The Top 300 Selling Comic Books For September 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 #619 $2.25 DC 233,775

Holy Crap!

I knew sales would be up on this book with the three-cover strategy, but this is the highest a comic has ranked since I started doing this back in 1999. AND I didn't guess who Hush was. Good job DC, and let's hope these sales are a harbinger of better times for the comics industry.

2 JLA AVENGERS #1 (Of 4) $5.95 MAR 189,919

And here it is. The crossover 20 years in the making. When George Perez first started drawing a JLA/Avengers story, Kurt Busiek was in High School, and now he's writing the most anticipated story of the year, if not decade. It's big, it's for fanboys, it looks great and it has everything thrown in it but the Eternals. Looks like they got it right this time, and it is a great gift for comics fans who like their comics filled with cosmic hoo-hah and big crashing fight scenes. Can you really review something like this?

3 MARVEL 1602 #2 (Of 8) $3.50 MAR 132,737

The hits keep coming with Neil Gaiman's Marvel mini-series. This about how many of the trade paperback will sell, as a LOT of Neil's fans don't buy his work in comic shops, or in monthly installments. Like me.

4 ULTIMATE SIX #1 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 131,943

A crossover between Spider-Man and the Ultimates, showing once again, that Bendis is 10 times the writer than Mark Millar is. In one issue he has done more to make The Ultimates interesting than Millar has done in 12. But, as always, wait for the trade. You won't want to wait for the next part of the story.

5 ULTIMATE X-MEN #37 $2.25 MAR 108,612

Bendis again, showing how to write a great super-hero comic book. If you like super-hero comics at ALL, this is one you should be buying. Highly recommended.

6 NEW X-MEN #146 $2.25 MAR 105,573

And now Grant Morrison blows all of our minds by bringing back Magneto in a way that long time readers couldn't have guessed. This seems to be the culmination of all of Morrison's work on the X-Men, and as such, it's a Big Deal, showing that he is the master of the Big Screen style of comics storytelling. I have no idea how the heroes will get out of it, and the conflict is more than just "who punches who", but a clear and intelligent battle between two different philosophies that feels fresh and exciting, even though it HAS been done thousands of times before. Highly recommended.

7 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #46 $2.99 MAR 105,409

And back to Bendis, who remembers that the essence of a Spider-Man comic is that peter Parker is a kind of everyman, and without the subplots and soap opera, Spider-Man just isn't all that interesting. A fun read that feels fresh, even though it too is walking well-worn paths. Highly recommended.

8 SUPERMAN/BATMAN #2 $2.95 DC 104,474

Another solid super-hero book with GREAT art and a solid story. This proves to me that there is a LOT of pent up demand for a good Superman book, and it still can be done. For superhero fans, this is highly recommended.

9 NEW X-MEN #145 $2.25 MAR 101,295

The last of the 100K+ comics this month, and the highest number of 100K+ books I have seen in a long, long time. As with the X-Men comic listed above, this is the one where Morrison lays the hammer down and shows all of his cards. It's going to be a wild ride, and in my mind, he shows that he IS the best X-Men writer since the early Claremont stuff. Highly recommended.

10 UNCANNY X-MEN #430 $2.25 MAR 94,165
11 UNCANNY X-MEN #431 $2.25 MAR 92,341

Hm...sales on Uncanny are falling, even though it reads like it did through most of the 90's...big confusing stories that have flashy art and very little in the way of the deep characterization that brought the book to the top slot. I have liked Austin's writing on this book, but always thought he was "finding his legs" so to speak. This new story arc about Nightcrawler's parents shows just how little anyone understands the character. It's too bad, as I LOVED him when he was in the early New X-Men run.

12 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #58 $2.25 MAR 92,294

The start of the Big anniversary story by JMS...and what is jumping out at me as I read it is that he very carefully constructs his stories. Each line tends to mean something, rather than feeling like the story was made up as he went along. His run on Spidey has been VERY good, and this issue is a nice start to a story for Spidey fans. This book won't win over any converts, but a nice warm fuzzy for Marvel fans.

13 WOLVERINE #5 $2.25 MAR 81,728

This book, on the other hand, IS a great comic for people who haven't read comics before. I taut action story, drawn with incredible skill. Highly recommended, even if you haven't ever read a mutant book before.

14 SUPREME POWER #2 (MR) $2.99 MAR 77,496

I am not liking this book as much as I like Jenkins and Ramos on the previous run. The art is getting more stylistic (which seems to be par for the course with a Venom story) and the "human" bits that Jenkins does so well just aren't evident here.

16 TRANSFORMERS/GI JOE #1 (Of 6) $2.95 DRE 73,803

And the fall of 80's nostalgia continues. Do you think it might be because people are reading these books and saying, "gee, that's not as good as I remember" like I did when I watch the Six Million Dollar Man recently?

17 TEEN TITANS #3 $2.50 DC 66,626

DC has to be happy with how well this comic is doing, and it's odd to me that it is doing so well, when the previous Teen Titans revivals have stalled, despite having impressive talent attached. The comic itself is a rather standard super-hero team book, drawn very competently, but there's nothing that strikes me as being "groundbreaking" or exciting. Maybe it's the fact that fans are hungry for a simple, standard super-hero team book?

18 X-TREME X-MEN #31 $2.99 MAR 64,218

Claremont does what he does on this comic. Lots and LOTS of captions, dialogue, exposition and endless subplots. This current storyline is a bit more readable, but it is still Claremont, so if you like his work, you'll like this and if you don't, it won't win you over.

19 GI JOE/TRANSFORMERS #3 (Of 6)* $2.95 IMA 60,431
20 DAREDEVIL #51 $2.99 MAR 59,636

David Mack does an "Echo" story, and in doing so does a comic that you never would have expected Marvel to publish as a mainstream super-hero book. It's challenging, well done and not a read for people who want fight scenes. It's a bold experiment and I recommend it for people to at least read this issue and see if it is too their tastes. Highly recommended.

