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August 2019 Comics Sales Early Look

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

August 2019 has four shipping weeks, one fewer than August 2018, so the year-to-year comparison will be significantly disadvantaged.

That month had orders of $47.71 million. Graphic novels were also up, thanks to significant deep-discount sales; it was just the second month both comics and graphic novels were up since 2016. In the wake the news of Disney's takeover of Fox's film assets, Marvel's First Family returned to the shelves with Fantastic Four #1 shipping nearly 369,000 copies. (Click to see our video walkthrough of August 2018's sales report.)

Following the lead set by DC with Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000, Marvel celebrates its 80th anniversary with a large issue featuring 80 creators — and an issue number pulled out of the blue for the occasion. (See our article on legacy numbering and guide to Marvel's other title numbering.)

Marvel Absolute Carnage event from Donny Cates also kicks off in the month.

The estimated comics sales for the month will become available sometime in September, 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 June 3-9, 2019

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Walking Dead #192 Special Commemorative Ed. (Image)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Umbrella Academy Library Edition HC Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite
(Dark Horse)

Walking Dead took the top two slots for its releases shipping in July and the first week of August.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Walking Dead #192 Special Commemorative Ed$3.99Image
2Walking Dead #193$3.99Image
3Black Cat #2 Brooks Carnage-Ized Var$3.99Marvel
4New Mutants #98 Facsimile Edition$3.99Marvel
5Aero #1 Artgerm Var$3.99Marvel
6Dceased #1 2nd Ptg$3.99DC
7Dceased #3 Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC
8Umbrella Academy Library Edition HC Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$39.99Dark Horse
9Star Wars Target Vader #1$3.99Marvel
10Lois Lane #1$3.99DC
11Immortal Hulk #20$3.99Marvel
12Dceased #3 Card Stock Horror Var Ed$4.99DC
13Space Bandits #1 Cvr G Charest$3.99Image
14Immortal Hulk #18 2nd Ptg Bennett Var$3.99Marvel
15Aero #1$3.99Marvel
16Lois Lane #1 Var Ed$3.99DC
17Strangelands #1 Cvr A Mckone$3.99Humanoids
18Savage Avengers #3 Yu Carnage-Ized Var$3.99Marvel
19Justice League #27$3.99DC
20Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds #1$3.99DC
21Thumbs #2$4.99Image
22Spider-Gwen Ghost Spider #10 Coello Carnage-Ized Var$3.99Marvel
23Immortal Hulk #20 Bradshaw Carnage-Ized Var$3.99Marvel
24Fantastic Four Prodigal Sun #1$4.99Marvel
25Batman Last Knight On Earth #2$5.99DC

Advance reorders placed between July 8-14, 2019

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Absolute Carnage #1 (Marvel)

Marvel's "Absolute Carnage" event placed many associated titles in the advance reorder charts, including the top-ranked Absolute Carnage #1. It's an August 7 product.

Marvel Comics #1000 also placed highly on the charts, as did several of its variants. It's an August 28 release.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1 Absolute Carnage #1 $7.99Marvel
2House of X #2$4.99Marvel
3Marvel Comics #1000$9.99Marvel
4 TMNT Ongoing #95 2nd Ptg $3.99IDW
5Absolute Carnage #1 Artgerm Var AC$7.99Marvel
6Coffin Bound #1$3.99Image
7Absolute Carnage #1 Deodato Party Var AC$7.99Marvel
8Major X #0 Liefeld Var$4.99Marvel
9Absolute Carnage #1 Dellotto Cult of Carnage Var AC$7.99Marvel
10Absolute Carnage #1 Granov Codex Var AC$7.99Marvel
11Marvel Comics #1000 JS Campbell Virgin Var$9.99Marvel
12House of X #2 Huddleston Var$4.99Marvel
13Marvel Comics #1000 Dellotto Virgin Var$9.99Marvel
14Marvel Comics #1000 Bartel Var$9.99Marvel
15Dceased #4 Card Stock Var Ed$4.99DC
16House of X #1 2nd Ptg Larraz Var$5.99Marvel
17Marvel Comics #1000 Perez Hidden Gem Var$9.99Marvel
18Marvel Comics #1000 Ditko Hidden Gem Var$9.99Marvel
19Black Cat #3 Inhyuk Lee Bobg Var$3.99Marvel
20Savage Avengers #1 3rd Ptg Jacinto Var$4.99Marvel
21Absolute Carnage #1 Blank Var AC$7.99Marvel
22Space Bandits #2 Cvr D Young$3.99Image
23Sensational Spider-Man Self-Improvement #1$4.99Marvel
24Agents of Atlas #1 Yu Wave Var$4.99Marvel
25White Widow #2 2nd Ptg Cvr C Incv Holographic Metallic Ink$19.99Red Giant

Advance reorders placed between July 15-21, 2019

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Powers of X #2 (Marvel)

Powers of X #2 from Jonathan Hickman led advance reorders; it goes on sale Aug. 14. Several 80th anniversary frame variants from Marvel also charted.

