The Top Selling 300 comics for February 2003

This list comes from digging through sales figures, asking too many questions and using Diamond Comics information. The snotty comments in white are mine.

1 BATMAN #612 $2.25 DC 125,095

I don't care for it, but you can't really argue with success, unless you want to lose. Jim Lee has taken Batman and made it the number 1 comic just from being on the book as an artist, because the stories have been very run of the mill super-hero stories with nothing to recommend them.

2 ULTIMATE WAR #4 (Of 4) $2.25 MAR 108,295

Didn't like it, but Mark Millar's work always seems like he's just writing to shock people, not making the big changes for a specific story reason.

3 ULTIMATES #9 (RES) $2.25 MAR 101,490

Same for his version of the Avengers. Don't much care.

4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 $2.25 MAR 100,439

And for the 50th issue, they are going to resolve the Peter Parker/Mary Jane mess they made for themselves by sending her away. The action parts of Spider-Man have been very good under the current team, but his personal life doesn't take the precedence it hould, since a LOT of Spider-Man's appeal is the soap opera stuff. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of this subplot, and hope they start answering the questions they have been bringing up since JMS took over.

5 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #36 $2.25 MAR 98,475

They brought Venom into the comic and I don't hate it. For someone who always hated the Venom character, that is a HUGE accomplishment. This is the best Spider-Man book being published, and might be the best use fo the character since the hieght of the Lee/Romita years. Highly recommended and a must purchase fo rsuper-hero fans, because this is how it should be done.

6 NEW X-MEN #137 $2.25 MAR 92,470

I can't believe that Grant Morrison would let a #137 of an X-Men book pass without something big, and his run on the book has been amazingly well done. Now, with Phil Jimenez doing his George Perez riffs, each issue is at the top of my reading pile. Highly recommended.

7 ULTIMATE X-MEN #29 $2.25 MAR 84,789

8 UNCANNY X-MEN #419 $2.25 MAR 83,714

While this comic is readable and entertaining, I am worried that it will become "Who do we kill this month" as we are being told that more deaths of characters are coming. Tell you what, worry about good stories first, and make the deaths mean something, rather than a way to "ratchet up the suspense" in a cheap fashion. Still, the stories have been readable, so it's recommended for X-Men fans who drifted away over the last few years.

9 WOLVERINE #186 $2.25 MAR 63,911

Marvel has to be happy it's back in the top 10, but I'm still not reading it. Like they care. Bastards. *sob*


Dropping...oh, don't worry, I'll follow its fall from sales with glee. I think that the retro trend is a horrid thing that is catering to old fans instead of building new ones. Oh, and the Transformers comic sucked the first time around.

11 X-TREME X-MEN #21 $2.99 MAR 60,233

Claremont didn't even get an entire issue into the "revamp" of this series before he had his typical cliches out, a big fight where the heroes die that ends up being all in their minds. I know Claremont has his fans, but I am not one of them anymore.

12 JLA #78 $2.25 DC 60,183

I still think the book is not half as good as it was under the previous creative team, and am considering dropping it. It's too bad, because they can do good work, and in the endlessly long Aquaman Returns story, the sequences with the JLA Replacements were great, the rest of the book just laid there.

13 DAREDEVIL #43 $2.99 MAR 58,782

The middle of another excellent story by Brian Bendis, who is too good a writer for his own good. This is a book I recommend to people whether they like super-heros or not, because it works as a crime noir comic with a few super-hero elements that add to rather than detract from the story. Highly Recommended.

14 INCREDIBLE HULK #50 (Note Price) $3.50 MAR 58,682

Start of a new story arc, and good chance to check out how Bruce Jones has revamped the comic. Rather than a straight super-hero book, this series now deals with the horror of actually having something like The Hulk inside you. A good twist on a 40 year old premice and highly recommended.

15 DAREDEVIL #44 $2.99 MAR 58,494

Another issue with the same High Recommendation.

16 SPIDER-MAN BLUE #6 (Of 6) (RES) $3.50 MAR 56,430

The last part of a mini-series telling about Spider-Man's early years. If you haven't bought the other 5, it's silly to buy the last issue, so wait for the trade paperback like I am going to.

17 AVENGERS #64 $2.25 MAR 52,753

So far, a well-done super hero book that ramps up the danger aspect for the heroes, but still has the traditional Marvel character subplots. Mildly recommended for super-hero fans.

18 CAPTAIN AMERICA #9 $2.99 MAR 52,627

For a book that got a LOT of hype when it relaunched, I find myself not much caring about the current story. You could do a LOT of great stories with Captain America in the modern climate, but the current team just doesn't seem to be up to the task.

19 GREEN ARROW #21 (RES) $2.50 DC 51,739

The last part of the long story that has been going since Kevin Smith left the book, and I have liked it for the most part. It does draw on long time knowledge of DC comics and has a LOT of inside jokes, but overall a decent book for super-hero fans.

20 FANTASTIC FOUR #66 $2.25 MAR 48,512

Every month there are a few books that I think should be doing much better in sales than they are, and this is one of them. Each story has been a perfect mix of humor, action and character with excellent art. This is the best the Fantastic Four has been since John Byrne's run in the 80's and is highly recommended.

21 SPIDER-MAN PETER PARKER #53 $2.25 MAR 48,312

Until issue #50, this book was drawn by Mark Buckingham with a graceful, realistic style and had excellent stories by Paul Jenkins that drew you into the lives of the characters without being an over-the-top soap opera. Now, the art is a weird distorted version of manga that doesn't tell the story well and doesn't have a story worth telling. Avoid this like you would a Frenchman.

22 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #8 $2.95 DRE 46,961

23 TRUTH RED WHITE BLACK #4 (Of 6) $3.50 MAR 46,485

Waiting on the collected book, but I see it's going to be a 7 issue mini-series now...and how can you get to the last couple of issues and say, "Damn, I need to add stuff inbetween this part and the end that wasn't in the script I wrote?"

