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May 2022 Single Issue Comic Book Sales Rankings

It is that time of the month when we get to check out the latest single-issue comic book sales rankings. Things are getting murkier in terms of actual unit numbers. So, we will have to settle with going to ICv2 for their Top 200 sales rankings. It is not as good as actual unit numbers, but we have to work with what we get.

Keep in mind, that the Top 200 single-issue comic sales charts are based on orders tracked by the ComicHub system at local comic book shops selling American comics. This includes over 3,000 stores selling American comics worldwide. As always, it is important to remember that these rankings are also not actual sales. These rankings only represent the number of units ordered by local comic shops.

If you want to check out the sales numbers for superhero and manga graphic novels you can go here for them.

May 2022 Top 200 Single Issue Comic Rankings

The Battle for the Top 10

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)
  2. Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  3. Hulk vs Thor Banner War Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)
  4. Twig #1 (Of 5) (Image Comics)
  5. Moon Knight Black White Blood #1 (Of 4) (Marvel Comics)
  6. Batman #123 (Shadow War) (DC Comics)
  7. Thor #25 (Marvel Comics)
  8. Flashpoint Beyond #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  9. Spider-Man 2099 Exodus Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)
  10. X-Men #11 (Marvel Comics)

Time is a flat circle. Marvel Comics’ complete domination of the Top 10 continues unabated. It is as if DC Comics has given up even trying to fight back. Marvel Comics placed seven titles in the Top 10. This is the same as what Marvel Comics did in April 2022.

Marvel Comics continues to draw their Top 10 success from an impressive diversity of franchises. There are titles from the Spider-Man franchise, Star Wars franchise, Hulk franchise, Thor franchise, Moon Knight franchise, and X-Men franchise. That is amazing. Six different franchises comprise their seven Top 10 titles.

Of course, the real news in the Top 10 is that Amazing Spider-Man #1 took first place. Again. That’s right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Amazing Spider-Man #1 took first place in April 2022. Now, in May 2022, Amazing Spider-Man #1 repeats that feat by taking first place again. This is stunning. Seriously. I cannot remember when this has happened before. Behold the power of Peter Parker. There is nothing else like it in Marvel Comics.

DC Comics limped into second place with two titles. This is also the same that DC Comics did in April 2022. As always, both of DC Comics’ titles are from the Batman franchise and star the Wayne boys in Bruce and Thomas. DC Comics’ performance in the Top 10 is becoming as sad as it is predictable.

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The Battle for the Top 25

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #2 (Marvel Comics)
  2. Hulk #7 (Marvel Comics)
  3. Grim #1 (Boom! Studios)
  4. Immortal X-Men #2 (Marvel Comics)
  5. Captain America Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel Comics)
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Last Ronin #5 (Of 5) (IDW Publishing)
  7. Moon Knight #11 (Marvel Comics)
  8. Jurassic League #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  9. Batman Superman Worlds Finest #3 (DC Comics)
  10. Batman Killing Time #3 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  11. Shadow War Zone #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)
  12. Spawn #329 (Image Comics)
  13. Spawn Scorched #5 (Image Comics)
  14. Savage Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)
  15. Batman Beyond The White Knight #3 (Of 8) (DC Comics)

Marvel Comics slotted thirteen titles in the Top 25. This is actually slightly worse than the fourteen titles Marvel Comics put in the Top 25 in April 2022.

DC Comics placed seven titles in the Top 25. This is worse than the nine titles that DC Comics placed in the Top 25 in April 2022. Six of DC Comics’ seven titles are from the Batman franchise. Four of the six Batman titles star or co-star Bruce Wayne.

It simply is not sustainable for DC Comics to continue to expect Bruce Wayne to shoulder the burden for all of DC Comics each and every month. It is vital that DC Comics learn from its numerous mistakes over the past several years and figure out a way to grow other characters and franchises into titles that a large cross-section of readers would be interested in purchasing on a monthly basis.

Image Comics slotted three titles into the Top 25. This is an improvement over Image Comics’ performance in April 2022 where they had zero titles in the Top 25.

IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios placed one title apiece in the Top 25. This is the same as what they did in April 2022.

The Battle for the Top 50

  1. Devil’s Reign Omega #1 (Marvel Comics)
  2. Nightwing #92 (DC Comics)
  3. X-Men Red #2 (Marvel Comics)
  4. Wolverine #21 (Marvel Comics)
  5. Star Wars #23 (Marvel Comics)
  6. King Spawn #10 (Image Comics)
  7. Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1 (Marvel Comics)
  8. Venom Lethal Protector #2 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  9. Justice League #75 (DC Comics)
  10. Spider-Man 2099 Exodus #1 (Marvel Comics)
  11. Spider-Punk #2 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  12. Something Is Killing The Children #23 (Boom! Studios)
  13. Marauders #2 (Marvel Comics)
  14. Saga #59 (Image Comics)
  15. New Mutants #25 (Marvel Comics)
  16. Legion of X #1 (Marvel Comics)
  17. Saga #58 (Image Comics)
  18. Punisher #3 (Marvel Comics)
  19. House of Slaughter #6 (Boom! Studios)
  20. Batman Beyond Neo-Year #2 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  21. Avengers Forever #5 (Marvel Comics)
  22. What If Miles Morales #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  23. X-Force #28 (Marvel Comics)
  24. BRZRKR #8 (Of 12) (Boom! Studios)
  25. Thor #24 (Marvel Comics)

Marvel Comics owned the Top 25 with twenty-nine titles. This is exactly the same number of titles that Marvel Comics placed in the Top 25 in April 2022. Again, Marvel Comics pulls from such a deep and diverse selection of franchises to power their Top 25 success. This is exactly the healthy approach that DC Comics should be trying to emulate.

There was some good news for Marvel Comics concerning the new Punisher title. Punisher #1 debuted at the number 2 spot in March, but Punisher #2 crashed and burned down to the number 42 spot in April 2022. Punisher #3 seems to have arrested the hemorrhaging of readers as it came in just one spot lower at the number 43 spot. It will be interesting to see how long this title can stay in the Top 50.

