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May 2020 Comics Sales Early Look

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

This data refers only to sales by Diamond. Click to see UCS Comic Distributors' sales charts.

Diamond Comic Distributors announced on March 23 that that no new comics and graphic novels with an on-sale date of April 1 or later would be shipped until further notice as a response to supply chain and retail disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, the dates recorded in the earlier advance-reorder charts below were not reflective of what would actually happen. Reorder charts also stopped appearing after the March 23-29 edition, resuming at the beginning of May.

DC announced on April 17 that a limited slate of titles would be available for late April from UCS Comics Distributors and Lunar Distribution, distribution firms that had been set up for the purpose by sister companies to the mail-order retailers Midtown Comicsand DCBS (Discount Comic Book Service) respectively. Previous orders through Diamond for those comics were canceled by DC. When Diamond did resume its advance reorder charts for the April 27-May 3 edition, that meant that the list was entirely DC titles. The top ordered comic on that list, Detective Comics #1022, was slated to ship June 3. The Marvels 25th Anniversary hardcover, which came out in March, led reorders placed in that week.

Free Comic Book Day had been scheduled for the first Saturday of the month, but it was postponed earlier in March due to the outbreak.

May 2020 has four shipping weeks, one less than May 2019, so the year-to-year comparison would have been in 2019's favor anyway had there been no outbreak. The first day of May was to have seen the release of the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie of the year, Black Widow, but that was also delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Retailers ordered almost exactly $47 million in comic books and graphic novels from Diamond Comic Distributors in May 2019, a good showing but not good enough to keep the market from slipping into negative territory for the year. DC's DCeased #1 led new comics periodicals with more than 242,000 copies sold to 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 advance reorder charts are ranked by retail dollars, so retailers' discounts have not yet 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 March 23-29, 2020

• Top advance-reordered May-shipping comic book:
Black Widow #2 J.S. Campbell variant (Marvel)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
Incal Direct Market exclusive (Humanoids)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Legion of Super-Heroes Five Years Later Omnibus (DC)

A Black Widow #2 variant led advance reorders in the first full week after Diamond announced it was pausing shipments of new comics material set to release April 1 or thereafter in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The movie, set for May, had already been postponed. The shipping dates below are the ones of record when the chart was released, but likely everything was subject to change.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherShipsSee more at
1Black Widow #2 JS Campbell Var$3.99Marvel05/20/20
2Dark Nights Death Metal #1 Black Blank Var Ed$4.99DC05/13/20
3Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1970s Jim Lee Var E$9.99DC04/29/20
4Dark Nights Death Metal #1 1 25 Doug Mahnke Var Ed$4.99DC05/13/20
5Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1990s G Dellotto Va$9.99DC04/29/20
6Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Foc Mora Var$4.99Boom04/29/20
7Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1960s F Mattina Var$9.99DC04/29/20
8Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 Blank Var Ed$9.99DC04/29/20
9Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 Lubera Var$5.99Marvel04/29/20
10Legion of Super Heroes Five Years Later Omnibus HC$150.00DC08/12/20
11Golden Age Marvel Comics Omnibus HC Vol. 2$150.00Marvel08/19/20
12 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 2000s Lee Bermejo V $9.99DC04/29/20
13Pulp HC$16.99Image05/27/20
14 Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1950s David Finch V $9.99DC04/29/20
15Giant Size X-Men Jean Grey & Emma Frost #1 2nd Ptg Var Dx$4.99Marvel04/22/20
16Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore HC Vol. 2 (Res)$99.99DC10/21/20
17Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Connecting Var$4.99Boom04/29/20
18Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1$9.99DC04/29/20
19Retailer Summit 2020 Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 V$5.99Marvel04/29/20
20Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 2010S Jock Var Ed$9.99DC04/29/20
21Joker 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1 1980S Seinkiewicz V$9.99DC04/29/20
22Incal TPB DM Exc Cvr$29.99Humanoids04/29/20
23Star Wars Action Figure Variant Covers #1$9.99Marvel04/29/20
24Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 Cvr A Campbell$4.99Boom04/29/20
25Detective Comics #1022$3.99DC04/22/20



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; while deep discounts may also put titles on these lists, the charts are ranked by invoiced dollars, which is what retailers actually paid.