24 GI JOE #15 $2.95 IMA 45,760

25 HULK WOLVERINE 6 HOURS #3 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 43,496

By the regular writer of The Hulk, and to be collected in a trade paperback 2 weeks after the last issue comes out, with a repinting of Hulk #181 included to pad out the page count. So be patient and wait.

26 THUNDERCATS RETURN #1 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 42,282

Didn't they already return? Is this the return of the return? I wish they'd return to whatever black hell they were consigned to when their toy line and TV show were ended.

27 PUNISHER #22 $2.99 MAR 41,356

You would think that a series that has a one note character and derives most of its humor from the violence that character inficts would get stale after a while, but you'd be wrong. We are so used to the Stan Lee soap opera approach to comics that a series with a static character is strange to read, but this consistantly entertains with it's dark humor and relentless approach to storytelling. Kind of like Judge Dredd, and highly recommended.

28 MASTERS O/T UNIVERSE #4 (Of 4)* $2.95 IMA 41,269

If you haven't figured it out yet, I hate 80's retro comics. And you can't change my mind, so don't try.

29 ACTION COMICS #800 (Note Price) $3.95 DC 40,318

A Big Honking Anniversary issue featuring Superman, who has been in the comic since Action #1 back in the late 30's. At one point in the 40's, this comic sold over 10 million copies a month. Now, 40,000 in a good month. Oh, and the story is OK, but not great, as they don't really do good anniversary issues anymore. How sad is it that I am actually wondering what they will do for issue #1000, since I remember buying #600 off the stands in the late 80's.

30 JSA #45 $2.50 DC 40,143

The wrap up of the last story was an amazing issue with the feel of an Alan Moore comics (too many ideas floating around for the comic to really contain). This book has been an amazing success, and they are now starting a new story arc to lead up to the 50th issue. If you like super-team books, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Highly recommended.

31 DETECTIVE COMICS #779 $2.75 DC 37,616

With the creative team change, I've lost a lot of interest. DC's new plan for Batman seems to be to use his older villians in ways they haven't been in a while, and while that's all well and good, I prefered the Noir approach the book had under Greg Rucka.

32 SPAWN #131 $2.95 IMA 36,703

Bwa-ha-ha! Not only is this book almost a year behind, but the actual sales are said to be about half of this, since they have to allow retailers to alter their orders because it IS so late. I suppose if the comic was any good, I wouldn't think it is so funny, but McFarlane has shoveled out crappy comics for so long, and stolen credit from co-creators that it is a GOOD THING that he's falling on hard times.

33 ASTRO CITY LOCAL HEROES #1 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 36,353

I have missed this comic, which is one of the few super-hero comics to change how comics are done. Astro City did short stories about what it was like to be in a world with super-heroes in it, and how it affected people's lives. It won tons of awards, has influenced such comics are Tangled Webs, Powers, Alias, and many many others. Now it's back as a series of mini-series, which means that I will be buying them as they are collected into books (which is how they should be read anyway). For those who havent' read Astro City, this is your chance, and this series is Highly Recommended.

34 AQUAMAN #3 $2.50 DC 36,215

35 GREEN LANTERN #159 $2.25 DC 35,990

36 GI JOE FRONTLINE #5 $2.95 IMA 35,364

37 EXILES #22 $2.25 MAR 35,239

I say about the same thing every month about this comic, and this is no different. A fun romp in comic continuity for the people who have been reading comics for a long time, a confusing mess of alternative realities for the people who haven't. Recommended for a limited audience.

38 X-MEN UNLIMITED #42 $3.50 MAR 34,489

With an infinite number of pages because it's UNLIMITED! With hardcore sex scenes and cat juggling becuase it's UNLIMITED! Filled with stories written by JD Salinger and drawn by Dali because it's UMLIMITED!

Not really. It's just passable inventory stories they couldn't stick anywhere else. Sorry I got your hopes up.

39 THOR #60 $2.25 MAR 34,414

40 THOR #59 $2.25 MAR 34,376

41 RAWHIDE KID #1 (Of 5) (MR) $2.99 MAR 34,001

Oh here it is, the comic that will bring down civilization and cause children to worship Satan, calling forth a Hell on Earth not seen since the last Meg Ryan movie! It's the end of the world! At least that's what I heard from all the comics fans who haven't dated a girl in 20 years or people who haven't read a comic in 30 years. It's a bad little peice of crap written by a hack and drawn by the "Way too talented to be wasted on a gimmick book" John Severin.

You want to really shock people and shake things up? Don't have some obscure Marvel character they haven't used in 30 years turn out to be gay, have Archie declare his undying love for Reggie, while Reggie gets a stiffy whenever Jughead comes into the room. THAT would get some attention and people burning down comic shops for being hotbeds of evil and sin.

That's what I'M talkin' about.

42 IRON MAN #65 $2.25 MAR 32,600

43 X-STATIX #8 $2.25 MAR 32,512

Every month this book gets better. It uses the standard super-hero cliches and cartoonish 60's style art to totally deconstruct the super-hero genre in a way that shows an immense amount of love for the genre. Each character in the book is interesting enough for their own series, and even though we all KNOW the plot devices, you keep reading to see the small twists put on them. Highly recommended for everyone, dammit.

44 RISING STARS BRIGHT #1 (Of 3) $2.99 IMA 32,475

JMS has been a huge moneymaker for comics companies, with Rising Stars at Image and Amazing Spider-Man at Marvel, and this is a spin-off mini-series based on his first comic series (which still isn't done yet). Too bad he had nothing to do with it. Gotta love those open-ended contracts.

45 VERTIGO X PREVIEW (MR) $0.99 DC 32,325

46 SUPERMAN #190 $2.25 DC 31,937

And the Superman books continue to mis-use the attention given them by the 10 cent comic last month. They could have used it to kick off a new storyline like Batman did. They could have used it to highlight a new creative team doing a complete revamp of the book like they did for Gen 13 and the Fantastic Four. Instead it was a throwaway story that changed nothing, keeping in place the competent but not very exciting stuff in the Superman books.

