November's Top 300 Selling Comic Books
1 ORIGIN #4 156,959
Still selling so far above everything else that Marvel must be dancing in the aisles. Until they realize this is about 3/4ths what the regular X-Men book sold two years ago. But, overall numbers seem to be going up every month.
2 UNCANNY X-MEN #400 125,044
It outsells New because it's an anniversary issue, but story-wise, this has been the lame duck of the two main X-Books. Then again, would YOU want to compete with Grant Morrison?
3 NEW X-MEN #120 116,782
More of a set-up issue than anything, but it still is amazingly good. I read the whole thing is less than 5 minutes because I Had To See What Came Next. It took a second reading to fully get all the little things that Morrison puts in the series, and how it always seems to be building to something bigger. Highly recommened.
4 ULTIMATE X-MEN #12 100,668
My last issue. I've been complaining about the art and such, and I've just decided that the book isn't for me. A lot of people like it, but I just find it to been poorly done and hard to follow. Like how the X-Men used to be.
5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37 87,112
Coming off the WTC special issue, this one can be nothing but a let down. I was kind of shocked at how good #36 was, since I find the writing on this book lately to be geared toward The Big Event instead of the heart and soul of the book, which is Peter Parker fighting ground level bad guys. But it IS better than Howard Mackie's stuff that used to be on this book.
6 X-TREME X-MEN #7 84,326
More Claremont for people who like that sort of thing. I hate how the art is shot right from the pencils, and I grow weary of the "Claremontisms" but I stick with it, because I like some of the characters, and for now, the good outweighs the bad.
7 GREEN ARROW #10 80,758
This is it, the conclusion of the Kevin Smith Green Arrow story, and it's late, but not nearly as late as his Daredevil story was. It's also not as good as his Daredevil story was. While the dialouge is wonderful, the plot doesn't quite hang together. Maybe the last part will clear that up, but right now...
8 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #15 80,278
The only minor complaint I would have about this book is that the stories run a bit long. But, Bendis has a kind of cinematic pacing that just isn't in other comic books. I don't know how well this is working toward bringing in new readers, but it has been Marvel's best Spider-Man book in ages, and is highly recommended.
9 INFERNO HELLBOUND #1* 66,120
I have no idea. I'm guessing it's a Image thing I didn't pay any attention to.
10 GI JOE #2 78,707
Who knew? I didn't care for GI Joe when Marvel did it the first time, but a lot of people cite that as their first comic book, so let them have the nostalgic glow I get when I read Kirby books.
11 WOLVERINE #170 73,398
12 JLA #60 66,320
Another fill-in before the new team starts. Dixon's fill in last month was the reason the JLA has been cancelled in the past, a tie-in to a dopey crossover, a story where it seemed more like a crowd scene than a team, and in the end, a book it didn't matter if you read or not.
13 PUNISHER #6 63,029
A brilliant one-issue story by Ennis that shows that while he can do the over-the-top humor and huge explosions well, he can also do a story about people, albeit people who aren't all that well, mentally. It gives an insight into how the Punisher really thinks, showing a bit of depth no one else has given the character, as well as how disturbed his thinking really is. Highly recommended.
14 BATTLE CHASERS #10 60,860
15 AVENGERS #48 59,021
As the sales on the book continue to slide, I can say this is it simply because of the Kang storyline, which is muddled and messy. The reason we all gave up on the Avengers in the first run was when the stories started becoming like the X-Men, lots of different versions of characters, stories that flowed into each other without a break and the like. Now, Busiek is doing it in the book again. On the plus side, this issue is a 100 Page Monster, reprinting Avengers 98 - 100, with a new story, all for $3.50. It's worth it for the early Barry Smith storyline and Roy Thomas as his best. Highly Recommended for the reprints and mildly recommended for the main story.
16 WOLVERINE 2001 ANNUAL 58,814
17 X-TREME X-MEN SAVAGE LAND #3 58,383
I don't think Claremont can DO a complete story in three issues. But now that the third one is out, I'll read them to see.
18 DAREDEVIL YELLOW #6 55,389
The trade paperback should be out soon. You should buy it, since Loeb and Sale seem to have the perfect knack of doing great stories based in character's early times. This on is no exception. Highly Recommended.
19 ELEKTRA #5 52,138
The last part of the Bendis story that kicks off the book. I have no clue how they are going to wrap it all up in one issue, but Bendis is one of the few writers I trust to deliver a great story each time, so I'll just pick this one up and be amazed. If you haven't tried this book yet, a collection of Bendis's stuff should be out in February.
20 PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #37 50,051
The best mainstream Spidey book, and I have no clue why it sells 30,000 copies less than Amazing. If you can only afford one Spidey book, get Ultimate Spidey. But if you can afford it, get this one too.
21 DAREDEVIL #27 49,490
Bendis again. He's taking his time with this story, almost as if he's going to stay with the book for quite a while Therefor, the threads aren't coming together as fast as I would like, but there is a difference to his stuff...with his work, I know it will all come together, while with other comics writers, half of the time, it just stays a big mess.
22 FANTASTIC FOUR #49 49,111
The Big Bad Guy story that brought back Galactus was OK, but not great. That's been the gist of this series under the current team, OK, and trying for the Big Kirby sort of thing, but missing the mark for some reasons. I'll be interested to see if Mark Waid can do something with the book when it takes it over...IN HALF A YEAR.
23 X-FORCE #122 48,501
Still too much fun for words. I keep hearing people who've been reading comics as long as I have say they dislike the art, which baffles me, since it is VERY Early Marvel and highly influenced by Kirby and Ditko. And while they aren't going for the Big Shock like they did in the first issue, it's still a refreshingly interesting take on the Mutant part of the Marvel universe. Highly Recommended.
