The Top 300 Selling Comics For May 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 WOLVERINE #1 $2.25 MAR 158,787

OK, so relaunching Wolverine got them the number one slot and sold better than the comic has in a good 7 years. The good thing about this re-launch is that they FINALLY got a decent writer on the book, have a solid artist and are doing a story that not only fits the character, but doesn't need tons of backstory to understand. The new team (Greg Rucka and Darick Robinson) are doing a great job, and even if you have HATED all of the past Wolverine comics, this one is worth a try. Besides, if it's like that last Wolverine series, the first issue will be worth $10 within a year, so if you don't like it, sell it on eBay. Highly recommended.

2 BATMAN #615 $2.25 DC 144,090

Still DC's hottest book, and it's simply because of the fact that they got a hot artist and had him do 12 issues in a row without a fill-in, guest artist or the artist leaving 3 months after taking over. I don't care for Jim Lee's art style, but other people do.

3 ULTIMATES #10 $2.25 MAR 105,546
4 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #40 $2.25 MAR 104,480
5 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #41 $2.25 MAR 102,794

I don't read "Ultimates" anymore, but the Ultimate Spider-Man book is very deserving of its high chart placement. This story, setting up the first unique villain, is like most of Bendis's stories, slow in building but rich in character work. This series could have been a VERY bad idea. It's turning out to be the opposite. Highly recommended.

6 NEW X-MEN #141 $2.25 MAR 95,805

In which Grant Morrison has Cyclops drinking away his trouble in a bar for the entire issue. And it's fascinating. A good writer can make almost any plot worthwhile, but Morrison is able to make what SOUNDS LIKE a boring plot memorable by twisting it. Highly recommended.

7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #53 $2.25 MAR 95,777

Still worth reading, and thankfully, the Peter/Mary Jane stuff isn't as bad as I had heard it would be. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Spidey, and it's nice that he's in the hands of a good writer/artist team. Highly recommended.

8 UNCANNY X-MEN #424 $2.25 MAR 94,638

This book will suffer by comparison, simply because Grant Morrison's X-Men book is SO well done. However, this is the more standard, "old school" X-Book, and reads like a mediocre spin-off in the 80's. Not bad, but certainly nothing to excite new readers. If you like the X-Men and have for a long time, you'll like this well enough.

9 ULTIMATE X-MEN #33 $2.25 MAR 93,125

I believe this is the last Mark Millar issue, and I'm glad to see him go. This is kind of what I feared when they said they were doing a "Earth 2" of Marvel books, slapdash changes to shock readers, rehashing old plots and a general feeling that none of it much matters since they aren't worried about long-term storytelling. Bendis took over with the next issue, and while it reads like an issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, he shows how you can deal with the fact that it IS a different book from the Marvel Universe X-Men without making it seem like you have to shock people by being different for different's sake.

10 VENOM #1 $2.25 MAR 92,592

You're kidding, right? People BOUGHT this? Hell, I got suckered into buying the first few Venon mini-series in the 90's, but were we stupid and bought all KINDS of shitty books. SOMEONE was buying all those Marvel UK books. I have no idea if this is any good, nor do I care. Venom is a character who was overplayed in the past and unless this is an Alan Moore style "re-imagining" of him, I don't care. And I am SICK of characters who want to eat your brains. Unless they are zombies.


Almost a loss of 50% in sales from issue #1 to #2. That means more investors than readers. Shoo! Go away, silly investors. We don't like you!

12 X-TREME X-MEN #25 $2.99 MAR 66,339
13 X-TREME X-MEN #26 $2.99 MAR 66,166

A double dose are Claremont does a story he calls "God Loves, Man Kills II", but it doesn't seem so much like a sequel as a simple way of bringing back the same bad guy. Since it is 20 some years later, Claremont's style has grown more wordy, he relies less on the art to tell the story, and after 25 years of "Mutant Hysteria" stories, one more doesn't have the same impact. Still, it's filled with Claremontisms, so if you like his work, you will really like this.

14 INCREDIBLE HULK #54 $2.25 MAR 61,426

The last part of the most recent story arc. Which I didn't care for as much as the others, mostly because it DOES use a villain, and the previous ones had not. Still, the horror theme to Hulk is one I enjoy, and the issue that was after this one was much better. So pass on this one unless you've been reading it already.

15 DAREDEVIL #47 $2.99 MAR 61,368

In this issue, very little happens. A spoken conversation or two, a burst of flame, and a lot of stage setting, and yet I was turning the pages as fast as I could. Why? Bendis is an excellent writer, and knows how to build suspense. Highly recommended, and if you don't like super-heroes, don't one wears a costume in the entire issue, unless you count Typhoid Mary's dominatrix outfit.

16 JLA #81 $2.25 DC 60,316

No longer reading it. La la la. Just found that I can't force my way through the stories for some reason. Guess that's a bad review, isn't it?

17 AVENGERS #67 $2.25 MAR 58,097

Geoff Johns has taken a very slow approach to his stories, but it works for me. The current storyline has taken a LONG time to develop (3 issues and counting), but the character interaction and side plots are interesting enough that I wasn't bored while waiting for the Big Reveal. Highly recommended for super-hero fans, not so much for other people.

18 NEW MUTANTS #1 $2.50 MAR 57,016

You're kidding, right? No one cared about this series once Bill Seinkevetch left. I sure don't care now. How long until Marvel brings back Team America, US 1 and that dopey mini-series where Devil Dinosaur came to modern times and was declared a mutant?


I guess being horridly late doesn't hurt sales of ALL comic books. I'm still buying it as a collected version. I'm just funny that way.

20 GREEN ARROW #25 $2.50 DC 52,535

The last part of the crossover with Green Lantern (and still, I can't explain why that issue sold less than this one, do you people only want the 2nd, 4th and 6th parts of the story?). Mediocre at best. Nothing in it was enough to make the book stand out.

21 FANTASTIC FOUR #69 $2.25 MAR 52,103

Mark Waid's run on this comic is nothing short of GREAT, and the current story (highlighting the mystical aspects of Dr. Doom) tops his previous work. I used to say this was a treat for super-hero fans, but with this story, the comic is accessible to anyone who is able to get over the fact that they are super-heroes. Highly recommended and almost too fun for words. I literally turn the last page wishing I had the next issue in my hands RIGHT NOW!

