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1. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: March 2014 — the two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s

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By Jason Enright

Another month of All-New Marvel Now releases is upon us. Some books end, some books relaunch, some new heroes arrive on the scene. Let’s see what the numbers are telling us. First up a bit of a breakdown:

10 new #1s (not counting #1s from miniseries like Revolutionary War)
8 Avengers titles
7 X-Men titles (9 if you count X-Force and X-Factor)
10 titles that double-shipped.

Now before we get deep into the numbers, I want to point out a trend that I’ve been noticing, and would love to hear your thoughts on in the comments below.

So there are two types of All-New Marvel Now #1s. The first is something like Black Widow or She-Hulk, where the new #1 is a new series featuring a new or returning character and a new creative team, so basically a new book. The other is what I call the soft relaunch. They take an ongoing series with falling sales and they give it a new #1, but not much else changes, same creative team or if maybe the artists changes, the writer stays, and maybe a slight tweak on the storyline or premise. Examples of this are Secret Avengers or X-Factor.

Now the trend I have been noticing is that these soft relaunches might see the issue #1 get a big sales boost but then sales fall down very close to where it was before the reboot in the next few months. So I ask all of you fans, retailers, etc. who read this, what do you think is going on? Is the relaunch just not a big enough deal to catch reader interest? Is there not enough of a shakeup or new direction? Is this just relaunch fatigue? There have been a lot of Marvel Now relaunches. Is there just more focus and excitement on the new titles like Silver Surfer, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight? 

So keep those thoughts and question in mind, and let’s dive in to the numbers.

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

5,7. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
03/04  Am Spi #505   –  83,612
03/09  Am Spi #588   -	 61,325
03/11  Am Spi #656   -	 59,626
03/12  Am Spi #681   -  52,143
---
03/13  Superior #5  -  94,224  (  -1.7%)
03/13  Superior #6  -  86,614  (  -8.1%)
03/13  S. S-M #6AU  -  85,807  (  -0.9%)
04/13  Superior #7  -  87,945  (  +2.5%)
04/13  Superior #8  -  85,671  (  -2.6%)
05/13  Superior #9  -  93,656  (  +9.3%)
05/13  Superior #10 -  85,346  (  -8.9%)
06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Superior #13 -  81,678  (  -0.8%)
07/13  Superior #14 -  80,839  (  -1.0%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -14.1%)
1 year  ( -18.7%)
2 year  (  47.0%)
3 year  (  28.4%)
5 year  (  24.9%)
10 year (  -8.4%)

Superior Spider-Man stays really strong as it heads towards its conclusion and the return of Peter Parker. The final issue should actually see a sales increase, and then rumor has it that the orders on Amazing #1 are going to be huge, like in the 500,000 range. It will be really interesting to see how much of that is hype and how much second and consecutive drop off after that. Stay tuned as we’ll be watching this series very closely.

6. DAREDEVIL
03/04  Daredevil v2 #58 - 54,399
03/09  Daredevil v2 #116- 41,255 
03/11  DD Reborn    #3  - 27,231 
03/12  Daredevil v3 #10 - 38,137 
---
03/13  Daredevil v3 #24 - 37,231  ( +0.2%)
04/13  Daredevil v3 #25 - 39,678  ( +6.6%)
05/13  Daredevil v3 #26 - 39,788  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Daredevil v3 #27 - 35,834  ( -9.9%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #28 - 35,364  ( -1.3%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #29 - 34,915  ( -1.3%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( 107.3%)
1 Year  ( 104.1%)
2 Year  (  99.0%)
3 Year  ( 179.1%)
5 Year  (  84.2%)
10 Year (  39.7%)

Very strong issue 1 sales numbers for Daredevil, backed up by 5 variant covers. This book has always been a critical hit and while its sales were very steady, they were never HUGE. Hopefully this soft relaunch gives readers a good jumping on point for what is one of the best creative and best books in comics right now. We’ll be watching to see how much of this sales bump the book is able to hold on to for future issues.

8. SILVER SURFER
03/04  Silver Surfer v5 #7 -  26,454  
03/11  Silver Surfer v6 #2 -  23,484  
---
03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )
---
3 year  (176.4%)
10 year (145.4%)

Been a while since there has been a Silver Surfer solo series, but with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, it seems time to bring in more of the cosmic characters. This is a pretty good debut and likely has a lot to do with the strong creative team behind this book. Again we’ll be watching to see how issue 2 -4 do. Hopefully, it will only see small drops and a lot of re-order activity.

10, 20. UNCANNY X-MEN
03/04  Uncanny X-Men #441   –  86,430
03/09  Uncanny X-Men #507   –  77,945
03/11  Uncanny X-Men #534   -  55,731
03/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #8  -  57,568
---
03/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #3  -  85,775  (  -9.3%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #4  -  80,047  (  -6.7%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #5  -  78,919  (  -1.4%)
05/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #6  -  73,621  (  -6.7%)
06/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #7  -  73,719  (  +0.1%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #8  -  70,274  (  -4.7%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #9  -  67,338  (  -4.2%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #10 -  70,903  (  +5.3%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #11 -  65,700  (  -7.3%)
09/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #12 -  76,790  ( +16.9%)
10/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #13 -  75,202  (  -2.1%)
11/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #14 -  65,655  ( -12.7%)
12/13  Uncanny #15.INH      -  62,692  (  -4.5%)
01/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #16 -  58,676  (  -6.4%)
02/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #17 –  56,163  (  -4.3%)
03/14  Uncanny X-Men v3 #18 -  54,902  (  -2.2%)
03/14  U X-Men #19.NOW      -  64,514  (  17.5%)
---
6 mnth  ( -16.0%)
1 year  ( -24.8%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  (  15.8%)
5 year  ( -17.2%)
10 year ( -25.4%)

A nice bump for the .NOW issue and its 3 variants, but the thing to watch for is if the series holds onto those sales or drops right back down to where it was for the next issue.

12. ALL-NEW X-MEN
---
03/13  All-New X-Men #8  -  90,990  ( +6.8%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #9  -  81,692  (-10.2%)
04/13  All-New X-Men #10 -  84,760  ( +3.8%)
05/13  All-New X-Men #11 -  80,582  ( -4.9%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #12 -  82,178  ( +2.0%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #13 -  77,656  ( -5.5%)
07/13  All-New X-Men #14 -  74,848  ( -3.6%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -24.3%)
1 year  ( -29.9%)

Final issue of the crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy sees only a slight drop from the previous issue. All said this series is still going pretty strong and the crossover did help boost its sales.

13. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
03/13  Uncanny Avengers #5  - 84,382  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #6  - 80,863  ( -4.2%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #7  - 77,027  ( -4.7%)
05/13  Uncanny Avengers #8  - 75,655  ( -1.8%)
05/13  Uncanny Av. #8AU     - 72,514  ( -4.2%)
06/13  Uncanny Avengers #9  - 71,842  ( -0.9%)
07/13  Uncanny Avengers #10 - 68,768  ( -4.3%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -13.4%)
1 year  ( -27.4%)

Uncanny Avengers gets a nice 10k bump from the .NOW and its 4 variant covers. Again we will have to wait until next month to see if it holds on to any of these sales.

15. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL
---
02/14  Su Spider-Man Annual #2 – 59,278

Really nice numbers for the Spider-man annual coming in only 15k under the main series.

16. MOON KNIGHT
03/09  Moon Knight v3 #28 -  20,883  
03/12  Moon Knight v4 #11 -  21,581  
---
02/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- )
---
2 year  (169.0%)
10 year (177.8%)

This is a nice number for the new Ellis/Shalvey/Bellaire Moon Knight book. Goes to show you that putting a strong creative team behind a lesser known character really helps drive sales numbers and build confidence in the book.

17. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
03/09  Guardians v2 #11 -  27,411
---
03/13  Guardians v3 #1  - 217,993  (+171.3%)
04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184  ( -59.5%)
05/13  ---
06/13  Guardians v3 #3  -  75,633  ( -14.2%)
06/13  Guardians v3 #4  -  71,575  (  -5.4%)
07/13  Guardians v3 #5  - 110,372  ( +54.2%)
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%) [63,420]
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -17.8%)
1 year  ( -74.0%)
2 year  (   --- )
3 year  (   --- )
5 year  ( 107.1%)
10 year (   --- ) 

Just like All-New X-Men, this series sees some growth due to the crossover, and should get another nice boost from the ‘100th’ issue special next month. I wonder if many X-men fans discovered Guardians through this crossover or vice versa, maybe this will help both books gain some new readers.

19. Magneto
---
02/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337

Nice debut for the Master of Magnetism. Again, we’ll have to see how steeply it drops in future months and how many reorders it gets.

21, 27. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
03/12  Wolverine/X-Men #7  - 54,559  
---
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #26 - 42,019  ( -6.7%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #27 - 41,960  ( -0.1%)
04/13  Wolv & X-Men #27AU  - 47,055  (+12.1%)
04/13  Wolverine/X-Men #28 - 42,718  ( -9.2%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #29 - 40,451  ( -5.3%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #30 - 40,019  ( -1.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #31 - 41,661  ( +4.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #32 - 39,790  ( -4.5%)
07/13  Wolverine/X-Men #33 - 42,269  ( +6.2%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -8.4%)
1 Year  (  30.1%)
2 Year  (   0.0%)

So this is the first comic in an interesting trend we’re starting with some of the Marvel Now relaunches. Books that aren’t new series but simply renumbering of existing series seem to have a strong debut issue but then immediately start to drop back down to their previous numbers. Before this soft relaunch, this title was selling around 35k, now on its second issue of the relaunch it is back down to 40k already. So what is going on here? Has the bloom come off the All-New Marvel Now rose? Or is this relaunch just not enough of a shakeup, sure it is a different creative team, but is still a very similar premise. You have to wonder if instead of helping the book find new readers, did the relaunch just give some people a reason to drop the book from their pull lists? Could this relaunch actually result in lower sales than it was doing before the new #1?

23. AVENGERS
03/04  Avengers v3 #80 –  55,533
03/11  Avengers v4 #11 -  66,618
03/12  Avengers v4 #24 -  52,242
---
03/13  Avengers v5 #7  -  78,278  (  -7.8%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #8  -  82,691  (  +5.6%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #9  -  77,780  (  -5.9%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #10 -  78,905  (  +1.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #11 -  70,687  ( -10.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #12 -  74,978  (  +6.1%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #13 -  68,624  (  -8.5%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #14 -  74,846  (  +9.1%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #15 -  68,472  (  -8.5%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #16 -  72,842  (  +6.4%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -41.7%)
1 year  ( -31.1%)
2 year  (   3.0%)
3 year  ( -19.0%)
5 year  (   --- )
10 year (  -2.8%)

The .NOW issue gave a great sales bump but since that issue, numbers have been dropping even more rapidly than before. Although, historically the Avengers seem to live in the 50k range the last couple years, so maybe it is getting close to leveling out.

25. ORIGIN II
09/01  Origin #1 of 6    - 135,561 
10/01  Origin #2 of 6    - 131,582
10/01  Origin #3 of 6    - 128,978
12/01  Origin #4 of 6    - 168,460
01/02  Origin #5 of 6    - 178,231
02/02  Origin #6 of 6    - 179,251
---
12/13  Origin II #1 of 5 - 131,724
01/14  Origin II #2 of 5 -  64,631  (-50.9%)
02/14  Origin II #3 of 5 -  53,640  (-17.0%)
03/14  Origin II #4 of 5 -  50,210  ( -6.4%)

Seems to be leveling out and the series will probably end at 45 to 50k. They didn’t quite catch the same zeitgeist as the original series, but this would probably still be considered a success, and will likely do well in a collected format.

26. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
03/09  Ghost Rider v6 #33 -  21,344  
03/12  Ghost Rider v7 #9  -  13,716  
---
02/14  All-new Ghost Rider #1  -  50,072 (  --- )
---
2 year  (265.0%)
10 year (134.6%)

When you compare this to Ghost Rider’s sales historically this is a very strong debut issue. The real test for this series will be how long it can hold on to these numbers and where it will end up stabilizing. It seems like reviews and general internet chatter have been good for this series, so I hope it finds its audience and sticks around for a while.

27, 33. DEADPOOL
03/09  Deadpool v3 #8  -  47,967  
03/11  Deadpool v3 #34 -  30,299  
03/12  Deadpool v3 #52 -  27,990  
---
03/13  Deadpool v4 #6  -  57,095  (  -0.4%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #7  -  57,016  (  -0.1%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #8  -  52,851  (  -7.3%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #9  -  51,296  (  -2.9%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #10 -  50,461  (  -1.6%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #11 -  54,110  (  +7.2%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #12 -  48,315  ( -10.7%)
07/13  Deadpool v4 #13 -  47,006  (  -2.7%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  (   6.8%)
1 year  ( -14.6%)
2 year  (  74.0%)
3 year  (  61.0%)
5 year  (   1.7%)

Deadpool is coming off the .NOW issue high, and seems to have held onto a good number of those readers. With the wedding issue coming up it will likely see another sales bump and continue to hold steady in the 40-45k range for some time.

28, 29. NEW AVENGERS
03/09  New Avengers v1 #51 -  95,326  
03/11  New Avengers v2 #10 -  59,929  
03/12  New Avengers v2 #23 -  51,697  
---
03/13  New Avengers v3 #4  -  65,150  (  -9.7%)
04/13  New Avengers v3 #5  -  63,423  (  -2.7%)
05/13  New Avengers v3 #6  -  59,362  (  -6.4%)
06/13  New Avengers v3 #7  -  60,138  (  +1.3%)
07/13  New Avengers v3 #8  -  58,044  (  -3.5%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -19.7%)
1 year  ( -25.2%)
2 year  (   -6.0)
3 year  ( -18.7%)
5 year  ( -48.9%)

This .NOW issue does not get a very big sales bump, and if the trend from other series is any indication, the next issue will actually see a decent decline.

30. AMAZING X-MEN
03/12  Astonishing X-Men #48 -  34,182  
---
03/13  Astonishing X-Men #60 -  27,683  ( +14.4%)
04/13  Astonishing X-Men #61 -  27,090  (  -2.1%)
05/13  Astonishing X-Men #62 -  24,121  ( -11.0%)
06/13  Astonishing X-Men #63 -  23,326  (  -3.3%)
07/13  Astonishing X-Men #64 -  22,649  (  -2.9%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( 119.7%)
1 year  (  67.0%)
2 year  (  35.0%)

This series was seeing big drops early on but for now seems like it might be leveling out a bit. Hopefully, it will find a nice home around 40k.

32. CAPTAIN MARVEL
03/09  Ms. Marvel        #37 - 25,049  
---
03/13  Captain Marvel v6 #11 - 17,743  ( -3.4%)
04/13  Captain Marvel v6 #12 - 18,344  ( +3.4%)
05/13  Enemy Within          - 34,205  (+86.5%)
06/13  Captain Marvel v6 #13 - 19,673  (-42.5%)
07/13  Captain Marvel v6 #14 - 19,320  ( -1.8%)
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  
---
6 mnth  (  93.7%)
1 year  ( 149.4%)
5 year  (  76.6%)

This series is an odd duck when it comes to sales numbers. It has a very vocal and passionate fan base, but it never does great in terms of sales. You would think that this new issue might perform like Daredevil and pull in big numbers as it gives all the curious readers a new jumping on point and yet looking at these numbers that didn’t happen. Which makes me wonder if we aren’t seeing the full picture here? And by that I mean digital sales. Perhaps the passionate fan base of readers are buying this book digitally? I also will be interested to see its re-order numbers or if there is a second printing, which may indicate its performance was underestimated in the initial orders. Still this book is a bit of a conundrum and I’ll be interested to watch the variation in sales over the next couple of months.

34. X-MEN
03/11  X-Men v3 #9  -  51,179  
03/12  X-Men v3 #26 -  35,833  
---
03/13  ---
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Men v4 #1  - 183,297  (+464.2%)
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542  ( -59.9%)
07/13  X-Men v4 #3  -  65,270  ( -11.2%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -39.8%)
2 year  (  23.0%)
3 year  ( -13.8%)

This book continues to slide down little by little, but those drops seem to be getting smaller, which may indicate that it will start to level out between 35 and 40k.

35, 71. IRON MAN
03/04  Iron Man v3 #78  - 29,680
03/09 Inv Iron Man #11  - 52,157
03/11 Inv Iron Man #502 - 43,899
03/12 Inv Iron Man #514 - 31,424
---
03/13  Iron Man v6 #7   - 44,040  (  -4.7%)
04/13  Iron Man v6 #8   - 43,974  (  -0.1%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #9   - 78,006  ( +77.4%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #10  - 45,424  ( -41.8%)
06/13  Iron Man v6 #11  - 44,409  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #12  - 40,405  (  -9.0%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #13  - 39,534  (  -2.2%)
08/13  Iron Man v6 #14  - 38,137  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Iron Man v6 #15  - 36,346  (  -4.7%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #16  - 35,924  (  -1.2%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #17  - 39,047  (  +8.7%)
11/13  Iron Man v6 #18  - 36,135  (  -7.5%)
12/13  Iron Man v6 #19  - 32,537  ( -10.0%)
01/14  Iron Man v6 #20  - 30,533  (  -6.2%)
01/14  Iron #20.INH     - 30,512  (  -0.1%)
02/14  Iron Man v6 #21  – 29,546  (  -3.2%)
03/14  Iron Man v6 #22  - 29,017  (  -1.8%) 
03/14  Ir. Man #23.NOW  - 43,912  (  51.3%)
---
6 Mnth  (  20.8%)
1 Year  (  -0.3%)
2 Year  (  40.0%)
3 Year  (   0.0%)
5 Year  ( -15.8%)
10 Year (  48.0%)

The .NOW issue sees a very big increase which leads to the big question: will this series hold onto any of those new sales or drop right back down to where it was around 29k?

39. WOLVERINE
03/04  Wolverine v3 #12 –  69,815
03/09  Wolverine v3 #71 –  86,033  
03/11  Wolverine v4 #7	 -  47,337	 
03/12	 Wolverine #303	 -  36,368	 
---	
03/13  Wolverine v5 #1  - 117,669  (+242.4%)
04/13  Wolverine v5 #2  -  57,165  ( -51.4%)
05/13  Wolverine v5 #3  -  49,629  ( -13.2%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #4  -  46,784  (  -5.7%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #5  -  43,694  (  -6.6%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #6  -  40,593  (  -7.1%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #7  -  38,605  (  -4.9%)
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%) [93,143]
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
---
6 mnth  (  13.4%)
1 year  ( -65.4%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  ( -13.9%)
5 year  ( -52.7%)
10 year ( -41.7%)

So issue #1 saw some good re-order activity (see that second # in brackets, that is the orders including re-orders). However, this is another one of those Marvel Now relaunches where very soon after launch we see it starting to sink back to pre-relaunch levels. If the old series was at 31k, and new series is at 40k for issue 3, then how successful was the relaunch? Is this Wolverine fatigue or relaunch fatigue? Hopefully those re-order numbers mean that we might see a sales increase for issue 4 or 5 as more readers discover this series.

41.  NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL
01/14  Night #1 of 4 - 47,596
01/14  Night #2 of 4 - 40,241  ( -15.5%) [42,333]
02/14  Night #3 of 4 – 37,974  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Night #4 of 4 – 38,457  (   1.3%)

This mini-series ends on very solid footing with an increase in sales for issue 4 and extra re-orders of issue 1. Deadpool is a very solid franchise for Marvel these days.

42. Ms. Marvel
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286 [57,249] (  --- ) 
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%)

So almost 6k in re-orders for issue 1 and only a 23% drop for issue 2. I think we may actually see an increase in sales by the time we get to issue 4 or 5 as more readers discover this book and stores restock the early issues. Not to mention this book is said to have done very well digitally, which sadly we don’t see numbers for. All of these indicators seem to point to this new series being a big win for Marvel.

43. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
03/04  Thor v2 #75 - 31,531  
03/11  Thor   #621 - 42,104  
03/12  Thor v4 #12 - 33,967 
---
03/13  Thor v5 #6  - 50,481  ( -2.7%)
04/13  Thor v5 #7  - 51,526  ( +2.1%)
05/13  Thor v5 #8  - 48,622  ( -5.6%)
06/13  Thor v5 #9  - 49,125  ( +1.0%)
07/13  Thor v5 #10 - 46,204  ( -5.9%)
08/13  Thor v5 #11 - 45,397  ( -1.7%)
08/13  Thor v5 #12 - 44,865  ( -1.2%)
09/13  Thor v5 #13 - 48,007  ( +7.0%)
10/13  Thor v5 #14 - 46,008  ( -4.2%)
11/13  Thor v5 #15 - 41,259  (-10.3%)
12/13  Thor v5 #16 - 39,597  ( -4.0%)
01/14  Thor v5 #17 - 38,913  ( -1.7%)
01/14  Thor v5 #18 - 38,190  ( -1.9%)
02/14  Thor #19.Now– 42,034  ( 10.1%)
03/14  Thor v5 #20 – 37,895  ( -9.8%)
---
6 mnth  ( -21.1%)
1 year  ( -24.9%)
2 year  (  12.0%)
3 year  ( -10.0%)
10 year (  20.2%)

Another series that doesn’t hold on to the sales boost from its .NOW issue, and instead drops back to below its previous sales numbers.