47 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #38 $2.75 DC 30,823

At this point I am buying it for the Black and White stories and the hope that they will figure out a direction for the comic at some point.

48 WEAPON X #6 $2.25 MAR 30,698

49 HAWKMAN #12 $2.50 DC 30,085

One of DC's better super-hero books, and this is from a reader who never much cared for Hawkman. A solid super-hero book with interesting character work and decent action sequences. Nothing to go out of your way for anymore (the first 8 issues were great!), but a solidly entertaining book. Mildly recommended.

50 BATGIRL #37 $2.50 DC 29,835

51 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #7 $2.99 IMA 29,748

7 months ago a HOT book they couldn't get enough copies out for people, now dropping rapidly down the sales charts. You need to have more than a good licence and a splashy cover artist in order to get people to buy a book on a regular basis.

52 ADV OF SUPERMAN #613 $2.25 DC 29,322

53 CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 $2.25 MAR 28,859

Even with a re-launch, Peter David has made this comic one that you have to have been reading for a while. Maybe he just can't write "new reader friendly" stories anymore, but I dislike having to slog through the fron text when I read the book on a monthly basis. The whole "U-Decide" thing has been a mess, with two unreadable books and this one, for Peter David fans only.

54 NIGHTWING #78 $2.25 DC 28,809

55 BATGIRL YEAR ONE #3 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 28,622

56 ROBOTECH #3 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 28,584

57 SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS III #2 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 28,384

Byrne's last two Generations mini-series have been fun, but a whole year's worth of stories about a different DC timeline created by him, introducing a lot of new characters and jumping about in time? The last Generations was starting to get confusing, and the first issue of this one was even more so. Maybe I'll get it as a collected book an a completist, but I'm not really looking forward to it.

58 AGENT X #8 $2.25 MAR 27,383

59 ELEKTRA #21 $2.99 MAR 27,283

A great action series written by Greg Rucka, and the current story is one that has been needed fror a long time, looking at the fact that Elektra is a killer. They seem to be cleanign that character's past up a bit, making her more "likable" and getting ready for a new direction without just marking time. Highly recommended for mature readers due to violence.

60 FLASH #195 $2.25 DC 27,258

A dissapointing conclusion to the "Gorilla Grodd" storyline that didn't really give a sense of the Flash even being necessary to the story. I don't think anyone but regular readers will buy it, and while I didn't hate it, I sure wouldn't hand it to someone and say, "You should read this!"

61 PARADISE X RAGNAROK #2 (Of 2) $2.99 MAR 27,158

62 ALIAS #19 (RES) (MR) $2.99 MAR 26,583

I love this series and look forward to each issue. The current storyline involves the most recent "Spider-Woman" and like most Bendis stories, seems to be wandering about plotwise until he hits you with exactly what he's been planning through the whole story. A masterful use of the comics format and a great use of "continuit" to open up story ideas rather than using it to limit the readership. Highly recommended for mature readers.

63 WONDER WOMAN #189 $2.25 DC 26,320

64 POWERS #29 (MR) $2.95 IMA 25,982

Blah blah blah, brilliant, blah blah blah. If you aren't reading it now, you should, even if you hate super-heroes. Highly recommended.

65 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #164 $2.50 DC 25,607

66 THUNDERBOLTS #76 $2.25 MAR 25,432

The first issue of the "new direction", and it's something the comic needed. I stayed through the last storyline because it promiced to get back to the days when this comic was a fast paced super-team book with a penchant for big twists. It became a bloated mess that pulled in concepts no one has cared about for years. (Counter-Earth? Jesus, does Roy Thomas even remember that stupid idea?) Now it's being pitched as "Fight Club" for comics. It gets one issue to win me over.

67 SPIDER-MAN LEGEND O/T SPIDER CLAN #5 (Of 5) $2.25 MAR 25,219

68 BIRDS OF PREY #52 $2.50 DC 24,406


This is a higher number on the sales chart than Lady Death ever got under Chaos Publishing. It's the same creators who worked on her at Chaos, the same sort of silly story, just a new publisher. I have no idea why it did the big sales jump just because it was in a different part of the Diamond Catalog.

70 SUPERGIRL #79 $2.50 DC 23,931

I find it very strange that DC is cancelling this comic with sales this good (relatively speaking). The new storyline leans WAY too hard on very old continuity (the Crisis in Infinite Earths is the "trigger event"), but it seems to be doing well enough. Better than other books that are considered "hits". Anyway, this is the next to last issue, so it's not like a lot of people are goign to jump on board now.

71 JLA SPECTRE SOUL WAR #2 (Of 2) $5.95 DC 23,418

The same creative team and The Spectre, over twice the price and yet it sells double the copies. Does the JLA on the title really make that much of a difference? Oh well, a solid JM DeMatties story, which means if you like his other serious work, you'll like this and if you don't, you'll call it pretnetious twaddle. I like it, but I write pretentious twaddle.

72 CATWOMAN #16 $2.50 DC 23,393

Sells less than Supergirl, considered a hit. I don't mind, as it is the only one of the Batman books that has kept the "crime noir" style that I love so much, and it is Highly Recommended.

73 SPIDER-GIRL #57 $2.25 MAR 23,330

A good enough comic back in the 80's, and fun enough to read now, but it does feel like something Marvel would have published about 15 years ago, which is why most people aren't reading it. It is also a decent read for younger comics fans, as it uses High School for its setting and captures the overwrought drama of teenager years very well. Mildly recommended for younger readers who like the Archie stuff but want better fight scenes than in "Betty and Me."

74 TOMB RAIDER #28 $2.99 IMA 23,005

75 LEGION #17 $2.50 DC 23,005

76 FATHOM #1/2 $2.99 IMA 22,967

I hate Zero issues, 1/2 issues, all of the dumb numbering gimmicks and thought they were gone by the time the investment boom died. Guess I was wrong, but this sure didn't sell very well, now did it?

