“Secret Empire,” “Venom” top May 2017 comic sales

May 2017 comic sales were topped by “Secret Empire” and an expensive anniversary issue of “Venom.” On the trade paperback side, the top seller was a “Deadpool” hardcover.

Comics

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

RankTitlePricePublisher
1SECRET EMPIRE #1$4.99MAR
2VENOM #150$5.99MAR
3BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION$3.99DC
4THE FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION$3.99DC
5GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MISSION BREAKOUT #1$4.99MAR
6SECRET EMPIRE #2$4.99MAR
7BATMAN #23$2.99DC
8SECRET EMPIRE #3$3.99MAR
9ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$3.99MAR
10THE WALKING DEAD #167 (MR)$2.99IMA

“Secret Empire” is selling well, despite some online negative reaction.

Meanwhile, DC’s special covers for “Batman” and “Flash” (and their weird “Watchmen” tie-in) lead to those being their top-sellers. According to Comichron, sales of those two books would top the sales charts, if Diamond didn’t count their special covers separately from the regular covers.

The only non-Big Two book in the top 10 is “The Walking Dead” at #10.

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Below are the top selling trade paperbacks and graphic novels for May.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD OGN HC$24.99MAR
2BITCH PLANET VOLUME 2: PRESIDENT BITCH TP (MR)$14.99IMA
3SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
4WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 2: YEAR ONE TP$16.99DC
5MOONSHINE VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
6THE FLASH VOLUME 2: THE SPEED OF DARKNESS TP$14.99DC
7CHAMPIONS VOLUME 1: CHANGE THE WORLD TP$15.99MAR
8BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 2: VICTIM SYNDICATE$16.99DC
9THE UNWORTHY THOR TP$15.99MAR
10DOOM PATROL VOLUME 1: BRICK BY BRICK TP (MR)$16.99DC
Moonshine #1 (October 2016)
Moonshine #1 (October 2016). Art by Eduardo Risso.

The top seller this month is a “Deadpool” hardcover. Marvel’s only other top 10 book is the first volume for “Champions,” the book starring Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, and several others as a teenage superhero team.

DC meanwhile has four entries in the top 10, with the Rebirth volume of “Wonder Woman” their highest-seller. While the Rebirth series (by Greg Rucka) has drawn praise, I wonder if the Wonder Woman movie helped draw attention to this title.

Image has three entries; among them is “Moonshine,” a supernatural horror book set during Prohibition.

Comments

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 38.05%
  2. DC Comics: 27.93%
  3. Image: 10.25%
  4. IDW: 4.65%
  5. Dark Horse: 3.05%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. Marvel: 39.91%
  2. DC Comics: 30.88%
  3. Image: 11.83%
  4. IDW: 3.78%
  5. Dark Horse: 2.21%

Yes, I still miss the New York Times’ best-seller lists for graphic novels, as the above all just applies to comic shop sales. Publishers Weekly does offer a monthly¬†graphic novel bestseller list; their top seller for May is “Saga,” vol. 7.

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