24 SPAWN #116 46,784
And it just keeps falling. I read where they are thinking of doing a big re-vamp to try and get more reader attention...but I think the first thing they would have to do for that is hire a writer, and I doubt Toddy Mac will ever let someone write the book all on their own.
25 NIGHTCRAWLER #1 46,260
26 CATWOMAN #1 46,040
Another DC relaunch. Marvel has shown that you can do a relaunch without starting over at #1, and I wish DC would do that too. It's a grittier book, more in line with the other Batman books now, and the first issue was OK, but it'll be interesting to see if the readers hang around for it.
27 ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM UP #10 45,059
The last issue (#9) was more fun than I've had reading comics in ages. While this is the "short sister" of the Ultimate books, it has been one that I enjoy. Oddly enough, it's by Bendis, who I might as well just make a shrine to in this long review page, shouldn't I? Even the 3 part Punisher story was one of the better efforts of the year. Highly recommended.
28 ROGUE #4 (MR) 43,900
29 CYCLOPS #4 43,656
30 ICEMAN #2 (MR) 42,358
More X-Men minis. I see these as just ways to pump more revenue into Marvel. Do anyone look FORWARD to these, or do they see them as, "Well, I got to buy it, don't I?"
31 EXILES #6 42,220
Convoluted and confusing, I am amazed this book in at the "New Marvel" which seems to be streamlining stories and getting rid of the continuity nightmares that seemed to bog down the company for years. To understand this book, you have to have 10 - 15 years working knowledge of Marvel...so for fans, this is the new version of "What If?" For non-fans...I'd pass.
32 FURY #3 (MR) 41,976
33 ELEKTRA & WOLVERINE REDEEMER #1 41,711
I looked through it, and had already resolved to buy it when it's collected. It is a text novel with Amano art...and even if the story sucks wet farts from dead goldfish, it'll be worth it for the Amano art. But wait and get it as a book.
34 SUPERMAN #176 41,182
I read this last night. I liked Memento, and so did the writer of this comic, since he did the same technique with a Bizarro story. They say that Loeb came from writing movies, and he must have, since movies also rip off ideas from movies shamelessly. If I hadn't seen Memento, I'd be going on and on about how brilliant this was. As is, it was like eating leftovers.
35 PARADISE X HERALDS #2 40,963
36 AUTHORITY #28 40,804
It's not coming out because DC...um...well...no one knows why it's not coming out. They say its because of 9/11, the rumor mill says its because of the gay sub-plots. I'm just amazed that DC feels it can afford to pass up retail sales of $102,000 in today's comics market. But I'm not a publisher, am I?
37 ALIAS #3 (MR) 40,763
More Bendis. More goodness. The third issue of this book was better than the first two, and the first two were damn good. This story of a retired super-hero/detective is what you hoped Marvel would do when they announced a mature line. Highly recommended.
38 JSA #30 40,763
Still the best super-team book not written by Grant Morrison. While the conclusion of this story wasn't all I would have hoped for, the character interplay and sense of adventure overrules any minor story objections. Every time I read this book, I am reminded of a time when it felt like a comic book story MATTERED because it was interesting, inventive and I cared about the characters. This is one of the few books that does that now, and I don't read the comic like a writer or a grown up. Highly Recommended.
39 BATMAN #597 40,682
Once again, a Batman writer is jamming stuff into Bruce Wayne's childhood and origin. This time it's that one of Bruce's playmates was the child of a mob lord...and so on. I don't much care for this revelation, but the story surrounding it has been tolerable. Just not great. If you want to read a Batman book, read Detective instead. It's a much better book.
40 PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN 2001 ANNUAL 39,368
The reason, Mr. Quesada, that annual don't do as well as the used to, is that they are just extra-long fill-in stories by someone other than the regular creative team. So you're idea of just adding a 13th issue to series is a good one. This annual, however, is not a good one. So don't buy it.
41 JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE W/KEVIN MAGUIRE CREATING FLASH 39,303
Why do we have to wait so long between comics from Kevin McGuire? Even though the Stan Lee at DC books have been a bit tepid, I would buy something by Ron Marz to see McGuire art.
42 INCREDIBLE HULK #34 38,811
The new team must be doing something right, since sales are up and I can't find this issue anywhere. Thankfully, with Marvel's new trade program, they'll prolly collect the first 6 or so issues by the new team and I can see if it's worth getting then.
43 ACTION COMICS #785 38,188
44 DETECTIVE COMICS #764 37,712
The prize jewel of the Batman franchise. Well written, perfectly drawn and a joy to read. The other great thing about the book is that it often goes in directions you had no idea it would. Not just the best Batman book in print, but the bast Batman book since the Big Crossover mania hit the series when they replaced him with Azrael for a year. Highly recommended.
45 ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #598 37,497
46 DOMINO #1 36,886
47 THOR #43 36,797
So, Captain America gets cancelled and re-started again, and this book just keeps slipping. While killing Odin may have been a Big Deal, it doesn't open up any new and exciting story possibilities. I say they get a creative team on the book that can do stories that excite people, instead of Dan Jurgens who does nice, journeyman work that doesn't get the blood racing.
48 SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL #120 36,528
49 MIDNIGHT NATION #12 (Of 12) 36,069
Well, seeing as how #9 isn't out yet, I won't hold my breath.
