As always, Amazon’s best seller lists are only rolling snapshots, but it’s always interesting to peek into what’s selling. The Kindle isn’t known as an ideal comics reading platform, but the top 20 free and paid comics includes both the usual suspects and some surprises. The paid list has the warhorses—Walking Dead, Big Nate, Geoff Johns—but the free list is a total mishmosh. Some commentary in red.
TOP 20 PAID
1. The Walking Dead, Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us #3, Tom Taylor, S. Miller Mike
3. Injustice: Gods Among Us #1, Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack
4. Injustice: Gods Among Us #2. Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack, Axel Giminez
No idea why this DC mini series is topping the chart.
5. How To Be A Superhero (A Fun Illustrated Children’s Picture Book; Perfect Bedtime Story), Rachel Yu
6. Big Nate Out Loud (Big Nate Comic Compilations), Lincoln Peirce
7. The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
8. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, The Oatmeal
9. Big Nate: From the Top. Lincoln Peirce
10. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1-Force Storm (Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi), John Ostrander, Randy Stradley, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, Wes Dzioba, Gonzalo Flores
11. Omega Night (Wearing the Cape), Marion G. Harmon
Not actually a comic
12. Big Nate All Work and No Play, Lincoln Peirce
13. The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
14. The Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best Defense, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
15. Justice League (2011- ) #1, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee
16. The Magic of Reality, Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean
Not a comic. but I didn’t know Dawkins and McKean had teamed up.
17. You’re Mine Vol.1 (Manga Comic Book Graphic Novel), Ryoku, H.K., katu, Yu Reigen, Kanae Masuda, Shino Overlack
18. The Fart Book: Whiff it, Sniff it, Lay it, Rip it! – Milo Snotrocket’s Gross-out Guide to Thunderpants and Toilet Tunes. J.B. O’Neil
Wimpy Kid rip-off rips one. By the author of The Booger Book.
19. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson
20. The Walking Dead, Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves, Robert Kirkman, Charles Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
TOP 20 FREE
1. Children’s Bible Comic Book Kings and prophets, Toni Matas, Picanyol
2. Fathom V3 #0, Vince Hernandez, Frank Mastromauro, Ale Garza, Josh Reed, Sal Regla, John Starr, Michael Turner
3. The Shortkut: A Tail of the Porkus (Tails of the Porkus), Rick Sardinha
One of many oddball cartoon collections here. This is actually pretty cute.
4. Fathom: Dawn of War Beginnings, Talent Caldwell, Vince Hernandez, Frank Mastromauro, Dreamer Design , Jason Gorder, Ian Hannin, Christopher Steninger, Michael Turner
5. Gen #1, Arisa Karino, Gunya Mihara, Shige Nakamura, Yu Suzuki, Yousuke Abe, Richard Rodriguez
A sample of the Gen manga line
6. The Best of Pointless Conversations, Scott Tierney
7. The Wright Brothers, Lewis Helfand, Eman Chowdhary, Suparna Deb, Sankha Banerjee, Bhavanath Chaudhary, Prashant K G, Jayakrishnan K P
This is from Campfire’s line of edu-comics.
8. A Very Steamy Taxi Cartoon Book, Steamy Raimon
9. The Heavenly Bride Chapter 1 (The Heavenly Bride Chapters), Katrina Joyner
10. Steamy’s Cartoon Trip, Steamy Raimon
11. Don’t Have A Cow: Volume Two, Alex Vega
12. Little Nemo’s Wild Sleigh Ride, Roland Urbanek, Winsor McCay
13. Wearing the Cape: The Beginning, Marion G. Harmon
Not actually a comic.
14. Wandering Koala rides The Phantom Coach comic 1, Jeff Thomason, Jeff Thomason
15. Naebody’s Hero, Mark Wilson, Stephanie Dagg
While we were desperately hoping this was a story about a Scottish superhero, it’s not actually a comic either.
16. Dinosaurs vs. Aliens – Free Preview, Grant Morrison, Sharad Devarajan, Mukesh Singh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Liquid!
17. Pewfell #1 (Pewfell: The Comic Fantasy Comic), Adam Prosser, Chuck Whelon
18. Superman H’el On Earth Preview Book, Various
19. MEGABOOK M2, Mike Rickaby
20. Dads Army – A Shock for Walker, Bernard Wilds
Not a comic and very weird. Like a lot of free things on Amazon.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.