77 STAR WARS EMPIRE #6 $2.99 DAR 22,892

78 SUPERMAN METROPOLIS #1 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 22,880

A Mark Waid written Superman mini-series that should be selling a LOT better than this, unless most people are like me and know that DC will be collecting it in a book when it's all done.

79 FABLES #10 (MR) $2.50 DC 22,705

This is the highest a Vertiog book has charted in ages, and with the high graphic novel sales, I guess this can be called a hit. It's one of the better series the imprint has done in a while as well, with a very clear premice and great stories by Bill Willingham. Too bad he doesn't draw anymore, since I like his art style.

80 SOJOURN #20 $2.95 CRO 22,692

81 BIRDS OF PREY CATWOMAN BATGIRL #1 (Of 2) $5.95 DC 22,580

82 ROBIN #111 $2.25 DC 22,517

It's been 11 issues since Chuck Dixon left, and I think I can say with authority that the new writer has bored me beyond belief. Dixon would stretch things out, but the action parts of the story moved quickly and kept you interested as he stretched sub-plots out for months. From a mildly recommended book to one I'm dropping.

83 YOUNG JUSTICE #54 $2.75 DC 22,342

84 Y THE LAST MAN #8 (MR) $2.95 DC 21,779

I picked it up with the second story arc, and now I'm sorry I missed out on the first one (and my local didn't order the first printing of the graphic novel). The first issue stumbled out of the gate, but the idea that all the men in the world are dead but one could be an excuse for crappy stories, but instead the comic explores characters who are around the last man while giving us glipses of the rest of society. However, like with most good Vertigo series, it IS just a chapter in a larger story, and should be read as a series of graphic novels.


This mini-series is getting good reviews, so I'll be buying it when it is collected in a trade.

86 BATMAN ALIENS II #3 (Of 3) $5.95 DC 21,079

Haven't the Aliens pretty much fought everyone now? Can't they go home instead of trying to pick fights with everyone?

87 JSA UNHOLY THREE #1 (Of 2) $6.95 DC 21,041

88 HELLBOY WEIRD TALES #1 $2.99 DAR 21,003

89 TITANS #50 $2.75 DC 21,003

Last issue, and I won't really miss the series. Every Teen Titans series since the classic Wolfman/Perez stuff has been living off of past glory, and if they are going to start it up again, they need to do what that team did. Take the idea, recast it and move forward. The current series started so reverential to the Wolfman stuff that it felt more like a fan-written series than a real comic series, and since then it has just been treading water.

90 MEKANIX #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 20,928

A decent enough Kitty Pryde mini-series, using a few old Claremont character we haven't seen in a while, and with very little of the endless Claremont subplots...and the book would sell better if it didn't have those horrid covers and the stupid name it was saddled with. Mildly recommended for old school X-Men fans.

91 FILTH #9 (Of 13) (MR) $2.95 DC 20,616

92 HERO #1 $2.50 DC 20,616

The new Dark, Gritty version of Dail H For Hero. Yeah, I wasn't interested in it either.


Once upon a time there were three great movies, two mediocre ones and a whole shitload of spin-offs of poor quality...

94 SOLDIER X #8 $2.25 MAR 19,990

95 SHANG CHI MASTER OF KUNG FU #6 (Of 6) (MR) $2.99 MAR 19,740

Even with sales this low, I have heard that Marvel thinks of this as a hit due to the price point. It's nice that Marvel is letting older creators revisit the characters that made them big (in this case, Moench and Gulacy). It may not sell GREAT, but it does well enough, and the collected book versions should do well over time as older fans discover them.

96 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #51 $2.99 DAR 19,577

97 GOTHAM CENTRAL #4 $2.50 DC 19,227

I would love it if this comic sold better. It's is by the team that used to do the two main Batman books, focuses on the police of Gotham City and is one of the best "crime noir" comics being published. I guess it could be compared to Powers, but it is a different approach to the same idea, and is just as good as that series. Highly recommended!


99 CHIMERA #1 (Of 4) $2.95 CRO 19,077

100 GLOBAL FREQUENCY #5 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 18,914

101 LIBERTY MEADOWS #30 $2.95 IMA 18,677

The move to Image has been very good for this comic, which collects the Liberty Meadows comic strips that weren't in your local paper anyway. Incredibly good art and funny "gag-a-day" work combines to make this comic Highly Recommended.

102 BRATH #1 $2.95 CRO 18,351

103 GEN 13 #6 $2.95 DC 18,251

104 RUSE #17 $2.95 CRO 18,164

105 BLACK PANTHER #54 $2.50 MAR 17,401

106 TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #10 (Of 12) $2.99 IMA 17,363

In this issue Lara Croft journeys to someplace where someone still gives a damn about her.

107 MICRONAUTS #5 $2.95 IMA 17,126

Not THAT'S a drop off. There were a lot of people who wanted this book to come out, but the first three issues were confusingly done with flashy but poor art, and that's why sales have dropped so far so fast. Besides, the concept of the comic wasn't all that great in the first place. It was the art by Michael Golden and the fun stories by Bill Mantlo that kept us reading it long after the toys were off the market.

108 HELLBLAZER #181 (MR) $2.75 DC 16,825

Still getting its feet under its new writer. I don't dislike the comic, but I don't much like it either. Hard to review a comic that just sits there, but I have been thinking about it, since this is Vertigo's longest running book. There needs to be a completely new approach to the character for it to work. In the 80's. JC was detached, but kept being dragged in to forces crerated by his past. In the 90's he was cataylst for things in how he failed or screwed up...maybe it's time to take the character back to what it was under Alan Moore (his creator) a mysterious force of change who never seems to be quite in touch with what's around him. Just an idea, which is more than the series has now, it seems.

