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1. Lessons from the heart: listening after Ebola

Like many this past week, our attention has been fixated on the media coverage of the Ebola outbreak: images of experts showing off the proper way to put on and take off protective gloves to avoid exposure to the virus; political pundits quarrelling over the appropriateness of travel restrictions; reassuring press conferences by the director of the Centers for Disease Control. It is an event that has received immediate and intense attention and generated compelling journalism, for sure, but does it really give us an emotional understanding of the impact of the event?

What is it like for a mother or a father to watch their child die and not to be able to touch them? What happens within a community that has experienced a major outbreak? Are people brought closer through a shared suffering or are the bonds that held the community together forever broken? There are infinite questions that we could ask of the human heart in the midst or the aftermath of such an event. Oral history with its emphasis on empathy is an effective method of asking these questions.

Hopefully the epidemic will be contained, but by the time it is, it is likely that the public’s appetite for more analysis on the outbreak will have been satiated. Journalists will be compelled to move onto the new topic of the day. Oral historians, however, can — and should — linger on this event.

For oral historians, who have increasingly worked in the aftermath of crisis over the past decade, the motivation to document is fueled by both a humanitarian impulse to respond to crisis and a scholar’s desire to inquire and understand. Times of widespread crisis have an elusive complexity which defies any attempt at meta-narrative. Aspiring to get at a comprehensive picture and the countless ways in which the epidemic is impacting so many seems unfeasible. For many researchers, the most profound way to begin is to try to appreciate how this crisis manifests itself for an individual, for a family, or for a community is oral history.

Dr. Joel Montgomery, Team Lead for CDC’s Ebola Response Team in Liberia, adjusts a colleague’s [personal protective equipment] before entering the Ebola treatment unit.  Photograph by Athalia Christie. Public domain via Flickr.
Dr. Joel Montgomery, Team Lead for CDC’s Ebola Response Team in Liberia, adjusts a colleague’s protective equipment before entering the Ebola treatment unit. CDC Global. Photograph by Athalia Christie. Public domain via Flickr.

Doing oral history in West Africa in the aftermath of the epidemic will present unique challenges for interviewers. Navigating the emotional and political resonance of the Ebola outbreak will require caution, compassion, and courage, as well as flexibility in the application of oral history best practices. The outcome of this work, however, can offer insight into how the individual human heart and mind respond to the terror of an epidemic, and how an individual’s responses to fear and grief impact their communities.

The personal perspective oral history provides has so often been left out of our analysis of crisis. We are left with dry academic reports often composed by responding agencies trained to exclude emotion from their analysis. But without this emotion, without this individual perspective, we don’t understand crisis and the impact it has on those who are left to pick up the pieces of shattered lives and communities. Oral history provides a means for the people most affected by crisis or disaster to be recorded, archived, and shared, to put them, not the devastation, at the center of the story. It is an effort that often runs counter to our collective response to emergency and, for that reason alone, it offers meaningful and enduring outcomes.

Featured image: Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, where the Ebola virus samples are tested. June 2014. By Leasmhar. CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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2. Short stories from the Danish capital

From the narrow twisting streets of the old town centre to the shady docklands, Copenhagen Tales captures the essence of Copenhagen and its many faces. Through seventeen tales by some of the very best of Denmark’s writers past and present, we travel the length and breadth of the Danish capital examining famous sights from unique perspectives. A guide book usefully informs a new visitor to Copenhagen but these stories allow the reader to experience the city and its history from the inside. Translator Lotte Shankland is a Copenhagener by birth who has lived many years in England. In the videos below she discusses the collection, decribing the richness of Danish literature, as well as the Scandinavian noir genre.

Lotte Shankland on the greater significance of short stories within Denmark:

Lotte Shankland discusses her favourite short story, ‘Nightingale’, by Meir Goldschmidt:

From Hans Christian Andersen to Søren Kierkegaard, Denmark has been home to some of the finest writers in Europe. In the National Museum in Copenhagen you will find stories from as early as 1500 BC, covering myth and magic. A walk through the city will most likely involve an encounter with the emblematic statue of the Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s famous tale. The Danes continue to tell great stories, as evidenced by the hugely popular Danish TV series The Killing and the Sweedish co-production The Bridge. Copenhagen Tales offers a way to understand the heart and soul of this diverse city, through the literature and art it has generated.

Featured image credit: Copenhagen, Denmark. Public Domain via Pixabay.

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3. Foreign children's classics in the Soviet Union

       At Russia Beyond the Headlines Alena Tveritina reports that: 'In Soviet children's literature, retellings and altered versions of foreign classics captivated society far more than translations -- so much so that some classic characters were completely russified', in How Dr. Dolittle became Dr. Aybolit.
       So, for example, Alexander Tolstoy took on Pinocchio -- but:

At first I just wanted to write Collodi's content in Russian, but then I abandoned that idea because it was too boring and bland
       (For what it's worth, his version was phenomenally successful, even for that captive market.)

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4. Jonathan Franzen Q & A

       In the Indianpolis Star Will Higgins has a Q & A with Jonathan Franzen.
       J-Franz reveal his favorite TV shows, how many bird species he's seen (2,600 worldwide), and the fact that both he and David Foster Wallace have/had a one-handed backhand (increasingly rare at the pro level).

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5. The publishing-wait in Iran

       Books in Iran generally aren't officially censored -- publishers are just denied the permission needed to actually publish them. All books need to get official permission, and while permission is sometimes denied outright, usually the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance just makes authors and publishers wait, and wait. and wait.
       How long ? Well, as IBNA reports: Iranian author's 'The Smoke' was released after eight years, as Hossein Sanapour's novel finally got the green light after eight years.
       Mention that: "It was waiting for the issuance of a publication permission in the previous government for some years" suggest perhaps change is in the air -- but things still seem to be moving slowly.

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6. Once upon a time, part 2

There is a quarrel inside me about fairies, and the form of literature their presence helps to define. I have never tried to see a fairy, or at least not since I was five years old. The interest of Casimiro Piccolo reveals how attitudes to folklore belong to their time: he was affected by the scientific inquiry into the paranormal which flourished – in highly intellectual circles – from the late nineteenth century and into the twentieth. But he also presents a test case, I feel, for the questions that hang around fairies and fairy tales in the twenty-first century. What is the point of them? What are the uses of such enchantments today? The absurdity of this form of magical belief (religious miracles are felt to be different, and not only by believers) creates a quarrel inside me, about the worth of this form of literature and entertainment I enjoy so much. In what way am I ‘away with the fairies’, too?

Butterfly fairy
This watercolor is part of the collection owned by the Family Piccolo of Calanovella Foundation, created by Baron Casimiro Piccolo of Calanovell, www.fondazionepiccolo.it. All rights reserved. Used with their permission.

Suspicion now hangs around fairy tales because the kind of supernatural creatures and events they include belong to a belief system nobody subscribes to anymore. Even children, unless very small, are in on the secret that fairyland is a fantasy. In the past, however, allusions to fairies could be dangerous not because belief in them was scorned, but because they were feared: Kirk collected the beliefs of his flock in order to defend them against charges of heterodoxy or witchcraft, and, the same time as Kirk’s ethnographical activities, Charles Perrault published his crucially influential collection (l697), in which he pokes fun, with suave courtly wit, at the dangerousness of witches and witchcraft, ogres and talking animals. Perrault is slippery and ambiguous. His Cinderella is a tale of marvellously efficacious magic, but he ends with a moral: recommending his readers to find themselves well-placed godmothers. Not long before he was writing his fairy tales, France and other places in Europe had seen many people condemned to death on suspicion of using magic. The fairy tale emerges as entertainment in a proto-enlightenment move to show that there is nothing to fear.

The current state of fairy tale – whether metastasized in huge blockbuster films or refreshed and re-invigorated in the fiction of Robert Coover, Donald Barthelme, Margaret Atwood or, most recently, Helen Oyeyemi (Mr Fox, and, this year, Boy Snow Bird) does not invite, let alone compel, belief in its magic elements as from an audience of adepts or faithful. Contemporary readers and audiences, including children over the age of 6, are too savvy about special effects and plot lines and the science/magic overlap to accept supernatural causes behind Angelina Jolie’s soaring in Maleficent or the transmogrifications of the characters. Nor do they, nor do we need to suspend disbelief in the willed way Coleridge described.

Rather the ways of approaching the old material – Blue Beard, The Robber Bridegroom, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White and so on – opens up the stories to new meanings. The familiar narrative becomes the arena for raising questions; the story’s well known features provide a common language for thinking about families and love, childhood and marriage. Fairies and their realm allow thought experiments about alternative arrangements in this world. We are no longer looking for fairies at the bottom of the garden, but seeing through them to glimpse other things. As the little girl realises in The Servant’s Tale by Paula Fox, her grandmother through her stories ‘saw what others couldn’t see, that for her the meaning of one thing could also be the meaning of a greater thing.’ In the past, these other, greater things were most often promises – escape, revenge, recognition, glory – but the trend of fairy tales is turning darker, and many retellings no longer hold out such bright eyed hope.

Featured image credit: Sleeping Beauty, by Viktor M. Vasnetsov. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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7. Review: ‘Action Philosophers’ is required reading

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

The duo of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have done it again in the 10th anniversary edition of their comic book series Action Philosophers. It’s available in late October from Dark Horse in a beautiful hardcover one volume edition with new cover art. This smart and witty non-fiction graphic book is the introduction to philosophy that should be required reading. I wish it had been around when I struggled through some of these works!

The series originally published by Van Lente and Dunlavey under their company Evil Twin Comics began life as a single issue comic book about Frederick Niestche, he of  the “God is Dead” philosophy. The comic book proved to be so popular that the guys developed a series that was eventually distributed by Diamond. For those of you unfamiliar with the industry that’s pretty impressive for an indie company. With support and appreciation from the industry the series won a Xeric Grant in 2004, was nominated twice for an Ignatz award and lauded by the American Library Association. For Evil Twin Comics they’ve also created Action Presidents and The Comic Book History of Comics.

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Action Philosophers 10th Edition by Dark Horse.

Beginning with Plato and Socrates the comics in both dialogue and art reveal complex intellectual thought in an easy to understand and cheeky manner. The dialogue juxtaposed by the drawings ranges from amusing to laugh out loud funny. This is comics at it’s best. The work is appealing and available. Ryan noted that they consider the audience for the comics as 11 and up and that the comics are for comic book fans and philosophy fans. Now that’s comics for a general audience!

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From Plato, Action Philosophers.

Van Lente and Dunlavey have impressive resumes. Fred is noted for his work at Marvel Comics for Iron Man, Spider Man, X-Men and Hercules. He also wrote Cowboys and Aliens with co-author Andrew Foley that was the basis for the film. Van Lente began his studies in film and then majored in English. It’s an excellent combination for working in comics with a strong sense of writing and the ability to frame the story. That clarity of story line comes across so well in Action Philosophers.

Ryan’s background is in illustration, writing and drawing and he has worked for Disney, Marvel, Warner Brothers and Comedy Central creating cartoons and designs. Both attended Syracuse University and as with colleagues whose experiences go back for a long time their work appears complimentary and seamless in its collaboration. Ryan’s illustrations are bold, clear and have classic comic book references in his artwork. In other words it’s recognizable and fun.

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From Plato, Action Philosophers

I love the fact that this is called Action Philosophers and for something that could be difficult and dry this is a book of Action. The pages burst with activity and energy in the drawings themselves as well as the smart dialogue and storyline.

This is a book that should be on your list for yourself and as a gift. It’s out of the ordinary and that’s a good thing. It’s also completely accessible and a fascinating read. Go Action Philosophers!

[Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson is writing a biography of her grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, military intelligence officer, prolific pulp writer, inventor and founder of DC Comics, with Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow) entitled Lost Hero. Her most recent publication is co-editing and writing an Introduction to a reprint of some of the Major’s adventure tales from the pulps entitled The Texas-Siberia Trail published by Off-Trail Publications. Nicky is a writer, editor and audio publisher and holds a Master’s in Classical Greek Mythology. She was featured in Women’s Enews with an article on Wonder Woman and San Diego Comic Con and appears frequently at Comics Conventions throughout the US speaking about early comic book history.]

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8. J.K. Rowling releasing new Umbridge short story

Pottermore has announced that J.K. Rowling intends to give us a treat, instead of a trick, this Halloween. Our favorite author has penned new material to add to Professor Umbridge’s character profile on Pottermore. The new addition will be a 1,700 word back story of the infamous Dolorous Umbridge. The update post on Pottermore reads:

 

“Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters, she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry. The new exclusive J.K. Rowling content provides a rich, 1,700-word back story about Umbridge’s life filled with many new details, as well as Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character.”

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9. NYCC ’14 wrap-up: on the clearing of rooms and who’s bigger

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Photo by Angel of Girls Read Comics

I know there are a few panel wrap ups still coming down the pike here and there, but I wanted to essentially wrap up my NYCC coverage with a look a two issues which seem to catch everyone’s attention: the announced attendance of 151,000 and the brand new practice of clearing rooms between panels in the Main Stage.