DC Comics placed a pathetic ten titles in the Top 50. This is even worse than the thirteen titles that DC Comics put in the Top 50 in April 2022. It just keeps getting uglier for DC Comics. Of course, eight of DC Comics’ ten titles come from the Batman franchise.

Image Comics took third place with six titles in the Top 50. This was an improvement over the four titles Image Comics put in the Top 50 in April 2022.

Boom! Studios came in at fourth place with four titles. This was a slight improvement over their three titles in the Top 50 in April 2022. IDW Publishing came in fifth place with one title which is the same as they did in April 2022.

The Battle for the Top 75

  1. Eight Billion Genies #1 (Of 8) (Image Comics)
  2. DC Vs Vampires Hunters #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)
  3. Fantastic Four #43 (Marvel Comics)
  4. Iron Man #19 (Marvel Comics)
  5. Gunslinger Spawn #8 (Image Comics)
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128 (IDW Publishing)
  7. Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  8. Nocterra #10 (Image Comics)
  9. Star Wars Han Solo Chewbacca #2 (Marvel Comics)
  10. Crossover #13 (Image Comics)
  11. Superman Son of Kal-El #11 (DC Comics)
  12. Wolverine Patch #2 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  13. Detective Comics #1060 (DC Comics)
  14. Robin #14 (Shadow War) (DC Comics)
  15. Batman The Knight #5 (Of 10) (DC Comics)
  16. Silk #5 (Marvel Comics)
  17. Sandman Universe Nightmare Country #2 (DC Comics)
  18. Something Is Killing The Children #22 (Boom! Studios)
  19. Little Monsters #3 (Image Comics)
  20. Avengers #56 (Marvel Comics)
  21. Catwoman #43 (DC Comics)
  22. I Hate This Place #1 (Image Comics)
  23. Eternals #12 (Marvel Comics)
  24. Frank Frazetta Death Dealer #1 (Opus Books)
  25. Gunslinger Spawn #7 (Image Comics)

Marvel Comics ruled the Top 75 with thirty-seven titles. This was actually down from the whopping forty-two titles that Marvel Comics put in the Top 75 in April 2022. This now marks the second month-to-month decline in the number of titles in the Top 75 since March 2022.

DC Comics came in distant second place with just seventeen titles. This is even worse than the twenty-one titles that DC Comics placed in the Top 75 in April 2022. Thirteen of DC Comics’ seventeen titles came from the Batman franchise. Six of the thirteen Batman franchise titles star or co-star Bruce Wayne. It never gets better for DC Comics.

Image Comics slotted thirteen titles in the Top 75. This is much better than the six titles that Image Comics had in April 2022. Boom! Studios had five titles in the Top 75 which was one title better than in April 2022. IDW Publishing put two titles in the Top 75 which was one title better than in April 2022.

Opus Books managed to place one title in the Top 75. And what a great title it was, too. Frank Frazetta Death Dealer #1. How amazing was Frank Frazetta? A total icon.

The Battle for the Top 100

  1. Batman Beyond The White Knight #2 (Of 8) (DC Comics)
  2. Deathstroke Inc #9 (Shadow War) (DC Comics)
  3. Maestro World War M #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  4. Once & Future #25 (Boom! Studios)
  5. Hulk #6 (Marvel Comics)
  6. Carnage #2 (Marvel Comics)
  7. Punisher #2 (Marvel Comics)
  8. Batman Fortress #1 (Of 8) (DC Comics)
  9. Department of Truth #18 (Image Comics)
  10. Star Wars Halcyon Legacy #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  11. Batman Beyond The White Knight #1 (Of 8) (DC Comics)
  12. Elektra Black, White & Blood #4 (Marvel Comics)
  13. Star Wars Crimson Reign #4 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  14. Radiant Black #14 (Image Comics)
  15. Task Force Z #7 (DC Comics)
  16. Alice Ever After #2 (Of 5) (Boom! Studios)
  17. Star Wars Doctor Aphra #20 (Marvel Comics)
  18. Batgirls #6 (DC Comics)
  19. Captain Carter #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  20. Nubia Coronation Special #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)
  21. Suicide Squad Get Joker #3 (Of 3) (DC Comics)
  22. Flash #782 (DC Comics)
  23. Dark Knights of Steel #6 (Of 12) (DC Comics)
  24. Justice League Vs The Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  25. Action Comics #1043 (DC Comics)

Marvel Comics cruised to an easy victory with forty-six titles in the Top 100. This was actually less than the fifty titles that Marvel Comics put in the Top 100 in April 2022. Again, we have seen a two-month decline for Marvel Comics. In March 2022, Marvel Comics put fifty-six titles in the Top 100. In April 2022, Marvel Comics put fifty titles in the Top 100. Now, in May 2022, Marvel Comics dropped again to forty-six titles in the Top 100. This is not generally what Marvel Comics would like to see.

Having said that, when your competition is the hapless punching bag known as DC Comics, Marvel Comics does not really need to sweat their loss of sales units in the past couple of months. DC Comics managed to place a pathetic twenty-nine titles in the Top 100. This is even worse than the thirty-three titles in the Top 100 for April 2022. Nineteen of DC Comics’ twenty-nine titles are from the Batman franchise.

Image Comics took third place with fifteen titles in the Top 100. This was an improvement over the nine titles Image Comics put in the Top 100 in April 2022.

Boom! Studios placed seven titles in the Top 100. This was an improvement over the four titles Boom! Studios put in the Top 100 in April 2022.

IDW Publishing ended up with two titles in the Top 100 which was the same as what they did in April 2022. Opus Books remained with one title in the Top 100.

