The Top 300 Selling Comics for March 2006

Thanks for checking out this column which is a look at sales of Comics where I comment on their sales, if they are any good or whatever other snarky remarks come to mind as I look over the sales figures.

So, what is this list? Every month, Diamond Comics (the company that ships comic books to comic book shops) list the sales figures of the previous month so that they can list actual sales through the entire month, but they list it in the form of “average number of copies sold to each comic shop”. Then, the site goes through the numbers they post and attempts to turn it into an approximation of the actual number of books sold.

1 INFINITE CRISIS #5 (Of 7)* $3.99 DC 201,855

DC's big crossover continues to score huge sales, and this is the initial number, not counting the orders for the second printing with the new cover. It's a well done crossover so far, with Big Fights, Big things happening an a plot that makes it feel like things are really going to change in the DC Universe. How they are going to wrap it all up in two more issues, I don't have any idea, but so far, I am enjoying this. My ONLY problem is that f you aren't really conversant with DC's history over the last 20 years, a LOT of what is going on here in the set up won't make a lick of sense. Still, comics are able to deliver on big stories like this every once in a while, and it's highly recommended.

2 NEW AVENGERS #17 $2.50 MAR 121,098

STILL a major success, even with message board fanboys saying that they dislike it and are refusing to buy it. I'm not one of those people, and think that Bends has put together the best version of the Avengers since the heyday of Roger Stern. This story is a bit slow to build, but it follows up on the “House of M” story better than the endless mini-series have done, and does it in a way that makes me want to read the next issue IMMEDIATELY. Highly recommended.

3 ALL STAR SUPERMAN #3 $2.99 DC 110,585

My favorite comic this month, period. Grand Morrison continues to tell some great Superman stories that make the character seem mythic and fascinating, while Quitely's art is the best the character has ever seen. Just a perfect comic and highly recommended.


The central idea behind this book is a good one (that a group of super-heroes have met secretly to deal with major crises over the years), and while there's not a lot of story here, there is some great character work. It's the lead-in to Marvel's answer to Infinite Crisis, but it stands alone as a good story. Highly recommended.

5 SUPERMAN BATMAN #24 (RES) $2.99 DC 101,315

This has become quite the mess since it started. There are multiple versions of the characters, odd story twists that come out of nowhere, and issues are usually delayed for months at a time. I'm giving up on the comic until the new creative team comes in with issue #27, since there's no way I'll sort out what the hell is going on in the book currently

6 ULTIMATES 2 #10 $2.99 MAR 94,900
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #530 $2.50 MAR 89,874

Now that “The Other” is over, the book seems to be getting back on track. JMS is writing the kind of story he'd good at, delving into Peter Parker's science background and his feelings working with other heroes is a strength of his writing, while the mystic stuff and retcons usually drive me away from his writing. A solid story that is a LOT better than what has gone before.

8 GREEN LANTERN #10 $2.99 DC 79,745

I have always liked Green Lantern. I'm not a huge fan, but I like the concept, and I like the Hal Jordan character. Geoff Johns has done a great job at making the concept interesting again, and makes this comic interesting and well done. My only problem is the amount of on-screen violence, but that seems to be part and parcel of the book now. A decent super-hero comic and mildly recommended.

9 UNCANNY X-MEN #470 $2.50 MAR 79,389

Chris Claremont has been writing comics as long as I've been reading them. He can still toss out a great story, now and then, but for the most part, his comics are like this one: an over-written soap opera disguised as a super-hero book. For Claremont fans only at this point.


Most of the “Secret Files” books are toss away specials with a couple of fill in stories and pages explaining character powers and backgrounds. This one shows a lot of the background to the Infinite Crisis mini-series, and the story by Marv Wolfman cleans up some of the plot holes while tying it directly to the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” that the series is a sequel to. If you are reading Infinite Crisis, this is a must-read, but if you aren't, it won't convince you to jump in.

11 UNCANNY X-MEN #471 $2.50 MAR 78,286
12 X-MEN #184 $2.50 MAR 78,000

Oh how the X-Men continue to turn. As I've mentioned before, sales on the X-Books is down a LOT over the last three years, and a lot of it is that they didn't move forward like most of the other comics have done, and stick to the 90's style of endless soap opera. However, Pete Milligan is closing out his run on this X-Book with his best story on it. His run on X-Men has mostly been disappointing, but his work on this last run is interesting, features a story that seems like a Big Deal, and moves the characters forward, things that were sorely lacking from his previous work. This story is highly recommended, and I wish his entire run would have been.

13 ULTIMATE EXTINCTION #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 75,773
14 WOLVERINE #40 $2.99 MAR 75,557

Finishing up the “Origins” story that deals with the revelation that Wolverine now has all of his missing memories. It changes the character, but I also think that the “he doesn't remember his past” had become a crutch for lazy writers to just toss whatever they wanted into the mix. The story was decent enough, and will make a good trade paperback, but this series is drifting horribly. From the solid beginning by Greg Rucka, to the “Blockbuster movie” version by Millar, and now the book is getting rotating creative teams, which killed the book creatively before.

15 X-MEN DEADLY GENESIS #5 (Of 6) $3.50 MAR 74,684

This mini-series is really all set up for Ed Brubaker's upcoming run on the X-Men,and if it is as good as this mini-series has been, I'll be reading it. I don't know why this comic has to be fifty cents more than other comics, but the art has a Neal Adams/Dave Cockrum feel to it, and the story has done entertaining, while building on stories from the past. If you haven't picked up this mini, go ahead and order the collected version, as it's one of the better super-hero stories

16 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #91 $2.50 MAR 74,028

Continuing the crossover/team up with the Ultimate X-Men, and there's very little in this issue other than fight scenes, but they are done well, and keep your interest because of how well they are done, and the different storytelling tricks Bendis uses. I've liked this comic since it started, and continue to enjoy it as the best current Spider-Man series. Highly recommended.

17 MS MARVEL #1* $2.99 MAR 73,407

Ms. Marvel has never been a character that I've LOVED. Introduced in the 70's, she was always kind of a Marvelized version of Wonder Woman, and since her series back then, they've tried a LOT of different approaches to try and make the character interesting. This is a typical first issue in today's market where comics are written for the trade, so it's a solid first chapter, and does a good job of having a good character hook. Right now, I'm still tentative about the series, but it gets a mild recommendation.