21 JLA #86 $2.25 DC 59,496
22 JLA #87 $2.25 DC 58,678

Dropped it. Will try again when the new team is in place.

23 INCREDIBLE HULK #60 $2.25 MAR 58,584

Still a solid, interesting and well-done comic, but is having some art "issues". I like this comic because it is showing a new way of looking at The Hulk, through the idea that it is a horror comic instead of a super-hero comic, and ANY time a long-standing character is re-examined and brought back to their roots, it can be a good thing. Mildly recommended.

24 DAREDEVIL #52 $2.99 MAR 58,561
25 INCREDIBLE HULK #61 $2.25 MAR 57,298

Marvel's policy of double shipping means I get to be a bit lazy and just refer you to the reviews up above. Yay me!


The Second mini-series concludes, which means I'll get it read it as soon as it is collected in a hard cover. Can't wait!

27 FANTASTIC FOUR #504 (#75) $2.25 MAR 53,885

Mark Waid is writing a story that defies normal comic book super-hero work, while keeping it VERY mainstream...dealing with the aftermath of the demise of Dr. Doom. The heroes KNOW that he will be coming back form the "dead" because he has so many times, so they are taking apart all of his devices as such, growing colder and less likeable as they do. A super-hero comic that deals with the consequences of the actions...I like it and make it Highly Recommended for super-hero fans.

28 BORN #3 (Of 4) (MR) $3.50 MAR 51,243

The Origin of the Punisher...for the 100th time. This time, it's being revised by Garth Ennis, who is showing that after he does the dark comedy, he CAN do the hard-boiled stuff straight and true. Highly recommended in book form.

29 SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE #4 (Of 4) $2.99 MAR 50,332
30 BORN #4 (Of 4) (MR) $3.50 MAR 49,607
31 VENOM #4 $2.25 MAR 46,895

This started as a top 10 book, but now sales are falling, and Marvel has announced a price hike to keep the book profitable. I think they should have done it as a mini-series, because at the rate it's dropping, it will be out of the top 100 by the 15th issue. And I am not buying it because I am SICK TO DEATH OF THIS CHARACTER. Thank you.

32 OUTSIDERS #4 $2.50 DC 46,802

Another DC team book that is doing pretty well. It's much like Teen Titans, an average super-hero comic book, which there seems to be a hunger for anymore.

33 JSA #52 $2.50 DC 43,739

DC's BEST team book, with the Big Drama of comics like The Authority, without the felling that they need to off thousands of extras in every issue. One of the super-hero comics that I actively look forward toward reading. Highly recommended.

34 EMMA FROST #3 $2.50 MAR 43,389
35 JLA Z #1 (Of 3) $2.50 DC 43,342

A new version of "Who's Who" which is a catalog of super-heroes and their powers. I liked these sorts of comics when I was a role-playing gamer, but now I would rather spend my money on actual stories.

36 CAPTAIN AMERICA #17 $2.99 MAR 43,295
37 CAPTAIN AMERICA #18 $2.99 MAR 42,711

After the VERY BAD story "Ice", Dave Gibbons is on the book to do a story that feels like another "What if?" where Cap wakes up in a world where his being frozen at the end of WWII caused the Nazis to win. Oddly enough, no one has ever done this story in the Captain America comic, and Gibbons shows why he is one of comics' most under-rated writers making scenes that could come off as cliché feel fresh and exciting. Highly recommended.

38 EXILES #33 $2.99 MAR 41,635

Still a decent comic for hard-core Marvel junkies.

39 SUPERMAN BIRTHRIGHT #3 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 41,565
40 NEW MUTANTS #4 $2.25 MAR 41,448
41 EXILES #34 $2.99 MAR 40,934
42 GREEN ARROW #30 $2.50 DC 40,443

I have lost interest in this comic halfway through a storyline. That can't be a good review, can it?

43 FORMERLY KNOWN A/T JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 40,139

LOVE THIS COMIC!! The team that created the late 80's/early 90's Justice League is back, and shows that their style of humorous super-hero story still works. The comedy is actually laugh-out-loud funny, the art by Kevin McGuire is head and shoulders above most comic art and the feel of the comic isn't just nostalgia, but an antidote to the Overly serious tone in comics now. This comic is highly recommended and I am GLAD to hear that they will be doing another min-series after this one.

44 MYSTIQUE #6 $2.99 MAR 38,620
45 STREET FIGHTER #1* $2.95 IMA 38,199
46 SPAWN #128 $2.50 IMA 38,082

Only two years late!

47 DETECTIVE COMICS #786 $2.75 DC 37,778

This book is going through a transition, and the stories have not been up to par. It's too bad, since Ed Brubaker did a good job on Batman before Jim Lee took over, but he just seems burned out on Detective. Pass.

48 PUNISHER #32 $2.99 MAR 37,240
49 PUNISHER #31 $2.99 MAR 37,007

Garth Ennis has now pretty much lost the dark humor of the comic and is doing straight adventure stories. And they are STILL highly recommended, showing that as a writer, eh can do straight action better than most writers. But I do miss the dark humor.

50 THOR VIKINGS #3 (Of 5) (MR) $3.50 MAR 35,066
51 FLASH #202 $2.25 DC 34,599

The premise (Wally West doesn't remember that he was The Flash) is an interesting one, and the comic has kept its tone of high drama. However, like before issue #200, I feel like I should like this book more than I do, but it keeps me from becoming emotionally invested in the character. I can't figure out WHY that is, and the only thing I can think is that unlike Mark Waid, the current writer has yet to get me to care or emphasize with Wally West. Technically competent, but not good enough for me to recommend.

52 SUPERMAN #197 $2.25 DC 33,430

Scott McDaniels is putting in a great job on art, month in and month out, but the stories just don't have anything to recommend them. A mixed bag, and hopefully, when the Superman books get a revamp next year, McDaniels will land on a book where he can really shine.

