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1. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: October 2014 – The Sweet Smell of Success

STK652874 DC Comics Month to Month Sales: October 2014   The Sweet Smell of Success
by David Carter

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

After last month’s Futures End 3D cover extravataganza, things return to normal in October. DC continued their freely-orderable variant cover program, with the theme this month being Monster covers. The comics with variant covers are still selling higher than they would have without them, but at this point the month-to-month effects are largely subsumed by regular considerations such as creative team changes, crossovers, and standard attrition.

October saw the debuts of several DCU titles, to varying effectiveness. Deathstroke by Tony Daniel and several Batman-related titles did relatively well, while a couple of supernatural-theme books (Trinity of Sin and Klarion) did less so. October was also the debut of the highly-touted revamped Batgirl, which saw the comic jump up to a top-twenty title.

DC’s third weekly title, Earth 2: World’s End, debuted in October. Here are the first month sales of all three weekly series (plus the most recent issue for BE & FE):

Batman Eternal: 105,754; 84,466; 79,703; 78,009 … 52,438 (#30)
Futures End: 77,867; 62,862; 59,148; 58,496 … 35,452 (#26)
E2 World End: 48,248; 40,190; 38,496; 37,874

All three had their first month’s issues returnable. (Also, Batman Eternal had significant reorder activity that is not included in the above.)

All three weekly series will be ending in March as DCE pauses for their move to the West Coast (see below). All indications are that there will be a weekly Batman series resuming in the summer. Whether theyll try for a second and third weekly series as well remains to be seen. On the one hand a weekly series selling in the 30K range is better than 4 monthly series selling around 20K or less. On the other, constant multiple weekly series stand the chance of burning out readers, and they seem to be a lot more logistically complicated from a production standpoint.

Speaking of DCEs West Coast move and weekly series…

In April & May of next year, DC will run a two month event, Convergence, that will see the suspension of their regular publication schedule for 40 two-issue series and a weekly spine series. This event is being handled by a separate editorial team that is not part of the move out west, so that the regular crew (those who are making the move) can get things together out in California, presumably new people are hired, etc.

(It is unclear at this point if Vertigo will cease its regular output for those two months as well, or if the cessation applies only to DCU titles. IIRC the Digital First titles are already being produced out of the West Coast offices so presumably they will go on as usual.)

In the commentary below youll see me refer to the Convergence Gap, that two month period that the regular DCU titles wont be published. It is my belief that there is a shake-up of sorts coming: Many low-selling titles will have their final issue in March, and several new titles will be launched over the summer. Further, there is chatter that the tight centralized editorial control of the New 52 will be relaxing and that new titles (and some existing ones getting new creative teams) will be more creator-driven, along the lines of what the Bat-books have been doing recently with new Batgirl, Gotham Academy, and Gotham by Midnight. Post-Convergence Gap may also see the dropping of the New 52 designation. (Its been three years now, so its getting harder to justify calling it new anymore!)

It is less clear in my mind what will be happening with Vertigo, but this front-piece is already getting overly long so Ill save my Vertigo speculation for next months column.

Please chime in the comments below with your predictions for what will become of DCs publishing slate after the Convergence Gap.

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


6 - BATMAN ($4.99)
10/2004: Batman #633    --  69,946 
10/2009: Batman #691    --  71,431 
10/2010: Batman #704    --  65,212
10/2011: Batman #2      -- 172,428 [198,765]
10/2012: Batman #13     -- 148,305 [169,666] 
-------------------------------
10/2013: Batman #24     -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25     -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26     -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27     -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28     -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29     -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30     -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31     -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32     -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33     -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
08/2014: Batman #34     -- 112,186 (-  4.9%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 142,980 (+ 27.4%) 
10/2014: Batman #35     -- 118,860 (- 16.9%) 
-----------------
6 months: +  9.0%
1 year  : -  4.6%
2 years : - 29.9%
5 years : + 66.4%
10 years: + 69.9%
Since #1: - 46.8%

Due to Walking Dead Loot Crateness and Marvel’s ending The Death of Wolverine and starting Thor and Axis, Batman falls down to sixth on the chart this month. But the positive here is that the start of Snyder & Capullo’s “Endgame” comes in higher than the end of “Zero Year.” And that’s for a $4.99 cover-priced issue. No doubt the combination of Batman vs. the Justice League and The Joker led to heightened interest. The was a Monster variant of course and an incentive variant, but those are par for the course these days. A Monster-Selfie differential of positive 6.5K.

9 - HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL ($5.99)
10/2014: Harley Quinn Annual #1 -- 97,312 

Well now. The Harley Quinn annual utilizes four freely-orderable variants (standard & international editions, in regular and Bombshell covers) and a scratch & sniff gimmick to sell nearly 100K copies, which is a good 30K more than the regular series and way more than any other Annual in recent memory. And that’s for a $5.99 comic. Fantastic sales.

12, 13 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
10/2004: JLA #107            --  65,225 [68,082]
10/2009: JL of America #38   --  61,012
10/2010: JL of America #50   --  59,686
10/2011: Justice League #2   -- 196,569
10/2012: Justice League #13  -- 117,752
---------------------------------------
10/2013: Justice League #24  --  98,491 (+ 18.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Justice League #25  --  94,004 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26  --  90,592 (-  3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27  --  84,674 (-  6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32  --  88,179 (+ 16.3%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Justice League #33  --  79,447 (-  9.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      -- 104,246 (+ 31.2%)
10/2014: Justice League #34  --  75,400 (- 27.7%)
10/2014: Justice League #35  --  75,264 (-  0.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 23.5%
2 years : - 36.0%
5 years : + 23.5%
10 years: + 10.6%
Since #1: - 61.6%

Two issues in October as Justice League catches back up to the rest of the New 52 launch titles. Issue #34 had a Selfie variant and #35 had a Monsters variant; they were both ordered for October though and the numbers come in almost exactly even. But sales with the freely-orderable variants are now back down to where they were before DC started that program, meaning that the new Variant covers scheme has granted them about a five month reprieve from the usual attrition.

17 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9  --  71,522 (-  6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 --  58,500 (- 18.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 119,180 (+103.7%)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 --  68,557 (- 42.5%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.6%
Since #0: - 51.6%

Recall that #10 didn’t have a freely-orderable variant, so the Monster-Selfie differential of -3K is compared to #9. Sales are subject to standard attrition (once you look past the variant cover undulations), but this is still easily one of DC’s best selling titles.

19 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
10/2004: Batgirl #57    -- 39,631  [41,136]
10/2009: Batgirl #3     -- 37,011
10/2010: --
10/2011: Batgirl #2     -- 83,586
10/2012: Batgirl #13    -- 50,074  [71,109]
----------------------------------
10/2013: Batgirl #24    -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25    -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26    -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27    -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28    -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29    -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30    -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31    -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32    -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33    -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34    -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 67,933 (+ 96.4%)
10/2014: Batgirl #35    -- 62,644 (-  7.8%)
-----------------
6 months: + 91.6%
1 year  : + 70.9%
2 years : - 11.9%
5 years : + 69.3%
10 years: + 32.3%
Since #1: - 41.5%

Arguably one of DC’s most anticipated comics of the Fall, the new creative team for and reinvention of Batgirl scores an impressive 62K copies. And the comic has gone into a second print, which is a sign for consumer demand. This is good supporting evidence for DC relaxing their rigid house-style control over the DCU and opening things up to more varied and creator-driven approaches.

The real rub will come next month, when we see if retailers treat #36 as a second issue and drop their orders accordingly, or if customer demand is high enough that we see more of a standard attrition. It went into a 2nd printing, which is a good indicator of actual customer demand.

Oh, and a Monster-Selfie differential of a whopping +28K. (There was also an incentive variant.)

25 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
10/2004: Detective Comics #799 --  48,228
10/2009: Detective Comics #858 --  58,599
10/2010: Detective Comics #870 --  35,674
10/2011: Detective Comics #2   -- 123,099
10/2012: Detective Comics #13  --  76,392
-----------------------------------------
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  --  55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  --  56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  --  54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  --  72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  --  62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  --  58,812 (-  6.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        --  96,081 (+ 63.4%)
10/2014: Detective Comics #35  --  57,385 (- 40.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  2.2%
1 year  : -  3.2%
2 years : - 24.9%
5 years : -  2.1%
10 years: + 19.0%
Since #1: - 63.6%

The first of a two-part fill-in by Benjamin Percy & John Paul Leon. A Monster-Selfie differential of just -1.5K.

28 - BATMAN AND... ($2.99)
10/2009: Batman and Robin #5  -- 101,607
10/2010: Batman and Robin #15 --  80,173
10/2011: Batman and Robin #2  --  98,807
10/2012: Batman and Robin #13 --  63,097
----------------------------------------
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (- 25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (-  2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 --  53,403 (-  5.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       --  83,783 (+ 56.9%)
10/2014: Batman and Robin #35 --  54,616 (- 34.8%)
----------------
6 months: + 21.8%
1 year  : +  4.9%
2 years : - 13.4%
5 years : - 46.2%
Since #1: - 52.9%

Another title showing a bit of growth, with a Monster-Selfie differential of a positive 1.2K.

29, 32, 35, 38, 39 - 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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 42.7%
Since #1: - 52.7%

Five issues of the weekly in October. It appears to have stabilized in the low 50K range, with issue #30 even showing a slight uptick. There are reports that a Batman weekly will continue post-Covergence, though I would expect that we’ll see a start-over at #1 and possibly a different title as well.

30 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
10/2011: Deathstroke #2  -- 44,647 
10/2012: Deathstroke #13 -- 15,078 
----------------------------------------
05/2013: Deathstroke #20 -- 11,768 (-  5.0%)
--
10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
-----------------
2 years : +258.5%

Tony Daniel brings his significant fan base to a relaunch of Deathstroke, and the results are very good. The first issue of the relaunch comes in higher than the first month sales of the New 52 launch (47,028) and within spitting distance of its total sales (56,820). Given Deathstroke’s sales history, it’s quite clear than Daniel is the draw here.

There was gong to be a second printing of #1, but that has been cancelled. I’m not sure what to make of that in terms of customer demand.

31 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
10/2004: Superman #210  -- 113,480 [114,272]
10/2009: Superman #693  --  35,395
10/2010: Superman #703  --  50,460
10/2010: Superman #704  --  46,741
10/2011: Superman #2    -- 104,703
10/2012: Superman #13   --  52,155
---------------------------------
10/2013: Superman #24   --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25   --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26   --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27   --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28   --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29   --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32   --  89,140 (+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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 43.9%
1 year  : + 35.7%
2 years : +  2.9%
5 years : + 51.7%
10 years: - 53.0%
Since #1: - 64.2%

The Johns-Romita Superman appears to be settling into the low 50K range, which is historically fairly decent for Superman but perhaps lower than would be hoped for form a high-profile creative team. The Monster-Selfie differential is about -3K.

33 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 41.1%

Not bad sales for an oversized mini-series with no real tie to the regular DCU titles, but DC may have been hoping for more. November’s Pax Americana is likely to see an uptick.

36 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
10/2004: Nightwing #98  -- 43,618
10/2011: Nightwing #2   -- 73,054
10/2012: Nightwing #13  -- 47,171
---------------------------------
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (-  1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+ 10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (-  0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (-  3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 76,551 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Grayson #3     -- 52,849 (- 31.0%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 32.6%
2 years : + 12.0%
10 years: + 21.2%
Since #1: - 35.1%

Looks like it will eventually settle in around 50K, which would historically be a very good number for a comic starring the former Nightwing. The Monster-Selfie differential is about -3.5K.

40, 42 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
10/2004: --
10/2009: Superman/Batman #65 --  34,585
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741
---------------------------------------
10/2013: Batman/Superman #4  --  82,990 (- 14.0%)
11/2013: Batman/Superman #5  --  77,198 (-  7.0%)
12/2013: Batman/Superman #6  --  68,857 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Batman/Superman #7  --  61,074 (- 11.3%)
02/2014: Batman/Superman #8  --  59,138 (-  3.2%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (-  4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (- 18.1%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.8%
1 year  : - 38.2%
5 years : + 48.2%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 66.7%

Two issues in October as Batman/Superman makes up for skipping a month earlier in the year. Issue #14 had a Selfie variant, and #15 had a Monsters variant.

