“Secret Empire” #0 tops April 2017 comic sales

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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.

Comics

Below are the top 10 selling comics for April, according to Diamond.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1SECRET EMPIRE #0$4.99MAR
2BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)$3.99DC
3X-MEN GOLD #1$4.99MAR
4X-MEN BLUE #1$4.99MAR
5THE FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON)$3.99DC
6BATMAN #20$2.99DC
7BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON)$2.99DC
8STAR WARS #30$3.99MAR
9WEAPON X #1$3.99MAR
10THE WALKING DEAD #166 (MR)$2.99IMA

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.

RankTitlePricePublisher
1BATMAN VOLUME 2: I AM SUICIDE TP$16.99DC
2HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA HC$14.99DAR
3SAGA VOLUME 7 TP (MR)$14.99IMA
4SUPERMAN VOL. 2: TRIALS OF THE SUPER SON TP$16.99DC
5ALL-STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY HC$24.99DC
6SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOLUME 2 HC (MR)$49.99IMA
7BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE TP$16.99DC
8JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 2: OUTBREAK TP$16.99DC
9AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER VOL. 15 TP$10.99DAR
10RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS VOL. 1: DARK TRINITY TP$16.99DC
Saga, vol. 7 TPB cover
“Saga,” vol. 7 TPB (March 2017). Art by Fiona Staples.

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.

Miscellaneous

The top five publishers by dollar share:

  1. Marvel: 34.95%
  2. DC: 30.49%
  3. Image: 10.54%
  4. Dark Horse: 4.46%
  5. IDW: 3.63%

The top five publishers by unit share:

  1. Marvel: 38.23%
  2. DC: 34.34%
  3. Image: 9.86%
  4. Dark Horse: 3.06%
  5. 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.


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