Our best selling Comics of 2022 (& a 3000+ word commentary on them)

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Because literally nobody demanded it: The blog is back!

The more newsletter subscribers we have, the more intimidated I become by it: Will they really enjoy reading a 3000+ word glossary about our bestsellers? (some, maybe) Or are they just waiting on the occasional "The sale is up!"-promo bit? (the majority, probably). 

So I decided that the longer bits will wander to the newly resurrected blog on our website. Maybe not the perfect fit for our, let's say, more "e-commerce oriented" web-presence, but being different is supposed to be really cool, is what I've heard. 

Before we continue with our TOP300 ranking, let me drop a few numbers, to put things into perspective. Firstly, it's ranked by copies sold. Which means a 150$ Omnibus is up against a 3.99$ comic book. You might think that it's nonsense, but since we mainly sell the big books and singles make only 2-2.5% of our overall revenue that works out pretty well. Secondly, the final sales number has it all: pre-order numbers, actual online-sales at release plus books sold in our brick-and-mortar shop in Berlin. Which means some of the bestsellers are pre-orders which are not even released yet (yuk!). If I find the time to do it (so, probably not), I I would like to create a TOP50 for every "stream", especially because the brick&mortar products are so very different from the online sales. Fourthly, we did add variant covers into one product, but we didn’t do the same with format. So the Watchmen Absolute, the Paperback and the Oversized Hardcover are listed separately (resp only one made it into the TOP300), but the three different covers of Wolverine Omnibus V3 are added into one. The only exception is the Boom hardcovers, where we combined Slipcase Editions and the Hardcovers they... slipcase? ... into one. Because it is essentially the same product to be honest. Lastly, why 300 (actually 320, since a whopping 20 books share that rank), why so many in God's name?!? Because it was just too hard to stop! 

Generally, 2022 was a great year for us. Not without its problems, of course. In the summer we had a few months where we didn't get any new Omni products and I also realised that I over-ordered some books, which were now sitting on the shelves. Not a bad thing for Omnis to begin with (Omnis are forever!), but the combination of dwindling cash-flow is low and high inventory inventory AND constant re-scheduling of all the hot products that were about to be released in summer and fall AND a record-high dollar-pricing... But things quickly turned around when the books started to ship again. And we also used the lesson and have started to diversify our product range more. 

In 2022, we sold a staggering 3000 SKUs (as in "stock keeping unit", which defines a unique product), which shows that yes, we evolved into a "generalist" comic store. Which still makes 60% of its revenue with Omnis and will hopefully continue to do so FOREVER! A propos: In 2022 we sold (at least!) 4777 Omnis. Talking actual copies here, not different titles. However, with Marvel's release policy, we might get there rather sooner than later. 

And we almost quadrupled our revenue in 2022 vs 2021. Which sounds a bit more impressive than it really is, because 2021 was our first full fiscal year after a few baby-stepping months in 2020. It also says nothing about profit and I will definitely not discuss this here ;) But let's just say our extreme (back-)stock-expansion didn't just materialise out of thin air. All in all: great year. Thanks to you!!

And now I give you our 328 best-selling titles of 2022. And after that you will get the comment. Have fun!

