“Doomsday Clock,” “The Legend of Korra,” “Saga” top January 2018 comic sales

DC Comics’ “Doomsday Clock” and “Dark Metal” topped direct market comic sales for January 2018. Meanwhile, “The Legend of Korra” topped direct market trade paperback/graphic novel sales; “Saga” did well in bookstore graphic novel sales.

Direct market

Comics

The top 10 selling direct market comics for January 2018, according to Diamond:

RankTitlePricePublisher
1DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3$4.99DC
2DARK NIGHTS METAL #5$3.99DC
3BATMAN #38$2.99DC
4BATMAN #39$2.99DC
5THE WALKING DEAD #175 (MR)$3.99IMA
6AVENGERS #675$4.99MAR
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #4$3.99DC
8AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1$4.99MAR
9BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1$3.99DC
10OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1$3.99MAR

DC topped the comic sales charts with the usual: “Doomsday Clock,” “Dark Nights Metal,” and Bat-books aplenty. Marvel appeared in a few spots, plus Image’s “The Walking Dead” made fifth place.

“Scooby-Doo Team-Up” #34, the issue featuring the Birds of Prey, sold 6,610 issues, according to Comichron sales figures for January.

Trade paperbacks/graphic novels

Here’s Diamond’s list of the top 10 trade paperbacks/graphic novels in the direct market for January:

RankTitlePricePublisher
1LEGEND OF KORRA VOLUME 2: TURF WARS PT 2 TP$10.99DAR
2THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOLUME 6: IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
3DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: DATE WITH DISASTER TP$9.99DC
4DESCENDER VOLUME 5: RISE OF THE ROBOTS TP$16.99IMA
5KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 3 TP (MR)$16.99IMA
6SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
7WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 6: DAYS OF ANGER TP$17.99MAR
8VISION HC$39.99MAR
9SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMA
10HARLEY QUINN VOLUME 4: SURPRISE, SURPRISE TP$16.99DC
Date With Disaster
Art by Yancey Labat.

Former Nickelodeon series “The Legend of Korra” is still running in comics, and is the top-selling graphic novel for January in comic shops.

Image’s books take up half of the top 10 slots, while Marvel’s top seller is an “Old Man Logan” volume.

Meanwhile, DC’s top seller is the newest volume of “DC Super Hero Girls.” “Date with Disaster” focuses on Batgirl and Lois Lane, but also on Commissioner Gordon wanting to date (and Barbara’s reactions to such). It’s a positive sign that “DC Super Hero Girls” is popular enough it’s DC’s top selling graphic novel, even in the direct market.

Bookstores

ICv2 and Bookscan have announced they’ll now release top 20 sales lists for graphic novels, divided into three main categories: adults, kids, and manga. Basic information (the top 20 lists themselves) are free, while subscribers can see actual sales figures.

Granted, Bookscan isn’t as high profile as the former New York Times best-seller lists. Still, it’s a major improvement in seeing what graphic novels sell well in bookstores.

It’ll also let me discuss a greater variety of comics for these posts, including more attention to books I actually like (versus most of what usually makes the top 10 single-issue Diamond lists).

Adults

Bookscan top 20 adult graphic novels for January 2018

“Saga,” volume 8 TPB is the top-selling trade on this list.

Also appearing in the top 20 are Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” (at #4) and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (at #14).

Manga takes up almost half the slots in the top 20, including series such as “My Hero Academia” and “Tokyo Ghoul.”

Only three superhero titles appear on this list: “Watchmen,” “Black Panther” (volume 1 of the current series), and a recent “Batman” volume.

Kids

Bookscan top 20 kids graphic novels for January 2018

A Wrinkle in Time
Art by Hope Larson.

“Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties” HC is the top selling kids’ graphic novel. “Dog Man” features the adventures of a canine police officer. It’s by Dav Pilkey, the creator of “Captain Underpants.”

Raina Telgemeier dominates the chart here, with eight of the top 20 graphic novels written by the author of “Smile.”

Coming in at #12 is Hope Larson’s graphic novel adaption of Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Manga

Bookscan top 20 manga for January 2018

“RWBY,” a Japanese manga adaption of an American anime-style web series, is the top seller this month.

I notice a whopping 17 of the top 20 manga volumes are published by one publisher, Viz Media.

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