22 MARVEL UNIVERSE THE END #5 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 51,037

And in this issue Thanos does the same stuff he has done in every other Jim Starlin story. I almost wish Starlin would do something new, but then again, his Batman stories were so painfully horrid that I don't mind him milking Thanos dry.

23 PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #56 $2.25 MAR 50,475

Since issue #50, this has been the most painfully poorly done comic by a major company other than Robin, but the last two issues will be drawn by Sam Keith, and deal with the fact that Marvel's Sandman has gone a bit an entertaining way. ANYTHING by Sam Keith is Highly Recommended, so pick up the last two issues and wait for the re-launch.

24 GREEN ARROW #26 $2.50 DC 50,475

Not a HUGE drop, but a drop nonetheless. I haven't cared for the new story arc. Sorry.

25 CAPTAIN AMERICA #13 $2.99 MAR 49,279

This story irritates me. It's a "Everything you know about Captain America Is Wrong" story, and isn't good enough to be worth invalidating the basic precepts of the character since his return in the early 60's. The worst thing is that I KNOW they will have to go for the cheap trick ending that invalidates the current story. Why is it so hard to write a decent Captain America story anymore?

26 AUTHORITY VOL 2 #1 (MR) $2.95 DC 44,351

The previous series was groundbreaking, huge and changed how super-heroes are done in comic books. It also had a LOT of editorial interference and ended with scheduling nightmares. I leafed through the first issue of this run, it's by a unknown creative team, the story didn't grab me, and I think this book's time has come and gone.

27 GREEN LANTERN #164 $2.25 DC 44,351

Last part of the Green Arrow Crossover. Wasn't very good. Sorry I bought it.

28 JSA #48 $2.50 DC 44,019
29 JSA ALL STARS #1 (Of 8) $2.50 DC 43,558

I LOVE the JSA. Since the new series started it has been well-written, exciting and always makes each story feels like it is Important and Matters. There aren't many super-hero books that do what it does as well, and is Highly recommended. The JSA mini-series is a bunch of guest creators doing an old fashioned JSA story (where the heroes all find out about a menace, split apart to face it, then reunite at the end) and should be good as a trade paperback. I don't have the patience for mini-series anymore.

30 WOLVERINE SNIKT #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 42,463

Case in point. They have run out of title that are actual words, and now just go with sound effects. The next set of mini-series will be titled after carpet remnants and fabric swaths. And people will but them anyway.

31 MYSTIQUE #2 $2.99 MAR 41,037

"Hey Cory, why is this selling so well?" It has a Linsner cover. "But how's the story?" No one bought it for the story or even the interior pages. It's Linsner drawing a redhead." Ok. That's odd. "No it isn't. I think Linsner ONLY knows how to draw redheads, and he does it so well that people will buy a crappy comic just to see them." So, this is crappy comic? "No one will ever know. No one will ever open it."

32 SPAWN #125 $2.50 IMA 40,950

I love how the book is a YEAR LATE and no one seems to pay any attention to that. I wish I could turn in my work a year late.

OK, the work I get PAID FOR.

33 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #11 $2.95 DRE 40,734

There's an ARMADA of them? Do you have any idea of how many that is? I ARMADA? That's one hell of a lot of stupid robots who can turn into cars and toasters. How could anyone keep them all straight other than Rain Man?

34 VOLTRON DEFENDER O/T UNIVERSE #1 (Of 5)* $2.95 IMA 40,504

Heh, it only sold 200 copies less than the comic book of the TV series/Toy ad it was ripping off. Nostalgia is so lame these days.

35 PUNISHER #26 $2.99 MAR 40,014
36 PUNISHER #27 $2.99 MAR 39,812

Marvel's policy of releasing as many issues of their hit series as they can is paying off for them, although the Punisher is no longer a top 20 series. It's still a dark humor comic, despite being a character best known for being a "gritty dark" action hero. Highly recommended for action fans.

37 INHUMANS #1 $2.50 MAR 38,818
38 DETECTIVE COMICS #782 $2.75 DC 38,443

I have wanted to like this book a LOT, since it is keeping up with the Crime Noir edge all of the Batman books has a year or so ago, but I am losing interest in it. It's prolly time for the creative team to either start revving things up or going with some other kind of change.

39 GREEN LANTERN #165 $2.25 DC 37,997

First issue by Ben Raab. Last issue I'll be buying. I read where it's getting a big Revamp in a few months. I wonder if they'll have Kyle go insane and kill billions of people. It worked BEFORE.


I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. I like the creative teams, I like the characters, and I loved the art, but damn if it wasn't a messy min-series with too many characters, a lot of "unexpected shocks" and a feeling that you were reading a marketing plan instead of a story. Pass.

41 EXILES #27 $2.99 MAR 37,204
42 EXILES #26 $2.99 MAR 37,089

Chuck Austin is doing a fill-in story that doesn't feel like a fill-in story because it ties in with his X-Men stuff. I like this book, but have trouble recommending it, since it relies SO MUCH on knowing Marvel history. Still, it's a fun read and I recommend it for old-school Marvel Zombies.

43 NAMOR #2 $2.25 MAR 36,945

What the flaming blue hell is this book? No, I read it and it's a girly book where Namor is acting like he's in a Shojo manga, which makes as much sense as having The Punisher in a story about how he is facing his fears about intimacy. The Comic Dead Pool puts this as dead by issue #20.

44 X-MEN UNLIMITED #46 $2.50 MAR 35,547
45 THUNDERCATS RETURN #4 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 35,057

And I pray for the day they return to the limbo they were consigned to years ago.

46 SUPERMAN #193 $2.25 DC 34,927

Dear DC, when you can't sell Superman comics, you are doing a shitty job of selling comics. Just a note that I still love you, but what the hell is your problem? Do we need to plan an intervention?

47 X-MEN UNLIMITED #47 $2.50 MAR 34,567
48 THOR #64 $2.99 MAR 34,337

More of the mini-series that was supposed to give The Outsiders and The Teen Titans a BIG LAUNCH. I don't think it worked, since it just felt like pointless deaths to shock people against a foe that didn't make ANY impression at all on the reader.