57, 72, 82, 83 - 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%)

Returnable, so the numbers are adjusted up by 10% from the estimates. (For why this is done for returnable comics, please see the fine print at the end of this column.)

DC’s third weekly series debuts pretty much where one would expect, falling to the level of the main Earth 2 title by the fourth issue. It’s presently outselling Futures End, but I suspect this won’t last past next month.

49 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (-  7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
08/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #11 -- 50,550 (+  0.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 77,169 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #12 -- 47,885 (- 37.9%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.0%
1 year  : - 49.5%
Since #1: - 49.5%

Back down to where it was before the freely-orderable variants began. A Monster-Selfie differential of close to -3K.

53 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99)
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1  -- 45,922

New Batman-related series with the oddball high concept of Wayne Manor becoming the new Arkham Asylum. No freely-orderable variant, but there was an incentive variant.

46K is not a terrible number, but if it follows standard declines (-25% for issue #2, -15% for #3, -10% for issue #4, -3% thereafter) it will be down at around 25K by issue #6. Given the oddball concept this may be the best that could be hoped for.

54 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
10/2004: GL: Rebirth #1     --  95,092 [178,414]
10/2009: Green Lantern #47  -- 101,349
10/2010: Green Lantern #58  --  81,626
10/2011: Green Lantern #2   -- 142,344 
10/2012: Green Lantern #13  --  91,814
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10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (-  5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (-  5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     --  77,372 (+ 76.5%)
10/2014: Green Lantern #35  --  45,893 (- 40.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +  3.2%
1 year  : - 19.6%
2 years : - 50.0%
5 years : - 54.7%
10 years: - 74.3%
Since #1: - 72.9%

The line-wide crossover featuring the New Gods begins this month. The flagship title show a modest growth of 2K copies, which is better than another drop. Typically the best-selling title in a crossover shows the least gain, so this isn’t surprising.

5 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
10/2004: Action Comics #820 --  41,114
10/2009: Action Comics #882 --  35,754
10/2010: Action Comics #894 --  42,291
10/2011: Action Comics #2   -- 153,855
10/2012: Action Comics #13  --  67,241
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10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  --  34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  --  37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  --  41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  --  55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  --  49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  --  46,746 (-  5.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     --  74,497 (+ 59.4%)
10/2014: Action Comics #35  --  45,152 (- 39.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 19.4%
1 year  : + 14.0%
2 years : - 32.9%
5 years : + 26.3%
10 years: +  9.8%
Since #1: - 77.5%

A postscript to “Superman: Doomed” drops about 1.5K. It will be interesting to see what happens to the titles involved in “Superman: Doomed” next month when the crossover is all said and done. It was a nice little boost to the mid-tier titles that participated.

58 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338

Not the greatest numbers for a debut issue, as it seems that retailers didn’t quite know what to make of this Batman-related title set in a boarding school. But since it has gone into a second printing, it would appear that demand was higher than anticipated.

Anyway, this is a fantabulous comic and you should all go out and give it a try right now. Even if you don’t think it’s your cup of tea. Why? Because it is part of DC’s recent movement away from their house style for the DCU and if you want more variety in your DCU comics, you should be willing to support that variety by at least trying the new comics they are putting out there.

Plus you may just end up liking it as much as I do.

60 - GREEN LANTERN / NEW GODS: GODHEAD ($4.99)
10/2014: GL/NG Godhead #1  -- 42,937

A special kicking off the latest line-wide Green Lantern crossover. It sells under the main GL title, which means there may be a couple thousand readers out there who are a bit confused as to what is going on. Or a couple thousand people who just buy every issue of Green Lantern and throw it in mylar without reading it.

64 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
10/2011: Suicide Squad #2      -- 49,570
10/2012: Suicide Squad #13     -- 27,644
-----------------------------------------
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24     -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25     -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26     -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27     -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1        -- 73,599 (+ 91.3%)
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3  -- 39,498 (- 46.3%)
-----------------
6 months:     n.a.
1 year  : + 42.3
2 years : + 42.9%
Since #1: - 19.8%

Oh hey, the figures for issue #3 are actually up about 1K over those of issue #2. That almost never happens, and is a good sign that there is some decent demand for this title. Which is good, as DC has a vested interest in keeping a Suicide Squad comic around while Warner is working on a movie.

65 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
10/2004: Teen Titans #17  -- 63,154 [67,926]
10/2009: Teen Titans #76  -- 29,166
10/2010: Teen Titans #88  -- 27,637
10/2011: Teen Titans #2   -- 72,107
10/2012: Teen Titans #13  -- 41,059
-----------------------------------
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29  -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2   -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 62,915 (+ 54.6%)
10/2014: Teen Titans #3   -- 39,198 (- 37.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 54.5%
1 year  : + 15.0%
2 years : -  3.3%
5 years : + 36.1%
10 years: - 41.5%
Since #1: - 25.1%

Still sliding a bit.

66 - LOBO ($2.99)
12/2009: Highway to Hell #2 -- 13,435
--
--
10/2014: Lobo #1            -- 39,047 (+190.6%)

Near as I can tell, the most recent Lobo comic was the second issue of the prestige format Lobo: Highway to Hell back in 2009. Given that Lobo hasn’t been a hot property since the 1990s, these numbers are about as good as could be expected.

I do question why DC didn’t make the first issues of all of their new titles this month returnable. Surely that would have helped with retailers taking a chance on them and increasing the possibility that they would find new readers.

68 - 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%) 
-----------------
Since #0: - 44.4%

Still dropping, and there’s a Monsters variant (Monster-Selfie differential of 4.5K). DC was able to keep sales up for the first few issues with zero-issue shenanigans and variant covers, but reality is catching up now. Which is kind of a shame as this is a solid super-hero team book, but you can’t just throw a bunch of B- and C-list characters into a book and call it Justice League and expect it to sell like it is actually the Justice League. (See JL Dark…)

69 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
10/2012: Earth 2 #5     -- 61,529
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10/2013: Earth 2 #16    -- 38,389 (- 26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17    -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18    -- 37,130 (-  6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19    -- 36,103 (-  2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20    -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21    -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22    -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23    -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24    -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25    -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26    -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 73.7%)
10/2014: Earth 2 #27    -- 37,925 (- 41.6%)
----------------
6 months: +  8.5%
1 year  : -  1.2%
2 years : - 38.4%
Since #1: - 63.0%

A slight uptick over issue #26. It appears that at least some retailers figured there might be an increase of interest to go along with the new weekly title. A Monster-Selfie differential of positive 0.5K.

70 - FLASH ($2.99)
10/2004: Flash #215       --  44,024  [51,882]
10/2009: --
10/2010: --
10/2011: Flash #2         -- 114,137
10/2012: Flash #13        --  49,936
-----------------------------------
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   --  70,368 (+ 89.6%)
10/2014: Flash #35        --  37,484 (- 46.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.6%
1 year  : -  1.8%
2 years : - 24.9%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 27.8%
Since #1: - 74.6%

Another comic showing a slight uptick over August (a Monster-Selfie differential of positive 0.3K), in this case possibly due to anticipated increased demand from the new TV series.

73, 74, 76, 79, 80 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 54.5%

Looks like we’ve settled into a pattern here…

84 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
10/2009: Green Lantern Corps #41 -- 81,377
10/2010: Green Lantern Corps #53 -- 60,808
10/2011: Green Lantern Corps #2  -- 78,501
10/2012: Green Lantern Corps #13 -- 50,773
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10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+  3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (-  4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,325 (+ 97.9%)
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 34,222 (- 41.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 28.5%
1 year  : -  8.3%
2 years : - 32.6%
5 years : - 57.9%
Since #1: - 63.9%

The increase over August is easy to explain here: it’s from the line-wide crossover, which is always good for bumping up the lower-selling GL Family titles by a few thousand. A Monsters-Selfie differential of +4.5K.

87 - 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%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 27.7%

Joins the line-wide crossover and adds a freely-orderable variant for the first time, giving it quite the boost. It also gives us an important data point: GLC kept the variant and added about 4.5K in sales. If we figure that Sinestro would have added about the same from the cross-over, we can guesstimate that the new variant cover added about 3K or so in additional sales.

94 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
09/2004: Aquaman #23    -- 22,369
09/2011: Aquaman #2     -- 79,156 [83,626]
09/2012: Aquaman #13    -- 54,648
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10/2013: Aquaman #24    -- 42,248 (- 21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25    -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26    -- 38,841 (-  5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27    -- 36,610 (-  5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28    -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29    -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30    -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31    -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32    -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33    -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34    -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 65,212 (+ 95.4%)
10/2014: Aquaman #35    -- 32,238 (- 50.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.9%
1 year  : - 23.7%
2 years : - 41.0%
10 years: + 44.1%
Since #1: - 70.3%

Sales are back down to just about where they were before the variants started. A Monsters-Selfie differential of -1K.

108 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
09/2011: New Guardians #2  -- 71,713
09/2012: New Guardians #13 -- 48,500
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10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+  2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (-  9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (-  7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (-  4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (-  2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (-  3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (-  3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (-  3.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 55,863 (+153.3%)
10/2014: New Guardians #35 -- 26,702 (- 52.2%)
----------------
6 months: +  8.0%
1 year  : - 24.6%
2 years : - 44.9%
Since #1: - 72.4%

Sales jump up about 4.5K due to the crossover, but that probably won’t help the title survive past The Convergence Gap.

110 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2014: JL United Annual #1 -- 26,629 

The Annual kicks off the next JLU storyline, and sees the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes to the DCU. These sales are disappointing on both accounts. (Don’t expect to see the LoSH return to its own title anytime soon.)

111 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
09/2011: Red Lanterns #2  -- 74,163
09/2012: Red Lanterns #13 -- 42,804
-----------------------------------
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 56,030 (+146.2%)
10/2014: Red Lanterns #35 -- 26,534 (- 52.6%)
----------------
6 months: +  9.0%
1 year  : - 13.8%
2 years : - 38.0%
Since #1: - 70.2%

See GL:NG above.

112 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
10/2009: Supergirl #46  -- 30,377
10/2010: Supergirl #57  -- 23,842
10/2011: Supergirl #2   -- 61,388
10/2012: Supergirl #13  -- 29,450
---------------------------------
10/2013: Supergirl #24  -- 23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25  -- 25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26  -- 22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27  -- 21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28  -- 23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29  -- 22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30  -- 23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31  -- 22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32  -- 22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33  -- 22,802 (+  1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34  -- 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 55,706 (+110.1%)
10/2014: Supergirl #35  -- 26,371 (- 52.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 12.6%
1 year  : + 13.1%
2 years : - 10.5%
5 years : - 13.2%
Since #1: - 64.5%

A “Superman: Doomed” aftermath. Gets a new creative team and change of direction in October.

113 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
10/2004: Catwoman #36   -- 37,554 [40,226]
10/2011: Catwoman #2    -- 63,573
10/2012: Catwoman #13   -- 40,147 [60,257]
---------------------------------
10/2013: Catwoman #24   -- 35,134 (+ 44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25   -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26   -- 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27   -- 24,956 (-  5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28   -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29   -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30   -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31   -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32   -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33   -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34   -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 56,939 (+142.3%)
10/2014: Catwoman #35   -- 25,970 (+ 24.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 23.9%
1 year  : - 26.1%
2 years : - 56.9%
10 years: - 35.4%
Since #1: - 65.6%

A new creative team and a new direction, spinning out of Batman Eternal (which hasn’t finished yet, so kind of spoils the Catwoman storyline there, but whatever). I bought it because it had a fantastic variant cover, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the story within. A Monster-Selfie differential of +2.5K.

117 - 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%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 36.1%

Returns after a scheduled month off. Wonder Woman was the headliner, which probably contributed to the slight increase.

