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Diamond Announces the Top Products for July 2018. Batman #50 Takes the Top Spot

Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher according to Diamond Comic Distributors with a 39.07% dollar share (+0.65) and a 41.05% unit share (+0.07). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.62% dollar share (+1.08) and a 33.82% unit share (+0.09). Image Comics was third with an 8.52% dollar share (-1.94) and an 8.87% unit share (-2.59). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.52% dollar share (+2.06) and a 3.95% unit share (+2.29), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.82% dollar share (-0.51) and a 1.91% unit share (-0.19), BOOM! Studios with a 1.89% dollar share (+0.27) and a 1.74% unit share (-0.02), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.74% dollar share (-0.36) and a 2.07% unit share (+0.56).

Compared to June 2018, comics saw a vast improvement while graphic novels fell. The two combined saw an improvement. Toys was mixed with an increased in dollars and a slight dip in units. Compared to July 2017, it’s much of the same but toys has also seen an increase in units.

The year to date is mixed with comics showing a slight improvement in dollars though a dip in units. Graphic novels, and toys see a decrease in dollars and units.

DC Entertainment had five titles in July’s top ten including the top comics in Batman #50. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten with the highest ranking being Amazing Spider-Man #1 ranked #2. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #181 was their top book at #17, Dynamite Entertainment’s Elvira, Mistress of the Dark #1 ranked #89, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29 ranked #113, IDW Publishing’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 ranked #116, and Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: My Ainsel #5 ranked #147.

Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar from DC Entertainment was July’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, with Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet as their top book at #3. VIZ Media had two titles in the top ten, led by One-Punch ManVolume 14 at #6.

Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 was July’s best-selling book product; the softcover edition ranked #1 for the month, and the hardcover edition ranked #2.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling video game Overwatch, Good Smile’s Overwatch: Genji “Classic Skin” Nendoroid Figure was July’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Thanos Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles also had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Bombshells: Wonder Woman Deluxe Statue at #10.

Paizo’s Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, a special limited edition release with the new edition of Pathfinder‘s rules, was July’s best-selling game product and one of eight Paizo products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.07%

41.05%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.62%

33.82%

IMAGE COMICS

8.52%

8.87%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.52%

3.95%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

1.91%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.89%

1.74%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.74%

2.07%

VIZ MEDIA

1.20%

0.46%

TITAN COMICS

0.69%

0.47%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.64%

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.29%

5.05%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2018 VS. JUNE 2018

COMICS

14.18%

7.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-13.07%

-9.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.01%

6.55%

TOYS

16.78%

-0.28%

JULY 2018 VS. JULY 2017

COMICS

17.37%

10.40%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.11%

-4.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.53%

9.27%

TOYS

15.77%

4.94%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

0.76%

-7.02%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.26%

-10.42%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.93%

-7.28%

TOYS

-8.63%

-10.45%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

89

37

0

126

DC ENTERTAINMENT

63

34

0

97

IDW PUBLISHING

56

19

1

76

IMAGE COMICS

59

14

0

73

DARK HORSE COMICS

21

19

0

40

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

9

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

16

8

0

24

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

TITAN COMICS

10

3

4

17

ARCHIE COMICS

10

3

0

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

130

153

7

290

TOTAL

478

321

12

811

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MAR

3

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$4.99

MAY180773-M MAR

4

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

$4.99

MAY180471-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180460-M DC

6

CATWOMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180456-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAY180793-M MAR

8

BATMAN #51

$3.99

MAY180454-M DC

9

X-23 #1

$4.99

MAY180808-M MAR

10

COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1

$3.99

MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MAR

3

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$4.99

MAY180773-M MAR

4

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

$4.99

MAY180471-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180460-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAY180793-M MAR

7

X-23 #1

$4.99

MAY180808-M MAR

8

CATWOMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180456-M DC

9

BATMAN #51

$3.99

MAY180454-M DC

10

COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1

$3.99

MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP

$16.99

APR180261 DC

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

VENOMIZED TP

$17.99

MAY180963 MAR

4

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL. 3: REMASTERED TP

$17.99

APR180857 MAR

5

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE VOL. 1: FATE OF THE FOUR TP

$17.99

APR180864 MAR

6

ONE-PUNCH MAN VOLUME 14 GN

$9.99

MAY182170 VIZ

7

DRAGON BALL SUPER VOLUME 3 GN

$9.99

MAY182168 VIZ

8

MS. MARVEL VOL. 9: TEENAGE WASTELAND TP

$17.99

APR180868 MAR

9

WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 7: SCARLET SAMURAI TP

$15.99

APR180870 MAR

10

ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

$29.99

JAN130790 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$125.00

JAN181031 MAR

2

BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

$75.00

FEB180294 DC

3

EX MACHINA: THE COMPLETE SERIES OMNIBUS HC (MR)

$150.00

DEC170409 DC

4

BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP

$16.99

APR180261 DC

5

DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERER SUPREME OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC

$125.00

JAN181033 MAR

6

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 10 HC

$75.00

JAN181035-M MAR

7

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

8

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION TP

$34.99

APR180860 MAR

9

THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 3 HC

$99.99

JAN180398 DC

10

THE PRISONER BY KIRBY & KANE ARTIST EDITION HC

$79.99

FEB181804 TTN

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

2

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 HC

$35.00

APR181581-M GEM

3

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

4

DOCTOR WHO: POSTCARDS FROM TIME & SPACE SET

$17.99

MAR121365 PEN

5

DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME MMPB

$9.99

MAR188210 PEN

6

LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: AVENGERS: THREAT OF THANOS HC

