COMIC BOOK SALES

Marvel Secret Wars #1 was the best-selling book of May 2015.  Now, I’m sure we all expected that, but what we might not have expected was that it was (gasp) … Good.  No, not good.  Great!  And not only that, but the dozen-or-so tie-in books that have been released so far have ranged from good to excellent, with only a few stinkers in the bunch.  Amazing quality control there, Marvel, and most unusual for an event!

And it gave Marvel 40% of the market share, stealing DC’s thunder and reducing the #2 publisher to 25% of the market.  Biggest spread in years.  DC really needs to get its shit together.

The second-best-selling book is also no big shocker: BOOM! Studio’s Bravest Warriors: Tales of Holo John #1.  Because it was stuffed in Loot Crates.  Take that out, and it…Wasn’t a top 40 book.

Not only did Secret Wars #1 sell well, but all the other SW books pushed DC’s crappy Convergence event way down the list.  Here’s the top ten:

1.  Secret Wars #1

2.  Bravest Warriors: Tales of Holo John #1

3.,4.  Secret Wars # 2, 5

5.  Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1

6.  A-Force #1

7.  Old Man Logan #1

8.  Darth Vader #5

9.,10.  Convergence #5,6

Nice to see that #s 5-7 were also very, very good comics.  On the trade paperback front, Marvel had a suprising entry with its repackaging of the 1970s classic (and fairly crappy) Night Nurse comic.  I don’t know if that’s because Netflix Daredevil watchers thought they were getting that version of the character, or if readers thought it was soft porn.  Here’s the top 10…

1.  Batman: Earth One Volume 2 (DC)

2.  Night Nurse (Marvel)

3.  Rat Queens Vol. 2 (Image)

4.  Southern Bastards Vol. 2 (Image)

5.  Civil War (Marvel)

6.   Saga Vol. 4  (Image)

7.  Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

8.  Deadpool Vol. 8 (Marvel)

9.  The Valiant (Valiant)

10.  Saga Vol. 1 (Image)

Hmmm.  Deadpool is starting to pop again, Civil War has resurged, and overall Marvel is actually doing fairly well on the trade paperback front—which is usually dominated by Saga, Batman and The Walking Dead.  I’m sure when AMC’s new spin-off starts eating people, we’ll see Kirkman’s book return, but it also looks like, once again, movie hype is driving sales.

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