Reorders placed between April 27-May 3, 2020

• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Marvels 25th Anniversary Edition (Marvel)

Diamond had suspended releasing reorder reports beginning with material reordered at the end of March. After skipping four weeks' worth of reports, it resumed the reports again in early May with a report that only included graphic novels; as a matter of fact, it only included hardcovers. The 25th anniversary hardcover edition of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross's Marvels led the chart.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Marvels 25th Anniversary HC$50.00Marvel03/18/20
2Hulk World War Hulk Omnibus HC$125.00MarvelBacklist
3Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Cho Var$125.00Marvel05/22/19
4Infinity War Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel04/03/19
5 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Dlx HC Year One $75.00BoomBacklist
6Gotham Central Omnibus HC$99.99DCBacklist
7House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
8Frank Millers Big Damn Sin City HC$100.00Dark HorseBacklist
9New X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
10Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol. 3$49.99Image05/29/19
11Kill Or Be Killed Dlx Ed HC$49.99Image11/20/19
12Annihilation Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00Marvel12/04/19
13Batman Universe HC$24.99DC03/18/20
14Daredevil by Waid & Samnee Omnibus HC Vol. 2$100.00Marvel03/07/18
15 Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 4 $49.99Dark Horse02/26/20
16Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
17Venomnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00Marvel02/06/19
18Spider-Man by John Byrne Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel09/04/19
19Batman by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Omnibus HC$125.00DC09/05/18
20Absolute Preacher HC Vol. 3$150.00DC04/25/18
21Daredevil by Frank Miller Omnibus Companion HC New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
22Absolute All Star Superman HC$99.99DCBacklist
23Absolute New Frontier 15 Anniv Ed HC$99.99DC11/20/19
24Star Wars by Jason Aaron Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel02/27/19
25Doom Patrol Omnibus HC$150.00DCBacklist



Reorders placed between May 4-10, 2020

• Top reordered comic book:
Batman #90 2nd Printing (DC)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Locke & Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (IDW)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
House of X Powers of X (Marvel)

The first comic book to turn up in the restarted reorder charts was one we saw leading the advance reorder charts at the end of February, Batman #90's second printing.


Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
2Harleen HC$29.99DC02/05/20
3Wonder Woman The Golden Age Omnibus HC Vol. 4$150.00DC03/18/20
4 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Dlx HC Year One $75.00BoomBacklist
5Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
6Spider-Man Ben Reilly Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00Marvel01/02/19
7Incredible Hulk by Peter David Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Dm Var$125.00Marvel01/15/20
8Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Cho Var$125.00Marvel05/22/19
9Locke & Key TPB Vol. 1 Welcome To Lovecraft$19.99IDWBacklist
10Spider-Man by Michelinie and Larsen Omnibus HC$100.00MarvelBacklist
11Batman #90 2nd Ptg$3.99DC03/25/20
12Prox Transmissions TPB$19.99MarvelBacklist
13Locke & Key TPB Vol. 2 Head Games$19.99IDWBacklist
14Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 4$59.99Image10/02/19
15Savage Sword Conan Orig Marvel Yrs Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00Marvel03/20/19
16Annihilation Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00Marvel12/04/19
17Robin 80th Anniv 100 Page Super Spect #1$9.99DC03/18/20
18Batman Who Laughs HC$29.99DC08/28/19
19Amazing Spider-Man Straczynski Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00Marvel05/08/19
20Dceased HC$29.99DC11/20/19
21Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection TPB Great Power New Ptg Dm$34.99Marvel03/25/20
22Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars TPB$34.99MarvelBacklist
23Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Great Responsibility TPB$39.99MarvelBacklist
24Locke & Key TPB Vol. 3 Crown of Shadows$19.99IDWBacklist
25Dark Nights Metal TPB$19.99DC01/23/19



Reorders placed between May 11-17, 2020

• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Marvel Monograph Art of Chris Bachalo (Marvel)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Frank Miller's Big Damn Sin City (Dark Horse)

