The Top 300 Selling Comic Books for June
With snotty remarks and reviews by Cory!! Strode
1 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #3 131,586
I have heard rumors that Diamond was artificially inflating the numbers by ordering a LOT of extra copies to make sure that Dreamwave could afford the licence. I'm not saying that rumor is true, but I think 131,000 copies of a third issue is pretty darn high when Kevin Smith doing Spider-Man and HYPING IT ON THE TONIGHT SHOW only gets 118,000 for a #1 issue.
2 SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT EVIL THAT MEN DO #1 (Of 4) 118,204
Kevin Smith writing, the Dodsons drawing, and a hype fest on the Tonight Show the day it is shipped? I don't have to say anything and people will buy it. Will you hate me if I say I'm not going to and will instead wait for the collected trade paperback?
3 NEW X-MEN #127 99,672
I think this is the first time that all of the X-Men books are below 100,000. If people are saying that comics are doing better, I'd have them look at the raw numbers. Twenty years ago, the X-Men sold 250,000 and was a mild success. Two years ago, the X-Men sold 125,000 a month and was unstoppable. Now it doesn't sell 100,000 and is the highest selling monthly. Highly Recommended because I'm a Grant Morrison Fanboy.
4 ULTIMATES #6 99,473
Hopefully, by this issue the story itself will have started.
5 NEW X-MEN #128 99,018
This is the second issue on sale for the month, which is a good idea for Marvel, but may have been behind some of the sales drop. Highly Recommended because I'm a Grant Morrison Fanboy.
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 96,537
OK, with #41 coming out at the end of May, this MIGHT ship on time. However, the accelerated pace is really starting to show in the art, and JR Jr is doing some very poor figure work in the last two issues. Story is still good, but seems to be a bit...meandering. Maybe it won't matter as much about the slow pace of the story when issues are coming out on a regular basis. Highly Recommended, and isn't it odd that I can actually recommend Marvel top selling regular series?
7 ULTIMATE X-MEN #19 92,815
Still filled with bad art.
8 UNCANNY X-MEN #407 88,448
And this one is filled with boring story. I quit reading with issue 402 in the middle of s story. Do you know how hard it is to lose interest in the middle of a story?
9 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #23 87,521
The best Spidey book. I say it every month, but it's true, as Bendis has captured what made the character so great when it started...that feeling of identification and possibility. Highly Recommended.
10 SPIDER-MAN BLUE #2 (Of 6) 68,040
Buying it as a collected book when it is all done.
11 GREEN ARROW #15 (RES) 67,554
Kevin Smith's last issue, and while it IS DC's highest selling book, they can't be happy with the fact that it sells 33,000 less than Marvel's top selling regular series. Marvel revived itself by bringing in big name creators, but when DC does the same thing, it just doesn't seem to last in sales. Oh, and the book is recommended.
12 WOLVERINE #177 67,450
I think I am at the point where I would like to forget this comic is around. Is that OK?
13 CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 67,445
The new team and the move to Marvel Knights have made me interested in the character after years of only caring that Mark Waid was on the book. The stories are better, less dependent on the normal Marvel soap opera/super-villain formula and actually feel like they are telling a story of some importance. Nothing against the previous team, but I think it has gotten to the point with price points so high on comics that each issue needs to feel like an event instead of a filler. Highly recommended.
14 WOLVERINE #178 67,390
15 X-TREME X-MEN #14 67,195
OK, I confess. I have been buying this for the past 6 months and not reading it. I just can't read a Claremont book issue by issue. It HAS to be in big chunks. Oddly, this book has REALLY taken a big tumble in sales over that time. It's a Claremont book. If you like his style, you'll like it. Otherwise...
16 GI JOE #7 65,836
17 JLA #67 59,684
The issue with Plastic Man and Batman was VERY good, but I don't think the current writer understands that the JLA should be against the BIG stuff that no one else can handle.
18 SPIDER-MAN PETER PARKER #45 53,231
The second part of the Green Goblin storyline, and to be honest, I hope the LAST Green Goblin storyline in the Main Marvel universe Spider-Books. I like this book a LOT and the current story is creepy enough, but the Norman Osbourne Green Goblin should have stayed dead. Highly Recommended.
19 MICRONAUTS #1 52,081
OK, this was my favorite comic when I was 13, and I was kind of excited over a new version of the series...but this issue didn't do anything for me. It was ALL set up, very poorly paced and spent all of its time on a character who isn't connected to any of the previous incarnations. And the first time Baron Karza shows up is on the last page? No. For $3, I want a Full Story, dammit, not a Prologue that could have been handled in 3 pages.