44. FANTASTIC FOUR
03/04  Fantastic Four #510   – 50,089
03/09  Fantastic Four #565   - 48,371
03/12  Fantastic Four #604   - 42,126
---
03/13  Fantastic Four v5 #5  - 42,590  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Fantastic Four #5AU   - 45,756  (  +7.4%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #6  - 41,291  (  -4.8%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #7  - 39,314  (  -4.8%)
05/13  Fantastic Four v5 #8  - 37,309  (  -5.1%)
06/13  Fantastic Four v5 #9  - 37,071  (  -0.6%)
07/13  Fantastic Four v5 #10 - 34,018  (  -8.2%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  (  19.5%)
1 year  ( -11.8%)
2 year  ( -11.0%)
5 year  ( -22.3%)
10 year ( -25.0%)

Another Marvel Now soft relaunch that doesn’t earn much from its relaunch. On issue 2 it is only 10k above where it was before the relaunch, which is not very promising.

48, 50. HAWKEYE
03/13  ---
04/13  Hawkeye v4 #9  - 39,678  ( +7.5%)
05/13  Hawkeye v4 #10 - 42,090  ( +6.1%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #11 - 40,510  ( -3.8%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #12 - 40,837  ( +0.8%)
07/13  ---
08/13  ---
09/13  ---
10/13  Hawkeye v4 #13 - 40,476  ( -0.9%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #14 - 39,863  ( -1.5%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #15 – 39,546  ( -0.8%)
12/13  ---
01/14  Hawkeye v4 #16 - 37,074  ( -6.3%)
02/14  ---
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #17 – 35,545  ( -4.1%)
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #18 – 35,045  ( -1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -13.0%)
1 year  (  -3.7%)

Hawkeye is very stable in the 35k range, despite an erratic shipping schedule.

39.  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%)

I am honestly very surprised that this book is dropping so much. Even if there are a lot of Avengers books, this is so closely tied to the core Avengers book that I’d think it should have captured more of that book’s readership.

56. SECRET AVENGERS
03/11  Secret Avengers    #11 - 51,353
03/12  Secret Avengers    #24 - 18,965
---
03/13  Secret Avengers v2 #2  - 46,419  ( -45.6%)
04/13  Secret Avengers v2 #3  - 38,676  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Secret Avengers v2 #4  - 33,428  ( -13.6%)
06/13  Secret Avengers v2 #5  - 31,437  (  -6.0%)
07/13  Secret Avengers v2 #6  - 28,908  (  -8.0%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  (  36.9%)
1 Year  ( -26.7%)
2 Year  (  79.0%)
3 Year  ( -33.7%)

This is not a very strong debut issue at all. Whereas other books double or triple their numbers with a enw #1 this book gets a boost of 75%. If it drops 30 to 40% like other books do for their second issue then it will go right back to where it was before the new #1. I think stores and readers are starting to lose confidence in Marvel with these faux relaunches.

58. CAPTAIN AMERICA
03/04  Captain America v4 #24 - 39,168  
03/09  Captain America v5 #48 – 62,099  
03/11  Captain America    #616- 44,394  
03/12  Captain America v6 #9  - 41,631  
---
03/13  Captain America v7 #5  - 49,186  (  -7.4%)
04/13  Captain America v7 #6  - 47,802  (  -2.8%)
05/13  Captain America v7 #7  - 44,024  (  -7.9%)
06/13  Captain America v7 #8  - 43,791  (  -0.5%)
07/13  Captain America v7 #9  - 40,796  (  -6.8%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -12.7%)
1 Year  ( -31.6%)
2 Year  ( -19.0%)
3 Year  ( -24.2%)
5 Year  ( -45.8%)
10 Year ( -14.1%)

Issue 18 had two variants so perhaps that accounts for the slight increase of 300 copies sold. Perhaps also retailers ordered a few more to have when the movie came out. Still it is somewhat disappointing that the film has made 160 million dollars yet the comic can’t sell more than 35,000 copies.

62. X-FORCE
03/09  X-Force v3 #13 - 51,789  
03/11  X-Force v4 #6  - 51,248  
03/12  X-Force v4 #23 - 48,867  
---
03/13  X-Force v5 #3  - 51,721  ( -8.8%)
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Force v5 #4  - 47,727  ( -7.7%)
05/13  X-Force v5 #5  - 45,674  ( -4.3%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #6  - 42,496  ( -7.0%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #7  - 40,380  ( -5.0%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #8  - 37,781  ( -6.4%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #9  - 36,978  ( -2.1%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  (  -8.6%)
1 year  ( -36.0%)
2 year  ( -32.0%)
3 year  ( -35.5%)
5 year  ( -36.1%)

Two issues in and only 6000 copies above where it was before the relaunch. I don’t think readers are buying that direction is very all-new.

63. AVENGERS ARENA
03/11  Avengers Academy #10  - 23,708  
03/12  Avengers Academy #27  - 21,830  
---
03/13  Avengers Arena #6  - 31,617  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #7  - 29,784  ( -5.8%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #8  - 27,900  ( -6.3%)
05/13  Avengers Arena #9  - 26,873  ( -3.7%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #10 - 25,277  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #11 - 24,487  ( -3.1%)
07/13  Avengers Arena #12 - 23,969  ( -2.1%)
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
---
6 mnth  (  44.0%)
1 year  (   0.7%)
2 year  (  46.0%)
3 year  (  34.7%)

So Undercover is the new series that follows the teen Avengers from Avengers Academy as well as some other Marvel teen characters. It only gets a 50% boost above where it’s previous iteration ended, but historically these books have always sold between 20 and 30k, so I guess this is on course. Maybe this time it will hold onto some more readers.

64. Iron Patriot
03/09  Iron Man 2.0 #2 -  24,600
03/11  War Machine #4  -  32,688
---
02/14  Iron Patriot #1 -  31,773  (  --- )
---
3 year  (  29.2%)
5 year  (  -2.8%)

Historically the last couple of War Machine/Iron Patriot/ Iron Man 2.0 books have sold right in this range of 20k – 30k, so again this series seems to be doing just what is expected of it and no more.

67. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK
03/04  Incred Hulk v3 #67  - 46,137
03/11  Incred Hulks  #622  - 32,066
03/12  Incred Hulk v4 #5   - 40,522
---
03/13  Indestructible #5   - 54,967  (  -2.2%)
04/13  Indestructible #6   - 55,470  (  +0.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #7   - 49,956  (  -9.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #8   - 48,866  (  -2.2%)
06/13  Indestructible #9   - 49,427  (  +1.1%)
07/13  Indestructible #10  - 45,531  (  -7.9%)
07/13  Indestructible #11  - 45,241  (  -0.6%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -28.1%)
1 Year  ( -45.3%)
2 Year  ( -26.0%)
3 Year  (  -6.3%)
10 Year ( -34.9%)

Hulk is leveling out a bit before its soft relaunch. Will it fall prey to the same trend that we’ve been seeing with other recent Marvel now relaunches or will it see a big sales boost like Waid’s other book Daredevil has? We’ll have to wait and see.

69. PUNISHER
03/04  Punisher v7 #4  – 47,096
03/09  Punisher v8 #3  – 37,564
03/12  Punisher v9 #9  - 22,318
---
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%)
---
2 year  (  34.0%)
5 year  ( -20.3%)
10 year ( -36.4%)

A drop of 5% might mean this series will start to level out around 25-27k, which would be a decent number for Punisher historically.

73. CATACLYSM
07/13  Hunger #1 of 4    - 70,835
08/13  Hunger #2 of 4    - 44,929  (-36.6%)
09/13  ---
10/13  Hunger #3 of 4    - 39,915  (-11.2%)
10/13  Hunger #4 of 4    - 36,775  ( -7.9%)
10/13  Cataclysm #0.1    - 37,589  ( +2.2%)
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 5 - 42,109  (+12.0%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 5 - 33,348  (-20.8%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 5 - 29,566  (-11.3%
01/14  Cataclysm #4 of 5 - 26,363  (-10.8%)
02/14  Cataclysm #5 of 5 – 25,752  ( -2.3%)
03/14  Survive (One-Shot)- 28,782  ( 11.8%)

Survive is the epilogue to the Cataclysm and bridges the gap between the new Ultimate universe books coming next month. Hopefully, more people will be reading those then picked up Survive.

70. Loki
03/11  Loki #4 -  12,055  
---
02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- ) [44,259]
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3)
---
3 year  (132.0%)

I’ll be keeping an eye on this. Issue 2 sees a drop in orders but issue 1 had some strong re-order activity so we may see this book’s sales grow or at least start to level out. Still it is doing much better than the last Loki series.

78. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1 - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2 - 31,260  ( -42.0%)[33,603]
02/14  Black Widow #3 – 28,127  ( -10.0%)[30,187]
03/14  Black Widow #4 – 27,378  (  -2.7%)

Very small drop this month plus good re-order activity is promising for this series. I wonder if we’ll either see it flatten out more, or even get an increase in sales. This series isn’t that far off in sales from other Avengers movie stars like Cap, Hawkeye, Thor, and Iron man, so maybe a solid 30k is really good for solo Avengers books.

79. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
03/09  X-Factor #40    - 31,883  
03/11  X-Factor #215   - 25,256  
03/12  X-Factor #231   - 23,840  
---
03/13  X-Factor #253   - 20,835  ( -0.4%)
04/13  X-Factor #254   - 20,579  ( -1.2%)
05/13  X-Factor #255   - 20,442  ( -0.7%)
05/13  X-Factor #256   - 20,602  ( +0.8%)
06/13  X-Factor #257   - 20,264  ( -1.6%)
06/13  X-Factor #258   - 20,154  ( -0.5%)
07/13  X-Factor #259   - 20,065  ( -0.4%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  (  34.1%)
1 Year  (  30.6%)
2 Year  (  15.0%)
3 Year  (   8.2%)
5 Year  ( -14.3%)

Adding to the trend I’ve been mentioning. Here is another series that is already getting very close to where it was pre-relaunch. The good news is that each month its sales drops are getting smaller, but it still seems on track to fall right down to where it was pre-relaunch before long. This leads me to think that if you were reading X-factor, you kept reading it, but if you weren’t reading it, the new direction didn’t really draw you in and keep you interested.

80. ALL-NEW INVADERS
---
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%)
---
6 Mnth  (   --- )
1 Year  ( 116.8%)
2 Year  ( -33.0%)

Still dropping but slowing down some.

82. She-Hulk
03/04  She-Hulk v1 #1   -  34,499  
02/13  Red She-Hulk#63  -  15,941  
---
02/14  She-Hulk    #1   -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  She-Hulk    #2   -  26,675  (-36.3%)
---
1  Year  ( 67.3%)
10 Year  (-22.7%)

Now I didn’t see any re-order activity on this series, but it did get a second printing of issue 1. Maybe we’ll get more numbers and some re-orders next month to get a better idea if these numbers are on track. If they are, this series isn’t doing as well as some of the other new offerings like Ms. Marvel and Black Widow.

85. New Warriors
03/09  New Warriors #20 -  15,081
---
02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #1  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
---
5 year  ( 72.4%)

That is a pretty big drop. I’ve heard good things about this series, but the numbers seem to suggest that retailers aren’t buying it and without a lot of re-orders it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of reader demand either.

90. MIGHTY AVENGERS
03/09  Mighty Avengers   #21 -  71,322  
---
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -75.5%)
5 Year  ( -65.0%)

This book continues to drop and will probably slip under 20k shortly which is historically where Marvel either relaunches or cancels a series.

91. Winter Soldier Bitter March
03/12  Winter Soldier #3  - 34,923
02/13  Winter Soldier #16 – 20,973
---
02/14  W. Soldier BM  #1  - 31,137  (  --- )
03/14  W. Soldier BM  #2  - 24,831  (-20.3%)
---
1 Year  (  18.4%)
2 Year  ( -29.0%)

I’m not really sure what they were going for with this series. It is a Winter Soldier story timed to come out at the same time of the movie but doesn’t star the Winter Soldier or Captain America. It doesn’t seem like retailer quite knew what to do with it either.

93. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
03/13  Savage Wolverine #3  -  50,310  (-13.6%)
04/13  Savage Wolverine #4  -  45,933  ( -8.7%)
05/13  Savage Wolverine #5  -  42,328  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Savage Wolverine #6  -  59,410  (+40.4%)
07/13  Savage Wolverine #7  -  40,946  (-31.1%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.2%)
1 Year  ( -52.3%)

Continues to drift downward even with this issue having a variant cover.

96. 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%)

Okay issue 4 seems to be leveling out a bit which is good. Maybe Miracleman will just be a steady 20k book, which maybe is good a recolored rerelease of an older book.

97, 98. NOVA
03/09  Nova v4 #22 - 26,409
---
03/13  Nova v5 #2  - 46,725  (-42.2%)
04/13  Nova v5 #3  - 40,548  (-13.2%)
05/13  Nova v5 #4  - 38,151  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Nova v5 #5  - 36,545  ( -4.2%)
07/13  Nova v5 #6  - 34,234  ( -6.3%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.9%)
1 Year  ( -49.8%)
5 Year  ( -11.2%)

Nova is getting awfully close to dropping below 20k. Perhaps a reboot is in store for this title soon?

101. THUNDERBOLTS
03/09  Thunderbolts  #130  - 45,803  
03/11  Thunderbolts  #154  - 25,455  
03/12  Thunderbolts  #171  - 19,073 
---
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #6  - 39,293  ( -5.7%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #7  - 38,553  ( -1.9%)
04/13  Thunderbolts v2 #8  - 36,979  ( -4.1%)
05/13  Thunderbolts v2 #9  - 32,855  (-11.2%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #10 - 32,682  ( -0.5%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #11 - 30,618  ( -6.3%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #12 - 29,081  ( -5.0%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #13 - 28,528  ( -1.9%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -23.6%)
1 Year  ( -42.2%)
2 Year  (  19.0%)
3 Year  ( -10.8%)
5 Year  ( -50.4%)

The numbers on this aren’t great and are trending towards cancellation or relaunch, but it is getting a new writing team with issue 27, so maybe that will help give it a boost.

103. X-MEN LEGACY
03/09  X-Men Legacy  #222 -  55,598
03/11  X-Men Legacy  #246 -  47,893
03/12  X-Men Legacy  #263 -  35,999
---
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #7 -  29,231  ( -5.9%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #8 -  28,174  ( -3.6%)
04/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #9 -  28,405  ( +0.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #10 - 25,911  ( -8.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #11 - 25,048  ( -3.3%)
06/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #12 - 23,996  ( -4.2%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #13 - 23,146  ( -3.5%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #14 - 22,119  ( -4.4%)
08/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #15 - 21,599  ( -2.4%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #16 - 20,995  ( -2.8%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #17 - 20,382  ( -2.9%)
10/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #18 - 19,767  ( -3.0%)
11/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #19 - 19,149  ( -3.1%)
11/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #20 - 18,754  ( -2.1%)
12/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #21 - 18,754  (  n/c )
01/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #22 - 17,868  ( -4.7%)
01/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #23 - 17,636  ( -1.3%)
02/14  X-Men Legacy v2 #24 – 17,307  ( -1.9%)
03/14  X-Men Legacy #300   - 22,422  ( 29.6%)
---
6 Mnth  (   6.8%)
1 Year  ( -23.3%)
2 Year  ( -38.0%)
3 Year  ( -53.2%)
5 Year  ( -59.7%)

Final issue (for now, no word on a possible relaunch) sees a bit of a sales bump.

108. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP
03/12  Avenging #5         - 40,877 
---
03/13  Avenging #18        - 31,657  (  +2.8%)
04/13  Avenging #19        - 28,740  (  -9.2%)
05/13  Avenging #20        - 27,609  (  -3.9%)
05/13  Avenging #21        - 27,251  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Avenging #22        - 26,799  (  -1.7%)
07/13  Superior Team-Up #1 - 76,959  (+187.2%)
08/13  Superior Team-Up #2 - 41,155  ( -46.5%)
09/13  Superior Team-Up #3 - 37,363  (  -9.2%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #4 - 36,296  (  -3.6%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #5 - 30,424  ( -16.2%)
11/13  Superior Team-Up #6 - 27,189  ( -10.6%)
12/13  Sup. Team-up #7.NOW - 25,514  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Superior Team-Up #8 - 24,296  (  -4.8%)
01/14  Superior Team-Up #9 - 23,071  (  -5.0%)
02/14  Superior Team-Up #10- 22,124  (  -4.1%)
03/14  Superior Team-Up #11- 21,091  (  -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -43.6%)
1 Year  ( -33.4%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)

There was no solicit for this series in June, so not sure if it is totally cancelled or will be rebooted o some sort of Amazing Spider-Man team-up. The sales would indicate that it is time for some sort of change however.

114. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
03/12  Avengers Assemble #1  - 100,833
---
03/13  Avengers Assemble #13 - 28,432  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Av. Assemble #14AU    - 35,985  (+26.6%)
05/13  Av. Assemble #15AU    - 33,183  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Avengers Assemble #16 - 27,497  (-17.1%)
07/13  Avengers Assemble #17 - 26,640  ( -3.1%)
08/13  Avengers Assemble #18 - 30,597  (+14.9%)
09/13  Avengers Assemble #19 - 29,564  ( -3.4%)
10/13  Avengers Assemble #20 - 28,886  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Avengers Assemble #21 - 24,831  (-14.0%)
12/13  Av. Assemble #22.INH  - 24,168  ( -2.7%)
01/14  Av. Assemble #23.INH  - 21,943  ( -9.2%)
02/14  Avengers Assemble #24 – 20,059  ( -8.6%)
03/14  Avengers Assemble #25 – 19,102  ( -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -35.4%)
1 Year  ( -32.8%)
2 Year  ( -81.0%)

This is the final issue on a really fun and easily accessible Avengers series that could never quite hold onto its audience.

119, 122. 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%
---
6 Mnth  ( -38.1%)

This series is solicited through June, even with Amazing Spider-Man replacing Superior. It is relatively stable even if its sales aren’t great.

128. A+X
03/13  A+X #5  - 37,250  (-22.5%)
03/13  A+X #6  - 34,434  ( -7.6%)
04/13  A+X #7  - 31,183  ( -9.4%)
05/13  A+X #8  - 26,967  (-13.5%)
06/13  A+X #9  - 25,803  ( -4.3%)
07/13  A+X #10 - 24,371  ( -5.5%)
08/13  A+X #11 - 23,222  ( -4.7%)
09/13  A+X #12 - 21,282  ( -8.4%)
10/13  A+X #13 - 20,908  ( -1.8%)
11/13  A+X #14 - 19,318  ( -7.6%)
12/13  A+X #15 - 18,648  ( -3.5%)
01/14  A+X #16 - 17,913  ( -3.9%)
02/14  A+X #17 – 17,075  ( -4.7%)
03/14  A+X #18 – 16,428  ( -3.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -22.8%)
1 Year  ( -55.9%)

Final issue.

131. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT ONE
01/14  Act One #1 of 5 - 24,515
02/14  Act One #2 of 5 – 17,624 ( -28.1%)
03/14  Act One #3 of 5 – 15,720 ( -10.8%)

The drops are slowing down a bit.

132. AVENGERS A.I. 
07/13  Avengers A.I. #1 - 68,130
08/13  Avengers A.I. #2 - 37,079  (-45.6%)
09/13  Avengers A.I. #3 - 29,776  (-19.7%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #4 - 25,770  (-13.5%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #5 - 23,146  (-10.2%)
11/13  Avengers A.I. #6 - 20,037  (-13.4%)
12/13  Avengers A.I. #7 - 19,879  ( -0.8%)
01/14  A.I. #8.NOW      - 20,084  (  1.0%)
02/14  Avengers A.I. #9 – 16,906  (-15.8%)
03/14  Avengers A.I. #10- 15,616  ( -7.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -47.6%)

Looks like April’s issue #12 will be the last issue of Avengers A.I. with no relaunch in sight.

80. Captain America Homecoming
02/14  CA Homecoming #1 – 15,379

Not a lot of orders for this miniseries featuring Captain America. Not sure what Marvel was going for with this series, but retailers didn’t order it, and I don’t recall seeing any press about it.

147. MARVEL KNIGHTS: X-MEN
11/13  X-Men #1 of 5 - 30,214
12/13  X-Men #2 of 5 - 22,549  (-25.4%)
01/14  X-Men #3 of 5 - 16,581  (-26.5%)
02/14  X-Men #4 of 5 – 15,014  ( -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men #5 of 5 – 13,294  (-11.5%)

Hopefully, these Marvel Knights book will do better in trade than they did as floppies.

166. MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK
12/13  Hulk #1 of 4 - 22,169
01/14  Hulk #2 of 4 - 14,568  (-34.3%)
02/14  Hulk #3 of 4 – 12,305  (-15.5%)
03/14  Hulk #4 of 4 – 11,363  ( -7.7%)

See above.