$4.99

MAY181767 RAN

7

DOCTOR WHO: ESSENTIAL GUIDE REVISED EDITION

$20.00

NOV158048 PEN

8

PROMISE OF SPACE AND OTHER STORIES SC

$15.95

FEB178336 PRI

9

DOCTOR WHO: THE PIRATE PLANET HC

$19.99

DEC162187 PEN

10

BIG BIG OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL 48

$47.50

APR181584 GEM

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: GENJI “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178585 GOO

2

OVERWATCH: HANZO “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178586 GOO

3

MARVEL SELECT: THANOS ACTION FIGURE MAY052331 DST

4

AVENGERS LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178726 HAS

5

POP! MARVEL: TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE VINYL FIGURE 2-PACK DEC178718 FUN

6

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST

7

MARVEL PREMIER: DEADPOOL STATUE OCT172362 DST

8

MARVEL PREMIER: CABLE STATUE DEC172279 DST

9

MARVEL GALLERY: WHITE PHOENIX SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE PVC FIGURE JAN188826 DST

10

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN DELUXE STATUE DEC170425 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK HC MAY182922 PAI

2

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK SC MAY182921 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: PLANAR ADVENTURES HC APR182573 PAI

5

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: RULEBOOK DELUXE HC MAY182923 PAI

6

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES BOOSTER BRICK DEC178215 NEC

7

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST ADVENTURE: DOOMSDAY DAWN MAY182924 PAI

8

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

9

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: FLIP-MAT MULTI-PACK MAY182925 PAI

10

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

Marvel Takes the Dollar and Unit Share for June while Justice League Takes the Top Spot

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their sales information for June and Marvel again has taken the top unit and dollar share. DC ComicsJustice League took the top spot for comics sold.

Things slowed for the month with comics down 16.71% in dollars and down 6.22% in unites compared to May 2018. Graphic novels were also down. Toys, however, were up compared to the previous month.

Compared to a year ago, comics were down 11.14% in dollars and 8.93% in units. Graphic novels were down 2.15% in dollars and 14.24% in units. Toys too are down.

While things seem dire, there is a bright spot. The second quarter is up across the board compared to the first quarter for comics and graphic novels. They’re up 19.70% in dollars and 13.34% in units. Compared to the second quarter of 2017, comics are up 3.01% in dollars, down 4.85% in units. Graphic novels are down 3.41% in dollars and down 10.32% in units. The combination of the two is up 1.10% in dollars and down 5.28% in units. Toys are down in both dollars and units.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 38.42% dollar share (down 4.22 from the previous month) and a 40.98% unit share (up 2.63). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 30.54% dollar share (up 4.83) and a 33.73% unit share (down 4.14). Image Comics was third with a 10.46% dollar share (down 0.37) and an 11.48% unit share (up 1.81). In fourth was Dark Horse Comics who moved up a slot with a 3.23% dollar share (up 0.69) and a 2.30% unit share (up 0.67), followed by IDW Publishing, who decreased a spot, with a 2.46% dollar share (down 1.19) and a 1.66% unit share (down 1.41), Dynamite Entertainment increases a spot with a 2.10% dollar share (up 0.46) and a 1.51% unit share (down 0.21), and BOOM! Studios, down a spot, with a 1.62% dollar share (down 0.34) and a 1.76% unit share (up 0.18).

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti’s Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 at #3. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten including including the top comic with Justice League #1. Rounding out the top ten, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order #1 from Image Comics ranked #2. Also from the premier publishers, their top books for the June are BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1 at #116, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s America Gods: My Ainsel #4 ranked #148, IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #6 at #156, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels #1 at #183.

Collecting DC Entertainment’s best-selling event, the Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition hardcover was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Also from DC Entertainment among the top ten, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Nights Rising, a collection of the tie-in one-shots, ranked #2; Dark Nights Metal: The Resistance, ranked #3; The FlashVolume 6: A Cold Day in Hell ranked #8; Batman: Detective Comics Volume 6: Fall of the Batmen ranked #9; and Super Sons of Tomorrow ranked #10. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten: Thanos Wins ranked #4, and Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet ranked #5. Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’sSouthern Bastards Volume 4: Gut Check from Image Comics ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, with art by Rafael Albuquerque, ranked #7.

Documenting the world of Hyrule, Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia was June’s best-selling book, and the deluxe edition of the book ranked #2. Marvel Press had three titles in the top ten, led by Marvel Super-Hero Adventures: Buggin’ Out at #3. BOOM! Studios’ Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.

The Mezco Toys’ One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Spider-Man “Black Costume” Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was June’s best-selling toy. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten: the Marvel Select: Black Panther Movie Action Figure at #2, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie PVC Figure at #3, the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #5, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie: Killmonger PVC Figure at #9, and the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Hulk Action Figure at #10. DC Collectibles charted one product, the Harley Quinn: Red White & Black Statue by Jae Lee at #8.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Reanimator: The Board Game was June’s best-selling game. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (2nd Edition) ranked #9.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.42%

40.98%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.54%

33.73%

IMAGE COMICS

10.46%

11.48%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.46%

1.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.10%

1.51%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.62%

1.76%

VIZ MEDIA

1.18%

0.43%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.09%

0.83%

TITAN COMICS

0.87%

0.68%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.84%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2018 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-16.71%