Rank Bestsellers (in units) Publisher Format
1 Venomnibus By Cates & Stegman HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
2 The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol. 5 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
3 Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
4 Wolverine Omnibus Vol. 3 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
5 The Spectacular Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
6 House Of M Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
7 Gotham Central Omnibus (2022 Edition) HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
8 Thor By Jason Aaron Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
9 Star Wars Darth Vader By Soule Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
10 X-Treme X-Men By Claremont Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
11 Superior Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Miracleman Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
13 Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
14 X-Men By Hickman Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
15 King In Black Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
16 Batman No Man's Land Omnibus Vol. 2 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
17 War Of Kings Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
18 Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Spider-Verse / Spider-Geddon Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
20 X-Men Inferno Prologue Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
21 X-Men Inferno HC (the mini-series HC, not the Omni!) Marvel Oversized Hardcover
Daredevil By Miller & Janson Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Moon Knight by Lemire and Smallwood Complete Collection TP Marvel Trade Paperback
24 Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
25 Star Wars: War Of The Bounty Hunters Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
26 Avengers Vs. X-Men Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
27 X-Men: Fall Of The Mutants Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
28 Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 3 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Amazing Spider-Man by Nick Spencer Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
31 Something Is Killing Children DLX Edition HC (reg + Slipcase) Boom Oversized Hardcover
32 Miles Morales: Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Boys Oversized Omnibus HC Vol 01 Dynamite Omnibus Hardcover
34 The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus HC (New Ed. 2022) DC Omnibus Hardcover
Spider-Man 2099 Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
36 Avengers by Busiek & Perez Omnibus Vol. 1 HC New Printing Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Justice League: The New 52 Omnibus Vol. 2 DC Omnibus Hardcover
38 Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Immortal Hulk Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
X-Factor By Peter David Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
41 Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
42 Miles Morales: Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol. 3 HC Marvel Hardcover
TMNT The Last Ronin HC IDW Oversized Hardcover
45 Moon Knight By Huston, Benson & Hurwitz Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Fantastic Four Full Circle Alex Ross PX (reg + Slipcase Edition) Abrams Comicarts Oversized Hardcover
47 Batman: No Man's Land Omnibus Vol. 1 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Deadly Class Deluxe HC Vol 03 Image Deluxe Hardcover
49 Captain America By Ed Brubaker Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
50 Spider-Man By Stern Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
51 Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
52 Silver Surfer By Slott & Allred Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Secret Wars Omnibus HC New Printing Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Boys Oversized Omnibus HC Vol 02 Dynamite Omnibus Hardcover
55 Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
56 Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus HC Vol 05 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
57 Ultimate X-Men Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
58 Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Fantastic Four By John Byrne Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
60 Savage Avengers By Gerry Duggan Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
61 Captain America Lives! Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
63 Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
64 Catwoman of East End Omnibus by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Immortal Iron Fist & The Immortal Weapons Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
66 American Vampire Omnibus Vol. 2 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
67 X-Men: Inferno Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
68 Kill Or Be Killed DLX ED HC Image Comics Oversized Hardcover
American Vampire Omnibus Vol. 1 (2022 Edition) HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
69 Deadly Class Deluxe HC Vol 02 New Edition Image Oversized Hardcover
70 Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol 12 Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Daredevil Epic Collection Vol 12: It Comes With Claws TP Marvel Trade Paperback
The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Two HC DC Oversized Hardcover
74 X-Men: Hellfire Gala - The Red Carpet Collection HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
75 Gideon Falls Deluxe Edition HC Vol 02 Image Oversized Hardcover
X-Men: Mutant Massacre Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Star Wars By Jason Aaron Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
78 War Of The Realms Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
79 New X-Men Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Sleeper Omnibus (2022 Edition) HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
