Diamond Comics has released the top product lists for December 2016. See below for top 10 selling comics and top publishers for the month.
The Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad and is determined to bring them to justice in DC Entertainment’s JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1 from Joshua Williamson and Jason Fabok, the first crossover event of DC Rebirth and the best-selling comic book of December 2016, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was December’s top publisher with a 36.73% dollar share and a 40.50% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.47% dollar share and a 29.04% unit share. At number three was Image Comics with an 8.81% dollar share and a 7.70% unit share. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.49% dollar share and a 4.10% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.17% dollar share and 2.43% units share.
Comic and graphic novel sales in December, a four shipping week month, declined by 9.69% from November, a five shipping week month, as well as by 14.84% from December 2015, also a five shipping week month. Despite the decline, comics and graphic novel sales on the year finished up 0.30% over 2015.
DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten. In addition to Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #7 ranked #3; Tom King, Mikel Janin, and Hugo Petrus’ BATMAN #12 ranked #4; King and Janin’s BATMAN #13ranked #5, and Scott Snyder, John Romita, Jr., and Danny Miki’s ALL-STAR BATMAN #5ranked #10. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten: Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, and Leinil Francis Yu’s INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1 ranked #2; Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s CIVIL WAR II #8, the final chapter of Marvel’s 2016 event, ranked #6; Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s STAR WARS #26 ranked #7; Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker, and Salvador Larroca’s STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1, a new ongoing series spinning out of Star Wars: Darth Vader, ranked #8; and Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon’s HULK #1, a new series starring Jennifer Walters, ranked #9. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #161 was Image Comics’ top book in December at #11. IDW Publishing’s top book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #2 at #65. Finally, Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #3, based on Joss Whedon’s film Serenity, was their top book of the month at #112.
IDW Publishing’s Love is Love anthology, a tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, produced with the assistance of DC Entertainment and featuring dozens of writers and artists, was December’s best-selling graphic novel.
Top 10 Comics
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1
2 INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1
3 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #7
4 BATMAN #12
5 BATMAN #13
6 CIVIL WAR II #8
7 STAR WARS #26
8 STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1
9 HULK #1
10 ALL-STAR BATMAN #5
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
PUBLISHER – DOLLAR SHARE – UNIT SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 36.73% 40.50%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.47% 29.04%
IMAGE COMICS 8.81% 7.70%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.49% 4.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.17% 2.43%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.40% 1.64%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.99% 6.97%
TITAN COMICS 1.16% 0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.10% 1.20%
VIZ MEDIA 1.09% 0.34%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.59% 5.09%