Harley Quinn Tops The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List – 3rd November 2014

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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 to the weekend to get this week's comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

The facts speak for themselves. While there was a varied performance from store to store, in the end the $4.99 Harley Quinn Annual topped the Bleeding Cool Bestseller List for the week, the first time we've had an annual do that.

  1. Harley Quinn Annual #1
  2. Batman Eternal #30
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy #30
  4. All New X-Men #33
  5. Saga #24
  6. Wonder Woman #35
  7. Deadpool/Captain America #1
  8. Earth 2: Worlds End #4
  9. The New 52: Futures End #26
  10. Wolverine & The  X-Men #11

Thanks to the following retailers,

Who had this to say.

Other than Harley, not a lot going on. Deathlok failed to impress the buyers. Other than that, business as usual.

Love the 5th Wed. weeks – easier to get everything done – customers faced with less selection tend to be more daring in trying something out and SAGA ended up pulling the #1 spot which is just delightful to see.

Harley Quinn Annual #1 crushed all competition by out selling the #2 book at over 2 to 1 ratio. Image titles had strong showing with to main stays and one new #1. Deathlok actually performed better than expected, but think that it will drop in #' at the end of the first story arc, unless they do something over the top to keep readers on the book.

Marvel announced some movies or something so people ran into the store and cleared out key books before having to sell blood or vital organs to fill collections for first appearances on those characters getting movies in the next 2-3 years.Other than that back-issues were quite this week.

Odd week. Comic sales were slightly below average. People made up for it by buying action figures.

Flash back issues are the hottest back issues for this week. Go Flash!

Excellent week in new books! While Marvel had a couple of Heavy Hitters out this week with All new Xmen and Guardians of the Galaxy, the Axis tie-in books still sold pretty well. Carnage is a no brainer, but even when I think fans are ridiculously sick of books like Axis Revolutions, it ends up selling alright and being in the top ten. The big story here though is IMAGE with three books in our top ten this week. Saga, Southern Bastards and Black Science. All three sold like mad and all three made it into our top five best sellers this week! That's insane. Not to mention we only had one DC book in our top ten. YIKES.

Noticing numbers dropping across the board on all weekly series, whether they are long standing ones like Batman Eternal or Futures End, to random Marvel mini-series that for no reason release once a week, like Thanos: A god up there listening. Feedback from customers has been that there isn't one of them where the quality doesn't suffer because it's on such an accelerated release schedule and in the end they would rather have the money to spend on a monthly book that has consistent quality. Can't say I disagree!

Saga rules above all. In both sales and quality of work. Smaller stacks for BigTwo-only readers and bigger stacks for everyone else. Pretty average week for sales.

Biggest surprise seller was Justice League United Annual. Didn't expect a book I never hear anyone talk about make the middle of our top ten.

Roche Limit #1 sold out immediately. Odd for an Image book without a BigTwo writer attached. Lets just say we have PLENTY of copies of #2 still available…

Southern Bastards, Black Science, Zero and several other Image books move tps like crazy but we just can't hook people on the single issues lately.

This was a great week with over 600+ Harley Quinn Annual #1's sold in 2 days.   Overall, 5 #1 titles were in the top ten.  In fact with out them it would have been a very rough week.  Batman Eternal continues to lose its steam dropping to #10 spot this week.   The movie buzz has brought a lot of new customers to the store and we are  really excited about November new issues.

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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.