DC Rides Rebirth Success to Top Spot in July's Comics Market

With DC's Rebirth publishing initiative continuing to turn heads in July, the publisher took the [...]

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With DC's Rebirth publishing initiative continuing to turn heads in July, the publisher took the top spot on Diamond Comics Distributors's sales charts, both in terms of dollar share and units sold for the month.

DC Entertainment was July's top publisher with a 35.36% dollar share and a 40.96% unit share. Marvel Comics was the month's number two publisher with a 34.20% dollar share and a 35.69% unit share. Image Comics, IDW Publishing, and Dark Horse Comics rounded out the top five.

DC Entertainment had eight of the month's top ten best-selling comics, with Bryan Hitch's Justice League #1 taking the top spot on the charts. Justice League Rebirth #1 ranked #2, Batman #2 ranked #3, Batman #3 ranked #5, Nightwing Rebirth #1 ranked #6, New Super-Man #1 ranked #8, Nightwing #1 ranked #9, and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1 ranked #10. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten: Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's Civil War II #3 ranked #4, and Civil War II #4 ranked #7.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #156 was Image's best-selling book in July at #32. Chris Ryall, Christos Gage, and David Messina's ROM #1 was IDW Publishing's top book at #75. Dark Horse Comics's top book, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston's Black Hammer #1, ranked #117.

By contrast, DC had only two books in the top ten for graphic novel and collected edition sales: Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda topped the list, followed by Harley Quinn's Greatest Hits and The Killing Joke, DC's only appearances.

Both of those DC titles were likely driven by movies -- Suicide Squad and Batman: The Killing Joke, respectively -- while another entry on the list, Southern Bastards Vol. 3, may have been helped by the series cleaning up at the Eisner Awards midway through July at Comic Con. That title came in at #6 on the list, sandwiched between two other Image books: Huck and the sixth volume of Saga. Marvel's top collected edition was Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin at #4. Another media-driven hit title, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., came in at #10, just behind Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 1. Coming in just above those two Marvel titles as Bone: Coda, a 25th anniversary tribute to the beloved indie comic by Jeff Smith.