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May 2008 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Shipped to North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

Orders were off in all categories against a year before, bringing all year-to-date categories into negative territory — though the widest category, overall comics, trade paperback, and magazine orders, is only off 2% year-to-date. May 2007 was a monster, so the comparatives were going to be hard to hit; there was also one less shipping week this in May 2008. By this point, 2008 was beginning to look a bit like 2003, a year when the market seemed to have been catching its breath after a period of stronger growth.

The top comic book of the month was Marvel’s Secret Invasion #2, with estimated sales to retailers of 182,400 copies across all variants. DC’s Final Crisis #1 came in second, with approximately 144,800 first-month copies ordered in the direct market. Secret Invasion #2 actually sold more copies than the previous May’s top seller, Fallen Son: Captain America — and in dollar terms, either Secret Invasion #2 or Final Crisis #1 would have been the top item on the list in the previous May. But that month’s list had more depth in the top tier, with 15 items selling above 100,000 copies, versus seven this time out.

Read more in our original report from the month and my archived Newsarama column. You can also click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels for the month.

—John Jackson Miller

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
Items marked with asterisks [*] had their reported orders reduced by 10% due to returnability.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each item on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
11Secret Invasion2$3.99Marvel182,390
22Final Crisis1$3.99DC144,784
35New Avengers41$2.99Marvel109,153
46Avengers Invaders1$2.99Marvel108,104
57Invincible Iron Man1$2.99Marvel105,833
63Giant Size Astonishing X-Men1$4.99Marvel105,477
89Mighty Avengers13$2.99Marvel96,862
1012Mighty Avengers14$2.99Marvel95,253
1114Justice League of America21$2.99DC90,009
124Dark Tower Long Road Home3$3.99Marvel87,605
1416Uncanny X-Men498$2.99Marvel82,066
1517Buffy the Vampire Slayer14$2.99Dark Horse82,045
1719X-Men Legacy211$2.99Marvel79,795
1820Captain America38$2.99Marvel79,327
1921Justice Society of America15$2.99DC78,288
2022Amazing Spider-Man558$2.99Marvel76,944
2124Amazing Spider-Man559$2.99Marvel74,184
2225X-Men Legacy212$2.99Marvel74,011
2326Amazing Spider-Man560$2.99Marvel73,991
2430All Star Superman11$2.99DC70,335
2531Green Lantern31$2.99DC65,854
2632Fantastic Four557$2.99Marvel62,718
2834Secret Invasion Fantastic Four1$2.99Marvel60,671
2911King Size Hulk1$4.99Marvel57,463
3137Avengers Initiative13$2.99Marvel56,801
3223X-Men Divided We Stand2$3.99Marvel56,547
3338Ultimate Spider-Man122$2.99Marvel55,742
3427Marvel 19851$3.99Marvel55,121
3713Action Comics Annual11$4.99DC54,307
3840Incredible Hercules117$2.99Marvel52,993
3929Wolverine Origins25$3.99Marvel52,891
4041Superman Batman48$2.99DC52,830
4142Serenity Better Days3$2.99Dark Horse52,413
4243Young X-Men2$2.99Marvel51,252
4344Ultimate X-Men94$2.99Marvel49,765
4445Detective Comics844$2.99DC48,380
4648Green Lantern Corps24$2.99DC46,934
4750Action Comics865$2.99DC46,751