20 AVENGERS #55 51,495
So, Washington DC has been destroyed, the Human Race was slaves for at least three months and Kang ruled the Earth...and now everything is supposed to go back to normal with Spider-Man fighting bank robbers? Suspension of disbelief only goes so far, and I think this book ruined it for me.
21 DETECTIVE COMICS #771 48,768
Bruce Wayne Murderer is a low point for the creative team on this book, who I used to have very high marks for. The story is dragging, the clues are non-existent and the resolution feels like it will never come. Why do the Batbooks do these "big event" stories? *looks at the sales* OK, I understand it. I don't agree with it, though.
22 DAREDEVIL #34 47,328
Bendis is doing a very good story here with his trademark heavy dialogue style where Daredevil's secret identity has gotten out. Without being horribly melodramatic, he is exploring how he thinks the city around a super-hero would react to it in a fascinating way. Highly Recommended, but mainstream fanboys will have trouble with the dark and impressionistic art.
23 INCREDIBLE HULK #41 46,355
24 INCREDIBLE HULK #42 45,942
I feel weird recommending the Hulk. I mean...it's the Hulk, right? However, Bruce Jones (best known for his horror stories in the 80's) has turned the book on its head and makes the old chestnut of "Bruce Banner running from the law and hoping not to become the Hulk" into a tense, dramatic idea that drives the book forward. Yep, I'm recommending it, and would venture to say that it's one of Marvel's best books now.
25 PUNISHER #13 45,756
Sheer dopey, violent fun as Garth Ennis comes back and shows why he is the master of dark, violent humor. It's hard to explain why this book is so funny, since the events in it are pretty damn horrific, but Ennis is the master at making ultra violence into humor. Highly recommended if you can laugh at people being throw from airplanes and blown up in innovative ways.
26 BATMAN #604 45,442
27 BATGIRL #29 43,752
28 FANTASTIC FOUR #56 42,947
You would think they would just be marking time, since the old creative team left and Mark Waid is coming with issue #60, but the fill-in stories have been better than the regular stories were. Nice one-part stories that delve into the characters without being continuity fests. Highly recommended for super-hero fans.
29 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #30 42,925
30 FANTASTIC FOUR #57 42,829
31 JSA #37 (Note Price) 42,488
The wonderful thing about JSA is that they honor the old stories without being slaves to them. This issue, about Johnny Thunder, was a wonderfully exciting and moving comic that you didn't have to know any history to understand, but if you did, it was that much better. Highly Recommended and DC's best team book.
32 RISING STARS #20 (Of 24) 41,666
33 SPAWN #123 41,375
They still publish this? I thought they just made crappy toys.
34 HAWKMAN #4 40,739
Not as good as the first issue, but still readable. I can see that the problem with this comic is that the super-hero stuff will be a step behind the character itself, since most of DCs villains end up being gimmicky one time characters. But the new Hawkman himself is interesting and doesn't need all the baggage of the previous series. Mildly recommended.
35 X-FORCE #129 39,662
About the only comic I can point to and say "If you don't like this, you have lost the ability to have fun while reading comics." Too bad they are restarting it with a new #1 and a higher price. It has clear art that reminds me of early Marvel, stories that are surprising and innovative...what more do you want? Highly recommended.
36 SPIDER-MAN QUALITY OF LIFE #2 (Of 4) 38,658
37 EXILES #14 38,448
For long time comic fans, this book is a treat, but for newer readers, they probably just get confused. Judd Winnick's gift in comics is making characters you want to get to know, and this is no exception. I just wonder how many readers drop it because the alternate worlds just confuse them. Mildly recommended for long time Marvel fans.
38 GREEN LANTERN #151 38,308
39 INCREDIBLE HULK END 38,039
Peter David does a story about what he would have the last issue of The Hulk be. I like the idea, and this it would be a great thing for Marvel to do, especially when a long-time creative team is ready to leave a book so that they can finish up "their story."
40 SUPERMAN #183 37,926
41 CALL OF DUTY BROTHERHOOD #1 (Of 6) 37,558
Marvel's getting a lot of press for this, and said it would be a comic about Firefighters, Cops and the like, but the preview had a mystical element to it that turned me off immediately. If you are going to do a reality based series, leave the fantastic elements out of it all together.
