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1. Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley Quinn

Sex and Violence 2 Cover Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley Quinn

Everyone should  “Listen to JImmy” Palmiotti that is. The veteran writer, artist editor and publisher is one of the most knowledgeable comics people out there.  With his collaborators from Paperfilms, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner, he’s made a small publishing enterprise out of kickstarting a series of graphic novels based on the European album format. The seventh, Sex and Violence  Vol. II is ending in a few days and we advise you to get in on the Amanda Conner/Dave Johnson action as soon as possible — the books will not be sold in any other way. We talked to Palmiotti a few months ago when he was Kickstarting the SF tale Denver and got his overall thoughts on using Kickstarter as a platform. This time out we talk about the storytelling process,finding artists and also find out how Harley Quinn, which he co-writes with Amanda Conner, has become one of DC’s bestselling titles, with a huge female fan base. 

The Beat: Sex and Violence is billed as stories of “crime, lust, and redemption.” Are  these stories that you carried around for a while or did you sit down to think of  them just for this volume? 

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Photo by Seth Kushner

Palmiotti: I can’t speak for Justin, but I have had the FILTER story idea for a while and was  at one point going to pitch it as a series, but never got around to it. I reworked  it so it can be enjoyed as a single story with a beginning and an end. The other  short story was something I came up with and thought it might fit perfectly into  the book. A lot of the time story ideas hit me and I keep files on them, waiting for  the right time or opportunity to place them. I have another story that I want to do  and hope we can get to a volume 3 of this series.

The Beat: I know Justin Gray wrote one of the stories, but can you tell us a little about  each of the three stories, and what interested you enough in your two to tell the  tale?

Palmiotti: Justin’s is called RED DOG ARMY and its based on actual history. Hitler  launched a full-scale invasion on Russia called Operation Barabossa, and Stalin,  reacting to this, authorized a special unit to train dogs as anti-tank weapons, sort  of a suicide dog squad. It’s a real interesting setting to tell a story and beautifully  illustrated by Rafa Garres whom we worked a number of time with on Jonah Hex.  The next story is called DADDY ISSUES and is about a mother and daughter  living in a trailer park dealing with the men in their lives. Its got a very tales from  the crypt feel but works perfectly here. Romina Moranelli illustrated it and it’s  just beautiful. The last story is called FILTER and it’s a look back on a killer’s life  and the things he has done to get to where he is today. It’s dark and cruel and  will stay with you for a while, I think. Vanesa R. Del Ray illustrates that story, an  art student I met a couple of years ago that is making a name for herself all over  now. All three stories work together pretty nicely.

The Beat: Your two stories sounds like they have fairly unsympathetic protagonists,  which I know can be a challenge. How do you make dark characters like this  compelling enough for the reader to want to follow along?

Palmiotti: Well, with Daddy Issues, you sort of understand what they are going through, but  in the end, these are killers and you should be scared to be around them. With  Filter, I set out to give the reader an understanding of how someone goes from  bad to worse. The interesting aspect of the story is there is a level or redemption  to the character that makes him a bit more sympathetic. I think the trick is to  humanize the situation into something we can relate to so we understand the  extreme reaction the character takes. Honestly, all of these characters are scary  on their own level.

The Beat: How do you find artists for these? You’ve said it’s like casting, and as a  sometimes editor, I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes you think of an  element of a comics story and an artist just pops into your head with just the  qualities that will make it work. Do you keep a physical or mental folder of artists  you want to work with?

Palmiotti: I actually meet most of them at conventions. They come by and show me  their work and I can feel the enthusiasm. I keep a file and also give them my  contact and hope they follow through and we chat again. The people that I end  up working with are the ones that stay after me and keep sending their latest  samples. I try to stay up as well on who is new and exciting in the field best I  can. I buy just about every new book that comes out, which my local retailer,  Emerald City loves. The casting thing is a perfect way of explaining what I do for  each story, It’s one of the most important parts of the job. I always say the Marvel  Knights gig was all about casting the right people with the right characters. The  magic happens after that.

The Beat: Do you ever write a story for a specific artist?

Palmiotti: All of the time. All three of the stories in Sex and Violence are catered to the  artist. I may have an idea, but once I know who the artist is going to be, I change  it to fit their style. In the case of All Star Western and Jonah Hex, we always  wrote for the artist. I think that’s how we got their best work. Issue 34 of All Star  was made for Darwyn Cooke and once we knew G.I.Zombie was going to be  Scott Hampton, the book took a creepier, grounded tone. I didn’t want to fight  against his style. I also think the work is better for it.

The Beat: I talked with you a few months ago for your Denver Kickstarter and it  sounds like you really have crowdfunding down to a science.   Were there any tweaks to the model this time?

Palmiotti: Yes, I did a few after the Denver Campaign. The first thing I did is stop  offering the expensive packages overseas because we felt the price was  too high to ask for the shipping and to be honest, a lot of the packages got  lost or damaged pretty bad. The next thing was limit the prints because we  felt there wasn’t as big a need for them this time, and last, since this is a  follow up of a series of books, we went back to press and reprinted the first  book with two brand new covers by Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson,  knowing a lot of people did not get the first one that might be backing the  new one.

The Beat: Your Kickstarter books seem to have a very European feel to them and  not just because you often use foreign artists. Is that part of the inspiration  for these books?

Palmiotti: It’s based on my love of European comics and artists. I grew up on Heavy  Metal and with that steady diet; it was bound to have its influence. I also  like to make the books mature audience books, again, a very European  thing. I feel I do a ton of all ages work for the mainstream, so we get to  unleash ourselves here and do whatever works for the story.

 Jimmy Palmiotti on Kickstarting Sex and Violence II and why women are reading Harley QuinnThe Beat: On another note, Harley Quinn has been a huge hit for DC and for the  Paperfilms crew. I saw you talking recently about the fact that it has a lot  of women readers. I know it’s all still anecdotal for DC but this audience  seems to be one that is really growing quickly. Can you talk about your  own experiences with that?

Palmiotti: Amanda and I have had a very busy year of conventions and signings and  the thing we noticed from working on the Harley book is that the majority  of the people coming up to us are females of all ages. We have only had  this happen once before and it was for the Painkiller Jane series. The cool  thing about this group is that we’ve had a large percentage telling us it’s  the first comic book they ever bought and thanking us for not weighing  down the title with continuity. They say they love that they can just pick up  an issue and enjoy it without going broke or feeling left out and confused  because they haven’t bought 15 other books. It’s something I am always  aware of on all my books because I’m one of those people that, if I feel  lost picking up a book, I never go back to it again.

What we are learning is that the traditional idea of done–in-one stories  not selling in comics just doesn’t apply to the new audience buying the  books, and believe me, most of that new audience are female. I think the problem right now is we have some people running the companies that just aren’t going out and trying new comics or interacting with the next wave of readers and keep pushing things the traditional way they did years ago. The retailers themselves are seeing this happening daily now and I feel it’s the reason Image comics will continue to grow and eventually outsell the big two, unless they start thinking outside the box and just make superheroes a PART of their publishing plan and not the entire thing and start looking at the different ways a superhero type of book can be done. Harley is one example , Hawkeye is another . The traditional graphics people associate comics with have been changing for years now and the market is embracing different looks and styles that are outside the house style and its pretty cool to see.

The thing that keeps me interested in comics is the prospect of new  ideas, new voices and especially new methods of applied technology and  connecting with the audience. It’s what keeps the Paperfilms crew and I  trying new things all the time. As an example, we had a soundtrack scored  on our last book DENVER and people loved it. That and the fact that  people can go to Paperfilms.com and get digital downloads of our books,  prints of Amanda’s work and copies directly from us is the next big for  creators these days. That thing is the connection between the creator and  the fan; something bigger companies have no real interest in promoting.  This is also happening in all media. Things are changing fast, and for me,  all for the better.

The Beat: You’ve made your Kickstarters a real cottage industry, What are your  plans going forward? How many a year do you foresee doing and how long  are you going to keep at it?

Palmiotti: I will keep making Kickstarters for as long as we have an audience for  them. The people that back our Kickstarters are a lot of repeat customers  and we are growing that fan base with every project. Our plans going  forward are to do more of them and take on less work that we just do to  pay the bills. Kickstarter has been a huge learning experience for us in so  many ways. Each project teaches us what the audience wants from us. We  look at the hard numbers, the comments and all the interaction and fine  tune each and every new project to be able to connect better with the fans.  We have only a few days left on SEX AND VIOLENCE VOL. 2 and after  this, we have another book ready to roll that is a western graphic novel,  something you would think we had enough of…but this one is different in a  number of ways and we are super excited to announce it in a few weeks.

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2. Must Read: Women Who Conquered the Comics World

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Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly sat down with Trina Robbins and runs through a few chapters of Robbins’ Pretty in Ink, her third history of women cartoonists. The result is an immense article that could function on a primer on the history of women cartoonists going back more than 100 years, starting with Rose O’Neil:

Soon after her strip appeared, O’Neill became the first female staff artist for the humor magazine “Puck,” where she created many single-panel cartoons. She also fell in love and married a gorgeous and lazy heir named Gray Latham. As a successful illustrator and cartoonist, O’Neill was doing quite well financially, when she could keep her spoiled husband away from her money—he would blow her paychecks on gambling and drinking. She divorced him in 1901, and a year later, married a “Puck” editor named Harry Leon Wilson. While they were both artistically productive during their marriage, Wilson’s moody temperament clashed with O’Neill’s bubbly personality, and he hated that she often talked to him in a baby voice.

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And on it goes through Grace Drayton, Fiction House, Tarpé Mills, Hilda Terry, Dale Messick, the rise of the superhero, the undergrounds, and on to Ms Marvel. (That’s a page of Mills Miss Fury above and if you can show me a more effectively colored page of comics in any era I’ll eat the paper its printed on.) If you’ve been following Robbins’ comics history research—as I have—you’ll find it a fairly familiar history, but one that once again reminds us that women have always been making and reading comics—which makes the various periods when it was insisted they don’t—and the burial of any previous history of female participation—all the more troubling and exasperating.

While this piece serves as a nice summation of the best known female comics artists from about the 1890s to the 1970s, it isn’t the whole story. I’m still waiting for the important women behind the scenes to get written into the history books. Folks like Ruth Roche, who wrote comics for the Eisner-Iger studio, and then joined Iger as partner after Eisner left. While not negating the importance of Will Eisner to comics history, the studio was then known as the Roche-Iger Studio and that’s gotta count for something. Roche was such a seminal figure in comics that Trina Robbins and Catherine Yronwode dedicated their book, Women in the Comics, to Roche…in 1985!

I’ve mentioned romance writer and DC editor Dorothy Woolfolk a few times here; surely her story must be an interesting one. Or Helen Meyer, the most successful comics publisher of all times in the US. As editor of Dell Comics she was not only one of the most powerful women in comics, but in all of publishing. Meyer testified in front of the Kefauver Commission, and while Bill Gaines delivered a legendarily painful performance, hers was polished and professional, even if she was willing to throw horror (and freedom of expression) under the bus.

Anyway, these three women and more are beginning to get mainstreamed into the pages of orthodox comics history. But even in researching this brief blog post, I was struck by how Sisyphean the struggle of women is. In Roche’s bio she’s called a pioneer, even though O’Neill and Brinkley were making comics a mere 30 years prior. It’s amazing how just about every woman becomes a “pioneer,” no matter how many have done the same thing before. Perhaps in the modern era of massive achievement by female cartoonists we can admit that they aren’t the first, and they won’t be the last.

Hix’s article ends sweetly with Robbins signing at this years SDCC with Lily Renee, another one of the Fiction House lady squad…I can’t improve on it so I’ll swipe it, with a photo taken for The Beat by Bruce Lidl.

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3. World Comics: Lagos Comicon Turns Three

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Attendees at the 2013 Lagos Comic Con

A panel at last years Lagos Comic Con

By Deji Bryce Olukotun

[Editor's note: At The Beat we're always trying to cover little known and emerging comics scenes, tus we're excited to present this look at the Nigerian comics scene and this weekend's Lagos Comic Con. For those who think Africa is all about ebola, think again.]  

Nigeria may be wracked by Boko Haram and the threat of the dreaded Ebola virus, but the entertainment industry is booming in the largest economy in Africa. The Nigerian film industry, popularly called Nollywood, sells an estimated $800 million in mostly straight-to-video movies every year. What the films lack in production quality, they make up for in verve and melodrama–it’s hard not to get sucked into watching one if you happen upon one on television. The country also boasts a thriving independent press, and internet penetration is rapidly rising as the government pushes out broadband. Books, too, remain popular, led by the public intellectual and Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka and the emergence of the national $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize– although a recent decision by the Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to place a crippling tax on imported texts has limited their availability. Piracy is also a problem. On my recent trip to Nigeria, I purchased a few CDs at what appeared to be a fancy music store and they all turned out to be pirated, and even the distributors of Nollywood films pirate the films they are supposed to be selling.

The comics scene in Nigeria has been thriving since the 1980s, but has yet to burst into the mainstream. There are tastes of what may soon emerge as youth in Nigeria fully embrace the internet—check out this sci-fi short on YouTube here, which includes an animated spaceship—but comics are still an emerging industry. On Friday, the third annual Lagos Comic Con will launch in the commercial capital of 20 million people. I corresponded with comics creator and co-founder Ayodele Elegba about the event, where we wrote about attractions, popular comics, Ebola, and cosplay.

Q: How did the Lagos Comicon get started?

Elegba: The Lagos Comic Con began in 2012 when I realized that the comic medium was not appreciated by the Nigerian public like it used to be in the 80s while I was growing up. I had previously published a newsletter to raise awareness about the scene but the response was low and people kept asking me where they could get comic books and if there were comics created by Nigerians. I wanted to debunk the myth and show people that Nigerian Comics do exist and that we have comic artists and writers here in Nigeria. That was when I decided to start the Lagos Comicon, with no funds but a dream to make it an international festival.

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Q: What will you have at the event?

Elegba: This year the event is much bigger because we have included other genres of entertainment such as movies, games, and animations, which are like an extension of comic books. We will have a Comic Zone, where you can buy Nigerian Comics and meet African creators. We also have Nollywood Village: this is where you can buy Nigerian-made movies with an action/comics bent and meet A-list Nigerian film stars and music celebrities. We have the Game Zone, where we’ll run a competition this year called “Battle of the Game Lords,” where gamers will compete for a prize of over US$2000. We have an Arts and Culture Zone where we showcase fine arts, sculptures, paintings, and the beautiful culture of the Nigeria. We have a workshop session with 12 speakers who will talk about various genres of entertainment. Finally, we have the Kids Zone, where kids can play and have fun while their parents shop. We also have other segments like karaoke, exhibitions, dance performances and music performances from pop stars.

Q: What are some of the most popular themes in Nigerian comics (e.g. scifi, history, romance, adventure)?

Elegba: The most popular themes right now in Nigerian comics are magical or cultural, though we have superhero comics and military comics too.

Q: Are there any topics that you won’t find in other countries? For example, there is a series on President Goodluck Jonathan.

Elegba: Well Nigeria is unique, and there is a particular comic called Central Attack which deals with the issue of Boko Haram, the terrorist group in Nigeria.

[Interviewer’s Note: Central Attack depicts an elite government strike team that protects the country against the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram. You can read more about it here.]

Q: Who are the most popular comic book authors and writers?

Elegba: The most popular comic book artists are Ibrahim Ganiyu, Jide Olusanya, Stanley Obende, Mohammed Agbadi and many more. Writers include myself Ayodele Elegba, Wisdom Omon, Niyi, and Niran Adeniji.

Q: Piracy is a problem in Nigeria for fiction authors and for films. Is this an issue for comics in Nigeria?

Elegba: Right now there is no piracy in comics. Piracy dwells on the financial success of a products. Comics don’t have that yet.

Q: Will scares about Ebola cause any issues for attendance?

Elegba: I don’t think so. The Ebola scare has been well curbed by the Nigerian government and so far all cases of Ebola infections have been effectively quarantined and taken care of. We have also put in place measures for hand washing and sanitization at the event. We will be checking everyone’s temperature as they go into the hall.

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Q: How is the internet affecting the comics scene in Nigeria? Can you buy local comics online?

Elegba: The internet is a developing media in Nigeria, but so far Nigerian comics are doing well. We have about five indigenous online comic stores in Nigeria now.

Will there be any cosplay?

Elegba: Sure, what’s a comic con without cosplay? There will be cosplay and there will be prizes for the winners.

[Deji Bryce Olukotun (@dejiridoo) is the author of Nigerians in Space, a thriller out now from Unnamed Press. www.returnofthedeji.com]

 

 

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4. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales August 2014: A Tale of Two Spiders

detail Marvel Month to Month Sales August 2014: A Tale of Two Spiders

by Jason Enright

This was a tough month for Marvel. Original Sin is ending and none of their other events have really started yet. They also don’t have any real high profile series launches. So there are no books that really pop. There is a lot of attrition this month. Of the 72 books that also had an issue last month, only 12 saw growth in their numbers. That leaves 60 books that dropped in sales. 39 books dropped more than 5% or what might be considered a standard attrition. Luckily there are several major events coming soon which will drive sales up and a lot of books will be relaunching after these events which always bumps up the numbers at least temporarily. It is worrying however, that there are several series that just relaunched a year or for some 6 months ago and are already in trouble again. Let’s look at a breakdown of what came out this month:

76 books in total

11 double shipped books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books (8 if you count the Ultimates)
5 100th Anniversary specials
11 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

1 titles over 100,000 copies
2 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
9 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
35 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
29 titles under 25,000
2 $5.99 books
4 $4.99 books
64 $3.99 books
6 $2.99 books

Now let’s dive into the deep end with these numbers.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com and Milton Griepp for their permission to use these figures.

2. Amazing SPIDER-MAN
08/04  Am Spi #511  –  88,120
08/09  Am Spi #603  -	70,976
08/11  Am Spi #668  -	57,533
08/12  Am Spi #692  -  91,071
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08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636 (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087 (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118 ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178 ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671 (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309 (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940 ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250 (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105 (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131 (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311 (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591 (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405 (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477 ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568 (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431 (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484 (  79.6%)[13,234]
04/14  Amazing v3 #1- 532,586 ( 293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2- 123,945 ( -76.7%)
06/14  Amazing v3 #3- 109,029 ( -12.0%)
07/14  Amazing v3 #4- 117,917 (   8.2%)O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Amazing v3 #5- 101,655 ( -13.8%)O.S. Tie-In
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6 mnth  (  17.6%)
1 year  (  30.2%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  (  76.7%)
5 year  (  43.2%)
10 year (  15.4%)

Spider-Man drops 16k despite being an original sin tie-in. However, the wall-crawler stayed above 100k which is still good. This is really good considering that Spider-Verse is coming soon, which will likely help keep this book’s numbers high for the next few months.

3. Original Sin #0
04/14  Original Sin #0 -  73,024 [6,166] 
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045  (101.4%)
05/14  Original Sin #2 -  92,643  (-37.0%)
06/14  Original Sin #3 –  93,351  (  0.8%)
06/14  Original Sin #4 -  88,508  ( -5.2%)
07/14  Original Sin #5 -  91,420  (  3.3%)
07/14  Original Sin #6 -  89,324  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #7 -  91,291  (  2.2%)

Original Sin 8 was also solicited for this month but got pushed into the first week of September. This event series has stayed very steady around 90k and bodes well for Marvel’s next event Axis, which is right around the corner.

5. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
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08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[13,234]
08/14  Superior #32 -  87,604  ( -35.3%)
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6 mnth  (   1.4%)
1 year  (  12.2%)

Continuing the numbering from the Doc-Ock-as-Spidey run that ended in in April, this series serves as the starting point for Spider-verse the upcoming event which will run across several Spider-man books. It pulls in good numbers compared to its second to last issue from March. This concept continues to sell very well for Marvel.

8. Amazing Spider-Man #1.X
05/14  Amazing Spi #1.1  - 116,555 
06/14  Amazing Spi #1.2  -  86,315  (-25.9%)
07/14  Amazing Spi #1.3  -  74,285  (-13.9%)
08/14  Amazing Spi #1.4  -  66,431  (-10.6%)

This Spider-Man year one type story sees another 10% drop. One issue to go and it will probably sell around 55k.

9. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
08/09  Guardians v2 #17 -  27,864
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08/13  ---
09/13  Guardians v3 #6  -  69,030  ( -37.5%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #7  -  68,647  (  -0.6%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #8  -  63,494  (  -7.5%)
11/13  ---
12/13  Guardians v3 #9  -  57,665  (  -9.2%)
12/13  Guardians v3 #10 -  53,527  (  -7.2%)
01/14  Guardian #11.NOW -  61,111  (  14.7%)
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
04/14  Guardians v3 #14 -  53,976  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Guardians v3 #15 -  54,332  (   0.7%)
06/14  Guardians v3 #16 -  54,827  (   0.9%)
07/14  Guardians v3 #17 -  62,986  (  14.9%)
08/14  Guardians v3 #18 -  60,657  (  -3.7%) O.S. Tie-In
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6 mnth  (    9.4%)
5 year  (  117.7%)

Guardians stays above 60k for a second month thanks to help from a cool Alex Ross variant and its tie-in to Original Sin. Plus there’s a little Guardians movie that may be driving increased interest.

12, 22. ALL-NEW X-MEN
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08/13  All-New X-Men #15 -  73,035  ( -2.4%)
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #25 -  63,827  (  0.1%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #26 -  58,918  ( -7.7%)
05/14  All-New X-Men #27 -  62,269  (  5.7%)
06/14  All-New X-Men #28 -  57,135  ( -8.2%)
07/14  All-New X-Men #29 -  58,817  (  2.9%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
---
6 mnth  (  -9.4%)
1 year  ( -19.9%)

This issue had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant cover that maybe boosted sales a bit, but it also just seems to be pretty steady around 57k. There’s also an upcoming foray into the Ultimate Universe to meet Miles Morales. We’ll see if that helps boost sales.

17. ROCKET RACCOON
07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1 - 293,913  ( --- )[7,738]
08/14  Rocket Raccoon #2 -  56,597  (-80.7%)

So this reads like a huge drop, but it was also because the #1 issue did so well. Remember as well that 100k issues of #1 were ordered by LootCrate as a one-time offer. So really this should read as a 70% drop instead of 80%. There were re-orders on issue 1, so some stores sold out as well. It will be interesting to watch this series over the next few months, will it drop quickly, or will it steady out around 40-50k?

23. AVENGERS
08/11  Avengers v4 #16 –  60,295
08/12  Avengers v4 #29 -  61,653
---
08/13  Avengers v5 #17 -  68,962  (  -5.3%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #18 -  74,697  (  +8.3%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489  ( +23.8%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388  ( -19.6%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751  (  -3.5%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735  (  -1.4%)
11/13  Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501  (  -6.0%)
12/13  Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466  ( +91.7%)
01/14  Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591  ( -48.5%)
02/14  Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775  (  -8.9%)
03/14  Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966  (  -9.7%)
04/14  Avengers v5 #28 -  52,808  (  -2.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #29 -  58,661  (  11.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #30 -  57,099  (  -2.7%)
06/14  Avengers v5 #31 -  53,933  (  -5.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595  (   4.9%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874  (  -8.3%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413  (   4.9%) O.S. Tie-In
---
6 mnth  (  -9.0%)
1 year  ( -27.2%)
2 year  ( -12.0%)
3 year  (  -9.8%)

So this is the last issue before the Avengers jump forward 8 months into the future and not only wraps up many current storylines but tees up Axis and the 8-month time jump. Also this issue was an Original Sin Tie-in. Also this help boost the book’s sales up and position it nicely for the next arc to do well.

***This is normally where Uncanny X-men would rank, but this month’s issue got pushed back to the first week of September so there are no numbers this month. However, issue 23 did get 5,627 re-orders this month.

25. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
08/13  Uncanny Avengers #11 - 65,447  ( -4.8%)
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357  (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597  (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750  ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035  ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670  ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181  ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516  ( 19.4%)
04/14  Uncanny Avengers #19 – 52,381  (-17.5%)
05/14  Uncanny Avengers #20 – 51,886  ( -0.9%)
06/14  Uncanny Avengers #21 – 49,762  ( -4.1%)
07/14  Uncanny Avengers #22 – 50,253  (  1.0%)
08/14  Uncanny Avengers #23 – 50,974  (  1.4%)
---
6 mnth  (  -4.1%)
1 year  ( -22.1%)

This issue had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant cover and tees up AXIS, which leads to a bit of a sales bump. Interestingly, the next two months will be Axis set-up stories, and then this book goes on hiatus and is essentially replaced by Axis in October.

26, 29. WOLVERINE
08/04  Wolverine v3 #18 –  65,306
08/09  Wolverine v3 #77 -  68,521
08/11  Wolverine v4 #14 -  38,869	 
08/12	 Wolverine #312	 -  41,030	 
---	
08/13  Wolverine v5 #8  -  39,830  (  -3.2%)
09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #4  -  37,732  (  -7.4%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #5  -  37,563  (  -0.4%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #6  -  35,571  (  -5.3%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #7  -  35,039  (  -1.5%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #8  -  40,491  (  15.6%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #9  -  32,333  (   4.5%)
07/14  Wolverine v6 #10 -  47,813  (  12.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #11 -  49,181  (   2.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570  (   2.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -43.1%)
1 year  (  27.0%)
2 year  (  23.0%)
3 year  (  30.1%)
5 year  ( -26.2%)
10 year ( -22.6%)

These were the last two issues before September’s Death of Wolverine and the increase in sales and interest has pushed this title back above 50K.

28. DEADPOOL
08/09  Deadpool v3 #14  - 50,210  
08/11  Deadpool v3 #42 -  26,794 
08/12  Deadpool v3 #59 -  28,507 
---
08/13  Deadpool v4 #14 -  45,870  (  -2.4%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #15 -  46,169  (  +0.7%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
04/14  Deadpool v4 #27 -  62,037  (  40.5%)[1,992]
05/14  Deadpool v4 #28 -  45,858  (  26.1%)
05/14  Deadpool v4 #29 -  52,403  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
06/14  Deadpool v4 #30 -  54,072  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #31 -  49,930  (  -7.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #32 -  46,829  (  -6.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Deadpool v4 #33 -  50,023  (   6.8%) O.S. Tie-In
---
6 mnth  (  21.6%)
1 year  (   8.3%)
2 year  (  75.0%)
3 year  (  86.7%)
5 year  (  -0.4%)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant cover and Original Sin Tie-in equate to a nice bump in sales for this already very popular title.

30. SPIDER-MAN 2099
07/14  Spider-Man 2099 #1 - 90,690  ( --- )[6,461]
08/14  Spider-Man 2099 #2 - 47,512  (-47.6%)

So normally, a title is expected to drop 40% from issue #1 to #2, so this is a bit bigger drop, but there was decent re-order activity on #1 this month, so basically the jury is still out on this book. Plus in a few months it will tie-in with Spider-verse which should boost its sales anyway.

33. ORIGINAL SIN #5.X
---
07/14  Original Sin #5.1 – 48,596
07/14  Original Sin #5.2 – 46,110 (  -5.1%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.3 – 44,139 (  -4.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.4 – 42,665 (  -3.3%)

This Original Sin tie-in followed Thor, Loki, and Angela. It ended up selling better than the Thor or Loki books normally do and will hopefully serve as a good lead-in to the new Angela series starting in a few months.

35, 43. NEW AVENGERS
08/09  New Avengers v1 #56 -  89,901  
08/11  New Avengers v2 #14 -  56,035  
08/12  New Avengers v2 #24 -  59,441  
---
08/13  New Avengers v3 #9  -  60,534  (  4.3%)
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  ( -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  ( -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  (-10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  ( -6.9%)
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
04/14  New Avengers v3 #17 -  45,885  ( -5.8%)
05/14  New Avengers v3 #18 -  43,668  ( -4.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #19 -  41,989  ( -3.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #20 -  43,962  ( -0.1%)
07/14  New Avengers v3 #21 -  42,699  (  1.8%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #22 -  42,797  (  0.2%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #23 -  40,018  ( -6.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -21.0%)
1 year  ( -33.9%)
2 year  ( -33.0%)
3 year  ( -28.6%)
5 year  ( -55.5%)

Final 2 issues before this book jumps 8 months into the future, which will hopefully give a nice boost to this book’s sales figures.

45. ORIGINAL SIN #3.X
---
06/14  Original Sin #3.1 – 45,338
07/14  Original Sin #3.2 – 41,756 ( -7.9%)
07/14  Original Sin #3.3 – 40,402 ( -3.2%)
08/14  Original Sin #3.4 – 38,899 ( -3.7%)

This O.S. tie-in was a crossover between Hulk and Iron and sold slightly better than either of them would have on its own.

48. DEADPOOL vs.
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #1 – 57,275 [4,497]
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #2 – 49,374  (-13.8%)[2,757]
05/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #3 – 46,688  ( -5.4%)
06/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #4 – 47,228  (  1.2%)
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #1 -  54,762 ( --- )
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #2 -  45,047 (-17.7%)
08/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #3 -  38,471 (-14.6%)

This book is not doing as well as the Carnage series that preceded it. Next month this book wraps up and the Deadpool versus Hawkeye series starts. It will be interesting to see if the downward trend continues.

49. MOON KNIGHT
08/11  Moon Knight v4 #4  -  30,237  
---
03/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- ) [7,266]
04/14  Moon Knight v5 #2  -  40,885 (-29.5%) [3,621]
05/14  Moon Knight v5 #3  -  42,607 (  4.2%)
06/14  Moon Knight v5 #4  -  40,348 ( -5.3%)
07/14  Moon Knight v5 #5  -  38,630 ( -4.3%)
08/14  Moon Knight v5 #6  -  37,646 ( -2.5%)
---
3 year  ( 24.5%)

Last issue of the critically acclaimed Ellis/Shalvey/Bellaire run on Moon Knight and the sales are still remarkably high. As Ellis and Shalvey move on to their new Image book, this series will be taken over by Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood. Next month should be interesting, will the numbers drop with the new team?

51, 63. INHUMAN 
04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
08/14  Inhuman #3 - 37,159 ( -11.1%) 
08/14  Inhuman #4 - 34,215 (  -7.9%)

After a 3 month delay Inhuman returns and honestly the drops aren’t that bad. Still, if Marvel has plans to make the Inhumans as popular as the Guardians of the Galaxy, a book plagued by creative changes and art delays was probably not the way to do it.

53. LEGENDARY STAR LORD
07/14  Leg. Star Lord #1 - 78,501 (---)[6,054]
08/14  Leg. Star Lord #2 - 37,109 (-52.7%)

Pretty big drop for Star Lord issue 2, but there were re-orders on issue 1, so retailers may be making adjustments to their orders still as this books finds its level.

54. DAREDEVIL
08/04  Daredevil v2 #63  – 52,091
08/09  Daredevil    #500 – 73,409
08/11  Daredevil v3 #2   – 40,990
08/12  Daredevil v3 #17  - 38,149 
---
08/13  Daredevil v3 #30 - 35,240  ( +0.9%)
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)[1,948]
04/14  Daredevil #1.50  - 48,462  (-36.2%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
05/14  Daredevil v4 #3  - 39,316  (-8.2%)
06/14  Daredevil v4 #4  - 37,902  (-3.6%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #5  - 36,825  (-2.8%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #6  - 37,959  ( 3.1%)
07/14  Daredevil  #0.1  - 33,437
08/14  Daredevil v4 #7  - 36,785  (-3.1%)
---
6 Mnth  (  16.8%)
1 Year  (   4.4%)
2 Year  (  -4.0%)
3 Year  ( -10.3%)
5 Year  ( -49.9%)
10 Year ( -29.4%)

Daredevil has a small drop from last month. This book has stayed right around his 36k level for a long time now.

55. AMAZING X-MEN
08/04  Astonishing X-Men #3  - 145,546  
08/11  Astonishing X-Men #41 -  33,470  
08/12  Astonishing X-Men #53 -  32,268  
---
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #65 -  22,010  (  -2.8%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #66 -  21,757  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
04/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #6   -  45,095  (  -2.5%)
05/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #7   -  42,512  (  -5.7%)
06/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #8   -  41,613  (  -2.1%)
07/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #9   -  40,562  (  -2.5%)
08/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #10  -  36,405  ( -10.2%)
---
6  mnth  ( -43.7%)
1  year  (  67.3%)
2  year  (  13.0%)
3  year  (   8.8%)
10 year  ( -75.0%)

This is a pretty big drop for the Amazing X-men as they hit the mid-way point of their second arc. This is when a book should be stabilizing, which makes me wonder if stores saw a lot of people dropping the series after the initial arc ended.

56. WOLVERINE ANNUAL
---
08/14  Wolverine Annual #1 – 36,210

This annual sells about as many copies as Wolverine was selling before the countdown to his death started.

57. X-MEN
08/04  X-Men v2 #160 -  91,792  
08/11  X-Men v3 #16  -  43,161  
08/12  X-Men v3 #34  -  33,354  
---
08/13  X-Men v4 #4  -  64,010  (  -1.9%)
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
04/14  X-Men v4 #13 -  42,065  (  -4.7%)
05/14  X-Men v4 #14 -  39,499  (  -6.1%)
06/14  X-Men v4 #15 -  38,271  (  -3.1%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #16 -  38,937  (   1.7%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #17 -  36,255  (  -6.9%)
08/14  X-Men v4 #18 -  35,543  (  -2.0%)
---
6  mnth  ( -28.1%)
1  year  ( -44.5%)
2  year  (   7.0%)
3  year  ( -17.7%)
10 year  ( -61.3%)

This issue was the first from a new creative team that didn’t really get much press at all, so it doesn’t really see any kind of sales boost.

58. HULK
08/04  Incred Hulk v3 #76  - 42,499
08/09  Incred Hulk    #601 - 64,053
08/11  Incred Hulks   #635 – 38,223
08/12  Incred Hulk v4 #12  - 36,860
---
08/13  Indestructible #12  - 43,673  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551  ( 144.8%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #2          - 40,590  ( -44.8%)
05/14  Hulk v3 #3          - 37,639  (  -7.3%)
06/14  Hulk v3 #4          - 35,377  (  -6.0%)
08/14  Hulk v3 #5          - 34,903  (  -1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  11.9%)
1 Year  ( -20.1%)
2 Year  (  -5.0%)
3 Year  (  -8.7%)
5 Year  ( -45.5%)
10 Year ( -17.9%)

Gerry Duggan takes over for Mark Wait this issue and sales stayed relatively stable. Over the next few months it will be interesting to see how this affects sales for better or worse.

59. MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN
08/04  Ult. Spider-Man v1 #64 –  94,684
08/09  Ult. Spider-Man v2 #1  –  85,917
08/12  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #12 -  42,642
---
08/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #26 - 32,932  ( -1.0%)
09/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #27 - 32,200  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #28 - 31,462  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Cataclysm USM #1 of 3  - 36,541  (+16.1%)
12/13  Cataclysm USM #2 of 3  - 30,293  (-17.1%)
01/14  Cataclysm USM #3 of 3  - 27,650  ( -8.7%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Ult. Spider-Man #200   - 41,608  ( 50.5%)
05/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #1 - 45,864  ( 10.2%)
06/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #2 - 38,231  (-16.6%)
07/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #3 - 37,240  ( -2.6%)
08/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #4 - 34,836  ( -6.5%)
---
1 year  (   5.8%)
2 year  ( -18.0%)
5 year  ( -59.5%)
10 year ( -63.2%)

The flagship book of the Ultimate line drops a big but is still pretty health compared to its fellow Ultimate books.