-6.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.44%

-8.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.13%

-6.39%

TOYS

1.03%

4.22%

JUNE 2018 VS. JUNE 2017

COMICS

-11.14%

-8.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.15%

-14.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.62%

-9.35%

TOYS

-11.53%

17.66%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

-1.84%

-9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.12%

-11.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.72%

-9.77%

TOYS

-11.98%

-12.70%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

19.97%

12.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

19.01%

19.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.70%

13.34%

TOYS

-16.97%

-7.55%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2017

COMICS

3.01%

-4.85%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.41%

-10.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.10%

-5.28%

TOYS

-14.46%

-13.05%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

87

33

0

120

DC ENTERTAINMENT

73

31

1

105

IMAGE COMICS

60

15

0

75

IDW PUBLISHING

19

18

0

37

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

15

0

35

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

10

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

TITAN COMICS

17

5

1

23

VIZ MEDIA

0

20

0

20

ONI PRESS

7

10

0

17

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

176

19

308

TOTAL

437

340

21

798

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

THE MAGIC ORDER #1 [*] (MR)

$3.99

APR180455-M IMA

3

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

6

BATMAN #48

$2.99

APR180169-M DC

7

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

8

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

9

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

3

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

4

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

6

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1

$4.99

APR180691-M MAR

8

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

10

VENOM #2

$3.99

APR180768-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

4

THANOS WINS TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 4: GUT CHECK TP (MR)

$16.99

NOV170835 IMA

7

NEIL GAIMAN: A STUDY IN EMERALD HC

$17.99

FEB180021 DAR

8

THE FLASH VOL. 6: A COLD DAY IN HELL TP

$16.99

MAR180343 DC

9

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 6 FALL OF THE BATMEN TP

$19.99

MAR180334 DC

10

SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW TP

$14.99

MAR180354 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

JAN180406 DC

4

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170940 MAR

7

THANOS WINS CATES TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

8

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

$99.99

DEC170399 DC

9

RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170944 MAR

10

ABSOLUTE SANDMAN OVERTURE HC (MR)

$125.00

NOV170387 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$39.99

DEC170068 DAR

2

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA DELUXE EDITION HC

$79.99

DEC170073 DAR

3

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: BUGGIN OUT SC

$4.99

APR181653 MAR

4

THE SHADOW VOLUME 130 SC

$14.95

MAR182184 SAN

5

THE ILLUSTRATED CALL OF CTHULHU HC

$24.95

MAR181669 FLE

6

HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA STUDIO EDITION

$50.00

MAR181670 FLE

7

WORLD OF READING: MEET ANT-MAN AND THE WASP SC

$4.99

APR181654 MAR

8

NOCTURNALS ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK SC

$14.99

APR181597 HER

9

PLANET OF THE APES ADULT COLORING BOOK SC

$16.99

FEB181205 BOO

10

GROW UP ANT-MAN HC

$12.99

APR181652 MAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL SPIDER-MAN “BLACK COSTUME” FIGURE FEB178708 MEZ

2

MARVEL SELECT: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE ACTION FIGURE SEP172486 DST

3

MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE PVC FIGURE DEC172278 DST

4

HARLEY QUINN: “WAITING FOR MY J MAN” STATUE DEC168559 MON

5

MARVEL SELECT: DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE MAR101468 DST

6

DC COMICS REBIRTH: BATMAN ARTFX+ STATUE NOV172822 KOT

7

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

8

HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JAE LEE NOV170395 DC

9

MARVEL GALLERY: BLACK PANTHER MOVIE: KILLMONGER PVC FIGURE JAN182376 DST

10

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

REANIMATOR COLLECTIBLE BOARD GAME DEC171511 DE

2

STRANGER THINGS: EGGO CARD GAME NOV178197 HAS

3

MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: BATTLEBOND APR182619 WIZ

4

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION SPECIAL EDITION APR182566 KON

5

YU-GI-OH! TCG: FLAMES OF DESTRUCTION BOOSTER PACKS MAR182721 KON

6

RICK AND MORTY: TOTAL RICKALL CARD GAME APR188202 PSI

7

MUNCHKIN CCG: DESOLATION OF BLARG BOOSTER PACKS FEB182814 PSI

8

DEADPOOL MONOPOLY JUL178753 HAS

9

MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME HC BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO

10

YU-GI-OH! TCG: DARK SAVIORS BOOSTER PACKS APR182565 KON

 

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 retailers 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.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

Diamond Announces a “Pop Up A Spinner Rack” Program

Since its debut in March, retailer reaction has been strong to Diamond’s 44 Pocket Comic Spinner Rack (JAN188004), which wholesales for $299, with free delivery in the continental United States. Several hundred units have already been sold and feedback has been positive about the unit’s compact footprint and quality construction.

Now, Diamond and Premier publishers, along with Diamond Select Toys are encouraging comic retailers to “pop up a spinner rack” in other “complementary businesses” in their area by offering incentives to retailers who purchase a spinner rack for placement in other businesses.

Retailers qualify by reaching a signed agreement with another business to allow them to place and maintain a spinner rack of comics in their stores for a minimum of six months. Agreements can be reached on a buy-sell or consignment basis with quantities, margin splits, payment terms, and other details being at the discretion of the parties.