109 PROMETHEA #25 $2.95 DC 16,775

Brilliantly done, but unreadable as single comics. If you haven't been reading it, do yourself a favor and just pick up the collected trades. It is Alan Moore's most complex series, and does reward attentive readers who want to take time reading their books.

110 ALIAS AGENT BRISTOW #1* $2.99 ACO 16,700

Layouts by Rob Levifeld, and it actually came out close to being on time...too bad there were about 10 different "special covers" and the TV series has completely changed it's premice to try and hook new viewers.

111 OUT THERE #16 $2.95 DC 16,638

112 100 BULLETS #42 (RES) (MR) $2.50 DC 16,613

113 HARLEY QUINN #29 $2.50 DC 16,563

Started out as a fun comic that showcased the art of Terry Dodson and the quirky writing of Karl Kesel. Now, it flounders as a series that can't fine its tone, and should have been cancelled 4 issues ago so as to keep the creators from looking this bad at their job.

114 KISS #7* $2.99 DAR 16,125

115 WAY O/T RAT #10 $2.95 CRO 16,075

116 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #7 (MR) $2.95 DC 16,037

Is there anyone who is enjoying this comic, or are you buying it out of habit? I picked up an issue, and I have read the whole first "version" and 12 issues of the second and couldn't figure out a damn thing going on.


118 KILLRAVEN #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 15,624

Can someone explain to me why Alan Davis isn't a huge star in comics? His art is amazing, his stories are some fo the best in the medium, and yet if he isn't doing an X-Men comic, no one buys his work. I would say wait for the collected trade, but with sales this low, I don't think there will be one.

119 PATH #12 $2.95 CRO 15,349

120 DANGER GIRL 3D $4.95 DC 15,312

Hey, kids, BREASTS IN 3-D. J. Scott Campbell's work will NOT look good in 3-D, seeing as how his figure work just doesn't connect up right...his grasp of anatomy is shaky at best. Still, for this to be yet another reprint of Danger Girl #1, you have to wonder if he will ever draw anything ever again.

121 WARLANDS VOL 3 #4 $2.95 DRE 15,086

122 BTVS #54 VIVA LAS BUFFY (4 Of 4)* $2.99 DAR 15,036

123 KARZA #1 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 14,861

A spin-off featuring the villain of the Micronauts series. Let me see if I have this right...the Micronauts series sales are plummetting, the book is pretty much unreadable and they are going to further dilute the audience?

124 LONE WOLF 2100 #8 $2.99 DAR 14,736

125 MARVEL DOUBLE SHOT #4 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 14,574

It's a damn shame this comic didn't sell. I know people tend to shy away from this sort of story (self-contained) but nearly every story in the comic has been head and shoulders above average super-hero fare, and this issue is no exception. If you like Marvel comics in any way, you should find all four issues of this comic and enjoy them. Highly recommended.

126 STORMWATCH TEAM ACHILLES #8 (MR) $2.95 DC 14,511

127 SPECTRE #26 $2.75 DC 14,423

I think this is the last issue of a series that was a bit of a noble failure. I'm sure when it started, people wanted a series of Hal Jordan as the Spectre dealing out vengance to bad guys, but instead, J M DeMatties wove stories about spirituality and redemption that went beyond the normal story structure of comics. Usually, that sort of thing fails, but I liked most of this series.

128 WAR STORY ARCHANGEL (MR) $4.95 DC 14,398


I like the DC animated series for the most part. Superman Adventures was a great comic until they decided to put untested talent on it, and the Batman Adventures series have usally been the best batman comics of any given month. JLAdventures is a decent enough comic that works for younger readers, but has enough of a well-done story that it's worth reading for older readers as well. And if you are one of those old guys who thinks all comics are dark and gloomy, this is the kind of book you should be support instead of bitching about comics and telling kids to get off of your lawn.

130 SCION #33 $2.95 CRO 14,186

131 HELLBLAZER SP LADY CONSTANTINE #3 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 DC 13,898

132 MARVILLE #6 $2.25 MAR 13,836

Dear Bill Jemas, no one likes your writing and we don't much like you. Thanks. Oh and this book sucks so hard it blows.

133 BONE #52 $2.95 CAR 13,785

And with 4 issues left until the series is over, it STILL feels like Jeff Smith is stretching things out way too long. Wait and buy it in the collected editions where it really does read much better.

134 DOOM PATROL #17 $2.50 DC 13,660

Done with issue #22, and I can't see why it lasted as long as it did. Nice art, weird stories, but it never really gelled into a series that I would say, "read this!" Comic book creators need to realize that with comics as expensive as they are now, and the number of comics out there, they need to be swinging for the fenses with every issue instead of "learning as they go."

135 LUCIFER #35 (MR) $2.50 DC 13,573

136 SIMPSONS COMICS #79 $2.50 BON 13,435

Still funny, month in and month out. If every TV based comic was as true to their roots as this one is, I'd be happy to pick them up instead of making fun of them. Dop you hear that, Buffy and Star Wars?

137 SANDMAN PRESENTS BAST #2 (Of 3) (MR) $2.95 DC 13,097

138 POWER COMPANY #13 $2.75 DC 13,097

A comic that reads like it was origionally printed in the 80's...not bad, just not great.

139 AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #99 $2.95 DC 13,035

140 NEGATION #15 (Net) $1.48 CRO 12,922

141 CSI CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION #2 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 IDW 12,710

And yes, I would have actually bought this comic if it wasn't $4 for 32 pages and 5 issues long. $20 for a 150 page graphic novel? As a hardcover, I coudl almost see it, but the price on this comic makes it so I won't even try it.