18 ULTIMATE X-MEN #68 $2.50 MAR 72,765
19 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #92 $2.50 MAR 72,269
20 BATMAN #651 $2.50 DC 69,805

Now THIS is Batman. With the “Year One” reboot, James Robinson has come on to write the first story arc, and DC couldn't have made a better choice. Robinson's work on “Starman” was a step above most super-hero comics, and here, he shows it wasn't a fluke. He brings back all of the things that you probably didn't know were gone until he brought them back like the Batsignal, Batman's relationship with the police, using Robin to lighten the story, it's all here. With solid art, this is a classic Batman story unfolding before the reader's eyes, and is highly recommended.

21 SQUADRON SUPREME #1 $2.99 MAR 69,679
23 TEEN TITANS #33 $2.50 DC 67,208

All of the main DC books are part of “One Year Later” which means they've either boon shifted ahead, changed creative teams or had a major shift in the status quo. This book starts off with a new premise, and introduced the reader to it by having a character wake up after a year in a coma. I'm not sure how it's all going to pull together, but it's interesting and well done enough that I'm interested. Mildly recommended.

24 BATMAN ANNUAL #25 $4.99 DC 65,966

OK, now we know how the Robin who was killed in 1989 came back to life and became a villain. A nice end to the story, and introduction to the new version of the character, but the reason HOW he came back to life was supremely stupid, and will be one that they will probably either not refer to how it happened or change how it happened in the coming years. Still, it works as a coda to the year long story arc featuring Jason Todd.

25 SUPERMAN #650 $2.50 DC 65,603

The book goes back to it's old name (after 20 years after being “Adventures of Superman”, and it starts off with Clark Kent not having powers, and watching to see how other heroes handle the situation. It's the first part of a story, and as such, it's OK, but I expect the story will build over time. Mildly recommended.

26 DETECTIVE COMICS #817 $2.50 DC 62,245

As I pointed out above, this is a classic in the making. Best Batman Story of the last ten years and Highly recommended.

27 TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 61,952

An Infinite Crisis tie-in that stands as one of the best Superboy stories using the Superboy of the 90's. It also works as a good stand-alone story, which is what a good annual should be. Highly recommended.


This is the first part of a BIG crossover spanning four individual mini-series and a follow-up series. As a first part, the story is good and made me want to read the rest of the series, but the art pushes me away. Hopefully, the art improves, but it all seems dark, muddy and doesn't do a good job at telling the story, making me struggle through some pages. I like the idea and the story, but if you are someone who needs good art to make it through a comic, let this one pass.

29 GREEN LANTERN CORPS RECHARGE #5 (Of 5) $2.99 DC 60,123

I like Dave Gibbon's work in comics. His writing can be very good, and his art is some of the best in comics. This mini-series, however, has been a mess, with too many characters, an unfocused plot and a feeling that the last issue was just a setup for the new series. I'd like to have a new Green Lantern Corps series, but it's hard to make a super-hero team of essentially unknown alien characters all with the same power. For hard-core Green Lantern Fans, this is passable, but not any good for people who aren't.


Finally, this series is done with all of the annoying crossovers, and is just telling Spider-Man stories. Pater David has written Spider-Man before, and his return to the book is better than I thought it would be. This two parter deals with the world of Lucha Libra wrestling, introduces a new villain and tells a solid story. After SO many months of bad Spider-Man stories, it's nice to get a good one. Mildly recommended.

32 FANTASTIC FOUR #536 $2.99 MAR 57,945

This issue sold a LOT of copies, and it deals with the return of Thor's hammer. That's right, just the hammer. I like how they are building up the return of Thor, and hopefully, they will work hard on making the character seem special. Now, as a story on its own, it didn't work that well for me. It had the return of Dr. Doom, and seemed to be nothing but set-up. If you're already reading it, you'll probably still be reading it, but it won't convince anyone to start.

33 ACTION COMICS #837 $2.50 DC 55,816

Finishing up the Superman stories involved in Infinite Crisis. So, if you like tie-ins, here's another one.

34 SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #24 $2.99 MAR 53,910

This STARTED as a Marvel Knights Spider-Man series with top name creators, and is now just another Spider-Man book, and one that I didn't care for. Not even all that good if you are a Spider-Man fan. Pass.

35 X-MEN 198 #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 53,882

This is a mini-series that seems to be setting up the new conflict between mutants and humans, with the mutants being housed in a camp on the grounds of Xavier's mansion. I'm not sure where the story is going, but the characters are interesting, and the story echoes the interment camps of the 40's. The X-Men has always been used for allegories, so we'll see if this one is done well, or overly ham-fisted like most of the X-Men stories of the 90's were. Still, it'll be a trade paperback a couple of weeks after the mini-series is over.

36 JSA #83 $2.50 DC 51,991

Paul Levitz is the head of DC comics, but he started as a writer for the company in the 70's. He hasn't written a comic story since the late 80's,n but you wouldn't know it from this story. It's not as good as the series has been under Geoff Johns, but it is a solidly entertaining super-hero team story. Mildly recommended.

37 ADVS OF SUPERMAN #649 $2.50 DC 50,895

Yep, the last issue under this name. It will go BACK to being called “Superman” (which is was until the mid 80's revamp). A decent enough last issue that works as a good wrap up for the Superman of the 80's and 90's, and it works as a single issue. Mildly recommended.

38 BLUE BEETLE #1 $2.99 DC 50,678
39 SON OF M #4 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 49,973

That's right kids, sign up right here to get your 22 pages of whining and moping, right here! If this is the direction of the X-Men books from now on, I'll be avoiding them.

40 X-FACTOR #4 $2.99 MAR 48,138

Wrapping up the first storyline, and probably the best X-Men related comic of the year. Using a “film noir” approach, filling the book with interesting characters, and Peter David at the top of his game, this is a solid comic that any super-hero fan will like. Highly recommended.