50 IRON MAN #48 36,016
51 DOOM EMPEROR RETURNS #1 35,861
The Trade collecting this mini and the previous Doom mini has already been solicited. Still, these are pretty good sales for a book set in the "Imaged" Marvel universe, dealing with odd continuity problems.
52 CAPTAIN AMERICA #49 35,418
53 JLA INCARNATIONS #7 (Of 7) 34,677
A surprising good mini-series. I thought it would be a nostalgia fest or a continuity fixer, but instead it was 7 well done stories that just happened to be in the past. If you didn't' buy it, do so, as it is highly recommended.
54 AVENGERS CELESTIAL QUEST #3 (Of 8) 34,580
Now THIS is a nostalgia wallow. All the stuff from the 70's Avengers is trotted out again, and shows its age. Still, for us fat old guys, it's a fun little mini. Too bad they couldn't get Starlin and Milgrom to draw it.
55 NIGHTWING #63 34,543
56 MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE SHOT #2 (MR) 34,474
First issue isn't out yet, so I'm thinking this one won't be out yet either. Am I the only one getting sick of Marvel's books being horridly late?
57 MUTANT X #2 34,336
Based on the TV series I haven't seen yet. Oh, and it's been delayed until next spring. Doubt if sales will be any better then.
58 BATGIRL #22 33,506
59 GHOST RIDER HAMMER LANE #6 33,477
An utterly forgettable mini-series. I wanted to like it, since Ghost Rider is a wonderfully visual character, and in the late 70's a very fun book. But this was just a mish mash of stuff that never quite came together.
60 GREEN LANTERN #144 33,046
61 CABLE #99 32,875
62 X-MEN EVOLUTION #1 32,619
Based on the cartoon. And oddly, outsells the DC books based on their MUCH BETTER cartoons nearly 3 to 1.
63 TOMB RAIDER #18 32,464
64 BROTHERHOOD #7 32,326
And this is why it was cancelled. A couple of months ago, I wondered why they cancelled this book and kept Cable...well, it's dropping faster than any comic on the sales chart, which means after the first couple of issues, people just left it on the stands. As well they should.
65 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #149 32,257
66 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #23 31,854
Two OK Batman books. Gotham Knights has slipped to feeling like a fill-in book and Legends no longer seems to attract Great creative teams anymore.
67 DEADPOOL AGENT OF WEAPON X #4 31,630
I keep saying I will drop this book, but with each issue, I find it worth reading. I dislike the new "mini-series in the series" numbering for some reason, especially since the "LAST ISSUE" ends on a cliffhanger. Mildly recommended, but I don't know why...
68 THUNDERBOLTS #58 31,097
69 JLA HAVEN ARRIVAL 30,983
For a big $6 prestige book, these are impressive sales. Too bad the story inside isn't impressive at all. It's the launch of a mini-series, and after reading this, I'll pass.
70 WONDER WOMAN #176 30,865
71 SPIDER-MAN TANGLED WEB #8 30,654
The current story is also very well done. I don't understand why this book sells so poorly compared to the other Spider-Man books. Are comics fans still that hung up on wanting their Marvel books to be soap operas and won't buy anything that doesn't tie into that? Highly recommended.
72 WITCHBLADE #53 30,198
73 X-MEN MILLENIAL VISIONS 2001 29,897
74 AUTHORITY WIDESCREEN 29,246
Not only is this not coming out, it may never come out. While DC says its because of the destruction and such, rumors are that it's because of the subject matter and presentation of destruction. Personally, I just think that when sales on comics are this bad, it's damn strange for DC to pay for art and story that they will never use. For anyone who thought that Jim Lee selling Wildstorm to DC was a good idea, just look at how the best-selling book of that line is treated.
75 THOR GODSTORM #3 (Of 3) 28,758
76 JLA GATEKEEPER #2 (Of 3) 28,498
Both of these are great books just for the art, but also both of them will be much better when collected into one book. Thor has Steve Rude (not being replaced for being late this time) and JLA has Tim Truman. Both started at First Comics in the early 80's and were incredible art finds...and both are seen all too infrequently in comics nowadays.
77 SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS II #4 (Of 4) 28,107
Byrne takes the stuff I said over the last three issues of this and throws it all away for a silly, messed-up 60's style "gimmick" ending. I try pretty hard to give comics creators the benefit of the doubt, but I think Byrne is pretty much used up at this point. He's got a "creator owned" think set in the DC universe coming out in a few months, and we all know how well the last one (Sovereign Seven) did. Hard to believe this is the same guy who made the X-Men popular and made the FF worth reading in the 80's, isn't it?
78 OUT THERE #6 27,676
79 POWERS #16 27,281
Still an amazing comic, and one of the best being published, but it's starting to get a bit repetative. Maybe it's because I've been reading a lot of his stuff, or the newness is wearing off. However, a step down for this book is still 10 steps above 90% of what's on this list. Highly recommended.
80 US WAR MACHINE #10 (MR) 27,155
81 US WAR MACHINE #9 (MR) 27,090
82 US WAR MACHINE #11 (MR) 27,049
83 US WAR MACHINE #12 (MR) 27,001
One of those instant trade paperbacks Marvel is doing. I'm hearing mixed things about this comic over on www.barbelith.com, so I'll hold off saying anything until I read the trade. I like the idea of a 12 part $1.50 black and white weekly mini, though. My biggest problem in comics is losing track of what happened between issues anymore.
84 ROBIN #96 26,911
85 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1 26,911
I wanted to like this comic so much....Ty Templeton is writing it and the art is very clear and clean, like the cartoon. But I read it two weeks ago and can't remember a darn thing about it. At one point the "Adventures" books were some of the best DC was doing, now they feel like Marvel's "Younger reader books", just tossed off to have something connected to the cartoon.
