The Top 300 Selling Comics For July 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 #617 $2.25 DC 146,601 

Getting close to the end, and they are pulling out all of the stops, what with making it seem like the second Robin was "Hush", Jim Lee doing a LOT more "poster pages" and the like. The story is very good, but I remain the only person who looks at Jim Lee's art and sees nothing but the flaws. His Catwoman isn't even anatomically possible, let alone realistic. Oh well.

2 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 $2.25 MAR 118,805 

Not bad for a first issue, and the return of Venom made the character a bit less of a pain in the ass, but Jenkins is working with a Big Story here, which I don't feel he's best at. His character work with Spider-man is why I read his stuff, so hopefully, he'll get to do a lot of that here.

3 ULTIMATE X-MEN #35 $2.25 MAR 109,687 

The first issue by Brain Bendis, and as such, it's the first issue that strips away a lot of the "stuff the panels with tons of crap going on" and just tells a very simple story very well. Wolverine is being chased by a group of people and Spider-Man gets in the way. The story grabs the reader like a good action movie and just barrels through, giving characterization on the fly. Not just a good issue for first time readers, but a blast for people who gave up on the book a long time ago. Highly recommended.

4 ULTIMATES #11 $2.25 MAR 103,192 
5 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #43 $2.25 MAR 101,316 

Every issue of this comic shows why Bendis is the best super-hero writer working today. Slow pacing that doesn't feel padded, band a plot that keep you reading even if you KNOW what is coming next. Highly recommended.

6 NEW X-MEN #143 $2.25 MAR 99,850 

Grant Morrison, you magnificent bastard. Why is it you can get me to read the X-Men again? A prelude to the last Big story Morrison is going to do on the book, so it's a bit confusing, but as you read it, the confusion smooths out to show that everything Morrison has written on the series was leading up to a specific point. Highly recommended, with moody, dark art by Chris Bachalo.

7 GI JOE/TRANSFORMERS #1 (Of 6)* $2.95 IMA 98,091 

Meeting again. I didn't care then, and I don't care now. 

8 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 $2.25 MAR 95,467 
9 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #54 $2.25 MAR 95,173 

Moving toward getting back on schedule with a decent little Spider-Man story. The current team does good work, and I like their stories a lot, but it seem we aren't getting any of the supporting cast other then Aunt May and Mary Jane...what about Peter Parker's job? What about the Daily Bugle? It would be nice to work those elements back in. Recommended for super-hero fans.

10 UNCANNY X-MEN #428 $2.25 MAR 93,546 
11 UNCANNY X-MEN #427 $2.25 MAR 92,095

The new artist isn't helping matters any, while this comic tends to just chug along. It's still readable, but the new storyline delving into Nightcrawler's past is going to really go too long, and the stuff with giving the characters new powers (secondary mutations) strikes me as a writer trying to write his way out of plot holes. Still, it's more readable than the issues from 300 - 400, so you have to give them that, anyway. 

12 WOLVERINE #3 $2.25 MAR 90,717

I never thought I would say this, but Wolverine has been Marvel's best book for the past three months. Greg Rucka is telling the first story arc for the series in a novels' pace, starting slow and building to a huge climax. Add in Robertson's art, the best the character has seen in his own title since John Bucesma handled the pencils, and you have a highly recommended comic, even for people who hate super-heroes.

13 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 $2.25 MAR 90,350 

Second part of the story from issue one. Same review.

14 TEEN TITANS #1* $2.50 DC 75,206 

One of DC's big hits, with sales actually going up with each issue. I don't know why, as it reads to me like a standard super-team book, with some characters from Young Justice and the Wolfman Titans in the book, but it's good to see this title doing well again after YEARS of being an also ran. Mildly recommended for super-team fans.

15 X-TREME X-MEN #28 $2.99 MAR 65,765 

No matter what I say, the Claremont fans will still buy it. I lost interest in the title again soon after the "relaunch" with a God Loves, Man Kills sequel. Sorry.

16 INCREDIBLE HULK #57 $2.25 MAR 64,959 

An odd way of using the Absorbing Man's powers mars this story arc, which works in every way but that. However, the series is starting to get a confusing tone to it, from changing artists, too many peripheral characters and feeling that the main story threads are never going to be resolved. Still, it's enough of a different take on the character to make it feel fresh, and the stories are entertaining enough for it to be mildly recommended.

17 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 2 #4 (Of 6) $2.95 DRE 64,886 
18 INCREDIBLE HULK #58 $2.25 MAR 62,804 
19 SILVER SURFER #1 $2.25 MAR 60,282 

Didn't see it. I at least wanted to look through it and see if it was going to be any good, even though the way it was being pitched didn't interest me at all.

20 DAREDEVIL #49 $2.99 MAR 60,165 

If not for Wolverine, this would be Marvel's best book. Dark, moody art that fits the morally dark storylines Bendis is writing make for an amazing combination. One of the great things about this comic is that no matter what you think is going to happen, the writer still can pull off shocking twists that don't feel they were planned all along. Highly recommended.

21 JLA #83 $2.25 DC 59,154 

Going down. I don't even read it anymore, but will prolly start again when the rotating creative teams come on.

22 GI JOE/TRANSFORMERS #2 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 57,292 
23 SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE #2 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 57,116 
24 FANTASTIC FOUR #501 (#72) $2.25 MAR 56,002 

A comic story that deals with the aftermath of a Huge Event, and does it in such a way that it doesn't just feel right, but acts as a springboard for a new series of storylines is exactly the thing you need after a Big Event. Mark Waid is one of the few writers in comics who still knows how to do a "super-hero soap opera" that doesn't feel like warmed over Stan Lee. It's good to see that he can still find life in 40 year old characters that had been left for creatively dead for almost 15 years. Highly recommended.