50 AQUAMAN #6 $2.50 DC 33,213

Changing creative teams with issue #13. I think DC needs to realize that Aquaman is a supporting character. Or that we just hate him. Yeah, that's it. We hate Aquaman and his stupid undersea world. And Jacques Cousteau too. Damn their undersea worlds.

51 IRON MAN #68 $2.99 MAR 33,213

*looks deep into thoughts about comics* Nope. Don't care about Iron Man anymore either. Sorry.

52 X-MEN PHOENIX #1 (Of 3) $2.99 MAR 33,126

The manga Phoenix, and her costume is a weird vest-bra and a patch over her naughty bits. For people who turn to comics instead of real porn. Can anyone tell me why someone would do that?

53 ARKHAM ASYLUM LIVING HELL #1 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 32,550

Another Batman mini-series. They put out so many of these, I can't keep track anymore.

54 ACTION COMICS #803 $2.25 DC 32,118
55 GI JOE FRONTLINE #7 $2.95 IMA 31,887

Ah, GI Joe is sliding down the chart, like it should. I always thought the book was annoying. But then, I hate 80's nostalgia.

56 FLASH #198 $2.25 DC 31,210

The Big Story leading to issue #200, and so far it's been Geoff Johns's best one on the series. A all-out battle with Professor Zoom, but a NEW Professor that has a far more interesting (and simple) origin. Recommended for Super-hero fans, but confusing as hell for anyone else.

57 BATGIRL YEAR ONE #6 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 31,080

Two shit comics that are an even bigger pile of shit together!

59 HUMAN TORCH #2 $2.50 MAR 30,475

Surprisingly good comic that is for a character that has been in the supporting role for the last 30 or so years. I don't care for the art (it's just poorly done manga-style art), but the story is one that has drawn me in and makes me want to know what happens next. A nice little comic that is mildly recommended for super-hero fans.

60 WOLVERINE DOOP #1 (Of 2) $2.99 MAR 30,317

I wanted to like this comic so much more than I did. The art is wonderfully fun, and the premise of the story is GREAT, but the way Milligan writes Wolverine seems like that cute Disney version of Wolverine. I wish I could recommend this, but instead, I have to call it a failed experiment.

61 BATGIRL #40 $2.50 DC 30,172
62 CREW #1 $2.50 MAR 30,000

OK, so this is a Black Panther spin-off AND a tie-in to the mini-series "The Truth"? No wonder it's such a mis-mash. I have never warmed to Christopher Priest's fractured, self-referential style and this book is no exception. I know a LOT of on-line people love his work, but I think it has more to do with the "He referenced that one issue of that one book" style, rather than actual storytelling ability.

63 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #41 $2.75 DC 29,956

Uh-oh, Alfred is coughing up blood. Maybe he has consumption or some other disease that people used to get in movies where you worry about the mother dying while the children go about their normal happy lives. I don't remember much else about this comic, but there was probably a fight scene and a lot of people gritting their teeth.

64 NIGHTWING #81 $2.25 DC 29,942

Nightwing fights Deathstroke, and oddly enough, the story makes Deathstroke into an interesting adversary who can win a fight. For too long, DC's villains have one good story then a whole bunch of stories where they are jokes. The rest of the comic isn't GREAT, but solid. For Nightwing fans only, to be honest.

65 HAWKMAN #15 $2.50 DC 29,899

Very very cool, and despite being steeped in continuity, it's not hard to read or understand. This is a comic that shows you CAN reference old stories without bogging down into re-hashing everything since 1961...and I recommend this for super-hero fans.

66 ADVS O/SUPERMAN #616 $2.25 DC 29,855
68 DOMINO #1 $2.50 MAR 29,711

At first I didn't much care about this comic because I have never given much of a damn about the character. Then I saw the art was by Brian Steelfreeze, who NEVER seems to do interior art. His covers are amazing, and his interior work isn't as good, but still VERY good and worth picking up.

69 CAPTAIN MARVEL #9 $2.99 MAR 28,832
70 CAPTAIN MARVEL #10 $2.99 MAR 28,559

It has now been over a year since Captain marvel acted like a hero in any way, shape or form. The stories have been passable, but the whole "He's gone nuts" has LONG overstayed its welcome, and reminds me that the difference between comics of 10 years ago that were a pain in the ass and the comics now that I like are that they have distinct story arcs that FINISH instead of stories that drone on for so long you forget what the status quo is.

71 JLA SCARY MONSTERS #3 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 28,544
72 WEAPON X #9 $2.99 MAR 28,458

I don't remember which of the X-Men books this is...Agent X is the old Deadpool, Soldier X is the old Cable and this is...I dunno, some Mutant the picked up off the street and gave a gun to or something.


Not content with just defending a planet or a star system or even a galaxy, he defend the whole damn UNIVERSE! Wait, what is out there that can threaten the entire universe and can still be stopped by a robot with a big gun? "Pow pow!" Take that entropy! Blam Blam! Have at you, distortions in space/time caused by gravitational forces!

74 SENTINEL #2 $2.99 MAR 27,752

This is a big hit...and Captain Marvel, which sells better, is considered a flop. I just don't freaking get it.

75 ALIAS #22 (MR) $2.99 MAR 27,680

LOVE THIS BOOK! The lead character is a retired super-hero who works as a private detective, and the current storyline is about WHY she retired...and it looks to be incredibly well done. Before this comic came out, a LOT of people were dismissing it because it was a Mature Readers comic set in the Marvel Universe, but it has shown itself to be a great comic that uses the Marvel Universe as a backdrop for some very intelligently done storylines. Highly recommended for mature readers.

76 SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS III #5 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 27,478
77 ELEKTRA #23 $2.99 MAR 27,392

The last part of the "Redemption of Elektra" storyline, which shows that you CAN do big stories that have a beginning, middle and end. This book has been one of Marvel's better ones, and is highly recommended.

78 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #9 $2.99 IMA 26,902

And in this issue, Earth vs Neptune! I don't mind people's fond memories of goofy things from their past, but the current trend of trying to make them "Deep and meaningful" seems too much like trying to do a story about Tony the Tiger being Toucan Sam's abusive just doesn't make any sense to do that with those characters.

