August’s Top Selling Comics Revealed, BRZRKR Makes Licensing Deal, Batman Day Plans Announced | Comic Book Club News For September 7, 2023

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August’s top-selling comics have been revealed. Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR has nabbed a licensing partner. And DC Comics has announced their plans for this year’s Batman Day. This is Comic Book Club News for September 7, 2023.


Episode Transcript:

The top-selling comics of August… Revealed!

BRZRKR is about to go berserk… In stores.

DC announces Batman Day plans.

This is Comic Book Club News for September 7, 2023.

August’s Top-Selling Comics Revealed:

August’s top-selling comics have been revealed, thanks to ComicHub, via ICv2. The list breaks down the top 50 comics of the previous month, based on both units sold and the amount of money the comics made. However, the figures are based on a random sampling of 125 of the world’s 3,000 comic book stores, the exact rankings may not be 100% accurate.

That said, hands down August’s winner was Amazing Spider-Man #31 from Marvel, taking the top slot in both units sold and money made — most likely the latter because the issue cost a cool $9.99. The top five is rounded out by Knight Terrors: Batman #2 at, er, number two; X-Men #25 at number three; Amazing Spider-Man #32 at number four, and Uncanny Avengers #1 at number five.

In fact, Marvel dominated the Top 10 on both lists, with only the aforementioned Knight Terrors issue ranking for DC. And on the units sold list, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin – The Lost Years #5 came in at 10, with Titan’s Conan the Barbarian #1 hot on its heels at 11. Everything else is Marvel.

There’s been a lot of talk in the comic book press about Marvel fatigue, but at least in the dog days of Summer, Marvel is the top dog.

BRZRKR Makes Licensing Deal With IMG:

Looks like Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR is about to go berserk… In stores. Publisher BOOM! Studios has entered a multi-year licensing agreement with IMG to create BRZRKR-themed apparel, accessories, collectibles, toys, food and beverage, and location-based experiences.

Filip Sablik, BOOM! Studios’ President of Publishing & Marketing, commented on the deal in a press release provided to Comic Book Club News. “The immortal universe of BRZRKR has captured the imaginations and flamed the passion of fandom around the world, and we’re only beginning to scratch the surface of the potential of this amazing franchise. We are thrilled to have IMG, the global leader in licensing consumer products, as our exclusive partner to unleash the full potential of Keanu Reeves’ visionary creation.”

For those not in the know, BRZRKR is about an immortal warrior who looks a lot like Keanu Reeves and has killed thousands of people throughout history. An initial series co-written by Reeves and Matt Kindt, with art by Ron Garney, fleshed out the mythology of the main character. And spinoff one-shots have already begun to be released. Both a live-action movie and an anime Netflix series are in development.

That said, it’s a bit of a question mark what IMG – a company known for sports and modeling – will bring to the property. Would you eat a BRZRKR burger? A BRZBURGER, if you will? I guess we’re about to find out.

Batman Day Plans Announced:

Are you ready to celebrate Batman Day? Well, get ready because DC has announced their plans for this year’s festivities honoring the Dark Knight.

Held yearly on or around September 16, the ostensible anniversary of the introduction of Batman in comics, this year’s plans include comics, concerts, screenings and more. On the comics front, DC will reprint iconic issues like the introduction of Hush, and the kick-off the currently running Gotham War event. They’ll also drop Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham, a new Black Label series by Rafael Grampá.

More interested in the movies? Some theaters will be screening the Dark Knight trilogy — or you can check it out at home on TNT. For a more elite experience, a touring concert series will take on the 1989 Batman with a full orchestra, starting on September 8 in select cities. And of course, new toys and collectibles will drop online in the DC shop.

Naturally, Batman Day costs a lot of money, but if you’re rich like Bruce Wayne, that shouldn’t be a problem. The only thing he can’t buy? His parents back.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And if you ask me, Batman Day has gotten really commercial lately.

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