62. KICK-ASS 3  [Icon]
08/11  Kick-Ass 2 #3 of 8 - 54,270
---
06/13  Kick-Ass 3 #1 of 8 - 78,035
07/13  ---
08/13  Kick-Ass 3 #2 of 8 - 50,102  (-35.8%)
09/13  Kick-Ass 3 #3 of 8 - 44,540  (-11.1%)
10/13  Kick-Ass 3 #4 of 8 - 40,412  ( -9.3%)
11/13  Kick-Ass 3 #5 of 8 - 38,639  ( -4.4%)
02/14  Kick-Ass 3 #6 of 8 – 39,534  (  2.3%)
03/14  ---
04/14  Kick-Ass 3 #7 of 8 – 38,818  ( -6.9%)
08/14  Kick-Ass 3 #8 of 8 – 34,322  (-11.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.2%)
1 Year  ( -31.5%)
3 Year  ( -36.8%)

Kick-Ass 3 ends with sales at about half of where it debuted.

64, 67, 68. DEADPOOL DRACULA’S GAUNTLET #1
---
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #1 – 40,790
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #2 – 38,683 ( -5.2%)
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #3 – 37,449 ( -3.2%)
07/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #4 – 36,581 ( -2.3%)
08/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #5 – 33,774 ( -7.7%)
08/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #6 – 32,117 ( -4.9%)
08/14  Deadpool Dracula’s Gauntlet #7 – 31,568 ( -1.7%)

Not bad sales for a reprint of a digital first comic. Plus they are going to be selling the 280-page hardcover for $35. Deadpool is just printing money for Marvel these days.

66. MS. MARVEL
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) [15,155]
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%) [3,440]
04/14  Ms. Marvel #3 -  37,140  ( -3.2%)
05/14  Ms. Marvel #4 -  34,839  ( -6.2%)
06/14  Ms. Marvel #5 -  33,795  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Ms. Marvel #6 -  36,041  (  6.6%)
08/14  Ms. Marvel #7 -  32,866  ( -8.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -34.6%)

8% drop for this issue but since it had growth last month that means it is very stable. Plus look at this 6-month drop percentage. That is less than most books drop on their second issue. This is one of the most successful new series launches I’ve seen from Marvel. This brand new character sells in the same range as books like Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor and those books have a huge history with the company and several movies backing them up.

69. SILVER SURFER
08/04  Silver Surfer v5 #12-  20,776  
---
03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )[2,757]
04/14  Silver Surfer v7 #2 -  39,132  (-39.7%)
06/14  Silver Surfer v7 #3 -  36,075  ( -7.8%)
07/14  Silver Surfer v7 #4 -  32,747  ( -9.2%)
08/14  Silver Surfer v7 #5 -  31,125  ( -5.0%)
---
10 year ( 49.8%)

The drops on Silver Surfer are shrinking. Hopefully it will level out soon.

70. CAPTAIN AMERICA
08/04  Captain America v4 #30  - 38,465  
08/09  Cap America Reborn #2   –125,234  
08/11  Captain America    #2   - 54,384 
08/12  Captain America v6 #16  - 35,155  
---
08/13  Captain America v7 #10 - 39,356  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Captain America v7 #11 - 38,521  (  -2.1%)
10/13  Captain America v7 #12 - 38,684  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Captain America v7 #13 - 36,147  (  -6.6%)
12/13  Captain America v7 #14 - 34,532  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Captain America v7 #15 - 33,433  (  -3.2%)
02/14  Capt AmericaV7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)
02/14  Captain America v7 #17 – 33,312  (  -8.8%)
03/14  Captain America v7 #18 – 33,642  (   1.0%)
04/14  Captain America v7 #19 – 34,420  (   2.3%)
05/14  Captain America v7 #20 – 30,341  (  -9.3%)
06/14  Captain America v7 #21 – 30,427  (   0.3%)
07/14  Captain America v7 #22 – 34,563  (  13.6%)
08/14  Captain America v7 #23 – 30,927  ( -10.5%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -7.2%)
1 Year  ( -21.4%)
2 Year  ( -12.0%)
3 Year  ( -43.1%)
5 Year  ( -75.3%)
10 Year ( -19.6%)

Last month’s boost was due to a few variants, so this series is back to where it has stayed the last few months. Cap relaunches in November with a new #1 and a different hero wielding the shield and should see a nice boost to sales.

71. FANTASTIC FOUR
08/04  Fantastic Four #517   – 50,248
08/09  Fantastic Four #570   – 62,335
08/12  Fantastic Four #609   - 36,496
---
08/13  Fantastic Four v5 #11 - 32,665  (  -4.0%)
09/13  Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426  (  -3.8%)
10/13  Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561  (  +0.4%)
11/13  Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679  (  -9.1%)
12/13  Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610  (  -3.7%)
01/14  Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045  (   1.6%)
02/14  Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775  ( 134.5%)
03/14  Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569  ( -42.9%)
04/14  Fantastic Four v6 #3  - 34,930  (  -7.0%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #4  - 33,263  (  -4.8%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #5  - 33,336  (   0.2%)
06/14  Fantastic Four v6 #6  - 33,177  (  -0.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687  (   1.5%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674  (  -8.9%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827  (  -6.0%)
---
6 mnth  ( -56.2%)
1 year  ( -11.7%)
2 year  ( -21.0%)
5 year  ( -53.8%)
10 year ( -42.6%)

This series continues to drop and now 6 months after its relaunch is right back at nearly the same number it was at before. It is still solicited for an issue 13 in November with the return of the old costumes. Maybe that will help the sales?

72, 73. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
08/12  Wolverine/X-Men #12  - 58,441  
---
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #34 - 38,473  ( -9.0%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #35 - 38,046  ( -1.1%)
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
04/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #3  - 36,407  ( -9.9%)
05/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #4  - 33,521  ( -7.9%)
06/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #5  - 32,511  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #6  - 32,995  (  1.5%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #7  - 30,409  ( -7.8%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #8  - 29,795  ( -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -16.8%)
1 Year  ( -22.6%)
2 Year  ( -49.0%)

This book drops a little but for the most part is relatively stable. It was recently announced that after Death of Wolverine, this series will be replaced by a new book called Spider-Man and the X-men where the wall crawler takes on a guidance counselor role at the Jean Grey School. Wolverine and the X-Men wraps up in November with issue 12.

74. Magneto
---
03/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337
04/14  Magneto #2 – 35,772  (-35.4%)[2,297]
05/14  Magneto #3 – 35,504  ( -0.7%)
05/14  Magneto #4 – 33,070  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Magneto #5 – 32,837  ( -0.7%)
07/14  Magneto #6 – 32,675  ( -0.5%)
07/14  Magneto #7 – 31,001  ( -5.1%)
08/14  Magneto #8 – 29,727  ( -4.1%)

This series should hopefully get a boost with some Axis tie-in issues coming up soon. It is not in trouble but could use help leveling out before it gets too low.

77. ORIGINAL SINS
---
06/14  Original Sins #1 – 39,660
06/14  Original Sins #2 – 36,099 ( -9.0%)
07/14  Original Sins #3 – 34,686 ( -3.9%)
07/14  Original Sins #4 – 32,076 ( -7.5%)
08/14  Original Sins #5 – 29,250 ( -8.8%)

This book was a Young Avengers tie-in to Original Sin, but wasn’t solicited as one until issue 3 to preserve its secrets. I for one would have bought it if I knew it was Young Avengers. Still it sold pretty decently.

83. NOVA SPECIAL
---
08/14  Nova Special #1 – 26,743

This special is a crossover with Uncanny X-men and Iron Man and it sells a bit better than the main Nova book.

86. PUNISHER
08/04  Punisher v7 #10 – 45,397
08/09  Punisher v8 #8  – 33,022
08/11  Punisher v9 #2  - 42,459
08/12  Punisher v9 #14 - 22,046
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2   - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2   - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Punisher v10 #1 – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2 – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3 – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
04/14  Punisher v10 #4 – 28,435  (  -5.0%)
05/14  Punisher v10 #5 – 27,471  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #6 – 26,606  (  -3.1%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #7 – 26,192  (  -1.6%)
07/14  Punisher v10 #8 – 25,957  (  -0.9%)
08/14  Punisher v10 #9 – 25,876  (  -0.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -52.6%)
2 year  (  17.0%)
3 year  ( -39.1%)
5 year  ( -21.6%)
10 year ( -43.0%)

Punisher has been pretty stable since June, which is great.

87. Nightcrawler
04/14  Nightcrawler #1 – 49,426
05/14  Nightcrawler #2 – 35,356 (-28.5%)
06/14  Nightcrawler #3 – 31,743 (-10.2%)
07/14  Nightcrawler #4 – 27,990 (-11.8%)
08/14  Nightcrawler #5 – 25,627 ( -8.4%)

Continued drops like this are not good for Nightcrawler.

88. STORM
---
07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)

That is a big drop for Storm, which is pretty troubling.

90. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1 - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2 - 31,260  ( -42.0%)
02/14  Black Widow #3 – 28,127  ( -10.0%)
03/14  Black Widow #4 – 27,378  (  -2.7%)
04/14  Black Widow #5 – 27,055  (  -1.2%)
05/14  Black Widow #6 – 26,136  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Black Widow #7 – 25,423  (  -2.7%)
07/14  Black Widow #8 – 24,555  (  -3.4%)
08/14  Black Widow #9 – 24,885  (   1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -11.5%)

Black Widow has actually very stable around 24-25k since June, which is pretty good.

91. SAVAGE HULK
---
06/14  Savage Hulk #1 – 44,177
07/14  Savage Hulk #2 – 31,194 ( -29.4%)
08/14  Savage Hulk #3 – 24,774 ( -20.6%)

There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest in these anthology books from Marvel.

94. NOVA
08/09  Nova v4 #28 - 27,010
---
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
04/14  Nova v5 #16 – 22,020  (  -4.2%)
05/14  Nova v5 #17 – 21,652  (  -1.7%)
06/14  Nova v5 #18 – 25,875  (  19.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S. Tie-In
---
6 Mnth  (  -6.8%)
1 Year  ( -23.7%)
5 Year  (  -9.7%)

The Original Sin tie-in has helped this book a lot. It will be interesting to see if it drops a lot next month or if the tie-in helped it find new readers.

95. Iron Fist: Living Weapon
08/04  Iron Fist #5    -  17,985  
---
04/14  Iron Fist LW #1 -  53,613 (  --- )[2,350]
05/14  Iron Fist LW #2 -  33,643 ( -37.2%)
06/14  Iron Fist LW #3 -  29,816 ( -11.4%)
07/14  Iron Fist LW #4 -  26,147 ( -12.3%)
08/14  Iron Fist LW #5 -  24,178 (  -7.5%)
---
10 year (34.4%)

This series continues to drop and could be in trouble in a few months.

99.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)
04/14  Avengers World #5 – 31,110  ( -9.6%)
05/14  Avengers World #6 – 28,969  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Avengers World #7 – 27,854  ( -3.8%)
06/14  Avengers World #8 – 26,912  ( -3.4%)
07/14  Avengers World #9 – 24,771  ( -8.0%)
07/14  Avengers World #10– 24,196  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Avengers World #11– 23,493  ( -2.9%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -41.3%)

Not a huge drop but still falling and still solicited through issue 15 in November.

100. CYCLOPS
---
05/14  Cyclops #1 – 47,468
06/14  Cyclops #2 – 31,132 ( -34.4%)
07/14  Cyclops #3 – 25,925 ( -16.7%)
08/14  Cyclops #4 – 23,305 ( -10.1%)

Cyclops continues to drop a lot of issues each month, which is very troubling. It needs to stabilize soon.

102. SHE-HULK
08/04  She-Hulk v1  #6  - 24,752
---
02/14  She-Hulk #1      - 41,921  (  --- )[3,270]
03/14  She-Hulk #2      - 26,675  (-36.3%)
04/14  She-Hulk #3      - 27,398  (  2.7%)
05/14  She-Hulk #4      - 25,543  ( -6.8%)
06/14  She-Hulk #5      - 24,736  ( -3.2%)
07/14  She-Hulk #6      - 23,562  ( -3.2%)
08/14  She-Hulk #7      - 22,883  ( -2.9%)
---
6 Mnth   (-45.4%)
10 Year  ( -7.6%)

She-Hulk’s drops are shrinking but it is already pretty low, which stinks as this is actually a very entertaining book.

104. MIGHTY AVENGERS
08/09  Mighty Avengers   #28 -  61,258  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
04/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #9 -  23,903  ( -4.1%)
05/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #10 - 28,711  ( 20.1%)
06/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #11 - 26,221  ( -8.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #12 - 24,851  ( -5.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #13 - 22,490  ( -9.5%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -15.2%)
5 Year  ( -63.3%)

This is going to be relaunched in November to include the new Captain America which will hopefully help its sales.

106. X-FORCE
08/04  X-Force v2 #1  - 66,621  
08/09  X-Force v3 #18 - 56,362  
08/11  X-Force v4 #14 - 50,770 
08/12  X-Force v4 #30 - 44,918  
---
08/13  X-Force v5 #10 - 35,329  ( -4.5%)
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #3  - 29,541  (-10.7%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #4  - 28,067  ( -5.0%)
05/14  X-Force v6 #5  - 26,215  ( -6.6%)
06/14  X-Force v6 #6  - 24,358  ( -7.1%)
07/14  X-Force v6 #7  - 23,675  ( -2.8%)
08/14  X-Force v6 #8  - 22,299  ( -5.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -53.0%)
1 year  ( -36.9%)
2 year  ( -50.0%)
3 year  ( -56.1%)
5 year  ( -60.4%)
10 year ( -66.5%)

X-Force continues to drop and is now 5k below where it was last time it was relaunched only 6 months ago.

110. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
08/09  X-Factor #47    - 33,017  
08/11  X-Factor #224   - 23,681  
08/12  X-Factor #242   - 22,782  
---
08/13  X-Factor #260   - 19,982  ( -0.4%)
08/13  X-Factor #261   - 19,781  ( -1.0%)
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
04/14  X-Factor v4 #6  - 26,029  (  -2.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #7  - 24,873  (  -4.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #8  - 24,283  (  -2.4%)
06/14  X-Factor v4 #9  - 23,720  (  -2.3%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #10 - 22,563  (  -4.9%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #11 - 22,428  (  -0.6%)
08/14  X-Factor v4 #12 - 21,352  (  -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -28.6%)
1 Year  (   7.9%)
2 Year  (  -6.0%)
3 Year  (  -9.8%)
5 Year  ( -35.3%)

X-Factor continues to drop as well.

111. CAPTAIN MARVEL
08/09  Ms. Marvel #44        - 25,523  
08/12  Captain Marvel #3     - 27,649  
---
08/13  Captain Marvel v6 #15 - 23,511  (+21.7%)
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
05/14  Captain Marvel v7 #3  - 26,057 ( -7.0%)
06/14  Captain Marvel v7 #4  - 24,062 ( -7.7%)
07/14  Captain Marvel v7 #5  - 23,666 ( -1.6%)
08/14  Captain Marvel v7 #6  - 21,221 (-10.3%)
---
1 year  (  -9.7%)
2 year  ( -23.0%)
5 year  ( -16.9%)

Captain Marvel drops a bit over 2000 issues this month and creeps towards that 20k mark.

112, 113. THUNDERBOLTS
08/11  Thunderbolts  #162  - 25,990  
---
08/13  Thunderbolts v2 #14 - 30,620  ( +7.3%)
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #24 – 22,619  ( -0.4%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #25 – 22,092  ( -2.3%)
05/14  Thunderbolts v2 #26 – 21,771  ( -1.5%)
06/14  Thunderbolts v2 #27 – 21,778  (  0.0%)
07/14  Thunderbolts v2 #28 – 21,652  ( -0.6%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #29 – 21,144  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #30 – 21,016  ( -0.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -11.1%)
1 Year  ( -31.4%)
3 Year  ( -19.1%)

Cancelled with issue #32.

115. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
08/11  Ghost Rider #1 - 24,440 
---
03/14  All New Ghost Rider  #1  -  50,072 (  --- )[2,567]
04/14  All New Ghost Rider  #2  -  29,429 (-41.2%)
05/14  All New Ghost Rider  #3  -  27,756 ( -5.7%)
06/14  All New Ghost Rider  #4  -  24,627 (-11.3%)
07/14  All New Ghost Rider  #5  -  21,820 (-11.4%)
08/14  All New Ghost Rider  #6  -  20,679 ( -5.2%)
---
3 year (-15.4%)

Ghost Rider gets a new creative team and only a slight drop.

118. SECRET AVENGERS
08/11  Secret Avengers    #15 - 46,712
08/12  Secret Avengers    #29 - 41,653
---
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #7  - 27,222  (  -5.8%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #8  - 26,150  (  -3.9%)
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
04/14  Secret Avengers v3 #2  - 24,724  ( -27.4%)
05/14  Secret Avengers v3 #3  - 22,860  (  -7.5%)
06/14  Secret Avengers v3 #4  - 21,335  (  -6.7%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #5  - 20,088  (  -5.8%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #6  - 19,435  (  -3.3%)
08/14  Secret Avengers v3 #7  - 20,017  (   3.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (   0.0%)
1 Year  ( -26.5%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)
3 Year  ( -56.8%)

The only thing different about this issue from the last was that Deadpool guest-starred in it. No variants, or creative team changes… just Deadpool. Apparently, that is enough to boost sales by 3%. This will now be called the Deadpool effect.

120. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
08/13  ---
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
04/14  Savage Wolverine #17 -  22,350  ( -6.9%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #18 -  21,599  ( -3.4%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #19 -  21,144  ( -2.1%)
06/14  Savage Wolverine #20 -  20,725  ( -2.0%)
07/14  Savage Wolverine #21 -  20,050  ( -3.3%)
08/14  Savage Wolverine #22 -  19,124  ( -4.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -24.1%)

Savage doesn’t tie in to the Death of Wolverine at all, so it doesn’t get a sales boost from the extra attention that series is giving the ol’ Canucklehead. Instead it continues its steady decline.

122. ALL-NEW INVADERS
08/04  Invaders #1          - 42,578  
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1 - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2 – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3 – 27,329  (-15.4%)
04/14  All-New Invaders  #4 – 22,927  (-16.1%)
05/14  All-New Invaders  #5 – 21,843  ( -4.7%)
06/14  All-New Invaders  #6 – 23,470  (  7.4%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  All-New Invaders  #7 – 22,332  ( -4.8%) O.S. Tie-In 
07/14  All-New Invaders  #8 – 19,865  (-11.0%) 
08/14  All-New Invaders  #9 – 18,666  ( -6.0%) 
---
6  Mnth  ( -42.2%)
10 Year  ( -56.2%)

As soon as this series O.S. Tie-In issues ended, it dropped right back to the sales decline it had before, completely erasing any good that tie-in did. Invaders is still solicited through issue 12 in November and by that point I imagine it will be around 16k and we’ll be discussing its cancelation or relaunch.

131. Elektra
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04/14  Elektra #1 -  47,676 (  --- )
05/14  Elektra #2 -  26,612 (-44.2%)
06/14  Elektra #3 -  22,773 (-14.4%)
07/14  Elektra #4 -  19,125 (-16.0%)
08/14  Elektra #5 -  17,209 (-10.0%)

This series was really cool, but just never found its audience in the direct market. It is solicited through November with issue 8 at this point. It will be interesting to see if they give it some wiggle room and see if the first trade helps it find an audience or if they cancel it.

133, 134. All NEW ULTIMATES
08/11  Ult comics Ultimates #1  - 47,630
08/12  Ult comics Ultimates #14 - 30,311
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08/13  Ultimates v5 #29 -  19,657  ( -1.0%)
09/13  Ultimates v5 #30 -  19,420  ( -1.2%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 3 - 28,422  (+46.4%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 3 - 24,819  (-12.7%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 3 - 21,705  (-12.5%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  All-New Ult #1   - 30,308  ( 39.6%)
05/14  All-New Ult #2   - 24,165  (-20.3%)
06/14  All-New Ult #3   - 21,898  ( -9.4%)
06/14  All-New Ult #4   - 20,561  ( -6.1%)
07/14  All-New Ult #5   - 18,199  (-11.5%)
08/14  All-New Ult #6   - 16,605  ( -8.8%)
08/14  All-New Ult #7   - 16,654  (  0.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -35.3%)
1 Year  ( -15.3%)
2 Year  ( -45.0%)
3 Year  ( -57.4%)

This series (and some could say the Ultimate Universe) has been in trouble sales wise for a while. According to the November solicits, issue #10 begins a 3-issue climax, but the wording is unclear for sure if that means the cancellation of the series.

135. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
07/13  Superior Foes #1 - 61,413
08/13  Superior Foes #2 - 34,300  (-44.1%)
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%)
04/14  Superior Foes #11- 18,143  ( -1.6%)
05/14  ---
06/14  Superior Foes #12- 17,826  ( -1.7%)
07/14  Superior Foes #13- 16,903  ( -5.2%)
08/14  Superior Foes #14- 16,604  ( -1.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.5%)
1 Year  ( -51.6%)

Issue 17 will be the final issue.

136. MIRACLEMAN
01/14  Miracleman #1 - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2 - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3 – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4 – 23,557  (  -9.3%)
04/14  ---
05/14  Miracleman #5 – 22,399  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Miracleman #6 – 20,598  (  -8.0%)
06/14  Miracleman #7 – 19,123  (  -7.2%)
07/14  Miracleman #8 – 17,654  (  -7.7%)
08/14  Miracleman #9 – 16,466  (  -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -36.6%)

Since this is just recolored reprints, I guess Marvel can afford to have it not sell very well.

138. NEW WARRIORS
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02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #2  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
04/14  New Warriors #3  -  23,105  (-11.2%)
05/14  New Warriors #4  -  19,900  (-13.9%)
06/14  New Warriors #5  -  18,576  ( -6.7%)
06/14  New Warriors #6  -  18,156  ( -2.3%)
07/14  New Warriors #7  -  17,304  ( -4.7%)
08/14  New Warriors #8  -  16,081  ( -7.1%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -64.9%)

Cancelled with issue 12 in November

139, 140. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER
08/11  Avengers Academy #18  - 24,538  
08/12  Avengers Academy #35  - 26,381  
---
08/13  Avengers Arean #13 - 22,955  ( -4.2%)
08/13  Avengers Arena #14 - 23,204  ( +1.1%)
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1- 31,936
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #2- 23,746  (-25.65)
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #3- 21,830  ( -8.1%)
05/14  Avengers Undrcvr #4- 19,696  ( -9.8%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #5- 18,115  ( -8.0%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #6- 17,771  ( -9.8%)
07/14  Avengers Undrcvr #7- 16,705  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #8- 15,864  ( -5.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #9- 15,715  ( -0.9%)
---
1 year  ( -32.3%)
2 year  ( -40.0%)
3 year  ( -36.0%)

Cancelled with issue 10 in September, no word yet if there will be a relaunch or where these characters might appear next.

159. FIGMENT
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06/14  Figment #1  -  12,735  (  --- )
07/14  Figment #2  -  11,929  ( -6.3%)
08/14  Figment #3  -  13,105  (  9.9%)

Apparently issue 1 sold out and drove retailers to order more issue 3. Cool. Marvel could use more all-ages fare.

183. Ultimate FF
---
04/14  Ultimate FF v2 #1 -  23,316  (  --- )
05/14  Ultimate FF v2 #2 -  17,059  (-26.8%)
06/14  Ultimate FF v2 #3 -  14,413  (-15.5%)
07/14  Ultimate FF v2 #4 -  12,187  (-15.4%)
07/14  Ultimate FF v2 #5 -  11,778  ( -3.4%)
08/14  Ultimate FF v2 #6 -  10,617  ( -9.9%)

Final issue.

186. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC
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05/14 Murder Inc #1  -  18,474  (  --- )
06/14 Murder Inc #2  -  13,561  (-26.6%)
07/14 Murder Inc #3  -  11,444  (-15.6%)
08/14 Murder Inc #4  -  10,419  ( -9.0%)

These numbers seem pretty low for a Bendis book, but I know a lot of creator-owned books that would kill for these kind of sales.

205. DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU
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05/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 - 19,315 (  --- )
06/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2 - 13,093 (-32.2%)
07/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3 - 10,221 (-21.9%)
08/14 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4 -  8,563 (-16.2%)

Final issue.

6-Month Comparisons

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21.6%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
17.6%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
16.8%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
11.9%	Hulk #5
9.4%	Guardians o/t Galaxy #18 (O.S. Tie-In)
1.4%	Superior Spider-Man #32
0.0%	Secret Avengers #7
-4.1%	Uncanny Avengers #23
-6.8%	Nova #20 (O.S. Tie-In)
-7.2%	Captain America #23
-9.0%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.4%	All New X-Men #31
-10.5%	Thunderbolts #29
-11.1%	Thunderbolts #30
-11.5%	Black Widow #9
-13.2%	Kick-Ass 3 #8
-13.5%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14
-15.1%	Wolverine And X-Men #7
-15.1%	All New X-Men #30
-15.2%	Mighty Avengers #13
-15.5%	New Avengers #22
-16.8%	Wolverine And X-Men #8
-21.0%	New Avengers #23
-23.2%	Original Sin #3.4
-24.1%	Savage Wolverine #22
-28.1%	X-Men #18
-28.6%	All New X-Factor #12
-34.6%	Ms. Marvel #7
-35.3%	All New Ultimates #7
-35.5%	All New Ultimates #6
-36.6%	Miracleman #9
-41.3%	Avengers World #11
-42.2%	All New Invaders #9
-43.1%	Wolverine #12
-43.7%	Amazing X-Men #10
-44.7%	Wolverine #11
-45.4%	She-Hulk #7
-52.6%	Punisher #9
-53.0%	X-Force #8
-53.4%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-56.2%	Fantastic Four #9
-64.9%	New Warriors #8

1 Year Comparisons

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67.3%	Amazing X-Men #10
30.2%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
27.0%	Wolverine #12
23.5%	Wolverine #11
12.2%	Superior Spider-Man #32
8.3%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
7.9%	All New X-Factor #12
5.8%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
4.4%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-6.1%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.7%	Captain Marvel #6
-11.7%	Fantastic Four #9
-15.3%	All New Ultimates #7
-15.5%	All New Ultimates #6
-19.9%	All New X-Men #31
-20.1%	Hulk #5
-21.0%	Wolverine And X-Men #7
-21.4%	Captain America #23
-22.1%	Uncanny Avengers #23
-22.6%	Wolverine And X-Men #8
-23.7%	Nova #20 (O.S. Tie-In)
-24.9%	All New X-Men #30
-26.5%	Secret Avengers #7
-27.2%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-29.3%	New Avengers #22
-30.9%	Thunderbolts #29
-31.4%	Thunderbolts #30
-31.5%	Kick-Ass 3 #8
-31.6%	Avengers Undercover #8
-32.3%	Avengers Undercover #9
-33.9%	New Avengers #23
-36.9%	X-Force #8
-44.5%	X-Men #18
-51.6%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14

2 Year Comparisons

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75%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
23%	Wolverine #12
20%	Wolverine #11
17%	Punisher #9
13%	Amazing X-Men #10
12%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
7%	X-Men #18
-4%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-5%	Hulk #5
-6%	All New X-Factor #12
-12%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-12%	Captain America #23
-16%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-18%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
-21%	Fantastic Four #9
-23%	Captain Marvel #6
-28%	New Avengers #22
-33%	New Avengers #23
-40%	Avengers Undercover #8
-40%	Avengers Undercover #9
-45%	All New Ultimates #7
-45%	All New Ultimates #6
-48%	Secret Avengers #7
-48%	Wolverine And X-Men #7
-49%	Wolverine And X-Men #8
-50%	X-Force #8

3 Year Comparisons

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86.7%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
76.7%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
30.1%	Wolverine #12
26.5%	Wolverine #11
24.5%	Moon Knight #6
8.8%	Amazing X-Men #10
-8.7%	Hulk #5
-9.8%	Avengers #34 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.8%	All New X-Factor #12
-10.3%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-15.4%	All New Ghost Rider #6
-17.7%	X-Men #18
-18.6%	Thunderbolts #29
-19.1%	Thunderbolts #30
-23.6%	New Avengers #22
-28.6%	New Avengers #23
-35.3%	Avengers Undercover #8
-36.0%	Avengers Undercover #9
-36.8%	Kick-Ass 3 #8
-39.1%	Punisher #9
-43.1%	Captain America #23
-56.1%	X-Force #8
-56.8%	Secret Avengers #7
-65.0%	All New Ultimates #7
-65.1%	All New Ultimates #6

5 Year Comparisons

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117.7%	Guardians o/t Galaxy #18 (O.S. Tie-In)
43.2%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
-0.4%	Deadpool #33 (O.S. Tie-In)
-9.7%	Nova #20 (O.S. Tie-In)
-16.9%	Captain Marvel #6
-21.6%	Punisher #9
-26.2%	Wolverine #12
-28.2%	Wolverine #11
-35.3%	All New X-Factor #12
-45.5%	Hulk #5
-49.9%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-50.8%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-52.4%	New Avengers #22
-53.8%	Fantastic Four #9
-55.5%	New Avengers #23
-59.5%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
-60.4%	X-Force #8
-63.3%	Mighty Avengers #13
-75.3%	Captain America #23

10 Year Comparisons

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49.8%	Silver Surfer #5
34.4%	Iron Fist Living Weapon #5
15.4%	Amazing Spider-Man #5 (O.S. Tie-In)
-7.6%	She-Hulk #7
-17.9%	Hulk #5
-19.6%	Captain America #23
-22.6%	Wolverine #12
-24.7%	Wolverine #11
-29.4%	Daredevil #7 (O.S. Tie-In)
-39.0%	Fantastic Four #8 (O.S. Tie-In)
-42.6%	Fantastic Four #9
-43.0%	Punisher #9
-56.2%	All New Invaders #9
-61.3%	X-Men #18
-63.2%	Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #4
-66.5%	X-Force #8
-75.0%	Amazing X-Men #10

It is always interesting to look at these normal months where there aren’t any giant launches or major events, because you see more the real sales numbers when they aren’t inflated by other factors. We often talk a lot about Marvel’s top books, the ones that sell over 50k. What really keeps Marvel on top are those mid-tier books, the 25k to 50k books which make up 47% of Marvel’s units sold. This month we saw quite a few of those books drop below 25k, some of which are very new series. So the question then becomes why have some of these new series dropped so fast? Is it just that people aren’t interested in She-Hulk or Cyclops or Ghost Rider? Is it due to poor marketing, too many new launches? Which of these mid-tier books have caught your interest? Which ones failed to catch your eye? What should they do with future mid-tier book launches to catch reader interest and boost their sales?

Think about those questions and discuss below in the comments. Then prepare yourself for next month as the March to Axis begins, we visit the Edge of Spider-Verse, and we say goodbye to dear old Logan.

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5. Tonight to do: World War 3 Illustrated live comics reading

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And yet more to do tonight as the World War 3 Illustrated crew presents a reading and performance.

Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Paula Hewitt Amram, Nicole Schulman andJames Romberger will perform their comic strips about Global Warming, Police Brutality, youth organizing and other issues. A Bookend event for the Brooklyn Book Festival, in support of the People’s Climate March. It’s FREE!

The event takes place  at the Brooklyn Public Library at the Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

The Peoples Climate March is going to be a HUGE thing this weekend. Please show your support of keeping the world green for your kids and grand kids.

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6. Tonight to do: Brandon Graham on Comics, Creativity, and Censorship

graham cover Tonight to do: Brandon Graham on Comics, Creativity, and CensorshipAnd here’s another great event for the weekend, Brandon Graham talking about Comics, Creativity, and Censorship at the Society of Illustrators/ The event is sponsored by the CBLDF.

Brandon Graham, the acclaimed cartoonist of the highly influential graphic novels King City and Multiple Warheads, and the driving force behind the genre-bending science fiction series Prophet will appear in New York City on September 19 for a lecture and reception at the Society of Illustrators, and sponsored by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! CBLDF will also be offering copies of a new, limited edition sketchbook by Graham!

Graham brings a broad, international range of influences to his comics, fluidly meshing Japanese, European, and North American genre and literary styles within his approach. In this slide lecture, Graham discusses his influences, and unpacks his approach to solving creative problems, navigating censorship and self-censorship, and advancing a unique creative point of view in the current publishing landscape.

Graham’s lecture will begin at 7 PM to be followed by a cocktail reception from 8 PM to 11 PM at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63 Street.

Admission
$15 Non-Memebrs | $10 CBLDF and SI Members | $7 Students and Seniors with Valid ID

 

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7. Tonight to do: Julia Wertz and MariNaomi reading at Bergen Street

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The week between SPX and the Brooklyn Book Festival s usually crowded with events and this is no exception. Tonight, things kick off at Bergen Stree Comics with A Live Reading with Julia Wertz and MariNaomi!:

Two of the the most spectacular people in comics on one night, reading from their fresh-from-the-printer new books? It doesn’t get better than that! Come on out to and let MariNaomi and Julia Wertz remind you that in the contest for funniest comics on the scene, we’re all scrambling around for third place. (Because they have the first two spots, you see.) Besides the new books, the live reading and the general joie de vivre, they’ve even promised a signing to boot. You have to be here. It’s not even a question. YOU HAVE TO BE HERE.

Wertz and MariNaomi do have two of the freshest books out there so stop on by.

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8. A Deadpool movie has been announced! Here’s what you must know to survive in this new world!

Rob Liefeld was right!

The co-creator of Deadpool has been hinting about a movie for the “merc with a mouth” for years, and he’s finally been vindicated, as Fox has announced a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016. While Ryan Reynolds—who portrayed Deadpool in Wolverine: Origins—hasn’t been signed yet, given his decade long opsession with making a Deadpool movie, and his presence in leaked test footage, we’re guessing he won’t take too long to hop on board. More facts you must know in order to fully appreciate this amazing movie news!

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Tim Miller is definitely on board to direct—Miller is best known for doing visual effects on Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the title sequence for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He also directed the test footage. More on that in a minute.

• There is a finished script by Rhett Reese and Paul Warnick who wrote Zombieland (Yay!) and GI Joe: Retaliation (eh) but apparently this has been floating around for a while, and has garnered positive response from those who have read it.

• Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson, started as a bit of a joke but over the last few years has developed into one of Marvel’s most popular characters—so popular he has a whole month of variant covers to his name. A loose-cannon type who frequently breaks the fourth wall, while he’s killing people with alacrity, he’s a versatile, anarchic presence.

• Deadpool was killed off in Wolverine: Origins, however a post credit scene showed that he had resurrected himself. That entire mutant continuity was once again killed off in X-Men; Days of Future Past but when has that ever stopped a comic book movie?