118 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
10/2011: Justice League Dark #2  -- 63,392
10/2012: Justice League Dark #13 -- 30,008
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10/2013: Justice League Dark #24 -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25 -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26 -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27 -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28 -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
09/2014: Futures End #1          -- 58,529 (+131.7%)
10/2014: Justice League Dark #35 -- 24,462 (- 58.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 11.7%
1 year  : - 46.1%
2 years : - 18.5%
Since #1: - 70.2%

The lowest selling issue yet, even with the Monsters variant. A Monster-Selfie differential of just under -1K. May not be headed for outright cancellation (there is a movie in development after all), but changes are going to have to come soon.

122 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 -- 23,501 

The top-rated non DCU title this month ties in to The Flash television series. While its long-term health as a series will depend primarily on its digital sales, print sales do count in the mix.

124 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
10/2004: Green Arrow #43  -- 32,133
10/2009: Arrow/Canary #25 -- 18,013
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188
10/2011: Green Arrow #2   -- 58,708
10/2012: Green Arrow #13  -- 22,057
-----------------------------------
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1   -- 61,915 (+170.1%)
10/2014: Green Arrow #35  -- 23,346 (- 62.3%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.0%
1 year  : -  5.2%
2 years : +  5.8%
5 years : + 29.6%
10 years: - 27.3%
Since #1: - 67.7%

The new creative team debuts, but with only the slightest of increase over issue #34 (about 400 copies). That’s not a big show of confidence.

125 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99)
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 

The last regular issue of ToS: Pandora sold 10,651; the last regular issue of ToS: Phantom Stranger sold 10,882. So the new combined title comes in a just over the sales of those two combined. Viewed at through those rose-colored glasses this is a successful (re-)launch. But if sales on this drop the standard amounts for new titles, this will be back in the danger zone pretty soon.

126 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)
08/2014: Batman 66/GH #3 of 6 -- 24,409 (-  3.9%)
09/2014: Batman 66/GH #4 of 6 -- 23,397 (-  4.1%)
10/2014: Batman 66/GH #5 of 6 -- 22,614 (-  3.3%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 31.4%

Penultimate issue. Still doing rather well for this sort of thing.

138 - KLARION ($2.99)
11/2005: 7 Soldiers Klarion #4 -- 28,996 
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--
10/2014: Klarion #1            -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 

And in this month’s What Were They Thinking? category… Minimal promotion for a new title featuring a D-List character gets sales pretty much where you’d expect. On the plus side, it does sell better than artist Trevor McCarthy’s previous gig (Batwoman) is doing at the moment..

146 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
10/2012: Worlds' Finest #5  -- 35,951 
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10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (-  4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (-  0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1     -- 55,376 (+153.3%)
10/2014: Worlds' Finest #27 -- 20,234 (- 63.5%)
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6 months: -  5.8%
1 year  : - 12.0%
2 years : - 43.7%
Since #1: - 70.9%

The start of “The Secret History of Superman & Batman,” loosely tying in to the Earth 2 weekly. A slight uptick (about 0.5K), but don’t kid yourself, this isn’t surviving past the Convergence Gap, at least not in anything resembling its present form.

149 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
10/2010: Red Hood Lost Days #5  -- 22,967
10/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #2  -- 59,382
10/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #13 -- 35,420
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10/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
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%)
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6 months: -  8.7%
1 year  : - 26.9%
2 years : - 44.0%
Since #1: - 71.8%

Drops below 20K for the first time. Another title that may be in its last days.

150 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1  -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2  -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3  -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4  -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5  -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6  -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7  -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8  -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9  -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10 -- 19,623 (- 6.4%)
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6 months: - 28.7% 
Since #1: - 66.0%

Back after a scheduled month off, but still dropping with percentages drops still twice as high as standard attrition. The Bwah-hah-hah era Booster Gold and Blue Beetle show up in issue #11, so maybe that will stem the bleeding?

157, 165 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Injustice #10    -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11    -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12    -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1  -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2  -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
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%)
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6 months: - 11.9%
1 year  : - 27.9%
Since #1: -  7.4%

By issue #2 the Year 3 relaunch is right back to where the final issue of Year 2 was. Still DC’s best-selling digital title, so no worries in the short term about this being cancelled (though digital sales are starting to slide as well…)

154 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2012: Justice League Dark Annual #1 -- 32,293 
10/2014: Justice League Dark Annual #2 -- 18,161 (- 33.3%) 
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1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 33.3%
Since #1: - 33.3%

Comes in over 6K lower than the parent title.

155 - 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%)
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Since #1: - 39.3%

A typical third issue drop.

This was the issue that featured the first part of the Gilbert Hernandez Wonder Woman story; plus two other WW stories: one featuring Diana as a rock star by Sean E. Williams and Marguerite Sauvage, and one a team-up with Catwoman Ollie Masters & Amy Mebberson. However, you couldn’t tell that from the cover, which featured a Woman Woman in bloody, brutal combat with Orcs drawn in a typical New 52 style. (This was also true of the digital versions of the issues that featured the Hernandez story.) This is such a grievous failure of marketing that it boggles the mind.

159 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Arrow #12           --  8,148 (-  5.5%) 
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--
10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 -- 17,364 (+113.1%) 
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1 year  : +113.1%

Another TV tie-in. The first issue of the physical reprints of the digital-first series set between seasons two and three comes in a darn sight better than the previous Arrow series. Of course that series started off at over 25K and within a year fell to nearly 8K, so we’ll have to see…

160 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
10/2004: Swamp Thing #8  -- 18,711
10/2011: Swamp Thing #2  -- 58,634
10/2012: Swamp Thing #13 -- 36,069
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10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (- 46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (-  2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (-  4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (-  2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (-  3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (-  2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+  1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (-  1.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,918 (+195.5%)
10/2014: Swamp Thing #35 -- 17,354 (- 66.6%)
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6 months: -  6.0%
1 year  : - 20.1%
2 years : - 51.9%
10 years: -  7.3%
Since #1: - 76.4%

Ordinarily I’d say that Swamp Thing won’t survive the Convergence Gap, but historically the normal rules don’t apply to Swamp Thing. In any event, with Soule leaving soon (for his Marvel exclusive gig) there will be some sort of shake-up even if the title isn’t outright cancelled.

164 - 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%) 
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6 months: - 49.8%
Since #1: - 49.8%

I’m pretty sure this one isn’t going to survive the Convergence Gap.

164 - INJUSTICE ANNUAL ($4.99)
11/2013: Injustice Year 1 Annual #1 -- 21,764 
10/2014: Injustice Year 2 Annual #1 -- 17,086 (- 21.5%) 

The Injustice Annual is not a digital first title, and comes in almost exactly where the final print issue of Year Two did.

167 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
10/2011: Batwoman #2    -- 74,392
10/2012: Batwoman #13   -- 37,315
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10/2013: Batwoman #24   -- 25,609 (-  2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25   -- 25,987 (+  1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26   -- 23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27   -- 22,461 (-  3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28   -- 20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29   -- 19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30   -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31   -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32   -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33   -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34   -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 50,914 (+201.1%)
10/2014: Batwoman #35   -- 16,767 (- 67.1%)
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6 months: - 12.7%
1 year  : - 34.5%
2 years : - 55.1%
Since #1: - 80.9%

Sales would suggest that this is another title that won’t survive the Convergence Gap, but DC’s stubborn insistence that their editorial meddling was correct may dictate otherwise.

171 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
09/2014: Batman '66 #15 -- 16,842 (-21.5%)
10/2014: Batman '66 #16 -- 15,923 (- 5.5%)
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6 months: -  5.5%
1 year  : - 43.8%
Since #1: - 68.4%

I’d completely missed that this went from a $3.99 to a $2.99 title back in July. Though that really didn’t seem to affect sales much, except accounting for that one month halt in attrition.

172 - SWAMP THING ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2012: Swamp Thing Annual #1 -- 32,293 
10/2013: Swamp Thing Annual #2 -- 19,628 (- 39.2%) 
10/2014: Swamp Thing Annual #3 -- 15,685 (- 20.1%) 
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1 year  : - 20.1%
2 years : - 51.4%
Since #1: - 51.4%

I wonder what the calculus is that leads DC to do an Annual for one of the worst-selling DCU titles?

Oh, here’s an interesting tidbit: The 1 year drops for both the main Swamp Thing title and the Annual are the same: -20.1%

173 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
10/2004: Hellblazer #201 -- 15,262
10/2009: Hellblazer #260 -- 10,767
10/2010: Hellblazer #272 --  9,650
10/2011: Hellblazer #284 --  9,608
10/2012: Hellblazer #296 --  9,255
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10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #1  -- 51,990 (+232.3%)
10/2014: Constantine #18 -- 15,647 (- 69.9%)
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6 months: - 15.2%
1 year  : - 31.8%
2 years : + 69.1%
5 years : + 45.3%
10 years: +  2.5%
Since #1: - 58.3%

The Constantine television show finally debuted in October, and while the numbers for the pilot were decent, it has been slipping since then. It was not picked up for the back-nine, but allegedly is still under consideration for a second season. If not renewed, that bodes ill for the continuation of the comics past the Convergence Gap, though as a former Vertigo title it may not be playing by the same rules as the other DCU titles.

187 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2010: American Vampire #7     --  21,910
10/2011: --
10/2012: American Vampire #32    --  14,857
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10/2013: --
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #1 --  20,863 (+ 64.3%)
04/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #2 --  17,068 (- 18.2%)
05/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #3 --  15,642 (-  8.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #4 --  15,400 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: --
10/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #5 --  14,621 (-  7.4%)
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6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : -  1.6%
Since #1: - 31.6%

The good news for American Vampire is that it’s the best-selling Vertigo title for the month. The bad news is that isn’t a very high bar at the moment. Issue #5 of the Second Cycle was originally solicited for August.

192 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
10/2012: Unlimited #9  -- 19,877
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10/2013: Universe #3   -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4   -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5   -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6   -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7   -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8   -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9   -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10  -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11  -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12  -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
08/2014: Universe #13  -- 14,215 (- 1.4%)
09/2014: Universe #14  -- 14,061 (- 1.1%)
10/2014: Universe #15  -- 13,739 (- 2.3%)
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6 months: -  0.5%
1 year  : - 22.2%
2 years : - 30.9%
Since #1: - 41.2%

The modest gains made from Batman Beyond’s role in Futures End have been slowly eaten away by standard attrition.

193 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2004: Fables #30  -- 25,390
10/2009: Fables #89  -- 21,118
10/2010: Fables #99  -- 19,656
10/2011: Fables #110 -- 18,109
10/2012: Fables #122 -- 16,513
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10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
08/2014: Fables #143 -- 13,672 (- 1.1%)
09/2014: Fables #144 -- 13,551 (- 0.9%)
10/2014: Fables #145 -- 13,723 (+ 1.3%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : -  5.8%
2 years : - 16.9%
5 years : - 35.0%
10 years: - 46.0%
Since #1: - 37.7%

A modest gain of a couple hundred copies, which is something that has happened every so often though out this title’s storied run. Just five issues remain until the end.

203 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2004: Visitor's Guide -- 20,249
10/2009: Astra #2        -- 13,847
10/2010: --
10/2011: --
10/2012: --
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10/2013: Astro City #5   -- 16,927 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Astro City #6   -- 16,031 (- 5.3%)
12/2013: Astro City #7   -- 15,360 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Astro City #8   -- 14,831 (- 3.4%)
02/2014: Astro City #9   -- 14,289 (- 3.7%)
03/2014: Astro City #10  -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11  -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12  -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13  -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14  -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
09/2014: Astro City #15  -- 12,660 (- 3.1%)
10/2014: Astro City #16  -- 12,480 (- 1.4%)
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6 months: - 10.3%
1 year  : - 26.3%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : -  9.9%
10 years: - 38.4%
Since #1: - 54.9%

Drops a couple hundred copies.

At this point, anything over 10K is good for Vertigo, which means that the imprint is like an indy publisher within the larger DCE division of Warner.