53 GREEN LANTERN #169 $2.25 DC 33,149

I sat and read the last 6 issues of this comic recently, and it struck me that the writer just isn't quite good enough to do the stories he is writing. The "GL In Space" has been done before, but the menaces he is fighting are SO BIG and the problems are SO HUGE that when it comes time to put that character back on Earth, it will be hard to care about him foiling a robbery or stopping a revenge plot, since he had contained black holes and fought Gods. It's the problem with ramping up the villains...they get so powerful that you have to keep upping the ante to engage the reader.

54 JSA ALL STARS #5 (Of 8) $2.50 DC 33,079
55 WOLVERINE SNIKT #4 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 32,682
56 THOR #68 $2.99 MAR 32,354
57 BATMAN DEATH & MAIDENS #2 (Of 9) $2.95 DC 31,957

Greg Rucka didn't leave Batman when he left Detective, as he is working on this mini-series and "Gotham Central", both of which show that he is an amazing talent, who brings a new voice to comics. Highly recommended.

58 ACTION COMICS #807 $2.25 DC 30,858
59 TRANSFORMERS ARMADA #15 $2.95 DRE 30,508
60 IRON MAN #72 $2.99 MAR 30,438

Another of the "killing time while waiting for the next creative team to come on the book" issues, which I find so irritating in comics now that they are $3 a pop. When they were less than a buck, I didn't mind it, but now, with the price so high, dammit, the editor should have his act together and PLAN for changes in creative teams by making sure each issue feels important. Skip it and wait for the next issue, with the new creative team.

61 TROUBLE #3 (Of 5) $2.99 MAR 30,063
62 NIGHTWING #85 $2.25 DC 29,292

Becoming more of a mess with each issue. Devin Grayson can be a very good writer, but on this comic, she's tumbling from scene to scene with very little in the way of a story to connect them. I also REALLY don't like that they are giving Nightwing and Oracle "relationship problems" when we have yet to see them BE in the relationship that was the subject of so much buildup and hype.

63 BIRDS O/PREY #59 $2.50 DC 29,292
64 HAWKMAN #19 $2.50 DC 28,988

Not as good as it was during the first 12 issues, but still a solid read. Mildly recommended.

65 AUTHORITY VOL 2 #5 (MR) $2.95 DC 28,80
66 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #45 $2.75 DC 28,661

A pinball of a comic. It can have a good story in one issue, and a mess the next. It seems that they are building up to a Bane story that will be just as silly as the "Bane might be Batman's brother", so you just have to take this comic on an issue-by-issue basis. But damn don't the Brian Boland covers look good?

67 ADVS O/SUPERMAN #620 $2.25 DC 28,100
68 KINGPIN #4 $2.50 MAR 28,053

Was a mini-series, then a series, and now a mini-series. I have never been in favor of giving villains their own series, simply because it makes the character less special.

69 THUNDERCATS DOGS O/WAR #4 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 27,959
70 BATGIRL #44 $2.50 DC 27,796
71 ALIAS #26 (MR) $2.99 MAR 27,609

As this book moves toward its conclusion, it's good to see WHY Bendis put it in the Marvel Universe proper. An adult series, in that the themes and ideas would be too complex for younger readers, this is one of the best things Marvel is publishing and is highly recommended for all mature readers.

72 WONDER WOMAN #196 $2.25 DC 27,539

Greg Rucka takes over the reins of this comic, and while it's hard to tell where he is going from the first issue, I am NOT a Wonder Woman fan and I liked it. So, it's mildly recommended.

73 WEAPON X #12 $2.99 MAR 26,908
74 AQUAMAN #10 $2.50 DC 26,370
75 ARKHAM ASYLUM LIVING HELL #5 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 26,066
76 FABLES #17 (MR) $2.50 DC 25,856

By this point, if you aren't reading this comic, it would be best to pick it up as trade paperbacks. It's a well-done Vertigo book (and, as of this month, their best selling), but as with most Vertigo comics, the storyline is very dense and new reader unfriendly, so it's best to get it in book form. And a bit cheaper.

77 SUPERMAN & BATMAN GENERATIONS III #9 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 25,832
78 CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 $2.99 MAR 25,622

The story of "Captain Marvel Being Crazy" has gone on too long for my tastes, but this issue, with the two main characters talking to themselves in the past, worked. It showed just how much Peter David HAS made them grow, and while we don't like where they are right now, it's just a stage in their evolution. Hopefully, the dark tone of the book will give way soon. Still, it's only for people who have been reading the book for a while.

79 CRIMSON DYNAMO #1 $2.50 MAR 25,458

The first "Epic" book of the new, and now I think already being phased out, line. Written by a columnist for the Comic Buyers Guide, it's not a bad comic, but an aggressively bland one. Too Bad Epic had to come out of the chute with this, instead of a comic that could either break a great new talent or a fresh idea.

80 BATMAN LEGENDS O/T DARK KNIGHT #171 $2.50 DC 25,294
81 DARK DAYS #3 30 DAYS O/NIGHT SEQUEL (OF 6) (MR) $3.99 IDW 24,967

Still overpriced, and I have NO idea why anyone would not wait and buy this as a trade paperback, but it's doing very well. In an on-line discussion I was following, a number of people believe that horror is coming back, with books like this leading the way. I'd like to see it, but if the price is $1 more than a comparable comic, I WILL pass over this one.

82 NAMOR #6 $2.25 MAR 24,593

Aimed at girls. I'm not a girl. Ergo, I don't read it.

85 GI JOE FRONTLINE #14 $2.95 IMA 24,126
86 DARKNESS VOL 2 #5 $2.99 IMA 24,055

I keep forgetting they brought this comic back. Then again, I didn't give a damn about Vol 1, so why should I care about this one? When you bring a cancelled comic back, you need to shake it up a bit, get a fresh start or something to draw in new readers. This comic is the same old "hard to follow story, Image titty-girl scratchy ink" stuff. Pass.