25 BORN #2 (Of 4) (MR) $3.50 MAR 54,624 
26 EMMA FROST #1 $2.50 MAR 54,330 

And 53,000 of the people who bought this did so because of the barely covered breasts on the cover as rendered by Greg Horn. Imagine what would happen if they ever saw real breasts.

27 TROUBLE #1 (Of 5)* $2.99 MAR 53,949 

For all the hype, this didn't break any sales records. The comic itself is mediocre, and my inner fanboy is SCREAMING at the continuity gaffe created by this mini-series. However, I do think the idea of romance comics from a modern style viewpoint is a good idea, and I hope it succeeds in the bookstore market.

Oh, and the continuity gaffe? If Aunt May and Uncle Ben were teenagers when Peter Parker was conceived, why does Aunt May appear to be in her 80's now?


28 VENOM #3 (RES) $2.25 MAR 53,040 
29 FANTASTIC FOUR #500 (#71) (Note Price) $3.50 MAR 49,800 

Of course, why the issue AFTER the big event selling almost 8,000 more copies makes no sense to me at all. This is almost a perfect example of what a Big Event in a mainstream super-hero book should be. Waid has a perfect grasp on the Fantastic Four and this issue proves it. If you don't like this issue, you just don't like the Fantastic Four. Highly recommended.

30 SUPERMAN BIRTHRIGHT #1 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 48,789 
31 JSA #50 (Note Price) $3.95 DC 47,924 

DC's Big Event comic, where a bunch of super-heroes fight against overwhelming odds and just barely eke out a victory. The creative team juggles a LARGE cast quite well, making each of them seem unique by character, not just by super-power. As far as super-hero team books go, this is one of the better ones, and his mildly recommended for super-hero fans.

32 CAPTAIN AMERICA #15 $2.99 MAR 45,520 

Another of the "Everything you know is wrong" stories that will turn out to be a dream, hoax or some other stupid device. Why is it so hard to write a good captain America story anymore?

33 GREEN ARROW #28 $2.50 DC 45,270 
34 NEW MUTANTS #3 $2.50 MAR 43,614 
35 THOR VIKINGS #1 (Of 5) (MR) $3.50 MAR 43,057 

Garth Ennis does Thor, Vikings, zombies and massive violence. I'm amazed that Marvel lets him play with their Big toys, but when he does, you know you're going to get something darkly funny and twisted. Recommended for Preacher fans, but old school comic fans who still wish Marvel would go back to publishing the stuff they did in the 60's should prolly hide from this comic.

36 OUTSIDERS #2 $2.50 DC 42,954 

Also selling very well, even though I HATE the art, and the story hasn't been all that great. But it feels like they are going somewhere with the story, so I'll stay with it for the first arc and decide then. Like most of Judd Winnick's stuff, the super-hero side of the story isn't' all that great, but the character interaction is worth reading./

37 FORMERLY KNOWN AS JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 41,591 

A quick confession: I LOVED Keith Giffen's Justice League. I loved that he made the "World's Greatest Super Heroes" into a silly sitcom and spent more time pointing out how silly it all was when everyone was trying to see how "dark and realistic" they could make comics. Even with the humor, there were some more serious storylines in his run on the characters. Thankfully, none of that is in evidence here as the same team starts it all over again and shows just how good they were at this stuff. Kevin McGuire is the MASTER of facial expressions, and is such a great artist, I wonder why he was ever allowed to leave comics. This is a Highly Recommended comic and I hope it becomes a regular series just as soon as the last issue of this mini-series ships.

38 FLASH #200 (Note Price) $3.50 DC 41,078 

Another Big Event comic, and another shocking ending that I didn't see coming. Geoff Johns had a lot of trouble when he took over this comic, trying to find his voice. Now, using a better artist and setting up the story elements he wants to work with, the comic is well done, although not as good as his work on JSA, or, sadly, Mark Waid's towering run as writer here. Mildly recommended for super-hero fans.

39 EXILES #29 $2.99 MAR 40,696 

One of Marvel's odder books, now that they have de-emphasized the "continuity" aspect of their books. With the writer, Judd Winnick, signing for a another year of exclusivity with DC, I think they will turn it over to Chuck Austin, whose fill-in issues were just that, placeholders filling in while waiting for a story that moved things forward. Still, if you are a long time Marvel fan, there is a perverse pleasure is seeing the darker turns the Marvel Universe could have taken.

40 SPAWN #126 $2.50 IMA 40,227 

If you look in the new Previews, you'll see that Spawn #141 is supposed to come out in October. The book is more than a YEAR late. I have yet to get a single e-mail from anyone who say they are still reading this, so I think this is the best example of a comic that people buy just because they always have bought it and they are too lazy to drop it from their pull list.

41 GI JOE #19 $2.95 IMA 39,538 
42 MYSTIQUE #4 $2.99 MAR 39,480 

Marvel is doing a good job of promoting this book, and the "first issue" they put in their order form was a fun read, but nothing I will go out of my way for.

43 PUNISHER #29 $2.99 MAR 38,849 

By now, all fo the dark humor that gave this title its start is gone, and all that is left is Garth Ennis's ability to make a taut action story work in what is essentially a static medium. His Punisher is both a force of nature and impartial judge of the evil that Ennis sets in front of him. Still a very good comic, but no longer the brialliant one it was when Ennis first took over.

