Bleeding Cool Bestseller List – 15th October 2017 – "Legacy Barely Has A Leg To Stand On"

This is the Top 10 Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the "Wednesday Warriors", those who can't wait to the weekend to get this week's comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

Dark Nights: Metal #3 cover by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia

And for a second time, every single shop is reporting that their bestseller for the week was Metal #3. It's still a rare occurrence for any comic to do that given the disparate nature of comic shops, but Metal has done it twice. But Mister Miracle's continued performance may be the surprise for many, outselling Flash and Amazing Spider-Man with its third issue. And Babyteeth continues to sneak into the top ten too, outselling every Marvel title save Spidey.

  1. Dark Nights: Metal #3
  2. Action Comics #989
  3. Detective Comics #966
  4. Mister Miracle #3
  5. Amazing Spider-Man #789
  6. Flash #32
  7. Wonder Woman #32
  8. Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30
  9. Justice League Of America #16
  10. Babyteeth #5

Thanks to the following retailers

And this is what they had to say,

No Marvel in our top ten this week. The Marvel lenticular covers have managed with their renumbering and images with titles of other books, to confuse customers. Dark Knights Metal 3 was of course the number one selling book this week. Image's Walking Dead variant covers are giving Marvel's titles a run for their money.

Everyones buying Dark Nights Metal – haven't found anyone loving it, or raving about it, but they all buy it on the reputation of Snyder/Capullo's past works.

Less interest this week on the Marvel books, but still another solid week with lots of good comics for everyone published by everyone.


Is there anything bigger in comics than Dark Nights Metal? Sort of. The Button Hardcover did amazing and addtionally we had several requests for the individual issues despite the fact that the collected volume came out. NYCC no doubt boosted the hype for Doomsday Clock. All the Marvel Lenticulars performed decent despite not many crested the top 10. We just recently announced Donny Cates for a store signing on December 9th, and saw a rise in sales on Babyteeth, and the newly released comic format edition of Atomahawk sold really well. Wonder Woman has climbed to a higher position with James Robinson writing and the return of Grail.


Metal is continuing its triumphant reign over the rest of the books that are coming out weekly. That looks like it's going to be the status quo for as long as it has a title coming out. Action Comics came in second, followed closely behind by Babyteeth. Amazing Spider-Man made it to #7. DC books dominated the rest of the Top Ten. The Murder Machine and The Dawnbreaker are still selling consistently and managed to make it into the Top Twenty on their third and second weeks respectively.

Legacy barely has a leg to stand on. Amazing Spider-Man managed to break into the Top Ten for the first time in a long while. I don't know if it was the Large Number or the new direction, but we'll see if the numbers can hold. The only other Marvel books in the Top Twenty were Weapon X, Defenders, and X-Men Blue. All of which were outsold by Ragman of all the books. I can't think of a Marvel book that'll beat the (sadly low) sales of Amazing Spider-Man just based off the idea of Legacy. We'll push Doctor Strange and Thanos as they're being written by FFF favorite Donnie Cates, and the movies might help, but I just don't see the numbers going up dramatically enough to make much of a difference.

Saga and All Star Batman both managed to sneak into the tail end of the Top Ten even on their third and second week.


Marvel Lenticulars saw a few more people coming in for them this week, but Metal still outsold ANY of the Marvel books 3:1, Action was 2:1. Indy books are still solidly gaining new fans, as story and art content drive most readers decisions.

Keeping with the pattern of the last few weeks, DC is still running the show sales-wise at our store. More specifically, Batman is lifting most of that weight. DARK NIGHTS METAL #3 is our top seller, showing there's still plenty of steam in fan-favorite Bat-Team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

Also moving very well for us this week is MISTER MIRACLE #3, and it does my heart good to see Tom King and Mitch Gerads' excellent, layered take on Scott Free proving to be such a hit.

In the middle of the pack, we had Marvel's biggest seller for us this week: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789, the first issue of that series to go back to legacy numbering in Marvel's recent push to try and look backwards and forwards simultaneously.

The rest of our top sellers list is pretty much usual suspects: WONDER WOMAN #32, X-MEN BLUE #13, FLASH #32, and the like. I'm hoping it won't be too long before we see something exciting shake up our weekly sales a bit.

Metal #3 is our top seller this week with Mister Miracle #3 in second place, which is quickly becoming a pattern on weeks that they come out. Both books are holding strong, and Mister Miracle, especially, is something our customers get excited about when they see it in their pull. No Legacy titles made the top 10 this week, but three other Marvel titles did so it's not all bad.


Only one Marvel made our Top Ten list this week, and that was Amazing Spider-Man #789 in tenth place. Otherwise, the list was all DC. Negative response to Marvel Legacy has been very strong because customers are frustrated that they can't just buy the lenticular variant covers they want at cover price. Unfortunately, we'll have to adjust our numbers down to pre-Legacy quantities beginning next month, which is a shame–there are some good books in here that are getting overlooked because Marvel went for the sell-in rather than supporting the sell-through. (Maybe DC could initiate a program whereby we strip out unsold Marvel Legacy titles and ship 'em to DC for a limited Doomsday Clock variant?…)

And a few significant sales of the week…

Hulk #1 1.8 $7,200.00 Purchased at NYCC and sold the same week.

Night Nurse #1 Fine $80.00 Even though there are two iterations of the character in Marvel movies and tv shows I really didn't expect this book to go for as much as it did. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

Thor #165 8.5 $995.00 Grade is estimated as not a graded and slabbed book

Amazing Spider-Man #128 6.5 $68.00 The same customer also bought the 1:50 t-shirt variant for Spider-Man #789

Avengers Annual #7 6.0 $67.00

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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