• Test footage directed by Miller and starring Reynolds was shown at Comic-Con and leaked soon after to good result, which helped get the green light going. Back in July Reynolds told the Niagara Falls Review (yes) “There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, ‘Oh, so we weren’t crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.’ It’s interesting to see the power of the Internet. It’s awe-inspiring, actually. And it’s neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way.”

• The footage shows a crazy, wise cracking Deadpool slicing and dicing his foes, with a CGI Deadpool doing most of the stunts. It seems a bit fresher and more up to date than Marvel’s previous wisecracking hero Spider-Man, who has been benched by Sony following disappointing results earlier this year.

• The February release date—and barely a year production schedule—is a pretty low expectations time frame. Fox will probably expect this to be a toe in the water, can it grow beyond a cult movie. But hey if it tests well, who knows? Fox has similarly shuffled its release dates for one of its other 2016 superhero movies, with Fantastic Four pushed back a skotch from June to August because of an Assassin’s Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender, be still me heart, that ran into some problems. Fox also has X-men Apocalypse on tap for Summer 2016, and another Wolverine-ish movie coming out in 2017.

• Reynolds has always wanted to play Deadpool! And it seems a more natural fit than Green Lantern, let’s be honest. So there’s enthusiasm on that side,

• Maybe THIS will be the quirky superhero movie that we’ve been waiting for? Certainly Deadpool is the least serious of superheroes and if there’s going to be Bugs Bunny type fourth wall busting this is the place.

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9. SPX memories…like a magical unicorn

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You can read my official SPC report at PW, with news and notes, but I’m guessing that  everyone who was at SPX is probably, like me, realizing that the magic is over and we have a whole year to go, or maybe a few weeks if you count APE, but in the meantime, I can keep the magic going a few moments more by rounding up some of the magical, mystical memories of SPX. I said there were a few people who didn’t have a good time, and you can find one of two on Tumblr who sat outside hotel rooms sadly waiting for the person with the key to come back. But if you could open your heart, SPX would make you love it. As the above picture shows, SPX is the only con where you can find Julia Wertz and Renee French just sitting and smiling with each other. It’s also the only place where someone would leave their computer just sitting out on a table (as one prominent comics personage di don Friday)and feel pretty secure that it would be just fine.  There is a reason why people puts up so many pics and blog so much about this show—it’s a full on love affair.

§ Webtooner Even Dahm gets right to the heart of the matter comparing SDCC with SPX—really the indispensable alpha and omega of US shows:

SDCC was fun but kind of discouraging, and presents an image of what is now, I guess, the Entire entertainment industry in a bluntly capitalistic way: the most space is given to the companies with the most money for it, and the events and products are talked about according to a similar hierarchy. I don’t like it but it makes its own kind of sense and it’s how things are: work that makes money has more mobility in the culture, and barring any strongly-principled management at events like this, the amount of money the work makes will be the thing that decides its place. I try really hard to not get pessimistic about this. And of course popular things can be quality things! I like a lot of popular things. But the connection between popularity and your or my specific notion of quality is tenuous.

I leave SDCC and shows like it having spent huge amounts of money the exhibit there and feeling like what I’m doing is insignificant and untenable. I want to emphasize that this is an issue I have with the philosophy of the show, not with the attendees. I have met some very excellent people who attend SDCC every year.

I came out of SPX this year extremely excited about the huge volume of beautiful and idiosyncratic work being produced by artists working outside of entrenched & monied institutions. It’ll never be the same amount of room as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or whatever, but there is room in the culture for this stuff, in terms of attention and money and enthusiasm. It’s hugely inspiring to me to see so many people making work independently or with publishers they know personally and believe in, and seeing that a lot of that work is sustainable for them, and seeing that a lot of it takes full advantage of its independence by being brutally honest, or strange, or socially conscious.

§ Loser City’s David Fairbanks, an occasional Beat contributor, made his first journey and was swept off his feet:

The next two days were a blur of comics with SPromX right in the middle, and I can honestly say I have never been in an environment that was so pro-comics. Whether you had been making minicomics as long as folks like John Porcellino and James Kochalka, you were a cartoonist fresh out of (or still in) school, or you had never once put pencil to paper to craft a comic, you were among peers. I think I speak for most of the attendees when I say that the environment at SPX felt like home, despite knowing virtually no one there before my plane landed. Over the course of the first twenty-four hours, I made fast friends with artists and fans, and I get the feeling these are friendships that are going to last. From the (sometimes exhausted) smiles I caught on the faces of nearly everyone there, I would imagine I was not alone in my joy, and I think a great deal of it stemmed from the communal feeling of SPX.

§ Even grizzled veteran Derf shared the love:

This year’s theme was a celebration of the alt-weekly cartoons, from Jules Feiffer to the end, which I believe was reached sometime last week. It’s something that is long overdue. The peak of the genre, from 1985 to 2000, produced, in my opinion, the finest, most original comix of the time. Discounting hacks like me, of course.  We were always kind of the bastard stepchildren of both the mainstream comic strip community and the indy comix community. I always felt like an outsider to both. Now I’m a B-minus Indy Comix Star, so those days are behind me, as are comic strips, but it’s nice to see the genre get it’s due.

 

§ Jane Irwin, like many, had a stellar show sales wise:
This year I had the best SPX I’ve ever had — but for some reason I neglected to take any photos other than the sad, blurry one at the top of this post (the lettered balloons were to identify the blocks of tables — I was in the “L” block). It may have been because I was just so busy at my table — the crowds were incredibly heavy and were extremely generous — I heard some folks could barely stop selling long enough to go to the bathroom, and several people sold out of books entirely on the first day, including C. Spike Trotman and my next-door neighbor, Pregnant Butch author A.K. Summers. I sold out of Clockwork Game mid-day on Sunday, but I was able to take orders for a few more copies (they went out this afternoon, and should arrive soon!) and I know I could’ve sold a dozen more, if I’d only had them on hand.
§ Roger Langridge didn’t even break even and he still had a great time:

I attended SPX this past weekend. As usual, I had an excellent time. Despite it not being a successful trip from a financial point of view (although I covered my biggest expense, I’m still somewhat out of pocket at the end of it) I’m really glad I went. I find I need SPX in my life every so often as a kind of course corrective; a reminder of the kind of comics I ought to be doing.

I have a really strong attachment to this show. SPX was the first show I ever attended in the USA, back in 2000. I was just there as a visitor, not even as an exhibitor; it was the year Will Eisner was there, I remember. I bought minicomics from Craig Thompson. I met Dean Haspiel for the first time, who went out of his way to make me feel like a part of the community, which I will always be grateful for. Attending that show energised me to turn my Fred the Clown webcomic into a self-published comic book, which in turn has led to every opportunity I’ve had in comics since then. Without SPX, it’s probably fair to say that my subsequent career wouldn’t have happened.

So I keep coming back. Not every year, but I try to do at least every other year. And each time, I feel like it’s a timely reminder that these are the kinds of comics I ought to be doing: comics straight from the cartoonist’s brain to the reader’s hands, without compromises.

 

§ It’s not just a place to hang out! You can get work!!! Game designer \ Daniel Solis says it’s a great place to find new talent. And I know animation scouts go every year:

I came into the fandom a bit late, but it’s such a welcoming and vibrant community that I never felt out of place. After weeks of awful news coming from gamer culture, it was such a positive experience at SPX seeing diverse creators and fans in a niche community all supporting each other. It can happen, people! I’ve seen it! But I really recommend SPX to tabletop game designers because it is an excellent place to network with lots of undiscovered and rising talent. You can check out the artists I talked to at SPX on my pinterest board here. Specifically for “SPX 2014″ tag in the description. Also check out the SPX Tumblr and Twitter feeds for more cool arts.

 

§ Joshua O’Neill of Locust Moon captures the unique nature of Camp Comics at the Marriott:

As usual, half of the reason for the glory of SPX is due to the Bethesda Marriott Hotel, whose comfy confines are given over completely to the endless array of misfits that we call a comics industry. It’s more than just a con venue — it’s the eye of the storm, for one brief weekend this one building is the center of the comics universe. You exhibit there, you drink there, you draw there, you sleep there. (You eat elsewhere and abruptly realize there’s such a thing as outside.) By the end of the weekend it feels like home. I’m not sure Jesse Reklaw ever put on a pair of shoes. To the maids and bellhops it must be kind of like going to the zoo, if the animals were all inside of your house. Their hospitality was stunning, and can in no way be attributed to the eight bazillion dollars they generated in overpriced drink sales.

 

And visual representations:

And so on and so forth….I probably could have found a half dozen more similar tributes, but I’ll leave with just a few representative photos.

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Am I the only person who caught the TV in the bar switching from football to vibrator infomercials on Friday?

 

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Can you believe these people are all FIRST TIME SPXers? Okay Chris Butcher went before, but he hadn’t been to the “new” venue, which is really the only venue most people know. Amy Chu, Louie Chin, Murilo, Butcher and Brigid Alverson were all converts by the end of the weekend.

 

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Fun and frolic at the SPromX. Looks like it will be back next year…and so will I.

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10. Jeremy Atkins ankles comics for beer

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Via Facebook, Dark Horse’s Director of Publicity Jeremy Atkins has announced he’s leaving Dark Horse after ten years:

It’s official. After ten years at Dark Horse Comics, where I have learned so much, made lifelong friends and been lucky enough to see the world preaching the four color gospel, I am moving on to the craft brewing industry. After this weekend’s Rose City Comic Con, I will join the marketing team at Rogue Ales! Their legendary Dead Guy Ale was one of the first to awaken my tastebuds to the glory of PacNW brews, and remains a favorite to this day. I am sad to say goodbye to my friends and family in comics, but excited for a new adventure and the chance to get back to writing. Look for Alex Cox and I’s comics creation to make its online debut in the coming months, and hopefully more to follow.

After the crying ended—Atkins is one of comics most affable and knowledgeable marketing folk in comics and has been a true friend of this site for many years—we chatted him up a bit to find out what he’s up to. He will indeed be expanding on his comics writing with a few secret projects in the works. But he and Alex Cox will be expanding their webcomics, Charles De  Ghoul, which debuted in last year’s Liberty Annual. He’ll also be writing a column for Heavy Metal starting on October 1st.

While we’re sad to be losing Jeremy to the world of beer, on further consideration, the worlds of comics and beer are strangely aligned, and somehow, we feel, we’ll be seeing him pop up quite a bit.

Best of luck to one of the really good guys.

 

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11. The Secret to Superhuman Strength: Alison Bechdel’s next graphic novel will be about fitness

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Fresh off winning a MacArthur Genius grant, and a months-0ong residency at an Umbrian castle, Alison Bechdel has also announced the subject of her next graphic novel. The Secret to Superhuman Strength will be published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin. Having explored the psyches of her father in Fun Home and her mother in Are you My Mother, Bechdel turns her laser sight on her self:

“The Secret to Superhuman Strength” is Ms. Bechdel’s third graphic memoir and chronicles her decades long obsession with various fitness and exercise fads, including downhill skiing, uphill skiing, rollerblading, martial arts, running, hiking, weight lifting and home workout videos and currently, yoga. The book will also explore the history of American fitness fads, and Ms. Bechdel’s efforts to rekindle her creativity through exercise, and it is shot through with her signature darkness.

Given America’s obsession with these obsessions, this could be another best seller.

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12. Brian K. Vaughan’s PRIVATE EYE announces a new issue, six-figures sales

 Brian K. Vaughans PRIVATE EYE announces a new issue, six figures salesThe good news is that a new issue of THE PRIVATE EYE is available. This webcomcis by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Munsta Vicente posits a world where an eruption in the cloud has made privacy the most valued social element.

Oh did you say “torn from today’s headlines”? When this started running last year it seemed a little farfetechd but after the burst cloud hgas spilled all of our secrets, BKV looks prescient again.

THE PRIVATE EYE is run on a “pay what you want” DRM-free download scheme, and it seems that readers want to pay quite a bit. Vaughan announced that the book has already sold more than six figures in both issues and in dollars:

Even though readers can still pay whatever they want for our DRM-free files (including nothing!), artist Marcos Martin, colorist Muntsa Vicente and I are proud to reveal that The Private Eye is already well into the six figures for both issues downloaded AND dollars earned… and that’s without advertising, corporate backers, Comixology-like distributors, or even a Kickstarter campaign. It’s all because of small contributions from readers around the world, so sincere thanks again for your coverage of our ongoing experiment.

Given that there are NO MIDDLE men for The Private Eye, that’s six figures of pure profit for well deserving creators.

Vaughan has been teasing an expansion of the Panel Syndicate tem for a while, and in his email he nopted:

And we’re also excited to say that we’ve just received the first issue of our NEXT new series at Panel Syndicate, by a very surprising creator we’ll be announcing soon. Stay tuned.  

For now, please enjoy Marcos’ striking cover for #8, featuring Gramps, an elderly Millennial struggling to make sense of the year 2076…

 

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13. Move over Haspiel, there’s a new shirtless cartoonist in town


We’re all for body confidence here at Stately Beat Manor, so go Simon Hanselmann! A lot of brides tone it down after getting married, but he is staying fabulous.

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Meanwhile, tour mate Michael DeForge managed to MAKE A COMIC WHILE ON TOUR. Move over rest of the comics industry.

The Deforge/Hanselmann/Kyle tour is coming to a town near you.

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14. Wait ‘Til You See The Graphic Novels DC Has Planned for Spring and Summer 2015!

149 titles!   Geoff Johns!  John Byrne!  Colleen Doran!  Geoff Johns!  Harley Quinn!  And “The End” of Fables.  (Well, until they do an annotated edition in 2017…)

I’ve highlighted the titles I found interesting.  What excites you?  Bores you?  Makes you wonder, “WTF…?”

Click on the title links for more information.  I’ve also placed a few comments below, just to reward those who scroll through the entire listing.

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Batman: Earth One Vol. 2
Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$22.99 USD
160 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401241858, 1401241859

Summary: Following the events of the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel by Geoff Johns, comes the highly anticipated sequel BATMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2!
The Riddler has arrived in Gotham and he’s terrorizing the city with his own twisted brand of anarchy. But why is he attacking now, and what is his endgame? The Riddler isn’t Batman’s only problem, as Killer Croc is on the streets and his violent crimes can’t be ignored. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has trouble reconciling the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon in this gripping re-imagining of the Batman mythology.
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you Batman as you’ve never seen him before in this thrilling original graphic novel that continues their unique take on the Dark Knight.
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Batman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$24.99 USD
192 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252304, 1401252303

Summary: In the wake of the death of his son Damian, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity. However, the foes of this grief-ridden Dark Knight mean to strike him when he’s at his weakest. Has Batman’s worst foe become…Bruce Wayne?
Plus, three pivotal chapters from the epic ZERO YEAR storyline! From the critically acclaimed, New York Times #1 best-selling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo comes the next genre-defining graphic novel in their monumental run.
Collects BATMAN #0, #18-20, #28 and BATMAN ANNUAL #2.
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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6: Icarus (The New 52)
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254421, 140125442X

Summary: A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City. Can the Dark Knight stop the threat before the entire town finds itself embroiled in a deadly gang war that could burn everything—and everyone—down to the ground?
Collects issues #30-34 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3.
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Batman Eternal Vol. 2
Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$39.99 USD
448 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252311, 1401252311

Summary: The new weekly Batman series, written by the New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder, continues here!
After Commissioner Gordon’s arrest, Batman’s world is turned upside down. New allies emerge, old allies fall and his rogues gallery of villains are not quite who they seem. With a new power structure being established in Gotham amidst rising tension and chaos, can Batman adapt to the changing status quo? Written by Snyder and a team of the industry’s best young creators including James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Jason Fabok and Dustin Nguyen, BATMAN: ETERNAL VOL. 2 will shift the Batman mythos forever!
Collects issues #21-40.
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Gotham Academy Vol. 1
Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, Karl Kerschel
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254728, 1401254721

Summary: Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!
Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!
Collects Gotham Academy #1-6
GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…
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Grayson Vol. 1
Tim Seeley, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252342, 1401252346

Summary: Dick Grayson. Former Sidekick. Former Superhero. Former dead man. Agent of Spyral?!
A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins here. A super-spy espionage thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: you might think you know Nightwing—but you don’t know Dick.
Collects GRAYSON #1-7.
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Batgirl Vol. 6
Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253325, 1401253326

Summary: It’s Batgirl as you’ve never seen her before! Big changes are here for Barbara Gordon as she moves across Gotham City to begin a new chapter in her ongoing fight against crime as Batgirl!
The new creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN AND ROBIN, SEAGUY, SEVEN SOLDIERS), Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr set Barbara Gordon off in a brand-new direction in BATGIRL VOL. 6! Collects BATGIRL #34-39.
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Harley Quinn Vol. 2 (The New 52)
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254780, 1401254780

Summary: The best-selling Harley Quinn continues her bloody romp in the second volume of her own series!
The first rule of Skate Club is…you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money winds with a body count. She’s in…and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent for the fights. And wha would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic con out there? Find out when Harley Quinn invades Comic-Con!!
Collects Harley Quinn #9-12, Harley Quinn Annual #1, Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International San Diego #1
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Justice League Vol. 6: Injustice League (The New 52)
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$22.99 USD
168 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252366, 1401252362

Summary: Heroes quit, villains join and the Justice League roster you’ve never seen before emerges, led by the world’s greatest hero—LEX LUTHOR!
The violent consequences of FOREVER EVIL must be dealt with as a new and deadly force sets it’s target on the Justice league. And with the appearance of the new Power Ring, who knows how her presence will affect the team.
Collects Justice League #30-34, Justice League United: Futures End #1 and Justice League Futures End #1.
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 2
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253417, 1401253415

Summary: The sequel to the New York Times best-selling graphic novel INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOL. 2.
With Superman’s reign over Earth secured, the Green Lantern Corps dispatch Kyle Rayner to investigate the situation. But when he mysteriously disappears, the Guardians of the Galaxy are left with no choice but to remove Superman from his self-appointed throne. But like all the others who have stood in Superman’s way since the death of his beloved wife, the Corps has a fight on their hands that will surely shake them to the core.
Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 #7-12.
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Batman and Robin Vol. 6: The Hunt for Robin
Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$24.99 USD
256 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253349, 1401253342

Summary: After losing his son Damian—a.k.a. Robin—Batman has finally found peace with his death. Damian’s grandfather Ra’s al Ghul, however, has not. In order to resurrect Robin, he’s stolen the body and now Batman will stop at nothing to reclaim him.
Nearly two years of storylines—including threads from Grant Morrison’s BATMAN INCORPORATED and Scott Snyder and Greg Capulo’s BATMAN—conclude here in BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 6: THE HUNT FOR ROBIN.
Collects BATMAN AND ROBIN #29-39.
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Fables Vol. 22
Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401252335, 1401252338

Summary: The final volume of NEW YORK TIMES bestselling, Eisner Award-winning FABLES series is here!
New York Times Best-selling author Bill Willingham delivers the end to his legendary series in Fables Volume 22. The Eisner Award-winning series sees the conclusion of the beloved stories of Bigby Wolf, Rose Red, Boy Blue, Bell, Pinnochio and countless other timeless fables. The only question left to be answered is whether or not they will have a happy ending.
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Arkham Manor Vol. 1
Gerry Duggan, Shawn Crystal
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254582, 1401254586

Summary: When catastrophe strikes Arkham Asylum, where will Gotham City house the world’s most dangerous criminals, and when inmates are found murdered, what is Batman prepared to do in search of justice? Arkham’s madness comes home in ARKHAM MANOR! A bold new collection brought to you by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men).
Collects issues #1-6 of Arkham Manor.
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Gotham By Midnight Vol. 1
Ray Fawkes, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254735, 140125473X

Summary: Spinning out of Batman Eternal, Detective Jim Corrigan aka The Spectre stars in his very own series Gotham By Midnight!
Normally Batman and the other caped protectors of Gotham have the streets of the city covered. But when monsters, ghosts and other supernatural beings enter the mix, even the Dark Knight needs help. Enter Detective Jim Corrigan aka the Spectre to prowl the streets of Gotham, solving the unsolvable supernatural crimes the city can muster.
Collects Gotham By Midnight #1-6.
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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 3
Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254346, 1401254349

Summary: Every journey starts with a single step. Cicero’s started when he crashed into a TV repair shop and eventually landed in the FBP Academy.
Collects FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #14-19.
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American Vampire Vol. 8
Scott Snyder, Rafael Alburquerque
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401254339, 1401254330

Summary: Vampires in space? It’s 1965. Pearl and Skinner escaped The Gray Trader with more questions than answers, and their search for clues leads them to…NASA! You’ve never seen vampires like this before, as the second major story arc of AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE begins!
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque continue their epic Eisner-Award-winning story, as Skinner Sweet and Pearl touch more of the key moments in American history. Collects AMERICAN VAMPIRE CYCLE TWO #1-6.
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Superman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252397, 1401252397

Summary: A new era for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics!
Enter Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. New and exciting mysteries and adventures await. Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!
Collects Superman #32-39.
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Superman: Doomed
Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ken Lashley
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$29.99 USD
336 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252403, 1401252400

Summary: The super-event you have been waiting for in The New 52: Superman vs. Doomsday in a way you’ve never seen before!
Doomsday’s deadly new abilities, in this battle there can be no winners. The Man of Steel must unleash insane levels of power in order to do the job, only to terrify the world he’s saving. Beating Doomsday is only the beginning of this never-ending battle!”
Collects SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1, SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC #1, ACTION COMICS #30-34, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #7-11 and SUPERMAN #30.
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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Denise Mina, Andrea Mutti, Leonardo Manco
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$29.99 USD
228 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401237592, 1401237592

Summary: In this graphic novel sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
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Bodies
Si Spencer, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401252755, 1401252753

Summary: VERTIGO brings you a graphic novel with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London. Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890s overachiever who’s trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Karl Whiteman is our dashing 1940s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014’s kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all.
Si Spencer (HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS, THE VINYL UNDERGROUND) executes a centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay.
Collects BODIES #1-8, the complete miniseries.
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The Names
Peter Milligan, Leandro Fernandez
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401252434, 1401252435

Summary: THE NAMES is a contemporary thriller that starts off as a revenge story: A deadly heroine ticks off—and kills—each “name” that brings her closer to knowing who killed her husband. It will become much more than that…
The world of THE NAMES is Big Money. Hedge funds, leveraged buyouts, market raids, flash buys. Incredibly high end deals that ruin lives and economies, where secret cabals gamble with people’s lives and jaded billionaires find their kicks the only way they know how. The idea is to take what’s REALLY GOING in the poisonous, deadly world of high speed, high stakes finance but really TURN IT UP, push it to the edge and make it sexy, dramatic, and thoroughly deadly.
It’s about righting all the wrongs by any means necessary. It’s KILL BILL meets WOLF OF WALL ST. in a world that’s become Too Big to Fail. It’s a relentless thriller that seeks to unlock the DA VINCI CODE that lies at the center of the world’s finances as the people who really pull the strings in the world finally get what’s coming to them.
The world of high finance has a profound but mysterious effect on all of our lives, yet is understood by too few of us. PETER MILLIGAN, an incredibly talented writer who’s always been able to mine the zeitgeist for memorable stories, wants to create a compelling drama set in this world. LEO FERNANDEZ will bring a slick, sexy visual appeal and together make this another must-read book for VERTIGO.
Collects THE NAMES #1-8.
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Teen Titans Go! Vol. 1
Sholly Fisch, Lea Hernandez
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$12.99 USD
128 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401252427, 1401252427

Summary: Based on the hit TV show, feast your eyes on this all-new, all-ages comic book series! Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hijinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu…so dig in, Titans!
Collects TEEN TITANS GO! #1-6.
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The New 52: Futures End Vol. 2
Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Patrick Zircher
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$29.99 USD
304 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401256029, 1401256023

Now one of DC Comics cornerstone writers, Jeff was prominent in the publisher’s recent New 52 line-wide relaunch as the writer of GREEN ARROW, ANIMAL MAN and FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. He has also written the monthly adventures of SUPERBOY, THE ATOM, and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK.
In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 5 Eisner awards and 5 Harvey Awards. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens co-write this epic new series starring Batman Beyond and other heroes of the New 52 as they try to avert an apocalyptic future.
The hot new series debuts, starring Batman Beyond as he tries to avert an apocalyptic future amongst a cast of the entire New 52 universe…five years in the future!
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The Unwritten Vol. 11
Mike Carey, Peter Gross
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401253486, 1401253482

Summary: The three immortals—Wilson, Rausch and Pullman—are moving toward their respective endgames. But when was the last time they were all in the same room together? Answer: half a century ago, in Oxford, England. And the reasons for what they’re doing now can be found in what they said to each other back then…
Collects THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #7-12.
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Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones
Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253509, 1401253504

Summary: It’s the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run! Olympus must fall, and its rightful ruler must be restored. Wonder Woman is locked in a desperate battle with the First Born with the destiny of immortals at stake—and she must make a decision that will effect the lives of those she loves most.
Collects WONDER WOMAN #30-34, and SECRET ORIGINS #6.
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100 Bullets Book Two
Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$24.99 USD
416 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9781401254315, 1401254314

Summary: In the second collection of the acclaimed, award-winning 100 BULLETS, Agent Graves continues to offer immunity to everyday people to carry out their innermost desires of vengeance with the 100 bullets that he supplies. But as these self-serving manipulations take place, pieces of the mystery of the Minutemen and the organization that created them start to come together, and we discover to the research and conspiracy theories of Mr. Branch. As more is revealed about the series’ main characters, the true meaning and importance of the conflict between Graves and the Trust starts to emerge.
Then, Agent Graves presents his trademark attaché case containing a gun and 100 untraceable bullets to Milo Garret—a small-time private dick who’s just gotten out of the hospital after losing an argument with his car’s windshield. With his face covered in bandages, Milo has become an invisible man in more ways than one. As his latest case draws him into the shadowy world of the Trust, he’s forced to confront the blank space that is his past and figure out what it has to do with the attaché case he’s holding in the present…and do it before what he doesn’t know ends up finishing the job that the windshield started.
Collects 100 BULLETS #20-36.
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Absolute Green Arrow by Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith, Phil Hester
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$99.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255480, 1401255485

Summary: The original Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, reemerges after years of being assumed dead. But many people, including Black Canary, his ex-lover, Arsenal, his ex-partner, Connor Hawke, his son and temporary successor and Batman, the Dark Knight Detective, want to know how Green Arrow survived the airplane explosion and where he has been. Using strong characterization and engaging dialogue, comic and screenplay writer and movie director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, BATMAN: CACOPHONY) successfully resurrects one of the world’s classic heroes.
This Absolute edition will feature bonus script pages, character sketches and a cover gallery.
Collects Green Arrow #1-15.

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Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1
Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$125.00 USD
512 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254308, 1401254306

Summary: After years of self-imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job that he hates and a city that he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 21st Century surroundings. Combining black humor, life-threatening situations, and moral ambiguity, this book is the first look into the mind of an outlaw journalist and the world he seeks to destroy.
Collects the first twenty-one issues of Transmetropolitan in DC’s top quality, slipcased Absolute Edition format.

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Absolute Y The Last Man Vol. 1
Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$125.00 USD
496 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254292, 1401254292

Summary: Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.
This Absolute Edition will feature the first twenty issues of this action-packed series along with special script pages, character sketchs and cover gallery.
Collects Y: THE LAST MAN #1-20.

[Heidi, any chance of you doing a signing at San Diego?]

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Adventures of Superman Vol. 3
Max Landis, Jock
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253301, 140125330X

Summary: This third volume of Adventures of Superman continues to feature the best creators in comics and entertainment presenting their takes on the Man of Steel, in this collection of Superman stories written by Jim Krueger (Justice), Peter Milligan (Justice League Dark) and more!
This series is a great jumping on point for new readers interested in the Man of Steel, as each tale is stand alone, unencumbered by continuity.
Collects Adventures of Superman #11-15.

[Sugar and Spike!  A Green Lantern!  The Joker!  The Demolisher!  And a sneaky reporter tries to discover Superman's identity!]

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All Star Western Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Staz Johnson
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254131, 1401254136

Summary: Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected—especially when he finds out that there’s a new Jonah Hex. Hex sets out to settle some scores the only way he knows how: violently. The first unlucky person on Hex’s list is impostor who stole his identity while Hex was trapped in the Gotham of the future.
Collects issues #29-34.
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America Vs. The Justice Society
Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway, Howard Bender
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255091, 1401255094

Summary: This epic story, originally published in the 1980s, takes place in the late 1940s. Following the end of the war, Superman discovers evidence compiled by Batman that accuses the Justice Society of America of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II. It looks like a massive cover-up, and leads to a Congressional investigation. And when some of the witnesses include foes of the JSA, it becomes clear that this is a bizarre conspiracy to disgrace America’s finest heroes.
Collects AMERICA VS. THE JUSTICE SOCIETY #1-4.
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American Vampire Vol. 7
Scott Snyder, Rafael Alburquerque
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401254322, 1401254322

Summary: Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of AMERICAN VAMPIRE.
When we last saw Pearl in the 1950s, she had lost her love Henry in an attack on the vampire hunting organization, V.M.S., by a coven of Hollywood vampires that nearly wiped the organization off the face of the planet. Devastated and alone, Pearl is determained to leave California and all its painful memories behind.
When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations, and vast social change. What has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack and where is Skinner Sweet?
Collects AMERICAN VAMPIRE CYCLE TWO #1-5.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Aquaman and the Others Vol. 2
Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, Allen Martinez
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253318, 1401253318

Summary: Aquaman and his teammates, The Others, are a mysterious group of outsiders who have put aside past vendettas and personal histories to work together. However, when the secrets of their past are used against them and threaten their lives in the present day, can they keep their tenuous union intact? In facing deadly villains like the KGBeast, the King of Atlantis and his allies may not live to ask that question!
Legendary writer Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) and artist Lan Medina (FABLES) team up for AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS VOL. 2. Collects issues #6-11 of AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS.
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Aquaman Vol. 5: Sea of Storms (The New 52)
Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254407, 1401254403

Summary: The “Sea of Storms” story arc begins with the debut of new Aquaman writer Jeff Parker (BATMAN 66)!
The Earth’s crust is grinding to life, releasing deadly volcanoes and bizarre creatures…so humanity’s first instinct is to blame Atlantis! And as the plates pull apart, the pressures of ruling a kingdom under siege are weighing on Aquaman and Mera as well!
Collects Aquaman #26-31, Aquaman Annual #2 and Swamp Thing #32.
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Aquaman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$24.99 USD
208 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254414, 1401254411

Summary: The ruthless Chimera—a new villain with links to Aquaman’s past—has arrived to destroy the King of the Seven Seas, and Arthur may not be powerful enough to stop him! Meanwhile, with threat after threat demanding his attention, it’s fallen to Mera to hold Atlantis together, even if most of the city wants her dead! The conspirators hiding in the shadows of the city’s darkest reaches can’t hide forever—but can Mera get to them before Atlantis comes apart?
Enemies attack from all sides in AQUMAN VOL. 6, written by Jeff Parker (BATMAN ’66) and illustrated by Paul Pelletier. Collects issues #26-32.
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Aquaman: Sub-Diego
Will Pfeifer, Patrick Gleason, Christan Alamy
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
192 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255107, 1401255108

Summary: A devastating earthquake hits San Diego, leaving thousands dead. But someone survived the cataclysm…and their survival will require Aquaman to take on a new role that draws upon all his experience as a hero and leader of a nation!
Written by Will Pfeifer (TEEN TITANS) and illustrated by Patrick Gleason (BATMAN AND ROBIN), AQUAMAN: SUB DIEGO is the first ever collection of this classic story. Collects issues #15-22 of AQUAMAN.
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Astro City: Private Lives
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254599, 1401254594

Summary: When you’re the Silver Adept, one of Astro City’s newest and most powerful mystic heroes, your life is full of magic, battle, demons, apocalypses and more. When you’re the Adept’s personal assistant, though, life gets really weird. A look at the woman behind the hero.
Collects ASTRO CITY #11-16.

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Astro City: Victory
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254605, 1401254608

Summary: A major new epic begins featuring Winged Victory, Samaritan, and the Confessor, three of Astro City’s most popular heroes. When criminal charges are brought against Winged Victory, the Confessor must investigate and it leads to open combat with Samaritan! Can Astro City’s three greatest heroes find a way to work together against this mystery threat? Plus, Winged Victory’s origin is revealed at last!
Collects ASTRO CITY #7-10 and ASTRO CITY VISITOR’S GUIDE #1.

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Batgirl Vol. 5: Deadline (The New 52)
Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$17.99 USD
232 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255114, 1401255116

Summary: Superstar writer Gail Simone continues the New York Times bestselling Batgirl series!
It’s a hazardous reunion between Batgirl and the former Court of Owls assassin Strix as they face off against the lethal new threat known as Silver—the man who knows the secret of Gotham City’s conspiracy of bats!
Collects Batgirl #27-34, Batgirl Annual #2 and Batgirl: Future’s End #1.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Batman ’66 Vol. 2
Jeff Parker, Richard Case
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254612, 1401254616

Summary: Back to the Swingin’ ’60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form. These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them.
In this volume, one of Batman’s deadliest foes—King Tut returns to Gotham City to assert his royal status and challenge the Dynamic Duo with his most far reaching plan yet to rule the modern Thebes known as Gotham City!
Collects issues #6-10.
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Batman ’66 Vol. 3
Jeff Parker, Richard Case
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$19.99 USD
168 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254629, 1401254624

Summary: Back to the Swingin’ 60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form. These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them.
In this volume, the Dynamic Duo face the Joker, Penguin, the Queen of Diamonds and a Bat-Robot of their own making…that may put Batman and Robin out of a job!
Collects issues #11-15.
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Batman ’66/Green Hornet
Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, Ty Templeton
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252281, 1401252281

Summary: In 1967, television history was made when two masked crime fighters met in a historic crossover. Now, superstar filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor/comedian Ralph Garman join forces with artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN ’66) to bring these two iconic characters and their famous partners together again. Set in the continuity of that earlier team-up, Batman, The Green Hornet, Robin and Kato must go up against a very different General (formerly Colonel) Gumm. What crime could be so deadly as to force these rivals to put aside their differences and join forces again? And what surprise does Gumm have up his sticky sleeve?
Collects Batman ’66/Green Hornet #1-6
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Batman Adventures Vol. 2
Kelley Puckett, Mike Parobeck
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$19.99 USD
232 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254636, 1401254632

Summary: A special all-ages Batman collection! This graphic novel collects the serialized adventures from the classic Batman: The Animated Series, with appearances from The Joker, Batgirl, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Man-Bat and Scarecrow.
From writer Kelley Puckett (BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND, BATGIRL), these tales will connect with Dark Knight fans from 5 to 75! Collects Batman Adventures #11-20.

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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Deluxe Edition
Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$17.99 USD
96 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255121, 1401255124

Summary: Written and drawn by the masterminds behind the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, this Batman one-shot reveals the origins of Harley Quinn as she proves her love to the Joker by trying to eliminate the Dark Knight on her own!
BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE DELUXE EDITION collects the comics debut of Harley Quinn, one of the most popular—and controversial—characters in the DC Universe. Now in a deluxe format with exclusive extras and bonus material, this new collection is a must-have for Harley fans everywhere!

