The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 25th May 2019 – "DC is Beginning to Stand for "Disaster Coming"

This is the Top Ten 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 till the weekend to get this week's comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion. And it was Detective Comics, which rarely gets the top spot, that took Batman all the way. Miles Morales: Spider-Man is getting a definite bump. And Monstress is on the rise…

The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 25th May 2019 – "DC is Beginning to Stand for "Disaster Coming"Top ten bestselling comics of the week

  1. Detective Comics #1,004
  2. Avengers #19
  3. Action Comics #1011
  4. Venom #14
  5. Miles Morales: Spider-Man #6
  6. Flash #71
  7. Tony Stark Iron Man #11
  8. Dr Strange #14
  9. Star Wars Age of Republic Jabba the Hutt #1
  10. Monstress #22

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Detective Comics took our top slot this week, but only one other DC made the top ten–Justice League Dark #11. Both of Kevin Eastman's new books hit our top ten, and Marvel's facsimile reprint of an almost-40-year old Star Wars outsold every DC other than Detective. Think about that for a moment–more of our customers would rather pay $4.99 for a facsimile reprint than pay $3.99 for a brand-new issue of a DC comic. We're not talking Wolverine's first appearance here, either–we're talking a random issue of Star Wars! DC is beginning to stand for "Disaster Coming," and I'm not sure dreary villain-centric storylines have any hope of turning the tide. And here's another oddity: beginning last month, our line wide DC sales swing to 68% regular covers, 32% variants… just as DC is announcing plans to push their variants with card stock covers at a $1 higher price point. I think this might be an example of "too much too late." DC readers are bored with most of the ongoing series storylines, and they're looking elsewhere for exciting reading.


There are a lot of good comics being sold this week, it's great to see there is another comic besides the typical Marvel and DC story be on top.


Pretty average week. Detective Comics and Action Comics performed well, with Venom wedging itself squarely between the two of them, selling higher numbers that we've seen for the past few issues. This is surprising, given that Cullen Bunn is writing the War of the Realms tie-in issues, and, well, it's a tie-in issue. War of the Realms Strikeforce Land of Giants made it into the top 10 for us as well (surprisingly surpassing the Uncanny X-Men tie-in), which leads me to believe that War of the Realms and all of its tie-ins are something that our Marvel readers are really, genuinely enjoying. Marvel Comics Presents #5 also sold in volume, but given it featured a Venom story, that was to be expected. Marvel ended up winning the week 7:3, but since next week is bogged down with a new Bat-Book, Heroes in Crisis, and Doomsday Clock, DC will more than make up for it.


Pretty by-the-book week sales-wise. Notable that MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN sells about as well as DETECTIVE for us. The rest of the list is Marvel and DC standards, placing about where they usually do on most weeks. The only other notable element being the continued success of the McElroy-penned WAR OF THE REALMS JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY tie-in miniseries, and that WotR tie-ins have been doing reasonably well for us in general.

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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