(BALTIMORE, MD) — (March 9, 2018) — The Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse scour the cosmos, seeking the unlikely heroes who threaten their power in DC Entertainment's Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, a Dark Nights: Metal tie-in from a Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, and an all-star line-up of creators that was February 2018's best-selling comic book according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was February's top publisher with a 34.86% retailer dollar share and a 36.94% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.79% dollar share and a 36.61% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.49% dollar share and an 10.82% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.58% dollar share and a 2.63% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.85% dollar share and a 1.68% unit share, Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.40% dollar share and a 2.29% unit share, and BOOM! Studios with a 2.37% dollar share and a 2.12% unit share.
DC Entertainment had four comics in the top ten. In addition to Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, Batman #40 ranked #3, Batman #41 ranked #4, and Batman: White Knight #5 ranked #6. Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Tom Taylor and Mahmud A. Asrar's X-Men Red #1 at #2, followed by Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 at #7, Star Wars #43 at #8, Infinity Countdown Prime #1 at #9, and Amazing Spider-Man #796 at #10. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #176 from Image Comics ranked #5 for the month. Also among the premier publishers, Dynamite Entertainment's Dejah Thoris #1 ranked #118 for the month; BOOM! Studios' Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation #1, based on the cult favorite film, was the publisher's top book at #119; IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #162 was their selling-book for February at #162; and Dark Horse Comics' Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1955: The Burning Season One-Shot ranked #164.
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 8 from Image Comics was February's best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Volume 2 at #2, followed by Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic: Mace Windu at #5, The Despicable Deadpool Volume 1: Deadpool Kills Cable at #7, and Astonishing X-Men Volume 1: The Life of X at #9. DC Entertainment also had four titles in the top ten: DC Meets Looney Tunes at #3, Teen Titans Volume 2: The Rise of Aqualad at #4, Justice League Volume 5: Legacy at #6, and Titans Volume 3: A Judas Among Us at #8. Rounding out the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' Neil Gaiman's American Gods Volume 1: Shadows ranked #10.
VIZ Media's Pokémon Seek and Find: Pikachu, an all-ages activity book based on the popular franchise, was February's best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics' Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of online comics and behind-the-scenes materials from the video game, ranked #6.
Based on Blizzard Entertainment's immensely popular team shooter video game, Good Smile's Overwatch: Mercy "Classic Skin" Nendoroid was February's best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten: the Harley Quinn: Red White & Black by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau Statue ranked #2 and the DC Designer Series: Aquaman & Mera by Pat Gleason Statue ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys also had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Premier Collection: Venom Statue ranked #3 and the Marvel Gallery: Spider-Man Homecoming: Spider-Man PVC Figure, based on the blockbuster film, ranked #8. Also of note, two PREVIEWS exclusive Funko items placed in the month's top ten: the POP! Hellboy: Hellboy with Excalibur Vinyl Figure ranked #5 and the POP! Rides: Marvel Comics: Classic Ghost Rider with Bike Glow-in-the-Dark Vinyl Figure ranked #7.
Adventure awaits tabletop gamers at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in the WizKids/NECA's Marvel HeroClix: X-Men: Xavier's School Booster Brick, the best-selling game product of February. Also among the top ten was IDW Games with Roar: King of the Pride at #10 for the month.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|FEBRUARY 2018 VS. JANUARY 2018|
|FEBRUARY 2018 VS. FEBRUARY 2017|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL SHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||16||13||0||29|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||103||155||23||281|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
|1||DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT #1||$4.99||NOV170209||DC|
|2||X-MEN RED #1||$4.99||DEC170785-M||MAR|
|5||THE WALKING DEAD #176||$3.99||OCT178652-M||IMA|
|6||BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #5||$3.99||DEC170262-M||DC|
