ComiXology Bestseller List, 31st May 2019 – How Is Poor Marvel Supposed to Compete?

Matthew Snyder, digital dominator, fills us in on how non-print comics are selling… he writes: Welcome to the ComiXology Bestseller List, your guide to see how well your favorite titles are selling digitally. Every week I’ll post the ranking of every new title, plus a ranking of the best selling volumes & graphic novels. As always, I hope you find it interesting and informative.

Auto DraftDC, what are you doing? This is a 5th Wednesday. You’re not supposed to try hard on a 5th Wednesday. You’re supposed to release a few annuals, call it an early week, grab some box wine and binge watch Killing Eve. But releasing Doomsday Clock and Heroes in Crisis? You’re making the rest of us who are half-assing our jobs look bad.

And how is poor Marvel supposed to compete when you do this on your off-week? Marvel’s self esteem is pretty fragile as it is, and when it gets too low they go into another line wide relaunch phase.

(Shhh… it’s okay, Marvel. Amazing Spider-Man and Immortal Hulk are still putting up great numbers. What’s that? Yes, Fantastic Four slipping is a cause for concern, but it’s still in the Top 10. Don’t press that relaunch button, you’ve still got readers who love you the way you are now. There, there: Jonathan Hickman is going to make everything better).

So even with a much smaller slate of releases, DC easily wins the Top 10 battle this week:

  • DC: 37
  • Marvel: 18

But it’s a very bittersweet week for Tom King. While his Heroes in Crisis run ended on a high note at No. 2 (and let’s be honest, no one was beating Doomsday Clock), thereby cementing himself as DC’s digital sales MVP, he got some disappointing news. As covered in many Bleeding Cool articles, Tom King will leave Batman at issue #85, short of his planned 100. Batman may have been DC’s bestselling ongoing, but DC may have thought it could’ve done even better. The very mixed reaction from fans on Batman and Heroes in Crisis was probably the biggest factor.

But the mixed reaction didn’t seem to affect digital sales. Heroes in Crisis stayed strong right up until the end, and there is no sign of Batman slumping: it beats Justice League every two weeks. So if people were indeed dissatisfied with the product, they didn’t show it with their wallet. (At least not on digital)

But we won’t have to worry about all of that until early next year. And no matter what your opinion on Tom King is, there is no denying the digital readership is hooked on whatever he’s serving. God help the Big 2 if he ever goes indie.

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Top 25 Overall:

  1. Doomsday Clock #10
  2. Heroes in Crisis #9
  3. Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #22
  5. Detective Comics Annual #2
  6. Immortal Hulk #18
  7. Fantastic Four #10
  8. Mister Miracle (65% off)
  9. Thor #13
  10. Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1
  11. The Wild Storm #23
  12. Daredevil #6
  13. Captain America (2018) Vol. 1: Winter in America
  14. Star Wars: Vader- Dark Visions #4
  15. X-23 #12
  16. Superior Spider-Man #6
  17. War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2
  18. Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #4
  19. Magnificent Ms. Marvel #3
  20. Life is Strange #5
  21. Black Panther #12
  22. Batman: White Knight (54% off)
  23. Heroes in Crisis #6
  24. Black Science #40
  25. Heroes in Crisis #5

New Issue Rankings:

  1. Doomsday Clock #10
  2. Heroes in Crisis #9
  3. Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #22
  5. Detective Comics Annual #2
  6. Immortal Hulk #18
  7. Fantastic Four #10
  8. Thor #13
  9. Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1
  10. The Wild Storm #23
  11. Daredevil #6
  12. Star Wars: Vader- Dark Visions #4
  13. X-23 #12
  14. Superior Spider-Man #6
  15. War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2
  16. Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #4
  17. Magnificent Ms. Marvel #3
  18. Life is Strange #5
  19. Black Panther #12
  20. Black Science #40
  21. Catwoman Annual #1
  22. X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1
  23. Ascender #2
  24. Spider-Man & The League Of Realms #2
  25. Thanos #2
  26. Giant Man #2
  27. Major X #4
  28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94
  29. Angel #1
  30. Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5
  31. Star Trek: Year Five #2
  32. A Walk Through Hell #10
  33. Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1
  34. Marvel’s Spider-Man: City At War #3
  35. Spawn #297
  36. Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in: The Ring of Death
  37. Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #8
  38. Wolverine: The Long Night Adaptation #5
  39. Stranger Things: SIX #1
  40. Marvel Rising #3
  41. Dog Days of Summer #1
  42. Coda #12
  43. Raven The Pirate Princess Year 3: Monsters of the Deep #2
  44. Fight Club 3 #5
  45. Gold Digger #263
  46. Deliver #4 (Comixology Original)
  47. Blossoms: 666 #4
  48. Dark Red #3
  49. Punk Mambo #2
  50. Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7
  51. Zombie Tramp #60
  52. Dick Tracy Forever #2
  53. Spencer & Locke 2 #2
  54. Goblin Slayer #36
  55. Bad Luck Chuck #3
  56. The Forgotten Queen #4
  57. Grimm Fairy Tales #28
  58. Killer Groove #1
  59. DC Super Hero Girls: Weird Science #9 (99-cent digital first)
  60. Amber Blake #3
  61. Trump’s Space Force
  62. She Said Destroy #1
  63. Wailing Blade #1
  64. Goblin Slayer: Brand New Day #10
  65. Oz #2
  66. Spaceman and Bloater #1

