The Top 300 Selling Comics for July 2002
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 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #1 $2.95
2 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE #4
3 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #1 $2.95
So, the top 3 comics are based on licenses from the 70's and 80's. I'm sorry, but that is just sad in a way that most fans don't seem to grasp. Comics are a great way for writers and/or artists to explore new ideas without having to worry about budgets or failing. Think about it, if they put out a crappy book, it's just $3 or so out of the readers pocket, and the cost of putting it out is pretty darn small compared to a movie, TV show or novel. Instead of exploring new ideas and using the medium's ability to test new ideas, we get someone's toy fantasy. Yeah, they are fun and warm in a nostalgic glow much like hearing a Beatles song you haven't heard in a long time, but it's A COMIC BASED ON A GOD-DAMN TOY. If you are buying these, please stop. The books aren't very good, and the money you are spending on them should go to books that actually entertain you. Thanks.
4 GEN 13 #0 $0.13 108,249
So, they have cancelled the book which was best known for being a silly, pop-fiction sort of fluff book and started it over with Chris Claremont writing, who couldn't write a light fluffy book at gunpoint. Shall we start the deadpool at 24 issues?
5 ULTIMATES #7 $2.25 102,396
I'm kind of amazed that this book is selling so well (the top regular non-80's toy based series) when it is so slowly paced. Lots of people like it though. I like it, just not enough to recommend.
6 SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT EVIL MEN DO
#2 $2.99 101,607
Kevin Smith's Spider-man work before he takes over Amazing. Since it's a mini-series, I'm waiting for the collected book. Yeah, I'm like that.
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43 $2.25
Still very good and recommended, but not my FAVORITE of the Spider-Man books. Isn't it great that a two years ago, the Spidey books were painful to read and now they are some of the best Marvel does? Funny how getting decent creative teams and not treating the comics like placeholders helps in that regard.
8 NEW X-MEN #129 $2.25 98,817
That can't be good. X-Men is used to ruling the roost, and here it is in 8th place...and even weirder is that under Grant Morrison, it is better than it has been in years. Hell, I quit reading it around issue 240 (before this series even started) because it had turned to shite, and now it's Highly Recommended. It has all the high drama you'd expect from an X-Men book, with all of the "ideas bursting out all over" you get from a Morrison book. The best of both worlds!!
9 ULTIMATE X-MEN #20 $2.25 92,927
10 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #24 $2.25
The greatest thing about Ultimate Spider-Man is that it takes a character we all pretty much know, and makes it fresh and fun in a way it hasn't been, even in GOOD stories. And the Green Goblin story Bendis is doing now is able to put chills up your spine in a way that the normal book can't do anymore. Highly Recommended.
11 UNCANNY X-MEN #408 $2.25 87,074
12 UNCANNY X-MEN #409 $2.25 86,942
Looks like they are burning off the last few issues by Joe Casey, who never seemed to hit his stride on the book like Morrison did. His stuff didn't seem like that big a change, and by the end was getting as confusing as the stuff from the mid 90's. Hopefully the new writer will concentrate on telling good stories rather than building a bunch of "gosh wow" subplots and odd character changes.
13 SPIDER-MAN BLUE #3 (Of 6) $3.50
14 WOLVERINE #179 $2.25 68,083
15 GREEN ARROW #15 (RES) $2.50
Kevin Smith's last issue, and I have to be totally honest, I think he should have left with issue 10. Writing a SERIES is a different animal than writing a short story, and Smith does great short stories, but the issues after he wrapped up bringing Green Arrow back were just...OK. Now that he's leaving, I look for this book to drop FAST no matter who does it.
16 X-TREME X-MEN #15 $2.99 65,915
17 X-TREME X-MEN #16 $2.99 65,688
Claremont's X-Men. Nothing else to say really. I think that as long as he can sell an X-Men book, he should be allowed to write one, since he did pretty much make it into Marvel's cash cow. Hopefully he thinks of it as his retirement fund.
18 CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 $2.99 65,631
After the first two "rah rah, kill the Arab" issues (which disturbed me, to be honest) the writer has put in a few nuances and taken the book in a different direction. Hopefully, the current team will do more than make this a propaganda book. It worked in the 40's because it was a simpler time, but the stuff done on Cap in the 70's shows that this can be a book that takes current events and does meaningful stories with them. Highly Recommended.
19 GI JOE #8 $2.95 64,978
20 JLA #68 $2.25 59,978
Still losing sales and losing interest. I don't know about anyone else, but the "Big Story To Bring Back Aquaman" doesn't make me get all excited about future issues. I think JLA is going to keep getting less and less interesting until someone learns the lesson that Grant Morrison and Mark Waid brought to the book. This is the Justice League, and they take on the BIG PROBLEMS.
21 SPIDER-MAN PETER PARKER #46
The Green Goblin story in this book is another one that surprises me. Jenkins is pulling out all the stops to make the Goblin EVIL and not just a nutjob in a mask. Hard to say where they are going with it, but Jenkins does great work on the book. Highly Recommended.
