Diamond Comics Distributors will be running their list of the best-selling comics of 2016 soon. Until then, here is Bleeding Cool's best estimate of what they will say, going by North American sales of comics sold through Diamond Comic Distributors in 2016 to the direct market of comic book stores, subscriptions boxes, bookstores, game stores, pop culture stores and conventions.
And yes, it is worth noting, that the one Loot Crate comic to go through Diamond in 2016 got the top spot. If the Harley Quinn or Street Fighter: Hyper Looting #1 Loot Crate comics from DC and Udon respectively had gone the same way, they'd have joined Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York at the top. But they didn't.
It's also noticeable that while every book is an issue 1 launch, none of the DC titles are the initial Rebirth #1 relaunch, rather the subsequent #1 of the ongoing series.
The Top 10 Of 2016
1. Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1 by Greg Pak and Daniel Bayliss.
2. Civil War II #1 by Brian Bendis and David Marquez.
3. Harley Quinn #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Chad Hardin.
4. Champions #1 by Mark Waid, Victor Olazaba and Humberto Ramos.
5. All-Star Batman #1 by Scott Snyder, Declan Shalvey, John Romita and Danny Miki.
6. Batman #1 by Tom King, David Finch and Matt Batt Banning
7. Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze,
8. DC Universe Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Phil Jimenez, Joe Prado and Gary Frank.
9. Justice League #1 by Bryan Hitch, Sandu Florea and Tony S. Daniel.
10. Suicide Squad #1 by Rob Williams, Jason Fabok, Jim Lee, Scott Williams
See how close we get to Diamond Comics' official end-of-year chart in January.