The top 300 selling comics for June 2004

1 IDENTITY CRISIS #1 (Of 7)*** $3.95 DC 163,111

DC's Big Event of the summer, and I have read the second issue already (yeah, I'm behind, but do you pay me for my reviews? No? Then they come out when I get time to do them!). This issue is very well written, well drawn, well plotted, and I still didn't like it. It feels like grafting very serious things onto characters that just aren't made for such seriousness. There is also a strong line of violence toward women that seems to be above and beyond what is normal in action-adventure stories that make me just feel uncomfortable as I read this comic.

2 SUPERMAN #206 $2.50 DC 162,095

The Jim Lee run continues, and I have to say that I'm not liking it. The conceit (half of the world's population is gone and Superman is telling how it happened) grates on my nerves, and what is good for a one issue teaser becomes VERY annoying spread out for three plus comics. Maybe it will work as a trade, but as individual issues, it stinks.

3 ASTONISHING X-MEN #2 $2.99 MAR 133,784

This series, on the other hand, is excellent, and shows a great sense of the characters, and features excellent art. Joss Whedon, the creator/head guru of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is writing a 12 issue arc, and shows just how well he can use the characters without affecting Big Changes. Highly recommended.

4 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #60 $2.25 MAR 104,789
5 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #61 $2.25 MAR 101,159

Staring the Carnage arc, and while I thought that Carnage was one of the worst Spider-Man villains of the 90's, this version is interesting, without all of the overdone "serial killer" crap that was the entire basis for the Marvel Universe version of the character. A great script, excellent art and a good "horror movie" vibe that doesn't clash with the feel of the series, this is another one that is Highly Recommended.


The origin is over, and now they start with the first Dr. Doom story. Warren Ellis, for all of his talk about how much he hates super-hero stories, can do very good ones. However, I have learned with the Ultimates comics, because of their "decompressed" storytelling, it is FAR better to get the trade paperbacks, since each individual issue doesn't really feel like a "complete" section of a story.

8 UNCANNY X-MEN #445 $2.25 MAR 98,660

Alan Davis is being horridly overinked, and Claremont seems to already be falling back on his "put the X-Men through tons of painful torture" plotting. If you like Chris Claremont's stuff, you'll like it, otherwise it will be confusing and hard to read.

9 X-MEN #158 $2.25 MAR 96,759

Oh, man. This is painfully horrid crap.


Another issue, meaning they will be getting the trade out in about 3 or 4 months.

11 ULTIMATE X-MEN #47 $2.25 MAR 95,254
12 ULTIMATE X-MEN #48 $2.25 MAR 94,238

This comic has utterly left me behind, and with the rotating creative teams, it never seems to build to much of anything other than a lot of destruction. For hard-core X-Fans only.

13 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #509 $2.25 MAR 88,289

The start of a new "shocking" story that is a quick read, but I don't know how well it will settle with me if it is going where I think it is. JMS is good at individual stories, but his Big Climaxes don't seem to work (i.e. the Ezekial stuff), so I'm wondering how this will turn out.

14 WOLVERINE END #4 (Of 6) (RES) $2.99 MAR 83,947

For hard core Wolverine fans only. A mish mash of plots that don't seem to sort out enough to be a good "final story".


Mark Millar is not one of my favorite writers. In fact, I haven't read anything I have liked from him since his issues of "Superman Adventures". This "more mature" version of Spider-Man has excellent art, ups the angst and in the end feels like Millar wants to throw every Spider-Man cliché into a blender to see if something good comes out.

16 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #508 $2.25 MAR 82,268
17 JLA #100 (Note Price) $3.50 DC 75,434

I feel relentlessly negative, but damn did this suck. "The Elite" was another of those "The Authority is cool, let's rip it off" super hero teams that were hot in the late 90's, and this feels like it is re-heated leftovers. Besides, shouldn't a #100 issue be more than a pilot for a mini-series?

18 BATMAN #629 $2.25 DC 72,020

Coming to the end of the Judd Winnik Scarecrow story, and it's been a solidly entertaining Batman story. Not a "big event" style of story like they have been pushing, but still an entertaining book. Mildly recommended.

19 WOLVERINE #16 $2.25 MAR 67,519

And now, a book I never thought I'd be recommending. Greg Rucka's work on this series has been nothing short of incredible, pulling away from all the crap that has piled up on the character, and simply doing solid stories, with great art by Darrick Robertson. This arc actually uses the confusing "Weapon X" stuff to put forth a story that adds to Wolverine's past without becoming a continuity waddle. Highly recommended.

20 TEEN TITANS #12 $2.50 DC 66,424

A perfectly average super-hero team book that is having to deal with a lot of continuity from previous books as well as other comics (Robin's been replaced, and the like). For fanboys only.

21 AMAZING FANTASY #1 $2.99 MAR 60,468

Another Spider-girl/woman/female. An average current first issue, which means that there isn't so much an origin as the first chapter of a longer story.

22 EXCALIBUR #2 (RES) $2.99 MAR 59,791

OK, now this one pissed me off to the point where I dropped the comic. Never mind the fact that it has no tie in any way, shape or form to the previous Excalibur book, including the lighter tone which marked the best issues of the comic. Never mind the fact that the art is poor. They spent an entire issue with Magneto talking to Xavier to explain away the previous Magneto story, so not only was it a clumsy attempt to write out a previous story (which I always think is a waste of paper), but NOTHING HAPPENS. That's right, an entire issue of overly wordy exposition. This is why people quit reading the X-Books.

23 NEW X-MEN #2 $2.99 MAR 58,855

Not really the New X-Men so much as a relaunch of the New Mutants series from last year. So, if you liked that, you'll like this. If you didn't, or didn't read it, you'll be pretty lost.

24 AVENGERS #84 $2.25 MAR 57,083

The last issue before the big "blow everything up and start over" story that Brian Bendis is doing. It ties into a story about bringing back in the Invaders with a bunch of very unlikable characters. In other words, Yuk.