22 BATMAN #605 (Note Price) $2.95
Last issue before the book is turned over to Jim Lee, who will make people all excited and make me consider dropping the book. Lee's art is VERY poor at telling a story, is usually inked with a lot of pointless noodling and makes everything look like a Big Super-Hero book, which is all well and good, but I LIKE how Batman has become a Crime Noir book. We'll see. And this issue, wrapping up the Bruce Wayne Murderer is about two months after they should have wrapped up the story.
23 AVENGERS #56 $2.25 51,798
Lots of people leaving long runs on comics, this one is Kurt Busiek's, and I can't say it's not time for him to move on. His work on the book with Perez was GREAT, but since then it just hasn't been fun, and the Kang War story just didn't work for me at all. Not At All. Humanity enslaved for months, Washington DC destroyed and it doesn't affect the other Marvel books? Sorry, after something like that, the world would be too different for it not to affect EVERYTHING.
24 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY
GENTLEMEN VOL II #1 $3.50 50,961
The First series of this was brilliantly fun with enough intelligence to make it worthwhile, but enough pulp adventure to make it fun. However, I have learned my lesson from last time and will quietly wait for the hardcover collected version of it when it is all done. It's better to read that way, and I don't have scramble to find the issues when a new one comes out. Highly recommended for those who can't wait.
25 DAREDEVIL #35 $2.99 50,045
Bendis is an amazing asset to Marvel right about now. Daredevil's secret identity has been exposed in a tabloid, and rather than the story we THINK we would get, we get an action story that also deals with if people believe what they read and how to fight tabloids. Highly recommended, but for Super-hero fans, the art is very dark and moody.
26 DETECTIVE COMICS #772 $2.50
The Batman book that brought the Crime Noir to the character, and now the writer is leaving, wrapping up all of his plot threads. In years to come, this will be thought of as one of the better Batman runs, so this issue, as well as the ones before it are Highly Recommended.
27 INCREDIBLE HULK #43 $2.25 48,077
We have ALL read the story about Bruce Banner not wanting to become the Hulk because the Hulk is dangerous, but we always read on, wanting the Hulk to show up and smash things. Not under Bruce Jones, who came from writing horror stories and bring that idea here. This issue shows WHY we should be scared when Banner becomes the Hulk...and is incredibly effective and given the book a new feel. Highly Recommended.
28 X-STATIX #1 $2.99 47,303
X-Force under a new name with a higher price. I LOVE this comic, and am actually amazed that some comics fans say that the art drives them off of it. It's clear, tells the story well and evokes the feel of Ditko and Kirby without imitating their art. Highly Recommended, even for non-comics fans.
29 PUNISHER #14 $2.99 45,156
Ennis is back, and I couldn't be happier. He seems to be the only person who gives this comic it's "over the top" violent humor that made the Punisher worth reading again. Highly Recommended for mature readers.
30 JSA #38 $2.50 42,724
DC's best book by far, and it just got done with a story that made me care about Johnny Thunder, a character I always thought was a pain in the ass. Highly Recommended for super-hero fans.
31 FANTASTIC FOUR #58 $2.25 42,661
Adam Warren is writing a three part story to bridge the gap until Mark Waid takes over, and while it is a good story, it's not up to what I expect from Adam Warren, who made his mark on Gen13 by having stories that mixed humor with action and gave insight into characters who really were 1 dimensional stereotypes. Maybe he has something up his sleeve, but this is too bland for recommendations.
32 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #31 $2.50
Still part of the long, on-going story. I can't fault DC, though, since it caused sales to go up on the books. For all the people who bemoan big crossovers, they STILL give a sales bump to comics. Oh, and this book was mediocre.
33 SPAWN #124 $2.50 40,987
34 HAWKMAN #5 $2.50 39,218
Still a great book, but not as good as I thought it would be. I haven't even cared for Hawkman, but the JSA story made me care about the character. Now, the hard part will be crafting stories that are just as interesting to read without having the large cast that JSA has going for it. Mildly recommended.
35 EXILES #15 $2.25 38,955
Highly recommended for hard-core long-time Marvel fans, but if you aren't a long timer, you'll be lost. Totally and completely.
36 SUPERMAN #184 $2.25 38,129
37 GREEN LANTERN #152 $2.25 37,513
38 AGENT X #1 $2.99 37,418
Another of the X-books cancelled and restarted, this one was Deadpool, and it gives me a chance to drop the book. Sadly, Deadpool has been slowly getting less and less interesting, and starting over gives me a good spot to just give up. I'll check in if they get a decent creative team.
39 X-MEN UNLIMITED #37 $3.50 37,381
Marvel still doesn't quite know what to do with this book, but for a quarterly, it has lasted a LONG time. I guess this issue will be a single story, but they SHOULD treat it like Tangled Webs is for Spider-Man, calling up creators who haven't worked for Marvel and getting them to do their BEST X-Men story.
40 THOR #51 $2.25 37,087
41 SOLDIER X #1 $2.99 36,497
And this used to be Cable and I didn't care about it then.
42 IRON MAN #57 $2.25 35,992
43 PARADISE X #4 $2.99 35,571
This is about the most inbred comic in the history of comics. If you haven't been reading Marvel for the last 30 years and remember all the obscure characters in cancelled series, half of this comic won't make any sense at all. The fact that it STILL sells this well is a testament to how hard core the fans of Marvel comics are. I still think it's a poor idea for a major series, though, and don't recommend this to anyone buy post-35 fanboys.
