While the internet community at large showed some concern about Marvel Legacy as an event, it seems comic shops did not share the same trepidation. Issue #1 of Marvel’s next earth-shattering event shipped more than 298,000 copies, good for the title of top selling comic book of 2017 thus far. The previous record holder, Dark Nights: Metal #1, shopped nearly 150,000 copies.
It’s far from all bad news for DC, though. Despite giving up the top selling slot to Legacy, DC grabbed a staggering seven spots in the top ten last month, while Marvel only managed two (The Walking Dead was, as usual, the only comic not coming out of the Big Two to sniff the top ten, coming in at a high #7). The Metal/New Age of Heroes initiative seems to be working out quite well for DC, and as is usually the case, Batman dominated in general. Six of DC’s seven entries are Batman related (if you count Harley Quinn in that bucket), with only Superman’s Action Comics contributing any variety.
Here are the top 10 selling comics of September 2017:
Data courtesy Comichron.
1) Marvel Legacy #1
“Unfortunately, though not necessarily unsurprisingly, the issue doesn’t live up to its solicitations’ hype. There is just way too much clunky dialogue present for this issue to be great, and several characters are questionably utilized.”
2) Dark Nights: Metal #2
“Dark Nights: Metal #2 is more exciting than the first with action and groundbreaking story and dialogue on every page.”
3) Venomverse #1
“A good intro with some fun action, a varied cast, and high stakes, but it’s not quite event caliber in scope just yet. That said, Eddie Brock might be the key to winning the battle and we’ll be closely watching to see how.”
4) Batman #30
“Batman #30 is filled with action, humor, heartache, pathos and poignancy — all through the viewpoint of a character six months ago we’d all have scoffed at Tom King for even thinking of enlivening. But he does it. And adds what will surely go down as another classic to his Batman run.”
5) Batman #31
“I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this is yet another excellent installment in “The War of Jokes & Riddles,” one whose final page ends on such a gripping note that you’ll be fiending for the same Bat-time, same Bat-maestro in very short order.”
6) Harley Quinn 25h Anniversary Special #1
“The 25th Anniversary Special is a hilarious, fun look at Harley’s different incarnations with great writing and wonderful art.”
7) The Walking Dead #171
“Time will tell how Princess plays out as a character, but for now she feels like The Walking Dead version of Poochie, which isn’t ideal for a book that prides itself on its tone of severity and consequence.”
8) Batman: The Red Death #1
“Sharp, detailed art that harkens to The Dark Knight Returns accentuates a good origin story for our villainous character. So often with events the villains are boring and lack complexity, but this issue proves DC aims to avoid that.”
9) Batman: The Murder Machine #1
“Another home run issue for a DC Comics event that is holding its end of the bargain when it comes to horror. The comic is unnerving, and further fleshes out the rogues gallery of nightmares. You’ll be on the edge of your seat and wanting more!”
10) Action Comics #987 (Lenticular Edition)
“Superman is typically tested via his might or his values and this issue is a testament to the latter. If Superman’s greatest enemy are those who do wrong, Dan Jurgens just dropped the biggest enemy on Superman ever.”