For every rack purchased and rack agreement sent over to Diamond, publishers will be providing the following limited edition variants and free goods to offset the costs:

  • Marvel: A 1 in 1000 Variant Comic TBD at time of redemption
  • DC: MAY178593 DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 B&W MIDNIGHT RELEASE VAR B plus a second limited edition comic TBD at time of redemption
  • Image: Retailer’s choice of 50 in-stock Image Firsts, plus a 2017 Retailer Appreciation Variant (while supplies last).
  • Dark Horse: JUL168360 V LEGEND OF ZELDA ART & ARTIFACTS HC & JAN080090 V HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS
  • IDW: SEP170487 TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS II #1 INCV
  • Dynamite: A high perceived retail value item TBD at time of redemption
  • Boom: CGC Books & assorted Limited Edition Incentives TBD at time of redemption
  • Diamond Select Toys: Retailer’s choice of one in-stock Gallery PVC Figure

Marvel Takes the Top Spot for Diamond in May Crossing 40% Dollar Share

Diamond Comic Distributors has released the stats of May and Marvel Comics was the month’s top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.65% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.54% dollar share and a 1.63% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.96% dollar share and a 1.58% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.64% dollar share and a 1.30% unit share.

Marvel dominated due to Amazing Spider-Man #800 which was the month’s most ordered comic and had a $9.99 price tag.

Compared to the previous month, comics, graphic novels, and toys were all up showing healthy growth. Compared to last year, comics are up 6.23% in dollars and graphic novels and comics are up 1.84% in dollars. We could be seeing a course correction in a sluggish year. In a year to year comparison, comics are up 0.22% in dollars but down 9.8% in units. Graphic Novels, toys, and comics/graphic novels are all down.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten with Amazing Spider-Man #800 leading the pack as the top comic for the month. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #5 ranked #3. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #179 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 was their top book at #133, Frank Miller’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2 was Dark Horse’s top book at #129, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 ranked #142, and IDW Publishing’s TMNT: Urban Legends #1 ranked #159.

The misadventures of two rebels during the Galactic Civil War are recounted in Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon’s Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel had five titles in the top ten. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction ranked #8.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 was May’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of stories and background details on the popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment, returned to the top ten at #7.

PREVIEWS Exclusive variant of the first figure in Mezco’s trio of One:12 Collective figures that interpret different eras of Batman’s career, the One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Ascending Knight “Blue” Action Figure, was May’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Statue at #2, the Batman vs. The Joker: Laff-Co Battle Statue at #8, and the DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack at #9. Funko had two PREVIEWS exclusive POP! vinyl figures in the top ten: the POP! Rick and Morty: Pickle Rick “No Limbs” Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Heroes: DC Death Vinyl Figure, based on Neil Gaiman’s character from The Sandman, ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: X-23 PVC Statue ranked #6. Also in the top ten, McFarlane Toys’ Stranger Things: Demogorgon Deluxe Action Figure ranked #10.

Taking the HeroClix game to the depths of space, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing also had a strong month in May, with eight products from the Starfinder and Pathfinder role-playing game lines among the month’s top ten products.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.64%

38.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.71%

37.87%

IMAGE COMICS

10.83%

9.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.54%

1.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.64%

1.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

0.40%

ONI PRESS

1.03%

0.48%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.84%

0.90%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.75%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

7.00%

2.99%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.94%

4.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.98%

3.13%

TOYS

4.95%

23.84%

MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS

6.23%

-8.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.04%

-13.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.84%

-9.06%

TOYS

-28.63%

-30.85%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

0.22%

-9.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.31%

-10.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.67%

-9.85%

TOYS

-12.06%

-17.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

42

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

30

0

104

IMAGE COMICS

65

22

0

87

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

12

0

35

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

16

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

5

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

3

0

11

ONI PRESS

3

2

0

5

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

208

32

371

TOTAL

472

386

32

890

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

BATMAN #47

$2.99

MAR180256-M DC

7

BATMAN #46

$2.99

MAR180254-M DC

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

9

THE MAN OF STEEL #1 [*]

$3.99

APR180145 DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #179 (MR)

$3.99

MAR180767-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

7

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300

$5.99

MAR180832-M MAR

8

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #8

$4.99

MAR180260-M DC

9

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600

$5.99

MAR180837-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

4

SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP

$15.99

MAR180757 IMA

5

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

6

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP

$16.99

FEB180292 DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP

$19.99

FEB180936 MAR

8

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

9

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR180642 IMA

10

BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP

$14.99

FEB180931 MAR

10

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

2

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR)

$100.00

NOV171043 MAR

3

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

4

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

5

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

6

WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

NOV171044 MAR

7

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

NOV171039-M MAR

9

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

10

WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

NOV171045 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 2

$12.99

APR181912 ZEN

2

OVERLORD VOL. 7 LIGHT NOVEL HC

$20.00

MAR188458 YEN

3

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC

$49.99

MAR181077 AFT

4

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

5

DOCTOR WHO TARGET COLLECTION: CITY OF DEATH MMPB

$9.99

APR181367 PEN

6

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 129 SC

$14.95

FEB182112 SAN

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

WOLF & PARCHMENT VOL. 2 LIGHT NOVEL SC

$14.00

FEB181982 YEN

9

DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY VOL. 5 NOVEL SC

$14.00

MAR182083 YEN

10

NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC

$15.95

DEC178273 WW

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN “BLUE” FIGURE JUL178556 MEZ

2

DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN STATUE BY CAPULLO NOV170394 DC

3

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

4

POP! HEROES: DC: DEATH VINYL FIGURE DEC178161 FUN

5

OVERWATCH: GENJI 12-INCH STATUE DEC178061 BLI

6

MARVEL GALLERY: X-23 PVC STATUE NOV172443 DST

7

OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI

8

BATMAN VS. THE JOKER: LAFF-CO BATTLE STATUE OCT170396 DC

9

DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC

10

STRANGER THINGS: DEMOGORGON DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SEP178832 TMP

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS INFINITY COLOSSAL BOOSTER BRICK DEC172935 NEC

2

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE MAGIC POCKET EDITION FEB182807 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 4 POCKET EDITION FEB182806 PAI

6

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: DEAD SUNS PART 5 SC FEB182808 PAI

7

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

8

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

9

STARFINDER RPG ALIEN: ARCHIVE HC AUG173202 PAI

10

PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI

 

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excite for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Los Angeles Times – Comic book valued at $500 among those reportedly taken by thief at Burbank store – Booo. If anyone knows anything, please help out.