And less than a year and a half into its run, the new version of the Legion gets a bit of a shake up as Supergirl enters the book. This has been a solidly done version of this team, and adding Supergirl will hopefully get more people to give the book a try. A nice introductory issue to the concept, and highly recommended.

42 OUTSIDERS #34 $2.50 DC 47,286

The “One Year Later” version of this book left a bad taste in my mouth. I'd thought that one of the points of “Infinite Crisis” was to make super-heroes Heroic again, but by the end of this book, the “heroes” have advocated torture and other things that fit in a Punisher book more than a book featuring Nightwing. I've going to give it to the end of the current storyline to prove me wrong, but if it is just another team book featuring characters who torture and kill to beat the bed guys, I'll be going elsewhere for my entertainment.

43 DAREDEVIL #83 $2.99 MAR 46,804

Ed Brubaker is telling a tremendous story here, featuring the main character in prison, without resorting to a normal comic book cliche of it all being part of a bigger plan. This book has been one of Marvel's best since the restart with #1 WAY back under Kevin Smith, and it continues with the current creative team. Highly recommended.

44 X-FACTOR #5 $2.99 MAR 46,490

A one-shot story that follows up on a couple of the plot threads from the first four issues. As I said above, this is the best X-Men related book on the stands, and is highly recommended.

45 X-MEN END MEN & X-MEN #3 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 44,899
46 CAPTAIN AMERICA #16 $2.99 MAR 44,717

Most of the time, I get VERY annoyed when Marvel feels the need to cancel a comic and start over, but this version of Captain America is so different from those that have gone before, starting over was an indicator that This Book Is Different. Ed Brubaker is showing himself to be one of the best writers in super-hero comics, and his run on Captain America is well worth the reader's money by taking a tougher approach to the character, without making the character seem like a lame Punisher rip-off. Highly recommended.

47 MARVEL ZOMBIES #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 44,312

Obviously this is a hit for Marvel and one that they probably didn't think would be so big that each issue needs two or three printings to meet demand. The series itself is a one-note joke, but it's a funny enough joke where most of the Marvel heroes are the intelligent talking zombies of movies like “Return of the Living Dead.” I'm glad it's just a mini-series, though, since it is SO over the top, that it's pretty clear it's a limited concept. Buy it as a collection, though, since they will have ALL of the various covers, since they are a huge part of the appeal of the book.

48 INCREDIBLE HULK #93 $2.99 MAR 43,691

Continuing the “Planet Hulk” story, which has been good so far. The basic idea, of Hulk on an alien world as a gladiator against all of Marvel aliens, could have been a bore, but instead has been well done, and works for the character. I'm liking this a lot more than I thought I would, and feel it is mildly recommended.

49 NEW EXCALIBUR #5 $2.99 MAR 43,523
50 SUPERMAN SHAZAM FIRST THUNDER #4 (Of 4) $3.50 DC 42,972

Some comics fans are complaining about the way comics are done now, saying that because they do more storytelling with the art, it only takes 5 – 10 minutes to read. Normally, I feel the same way, but this comic is at the other end of the spectrum, taking WAY too long to read. I don't know if it is because of the art not doing a good job of telling the story, or Winnik trying to shove too much into this story, but it just doesn't work as a comic book. I've tried three or four times to read this mini-series, but can't make it through the first issue. Avoid.

51 NIGHTWING #118 $2.50 DC 42,525

And here, I thought the book couldn't get any worse, Bruce Jones (who I normally like as a writer) proves me wrong. This is, quite possibly, the worst mainstream comic of the month. It tries to surprise the reader by having two people in the role as Nightwing, one a villain and one a hero, but by the end of the story, I didn't care about either one.

52 NEW X-MEN #24 $2.99 MAR 42,044

This series continues its rebuilding, with the creative team getting rid of a LOT of characters, bringing in new ones, and telling a year-long story to do it. I dislike that SO many characters are being killed off, but there is enough interesting here that I'm giving it a chance. I can't really say it is a decent comic for new readers at this point, but the story is solid action, and gives the reader enough to keep them coming back. Mildly recommended.

53 JSA CLASSIFIED #10 $2.50 DC 41,332
54 IRON MAN #6 $2.99 MAR 40,264

It only took about a year and a half for six issues to come out for the revamp of the series. It might be good, I don't know, since I've forgotten what the hell happened in the previous issue. In fact, it's been so long since the previous issue, I wondered if it was from Neal Adams. My problem with late comics is that I read a LOT of books, comics and other things, and if you want me to remember plot points from over a year ago, you should come to my house and find the old issues in my collection. Or at least buy me a pie.

55 SPIDER-WOMAN ORIGIN #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 39,768

This is another comic I didn't expect to like. Sure, it's written by Bendis, but I don't usually care for comics that go through and try to clean up past continuity. However, Bendis doesn't make it a chore to read, and instead makes it a way to make the Spider-Woman character interesting, and has great art by the Luna Brothers. A great mini-series that makes me want to read more about a character I never cared about in the past. Highly recommended.

56 BATMAN SECRETS #1 (Of 5) $2.99 DC 38,316
57 GREEN ARROW #60 $2.50 DC 37,946
58 AQUAMAN SWORD OF ATLANTIS #40* $2.99 DC 37,611

This is the NEW Aquaman, by a new creative team who are trying to make the character interesting for the first time in ages. From this first issue of the new direction, they have a chance, since they are going in the direction of a “sword and sorcery” type comic instead of a traditional super-hero comic. As a first issue (which it really is) it works, as I want to know more. Mildly recommended.

59 GENERATION M #5 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 37,590

The last issue of the mini-series didn't live up to the promise of the early issues. Rather than being a solid story about people who have to live without powers after having them their whole life it ended up being a serial killer story that fizzles out rather than building to a good ending. Overall, not successful.

60 BIRDS OF PREY #92 $2.50 DC 36,808
61 ROBIN #148 $2.50 DC 36,717

A new creative team on the character, and nothing much seems to have changed. I'm glad they finished the “Robin joins the military” story, but as a first issue of a relaunch, there wasn't a whole lot here. It read like a VERY average super-hero comic.

