The cold, calculating machine-brain of Challengers, Dal's professional demeanor hides a heart that runs almost entirely on comics and graphic novels. In the trenches of comics retail for almost as long as Patrick, Dal's ready to debate the merits of today's most acclaimed creators and point out the hidden gems of the past. He also occasionally smiles. I saw it once. I think.
As we've done in years past (based on posts from other retailers like Brian Hibbs from Comix Experience), here's our list of the 100 top-selling comics at Challengers in 2019. This list is based on the number of copies each issue sold, with the higher priced issue being listed first in the case of a tie. I'm sure we'll be discussing this list on an upcoming episode of Contest of Challengers, so keep an eye or ear or whatever open for that in the coming week. Otherwise, look over this list and see if you need to check some of these out in 2020!
As we've done in years past (based on posts from other retailers like Brian Hibbs from Comix Experience), here's our list of the 100 top-selling graphic novels at Challengers in 2019. This list is based on the number of copies each title sold, with the higher priced book being listed first in the case of a tie. I'm sure we'll be discussing this list on an upcoming episode of Contest of Challengers, so keep an eye or ear or whatever open for that in the coming week. Otherwise, look over this list and see if you need to check some of these out in 2020!
Here’s what you’ll be reading after you come out of your Thanksgiving-induced food coma… --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- POWER RANGERS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 The Power Rangers arrive in New York City to find Tommy Oliver (the Green Ranger) but soon discover he's joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan! As the Rangers are sent reeling by this betrayal, they're confronted by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! 20XX #1 From JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, GIRLS, THE SWORD), this sci-fi thriller for mature readers imagines a not-so-distant future-a world of norms and syms, divided by fear. Syms, a small percentage of the population with telekinetic abilities, form gangs to survive. But division only breeds more division, and Mer and Nuon experience this firsthand as they become entangled in the often dramatic, sometimes violent, but always complex social landscape of sym gang rivalries in Anchorage, Alaska. OVER THE ROPES #1 Step Over the Ropes and into 1990's wrestling. A young high-flyer named Jason Lynn goes off-script in a match to win the world title and sets the southern territory on fire as the face-painted wrestler, Phoenix. Jason's battles between the ropes are only outperformed by his struggles outside the ring. CONAN SERPENT WAR #1 The serpent god SET plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and only the chosen warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him. In an unprecedented comics event, Robert E. Howard's characters (Conan, Soloman Kane, Dark Agnes) join forces along with Marvel's Moon Knight, in an all-new saga built on REH and Marvel lore from across the ages! NEW YEARS EVIL #1 Why hello there, readers! It's your Uncle Joker letting you know that this year's DC winter holiday special is not for the good guys. It's all about the folks on Santa's naughty list! Folks like me, Sinestro, Toyman, Harley Quinn, and even an appearance from that timely rascal the Calendar Man. Come sledding with your favorite villains in 10 fantastic tales created by comics' finest talents. THOR WORTHY #1 Walter Simonson's Thor run is widely considered to be not only some of the best Thor comics of all time, but simply some of the best comics, period. Now the legend returns for a special tale about Thor and Beta Ray Bill - with art from Mike Hawthorne and beloved veteran Sal Buscema! VAMPIRONICA NEW BLOOD #1 Riverdale's own bombshell bloodsucker is back! Following the events of the Jughead the Hunger vs. Vampironica crossover, Veronica returns to her own universe, still a vampire. She's not the same, and she knows it. And now she needs answers. But she may not be ready for what she's about to discover! INFECTED DEATHBRINGER #1 Donna Troy is a hero. She's strong, she's brave, she's one of the fiercest warriors on the planet...and she's the Batman Who Laughs' next target for infection! She is done with bringing peace to a world that cannot be trusted with it. She's a woman whose past has been her greatest adversary, and whose newly awakened dark side is ready to burn it all down and forge a new destiny. No more peace. Only...Deathbringer! --DON’T OVERLOOK--- X-MEN #3, BATMAN #84, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #10, DIE #10, DOCTOR DOOM #3, SPAWN #303, and MARAUDERS #3. We’re ready for you, December! Give up all of your comic goodness!