81 Dark Nights: Metal Omnibus HC DC Comics Omnibus Hardcover
82 Black Panther By Christopher Priest Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Daredevil Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Star Wars: Darth Vader By Gillen & Larroca Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
85 Wolverine: Weapon X Gallery Edition HC Marvel Artist Edition
86 Amazing Spider-Man Michelinie McFarlane Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Spider-Man By McFarlane Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
88 Wolverine Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
90 Star Wars Legends: The New Republic Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 10 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Batman #125 DC Single Issue
Once & Future Deluxe Book 1 (HC & Limited Slipcase Edition) Boom! Oversized Hardcover
94 Seven To Eternity HC Image Oversized Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 2 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Batman & Robin By Tomasi and Gleason Omnibus (2022 Edition) HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Ice Cream Man Sundae Edition HC Vol 01 Image Oversized Hardcover
99 The Animal Man Omnibus (2022 Edition) HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Star Wars Legends: The Rebellion Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
101 Fantastic Four By Millar & Hitch Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Flash by Mark Waid Omnibus Vol. 1 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Hellions By Zeb Wells HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
X-23 Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
105 Conan The Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 9 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Omnibus Vol. 2 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus Vol 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
108 Spider-Man: Life Story HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol 10 Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Incredible Hulk By Peter David Omnibus Vol. 5 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
X-Men Omnibus HC Vol 02 Tuska DM Variant New Printing Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Captain America By Nick Spencer Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
114 Paper Girls Complete Story Compendium TP Image Trade Paperback
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol. 7: The Goblin's Last Stand TP Marvel Trade-Paperback
The Question by Dennis O'Neil Omnibus Vol. 1 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Annihilation Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
118 Bowie Stardust Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams HC Insight Editions Oversized Hardcover
Deadly Class Deluxe HC Vol 01 New Edition Image Oversized Hardcover
Fantastic Four Epic Collection Vol. 17: All In The Family TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Empyre Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Captain Marvel By Kelly Thompson Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Black Cat By Jed Mackay Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
124 Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel Single Issue
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol 4 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Excalibur Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Predator: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Mighty Thor Omnibus Vol. 4 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
129 Gwenpool Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Ascender Deluxe Ed HC Image Oversized Hardcover
X-Men Omnibus Vol 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Hulk: Planet Hulk Omnibus HC New Printing Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Batman By Grant Morrison Omnibus HC Vol 01 DC Omnibus Hardcover
134 X-Men Avengers Onslaught Omnibus HC New Printing Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 8 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Incredible Hulk By Peter David Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 3 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
100 Bullets Omnibus Vol. 2 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Wolverine By Benjamin Percy Vol. 1 HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Judge Dredd By Brian Bolland Apex Edition HC 2000 AD Artist Edition
X Lives & Deaths Of Wolverine HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Doctor Strange Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
144 Captain Mar-Vell Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Monstress HC Vol 02 Image Oversized Hardcover
Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 3 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Daredevil Brubaker Lark Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Deadpool & Cable Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
149 Savage Sword Of Conan: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 8 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Incal Deluxe Slipcase HC Humanoids Oversized Hardcover
Many Deaths Of Laila Starr TP Boom! Trade Paperback
Daredevil Epic Collection Vol. 13: A Touch of Typhoid TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Miles Morales Spider-Man #1 Marvel Single Issue
155 Absolute Sandman V3 DC Comics Absolute Edition
The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 9 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Wolverine & The X-Men By Jason Aaron Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Captain Britain Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Echolands HC Vol 01 w/ Signed Bookplate! Image Oversized Hardcover
161 Star Wars Legends: The Empire Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Absolute Multiversity HC DC Oversized Hardcover