172. DEXTER
07/13  Dexter #1 of 5    - 20,540
08/13  Dexter #2 of 5    - 17,304  (-15.8%)
09/13  Dexter #3 of 5     - 17,586  ( +1.6%)
10/13  Dexter #4 of 5     - 14,920  (-15.2%)
11/13  Dexter #5 of 5     - 13,439  (-10.0%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Down Under #1 of 5 – 13,203  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Down Under #2 of 5 – 10,664  (-19.2%)
---
6 Mnth  (-39.4%)

Dropping pretty steeply.

186, 195, 197. REVOLUTIONARY WAR
01/14  Alpha                - 16,788
01/14  Dark Angel           - 14,083
01/14  Knights of Pendragon - 13,440
02/14  Death's Head II      - 11,310 
02/14  Supersoldiers        - 10,310 
03/14  Motormouth           -  9,355
03/14  Warheads             -  9,249
03/14  Omega                -  9,820

Again, we don’t see the whole picture for these Marvel UK books, since we don’t get the UK sales numbers, but the sales for the US weren’t great.

199. Brilliant
02/14  Brilliant #5 – 9,239

This oft-delayed book pops back up with numbers that are low for Marvel, but standard for an indie title.

222. DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD
01/14  Seekers #1 of 5 - 24,910
02/14  Seekers #2 of 5 –  9,182  ( -63.1%)
03/14  Seekers #3 of 5 -  7,887  ( -14.1%)

This Disney marvel crossover is dropping down fast.

6-Month Comparisons
---

119.7%	AMAZING X-MEN #5
107.3%	DAREDEVIL #1
93.7%		CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
44.0%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
36.9%		SECRET AVENGERS #1
34.1%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
30.8%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
20.8%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
19.5%		FANTASTIC FOUR #2
13.4%		WOLVERINE #3
6.8%		X-MEN LEGACY #300
6.8%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-3.4%		DEADPOOL #26
-8.4%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
-8.6%		X-FORCE #2
-12.7%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-13.0%	HAWKEYE #17
-13.4%	UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW
-14.1%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-14.2%	HAWKEYE #18
-15.4%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-16.0%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-17.8%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13
-19.7%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-20.2%	IRON MAN #22
-21.1%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-22.3%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-22.8%	A PLUS X #18
-23.6%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-24.3%	ALL NEW X-MEN #24
-28.1%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-28.5%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-32.3%	WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-35.4%	AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25
-37.2%	SAVAGE WOLVERINE #16
-37.9%	NOVA #14
-38.1%	SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #9
-38.7%	SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #10
-39.1%	NOVA #15
-39.4%	DEXTER DOWN UNDER #2
-39.8%	X-MEN #12
-41.7%	AVENGERS #27
-43.6%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-47.6%	AVENGERS AI #10
-75.5%	MIGHTY AVENGERS #8

1 Year Comparisons
---

149.4%	CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
104.1%	DAREDEVIL #1
67.3%		SHE-HULK #2
67.0%		AMAZING X-MEN #5
30.6%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
30.1%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
27.4%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
18.4%		WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #2
0.7%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
-0.3%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
-3.7%		HAWKEYE #17
-3.9%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-5.0%		HAWKEYE #18
-11.8%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-14.6%	DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-18.7%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-19.9%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-22.7%	DEADPOOL #26
-23.3%	X-MEN LEGACY #300
-24.8%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-24.9%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-25.2%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-26.7%	SECRET AVENGERS #1
-27.4%	UNCANNY AVENGERS #18.NOW
-27.6%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-29.9%	ALL NEW X-MEN #24
-31.1%	AVENGERS #27
-31.6%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-32.8%	AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25
-33.4%	SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-34.1%	IRON MAN #22
-36.0%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-36.0%	X-FORCE #2
-42.2%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-45.3%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-49.8%	NOVA #14
-50.8%	NOVA #15
-52.3%	SAVAGE WOLVERINE #16
-55.9%	A PLUS X #18
-65.4%	WOLVERINE #3
-74.0%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13

2 Year Comparisons
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265%		ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1
48%		SILVER SURFER #1
169%		MOON KNIGHT #1
99%		DAREDEVIL #1
79%		SECRET AVENGERS #1
74%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
58%		DEADPOOL #26
47%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
46%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
45%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
40%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
35%		AMAZING X-MEN #5
34%		PUNISHER #3
23%		X-MEN #12
19%		THUNDERBOLTS #23
15%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
12%		UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
12%		WOLVERINE #3
12%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
12%		THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
3%		AVENGERS #27
0%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #1
-5%		UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-6%		NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-8%		IRON MAN #22
-9%		NEW AVENGERS #15
-11%		FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-19%		CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-26%		INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-26%		WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2
-29%		WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #2
-32%		X-FORCE #2
-38%		X-MEN LEGACY #300
-48%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #11
-81%		AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25

3 Year Comparisons
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179.1%	DAREDEVIL #1
176.4%	SILVER SURFER #1
132.0%	LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #2
61.0%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
45.7%		DEADPOOL #26
34.7%		AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
29.2%		IRON PATRIOT #1
28.4%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
26.5%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
15.8%		UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
8.2%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
5.5%		ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
0.0%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
-1.5%		UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-6.3%		INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-10.0%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-10.8%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-13.8%	X-MEN #12
-13.9%	WOLVERINE #3
-18.7%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-19.0%	AVENGERS #27
-21.3%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-24.2%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-33.7%	SECRET AVENGERS #1
-33.9%	IRON MAN #22
-35.5%	X-FORCE #2
-53.2%	X-MEN LEGACY #300

5 Year Comparisons
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177.8%	MOON KNIGHT #1
134.6%	ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1
107.1%	GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13
84.2%		DAREDEVIL #1
76.6%		CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
72.4%		NEW WARRIORS #2
24.9%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
23.0%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
1.7%		DEADPOOL #25.NOW
-2.8%		IRON PATRIOT #1
-8.0%		DEADPOOL #26
-11.2%	NOVA #14
-12.9%	NOVA #15
-14.3%	ALL NEW X-FACTOR #4
-15.8%	IRON MAN #23.NOW
-16.4%	ALL NEW X-FACTOR #5
-17.2%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-20.3%	PUNISHER #3
-22.3%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-29.6%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-36.1%	X-FORCE #2
-44.4%	IRON MAN #22
-45.8%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-48.9%	NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW
-50.4%	THUNDERBOLTS #23
-50.5%	NEW AVENGERS #15
-52.7%	WOLVERINE #3
-59.7%	X-MEN LEGACY #300
-60.8%	THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-65.0%	MIGHTY AVENGERS #8

10 Year Comparisons
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145.4%	SILVER SURFER #1
48.0%		IRON MAN #23.NOW
39.7%		DAREDEVIL #1
20.2%		THOR GOD OF THUNDER #20
-2.2%		IRON MAN #22
-2.8%		AVENGERS #27
-8.4%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29
-9.8%		SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30
-14.1%	CAPTAIN AMERICA #18
-22.7%	SHE-HULK #2
-25.0%	FANTASTIC FOUR #2
-25.4%	UNCANNY X-MEN #19.NOW
-34.9%	INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #20
-36.4%	PUNISHER #3
-36.5%	UNCANNY X-MEN #18
-41.7%	WOLVERINE #3

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2. DC Confirms Earth 2 Weekly comic to launch in October

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At the ComicsPRO meeting DC announced they would be launching three weekly comics this year. Batman Eternal just debuted last week, and The New 52 Future’s End is coming on Free Comic Book Day. And now Nerdist has revealed that as expected, the third weekly will be set on Earth 2. Creators include writers Daniel H. Wilson, Tom Taylor, Paul Levitz, Marguerite Bennet, and Mike Johnson; among the artists: Eddy Barrows, Jorge Jimenez, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqeira, and Tyler Kirkham. DC released a promo (above) by Ben Oliver which indicated this will be another feel good, upbeat story.

Apparently Wilson, author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising and other robot bestsellers, will be the “Showrunnrer” for this particular weekly, stating “This has been a charmed opportunity to jump straight into the deep end of a gritty, complex DC Comics series. I feel incredibly lucky to work with Mike Cotton and the rest of the legendary DC team, figuring out the ultimate fates (and sometimes origins) of so many compelling Earth 2 characters in crisis. I’m having the time of my life.”

Earth-2 is a long running alternate Earth featured prominently in DC comics and as you can see from the above, it has a black Superman who is on good terms with Power Girl and a Batman with a funny looking logo that has not impeded his ability to mourn. Although many attempts have been made over the years to simplify DC continuity by nuking variant earths, the truth is, you can’t keep a good alternate world down.

The book comes out in October.

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3. Review: Some Picks from the Spring Oily Bundle

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Print by Antoine Cosse

It’s hard to convince me to not contribute to the growing number of small press comic subscriptions–every season there seems to be even more great material I want to get my hands onto, and it’s a rather addicting cycle of excitement whenever there’s a new package at my door. Oily has proven to be an exceptionally versatile publisher with their subscriptions—the form of their pocket-size, digestible mini-comics has parlayed a habit-forming nature in their readership that stays true to the internal logic of comics. Series like Melissa Mendes’s Lou and Charles Forsman’s TEOTFW have hooked many a fan in, including myself, allowing a sense of gratification and appreciation that hasn’t always been as accessible in indie comics. There is something quite rewarding about receiving an Oily bundle; the mini-comics are neighborly crafted and packaged to make you feel welcome from the outset.

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This season’s Spring Oily Bundle, a limited 200 count batch, featured 9 different mini-comics along with additional prints and art from the stylish roster of Oily cartoonists. Mixing a touch of the familiar and the new, this was an impressionably refreshing stack of work, demonstrating the inarguable benefits of reading comics in their printed format.

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Noah Van Sciver’s The Lizard Laughed

The first of the loot is Noah Van Sciver’s new minicomic, The Lizard Laughed. Beginning with a quote from Martin Sheen’s 2012 shared memoir with son Emilio Estevez, Along the Way, Sciver sets up this father-and-son narrative, contorted through his trademark doom-and-gloom thematic craftship. While the recognizable tropes of bleakness and brooding malaise are definitely present, Sciver is able to input some very quiet and reflective moments within this short piece that make it surprisingly satisfying.

Harvey is the deadbeat, stoner dad who gets an unexpected visit from the son he abandoned so many years ago. Although supposedly complacent with his role as an absent father, Harvey endeavors to enact what he believes is fatherly action to Nathan, offering affection through engaging in conversation and artistic similarity, and even planning a joint rendezvous, the time-honored tradition of a father-and-son hike. Harvey’s tragic, cumbersome attempt to fill in a paternal guise is apparent at every moment of the two’s interaction, and the emotional machismo on display is unwieldy.

The ending is no surprise, and there’s a sense of crushing disappointment for both father and son. While Harvey is sure to continue in his cyclical inability to truly connect with another person, Nathan walks away from revenge, and in a way comes to grips with understanding, even in disconnect, why Harvey is the way he is. It would be flawed to associate this comic as another father-and-son narrative, the cringe-worthy air between Harvey and Nathan actually sheds light on Sciver’s creative ability to ride that line between empathy and ridicule. There’s not a lot of people, let alone cartoonists, who can exhibit the gnarled grace that Sciver does with a character like Harvey, someone who is incredulously unlikeable and irrationally mulish to boot.

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Sciver pacifies the overarching tension with Harvey’s meandering tales of playful, fantastical adventures with dangerous historic sites and imaginative recounts of mystical creatures. It’s in these stories that Harvey seems the most in touch with life, his childish sensibility drawn with a touch of humor. He is swallowed by the fantasy of his surroundings, and it’s never more clear how misguided and detached from reality he genuinely is, a palpable actuality that Nathan plainly sees.

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I’m unsure if Sciver meant to comment on or parody the Sheen memoir Along the Way (something tells me neither Sheen nor Estevez wouldn’t be able to connect that sad, self-deprecating psyche in quite the same way), and The Lizard Laugh is anything but a Hollywood memoir. Sciver succeeds yet again in creating a narrative that turns the focus inward; to our own shortcomings that we reject by fluffing up our own perception of wisdom, and the choice Nathan makes that allows Harvey to retain some dignity, to not be small and nothing.

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Crash Trash, an uber little comic from French cartoonist Olive Booger, is a streamlined reworking of his style’s drippy, color-saturated, hysteric scratchiness as seen in Kuš! And his graphic novel, I Like Short Songs. While superficially shrunken down to a 4” by 2.25” mini-mini-comic, Crash Trash packs a whole lot of trippy detail in the comic’s anthropologic recounting of the rise and fall of a fictional 1980s gang called the Trash Boys, along with the antics and lawlessness of their home base, the district of Crashtown.

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It’s at first a little jarring to see such a small comic flushed with a heavy hand of text—almost every panel is scrawled with as much space filled with script as it is image. There is no dialogue, only narration and a smattering of effects, thereby pacing the comic quite cinematically, as panel transitions move from pull back shots of the Trash Boys to close-ups of a fallen comb or cross-cutting to a colossal punt by enemy gang, the Mega Dogs. At first glance, it may seem Olive was restricted by size in the type of details he could use to fill in details, yet his histrionic prose amplifies the limited visual space, resisting an urge to rapidly read the comic. There’s a rhythmic cleverness in the way the comic moves, an ebbing and tiding in the momentum as well as in the elevation of dramatic moments. The story is neither bounded with innovation, so when particular key words are bolded, it aids in setting the scene because you’re most likely able to attribute certain visual cues.

What I’ve said so far shouldn’t discount Oliver’s artistic aspiration; his style is still largely tangible even when stripped down to its red and black risographed print. His previous work harkens a definite Charles Burns influence with the thick, oil paint execution and thematics resonating with the sordid darkness of a city’s underbelly. Crash Trash is situated with the aesthetics of raw, punk desperation of his preceding I Like Short Songs but the simplicity in his line work has taken a new mode, less garish and more nuanced. It’s very impressive to see his art pulsate even with the oppressively tight margins of space.

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A lot has been said about Melissa Mendes’s Lou, the seventeen issue long pillar amongst the Oily lineup. This newest addition, titled A Very Special Lou, marks a revisiting to the series which ended in August 2013, and a warm return it proves to be. Like a childhood friend or long unseen family member, A Very Special Lou is an entirely new narrative that retains its delightful, underlying spirit of kindred nostalgia.

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One of the reasons I really took to this particular issue was how it gently touched on the omnipresence of fandom for professional wrestling. I’ve always been comfortable broadcasting myself as a fan of comics, and more recently I’ve come clean as a fan of professional wrestling. Fans of comics and professional wrestling share a long, complex history of facing ridicule for following such a denigrated form of entertainment—wrestlers and superheroes are arguably a form of con-job, deemed “fake” by those who choose to stand by higher media forms, be it athletics or literary elitists. However, criticisms aside, fans of wrestling and comics share a distinctly unique concept of play, where we consume media in a way that extends the narrative fluidly, defying rigid roles between the identities of producers and consumers.

A Very Special Lou functions both as a piece about being an admirer of comics as well as wrestling through the domestic lens of childhood imagination. Referencing wrestlers like King Kong Bundy and Hulk Hogan through 6-year-old John’s fannish fascination and how it’s lived through his family, Mendes yet again accesses the real emotions that we feel as charismatic kids and continue to feel today. Through the entire Lou serialization, Mendes almost effortlessly lets the reader dip into points of their own life, spurring even the most dormant, forgotten affections.

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The Lou Series all laid out

Stay up to date with all the Oily greatness by browsing the Oily Comics website.

(Image Credits: http://melissammmendes.tumblr.com, http://snakeoily.tumblr.com)

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4. Eventbrite uses social media to examine PAXEast

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PAX East, the hugely successful Boston version of the gaming show created by Penny Arcade, wrapped up last weekend. PAX Prime is held in Seattle, and they just announced PAX South, to be held Jan. 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas. There’s also a PAX Australia—all the shows are run by ReedPOP, which also throws a bunch of comic-cons worldwide, as you may be aware.

Eventbrite is a ticketing agency that helps sell tickets for gaming events and they teamed with social media analysts Mashworks to analyze all posts from Twitter, Facebook, forums, and blogs about PAX East during the three-day convention. Eventbrite sent us the above infographic after using social media analysis to see what people were socialing about the show. Eventbrite provided the following bullet points:   

• PAX East created a bit of a social media frenzy: the event drove a whopping 193,000+ social media posts, driving 500+ more posts than PAX Prime 2013 and 25% more social volume than PAX East 2013!

• There were more women in the mix than ever: 28% of people talking about PAX East were women, up from 25% at PAX East 2013 and 26% at PAX Prime 2013, indicating that female attendance and social sharing at gaming events is steadily growing.

• Move over, Nintendo! Indie games drove big buzz: Over a third of all discussion around game announcements and demos centered on indie games — great to see new names breaking through. Conversations studied ran the gamut, and general excitement about PAX East dominated social discussion (48%), followed by chatter about gaming tournaments, like the Towerfall tournament and the 25K Infinite Crisis Event (15%). Other discussion topics included cosplay (12%), game announcements and demos (10%), Panels (9%), and parties and concerts (6%). The biggest social spike of the convention was the announcement of PAX South, driving over 5,500 posts from excited gamers.


Now why are we highlighting this press release? It seemed to have several interesting aspects, not least of which the integration of more women into the PAX culture. In the past, there were some ugly incidents, but hopefully more mixed participation will help change that.

It also seems that Eventbrite is getting more involved in the pop culture event arena — well, heck everyone is. This kind of data mining could turn out to be quite revealing.

And also, it’s a little scary how much people can figure out from social media, eh?

It grows.

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5. Webcomic alert: Boulet goes shopping

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A new comic by French cartoonist Boulet is always worth noting, and this one about the horror of buying new clothes is no exception, from the dread of buying underwear from snotty sales girls to the doomed perfection of new shows.

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6. The Asbury Park Comicon was a hit

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Whew so many events going on it is hard to keep track. Last weekend’s Asbury Park Comicon seems to have been a cracking good time, based on all the blog and FB posts we’ve seen about it. We’ve been hoping to go to the show every year, but this time two cons in a row left The Beat conned out. I believe Torsten is working on his own report, but co-show runner Cliff Galbraith was kind enough to send along some photos and talk about the show’s move to a new venue AND two days. Would it hold up? What do you think? Take it away, Cliff.

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It was a really incredible weekend. We had the the first nice weekend at the beach — the comic gods were smiling on us once again.  In fact, it kind of blew my mind and it’s got us really pumped up about our show 6/14 (the New York Comic Fest in Westchester). At times we had ticket lines around the block and had to add people to help keep things moving. The fans were really great and it was cool how they were able to talk to a lot of the creators we had, like J.H. Williams and Steranko. Chris Claremont was holding court and being really terrific with the people there to see him. Were we nervous about going to two days? Of course — there’s a lot more moving parts. But we’re glad we did it because it really worked out all the way around and it really sets us up for June when we have the show with Steranko, Sienkiewiecz, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder and Mark Waid.

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One thing that caught me off guard, in a good way, was that Claremont originally was just supposed to be there on Saturday. But that night we had a dinner that was secretly in honor of Denis Kitchen, who we wanted to thank for everything he’s done for the creative community and comics in general. We had a whole bunch of people there and I guess Chris had a good time because he decided to stay a second day! So there he was Sunday, with more fans out the door. Also, J.H. Williams III blogged last week that Asbury Park might be his only show of the year.

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And that dinner was a hit. Jon B. Cooke presented Denis with the award and he was completely taken by surprise. It was really lively with Steranko, Mark Schultz, Annie Nocenti, Don McGregor, Peter Bagge, my partners Robert Bruce and Dan Greenfield, Ming Chen, Michael Zapcic. All there. I don’t want to leave anyone out but Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton and Christa Cassano were there from Hang Dai Studio in Brooklyn. Bob Camp, David Spurlock, Robert Sikoryak. John Holmstrom showed up. Jim Salicrup, Ellen Abramowitz, Tim Truman, Todd Klein, John Workman, Carl and Nancy Gropper, too. 

At the same time, we had Kathleen Hannah’s The Julie Ruin and Screaming Females show over at the Asbury Lanes, so guys like JH Williams and Box Brown were over there at our after-party. We had a lot going on and I think we’re moving towards being a much larger festival with bands and other activities — maybe like a mini SXSW of comics. We leased the park across from the hotel and filled it with food trucks and cars like the Batmobile and Ghost Busters Ecto 1, but next year I see the addition of a ferris wheel and a stage for bands. I want to involve the whole City of Asbury Park. 

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And the best part was the mood was fantastic over the two days — everyone was stoked. We had packed panels with Claremont and Steranko, Williams was a hit, plus Robert Sikoryak’s Carousel got a lot of people talking. The Comic Book Men panel was standing room only. The dealers said they did really well and the artists and writers were getting a lot of shmoozing and commissions in. The cosplay contest was way bigger than last year. And we were pleasantly surprised when Dan DiDio showed up quietly on Sunday afternoon!

