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Stand By For Adventure: Jay Piscopo’s new Capt’n Eli Graphic Novel Hits the Stands in March

The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli – Volume 3 The Mystery of the Devil’s SeaIn March, Jay Piscopo’s new graphic novel The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli – Volume 3: The Mystery of the Devil’s Sea will be available in comic shops nationwide.

The long awaited Volume 3 of the Capt’n Eli saga explodes when Eli and crew find themselves trapped in a global war between the surface world and the undersea Aquarian Empire. Lord Hydro’s giant war robots threaten destruction to all the major cities on the planet unless Capt’n Eli is caught and tried as a renegade for the kidnapping of Princess Coral.

All of the “Capt’n Eli” graphic novels can be purchased online at www.captneli.com.

The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli – Volume 3: The Mystery of the Devil’s Sea
Published by Nemo Publishing
Written and illustrated by Jay Piscopo
108 Pages | Full Color | $9.99
Diamond Code: OCT141559
ISBN 978-0-9817132-2-9

Archaia Brings Arthur de Pins’ The March of the Crabs to the English-Speaking Audience for the First Time

This March, Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the debut of The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition hardcover from French animator Arthur de Pins. Combining the slick look of Art Deco with tongue-in-cheek humor, de Pins tells the story of a hapless species of crab that is one of nature’s cruel jokes, and what it means when they start breaking out of their set evolution.

For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what could their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition hardcover arrives in comic shops from Archaia on March 25th with a cover by creator Arthur de Pins for the price of $19.99 under Diamond order code JAN151150.

The March of the Crabs Vol. 1 The Crabby Condition Cover by Arthur de Pins

Review: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths CoverThe Dark Crystal is a movie I remember from my childhood, a movie that scared the crap out of me. But, other than the fact I was a bit terrified of the film and it’s amazing visuals, that’s about it. This graphic novel delves into the origin of this world devised by Jim Henson.

Part one of a three-part graphic novel prequel series delving into the origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelflings, the world of Thra and the Dark Crystal itself. Spanning a time period from thousands of years ago to right up to the start of the original Jim Henson film, this graphic novel epic will tell the definitive origin of the Dark Crystal, under the supervision of The Jim Henson Company and The Dark Crystal concept designer Brian Froud.

The first volume is the “origin” story, taking us into the history of this world, something I don’t remember being covered in depth in the movie. It brought back little bit after little bit and got me to want to check out the film again.  The graphic novel is an absolute buy and read for fans of the movie and world.

It’s also a solid entry point for parents wanting to get their kids interested or something for them to check out after they see it for the first time. There was a nice jolt of nostalgia for me and this is just another great example of the excellent partnership between Archaia and The Jim Henson Company.

Story: Brian Holguin and Brian Froud Art: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John and Brian Froud
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Archaia and BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: CREATION MYTHS VOL. 1

Page Count: 96 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 7.25” x 11.25”, full color
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-00-8
Written by Brian Holguin and Brian Froud
Illustrated by Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John and Brian Froud
Cover by Brian Froud

Part one of a three-part graphic novel prequel series delving into the origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelflings, the world of Thra and the Dark Crystal itself. Spanning a time period from thousands of years ago to right up to the start of the original Jim Henson film, this graphic novel epic will tell the definitive origin of the Dark Crystal, under the supervision of The Jim Henson Company and The Dark Crystal concept designer Brian Froud.

Review: The Sculptor

Scott-McClouds-The-Sculptor-Cover-2-3-15David Smith is giving hi life for his art-literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought. And discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier.

An instant classic and utter masterpiece Scott McCloud‘s The Sculptor is an amazing read that reflects on life, love, creativity, and death. The writing is almost poetic, and if you you’re not choked up by the end you have no heart.

With The Sculptor its clear McCloud has something important to say, and the story comes from his heart and personal experiences. From front to end, it reads like an intimate work.

The graphic novel is about realizing a dream, but also living life to the fullest. David is so focused on becoming a world famous sculptor, he overlooks the joy that’s in front of him during his final days on Earth. His choice is to decide how to leave a legacy, and it’s only too late before he realizes that fame might not be the right way to go about that.