42 THOR #50 (Note Price) 37,231
43 FATHOM #16 36,526
44 INFINITY ABYSS #1 (Of 6) 36,195
45 SPIDER-MAN GET KRAVEN #1 (Of 5) 36,185
46 IRON MAN #56 (Note Price) 36,126
47 SABERTOOTH MARY SHELLEY OVERDRIVE #1 (Of 4) 35,776
Maybe this is a good book, but what the hell is "Mary Shelly Overdrive" supposed to invoke? Frankenstein driving a bitchin Camero?
48 PARADISE X #3 35,586
49 SPIDER-MAN SWEET CHARITY 35,477
50 NIGHTWING #70 34,350
51 ELEKTRA #11 33,991
52 INFINITY ABYSS #2 (Of 6) 33,891
Jin Starlin does another Big Thanos Story. I like Thanos as much as the next older comics fan, but hasn't he dipped into the well once too often? I'd like to seem him try a new story with his Cosmic style, rather than retelling the same Thanos story over and over again.
53 GI JOE BATTLE FILES #2 (Of 3) 32,727
54 ACTION COMICS #792 32,623
55 ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #605 32,068
56 ALIAS #10 (MR) 31,300
The best J. Jonah Jameson story ever. Bendis amazes me in that he can come up with stories that seem so perfectly logical, yet so surprising on a regular basis. Highly Recommended.
57 CAGE #4 (MR) 30,923
58 SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL #127 30,837
59 FILTH #1 (Of 13) (MR) 30,778
I think this is the highest a Vertigo book has clocked in since Preacher ended. I'm waiting until it's collected, but if the Invisibles would have had sales like this, the world would have been a much better place.
60 BLACK WIDOW PALE LITTLE SPIDER #3 (MR) 30,214
61 AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #91 30,010
This is about 3 times better than this book normally sells, so it must tie in to the Bruce Wayne Murderer thing. Lord knows that comic hasn't gotten any better.
62 CATWOMAN #8 29,769
Should sell much better. One of DC's quietly successful revamps, taking the character of Catwoman and changing it to make it more interesting and fit in with a more crime based series. Highly recommened.
63 MARVEL MANGAVERSE #3 29,755
64 FLASH #187 28,724
Why is Geoff Johns so good on other books and so bland on this one?
65 THUNDERBOLTS #65 28,224
66 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #156 28,201
67 THUNDERBOLTS #66 28,065
68 SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB #15 27,583
69 ROBIN #103 27,501
The new writer is doing a story that I couldn't tell from Chuck Dixon's if you forced me to. Maybe that's a good thing, but I was hoping the new team would quicken the pace of the comic.
70 ORDER #5 27,052
I hate to admit it, but without Erik Larson, I just don't care about this book, which is a continuation of the Defenders. It's lost the humor, which made the Defenders worth reading.
71 BIRDS OF PREY #44 26,965
72 POWERS #22 (MR) 26,561
Still one of comic's best books, and I have no idea where they are going to go with it, since one of the characters is no longer a cop. Just when I thought it was settling into a rut, it surprises me. Highly recommended for super-hero fans and NON super-hero fans.
73 DEADPOOL #68 26,275
About to be cancelled and started over with a new name and higher cost. At one point, this was one of Marvel's most under-rated and hilarious comics, not it's just sort of there. I won't be following it to its new price point. Sorry.
74 CABLE #106 26,175
75 MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #3 (RES) 25,488
Next to last issue for Marvel's nice little anthology book that should have sold better. Some great stories in here, an Ennis Punisher story that was about the creepiest think I've read in a comic in years, a Ted McKeever Man Thing story that was the best Man Thing story since Gerber's 70's stuff and a Grant Morrison Nick Fury story that was brilliant. Highly recommended.
76 WONDER WOMAN #182 25,225
77 THING FREAKSHOW #1 (Of 4) 25,107
78 BATGIRL SECRET FILES #1 24,893
79 LEGION #9 24,566
80 SPIDER-GIRL #48 (Note Price) 24,311
Actually selling much better than the other two Marvel low sellers it gets lumped with. Not a GREAT comic, but one that is fun to read. It has a lot of continuity stuff in it, but unlike most books with that, you don't need to know them, they just add to the comic. Recommended for super-hero fans and younger readers.
81 JLA DESTINY #1 (Of 4) 24,284
82 MARVEL KNIGHTS VOL 2 #4 24,084
Boy, the on-line preview was a lot better than the book turned out to be. I hear its already cancelled or I'd be telling people to drop it. As is, just wait and it will go away on its own.
83 YOUNG JUSTICE #46 24,080
Peter David's one book you don't need to be a long time fan to follow. The Election issue was fun and funny, and shows that he CAN do books like that. Wish he'd do them more often, since they are much more enjoyable.