Fantastic Four Epic Collection Tp New Fantastic Four New Ptg Marvel Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks
Decorum by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston Oversized HC Image Oversized Hardcover
Conan The King: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
52 Omnibus HC 2022 Edition DC Omnibus Hardcover
167 Amazing Fantasy #1000 Marvel Single Issue
Invincible Compendium Volume 1 TP Image Trade Paperback
Thor By Matt Fraction Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
She-Hulk By Peter David Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol 1 HC Variant Edition Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Doctor Doom Book Of Doom Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Ultimates By Millar & Hitch Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Paper Girls Deluxe Edition Volume 3 HC Image Hardcover
X-Men Epic Collection Vol 20: Bishops Crossing TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Grayson The Superspy Omnibus (2022 Edition) DC Omnibus Hardcover
177 Doctor Strange Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror Ominous Omnibus Vol 01 Abrams Comicarts Oversized Hardcover
Daredevil Epic Collection Vol 14: Heart Of Darkness Marvel Trade Paperback
The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book One HC DC Oversized Hardcover
Spider-Man Vs. Venom Omnibus HC New Printing Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Cable By Duggan & Noto HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
183 Daredevil #1 Marvel Single Issue
The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Five HC DC Oversized Hardcover
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol 4 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Excalibur Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Doctor Strange By Aaron & Bachalo Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Moon Knight Omnibus HC Vol 02 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Incredible Hulk Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Batman The Road To No Mans Land Omnibus HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Animal Man by Jeff Lemire Omnibus HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
HEROES REBORN: AMERICA'S MIGHTIEST HEROES OMNIBUS HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Bone Orchard Mythos HC Passageway Image Hardcover
Savage Dragon Ultimate Collection HC Image Oversized Hardcover
Batman City Of Crime Deluxe Edition HC DC Oversized Hardcover
Paper Girls Deluxe Edition Volume 2 HC Image Hardcover
Brightest Day Omnibus (2022 Edition) HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Richard Stark's Parker: The Martini Edition - Last Call HC Slipcase IDW Oversized Hardcover
Fantastic Four #1 Marvel Single Issue
Batman Curse Of The White Knight Deluxe Edition HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
201 Fantastic Four Epic Collection Vol 25: Strange Days TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 6 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Incredible Hulk By Peter David Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
No One Else by R. Kikuo Johnson TP Fantagraphics Trade-Paperback
Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition HC DC Oversized Hardcover
The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Three HC DC Oversized Hardcover
Amazing Spider-man Epic Collection: TP Invasion Of Spider Slayers Marvel Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks
X-Force By Benjamin Percy Vol. 2 HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
X-Force Epic Collection Vol 7: Zero Tolerance TP Marvel Trade Paperback
210 The Sandman Book One TP DC Comics Trade Paperback
Aliens: The Original Years Omnibus Vol. 4 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Fantastic Four #2 Marvel Single Issue
Ghost Rider #1 Marvel Single Issue
Fantastic Four Epic Collection Vol 8: Annihilus Revealed TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Spider-Man: Brand New Day Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Moon Knight: Marc Spector Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Die HC Image Oversized Hardcover
218 Hulk: Maestro By Peter David Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
The Sandman: The Deluxe Edition Book Four HC DC Oversized Hardcover
Moon Knight Omnibus HC Vol 01 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 4 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 5 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Infinite Crisis Omnibus HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Detective Comics #27 Facsimile Edition (2022) DC Comics Single Issue
Daredevil By Chip Zdarsky: To Heaven Through Hell Vol. 4 HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
X-Force By Benjamin Percy HC Vol 01 Marvel Oversized Hardcover
Young Avengers By Heinberg And Cheung Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Books of Magic Omnibus Vol. 3 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Star Wars Legends: Rise Of The Sith Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Nocturnals Omnibus HC Vol 02 Dark Horse Comics Oversized Hardcover
Criminal: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 2 New Edition (2021) HC Image Oversized Hardcover
Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man Artist’s Edition HC IDW Artist Edition
Daredevil By Chip Zdarsky HC Vol 03 To Heaven Through Hell Marvel Oversized Hardcover
234 Batman #128 Cover A Jimenez DC Comics Single Issue
Uzumaki 3-in-1 Deluxe Edition HC Viz Hardcover
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Compendium HC IDW Omnibus Hardcover
Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? The Deluxe Edition HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
Absolute Swamp Thing by Alan Moore Vol. 3 HC DC Absolute Edition