79 POWERS #31 (MR) $2.95 IMA 26,830

The infamous monkey sex issue. I can tell where the story is going, but I would imagine a LOT of people were wondering what monkeys starting to use tools has to do with the origins of super-heroes. Keep reading because it is Highly Recommended.

80 Y THE LAST MAN #11 (MR) $2.95 DC 26,196

Works better in collected graphic novels, but it's nice to see a book sell better month by month due to word of mouth.

81 WONDER WOMAN #192 $2.25 DC 25,994

I say it every month, I have never cared for Wonder Woman. Greek mythology bores me, I find the character to be boring, but the current story by Walt Simonson is pretty good, with some rare and wonderful Jerry Ordway art.

82 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #167 $2.50 DC 25,706

I think they have said this book is canceled. It's too bad, since I like the idea of different teams just coming in and doing a story arc, but too often the teams aren't Legendary and the stories tend to just read like fill-ins they haven't used yet.

83 FABLES #13 (MR) $2.50 DC 25,158

Another Vertigo book that reads much better as collected trades, but is rising up the charts. It'll be interesting to see if Vertigo can rebuild its brand.

84 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #10 $2.99 IMA 24,841

THAT'S a surprise. It's by the team that did "30 Days of Night", which is about the best selling graphic novel out today. However, I saw it and said, "It's a hot team, it's Dark Horse, I'll buy the collected trade." Dark Horse has to be pleased with the sales from this, tho, easily their best selling comic in a couple of years.

86 ROBOTECH #6 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 23,818
87 CATWOMAN #19 $2.50 DC 23,732

Why isn't this selling better? It has stunning artwork by Cameron Stewart, a tight series of crime stories and is tying into the Big Batman Stuff. I Highly recommend this comic.

88 RUNAWAYS #2 $2.50 MAR 23,328

Another of the comics Marvel is calling a hit. I'll be getting the "Marvel Must Have" that reprints the first two issues of this and Sentinel to see if they are worth getting as trades.

90 STAR WARS EMPIRE #8 DARKLIGHTER (1 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 23,227

Has anyone given the reason behind this series yet? When it's set? Who the characters are? Does anyone care about Star Wars comics anymore?

Didn't think so.

91 BIRDS O/PREY #55 $2.50 DC 23,227

About to get a big profile push, now that they have an internet reviewer as the writer on the series. Am I the ONLY internet comics writer who doesn't want to work on a Marvel or DC comic? I just want redheaded female fans to beg to live at my house and make me Chai Tea smoothies. Damn you. Damn you all!

92 LEGION #20 $2.50 DC 23,184

After the first 12 issues or so being so confusing that even long time fans couldn't figure it out, the current storyline is VERY clear and good super-hero fun. Mildly recommended for super-hero fans.

93 SPIDER-GIRL #60 $2.99 MAR 23,112

The book that wouldn't die. More than just a comic aimed at younger readers, it's also a throwback to the style of comics from the 80's, where continuity plays a big part, but it's all deftly woven in like a good soap opera. I never think this is a Brilliant comic, but it's entertaining enough for people who like the older style of endless soap opera Marvel used to be known for.

94 SOJOURN #23 $2.95 CRO 23,098
95 WITCHBLADE #64 $2.99 IMA 23,083

They still publish this? You're kidding, right?

96 SMALLVILLE #2 $3.50 DC 22,968

Only about a year too late to catch any of the buzz from the TV (which I don't watch). I hope they get it out to where the people who watch the show buy things, or it's pretty much a waste of paper, don't you think?

97 ROBIN #114 $2.25 DC 22,593

Oh dear Ghods what a piece of utter dog shite this book is. The story involves monsters, Mormon wrestlers, truckers and...oh I give up. Easily the worst comic from either DC or Marvel in YEARS. Whoever let this through editorial needs to be pummeled with a VERY heavy object.

98 BATMAN NEVERMORE #2 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 22,247

Batman meets Edgar Allen Poe. I like the writer, Len Wein a lot. I have corresponded with him on GEnie in the past, but this is a dopey idea, saved ONLY by the breathtaking art by Guy Davis and the tight scripting by Wein. I like that DC has said they are pulling back the reins on the "Elseworlds" books because they aren't special anymore. They just seem like whatever wafts into someone's head, Batman is crammed into the story and it is on the shelf.


From "Escape From New York." Comics are where old characters no one gives a rats ass about go to have their copyright protected.

101 TOMB RAIDER #30 $4.99 IMA 21,354

Hey! They are going to be adapting the new GAME in the coming issues. So, if you care about Tomb Raider, but not enough to actually play the Tomb Raider game, you can buy the comic. This isn't just a bad idea, it's a PAINFULLY bad idea.

102 HERO #4 $2.50 DC 21,023

The gritty revamp of Dial H For Hero. I didn't care about it either.

103 FILTH #10 (Of 13) (MR) $2.95 DC 20,043

Grant Morrison's weird mini-series for Vertigo. Buying it as a trade. Sick of me saying that yet?

104 BATMAN ADVS #2 $2.25 DC 19,856

A nice sales level for the new comic based on the Batman cartoon. It's usually well done, and a comic that kids can read and adults won't wince as they read. I like that DC is keeping this series going, and hope it does get into the hands of kids.

105 THUNDERBOLTS #79 $2.25 MAR 19,755

The new direction (A Fight Club rip-off with super-heroes) was just painfully bad. Next issue is that last.

106 JLA AGE O/WONDER #2 $5.95 DC 19,726

Am I the only one sick of the two issue, prestige format comics? Either put them out in a larger trade paperback format, a mini-series format or cut the story down. $6 for the first part of a story is a pain in the ass, people.


A breast reduction and a change of format (from ripping off Jim Starlin to ripping off shitty fantasy novels) seems to have helped sales. Too bad the rest of the Chaos line will be auctioned off, since this book has shown that if they would have done better with the art and stories of their comics, they would have lasted longer.