§ First off, when it was announce NYCC had sold 151,000 tickets, it was quickly assumed by everyone that NYCC was bigger than SDCC, which has an attendance of 130,000. But is this true? In a piece called New York Comic Con Probably Isn’t Bigger Than San Diego Comic-Con Kerry Dixon talks to NYCC showrunner Lance Fensterman who reveals that they count a ticket as a ticket; while SDCC uses the member ID and counts a person as a person. Thus at NYCC a person could buy two tickets and be two people.

“If someone bought a single day Friday and single day Sunday that would be 2 tickets sold,” Fensterman said.
This means, essentially, that New York Comic Con sold 151,000 tickets all combined, but the number of actual, unique attendees is less than that. After all, if even 1,000 attendees purchased two single day tickets, they would be counted as 2,000 people, even though this isn’t Orphan Black and attendees aren’t being cloned left and right.
If even 10,000 people purchased two single day badges (and that number is likely significantly higher)? The system is counting them at 20,000 people.

Fensterman goes on to say

“We have no way to determine who is using those tickets [nor] does it really make any material difference,” Fensterman said. “We theoretically could parse that data in any number of ways depending on how much time and effort and resource we want to put into it.  But ultimately the unique ticket sold metric seems to balance giving the most accurate representation of the size of the audience without us going nuts parsing data that really does not add that much value to the customers.”

That’s fair enough, given the way ReedPOP runs shows—they have never been interested in using visible ways to attach a person to a badge—only exhibitors even have an area to WRITE THEIR NAME on their badge—and instead invested in a costly RFID system. For any Kremlinologists out there, I want to point out that when I interviewed Fensterman after the show, he was very careful not to claim that NYCC is larger than SDCC, and while we didn’t get into it as clearly as the USDCCB folks did, he did point out that the number represented “announced tickets sold.”

This is one reason why I have never updated my “biggest cons” chart—some shows use the one person method, some use the one ticket method…and others use a phony method. It’s apple oranges and kumquats. As far as I know, the San Diego folks and the ReedPOP folks have always been very consistent and upfront about their number reporting…it is just a different kind of number being reported.

That said, while it is pretty obvious to anyone who goes to both that more people go to San Diego in and around their Comic-Con, the media narrative will now be that New York’s show is the biggest. I don’t think the CCI folks will lose too much sleep over this, as their show is still the biggest entertainment event in the US.

§ BUT WHAT ABOUT THE ROOM CLEARING???? Was this the last blow against a free society or a new path to enlightenment for people who don’t like to sleep out on the concrete like a homeless person?

As you may recall. this year for the first time at a comic-con, the room where the big showbiz events—Walking Dead, Disney—took place was cleared between each panel. In order to get in you had to line up every morning and get a wristband for your desired panel and then come back later. ReedPOP has used room clearing between panels at some of their Star Wars events so that emboldened them to try it at NYCC, and from all accounts, it went okay. There was one ReedPOP employee caught selling wristbands by a stringer for Bleeding Cool, and that is maybe a bigger issue even as it shows a lack of staff integrity:

Not sure if anyone heard but they caught a volunteer selling wristbands for the walking dead panel on Saturday.  Well Reed Pop didn’t catch them it was reported to them by a reporter and they eventually identified who it was but that was after the panel was already over. I think that only actual paid staff should be giving out and allowed access to the wristbands especially for the big crazy panels like the walking dead. Now paid staff could i guess do the same thing but I think someone is less likely to risk their job over making a few bucks selling wristbands then a volunteer would be since really the only thing that happened to the volunteer that got caught is they were banned. The problem wasn’t wide spread but could become so it does show they do need to have a little more controlled access to the wristbands and to who has access and distributes them for next year.

The main improvement over the room clearing system is that you line up in the morning (or overnight) and by noon you know if you are getting in or not and are free to go spend the rest of the day doing fun things. The Unofficial SDCC blog has a discussion of the matter, and commenters seem to think that the more policies you put in place about getting into Hall H, the earlier people will camp out—in fact, someone is camped out for the 2015 TeenWolf panel right now! The logistical problems of having (in theory) some 30,000 people sleep out over night for six or seven panels in HALL H each day would seem to indicate that room clearing is not a no brainer for San Diego. But it did work for NYCC, where crowd control is a work in progress.

There’s more discussion on the room clearing matter at Girls Read Comics:

However, the system isn’t without its flaws. It doesn’t prevent people lining up in the middle of the night to be the first inside the convention center for wristbands. If the success that NYCC had with this year gives Comic Con International the idea to implement a similar system in San Diego, camping out all night for Hall H will just become camping out all night for Hall H wristbands. Yes, the problem of having to room-sit could be solved, but that still means that fans not willing to wait outside at four in the morning will be completely out of luck. That turned out to be the case with the Walking Dead panel at NYCC this year– some convention-goers got in line as early as 5 a.m. to be first in line for wristbands when the Javits Center opened its doors at 10. There were also reports of volunteers offering to sell wristbands to popular panels. There’s also the problem of wanting to see two popular panels on the same day. With NYCC’s current system, you can’t grab a wristband for someone else, so the current system has the advantage there. It’s a win/lose situation, either way you look at it.

§ One last thing, which I’ve mentioned before and in podcasts about NYCC, but the one complaint I heard from many exhibitors was NOT ENOUGH SECURITY ON THE FLOOR. As cons have gotten more crowded, I’ve observed that a visible and active security force is necessary to give an idea of structure and keep crowds in a docile state. NYCC autograph lines are insane, no one knows’ where it’s safe to line up, and it’s a testament to the generally genial nature of the crowd that no one gets hurt. This does need to change, however and the show floor needs to be run in a more strict fashion. Robert Kirkman as signing at the Image Booth on saturday and there was a huge unruly eyebrow of a crowd that needed to be waxed into shape. (The other biggest line I personally saw was for Tiny Rooster Teeth — those guys are huge!)

I also suggested on the PW Comics World More to Come podcast that if NYCC needs to raise revenue, they could raise ticket prices. A four day pass, if you could get one was $95, which seems like a lot of money but really is pretty reasonable. I know that for someone who hasn’t paid to get into a con in 20 years to suggest raising ticket prices is a bit cavalier of me, but the show has as many people as it can handle at the horrific Javits. We’re not dumb here, we know that show is expensive, and the way to increase revenue is NOT to sell more tickets.

All that said, this show had reached a nadir of dread anticipation among almost every pro of my acquaintance, and it turned out…it was pretty good. People had a way better time than they expected. The panels I did went GREAT and the journalism panel was better attended than the San Diego one, with a more engaged audience. If there is one thing that NYCC needs more of it is programming! The panels took a decided turn upwards this year, and seemed to be very well attended. There may well be no place to put more panels, as all the empty space at Javits is used to queue people up—people can’t be lined up outside because of the potential for rain, etc. But where there is a will there is a way.

Finally, there is one problem that I heard addressed only on the show floor—the horrible lines for the ladies restrooms. There are generally way too few bathrooms at the Javits to begin with, but it’s especially bad as female cosplayers use the stalls to change. The ones I was in line with apologized for taking up stalls and time, but said there is no changing room. I did hear that there IS a changing room, but was never able to confirm this one way or another. I understand that setting aside an area for people to change clothes may not be possible from a logistical standpoint, but if there is anyway to free up the immense piddle lines at NYCC, that would be great. That said, don’t wait until the last minute.

And with that, we’re outta here.

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10. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: September 2014: There’s life in that there death

deathofwolverine2 Marvel Month to Month Sales: September 2014: Theres life in that there death

by Jason Enright

September is always an interesting month because DC does its big line-wide event with crazy covers and Marvel has to find a way to compete. The answer this year was Death of Wolverine, which shipped two issues this month and landed the number 1 and number 2 spots. DC still won overall market share, but Marvel still managed to make a few headlines themselves and capture those top two spots. Beyond those books, there is a lot of standard attrition this month and a lot of books ramping up for AXIS which is likely to lead into several new series and rebooted series over the next few months. Below is a breakdown of some of this month’s stats which includes a rise in the number of $4.99 books, which is very interesting.

79 books in total
11 double shipped books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books (8 if you count the Ultimates)
2 Annuals
4 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

2 titles over 100,000 copies
2 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
13 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
27 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
35 titles under 25,000
14 $4.99 books
61 $3.99 books
4 $2.99 books

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

1, 2. WOLVERINE
09/04  Wolverine v3 #19 –  65,042
09/09  Wolverine v3 #78 -  60,651
09/11  Wolverine v4 #16 -  37,796	 
09/12	 Wolverine #313	 -  39,262	 
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09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #4  -  37,732  (  -7.4%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #5  -  37,563  (  -0.4%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #6  -  35,571  (  -5.3%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #7  -  35,039  (  -1.5%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #8  -  40,491  (  15.6%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #9  -  32,333  (   4.5%)
07/14  Wolverine v6 #10 -  47,813  (  12.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #11 -  49,181  (   2.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570  (   2.8%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #1 – 261,975  (418.0%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #2 - 129,999  (-50.4%)
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6 mnth  ( 219.1%)
1 year  ( 261.9%)
2 year  ( 231.0%)
3 year  ( 243.9%)
5 year  ( 114.3%)
10 year (  99.1%)

What does it take to give Wolverine the best sales he has had in years? You just have to kill him. This is going to be a 4 part series, and the first two issues bring in Marvel’s best sales this month. This is a 4 issue series split over 2 months and it will be interesting to see if the final issue (where Wolverine actually dies) gets a big sales spike like issue 1 did.

5. Amazing SPIDER-MAN
09/04  Am Spi #511  –  87,231
09/09  Am Spi #603  -	62,517
09/11  Am Spi #669  -	71,944
09/12  Am Spi #694  -  58,461
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09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118 (+14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178 (-10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671 ( +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309 ( +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940 (-12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250 ( +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105 ( -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131 ( -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311 (  1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591 ( -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405 ( 19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477 (-12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568 (  1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431 ( -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484 ( 79.6%)[13,234]
04/14  Amazing v3 #1- 532,586 (293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2- 123,945 (-76.7%)
06/14  Amazing v3 #3- 109,029 (-12.0%)
07/14  Amazing v3 #4- 117,917 (  8.2%)O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Amazing v3 #5- 101,655 (-13.8%)O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Amazing v3 #6-  93,564 ( -8.0%)
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6 mnth  (  24.0%)
1 year  (  16.7%)
2 year  (  25.0%)
3 year  (   1.3%)
5 year  (  16.6%)
10 year (   7.3%)

Spider-Man is settling down a bit after its big launch and Original Sin Tie-In issues, but with Spider-Verse right around the corner, it should get another sales boost soon.

7. Original Sin
04/14  Original Sin #0 -  73,024 [6,166] 
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045  (101.4%)
05/14  Original Sin #2 -  92,643  (-37.0%)
06/14  Original Sin #3 –  93,351  (  0.8%)
06/14  Original Sin #4 -  88,508  ( -5.2%)
07/14  Original Sin #5 -  91,420  (  3.3%)
07/14  Original Sin #6 -  89,324  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #7 -  91,291  (  2.2%)
09/14  Original Sin #8 -  90,478  ( -0.9%)

Original Sin stayed remarkably stable around 90k for its entire run and its tie-ins boosted a lot of other books. People say they hate events, but these books bring in a lot of money for Marvel and boost the whole line, so it is very clear why Marvel keeps doing them.

12. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
---
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[13,234]
08/14  Superior #32 -  87,604  ( -35.3%)
09/14  Superior #33 -  72,894  ( -16.8%)
---
6 mnth  (  -3.4%)
1 year  (  -9.1%)

Superior Spider-man has returned for Spider-Verse and the numbers are falling a little more quickly than his previous run. This title will go away again next month as it is absorbed back into Spider-Verse.

22. Amazing Spider-Man #1.X
05/14  Amazing Spi #1.1  - 116,555 
06/14  Amazing Spi #1.2  -  86,315  (-25.9%)
07/14  Amazing Spi #1.3  -  74,285  (-13.9%)
08/14  Amazing Spi #1.4  -  66,431  (-10.6%)
09/14  Amazing Spi #1.5  -  63,986  ( -3.7%)

The final issue for this 5 part miniseries ends very strongly and this being a Spider-Man year one type book will probably help it become a strong trade paperback seller.

27, 40, 46. Edge of Spider-Verse
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #1  - 59,237 
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #2  - 54,415  (-8.1%)
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #3  - 51,530  (-5.3%)

Edge of Spider-Verse is a 5 part series with each issue focusing on a new Spider character that will be important in Spider-Verse. All of them are doing quite well so far and word is that many of them have sold out of their initial print runs.