Ultimate X-Men Omnibus Vol. 2 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Thunderbolts Omnibus Vol. 3 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Captain Marvel By Kelly Sue DeConnick Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Omnibus Vol. 3 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Absolute Carnage Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Akira 35th Anniversary HC Box Set Kodansha Comics Box-Set
245 Sandman Omnibus V2 DC Comics Omnibus Hardcover
Barry Windsor-Smith's Monsters HC (UK Edition) Jonathan Cape Oversized Hardcover
Paper Girls Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC Image Hardcover
Fantastic Four By John Byrne Omnibus Vol. 1 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Saga #56 Image Single Issue
Batman: One Dark Knight HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
Ghost Rider Epic Collection Volume 1: Hell On Wheels TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Wolverine By Benjamin Percy Vol. 2 HC Marvel Deluxe Hardcover
The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition DC Comics Hardcover
Spider-Man By Joe Kelly Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Elektra #100 Marvel Single Issue
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol 8: Man-Wolf At Midnight TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Berserk Deluxe Edition HC Vol 11 Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Absolute Swamp Thing By Len Wein And Bernie Wrightson HC DC Comics Absolute Edition
Mighty Thor Omnibus HC Vol 1 Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Nova: Richard Rider Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Absolute Doomsday Clock HC DC Comics Absolute Edition
Batman #127 DC Comics Single Issue
Batman & Joker Deadly Duo #1 (Of 7) DC Comics Single Issue
Spider-Man #1 Marvel Single Issue
Ice Cream Man TP Vol 01 Rainbow Sprinkles Image Trade Paperback
Moon Knight By Bendis & Maleev: The Complete Collection TP Marvel Trade Paperback
267 Madman Library Edition Volume 3 HC Dark Horse Comics Oversized Hardcover
Batman #126 DC Comics Single Issue
Absolute Sandman V1 DC Comics Absolute Edition
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 7 HC Dark Horse Comics Deluxe Hardcover
Ghost Rider #9 Marvel Single Issue
Primordial HC Image Hardcover
Hayao Miyazaki Shunas Journey GN HC First Second Hardcover
She-Hulk Epic Collection Vol 3: Breaking Fourth Wall TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Astro City Metrobook TP Vol 01 w/Signed Bookplate! Image Trade Paperback
Avengers Epic Collection Vol. 7: The Avengers/Defenders War TP New Printing Marvel Trade Paperback
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol 1: Great Power TP New Printing Marvel Trade Paperback
Silver Surfer Epic Collection Vol. 4: Parable TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Pulp HC Process Edition Image Oversized Hardcover
Generation X Epic Collection Vol. 2: Emplate's Revenge TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Justice League By Scott Snyder Book Two Deluxe Edition HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
Thor by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 TP Marvel Trade-Paperback
X-Men: Legionquest HC Marvel Oversized Hardcover
Adam Warlock Omnibus HC Starlin Cover [DM Only] Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
JSA Omnibus Vol. 2 HC DC Comics Omnibus Hardcover
JSA Omnibus Vol. 3 HC DC Comics Omnibus Hardcover
Amazing Spider-Man #8 Marvel Single Issue
Doctor Strange Epic Collection Vol 5: Reality War TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Razorblades Omnibus HC Book 01 Image Oversized Hardcover
Watchmen: Absolute Edition HC DC Comics Absolute Edition
Amazing Spider-Man #9 Marvel Single Issue
Batman #129 DC Comics Single Issue
Mighty Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 - With Great Power... Marvel Trade Paperback
Thor by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Batman/Catwoman HC DC Comics Deluxe Hardcvoer
Loki: God Of Stories Omnibus HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
Absolute Sandman V4 DC Comics Absolute Edition
Absolute Sandman V5 DC Comics Absolute Edition
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol 3 HC Marvel Omnibus Hardcover
300 Amazing Spider-Man #7 Marvel Single Issue
Batman #130 DC Comics Single Issue
Department Of Truth TP Vol 01 Image Trade Paperback
Action Comics #1 Facsimile Edition (2022) DC Comics Single Issue
Deadpool Samurai GN 01 Marvel Trade Paperback
Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe (New Edition) HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
Batman Spawn The Classic Collection HC DC Comics Hardcover
Karmen HC Image Oversized Hardcover
History Of Marvel Univ Treasury Edition TP McNiven Cover Marvel Trade Paperback
Follow Me Down HC A Reckless Book Image Hardcover
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman HC Pantheon Hardcover
All Star Superman Deluxe Edition HC DC COMICS Oversized Hardcover
Rorschach HC DC Comics Hardcover
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Kravens Last Hunt TP (New Ptg) Marvel Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks
Excalibur By Tini Howard HC Vol 02 Marvel Oversized Hardcover
Wolverine Epic Collection Vol. 9: Tooth And Claw TP Marvel Trade Paperback
X-Factor Epic Collection Vol. 9: Afterlives TP Marvel Trade Paperback
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta Compendium TP Image Trade Paperback
Mister Miracle: The Deluxe Edition HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
Doctor Strange Epic Collection Vol 4: Alone Against Eternity TP Marvel Trade-Paperback
East Of West The Apocalypse Year One HC Image Oversized Hardcover
Amazing Spider-Man #10 Marvel Single Issue
Suicide Squad Get Joker HC DC Comics Oversized Hardcover
Hard Boiled (Second Edition) HC Dark Horse Comics Oversized Hardcover
Batman By Grant Morrison Omnibus HC Vol 03 DC Omnibus Hardcover
Preacher: The 25th Anniversary Omnibus Vol. 1 HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Justice League: The Detroit Era Omnibus HC DC Omnibus Hardcover
Gold Goblin #1 (Of 5) Marvel Single Issue
Poison Ivy #1 DC Comics Single Issue