44 DETECTIVE COMICS #784 $2.75 DC 38,571 

I read an interview with Ed Brubaker where he said he was leaving this series because he was just burned out on Batman. It's amazing that a creative person would say that, even if it was obvious like it has been on this book. I loved his Batman work, but his Detective writing has been...well...flat. Hopefully the next writer they get ont he book will continue in the "crime noir" style that Greg Rucka used on the series.


It's by Matt Wanger, my favorite comics creator. So I will not be objective. Go buy this. Right freaking now.

46 JSA ALL STARS #3 (Of 8) $2.50 DC 37,105 
47 X-MEN UNLIMITED #50 $2.50 MAR 36,606 

Last issue, and it goes out with a bang, featuring a Wolverine story by one of the creators of Lone Wolf and Cub. This book started as a Big Honking Mess back in the mid 90's, a double sized comic that featured bad Image style art, fill-in stories and generally waste of paper work. Then, about two years ago, it became a good "spotlight" comic where different creators told self-contained X-Men stories, and I liked the comic. Now that it's gone, it'll be mostly forgotten, which is a shame. By the way, go seek out this issue, as it's one of the better Wolverine stories told in a very entertaining way.

48 GREEN LANTERN #167 $2.25 DC 36,254 
49 WOLVERINE SNIKT #3 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 35,741

Another Wolverine mini-series to be put into a trade the week after the last issue ships.

50 KINGPIN #2 $2.50 MAR 35,712 
51 SUPERMAN #195 $2.25 DC 35,302 

How the mighty have fallen. I remember in the mid 80's, when they did the big Superman re-vamp by Byrne, it was done because Superman had fallen below 150K in sales through most of the 80's. Now, the book struggles to sell 40K. Part of it is because of the general slide in comic sales altogether, but I think a large part of why it's not doing well now is because Superman no longer feels like a "wish fulfillment" for readers. At it's best, Superman fits a need in readers who can think that, just like Clark Kent, if people just knew who they realoly were, they would think they were great. Not to mention the flying, strength and such. Now, the books just barrel from confusing generic villian to generic villian with little to set it apart from any other super-hero comic.

52 X-MEN UNLIMITED #49 $2.50 MAR 35,243 
53 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #13 $2.95 DRE 34,964 
54 FANTASTIC FOUR #500 (#71) DIRECTORS CUT ED $4.99 MAR 33,836 

A great package for a actual Big Deal in both numbers and story for Marvel's first successful Silver Age comic. Yeah, it had a shiny cover, but it also had behind the scenes stuff, script pages, sketches and the like. All in all, if you buy FF #500, this is the one to get. And the shiny cover is kewl. Highly recommended.

55 AUTHORITY VOL 2 #3 (MR) $2.95 DC 33,777

Looks like I'm not the only one who looked at the book under the new creative team and decided to drop it like a hot rock. This book's time has passed, and I would even argue that it shouldn't have continued after Warren Ellis finished his run on it.

56 THOR #66 $2.99 MAR 33,557 
57 TRUTH RED WHITE BLACK #7 (Of 7) (RES) $3.50 MAR 33,161 

Normally, I'm a big Kyle Baker fan (and I am near giddy over the idea that he's going to do a Plastic Man series), but his work on this mini-series was substandard, and rushed. The idea behind the series actually got some of the more conservative ass-clowns in the media to bellyache that Captain America was black (yesh, I'm talking to YOU Michael Medved, who wouldn't know a good idea if it bit him on the ass, gave him rabies and then went home and kicked his cat), and I like the idea that they experimented on other people before the Captain America we know. But, I'll wait for the trade to see if the story made up for the art.

58 IRON MAN #70 $2.99 MAR 32,208 
59 ACTION COMICS #805 $2.25 DC 31,959 
60 HULK NIGHTMERICA #2 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 31,636 
61 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #43 $2.75 DC 31,387 

The plot of this issue is that a social worker is investigating the death of Jason Todd. WHO DIED IN 1988! Want to know why people get irritated with comics? It's because they are endlessly self-referential. If this story needed to be told, it needed to be