28. UNCANNY X-MEN
09/04 Unc X-Men #449   – 93,894
09/09 Unc X-Men #515   – 73,523
09/11 Unc X-Men #543   - 58,326
09/12 Unc X-Men v2 #18 - 59,794
---
09/13 Unc X-Men v3 #12 - 76,790 (+16.9%)
10/13 Unc X-Men v3 #13 - 75,202 ( -2.1%)
11/13 Unc X-Men v3 #14 - 65,655 (-12.7%)
12/13 Unc X-Men #15.INH- 62,692 ( -4.5%)
01/14 Unc X-Men v3 #16 - 58,676 ( -6.4%)
02/14 Unc X-Men v3 #17 – 56,163 ( -4.3%)
03/14 Unc X-Men v3 #18 - 54,902 ( -2.2%)
03/14 Unc X-Men #19.NOW- 64,514 ( 17.5%)
04/14 Unc X-Men v3 #20 - 55,359 (-14.2%)
05/14 Unc X-Men v3 #21 - 54,747 ( -1.1%)
06/14 Unc X-Men v3 #22 - 52,731 ( -3.7%)
07/14 Unc X-Men v3 #23 - 55,738 (  5.7%)
07/14 Unc X-Men v3 #24 - 53,677 (5.7%)[5,627]O.S.T
08/14  ---
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #25 - 58,062 (  8.2%)O.S.T
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #26 - 51,862 (-10.7%)
---
6 mnth  ( -19.6%)
1 year  ( -32.5%)
2 year  ( -13.0%)
3 year  ( -11.1%)
5 year  ( -29.5%)
10 year ( -44.8%)

Issue 25 was an Original Sin Tie-In and had a S.H.I.E.L.D. variant which gave it a nice sales boost, but then issue 26 fell back down to where the sales would have been before Original Sin. It will be interesting to see if it falls below 50k and how long it stays there.

29, 66. DEADPOOL
09/09  Deadpool v3 #14  - 50,436  
09/11  Deadpool v3 #42 -  26,643 
09/12  Deadpool v3 #59 -  28,351 
---
09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
04/14  Deadpool v4 #27 -  62,037  (  40.5%)[1,992]
05/14  Deadpool v4 #28 -  45,858  (  26.1%)
05/14  Deadpool v4 #29 -  52,403  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
06/14  Deadpool v4 #30 -  54,072  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #31 -  49,930  (  -7.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #32 -  46,829  (  -6.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Deadpool v4 #33 -  50,023  (   6.8%) O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Deadpool v4 #34 -  58,034  (  16.0%) 
09/14  Deadpool v4 #35 -  43,554  ( -25.0%) 
---
6 mnth  (  -1.3%)
1 year  (  -4.0%)
2 year  (  54.0%)
3 year  (  63.5%)
5 year  ( -13.6%)

Deadpool 34 had a 3D dancing Deadpool variant which helped boost sales, but issue 35 dropped right back down to the low 40k range where the sales were before the Original Sin tie-ins.

36. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
09/09 Guardians v2 #18 -  24,875
---
09/13 Guardians v3 #6  - 69,030 (-37.5%)
10/13 Guardians v3 #7  - 68,647 ( -0.6%)
10/13 Guardians v3 #8  - 63,494 ( -7.5%)
11/13 ---
12/13 Guardians v3 #9  - 57,665 ( -9.2%)
12/13 Guardians v3 #10 - 53,527 ( -7.2%)
01/14 Guardian #11.NOW - 61,111 ( 14.7%)
02/14 Guardians v3 #12 - 55,454 ( -9.3%)
03/14 Guardians v3 #13 - 56,764 (  2.4%)
04/14 Guardians v3 #14 - 53,976 ( -4.9%)
05/14 Guardians v3 #15 - 54,332 (  0.7%)
06/14 Guardians v3 #16 - 54,827 (  0.9%)
07/14 Guardians v3 #17 - 62,986 ( 14.9%)
08/14 Guardians v3 #18 - 60,657 ( -3.7%) O.S.T
09/14 Guardians v3 #19 - 55,891 ( -7.9%) O.S.T
---
6 mnth  (   -1.5%)
1 year  (  -19.0%)
5 year  (  124.7%)

The second Original Sin Tie-In issue drops 5k issues but it still stays around 55k. As the fanfare of the movie dies down, I wonder if the series will continue to be able to support these sales numbers and all the spin-off series. There is also an upcoming crossover event with the X books that should boost sales for both series.

39. ALL-NEW X-MEN
---
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #25 -  63,827  (  0.1%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #26 -  58,918  ( -7.7%)
05/14  All-New X-Men #27 -  62,269  (  5.7%)
06/14  All-New X-Men #28 -  57,135  ( -8.2%)
07/14  All-New X-Men #29 -  58,817  (  2.9%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
09/14  All-New X-Men #32 -  54,654  ( -6.6%)
---
6 mnth  ( -14.3%)
1 year  ( -35.1%)

All-New X-Men has been bouncing around between 54k and 58k for the last few months. Bendis currently has the X-Men in the Ultimate Universe interacting with Miles Morales for the next few months, and with the Ultimate universe slumping in sales it will be interesting to watch how that affects this book’s numbers.

43. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
09/04  Thor v2 #84  - 37,340
09/09  Thor    #603 - 65,210
09/11  Thor v4 #4   - 45,231  
09/12  Thor v4 #19  - 30,289 
---
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%)
04/14  Thor v5 #21 – 38,055  (  0.4%)
05/14  Thor v5 #22 – 36,945  ( -2.9%)
06/14  Thor v5 #23 – 36,540  ( -1.1%)
07/14  Thor v5 #24 – 38,330  (  4.9%)
08/14  ---
09/14  Thor v5 #25 – 53,047  (  38.4%)
---
6 mnth  (  40.0%)
1 year  (  10.5%)
2 year  (  75.0%)
3 year  (  17.3%)
5 year  ( -18.7%)
10 year (  42.1%)

Thor #25 is the final issue before next month’s relaunch with the new female Thor. It was an oversized issue with several variants, and gave the series a nice boost before the relaunch.

44. ROCKET RACCOON
07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1 - 293,913  ( --- )[7,738]
08/14  Rocket Raccoon #2 -  56,597  (-80.7%)
09/14  Rocket Raccoon #3 -  52,288  ( -7.6%)

Rocket Raccoon is stabilizing nicely with a very small issue 3 drop. Looks like Marvel has another big hit on its hands.

49, 60. AVENGERS
09/04 Avengers   #502 –  93,100
09/11 Avengers v4 #17 –  61,492
09/12 Avengers v4 #30 -  58,609
---
09/13 Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489 (+23.8%)
09/13 Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388 (-19.6%)
10/13 Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751 ( -3.5%)
10/13 Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735 ( -1.4%)
11/13 Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501 ( -6.0%)
12/13 Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466 (+91.7%)
01/14 Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591 (-48.5%)
02/14 Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775 ( -8.9%)
03/14 Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966 ( -9.7%)
04/14 Avengers v5 #28 -  52,808 ( -2.1%)
05/14 Avengers v5 #29 -  58,661 ( 11.1%)
05/14 Avengers v5 #30 -  57,099 ( -2.7%)
06/14 Avengers v5 #31 -  53,933 ( -5.5%) O.S.T
07/14 Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595 (  4.9%) O.S.T
07/14 Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874 ( -8.3%) O.S.T
08/14 Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413 (  4.9%) O.S.T
09/14 Avenge v5 #34.1 -  45,942 (-15.6%) 
09/14 Avengers v5 #35 -  50,629 ( 10.2%) 
---
6 mnth  (  -6.2%)
1 year  ( -45.3%)
2 year  ( -14.0%)
3 year  ( -17.7%)
10 year ( -45.6%)

Both issues were 40 page issues and issue 35 is the start of the new “Time Runs Out” arc that jumps 8 months into the future to the post-AXIS timeline. Marvel recently announced that they are building up to a big Secret Wars event next year and this book will likely play directly into it. At some point before or after that event, this book will likely relaunch.

52. UNCANNY AVENGERS
---
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357 (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597 (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750 ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035 ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670 ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181 ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516 ( 19.4%)
04/14  Uncanny Avengers #19 – 52,381 (-17.5%)
05/14  Uncanny Avengers #20 – 51,886 ( -0.9%)
06/14  Uncanny Avengers #21 – 49,762 ( -4.1%)
07/14  Uncanny Avengers #22 – 50,253 (  1.0%)
08/14  Uncanny Avengers #23 – 50,974 (  1.4%)
09/14  Uncanny Avengers #24 – 49,469 ( -3.0%) AXIS
---
6 mnth  ( -22.1%)
1 year  ( -25.4%)

Uncanny Avengers #24 is a build-up issue that leads into AXIS. This book will go away with issue 25 as AXIS starts next month and then will be relaunching in January with a new post-AXIS lineup.

64. NEW AVENGERS
09/09  New Avengers v1 #56 -  85,526  
09/11  New Avengers v2 #16 -  57,959  
09/12  New Avengers v2 #30 -  56,742  
---
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  ( -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  ( -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  (-10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  ( -6.9%)
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
04/14  New Avengers v3 #17 -  45,885  ( -5.8%)
05/14  New Avengers v3 #18 -  43,668  ( -4.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #19 -  41,989  ( -3.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #20 -  43,962  ( -0.1%)
07/14  New Avengers v3 #21 -  42,699  (  1.8%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #22 -  42,797  (  0.2%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #23 -  40,018  ( -6.3%)
09/14  New Avengers v3 #24 -  45,123  (-12.8%)
---
6 mnth  (  -7.4%)
1 year  ( -25.6%)
2 year  ( -20.0%)
3 year  ( -22.1%)
5 year  ( -47.2%)

New Avengers is also jumping 8 months into the future to a post-AXIS storyline and gets a nice sales boost of 5k issues.

67. SPIDER-MAN 2099
07/14 Spider-Man 2099 #1 - 90,690 ( --- )[6,461]
08/14 Spider-Man 2099 #2 - 47,512 (-47.6%)
09/14 Spider-Man 2099 #3 - 43,418 ( -8.6%)

Spider-Man 2099 is leveling out nicely after a big first issue drop and with tie-ins to the upcoming Spider-Verse event it should be able to hold on to these sales for a while.

68. ORIGINAL SIN #5.X
---
07/14  Original Sin #5.1 – 48,596
07/14  Original Sin #5.2 – 46,110 (  -5.1%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.3 – 44,139 (  -4.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.4 – 42,665 (  -3.3%)
09/14  Original Sin #5.5 – 43,399 (   1.7%)

The final issue of this Thor/Loki/Angela crossover ends with pretty solid numbers and sets Angela up for a nice debut next month. It will be interesting to see how that book debuts.

70, 83. DEADPOOL vs.
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #1 – 57,275 [4,497]
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #2 – 49,374  (-13.8%)[2,757]
05/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #3 – 46,688  ( -5.4%)
06/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #4 – 47,228  (  1.2%)
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #1 - 54,762  ( --- )
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #2 - 45,047  (-17.7%)
08/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #3 - 38,471  (-14.6%)
09/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #4 – 35,748  ( -7.1%)
09/14  Dpool vs. Hawkeye #0 – 42,960  ( 20.2%)

The latest Deadpool Vs. book brings Hawkeye into the fold. It debuts slightly better than where Deadpool vs. X-Force ended but not as good as high as the last two series debuted. I am really interested to see how long they can get money out of the Deadpool cash cow with all these spin-offs.

75. Deadpool Bi-Annual
09/14  Deadpool Bi-Annual #1  -  38,709  (---)

Speaking of the Deadpool cash cow, here we have a Bi-annual. It still sold pretty well, and it looks like Deadpool and all the spinoffs are here to stay.

81. DAREDEVIL
09/04  Daredevil v2 #64  – 52,256
09/11  Daredevil v3 #4   – 40,311
09/12  Daredevil v3 #18  - 37,185 
---
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)[1,948]
04/14  Daredevil #1.50  - 48,462  (-36.2%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
05/14  Daredevil v4 #3  - 39,316  (-8.2%)
06/14  Daredevil v4 #4  - 37,902  (-3.6%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #5  - 36,825  (-2.8%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #6  - 37,959  ( 3.1%)
07/14  Daredevil  #0.1  - 33,437
08/14  Daredevil v4 #7  - 36,785  (-3.1%)
09/14  Daredevil v4 #8  - 37,739  ( 2.6%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -50.3%)
1 Year  (   2.9%)
2 Year  (   1.0%)
3 Year  (  -6.4%)
10 Year ( -27.8%)

Daredevil is incredibly stable around 36 to 37k. Marvel needs more of these solid sellers.

84. MOON KNIGHT
09/09  Vengeance of MK#1  -  32,370  
09/11  Moon Knight v4 #5  -  28,423  
---
03/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- ) [7,266]
04/14  Moon Knight v5 #2  -  40,885 (-29.5%) [3,621]
05/14  Moon Knight v5 #3  -  42,607 (  4.2%)
06/14  Moon Knight v5 #4  -  40,348 ( -5.3%)
07/14  Moon Knight v5 #5  -  38,630 ( -4.3%)
08/14  Moon Knight v5 #6  -  37,646 ( -2.5%)
09/14  Moon Knight v5 #7  -  35,630 ( -5.4%)
---
6 Mnth  (-38.6%)
3 year  ( 25.4%)
5 year  ( 10.1%)

Season 2 of Moon Knight is here. The change in creative team didn’t hurt or help the book really. This is just standard attrition. Of course, over the next few months the creative team change might have a stronger effect as fans choose whether or not to stick with the book.

85. AMAZING X-MEN
09/04  Astonishing X-Men #3  - 131,544  
09/11  Astonishing X-Men #42 -  32,700  
09/12  Astonishing X-Men #54 -  30,225  
---
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
04/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #6   -  45,095  (  -2.5%)
05/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #7   -  42,512  (  -5.7%)
06/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #8   -  41,613  (  -2.1%)
07/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #9   -  40,562  (  -2.5%)
08/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #10  -  36,405  ( -10.2%)
09/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #11  -  34,552  (  -5.1%)
---
6  mnth  ( -25.3%)
1  year  (  64.2%)
2  year  (  14.0%)
3  year  (   5.7%)
10 year  ( -73.7%)

Amazing X-Men continues to drop a little more than standard attrition each month. After the current Wendigo storyline, it will have some AXIS issues, which should give it a bit of a sales boost.