4851Teen Titans59$2.99DC46,292
5035Angel After The Fall7$3.99IDW45,417
5155Captain Britain & M.I. 131$2.99Marvel43,268
5257Ms. Marvel27$2.99Marvel41,119
5560Wonder Woman20$2.99DC38,105
5662Ultimate Fantastic Four54$2.99Marvel37,545
5754Rann Thanagar Holy War1$3.50DC37,168
5863X-Factor Quick & Dead0$2.99Marvel37,087
5964Project Superpowers3$2.99Dynamic36,873
6065Iron Man Director of Shield29$2.99Marvel36,405
6166Guardians of Galaxy1$2.99Marvel36,282
6246Giant Size Incredible Hulk1$3.99Marvel36,201
6367Brave & Bold13$2.99DC35,804
6449Iron Man Viva Las Vegas1$3.99Marvel35,142
6569Batman & Outsiders7$2.99DC35,060
6670Booster Gold9$2.99DC35,020
6856Wolverine Amazing Immortal Man Bloody Tales0$3.99Marvel32,270
7072Green Arrow Black Canary8$2.99DC30,855
7275Star Wars Legacy23$2.99Dark Horse30,346
7376Immortal Iron Fist15$2.99Marvel30,325
7578Punisher War Journal19$2.99Marvel29,898
7781Star Wars Legacy24$2.99Dark Horse29,592
7882Batman Gotham After Midnite1$2.99DC29,562
8084Newuniversal Shockfront1$2.99Marvel28,879
8185Young Avengers Presents5$2.99Marvel28,788
8489Legion of Super Heroes42$2.99DC27,932
8590Thunderbolts Reason In Madness0$2.99Marvel27,627
8692New Exiles6$2.99Marvel27,525
8793House of Mystery1$2.99DC27,484
8868X-Men Origin Colossus0$3.99Marvel26,751
8995Moon Knight18$2.99Marvel26,619
9199Star Wars Knights of Old Republic28$2.99Dark Horse25,101
92100Ghost Rider23$2.99Marvel25,091
93101Batman Confidential17$2.99DC25,010
94102DC Wildstorm Dreamwar2$2.99DC24,725
95103World of Warcraft7$2.99DC24,582
96104Star Wars Dark Times11$2.99Dark Horse24,480
97105Final Crisis Sketchbook0$2.99DC23,798
99107Last Defenders3$2.99Marvel23,380
100108Iron Man Legacy of Doom2$2.99Marvel23,370
101109Walking Dead49$2.99Image23,095
102110Gotham Underground8$2.99DC22,953
103111Tangent Supermans Reign3$2.99DC22,851
10461Conan50$4.99Dark Horse22,535
105112Wolverine First Class3$2.99Marvel22,423
10680Angel Revelations1$3.99Marvel22,321
107113Star Wars Knights of Old Republic29$2.99Dark Horse22,036
108114Birds of Prey118$2.99DC21,934
109115New Warriors12$2.99Marvel21,802
110117Huntress Year One1$2.99DC21,273
111118Black Panther36$2.99Marvel20,835
112119She-Hulk 229$2.99Marvel20,672
11391Countdown To Mystery7$3.99DC20,631
114120Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures11$2.99Marvel20,621
11594Countdown To Mystery8$3.99DC20,193
117122Huntress Year One2$2.99DC19,083
118125DC Special Cyborg1$2.99DC18,778
11973All New Iron Manual0$4.99Marvel18,289
120127War That Time Forgot1$2.99DC18,238
122123G.I. Joe Americas Elite35$3.50Devil's Due16,293
123124Man With No Name1$3.50Dynamic16,191
124133Red Sonja33$2.99Dynamic16,110
125116Transformers Movie Sequel Reign of Starscream1$3.99IDW16,038
126134BPRD 19465$2.99Dark Horse15,937
127135Batman Death Mask2$2.99DC15,896
129136Amazing Spider-Girl20$2.99Marvel15,641
130138JSA Classified38$2.99DC15,336
131139American Dream1$2.99Marvel15,254
134142Abe Sapien Drowning4$2.99Dark Horse15,051
135144X-Men First Class Vol. 212$2.99Marvel14,562
136145DC Special Raven3$2.99DC14,399
13786Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull1$5.99Dark Horse14,256
138132Terry Moores Echo3$3.50Abstract14,205
141149Madame Mirage6$2.99Image13,920
142150Metal Men8$2.99DC13,859
143152Blue Beetle27$2.99DC13,798
144128Marvel Comics Presents9$3.99Marvel13,666