204 - BATMAN ESSENTIALS ($1.00)
09/2014: Batman and Son   #1 -- 18,188
09/2014: Gotham Central   #1 --  9,252
10/2014: The Black Mirror #1 -- 12,437

A bargain priced edition of Scott Snyder’s early Batman comics (with the always excellent Jock on art).

211 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
10/2012: He-Man & MotU #3  -- 18,269 
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10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16 -- 11,721 (- 1.5%)
09/2014: He-Man & MotU #17 -- 11,756 (+ 0.3%)
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18 -- 11,501 (- 2.2%)
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6 months: -  9.6%
1 year  : - 28.4%
2 years : - 37.0%
Since #1: - 54.5%

A relaunch is nigh (in December).

214 - 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%)
----------------
Since #1: - 56.5%

Ouch, that is not a healthy drop at this stage of the game.

219 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2012: Fairest #8  -- 18,376
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10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 -- 11,872 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Fairest #28 -- 10,989 (- 3.0%)
09/2014: Fairest #29 -- 10,772 (- 2.0%)
10/2014: Fairest #30 -- 10,711 (- 0.6%)
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6 months: -  9.2%
1 year  : - 17.7%
2 years : - 41.7%
Since #1: - 66.3%

A tiny drop as the title eases towards its finale (issue #33).

224 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 58.7%

A tie-in to the “Godhead” crossover (though not actually one of the official chapters), but you couldn’t really tell from the sales figures.

I will be completely gobsmacked if this title survives the Convergence Gap.

230 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)
10/2004: --
10/2012: Smallville S11 #6     -- 19,663
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10/2013: Smallville S11 #18    -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1   -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2   -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
09/2014: Smallville Chaos #2   --  9,801 (- 8.5%)
10/2014: Smallville Chaos #3   --  9,661 (- 1.4%)
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6 months: - 22.0%
1 year  : - 30.0%
2 years : - 50.9%
10 years: -  9.8%

Crisis, which follows Chaos, will be the final installment of Smallville Season 11 (the final digital charter just came out). Given the overall trajectory that’s probably a good decision.

I think it was a mistake to bring it so many elements of the standard DCU into the Smallville mythos. Batman and Wonder Woman? Sure. But Monitors? Sinestro Corps? Multiple parallel worlds? Things just got confusing. I give the issues of this to my dad to read, as he was a fan of the TV show, and he remarked while reading through Chaos that he didn’t really know what was going on half the time. As a digital first title, this should have stayed aimed towards the casual fan and not gone so far inside baseball.

237 - 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%) 
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Since #1: - 50.8%

It saddens me to see a perfectly good series like this dropping to oblivion so rapidly.

248 - 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%) 

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

That’s a high second issue drop. Presumably this is headed for trade, so sales of the individual issues don’t really matter. You can count on one hand the number of limited series that DC has cancelled before they reach their end.

241 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 
08/2014:Bodies #2 of 8 -- 11,283 (-33.8%) 
09/2014:Bodies #3 of 8 --  9,439 (-16.3%) 
10/2014:Bodies #4 of 8 --  8,828 (- 6.5%) 

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Since #1: – 48.2%

Issues #1 & #3 were returnable, #2 and #4 were not. As with Bodies this is presumably this is headed for trade; sales of individual issues for a Vertigo limited series are somewhat immaterial.

255 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2004: Teen Titans Go! #12 -- 14,609
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12/2013: Teen Titans Go! #1  -- 13,441 (+82.0%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2  --  9,038 (-32.8%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Teen Titans Go! #3  --  8,185 (- 9.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Teen Titans Go! #4  --  8,667 (+ 5.9%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Teen Titans Go! #5  --  8,688 (+ 0.2%)
09/2014: --
10/2014: Teen Titans Go! #6  --  8,677 (- 0.1%)
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6 months: +  6.0%
10 years: - 40.6%
Since #1: - 35.4%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

Sales for #6 are essentially identical to those of #5, so it looks like TTG has found its level.

256 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2009: Tiny Titans #21   --  8,259
10/2010: Tiny Titans #33   --  8,045
10/2011: Tiny Titans #45   --  7,836
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06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
08/2014: Treehouse #3 of 6 --  8,929 (- 21.6%)
09/2014: Treehouse #4 of 6 --  8,824 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Treehouse #5 of 6 --  8,630 (-  2.2%)
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5 years : +  4.5%
Since #1: - 33.7%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

Drops a couple hundred copies, but this looks like the natural level for a Tiny Titans comic.

267 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
09/2014: Coffin Hill #11 --  7,422 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Coffin Hill #12 --  7,136 (- 3.9%)
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6 months: - 25.3%
1 year  : - 70.4%
Since #1: - 70.4%

Issue #15 has been solicited for February, and marks the start of a new storyline.

If you’re wondering about trade sales, the first (bargain priced) collection had first month sales (through Diamond) of 2,885.

297 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2010: The Unwritten #18  -- 12,273
10/2011: The Unwritten #30  -- 10,481
10/2012: The Unwritten #42  --  8,881
------------------------------------
10/2013: The Unwritten #54  --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1  -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2  --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3  --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4  --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5  --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6  --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7  --  6,918 (- 3.0%)
08/2014: Unwritten vol2 #8  --  6,575 (- 5.0%)
09/2014: Unwritten vol2 #9  --  6,400 (- 2.7%)
10/2014: Unwritten vol2 #10 --  6,407 (+ 0.1%)
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6 months: - 16.3%
1 year  : - 27.8%
2 years : - 27.9%
Since #1: - 46.5%

Adds seven copies this month. Ending with issue #12.

298 - VERTIGO QUARTERLY CMYK (Vertigo) ($7.99)
04/2014: Cyan #1    -- 9,456 
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Magenta #1 -- 7,360 (- 22.2%) 
08/2014: --
09/2014: --
10/2014: Yellow #1  -- 6,384 (- 13.3%) 
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6 months: - 32.5%
Since #1: - 32.5%

A typical third issue drop, despite the atypical numbering being used.

+302 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
09/2014: --
10/2014: FBP #14     --  ????? (< 6,298)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
09/2014: Hinterkind #11 --  ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Hinterkind #12 --  ????? (< 6,298)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2013: Dead Boy Detectives #1 -- 21,478
01/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #2   -- 12,276 (-42.8%)
02/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #3  --  9,889 (-19.4%)
03/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #4  --  8,872 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #5  --  7,957 (-10.3%)
05/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #6  --  7,305 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #7  --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #8  --  5,968
09/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #9  --  ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #10 --  ????? (< 6,298)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

Three Vertigo titles miss the top 300 this month, with sales less than 6,298. Dead Boy Detectives has not been solicited past December, the end of its second story arc, so it looks like that has been silently cancelled. FBP & Hinterkind are starting up new story arcs, so they'll be around for a bit longer at least. But I'm surprised they weren't canned a while ago. Clearly DC is looking for something from these titles other than selling comic books. (For instance, FBP is in development as a movie at Warner, so that may be keeping it around.)

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+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2004: Scooby-Doo #89                -- 5,449
10/2009: Scooby-Doo #149               -- 4,005
10/2010: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #2  -- 4,926
10/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #14 -- ?????
10/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #26 -- ?????
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10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #49 -- ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 -- ????? (< 6,298)
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6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
10/2004: Looney Tunes #119 -- 3,218
10/2009: Looney Tunes #191 -- ?????
10/2010: Looney Tunes #183 -- ?????
10/2011: Looney Tunes #203 -- ?????
10/2012: Looney Tunes #209 -- ?????
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10/2013: Looney Tunes #215 -- ?????
11/2013: -- 
12/2013: Looney Tunes #216 -- 2,822 
01/2014: --
02/2014: Looney Tunes #217 -- 2,784 (- 1.3%)
03/2014: -- 
04/2014: Looney Tunes #218 -- ????? (< 2,823)
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: Looney Tunes #219 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: -- 
08/2014: Looney Tunes #220 -- ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: -- 
10/2014: Looney Tunes #221 -- ????? (< 6,298)
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

As long as the threshold for the Diamond charts is above 6K, it is highly unlikely that we'll see these two all-ages titles ever charting in the top 300. Again, DC is clearly looking for something other than sales to North American comic shops out of these titles. (E.g.. I've heard that Scooby-Doo comics do decently in Europe.)

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

DC COMICS
10/2004: 30,125
10/2009: 27,525
10/2010: 23,756
10/2011: 51,342
10/2012: 32,901
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10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+  3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+  0.2%)**
08/2014: 28,951 (- 11.6%)**
09/2014: 46,869 (+ 61.9%)**
10/2014: 31,505 (- 32.8%)**
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6 months: +  8.9%
1 year  : -  1.3%
2 years : -  4.2%
5 years : + 14.5%
10 years: +  4.6%

DC UNIVERSE
10/2004: 35,481
10/2009: 34,795
10/2010: 32,832
10/2011: 59,219
10/2012: 36,571
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10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,945 (-  4.2%) 
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%) 
09/2014: 63,401 (+ 73.0%)** 
10/2014: 40,107 (- 36.7%)
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6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : + 19.5%
2 years : +  9.7%
5 years : + 15.3%
10 years: + 13.0%

VERTIGO
10/2004: 17,102
10/2009: 10,551
10/2010:  9,546
10/2011: 10,643
10/2012: 11,496
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10/2013: 22,228 (+ 48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)** 
08/2014:  9,082 (- 42.5%)
09/2014: 10,022 (+ 10.4%)**
10/2014:  9,066 (-  9.5%)**
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6 months: - 19.2%
1 year  : - 29.2%
2 years : - 21.1%
5 years : - 14.1%
10 years: - 47.0%


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

+ 91.6% - Batgirl
+ 54.5% - Teen Titans
+ 43.9% - Superman
+ 28.5% - Green Lantern Corps
+ 23.9% - Catwoman
+ 21.8% - Batman and Robin
+ 19.4% - Action Comics
+  9.0% - Batman
+  9.0% - Red Lanterns
+  8.6% - Harley Quinn
+  8.5% - Earth 2
+  8.0% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
+  6.6% - Flash
+  6.0% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+  6.0% - Teen Titans Go!
+  3.2% - Green Lantern
+  2.2% - Detective Comics
+  1.6% - Supergirl
-  0.5% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  1.0% - Green Arrow
-  1.9% - Aquaman
-  4.5% - Justice League
-  5.5% - Batman '66
-  5.8% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.0% - Swamp Thing
-  8.7% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
-  8.8% - Batman/Superman
-  9.2% - Fairest
-  9.6% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 10.3% - Astro City
- 11.7% - Justice League Dark
- 11.9% - Injustice
- 12.7% - Batwoman
- 14.3% - American Vampire
- 15.2% - Constantine
- 16.3% - The Unwritten
- 22.0% - Smallville Season 11
- 25.3% - Coffin Hill
- 28.7% - Justice League 3000
- 32.5% - Vertigo Quarterly
- 49.8% - Aquaman and the Others


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

+113.1% - Arrow
+ 70.9% - Batgirl
+ 42.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 35.7% - Superman
+ 32.6% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 15.0% - Teen Titans
+ 14.0% - Action Comics
+ 13.1% - Supergirl
+  4.9% - Batman and Robin
-  1.2% - Earth 2
-  1.8% - Flash
-  3.2% - Detective Comics
-  4.6% - Batman
-  5.2% - Green Arrow
-  5.8% - Fables
-  8.3% - Green Lantern Corps
- 12.0% - Worlds' Finest
- 13.8% - Red Lanterns
- 17.7% - Fairest
- 19.6% - Green Lantern
- 20.1% - Swamp Thing
- 20.1% - Swamp Thing Annual
- 22.2% - Batman Beyond Universe
- 23.5% - Justice League
- 23.7% - Aquaman
- 24.6% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 26.1% - Catwoman
- 26.3% - Astro City
- 26.9% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 27.8% - The Unwritten
- 27.9% - Injustice
- 28.4% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 30.0% - Smallville Season 11
- 31.8% - Constantine
- 34.5% - Batwoman
- 38.2% - Batman/Superman
- 43.8% - Batman '66
- 46.1% - Justice League Dark
- 49.5% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 70.4% - Coffin Hill


