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

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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.

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

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.

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

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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