Captain America; Reborn #1 - Cassaday, Cover Art
In a month of the dead coming back to life, Diamond Comic Distributing's tally, released Thursday, August 13th, shows that the resurrection of Marvel Comics' iconic hero Captain America in Captain America: Reborn #1, ( Ed Brubaker, writer with Bryan Hitch and Bruce Guice, Artists), beat DC Comics' company wide zombie tale Blackest Night in sale totals, though Diamond declined to deliver actual unit numbers.
***Warning Spoilers Below****
Captain America: Reborn is the promised return of the star-spangled Avenger, Captain America, otherwise known as Steve Rogers, apparently assassinated at the conclusion of the controversial story line Civil War two years ago. Revealed to be instead 'unstuck from time' due to the evil designs of Armin Zola and the Red Skull, Cap is forced to relive the battles of World War II over and over again, knowing who will live and who will die, but unable to change it for fear of changing the future. With the knowledge that Cap is alive somewhere in the time stream, a team of Cap's friends and loved ones race to rescue him from this maddening time loop before he somehow changes the present, or worse, loses his mind.
Captain America: Reborn is a five-issue monthly limited series with release dates between July and November 2009.
Blackest Night #1 - Reis, Cover Art
Coming in second place, last month was DC's Blackest Night. Written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Reis, this crossover event spans the bredth of the DC universe in a chillingly dark tale of black power rings, activated by a counterpart to the Green Lantern Corps Central Power Battery. Issued by the villain Black Hand at the behest of a mysterious dark power located in a region of space known as sector 666, these rings have the power to raise the recently dead, including Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Elongated Man, Aquaman and Aquagirl.
The Blackest Night series of interconnected stories will be published for eight months via a limited series of the same name as well as in both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comic titles. Various other limited series and tie-ins are planned.
Diamond Comic Distributors July 2009 top ten list
1. Captain America: Reborn #1 (of 5) --- Marvel Comics
2. Blackest Night #1 (of 8) --- DC Comics
3. Batman and Robin #2 --- DC Comics
4. Amazing Spider-Man #600 --- Marvel Comics
5. Green Lantern #43 (Blackest Night) --- DC Comics
6. Green Lantern #44 (Blackest Night) --- DC Comics
7. Dark Avengers #7 --- Marvel Comics
8. Incredible Hulk #600 --- Marvel Comics
9. Captain America #601 --- Marvel Comics
10. Ultimatum #5 (of 5) --- Marvel Comics
On the Market Share side, In a relatively close month, Marvel recorded the highest shares in both unit and dollar share, including 42.58% unit share to DC's 34.14%, and 37.20% Dollar Share to DC's 30.36%.