111 SOLUS #3 $2.95 CRO 19,063

This is the George Perez CrossGen book, and it has already had a fill-in artist. Call my crazy, but didn't they delay this damn thing almost 2 years to give Perez time to work on it (and JLA/Avengers)? While I'm sure the medical benefits are much needed, I think this series will take Perez from the ranks of "Hot artists" to "Where are they now" status.

112 GLOBAL FREQUENCY #8 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 18,588
113 SOLDIER X #11 $2.99 MAR 18,299

I think this used to be Cable. Or maybe not. Does anyone care? Do you? ANSWER ME!!!

114 GOTHAM CENTRAL #7 $2.50 DC 18,184

Damn, I wish this was selling better. The stories of the Gotham Police department done in a VERY Crime Noir method, and it's one of the best comics on the stands. The current story (of a lesbian cop being outed) is shocking, not for any exploitative reasons, but in how it delves into the mind of people who are cops and their reactions to events out of their control. This comic is Highly recommended.

115 SUPERMAN METROPOLIS #4 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 17,910

A fun, fluffy Alan Moore comic with some of the best comics art on the stands. It amazes me that Alan Moore can write a story that on the surface seems like fluff but has amazingly complex ideas under the hood. Highly recommended.

117 100 BULLETS #44 (RES) (MR) $2.50 DC 17,493

Another Alan Moore comic that is great reading. Moore got his start in comics with short 8 page stories, and he seems to be the only writer who can still do them well. Highly recommended.

119 STAR WARS JEDI SHAAK TI $4.99 DAR 17,118

Oh, now they are just tossing "Scrabble" tiles together to come up with names.

120 RUSE #20 $2.95 CRO 16,945
121 HELLBLAZER #184 (MR) $2.75 DC 16,931

By the writer of Lucifer, and while they ARE back to JC being a magick using bastard, it just isn't grabbing me. A take it or leave it book, buy it if you have the extra money and like this style of story.

122 GEN 13 #9 $2.95 DC 16,714
123 HARLEY QUINN #32 $2.50 DC 16,585

Ugh. No fun at All, and if this book isn't fun, it has no reason to exist. I give it about 12 more issues before it's canceled, and at this point, it would be no great loss.

124 BLACK PANTHER #59 $2.99 MAR 16,383
125 HUMANS DEFENSE CORPS #1 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 16,181

I picked it up. Haven't read it yet. I'VE BEEN BUSY, OK?!?! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW, YOU DOMINATING BASTARDS???!!

126 RELOAD #2 (Of 3) $2.95 DC 16,023
127 411 #2 (Of 3) $3.50 MAR 15,691

Yow. Marvel wanted to do a kind of public service comic and lined up some heavyweight writers, and it has just flopped. I'm thinking Marvel fans still won't buy a book unless someone in tights is pounding the stuffing out of someone else in tights.

128 WAY O/T RAT #13 $2.95 CRO 15,346

I know it's a martial arts series, but think about it, do you really WANT to follow the way of a Rat in your training? They are creepy, diseased, and usually rabid. Not the most admirable traits. How about the way of the bunny? They aren't violent, and everyone LOVES bunnies. Or squirrels. Or hamsters. Hamsters are like cute, puffy rats.

129 WARLANDS VOL 3 #5 $2.95 DRE 15,043
130 LONE WOLF 2100 #8 $2.99 DAR 14,985
131 SILKEN GHOST #1 (Of 5) $2.95 CRO 14,928

As opposed to the rough, coarse ghosts we have had to put up with for so long.

132 BTVS #57 SLAYER INTERRUPTED (2 Of 4)* $2.99 DAR 14,899
133 BRATH #4 $2.95 CRO 14,712

I don't know if that's the name of a book of the sound my Uncle makes in the morning after smoking unfiltered Pall Malls for the past 30 years.

134 BLOOD & WATER #3 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 DC 14,467
135 BEWARE THE CREEPER #2 (Of 5) (MR) $2.95 DC 14,409

The first issue was good, except it's set in an indiscriminate future for no apparent reason. Is it good enough to recommend? Not interesting take on the old Ditko character, but I can't see myself telling people that it's a must read. Maybe next time.

136 CSI #5 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 IDW 14,380
137 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVS #19 $2.25 DC 14,265

A fun, well done comic that does a good job of giving people the same sort of stories that they have on the animated show. In some ways, one of DC's best books, if you can get past the fact that kids might like it too. Mildly recommended for super-hero fans.

138 SIMPSONS COMICS #82 $2.50 BON 14,207

Still one of the best comics every month. A perfect version of the TV show in comic book form, and highly recommended for fans of the TV show.

139 STORMWATCH TEAM ACHILLES #11 (MR) $2.95 DC 14,078
140 PATH #15 $2.95 CRO 14,034

In this issue, 32 pages are spent asking, "Left, or right?"

141 LUCIFER #38 (MR) $2.50 DC 13,847
142 CALL #2 $2.25 MAR 13,847

Marvel's attempt at doing a series about firefighters. Why Quesada doesn't just license Ash to them, I have no idea. It was a super-hero who was a firefighter in his secret identity, which I'm kind of amazed no one had done before. That way stories like this could be done without having to shoehorn in the "fantastic" elements that comics need for readers to care.

143 SCION #36 $2.95 CRO 13,660
144 KISS #10* $2.99 DAR 13,300
145 POWER COMPANY #16 $2.75 DC 13,256
146 DOOM PATROL #20 $2.50 DC 12,983

Both of these comics are on Death watch, and both were moderately fun titles with GREAT art. Power Company never quite gelled, as it always seemed like an old 80's comic just now being printed, and Doom Patrol always seemed like it was trying to decide if it wanted to be weird or not and never quite figured out how to straddle that line.

147 MARVILLE #7 (Note Price) $2.99 MAR 12,983

This is the issue that tells people how to submit stories for the new EPIC imprint. That's right. $3 to see how to send in submissions. Anyone who bought this instead of just going to the website and downloading the forms is too stupid to be allowed near a typewriter, Ok? Thanks.

