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Big event debuts, strong "Star Wars" sales and increasing prices all contributed to a more than solid month for the comic book industry.
DC's crossover event opened to massive numbers, while Marvel's "Star Wars" line continues to impress on April 2015's sales charts.
Marvel Comics' current line of titles not only dominated March's top ten, it accounted for nearly 50% of every comic sold in the Top 300.
Beyond "Leia" selling over a quarter-million copies to land in the #1 position, Marvel's "Star Wars" titles combine for four of March's top ten best-selling series.
How did "Orphan Black" #1 become IDW's best-selling issue ever, and can it sustain sales from its chart-topping start?
IDW's tie-in to the hit BBC series moves almost half-a-million copies of its debut issue, while "Dartth Vader" and "Spider-Gwen" debut to over 250,000.
John Mayo looks at Marvel's impressive "Star Wars" #1 numbers, and explores the power of a jumping-in story point over a jumping-on issue.
The Force was with Marvel in January, as "Star Wars" #1 sold about nine times as many copies as the next bestselling title.
In 2014, the direct market had its third strongest year since 2007, with Marvel accounting for 9 of the 10 best selling issues, and Image grabbing the tenth spot.
John Mayo breaks down the direct market's December sales, noting that the chart didn't include "Batman" #36's Loot Crate print run.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's powerhouse regains its #1 position, but "AXIS" helps Marvel sweep seven of the top ten spots.
Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #9 was the best-selling title in November 2014, but how far did the "Spider-Verse" halo effect spread?
"All-New Captain America" and "Spider-Verse" debut strong, leading Marvel to take 8 of the top 10 sales slots in the Direct Market.
With seven series performing particularly well in October, the direct market saw its biggest month of sales in over a decade.
Robert Kirkman's zombie epic lifts Image Comics' direct market share in October, while Marvel's new goddess of thunder launches big.
With DC Comics once again laying claim to September, John Mayo looks deeper into the numbers "Futures End" produced.
Marvel's farewell to Logan opened with over a quarter-million in sales, while DC's 3D covers once again ruled September overall.
Overall, August 2014 was a weak month of comic sales, with "Multiversity debuting under the 100K mark and a number of titles on the cancellation bubble.
After being displaced by "Rocket Raccoon" last month, DC's "Batman" climbed back into pole position with "Amazing Spider-Man" right behind.
"Grayson" opens strong, "Original Sin" numbering tricks muddy the sales waters, and how might the Loot Crate sales data affect comic shop orders?