62 BATGIRL YEAR ONE #8 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 29,995 
63 NIGHTWING #83 $2.25 DC 29,745 
64 AQUAMAN #8 $2.50 DC 29,628 
65 X-STATIX #11 $2.99 MAR 29,599 
66 X-MEN PHOENIX #2 (Of 3) $2.99 MAR 29,408 
67 HAWKMAN #17 $2.50 DC 29,276 
68 BATGIRL #42 $2.50 DC 29,144 
69 ADVS O/SUPERMAN #618 $2.25 DC 29,086 
70 MAGDALENA VOL 2 #1 $2.99 IMA 29,012 
71 GI JOE FRONTLINE #8 $2.95 IMA 28,939 
72 GI JOE FRONTLINE #9 $2.95 IMA 28,191 
73 ALIAS #24 (MR) $2.99 MAR 28,103 
74 WEAPON X #10 $2.99 MAR 28,015 
75 NAMOR #4 $2.25 MAR 28,001 
76 BIRDS O/PREY #57 $2.50 DC 27,898 
77 CAPTAIN MARVEL #12 $2.99 MAR 27,810 
78 WEAPON X #11 $2.99 MAR 27,590 
79 ARKHAM ASYLUM LIVING HELL #3 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 27,561 
80 PARADISE X #12 (Of 12) $2.99 MAR 27,312 
81 SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS III #7 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 26,975 
82 GI JOE FRONTLINE #10 $2.95 IMA 26,843 
83 Y THE LAST MAN #13 (MR) $2.95 DC 26,755 
84 JLA SCARY MONSTERS #5 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 26,418 
85 INHUMANS #3 $2.50 MAR 26,403 
86 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #169 $2.50 DC 26,286 
87 ELEKTRA #25 $2.99 MAR 25,655 
88 FABLES #15 (MR) $2.50 DC 25,567 
89 WONDER WOMAN #194 $2.25 DC 25,347 
90 ARROWSMITH #1 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 24,937 
91 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #11 (Of 12) $2.99 IMA 24,805 
93 DAWN THREE TIERS #1 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 24,350 
94 HUMAN TORCH #4 $2.50 MAR 24,160 
95 LOBO UNBOUND #2 (Of 6) (MR) $2.95 DC 24,072 
96 FALLEN ANGEL #1 $2.50 DC 23,720 
97 MASTERS O/T UNIVERSE VOL 2 #5 $2.95 IMA 23,500 
99 SPIDER-GIRL #62 $2.99 MAR 23,104 
100 CATWOMAN #21 $2.50 DC 23,090 
101 LEGION #22 $2.50 DC 22,987 
102 STAR WARS EMPIRE #9 DARKLIGHTER (2 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 22,489 
103 TMNT ANIMATED #2 $2.95 DRE 22,371 
104 ROBIN #116 $2.25 DC 22,210 
105 SENTINEL #4 $2.50 MAR 22,210 
106 DOMINO #3 (Of 4) $2.50 MAR 22,181 
107 EMPIRE #1 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 21,668 
108 STAR WARS EMPIRE #10 YAVIN BASE (1 Of 2) $2.99 DAR 21,638 
109 ROBOTECH LOVE & WAR #2 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 21,330 
110 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #55 BATTLE O/JABIIM (1 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 20,685 
111 ULTIMATE ADVS #4 (RES) $2.25 MAR 20,524 
112 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #56 BATTLE O/JABIIM (2 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 20,465 
113 RUNAWAYS #4 $2.50 MAR 20,246 
114 SMALLVILLE #3 $3.95 DC 20,202 
115 ETERNAL #2 (MR) $2.99 MAR 19,923 
117 WAR MACHINE 2.0 #3 (Of 3) (MR) $2.99 MAR 19,674 
120 HERO #6 $2.50 DC 19,366 
121 RED #1 (Of 3) $2.95 DC 19,146 
122 LIBERTY MEADOWS #32 $2.95 IMA 18,868 
123 BRIAN PULIDO LADY DEATH #6 $2.95 CRO 18,677 
124 BATMAN NEVERMORE #4 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 18,677 
125 CREW #3 $2.50 MAR 18,633 
126 TERRA OBSCURA #2 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 18,516 
127 GLOBAL FREQUENCY #9 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 18,120 
128 GLOBAL FREQUENCY #10 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 17,797 
129 POSSESSED #1 (Of 6) (MR) $2.95 DC 17,489 
130 GOTHAM CENTRAL #9 $2.50 DC 17,299 
131 THUNDERBOLTS #81 (Note Price) $2.25 MAR 17,211 
132 VAMPIRELLA/WITCHBLADE #1 $2.99 HAR 17,167 
133 100 BULLETS #46 (MR) $2.50 DC 17,108 
134 HELLBLAZER #186 (MR) $2.75 DC 16,405 
135 NECROWAR #1 $2.95 DRE 16,155 
136 SUPERMAN METROPOLIS #6 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 15,804 
137 BLACK PANTHER #62 $2.99 MAR 15,774 
138 HARLEY QUINN #34 $2.50 DC 15,716 
139 SOLUS #5 $2.95 CRO 15,510 
141 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #12 (MR) $2.95 DC 15,437 
142 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #1/2 $2.99 IMA 15,422 
143 GEN 13 #11 $2.95 DC 15,408 
144 LOSERS #2 (MR) $2.95 DC 15,334 
145 BATMAN ADVS #4 $2.25 DC 15,056 
146 WAY O/T RAT #15 $2.95 CRO 14,807 
147 BTVS #59 SLAYER INTERRUPTED (4 Of 4)* $2.99 DAR 14,777 
148 RELOAD #3 (Of 3) (MR) $2.95 DC 14,719 
149 EXTINCTION EVENT #1 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 14,689 
150 BLOOD AND WATER #5 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 DC 14,587 
151 TOKYO STORM WARNING #2 (Of 3) $2.95 DC 14,426 
152 SIMPSONS COMICS #84 $2.50 BON 14,367 
153 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVS #21 $2.25 DC 13,898

Even though it has a revolving creative team, it's still one of the better super-hero books DC does. Why? It has clear, plot based stories that are well drawn with iconic heroes that still manages to entertain the reader for 22 pages. Mildly recommended.

154 LUCIFER #40 (MR) $2.50 DC 13,722 

And what is the epiphany? That her games, movies and comics all suck and no one cares any more.


Oh, for the love of all that is Holy people, QUIT BUYING THIS SHIT. The cartoon was painfully bad, the toys were cheap and the characters have the worse names in the history of children's entertainment. He-Man was what your mom bought you when she had no clue what you liked, and they were the toys you gave your younger siblings when you were told to share and still wanted to make them cry.

