Diamond Comic Book Distributors, the largest comic book distributor in the world, has released it’s monthly chart-toppers for the month of July, and the results are good news for DC Comics.
In the ongoing struggle between the two largest publishers, DC has been regularly losing the battle to rival Marvel Comics. July saw that trend reverse due to strong sales from DC’s “not a reboot” event, Rebirth.
Of the top ten single issues on Diamond’s charts, eight of those spots went to DC titles. The #1 slot was secured by “Justice League #1”, followed immediately by “Justice League: Rebirth #1” and “Batman #2”. Marvel slipped in between DC titles with the third issue of Civil War II, landing the #4 spot. The fifth-place ranking was locked down by “Batman #3” and the sixth by “Nightwing: Rebirth #1”. The fourth issue of Civil War II captured the seventh slot, marking Marvel’s only other entry into the top ten. The rankings were rounded out by the first issues of New Super-Man, Nightwing, and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth.
The July sales results should be welcome news for the higher-ups at DC, who had come under siege from fandom in the months leading up to Rebirth. With the first numbers of the event showing strong sales for DC, Geoff Johns, Dan Didio and company should be breathing at least a temporary sigh of relief. Relaunch events almost always result in a bump in sales.The New 52 event also saw sales boom briefly, but quickly fall off as reader interest waned. The proof will be whether or not DC can find a sustainably higher sales floor for its titles. For now, though, DC should enjoy its victory and work to continue its success in months to come.