87 ELEKTRA #27 $2.99 MAR 23,752

With the new creative team, I thought the book would start a downtick in quality, but it has actually kept the well-crafted storytelling of the previous team. The art is very pretty, but also very stiff, but for a character that is very hard to write, this book is doing a decent job. Mildly recommended for crime comics fans.

88 AGENT X #14 $2.99 MAR 23,705
89 CATWOMAN #22 $2.50 DC 23,471

One of the better looking DC books, with art by Cameron Stewart, and with stories that play at the edge of the DC Universe, using characters we know, but not in way we know them, this book remains interesting. It's hard to do a series based on a villain, so they are slowly making Catwoman into a hero, which work for me. Mildly recommended.

90 SOJOURN #27 $2.95 CRO 23,284

A one-shot of Vertigo's biggest series, and as a stand-alone introduction to the series, I think it works. Think of it as a Fables annual.

92 DOCTOR FATE #2 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 23,050
93 CATWOMAN #23 $2.50 DC 22,793

See review above.

94 LEGION #24 $2.50 DC 22,653

Just when I think I am ready to drop this comic, they pull me back in by improving the art, making the stories interesting and generally making it a fun book to read. It still seems to miss the point of the series (the future should be optimistic, the villains should be big enough that they seem like a credible threat, and the characters should be in a soap opera), but it's getting better. I'll be interested to see how they do with the introduction of Superboy into the series next issue.

95 SPIDER-GIRL #64 $2.99 MAR 22,442

A perfect example of what comics were like in the 80's, with Tom DeFalco writing solid super-hero soap opera stories in the second generation Stan Lee style, and Sal Buscema doing his usual solid job on art. This comic is a nostalgia trip, and as such is recommended for long time fans.

96 LOBO UNBOUND #3 (Of 6) (MR) $2.95 DC 22,279
97 INHUMANS #5 $2.50 MAR 22,162
98 HULK NIGHTMERICA #4 (Of 6) $2.99 MAR 22,092
99 GHOST I/T SHELL 2 MAN/MACHINE INTERFACE #7 (Of 11) $3.50 DAR 22,092
100 ROBIN #118 $2.25 DC 21,811

Tell me if you think this is a plot from the current Robin series or one of the goofy Batman comics of the 50's: Robin gets a message from the future that one of the people he knows will betray him and destroy Gotham City, but the person sending the message died before telling him who it was. BUT HE WAS STILL ABLE TO SEND THE MESSAGE. This book is so badly done that I'm amazed the editor involved still has a job.

101 STAR WARS EMPIRE #11 YAVIN BASE (2 Of 2) $2.99 DAR 21,390
102 ARROWSMITH #3 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 21,250
103 DAWN THREE TIERS #2 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 21,087

I would have thought that a Dawn mini-series would sell better than this. Just from all the people who buy anything Linsner does. They must be waiting for the trade. Besides, it's not like a comic by him makes any SENSE.

104 SMAX #2 (Of 5) $2.95 DC 21,016
105 HUMAN TORCH #6 $2.50 MAR 20,759

Sadly dropping down the charts, since I enjoy this comic. It's got art that I don'[ care for, but looks like graffiti art that is on shirts and such. The stories have been very good, with the first six issues telling the story of a fireman who may or may not have a grudge against the Human Torch. That and when I was a kid, the Human Torch was my favorite character. But, out of all of the Tsunami titles, I like this one the best. Mildly recommended.

106 EL CAZADOR #1 $2.95 CRO 20,712

Be honest, if you didn't know this was a comic about pirates, could you tell it by the title? And since Chuck Dixon writes it, I won't be reading it, since I have read enough from his "formula".

107 WITCHBLADE #68 $2.99 IMA 20,525
108 TOMB RAIDER #33 $2.99 IMA 20,338
109 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #57 BATTLE O/JABIIM (3 Of 4) $2.99 DAR 20,128
110 RUNAWAYS #6 $2.50 MAR 20,035

Highly recommended! This story of a group of teenagers who find out that their parents are super-villains is one of Marvel's best books, tells a super-hero story in a new way and is wonderfully engaging. One of the better titles out there, and you should be picking it up!

111 EMPIRE #3 (Of 6) (MR) $2.50 DC 20,011

OK, the first issue sells out at nearly double this print run, and they are only buying this many of #3? AND THE FIRST ISSUE WAS A REPRINT? This story is one of the more inventive in a while, showing a world after the bad guy has won. Excellent Barry Kitson art and a interesting story by Mark Waid, this comic is also highly recommended.

112 DEMON DRIVEN OUT #1 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 19,988
113 WITCHBLADE #69 $2.99 IMA 19,707
114 CRIMSON DYNAMO #2 $2.50 MAR 19,684

The first (and probably only) book from the Epic New Talent drive, which actually got the writer a gig doing Iron Man. I haven't read the comic yet, but the fact that Epic has gone from a creator owned line to a new talent line to a single issue of an anthology strikes me as pretty bad news. But, with sales like this for the first book out of the gate, I can see why Marvel pulled the plug.

115 SENTINEL #6 $2.50 MAR 19,660
116 TMNT ANIMATED #4 $2.95 DRE 19,567
117 DOMINO #4 (Of 4) $2.50 MAR 19,006
118 BRIAN PULIDO LADY DEATH #7 $2.95 CRO 18,842

I wonder if this comic will keep going with CrossGen dropping books right and left. The sales are pretty much where they were when he was publishing it through Chaos, which is to say, not all that great.

120 BPRD NIGHT TRAIN #1 $2.99 DAR 18,398
122 FILTH #13 (Of 13) (MR) $2.95 DC 18,375

The last issue of Grant Morrison's latest mini-series for DC. Morrison's stuff is brilliant, and his non-superhero work always strikes me as being ahead of its time, and possibly over the heads of most of the readers (I only understood parts of the Invisibles series because I was reading the annotations). It's why I like Morrison. Rather than writing down to the audience, he tries to bring them up to his level of understanding. And, since this was a mini-series, I'm waiting to read it in a book, because I'm just that kind of guy.

