In Wake Of Secret Empire’s Diamond Chart Victory*, Nick Spencer Delivers Twitter Acceptance Speech

“You like me! You really like me!” was the theme of beleaguered comic book writer Nick Spencer’s Twitter feed Friday morning after Diamond’s sales charts revealed Secret Empire #0 took the #1 spot for the month*, helping Marvel to a victory in dollar share, unit share, and percentage of top ten. Yay!

However, Secret Empire’s win must come with an asterisk for now, as Bleeding Cool Rumormonger-in-Chief Rich Johnston pointed out that sales for Batman #21 (The Button) were split into two listings, one for the lenticular cover and one without, taking both the second and seventh spots on the chart. Is Batman #21 actually the top selling comic of April 2017? We don’t know for sure yet, but that didn’t stop Nick Spencer from taking to Twitter to celebrate the big win*, tweeting just before the numbers came out:

https://twitter.com/nickspencer/status/860515849609723904

Spencer was referring, of course, to the sales victory*, thanking retailers, readers, and the Academy for helping him achieve his dream:

https://twitter.com/nickspencer/status/860517582230638593

Spencer also referred to Marvel’s competition as “stiff” and thanked everyone involved in making the comic:

https://twitter.com/nickspencer/status/860518542747156480

No thanks for Dan Didio and his love of lenticular covers, sadly, or to Diamond for deciding that Batman #21 was actually two comics. But it’s impossible to remember everyone at a time like this. Spencer promised, or threatened, depending on your perspective, more to come:

Look, even if it turns out that Secret Empire lost to Batman in April, second place isn’t bad. But if that’s revealed to be the case, will Spencer amend his stance and congratulate DC for coming out on top? Er… maybe not.

Secret Empire #1 is in stores now, and issues #2 and #3 are due out later this month.

About Jude Terror

A prophecy says that in the comic book industry's darkest days, a hero will come to lead the people through a plague of overpriced floppies, incentive variant covers, #1 issue reboots, and super-mega-crossover events.

Scourge of Rich Johnston, maker of puns, and seeker of the Snyder Cut, Jude Terror, sadly, is not the hero comics needs right now... but he's the one the industry deserves.