 


Venomnibus by Cates is the clear winner in 2022 — not a big surprise, huh? Actually, when adding the pre-order copies from 2021 & the ones we just sold in 2023 it's the first Omni to cross the magical three-digit barrier! Yup, more than 100 sold of this bad boy. Uncanny X-Men V5 (2) follows on its heels , and looking at the current pre-order numbers, it's easy to predict that this will be a big seller in 2023 as well. 

I was also quite surprised to see that Thor by Aaron V1 (8) has also almost crossed the magical 100 and is now our second-best-selling product of all time. We still have a few copies left... in case Marvel takes a little longer with a reprint. 

If 2021's pre-order sales would be added the Gotham Central Omnibus (6) would be a Top3 book as well. Which I find extremely surprising and a tremendous success for an almost-non-superhero book; and a reprint to begin with. DC must have taken the hint and released everything else they had in their catalogue by Ed Brubaker, though Sleeper (79) and Catwoman (64) didn't chart nearly as high. I am 100% sure it would have added a good 20-30% to the sales if they've added "by Ed Brubaker" to the titles, since his regular readers don't normally buy DC Omnis. 

Star Wars Darth Vader By Soule Omnibus (9) was by a long shot the most successful Star Wars Omni of the year. Bounty Hunters (25) did also pretty well, the others... not so much. I am convinced a reprint of the much-beloved Old Republic would have done better numbers, but it seems reprinting Star Wars, Conan and other properties which don't originate with Marvel seems to be more difficult for them. 

X-Treme X-Men on 10 is another BIG surprise, at least for me. It's not one of the most lauded X-Men runs, and that it outsold the Hickman is quite interesting (though the Hickman Omni already pre-sold in 2021).

All in all a pretty diverse bunch, the Top-tenners, and the incoming pre-order numbers prove that the popularity of the Omnibus format has not peaked, yet. Or that we still attract new customers, both of which I am very thankful for!

It's hard to call the pre-order numbers for the Superior Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1 (11) a disappointment, but it's definitely not the blow out of the water that was expected — by me at least. Fans have begged for an Omni treatment for this run for many years. It could have been the timing of the announcement in September. It was overall our most problematic month when the general insecurity in Europe was at an all-time high (and the Dollar as well). Or it shows that more modern runs have a tougher time with the Omni-crowd? I'll talk about this when we get further down the list. 

A pleasant surprise was the high ranking of the Miracleman Omnibus  (13). I do not fool myself that my Christmas recommendation had anything to do with it, but it's just nice to have a book written by "the original author" so far up in the charts. 

The King in Black Omnibus and the Batman No Man's Land Omnibus Vol. 2, DC's second entry come in at 15, resp. 16, are both great successes for 150$ books. It is very clear that thick, -- well, I won't call them expensive books, because when you get down to the price-per-page ratio some of those thickies can be "cheaper" than your standard 100$-Omni -- let's call them high-priced books, well those are a tougher sell. The Venomnibus moved almost double the units compared with King in Black, I would've expected the two books much closer to one another. 

Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus V1 ranks on 18 and I think this is spectacular. And sensational! And also Web of! (Actually I could bet we’ll get a Web-of-announcement later in 2023) This is the fourth printing of the book (of which the DM variant has gone out of print yet again a few weeks ago!) and it just keeps selling to a new audience. This is the best proof that new people are still entering the Omni-game. All volumes of Amazing that we stocked in 2022 charted in the upper two thirds of the Top100. And with a reprint of V4 around the corner, we only have to wait for an announcement of Volume 6!

At 21 we have the first non-Omni: X-Men Inferno Hardcover — the closing of Hickmans stint on X-Men. Followed on 21 by the first non-hardcover, namely the Moon Knight by Lemire and Smallwood Complete Collection TP. This one sold everywhere: online, at the cons, in the brick&mortar. It's also easy to hand-sell it because not only is it a very good comic, but it can also be read and understood without previous knowledge of the character nor a diploma in Marvel continuity. People watch the TV shows and ask about the comics: yes, the phenomenon exists! What's missing is the product which we can hand them. While it is great to have new series for characters currently in focus, most people don't want to start with a commitment; and every Volume 1 is one. They ask about "the best", the one classic story with a beginning and an end. You know, the "Killing Joke" or "Year One" or "Dark Knight Returns" or "Long Halloween" of the particular character. I am pretty sure Batman’s popularity also stems from the fact that DC hired great creators to create different non-continuity-loaded takes on the character. And while not every one of them can be a creative or commercial success, no better "classic library" has been built for any character. It’s those perennial sellers which in turn manage to introduce new people to the character all the time. And they can still jump on the "ongoing series" when they feel ready for the commitment. We have 8 Batman collections chart in the Top300, and that’s not counting any Omnis (another 7!).