123 ROBOTECH LOVE & WAR #4 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 18,328

This was selling a LOT better for Dark Horse with the early issues, and since it is the creator of "30 Days Of Night", it will probably sell very well as a collected trade. Maybe I'm misreading things, but it seems that there is a bit of a revival in horror comics.

125 BATMAN TENSES #2 $6.95 DC 18,211
126 WOLVERINE #4 $2.25 MAR 17,673

Why is Wolverine selling so poorly? Because these are re-orders from the previous month. See, Marvel? Reorders mean more profit!


For a $7 book, this is a pretty good chunk of sales. The project had a very messy history, with Gil Kane drawing the first part of the book before passing away, and then John Buscema drew most of the rest of it before he passed away. Kevin Nolan does a passable job with what could have been a nightmare assignment. Since it is both artist's last work, you don't want to smother the pencils, but you also want the comic to look like a coherent story and not as if it was just crammed together. On top of all of it, it IS a very good story, if a bit retro, and well worth the $7 just for the chance to see Buscema on Superman. Recommended for older comics fans and art fans.

128 HERO #8 $2.50 DC 17,557
129 SMALLVILLE #4 $3.95 DC 17,510
130 GOTHAM CENTRAL #11 $2.50 DC 17,066

I have no idea why this comic doesn't sell better, but rumors are the DC is going to relaunch it in a way to give it more attention. An incredibly well done comic based on the police officers in Gotham City that reads like a James Ellroy novel. You owe it to yourself to give it a try, and it is Highly Recommended.

131 ETERNAL #4 (MR) $2.99 MAR 16,832
133 FALLEN ANGEL #3 $2.50 DC 16,715

With the sellout of the first two issues, I thought this would be selling better. It's one of Peter David's better comics, not mired in past stories or an excuse to string together a bunch of inside jokes for long time comics fans, it shows why PAD became a fan favorite writer, solid stories with memorable characters. Mildly recommended.

134 PROMETHEA #27 $2.95 DC 16,528

Alan Moore's best current comic, and possibly his most important work, as he took the Wonder Woman archetype and changed it into a history the occult, the power of belief and still has room to craft interesting stories. Highly recommended for comics fans who want more than the "Three fight scenes and two pages of subplots" formula.

135 TERRA OBSCURA #4 (Of 6) $2.95 DC 16,177
136 SHREK #1 (Of 4) $2.99 DAR 16,130
137 MEGAMAN #1 $2.95 DRE 16,084

Why are they doing a Megaman comic when there hasn't been a decent Megaman video game in over 5 years?

138 GUN THEORY #1 (Of 4) $2.50 MAR 15,943

Marvel's other Epic series. Which I had no idea was coming out. Or saw on the shelf. Or remember in any way. Kudos to Marvel's promotion department! You have created the first stealth comic book!

139 HELLBLAZER #188 (MR) $2.75 DC 15,897

I know that the writer (who also does Lucifer) is getting praise elsewhere, but I find his Hellblazer stories to be bland and uninteresting. I also think that after so many issue of this comic that haven't been very good, it's time for Vertigo to either find someone who has interesting John Constantine stories to tell, or put the comic out to pasture.

140 LOSERS #4 (MR) $2.95 DC 15,125
141 SOLUS #6 $2.95 CRO 14,915

Just 6 issues in, and the comic that George Perez was doing for CrossGen, with the resultant hype, no longer has George Perez drawing it. I like Perez's art, and I'm glad he was able to rebuild his reputation, but I DO remember than in the early to mid 90's, his reputation was one of blown deadlines, missed opportunities and taking on more than he could handle. I would hate it if he went back to that.

142 CREW #5 $2.99 MAR 14,915
143 HARLEY QUINN #36 $2.50 DC 14,775

Canceled, and not an issue too soon. The comic really hasn't been worth reading since Terry Dodson left and Karl Kesel did a story that put a bunch of supernatural overtones on the character. It felt like a case of having a story and just jamming the character into it without regard for if it was suited to the character. Subsequent creative teams just haven't been able to put together a decent story. In some cases, I feel like a cancellation comes to soon, this one was about a year too late.

144 SUPERMAN METROPOLIS #8 (Of 12) $2.95 DC 14,494

So, Austin's Superman mini-series isn't even able to sell 15,000 copies, and THIS is the man they feel with revive the Superman books? I think Superman fans are in for more of the same with the Big Change.

145 WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #14 (MR) $2.95 DC 14,471
146 BTVS #61 STAKE TO HEART (2 Of 4)* $2.99 DAR 14,424
147 HUMAN TARGET #2 (MR) $2.95 DC 14,401
148 GEN 13 #13 $2.95 DC 14,003

Also being canceled soon, but not before they undo the "deaths" at the end of the last Gen13 series. The only two times I have liked the Gen 13 comics were when J. Scott Campbell were drawing them or Adam Warren were writing them. Why is it so hard for people to put together a light, fun teenage superhero comic? Claremont was SO unsuited to that style, I have no idea why his name even came up.

149 MOTU ICONS O/EVIL TRAP JAW #1 $4.95 CRO 13,839

Another comic from Marvel that felt like a mid 80's comic, which is not a bad thing. I think two things killed this comic: 1) With Evan Dorkin writing it, people expected a comedy book and 2) a $3.50 price on what was an average comic book. I liked it, and as a nostalgia romp (with a VERY brutal last issue) I thought it worked. But the price tag scared away the people who would have picked it up.

151 SIMPSONS COMICS #86 $2.99 BON 13,793

Highly recommended, as it is every month. While some people think the show isn't as good as it used to be, I disagree, the comic is always at LEAST as good as the show, and sometimes better.

