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1. Matter-Eater Lad Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Comics Pull: 5/20/15

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The Beat Staff has been…busy lately with two events going on and the Ultimate Universe coming to an end (sort of) this week. All of us that write here at The Beat live at the Stately Beat Manor where our heads are stuck in the printed page from early morning to late in the day. However, we’ve had some…distractions as of late. We have had a series of unwelcome guests from the pages of these…comic books come and crash our party — or unwavering focus on delivering the news delivered straight to our astute fans and readers. Unfortunately, our newest guest did the unthinkable when he made his way over to the Beat Manor. His name — Matter-Eater Lad of the Legion of Superheroes. We noticed our comics supply dwindling over the past few weeks, and in truth, we we’re happy with it. Here at the Manor, the Beat Staff has been running low on space to store their books — but when crucial high priced back issues were missing from the pile, we had a feeling that something was wrong. After a Beat Stakeout we caught one of the weirdest legionnaires in the act of literally devouring expensive older issues. We took him to small claims court and relinquished a large part of the Legion’s monetary reserves. All’s well that ends well — here’s our top comics picks for this week.


Alex’s Picks:

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Writer: G. Willow Wilson & Marguerite Bennett Artist: Jorge Molina Cover: Jim Cheung

Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before..Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

No single issue this week has been buzzed about more than A-Force #1. The comic has been the headline of more than a couple of fascinating news stories, and was supposed to be announced on The View. Afterwards, a piece from Jill Lepore via The New Yorker lit the internet on fire. Now, the comic is finally here written by the incredibly well respected author G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett featuring the art of Jorge Molina. The comic is a tie-in to Marvel’s new Secret Wars event, that fetures various Avengers females teaming up together in a certain region within Battleworld. The pedigree of the tale alone should allow it to become more than just a silly news story — but it’s up to the quality of the book to capture the attention of the readers.

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Oh Killstrike #1

Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Logan Faerber Colorist: Juan Manuel Tumburus Letters: Jim Campbell

WHAT’S TO LOVE: Say Anything frontman Max Bemis writes a love letter to 1990s superhero comics in this tongue-in-cheek homage to the era, featuring the art stylings of Logan Faerber – reminiscent of works by Chip Zdarsky and Jeff Lemire. Much like Polarity, Oh, Killstrike is very personal to Bemis: It’s about a new dad who loves comics from his youth. Part twisted buddy comedy, part profound coming-of-age story, we could not stop smiling when reading Oh, Killstrike. WHAT IT IS: Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike – a single minded, vengeance loving anti-hero – onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. But before that happens, Killstrike leads Jared on a quest of self-discovery to make him realize the kid who loved this character is not the man he has become.

In the wake of the end of the Ultimate Universe, we chose to look at something a little different — Oh Killstrike #1 from Boom Studios. The series has an incredibly enticing premise, featuring a vengeance seeking 90’s rebel attempting bothering the life of Jared, a brand new father attempting to escape his stressful via the escapism of comic books. Killstrike is on the difficult new quest of acclimating Jared to his upcoming quest of being able to cope with a brand new kid. Author Max Bemis has written some interesting stories with titles like Evil Empire and Polarity. He’s joined by Logan Faerber — an alumni of Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time, and Regular Show — this story is a departure from the rest of Faerber’s works.


Brandon Schatz’s Pick:

Optic Nerve #14

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Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. “Intruders” depicts a man obsessively trying to find his way back to a former life by revisiting places he once knew. Optic Nerve 14 will appear on the twentieth anniversary of Tomine’s beloved comic book series, in whose pages the landmark graphic novel Shortcomings was first published. Each story in Optic Nerve 14 reveals new dimensions to Tomine’s unique visual sensibility and complex, character-driven stories.

A new issue of Optic Nerve is a rare and beautiful thing to behold. Adrian Tomine is one of those fancy-pants comic creators who make the bulk of their “money” doing “art” for the “New Yorker” instead of rolling in the fat stacks of cash that exist in the comic book industry. As a result, issues of Optic Nerve occur few and far in-between – but the results are always stunning. Everyone in Optic Nerve seems to be screaming just behind the eyes whether they know it or not, as they claw and attempt to find perfection in flawed worlds. Equally uncomfortable and exquisitely beautiful, this is the event comic I wait each and every year (or two) for.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have stacks of comics in boxes to ignore as I read through this before my store opens.


 

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2. DC unveils “DC You” marketing campaign

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There had to be a reason the new West Coast Dc hired all those branding, licensing and content managers. It’s to create a new branding message and it is…”DC You.” Which sounds like it might be an insult but is really a way of saying that these comics are for YOU.

The new DCyou url is live, and here’s the ad campaign. SPOILERS!!!!

 

DC Entertainment revealed a bold new advertising campaign today titled “DC YOU.”  The campaign shines a spotlight on the New DC Universe (DCU) line of comic books, and reinforces the company’s commitment to creating a diverse offering of titles – something for everyone. 

“With the New DC Universe, there’s a story for every kind of DC Comics fan.  There’s a story for YOU,” stated Amit Desai, senior vice president of marketing and global franchise management, DC Entertainment.   “The DC Comics slate rolling out this summer truly offers a comic book for everyone and our new advertising campaign – DC YOU – celebrates this bold, new direction.”  

Beginning June 3, the new DCU will consist of 24 brand-new series as well as 25 on-going, best selling fan-favorite series, resulting in the most ambitious DC Comics lineup-to-date.   Celebrating the new direction of the DC Universe, the DC YOU advertising campaign will focus on four main themes:

  • Characters – DC Entertainment will highlight its iconic characters, like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as popular characters, such as Batgirl, Black Canary, Bizarro, Cyborg and Starfire.
  • Talent – The campaign will spotlight top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, who are on board to help create an expansive line of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.  Comic talent featured in the campaign include Batman’s Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Superman’s Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr., Justice League’s Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, Justice League of America’s Bryan Hitch, Black Canary’s Brendon Fletcher and Annie Wu, among many others.
  • Stories – The campaign will engage the readership, showcasing the diverse range of styles and genres as well as approaches to storytelling across the New DCU through various taglines, such as Are YOU ready to laugh?, Are YOU ready to hashtag this?, and Are YOU ready for the new awesome?
  • Fans – As the campaign name suggests, the New DCU is first and foremost about our fans and our commitment to creating great stories for all fans.  The campaign will celebrate life-long fans as well as those new to comics.  

DC YOU will appear in print inserts and ads across DC Entertainment’s physical and digital comic books beginning May 20. Digital ads featuring video content will begin airing June 3 across major online platforms.  

The campaign will come to life on the DC Comics website (DCComics.com/DCYOU) and multiple DC Comics social media channels will encourage fans to celebrate and share their DCU via hashtag #DCYOU.  And this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego(July 9-12) will bring DC YOU directly to fans in fun and engaging ways.

As part of DC YOU, DC Entertainment will also offer comic book retailers weekly promotional packs filled with collectible items inspired by the New DCU line of comic-books.  These items will include posters, masks, temporary tattoos, stickers and are sure to encourage fans to visit their local comic book shop each week.

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3. WTGB: E3 2015 Predictions “Let the free T-shirts fly”

We’re just a month away from the super comic-con bowl of video games, E3. Soon the entire Los Angeles Convention Center will be filled with creative giants, CEOs, journalists, “models” tempting you with cheap sunglasses or free T-shirts, and those fortunate enough to get into the show.

This special late Sunday night edition of WTGB comes sponsored by my DayQuil binge followed up with NyQuil chasers to even me out and an apology for not being able to write wrap ups for Marvel’s Secret Wars. With E3 and a few other shows fast approaching, there’s just no time to do it justice after that fantastic second issue came out last week. I will be posting digital codes of all the May tie-in and spine series issues at the bottom of Game Beat, starting with this one. Enjoy!

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For now let’s turn the focus to all the things we want to see at E3 2015. Which means I can officially confirm Comics Beat will be on the show floor and the press events covering all the comics related games and more… but mostly to collect free bags, shirts, and magazines to level out my coffee table with.

From indies to first party exclusives, E3 2015 will be about games, games, and more games. Being in the middle of a new hardware cycle, the focus for this E3 will be soely on the games coming to the consoles and PC.

Batman: Arkham Knight is the first big release post E3, having a full on playable version at the show is a bit of a no brainer, though I wouldn’t expect any new announcements concerning its content. The boys at Rocksteady are already doing an excellent job of teasing the public, they’ve even released a new Arkham Insider video showing off the “dual play” system.

 

Ever since Lego announced their toy based game, Dimensions; it’s been radio silent on the Lego Marvel Avengers game coming this Fall. While it won’t be part of anyone’s presentations, the game should be playable on the show floor and word of a hard release date seems like a good bet. I’m curious to see if it will still have all the open world goodness of Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

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With the recent word of Telltale Games not releasing Season 3 of their Walking Dead game in 2015, the developer has been vocal about announcing something big to come soon for Walking Dead fans. Telltale usually like to keep things intimate and off the exhibit floor at E3, it stands to reason they’ll be showing a brand new Walking Dead one-shot game that doesn’t tie directly into Clementine’s story behind closed doors once again. Perhaps some art, a teaser; but whatever they show will most likely be their September release.

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Then there’s the Secret Wars event going on at Marvel. We know there’s going to be a toy line coming to Toys R Us in conjunction with it . Word has been quiet on how the Marvel’s current buffet of mobile titles or a new game would play off the Battleworld. Remember Marvel Super Heroes, the fighting game on PS1?

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It was more or less the Infinity Gauntlet game. While we probably won’t get anything close to that for Secret Wars, we’re sure to hear about at least some kind of add-on content for one of these games tying into Secret Wars.

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As for the big three…

Per usual, Microsoft will start the round of June 15 press events. Xbox head, Phil Spencer, brought a strong showing in 2014 that translated to boosted sales for the Xbox One. He’s certain to follow the same game centric formula as last year. On the non-gaming front, we don’t expect them to waste valuable time going over all the services, however a demonstration of the Xbox One’s long talked about DVR functionality might be in order. Could we also see a redesigned version of the Xbox One? While the 360 went through some variants in its lifetime, it never happened as quickly as this one would, should it be part of Microsoft’s announcements for E3.

Where Halo 5: Guardians places in the Xbox presentation will be very telling in terms of aces up Microsoft’s sleeve. The game’s hard release date of October 27 is just a few months away. We’ve seen a ton of art and pieces of the story thanks to its viral “Hunt the Truth” campaign. If Xbox’s presentation opens with Halo, weather it’s campaign gameplay or multiplayer, it would indicate Microsoft will end with the official announcement of the new Gears of War game for Xbox One, maybe even alongside footage from the original GOW remake coming to the new console. With, Quantum Break delayed to 2016 and original unproven IPs set to be announced; closing their press event with a new installment of a proven franchise makes the most sense.

 

Sony PlayStation will close E3 Media Monday at the LA Sports Arena. We’re sure to hear a lot of bragging about the millions of units PS4 has sold to date during their presentation. As for what they’ll show and announce during their time in the media’s eye… Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a given. Even though it’s been moved to 2016 and an extended preview was previously shown during PlayStation Experience in Vegas; Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann will be onstage to tell us something we don’t know about the game that will make the wait feel that much longer.

If Druckmann is indeed on stage, what better time than having the eyes of the world watching to bring out Sam Rami and show the first clip of The Last of Us movie. Sure it’s a long shot, but E3 has a history of huge surprises. Could we also get the Uncharted trilogy remastered for PS4? So far the PlayStation 4 has been all about porting Sony’s previous system classics to the new one with The Last of Us Remastered and the next up God of War remaster. PlayStation has a ton of things they need to update consumers on such as their VR Project Morpheous, backwards compatibility, and the other big game of PS Experience No Man’s Sky. They could have an out of the blue announcement, but with so much they’ve previously confirmed yet not put in our hands they simply don’t need one.

There’s also the PlayStation Originals which brought us the polarizing Brian Michael Bendis adaptation of his creator owned book, Powers. Because of the season 2 announcement, it stands to reason the debut series was a success on some level for Sony. Why else would they be willing to invest further money in more episodes. If it exceeded their expectations expect solid viewer numbers to be part of their humble brag and some art or still from season 2 to be included. One of the few surprises Sony could have waiting in the wings might be an expansion of PS Originals content, maybe other adaptations of popular comics. Personally, I’m rooting for Matt Fraction’s Sex Criminals mainly due to my wanting to see Chip Zdarsky awkwardly appear onstage during another big presentation.

 

Nintendo is actually the gray area of the show. Their Tuesday June 16 digital press conference has already dropped news ahead of itself. According to Nintendo, we won’t be seeing the delayed Legend of Zelda for Wii U. They are however bringing the Nintendo World Championships to the show from the –long long long– ago film The Wizard. Would there really be much of a point to having Fred Savage and the Power Glove appear during a press event that no one will physically be in attendance for? Mario Maker will also be available that week for the general public to try at select retailers during E3.

The Wii U and DS are likely to have announcements about new Pokemon, Metroid, and Animal Crossing but those would probably be leaked a bit before the show. Nintendo also has the slim possibility of being the only console company showing off hardware with their rumored new “NX” system in development. Currently no details are known about the system. Nintendo wouldn’t want to deter any future Wii U sales by even talking about new hardware that isn’t coming out this year so the possibility that we’ll see it at the show is highly unlikely.

 

What do you want to see during E3 2015? Who do you think will win this year’s E3? What size shirts do you all use?

Also here’s codes for digital copies of Secret Wars 1-2, Magneto, and Mighty Avengers. (First come first served) We’ll also be giving away physical copies of all the May Secret Wars books at the end of the Month thanks to my LCS and if you’re in the LA or Long Beach, CA areas go buy your Secret Wars at Pulp Fiction. All this month they’re selling every new Secret Wars issue (and tie-ins) 50% off. 

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4. First Look at Legends of Tomorrow the new Flash/Arrow spinoff

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As TV’s upfronts continue, the CW is doubling down on its DC related program with Legends of Tomorrow, the recently announced show set in the Flash/Arrow-verse. Her’es a look at Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The Atom, Victor Garber as Martin Stein, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl, Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance. Many more people with guns, goggles and grins.

It’s not hard to see why they’re sticking with this plan: the CW’s viewership is soaring, with s 12 percent viewership ise especially among the hard to reach demo of younger men, who seem to like this superhero stuff.

