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“DC Universe: Rebirth” Best-Selling Title in May 2016, Topping “Civil War II” #0

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“DC Universe: Rebirth” Best-Selling Title in May 2016, Topping “Civil War II” #0

DC Comics’ continuity-adjusting “DC Universe: Rebirth” was the top seller in the Direct Market for May 2016, according to Diamond Comic Distributors. The oversized one-shot outsold every other release for the month, including the first installment of Marvel Comics’ line-wide crossover, “Civil War II” #0

Marvel remained the number one publisher overall, once again locking up seven of the top ten best-selling issues. “The Punisher” debuted at #3, while the controversial and heavily-marketed “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #1 landed in the #5 spot. April’s best-selling series, “Black Panther,” maintained a top-ten position, with Issue #2 ranking ninth for the month.

DC Comics made up the final three in May Top Ten, as “Batman” #52 was ranked #4, despite being the first issue to take place in the post-Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo era. “Justice League” #50, the final chapter in Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s “Darkseid Wars,” was the #7 seller for the month.

“Batman: The Killing Joke” was the best-selling graphic novel for May. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s controversial story, first published in March 1988, also topped BookScan’s charts for bookstore sales.

Overall, Marvel commanded 39.64% of the Direct Market in dollar shares, and 44.80% unit shares, a slight drop from previous months. DC Comics accounted for 26.45% in dollars, and 26.34% in units. Image was once again third, making up just under 8.5% of the market in dollars, and 7.95% in units.

Monthly comics sales dropped from April, and even more so from May 2015.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.64%

44.80%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

26.45%

26.34%

IMAGE COMICS

8.38%

7.95%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.70%

4.99%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.25%

2.31%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.51%

2.34%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.66%

1.51%

TITAN COMICS

1.39%

1.48%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

1.09%

1.25%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.98%

0.89%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.95%

6.13%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2016 VS. APRIL 2016

COMICS

-6.54%

-4.15%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-6.31%

-11.10%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-6.46%

-4.77%

MAY 2016 VS. MAY 2015

COMICS

-14.34%

-17.60%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.52%

-3.39%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-9.05%

-16.58%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

-9.23%

-14.01%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

4.80%

3.46%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.11%

-12.72%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1

$2.99

APR160273-M

DC

2

CIVIL WAR II #0

$4.99

MAR168949-M

MAR

3

THE PUNISHER #1

$3.99

MAR160728-M

MAR

4

BATMAN #52

$3.99

MAR160223-M

DC

5

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #1

$4.99

MAR160721-M

MAR

6

STAR WARS #19

$3.99

MAR160891-M

MAR

7

JUSTICE LEAGUE #50

$5.99

FEB160134-M

DC

8

DARTH VADER #20

$4.99

MAR160897-M

MAR

9

BLACK PANTHER #2

$3.99

MAR160829-M

MAR

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12

$3.99

MAR160781-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

NOV070226

DC

2

DESCENDER VOLUME 2 TP (MR)

$14.99

FEB160680-M

IMA

3

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MAR

4

BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME 4: GODWORLD TP (MR)

$14.99

FEB160656

IMA

5

WE STAND ON GUARD DELUXE HC (MR)

$24.99

FEB160645

IMA

6

CHEW VOLUME 11: LAST SUPPERS TP (MR)

$14.99

FEB160669

IMA

7

THE JOKER: ENDGAME TP

$24.99

FEB160224

DC

8

STAR WARS: KANAN VOLUME 2: FIRST BLOOD TP

$17.99

JAN160963

MAR

9

SPIDER-GWEN VOLUME 1: GREATER POWER TP

$17.99

FEB160962

MAR

10

SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL: DON’T CALL IT A TEAM UP TP

$34.99

FEB160956

MAR

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