Old Issue Rankings:

  1. Heroes in Crisis #6
  2. Heroes in Crisis #5
  3. The Batman Who Laughs #1
  4. Heroes in Crisis #4
  5. The Batman Who Laughs #3
  6. The Batman Who Laughs #2
  7. The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
  8. Action Comics #1011
  9. Avengers #19
  10. Detective Comics #1004
  11. Heroes in Crisis #3
  12. Heroes in Crisis #1
  13. Heroes in Crisis #2
  14. Action Comics #1000
  15. The Flash #71

Best Selling Collections & Graphic Novels:

  1. Mister Miracle (65% off)
  2. Captain America (2018) Vol. 1: Winter in America
  3. Batman: White Knight (54% off)
  4. Batman (2016) Vol. 9: The Tyrant King (23% off)
  5. Superman (2018) Vol. 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth (26% off)
  6. Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth (25% off)
  7. Superman- Action Comics (2018) Vol. 1: Invisible Mafia (24% off)
  8. The Wild Storm (2017) Vol. 3 (15% off)
  9. Batman- Detective Comics (2016) Vol. 9: Deface The Face (23% off)
  10. Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (70% off)
  11. Plastic Man (2018) (15% off)
  12. Batman – Detective Comics (2016) Vol. 8: On The Outside (23% off)
  13. DC: The New Frontier (DC Black Label Edition) (76% off)
  14. Captain America: Red Menace
  15. John Wick Vol. 1
  16. Catwoman (2018) Vol. 1: Copycats
  17. Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol. 2: The Burden of Dreams
  18. Justice League Dark (2018) Vol. 1: The Last Age of Magic (23% off)
  19. Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol. 3: The Man Who Bought America
  20. New X-Men By Grant Morrison Vol. 3: New Worlds (62% off)
  21. New X-Men By Grant Morrison Vol. 4: Riot at Xavier’s (62% off)
  22. New X-Men By Grant Morrison Vol. 5: Assault on Weapon Plus (62% off)
  23. Adventures of the Super Sons Vol. 1: Action Detectives (23% off)
  24. Batman and the Outsiders (1983) Vol. 3 (14% off)
  25. The Authority by Ed Brubaker & Dustin Nguyen
  26. Crisis on Infinite Earths (20% off)
  27. Captain America: No Escape
  28. New X-Men by Grant Morrison Vol. 1: E is for Extinction (67% off)
  29. All-Star Superman (DC Black Label Edition) (70% off)
  30. Captain America: Road to Reborn
  31. Captain America: The Man With No Face
  32. Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2
  33. Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol. 2
  34. New X-Men By Grant Morrison Vol. 6: Planet X (67% off)
  35. Captain America: Trial of Captain America
  36. Captain America: Two Americas
  37. Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol. 4
  38. Immortal Hulk Vol. 3: Hulk in Hell
  39. New X-Men By Grant Morrison Vol. 2: Imperial
  40. Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol. 3
  41. Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol. 1: Death of the Dream
  42. Captain America: Reborn
  43. Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen by Jack Kirby
  44. Captain America By Ed Brubaker Vol. 1
  45. Captain America: Prisoner of War
  46. Civil War: Captain America
  47. Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1
  48. Captain America by Waid & Samnee: Home Of The Brave
  49. X-Men: The Adamantium Collection (70% off)
  50. Batman: The Long Halloween (65% off)

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