While Constantine may have been the sole comic book failure from last year’s bumper crop of shows, this was clearly an outlier.

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5. WTGB: No Telltale Walking Dead in 2015? DC Universe Online Adds New Content! More Assassin’s Creed!

Between convention planning, watching season finales, and a little thing called Secret Wars; this week’s gotten away from me real fast. Oh, AND I got hands on a bit with a major September game release. We can’t talk about it for a few more weeks but I will say Fall can’t come fast enough. Today we’ll gab a bit about Telltale Games remaining 2015 plans and some exciting stuff for the DCUO faithful. Let’s Go!

 

Telltale Games (The Walking Dead, Tales From The Borderlands) recently released a statement clarifying something it implied at SXSW. Looks like we won’t be seeing Walking Dead Season 3 the game in 2015. Although the developer did tease something from the Walking Dead universe would be coming this year. No word on if this would be part of their new “Supershow” project that merges TV and games or if it would be something like TWD: 400 days which was a standalone game released between seasons 1 &2 of the franchise. Telltale Games current projects include stories based on HBO‘s Game of Thrones, Gearbox Software‘s Borderlands, and Minecraft.

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Our thought:

Telltale may not produce the most cutting edge games on the market, but they’ve amassed a library of excellent stories. With  recent hirings on the development side along with partnerships that include Lionsgate and Marvel, Telltale’s footprint in the industry has grown immensely. Naturally some projects will have to slow down to make room for others. Now we know Walking Dead is going to be one of them, but The Wolf Among Us also deserves to have its story continue in gaming. Hopefully we’ll hear more about that one soon.


 

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We recently took part in a walkthrough of the latest DC Universe Online content addition, Halls of Power Part II. The studio behind DCUO, Daybreak Games, showed off the iconic DC Comics worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis. Comic fans will no doubt recognize them from Jack Kirby’s New Gods. Settings weren’t the only treat for long time fans, many of your favorite characters from Kirby’s creation make appearances in the game, such as Orion, Steppenwolf, Granny Goodness, and Mister Miracle. DCUO’s newest content adds solo player missions, duos, alert-sized parties, and even raids. This DLC drop will also coincide with the new new loot choice feature, DC Universe Online players can choose from a table of loot after defeating a boss. Once a selection has been made, the loot choice and any other loot the boss dropped will be delivered to the player.

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DC Universe Online is about creating your own hero to be part of the publisher’s mythology and the game’s Design Director Jesse Benjamin and Sr. Creative Director Jens Andersen demoed new items to customize characters with which utilize elements like the fire pits of Darkseid’s kingdom, Apokolips. The hellish planet was also where the devs walked us through one of the game’s new missions. Players will face –pass or fail– trials consisting of some puzzle solving and combat against Parademons just before confronting brainwashed Mister Miracle and Big Barda and even Superman.

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Halls of Power content has been teasing a confrontation with one of the DC Universe’s most heinous threats, Darkseid. Part II continues to tease the villain from the shadows and his quest for anti-life.

DC Universe Online is free to download and play on PC and PlayStation systems. The Halls of Power Part II DLC is available now for membership subscribers to download for free while non-members can purchase the content separately for $9.99 starting on May 16, 2015.

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Our thought:

DC Universe Online has managed to carve out it’s own niche in an oversaturated market of MMO’s like World of Warcraft. Since it’s initial release in 2011, the game has delighted comic book fans and been a true to its source material bridge between the world of gaming and comics. The Halls of Power DLC joins such comic nods in the game as its War of the Light content. The publisher’s current event, Convergence, has become unreadable.  DCUO and its new content are a welcome time stealer to hold my DC Comics needs till the books come back in a few weeks.


 

Cosplayers, comic book adaptation fans, gamers; rejoice! Ubisoft has announced a new Assassin’s Creed game.

 

Set in London in 1868, the game will feature two playable protagonists, twins Jacob and Evie Frye. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will strictly be a single player affair. This decision was made to give the development team the resources to create the biggest map the series has ever seen. In fact from initial statements, the size of the game will be 30% bigger than Assiassin’s Creed Unity. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will release worldwide on PS4 and Xbox One on October 23rd, with a PC version to follow later in Autumn.

Our thought:

Another year another AC. Though I have to admit this one has a bit of a steampunk feel to it that feels at home here. The series has a mixed bag of highs and lows, but the franchise has yet to make that one entry that earns a place in the legendary pantheon of gaming. This one’s even going to have appearances from Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir in old timey English bareknuckle fight club type sequences. If you put in steampunk Paul Heyman, then Ubisoft has sold a copy. Also I wouldn’t mind seeing another comic based on the series. The book written by Brenden Fletcher was one of the better adaptations based on a franchise.

 

What’s your favorite Assassin’s Creed game? Is DC Universe Online better than Convergence? Did you kill Kenny? Let us know here or on the social pagers and come back this weekend for the Secret Wars wrap up week 1. 

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6. Walking the Game Beat: Batgirl Confirmed and Voices Revealed, Nintendo Theme Parks, Fallout 4 at E3?

With Bethesda holding their first E3 press conference, it seems like a no brainer that an announcement for, the post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 was obvious, but could we now know more about what we’ll see from it? Batman: Arkham Knight is only just starting to reveal its secrets, and Nintendo gets into the theme park rides business. Let’s Go!

 

The German site PC Games reported a rumor from a trusted source that Bethesda Softworks will not only announce Fallout 4 at E3, but will also show off a 20-30 minute behind closed doors gameplay demo of it. Back in February, the developer announced its plans for a press conference before E3 and told everyone that no official word about Fallout 4 was ready.

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Our thought:

They’re ready now. E3 is one the biggest announcement shows for gaming and they wouldn’t hold an event to not announce the game, so it’s a sure bet we’ll see at least a trailer for Fallout 4. When it comes to a demo at the show; there’s an excellent chance not all attendees at E3 will go hands on with it. The odds of Fallout having been developed to near completion for 2015 under our collective noses is slim, a release date of Fall 2016/Spring 2017 would be the likely target. Thus, Fallout 4 wouldn’t be ready for anything other than a guided tour video.


 

Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks – creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The agreement brings two icons of entertainment together and represents a significant partnership for Nintendo as it expands the reach and popularity of its characters and intellectual property.

More details will be announced in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams work to create specific concepts.

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Our thought:

Mario Karts, Metroid 3d the Ride, Donkey Kong churro stands… yes! For years, movies such as Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and most recently The Fast and The Furious have received the ride treatment. Even beloved comic book characters are the theme of attractions all over the country. It was only a matter of time before gaming made a big splash at tourist attractions. Though it seems odd to take a medium that’s meant to be enjoyed in-home and adapt it in such a way that will make gamers want to get outside and enjoy the big glowing thing in the sky. In the end, it’s a tremendous counter-programing start to Disney utilizing LucasFilm and Marvel properties in their parks.


Just when you think Rocksteady and WB couldn’t possibly tease gamers any more than they’ve already have for Batman: Arkham Knight… boom a new video drops.

As we already knew, the iconic voice of the caped crusader, Kevin Conroy would be in the game to finish Rocksteady’s epic trilogy. Now we get a look at the cast of talented actors brining their voices to a magnanimous group of characters in the game. Returning alongside Conroy are Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Troy Baker as Two-Face and Nolan North as Penguin. If that weren’t enough, the newcomers of the group include Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) as James Gordon, Ashley Greene (Twilight) as Barbara Gordon, Scott Porter ( Hart of Dixie) as Nightwing, and John Noble (Fringe) as Scarecrow.

 

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Rocksteady also cleared up one area of confusion over twitter. Last week, more details were given about the inclusions in the game’s season pass option. The image of Batgirl along with details of her getting story content for the game were met with questions of who was under the mask. As we’ve seen in the trailers, Oracle appears in her wheelchair and the Batgirl in the image looks like the Barbra version of the character. Game director, Sefton Hill confirmed that Barbra Gordon was indeed Batgirl. Now more rumors are flying about what content being based on an iconic DC Comics story

 

Our thought:

This is one of the best voice casts that’s been assembled for a game, period. Hearing Noble talk about the Scarecrow is simply chilling. With all the surprises and twists the game is sure to deliver, it’s building up to be a game of the year contender even before its release.

Though it was about 95% certain the Batgirl in the image was Barbra Gordon, now the confirmation opens up new possibilities about what her part of the story will be. Could we learn what events confined her to the wheelchair? Will there be some sort of recovery story in the main game that leads to her DLC? Most seem to believe we’ll see a prequel set around events of “the Killing Joke”, but that would mean Troy Baker would once again voice the Joker as Mark Hamill had officially retired from voicing the character. Baker a superbly talented actor would be great as the Joker again and would simply place the Batgirl DLC events between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum.

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7. Review: Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #1 (Digital) = Buy Me!

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Writer: Brian Buccellato

Art: Bruno Redondo

Inks: Juan Albarrran

Colors: Rex Lokus

Publisher: DC Comics 

 

Since the series inception under writer Tom Taylor, Injustice Gods Among Us digital first book (based on the hit game by Mortal Kombat creator Netherrealm Studios) has been one of the overall best books in DC Comics line up. Now under the meticulous pen of current Detective Comics co-writer Brian Buccellato, Injustice methodically kicks off its Year Four story.

Chapter one is part epilogue along with being part set up as it deals with the aftermath of the destructive battle between Mr. Mxyzptlk and Trigon at the end of Year Three. Superman continues his crusade to save the human race from itself by his iron fist rule, Batman has gone into hiding as he plots his next idea to remove him from power, and all the while Ares schemes to return the worship of mortals to the gods instead of Earth’s metahuman pretenders. Since the series takes place five years before the events of the game, this volume is already hinting at some of the threads that are left to be tied together such as Damian’s transition to Nightwing and Batman’s plan to bring the heroes from the other dimension over.

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Buccellato continues to show why he’s one of comics most underrated writers. His understanding of how these characters differ from the regular DCU books is put to use in showing how the cracks in Superman’s regime develop. Hal Jordan and Superman show an intolerance for each other you wouldn’t see anywhere else. His Damian Wayne has a different type of chip on his shoulder compared to the regular DC version. It’s almost like he blames Batman for the actions that led to his killing Dick Grayson and that makes him as far from the boy seeking his father’s approval as you can get.

The art teams seen before in previous issues will be returning to action in Year Four. Issue one features the line work of Bruno Redondo. Out of all the artist the series has seen, Redondo’s work is most representative of the visual world established by Netherrealm in the game.

While this opening isn’t new-reader friendly to those who haven’t read any of the Injustice books or played the game; it’s a great continuation of the events unfolded thus far. Year Four is a carefully paced opening that’s a prime example of the writer’s strengths. Buccellato has a habit of making his characters earn their big moments, which make those points even better reads.

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8. On the Scene: 4 (AWESOME) Comics Locations in Europe

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I didn’t think London would be a particularly (hip hop) happening place for comics, alas I was wrong. In many instances I was pleasantly surprised at what was going on in the comics world overseas. During a leisurely excursion into the land of royalty and great pub food and drink, I was treated to a variety of specialty shops complete with a wonderful sense of style and tone all their own. These places had Free Comic Book Day events, special bundles and sales, exclusive art prints and more. One of the only downsides period; was the exchange rate on each sale. There is no sales tax on books in the United Kingdom (I’m pretty sure,) which lessened the blow of getting hit with the currency dilemma. Without further ado, here’s an assessment of my trip so far:

1) Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet is a well documented dose of nerd surprises. What struck me is the sheer amount of toys waiting on the first floor. The comics were hidden in the basement below, allowing me to believe that the retailer makes most their income based on the amount of toys they sell in front. The comic book selection was still completely overwhelming. With the high prices, I was searching for something that would be out of print, or on the small press side of the industry. With a limited knowledge of small press and knowing what was in print at the moment, I chickened out of buying anything. The Death of Captain Marvel was the only thing tempting me ­­ but it was in a weird hardcover format that would have probably been heavy in a suitcase. This is a side note, but I still would like to say that DC has done an extraordinary job with their newest set of packaging for their figures. All of the packages contain a simple and clean white background with some comics panels lurking in the background ­­ now it’s time for Marvel to catch up.

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Picture via Wikipedia

1.1) Harrods

Harrods (think black tie Costco) was mostly devoid of comics content. Even their bookstore contained no comics. Still, I was determined to find something ­­ and I did…eventually. I found a painting by Roy Lichtenstein for over £30,000. Not exactly comics, but something that the comics community feels strongly about.

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1.2) Stonehenge

You know…comics can be found in some funny places ­­even the Stonehenge museum? Inside the museum lie a couple of comics inside bearing the representation of the signature landmark. Recently London has spent a considerable amount of capital updating the landmark with an expanded lobby area. As seen in the image below, representations of the figure in comics work can be seen in Thor, Rip Hunter, Action Comics and more.

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2) American Dreams Comics

Bath, close to Stonehenge is a truly lovely City ­­and one place that also contained some hidden comic book treasures. Hidden may not be the correct word, because Batwoman and Captain America cosplay teams were handing out DC and Marvel issues for Free Comic Book Day and leading foreigners towards their shop known as American Dreams Comics. I was ecstatic because I was able to get everything I wanted from FCBD without having to wait in the lines of Forbidden Planet on the way back home. The cashier had instructed me to look out for long lines, but told me that they did have a lot of product in store at Forbidden Planet. This was a perfect solution and convenient for the people that I was traveling with. A healthy amount of youth were enjoying themselves in the store scouting out some of the posters that the retailer probably had leftover. It’s really cool that Secret Wars #0 took a spotlight on the Future Foundation for the duration of the comic. This makes the tale much more accessible for the youth that may have populated this shop.

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Picture via americandreamcomicsbath.wordpress.com

2.1) Doctor Who Experience

I Really quick just wanted to mention that the Doctor Who Experience had a few of the loose Doctor Who issues in the store. Unfortunately, they were all way ahead of what I’ve read ­­ as the first trade of Al Ewing’s Matt Smith Who title has been really good so far. That’s it! No more Doctor Who. Promise!