25 DAREDEVIL #61 $2.99 MAR 53,770

Still a great book, which dark, realistic art and a fascinating look at Marvel's most complicated character. If you haven't read Daredevil before because you don't like super-heroes, try an issue, because you haven't read a super-hero like this. Highly recommended.

26 CONAN #5 $2.99 DAR 51,307
27 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #15 $2.25 MAR 50,997
28 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #16 $2.25 MAR 50,515

Tying into the Big Avengers Event, even though the story doesn't seem to have anything to do with it, other than have Captain America in it. The first part of the story struck me wrong, as a number of innocents are killed to make the villain seem "dangerous," and it just shocked me out of the story. If this is the more "young reader/super-villain" of the Spidery books, it has horridly failed in that regard.

29 FANTASTIC FOUR #514 $2.25 MAR 49,895

A story that, for some reason, read as being rushed and a bit confusing. Mark Waid is capable of great work on this comic, but the Frightful Four story was a let-down.

30 PUNISHER #7 (MR) $2.99 MAR 48,124
31 PUNISHER #8 (MR) $2.99 MAR 47,476

I laughed myself sick when I read some right wing radio host go on and on in an essay about how "The Punisher was no longer a hero or a role model". THE PUNISHER WAS NEVER A HERO!!! He was a twisted vigilante, and he's being written as an amoral criminal killing machine. Oh, and these issues have to do with Irish criminals in New York, so it's a bit rough to plow through the accents and all, but the underlying story is a solid action yarn. Mildly recommended.

32 ACTION COMICS #816 $2.50 DC 47,065

A LOT of people on the internet trash everything Chuck Austin writes, but he has shown me, at least, that he can write good comics, and so far this is one of them. A big fight scene with snappy dialogue, it appears that Austin is trying to live up to the "Action" part of the title, and while his Superman is more of a smart-ass that I'm used to, it's still good, solid, super-hero stuff that read like mid 70's Marvel work. Mildly recommended.


A reprint of the comic with a few pages of script and some sketches. I wish they would publish either more of the script, or editor's notes or whatever, to make it seem like it's more than just a $1 extra for some sketches and a few pages of the middle of the script. Oh, and the comic is the best X-Men books that Grant Morrison hasn't written.

34 FLASH #211 $2.25 DC 45,740

Another of the issues about the past of a super-villain, and once again, there is sexual abuse and the like. Just once, I'd like to see a villain at DC who, when we find out his "dark childhood" doesn't have to do with the villain being abused. Is that too much to ask?

35 IDENTITY DISC #1 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 44,696

Marvel's answer to "Identity Crisis", and almost a more interesting story, as a mysterious person has brought together a bunch of Marvel's top-line villains for missions...and kills off one of them to show that she is serious. While not by a creative team that is well-known, the story hooked me, and I want to read the rest. Highly recommended.

36 ADVS O/SUPERMAN #629 $2.50 DC 44,487

Now, some people would say that this is the Superman book that is failing, but even this one is selling a LOT better than it was before the big creative team shift. I like Greg Rucka's work elsewhere, but he hasn't grabbed me yet on

37 INCREDIBLE HULK #73 $2.25 MAR 44,249

Winding down the last story arc by Bruce Jones, who has done great work on the book, and is leaving just as his approach is starting to get old. Highly recommended.

38 MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #6 $2.99 MAR 44,076
39 WOLVERINE/PUNISHER #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 44,019

Did you ever think you would see a Wolverine/Punisher crossover sell at such a low level?

40 OUTSIDERS #13 $2.50 DC 43,313

Another perfectly average super-hero team book, so if you like that sort of thing, this is a pretty good one. If not, it won't win you over.

41 JSA #62 $2.50 DC 42,665

DC's best super-hero comic, and highly recommended.

42 WANTED #4 (Of 6) (MR) $2.99 IMA 42,204
43 ROBIN #127 $2.25 DC 40,749

So, Robin has been replaced by a female, and this is a very good story that does what you would expect from such a story, but is still well written and drawn enough that it's worth reading. Mildly recommended.

44 JLA ANOTHER NAIL #2 (Of 3) $5.95 DC 40,504
45 POWERLESS #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 39,798
46 DOOM PATROL #1 $2.50 DC 39,309

This is actually better sales than I thought it would get, and while Byrne is putting more effort into his art, the story is still horrid, and suffers from the "Everyone else did it wrong, so I'll fix it all by retelling old stories my way" that Byrne has fallen into over the past decade. A nostalgia wallow from fans in their 40's, and a lame revamp for the rest of us.

47 AVENGERS/THUNDERBOLTS #4 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 38,293

It has sold well enough that the creative team will be starting a new Thunderbolts series when it is over, but as with all Marvel mini-series, since it is going to be a trade paperback anyway, I'm waiting to buy it that way.

48 EXILES #48 $2.99 MAR 38,120

The first story arc by the new creative team is solid enough, but is missing the sheer "anything can happen" fun for long-time fans that has been the hallmark of the book. If you already like the book, you'll still like it, but it's not going to win over any new readers.


Two years ago, this comic was selling 150K a month, now, 38K. Nostalgia can only sustain readership so long.

50 X-MEN UNLIMITED #3 $2.99 MAR 36,737

Marvel's "New Talent Showcase" book, and has two complete stories per issue. I have liked these kind of books, since you usually get solid short stories with passable art, and this is the case here. Mildly recommended.

51 CAPTAIN AMERICA #27 $2.99 MAR 36,212

Finishing up yet ANOTHER alternate history/future story that has been the bane of this comic's existance since it was re-booted. A real waste of paper.

52 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #54 $2.95 DC 35,988

The only thing this book is doing now is showing me just what a godawful mess that "Hush" story turned out to be. Avoid.