157 SCION #38 $2.95 CRO 13,282 
158 STORMWATCH TEAM ACHILLES #13 (MR) $2.95 DC 13,018 
159 POWER COMPANY #18 $2.75 DC 12,930 

Last issue, and a failed little experiment in doing a standard 80's style super-hero team. Kurt Busiek has written far better, but Tom Grummett's work was just amazingly well done for a super-hero comic. I hope he gets another assignment soon, as he is one of DC's best artists currently.

160 LENORE #10 $2.95 SLG 12,593 

A funny, twisted comic in the same vein as Gahan Wilson or Charles Addams, and it's nice to see that it has built up a big audience. The artist worked on Invader Zim with a few other Slave Labor creators, and while it didn't last very long, they prolly got more money on one episode of that than on all of their comic work combined. Highly recommended.

161 BEWARE THE CREEPER #4 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 DC 12,373 
162 MICRONAUTS #9 $2.95 IMA 12,314 

The first issue was utterly unreadable, and this comic is now selling 10% of what the first issue sold. I think this is the very definition of "wasted potential."

163 DOOM PATROL #22 $2.50 DC 12,227 

Last issue, and I am convinced that the only reason the book was published this long was to give the artist more training in monthly books before putting him on a higher selling comic. I liked the Doom Patrol, but I like the quirky super-hero stuff that merges Vertigo Weirdness with standard super-hero concepts. Looks as if I am not in the majority on that.

164 SILKEN GHOST #3 (Of 5) $2.95 CRO 12,139 
165 NEGATION #20 $2.95 CRO 12,007 
166 KISS #11* $2.99 DAR 11,977 

Dark Horse keeps getting licenses that should sell really well, but for some reason, just lay there. KISS comics would sell tons of copies in bookstores and record shops, but in comic shops, who cares? My opinion? KISS was cool for about an hour in 1977, but so was the song Disco Duck, and I don't think anyone wants to read about THAT either.

167 SAVAGE DRAGON #108 $2.95 IMA 11,772 
168 MYSTIC #38 $2.95 CRO 11,655 
169 EYE O/T STORM ANNUAL (MR) $4.95 DC 11,581

A Wildstorm annual for a sub-line that doesn't sell well. Put it this way, I read Sleeper, and I had no idea that it was a part of this imprint, let alone part of this annual until I did a bit of research to see just what the hell this comic was. Wildstorm continues to do what it did at Image, fire books into the market without any marketing or publicity and watch them fail at an alarming rate. 

170 HUMANS DEFENSE CORPS #3 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 11,464 
171 CRUX #28 $2.95 CRO 11,362 
172 ELFQUEST 25TH ANNV ED $2.95 DC 11,362 

The first 20 issues of Elfquest are some of the best comics available, and I'm glad DC is putting them in their "Archive" format. Its rare that high fantasy works in a comic, but for those 21 issues, it worked quite well. The stuff that came after wasn't quite as good, having the feel of the "Dune" books written by Frank Herbert's son. It would be too bad if the Pini's never did anything else, making them a one trick pony, when Wendy was one of the best artists to work in black and white. 

173 SIGIL #38 $2.95 CRO 11,318 
174 HUNTER AGE O/MAGIC #25 (MR) $2.75 DC 11,215 

Last issue, and due to be relaunched again soon. I liked the first series "Books of Magic" well enough, but by the end, it was easy to see that they had painted themselves into a corner, characterwise, and the concept just hasn't been the same since. 

175 ROUTE 666 #14 $2.95 CRO 11,010 
176 FIRST #33 $2.95 CRO 10,907 
177 VAMPI VICIOUS #1* $2.99 HAR 10,731

Yet another Vampirella mini-series, revamp, whatever. I wonder how many times they will relaunch the character before they realize that no one cares anymore?

178 SAVAGE DRAGON #109 (RES) $2.95 IMA 10,629 
179 HIP FLASK ELEPHANTMEN #1 $3.50 ACT 10,453 

The only reason to get this comic is for the Brilliant work by Ladronn as the artist. The story is a mess, and I really couldn't make it through by reading it, but Ladronn has become one of the most talented artists to work in comics in years. Highly recommended for the art.

180 FUTURAMA COMICS #14 $2.50 BON 10,365 

Now that they series is canceled, this is all we have of Futurama. And it's a good thing that the comic is usually just as well done as the series, and this is Highly Recommended.


More fun super-hero parodies from the Simpsons people. Highly recommended, and fun even if you have NO CLUE about the comics they are making fun of.

182 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #21 (MR) $2.95 BRO 10,028 
183 SLEEPER #7 (MR) $2.95 DC 9,426 

My shop didn't pull this issue of this Highly Recommended story for me. If yours has a copy, e-mail me and let me know how I can buy it from them. Thanks.


The CSI comics are well done, but also amazingly overpriced. Being a big CSI fan, but a cheap bastard, I'm only buying them when they are discounted...especially when the CSI novels cost the same as this, have a MUCH deeper story and take more than 20 minutes to read. 

185 CALL #4 $2.25 MAR 9,324 

This came out? Marvel's attempt to do stories about firemen and cops failed because they put a ton of fantasy elements in it, didn't promote it to comics fans well, and dumped three separate mini-series on shops at the same time, making people think you had to buy 3 comics a month to keep up. 

186 AMERICAN CENTURY #26 (MR) $2.75 DC 8,913 

Next to last issue of a comic that had 12 great issues at the beginning, and then coasted on toward extinction.