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3) Blackwell’s Art & Poster Shop

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Oxford was home to a lovely art store entitled Blackwell’s Art & Poster Shop. The store had everything from posters, books, and fine art as well. Everything in the store had a mostly independent vibe (making it a very Beat friendly store.) Speaking of friendly, the staff was more than willing to help out customers. I saw one of the employees actively evangelizing Maus (which I still haven’t read) and burst into an immediate smile. My haul was once again fruitless, but the temptation for me here was the Boxers & Saints slipcase edition that I haven’t seen before. Lately I have seen the comics split in two (not sure what that is about?)

4) Mega City Comics

Last but not least in my time in London was Mega City Comics. This store (which had a logo from Shaky Kane) had some incredible bundles. Even my jaded comic book heart couldn’t deny the fine assortment of deals here. My traveling companions had to talk me off the cliff off buying issues #6-68 of X­-O Manowar (the first series from the original Valiant.) they talked me off of that cliff…eventually. I did end up sealing my fate (and suitcase space) with the full #38 issues of Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter. I made out of the store like bandit paying less than a dollar an issue.

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Here’s a tiny picture of a tiny dog;
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You’re welcome.

Next week: Scotland!

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9. First look at the entire Suicide Squad in costume

Tweeted out by director David Ayer this evening, here’s your full cast photo of the Suicide Squad (in costume)…

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From the photo, you have your first glimpse of Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn, Will Smith‘s Deadshot, Karen Fukuhara‘s Katana (there’s a surprise development!), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje‘s Killer Croc, Jai Courtney‘s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman‘s Rick Flagg and more that we haven’t gotten confirmation on.

Hit me with your thoughts!

Suicide Squad releases on August 5, 2016.

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10. New Batman: Arkham Knight DLC Details Including Batgirl!

Fights and free comics weren’t the only things dropped Saturday night. WB Games, who are set to release the highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight game responded to fan and media criticism about their recently announced season pass option by giving away a few more details on their forums.

We now know a few more things about what your $40 will get you:

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Batgirl: A Matter of Family
An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series – check out the first render of Batgirl.

The Season of Infamy
Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.

Gotham City Stories
Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks
Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.

Crimefighter Challenge Maps
Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.

Character Skins
A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

No word on how the content will be spread out over the 6 month period they previously announced. The game’s developer, Rocksteady, did mention that they’re still working on developing even more add-on for the game which will be announced as soon as the studio “ramp on” development of the content.

Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release June 23, 2105 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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11. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: March 2015 – End of an Era…

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

March 2015 was not a good sales month for DC in the North American direct market.

Average sales per title for the DCU books (28,559), Vertigo (7,055), and DC as a whole (23,466) were all the lowest they’ve been since the New 52 started back in September 2011.

Most of their sales problems were due to books that missed shipping in March, including their two top sellers, Batman and Justice League, and two other books that are in their top 30% (or so), Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman. A similar tune plays at the Vertigo label; with Sandman Overture MIA until May, the perpetually delayed American Vampire Second Cycle also not around, and Fables pretty much over (except for the oversized finale coming in July). That leaves Astro City as the regularly-shipping standard bearer for the imprint.

Things are exacerbated on the low end of the sales scales, with many low-selling DCU books shipping their final issues in May (including two low-selling issues of Infinity Man and the Forever People), and a whopping five Vertigo titles not making the Top 300 Diamond chart at all.

March 2015 marks the end of an era at DC: the (almost) end of the New 52 as both a label and a concept, along with the physical relocation of editorial from the east coast to the west. The ‘almost’ is because there are actually a good number of New 52 books coming in April, including the missed titles noted above, several Annuals, and the final issues of the three weekly series. I considered writing some sort of post-mortem for the New 52, but Heidi already beat me to it. You can read the numbers below and make up your own minds.

April starts the two month Convergence event/stunt/whatever, and I’m interested to see what happens with the sales numbers there. So tune in again about a month for now, as whatever happens probably won’t be dull!

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

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

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

8 - BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
03/2015: Batman Arkham Knight #1  -- 73,266

A big debut for a digital-first title, helped by the fact that it was included in an Arcade Block subscription box. There was also a GameStop exclusive cover, though it’s unclear whether that account was serviced by Diamond. So expect to see things come back down to reality next month, though if a number of those who received their copy in a sub box end up converting to readers that will be a swell move for DC (though it is more likely I’d think that they’d be converted to digital readers as opposed to print buyers).

14 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99) 
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9  --  71,522 (-  6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 --  58,500 (- 18.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 119,180 (+103.7%)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 --  68,557 (- 42.5%)
11/2014: Harley Quinn #12 --  71,245 (+  3.9%)
12/2014: Harley Quinn #13 --  68,102 (-  4.4%)
01/2015: Harley Quinn #14 --  64,735 (-  4.9%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Harley Quinn #15 --  66,904 (+  3.4%)
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6 months: - 43.9%
1 year  : +  6.0%
Since #0: - 52.7%

Slipped from February, so this is the Harley Quinn variant cover issue of Harley Quinn.

20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99) 
03/2005: Detective Comics #804 -- 39,388
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 -- 43,119
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 -- 40,047
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   -- 89,981
03/2013: Detective Comics #18  -- 76,237 
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03/2014: Detective Comics #29  -- 55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  -- 56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  -- 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  -- 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  -- 58,812 (-  6.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 96,081 (+ 63.4%)
10/2014: Detective Comics #35  -- 57,385 (- 40.3%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36  -- 58,171 (+  1.4%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37  -- 54,953 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  -- 51,301 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Detective Comics #39  -- 54,698 (+  6.6%)
03/2015: Detective Comics #40  -- 56,126 (+  2.6%)
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6 months: - 41.6%
1 year  : +  1.2%
2 years : - 26.4%
5 years : + 30.2%
10 years: + 42.5%
Since #1: - 64.4%

The issue with the movie poster freely-orderable variant (The Matrix) sees another gain.

22 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99) 
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 -- 85,292
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 -- 59,818
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  -- 68,010
03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 -- 69,614 [76,575]
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03/2014: and Aquaman #29      -- 43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 -- 44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 -- 42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 -- 56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 -- 56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 -- 53,403 (-  5.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 83,783 (+ 56.9%)
10/2014: Batman and Robin #35 -- 54,616 (- 34.8%)
11/2014: Batman and Robin #36 -- 55,289 (+  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman and Robin #37 -- 53,543 (-  3.2%)
01/2015: Batman and Robin #38 -- 50,993 (-  4.8%)
02/2015: Batman and Robin #39 -- 53,699 (+  5.3%)
03/2015: Batman and Robin #40 -- 53,926 (+  0.4%)
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6 months: - 35.6%
1 year  : + 24.6%
2 years : - 29.6%
5 years : - 36.8%
Since #1: - 53.5%

Sees a small uptick for Movie Poster variant (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and as the final issue.

(And by final issue I mean ‘final regular issue.’ There’s still an annual coming in April and two issues of Convergence with a Batman and Robin title. So here and any place below where I write ‘final issue’ replace it with the caveat that there may be annuals or Convergence issues still to come.)

25 - SUPERMAN ($4.99) 
03/2005: Superman #214  -- 100,943
03/2010: Superman #696 --   31,940
03/2011: Superman #709 --   39,846
03/2012: Superman #7   --   66,588
03/2013: Superman #17  --   49,666 
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03/2014: Superman #29   --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32   --  89,140 (+155.4%) [103,508]
07/2014: Superman #33   --  62,998 (- 39.1%)
08/2014: Superman #34   --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 --  77,949 (+ 37.8%)
10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692 (- 31.1%)
11/2014: Superman #36   --  52,272 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Superman #37   --  50,383 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Superman #38   --  48,987 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Superman #39   --  50,260 (+  2.6%)
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6 months: - 35.5%
1 year  : + 49.4%
2 years : + 26.1%
5 years : + 57.4%
10 years: - 50.2%
Since #1: - 66.5%

Still running behind, so this is the issue with the Harley Quinn variant.

27 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99) 
08/2014: The Multiversity #1 -- 90,551 
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W    #1 -- 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just         #1 -- 53,301 (- 18.0%)
11/2014: Pax Americana    #1 -- 51,490 (-  3.4%)
12/2014: Thunderworld     #1 -- 47,714 (-  7.3%)
01/2015: Guidebook        #1 -- 38,672 (- 19.0%)
02/2015: Mastermen        #1 -- 50,091 (+ 29.5%)
03/2015: Ultra Comics     #1 -- 48,938 (-  2.3%)
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6 months: - 24.7%
Since #1: - 46.0%

A bit of a drop of just over 1K copies.

30, 32, 34, 33 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99) 
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 --  56,793 (-  1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 --  56,152 (-  1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 --  56,002 (-  0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 --  55,662 (-  0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 --  51,133 (-  2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 --  50,709 (-  0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 --  50,230 (-  0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 --  49,748 (-  1.0%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 --  48,999 (-  1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 --  48,683 (-  0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 --  48,083 (-  1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 --  48,035 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 --  47,782 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #40 --  46,832 (-  2.0%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #41 --  46,648 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #42 --  46,516 (-  0.3%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #43 --  45,912 (-  1.3%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #44 --  45,391 (-  1.1%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #45 --  45,199 (-  0.4%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #46 --  44,763 (-  1.0%)
02/2015: Batman Eternal #47 --  44,699 (-  0.1%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #48 --  44,505 (-  0.4%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #49 --  44,277 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #50 --  43,982 (-  0.7%)
03/2015: Batman Eternal #51 --  44,065 (+  0.2%)
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6 months: - 21.3%
Since #1: - 60.3%

Well within the established parameters. Final issue in April, though it’s entirely likely that we’ll see another Batman weekly comic in the not-too-distant future.

35 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Superman/Batman #70 --  32,196
03/2011: Superman/Batman #82 --  28,913
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03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (-  4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (- 18.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      --  87,339 (+ 56.1%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 --  52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 --  50,226 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 --  48,581 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 --  44,714 (-  8.0%)
01/2015: Batman/Superman #18 --  41,750 (-  6.6%)
02/2015: Batman/Superman #19 --  44,134 (+  5.7%)
03/2015: Batman/Superman #20 --  43,428 (-  1.6%)
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6 months: - 50.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
5 years : + 34.9%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 71.3%

One of the Movie Poster variants (The Fugitive) that shows a bit of a decrease.

37 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232
03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 
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03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     --  77,372 (+ 76.5%)
10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893 (- 40.7%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36  --  46,157 (+  0.6%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37  --  44,033 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #38  --  39,342 (- 10.7%)
02/2015: Green Lantern #39  --  41,997 (+  6.7%)
03/2015: Green Lantern #40  --  42,334 (+  0.8%)
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6 months: - 45.3%
1 year  : -  7.6%
2 years : - 39.4%
5 years : - 56.5%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 75.0%

The issue with the Move Poster variant (2001) shows an increase of a few hundred copies.

38 - BATGIRL ($2.99) 
03/2005: Batgirl #61    -- 28,750
03/2010: Batgirl #8     -- 30,886
03/2011: Batgirl #19    -- 24,043
03/2012: Batgirl #7     -- 50,791
03/2013: Batgirl #18    -- 51,677 
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03/2014: Batgirl #29    -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30    -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31    -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32    -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33    -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34    -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 67,933 (+ 96.4%)
10/2014: Batgirl #35    -- 62,644 (-  7.8%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36    -- 50,247 (- 19.8%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37    -- 45,060 (- 10.3%)
01/2015: Batgirl #38    -- 45,096 (+  0.1%)
02/2015: Batgirl #39    -- 40,880 (-  9.3%)
03/2015: Batgirl #40    -- 41,729 (+  2.1%)
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6 months: - 38.6%
1 year  : + 25.6%
2 years : - 19.3%
5 years : + 35.1%
10 years: + 45.1%
Since #1: - 61.0%

Adds nearly 1000 copies for the issue with a Movie Poster variant (Purple Rain).

39 - GRAYSON ($2.99) 
03/2005: Nightwing #105 -- 38,958
03/2005: Nightwing #106 -- 38,772
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489
03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 [53,978]
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03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 76,551 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Grayson #3     -- 52,849 (- 31.0%)
11/2014: Grayson #4     -- 47,590 (- 10.0%)
12/2014: Grayson #5     -- 42,611 (- 10.5%)
01/2015: Grayson #6     -- 38,505 (-  9.6%)
02/2015: Grayson #7     -- 41,164 (+  6.9%)
03/2015: Grayson #8     -- 40,859 (-  0.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 46.6%
1 year  : + 11.0%
2 years : - 24.3%
10 years: +  5.1%
Since #1: - 49.8%

Grayson’s issue with the Movie Poster variant (Enter the Dragon) drops a few hundred copies.

45, 61 - ENDGAME one-shots ($2.99) 
03/2015: Detective Comics #1  -- 39,506 
03/2015: Batgirl          #1  -- 32,393

There were meant to be four of these in March, but the Arkham Manor and Gotham Academy ones slipped into April.

I suspect that these were supposed to give a boost by tying-in with the “Endgame” storyline running in the regular Batman title, but both of these game it at levels below the regular issues of the titles, meaning that those placing the orders saw these as not essential to either the “Endgame” story or the stories in the regular books. (Which is a shame because the story in Batgirl: Endgame was really good!)

48 - FLASH ($2.99) 
02/2005: Flash #220       --  46,851 [48,659]
03/2010: --
03/2011: --
03/2012: Flash #7         --  64,975
03/2013: Flash #18        --  41,659 
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   --  70,368 (+ 89.6%)
10/2014: Flash #35        --  37,484 (- 46.7%)
11/2014: Flash #36        --  38,145 (+  1.8%)
12/2014: Flash #37        --  37,026 (-  2.9%)
01/2015: Flash #38        --  35,180 (-  5.0%)
02/2015: Flash #39        --  43,635 (+ 24.0%)
03/2015: Flash #40        --  38,382 (- 12.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 45.5%
1 year  : + 15.5%
2 years : -  7.9%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.0%

After last month’s conspicuously large rise, this month Flash sees an equally conspicuously large decline for its Movie Poster variant (North by Northwest).

