IDW may have struck gold with Orphan Black.
The first sales charts for the month of February were released today by Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest comics distributor for North America and the leading source of data on the comic book market. While unit sales were not included in this release, the charts did name the top ten titles for the month, with a surprise leader at the top of the list.
While most of the usual suspects held on to their place in the top ten, IDW has to be thrilled with the performance of the first issue of Orphan Black, released in advance of the beginning of the third season of the television show it is adapted from.
The success of the title is even more remarkable when considering some of the titles it beat. The first issue of Darth Vader from Marvel charted at number two, and Marvel Comics overall walked away with seven out of the top ten slots.
It will remain to be seen whether Orphan Black can sustain a similar level of success in the months to come. The first issue arrived to mixed reviews, and there was almost certainly a speculator bump from the #1 on the cover. That said, this mark’s IDW’s highest finish for a new release in years, and is certainly a good sign for the independent comics market.
Notably absent from the top ten were any titles from Image, including longtime heavyweight The Walking Dead. The title had climbed back into the top 10 as recently as January, but was pushed on the strength of Marvel’s hefty serving of new #1s and a double-shipping Darth Vader.
You can check out the full top ten rankings in the chart below.
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