>Rick Grimes faces new dangers in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #150 from Image Comics, the best-selling comic book of January 2016.
>Marvel Comics had eight titles in the top ten, led by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's Secret Wars #9, the conclusion to the crossover event, at #2. Also in the top ten were Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness' Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 at #3, Star Wars #14 at #4, Star Wars #15 at #5, Old Man Logan #1 at #6, Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 at #7, Darth Vader #15 at #9, and Uncanny X-Men #1 at #10.
>Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #48 from DC Entertainment rounded out the top ten at #9.
>Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Hellboy Winter Special 2016 was their top book for January at #137. IDW Publishing's Back to the Future #4 ranked #99 for the month.
>Also of note, the month's best-selling non-premier comic book was BOOM! Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 at #39.
>Darth Vader's pursuit of Luke Skywalker leads him into a dangerous confrontation in Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of January.
>In total, Marvel Comics had nine of the month's top ten graphic novels. Also in the top ten were Star Wars Volume 2: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon at #2, the Color Your Own Deadpool adult coloring book at #3, Death of Wolverine #4, Star Wars: Lando at #5, Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars at #6, Thor Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder at #8, Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1: Vader at #9, and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War at #10.
>Rounding out the top ten, Oni Press' Invader Zim Volume 1 ranked #7 for the month.
>Among the premier publishers, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's Lazarus Volume 4: Poison was Image Comics' top-selling graphic novel in January at #11. DC Entertainment's best-selling graphic novel for January was The Flash Volume 6: Out of Time at #20. Dark Horse Comics' The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 21 was their top book for January at #56. IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 13: Vengeance Part 2 was their top book in January at #63.
>>Vision at 53rd
>Spider-Man Deadpool #1 (with free Vision #1) on the top 10
There will be no more free copies to further issues of The Vision to retailers.
>>Saga above Invincible Iron Man
Reminder that Marvel gave away all issues of issues 2 and 3 for free to LCS in the amounts they ordered for #1, which means that the sales for issues #2 and #3 are just the sales from issue #1 except Marvel is taking it at a 100% loss.
Issue #4 isn't being given away for free. We won't know the actual sales for the book until then.
>12/15 Spider-Gwen #3 - 54,844
I'm guessing IIM stabilized around mid 50k while Soider Gwen dropped again.
She's been a thing for almost a year but her book is still experiencing a lot of drops.
>>Darth Vader's pursuit of Luke Skywalker leads him into a dangerous confrontation in Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of January.
At first I thought this said "leads him into a dangerous confrontation with Kieron Gillen" and got very confused.
The novelty's gone and Marvel really messed up when they decided to end her title for three months because "muh Secret Wars." A bunch of new readers decided it'd be a good time to stop buying comics then.
fuck, I can't believe I actually thought DC might finally be recovering after they got around 30 last December.... it's never ever getting any better from the looks of it. How long until Rebirth cancels all my favorite DC Books in an effort to push more books that'll sell (Read: Batman). FFS I have no idea what the fuck to think if whatever that shit from Bleeding Cool turns out to be true.
That can be said for a lot of Marvel's books tbqh
In their haste for that #1 money, they messed up quite a few books that were selling high that could've ridden like a 80k boost down across 2-4 issues or even settled higher.
Antman #5 sold like 80k, which was almost double the issue before but they just cancelled it, and now it's back at 30k at issue 2.
Settle down, everything but #1s and Star Wars is selling. DC is doing the same as last month except they shipped only four new books after canceling a lot more. Also those books were minis so of course they aren't gonna sell. Also DC just had like 20 less books than marvel to ship overall.
It was just a terrible month for the big two and comics at large.
They just relaunched everything. All the #1s won't be finished until March or April.
But thankfully they have CIVIL WAR II (please see the movie and buy our books™) to help raise sales since they're dropping off 50% at #2 and 75% by #3
You're assuming people read beyond the percentages. Majority of most comic book forums have their users already saying how much DC failed on January.
Marvel is putting out several more products at a higher overall price, Star Wars is a sales beast that DC does not have an equivalent to, the final Secret Wars issue came out, Marvel has #1 issues out the ass, etc of fucking course they have a high market share
DC's market share isn't so hot but their actual numbers are about the same as they've been for a few months. They're in kind of a tight spot but things aren't getting notably worse
And DKIII and the Millerverse Jason thing didn't come out this month. So DC had like nothing but the main Batman title, JL, and Harley as their high sellers.
And who knows how well received the variants were this time. I doubt DC will find as high selling variants as the Bombshells ones. Those raised the sales like 10k+ per issue the first time. It was insane.
Or Detective Wayne, or circus Dick
To be fair the Dick one was a little disappointing but the rest were great
Lupa can draw qt pie dudes but she can't do beefcake
The only variant I have ever purchased
Big winner this month is obviously the X-Men, this is the first time the entire line has outsold Guardians of the Galaxy in months.
Biggest loser Harley Quinn after December's massive push and no Black Book it's now falling behind Thor, Wolverine and Gwen for top girl book spot. are fans already suffering from Harley fatigue?
I'm guessing retailers bought up a lot of variants looking at the movie and the sales of bendis Gotg and thinking the name would sell. Considering the huge drop a lot of people didn't buy.
>Considering the huge drop a lot of people didn't buy
I hate that this needs explained every single time we have a thread about Diamond sales, but let me explain to you how this works. Again.
Comics are solicited 3 months ahead of release. LCSs put their orders into Diamond within 1 month of the solicit release (so 2-3 months before release) barring a few last minute orders since Diamond tends to order a few extra just incase. Then Diamond buys those comics from the publishers to then resell to the LCSs based on how many issues they pre-ordered 2-3 months prior.
What this means is that the actual sales (LCS -> Consumer) do not effect Direct Market sales (Diamond -> LCS; what all these threads are about since they're the only ones we have hard numbers for) until 2-3 months later. So the "sales" of issue 2 that we're currently looking at are not effected by how much issue 1 actually sold because the LCS already bought all the copies of issue 2 before issue 1 even came out.
That 50% drop off you always see from issues 1 to 2 has nothing to do with what customers are buying, and everything to do with what LCSes expect to sell. LCSs expect #1s to sell twice as much as #2s, so they're ordering half as many #2s as #1s with bigger drops being on account of variant covers.
tl;dr: Sales of issues 2-3 of any comic (depending on double shipping) don't actually reflect how many issues were sold, but rather how many issues the LCSes expect to sell.
>Comics are solicited 3 months ahead of release. LCSs put their orders into Diamond within 1 month of the solicit release (so 2-3 months before release)
The Previews issue containing those solicits comes out one month later. And so the retailers actually order the books 1-2 months in advance.
If I recall correctly.
>Didn't every #1 have 4-5 variants minimum?
The books marvel pushed hard like IIM, Spider Gwen, etc got upwards to 15+ variants. IIM got over 20 IIRC.
So maybe Infinity got more than 5 since it's a Guardian's book.
The Johnfriends are mad anyway because the first issue wasn't all about him, they won't mind it failing
Kind of hurts to see GL fallen so far from those golden days a few years ago though
Yeah, I know. Still a shame
Do we have hard numbers for these yet? I wonder what EOO's debut was compared to Lost Army
They should just relaunch a GLC ongoing. I dunno why they cancelled GLC to begin with, the minis could have just been arcs
I am already certain they're going to use Edge of Oblivion's lower numbers as proof that Lost Army succeeded because of John being the focus, ignoring that relaunches haven't been working well for Marvel OR DC and that Lost Army still performed less than GLC