The graphic novel is about obsession, and being too focused on something. I guarantee though, that once you pick up the graphic novel, you’ll quickly become obsessed with it, and not want to pick it down. While the graphic novel might be thick, it’s a breezy read, that’s beautiful art, a beautiful story, and a stand out already in the world of comics’ 2015 releases.

Story and Art: Scott McCloud
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Top 100 Graphic Novels in January 2015

Previews has released the top 100 graphic novels in 2015. Marvel stood on top with the Death of Wolverine. The company had three titles in the top ten.

Image Comics continues to show its strength with seven of the top ten slots. Their best was the first volume on Oucast.

DC Comics‘ best book was Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2. That came in on number 13. IDW Publishing‘s newly acquired Top Shelf imprint’s top book was March Book 2 which was number 20. Dark Horse‘s Abe Sapien Vol. 5: Sacred Places was the publisher’s top book at 43.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2015

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 7.67 OCT140914-M DEATH OF WOLVERINE HC $24.99 MAR
2 9 7.65 OCT140637 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
3 4 7.61 OCT140644 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 IMA
4 8 5.31 OCT140615 BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 02 WELCOME NOWHERE $14.99 IMA
5 21 4.97 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
6 12 3.49 OCT140932 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 02 SPIDER-VERSE PRELUDE $17.99 MAR
7 19 3.33 JAN140556 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMA
8 20 3.32 APR130443 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
9 17 3.29 NOV128157 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
10 16 3.19 NOV140877 DEADPOOL TP ONES WITH DEADPOOL $15.99 MAR
11 23 3.18 OCT140631 MANIFEST DESTINY TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
12 13 2.91 NOV140872 GOTG ALL NEW X-MEN TP TRIAL OF JEAN GREY $19.99 MAR
13 22 2.87 OCT140368 INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US TP VOL 02 $16.99 DC
14 11 2.78 JAN072436 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
15 25 2.70 OCT140927 LEGENDARY STAR-LORD TP VOL 01 FACE IT I RULE $16.99 MAR
16 29 2.57 OCT140357 FLASH TP VOL 04 REVERSE (N52) $16.99 DC
17 36 2.41 OCT140359 SINESTRO TP VOL 01 THE DEMON WITHIN (N52) $14.99 DC
18 31 2.34 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
19 30 2.30 OCT140929 BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 02 TIGHTLY TANGLED WEB $17.99 MAR
20 15 2.28 NOV141657 MARCH GN BOOK 02 $19.95 IDW
21 40 2.26 JUN140725 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 MAR
22 18 2.20 OCT140358 FLASH HC VOL 05 HISTORY LESSONS (N52) $22.99 DC
23 26 2.18 NOV140464 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 06 $17.99 IDW
24 94 2.09 SEP140684 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 IMA
25 38 2.01 OCT140928 MAGNETO TP VOL 02 REVERSALS $17.99 MAR
26 56 1.93 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
27 28 1.92 SEP140337 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 07 (MR) $22.99 DC
28 39 1.88 OCT140947 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 05 NIGHT COMETH $16.99 ABS
29 34 1.87 OCT140933 UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 03 GOOD BAD INHUMAN $19.99 MAR
30 43 1.86 OCT140364 SUPERGIRL TP VOL 05 RED DAUGHTER OF KRYPTON (N52) $17.99 DC
31 107 1.83 JAN140558 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
32 48 1.79 OCT140931 PUNISHER TP VOL 02 BORDER CROSSING $17.99 MAR
33 51 1.75 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
34 57 1.73 JUL130235 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
35 64 1.72 SEP140657 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 IMA
36 1 1.71 AUG140892-M STAR WARS MARVEL YRS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 MAR
37 42 1.70 OCT140367 BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC
38 58 1.68 OCT140353 AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS TP VOL 01 LEGACY OF GOLD (N52) $16.99 DC
39 81 1.61 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
40 32 1.58 OCT140917 AVENGERS TIME RUNS OUT PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
41 53 1.54 JAN140800 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 01 COSMIC AVENGERS $19.99 MAR
42 68 1.52 FEB140248 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 DC
43 49 1.52 SEP140095 ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 05 SACRED PLACES $19.99 DAR