62 JLA CLASSIFIED #18 $2.99 DC 35,873
63 JLA CLASSIFIED #19 $2.99 DC 35,300

Finishing up Gail Simone's story. This book, like JSA Classified, is supposed to be a book where big name creators can tell stories outside of continuity, and this story has been solid, with great art by Jose Garcia-Lopez, who rarely does stories any more. Sadly, it's just a decent story, while these creators have it in them to do a GREAT story. Mildly recommended.

64 SENTRY #7 (Of 8) $2.99 MAR 35,203

The first Sentry mini-series was a cool idea, telling the story of a forgotten hero from the early days of Marvel. This one brings the character into the Marvel Universe proper, but lost my interest about halfway through, so the character just isn't all that interesting other than his gimmick.

65 HAWKGIRL #50 $2.50 DC 34,728

I was SO excited about this book. Howard Chaykin is a fantastic artist, and Walt Simonson is a great writer. I've never been very interested in Hawkman (or Hawkwoman), but getting these two creators together had me ready to pony my money up. However, this first issue didn't grab my attention. I'll keep getting it to see if they can do better, but the story just didn't grab me.

66 RED SONJA #8 $2.99 DE 34,700
67 RED SONJA #7 $2.99 DE 34,560

Red Sonja is a character that has never really made it on her own, and worked best as a supporting character in Conan. Now that two different companies have the rights to the two characters, Red Sonja is getting her own book. I can't say it is a GREAT book, but the fantasy setting and tone is different from the Super-hero stuff. If you like fantasy, you'll love this comic, and as someone who isn't all that interested in fantasy, the book has been entertaining enough to keep me reading.

68 PUNISHER #31 (MR) $2.99 MAR 34,505

Punisher is a book that Garth Ennis has set the tone and style for long ago. The series is a solid action book with no super-hero trappings. If you've read one of the six issue story arcs and liked it, you'll like the book, as the storytelling is pretty similar with each arcs, much like the Executioner novels. I like how Ennis has made the character interesting, puts him up against foes that made stories worth reading. Mildly recommended.

69 EXILES #78 $2.99 MAR 33,506

The new direction of this comic hasn't changed it very much. It's still a super-hero version of “Quantum Leap” where a group of obscure heroes travel to different “alternate universes” to fix things that have gone wrong. This is VERY much a book for long time Marvel fans, and if you are interested in things like the 2099 Universe or the New Universe, you'll like this comic. If you had no idea what I just wrote about, this comic will just be confusing as hell for you.

70 SUPREME POWER HYPERION #5 (Of 5) (MR) $2.99 MAR 33,318
71 RED SONJA CLAW DEVILS HANDS #1 (Of 4)* $2.99 DC 33,241

A cross company tea-up to try and hype up DC's new version of one of their 70's fantasy characters. A pretty typical story in the genre, and recommended for fans of that genre.

72 X-MEN APOCALYPSE DRACULA #2 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 31,719
73 CONAN #26 (MR) $2.99 DAR 31,573
75 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE #2 $2.99 MAR 29,911

Two issues in, I can safely say that this is Marvel's most fun comic. It's a super-hero team book that doesn't take itself seriously, without mocking the characters being used. I defy ANYONE who likes super-heroes to pick up this comic, read it, and not laugh at least once. A fun comic that deserves higher sales and is Highly Recommended.


I don't understand why this tie-in comic sold so poorly, since it is a direct tie-in to the main Captain America book, and uses the same creative team. Telling a story from WWII that ties in to the current storyline, this is a great introduction to the Cap book, and will show you why it's one of Marvel's best series. Highly recommended.

77 SEVEN SOLDIERS BULLETEER #4 (Of 4) $2.99 DC 29,227
78 SEVEN SOLDIERS FRANKENSTEIN #3 (Of 4) $2.99 DC 29,137
79 SEVEN SOLDIERS MISTER MIRACLE #4 (Of 4) $2.99 DC 28,969

ALL of the Seven Soldier books have been well worth reading, with Grant Morrison showing that these characters who have been on the “outskirts” of the DC Universe can be interesting and well worth reading if someone just puts some effort into them. It's also done in such a way that you can read each mini-series separately, but are more interesting if you've read them all, which is how a crossover should be done. ALL of the Seven Soldiers books are highly recommended.

80 BLACK PANTHER #14 $2.99 MAR 28,809
81 PULSE #14 $2.99 MAR 28,501

Last issue, and while this has been a great book, the final issue doesn't really do much more than just wrap up the series.

82 CATWOMAN #53 $2.50 DC 28,473

Catwoman is a book that was really well done before One Year Later, and it sill is. More of a crime comic than a super-hero comic, there is a LOT going on in each issue, and Catwoman has become one of the most interesting characters in the DC Universe. Highly recommended.

83 CYBERFORCE #1* $2.99 IMA 27,489
84 HELLBOY MAKOMA #2 (Of 2) $2.99 DAR 27,196
85 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE #3 $2.99 MAR 27,126

See the review above, and buy this comic. DO IT!!

86 SPAWN #154 $2.95 IMA 26,966
87 THUNDERBOLTS #100 $3.99 MAR 26,798

With this issue, the comic goes back to its original numbering, finishes up a bunch of storylines and shows me that it's time for me to give up on this very convoluted super-hero team book. It's too bad, since I LOVE Tom Grummet's art, but the stories just don't hold my attention.

88 SHE-HULK 2 #6 $2.99 MAR 26,631

She-Hulk is a comic I wasn't interested in at all, but after picking up the first pair of trade paperbacks, I'm hooked. A nice mix of humor, characterization and super-heroics, this is one of my favorite comics. The current story about Starfox shows that the idea of super-hero courtroom stories is one that can go just about anywhere. With art by Paul Smith, the comic is recommended, even if you don't like super-hero stories.

89 GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 3 ART OF WAR #1 (Of 5)* $2.95 DDP 26,561
90 FANTASTIC FOUR FIRST FAMILY #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 26,435

Marvel keeps trying these Fantastic Four mini-series, but audiences just don't seem to be interested at all. I'll be buying it as a trade, since that's the reason it's been printed.