86. HAWKEYE
09/12  Hawkeye v4 #2 - 33,563
---
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%)
04/14  Hawkeye v4 #18 – 35,045  ( -1.4%)
05/14  ---
06/14  ---
07/14  Hawkeye v4 #19 – 34,131  ( -2.6%)
08/14  ---
09/14  Hawkeye v4 #20 – 34,169  (  0.1%)
---
6 mnth  (  -2.5%)
2 year  (   2.0%)

Hawkeye is ending with issue #22 and the sales are staying solidly around 34k. At NYCC, they announced that Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez will be taking over with a new Hawkeye #1 next year, and it will be interesting to see if the sales can be as steady as this volume, and if the schedule can be a bit more consistent.

87. MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN
09/04  Ult. Spider-Man v1 #64 –  94,684
09/09  Ult. Spider-Man v2 #1  –  85,917
09/12  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #13 -  42,642
---
09/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #27 - 32,200  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #28 - 31,462  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Cataclysm USM #1 of 3  - 36,541  (+16.1%)
12/13  Cataclysm USM #2 of 3  - 30,293  (-17.1%)
01/14  Cataclysm USM #3 of 3  - 27,650  ( -8.7%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Ult. Spider-Man #200   - 41,608  ( 50.5%)
05/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #1 - 45,864  ( 10.2%)
06/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #2 - 38,231  (-16.6%)
07/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #3 - 37,240  ( -2.6%)
08/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #4 - 34,836  ( -6.5%)
09/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #5 - 34,140  ( -2.0%)
---
1 year  ( -20.0%)
2 year  ( -18.0%)
5 year  ( -60.3%)
10 year ( -63.9%)

The sales for Mile Morales are staying very consistent which is good seeing as how the rest of the Ultimate books aren’t doing very well.

88. X-MEN
09/04  X-Men v2 #162 -  89,873  
09/11  X-Men v3 #18  -  42,066  
09/12  X-Men v3 #36  -  31,996  
---
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
04/14  X-Men v4 #13 -  42,065  (  -4.7%)
05/14  X-Men v4 #14 -  39,499  (  -6.1%)
06/14  X-Men v4 #15 -  38,271  (  -3.1%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #16 -  38,937  (   1.7%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #17 -  36,255  (  -6.9%)
08/14  X-Men v4 #18 -  35,543  (  -2.0%)
09/14  X-Men v4 #19 -  33,737  (  -5.1%)
---
6  mnth  ( -23.6%)
1  year  ( -54.0%)
2  year  (   5.0%)
3  year  ( -19.8%)
10 year  ( -62.5%)

Standard attrition for X-men but a new creative team is starting in January which should help boost sales.

89. CAPTAIN AMERICA
09/04 Captain America v4 #31 - 37,126  
09/09 Cap America Reborn #2  –108,240  
09/11 Captain America    #2  - 54,413 
09/12 Captain America v6 #17 - 34,279  
---
09/13 Capt America v7 #11 - 38,521 ( -2.1%)
10/13 Capt America v7 #12 - 38,684 ( +0.4%)
11/13 Capt America v7 #13 - 36,147 ( -6.6%)
12/13 Capt America v7 #14 - 34,532 ( -4.5%)
01/14 Capt America v7 #15 - 33,433 ( -3.2%)
02/14 Capt America#16.Now – 36,534 (  9.3%)
02/14 Capt America v7 #17 – 33,312 ( -8.8%)
03/14 Capt America v7 #18 – 33,642 (  1.0%)
04/14 Capt America v7 #19 – 34,420 (  2.3%)
05/14 Capt America v7 #20 – 30,341 ( -9.3%)
06/14 Capt America v7 #21 – 30,427 (  0.3%)
07/14 Capt America v7 #22 – 34,563 ( 13.6%)
08/14 Capt America v7 #23 – 30,927 (-10.5%)
09/14 Capt America v7 #24 – 33,517 (  8.4%) AXIS
---
6 Mnth  (  -0.4%)
1 Year  ( -13.0%)
2 Year  (  -2.0%)
3 Year  ( -38.4%)
5 Year  ( -69.0%)
10 Year (  -9.7%)

Sales are on the rise as we get closer to a new Captain America #1 in November and the series ties into AXIS.

90. HULK
09/09  Incred Hulk    #602 - 51,540
09/11  Hulk           #41  – 26,084
09/12  Incred Hulk v4 #14  - 33,887
---
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551  ( 144.8%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #2          - 40,590  ( -44.8%)
05/14  Hulk v3 #3          - 37,639  (  -7.3%)
06/14  Hulk v3 #4          - 35,377  (  -6.0%)
08/14  Hulk v3 #5          - 34,903  (  -1.3%)
09/14  Hulk v3 #6          - 33,032  (  -5.4%)
---
6 Mnth  (  10.0%)
1 Year  ( -21.0%)
2 Year  (  -3.0%)
3 Year  ( -26.6%)
5 Year  ( -35.9%)

The change from Mark Waid to Gerry Duggan hasn’t really hurt or helped sales as standard attrition continues.

91. Legendary Star Lord
---
07/14  Star Lord #1 – 78,501
08/14  Star Lord #2 – 37,109 (-52.7%)
09/14  Star Lord #3 – 32,918 (-11.3%)

Star Lord isn’t leveling out as quickly as some of the other new books and isn’t doing nearly as well as Rocket or the main Guardians book. With the announcement of a new Gamora book in early 2015, it will be interesting to see how many spinoffs Guardians can support.

92. INHUMAN 
04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
08/14  Inhuman #3 - 37,159 ( -11.1%) 
08/14  Inhuman #4 - 34,215 (  -7.9%) 
09/14  Inhuman #5 - 32,719 (  -4.4%) 
09/14  Inhuman #6 - 30,761 (  -6.0%)

Inhuman 5 and 6 continues with an attrition that is a little steep. It would be really interesting to see how this book would have fared without the 3 month delay. With the delay this book is dropping a little too fast to be the considered healthy.

93. MS. MARVEL
02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) [15,155]
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%) [3,440]
04/14  Ms. Marvel #3 -  37,140  ( -3.2%)
05/14  Ms. Marvel #4 -  34,839  ( -6.2%)
06/14  Ms. Marvel #5 -  33,795  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Ms. Marvel #6 -  36,041  (  6.6%)
08/14  Ms. Marvel #7 -  32,866  ( -8.8%)
09/14  Ms. Marvel #8 -  32,182  ( -2.1%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -16.1%)

Ms. Marvel continues to be very stable as it does a second arc with lots of Marvel guest stars.

94, 95. Magneto
---
03/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337
04/14  Magneto #2 – 35,772  (-35.4%)[2,297]
05/14  Magneto #3 – 35,504  ( -0.7%)
05/14  Magneto #4 – 33,070  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Magneto #5 – 32,837  ( -0.7%)
07/14  Magneto #6 – 32,675  ( -0.5%)
07/14  Magneto #7 – 31,001  ( -5.1%)
08/14  Magneto #8 – 29,727  ( -4.1%)
09/14  Magneto #9 – 31,563  (  6.2%) AXIS
09/14  Magneto #10– 30,769  ( -2.5%) AXIS
---
6 Mnth  ( -44.4%)

Magneto gets a slight bump as it ties into the lead up to AXIS this month.

72, 73. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
09/12  Wolverine/X-Men #17  - 54,768  
---
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
04/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #3  - 36,407  ( -9.9%)
05/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #4  - 33,521  ( -7.9%)
06/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #5  - 32,511  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #6  - 32,995  (  1.5%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #7  - 30,409  ( -7.8%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #8  - 29,795  ( -2.0%)
09/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #9  - 28,965  ( -2.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -47.0%)
1 Year  ( -51.5%)
2 Year  ( -47.0%)

Wolverine and the X-men will be ending with issue 12 in November to be replaced by Spider-man and the X-Men in December as Spider-man visits the Jean Grey School to mentor the kids following Wolverine’s death.

98. FANTASTIC FOUR
09/04 Fantastic Four #517   – 48,936
09/09 Fantastic Four #571   – 47,428
09/12 Fantastic Four #609   - 35,388
---
09/13 Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426 ( -3.8%)
10/13 Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561 ( +0.4%)
11/13 Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679 ( -9.1%)
12/13 Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610 ( -3.7%)
01/14 Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045 (  1.6%)
02/14 Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775 (134.5%)
03/14 Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569 (-42.9%)
04/14 Fantastic Four v6 #3  - 34,930 ( -7.0%)
05/14 Fantastic Four v6 #4  - 33,263 ( -4.8%)
05/14 Fantastic Four v6 #5  - 33,336 (  0.2%)
06/14 Fantastic Four v6 #6  - 33,177 ( -0.5%) O.S.
07/14 Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687 (  1.5%) O.S.
08/14 Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674 ( -8.9%) O.S.
08/14 Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827 ( -6.0%)
09/14 Fantastic Four v6 #10 - 28,118 ( -2.5%)
---
6 mnth  ( -25.2%)
1 year  ( -10.5%)
2 year  ( -21.0%)
5 year  ( -40.7%)
10 year ( -42.5%)

Fantastic Four sales are low but somewhat stable right now following the Original Sin tie-in. Marvel just announced that the new story arc in January will lead to the end of the Fantastic Four and probably a few months off before a new series launched.

99. Hulk ANNUAL
---
09/14  Hulk Annual #1 – 27,255

The Annual sell about 6k less than the main book which is pretty standard.

102. Loki, Agent of Asgard
---
02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3%)
04/14  Loki #3 -  27,472  (  -1.8%)[2,269]
05/14  Loki #4 -  26,012  (  -7.0%)
06/14  Loki #5 -  24,794  (  -4.7%)
09/14  Loki #6 -  25,131  (   1.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( -10.1%)

Loki gets a nice boost from an AXIS tie-in, putting it back above the 25k mark.

106. Nightcrawler
04/14  Nightcrawler #1 – 49,426
05/14  Nightcrawler #2 – 35,356 (-28.5%)
06/14  Nightcrawler #3 – 31,743 (-10.2%)
07/14  Nightcrawler #4 – 27,990 (-11.8%)
08/14  Nightcrawler #5 – 25,627 ( -8.4%)
09/14  Nightcrawler #6 – 23,921 ( -6.7%)

Nightcrawler continues to drop a little too fast and is nearing that 20k line where books are dangerous.

107. BLACK WIDOW
01/14  Black Widow #1  - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2  - 31,260  ( -42.0%)
02/14  Black Widow #3  – 28,127  ( -10.0%)
03/14  Black Widow #4  – 27,378  (  -2.7%)
04/14  Black Widow #5  – 27,055  (  -1.2%)
05/14  Black Widow #6  – 26,136  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Black Widow #7  – 25,423  (  -2.7%)
07/14  Black Widow #8  – 24,555  (  -3.4%)
08/14  Black Widow #9  – 24,885  (   1.3%)
09/14  Black Widow #10 – 23,687  (  -4.8%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -13.5%)

Black Widow drops another 1000 copies, but there are still issues planned through December and perhaps with the first trade out now it will start to find more readers.

108. PUNISHER
09/04  Punisher v7 #11  – 44,036
09/09  Punisher v8 #9   – 28,400
09/11  Punisher v9 #3   - 26,802
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2    - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2    - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  Punisher v10 #1  – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2  – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3  – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
04/14  Punisher v10 #4  – 28,435  (  -5.0%)
05/14  Punisher v10 #5  – 27,471  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #6  – 26,606  (  -3.1%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #7  – 26,192  (  -1.6%)
07/14  Punisher v10 #8  – 25,957  (  -0.9%)
08/14  Punisher v10 #9  – 25,876  (  -0.3%)
09/14  Punisher v10 #10 – 23,680  (  -8.5%)
---
6 mnth  ( -20.9%)
3 year  ( -11.6%)
5 year  ( -16.6%)
10 year ( -46.2%)

Punisher has a big drop of 2000 issues this month and falls below the 25k mark. It is not in danger yet, but it is getting close.

111. SAVAGE HULK
---
06/14  Savage Hulk #1 – 44,177
07/14  Savage Hulk #2 – 31,194 ( -29.4%)
08/14  Savage Hulk #3 – 24,774 ( -20.6%)
09/14  Savage Hulk #4 – 22,875 ( -7.7%)

The Hulk anthology series continues to drop. Like the Wolverine anthology it seems to be difficult for these to find and hold their audience due to their rotating creative teams and storylines.

112.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)
04/14  Avengers World #5 – 31,110  ( -9.6%)
05/14  Avengers World #6 – 28,969  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Avengers World #7 – 27,854  ( -3.8%)
06/14  Avengers World #8 – 26,912  ( -3.4%)
07/14  Avengers World #9 – 24,771  ( -8.0%)
07/14  Avengers World #10– 24,196  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Avengers World #11– 23,493  ( -2.9%)
09/14  Avengers World #12– 22,375  ( -4.8%)
09/14  Avengers World #13– 21,599  ( -3.5%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.2%)

Avengers World continues its standard attrition of around 3%. It is solicited through issue 16 in December, but with all the shakeups coming to the Avengers lines because of AXIS it could get rebooted.