43 54 1.52 OCT140361 GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP VOL 05 UPRISING (N52) $19.99 DC
45 61 1.51 NOV140885 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN TP VOL 02 DEATH OF WOLVERINE $17.99 MAR
46 129 1.50 JAN140555 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 IMA
47 35 1.48 JUL110745 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MAR
48 50 1.48 SEP140085 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 18 $19.99 DAR
49 37 1.47 OCT140916 UNCANNY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 05 AXIS PRELUDE $24.99 MAR
50 124 1.43 NOV141719 ONE PIECE GN VOL 73 $9.99 VIZ
51 69 1.42 OCT140354 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 05 SOUL CRISIS (N52) $17.99 DC
52 71 1.42 NOV140882 SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 03 GAME OVER $17.99 MAR
53 253 1.41 SEP131374 QUANTUM & WOODY TP VOL 01 WORLDS WORST $9.99 VAL
54 90 1.40 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
55 93 1.39 NOV140569 CRIMINAL TP VOL 01 COWARD (MR) $14.99 IMA
56 275 1.38 DEC121274 BLOODSHOT TP VOL 01 SETTING WORLD ON FIRE $9.99 VAL
57 83 1.37 MAY130224 FLASH TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD (N52) $16.99 DC
58 261 1.36 DEC131092 UNCANNY TP VOL 01 SEASON OF HUNGRY GHOSTS $19.99 DE
59 62 1.36 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC
60 307 1.34 JAN141263 AMY DEVLIN MYSTERY HC VOL 03 LOST AND FOUND $19.99 ONI
61 6 1.32 AUG140901-M MMW UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 09 $75.00 MAR
62 145 1.32 JUN130466 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE $9.99 IMA
63 46 1.31 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
64 98 1.31 MAY140652 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 IMA
65 115 1.30 OCT140378 BEWARE THE BATMAN TP VOL 01 $12.99 DC
66 78 1.23 FEB140265-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
67 91 1.22 OCT140930 X-FORCE TP VOL 02 HIDE FEAR $17.99 MAR
68 156 1.19 SEP140058 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES HC TIMEPOCALYPSE $9.99 DAR
69 104 1.18 MAR130727 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR
69 92 1.18 OCT140363 SUPERBOY TP VOL 05 PARADOX (N52) $17.99 DC
71 82 1.17 OCT140370 SHOWCASE PRESENTS BLUE BEETLE TP $19.99 DC
72 84 1.16 JUL100259 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
73 85 1.15 OCT140936 IRON MAN TP VOL 04 IRON METROPOLITAN $19.99 MAR
74 155 1.15 SEP141510 LIFE AFTER TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 ONI
75 60 1.14 OCT140369 JLA TP VOL 06 $24.99 DC
76 112 1.12 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
77 87 1.11 DEC140483 TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 10 NEW MUTANT ORDER $17.99 IDW
78 88 1.10 OCT140658 STRAY BULLETS TP VOL 06 KILLERS (MR) $19.99 IMA
79 106 1.10 JUL140237 BATMAN TP VOL 04 ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY (N52) $16.99 DC
80 75 1.09 NOV141003 CROSSED TP VOL 11 (MR) $19.99 AVA
81 185 1.08 MAR140535 BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01 HOW TO FALL FOREVER (MR) $9.99 IMA
82 55 1.08 NOV141321 LEGENDERRY A STEAMPUNK ADV TP $24.99 DE
83 59 1.08 SEP140094 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS TP VOL 02 $24.99 DAR
84 86 1.06 SEP140126 LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 07 $19.99 DAR
85 44 1.05 SEP140091 BTVS SEASON 9 LIBRARY HC VOL 01 $29.99 DAR
86 97 1.01 AUG140341 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC
87 122 1.00 NOV141756 SWORD ART ONLINE PROGRESSIVE GN VOL 01 $13.00 HAC
88 153 1.00 FEB120285 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED (MR) $12.99 DC
89 33 0.99 OCT140925 IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP STARK WARS $39.99 MAR
90 120 0.99 OCT120252 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 DC
90 158 0.99 MAY148280-M SECRET SERVICE TP (MR) $12.99 MAR
92 127 0.97 OCT140939 AVENGERS REVELATIONS TP $15.99 MAR
93 99 0.95 JUL140130 VEIL HC $19.99 DAR
94 24 0.93 SEP140591 SAGA DLX ED HC VOL 01 $49.99 IMA
95 137 0.93 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
96 103 0.93 NOV140576 HENSHIN OGN $19.99 IMA
97 14 0.92 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
98 144 0.92 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC
99 63 0.90 OCT140386 ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 07 RED PLAGUE (MR) $29.99 DC
100 239 0.89 JUL140517 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 01 HERE WAS A MAN (MR) $9.99 IMA
100 141 0.89 JAN140559 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1 (MR) $14.99 IMA