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

+258.5% - Deathstroke
+ 69.1% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 42.9% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 12.0% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  5.8% - Green Arrow
+  2.9% - Superman
-  1.6% - American Vampire
-  3.3% - Teen Titans
- 10.5% - Supergirl
- 11.9% - Batgirl
- 13.4% - Batman and Robin
- 16.9% - Fables
- 18.5% - Justice League Dark
- 24.9% - Flash
- 24.9% - Detective Comics
- 27.9% - The Unwritten
- 29.9% - Batman
- 30.9% - Batman Beyond
- 32.6% - Green Lantern Corps
- 32.9% - Action Comics
- 33.3% - Justice League Dark Annual
- 36.0% - Justice League
- 37.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 38.0% - Red Lanterns
- 38.4% - Earth 2
- 41.0% - Aquaman
- 41.7% - Fairest
- 43.7% - Worlds' Finest
- 44.0% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 44.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 50.0% - Green Lantern
- 50.9% - Smallville Season 11
- 51.4% - Swamp Thing Annual
- 51.9% - Swamp Thing
- 55.1% - Batwoman
- 56.9% - Catwoman

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

+ 69.3% - Batgirl
+ 66.4% - Batman
+ 51.7% - Superman
+ 48.2% - Batman/Superman
+ 45.3% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 36.1% - Teen Titans
+ 29.6% - Green Arrow
+ 26.3% - Action Comics
+ 23.5% - Justice League (Justice League of America)
+  4.5% - Tiny Titans
-  2.1% - Detective Comics
-  9.9% - Astro City
- 13.2% - Supergirl
- 35.0% - Fables
- 46.2% - Batman and Robin
- 54.7% - Green Lantern
- 57.9% - Green Lantern Corps


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

+ 69.9% - Batman
+ 44.1% - Aquaman
+ 32.3% - Batgirl
+ 21.2% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 19.0% - Detective Comics
+ 10.6% - Justice League (JLA)
+  9.8% - Action Comics
+  2.5% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
-  7.3% - Swamp Thing
-  9.8% - Smallville
- 27.3% - Green Arrow
- 27.8% - Flash
- 35.4% - Catwoman
- 38.4% - Astro City
- 40.6% - Teen Titans Go!
- 41.5% - Teen Titans
- 46.0% - Fables
- 53.0% - Superman
- 74.3% - Green Lantern


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

DCU: Average: 40,107. Median: 37,996.

3.0 - Batman
2.4 - Harley Quinn Annual
1.9 - Justice League (34)
1.9 - Justice League (35)
1.7 - Harley Quinn
1.6 - Batgirl
1.4 - Detective Comics
1.4 - Batman and Robin
1.4 - Batman Eternal (26)
1.3 - Deathstroke
1.3 - Superman
1.3 - Batman Eternal (27)
1.3 - The Multiversity
1.3 - Batman Eternal (28)
1.3 - Grayson
1.3 - Batman Eternal (30)
1.3 - Batman Eternal (29)
1.3 - Batan/Superman (14)
1.3 - Batan/Superman (15)
1.2 - Earth 2: World's End (1)
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.1 - Arkham Manor
1.1 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Action Comics
1.1 - Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead
1.0 - Earth 2: World's End (2)
1.0 - New Suicide Squad
1.0 - Teen Titans
1.0 - Lobo
1.0 - Earth 2: World's End (3)
0.9 - Justice League United
0.9 - Earth 2
0.9 - Earth 2: World's End (4)
0.9 - Flash
0.9 - The New 52 - Futures End (22)
0.9 - The New 52 - Futures End (23)
0.9 - The New 52 - Futures End (24)
0.9 - The New 52 - Futures End (25)
0.9 - The New 52 - Futures End (26)
0.9 - Green Lantern Corps
0.8 - Sinestro
0.8 - Aquaman
0.7 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.7 - Justice League United Annual
0.7 - Red Lanterns
0.7 - Supergirl
0.6 - Catwoman
0.6 - Secret Origins
0.6 - Justice League Dark
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Trinity of Sin
0.5 - Klarion
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.5 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Justice League Dark Annual
0.4 - Swamp Thing
0.4 - Aquaman and the Others
0.4 - Batwoman
0.4 - Swamp Thing Annual
0.4 - Constantine
0.3 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.2 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie

Vertigo: Average: 9,066*. Median: 7,982*

1.7 - American Vampire
1.5 - Fables
1.4 - Astro City
1.2 - Fairest
1.0 - The Names
1.0 - Bodies
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.7 - The Unwritten
0.7 - Vertigo Quarterly
0.7 - Hinterkind *
0.7 - FBP *
0.7 - Dead Boy Detectives *

Digital First & Other: Average: 13,928*. Median: 14,831*.

1.7 - Flash Season Zero
1.6 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Injustice Year Three (1)
1.3 - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.3 - Injustice Year Three (2)
1.2 - Arrow Season 2.5
1.2 - Injustice Year Two Annual
1.1 - Batman '66
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.8 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.7 - Smallville Chaos
0.6 - Teen Titans Go!
0.6 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.3 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You? *
0.2 - Looney Tunes *

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

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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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or my neighbor's dog Miles.

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

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

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2. 10 more Convergence titles with Wolfman on Titans, Wein on Swamp Thing, etc.

The combination fan wish fulfillment and classic writer comeback that is Convergence—DC’s two month fill in event slated for next March and April while the company moves—have been announced, via The Nerdist and IGN. Once again it’s old  home week with Marv Wolfman writing the Teen titans, Len Wein writing Swamp Thing, and artists including Tim Truman back at DC for one last go round.

This was originally going to be an event that featured a lot of younger creators, and there is one—EGOs artist Gus Storms is drawing the Legion.

BTW this event has gotten less and less attention as the weeks go on. Of course, the timing what with world news, is unfortunate. Also, holiday.

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens
Colorist: Sotocolor
Superman and Supergirl try to escape the city through the Phantom Zone, but they enter a portion they’ve never seen before and learn that Supergirl is destined to die if they return to their proper time and dimension. True story

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BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Carlos D’Anda
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.

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THE FLASH
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Federico Dallocchio
Colorist: Veronica Gandini
Trapped in Gotham, Barry Allen has nowhere to run. He fights on, seeking justice as well as a way to save the city. But he faces a Tangent Universe foe that thinks faster than the Flash could ever move.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS

Writer: David Gallaher

Artists: Steve Ellis and Ande Parks

Colorist: Hi-Fi
Say the Oath, save the world! If only being the Green Lantern Corps was that easy. Hal has resigned, John is busy, and Guy is pissed. Together for the first time—they’ll save Gotham or die trying.

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HAWKMAN

Writer: Jeff Parker

Artists: Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena

Colorist: John Kalisz
Hawkman and Hawkgirl put their Shadow War on hold as they face the anthropomorphic might of rat-men and bat-men in the deadly land of Kamandi!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: ChrisCross
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez
With their heavy hitters sidelined, Elongated Man must lead the much-maligned “Detroit Justice League” against the overwhelming power of the heroes from the Tangent Universe!

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NEW TEEN TITANS
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Nicola Scott and Marc Deering
Colorist: Jeromy Cox
Titans Together! Fighting against the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol, we are reminded why this is the greatest Titans team of all.

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SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Writer: Stuart Moore

Artists: Gus Storms and Mark Farmer

Colorist: John Rauch
While Brainiac 5 struggles to break through the dome, Superboy tries to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes spirits up—but then the Atomic Knights ride into town.

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SWAMP THING
Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Kelley Jones
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Swamp Thing struggles to survive when the dome cuts off his contact with the Green.

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WONDER WOMAN
Writer: Larry Hama
Art and Color: Josh Middleton
White-jumpsuit-clad Diana Prince is in the grips of a Domesday cult when her lover Steve Trevor leaps into the fray to save Etta Candy from vampires of Red Rain.

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3. Michelle Maclaren to direct ‘Wonder Woman’

 

wonderoman Michelle Maclaren to direct Wonder Woman

Great Hera! Variety has reported that Michelle Maclaren will direct Warner Bros’ “Wonder Woman” standalone motion picture. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the film aside from the fact that Gal Gadot will star as Princess Diana of Themyscira, and Charles Roven is a producer.

Maclaren is known for her work on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, the Emmy award winning series “Breaking Bad”, and HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. Looks like Maclaren has over 20 years experience in Hollywood, so this feels like a really, really choice.

Here’s a video of Maclaren at work on the “Breaking Bad” set (FYI, spoiler alert):

“Wonder Woman” is set to hit theaters some time in 2017.

(H/T: Variety)

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4. And one more: Warren Ellis’ Global Frequency in development once again

Global Frequency 8 And one more: Warren Ellis Global Frequency in development once again

And here’s another second look at a comics property that already had a time at the dance—Global Frequency, already the subject of a failed project way back in the prehistory of 2005, is getting another look as a TV show, with Jerry Bruckheimer once again leading the way.

The comic book Global Frequency came out from Wildstorm during the days when it was edgy and daring.. (For those of you who came in late, Wildstorm was once an imprint of DC Comics that put out more wild and crazy adventure themed stuff. It was shut down a few years ago and its remaining properties were folded into Vertigo.)

Written by Warren Ellis and drawn by a bunch of artists including Garry Leach, Steve Dillon, David Lloyd and Gene Ha, it followed a high tech privately sourced elite crime solving organization—an idea that has kind of been done to death since then but it still works when done well. (Person of Interest?) A pilot was made starring Michelle Forbes and Josh Hopkins in 2005 but it went nowhere. But those were the days when comic books were just things printed on paper and not idea space thought peaches.

Now it’s back with Bruckheimer producing and Rockne S. O’Bannon writing a new pilot. O’Bannon is well known for creating Farscape, and he’s also working on Constantine, but don’t hold that against him.

As Deadline helpfully points tout, this is part of the EXPLOSION of WB TV projects based on comics, joining the on air Arrow, Gotham, Flash and Constantine, and the upcoming iZombie and Supergirl, which has a series commitment at CBS, and Lucifer, also at Fox.

Whoever is doing TV development at DC Comics—you rock.

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5. Which job at West Coast DC are YOU going to apply for?

daily star Which job at West Coast DC are YOU going to apply for?
There are now a ton of job listings up at the WB job board for DC’s new West Coast set-up. Among them publicity and strategy and planning and print and even editorial. We looked at this a few weeks ago, and now even more content and managing jobs are posted, including a Director, Business Strategy and Planning to go along with the Manager previous listed. Are there going to be ANY indians in this village? Some good jobs there, though.
PS: Newsarama reports that DC has hired a Director of Publicity, one Michael Shelling , filling the role long ago vacated by Alex Segura.

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6. February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

February’s variant cover theme fro DC Comics will be Harley Quinn, and that should come as zero surprise. It worked for Marvel with Deadpool, a similarly anarchic fourth-wall busting character.  In fact if Marvel and DC were to do a crossover, I think Deadpool vs Harley would be the Batman vs Spider-man of the day.

In addition, Harley’s new, Suicide-Girls-inspired look has definitely caught on, supplanting the sturdily iconic Bruce Timm designed onesie. I don’t know who did the redesign for the New 52, but I think it may have been the most successful of the new looks

And here are the variants for February, which are a heck of a lot of fun. Maybe that’s why people like Harley Quinn? I have to admit my favorite of the bunch is the Amanda Conner Flash cover because…cheetahs.

