OUTCAST #1, the new book by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta has been a huge success, we’re told with orders surpassing The Walking Dead #128 with a print run of 86,000 copies. Even more impressive? The book shipped without ANY variants.
However it still shows up on the Diamond chart at #11 because 10% of the orders were subtracted because it shipped returnable.
There haven’t BEEN any returns, but that’s how Diamond runs the numbers, and even though the second printing was enormous, and there are more than 4000 copies on backorder, it still gets the returnability discount from Diamond.
Which, to be fair, is how they do things. It’s just that in this case it isn’t representative of how the book actually sold.
Personal to Chris Rice: nota bene
As for the book itself, it was a pretty groovy double sized first issue with a strong new lead character and some tasty art by Azaceta.
What did y’all think?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.