84 BLADE #4 (MR) 24,030
I hear this version of Blade is doomed as well. I'll never understand why the character does so well in movies, but can't seem to sell comics. It seems like such a slam dunk to me, since the character itself is so strongly conceived.
85 SOJOURN #12 23,875
86 JUST A PILGRIM GARDEN OF EDEN #4 (Of 4) 23,344
87 TITANS #42 23,334
Barry Kitson has some of the most underrated art in comics. His style, while a bit still, is very clear, clean and expert at telling a story. I just haven't gotten excited about this version of the Titans, and his art isn't helping. Hopefully the next writer will get that mix of characterization and action that the Wolfman/Perez book did so well.
88 HOWARD THE DUCK #6 (MR) 22,966
With the last issue, I'll be buying the collected version, but I think it's a GREAT sign that Marvel is calling back creators from the 70's and 80's and giving them a chance to work with their creations again, rather that reviving the creations by whoever is around the office.
89 Just Imagine Stan Lee W/WALTER SIMONSON CREATING SANDMAN 22,866
I don't know why Walt Simonson isn't as big a fan favorite as Frank Miller or Alan Moore. His art always is exciting, filled with powerful images and is MADE for Big Deal superhero stories. Stan's DC books have been fun. Not GREAT, but fun, but it's also easy to tell that they are very dependent upon the artist he's working with, so this one should be Highly Recommended.
90 CAPTAIN MARVEL #33 22,707
The Peter David book that caused a big stir on the internet and goes unnoticed everywhere else. Now, PAD complained that he's getting a bum rap on how this book isn't new reader friendly...then he wraps up a storyline from a comic cancelled 7 years ago by tying it into a Hulk story he did 5 years ago with a subplot from a Hulk comic from 10 years ago. All without really fully explaining who these people are. He had Rick Jones's homicidal mom in the book for a YEAR with ever telling people who she was, why she was killing people or what it had to do with anything. I like the book, but there are people who haven't read every Peter David Marvel book ever printed who need to be catered too as well.
91 TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #5 (Of 12) 22,698
92 HOOD #2 (MR) 22,503
93 AVENGERS ICONS TIGRA #4 21,789
94 STAR WARS TALES #12* 21,785
Oddly enough, this is the only Star Wars comic I buy. I LOVE Star Wars. Not like some people who know all the novels, toys, minor characters and the like, but the movies were a big part of my teenage years. This book is the ONLY one that has characters I recognize in stories you don't have to be obsessive to know what is going on. It even is starting to get better creators with Garth Ennis doing a story last time. Highly Recommended for Star Wars fans.
95 MUTIES #5 21,758
96 MORLOCKS #3 (Of 4) 21,739
97 HARLEY QUINN #21 21,580
Losing Terry Dodson on the art is prolly the death knell for this book. Karl Kesel is doing good stories, most of which are single issue and easily read by new readers, and I recommend it just because it's a FUN comic.
98 OUT THERE #12 21,267
99 RUSE #9 20,703
100 PATH #4 19,999
101 STAR WARS #43 RITE OF PASSAGE (2 Of 4) 19,967
102 ROUTE 666 #1 19,867
103 GREEN LANTERN BRIGHTEST DAY BLACKEST NIGHT 19,563
104 BLACK PANTHER #45 (Note Price) 19,336
105 BLACK PANTHER #46 19,213
Marvel's lowest selling regular series. I KNOW it gets good reviews, but I just can't read it. I tried and it didn't make any sense to me, the art was painfully bad and I didn't get interested enough to buy the 25 or so issues it would have taken for the book to make sense. Still, you have to give Marvel props for publishing it at next to a loss for as long as they have.
106 LONE WOLF 2100 #2 (Of 4) 19,131
Hate to say it, but I'm glad this is failing. Problem is, for Dark Horse, this is a hit, but I hate the whole idea of taking the classic manga and "reimagining" it as a SF series.
107 SUPERGIRL #71 19,086
Peter David said that he is going to make a change to the character and series that will make it "more new reader friendly" with issue #75. What I never quite understand is: Why does it take 6 - 10 issues to make a book 'good' if you know there is a problem? If sales are falling and the editor says that only hard core long time fans know what is going on, change it NOW.
108 WARLANDS AGE OF ICE #6 18,981
109 WAY O/T RAT #2 18,954
110 DEADLINE #3 (Of 4) 18,918
111 BATMAN DEATHBLOW AFTER FIRE #3 (Of 3) 18,863
112 HELLBLAZER #175 (MR) 18,849
The last issue by the writer of 100 Bullets, and I'm glad. These are good stories, just not Hellblazer stories. John Constantine is a Magician that scares the crap out of people just by showing up, not some private eye who goes to fetish clubs and tracks down killers. If the nest creative team doesn't know that, they shouldn't work on the book.