113. NOVA
09/09  Nova v4 #29 - 23,904
---
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
04/14  Nova v5 #16 – 22,020  (  -4.2%)
05/14  Nova v5 #17 – 21,652  (  -1.7%)
06/14  Nova v5 #18 – 25,875  (  19.5%) O.S.
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S.
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S.
09/14  Nova v5 #21 – 22,338  (  -8.4%) 
---
6 Mnth  (  -2.9%)
1 Year  ( -40.9%)
5 Year  (  -6.6%)

Following the Original Sin tie-ins, Nova drops right back where it was before the tie-in and is on its way to the dreaded 20k mark.

117. STORM
---
07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)
09/14  Storm #3 – 22,078 ( -12.6%)

Storm continues to drop fast which is not good.

118. Iron Fist: Living Weapon
09/04  Iron Fist #6    -  17,985  
---
04/14  Iron Fist LW #1 -  53,613 (  --- )[2,350]
05/14  Iron Fist LW #2 -  33,643 ( -37.2%)
06/14  Iron Fist LW #3 -  29,816 ( -11.4%)
07/14  Iron Fist LW #4 -  26,147 ( -12.3%)
08/14  Iron Fist LW #5 -  24,178 (  -7.5%)
09/14  Iron Fist LW #6 -  21,926 (  -9.3%)
---
10 year (21.9%)

Iron Fist is getting dangerously close to the cancellation line. It is solicited through issue 7 in November which is the start of its second arc.

119. CYCLOPS
---
05/14  Cyclops #1 – 47,468
06/14  Cyclops #2 – 31,132 ( -34.4%)
07/14  Cyclops #3 – 25,925 ( -16.7%)
08/14  Cyclops #4 – 23,305 ( -16.7%)
09/14  Cyclops #5 – 21,874 (  -6.1%)

Issue 5 is the final Greg Rucka issue and the new creative team starts next month. Currently Cyclops is solicited through #8 in December, but it is very close to the danger zone.

121. MIGHTY AVENGERS
09/09  Mighty Avengers   #28 -  61,258  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
04/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #9 -  23,903  ( -4.1%)
05/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #10 - 28,711  ( 20.1%)
06/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #11 - 26,221  ( -8.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #12 - 24,851  ( -5.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #13 - 22,490  ( -9.5%)
09/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #14 - 21,516  ( -4.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.7%)
1 Year  ( -78.9%)
5 Year  ( -64.9%)

Mighty Avengers will be rebooting in November as Captain America & the Mighty Avengers. Hopefully adding the new Captain America to the title will help boost sales.

122. SHE-HULK
09/04  She-Hulk v1  #7  - 25,302
---
02/14  She-Hulk #1      - 41,921  (  --- )[3,270]
03/14  She-Hulk #2      - 26,675  (-36.3%)
04/14  She-Hulk #3      - 27,398  (  2.7%)
05/14  She-Hulk #4      - 25,543  ( -6.8%)
06/14  She-Hulk #5      - 24,736  ( -3.2%)
07/14  She-Hulk #6      - 23,562  ( -3.2%)
08/14  She-Hulk #7      - 22,883  ( -2.9%)
09/14  She-Hulk #8      - 21,349  ( -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth   (-20.0%)
10 Year  (-15.6%)

She-Hulk is getting really close to that 20k mark, but is still solicited through December’s issue 11.

123. X-FORCE
09/04  X-Force v2 #2  - 50,988  
09/09  X-Force v3 #19 - 49,775  
09/11  X-Force v4 #15 - 53,771 
09/12  X-Force v4 #31 - 44,061  
---
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #3  - 29,541  (-10.7%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #4  - 28,067  ( -5.0%)
05/14  X-Force v6 #5  - 26,215  ( -6.6%)
06/14  X-Force v6 #6  - 24,358  ( -7.1%)
07/14  X-Force v6 #7  - 23,675  ( -2.8%)
08/14  X-Force v6 #8  - 22,299  ( -5.8%)
09/14  X-Force v6 #9  - 21,263  ( -4.6%)
---
6 mnth  ( -35.7%)
1 year  ( -41.2%)
2 year  ( -52.0%)
3 year  ( -60.5%)
5 year  ( -57.3%)
10 year ( -58.3%)

X-Force is another series that is very close to the dangerous 20k line, but still solicited through December.

124, 175. Dark Tower: Drawing of Three
---
09/14  Dark tower: DoT #1 – 21,072
09/14  Dark tower: DoT #2 – 12,356  ( -41.4%)

Decent debut followed by a large drop for the last Dark Tower series. This will likely be an under 10k book.

125. CAPTAIN MARVEL
09/09  Ms. Marvel #45        - 30,502  
09/12  Captain Marvel #4     - 24,799  
---
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
05/14  Captain Marvel v7 #3  - 26,057 ( -7.0%)
06/14  Captain Marvel v7 #4  - 24,062 ( -7.7%)
07/14  Captain Marvel v7 #5  - 23,666 ( -1.6%)
08/14  Captain Marvel v7 #6  - 21,221 (-10.3%)
09/14  Captain Marvel v7 #7  - 21,022 ( -0.9%)
---
6 mnth  ( -52.5%)
1 year  (  -8.0%)
2 year  ( -15.0%)
5 year  ( -31.1%)

Captain Marvel is actually fairly steady this month, but that ever present 20k line is very close.

126, 127. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
09/09  X-Factor #49    - 29,909  
09/11  X-Factor #225   - 23,507  
09/12  X-Factor #244   - 22,193  
---
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
04/14  X-Factor v4 #6  - 26,029  (  -2.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #7  - 24,873  (  -4.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #8  - 24,283  (  -2.4%)
06/14  X-Factor v4 #9  - 23,720  (  -2.3%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #10 - 22,563  (  -4.9%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #11 - 22,428  (  -0.6%)
08/14  X-Factor v4 #12 - 21,352  (  -4.8%)
09/14  X-Factor v4 #13 - 20,615  (  -3.5%)
09/14  X-Factor v4 #14 - 20,820  (   1.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -23.8%)
1 Year  (   2.1%)
2 Year  (  -6.0%)
3 Year  ( -11.4%)
5 Year  ( -30.4%)

Although there has not been confirmation from Marvel as far as I can tell, Peter David mentioned that this book would be ending with issue 20 which will likely be out in January or February.

128. THUNDERBOLTS
09/09  Thunderbolts  #136  - 34,002  
09/11  Thunderbolts  #163  - 24,199  
---
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #24 – 22,619  ( -0.4%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #25 – 22,092  ( -2.3%)
05/14  Thunderbolts v2 #26 – 21,771  ( -1.5%)
06/14  Thunderbolts v2 #27 – 21,778  (  0.0%)
07/14  Thunderbolts v2 #28 – 21,652  ( -0.6%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #29 – 21,144  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #30 – 21,016  ( -0.6%)
09/14  Thunderbolts v2 #31 – 20,591  ( -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -9.3%)
1 Year  ( -30.7%)
3 Year  ( -14.9%)
5 Year  ( -39.4%)

Thunderbolts will end with issue 32 next month.

132. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
04/14  Savage Wolverine #17 -  22,350  ( -6.9%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #18 -  21,599  ( -3.4%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #19 -  21,144  ( -2.1%)
06/14  Savage Wolverine #20 -  20,725  ( -2.0%)
07/14  Savage Wolverine #21 -  20,050  ( -3.3%)
08/14  Savage Wolverine #22 -  19,124  ( -4.6%)
09/14  Savage Wolverine #23 -  18,877  ( -1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -21.4%)
1 Year  ( -50.6%)

Final issue of the Wolverine anthology.

133. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
09/11  Ghost Rider #3 - 22,180 
---
03/14  All New Ghost Rider  #1  -  50,072 (  --- )[2,567]
04/14  All New Ghost Rider  #2  -  29,429 (-41.2%)
05/14  All New Ghost Rider  #3  -  27,756 ( -5.7%)
06/14  All New Ghost Rider  #4  -  24,627 (-11.3%)
07/14  All New Ghost Rider  #5  -  21,820 (-11.4%)
08/14  All New Ghost Rider  #6  -  20,679 ( -5.2%)
09/14  All New Ghost Rider  #7  -  18,718 ( -9.5%)
---
6 Mnth ( -62.6%)
3 year ( -15.6%)

There was a rumor that this book might be ending with issue 12 but then Axel Alonso said that wasn’t the case. Still this book seems to be having trouble finding its audience.

134. SECRET AVENGERS
09/11  Secret Avengers    #17 - 44,890
09/12  Secret Avengers    #31 - 35,987
---
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
04/14  Secret Avengers v3 #2  - 24,724  ( -27.4%)
05/14  Secret Avengers v3 #3  - 22,860  (  -7.5%)
06/14  Secret Avengers v3 #4  - 21,335  (  -6.7%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #5  - 20,088  (  -5.8%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #6  - 19,435  (  -3.3%)
08/14  Secret Avengers v3 #7  - 20,017  (   3.0%)
09/14  Secret Avengers v3 #8  - 18,680  (  -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -45.1%)
1 Year  ( -24.9%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)
3 Year  ( -58.4%)

Secret Avengers is currently solicited through issue 11 in December, but its sales are getting pretty low, so it could be in danger of cancellation. Keep an eye on January solicits to see if it gets cancelled or rebooted.

139. ALL-NEW INVADERS
09/04  Invaders #2          - 32,574  
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1  - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2  – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3  – 27,329  (-15.4%)
04/14  All-New Invaders  #4  – 22,927  (-16.1%)
05/14  All-New Invaders  #5  – 21,843  ( -4.7%)
06/14  All-New Invaders  #6  – 23,470  (  7.4%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  All-New Invaders  #7  – 22,332  ( -4.8%) O.S. Tie-In 
07/14  All-New Invaders  #8  – 19,865  (-11.0%) 
08/14  All-New Invaders  #9  – 18,666  ( -6.0%) 
09/14  All-New Invaders  #10 – 17,821  ( -4.5%) 
---
6  Mnth  ( -34.8%)
10 Year  ( -45.3%)

Invaders is another book in trouble. It is currently solicited through issue 13.

147. Elektra
---
04/14  Elektra #1 -  47,676 (  --- )
05/14  Elektra #2 -  26,612 (-44.2%)
06/14  Elektra #3 -  22,773 (-14.4%)
07/14  Elektra #4 -  19,125 (-16.0%)
08/14  Elektra #5 -  17,209 (-10.0%)
09/14  Elektra #6 -  16,136 ( -6.2%)

Elektra is solicited through #9 in December. Hopefully, with the first trade now out, it might be able to find more of an audience.

148. All NEW ULTIMATES
09/09  Ult comics Avengers  #2  - 68,539
09/11  Ult comics Ultimates #2  - 42,728
09/12  Ult comics Ultimates #16 - 30,533
-
09/13  Ultimates v5 #30 -  19,420  ( -1.2%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 3 - 28,422  (+46.4%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 3 - 24,819  (-12.7%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 3 - 21,705  (-12.5%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  All-New Ult #1   - 30,308  ( 39.6%)
05/14  All-New Ult #2   - 24,165  (-20.3%)
06/14  All-New Ult #3   - 21,898  ( -9.4%)
06/14  All-New Ult #4   - 20,561  ( -6.1%)
07/14  All-New Ult #5   - 18,199  (-11.5%)
08/14  All-New Ult #6   - 16,605  ( -8.8%)
08/14  All-New Ult #7   - 16,654  (  0.3%)
09/14  All-New Ult #8   - 16,068  ( -3.5%)
---
1 Year  ( -17.3%)
2 Year  ( -47.0%)
3 Year  ( -76.6%)

All-New Ultimates is solicited through issue 11 in December right now, but there are rumors that January’s issue 12 could be its last before cancellation or possible reboot.

150. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%)
04/14  Superior Foes #11- 18,143  ( -1.6%)
05/14  ---
06/14  Superior Foes #12- 17,826  ( -1.7%)
07/14  Superior Foes #13- 16,903  ( -5.2%)
08/14  Superior Foes #14- 16,604  ( -1.8%)
09/14  Superior Foes #15- 15,824  ( -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -14.2%)
1 Year  ( -47.4%)

Issue 17 will be the final issue in November.

153. MIRACLEMAN
01/14  Miracleman #1  - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2  - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3  – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4  – 23,557  (  -9.3%)
04/14  ---
05/14  Miracleman #5  – 22,399  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Miracleman #6  – 20,598  (  -8.0%)
06/14  Miracleman #7  – 19,123  (  -7.2%)
07/14  Miracleman #8  – 17,654  (  -7.7%)
08/14  Miracleman #9  – 16,466  (  -6.7%)
09/14  Miracleman #10 – 15,409  (  -6.4%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -34.6%)

Miracleman is still going and still shedding around 1000 orders per month.

154. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER
09/11  Avengers Academy #19  - 23,928  
09/12  Avengers Academy #37  - 23,027  
---
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1 - 31,936
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #2 - 23,746  (-25.65)
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #3 - 21,830  ( -8.1%)
05/14  Avengers Undrcvr #4 - 19,696  ( -9.8%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #5 - 18,115  ( -8.0%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #6 - 17,771  ( -9.8%)
07/14  Avengers Undrcvr #7 - 16,705  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #8 - 15,864  ( -5.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #9 - 15,715  ( -0.9%)
09/14  Avengers Undrcvr #10- 15,360  ( -2.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -51.9%)
1 year  ( -30.7%)
2 year  ( -33.0%)
3 year  ( -35.8%)

Final issue.

