Crossovers, “Love is Love” top December 2016 comic sales

The final month of 2016 saw the usual Big Two crossovers top the sales charts. Meanwhile, “Love is Love” topped the trade paperback list.

Comics

Below are the top 10 selling comics, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1$3.99DC
2INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1$5.99MAR
3DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #7$5.99DC
4BATMAN #12$2.99DC
5BATMAN #13$2.99DC
6CIVIL WAR II #8$4.99MAR
7STAR WARS #26$3.99MAR
8STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1$4.99MAR
9HULK #1$3.99MAR
10ALL-STAR BATMAN #5$4.99DC

The top selling title is the initial issue of the “Justice League”/”Suicide Squad” crossover. It’s followed by “Inhumans vs. X-Men” #1, Marvel’s own crossover.

Batman takes up four of the top 10 spots (five if you count the JL/SS crossover).

“The Walking Dead,” which often appears in the top 10, clocked in this month in 11th place.

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Below are the top 10 selling trade paperbacks/graphic novels, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1LOVE IS LOVE SC$9.99IDW
2BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM TP$16.99DC
3DESCENDER VOLUME 3: SINGULARITIES TP$14.99IMA
4WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP$29.99MAR
5I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 2: FLUFF MY LIFE TP$14.99IMA
6INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOLUME 1: REBOOT TP$17.99MAR
7STAR WARS: POE DAMERON VOL. 1: BLACK SQUADRON TP$19.99MAR
8DOCTOR STRANGE VOLUME 1: WAY OF WEIRD TP$19.99MAR
9BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE HC$22.99DC
10BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 5: TRUE ATONEMENT TP (MR)$14.99IMA

The IDW/DC Comics co-published anthology “Love is Love” topped the trade paperback/graphic novel list this month. The volume consists of short stories and artwork by various creators. It was published to honor the victims of the 2016 Orlando, Florida mass shooting at a gay nightclub.

Marvel took up four spots on the list; Image three; and DC two.

New York Times best-seller list

The top selling paperback graphic novel on the New York Times’ best-seller list in December is Raina Telgemeier’s “Ghosts.”

“DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal” is the best hardcover seller.

Miscellaneous

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 36.73%
  2. DC: 29.47%
  3. Image: 8.81%
  4. IDW: 5.49%
  5. Dark Horse: 3.17%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. Marvel: 40.5%
  2. DC: 29.04%
  3. Image: 7.7%
  4. Dynamite: 6.97%
  5. IDW: 4.1%

Comic sales are down (in dollar/unit shares) 9.69%/1.56% since November. They’re down 14.84%/6.66% over December 2015. For the year, comic sales were flat, at 0.3%/1.1%.

Comichron notes that 2015 was boosted by the return of the “Star Wars” license to Marvel. However, DC’s “Rebirth” revamp helped 2016’s sales.

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