There’s no doubt all these new All-New All-Different Marvel #1s are helping sales numbers. The top ten is all Marvel, baby. Is that enough to make for an all-Marvel October edition of the AiPT! Power Rankings?

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Spider-Man
Spider-Man web-slings into the top spot on the AiPT! Power Rankings for the first time ever thanks to a solid start in his new series Amazing Spider-Man; issues #1 and #2 both landed in the Top 10 (#2 and #10 respectively) for most sold comics in the month of October. The pretty numbers don’t belie the title’s quality; AiPT!’s own Dave said of issue #2: “I haven’t laughed so hard at a Spider-Man comic in years.”

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Batman
Batman’s still selling well and a great book to boot. Mr. Bloom is scaring us right out of our pants. On top of that Mike Allred’s always good Batman ’66 continues to bring the retro look and feel, while Batman and Robin Eternal remains a near-weekly must buy.
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powerrankings_landon Star Wars
Star Wars fever is sweeping the galaxy once again in light of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers — and the comic world is no different. The franchise has plenty of representation with its self-named title, Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Chewbacca and Darth Vader burning up the top 20 most issues sold — while sleeper hits like Lando and Kanan pack surprising storyline punch.
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Doctor Strange
Last month Lando was in the top 5 but without a new comic he drops out… and Stephen Vincent Strange steps in. He may not be as smooth, but writer Jason Aaron is certainly bringing a new layer to the character as we explore his wickedly weird home.

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Justice League
The fallout from “The Darkseid Wars” has been huge: Darkseid is dead and now Granny Goodness is dragging him around Apokolips Weekend at Bernie’s style. Just playing; Lex Luthor has taken his mantle and all the primary Justice League members have been gifted with godhood as well (including Flash as the Black Racer, the Avatar of Death and Batman as the God of Knowledge atop the Mobius Chair). Props to Geoff Johns for taking such a huge chance and shaking up the status quo in such a thrilling way.
Honorable Mention

Paper Girls
Giant sized issue + Brian K. Vaughan writing + awesome ‘80s vibes? Sign us up. This book was all kinds of good with plenty of vibes that bring us back to our childhood. It’s basically a good version of Super 8 only it’s all girls and we can’t even begin to fathom what it’s about. That’s a good thing.

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Jason Aaron
We interviewed the man recently and learned a lot about his remarkable writing process. He’s not only thrilling with Doctor Strange, Star Wars and Southern Bastards, but the recently released The Goddamned as well. Yes, he’s writing a lot of books at once – some we didn’t even mention – but they’re all of different types and genres, which makes his work all the more impressive. Give this man an award already!
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Brian K. Vaughan
Vaughan’s work on Paper Girls is blowing us away and he’s also killing it on We Stand on Guard, which is basically the best war comic out there with excellent science fiction undertones. Huh, come to think of it Paper Girls is of the science fiction persuasion as well; the man is just damn good at sci-fi and the characters therein.
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Scott Snyder
We’re astounded by what Snyder is capable of in his Batman run. There’s always fun action, compelling characters and what appears to be a re-envisioning of the titular character himself. On top of that Mr. Bloom intrigues us and the book is even introducing new elements on the periodic table. Say what?!
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mark-waid-little Brian Michael Bendis
The writer of the top selling comic on the shelves, Invincible Iron Man, and another highly read comic, Guardians of the Galaxy, must be doing something right. Plus his TV show Powers was renewed and he was finally able to get Uncanny X-Men #600 out (albeit on Nov 4th). Call that a winning month for the guy!
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Dan Slott
Slott made us laugh quite a bit this month, has been able to weave a ton of Spidey lore into the new Amazing Spider-Man series, and has done so without a hiccup. Dare we say he’s going to go down as one of the best Spider-Man writers ever?

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Stuart Immonen
Please keep Immonen on Star Wars Marvel. If you do we’ll read it forever. He also helped on Uncanny X-Men #600 (again doesn’t really count as it was released the beginning of Nov 4), but really it only takes one masterful work per month to be the best.
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David Marquez
Invincible Iron Man continues to look fantastic in a detailed, yet very well laid out way. Plus he was behind this great comic timing.

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Esad Ribic
Look, the truth of the matter is lots of folks have problems with Secret Wars but you don’t hear people complaining about the art do you? The man has been able to put epic on a whole new scale with this series, show a tender and vulnerable side to Dr. Doom through his eyes alone and managed to do it all in a minimal amount of pages. Bravo.
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Giuseppe Camuncoli
He drew two, count ’em two issues of Amazing Spider-Man this month and if classic comedic comic strips like Peanuts have taught us anything it’s that comedic timing is really hard. We laughed hard because Slott dreamed it up, but we believed the joke because Camuncoli drew it. Plus he’s instilling some inventive page layouts and designed a fantastic Spider Mobile.
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Angel Hernandez

His art hasn’t wavered on Star Trek/Green Lantern at all — one of the most impressive crossovers we’ve seen in some time. Give the man props and watch for his name in the coming months.

Based on recurring comic book sales, the rankings that our site gives the book as a composite score (that is, not just one person’s opinion) and overall talent/rising popularity taken into consideration.