The 300 Best Selling Comics for March 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 #613 $2.25 DC 122,835

I guess that DC is pretty happy that they got Jim Lee to do a year on Batman, bringing the book up from selling around 40,000 a month to 3 times that. I have never much cared for Lee's art, and the stories have been pretty much standard super-hero fare, but it looks like everyone else likes it.

2 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #38 $2.25 MAR 105,810
3 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #37 $2.25 MAR 105,786

With the past few issues, Brian Bendis has done the one thing no other creator has ever done, make me like the idea of Venom. A solidly done series that proves it is possible to have long story arcs where each issue feels like a complete issue while leaving you hungry for more. This is possibly the best the Spider-Man character has been written since the early days of Stan Lee, and if you like super-hero comics at all, this is the first book to grab off the shelf. Highly Recommended.

4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #51 $2.25 MAR 93,269

Only a month behind now, as the "Big MJ/Peter Decision" issue came out the very last week of February. It's a solidly written comic that reads like a special Spider-Man story when it does come out because so little of Peter Parker's life is moving forward. The only complaint I have is that it seems as if Spider-Man is NEVER out of costume when the history of the comic has been that the book is a soap opera with a villain fight in each issue. Still, the comic is highly entertaining and recommended for super-hero fans.

5 NEW X-MEN #138 $2.25 MAR 92,618

As the "Riot At Xavier's" story continues, it strikes me just how much writer Grant Morrison has changed this comic from the dreary, plodding, confusing mess it was before he started on the series, to a blast of pop art that feels like a big budget movie with each story. No, we don't get the endless bellyaching that counts as "characterization", but we get actual characters that are revealed through their actions while not slowing down the pace of what is essentially an action based story. Morrison is one of the most gifted writers in comics, not just because he can do uber-complex comics like The Invisibles, but also because he knows how to put together an action story that keeps you interest. Highly recommended.

6 ULTIMATE X-MEN #31 $2.25 MAR 86,795
7 ULTIMATE X-MEN #30 $2.25 MAR 86,427
8 UNCANNY X-MEN #420 $2.25 MAR 83,626

While not as good as its sister magazine, Uncanny has gotten much better under Chuck Austin and is a solidly entertaining super-hero comic. Mildly recommended for super-hero buffs.

9 WOLVERINE #188 $2.25 MAR 60,509

About to be relaunched with a new number one, which is odd since it has finally gotten back into the top ten with this issue. I haven't read it in YEARS, but the new creative team looks to be a good one...maybe they can make this another of Marvel's top selling books that is also one of their better books.

10 JLA #79 $2.25 DC 60,189

I have now offically given up on this book and no longer read it. Sorry.

11 WOLVERINE #187 $2.25 MAR 60,103
12 X-TREME X-MEN #22 $2.99 MAR 58,322
13 X-TREME X-MEN #23 $2.99 MAR 58,224

It took Chris Claremont one issue after the "relaunch" to confuse me to the point where I don't read the comic anymore. That HAS to be a record.

14 DAREDEVIL #45 $2.99 MAR 58,040

How many times can I say, "It's by Brian Michael Bendis, buy it!"? Witty, intelligent, and one of the best PLOTTED comics on the stands, with wonderfully dark, moody art that gives the comic the feel of a well-done crime drama. Highly recommended even though it's the in middle of a story.

15 MARVEL UNIVERSE THE END #1 (Of 6) $3.50 MAR 57,548

Jim Starlin, best known for killing off heroes in the 70's, does a mini-series that kills everyone. I like the idea (the last Marvel super-hero story), but I find it silly to buy a mini-series when Marvel will just collected it in a trade paperback that doesn't have to be filed away in a comic box.

16 AVENGERS #65 $2.25 MAR 56,480

The writer, Geoff Johns, has already announced that he will be leaving the book in 10 issues, and I am already hearing people ask, "Who will they get to write the comic?" WHO CARES! It's almost a year away, Johns has barely gotten started on his story arcs, and this feeling that you have to know everything that is coming up is the biggest complaint I have about comics fans currently. This issue was very well done, the series is on solid footing, and I am looking forward to the current creative team's work. Why isn't that enough for people? Highly recommended for super-hero fans.

17 MARVEL UNIVERSE THE END #2 (Of 6) $2.25 MAR 53,298
18 INCREDIBLE HULK #51 $2.25 MAR 52,979

Yep, there's a movie coming out, and when I heard that they were doing an "Abomination" story, I feared that Bruce Jones's unique approach to the character would be phased out to make this comic more "movie fan" friendly. I was wrong. Jones keeps up the horror aspects, but brings in another of Marvel's very old characters in a completely new way. I just hope his ending to this story isn't as ambiguous and poorly thought out as the ending to the previous long story. Highly recommended.

19 FANTASTIC FOUR #67 $2.25 MAR 51,161

Anyone who says comics aren't fun anymore hasn't been reading this book. Waid's stories read like lost Lee/Kirby stories and the art by Weiringo is bright and engaging. There is a sense of joy as you read this comic that is missing from most modern comics, and this is highly recommended to super-hero fans.

21 GREEN ARROW #22 $2.50 DC 50,129

A leftover fill-in story that reads like time filler. Pass.

22 CAPTAIN AMERICA #10 $2.99 MAR 49,367
23 CAPTAIN AMERICA #11 $2.99 MAR 49,245

The move to Marvel Knights should have made this book into something much better than it is. I have not cared for the comic since it's relaunch, and will probably quit reading it once the current story arc is over. It's odd that Captain America could be a easy comic to like in the current political environment, but the current creators just don't seem to be able to put together stories I want to read.

24 PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #54 $2.25 MAR 47,746

Painful both in art and story. They got rid of Mark Buckingham for this distorted psuedo manga art? I LOVE manga, but it's as if the artist does thei distrotion without understanding WHY, or learning that storytelling lessions of that art style.