49 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99) 
03/2005: Teen Titans #22 -- 67,780
03/2010: Teen Titans #81 -- 25,758
03/2011: Teen Titans #93 -- 24,957
03/2012: Teen Titans #7  -- 51,402
03/2013: Teen Titans #18 -- 42,055 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Teen Titans #29 -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30 -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1  -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2  -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 62,915 (+ 54.6%)
10/2014: Teen Titans #3  -- 39,198 (- 37.7%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4  -- 36,364 (-  7.2%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5  -- 34,101 (-  6.2%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #6  -- 30,955 (-  9.2%)
02/2015: Teen Titans #7  -- 34,051 (+ 10.0%)
03/2015: Teen Titans #8  -- 38,363 (+ 12.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 39.0%
1 year  : + 47.7%
2 years : -  8.8%
5 years : + 48.9%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 26.7%

Adds over 4K copies during its Movie Poster variant (The Lost Boys), which is much more than the other titles so there may be something else underlying the rise this month.

50 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99) 
03/2005: Action Comics #825 -- 40,877
03/2010: Action Comics #887 -- 29,460
03/2011: Action Comics #899 -- 31,808
03/2012: Action Comics #7   -- 91,822
03/2013: Action Comics #18  -- 61,879
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: Action Comics #29  -- 34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  -- 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  -- 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  -- 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  -- 46,746 (-  5.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 74,497 (+ 59.4%)
10/2014: Action Comics #35  -- 45,152 (- 39.4%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36  -- 41,835 (-  7.3%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37  -- 39,168 (-  6.4%)
01/2015: Action Comics #38  -- 35,018 (- 10.6%)
02/2015: Action Comics #39  -- 38,070 (+  8.7%)
03/2015: Action Comics #40  -- 38,216 (+  0.4%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 48.7%
1 year  : + 11.6%
2 years : - 38.2%
5 years : + 29.7%
10 years: -  6.5%
Since #1: - 81.0%

Adds just a few copies for its Movie Poster variant (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).

60 - AQUAMAN ($2.99) 
03/2005: Aquaman #28    -- 19,177
03/2012: Aquaman #6     -- 63,450
03/2013: Aquaman #18    -- 53,337 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Aquaman #29    -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30    -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31    -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32    -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33    -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34    -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 95.4%)
10/2014: Aquaman #35    -- 32,238 (- 50.6%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36    -- 32,838 (+  1.9%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37    -- 31,198 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: Aquaman #38    -- 28,356 (-  9.1%)
02/2015: Aquaman #39    -- 32,162 (+ 13.4%)
03/2015: Aquaman #40    -- 32,404 (+  0.8%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 50.3%
1 year  : -  4.4%
2 years : - 39.2%
10 years: + 69.0%
Since #1: - 70.1%

Adds just a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Free Willy).

62 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99) 
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
11/2014: Justice League United #6  -- 34,610 (-  9.1%) 
12/2014: Justice League United #7  -- 31,904 (-  7.8%) 
01/2015: Justice League United #8  -- 28,720 (- 10.0%) 
02/2015: Justice League United #9  -- 31,932 (+ 11.2%) 
03/2015: Justice League United #10 -- 31,722 (-  0.7%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 56.4%
Since #0: - 53.6%

Loses just a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Mars Attacks).

63 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99) 
03/2012: Deathstroke #7  -- 19,744 
03/2013: Deathstroke #18 -- 12,306 
 ---------------------------------
10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
12/2014: Deathstroke #3  -- 34,010 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  -- 33,011 (-  2.9%) 
02/2015: Deathstroke #5  -- 32,863 (-  0.4%) 
03/2015: Deathstroke #6  -- 31,666 (-  3.6%) 
 ----------------
2 years : +157.3%
Since #1: - 41.4%

A standard attrition-type drop, and still head-and-shoulders above the previous New 52 version of the title. (Deathstroke has variants, but not the freely-orderable kind.)

65 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99) 
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7      -- 32,908
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18     -- 25,232 
 ---------------------------------------
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 73,599 (+ 91.3%)
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  -- 39,498 (- 46.3%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4  -- 34,920 (- 11.6%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5  -- 32,834 (-  6.0%)
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6  -- 32,304 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: New Suicide Squad #7  -- 30,537 (-  5.5%)
03/2015: New Suicide Squad #8  -- 30,443 (-  0.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 58.6%
1 year  : + 37.4%
2 years : + 20.7%
Since #1: - 38.2%

Just a tiny drop of fewer than 100 copies.

66, 69, 71, 74 - THE NEW 52  FUTURES END ($2.99) 
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 -- 38,778 (-  2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 -- 38,377 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 -- 37,990 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 -- 37,861 (-  0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 -- 36,468 (-  3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 -- 36,120 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 -- 35,937 (-  0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 -- 35,585 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 -- 35,452 (-  0.4%)
11/2014: Futures End #27 -- 34,692 (-  2.1%)
11/2014: Futures End #28 -- 34,601 (-  0.3%)
11/2014: Futures End #29 -- 34,202 (-  1.2%)
11/2014: Futures End #30 -- 33,942 (-  0.8%)
12/2014: Futures End #31 -- 33,025 (-  2.7%)
12/2014: Futures End #32 -- 32,878 (-  0.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #33 -- 32,409 (-  1.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #34 -- 32,414 (+  0.0%)
12/2014: Futures End #35 -- 32,233 (-  0.6%)
01/2015: Futures End #36 -- 31,338 (-  2.8%)
01/2015: Futures End #37 -- 31,202 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Futures End #38 -- 30,992 (-  0.7%)
01/2015: Futures End #39 -- 30,510 (-  1.6%)
02/2015: Futures End #40 -- 30,157 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #41 -- 29,994 (-  0.5%)
02/2015: Futures End #42 -- 29,641 (-  1.2%)
02/2015: Futures End #43 -- 29,647 (+  0.0%)
03/2015: Futures End #44 -- 29,971 (+  1.1%)
03/2015: Futures End #45 -- 29,610 (-  1.2%)
03/2015: Futures End #46 -- 29,543 (-  0.2%)
03/2015: Futures End #47 -- 29,386 (-  0.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 22.5%
Since #1: - 62.3%

Has settled into the 29K range for its penultimate month.

72 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99) 
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 
 -----------------------------------------
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,325 (+ 97.9%)
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 34,222 (- 41.3%)
11/2014: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 34,109 (-  0.3%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Corps #37 -- 32,860 (-  3.7%)
01/2015: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 27,765 (- 15.5%)
02/2015: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 29,825 (+  7.4%)
03/2015: Green Lantern Corps #40 -- 29,412 (-  1.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 49.6%
1 year  : +  6.0%
2 years : - 33.5%
5 years : - 61.7%
Since #1: - 69.0%

A drop of just a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Forbidden Planet) sporting final issue.

78 - SINESTRO ($2.99) 
04/2014: Sinestro #1    -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2    -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3    -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4    -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5    -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6    -- 33,621 (- 44.7%) 
11/2014: -- 
12/2014: Sinestro #7    -- 33,549 (-  0.2%) 
12/2014: Sinestro #8    -- 31,509 (-  6.1%) 
01/2015: Sinestro #9    -- 26,346 (- 16.4%) 
02/2015: Sinestro #10   -- 28,698 (+  8.9%) 
03/2015: Sinestro #11   -- 28,384 (-  1.1%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 53.3%
Since #1: - 38.9%

Also drops just a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Westworld).

83 - EARTH 2 ($2.99) 
03/2013: Earth 2 #10    -- 46,213 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Earth 2 #21    -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22    -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23    -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24    -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25    -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26    -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 73.7%)
10/2014: Earth 2 #27    -- 37,925 (- 41.6%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28    -- 31,722 (- 16.4%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29    -- 30,273 (-  4.6%)
01/2015: Earth 2 #30    -- 28,618 (-  5.5%)
02/2015: Earth 2 #31    -- 27,513 (-  3.9%)
03/2015: Earth 2 #32    -- 27,361 (-  0.6%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 58.0%
1 year  : - 22.5%
2 years : - 40.8%
Since #1: - 73.3%

Final issue. Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.

89 - CATWOMAN ($2.99) 
03/2005: Catwoman #41   -- 22,029
03/2012: Catwoman #7    -- 41,447
03/2013: Catwoman #18   -- 33,220 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Catwoman #29   -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30   -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31   -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32   -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33   -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34   -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 56,939 (+142.3%)
10/2014: Catwoman #35   -- 25,970 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36   -- 26,237 (+  1.0%)
12/2014: Catwoman #37   -- 25,154 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: Catwoman #38   -- 22,386 (- 11.0%)
02/2015: Catwoman #39   -- 26,450 (+ 18.2%)
03/2015: Catwoman #40   -- 26,534 (+  0.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 53.4%
1 year  : + 19.3%
2 years : - 20.1%
10 years: + 20.5%
Since #1: - 64.9%

Adds under 100 copies for its Movie Poster variant issue (Bullitt).

90 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99) 
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Supergirl #29  -- 22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30  -- 23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31  -- 22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32  -- 22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33  -- 22,802 (+  1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34  -- 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 55,706 (+110.1%)
10/2014: Supergirl #35  -- 26,371 (- 52.7%)
11/2014: Supergirl #36  -- 28,373 (+  7.6%)
12/2014: Supergirl #37  -- 26,272 (-  7.4%)
01/2015: Supergirl #38  -- 22,677 (- 13.7%)
02/2015: Supergirl #39  -- 26,304 (+ 16.0%)
03/2015: Supergirl #40  -- 26,528 (+  0.9%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 52.4%
1 year  : + 15.9%
2 years : -  5.4%
5 years : - 11.1%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Adds a couple hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (The Wizard of Oz) sporting final issue.

96 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99) 
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7  -- 36,089
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18 -- 25,664 
 -----------------------------------------
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,529 (+131.7%)
10/2014: Justice League Dark #35 -- 24,462 (- 58.2%)
11/2014: Justice League Dark #36 -- 24,495 (+  0.1%)
12/2014: Justice League Dark #37 -- 23,151 (-  5.5%)
01/2015: Justice League Dark #38 -- 20,222 (- 12.7%)
02/2015: Justice League Dark #39 -- 24,023 (+ 18.8%)
03/2015: Justice League Dark #40 -- 24,816 (+  3.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 57.6%
1 year  : - 15.0%
2 years : -  3.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Adds a few hundred copies for its Movie Poster variant (Beetlejuice) sporting final issue. The planned post-Convergence relaunch will apparently be delayed for a bit.

98, 99, 100, 101 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99) 
10/2014: E2 World's End #1  -- 48,249
10/2014: E2 World's End #2  -- 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #3  -- 38,496 (-  4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #4  -- 37,874 (-  1.6%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #5  -- 36,395 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #6  -- 31,248 (- 14.1%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #7  -- 30,378 (-  2.8%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #8  -- 29,636 (-  2.4%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #9  -- 28,204 (-  4.8%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #10 -- 27,893 (-  1.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #11 -- 27,297 (-  2.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #12 -- 27,256 (-  0.1%)
12/2014: E2 World's End #13 -- 26,942 (-  1.2%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #14 -- 25,600 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #15 -- 25,562 (-  0.1%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #16 -- 25,331 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #17 -- 24,955 (-  1.5%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #18 -- 24,435 (-  2.1%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #19 -- 24,376 (-  0.2%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #20 -- 24,182 (-  0.8%)
02/2015: E2 World's End #21 -- 24,033 (-  0.6%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #22 -- 23,814 (-  0.9%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #23 -- 23,765 (-  0.2%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #24 -- 23,652 (-  0.5%)
03/2015: E2 World's End #25 -- 23,529 (-  0.5%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 51.2%

Continues its small but steady decline as the final issue approaches.

111 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99) 
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3  -- 26,509 (- 14.8%)
01/2015: Gotham Academy #4  -- 22,576 (- 14.8%)
02/2015: Gotham Academy #5  -- 20,844 (-  7.7%)
03/2015: Gotham Academy #6  -- 20,361 (-  2.3%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 53.0%

Standard attrition, but at this level there’s not much room for such things. There’s a Damian Wayne appearance coming post-Convergence to maybe give sales a boost and perhaps entice some new readers to give it a look.

115 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99) 
03/2012: New Guardians #7  -- 48,422
03/2013: New Guardians #18 -- 42,028 
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (-  2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (-  3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (-  3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (-  3.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 55,863 (+153.3%)
10/2014: New Guardians #35 -- 26,702 (- 52.2%)
11/2014: New Guardians #36 -- 25,681 (-  3.8%)
12/2014: New Guardians #37 -- 25,438 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: New Guardians #38 -- 21,992 (- 13.5%)
02/2015: New Guardians #39 -- 20,494 (-  6.8%)
03/2015: New Guardians #40 -- 20,104 (-  1.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 64.0%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 52.2%
Since #1: - 79.2%
116 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99) 
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 43,450
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 
 ----------------------------------
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 56,030 (+146.2%)
10/2014: Red Lanterns #35 -- 26,534 (- 52.6%)
11/2014: Red Lanterns #36 -- 25,654 (-  3.3%)
12/2014: Red Lanterns #37 -- 25,521 (-  0.5%)
01/2015: Red Lanterns #38 -- 21,573 (- 15.5%)
02/2015: Red Lanterns #39 -- 20,546 (-  4.8%)
03/2015: Red Lanterns #40 -- 19,996 (-  2.7%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 64.3%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 43.2%
Since #1: - 77.6%

Final issues for both, straddling either side of the 20K line.

These two titles have pretty much been neck-and-neck together on the chart at the bottom of the GL group since I took over this column in early 2014, and represent the floor of interest in the franchise.

There will be three Green Lantern-related titles post-Divergence–the returning Green Lantern and Sinestro and the new GL: The Lost Army–which is probably still one too many but much more realistic.

117 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99) 
03/2005: Green Arrow #58  -- 31,668
03/2010: Green Arrow #31  -- 28,486
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 
 ----------------------------------
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 61,915 (+170.1%)
10/2014: Green Arrow #35  -- 23,346 (- 62.3%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36  -- 21,842 (-  6.4%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37  -- 20,904 (-  4.3%)
01/2015: Green Arrow #38  -- 20,207 (-  3.3%)
02/2015: Green Arrow #39  -- 19,651 (-  2.8%)
03/2015: Green Arrow #40  -- 19,792 (+  0.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 68.0%
1 year  : - 16.5%
2 years : - 29.5%
5 years : - 18.4%
10 years: - 37.7%
Since #1: - 72.8%

An addition of a bit more than a hundred copies. GA seems to have found its new level since the creative team change. There will likely be a Green Arrow on the slate as long as the Arrow television series is on the air, but I’m not sure if DC will be happy enough with sales at this level for very long. Certainly if they start to drop much lower they’ll have to consider another change.

