The Top 50 Selling Graphic Novels for July 2002
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 LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 24 IN THESE SMALL HANDS TP (MR) $9.95 13,064
Still the best graphic novel being
printed, and nearing the end. An amazingly wonderful story
of a Samurai and his son in feudal Japan in search of redemption
and vengeance. Highly recommended, as always.
2 CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS TP $14.95 8,516
This is actually an VERY high ranking for a comic that reprints a bunch of Silver Age comics, a bunch of the Justice League and Justice Society team ups. I'm guessing that everyone at DC was shocked by this, since there is a feeling that Silver Age stuff only sells when it's in a hardcover.
3 ULTIMATES VOL 1 TP $12.99 7,100
The new version of the Avengers in the
Ultimate Marvel universe. The last part of the story isn't
even out yet, and the trade containing it is supposed to be out
the week after the last part of the story ships. Good idea,
and I hope it keeps working, since Graphic Novels are the way to
go with comics, I feel. Story-wise? It moved WAY too
slow as a monthly 22 page comic, so maybe it will work better in
4 LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL 1 EDEN TP $14.95 6,806
A great comic strip
that I ignored for far too long because it seemed too much like a
rip-off of Bloom County. I was wrong, and this one stands
on its own merits. If you don't already have the comics it
is reprinting, it's Highly Recommended.
5 AUTHORITY EARTH INFERNO & OTHER STORIES TP $14.95 6,764
Reprinting most of
the Mark Millar stories which got a better sales and critical
reception, but I didn't like as much as Warren Ellis's stuff.
Maybe because Millar was trying too hard to make the characters
into a "Squadron Supreme" and having us try to figure
out who each character was supposed to be instead of just going
all out and showing Big Super-Hero stories.
6 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN REVELATIONS TP $8.99 6,600
Reprinting 3 issues
of Amazing Spider-Man (the 9/11 story and the story where Aunt
May discovers that Peter Parker is Spider-Man), all good stories,
but three comics in a $9 trade that clocks in at less than 90
pages? Wait a bit longer, Marvel, and make the trades feel
like real books instead of a Prestige Format special.
7 CATWOMAN SELINAS BIG SCORE HC $24.95 5,274
DC took the
character of Catwoman, who was pretty much a "bad girl"
type with a huge chest and standard super-hero stories and gave
her to a team that completely reimagined her in the "crime
noir" mold that is hot now, and it worked. The
character works perfectly in that sort of story and is a joy to
read. Highly recommended.
8 GI JOE VOL 3 TP $24.99 5,048
pumping out the reprints, and who can blame them. I am
pretty sick of the "nostalgia for the crap toys of the 80's"
trend that has taken over comics (see the top 300 for more
comments on this), especially since these stories were all pretty
damn bad. But it's easier and cheaper than digging through
the back issue bins, I guess.
9 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 1 HC $34.99 4,300
A hardcover of the
paperback reprint of the comic books...you can't say Marvel isn't
getting their money's worth out of the Ultimate books. Oh,
and even in this third version of these stories, I STILL hate the
10 ASTRO BOY
VOL 6 TP $9.95 4,158
11 GODDESS TP (RES) (MR) $19.95 3,695
A nearly overlooked
Garth Ennis story done when Preacher was still not selling very
well. It's VERY violent, without the dark humor that
normally fills Ennis's work, so if you are picking this up
expecting the black humor of Punisher or Preacher, you'll be
disappointed. Still a solid read though, and I STILL don't
know what 9/11 have to do with delaying the damn thing.
12 RUSE VOL 1 ENTER DETECTIVE TP $15.95 3,442
One of the few
Crossgen books I can say that I really enjoy, but you are buying
Edge and Forge, you have these stories already. For those
who don't know, this is Mark Waid's version of a Sherlock Holmes
type character in the CrossGen universe, which means that there
are people with super-powers but no costumes. Recommended
unless you are buying Edge and Forge.
13 ANIMAL MAN VOL 2 ORIGIN O/T SPECIES TP (MR) $19.95 3,353
first came to my attention with this book, since I didn't care
for Arkham Asylum when it came out. Compared to a lot of
his later works, this is incredibly straightforward and linear,
but starts building toward an examination of the writer/character
relationship. At the time, one of the most innovative
comics on the stands, but now just a good solid read.