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Batman and Robin Vol. 5: The Big Burn (The New 52)
Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253332, 1401253334

Summary: The origin of Two-Face begins as Batman finds himself in the crossfire of a vengeful war between Two-Face and Erin McKillen! Both are hell bent on killing each other and anyone else who dares to step between them. And what are the mysterious connections between Harvey Dent’s life and the origin of Carrie Kelley!
Collects issues Batman and Robin issues #23.1 and #24-28.
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Batman Arkham: Riddler
Gardner Fox, Sheldon Moldoff
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$19.99 USD
296 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255138, 1401255132

Summary: The greatest hits of Batman’s most cunning, intelligent arch-nemesis are finally collected in BATMAN ARKHAM: RIDDLER! Armed with nothing besides a penchant for riddles and the mind of criminal genius, Edward Nygma has long served as the Dark Knight’s intellectual equal. BATMAN ARKHAM: RIDDLER collects some of the villain’s greatest stories by some of the industry’s greatest creators, including Scott Snyder, Gardner Fox, Paul Dini and more!
Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #140, #142, #377, #822, #837, BATMAN #171, #179, #292, #317, #362, BATMAN: THE RIDDLER #23.2, BRAVE AND THE BOLD #183, JOKERS ASYLUM II: THE RIDDLER #1 and LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #2.
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Batman Beyond: Justice Lords Beyond
Kyle Higgins, Christos Gage, Thony Silas
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254643, 1401254640

Summary: Contains the epic “JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND” crossover! Wonder Woman is back, but it seems like she’s hiding something. Meanwhile, Batman’s journey through the dystopian world of the Justice Lords takes an unexpected and deadly turn as he must face Lord Superman! Can an exhausted Justice League and Terry McGinnis against this deadly foe?
Collects BATMAN BEYOND print issues #9-12.

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Batman Noir: Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller, Lynn Varley, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$34.99 USD
208 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255145, 1401255140

Summary: It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.
Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies.
Collects THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in black and white for the first time.

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Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$16.99 USD
240 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253356, 1401253350

Summary: Before the Batcave and Robin, the Joker and the Batmobile…there was ZERO YEAR.
The Riddler has plunged Gotham City into darkness. How will a young Dark Knight bring his beloved hometown from the brink of chaos and madness and back into the light? From the critically acclaimed, New York Times #1 best-selling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR—DARK CITY is the concluding volume to Batman’s origin story, as you’ve never seen it before.
Collects BATMAN #25-27 and 29-33.
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Batman/Superman Vol. 2: Game Over (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Brett Booth, Jae Lee
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$16.99 USD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254230, 1401254233

Summary: The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel uncover a plot by the Toymaster to use a secret, potentially deadly element in his new video game, the characters created by players manifest in real life. The ultimate fighting game results—and a world-wide network of players must team up to create the most powerful, skilled Super Heroes imaginable with one goal: To kill Batman.
When Batman and Superman are corned by the Toymaster and Mongul, they are pitted against on another in a battle to the death, with their only hope being the The Worlds’ Finest.
Collects Batman/Superman #5-9, Batman/Superman Annual #1, Worlds’ Finest #20-21.
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Batman/Superman Vol. 3 (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Jae Lee
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$22.99 USD
160 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254247, 1401254241

Summary: The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illustrator Jae Lee (Inhumans) to launch this next epic chapter of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in BATMAN/SUPERMAN VOL. 3! Collects issues #10-14 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1.
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Batman: Arkham Origins
Adam Beechen, Doug Wagner, Christian Duce
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401254650, 1401254659

Summary: The best-selling video game comes to comic books in BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS!
In the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, Black Mask orders a hit on the Dark Knight and assassins from all across Gotham City answer the call. Batman must defeat the likes of Deathstroke, Bane, The Joker, Copperhead and others while trying to find out what Black Mask is up to.
Collects digital chapters #1-14
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Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 2
Jiro Kuwata
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$12.99 USD
328 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / General
9781401255527, 1401255523

Summary: The second volume of the now-legendary Batman Manga adventures, first published in Japan in 1966-67, now finally available in newly restored English translations from DC Comics.
Rare Batman manga stories from Japan now available in English!

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Batman: Cataclysm (New Edition)
Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$29.99 USD
464 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255152, 1401255159

Summary: In the aftermath of a deadly plague outbreak, Gotham City is hit with a massive earthquake! With the city quickly plunging into darkness, the only thing that stands between Gotham and complete chaos is Batman, Robin and the entire Bat-Family. However, with Wayne Manor collapsing into the Batcave and the criminal residents of Blackgate Prison making a daring escape how can the Dark Knight possibly hope to restore order?
Written by legendary Bat-scribe Chuck Dixon, this classic BATMAN: CATACLYSM epic is now recollected in its entirety for the first time ever and leads directly into BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND. Collects BATMAN #553-554, DETECTIVE COMICS #719-721, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #73-74, NIGHTWING #19-20, AZRAEL #40, CATWOMAN #56-57, ROBIN #52-53, BATMAN CHRONICLES #12, BLACKGATE: ISLE OF MEN #1, HUNTRESS/SPOILER: BLUNT TRAUMA #1, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: TALES OF MADNESS #1
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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: Gothopia (The New 52)
John Layman, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
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9781401254667, 1401254667

Summary: Gotham City is and always has been a crime-free utopia, where the heroes are celebrated through the streets of one of America’s best cities. Batman is a universally beloved vigilante clad in white. His sidekick is Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catbird. Who—or what—has created the Dark Knight’s alternate hometown?
This twisted take on Gotham City, written by John Layman (Chew) and illustrated by Jason Fabok (BATMAN: ETERNAL), includes the monumental issue DETECTIVE COMICS #27 that celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman.
Collects issues #25-29.
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Batman: Gothic Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$24.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255169, 1401255167

Summary: Don’t miss this new edition of GOTHIC, collecting LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #6-10 by Grant Morrison with art by Klaus Janson.
In the intensely chilling BATMAN: GOTHIC, the Dark Knight Detective must defeat an immortal killer while dealing with a terrifying horror from Bruce Wayne’s youth. While plagued by nightmares about a headmaster from his childhood, Batman investigates the murders of the major crime bosses in Gotham. Discovering the culprit is a serial child killer whom the mafia had drowned years ago, the Dark Knight Detective goes after the mysterious Mr. Whisper. But when Batman confronts the macabre killer he realizes that he is actually the headmaster who used to torment Bruce Wayne as a boy. Encumbered by adolescent fear, the Caped Crusader must find a way to stop this unkillable man from unleashing a lethal plague on Gotham.
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Batman: Harley Quinn
Paul Dini, Neil Googe
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$19.99 USD
200 pages
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9781401255176, 1401255175

Summary: The definitive collection of one of DC Comics’s most popular characters is here in BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN! This new graphic novel collects Harley’s greatest DC tales including her DC Universe debut story. Fresh on the heels of her bestselling New 52 series, BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN includes many stories by Paul Dini, who created the character for Batman: The Animated Series!
Don’t miss the greatest hits of the most mischevious and controversial character at DC Comics! Collects BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN #1, JOKERS ASYLUM II: HARLEY QUINN #1, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14, #30, BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1, #3, DETECTIVE COMICS #831, #837, DETECTIVE COMICS: HARLEY QUINN #23.2, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1.

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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 4
Charles Soule, Shane Davis, Dennis Calero
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$16.99 USD
200 pages
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9781401254674, 1401254675

Summary: In “I Hate When He Does That,” Bruce wonders if his youthful tour of Thailand with Alfred might be coming back to haunt him. Then, in “Riddler in the Dark,” can the Dark Knight solve a trail of E. Nigma’s riddles before it’s too late? Finally, Frank Hannah contributes a trio of stories of how a trauma in Bruce Wayne’s past impacts his present and the future of Gotham City’s criminal set, illustrated by some of comics’ hottest artists. In “The Beautiful Ugly,” when Batman arrives on the scene to discover the final verdict in the case Two-Face argued against local gangs, will anyone go home happy? Then, when Clayface gives Batman the slip in “Break the Mold,” the Dark Knight Detective is hot on his trail. And Batman and Robin face an old foe at the Gotham Science Museum and ponder “Elements of Crime.” Plus, in “The Echo of Pearls,” young Bruce Wayne discovers a cave that sets echoes reverberating throughout his life.
Collects LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #2-3.
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Batman: The New Adventures
Max Allan Collins, Dave Cockrum
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$19.99 USD
272 pages
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9781401255183, 1401255183

Summary: After an encounter with Gotham City street criminals, Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin, is injured. When Batman goes into action on his own, he meets a young hoodlum called Jason Todd. Determined to guide Jason away from a life of crime, Batman takes him under his wing. These 1988 stories take Batman into police procedural territory, and set the stage for the bestselling BATMAN: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY. Written by acclaimed mystery novelist Max Allan Collins, best known for his graphic novel THE ROAD TO PERDITION, which was made into a Academy Award winning movie starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.
Collects BATMAN #402-403, 408-416 and BATMAN ANNUAL #11.

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Batwing Vol. 5: Into the Dark (The New 52)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Eduardo Pansica
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
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9781401250812, 1401250815

Summary: When Gotham City is invaded by an army of criminals sent from the Gotham Underground, Batwing must defend his home from them and his most dangerous foe yet: Menace! The Gotham Underground is about to boil over with anarchy, and no matter which tribe rises up from below Gotham City, Batwing will be the first target. He must travel straight into the madness that is The Gotham Underground to put an end to those behind The Uprising! Will Batman, Incorporated be in the market for a new Batwing? Or is our hero ready to prove himself once and for all?
Collects Batwing #27-34 and Batwing: Futures End #1.
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Batwoman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Marc Andreyko, Jeremy Haun
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401254681, 1401254683

Summary: The new storyline “Batwoman and the Unknowns” starts with new artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)! Batwoman is neck-deep in danger with her new allies Ragman, The Demon, Clayface and Red Alice! What is going on and how did Batwoman end up here?
Collects BATWOMAN #35-40.
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Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell
Paul Dini, Joe Quinones
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401255497, 1401255493

Summary: Black Canary. Zatanna Zatara. Two of the DC Universe’s brightest stars join forces to combat a deadly new threat-a chilling supernatural foe that preys on their weaknesses and unleashes their awesome powers against each other.
A year ago, Black Canary infiltrated a gang of female criminals set to pull a dangerous heist at a Las Vegas casino. Its leader was skilled in hand-to-hand combat and with more than a passing interest in the occult, specifically black magic, one nasty customer. Rather than be taken by Canary or the law, she went to her death, vowing she would get revenge on Canary and her own former gang members. Now, a year to the day later, death stalks those gang members, and Canary must turn to her friend Zatanna to help investigate.
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Catwoman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Genevieve Valentine
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401254698, 1401254691

Summary: Meet Selina Kyle—Crime Boss of Gotham City! Spinning out of the events in BATMAN ETERNAL Selina has accepted the family mantle and embraced her true criminal side, but is Gotham City ready for her reign? And with the Cat away, who’s the stranger haunting the empty rooftops of the city? Don’t miss the start of a bold new direction for Selina Kyle by the new creative team of novelist Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown (Five Ghosts, Iron Patriot).
Collects CATWOMAN #35-40.
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CMYK
Fabio Moon, Jock, Shaun Simon, Tony Akins
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$19.99 USD
296 pages
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9781401253363, 1401253369

Summary: The four colors that are the basis of comics coloring serve as the jumping-off point for creators to push the boundaries of short graphic fiction in the new VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK series. Starting with stunningly simple, bold covers, CMYK will defy all conventions of traditional comics anthologies. The unifying color could suggest a mood, a plot point, a coloring technique – limited only by the imagination of the fantastic creators we’ve lined up. These tales are written and illustrated by some of the best talents in comics, including Fabio Moon, Jock, James Tynion IV, Tony Akins, Peter Milligan, Nathan Fox, Gerard Way and many others.
Collects VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN #1, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: MAGENTA #1, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: YELLOW #1 and VERTIGO QUARTERLY: BLACK #1.

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Constantine Vol. 4 (The New 52)
Ray Fawkes, Edgar Salazar
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401254704, 1401254705

Summary: Trapped on a dying world, John will have to pull off the most daring escape of his life if he’s going to survive! Don’t miss the debut of new series artist Jeremy Haun (BATWOMAN).
Collects CONSTANTINE #18-23.
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DC Comics: Zero Year (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$24.99 USD
448 pages
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9781401253370, 1401253377

Summary: Six years ago, the legend of Batman emerged amid the greatest catastrophe Gotham had ever endured. A maniac calling himself The Riddler shut down all electric power mere days before a terrifying superstorm. But the Dark Knight isn’t the only hero to surface during this moment in time known only as the ZERO YEAR!
Journey back to the Zero Year to see the early tales of heroes and heroines such as Nightwing, Green Arrow, Batgirl, Superman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman and more!
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Deadshot: Bulletproof
Christos N. Gage, Steve Cummings
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401255190, 1401255191

Summary: What happens when a man with a death wish finds something to live for?
Deadshot, an expert marksman and cold, efficient killer, believes he has no reason to live-until he learns he has a daughter! When he discovers she’s living in a neighborhood plagued by violence, he decides to clean up the area, by any means necessary! Part film noir and part classic Western, DEADSHOT tells the story of a violent man who must take on local mobs, corrupt cops, and even a former Suicide Squad member to give his daughter a life of peace and security!
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Deathstroke; The Terminator Vol. 1: Assassins
Marv Wolfman, Steve Erwin, Will Blyberg
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$19.99 USD
264 pages
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9781401254285, 1401254284

Summary: Deathstroke, the break-out villain from the 1980s sensation THE NEW TEEN TITANS and current star of the hit TV series “Arrow,” stars in his own graphic novel series! First, Deathstroke begins his hunt for the man who tried to kill his ex-wife – the man called the Ravager. It’s all-out action as these two super-powered soldiers go toe to toe! Then, someone is knocking off the crime bosses of Gotham City. It’s up to Deathstroke to eliminate the competition – but Batman doesn’t take kindly to him on his turf. And things get even crazier when the masked killer known as the Vigilante enters the fray.
Collects DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR #1-9 and THE NEW TITANS #70.
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Deathstroke Vol. 1
Tony Daniel
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401254711, 1401254713

Summary: The DCU’s deadliest assassin stars in his own ongoing series by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! See him as never before in this explosive new series, with one surprise after another as we see Slade Wilson in the fight of his life!
Collects issues #1-6 of DEATHSTROKE.
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Dial H Deluxe Edition (The New 52)
China Mieville, Alberto Ponticelli, Mateus Santolo…
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$34.99 USD
368 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255206, 1401255205

Summary: Award-winning China Mieville’s entry in the highly publicized DC Comics—The New 52, DIAL H, is now collected in this deluxe edition.
There exists dials in the world, that hold unbelievable power— the ability to turn you into a super hero! Once Nelson accidentally discovers one such dials, his life will never be the same as he travels the world in search of a relic that could explain their Dial H powers. But new and diseptively dangerous villians have surfaced who are awaiting their return home! Collects Dial H #0-15.

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DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Four
Brian Wood, Ricardo Burchielli
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$29.99 USD
384 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254117, 140125411X

Summary: In the near future, America’s worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand—Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.
In this volume, journalist Matty Roth redefines his role in the DMZ, rolling with a private security force and self-defined mandate to heal the city. But is this the start of a brand-new day – or will this “Rise of Matty” end with the fall of just another petty warlord? Then, Matty retreats into self-exile forces to take a good, hard look at himself and his conduct since he entered the DMZ, and he doesn’t like what he sees.
Collects DMZ #45-59.
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Earth 2 Vol. 4: The Dark Age (The New 52)
Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254179, 1401254179

Summary: Once thought dead, Superman now returns to Earth to do the destructive bidding of Darkseid!
The Wonders of Earth 2 have struggled to keep the forces of Brutal and Darkseid at bay. But now with the return of Superman, they can no longer stand up to the wake of destruction he brings. But now, with the emergence of a new and mysterious Batman, comes the hope that he may know how to defeat the rogue Man of Steel before Earth 2 is destroyed completely.
Collects Earth 2 #17-20, Earth 2 Annual #2
From the Hardcover edition.
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Earth 2 Vol. 5: The Kryptonian (The New 52)
Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254186, 1401254187

Summary: Superman is the most powerful being in the universe. And for once, that’s not a good thing.
The Last Son of Krypton is now an enforcer of Darkseid, the evil despot who will stop at nothing to take over Earth 2. However, there is one man who can stop them and that’s…Superman?
A new Superman—named Val-Zod—has appeared and the heroes of Earth 2 must convince him to help them in their darkest hour in one last desperate attempt to stop Kal-El. Can they band together in time to prepare for Apokolips and the forces of Darkseid? And can Val-Zod become the hero they need him to be?
Writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US) and artist Nicola Scott (SUPERMAN) continue their New York Times best-selling run with EARTH 2 VOL. 5: THE KRYPTONIAN. Collects EARTH 2#21-26 and EARTH 2: FUTURES END #1.
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Earth 2: World’s End Vol. 1
Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Eddy Barrows
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$29.99 USD
360 pages
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9781401256036, 1401256031

Summary: .
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Ex Machina Book Five
Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$19.99 USD
320 pages
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9781401254223, 1401254225

Summary: In this last deluxe EX MACHINA hardcover, Mayor Mitchell Hundred descends into the NYC sewers to learn why he was given the strange powers that helped him become the heroic Great Machine while a powerful new foe reveals a terrifying plan that’s been in the works since the series began
Then, in the very last EX MACHINA adventure, will Mitchell Hundred’s new archenemy, a dogged reporter with powers far beyond those of the Great Machine, finally bring down his administration? Will the tragedies that Mayor Hundred warned about from the beginning finally come to pass?
Collects EX MACHINA #41-50 and EX MACHINA SPECIAL #4.
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Fables: Deluxe Edition Book Ten
Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$29.99 USD
368 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401255213, 1401255213

Summary: The exiled Jack of Fables reappears as the entire Fables world is threatened by the Literals – beings who could wipe out any Fable with a single penstroke. In a story that sweeps across FABLES, the spin-off series JACK OF FABLES, and the miniseries THE LITERALS, the very existence of the Fables is threatened by The Literals, who just don’t like their messy, mythical lives. Plus, in the original graphic novel FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND, Bigby Wolf goes on a quest to find a new location for Fabletown, only to find a village populated by werewolves—but do they see Bigby as a hero or a threat?
Bill Willingham’s Eisner Award-winning, New York times best-selling series comes to the deluxe hardcover format here in FABLES: THE DELUXE EDITION BOOK TEN in one of the most epic storylines in the series’ long history.
This deluxe edition collects FABLES #77-82, backup stories from FABLES #83-85, THE LITERALS #1-3, JACK OF FABLES #33-35, and the original graphic novel FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND.
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Fairest Vol. 5
Mark Buckingham, Russ Braun
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401254261, 1401254268

Summary: In this new epic, refugees from Fabletown have returned to New York’s Castle Dark, and Reynard, now able to shapeshift from fox to man, travels the mundane world to regale the animals with tales of his exploits, rubbing the other Fables’ noses in his good fortune. Frustration at their restriction to the Farm threatens to become a issue once more! Can the animals find a way out of their situation?
Long-time FABLES artist Mark Buckingham takes over writing duties in this concluding volume to the New York Times best-selling series FAIREST. Collects issues #27-32.
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Forever Evil
Geoff Johns, David Finch, Richard Friend
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$19.99 USD
240 pages
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9781401253387, 1401253385

Summary: The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! In a flash of light, the world’s most powerful heroes vanish as the Crime Syndicate arrives from Earth-3! As this evil version of the Justice League takes over the DC Universe, no one stands in the way of them and complete domination…no one except for Lex Luthor.
By New York Times #1 best-selling creators Geoff Johns and David Finch, FOREVER EVIL is the first universe-wide crossover of The New 52. This hardcover graphic novel collects the FOREVER EVIL #1-7.
Collects FOREVER EVIL #1-7.
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The Girl Who Played with Fire
Denise Mina, Leonardo Manco
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$19.99 USD
288 pages
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9781401255503, 1401255507

Summary: In this graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larrson’s THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
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Gotham City Sirens Book Two
Peter Calloway, Andres Guinaldo
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$24.99 USD
300 pages
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9781401254124, 1401254128

Summary: Catwoman deals with the aftermath of battling her sister in this new title, setting her against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in a brutal display of their villainous roots. And don’t miss guest appearances by Zatanna and Talia al Ghul. Then, The Joker is back in Arkham Asylum and Harley Quinn breaks back in with him – but is she there to stand by him or destroy him? Either way, Poison Ivy and Catwoman must put aside their tumultuous past to help their wayward friend. Guest-starring Clayface and Batman!
Collects GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #14-26.

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Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Ivan Reis
Ivan Reis, Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$39.99 USD
296 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255220, 1401255221

Summary: Collecting such works as Blackest Night, Justice League, Green Lantern and more, GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF IVAN REIS is a collection of some of the very best DC Comics art there is! Ican has collaborated on some of DC Comics’ New York Times Best-selling titles such as The New 52’s Aquaman and Justice League, as well as perinial Green Lantern greats such as Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night.

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Green Arrow Vol. 3: The Trial of Oliver Queen
Mike Grell, Dan Jurgens, Ed Hannigan
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
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9781401255237, 140125523X

Summary: In these cult favorite stories from the 1980s, Green Arrow relocates to Portland to be with his girlfriend, fellow Justice League member Black Canary. But after helping out a local resident, he finds himself the target of an assassin who wants to bring his own brand of deadly vigilante justice to the city. And when Green Arrow tries to stop him, he realizes that there’s more to this would-be hero than meets the eye.
Collects the 1988 GREEN ARROW #13-18.
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Green Arrow Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$14.99 USD
128 pages
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9781401254742, 1401254748

Summary: Welcome new series writers straight from the hit TV show Arrow! Ollie is trying to put his life together after the grueling events of “Broken,” and finds himself back in Seattle on a mission from a mystery woman. Who is she—and what’s next for Green Arrow?
Collects GREEN ARROW #32-34, GREEN ARROW FUTURES END #1, SECRET ORIGINS #6.
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Green Arrow: Archer’s Quest Deluxe Edition
Brad Meltzer, Phil Hester, Ande Parks
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255251, 1401255256

Summary: New York Times #1 Best-selling author of Identity Crisis Brad Meltzer, launches an epic adventure in the life of Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow in this new Deluxe Edition!
Green Arrow died. Then he came back to life. But in the meantime, the Shade dropped the ball on a job Green Arrow had asked him to take care of in the event of his death: gathering various artifacts to protect Green Arrow’s identity. The reborn superhero and his old sidekick, Speedy, now known as Arsenal, embark on “The Archer’s Quest,” gathering those artifacts and taking several trips down memory lane. Collects Green Arrow #16-21
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Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Van Jensen, Bernard Chang
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
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9781401254759, 1401254756

Summary: The New Gods are on the march, and the war against the ring-wielders has begun. John Steward summons a strike team of Green Lanterns to go into battle against the fiercest of the New Gods, Uggha and his deadly warriors. But what good is the most powerful weapon in the universe when the Lanterns face the gods of the entire multiverse?!
Collects GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35-40.
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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 2
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$99.99 USD
1040 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255268, 1401255264
Summary: Best-selling writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, Geoff Johns revitalized the Green Lantern franchise in his decade long run beginning with GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and culminating with WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN.
Blackest Night is here as the dead rise across the cosmos! Hal Jordan and the battle worn Green Lanterns must unite the new and different colored Corps if they have any chance at defeating the seemingly endless and unstoppable army of the dead.
Collects Green Lantern #26-52, Blackest Night #0-7, DC Universe #0, Untold Tales of Blackest Night #1-2, Blackest Night Tales of the Corps #1-2.
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Green Lantern Vol. 5: Test of Wills (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$17.99 USD
256 pages
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9781401254162, 1401254160

Summary: Hal Jordan, the greatest Green Lantern in the history of the Corps, has lost everything. Friends have died, Oa has been destroyed, and now he must say goodbye to Earth! As war threatens to dismantle the Green Lantern Corps, Hal does the unthinkable: He asks for help. Can he and a team of handpicked Lanterns remove a deadly weapon from the enemy’s arsenal, or will they be dealt their first defeat?
Collects Green Lantern #27-34 and Green Lantern Corps #31-33.
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Green Lantern Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254766, 1401254764

Summary: That shudder you felt was the New Gods declaring their intentions against all ring-wielders! Having staked their claim to the emotional spectrum, the New Gods se about redefining the universe in their image, starting with Metron, who’s determined to steal the secrets of the Corps’ Citadel. But Hal and the Corps have something to sa about that. Good luck trying to make yourself heard when you’re talking to a god!
Collects GREEN LANTERN #35-40, GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #3.
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Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Justin Jordan, Brad Walker
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
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9781401254773, 1401254772

Summary: Kyle Rayner’s experience beyond the Source Wall has left him slowly losing his grip on reality, and the Guardians are gravely concerned. When help arrives in the form of Highfather, the Guardians know the All-Father is not to be trusted, but desperation can lead to bad decisions. Kyle is walking into a trap, and he has more to lose than he can imagine!
Collects GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #35-40.
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Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$16.99 USD
224 pages
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9781401254155, 1401254152

Summary: Fresh from BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY and SUICIDE SQUAD, Harley Quinn returns to her first solo series in the New 52! The writing team of Jimmy Palmiotti (ALL STAR WESTERN) and Amanda Conner (BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE) unleashed Harley on an unsuspecting DC Universe, as she encounters various heroes and villains…and leaves no one unscathed in her wake! With art by Chad Hardin and a slew of comics’ best artists including Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson and Art Baltazar!
Collects HARLEY QUINN #0-8.

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 4: What Lies Within
Dan Abnett, Michael O’Hare, Rafael Kayanan
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401250690, 1401250696

Summary: A new adventure begins here! With Eternia still occupied by the Horde, He-Man and King Randor lead a small group of Masters on a quest to find the one object that might free Eternia! Join new writer Dan Abnett as he takes He-Man and the Masters of the Universe into their next great chapter!
Collects HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #7-12.
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 5
Dan Abnett, Pop Mhan
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401253394, 1401253393

Summary: Randor’s desperate quest to bring back The Sorceress continues. Deep within Subternia, the Masters of the Universe face unimaginable horrors. The harrowing nightmares of the Ring of Dreams threaten to overwhelm He-Man and Randor. Meanwhile, on the Ring of Earth, Moss Man is dying and the final gamble of the King may prove to be fatal.
This volume collects He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #13-18
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Hinterkind Vol. 3
Ian Edginton, Francesco Trifogli
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401254353, 1401254357

Summary: The second volume of the sweeping epic of a post-apocalyptic world in which humans have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the creatures of fantasy and fable.
Times were much different before the blight ended mankind’s rule over the world. Travel back to a time before there were trolls, vampires, fairies and other monsters of myth made their triumphant return to witness the origins of Prosper, Jon, Starla and many more.
Collects Hinterkind #13-18.
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Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
Dan Abnett, Tom Raney
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401254797, 1401254799

Summary: Based on the hit videogame INFINITE CRISIS, the cosmos spanning series is now available in print!
In an alternate earth, Atomic Two-Face has stolen the Eternal Key, an artifact that could give him the power to level a universe! The heroes of every Earth in the universe must band together to stop him Arcane Green Lantern, Gaslight Catwoman, Atomic Wonder Woman and Nightmare Robin are only a few of the millions of alternate versions of our heroes and villains that will play a part in this universe spanning adventure.
Collects Infinite Crisis digital chapters #1-14
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Infinity Man and the Forever People Vol. 1
Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$16.99 USD
200 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254803, 1401254802

Summary: Four of the best students from New Genesis arrive on Earth to study and aid in the advancement of humanity – but they soon discover a darker purpose to their mission: a threat so great that it may bring the multiverse itself to its knees! The only thing that stands between them and total destruction is the mysterious entity known as the Infinity Man!
Don’t miss the start of this new series by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, the team that brought you the over-the-top adventures of O.M.A.C.! Collects issues #1-9.
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401253400, 1401253407

Summary: The best-selling prequel to the hit videogame picks up right where it left off! Year one is over—now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth’s protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, anothe grave threat approaches…
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR 2 continues the story from the New York Times best-selling graphic novel with rising star writer Tom Taylor (EARTH 2) and a team of artists including Mike S. Miller, Bruno Redondo and Tom Derenick.
Collects INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR 2 #1-5.
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The Invisibles Book Four Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Chris Weston
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$39.99 USD
496 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401254216, 1401254217

Summary: Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Phil Jimenez and John Stokes In a world where paranoia is a survival skill, the only hope for humankind is a group of unconventional occultist freedom fighters called the Invisibles. In this collection, the team launches an assault on an underground New Mexico lab to free the cure for the AIDS virus from the alleged inventors of the disease: the U.S. government.
Collects The Invisibles Vol. 2 #14-22, The Invisibles Vol. 3 #1-12.
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JLA Vol. 7
Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$24.99 USD
416 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255282, 1401255280

Summary: Writer Joe Kelly and artist Doug Mahnke continue to stretch the boundaries of super-hero comics with their run with JLA volume 7.
Now the JLA must make the gut-wrenching decision: to maintain neutrality in a galactic conflict or to interfere in foreign politics by conducting a preemptive strike of its own. Collects JLA #77-83.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 11: Last Man Standing
Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$19.99 USD
256 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401255299, 1401255299

Summary: In this new Hellblazer collection, John Constantine, while scouting for blackmail victims at an orgy, John finds himself accidentally summoning up sinister beings known as the Mendw, with terrible consequences for an anorexic girl and her abusive father. Plus, cattle mutiliations in Yorkshire hold no interest for Constantine until a nosy tabloid reporter chases him out of London. Once in the country, John discovers that one of the villagers is transforming into a werewolf, but this strange case of lycanthropy is only a portent of worse things to come…
Collects HELLBLAZER #108-117
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JSA Omnibus Vol. 3
Geoff Johns, Alex Ross, George Perez
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$125.00 USD
1280 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255305, 1401255302

Summary: Known for his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern over a decade ago, Geoff Johns brought the Justice Society of America characters once rooted in the Golden Age of comics back to the forefront of graphic storytelling. Mixing younger, edgier characters with the elder statesmen of superheroes, Johns brought the JSA back to the forefront of the comics in what became the industry’s best-selling comic series. Collected here is the second and concluding volume on Johns’ now-legendary run on the original JSA.
Collected here are JSA #76-87, Justice Society of America #1-28, Justice League of America #8-10, Justice Society of America Annual #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special:Superman #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1.
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Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years
Roy Thomas, Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$39.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255312, 1401255310

Summary: In the winter of 1940, All Star Comics #3, written by comics legend Gardner Fox, introduced the world to the Justice Society of America. Featuring Hour-Man, Doctor Fate, The Spectre, The Sandman, The Atom, The Flash, The Green Lantern and Hawkman, the Justice Society of America would become a mainstay in superhero comics for the next seventy-five years!
This anthology collects stories from the industry’s legendary talents, including Gardner Fox, John Broome, Robert Kanigher and Geoff Johns.
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Justice League 3000 Vol. 2 (The New 52)
Keith Giffen, J.M. Dematteis, Howard Porter
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254148, 1401254144

Summary: In the far flung future in the year 3000, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern are still defending the Earth as the Justice League. From the classic Justice League writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA), comes volume 2 of this series starring the heroes of today—tomorrow!
Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #8-15.
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Justice League Dark Vol. 5 (The New 52)
JM DeMatteis, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250072, 1401250076

Summary: The fallout from the Justice League Dark’s battles with Blight and the Trinity of Sin, during the DC crossover event Forever Evil, has left the team in tatters. Zatanna assumes leadership of the team and prepares to rebuild. With team members angry and confused by Johns Constantine’s methods during the fight with Blight and the Trinity of Sin, how will John Constantine fit into this new team, if at all?
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 5 pits the team against the greatest evil in the DC Universe—and against one another! Collects issues #30-35.
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Justice League of America Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil (The New 52)
Matt Kindt, Eddy Barrows, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$16.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250478, 1401250475

Summary: As the smoke clears from the Trinity War, one thing looks disturbingly clear­, the members of the Justice League of America are dead, betrayed by one of their own.
But as with the Trinity War, all is not what it seems. Martian Manhunter and Star Girl have lived to fight another day and find themselves trapped on an alien world that is under the control of a group of super-villains. The key to their survival may lie in the hands of the super-villain Despero, but will these heros be able to find it within themselves to trust soemone who is supposed to be their mortal enemy?
This volume collects issues #8-14.
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Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada
Jeff Lemire, Mike McKone
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$24.99 USD
192 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252359, 1401252354

Summary: Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!
In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man – but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian? Plus: Don’t miss the debut of a new Canadian hero who will have a huge effect on the group!
Collects Justice League United 0-4, Justice League United: Futures End #1 and Justice League: Futures End #1.
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Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes (The New 52)
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254193, 1401254195

Summary: As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them—including Batman’s protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing…and Owlman’s teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men!
New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN: EARTH ONE) continues the Forever Evil event, as the Justice League must find a way to defeat their deadly mirror images—the Crime Syndicate!
Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29
From the Hardcover edition.
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Klarion Vol. 1
Ann Nocenti, Trevor Mccarthy
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254827, 1401254829

Summary: Writer Ann Nocenti introduces Jack Kirby’s classic character Klarion The Witch Boy to a whole new generation.
Klarion moves to Gotham City to master his magical skills. On his way to mastering his skills, Klarion encounters other young witches and wizards with deep secrets like himself. Together, these teenagers work to not only master magic, but to deal with the everyday issues of being a teenager in the chaotic climate of Gotham.
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Lobo Vol. 1
Cullen Bunn, Jack Herbert
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254834, 1401254837

Summary: The intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo returns to the DC Universe and is bringing his well known brand of ultraviolence with him.
Charged with protecting a valuable client from six highly trained assasins, Lobo cuts a path of destruction through the DC Universe as he attempts to protect his client, but also must find those responsible for the contract on his client’s life. In the midst of all the chaos, Lobo must also track down the individual who has stolen his identity and serve him with Lobo’s own brand of justice!
Collects issues #1-6 of this exciting new series!
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Neal Adams Omnibus
Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$75.00 USD
640 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255510, 1401255515

Summary: Neal Adams is considered one of the greatest Batman artists of all-time, and one of comics’ most influential illustrators.
Now, DC Comics has collected all three volumes of the Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams series together with Adams’ critically acclaimed series Batman: Odyssey in one hardcover omnibus.
This massive volume collects material from Batman #200, 203 and 210; The Brave and The Bold #75-76 and 79-85; Dectective Comics #370, 372, 385, 389, 391, and 392; and World’s Finest Comics #174-176, 178-180, 182-183, 185, 186; Batman #217, 220-222, 224-227, 229-231, The Brave and The Bold #86, 88-90, 93, 95, Detective Comics #394-403, 405-311, World’s Finest Comics #199, 200, 202; Batman #232, 234-241, 243-246, 251, 255; Batman Annual #14; Batman Black & White #4; Brave and the Bold #99, Detective Comics #412-422, 439, 600; Heroes Against Hunger; Limited Collectors Edition C-25, C-51, C-59; Robin #1; Saga of Ra’s Al Ghul #4; World’s Finest #211, 244-246, 258; Batman: Odyssey Vol. 1 issues #1-6 and Vol. 2 issues #1-7.