91 BATMAN & MONSTER MEN #5 (Of 6) $2.99 DC 25,960

Another Batman mini-series, this one by one of my favorite creators, Matt Wagner. And I'll be waiting for the trade, since that's really the only way I read mini-series any more.

92 STORM #2 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 25,905
93 Y THE LAST MAN #43 (MR) $2.99 DC 25,877
94 TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS (IDW) #2 (Of 4) $2.99 IDW 25,737
95 CABLE DEADPOOL #26 $2.99 MAR 25,584
96 CONAN BOOK OF THOTH #1 (Of 4) $4.99 DAR 25,200

A new Conan mini-series by Len Wein and Kelley Jones. I know that a lot of people don't like Jones's work, but I really like his dark, moody style, and Len Wein is a writer who gives a story that has a LOT of meat to it. Yeah, I'm going to buy it as a trade, but looking through it on the stands, it looks to be a really good Conan story.

97 FIRESTORM NUCLEAR MAN #23 $2.50 DC 25,109
98 RUNAWAYS #14 $2.99 MAR 24,536

Much like the “Classified” series, this series is short story arcs that don't tie in to normal continuity. Unlike the “Classified” series, this book really seems like it is made up of inventory stories instead of special stories by top notch creative teams. This issue starts a new story arc that really isn't any exception to that rule. A perfectly mediocre Batman story.

100 RED SONJA VS THULSA DOOM #2 (Of 4) $3.50 DE 24,369
101 SENTINEL SQUAD ONE #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 24,334
102 FABLES #47 (MR) $2.75 DC 24,278
103 POWERS #17 (MR) $2.95 MAR 24,139

At one point, this was one of the best comics on the stands, but as the series has gone on, it's dropped a notch. It's still a very good comic, but it's moved away from being a police procedural to a more traditional style of super-hero comic. Mildly recommended.

106 BOOKS OF DOOM #4 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 23,804
107 SGT ROCK PROPHECY #3 (Of 6) $2.99 DC 23,510
108 JONAH HEX #5 $2.99 DC 23,496
109 BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED #2 (Of 4) $5.99 DC 23,029
110 BOOKS OF DOOM #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 22,715
111 PUNISHER VS BULLSEYE #5 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 22,652
112 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #529* $2.50 MAR 22,484

Just to let people know, any comic on the list with an asterisk is made of re-orders. And this is really an amazing number of reorders for ANY comic.

114 FURY PEACEMAKER #2 (Of 6) $3.50 MAR 21,612
115 WARLORD #2 $2.99 DC 21,570
116 IRON MAN INEVITABLE #4 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 21,430
118 EX MACHINA #18 (MR) $2.99 DC 21,081

This is one of my favorite comics. Being a political junkie (as is easy to see on the rest of this site), I like the political subplots, and the main character is interesting and well done. While to book sometimes stumbles and feels like a TV series, it is still a great series. A unique mix of super-heroics and a political setting, this comic is highly recommended.

119 FOUR #28 $2.99 MAR 20,976

Final issue, and it shouldn't surprise anyone at this point. The Fantastic Four aren't a “hot” comic, and this series has tried to make the comic seem more like a TV drama than the high adventure that Mark Waid showed during his run. Hard to believe that Marvel was thinking of making this the main FF book. A failed experiment of a series.

120 STAR WARS RETURN OF TAG & BINK SP ED #1 (Of 2) $2.99 DAR 20,376

Dark Horse has done a remarkably bad job on the Star Wars comics over the last few years, but the “Tag and Bink” stories have been stories that take place on the sides of the main Star Wars movies, and finding a LOT of humor there. These are really funny comics that will appeal to anyone who likes the Star Wars movies. Highly recommended.

121 THING #5 $2.99 MAR 20,348

I know that I am horribly behind, so there is only one issue of this comic left(it ends with #8), but DAMN it is a great series. When the trade paperback comes out collecting all eight issues, RUN to the comic shop and buy it to see the most under-rated comic from Marvel in years. The Thing hasn't been one that has been interesting as a solo character in a LONG time, but this series does a great job on the character while mixing it into some great super-hero stories. Highly recommended.

122 CAPTAIN ATOM ARMAGEDDON #6 (Of 9) $2.99 DC 20,195
123 SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #14 $2.99 MAR 20,188
124 BATMAN JOURNEY INTO KNIGHT #8 (Of 12) $2.50 DC 19,978
125 SOULFIRE #6 (RES) $2.99 ASP 19,531
126 AMERICAN VIRGIN #1 (MR) $2.99 DC 19,455

When a new series from a company starts this low, you have to think that it's not long for this world. The covers are impressive, and the story is a decent enough idea, but there was nothing in the book that made me think that I HAD to buy it. I give it about 12 issues before DC pulls the plug.

127 WALKING DEAD #26 (MR) $2.99 IMA 19,385

The amazing story of this comic is that the trade paperbacks have sold over 40,000 copies each, so about twice as many people buy the trades as buy the comic. It's a great comic, part horror, part soap opera, and with this issue, it looks to be changing the status quo with the current story arc. A great comic, and one of the few that I DO buy as a monthly book because I can't wait to see what happens next. It also has a great letters page which makes it a better read for the money than most comics. Highly recommended.

128 MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 (Of 5)* $2.99 MAR 19,050
129 MARVEL TEAM-UP #18 $2.99 MAR 18,994

Well below Marvel's cancellation line, so I have no idea why it is still going. However, I'm glad it is, since this book tells stories that couldn't be told in any other comic. The “League of Losers” storyline is a great idea, expertly told, giving life to a bunch of minor characters that Marvel hasn't used well in a long time. A great super-hero comic that never fails to give a great story. Highly recommended.

130 FELL #4 $1.99 IMA 18,917

Yeah, it's only selling about 19, start with. It doesn't take long for re-orders to ramp that up, which is a good thing. Fell is a crime drama with a few occult overtones and a fascinating lead character. The $2 cover price would make you think that it's a throw-away read, but writer Warren Ellis packs the book with more story than most regularly priced comics. The comic has dark, moody art that may be off-putting for some readers, but the comic is one of the best on the stands, and is highly recommended.