187 CROSSOVERS #7 $2.95 CRO 8,781 
188 SHONEN JUMP VOL 1 #8 AUG 2003 $4.95 VIZ 8,781 

Sells great outside comic shops. Filled with strips that appeal to kids. No WONDER comic shop owners ignore it, since it would only bring in new customers.

189 PVP #3 $2.95 IMA 8,518 

More on-line strip reprints. Feh. I find the art to be generic bigfoot stuff and the stories endlessly "inside joke" filled.

190 HELL #1 $2.99 DAR 8,459 
192 GO BOY 7 HUMAN ACTION MACHINE #1 $2.99 DAR 8,195 

Dark Horse's "Rocket Comics" seems like all of their other side imprints. Sells poorly and doesn't have any fan interest.

193 TERMINATOR 3 BEFORE THE RISE #2 (MR)* $5.95 BEC 8,166 

Beckett, who does Baseball Card Price Guides, is getting into comic publishing with the old standby of movie adaptations, which I say every month I see no need for. This tells the story Before the most recent movie, and hopefully, they are getting decent distribution outside comic stores, because this is pretty low for sales.

194 POWERPUFF GIRLS #40 $2.25 DC 7,872 
195 21 DOWN #11 $2.95 DC 7,667 
196 DEFIANCE #8 $2.95 IMA 7,667 
197 VERTIGO POP BANGKOK #3 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 DC 7,594 
198 USAGI YOJIMBO #67 $2.99 DAR 7,565 
199 USAGI YOJIMBO #68 $2.99 DAR 7,403 
200 LEGACY #2 $2.95 IMA 7,359 
201 QUEEN & COUNTRY #17 (MR) $2.99 ONI 6,890 

Buy it as trades.

202 INVINCIBLE #5 $2.95 IMA 6,802 
203 GRENDEL GOD & THE DEVIL #6 (Of 10) (MR) $3.50 DAR 6,802 

Reprinting the Comic Series with new coloring and reproduction. Why are they printing it this way and not simply in trade paperbacks? Because Comico lost the film, so they have to print it like this so that they can afford to re-shoot the art and format it so that it doesn't just look like a photocopy of the old comics. Wait for the book, they buy it.

204 KNIGHTS Of The DINNER TABLE #81 $3.99 KZR 6,758 

I Love This Comic. A comic/magazine that features a group of gamers as the main comic story and a bunch of gaming articles to fill it out to be 100 pages per issue. The stories are fun and transcend the REALLY BAD ART, so that if you know anything at all about Dungeons and Dragons, you'll like it. Gamers should be buying this without hesitation, and this comic is Highly Recommended to them and Mildly recommended to everyone else.

205 OH MY GODDESS #99 PHANTOM RACER (4 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 6,700 
206 BRIT #1 (MR) $4.95 IMA 6,582 

A comic filled with people drinking tea, dark beer and putting "bloody" in front of everything. Hm...any other stereotypes I can put in this review of a comic I know nothing about? Oh, it's mature readers, so it's prolly full of kinky sex, too.

207 BATMAN #616 $2.25 DC 6,480 

More re-orders. 

208 KORE #3 $2.95 IMA 6,465 

No, it's spelled Cory.  You people can't get anything right, can you?

209 UNCLE SCROOGE #320 $6.95 GEM 6,421 

In the 80's and early 90's, Don Rosa started doing Uncle Scrooge stories, and they were easily the most entertaining comics being published (yes, more than Alan Moore and Frank Miller's stuff...bite me if you disagree). However, the publishers weren't able to get his stuff to a big enough audience, and he had to start working for European Disney publishers. Now, Disney books are back, but horridly overpriced. If Gemstone had any brains, they'd figure out a way to get Rosa's stuff into Big Collected Trades and in bookstores where people would find and appreciate it. 

210 GIRL GENIUS #9 (RES) $3.95 STF 6,406 

You ever wonder why I don't buy the Phil Foglio stuff, even when I LOVE his work and am highly entertained by it? Because this comic's first issue was back in either 1999 or 2000, and it's a continued story...and he's just coming out with the 9th issue. It's why I buy things in books...if I was buying this as individual issues, I KNOW I would have no clue where the story left off when the last issue came out months and months ago.

211 SWEATSHOP #4 $2.95 DC 6,289 

Canceled, and a damn shame, as it was a funny comic. Highly Recommended, since you'll get at least 10 good laughs out of each issue.

212 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #125 $2.19 ARC 6,260 
213 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL PETALS O/T WIND #80 (MR) $2.99 DAR 6,187 
214 CEREBUS #291 $2.25 AAR 6,128 

9 issues left. Anyone want to place odds that Dave Sim will be forgotten by most people 5 years after its done if he doesn't start another comic soon after Cerebus ends?

215 STRAY BULLETS #32 (MR) $2.95 EL 6,084 
216 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #635 $6.95 GEM 6,025 

The biggest selling comic of all time, back in the 40's and 50's. I think it could be the biggest selling NOW if it was sold at a better price, had more pages and was in bookstores. As is, it's overpriced and in a sales environment that caters to super-hero fans. 

217 SCOOBY DOO #74 $2.25 DC 5,967 
218 LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #8 (MR) $3.95 FAN 5,615 

More re-orders, and Warren Ellis said that this comic has sold 50,000 overall. Congratulations, and it's GOOD that DC made him put this out before restarting the "Planetary" series so people would remember it. And it was a good read, and is mildly recommended...but it DOES have a gimmick lifted from the Zero Hour issues that Batman appeared in, so look those up in the back issue bin. I GUARANTEE your shop owner will thank you for buying them.