44 BATGIRL #30 $2.50 35,144
45 KISS #1 (Of 3)* $2.99 34,913
Now Dark Horse gets a try at a Kiss comic book that will be utterly unreadable.
46 SPIDER-MAN QUALITY OF LIFE #3
47 NIGHTWING #71 $2.25 34,739
Devin Greyson, who took her pen name from this character, takes over. I have always liked this book, even though the subplots would drag forever, and many would go nowhere. Her first issue was readable. Not great, but not horrible either. Pick it up if you like the character, and hopefully Devin can make this book a must read.
48 ACTION COMICS #793 $2.25 34,676
49 ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #606
50 SPIDER-MAN GET KRAVEN #2 $2.25
This is the mini-series by TV writer Ron Zimmerman, who wrote one of the worst Punisher stories in history. And that is saying a lot because in the 90's there were a LOT of bad Punisher stories. Do I think it's a good thing to get people from outside comics to write comic book? Yep. But not when they do stuff that painful.
51 SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL #128
52 CALL OF DUTY PRECINCT #1 $2.25
One of Marvel's post 9/11 firefighter/cop/EMT miniseries. I like the idea of comic series like this, but when I read the preview backup, there was a bunch of utterly unnecessary mystical stuff going on that has kept me from picking the books up. That and Frank Miller calling them "Crying Firemen" comics.
53 INFINITY ABYSS #3 (Of 6) $2.99
54 INFINITY ABYSS #4 (Of 6) $2.99
Jin Starlin going back to the Thanos well one more time.
55 X-FACTOR #3 $2.50 31,649
This is amazingly good, and shouldn't be. It's a X-Men mini-series, which are normally shit, with the title of the most inconsistent and generally bad X-Books, and it's a very well done story about hate and prejudice. Too bad it wasn't promoted at all...I only found it because someone e-mailed me and told me to buy it. Highly recommended..
56 SABERTOOTH MARY SHELLEY
OVERDRIVE #2 $2.99 31,549
Yes, it's Sabertooth in his Nitro Burning Funny car with a refurbished Mary Shelley Overdrive! Sunday at the US 30 dragstrip...where the great ones....run run run run.
57 ELEKTRA #12 $2.99 31,455
58 ALIAS #11 (MR) $2.99 30,212
59 ALIAS #12 (MR) $2.99 30,165
I would say this is a unknown treasure, but it is known. Just poorly. Older comics fans (who might enjoy it) won't buy it because they say "It's just exploitative bullcrap" and the people who do buy it keep saying that it's Bendis doing his best mainstream work, with a LOT of the stuff that made Jinx a joy to read. Highly recommended for people over the age of 18.
60 CALL OF DUTY BROTHERHOOD #2
61 CAGE #5 (MR) $2.99 29,955
How do you know it's an adult book? Luke Cage says "Fuck" instead of "Sweet Christmas." I know I SHOULD like the writer, but I find his work on 100 Bullets to be bland and cliché without any redeeming over-the-top comic book aspects, and his Cage work is about the same. Pass.
62 FLASH #188 (Note Price) $2.95
It was $2.95, and didn't have more than maybe 10 extra pages...bugger that.
63 CATWOMAN #9 $2.50 28,912
A very well done crime noir series that would baffle anyone who read the "Big Breast" Catwoman series before this one. Makes the case for starting books over at #1 as long as you completely shift the tone and art style. Highly Recommended.
64 STAR WARS INFINITIES EMPIRE
STRIKES BACK #1 $2.99 28,144
A "What If...?" for Star Wars, and the best selling Star Wars comic in years. Why? IT HAS THE CHARACTERS WE KNOW AND GIVE A DAMN ABOUT!!! ARE YOU LISTENING, DARK HORSE?? CAN YOU STOP DOING STORIES ABOUT JLKELKHJH JKEOIIOO FROM 2000 YEARS BEFORE PHANTOM EMPIRE??
65 THUNDERBOLTS #67 $2.25 28,133
66 THUNDERBOLTS #68 $2.25 28,023
OK, with the big "Two stories in one comic in alternating issues", I have given up. Looks like Marvel has too, since they have already announced that with issue #76, there will be a completely new creative team.
67 PRO (MR) $5.95 27,949
This is the comic about a super-hero prostitute that Jim Sternanko said was the cause of terrorism. Jim, you did some really great comics work about 35 years ago, but the 60's are over. Put the hash pipe down, it's just a comic book, ok?
68 STORMWATCH ACHILLES #1 (MR)
The only time this book was any good was when Warren Ellis turned it into The Authority without changing the name. Other than that, Stormwatch was another in Jim Lee's endless Image X-Clone books. Just let it die, ok?
69 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #157
70 ROBIN #104 $2.25 26,986
I can't tell a difference between the new team and the old team, since it changed creative teams with issue #100. That is NOT a good thing, since it has been a pretty bland book that has borderline silly stories that went on for way too long.