53 DISTRICT X #2 $2.99 MAR 35,844
54 CAPTAIN AMERICA #28 $2.99 MAR 35,664

Starting yet another new creative team, this one tying into the Big Avengers Story. Usually that is a bad sign, but the writer has gotten me hooked and I am very interested in where the story is going. Solid super-hero stuff with a nice personal twist, while deftly showing what kind of person Captain America is under the mask. A nice surprise and highly recommended.

55 AVENGERS/THUNDERBOLTS #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 35,563
56 FIRESTORM #2 $2.50 DC 35,398

The artist has already left the comic in a dispute over the direction of the series, which is never a good sign. Although, Sam Keith left "Sandman" because he disagreed with the writer, and we all know how that turned out. Still, I was never all that fond of the character, and the first issue didn't change that.

57 SPAWN #135 $2.50 IMA 35,203

Amazingly, Image has canceled all of the future solicitation of this comic after it being over a year late for the past 5 or so years. I think it will give them much more accurate numbers on how many readers are left, since people had to order the book over a year in advance AND a LOT of retailers would hike their numbers to get a better discount, knowing they could drop them when the book shipped because they would have to allow adjustments for late shipping. I have also shown that NO ONE still READS the comic, but either buy it for the art or out of sheer momentum. Spawn is an interesting idea, and has some great visuals, but the whole series has just been going nowhere for years.

58 CABLE/DEADPOOL #4 $2.99 MAR 34,966

The Liefeld covers must have worked, since Liefeld is back at Marvel doing an X-Force series. And I can't even work up the energy to mock it. This book was a bit of a waste, since the two characters don't mesh (Deadpool has been toned down to the point of having no personality, and Cable has never HAD a personality). If this book makes it to 15 issues, I'd be shocked.

59 SUPERMAN BIRTHRIGHT #11 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 34,829\

DC's current version of the Superman Origin is almost done, and it is already being solisted for the collected version, which is why I buy my comics in that format if I can/ Which is easier to read, a bunch of individual comics, or a collected trade?

60 DETECTIVE COMICS #795 $2.95 DC 34,649

Still not worth reading, but "Stray Bullets" creator David Lapham is taking over this book with issue #800, so that should be the start of a good run.

61 SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2004 $4.95 DC 34,390

I have yet to read a "Secret Files" that was worth the price. And this is not an exception to that rule.

62 GREEN LANTERN #178 $2.25 DC 33,662

Ron Marz is finishing off the current run of this book, and is bringing down the curtain on the Green Lantern he created. Oddly enough, other writers were FAR better at making the character interesting than he was, and his final run on the book is filled with more misogyny than any comic on the stands. But, he did sell the book for a while, so it's a nice gesture by DC to let him write the last story. I'm just not going to buy it.

63 GREEN ARROW #39 $2.50 DC 33,324

This comic seems to be wandering far away from my interest.

64 THOR #80 $2.99 MAR 32,567
65 THOR #81 $2.99 MAR 32,517

Highly Recommended! The new creative team has come onto the book to end it, and are doing probably the best version of Ragnarok that has been done on the series (since it seemed to come about every 3 years in the 70's and 80's). The comic has gone back to when it was best, a mix of "Big Screen" super-hero stuff and solid mythology, I am actually interested in a Thor comic for the first time in years. Go pick this one up, if you can find it anywhere.

66 SCRATCH #1 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 32,236

Sam Keith does a horror themed Batman story. Waiting for the trade...

67 BIRDS O/PREY #68 $2.50 DC 32,034
69 CAPTAIN AMERICA & FALCON #4 $2.99 MAR 30,688

The more "Marvel Universe" version of the character, and one that was supposed to sell better because it was more super-hero based. However, poor art by Bart Sears (who draws characters as if they are skinless figure models in Grey's Anatomy) and typically hard to follow story by Christopher Priest mean that this one is Highly Recommended To Avoid.

70 EMMA FROST #12 $2.99 MAR 30,392
71 GI JOE #31* $2.95 DDP 30,385
72 BATGIRL #53 $2.50 DC 30,371
73 NIGHTWING #94 $2.25 DC 30,155

And now, with everything taken away from the main character, we get an issue of his wandering around in a daze. I wish writers would learn that if you totally break a character down, readers leave a comic and they don't come back. The ONLY time it has worked is when Frank Miller did it in Daredevil, and he was done in 6 issues. This has been going on for a year, and looks to be going on for another 6 months.


If Marvel was smart, they would have had this done in time to put out a trade for the movie. As is, it's a case of the people who would have bought it (people who saw the movie) won't be interested by the time the mini-series is done.

75 IRON MAN #84 $2.99 MAR 29,629
76 IRON MAN #85 $2.99 MAR 29,615

Pretty low sales, and part of the Big Crossover. The art is pretty poor at storytelling, so I'm waiting until the new team takes over to see what will be the new direction for the book. As is, it's for hard core fans only.

77 MARY JANE #1 $2.25 MAR 29,471

I like that Marvel is trying to get new readers, and is going for the market currently served by Shojo manga. I read this issue, and while it's not my cup of tea, if you like Love Hina or any other Shojo manga, you'd like this. However, the 4th issue will be the last, so I don't know if that is enough for a trade paperback, available in book stores, which was the intended market.

78 ALPHA FLIGHT #4 $2.99 MAR 29,384
79 WONDER WOMAN #205 $2.25 DC 29,233

Greg Rucka continues to make this comic worth reading. Not a comic that will knock you out with it's creativity, but he DOES make Wonder Woman interesting for the first time in a long time. Mildly recommended to super-hero fans.

80 WITCHES #1 $2.99 MAR 29,024
81 EX MACHINA #1 (MR) $2.95 DC 28,549

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! This issue is the best first issue of a comic since the first issue of "Thunderbolts". Don't let ANYONE spoil the ending for you. The comic is the story of a mediocre superhero with the ability to talk to machines, and how he gets into a political career. Incredibly well done, and a new twist on super-heroes that hasn't been done before.