Debut Issues

1 Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)

2 Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)

3 Hulk vs Thor Banner War Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)

4 Twig #1 (Of 5) (Image Comics)

5 Moon Knight Black White Blood #1 (Of 4) (Marvel Comics)

8 Flashpoint Beyond #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

9 Spider-Man 2099 Exodus Alpha #1 (Marvel Comics)

11 Grim #1 (Boom! Studios)

13 Captain America Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel Comics)

16 Jurassic League #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

19 Shadow War Zone #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)

22 Savage Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)

24 Devil’s Reign Omega #1 (Marvel Comics)

30 Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1 (Marvel Comics)

33 Spider-Man 2099 Exodus #1 (Marvel Comics)

39 Legion of X #1 (Marvel Comics)

49 Eight Billion Genies #1 (Of 8) (Image Comics)

70 I Hate This Place #1 (Image Comics)

72 Frank Frazetta Death Dealer #1 (Opus Books)

81 Batman Fortress #1 (Of 8) (DC Comics)

120 Blood Syndicate Season One #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

121 Bunny Mask Hollow Inside #1 (AfterShock Comics)

122 Marvels Voices Identity #1 (Marvel Comics)

127 Transformers Last Bot Standing #1 (IDW Publishing)

134 Quests Aside #1 (Vault Comics)

135 Vampirella Strikes #1 (Dynamite Ent.)

142 Dogs of London #1 (AfterShock Comics)

143 Spawn Universe #1 (Image Comics)

145 Dune The Waters of Kanly #1 (Of 4) (Boom! Studios)

151 Venom Lethal Protector #1 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)

154 Shaolin Cowboy Cruel To Be Kin #1 (Of 7) (Dark Horse Comics)

160 Alice Ever After #1 (Of 5) (Boom! Studios)

165 Metal Society #1 (Of 5) (Image Comics)

170 Belit & Valeria #1 (Ablaze)

177 Blood-Stained Teeth #1 (Image Comics)

Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 debuted at the number 2 spot. This is a huge debut and larger than I was expecting. Could this possibly be due to the synergy being generated by the new (and dreadfully awful) Kenobi show on Disney+? We have seen this synergy with Disney+ help Moon Knight. So, this certainly could be a reason why Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 had such an impressive debut number. I am interested to see how well this title performs over the next couple of issues.

Hulk vs Thor Banner War Alpha #1 debuted at the number 3 spot. This is zero surprise. This title is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of comic books. You take two characters who regularly post Top 10 sales rankings and put them together to create a Top 10 product. This was a no-brainer move by Marvel Comics. Kudos to Marvel Comics for picking the low-hanging fruit with an easy cash cow of a title.

I continue to be impressed with Marvel Comics’ success with the Moon Knight franchise. We get a new Moon Knight limited series and with it another Top 10 debut number. Seriously, the way that Marvel Comics has managed to resurrect the Moon Knight franchise is remarkable.

This is proof that when critics say the only way you can get over new female or minority characters is via a mantle swap are incorrect. Largely minor characters who have never had any real sales success can be rebuilt and repackaged into a character that can post big sales numbers. Moon Knight is proof of it. It just requires hard work and dedication to tell an entertaining story for a wide cross-section of readers.

We see the debut of Captain America Symbol of Truth #1 at the number 15 spot. This is a solid debut number, but nothing particularly impressive given that this is a title from one of Marvel Comics’ premier franchises in Captain America. There is no doubt that Marvel Comics was hoping for a Top 10 debut number for Sam Wilson’s Captain America title.

I am just not bullish on the Captain America franchise’s direction for the future. The idea of two Captain America’s operating at the same time seems idiotic and brings the risk of real brand dilution. A Falcon title allowing Sam to be his own man and blaze his one path of glory would have been the direction I would have taken alongside of a Steve Rogers Captain America title. I have a feeling that Captain America Symbol of Truth will drop out of the Top 30 with the second issue.

Devil’s Reign Omega #1 had a disappointing appearance at the number 24 spot. Marvel Comics has made a huge deal about Devil’s Reign, so it is surprising to see this title barely clawing its way into the Top 25.

What was also surprising was the number 30 spot ranking for Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1. Now, I love Thunderbird. He is an awesome character and one of my all-time favorite X-Men. But, I recognize that I am in the minority and that Thunderbird is a niche character who has spent most of his time dead.

So, to see Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1 take the number 30 spot is quite impressive! Sure, the number 30 spot is no big deal. It is solid, but definitely not spectacular. But, for a Thunderbird comic? That is a far better sales ranking than anyone would have expected. Congrats to Marvel Comics on this one.

33 Spider-Man 2099 Exodus #1 had a disappointing debut at the number 33 spot. I would imagine that this title will slide out of the Top 50 by the second or third issue. This reaffirms the fact that while Peter Parker is a total cash machine that is a lock to post big sales rankings, the other titles in the Spider-Man franchise do not reliably perform as well. This is too bad. I have always loved Spider-Man 2099. Clearly, I am in the minority with this character.

Legion of X #1 had a poor debut coming in at the number 39 spot. We will talk more about the X-Men franchise later in this column. But, once you get outside of the main X-Men title, there are some real concerns to be had about the X-Men franchise as a whole. Needless to say, there is no way Marvel Comics is happy with a number 39 debut for Legion of X #1. I adore Nightcrawler, but the rest of this cast draws a “meh” from me at best. This title is sure to fall out of the Top 50 with the second issue.

Marvels Voices Identity #1 had an awful debut at the number 122 spot. The Marvels Voices lineup continues to suffer from the law of diminishing returns. None of them sell well. However, there is zero chance that Marvel stops publishing these one-shots. Marvel Comics loves the self-congratulatory pat on the back from these titles and is going to be more than happy to subsidize the printing of this franchise on the backs of their profitable titles.

DC Comics had several debut issues. Flashpoint Beyond #1 had a strong debut at the number 8 spot. I am not a fan of anything related to Flashpoint. But, I cannot ignore the fact that I am in the clear minority. Many readers simply cannot get enough of Thomas Wayne Flashpoint Batman. Facts are facts. Even though this title is not for me, I fully expect Flashpoint Beyond to remain a strong seller. I don’t think it will stay in the Top 10. But, it should be a solid Top 25 seller for its six-issue run.

DC Comics did have Jurassic League #1 debut at the number 18 spot. I will admit that this is a much higher debut number than I was expecting for Jurassic League. I’m still not bullish on this title. I do not expect it to stay in the Top 30 with the second issue. But, readers may certainly prove me wrong! The people do love dinosaurs!

