Diamond Comic Distributors has released the list of top ten comic books released for November, and even though Vader Down claims to have sold 450,000 copies, it’s the Dark Knight III: The Master Race that took the top spot.
Sadly, that didn’t help DC when it comes to winning the month.
Even with Dark Knight III: The Master Race nailing the top spot for November, Marvel had nine – NINE – books in the top ten spot.
|1||DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1||$5.99||DC|
|2||STAR WARS: VADER DOWN #1||$4.99||MAR|
|4||SECRET WARS #7||$3.99||MAR|
|5||EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1||$4.99||MAR|
|6||ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1||$4.99||MAR|
|7||STAR WARS #11||$3.99||MAR|
|8||UNCANNY X-MEN #600||$5.99||MAR|
|9||STAR WARS #12||$3.99||MAR|
|10||ALL NEW WOLVERINE #1||$4.99||MAR|
Marvel Comics had nine of November’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato’s Star Wars: Vader Down #1, the first part of their Star Wars crossover event. Also in the top ten were four debut titles from the All-New All-Different Marvel relaunch including Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne’s Deadpool #1 at #3; Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos’ Extraordinary X-Men #1 at #5; Mark Waid, Adam Kubert, and Mahmud Asrar’s All-New All-Different Avengers #1 at #6; and Tom Taylor, David Lopez, and David Navarrot’s All-New Wolverine #1 at #10. Image Comics’ top book in November was The Walking Dead #148 at #21, Dark Horse Comics’ top book was Fight Club 2 #7 at #76, and IDW Publishing’s top book was Back to the Future #2 at #99. The top-selling non- premier comic in November was Warren Ellis’ James Bond #1 for Dynamite Entertainment.
More important than Marvel dominating the top ten is the health of the comic industry after a slump in October. Compared to October, single issue sales were up 8.62%, though graphic novel sales continued to decline, slipping 11.93%. The jump in single issues is a big deal as we move into the holiday season, and dollars are being used for other things, which is why it is so important to note that compared to November 2014, comic sales are up 30%, which means the year to date sales are still up over all of 2014.
The complete list of comics sold in the direct market will be available on Monday, so be on the lookout for it, at Major Spoilers.