113 INFERNO HELLBOUND #4 18,277
114 PROMETHEA #21 (MR) 18,109
Alan Moore's most brilliant comic, highly recommended for people who are looking for more than just fisticuffs. In each issue he uses the idea of the story to explain and explore different ideas in magick, history and reality. Not for fanboys, but a comic that really tries to expand the reader's perceptions.
115 POWER COMPANY #5 17,886
Kurt Busiek left The Avengers for this book. This book is good, but DC started it with a painful gimmick, has saddled it with bad covers, and doesn't seem to be selling. I wonder how long until Busiek goes back to Marvel to try and amp up his sales again.
116 DOOM PATROL #9 17,522
117 SPECTRE #18 17,400
Probably not long for this world, and I KNOW that the DeMatties style was not the best approach for this book to succeed. When they made Hal Jordan the new Spectre, people expected a vastly different book than this contemplative comic that spends more time on concepts than dealing out God's Vengeance. But I like it and recommend it. So there.
118 HIGH ROADS #3 (Of 6) 17,104
119 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #8 17,000
What could be a great DC book for new readers is already a bit of a hit and miss. It doesn't have a consistent creative team and is being treated like the other "Adventures" books, just a licensed book to try and get a few kids to try comics. I remember when the Adventures books were given good creative teams because they WERE the first comic books kids would read and if they get good stories, they'd come back for more.
120 100 BULLETS #37 (MR) 16,982
121 BTVS ANGEL REUNION* 16,936
122 ATHENA INC #2* 16,909
123 TRANSMETROPOLITAN #57 (MR) 16,818
Now, there are 4 issues left, and this book ends with #60...but the plot is STILL moving at a snail's pace and doesn't seem to be moving toward a Big Deal conclusion. Hopefully the last 3 issues will prove me wrong, but it seems to me that Ellis ran out of ideas abo9ut #40 or so and has just been treading water ever since.
124 SCION #25 16,723
125 FABLES #2 (MR) 16,545
Bill Willingham's new series, but he's only writing it, not drawing it. The first issue was good, not mindblowing, but good. I'll stick around to see where it's going.
126 X-MEN EVOLUTION #8 15,927
127 BTVS #46 WITHDRAWAL* 15,723
128 SUICIDE SQUAD #10 15,677
129 BASTARD SAMURAI #2 (Of 3) 15,600
130 BANISHED KNIGHTS #4 14,900
131 SAVAGE DRAGON #100 (Note Price) 14,819
The last of the Image books done by one of the original creators. I know I don't like this book and its easy to bash Erik Larson for being a loud-mouthed moron, but you have to give him credit for lasting this long on this book when all the other creators have pretty must stopped drawing all together. I still won't BUY this book though, since it's just not my cup of tea and I HATE Larson's art style.
132 LADY DEATH DARK ALLIANCE #1 14,678
133 LUCIFER #27 (MR) 14,637
134 SIMPSONS COMICS #71 14,601
Great fun, highly recommended, and this month better than most of the recent episodes.
135 UNIVERSE #8 (Note Price) 14,591
136 CRUX #15 14,573
Most of the Crossgen stuff sells about this level, and now that they are reprinting in a cheap format that's easy to read I have read it. The books by Mark Waid are GREAT, the ones by Dixon and Marz are readable and a bit bland and the ones by Barbara Kesel are utter shite. There's your reviews.
137 CODENAME KNOCKOUT #14 (MR) 14,482
138 MYSTIC #25 14,451
139 NEGATION #7 14,242
140 ARIA SUMMER SPELL #2 (Of 2) 14,078
141 SIGIL #25 14,028
142 FIRST #20 13,905
143 LADY DEATH REIMAGINED #1 13,773
144 IMPULSE #87 13,683
Cancelled. Used to be DC's most fun book, but over the last few years it's been a tragedy fest, causing long time readers to just slowly walk away from the book. It hasn't sold well since issue #40, but DC keeps books around a LOT longer than they probably should to try and generate interest.
145 CROSSGEN CHRONICLES #8 13,646
146 MERIDIAN #25 13,564
147 LAB RATS #3 13,551
Oh how John Byrne has fallen. I never thought I would see a book by him selling THIS poorly. Of course, after reading the first two issues, no one is missing anything. His art is still rushed and sloppy where it used to be very polished, his concepts for the book are horridly outdated, and the characters are utterly uninteresting. And he'll blame the poor sales on everyone but himself. John, if you are ever trolling around to see what people think of your book, it's BORING. Take some time off, recharge your batteries and listen to an editor once in a while.