148 SAVAGE DRAGON #107 $3.95 IMA 12,190
149 NEGATION #18 $2.95 CRO 12,118
150 MYSTIC #36 $2.95 CRO 12,089
151 SIGIL #36 (Net) $1.48 CRO 12,075
152 XIN JOURNEY O/T MONKEY KING #1* $2.99 HAR 11,931

Bow before me, monkeys! I am your king! Now, we attack the banana people and take their riches! Dammit, quit scratching your gonads and fight! Stupid monkeys!

153 CRUX #26 $2.95 CRO 11,729
154 MARK O/CHARON #3 (Of 5) $2.95 CRO 11,585
155 ROUTE 666 #12 $2.95 CRO 11,484
156 FIRST #31 $2.95 CRO 11,398
157 MERIDIAN #36 $2.95 CRO 11,354

It seems that most of the CrossGen books have landed in the 12,000 sale area. With trade paperback and such, that means they probably have about 14,000 core readers, which is fairly good, but it doesn't seem to me like they can be making enough profit to keep going, unless they have sales outside the comic store market. I hope they succeed, but their work is just too bland for me to get into.

158 HUNTER AGE O/MAGIC #23 (MR) $2.75 DC 11,340
159 JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS INCUBUS #3 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 11,109


160 ATHENA INC #6* $4.95 IMA 10,735
161 FUTURAMA COMICS #13 $2.50 BON 10,519

Just like the Simpsons, a great adaptation of a TV show that's just as good as the show. Sadly, it's all we have, since the show has now been canceled by those Faux Bastards.

162 KARZA #3 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 10,519
163 MISPLACED #1* $2.95 IMA 10,302

The bad thing is that of the 10,000 copies, about 8,000 are still in the back rooms of comic shops, lost. Ironic, isn't it?

164 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #20 (MR) $2.95 BRO 10,259
165 BATMAN #614 $2.25 DC 10,057

You'd think Batman is selling poorly until you realize that these are the re-orders. Marvel, take heed.

166 LEGACY #1 $2.95 IMA 9,985
167 SLEEPER #5 (MR) $2.95 DC 9,755

I like this comic, even though it has gone downhill bit in quality. #1 was one of the better comics I have ever read, and it's still one that I Highly Recommend, but with sales this low, I'm not counting on a long run.

168 KARZA #4 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 9,510

A spin-off of the Micronauts series. Yeah, I quit reading it too. And why is the collection of the first 5 issues so damn small?

169 CROSSOVERS #5 $2.95 CRO 9,351
170 AMERICAN CENTURY #24 (RES) (MR) $2.75 DC 9,351

Canceled. Howard Chaykin is not a Hot Creator anymore, so he should probably do things that are a bit more commercially viable than a series set in Central America in the 1950's. And why hasn't anyone reprinted the American Flagg comics?

172 PVP #2 $2.95 IMA 9,236

After debuting A YEAR AGO, the comic's second issue hits the stands. You know, I'd take the creator's bitching about "alternative comics" a little more seriously if he would:

A) Get the book out on time
B) Do something a little more general interest
C) Not be such a fanboy bitch machine.

173 ROTOGIN JUNKBOTZ #1 (Of 8)* $2.95 IMA 9,222

How would you like to be below this comic in sales? To have a book you have put your heart and soul into, that you feel speaks out as art, and you see that Rotogin Junkbotz outsold you? Rotogin Junkbotz? That doesn't make sense in any way, unless they are drunken, dancing robots made out of junk.

174 VAMPIRELLA #20 REG ED $2.99 HAR 9,106

In this issue, Vampirella's tits are almost shown. JUST LIKE IN EVERY ISSUE. Jesus, people, spend the extra $2 and buy some real porn.

175 SHONEN JUMP VOL 1 #6 JUN 2003 $4.95 VIZ 9,078
176 VERTIGO POP BANGKOK #1 (Of 4) (MR) $2.95 DC 8,991

Oddly enough, people don't want to buy a depressing comic about the sex slave trade unless it's told in a Hot Hot way.

177 SWEATSHOP #2 $2.95 DC 8,847

The new Peter Bagge comic, and while it's funny enough, with sales like this, I keep thinking each issue will be the last. Buy it now, while you can, but beware, everyone in the comic is either pathetic, unlikable or both.

178 DOMINION #2 $2.95 IMA 8,775
179 AUTOMATIC KAFKA #9 (MR) $2.95 DC 8,184

The last issue, and in the last few pages, the creators explain why they think the book was canceled. I have my own theory. THE COMIC MADE NO FUCKING SENSE. Thank you.

180 21 DOWN #9 $2.95 DC 8,098
181 POWERPUFF GIRLS #38 $2.25 DC 8,069
182 100% #5 (Of 5) (RES) (MR) $5.95 DC 7,838
183 CLOCKMAKER #3 (Of 12) $2.50 IMA 7,622

This comic is printed in an odd format where it unfolds into twice its size, which means, basically, all of the comics are folded and have to be unfolded. I'll bet the Mylar Snuggies are just PISSED about it. The comic itself looks good but as with most artist driving books from Image, it doesn't hold together as a story.

184 INVINCIBLE #4 $2.95 IMA 7,608
185 GRENDEL GOD & DEVIL #4 (Of 10) (MR) $3.50 DAR 7,565

Reprinting the last Grendel series from Comico (issues 41- 50). Great stuff, but buying the back issues is actually cheaper, and buying the eventual trade is wiser.

186 MYTHSTALKERS #2 $2.95 IMA 7,147
187 HAMMER O/T GODS HAMMER HITS CHINA #2 (Of 3) $2.95 IMA 6,902
188 OH MY GODDESS #97 PHANTOM RACER (2 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 6,888

Still buying this comic and still enjoying it, but it is utterly unfathomable to new readers.

189 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #79 $3.99 KZR 6,859

Highest Recommendation! This is a comic that has won me over and is possibly the funniest book on the stands. The art is REALLY bad, which means the stories have to be really good in order to win over the fans, and they are. This is a 100 page magazine with stories about role playing gamers, articles about games and such, but if you have EVER played D&D or a game like it, this comic is a blast to read.