86 FLASH #180 26,708
This book is getting a LOT of praise, and the writer does a great job on the JSA, but I can't get into the art style (it holds the color in a strange, garish way) and his plots seem to be trying too hard to be a "big deal" when at the end, nothing much has happened. Even though Waid got very repetative toward the end of his run, I preferred his human based stories against a large backdrop to this "Big Screen" stories that lose the characters in all the thunder.
87 NIGHTSIDE #2 26,451
88 HARLEY QUINN #14 25,890
89 TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES #1 25,760
Another Alan Moore book, this one a group of short stories around his most interesting ABC character. Very well done, and while Moore is recapturing the spirit of older comics, he's not resorting to silliness or bad gimmicks like Byrne did in his " Generations" mini-series. Highly recommended.
90 YOUNG JUSTICE #39 25,646
91 TITANS #35 25,630
They are already talking about doing a re-vamp on this book...again, with a new creative team being put in place in about 3 months or so. How many times can they re-vamp it before someone just says to let it go? It hasn't really done well since Crisis on Infinite Earths, and seems limp along with OK (but not great) stories and people missing the glory days of Wolfman/Perez.
92 BLOODSTONE #2 25,593
93 WARLANDS AGE OF ICE #4 25,101
94 DOOM PATROL #2 24,812
I so wanted to like this book, but it just didn't work. Did DC even look at the proposal before green-lighting it?
95 LEGION #2 24,364
The first issue wasn't all that great, and while this issue is better, it is ANOTHER story about the Legion of Super-Heroes being outlaws on the run. As with Titans, this book's glory days are long past, and maybe it's time to just let it go.
96 SPIDER-GIRL #40 23,897
Didn't we just save this book from being cancelled?
97 BIRDS OF PREY #37 23,628
98 BLACK TIDE #1* 23,461
99 ALAN MOORES GLORY #1 (Of 4)* 23,046
I feel bad for Alan Moore. He wrote for Rob Levifeld for a couple of years, and Rob is now farming out his old scripts to comics porn publishers. This issue actually had (I counted) 20 different covers all together. And I would imagine that Moore moved most of the ideas for Levifeld's Wonder Woman rip-off into Promoethia.
100 CAPTAIN MARVEL #25 22,859
101 DEFENDERS #11 22,664
Two Marvel books I REALLY like. Captain Marvel is very much a Peter David book, so if you like his humor style, you'll like it. Defenders is the kind of odd, goofy stuff with tons of action Marvel excelled in during the 70's, and I can't understand why it sells so poorly.
102 SPECTRE #11 22,623
Again, if you like JM DeMatties's stories of spirituality and redemption, you'll love this book. If you don't, you'll wonder why the damn thing is published.
103 STAR WARS JEDI QUEST #3 (Of 4) 22,461
104 SUICIDE SQUAD #3 22,050
Dropping pretty fast, so if you like the book...don't get used to seeing it.
105 STAR WARS #36 STARK HYPERSPACE WAR (Part 1 Of 4) 21,720
Tony Stark is in Star Wars? Or is it just that they have run out of decent names for this disappointing series? I don't think anyone will care unless you get the characters from the movies in this book, and don't tell me you can't think up decent stories involving them. They would have to be better than the crap they were putting in this when I dropped it.
106 JOSS WHEDONS FRAY #5 (Of 8) 21,484
107 SUPERGIRL #64 21,126
108 SUPERMAN/TARZAN SONS O/T JUNGLE #2 (Of 3) 21,090
I *still* think this is a stupid team-up. Maybe it's time for people to hold off on any more cross-company team ups until they determine what we are actually interested in seeing.
109 BATMAN ORPHEUS RISING #4 (Of 5) 20,919
I sat down and read the first three issues of this, and for the life of me, I can't understand how this got through the submission process. Still, if we ignore it next month, you'll never see anything from the book again.
110 SOJOURN #5 20,666
111 BATMAN ANKH #1 (Of 2) 20,565
Pretty good for a $5.95 book. Another Chuck Dixon mini, which makes me glad he's going to Cross-Gen, so we don't have to put up with his "special" stories. It's not that I hate his writing, just that it all reads like a fill-in from a few years ago. The only one of his stories I remember that wasn't an overlong sub-plot was Last Laugh, which I remember because of the blinding pain it caused as I read the last two issues, where he told us the whole set-up was a lie.
112 STAR WARS TAG & BINK ARE DEAD #2 (Of 2) 20,532
Star Wars stuff with a sense of humor...not as good as the first issue, but still a damn sight better than most Star Wars comics.
113 WAR STORY SCREAMING EAGLES (MR) 19,881
Garth Ennis's last DC work it seems. And it will be collected with the other 3 "War Stories", so why bother buying it at $4.95 a pop?
114 BLACK PANTHER #38 19,597
115 NO HONOR MAKYO #1 19,275
A tie-in to a mini-series that was one of the "Oh shit, sales suck, so let's end it with the fourth issue and tell everyone it's a mini-series." Doesn't look like sales were helped by starting over to me.
116 ESTABLISHMENT #3 19,173
117 NEGATION PREQUEL 19,096
118 SUPERBOY #94 18,791
119 RUSE #2 18,498
Geez...no wonder Mark Waid wanted to go back to the big companies. I know Cross Gen has a lot of money behind them, but when their second best selling issue brings in about $25,000 to the company, they can't be making enough money to sustain themselves in the way they talk about forever.