131 WALKING DEAD #27 (MR) $2.99 IMA 18,868

Yeah, I reviewed this above. Go read about it there. I'm already a couple of months behind, so I'm not going to waste time writing how much I like this book again.

132 GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE #9 $2.95 DDP 18,017
133 SUPERGIRL #5* $3.99 DC 17,856

Re-orders of the issue that wraps up the first story arc. Let me make it easy for you: Supergirl fights an evil version of herself, and the artist draws a hell of a lot of jail bait poses, showing his love for the sexuality of awkward looking 16 year old girls. I'm not sure if this comic is creepy or just bad.

134 STAR WARS EMPIRE #40 $2.99 DAR 17,744
135 FATHOM #7 $2.99 ASP 17,228
136 ARMY OF DARKNESS #5 (RES) $2.99 DE 16,802
137 SPIDER-GIRL #96 $2.99 MAR 16,739

Ending with issue #100, and it will probably be kept around in some way. This comic has always been one that I've liked but not LOVED. It's a pure nostalgia-fest, reading just like a Marvel comic from the 80's, with all of the good and bad that comes with that. It's nothing that will appeal to new readers, since it has over 90 issues worth of back story, but for long-time Marvel fans who miss the 80's, here you go!

138 LOVELESS #5 (MR) $2.99 DC 16,704
139 SPIDER-MAN & ARANA SP $3.99 MAR 16,216

Wrapping up the loose plot lines from the Arana series. After reading it, there's reason the book was canceled

140 FATHOM #8 $2.99 ASP 16,202
141 MANHUNTER #20 $2.50 DC 16,090
142 X-STATIX PRESENTS DEAD GIRL #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 16,048

Sadly, this was one of my favorite books of the year as the X-Statix team deals with the fact that Marvel characters rarely stay dead, tell the best Dr. Strange story since the 70's and check back in with the characters from their X-Statix series. Why sadly? It sold so poorly that we probably won't get any more of this series, or by this creative team. A GREAT comic that would appeal to both long-time fans and new readers. Highly recommended.

143 ARES #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 15,895
144 PAINKILLER JANE #1 $2.99 DE 15,832
145 MARVEL ZOMBIES #3 2ND PTG VAR (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 15,532
146 DMZ #5 (MR) $2.99 DC 14,952
147 WILDCATS NEMESIS #7 (Of 9) $2.99 DC 14,533

Have you been wondering why Jim Lee is talking about coming back to WildCats? Well, since the series can't seem to sell any more, he's probably going to draw it so that someone will pay attention to it, since it seems that no one will unless he's drawing it.

148 WITCHBLADE #96 $2.99 IMA 14,505
149 HELLBLAZER #218 (MR) $2.75 DC 14,129
150 SPIKE VS DRACULA #1 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW 14,108
151 BLOOD OF DEMON #13 $2.50 DC 14,087
152 100 BULLETS #70 (MR) $2.75 DC 13,591
153 ANGEL OLD FRIENDS #4 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW 13,479
154 DAUGHTERS OF DRAGON #2 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 13,256

The five books above are mini-series, and while you might think that 100 Bullets at #70 would mean it's NOT a mini-series, the book is going to run 100 issues, which means it is a finite series, just a BIG one. And because of that, all of these are books I'm buying in trade paperback form. Most other people seem to be choosing that as well, since sales on them aren't good enough for them to survive without the companies involved thinking that when they are done, the collected versions will sell well.

155 TESTAMENT #4 (MR) $2.99 DC 13,074
156 INVINCIBLE #29 $2.99 IMA 12,698
157 ASPEN SWIMSUIT SPL #1 $2.99 ASP 12,607
158 INCREDIBLE HULK #92* $2.99 MAR 12,425
159 INVINCIBLE #30 $2.99 IMA 12,300
160 TOM STRONG #36 $2.99 DC 12,195
161 DAUGHTERS OF DRAGON #3 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 12,104

OK, I didn't review this above, but I did read the first issue. This comic tries VERY hard to be an action movie on a comic page, but for some reason it doesn't work. And with sales this low, I can't see Marvel all that excited about it either.

162 SPIKE VS DRACULA #2 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW 12,090
163 RISING STARS UNTOUCHABLE #2 (Of 5) $2.99 IMA 12,006
164 AMERICAN WAY #2 (Of 8) $2.99 DC 11,937
165 EXTERMINATORS #3 (MR) $2.99 DC 11,678
166 DOWN #4 (Of 4) $2.99 IMA 11,630
167 GIRLS #11 (MR) $2.99 IMA 11,406

I didn't pay much attention to this comic until I saw the Luna Brothers art in “Spider-Woman: Origin”, and then picked it up to see if I'd like it. I DO. It's a horror story, but it's also got a mystery at its core where the reader doesn't quite know or understand the threat against the main characters. The only problem with picking it up is that you're over halfway through the series (which will go 18 issues), so I highly recommend the trade paperback that has collected the first few issues of the series.

168 TEEN TITANS GO #29 $2.25 DC 11,260

The New Universe was not one of Marvel's better concepts, and was introduced for the 25th anniversary of the Fantastic Four, and was a new super-hero line that tried to be “more realistic” in the mid 80's. None of the books lasted very long, and other than a few scattered issues here and there, none of the comics were memorable. Marvel has brought the characters back, and they still aren't very interesting. If you liked the books back in the 80's, here's more of it, but there isn't a single “New Universe” story I've read that I remember, including these new ones.

170 UNDERWORLD #2 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 11,134
171 SIMPSONS COMICS #116 $2.99 BON 10,862

Still a great comic based on the TV series, and better than the TV show has been for the past few years. If you like the series, there's no reason not to buy this comic. Highly recommended.

172 MAJESTIC #15 $2.99 DC 10,855
173 DOC SAMSON #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 10,827
174 SENTINEL #5 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 10,778
176 JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLTD #19 $2.25 DC 10,534
177 LUCIFER #72 (MR) $2.75 DC 10,436

Ending with #75, so I doubt a lot of people will say “Gee, I've missed the previous 71 issues, maybe I'll start reading it now.”

