hulk #3 4th Ptg Brown Var$3.99Marvel
16Major X #3 2nd Ptg Portacio Var$3.99Marvel
17Immortal Hulk #13 3rd Ptg Bennett Var$3.99Marvel
18Venom #13 2nd Ptg Coello Var$3.99Marvel
19Immortal Hulk #7 3rd Ptg Bennett Var$3.99Marvel
20Immortal Hulk #14 3rd Ptg Hotz Var$3.99Marvel
21Immortal Hulk #6 4th Ptg Garbett Var$3.99Marvel
22Angel #1 Cvr B Connecting Infante Var$3.99Boom
23Spider-Man Life Story #2 2nd Ptg Bagley Var$4.99Marvel
24Star Wars Orig Marvel Yrs #108$5.99Marvel
25Angel #1 Cvr C Preorder Buoncristiano Var$3.99Boom



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

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.



Reorders placed between April 29-May 5, 2019

• Top reordered May-shipping comic book:
DCeased #1 Horror Variant (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Umbrella Academy Vol. 2: Dallas (Dark Horse)

The Horror Variant from DCeased #1 led the charts among May-shipping comics.

Dark Horse's Umbrella Academy books managed to edge out Infinity Gauntlet, even as Avengers: Endgame was doing gangbusters business at the box office.

An odd week with no hardcovers in the list, though many higher-priced trade paperbacks placed.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 2 Dallas$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
2Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
3Batman White Knight TPB$19.99DC10/03/18
4Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99MarvelBacklist
5Dceased #1 Horror Var Ed$3.99DC05/01/19
6Miles Morales Ult Spider-Man Ult Coll TPB Book 1$34.99MarvelBacklist
7Infinity Gauntlet TPB Deluxe Edition$34.99Marvel02/06/19
8Thanos #1$4.99Marvel04/24/19
9Naomi #2 Final Ptg$3.99DC04/24/19
10Firefly Legacy Edition TPB Vol. 1$29.99Boom11/14/18
11New Avengers by Bendis Complete Collection Vol. 1$39.99MarvelBacklist
12Amazing Spider-Man #20$3.99Marvel04/24/19
13Savage Avengers #1$4.99Marvel05/01/19
14Avengers #18 Wr$3.99Marvel04/24/19
15Spider-Verse TPB$50.00MarvelBacklist
16Dceased #1$3.99DC05/01/19
17Magic Order TPB Vol. 1$19.99Image04/17/19
18X-Men Dark Phoenix Saga TPB$24.99MarvelBacklist
19Naomi #1 Final Ptg$3.99DC04/24/19
20Saga TPB Vol. 9$14.99Image09/26/18
21Dark Nights Metal TPB$19.99DC01/23/19
22Detective Comics #1002$3.99DC04/24/19
23Thanos Wins by Donny Cates TPB$19.99Marvel06/27/18
24X-Men Days of Future Past TPB$19.99MarvelBacklist
25Major X #1 2nd Ptg Liefeld Var$4.99Marvel05/01/19



Reorders placed between May 6-12, 2019

• Top reordered May-shipping comic book:
DCeased #1 (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Infinity Gauntlet (Marvel)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Straczynski Omnibus HC Vol. 1 (Marvel)

With Avengers Endgame in theaters, Infinity Gauntlet returned to the top of the softcover reorder list. The J. Michael Straczynski Spidey Omnibus was the top hardcover and item overall.

DCeased led comics on both charts this week — #1 for reorders and #2 for reorders.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Amazing Spider-Man Straczynski Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00Marvel05/08/19
2Infinity Gauntlet TPB$24.99MarvelBacklist
3Immortal Hulk TPB Vol. 1 Or Is He Both$15.99Marvel11/21/18
4DCeased #1$3.99DC05/01/19
5Immortal Hulk TPB Vol. 2 Green Door$15.99Marvel02/13/19
6Batman White Knight TPB$19.99DC10/03/18
7Dceased #1 Horror Var Ed$3.99DC05/01/19
8Infinity Gauntlet Box HC Slipcase Set$500.00Marvel03/07/18
9Neil Gaiman American Gods HC Vol. 1 Shadows$29.99Dark Horse02/28/18
10Crisis On Infinite Earths Companion Dlx HC Vol. 2$75.00DC05/08/19
11Savage Avengers #1$4.99Marvel05/01/19
12Infinity War TPB$29.99MarvelBacklist
13Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
14Batman Year One Deluxe Ed HC$34.99DCBacklist
15Dceased #1 Var Ed$3.99DC05/01/19
16Harrow County Library Edition HC Vol. 2$39.99Dark Horse03/20/19
17Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 2 Dallas$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
18Infinity Gauntlet TPB Deluxe Edition$34.99Marvel02/06/19
19Hellboy Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse05/09/18
20Infinity TPB$49.99MarvelBacklist
21War of Realms #3$4.99Marvel05/01/19
22EC Archives Two-Fisted Tales HC Vol. 4$49.99Dark Horse04/10/19
23Dark Nights Metal TPB$19.99DC01/23/19
24Walking Dead #191$3.99Image05/01/19
25Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Iii #1$3.99DC05/01/19



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.