25 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #9 $2.95 DRE 44,024
26 GI JOE #16 $2.95 IMA 43,680
27 TRUTH RED WHITE & BLACK #5 (Of 6) $3.50 MAR 42,022

It's been exapnded by an extra issue and ties into a new series coming out in June. And I am still waiting for the trade paperback.

28 JSA #46 $2.50 DC 41,162

DC's best super-hero team comic, which isn't so much of a recommendation anymore. The creative team is able to convey a sense that the story they are telling is Important, has Future Ramifications and is one that you have to read the next issue of immediately. Combine this with a cast of likable characters, deep storytelling and amazingly fluid art and you get a comic that is Highly Recommended.

29 PUNISHER #23 $2.99 MAR 40,916

I think that when Garth Ennis decides to leave this comic, it should fold up shop and go away until someone else can give the book the kind of twist that Ennis does. This comic is a black comedy that goes so over-the-top with its violence it becomes almost a parody of the "men's adventure" genre The Punisher was "borrowed" from. Highly recommended for people who don't mind being offended by their entertainment.

30 HULK WOLVERINE 6 HOURS #4 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 39,270
31 DETECTIVE COMICS #780 $2.75 DC 37,231

While Ed Brubaker did good, solid work on other comics, I have lost all interest in his writing here. There is a balance that needs to be struck when doing a detective story between building suspence and action, and this comic is not finding that balance well enough to keep me reading.

32 THUNDERCATS RETURN #2 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 37,133
33 SPAWN #132 $2.50 IMA 36,064

I predict that by the time this issue actually comes out (the comic is roughly a year behind), it will no longer even be in the top 75 selling comics. Why? It's really, really bad.

34 GREEN LANTERN #160 $2.25 DC 35,610
35 GREEN LANTERN #161 $2.25 DC 35,598

This comic has been the epitome of the average, run of the mill comic. I never read an issue and feel I need to scrub my hands off with steel wool, but I also never say, What a great comic, I wish the next issue would be out next week!" If you like it, you pretty much like generic, average super-hero books.


Marvel is "double pumping" a lot of its series this month, and a good example of them flooding the market (see my upcoming Comicdrones for more on this) is this mini-series that has all four issues come out in a single month. The problem with things like this is that you KNOW that Marvel will reprint the mini as a trade paperback in a few months, so it's kind of a waste to buy it as individual issues with ads, and having to keep them all together to read it and such.

38 EXILES #23 $2.25 MAR 35,045

Starting a story arc by Marvel's new writer workhorse, Chuck Austin. I have liked this series, despite the fact that you have to know a LOT about Marvel history to grasp everything going on in the series. This issue, however, shows that without a writer who is very invested in the book, it can quickly become a very bland series that gets very confusing.

39 AQUAMAN #4 $2.50 DC 34,983
40 EXILES #24 $2.25 MAR 34,983
41 THOR #61 $2.25 MAR 34,934

Thor is one of Marvel's characters that is hard for me to be interested in. I was never a big mythology fan, and while the series was a perfect backdrop for Jack Kirby's larger than life art, and Walt Simonson's style of storytelling, for most creators it ends up being an aimless mess. The current run, while trying something new, still doesn't interest me at all.

42 X-MEN UNLIMITED #43 $2.50 MAR 34,836

They have been promicing a Lockheed the Dragon story by Steven Grant and Paul Smith, which I'm looking forward to for the art by Paul Smith, for the past four issues. Maybe it will be in this one. I like this series, which is short stories by creators who don't do a lot of work on the X-Men, but I realize that a LOT of people don't like anthology books. I do. You might too.

43 JLA SCARY MONSTERS #1 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 34,124

Another JLA mini-series, this one by Chris Claremont that will pretty much read like every other story by Chris Claremont. However, it does have the worst name of any miniseries from a major publisher ever. Will the sequel be "JLA: Icky Stuff"? Or, will it be about cuddly cute monsters that make you go "Awwwww..."?

44 X-MEN UNLIMITED #44 $2.50 MAR 33,792
46 X-MEN RONIN #1 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 33,141

Another of Marvel's "Manga" mini-series featuring their characters drawn in a style like Japanese comics. This is the highest one of these miniseries have charted yet, and I think it's because of more than just the fact that its an X-Men mini-series. The trade paperbacks of this line of books is doing quite well for Marvel, and I think they are good "new reader friendly" version of the Marvel characters. But wait for the trade.

47 SUPERMAN #191 $2.25 DC 33,006

Superman is one of those books that should be a top seller, just because of the name recognition and such. The last time Superman was this low on the sales charts in comic shops was the early 80's, and DC could at least say it had huge newsstand sales. Now, it doesn't have that to fall back on. It's time for a major revamp of this series, or an infusion of talent to get Superman back to being a must read comic. Now, it's just a bland comic with talent that does good work elsewhere, but for some reason, can't get me excited about the series.

49 GI JOE FRONTLINE #6 $2.95 IMA 32,797
51 IRON MAN #66 $2.25 MAR 32,330

They got rid of writer Mike Grell in MIDSTORY. It's too bad, since I have liked the stuff he did, and the angle he had on this well-worn character. The new writer is just scripting over his work, so this issue (and the others in the stary arc) have the feeling of a train wreck in slow motion.


They did these for the first X-Men movie, and I would bet money that not a single person who bought those comics can remember anything about them. This won't be any different.

53 X-STATIX #9 $2.25 MAR 31,286

If not for Grant Morrison doing great work on the New X-Men book, this would be the best Mutant comic being published. A super-hero book for people who dislike super-hero books, where the main characters are a kind of "Media super-heroes" and the fight scenes are televised. Done with a clean, retro style by Allred, this is one of the few books I look forward to every month and with would come out more often. Highly Recommended.

54 X-MEN RONIN #2 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 31,053

Marvel heroes done in a Manga style to get all the kids who grew up on Pokemon to read super-hero books. I'm not a big fan of it, but this comic isn't being done for me.