156, 158. NEW WARRIORS
---
02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #2  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
04/14  New Warriors #3  -  23,105  (-11.2%)
05/14  New Warriors #4  -  19,900  (-13.9%)
06/14  New Warriors #5  -  18,576  ( -6.7%)
06/14  New Warriors #6  -  18,156  ( -2.3%)
07/14  New Warriors #7  -  17,304  ( -4.7%)
08/14  New Warriors #8  -  16,081  ( -7.1%)
09/14  New Warriors #9  -  15,166  ( -5.7%)
09/14  New Warriors #10 -  15,056  ( -0.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -42.1%)

Cancelled with issue 12 in november

172. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO
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%)
04/14  Act One #4 of 5 – 14,855 (  -5.5%)
06/14  Act One #5 of 5 – 13,924 (  -6.3%)
09/14  Act Two #1 of 5 – 13,163 (  -5.5%)

Act Two of Empire of the Dead debuts lower than where Act One ended, which does not look good for long term sales momentum.

173. FIGMENT
---
06/14  Figment #1  -  12,735  (  --- )
07/14  Figment #2  -  11,929  ( -6.3%)
08/14  Figment #3  -  13,105  (  9.9%)
09/14  Figment #4  -  12,843  ( -2.0%)
198. ALL NEW DOOP
---
04/14  All New Doop #1  -  22,614  (  --- )
05/14  All New Doop #2  -  15,022  (-33.6%)
06/14  All New Doop #3  -  12,625  (-16.0%)
07/14  All New Doop #4  -  10,992  (-12.9%)
09/14  All New Doop #5  -  10,006  ( -9.0%)

After a one month delay the Doop series wraps up.

204. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC
---
05/14 Murder Inc #1  -  18,474  (  --- )
06/14 Murder Inc #2  -  13,561  (-26.6%)
07/14 Murder Inc #3  -  11,444  (-15.6%)
08/14 Murder Inc #4  -  10,419  ( -9.0%)
09/14 Murder Inc #5  -   9,729  ( -6.6%)

Bendis’s latest creator-owned book drops below 10k as it continues to drop around 1000 orders a month.

192. POWERS: THE BUREAU  [Icon] 
09/13  Bureau #7    - 10,306  ( -5.3%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Bureau #8    -  9,693  ( -5.9%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Bureau #9    -  8,961  ( -7.6%)
05/14  Bureau #10   -  9,002  (  0.5%)
06/14  ---
07/14  ---
08/14  ---
09/14  Bureau #11   -  8,747  ( -2.8%)

Powers will be relaunched in December in preparation for the new TV show.

6-Month Comparisons

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543.1%	Death of Wolverine #1
219.1%	Death of Wolverine #2
40.0%	Thor God of Thunder #25
31.5%	Deadpool #34
24.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
10.0%	Hulk #6
-0.4%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-1.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #1.5
-1.3%	Deadpool #35
-1.5%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
-2.5%	Hawkeye #20
-2.9%	Nova #21
-3.4%	Superior Spider-Man #33
-6.2%	Avengers #35
-7.4%	New Avengers #24
-9.3%	Thunderbolts #31
-10.0%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-10.1%	Loki Agent of Asgard #6 AXIS
-13.5%	Black Widow #10
-13.7%	Mighty Avengers #14
-14.2%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
-14.3%	All New X-Men #32
-14.9%	Avengers #34.1
-16.1%	Ms Marvel #8
-19.6%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-20.0%	She-Hulk #8
-20.9%	Punisher #10
-21.4%	Savage Wolverine #23
-22.1%	Uncanny Avengers #24 AXIS
-23.6%	X-Men #19
-23.8%	All New X-Factor #14
-24.6%	All New X-Factor #13
-25.2%	Fantastic Four #10
-25.3%	Amazing X-Men #11
-34.6%	Miracleman #10
-34.8%	All New Invaders #10
-35.0%	Avengers World #12
-35.7%	X-Force #9
-37.2%	Avengers World #13
-38.6%	Moon Knight #7
-41.7%	New Warriors #9
-42.1%	New Warriors #10
-43.0%	Magneto #9 AXIS
-44.4%	Magneto #10 AXIS
-45.1%	Secret Avengers #8
-47.0%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-50.3%	Daredevil #8
-51.9%	Avengers Undercover #10
-52.5%	Captain Marvel #7
-62.6%	All New Ghost Rider #7

1 Year Comparisons

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629.3%	Death of Wolverine #1
261.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
64.2%	Amazing X-Men #11
28.0%	Deadpool #34
16.7%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
10.5%	Thor God of Thunder #25
6.0%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
2.9%	Daredevil #8
2.1%	All New X-Factor #14
1.1%	All New X-Factor #13
-4.0%	Deadpool #35
-8.0%	Captain Marvel #7
-9.1%	Superior Spider-Man #33
-10.5%	Fantastic Four #10
-12.4%	Amazing Spider-Man #1.5
-13.0%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-17.3%	All New Ultimates #8
-19.0%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
-21.0%	Hulk #6
-24.4%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-24.9%	Secret Avengers #8
-25.4%	Uncanny Avengers #24 AXIS
-25.6%	New Avengers #24
-30.7%	Thunderbolts #31
-30.7%	Avengers Undercover #10
-32.5%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-35.1%	All New X-Men #32
-40.9%	Nova #21
-41.2%	X-Force #9
-45.3%	Avengers #35
-47.4%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
-50.3%	Avengers #34.1
-50.6%	Savage Wolverine #23
-51.5%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-54.0%	X-Men #19
-78.9%	Mighty Avengers #14

2 Year Comparisons

---

567%	Death of Wolverine #1
231%	Death of Wolverine #2
105%	Deadpool #34
75%	Thor God of Thunder #25
60%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
54%	Deadpool #35
14%	Amazing X-Men #11
5%	X-Men #19
2%	Hawkeye #20
1%	Daredevil #8
-2%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-3%	Hulk #6
-3%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-6%	All New X-Factor #14
-7%	All New X-Factor #13
-13%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-14%	Avengers #35
-15%	Captain Marvel #7
-20%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-20%	New Avengers #24
-21%	Fantastic Four #10
-22%	Avengers #34.1
-33%	Avengers Undercover #10
-47%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-47%	All New Ultimates #8
-48%	Secret Avengers #8
-52%	X-Force #9

3 Year Comparisons

---

593.1%	Death of Wolverine #1
243.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
117.8%	Deadpool #34
63.5%	Deadpool #35
30.1%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
26.6%	Hulk #6
25.4%	Moon Knight #7
17.3%	Thor God of Thunder #25
5.7%	Amazing X-Men #11
-0.5%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-6.4%	Daredevil #8
-11.1%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-11.4%	All New X-Factor #14
-11.6%	Punisher #10
-12.3%	All New X-Factor #13
-14.9%	Thunderbolts #31
-15.6%	All New Ghost Rider #7
-17.7%	Avengers #35
-19.8%	X-Men #19
-22.1%	New Avengers #24
-25.3%	Avengers #34.1
-35.8%	Avengers Undercover #10
-38.4%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-58.4%	Secret Avengers #8
-60.5%	X-Force #9
-62.4%	All New Ultimates #8

5 Year Comparisons

---

331.9%	Death of Wolverine #1
124.7%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
114.3%	Death of Wolverine #2
15.1%	Deadpool #34
10.1%	Moon Knight #7
-6.6%	Nova #21
-13.6%	Deadpool #35
-16.6%	Punisher #10
-18.7%	Thor God of Thunder #25
-21.0%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-29.5%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-30.4%	All New X-Factor #14
-31.1%	All New X-Factor #13
-31.1%	Captain Marvel #7
-35.9%	Hulk #6
-39.4%	Thunderbolts #31
-40.7%	Fantastic Four #10
-66.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
-47.2%	New Avengers #24
-57.3%	X-Force #9
-60.3%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-64.9%	Mighty Avengers #14
-69.0%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-76.6%	All New Ultimates #8

10 Year Comparisons

---

302.8%	Death of Wolverine #1
99.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
42.1%	Thor God of Thunder #25
21.9%	Iron Fist Living Weapon #6
7.3%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
-9.7%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-15.6%	She-Hulk #8
-27.8%	Daredevil #8
-38.2%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-38.7%	Black Widow #10
-42.5%	Fantastic Four #10
-44.8%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-45.3%	All New Invaders #10
-45.6%	Avengers #35
-46.2%	Punisher #10
-50.7%	Avengers #34.1
-58.3%	X-Force #9
-62.5%	X-Men #19
-63.9%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-73.7%	Amazing X-Men #11

Even with DC winning the month overall, Marvel did quite well for itself this month. Death of Wolverine is doing well and AXIS and Spider-verse are right around the corner. Some of their prologue books are already doing quite well. There are some books near the bottom that are on the edge of cancellation but there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon for relaunches after these events wrap up.

One interesting thing to note is that many of the single character series that started as part of Marvel Now are falling into the low 20k range pretty quickly (Cyclops, Storm, She-Hulk, Punisher and a few others). So my questions for you readers are: Do you think that focusing on these characters is a misstep? Do these characters just not have what it takes to hold a solo title, or do you think that perhaps 22k is just what a book like Cyclops is likely to sell? What do other series like Hawkeye, Daredevil, and Ms. Marvel do differently that helps them stay above 30k?

Next month we’ll be looking at Axis, more Death of Wolverine and the new Thor series, which are all expected to deliver high sales.

Until next time, keep reading comics!

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11. 31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and here’s your guide

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Yes, tonight is the night—the third of DC’s fall TV shows debuts on NBC at 10 pm EDT, Constantine starring Matt Ryan as the man, Harold Perrineau as Manny the angel, Charles Halford as best bud Chas, and in the pilot, Lucy Griffiths as the companion, Liv. This role is changed in future episodes to Angelica Celaya as Zed. (In a few stills, Liv bears a striking resemblance to Liz from Garth Marenghi, so perhaps this was for the best.) Also on board eventually, Jeremy Davies, Joey Phillips as Nergal, Miles Anderson as Dr. Roger Huntoon, Michael James Shaw as Papa Midnite. and Emmett Scanlan as Detective Jim Corrigan, who may become the Spectre if pasty white legs become a thing.

The show is brought to you by DC expert David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone whose credits include Charmed, The Mentalist and the first few (good) seasons of Dexter. Cerone is a DC fan and claims that there will be something of the feel of Dexter, which would be okay if it’s the GOOD Dexter.

I’ve had the rough cut of the pilot kicking around for a while but haven’t wached it…I’m told what airs is quite a bit different so I’m happy seeing it with those of you who stay home on Friday night.

If you want to know more about Constantine and his comics history—and I do mean more— Abraham Reisman has written a near definitive guide, with quotes from Karen Berger, Peter Milligan, and even the guy who made Constantine Hellblazer, Jamie Delano, who wrote the first 44 issues of wha would become the Vertigo flagship.

Readers were enchanted. “There was a great buzz about Constantine,” Berger said, recalling the letters she’d receive from fans. “Alan very deftly planned him as this character who kind of drifted in and drifted out, leaving clues for something ominous and impending.” Which is, of course, the core of what keeps readers of superhero comics coming back to any given series.

Nearly all the subsequent Constantine writers I spoke to remembered how those Swamp Thing issues gripped them — especially because he gave so little away about his origins or what he knew. “You know that quotation from Moby-Dick, ‘It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him’?” writer Mike Carey said. “That’s how Constantine was in Swamp Thing.”

 

Flavorwire offers five Hellblazer stories to read before the show, and they’re the ones you’d expect—Delano, Gaiman, Ennis, Azzaello, but a nice shout out to the Mike Carey standalone graphic novel.

Hellblazer ran for 300 issues and it’s definitely one of the great horror comics, even given the uneven nature of the various runs. Whiel the TV show is poised to put it more into the popular culture, or sink into oblivion, nothing will change my view of the comics, yadda yadda. I’m trepidatious over how “network” TV will treat this subversive character but is there even such a thing as network TV any more? And comcis have held their own as a culural force now. Let’s face it, you could NEVER EVER get away with casting Keanu Reeves as Constantine any more, and I guess that’s progress of a sort. Reviews have been middling, but it’s only the first episode.

I’ve rounded up some stills from the show, but before we get into that…here’s a few of the classic comic images, four by Glenn Fabry’s whose cover run was phenomenal and one by Leonardo Manco.

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12. Secret Panel Launches Print Series based on Image’s ‘Revival’

by Zachary Clemente

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CHICAGO, IL – October 20, 2014 – New Chicago limited screen print society, Secret Panel, announced today that they are launching their first print series based on the Image Comics series Revival.  A beautiful ‘rural noir’ that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and acclaimed artist MIKE NORTON. Secret Panel will be releasing 3 limited edition prints by Jenny Frison, Angela An, and Randy Ortiz. In addition you can become officially initiated into the Secret Panel by purchasing all 3 prints and receive an additional exclusive 4th print. Limited qty of 140 for $30 each or get all 3 plus the exclusive for $90.