CBR – Damon Lindelof Says ‘Sacred’ Watchmen Comics Will Be Remixed, Not Retread – Interesting.

ICv2 – Lionsgate Wins Bidding War to Adapt Gerry Duggan’s ‘Analog’ – What comics aren’t being adapted?

The Outhouse – Diamond Estimates 1.5 Million Free Comic Book Day Attendees – That’s a solid amount of people.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – New Challengers #1

Newsarama – Skyward #2

Talking Comics – The Mighty Thor: Gates of Valhalla

Diamond Announces its 2018 San Diego Comic-Con PREVIEWS Exclusives

Diamond Comic Distributors is offering seventeen extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 19-22). The list includes variants of several popular Marvel titles, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deadpool, a two-pack of Superman ViniMates vinyl figures to commemorate his 80thbirthday and landmark Action Comics #1000, an assortment of PVC and PX statues, and more! Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401 and purchase from participating retailers on the show floor.

For more information and to pick up our one-sheet listing retailers on the show floor where you can purchase our SDCC PREVIEWS Exclusives, make sure to visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401.

Comics & Graphic Novels

SDCC 2018 JIM HENSON BENEATH DARK CRYSTAL #1

(W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington

Writer Adam Smith (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special) and artist Alexandria Huntington (Avengers Origins) present a new sequel to the hit film! The realm of Mithra is being rebuilt by the newly-crowned Ember Queen Thurma. But while she seeks to save all people, a long-forgotten tribe of Firelings disputes the legitimacy of her reign… and they have proof that another Fireling is the true heir to the throne. (MAR188001) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 CHARLIES ANGELS #1

(W) John Layman (A) Joe Eisma

The Angels are back, baby! -The original Angels, Jill, Kelly and Sabrina! Travel back to the swingin’ 70s, and revisit the butt-kicking, crime-fighting, mold-breaking lady detectives who took 70s TV by storm, ready to do the same to comics 40 years later! Break out your bell-bottoms, feather your hair, and jump back to an era of peanut-farmer presidents, gargantuan gas-guzzlers and foxy female detectives… for a globe-trotting adventure that’s simply too big and epic for the 70s-era boob tube. Written by elderly Eisner winner and solicitation-writing former-superstar John Layman, and with art by his scrappy but lovable youngster pal, Joe Eisma. This is one comic you DON’T DARE TO MISS!!!! (MAR188166) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #7 FOIL CVR

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas

Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized, and more powerful players…One of the first major villains of the new series revealed! Special foil cover to celebrate entering the second half of Sonic’s first year at IDW! (MAR188123) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 MAGIC ORDER #1 (OF 6)

(W) Mark Millar (A) Olivier Coipel

We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians-sworn to protect our world for generations-must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first. Mark Millar’s first Netflix comic book, drawn by the incredible Olivier Coipel (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor). (FEB188362) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 VAR

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Ryan Ottley

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (Secret Empire, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and the Marvel debut of Ryan Ottley (Invincible)! Rated Teen. (MAR188242) Limited to 4,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 VAR

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Rated Teen+ (MAR188238) Limited to 4,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2018 DEADPOOL #2 VAR

(W) Skottie Young (A) Nic Klein

COSMIC CALAMITY! A strange and powerful being from outer space is coming to destroy Earth – but WHY? WHO CARES?! Deadpool is totally going to merc it dead! Take that, space nerd! Ummm, that’s the right thing to do, right? And…Wade can do it? Right? And there totally won’t be any repercussions, right? RIGHT? I, uh…I’ve got a lot riding on this… Parental Advisory (MAR188239) Limited to 4,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 2018 VENOM #3 VAR

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ryan Stegman

Still recovering from his injuries, Eddie Brock – the Wicked Web-Slinger known as VENOM – has to defend NYC against the most powerful foe he’s ever faced! The only thing standing in his way? Miles Morales…SPIDER-MAN! Though Eddie and the symbiote have no qualms with this particular web-slinger, the same can’t be said for Miles’ feelings about Venom…Rated Teen+ (MAR188240) Limited to 4,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2018 X-23 #1 VAR

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Juann Cabal

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki (Hulk, Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer) and Juann Cabal (All new Wolverine, Elektra). Rated Teen+ (MAR188241) Limited to 4,000 copies.

