Marvel was once again the top publisher in the Direct Market, but will the Legacy initiative help or harm future sales?
Thanks to strong event sales, special covers and an anniversary, both Marvel and DC can lay claim to the #1 & 2 sales positions for May 2017.
If Marvel's Secret Empire held the #1 position on Diamond's sales chart for April, how did DC's Batman and Flash both outsell it?
Amazing Spider-Man topped the charts in March, but Batman and Rebirth powered DC Comics to the #1 publisher spot overall.
Marvel's latest team launch was the best-selling issue in January, narrowly edging out DC Comics' perennial chart-topper.
The reasonably even split in the top ten indicates strong interest in material from both of the two major publishers.
November's Direct Market sales were solid, if not spectacular, despite some of October's superstar series dropping hard.
The Rebirth overhaul has resulted in more than solid numbers for DC Comics, and record-setting sales for the entire industry.
Diamond likely under-reported the numbers on Rebirth due to returnability, which means DC had an even bigger month than it would appear.
DC Comics' chart-topping one-shot could have sold more, "Civil War II's" should have a positive on Marvel's line, and DC's Hanna-Barbera titles debuted strong.
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"Dark Knight III" led DC to a solid month, while the overall market dipped by 500,000 units from January.
Marvel's overall dominance continues, DC Comics may be rebooting, and BOOM! Studios may have an expandable property on its hands.
Image's zombie drama celebrates its anniversary with a major sales bump, while Marvel's wise-cracking team-up debuts over 130K.
The Dark Knight remains DC's biggest property, "Secret Wars" maintains Marvel's momentum & "Rick and Morty" shows staying power.
Despite the overall numbers being up for the month, November's sales show that the Direct Market has some potentially tough months ahead.