71 POWERS #23 (MR) $2.95 26,875
Always a joy, and starting a new storyline. For those who haven't read this series it's the story of policemen in a city that has super-heroes...and reads like a police drama with super-hero elements. Just try it, even if you don't like super-heroes. Highly Recommended.
72 SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB #16
73 BIRDS OF PREY #45 $2.50 26,849
74 DEADPOOL #69 $2.25 26,828
Last issue under this name, and it will soon be restarted as Agent X so that people will confuse it with Wolverine. My last issue as well, since I haven't really liked the book in a LONG LONG time. Why did I keep buying it? It was fairly entertaining for $2.25, but when they raise the price to $2.99, it just isn't worth it. Sorry.
75 TOMB RAIDER #23 (Note Price)
76 CABLE #107 $2.25 26,765
Also cancelled and starting over at a higher price and with the name "Soldier X". *shrugs* I doubt I'll care.
77 ORDER #6 $2.25 26,502
The last issue of the mini-series that came out of The Defenders, and probably a mercy killing. The best part of the revived Defenders was the humor, and this series had NO humor, ever though they tried with some attempts at humorous dialogue. Failed, but still.
78 BATTLE O/T PLANETS ROSS HOLOFOIL
CVR #1 $5.95 26,186
79 Just Imagine Stan Lee W/JOHN CASSADAY CREATING CRISIS $5.95 26,033
So, Stan is about to do his version of Crisis using his version of the DC characters. I like Stan a lot, and his DC books have been interesting and fun for us old-time comics fans, but this is just a painfully messy idea waiting to bomb.
80 FILTH #2 (Of 13) (MR) $2.95
Grant Morrison, my hero, doing a mini-series...that I'm waiting until it is collected in one book to buy. That's just how I am now.
81 MARVEL MANGAVERSE #4 $2.25
This is drawn in that Manga style that the kids like today. These kids and their big music, their loud hair, their baggy pants, their calculators, their MTV, their CDs, their rap-rock, their grabber robots, their x-boxes, their frozen waffles, and their tennis shoes. They like this stuff. Idiots.
82 WITCHBLADE #57 $2.50 25,249
83 SPIDER-GIRL #49 $2.25 24,849
Marvel still publishes this? It's fun to read, deals with confusing continuity and it's not written by a British guy? What is up with that? I like this book, and it is aimed at younger fans, despite tying into a very confusing period in Spider-Man's history. Just read it for the fun of it.
84 WONDER WOMAN #183 $2.25 24,828
85 LEGION #10 $2.50 24,775
86 STAR WARS JANGO FETT OPEN
SEASONS #3 $2.99 24,533
Well, now we have seen Jango Fett in a movie, and he died like his son did, by screwing up. Why are the Fetts thought of as so great? They DIE every time they show up? At least Vader and the Emperor got away a few times.
87 YOUNG JUSTICE #47 $2.50 24,102
88 SOJOURN #13 $2.95 24,075
89 HELLBOY THIRD WISH #1 $2.99
This is a mini-series by Mike Mignola, who is probably one of the ten best artists working in comics today. His dark moody art covers a Lovecraftian character that actually has some very funny moments. For non-comics fans, this is one of the best "short reads" coming out if you buy the trade paperbacks. Highly Recommended.
90 APACHE SKIES #1 (MR) $2.99
91 CAPTAIN MARVEL #34 $2.50 22,754
This is a book that is the recipient of one of Marvel's dumbest public relations gimmicks I have ever seen. A flame war started on a discussion site when Marvel said they would raise the price so that it would be profitable, and now it is being cancelled and restarted. The bad thing, Peter David doesn't seem to realize that his work has become so inbred that you have to have read all of his past work to know what is going on. He says that "User Friendly" is a codeword for dumbing down...well, Peter, I barely know what you are referring to at times in your books, so dumb it down for this 25 year comic book reading veteran, OK?
92 TITANS #43 $2.50 22,649
New writer, and the book is a little better, but still not a must-read by any means.
93 JLA DESTINY #2 (Of 4) $5.95
94 MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #4 (RES)
95 SUPERMAN ALIENS II GODWAR #2
No one cares about the damn aliens anymore. Let them go away for a while so we can miss them.
96 MARVEL KNIGHTS VOL 2 #5 $2.99
97 THING FREAKSHOW #2 $2.99 22,396
I was interested in this mini-series, but decided not to buy it now, but wait until it's collected. Guess not a whole lot of people are interested in the Thing anymore. Sad when you consider than in the 70's he carried Marvel Two-In-One to 100 issues. And I now think that Marvel Two-In-One is a great name for a Mature series.
98 BLADE #5 (MR) $2.99 21,438
How is it that the movies can do so well, but they can't sell the comic to save their jobs? Is it that Blade isn't a good comic book character? Is it that no one can do a decent story with him? Is it that comic book fans have a limited tolerance for vampires?
99 HARLEY QUINN #22 $2.25 21,054
100 HOOD #3 (MR) $2.99 20,622
101 ELEKTRA GLIMPSE & ECHO #1
I wouldn't have thought the Elektra book is popular enough for spin-offs...oh, wait, it isn't and this is selling below the "profit" level Marvel has set (Captain Marvel, remember?). I'm sure the $3.50 price tag helps it be profitable, but they need to watch these "Indy style" mini-series, since they usually get Indy Style sales.