82 MYSTIQUE #16 $2.99 MAR 28,189
83 THANOS #11 $2.99 MAR 27,663

Next to last issue. Keith Giffen's work on the book has been interesting, since it is really the first story with the character that wasn't a retread of the 70's stories. Ron Lim's art is clean, smooth and very appealing, and this comic is highly recommended.

84 SHE-HULK #4 $2.99 MAR 27,648
85 STREET FIGHTER #8* $2.95 DDP 27,432
86 HAWKMAN #29 $2.50 DC 27,296
88 FATHOM DAWN O/WAR #0 $2.50 ASP 26,907

Oddly enough, the same artist's work is selling up at #1 as well, but that is because it is him drawing Batman and Superman. I would also think that the fact that he has a writer on that book, since his writing on the Fathom series has been pretty much unreadable.

89 Y THE LAST MAN #23 (MR) $2.95 DC 26,662

The highest selling Vertigo book, and it is barely in the top 100. If not for the trade paperback market, Vertigo would have been folded years ago. I like this comic, but it is one I am getting as trades.

90 WEAPON X #25 $2.99 MAR 26,475
91 VENOM #16 $2.99 MAR 26,302

Both are canceled by Marvel, which leads me to believe that for most comics there, 30K is the cut-off point.

92 WITCHES #2 $2.99 MAR 25,934
93 FABLES #26 (MR) $2.50 DC 25,553

Movie adaptations baffle me anymore. Back when I was a little kid, and there was to video market, and when a movie left the theater, you'd buy the comic so you could go through the story again. Now, you wait 6 months and get a DVD, so the "keepsake" reason for these books is no longer there. Still, 25,000 people must have thought it was worth getting.

95 GI JOE RELOADED #4 $2.95 DDP 25,157

I have always felt that the love of DC's Silver Age was very nostalgia-based, and these stories prove it. While they aren't BAD, they show little characterization, and are VERY simple and plot driven. Still, if you want to see if the $50 a book archives are for you, this is the best way to check them out. Mildly recommended.

97 CHALLENGERS O/T UNKNOWN #1 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 25,027

Yet another version of the characters, this one by Howard Chaykin, who I am a hopeless fanboy for. Therefor I recommend it, even if it is just for the art.

98 BATMAN DEATH & MAIDENS #9 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 24,948
99 AQUAMAN #19 $2.50 DC 24,919
100 GI JOE MASTER & APPRENTICE #2 (Of 3) $2.95 DDP 24,768
101 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #180 $2.50 DC 24,753

I have heard rumors that this book is either going away or being changed to a "continuity title" once they run through all of their Batman inventory. It's a shame, because this comic started as "Get the best creators to do the Batman story they have wanted to do" instead of "who need work?" In a perfect world, the Jim Lee arc would have been in this book, as well as Sam Keith's stuff and so on. As is, it has become a dumping ground for inventory work and is hard to recommend.

102 SPIDER-GIRL #75 $2.99 MAR 24,674

Still hanging on, despite low sales, partly because if the market it serves (young readers) and also probably because writer Tom DeFalco has a lifetime contract with Marvel. This is a comic that seems directly from the 80's, with super-hero action, romance subplots and soap opera storytelling, and that isn't a bad mix. Mildly recommended.

103 X-STATIX #24 $2.99 MAR 24,062

Only 2 issues left of this amazingly entertaining and well done comic. This story is a post-modern version of the old "Super-Hero Teams Fight" that shows that you can use old plots and still have wildly inventive stories. Highly recommended.

104 CATWOMAN #32 $2.50 DC 24,040

Paul Gulacy's art is starting to loosen up a bit, and the writing is still top notch, so this is probably DC's only "crime" book left, and as such is highly recommended.

105 LEGION #34 $2.50 DC 23,903
106 SILVER SURFER #10 $2.99 MAR 23,133
107 BATMAN HARLEY & IVY #3 (Of 3) $2.50 DC 23,104
108 SWAMP THING #4 (MR) $2.95 DC 23,010
109 TRANSFORMERS ENERGON #24 $2.95 DRE 22,780
110 AUTHORITY MORE KEV #2 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 DC 22,650
111 IRON FIST #4 $2.99 MAR 21,714

Canceled with issue #6, and it's a damn shame. Jim Mullaney (who ghost-wrote about 25 Destroyer novels) takes a new approach to the character, and the art is about the best of the Manga style stuff done in America. Still, the first six issues make a complete story, so I recommend you hunt them down and read this comic.

112 MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN #5 $2.25 MAR 21,556
113 CAPTAIN MARVEL #24 $2.99 MAR 21,231

Next to last issue, which really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Sales slid as the comic continued a LONG story about the main character being crazy, and the character really wasn't established well enough for readers to stick with it.

114 MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN #6 $2.25 MAR 21,116
115 AUTHORITY VOL 2 #13 (MR) $2.95 DC 20,979
116 THOR SON O/ASGARD #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 20,850

Oddly enough, this comic has changed from a 6 issue mini-series to an on-going, even with sales this low. Don't ask me why, because it struck me as a decent enough manga imitation, but nothing special, so Marvel must know something about its sales outside fo comic shops.

117 TRANSFORMERS 2004 SUMMER SP $4.95 DRE 20,655
118 BITE CLUB #3 (Of 6) (MR) $2.95 DC 20,000
119 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #65 $2.99 DAR 19,986
120 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #66 $2.99 DAR 19,669
121 WITCHING #1 (MR) $2.95 DC 19,366
122 STAR WARS EMPIRE #21 $2.99 DAR 19,186

Is it just me, or is the fact that dark Horse can't seem to sell a Star Wars comic to geeks a sign that something is pretty damn wrong with how they are treating the franchise?