152 LUCIFER #42 (MR) $2.50 DC 13,582
153 BATMAN ADVS #6 $2.25 DC 13,512
154 BRATH #7 $2.95 CRO 13,395
155 JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVS #23 $2.25 DC 13,372

I like the "Adventures" books from DC. Both this and Batman Adventures are good, solid reads that are usually done in one issue. The problem JLA is having lately is that it seems that they are just getting stories from whoever is sitting around the office looking for work. Still, for younger readers this is highly recommended and for older readers, they aren't bad.

156 LONE WOLF 2100 #9 $2.99 DAR 13,208
157 MOTU ICONS O/EVIL TRI KLOPS #1 $4.95 CRO 13,091
158 SCION #39 $2.95 CRO 13,045
159 REIGN O/T ZODIAC #2 $2.75 DC 12,717

If this is what Keith Giffen's career has been building towards, as he said in a recent interview, he'd better find something else to build toward, because I will be shocked if this comic makes it to a sixth issue.

160 ICANDY #1 $2.50 DC 12,671

And this Warren Ellis comic is done with its sixth issue now. The cover looked like typical anime pandering, and story idea didn't much excite me.

162 PATH #18 $2.95 CRO 12,460
163 STORMWATCH TEAM ACHILLES #15 (MR) $2.95 DC 12,110
164 NEGATION #21 $2.95 CRO 11,782
165 BART SIMPSON COMICS #13 $2.99 BON 11,525

All the good things I say about the Simpsons comic can be negated here. The stories almost feel like those old Dell comics based on TV series where it was pretty obvious that the writers hadn't seen the TV show. This always feels like the creative team just wants to hurry up and think of something, with stories like "Bart Simpson in A Tale Of Two Cities". I have YET to get a laugh from this comic, so even if you are a Simpsons fan, you can safely pass.

166 POSSESSED #3 (Of 6) (MR) $2.95 DC 11,385
168 SILKEN GHOST #4 (Of 5) $2.95 CRO 11,081
169 KISS #13* $2.99 DAR 11,034

I saw this comic at the grocery store this weekend. I would image it could sell very well outside comic shops if it wasn't continued, had hard to follow art and was BASED ON A BAND THAT HASN'T HAD A HIT SINCE 1978.

170 DARKMINDS MACROPOLIS VOL 2 #1 $2.95 DRE 11,034
171 SIGIL #39 $2.95 CRO 11,011
172 ROUTE 666 #15 $2.95 CRO 10,777
173 CASEFILES SAM & TWITCH #3 (MR) $2.50 IMA 10,754

Wow. Are ANY of Todd McFarlane's comics selling? And he's finally putting out the last few issues of the previous Sam and Twitch series (that he fired Bendis from) almost two years late? I know the writer is Bendis's former writing partner, but it's pretty clear after reading an issue of this series who was carrying who.

174 WILDGUARD CASTING CALL #1 (Of 6)* $2.95 IMA 10,730
175 SAVAGE DRAGON #110 (RES) $2.95 IMA 10,543
176 SILKEN GHOST #5 (Of 5) $2.95 CRO 10,473
177 TAROT WITCH O/T BLACK ROSE #22 (MR) $2.95 BRO 10,403
178 WAKE THE DEAD #1 (Of 5) (MR) $3.99 IDW 10,333

Oh cool, a comic based on the last sequence of the Addams Family movie!

179 EXTINCTION EVENT #3 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 9,982

Leave it to Wildstorm to screw up a comic based on people fighting dinosaurs. How can you make people fighting dinosaurs boring? That takes a kind of talent, I guess. A TALENT FOR MAKING FANBOYS CRY BECAUSE THE COMIC IS CRAP!

180 INFERNO HELLBOUND #1* $2.50 IMA 9,935
181 BAD GIRLS #2 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 9,585

DC pulled the plug on this one early and will be finishing the mini-series an issue early. Normally, I would complain about readers not open to new comics and such, but I flipped through it, and the only thing that came into my head was "How did DC ever think this would sell in comic shops?"

182 NECROWAR #3 $2.95 DRE 9,445
183 HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS #5 (Of 6) $2.50 DC 9,421
184 ULTRAMAN TIGA #1 (Of 10) $3.99 DAR 9,070
185 AMERICAN CENTURY #27 (MR) $2.75 DC 8,650

Last issue. The first 12 issues of this book were great, but it was easy to tell when Howard Chaykin lost interest in writing it, or his TV workload got heavier because it lost a lot of the interesting elements that made the comic worth reading. Rumors are flying that Chaykin will be bringing back his classic 80's series American Flagg, and if so, I think it will do a lot to remind people of why we gave a damn about his comics in the first place.

187 CINNAMON EL CICLO #2 (Of 5) $2.50 DC 8,159

Dear DC. I love westerns. Unfortunately, I seem to be the only one. Sorry.

188 LONE #1 $2.99 DAR 8,112
189 SHONEN JUMP VOL 1 #10 OCT 2003 $4.95 VIZ 7,598

I say it every month, but the fact that this sells 300k on newsstands and less than 8k in comic shops just shows how wide the gulf between comics fans and the general public really is.

190 DARKNESS COLL ED #1 $4.95 IMA 7,481

You've got to be kidding me. There is ANYONE on the planet who missed the first two issues of this shite series that wants to get caught up? ARE YOU PEOPLE INSANE!?!?!?

191 21 DOWN #12 $2.95 DC 7,457
192 POWERPUFF GIRLS #42 $2.25 DC 7,364
193 MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS #257 $2.95 GEM 7,224

I hope these comics succeed, but it looks like they will have to sell outside the comic shop market. Looking at these sales figures, I would be suggesting that Gemstone move to trade paperbacks and "manga size" digests of the Disney stuff for it to succeed. We'll see, I guess.

194 DAVID & GOLIATH #1 $2.95 IMA 6,756

I think Image is just about out of "and" teams they can put together. I have looked and the only ones they haven't done yet are "ham and eggs", "toast and jam" and "Pepsi and milk".

