Batman, “Star Wars” dominate November 2017 comic sales

Between “Dark Nights Metal” tie-ins and the usual Bat-centric books, the Caped Crusader dominated single-issue comic sales for November 2017. On the trade paperback side, a “Darth Vader” volume is the top-seller for November.

Comics

Here’s a look at November’s top-selling direct market comics, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1$4.99DC
2DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 LENTICULAR EDITION$5.99DC
3THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1$3.99DC
4BATMAN LOST #1$4.99DC
5BATMAN #35$2.99DC
6BATMAN #34$2.99DC
7BATMAN: THE DEVASTATOR #1$3.99DC
8CAPTAIN AMERICA #695$3.99MAR
9BATMAN ANNUAL #2$4.99DC
10STAR WARS #38$3.99MAR

The top selling book this month was DC’s “Doomsday Clock.” Otherwise, Batman-related books take up six of the top 10 slots.

“Captain America” #695 is Marvel’s top seller. It marks the return of Mark Waid to the title, as well as a downplaying of the controversial/widely disliked “Secret Empire” plotline. “Star Wars” is Marvel’s other top 10 book. Of course, the Force was strong in trade sales (see below).

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Here’s the top-selling direct market trade paperbacks and graphic novels for November.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 1: IMPERIAL MACHINE TP$17.99MAR
2DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE… AGAIN TP$15.99MAR
3THE FLASH VOL. 4: RUNNING SCARED TP$14.99DC
4WONDER WOMAN VOL. 4: GODWATCH TP$16.99DC
5RICK AND MORTY VOLUME 1 TP$19.99ONI
6STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION TP$19.99MAR
7JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: CAPTAIN PHASMA TP$16.99MAR
8SUPERMAN VOLUME 4: BLACK DAWN TP$16.99DC
9STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL: SON OF DATHOMIR TP$15.99MAR
10JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 4: ENDLESS TP$16.99DC

“Star Wars” occupied four of the top 10 slots in November, including the top slot, which says a lot about the franchise’s popularity. (“Star Wars” related books usually outsell nearly the entire Marvel Universe superhero line.)

Superhero books took up half of the top 10 spots: “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League,” “Superman,” “The Flash,” and “Deadpool.”

DC and Marvel exclusively dominated the top 10, shutting out Image. Comichron says that’s the first time Image hasn’t had a direct market top 10 title since January 2016.

Dollar share and unit share

My Hero Academia vol. 10
“My Hero Academia,” vol. 10. Art by Kohei Horikoshi.

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 34.29%
  2. DC Comics: 33.71%
  3. Image: 8.07%
  4. IDW: 4.04%
  5. Dynamite: 2.20%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. DC Comics: 39.37%
  2. Marvel: 34.52%
  3. Image: 8.26%
  4. IDW: 3.66%
  5. Dynamite: 2.15%

Publishers Weekly graphic novel best sellers

Outside of the direct market, Publishers Weekly reports that the top-selling graphic novel for the four-week period ending December 3 is “My Hero Academia,” volume 10. The manga, by Kohei Horikoshi, focuses on a superhero-filled world and a powerless boy who wants to become a hero.

Meanwhile, the top selling “Big 2” superhero title came in fourth place: a deluxe edition of “Batman/The Flash: The Button.”

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