As a fan of both Revival and the wonderful trend of independent collectives and studios launching to make high-quality prints, such as Mondo and Odd City Entertainment, this is great news. So many of Image’s books have a strong design aesthetic so it’s fantastic to see that aspect celebrated through partnerships like this. If you happen to be in the Chicago area (lucky you!), be sure to check out the launch party at Challengers Comics, details below!

Challengers Comics – 845 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647- will be hosting a launch party on Oct. 25th starting at 8pm as part of their annual Halloween party. Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, and Jenny Frison will be on hand. Uptons Naturals will be providing snacks and Secret Panel will be giving away stickers and buttons. All prints will be available for sale at the launch party.

More info here: http://secretpanel.org/events or RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/442162979259967/

Get sneak peeks of upcoming designs and events at:
https://www.facebook.com/secretpanel
http://instagram.com/secretpanel
https://twitter.com/thesecretpanel

Secret Panel’s origins are shrouded in mystery but are rumored to made up of members from Delicious Design League, Threadless, and Arcade Brewery. Secret Panel’s mission is to bring high end collectible screen prints based on indie / creator-owned comics and video games while secretly ruling the world. Get initiated!

Secret Panel’s next series will be for the hit indie video game Hotline Miami

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13. Preparing for the 2014 FDI International Arbitration Moot

The annual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Arbitration Moot gathers academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss developments and gain a greater understanding of growing international investment, the creation of international investment treaties, domestic legislation, and international investment contracts.

The FDI Moot occurs over the course of six months, and includes regional rounds, which took place in August in New Delhi, Seoul, and Buenos Aires, and concludes with the global finals. Global finals venues rotate each year between Frankfurt, Malibu, Boston, and London.

The 2014 final hearing will be held 24-26 October at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. In this phase, 48 teams from the South Asia, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East regions will compete in the global oral argument preliminary rounds followed by the quarter final, semifinal, and final rounds.

Established practitioners and academics in the international arbitration, investment regulation, construction law, and international economic law fields act as arbitrators or memorandum judges throughout the competition. The arbitrators facilitate hearings during the oral arguments while the memorandum judges assess and score memorials one month before the oral arguments. Oxford University Press will be awarding prizes for the best memorial and counter memorial.

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Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

With three days of oral arguments, this year’s FDI Moot promises to be a busy and exciting weekend. In addition, Malibu, often described as “27 miles of scenic beauty,” is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains, so don’t forget to take some time to check out area attractions.

  • Late October, with an average high temperature of 69°F/21°C, is perfect for exploring one of Malibu’s many beaches. Check out the famous Surfrider Beach and the nearby Malibu Pier.
  • If you’re interested in taking a hike, plan an excursion to Point Mugu State Park, which has more than 70 miles of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • Looking for a day trip? In just 20-30 minutes by car, you can visit Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley.

If you’ll be joining us in Malibu, stop by the Oxford University Press booth where you can browse our journals collection and take advantage of the 20% conference discount on all books. We’re also offering one month of free access to our collection of online law products for all attendees. Looking to brush up on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties in BIT arbitrations in time for the Moot? Check out the recording of our recent Investment Claims Webinar session and accompanying slides.

To follow the latest updates about the 2014 FDI Moot, follow us on Twitter @OUPIntLaw and at the hashtags #FDI14 #FDIMOOT14, and don’t forget to like the FDI Moot Facebook page.

See you in Malibu!

Heading image: Willem C. Vis pre moot at Palacky University of Olomouc by Cimmerian praetor. CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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14. A Halloween horror story : What was it? Part 4

We’re getting ready for Halloween this month by reading the classic horror stories that set the stage for the creepy movies and books we love today. Every Friday this October we’ve unveiled a part of Fitz-James O’Brien’s tale of an unusual entity in What Was It?, a story from the spine-tingling collection of works in Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson, edited by Darryl Jones. Last we left off the narrator, Harry, tried to fight off a mysterious creature fighting him in his bed. His friend Hammond had just come to his rescue.

Hammond stood holding the ends of the cord that bound the Invisible, twisted round his hand, while before him, self-supporting as it were, he beheld a rope laced and interlaced, and stretching tightly around a vacant space. I never saw a man look so thoroughly stricken with awe. Nevertheless his face expressed all the courage and determination which I knew him to possess. His lips, although white, were set firmly, and one could perceive at a glance that, although stricken with fear, he was not daunted.

The confusion that ensued among the guests of the house who were witnesses of this extraordinary scene between Hammond and myself, — who beheld the pantomime of binding this struggling Something, — who beheld me almost sinking from physical exhaustion when my task of jailer was over, — the confusion and terror that took possession of the bystanders, when they saw all this, was beyond description. The weaker ones fled from the apartment. The few who remained clustered near the door and could not be induced to approach Hammond and his Charge. Still incredulity broke out through their terror. They had not the courage to satisfy themselves, and yet they doubted. It was in vain that I begged of some of the men to come near and convince themselves by touch of the existence in that room of a living being which was invisible. They were incredulous, but did not dare to undeceive themselves. How could a solid, living, breathing body be invisible, they asked. My reply was this. I gave a sign to Hammond, and both of us — conquering our fearful repugnance to touch the invisible creature — lifted it from the ground, manacled as it was, and took it to my bed. Its weight was about that of a boy of fourteen.

‘Now, my friends,’ I said, as Hammond and myself held the creature suspended over the bed, ‘I can give you self-evident proof that here is a solid, ponderable body, which, nevertheless, you cannot see. Be good enough to watch the surface of the bed attentively.’

I was astonished at my own courage in treating this strange event so calmly; but I had recovered from my first terror, and felt a sort of scientific pride in the affair, which dominated every other feeling.

The eyes of the bystanders were immediately fixed on my bed. At a given signal Hammond and I let the creature fall. There was the dull sound of a heavy body alighting on a soft mass. The timbers of the bed creaked. A deep impression marked itself distinctly on the pillow, and on the bed itself. The crowd who witnessed this gave a low cry, and rushed from the room. Hammond and I were left alone with our Mystery.

We remained silent for some time, listening to the low, irregular breathing of the creature on the bed, and watching the rustle of the bed-clothes as it impotently struggled to free itself from confinement. Then Hammond spoke.

‘Harry, this is awful.’

‘Ay, awful.’

‘But not unaccountable.’

‘Not unaccountable! What do you mean? Such a thing has never occurred since the birth of the world. I know not what to think, Hammond. God grant that I am not mad, and that this is not an insane fantasy!’

‘Let us reason a little, Harry. Here is a solid body which we touch, but which we cannot see. The fact is so unusual that it strikes us with terror. Is there no parallel, though, for such a phenomenon? Take a piece of pure glass. It is tangible and transparent. A certain chemical coarseness is all that prevents its being so entirely transparent as to be totally invisible. It is not theoretically impossible, mind you, to make a glass which shall not reflect a single ray of light, — a glass so pure and homogeneous in its atoms that the rays from the sun will pass through it as they do through the air, refracted but not reflected. We do not see the air, and yet we feel it.’

‘That’s all very well, Hammond, but these are inanimate substances. Glass does not breathe, air does not breathe. This thing has a heart that palpitates, — a will that moves it, — lungs that play, and inspire and respire.’

‘You forget the phenomena of which we have so often heard of late,’ answered the Doctor, gravely. ‘At the meetings called “spirit circles,” invisible hands have been thrust into the hands of those persons round the table, — warm, fleshly hands that seemed to pulsate with mortal life.’

‘What? Do you think, then, that this thing is — ’

‘I don’t know what it is,’ was the solemn reply; ‘but please the gods I will, with your assistance, thoroughly investigate it.’

Check back next Friday, 31st of October for the final installment. Missed a part of the story? Catch up with part 1, 2, and 3.

Featured image credit: Haunted Hotel Room by Manuel Millway. CC 2.0 via Flickr.

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15. Coded letters reveal an illicit affair and a woman of substance

When an old friend told me he had saved the former Edward Everett Hale house in Matunuck, Rhode Island from demolition and gifted it to a local historical society with an endowment fund for its restoration, I remembered there was a significant collection of E. E. Hale letters at the Library of Congress that might throw light on the house. How could I have guessed this would lead me to uncovering the revered minister’s decades-long love affair with a forgotten, much younger and truly remarkable woman named Harriet E. Freeman?

First I had to unlock the code the writers used in passages throughout some 3,000 surviving letters. As I transcribed the letters, I recognized the “code” as a defunct shorthand, which I traced to its inventor, Thomas Towndrow. Hale taught himself this shorthand while a student at Harvard, and Towndrow’s 1832 textbook became my “Rosetta Stone” to unlocking an intimate, sometimes passionate, and mutually supportive relationship — the nature of which was concealed by the two of them, their families, and generations of Hale biographers.

Hale to Freeman, September 29, 1884. Hale-Freeman Special Correspondence, Hale Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
Hale to Freeman, September 29, 1884. Hale-Freeman Special Correspondence, Hale Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
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Edward Everett Hale in about 1884. Harriet E. Freeman Papers, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.
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Fifteen-year-old Hattie Freeman and her cousin Helen Atkins, 1862. Courtesy of Phoebe Bushway.

Hale’s public life and career are well documented, but who was this Harriet Freeman? As I discovered from reminiscences in the letters, Hale’s special relationship with Freeman had its origins in his close friendship with the wealthy Freeman family, his parishioners since her teenage years. In her early twenties, Freeman began working as a volunteer in Hale’s church, the South Congregational Church in Boston’s South End, just a block away from the Freeman’s town house. Soon, she became his favorite literary amanuensis, to whom he dictated more than half of his sermons and a significant number of his fifty books and countless articles. Their coded expressions of devotion to each other in the letters that begin in 1884, when Hale, married with six surviving children, was 62 and Freeman 37, often seem “over-the-top” in typical Victorian fashion, but the longhand portions of the letters are rich in evidence of their shared intellectual and activist interests and love of the outdoors. Quite simply, they were soul mates.

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Freeman and Hale were photographed in adjoining canoes on Wash Pond behind the Hales’ summer house during her late summer 1887 stay at Matunuck. Copy print in Harriet E. Freeman Papers, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

Far from being just an adjunct to an older man’s life, Freeman fashioned a full and useful life of her own. She had a passion for botany and geology, which she studied at the Teacher’s School of Science (a venture of the Boston Society of Natural History and Boston Tech, later MIT) and then as a special student at Boston Tech, when she participated in multiple field trips in North America. Active in leadership roles in a number of the women’s clubs and organizations that pursued philanthropy and reform in women’s higher education and human rights, she also became a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club once women were allowed to join in 1879. Spending her summers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where Hale joined her for the month of August and other shorter visits, she was an activist for preserving the severely threatened forests of the region, persuading Hale to lend his authority to the cause when he became chaplain to the US Senate in 1904.

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Freeman, at second left, greets a cousin and is accompanied by her naturalist traveling companion and friend Emma Cummings and nephew Fred Freeman at the start of a week-long hike in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in July 1902. From an album of photographs documenting the hike, courtesy of Alan Lowe.

The story of Harriet Freeman and Edward Hale is valuable for two reasons: it sheds new light on the already celebrated E. E. Hale and it comprehensively documents the life of a truly remarkable woman. I began by thinking that “Hattie” could only be overshadowed by the overpowering legend and charismatic personality of Edward Everett Hale. Instead, I found multiple reasons why he felt she transformed his life. At last, and 84 years after her death, the formerly obscure Harriet Freeman is recognized with a profile in American National Biography Online.

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Sara Day at Harriet Freeman’s grave in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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16. Navanethem Pillay on what are human rights for

Today is United Nations Day, celebrating the day that the UN Charter came into force in 1945. We thought it would be an excellent time to share thoughts from one of their former Commissioners to highlight the work this organization undertakes. The following is an edited extract by Navanethem Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from International Human Rights Law, Second Edition.

I was born a non-white in apartheid South Africa. My ancestors were sugarcane cutters. My father was a bus driver. We were poor.

At age 16 I wrote an essay which dealt with the role of South African women in educating children on human rights and which, as it turned out, was indeed fateful. After the essay was published, my community raised funds in order to send this promising, but impecunious, young woman to university.

Despite their efforts and goodwill, I almost did not make it as a lawyer, because when I entered university during the apartheid regime everything and everyone was segregated. However, I persevered. After my graduation I sought an internship, which was mandatory under the law; it was a black lawyer who agreed to take me on board, but he first made me promise that I would not become pregnant. And when I started a law practice on my own, it was not out of choice but because no one would employ a black woman lawyer.

Yet, in the course of my life, I had the privilege to see and experience a complete transformation in my country. Against this background it is no surprise that when I read or recite Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I intimately and profoundly feel its truth. The article stated that: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood’.

The power of rights made it possible for an ever-expanding number of people, people like myself, to claim freedom, equality, justice, and well-being.

Human rights underpin the aspiration to a world in which every man, woman, and child lives free from hunger and protected from oppression, violence, and discrimination, with the benefits of housing, healthcare, education, and opportunity.

Yet for too many people in the world, human rights remain an unfulfilled promise. We live in a world where crimes against humanity are ongoing, and where the most basic economic rights critical to survival are not realized and often not even accorded the high priority they warrant.

The years to come are crucial for sowing the seeds of an improved international partnership that, by drawing on individual and collective resourcefulness and strengths, can meet the global challenges of poverty, discrimination, conflict, scarcity of natural resources, recession, and climate change.