55 ACTION COMICS #801 $2.25 DC 30,881
56 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #39 $2.75 DC 29,898

When the Batman books were revamped, this took the place of "Shadow of the Bat", and was supposed to be a comic about the other heroes of Gotham City and how they relate to Batman. Now, it's just another Batman book, and easily the most disposable. Buy it if you can't get enough Batman, otherwise, it can sit on the shelp, happily ignored.

57 HAWKMAN #13 $2.50 DC 29,800

GREAT issue, with art by Ethan Van Scriber (who did a few issues of New X-Men), and a super-hero story that is the start of what could be a good story arc. The team on this book makes me care about Hawkman, a hero that has never been one I have cared for. Highly recommended for super-hero fans.

58 BATGIRL #38 $2.50 DC 29,566
59 WEAPON X #7 $2.25 MAR 29,554
60 RISING STARS BRIGHT #2 (Of 3) $2.99 IMA 29,468

They can't get the regular book out on time, so they are going to do mini-series by people who don't work on the regular comic. Normally, this wouldn't matter, except that Rising Stars is a novel in serialized form by a specific writer. So, in other words, this is either to distract us from there not being a decent schedule to the regualr mini-series, or a shameless money grab, or both.

61 BATGIRL YEAR ONE #4 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 29,370
62 ADV O/SUPERMAN #614 $2.25 DC 29,345
63 CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 $2.25 MAR 28,571

U-Decided to try this for a few issues and then it fell back to its old sales levels. In other words, the gimmick failed, sales were about where they should have been, and we had to put up with a lot of chest beating and sales tricks for nothing. I like this comic, but it shows that Peter David is running out of gas...the issues before the relaunch were hopelessly self-referential and "in-jokey", and the ones since the relaunch have been hopelessly self-important and depressing.

64 NIGHTWING #79 $2.25 DC 28,485
65 PARADISE X #9 $2.99 MAR 28,031

Another Marvel comic where the creative team is all about on the internet saying that Marvel doesn't appreciate what they are doing because the series is too fanboyish. Let me fill them in on something:

I am a long time Marvel fan, and some of the story plot points are too obscure for me, and I like Roy Thomas comics! It's NOT accessable, you have had a GREAT run, and your sales are slipping because older readers are deciding to buy it as collected trades and new readers HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON. Take the money you've gotten, wrap up your story and show me you can write something I'll like without having to remember the details of Avengers #118 and Defenders #4, ok?

66 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #8 $2.99 IMA 27,613
67 SMALLVILLE #1 $3.50 DC 27,515

The TV series is successful because it follows the TV Teen Drama formula pioneered by Dawson's Creek and the other WB series aimed at 14 year old girls. 14 year old girls do NOT come into comic shops unless they have been hit in the head with a big rock outside the store and need to use the phone to call for help. Then, they go outside and think that the pain from the rock wasn't as bad as the pain of being in that store. Get these in grocery stores and such or you are wasting your time.

68 FLASH #196 $2.25 DC 27,417

Which is faster, The Flash, or my loss of interest in this title?


Remember in the old He-Man cartoon when he would break the bad guys' swords and they would run away? Or is creepy floating friend with the big "O" on his dress? Or how crappy the toys were? Yeah, I do too. I always hated He-Man, and his name always seemed a bit creepy.

70 DARKNESS VOL 2 #3 $2.99 IMA 27,147
71 AGENT X #9 $2.25 MAR 26,839

I think Evan Dorkin (of Milk and Cheese fame) is writing the last few issues of this series. That'll be fun.

72 ELEKTRA #22 $2.99 MAR 26,790

Greg Rucka's run on this comic, and Bendis's before that have shown me that Elektra CAN be done in such a way that it's a character that works even without Frank Miller at the helm. Written like an action novel, and a good action novel at that, this comic has problems in its art lately, but the story keeps me engaged despite the art. Highly recommended.


How would you like a nice Hawaiian Punch? I wouldn't, that stuff tastes nasty, and makes a glass of pure sugar seem not very sweet. And it costs almost $4 a CAN. It comics in a big metal CAN, how nasty is that? Oh, ad this comic put me to sleep. I just wanted to complain about that nasty drink.

74 ROBOTECH #4 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 26,655
75 SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS III #3 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 26,643

John Byrne continues to create his own little world in comics. Which is good, since he doesn't seem to be able to get people to buy his books when he does comics set in continuity.

76 ALIAS #20 (MR) $2.99 MAR 26,373
77 ALIAS #21 (MR) $2.99 MAR 26,373

The current story about Spider-Women (all of them) is another example of why this comic is so good. Bendis weaves noir detective story-telling with super-hero mythos and comes up with a comic that entertains while it stretches the boundaries of what super-hero comics can do. While it isn't for kids, it IS a comic that anyone who says comics aren't as good as they used to be should be reading. Comics have grown up, and this shows that that is not a bad thing. Highly recommended.

78 SOLUS #1 $2.95 CRO 26,102

At first, I thought, "Wow, that's a huge debut for a CrossGen book", then I realized that it's the book by George Perez, and shouldn't his stuff sell a lot better? Sadly, CrossGen has teamed him up with their worst writer (Barbara Kesel) or I could have bought this book instead of waiting for it to be in their compendiums. As is, I'll wait.

79 POWERS #30 (MR) $2.95 IMA 25,783

Still highly recommended, but this issue was NOT new reader friendly, and this current story arc is harder to read, due to the different storytelling styles it's using. I'm getting to the point where I will wait for the whole thing to be out before I try reading this arc again.

80 RAWHIDE KID #2 (Of 5) (MR) $2.99 MAR 25,341

I think this proves that no matter how much hype you shovel into a series, if it's crap, it won't sell. And, this is crap with good art.

81 SUPERGIRL #80 $2.50 DC 25,267

The last issue of what I consider to be a failed series. After a great start, the comic got bogged down in endless storylines, plot twists that made no sense (Supergirl is really an Angel? She's wandering the country with a piss-poor rip-off of John Constantine?), and the last gasp that brought in the origional Supergirl for a story that just didn't hang together in the end. I read Mark Millar say that comics creators have about 10 good year in them, and while I disagree with that, I do think Peter David's recent work shows that he needs to step back from comics for a while and get his sense of story back.

