It’s not a good time to publishing comics, which is odd because a whole bunch of new, small production companies sprang up in the last six months. April 2016 saw a one-fifth reduction in overall sales, and Marvel is now just about selling a comic every time every other publisher, combines, sells one.
Marvel sold 47% of all comics sold last month, crushing DC, who are now down to a 25% market share. Image was third, of course, holding steady between 8% and 9%, where they’ve been for a long time. But’s it’s not all bad news: The best-selling book of the month was also one of the best quality books of the month, Marvel’s Black Panther #1. We’ll see if it can maintain that, but I’m happy to see people bought it. The rest of the top 10 was no surprise: The usual combination of Star Wars and Batman, with a few books featuring movie(ish) characters thrown in…
1. Black Panther #1
2. Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1
3. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4
4. Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1
5. Batman #51
6. Gwenpool #1
7. Star Wars #18
8. Darth Vader #19
9. Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1
10. Amazing Spider-Man #10
Hmmm. Two books fronted by women, and two books fronted by minority characters. This diversity thing is really catching on.
In the graphic novels department, we had another very deserving #1: Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman book. Great story.
1. Wonder Woman: Earth One Book 1
2. Star Wars: Vader Down
3. Rat Queens Vol. 3: Demons
4. I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1: Madly Ever After
5.Thanos: The Infinity Finale
6. Civil War
7. Deadpool: Millionaire with Mouth
8. Black Magick Vol. 1: Awaikening Part One
9. Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition
10. Rick & Morty Vol. 2
Also good to see such variety! Old classics (Civil War, Killing Joke), some new stuff that doesn’t have a movie or TV show or anything (Black Magick, Fairyland, Rat Queens), a book by one of the original great creators (Jim Starlin’s Thanos book!)…A solidly good top 10.