14 RANMA 1/2 VOL 20 TP $15.95 3,337
More of the same
sit-com situations and martial arts humor. If you haven't
read it by now, you prolly won't.
15 ROAD TO PERDITION SC NEW ED (MR) $13.95 3,116
A few years ago, DC
dropped a bunch of original graphic novels on the market with
very little advertising and no store support. This one, but
mystery novelist Max Allen Collins was one of the best of those (with
Brooklyn Dreams a close second) and it was optioned for a movie.
It takes a movie coming out for it to be back into print, and I
recommend this as my pick of the month...yesh, even over Lone
Wolf and Cub, due to the depth and historical accuracy of the
story. Collins is one of my favorite novelists, and his
comics work has always been rewarding. I think that it is
interesting that the "non-superhero" stuff being made
into movies from comics is starting to get a lot of notice...maybe
this will mean that comics will become more than just panties and
16 FORGE #4 (Note Price) $11.95 3,100
CrossGen raises the
price on their reprint series, but even at $11.95, you get 7 - 9
comics in one package, making it worthwhile. Sadly, I find
most of the CrossGen stuff to be pretty but bland, but I like how
they make it very easy to get their stuff at a low price, so I'll
17 DAREDEVIL UNDERBOSS TP $14.99 3,100
Daredevil, but this is only PART of the story he's done since
becoming the "permanent" writer. This is a great
story, with a gritty crime feel beyond even what Frank Miller
injected into the series when he worked on it, but you are
missing the second half which deal with all the repercussions of
the events in this story. Recommended, but reminding that
it's not complete.
18 OH MY GODDESS! LEADER O/T PACK TP $13.95 3,021
More Japanese sit-com
type comics, and this is pretty much geared at fanboys at this
point, since the story is so convoluted its hard to explain to
19 EDGE #4 (Note Price) $11.95 2,995
See what I wrote
about Forge. Wonder why this one sells 100 less.
20 COWBOY BEBOP VOL 3 GN $9.99 2,921
A hit on Cartoon
Network, I would imagine that this will sell a lot better in
regular stores than comic shops. Myself, I haven't watched
or read it. I can't read EVERYTHING.
21 OUT THERE VOL 1 EVIL WITHIN TP (MR) $12.95 2,869
The new comic by
the team who did Crimson, and this one is just as enjoyable as
that book. A horror comic with manga style art and kinetic
action, but nothing I am overwhelmed by.
22 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN HC (STAR12324) $24.95 2,732
DC reprints the
best Alan Moore story he's done since Watchmen, where a group of
literary characters from the late 1800's are gathered together.
There's no way I can do this justice, but like most of Moore's
best work he puts a deeper meaning on pulp sensibilities and
plots to get the reader to think differently about the characters
and situation talked about. Soon to be a shitty movie, just
like Moore's other brilliant work "From Hell."
Highly recommended and worth getting in hardcover even for non-comics
23 ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES VOL 8 HC $49.95 2,669
More reprints of
the Justice Society stories from the 40's, and my second favorite
of the Archive (Plastic Man is the best stuff they have reprinted),
but for nostalgia buffs and Golden Age fans only. The art
hasn't ages well, and the stories are silly for the most part,
but the sheer fun of the book shines through if you can get past
IN PARADISE VOL 11 BRAVE NEW WORLD TP $8.95 2,663
25 CONAN SKETCHBOOK BY MARK SCHULTZ $5.95 2,469
I remember Mark
Schultz's Cadillacs and Dinosaurs with incredible fondness, even
when he could only pout out an issue a year. His stuff
since then has been either been him writing bland stories or this
sketchbook. I would LOVE it if he would come back and just
do a comic a year again, but I think he and follow wonderful but
slow artist Dave Stephens are never going to give us another
reason to wait for their work again.
26 LOVE HINA
VOL 4 GN $9.99 2,390
27 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS TP $12.99 2,326
More reprints of
recent Wolverine issues. I didn't buy them as comics and I
don't care about them as a trade paperback either. Odd,
when I was a kid, Wolverine was my favorite character, because of
his inner conflicts. Now that he's just a killing machine,
I couldn't care less.