Merchandise

SDCC 2018 DC COMICS 80TH ANN SUPERMAN VINIMATE

It’s Superman’s 80th birthday, and in the wake of his landmark 1000th issue, Diamond Select Toys is offering this commemorative two-pack of DC Vinimates vinyl figures! Based on his first appearance and modern-day look, these two 4-inch vinyl figures are sculpted in the block-figure style and strike trademark Superman poses. Limited to only 1,500 pieces, this exclusive two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (JAN188825) Limited to 1,500 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY GREY HULK PVC STATUE

Now that’s a Hulk of a different color! The Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas returns to Comic-Con with a new variant that celebrates the multi-colored history of the Hulk. This new grey-skinned edition of Diamond Select Toys’ hit Hulk PVC features an all-new head sculpt and captures the character in one of his fan-favorite looks. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this diorama comes packaged in a full color window box. (JAN188824) Limited to 5,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY WHITE PHOENIX PVC STATUE

The Phoenix has returned! Sweeping down from the stratosphere to once again merge with its favorite host, the Phoenix Force has returned to Comic-Con in the form of the X-Man Jean Grey, but in an all-new look! This white-costumed edition of Jean Grey as Phoenix captures the powerful entity in a frequently fan-requested look, and measures approximately 10 inches tall. She comes packaged in a full color window box. (JAN188826) Limited to 5,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY UNMASKED X-23 PVC STATUE

She’s the best there is at what she does, and what she does isn’t pretty – but she is! Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, a.k.a. the all-new Wolverine, removes her mask in this Comic-Con-exclusive Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama. Striking a menacing pose that contrasts with her fetching facial features, Laura stands approximately 9 inches tall atop an X-logo base, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (JAN188827) Limited to 4,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 DC CLASSIC HARLEY GREEN & PURPLE VINYL FIG

Harley Quinn has been around for over 25 years and she is as crazy as ever! This Previews-exclusive variant of the 7-inch Classic Harley Quinn vinyl figure highlights her connection to The Joker by giving her classic jester costume a green-and-purple makeover. She playfully holds her signature mallet behind her back as a reminder that, when Harley is around, mayhem is always just moments away! Designed by Pedro Astudillo and Anders Ehrenborg, the figure is packaged inside a display-worthy window box. (DEC178678) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 POP MARVEL TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT

Meet the ruler of the Inhumans, Black Bolt, and his teleporting canine sidekick, Lockjaw, stylized as a Marvel Pop! two-pack. The duo is being released as a 2018 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, and the figures stand 3 3/4″ tall with the vital inclusion of forehead antennas that help them control their powers. Black Bolt is glow in the dark for nocturnal adventures requiring illumination and Lockjaw is depicted mid-teleportation. (DEC178718) Limited to 15,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 DC COMICS BATMAN WHO LAUGHS PX STATUE

From the popular Dark Nights Metal series comes this stunning statue of the “jokerized” Batman from the Dark Multiverse, the Batman Who Laughs! Standing 8.1 inches tall, this prince of chaos is featured in his signature buckled outfit that’s covered in small details to really bring this Batman to life. Each Previews Exclusive statue is hand painted with metallic details, individually numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. (SEP178828) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 VOLTRON HYPERPHASE VOLTRON PX 5PC GIFT SET

Voltron was built to harness the mysterious Quintessence energy and establish peace and harmony throughout the universe!  Face with the Galra’s innumerable armies, the Voltron team taps into Princess Allura’s unique connection to the Quintessence and imbues the Lions with this energy, upgrading their weapons systems and supercharging this robotic defender! The legend comes alive when the Lengendary Lions are combined to form the unbeatable defender of the universe, Voltron!  These five powerful Lions transform and combine to form a towering 16” Voltron action figure with lights and over 50 phrases and sound effects from the DreamWorks ™ series Voltron legendary Defender. Includes all new Quintessence enhanced projectile launchers! (JAN189071) Limited to 3,000 pieces.

Marvel Takes the Unit and Dollar Share for March While DC Takes 5 of the Top 10

Marvel held the top spot for units share and dollar share for the month of March as Diamond Comic Distributors has released that month’s data. It wasn’t all Marvel as DC Comics held five of the top ten comics sold with Dark Nights: Metal #6 coming in first.

Comics and graphic novels were up compared to February and toys were up in dollars and down in units. Compared to 2017, things aren’t as good with everything down double digits. Comics and graphic novels are down 15.96% and 13.35% compared to March 2017. That month was riding high from Amazing Spider-Man #25 that sold 113,934 copies despite its $9.99 cover price and Dark Knight III Master Race #8 which sold 107,892 at $5.99. The year to date continues to show a negative trend.

Marvel Comics was March’s top publisher with a 35.92% dollar share (+1.06) and a 38.38% unit share (+1.44). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.06% dollar share (-0.73) and a 35.10% unit share (-1.51). Image Comics was third with a 10.98% dollar share (-0.49) and a 10.43% unit share (-0.39). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.96% dollar share (-0.38) and a 3.28% unit share (+0.65), followed by BOOM! Studios with a 2.40% dollar share (+0.03) and a 2.13% unit share (+0.01), Dark Horse Comics with a 2.38% dollar share (-0.47) and a 1.58% unit share (-0.1), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.83% dollar share (-0.57) and a 1.61% unit share (-0.68).

DC Entertainment had five titles among March’s top ten comics. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. Image Comics’ Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici #1 ranked #9. Among the premier publishers and their top-selling books, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, kicking off the “Shattered Grid” storyline, ranked #70; Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: My Ainsel #1 ranked #114; Dynamite Entertainment’s The Shadow/Batman #6, the final chapter of their coproduction with DC Entertainment, ranked #121; and the milestone G.I. Joe #250 from IDW Publishing ranked #149 for the month.

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 29: Lines We Cross from Image Comics was March’s best-selling graphic novel, and one of Image Comics’ six titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten.

Dark Horse Comics’ World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3, an art book based on the best-selling Blizzard Entertainment role-playing game, was March’s best-selling book.  Also in the top ten for Dark Horse Comics was the Overwatch Anthology Volume 1 at 9. Insight Editions’ DC Comics Variant Covers: The Complete Visual History, a hardcover artbook featuring a cover by Frank Cho, ranked #3 for the month.