180 NEW MANGAVERSE #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 10,247
181 TEAM ZERO #4 (Of 6) $2.99 DC 10,233
182 AMAZING FANTASY #18 $2.99 MAR 10,108

This has been Marvel's series for trying out new series and concepts. I hasn't ever sold well, none of the series that have spun out of it have sold well, and I think the idea of a “showcase” type comic is one that's time has passed. This issue highlights a new version of “Death's Head”, a character I haven't liked the previous two times.

184 LADY DEATH LOST SOULS #1 (Of 3)* $3.99 AVA 9,989
185 TAROT WITCH OF BLACK ROSE #37 (MR) $2.95 BRO 9,815
186 FALLEN ANGEL IDW #3 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW 9,570

This was a DC comic, and when DC ended it, creator Peter David took it to IDW, and while it's listed as a mini-series, it has been picked up to be an on-going series. Peter David is having a writing resurgence, and this is the book that seems to have triggered it. It's not a super-hero comic, but is instead an occult/horror book that used to be dressed up as a super-hero comic. Interesting characters, deep lots and beautiful art, this comic is highly recommended.

187 AMAZING FANTASY #19 $2.99 MAR 9,535
190 ELFQUEST DISCOVERY #2 (Of 4) $3.99 DC 9,382

Reprinting the first issue of this INCREDIBLY FUN super-hero comic that doesn't take itself seriously. Even if you don't like super-hero books, this book is a lot of fun with action and snarky comedy on every page. Highly recommended.


Last issue, and the first one that I could figure out what was going on because of Mike Norton's MUCH more legible art. I loved the idea of this comic (gathering all of Marvel's monster characters in a single team), but it just wasn't pulled off well.

193 FALLEN ANGEL IDW #4 (Of 5) $3.99 IDW 9,110
194 STRANGERS IN PARADISE #80 $2.95 ABS 8,970
195 THUNDERBOLT JAXON #2 (Of 5) $2.99 DC 8,726
196 HARD TIME SEASON TWO #4 $2.50 DC 8,635

Canceled with #7, and it's a damn shame. Steve Gerber has written some of the best comics of the 70's, and this series has shown how much he has grown as a writer. The first 12 issues are available in trade paperback form, so I have reviewed them there, but this series is well written, an interesting concept and probably has the best supporting cast in comics. Highly recommended.

197 TOMORROW STORIES SP #2 $6.99 DC 8,530

A final collection of short stories in the ABC “universe” by Alan Moore. Each of the short stories here are inventive, entertaining and well worth reading, even if you've never read an ABC comic in your life. Highly recommended.

198 FUTURAMA COMICS #24 $2.99 BON 8,446

Since the TV series has been canceled, this is the only way to get new Futurama stories. The good thing is that they are just as good as the best of the TV shows stories. Highly recommended for Futurama fans.

199 ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #2 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 8,412

The last issue of the bajillionth revamp of Vampirella over the last 10 years. People are interested in the character, they just don't want to READ any stories with the character. This series was mediocre, and if you're someone who wants to read a Vampi story, pick up the reprints of the 70's stories.

201 30 DAYS OF NIGHT DEAD SPACE #2 (Of 3) $3.99 IDW 8,272
202 BATMAN STRIKES #19 $2.25 DC 8,244
203 INFINITE CRISIS 2ND PTG #4 (Of 7) $3.99 DC 8,139
205 SWAMP THING #25 (MR) $2.99 DC 8,076

DC still publishes this? Really? Does anyone at DC know about this?

206 MARVEL ZOMBIES #2 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 7,853
207 SABLE & FORTUNE #3 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 7,755

Dear Marvel: No one remembers Dominic Fortune. They also won't buy a comic with him if you don't take out a single ad or interview ANYWHERE about the book.

208 ANT #4 $2.99 IMA 7,686

This is an example of a comic that exists only to support the trade paperbacks. This is a manga-style comic that Marvel prints in digest form to sell in bookstores. The comic is aimed at teenage girls, so if you're a teenage girl, you might like this. I'm not, so it's not the kind of comic I like.

210 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #160 $2.25 ARC 7,588
211 GI JOE SIGMA 6 #4 $2.95 DDP 7,497
212 ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD #4 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 AVA 7,385

By the co-write of the original movie, and not the guy who went on to make Dawn of the Dead.


So, if you can't find a place that will sell you a Playboy, and the articles in Maxim bother you, you can buy this!

214 VICE #5 $2.99 IMA 6,897
216 SAVAGE DRAGON #124 (RES) $2.99 IMA 6,778
218 ASTONISHING X-MEN #13 $2.99 MAR 6,464
219 SONIC X #6 $2.25 ARC 6,234

I wish this comic sold better. Reprinting old Marvel romance comics with new scripting, this is a very funny comic, and every issue has had at least one story that will make you laugh yourself sick. Highly recommended.

221 LOOKING GLASS WARS HATTER M #2 (Of 4) $3.99 IMA 5,989
222 INFINITE CRISIS #3 (Of 7)* $3.99 DC 5,926
223 PURGATORI (DDP) #5 (MR) $2.95 CHA 5,906
224 MARVEL ADVS SPIDER-MAN #13 $2.50 MAR 5,899
226 LOCAL #4 (Of 12) (MR) $2.99 ONI 5,850
227 USAGI YOJIMBO #92 $2.99 DAR 5,836
228 CITY OF HEROES #11 $2.99 IMA 5,675
229 BATTLE POPE COLOR #5 (MR) $2.99 IMA 5,494
230 PVP #24 $2.99 IMA 5,466
231 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #4 $2.99 ZEN 5,410

Zen has discovered that doing soft-core fairy tale comics sell better than their endless attempts at the alien ninja comic they've been pushing for the last decade and a half.

232 STARSHIP TROOPERS #1 (Of 4)* $3.50 MRK 5,284

With sales of a little over 5,000, I'm thinking that there aren't a lot of people who look at their dusty video tapes of Starship Troopers and say “Yeah, I want more of THAT.”

233 EVIL ERNIE IN SANTA FE #4 (Of 4) $2.95 CHA 5,270
234 TRUTH JUSTIN & AMERICAN WAY #1 (Of 5) $2.99 IMA 5,263
235 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #113 $4.99 KZR 5,263

I recommend this every month, and will do it again this month. For $5, you get a 100 page magazine that is about half comics and half gaming articles. If you've ever played RPGs like D&D, the comics are great fun to read. Highly recommended for past and current gamers.

