Diamond have released information about the best-selling comics and graphic novels for the month of December 2017, and also, this morning, for the year of 2017 as a whole, all of which should prove pretty enlightening to see how trends are shaping up for publishers entering 2018.
Unsurprisingly, if you have chatted much with retailers in recent months, DC Comics has done very well in capturing fan interest and sales in the month of December 2017, and while Marvel has been experiencing a bit of a downturn, they are still ranking with a number of books on the comics market in December. We also have a strong showing from Image Comics in comics and books and Dark Horse Comics when it comes to book sales.
As for the best selling comics and graphic novels of 2017, also listed below, you’ll find that Marvel have commanded a surprising level of attention for the year as a whole, and that Image Comics are leading the charge when it comes to books.
Here are the top selling comic books of December 2017, grouped by publisher, according to Diamond:
Doomsday Clock #2
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal #4
Tom King and Clay Mann’s Batman #36
King and Mann’s Batman #37
Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight #3
Hawkman Found #1
Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Yu’s Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1
Dan Slott, Mike Costa, and Ryan Stegman’s Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc. Alpha #1
Chip Zdarky and Jim Cheung’s Marvel Two-In-One #1
Slott and Stegman’s Amazing Spider-Man #792
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #174
Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes’ Christmas-themed Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1
IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Adventures #5
Here are the best-selling graphic novels or collections of comics from December 2017, grouped by publisher:
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 8
Deadly Class Volume 6
Batman Volume 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles
Batman: Detective Comics Volume 4: Deus Ex Machina
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad
Star Wars Volume 6: Out Among the Stars
Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event
Rick and Morty Volume 6
Terry Moore: 25th Anniversary Sketch book: 8,800 Days of Blondes, Brunettes and Bozos
Overwatch Anthology Volume 1
That’s what we’ve got for December 2017, but what about the year of 2017 as a whole?
The big headlines from the year are that Marvel Legacy #1 is the Bestselling Comic Book of the Year and Marvel Comics is the Top Comic Book Publisher of the Year. DC Comics has ranked #2 publisher, and cornered 5 of the top 10 comic books of the year. Image Comics has been named #3 publisher, and “dominates” the graphic novels chart with 8 out of the top 10 titles.
That’s somewhat surprising, particularly in terms of Marvel, and also shows a bigger gain for Image than we might have expected from looking just at December 2017. That summer sales market must have left quite an impression on outcomes.
Here are highlights from the 10 best selling comics of 2017, according to Diamond, grouped by publisher:
Marvel Legacy #1
Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #1
Secret Empire #0
Secret Empire #1
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1
Dark Nights: Metal #1,
#2-4 of Dark Nights: Metal
Doomsday Clock #2
Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead #146
Star Wars Adventures #1
Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1
Here are the highlights from the 10 best selling graphic novels or collections of 2017:
Saga Volume 7
Saga Volumes 1 and 4
Paper Girls Volume 1
Monstress Volume 1
Seven to Eternity Volume 1
Stay tuned for a look at January 2018’s numbers in a few weeks, where we’ll see how the publishers have been faring in the new year.