Exclusive: Top 100 Best-Selling Comics of 2017

Marvel Comics' Marvel Legacy #1 Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's Marvel Legacy #1, the oversized one-shot that set the Marvel Universe's new direction in the aftermath of Secret Empire, was the best-selling comic book of 2017.

In total, Marvel Comics had five books in the top ten. In addition to Marvel Legacy #1, Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert, and Goran Parlov's Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 ranked #3; Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuñe, and Rod Ries' Secret Empire #0, the beginning of Marvel's summer event, ranked #4; Spencer, Steve McNiven, and Jay Leisten's Secret Empire #1 ranked #5; and Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Francis Yu's Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 ranked #10.

DC Entertainment had had five titles among the year's top ten — Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal #1, the first chapter of DC's crossover event, ranked #2, followed by issue #3 at #6, issue #2 at #7, and issue #9 at #9; and Doomsday Clock #2, the second chapter of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's series merging the worlds of Watchmen and the DC Universe, ranked #8.

Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #164 was Image Comics' top book for 2017 at #82. Neil Gaiman's American Gods: Shadows #1, an adaptation of the award-winning novel by P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton, was Dark Horse Comics' top book at #292. Finally, Star Wars Adventures #1, an all-ages comic set in the Star Wars universe, was IDW Publishing's top book for the year at #381.