Marvel not only lacks those kind of books, but but the few they have, like for example the fantastic graphic novels Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have created for Daredevil, the Hulk, Spider-Man and Captain America, they do not keep in print. And while there's an upcoming Gallery Edition of Spider-Man Blue a monster-sized Hardcover is not exactly the ideal format for the casual buyer. Actually the only non-Omni/Epic collection Spider-Man charts in the Top300 is Life Story by Chip Zdarsky (105). It's one vs. eight. Staggering.

On 31 we finally have the first Non-Big-Two book. And I guess nobody's surprised to see Something is Killing the Children taking that spot. Though the sales on the TPs have considerably slowed down, we consistently sell a few copies of the hardcover or the slipcase every month. 

Not far behind on 33 is the next indie book, namely the first Volume of the The Boys Hardcover Omnibus. On the one hand the hype for the TV show was immense, on the other one the series already went through so many editions, in soft- and hardcover, and I feel the Omnis did not quite had the maximum impact. Maybe the material also doesn't necessarily scream for (another) oversized edition? I am joking, of course! EVERYTHING is better in oversized hardcovers!

34 features the first non-Gotham-related DC Book: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus in its newest printing, another 150$-price tag from DC. But people bought it nonetheless. Same with the recent oversized HC, it just sells. It might not be the best Superman story, but it is by far the most successful one. The “best one”, of course a very subjective matter, still charts on 228 (Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow by Alan Moore).

The dying Superman shares the rank with Spider-Man 2099 V1, an omnibus subsequently raised by Marvel to the ever-popular $150 level. It's a respectable spot for a book not woven in Marvel main continuity (well, with the whole Spider-Verse this is only half-true), but even Omar's love for the character and the buzz around Spider-verse could't catapult it into higher spheres. V2 was already announced, though, so all good. This also marks the first entry by Peter David in our bestseller list. And there are MANY more to come!

The Immortal Hulk. One of Marvel's  most lauded runs in the past decade, if not THE most lauded one. An epic told in 50+ chapters, with thoroughly impressive art by Joe Bennett. This has OMNIBUS TREATMENT written all over it. So why "only" rank 39? Well, a lot of people order when the FOC approaches, which is still a few days away. And with the additional orders we got in the first two weeks of '23 alone this one would be very close to the Top20. And yes, again: 150$ cover price AND a modern run. Not an easy sell. 

Are you still reading? Good, because I am by far not done! 

Miles Morales V1 (42) shares the rank with Uncanny X-Men V3, a second (if not third) printing. Same as with the ASM Omnis, all UXMs, which were available, have sold very well, even last copies at cover or above cover price. People know reprints will come someday, but they want it now. Those big books are now Marvel’s perennial sellers and I assume they must be very happy at this price point. And for potential new customers they started the cheaper, almost Tankobon-sized Mighty Masterworks line (Amazing V1 on 267). They sell decent numbers, but mostly to the same people who already have the material in multiple editions. In the brick&mortar the 60s art is an instant turnoff for newcomers. Sad but true!

TMNT The Last Ronin is a massive hit for IDW (42). And I can’t remember since I started reading comics in the early 90s that TMNT comics have been more popular than now. The Hardcover Compendium (basically an Omni) didn’t sell crazy numbers, but still very well for a 150$ book (for 832 pages!). And as with many others we could have probably sold more if they wouldn’t have been out of stock for a certain period. Unfortunately it takes ca 4 weeks to get big books restocked from PRH (ca two weeks for trades) and 2-3 from Diamond. We’re working on faster transportation, but we have to priotize cost-effectiveness and stock-safety over speed.

Abrams Comicarts charts twice in the Top300: Fantastic Four Full Circle by Alex Ross is at 45, while the first Volume of the Simpsons Halloween comics comes in at 177. Both books are beautifully produced and retail at very reasonable prices. Looking forward to more releases by them. 