Even though we’re called a comicon, I really see this as Rob and I are throwing a party. We choose to invite the people we want to spend the weekend with. That’s how this started a few years ago and it’s how we’re going to keep it. It’s for people we enjoy being around and those we’d like to get to know. I remember when cons were a lot more fun and a lot less crowded — Asbury Park is a reset to a more sane time in con history. I was really starting to feel bad for kids who never got to experience the cons we got to go to. I’m not trying to change the con business, I’m just offering an alternative. The big cons are like Hollywood blockbusters, we’re more like the quirky little indie film that’ll touch your heart. 

Next up for the Crucial folks is the New York Comic Fest June 14th in White Plains, and in 2015, the East Coast Comicon at the Meadowlands(!).

Next year for sure.

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7. Warren Ellis to revamp Dynamite’s Superpowers Universe

Well well, Dynamite is putting together quite a collection of creators, aren’t they? Here’s a big one: Warren Ellis will take over the Project Superpowers universe later this year. Just what that means isn’t entirely clear, but according to senior editor Joe Rybandt, Ellis will be given “carte blanche to reimagine these characters and this world.” A reboot revamp then.

Project Superpower, you may recall, is a relaunch of a bunch of public domain Golden Age superheroes originally revamped (in 2008) by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger. Among the heroes, the Black Terror, The Owl, the original Daredevil The F-Troops and so on. Dynamite has been publishing various mini-series since then, but this would seem to be a clean break from the last version.

Just imagine Warren Ellis writing something called The Black Terror—the possibilities are endless.

In a statement, Ellis wrote, “I’ve long been fascinated by the period in comics that produced these characters, and I’m very much looking forward to working out the strange, atmospheric take on the weird thriller that they inspired.  Also, it’s going to be a pleasure to finally do a job through the good offices of my old friend Nick Barrucci.”  

”I’ve wanted to work with Warren for many years, and have approached him more than a few times,” Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci added. “I can honestly say that when his schedule allowed for us to work together, I was speechless.  We’ve been waiting for the right creative vision to bring back Dynamite’s Superpowers Universe, and I can’t think of anyone better than Warren to do so.  I was elated that both came together.  He will make this series his own and will bring a larger audience to Dynamite’s Super Powers universe.  This is truly an honor to be working with him, as Warren elevates Dynamite to a new level.”

If you’ve been following Ellis’s mailing list, he’s been gallivanting all over the world on a bunch of secret projects, some of hem seemingly showbiz related. His novel Gun Machine is being developed for television, and his Wildstorm mini RED formed the basis of two films. Plus he has a new image series, Trees, coming out later this year, drawn by Jason Howard.

Dynamite sent along some art by Ross, Jae Lee and Steve Sadowski from previous versions of Project Superpowers.

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8. Salt Lake CIty Con expects 100,000 this weekend

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Last fall’s very first Salt Lake City Con drew what is claimed to be 80,000 people, although when I first reported on it it was 50,000 tickets sold,—and the fire marshals came outin force. With that kind of smash, they are holding another one already, nicknamed FanX. And this time they are expecting an even huger crowd. :

Organizer Dan Farr is confident that Utah can support two comic book conventions a year. He predicts this week’s convention will draw 100,000 visitors, at least 20,000 more than last fall’s event, easily breaking the record for the biggest convention in Utah.

“I’m not worried about what happens this year. But as we move into next year, that is a question we need to ask and talk to a lot of fans about,” Farr said about whether his grand experiment of two comic cons in Salt Lake City per year will work. “One thing that fights against that is we do bring in a new cast of guests, and we do change it up. If you go to one event, the next one will be new again. We’ll keep it fresh.”


I share Farr’s lack of fear where two shows are concerned — it sounds like a big market. This edition includes tons and tons of nerdlebrities including various people you would know from the bridge of the Enterprise, being eaten by zombies or patrolling Mega City. Also, comic book people.

When I see attendance numbers going up, up, up I always get a little suspicious, so if there are any Beatniks on the ground, please send in reports. They have already sold 40,000 tickets however, so expect a BIG time.

The show runs three days, but opens today. No Sunday for this con because…well it is Utah.

In case you are wondering, there is a harassment policy on the website.

[Above photo via Josh Wartena.]

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9. Fox and Sony cross-over in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 secret scene — SPOILERS

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It seems that Fox—which controls the X-men and Fantastic Four film franchises— and Sony—which controls Spider-Man—have come to an agreement to create their OWN variant earth-2 Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with a cut scene at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Foreign viewers are already tweeting about it. I’ve greyed out the relevant info below.

The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opens today overseas, and fans are already buzzing on Twitter over its end credits. The Sony Pictures release concludes with a teaser for the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a new sequence that has been added since “Spidey 2″ premiered in London last week.

The montage, which features a blue Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, is meant to mimic the coda scenes that conclude the Disney and Marvel Pictures juggernauts, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which introduce new characters.

And yes, it’s a Fox-controlled X-character.

But is this REALLY the start of a titanic cross studio promotion? According to Variety a more prosaic contract detail is the cause. It seems SPIDEY director Marc Webb had a deal with Fox Searchlight, who only let him out of it to make Spidey for Sony on the condition that the movie promote the X-men for free.

So don’t expect to see Spidey in the FF any time soon. That’s ONLY for the comics, folks.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens on May 2.

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10. Boom! reveals BEE & PUPPCAT variant covers

Natasha Allegri’s BEE & PUPPYCAT cartoon is Cartoon Hangover’s latest attempt at world domination — and a highly successful attempt it has been. A Kickstart to make a full season of internet shorts raised more than $800,000, and the series has joined the cartoon mafia over at Boom Studios with a comic coming out next month. Allegri will co write with Garrett Jackson and covers illustrated by Allegri, Zac Gorman (ADVENTURE TIME), Coleman Engle (BRAVEST WARRIORS), and Becky Dreistadt (ADVENTURE TIME).

Allegri is a former Adventure Time designer, a Tumblr titan and the creator of the spinoff characters Fionna and Cake. BEE & PUPPYCAT is the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history—and its extremely kawaii tale of a harried young woman and her wacky alien animal companion is a grand slam home run for the times we live in.

Plus…PUPPYCAT. How did no one think of that before?

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 goes on sale on May 14th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAR140984. Cover A by Natasha Allegri and Cover B by Zac Gorman will ship in a 50/50 intermix. Variant covers by Coleman Engle and Becky Dreistadt will be available in limited quantities.
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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover A by Natasha Allegri

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover B by Zac Gorman


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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover C by Coleman Engle


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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover D by Becky Dreistadt

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11. 2014 Inkwell Award Nominees announced

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The nominees for the Inkwell Awards, which recognize the stars of inking, have been announced and they are below. You can find out more about the awards, which will be presented at this year’s Heroes Con, at their website.

Inking may be one of the more fragile vocations in the comics ecosystem, but these talenetd people deserve all the recognition they can get.

FAVORITE INKER: Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist from ’13 cover-dated interior American comic book material

Richard Friend (Forever Evil, Justice League of America, Green Lantern, Legion Lost, World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn(OGN))
Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Batgirl)
Wade Von Grawbadger (All-New X-Men, Green Lantern, Legion Lost , X-Men: Battle of the Atom)
Jay Leisten (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Assemble, Gambit, Mighty Avengers, X-Factor, Iron Man)
Danny Miki (Batman, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine & the X-Men)
Norm Rapmund (Action Comics, Forever Evil: Arkham War, Ravagers, Teen Titans, Justice League of America, Nightwing, Superman)

MOST-ADAPTABLE: Ink artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book material

Juan Castro (G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Team 7, Molly Danger(FCBD))
John Dell (Uncanny Avengers, Superior Spider-man, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, Batgirl)
Scott Hanna (Avengers Assemble, Adventures of Superman, Green Lantern Corp, Once Upon a Time (OGN), Iron Man, Team 7, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine & the X-Men, X-Men, Legion Lost)
Jay Leisten  (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers Assemble, Gambit, Mighty Avengers, X-Factor, Iron Man)
Walden Wong (Wolverine & the X-Men, Batwoman, Catwoman, Justice of League America, Minimum Carnage: Omega, Red Hood & the Outlaws, Scarlet Spider, Wolverine Max, X-Men: Legacy, X-Treme X-Men)

PROPS: Ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencilers from ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book material

Juan Castro (G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Team 7, Molly Danger(FCBD))
Richard Friend (Forever Evil, Justice League of America, Green Lantern, Legion Lost, World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn(OGN))
Scott Hanna (Avengers Assemble, Adventures of Superman, Green Lantern Corp, Once Upon a Time (OGN), Iron Man, Team 7, Supergirl, Teen Titans, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine & the X-Men, X-Men, Legion Lost)
Mark Irwin (Batgirl, Justice Leauge of America’s Vibe, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Star Wars: Darth Vader & the Ninth Assassin, Uncanny X-Men, )
Bob Smith (Life with Archie)
Walden Wong (Wolverine & the X-Men, Batwoman, Catwoman, Justice of League America, Minimum Carnage: Omega, Red Hood & the Outlaws, Scarlet Spider, Wolverine Max, X-Men: Legacy, X-Treme X-Men)

S.P.A.M.I.: Favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work)

Juan Castro (G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Team 7 and Molly Danger(FCBD))
Stefano Gaudiano (Walking Dead, Bloodshot, Lazarus)
Phyllis Novin (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Simpsons Comics, Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Sonic Universe)
Andrew Pepoy (Simpsons Comics: fur Umme!, Danger Girl: Trinity, Protectors, Inc., Simpsons Illustrated, Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Mr. Burns, Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Professor Frink) 
Cliff Rathburn (Invincible, Super Dinosaur, Walking Dead)
Bob Smith (Life with Archie)
Keith Williams (Uber)

ALL-IN-ONE: Favorite artist known for inking his/ her OWN pencil work in ’13 interior cover-dated American comic book material

Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie, Batwoman, Black Beetle, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hawkeye)
Stan Sakai (47 Ronin, DHP,  Mouse Guard)
Chris Samnee (Adventures of Superman, Batman Black and White, Daredevil)
Fiona Staples (Saga, Batman Beyond, )
J.H. Williams (Batwoman, Sandman: Overture)

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME AWARD: A hall of fame designation for an inking career in American comic books of outstanding accomplishment (lifetime achievement, 25-years minimum- two winners chosen annually)

*Since 2013 this award category has been decided on internally by the Inkwell Awards Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. From these nominees two award recipients have been chosen and will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held this year at the Heroes Convention (http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/) on Saturday at 12:30pm on June 21st.

Dan Adkins
Violet Barclay (aka Valerie Smith)
John Beatty
Tony Dezuniga
Frank Giacoia
Bob McLeod
Tom Palmer 
Mike Royer
Josef Rubenstein 
Joe Simon 
Bernie Wrightson 

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12. The Dynamite Pre-vinterview: Frank Barbiere on Solar: Man of the Atom

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There’s been a lot of buzz about writer Frank (Five Ghosts) Barbiere of late. As in literally. I keep hearing “Frank Barbiere this” and “Frank Barbiere that.” All good. Likewise, Dynamite’s Gold Key revival has been a surprise hit thus far, with some sturdy characters getting a fresh update. So Barbiere’s take on Solar: Man of the Atom along with artist Joe Bennett definitely qualifies as a buzz book.

The first issue of the book is out today, and Dynamite provided this preview and interview with Barbiere.

Q: he Gold Key characters have such an incredibly rich history in comics. Were you a fan of Doctor Solar before you took on creating this new incarnation for Solar Man of the Atom series?

A: I was familiar with Solar from seeing him a lot in the 90’s, but I was never really a reader of the book. When I started talking about the gig, I went back and read a whole lot–I really wanted to absorb what worked, what was fun, and what the aesthetic of the book was. That was really important because it ended up being crucial to us finding a way to subvert a lot of elements of the book–something that I think is really exciting and hopefully helps us bring Solar to a whole new generation! There is, of course, a caring reverence and I certainly have a strong fondness for the 60’s stuff–it was my favorite of everything I read.

Q: Solar has the potential to be a tremendously powerful character. I thought it was a brilliant stroke to avoid the “superman complex” by having the character be unstable and struggling with his control. What can you tell us about Solar’s struggles coming up in the series?

A: I love the idea of this great power being unstable–a concept I clearly didn’t even, but as you mentioned, works so well in grounding the character a bit. We’re going to be exploring what the “cost” of being Solar is as both he, and our new female Solar, learn to control the powers and really push them to their limit. There is going to be that implicit danger of discovery, the knowledge that at any given time the power could nuke the planet, and those are some pretty exciting stakes to me!

Q: You did both the writing and the lettering for the new series. One of the things I really enjoyed about the first issue was the creative use of lettering placement and the communication of action through mathematical and chemical formulas. What was your inspiration for that novel approach?

A: I enjoy being able to letter my own work because it’s another part of the creative process–it give an almost tactile element to my writing, working it into the art, and I’m always struggling to find new and fun things to do. I was a big fan of how in Bendis’s NEW AVENGERS they would always label the spell that Dr. Strange was using–I thought it would be really fun to try to have the equations that Solar was using in his head (he is a genius, after all) to rationalize the way he’s trying to use his powers.

Q: The artwork of Joe Bennett is really incredible. As a comics fan I was immediately drawn in by the creative panel placement and the fantastic art. This is the way Solar should look! You must be thrilled with the pages. What did you think when you saw the first art samples coming in?

A: I was blown away! There’s always the fear in starting a new project that the art won’t live up to your expectations, but Joe completely has blown us away. He has taken my scripts and created such a dynamic, iconic look for the book–I really can’t just say enough good things. To that end, I’m also really excited that colorist Lauren Affe (whom I have worked with on Five Ghosts) is on the book–she has done amazing work that just makes the art pop off the page and gives the book such a fun, colorful identity. A writer is only ever as good as the artists and colorists working on their stuff, so I’m flattered and humbled by their awesome work.

Q: How does Solar fit into this new Gold Key Universe that is unfolding at Dynamite? Are all four books – Solar, Magnus, Turok, and Doctor Spektor happening in the same shared universe?

A: It is a shared universe. We are planting some seeds and having some fun, but right now the focus is really to build our own characters and not feel bogged down by continuity. Solar is certainly the most “superheroic” of the books, and that gives it its own flavor, but we’ll be seeing some stuff tie in very concretely down the road! Readers who are attentive and read the whole line will start seeing some fun stuff taking shape!

Q: What can you tell us about the current story arc and what is in store for Solar in the upcoming issues? Are there any villains from the past on tap to challenge the good doctor?

A: I’m always mining the original Gold Key source material to find some fun stuff to put in. The first arc is very much the story of our new, female Solar (who we will officially unveil in issue three) and she is going to be facing a powerful threat and putting her powers to the test by the fourth issue. We purposely really wanted to take our time and grow these characters organically–it’s been a blast and I think readers are going to really love our new Solar and appreciate the time we’ve taken building her character and the world that shapes her.

With variant covers by Rob Liefeld and more.

“This all started with an accident…”AN ALL-NEW CORNER OF THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE! Flooded with experimental radiation that grants him unbelievable powers, the brilliant-and-obsessive Dr. Phil Seleski seeks to unlock the secrets of the universe, begrudgingly becoming a “hero” along the way. But can a single man be trusted with near-limitless abilities? What will this mean to the ones he loves? And will his choices lead to utter chaos and destruction? Brilliant writer FRANK BARBIERE (Five Ghosts) and JOE BENNETT present the Man Of The Atom as you’ve NEVER imagined!

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13. Nice art: Paul Smith has a website

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Comics veteran Paul Smith—X-Men, Leave it to Chance and The Rocketeer— has a website with lots of art to keep you busy for ages.

Smith is perhaps best known as the artist who took over the X-men after John Byrne’s run so his take on Kitty Pryde, Lockheed and in particular Mohawk Storm remains a nostalgic ones for certain parts of the Gen X audience. IN fact, Smith says it was he who put the mohawk on as a joke – and it stuck.
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Smith has been doing some great Rocketeer stuff of late. Nice to see he hasn’t lost his touch.
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Smith has also been blogging about his history in comics.

Roy Thomas is doing a book signing. I bring my portfolio along with my comics. I ask if Mr Thomas might take a look, provide some tips. He graciously agrees. Flipping through, he stops when he sees the Conan pieces.

He makes me an offer I can’t refuse. He says he no longer works for Marvel. He can’t hire and he can’t pay… but… he can guarantee this: If I let him mail the pages to Marvel in an envelope with his name and handwriting, Marvel will open the package. He won’t promise print, pay or, most importantly, return of the originals… but Marvel will see them.

While flabbergasted by his generosity, the “too good to be true” light flashes before my eyes. The voice of reason instantly pulls the plug; Two sheets of paper vs the rest of my life. I thank Mr Thomas profusely and step aside for the kids behind me.
- See more at: http://paulmartinsmith.com/blog/i-left-my-heart-winnemucca#sthash.SIbceaWs.dpuf
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14. Final X-Men Days of Future Past trailer debuts

Spoiler: I am totally going to see this movie.

Unlike past teaser trailers this one is all about the plot, and all the “You sent me 50 years from now!” fun of time travel stories. Also: Sentinels.

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15. Marvel’s Tom Brevoort on the diminishing returns of relaunches

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Brief and to the point — over on his Formspring Tom Brevoort
was asked about Marvel’s continued hammer-blows of relaunches,

Do you think the frequent relaunches will eventually lose their sales-boosting effect?
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Maybe. Many other things have over the years.


..and that’s where the creativity of comics comes in, I guess.

Rich has a briefer version of our continued sales charts that puts this in some perspective BTW.

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16. Nice art: RUN DMC by Ed Piskor

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Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree NOW EISNER NOMNATED history of rap/hip hop has been a huge sales success or Fantagraphics, with Volume 1 going back to press three times. It’s like that! Volume 2 is out in August!

Via HipHopGoldenAge:

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17. 2014 Eisner Nominations: It was the DeFractions year…and a lot of other great things too

Hawkeye 011 000 e1372785848612OKay I had to only take a quick look at these but wow…looks like the (one nomer or great work) rule was in effect thius year. Great to see works hat flew under the rader like Graha,m Chafee’s Good Dog get a nom; and some old friends whose names I see here that personally I’m really hapy for. Also, a special congrats to Beat alum Zainab Akhtar for her nom for Comics and Cola!

The DeFraction household is the overall winner with Hawkeye, Sex Criminals and Pretty Deadly getting a bunch, including for artist Emma Rios.

Really a great fresh list of comics well worth exploring.

Three titles lead the list with more than 3 nominations each: Marvel’s Hawkeye, Image’s Saga, and DC/Vertigo’s The Wake. Hawkeye is nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best Writer (Matt Fraction), and Best Penciller/Inker and Best Cover Artist (David Aja). Saga has received nods for Best Continuing Series (which won the category in 2013), Best Writer (Brian K. Vaughan), and Best Painter and Cover Artist (Fiona Staples). And The Wake is nominated for Best Limited Series, Best Writer (Scott Snyder), Best Penciller/Inker (Sean Murphy), and Best Cover Artist (Sean Murphy/Jordie Bellaire). Bellaire is also nominated in the Best Coloring category, for her work on The Wake and on numerous titles for other companies.

Titles garnering 3 nominations include Fantagraphics’s Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (Best Short Story, Single Issue, Writer/Artist for Jaime Hernandez), Top Shelf’s March: Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Best Publication for Teens, Reality-Based Work, and Penciller/Inker), and Candlewick’s Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan (Best Publication for Teens, Graphic Album–New, and Writer/Artist).

Other titles with multiple nominations are East of West (Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, Image), Nowhere Men (Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde, Image), Pretty Deadly (Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos, Image), Sex Criminals (Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, Image),Hip Hop Family Tree (Ed Piskor, Fantagraphics), Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life (Ullie Lust, Fantagraphics), The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Faith Erin Hicks, Dark Horse), The Fifth Beatle (Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, Dark Horse), Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground (Darwyn Cooke, IDW), Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth (Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, LOAC/IDW), Rachel Rising (Terry Moore, Abstract Studio), The Art of Rube Goldberg (Abrams ComicArts), The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Isabel Greenberg, Little, Brown), Watson and Holmes (New Paradigm), The Complete Don Quixote (Rob Davis, SelfMadeHero), When David Lost His Voice (Judith Vanistendael, SelfMadeHero), Hilda and the Bird Parade (Luke Pearson, Nobrow), and High Crimes (Monkeybrain).

Among publishers, Image and Fantagraphics top the list with the most nominations. Image has 17 plus 3 shared. In addition to the nods for Saga, East of West, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, and Sex Criminals, nominated Image titles include Lazarus (Rucka and Lark) and Rat Queens (Wiebe and Upchurch). Fantagraphics’s 18 nominations—besides Love and Rockets, Hip Hop Family Tree, and Today Is the Last Day)—are spread among such titles as Good Dog (Graham Chaffee), Julio’s Day (Gilbert Hernandez), Goddam This War (Tardi and Verney), The Heart of Thomas (Moto Hagio), and several archival collections.