120 100 GREATEST MARVELS COUNTDOWN #1 18,226
Yeah, it's way to heavy on the X-Men side, but I have loved this series of reprints, and wish they would have reprinted all 100. A nice way to have Marvel's top stuff in a very easy to read collection.
121 HELLBLAZER #168 (MR) 18,217
122 GEN 13 #71 18,108
DC's most under-rated book, IMHO. Adam Warren has really turned the book around, first taking it back to it's beginnings, then doing a bunch of one shot, character based stories. Now, he's doing a Big Action epic, and unlike the previous big action epics in the book, this one actually makes sense and doesn't go chasing down rabbit trails of side plots. Highly recommended, and I suggest you hunt up all of the issue written by Adam Warren...they'll prolly be in the bargain bins, since so many people left the book while Scott Lobdell turned it into a shit comic.
123 TRANSMETROPOLITAN #51 (MR) 17,884
124 ARIA SOUL MARKET #6 17,835
125 RED STAR SPECIAL ED 17,827
126 NINJA BOY #4 17,819
Before it came out, it was cover featured on "Previews". And it STILL sells this poorly. Guess you can't sell people crap for more than an issue or two anymore.
127 STEAMPUNK #10 17,371
Still a good read, with fantastic art, but with sales this low and issues coming out erratically, I can't see it lasting much longer.
128 100 BULLETS #30 (MR) 17,233
129 SCION #18 16,997
130 MONARCHY #9 16,789
131 CRUX #8 16,244
132 Buffy The Vampire Slayer #39 NIGHT OF A THOUSAND VAMPIRES* 16,000
Only 15,000 less than read this comic. I don't think anyone cares at this point.
133 CROSSGEN CHRONICLES #5 15,809
So this is why George Perez left Marvel. He went from being able to sell 100,000 copies a month to 15% of that on fantasy based stuff. I don't want to be giving out career advice, but I would say that Marvel might have been a better place for him to stay. And with sales like this, CrossGen's founder might find he runs out of his millions before he thinks. It only took Peter Laird 2 years to blow all the money he made off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
134 MYSTIC #18 15,569
135 FELON #2 (Of 4) 15,532
136 FIRST #13 15,370
137 100 GREATEST MARVELS COUNTDOWN #2 15,256
138 ANGEL #3 (Of 4)* 15,130
139 LADY DEATH LAST RITES #2 (Of 4) 15,101
Chaos has hired John Ostrander to write this book, Peter David to write some other one, and Fabian Nieceza to write Chastity (and I'm prolly spelling it wrong, but I am too lazy to look it up. Besides, when did he spell MY name right?). While I think it's a good move for them to hire better writers, all three of them are past their prime, sales-wise. But, then again, I just buy them to give my girlfriend anyway, so maybe I can get her to do some reviews of the darn things.
140 100 GREATEST MARVELS COUNTDOWN #3 15,077 141
100 GREATEST MARVELS COUNTDOWN #4 15,065
142 FANTASTIC FOUR WORLDS GREATEST COMIC MAG #12 14,914
I hate all of you for not buying this totally fun and highly recommended series. Stan Lee has scripted the last issue, and I know it will never be collected in a book. But damn if it didn't make me feel 12 again.
143 100 GREATEST MARVELS COUNTDOWN #5 14,751
144 TOP COW CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 14,532
145 AGENCY #4 (Of 6) 14,495
146 SIGIL #18 14,467
147 SANDMAN PRESENTS CORINTHIAN #2 (Of 3) 14,454
And if he started killing people like Ed Gein, he could sell lamps made of Rich Corinthian Leather! Ha! I kill me and I don't care if NO ONE gets that joke.
148 MERIDIAN #18 14,430
149 CODENAME KNOCKOUT #7 (MR) 14,401
A goofily fun series that I'm shocked doesn't sell better. It's like a James Bond movie with a lot more sex and a gay guy. OK, there's a lot more too it, but this book is just weird, goofy fun, and it's Highly Recommended.
150 GREEN ARROW BY JACK KIRBY 14,361
Not one of Jack's better efforts. These silly stories are done in a very bland DC house style, and it makes me wonder WHY Green Arrow was one of the 5 characters from DC to be published continuously from inception to the mid70's. (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are the others). But, it reprints stuff that hasn't been seen since its original printing, and it is interesting as a nostalgia fest.
151 SIMPSONS COMICS #64 14,344
152 HUNTER AGE OF MAGIC #5 14,308
153 IMPULSE #80 14,288
I finally dropped it. Not having trade credit for Trades and Hardcovers made me go through what books I read, and while this book Isn't BAD, it's not GOOD either. The first 30 or so issues were great fun, but since then, this has become a rather generic comic, and all the Charm of Impulse has faded away.
154 LUCIFER #20 (MR) 14,210
155 VAMPIRELLA #4 REG ED (Note Price) 13,877
156 AZRAEL AGENT O/T BAT #84 13,877
I think this is the lowest selling DC Universe title going. Many books selling above this level have been cancelled, yet this sad, boring spin-off goes on and on.
157 VAMPI #13 REG ED 13,755
158 STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #45 13,742
159 LIBERTY MEADOWS #23 13,437
So, Frank Cho is stopping his newspaper strip for sales like this? The man must be nuts. Still, I'm glad I started reading the strip...it started as a painfully dervitive rip-off of Bloom County, but over time, the art won me over. I can see why newspapers didn't care for it though, since it is filled with inside humor and jokes that parents would have to explain to their kids...God Forbid there be something in the newspaper that actually is entertaining.