196 MYTHSTALKERS #4 $2.95 IMA 6,569
197 REX MUNDI #5 $2.95 IMA 6,569
198 KNIGHTS O/T DINNER TABLE #83 $3.99 KZR 6,569

I love this comic. It is the story of a group of D&D players, and while the art is bad...OK, the art is painfully bad, the stories make up for it. It had a lot of articles and the like for gamers, but the comics stories themselves are a blast, and the comic is, as always Highly recommended and the funniest thing on the stands.

199 HELL #2 $2.99 DAR 6,452

Yes, the first comic about being married to my ex wife. Hi-Yooooooooooooo!

200 TERMINATOR 3 EYES O/T RISE #4 (MR) $5.95 BEC 6,335
201 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #127 $2.19 ARC 6,218

The local shop where I buy my books bought a bunch of these issues off the backstock list because they were cheap, and sold through all of them in about 3 days. Did the same a few weeks later and got the same result. I'm not saying that Sonic is the next X-Men, but there ARE a lot of kids who will buy this stuff if they actually see it. But they wont' see it on shelves covered with fanboy books.

202 OH MY GODDESS #101 DR MOREAU (2 Of 5) $2.99 DAR 6,148
203 GRENDEL GOD & DEVIL #8 (Of 10) (MR) $3.50 DAR 6,102

While it is a reprint, it's on of the best comics from the 80's. I know they have to reprint it this way to offset the cost of creating new film, but it will be MUCH better to get this as a trade paperback.

204 CEREBUS #293 $2.25 AAR 6,031

Just a few issues left, and then it will be all over. I have tried to read the trade paperback reprinting the issues after 200, but it seems that Sim just didn't want to tell comic book stories anymore, as the work became more and more...well, fan fiction of early 20th century authors. Which is a VERY odd choice. But, no matter how you feel about the comic, the fact that he has done 300 issues with only an inker to work with him on them is an AMAZING achievement and will probably stand as the longest unbroken string of issues by a single creator.

205 BLADE O/T IMMORTAL SHADOWS #82 (MR) $2.99 DAR 6,031
206 KORE #4 $2.95 IMA 6,008
207 UNCLE SCROOGE #322 $6.95 GEM 5,985

$7 for 48 pages. I'm sorry, I LOVE Uncle Scrooge comics, but that's just too damn expensive.

208 SCOOBY DOO #76 $2.25 DC 5,938
209 HEDGE KNIGHT #2 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 5,891
210 DONALD DUCK & FRIENDS #308 $2.95 GEM 5,821
211 VENTURE #4 $2.95 IMA 5,564
212 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #637 $6.95 GEM 5,564

I don't understand how Diamond classifies things...there are things in the Graphic Novel section that are pretty much the same as this prestige format comic, and there, it would have been in the top ten of sales. Oh, and the movie was bad. I mean boring bad, unwatchable bad. Again, it takes a special kind of skill to make a crappy movie that has a battle between werewolves and vampires and Kate Beckinsale in a leather corset, but by God, they did it.

215 BATMAN #618 $2.25 DC 5,400
216 HELLHOUNDS #2* $2.95 IMA 5,166
217 SWEATSHOP #6 $2.95 DC 4,863

Last issue, and it was a failed experiment. DC tried to do a Peter Bagge comic, and Bagge toned down his signature style so that it was a echo of his better work. The elements were there for a decent humor comic, but by the third issue, it was like watching a 70's sitcom.

218 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #4 $2.99 IMA 4,676
219 FATHOM #13 (RES) $2.50 IMA 4,582
220 CANNON GOD EXAXXION #17 (MR) $2.99 DAR 4,395
221 BEAR #2 $2.95 SLG 4,301
222 HEIRS O/ETERNITY #5 (Of 5) $2.95 IMA 4,044
223 PUFFED #3 (Of 3) (MR)* $2.95 IMA 3,998

The story of Super Sugar Crisp? A comic about the big bad wolf in front of the three little pigs's house? HEY IMAGE, GIVE ME SOME HELP HERE!

224 BATTLE O/T PLANETS #3 $2.99 IMA 3,974
225 TOMB RAIDER #14* $1.25 IMA 3,974
226 STARGATE SG1 CON SP $2.99 AVA 3,951
227 INFERNO HELLBOUND #2 $2.50 IMA 3,787

Did you ever wonder why this comic was canceled? Wonder no more!

228 HEDGE KNIGHT VALLEJO CVR #2 (Of 6) $5.95 IMA 3,694
229 STRANGERS #6 (OF 6)* $2.95 IMA 3,624
230 AGENTS #5 (Of 6) $2.95 IMA 3,600
231 LOONEY TUNES #106 $2.25 DC 3,577

I really hope that this was Image cleaning out its warehouse of copies of this thing laying around, because if this was a new solicitation, they lost a fortune on it. And does anyone give a flying rat's ass about either of these characters anymore?

233 MEGAMAN HOLOFOIL CVR #1 $5.95 DRE 3,413
234 GLOOM COOKIE #17 (MR) $2.95 SLG 3,249

I love this comic. Always have. This issue, the last part of a long story, is also the last by the current artist, who was well suited for this gothy, horror-esque soap opera. Each issue can give off echoes of horror stories, romance novels and a dash of comedy in a mix that hardly seems like it would work. This comic is highly recommended, and even if it doesn't sound like something you would like, give it a try, as the characters will grow on you quickly.

235 ARCHIE #540 $2.19 ARC 3,203
236 FATHOM #4* $2.50 IMA 3,086

No, it's not a new issue, just Image clearing out all of their old inventory. So, if you've been paying $7 to $10 an issue for this stuff, you done got ripped off. That'll teach you to buy Image books about women with big breasts and...well...ok, that's really the only thing going on in Fathom.

237 NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES #6 $2.95 SLG 3,062

By the creator of "Gloomcookie" this is a VERY dark little series that has different tellings of fairy tales, bringing them back to their dark origins, without just retelling the same old thing. Each issue reads like and old EC or Warren horror story, and belies the "cute goth" artwork. Highly recommended.

