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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The 10 Best Selling Graphic Novels: JANUARY 2016

Hey everybody!  A few weeks ago, I gave you a list of the 10 Best Selling Comics for this past January (check them out here).  Now I'm back to let you in on what trade paperbacks and graphic novels outsold the rest for the beginning of the year.  I'll go ahead and give you a hint...there's a pretty big surprise in the #3 spot.  

For those who are new, I'll break down the Top 10, offering my non-professional commentary on why each book probably made the list.  You can check out just how the market share and that good stuff broke down by clicking here.

Now, on to the Top 10!

10. Civil War (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

This one has been showing up quite a bit on the Graphic Novel list over the past year.  Despite being almost 10 years old, Civil War is obviously quite popular.  With a loose film adaptation coming in April, I would imagine this one stays a best seller for the foreseeable future.  Lots of book stores probably giving this one top shelf space for curious readers.

9. Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 - Vader (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

Star Wars has been a huge gold mine for both Marvel and Disney.  The single issues of both of Marvel's ongoing Star Wars books continuously crack the top 10.  With the collected editions now making their way out there, it's no surprise they, too, are selling big as more people can catch up on what they've missed.

8. Thor Vol. 1 - Goddess of Thunder (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

Not a new release by any means, but it's still nice to see that readers are still finding themselves unable to resist Jason Aaron's continued run with Thor.  Jane Foster's current adventures with Mjolnir have added some fun, new elements to the series and readers seem to be responding well.

7. Invader Zim Vol. 1 (TPB)

Publisher: Oni Press

Nostalgia is always an effective seller for comics.  Bring back one of the more popular late 90s Nicktoons in comic form and you're just begging for that sweet, sweet millennial pocket change.

6. Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

Surprisingly the only Deadpool-related title on this list considering the hugely popular film.  This tie-in to the original Secret Wars was a safe bet for fans who maybe felt a bit bogged down by Hickman's reinterpretation of the event.  

5. Star Wars: Lando (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

Marvel's second Star Wars mini-series, and easily the best of that bunch thus far.  No surprise at all that readers who may have missed out on the single issues wanted to check out the pre-Cloud City adventures of one of the most popular ruffians in the galaxy.  Definitely well deserved.

4. The Death of Wolverine (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

One of Marvel's most popular characters died last year before Secret Wars.  Despite the Marvel Universe being more or less rebooted, the original Wolverine remains deceased, with no upcoming signs of his resurrection.  For that reason, it makes sense that people still wanted to get a taste of Logan's last adventure.

3. Color Your Own Deadpool (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

Okay, I know I said Deadpool only had one book on this list, but do coloring books still count?  Yes, adult coloring books are the current big trend in books and Marvel has joined in the game with their second coloring book, this one themed to the Merc with a Mouth.  It seems a bit sad that a coloring book outsold actual comics, but fans wanted to break out those colored pencils and/or crayons really bad it seems.

2. Star Wars Vol. 2 - Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

Being the newest trade in the on-going Star Wars series, this is not a huge surprise by any means.  Like I said, fans are buying up these Star Wars comics in droves.

1. Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2 - Shadows and Secrets (TPB)

Publisher: Marvel

The newest trade for the on-going Darth Vader comic.  Expect this and the previous book on this list to remain somewhere in the Top 10 come next month.

Well, there's your list for January.  I never thought I'd be able to say that a coloring book was a best selling book among comic fans, but there you go.  Going into February, I'd expect Star Wars and Civil War to continue to dominate.  In terms of what else will get a spot?  Your guess is as good as mine.  It would be nice to see publishers other than Marvel take more than one spot.  It would also be nice to see Image break into the best sellers for the year (new The Wicked + The Divine trade this month!).

Now let's break it down by company....


Marvel: 9
Oni Press: 1


Marvel: 9
Oni Press: 1

See you in a few weeks!

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