The newly rebooted “Black Panther” title is the #1 selling comic for April, aided by much fanfare from the creative talent involved as well as Black Panther’s appearance in the “Civil War” movie.
|1||BLACK PANTHER #1||$4.99||MAR|
|2||STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #1||$4.99||MAR|
|3||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4||$5.99||DC|
|4||STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1||$4.99||MAR|
|7||STAR WARS #18||$3.99||MAR|
|8||DARTH VADER #19||$3.99||MAR|
|9||HARLEY QUINN & SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL’S SPECIAL #1||$4.99||DC|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10||$3.99||MAR|
As usual, Marvel had strong sales this month, thanks to “Star Wars” alongside the usual superheroes. DC had three titles in the top 10, unsurprisingly all Batman-related material.
On the trade paperback side, it’s a mix of publishers and genres, though DC topped the list with the Wonder Woman “Earth-One” graphic novel by Grant Morrison.
|1||WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE BOOK 1 HC||$22.99||DC|
|2||STAR WARS: VADER DOWN TP||$19.99||MAR|
|3||RAT QUEENS VOLUME 3: DEMONS TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|4||I HATE FAIRYLAND VOL. 1: MADLY EVER AFTER TP (MR)||$9.99||IMA|
|5||THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE OGN HC||$24.99||MAR|
|6||CIVIL WAR TP||$24.99||MAR|
|7||DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST VOLUME 1: A MILLIONAIRE WITH MOUTH TP||$15.99||MAR|
|8||BLACK MAGICK VOL. 1: AWAKENING PART ONE TP (MR)||$9.99||IMA|
|9||BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC||$17.99||DC|
|10||RICK & MORTY VOLUME 2 TP||$19.99||ONI|
The top five publishers by dollar/unit share:
- Marvel: 42.98%/47.87%
- DC: 25.82%/25.13%
- Image: 8.72%/8.95%
- IDW: 4.41%/3.67%
- Dark Horse: 3.07%/2.42%
Sales are up by 2.06%/6.5% by dollar/unit share over March. However, they’re down 16.19%/21.49% from April 2015. Comichron chalks it up to differences from last April’s books: DC’s “Convergence” storyline, an extra week of books that year, and the middle-tier publishers cutting down on the number of books released.
A very strong start for Black Panther’s new book. I’m not sure when (or if) the last time the top selling comic starring a Black character was the #1 selling title for the month. I suspect it was probably Spawn in the 1990s?