102 STAR WARS #44 RITE OF PASSAGE
103 BEAUTIFUL KILLER #1 $2.99
104 MUTIES #6 $2.50 19,533
105 MORLOCKS #4 $2.50 19,296
Any reason Marvel is doing these books at all? Didn't they say they were going to stop with the endless spin-offs of the X-Books?
106 BLACK PANTHER #47 $2.50 19,185
107 LONE WOLF 2100 #3 $2.99 19,133
108 SUPERGIRL #72 $2.25 19,122
109 HELLBLAZER #176 (MR) $2.50
The new team comes on the book, and maybe they will remember that John Constantine isn't in a James Ellroy novel, but is the Scariest Magician On The Planet.
110 WAY O/T RAT #3 $2.95 18,959
111 WARLANDS AGE OF ICE #7 $2.95
112 FABLES #3 (MR) $2.50 18,180
Bill Willingham writing a story about fairy tale characters in a modern world. Not a NEW concept, but well done and worth reading. Mildly recommended, since it's hard to say if Willingham will stay with it. He has a bad habit of losing interest in stuff and not finishing it...
113 POWER COMPANY #6 $2.50 17,638
Kurt Busiek is actually saying that he messed up with this series and is going to try and make it more readable. (sarcasm alert) Odd, I thought it was always the READER'S fault when a comic didn't read well...
114 DEADLINE #4 $2.99 17,585
115 100 BULLETS #38 (MR) $2.50
116 SPECTRE #19 $2.50 17,406
J M DeMatties is an acquired taste, but I find his stories of loss and redemption to be worth reading no matter the character used. However, with sales this low, I expect that this books' days are numbered.
117 ROUTE 666 #2 $2.95 17,175
118 DOOM PATROL #10 $2.50 16,991
119 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #9
120 TRANSMETROPOLITAN #58 (MR)
In this issue Spider walks around and very little happens. Just like the last 20 issues. 2 issues until the end, so the next issue will probably have the end of the story so he can use the last issue as a wrap up...and I'll just keep thinking it should have ended 20 issues earlier.
121 SCION #26 $2.95 16,464
122 BTVS WILLOW & TARA
WILDERNESS #1 (Of 2)* $2.99 16,369
OK, it's a pretty bad sign that comics are STILL not doing well when you can't sell a comic based on a popular TV show that features lesbian witches.
123 HIGH ROADS #4 (Of 6) $2.95
124 BTVS #47 HELLMOUTH TO MOUTH (1
Of 4)* $2.99 16,264
125 AUTOMATIC KAFKA #1 (MR) $2.95
Dear Wildstorm, your new line of books is already off to a horrid start, and this title reeks of being something someone thought up to impress his English Major girlfriend. No one is interested and no one cares. Try again.
126 FLASH TIME FLIES $5.95 15,517
A nice annual that was packaged as a Prestige Format book. I have not been overly impressed with the new Flash team, but someone is, since this is the second Big Format book they have done.
127 HIP FLASK UNNATURAL SELECTION
Yeah, it's about a hippo and it looks to be silly as hell. But it has art by Ladronn, who is one of the most amazing new talents to show up in comics in the last 10 years. I don't CARE what the story is, I'd buy Ladronn drawing comics based on Bret Eton Ellis's stuff in his garbage can. Highly Recommended.
128 X-MEN EVOLUTION #9 $2.25 15,243
129 AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #92 $2.50
8 more issues, so look for a TON of crossovers as Denny O'Neil tries to make up for all the money he lost in his 401K.
130 SHIDIMA #5 $2.95 15,127
131 SUICIDE SQUAD #11 $2.50 14,811
One more issue until they fall on their sword.
132 CRUX #16 $2.95 14,406
133 SIMPSONS COMICS #72 $2.50
I recomend this comic every month, and this month is no different. It's a well done version of the long running TV series that always makes me laugh. As a kid, I would always go for comics based on TV shows, hoping they would give me an experience like watching the show, but one I could keep around and read whenever I wanted. Now, with VCRs and DVDs, you don't NEED comic adapatations, so they have to be good to be worth reading. This comic is.
134 Y LAST MAN #1 (MR) $2.95 14,275
135 LUCIFER #28 (MR) $2.50 14,264
DC is REALLY pushing this as the next Sandman, but it just isn't getting off the ground. Anyone want to place bets on how long until some religious group finds this comic and uses it to say that comic books are filled with devil worship?
136 BONE #49 $2.95 14,259
It's official. I no longer care at all about this book. Before Jeff Smith took his break, this was one of my favorite comics. Now that it's back, with a incredibly slow pace, a lack of humor and a plot that is trying SO HARD to be meaningful, it's just no fun anymore. I miss the days of the Great Cow Race.