142 ARIA USES OF ENCHANTMENT #1 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 12,535

143 CRUX #23 $2.95 CRO 12,397

144 MYSTIC #33 $2.95 CRO 12,359

145 ROUTE 666 #9 $2.95 CRO 12,172

146 FIRST #28 $2.95 CRO 11,984

147 SIGIL #33 $2.95 CRO 11,922

148 CROSSOVERS #2 $2.95 CRO 11,872

149 MERIDIAN #33 $2.95 CRO 11,659

150 HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #20 (MR) $2.75 DC 11,559

151 SAVAGE DRAGON #108 $2.95 IMA 11,534


153 BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #59 $2.25 DC 11,421

I rarely review this comic, since it's hard to say the same thing every month, so here is my review for every issue. "A well-done comic that appeals to kids and fans who whine about current comics. Predictably good entertainment that won't stick in your mind very long after you put it down."

154 HELLSPAWN #22 $2.50 IMA 11,296

155 BART SIMPSON COMICS #11 $2.50 BON 10,983

This is really how NOT to do a TV adaptation comic. The characters are constantly put into wacky situation that seem like wacky situations, and the jokes don't make up for the forced ideas.

156 CODENAME KNOCKOUT #21 (MR) $2.75 DC 10,621

157 ATHENA INC #6* $4.95 IMA 10,596

158 SLEEPER #2 $2.95 DC 10,320

159 SANDSCAPE #2 $2.95 DRE 10,270


The first series in CrossGen's "famous authors" line sells the worst out of all of their comics. I'm guessing this line will not last.

161 EDENS TRAIL #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 10,220

The artist/writer is complaining that Marvel killed the book by having someone re-write his dialogue. No, Marvel killed this book by dropping it on the market without telling anyone what it was about.

162 TRANSFORMERS PROFILE BOOK #2 (Of 4) $12.95 DRE 9,432

Also known as the "Squeeze more money out of fanboys by drawing pinup pictures of stupid robots" book.

163 AMERICAN CENTURY #23 (MR) $2.75 DC 9,307

164 SHONEN JUMP VOL 1 #4 APRIL 2003 $4.95 VIZ 9,069

9,000 in comic shops, 250,000 on newsstands. Anyone care to challenge my assertion that comics shops have strangled the market? Because THIS PROVES I AM RIGHT! Numbnuts.

165 VAMPIRELLA #18 REG ED $2.99 HAR 8,957

166 DOMINION #2 $2.95 IMA 8,807

167 REX MUNDI #2 $2.95 IMA 8,632

168 ZERO GIRL FULL CIRCLE #4 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 8,619

Sam Kieth does great work. I buy it in trade paperbacks. That is all.

169 GRENDEL GOD & DEVIL #1 (MR) $3.50 DAR 8,594

Not horrible sales for a reprint, but I noticed that Dark Horse didn't list in the solisitation that it was a reprint. Lying bastards.

170 FATE O/T BLADE #6 (MR) $2.95 DRE 8,556

171 CLOCKMAKER #2 (Of 12) $2.50 IMA 8,444

In this issue, you will be rivited by the "placing the spring in the gear" sequence. What is the fascination with clocks that people have? Steampunk had all these clock parts everywhere, I have seen three movies lately with final sequences in clock towers and I used to date someone who would go on endlessly about clocks. They just aren't that's like people having a weird fascination with the inner workings of CD players. No, scratch that, CD players have lasers in them and they are a hell of a lot cooler than gear after gear after gear.

172 SUPERMAN #190 SP ED (Note Price) $3.95 DC 8,394

Note to DC, no one gives a flying monkey's ass about special covers anymore. Thank you.

173 JACK STAFF #1 $2.95 IMA 8,369

174 21 DOWN #6 $2.95 DC 8,156

175 AUTOMATIC KAFKA #8 (MR) $2.95 DC 8,006

I hear DC is having a special contest...anyone who can figure out anything going on in the book gets as job as the book's editor. You know how some people complain that a comic goes out fo its way to be confusing to appear a lot smarter than it really is? This is that comic.

176 POWERPUFF GIRLS #35 $2.25 DC 7,956

177 ARKANIUM #5 $2.95 DRE 7,706

178 HAWAIIAN DICK #3 (Of 3) $2.95 IMA 7,556

179 VERTIGO POP LONDON #4 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 DC 7,531

Getting really good reviews from other sites, but I have only read one book by Milligan I have liked (X-Force), so I'll wait until the trade is put out to read it.

180 100% #5 (Of 5) (RES) (MR) $5.95 DC 7,481

Paul Pope's work is hard for me to get in to. I know he does good stories, and the ones by him I have read have been very entertaining...but I find his art to be poorly laid out and hard to read. He draws in a very unattractive style, and if he is trying for expressionism, it's now working for me. I'll pick this up as a trade, but it will be a bit of a struggle to get through the artwork.

181 USAGI YOJIMBO #64 $2.99 DAR 7,468

182 INVINCIBLE #2 $2.95 IMA 7,431

183 HAMMER O/T GODS HAMMER HITS CHINA #1 (Of 3) $2.95 IMA 7,418

184 KODT MINISERIES PX SP VOL 1 #1 (Of 3)* $2.99 KZR 7,356

Yep, this listing has so many abbreviations I had no idea what it was either, but I saw it's a Knights of the Dinner Table special mini-series, so I recommend it just as highly as I do that series.


About to be cancelled and re-launched in a way that will take advantage of the whole "80's nostalgia" craze of last year. And by the time it comes out, we'll be into 90's nostalgia.

186 OH MY GODDESS #95 TRAVELER (PART 5 OF 5) $3.50 DAR 7,030

187 ALAN MOORES COURTYARD #2 (MR) $3.50 AVA 7,005

On one hand, I love Alan Moore, and he has only done a small number of books that suck. On the other hand, Avalon publishes utter shite, and anything with the creator's name in the title usually stinks up the place. So, I'll wait until it's collected.

188 ROTOGIN JUNKBOTZ #0 $2.50 IMA 6,993

189 QUEEN & COUNTRY #14 (MR) $2.95 ONI 6,993

A great action series that I am buying as trade paperbacks.