160 ROSE #3 (Of 3) 13,161
161 AMERICAN CENTURY #9 (MR) 13,161
162 ORION #20 13,059
Another highly recommended book I hate you all for not buying. Walt Simonson put together a GREAT comic here, with some of his best art in years, and it just gets ignored.
163 SAVAGE DRAGON #92 13,002
164 SAVAGE DRAGON #93 12,929
165 ANGEL & THE APE #4 (Of 4) (MR) 12,441
166 BART SIMPSON COMICS #6 12,392
167 FOUR WOMEN #2 (Of 5) (MR) 12,135
A new Sam Kieth book, the creator of The Maxx and recently completed Zero Girl. His work is great, with a unique art style, and a style of story unlike anything else being published. However, they don't read well as single issues, so just wait for the book on this one.
168 CREECH OUT FOR BLOOD #3 $12,135
169 BATMAN GOTHAM ADVENTURES #44 11,875
170 GREYSHIRT INDIGO SUNSET #2 (Of 6) 11,769
One of the ABC books NOT by Alan Moore, and one of the characters in "Tomorrow Stories" I don't much care for. I may check out the book when it's collected if I hear good things.
171 SHADOW REAVERS #4 11,749
172 TALEWEAVER #3 (Of 6) 11,651
173 JADE REDEMPTION #1 (Of 4) 11,350
174 INSANE CLOWN POSSE PENDULUM #12 11,122
Last issue. My guilty pleasure, with a CD single in each issue and a silly story for the comic. But I liked it. I don't recommend it to anyone buy ICP fans, but still, I liked it.
175 PLANET O/T APES #3* 11,078
176 GRIP STRANGE WORLD OF MEN #1 (Of 5) (MR) 10,854
177 CRUSADES #9 (MR) 10,374
I can see why this books doesn't sell. Kelly Jones's art isn't quite as good as it used to be, and the plot has been slow to develop, but this one of the books I look forward to every month. It's the story of a knight from the Crusades who is now in modern San Francisco, killing criminals and the talk radio host who is using these events to make himself a star. There is also a great series of subplots that tie into the events, and this is one book I hope they have a good conclusion for when it does finally get cancelled.
178 GEN 13 MOVIE ADAPTATION #1 (Of 4) 10,321
If I remember right, this movie was finished about 5 years ago, and has yet to be released. Oh, that's a good sign.
179 ALAN MOORES GLORY #0* 10,048
180 BAD KITTY RELOADED #2 (Of 4) 10,044
The big battle with Chastity, Kat's favorite character. I was pre-disposed not to like this book due its incredibly silly name, but the book isn't half bad. And, when I get done, I mail it off to Kat and she's as giddy as a schoolgirl. Oh. Wait. She is a schoolgirl, so by definition, she would be that giddy all the time. Well, she's happy when she gets it.
181 OUTLAW NATION #15 (MR) 9,719
Cancelled due to low sales. It was a well done series, but too complex for today's market, which kind of demands that you do neat story arcs that can be put into trade paperback to make a comic profitable. Delano just hasn't had anything be very successful since his run on Hellblazer, and I wouldn't' be surprised if he left the comics field. Which would be a damn shame.
182 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #11 9,560
183 POWERPUFF GIRLS #21 9,463
184 CANNON GOD EXAXXION #1 STAGE 1 (Part 1 Of 8) (MR) 9,389
185 10TH MUSE #8* 9,052
Based on a pro-wrassler who hasn't been in pro-wrasslin for about 4 years. And she wasn't that good anyway. Why is this being published again?
186 OH MY GODDESS PART XI #4 MYSTERY CHILD (Part 2 Of 8) 8,901
I have read this comic for about 10 years, but finally decided to let it go, as the stories are like the last year of Happy Days, yeah the characters are still around, but it's just time-filler at this point.
187 LEGEND O/T SAGE #4 8,795
188 SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #63 8,409
Cancelled. The first 30 or so issue were great, and I used to review them for the Kryptonian Cybernet web-zine. Then it became a book where whoever was sitting around the DC office at the time wrote the book and I lost interest. Too bad, because the first 12 Scott McCloud issues were about the best Superman stories in years.
189 FARSCAPE WAR TORN #2 (Of 2) 8,385
190 GRENDEL DEVIL INSIDE #3 (Of 3) (MR) 8,022
Reprinting Matt Wagner's Comico run, the last three issues he drew for that run. If you haven't read them, highly recommended...and don't worry about them being reprints, they are as fresh as any comic being printed.
191 DRAGONBALL Z PART 4 #12 (Of 13) 7,839
192 QUEEN & COUNTRY #5 (MR) 7,811
A series by Greg Rucka, who also does Detective. I feel bad that it's all the way down here, but even with their "We're doing a story about the Taliban" publicity, it didn't sell any better. I'm going to but it as collected books, but I can't see it lasting very long only selling 8,000 copies.
193 ELECTROPOLIS #3 7,782
194 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL #62 STIGMATA (MR) 7,608
195 VIOLENT MESSIAHS GENESIS 7,429
196 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #61 (Note Price) 7,250
Another one Kat got me to buy. Too be honest, I can't see this selling to anyone who isn't a gamer, as it is just people sitting around a table role playing, but if you have been one, it's silly fun. The thing that blew me away about it was that each issue takes about 45 minutes to read cover to cover, with the dense text, features and letters page.