Dark Horse ranks third with 12 nominations (plus 1 shared), including 2 for publisher Mike Richardson (Best Anthology for Dark Horse Presents and Best Limited Series for 47 Ronin with Stan Sakai). IDW’s 9 nominations include 5 in the archival categories, with 3 of Scott Dunbier’s Artist’s Editions up for Best Archival Collection–Comic Books and 2 of Dean Mullaney’s Library of American Comics collections up for Best Archival Collection–Comic Strips. Mullaney has 4 nominations in all.

DC and its Vertigo imprint are next with 8 nominations plus 2 shared, the majority going to The Wake. Ranking next is SelfMadeHero with 7 nods (including 3 for When David Lost His Voice and 2 for The Complete Don Quixote), followed by Marvel’s 6 (plus 4 shared), led by Hawkeye. Drawn & Quarterly’s 6 nominations include books by Peter Bagge, Tom Gauld, Rutu Modan, and Art Spiegelman.

Other publishers with multiple nominations include First Second, Nobrow, and Top Shelf (4 each) and Abstract Studio, BOOM!, Candlewick, and TOON Books (3 each). Eleven publishers have 2 nominations each, and another 31 companies or individuals have 1 nomination each.

Individual creators with the most nominations are David Aja, Matt Fraction, Gilbert Hernandez, Sean Murphy, Matt Phelan, Nate Powell, and Fiona Staples, all with 3. Nineteen creators can boast of 2 nominations.

Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels. The 2014 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Kathy Bottarini (Comic Book Box, Rhonert Park, CA), author/educator William H. Foster (Untold Stories of Black Comics), reviewer Christian Lipski (Portland, OR Examiner), Comic-Con International board member Lee Oeth, library curator Jenny Robb (Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum), and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist/critic James Romberger (Post York, 7 Miles a Second).

Voting for the awards is held online, and the ballot will be available soon at www.eisnervote.com. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The deadline for voting is June 13. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International.

The voting in one Eisner Awards category, the Hall of Fame, is already completed. The judges chose the nominees earlier this year, and voting was conducted online.

Best Short Story
“Go Owls,” by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #13 (Drawn & Quarterly)
“Mars to Stay,” by Brett Lewis and Cliff Chiang, in Witching Hour (DC)
“Seaside Home,” by Josh Simmons, in Habit #1 (Oily)
“Untitled,” by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)
“When Your House Is Burning Down, You Should Brush Your Teeth,” by Matthew Inman, http://theoatmeal.com/comics/house

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Demeter, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
Hawkeye #11: “Pizza Is My Business,” by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
Love and Rockets: New Stories #6, by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
Viewotron #2, by Sam Sharpe (self-published)
Watson and Holmes #6, by Brandon Easton and N. Steven Harris (New Paradigm Studios)

Best Continuing Series
East of West, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image)
Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
Nowhere Men, by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde (Image)
Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)

Best Limited Series
The Black Beetle: No Way Out, by Francesco Francavilla (Dark Horse)
Colder, by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra (Dark Horse)
47 Ronin, by Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)
Trillium, by Jeff Lemire (Vertigo/DC)
The Wake, by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (Vertigo/DC)

Best New Series
High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa (Monkeybrain)
Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image)
Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (Image/Shadowline)
Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)
Watson and Holmes, by Karl Bollers, Rick Leonardi, Paul Mendoza et al. (New Paradigm Studios)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas, by Philippe Coudray (TOON Books)
The Big Wet Balloon, by Liniers (TOON Books)
Itsy Bitsy Hellboy, by Art Baltazar and Franco (Dark Horse)
Odd Duck, by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon (First Second)
Otto’s Backwards Day, by Frank Cammuso (with Jay Lynch) (TOON Books)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)
Hilda and the Bird Parade, by Luke Pearson (Nobrow)
Jane, the Fox, and Me, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood)
The Lost Boy, by Greg Ruth (Graphix/Scholastic)
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, vol. 2, edited by David Petersen, Paul Morrissey, and Rebecca Taylor (Archaia/BOOM!)
Star Wars: Jedi Academy, by Jeffrey Brown (Scholastic)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second)
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
Dogs of War, by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox (Graphix/Scholastic)
March (Book One), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
Templar, by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puviland (First Second)

Best Humor Publication
The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks (Dark Horse)
The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes and Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
The (True!) History of Art, by Sylvain Coissard and Alexis Lemoine (SelfMadeHero)
Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)
You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Anthology
Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Nobrow #8: Hysteria, edited by Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro (Nobrow)
Outlaw Territory, edited by Michael Woods (Image)
Smoke Signal, edited by Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Thrilling Adventure Hour, by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker et al. (Archaia/BOOM!)

Best Digital/Webcomic
As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman, www.melaniegillman.com
Failing Sky, by Dax Tran-Caffee, http://failingsky.com
High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa, http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/titles/high-crimes
The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies, http://lastmechanicalmonster.blogspot.com
The Oatmeal by Matthew Inman, http://theoatmeal.com

Best Reality-Based Work
A Bag of Marbles, by Joseph Joffo, Kris, and Vincent Bailly (Graphic Universe/Lerner)
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker (M Press/Dark Horse)
Hip Hop Family Tree, vol. 1, by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
March (Book One), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust (Fantagraphics)
Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, by Peter Bagge (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album—New
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster, by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown)
Good Dog, by Graham Chaffee (Fantagraphics)
Homesick by Jason Walz (Tinto Press)
The Property, by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)
War Brothers, by Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance (Annick Press)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium
The Castle, by Franz Kafka, adapted by David Zane Mairowitz and Jaromír 99 (SelfMadeHero)
The Complete Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted by by Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero)
Django Unchained, adapted by Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin, R. M. Guéra et al. (DC/Vertigo)
Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, by Donald Westlake, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, by Edogawa Rampo, adapted by Suehiro Maruo (Last Gasp)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
The Creep, by John Arcudi and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse)
Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories, by Ben Katchor (Pantheon)
Heck, by Zander Cannon (Top Shelf)
Julio’s Day, by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
RASL, by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)
Solo: The Deluxe Edition, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Barnaby, vol. 1, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Percy Crosby’s Skippy Daily Comics, vol. 2: 1928–1930, edited by Jared Gardner and Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
Prince Valiant vols. 6-7, by Hal Foster, edited by Kim Thompson (Fantagraphics)
Society Is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy at the Dawn of the American Comic Strip, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, vol. 1, edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, edited by Jonathan Barli (Fantagraphics)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Best of EC Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Canteen Kate, by Matt Baker (Canton Street Press)
In the Days of the Mob, by Jack Kirby (DC)
MAD Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)
Will Eisner’s The Spirit Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Adventures of a Japanese Businessman, by Jose Domingo (Nobrow)
Goddam This War! by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney (Fantagraphics)
Incidents in the Night, Book One, by David B. (Uncivilized Books)
Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust (Fantagraphics)
When David Lost His Voice, by Judith Vanistendael (SelfMadeHero)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics)
The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka (PictureBox)
Showa: A History of Japan, 1926–1939, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Summit of the Gods, vol. 4, by Yemmakura Baku and Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist, by Asumiko Nakamura (Vertical)

Best Writer
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Pretty Deadly (Image); Captain Marvel (Marvel)
Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals (Image); Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, FF (Marvel)
Jonathan Hickman, East of West, The Manhattan Projects (Image); Avengers, Infinity (Marvel)
Scott Snyder, Batman (DC); American Vampire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
Eric Stephenson, Nowhere Men (Image)
Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)

Best Writer/Artist
Isabel Greenberg, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Little, Brown)
Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories #6 (Fantagraphics)
Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)
Luke Pearson, Hilda and the Bird Parade (Nobrow)
Matt Phelan, Bluffton: My Summers with Buster (Candlewick)
Judith Vanistendael, When David Lost His Voice (SelfMadeHero)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Nate Bellegarde, Nowhere Men (Image)
Nick Dragotta, East of West (Image)
Sean Murphy, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
Nate Powell, March (Book One) (Top Shelf)
Emma Ríos, Pretty Deadly (Image)
Thomas Yeates, Law of the Desert Born: A Graphic Novel (Bantam)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Andrew C. Robinson, The Fifth Beatle (Dark Horse)
Sonia Sanchéz, Here I Am (Capstone)
Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)
Ive Svorcina, Thor (Marvel)
Marguerite Van Cook, 7 Miles a Second (Fantagraphics)
Judith Vanistendael, When David Lost His Voice (SelfMadeHero)

Best Cover Artist
David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
Mike Del Mundo, X-Men Legacy (Marvel)
Sean Murphy/Jordie Belaire, The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
Emma Ríos, Pretty Deadly (Image)
Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel)
Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Coloring
Jordie Bellaire, The Manhattan Projects, Nowhere Men, Pretty Deadly, Zero (Image); The Massive (Dark Horse); Tom Strong (DC); X-Files Season 10 (IDW); Captain Marvel, Journey into Mystery (Marvel); Numbercruncher (Titan); Quantum and Woody (Valiant)
Steve Hamaker, Mylo Xyloto (Bongo), Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue 1 (Abstract Studio), RASL (Cartoon Books)
Matt Hollingsworth, Hawkeye, Daredevil: End of Days (Marvel); The Wake (DC/Vertigo)
Frank Martin, East of West (Image)
Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, Baltimore: The Infernal Train, BPRD: Hell on Earth, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy: Hell on Earth, The Massive, The Shaolin Cowboy, Sledgehammer 44 (Dark Horse)

Best Lettering
Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground (IDW)
Carla Speed McNeil, Bad Houses; “Finder” in Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
Terry Moore, Rachel Rising (Abstract Studio)
Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphics)
Britt Wilson, Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake (kaBOOM!)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland, www.comicbookresources.com
The Comics Journal #302, edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
Comics and Cola, by Zainab Akhtar, www.comicsandcola.com
Multiversity Comics, edited by Matthew Meylikhov, www.multiversitycomics.com
tcj.com, edited by Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler (Fantagrapahics)

Best Comics-Related Book
Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary, by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen (Bloomsbury)
The Art of Rube Goldberg, selected by Jennifer George (Abrams ComicArts)
Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, by Art Spiegelman (Drawn & Quarterly)
Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell (LOAC/IDW)
The Love and Rockets Companion, edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)

Best Scholarly/Academic Work
Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920–1960, by Nathan Vernon Madison (McFarland)
Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, edited by Sheena C. Howard and Ronald L. Jackson II (Bloomsbury)
Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art, edited by Jane Tolmie (University Press of Mississippi)
International Journal of Comic Art, edited by John A. Lent
The Superhero Reader, edited by Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Ken Worcester (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Publication Design
The Art of Rube Goldberg, designed by Chad W. Beckerman (Abrams ComicArts)
Beta Testing the Apocalypse, designed by Tom Kaczynski (Fantagraphics)
Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, designed by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)
The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme: A Panorama, by Joe Sacco, designed by Chin-Yee Lai (Norton)
Little Tommy Lost, Book 1, designed by Cole Closser (Koyama)

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18. Webcomic alerrt: Sam Alden debuts his new “MS Paint” comics

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I saw Sam Alden reading these at the NY Comcis SYmposium the other night and let’s just say it gets better and better. He uses a 500×500 pixel grid to do everything.

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19. Bone gives Shades of Grey a run as one of the 10 Most Banned Books of 2013

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If you were to guess what the 10 most banned or challenged books in the US in 2013 were, you might guess 50 Shades of Grey for its class-consciousness tinged bondage romance; or John Green’s Looking for Alaska with its classic themes of coming of age and the required drugs and sexuality. And yes both those books are on the list, released today by the American LIbrary Association. But also on the list? Jeff Smith’s Bone series, which we’re told by the CBLDF, has been cited for “Political viewpoint, racism, violence.”

Racism? Is this that anti-Rat Creature party we’ve been hearing about? Or the Rockjaw Defense League?

While Bone is a bit of a shock to be on the list, the first one is also odd because it’s so clearly a kids book: Captain Underpants. I mean sure kids shouldn’t be exposed to underpants, unless they are being told to put on a clean pair because it’s Tuesday already, but…honestly don’t the censors of America have better things to do?

Here’s the complete Top Ten:

1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.)
2) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence.)
3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
4) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James (Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.)
6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.)
7) Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.)
9) Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya (Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
10) Bone (series), by Jeff Smith (Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence.)

According to the CBLDF,

This is Bone’s first appearance on ALA’s annual list of challenged books, but it isn’t the first time it’s run affoul of censors. In 2012, it was banned in Texas at Crestview Elementary and moved to the junior high library because it was deemed unsuited to the age group. In April of 2010, a Minnesota parentpetitioned for the series’ removal from her son’s school library, when she discovered images she believed to be promoting drinking and smoking. A letter from Smith decrying the ban attempt was read aloud at the committee’s hearing, and the challenge was ultimately rejected by a 10-1 vote, to the praise of Smith and CBLDF.

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20. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: March 2014 — Forever Unchained Overture

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by David Carter

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

DC take the top four spots on the Diamond sales charts, as all four of their bestselling titles (Batman, Forever Evil, Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained) actually shipped in the same month! Despite that, DC still fell short of their top competitor Marvel by about 9% in both dollar and unit share, as Marvel have many more comics that perform in the 50-70K unit space than DC does. And average sales hit the lowest level since the New 52 began.

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! All of the opinions expressed in this column are my own and do not reflect those of my employers, Heidi McDonald or anyone at The Beat, the Centers for Disease Control, or my neighbors’ dog Miles.

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 ($4.99)
03/2004: Batman #625   --  83,371
03/2009: Batman BfC #1 --  91,619 [103,913] 
03/2010: Batman #697   --  61,157
03/2011: Batman #708   --  58,594
03/2012: Batman #7     -- 131,091 
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03/2013: Batman #18    -- 137,893 (-  8.5%)
04/2013: Batman #19    -- 132,147 (-  4.2%)
05/2013: Batman #20    -- 129,039 (-  2.4%)
06/2013: Batman #21    -- 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
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%)
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6 months: - 13.5%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 10.8%
5 years : + 12.5%
10 years: + 40.2%
Since #1: - 47.6%

Sales tick back up a bit as “Zero Year” is rejoined after an unscheduled one-month break. Sales are actually probably a smudge higher than that, as the combo pack edition missed the top 400 this month (and probably not by much: the #400 title moved 1,874 units this month, and last month’s Batman combo pack was 1,802). While sales have slid some since the beginning of “Zero Year,” the title seems to have stabilized around 116K, which is still good enough for the #1 slot in this slightly depressed market.

Also, the 6 month comparisons this month for most of the DCU titles are for the Villains Month stunt issues. Where there were multiple issues in September 2013 the sales figures have been averaged for comparison purposes, and keep in mind that we are comparing to a gimmick month where regular sales forces were not really in play.

2 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
06/2013: Superman Unchained #1  -- 256,792          [271,721]
07/2013: Superman Unchained #2  -- 165,754 (-35.5%)
08/2013: Superman Unchained #3  -- 136,319 (-17.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: Superman Unchained #4  -- 110,611 (-18.9%)
12/2013: Superman Unchained #5  --  96,322 (-12.9%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: Superman Unchained #6  --  94,147 (- 2.3%)
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6 months:    n.a.
Since #1: - 65.4%

Not a bad drop off from the previous issue, especially given the two month gap. As of this writing, issue #7 has been delayed until mid-May, and issues #8 & #9 have been yanked from the schedule all together (to be resolicited at a later date).

3 - FOREVER EVIL ($3.99)
09/2013: Forever Evil #1 -- 139,976           [147,016]
10/2013: Forever Evil #2 -- 112,944 (- 23.2%)
11/2013: Forever Evil #3 -- 105,755 (-  6.4%)
12/2013: Forever Evil #4 --  99,351 (-  6.1%)
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: Forever Evil #5 --  92,014 (-  7.4%)
03/2014: Forever Evil #6 --  92,036 (+  0.0%)
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6 months: - 37.4%
Since #1: - 37.4%

Remarkably stable numbers; I guess as a group retailers figured that anyone in for issue #5 was probably going to stick around for issue #6. Meanwhile, issue #7 has been delayed until May, which is going to cause all sorts of havoc with the shipping schedule for tie-in books over the next couple of months.¶

4 - SANDMAN OVERTURE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2013: Sandman Overture #1 -- 103,668 (+436.4%) [107,858]
11/2013: -- 
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: -- 
03/2014: Sandman Overture #2 --  89,711 (- 14.9%)  [91,839]
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Since #1: - 14.9%

Easily the Vertigo flagship title by a county mile. An additional 2,128 units show up for the Combo Pack edition. A 14.9% drop isn’t bad at all for a second issue, especially given the extra-long delay between issues. This comic was originally supposed to be bi-monthly, but that’s clearly out the window now (Gaiman has stated that he thinks the third issue will be out sometime in July, which makes this closer to quarterly.) The delay also means that the hardcover collection will almost certainly not be available for the holiday shopping season.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are being outsold by Image’s The Walking Dead.)

14 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [125,850]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 13.2%) [109,246]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 30.0%) [ 76,484]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 12.7%) [ 66,787]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
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Since #0: - 49.8%

Initial orders for #4 are nearly on par with those for #3, and all four previous issues have reorder activity that make the chart this month (and the total sales and percentage calculations above have been adjusted accordingly). The combination of a lighthearted approach with a Bat-family character in the regular DCU continuity seems to be a hit with many fans; DC needs more books performing in the 60K range like this.

18 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
03/2004: Detective Comics #791 --  34,899
03/2009: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 --  40,047
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   --  89,981
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03/2013: Detective Comics #18  --  76,237 (- 11.2%)
04/2013: Detective Comics #19  --  77,922 (+  2.2%)
05/2013: Detective Comics #20  --  78,252 (+  0.4%)
06/2013: Detective Comics #21  --  65,200 (- 16.7%)
07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
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%)
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6 months: -  28.2%
1 year  : -  27.2%
2 years : -  38.3%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: +  59.0%
Since #1: -  64.8%

The final issue of “Gothtopia,” and the last issue before the new creative team arrives with issue #30. I’ll admit to be very curious to see what the sales figures do in April; Buccelato & Manapul aren’t as high-profile a team as Johns & Romita will be on Superman, but their run on Flash received not a small amount of positive critical notice and it will be interesting to see how well they perform sales-wise on a high-profile character like Batman.

22 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ($3.99)
03/2004: JLA #94             --  76,134  [77,822]
03/2004: JLA #95             --  69,898  [73,620]
03/2009: JL of America #31   --  68,759
03/2010: JL of America #43   --  56,461
03/2011: JL of America #55   --  50,533
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03/2013: JL of America #2    --  91,734 (-71.9%)
04/2013: --
05/2013: JL of America #3    --  83,283 (- 9.2%)
05/2013: JL of America #4    --  77,856 (- 6.5%)
06/2013: JL of America #5    --  71,793 (- 7.8%)
07/2013: JL of America #6    --  86,192 (+32.2%) [94,923]
08/2013: JL of America #7    --  93,777 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: #7.1: Deadshot      --  66,815 (-28.8%)
09/2013: #7.2: Killer Frost  --  62,706 (- 6.2%)
09/2013: #7.3: Shadow Thief  --  60,397 (- 3.7%)
09/2013: #7.4: Black Adam    --  74,875 (+24.0%)
10/2013: JL of America #8    --  77,305 (+ 3.2%)
11/2013: JL of America #9    --  71,008 (- 8.1%)
12/2013: JL of America #10   --  65,678 (- 7.5%)
01/2014: JL of America #11   --  65,365 (- 0.5%)
02/2014: JL of America #12   --  56,259 (-13.9%)
03/2014: JL of America #13   --  54,349 (- 3.4%)
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6 months: - 17.9%
1 year  : - 40.8%
5 years : - 21.0%
10 years: - 28.2%
Since #1: - 83.4%

Penultimate issue. The final issue will be delayed until May due to Forever Evil lateness.

24 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
03/2014: Batman/Superman Ann #1  --  52,937

Delayed from January, but since the regular issue of Batman/Superman didn’t ship this month (see commentary on Worlds’ Finest below) it all kind of balances out.

31 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
03/2004: Green Lantern #175 --  29,780 [30,730]
03/2009: --
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232
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03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Green Lantern #19  --  71,018 (+ 1.7%)
05/2013: Green Lantern #20  --  67,414 (- 5.1%)
06/2013: Green Lantern #21  --  71,870 (+ 6.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (-13.2%)
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%)
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6 months: - 30.6%
1 year  : - 34.4%
2 years : - 49.2%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: + 49.2%
Since #1: - 72.9%

Oh dear. Orders on the issue after the double-book stunt with Red Lanterns actually fall even further, indicating that retailers didn’t have much confidence there. However, issue #28 shows some reorder activity, so at least some retailers underestimated demand and may have done so in the follow-up month as well. We may have to wait another month or two before we can gauge the success of the stunt.

36 - 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%)
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Since #1: - 52.7%

The declines are continuing to slow as the title hones in on its level, probably lower than DC would have liked. Next month it joins in the “Doomed” storyline, but it’s crossing over with titles that sell lower than it does, and crossovers are not usually not much of a gain for the top seller in the crossover.