190 VENTURE #2 $2.95 IMA 6,980

191 FIREBREATHER #2 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 6,955

192 SHADOWS #1 $2.95 IMA 6,918


Hey, Diamond, don't you think this should be listed in the BOOKS?

194 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #76 $3.99 KZR 6,918

Possibly my favorite comic book being published now. The main strips are about role playing gamers, and if you have EVER played any of those games, the jokes and stories will make you giggle and miss playign games. Highly recommended.

195 GRRL SCOUTS WORK SUCKS #1 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 6,730

If you think work sucks now, wait until you have to do more than sell cookies.

196 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL FALL FROST (PART 4 OF 6) #76 $2.99 DAR 6,255

197 BLACK SUN #6 (Of 6) (MR) $2.95 DC 6,067

198 CEREBUS #287 $2.25 AAR 6,055

About a year left before Sim does the last issue. Here's hoping that when he gets done, he leaves his house and starts talking to actual people...his work shows signs of severe problems going on in his head.

199 TECH JACKET #4 $2.95 IMA 5,980

200 SCOOBY-DOO #69 $2.25 DC 5,892

201 RESISTANCE #6 $2.95 DC 5,767

202 FIGHT FOR TOMORROW #6 (Of 6) (MR) $2.50 DC 5,729

203 SHI PANDORAS BOX #1* $3.50 AVA 5,654

Another failed "Bad Girl" comic that has ended up at Avalon publishing. Do you think they have cornered the market, or are they just too stupid to realize that not only has that boat sailed, but it got hit by an iceberg and sank as well?

204 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #120 $2.19 ARC 5,529

205 NEVERMEN STREETS OF BLOOD #2 (Of 3) $2.99 DAR 5,467

206 SUPER MANGA BLAST #30 (MR) $5.99 DAR 5,154

It looks like they are out of "What's Michael" strips, but still the best manga collection on the market. If you are interested in manga (or just don't hate it) this is the comic to get. Highly recommended.

207 DRAGONBALL PART 6 #2 (Of 8) (Note Price) $3.50 VIZ 4,979

208 FOREVER MAELSTROM #4 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 4,854

Wait, if it's forever, why is it only 6 issues?

209 BANZAI GIRL #4 (Of 4) $2.95 SIR 4,666

The adventures of a cute girl drawn by the cute girl and with pictures of the cute girl who still won't have anything to do with you because, let's face it, she's a cute girl. Why don't they just call the comic "Narcassist Funnies" and be done with it.


A spin-off of the regular Knights of the Dinner Table comic, and should be just as funny as it follows a different group of gamers with their own schtick. Highly recommended.

211 POISON ELVES #72 (RES) $2.95 SIR 4,503

212 RANMA 1/2 PART 12 #1 (Of 8) $2.95 VIZ 4,503

Still going, still funny and now that Viz is cutting the price on their collections down to $8, horridly overpriced for 32 pages.



215 PARADIGM #6 (MR) (Note Price) $2.95 IMA 4,241


217 GOLD DIGGER #40 $3.50 ANT 4,016

This is the story of Joe Millionaire!

218 SHI ILLUSTRATED WARRIOR #7 (OF 7) $2.99 CRU 4,016

219 WARREN ELLIS SCARS #4 (Of 6) (MR) $3.50 AVA 3,590

Remember to follow Cory's Warren Ellis rule. If his name is in the title, the comic sucks.

220 SAMMY TOURIST TRAP #1 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 3,515

221 DORK TOWER #23 $2.99 DOR 3,490

222 AGE OF BRONZE #16 $3.50 IMA 3,453

An excellent historically based comic that should be selling much better, and is highly recommended for people who want more than super-hero fight scenes in their comics.

223 ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO PART 2 #5 (Of 5) $2.95 VIZ 3,428

224 BIG DADDY DANGER #7 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 3,390

This comic really fascinates me. I have heard that DC needs to sell 10,000 copies of something for it to be profitable, so this comic is losing money no matter how you cut it, it isn't a Vertigo book so they won't be making up the cost in a collected trade, and yet they are going to finish the darn thing. Guess there won't be any wrestling comics for a good long while now that this one bombed.

225 HOLY TERROR #3 (Of 3) $2.95 IMA 3,353

226 LOONEY TUNES #99 $2.25 DC 3,328

227 TOP COW 2003 COMPILATION SP (Net) $3.00 IMA 3,315

Oh look, a pin-up book that promotes their upcoming comics that will be so late you'll have forgotten about the fact that you ordered them. And it's only $6. Yep, pay for those ads, you geek!

228 INU YASHA PART 7 #7 (Of 8) $2.95 VIZ 3,265

229 GOON #4 $2.95 ALB 3,252

230 MAGE KNIGHT STOLEN DESTINY #5 (Of 5) $3.50 IDW 3,252

231 KODT ILLUSTRATED #19 $2.99 KZR 3,090

Not my cup of tea. I LOVE Knights of the Dinner Table, but a comic about the adventures of their characters just isn't all that interesting to me, as the interaction of the players is why I read that book.

232 ARCHIE #533 $2.19 ARC 3,065

233 DEXTERS LABORATORY #34 $2.25 DC 3,040


235 SHI PANDORAS BOX #1/2* $3.95 COM 2,840

236 BONDAGE FAIRIES EXTREME #15 (A) $3.50 ERO 2,840

237 BETTY & VERONICA #185 $2.19 ARC 2,752

238 NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES #4 $2.95 SLA 2,727

From the creator of "Gloomcookie" and highly recommended.


240 SABRINA VOL 2 #43 $2.19 ARC 2,589


Please buy this comic so that they will set Alan Moore's family free. Only excuse I can think of for him to work for this publisher.

242 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #103 $3.50 ANT 2,564

243 ALICE IN SEXLAND EXTREME #1 (A) $3.50 ERO 2,552

This shows how the word Extreme needs to be banned from the language for a few year to allow it to recover. A porn comic perverting a children's classic isn't extreme enough....what do they do in it, have sex while skateboarding?

