May 2021 DC Comic Book Sales
Projections for DC Comics Ordered by North American Comics Shops
This data refers only to sales by DC's sole distributor, Lunar. Click to see the Overall charts and those from Diamond.
May 2020 was the first full month that Lunar Distribution existed to distribute DC comics, and it shipped 32 new comic books; May 2021, unimpeded by pandemic-related stoppages, saw DC release 45 new comic books. Such was the status of DC's line in the first half of 2021: pared back. Many twice-a-month titles were back to monthly during May, as well.
Once all cardstock variants were merged, Batman #108 appeared to be the top comic for the publisher in initial order units and dollars. DC appears to have sold just under 2 million copies of its new comic books in initial orders, for between $8 and $9 million.
Our retail order sample only looked at initial orders, so the crossover title Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1, underordered by retailers by retailers in April, does not recur in the charting below as it would have done in a traditional Diamond chart.
As had been the case since its inception, Lunar did not report anything about its sales. Given the lack of official information, Comichron has drawn upon a subset of known retail orders both to determine approximate rankings. The subset represents a sizable number of copies; only initial orders for periodicals were examined. No statistical adjustments have been made for returnability and no later returns have been subtracted out.
The chart below features every new comic book released by DC in May 2021. Variant editions have been merged into single entries, following longtime industry practice. The release dates are from Lunar. Note, further, that our process only looks at first-month orders for comics, so no reordered titles from the month before or reprints appear in the chart below.
Things to remember: Rankings in these charts should also be expected to differ — often significantly — from the sales-to-consumers charts available at other outlets. Those report sell-through and not sell-in, and different retailers are sampled in each, with no known overlap in reporting stores as of the generation of the below charts.
We also have a page breaking out ship dates for second printings.
As is the case with all data on Comichron, it is subject to revision without notice in the event more authoritative and complete information about orders becomes available.
—John Jackson Miller
This list includes all DC items released by Lunar Distribution in the month.
Differently priced variants appear fused together by default near where they'd have ranked if together.
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.
|Unit||Dollar||Comic-book Title||Issue||Price||On sale||Publisher|
|2||4||Wonder Girl||1 (All)||$3.99||05/18/21||DC|
|4||5||Batman Fortnite Zero Point||2 (All)||$4.99||05/04/21||DC|
|5||6||Batman Fortnite Zero Point||3 (All)||$4.99||05/18/21||DC|
|6||9||Legends of the Dark Knight||1 (All)||$3.99||05/18/21||DC|
|7||12||Batman The Detective||2 (All)||$3.99||05/11/21||DC|
|8||13||Future State Gotham||1 (All)||$3.99||05/11/21||DC|
|10||8||Detective Comics||1036 (All)||$4.99||05/25/21||DC|
|12||10||Justice League||61 (All)||$4.99||05/18/21||DC|
|14||3||DC Festival of Heroes The Asian Superhero Celebration||1||$9.99||05/11/21||DC|
|15||22||Swamp Thing||3 (All)||$3.99||05/04/21||DC|
|16||24||Justice League Last Ride||1 (All)||$3.99||05/11/21||DC|
|17||7||Batman Urban Legends||3||$7.99||05/11/21||DC|
|19||18||Green Lantern||2 (All)||$4.99||05/04/21||DC|
|20||25||Harley Quinn||3 (All)||$3.99||05/25/21||DC|
|21||19||Next Batman Second Son||2 (All)||$4.99||05/04/21||DC|
|22||26||Teen Titans Academy||3 (All)||$3.99||05/25/21||DC|
|25||15||Batman Black And White||6||$5.99||05/25/21||DC|
|26||31||Crime Syndicate||3 (All)||$3.99||05/04/21||DC|
|27||21||Wonder Woman||772 (All)||$4.99||05/11/21||DC|
|28||33||Batman Superman||18 (All)||$3.99||05/25/21||DC|
|29||34||Suicide Squad||3 (All)||$3.99||05/04/21||DC|
|30||23||Action Comics||1031 (All)||$4.99||05/25/21||DC|
|32||28||Milestone Returns Infinite Edition||0 (All)||$4.99||05/25/21||DC|
|33||36||Mister Miracle The Source of Freedom||1 (All)||$3.99||05/25/21||DC|
|34||27||Stargirl Spring Break Special||1 (All)||$5.99||05/25/21||DC|
|35||29||Superman Red & Blue||3||$5.99||05/18/21||DC|
|36||37||Challenge of the Super Sons||2 (All)||$3.99||05/11/21||DC|
|37||39||Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries||2||$2.99||05/11/21||DC|
|38||38||Sensational Wonder Woman||3 (All)||$3.99||05/04/21||DC|
|39||32||Other History of the DC Universe||4||$6.99||05/25/21||DC|
|40||40||American Vampire 1976||8 (All)||$3.99||05/11/21||DC|
|42||43||RWBY Justice League||2 (All)||$3.99||05/25/21||DC|
|43||42||Truth & Justice||4 (All)||$4.99||05/18/21||DC|
|44||44||Dreaming Waking Hours||10||$3.99||05/11/21||DC|
May 2021 DC Graphic Novel Sales
Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks Ordered by North American Comics Shops
Comichron did not sample retailer sales data for DC's Direct Market graphic novel sales, and Lunar Distribution did not release any sales data.
High-profile DC graphic novel releases during the month included two Dark Nights Death Metal Collections.
The list of all the graphic novels DC released appears below.
|Trade Paperback title||Price||On sale||Publisher|
|Authority Book 2||$39.99||05/25/21||DC|
|Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III||$17.99||05/04/21||DC|
|Batman The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 5||$24.99||05/25/21||DC|
|Dark Nights Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs||$19.99||05/04/21||DC|
|Dark Nights Death Metal War of the Multiverses||$19.99||05/18/21||DC|
|Fables Compendium Vol. 2||$59.99||05/11/21||DC|
|Flash Impulse Runs in the Family||$34.99||05/25/21||DC|
|Flash Vol 14 The Flash Age||$19.99||05/11/21||DC|
|Green Arrow Black Canary Till Death Do They Part||$34.99||05/04/21||DC|
|Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy||$16.99||05/18/21||DC|
|Justice League Galaxy of Terrors||$16.99||05/18/21||DC|
|Shazam The Worlds Mightiest Mortal Vol. 3 HC||$49.99||05/18/21||DC|
|Superman Action Comics Vol. 4 Metropolis Burning||$16.99||05/11/21||DC|
|Superman By Peter J Tomasi & Patrick Gleason Omnibus HC||$125.00||05/25/21||DC|
|Superman Vol. 4 Mythological||$19.99||05/25/21||DC|
|Tiny Titans Pet Club||$9.99||05/04/21||DC|
|Young Justice Book 2 Growing Up||$24.99||05/18/21||DC|