37 - BATMAN AND. ($2.99)
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 --  85,292
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 --  59,818
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  --  68,010
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03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 --  69,614 (+25.6%) [76,575]
04/2013: and Red Robin #19    --  89,182 (+16.5%)
05/2013: and Red Hood #20     --  65,222 (-26.9%)
06/2013: and Batgirl #21      --  60,601 (- 7.1%)
07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (- 4.6%)
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%)
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6 months: - 41.5%
1 year  : - 43.5%
2 years : - 37.3%
Since #1: - 62.7%

A very tiny drop this month, as the natural attrition is offset by the relative popularity of Aquaman as a guest star over Two-Face.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Dark Horse’s adaptation of an early draft of George Lucas’s Star Wars script.)

We’ve now reached the mid-list portion of DC’s sales: Those books that mostly feature their long time characters that tend to sell in the 30-40K range (barring any events, crossovers, reboots, creative team changes, etc.)

47 - NIGHTWING ($2.99)
03/2004: Nightwing #91 --  29,330
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489
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03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 (-22.4%) [53,978]
04/2013: Nightwing #19  -- 46,978 (- 2.6%)
05/2013: Nightwing #20  -- 45,038 (- 4.1%)
06/2013: Nightwing #21  -- 43,353 (- 3.7%)
07/2013: Nightwing #22  -- 42,073 (- 3.0%)
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%)
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6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 31.8%
2 years : - 27.1%
10 years: + 25.5%
Since #1: - 58.0%

A tiny drop for the penultimate issue. The final issue will be delayed until May due to Forever Evil lateness.

49 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
03/2013: Earth 2 #10 -- 46,213 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Earth 2 #11 -- 45,468 (- 1.6%)
05/2013: Earth 2 #12 -- 43,983 (- 3.3%)
06/2013: Earth 2 #13 -- 42,916 (- 2.4%)
07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (- 2.1%)
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%)
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6 months: - 32.3%
1 year  : - 23.6%
Since #1: - 65.6%

Another relatively small drop; seems to be a theme here in the mid-list, which is mildly encouraging.

51 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ($2.99)
03/2011: Dark Knight #2  --  71,108
03/2012: Dark Knight #7  --  74,297
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03/2013: Dark Knight #18 --  54,269 (-  3.1%)
04/2013: Dark Knight #19 --  52,644 (-  3.0%)
05/2013: Dark Knight #20 --  50,423 (-  4.2%)
06/2013: Dark Knight #21 --  48,612 (-  3.6%)
07/2013: Dark Knight #22 --  47,096 (-  3.1%)
08/2013: Dark Knight #23 --  45,584 (-  3.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Vtrlqust --  57,363 (+ 25.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: MrFreeze --  57,349 (-  0.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Clayface --  55,084 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.4: JkrsDgtr --  64,952 (+ 56.2%) [86,016]
10/2013: Dark Knight #24 --  43,382 (- 49.6%)
11/2013: Dark Knight #25 --  41,634 (-  4.0%)
12/2013: Dark Knight #26 --  39,980 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Dark Knight #27 --  37,898 (-  5.2%)
02/2014: Dark Knight #28 --  35,455 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Dark Knight #29 --  34,836 (-  1.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.5%
1 year  : - 35.8%
2 years : - 53.1%
Since #1: - 72.9%

Final issue, helping to make way for Batman Eternal next month.

52 - FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR ($2.99)
10/2013: Arkham War #1 of 6 -- 52,004
11/2013: Arkham War #2 of 6 -- 44,133 (-15.1%)
12/2013: Arkham War #3 of 6 -- 39,919 (- 9.5%)
01/2014: Arkham War #4 of 6 -- 37,973 (- 4.9%)
02/2014: Arkham War #5 of 6 -- 35,564 (- 6.3%)
03/2014: Arkham War #6 of 6 -- 34,743 (- 2.3%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 33.2%

The best-selling of the three Forever Evil minis comes to an end.

54 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
03/2004: Action Comics #813 --  66,038
03/2009: Action Comics #875 --  47,079
03/2010: Action Comics #887 --  29,460
03/2011: Action Comics #899 --  31,808
03/2012: Action Comics #7   --  91,822
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03/2013: Action Comics #18  --  61,879 (+  8.2%)
04/2013: Action Comics #19  --  52,007 (- 16.0%)
05/2013: Action Comics #20  --  48,324 (-  7.1%)
06/2013: Action Comics #21  --  46,475 (-  3.8%)
07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.4%
1 year  : - 42.9%
2 years : - 61.6%
5 years : - 25.0%
10 years: - 46.5%
Since #1: - 83.0%

Drifting down, standard attrition style. Joins up with “Doomed” next month.

57 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Aquaman #15 -- 24,753
03/2012: Aquaman #6  -- 63,450
------------------------------
03/2013: Aquaman #18 -- 53,337 (- 8.9%)
04/2013: --
05/2013: Aquaman #19 -- 53,415 (+ 0.1%)
05/2013: Aquaman #20 -- 49,697 (- 7.0%)
06/2013: Aquaman #21 -- 46,832 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (- 2.5%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 39.4%
1 year  : - 36.4%
2 years : - 46.6%
10 years: + 37.0%
Since #1: - 68.8%

The spin-off debuts next month.

59 - SUPERMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Superman #203 --  83,096
03/2009: Superman #686 --  44,976
03/2010: Superman #696 --  31,940
03/2011: Superman #709 --  39,846
03/2012: Superman #7   --  66,588
---------------------------------
03/2013: Superman #17  --  49,666 (-  1.9%)
03/2013: Superman #18  --  48,236 (-  2.9%)
04/2013: Superman #19  --  48,598 (+  0.8%)
05/2013: Superman #20  --  45,458 (-  6.5%)
06/2013: Superman #21  --  44,285 (-  2.6%)
07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 42.2%
1 year  : - 31.3%
2 years : - 49.5%
5 years : - 25.2%
10 years: - 59.5%
Since #1: - 77.6%

Just 3 months until Johns & Romita arrive. But before that: “Doomed” in April & May.

60 - FLASH ($2.99)
03/2004: Flash #208       --  42,386 [44,679]
03/2010: --
03/2011: --
03/2012: Flash #7         --  64,975
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Flash #18        --  41,659 (-  3.0%)
04/2013: Flash #19        --  42,079 (+  1.0%)
05/2013: Flash #20        --  39,667 (-  5.7%)
06/2013: Flash #21        --  38,848 (-  2.1%)
07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.6%
1 year  : - 20.2%
2 years : - 48.8%
10 years: - 25.6%
Since #1: - 77.5%

The new creative team debuts next month.

61 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
03/2004: Batgirl #50     -- 29,897 [31,876]
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886
03/2011: Batgirl #19     -- 24,043
03/2012: Batgirl #7      -- 50,791
----------------------------------
03/2013: Batgirl #18     -- 51,677 (- 21.4%)
04/2013: Batgirl #19     -- 45,939 (- 11.1%)
05/2013: Batgirl #20     -- 42,600 (-  7.3%)
06/2013: Batgirl #21     -- 40,252 (-  5.5%)
07/2013: Batgirl #22     -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
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 #28     -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.%
1 year  : - 35.7%
2 years : - 34.6%
10 years: +  4.2%
Since #1: - 69.0%
65 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Wonder Woman #202 --  28,646
03/2009: Wonder Woman #30  --  33,365
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240
03/2011: Wonder Woman #608 --  32,540
03/2012: Wonder Woman #7   --  51,314
-------------------------------------
03/2013: Wonder Woman #18  --  38,406 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Wonder Woman #19  --  46,492 (+ 21.1%)
05/2013: Wonder Woman #20  --  37,132 (- 20.1%)
06/2013: Wonder Woman #21  --  35,999 (-  3.1%)
07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 33.7%
1 year  : - 19.3%
2 years : - 39.6%
5 years : -  7.1%
10 years: +  8.2%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Stubbornly treading above the 30K line. Has it been announced yet when the Finches are to take over?

66 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 47.8%

Still finding its level, which unless there’s an unforeseen turn-around will be under 30K.

70 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7   -- 36,089
-------------------------------------------
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18  -- 25,664 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Justice League Dark #19  -- 25,407 (-  1.0%)
05/2013: Justice League Dark #20  -- 24,693 (-  2.8%)
06/2013: Justice League Dark #21  -- 24,663 (-  0.1%)
07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.1%
1 year  : + 13.8%
2 years : - 19.1%
Since #1: - 64.4%

Drops back below 30K as the Forever Evil crossover continues.

This ends the DCU mid-list. The DCU titles beyond this point should be considered to be ‘in trouble.’ That doesn’t necessarily mean that cancellation is on the immediate horizon, but *something* is going to have to change, whether it be a change in creative teams or a crossover or a gimmick, to keep them away from the cancellation bear.

76 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
03/2009: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 54,162
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692
------------------------------------------
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: Green Lantern Corps #19 -- 43,903 (- 0.7%)
05/2013: Green Lantern Corps #20 -- 43,026 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Green Lantern Corps #21 -- 45,423 (+ 5.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (- 7.1%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 37.2%
2 years : - 43.0%
5 years : - 48.8%
Since #1: - 70.7%

A Green Lantern crossover is needed, stat!

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Dynamite Entertainment’s reboot of the classic Gold Key character Magnus: Robot Fighter; and by IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.)

84 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
05/2013: The Wake #1 of 10  -- 44,867          [50,188]
06/2013: The Wake #2 of 10  -- 32,562 (-35.1%)
07/2013: The Wake #3 of 10  -- 30,622 (- 6.0%)
08/2013: -- 
09/2013: The Wake #4 of 10  -- 31,674 (+ 3.4%)
10/2013: -- 
11/2013: The Wake #5 of 10  -- 30,463 (- 3.8%)
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: The Wake #6 of 10  -- 26,843 (-11.9%)
03/2014: The Wake #7 of 10  -- 26,500 (- 1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.3% 
Since #1: - 47.2%

Looks like it has maybe found its new post-gap level.

86 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
03/2004: Teen Titans #9   -- 69,056
03/2009: --
03/2010: Teen Titans #81  -- 25,758
03/2011: Teen Titans #93  -- 24,957
03/2012: Teen Titans #7   -- 51,402
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Teen Titans #18  -- 42,055 (+  7.3%)
04/2013: Teen Titans #19  -- 39,532 (-  6.0%)
05/2013: Teen Titans #20  -- 36,391 (-  8.0%)
06/2013: Teen Titans #21  -- 34,710 (-  4.6%)
07/2013: Teen Titans #22  -- 33,062 (-  4.8%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 47.5%
1 year  : - 38.2%
2 years : - 49.5%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: - 62.4%
Since #1: - 70.8%

Penultimate issue, but will be re-launched over the summer.

87 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 (+ 0.5%)
04/2013: Worlds' Finest #11 -- 27,453 (- 3.6%)
05/2013: Worlds' Finest #12 -- 27,073 (- 1.4%)
06/2013: Worlds' Finest #13 -- 25,815 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (- 2.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : -  9.8%
Since #1: - 63.1%

Part 4 of the “First Contact” crossover with Superman/Batman, which is notable because part three of the crossover (Batman/Superman #9) has been delayed until April. I’m pretty sure that the delay was announced at the last minute, after retailer FoC, so this issue was ordered under the assumption that there would be a part 3 for customers to purchase at the time.

But for some positive news, the second part of the crossover (issue #20) received another 2,028 units in re-order activity, so there’s greater interest in some quarters than what retailers had initially thought. (And since there was really no way for retailers to know, I can’t blame them for erring on the conservative side.)

88 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
03/2012: New Guardians #7  -- 48,422
---------------------------------------
03/2013: New Guardians #18 -- 42,028 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: New Guardians #19 -- 41,481 (- 1.3%)
05/2013: New Guardians #20 -- 40,569 (- 2.2%)
06/2013: New Guardians #21 -- 42,290 (+ 4.2%)
07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 39.8%
2 years : - 47.8%
Since #1: - 73.8%

Drops another 2,000 units this month. DC should be thinking about pruning the Green Lantern line.

89 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 43,450
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Red Lanterns #19 -- 34,673 (-  1.5%)
05/2013: Red Lanterns #20 -- 33,923 (-  2.2%)
06/2013: Red Lanterns #21 -- 37,312 (+ 10.0%)
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 28.5%
2 years : - 42.1%
Since #1: - 71.8%

Only about 700 units above the pre-stunt issue. But as noted above there was re-order activity on that issue so maybe there will be an adjustment in the months to come?

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie.)

95 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
03/2004: Green Arrow #36  -- 34,707
03/2009: Arrow/Canary #18 -- 22,699
03/2010: Arrow&Canary #31 -- 28,486
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 (- 22.1%)
04/2013: Green Arrow #19  -- 29,922 (+  6.6%)
05/2013: Green Arrow #20  -- 27,541 (-  8.0%)
06/2013: Green Arrow #21  -- 26,924 (-  2.2%)
07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.2%
1 year  : - 15.6%
2 years : - 18.3%
5 years : +  4.4%
10 years: - 31.7%
Since #1: - 67.2%

What to make of last month’s sales bump, which has now evaporated? It’s tempting to attribute it to variant cover shenanigans, but there were plenty of other titles that had variants the same month that didn’t see a bump. Maybe there was some other kind of order incentive last month? Maybe DC over shipped an extra copy to each Diamond account? Or something else? Any insight is appreciated!

99 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
03/2009: Supergirl #39 --  33,713
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041
---------------------------------
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 (-  7.0%)
04/2013: Supergirl #19 --  29,558 (+  5.4%)
05/2013: Supergirl #20 --  27,509 (-  6.9%)
06/2013: Supergirl #21 --  25,856 (-  6.0%)
07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 18.4%
2 years : - 38,2%
5 years : - 32.1%
Since #1: - 69.2%

Red Lantern Supergirl falls right back into standard attrition.

100 - FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES' REBELLION ($2.99)
10/2013: Rogues' Rebellion #1 of 6 -- 36,545
11/2013: Rogues' Rebellion #2 of 6 -- 30,317 (-17.0%)
12/2013: Rogues' Rebellion #3 of 6 -- 27,363 (- 9.7%)
01/2014: Rogues' Rebellion #4 of 6 -- 25,657 (- 6.2%)
02/2014: Rogues' Rebellion #5 of 6 -- 23,725 (- 7.5%)
03/2014: Rogues' Rebellion #6 of 6 -- 22,802 (- 3.9%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 37.6%

Well‚Äîthat’s now over.

—-

104 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
03/2012: Red Hood #7  -- 38,630
-------------------------------
03/2013: Red Hood #18 -- 37,731 (-28.9%) [42,901]
04/2013: Red Hood #19 -- 36,630 (- 2.9%)
05/2013: Red Hood #20 -- 35,542 (- 3.0%)
06/2013: Red Hood #21 -- 32,416 (- 8.8%)
07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (- 5.8%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 48.0%
2 years : - 41.8%
Since #1: - 68.2%

Creative team changes in the near future.

105 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Catwoman #28 -- 23,955
03/2012: Catwoman #7  -- 41,447
-------------------------------
03/2013: Catwoman #18 -- 33,220 (+10.0%)
04/2013: Catwoman #19 -- 28,058 (-15.5%)
05/2013: Catwoman #20 -- 26,886 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Catwoman #21 -- 25,611 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (- 3.4%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 33.1%
2 years : - 46.4%
10 years: -  7.2%
Since #1: - 70.6%

With “Gothtopia” over the drop gets bigger, so maybe the cross-over was propping it up a bit after all.

106 - SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7       -- 32,908
-----------------------------------------
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18      -- 25,232 (-  4.3%)
04/2013: Suicide Squad #19      -- 24,300 (-  3.7%)
05/2013: Suicide Squad #20      -- 23,537 (-  3.1%)
06/2013: Suicide Squad #21      -- 22,907 (-  2.7%)
07/2013: Suicide Squad #22      -- 22,447 (-  2.0%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 12.2%
2 years : - 32.7%
Since #1: - 64.1%

Still crossing over with Forever Evil. Ends with #30, to be reborn in July as New Suicide Squad. (To be followed two years later by New and Improved Suicide Squad with Foaming Bubble Action!)

116 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
03/2010: American Vampire #1     --  33,762  [36,831]
03/2011: American Vampire #13    --  17,269
03/2012: American Vampire #25    --  14,598
-------------------------------------------
03/2013: --
04/2013: --
05/2013: --
06/2013: American Vampire LRtH   --  16,042 (+ 19.6%)
07/2013: --
08/2013: American Vampire Anthol --  12,695 (- 20.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #1 --  20,863 (+ 64.3%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : n.a.
2 years : + 42.9%

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% (see fine print at end of column). These are the best numbers since the early Steven King days of the title, so the reboot seems to be having some amount of benefit (as likely does a 1:50 variant cover) We’ll know in a few months if it sticks…

109 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
03/2013: Injustice #3    -- 18,608 (+ 9.0%) [24,469]
04/2013: Injustice #4    -- 21,669 (+16.5%) [26,739]
05/2013: Injustice #5    -- 25,215 (+16.4%)
06/2013: Injustice #6    -- 26,011 (+ 3.2%)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 10.0%
1 year  : - 22.0%
Since #1: -  8.1%

Drop another 2K units as the gain from the relaunch is now gone. A digital-first comic, so the usual economics don’t apply. Glancing at various digital charts, this appears to be DC’s best-selling digital-first series in those realms, by a large margin.

111 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
03/2004: Hellblazer #194 -- 14,957
03/2009: Hellblazer #253 -- 11,132
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363
----------------------------------
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 (+200.0%)
04/2013: Constantine #2  -- 30,789 (- 18.0%)
05/2013: Constantine #3  -- 29,106 (-  5.5%)
06/2013: Constantine #4  -- 26,417 (-  9.2%)
07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 46.6%
2 years : +114.2%
5 years : + 80.1%
10 years: + 34.1%
Since #1: - 46.6%

Still hovering just over 20K as Forever Evil: Blight continues.

113 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
03/2012: Batwoman #7  --  49,227
--------------------------------
03/2013: Batwoman #18 --  31,381 (- 2.1%)
04/2013: Batwoman #19 --  31,538 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Batwoman #20 --  29,698 (- 5.8%)
06/2013: Batwoman #21 --  28,173 (- 5.1%)
07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (- 2.7%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 37.1%
2 years : - 59.9%
Since #1: - 77.5%

Drops below 20K, with no weddings on the horizon.

115 - FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. ($2.99)
10/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #1 of 6 -- 32,146
11/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #2 of 6 -- 25,071 (-22.0%)
12/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #3 of 6 -- 22,758 (- 9.2%)
01/2014: A.R.G.U.S. #4 of 6 -- 20,294 (-10.8%)
02/2014: A.R.G.U.S. #5 of 6 -- 19,157 (- 5.6%)
03/2014: A.R.G.U.S. #6 of 6 -- 18,893 (- 0.9%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 40.9%

The last drop is also the tiniest.

117 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
03/2004: Swamp Thing #1  -- 33,382  [34,654]
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268
----------------------------------
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
04/2013: Swamp Thing #19 -- 29,254 (- 4.8%)
05/2013: Swamp Thing #20 -- 27,338 (- 6.6%)
06/2013: Swamp Thing #21 -- 25,186 (- 7.9%)
07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 53.4%
1 year  : - 38.7%
2 years : - 53.2%
10 years: - 45.6%
Since #1: - 74.4%

While I’m enjoying the current creative team’s take on Swampy, I’m afraid that my $3 and those of the other 18,836 people won’t be enough to keep things going as they are for much longer. But it’s hard to tell what DC’s tolerance is for former Vertigo properties now in the DCU.

118 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 42.9%
Since #1: - 62.7%

The lowest percentage drop yet, but really needs to turn things around soon.

120 - TRILLIUM (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2013: Trillium #1 of 8  -- 30,712 
09/2013: Trillium #2 of 8  -- 24,482 (-20.3%)
10/2013: Trillium #3 of 8  -- 23,037 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: Trillium #4 of 8  -- 20,915 (- 9.2%)
12/2013: Trillium #5 of 8  -- 20,035 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: Trillium #6 of 8  -- 18,819 (- 6.1%)
03/2014: Trillium #7 of 8  -- 18,594 (- 1.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.1%
Since #1: - 39.5%

Penultimate issue.

123 - DC UNIVERSE VS. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
09/2013: DCU vs. MotU #1 of 6 -- 35,269
10/2013: DCU vs. MotU #2 of 6 -- 23,037 (-34.7%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: DCU vs. MotU #3 of 6 -- 21,325 (- 7.4%)
01/2013: DCU vs. MotU #4 of 6 -- 19,289 (- 9.5%)
02/2013: DCU vs. MotU #5 of 6 -- 18,769 (- 2.7%)
02/2013: DCU vs. MotU #6 of 6 -- 17,500 (- 6.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 50.4%
Since #1: - 50.4%

Final issue.

