“Dark Days,” “Monstress” top July 2017 comic sales

“Dark Days,” the prelude to DC Comics’ Batman-centric event “Dark Nights: Metal,” is the top-selling single-issue comic for July 2017. On the trade paperback side, Image’s “Monstress,” volume 2 is the top seller.

Comics

Below are July’s top-selling comics, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1$4.99DC
2ASTONISHING X-MEN #1$4.99MAR
3BATMAN #26$2.99DC
4BATMAN #27$2.99DC
5SECRET EMPIRE #6$4.99MAR
6SECRET EMPIRE #7$3.99MAR
7STAR WARS #33$3.99MAR
8DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1$3.99MAR
9THE WALKING DEAD #169 (MR)$2.99IMA
10SPIDER-MEN II #1$3.99MAR

DC tops the list at #1, but their only two other top 10 entries are the bimonthly “Batman” book. Marvel meanwhile took up six slots, thanks to “Secret Empire,” Deadpool, Spider-Man, and a new X-Men book.

Image took one space (#9) with “The Walking Dead.”

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

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

RankTitlePricePublisher
1MONSTRESS VOLUME 2 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
2RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP$19.99ONI
3STAR WARS VOLUME 5: YODA’S SECRET WAR TP$17.99MAR
4CURSE WORDS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
5THE FLASH VOLUME 3: ROGUES RELOADED TP$16.99DC
6THE LEGEND OF KORRA VOL. 1: TURF WARS PT 1 TP$10.99DAR
7BATMAN/TMNT TP$16.99DC
8BATMAN/TMNT ADVENTURES TP$19.99IDW
9BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 6 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
10SERENITY VOLUME 5: NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE HC$19.99DAR
Spider-Men II #1
Spider-Men II #1 (September 2017). Art by Sara Pichelli.

The top 10 is a mix of publishers. Image took three slots; DC two; Dark Horse two; and Marvel, Oni Press, and IDW one each.

Out of the Big Two, “Flash” is the only canon superhero title in the top 10. DC’s entries are both Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossovers.

“Monstress” is a fantasy series set in a matriarchal, alternate version of Asia. The series is created by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.

Other figures

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 36.89%
  2. DC Comics: 26.94%
  3. Image: 11.47%
  4. IDW: 3.83%
  5. Dark Horse: 3.4%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. Marvel: 39.53%
  2. DC Comics: 31.15%
  3. Image: 9.73%
  4. IDW: 3.26%
  5. Dark Horse: 2.55%

Comments

Comichron discusses how sales are somewhat down for the year versus 2016. A mix of underwhelming Big Two releases this year and the 2016 numbers being boosted by Rebirth and “Civil War II” might be to blame.

Some online have talked about “Star Wars” and not a superhero book as Marvel’s top-selling regular-release title (that isn’t a #1, event book, or similar gimmick).  Marvel’s superhero line does have problems: too many 90s-style bad events/gimmicks; bland stories; sidelining characters like the Fantastic Four for cynical reasons; confusing renumberings; and the usual issues plaguing the US comics industry (diversity problems, expensive prices, etc.). Still, it shows the strength of “Star Wars” fans and their willingness to buy comics; it also shows a bit of genre diversity.

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