 

AC Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

ACTION COMICS #39 by Nicola Scott & Danny Miki and Jeremy Cox

AQM Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

AQUAMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

BG Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

BATGIRL #39 by Cliff Chiang

BM Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

BATMAN #39 by Jill Thompson and CV Painting

BMROB Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

BATMAN & ROBIN #39 by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tomeu Morey

BMSM Cv19 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #19 by J.G. Jones and Alex Sinclair

CTW Cv39 HQ variant February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

CATWOMAN #39 by Jim Balent

DTC Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

DETECTIVE COMICS #39 by Dave Johnson

FLS Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

THE FLASH #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

GL Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

HARLEY QUINN #15 by Marco D’Alfonso

GRAY Cv7 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

GRAYSON #7 by Dan Panosian

GL Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

GREEN LANTERN #39 by Mike McKone and Dave McCaig

GLCOR 39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 by Jason Pearson

JLU Cv9 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #9 by Mikel Janin and CVDL

JUSTL Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 by Dustin Nguyen and CV Painting

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #39 by Joe Quinones

TT Cv7 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

TEEN TITANS #7 by Sean Galloway

SIN Cv10 HQ variant February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

SINESTRO #10 by Ian Bertram and Matt Hollingsworth

SG Cv39 HQ variant February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

SUPERGIRL #39 by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald

SM Cv39 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

SUPERMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

SMWW Cv16 HQ var February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16 by Francis Manapul and CVDL

WW Cv39 HQ var1 February will be Harley Quinn Variant month—and here are all the covers

WONDER WOMAN #39 by Phil Jiminez and Hi–Fi

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7. DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

DC-s announcements for products shipping in FEbruary are out today and here’s the WHOLE thing! what will you try What will make you cry?

 

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THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE
1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER
1:50 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Superstar writer Grant Morrison joins legendary artist Jim Lee on Earth-10 for one of the most dynamic, action-packed issues of this entire world-shattering series – THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN!
Imagine a world where the Nazis not only won World War II but went on to direct world culture for the next 60 years with the help of an orphaned, alien super-weapon known as Overman! But hope is not lost! Rising from the ashes of oppression are a diverse band of heroes raging against the fascist regime – a band of heroes known as THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
What nightmarish parallel worlds haunt the dreams of Overman? Who is the mysterious figure called Uncle Sam? And when the dust settles, will the actions of Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Human Bomb, Doll Man and The Ray be enough to stop Leatherwing, Blitzen and the other “heroes” of Earth-X?
Learn all this and more in this exciting issue that acts as chapter seven of the critically acclaimed MULTIVERSITY storyline.

 

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THE MULTIVERSITY DIRECTOR’S CUT #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by IVAN REIS
On sale FEBRUARY 25• 64 pg, FC, $9.99 US • RATED T
The first monumental issue of THE MULTIVERSITY is back in this new Director’s Cut Edition, presenting Ivan Reis’s pencil artwork! This special comes polybagged with a 26.5” x 30.5” version of the sensational Map of the Multiverse poster, designed by Rian Hughes from Grant Morrison’s notes! Also included are preliminary character designs by Morrison and Reis, and more!

JUSTL Cv39 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

JUSTICE LEAGUE #39
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:25 Variant cover by BABS TARR
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
“The Amazo Virus” concludes with haunting consequences!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

JLU Cv9 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #9
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by NEIL EDWARDS and JAY LEISTEN
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
1:25 Variant cover by MATTEO SCALERA
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“The Infinitus Saga” continues as the team joins the Legion of Super-Heroes, a Thanagarian war fleet and a Rannian war fleet to battle the endless forces of Infinitus!

 

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EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #18
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by JACK HERBERT, ROBSON ROCHA, PAULO SIQUEIRA and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As Apokolips burns, Green Lantern falls – and the Earth is left unprotected.

 

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #19
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, EDDY BARROWS, EDUARDO PANSICA and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Superman and Power Girl team up to turn the tide in the fight with Darkseid’s Furies.

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #20
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by JACK HERBERT, ROBSON ROCHA, EDUARDO PANSICA and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Apokolips’s plans for Earth-2 are finally revealed, leaving the heroes in shock!

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #21
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, EDDY BARROWS, PAULO SIQUEIRA and JORGE JIMENEZ
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Does Oliver Queen hold the answers to saving Earth-2?

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EARTH 2 #31
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON and MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by ANDY SMITH
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Dr. Fate makes his powerful presence known on Apokolips!

JUSTLD Cv39 R1 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #39
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and WALDEN WONG
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The JLD is reunited! But being lost in the timestream could not prepare them to confront the living embodiment of time itself. And she’s hungry…

 

DEATHSTROKE #5
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
1:25 Variant cover by LEONARDO MANCO
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Deathstroke vs. Batman – with Harley Quinn stuck in the middle! The most intense, brutal battle in the history of The New 52 takes place in this issue!

FLS Cv39 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

THE FLASH #39
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
Blank variant cover
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force while an impostor wreaks havoc at home! Can The Fastest Man Alive make it back in time to put things right?

GA Cv39 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

GREEN ARROW #39
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG and BEN SOKOLOWSKI
Art by DANIEL SAMPERE and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Green Arrow versus Seattle! The odds don’t look too good for Ollie in this issue!

INMFP Cv8 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #8
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN DIDIO
Art by TOM GRUMMETT and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by DANIEL HDR
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Killsandra! Enchanthrax! Thumpa! They’re the Femmes Fatales, and they’re Aagog’s revenge on Big Bear and the team! Led by Sweet Leilani, even if their attempt to capture Mark Moonrider fails, Beautiful Dreamer is still headed into their deadly clutches!

KLRN Cv5 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

KLARION #5
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by TREVOR McCARTHY
Cover by RAYMOND BERMUDEZ
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Coal’s buddybots are making people happy. Happier than they’ve ever been before. So why is Klarion on a mission to destroy all buddybots? Why is Klarion willing to lose his new friends to obliterate the friendly little bots? An all-battle issue as Klarion battles Zell, Piper, Noah and Rasp!

JL3000 Cv14 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #14
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Beetle and Booster! Fire and Ice! The Injustice League! Etrigan the Demon! Not to mention the Justice League (no, not that one, the one we’re doing). C’mon, people, we’re bending over backward here! At least meet us halfway – maybe flip through the issue at your local comics shop?

SECO Cv10 r1 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

SECRET ORIGINS #10
Written by CAMERON STEWART, BRENDEN FLETCHER, DAN JURGENS and CAITLIN KITTREDGE
Art by STJEPAN SEJIC, IRENE KOH and SEAN CHEN
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Get ready for The New 52 origins of Batgirl (written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with art by Irene Koh), Firestorm (courtesy of writer Dan Jurgens and artist Sean Chen) and Poison Ivy (coming your way from writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Stjepan Sejic)!

 

LOBO #5
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by REILLY BROWN and ALISON BORGES
Cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
As Lobo grows closer to preventing the destruction of Earth, an old foe returns and reveals Lobo’s role in the destruction of his home world.

SSIX Cv3 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

SECRET SIX #3
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:25 Variant cover by GARRY BROWN
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Her name is Strix. What is her secret?!

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THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #40
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by STEPHEN THOMPSON
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
All stories converge as Brainiac and the Blood Moon arrive at the Futures End!

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #41
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by SCOT EATON and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Justice League splits into teams to battle the dual threat of Brainiac and the Blood Moon, while the Batman team and Mr. Terrific try to take down Brother Eye – in the present and the future!

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #42
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Will Brainiac’s arrival be the catalyst that dooms the DCU to the future seen in issue #0? Brother Eye makes his move, and humanity may become collateral damage.

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #43
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by ANDY McDONALD
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Major fallout from last issue’s shocking demise of humanity’s one hope against apocalypse!

NSS Cv7 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #7
Written by SEAN RYAN
Art by ROB HUNTER
Cover by JUAN FERREYRA
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
As Deadshot recovers from serious injuries in Belle Reve prison, Black Manta struggles to keep the team’s current mission in China from imploding. But after they’ve awakened the country’s newest super-weapon, the whole team – including Harley Quinn and Reverse-Flash – won’t all be coming back.

SSWS Cv7 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #7
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by SCOTT HAMPTON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
G.I. Zombie and Carmen find themselves up against the biggest terrorist threat ever, and it’s in the heart of our country. Can two stand a chance against thousands, or is all lost as the United States of Apocalypse begins?

TT Cv7 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

TEEN TITANS #7
Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover by BENGAL
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
There’s a monstrous evil lurking in the bowels of S.T.A.R. Labs! Can the Titans save the day before they become another experiment?

TOS Cv5 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

TRINITY OF SIN #5
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by YVEL GUICHET and JASON GORDER
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Trapped within the Box of Redemption – and on the world contained within – the Trinity makes a desperate attempt to escape before the evil Nimraa unleashes a power that will bring all reality to an end!

WW Cv39 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

WONDER WOMAN #39
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
1:50 B&W Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and BATT
1:100 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island, and she’s in for a surprise: The Amazons have chosen a new queen to lead them! The identity of this new queen will send shock waves through the entire DC Universe! Guest-starring the Justice League and featuring the introduction of Diana’s craziest new cast member in, well, ever!

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SUPERMAN #39
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR., and KLAUS JANSON
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
1:50 Variant cover by SHANE DAVIS
1:100 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR., and KLAUS JANSON
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
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This emotional story reveals a rarely seen side of The Man of Steel as an ordinary person, as the super-star team of Geoff Johns, John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson continue their epic run on the series!
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ACTION COMICS #39
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by AARON KUDER
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by NICOLA SCOTT and DANNY MIKI
1:25 Variant cover by JUAN JOSE RYP
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
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The terror from Smallville has spread across the globe, and now Superman must make a sacrifice to save it! Don’t miss the final chapter of “Horrorville”!

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
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Superman and Wonder Woman come face-to-face with the newest arrival to The New 52: MAGOG!
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SUPERGIRL #39
Written by K. PERKINS and MIKE JOHNSON
Art and cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by JOE BENITEZ
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
All-out war breaks out on Crucible over the fate of Superboy, as Kara faces new and old enemies.

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WORLDS’ FINEST #31
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by JED DOUGHERTY
Cover by YILDIRAY CINAR
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“Signs” of the Apocalypse? Death and destruction are increasing on Earth-2, and only the watchful eye of Batman sees how the patterns fit. Can he persuade Superman to take precautions before the price becomes very personal?

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BATMAN ETERNAL #44
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by ACO
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
One of the only people who knows what truly happened at Arkham Asylum is about to escape Gotham City…but not if Batman gets to him first!

BATMAN ETERNAL #45
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by JAVI FERNANDEZ
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Nothing in his experience with cutting-edge technology could prepare Batwing for a battle against the vengeful spirits who’ve taken control of his armor!

BATMAN ETERNAL #46
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Is Batman eternal? Perhaps…but only one of the Dark Knight’s foes truly knows the meaning of the word!

BATMAN ETERNAL #47
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY
Art by JUAN FERREYRA
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
In the new order of Gotham City, Selina Kyle holds all the cards…and now it’s up to master spy Julia Pennyworth to steal them back!

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BATMAN #39
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by JILL THOMPSON
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Endgame” part 5. The Joker is back! The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime’s horrifying return! Plus, in the backup story, the inmates and Mahreen finally learn the truth about The Joker!
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BMSM Cv19 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and moreBATMAN/SUPERMAN #19
Written by GREG PAK
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and DANNY MIKI
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by J.G. JONES
1:25 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Superman and Batman have learned the devastating truth behind the identity of the unseen terrorists they’ve been pursuing. But will they recover in time to stop them from killing more innocents?
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BATGIRL #39
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the “real” Batgirl…and the truth of her enemy’s identity will shock her to her very core!

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BATMAN AND ROBIN #39
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Has Damian Wayne become something more than human? And how do you control a reckless child who now has super powers?

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ARKHAM MANOR #5
Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and cover by SHAWN CRYSTAL
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The insanity of Arkham Manor floods the streets of Gotham City!

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GOTHAM ACADEMY #5
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
This month’s assignment: Uncover the hideous secrets of Gotham Academy’s North Hall! Also: smooching?!

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GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #4
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art and cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Dr. Szandor Tarr is far from what anyone would consider social, but will it turn out he’s more at home with an insect monster savaging Gotham City than he is with the Midnight Shift?

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GRAYSON #7
Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING
Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Grayson and Helena must battle their old foes, the Fist of Cain!