220 PUFFED #1 (Of 3) (MR)* $2.95 IMA 5,527 
221 RUSE #21 $2.95 CRO 5,512 

Under Mark Waid, this was a fun detective comic with a great premise, good stories and a lot of fun. With him gone, it's just a great premise and a LOT of unfulfilled potential. I would have to say that any really quirky idea for a series thought up by a talented writer, really needs that talented writer to make it work.

222 SOUL O/SAMURAI #2 (Of 4) $5.95 IMA 5,439 
223 HEROES ANONYMOUS #1 (Of 6) $2.99 BON 4,999

A semi-serious title by Bongo (who do the Simpsons comics) that has a good premise, but just doesn't hold together as a story. I wanted to like this one, and maybe future issues will be better, but this one just wasn't very good.

224 BLACKBURNE COVENANT #4 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 4,940 
225 AGENTS #3 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 4,911 
226 SUPER MANGA BLAST #33 (MR) $5.99 DAR 4,911 

Dark Horse's Manga anthology, which is pretty much mired at sales of about 5,000, which is a shame. It's the one Manga anthology I buy and enjoy, and it has some great work in it that is easily readable by people who have no experience with Japanese work. Highly recommended.

227 STRANGERS #4 (Of 6)* $2.95 IMA 4,867 
228 HEIRS O/ETERNITY #3 (Of 5) $2.95 IMA 4,662 
229 CANNON GOD EXAXXION #15 (MR) $2.99 DAR 4,647 

See review higher on the sales chart. Oh, and this is Highly Recommended as well.

232 DEVILS FOOTPRINTS #4 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 4,427 
233 PATH #16 $2.95 CRO 4,413

The worst selling CrossGen book, which is NOT the one being canceled (that would be The First), but it shows that the CrossGen fans are picking and choosing which comics they will get, rather than buying them all as they did when the company started. 

234 GOLD DIGGER #43 $2.99 ANT 4,163 
235 GOLD DIGGER #44 $2.99 ANT 4,046 
236 OUTSIDERS #1 $2.50 DC 4,032

These are re-orders, and this and Teen Titans have been fairly big successes for DC. Surprising, since the series they replaced (Young Justice and Titans) weren't exactly tearing up the sales charts...and they aren't series I would call "Must reads", but actually fairly generic super-hero comics. 

237 SCOOTER GIRL #2 (Of 6) (MR) $2.99 ONI 3,958 
238 MARVEL MUST HAVES ULTIMATES #1-#3 $3.99 MAR 3,944 
239 TERRY MOORES PARADISE TOO #13 $2.95 ABS 3,929 
240 ARCHIE #538 $2.19 ARC 3,797 
243 DORK TOWER #23 $2.99 DOR 3,636 

I finally picked up a few issues of this after reading good reviews, and I'm a bit mixed on it. It is mining the same ground as "Knights of the Dinner Table" (gamer humor) and is more interested in going for the gag than telling a story, which is OK, I guess. However, it comes out VERY infrequently, is telling a continued story and doesn't tell you anything about who's who (the story I read didn't even give the names to 3 of the 6 characters, making the gag at the end confusing). 

244 BATMAN #615 $2.25 DC 3,533 

More re-orders, and showing that if you HAVE issues for stores to order, they will keep filling their shelves.

245 LOONEY TUNES #104 $2.25 DC 3,533 

Reprinting the first 3 issues of Bruce Jones's work on The Hulk. Worth reading and a different take on the character.

247 AGE O/BRONZE #17 $3.50 IMA 3,489 
248 PARADIGM #10 $3.50 IMA 3,357 
249 MARVEL MUST HAVES NEW X-MEN #114-#116 $3.99 MAR 3,313

Reprinting Grant Morrison's opening arc on the X-Men. If, for some insane reason, you haven't read it, ask your dealer to get this for you, since you can get the first 3 issues for the price of 1 and 3/4ths, and it's VERY worth it.

250 LANSDALE & TRUMANS DEAD FOLKS #3 (Of 3) (MR) $3.50 AVA 3,211 

This is a GREAT creative team whose comics have always been entertaining and impeccably well done. It's a damn shame they can only get work from this crappy publisher, meaning their work will look like shit. But, it will be collected in a trade once the last issue comes out, and will prolly still be the best horror comic since the LAST horror comic they put together.

251 LOVE FIGHTS #2 $2.99 ONI 3,196 
252 BETTY & VERONICA #190 $2.19 ARC 3,181 
254 LUBA #7 (MR) $3.50 FAN 3,152 
255 TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 2 #3 (Of 6) $2.95 DRE 3,137 
256 ARTESIA AFIRE #2 (Of 6) (MR) $3.95 ARC 3,108 

I have looked through this comic, and it's a good looking fantasy book that I just can't get interested in, having burned out on fantasy over the years. But it shore is purty.

257 FLASH #199 $2.25 DC 3,035 
258 VERONICA #142 $2.19 ARC 3,035 
259 BONEYARD #11 $2.95 NBM 3,020 

While I Love the "Knights Of The Dinner Table" comic, I can't find it in myself to warm up to this comic, which shows the "adventures" of the characters run by the "players" of the role playing games in that comic. And if you don't play RPGs, the last sentence seems to you like a bunch of random words put together in the hopes it could possible be a sentence at some point.