123 RUNAWAYS #16 $2.99 MAR 19,049

Love this comic, and it's also canceled. The collected trade of the first 6 issues did well enough for them to re-launch it, but this is a comic every type of fan would like. It has super-hero action, but not so much it feels like a super-hero comic. The story of a group of teenagers who find out their parents are super-villains is entertaining, the characters have well defined personalities, and their plight is like that of a great action movie. Highly recommended.

124 SEAGUY #2 (Of 3) (MR) $2.95 DC 18,581

With the second issue, the series takes a darker turn, and shows that writer Grant Morrison has an entire world up his sleeve in this wonderfully done series. It also boasts some fo the best art in comics, clean, animation influenced and makes what could be a very hard to follow story an easy read. Highly Recommended.

125 STAR WARS TALES #20* $5.99 DAR 18,502

The last issue of this as an anthology, and it's too bad. This has really been the only Star Wars book I am still reading, as it had a great mix of creators, a number of different styles in each issue, and you were always sure to get a few stories you liked. This issue was another great one, with a miox of mainstream and alternative creators. Highly recommended.

126 100 BULLETS #50 (MR) (Note Price) $3.50 DC 18,452
127 WITCHBLADE #76 $2.99 IMA 18,156
128 DARKNESS VOL 2 #12 $2.99 IMA 18,012

At one point, both of these books were huge hits, and now they are just barely hanging on, mostly because of the art. I wonder if they can ever get anyone interested in these two books again? They just tried a "someone is going to die" story in Witchblade, and it didn't change ANYTHING.

129 BPRD PLAGUE O/FROGS #4 (Of 5) $2.99 DAR 17,940
130 GLOBAL FREQUENCY #12 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 17,825

Last issue, and soon to be a TV series. I'm reading it in the trade paperback format.

131 GOON DH ED #7 $2.99 DAR 17,825
132 RICHARD DRAGON #2 $2.50 DC 17,825

Interesting. The team that started the "Nightwing" series, which is a hit for DC, yet on this minor character, they have already dropped into cancellation territory. There is a reason that creators want on the big name characters, and it is because fans aren't interested in trying anything else. I didn't get the book because Chuck Dixon is one of the most formula driven writers in comics.

133 TOMB RAIDER #42 $2.99 IMA 17,508
134 GOTHAM CENTRAL #20 $2.50 DC 16,990

Highly recommended! This series about Gotham City as seen from the point of view of policemen is one of DC's best comics, and is one that people should be picking up and trying if they are looking for something other than super-heroes. A well drawn, well-written series that should be getting a lot more attention that it is currently getting.

136 THUNDERCATS ENEMYS PRIDE #1 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 16,694

The decline of the 80's stuff continues, so I'm wondering if this might be the last mini-series based on these old toy figures.

137 30 DAYS O/NIGHT RETURN TO BARROW #4 (MR) $3.99 IDW 16,529
138 GRAY AREA #1 (Of 3) $5.95 IMA 16,248

John Romita JR's creator owned series, and it has two things against it. First, it's a $6 comic, and second, it is a concept that is hard to explain quickly, so is didn't do as well as they thought it would. Romita Jr's art has never struck me as good as other people seem to think it is. He's talented, and a very nice person, but I just don't like his work enough for pay $18 for a complete 3 issue series.

139 TOMB RAIDER #43 $2.99 IMA 16,241
140 HAWKEYE #8 $2.99 MAR 16,003

Last issue. I would imagine that what killed this book was the lack of promotion and the really bad art in the first few issues. Keeping the character out of his costume for most of the first few issues probably didn't help much either, but there it is, another try at a Hawkeye series failed.

141 BONE #55 $2.95 CAR 15,902

Final issue. Bone is an amazing accomplishment, and the first 40 issues are some of the best comics ever published. After he came back from hiatus, the comic just wasn't as good, as the pace slowed, the story changed tone, and the rich backdrop that the series had created faded away for the "big final battle." Now that it is done, you can pick up the whole run, and the last few issues do read well as a complete story, but as individual issues, it wasn't as good.

142 NAIL #1 (Of 4) (MR) $2.99 DAR 15,052
143 HELLBLAZER #197 (MR) $2.75 DC 15,045
144 TEEN TITANS GO #8 $2.25 DC 14,879
145 SLEEPER SEASON 2 #1 (Of 12) (MR) $2.95 DC 14,807

Another highly recommended book that should sell better. Part crime drama, part super-hero series and one of the best things being published. Well worth the money.

146 HERO #17 $2.50 DC 14,116

Canceled in the next few months, and it looks as if the creators knew the end was coming, and decided to do a Big Story to wrap everything. It's too bad this comic didn't catch on, since the concept was one of the most entertaining in ages (a dial that turns people into super-heroes, and falls into different people's hands). Highly recommended, and now you can hunt down the whole series and pick it up fairly cheap.

147 MASTERS O/T UNIVERSE VOL 3 #3 $2.95 MVC 13,849
148 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #10 $2.95 DC 13,705

That's right, these are just the re-orders. I think that is the very definition of a hit, which you sell this many copies the month after the book comes out.

149 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #22 (MR) $2.95 DC 13,662
150 PLASTIC MAN #7 $2.95 DC 13,648

Highly recommended! A fill-in issue not by Kyle Baker, so it isn't as good, but it is still a nice throwback to a time where comics didn't have to be deathly serious, and the best version of the character since the 40's. Just a lot of fun to read, and with enough eye pops and subtle asides that reading it a second time is rewarding.

151 STRYKEFORCE #3 (Of 5) $2.99 IMA 13,489
152 LUCIFER #51 (MR) $2.50 DC 13,136
153 SIMPSONS COMICS #95 $2.99 BON 12,805

As always, highly recommended and better than the TV series has been in a while.

154 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVS #32 $2.25 DC 12,128
155 BATMAN ADVS #15 $2.25 DC 12,042
156 CONAN #1* $2.99 DAR 11,948\

STILL selling copies. Dark Horse has shown that they can pick up series from other publishers (Lone Wolf and Cub, Marvel's Star Wars issues) and sell them. Too bad they can't seem to get any of their own projects to sell well.