Batman Fortress #1 had a terrible debut at the number 81 spot. All that is Batman is not gold. There is a limit to the number of Batman franchise titles that readers can financially support. Not that this will stop DC Comics anytime soon.

Blood Syndicate Season One #1 is dead on arrival with an awful debut at the number 120 spot. The real question is if this title can avoid falling out of the Top 150 with the second issue.

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Big Events

6 Batman #123 (Shadow War) (DC Comics)

8 Flashpoint Beyond #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

21 Shadow War Zone #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)

26 Devil’s Reign Omega #1 (Marvel Comics)

64 Robin #14 (Shadow War) (DC Comics)

77 Deathstroke Inc #9 (Shadow War) (DC Comics)

DC Comics is certainly happy with the debut sales ranking for Flashpoint. This big event appears to have legs. However, Shadow War has to be disappointing for DC Comics. Sure, Batman #123 sold well. But, Batman is going to be a Top 10 title regardless if it is a Shadow War tie-in issue or not. No other Shadow War affiliated title made the Top 15. Shadow War Zone #1 barely made it into the Top 25.

Robin #14 experienced practically zero sales bump from Shadow War. Robin #13 took the number 67 spot in April 2022. That is slightly less than the number 64 rank Robin #14 had in May 2022. Deathstroke Inc #8 took the number 79 spot in April 2022. Deathstroke Inc #9 clocked in with a minimal improvement to the number 7 spot in May 2022. This is an unimpressive start for Shadow War as it appears to be having no impact on sales for the Batman titles.

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Star Wars Franchise

2 Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 (Of 5)

30 Star Wars #23

59 Star Wars Han Solo Chewbacca #2

85 Star Wars Halcyon Legacy #3 (Of 5)

88 Star Wars Crimson Reign #4 (Of 5) (Resolicitation)

92 Star Wars Doctor Aphra #20

164 Star Wars Darth Vader #22 (Resolicitation)

171 Star Wars #22 (Resolicitation)

May 2022 was an improvement for the Star Wars franchise as it placed one title in the Top 25. In April 2022, the Star Wars franchise did not place any titles in the Top 25. Star Wars put two titles in the Top 50 in May 2022. This was down from April 2022, when Star Wars had three titles in the Top 50.

Outside of Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi #1, there are no Star Wars titles that are posting any sales rankings that are impressive at all. Star Wars Doctor Aphra continues to be the lowest selling Star Wars title as it barely managed to stay in the Top 100.

The performance of Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to be crucial for the Star Wars franchise. Because, at this point, the Star Wars franchise is looking stale.

Spider-Man Franchise

1 Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Resolicitation)

9 Spider-Man 2099 Exodus Alpha #1

11 Amazing Spider-Man #2

33 Venom Lethal Protector #2 (Of 5)

35 Spider-Man 2099 Exodus #1

36 Spider-Punk #2 (Of 5)

47 What If Miles Morales #3 (Of 5)

57 Ben Reilly Spider-Man #4 (Of 5)

66 Silk #5

81 Carnage #2 (Resolicitation)

119 Savage Spider-Man #3 (Of 5)

129 Silk #4 (Resolicitation)

149 Spider-Gwen Gwenverse #2 (Of 5) (Resolicitation)

153 Spider-Gwen Gwenverse #1 (Resolicitation)

167 Spider-Punk #1 (Of 5) (Resolicitation)

172 Carnage #1 (Resolicitation)

200 What If Miles Morales #2 (Of 5) (Resolicitation))

Peter Parker does the impossible at taking the overall number one spot for a second consecutive month. Marvel Comics will be high-stepping into the end zone over this result.

However, all is not perfect with Amazing Spider-Man. The new direction for Amazing Spider-Man has been controversial and quite divisive with fans. We all know that a big-name title with a “#1” on the cover is going to pop huge sales rankings no matter what. What is important is to see how well the second issue performs.

Unfortunately, Amazing Spider-Man dropped out of the Top 10 as Amazing Spider-Man #2 came in at the number 11 spot. Now, this is still a great sales ranking. But, taking into consideration the large number of disgruntled readers over the new direction of Amazing Spider-Man, I remain a little worried about how well this title is going to perform over the next few months. This is going to be very interesting to watch.

As I predicted in April 2022, Spider-Punk took a big hit in the sales rankings. Spider-Punk #2 plummeted from the number 8 spot all the way down to the number 38 spot. Spider-Punk should drop out of the Top 50 by the third issue. At some point, Marvel Comics is going to reach the point of diminishing returns with the Spider-verse concept.

What if Miles Morales #3 took another big drop from the number 31 spot down to the number 47 spot. This title should wrap up its five-issue run well outside of the Top 50.

Silk continues to be underwhelming as it constantly bobs around the 65-90 range. However, it is Savage Spider-Man that prevents Silk from being the lowest selling Spider-Man franchise title. Savage Spider-Man looks destined to play out its five-issue mini-series struggling to stay inside of the Top 150.

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X-Men Franchise

10 X-Men #11

14 Immortal X-Men #2

28 X-Men Red #2

29 Wolverine #21

32 Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1

38 Marauders #2

40 New Mutants #25

41 Legion of X #1

48 X-Force #28

62 Wolverine Patch #2 (Of 5)

103 Knights of X #1 (Resolicitation)

116 X-Cellent #3 (Marvel Comics)

131 Wolverine #20 (Resolicitation)

148 X-Men #10 (Resolicitation)

182 Immortal X-Men #1 (Resolicitation)

184 X-Men Red #1 (Resolicitation)

X-Men continues to be a strong and dependable seller for Marvel Comics. X-Men #11 took the number 10 spot in May 2022. This was slightly above the number 11 spot that X-Men #10 took in April 2022. Marvel has to be pleased that the main X-Men title continues to be a Top 10 seller post-Hickman.

Immortal X-Men #2 had a strong showing with the number 14 spot. This was actually a little better than Immortal X-Men #1 which debuted at the number 18 spot. I am legitimately surprised by this. Congrats to Marvel for bucking the trend of a sales drop after the debut issue. It will be interesting to see if Immortal X-Men can become a consistent Top 15 title or not.