145130Doctor Who4$3.99IDW13,269
146153Simon Dark8$2.99DC13,218
147154American Dream2$2.99Marvel13,146
148155Jonah Hex31$2.99DC13,136
14996Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2$5.99Dark Horse13,126
15198Soleil Sky Doll1$5.99Marvel12,973
152131War Is Hell First Flight Phantom Eagle Max3$3.99Marvel12,485
154162All New Atom23$2.99DC12,067
156148Lost Boys Reign of Frogs1$3.50DC11,996
157164Supernatural Rising Son2$2.99DC11,843
159170Gen 1320$2.99DC11,425
160173End League3$2.99Dark Horse11,364
161126DC Universe Special Justice League of America0$4.99DC11,212
162176Dark Ivory2$2.99Image11,089
163179100 Bullets91$2.99DC10,733
164158Grendel Behold The Devil7$3.50Dark Horse10,733
165182Jenna Jamesons Shadow Hunter3$2.99Virgin10,428
166215Tiny Titans4$2.25DC10,366
167151Star Trek Assignment Earth1$3.99IDW10,356
169166Army of Darkness9$3.50Dynamic10,081
170189Tarot Witch of Black Rose50$2.95Broadsword10,071
171186Infinity Inc9$2.99DC9,990
172188Goon24$2.99Dark Horse9,949
174171Army of Darkness Xena Why Not3$3.50Dynamic9,745
176159Walking Dead Special Edition1$3.99Image9,409
177194New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero8$2.99Dynamic9,399
179196Astounding Wolf-Man6$2.99Image9,083
180197Simpsons Comics142$2.99Bongo9,043
181198Madman Atomic Comics8$2.99Image9,022
182307DC Universe Zero 2nd Ptg0$1.00DC8,982
183200Young Liars3$2.99DC8,951
184201Kick Ass2$2.99Marvel8,931
185143Savage Tales7$4.99Dynamic8,880
187184Darkness Vs Eva3$3.50Dynamic8,696
188172Locke & Key4$3.99IDW8,544
189174Avengers Classic12$3.99Marvel8,513
190175Dead of Night Featuring Man Thing4$3.99Marvel8,503
191206Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Vol. 11$2.99Dabel8,452
192192Battlestar Galactica Origins5$3.50Dynamic8,391
193177Dead She Said1$3.99IDW8,228
194208Bat Lash6$2.99DC8,197
195237Justice League Unlimited45$2.25DC8,136
196239Super Friends3$2.25DC8,034
197209Secret History Authority Hawksmoor3$2.99DC7,994
198213Number of Beast3$2.99DC7,953
199214Omega Unknown8$2.99Marvel7,892
200183Brothers In Arms1$3.99Dynamic7,810
201217Hulk3 2nd Ptg$2.99Marvel7,678
202218Marvel Spotlight Hulk Movie0$2.99Marvel7,678
203219Number of Beast4$2.99DC7,556
204220Futurama Comics37$2.99Bongo7,485
205249Teen Titans Go55$2.25DC7,383
206204Halloween Nightdance4$3.50Devil's Due7,332
207205Texas Chainsaw Massacre Raising Cain1$3.50DC7,240
208255Sonic Hedgehog188$2.25Archie7,098
209167X-Force Legacy of Vengeance One Shot0$4.99Marvel7,006
213228Franklin Richards Not So Secret Invasion0$2.99Marvel6,762
214199Tank Girl Visions of Booga1$3.99IDW6,711
215264Batman Strikes45$2.25DC6,609
216202Warhammer Condemned By Fire1$3.99Boom6,568
217203Doctor Who Classics6$3.99IDW6,558
2182311001 Arabian Nights Adventures ofnbad1$2.99Zenescope6,507
219232Dan Dare6$2.99Virgin6,436
221235Casey Blue Beyond Tomorrow1$2.99DC6,263
222273Legion of Super Heroes In 31st Century14$2.25DC6,202
223236American Splendor Season Two2$2.99DC6,140
224161Angel After The Fall Directors Cut1$5.99IDW6,039
225187Simpsons Summer Shindig2$4.99Bongo5,988
226210Ghost Whisperer3$3.99IDW5,977
227223Scud Disposable Assassin24$3.50Image5,977
228211Jim Butchers Dresden Files2$3.99Dabel5,967
229212Pilot Season Twilight Guardian0$3.99Image5,957
230193Captain Marvel Ms. Marvel Infiltration0$4.99Marvel5,855
231178Forgotten Realms Legacy2$5.50Devil's Due5,835
