Sales data for the first four Sonic IDW comics have surfaced, since the publisher announced that all issues of their new blue-blur run had sold out, and it’s looking incredibly positive for the rebooted series. According to data compiled by Diamond, not only did they become IDW’s best-selling comics for the month, but they have become the best-selling Sonic comics since records began in 1997.
Issues 1-4 sold at least 13,000 copies – a huge feat for an independent publisher like IDW – with Issue 1 in particular selling 21,632 copies. This totals over 60,000 copies for the launch month of April, across all four issues! The biggest-selling Sonic comic before IDW #1 was Archie’s Sonic Boom #1 (by quite some margin against all the other Archie comics), which sold 17,228 copies. IDW even smashed Archie’s best by around 5,000 copies.
Below is a chart (courtesy SonicSourceBlog) which compares the IDW issues sales data with all other available data for major Sonic comic releases. As you can see, there’s plenty of reason for IDW to celebrate right now.
It’s worth pointing out that Diamond sales data accurately captures comic book distribution to American comic book stores, but it doesn’t track sales from other outlets like bookshops and super markets, nor does the data account for digital sales. So the complete figures for IDW Sonic 1-4 could be even higher than this.
Well done IDW, it looks like there’s a bright future ahead for the new Sonic comic series!