Mezco’s One:12 Collection: Marvel Comics: X-Force Wolverine Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was March’s best-selling toy product. Another PREVIEWS Exclusive product from Mezco, the One:12 Collection: DC Comics: Stealth Deathstroke Action Figure, ranked #2. Diamond Select Toys had two products in the top ten: the Marvel Gallery: Thor Ragnarok: Thor PVC Figure, based on 2017’s Marvel Studios film, ranked #3, and theMarvel Select: Venom Action Figure ranked #5. Another PREVIEWS Exclusive, Funko’s POP! Saga: Bloody Lying Cat Vinyl Figure, a special release for Free Comic Book Day 2018, ranked #4. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Cover Girls: Harley Quinn by Joëlle Jones ranked #7, the DC Gallery: Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue ranked #8, and the Batman Animated: The Joker Expressions Pack ranked #9

NECA/WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons: Icons of the Realm: Menagerie 3 Booster Brick, a collection of miniatures for the tabletop game, was March’s best-selling game product.  IDW Games had three products in the top ten: The Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena Game at #2, the Atari: Missile Command Game at #4, and The Legend of Korra: Pro Bending Arena: Amon’s Invasion Game at #5.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

35.92%

38.38%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.06%

35.10%

IMAGE COMICS

10.98%

10.43%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.96%

3.28%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.40%

2.13%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.38%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.83%

1.61%

VIZ MEDIA

1.23%

0.46%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.16%

0.80%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.93%

0.99%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.15%

5.25%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MARCH 2018 VS. FEBRUARY 2018

COMICS

2.92%

4.04%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

10.36%

3.69%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

4.95%

4.02%

TOYS

5.32%

-1.93%

MARCH 2018 VS. MARCH 2017

COMICS

-13.20%

-12.28%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-22.12%

-25.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-15.96%

-13.35%

TOYS

-29.83%

-38.04%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

(FIRST QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2017)

COMICS

-7.09%

-14.52%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-13.17%

-12.28%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.92%

-14.37%

TOYS

-9.81%

-12.36%

FIRST QUARTER 2018 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2017

COMICS

-8.44%

-7.25%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-21.69%

-20.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-12.67%

-8.38%

TOYS

-14.91%

-11.81%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

DC ENTERTAINMENT

84

35

0

119

MARVEL COMICS

81

33

0

114

IMAGE COMICS

57

13

0

70

IDW PUBLISHING

40

18

0

58

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

9

0

34

DARK HORSE COMICS

12

14

0

26

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

15

8

0

23

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

7

3

0

10

VIZ MEDIA

0

9

0

9

ONI PRESS

4

4

0

8

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

135

11

259

TOTAL

438

281

11

730

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #6

$4.99

DEC170230-M DC

2

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4

$4.99

DEC170234-M DC

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797

$3.99

JAN180892-M MAR

4

WEAPON H #1

$4.99

JAN180920-M MAR

5

BATMAN #42

$2.99

JAN180260-M DC

6

THE MIGHTY THOR #705

$3.99

JAN180888-M MAR

7

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1

$4.99

JAN180879-M MAR

8

BATMAN #43

$2.99

JAN180262-M DC

9

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1

$3.99

JAN180587 IMA

10

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #6

$3.99

JAN180268-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #6

$4.99

DEC170230-M DC

2

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4

$4.99

DEC170234-M DC

3

WEAPON H #1

$4.99

JAN180920-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797

$3.99

JAN180892-M MAR

5

INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1

$4.99

JAN180879-M MAR

6

DAREDEVIL #600

$5.99

JAN180911-M MAR

7

THE MIGHTY THOR #705

$3.99

JAN180888-M MAR

8

THE WALKING DEAD #177

$3.99

JAN180843-M IMA

9

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #6

$3.99

JAN180268-M DC

10

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1

$3.99

JAN180587 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 29: LINES WE CROSS TP

$16.99

JAN180844 IMA

2

GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC

$24.99

DEC170239 DC

3

THE FLASH VOLUME 5: NEGATIVE TP

$14.99

DEC170377 DC

4

SUPER SONS VOLUME 2: PLANET OF THE CAPES TP

$14.99

DEC170381 DC

5

REALM VOLUME 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JAN180692-M IMA

6

BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 7: EXTINCTION IS THE RULE TP (MR)

$16.99

DEC170675 IMA

7

INVINCIBLE VOL. 25: THE END OF ALL THINGS PART 2 TP (MR)

$16.99

JAN180762 IMA

8

BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN HC

$24.99

DEC170385 DC

9

PORT OF EARTH VOLUME 1 TP

$9.99

JAN180689 IMA

10

SAGA VOLUME 8 TP (MR)

$14.99

OCT170715 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 29: LINES WE CROSS TP

$16.99

JAN180844 IMA

2

INFINITY GAUNTLET BOX HC SLIPCASE SET

$500.00

SEP170982 MAR

3

GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOLUME 1 HC

$24.99

DEC170239 DC

4

AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 3 HC

$100.00

SEP170986-M MAR

5

KAMANDI BY JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

SEP170419 DC

6

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC

$125.00

SEP170417 DC

7

DAREDEVIL BY WAID & SAMNEE OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$100.00

SEP170983 MAR

8

ABSOLUTE WILDC.A.T.S. BY JIM LEE HC

$125.00

JUL170485 DC

9

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TWO IN ONE VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

