February 2022 Comics Sales Early Look
Comics and Graphic Novels Reordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
February 2022 has four New Comic Book Days at Diamond and Penguin Random House, and four for DC's distributor, Lunar. February 2021 had four for both Diamond and Lunar.
The estimated comics sales for the month are expected to become available sometime after the month. 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.
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 Jan. 3-9, 2022
• Top advance-reordered February-shipping comic book:
TMNT: The Last Ronin #1 5th Printing (IDW)
• Top advance-reordered softcover graphic novel:
TMNT Collected TPB Vol. 1 (IDW)
• Top advance-reordered hardcover graphic novel:
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol. 1 Kirby DM Var 4th Ptg (Marvel)
Advance reorder charts, which had not appeared from Diamond since early November due to a ransomware attack on the company, resumed as normal for the first full week of 2022. Maestro World War M #1 was the top non-reprinted item.
Advance reorder charts will be released weekly during the month. 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; while deep discounts December also put titles on these lists, the charts are ranked by invoiced dollars, which is what retailers actually paid.
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.