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United Nations Building. Photo by Ashitaka San. CC BY-NC 2.0 via mononoke Flickr.

In 2005, the world leaders at their summit created the UN Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body which replaced the much-criticized UN Human Rights Council, with the mandate of promoting ‘universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all’. The Council began its operations in June 2006. Since then, it has equipped itself with its own institutional architecture and has been engaged in an innovative process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is the Council’s assessment at regular intervals of the human rights record of all UN member states.

In addition, at each session of the Council several country-situations are brought to the fore in addresses and documents delivered by member states, independent experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Today, the Office of the High Commissioner is in a unique position to assist governments and civil society in their efforts to protect and promote human rights. The expansion of its field offices and its presence in more than 50 countries, as well as its increasing and deepening interaction with UN agencies and other crucial partners in government, international organizations, anad civil society are important steps in this direction. With these steps we can more readily strive for practical cooperation leading to the creation of national systems which promote human rights and provide protection and recourse for victims of human rights violations.

In the final instance, however, it is the duty of states, regardless of their political, economic, and cultural systems, to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Our collective responsibility is to assist states to fulfil their obligations and to hold them to account when they do not.

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17. Understanding viruses

The reemergence of the Ebola epidemic provokes the kind of primal fear that has always gripped humans in the face of contagious disease, even though we now know more about how viruses work than ever before. Viruses, like all living organisms, are constantly evolving. This ensures that new viruses and their diseases will always be with us.

For thousands of years, people knew little about the “plagues” that afflicted them and, despite the impossibility to define causality, there were many attempts to explain how they happened.

Thucydides wrote in the History of the Peloponnesian War during the plague of Athens in 431 BCE that

“no pestilence of such extent nor any scourge so destructive of human lives is on record anywhere. For neither were physicians able to cope with the disease, since they at first had to treat it without knowing its nature, the mortality among them being greatest because they were most exposed to it, … And the supplications made at sanctuaries, or appeals to oracles and the like, were futile, and at last men desisted from them, overcome by the calamity.”

Even two thousand years later, scientists were at a loss to explain the workings of contagion. William Harvey, who described the circulation of blood in humans and is quoted in The Works of William Harvey by Tr. Robert Wills, wrote in 1653,

“So do I hold it scarcely less difficult to conceive how pestilence or leprosy should be communicated to a distance by contagion, by (an)…element contained in woolen or linen things, household furniture, even the walls of a house … How, I ask, can contagion, long lurking in such things … after a long lapse of time, produce its like nature in another body? Nor in one or two only, but in many, without respect of strength, sex, age, temperament, or mode of life, and with such violence that the evil can by no art be stayed or mitigated.”

In the absence of information, humankind resorted to any number of explanations for the origins of disease. Physicians, natural philosophers, and religious figures hypothesized causes of contagious diseases based on their view of the way the world worked. Disease theories became part of the discourse about the causes of events such as earthquakes, lightning and the movement of the planets.

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Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses. virus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Viruses are a fascinating group of entities that infect humans, other animals, plants, and bacteria. Their presence was anticipated when on 1 April 1717 Lady Mary Montagu, the wife of the British Ambassador to Turkey, wrote to a friend in England about smallpox. She was delighted to report that the disease did so little mischief. Why? Because an old woman would come with a “nutshell full of the matter of the best sort of small-pox,” (fluid derived from poxes) and immunize the children. The children would suffer some slight fever but soon recover, possibly never to contract the disease. What remained unknown was the contents of the fluid used by the old women to inoculate the children.

Near the close of the 19th century, scientists had come to understand that many plant diseases were caused by fungi, while a number of human diseases, such as tuberculosis, were caused by bacteria. But viruses remained a mystery.

That changed from the late 1880s to 1917, as the result of the discovery of contagious diseases whose causes could not be isolated or observed with ordinary microscopes. These included a contagion of tobacco plants, called mosaic disease, a disease of cattle (foot-and-mouth disease), yellow fever in humans, and another disease that attacked bacteria. It turned out they were all caused by viruses.

But the study of viruses posed unique challenges. Viruses are not cells like pathogenic bacteria or fungi which can multiply independently in their hosts or on artificial media. The agent that caused flu could not be grown in culture, and there was no experimental animal that could be infected. It was also impossible for researchers to visualize the agent of disease. After the great flu epidemic of 1918, scientists made numerous attempts to isolate the agent, but it was not until 1933 that three British investigators discovered that ferrets could be infected by nasal washings from patients with the disease. Thus they proved that an entity contained in nasal material could transmit the disease.

The mysteries of viruses were largely revealed by investigators working with those that infect bacteria. These viruses attracted the attention of researchers who speculated that they might lead to discoveries in the field of genetics. They worked with a virus that infects E. coli — which lives in the intestinal tracts of humans — and, while taking over the machinery of the bacterial cell, causes these bacteria to blow open, releasing hundreds of viral particles. Chemical analysis revealed their composition to be DNA and proteins. These studies contributed significantly to the conclusion that DNA is the genetic material of cellular life.

We now know that viruses that infect humans have their origin in animal populations that are in close contact with humans. Many of the flu viruses originate in Southeast Asia where bird and swine populations live in close proximity to humans. The viruses undergo mutations so that humans must be immunized each year against new strains. The rapid production of astronomical numbers of Ebola virus ensures that new strains will be constantly produced.

We also know that all viruses are composed of DNA or RNA and proteins. Ebola, influenza, polio, and AIDS are caused by RNA viruses. The virus that infects tobacco plants also is an RNA virus. Because we know how they work, we have had some success in interfering with the disease process with various drugs.

All of these modern procedures contribute to understanding the cause of disease. Humankind has long believed that understanding would lead to cures. As Hippocrates stated 2,500 years ago, “To know the cause of a disease and to understand the use of the various methods by which disease may be prevented amounts to the same thing in effect as being able to cure.”

And yet, as we have seen with Ebola, understanding the cause is not always the same as curing. We have arrived at a point in the 21st century where we can mitigate some contagious diseases and prevent other catastrophic diseases such as smallpox. But others will be with us now and in the future, for contagion is a general biological phenomenon, a natural phenomenon. Contagious agents evolve like all living organisms and constantly challenge us to understand their origin, spread and pathology.

Headline Image: Ebola virus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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18. Ripe for retirement?

In 1958, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., the US ambassador to the United Nations, summarized the role of the world organization: “The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace.  Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.”  Some 30 years later another ambassador expressed a different view. “In the developing countries the United Nations… means environmental sanitation, agricultural production, telecommunications, the fight against illiteracy, the great struggle against poverty, ignorance and disease,” remarked Miguel Albornoz of Ecuador in 1985.

These two citations sum up the basic dilemma of the United Nations.  It has always been burdened by high expectations: to keep peace, fix economic injustices, improve educational standards and combat various epidemics and pandemics. But inflated hopes have been tempered by harsh realities. There may not have been a World War III but neither has there been a day’s worth of peace on this quarrelsome globe since 1945. Despite all the efforts of the various UN Agencies (such as the United Nations Development Programme) and related organizations (like the World Bank), there exists a ‘bottom billion’ that survives on less than one dollar a day. The average lifespan in some countries barely exceeds thirty. According to UNESCO 774 million adults around the world lacked basic literacy skills in 2011.

Given such a seemingly dismal record, it is worth asking whether the UN has outlived its usefulness. After all, the organization turns 69 today (October 24th, 2014), a time when many citizens in the industrialized world exchange the stress of daily jobs for leisurely early retirement. Has the UN not had enough of a chance to keep peace and fix the world’s problems? Isn’t the obvious conclusion that the organization is a failure and the earlier it is scrapped the better?

The answer is no.  The UN may not have made the world a perfect place but it has improved it immensely. The UN provides no definite guarantees of peace but it has been – and remains – instrumental for pacifying conflicts and enabling mediation between adversaries. Its humanitarian work is indispensable and saves lives every day. In simple terms: if the UN – or the various subsidiary organization that make up the UN – suddenly disappeared, lives would be lost and livelihoods would be endangered.

Henry Cabot, Jr. By Harris & Ewing. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

In fact, the real question is not whether the UN has outlived its usefulness, but how can the UN perform better in addressing the many tasks it has been charged with?

The answer is twofold. First, the UN needs to be empowered to do what it does best. Today, for example, one of the most pressing global challenges is the potential spread of the Ebola virus. Driven by irrational fear, politicians in a number of countries suggest closing borders in order to safeguard their populations. But the only realistic way of addressing a virus that does not know national borders is surely international collaboration. In practical terms this means additional support for the World Health Organization (WHO), the only truly global organization equipped to deal with infectious diseases. But the WHO, much like the UN itself, is essentially a shoestring operation with a global mandate. Its budget in 2013 was just under 4 billion dollars. The US military spent that amount of money in two days.

Second, the UN must become better at ‘selling’ itself. Too much of what the UN and its specialized agencies do around the world is simply covered in fog. What about child survival and development (UNESCO)? Environmental protection (UNEP) and alleviation of poverty (UNDP)? Peaceful uses of atomic energy (IAEA)? Why do we hear so little about the UN’s (or the International Labour Organization’s) role in improving workers’ rights? Does anyone know that the UNHCR has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize twice (out of a total of 11 Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to the UN, its specialized agencies, related agencies, and staff)? It’s not a bad CV!

We tend to hear, ad nauseam, that the 21st century is a globalized one, filled with global problems but apparently lacking in global solutions. What we tend to forget is the simple fact that there exists an organization that has been addressing such global challenges – with limited resources and without fanfare – for almost seven decades.

Indeed, it seems that in today’s world the UN is more relevant than ever before. At 69 it is certainly not ripe for retirement.

 Featured image credit: United Nations Flags, by Tom Page. CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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19. New World Literature Today

       The November-December issue of World Literature Today, with a focus on 'After the Wall Fell: Dispatches from Central Europe 1989-2014', is now available, a decent chunk of it accessible online -- as is the entire World Literature in Review-reviews section.

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20. Per Petterson Q&A

       At PEN Atlas Tasja Dorkofikis has a Q&A with Per Petterson, author of I Curse the River of Time, etc.

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21. Prize shortlist: T.S.Eliot Prize

       They've announced the ten-title shortlist -- selected from 113 (unnamed, sigh) book submitted for consideration -- for the T.S.Eliot Prize.

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22. Prize shortlists: Prix Femina

       They've announced the shortlists for the French prix Femina -- notable because it has three categories: fiction (French), foreign fiction, and non-fiction.
       There doesn't seem to be an official site, so see, for example, Prix Femina 2014: Le jury dévoile ses finalistes at 20 minutes. Three of the five foreign-fiction finalists are translations of books written int English.

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23. Riverdale: Drama series based on Archie being developed at Fox

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We’ve had a lighthearted take on Archie in the wider media for a long time—from Sugar Sugar to Sabrina, but it’s time to take a more serious look at the world of Riverdale. Greg Berlanti, the tv genius behind Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, is developing a more serious take on the citizens of Riverdale, to be called…RIVERDALE:

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverdale is named after the fictional town where most Archie Comics characters reside and which will serve as the setting for the show. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.

Here are more details on the Archie characters who will take the leap to TV: The series will showcase the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper and rich socialite Veronica Lodge and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books — including Archie’s rival Reggie Mantle and slacker best friend Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller also will play a pivotal role, with other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library also slated to appear, including Josie and the Pussycats.

Sounds a little Twin Peaks meets Southern Exposure meet Modern Family meets Life with Archie.

Apparently all the Archieverse characters will be included, from Josie and the Pussycats to Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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24. 31 Days of Halloween: Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s wraparound cover by Steve Morris

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Okay can you say instant classic? HALLOWEEN JUST GOT REAL, people.

This wraparound cover by Steve Morris is for Buffy The Vampire Slayer  Season 10 #8 and I’m told it’s a great jumping on point.

No, that is not OUR Steve Morris.

The issue is on sale this week.

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25. Alert! Daily Marvel Event teases NEW event: Inhumans: Attilan Rising

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Another day another Marvel event teaser, but this one is DIFFERENT. Instead of teasing the return of a golden oldie event, today’s, revealed at EW, is
a new event titled Inhumans: Attilan Rising, with art by newcomer W. Scott Forbes.
This is significant for many reasons.

For years, the word on the street has been that Marvel hopes to elevate the Inhumans paving the way for a movie property featuring a band of weirdly powered misfits to make up for not having the X-Men in their film universe. (Fox has the rights and shows no signs of slowing down with the franchise.) Attilan is the home of the specially powered Inhumans.

The image, of a booted Medusa stepping on Cyclops does nothing to dissuade this narrative,

EW writes:

This one is pretty different from the other teasers released so far—Attilan Rising is the name of an entirely new story set in current continuity, not a classic one. It alludes to the end of Infinity, last year’s big Avengers crossover. In Infinity, Attilan, the floating throne-city of the Inhumans, was destroyed and crashed to the planet Earth, with the Inhuman king Black Bolt MIA in the fallout. Attilan Rising, then, looks like Black Bolt is poised to rebuild his his fallen kingdom—over the bodies of the current X-Men and the All-New Avengers.

Marvel remains tight-lipped about their end game with all these teasers, but does confirm that they are building to a reveal that promises to make everything clear.

Well played, Marvel!

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