Further proving that the American public’s hunger for zombies is exactly as insatiable as zombies’ hunger for the American public, Diamond Comic Distributors has just announced that The Walking Dead was the best-selling comic book of 2012. Robert Kirkman’s long-running zombie series topped the individual-issues list, with Dead’s 100th issue, sales of which were probably helped by the flood of variant covers and the fact that it featured the death of a beloved main character, no spoilers. But the story gets more impressive when you look at Diamond’s list of the bestselling graphic novels of 2012. Dead owns 7 out of the 10 slots on the list, thanks to its various back-issue compilations. (The bestselling Dead collection is Volume One, Days Gone By, an indicator that people continue to discover the series over nine years after it debuted.)
The rest of the single-issue list is mostly devoted to Marvel Comics’ universe-spanning Avengers vs. X-Men crossover. Meanwhile, the few non-Dead slots on the graphic novel list are devoted to Batman, which isn’t surprising, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which is a bit surprising. Could it be that we are on the cusp of a new Renaissance in metafictional hyper-referential plotless feminist anti-Harry Potter comic books? Answer: Nope! Expect more zombies and Batman in 2013.
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