Exclusive: May's Top 100 Best-Selling Comics

Marvel Comics’ Secret Empire #1 The United States is dominated by Hydra, with Captain America at its head, in Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven, and Jay Leisten's Secret Empire #1 from Marvel Comics, May's best-selling comic book.

Marvel Comics had six titles in May’s top ten. In addition to Secret Empire #1, Mike Costa and Tradd Moore's Venom #150 ranked #2; Christopher Hastings, Edgar Salazar, and Allen Martinez's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout #1 ranked #5; Nick Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino, and Rod Reis' Secret Empire #2 ranked #6; Spencer, Sorrentino, and Reis' Secret Empire #3 ranked 8; and Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder's All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1 ranked #9.

DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten: the lenticular edition of Batman #22, the third chapter of "The Button" by Tom King, Joshua Williamson, and Jason Fabok, ranked #3; the lenticular edition of The Flash #22, the final chapter of "The Button" by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, ranked #4; and King and Mitch Gerads' Batman #23 ranked #7.

Image Comics' The Walking Dead #167 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudino, and Cliff Rathburn was the publisher's best-selling book at #10.

Among the premier publishers, P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton's Neil Gaiman's American Gods: Shadows #3 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #95, while IDW Publishing's top-ranked book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #6, the final chapter of their crossover with DC Entertainment, at #114.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2017