157 WALKING DEAD #8 (MR) $2.95 IMA 11,689

Slowly climbing up the charts, and for good reason. This zombie series is one of the best horror comics of all time, and gets you to care about the characters with interesting situations and brilliant character work. Highly recommended.

158 MONOLITH #5 $2.95 DC 11,610
159 TRANSFORMERS MICROMASTERS #1 (Of 4) $2.95 DRE 11,178

A Transformer comic's first issue only selling 11,000 copies? I think the fad is over, folks.

161 LOSERS #13 (MR) $2.95 DC 10,839
162 GEORGE ROMEROS DAWN O/T DEAD #3 (MR) $3.99 IDW 10,616

Another comic adaptation of a movie that is available on DVD. If they would have done a continuation of the movie or ever changed how the story was done, I'd be interested, but it's pretty much a straightforward adaptation, and therefor utterly unnecessary.

163 FALLEN ANGEL #12 (MR) $2.95 DC 10,486

Peter David is REALLY pushing this comic, and it is his best work in a good, long time. Well-drawn, without the inside jokes his work is best known for, and a truly unique character, this comic is worth giving a try, and this issue is a single issue story that is good for people to try the series with. Highly recommended.

164 VOLTRON VOL 2 #6 $2.95 DDP 10,465
165 STORMWATCH TEAM ACHILLES #23 (MR) $2.95 DC 10,342
167 HARD TIME #5 $2.50 DC 9,910

Steve Gerber is one of the best writers to ever work in comics, and this series is his best since the original Howard the Duck work. The story of a young man in prison who discovers he has super-powers is like nothing you've ever read before, and is Highly recommended.

168 ROB ZOMBIE SPOOK SHOW INTL #8 (MR) $2.95 MVC 9,845

Horror anthologies are usually a big mess, with one or two good stories and a lot of crap, but this one has been a surprise, with each issue carrying three good stories. If you like Zombie's style of 70's gore movies mixed with the camp style of his movie "House of 1000 Corpses", you'll love this comic. If not, you'll probably be confused and wonder what all the fuss is about.

169 HUMAN TARGET #11 (MR) $2.95 DC 9,370
170 RIDE #1 $2.95 IMA 8,822
172 REMAINS #2 (MR) $3.99 IDW 8,477
174 KINETIC #4 $2.50 DC 8,311
175 ENGINEHEAD #3 (Of 8) $2.50 DC 8,304
176 COMMON GROUNDS #6 (Of 6) $2.99 IMA 8,160

This was a GREAT series, and the final issue ties up the few lost threads, gives a patriotic story that meets modern sensibilities and has some incredible Sam Kieth art. The whole run is highly recommended, and the comic should have sold better. If they put it in a trade paperback, I would recommend that EVERYONE who likes comics like "Astro City" and "Powers" put in a pre-order for it.

177 GARTH ENNIS 303 PREVIEW (MR) $0.99 AVA 8,131

I like Garth Ennis's stuff, but it seems that every "big author" comic at Avatar is filled with crap art and self-indulgent wankery instead of a story. Spo, I'll pass on it until I hear different.

178 FRACTION #3 $2.50 DC 8,023

I think DC needs to think long and hard about how they launch new lines. The "DC Focus" line has flopped, and with such speed that it's easy to tell that people just weren't interested in the line at ALL, no matter who was working on it.

179 ALTERNATION #4* $2.95 IMA 8,023
180 CAPER #9 (Of 12) (MR) $2.95 DC 8,016

Judd Winnick's mob series, which has NOT been helped by a series of really bad covers. Another case of DC just throwing stuff at the market and seeing if anyone is interested, and finding out they aren't.

181 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #137 $2.19 ARC 7,749
182 STEVE RUDE MOTH #3 $2.99 DAR 7,540

I SO wanted to love this comic. Steve Rude's art is about the best in comics, and the whole idea of a circus as the backdrop for a super-hero series is wonderfully retro and timeless (much like Rude's art). However, the scripting has been HORRIBLE, and the stories just aren't all that good. Maybe Rude needs Baron as his co-creator, but I went in expecting Nexus and got a nice set of pages that look good. Buy it for the art only.

183 PVP #7 $2.95 IMA 7,519
184 SILENT HILL DYING INSIDE #5 (MR) $3.99 IDW 7,368

Another video game comic from IDW, and looking at these numbers, I sure hope they have distribution outside comic shops. This another of the IDW comics done in the scratchy art style, and it doesn't really appeal to me.

185 TOUCH #3 $2.50 DC 7,267
186 ASTONISHING X-MEN #1* $2.99 MAR 7,224

Re-orders of the best Non-Morrison X-Men comic of the past 20 years.

187 SHONEN JUMP VOL 2 #7 JUL 2004 $4.99 VIZ 6,864
188 CSI DEMON HOUSE #4 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 IDW 6,849
189 INVINCIBLE #13 $2.95 IMA 6,539
190 SPYBOY FINAL EXAM #2 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 6,295

Wow...that's some REALLY bad sales. Dark Horse did a lot of up-front work to promote this comic when it first came out, and I really like the series (even if the art can be unclear a lot of the time), but sales this low for a mini-series that wraps everything up shows that they did the right thing in canceling it. I'm buying it as a trade, since Dark Horse repackages EVERYTHING as a trade eventually.

191 POWERPUFF GIRLS #51 $2.25 DC 6,201
192 GIRL GENIUS #11 $3.95 STU 6,172
193 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #92 $3.99 KZR 6,158

Highly recommended, as always. A very funny comic about gamers, and if you have ever gamed, this comic is well worth getting. It also shows that if the writing is solid enough, the art doesn't matter, since this is now pretty much a "cut and paste" comic.

