Friday, January 30, 2009

Ultimate Comics Walk-Up Sales For Jan 21st, 2009

From Lee Newman of Ultimate Comics, the list of top-selling books at one of their locations in North Carolina for what was released on 1/21/09. Pull lists are not included, as this is meant to capture what is being bought off the shelf.

TOP TEN of Week 1/21/09

1. Amazing Spider-Man #583 2nd Printing
2. Presidential Materials: Barack Obama 3rd Printing
3. Dark Avengers #1
4. Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2
5. Amazing Spider-Man #584
6. Justice League of America #29
7. Green Lantern #37
8. Mighty Avengers #21
9. Thunderbolts #128
10. Astonishing X-Men #28

1 & 2. Obama mania round two. Next week, round three!
3. Excitement for Dark Reign is actually bigger than the Initiative in the stores.
4. Gimmick or not, people bought it. After this there is a steep drop off in issues sold off the shelf, with all of the titles selling out off the stands.
5. J.R. Jr. brings a bump to the title, as expected. Will the Brand New Day heavy story keep the readers coming though?
6. Faces of Evil or Wein & Crisscross, used to this title selling well but not selling out!
8. Solid book, lots of word of mouth comparing it to Doctor Who, is that a good or bad thing?

6. If the JLA issue is anything like the Superman/Batman Annual, I'm thinking readers had pretty pictures but a pedestrian story.


  1. 3 - I certainly hope people start realizing that Dark Reign is not an event but rather an brand, much like the Initiative was a brand. So far so good on all the DR titles released to date, they have been very strong stories and have set-up some storylines that should make this year even more interesting.


  2. Most of our customers realize this, there are a few that get confused by it, especially with the one shots.


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