197 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS IN SHADOW OF DRAGONS #5 (Of 8) 7,241
198 CYBERNARY 2.0 #5 (Of 6) 6,989
199 CEREBUS #272 6,798
Every month I am amazed at how long Dave Sim has done this. I picked it up monthly for about 7 years before finally just saying I'm getting it in trade paperbacks...and to be utterly honest, the last trade I read was "Guys". I haven't gone any further, although I know I should. We all take this book for granted...but in a way I will be interested to see if Sim does anything in comics after this book wraps with issue #300.
200 DRAGONBALL PART 4 #4 (Of 10) 6,708
201 NOCTURNALS DARK FOREVER #3 (Of 3) 6,611
202 SUPER MANGA BLAST #18 (MR) 6,269
STILL a lot of fun, and a great bargain (128 pages for $6). However, as with most manga, if you didn't get on in the beginning, you're jumping into the middle of a story. So...can't really recommend it if you haven't been buying it already, I guess.
203 RANMA 1/2 PART 10 #8 (Of 11) 6,123
Still going and showing no signs of getting near an end. A nice little martial arts sitcom, but not good in big doses, as I am getting a bit tired of the formula.
204 OUTLAW 7 #4 (Of 4) 5,980
205 GUNDAM WING BATTLEFIELD OF PACIFISTS #2 5,830
206 DIABLO TALES OF SANCTUARY 5,708
My son LOVES this game, and I liked it...now there's a comic of it and he's excited. Yet, it prolly won't get to the Millions....and millions of Diablo players who would be on this like Rosie O'Donnel on a box of chocolate covered lard.
207 POISON ELVES #68 (MR) 5,578
Still the worst looking book on the market. And it outsells much better done books. But, with it's sales down this low, I have no clue how it makes a profit.
208 GUNDAM WING EPISODE ZERO #8 (Of 8) 5,565
209 SCOOBY-DOO #54 5,451
210 HATE ANNUAL #2 (MR) 5,350
If you don't have this in your stack of books, I have one thing to say to you: You morons! This is about the funniest thing being published, and now that its an annual, it's even more fun, as it feels less forced. If you aren't buying this book, you have no clue how fun a comic can be. Highly Recommended for EVERYONE, not just comics fans.
211 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #104 5,191
212 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA #22 4,890
213 BLACK HOLE #9 (Of 13) (MR) 4,796 2
14 MONSTERS INC 4,613
A movie adaptation. I didn't know they still did these. And, I don't see why they do, since about 3 months after a movie is out, you can buy IT for $20 and you don't need a bland, edited version of it for $7. Before video tape, I could see why you would buy an adaptation, but now?
215 JINGLE BELLE JUBILEE ONE SHOT 4,565
I love this book and character, but Oni makes it hard to buy. How? When this was in the catalog, it was impossible to tell if it was new, a reprint, a re-solicitation or whatever. And the trade they put out was a joke, three issues in one book for almost $15? If they published the book right it would sell great, but as is...
216 TICKS BIG RED N GREEN CHRISTMAS SPECTACLE #1 4,556
If the creator isn't doing it, I avoid it.
217 METABARONS #15 4,491
218 GOLD DIGGER #26 4,483
219 CASTLE WAITING #14 4,451
220 NO NEED FOR TENCHI PART 12 #4 (Of 6) 4,202
221 HOW TO DRAW MANGA #10 4,190
222 KODT HACKMASTERS #10 (Note Price) 4,166
223 INU YASHA PART 6 #7 (Of 15) 4,036
Buying it as trade paperbacks. It's more fun that way. ALL manga works better that way.
224 ANCIENT JOE #2 (Of 3) 3,905
225 LITTLE RED HOT BOUND #3 3,722
I keep hearing what a HUGE book this is, and how the artist is so hot. Then, when I finally see it on the sales charts, its all the way done here? Maybe my definition of "hit book" is a bit off, but shouldn't it at least outsell crap like Poison Elves?
226 CERES CELESTIAL LEGEND #6 (Of 6) 3,584
227 CLASSWAR #1 (Of 6) 3,474
228 ARCHIE #517 3,405
229 LOONEY TUNES #84 3,275
It MUST sell well on newsstands to make it over 80 issues. I read the comic once in a blue moon, and it's pretty bland. I'd like it if they would either reprint the comic strip from the early 90's (which was about the only stuff that ever had the WB insanity and weirdness to it) or some of the old stories from the 50's that were in the Dell comics.
230 JOKER LAST LAUGH POSTER 3,226
I didn't think posters were on the "comics" sales chart, but Diamond had some very weird mistakes on their data this month. Oh, and the comics blew goats. Anyone who buys a poster of such a piece of dog feces deserves to be smacked about like a small squirrel.
231 HOPELESS SAVAGES #4 (Of 4) 3,218
232 RANDY ODONNELL IS THE MAN #4 3,210
And it drops even further. It's too bad, as this is a very fun comic by Tom DeFalco and Ron Lim, a simple little super-hero fantasy type title that would sell great on newsstands. But, for some reason, comics fans are ignoring it. Highly Recommended, even though this is prolly the last issue.
233 CAVEWOMAN MERIEMS GALLERY #1 (MR) 3,055
I don't think anything but pin-up issues have come out since I started doing the full 300 issue review. I read a single issue of Cavewoman when it was published by Caliber, and it wasn't all that good. Certainly not good enough for 45 different pin-up issues.
234 BETTY & VERONICA #169 3,039
235 PEEPSHOW #13 (MR) 2,998
236 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #89 2,994
237 BETTY #107 (Net) 2,962
238 DARK ANGEL #31 2,954
239 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #130 2,884
240 SABRINA VOL 2 #26 2,876
241 LODOSS WAR DEEDLITS TALE #4 2,840
242 ALICE IN SEXLAND #1 (Of 8) (A) 2,836
And now we get to the porn books, which outsell most Archie books it seems. And, if you think about that a little bit, you can see why comics aren't attracting new readers. Alice in Sexland? That sounds like some lame 70's soft-core flick.