(Meanwhile, former GA writer Jeff Lemire’s new book for Hawkeye, Marvel’s archer super-hero, debuts with sales over 66K. As with most Marvel debuts that’s inflated with variants and whatnot, but it will be interesting to see where that title eventually settles at. . .)

121 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99) 
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1 -- 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2 -- 30,907 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Arkham Manor #3 -- 28,202 (-  8.8%)
01/2015: Arkham Manor #4 -- 21,617 (- 23.3%)
02/2015: Arkham Manor #5 -- 19,512 (-  9.7%)
03/2015: Arkham Manor #6 -- 18,538 (-  5.0%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 59.6%

Final issue. AFAIK this was not announced as a limited series, but I suspect it wasn’t meant to go beyond six issues.

123 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99) 
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2  -- 27,849 (- 27.5%)
01/2015: Gotham by Midnight #3  -- 21,330 (- 23.4%)
02/2015: Gotham by Midnight #4  -- 18,643 (- 12.6%)
03/2015: Gotham by Midnight #5  -- 17,604 (-  5.6%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 54.2%

I don’t foresee a bright future for this supernaturally-tinged Bat-book.

126 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99) 
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 55,376 (+153.3%)
10/2014: Worlds' Finest #27 -- 20,234 (- 63.5%)
11/2014: Worlds' Finest #28 -- 19,709 (-  2.6%)
12/2014: Worlds' Finest #29 -- 19,001 (-  3.6%)
01/2015: Worlds' Finest #30 -- 18,470 (-  2.8%)
02/2015: Worlds' Finest #31 -- 17,314 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Worlds' Finest #32 -- 17,389 (+  0.4%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 68.6%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 38.9%
Since #1: - 75.0%

Adds seventy-five copies for its final issue.

127 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99) 
03/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #7  -- 38,630
03/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #18 -- 37,731 [42,901]
 ------------------------------
03/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1         -- 54,984 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 -- 19,837 (- 63.9%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 -- 19,245 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 -- 18,723 (-  2.7%)
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 (-  3.8%)
02/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #39 -- 17,270 (-  4.1%)
03/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #40 -- 17,110 (-  0.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 68.9%
1 year  : - 23.3%
2 years : - 30.1%
Since #1: - 75.6%

Final issue. Being relaunched post-Convergence as Red Hood/Arsenal and a separate Starfire series.

129 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99) 
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
09/2004: --
10/2014: Secret Origins #6  -- 24,775 (+  2.7%) 
11/2014: Secret Origins #7  -- 21,377 (- 13.7%) 
12/2014: Secret Origins #8  -- 20,687 (-  3.2%) 
01/2013: Secret Origins #9  -- 18,190 (- 12.1%) 
02/2014: Secret Origins #10 -- 18,312 (+  0.7%) 
03/2014: Secret Origins #11 -- 16,854 (-  8.0%) 
 ----------------
6 months:    n.a.
Since #1: - 56.5%

Final issue. The previous Secret Origins series, which launched post-Crisis, lasted for fifty issues. But the interests of those buying super-hero comics are much different today than they were thirty years ago.

131 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99) 
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4  -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5  -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6  -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7  -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8  -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9  -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10 -- 19,623 (- 6.4%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11 -- 18,642 (- 5.0%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12 -- 18,659 (+ 0.1%)
01/2015: Justice League 3K #13 -- 17,432 (- 6.6%)
02/2015: Justice League 3K #14 -- 16,778 (- 3.8%)
03/2015: Justice League 3K #15 -- 16,604 (- 1.0%)
 ----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 44.9%
Since #1: - 71.2%

Final issue–of a sort. Relaunched as Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.

135 - SWAMP THING ($2.99) 
03/2005: Swamp Thing #13 -- 12,707
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (-  2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+  1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (-  1.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,918 (+195.5%)
10/2014: Swamp Thing #35 -- 17,354 (- 66.6%)
11/2014: Swamp Thing #36 -- 16,840 (-  3.0%)
12/2014: Swamp Thing #37 -- 16,339 (-  3.0%)
01/2015: Swamp Thing #38 -- 15,751 (-  3.6%)
02/2015: Swamp Thing #39 -- 15,360 (-  2.5%)
03/2015: Swamp Thing #40 -- 15,966 (+  3.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 69.2%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 48.0%
10 years: + 25.6%
Since #1: - 78.3%

Adds a few hundred copies for its final issue. Don’t worry Swamp Thing fans–the ol’ muck monster will surely return to comics again someday.

139, 141 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2013: Injustice #3     -- 18,608 [24,469]
 ------------------------
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #11 -- 18,086 (+ 0.1%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #12 -- 17,829 (- 1.4%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 (+ 8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 (- 7.4%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3  -- 17,243 (- 3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4  -- 16,741 (- 2.9%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5  -- 16,611 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6  -- 16,141 (- 2.8%)
01/2015: Injustice Y3 #7  -- 15,796 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #8  -- 15,816 (+ 0.1%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #9  -- 15,345 (- 3.0%)
02/2015: Injustice Y3 #10 -- 15,417 (+ 0.5%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #11 -- 15,526 (+ 0.7%)
03/2015: Injustice Y3 #12 -- 15,322 (- 1.3%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 14.1%
1 year  : - 25.5%
2 years : - 37.0%
Since #1: - 20.1%

Final issues of Year Three. There’s an Annual in April, then Year Four comes to print starting in May.

147 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99) 
03/2005: Hellblazer #206 -- 15,464
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 
 ---------------------------------
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,990 (+232.3%)
10/2014: Constantine #18 -- 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19 -- 15,716 (+  0.4%)
12/2014: Constantine #20 -- 15,574 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: Constantine #21 -- 15,209 (-  2.3%)
02/2015: Constantine #22 -- 14,716 (-  3.2%)
03/2015: Constantine #23 -- 14,530 (-  1.3%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 72.1%
1 year  : - 27.5%
2 years : - 61.3%
5 years : + 41.1%
10 years: -  6.0%
Since #1: - 61.3%

Final issue. Relaunching post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.

151 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
09/2014: Batman '66 #15 -- 16,842 (-21.5%)
10/2014: Batman '66 #16 -- 15,923 (- 5.5%)
11/2014: Batman '66 #17 -- 15,585 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: Batman '66 #18 -- 15,409 (- 1.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Batman '66 #19 -- 14,770 (- 4.1%)
02/2015: Batman '66 #20 -- 14,525 (- 1.7%)
03/2015: Batman '66 #21 -- 14,238 (- 2.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 24.3%
Since #1: - 71.8%

Standard attrition.

154 - MORTAL KOMBAT X (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
01/2015: Mortal Kombat X #1  -- 21,062 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #2  -- 13,277 (- 37.0%) 
02/2015: Mortal Kombat X #3  -- 12,581 (-  5.2%)
03/2015: Mortal Kombat X #4  -- 14,038 (+ 11.6%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 33.3%

A non-trivial rise in the third month; perhaps retailers (as a group) were a bit too severe in their second month order cuts…

155 - BATWOMAN ($2.99) 
03/2012: Batwoman #7    -- 49,227
03/2013: Batwoman #18   -- 31,381 
 --------------------------------
03/2014: Batwoman #29   -- 19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30   -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31   -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32   -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33   -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34   -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 50,914 (+201.1%)
10/2014: Batwoman #35   -- 16,767 (- 67.1%)
11/2014: Batwoman #36   -- 15,795 (-  5.8%)
12/2014: Batwoman #37   -- 15,305 (-  3.1%)
01/2015: Batwoman #38   -- 14,656 (-  4.2%)
02/2015: Batwoman #39   -- 13,987 (-  4.6%)
03/2015: Batwoman #40   -- 13,827 (-  1.1%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 72.8%
1 year  : - 30.0%
2 years : - 55.9%
Since #1: - 84.3%

A fairly small drop for the final issue (though there’s an Annual in April to wrap of the story).

157 - LOBO ($2.99) 
10/2014: Lobo #1  -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2  -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3  -- 20,208 (- 21.9%)
01/2015: Lobo #4  -- 16,889 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: Lobo #5  -- 14,770 (- 12.5%)
03/2015: Lobo #6  -- 13,715 (-  7.1%)
 ----------------
Since #1: - 64.9%

The lowest-selling DCU title not scheduled for cancellation or relaunch post-Convergence.

161 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99) 
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 53,531 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Aquaman & Others #6  -- 17,086 (- 68.1%) 
11/2014: Aquaman & Others #7  -- 15,859 (-  7.2%) 
12/2014: Aquaman & Others #8  -- 14,822 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Aquaman & Others #9  -- 13,586 (-  8.3%) 
02/2015: Aquaman & Others #10 -- 12,821 (-  5.6%) 
03/2015: Aquaman & Others #11 -- 12,444 (-  2.9%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 76.8%
Since #1: - 63.5%

Final issue.

170 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99) 
03/2013: -- 
 ------------------------------------
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11  -- 13,090 (-  5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12  -- 12,718 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13  -- 12,430 (-  2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14  -- 12,144 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15  -- 11,905 (-  2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16  -- 11,721 (-  1.5%)
09/2014: He-Man & MotU #17  -- 11,756 (+  0.3%)
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18  -- 11,501 (-  2.2%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19  -- 11,022 (-  4.2%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1 -- 18,884 (+ 71.3%)
01/2015: He-Man Eternity #2 -- 12,104 (- 35.9%)
02/2015: He-Man Eternity #3 -- 11,700 (-  3.3%)
03/2015: He-Man Eternity #4 -- 11,746 (+  0.4%)
 ---------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years :    n.a.
Since #1: - 37.8%

The new series seems to have found its level, and it’s pretty much where the old series was.

175 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
03/2005: --
03/2010: Astro City DA4 #2 -- 13,118
03/2011: --
03/2012: --
 -----------------------------------
03/2014: Astro City #10    -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11    -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12    -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13    -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14    -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
09/2014: Astro City #15    -- 12,660 (- 3.1%)
10/2014: Astro City #16    -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Astro City #17    -- 12,055 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Astro City #18    -- 11,985 (- 0.6%)
01/2015: Astro City #19    -- 11,734 (- 2.1%)
02/2015: Astro City #20    -- 11,603 (- 1.1%)
03/2015: Astro City #21    -- 11,492 (- 1.0%)
 ----------------
6 months: -  9.2%
1 year  : - 18.5%
5 years : - 12.4%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 58.5%

The top-selling Vertigo title for March.

177 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 -- 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4 -- 16,573 (-  7.9%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5 -- 14,323 (- 13.6%)
01/2015: Sensation Comics #6 -- 12,927 (-  9.7%)
02/2015: Sensation Comics #7 -- 12,115 (-  6.3%)
03/2015: Sensation Comics #8 -- 11,399 (-  5.9%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 48.4%
Since #1: - 61.5%

At this point percentage drops in the 3% range would be preferable.

194 - SUICIDERS (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
02/2015: Suiciders #1  -- 18,275 
03/2015: Suiciders #2  -- 10,585 (- 42.1%)

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

Emblematic of Vertigo’s recent troubles, as a new series by a well-regarded talent only places around 10K copies in its second issue.

187 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 -- 23,501 
11/2014: Flash Season 0 #2 -- 14,287 (- 39.2%) 
12/2014: Flash Season 0 #3 -- 12,247 (- 14.3%) 
01/2015: Flash Season 0 #4 -- 10,806 (- 11.8%) 
02/2015: Flash Season 0 #5 -- 10,450 (-  3.3%) 
03/2015: Flash Season 0 #6 -- 10,188 (-  2.5%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 56.6%

Settling in to standard attrition.

199 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
01/2015: Fables: TWAU #1  -- 13,620 
02/2015: Fables: TWAU #2  -- 10,224 (- 24.9%) 
03/2015: Fables: TWAU #3  --  9,352 (-  8.5%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 31.3%

A typical third issue percentage drop.

203 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99) 
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 -- 15,097 (- 33.4%)
12/2014: Trinity of Sin #3 -- 12,939 (- 14.3%)
01/2015: Trinity of Sin #4 -- 11,016 (- 14.9%)
02/2015: Trinity of Sin #5 --  9,728 (- 11.7%)
03/2015: Trinity of Sin #6 --  9,190 (-  5.5%)
 ---------------
Since #1: - 59.5%

Final issue.

206 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99) 
03/2013: Arrow #5            -- 10,908 
 -------------------------------------
10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 -- 17,364 (+113.1%) 
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 -- 11,121 (- 36.0%) 
12/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #3 --  9,862 (- 11.3%) 
01/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 --  9,302 (-  5.7%) 
02/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 --  9,060 (-  2.6%) 
03/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #6 --  9,055 (-  0.1%) 
 ---------------
2 years : - 17.0%
Since #1: - 47.9%

Five fewer copies than last month, so it looks like Arrow has found its level, at least for now.

207 - STRANGE SPORTS STORIES (Vertigo) ($3.99) 
03/2015: Strange Sports #1 of 4 -- 9,003

A couple of months ago I suggested that anthology titles might be a way forward for Vertigo. I may have been too optimistic on that front…

221 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CONTINUITY (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
03/2013: Smallville S11 #11    -- 16,502
 ---------------------------------------
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
09/2014: Smallville Chaos #2   --  9,801 (- 8.5%)
10/2014: Smallville Chaos #3   --  9,661 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Smallville Chaos #4   --  8,841 (- 8.5%)
12/2014: S'ville Continuity #1 --  9,071 (+ 2.6%)
01/2015: S'ville Continuity #2 --  8,521 (- 6.1%)
02/2015: S'ville Continuity #3 --  8,107 (- 4.9%)
03/2015: S'ville Continuity #4 --  7,901 (- 2.5%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 19.4%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 52.1%
Since #1: - 12.9%

The final issue of Season 11 falls below the 8K line. As more and more standard DC super-hero tropes were brought in to this series, the sales kept dropping. I think they mis-judged what Smallville fans wanted from a comic continuation.

230, 241 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99) 
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 45,586 (+267.9%)
10/2014: Infinity Man & FP #4 -- 10,275 (- 77.5%)
11/2014: Infinity Man & FP #5 --  9,350 (-  9.0%)
12/2014: Infinity Man & FP #6 -- 11,261 (+ 20.4%)
01/2015: Infinity Man & FP #7 --  7,797 (- 30.8%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Infinity Man & FP #8 --  7,363 (-  5.6%)
03/2015: Infinity Man & FP #9 --  6,944 (-  5.7%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 84.3%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Final issue. There were five different art teams over the course of the ten published issues.