137 MYSTIC #26 $2.95 14,075
138 NEGATION #8 $2.95 13,996
139 SIGIL #26 $2.95 13,790
The Crossgen books all seem to languish down in this area. Now this is the company that gives salaries, housing, etc...and their sales are down in the same area as Chaos, who is going to declare bankruptsy any day now. I hope the trade paperbacks are keeping them afloat, because the single issue sales are going down. Oh, and I buy them in the two collected books they put out every month, and they are all pretty bland.
140 IMPULSE #88 $2.50 13,585
Next to last issue. I'll write what I thought of the series in next month's snotty remarks.
141 FIRST #21 $2.95 13,575
142 LADY DEATH DARK ALLIANCE #2
143 MUTANT EARTH #2 (Of 4)* $2.95
144 HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #13 (MR)
145 STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #52
146 SAVAGE DRAGON #101 $2.95 12,311
OK, #100 isn't out yet. Nice to know that Image hasn't lost touch with its roots...books that are copies of old Marvel comics that come out horridly late.
147 BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #52
148 CODENAME KNOCKOUT #15 (MR)
149 LAB RATS #4 $2.50 12,185
Dear Mr. John Byrne. It's not that we dislike your articles about continuity or anything else you seem to be writing about. Its that your books look like you drew them over a weekend, the stories suck and your new characters read like they should be in an episode of the MC Hammer cartoon. Nothing personal, but you need to start drawing backgrounds, different faces and get out of the house once in a while.
150 TENTH NIGHTWALKER #4 (Of 4)*
151 SHAZAM FAMILY ANNUAL #1 $5.95
I LOVE it when DC does these books, and this one reprints a bunch of Captain Marvel comics from the 40's and 50's for $6...well worth it just to see how the character should be done. Highly recommended.
152 LEAVE IT TO CHANCE #13 $4.95
This comic was a missed gem in the late 90's, and to see that it is back makes me happy. Paul Smith has a wonderfully clean style of drawing that I wish would have taken off while he worked on the X-Men. This is a wonderful fantasy series that should get a lot more attention than it does now and is Highly Recommended.
153 POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE COMIC
154 DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS #4 $2.95
155 DEADMAN #8 $2.50 11,201
Look for this to be cancelled in the next few days. A shame, since it had great Garcia Lopez art, and interesting stories about a character who is very hard to write about.
156 VAMPIRELLA #11 REG ED $2.99
157 HAVEN BROKEN CITY #8 $2.50
I don't think this series got any help at all from its JLA team up. Did anyone read it?
158 VAMPI #21 REG ED $2.99 11,032
159 VERTIGO POP TOKYO #1 (Of 4) (MR)
160 SAMURAI JACK SPECIAL #1 $3.95
161 AMERICAN CENTURY #17 (MR)
Howard Chaykin working in comics when he thought there would be a TV writer's strike. This book started great but has drifted off into being one that I don't get to until complete stories are done, and then I'm not very impressed.
162 ESTABLISHMENT #11 $2.50 10,259
163 CAT W/REALLY BIG HEAD $2.95
From the artist/writer of Lenore, and twisted fun for people who like their humor to be oddly cute and mean at the same time. Highly Recommended, but not for everyone.
164 GUARDIAN ANGEL #2 (Of 4) $2.95
165 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #15
166 STATIC X #1 $5.99 9,416
167 MIDNIGHT MASS #4 (Of 8) (MR)
168 FUSED #3 $2.95 8,801
169 100% #2 (Of 5) (MR) $5.95
170 SHI POISONED PARADISE #2 (Of 2)*
171 SCI SPY #6 (Of 6) (MR) $2.50
I believe this is DC's lowest selling comic that isn't based on a cartoon owned by some other division of their company. I guess no one much cares about Moench and Gulacy anymore...which isn't a good sign for their upcoming Master of Kung Fu reunion series.
172 SUPERPATRIOT AMERICAS FIGHTING
FORCE #1 $2.95 8,537
173 NOBLE CAUSES #4* $2.95 8,369
174 OH MY GODDESS! PART XII #1
LEARNING TO LOVE $3.50 8,153
175 CRUSADES #17 (MR) $2.50 8,127
Guess I was wrong. There ARE some DC books that sell worse. Too bad, since I think this is one of the more interesting and well written comics being published these days, and one of the few Vertigo comics worth reading. Highly Recommended for the last couple of issues.
176 10TH MUSE VOL 2 #1* $3.50
177 HEROBEAR & DECOY FIELD TRIP
#1 $2.95 7,995
178 USAGI YOJIMBO #59 $2.99 7,811
179 KEN LASHLEYS LEGENDS #1 $2.95
180 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #69
I recommend this comic every month and will do so again. You get nearly 100 pages of stories and articles, lots of interesting stuff about Role Playing Games and if you can get past the art, one of the funniest comics about gamers ever. Not that there are a lot of comics about gamers, I guess.
181 QUEEN & COUNTRY #10 (MR)
182 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #70 BEASTS (MR)
183 STRAY BULLETS #27 (MR) $3.50
Buy it as collected books. Trust me. It doesn't read well at ALL as individual issues.
184 SCOOBY-DOO #62 $1.99 6,743
185 DRAGONBALL Z PART 5 #7 $2.95
186 CEREBUS #280 $2.25 6,564
187 ONI PRESS COLOR SP 2002 $5.95
Every year this is one of the more interesting comics of the year. Most of Oni's output is good, and some of it is great, but their annual showcase special is always well worth reading. Highly Recommended.
