Though it has receive mixed reviews, DC Comics’s Convergence series was able to push almost every other property out of the top ten comics sold in the direct market in April 2015. Only the power of the force was able to keep DC from dominating the month.

Marvel’s Star Wars #4, Darth Vader #4, Kanan: The Last Padawan #1, and Princess Leia #3 all found places in the top ten last month, keeping DC from owning all of the slots. Even though all of the Convergence books were returnable by the retailers, the first four issues placed quite well.

RANKTITLEPRICEPUBLISHER
1STAR WARS #4$3.99MAR
2CONVERGENCE #0 [*]$4.99DC
3CONVERGENCE #1 [*]$4.99DC
4BATMAN #40$4.99DC
5DARTH VADER #4$3.99MAR
6CONVERGENCE #2 [*]$3.99DC
7CONVERGENCE #3 [*]$3.99DC
8KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1$3.99MAR
9CONVERGENCE #4 [*]$3.99DC
10PRINCESS LEIA #3$3.99MAR

Interestingly, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #40 is the only DC non-Convergence book to make it into the top ten.

Marvel Comics, April’s top publisher with a 34.15% dollar share and a 36.33% unit share, had four comics among April’s top ten, including Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s Darth Vader #4 at #4 and Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz’s Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 at #8. DC Entertainment was the month’s #2 publisher with a 30.91% dollar share and a 33.90% unit share, and the publisher had six titles among the top ten including Dan Jurgens, Jeff King, and Ethan Van Sciver’s Convergence #0 at #2 and Scott Synder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #40, the conclusion to the “Endgame” storyline, at #4. Image Comics ranked third for the month with a 10.23% dollar share and a 11.18% unit share. IDW Publishing came in fourth with a 6.00% dollar share and 4.78% unit share. In fifth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.65% dollar share and a 2.92% unit share.

While many people may scratch their heads wondering why Convergence did so well, keep in mind these numbers represent the totals sold by Diamond Comic Distributors to the comic book retailers, and does not represent the number of comics sold to comic book readers.

Where did everyone else fall? We’ll have the rundown of the top 300 comics sold in the direct market next week!

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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2 Comments

  1. Zaran
    May 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm — Reply

    Way too expensive.

  2. May 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    Even if it is the top seller among readers, I posit that that has less to do with its quality and more to do with the fact that it has been deemed important. DC and Marvel tend to starve other comics of any relevant developments so that eventscan have all of the big changes, then declare that events are what drive sales instead of plot developments with repercussions.

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