244 BETTY #123 $2.19 ARC 2,539

245 AP HOW TO DRAW MANGA #22 $4.95 ANT 2,539

246 BLACK TIDE #4* $3.50 AVA 2,527

247 HOUSEWIVES AT PLAY #10 (A) $4.95 ERO 2,514

What the flaming blue hell is it about "Housewives" that get some guys all exicted? I think housewife and I think, "Unable to find a job, sponging off her husband and the size of Oprah." Yet here's a porn comic about housewives. Tell you what, if anyone can tell me what is erotic about a woman with two babies aroudn the house and doing all the housework stuff that us single guys do while listening to sports talk radio, I MAY change my mind. YOu know what's sexy? Women who can support me, that's sexy, dammit.

OK, so I'm lazy. Big deal.

248 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #141 $3.59 ARC 2,489

249 VERONICA #137 $2.19 ARC 2,477

250 JUNGLE FANTASY #2 (MR)* $3.50 AVA 2,402

If you have jungle fantasies, I have one word for you: Malaria.


Ever find yourself looking at a comic book's title and hoping it's a poor translation of a Japanese comic because if someone with a firm grasp of the English language wrote it, you would fear for their sanity? This is one of those books.


253 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #68 $2.19 ARC 2,302

254 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #74 $3.59 ARC 2,302

255 RAIJIN COMICS #9 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,089

256 BASTARD #15 UNDEAD PART 1 (OF 5) (MR) $3.95 VIZ 2,077

257 LOUIS RIEL #9 (MR) $2.95 CHR 2,064

258 CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND PART 5 #1 (Of 4) $3.50 VIZ 2,064

259 RAIJIN COMICS #10 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,039

260 RAIJIN COMICS #11 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,039

261 RAIJIN COMICS #12 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,027

A weekly manga anthology of manga stories I don't read. But with the Viz Monthly anthology selling a quarter of a million copies a month on the newsstand, aoll the talk I have been doing about how this stuff would sell a LOT better to a mainstream audience seems to be bourne out.

262 KILLBOX #3 $5.00 ANT 2,027

263 KISSING CHAOS NONSTOP BEAUTY #4 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 ONI 2,014

264 ONE PLUS ONE #5 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 ONI 1,977

265 WILDE KNIGHT #1 $3.25 AMR 1,914

You'd think for $3.25 they'd learn how to spell Wild. Can we PLEASE put a moritorim on comics with "Kewl" spellings for a while since NONE of them sell well and ALL of them hurt more than a papercut on your eye?

266 LAUGH DIGEST #182 $2.39 ARC 1,914

267 GENUS #58 (A) $2.99 RAD 1,876


269 POGOSTICK #1 (MR) $4.95 FAN 1,839

270 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #182 $2.39 ARC 1,826

271 TEENAGERS FROM MARS #5 (Of 8) (MR) $2.99 TEE 1,814

272 ALRAUNE #6 (A) $3.50 ERO 1,764

273 DRAGON ARMS #3 $3.50 ANT 1,764

Just aren't small enough to hold you. Or...possibly the worst hotel in all of Middle Earth. Or...

274 THREE DAYS IN EUROPE #3 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 ONI 1,664

275 THIEVES & KINGS #41 $2.95 IBX 1,651

276 BIG O PART 3 #4 (Of 4) $3.50 VIZ 1,614

277 SILENT MOBIUS PART 12 HELL #3 (Of 5) $2.95 VIZ 1,489

278 HELLINA #0 (MR)* $3.50 AVA 1,464

Avalon seems to be trying to corner the market on shitty bad girl books that quit selling 7 years ago. Good for them.

279 LUFTWAFFE 1946 #6 $5.95 ANT 1,451

280 CHARM SCHOOL #7 (MR) $2.95 SLA 1,439


Bwa-ha-ha-ha, so, the publisher actually THOUGHT that Levifeld would turn in something to be printed? He must be doing as much coke as Levifeld used to do when he shoved this shit on the market the first time.

282 NEOTOPIA #2 $3.95 ANT 1,414

283 FURRLOUGH #122 $2.99 RAD 1,401



I really don't understand what goes through some publishers' heads. I Dream of Jeannie isn't even on Nick and Night or TV Land anymore, TV based comics don't sell well, and the people who would be interested in this don't come into comic stores. Still, they publish things like this and then complain when they don't sell well enough to make a profit.

286 PANTHEON #12 (Of 12) (RES) $2.95 LON 1,313

287 GI JOE #2 (O/A) $2.95 IMA 1,301

288 WARREN ELLIS SCARS WRPRND CVR #4 (Of 6) (MR) $3.95 AVA 1,301

289 BLOWJOB #5 (A) $3.50 ERO 1,251

290 BRUTAL PLANET #3 $2.99 NEK 1,226

This is for the people who think that Animal Planet is too cutesy, but Murder Planet is just a bit too much.

291 VAGABOND #16 (MR) $4.95 VIZ 1,138

292 SUPERCAR #3 $2.95 MIS 1,138

You're gonna wave your fortune bye bye, but if you lose, don't ask no question why. Hah hah hah, Supercar. Nope, doesn't rhyme. Guess I can't use the theme from "Superfly" to review the book.

293 MONSTER CLUB #3 $3.50 DIA 1,126

294 I FEEL SICK #1 (STAR14165) $3.95 SLA 1,101

295 WARRIOR NUN AREALA #15 $3.50 ANT 1,088

296 I LOVE YOU #2 (A) $2.95 ICE 1,038

I just want to be friends unless you will sleep with me.

297 WARHAMMER MONTHLY #65 $3.50 GAM 1,013

298 GI JOE #3 (O/A) $2.95 IMA 988

299 BIG FUNNIES #8 (A) $4.99 RAD 988

Big Funnies! Little, tiny audience! Oh wait, it's an adult comic...Big Porn Funnies!

300 SHANDA THE PANDA #37 (MR) $4.99 SHA 988

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