124 - ANIMAL MAN ($2.99)
03/2012: Animal Man #6     -- 38,504
------------------------------------
03/2013: Animal Man #18    -- 28,711 (- 2.4%)
04/2013: Animal Man #19    -- 27,562 (- 4.0%)
05/2013: Animal Man #20    -- 25,807 (- 6.4%)
06/2013: Animal Man #21    -- 23,862 (- 7.5%)
07/2013: Animal Man #22    -- 22,974 (- 3.7%)
08/2013: Animal Man #23    -- 21,634 (- 5.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Animal Man #24    -- 20,554 (- 5.0%)
11/2013: Animal Man #25    -- 19,710 (- 4.1%)
12/2013: Animal Man #26    -- 18,823 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: Animal Man #27    -- 18,401 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Animal Man #28    -- 17,559 (- 4.6%)
03/2014: Animal Man #29    -- 17,473 (- 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : -39.1%
2 years : -54.6%
Since #1: -73.2%

Final issue evidences an almost imperceptible drop of just 86 copies.

125 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
Since #1: - 59.1%

Still part of Forever Evil; still not cancelled.

126 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
03/2004: Birds of Prey #65  -- 29,731
03/2009: Birds of Prey #128 -- 21,424
03/2011: Birds of Prey #10  -- 30,641
03/2012: Birds of Prey #7   -- 30,376
-------------------------------------
03/2013: Birds of Prey #18  -- 21,957 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Birds of Prey #19  -- 21,707 (-  1.1%)
05/2013: Birds of Prey #20  -- 21,126 (-  2.7%)
06/2013: Birds of Prey #21  -- 20,767 (-  1.7%)
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 23.5%
2 years : - 44.7%
5 years : - 21.6%
10 years: - 43.5%
Since #1: - 74.7%

No more “Gothtopia”; still dropping.

127 - SUICIDE SQUAD: AMANDA WALLER ($4.99)
03/2014: Suicide Squad Amanda Waller #1 --  16,534

Another one-shot featuring DC’s female supporting characters. Retailers ordered at 75% of the parent title, which seems reasonable.

129 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
03/2013: Phantom Stranger #6  -- 17,375 (- 3.6%)
04/2013: Phantom Stranger #7  -- 17,326 (- 0.3%)
05/2013: Phantom Stranger #8  -- 16,269 (- 6.1%)
06/2013: ToS: PS #9           -- 17,241 (+ 6.0%)
07/2013: ToS: PS #10          -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: PS #11          -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: PS #12          -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: PS #13          -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: PS #14          -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: PS #15          -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: PS #16          -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: PS #17          -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : -  5.6%
Since #1: - 59.1%

Still part of Forever Evil. Still not cancelled.

130 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
03/2011: Superboy #5  --  27,448
03/2012: Superboy #7  --  34,520
--------------------------------
03/2013: Superboy #18 --  24,455 (-  8.6%)
04/2013: Superboy #19 --  24,211 (-  1.0%)
05/2013: Superboy #20 --  22,508 (-  7.0%)
06/2013: Superboy #21 --  20,952 (-  6.9%)
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 35.5%
2 years : - 54.3%
Since #1: - 77.2%

The Bold New Direction continues to bring not-so-bold sales.

140 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
03/2012: Unlimited #2   -- 23,570
---------------------------------
03/2013: Unlimited #14  -- 16,456 (- 3.3%)
04/2013: Unlimited #15  -- 16,283 (- 1.1%)
05/2013: Unlimited #16  -- 15,822 (- 2.8%)
06/2013: Unlimited #17  -- 15,464 (- 2.3%)
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 23.1%
1 year  : - 14.3%
2 years : - 40.2%
Since #1: - 39.6%

I’ll be interested to see if Batman Beyond’s high-profile role in the upcoming New DC Futures End weekly brings any added interest in this title in the coming months.

141 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
03/2004: --
03/2009: --
03/2010: Astro City DA 4 #2   -- 13,118
03/2011: --
03/2012: --
---------------------------------------
06/2013: Astro City #1        -- 27,700
07/2013: Astro City #2        -- 20,193 (-27.1%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 49.1%

Settling in around 14K for the time being.

142 - TALON ($2.99)
03/2013: Talon #6  -- 25,440 (- 9.2%)
04/2013: Talon #7  -- 24,045 (- 5.5%)
05/2013: Talon #8  -- 22,710 (- 5.6%)
06/2013: Talon #9  -- 21,755 (- 4.2%)
07/2013: Talon #10 -- 20,296 (- 6.7%)
08/2013: Talon #11 -- 19,449 (- 4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Talon #12 -- 18,218 (- 6.3%)
11/2013: Talon #13 -- 17,218 (- 5.5%)
12/2013: Talon #14 -- 16,373 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: Talon #15 -- 15,455 (- 5.6%)
02/2014: Talon #16 -- 14,691 (- 4.9%)
03/2014: Talon #17 -- 13,956 (- 5.0%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 45.1%
Since #1: - 76.6%

Final issue. Started with (reorder-adjusted) orders of near 60K, then just kept dropping month after month after month. My theory is that the market is already so saturated with Batman-related comics that a comic starring a new, tertiary character was just never going to be able to survive.

143 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
03/2004: Fables #23  -- 25,211
03/2009: Fables #82  -- 22,445
03/2010: Fables #93  -- 20,003
03/2011: Fables #103 -- 18,910
03/2012: Fables #115 -- 17,384
------------------------------
03/2013: Fables #127 -- 15,529 (+ 0.3%)
04/2013: Fables #128 -- 15,606 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Fables #129 -- 15,380 (- 1.5%)
06/2013: Fables #130 -- 15,129 (- 1.6%)
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years : - 19.8%
5 years : - 37.9%
10 years: - 44.7%
Since #1: - 36.7%

Dips below 14K for the first time. At least one of those lost 173 copies is my fault: I forgot to pre-order and ended up having to buy a shelf copy.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Boom Studio’s Adventure Time.)

149 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
04/2013: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 25,254 (+53.6%)
05/2013: He-Man & MotU #2  -- 19,410 (-23.1%)
06/2013: He-Man & MotU #3  -- 18,227 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.7%
Since #1: - 48.2%

A new storyline begins in issue #14, so this will be sticking around at least a while longer.

150 - LARFLEEZE ($2.99)
06/2013: Larfleeze #1  -- 36,638
07/2013: Larfleeze #2  -- 30,221 (-17.5%)
08/2013: Larfleeze #3  -- 21,955 (-27.4%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Larfleeze #4  -- 18,061 (-17.7%)
11/2013: Larfleeze #5  -- 16,157 (-10.5%)
12/2013: Larfleeze #6  -- 15,081 (- 6.7%)
01/2014: Larfleeze #7  -- 13,950 (- 7.5%)
02/2014: Larfleeze #8  -- 13,338 (- 4.4%)
03/2014: Larfleeze #9  -- 12,797 (- 4.1%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
Since #1: - 65.1%

The end is nigh.

154 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
03/2009: Jonah Hex #41 -- 11,564
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,213
03/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255
03/2012: ASW #7        -- 25,349
--------------------------------
03/2013: ASW #18       -- 16,897 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: ASW #19       -- 16,838 (- 0.4%)
05/2013: ASW #20       -- 16,184 (- 3.9%)
06/2013: ASW #21       -- 15,788 (- 2.5%)
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 26.0%
2 years : - 50.7%
5 years : +  8.1%
Since #1: - 77.3%

The comic gods continue to shine favor upon All Star Western as the cancellation bear continues to look the other way. Not that I’m complaining; I’ll continue to buy as long as DC keeps publishing.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Valiant’s Unity.)

160 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
03/2012: Fairest #1  -- 31,769
------------------------------
03/2013: Fairest #13 -- 15,693 (- 2.8%)
04/2013: Fairest #14 -- 15,269 (- 2.7%)
05/2013: Fairest #15 -- 14,959 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Fairest #16 -- 14,289 (- 4.5%)
07/2013: Fairest #17 -- 13,915 (- 2.6%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 10.6%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 62.6%
Since #1: - 62.6%

A bit of steeper percentage drop than usual.

After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Avatar’s God is Dead.)

169 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
05/2013: Adventures of Superman #1  -- 30,992
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 30.7%
Since #1: - 64.2%

Hey look: growth! Granted it’s only 27 copies, but that’s better than losing copies like nearly every other title.

173 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 ALIEN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
03/2004: Smallville #7       -- 14,673
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03/2013: Smallville S11 #11  -- 16,502 (- 3.1%)
04/2013: Smallville S11 #12  -- 15,930 (- 3.5%)
05/2013: Smallville S11 #13  -- 15,442 (- 3.1%)
06/2013: Smallville S11 #14  -- 15,097 (- 2.2%)
07/2013: Smallville S11 #15  -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 25.3%
1 year  : - 35.9%
10 years: - 28.0%
Since #1: - 18.8%

There’s some question about how well these digital-first title sell in their digital incarnation. We’ll can’t really know, because nobody is releasing anything even close to sales figures for us to look at. But we can look at comiXology and do some back-of-the-envelope calculations to try to get some idea:

There are no comprehensive sales charts on comiXology like there are for Diamond, but they do post a top-selling chart which is updated periodically. So I’ve been looking in on it for the past few weeks, and it appears that for a few days after a new issue of Smallville is released, it tends to hang around on the chart in the same area as that of print-native comics that, in their print incarnations, sell around 50-60K.

In the past we’ve heard anecdotal evidence that for Marvel & DC, digital sales for print-native comics are about 10% of the print. Obviously this will vary from title to title, and for all we know they have increased lately (in 2013, Image said that digital was up to 15% of their total sales,and it may be even more for smaller publishers who have a hard time getting into mainstream comic stores). But we’ll take the 10% number for now and say that places the digital sales for Smallville at around 5-6K, or roughly 50% (give or take) of the print version.

We can give this a smell test: the digital version of Injustice tends to rank up with the top print-native sellers (Batman, Walking Dead, etc.), or 10% of 100K which is 10K, or again about 50% of the print version.

These numbers are obviously wrong, but I think probably in the ballpark. So following this (far from perfect) reasoning it appears that: 1) Even for digital-first comics, the print sales are higher than digital; 2) they do, however, see a far great share of their sales from digital than from print; and 3) that number of digital sales is somewhere around half of the print sales.

(As for differing price points and page counts, we’re talking $0.99 for three digital issues that are combined into one $3.99 print comic, or really six of one, half a baker’s dozen of another for the publisher, once you factor in printing and distribution costs.)

And there are other factors to consider, such as long-tail effects that are easier to realize in digital sales, and the different cost model that DC supposedly employs for the production its digital-first offerings, that will go into their viability.

As I’ve said, these calculations are no doubt wrong, based on assumptions and hearsay. They could be way wrong, and if comiXology or DC want to come forward with actual sales figures then we’ll know just how far off I am.

But, one thing that we can probably say with some degree of certainty is that the digital-first titles that are selling better in print are probably also selling better digitally. So we can look at print sales of digital-first titles as a proxy for their total sales.

Stated again: I could be—and probably am—wrong about this, given the large number of assumptions made in the absence of anything resembling hard data. Keep this in mind when you are eviscerating me in the comments below.

181 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 56.8%

Drops below 10K. Maybe enough people will pick up the bargain-priced first trade to keep this going a while?

183 - LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR (Digital-First) ($9.99)

12/2013: LoDK 100p Super Spect #1  -- 11,091 (-14.8%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: LoDK 100p Super Spect #2  --  9,926 (-10.5%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 10.5%

Actually not a bad second issue drop, and given that this is a $10-price point digital-first comic, not bad sales. Not sure how many more there will be though as the digital version apparently ended in late 2013.

185 - BATWING ($2.99)
03/2012: Batwing #7  -- 21,643
------------------------------
03/2013: Batwing #18 -- 12,084 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Batwing #19 -- 13,570 (+12.3%)
05/2013: Batwing #20 -- 13,302 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Batwing #21 -- 12,437 (- 6.5%)
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
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%)
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6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 18.4%
2 years : - 54.4%
Since #1: - 81.6%

Drops below 10K. Still be solicited, so DC are continuing to stand behind this title, but I don’t know how much longer it can go on like this.

189 - BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM (Digital-First) ($2.99)
04/2013: Li'l Gotham #1  -- 27,591
05/2013: Li'l Gotham #2  -- 18,573 (-32.7%)
06/2013: Li'l Gotham #3  -- 18,578 (+ 0.0%)
07/2013: Li'l Gotham #4  -- 21,646 (+16.5%)
08/2013: Li'l Gotham #5  -- 14,696 (-32.1%)
09/2013: Li'l Gotham #6  -- 13,654 (- 7.1%)
10/2013: Li'l Gotham #7  -- 12,919 (- 5.4%)
11/2013: Li'l Gotham #8  -- 12,054 (- 6.7%)
12/2013: Li'l Gotham #9  -- 11,078 (- 8.1%)
01/2014: Li'l Gotham #10 -- 10,639 (- 4.0%)
02/2014: Li'l Gotham #11 -- 10,030 (- 5.7%)
03/2014: Li'l Gotham #11 --  9,722 (- 3.1%)
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6 months: - 28.8%
Since #1: - 64.8%

The final issue drops below 10K.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog.)

203 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 54.0%

Declines continue.

219 - ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Royals #1 of 6 --  14,031 
03/2014: Royals #2 of 6 --   8,725 (-37.8%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 37.8%

Returnable, so the figures here are adjusted up 10% to account for Diamond’s reporting them lower than actual.

That’s a fairly typical 2nd issue drop for a Vertigo title, but the numbers on issue #1 were far lower than has been usual as of late. (Though as noted last month these numbers do not include orders from Diamond UK, and this is a very British-oriented comic, so overall sales may be higher than is indicated by the Diamond US sales.)

213 - 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%)

—————–
Since #1: – 64.7%

Declines continue.

221 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
03/2010: The Unwritten #8  -- 15,314
03/2011: The Unwritten #20 -- 12,273
03/2012: The Unwritten #32 -- 10,481
------------------------------------
03/2013: The Unwritten #47 --  8,267 (- 1.0%)
04/2013: The Unwritten #48 --  8,226 (- 0.5%)
05/2013: The Unwritten #49 --  8,234 (+ 0.1%)
06/2013: The Unwritten #50 -- 10,124 (+23.0%)
07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.2%
1 year  : -  4.6%
2 years : - 24.7%
Since #1: - 34.1%

No longer returnable, and the numbers are now at the lowest point yet for the title. Trade sales are probably strong enough for DC to let this go to its natural conclusion, as long as that conclusion isn’t too far off.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Oni’s Bunker.)

225 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo)
07/2013: Collider #1 -- 17,336          [20,361]
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 43.8%
Since #1: - 61.4%

Back after a (planned) month off, and still losing orders at an alarming rate.

But.!

Last week it was announced that the property has been picked up as a possible film, with David S. Goyer attached as a producer. So despite being the lowest-selling Vertigo title look for DC to do everything possible to keep the book alive as long as the film is in active development. (Also, if you pay attention to the trade paperback sales on Amazon, you’ll know when the casting call sheets go out!)

226 - STORMWATCH ($2.99)
03/2004: Stormwatch: TA #21   -- 10,922
03/2009: --
03/2012: Stormwatch #7        -- 24,384
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03/2013: Stormwatch #18       -- 13,255 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: Stormwatch #19       -- 13,626 (+ 2.8%)
05/2013: Stormwatch #20       -- 13,049 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Stormwatch #21       -- 12,277 (- 5.9%)
07/2013: Stormwatch #22       -- 11,792 (- 4.0%)
08/2013: Stormwatch #23       -- 10,969 (- 7.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Stormwatch #24       -- 10,067 (- 8.2%)
11/2013: Stormwatch #25       --  9,881 (- 1.9%)
12/2013: Stormwatch #26       --  9,052 (- 8.4%)
01/2014: Stormwatch #27       --  8,612 (- 4.9%)
02/2014: Stormwatch #28       --  8,207 (- 4.7%)
03/2014: Stormwatch #29       --  7,837 (- 4.5%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 40.9%
2 years : - 67.9%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: - 28.2%
Since #1: - 86.3%

The penultimate issue drops below 8K.

231 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1  -- 13,036
12/2013: --
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 (-31.1%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 41.1%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. Meanwhile, on Earth 4, where the title is Batman & Scooby-Doo Team-Up, this title is selling twice as many copies.

248 - 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%)
----------------
Since #1: - 41.8%

Based on a video game property, so maybe the digital sales are stronger than usual.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend. and Bongo Comics’ Simpsons Comics.)

259 - THE MOVEMENT ($2.99)
05/2013: The Movement #1  -- 29,246
06/2013: The Movement #2  -- 18,001 (-38.5%)
07/2013: The Movement #3  -- 14,524 (-19.3%)
08/2013: The Movement #4  -- 11,095 (-23.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: The Movement #5  --  9,110 (-17.9%)
11/2013: The Movement #6  --  7,957 (-12.7%)
12/2013: The Movement #7  --  7,252 (- 8.9%)
01/2014: The Movement #8  --  6,629 (- 8.6%)
02/2014: The Movement #9  --  6,417 (- 3.2%)
03/2014: The Movement #10 --  6,281 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
Since #1: -78.5%

The drops are slowing, and it may yet end up with the final issue (#12) over 6K.

254 - BEWARE THE BATMAN (All-Ages) ($2.99)
03/2004: Batman Adventures #12 -- 12,189
03/2009: Brave & Bold #3       --  8,184
03/2010: Brave & Bold #15      --  6,208
03/2011: All-New BBB #5        --  6,463
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10/2013: Beware the Batman #1  -- 19,830
11/2013: Beware the Batman #2  -- 10,368 (-47.7%)
12/2013: Beware the Batman #3  --  8,627 (-16.8%)
01/2014: Beware the Batman #4  --  7,226 (-16.2%)
02/2014: Beware the Batman #5  --  6,494 (-10.1%)
03/2014: Beware the Batman #6  --  6,069 (- 6.5%)
-----------------
5 years : - 25.8%
10 years: - 50.2%
Since #1: - 69.4%

Returnable (and adjusted accordingly). I mistakenly bought that last month’s issue was the final issue, but DC still had one more up their sleeves.

309 - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2014: The Vampire Diaries #1 -- 10,855
02/2014: The Vampire Diaries #2 --  6,132 (-43.5%)
03/2014: The Vampire Diaries #3 --  4,734 (-22.8%)
----------------
Since #1: - 56.4%

Double ouch. How low will this be allowed to go?

330 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
03/2004: Scooby-Doo #82                -- 5,377
03/2009: Scooby-Doo #142               -- 3,863
03/2010: Scooby-Doo #154               -- 3,846
03/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7  -- 4,522
03/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #19 -- 4,677
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03/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #31 -- 4,770 (+0.4%)
04/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #32 -- 4,688 (-1.7%)
05/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #33 -- ????? 
06/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #34 -- 4,881 
07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : -  3.1%
2 years : -  1.2%
5 years : + 19.7%
10 years: - 14.0%
Since #1: - 25.3%

Returnable (and adjusted accordingly).