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DETECTIVE COMICS #39
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by DAVE JOHNSON
1:25 Variant cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Can Batman put an end to Anarky once and for all? Or will the citizens of Gotham City even let him try?
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HARLEY QUINN #15
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CHAD HARDIN
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by MARCO D’ALFONSO
1:25 Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Harley was certain she could have it all: She could be the world’s best landlord, protect Coney Island from the scum of the Earth, woo Mason Macabre, work her day job as a psychiatrist, volunteer at the puppy shelter…but that’s a whole lot of spinning plates, and eventually they’re bound to start breaking! What happens when a psychopath cracks up? Is it possible for Harley to go even more insane?!

HQVDAY CVR DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and moreHARLEY QUINN VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL #1
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by JOHN TIMMS
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER
Blank variant cover
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Love is in the air in New York City! The planet’s richest bachelor, Bruce Wayne, is in town for a charity auction – and the highest bidder gets a date with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Brooding! Good thing Harley Quinn just came into some money (please, whatever you do, don’t ask how). But can Bruce really spend a night with Harley without her learning how he spends his nights?

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CATWOMAN #39
Written by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by GARRY BROWN
Cover by JAE LEE
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by JIM BALENT
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Will Selina save Gotham City? Or will she burn it to the ground?

 

BW Cv39 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and moreBATWOMAN #39
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The mystery of Red Alice! Is Batwoman’s sister truly reformed?

 

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #39
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by R.B. SILVA
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As Arsenal and Red Hood confront their demons, Starfire is out for blood when she hunts down the person responsible for her recent addiction. But will her act of vengeance help her – or destroy her?

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GREEN LANTERN #39
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ADMIRA WIJAYA
Cover by BILLY TAN
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by MIKE McKONE
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Hal Jordan returns to Oa knowing he has to face the consequences for defying the Templar Guardians during “Godhead.” But whatever the Guardians have planned for him pales before the true threat the Corps will soon face. Hal’s about to learn that sometimes fighting for the greater good comes at an even greater personal cost.
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GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39
Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by JASON PEARSON
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
As John Stewart and his team try to root out the criminal network that has overtaken the homeworld of Lantern Feska, they discover the planet is imperiled by a far darker, deadlier force. An enemy with an ancient hatred of the Corps. An enemy that seeks to cast all the universe into shadow.

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GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #39
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by DIOGENES NEVES and MARC DEERING
Cover by KYLE STRAHM
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With the Templar Guardians still on Oa, Kyle faces the very real prospect that his life may soon come to an end. The love of Carol Ferris alone can’t save him, and the foundation of the cosmos hangs in the balance.

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RED LANTERNS #39
Written by LANDRY WALKER
Art by J. CALAFIORE
Cover by SCOTT HEPBURN
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The rage left behind on Earth following the Atrocitus War is spreading and in danger of erupting at any moment! Guy is determined to purge the world in order to save it, but can a man looking to die stop a primal force on a heavily populated planet?

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SINESTRO #10
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by IAN BERTRAM
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Sinestro’s siege of Warworld has gone badly, and now Mongul is more powerful than ever. The leader of the Yellow Lanterns still may have a trick or two up his sleeve, but then, so does the planetary dictator with a grudge.

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SWAMP THING #39
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“The Machine Queen” part 5! The Swamp is dead. The machines rule the planet. Alec Holland’s greatest foes are arrayed against him, and the few allies he has left have gone into hiding. It is the end…unless the Swamp Thing can return to the beginning, to fix his greatest mistake.

 

 

DC COMICS

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BATMAN ’66 #20
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by RUBEN PROCOPIO
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
Gotham City has a new hero in town: Joker Man! Can it be? Has the Clown Prince of Crime now become a comedic crimefighter? This new Joker seems to be sincere about lassoing the lawless by rounding up all the criminals, including some of his former allies! In fact, he’s so good at it that the citizenry wonders if they still need Batman and Robin at all!

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MORTAL KOMBAT X #2-3
Written by SHAWN KITTELSEN
Issue #2 art by DEXTER SOY
Issue #3 art by IGOR VITORINO
Covers by IVAN REIS
#2 on sale FEBRUARY 11
#3 on sale FEBRUARY 25
40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • DIGITAL FIRST
Now shipping twice monthly! In issue #2, Scorpion and his newest companion set off in deadly pursuit of Raiden! Meanwhile, as the daughter of Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, Cassie Cage thinks she’s seen it all. But when she finds herself in an illegal MMA deathmatch, Cassie must decide if she’s ready for her first taste of Mortal Kombat!
Then, in issue #3, as the civil war in Outworld rages on, Kotal Kahn suffers an unimaginable loss and enlists the power of the Kamidogu to avenge his fallen ally. But will blood magic make Kotal powerful enough to take down Outworld’s champion? Enter: Goro!

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ARROW SEASON 2.5 #5
Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM and KETO SHIMIZU
Art by JOE BENNETT, CRAIG YEUNG and SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Photo cover
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
An old ally returns as the clash with Brother Blood reaches its climax! Plus, a new enemy rises!

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THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #5
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by MARCUS TO
Photo cover
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
What’s a day in the life of the Fastest Man Alive like? Find out from the point of view of none other than Arrow’s Felicity Smoak!

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INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #9
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO, MIKE S. MILLER and others
Cover by NEIL GOOGE
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The new Deadman tracks down The Spectre but makes a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Trigon launches an attack on Superman, and not even the power of Wonder Woman is enough to help. Plus, the identity of Superman’s secret protector is revealed.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #10
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO, MIKE S. MILLER and others
Cover by NEIL GOOGE
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
A world-shattering magical battle is under way, involving some of the most powerful beings in the universe. Batman, Constantine and the Birds of Prey launch a full out assault on Swamp Thing and his allies. And Batman has a final good-bye with the last person he’d expect.

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HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #3
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by POP MHAN
Cover by STJEPAN SEJIC
On sale FEBRUARY 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
High above the Sands of Time, She-Ra leads Stratos and an aerial squadron in search of the Eye of Chrono. Their mission is jeopardized by the appearance of Catra, Scorpia and a Horde Army! Will the Princess of Power defeat these women from her past and retrieve the Eye? The Eternity War is just getting started!

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #7
Written by ALEX DE CAMPI and AMY CHU
Art by NEIL GOOGE and BERNARD CHANG
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Venus Rising,” Diana’s conflicted about her current mission: She agreed to represent the Justice League as the first space station for harvesting Venusian fuel gases is brought online. But her arrival doesn’t go smoothly – and then, kaiju attack! Plus: A combat pilot gets a little help from Wonder Woman as a routine reconnaissance mission turns deadly in “Rescue Angel.”

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INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #8
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by EDUARDO FRANCISCO, SZYMON KUDRANSKI and CHRISTIAN DUCE
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN and JASON PAZ
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The first mission comes to an end as the battle to save Nil reaches its conclusion. Facing impossible odds against Nightmare Brainiac and his legion of Nightmare Metallos, the heroes’ only hope is to reignite the defenses of the Monitor’s tower. And the person they have to rely on to do this is none other than Lex Luthor of the Gaslight World!

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SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: CONTINUITY #3
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by IG GUARA, MARCELO DI CHIARA and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 40 pg, FC, 3 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
An alien device streaks toward Metropolis and the Watchtower. As Chloe freezes in fear, her friends rush to her side! And no man escapes the Manhunters – but will Nightwing find a loophole?

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ALL-STAR WESTERN VOL. 6: END OF THE TRAIL TP

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by CLIFF RICHARDS, STAZ JOHNSON, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, FABRIZIO FIORENTINO and DARWYN COOKE
Cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale MARCH 25 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected – especially when he finds out that there’s an impostor calling himself Jonah Hex! Collects issues #29-34.

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EARTH 2 VOL. 5: THE KRYPTONIAN HC
Written by TOM TAYLOR and DANIEL H. WILSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT, TREVOR SCOTT, EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale APRIL 15 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
A new super being named Val-Zod has appeared – and the heroes of Earth-2 must convince him to help them in one last, desperate attempt to stop Kal-El. Can they band together in time to prepare for Apokolips and the forces of Darkseid? And can Val-Zod become the hero they need him to be? Collects EARTH 2 #21-26 and EARTH 2: FUTURES END #1!

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BATMAN VOL. 6: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT HC
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, MARGUERITE BENNETT and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO, DANNY MIKI, ANDY KUBERT, DUSTIN NGUYEN, DEREK FRIDOLFS, ALEX MALEEV and others
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale APRIL 29 • 224 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In these tales from BATMAN #0, 18-20, 28, 34 and BATMAN ANNUAL #2, look back to the early days of the Dark Knight, then see the impact of the wake of the death of his son Damian! Plus, has Batman’s worst foe become…Bruce Wayne? This title also includes three pivotal chapters from the epic ZERO YEAR storyline, and a chapter that ties in to BATMAN ETERNAL!

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HARLEY QUINN VOL. 2: POWER OUTAGE HC
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by AMANDA CONNER, JOHN TIMMS, DAVE JOHNSON, STEPHANE ROUX, CHAD HARDIN, PAUL POPE, MARCO FAILLA, DAMION SCOTT and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale APRIL 8 • 208 pg, FC, $24.99 US
The first rule of Skate Club is…you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money equals big body counts! She’s in…and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent. Plus, what would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic con out there? And Harley attempts to rescue Poison Ivy – with smelly results! Collects HARLEY QUINN #9-13, HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1, a story from SECRET ORIGINS #4 and the star-studded HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO #1!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 2: SURVIVORS OF EVIL TP
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, TOM DERENICK, EDDY BARROWS and others
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale MARCH 4 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US
As the smoke clears from TRINITY WAR, the JLA is dead, betrayed by one of their own. But Martian Manhunter and Stargirl live to fight another day, only to find themselves trapped on an alien world under the control of a group of Super-Villains. Collecting issues #8-14!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 5: FOREVER HEROES TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, DOUG MAHNKE, JESUS MERINO and others
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale MARCH 11 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these tales from JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29, the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes foolish enough to challenge them – including Dick Grayson! But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing…and Ultraman!

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: POWER COUPLE TP
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, MATT BANNING, PAULO SIQUEIRA and others
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale MARCH 18 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US
Collecting the bold new series that looks at the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Amazon Princess! Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned – it spells Doomsday! Collects issues #1-6 of the new blockbuster series.

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WONDER WOMAN VOL. 6: BONES HC
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by CLIFF CHIANG and GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale APRIL 1 • 160 pg, FC, $22.99 US
In this final WONDER WOMAN volume by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang Olympus must fall, and its rightful ruler must be restored. Wonder Woman is locked in desperate battle with the First Born with the destiny of immortals at stake in these stories from WONDER WOMAN #30-35 and a story from SECRET ORIGINS #6.

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Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JANUARY 28 • 128 pg, FC, FREE
Get ready for the latest edition of the DC ENTERTAINMENT GRAPHIC NOVEL ESSENTIALS AND CHRONOLOGY, newly updated for 2015! This Free catalogue includes DC’s 25 Essential Graphic Novels, plus reading guides to each DC imprint, reading orders and more! Did we mention it’s FREE?
Retailers: Quantities may be limited. There is no freight credit for this item.

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BATMAN ‘66 VOL. 3 HC
Written by JEFF PARKER, ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art by JONATHAN CASE, DARIO BRIZUELA, TED NAIFEH, DEAN HASPIEL, PAUL RIVOCHE, CRAIG ROUSSEAU and WILFREDO TORRES
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale APRIL 22 • 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US
In this third BATMAN ‘66 collection, The Dynamic Duo face The Joker, The Penguin, the Queen of Diamonds and a Bat-Robot of their own making…that may put Batman and Robin out of a job! Collects issues #11-16.

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN VOL. 3 TP
Written by JIM KRUEGER, PETER MILLIGAN, MAX LANDIS and others
Art by NEIL EDWARDS, GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ, JOCK, PHIL HESTER, EVAN SHANER and others
Cover by EVAN SHANER
On sale MARCH 25 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US
This third volume of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN continues to feature the best creators in comics and entertainment presenting their takes on the Man of Steel in stores from issues #11-17! Includes appearances by Toyman, Lobo, The Joker, Lex Luthor and more!