We are so thankful for all of these great New Comics and Graphic Novels! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE INFINITE CRISIS #1 Infinite Crisis saw the destruction of the Trinity, the rise of Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, and the rebirth of the Multiverse...but it all started with Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, who saw it all coming and died with secrets that could've saved the world. But...things happened differently in the Dark Multiverse! Not only does Blue Beetle survive- he thrives! And after killing Maxwell Lord himself, Ted sets off a chain of events that irreversibly alters the lives of the Justice League and his best friend, Booster Gold. In trying to prevent a crisis, Blue Beetle becomes the Crisis...and the Dark Multiverse will never be the same. KILLADELPHIA #1 Featuring the show-stopping talents of SPAWN series artist JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER and the writer behind such hit shows as Wutang: An American Saga, Marvel's Runaways, and Starz's American Gods-RODNEY BARNES. When a small-town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father-the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.-he begins to unravel a mystery that leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality... and vampires. JOHN CONSTANTINE HELLBLAZER #1 John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness...and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn't have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London's worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord's would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but...and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece! SPACE RIDERS VORTEX OF DARKNESS #1 It's been twenty years since the riders defeated the DESTROYER GOD OF EVIL and saved the galaxy. But when THE MOTHER OF ALL EVIL GODS appears and threatens to take control of every dimension and every strain of possible reality, the now cybernetically-enhanced ex-riders will come together and travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL! It's a suicidal mission into an infinite vortex of blood and death! CROW HARK THE HERALD #1 Every year, a group of six people gather for Christmas in a cabin in the far North Woods of Wisconsin. But this isn't your average bickering nuclear family-these are six of the most prolific killers in North America. Now, last year's sins have risen from the grave, ready to deliver the gift of revenge. Guided by the Crow, Cecilia Rite will give six psychos a holiday hammer party. --DON’T OVERLOOK--- NEW MUTANTS #2, X-FORCE #2, FALLEN ANGELS #2, BASKETFUL OF HEADS #2, CRIMINAL #10, ACTION COMICS #1017, and the final issue of CURSE WORDS! And we’re thankful for you. So, thanks.
So many event books! And WE have a GLOW event for GLOW VS THE BABYFACE #1! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- QUESTION THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE #1 For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. Eisner-winning writer Jeff Lemire joins forces with the legendary art team of Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz to resurrect Vic Sage, only to destroy him all over again...and again... DEADPOOL #1 Kelly Thompson writes Deadpool!! The Merc with a Mouth finds himself neck deep in political intrigue, monster law, and a monster hunter out for blood! It's like The Crown but with even more swords and monsters! Can Deadpool's smooth charisma and deft diplomacy allow him to keep his head, or will he be royally screwed? GLOW VS THE BABYFACE #1 The women of GLOW are preparing for an all-new sort of a foe... a news anchor! As they learn the art of the promo to convince the media that GLOW isn't a bad influence on children thank you very much, they discover a much bigger problem-a runaway who's been living under the ring! Written by former WWE Woman's Champion AJ Mendez (AJ Lee) and Lucifer's Aimee Garcia! UMBRELLA ACADEMY HAZEL & CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS Hazel and Cha Cha-the bizarre assassins who first appear in Umbrella Academy: Dallas and blew audiences away in the Netflix series-track down a rogue time agent and cross paths with a plot to discredit Christmas! HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE MULTIVERSE #1 The scourge of Anti-Eternia is unleashed on the Multiverse! Blazing a trail across the dimensions, he's devastating each version of Eternia and stealing its power. Now it's up to a ragtag team of surviving He-Men to recruit the one man in existence who might save them: Prince Keldor, the man who would be Skeletor! OLYMPIA #1 Elon is a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books-until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn't the only thing that came through... something evil followed him. RAI (2019) #1 Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures. Valiant's critically celebrated cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future. HEART ATTACK #1 Superpowers and teenage romance collide! Gene therapy has saved Americans from disease-only to give birth to Variants: people with powers so unique, the government denies their human rights. But a rebellion has begun... 2099 ALPHA #1 80 years ago, the Marvel Universe was born. 80 years from now, will it die?! THE FUTURE IS IN PERIL! Events of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN have been leading to this for months. Something is happening in 2099 that spans Nueva York and beyond and will shake up the official Marvel Future forever. This is not a drill! ANNIHILATION SCOURGE ALPHA #1 Something is stirring in the Negative Zone...something that the Marvel Universe isn't ready for! Will Nova be able to assemble a team powerful enough to tackle this burgeoning threat, or is it already too late to stop its descent upon the galaxy? For the Cosmos's greatest heroes, ANNIHILATION is only the beginning... BIG HERO 6 THE SERIES #1 Hiro, Honey Lemon, Wasabi and Go Go are all off on a class trip for the day-leaving Fred at home to defend San Fransokyo! He'd better come up with a strategy, just in case-and what better way to do that than by writing his very own Big Hero 6 comic book! INFECTED SCARAB #1 When Jaime Reyes is in trouble, a powerful scarab transforms him into a super hero. Now the most sinister evil this or any other world has ever seen has his sights set on turning Jaime toward the darkness...and the Batman Who Laughs always gets what he wants. --DON’T OVERLOOK--- MARAUDERS #2, BATMAN #83, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #5, SFSX #3, IMMORTAL HULK #27, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #9, SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #5, and EXCALIBUR #2. All the comics; all the time.