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New Suicide Squad Vol. 1 (The New 52)
Sean Ryan
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252380, 1401252389

Summary: Once a secret to even the highest government officials, the Suicide Squad has emerged from FOREVER EVIL as one of its most popular programs. Its mission: to send incarcerated super villains to carry out impossible missions on foreign soil in exchange for a commuted prison sentence. If they are caught or killed, no government could link these operatives back to the U.S. government. At least, that’s the theory.
This new series begins with a mission in Russia that features two red-hot Batman villains: Harley Quinn and Joker’s Daughter, plus Deadshot, Deathstroke the Terminator, Black Manta and more.
Collects NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #1-7.
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Teen Titans Vol. 1 (The New 52)
Will Pfeifer, Kenneth Rocafort
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252373, 1401252370

Summary: Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy step out of the shadows of the adult heroes of the DC Universe to offer bold, exciting and sometime dangerous ideas on how to protect a world full of superpowered teenagers—any one of whom could be the next heroic figure or major villain!
This exciting new chapter in the teen heroes’ mythos starts here in TEEN TITANS VOL. 1, written by Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN) and illustrated by Kenneth Rocafort (SUPERMAN, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS).
Collects TEEN TITANS #1-7.
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New Teen Titans Vol. 2
Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$19.99 USD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255329, 1401255329

Summary: When the series launched, writer Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and artist George Perez (FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS, Avengers) crafted a timeless story starring Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Changling, Raven and Starfire—a group of young individuals with great powers and strong personalities who learned their way in the world through the strength of their friendship and the adventures they shared.
Collects NEW TEEN TITANS #9-16.
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Nightwing Vol. 2: Rough Justice
Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, Karl Story
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$19.99 USD
296 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255336, 1401255337

Summary: Attempting to create his own life and forge his own destiny, Nightwing has begun anew in the city of Bludhaven. Leaving behind his adolescent days as Robin, the vigilante confronts his own rogues gallery as he faces off against the deadly threats of underworld kingpin Blockbuster, the half-creature, half-human Man-Bat, and the lethal assassin Deathstroke. But even distance and time will not allow him to escape his past, as Nightwing finds himself once again battling the fear-inducing Scarecrow and working side-by-side Batman, when his mentor pays him an unwelcome visit to check up on him.
Collects issues #9-18 of the original series.
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Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition
Warren Ellis, Chris Sprouse, Colleen Doran
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$29.99 USD
264 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401255343, 1401255345

Summary: Two of Warren Ellis’ acclaimed science fiction stories are collected here in Deluxe format with additional sketch and script pages!
Lying beneath Europa’s (Jupiter’s moon) half-mile-thick mantle of shear ice is the only ocean in the solar system besides those on Earth. And within those cold waters could rest the key to life on Earth—and quite possibly its extinction!
It’s the job of U.N. weapons inspector Nathan Kane to learn what sort of beings lie under the icy dome. But he’s about to encounter resistance of the violent kind from the staff manning Earth’s outpost on Europa—and he’ll like what happens even less when the long-slumbering aliens begin to awaken!
In Orbiter, a space shuttle crash lands on Earth after being missing for a decade, it unlocks a mystery that will unfold deep in outer space. Can a team of three specialists cheated out of their dream of spaceflight discover the nature of this bizarre space-borne anomaly?

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Orion by Walter Simonson Omnibus
Walter Simonson
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$75.00 USD
688 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255350, 1401255353

Summary: In 2000, legendary writer/artist Walter Simonson, best known for his work on DC’s Manhunter and Marvels’ Thor, treated comics fans to his vision of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythology. At the center of the series was the conflict between Orion, born on the violent world of Apokolips but raised on peaceful New Genesis, and his father, Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips. Focusing on the clash between father and son, the series features most of the Fourth World heroes and villains created by Jack Kirby, as Darkseid seeks the deadly anti-life equation – and Orion battles to stop him from eradicating life as we know it!
This title also includes short stories written by Simonson and illustrated by Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, Jim Lee and others.
Collects ORION #1-25 and stories from JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD #9-11 and 13.

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The Question: Falling in Place
Rick Veitch, Tommy Lee Edwards
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255466, 1401255469

Summary: Collects the entire miniseries of THE QUESTION: FALLING IN PLACE #1-6. Vic Sage—a.k.a. The Question—battles back in a mind-bending 6-issue miniseries written by Rick Veitch (SWAMP THING) with art by Tommy Lee Edwards (BATMAN: GOLDEN STREETS OF GOTHAM)! Vic Sage is a TV journalist with an uncanny ability to break difficult stories, thanks in large part to his relentless crime-fighting campaign as the Question! But has the faceless vigilante’s particular brand of harsh justice finally sent him off the deep end? Prowling the meanest streets of his native Chicago, the trench-coated Question thinks he also walks in another world—a strange shamanic space full of shadowy dangers. When Sage hears the voice of Superman’s home city of Metropolis, he answers the call. Is he crazy? That’s the question.
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Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 6
Scott Lobdell, Rafa Sandoval
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253424, 1401253423

Summary: Part of the DC Comics – The New 52, this volume collects the sixth action-packed arc of New York Times best selling author Scott Lobdell. Batman’s former sidekick Jason Todd, now known as the Red Hood, and The Outlaws deal with the fallout from Kori’s past and learn that a top-secret villain has returned to make things much, much worse for them!
Collects RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #34-39.
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Red Lanterns Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Charles Soule, J. Califore
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254841, 1401254845

Summary: Following the war with Atrocitus and his renegade Red Lanters, Guy Gardner finds himself in a Corps of one as he is one of the only remaining Red Lanterns. With no direction, Guy returns home to Earth to deliver his own brand of justice. But a new and almost unstoppable threat arrives as it’s Sinestro, Green Lanterns and Guy Gardner vs the New Gods! Collects Action Comics #30-34, Action Comics Annual #3.
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Robin The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years
Bill Finger, Bob Kane
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$39.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255367, 1401255361

Contributor Bio:
William Finger was born on February 8, 1914. He met cartoonist Bob Kane at a party in 1938, and soon after they were collaborating on several adventure strips. Within a year, Batman appeared. Finger’s fondness for pulp fiction and movies influenced his plots and writing style for comic books. He worked on many other DC characters and titles, scripted some of the 1940s daily and Sunday Batman and Robin newspaper strip continuities, and wrote for Quality, Fawcett and Timely.
Finger’s television credits include 77 Sunset Strip, The Roaring Twenties and Hawaiian Eye during the late 1950s and early 1960s. His efforts in the super-hero genre also appeared on TV in the 1960s, including material for the animated New Adventures of Superman plus a two-part Clock King episode of the 1966 Batman series. Finger died in New York City on January 24, 1974. He was posthumously inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1999.

Summary: 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of Robin, the Boy Wonder! DC Comics is proud to present this new hardcover anthology collecting some of Robin’s greatest stories.

[Hey, DC, I know you can't give him credit on Batman, but how about "Robin"?]

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The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition
Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$24.99 USD
224 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401248963, 1401248969

Summary: Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe hardcover edition!
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman’s origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.

[Um... no Absolute edition?  Seriously?  Sell that first, for $75.  Then the Deluxe edition.  Then the paperback.  No.  Wait.  First do an "artist edition" of JH Williams' actual artwork!  I've seen his pages for Batwoman, he does it all, right there on the board! ]

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Secret Origins Vol. 2
Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253431, 1401253431

Summary: At last, the SECRET ORIGINS of the World’s Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! The beginnings of the most popular characters in the DC Universe are finally told here, in stories that fans have been clamoring for since September 2011. The latest explosive origins from DC Comics – The New 52 include Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello, Cyborg by Marv Wolfman, Red Hood by Scott Lobdell, and others.
Collects SECRET ORIGINS #5-8.
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Secret Six Vol. 2
Gail Simone, Nicola Scott
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$19.99 USD
336 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255374, 140125537X

[YES!  Back in print!  HBO, can you fasttrack this into production?  Why?  Well, it's awesome in its dark humour and near-Vertigo craziness, but really, I just want to see more Rag Doll cosplay.]

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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 1
Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253448, 140125344X

Summary: Wonder Woman stars in her first digital-first anthology series!
Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver kick things off when Oracle calls for help after the entire Bat-Family gets sidelined. But when Wonder Woman steps into the breach, Gotham City’s criminals get the surprise of their lives! Then, Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs take Diana to school, where she meets her biggest fan! Collects Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1-5.

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Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years
Bill Parker, C.C. Beck
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$39.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255381, 1401255388

Summary: 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of Shazam! DC Comics is proud to present this new hardcover anthology collecting some of Shazam’s greatest stories.

[I sure hope they include "Sivana's Nobel" in this collection!]

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Showcase Presents: Blue Devil Vol. 1
Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins
On Sale Date: September 1, 2015
$19.99 USD
456 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255398, 1401255396

Summary: One of the most fondly remembered super-hero comics of the 1980s, BLUE DEVIL stars movie stuntman Dan Cassidy, who became trapped in a devil-like action suit when a real demon appeared on his movie set. As Blue Devil, Cassidy alternated between battling evil and trying to find a way out of the super-powered suit.
Collects BLUE DEVIL #1-18 and THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #24.

[Yes, DC is still publishing their pulp paperback collections!  (Take THAT, Marvel!)  Now, can we please have a "Legends" collection?]

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Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol. 5
Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$19.99 USD
528 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255404, 140125540X

Summary: Over 500 pages of classic super hero adventure are collected in this value-priced volume!
The Fastest Man Alive is back in this new collection of tales from the 1960s. In this fifth volume, The Flash faces foes from his Rogues Gallery including Captain Cold, and faces difficulties include amnesia, his girlfriend, Iris Allen, being granted invulnerability, and much more.
Collects THE FLASH #185-208.
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Sinestro Vol. 2 (The New 52)
Cullen Bunn, Dale Eaglesham
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254865, 1401254861

Summary: The Green Lantern Corps is on it’s last legs – which means it’s Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps to the rescue. But is bringing their sworn enemies to the heart of their stronghold a good move? Sinestro’s actions and motivations are often two different things, and not all is as it seems.
Collects Sinestro #6-11.
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Smallville Season 11 Vol. 6: Titans
Bryan Q. Miller, Cat Staggs, Ben Lobel
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401253455, 1401253458

Summary: A grisly murder in Gotham City sends Martian Manhunter on a quest to confront his past, newly digitized Tess Mercer is faced with the ultimate question, a mysterious foe, determined to take down Jay Garrick’s new Titans team, and John Constantine sticks his nose into Zatanna’s business. Smallville Season 11 hasn’t ever been more exciting!
Collects Smallville Season 11 Special #1, 3-5
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Supergirl Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Tony Bedard, Emanuela Lupacchino
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255411, 1401255418

Summary: Kara must deal with the fall-out of the green Kryptonite skies over a dead Earth, and the horrors still to come! This volume features a SUPERMAN: DOOMED tie-in and FUTURES END: SUPERGIRL #1!
Collects SUPERGIRL #34-40, and FUTURES END: SUPERGIRL #1.
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Superman – Action Comics Vol. 5: What Lies Beneath (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254889, 1401254888

Summary: This BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military’s battle with subterranean monsters?
Collects Action Comics #25-29 and Secret Origins #1.
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Superman – Action Comics Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254896, 1401254896

Summary: The Superman Doomed Crossover is here!
The fabled villain returns from the Phantom Zone with his crosshairs set on the Man of Steel. Where ever Doomsday goes, death follows and Superman is forced to do the unthinkable; kill Doomsday. But when the creature explodes into a plume of vapor which Superman inhales, the true battle begins!
Collects Action Comics #30-34, Action Comics Annual #3.
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Superman Vol. 5: Under Fire (The New 52)
Scott Lobdell, Ken Lashley, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255428, 1401255426

Summary: In the wake of the Psi War, Lois Lane lies in a deep coma, unable to speak, but her new found powers allow her to astral project in times of need. It is just this power that brings the power hungry creature Parasite to Metropolis in search of Lois.
Is there anything The Man of Steel can do, or will he lose his best friend?
The Man of Steel faces villains attacking Metropolis from all sides in SUPERMAN VOL. 5.
Collects SUPERMAN #25-31.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Superman Vs. Darkseid
John Byrne, Mike McKone
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255435, 1401255434

Summary: It’s Superman vs. Darkseid in this action packed collection by John Byrne!
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Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple
Charles Soule, Tony S. Daniel, Paulo Siqueira
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$16.99 USD
200 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253462, 1401253466

Summary: Beginning a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as writer Charles Soule (Swamp Thing) is joined by artist Tony S. Daniel (Batman) to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it—and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!
Collects Issues #1-6 of Superman/Wonder Woman.
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Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2
Charles Soule, Tony S. Daniel, Ed Benes
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253479, 1401253474

Summary: To stop Doomsday from destroying his adopted planet, Superman fought him to the bitter end. But with one threat gone, a new one surfaces in the very body of the Last Son of Krypton. Superman must fight a battle within his own mind, body and heart with the help of the woman he loves. With their combined might, it still may not be enough to save the doomed Superman.
This volume collects Superman/Wonder Woman #8-11, Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1.
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Superman: Krypton Returns (The New 52)
Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255442, 1401255442

Summary: Crossing over between SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL, SUPERBOY, and ACTION COMICS, this Super-family team up brings all the fan-favorite heroes together to take on H’el! The Super team must travel through time and Krypton’s history to prevent H’el from dooming the entire universe. Written by Scott Lobdell, writer of TEEN TITANS and formerly Marvel’s X-Men franchise.
This edition collects Superboy #0, 25, Supergirl #0, 25, Superman #0, 23.3: H’el, 25 and Action Comics Annual #2.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Swamp Thing Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Charles Soule, Jesus Saiz
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254902, 140125490X

Summary: Enter the Sureen: an avatar of the Green worshipping group, whose soul purpose is to serve Swamp Thing. And they offer a gift that could turn Alec human for a time.
While he contemplates the Sureen’s offer to turn him human one can only wonder what happens to his almost all-powerful body? He and his warrior companion Capucine must travel to India to find the answers…and to get there, they’ll need help from Vandal Savage!
Collects SWAMP THING #28-34.
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Swamp Thing: The Root of All Evil
Grant Morrison, Mark Miller, Phil Hester
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$24.99 USD
304 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401252410, 1401252419

Summary: A lost Swamp Thing epic written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar is collected at last. The rug is pulled out from under Alec Holland as he awakens from a coma in a South African hospital. But are the nightmares of a shambling swamp creature the result of a powerful hallucinogen he ingested during his experiments on plants? If so, what is the secret behind the Swamp Thing that’s pursuing Abigail Arcane through the Louisiana Bayou, intent on murder?
Collects SWAMP THING #140-150.
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The Filth Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Chris Weston, Gary Erskine
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$29.99 USD
320 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401255459, 1401255450

Summary: This imaginative series by award-winning creator Grant Morrison brings readers heady brew of big ideas, exotic locales, and bizarre action, featuring prosthetically outfitted dolphins in scuba gear and a hard-smoking chimpanzee in Kremlin garb. This all new deluxe edition collectsthe entire series in a beautiful hardcover edition.
Collects THE FILTH #1-13.
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The Flash Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254278, 1401254276

Summary: The start of a new era for the Fastest Man Alive! In the future, The Flash is a broken man. His powers have failed him time and again at great cost to him and the city he has sworn to protect. Now he’s coming back to the current time to stop the one event that destroyed his life. Meanwhile, in the present, Barry Allen must contend with thieves trying to capitalize on the devastation of FOREVER EVIL. It’s a tale of two timelines that ushers in one of The New 52’s most anticipated character debuts!
THE FLASH VOL. 6 begins a brand new era for the Scarlet Speedster, from writer Robert Venditti (GREEN LANTERN), Van Jensen (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) and artist Brett Booth (NIGHTWING, TEEN TITANS). Collects THE FLASH #30-34 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #3.
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The Wake
Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$17.99 USD
256 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254919, 1401254918

Summary: Winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series
New York Times bestselling author, Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, are reuniting for the powerful miniseries: THE WAKE.
When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!
Collects THE WAKE #1-10.
From the Hardcover edition.

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Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse
Art Baltazar, Franco
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$12.99 USD
128 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254926, 1401254926

Summary: The Eisner Award-winning series is back for an all-new six-issue miniseries!
Superboy and Supergirl return to the treehouse to discover…IT’S MISSING! Or is it just…really small? Who could have done such a thing?! Find out as all your favorite Tiny Titans search for answers!
Collects Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #1-6.
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Top 10
Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Zander Cannon
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$24.99 USD
352 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254933, 1401254934

Summary: The massive, multilayered city of Neopolis, built shortly after World War II, was designed as a home for the expanding population of science-heroes, heroines and villains that had ballooned into existance in the previous decade. Bringing these powered beings together solved some problems but created others – turning Neopolis into a pressure cooker that normal policing methods could never contain.
Join rookie cop Robyn Singer, alter ego “Toybox,” as she hits the streets for the first time along with a colorful crew of fellow officers, each having the required training to deal with science-villains and super-crimes. You’ll never look at powers, or police work, the same way again!
Written by Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA) and drawn by the team of Gene Ha and Zander Cannon, TOP 10 combines superheroics and cop drama like no series before or after it. Collects issues #1-12.

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Trinity of Sin Vol. 1
J.M. Dematteis
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254940, 1401254942

Summary: Pandora, The Phantom Stranger and The Question have hated each other for centuries…and nothing has changed! Now the Trinity of Sin are forced to work together to save humanity and uncover the darkest secrets of the universe in this new collection.
Collects Trinity of Sin #1-6.
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Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus
George Perez
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$75.00 USD
640 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255473, 1401255477

Summary: One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Pérez’s resume contains a who’s-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of THE NEW TEEN TITANS in the 80s and his work on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and WONDER WOMAN to his mega-successful JLA/AVENGERS, George’s work has thrilled comics fans for over 3 decades.
This omnibus collects the first two years of George Perez’s revolutionary run on WONDER WOMAN in premium format, containing WONDER WOMAN #1-24 and WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1.

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Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh (The New 52)
Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Goran Sudzuka
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253493, 1401253490

Summary: Wonder Woman’s life is changed forever when she is called on to take the place of War on Olympus! An epic new era of WONDER WOMAN begins here, as Diana must decide if the path set out for her is one she wants to take. But there’s no time for Wonder Woman to fully comprehend the fallout as her family gathers to prepare for an assault on Olympus!
The last time the First Born came for Olympus, it took the death of the God of War to stop him. With Wonder Woman as the new God of War and the First Born more determined than ever to claim his birthright, things are about to get violent indeed!
Collects WONDER WOMAN #24-29, and WONDER WOMAN #23.2 FIRST BORN.
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Worlds’ Finest Vol. 5 (The New 52)
Paul Levitz, RB Silva
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254209, 1401254209

Summary: Following their team-up with Batman and Superman, Power Girl and Huntress have some difficult choices ahead. When the duo discovers their home world still exists, the heroines decide to return to the ruins of Earth 2. Upon seeing the state of their home world, Power Girl and Huntress realize they’ve arrived just when they were needed most!
Collects WORLDS’ FINEST #22-26 and WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END #1.
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Y The Last Man Book Two
Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$19.99 USD
320 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254391, 140125439X

Summary: Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers that he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, York embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth.
Now, the entire critically acclaimed Y: THE LAST MAN saga written by Brian K. Vaughan, one of the writers of LOST, is collected into a new edition. In this second volume, a Russian space from the International Space Station is returning to earth carrying three passengers: one woman and two men. Could this be the end of Yorick’s tenure as last living male? Plus, the group runs up against a roadblock in Arizona where the female remains of the Sons of Arizona militia have cut the interstate to keep out any vestiges of the U.S. government.
This volume collects Y: The Last Man #11-23
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15. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: August 2014 – Multiversity Selfies

Batman 34 195x300 DC Comics Month to Month Sales: August 2014   Multiversity Selfiesby David Carter

Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

It’s month three of DC’s new variant cover ordering scheme, where retailers can order as many of the month’s themed variant covers as they want at the regular price. As previously suspected, the Selfie variants do not attract as many additional orders as the Bombshell or Batman 75th variants did. It’s hard to tell if that is because of a perceived lack of interest in the covers, or an adjustment based on the previous months, or a combination of factors. Next month DC will have round two of the 3D motion covers, hoping to recapture some of the magic of last year’s 3D cover stunt.

This was a down month for DC. Several of their top sellers did not ship in August: Justice League, Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture. Vertigo sales are particularly moribund: the average Vertigo sales of 9,082 per title is the second lowest since Diamond started reporting actual sales back in 2003. (The lowest month was November 2010, at 9,034.) With The Wake over and Sandman Overture shipping sporadically, Vertigo’s top seller this month is short-timer Fables.

DC is having some amount of luck with recent relaunches; so far Grayson, New Suicide Squad and Teen Titans are doing decently. But besides Harley Quinn, they are not having much of a go with regular series launches. Two of their most recent, Infinity Man and the Forever People and Star-Spangled War Stories featuring G. I. Zombie, are already in the cancellation zone on their third and second issues respectively.

Next month is the third anniversary of The New 52, so this month gives us an opportunity to look at the state of sales compared to the final pre-New 52 month, August 2011. For several of the books below you’ll see a special, one-time only statistic, the New 52 Differential. For comics that existed pre-New 52 and were relaunched in September 2011, and that have survived all the way to issue #34 in August 2014, you’ll see a comparison of how well they are selling three years out compared to how they sold just before being relaunched (rounded off). They range from a whopping +60K increase for Batman (which has never sold below 100K for the entirety of its New 52 existence!) to a depressing -30K for Green Lantern, and pretty much the gamut in between. In both of those extreme cases you could say that it was the creative teams that played as much of a role: the Snyder & Capullo combination on Batman has been extremely popular, and the departure of Geoff Johns from writing Green Lantern has resulted in a marked decrease over the entire line of Green Lantern comics.

It would be foolish to say that The New 52 was anything but a sales success for DC; especially in its debut months DC sold many many copies of comics that they in no way would have been able to sell otherwise except for the huge marketing push that the line-wide reboot afforded them. And three years out the average sales for the DCU are about 9K higher than they were back in August 2011. But it does kind of feel like we’re back to where we started from, and the only ways that DC can boost sales are by crossover events, variant covers, and individual title relaunches. It is extremely rare for a book to grow steadily because of reader interest in the comic. (This is a problem that comics in general have, not just DC.)

There one arena that this fretting leaves out is one that is invisible to us, sales wise: digital. Along with the New 52 relaunch, DC also went day-and-date with digital releases, and over the past three years have instituted a robust digital-first program as well. While an (assumed) average of digital sales being 15% of print sales means that we are a long way from the day that digital will replace print for DC (though compare to the early days of direct sales vs. newsstand…), that’s still a nice bonus layered on top. And digital makes for a possibility of a nice long tail, without the need to keep comics in print and warehoused.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month right here at The Beat!

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column. Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com’s estimates can be found here.

(Note that the percentage comparisons are now done with total orders including reorder activity, as opposed to initial orders as was the practice of this column under the previous administration.)

1 - BATMAN ($3.99)
08/2004: Batman #631 --  72,287 [74,830] 
08/2009: Batman #689 --  78,392 
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414
08/2011: Batman #713 --  51,760
08/2012: Batman #12  -- 125,249 
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08/2013: Batman #23  -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr  -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24  -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25  -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26  -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27  -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28  -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29  -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30  -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31  -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32  -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33  -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
08/2014: Batman #34  -- 112,186 (-  4.9%) 
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6 months: -  3.2%
1 year  : - 12.5%
2 years : - 10.4%
5 years : + 43.1%
10 years: + 49.9%
Since #1: - 49.8%
New 52 Diff: +60K

Once again, Batman is DC’s #1 comic in units sold. “Zero Year” ended last month so this was a transition issue tying in to the ongoing Batman Eternal story. The Self-Bat variant cover differential issomewhat less than 6K, some of which may be attributable to the interim-ness of this issue.

4 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99)
08/2014: The Multiversity #1  --  90,551

The new Grant Morrison series-of-one-shots exploring DC’s multiverse opens under 100K, but due to its $5 cover price it is the top revenue-generating comic of August. Each issue will be a #1 with a different subject and different artist, making it hard to predict what will happen to sales numbers over the coming months. (There were a plethora of order incentive covers, but no standard Selfie variant.)

7, 13 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9  --  71,522 (-  6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 --  58,500 (- 18.2%)
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6 months: - 10.7%
Since #0: - 58.7%

DC ships two issues of one of the best-selling books this month–because hey, why not?–and the results are highly illustrative. Issue #9 had a freely-orderable Selfie variant (for a Self-Bat differential of more than 5K), while issue #10 had a 1:25 order incentive variant but no Selfie cover. The difference? 13K! Issue #10’s sales of 58.5K are just about exactly where we’d expect them to be given standard attrition based on what the title was selling before DC started their new variant ordering scheme.

10, 14, 15, 16 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
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Since #1: - 48.1%

Batman Eternal numbers drop below 60K. There are a couple of ways to look at these figures. On the one hand, they’re dropping an average just a bit over 1% per issue, which is a very light attrition. On the other hand, that works out to a little over 4% per month, which is a bit on the high side. If it keeps up at the current rate, Batman Eternal will drop to around 40K by the time it ends in March.

11 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
08/2004: Detective Comics #797 -- 50,695 [52,811]
08/2009: Detective Comics #856 -- 58,859
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 -- 38,682
08/2011: Detective Comics #881 -- 39,729
08/2012: Detective Comics #12  -- 75,998
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08/2013: Detective Comics #23  -- 61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     -- 78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   -- 89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      -- 73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        -- 68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  -- 59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  -- 64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  -- 56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  -- 88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  -- 56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  -- 55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  -- 56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  -- 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  -- 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  -- 58,812 (-  6.4%)
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6 months: +  3.9%
1 year  : -  4.3%
2 years : - 22.6%
5 years : -  0.1%
10 years: + 11.4%
Since #1: - 62.7%
New 52 Diff: +19K

A Self-Bat differential of about 4K.

18 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
08/2004: Superman #208 -- 129,256
08/2009: Superman #691 --  39,106
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023
08/2011: Superman #714 --  35,919
08/2012: Superman #12  --  53,326
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08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29  --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+136.8%) [95,972]
07/2014: Superman #33  --  62,998 (- 34.4%)
08/2014: Superman #34  --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
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6 months: + 64.9%
1 year  : + 34.2%
2 years : +  6.1%
5 years : + 44.7%
10 years: - 56.2%
Since #1: - 62.3%
New 52 Diff: +21K

A 10% drop is pretty typical for a third issue, but then that also includes the Self-Bat differential (6K), so actual reader interest may be holding stronger. The variant cover effects are really messing up any cogent analysis of the effect of the new creative team.

19 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
08/2004: Nightwing #95  -- 44,558 [47,479]
08/2012: Nightwing #12  -- 47,484
---------------------------------
08/2013: Nightwing #23  -- 40,522 (-  3.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (-  1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+ 10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (-  0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (-  3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 52.9%
1 year  : + 39.4%
2 years : + 19.0%
10 years: + 19.0%
Since #1: - 30.6%

Thirty percent is a bit on the high side for a second issue drop, but since that also includes the Self-Bat differential it is pretty much in line with what is typical. Grayson will likely end up as a decent-performing mid-list book for DC.

20 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
08/2004: --
08/2009: Superman/Batman #63 --  37,467
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324
08/2011: Superman/Batman #87 --  26,425
---------------------------------------
08/2013: Batman/Superman #3  --  87,337 (-13.6%)
09/2013: #3.1: Doomsday      --  92,290 (+10.4%) [96,453]
10/2013: Batman/Superman #4  --  82,990 (-14.0%)
11/2013: Batman/Superman #5  --  77,198 (- 7.0%)
12/2013: Batman/Superman #6  --  68,857 (-10.8%)
01/2014: Batman/Superman #7  --  61,074 (-11.3%)
02/2014: Batman/Superman #8  --  59,138 (- 3.2%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (- 4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (- 4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (-18.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.4%
1 year  : - 35.9%
5 years : + 49.3%
10 years:   n.a.
Since #1: - 63.0%

Somehow last month I neglected to include Batman/Superman in the analysis. I swear I proofed that puppy, but I was running so late with the column that I must have rushed and just missed my skipping it. And in my defense, Batman/Superman ‘s schedule has been kind of erratic as of late. Mea culpa, and I’ll recommend to Heidi that she dock my pay for this error.

Anyway, like Justice League (which did not ship in August due to yet more lateness), Batman/Superman is running behind and thus in August had its Batman 75th variant cover, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 14K.

24 - BATMAN AND... ($2.99)
08/2009: Batman and Robin #3  -- 110,594
08/2010: --
08/2011: Batman and Robin #26 --  52,704
08/2012: Batman and Robin #12 --  63,993
----------------------------------------
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (-  3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+ 38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (-  2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (-  2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (-  5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (- 25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (-  2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 --  53,403 (-  5.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 23.1%
1 year  : -  4.1%
2 years : - 16.5%
5 years : - 51.7%
Since #1: - 54.0%
New 52 Diff: +0.7K

A Self-Bat differential of just under 3K.

27 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (-  7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
08/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #11 -- 50,550 (+  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 12.7%
Since #1: - 46.7%

Actually gains a few sales this month, no doubt due to the continuing strength of the “Superman Doomed” crossover story. The only title this month with a positive Self-Bat differential.

(I suspect that we’re missing some amount of re-order activity on all of the “Superman Doomed” installments, due to Diamond not reporting beyond the top 300 and that threshold being relatively high over the past couple of months.)

31 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
08/2004: Action Comics #818 -- 43,257
08/2009: Action Comics #880 -- 37,588
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401
08/2011: Action Comics #904 -- 39,323
08/2012: Action Comics #12  -- 71,203
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08/2013: Action Comics #23  -- 42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  -- 69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         -- 69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  -- 67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     -- 51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  -- 39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  -- 46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  -- 37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  -- 36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  -- 35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  -- 34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  -- 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  -- 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  -- 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  -- 46,746 (-  5.5%)
-----------------
6 months: + 32.4%
1 year  : +  9.7%
2 years : - 34.3%
5 years : + 24.4%
10 years: +  8.1%
Since #1: - 76.7%
New 52 Diff: + 7K

But then Action Comics is in the same boat crossover-wise as S/WW , but it takes a more typical Self-Bat drop of 2.5K. So maybe something else is going on with S/WW ?

34 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
08/2004: Green Lantern #180 --  36,425
08/2009: Green Lantern #45  -- 102,431
08/2010: --
08/2011: --
08/2012: Green Lantern #12  --  77,187
--------------------------------------
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (-  5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+ 12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (-  1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+ 13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (-  5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (-  5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.9%
1 year  : - 25.9%
2 years : - 43.2%
5 years : - 57.2%
10 years: + 20.4%
Since #1: - 74.1%
New 52 Diff: -30K*

I am amused that issue #34 ranks at #34 this month. (It does not take much to amuse me‚Ķ) A Self-Bat differential of over 3K. (The New 52 differential uses the July 2011 figures, as GL didn’t ship in August 2011.)

37 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
-----------------
Since #0: - 37.9%

A Self-Bat differential of over 5K.

38 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
08/2014: Superman/WW Annual #1 -- 42,094

One of two annuals that slipped from last month. Another chapter in “Superman Doomed.” Comes in over 8K below the parent title, but that’s without the benefit of a Selfie cover.

39, 41, 42, 44 - The New 52 – Futures End ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 49.0%

The previous three month’s worth were returnable, but this month was not. And lo and behold the non-adjusted figures for August fall right in line with the adjusted numbers for the previous months.

Falls below 40K for the first time, which must be a bit worrying since next month’s big Futures End stunt is tying in to this series. This has not turned into the linchpin series that DC was probably expecting it to be. If I were running DC, I’d take this as a sign that readers are becoming increasingly weary of the top-down imposition of cross-title continuity, and that multiple weekly titles may not be the best publishing strategy.

40 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
08/2004: Teen Titans #14  -- 63,894
08/2009: Teen Titans #74  -- 30,380
08/2010: Teen Titans #86  -- 24,971
08/2011: Teen Titans #99  -- 23,756
08/2011: Teen Titans #100 -- 27,459
08/2012: Teen Titans #12  -- 42,817
-----------------------------------
08/2013: Teen Titans #23  -- 31,742 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon    -- 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke -- 49,920 (+  1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29  -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2   -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 52.2%
1 year  : + 28.2%
2 years : -  5.0%
5 years : + 33.9%
10 years: - 36.3%

A typical second issue drop.

46 - ACTION COMICS ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2012: Action Comics Annual #1 -- 50,485 
10/2013: Action Comics Annual #2 -- 34,668 (- 31.3%)
08/2014: Action Comics Annual #3 -- 38,504 (+ 11.1%)

An increase of nearly 4K more than last year’s Annual, due no doubt to interest in the “Superman Doomed” crossover.

47 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($3.99)
08/2012: Suicide Squad #12     -- 28,302
-----------------------------------------
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23     -- 22,166 (-  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24     -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25     -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26     -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27     -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 68.2%
1 year  : + 73.6%
2 years : + 36.0%

A typical second issue drop.

50 - EARTH 2 ($3.99)
08/2012: Earth 2 #4  -- 67,393
------------------------------
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+ 26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+  1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (- 26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (-  6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (-  2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26 -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
----------------
6 months: +  4.7%
1 year  : -  8.4%
2 years : - 44.5%
Since #1: - 63.5%

A Self-Bat differential of under 3K.

52 - FLASH ($2.99)
08/2004: Flash #213       --  41,363
08/2009: Flash Rebirth #4 --  78,107
08/2010: --
08/2011: --
08/2012: Flash #12        --  51,779
-----------------------------------
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
-----------------
6 months: +  9.6%
1 year  : -  4.5%
2 years : - 28.3%
5 years : - 52.5%
10 years: - 10.3%
Since #1: - 74.9%

A Self-Bat differential of around 2.5K.

60 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
08/2004: Batgirl #55 -- 39,469 [43,494]
08/2010: Batgirl #13 -- 27,247
08/2011: Batgirl #24 -- 22,695
08/2012: Batgirl #12 -- 43,804
----------------------------------
08/2013: Batgirl #23 -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24 -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25 -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26 -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27 -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28 -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29 -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34 -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +  0.1%
1 year  : -  8.3%
2 years : - 21.0%
10 years: - 20.5%
Since #1: - 67.7%
New 52 Diff: +12K

A Self-Bat differential of about 2.5K. The new creative team arrives in October with issue #35.

65 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
08/2004: Aquaman #21 -- 23,486
08/2012: Aquaman #12 -- 61,210
------------------------------
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (-  3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+ 31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (-  7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (- 21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (-  5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (-  5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34 -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 24.4%
2 years : - 45.5%
10 years: + 42.1%
Since #1: - 69.2%

A Self-Bat differential of under 3K.

75 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640

The debut print version of the digital-first comic featuring Wonder Woman comes in a just under 30K, which this month is good enough to make it the highest-selling non-DCU title. That debut is just over 1K fewer that what its brother title, Adventures of Superman , debuted at, and AoS has its final issue next month with #17. Can Sensation stick it out longer? It will likely depend on how well the digital version sells, and if DC can effectively drum up publicity on a continuing basis for the title’s constantly changing creators.

