Updated on March 20, 2023
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.
Below are the top 10 selling comics for May, according to Diamond.
|1||SECRET EMPIRE #1||$4.99||MAR|
|3||BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION||$3.99||DC|
|4||THE FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION||$3.99||DC|
|5||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: MISSION BREAKOUT #1||$4.99||MAR|
|6||SECRET EMPIRE #2||$4.99||MAR|
|8||SECRET EMPIRE #3||$3.99||MAR|
|9||ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1||$3.99||MAR|
|10||THE WALKING DEAD #167 (MR)||$2.99||IMA|
“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.
|1||DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD OGN HC||$24.99||MAR|
|2||BITCH PLANET VOLUME 2: PRESIDENT BITCH TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|3||SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)||$14.99||IMA|
|4||WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 2: YEAR ONE TP||$16.99||DC|
|5||MOONSHINE VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||IMA|
|6||THE FLASH VOLUME 2: THE SPEED OF DARKNESS TP||$14.99||DC|
|7||CHAMPIONS VOLUME 1: CHANGE THE WORLD TP||$15.99||MAR|
|8||BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 2: VICTIM SYNDICATE||$16.99||DC|
|9||THE UNWORTHY THOR TP||$15.99||MAR|
|10||DOOM PATROL VOLUME 1: BRICK BY BRICK TP (MR)||$16.99||DC|
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.
The top five publishers by dollar share:
- Marvel: 38.05%
- DC Comics: 27.93%
- Image: 10.25%
- IDW: 4.65%
- Dark Horse: 3.05%
The top five publishers by unit share:
- Marvel: 39.91%
- DC Comics: 30.88%
- Image: 11.83%
- IDW: 3.78%
- 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.