In advance of Diamond's return to shipping new comics on May 20, graphic novels again took every slot on the reorder charts, as they had in every week since the charts returned.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Frank Millers Big Damn Sin City HC$100.00Dark HorseBacklist
2New X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
3Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 4 Cho Var$125.00Marvel05/22/19
4House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
5Annihilation Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00Marvel12/04/19
6Venomnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00Marvel06/20/18
7Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00DCBacklist
8 Strangers In Paradise Omnibus Ltd HC Sgn Bookplate Ed $179.99Abstract12/11/19
9Black Hammer Library Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99Dark Horse11/28/18
10Daredevil by Frank Miller Omnibus Companion HC New Ptg$100.00MarvelBacklist
11Punisher Max by Garth Ennis Omnibus HC Vol. 1$100.00Marvel05/02/18
12Marvel Monograph TPB Art of Chris Bachalo$19.99Marvel03/11/20
13Venomnibus HC Vol. 2$125.00Marvel02/06/19
14Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
15Batman Knightfall Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99DCBacklist
16Daredevil by Miller and Janson Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
17Absolute Sandman HC Vol. 3$125.00DCBacklist
18Saga Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99Image08/21/19
19Daredevil Shadowland Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel02/07/18
20Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Omnibus HC$100.00Marvel12/05/18
21Batman Knightfall Omnibus HC Vol. 2$99.99DC11/08/17
22Kill Or Be Killed Dlx Ed HC$49.99Image11/20/19
23Spider-Man Clone Saga Omnibus HC Vol. 1$125.00MarvelBacklist
24Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 4$59.99Image10/02/19
25Absolute Preacher HC Vol. 1$150.00DCBacklist



Reorders placed between May 18-24, 2020

• Top reordered May-shipping comic book:
Disaster Inc. #1 Cvr A Clarke (Aftershock)
• Top reordered softcover graphic novel:
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection Legacy Vol. 1 (Marvel)
• Top reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus Vol. 2 (Marvel)

A comic book released since the pandemic shutdown led reordered comics for the first time, though Disaster Inc. #1's presence was unusual in that it hadn't gone on sale when the reorder chart, ostensibly for already-shipped product, came out. Meanwhile, the first new DC item with a Tuesday on-sale date also made the list in Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #4.

Item and Diamond Catalog LinkPricePublisherOn saleSee more at
1Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus HC Vol. 2 New Ptg$100.00Marvel02/12/20
2Daredevil by Bendis & Maleev Omnibus HC Vol. 1 New Ptg$100.00Marvel01/08/20
3Star Wars Legends Epic Collection Legacy TPB Vol. 1$39.99MarvelBacklist
4Disaster Inc #1 Cvr A Clarke$4.99Aftershock05/27/20
5House of X Powers of X HC$60.00Marvel12/11/19
6New X-Men Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00MarvelBacklist
7Harleen HC$29.99DC02/05/20
8Kill Or Be Killed Dlx Ed HC$49.99Image11/20/19
9Web of Venom Good Son #1 2nd Ptg Neves Var$4.99Marvel02/26/20
10Walking Dead Compendium TPB Vol. 4$59.99Image10/02/19
11Joker Harley Criminal Sanity #4$5.99DC05/26/20
12Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol. 2$49.99Dark Horse06/26/19
13Saga Compendium TPB Vol. 1$59.99Image08/21/19
14Black Hammer Justice League Hammer of Justice HC$29.99Dark Horse03/25/20
15Locke & Key TPB Slipcase Set Holiday Ed$99.99IDWBacklist
16Invisibles Omnibus HC$150.00DCBacklist
17Black Science Premiere HC Vol. 2 Transcendentalism$49.99Image12/13/17
18Black Hammer Library Ed HC Vol. 1$49.99Dark Horse11/28/18
19Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus HC Vol. 3$125.00DCBacklist
20Annihilation Omnibus HC New Ptg$125.00Marvel12/04/19
21American Vampire Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99DC10/31/18
22Hellboy Library HC Vol. 1 Seed Destruction Devil$49.99Dark HorseBacklist
23Dceased HC$29.99DC11/20/19
24Absolute Batman Year One HC$125.00DCBacklist
25X-Men Classic Omnibus HC$125.00Marvel12/06/17




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.