76 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
08/2009: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 82,241
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124
08/2011: Green Lantern Corps #63 -- 53,372
08/2012: Green Lantern Corps #12 -- 41,778
------------------------------------------
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (- 14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+  3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (-  4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
----------------
6 months: +  1.1%
1 year  : - 18.7%
2 years : - 29.5%
5 years : - 64.2%
Since #1: - 68.9%
New 52 Diff: -12K

A Self-Bat differential of over 3K, and just 1K more than the pre-variant sales. A new line-wide crossover begins in October.

82 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1  -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2  -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3  -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4  -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5  -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 42.2%

No variant covers here…

85 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
08/2009: Supergirl #44 -- 33,819
08/2010: Supergirl #55 -- 25,891
08/2011: Supergirl #67 -- 19,764
08/2012: Supergirl #12 -- 30,420
---------------------------------
08/2013: Supergirl #23 -- 24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 -- 23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 -- 25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 -- 22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 -- 21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 -- 23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 -- 22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 -- 23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 -- 22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 -- 22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 -- 22,802 (+  1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34 -- 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 12.5%
1 year  : +  7.1%
2 years : - 12.9%
5 years : - 21.6%
Since #1: - 64.3%
New 52 Diff: + 7K

Supergirl gets a nice boost by joining the “Superman Doomed” crossover, which is working out better than crossing over with Red Lanterns . One has to wonder why there wasn’t a Selfie variant this month, as a Selfie cover would seem to make perfect sense for a comic starring a teenage girl‚Ķ

89 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
08/2012: Justice League Dark #12 -- 30,754
-------------------------------------------
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23 -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper          -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso          -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24 -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25 -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26 -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27 -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28 -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.2%
1 year  : - 66.7%
2 years : - 17.9%
Since #1: - 69.2%

A Self-Bat differential of 3K, which is enough to bring sales down below issue #31, before DC’s new variant program.

92 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)
08/2014: Batman 66/GH #3 of 6 -- 24,409 (-  3.9%)

That’s a drop of under 1000, which at this stage is a very light drop indeed.

96 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
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Since #1: - 37.7%

Without Harley Quinn headlining, sales drop right back down.

98 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
08/2004: Catwoman #34 -- 37,033 [42,098]
08/2012: Catwoman #12 -- 34,117
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08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (-  1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+ 44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (-  5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34 -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  2.0%
1 year  : - 38.5%
2 years : - 31.1%
10 years: - 44.2%
Since #1: - 68.9%

Exhibit N in the effects of DC’s new variants program: After skipping the Batman 75th variant last month, Catwoman returns with a Selfie variant and sales pop up another 4.5K.

101 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
08/2004: Green Arrow #41  -- 32,269
08/2009: Arrow/Canary #23 -- 19,452
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308
08/2011: Green Arrow #15  -- 23,883
08/2012: Green Arrow #12  -- 23,126
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08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.2%
1 year  : -  9.9%
2 years : -  0.9%
5 years : + 17.9%
10 years: - 29.0%
Since #1: - 68.3%
New 52 Diff: -0.2K

Dips just a few hundred copies, but that’s enough to push sales under 23K. The new creative team arrives in October.

103 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
08/2012: Red Lanterns #12 -- 35,070
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08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 55.8%
1 year  : - 23.2%
2 years : - 35.1%
Since #1: - 74.5%
107 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
08/2012: New Guardians #12 -- 42,479
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08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (- 7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (- 1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (- 3.3%)
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6 months: - 19.0%
1 year  : - 36.0%
2 years : - 48.1%
Since #1: - 77.2%

The line-wide crossover starts in October.

109 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.4%
1 year  : - 42.2%
Since #1: - 57.5%

There was a selfie variant this time out, and it appears to work just as well for the digital-first titles as it does for the DCU books. I wonder when Vertigo will start to get freely-orderable variants?

114 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5 -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6 -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7 -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8 -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9 -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.0% 
Since #1: - 63.7%

Continues to shed readers at an unsustainable rate.

117 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
08/2012: Red Hood #12 -- 34,439
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08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (-  5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 13.6%
1 year  : - 30.4%
2 years : - 41.7%
Since #1: - 71.4%

Drops just 600 copies.

119 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
08/2012: Worlds' Finest #4  -- 39,629 
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08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (-  4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (-  0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.4%
1 year  : - 18.2%
2 years : - 50.1%
Since #1: - 71.6%

Drops fewer than 200 copies.

123 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 45.3%

Drops below 19K.

124, 126 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
08/2013: Injustice #8     -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9     -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10    -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11    -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12    -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1  -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2  -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.7%
1 year  : - 27.8%
Since #1: - 26.9%

DC’s best-selling-in-digital-form digital-first title is still above 18K in its print incarnation. Year Three starts in October.

128 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
08/2004: Swamp Thing #6  -- 19,973
08/2012: Swamp Thing #12 -- 36,696
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08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (- 1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (- 3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.2%
1 year  : - 22.6%
2 years : - 52.1%
10 years: - 12.0%
Since #1: - 76.2%

Writer Charles Soule announced that he’s going Marvel exclusive; will DC use his departure as an opportunity to revamp Swamp Thing , or just put it to bed?

129 - BATMAN ESSENTIAL DARK KNIGHT RETURNS SPECIAL EDITION #1 ($1.00)
08/2014: Batman Essential DKR #1  -- 17,518

A bargain-priced reprint of the first issue of Frank Miller’s mid-80s classic sells a good deal more than other recent DC Essentials.

132 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
08/2012: Batwoman #12 -- 38,980
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08/2013: Batwoman #23 -- 26,223 (-  4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 -- 25,609 (-  2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 -- 25,987 (+  1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 -- 23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 -- 22,461 (-  3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 -- 20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 -- 19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34 -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 18.2%
1 year  : - 35.5%
2 years : - 56.6%
Since #1: - 80.8%

No variant this time, and sales drop to their lowest level yet. This was the ‘break-up’ issue. In an alternate universe, the highly-publicized wedding issue includes an awesome Selfie variant of all of the wedding guests, and sells much, much better.

141 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
08/2004: Hellblazer #199 -- 14,768
08/2009: Hellblazer #258 -- 10,665
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928
08/2011: Hellblazer #282 --  9,372
08/2012: Hellblazer #294 --  9,396
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08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.2%
1 year  : - 37.8%
2 years : + 66.5%
5 years : + 46.7%
10 years: +  6.0%
Since #1: - 58.3%

The TV show is scheduled to debut on October 24.

145 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
08/2004: Birds of Prey #71 -- 32,298
08/2004: Birds of Prey #72 -- 31,835
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4  -- 46,149
08/2011: Birds of Prey #15 -- 26,043
08/2012: Birds of Prey #12 -- 26,587
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08/2013: Birds of Prey #23 -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24 -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25 -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26 -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27 -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28 -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
03/2014: Birds of Prey #29 -- 16,795 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30 -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31 -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32 -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #33 -- 15,379 (-  6.2%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #34 -- 15,397 (+  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.9%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 42.1%
10 years: - 52.0%
Since #1: - 76.8%
New 52 Diff: -11K

Adds 18 copies for the final regular issue.

146 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)

Ouch, that’s a very hefty second issue drop.

Oh, while I’m at it (and since perhaps someone is wondering), a typical 2nd issue drop is around 25%, while a typical third issue drop is around 10%. Standard attrition, once a title has settled in, is around 2-3%.

150 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2012: Unlimited #7  -- 21,219
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08/2013: Universe #1   -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2   -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3   -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4   -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5   -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6   -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7   -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8   -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9   -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10  -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11  -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12  -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
08/2014: Universe #13  -- 14,215 (- 1.4%)
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6 months: -  1.5%
1 year  : - 39.1%
2 years : - 33.0%
Since #1: - 39.1%

After three straight months of small growth, BB drops down again.

154 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
08/2011: Superboy #10 -- 20,563
08/2011: Superboy #11 -- 20,317
08/2012: Superboy #12 -- 27,518
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08/2013: Superboy #23 -- 20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 -- 18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 -- 21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 -- 17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 -- 17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 -- 16,448 (-  5.4%)
03/2014: Superboy #29 -- 15,776 (-  4.1%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 -- 15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 -- 14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 -- 14,451 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: Superboy #33 -- 14,004 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Superboy #34 -- 13,785 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.2%
1 year  : - 31.9%
2 years : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 80.1%
New 52 Diff: -16K

The final regular issue drops below 14K.

155 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2004: Fables #28  -- 25,076
08/2009: Fables #87  -- 21,876
08/2010: Fables #97  -- 19,625
08/2011: Fables #108 -- 18,390
08/2012: Fables #120 -- 16,704
------------------------------
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
08/2014: Fables #143 -- 13,672 (- 1.1%)
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6 months: -  3.1%
1 year  : -  8.2%
2 years : - 18.2%
5 years : - 37.5%
10 years: - 45.5%
Since #1: - 37.9%

With The Wake now over, Sandman Overture not shipping this month, and American Vampire on a skip month, Fables is the top Vertigo title of August, in what is a very soft month for the imprint.

160 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
08/2004: Supersonic #1   -- 27,982
08/2009: Dark Age 3 #4   -- 14,684
08/2010: Silver Agent #2 -- 12,486
08/2011: --
08/2012: --
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08/2013: Astro City #3   -- 18,802 (- 6.9%)
09/2013: Astro City #4   -- 17,641 (- 6.2%)
10/2013: Astro City #5   -- 16,927 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Astro City #6   -- 16,031 (- 5.3%)
12/2013: Astro City #7   -- 15,360 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Astro City #8   -- 14,831 (- 3.4%)
02/2014: Astro City #9   -- 14,289 (- 3.7%)
03/2014: Astro City #10  -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11  -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12  -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13  -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14  -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.5%
1 year  : - 30.5%
5 years : - 11.0%
10 years: - 53.3%
Since #1: - 51.6%

Standard attrition.

162 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)

Dropping fast. Ties in with the Green Lantern books starting in October.

171 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
08/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588
08/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441
08/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224
08/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572
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08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
03/2014: ASW #29       -- 12,503 (- 2.2%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
07/2014: ASW #33       -- 11,488 (- 1.6%)
08/2014: ASW #34       -- 11,758 (+ 2.4%)
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6 months: - 13.2%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : -  8.7%
Since #1: - 79.1%
New 52 Diff: +1.5K

Sales rise a bit for the final, Darwyn Cooke-drawn issue.

Before we move on, let us pause and reflect on the fact that, when you include ASW and its prior incarnation as Jonah Hex , DC published over 100 issues (and one OGN) of a Western comic, and they were (IMHO) darn fine comics at that.

172 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (-37.5%)

A perfect example of how not to launch a new series, as SSWS received not a lot of promotion, and what little there was didn’t give a sense of the actual content of the comic. Since the New 52 relaunch, none of the DCU titles in the form of Classic Series Title feat. Obscure Classic Character have done well (the most successful being All Star Western , which ended this month). I’m not sure what DC was thinking.

So here, I’ll do their job for them with this simple elevator pitch: G. I. Zombie is a topical espionage thriller starring a ex-solider who is now a zombie, drawn expertly by Harvey Award-winner Scott Hampton.

It’s a solid title; give it a chance, won’t you?

173 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
08/2012: -- 
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08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16 -- 11,721 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 15.2%
1 year  : - 30.6%
2 years :    n.a.
Since #1: - 53.6%

Looks like it’s maybe set for a relaunch in December?

174 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 
08/2014:Bodies #2 of 8 -- 11,283 (-33.8%)

Unlike issue #1, #2 was not returnable.

177 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2012: Fairest #6  -- 19,446
------------------------------
08/2013: Fairest #18 -- 13,511 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: Fairest #19 -- 13,278 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 -- 11,872 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Fairest #28 -- 10,989 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 11.0%
1 year  : - 18.7%
2 years : - 43.5%
Since #1: - 65.4%

Slips below 11K. Can Fairest remain above 10K all the way until it ends sometime next year?

179 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
07/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #21 -- 11,682 (- 8.2%)
08/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #22 -- 10,882 (- 6.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 36.0%
1 year  : - 59.7%
Since #1: - 72.9%

The final regular issue drops below 11K.

180 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Adventures of Superman #11 -- 11,102 (+ 0.2%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
07/2014: Adventures of Superman #15 -- 10,004 (-10.2%)
08/2014: Adventures of Superman #16 -- 10,758 (+ 7.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 48.6%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Adds a few hundred copies for the penultimate issue. I’ll certainly miss this title; it was the most consistently enjoyable Superman title I’ve read in a long while.

181 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2004: --
08/2012: Smallville S11 #4     -- 19,861
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08/2013: Smallville S11 #16    -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17    -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18    -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1   -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2   -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
----------------
6 months: -  3.1%
1 year  : - 26.8%
2 years : - 46.0%
10 years:    n.a.

No sales bump for the first issue of Chaos .

182 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: ToS: Pandora #13 -- 11,299 (- 9.9%)
08/2014: ToS: Pandora #14 -- 10,651 (- 5.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 39.8%
1 year  : - 69.2%
Since #1: - 74.4%

The final regular issue drops below 11K.

216 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
08/2009: Tiny Titans #19   --  8,432
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31   --  7,987
08/2011: Tiny Titans #43   --  7,534
---------------------------------------
06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
08/2014: Treehouse #3 of 6 --  8,929 (- 21.6%)
-----------------
5 years : +  5.9%
Since #1: - 31.4%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

After a mild second issue drop, Return to the Treehouse takes a surprising large drop for its third issue. A correction perhaps?

221 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
08/2004: Teen Titans Go! #10 -- 14,609
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12/2013: Teen Titans Go! #1  -- 13,441 (+82.0%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2  --  9,038 (-32.8%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Teen Titans Go! #3  --  8,185 (- 9.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Teen Titans Go! #4  --  8,667 (+ 5.9%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Teen Titans Go! #5  --  8,688 (+ 0.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.9%
10 years: - 40.5%
Since #1: - 35.4%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

Another twenty-one copies are added, which while tiny small (and no doubt within a margin of error…) is the second straight issue with positive growth.

214 - BATWING ($2.99)
08/2012: Batwing #12 -- 18,279
------------------------------
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
03/2014: Batwing #29 --  9,864 (-16.3%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: Batwing #33 --  8,380 (- 3.3%)
08/2014: Batwing #34 --  8,223 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 30.2%
1 year  : - 29.0%
2 years : - 55.5%
Since #1: - 84.7%

The final regular issue manages to stay above the 8K line.

225 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.1%
Since #1: - 68.0%

The unhealthy drops continue.

255 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778
08/2011: The Unwritten #28 -- 10,731
08/2012: The Unwritten #40 --  9,127
------------------------------------
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3 --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7 --  6,575 (- 5.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  : - 27.2%
2 years : - 28.0%
Since #1: - 45.1%

Limping towards the ending in December.

266 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.8%
Since #1: - 73.3%

Another 400 copies drop away. Issue #13, solicited for December, starts a new story arc.

268 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2013: FBP #2      -- 14,068 (-30.9%)
09/2013: FBP #3      -- 13,977 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 50.6%
Since #1: - 69.6%
277 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2013: Dead Boy Detectives #1 -- 21,478
01/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #2 -- 12,276 (-42.8%)
02/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #3 --  9,889 (-19.4%)
03/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #4 --  8,872 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #5 --  7,957 (-10.3%)
05/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #6 --  7,305 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #8 --  5,968
-----------------
6 months: - 39.7%
Since #1: - 72.2%

A couple of low-selling Vertigo titles return to the top 300 this month, but that’s because the floor fell lower, not because of a sales improvement.

+301 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
03/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #3 --  6,738 (- 5.1%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
07/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #8 --  ????? (< 5,357)
----------------
Since #1:   ???%

The penultimate issue doesn’t make the chart.

+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
08/2004: Scooby-Doo #87                -- 5,436
08/2009: Scooby-Doo #147               -- 4,111
08/2010: Scooby-Doo #159               -- 4,092
08/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #12 -- 4,686
08/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #24 -- ?????
----------------------------------------
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

I really wish that Diamond would go back to releasing the top 400, as we are also likely missing a good deal of data on reorder activity.

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, and magazines)

DC COMICS
08/2004: 29,318
08/2009: 29,977
08/2010: 23,331
08/2011: 25,632
08/2012: 33,500
---------------
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+  3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+  0.2%)**
08/2014: 29,295 (- 10.6%)**
-----------------
6 months: +  8.2%
1 year  : -  5.0%
2 years : - 12.6%
5 years : -  2.3%
10 years: -  0.1%

DC UNIVERSE
08/2004: 34,018
08/2009: 37,300
08/2010: 33,411
08/2011: 27,761
08/2012: 38,047
---------------
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,945 (-  4.2%) 
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : +  9.1%
2 years : -  3.7%
5 years : -  1.8%
10 years: +  7.7%

VERTIGO
08/2004: 18,298
08/2009: 11,369
08/2010:  9,094
08/2011: 10,147
08/2012: 11,764
---------------
08/2013: 14,130 (- 12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+  5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+ 48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)** 
08/2014:  9,082 (- 42.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.3%
1 year  : - 35.7%
2 years : - 22.8%
5 years : - 20.1%
10 years: - 50.4%


6 month comparisons
===================

+ 68.2% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 64.9% - Superman
+ 52.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 52.2% - Teen Titans
+ 32.4% - Action Comics
+ 23.1% - Batman and Robin
+ 12.7% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+ 12.5% - Supergirl
+  9.6% - Flash
+  8.4% - Batman '66
+  4.7% - Earth 2
+  3.9% - Detective Comics
+  1.1% - Green Lantern Corps
+  0.1% - Batgirl
-  1.5% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  2.0% - Catwoman
-  3.1% - Fables
-  3.1% - Smallville Season 11
-  3.2% - Batman
=  3.9% - Teen Titans Go!
-  4.5% - Aquaman
-  5.4% - Batman/Supeman
-  8.2% - Swamp Thing
-  8.5% - Astro City
- 10.7% - Harley Quinn
- 11.0% - Fairest
- 12.4% - Adventures of Superman
- 13.2% - All Star Western
- 13.6% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 14.2% - Green Arrow
- 14.9% - Green Lantern
- 15.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 16.2% - Superboy
- 17.2% - Justice League Dark
- 18.2% - Batwoman
- 19.0% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 19.7% - Injustice
- 20.7% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 23.2% - Constantine
- 26.1% - Coffin Hill
- 28.4% - Worlds' Finest
- 29.8% - Hinterkind
- 30.2% - Batwing
- 36.0% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 37.0% - Justice League 3000
- 39.7% - Dead Boy Detectives
- 39.8% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 55.8% - Red Lanterns

1 year comparisons
===================

+ 73.6% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 39.4% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 34.2% - Superman
+ 28.2% - Teen Titans
+  9.7% - Action Comics
+  7.1% - Supergirl
-  4.1% - Batman and Robin
-  4.3% - Detective Comics
-  4.5% - Flash
-  8.2% - Fables
-  8.3% - Batgirl
-  8.4% - Earth 2
-  9.9% - Green Arrow
- 12.5% - Batman
- 18.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 18.7% - Fairest
- 18.7% - Green Lantern Corps
- 20.5% - Birds of Prey
- 22.6% - Swamp Thing
- 23.2% - Red Lanterns
- 24.4% - Aquaman
- 25.3% - All Star Western
- 25.9% - Green Lantern
- 26.8% - Smallville Season 11
- 27.2% - The Unwritten
- 27.8% - Injustice
- 29.0% - Batwing
- 30.4% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 30.5% - Astro City
- 30.6% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 31.9% - Superboy
- 35.5% - Batwoman
- 35.9% - Batman/Superman
- 36.0% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 37.8% - Constantine
- 38.5% - Catwoman
- 39.1% - Batman Beyond
- 42.2% - Batman '66
- 48.6% - Adventures of Superman
- 50.6% - FBP
- 59.7% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 66.7% - Justice League Dark
- 69.2% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora

2 year comparisons
===================

+ 66.5% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 36.0% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 19.0% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  6.1% - Superman
-  0.9% - Green Arrow
-  5.0% - Teen Titans
- 10.4% - Batman
- 12.9% - Supergirl
- 16.5% - Batman and Robin
- 17.9% - Justice League Dark
- 18.2% - Fables
- 21.0% - Batgirl
- 22.6% - Detective Comics
- 28.0% - The Unwritten
- 28.3% - Flash
- 29.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 31.1% - Catwoman
- 33.0% - Batman Beyond
- 34.3% - Action Comics
- 35.1% - Red Lanterns
- 41.7% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 42.1% - Birds of Prey
- 43.2% - Green Lantern
- 43.5% - Fairest
- 44.5% - Earth 2
- 45.5% - Aquaman
- 46.0% - Smallville Season 11
- 48.1% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 49.9% - Superboy
- 50.1% - Worlds' Finest
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.1% - Swamp Thing
- 55.5% - Batwing
- 56.6% - Batwoman

5 year comparisons
===================

+ 49.3% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 46.7% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 44.7% - Superman
+ 43.1% - Batman
+ 33.9% - Teen Titans
+ 24.4% - Action Comics
+ 17.9% - Green Arrow
+  5.9% - Tiny Titans
-  0.1% - Detective Comics
-  8.7% - All Star Western
- 11.0% - Astro City
- 21.6% - Supergirl
- 37.5% - Fables
- 51.7% - Batman and Robin
- 52.5% - Flash
- 57.2% - Green Lantern
- 64.2% - Green Lantern Corps

10 year comparisons
===================

+ 43.9% - Batman
+ 42.1% - Aquaman
+ 20.4% - Green Lantern
+ 19.0% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 11.4% - Detective Comics
+  8.1% - Action Comics
+  6.0% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
- 10.3% - Flash
- 12.0% - Swamp Thing
- 20.5% - Batgirl
- 29.0% - Green Arrow
- 36.3% - Teen Titans
- 40.5% - Teen Titans Go!
- 44.2% - Catwoman
- 45.5% - Fables
- 52.0% - Birds of Prey
- 53.3% - Astro City
- 56.2% - Superman


Sales Indices
=============

DCU: Average: 36,645. Median: 37,109. 

3.1 - Batman
2.5 - Multiversity
2.0 - Harley Quinn (9)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (18)
1.6 - Detective Comics
1.6 - Harley Quinn (10)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (19)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (20)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (21)
1.5 - Grayson
1.5 - Superman
1.5 - Batman/Superman
1.5 - Batman and Robin
1.4 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.3 - Action Comics
1.2 - Green Lantern
1.2 - Justice League Unlimited
1.1 - Superman/Wonder Woman Annual
1.1 - Futures End (14)
1.1 - Teen Titans
1.1 - Futures End (15)
1.1 - Futures End (16)
1.1 - Futures End (17)
1.1 - Action Comics Annual
1.0 - New Suicide Squad
1.0 - Earth 2
1.0 - Flash
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Lantern Corps
0.7 - Sinestro
0.7 - Supergirl
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Secret Origins
0.6 - Catwoman
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Lantern New Guardians
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Swamp Thing
0.5 - Batwoman
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.4 - Superboy
0.3 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.3 - All Star Western
0.3 - Star-Spangled War Stories
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 9,082. Median: 7,710

1.5 - Fables
1.4 - Astro City
1.2 - Bodies
1.2 - Fairest
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.7 - Unwritten Apocalypse
0.7 - Hinterkind
0.7 - FBP
0.7 - Dead Boy Detectives

Digital First & Other: Average: 14,467*. Median: 12,968*.

2.0 - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.7 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.5 - Batman '66
1.3 - Injustice Year 2 (9)
1.2 - Injustice Year 2 (10)
1.1 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Mutliverse
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.7 - Adventures of Superman
0.7 - Smallville Chaos
0.6 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.6 - Teen Titans Go!
0.4 - Scribblenauts Unmasked
0.3 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

The sales index number is a ratio of the title’s current month sales to the average sales figure of the line to which is belongs for that month. So a sales index number of 1.0 means that a title sold very close to the sales average for that line.

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.
Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.
If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]“). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.
Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.
Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.
Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.
** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.
Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my neighbor’s dog Miles.
The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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16. Varmint variants: A whole month of Rocket and Groot in November

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Superior Iron Man #1 by Tom Fowler. (I love this.)

Can’t get enough of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the dynamic duo that busted 2014 wide open? Marvel thinks you can’t and in November will present no less than 20 comics with Rocket and Groot variant covers, by artists including Chip Zdarsky, Ulises Farinas and Tom Fowler.  And Marvel SVP sales and marketing David Gabriel agrees. “People everywhere can’t seem to get enough Rocket & Groot! As soon as we came up with the concept to do Rocket Raccoon & Groot variants, the ideas just started pouring in. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty creating some really fantastic cover homages. This program is really the best of both worlds and we know it will really excite old and new fans everywhere.”

 

Here’s the line-up:

· All-New Captain America #1

· All-New X-Men #34

· Amazing Spider-Man #9

· Amazing X-Men #13

· Avengers #38

· Avengers World #15

· Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2

· Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1

· Deadpool #37

· Guardians 3000 #2

· Guardians of the Galaxy #21

· Hulk 8

· Legendary Star-Lord #5

· New Avengers #26

· Rocket Raccoon #5

· Spider-Verse #1

· Spider-Woman #1

· Superior Iron Man #1

· Thor #2

· Uncanny X-Men #28

Marvel didn’t give the names of the variant artists but using our deductive powers and the file names, we’ve made some guesses.

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Avengers #38 by Chip Zdarsky

 

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Hulk #8 by Tom Fowler

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Guardians of the Galaxy #21 by Dustin Nguyen

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Captain America and The Mighty Avengers #1 by Ulises Farinas (be still my heart)

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Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier #2 by Sanford Greene

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Thor #2 by James Stokoe

 

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17. More Publishers Join No-DRM Movement at ComiXology

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By Bruce Lidl

A number of comics publishers today joined comiXology’s no-DRM initiative, and will start offering their titles without digital anti-copying technology. Comixology’s announcement at San Diego in July that publishers could now distribute DRM-free focused on a small group of early enthusiasts, including Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. From conversations at San Diego, it was clear a number of publishers at San Diego would be embracing DRM-free digital comics soon, and  IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media have just made it official.

It is not clear to what extent the publishers will be extending DRM-free backup capabilities to the whole range of their titles, or to back issues that were previously distributed with DRM. In a quick scan of offerings Fantagraphics has already made some titles available, including today’s release of Cosplayers #2 and Jim Woodring’s Jim. IDW has made today’s Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Ongoing #33: Dawn of the Autobots DRM-free but Godzilla: Cataclysm #2 is not. It may be that it will take time to implement the DRM-free option, or it may be that particular deals with license-owners or individual creators do not allow it. Time will tell how far DRM-free gets extended by these publishers.

As a trend, though, the indications are clear that more and more publishers are embracing a flexible approach, giving their customers increased options and autonomy over their comics purchases. The movement is strong among small to medium publishers, but should put some pressure on the Big Two (and Dark Horse) that have so far resisted the call for less restrictions on their crown-jewel intellectual properties.

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18. Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant on National Book Awards Longlist

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The National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction has been announced  and it includes a graphic novel for the first time.  Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Roz Chast’s wry, honest memoir of her parent’s fading years, made the list; it was not only the only graphic novel but the only book by a woman to make the list.

The book is Chast’s first long-form comic—one can hope it won’t be her last—and has won both exemplary reviews and strong sales  since it came out in April.

Chast, best known for her New Yorker cartoons,  is only the second graphic novelist to make the NBA list; Gene Luen Yang was twice a finalist, for Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese.

In case you haven’t noticed it, comics aren’t just for kids any more.

 

 

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19. Watch Simon Hanselmann marry comics — the full video

At SPX, following the Ignatz awards, a very special wedding took place, as cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, author of Megahex, wed comics in a ceremony presided over by SPX Executive Director Michael Thomas. Michel DeForge, currently on tour with Hanselmann, stood in for comics, althuogh several acual comics were present. Hanselmann, who is a cross dresser, appeared in a lovely wedding gown, and a brass band serenaded the wedding party which consisted of Annie Koyama, Annie Mock, Jason Leivian, Sean T. Collins, Julia Gfrörer and Gary Groth.

When I first heard about this, I thought it was going to be funny but cringeworthy, but it turned out to be funny and memorable in a very performance arty way. Hansellman wrote vows that were amusing and accurate at the same time, and since everyone falls in love with comics all over again at SPX, making the union legal seemed a very appropriate thing to do.

As you’ll see, the big moment came when Hanselmann’s publisher Groth jumped up at the end to kiss the bride and kiss the two did. Which again, is usually what happens when you fall passionately in love with someone, or even comics. Brigid Alverson has some still photos and the money shot but you’ll have to go here to see that.

After the ceremony, Hanselmann cut a giant wedding cake, eventually tearing out chunks with his bare hands and giving them out as other attendees cavorted around the chocolate fountain and an equally enthusiastic and fun prom got under way a few meeting rooms down. People will be saying they were there for this for years to come. The social aspect of SPX has always been one of the biggest appeals of the show—I remember back in the day at the picnic people climbed trees and threw water balloons at each other. In a wacky way, this was the perfect update.

This was DEFINITELY an SPX to remember!

Hanselman and Thomas Watch Simon Hanselmann marry comics    the full video

Photo by Brigid Alverson

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20. Walker and Evely announced as creative team on Dynamite’s SHAFT

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Dynamite announced they would be doing a Shaft comic book a few months back, and now they have announced the creative team: David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely. Walker is a writer and filmmaker and one look at his blog BadAzz Mofo will tell you he’s a complicated man. Plus he wrote a book on blaxploitation films so, yep. that works. Evely is a Brazillian artist who isn’t an obvious choice, but an intriguing one. Variant covers are by Francesco Francavilla, Michael Avon Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley, Sanford Greene, and a collaboration between Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, so you’ll all be wanting that one.

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely to its upcoming Shaft comic book, based on the hard-hitting detective created by novelist Ernest Tidyman and popularized in films featuring Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson. Slated for release in December, Shaft #1 celebrates the 45th anniversary of an American icon with a wealth of cover art options by industry talents including Francesco Francavilla, Michael Avon Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley, Sanford Greene, and a landmark collaboration between Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

John Shaft, described as a “tough, take-no-guff detective” and “private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks” in composer/singer Isaac Hayes’ Oscar-winning Theme from Shaft, has gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts in his novel and film appearances. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself? For the first time ever, the detective’s origins are explored, courtesy of the new series by Dynamite Entertainment.

“Working on Shaft, one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, is a dream come true,” says David F. Walker. “I’ve been a fan of the character since I was a kid, and especially love him in his original iteration, as created by author Ernest Tidyman. My take on Shaft is steeped in Tidyman’s work, and builds on the world created in the original novels. I’m exploring who he is as a man, as a private detective, and as a cold-blooded killer. This John Shaft is much grittier, more badass, with a complexity never seen in the films. The name may be familiar, and some aspects of the character may be recognizable, but at the end of the day, he will be something new and exciting – especially in the world of comics. This is Shaft the way Shaft was meant to be.”

David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s, and he is co-author of the book Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak. His work in comics includes the series Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau(Monkeybrain Comics), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics).

Bilquis Evely is a rising star on Dynamite’s roster of talented artists. Recently she worked alongside writer Chris Roberson on the critically acclaimedDoc Savage miniseries. Her other works include The Shadow / Green Hornet: Dark Nights crossover event with writer Michael Uslan, The Shadow Annual#1, and Miss Fury. Evely’s experience with Dynamite’s pulp heroes has made her the perfect fit for the mean streets of 1970’s New York City in Shaft.

“The response by the media and fans over the announcement of a Shaft comic book series was nothing short of electric,” says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. “Frankly, there’s no one better suited to take the reins on this project than David F. Walker, whose vast knowledge of and appreciation for the genre have been welcome and invaluable in our launch of the Shaft series. Combining his energetic take on this superbad private detective with Bilquis Evely’s impressive artistic skills, and we have all the makings of an explosive comic for Shaft fans to love.”

Shaft #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Shaft #1 with their local comic book retailers. Shaft will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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21. Marvel releases official synopsis of AVENGERS: THE AGE OF ULTRON

The Avengers 2 Marvel releases official synopsis of AVENGERS: THE AGE OF ULTRON
…and it will be a unique global adventure!

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell – bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.


That “dormant peacekeeping program” was alluded to in Cap 2 unless I’m imagining things, soooooo.…and it will be a unique global adventure!

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22. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 9/16/14: a lot to chew on

I’ve been travelling for the last three weeks and there are even more kibbles and bits than usual piled up. Some of these are pretty old, but it would be so sad to let all those bookmarks I squirreled away go to waste. But first…

§ Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth has died at age 72.

§ Cartoonist Liza Donnelly profiled at Forbes..

§ Headline of the day! Comic book convention comes to Ramada Inn

§ Headline of the day 2! Comic books enjoy a surge in popularity

§ Related! At Dragon Con, Beat contributior Kyle Pinion and a couple of others explained why

 

Why the comics industry is doing better than ever:

The panelists unanimously agreed that it’s a great time to be a comics seller.

“You just keep thinking it’s going to go die down,” said Tarney, speaking of what he described as the slow ascension of comics into the mainstream over the last three decades, “but then, bam! Arrow is huge and Walking Dead is huge, and you’re seeing more people into more things, and more people are exploring comics as a genre and as a form of media.”

Ludgood agreed, but pointed out that while comics have never actually left the cultural spotlight since the golden age of vintage superheroes, the current trend of adapting non-native characters into comic book form means more people wanting to buy the comic book versions of their favorite characters. (Think recent comic and manga adaptations and continuations of Twilight, The Last Airbender, Buffy, and other pop culture favorites.)

 

§ Michael Dooley takes a look at two recent books about cartoonists, the Monte Beachamp-edited Blab-like, Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World and Drew Friedman’s Heroes of the Comics.

§ One site that should be bookmarked is Women Write About Comics , which has lots of excellent writing including some from an academic or library viewpoint. Two pieces I enjoyed are Ivy Noelle Weir’s 741.5: So, You Want To Host A Comic-Con At Your Library a step by step guide to doing just that, fearful moments and all. And also Katherine Tanski‘s Comics Academe: How Do You Teach Comics? which goes into some details:

If the department, colleague, or student balks at a 224-page text (although McCloud’s text is also not particularly expensive, especially compared to textbooks generally speaking), the first chapter of McCloud’s Making Comics, which did its best to condense Understanding Comics into one chapter, is probably sufficient for teaching purposes. (Sidenote: There is really nothing worthwhile to be find in McCloud’s follow up text to Understanding Comics,Reinventing Comics, except as a historical footnote, since it’s mainly theorizing about the possibilities for comics with the advent of computers and the internet, which did, in fact, happen.) However, the reason I did, and still would today, advocate for using the full Understanding Comics as a supplementary textbook to whatever comic you want to assign is because, in my experience, students take comics more seriously as a medium if there is an entire book they have to buy in order to understand it. It quickly disabuses them of the notion that a comic is going to be easier to read than a novel.

 

§ Back before Sin City 2 tanked so bad , there were many assessment’s of Frank Miller’s comics output, including this look at the new The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot , which actually was only by Geof Darrow.
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Grantland’s Alex Pappedemas looked at Miller’s entire oeuvre.

