Updated on December 10, 2021
Marvel’s kickoff issue of its latest (controversial) crossover, “Secret Empire,” was the top selling comic of April 2017. On the trade paperback side, a “Batman” trade paperback is the top seller.
Below are the top 10 selling comics for April, according to Diamond.
|1||SECRET EMPIRE #0||$4.99||MAR|
|2||BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)||$3.99||DC|
|3||X-MEN GOLD #1||$4.99||MAR|
|4||X-MEN BLUE #1||$4.99||MAR|
|5||THE FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)||$3.99||DC|
|7||BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON)||$2.99||DC|
|8||STAR WARS #30||$3.99||MAR|
|9||WEAPON X #1||$3.99||MAR|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD #166 (MR)||$2.99||IMA|
Despite a (from what I’ve seen) largely negative reception, “Secret Empire” still topped the sales charts.
That said, the real sales champ might be “Batman” #21. For various reasons (which Comichron explains), Diamond counts sales of “Batman” #21’s special edition (a special cover for a dollar extra) separately from the regular issue. However, both are the exact same contents/story otherwise. Granted, “Batman” (and “Flash” are part of a storyline that (improbably) ties “Watchmen” into the DC Universe; this decision’s also gotten controversy, and for good reason.
Elsewhere, several new “X-Men” titles and “Star Wars” are also top sellers. “The Walking Dead” also cracked the top 10 as the sole non-Big Two title.
Trade paperbacks/graphic novels
Below are the top selling trade paperbacks, according to Diamond.
|1||BATMAN VOLUME 2: I AM SUICIDE TP||$16.99||DC|
|2||HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA HC||$14.99||DAR|
|3||SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|4||SUPERMAN VOL. 2: TRIALS OF THE SUPER SON TP||$16.99||DC|
|5||ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY HC||$24.99||DC|
|6||SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 2 HC (MR)||$49.99||IMA|
|7||BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE TP||$16.99||DC|
|8||JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 2: OUTBREAK TP||$16.99||DC|
|9||AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 15 TP||$10.99||DAR|
|10||RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS VOL. 1: DARK TRINITY TP||$16.99||DC|
The top seller’s a volume of “Batman.” DC put in six of the top 10 slots. Image and Dark Horse took two slots each; Image’s entries are both volumes of “Saga,” while Dark Horse comes in at #2 with a “Hellboy” hardcover.
The top five publishers by dollar share:
- Marvel: 34.95%
- DC: 30.49%
- Image: 10.54%
- Dark Horse: 4.46%
- IDW: 3.63%
The top five publishers by unit share:
- Marvel: 38.23%
- DC: 34.34%
- Image: 9.86%
- Dark Horse: 3.06%
- IDW: 2.95%
Marvel doesn’t have any $10 comics this month, but they’re still leading in dollar share, albeit a bit narrowly over DC.
Anthony Dean is the owner of Diverse Tech Geek and Diverse Media Notes.