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

DC COMICS
03/2004: 32,148
03/2009: 21,792
03/2010: 23,299
03/2011: 23,976
03/2012: 29,697
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03/2013: 30,819 (- 11.2%)**
04/2013: 29,914 (-  2.9%)
05/2013: 31,412 (+  5.0%)
06/2013: 34,517 (+  9.9%)
07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 51.2%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : -  9.8%
5 years : + 22.9%
10 years: - 16.7%

DC UNIVERSE
03/2004: 39,727
03/2009: 31,336
03/2010: 32,375
03/2011: 26,720
03/2012: 33,229
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03/2013: 32,294 (- 12.3%)**
04/2013: 31,426 (-  2.7%)
05/2013: 32,015 (+  1.9%)
06/2013: 37,133 (+ 16.0%)
07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
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%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 47.6%
1 year  : -  0.9%
2 years : -  3.7%
5 years : +  2.1%
10 years: - 19.4%

VERTIGO
03/2004: 16,445
03/2009: 10,177
03/2010: 11,394
03/2011: 10,450
03/2012: 12,688
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03/2013: 11,055 (- 8.0%)
04/2013: 11,467 (+ 3.7%)
05/2013: 20,860 (+81.9%)
06/2013: 17,368 (-16.7%)
07/2013: 16,099 (- 7.3%)
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%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 28.3%
1 year  : + 73.5%
2 years : + 51.2%
5 years : + 88.5%
10 years: + 16.6%

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

-  4.8% - Fables
- 10.0% - Injustice
- 10.6% - Fairest
- 12.2% - The Unwritten
- 13.5% - Batman
- 16.3% - The Wake
- 17.9% - Justice League of America
- 19.7% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 20.1% - Astro City
- 23.1% - Batman Beyond Universe
- 24.1% - Trillium
- 25.3% - Smallville
- 28.2% - Detective Comics
- 28.8% - Batman: Li'l Gotham
- 30.6% - Green Lantern
- 30.7% - Adventures of Superman
- 32.3% - Earth 2
- 33.7% - Wonder Woman
- 36.1% - Justice League Dark
- 36.6% - Flash
- 37.4% - Forever Evil
- 39.4% - Aquaman
- 41.5% - Batman and.
- 42.2% - Superman
- 42.9% - Batman '66
- 43.8% - FBP
- 45.2% - Green Arrow
- 45.4% - Action Comics
- 45.5% - Batman: The Dark Knight
- 47.5% - Teen Titans
- 50.4% - DCU vs. Masters of the Universe
- 53.4% - Swamp Thing

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

+ 13.8% - Justice League Dark
-  4.6% - The Unwritten
-  5.6% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
-  9.8% - Worlds' Finest
- 10.3% - Fables
- 12.2% - Suicide Squad
- 14.3% - Batman Beyond
- 15.2% - Batman
- 15.6% - Green Arrow
- 18.4% - Supergirl
- 18.4% - Batwing
- 19.3% - Wonder Woman
- 20.2% - Flash
- 22.0% - Injustice
- 23.5% - Birds of Prey
- 23.6% - Earth 2
- 24.3% - Fairest
- 26.0% - All Star Western
- 27.2% - Detective Comics
- 28.5% - Red Lanterns
- 31.3% - Superman
- 31.8% - Nightwing
- 33.1% - Catwoman
- 34.4% - Green Lantern
- 35.5% - Superboy
- 35.7% - Batgirl
- 35.8% - Batman: The Dark Knight
- 35.9% - Smallville
- 36.4% - Aquaman
- 37.1% - Batwoman
- 37.2% - Green Lantern Corps
- 38.2% - Teen Titans
- 38.7% - Swamp Thing
- 39.1% - Animal Man
- 39.8% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 40.8% - Justice League of America
- 40.9% - Stormwatch
- 42.9% - Action Comics
- 43.5% - Batman and.
- 45.1% - Talon
- 46.6% - Constantine
- 48.0% - Red Hood and the Outlaws

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

+114.2% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 42.9% - American Vampire
- 10.8% - Batman
- 18.3% - Green Arrow
- 19.1% - Justice League Dark
- 19.8% - Fables
- 24.7% - The Unwritten
- 27.1% - Nightwing
- 32.7% - Suicide Squad
- 34.6% - Batgirl
- 37.3% - Batman and.
- 38.2% - Supergirl
- 38.3% - Detective Comics
- 39.6% - Wonder Woman
- 41.8% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 42.1% - Red Lanterns
- 43.0% - Green Lantern Corps
- 44.7% - Birds of Prey
- 46.4% - Catwoman
- 46.6% - Aquaman
- 47.8% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 48.8% - Flash
- 49.2% - Green Lantern
- 49.5% - Superman
- 49.5% - Teen Titans
- 50.7% - All Star Western
- 53.1% - Batman: The Dark Night
- 53.2% - Swamp Thing
- 54.3% - Superboy
- 54.4% - Batwing
- 54.6% - Animal Man
- 59.9% - Batwoman
- 61.6% - Action Comics
- 62.6% - Fairest
- 67.9% - Stormwatch

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

+ 80.1% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 12.5% - Batman
+  8.1% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
+  4.4% - Green Arrow
-  7.1% - Wonder Woman
- 21.0% - Justice League of America
- 21.6% - Birds of Prey
- 25.0% - Action Comics
- 25.2% - Superman
- 32.1% - Supergirl
- 37.9% - Fables
- 48.8% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+ 50.9% - Detective Comics
+ 49.2% - Green Lantern
+ 40.2% - Batman
+ 37.0% - Aquaman
+ 34.1% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 25.5% - Nightwing
+  8.2% - Wonder Woman
+  4.2% - Batgirl
-  7.2% - Catwoman
- 25.6% - Flash
- 28.0% - Smallville
- 28.2% - Stormwatch (Team Achilles)
- 28.2% - Justice League of America (JLA)
- 31.7% - Green Arrow
- 43.5% - Birds of Prey
- 44.7% - Fables
- 45.6% - Swamp Thing
- 46.5% - Action Comics
- 59.5% - Superman
- 62.4% - Teen Titans

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

DCU: Average: 32,007. Median: 25,676

3.7 - Batman
2.9 - Superman Unchained
2.9 - Forever Evil
2.0 - Harley Quinn
1.7 - Detective Comics
1.7 - Justice League of America
1.7 - Batman/Superman Annual
1.4 - Green Lantern
1.4 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.4 - Batman and.
1.2 - Nightwing
1.1 - Earth 2
1.1 - Batman: The Dark Knight
1.1 - Forever Evil: Arkham War
1.1 - Action Comics
1.1 - Aquaman
1.1 - Superman
1.0 - Flash
1.0 - Batgirl
1.0 - Wonder Woman
0.9 - Justice League 3000
0.9 - Justice League Dark
0.9 - Green Lantern Corps
0.8 - Teen Titans
0.8 - Worlds' Finest
0.8 - Green Lantern New Guardians
0.8 - Red Lanterns
0.7 - Green Arrow
0.7 - Supergirl
0.7 - Forever Evil Rogues' Rebellion
0.7 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.7 - Catwoman
0.7 - Suicide Squad
0.6 - Constantine
0.6 - Batwoman
0.6 - Forever Evil ARGUS
0.6 - Swamp Thing
0.5 - Animal Man
0.5 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.5 - Birds of Prey
0.5 - Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller
0.5 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.5 - Superboy
0.4 - Talon
0.4 - Larfleeze
0.4 - All Star Western
0.3 - Batwing
0.2 - Stormwatch
0.2 - The Movement

Vertigo: Average: 19,179. Median: 11,872.

4.8 - Sandman Overture
1.4 - The Wake
1.1 - American Vampire 2nd Cycle
1.0 - Trillium
0.7 - Astro City
0.7 - Fables
0.6 - Fairest
0.5 - Coffin Hill
0.5 - Dead Boy Detectives
0.5 - The Royals
0.4 - Hinterkind
0.4 - The Unwritten vol. 2
0.4 - FBP

Digital First & Other (non-all-ages): Average: 12,452. Median: 11,102.

1.7 - Injustice Year 2
1.5 - Batman '66
1.4 - DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe
1.1 - Batman Beyond Universe
1.1 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.9 - Adventures of Superman
0.8 - Smallville Season 11: Alien
0.8 - Legends of the Dark Knight 100 page Super Spectacular
0.8 - Batman: Li'l Gotham
0.5 - Scribblenauts Unleashed
0.4 - The Vampire Diaries

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 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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21. Indie Bookstores are survivors, just like comics shops

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Speaking of Amazology, Lauren Davis at io9 got right to the darkest conspiracy theories of all with a post titledWill Amazon Do To Comic Shops What It Did To Book Stores? Amazon is generally considered to employ a Genghis Khan like strategy in seeking to wipe bookstores off the face of the earth, however, even the comments on the above piece point out that Amazon has been more toxic to the chain bookstores than indie shops. In fact, a piece from last fall pointed out, Amazon Slayed a Negative 77 Indie Bookstores in 2012, accompanied by the above chart, showed that indie bookstores are hanging in there.

While the New York Times has been announcing the end of Manhattan as a paradise for bookstores—and painful closures like Rizzoli Books, Shakespeare & Co. and St Marks Books have left great sucking chest wounds for Manhattan booklovers—luckily indie bookstores are slinging to life in the wake of insanely surging rents. :

But alarmist rhetoric aside, it was a familiar tale: Not about the end of reading, but about New York real estate — inexorably rising rents and the few businesses that can afford them. It’s a challenging landscape for anybody, but probably especially challenging for bookstores after all. The same Department of Labor database the Times cited, showing a nearly 30 percent decline in Manhattan bookstores between 2000 and 2012, also found Brooklyn actually gaining a bookstore (from 50 to 51) in the same period. Look closely at a few of those — as well as Manhattan’s hardiest survivors — and the city’s Darwinian, post-Bloomberg ecosystem begins to look less like a literary desert than a harsh but productive driver of bookstore evolution. Here’s how a few of the success stories have managed.

Getting back to Davis’s original question about Amazon and comics shops, the survival—best sales EVER for some— for local comics shops has to be seen as part of the pattern of the indie bookstore revival. As I’ve said many, many times, if you offered the publisher of any kind of book genre a dedicated network of 2000 stores all tirelessly devoted to selling your product — they would leap at the chance. The above profile of local NYC indie bookstores didn’t include a single comics shop, which is a little surprising to me—although five of the six have held graphic novel events. Maybe it’s time for some general rebranding here?As for the survival of comics shops, specifically, Davis write:

But as with prose books, not everyone is going to want to make the switch from paper to digital. Some people simply prefer the experience of reading on paper, and many folks collect single issues of comics—although it will be interesting to see if the latter changes with the rise of digital comics. And there’s a social aspect to comic book stores that is distinct from what you see in a bookstore. The weekly ritual of going to the shop on Wednesdays to discuss the latest issue with your fellow readers won’t be replicated by the mere availability of digital comics. Still, it will be interesting to see what Amazon plans to do in the digital comics space and how retailers feel about the purchase.

Although Comixology’s retailer services—including pull lists and digital storefronts—will remain in place, at least one retailer, The Golden Apple’s Ryan Leibowitz, sees an Amazon-driven Comixology as MORE useful:

The fact is, Amazon is more retailer friendly (sort of). What I mean is that their whole platform is based on businesses and individuals to have hosted webstores that they take a cut from. We already have an Amazon Webstore and my hope is that they integrate our Comixology Digital store to it. And unlike Comixology, We keep the purchased amount from the customer (minus the Amazon fee) not the other way around like Comixology does currently.

Also, comic books are not like CDs and/or regular prose books, they are collectible. What I mean is that they have value and are meant to be collected, cherished and enjoyed for generations. i don’t see comic shops falling over like bookstores without a geek fight…with lightsabers!

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Above, the Golden Apple in Los Angeles, CA, via FB

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22. Reports: Linework NW was a hit

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Over the weekend Portland, OR saw Linework NW debut as a new indie-styled comic arts festival to replace Stumptown, which has merged with Rose City Comic-Con. Held at the more indie-complaint Norse Hall it sounds from all reports that the show had a great energy. Dark Horse’s David Scroggy was kind enough to send in the attached two pictures, one of the crowd and another of the great Jim Woodring drawing. Scroggy noted, “There was a tremendous energy present. It was like an early Stumptown.”

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If you’re friends with co-director Zack Soto on FB you can see a ton of photos and comments, but I don’t think he’d mind me sharing this comment:

You guys. I’m so fried, I’m not even going to try and write a serious recap/thankyous/shout out thingie till tomorrow BUT I will say THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. Today was definitely one of the best days of my life. Linework NW did good and everyone who worked on it did good and everyone who attended it did good and so forth. Really lots of fun and love.

Jason JFish Fischer has a photo album here.

Finally here is a video of Jim Woodring drawing with his giant pen at the show. If giant pen drawing is the mark of a successful event then this was a winner ll the way.

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23. FIVE YEARS LATER, Grant Morrison’s MULTIVERISTY is finally coming out

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Sometimes the wheels of comics grind exceedingly slow, and Multiversity, a now somewhat outdated multiversical look at the DCU that folds in various timelines, masterminded by Multiverse expert Grant Morrison, is one of those things. It was announced in 2009, and has been biding it’s time since then, even as the DCU it was set to explore got 52ed out of existence. Back in September of 2012, a few Watchmen-esque pencils by Frank Quitely were shown at the DC Comics blog and iFanboy—yes this project has been kicking around so long that iFanboy actually was a website.

ANYWAY, an official pub date has been announced! August 2014! It is happening, CBR tells us with some color art by Ivan Rris and Joe Prado (colors by Nei Ruffino) that has…an odd look to it. Each issues will be 40 pages long Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, Ben Oliver, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart and more. Morrison describes the series thusly:

“‘The Multiversity’ has been a labor of love almost eight years in the making, and brings together an unstoppable supergroup of artists — Reis, Sprouse, Oliver, Quitely, Stewart and more — with a cast of unforgettable characters from the 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse!

“Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!

Comprising seven complete adventures — each set in a different parallel universe — a two part framing story, and comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, ‘The Multiversity’ is more than just a multi-part comic book series, it’s a cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the front line in the Battle For All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!

But beware! Power has a cost, and at the heart of this epic tale waits the cursed and malignant comic book called ‘Ultra Comics’…

How safe is YOUR head?

Join us, if you dare, for ‘The Multiversity!’” — Grant Morrison


Hurrah! Grant Morrison doing Grant Morrison things! What is not to love.

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24. The Genre-Bending World of Hinterkind (Reviewing the V. 1 TPB, “The Waking World”)

vertigo-hinterkind-tpb-1Vertigo’s new fantasy-ish title Hinterkind recently released its first trade paperback collection, The Waking World.  If you only glanced at the covers, it’s probably not what you’re expecting.  Oh, sure it’s got the mythical monsters you’d expect to see in something like Vertigo’s elder statesman title Fables, but there’s a layer of science fiction, a layer that’s very close to zombie apocalypse and a bit more political intrigue than you might expect.

Writer Ian Edginton and artist Francesco Trifogli have created something that appears to be a bit more than the sum of its otherwise familiar parts.  Honestly, it reminded me the most of Planet of the Apes, but we’ll circle back to that.

Hinterkind is set 15 minutes into the future.  Mother Nature struck back against the humans in the form of a super flu virus.  Some people were naturally immune and they survived, gathering together in small communities in the ruins of the old cities.  What they don’t initially know, is that the creatures of fairy tales have also returned.  Led by the Sidhe (elves if you want to be common about it), the “Hinterkind” as they call themselves are ready for some revenge on the humans who drove them all into hiding those many years ago.  They’d also like to eat them.  Of course the humans are all a bit isolated and may not have quite figured that out yet.

The narrative goes primarily in two directions: the viewpoint of a group of survivors in the ruins of New York City and the viewpoint of the royal class of the Sidhe, who are more or less organizing the Hinterkind.  The human survivors are the world building story as they start to realize there’s a whole lot more going on in their world than they previously thought.  On the Sidhe side, there’s considerable variance of opinion on who should be running things and what should be done with the surviving humans.

There’s also, from both perspectives, events that really read like somebody took Ronald Reagan’s old campaign line about the scariest sentence in the English language being “we’re from the government and we’re hear to help” and really ran with it.

Why did this book remind me of Planet of the Apes?  A couple reasons.  The ruins of the world and the hunted humans which both somewhat jibe with the zombie apocalypse feel.  There’s a sequence in the tpb that can’t help but remind me of Beneath the Planet of the Apes and the politics of what should be done with the humans strongly resonates with the BOOM! sorely under-appreciated Planet of the Apes series a couple years back, which dealt with the political relations between apes and humans before the humans started losing the ability to talk.

Hinterkind is awash with SF/F tropes and there are many different things you could pick apart here as possible influences.  It’s very early in what’s obviously a much longer tale.  The “waking world” title refers to the Hinterkind waking up and returning and the humans slowly waking up to the fact they’re not alone and in a pretty bad spot.  The table is set for the two narratives to take off.  We see the initial skirmishes and conflicts appear.  Where it’s immediately going isn’t entirely clear, nor is it quite certain how quickly the threads will collide.

I liked it well enough.  Hinterkind does well in scope and carving out enough of its own identity.  What to compare it to for recommendations, though.  That’s a hard one because it combines so many things.  The press releases likes to compare it to Game of Thrones, probably based on the Sidhe skulduggery and having a couple different narrative threads.  I can see it, but I’m not sure that’s the most apt, this being post-apocalyptic and having many more magical creatures running around.  Game of Thrones meets Planet of the Apes might be the better Hollywood style tagline.  If you like fall of civilization stores and don’t mind mixing your science fiction and fantasy, that’s probably a good cognitive place to start.

On the other hand, if you don’t want scientists in your fantasy, this will probably cause you angst.

Perhaps the most important thing to say is Hinterkind is not some boiler plate Fables replacement, something you could have thought when it was rolled out.  It is it’s own thing and an enjoyable one if you’re not a purist to one particular sub-genre.

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25. What is it like to be a man in comics?

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So yesterday I tweeted this, and there was quite a bit of outcry before during and after about Janelle Asselin’s Tumblr post, linked to in this said tweet. The kind of short version of it all is:

• Janelle write a column on CBR about the cover for the new Teen Titans title, pointing out that despite starring teens, this book seems to be aimed at a non-teen audience, based on the cover.

Even the newer series, “Teen Titans Go!” premiered as the #1 show in its time slot, not just for boys but for kids aged 2-11. Kids and teens are into the idea of the Teen Titans, and there’s money to be made off of even tangentially relating to that crowd. Virtually all of DC’s New 52 books appear to be aimed at the exact same demographic: Males 18-39. And this cover is made for that demographic. It shows that, once again, DC is relaunching a book with no thought to targeting wider demographics or a new audience. This is not a cover you run if you’re trying to appeal to teenagers, and it’s especially not going to appeal to teen girls. Sure, the team may not be the same as the animated Teen Titans team, but there are ways to frame the characters to draw in new readers. For one, they could look like an actual team. For another, you could avoid cluttering up the background with imagery that offers nothing to a new reader, instead creating a distraction from the team you’re presenting.

 

• Commenters took offense to this observation and acted like assholes. A comics pro took great exception to it on twitter. One sample:


There were like 1000 more, but this seems to kind of get to the heart of the marketing matter, which is what Asselin was actually talking about. I think it’s worth pointing out that The Teen Titans Go comic was indeed cancelled…in 2008 after a 55 issue run, which is longer than any currently running DC comics aimed at adults. 55 issues is hardly a failure, even allowing for the difference between 2008 and 2014.

• Anyway the original column has racked up more than 500 comments. Which is crazy. I know there is mad hate for the Teen Titans Go! cartoon among DC comics fans, and, seemingly, frantic hostility in regard to anything that strays from the core demographic. I know I make fun of Bombshells and Giant Tits Teen and all that, but I guess playing to the base is what works in the DCU, no matter what the size of that base is.

• AT THE SAME TIME, Asselin began an online survey regarding sexual harassment in comics that has gotten more than 1000 responses. And some of them used the sweet sweet anonymity of the internet to threaten Asselin with rape and imagine rape fantasies involving her and other prominent women in comics. From her Tumblr post:

I’ve gotten all manner of bullshit within the survey now, but at least the ones with the rape threats or other asshole comments tell me which responses to disregard.  If you really want to “get me” and prove that sexual harassment doesn’t exist in comics, I don’t know, maybe it’s better for you to answer honestly about how you haven’t been sexually harassed. Because certainly sending me rape threats proves my point, not yours.

 

• And you know, that’s fucked up.

So two things:

1) As far as the whole marketing thing goes, the Wikileaks for all of this is this interview with Paul Dini where he explains what really goes on in cartoonland, and why the female audience is dismissed. The DC Teen Titans cover is part of a whole legacy of that thinking—when I saw that and the New Suicide Squad cover, I thought they were both harsh-looking and seemed rushed, not because of the artists involved but just because that’s how things look now. And like I said, this is marketing to the base. For whatever reason.

2) I was chatting with a few men in comics and they were shocked about this whole rape threat thing. I’m sure I have way less of it than most women in comics for whatever reason, but I’ve had threats and posturing and innuendo and blah blah. Some people are devastated by this kind of thing, and I’m not here to judge them. But I’m kind of amazed that men are unaware of this. And it is true that male editors and writers and artists in comics have gotten death threats over some stupid comic book thing, so there is a whole culture of insane threats. But the rape thing is a special gift just for the girls.

And you know what? This is not women’s problem. This is MEN’S PROBLEM. I know most internet trolls are teenaged boys who don’t know any better, but this is MAN’S THING. This is something you men need to figure out and condemn and deal with. There should be MAN RULES about it, like how you’re not supposed to go into the urinal next to another guy, that kind of thing. Belittling, embarrassing, threatening and shaming women should not be some kind of masculine rite of passage. It should be the opposite of being a real man.

The other night, I was walking home, as I do just about every night, and someone threw a bottle at me from the high rise next to the building where I live. I didn’t see the bottle, but it landed behind me and shards of broken glass hit my head. There are some crazy people in my neighborhood—I live a few blocks from Bellevue—but in general it’s pretty safe. Someone threw an egg at me a few years ago, but that missed too. I do not feel that it was my fault that I was walking home at night and someone threw a bottle at me. I feel that it was my right to walk the street in front of my house. And I think most people would agree that throwing a bottle at someone walking home is the aberrant behavior here. And that’s what we’re talking about with these rape threats. They are the internet equivalent of bottle throwing.

Some people criticized my tweet on the basis that no woman should eve be threatened with rape PERIOD. And yes, no woman, man, child or anything in between should ever be threatened with rape for anything, not a video game review, a comic book cover criticism, wearing particular clothing, going out in public or anything ever. I did add “for analyzing a comic book cover” to highlight the absurdity of the whole idiotic event not because I think there are some things women do that should be answered with a rape threat.

In closing, I would like to salute the bravery and professionalism of Janelle Asselin. She put her opinions out there knowing what kind of response she would get and she still did it, in hopes of perhaps getting people to think and to shed light on matters that are not discussed enough. Just because these things are hidden does not mean that men do not have this problem.

I would also like to thank the many, many wonderful men in comics who have been supportive and proactive about this. Because, as I’ve said many times, comics people are the best people. A few rotten apples don’t spoil the barrel…but no one likes the smell.

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