Preview: The Michael Moorcock Library – Elric Vol. 2: The Sailors on the Seas of Fate

THE MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY – ELRIC VOL. 2: THE SAILORSON THE SEAS OF FATE

STORY BY: Roy Thomas
ART BY: Michael T. Gilbert, ​P. Craig Russell, ​George Freeman​
COVER BY: ​Gilbert, Russell
PUBLISHER : Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 216pp
FORMAT: ​HC – FC
ISBN: 9781782762898
PRICE:​ $24.99/$27.95 CAN/£19.99 UK
RELEASE DATE: ​Wednesday, May 27, 2015
ORDER CODE: FEB151616

From Roy Thomas (Conan, The Avengers), Michael T. Gilbert (Heavy Metal, Legends Of The Dark Knight), Eisner award-winning P. Craig Russell(The Graveyard Book)and Canadian comics legend George Freeman (Green Lantern, The Avengers)!

Collecting the second volume of the classic comic adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s bestselling fantasy saga!

Following his self-exile from Melnibone, Elric is faced with his biggest challenge ever!

As he lies dying on the shores of an unknown land, he is taken aboard a mysterious ship where time and logic hold no meaning. Several other incarnations of the Eternal Champions are there, but why? What could allow the laws of time and space to be broken for these warriors to meet? Could Elric learn anything from that which he used to be or that which he shall become? So begins an epic adventure across the black seas and into alternate worlds where the lines between dream and reality blur and otherworldly foes must be defeated in order to save the very fabric of the universe and fulfil the albino emperor’s destiny.

Moorcock_Library_Elric_Vol2

Review: Outskirts of Vision

bbbd31fef0052edd5710271a0aef96f5dfbb7a34_1“There’s a place that exists on the outskirts of your visual field, between your peripheral range and that which is unseen…It’s always there and disappears only upon blinking.  You cannot see it, and yet you can approximate what occupies it.”

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to review a graphic novel by Nir Levie called Outskirts of Vision. I was drawn to this title as I have not had much experience with the graphic novel medium. I have always been fascinated by the use of text and picture to tell a story and I was excited to explore that in long form.

Outskirts of Vision is a story embedded within the themes of architecture, urban planning, sustainability, cooperation and competition. The story reads like a love child of the movies Inception, and the Matrix. It also uses elements of metafiction to great effect. SPOILER ALERT (Highlight to see the hidden text) Essentially the story explores a team of architects/ researchers who  use dream recording technology to explore the individual subconscious. This project is carried out in order to uncover insight into building the perfect city. END SPOILER

Reading Outskirts of Vision was like pulling away layers of an onion. It was rich, complex , and very thought provoking. The story was rife with philosophical hooks, addressing planned vs unplanned growth, isolation, conflict and physical space. I could not help but consider pressing urban issues facing the world, such as deviant (unchecked) globalization, waste and anomie.  As I mentioned earlier the story made excellent use of metafiction. The author plays with the fourth wall in order to punctuate the plot. At several points previous panels read in the story,  become an object of the story itself blurring the line between participant and observer of the plot itself (for the reader). It was very surreal and very poignant considering how timely and pertinent the subject matter of the story is.