243 VERONICA #121 2,803
244 SLAYERS SUPER EXPLOSIVE DEMON STORY #2 2,787
Look out! Bear driving car! Big American Party! Maybe they should hire better translators so that I don't see this title as a silly translation gone wrong.
245 MAGIC PICKLE #3 (Of 4) 2,730
246 PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOL 3 HC 2,669
And this isn't listed in the Graphic Novels....why? Is someone at Diamond smoking a few too many issues of Alice in Sexland?
247 CARTOON CARTOONS #8 2,665
248 KISSING CHAOS #4 (Of 8) (MR) 2,652
249 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #63 2,652
250 EL HAZARD PART 3 #5 (Of 6) 2,632
251 LODOSS WAR CHRONICLES HEROIC KNIGHT #15 2,604
252 TROUT #2 (Of 2) 2,596
I don't even want to think about what this books is about. Thank ghod it's not an adult book...although the funniest bit on Family Guy last week was when Peter was trying to sell fish he'd caught, and his rival changed his sign to "I had sex with all of these fish." Hey, no one reads down this far anyway, so I can make myself laugh if I want. Hee hee hee hee.
253 SKULL MAN #1 2,591
Oh, for the love of God, just leave comics if this is the best you can do.
254 ULTIMAN GIANT SIZED ANNUAL #1 2,502
255 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #126 2,482
256 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #82 2,441
257 ARCHIES WEIRD MYSTERIES #18 (Net) 2,404
258 SMILE VOL 3 #12 2,376 259 AKIKO #46 2,372
260 WERESLUT #6 (Of 8) (A) 2,368
Still out of jokes on this book. But one I did back three months ago got my ex-girl friend to send me a threatening letter I can use as evidence in court. And I don't care what anyone says, THAT was funny.
261 SLOW NEWS DAY #3 (Of 6) 2,274
262 JUGHEAD #141 2,270
263 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL SWIMSUIT SP 2001 2,254
264 S&M UNIVERSITY #4 (Of 6) (A) 2,181
They rejected my application. Said I was too polite and nice. Rat fuckers.
265 LAUGH DIGEST #171 2,132
266 CORRECTOR YUI #3 2,128
267 SEVENTH SEA #2 ABSOLUTION (Of 4)* 2,087
268 SEXY SYMPHONY #5 (Of 6) (A) 2,067
269 SILENT MOBIUS ADVENT #5 (Of 6) 2,030
270 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #171 2,014
271 SAINT TAIL #13 1,945
No matter what anyone says, this book has the worst name in history. All I can think of when I see it are a bunch of bishops, sitting around talking about what a great lay Mother Theresa was.
272 MILK #26 (A) 1,945
Kat buys this one and says it's a lot of fun. I wouldn't know since whenever I buy it, she grabs it from my hands, kisses me on the cheek and runs off somewhere while I'm reeling. She says it's good though, so I'll take her word for it.
273 SKELEBUNNIES SPANKTACULAR 1,941
274 BATTLE POPE SHORTS #3 (MR) 1,912
275 GEOBREEDERS #33 1,900
276 COOL DEVICES #LUFTWAFFE #2 1,855
278 DRAGON KNIGHTS #2 1 (A) 1,875
277 TIGERS O/T 1,810
279 MIRACLE GIRLS #14 1,782
Hey, if a girl doesn't hit me with a trout when I talk to her, THAT'S a miracle.
280 FUTABAKUN CHANGE VOL 7 #4 1,762
281 BATTLE POPE PRESENTS ST MICHAEL #3 (Of 3) (MR) 1,757
282 WARRIOR NUN AREALA BOOKS OF PERIL #1 (Of 4) 1,733
283 LA BLUE GIRL MANGA ED #4 (A) 1,713
284 FURRLOUGH #107 1,709 285 NEGATIVE EXPOSURE #2 (Of 6) (MR) 1,664
286 DAWN PIN UP GODDESS LTD ED S&N 1,660
287 BITCH IN HEAT #12 (A) 1,595
Oh stop it. You people are sick.
I mean the creators of this book, of course.
Well, you people are sick too if you've read down this far.
288 VAMPIRE PRINCESS YUI VOL 3 #4 1,493
289 ISLAND #4 (MR) 1,460
290 POKEMON ADVS PART 5 #5 (Of 5) 1,432
291 ARSENIC LULLABY CHRISTMAS 2001 1,424
292 ALAN MOORES GLORY INCENTIVE #1 (Of 4)* 1,412
One of the 50 kerjillion covers they have for the book. I hope Alan Moore gets his share of the profits (looks at sales) OK, so there AREN'T GOING TO BE ANY PROFTIS.
293 ARSENIC LULLABY NOV 2001 (Note Price) 1,408
294 MAXION #24 (MR) 1,383
295 PRIVATE BEACH #4 1,367
296 FINDER #24 1,351
297 DOUBLE TAKE #6 (MR) 1,351
This is the spin-off of "Double Image". It sold about 7,000 for Image and about 1300 as an independent. Guys, time to call it a night.
298 THRESHOLD #45 (MR)* 1,322
299 OGENKI CLINIC VOL 8 #4 (A) 1,318
300 PRINCESS PRINCE #14 1,314
I take it back, Saint Tail isn't the dumbest name in comics...this is.
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