82 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #165 $2.50 DC 25,107
83 WONDER WOMAN #190 $2.25 DC 24,702

Now written by Walt Simonson and drawn by Jerry Ordway for 6 issues, and like all of Simonson's stuff, it's not mind-blowing, but good, solid entertainment, and Ordway's art is masterful in it's figure drawing as well as its storytelling. Mildly recommended, but let's face it, wait for the trade.

84 RAWHIDE KID #3 (Of 5) (MR) $2.99 MAR 24,690
85 THUNDERBOLTS #77 $2.25 MAR 24,051

I gave the new direction two issues to hook me. It didn't. Sorry.

86 WITCHBLADE #63 $2.99 IMA 23,904
87 BIRDS O/PREY #53 $2.50 DC 23,793
88 FABLES #11 (MR) $2.50 DC 23,277

The best selling Vertigo book in a long time, and a solid premice. This is the story of a new story arc, so it's a good one to pick up and see if this series about fairy tale characters in a semi-modern world is to your liking.

89 STAR WARS EMPIRE #7 $2.99 DAR 23,204
90 SPIDER-GIRL #58 $2.25 MAR 22,921

And less than 1000 below Vertigo's best selling hit is Spider-Girl, a cancelled book from Marvel. I have liked this book, even though it never made me go "Oh wow! A new issue!" It was almost a throwback, and read like a Marvel comic from the 80's, a mix of angst riddled soap-opera, continuity bits for long time readers and big fight scenes. This was a book aimed at younger teens, and failed to find that audience in the current market. It was fun while it lasted, tho.

91 CATWOMAN #17 $2.50 DC 22,872

Still, a solidly entertaining crime noir comic, and is mildly recommended.

92 Y THE LAST MAN #9 (MR) $2.95 DC 22,835
93 YOUNG JUSTICE #55 $2.75 DC 22,602

Last issue...and it sells less than 250 copies less than Vertigo's BIG HIT! A lot of things killed this comic: Too many crossovers and tie-in, a lack of creative focus, too many in-jokes and continuity worship. This could have been a hit with younger readers (what few there are) if, instead of trying to do stories that build up slowly over time, they would have made each issue a stand-alone story. The characters were always engaging, and Peter David was able to capture a dialouge style that felt right, but the stories the characters were in rarely worked for the reader.

94 LEGION #18 $2.50 DC 22,516
95 SOJOURN #21 $2.95 CRO 22,344
96 ROBIN #112 $2.25 DC 22,319

What an awful mess this book has become. Things just seem to happen instead of there being any discernable plotlines, and the writer can't seem to let things settle down for the reader to get their bearing. And this plot development with Robin's dad summoning a Valkyre by playing "The Ring" by Wagner was enough to make me toss the comic across the room. Sorry, Robin, but I give up.

97 SUPERMAN METROPOLIS #2 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 20,452
98 ULTIMATE ADV #4 (RES) $2.25 MAR 20,354

OK, be honest, did ANYONE read this gawdawful comic? You did? Really? Is that why you clawed your own eyes out?

99 MEKANIX #6 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 20,022

And the Kitty Pryde mini-series ends just as it is announced it will be in a trade paperback with some issues of X-Treme X-Men. It was a passable mini-with terrible covers but decent interior art. I have always liked the character, tho, so it was nice to see this story involving her. Mildly recommended for long-time X-Fans.

100 JSA UNHOLY THREE #2 (Of 2) $6.95 DC 19,715

Poor Lady Death. First her old company goes belly up, then she has to get breast reduction surgery in order to get a job at CrossGen, and now she's going to be hauled into court because she was sold to CrossGen three days before the bankruptsy. And on top of that, he comic is still a painfully bad rip-off of old Jim Starling stories that even JIM STARLIN isn't ripping off from himself anymore.

102 BIRDS O/PREY CATWOMAN ORACLE #2 (Of 2) $5.95 DC 19,580
103 STAR WARS TALES #15* $5.99 DAR 19,580

The little star means it had two covers. Didn't help, did it?

104 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #52 $2.99 DAR 19,347
105 BATMAN ADV #2 $2.25 DC 19,187
106 SOLDIER X #9 $2.25 MAR 19,064

So, Marvel, did cancelling Cable and starting it over with this new STUPID name help any? Nope.

107 AQUAMAN SECRET FILES 2003 $4.95 DC 18,745

This is where I continue to not care about Aquaman, only now for $5 instead of $2.50.

110 GLOBAL FREQUENCY #6 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 18,388
111 GOTHAM CENTRAL #5 $2.50 DC 18,216

Probably a dead series that just doesn't know it yet, but I enjoy this book. A series about being a cop in Gotham City, with very limited Batman appearances. Drawn in a dark style that is moody and expressionistic, and written like the best of the police procedural novels, I highly recommend this book.

112 RELOAD #1 (Of 3) $2.95 DC 17,995
113 RUSE #18 $2.95 CRO 17,836
114 GEN 13 #7 $2.95 DC 17,418

Is it dead yet? It's selling less than HALF of what it sold when DC cancelled it to "revamp" the book.

115 HERO #2 $2.50 DC 16,939

I give this comic until issue 12. A gritty version of "Dail H For Hero"? That's like a dark version of Richie Rich where he beats Cadbury with a diamond cane...

116 TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #11 (Of 12) $2.99 IMA 16,890
117 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #8 $2.95 DC 16,841
118 100 BULLETS #43 (MR) $2.50 DC 16,779
119 HELLBLAZER #182 (MR) $2.75 DC 16,779

A great anthology of Alan Moore's best current character. The last issue had some older fans complaining about lesbianism, when it was actually a very complex examination of self. What does this prove? Some people are too damn stupid to read comic books.