The art of Outskirts was very quirky and unlike anything I have enjoyed before. The author’s creative and versatile use of such a simple pallet (whites, blacks greys and red) was very impressive especially over 200+ pages. If you’re looking for something unexpected and stimulating look no further. In a world where space is increasingly more important yet so limited, seeing what it means to be human in the context and mediation of that is a very reflective opportunity.

Memorable quotes

“Our design is too dense and binding”

“Alright, so what? What are we so afraid of?  That’s the beautiful thing about cities.  Cities are alive. They evolve. They take on a life of their own…strict planning inhibits that.”

Story: Nir Levie: Art: Nir Levie
Story: 9 Art:8 Overall 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Nir Levie provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: March Book Two

March Book Two cover (300dpi)John Lewis has been many things in his career: a civil rights activist, a featured speaker at the March on Washington, a leader of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, a respected member of Congress, a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, and a worldwide symbol of the power of nonviolent protest. With March, he’s also added celebrated graphic novel writer to that list. Along with co-writer Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell, March Book Two is the second in his three-part graphic novel series chronically his life, and that of the civil rights movement.

This second chapter takes us through Lewis’ time as a Freedom Rider, to the Birmingham campaign, through the March on Washington, and ending with the bombing of a church that killed four young girls. The graphic novel takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster through American history, recounted by someone who was there. His fear, his feelings of victory, his nervousness, and his doubts are all presented to us in a way that can’t help impact you on a deep emotional level. After setting it down, it still has me thinking and reflecting on the content within.

March Book Two takes everything that made the graphic novel good, and added even more, a crescendo before we see its conclusion in book three. The juxtaposition of the masses gathering to shape the civil rights movement, leading to the March on Washington, is apparent with the swearing-in of then Senator Barack Obama as President, and the crowds who also filled the National Mall. It’s a brilliant contrast of where we’ve been, and where we are. However, it I couldn’t also help but think of protests across the country now claiming “Black Lives Matter.”

Also present in this, is a warts and all telling of history. Lewis hints at the nervousness by some civil rights leaders for action and their finding of excuses to not participate in some of it. There’s the history of the nervousness on relying on a black gay man to help organize the march, and then there was the arguments over the content of Lewis’ speech during the march. This is non-sanitized truth from a person that was there.

While the first book was an emotional bunch, I found myself on a roller coast of emotion reading this second volume, fighting back tears and numerous moments, welling up with anger at others, and bewilderment and amazement throughout. Much of that is the story, but it’s enhanced by Nate Powell’s art which brings it all to “life.” Powell catches every moment in a raw powerful sense, but also brilliantly uses small visual queues, as well as expertly place panels to help create that emotional punch. This is Powell, who’s an amazing artist in everything he’s down, at the top of his game and I can’t imagine anyone else even attempting what he’s done.

When reviewing the first chapter, I said March should be required reading for every school child in America, it should be required reading for every American. It is a stark reminder of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we still have to go as a people and a nation.

Story: Cong. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin Art: Nate Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Top Shelf Productions provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Diamond Releases December’s Top Sales and Market Share

Diamond has released the stats for December for comics, graphic novels, toys, and games including the top 50 comics and graphic novels sold. In a rare result, Marvel held the top retail market share (how many dollars was sold), while DC held the top unit market share (how many comics).