|7||PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300||$5.99||DEC170828-M||MAR|
|8||STAR WARS #43||$3.99||DEC170930-M||MAR|
|9||INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1||$4.99||DEC170883-M||MAR|
|10||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #796||$3.99||DEC178082-M||MAR|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300||$5.99||DEC170828-M||MAR|
|2||DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT #1||$4.99||NOV170209||DC|
|3||X-MEN RED #1||$4.99||DEC170785-M||MAR|
|4||THE WALKING DEAD #176||$3.99||OCT178652-M||IMA|
|5||BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #5||$3.99||DEC170262-M||DC|
|8||INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1||$4.99||DEC170883-M||MAR|
|9||STAR WARS: THRAWN #1||$4.99||DEC170925-M||MAR|
|10||SWAMP THING WINTER SPECIAL #1||$7.99||NOV170208||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
|1||SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT170715||IMA|
|2||STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOLUME 2 TP||$17.99||NOV171074||MAR|
|3||DC MEETS LOONEY TUNES TP||$19.99||NOV170365||DC|
|4||TEEN TITANS VOLUME 2: THE RISE OF AQUALAD TP||$14.99||NOV170355||DC|
|5||STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC: MACE WINDU TP||$15.99||NOV171075||MAR|
|6||JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 5: LEGACY TP||$16.99||NOV170352||DC|
|7||DESPICABLE DEADPOOL VOL. 1: DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE TP||$17.99||NOV171066||MAR|
|8||TITANS VOL. 3: A JUDAS AMONG US TP||$16.99||NOV170356||DC|
|9||ASTONISHING X-MEN VOLUME 1: THE LIFE OF X TP||$17.99||NOV171063||MAR|
|10||NEIL GAIMAN'S AMERICAN GODS VOL. 1: SHADOWS TP||$29.99||OCT170049||DAR|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||HOUSE OF SECRETS: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC||$125.00||JUL170478||DC|
|2||DAREDEVIL: SHADOWLAND OMNIBUS HC||$125.00||AUG171005-M||MAR|
|3||ABSOLUTE WONDER WOMAN BY AZZARELLO & CHIANG VOLUME 2 HC||$125.00||JUL170487||DC|
|4||DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC||$100.00||AUG171007||MAR|
|5||BATMAN: SECRETS: SAM KIETH GALLERY EDITION HC||$125.00||MAR170443||DC|
|6||MOEBIUS LIBRARY: INSIDE MOEBIUS VOLUME 1 HC||$39.99||OCT170050||DAR|
|7||NEIL GAIMAN'S AMERICAN GODS VOL. 1: SHADOWS HC||$29.99||OCT170049||DAR|
|8||NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC||$75.00||AUG170339||DC|
|9||DC MEETS LOONEY TUNES TP||$19.99||NOV170365||DC|
|10||STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOLUME 2 SC||$17.99||NOV171074||MAR|
TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
|1||POKEMON SEEK & FIND: PIKACHU HC||$9.99||DEC171940||VIZ|
|2||POKEMON SEEK & FIND: KANTO HC||$9.99||DEC171939||VIZ|
|3||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 126 SC||$14.95||NOV172218||SAN|
|4||THE LIFE & LEGEND OF WALLACE WOOD VOLUME 2 HC||$39.99||NOV171663||FAN|
|5||GOOD MORNING SUPERMAN BOARD BOOK||$7.99||OCT172073||CAP|
|6||OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC||$19.99||JUN170080||DAR|
|7||STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI: CHEWIE AND THE PORGS HC||$17.99||OCT172100||HAC|
|8||WORLD OF READING LEVEL 1: THIS IS BLACK PANTHER||$4.99||NOV172200||HAC|
|10||UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD||$8.99||DEC172060||HAC|
TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||OVERWATCH: MERCY "CLASSIC SKIN" NENDOROID||MAY178992||GOO|
|2||HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK BY STANLEY "ARTGERM" LAU STATUE||AUG170368||DC|
|3||MARVEL PREMIER COLLECTION: VENOM STATUE||JUL172797||DST|
|4||DC DESIGNER SERIES: AQUAMAN & MERA BY PAT GLEASON STATUE||AUG170364||DC|
|5||POP! HELLBOY: HELLBOY WITH EXCALIBUR PX VINYL FIGURE||JUN178581||FUN|
|6||STITCH DS-004 D-SELECT SERIES 6-INCH STATUE||APR178964||BEA|
|7||POP! RIDES: MARVEL: CLASSIC GHOST RIDER WITH BIKE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK VINYL FIGURE||JUL178584||FUN|
|8||MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING: SPIDER-MAN PVC FIGURE||AUG172644||DST|
|9||FINAL FANTASY ADVENT CHILDREN PLAY ARTS KAI: SEPHIROTH FIGURE||JUN178118||SQU|
|10||FINAL FANTASY XV PLAY ARTS KAI: ARANEA FIGURE||MAY178535||SQU|
TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX: X-MEN: XAVIER'S SCHOOL BOOSTER BRICK||OCT172984||NEC|
|2||DARK SOULS BOARD GAME||OCT178117||STE|
|3||STRANGER THINGS OUIJA GAME||NOV178196||HAS|
|4||BEARS VS. BABIES CARD GAME||JUN178872||EXP|
|5||HASBRO GRAB & GO GAMES||NOV178561||HAS|
|6||MUNCHKIN CCG BOOSTER DISPLAY||NOV173172||PSI|
|7||OPERATION STAR WARS: BB-8 EDITION||AUG178537||HAS|
|8||CLUE: RICK AND MORTY "BACK IN BLACKOUT" BOARD GAME||JUL173384||USA|
|9||YU-GI-OH! EXTREME FORCE||NOV173144||KON|
|10||ROAR: KING OF THE PRIDE GAME||NOV170575||IDW|
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|Unit Market Share – February 2018|
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