No graphic novels made the list.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherSee more at
1Powers of X #2$4.99Marvel
2Absolute Carnage Separation Anxiety #1 AC$4.99Marvel
3Once & Future #1$3.99Boom
4Absolute Carnage Scream #1 AC$3.99Marvel
5Superman Year One #2 Miller Cover$7.99DC
6Captain Marvel #9$3.99Marvel
7Powers of X #2 Huddleston Var$4.99Marvel
8Captain Marvel #9 Christopher Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel
9Reaver #2$3.99Image
10Wolverine Vs Blade Special #1 2nd Ptg Wilkins Var$5.99Marvel
11Miles Morales Spider-Man #9 Ferry Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel
12Silver Surfer Black #3$3.99Marvel
13Fantastic Four #13 Bradshaw Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel
14Amazing Spider-Man #25 2nd Ptg Mcguinness Var$7.99Marvel
15Reaver #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Image
16White Trees #1$4.99Image
17Superman Year One #2 Romita Cover$7.99DC
18Powers of X #2 Putri Connecting Var$4.99Marvel
19No One Left To Fight #1 2nd Ptg$3.99Dark Horse
20Canto #1 3rd Ptg$3.99IDW
21Miles Morales Spider-Man #9$3.99Marvel
22Canto #2 2nd Ptg$3.99IDW
23Captain Marvel #8 2nd Ptg Carnero New Art Var$3.99Marvel
24Immortal Hulk Directors Cut #1$5.99Marvel
25Amazing Spider-Man #27$3.99Marvel

Advance reorders placed between July 22-28, 2019

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
Powers of X #3 (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Thanos: Infinity Ending HC (Marvel)

Diamond added expected on-sale dates to its advance reorder charts this week, allowing us to see clearly that the August 21 items became eligible for the chart during the week.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisher ShipsSee more at
1Powers of X #3$4.99Marvel08/21/19
2Captain Marvel #8 2nd Ptg Carnero New Art Var$3.99Marvel08/21/19
3Ghost-Spider #1$3.99Marvel08/21/19
4Powers of X #1 2nd Ptg Silva Var$5.99Marvel08/21/19
5Absolute Carnage #1 2nd Ptg Stegman Var AC$7.99Marvel08/21/19
6House of X #2 2nd Ptg Larraz Var$4.99Marvel08/21/19
7Powers of X #3 Huddleston Var$4.99Marvel08/21/19
8Valkyrie Jane Foster #2$3.99Marvel08/21/19
9Absolute Carnage Vs Deadpool #1 AC$3.99Marvel08/21/19
10Canto #3 Cvr A Zucker$3.99IDW08/21/19
11Vampirella #2 Cvr A Lau$3.99Dynamite08/21/19
12Powers of X #3 Asrar Connecting Var$4.99Marvel08/21/19
13Immortal Hulk #21 2nd Ptg Sorrentino Var$3.99Marvel08/21/19
14Guardians of the Galaxy #8 Stevens Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel08/21/19
15Tony Stark Iron Man #15 Cheung Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel08/21/19
16Marvel Comics Presents #8$4.99Marvel08/21/19
17 Thanos OGN HC Infinity Ending$24.99Marvel10/02/19
18Guardians of the Galaxy #8$3.99Marvel08/21/19
19Batman #232 Facsimile Edition$3.99DC08/21/19
20House of X #3$4.99Marvel08/28/19
21Pretty Violent #1 Cvr B Ottley$3.99Image08/21/19
22Batman #77 Yotv Dark Gifts$3.99DC08/21/19
23Spawn #300 Cvr G Campbell$7.99Image08/28/19
24Absolute Carnage Vs Deadpool #1 Liefeld Connecting Va$3.99Marvel08/21/19
25Powers of X #3 Bengal Character Decades Var$4.99Marvel08/21/19

Advance reorders placed between July 29-Aug. 4, 2019

• Top advance-reordered August-shipping comic book:
House of X #3 (Marvel)

In the same week that Powers of X #1 led reorders, House of X #3 led advance reorders.

