Star Wars No. 1 Was The Top Selling Of The Decade
Marvel Comics boasts 67 of the top 100 of the 2010s
Retrospectives are part of the deal when there are zeros at the end of the current year. This year, 2020, is no different. And while Star Wars looks to continue its domination of pop culture, it was 2015 that drives this news.
Star Wars Comics Relaunch Takes Top Spot
Set after the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday’s Star Wars #1, published in January 2015, relaunched Star Wars comics at Marvel Comics and scored the creators the best-selling comic book of the 2010s.
In total, Marvel Comics had five of the top ten best-selling comic books of the 2010s and 67 of the top 100. 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 from Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos ranked #3 for the decade, followed by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #1 at #4, Slott and Stuart Immonen’s Amazing Spider-Man #800 at #9, and Aaron and Mike Deodato’s Star Wars: Vader Down#1 at #10.
DC Comics had three titles in the decade’s top ten and 25 of the top 100. Detective Comics #1000, celebrating Batman’s 80th-anniversary in 2019, was the publisher’s top book at #2 for the decade. 2018’s Action Comics #1000, celebrating Superman’s 80th-anniversary, ranked #5 for the decade, and Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 from 2015 ranked #8.
Will This Issue Be Tops In 2030?
Of course, we’re into a new decade now, and Star Wars has moved into a new-era, comic-wise.
Star Wars (2020) #1
“No – I am your father.” In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet – scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo – lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker – learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will! Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesus Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)! THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME BEGINS THIS JANUARY!
I’ll be grabbing the latest issue soon, and I am a happy owner of Star Wars No. 1 (2015). How about you?