May’s comic sales figures are now available. While DC and Marvel’s respective big crossovers “Convergence” and “Secret Wars” did well, it’s Marvel that dominated sales. “Secret Wars” #1 is the top-selling comic for May, per Comichron.
The top 10 comic sales are as follows:
|1||Secret Wars #1||$4.99||Marvel||527,678|
|2||Bravest Warriors: Tales From the Holo John #1||$4.99||Boom||502,737|
|3||Secret Wars #2||$4.99||Marvel||210,807|
|4||Star Wars #5||$3.99||Marvel||146,850|
|5||Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1||$4.99||Marvel||131,839|
|7||Old Man Logan #1||$4.99||Marvel||114,184|
|8||Darth Vader #5||$3.99||Marvel||113,025|
As noted above, Marvel’s “Secret Wars” is a not-so-secret success, as Marvel dominates most of the top 10 slots. “Secret Wars” also outsold DC’s coinciding “Convergence” event, which takes up the ninth and tenth place spots.
The one non-Big Two book in the top ten? “Bravest Warriors: Tales From the Holo-John,” a one-shot special based on the “Bravest Warriors” comic/online animated series. “Bravest Warriors” came in at #2, thanks to being a Loot Crate offering.
As for the trade paperback charts:
|1||Batman: Earth One, vol. 2 (HC)||$24.99||DC||16,702|
|3||Rat Queens, vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth||$14.99||Image||8,115|
|4||Southern Bastards, vol. 2: Gridiron||$9.99||Image||5,143|
|6||Saga, vol. 4||$14.99||Image||4,815|
|7||Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past||$19.99||Viz||4,751|
|8||Deadpool, vol. 8: All Good Things||$24.99||Marvel||4,113|
|10||Saga, vol. 1||$9.99||Image||3,999|
Unlike with the single comics, it’s a more diverse group of books in the trade paperback section. While the top selling book is DC’s second volume of “Batman: Earth One,” the Big Two only take up four of the ten slots. Image, Valiant, and Viz fill out the rest.
Interestingly, “Night Nurse” is in the #2 slot. The book was a short-lived romance/medical drama/adventure title from the 70s; a few later books in the 90s and 2000s show the cast are now tending to wounded Marvel Universe superheroes. The trade paperback here collects the entire original series, plus a “Daredevil” issue that integrated them into the Marvel Universe proper. Fairly strong interest in what seems like an obscure 70s series; a sign romance comics can still be a draw?