232216Mummy Movie Prequel Rise & Fall of Xangos Ax1$3.99IDW5,825
233241Marvel Adventures Spider-Man39$2.99Marvel5,815
235248Vinyl Underground8$2.99DC5,570
236250Lords of Avalon Sod4$2.99Marvel5,550
237251Usagi Yojimbo112$2.99Dark Horse5,499
239234Dynamo 513$3.50Image5,367
240254Marvel Adventures Avengers24$2.99Marvel5,356
241180Dynamo 5 Annual1$5.99Image5,336
242222Zombies Hunters1$3.99IDW5,316
243257George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards2$2.99Dabel5,285
245258Marvel Illustrated Iliad6$2.99Marvel5,193
246260New Dynamix3$2.99DC5,163
247261Firebreather Ser1$2.99Image5,163
248240Bomb Queen V1$3.50Image5,153
250207Civil War Chronicles11$4.99Marvel5,051
251262Crossing Midnight18$2.99DC5,030
252263Pigeons From Hell2$2.99Dark Horse5,000
253230Zombie Tales1$3.99Boom4,918
254265Dead Space3$2.99Image4,918
255191Invincible Universe Primer1$5.99Image4,918
256266Marvel Adventures Iron Man13$2.99Marvel4,908
257242Dragonlance Chronicles Vol. 311$3.50Devil's Due4,908
258289Sonic X33$2.25Archie4,725
259271Power Pack Day One3$2.99Marvel4,694
260272Marvel Adventures Hulk11$2.99Marvel4,684
261238Star Trek Year Four Enterprise Experiment2$3.99IDW4,582
263169Uncle Scrooge375$7.99Gemstone4,328
264334Iron Man Legacy of Doom1$1.50Marvel4,318
265298Scooby Doo132$2.25DC4,307
266221Vampirella Quarterly Spring 20080$4.99Harris4,297
267243Doktor Sleepless Manual1$3.99Avatar4,277
269245Secret Invasion1$3.99Marvel4,185
270224Knights of Dinner Table139$4.99Kenzer4,185
271246Transformers Best of Uk Space Pirates3$3.99IDW4,185
272283Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four36$2.99Marvel4,053
273252Mack Bolan Executioner Devils Tools2$3.99IDW4,043
274229Shonen Jump June 08 0$4.99Viz4,022
276181Walt Disneys Comics & Stories690$7.99Gemstone3,941
277259Cthulhu Tales2$3.99Boom3,890
278287Marvel Illustrated Picture Dorian Gray6$2.99Marvel3,788
281267Igor Movie Prequel1$3.99IDW3,676
282280Gargoyles Bad Guys3$3.50Slave Labor3,656
283288Marvel Illustrated Moby Dick4$2.99Marvel3,595
284268Star Trek TNG Intelligence Gathering5$3.99IDW3,584
285269Silent Hillnners Reward3$3.99IDW3,544
286270Fall of Cthulhu12$3.99Boom3,534
287282Emily the Strange II: Be All You Can Be3$3.50Dark Horse3,503
288284Speak of the Devil6$3.50Dark Horse3,411
289278Everybodys Dead3$3.99IDW3,228
290279Bloodrayne Tokyo Rogue1$3.99Digital Webbing3,218
291304Return of the Gremlins3$2.99Dark Horse3,085
293292Pretty Baby Machine1$3.50Image2,994
295286Tales From Crypt6$3.95NBM2,963
297310Death Grub (One Shot)0$2.99Image2,902
299312My Inner Bimbo4$2.99Oni2,902
300315Gold Digger96$2.99Antarctic2,780


May 2008 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Shipped to North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 100 chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

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The top-selling trade paperback was Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 2, with approximately 9,500 copies sold; by dollars, World War Hulk was the biggest dollar draw, bringing in nearly a quarter of a million dollars. That wasn’t enough to top May 2007, which had three titles selling more than 10,000 copies in their first months. (Third place went to a book I wrote, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.)

UnitsDollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 2 No Future For You $15.95Dark Horse9,491
21 World War Hulk$24.99Marvel9,430
316Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $12.95Dark Horse6,405
46Hellboy Vol. 8 Darkness Calls $19.95Dark Horse6,232
642Naruto Vol. 29 $7.95Viz5,743
710Captain America Prem HC Vol. 2 Death Capt America$19.99Marvel5,591
811Countdown To Final Crisis Vol. 1$19.99DC5,519
918New Avengers Illuminati$14.99Marvel5,438
1013Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 3 $19.95Dark Horse5,183
1119Justice Vol. 1$14.99DC5,092
125Batman Resurrection of Ras Al Ghul HC$29.99DC4,969
1382Vertigo First Cut$4.99DC4,582
1417Batman Jokers Last Laugh$17.99DC4,572
159Hulk World War Hulk X-Men$24.99Marvel4,521
1624Hellboy Companion $14.95Dark Horse4,409
1749Kingdom Hearts II Vol. 2$9.99Tokyopop4,124
1836Berserk Vol. 23 $13.95Dark Horse3,819
1935Hulk World War Hulk Incredible Herc$14.99Marvel3,554
2022JLA Presents Aztek The Ultimate Man$19.99DC3,544
2129Batman Killing Joke Sp Ed HC$17.99DC3,330
223Starman Omnibus HC Vol. 1$49.99DC3,279
2345Green Lantern No Fear$12.99DC3,279
2454Oh My Goddess Vol. 29 $10.95Dark Horse3,218
2532Black Adam Dark Age$17.99DC3,167
2637Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol. 3$16.99DC3,126
2720Immortal Iron Fist Prem HC Vol. 2 Cities of Heaven$24.99Marvel3,035
2844Exterminators Vol. 4 Crossfire & Collateral$14.99DC2,994
2931Ultimate Hulk Vs Iron Man Prem HC Ultimate Human$19.99Marvel2,963
3040Essential Rampaging Hulk Vol. 1$16.99Marvel2,831
3115X-Men Vol. 2 Comp Onslaught Epic$29.99Marvel2,821
3233Batman Vs Two Face$19.99DC2,739
3350Wolverine Origins Vol. 4 Our War$14.99Marvel2,688
3412X-Men HC Messiah Complex$39.99Marvel2,668
3565Hulk World War Hulk Gamma Corps$10.99Marvel2,637
3625Jack Kirbys Omac One Man Army Corps HC$24.99DC2,637
3726Spider-Man Prem HC Vol. 1 Brand New Day$24.99Marvel2,627
383852 Aftermath Four Horsemen$19.99DC2,607
3914New X-Men By Morrison Ultimate Coll Book 01$34.99Marvel2,546
4046Hulk World War Hulk Front Line$16.99Marvel2,485
4128Booster Gold HC Vol. 1 52 Pick Up$24.99DC2,403
4271Tsubasa Vol. 17$10.95Random House2,393
4453Iron Man Enter The Mandarin$14.99Marvel2,362
4523Marvel Encyclopedia HC Vol. 6 Fantastic Four$29.99Marvel2,352
462Incredible Hulk Omnibus HC Vol. 1$99.99Marvel2,312
4784Star Wars Clone Wars Photo Comic $9.95Dark Horse2,250
4834Superman Escape From Bizarro World HC$24.99DC2,159
497Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor HC Vol. 7$54.99Marvel2,159
5056Fantastic Four New Fantastic Four$15.99Marvel2,118
