| Batman and Carrie Kelley journey to the Fortress of Solitude to free Superman as the renegade priest Quar and his fanatic Kandorian followers make their demands of Earth’s leaders in Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of February 2016 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher with a 42.19% dollar share and a 40.78% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.01% dollar share and a 26.00% unit share. January’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 10.13% dollar share and a 9.18% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.14% dollar share and a 4.78% unit share. Dark Horse Comics placed fifth for the month with a 2.59% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share.
Marvel Comics had seven of February’s top ten best-selling titles, led by Jason Aaron and Leinil Francis Yu’s Star Wars #16 at #2. Also in the top ten were Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli’s Spider-Man #1 at #4, Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin’s Deadpool: The Mercs for Money #1 at #5. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten; in addition to Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Superheavy” storyline continued in Batman #49 at #2. Image Comics’ best-selling book in February was Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #151 at #13. The penultimate issue of Chuck Palahniuk’s sequel to Fight Club, Fight Club 2 #9, was Dark Horse Comics’ top book at #63. IDW Publishing’s Back to the Future #5 was their top book at #102. February’s best-selling non-premier comic book was Oni Press’ Invader Zim #7 at #90.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvine’s The Wicked and the Divine Volume 3: Commercial Suicide from Image Comics was the best-selling graphic novel of February and one of the publisher’s four titles among the month’s top ten. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto’s Star Wars: Chewbacca at #2. BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes Volume 3 ranked #3 for the month. Rounding out the top ten, DC Entertainment had three titles, led by Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns at #4.
DK Publishing’s The Batman Character Encyclopedia was February’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten was Dark Horse Comics’ The Eltingville Club at #2.
Diamond Select Toys’ Ghostbusters Select Series 1 Action Figures were February’s best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer’s three products among the top ten. DC Collectibles had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Super Heroes: Wonder Woman Bust at #9.
WizKids/NECA’s DC HeroClix: Worlds Finest Booster Brick was February’s best-selling games product.
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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.
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