148 HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #12 (MR) 12,674
149 STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #51 12,592
150 BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #51 12,433
151 TENTH NIGHTWALKER #3 (Of 4)* 12,156
152 LADY DEATH GODDESS RETURNS #2 11,988
153 BLACK SUN #1 (Of 6) 11,851
154 HAVEN BROKEN CITY #7 (Of 9) 11,788
155 DEADMAN #7 11,670
Deadman indeed. If it hasn't been cancelled, it soon will be, which is a damn shame, since the book has been very readable. It's just not a Big Deal type of book for some reason, but one that I enjoy without loving. I don't think there's room for that anymore.
156 VAMPIRELLA #10 REG ED 11,651
157 PURGATORI REIMAGINED #1 11,583
158 VAMPI #20 REG ED 11,270
And now the Original Vampirella is outselling the Updated Manga-ized version by about 500 copies. I don't care about either one.
159 DEFIANCE #3 11,061
160 CHASTITY REIMAGINED #1 10,838
161 ESTABLISHMENT #10 10,761
162 AMERICAN CENTURY #16 (MR) 10,742
Maybe I'm a bit cynical, but the first 8 or so issues of this were GREAT, and the rest have not interested me at all. I'm thinking that Howard Chaykin pretty much blew all of his inspiration on those issues and is now just trying to think of how to keep the book going.
163 PURGATORI GOD KILLER #2 9,952
164 100% #1 (Of 5) (MR) 9,625
Paul Pope's new Vertigo mini-series, getting a lot of good reviews...but I just can't get past his art for some reason. I have no good explanation why, since I like stylized art in a lot of other comics.
165 MIDNIGHT MASS #3 (Of 8) (MR) 9,506
166 SHI POISONED PARADISE #1 (Of 2)* 9,429
167 RADIX #4 9,293
168 POWERPUFF GIRLS #28 9,034
169 INFERNO HELLBOUND #0 (Net) 8,979
170 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4 8,816
171 SCI SPY #5 (Of 6) (MR) 8,802
Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy still doing stories that would have been damn cool in the 70's, but seem dated and out of touch now. If you liked their older work, buy this as a collected trade.
172 EVERQUEST TRANFORMATION 8,629
173 GREYSHIRT INDIGO SUNSET #6 (Of 6) 8,270
174 CRUSADES #16 (MR) 8,207
Cancelled, I hear. It never sold well, but I have always liked it. Seagle's story was interesting and surprising, taking an odd idea and making it work, while Kelly Jones was doing good art that wasn't up to his normal standard. With the failure of this book, and so many other Vertigo on-going series, I hope they have plans for the line other than "We do mini-series and used to publish Sandman."
175 USAGI YOJIMBO #58 7,843
176 QUEEN & COUNTRY #9 (MR) 7,234
177 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #68 7,175
I ignored this book for the longest time, due to the art being so horrid. That was a HUGE mistake on my part. For people who have ever played Role Playing Games, this is a wonderfully funny book that gives you almost 100 pages of content for $3, always makes me laugh, and actually has a ton of character development. Highly Recommended for gamers and people who are lapsed gamers.
178 SHI ILLUSTRATED WARRIOR #1 (Of 7) 7,030
179 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #69 BEASTS (4 Of 7) (MR) 6,989
180 DRAGONBALL Z PART 5 #6 (Of 12) 6,784
181 CEREBUS #279 6,589
182 SCOOBY-DOO #61 6,448
183 GIRL GENIUS #6 (RES) 6,330
Phil Fogilo's most recent series. I'd be buying it but: 1) I'd rather get it in collected form and 2) He tends to lose interest in books leaving them with either highly rushed or non-existent endings. And I HATE reading a story and the creator never finishing it.
184 FORT PROPHET O/T UNEXPLAINED #1 (Of 4) 5,971
185 DRAGONBALL PART 5 #1 (Of 7) 5,862
186 CANNON GOD EXAXXION #8 STAGE 1 (8 Of 8) (MR) 5,671
187 IMAGE INTRODUCES DOG SOLDIERS 5,648
188 RIPLEYS INTO THIN AIR #1 (Of 4) 5,648
189 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #112 5,621
190 SUPER MANGA BLAST #23 (MR) 5,267
With the demise of PULP, this is the best Japanese Anthology being published. I recommend it for Japanese comics fans or people who want to try Japanese comics but know little about them, as these are pretty much some of the best translated stores being published.
