With superheroes the by far dominant subject matter of most modern day comic books, it might come as a little bit of a shock that the best selling comic book of the year so far has nothing to do with superheroes. Of course, it probably won’t be surprising to learn that the best selling comic book is an issue of The Walking Dead, which is the basis for a very successful TV show on AMC. The Walking Dead is a testament to the fact that the opportunity of the comic book medium stretches far beyond just superheroes. Perhaps, the series will help dispel the notion that only superhero titles sell and convince publishers to take more chances on comic books revolving around non-superhero subject matters.
According to USA Today, The Walking Dead #115 has sold more than 350,000 copies through retail orders, which by far makes the issue the best-selling comic so far in 2013. The Walking Dead #115 kicks off a twelve issue story arc called “All Out War.” It’s also being recognized as the 10th anniversary edition of the series. The issue was published with 10 variant covers, which helped to boost sales as some collectors like to collect every variation of their favorite titles.
If no other title beats The Walking Dead #115, then Kirkman will have the best selling comic book of the year for the second year in a row. Last year, the best selling comic book of the year was The Walking Dead #100, which sold more than 380,000 copies.
The only comic that we can think of that might have a shot at preventing Kirkman’s repeat is The Sandman: Overture #1, which also isn’t a superhero comic book. The Sandman: Overture #1 is by best-selling writer Neil Gaiman and is scheduled to be released on October 30, 2013.