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'Blackest Night' Stays on Top

Dominates the Top 10

Published: 01/12/2010, Last Updated: 11/30/1999 12:00am

DC Comics Blackest Night crossover event continued to dominate the sales charts in December led by the sixth issue of the eponymous flagship title, which was the only December comic to break 100,000.  The final week of the year was a skip week, which likely affected reorders and depressed sales totals somewhat.  Blackest Night accounted for six of the top ten titles, giving DC the majority at the top of the charts.

 

Marvel still dominated the top 25 however, by accounting for 15 of the top 25 spots.  Marvel’s top title was Captain America: Reborn #5, which came in at #3 and was originally slated to ship in November.  The finale of the Cap Reborn saga is slated for the end of this month, but Cap was already back in Captain America Reborn: Who Will Wield the Shield? at #4 as well as in the pages of the New Avengers and Dark Avengers Annuals.  Another top 25 Marvel title Thor #604 also slipped into December though it was originally scheduled for a November debut.  Marvel and DC dominated the top of the charts with only Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow One Shot at #38 breaking the stranglehold of the big two on the top 50 spots.

 

No title in the top 25 posted an increase in sales in December and some of the top titles such as Blackest Night #6 declined precipitously from 144K to 100K, though a lack of time for reorders and the “Green Christmas” shipping event (retailers could choose to get the BN #6 titles in week early, but couldn’t sell them until the “skip” week) certainly hurt December sales on this title, though chances are the “lost” purchases were mostly delayed until January and BN #6 will show up on the January Top 300 Comics list with a pretty substantial number.

 

Graphic novel numbers were no better with the top title, Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina Vol. 8 barely topping 5,000.  The publishers on the top graphic novel list were a much more diverse lot with Dark Horse claiming the #3 spot for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Vol. 4 (just one of 4 Dark Horse Star Wars titles in the top 25), and Mark Waid’s Irredeemable Vol. 2 from BOOM! Studios coming in at #4, while Viz Media’s Bleach Vol. 29 took the fifth spot making it the bestselling manga title in the direct market in December.  

 

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

 

100,651           Blackest Night #6

  97,285           Green Lantern #49

  91,790           Captain America: Reborn #5

  80,771           Captain American Reborn: Who Will Wield the Shield?

  80,313           Blackest Night: The Flash #1

  77,774           Green Lantern Corps #43

  72,790           New Avengers #60

  70,758           Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1

  69,799           Dark Avengers #12

  68,721           Blackest Night: JSA #1

  68,672           Justice League of America #40

  68,655           Siege: The Cabal

  68,572           Uncanny X-Men #518

  67,043           Uncanny X-Men #519

  65,908           Batman #694

  63,738           Amazing Spider-Man #615

  62,785           Fall of Hulks Alpha

  61,608           Thor #604

  61,435           New Avengers Annual #3

  60,524           Dark Avengers Annual #1

  59,876           Adventure Comics #5

  59,696           Amazing Spider-Man #614

  58,856           Amazing Spider-Man #616

  57,592           Astonishing X-Men #33

  55,242           Thor #605


For an analysis of the dollar trends in December, see "Comics, Graphic Novels Slip in December."

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

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

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