However, once you get past X-Men, and Immortal X-Men all is not well with the X-Men franchise. We already discussed the terrible sales ranking of Legion of X #1. X-Men Red #2 dropped like a shot bird as it fell from the number 6 spot down to the number 28 spot. That is a larger drop than I was expecting for this title. I am concerned if X-Men Red can stay in the Top 50 over the course of the next several issues.

Wolverine #20 took the number 19 spot in April 2022. However, Wolverine #21 slid down to the number 29 spot. Wolverine Patch #1 took the number 35 spot in March 2022. However, Wolverine Patch #2 dropped all the way down to the number 62 spot. It looks like this five-issue mini-series is going to wrap up well outside of the Top 50.

Of course, what is even more troubling is the performance of the Marauders. Marauders #1 took the number 10 spot in April 2022. However, Marauders #2 dropped like a rock all the way down to the number 38 spot. Steve Orlando does not do much for me as a writer. The cast is weak. The Marauder’s version of Kitty Pryde continues to be weird in a bad way. I have little faith in Marauders. This title should slide out of the Top 50 by the third issue.

Still, at the end of the day, Marvel Comics can point to the fact that they had nine X-Men franchise titles in the Top 50. My only concern is where the X-Men franchise might be later this year.

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Hulk Franchise

3 Hulk vs Thor Banner War Alpha #1

12 Hulk #7

78 Maestro World War M #3 (Of 5)

80 Hulk #6 (Resolicitation)

124 Hulk Grand Design Madness #1 (Resolicitation)

189 Hulk #5 (Resolicitation)

The Hulk franchise continues to be a sales beast for Marvel Comics. Having said that, Hulk #6 took the number 2 spot in April 2022. Hulk #7 slid down to the number 12 spot. That is still a fantastic Top 15 rank, but it does represent a ten spot drop in one month.

However, it should be noted that the resolicitation for Hulk #6 broke into the Top 100 by taking the number 80 spot. That is a great sales rank for a resolicited comic book.

More good news was Maestro World War M #3 taking the number 78 spot. Now, normally I would not view the number 78 spot as anything to be happy about. But, this represents a huge jump up the sales rank compared to Maestro World War M #2 which had a number 124 sales rank.

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Avengers Franchise

7 Thor #25

15 Captain America Symbol of Truth #1

24 Savage Avengers #1

46 Avengers Forever #5

50 Thor #24 (Resolicitation)

54 Iron Man #19 (Marvel Comics)

70 Avengers #56

118 Captain America #0 (Resolicitation)

161 Avengers #55 (Resolicitation)

190 Black Panther Legends #4 (Of 4) (Marvel Comics)

It is all about Thor when it comes to the Avengers franchise. The Son of Odin continues to be a sales beast. Thor #25 taking the number 7 spot was a nice jump up from the number 16 rank that Thor #24 had in April 2022.

Even more good news for Thor was the fact that the resolicitation for Thor #24 cracked the Top 50 by taking the number 50 spot. That is impressive! Readers seem to have a huge appetite for Thor Odinson.

We already discussed Captain America Symbol of Truth #1, so let’s turn out attention to Savage Avengers #1 and its debut at the number 24 spot. This is actually a much better debut number than I was expecting for Savage Avengers. However, despite Savage Avengers outperforming my expectations, I am still not bullish on this title. I have a feeling that Savage Avengers will be out of the Top 50 in a few issues.

Avengers Forever #5 got a nice bounce up the rankings as it took the number 46 spot. This was an improvement over the number 97 rank for Avengers Forever #4.

Iron Man #19 also enjoyed a healthy sales bump in May 2022 with the number 54 sales rank. This is much higher than Iron Man #18 which took the number 107 spot in April 2022. Maybe Marvel Comics finally has a solution for Iron Man which has remained completely broken ever since Brian Bendis took over the title.

However, not all is good news for the Avengers franchise. The flagship Avengers title continues to underperform. Avengers #56 barely made it into the Top 75 with the number 70 ranking. This is well below the number 41 sales rank for Avengers #55 in April 2022. Marvel Comics needs to do something to fix this broken flagship title.

Black Panther Legends #4 ended with a thud as it barely managed to squeak into the Top 200 with a number 190 sales rank. That is a disappointing finish to the mini-series.

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Batman Franchise

6 Batman #123 (Shadow War)

8 Flashpoint Beyond #1 (Of 6)

19 Batman Superman Worlds Finest #3

20 Batman Killing Time #3 (Of 6)

25 Batman Beyond The White Knight #3 (Of 8)

27 Nightwing #92

45 Batman Beyond Neo-Year #2 (Of 6)

63 Detective Comics #1060

64 Robin #14 (Shadow War)

65 Batman The Knight #5 (Of 10)

71 Catwoman #43

76 Batman Beyond The White Knight #2 (Of 8) (Resolicitation)

83 Batman Fortress #1 (Of 8)

86 Batman Beyond The White Knight #1 (Of 8) (Resolicitation)

90 Task Force Z #7 (DC Comics)

93 Batgirls #6 (DC Comics)

98 Dark Knights of Steel #6 (Of 12) (Resolicitation)

106 I Am Batman #9 (DC Comics)

108 Detective Comics #1059 (Resolicitation)

110 Batman Urban Legends #15 (DC Comics)

112 Robin #13 (Shadow War) (Resolicitation)

114 Joker #14 (Resolicitation)

133 Task Force Z #8 (DC Comics)

139 Batman Superman Worlds Finest #2 (Resolicitation)

140 Harley Quinn #15 (DC Comics)

146 Future State Gotham #13 (DC Comics)

152 Batman #122 (Shadow War) (Resolicitation)

166 Nightwing #91 (Resolicitation)

169 Harley Quinn #14 (Resolicitation)

187 Batman Superman Worlds Finest #1 (Resolicitation)

DC Comics still relies on Bruce Wayne to power their sales. Five Batman franchise titles made the Top 25. Four of those five titles starred or co-starred Bruce Wayne.

Seven Batman franchise titles made the Top 50. The highest-selling Batman title not featuring Bruce Wayne in any role would be Nightwing #92 at the number 27 spot.