188 GIRL GENIUS #7 (RES) $3.95
189 SPACEMAN ONE-SHOT $2.95 6,316
190 ALONE IN DARK ONE-SHOT SPECIAL
191 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS BLACK
& WHITE #1 $2.99 5,911
192 SHI ILLUSTRATED WARRIOR #2 (Of
7) $2.99 5,890
193 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #113 $1.99
194 DRAGONBALL PART 5 #2 (Of 7)
195 DWELLING #1 (MR) $4.99 5,627
196 SUPER MANGA BLAST #24 (MR)
The best Manga anthology being published (oh hush, so there aren't very many), and it's worth buying just for What's Michael and 3 * 3 Eyes, but every story in the book is worth reading. If you don't know much about Japanese comics, this is the place to start. Highly recommended.
197 RANMA 1/2 PART 11 #5 $2.95
198 TERRY MOORES PARADISE TOO #8
199 TERRY MOORES PARADISE TOO #9
200 POISON ELVES #72 (MR) $2.95
I'm tired of whining that this comic is a worthless piece of dog feces. But I do think that you smack the shite out of everyone who buys it, I'd be a much happier person.
201 CREED UTOPIATE #4 (Of 4) $2.95
202 FORT! PROPHET O/T UNEXPLAINED #2
203 BLACK TIDE VOL 2 #1* $3.50
204 MADMAN PICTURE EXHIBITION #4
205 GUNDAM WING G UNIT #1 (Of 12)
206 GOLD DIGGER #34 $2.99 4,274
207 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA #30 $2.99
208 ALL NEW TENCHI MUYO PART 1 #3
209 KODT EVERKNIGHTS #1 $2.99
210 EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS $6.95
OK, can we PLEASE stop making comic book adaptations of movies now? PLEASE?
211 ROBO DOJO #6 (Of 6) $2.95
212 MAXIMUM FORCE SPECIAL #1 (MR)
213 CASTLE WAITING #15 $2.95 3,811
214 STRANGE KILLINGS BODY ORCHARD #1
(Of 6) (MR) $3.50 3,790
215 HOPELESS SAVAGES GROUND ZERO #2
(Of 4) $2.95 3,763
216 DFE BATTLE O/T PLANETS ALT CVR
#1 $6.99 3,695
217 GLOOM COOKIE #13 (MR) $2.95
You people can do better than this!! A wonderfully fun comic that should sell much better than it does. It's classified as a "goth" comic, but it's really a soap opera with fairy tale type creatures, a romance with humorous overtones and the most fun you can have with a black and white comics. Highly Recommended.
218 LOONEY TUNES #92 $1.99 3,584
219 INU YASHA PART 6 #15 (Of 15)
220 ARCHIE #526 $1.99 3,453
221 ARCHIE #525 $1.99 3,311
222 HOW TO DRAW MANGA #17 $4.95
223 BETTY & VERONICA #178
224 CAVEWOMAN HE SAID SHE SAID ONE-SHOT
Is there an actual Cavewoman series? Or just pinups and one shots? And does anyone care?
225 BONEYARD #7 $2.95 3,090
226 BETTY #115 $1.99 3,079
227 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE
DIGEST #108 $3.29 3,074
228 VERONICA #129 $1.99 3,027
229 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #60 $1.99
230 CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND PART 3 #2
(Of 4) $3.50 2,890
231 VERONICA #130 $1.99 2,879
232 BASTARD #8 FIGHTER (3 Of 3) (MR)
233 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PART 7
#3 (Of 7) $2.95 2,858
234 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #136
235 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #97 $2.99
236 SABRINA VOL 2 #35 $1.99 2,769
237 MARC HEMPELS NAKED BRAIN #1 (Of
3) $2.95 2,758
I LIKE Mark Hemple a LOT (Gregory is one of my favorite comics of all time), and this series should be fun, a collection of his work that hasn't been seen anywhere. Gotta go down the charts pretty far to find it, but it's Highly Reccomended.
238 SIDEKICKS SUBSTITUTE ONE-SHOT
239 HOUSEWIVES AT PLAY #9 (A)
240 CARTOON CARTOONS #12 $1.99
Another comic that baffles me. If this was in Wal-Mart, they'd sell prolly in the hundred thousands, but instead, it sells 2,600 to fanboys. Comics NEED to get out of comic shops to survive.
241 NODWICK #16 $2.99 2,653
242 BIG O PART 2 #1 (Of 4) $3.50
243 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #69
244 ARCHIE DIGEST #191 $2.19 2,553
245 DUNGEON #1 $2.95 2,542
246 JUGHEAD #146 $1.99 2,363
247 WEASEL #5 (MR) $4.95 2,332
The story of Enron. No, Global Crossing. No, Worldcom. No, Xerox. No, Arthur Anderson. No....
248 SECT #1 (Of 12) (MR) $2.95
249 ARCHIES WEIRD MYSTERIES #23
250 BATMAN/GREEN ARROW POISON
TOMORROW $5.95 2,253
You'd think this is REALLY bad sales for a Batman book, but it's a relisting of a book that came out over 5 years ago, and as such, is a pretty decent charting. Oh, how is the book? Bland with bad art.