The oversized hardcover of Deadly Class V3 charts at 47, which officially makes it our best selling Image book of 2022. The demand for the Image “Big Books” has picked up immensely compared to last year. It took them a while to expand the program, and I wonder why, since Brubaker’s books have always done very well. Speaking of which, his Captain America run (resp. the first volumes of it, both reprints from 2021) keeps selling like hot cakes and comes in at 49, resp. 61. Breaking up a longer run in multiple, slimmer volumes seems to make a lot of sense commercially and I hope Marvel takes notice. We are definitely a Brubaker store, our store had a nice shelf just for his and Master Phillips books for about half a year, but his books sell very well online as well. Everyone loves the stuff. Except for Reckless. Only one volume makes the Top300, coming in at -ehem- 300. I can’t tell if it’s the format or that people don’t come back for more? It mostly sells in bulks of multiple volumes. Anyway, once the Kill or be Killed HC (68) is back in print it will surely make up for the rather lacklustre Reckless years. 

At 70 we have the first Manga entry, unsurprisingly a Berserk Volume. We could have probably sold at least 30%, if not 50% more of the latest hardcover volume  but we underestimated demand and, like always with Berserk, the book went OOP shortly after release. Dark Horse does a very good job of keeping them reprints coming, and in a few weeks we’ll have it back in stock. Needless to say, all volumes of Berserk chart in the Top300. Berserk shares rank 70 with the highest ranking Epic Collection of 2022: Daredevil Volume 12: It comes with Claws, which is now also our all-time best-selling Epic! Both Ann Nocenti Daredevil Epics also chart in the Top200 (149 and 177) and it’s getting ridiculous that Marvel still hasn’t announced a Nocenti Omnibus, yet. Don’t you want to print money, Marvel?! In my humble opinion a fantastic, criminally underrated run. A third book is also charting at 70, and it’s the first Sandman entry. It’s the second Volume of the Deluxe editions, which seems pretty random. Except for the fact that both first Volume of the Omni AND the first Volume of the Deluxes (all 5 chart in the 300) were not in print most of the year. Maybe they didn’t think that a Netflix show helmed by Neil Gaiman himself could possibly move some books…? Anyways, we did sell quite a few of the thick TPs in the brick&mortar (Vol 1 comes in at 201) and tons of Absolutes (4 out of five chart in the 300). In total 13 different Sandman titles charted and it was a great year for Vertigo's (now DC Black Label, meh) flagship.

Only in the 90th place we have the first Conan book, namely Original Marvel Years Vol. 10. All new volumes move OK, but activity on the older ones has cooled off. Marvel seems to have had the right instinct: Get as much out quickly as possible and then hand over the license again when interest wanes. I am curious how Titan will fare with their Conan books. Also on the 90th we have the first single issue to enter the chart: Maximally unsurprising that it's Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez' Batman #125. We do love the single issue format, but this chart makes it pretty obvious why are our priorities are and will stay with other formats. While floppies will never go away, their importance for the industry will decrease. Every retailer interview I encounter deals with this topic. We are happy to have singles as an add-on, but not being dependent on the sales. But them variant cover are just so pretteeeeyyyyyyy!

The Ice Cream Man Sundae Edition HC Vol 01 on 98 is another hit from Image Comics. We have also sold a bunch of TPs, but our audience loves the hardcover format, and this was one of those crossover books that all kinds of readers bought both in-store and online. There might have been a lot of Omnis, which had weaker pre-order numbers than the Fantastic Four By Millar & Hitch Omnibus (101) (Hi there, Squirrel Girl! Hello, Captain America by Nehisi-Coates and a few others who didn't even make the Top300). But there was a time, when those creator names practically guaranteed success, hence their mention in the title. Well, it seems those days are long over, since the book didn't even make the Top100. Which is a pity, because I remember this run to be pretty fun and, obviously, very easy on the eye. Maybe it will sell better on release. 

I will close this commentary with rank 118, which features the best-charting original graphic novel: Bowie Stardust Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams by Michael Allred. It's a really nice looking book, as you'd expect from Allred, and it was by far our bestseller in-store. Most of the people probably bought it because they were Bowie-fans (we're in Berlin after all!) but I want to believe it's also Allred's art and striking cover which made them pick it up and browse through it in the first place. 

OK. That's enough. Of course there is much more to say. And maybe I will. But for now I hope you enjoyed this. If you did please let me know, that would actually be a great motivator to repeat it in the future. Because those longer pieces take a lot longer than you might think. And of course I want to hear your thoughts on the chart and what your favs of the last year have been!

Cheers
Walt

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