121 BLACK PANTHER #55 $2.50 MAR 16,620
122 BLACK PANTHER #56 $2.50 MAR 16,607

This is always pushed as one of Marvel's most intelligent series. I have read a few issues and have yet to figure out anything going on in it, since I don't obsess over the stories and just want to be able to pick up a comic and read it.

123 HARLEY QUINN #30 $2.50 DC 16,165

Oh, how this book has fallen on hard times. Under the first creative team, it was a fun, cheesecake comic with a twisted sense of humor. How...well, I can't make it through the comic.

124 MICRONAUTS #6 $2.95 IMA 15,907

So, the 80's revival is the next Big Trend? Not if it drops in sales this fast. From the top 10 to #124 in 6 issues. That only happens if a comic sucks so bad that people are begging their shops owners not to pull it for them anymore. And after reading the first three issues, I agree with them.

125 BRATH #2 $2.95 CRO 15,588
126 WAY O/T RAT #11 $2.95 CRO 15,575
127 CHIMERA #2 (Of 4) $2.95 CRO 15,453
128 STORMWATCH TEAM ACHILLES #9 (MR) $2.95 DC 15,428
129 BATMAN ADV NEWSSTAND ED #1 $2.25 DC 15,354

She wears a top hot, a tuxedo top, fishnets, and thigh high boots. As long as it's drawn fairly well, WHO NEEDS A STORY? Thankfully, it was a good story as well, so it's worth the price of admission.

131 KILLRAVEN #6 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 14,900

Alan Davis should be one of the biggest fan favorite artists around, but this series just didn't sell at all. Hopefully, Marvel will collect it in a trade paperback for the next time Davis does an X-Men series and becomes a Hot Artist again.

132 BTVS #55 DAWN & HOOPY THE BEAR* $2.99 DAR 14,863
133 PATH #13 $2.95 CRO 14,851
134 SPECTRE #27 $2.75 DC 14,703

The last issue of a book I liked, but no one else seemed to. It's hard to do a comic book about redemption and acceptance, especially when you are using a character that people want to see beating the crap out of bad guys. I almost think the book would have lasted longer if it wasn't the Spectre and was done under Vertigo, but the stories being done just don't resonate with super-hero fans...and that's all that is left after 20 years of comic shops.

135 WARLANDS VOL 3 #5 $2.95 DRE 14,568
136 BLOOD & WATER #1 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 DC 14,409
137 KISS #8* $2.99 DAR 14,359
138 AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #100 $2.95 DC 14,224

Last issue. I quit caring 50 issues ago. The creative team quit caring about 25 issues before then.

139 DEVILS DUE STUDIOS PREVIEW 2003 $1.00 IMA 14,212
141 MARK O/CHARON #1 (Of 5) $2.95 CRO 14,163
142 SCION #34 $2.95 CRO 13,942
143 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADV #17 $2.25 DC 13,942

A nice comic made for kids that is fun to read for adults as well. Most kids comics just read like the same old story over and over again (see any Archie comic for proof of this theory), but this is more like an update of the Silver Age storytelling style of plot driven stories with little characterization.

144 LUCIFER #36 (MR) $2.50 DC 13,561
145 SIMPSONS COMICS #80 $2.50 BON 13,487

Recommended every montyh, and just as funny as the TV show. This is how tie-in comics should be done.

146 HELLBLAZER SP LADY CONSTANTINE #4 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 DC 13,426
147 POWER COMPANY #14 $2.75 DC 13,205

Proving that you can take a talented creative team (Busiek and Grummett) and still have a comic that is as dull as watching rocks dry. I think the book might have done a bit better if they hadn't gone with the "7 prequels" sales gimmick to launch the book. I give it about 7 more issues.

148 DOOM PATROL #18 $2.50 DC 13,119

Cancelled, and no real great loss. The artist is going to be popular in the coming years, but the book tried to strattle the line between the weirdness of the Grant Morrison run and a standard super-hero book, and failed pretty miserably at it. Sure, there were good scenes and some issues that were good, but overall, it just failed.

149 JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS INCUBUS #1 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 13,057

Is there anyone who hasn't met the Aliens in comics now? I'm looking for Jughead vs Aliens next, seeing as how Dark Horse has drained whatever heat this franchise had almost a decade ago.

150 CSI #3 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 IDW 12,971
151 SANDMAN PRESENTS BAST #3 (Of 3) (MR) $2.95 DC 12,763
152 NEGATION #16 $2.95 CRO 12,284
154 CRUX #24 $2.95 CRO 12,185
155 MYSTIC #34 $2.95 CRO 12,161
156 BATMAN GOTHAM ADV #60 $2.25 DC 12,112

Last issue, but they started the series again with a different name. Most times, this is a fairly entertaining Batman comic that can be read by the kids who watch him on Cartoon Network. Too bad they don't come in to comic shops. Thankfully, throughout the different "Animated Batman" runs, they haven't done what DC and Marvel did on their media tie-in through the 70's and 80's, which was to put whatever talent they had lying around on the books, making comics that people who don't buy comics normally suffer through crappy work. Now, they get people who know how to put together stories in one issue and have them do solid work. Mildly recommended for non-comics fans who like to read about Batman.

157 MERIDIAN #34 (Net) $1.48 CRO 11,927
158 ROUTE 666 #10 $2.95 CRO 11,903
159 FIRST #29 $2.95 CRO 11,841
160 KARZA #2 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 11,731

A spin-off of the very bad Micronauts series, announced when it was still in the top 20 selling comics. This kind fo shows that maybe they should have waited a bit before committing to it. Oh, and it's not readable by any stretch of the imagination.

161 SIGIL #34 $2.95 CRO 11,669
162 SAVAGE DRAGON #109 $2.95 IMA 11,485
163 HUNTER AGE O/MAGIC #21 (MR) $2.75 DC 11,387

DC has announced that this comic is cancelled with issue #25, but when you add the two series together, you can see that this series ran for a little over 100 issues, which is a good solid run by any means. I didn't care for this run much, since it (like too many comics) wanted to have it both ways. It leaned very heavily on the reader knowing what had happened in previous issues, while doing everything to show "No, we're all new and nothing can be taken from granted." In the end, it got to where the situation was so messed up, there was none of the reader identification that made the comic so engaging in the beginning.