191 RANMA 1/2 PART 11 #4 (Of 11) 5,262
Yep, I still buy this, even though it's pretty much the same story every month. It's been going so long that I can't even imagine it NOT coming out every month.
192 SHI POISONED PARADISE #1/2* 4,862
193 SCOOBY DOO SUPER SCAREFEST #1 4,790
194 TICK GOLDEN AGE COMIC #2* 4,581
195 MADMAN PICTURE EXHIBITION #3 4,503
196 DEMONSLAYER PATH OF TIME #1* 4,499
197 GOLD DIGGER #33 4,358
198 HOPELESS SAVAGES GROUND ZERO #1 (Of 4) 4,331
199 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA #29 4,258
200 ROBO DOJO #5 (Of 6) 4,131
201 GUNDAM WING ENDLESS WALTZ #4 (Of 5) 4,049
202 ARCHIE #524 3,803
203 ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO PART 1 #2 (Of 5) 3,794
204 KODT ILLUSTRATED #13 3,717
I love Knights of the Dinner Table, but this book taking their RPG Adventures and showing them as they "happened" just leaves me cold.
205 INU YASHA PART 6 #14 (Of 15) 3,599
206 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1 (Of 3) (MR) 3,535
207 DORK TOWER #19 3,481
208 DEXTERS LABORATORY #30 3,463
209 LOONEY TUNES #91 3,454
You have to give DC credit for printing this book as long as they have. Maybe it has some newsstand sales, but at 3,400, it can't be making a profit for the company and is probably losing money.
210 METAL HURLANT #1 3,404
211 BETTY & VERONICA #177 3,331
212 HOW TO DRAW MANGA #16 3,326
213 DARKCHYLDE LAST ISSUE SPECIAL PX ALT CVR 3,322
214 BETTY #114 3,299
215 VERONICA #128 3,190
216 INCAL #10 (MR) 3,140
217 BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #55 3,131
218 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #135 3,108
219 DEMONSLAYER PATH OF TIME #1/2* 3,058
220 CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND PART 3 #1 (Of 4) (Note Price) 3,017
221 NEON GENESIS PART 7 #2 (Of 7) 3,004
This is the point where I remind people that there are only about 3000 comic shops in the US, so this means that there isn't even one copy of the comics below this in each store.
222 SABRINA VOL 2 #34 2,986
223 BASTARD #7 FIGHTER (2 Of 3) (MR) 2,972
224 BIG O PART 1 #5 (Of 5) 2,845
225 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #96 2,836
226 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #131 2,813
227 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #68 2,777
228 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #59 2,758
I should review that Archie books every month, but to be honest, I only read a digest every once in a while, since I have pretty much read every variation of the Archie, Betty and Veronica triangle and outgrew the books. Which there is nothing wrong with, comics should have different books for different readers. Too bad now all they seem to aim for are people like me, and Lord knows there aren't enough people like me to support any industry other than the porn industry.
229 SLAYERS SPECIAL #6 2,677
230 NODWICK #15 2,658
231 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #87 2,654
232 COURTNEY CRUMRIN & NIGHT THINGS #4 (Of 4) 2,504
233 LAUGH DIGEST #176 2,431
234 PALOOKA VILLE #16 (MR) 2,427
A brilliant book that I would recommend if it wasn't so slowly paced...I buy all of Seth's work in book form and recommend it VERY highly in that format, as his slow pacing truly works in that format.
235 ALICE IN SEXLAND #4 (A) 2,399
236 ARCHIES WEIRD MYSTERIES #22 2,340
237 JUGHEAD #145 2,336
238 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #176 2,286
239 SHOT CALLERZ #2 (Of 4) (MR) 2,272
240 LOUIS RIEL #7 2,245
241 BATTLE POPE WRATH OF GOD #1 (Of 3) (MR) 2,236
242 SMILE VOL 4 #7 2,236
Cancelled due to low sales. I know we're supposed to be supportive of books that are made to draw in new customers, and this Manga anthology with stories aimed at young girls is a good idea. But would you let YOUR 13 year old daughter go into most comic shops without being wrapped in Saran Wrap and accompanied by an armed guard?
243 WERESLUT #8 (A) 2,122
Again, I dated her. And if I link to her website, she'll send me another nasty e-mail and I'll have to deal with her again. Instead, I'll just let her think that she's the most important person on the internet and giggle that she's living in her parents' pantry.