The top DC item was Batman Superman #1, with TMNT placing several variants on the list for IDW.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1House of X #3$4.99Marvel08/28/19
2Absolute Carnage #2 AC$4.99Marvel08/28/19
3Batman Superman #1 Batman Cover$3.99DC08/28/19
4TMNT Ongoing #97 Cvr A Wachter$3.99IDW08/28/19
5TMNT Ongoing #97 Cvr B Eastman$3.99IDW08/28/19
6Powers of X #2 2nd Ptg Silva Var$4.99Marvel08/28/19
7 Venom #17 Garbett Marvel 80th Frame Var AC$3.99Marvel08/28/19
8House of X #3 Huddleston Var$4.99Marvel08/28/19
9 Absolute Carnage #1 3rd Ptg New Art Hotz Var AC$7.99Marvel08/28/19
10Batman Superman #1 Superman Cover$3.99DC08/28/19
11Amazing Spider-Man #28 Ramos Marvel 80Th Frame Var$3.99Marvel08/28/19
12Batman Superman #1 Var Ed$3.99DC08/28/19
13TMNT Ongoing #96 2nd Ptg$3.99IDW08/28/19
14Marvel Comics Presents #6 3rd Ptg Siqueira Var$4.99Marvel08/28/19
15Star Wars Galaxys Edge #5$3.99Marvel08/28/19
16Absolute Carnage Miles Morales #1 AC$3.99Marvel08/28/19
17Captain America #13 Lupacchino Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel08/28/19
18Absolute Carnage Lethal Protectors #1 AC$3.99Marvel08/28/19
19House of X #3 Asrar Connecting Var$4.99Marvel08/28/19
20Avengers #23 Dauterman Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel08/28/19
21Thor #16 Mckone Marvel 80th Frame Var$3.99Marvel08/28/19
22Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11$3.99Marvel08/28/19
23Spider-Man Life Story #6$4.99Marvel08/28/19
24House of X #1 3rd Ptg Shalvey Var$5.99Marvel09/04/19
25House of X #3 Dekal Character Decades Var$4.99Marvel08/28/19

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.

Reorders placed between Aug. 5-11, 2019

• Top reordered August-shipping comic book:
House of X #1 2nd Printing Larraz variant (Marvel)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Boys Omnibus Vol. 1 (Dynamite)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Conan the Barbarian Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC Vol. 2 (Marvel)

Jonathan Hickman's House of X/Powers of X combo continued to generate strong sales through reorders. Aided by the Amazon show, the first Boys omnibus was the top reordered item overall.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1$29.99Dynamite03/20/19
2Powers of X #1$5.99Marvel07/31/19
3Batman Last Knight On Earth #2$5.99DC07/31/19
4Batman White Knight TPB$19.99DC10/03/18
5House of X #1 2nd Ptg Larraz Var$5.99Marvel08/07/19
6House of X #2$4.99Marvel08/07/19
7Secret Wars TPB$34.99MarvelBacklist
8Absolute Carnage #1 Ac$7.99Marvel08/07/19
9Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 2$29.99Dynamite06/12/19
10Conan The Barbarian Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00Marvel07/24/19
11Marvels Monster-Sized HC$75.00Marvel07/31/19
12Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 1$49.99Dark Horse02/27/19
13Boys Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Photo Cvr Ed$29.99DynamiteBacklist
14Authority Omnibus HC$99.99DC07/31/19
15DC Super Hero Girls TPB Vol. 4 Past Times At Super Hero High$9.99DCBacklist
16EC Archives Crime Suspenstories HC Vol. 4$59.99Dark Horse08/14/19
17Batman Last Knight On Earth #1 2nd Ptg$5.99DC06/26/19
18Batman Hush Complete TPB$24.99DCBacklist
19Hellboy Omnibus TPB Vol. 1 Seed of Destruction$24.99Dark Horse05/09/18
20Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
21Umbrella Academy TPB Vol. 1 Apocalypse Suite$17.99Dark HorseBacklist
22Batman Last Knight On Earth #2 Var Ed$5.99DC07/31/19
23Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 2$49.99Dark Horse06/26/19
24Joker TPB Black Label$14.99DC07/03/19
25Mister Miracle TPB (Res)$24.99DC02/13/19

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.