164 SLEEPER #3 (MR) $2.95 DC 11,252
165 HELLSPAWN #23 $2.50 IMA 11,055
166 PVP #1 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 10,846
167 CROSSOVERS #3 $2.95 CRO 10,723
168 FUTURAMA COMICS #12 $2.50 BON 10,392

Another solid media tie-in from Bongo, and since the TV series is done, this is the only place you are going to get any new stories, done by the people who worked on the TV show. Highly recommended.

169 CODENAME KNOCKOUT #22 (MR) $2.75 DC 10,158

A tie-in to the upcoming movie based on the comic. Oh, you didn't know Bulletproof Monk was based on a comic book? You haven't seen a lot of hype in comic shops about it? Figures.

171 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #19 (MR) $2.95 BRO 9,643
174 AMERICAN CENTURY #24 (MR) $2.75 DC 9,262

Also cancelled. DC tried to keep this book going, but it really ran out of steam at the end of the first year.

175 VIOLENT MESSIAHS #4* $2.95 IMA 9,237
176 MYTHSTALKERS #1 $2.95 IMA 9,151
177 EDENS TRAIL #5 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 9,139

A casualty of Marvel's "no advance info" policy. When the book came out, no one knew what it was about, no one knew anything about the artist, and it was just dumped on the market with no publicity. Say what you want about Marvel, they know how to get the hype machine running...but this time, they just didn't get it going for this comic to succeed.

178 VAMPIRELLA #19 REG ED $2.99 HAR 8,869
179 SHONEN JUMP VOL 1 #5 MAY 2003 $4.95 VIZ 8,672

I say again, it sells a QUARTER OF A MILLION COPIES outside of comic shops, and less than 9,000 in them. There is a huge market for comics, they just don't go into comic shops, and they dislike the format. This series gives them popular Japanese stories, a nice hefty book that takes more than 10 minutes to read, and is available outside shops. I don't read it, but I'm not the one glued to Cartoon Network for more Dragonball Z episodes. Not everything has to be for me, you know.

180 SANDSCAPE #3 $2.95 DRE 8,451
181 STRANGERS #1 $2.95 IMA 8,426
182 ZERO GIRL FULL CIRCLE #5 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 8,353

Last issue of Sam Keith's latest mini-series. How sad is it that his work on a personal level that is incredibly well done just sits at the bottom of the chart, but if he puts Wolverine in the story, it is in the top 20? I recommend you wait until the collected trade comes out, then read BOTH Zero Girl mini-series.

183 DEFIANCE #6 $2.95 IMA 8,156
184 GRENDEL GOD & DEVIL #2 (MR) $3.50 DAR 7,984

Not bad sales for a reprint of a comic from almost 15 years ago. And don't that make me feel old. The reason they are reprinting this series is that the sales from the individual issues pays for the resoration (since Comico lost the original film) and then they can put it in a trade they can sell indefinately, which is all well and good. But I still don't see why anyone would buy it this way, other than for the letters page.

185 21 DOWN #7 $2.95 DC 7,935
186 POWERPUFF GIRLS #36 $2.25 DC 7,923
187 AUTOMATIC KAFKA #9 (MR) $2.95 DC 7,886

9 issues in, and this is still the monthly winner as the most unreadable comic being published. I think DC prints it to see how many people will buy ANYTHING with the Wildstorm logo on it. And the answer is about 7900 people.

188 DOMINION #3 $2.95 IMA 7,886
189 PARLIAMENT O/JUSTICE #1 (MR) $5.95 IMA 7,714
190 FATE O/T BLADE #7 (MR) $2.95 DRE 7,714
191 USAGI YOJIMBO #65 $2.99 DAR 7,456
192 INVINCIBLE #3 $2.95 IMA 7,100
193 OH MY GODDESS #96 PHANTOM RACER (1 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 7,026
194 QUEEN & COUNTRY #15 (MR) $2.95 ONI 7,014

Buying it as trades, and enjoying it. I hope its doing well enough to continue, because it is one of the few action series in comics that reads like a well-plotten novel. Highly recommended in the collected versions.

195 DEVILS FOOTPRINTS #1 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 6,916
196 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #77 $3.99 KZR 6,756

It is official, this is my favorite comic book. The stories (about RPGamers) are funny, the art is horrid, and if you have ever played D&D or a like game, you'll be nodding your head as you read it, knowing that someone you gamed with did something just as silly. Highly recommended, and 100 pages of articles and comic strips for $4, NO ONE is giving that good a deal anymore.

197 HAMMER O/T GODS HAMMER HITS CHINA #2 (Of 3) $2.95 IMA 6,707

A great series that I buy when it's (say it with me now) COLLECTED IN A TRADE PAPERBACK. Thank you, you've all been wonderful. Don't forget to tip the waitresses on your way out.

198 BLOOD WORLD #1 (Of 3) (MR) $2.99 DAR 6,572
199 VENTURE #3 $2.95 IMA 6,535
200 ARKANIUM #6 $2.95 DRE 6,387
201 FIREBREATHER #3 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 6,351

What they call the girl from Firestarter when she doesn't brush her teeth.

202 GRRL SCOUTS WORK SUCKS #2 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 6,228
203 STRAY BULLETS #30 (MR) $3.50 EL 6,203

Another great comic that I think doesn't work at all as individual issues. They seem disjointed and confusing, but in the large hardcover collection, all the different threads seem to come together into a well-crafted story.

204 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL FALL FROST (5 Of 6) #77 (MR) $2.99 DAR 6,179
205 ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY #16 $9.95 FAN 6,068

Normally, an amazing comic that shows how the form can be stretched and changed to further fit the sort of storytelling that Chris Ware is capable of. Most of the issues have been the most incredible works I have even seen in the comics format. However, it's always late (so this isn't out yet) and his new story arc about a comics fan strikes me as too much of the "Let's pick on fanboys" that actually narrows the readship down even more. The reads of The Comics Journal love this stuff, but I would guess that people outside comics just see it as more wanking.