190 SCOOBY DOO #72 $2.25 DC 5,980
191 TONY MILLIONAIRE SOCK MONKEY #1 (Of 2) $2.99 DAR 5,980
192 FIGHT FOR TOMORROW #6 (Of 6) (MR) $2.50 DC 5,922
193 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #123 $2.19 ARC 5,778

This is Archie's best selling comic. About a game that hasn't been a hit in almost 8 years. The last three game systems it was on failed miserably. Why can Archie do well with this sort of thing and everyone else fails miserably? Simple. Archie can get their comics where kids are at.

194 STRANGERS #3 (Of 6)* $2.95 IMA 5,692
195 TECH JACKET #6 $2.95 IMA 5,562
196 NEVERMEN STREETS O/BLOOD #3 (Of 3) $2.99 DAR 5,533
197 BLACKBURNE COVENANT #2 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 5,432
198 AGENTS #2 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 5,274
199 SUPER MANGA BLAST #31 (MR) $5.99 DAR 5,115

Highly recommended. If you haven't read manga before, this comic is a great introduction, and they bring the reader up to speed on the serials in the comic each issue. And they ARE some of the best manga in the US.

200 BANZAI GIRL #4 (Of 4) $2.95 SIR 4,841

The last issue. Now, the first one had panties in it, and the series is drawn by the artist and is about the why not put the story of Narcissus while you are at it?

201 SCOOTER GIRL #1 (Of 6) $2.99 ONI 4,798
202 DEVILS FOOTPRINTS #3 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 4,755

Look! The Devil went that way!

203 POISON ELVES #73 $2.95 SIR 4,596

I have been asked not to say anything mean about this comic because the artist is going through medical difficulties. So I won't. BUT I WANT TO!!!

205 MR GUM ONE-SHOT $2.99 ONI 4,424

He's got the power to stick to the bottom of tables! If he gets stuck in your hair, the only way to get rid of him is to hold ice on him! Personally, I think this is proof that we are completely out of ideas for new comic book characters.

206 GOLD DIGGER #42 $3.50 ANT 4,078
208 WARREN ELLIS SCARS #5 (Of 6) (MR) $3.50 AVA 3,804

Remember Cory's Rule. If the creator's name is in the comic, the comic blows goats. Thank you.

209 LOONEY TUNES #102 $2.25 DC 3,732
210 SUPERMAN RED SON #1 (Of 3) $5.95 DC 3,732

I saw this comic is actually going for over $30 on eBay!! Have you people lost your minds? It's going to be reprinted in a trade paperback. EVERYTHING gets reprinted as a trade paperback. Even that crappy Adam Strange mini-series from 15 years ago. Calm down.

211 LANSDALE & TRUMANS DEAD FOLKS #2 (Of 3) (MR) $3.50 AVA 3,588

It's too bad that Truman is having to do his comics for Avalon. His Lone Ranger was amazingly good, and his Jonah Hex mini-series were the only time I ever could read the character. Now, he's having to put his work out through these people.

212 PARADIGM #9 $3.50 IMA 3,444
213 MUCHA LUCHA #2 (Of 3) $2.25 DC 3,314

Based on the kid's cartoon I haven't seen yet. But I have watch Lucha Libra wrestling. Man, I love that stuff. This? Not so much.

215 ARCHIE #536 $2.19 ARC 3,170
216 KODT ILLUSTRATED #22 $2.99 KZR 3,040

The not quite as fun comic showing the actual adventures of the characters run by the characters in Knights of the Dinner Table. For some reason, I just am not into it. Sorry.

217 OUTLOOK GRIM #1 (MR) $2.95 SLA 3,011
218 BERLIN #10 (MR) $3.50 DRA 3,011
219 DOGWITCH #5 (MR) $2.95 SIR 2,853

Yeah, 24 pages of Dogwitch chasing Catwitch all because Mousewitch thinks it's funny to see them running after each other.

220 VERONICA #140 $2.19 ARC 2,795
221 BLACK TIDE #5* $2.95 ANG 2,781
222 NODWICK #20 $2.99 DOR 2,738
223 METAL HURLANT #6 (MR) $3.95 HUM 2,709

The new version of the French magazine that was the inspiration for the magazine Heavy Metal. I'm surprised the Republicans haven't tried to stop this magazine too. Oh, wait, there are WORDS in it. Never mind.

224 SABRINA VOL 2 #45 $2.19 ARC 2,709
225 BETTY & VERONICA #188 $2.19 ARC 2,709
226 BETTY #126 $2.19 ARC 2,694
228 GOLD DIGGER SWIMSUIT SP 2003 $4.50 ANT 2,507


229 AP HOW TO DRAW MANGA #24 $4.95 ANT 2,478
230 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #143 $3.59 ARC 2,478
231 FREEMIND #6 $3.50 FUT 2,478
232 SAMMY TOURIST TRAP #3 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 2,478

A nice way to get...well, part of the story that ran from #50 - #54. I suppose it's good to have on the shelf for the movie and all, but I wish Marvel would just reprint entire story arcs when they do this kind of thing.

234 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #71 $2.19 ARC 2,464
235 KODT EVERKNIGHTS #6 $2.99 KZR 2,435
236 DFE DARKNESS PRELUDE #1 (Net) $6.00 DYN 2,349
238 METALLIX #0 $3.50 FUT 2,262
240 SPIRIT O/T AMAZON #1 (RES) (MR) $2.95 NWS 2,190
241 ARCHIE DIGEST #198 $2.39 ARC 2,118
242 SAMMY TOURIST TRAP #4 (Of 4) $2.95 IMA 2,118
243 SEX WARRIOR ISANE #1 (A) $3.50 ERO 2,104

You can't tell me ANYONE looked at this title and said, "That sounds like a cool comic book. I need me some of that!" And if they did, I know I want to hit them with a large metal object in the face.

244 CARTOON CARTOONS #18 $2.25 DC 2,089
245 RAIJIN COMICS #23 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,060
246 RAIJIN COMICS #21 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,060
247 RAIJIN COMICS #22 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,060
248 RAIJIN COMICS #24 (MR) $4.95 GUT 2,046

Another of the weekly manga comics. I sure hope they are doing well outside comic shops, because they aren't doing well in them.

249 TEENAGERS FROM MARS #6 (Of 8) (MR) $2.99 TEE 2,003

Aren't they all? Bwa-ha-ha...oh, Gods, I am SO tired. It's to the point where I can't even think of decent jokes for crappy books like this.