244 SKINWALKER #2 (Of 4) (MR) 2,081
245 GENUS #54 (A) 1,999
246 EMPTY ZONE CONVERSATIONS W/DEAD #1 (Of 5) 1,949
Must be conversing with their SALES.
247 DF MICRONAUTS ALT CVR #1 1,918
248 STRANGEHAVEN #14 (MR) 1,863
249 BATTLE GIRLZ #5 1,845
250 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PART 7 COLL ED #2 (Of 7) 1,818
251 THIEVES & KINGS #39 1,804
252 SKELEBUNNIES #2 1,754
253 TIGERS OF LUFTWAFFE #9 1,700
254 CHARM SCHOOL #5 (MR) 1,690
255 SILENT MOBIUS TURNABOUT #6 (Of 6) 1,686
256 A G SUPER EROTIC ANTHOLOGY #3 (A) 1,677
It's not just Erotic...it's Super Erotic! Able to create erections from 100 yards away!
257 SAINT TAIL #20 1,663
258 ARSENIC LULLABIES VOL 2 #1 1,645
259 UNCANNY X-MEN WIZARD ACE ED #94 1,640
260 FUTABAKUN CHANGE VOL 8 #5 1,600
261 FURRLOUGH #114 1,590
262 SMALL FAVORS #6 (A) 1,550
263 PANTHEON #12 (Of 12) 1,536
264 ORIENT SEXPRESS #2 (A) 1,513
265 SCOOBY DOO SPOOKY SUMMER SPECIAL #1 (O/A) 1,504
Not bad for a comic that's a year old.
266 VAGABOND PART 1 #8 (MR) 1,495
267 ZOIDS #5 1,490
268 MIRACLE GIRLS #23 1,431
269 MIRACLE GIRLS #22 1,431
Sales like this are why Tokyo Pop has decided to no longer print monthly comics, but only go with collected versions of their translated Japanese comics. And with sales like this, I can't blame them.
270 MEDABOTS PART 2 #1 (Of 4) 1,381
271 MEDABOTS PART 2 #2 (Of 4) 1,331
272 OGENKI CLINIC VOL 9 #3 (A) 1,286
273 VAMPIRELLA #10 LTD ED* 1,268
274 WARRIOR NUN AREALA #8 1,263
At what point do you say, "You know, this comic was hot for about a month, and now we're publishing it at a loss...maybe we should just figure that it's never going to sell that well again and cut our losses."?
275 XXX LIVENUDEGIRLS #1 (MR) 1,200
Well, if they are in a comic, they are drawn nude girls.
276 VAMPIRE YUI VOL 4 #5 1,177
277 SAVAGE PLANET #2 1,172
278 POKEMON ADVS PART 7 #3 (Of 5) 1,136
I think it's over. More people threw away a Pokemon comic than bought one this month.
279 PATRICK WOLF BOYS SUPERHERO SP 1,132
280 STEVE GRANTS MY FLESH IS COOL PREVIEW (MR) 1,127
Hey Steve, I don't think signing the exclusive contract with Avatar has done much for your sales.
281 ANUBIS DARK DESIRES #1 (A) 1,086
282 KATMANDU #26 (RES) (MR) 1,086
283 DIGITAL WEBBING PRESENTS #3 1,068
284 UNUSUAL U #1 1,063
285 WARHAMMER MONTHLY #56 1,059
286 SPECWAR #2 (MR) 1,022
287 LIBERTY MEADOWS #3 FINAL PTG (O/A) 995
288 FRED THE CLOWN #3 991
289 ODDBALLZ #2 991
290 LIBERTY MEADOWS #4 FINAL PTG (O/A) 986
291 MEAT CAKE #12 (MR) 982
292 ELVIRA #110 968
I am just amazed that this book is still published with sales this low.
293 SHI POISONED PARADISE PLATINUM CVR INCENTIVE #1 (Of 2) (Net) 954
294 GENERIC COMIC BOOK #8 950
The lowest selling non-reprint or "special cover" comic book. I can see this being funny the first time, but hasn't the joke pretty much cannibalized itself by this point?
295 LIBERTY MEADOWS WEDDING ALBUM CURR PTG (O/A) 950
When it came out the first time, it sold fairly well, but I still don't think his "stunt" of ending his comic strip in the newspapers and finishing it in a comic book worked.
296 NETHER AGE OF MAGA #1 (MR) 945
297 HORSEMEN #2 (Of 3) (MR) 936
298 LETHARGIC LAD JUMBO SIZED ANNUAL #1 927
299 DEMIS STRANGE BEDFELLOWS #2 (A) 922
300 LADY DEATH DARK ALLIANCE PREMIUM ED #1 913
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