Doomsday Clock Beats Batman and Walking Dead in Comixology Bestseller List, 7th December 2018

Matthew Snyder writes,

Welcome to the Comixology Bestseller list, your guide to see how well your favorite titles are selling digitally. Every week I'll post the ranking of every new title, plus a ranking of the best selling volumes & graphic novels. As always, I hope you find it interesting and informative.

The Walking Dead and Batman are always in the Top 2 spots for the first week of every month. It's so tedious to write about. I have often wished an unauthorized wrecking ball would come in and beat these two, just to mix it up.

Well I got my wish. Doomsday Clock got delayed and now stands as the No. 1 digital comic of the week, becoming only the second book this year to beat The Walking Dead (the first being the Batwedding Issue). So thanks to two Geoff Johns titles (Shazam! also had an impressive debut), DC wins the Top 10 this week. The final score: DC 5, Marvel 3, and Image 2. The dry spell DC went through earlier this year seems long past, and while Marvel poses more a threat lately, it looks as if DC will end 2018 on a high note.

Shazam! Like magic, Billy Batson has reappeared, taking the No. 6 spot in his return. It appears readership was excited for a Shazam! comeback, who was surprisingly absent for Rebirth. Shazam! wasn't the only big DC hero making a long-awaited return this week, as Martian Manhunter had an impressive debut at No. 11. With fewer Superman and Green Lantern titles releasing nowadays, and the failure of New Age of Heroes, DC went to its bench to fill the void. So I've got a question for everyone in the comments: which series missing from Rebirth should DC bring back?

There's some exciting indie news this week, aside from The Walking Dead and The Wicked + The Divine, which always do very well. But Kieron Gillen's Die, had a great debut, landing at No. 13 in the New Issue Rankings, tied with Life is Strange for best indie debut of the year. But Life is Strange had a popular video game to boost its profile. This book just had Kieron Gillen's name. (And the art of Stephanie Hans, let's not forget). Not even Robert Kirkman or Mark Millar could get that high with their new books. (The Magic Order was able to get to No. 15). Speaking of Mark Millar, his new comic Prodigy debuted at No. 22 in the New Issue Rankings. Impressive for an indie, but a shame it's overshadowed this week by Die.

Kirkman better watch out, because at this rate, Gillen will be running Image one day. (I kid, I kid) [Rich adds: I don't, sounds plausible]

Doomsday Clock Beats Batman and Walking Dead in Comixology Bestseller List, 7th December 2018

Top 25 Overall:

  1. Doomsday Clock #8
  2. The Walking Dead #186
  3. Batman #60
  4. Justice League #13
  5. The Green Lantern #2
  6. Shazam! #1
  7. The Wicked + The Divine #40
  8. Uncanny X-Men #4
  9. Star Wars #58
  10. Immortal Hulk #10
  11. Heroes in Crisis #3
  12. Martian Manhunter #1
  13. Nightwing #54
  14. Die #1
  15. X-Men: The Exterminated #1
  16. Venom #9
  17. West Coast Avengers #5
  18. Adventures of the Super Sons #5
  19. Red Hood: Outlaw #29
  20. Doctor Strange #9
  21. Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1 (80% off)
  22. The Dreaming #4
  23. Immortal Hulk: The Best Defense #1
  24. Prodigy #1
  25. Fantastic Four #4

New Issue Rankings:

  1. Doomsday Clock #8
  2. The Walking Dead #186
  3. Batman #60
  4. Justice League #13
  5. The Green Lantern #2
  6. Shazam! #1
  7. The Wicked + The Divine #40
  8. Uncanny X-Men #4
  9. Star Wars #58
  10. Immortal Hulk #10
  11. Martian Manhunter #1
  12. Nightwing #54
  13. Die #1
  14. X-Men: The Exterminated #1
  15. Venom #9
  16. West Coast Avengers #5
  17. Adventures of the Super Sons #5
  18. Red Hood: Outlaw #29
  19. Doctor Strange #9
  20. The Dreaming #4
  21. Immortal Hulk: The Best Defense #1
  22. Prodigy #1
  23. Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1
  24. Deathstroke #38
  25. Giant Days: Where Women Glow and Men Plunder #1
  26. Green Arrow #47
  27. Spider-Geddon Handbook #1
  28. Marvel Knights 20th #3
  29. Namor: The Best Defense #1
  30. Star Wars: Age of the Republic- Qui-Gon Jin #1
  31. Winter Soldier #1
  32. Deadpool #7
  33. Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #2
  34. Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #3
  35. Snotgirl #12
  36. Kick-Ass #10
  37. Shatterstar #3
  38. Harley Quinn #55
  39. Spider-Man/Deadpool #43
  40. Border Town #4
  41. Killmonger #4
  42. Unnatural #5
  43. B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #11
  44. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #5
  45. Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #2 (Digital delay)
  46. United States vs. Murder, Inc. #4
  47. Blackbird #3
  48. Marvel's Avengers: Untitled Prelude #1
  49. Crowded #5
  50. The Unexpected #7
  51. Ninja-K #14
  52. The Curse of Brimstone #9
  53. The Wrong Earth #4
  54. Curse Words #18
  55. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #38
  56. Self/Made #1
  57. Batman/The Maxx #3
  58. Iron Fist #3 (Marvel Digital Original)
  59. Suicide Squad Black Files #2
  60. The Freeze #1
  61. Archie Meets Batman '66 #5
  62. Dark Ark #12
  63. Penny Dreadful #2.12 (Digital delay)
  64. Sword Daughter #4
  65. The Last Siege #7
  66. Cinema Purgatorio #16
  67. Hack/Slash vs. Chaos #1
  68. Lodger #2
  69. Team Sonic Racing
  70. LaGaurdia #1
  71. Bully Wars #4
  72. Moth & Whisper #4
  73. Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven #2
  74. Breakneck
  75. Noble #14
  76. Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim #4
  77. WWE #23
  78. Death Orb #3
  79. Wizard Beach #1
  80. Her Infernal Descent #5
  81. Goliath Girls #2
  82. Gasolina #13
  83. Dissension #4

Old Issue Rankings:

  1. Heroes in Crisis #3
  2. Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1 (80% off)
  3. Fantastic Four #4
  4. The Sandman Universe #1
  5. Return of Wolverine #3
  6. Uncanny X-Men #3
  7. Darth Vader #24
  8. Action Comics #1005
  9. Amazing Spider-Man #10
  10. Ironheart #1
  11. Justice League Odyssey #3
  12. Books of Magic #1
  13. Dead Man Logan #1
  14. DC Nuclear Winter Special #1
  15. Wonder Woman #59
  16. Aquaman #42 (75% off)
  17. The Flash #59
  18. The Dreaming #1
  19. The Walking Dead #185
  20. Detective Comics #993
  21. Lucifer #1
  22. Titans #30
  23. Books of Magic #2
  24. Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2
  25. House of Whispers #1

Best Selling Collections & Graphic Novels:

  1. Saga Vol. 9 (17% off)
  2. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (62% off)
  3. The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House (62% off)
  4. The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream County (62% off)
  5. The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists (62% off)
  6. The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You (62% off)
  7. The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (62% off)
  8. The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives (62% off)
  9. The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake (62% off)
  10. The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones (62% off)
  11. The Sandman Vol. 10: World's End (62% off)
  12. Monstress Vol. 3 (15% off)
  13. The Sandman: Deluxe Edition (71% off)
  14. Gwenpool, The Unbelievable Vol. 5: Lost in the Plot
  15. Saga Vol. 8 (50% off)
  16. Gwenpool, The Unbelievable Vol. 3: Totally In Continuity
  17. Infinity Gauntlet (64% off)
  18. Gwenpool, The Unbelievable Vol. 1: Believe It
  19. Captain Marvel (2014) Vol. 3: Alis Volat Propriis
  20. Captain Marvel (2014) Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
  21. Saga Vol. 7 (50% off)
  22. Gwenpool, The Unbelievable Vol. 4: Beyond The Fourth Wall
  23. The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 7: Mothering Invention (17% off)
  24. Captain Marvel (2014) Vol. 2: Stay Fly
  25. Lucifer Book One (75% off)

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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