The next best-selling Batman franchise title not featuring Bruce Wayne in any role would be Batman Beyond Neo Year One #2 which took the number 45 spot.

It should be noted that Batman Beyond The White Knight which stars Terry McGinnis and does have old man Bruce Wayne in a support role continues to generate excellent fan interest. Batman Beyond The White Knight #3 took the number 25 spot. But, what is equally impressive is that the resolicitations for issues #1 and #2 took the number 86 and number 76 spots respectively. It is impressive for a title to take a Top 25 spot for the newest issue and then place two resolicitated issues within the Top 86.

At this point, the only character DC Comics can rely on to constantly post Top 25 sales rankings is Bruce Wayne. The second best-selling Batman family character? Terry McGinnis. Terry had a title at the number 25 spot and another title at the number 45 spot.

The third best-selling Batman family character would be Dick Grayson. At this point, Terry McGinnis and Dick Grayson are the only other two Batman characters outside of Bruce Wayne that DC Comics can rely on to post Top 50 sales rankings. If I was DC Comics, I would look to focus more energy on building up Dick Grayson and Terry McGinnis since they appear to be the most popular of the Batman family outside of Bruce Wayne. 

The rest of the Batman family not named Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Terry McGinnis all finished well outside of the Top 50. Robin continues to consistently finish in the 60-69 range. Catwoman constantly stays in the 70-90 range.

Batgirls continues to be a total sales dud. Batgirls #6 struggled to stay in the Top 100 with a number 93 sales rank. Batgirls continues to be a title that bobs in and out of the Top 100.

Task Force Z is another chronic underperformer. Task Force Z #7 and Task Force Z #8 came in at the number 90 and 133 spots respectively. This one hurts me because I love Jason Todd’s character. But, numbers don’t lie. Most readers just do not find this title all that appealing.

I am Batman continues to be a sales bomb. I am Batman #9 failed to make it into the Top 100 as it came in at the number 106 spot. Nobody outside of DC Comics’ editorial staff seems interested in Jace Fox as Batman. I have zero ideas why DC Comics is slamming a round peg into a square hole and trying to make this Jace Fox as Batman a thing. Nobody cares about this character or title. And it is not that readers will not support a title with another character as Batman. See Dick Grayson and Terry McGinnis. DC Comics editorial needs to realize that they coughed up a bad idea with I am Batman and just move on from Jace Fox as Batman. Nobody cares. DC Comics should give Jace his own codename and costume and allow him to grow into being his own unique character that can stand on his own merits.

Do you know what else nobody outside of DC Comics’ editorial staff cares about? Future State. Future State Gotham #13 barely cracked the Top 150 by taking the number 146 spot. Again, it is time to pull the plug on this unpopular concept and just move on.

Remember when Harley Quinn was massively popular and posted huge sales numbers? Yeah, those were the days. Somehow, DC Comics has managed to take what was an insanely popular character who printed money and just drive her into the ground. It is stunning to see Harley Quinn a shell of itself and a constantly terrible seller. Harley Quinn #15 barely made it into the Top 150 by taking the number 140 spot. Imagine that. A Harley Quinn title struggling just to make it into the Top 150. How the mighty have fallen.

It should be embarrassing for DC Comics. Let’s see who the writer is on Harley Quinn. Oh, that’s right. It is Stephanie Phillips. How she is still getting work from DC Comics is utterly beyond me. Whatever DC Comics is doing with Harley Quinn, it is clearly not working. Harley Quinn is a character that is in desperate need of a full reboot.

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Superman Franchise

19 Batman Superman Worlds Finest #3 (DC Comics)

61 Superman Son of Kal-El #11 (DC Comics)

100 Action Comics #1043 (DC Comics)

139 Batman Superman Worlds Finest #2 (DC Comics)

173 Action Comics #1042 (DC Comics)

187 Batman Superman Worlds Finest #1 (DC Comics)

The Superman franchise is horribly broken. This once-proud franchise is a mere shell of its former self. The only Superman-related title that sells well is the one starring that classic pairing of Kal-El and Bruce Wayne in Batman Superman World’s Finest #3 which took the number 19 spot. Absolutely nothing else from the Superman franchise even came close to this title. Maybe DC Comics should take note from the readers and reshape the Superman franchise around the popular and classic Kal-El Superman who has set the standard for all superhero comic books for almost 100 years. I dunno. Just a suggestion.

Superman Son of Kal-El continues to finish outside of the Top 50. Superman Son of Kal-El #11 came in at the number 61 spot. This title continues to underperform. There are zero reasons why the flagship title of the Superman franchise should consistently sell well outside of the Top 50. Again, maybe the DC Comics editorial staff should start trying to publish comics not just for themselves but for a wide cross-section of their readers. Just a thought.

Action Comics #1043 took the number 100 spot. This should also be embarrassing for DC Comics that a title as storied as Action Comics barely finishes in the Top 100. I have no idea who would be interested in this weird Kal-El meets Conan the Barbarian and World War Hulk type story. It is just awful. This is certainly not the classic Superman that we are getting over in Batman Superman World’s Finest. It is as if the readers are trying to tell DC Comics editorial something. If only we could figure out what that was…

What is really interesting is that Action Comics managed to get a resolicitation of Action Comics #1042 in at the number 173 spot while Superman Son of Kal-El did not get any resolicits into the Top 200.

In the end, the fact of the matter is that the Superman franchise is a total dumpster fire. There is no hope going forward with this current direction of the Superman franchise. The only question is will DC Comics editorial be willing to swallow their pride and admit their mistakes and return Kal-El as Superman in all of his prior glory.

Wonder Woman Franchise

95 Nubia Coronation Special #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)

102 Wonder Woman #787(DC Comics)

199 Trial of The Amazons #2 (Of 2) (DC Comics)

Do you know what might be the only franchise that is a bigger dumpster fire than the Superman franchise? The Wonder Woman franchise. How DC Comics let two-thirds of the Trinity fall into such a complete state of disrepair is beyond me.