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 32.07%
DC COMICS 31.76%
IMAGE COMICS 9.89%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.66%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.58%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.22%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.88%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.86%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.50%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC COMICS 36.17%
MARVEL COMICS 34.10%
IMAGE COMICS 10.40%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.17%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.95%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.82%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.26%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.91%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.91%
TITAN 0.87%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.43%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
DECEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2014
COMICS 1.77% 0.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -18.50% -21.51%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.14% -1.64%
DECEMBER 2014 VS. DECEMBER 2013
COMICS 6.67% 4.50%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -5.41% -8.39%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.83% 3.46%
CALENDAR YEAR 2014 VS. CALENDAR YEAR 2013
COMICS 4.03% 0.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.18% 5.28%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.39% 0.64%
FOURTH QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2014
COMICS -2.90% -1.57%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.31% 4.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.20% -1.16%
FOURTH QUARTER 2014 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2013
COMICS 7.89% 7.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 7.56% 6.13%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.78% 6.98%
SECOND-HALF 2014 VS. FIRST-HALF 2014
COMICS 19.34% 18.58%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 10.54% 4.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 16.53% 17.36%

Folks were really into Snyder and Capullo’s “Endgame” driving Batman #37 to the top spot. Surprisingly to me, Marvel’s high-profile S.H.I.E.L.D. first issue came in third.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2014

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #37 $3.99 OCT140293-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 $3.99 OCT140829-M MAR
3 SHIELD #1 $4.99 OCT140813-M MAR
4 BATMAN ANNUAL #3 $4.99 OCT140297 DC
5 THOR #3 $3.99 OCT140862-M MAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE #37 $3.99 OCT140223-M DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 OCT140824-M MAR
8 AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #7 $3.99 OCT140781-M MAR
9 AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #9 $4.99 OCT140787-M MAR
10 AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #8 $3.99 OCT140784-M MAR
11 HARLEY QUINN #13 $2.99 OCT140319-M DC
12 WALKING DEAD #135 (MR) $2.99 OCT140774 IMA
13 HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 $4.99 OCT140322-M DC
14 SPIDER-MAN AND X-MEN #1 $3.99 OCT140826-M MAR
15 ANGELA ASGARDS ASSASSIN #1 $3.99 OCT140809-M MAR
16 SANDMAN OVERTURE #4 (MR) [*] $3.99 AUG140350-M DC
17 ROBIN RISES ALPHA #1 $4.99 OCT140306-M DC
18 ALL NEW X-MEN #34 $3.99 SEP140899-M MAR
19 DETECTIVE COMICS #37 $3.99 OCT140314-M DC
20 BATMAN AND ROBIN #37 $2.99 OCT140304-M DC
21 UNCANNY X-MEN #29 $3.99 OCT140888-M MAR
22 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #22 $3.99 OCT140856 MAR
23 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY ANNUAL #1 $4.99 JUN140674-M MAR
24 SUPERMAN #37 $3.99 OCT140270-M DC
25 ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 OCT140852-M MAR
26 BATMAN ETERNAL #35 $2.99 OCT140288 DC
27 BATMAN ETERNAL #36 $2.99 OCT140289 DC
28 BATMAN ETERNAL #37 $2.99 OCT140290 DC
29 BATMAN ETERNAL #38 $2.99 OCT140291 DC
30 BATMAN ETERNAL #39 $2.99 OCT140292 DC
31 MULTIVERSITY THUNDERWORLD #1 $4.99 OCT140218-M DC
32 AVENGERS #39 TRO $3.99 OCT140847 MAR
33 BATGIRL #37 $2.99 OCT140298-M DC
34 BATMAN SUPERMAN #17 $3.99 OCT140284-M DC
35 SPIDER-WOMAN #2 $3.99 OCT140836-M MAR
36 SECRET SIX #1 $2.99 OCT140215-M DC
37 ALL NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 OCT140893-M MAR
38 GREEN LANTERN #37 $2.99 OCT140329-M DC
39 UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 OCT140891-M MAR
40 DEADPOOL #38 $3.99 OCT140800 MAR
41 WYTCHES #3 (MR) [*] $2.99 OCT140779-M IMA
42 WONDER WOMAN #37 $2.99 OCT140266-M DC
43 GRAYSON #5 $2.99 OCT140301-M DC
44 DEADPOOL #39 $3.99 OCT140801 MAR
45 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #14 $3.99 OCT140278-M DC
46 ROCKET RACCOON #6 $3.99 OCT140858 MAR
47 THANOS VS HULK #1 $3.99 OCT140875-M MAR
48 NEW AVENGERS #28 TRO $3.99 OCT140848 MAR
49 ACTION COMICS #37 $3.99 OCT140275-M DC
50 BITCH PLANET #1 (MR) [*] $3.5 OCT140578-M IMA

As far as trades and graphic novels, Saga Vol. 4 topped the chart and folks were ready for Agent Carter with a Captain America trade.

