12:50pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'Batman' Heads January's Best-Selling Comics
DC Entertainment's Dark Knight started off his 75th anniversary year in style, with Batman and Detective Comics taking the top two spots in the comic book speciality market for January releases, according to information released by Diamond Comic Distributors today.
Although Marvel Entertainment beat DC in terms of overall market share in terms of both dollars and units for the month, the top 10 single issue releases for January are evenly split between the two companies. Batman #27 was the most ordered issue of the month, with Detective #27 and Marvel's Avengers World #1 taking the second and third spots respectively.
While the success of the Batman titles can offer some comfort to DC, it might also offer cause for concern with last week's move of Mike Marts, the editor responsible for the line's success, to Marvel. The Batman line has been the one consistent success for DC over the last few years; it'll be interesting to see how -- or even if -- that success continues without Marts in charge.
In terms of collected editions, Image Comics placed the first volumes of both Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' Saga and also Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's The Walking Dead at the top of the chart, with Saga's second volume also making the top 10. More details, including the complete top 10 single issue and collected edition charts, can be found here.