AUG171012-M MAR

10

BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN HC

$24.99

DEC170385 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE VOLUME 3 HC

$39.99

NOV170046 DAR

2

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 127

$14.95

DEC172080 SAN

3

DC COMICS VARIANT COVERS: THE COMPLETE VISUAL HISTORY HC

$45.00

JUL178304 INS

4

SONIC & TALES OF DECEPTION SC

$6.99

JAN182151 RAN

5

JUSTICE LEAGUE CLASSIC: RACE TO SAVE THE DAY SC

$3.99

JAN182149 HAR

6

MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: SAND TRAP SC

$4.99

JAN182150 MAR

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: 2 FUZZY 2 FURIOUS HC

$13.99

JAN182154 HAC

9

STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY: REY CHRONICLES CHAPTERBOOK

$5.99

JAN182174 DIS

10

NEW GAME VOLUME 1 GN

$13.99

DEC171780 SEV

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: X-FORCE WOLVERINE ACTION FIGURE MAR178670 MEZ

2

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: STEALTH DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE MAR178824 MEZ

3

MARVEL GALLERY: THOR RAGNAROK: THOR PVC FIGURE SEP172483 DST

4

POP! SAGA: BLOODY LYING CAT FCBD 2018 VINYL FIGURE OCT170013 FUN

5

MARVEL SELECT: VENOM ACTION FIGURE OCT172354 DST

6

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD: LINK RAH FIGURE MAR178289 MED

7

DC COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE SEP170453 DC

8

DC GALLERY: SUPERMAN VS THE FLASH RACING STATUE SEP170450 DC

9

BATMAN ANIMATED: THE JOKER EXPRESSIONS PACK SEP170451 DC

10

DC SUPER POWERS COLLECTION: HARLEY QUINN MAQUETTE APR178791 TWE

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

D&D ICONS OF THE REALM: MONSTER MENAGERIE 3 BOOSTER BRICK DEC172933 NEC

2

LEGEND OF KORRA: PRO BENDING ARENA GAME AUG170532 IDW

3

THE DARK CRYSTAL BOARD GAME NOV173124 ALC

4

ATARI: MISSILE COMMAND GAME JAN180574 IDW

5

LEGEND OF KORRA: PRO BENDING ARENA: AMON’S INVASION GAME DEC170558 IDW

6

DC HEROCLIX: HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM GIRLS BOOSTER BRICK JUN173406 NEC

7

BATMAN: GOTHAM CITY 4D MINI PUZZLE SEP178722 4D

8

FALLOUT COLLECTOR’S CHESS SET FEB182826 USA

9

LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD EXPANDED EDITION HC DEC178223 POC

10

SUPERMAN: METROPOLIS 4D MINI PUZZLE SEP178723 4D

Win the Ultimate Fan Trip with Diamond’s San Diego Comic-Con Total Prize Pack!

Every summer, the city of San Diego becomes a destination for comics and pop culture fans as they flock to Comic-Con. The event attracts attendees from all over the world and tickets have become quite difficult to acquire. Then there’s the pricey cost of accommodations and airfare on top of the tickets… Well, Diamond Comic Distributors is looking to solve all those problems for two lucky pop culture fans!

Diamond is providing the opportunity of a lifetime with The San Diego Comic-Con Total Prize Pack! Diamond will give one grand prize winner and a friend roundtrip airfare, a five-night hotel stay, and four-day passes to Comic-Con in San Diego, the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the world!

Diamond will give the winner and their guest four-day passes, which includes admission to Preview Night on Wednesday so you can get a jump on shopping for comics, collectibles, and other goodies! You’ll stay at the four-star, waterfront Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, which is located right next to the San Diego Convention Center. And the winner will receive a Comic-Con exclusive item courtesy of Diamond Select Toys!

So how do you enter this amazing contest? We’re glad you asked! Head over to Diamond’s Gleam Campaign, and fill out the required entry information. From there, you can increase the number of times your name is entered in the drawing by engaging with Diamond’s social media and e-newsletters. In other words, following Diamond’s many pop-culture Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube platforms, as well as subscribing to e-newsletters will enter your name into the drawing pool between five to ten more times per interaction.

Get your name in there as many times as you can and you could be going on the pop-culture trip of a lifetime! Learn more about the contest and enter by APRIL 30 to win here!

Diamond Announces the Dave Hawksworth Memorial Comic Shop Improvement Award

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the annual Dave Hawksworth Memorial Comic Shop Improvement Award. Named after Dave Hawksworth, Diamond’s late Outside Sales Manager, the award grants $5,000 to a local comic shop owner to be used for improvements to their business.

An Ohio native, and a longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawksworth joined Diamond in 1996, following the company’s acquisition of Capital City Distribution. Dave served as an Outside Sale Manager, visiting thousands of comic book shops during his 20-plus years at Diamond, befriending each retailer and helping them to grow their business. Now, an annual award in his name will honor that legacy, financially helping comic shop owners to make improvements to their stores.

Comic shop owners interested in applying for the award should submit a statement completing the sentence:

“If I received a $5,000 award to improve my business, I would…”

The award is open to brick-&-mortar stores worldwide. Retailers are encouraged to provide further details, such as a full explanation, pictures, videos, or any other media that would showcase how they would improve their store. All entry materials are due to Diamond by June 15, and should be sent to Diamond’s Retailer Marketing Manager, Andrea Purcell at Diamond’s Home Office or emailed to her at pandrea@diamondcomics.com.

A panel of Diamond and industry professionals will review the entries and select a winner. The winner will be awarded and announced each year at the Diamond Retailer Appreciation Event Lunch at San Diego Comic-Con.

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