235 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 -- 15,865 
01/2015: Wolf Moon #2 of 6 --  8,747 (- 44.9%) 
02/2015: Wolf Moon #3 of 6 --  7,789 (- 11.0%) 
03/2015: Wolf Moon #4 of 6 --  7,124 (-  8.5%) 
 ----------------
Since #1: - 55.1%

The first three issues were returnable, but #4 was not.

244 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6  --  8,333 (- 7.8%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7  --  7,530 (- 9.6%)
12/2014: --
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8  --  6,678 (-11.3%)
02/2015: --
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9  --  6,780 (+ 1.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 18.6%
1 Year  : - 19.8%
Since #1: - 52.7%

Adds about a hundred copies along with Superman.

264 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99) 
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 -- 13,884 (-  9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 -- 11,348 (- 18.3%)
11/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #5 --  8,920 (- 21.4%)
12/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #6 --  7,809 (- 12.5%)
01/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #7 --  7,231 (-  7.4%)
02/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #8 --  6,498 (- 10.1%)
03/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #9 --  6,236 (-  4.0%)
 ---------------
6 months: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 76.1%

Ending in June.

267 - iZOMBIE special edition (Vertigo) ($1.00) 
03/2015: iZombie SE #1 -- 6,077

Reprint of the first issue, presumably to entice those watching the new TV series to check out the trade collections.

(The original printing of issue #1 back in 2010 also had a $1 cover price.)

277 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
09/2014: Coffin Hill #11 --  7,422 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Coffin Hill #12 --  7,136 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: Coffin Hill #13 --  6,752 (- 5.4%)
12/2014: Coffin Hill #14 --  6,410 (- 5.1%)
01/2015: --
02/2015: Coffin Hill #15 --  5,933 (- 7.4%)
03/2015: Coffin Hill #16 --  5,785 (- 2.5%)
 ----------------
6 months: - 22.0%
1 year  : - 42.0%
Since #1: - 76.0%

Standard attrition.

290 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99) 
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (- 37.5%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 --  9,228 (- 79.2%) 
11/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #4 --  7,546 (- 18.2%) 
12/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #5 --  7,173 (-  4.9%) 
01/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #6 --  5,866 (- 18.2%) 
02/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #7 --  5,433 (-  7.4%) 
03/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #8 --  5,125 (-  5.7%) 
 ----------------
6 months: - 88.4%
Since #1: - 72.7%

Final issue of a series that deserved better. The trade collection will be out in August, so give it a go if you’re looking for a solid modern espionage/special forces story (with zombies…)

292 - KLARION ($2.99) 
10/2014: Klarion #1 -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 
11/2014: Klarion #2 -- 11,413 (- 45.3%) 
12/2014: Klarion #3 --  8,418 (- 26.2%) 
01/2015: Klarion #4 --  6,776 (- 19.5%) 
02/2015: Klarion #5 --  5,575 (- 17.7%) 
03/2015: Klarion #6 --  5,091 (-  8.7%) 
 ---------------
Since #1: - 75.6%

Manages to stay above 5K for its final issue.

+300 - EFFIGY (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
01/2015: Effigy #1  -- 11,656 
02/2015: Effigy #2  --  6,408 (- 45.0%) 
03/2015: Effigy #3  --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
11/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 -- 14,066 
12/2014: The Kitchen #2 of 8 --  7,403 (- 47.4%) 
01/2015: The Kitchen #3 of 8 --  6,328 (- 14.5%) 
02/2015: The Kitchen #4 of 8 --  5,153 (- 18.6%) 
03/2015: The Kitchen #5 of 8 --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 -- 17,266 
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 --  9,056 (- 47.6%) 
11/2014: The Names #3 of 8 --  6,926 (- 23.5%) 
12/2014: The Names #4 of 8 --  5,918 (- 14.6%) 
01/2015: The Names #5 of 8 --  5,312 (- 10.2%) 
02/2015: The Names #6 of 8 --  4,965 (-  6.5%) 
02/2015: The Names #7 of 8 --  ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
09/2014: Hinterkind #11 --  ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Hinterkind #12 --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: --
12/2014: Hinterkind #13 --  5,080 
01/2015: Hinterkind #14 --  4,810 (- 5.3%) 
02/2015: Hinterkind #15 --  ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: Hinterkind #16 --  ????? (< 4,917)
 ----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%
+300 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99) 
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
09/2014: --
10/2014: FBP #14     --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: FBP #15     --  5,288
12/2014: FBP #16     --  ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: FBP #17     --  4,707
02/2015: FBP #18     --  ????? (< 4,804)
03/2015: FBP #19     --  ????? (< 4,917)
 ----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
Since #1:   ????%

Five Vertigo series do not make the Top 300 cut-off this month.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99) 
03/2005: Scooby-Doo #94                -- 4,772
03/2010: Scooby-Doo #154               -- 3,846
03/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7  -- 4,522
03/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #19 -- 4,677
03/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #31 -- 4,770
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03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #49 -- ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 -- ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 -- ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #53 -- 4,703 
02/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #54 -- ????? (< 4,804) 
03/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #55 -- ????? (< 4,917) 
 ----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

And not surprisingly Scooby-Doo also misses the cut-off. (And it’s quite possible that it out-sold one or more of the Vertigo titles that was under the cut-off, though there’s no way to be sure.)

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

DC COMICS 
03/2005: 27,349
03/2010: 23,299
03/2011: 23,976
03/2012: 29,697
03/2013: 30,819 **
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03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+  3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+  0.2%)**
08/2014: 28,951 (- 11.6%)**
09/2014: 46,869 (+ 61.9%)**
10/2014: 31,598 (- 32.6%)**
11/2014: 28,654 (-  9.3%)**
12/2014: 29,047 (+  1.4%)**
01/2015: 24,289 (- 16.4%)
02/2015: 24,537 (+  1.0%)**
03/2015: 23,466 (-  4.4%)**
 ----------------
6 months: - 49.9%
1 year  : - 12.4%
2 years : - 23.9%
5 years : +  0.7%
10 years: - 14.2%

DC UNIVERSE 
03/2005: 34,864
03/2010: 32,375
03/2011: 26,720
03/2012: 33,229
03/2013: 32,294**
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03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,945 (-  4.2%) 
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%) 
09/2014: 63,401 (+ 73.0%)** 
10/2014: 39,978 (- 36.9%)
11/2014: 36,710 (-  8.2%)
12/2014: 34,882 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: 30,680 (- 12.0%)
02/2015: 32,403 (+  5.6%)
03/2015: 28,559 (- 11.9%)
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6 months: - 55.0%
1 year  : - 10.8%
2 years : - 11.6%
5 years : - 11.8%
10 years: - 18.1%

VERTIGO 
03/2005: 13,094
03/2010: 11,394
03/2011: 10,450
03/2012: 12,688
03/2013: 11,055 
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03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)** 
08/2014:  9,082 (- 42.5%)
09/2014: 10,022 (+ 10.4%)**
10/2014:  9,066 (-  9.5%)**
11/2014:  8,511 (-  6.1%)**
12/2014: 13,195 (+ 55.0%)**
01/2015:  8,361 (- 36.6%)
02/2015:  8,612 (+  3.0%)**
03/2015:  7,055 (- 15.6%)**
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6 months: - 29.6%
1 year  : - 63.2%
2 years : - 36.2%
5 years : - 38.1%
10 years: - 46.1%

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

– 0.1% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
– 9.2% – Astro City
– 14.1% – Injustice
– 15.5% – Batman ’66
– 18.6% – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
– 19.4% – Smallville Season 11
– 21.3% – Batman Eternal
– 22.0% – Coffin Hill
– 22.5% – New 52 – Futures End
– 24.7% – The Multiversity
– 35.5% – Superman
– 35.6% – Batman and Robin
– 38.6% – Batgirl
– 39.0% – Teen Titans
– 41.6% – Detective Comics
– 43.9% – Harley Quinn
– 45.3% – Green Lantern
– 45.5% – Flash
– 46.6% – Grayson
– 48.4% – Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
– 48.7% – Action Comics
– 49.6% – Green Lantern Corps
– 50.3% – BAtman/Superman
– 50.3% – Aquaman
– 52.4% – Supergirl
– 53.3% – Sinestro
– 53.4% – Catwoman
– 55.1% – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
– 56.4% – Justice League United
– 57.6% – Justice League Dark
– 58.0% – Earth 2
– 58.6% – New Suicide Squad
– 64.0% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 64.3% – Red Lanterns
– 68.0% – Green Arrow
– 68.6% – Worlds’ Finest
– 68.9% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 69.2% – Swamp Thing
– 72.1% – Constantine
– 72.8% – Batwoman
– 76.8% – Aquaman and the Others
– 84.3% – Infinity Man and the Forever People
– 88.4% – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie









































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

+ 49.4% – Superman
+ 47.7% – Teen Titans
+ 37.4% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 25.6% – Batgirl
+ 24.6% – Batman and Robin
+ 19.3% – Catwoman
+ 15.9% – Supergirl
+ 15.5% – Flash
+ 11.6% – Action Comics
+ 11.0% – Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 6.0% – Harley Quinn
+ 6.0% – Green Lantern Corps
+ 1.2% – Detective Comics
– 4.4% – Aquaman
– 7.6% – Green Lantern
– 10.3% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
– 15.0% – Justice League Dark
– 15.2% – Swamp Thing
– 16.5% – Green Arrow
– 18.5% – Astro City
– 19.8% – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
– 20.5% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 20.5% – Red Lanterns
– 22.5% – Earth 2
– 23.3% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 24.3% – Batman ’66
– 25.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 25.5% – Injustice
– 27.5% – Constantine
– 30.0% – Batwoman
– 32.3% – Worlds’ Finest
– 42.0% – Coffin Hill
– 44.9% – Justice League 3000































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

+157.3% – Deathstroke
+ 26.1% – Superman
+ 20.7% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
– 3.3% – Justice League Dark
– 5.4% – Supergirl
– 7.9% – Flash
– 8.8% – Teen Titans
– 17.0% – Arrow
– 19.3% – Batgirl
– 20.1% – Catwoman
– 24.3% – Grayson
– 26.4% – Detective Comics
– 29.5% – Green Arrow
– 29.6% – Batman and Robin
– 30.1% – Red Hood and the Outlaws
– 33.5% – Green Lantern Corps
– 37.0% – Injustice
– 38.2% – Action Comics
– 38.9% – Worlds’ Finest
– 39.2% – Aquaman
– 40.8% – Earth 2
– 43.2% – Red Lanterns
– 48.0% – Swamp Thing
– 52.1% – Smallville Season 11
– 52.2% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 55.9% – Batwoman
– 61.3% – Constantine

























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

+ 57.4% – Superman
+ 48.9% – Teen Titans
+ 41.1% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 35.1% – Batgirl
+ 34.9% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 30.2% – Detective Comics
+ 29.7% – Action Comics
– 11.1% – Supergirl
– 12.4% – Astro City
– 18.4% – Green Arrow
– 36.8% – Batman and Robin
– 56.5% – Green Lantern
– 61.7% – Green Lantern Corps











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

+ 69.0% – Aquaman
+ 45.1% – Batgirl
+ 42.5% – Detective Comics
+ 25.6% – Swamp Thing
+ 20.5% – Catwoman
+ 5.1% – Grayson (Nightwing)
– 6.0% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
– 6.5% – Action Comics
– 21.1% – Flash
– 37.7% – Green Arrow
– 43.4% – Teen Titans
– 50.2% – Superman










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

DCU: Average: 28,559. Median: 27,873.

2.3 – Harley Quinn
2.0 – Detective Comics
1.9 – Batman and Robin
1.8 – Superman
1.7 – Multiversity
1.6 – Batman Eternal
1.5 – Batman/Superman
1.5 – Green Lantern
1.4 – Grayson
1.4 – Detective Comics Endgame
1.3 – Flash
1.3 – Teen Titans
1.3 – Action Comics
1.1 – Aquaman
1.1 – Batgirl Endgame
1.1 – Justice League United
1.1 – Deathstroke
1.1 – New Suicide Squad
1.0 – New 52 Futures End
1.0 – Green Lantern Corps
1.0 – Sinestro
1.0 – Earth 2
0.9 – Catwoman
0.9 – Supergirl
0.9 – Justice League Dark
0.8 – Earth 2 World’s End
0.7 – Gotham Academy
0.7 – Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.7 – Red Lanterns
0.7 – Green Arrow
0.6 – Arkham Manor
0.6 – Gotham By Midnight
0.6 – Worlds’ Finest
0.6 – Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.6 – Secret Origins
0.6 – Justice League 3000
0.6 – Swamp Thing
0.5 – Constantine
0.5 – Batwoman
0.5 – Lobo
0.4 – Aquaman and the Others
0.3 – Trinity of Sin
0.3 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.2 – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.2 – Klarion











































Vertigo: Average: 7,055*. Median: 5,785*

1.6 – Astro City
1.5 – Suiciders
1.3 – Fables: The Wolf Among Us
1.3 – Strange Sports Stories
1.0 – Wolf Moon
0.8 – Coffin Hill
0.7 – Effigy *
0.7 – The Kitchen *
0.7 – The Names *
0.7 – Hinterkind *
0.7 – FBP *









Digital First & Other: Average: 15,415*. Median: 11,399*

4.8 – Batman Arkham Knight
1.0 – Injustice
0.9 – Batman ’66
0.9 – Mortal Kombat X
0.8 – He-Man Eternity War
0.7 – Sensation Comics
0.7 – Flash Season Zero
0.6 – Arrow Season 2.5
0.5 – Smallville Continuity
0.4 – Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.4 – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.3 – Scooby Doo Where Are You? *










The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]”). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it’s a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.

Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the National Weather Service, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

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

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12. Walking The Game Beat: Arkham Knight DLC, Just Cause 3, Star Wars Sales All Over The Place

As if we didn’t have enough games to get excited over this year, now we can add one more over the top action title to that list. Also, how much is too much for DLC? With May 4th quickly approaching, Star Wars is dropping prices of its old games on new multiple platforms. Indie gaming fans can enjoy a new documentary chronicling its punk rock like rise. Let’s Go!