Nubia Coronation Special #1 had an embarrassing sales rank by barely making the Top 100 by coming in at the number 95 spot. Again, DC Comics editorial needs to reflect on what they think is a good idea and what the readers think is a good idea. Nubia is a character that has been dead on arrival since the start. I know DC Comics wants to make this a thing, but it just is not going to happen. It is time to look at some other characters like Donna Troy or Cassie Sandsmark and put some energy and effort behind them.

Then we get to Wonder Woman herself: Princess Diana. Wonder Woman #787 came fell out of the Top 100 and came in at the number 102 spot. Wonder Woman should never be selling outside of the Top 100. Never. Period. This is an embarrassment for DC Comics.

Wonder Woman is another character that needs a massive restart. First, DC Comics needs to fire Michael Conrad and Becky Cloonan immediately. They, along with Vita Ayala, have driven the Wonder Woman franchise off a cliff and into a fiery explosion of death and sorrow. The numbers simply do not lie. There is no reason why these writers should still have jobs. Nobody this incompetent would still be employed in other areas of work. Second, DC Comics needs to take a hard look at how they have handled Diana’s character and the Wonder Woman franchise in general and see what has clearly not been working. Then DC Comics needs to go about doing the opposite of whatever they have been doing.

We need Diana to be returned to her normal iconic self and made an integral part of the DCU. Wonder Woman is part of DC’s Trinity and deserves more respect than she has been getting these past few years. Then DC Comics needs to pick the right characters to try and flesh out the Wonder Woman franchise. With two excellent characters like Donna and Cassie, it makes no sense that DC Comics would not be giving these two characters their own titles and making them the primary support characters to Diana.

Justice League Franchise

18 Jurassic League #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

34 Justice League #75 (DC Comics)

97 Flash #782 (DC Comics)

99 Justice League Vs The Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

183 One-Star Squadron #6 (Of 6) (DC Comics)

Unranked Aquamen #4

The best news for the Justice League franchise is that Jurassic League #1 posted a Top 25 debut. Justice League #75 had a nice resolicitation number coming in at the number 34 spot.

However, it is all downhill from there. Flash #782 barely managed to sneak into the Top 100 by taking the number 97 spot. There is no reason why Flash should not be a consistent Top 50 title each month. DC Comics’ decision to replace Barry Allen with Wally West as the primary Flash has blown up in their face. And I say that as someone who loves both Barry and Wally equally. But, numbers don’t lie.

Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes #3 made it into the Top 100 by the skin of their teeth by taking the number 99 spot. This is another example of DC Comics editorial staff having no clue at all what they are doing. There is no reason why a Justice League/Legion of Super-Heroes title should barely make the Top 100 with the third issue. Again, this should be a Top 50 title. But, the fact is that nobody, and I mean nobody, cares about Bendis’ awful version of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Why anyone at DC Comics editorial thought it was a wise idea to trash all of Geoff Johns’ hard work in beautifully reestablishing the Levitz Legion back into the DCU is utterly beyond me. It is moves like this that make me question the editorial staff’s abilities.

Bendis at DC Comics was a spectacular failure. Bendis is now leaving the company. It is time to put this bad idea to pasture and bring back the Levitz Legion and continue on the excellent work from Geoff Johns in restoring the oldest teen super-team in comic book history.

Of course, what is the most embarrassing aspect of the Justice League franchise is Aquamen #4. That is correct. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Aquamen #4 failed to even make it into the Top 200. I did not even think this was possible. Whichever editor at DC Comics thought having multiple Acumen at the same time and the entire concept of the Aquamen title was a good idea needs to be fired. Immediately. DC Comics should never be publishing a title that failed to crash the Top 200. Add to that the fact that it is an iconic DC character like Aquaman and it becomes beyond embarrassing. Again, DC Comics editorial staff seem to be intent on continually publishing comics that readers imply are not interested in reading.

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The Top Female Lead Titles

  1. 66 Silk #5 (Marvel Comics)
  2. 71 Catwoman #43 (DC Comics)
  3. 87 Elektra Black, White & Blood #4 (Marvel Comics)
  4. 92 Star Wars Doctor Aphra #20 (Marvel Comics)
  5. 93 Batgirls #6 (DC Comics)
  6. 94 Captain Carter #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  7. 95 Nubia Coronation Special #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)
  8. 102 Wonder Woman #787(DC Comics)
  9. 135 Vampirella Strikes #1 (Dynamite Ent.)
  10. 140 Harley Quinn #15 (DC Comics)
  11. 149 Spider-Gwen Gwenverse #2 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)
  12. 153 Spider-Gwen Gwenverse #1 (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)
  13. 155 Lady Mechanika Monster of Ministry of Hell #4 (Of 4) (Image Comics)
  14. 169 Harley Quinn #14 (DC Comics) (Resolicitation)
  15. 181 Immortal Red Sonja #2 (Dynamite Ent.)
  16. 188 Naomi Season 2 #3 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  17. 191 Captain Carter #1 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)
  18. 199 Trial of The Amazons #2 (Of 2) (DC Comics)

May 2022 was a bad month for female lead titles. In April 2022, four female lead titles made the Top 50. In May 2022, zero female lead titles made the Top 50. In April 2022, eight female lead titles made the Top 75. In May 2022, just two female lead titles made the Top 75. In April 2022, fourteen female lead titles made the Top 100. In May 2022, only seven female lead titles made the Top 100.

Part of the problem She-Hulk did not release an issue in May 2022. At this point, She-Hulk is the number one selling female lead title. It hurts when there is no new She-Hulk title in a month.

Another problem is titles like Captain Carter and Naomi Season 2. Captain Carter was a total swing and a miss with readers. I am unsure what Marvel Comics editorial was thinking with this title. Captain Carter #1 posted a number 16 sales ranking in March 2022. I thought that the debut number was a mirage and that this title would drop like a rock. But, I did not see it dropping this dramatically. Captain Carter #3 barely made the Top 100 by taking the number 94 spot. That is horrendous.

Naomi Season 2 was a title that I thought was dead on arrival when Naomi Season 2 #1 debuted at the number 159 spot. Embarrassing. Naomi Season 2 #3 dropped down to the number 188 spot. It appears that Naomi Season 2 has a good chance of pulling an Aquamen and dropping out of the Top 200 by the fourth issue.