261 BETTY #128 $2.19 ARC 2,947 
262 SABRINA VOL 2 #47 $2.19 ARC 2,873 
263 DOGWITCH #6 (MR) $2.95 SIR 2,741 

One of my friends dressed up as a character from this comic for the Sandy Eggo convention. I wonder if anyone knew who she was supposed to be other than "Large Breasted Woman In Kinky Outfit." Then again, isn't that enough?

264 SABRINA VOL 2 #48 $2.19 ARC 2,741 
265 DEATHMASK #3 $2.99 FUT 2,741 
266 LOSERS #1 (MR) $2.95 DC 2,697 

More reorders for a new Vertigo comic based on an old DC war series. I never cared for War Comics when I was a kid, and there were a LOT of them. I try now to go back and read them, and the only ones I can read are the ECs, anything Kirby did and...well, the Warren Stuff, but that was just ECs for the 60's.

267 MAGDALENA VOL 2 JIM SILKE ACTOR CVR #1 (Net) $5.00 IMA 2,683 
268 METAL HURLANT #7 (MR) $3.95 HUM 2,668 
269 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #73 $2.19 ARC 2,624 
270 CARTOON CARTOONS #20 $2.25 DC 2,580 
271 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #144 $3.59 ARC 2,566 
272 ARCHIE DIGEST #200 $2.39 ARC 2,536 

Fabulous 200th issue! Nothing special happens! If this were a Marvel book, Archie would finally beat the hell out of Reggie, with Mr. Lodge keeping him from killing the bastard at the last minute. 

273 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #117 $3.59 ARC 2,536 
274 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #634 $6.95 GEM 2,522 

I like that Disney Comics are back, but I have a lot of trouble paying $7 for 48 pages. Maybe I'm alone in this, but it just seems horridly overpriced. Maybe if it was printed in the Graphic Album size I wouldn't feel the same way, but as is, I think the price point is just too prohibitive, which is a shame, since most Disney comics are well done and entertaining.

275 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #77 $3.59 ARC 2,507 
277 LOEG II BUMPER ED PARTS 1 & 2 $5.95 DC 2,463 
278 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #140 $2.39 ARC 2,448 
279 EMPIRE #0 (Of 6) $4.95 DC 2,434 

You might think these are crappy sales, but these are reorders of reprint of two comics from 3 years ago. And it's a GREAT mini-series. I talked more about it under the current issue, don't you remember?


It is official, this comic has now had more stupid swimsuit issues than actual issues. All the creators are now forced to actually do an issue where something happens rather than drawing furry fan wanking material. I'm guessing they won't be able to. And if they DO, it won't sell.

282 LOEG II BUMPER ED PARTS 3 & 4 $5.95 DC 2,390 
283 ALICE IN SEXLAND EXTREME #3 (A) $3.95 ERO 2,346 

In this issue she eats EXTREME Doritos and plays EXTREME videogames. Is there anything in our lives now that isn't "EXTREME"? I'm still looking for "EXTREME" power walking and EXTREME sitting on your ass and watching TV.

284 METALLIX #6 $2.99 FUT 2,331 

"Cory? Why did Future Comics decide that they were going to just print graphic novels?" Because their stuff read like bland mid 80's Marvel books and sold crappy. "Why didn't they just fold up and go away?" Because they don't get the message that low sales give you.

285 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #107 $3.50 ANT 2,331 
286 FREEMIND #7 $2.99 FUT 2,316 
287 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #96 $3.59 ARC 2,302 
288 KISSING CHAOS 1000 WORDS ONE-SHOT (MR) $2.99 ONI 2,287 
289 LOEG VOL II #5 2ND PT $3.50 DC 2,228 

People are buying second printings of this when they know the darn thing will be reprinted in a book by the end of the year? I don't understand it.

290 JUGHEAD #152 $2.19 ARC 2,199 
291 ARCHIE MYSTERIES #29 $2.19 ARC 2,140 
292 JUNGLE FANTASY #3 (MR)* $3.50 AVA 2,111 
293 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #185 $2.39 ARC 2,082 
294 PLANETARY READER $5.95 DC 2,067 

Reorders of a book that is made to remind people that they used to have this comic called "Planetary" and they used to like it back in the heady days of the 90's.

295 KITSUNE TALES #1 $4.95 SLG 1,994 
297 DEMONSLAYER LORDS O/NIGHT #1 (MR)* $3.50 AVA 1,876

I wonder if Marvel will ever see this and protect their character "Demonslayer" that they stole from the 1970's "Atlas Comics"? If not, we can ALL do comics named "Demonslayer"! And I bet I could do one that sells better than this, and I can't draw!

298 LAUGH DIGEST #185 $2.39 ARC 1,876 
299 LAUGH DIGEST #186 $2.39 ARC 1,847 

You know, these aren't made for me, but when I was a kid, I LOVED comics digests. Sure, the pages were smaller, but you got over 100 pages for about the same price as a normal comic. If I were a kid now and wanted to read Archies, I wouldn't even think about buying the normal comics, but would be all over the digests.

300 ZEN #2 $2.95 ZEN 1,833 

If you made it down this far (and really, why should you if you don't work on any of these comics?) you will notice something that jumped out at me immediately. The #300 comic is selling over 1800 copies. Part of that is because now Diamond lists re-orders, so comics that sold a lot of re-orders are on the list. But I also think that it means that more comics are being bought. There are 5 comics that sold over 100,000 for the first time in over 2 years. Maybe, just maybe, things are turning around. Now if companies use this as a way to get comics out into the general public, we might see some actual growth.

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