194 GRENDEL DEVILS REIGN #2 (Of 7) (MR) $3.50 DAR 6,028195 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8* $2.95 DC 5,978
196 QUEEN & COUNTRY #25 (MR) (Note Price) $5.99 ONI 5,834

$6? Holy CATS! Good thing I buy it as a trade series instead of a comic series, since this is about 1/2 the price of a trade paperback.

197 UNCLE SCROOGE #331 $6.95 GEM 5,762

The price point on this comic is killing it. Even as a Disney Ducks fan, I can't justify spending $7 for 48 pages.

198 REX MUNDI #10 $2.95 IMA 5,740
199 SCOOBY DOO #85 $2.25 DC 5,733
200 DONALD DUCK & FRIENDS #317 $2.95 GEM 5,646
201 OH MY GODDESS #109 $2.99 DAR 5,423
202 SUPERMAN #205 $2.50 DC 5,409
203 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #90 (MR) $2.99 DAR 5,308
204 MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS #266 $2.95 GEM 5,293

Before anyone starts saying, "What a horrid failure", I'd like to point out that the first TMNT comic went to press with 3,000 copies, back in 1984 when all comics sold a lot better. Sure, this is REALLY bad for a property that was on TV for decades, has a devoted following and all, but it still probably makes money. The problem with the current Turtles stuff is that all of the old stuff isn't currently in print, yet this series refers to it constantly. That and I didn't much care for the Turtles when they were a comic, either.

206 EZRA #1 $2.95 ARC 5,250
207 LORE #3 (MR) $3.99 IDW 5,157
208 TALES O/TMNT #3 $2.95 MIR 5,099
209 LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #10 (MR) $5.95 FAN 5,092
210 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #646 $6.95 GEM 5,070
211 JLA ANOTHER NAIL #1 (Of 3) $5.95 DC 5,013

What? A sequel to a big comic is selling only 5,000 copies? Nope, these are re-orders. The comic is very good, but like the first one, for long-time fans only, as there isn't enough room for casual fans to get a good idea of who all of the people in the book are, since this is yet another "alternate reality" story.

212 PHANTOM #3 $3.50 MNS 4,941
213 PHANTOM JACK #3 $2.95 IMA 4,732
214 BART SIMPSON COMICS #18 $2.99 BON 4,710

I guess I'm not the only one who doesn't much care for the Bart Simpson comic. It's amazing that the regular Simpsons comic canbe so good, and this one can be so bland.

215 ROBIN #126 $2.25 DC 4,667
216 GHOST SPY #1 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 4,508
217 PHANTOM JACK #4 $2.95 IMA 4,393
218 DUEL MASTERS #5 $2.95 DRE 4,350
219 TOP COW CON SKETCHBOOK 2004 (Net) $3.00 IMA 4,285
220 CLOCKMAKER ACT 2 (Of 3) $4.95 IMA 4,112
221 JACK STAFF #5 $3.50 IMA 4,091

The trade paperback of the British series is a blast to read, with odd art and inventive super-hero stuff that reads almost like a parody, but not quite. The regular series is charging $3.50 for 24 pages? Sorry, that's just too expensive.

222 WANTED DEATH ROW ED #2 (MR) $2.99 IMA 4,026
223 WANTED #3* $2.99 IMA 4,004
224 DEMO #7 (Of 12) (MR) $2.95 AIT 3,882
225 NYC MECH #2 (MR) $2.95 IMA 3,795
226 SHIELD SPOTLIGHT #5 (MR) $3.99 IDW 3,666

Based on the cable series, and by the looks of it, it had better be selling somewhere other than comic shops or it's losing money. This is a series I really can't see working as a comic book, since it is mostly about the threat of violence and shocking the viewer, which doesn't work as well in a static medium.

227 GOLD DIGGER #53 $2.99 ANT 3,623
228 CLASSWAR #5 (MR) $3.50 CMX 3,594
229 DEVIL MAY CRY #1* $3.95 DRE 3,594
230 BEAR #5 $2.95 SLG 3,515
231 DRACULAS REVENGE #2 (MR) $3.99 IDW 3,507
232 EXCALIBUR #1 $2.99 MAR 3,500
233 LOONEY TUNES #115 $2.25 DC 3,335
234 DEAD AT 17 BLOOD O/SAINTS #3 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 VIP 3,299
235 STRAY BULLETS #33 (RES) (MR) $3.50 EL 3,284

A great comic that reads very poorly as individual issues. I buy it in the Big Hardcovers, which clock in at around $35 each, but give you enough of the story that it doesn't feel as if you just getting random parts of a story. The creator of this comic is taking over Detective with issue #800, so, hopefully, that will get him some exposure to let people know about this highly recommended comic.

236 SABRINA VOL 2 #58 $2.19 ARC 3,241
237 PATIENT ZERO #3 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 3,126
238 ARCHIE #549 $2.19 ARC 3,097
239 SOUL O/SAMURAI #4 (Of 4) (Note Price) $5.95 IMA 3,068
240 CAVEWOMAN PANGAEAN SEA #8 (MR) $3.25 AMR 3,068
241 ULTRAMAN TIGA #10 (Of 10) $3.99 DAR 3,054
242 STREET FIGHTER #7 POWER FOIL CVR (Net) $8.25 DDP 2,953
243 LUBAS COMICS & STORIES #4 (MR) $3.50 FAN 2,845

I used to feel very guilty about not much caring about "Love and Rockets." For YEARS I picked up the book, wondering if I just wasn't paying enough attention to it, or if I was missing something. Now, I have decided that I wasn't really missing anything, as it is a solidly done latino soap opera that I have no interest in at all. It's good to expand comics horizons and all, but not every "great comic" has to appeal to every comic reader.

244 STREET FIGHTER #8 POWER FOIL CVR (Net) $7.50 DDP 2,830
245 NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES #9 $2.95 SLG 2,830

A GREAT comic that recasts old fairy tales into versions that both fit horror sensibilities as well as bring them back closer to their original roots. The art is perfect for this series, and the comic is Highly Recommended.