On the first page of Daredevil No. 158, the Black Widow wipes away blood from a split lip, preparing to enter a melee already in progress. A text box in the corner trumpets the arrival of “Lanky Frank Miller,” a “truly great new artist” poised to “explode upon the Marvel scene like a bombshell.” This was hyperbole even by the hucksterish standard set by Stan Lee. It also turned out to be true.

 

§ A little while back a copy of Action #1 sold for $3.2 million; the buyers were Metropolis Comics, who expect to make a profit on it someday.

“We feel very confidently this was a good price and that we will be able to sell this for a profit. We really believe in the strength of the comic book market and that it has a long way to go,” Zurzolo tells The Hollywood Reporter. While declining to say how high they would have taken the bidding, he adds, “All I can say is we were determined to buy it.”

 

§ I had bookmarked this piece on the Salt Lake City Comic Con which detailed them having trouble proving a local economic impact.

§ I’m glad Vaneta Rogers exists so she can pore over all the evidence about Blood Moon an upcoming DC event.

§ 29 years ago, semiotician Umberto Eco was excited about Krazy Kat and Peanuts, and you can still read his essay.

§ Oh, this one is old but it says so much: The Drab Palettes of Modern Superhero Movies.

I don’t mean to pick on one synergistic chunk of intellectual property. Based on the images released so far, 2016’s Batman vs. Superman will max out its hues at a vibrant brown. The collective monomania of these superhero movies is bizarre and sad—if you must make so many of the things, why not cast your eyes beyond a couple of decades-old Frank Miller comics?

 

§ Congrats to our good buddies at Green Brain Comics on moving to a nice new store.

§ Here’s a blog post by by the winner of the Women’s Costume at the Baltimore Comic Con costume contest. You don’t often see these winners mentioned, so I did!


§ People were amazed by this video of Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth with a broken pair of giant loppers that was found in a long abandoned closet…but there will be more Gary Groth videos to come.

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23. Broken legs, death threats and fatwas: the trials and tribulations of THE 99 

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[Reprinted from The National. An Arabic version is located here.
 Broken legs, death threats and fatwas: the trials and tribulations of THE 99 We first met. Naif Al-Mutawa several years ago, and followed the story of The 99 and Teshkeel Comics, as he attempted to offer modern, constructive role models for youth in the Arabic world. At a time when the world seemed to be in a hopeless conflict, Dr. Al-Mutawa's work seemed to be a shining example of the unifying power of comics. However in recent months, he's come under a fatwa, imposed by a Saudi Arabian cleric, as recounted here.  With  his permission, we're reprinting, his current piece on the Fatwa and what he's doing to fight a charge of heresy.]

Many years ago, I was the volleyball counsellor at a summer camp in New England. It was 1990 and I was fit for five minutes. It seems there’s always an injury I can blame my (lack of) fitness on. That summer was no different.

Running into the lake, I slipped. My hands instinctively shielded my face from hitting the lake bottom and my elbows jerked back and got caught in the sand, sending my right shoulder out of its socket. I popped it back in. It was painful. I had to rest for a week before seeing a doctor. And then, on the way to the clinic, I had a terrible car accident that meant I completed my journey to the hospital in an ambulance. I’ve had my share of car accidents. Two of them were not my fault. This was one of those. It involved being shunted by a Mack truck while I was stationary at a traffic light.

At the hospital I was told that my shoulder had popped out again and that the boot of my car had been compressed to within inches of my head. I was lucky.

It was there I met an ambulance chaser, which was a first. I got his card. I got his pitch. I told him there and then not to bother: if the lorry driver who had written off my car had money, I reasoned, he would have had brakes too. I also told him I did not want to live my life by taking something away from someone else. I wanted to create rather than destroy. I did not want to be associated with a bottom feeder.

A few weeks later, a six-year-old boy sneaked up on me while I was brushing my teeth and said: “You don’t have a country … you don’t have a country …” A fellow counsellor who had roughly the same intellect as the young boy was hiding behind a tree. He had put the child up to it. It was surreal.

I called my father in Kuwait and he casually explained to me that Iraq’s invasion was a routine matter that would solve itself in a matter of days. It didn’t. The things fathers say.

Now, many years later, I have spent the summer recovering from another painful injury (giving me another excuse to explain away why I’m still not fit).

Last summer, as I was leaving my children’s summer camp in New England, I missed a step on an outdoor staircase and got my leg caught between a step and a tree root. I went in one direction and my leg in another. I broke my leg so badly my bones came out of my body for a breath of fresh air. My surgeon referred to my fracture as Humpty Dumpty. It took several surgeries and months of physical therapy to start to feel normal again.

While I recovered, another bottom feeder made his way into my life, this time forcefully. A man whose view of reality is narrow and violent, sued me for heresy and went around submitting false accusations to various institutions asking for a fatwa on my work with THE 99, a super-hero cartoon series I created based on the 99 attributes of God.

Sadly, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the ministry of Islamic affairs in Kuwait did not do their homework and issued fatwas condemning THE 99 based on false accusations and misstatements provided by this ambulance chaser. This is after THE 99 had been broadcast daily for two years all over the world.

The United Nations, the World Economic Forum, world leaders including president Barack Obama, the emir of Kuwait and many others endorsed my work for bridging cultures and tolerance.

In fact, THE 99 has been approved by the ministries of information in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and was funded by a Saudi Islamic Investment Bank with its own Sharia board.

This accusation opened up a Pandora’s box and led to an avalanche of extremists each trying to outdo one another. It led to fatwas and more recently death threats from Twitter accounts linked to ISIL and Al Qaeda.

You can imagine the call I had with my parents and my children when the front page of Kuwait’s leading daily newspaper quoted various death threats. Look on the bright side I told my parents. This shows the impact of THE 99.

My son, who is a summer camp counsellor this year, called me in a state of panic. His friends told him I was dead or that I was going to jail. I tried to allay his fears by telling him it was routine. The things fathers say.

But that is not the end of the story. The early 1990s witnessed Disney releasing their smash hit Aladdin. The opening lyrics of the song entitled Arabian Nights were: “Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place, where the caravan camels roam, where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face, it’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home.”

Having released it on the heels of Desert Storm, Disney thought they could get away with the lyrics. They couldn’t. Protests led to changing the lyrics on the video and DVD versions. I was among the protesters.

Last week I took my children to watch Aladdin the Musical on Broadway. And as I sat in the audience I couldn’t help wonder should those lyrics have been changed? Should I have protested against them? Isn’t someone trying to cut off my head because they don’t like the way I think?

As I write this I am considering going to Kuwait to answer charges of heresy. The ministry of information has turned a number of production companies over to the public prosecutor for violating the audio-visual media law.

May God bless Kuwait and may the forces of darkness not muffle innovation and creativity. And may the ministries start to understand that in the name of protecting our culture they are responsible for killing it by scaring off the content creators and the content investors.

Why would anyone invest in media content if the producers can be sent off to the public prosecutor’s office and potentially serve jail time. Isn’t it just easier to keep dubbing Turkish, Mexican and American dramas?

And if we keep doing that, aren’t we diluting our culture? And if we do, then whose fault is that? Perhaps the ministries were not set up to protect our culture after all.

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Naif Al-Mutawa is a Kuwait-born, U.S. educated psychologist who created “THE 99,” a comic book about a group of superheroes based on Islamic archetypes.

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24. Indie Month-to-Month Sales July 2014: Let’s Kill Archie

By Chris Rice

Death of Archie Indie Month to Month Sales July 2014: Lets Kill ArchieA few interesting new entries this month, headed by, of all things, The Death of Archie! That’s joined by Rick Remender’s new book Low, and a pair of new Doctor Who books become Titan’s biggest selling comics yet. Lots of books not charting this month for reasons explained below.

Marvel went a bit bonkers this month, and seem to have released about 25-30 more titles than normal, meaning there are only 126 indie titles charting in the top 300, well down on last month’s 148. Despite that, overall sales were up at 1,766,686, compared to last month’s 1,624,693, so average sales this month are 14,021, a huge increase on last month’s 10,977. 31 titles went up in sales and 72 went down, with the rest made up of new entries and specials.

Image are still at number one with an 8.83% dollar share and a 10.97% market share, IDW at second place with a 5.43% dollar share and 4.67% market share. Dark Horse have a 4.73% dollar share and a 4.03% market share, Dynamite have a 2.59% dollar share and 2.40% market share and Boom! have a 2.32 % dollar share and 2.14% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

12. The Walking Dead (Image)

07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 - 33,079
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126
07/2012: The Walking Dead #100 - 388,038
07/2013: The Walking Dead #112 - 72,975

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08/2013: The Walking Dead #113 - 70,273 (-3.7%)
09/2013: The Walking Dead #114 - 70,440 (+0.2%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead #115 - 310,584 (329,127)(+340.9%)
10/2013: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special - 40,572
10/2013: The Walking Dead #1 10th Anniversary Ed - 39,780
11/2013: The Walking Dead #116 - 69,913 (-77.5%)
11/2013: The Walking Dead #117 - 68,818 (-1.6%)
12/2013: The Walking Dead #118 - 68,020 (-1.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #119 - 65,151 (-4.2%)
01/2014: The Walking Dead #120 - 65,286 (+0.2%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #121 - 65,244 (-0.1%)
02/2014: The Walking Dead #122 - 64,810 (-0.6%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #123 - 64,460 (-0.5%)
03/2014: The Walking Dead #124 - 64,659 (+0.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #125 - 66,761 (+3.3%)
04/2014: The Walking Dead #126 - 67,853 (+1.6%)
05/2014: The Walking Dead #127 - 71,352 (+5.2%)
06/2014: The Walking Dead #128 - 74,326 (+4.2%)
07/2014: The Walking Dead #129 - 72,908 (-1.9%)

A slight drop, but still one of the stronger months for the industry’s premier indie book.

27, 42, 297. Life With Archie(Archie)

07/2014: Life with Archie #36 - 57,054
07/2014: Life with Archie Magazine #36 - 6,653
07/2014: Life with Archie #37 - 48,842

So they killed Archie Andrews. He heroically threw himself in front of a gunman’s bullet to save his friend Kevin Keller, and these sales are what happened. Just to give some perspective, last time this book charted, back in January 2011, it sold 2,802 copies through the direct market. With this and Afterlife with Archie, someone in the editorial or marketing department is obviously on the right track!

30. Saga (Image)

07/2012: Saga #5 - 40,556
07/2013: - 

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08/2013: Saga #13 - 55,372 (+3.8%)
09/2013: Saga #14 - 55,585 (+0.4%)
10/2013: Saga #15 - 54,816 (-1.4%)
11/2013: Saga #16 - 54,593 (-0.4%)
12/2013: Saga #17 - 53,264 (-2.4%)
01/2014: Saga #18 - 53,139 (-0.4%)
02-04/2014: -
05/2014: Saga #19 - 55,422 (+4.3%)
06/2014: Saga #20 - 56,497 (+1.9%)
07/2014: Saga #21 - 55,893 (-1.1%)

Holding very steady this month. I’m gonna slightly stick my neck out and predict that this book won’t go below 40,000 copies for the whole of its run, regardless of how long it lasts.

32. Outcast (Image)

06/2014: Outcast #1 - 71,788
07/2014: Outcast #2 - 55,126 (-23.2%)

I would say that’s a very healthy drop; if it can keep its sales around the high 40,000s that has to be a huge success.

54. Low (Image)

07/2014: Low #1 - 43,340

That man Rick Remender has another in an incredible string of hits with Image, this time beautifully illustrated by Greg Tocchini. How many books does this guy write now?

59, 67. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

07/2009: Doctor Who #1 - 10,949
07/2010: Doctor Who #13 - 6,636
07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356
07/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #11 - 11,425

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08/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #12 - 10,220 (-10.5%)
09/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #13 - 14,499 (+41.9%)
10/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #14 - 10,826 (-25.3%)
11/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #15 - 10,926 (+0.9%)
12/2013: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #16 - 10,264 (-6.1%)
12/2013: Doctor Who Special 2013 - 10,926 
07/2014: Doctor Who 11th Doctor #1 - 41,068
07/2014: Doctor Who 12th Doctor #1 - 39,707

I happen to know that the 11th Doctor issue has sold out of a 100,000 copy print run and gone to a second print, so these numbers certainly don’t provide the whole picture. I’ve included the previous IDW run for perspective, but will be splitting the two titles into their own listings from next month.

101. Black Science (Image)

11/2013: Black Science #1 - 40,873
12/2013: Black Science #2 - 20,151 (-50.7%)
01/2014: Black Science #3 - 23,965 (-18.9%)
02/2014: Black Science #4 - 25,713 (+7.3%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Black Science #5 - 25,492 (-0.9%)
04/2014: Black Science #6 - 24,892 (-2.3%)
06/2014: Black Science #7 - 28,147 (+13.1%)

The second arc sees a very healthy increase.

105. Wicked & Divine (Image)

06/2014: Wicked & Divine #1 - 42,948
07/2014: Wicked & Divine #2 - 27,962 (-34.9%)

Not too bad a drop at all, and still a solid hit.

106. Star Wars (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Star Wars #7 - 41,611

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08/2013: Star Wars #8 - 38,792 (-6.8%)
09/2013: Star Wars #9 - 37,502 (-3.3%)
10/2013: Star Wars #10 - 36,019 (-3.9%)
10/2013: 1-for-1 Star Wars #1 - 16,690 (-3.9%)
11/2013: Star Wars #11 - 34,227 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Star Wars #12 - 33,093 (-3.3%)
01/2014: Star Wars #13 - 31,543 (-4.7%)
02/2014: Star Wars #14 - 30,828 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Star Wars #15 - 29,967 (-2.8%)
04/2014: Star Wars #16 - 29,087 (-2.9%)
05/2014: Star Wars #17 - 28,241 (-2.9%)
06/2014: Star Wars #18 - 27,898 (-1.2%)
07/2014: Star Wars #19 - 27,197 (-2.5%)

Into the last 6 issues.

107, 109. East of West (Image)

07/2013: East of West #4 - 43,228

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08/2013: East of West #5 - 36,345 (-15.9%)
09/2013: East of West #6 - 33,381 (-8.2%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: East of West #7 - 32,889 (-1.4%)
12/2013: East of West #8 - 31,059 (-5.6%)
01/2014: East of West #9 - 29,885 (-3.8%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: East of West #10 - 28,853 (-3.4%)
04/2014: East of West #11 - 28,090 (-2.6%)
05/2014: East of West #12 - 27,056 (-3.7%)
06/2014: -
07/2014: East of West #13 - 26,531 (-1.9%)
07/2014: East of West #14 - 26,361 (-0.6%)

Pretty solid this month.

111. Supreme Blue Rose (Image)

07/2014: Supreme Blue Rose #1 - 26,100

A good launch for Warren Ellis’ turn to play with Rob Liefield’s toys. This is Ellis at his most conceptual and arch, and he’s ably joined by Tula Lotay, doing some lovely things with layout and colour. No idea what it’s actually about yet.

115. Afterlife with Archie (Archie)

10/2013: Afterlife With Archie #1 - 41,533 (47,195)
11/2013: Afterlife With Archie #2 - 19,188 (-53.8%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Afterlife With Archie #3 - 24,266 (+26.5%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Afterlife With Archie #4 - 24,165 (-0.4%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Afterlife With Archie #5 - 27,071 (+12.0%)
06/2014: -
07/2014: Afterlife With Archie #6 - 25,702 (-5.1%)

Holding up very well, even with a slight dip this month.

124. Trees (Image)

05/2014: Trees #1 - 31,926
06/2014: Trees #2 - 25,515 (-20.1%)
07/2014: Trees #3 - 23,822 (-6.6%)

Ellis’ other indie book starts levelling out at an encouragingly high sales level.

130. Transformers vs GI Joe (IDW)

07/2014: Transformers vs GI Joe #1 - 23,009

That’s a very strong debut, higher sales than either title command on their own. Or indeed, added together.

140. Southern Bastards (Image) 

04/2014: Southern Bastards #1 - 38,029
05/2014: Southern Bastards #2 - 25,811 (-32.1%)
06/2014: -
07/2014: Southern Bastards #3 - 21,313 (-17.4%)

Average third-issue drop, I would imagine sales will settle around the high teens.

141. Spread (Image)

07/2014: Spread #1 - 21,150

Justin Jordan’s new book self-admittedly has similar themes to both Saga and Last of Us, in it’s post-apocalyptic setting and narration by a character who is a baby at the time of the book, but it’s been forming since before both of those stories started, and it’s pretty interesting in its own right.

142. My Little Pony (IDW)

07/2013: My Little Pony #9 - 41,444

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08/2013: My Little Pony #10 - 24,475 (31,860) (-30.4%)
08/2013: My Little Pony Cover Gallery #1 - 6,859
09/2013: My Little Pony #11 - 32,784 (+33.9%)
10/2013: My Little Pony #12 - 23,686 (31,365) (-27.7%)
10/2013: My Little Pony 2013 Annual - 18,614
11/2013: My Little Pony #13 - 35,653 (+50.5%)
11/2013: My Little Pony Art Gallery - 6,028
12/2013: My Little Pony #14 - 22,990 (30,725)(-35.5%)
01/2014: My Little Pony #15 - 27,461 (+19.4%)
02/2014: My Little Pony #16 - 26,942 (-1.9%)
02/2014: My Little Pony 100 Penny Press #1 - 21,957 (-1.9%)
03/2014: My Little Pony #17 - 26,683 (-0.9%)
04/2014: My Little Pony #18 - 26,091 (-2.2%)
05/2014: My Little Pony #19 - 22,820 (-12.5%)
06/2014: My Little Pony #20 - 20,711 (-9.2%)
07/2014: My Little Pony #21 - 20,871 (+0.8%)
149. My Little Pony Friends Forever (IDW)

01/2014: MLP Friends Forever #1 - 23,370 
02/2014: MLP Friends Forever #2 - 20,676 (-11.5%)
03/2014: MLP Friends Forever #3 - 20,038 (-3.1%)
04/2014: MLP Friends Forever #4 - 20,149 (+0.5%)
05/2014: MLP Friends Forever #5 - 19,312 (-4.2%)
06/2014: MLP Friends Forever #6 - 18,132 (-6.1%)
07/2014: MLP Friends Forever #7 - 19,850 (+9.5%)

Both Pony books see a rise this month, Friends Forever in particular.

153. Lazarus (Image)

05/2013: Lazarus #1 - 48,030
07/2013: Lazarus #2 - 27,143 (31,470)(-43.5%)
08/2013: Lazarus #3 - 24,961 (-8.0%)
10/2013: Lazarus #4 - 23,701 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Lazarus #5 - 22,695(-4.2%)
02/2014: Lazarus #6 - 21,198(-6.6%)
03/2014: Lazarus #7 - 20,150(-4.9%)
04/2014: Lazarus #8 - 19,826(-1.6%)
07/2014: Lazarus #9 - 19,066(-3.8%)

Starting to settle into a gradual downward slide, but still performing well.

157. Buffy TVS (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #23 - 20,768

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08/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #24 - 20,584 (-0.9%)
09/2013: Buffy TVS Season 9 #25 - 20,392 (-0.9%)
03/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #1 - 27,851 (+36.6%)
04/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #2 - 21,804 (-21.7%)
05/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #3 - 20,556 (-5.7%)
06/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #4 - 19,365 (-5.8%)
07/2014: Buffy TVS Season 10 #5 - 18,827 (-2.8%)

Standard attrition.

158. Velvet (Image)

10/2013: Velvet #1 - 41,897
12/2013: Velvet #2 - 25,549 (-39.0%)
01/2014: Velvet #3 - 23,177 (-9.3%)
03/2014: Velvet #4 - 21,412 (-7.6%)
05/2014: Velvet #5 - 20,258 (-5.4%)
07/2014: Velvet #6 - 18,775 (-7.3%)

Dropping a little fast, but still healthy.

160. Star Wars Rebel Heist (Dark Horse)

04/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #1 - 24,913
05/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #2 - 20,387 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #3 - 19,379 (-4.9%)
07/2014: Star Wars Rebel Heist #4 - 18,710 (-3.4%)

The series closes out at a very decent sales-level.

164. Dark Engine (Image)

07/2014: Dark Engine #1 - 17,407

I’ve read the first two issues and enjoyed them, but I honestly couldn’t tell you what this book is about. I would suggest that does not bode well for sales.

169. Nailbiter (Image)

05/2014: Nailbiter #1 - 22,746
06/2014: Nailbiter #2 - 15,193 (-33.2%)
07/2014: Nailbiter #3 - 16,581 (+9.1%)

A nice little increase as word of mouth spreads.

171. Star Wars Darth Maul (Dark Horse)

07/2012: Darth Maul Death Sentence #1 - 18,579

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05/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #1 - 17,905
06/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #2 - 15,829 (-11.6%)
07/2014: Darth Maul Son of Dathomir #3 - 15,994 (+1.0%)

Dead solid.

173. Ragnarok (IDW)

07/2014: Ragnarok #1 - 15,598

Walt Simonson tells a very different tale of the Norse gods than those he used to write in the pages of Marvel’s Mighty Thor.

175. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)

07/2012: TMNT #12 - 18,789
07/2013: TMNT #24 - 16,484

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08/2013: TMNT #25 - 17,833 (+8.0%)
09/2013: TMNT #26 - 17,322 (-2.9%)
10/2013: TMNT #27 - 17,042 (-1.6%)
11/2013: TMNT #28 - 17,045 (0%)
12/2013: TMNT #29 - 15,532 (-8.9%)
01/2014: TMNT #30 - 14,979 (-3.6%)
02/2014: TMNT #31 - 14,684 (-2.0%)
03/2014: TMNT #32 - 15,040 (+2.4%)
04/2014: TMNT #33 - 16,736 (+11.3%)
05/2014: TMNT 30th Anniversary Special - 13,391 
06/2014: TMNT #34 - 17,442 (+4.2%)
06/2014: TMNT #35 - 15,174 (-13.0%)
07/2014: TMNT #36 - 15,415 (+1.6%)

Solid.

178. Manifest Destiny (Image)

11/2013: Manifest Destiny #1 - 17,371
12/2013: Manifest Destiny #2 - 12,801 (-26.3%)
01/2014: Manifest Destiny #3 - 12,034 (-6.0%)
02/2014: Manifest Destiny #4 - 13,291 (+10.4%)
03/2014: Manifest Destiny #5 - 14,152 (+6.5%)
04/2014: Manifest Destiny #6 - 14,851 (+4.9%)
06/2014: Manifest Destiny #7 - 21,500 (+44.8%)
07/2014: Manifest Destiny #8 - 15,060 (-29.9%)

Shamefully, I managed to miss this last month, when it shot up for the beginning of the new arc. Now it’s dropped back off again a bit, but it’s still up overall.

179. Big Trouble in Little China (Boom!)

06/2014: Big Trouble In Little China #1 - 24,160
07/2014: Big Trouble In Little China #2 - 14,838 (-38.6%)

Quite a big drop, but still just Boom’s biggest seller…

180. Adventure Time (Boom!)

07/2012: Adventure Time #6 - 26,019
07/2013: Adventure Time #18 - 21,071

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08/2013: Adventure Time #19 - 19,852 (-5.8%)
09/2013: Adventure Time #20 - 18,822 (-5.2%)
10/2013: Adventure Time #21 - 18,156 (-3.5%)
10/2013: Adventure Time 2013 Spooktacular - 16,920
11/2013: Adventure Time #22 - 16,905 (-6.9%)
12/2013: Adventure Time #23 - 15,635 (-7.5%)
01/2014: Adventure Time #24 - 14,757 (-5.6%)
01/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Special - 13,388 
02/2014: Adventure Time #25 - 14,191 (-3.8%)
03/2014: Adventure Time #26 - 13,839 (-2.5%)
04/2014: Adventure Time #27 - 13,205 (-4.6%)
04/2014: Adventure Time 2014 Annual - 11,573
05/2014: Adventure Time #28 - 12,806 (-3.0%)
06/2014: Adventure Time #29 - 13,785 (+7.6%)
07/2014: Adventure Time #30 - 14,487 (+5.1%)

…closely followed by Adventure Time, which seems to be rebounding a bit in sales, helped by this special Marcelzine issue.

182. Fatale (Image)

07/2013: -

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08/2013: Fatale #16 - 17,045 (-24.6%)
09/2013: Fatale #17 - 16,571 (-2.7%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Fatale #18 - 16,154 (-2.5%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Fatale #19 - 15,725 (-2.7%)
02/2014: Fatale #20 - 13,862 (-11.8%)
03/2014: Fatale #21 - 14,799 (-6.8%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Fatale #22 - 14,694 (-0.7%)
06/2014: Fatale #23 - 14,407 (-1.9%)
07/2014: Fatale #24 - 14,255 (-1.1%)

The last issue holds steady, with The Fade Out, their new series, starting next month.

184. Groo vs Conan (Dark Horse)

07/2014: Groo vs Conan #1 - 13,942

The long-awaited crossover finally begins, to decent sales.

186. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

07/2012: The Manhattan Projects #5 - 18,398
07/2013: -

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08/2013: The Manhattan Projects #13 - 17,556 (+2.8%)
09/2013: The Manhattan Projects #14 - 16,881 (-3.8%)
10/2013: The Manhattan Projects #15 - 16,842 (-0.2%)
11/2013: The Manhattan Projects #16 - 16,674 (-0.1%)
12/2013: The Manhattan Projects #17 - 15,646 (-6.0%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: The Manhattan Projects #18 - 15,076 (-3.6%)
03/2014: The Manhattan Projects #19 - 14,813 (-1.7%)
04/2014: The Manhattan Projects #20 - 14,253 (-3.8%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: The Manhattan Projects #21 - 15,126 (+6.1%)
07/2014: The Manhattan Projects #22 - 13,319 (-11.9%)

Slightly ouch. Honestly, while it’s still wildly funny, it’s had a slightly aimless feel these last few issues, as if Hickman isn’t quite sure where to go next

187. Rat Queens (Image)

09/2013: Rat Queens #1 - 21,745
10/2013: Rat Queens #2 - 12,335 (-43.3%)
11/2013: Rat Queens #3 - 11,967 (-3.0%)
12/2014: -
01/2014: Rat Queens #4 - 11,553 (-3.5%)
02/2014: Rat Queens #5 - 11,121 (-3.7%)
03-04/2014: -
05/2014: Rat Queens #6 - 11,476 (+3.2%)
06/2014: Rat Queens #7 - 12,903 (+12.4%)

Rat Queens gets the Image new-arc boost for its second highest sales.

188. Death Vigil (Image)

07/2014: Death Vigil #1 - 12,832

Stjepan Sejic writes and draws this surprisingly fun afterlife romp, and gets relatively decent sales.

189. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #5 - 15,854

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08/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #6 - 15,394 (-2.9%)
09/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #7 - 14,924 (-3.0%)
10/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #8 - 14,576 (-2.3%)
11/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #9 - 13,999 (-4.0%)
11/2013: 1 For $1 Star Wars Legacy #1 - 6,624
12/2013: Star Wars Legacy II #10 - 13,783 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #11 - 13,398 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #12 - 13,029 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #13 - 12,671 (-2.7%)
04/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #14 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
05/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #15 - 12,473 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #16 - 12,373 (-0.8%)
07/2014: Star Wars Legacy II #17 - 12,544 (+1.4%)

Very solid over these last few issues.

190. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Angel & Faith #24 - 13,368

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08/2013: Angel & Faith #25 - 13,335 (-0.2%)
04/2014: Angel & Faith #1 - 17,820 (+33.6%)
05/2014: Angel & Faith #2 - 14,200 (-20.3%)
06/2014: Angel & Faith #3 - 13,029 (-8.2%)
07/2014: Angel & Faith #4 - 12,468 (-4.3%)

Starting to level out, sales-wise.

191. The Devilers (Dynamite)

07/2014: The Devilers #1 - 12,311

Josh Fialkov riffs on Seven Samurai for his new supernatural book.

193. Spawn (Image)

07/2009: Spawn #193 - 20,293
07/2010: Spawn #198 - 17,985
07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964
07/2012: Spawn #221 - 15,801
07/2013: Spawn #233 - 15,701

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08/2013: Spawn #234 - 15,930 (+0.8%)
09/2013: Spawn #235 - 15,081 (-5.3%)
10/2013: Spawn #236 - 13,368 (-11.4%)
11/2013: Spawn #237 - 14,411 (+7.8%)
12/2013: Spawn #238 - 12,459 (-13.5%)
01/2014: Spawn #239 - 12,369 (-0.7%)
02/2014: Spawn #240 - 11,827 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Spawn #241 - 11,766 (-0.5%)
04/2014: Spawn #242 - 11,827 (+0.5%)
05/2014: Spawn #243 - 11,714 (-1.0%)
06/2014: Spawn #244 - 11,837 (+1.0%)
07/2014: Spawn #245 - 12,090 (+2.1%)

Ticking up as it approaches the 250th issue.

194. Chew (Image)

07/2009: Chew #2 - 6,735
07/2010: Chew #12 - 13,011
07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510
07/2012: Chew Secret Agent Poyo #1 - 15,982
07/2013: Chew #35 - 12,818

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08/2013: -
09/2013: Chew #36 - 12,402 (-3.2%)
10/2013: Chew #37 - 12,214 (-1.5%)
12/2013: Chew #38 - 12,068 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Chew #39 - 11,487 (-4.8%)
02/2014: Chew #40 - 11,193 (-2.6%)
04/2014: Chew #41 - 10,835 (-3.2%)
05/2014: Chew/ Revival #1 - 18,259
06/2014: Chew #42 - 10,981 (-1.3%)
07/2014: Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1 - 12,075

These Poyo specials really are quite popular, aren’t they?

198, 265. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

07/2009: Grimm Fairy Tales #40 - 9,616
07/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #49 - 9,594
07/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #61 - 7,777
07/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #75 - 11,108
07/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #87 - 7,201

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08/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #88 - 6,023 (-16.4%)
09/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #89 - 7,423 (+23.2%)
10/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #90 - 6,779 (-8.7%)
11/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #91 - 6,697 (-1.2%)
12/2013: Grimm Fairy Tales #92 - 6,262 (-6.5%)
01/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #93 - 6,362 (+1.6%)
02/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #94 - 6,175 (-2.9%)
03/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #95 - 6,036 (-2.3%)
04/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #96 - 5,928 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #97 - 6,055 (+2.1%)
05/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2014 - 5,089
06/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #98 - 5,828 (-3.7%)
07/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #98 - 7,472 (+28.2%)
07/2014: Grimm Fairy Tales #100 - 11,722 (+56.9%)

Double-shipping this month, with the hundredth issue scoring particularly good sales.

200. Cowl (Image)

05/2014: COWL #1 - 20,851
06/2014: COWL #2 - 13,569 (-34.9%)
07/2014: COWL #3 - 11,604 (-14.5%)

A fairly standard third-issue drop.

203. TMNT Turtles in Time (IDW)

06/2014: TMNT Turtles In Time #1 - 13,840
07/2014: TMNT Turtles In Time #2 - 11,334 (-18.1%)
207. Star Trek City o/t Edge of Forever (IDW)

06/2014: City on the Edge of Forever #1 - 12,028
07/2014: City on the Edge of Forever #2 - 11,224 (-6.7%)
208. Armor Hunters (Valiant)

06/2014: Armor Hunters #1 - 16,484
07/2014: Armor Hunters #2 - 11,224 (-31.9%)

Three second-issues in a row, the first two with very reasonable drops, Armor Hunters sadly does not fare so well.

210. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

10/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #1 - 12,620
11/2013: -
12/2013: Ash & The Army of Darkness #2 - 8,223 (-34.8%)
01/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #3 - 7,261 (-11.7%)
02/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #4 - 6,563 (-9.6%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #5 - 6,207 (-9.6%)
04/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #6 - 5,884 (-5.4%)
05/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #7 - 5,690 (-3.3%)
06/2014: Ash & The Army of Darkness #8 - 5,455 (-4.1%)
07/2014: Army of Darkness Ash Gets Hitched #1 - 10,956 (+100.8%)

Looks like they’re going to the mini-series model from here-on. With a debut like this, you can see why.

211. Life After (Oni)

07/2014: Life After #1 - 10,899

Josh Fialkov’s second new book this month, and enormously good fun it is too.

212. X-Files Season 10 (IDW)

07/2013: X-Files Season 10 #2 - 16,729

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08/2013: X-Files Season 10 #3 - 17,557 (+4.9%)
09/2013: X-Files Season 10 #4 - 16,999 (-3.2%)
10/2013: X-Files Season 10 #5 - 16,819 (-1.1%)
11/2013: X-Files Season 10 #6 - 15,289 (-9.1%)
12/2013: X-Files Season 10 #7 - 14,792 (-3.3%)
01/2014: X-Files Season 10 #8 - 13,981 (-5.5%)
02/2014: X-Files Season 10 #9 - 13,129 (-6.1%)
03/2014: X-Files Season 10 #10 - 12,252 (-6.7%)
04/2014: X-Files Season 10 #11 - 13,210 (+7.8%)
04/2014: X-Files Annual 2014 - 9,504
05/2014: X-Files Season 10 #12 - 11,773 (-10.9%)
06/2014: X-Files Season 10 #13 - 11,497 (-2.3%)
07/2014: X-Files Season 10 #14 - 10,850 (-5.6%)

Sales continue to slip.

213. Rai (Valiant)

04/2014: Rai #1 - 29,137
05/2014: -
06/2014: Rai #2 - 13,448 (-53.8%)
07/2014: Rai #3 - 10,665 (-20.7%)

Rapidly approaching the sales level of the rest of Valiant’s line.

214. Squidder (IDW)

07/2014: Squidder #1 - 10,537

Ben Templesmith returns to the fray with this new Lovecraftian sci-fi book.

215. Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy (Boom!)

07/2014: Banana Guard Academy #1 - 10,402

Do I hear the distant sound of a barrel being scraped?

216. Ten Grand (Image)

07/2013: Ten Grand #3 - 21,858 (-25.5%)

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08/2013: Ten Grand #4 - 19,017 (-13.0%)
11/2013: Ten Grand #5 - 17,020 (-10.5%)
12/2013: Ten Grand #6 - 15,366 (-9.7%)
02/2014: Ten Grand #7 - 13,201 (-14.1%)
03/2014: Ten Grand #8 - 12,117 (-8.2%)
04/2014: Ten Grand #9 - 11,210 (-7.5%)
07/2014: Ten Grand #10 - 10,354 (-7.6%)

This really doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

218. X-Files Year Zero (IDW)

07/2014: X-Files Year Zero #1 - 10,333

Going back to the forties for the origin of the X-Files department.

219. Legenderry (Dynamite)

12/2013: Legenderry #1 - 27,174
02/2014: Legenderry #2 - 14,570 (-46.4%)
03/2014: Legenderry #3 - 12,218 (-16.1%)
06/2014: Legenderry #4 - 10,865 (-11.1%)
07/2014: Legenderry #5 - 10,317 (-5.0%)

The drops are finally starting to slow up.