 

Game developer Avalanche Studios previously announced in December that their comic book game was 100% canceled. It was rumored to have been a Superman game, but we may never actually know what it was. As the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on” and today the developer dropped an action packed trailer on the PlayStation blog for their new game Just Cause 3 published by Square Enix. The trailer also announced the game would have a “holiday 2015″ release date.

Our Thought:

Look at it! He’s skydiving onto another plane! He took out a parking garage with the jet. No clue what the hell it’s about, but I know I want to play it now. With E3 around the corner we’re sure to find out more information about the game. Since the trailer debuted on a PlayStation operated news source, it’s pretty safe to say the platform is going to get some exclusive features. It’s also hard to say what the exact release date would be since the Star Wars and Call of Duty games are taking the November window. Unless it lands the week between the two games, an early December release is likely.

The studio behind Just Cause is also simultaneously developing the open world Mad Max game that was announced in 2013 and promoted with some sweet Shane Davis art. Sadly the piece didn’t make it onto the final box art :(

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We had Star Wars Celebration in April, now May the 4th be with you is coming. To celebrate, a ton of LucasArts Star Wars games are on sale on digital platforms such as Xbox Live, PSN, and Steam. For the first time on PlayStation classic Star Wars games come to PSN for PS3: Star Wars StarfighterStar Wars Bounty HunterStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars: Racer Revenge.

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As if that weren’t enough, PlayStation owners can download free themes for their PS3/PS4. Also if you follow @heyplaystation on twitter you have a chance to win one of those fancy Storm Trooper PS4 boxes along with a few other things from Star Wars Celebration.

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Our thought: 

There’s a generation of gamers who became Star Wars fans without getting to enjoy some of these classic games. Opportunities to rectify that don’t come this cheap. I’ll also say that I’m probably one of the few people I know who actually liked Racer Revenge.


 

Even more details are surfacing about Batman:Arkham Knight. This time WB Interactive and Rocksteady announced via twitter that a season pass option for the game would be available for $40. The pass will offer up new content for six months after the game’s release in June, meaning through the end of the year. What is the content you ask? A press release from Warner Bros. reveals that new Batmobile skins, “advanced” challenge maps, alternate character skins, story missions, new villains,  and additional drivable race tracks are also included with the Arkham Knight Season Pass.

A special Arkham Knight Premium Edition will also be available that comes with the game and DLC pass. This special edition will only be available digitally through PSN, Xbox, and PC digital.

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Our thought:

While I’ve never been disappointed with Rocksteady’s Arkham games out of the box, their subsequent DLC such as Harley’s Revenge and Catwoman left a little to be desired. Those story bits felt like unnecessary dead stops to the narrative. $40 isn’t the most expensive season pass option in gaming but that brings up the cost of the game to $100, just to get the complete experience. That bill is even more depending on what edition of the game you’re buying. While I understand the need to save spoilers from the main story by not giving more details about the content, it’s a price tag that warrants more information for consumers.


 

A recently released documentary chronicling the groundswell of independent game makers is getting a lot of talk around the Internet. GameLoading: Rise of the Indies shows the struggles of creating a game without the backing or confinement of big corporate publishers. There’s tons of in-depth interviews with popular game creators and the icons that founded id Software. The documentary even touches a bit on the #gamergate controversy that surrounds Zoe Quinn. The film is available digitally on its website and on PSN, Xbox Live, Steam, and iTunes.

Our thought:

It’s a great snapshot of the indie gaming scene. Anyone whose habitually stuck to the big triple A games may find themselves looking through a giant catalogue of small games to find their next enjoyable video game experience.

 

So what about you, how much is too much for DLC? Would you have liked another Superman game? What were some of your favorite Star Wars games?

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13. Walking the Game Beat: Batman, Disney Infinity 2.0, Call of Duty, RIP Silent Hills

What a 48hrs it’s been. Gamers have been given reason to cheer and cry. Such weight that can only be decompressed with hours of performing Mortal Kombat X fatalities.

Wait that ain’t it… oh well let’s talk about some of the major news video games has recently bombarded us with.

On Sunday, Treyarch showed off the first full trailer for the next installment of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Black Ops III comes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC this November.

Now the series has become a yearly expectation, not unlike a new Madden Football game or MLB The Show. Hell, the game has even aided in giving birth to pro gaming leagues where Mountain Dew fueled players compete for bragging rights and copious amounts of cash. So what can a new installment bring that we haven’t seen before? Bigger combat arenas allowed the game to boast a 4-player co-op campaign. For the first time in the franchise’s history, the campaign’s protagonist is fully customizable. In addition to upgrading abilities, changing your character’s appearance and tweaking weapons, players can pick the gender of their Call of Duty hero. Black Ops also brings back Zombie survival mode, where players obliterate wave after wave of the undead. This time the mode comes with a full character progression system similar to multiplayer.

Being the third CoD game by Treyarch, the group is leaving nothing out. Come November we’ll see wall running, underwater combat, unlimited sprinting, the ability to customize your solider as a heroic female in the campaign, and swimming. Yes according to the developer certain battle arenas will have areas where players can have their solider swim while still controlling weapons and combat. Though we haven’t seen much of how this development will affect the game, it sure does sound like a thing they threw in after the art directors pool party. The one thing the game really needs is a new Jim Lee drawn cover.

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Cause this weird “I gotta go to the bathroom but I don’t want to put my guns down” box ain’t cutting it.

 

WtolZw1Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set to release on November 6, 2015. Preordering through Gamestop will get you access to the upcoming beta.


 

 

Disney Infinity 2.0 finally released their mobile app on Android today. The guesstimated five of us that don’t have iPhones can now:

Create your own worlds and games starring over 60 of your favorite Marvel and Disney characters! Marvel Super Heroes come to Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0, with some of your favorite characters including the Avengers, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Also explore some of your favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters from Frozen (Elsa & Anna), Big Hero 6 (Hiro & Baymax), Brave (Merida), Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc, and more!

For anyone that hasn’t picked up any Disney Infinity console and PC version… yes the cost goes beyond what you’ll initially pay after the starter set. This is just the new trend in gaming. These miniature versions of Mickey Mouse, Venom, Jack Sparrow, and Baymax we all have to buy are the new form of downloadable content for games. Though they have the distinction of having desk/shelf potential for collectors, it can still add up to serious coin, which is why it’s a nice feature that you can use web code cards from your physical Disney Infinity Figures to unlock characters in the mobile game. Such a novelty is essentially making the content transferable through all the platforms that gives it a value other games could learn from.

Now if we could just get those Legos and Amibos to talk to each other.

Plus look at the meme potential!

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As we talked a little about yesterday, Batman: Arkham Knight or as I call it “That thing I’m not going to work the week of June 23rd for,” dropped a new trailer that included the long awaited story playability of Nightwing, Robin, and Catwoman (I don’t count Arkham City cause you had to download her). The feature looks to be similar to what Grand Theft Auto 5 did with switching between three main characters at the push of a button at any time.

Here it is again in all it’s glory:

Two-Face, Oracle, Azrael, and the bat-plane also appear in the trailer. In addition to all this, pre-ordering the game get’s you a playable Harley Quinn in the game’s challenge maps and if you do it through GameStop then the Red Hood (Jason Todd) will also be yours. The game’s “Mature” rating doesn’t shine through in the trailer but you can see a level of despair that hasn’t been hit in the series yet, and that’s saying a lot because Arkham City wasn’t exactly sunshine and roses.

Fortunately we won’t have to wait too much longer as the game is locked into releasing worldwide June 23, 2015 on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

In the meantime, have you figured out who “Johnny Charisma” is yet?


 

Before we start the rundown of what gaming comics will be in stores this week, we should take a moment of “silence” for Silent Hills. Last year the world was told to play the creepy ass downloadable game P.T. In it, you’re put in the shoes of a man trapped in the hallways of a house where some supernatural depressing Scooby Doo ghost shit is going down.  The erie vibrance and mind bending nature of the situation made the game a brief but intense ride. Then at the end players find out that this is just a “Playable Teaser” for a game called Silent Hills. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re then told the game is being developed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and master film director Guillermo Del Torro. Then as if that isn’t enough we’re told Daryl Dixon himself, Norman Reedus, is going to  model and voice the main character.

Yesterday, Konami confirmed our worst fears and officially canceled Silent Hills.

For fans of the Silent Hill series; the teaser was like being defibrillated back to life. A franchise whose better days were behind them, only showing mere glimpses of awesome in comics being published by IDW, was going to make a comeback. For a brief moment two storytelling giants that specialize in the bizarre were going to give fans the game they knew this series could be and P.T was the proof.

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What went wrong? While we may never know the real answer to that, at least until someone makes the documentary about all this ten years from now; the writing had been on the wall for quite sometime. Rumors surrounding Kojima leaving Konami after Metal Gear Solid 5 turned into plausible scenarios. Though he doesn’t look it, Hideo Kojima is like 50 something years old (Somewhere there’s an attic with a painting of an old Hideo Kojima screaming cause this guy doesn’t age). If he feels it’s time to move on and tell a new story then he’s earned that right. Most feel that he’ll put his passion for Hollywood to use. Then, Konami itself is starting to show signs of restructuring to focus on other ventures like gambling; they even pulled themselves from the New York Stock Exchange. Though, if you look at their numbers, it was apparent very little trading happened in the US for them. Both parites will undoutebly be okay as their names and properties alone could keep them afloat for years.

There’s the matter of Guillermo Del Torro. He was the first one to come out and say that he was no longer working on Silent Hills. The news was just the latest in a string of incomplete projects the filmmaker has in his portfolio; Justice League Dark and Haunted Mansion (announced at SDCC 2010 but only now finding its star) come to mind . It looks like Pacific Rim 2 will be done before either of those movies gets to theaters. In the end the tragic news of Silent Hills doesn’t fall on Del Torro, he’s a gamer and a storyteller who wanted to create art with a man he sees as a legend. When it became apparent that the legend was leaving the table, he decided not to do the project.

Kojima will be okay, Del Torro will be okay, Konami will be okay; the only real casualties here are all of us because we’ll never know what could have been.

 


 

Gaming Comics 4/29:

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The Year of Magic is over, and the stalemate between Superman’s regime and Batman’s resistance continues. But some mysteries remain to be explained, like the true start of John Constantine’s involvement. What secret role did Dr. Occult play? And what have the Titans been up to all this time?
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(W) Tom Siddell, Jim Zub (A) Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh (CA) Ian McGinty
Based on the popular card game. A squad of space marines are sent to investigate a colony that has recently fallen out of contact, but when they get there, they find the first signs of nonhuman life are super annoying. Plus, an exclusive game card is included with every copy of the first printing!
Sonic Boom #7 (Archie Comics)
(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Matt Herms & Various
It’s wacky-racin’ adventure in “Everybody’s Super Sonic Racing” Part Two: Dr. Eggman’s fun and “friendly” go-kart challenge has turned deadly! But, really, who didn’t see that “twist” coming? Can Sonic salvage the race and prove to the bad doctor he can win fair and square? More importantly, can Sonic survive long enough to return to the race course?! Discover the fate of life, limb and ego in this super-fast story with cover art from Sonic comic fav Jamal Peppers, and an all-new “insubordination” variant cover from painter Erik Ly!

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14. Batman: Arkham Knight, Now With More Nightwing, Robin, and Azrael?

Here it is:

Batman: Arkham Knight developer, Rocksteady are ending their Arkham series with a nuke. Today’s trailer shows off a new feature for the series. This time around players will have the ability to switch between characters from the Bat-family. The trailer shows Nightwing and Robin executing co-op attacks on enemies. Previously these characters have only appeared as DLC for the game’s challenge maps, but now their going to be a part of the campaign narrative.

In addition comic fans will recognize the character known as Azrael. No word on if this version is Jean Paul Valley, who took over the mantle of the bat during the Knightfall storyline in the comics. So far all the marketing materials points to a bold move from the developer that may spell the demise of Batman.

Batman: Arkham Knight comes to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC June 23.

We’ll talk more about this latest trailer and the Silent Hill cancelation this evening, in the meantime what are your thoughts about this new Batman trailer?

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15. Let Jared Leto’s Joker wish you a happy Friday night!

For weeks and weeks, we kept getting teases about Jared Leto‘s hair, his voice, and any other scrap of information that the internet could pull together about what his Joker looks like in David Ayer‘s upcoming Suicide Squad.

The wait is over folks, as Ayer has tweeted out the first official Joker photo in honor of the Joker’s 75th anniversary:

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Not sure how I feel about the grille, and some of the tattoos (though they line up pretty well with the rumors that this Joker would look a bit like Jim Lee‘s from All Star Batman and Robin), but there’s something really unsettling about Leto’s appearance here…dare I say, it captures the kind of manic energy I was hoping we’d see in our next on-screen Joker. I’m rather creeped out looking at him, and that may be just the desired effect that Ayer and his team are going for.

Also, while I know that’s a riff on the whole “tear on the face” prison tattoo bit he has going on there…is that maybe a “J” for Jason Todd? Possibly a stretch, but we did apparently see a Robin costume in that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.

I’m sure this totally won’t dominate the weekend at all.

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16. Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello planning THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE for fall — UPDATED

Always three there are…for many months rumors have been swirling about Frank Miller penning, at least, a third volume in his Dark Knight series, and it’s now been confirmed via the above tweet. It’s the 30th anniversary of the original Dark Knight in 1986 so how better the celebrate than with a NEW DARK KNIGHT!

While Miller’s health has been in question in recent years, we’re told he remains sharp as a tack and eager to take on this project. Given the controversy over his recent Holy Terror, the title—referencing The Master Race—could presage even more controversy.

Brian Azzarello will be the co-writer on the projects, which will come out twice monthly, run for eight issues and start in late fall 2015. The art team has yet to be announced.
 
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” said Miller, “but we’ll do our best.”
 
“We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman,” according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike.”
 
According to Azzarello, “It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”
 
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UDPATE: This was announced on a panel at C2E2 by Azzarello, according to CBR:

“For the past six months, I’ve been working with Frank Miller to bring the next chapter in the ‘Dark Knight’ to light,” he said. It’s been humbling. I’ve learned a lot, and I call him sensei. It’s a really, really big project.”