206 CEREBUS #288 $2.25 AAR 6,043

12 issues left. And when the last issue is done, Dave Sim will actually go outside and talk to other human beings for the first time since 1991.

207 TECH JACKET #5 $2.95 IMA 5,859
208 SCOOBY DOO #70 $2.25 DC 5,712
209 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #121 $2.19 ARC 5,626
210 RESISTANCE #7 $2.95 DC 5,589

The only "Resistance" is from buyers when it comes to picking up this comic! Bwa-ha-ha! I kill me!

Fine, it sucked. You try making up jokes and such about 300 comics every month when 90% of them are the same, month to month.

211 LOONEY TUNES #100 $2.25 DC 5,454
212 LOVE & ROCKETS VOL 2 #7 (MR) $3.95 FAN 5,356

And to further drive a stake in my Indy cred, I never much cared for this book. The stories seemed like something off of the Lifetime channel, and the art, while nice, wasn't so great that they carried the weak Mexican soap opera story. I know that in the 8-'s this was The Indy book, but I didn't care then, and I don't care now. Let the stonings begin.

213 NEVERMEN STREETS O/BLOOD #3 (Of 3) $2.99 DAR 5,135
214 METAL HURLANT #5 (MR) $3.95 HUM 4,754

I would say that this is a victim of the "French boycott" Right Wing celebrities are using to get attention, but no one bought the comic before, and no one will buy it now.

216 DEATHMASK #1 $2.99 FUT 4,373
218 FOREVER MAELSTROM #5 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 4,164

With this and "Big Daddy Danger" DC is certainly having trouble selling mini-series lately. Then again, maybe the fact that they aren't really putting any thought into their mini-series has a little to do with it.


This is an amazing creative team, their past books have been great, and this should have sold better. However, it's at Avalon (known for splatterporn) and Avalon did no publicity for it (I didn't even find it in Previews until the second issue was solisited). Too bad, since it wil probably be the best drawn thing they publish all year.

220 PARADIGM #7 $2.95 IMA 4,017
221 GOLD DIGGER #41 $3.50 ANT 3,980

I think this is the spin-off of Strangers in Paradise that has even more of Terry Moore's poetry, or as I like to call it, "The comic that saps my very will to live."

223 WARREN ELLIS SCARS #5 (Of 6) (MR) $3.50 AVA 3,550

Remember Cory's Rule. If the creator's name is in the title, the comic will cause Deep Hurting.

224 GOON #5 $2.95 ALB 3,243
225 GLOOM COOKIE #15 (MR) $2.95 SLA 3,218

Good things about this issue? The story moves at a brish pace, the reader is engaged, the new artist is doing a great job, and the cover is the best single cover I have seen on a comic in years. The bad thing? The first time I read it, I read it in 3 minutes. I love this comic, and recommend it for anyone who likes slightly odd stories, the Addams Family, fairy tales or Neil Gaiman.

226 BIG DADDY DANGER #8 (Of 8) $2.95 DC 3,169

Do you think the editor who green-lit this series is getting taken into a sales office and smacked around like one of Bing Crosby's kids every time the sales figures come in?

227 ARCHIE #534 $2.19 ARC 3,046

Oh Archie, your hijinks are behind me now. We had fun when I was a kid, but I see that I have grown, and you haven't. And all of your friends are people that I would have to smack upside the head whenever they tried to talk to me. Jughead? Future welfare recipiant who will get erections watching the food network. Betty? Co-dependent. Veronica? Most guy's first wives. Reggie? Needs to be killed in a car accident as soon as possible. Moose? Jesus God, people like that have trouble breathing on their own.

228 KODT ILLUSTRATED #20 $2.99 KZR 3,022
229 COURTNEY CRUMRIN & COVEN O/MYSTICS #4 (Of 4) $2.95 ONI 2,997
230 DAREDEVIL VS VAPORA #1 (Net) $1.19 NDC 2,960

I have no idea in the world. Maybe it's a reprint of the Golden Age Daredevil. Or maybe it's just something Marvel hasn't gotten around to suing yet.

231 BETTY & VERONICA #186 $2.19 ARC 2,801
232 METALLIX #4 $3.50 FUT 2,727
233 FREEMIND #5 $3.50 FUT 2,702
234 AMMY TOURIST TRAP #2 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 2,702

This title just looks like a typo to me. Is it ARMY tourist trap? Amy's Tourist Trap? And who wants to read about a tourist trap anyway? Do you think that Image isn't exactly looking over the mini-series they choose to publish? "Let's see, its about a big ball of twine and its adventures watching daytime TV? Yeah, give us six issues."

235 NODWICK #20 $2.99 DOR 2,629
236 BETTY #124 $2.19 ARC 2,592
237 SABRINA VOL 2 #44 $2.19 ARC 2,592

All those words, and none of them make me want to read the comic in any way, shape or form. Thankfully, they promice that if we ignore this issue, they won't make another one. That's what One-shot means.

240 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #104 $3.50 ANT 2,506
241 VERONICA #138 $2.19 ARC 2,506
242 CARTOON CARTOONS #16 $2.25 DC 2,494
243 SCARLET FOX ONE-SHOT $2.25 AER 2,408

If you are a Scarlet Fox, please contact Cory!! as soon as you can. He gets so lonely at this part of the sales chart.

244 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #69 $2.19 ARC 2,408
245 KODT EVERKNIGHTS #5 $2.99 KZR 2,371
246 ALICE IN SEXLAND EXTREME #2 (A) $3.50 ERO 2,334

Oh, it's not enough to take a children's story and make it porn. Now they have to make it EXTREME! How do you make EXTREME porn? One you show people having sex, there's not much further you can go, unless by EXTREME, they mean that Alice has sex, then goes snowboarding. And if that's the case, who gives a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut?

