The comics industry on the whole might be on a downturn, but Batman has staying power. That’s the big takeaway from last month’s list of best-sellers, which saw the caped crusader nab the top three spots with Scott Snyder’s heavily marketed Dark Nights: Metal #1 and Tom King’s excellent run on Batman with issues #28 and #29. Metal‘s sales are particularly impressive, with a whopping 261,997 sales.
On the Marvel side of things, Secret Empire sales have to be seen as a disappointment, especially the conclusion of the controversial summer event, with 86,123 sales. It did chew up three spots in the top ten, however, helping Marvel take seven of the top 10 spots on the list, rounded out by Star Wars #34 and #35. So it’s not all bad news for the House of Ideas.
That means that, for the first time in recent memory, The Walking Dead didn’t make the top 10. It was a mere 88 units sold underneath Star Wars #35, earning the number 11 spot.
Data courtesy ICv2.
1) Dark Nights: Metal #1
Units sold: 261,997
“There’s a lot of entertainment in this issue and it comes in at varying decibels that’ll shock your system in a lot of good ways. Above all else, this story feels big, important, and it’s well worth your time.”
2) Batman #28
Units sold: 104,666
“If Kite Man’s tale was the impressive, ahem, King’s Gambit opening in writer Tom King’s supervillain chess match, Batman #28 sees both sides still testing each other out for weaknesses and establishing board presence.”
3) Batman #29
Units sold: 100,787
“Though unconventional and more leisurely paced than some might expect for a war — King and Janin come prepared and correct with Batman #29 and deliver another strong installment in the “War of Jokes and Riddles.””
4) Secret Empire #10
Units sold: 86,123
“It’s the kind of issue that’s big on superhero heroics but not quite satisfying if you’ve been reading it for its complexity. That said, it brings big action and story beats worth cheering over.”
5) Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1
Units sold: 85,688
“Not a perfect comic, but seeing Laura and Logan fight alongside one another was very satisfying. Solid writing and artwork makes this a worthwhile buy.”
6) Secret Empire #8
Units sold: 81,488
“Secret Empire is turning the corner as it prepares for the home stretch sprint and this issue couldn’t be more empowering and filled with hope. Secret Empire has been a big time event with a lot of depressing scenes and surprises, but now it appears it’s in the hero’s hands! Get some!”
7) Secret Empire #9
Units sold: 77,072
“This is an action packed penultimate issue that looks great as it fills every panel with a wide assortment of heroes. The biggest win is how Spencer manages to make this big event feel intimate, focused on every big hero moment.”
8) Generations: Unworthy Thor & Mighty Thor #1
Units sold: 76,400
“Jump on every “Generations” book you can get, because so far each one has been a ton of fun with a good focus on character. This issue even ties into Marvel Legacy, which should have folks clamoring for that even more interested.”
9) Star Wars #34
Units sold: 66,628
Two issues featuring tales of the Star Wars underworld!
10) Star Wars #35
Units sold: 65,943
“Star Wars fans will dig the fun one-shot tale focusing on Han Solo and Chewie, but will marvel at the lifelike look of Han Solo. Who needs movies when comics like this exist?”