250 WILDE KNIGHT #1 $2.95 AMR 1,974
251 LOUIS RIEL #10 $2.95 CHR 1,916

The most recent series by Chester Brown. I'll read it when he's done, since he BURNED me on "Underwater" by just giving up halfway through before he explained anything. Bastard.

252 LAUGH DIGEST #184 $2.39 ARC 1,902
253 MILK #34 (A) $2.99 RAD 1,830
254 THREE STRIKES #2 (Of 5) (MR) $2.99 ONI 1,743
255 NEW X-MEN #140 $2.25 MAR 1,729

Yep, the damn thing still sells. Is there anyone in comic shops who wants this and HASN'T bought it yet? What the hell are you waiting for? There's a complete collection available, and it's even been remastered, are you just cheap?

257 STRANGEHAVEN #15 (MR) $2.95 ABI 1,657
258 NEOTOPIA #4 $3.95 ANT 1,628
260 HOW LOATHSOME #2 (MR) $2.95 NBM 1,571

The life story of Pauly Shore. But I kid...I kid because I love.

OK, I don't. I hate. I am filled to the brim with rich, deep, frothy hate.

261 MIDNIGHT MOVER #2 (Of 4) (MR) $2.99 ONI 1,556
262 DRAGON ARMS #6 $3.50 ANT 1,527
263 LOEG II BUMPER ED PARTS 1 & 2 $5.95 DC 1,513

Reprinting the first two issues of the second mini-series, for people who don't want to read the WHOLE story, just the first 1/3rd.

264 ULTIMATE X-MEN #32 $2.25 MAR 1,499
265 FURRLOUGH #124 $2.99 RAD 1,455
267 ARSENIC LULLABIES JAN 2003 #2 $2.65 AAA 1,426

So, the January 2003 issue finally shipped in May. Maybe it's a bad idea to put the month of the comic on the cover when you have trouble shipping it the same YEAR it is supposed to come out.

268 BIG O PART 4 #3 (Of 4) $3.50 VIZ 1,398
270 FURRLOUGH #123 $2.99 RAD 1,369
271 LUFTWAFFE 1946 #9 $5.95 ANT 1,369
272 WARREN ELLIS SCARS WRAP CVR #5 (Of 6) (MR) $3.95 AVA 1,326
273 GREEN LANTERN #163 $2.25 DC 1,311
274 AQUAMAN #1 $2.50 DC 1,297

Still selling copies of the first issue, yet sales on the current one is so bad the series prolly won't make it to the 25th issue. I don't understand things, sometimes.


*shakes head* I see things like this and I wonder why I even bother. Didn't redneck jokes die when Jeff Foxworthy's sitcom died?

276 HEARTCORE #1 (A) $2.95 ICE 1,254
277 REAR ENTRY #3 (A) $3.50 ERO 1,239

Since it's adult, I'm thinking it's NOT about forgetting your keys and having to go in the house through the door on the back deck.

278 OGENKI CLINIC VOL 9 #7 (A) $2.95 ICE 1,196
279 OGENKI CLINIC VOL 9 #8 (A) $2.95 ICE 1,196
280 NEW X-MEN #139 $2.25 MAR 1,182
281 BATMAN #610 $2.25 DC 1,153

They STILL have issues of Jim Lee's early Batman work. So, when your dealer is selling these for $10 each, you know he was able to get them wholesale. It's a messed up business, isn't it?

282 TWILIGHT X STORM #3 $3.50 ANT 1,124
283 MONSTER CLUB #4 $3.50 CMX 1,109
284 OH MY #1 (A) $2.95 ICE 1,109
285 THRESHOLD #50 (MR) (Note Price)* $8.95 AVA 1,109

I have no idea what this comic is. Now, I read a LOT of comics, and I read even more about comics, but this one has gotten to #50 without making an impact on me in any way, shape or form. AND it's from Avalon, a smutty little publisher that a couple of writers use for their more "outlaw" ideas. How can a comic make it to #50 without anyone knowing or writing about it?

286 UNCANNY X-MEN #422 (Note Price) $3.50 MAR 1,095
287 VAMPIRE YUI VOL 5 #2 $2.95 ICE 1,095
288 Y THE LAST MAN #10 (MR) $2.95 DC 1,081
289 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #52 $2.25 MAR 1,081
290 BATMAN ADVS NEWSSTAND ED #1 $2.25 DC 1,081

The three titles about this are all re-orders that weren't listed in the orderbooks, but are just retailers calling Diamond and asking for more. I think anything with re-order activity of over 1,000 means it's either hot or the retailers just didn't have a clue how many people wanted copies.


And you are reading about them in COMIC BOOKS.

292 SHI SEMPO PREVIEW* $5.95 AVA 1,037

Hey, if you pay $6 for a few sketches and a lot of hype, you have problems that just wondering how many other suckers there are like you.

293 WARHAMMER MONTHLY #68 $3.50 GAM 1,037
294 VAMPIRE YUI VOL 5 #3 $2.95 ICE 1,023
295 DUNGEON #6 $2.95 NBM 1,009
296 SHANDA THE PANDA #37 (MR) $4.99 SHA 994

I actually read the first 5 or so issue of this comic and liked it when it was about a girl who worked as the manager of a movie theater. It was a fun little sitcom of a comic. Then, over a few issues, there were tons of guest artists, loads of extra characters who were never introduced started showing up, and the whole idea of it being set in a movie theater was lost. I'm sure the furries like it, but it shows how a comic can lose a casual reader by catering WAY too much to the fans.

297 VAMPIRELLA #20 LTD ED* $9.95 HAR 994

Is there enough interest in Vampirella anymore to warrant "Limited Editions"? I haven't read the book since Mark Millar did his disappointing three issues to start this series. It's too bad, since the character CAN be fun and interesting when done properly.

298 VAMPIRE YUI VOL 5 #4 $2.95 ICE 965
299 HEARTCORE #2 (A) $2.95 ICE 965

Heartcore? Is that some trick to make us THINK we are getting porn, when instead we are getting romance comics? Is it? YOU BASTARDS!

300 OH MY #2 (A) $2.95 ICE 965

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