5148Question Vol. 2 Poisoned Ground$19.99DC2,077
5227Iron Man War Machine$29.99Marvel2,077
5357Grimm Fairy Tales Vol. 3 $15.99Zenescope2,067
5464Color of Rage Vol. 1 $14.95Dark Horse1,986
5530Spawn Coll Vol. 5$29.99Image1,976
5639Civil War$24.99Marvel1,955
5773Y The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned$12.99DC1,955
5866Checkmate Vol. 3 Fall of Wall$14.99DC1,864
5959Boys Vol. 1$16.99Dynamic1,853
6095Chibi Vampire Vol. 8$9.99Tokyopop1,853
6161Essential Off Hb Marvel Univ Master Ed Vol. 2$16.99Marvel1,823
6252Boys Vol. 2 Get Some $19.99Dynamic1,802
6343Hulk Visionaries John Byrne Vol. 1$24.99Marvel1,802
6468Superman World of Krypton$14.99DC1,792
6572Grendel HC Devil Quest $14.95Dark Horse1,751
6647Nearly Comp Essential Hembeck Archives Omnibus$24.99Image1,690
67105Battle Club Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,650
6878Supernatural Origins$14.99DC1,629
6998Blood Plus Vol. 2 $10.95Dark Horse1,609
70108Suburban Glamour Vol. 1$9.99Image1,578
7160Transformers Devastation$19.99IDW1,548
7281Preacher Vol. 1 Gone To Texas New Edition$14.99DC1,538
7383Big Brilliant Book of Bartmpson$14.95Bongo1,517
7463Welcome To Tranquility Vol. 2$19.99DC1,507
7585Grendel Devil Child HC $14.95Dark Horse1,497
7667Golden Age Sheena Best of Queen of the Jungle Vol. 1$18.99Devil's Due1,446
7788All New Atom Vol. 3 Hunt For Ray Palmer$14.99DC1,446
7890Bomb Queen Vol. 4 Suicide Bomber $14.99Image1,426
79120Trinity Blood Vol. 6$9.99Tokyopop1,415
80138Absolute Boyfriend Vol. 6 $8.99Viz1,405
8189Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 1 Long Way Home $15.95Dark Horse1,334
82150Nana Vol. 10 $8.99Viz1,334
83177D Gray Man Vol. 9 $7.99Viz1,334
84130Walking Dead Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye$9.99Image1,324
85133Johnny Boo HC Vol. 1 Best Little Ghost In The World $9.95Top Shelf1,303
8658Return To Wonderland HC $24.99Zenescope1,303
87103GTO Early Years Vol. 7$12.99Tokyopop1,283
8894Y The Last Man Vol. 8 Kimono Dragons$14.99DC1,273
8975She-Hulk Prem HC Jaded$19.99Marvel1,253
90142Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. 28$9.99Tokyopop1,253
9192Essential X-Men Vol. 1$16.99Marvel1,222
92111Street Fighter II Manga Vol. 2$12.95Udon1,202
93104Amazing Spider-Girl Vol. 3 Mind Games$13.99Marvel1,191
9480Star Trek Alien Spotlight$19.99IDW1,171
95157Fables Vol. 1 Legends In Exile$9.99DC1,141
96207Iron Man & Power Pack Armored Digest$7.99Marvel1,130
97143Kashimashi Manga Vol. 5 $10.99Seven Seas1,120
98213Hikaru No Go Vol. 12 $7.95Viz1,120
99212Black Cat Vol. 14 $7.99Viz1,120
100214Shaman King Vol. 16 $7.95Viz1,120