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL LEGACY #1 $5.99 JUL170990-M MARVEL COMICS
2 DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 $4.99 JUN170233-M DC COMICS
3 PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 $4.99 APR170970-M MARVEL COMICS
4 SECRET EMPIRE #0 $4.99 FEB170758-M MARVEL COMICS
5 SECRET EMPIRE #1 $4.99 MAR170901-M MARVEL COMICS
6 DARK NIGHTS METAL #3 $3.99 JUL170304-M DC COMICS
7 DARK NIGHTS METAL #2 $3.99 JUL170300-M DC COMICS
8 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2 $4.99 OCT170204-M DC COMICS
9 DARK NIGHTS METAL #4 $3.99 SEP170248-M DC COMICS
10 PHOENIX RESURRECTION RETURN JEAN GREY #1 $4.99 OCT170824-M MARVEL COMICS
11 DARK DAYS THE FORGE #1 $4.99 APR170259-M DC COMICS
12 VENOM #150 $5.99 MAR171014-M MARVEL COMICS
13 DARK DAYS THE CASTING #1 $4.99 MAY170193-M DC COMICS
14 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 $4.99 SEP170245-M DC COMICS
15 BATMAN #24 $2.99 APR170280-M DC COMICS
16 BATMAN #21 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169200 DC COMICS
17 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 LENTICULAR EDITION $5.99 SEP170247 DC COMICS
18 X-MEN GOLD #1 $4.99 FEB170778-M MARVEL COMICS
19 ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 $4.99 MAY170806-M MARVEL COMICS
20 MIGHTY THOR #700 $5.99 AUG170849-M MARVEL COMICS
21 STAR WARS DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 APR171102-M MARVEL COMICS
22 BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 $3.99 AUG170173-M DC COMICS
23 BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169207 DC COMICS
24 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789 $3.99 AUG170780-M MARVEL COMICS
25 STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #1 $4.99 DEC161075-M MARVEL COMICS
26 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 $9.99 JAN170988-M MARVEL COMICS
27 US AVENGERS #1 $3.99 OCT160723-M MARVEL COMICS
28 X-MEN BLUE #1 $4.99 FEB170771-M MARVEL COMICS
29 DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #8 $5.99 JAN170324-M DC COMICS
30 FLASH #21 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169204 DC COMICS
31 BATMAN #25 $3.99 APR170282-M DC COMICS
32 BATMAN #32 $2.99 AUG170197-M DC COMICS
33 BATMAN #14 $2.99 NOV160208-M DC COMICS
34 VENOMVERSE #1 $4.99 JUL171050-M MARVEL COMICS
35 BATMAN #26 $2.99 MAY170211-M DC COMICS
36 SECRET EMPIRE #2 $4.99 MAR170910-M MARVEL COMICS
37 BATMAN #28 $2.99 JUN170252-M DC COMICS
38 BATMAN #15 $2.99 NOV160210-M DC COMICS
39 FLASH #22 LENTICULAR EDITION $3.99 NOV169210 DC COMICS
40 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MISSION BREAKOUT #1 $4.99 MAR171072-M MARVEL COMICS
41 BATMAN #27 $2.99 MAY170213-M DC COMICS
42 DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #9 $5.99 MAR170359-M DC COMICS
43 BATMAN #16 $2.99 DEC160259-M DC COMICS
44 BATMAN #17 $2.99 DEC160262-M DC COMICS
45 EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 $3.99 APR170962-M MARVEL COMICS
46 BATMAN LOST #1 $4.99 AUG170170 DC COMICS
47 BATMAN #29 $2.99 JUN170254-M DC COMICS
48 BATMAN THE RED DEATH #1 $3.99 JUL170308-M DC COMICS
49 BATMAN #30 $2.99 JUL170338-M DC COMICS
50 X-MEN PRIME #1 $4.99 JAN170940-M MARVEL COMICS
51 BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #1 $3.99 AUG170270-M DC COMICS
52 BATMAN #31 $2.99 JUL170340-M DC COMICS
53 BATMAN #18 $2.99 JAN170237-M DC COMICS
54 BATMAN #33 $2.99 AUG170199-M DC COMICS
55 BATMAN #20 $2.99 FEB170191-M DC COMICS
56 BATMAN #19 $2.99 JAN170239-M DC COMICS
57 BATMAN #21 $2.99 NOV169198-M DC COMICS
58 BATMAN #35 $2.99 SEP170276-M DC COMICS
59 JUSTICE LEAGUE POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 NOV160288-M DC COMICS
60 BATMAN #23 $2.99 MAR170274-M DC COMICS
61 SUPER SONS #1 $2.99 DEC160240-M DC COMICS
62 HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 $4.99 JUL170413-M DC COMICS
63 BATMAN #34 $2.99 SEP170274-M DC COMICS
64 SECRET EMPIRE #3 $3.99 MAR170915-M MARVEL COMICS
65 BATMAN THE DEVASTATOR #1 $3.99 AUG170172-M DC COMICS
66 DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287 $3.99 AUG170830-M MARVEL COMICS
67 SECRET EMPIRE #5 $3.99 APR170928-M MARVEL COMICS
68 BATMAN #36 $2.99 OCT170225-M DC COMICS
69 SECRET EMPIRE #4 $3.99 APR170922-M MARVEL COMICS
70 BATMAN THE MERCILESS #1 $3.99 JUL170312-M DC COMICS
71 BATMAN THE DROWNED #1 $3.99 JUL170311-M DC COMICS
72 MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 $4.99 NOV160745-M MARVEL COMICS
73 BATMAN #37 $2.99 OCT170227-M DC COMICS
74 SECRET EMPIRE #10 $4.99 MAY178002-M MARVEL COMICS
75 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 $2.99 DEC160235-M DC COMICS
76 IRON FIST #1 $3.99 JAN170954-M MARVEL COMICS
77 BATMAN THE DAWNBREAKER #1 $3.99 JUL170310-M DC COMICS
78 BATMAN THE MURDER MACHINE #1 $3.99 JUL170309-M DC COMICS
79 GENERATIONS WOLVERINE & ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 JUN170858-M MARVEL COMICS
80 CAPTAIN AMERICA #695 $3.99 SEP170802-M MARVEL COMICS
81 SECRET EMPIRE #6 $4.99 MAY170763-M MARVEL COMICS
82 WALKING DEAD #164 (MR) $2.99 DEC160746-M IMAGE COMICS
83 WALKING DEAD #162 (MR) $2.99 NOV160652-M IMAGE COMICS
84 ALL STAR BATMAN #6 $4.99 NOV160195-M DC COMICS
85 WALKING DEAD #171 (MR) $2.99 JUN178584-M IMAGE COMICS
86 FLASH #21 $2.99 NOV169202-M DC COMICS
87 WALKING DEAD #168 (MR) $2.99 APR170902-M IMAGE COMICS
88 SECRET EMPIRE #7 $3.99 MAY170770-M MARVEL COMICS
89 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR170937-M MARVEL COMICS
90 X-MEN GOLD #13 $3.99 AUG170858-M MARVEL COMICS
91 SECRET EMPIRE #8 $4.99 JUN170869-M MARVEL COMICS
92 GENERATIONS UNWORTHY THOR & MIGHTY THOR #1 $4.99 JUN170843-M MARVEL COMICS
93 VENOM #155 $3.99 AUG170887-M MARVEL COMICS
94 SECRET EMPIRE #9 $4.99 JUN170871-M MARVEL COMICS
95 ALL STAR BATMAN #7 $4.99 DEC160246-M DC COMICS
96 BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #2 $3.99 SEP170355-M DC COMICS
97 BATMAN ANNUAL #2 $4.99 SEP170278 DC COMICS
98 STAR WARS #33 $3.99 MAY170924-M MARVEL COMICS
99 SPIDER-MEN II #1 $3.99 MAY170815-M MARVEL COMICS
100 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #1 $3.99 MAY170819-M MARVEL COMICS

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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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