247 LITTLE SCROWLIE #1 (MR) $2.95 SLA 2,322
248 MIDNIGHT MOVER #1 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 ONI 2,309
250 JUGHEAD #150 $2.19 ARC 2,236

For people who prefer bad drawings of women in swimsuits traced from swimsuit mags than actual swimsuit mags. Can't you people find Maxim at the grocery store yet?

252 RAIJIN COMICS #15 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,223
253 RAIJIN COMICS #14 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,223
254 RAIJIN COMICS #13 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,223
255 RAIJIN COMICS #16 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,223
256 COUNTER OPS #1 $3.95 ANT 2,223
257 ARCHIE MYSTERIES #27 $2.19 ARC 2,100

Based on the hit show on the PAX network. OK, a lot of lies in that statement. One, the series is not a hit, two PAX is not a network and three...I got nothing here. Damn, jokes are to be given in threes and I can't come up with a third one. Besides, who wants to see Archie in a rip-off of Scooby-Doo, when Scooby-Doo is a painful peice of shite.

258 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #137 $2.39 ARC 2,100
259 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #93 $3.59 ARC 2,100
260 HOW LOATHSOME #1 (MR) $2.95 NBM 2,088

Yes, boys and girls, this comic is the life story of Pauly Shore, who was actually back on MTV's Spring Break coverage.

261 ARCHIE DIGEST #197 $2.39 ARC 1,953
262 LAUGH DIGEST #183 $2.39 ARC 1,879
264 AWESOME MAN #2 $2.95 AST 1,867

Joined by his partner "Tubular Man" to fight people who are Grodey while listening to Phil Collins and Duran Duran.

265 PUBO #3 (Of 3) $3.50 DAR 1,855

Do I WANT to know what a comic called "Pubo" is about?

266 MILK #34 (A) $2.99 RAD 1,806
267 AMELIA RULES #10 $2.95 REN 1,793
268 PS238 #1 $2.99 DOR 1,744

Does any school still refer to themselves as a "PS"? I always saw that on TV, but our school was so small that they didn't have to SAY they were a public school. I didn't even know there were private schools until I met a Catholic girl who said she went to a religious school. What does this have to do with this comics? Who cares. If you've read down this far you prolly WORK on the comics this low on the list. I'm just killing time.

269 FALLEN #1 (MR) $2.95 BFP 1,683

And I can't get up! Come on, that would have been funny 12 years ago...

271 DRAGON ARMS #4 $3.50 ANT 1,646

Possibly the only hotel worse than a Holiday Inn.


Damn it people, YOU MUST HAVE IT!!! It says so right on the cover! Must Have! BUY IT!! Or Marvel will come to your house and dance all over your old issues of "Rom, Spaceknight."

273 BIG O PART 4 #1 (Of 4) $3.50 VIZ 1,560
274 THREE DAYS IN EUROPE #4 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 ONI 1,560

Why would you buy a comic like this when you can watch the travel channel and see "Hot Nude Beaches In Europe"?


Normally, this is where I beg people not to read this crap, but I hear the artist is very sick, so I'll just say that if you buy it to help with medical bills, that's OK. But for the love of all that's good and holy, don't LOOK at it. Just use it to light fires of old Rob Liefeld comics.

276 NEOTOPIA #3 $3.95 ANT 1,449
277 LUFTWAFFE 1946 #7 $5.95 ANT 1,400
278 FURRLOUGH #123 $2.99 RAD 1,376

The last time I capped on this, one of the writers mailed me a nice note asking me not to say the comic blows goats anymore. I tried to find his issues, and back issues of this series are scarcer than performances by Perry Ferril when he is clean and sober. So...I don't know if it's any good or not, but it IS a furry comic. Proceed at your own risk.

279 TMNT VOL 4 #1 2ND PTG $2.95 MIR 1,351
281 INFINITE KUNG FU #4 $3.00 GLN 1,314

Every month I love this title. It's not just Kung Fu. It's not just a LOT of Kung Fu. It's INFINITE KUNG FU! How do they fit it on a page if it's INFINITE?

282 TURTLE SOUP #1 $3.75 AST 1,302
283 FADE FROM BLUE #6 $1.50 SEC 1,290
284 EVIL EYE #10 (RES) (MR) $3.50 FAN 1,290
285 WARREN ELLIS SCARS WRAP CVR #5 (Of 6) (MR) $3.95 AVA 1,253

That's so weird. People won't pay an extra dollar for a special cover that sucks, when the entire comic sucks. People are so cheap.

286 TWILIGHT X STORM #2 $3.50 ANT 1,241
287 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ACE ED #1 $13.99 WIZ 1,216
288 BLUE EYES VOL 2 #1 (Of 5) (RES) (A) $3.95 WLP 1,142

There are times I simply look at a title and think, "Who in their right mind would buy something like that?" Is this for the people who miss the rollicking humor on HBO's "Oz"?

290 GENE FUSION #1 $2.95 BEC 1,118
291 TMNT VOL 4 #2 2ND PTG $2.95 MIR 1,106
292 MONSTER CLUB #4 $3.50 CMX 1,093

Kochalka's work is fascinating to me. Simple in design, but the stories he tells are so complex that only his style of simple, almost childlike art works for them. I'm not a sketchbook person, but if you want to see how he comes up with his ideas, this is a nice look into his style.

294 DILDO #2 (A) $3.50 ERO 1,069
295 SUPERCAR #4 (Of 4) $2.95 MMP 1,069
296 WARRIOR NUN AREALA #16 $3.50 ANT 1,056

How weird is it that this book (which was so popular once that it had an action figure and a video) is going to drop out of the top 300 soon. It was a one-note comic, and they never did anything with all the attention they received.

297 DUNGEON #5 $2.95 NBM 1,044
298 THRESHOLD #50 (MR) (Note Price)* $8.95 AVA 1,007
299 WARHAMMER MONTHLY #66 $3.50 GAM 1,007

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