236 FEAR AGENT #3 $2.99 IMA 5,256
238 FLAMING CARROT SP $3.50 IMA 5,117

A comic made with photos and filled with the surreal humor of a normal issue of Flaming Carrot. Bob Burden, the writer/artist of Flaming Carrot is an acquired taste, but his mix of surreal situations and strange characters is one of my favorite comics, and this special issue is highly recommended.

239 MATADOR #6 (Of 6) $2.99 DC 5,103
240 SHONEN JUMP APR 06 #40 $4.99 VIZ 4,740

Yeah, it sells about 300,000 outside of comic shops, and it collects about 350 pages of manga based on popular TV series and sells to kids. If other comic companies could get sales that big on any of their books, they'd be cartwheeling with joy.

241 QUEEN & COUNTRY #29 (MR) $2.99 ONI 4,733
242 GODLAND #8 $2.99 IMA 4,712
244 SUPERMARKET #2 (Of 4) $3.99 IDW 4,705
245 UNCLE SCROOGE #352 $6.95 GEM 4,663
247 HACK SLASH TRAILERS* $3.25 DDP 4,614
249 ANGEL SCRIPTBOOK #1 $3.99 IDW 4,544
250 DONALD DUCK & FRIENDS #338 $2.95 GEM 4,488
251 SCOOBY DOO #106 $2.25 DC 4,419
252 GODLAND #9 $2.99 IMA 4,356

I buy this Kirby-esque series in trade paperback form, and while at first glance it just looks like someone aping Jack Kirby's art style, it's a MUCH better series than that. The story is rich and complex, and the art fits the type of story being told. Highly recommended.

253 MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS #287 $2.95 GEM 4,153
255 INFINITE CRISIS #2 (Of 7) $3.99 DC 4,091
256 SUPERPATRIOT WAR OF TERROR #3 (Of 4) $2.99 IMA 4,049
257 RETRO ROCKET #1 (Of 4) $2.99 IMA 3,979
258 NOBLE CAUSES #18 $3.50 IMA 3,951
259 13TH SON WORSE THING WAITING #4 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 3,937
260 JUSTICE #4 (Of 12) $3.50 DC 3,923

OK, that's a great title for a comic. There's no way I'd ever read it, but that's a great title.

262 IRON GHOST #6 (Of 6) $2.99 IMA 3,874
263 REX MUNDI #17 $2.99 IMA 3,832
264 PERHAPANAUTS #4 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 3,797
265 BLACK HARVEST #4 (Of 6) $3.25 DDP 3,762
266 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #667 $6.95 GEM 3,742
268 INFINITE CRISIS #1 (Of 7) $3.99 DC 3,651
269 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #111 (MR) $2.99 DAR 3,616
270 ACTION COMICS #836 $2.50 DC 3,609
271 MASTERS OF HORROR #3 (Of 12) $3.99 IDW 3,602
272 SILENT HILL DEAD ALIVE #3 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 IDW 3,553
273 SHADOWHAWK #9 $3.50 IMA 3,553
274 DEADWORLD #3 (RES) (MR) $3.50 IMA 3,497

The other zombie comic, and while it's been around in one form or another, it's more geared to the hard core horror fan than Walking Dead. If you are the kind of person who has the Italian zombie movies, and have seen ALL of the “Revenge of the Living Dead” movies, this comic is for you.

275 PLANETARY BRIGADE #2 $2.99 BOO 3,462

By the writer team of the humorous Justice League comics of the late 80's/early 90's, this is just as good as those books, and a nice mix of humor and super-heroics. I'm amazed that the book is selling this poorly, since it is one of the most joycore comics on the stands, and has a lot of really interesting super-heroics going on. Highly recommended.

276 BOOK OF SHADOWS #1 (Of 2) $3.50 IMA 3,441
277 GREEN LANTERN #9* $2.99 DC 3,420

The first issue of this came out a little over 20 years ago, and the creators could only afford to print 3000 issues, making it a huge collector's item. Now, they barely sell that many, I believe because they haven't done anything to promote the comic or bring the older stories back into print.

279 DOLL & CREATURE #1 (Of 4) $2.99 IMA 3,323
281 STRANGE GIRL #7 $2.99 IMA 3,302
283 GOLD DIGGER #73 $2.99 ANT 3,281
284 GOLD DIGGER #72 $2.99 ANT 3,267
285 SHADOWHAWK #10 $3.50 IMA 3,155

This, along with Savage Dragon, are the only two books left from the start of Image still being done by the creators. Valentino was the only one of the original Image guys who didn't seem to fit, and this book was the one that used the most gimmicks to get an audience. Now, it's over a decade later, and no one seems to be interested. The book just isn't very good, and never really has been.

286 FULL CIRKLE #3 (Of 3) (MR)* $3.95 FCP 3,050
287 JUSTICE #3 (Of 12) $3.50 DC 3,043
288 WOLVERINE #39 $2.50 MAR 3,037
289 X-MEN #183 $2.50 MAR 3,023
290 BOMB QUEEN #2 (Of 4) (MR) $3.50 IMA 3,016
291 MAZE AGENCY #3 (Of 4) $3.99 IDW 2,953

One of my favorite books in the 80's, the revival just hasn't made any impact at all. It's too bad, really, since this is a classic mystery series without the violence and sex that usually fills a mystery comic.

293 X-MEN DEADLY GENESIS #4 (Of 6) $3.50 MAR 2,883
294 GROUNDED #5 (Of 6) $2.99 IMA 2,848
295 JUSTICE #2 2ND PTG (Of 12) $3.50 DC 2,813
296 LOONEY TUNES #136 $2.25 DC 2,792
297 TALES OF TMNT #21 $3.25 MIR 2,764
298 NEW AVENGERS #16 $2.50 MAR 2,764
299 ATHEIST #3 (RES) $3.50 IMA 2,667

And finally, only two months late, I'm done! Thanks for reading.

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