28 QUIMBY THE MOUSE SC (RES) $14.95 2,153
More brilliant work
by Chris Ware (Acme Comics Library). Recommended for non-comics
fans as it reprints his Quimby strips that not only play with the
comics FORM, but do it in a way that makes it simple and
readable, which usually is impossible for experimental
29 STAR WARS DARKNESS TP $12.95 2,142
*shrugs* I have
given up trying to figure out what is going on in Dark Horse Star
Wars comics, since 90% of them feature characters I have never
heard of, and I'm a Star Wars fan.
30 X-MEN & SPIDER-MAN SAVAGE LAND TP $9.95 2,111
first 4 issues of Marvel Fanfare from the early 80's, and a very
good story before Claremont became a parody of himself and
BRILLIANT art by Paul Smith and Michael Golden. Highly
recommended for super-hero fans.
Z VOL 9 TP $12.95 2,095
32 ELEKTRA LIVES AGAIN HC NEW PRTG $24.99 2,048
Miller's last Daredevil story, and I have to be honest, I liked
this a lot more than Dark Knight Returns. The story is
emotional, exciting and drawn with a skill that Miller hasn't
shown since, despite his working in new styles. I know his
other work have overshadowed this, but if you haven't read this
story (which was out of print for YEARS), pick it up.
Miller was at his peak in this book, and this is Highly
BOOK THREE HC $24.95 2,042
Alan Moore's best regular series, maybe ever. It does get very deep into his mystical beliefs, and at times isn't even a story any more, but a lesson on Magick, but the ideas being put forward are fascinating and compelling. It's not for everyone, and is NOT a light read, but demands your full attention. Highly Recommended with those provisions.
VOL 3 TAKING SKIES TP $15.95 2,016
RAIDER VOL 3 CHASING SHANGRI LA TP $12.95 1,995
ORIGIN #2 $7.95 1,979
37 MAD ARCHIVES VOL 1 HC $49.95 1,879
However good this
is, it won't be as good as the Russ Cochran MAD reprints, at the
same size as the original art, slipcased with notes and
commentary on each issue. If you are going to buy this,
just look for the box set by Cochran instead, and it only runs $120
and is the only EC set in color. Why do I say only?
This reprints 6 issues, so to get the first 23 issues in the
Archives format would cost you $199.80 for a lesser product.
38 WISH VOL 1
GN $9.99 1,816
39 PUNISHER WAR ZONE VOL 1 TP $15.99 1,769
again, so why not reprint the stuff from when he was over-exposed?
Because it's pretty damn bad. This isn't HORRIBLE, but with
a bland script by Dixon, and fairly good Romita Jr. art, it just
doesn't come close to the Garth Ennis stuff. This actually
treats the Punisher seriously, instead of the over-the-top
character Ennis has recreated him to be.
40 X-MEN EVOLUTION VOL 1 TP $8.99 1,742
The cartoon has
been cancelled, and it didn't make a lot of sense to me because
they messed with the gaes of all the X-Men characters, making
them different from the comic AND the movie. This is the
comic based on the cartoon, if you like that sort of thing.
SAKURA VOL 1 PASSAGES GN $9.99 1,726
VOL 1 TP (MR) $14.95 1,611
APOCALYPSE CHILDREN OF GAIA GN (MR) $6.95 1,579
44 TRANSFORMERS VOL 4 MATRIX QUEST PX HC GN $24.99 1,574
reprints of the last issues of the book when it was being printed
under Marvel. I never game a damn about the Transformers.
MESSIAHS VOL 1 BOOK OF JOB TP $24.95 1,558
46 3 X 3 EYES
SUMMONING O/T BEAST TP $14.95 1,558
GIRL UTENA VOL 2 TO PLANT TP $15.95 1,537
48 BTVS UGLY LITTLE MONSTERS TP $12.95 1,526
A reprint of about
4 issues of the Buffy comic, which could be a lot better.
FEATHER SEEDS OF CHAOS TP $17.95 1,516
50 GTO VOL 5
GN $9.99 1,495
That's it. All done. Go play on the rest of the comics page.