221. Chastity (Dynamite)

07/2014: Chastity #1 - 10,208

Another of the old Chaos characters gets her own book.

222. Tomb Raider (Dark Horse)

02/2014: Tomb Raider #1 - 18,486
03/2014: Tomb Raider #2 - 13,636 (-26.2%)
04/2014: Tomb Raider #3 - 12,133 (-11.0%)
05/2014: Tomb Raider #4 - 11,300 (-6.9%)
06/2014: Tomb Raider #5 - 10,536 (-6.8%)
07/2014: Tomb Raider #6 - 10,149 (-3.7%)

Sales starting to stabilize.

223. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

07/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #23 - 11,022

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08/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #24 - 10,886 (-1.2%)
09/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #25 - 11,388 (+4.6%)
10/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #26 - 10,872 (-4.5%)
11/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #27 - 9,985 (-8.2%)
12/2013: Star Trek Annual 2013 - 8,683
12/2013: Star Trek Ongoing #28 - 10,443 (+4.6%)
01/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #29 - 10,127 (-3.0%)
02/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #30 - 9,906 (-2.2%)
03/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #31 - 9,781 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #32 - 10,801 (+10.4%)
05/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #33 - 9,729 (-9.9%)
06/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #34 - 10,216 (+4.8%)
07/2014: Star Trek Ongoing #35 - 10,089 (-1.2%)

Solid this month.

224. Transformers More TMTE (IDW)

07/2013: More Than Meets Eye #19 - 9,320

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08/2013: More Than Meets Eye #20 - 9,402 (+0.9%)
09/2013: More Than Meets Eye #21 - 9,258 (-1.5%)
10/2013: More Than Meets Eye #22 - 9,248 (-0.1%)
11/2013: Dark Cybertron #1 - 12,165
11/2013: More Than Meets Eye #23 - 9,579 (+3.6%)
12/2013: More Than Meets Eye #24 - 10,138 (+5.8%)
01/2014: More Than Meets Eye #25 - 9,867 (-2.7%)
02/2014: More Than Meets Eye #26 - 9,663 (-2.1%)
03/2014: More Than Meets Eye #27 - 9,409 (-2.6%)
03/2014: Dark Cybertron Finale - 9,395
04/2014: More Than Meets Eye #28 - 9,667 (+2.7%)
05/2014: More Than Meets Eye #29 - 9,543 (-1.3%)
06/2014: More Than Meets Eye #30 - 9,395 (-1.6%)
07/2014: More Than Meets Eye #31 - 10,063 (+7.1%)

A bit of an increase.

228. Lumberjanes (Boom!)

04/2014: Lumberjanes #1 - 13,129
05/2014: Lumberjanes #2 - 9,904 (-24.6%)
06/2014: Lumberjanes #3 - 9,150 (-7.6%)
07/2014: Lumberjanes #4 - 9,988 (+9.2%)

Sales catch up to word-of-mouth, with a nice increase.

229. Revival (Image)

07/2013: Revival #12 - 13,948

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08/2013: Revival #13 - 12,549 (-10.0%)
09/2013: Revival #14 - 12,254 (-2.3%)
10/2013: -
11/2013: Revival #15 - 11,468 (-6.4%)
12/2013: Revival #16 - 11,065 (-3.5%)
01/2014: Revival #17 - 10,585 (-4.3%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Revival #18 - 10,456 (-1.2%)
04/2014: Revival #19 - 10,384 (-0.7%)
05/2014: Revival #20 - 10,341 (-0.4%)
06/2014: Revival #21 - 9,808 (-5.1%)
07/2014: Revival #22 - 9,931 (+1.2%)

Solid.

230. The Goon (Dark Horse)

11/2013: The Goon #44 - 7,894
06/2014: The Goon #45 - 8,848 (+12.1%)
07/2014: The Goon #46 - 9,736 (+10.0%)

The beginning of a new mini-series within the series and sales head upwards.

231. Hack Slash (Image)

07/2014: Hack Slash Son of Samhain #1 - 9,466

The return of Hack-Slash, and these are the second-best sales the book’s ever got, only less than the original #1.

232. Thief of Thieves (Image)

07/2013: Thief of Thieves #15 - 14,013

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08/2013: Thief of Thieves #16 - 13,182 (-5.9%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Thief of Thieves #17 - 12,511 (-5.1%)
11/2013: Thief of Thieves #18 - 11,809 (-5.6%)
12/2013: -
01/2014: Thief of Thieves #19 - 11,291 (-4.4%)
02-03/2014: -
04/2014: Thief of Thieves #20 - 9,874 (-12.6%)
05/2014: Thief of Thieves #21 - 9,625 (-2.5%)
07/2014: Thief of Thieves #22 - 9,457 (-1.7%)

Slowly declining.

233. Vampirella (Dynamite)

07/2013: -

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08/2013: Vampirella #31 - 5,618 (-6.3%)
08/2013: Vampirella #32 - 5,548 (-1.2%)
08/2013: Vampirella #33 - 5,445 (-1.9%)
09/2013: Vampirella #34 - ???? (???)
10/2013: Vampirella #35 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Vampirella #36 - ???? (???)
12/2013: Vampirella #37 - ???? (???)
02/2014: Vampirella #38 - 4,758 (???)
06/2014: New Vampirella #1 - 22,864 (+380.5%)
07/2014: New Vampirella #2 - 9,445 (-58.7%)

A big drop, but still well above the last series.

234. Tuki Save the Humans (Cartoon Books)

07/2014: Tuki Save the Humans #1 - 9,425

If Jeff Smith has a publicist he needs to give them a kick up the arse, ‘cos I didn’t even know this, his new series, was coming out. Judging by these sales, neither did a lot of other people.

235. Satellite Sam (Image)

07/2013: Satellite Sam #1 - 32,452
08/2013: Satellite Sam #2 - 20,752 (-36.1%)
09/2013: Satellite Sam #3 - 16,909 (-18.5%)
10/2013: Satellite Sam #4 - 14,666 (-13.3%)
12/2013: Satellite Sam #5 - 13,060 (-11.0%)
02/2014: Satellite Sam #6 - 10,797 (-17.3%)
03/2014: Satellite Sam #7 - 10,210 (-5.4%)
05/2014: Satellite Sam #8 - 9,997 (-2.1%)
07/2014: Satellite Sam #9 - 9,271 (-7.3%)

After a slight slowdown in the drops last issue, they accelerate again.

236. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

07/2013: X-O Manowar #15 - 13,997

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08/2013: X-O Manowar #16 - 11,019 (-21.3%)
09/2013: X-O Manowar #17 - 10,859 (-1.5%)
10/2013: X-O Manowar #18 - 11,438 (+5.3%)
11/2013: X-O Manowar #19 - 11,744 (+3.0%)
12/2013: X-O Manowar #20 - 9,941 (-15.4%)
01/2014: X-O Manowar #21 - 9,336 (-6.1%)
02/2014: X-O Manowar #22 - 9,808 (+5.1%)
03/2014: X-O Manowar #23 - 9,394 (-4.2%)
04/2014: X-O Manowar #24 - 8,595 (-8.5%)
05/2014: X-O Manowar #25 - 12,493 (+45.4%)
06/2014: X-O Manowar #26 - 10,083 (-19.3%)
07/2014: X-O Manowar #27 - 9,183 (-8.9%)

Sales dropping back to pre-Armor Hunters level.

237. Conan (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Conan the Barbarian #18 - 12,331

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08/2013: Conan the Barbarian #19 - 12,105 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Conan the Barbarian #20 - 11,828 (-2.3%)
10/2013: Conan the Barbarian #21 - 11,800 (-0.2%)
11/2013: Conan the Barbarian #22 - 11,384 (-3.5%)
12/2013: Conan the Barbarian #23 - 11,245 (-1.2%)
01/2014: Conan the Barbarian #24 - 10,924 (-2.9%)
02/2014: Conan the Barbarian #25 - 10,736 (-1.7%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Conan the Avenger #1 - 11,565 (+7.7%)
05/2014: Conan the Avenger #2 - 9,946 (-14.0%)
06/2014: Conan the Avenger #3 - 9,486 (-4.6%)
07/2014: Conan the Avenger #4 - 9,182 (-3.2%)

Maybe starting to find a level.

238. Transformers Windblade (IDW)

04/2014: Transformers Windblade #1 - 9,855
05/2014: Transformers Windblade #2 - 8,980 (-8.9%)
06/2014: Transformers Windblade #3 - 8,920 (-0.7%)
07/2014: Transformers Windblade #4 - 9,130 (+2.3%)

A slight uptick for the last issue.

239. Shutter (Image)

04/2014: Shutter #1 - 18,984 (21,500)
05/2014: Shutter #2 - 12,267 (-35.4%)
06/2014: Shutter #3 - 9,887 (-19.4%)
07/2014: Shutter #4 - 9,107 (-7.9%)

Still a little way until this settles.

240. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

07/2013: Red Sonja #79 - ????

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08/2013: Red Sonja #2 - 18,327 (-40.0%)
08/2013: Red Sonja #80 - 5,066 (???)
09/2013: Red Sonja #3 - 15,928 (-13.1%)
10/2013: Red Sonja #4 - 15,128 (-5.0%)
11/2013: Red Sonja #5 - 13,811 (-8.7%)
12/2013: Red Sonja #6 - 13,291 (-3.7%)
01/2014: Li'l Sonja #1 - 5,465
02/2014: Red Sonja #7 - 12,622 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Red Sonja Berserker - 5,810
04/2014: Red Sonja #8 - 12,392 (-1.8%)
04/2014: Red Sonja and Cub - 5,877
05/2014: Red Sonja #9 - 11,850 (-4.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja #10 - 11,685 (-1.4%)
06/2014: Red Sonja Sanctuary - 5,486
07/2014: Red Sonja #0 - 9,009

This #0 backfired a little, it’s by the regular team, but retailers took the opportunity to cut 2,600 copies off their orders.

241, 251. Caliban (Avatar)

04/2014: Caliban #1 - 13,196
05/2014: Caliban #2 - 9,454 (-28.4%)
06/2014: Caliban #3 - 9,506 (+0.5%)
07/2014: Caliban #4 - 8,986 (-5.5%)
07/2014: Caliban #3 - 8,300 (-7.6%)

Have I mentioned how much I like this book? Two issues this month.

242. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

07/2013: Sonic #251 - 12,782

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08/2013: -
09/2013: Sonic #252 - 10,968 (-14.2%)
10/2013: Sonic #253 - 10,982 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic #254 - 10,585 (-3.6%)
11/2013: -
12/2013: Sonic #255 - 10,422 (-1.5%)
01/2014: Sonic #256 - 9,840 (-5.6%)
02/2014: Sonic #257 - 9,325 (-5.2%)
03/2014: Sonic #258 - 9,023 (-3.2%)
04/2014: Sonic #259 - 6,228 (9,495)(+5.2%)
05/2014: Sonic #260 - 8,866 (-6.6%)
06/2014: Sonic #261 - 8,822 (-0.5%)
07/2014: Sonic #262 - 8,971 (+1.7%)

Slightly up this month.

243. The Woods (Boom!)

05/2014: The Woods #1 - 13,916
06/2014: The Woods #2 - 9,352 (-32.8%)
07/2014: The Woods #3 - 8,852 (-5.3%)

Starting to find a level.

244. Borderlands Origins (IDW)

11/2012: Borderlands Origins #1 - 6,409
12/2012: Borderlands Origins #2 - 5,040 (-21.4%)
01/2013: Borderlands Origins #3 - 5,572 (+10.6%)
02/2013: Borderlands Origins #4 - 5,581 (+0.2%)
07/2014: Borderlands Fall of Fyrestone #1 - 8,830 (+58.2%)

A big increase for this new series.

245, 264. Harbinger (Valiant)

07/2013: Harbinger #14 - 10,709

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08/2013: Harbinger #15 - 12,086 (+12.9%)
09/2013: Harbinger #16 - 10,199 (-15.6%)
10/2013: Harbinger #17 - 10,686 (+4.8%)
11/2013: Harbinger #18 - 9,203 (-13.9%)
12/2013: Harbinger #19 - 9,237 (+0.4%)
01/2014: Harbinger #20 - 9,060 (-1.9%)
02/2014: Harbinger #21 - 8,473 (-6.5%)
03/2014: Harbinger Bleeding Monk #0 - 8,423
04/2014: Harbinger #22 - 8,213 (-3.1%)
05/2014: Harbinger #23 - 8,011 (-2.5%)
06/2014: Harbinger #24 - 7,256 (-9.4%)
07/2014: Harbinger #25 - 8,766 (+20.8%)
07/2014: Armour Hunters Harbinger #1 - 7,518 (-14.2%)

Not great sales really.

246. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)

07/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #19 - 9,564

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08/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #20 - 9,218 (-3.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #21 - 9,220 (0%)
10/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #22 - 9,044 (-1.9%)
11/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 - 10,355 (+14.5%)
12/2013: Transformers Robots In Disguise #24 - 9,812 (-5.2%)
01/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #25 - 9,609 (-2.1%)
02/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #26 - 9,535 (-0.7%)
03/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #27 - 9,409 (-1.3%)
04/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #28 - 9,568 (+1.7%)
05/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #29 - 9,543 (-0.3%)
06/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #30 - 9,714 (+1.8%)
07/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #31 - 8,706 (-10.4%)

That’s a surprisingly big drop, I suspect there may be some copies that missed the chart but we’ll see next month.

247. Unity (Valiant)

11/2013: Unity #1 - 60,003
12/2013: Unity #2 - 18,845 (-68.6%)
01/2014: Unity #3 - 13,277 (-29.5%)
02/2014: Unity #4 - 10,644 (-19.8%)
03/2014: Unity #5 - 12,268 (+15.3%)
04/2014: Unity #6 - 9,351 (-23.8%)
05/2014: Unity #7 - 8,653 (-7.5%)
06/2014: Unity #8 - 9,442 (+9.1%)
07/2014: Unity #9 - 8,485 (-10.1%)

All of last month’s increase lost.

248. Black Market (Boom!)

07/2014: Black Market #1 - 8,414

Kind of a superhero Breaking Bad, with an out of work doctor sucked into an illicit world of superhero DNA harvesting. It’s rather good, written by Frank Barbiere.

253. King Conan (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Hour of The Dragon #3 - 9,319

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08/2013: Hour of The Dragon #4 - 9,492 (+1.9%)
09/2013: Hour of The Dragon #5 - 9,358 (-1.4%)
10/2013: Hour of The Dragon #6 - 9,131 (-2.4%)
02/2014: Conqueror #1 - 9,646 (+5.6%)
03/2014: Conqueror #2 - 8,495 (-11.9%)
04/2014: Conqueror #3 - 8,519 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Conqueror #4 - 8,428 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Conqueror #5 - 8,376 (-0.6%)
07/2014: Conqueror #6 - 8,171 (-2.4%)
254. Aphrodite IX (Image)

07/2013: Aphrodite IX #3 - 9,339 (-0.8%)

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08/2013: Aphrodite IX #4 - 9,186 (-1.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Aphrodite IX #5 - ???? (???)
11/2013: Aphrodite IX #6 - 5,830 (???)
01/2014: Aphrodite IX #7 - 5,404 (-7.3%)
02/2014: Aphrodite IX #8 - 4,998 (-7.5%)
03/2014: Aphrodite IX #9 - 5,352 (+7.1%)
05/2014: Aphrodite IX #10 - 5,211 (-2.6%)
07/2014: Aphrodite IX/ Cyber Force #1 - 8,115 (+55.7%)
255. Chaos (Dynamite)

05/2014: Chaos #1 - 19,537
06/2014: Chaos #2 - 10,399 (-46.8%)
07/2014: Chaos #3 - 8,097 (-22.1%)
256. BPRD (Dark Horse)

07/2013: Hell on Earth #109 - 10,018

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08/2013: Hell on Earth #110 - 9,842 (-1.8%)
09/2013: Hell on Earth #111 - 9,587 (-2.5%)
10/2013: Hell on Earth #112 - 9,497 (-0.9%)
11/2013: Hell on Earth #113 - 8,904 (-6.2%)
12/2013: Hell on Earth #114 - 8,668 (-2.6%)
01/2014: Hell on Earth #115 - 9,072 (+4.7%)
02/2014: Hell on Earth #116 - 8,674 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Hell on Earth #117 - 8,510 (-1.9%)
04/2014: Hell on Earth #118 - 8,473 (-0.4%)
05/2014: Hell on Earth #119 - 8,306 (-2.0%)
06/2014: Hell on Earth #120 - 8,127 (-2.2%)
07/2014: Hell on Earth #121 - 8,092 (-0.4%)
257, 259. God is Dead (Avatar)

09/2013: God Is Dead #1 - 26,664
10/2013: God Is Dead #2 - 15,366 (-42.4%)
11/2013: God Is Dead #3 - 14,930 (-2.8%)
12/2013: God Is Dead #4 - 13,369 (-10.5%)
01/2014: God Is Dead #5 - 11,897 (-11.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #6 - 12,852 (+8.0%)
02/2014: God Is Dead #7 - 12,008 (-6.6%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #8 - 11,515 (-4.1%)
03/2014: God Is Dead #9 - 10,976 (-4.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #10 - 10,564 (-3.7%)
04/2014: God Is Dead #11 - 10,326 (-2.3%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #12 - 9,275 (-10.2%)
05/2014: God Is Dead #13 - 8,987 (-3.1%)
06/2014: God Is Dead #14 - 8,373 (-6.8%)
06/2014: God Is Dead #15 - 8,262 (-1.3%)
07/2014: God Is Dead #16 - 8,029 (-2.8%)
07/2014: God Is Dead #17 - 7,759 (-3.4%)
258. Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War (IDW)

06/2014: Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #1 - 10,155
07/2014: Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #2 - 7,800 (-23.2%)
260. Sonic Universe (Archie)

07/2013: Sonic Universe #54 - 11,398

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08/2013: Sonic Universe #55 - 9,239 (-18.9%)
09/2013: Sonic Universe #56 - 9,253 (+0.1%)
10/2013: Sonic Universe #57 - 8,874 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Sonic Universe #58 - 8,433 (-5.0%)
12/2013: Sonic Universe #59 - 8,123 (-3.7%)
01/2014: -
02/2014: Sonic Universe #60 - 7,902 (-2.7%)
03/2014: Sonic Universe #61 - 7,715 (-2.4%)
04/2014: Sonic Universe #62 - 7,927 (-2.7%)
05/2014: Sonic Universe #63 - 7,507 (-5.3%)
06/2014: Sonic Universe #64 - 7,423 (-1.1%)
07/2014: Sonic Universe #65 - 7,664 (+3.2%)
261. Elfquest (Dark Horse)

10/2013: Elfquest Final Quest Special - 9,680
01/2014: Elfquest Final Quest #1 - 9,861 (+1.9%)
03/2014: Elfquest Final Quest #2 - 8,390 (-14.9%)
05/2014: Elfquest Final Quest #3 - 7,967 (-5.0%)
07/2014: Elfquest Final Quest #4 - 7,662 (-3.7%)
262. Star Trek Special (IDW)

07/2014: Flesh & Stone #1
263, 281. Twilight Zone (Dynamite)

12/2013: Twilight Zone #1 - 21,723
01/2014: Twilight Zone #2 - 11,537 (-46.9%)
02/2014: Twilight Zone #3 - 10,061 (-12.8%)
03/2014: -
04/2014: Twilight Zone #4 - 9,014 (-10.4%)
05/2014: Twilight Zone #5 - 8,140 (-9.7%)
06/2014: Twilight Zone Annual 2014 - 5,154
07/2014: Twilight Zone #6 - 7,528 (-7.5%)
07/2014: Twilight Zone #7 - 6,976 (-7.3%)
266. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )

07/2013: Abe Sapien #4 - 10,314

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08/2013: Abe Sapien #5 - 9,676 (-6.2%)
09/2014: -
10/2013: Abe Sapien #6 - 9,120 (-5.7%)
11/2013: Abe Sapien #7 - 8,709 (-4.5%)
12/2013: Abe Sapien #8 - 8,622 (-1.0%)
01/2014: Abe Sapien #9 - 8,516 (-1.2%)
02/2014: Abe Sapien #10 - 7,995 (-6.1%)
03/2014: Abe Sapien #11 - 7,825 (-2.1%)
04/2014: -
05/2014: Abe Sapien #12 - 7,559 (-3.4%)
06/2014: Abe Sapien #13 - 7,674 (+1.5%)
07/2014: Abe Sapien #14 - 7,469 (-2.7%)
267. Uber (Avatar)

07/2013: Uber #4 - 12,030

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08/2013: Uber #5 - 11,598 (-3.6%)
10/2013: Uber #6 - 10,747 (-7.3%)
11/2013: Uber #7 - 9,784 (-9.0%)
12/2013: Uber #8 - 9,065 (-7.3%)
01/2014: Uber #9 - 8,448 (-6.8%)
03/2014: Uber #10 - 8,133 (-3.7%)
03/2014: Uber Special #1 - 7,176
04/2014: Uber #11 - 7,732 (-4.9%)
04/2014: Uber #12 - 7,694 (-0.5%)
05/2014: Uber #13 - 7,653 (-0.5%)
06/2014: Uber #14 - 7,493 (-2.1%)
07/2014: Uber #15 - 7,456 (-0.5%)
268. Sons of Anarchy (Boom!) 

09/2013: Sons of Anarchy #1 - 27,601
10/2013: Sons of Anarchy #2 - 14,688 (-46.8%)
11/2013: Sons of Anarchy #3 - 13,251 (-9.8%)
12/2013: Sons of Anarchy #4 - 12,215 (-7.8%)
01/2014: Sons of Anarchy #5 - 11,607 (-5.0%)
02/2014: Sons of Anarchy #6 - 11,228 (-3.3%)
03/2014: Sons of Anarchy #7 - 9,910 (-11.7%)
04/2014: Sons of Anarchy #8 - 9,304 (-6.1%)
05/2014: Sons of Anarchy #9 - 8,511 (-8.5%)
06/2014: Sons of Anarchy #10 - 7,857 (-7.7%)
07/2014: Sons of Anarchy #11 - 7,394 (-5.9%)
270. Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (Dynamite)

02/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 - 30,722
03/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #2 - 11,296 (-6.3%)
04/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #3 - 9,586 (-15.1%)
05/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #4 - 8,426 (-12.1%)
06/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5 - 7,803 (-7.4%)
07/2014: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #6 - 7,352 (-5.8%)
271. Bloodshot (Valiant)

07/2013: Bloodshot #12 - 10,058

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08/2013: Bloodshot #0 - 11,303 (+12.4%)
09/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #14 - 10,225 (-9.5%)
10/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #15 - 9,806 (-4.1%)
11/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #16 - 8,666 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #17 - 8,142 (-6.0%)
01/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #18 - 8,529 (+4.8%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #0 - 7,895 (-7.4%)
02/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #19 - 7,281 (-7.8%)
03/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #20 - 7,929 (+8.9%)
04/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #21 - 7,630 (-3.8%)
05/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #22 - 7,350 (-3.7%)
06/2014: Bloodshot & The Hard Corps #23 - 6,783 (-7.7%)
07/2014: Armour Hunters Bloodshot #1 - 7,334 (+8.1%)
272. Doctor Spektor (Dynamite)

05/2014: Doctor Spektor #1 - 16,471
06/2014: Doctor Spektor #2 - 7,318 (-55.6%)
274. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 

09/2013: Baltimore Infernal Train #1 - 8,280 (-0.3%)
10/2013: Baltimore Infernal Train #2 - 7,374 (-10.9%)
11/2013: Baltimore Infernal Train #3 - 7,228 (-2.0%)
12/2013: Baltimore Chapel of Bones #1 - 7,250 (+0.3%)
02/2014: Baltimore Chapel of Bones #2 - 6,922 (-4.5%)
07/2014: Baltimore Witch of Harju #1 - 7,271 (+5.0%)
275. Mega Man (Archie) 

07/2013: Mega Man #27 - 10,332

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08/2013: Mega Man #28 - 8,404 (-18.7%)
09/2013: Mega Man #29 - 8,042 (-4.3%)
10/2013: Mega Man #30 - 8,086 (+0.5%)
11/2013: Mega Man #31 - 7,854 (-2.8%)
12/2013: Mega Man #32 - 7,352 (-6.4%)
01/2014: Mega Man #33 - 7,015 (-4.6%)
02/2014: -
03/2014: Mega Man #34 - 6,688 (-4.7%)
04/2014: Mega Man #35 - 6,681 (-0.1%)
04/2014: Mega Man #36 - 6,400 (-4.2%)
05/2014: Mega Man #37 - 7,640 (+19.4%)
06/2014: Mega Man #38 - 6,604 (-13.6%)
07/2014: Mega Man #39 - 7,265 (+10.0%)
276. The Veil (Dark Horse)

03/2014: Veil #1 - 14,445
04/2014: Veil #2 - 9,627 (-33.3%)
05/2014: Veil #3 - 8,184 (-15.0%)
07/2014: Veil #4 - 7,222 (-11.7%)
277, 298. Magnus Robot Fighter (Dynamite)

03/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 27,497
04/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 9,898 (-64.0%)
05/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #3 - 8,333 (-15.8%)
06/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - 7,898 (-5.2%)
07/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #5 - 7,205 (-8.8%)
07/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #0 - 6,640 (-7.8%)
278. TMNT New Animated Adventures (IDW)

07/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 - 14,397

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08/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #2 - 10,304 (-28.4%)
09/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #3 - 8,744 (-15.1%)
10/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #4 - 7,905 (-9.6%)
11/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #5 - 7,112 (-10.0%)
12/2013: TMNT New Animated Adventures #6 - 6,649 (-6.5%)
01/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #7 - 6,331 (-4.8%)
02/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #8 - 6,034 (-4.7%)
03/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #9 - 6,009 (-0.4%)
04/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #10 - 5,911 (-1.6%)
05/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #11 - 6,075 (+2.8%)
06/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #12 - 7,577 (+24.7%)
07/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #13 - 7,158 (-5.5%)
279. Godzilla (IDW)

07/2013: Godzilla #13 - 6,741

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08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #2 - 7,483 (-23.7%)
08/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #3 - 7,080 (-5.4%)
09/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #4 - 6,820 (-3.7%)
10/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #5 - 6,920 (+1.4%)
11/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #6 - 6,653 (-3.9%)
12/2013: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #7 - 6,587 (-0.9%)
01/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #8 - 6,530 (-0.8%)
02/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #9 - 6,531 (0%)
03/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #10 - 6,677 (+0.2%)
04/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #11 - 6,917 (-3.6%)
05/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #12 - 7.890 (+14.1%)
06/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #13 - 6,980 (-11.5%)
07/2014: Godzilla Rulers of The Earth #14 - 7,144 (+2.3%)
280. Wonderland (Zenescope)

07/2013: Wonderland #13 - 7,253

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08/2013: -
09/2013: Wonderland #14 - 7,034 (-3.0%)
09/2013: Wonderland #15 - 6,558 (-6.8%)
10/2013: Wonderland #16 - 6,820 (+4.0%)
11/2013: Wonderland #17 - 6,723 (-1.4%)
12/2013: Wonderland #18 - 7,859 (+16.9%)
01/2014: Wonderland #19 - 6,434 (-18.1%)
02/2014: Wonderland #20 - 5,780 (-10.2%)
03/2014: Wonderland #21 - 5,937 (+2.7%)
04/2014: Wonderland #22 - 5,374 (-9.5%)
05/2014: Wonderland #23 - 5,313 (-1.1%)
06/2014: Wonderland #24 - 5,261 (-1.0%)
07/2014: Wonderland #25 - 7,030 (+33.6%)
282. Stray Bullets (Image)

03/2014: Stray Bullets #41 - 8,297
03/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #1 - 14,208
04/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #2 - 9,147 (-35.6%)
05/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #3 - 7,935 (-13.2%)
06/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #4 - 7,092 (-10.6%)
07/2014: Stray Bullets The Killers #5 - 6,938 (-1.5%)
284. Sidekick (Image)

08/2013: Sidekick #1 - 27,832
09/2013: Sidekick #2 - 14,533 (-47.8%)
10/2013: Sidekick #3 - 11,371 (-21.8%)
11/2013: Sidekick #4 - 9,976 (-12.3%)
02/2014: Sidekick #5 - 8,943 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Sidekick #6 - 8,192 (-8.4%)
07/2014: Sidekick #7 - 6,900 (-15.8%)
285. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

07/2013: Archer & Armstrong #11 - 9,880

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08/2013: Archer & Armstrong #12 - 9,971 (+0.9%)
09/2013: Archer & Armstrong #13 - 9,910 (-0.6%)
10/2013: Archer & Armstrong #14 - 10,811 (+9.1%)
11/2013: Archer & Armstrong #15 - 8,998 (-16.8%)
12/2013: Archer & Armstrong #16 - 8,608 (-4.3%)
01/2014: Archer & Armstrong #17 - 8,112 (-5.8%)
02/2014: Archer & Armstrong #0 - 8,671 (+6.9%)
03/2014: Archer & Armstrong #18 - 8,156 (+0.5%)
04/2014: Archer & Armstrong #19 - 7,969 (-2.3%)
05/2014: Archer & Armstrong #20 - 7,553 (-5.2%)
06/2014: Archer & Armstrong #21 - 7,120 (-5.7%)
07/2014: Archer & Armstrong #22 - 6,883 (-3.3%)
286. Danger Girl (IDW)

07/2013: Danger Girl Trinity #4 - 7,790

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08/2013: -
09/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #1 - 10,180 (+30.7%)
10/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #2 - 8,067 (-20.8%)
11/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #3 - 7,738 (-4.1%)
12/2013: Danger Girl The Chase #4 - 7,411 (-4.2%)
04/2014: Danger Girl Mayday #1 - 9,051 (+22.1%)
05/2014: Danger Girl Mayday #2 - 6,945 (-23.3%)
07/2014: Danger Girl Mayday #3 - 6,872 (-1.1%)
288. Wildfire (Image)

06/2014: Wildfire #1 - 12,552
07/2014: Wildfire #2 - 6,806 (-45.8%)
289. Grimm Fairy Tales Oz (Zenescope)

07/2013: GFT Oz #1 - 19,237
08/2013: GFT Oz #2 - 11,119 (-42.2%)
10/2013: GFT Oz #3 - 10,537 (-5.2%)
11/2013: GFT Oz #4 - 12,064 (+14.5%)
12/2013: GFT Oz #5 - 10,158 (-15.8%)
02/2014: GFT Oz #6 - 9,631 (-5.2%)
03-04/2014: -
05/2014: Warlord of Oz #1 - 7,787 (-19.1%)
06/2014: Warlord of Oz #2 - 5,810 (-25.4%)
07/2014: Oz Age of Darkness - 6,784
290. Black Kiss (Image)

07/2014: Black Kiss XXXmas In July Special One Shot - 6,777
291. Samurai Jack (IDW)

10/2013: Samurai Jack #1 - 23,661
11/2013: Samurai Jack #2 - 12,645 (-46.6%)
12/2013: Samurai Jack #3 - 11,553 (-8.6%)
01/2014: Samurai Jack #4 - 10,451 (-9.5%)
02/2014: Samurai Jack #5 - 9,989 (-4.4%)
03/2014: Samurai Jack #6 - 8,960 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Samurai Jack #7 - 8,990 (+0.3%)
05/2014: Samurai Jack #8 - 8,471 (-5.8%)
06/2014: Samurai Jack #9 - 8,464 (-0.8%)
07/2014: Samurai Jack #10 - 6,741 (-20.4%)
292. Regular Show (Boom!)

07/2013: -

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08/2013: Regular Show #3 - 16,000 (-18.0%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Regular Show #4 - 15,269 (-4.6%)
11/2013: Regular Show #5 - 12,677 (-17.0%)
11/2013: Regular Show #6 - 11,213 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Regular Show #7 - 10,733 (-4.2%)
01/2014: Regular Show #8 - 9,201 (-14.3%)
02/2014: Regular Show #9 - 8,554 (-7.0%)
02/2014: Regular Show #10 - 7,623 (-10.9%)
03/2014: Regular Show #11 - 7,084 (-7.1%)
04/2014: Regular Show #12 - 6,540 (-7.7%)
05/2014: -
06/2014: Regular Show 2014 Annual - 5,377 (-7.7%)
07/2014: Regular Show #13 - 6,724 (+2.8%)
293. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

07/2013: Real American Hero #192 - 7,361

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08/2013: Real American Hero #193 - 7,314 (-0.6%)
09/2013: -
10/2013: Real American Hero #194 - 7,314 (0%)
10/2013: Real American Hero #195 - 7,135 (-2.4%)
11/2013: Real American Hero #196 - 8,102 (+13.6%)
12/2013: Real American Hero #197 - 6,983 (-13.8%)
01/2014: Real American Hero #198 - 6,736 (-3.5%)
02/2014: Real American Hero #199 - 6,652 (-1.2%)
03/2014: Real American Hero #200 - 11,780 (+77.1%)
04/2014: Real American Hero #201 - 8,294 (-29.6%)
05/2014: Real American Hero #202 - 6,781 (-18.2%)
06/2014: Real American Hero #203 - 6,791 (+0.1%)
07/2014: Real American Hero #204 - 6,706 (-1.3%)
296. Robocop (Boom)

08/2013: Robocop Last Stand #1 - 9,959
09/2013: Robocop Last Stand #2 - 7,476 (-24.9%)
10/2013: Robocop Last Stand #3 - 6,868 (-8.1%)
11/2013: Robocop Last Stand #4 - 5,923 (-13.8%)
12/2013: Robocop Last Stand #5 - 5,368 (-9.4%)
01/2014: Robocop Last Stand #6 - 5,042 (-6.1%)
02/2014: Robocop Last Stand #7 - 4,975 (-1.3%)
02/2014: Robocop Beta One Shot - 4,263
07/2014: Robocop 2014 #1 - 6,676
299. Angry Birds (IDW)

06/2014: Angry Birds Comics #1 - 11,939
07/2014: Angry Birds Comics #2 - 6,629 (-44.5%)
300. GFT Realm Knights (Zenescope)

08/2013: GFT Realm Knights #1 - 6,550
07/2014: GFT Realm War #1 - 6,620

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

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25. Alison Bechdel wins a MacArthur Foundation Grant

 

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Alison Bechdel has been named one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation grant winners, often known as a genius grant.

Bechdel was cited for being

…a cartoonist and graphic memoirist exploring the complexities of familial relationships in multilayered works that use the interplay of word and image to weave sophisticated narratives. Bechdel’s command of sequential narrative and her aesthetic as a visual artist was established in her long-running comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For (1983–2008), which realistically captured the lives of women in the lesbian community as they influenced and were influenced by the important cultural and political events of the day.

The grant confers not only recognition as a leading thinker, but a stipend of 625,000, paid in quarterly installments over five years. Recipients are chosen for their future potential and the grant allows is intended to “encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.”

Bechdel’s achievements in furthering the medium of the graphic novel—and her immense potential for future work—indeed makes her a worthy recipient. As if being a great cartoonist wasn’t enough, the musical adaptation of her book, Fun Home is coming to Broadway next April.

Cartoonist Ben Katchor was the first cartoonist to win a grant in 2000.

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