“Top Read Issues”
- Civil War II #3
- Civil War II #4
- Civil War #1
Well… Civil War II was a big event, if not a particularly well reviewed one. The original Civil War seems to be an evergreen in both digital and print, though.
“Top Read Series”
- Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- Ultimate Spider-Man (2000)
- Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Two looooooooooong running titles featuring popular characters and the Bendis revival that defined the early aughts. You might be a little surprised at Ultimate popping up in the middle but that was a very, very popular series for the better part of a decade and had pretty heavy library penetration. It was well reviewed, too.
“Top Read Characters”
Again, not a shock.
“Top Read Writers”
- Brian Bendis
- Jason Aaron
- Chris Claremont
So Bendis has written a pretty large number of Marvel issues over the last 17 years. He’s got two of the top three most read issues. He wrote the entirety of one of the top three most read series. He’s had… what… 4-6 issues coming out each month for news comics? Possibly more. Makes sense why he’d be the most read writer.
With Jason Aaron, you have to figure his Star Wars run and Thor titles are driving a lot of his reads (possibly not in that order), but he’s been around Marvel and written some X-books in his day.
For Chris Claremont, it does list the X-Men as ruling the roost and he’s written quite a bit of their best bits. Since he’s not writing new material for Marvel these days, it underscores the popularity of the backlist on the service.
As for the “Top Read Artists,” they didn’t list any. No love for artists, it appears.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.