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2014

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
2 CAPTAIN AMERICA PEGGY CARTER AGENT OF SHIELD #1 $7.99 OCT140823 MAR
3 JUST THE TIPS HC (MR) $12.99 SEP140590 IMA
4 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 05 THE COLD WAR $14.99 SEP140630 IMA
5 SUNSTONE TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 OCT140613 IMA
6 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED DELUXE ED HC $29.99 AUG140334 DC
7 BATMAN THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP140283 DC
8 NEW 52 FUTURES END TP VOL 01 (N52) $39.99 SEP140303 DC
9 NIGHTWING TP VOL 05 SETTING SON (N52) $16.99 SEP140309 DC
10 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
11 THANOS HC GOD UP THERE LISTENING $24.99 SEP140916 MAR
12 NARUTO GN VOL 68 $9.99 OCT141722 VIZ
13 ALL NEW X-MEN TP VOL 04 ALL DIFFERENT $19.99 SEP140934 MAR
14 NIGHTWING TP VOL 01 BLUDHAVEN $19.99 SEP140321 DC
15 BATGIRL TP VOL 04 WANTED (N52) $16.99 SEP140305 DC
16 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
17 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS TP VOL 05 THE BIG PICTURE (N52) $14.99 SEP140310 DC
18 BATMAN & ROBIN HC VOL 05 THE BIG BURN (N52) $24.99 JUL140240 DC
19 SHAOLIN COWBOY TP $19.99 OCT141229 BUR
20 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
21 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
22 MY LITTLE PONY ADVENTURES IN FRIENDSHIP HC VOL 01 $9.99 OCT140454 IDW
23 GREEN LANTERN LIGHTS OUT TP (N52) $16.99 SEP140306 DC
24 SWAMP THING TP VOL 05 THE KILLING FIELD (N52) $14.99 SEP140313 DC
25 RED LANTERNS TP VOL 05 ATROCITIES (N52) $19.99 SEP140311 DC
26 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
27 AVENGERS ORIGIN HC $24.99 SEP100690 MAR
28 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 07 $19.99 SEP140933 MAR
29 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
30 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 04 HYBRID (N52) $16.99 SEP140312 DC
31 AMAZING X-MEN TP VOL 02 WORLD WAR WENDIGO $17.99 OCT140934 MAR
32 BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS HC $22.99 AUG140339 DC
33 CYCLOPS TP VOL 01 STARSTRUCK $15.99 SEP140929 MAR
34 LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 04 GET THE LOBSTER $19.99 AUG140094 DAR
35 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
36 NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB TP VOL 03 (MR) $13.99 AUG140124 DAR
37 ATTACK ON TITAN BEFORE THE FALL GN VOL 03 $10.99 OCT141529 RAN
38 THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 AUG140609 IMA
39 SUPERMAN BATMAN TP VOL 02 $19.99 SEP140323 DC
40 BATGIRL HC VOL 05 DEADLINE (N52) $24.99 AUG140328 DC
41 WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 04 FIRST CONTACT (N52) $16.99 SEP140314 DC
42 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
43 ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 TP VOL 01 RIVER MEETS SEA $18.99 AUG140091 DAR
44 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
45 NOVA TP VOL 04 ORIGINAL SIN $16.99 OCT140935 MAR
46 POWERS BUREAU TP VOL 02 ICONS (MR) $19.99 JAN140782 MAR
47 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
48 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
49 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 03 LOOSE NUKE $19.99 SEP140935 MAR
50 MASSIVE TP VOL 04 SAHARA $19.99 AUG140073 DAR
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