Again, I have no idea why anyone at DC Comics thinks any of Bendis’ ideas are worth publishing. Bendis has had the reverse Midas touch during his ill-fated run at DC Comics. I know DC Comics desperately wants to make Naomi a thing, but it just is not happening. It is time to give another minor character some attention and a shot at being groomed to be a more major player in the DCU.

DC Comics won the battle for the Top 10 as they placed five titles in the Top 10. This is much better than the three titles that DC Comics put in the Top 10 in April 2022. This is as it should be since I have always felt that, in general, DC Comics has superior female characters.

Marvel Comics came in second place as they placed four titles Top 10. This is down from the seven titles that Marvel Comics put in the Top 10 in April 2022. Keep in mind that Marvel did not ship a She-Hulk title or a Spider-Gwen title, so that hurt them.

Dynamite Entertainment placed one title in the Top 10 with the iconic Vampirella in Vampirella Strikes #1.

Both Marvel Comics and DC Comics continue to struggle to come up with female lead titles that resonate with a wide cross-section of readers. This is too bad, because there are so many excellent characters like Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn who deserve so much more.

The Top Minority Lead Titles

  1. 15 Captain America Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel Comics)
  2. 32 Giant-Size X-Men Thunderbird #1 (Marvel Comics)
  3. 35 Spider-Man 2099 Exodus #1 (Marvel Comics)
  4. 36 Spider-Punk #2 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  5. 47 What If Miles Morales #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  6. 66 Silk #5 (Marvel Comics)
  7. 92 Star Wars Doctor Aphra #20 (Marvel Comics)
  8. 95 Nubia Coronation Special #1 (One-Shot) (DC Comics)
  9. 101 Iron Fist #3 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics)
  10. 104 Shang-Chi #12 (Marvel Comics)
  11. 106 I Am Batman #9 (DC Comics)
  12. 120 Blood Syndicate Season One #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  13. 122 Marvels Voices Identity #1 (Marvel Comics)
  14. 125 Monkey Prince #4 (Of 12) (DC Comics)
  15. 129 Silk #4 (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)
  16. 162 Hardware Season One #5 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  17. 186 Duo #1 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  18. 188 Naomi Season 2 #3 (Of 6) (DC Comics)
  19. 190 Black Panther Legends #4 (Of 4) (Marvel Comics)
  20. 200 What If Miles Morales #2 (Of 5) (Marvel Comics) (Resolicitation)
  21. Unranked Aquamen #4 (DC Comics)

One minority lead title made the Top 25. This is the same as April 2022. Five minority lead titles made the Top 50. This is slightly better than April 2022 when four minority lead titles made the Top 50. Eleven of the nineteen new minority lead titles finished outside of the Top 100.

Marvel Comics crushed DC Comics in the battle for the Top 10 minority lead titles. Marvel Comics placed nine titles in the Top 10. Good lord! Of course, Marvel Comics success in this category came on the back of the Spider-Man franchise. Four of Marvel Comics’ nine titles came from the Spider-Man franchise.

DC Comics only placed one measly title in the Top 10. That is terrible. DC Comics needs to reassess its approach to this category because it is clearly not working.

Iron Fist #3 continued the trend for this title of finishing outside of the Top 100. Like I said earlier, mantle swapping rarely works. It is lazy, uncreative, and uninteresting.

Shang-Chi had a hot streak when it first debuted, but this title continues to be dead in the water as it just cannot break into the Top 100.

Blood Syndicate Season One #1 had a poor debut coming in at the number 120 spot. But, nothing is as hideous as the debut of Duo #1 which came in at the number 186 spot. What a disaster. I never thought we would see a DC Comics title crash out of the Top 200 by the second issue, but it looks like that is about to happen.

Sales rankings for minority lead titles are pretty bad once you get past the sixth best-selling title. It is becoming more and more obvious that Marvel Comics and DC Comics need to reflect on their approaches to minority lead titles and see what they need to change to increase the sales rankings of these titles.

Dead Titles Walking

Titles outside of the Top 100 are usually selling under the 30,000 unit sales mark. These are the Marvel Comics and DC Comics titles that are dead titles walking.

Marvel Comics

101 Iron Fist #3 (Of 5)

104 Shang-Chi #12

113 King Conan #4

116 X-Cellent #3

119 Savage Spider-Man #3 (Of 5)

122 Marvels Voices Identity #1

190 Black Panther Legends #4 (Of 4)

Marvel only had three dead tilted walking in April 2022. That number ballooned to seven dead titles walking in May 2022. There are no real surprises among the titles that are in this category.

DC Comics

102 Wonder Woman #787

106 I Am Batman #9

110 Batman Urban Legends #15

120 Blood Syndicate Season One #1 (Of 6)

123 Suicide Squad #15

125 Monkey Prince #4 (Of 12)

126 Swamp Thing #13 (Of 16)

130 Fables #151

133 Task Force Z #8

140 Harley Quinn #15

146 Future State Gotham #13

162 Hardware Season One #5 (Of 6)

168 Teen Titans Academy #15

183 One-Star Squadron #6 (Of 6)

186 Duo #1 (Of 6)

188 Naomi Season 2 #3 (Of 6)

196 Earth-Prime #3 Legends of Tomorrow (Of 6)

Unranked Aquamen #4

We are once again in DC Comics’ happy space. The one category we can fully count on DC Comics to kick Marvel Comics’ ass. DC Comics had seventeen dead titles walking in May 2022. That is exactly the same number of dead titles walking that DC Comics had in April 2022.

There remains a striking disconnect between what DC Comics editors think their readers want and what readers actually want from DC Comics. Until DC Comics figures out how to actually listen to their readers we are going to continue to see the publisher posting a huge number of dead titles walking each and every month. DC Comics is about as out of touch with their readers as a publisher has been since Marvel Comics during the initial All New All Different initiative back in 2015-2016.

All right, that is it for April 2022. Will Marvel Comics continue their domination of the Top 200 in June 2022? We will find out!


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