Miller confirmed the news himself via Twitter (his first tweet in three and a half years), releasing promotional art from the story and stating, “I hope that by now my silence is deafening.” In the official press release, DC Comics billed the story as “the epic conclusion of the celebrated ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ saga.”

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17. YouTube video brings some color back into Man of Steel

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Man of Steel is endlessly fascinating to me. While I appreciated the central thesis: “How would Earth react to finding out there’s life on other planets?”, some of the choices made have been the source of discussion for years now. The one that I found always stuck out most was the desaturated color palette that director Zack Snyder used to reflect the more dour themes of the movie.

While it makes sense in concept, a more realistic Superman should probably be reflected tonally in the visuals, it ended up lessening some of the splendor of the film for me personally. Man of Steel had some of the best visual effects and action cinematography (the two areas in which Snyder really excels) of any superhero film, but the overwhelming sense of grey made everything look rather sludgey.

Now, thanks to the folks at VideoLab, we get a chance to see a somewhat brighter take on the material. Their team turns the color up a bit and show us what Man of Steel would look like if it were just a bit more red and blue. Check it out and gaze at what might have been:

For what it’s worth, we’re all still debating the film to this day, so clearly somebody did something right. That’s more than we can say for some of the lesser Marvel offerings or the latest Spider-Man picture.

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18. Jill Thompson is working on ” A Very Selfish Princess” a standalone Wonder Woman graphic novel

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I was at HeroesCon a few years back and ran into Jill Thompson. “Whatcha working on, Jill?” I asked. She said it was secret, but showed me a page of art with an island on it. So I guess that Jill Thompson’s Wonder Woman project has been a badly kept “Secret” for a while. However on FB yesterday she cleared up what the project is and even gave it a name:

hMy upcoming Wonder Woman Graphic Novel is a stand alone story written and illustrated by me. My letterer is Jason Arthur. It is set in my own personal continuity. Not Earth 1. Not any established DC place. Grant Morrison is not involved. He has his own thing. This one is All made up by me. All written by me and all painted by me. The title of the story is called The Very Selfish Princess and I hope you love it as much as I do! Check with DC for the release date!

It is safe to say this project has been in the works for a long time, but one thing is certain, it will be gorgeous when its done! It also fits in well with the whole “super heroes for girls” initiative DC announced yesterday. More Wonder Woman!

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19. The official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is here

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And as predicted, the official teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has dropped via Zack Snyder‘s twitter feed:

 

What do you think? Sound off below, and have a great weekend!

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20. Gaze at the glory of the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice posters

Last night, Zack Snyder unleashed the latest marketing volley in the growing behemoth that is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by tweeting out the posters that will likely adorn theater walls this year in promotion of the 2016 effort.

In short? They’re surprisingly well done. Unlike most movie posters which go the boring floating head route, or crowd characters into every possible inch of the landscape, this actually takes a bit of a pop art edge and displays a modicum of creativity.

So, bravo marketing team at Warners! You win this round for sure.

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21. The Death of Superman Lives trailer considers what might have been

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You’ve all heard the story, in the late 90’s, Tim Burton was scheduled to direct a Superman film entitled Superman Lives, which was to be written by Kevin Smith and star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel.

It was to be a radically different take on Superman that makes Man of Steel look traditional by comparison. It also never came to be for a number of different reasons. With The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, a new documentary by AMC Movie Talk’s Jon Schnepp, this fascinating chapter in this history of DC’s biggest icon is explored in depth.

Check out the trailer below for the film, which opens in select theaters on May 1st and expands on July 9th.

The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood’s most enthralling ‘what could have been’ stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay (‘Superman Lives’). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.

This documentary, directed by Jon Schnepp, features interviews with director Tim Burton; producers Jon Peters and Lorenzo diBonaventura; screenwriters Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, and Dan Gilroy; production designer Rick Heinrichs; special effects artist Steve Johnson; storyboard artist Tim Burgard; costume designer Colleen Atwood, and many more. This film delivers an inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made.

Sounds like something I need to see. On a related note, Superman vs. Hollywood is a great book that digs into this subject and all of the projects that came before and after (stopping short of Man of Steel).

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22. The New 52 is now the Old 52: a look back

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With Convergence, aka Atlas Moving Vans, now rolling out in the DCU and the New 24 about to launch, several websites have taken a look back at The New 52, which launched in September of 2011 and super-charged the comics industry. As I’ve written several times before, the pr for the New 52 immediately lifted the entire comics industry with more customers coming into stores and finding a lot of new comics to read. Call it the Millennial Rush. The debut of Saga #1 six months later hooked those who were just nibbling and he rest is history: record breaking sales.

While the New 52 was a commercial success, the books themselves were a mixed bag. The entire initiative was put together so quickly that a lot of books ended up being “beauty pageants” where several writers pitched at the same time, and some of them even thought they had the gig until the very last second. People were butthurt right from the gitgo. While the number of books — yes, 52 — remained steady for quite a while, the creative teams soon started resembling a game of beach blanket bingo, people came and went with revolving door frequency and sales generally stayed on a “general attrition” trajectory.

But there’s no denying that the New 52 was the most successful and audacious launch of the “modern” comics era…whatever you call that. (Definitions in the comments are welcome.) Or at least since the Ultimate line.

There were 68 titles; 20 of them lasted all 40 issues; 12 of them will make it past Convergence. (Titles with an asterisk are the ones moving on to the Nü DC:) Action Comics*, Aquaman*, Batgirl*, Batman*, Batman and Robin, Batwoman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman*, Detective Comics*, The Flash*, Green Arrow*, Green Lantern*, Justice League*, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Red Lanterns, Suicide Squad, Supergirl, Superman,* Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman*.

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As you can see the titles that made it are the titles you’d expect in the core DC line. Surely no one expected to see Red Hood and the Outlaws make it to the 52 finish line, but then the New 52 saw many strange things, like the resurgence of Scott Lobdell’s writing career, a brief resurgence for Rob Liefeld’s writing career, and scores of foreign artists with hard to spell names filling in all over the place.

A couple of sites have more in depth looks at the legacy. Steve Foxe at Paste magazine has a Talking Dead-style In Loving Memory: All 68 DC Comics That Have Come and Gone Within the New 52 slideshow with EVERY WRITER AND ARTIST that worked on the books. God bless.

The New 52, for all of its initial commercial success, has often had a rocky relationship with critics as well as longtime fans up in arms over changes to decades-old characters. Nearly four years after its debut, DC is using its cross-country corporate move to Burbank, California as an opportunity to officially end the New 52 banner and do another reshuffling, wrapping up all but 25 of its current ongoing titles and debuting 24 new series in June once the Convergence crossover wraps up.

Kelly Harrass at Panels on Pages has an even more in depth history in two parts, here and here with such bleak notations as the following:

In its 30 issue run, Suicide Squad had 4 writers and 16 artists.


Harass also notes:

In this climate, it’s hard to look at the fact that only 12 of the original 52 survived and say that there’s anything wrong with that number. It’s not like DC is a failure. Books just get cancelled more often now. I’d be interested to see how many Marvel series that were going when the New 52 started are still running. We’re just seeing shorter volumes these days.


Which is a good equalizer. The bottom line on the new 52 will be for history to judge, but it will be no surprise to say that the books that were the best has the most steady art teams—Batman and Wonder Woman most notably. There may have been laughable moments and questionable editorial decisions, but for many new comics readers, The New 52 will forever be what got them hooked. Its legacy will live on.

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23. Common takes another stab at the DC Universe for Suicide Squad

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It’s time to hop in the “Way Way Back Machine”, all the way to 2007 when Mad Max mastermind George Miller had lined up his cast for Warner Bros’ first attempt at a big screen interpretation of the Justice League. Entitled Justice League: Mortal, Miller’s film would have seen new versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, The Flash, and Green Lantern team up to take on Max Lord. The important part of the tale: in the role of Green Lantern was Hip Hop Artist Common, who at the time only had one film and a few television appearances to his credit.

Justice League: Mortal died on the vine after entering pre-production, being tabled due to shooting location tax issues and poor buzz surrounding the script. Once The Dark Knight happened, it was all basically forgotten anyway.

Common went on to become an Oscar winning songwriter and appear in a number of films since, as well as having a starring role in the AMC drama Hell on Wheels. But, as Henry Cavill learned when he was cast as Superman after losing out on the role the first time to Brandon Routh, if a studio is hot on you, there’s always a chance they’ll find another spot.

Thusly, THR is reporting that Common has been cast in Suicide Squad in an undisclosed role. Production has already begun on the picture in Toronto, and the cast had their initial table read of the script already, so it’s possible that his role is not a particularly large one (for this film anyway) or the script is being rewritten to accommodate him. Who really knows? Bronze Tiger has been the popular guess among the superhero movie beat, but that seems like too easy a guess.

Perhaps John Stewart is making a pre-Justice League appearance? Wouldn’t that be funny?

Suicide Squad opens on August 5, 2016. Common is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan.

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24. DC and partners to launch DC Super Hero Girls universe for girls

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Little girls like superheroes! At least that’s what WB’s hopes with a while new universe created just for girls aged 6-12. As announced in a news blast the new line will come with heavy hitting partners, including Mattel, which will launch its first ever action figures for girls, Random House and Lego. Dolls for girls! Inconceivable!

While the news is a stunner for the long boy-focused DC Entertainment line, with the swift evolution of comics to a co-ed undertaking, it’s only good business. Plus, if you hang around Disney long enough you’ll notice two things: #1 girl-based licensing programs like Disney Princesses make billions of dollars. #2 people like superheroes.

Put em both together and you MIGHT have a winner.

The last time DC went after girls proper was the ill-fated Minx line, which launched in 2006 with a line of short graphic novels aimed at girls. Creative teams that were mostly male and distribution confusion made this generally a non-starter, but it was definitely ahead of its time. In years past pundit after pundit has wondered why there is no Wonder Woman program for young girls, as the aspirational nature of the character makes it a no brainer, and merch sells well to moms already. Well, the wondering is over.

In addition the announcement makes it clear that the “bildungsroman” genre will be well represented here—and so the giant pile of rejected “young Diana” pitches over the years from Tintin Pantoja, Ben Caldwell and many more are now ahead of their time.

One thing’s for certain: West Coast DC is going to be a VERY VERY DIFFERENT PLACE than East Coast DC.

PR below:

WARNER BROS. AND DC ENTERTAINMENT

Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Featuring DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.
Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero.
“DC Entertainment is home to the most iconic and well-known Super Heroes including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. “DC Super Hero Girls represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters. I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.”
The initial launch of DC Super Hero Girls in Fall 2015 will include an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play. TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.
“Developing a Super Hero franchise exclusively for girls that includes all of the key components of a comprehensive entertainment experience—from content to consumer products—is something we are excited to be doing in conjunction with our great partners,” said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “It’s really an honor to be part of this cultural moment and to be delivering a concept so rooted in a relatable and empowered theme that the characters of DC Comics are uniquely able to present.”
As master toy licensee, Mattel is collaborating with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Consumer Products on DC Super Hero Girls’ narrative creation, interactive digital activations and ultimately a toy line launching in 2016. Mattel category-leading firsts include a line of characters for the action figure category, an area of the industry that has been primarily developed with boys in mind, and fashion dolls featuring strong, athletic bodies that stand on their own in heroic poses.
“Partnering with the best and being the best partner is of paramount importance,” said Richard Dickson, President, Chief Operating Officer, Mattel. “Together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will further expand our already powerful girls portfolio. We know Super Hero is a culturally relevant theme and the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will engage and inspire girls, providing cues to explore heroic acts through play and into real life.”
The Random House Books for Young Readers imprint of Random House Children’s Books has been appointed the master publishing partner for the franchise and will be creating a portfolio of books that will bring the DC Super Hero Girls world to life, beginning in Spring 2016. Random House’s publishing program will be complemented by a series of original graphic novels from DC Entertainment. The LEGO Group will also be key to building the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, leveraging their experience and success engaging girls in creative construction play to bolster this universe through an array of LEGO® building sets designed to inspire girls’ imaginations. Additionally, consumer products partners around the world will be engaged in creating a merchandise line dedicated to DC Super Hero Girls across all key categories.






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25. Review: Convergence #3, This Cold War Starts to Warm Up

CONVERGENCE #3

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Story: Jeff King

Art: Stephen Segovia

Colors: Aspen MLT

Inks: Jason Paz

Letters: Travis Lanham

Publisher: DC Comics

 

We’re about a quarter of the way through DC Comics event, Convergence. So far we’ve seen a lot of xenophobic worlds bent on destroying one another at the behest of Brianiac’s global caretaker Telos in all the satellite books. Seeing, literally, the exact same threatening words from Telos in multiple books is making that premise wear a bit thin. The event’s spine series has a little more going on than those titles, but we’re at a point where Convergence needs to punch it to fifth gear. So why is it starting to feel like it’s stuck in second?

After saving the mysterious Deimos in the last issue, the survivors of Earth-2 will follow him to the bowels of the planet in order to discover the key to stopping Telos evil multiversal Tijuana cockfight. Meanwhile, Dick Grayson and Thomas Wayne who, without spoiling events, are in for the fight of their lives against a small army of Bruce Wayne’s most formidable nemeses. It’s this part of the story that carries the tension and climax of this chapter to an ending that, while predictable, is so far the series biggest moment.

Sure there are a few problems with the pacing and dialogue in the issue. In fact, it feels like Convergence #3 is unintentionally a two-act book with it not introducing anything new. There’s a heavy sense of over explaining things in the front half of the book while the second half moves too quick to the dramatic finish. I can forgive most of these problems because Stephen Segovia’s art is lavish action. The fight scenes and scale of Convergence have been on point art wise for the series, but the plot needs to keep up or it runs the risk of becoming ineffectual.

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Convergence began with surprising promise from its zero issue. It played on the powerful force of nostalgia to get readers in touch with parts of the DC universe they’ve sorely missed. While powerful, nostalgia alone can’t carry an event. Issue three moves the narrative along more than any chapter thus far, but for being this far in, with this many orbiting tie-in books; the stakes need to have more weight by better defining the threat of Telos. If it’s not an Earth 2: Society post Convergence prequel, it needs to start showing it by actually having the different Earths start doing something.

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