Marvel‘s latest Avengers relaunch led the charts in May, according to preliminary rankings released by Diamond Comic Distributors. The rankings of the Top 100 comics and trade paperbacks as ordered by comics shops in North America find three Marvel titles in the top four slots, including Siege #4 and Secret Avengers #1.
DC‘s first issue of Brightest Day (actually its second, after April-leading #0) placed fifth; the publisher’s top title was Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, in third place. DC led the trade paperback sales charts with Ex Machina Vol. 9 Ring Out the Old.
The average comic book ordered in the Top 100 cost $3.49; the median and most common cost of comics in the Top 100 is actually back at $2.99.
At first blush, May’s publishing slate appears to be stronger than what we saw in the previous month; Comichron projects sales up somewhat over April’s poor showing, although confirmation will have to wait until we see the full figures next week.
Comichron founder John Jackson Miller has tracked the comics industry for more than 25 years, including a decade editing the industry’s retail trade magazine; he is the author of several guides to comics, as well as more than a hundred comic books for various franchises.
He is the author of novels including Star Wars: Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Dawn, Star Trek: Discovery – The Enterprise War, and his latest release, Star Trek: Discovery – Die Standing. Read more about them at his fiction site.
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