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SECRET EMPIRE #1 $4.99 MAR170901-M MAR
2 VENOM #150 $5.99 MAR171008-M MAR
3 BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON) $3.99 NOV169207 DC
4 FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON) $3.99 NOV169210 DC
5 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MISSION BREAKOUT #1 $4.99 MAR171072-M MAR
6 SECRET EMPIRE #2 $4.99 MAR170910-M MAR
7 BATMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170274-M DC
8 SECRET EMPIRE #3 $3.99 MAR170915-M MAR
9 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR170937-M MAR
10 WALKING DEAD #167 (MR) $2.99 MAR170791 IMA
11 BATMAN #22 REGULAR EDITION (THE BUTTON) $2.99 NOV169206-M DC
12 STAR WARS #31 $3.99 MAR171111-M MAR
13 JEAN GREY #1 $3.99 MAR170958-M MAR
14 STAR WARS SCREAMING CITADEL #1 $4.99 MAR171106-M MAR
15 ALL STAR BATMAN #10 $4.99 MAR170261-M DC
16 CABLE #1 $3.99 MAR170977-M MAR
17 FLASH #22 STANDARD EDITION (THE BUTTON) $2.99 NOV169208-M DC
18 X-MEN GOLD #3 $3.99 MAR171078-M MAR
19 DETECTIVE COMICS #956 $2.99 MAR170284-M DC
20 DETECTIVE COMICS #957 $2.99 MAR170286-M DC
21 JUSTICE LEAGUE #20 $2.99 MAR170308-M DC
22 JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 $2.99 MAR170310-M DC
23 FLASH #23 $2.99 MAR170288-M DC
24 X-MEN GOLD #4 $3.99 MAR171080-M MAR
25 SUPERMAN #22 $2.99 MAR170330-M DC
26 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #2 $3.99 MAR170943-M MAR
27 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27 $3.99 MAR171018 MAR
28 SUPERMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170332-M DC
29 X-MEN BLUE #3 $3.99 MAR171081-M MAR
30 OLD MAN LOGAN #23 $3.99 MAR171089-M MAR
31 TITANS #11 $3.99 MAR170338-M DC
32 GENERATION X #1 $3.99 MAR170967-M MAR
33 X-MEN BLUE #4 $3.99 MAR171083 MAR
34 OLD MAN LOGAN #24 $3.99 MAR171092-M MAR
35 WONDER WOMAN #22 $2.99 MAR170348-M DC
36 STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #7 $3.99 MAR171114-M MAR
37 WONDER WOMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170350-M DC
38 TEEN TITANS #8 $3.99 MAR170340-M DC
39 ACTION COMICS #979 $2.99 MAR170257-M DC
40 ACTION COMICS #980 $2.99 MAR170259-M DC
41 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6 $2.99 MAR170312-M DC
42 BANE CONQUEST #1 $3.99 MAR170354-M DC
43 HARLEY QUINN #19 $2.99 MAR170302-M DC
44 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 $2.99 MAR170314-M DC
45 HARLEY QUINN #20 $2.99 MAR170304-M DC
46 SUPER SONS #4 $3.99 MAR170334-M DC
47 SUICIDE SQUAD #17 $2.99 MAR170324-M DC
48 SUICIDE SQUAD #18 $2.99 MAR170326-M DC
49 TEEN TITANS LAZARUS CONTRACT SPECIAL #1 $4.99 MAR170344 DC
50 NIGHTWING #20 $2.99 MAR170318-M DC
51 WEAPON X #3 $3.99 MAR171087-M MAR
52 NIGHTWING #21 $2.99 MAR170320-M DC
53 SECRET EMPIRE UPRISING #1 $4.99 MAR170920-M MAR
54 STAR WARS POE DAMERON #14 $3.99 MAR171121-M MAR
55 ALL NEW WOLVERINE #20 $3.99 MAR171084-M MAR
56 WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR170352 DC
57 BLACK BOLT #1 $3.99 MAR170984-M MAR
58 DEADPOOL #30 $9.99 MAR171095-M MAR
59 CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #17 $3.99 MAR170922 MAR
60 MIGHTY THOR #19 $3.99 MAR171002 MAR
61 BATMAN THE SHADOW #2 $3.99 MAR170356-M DC
62 DEATHSTROKE #19 $2.99 MAR170342-M DC
63 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #17 $3.99 MAR171023 MAR
64 DEADPOOL #31 $3.99 MAR170928-M MAR
65 TRINITY #9 $3.99 MAR170345-M DC
66 LUKE CAGE #1 $3.99 MAR170990-M MAR
67 HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #20 $2.99 MAR170298-M DC
68 HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21 $2.99 MAR170300-M DC
69 GREEN LANTERNS #22 $2.99 MAR170294-M DC
70 STAR WARS POE DAMERON #15 $3.99 MAR171123 MAR
71 I AM GROOT #1 $3.99 MAR170951-M MAR
72 GREEN LANTERNS #23 $2.99 MAR170296-M DC
73 DOCTOR STRANGE #21 SE $3.99 MAR170925-M MAR
74 STAR WARS ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #2 $3.99 MAR171124-M MAR
75 SECRET WARRIORS #1 $3.99 MAR170931-M MAR
76 DEADPOOL VS PUNISHER #3 $3.99 MAR171100-M MAR
77 SPIDER-MAN #16 $3.99 MAR171021 MAR
78 AVENGERS #7 $3.99 MAR171000 MAR
79 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #6 $3.99 MAR170780-M IMA
80 GENERATION X #2 $3.99 MAR170974-M MAR
81 BATWOMAN #3 $3.99 MAR170276-M DC
82 DEADPOOL VS PUNISHER #4 $3.99 MAR171102-M MAR
83 BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #2 $3.99 MAR171016-M MAR
84 JEAN GREY #2 $3.99 MAR170965-M MAR
85 GREEN ARROW #22 $2.99 MAR170290-M DC
86 SPIDER-GWEN #19 $3.99 FEB170852-M MAR
87 TRINITY ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR170347 DC
88 GREEN ARROW #23 $2.99 MAR170292-M DC
89 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 $3.99 MAR171004 MAR
90 ROCKET #1 $3.99 MAR170945-M MAR
91 PAPER GIRLS #14 $2.99 MAR170767 IMA
92 BLACK PANTHER #14 $3.99 MAR171034-M MAR
93 AQUAMAN #22 $2.99 MAR170264-M DC
94 DAREDEVIL #20 $3.99 MAR171051 MAR
95 NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS SHADOWS #3 (MR) [*] $3.99 MAR170032-M DAR
96 UNCANNY AVENGERS #23 $3.99 MAR171001 MAR
97 AQUAMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170266-M DC
98 JUSTICE LEAGUE POWER RANGERS #4 $3.99 FEB170273 DC
99 INFAMOUS IRON MAN #8 $3.99 MAR171003 MAR
100 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #10 $3.99 MAR170322-M DC

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable. This month, as Batman did not ship, Convergence #8 from DC Entertainment was used as the control index.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

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