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'Blackest Night's' Reign Continues

'Chew' Tops GN Chart

Published: 12/07/2009, Last Updated: 11/30/1999 12:00am

Thanks largely to the success of its Blackest Night event, DC dominated the top ten once again with eight out of the top ten titles in November.  Blackest Night #5 actually boosted its circulation by 5% with help from a special ordering incentive that featured seven differently colored "Lantern Promotional Rings." A similar promotion was potent enough to lift Booster Gold #26 into the top 25 at #19.  Four other Blackest Night tie-ins, Green Lantern #48, Justice League of America #39, Adventure Comics #4, and Green Lantern Corps #42 all made the top ten.

 

The top Marvel title was Captain America: Reborn #4, which came in at #3, didn’t ship in November where its absence hurt the Marvel line-up, which couldn’t manage better than a seventh place finish.  Marvel still managed to secure 14 out of the top 25 spots with 25th place going to the Thor Giant Size Finale written by JMS, which in spite of a slew of variant incentives (1:25 and 1:50), suffered an 18% decline in sales from the previous JMS issue (#603), which came out in September.

 

Only seven titles show gains in circulation versus seventeen that posted declines.  Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ended up at #35, was the bestselling non Marvel or DC release. 

 

Image’s Chew, one of the funniest action/adventure satires in years, was the bestselling graphic novel in a down month.  Written by John Layman, Chew is the saga of Tony Chu, a “cibopathic” (he gets psychic impressions from what he eats) cop employed by the FDA to police a country where eating chicken has been outlawed.  Dynamite Entertainment’s The Boys Vol. 5: Herogasm, written by Garth Ennis, finished a very close second followed by two DC titles, the Green Lantern: Agent Orange and Batman: Battle for the Cowl hardcovers.

 

Dark Horse’s Berserk Vol.32 was the bestselling manga title at #13 followed by Viz Media’s shojo hit Vampire Knight Vol.8 at #38.

 

Here are ICv2's estimates of the sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to comic stores on the top 25 comic titles in November:

 

144,935           Blackest Night #5

100,371           Green Lantern # 48

  96,571           Captain America: Reborn #4

  95,690           Batman and Robin #6

  89,376           Justice League of America #39

  85,145           Adventure Comics #4

  80,391           Green Lantern Corps #42

  74,379           New Avengers #59

  73,875           Flash: Rebirth #5

  72,225           Dark Avengers #11

  69,557           Uncanny X-Men #517

  68,983           Batman #693

  68,459           Amazing Spider-Man #612

  64,699           Amazing Spider-Man #613

  64,514           Amazing Spider-Man #611

  62,154           Astonishing X-Men #32

  61,170           Amazing Spider-Man #610

  59,023           Ultimate Comics Avengers #4

  57,122           Booster Gold #26

  56,214           Dark Reign List ASM One-Shot

  55,160           Invincible Iron Man #20

  54,392           Detective Comics #859

  53,967           X-Force #21

  53,748           Doom Patrol #4

  53,566           Thor Giant Size Finale #1

For an analysis of the dollar trends in November, see "Comic Sales Up in November."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during November, see
"Top 300 Comics Actual--November 2009."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during November, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--November 2009."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on comic books scheduled to ship during October, see "Top 300 Comics Actual--October 2009."

For our estimates of actual orders to Diamond U.S. from comic specialty stores on graphic novels scheduled to ship during October, see "Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual--October 2009."

For our index to our reports on the top comic and graphic novel preorders for January 2000 through November 2009, see "
ICv2's Top 300 Comics and Top 300 GNs Index."

 
 
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