238 GOLD DIGGER ANNUAL 2003 $4.95 ANT 3,039
239 SABRINA VOL 2 #50 $2.19 ARC 3,039
240 OVERKILL #2 $5.95 IMA 2,992
241 BETTY & VERONICA #192 $2.19 ARC 2,992
242 TOMB RAIDER #17 $2.50 IMA 2,992
243 LOVE FIGHTS #4 $2.99 ONI 2,922

Yes, Love Fights. With a title like that, you are pretty limited to boyfriends and girlfriends squaring off, big fight scenes and lots and lots of jello. OK, maybe my imagination isn't quite as good as other people's. Or, I am just bringing up too much of my own past.

245 NODWICK #21 $2.99 DOR 2,735
246 RISING STARS #15 $2.50 IMA 2,688

More of Image cleaning out the warehouse. Will this story ever be finished? I personally don't know, but I do know that the issues are now being racked with old issues of D'Ark Tangent, Ms. Mystic and Sonic Disrputers.

247 KODT ILLUSTRATED #26 $2.99 KZR 2,688
248 BATMAN #617 $2.25 DC 2,665

More people ordering issues when they have sold out of them.

249 CAVEWOMAN JUNGLE TALES #2 (MR) $2.95 AMR 2,618
250 RISING STARS #17 (RES) $2.50 IMA 2,595
251 CARTOON CARTOONS #22 $2.25 DC 2,595
252 BETTY #130 $2.19 ARC 2,572
253 VERONICA #144 $2.19 ARC 2,548
254 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #75 $2.19 ARC 2,548
255 RISING STARS #18 (RES) $2.50 IMA 2,501
256 METAL HURLANT #8 (MR) $3.95 HUM 2,478

I read Warren Ellis trying to get people to buy this comic, saying that you get 100 pages for $4, and it is the best of European comics. The problem with the series is that first, the name does not mean anything to American audiences. Second, none of the creators are known at all. Lastly, anthologies don't do well in the US anymore. I don't know as they have since WWII. Japanese comics have an advantage with the fact that manga has become so popular with kids, it's how the next generation of comics fans are going to get into the medium, but European comics don't have that sort of foothold.

258 SUPERMAN BATMAN #1* $2.95 DC 2,478

And this comic is going for $10 in back issues. AND SHOPS CAN STILL ORDER IT. I will never understand the collector mentality.

259 FATHOM #14 (RES) $2.50 IMA 2,431
260 TOMB RAIDER #15 $2.50 IMA 2,385
261 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #146 $3.59 ARC 2,361
262 FLASH #201 $2.25 DC 2,361
264 TEEN TITANS #1* $2.50 DC 2,314
266 OUTSIDERS #3 $2.50 DC 2,244
268 STREET FIGHTER CHEN CVR #1 (Net) $5.00 IMA 2,197

A special shiny cover. I hate shiny covers. I hate limited covers. I hate the fact that I don't have any pie while I write this. And I'm not real fond of you either.

269 TOMB RAIDER #22 $2.50 IMA 2,197
270 KIN #6 $3.95 IMA 2,197
271 BATMAN #616 $2.25 DC 2,197
272 TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #4 (Of 12) $2.95 IMA 2,151
273 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #109 $3.50 ANT 2,151

Like your high school, but with ninjas. I think this would sell better if it were pirate high school, since pirates seem to be more popular than ninjas anymore.

274 KODT EVERKNIGHTS #8 $2.99 KZR 2,127
275 PALS N GALS DOUBLE DIGEST #79 $3.59 ARC 2,104
276 ARCHIE MYSTERIES #31 $2.19 ARC 2,057
278 TOM JUDGE END O/DAYS #1 $3.99 IMA 1,987
279 FATHOM KILLIANS TIDE #3 $2.95 IMA 1,987
281 BLACK TIDE #7* $2.95 AGP 1,964
282 WONDER WOMAN #195 $2.25 DC 1,964
283 BATMAN #615 $2.25 DC 1,940
284 TOMB RAIDER #30 $4.99 IMA 1,917
285 TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #3 (Of 12) $2.95 IMA 1,894
286 PS238 #3 $2.99 DOR 1,894
287 ZEN #3 $2.95 ZEN 1,800

They keep bringing back this lousy comic, it doesn't sell to anyone, and they get a video game or movie deal and try again. I'd tell them to give up, but it's just funny to me that they have been trying for 15 years to make this comic a hit, keep failing and try again. It just shows that dogged determination doesn't mean a damn thing if you have no talent whatsoever.

288 RISING STARS BRIGHT #3 (Of 3) $2.99 IMA 1,800
289 RISING STARS BRIGHT #1 (Of 3) $2.99 IMA 1,800
290 SKULLY UNDERPANTS #1 $2.95 SLG 1,777

I'll be honest, I do not WANT to know what this comic is about. Any comic with "underpants" in the title is not something I want to read about.

291 LAUGH DIGEST #187 $2.39 ARC 1,753
293 SEX WARRIOR ISANE #2 (A) $3.50 ERO 1,753
294 TOMB RAIDER JOURNEYS #5 (Of 12) $2.95 IMA 1,753
295 CEREBUS #294 $2.25 AAR 1,707

Why is anyone reordering this? Why isn't everyone doing what what I did about 10 years ago, quit buying the regular comic and just bought the collections. Sure, you don't get all the text pieces detailing just how utterly insane Dave Sim has gone, but you get to see his excellent art, brilliant lettering and his slowly spinning out of control plot.

296 RISING STARS #16 $2.50 IMA 1,707
297 MILK #36 (A) $3.50 RAD 1,683
298 NEOTOPIA VOL 2 #2 $2.99 ANT 1,683
299 THREE STRIKES #4 (Of 5) (MR) $2.99 ONI 1,660
300 JUGHEAD W/ARCHIE DIGEST #187 $2.39 ARC 1,636

That's it. You can go now.

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