251 MUTANT TEXAS TALES OF SHERIFF
IDA RED #2 $2.95 2,253
This looks like a OK comic, but with most Oni books, I wait until it's collected. And humor books are hard for me to pay $3 for, since you usually are done reading them in about 5 minutes or so. This is prolly a pitch to an animation studio, so I don't feel bad about it.
252 SNAPDRAGONS #1 $2.99 2,221
253 LAUGH DIGEST #177 $2.19 2,184
254 S&M UNIVERSITY #6 (Of 6) (A)
255 ZENDRA VOL 2 #1 WINDMILLS O/T
WORLD (Of 6) $2.95 2,079
256 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #177
Archie is a company that would have died if it didn't change how it sold its books. Relying on the Direct Market would have killed them, but staying in grocery stores by altering the product and how it is sold did very well for them. Why isn't anyone else looking at that?
257 HOW TO COLOR COMICS GD ADVANCED
CONCEPTS $4.95 2,026
258 MILK #30 (A) $2.99 2,016
259 AMELIA RULES #7 $2.95 1,926
260 DECOY #1 STORM O/T CENTURY (Of
4) $2.95 1,900
261 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION PART 7
COLL ED #3 $2.95 1,863
262 BATTLE GIRLZ #6 $2.99 1,826
263 FURRY NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #1 (Of
2) $4.99 1,769
264 HALO & SPROCKET #2 $2.95
265 SILENT MOBIUS PART 11 BLOOD #1
(Of 5) $2.95 1,705
266 MY MONKEYS NAME IS JENNIFER #3
267 TIGERS OF LUFTWAFFE #10 $5.95
268 BITCH IN HEAT #15 (A) $3.50
269 LORI LOVECRAFT #1 (MR) $3.00
Mike Vosberg is a great artist, even if he does spent too much of his time drawing like Howard Chaykin. This book is...OK, not great, but I think it suffers from having too many #1 issues from too many barely alive publishers.
270 FUTABAKUN CHANGE VOL 8 #6
271 POP GUN WAR #4 $2.50 1,590
272 BLOWJOB #3 (A) $3.50 1,563
Third time for this joke: What, only 1500 comic fans want a blowjob?
With hard core porn DVDs selling for $20, is there ANY reason to buy this kind of comic?
273 FURRLOUGH #115 $2.99 1,526
274 VAGABOND PART 1 #9 (MR) $4.95
275 PAPER MUSEUM VOL 1 #1 $2.95
276 STRANGE KILLINGS BODY ORCHARD
WRPRND CVR #1 $3.95 1,421
277 NAUGHTY BITS #36 (MR) $2.95
278 WARRIOR NUN AREALA #9 $2.99
279 LOST BOOK OF FAERIE MAGIC VOL 1
For people who are so fucking precious that I want to ram my thumbs into their eyes. I don't know which are worse, women who say they are faeries or women who collect Precious Moments figures.
280 FINDER #27 $2.95 1,311
281 OGENKI CLINIC VOL 9 #4 (A)
282 ZOIDS #6 $5.95 1,295
283 BANZAI GIRL LTD ED PREVIEW BOOK
OK, this is a comic by an artist who looks like a Japanese Schoolgirl, about a girl who looks like a Japanese schoolgirl. Cute, schmute, does anyone really want to read a pure vanity project in comic form when there are a kerjillion free webcams?
284 PARADIGM #3 $3.00 1,279
The ONLY time I ever hear this work used is in business meetings involved marketing weasels. I HATE marketing weasels.
285 YOU & ME VOL 1 #1 $2.95
286 SANDWALK ADVENTURES #4 $2.95
287 SIMPSONS COMICS #50 (STAR12773)
288 PRIVATE BEACH #6 $2.95 1,216
289 EDEN VOL 1 #1 (A) $3.50 1,205
290 SHIVER IN DARK #1 $2.50 1,205
291 BARCHETTA VOL 1 #1 (MR) $2.95
Is it a Red Barchetta? Or is it based on a misspelling of a Robert Blake Character?
292 TREASURE CHESTS #8 (A) $3.50
Hee hee...a book about female pirates with big breasts. I'm SURE no one has thought of that before.
293 RETRO BLAST #1 $2.95 1,174
What is this doing down here? I thought all the retro books were selling better than good comics.
294 TIDALWAVE AT AVATAR SAMPLER
295 VAMPIRE YUI VOL 4 #6 $2.95
296 KEN LASHLEYS LEGENDS #1 PX CVR
297 DOJIN 2061 CAMMY VS LEONA (A)
If this isn't a limited focus for a comic, I don't know what is. Just looking at the title, I know the story will both confuse and bore me.
298 KATMANDU #27 (RES) (MR) $4.99
299 HIT THE BEACH 2002 $3.99 1,084
If you had a decent enough body to hit the beach, you wouldn't pay $4 for drawings of characters in their swimsuits.
300 PSI VOL 1 #1 (MR) $2.95 1,079
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