246 GREEN LANTERN #177 $2.25 DC 2,737

Did Ron Marz kill any of the women in the book of yet? Because you KNOW he wants to. After telling the reader what sluts they are first, though.

247 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #9 $2.95 DC 2,715
248 BETTY & VERONICA #201 $2.19 ARC 2,708
249 CONAN #2 $2.99 DAR 2,686
251 NIGHTJAR #2 (Of 4) (MR) $3.50 AVA 2,643
252 GLOOMCOOKIE #20 (MR) $2.95 SLG 2,607

In the midst of a long storyline, so it isn't the best jumping on point, but this is probably the best of the "gothy" comics that are on the market, because it works as a horror comic, a soap opera and a mystic adventure series. Impo9ssible to pidgeon-hole, this comic is Highly Recommended.

253 TALES O/T REALM #5 (Of 5) $3.95 MVC 2,499
254 GHOSTBUSTERS LEGION #1 (Of 4)* $2.95 EIG 2,463

OUCH! Guess there wasn't a huge outcry for a new Ghostbusters comic book, was there?

256 LOVE FIGHTS #10 (MR) $2.99 ONI 2,427
257 VAMPYRATES #1 $3.95 BLO 2,427

A blending of pirate, vampires and extremely shitty spelling. Oh, and the book looks as bad as the title is spelled. A really ugly looking comic that may be interesting, but I can't make it past the soft-core porn look of the covers.

258 BETTY #138 $2.19 ARC 2,413
259 CARTOON CARTOONS #31 $2.25 DC 2,377
260 FLASH #210 $2.25 DC 2,369
261 VERONICA #153 $2.19 ARC 2,348
262 KODT ILLUSTRATED #35 $2.99 KZR 2,333
263 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #148 $2.39 ARC 2,283
264 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #153 $3.59 ARC 2,276
265 ARCHIE DIGEST #208 $2.39 ARC 2,197
266 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #83 $2.19 ARC 2,168

The Archie books pretty much all clock in at the same place every month, and I would venture to say that the comic shops that carry them would say that they sell in groups. They won't sell any for a long time, then they are all sold out, mostly because it's not the "weekly customer" who comes in to buy them, but casual readers whyo stumble across the shop, see the comics and snatch them up, or kids who finally get a little allowance and pick them up. The fact that the Archie books have held on while all the other "general interest" comics have long since faded away is amazing to me, but if you like them, here they are.

267 SOULFIRE #0 $2.50 ASP 2,139
268 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #85 $3.59 ARC 2,132
269 ANIMERICA EXTRA JUL 2004 VOL 7 #7 $4.99 VIZ 2,002
270 HEROES ANONYMOUS #5 (Of 6) (MR) $2.99 BON 2,002

A failed experiment by Bongo (the people who publish The Simpsons). The series could never decide if it was going to play it straight or be a satire of super-hero stuff, and as a result, I lost interest about issue #3.

271 EVERKNIGHTS SP #1 $2.99 KZR 1,930
272 JUGHEAD #158 $2.19 ARC 1,909
273 LAUGH DIGEST #194 $2.39 ARC 1,887

A one joke comic that just wasn't funny enough to justify the price. It's a nice little backup strip in the comic "Dork Tower", but maybe I'm just thinking that if people want to do humor comics, they need to quit trying it mine the super-hero vein. Super-hero satire has been played out for so long that there is nothing that hasn't been done to death already.

275 CONAN #4 $2.99 DAR 1,851
276 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #104 $3.59 ARC 1,837
277 GI JOE MASTER & APPRENTICE #1 (Of 3)* $2.95 DDP 1,815
278 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #117 $2.99 ANT 1,815
279 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #193 $2.39 ARC 1,793
280 GENUS #65 (A) (C: 3) $3.50 RAD 1,779
281 ASPEN SKETCHBOOK $2.99 ASP 1,764
282 STREET ANGEL #2 $2.95 SLG 1,736
283 WALKING DEAD #7 (MR)* $2.95 IMA 1,707

Re-orders, and pretty healthy ones for a comic that is just a little over 10,000 a month. I would imagine this is from readers who picked up the trade paperback and wanted to dive right into the story, as I did. Highly recommended.

284 FIRESTORM #1 $2.50 DC 1,671
285 30 DAYS O/NIGHT RETURN TO BARROW #1 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99 IDW 1,649
286 ARTBABE PRESENTS LA PERDIDA #4 (Of 5) (MR) $4.95 FAN 1,635

Read it. Don't remember a damn thing about it. Is that a good enough review for you?

288 SEAGUY #1 (Of 3) (MR) $2.95 DC 1,584

Re-orders on Grant Morrison's new mini-series, set in a world where super-heroes have defeated all of the real evil. The first issue sets up a tone that is slowly stripped away in the next two issues, and deals with Morrison's themes of the validity of reality, innocence and throws in the ideas of the Invisibles in a new way. Highly recommended and probably the most intelligent comic you will ever read with a talking, flying tuna fish.

289 NEOTOPIA VOL 3 #3 $2.99 ANT 1,548
291 RICH JOHNSTONS HOLED UP #2 (Of 3) (MR)* $3.50 AVA 1,541
292 NEOTOPIA VOL 3 #4 $2.99 ANT 1,534
293 STRANGEHAVEN #16 (MR) $2.95 ABI 1,520
294 BATMAN #628 $2.25 DC 1,484
295 SIMPSONS COMICS & STORIES #1 $2.95 BON 1,484
296 JLA #99 $2.25 DC 1,448
297 DICTATORS HITLER #2 (Of 4) $2.99 ANT 1,440
299 CITY O/HEROES #2 $2.95 BLU 1,368
300 ASSASSIN SCHOOL VOL 2 #2 $3.50 CMX 1,332

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