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BATMAN BEYOND: JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND TP
Written by KYLE HIGGINS and CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by THONY SILAS, DEXTER SOY and others
Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
On sale MARCH 11 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
Wonder Woman is back, but what secret is she hiding? Meanwhile, Batman’s journey through the dystopian world of the Justice Lords takes a deadly turn as he faces Lord Superman! Collects BATMAN BEYOND #9-12.

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8. Jim Lee Joins Grant Morrison on The Multiversity: Mastermen

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Grant Morrison’s Multiversity mini-series has proven to be an unexpectedly fun rfrolic thruogh the various realities of DC’s multiverses. Well, perhaps unexpected is not the world, since Morrison actually excels at this kind of thing and he’s does it before —Seven Soldiers—and probably will do it again. Actually, since this has been in the works since at least 2009, maybe Morrison already did it before. Tt’s Multiversity—anything is possible.

Anyway, the series continuing with an issues drawn by Jim Lee that takes us to a dimension where The Nazis won. This is the seventh of 8 connnecting one0shots ritten by Morrison with art by various folks, depicting various alternative realities of the DCU. Elsewolrds will never really die, will it?

Uproxx has the advance information:

THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:10 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE
1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER
1:50 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Superstar writer Grant Morrison joins legendary artist Jim Lee on Earth-10 for one of the most dynamic, action-packed issues of this entire world-shattering series – THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN!
Imagine a world where the Nazis not only won World War II but went on to direct world culture for the next 60 years with the help of an orphaned, alien super-weapon known as Overman! But hope is not lost! Rising from the ashes of oppression are a diverse band of heroes raging against the fascist regime – a band of heroes known as THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
What nightmarish parallel worlds haunt the dreams of Overman? Who is the mysterious figure called Uncle Sam? And when the dust settles, will the actions of Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Human Bomb, Doll Man and The Ray be enough to stop Leatherwing, Blitzen and the other “heroes” of Earth-X?
Learn all this and more in this exciting issue that acts as chapter seven of the critically acclaimed MULTIVERSITY storyline.


 

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9. The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: The Year in Comics on TV

logo pod more to come 1400 300x300 The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: The Year in Comics on TVRecorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.

In this week’s podcast, the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Publishers Weekly’s Best Graphic Novels of 2014, the recent Comic Arts Brooklyn festival, and offer in-depth discussions of comics-based TV shows as ConstantineThe Flash, Gotham, and much more on PW Comics World’s More To Come.

Download this episode direct here, listen to it in streaming here and catch up with our previous podcasts on the Publishers Weekly website, or subscribe to More To Come on iTunes

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10. Michelle MacLaren may direct Wonder Woman

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Word on the street of late has been that a female director had been approached to direct the 2017 Gal Gadot Wonder Woman movie. Who could it be? Lena Dunham? Miranda July? Well now a name has emerged and it’s Michelle McLaren. If you’re a fastidious credit watcher you’ve seen McLaren’s name in the credits of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. With a resume like that how could she NOT direct a superhero movie? IN particular, she directed some of the most brutal and riveting Breaking Bad episodes, showing she knows her way around a meth lab at least.

Women directing comic book movies have a track record of exactly 1.5. Lexi Alexander director Punisher War Zone, which has actually become kind of a cult film. Patty Ryan was once supposed to direct Thor 2, but fell out with Marvel before it could get going.

This is all still suppositional, and we haven’t even seen Dawn of Justice yet with Gadot’s first take at Wonder Woman. But McLAren seems like a good name to be attached if you’re going to attach something.

BTW, if you don’t follow Lexi Alexander on twitter you’re missing out on some interesting tweeting.

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11. DC announces the first 10 Convergence minis

CBR and io9 get the reveal on the first 10 miniseries. As explaiend by CBR, we’ll see now retconned to oblivion characters like “Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, Donna Troy, Wally West (married to Linda Park with kids), Jesse Quick, Barbara Gordon as Oracle, Dick Grayson as Nightwing and Renee Montoya as The Question. ” There’s also something called “The Dome”—a terrifying structure which forces inhabitants to watch the slow-paced CBS series of the same name reminds you of Battleworld.

While the original intent of this event was to “cast the net wide” these first minis feature such up and comers as Denys Cowan, Klaus Janson and Gail Simone. Just kidding. On a more serious note, it is good to see some of these folks working at DC again. Phil Winslade on Harley Quinn? Tell me more!

Final snark: these all sound completely totally new reader friendly.

 

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SUPERMAN
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist Lee Weeks and Dan Jurgens/Norm Rapmund
Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city.

 

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Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Steve Yeowell / Andy Owens
Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists.

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BATGIRL
Writer: Alisa Kwitney
Artist: Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington
After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service.

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NIGHTWING/ORACLE
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons
Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman & Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes.

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Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons
Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them.

 

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Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan
Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Vicente Cifuentes
When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick’s baby shower, they didn’t expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman.

 

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Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Cully Hamner
Two-Face is fighting another world’s Harvey Dent, and it’s up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds.

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Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson
Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack.

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HARLEY QUINN
Writer: Steve Pugh
Artist: Phil Winslade and John Dell
Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot.

 

 

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12. And DC unveils…The Convergence Logo!

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Meanwhile, DC fought back with it’s OWN multi-reality spanning war that will feature all of its realities battling in a Brainiac-created wasteland.
Convergence, by Jeff King, Carlo Pagulayan, Stephen Segovia and Ethan Van Sciver debuts in April.

On Monday, we debuted a beautiful illustration of Convergence’s villain, Telos, drawn by Carlo Pagulayan and Jose Marzan, Jr. with colors by Hi-Fi. However, what we didn’t tell you was that there was even more to the illustration. Today, we’re proud to show you the full piece of art, featuring even more glimpses of worlds past as well as the Convergence logo.

So if you click on the link you can see who will be fighting who in the 40 separate two issue battle tales.

2015: the year of the multidimensional battles.

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13. More DC Job postings, more structural changes

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More and more job openings at DC Entertainment are being listed at the WB web site, and where once a Joe Orlando just barked at people that Superman’s tights were blue, now it takes a village of VPs to keep the content properly strategized. Take this job, VP, Content Strategy, who works with
the Co-Publishers (Lee and DiDio), the SVP, Editorial Strategy & Administration (a person not publicly announced, I believe), Franchise Management, Business Development, and Sales. He or she will be a busy bee indeed.

And other jobs at DC include no less than TWO VPs of sales—in addition to an existing EVP of sales and a VP of sales—and a Manager, Business Strategy & Planning, AND a Director, Sales Planning who will work with “field sales, Publishing (Content Strategy), Business Planning & Finance, Marketing and other departments to communicate demand so that appropriate quantities are incorporated into DCE financial and production plans (Final Print run numbers).”

Which leaves me with a few questions:

Does it take half a dozen people to replace one Bob Wayne, or merely four or five?

And what is “Publishing (Content Strategy).” The people developing DC’s job structures know these things only sell like 50-60K copies on a good day, right?

Anyway, fire up those resumes, content strategists:
Vice President, Content Strategy:

Vice President, Content Strategy

LOCATIONUnited States – Burbank, California

AREA OF INTERESTPublishing

REQUISITION #144120BR

POSTED DATE Nov. 04, 2014

POSITION TYPE Full Time

BUSINESS DC Comics

JOB DESCRIPTION

SUMMARY OF POSITION
DC Comics seeks a Vice President, Content Strategy for the Editorial Administration department. Works with Co-Publishers & SVP, Editorial Strategy & Administration to centralize, organize, and communicate the overall publishing content strategy across DC Comics, Vertigo, and Mad Magazine.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Works with SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration and the imprint leads to strategize publishing content across print and digital platforms. Each imprint is to have a single, defined and agreed upon publishing content vision. Position supports and develops current and new product and talent in support of each imprint strategy.

On a project-by-project basis, collaborates with Franchise Management, Business Development, and Sales to develop brand-building and revenue opportunities with Portfolio and/or WB and 3rd parties, with an initial focus on Vertigo and MAD.

Develop strategies to optimize business opportunities, as well as memorializing long-standing but undocumented business practices.

Coordinates with Franchise Management, Media, Sales, Marketing, and International Sub-License departments to communicate, update, and where needed, formulate plan on a regular basis.

Work with Finance and Sales to set and revise budget and forecast for new projects.
Other projects/duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS
BA/BS degree or equivalent experience required.
7-10 years work experience required.
5+ years managing a team required.
Online or Print Publishing experience preferred.
Knowledge of comic book industry required.
MAC/PC proficiency required.
Microsoft Office proficiency required.
Ability for some light travel required.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing required.
Must have the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with managers and other levels of personnel.
Must have the ability to pay close attention to details.
Must have the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple project elements simultaneously


 

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14. The Multiverse is back in DC’s moving event: Convergence

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Acknowledging that moving cross country and restaffing an editorial department might be distracting for its staff, DC officially announced it’s two month fill-in event today, CONVERGENCE. The event will replace the New 52 line-up for two months, April and May of 2015, with a framing 9-issue mini-series, starting with a zero issue, and spinning into 40 two part mini series. Promo art by Carlos Paguayan and Jose Marzan Jr.

The event has been rumored for quite a while, and I’m told it was hatched back in the spring as a way to ease the transition as DC personnel make the move from NYC to Burbank in April 2015. The event was originally run by Tom DeFalco but he moved on and was replaced by ex-Marvel/Teshkeel editor Marie Javins, who worked closely with Dan Didio on the event.

The event was announced this morning in USA Today. The whole event is being overseen by TV’s Jeff King, (White Collar, Continuum, Stargate SG-1) with Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia on art on the framing mini, and Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell helping oversee things. The 40 two-issues minis will feature a wide variety of writers and artists.

The story itself will not feature the NEW 52 characters, but spins out of two weekly series which both end in April, Earth 2: World’s End and The New 52: Futures End. These both involved Braniac messing with various realities, and new villain, Telos will create more mischief. Just like Pandora did and we all know how well that worked out.

The series will probably deal with all the messy extra earths that DC has floating around that got papered over by the New 52, with characters such as as
Donna Troy, Blue Beetle and the Justice Society of America possibly reemerging.

“What we’re really addressing is they all exist and have existed and exist within the framework of the New 52,” Jim Lee told USA Today. “Convergence is in many ways the most meta epic event we’ve done.”

“It captures the full essence and scope of DC’s incredible history and storytelling, ” Dan DiDio said.”There is a story and a character for every generation of DC Comics fan. But then in a shocking turn, he added that Jeff King was brought on to have “a fresh set of eyes to look at it and make sure that it’s as open and accessible to all fans. Not just the people who have been reading DC throughout the years.”

According to DC’s own piece about Convergence,

If you’ve been reading THE NEW 52: FUTURES END and EARTH 2: WORLD’S END, now is the moment you’ve been waiting for. All things converge as readers get to experience the DC multiverse like never before—hundreds of heroes, hundreds of villains, numerous worlds, and universe altering events all in one place, one time.

Taking place outside of time and space—on the question mark, just below Earth 29 and above Chaos, on the Map of the Multiverse—and introducing the new villain—Telos, this massive event will be published throughout April and May.

Hm with Marvel bringing back Secret Wars and DC going multiversal on us again it’s going to be one busy summer.

As for what happens AFTER Convergence?

That…is still developing.

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15. Sweet News in Diversity

Happy Halloween everyone! We’ve got something even better than treats today: great news in diversity!

Appltim cooke CEO Tim Cook recently came out in an editorial published by Bloomberg Businessweek, saying that he is “proud to be gay,” and making him the first openly gay leader of a major U.S. company. This was the first time Cook addressed his orientation publicly, saying, “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.” With more states and people accepting gay marriage and supporting LGBTQ rights, Cook’s move is inspirational and will hopefully lead to more acceptance within the workplace.

Marvel announces next phase of superhero movies

From left: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), and Chris Evans (Captain America) at a Marvel event in Hollywood

Marvel just recently announced their next phase of superhero movies and we’re excited to see that it’s going to include a Black Panther movie! The Black Panther (T’Challa) was the first black superhero in American comics. We’re also looking forward to seeing Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman! DC announced that Momoa would be playing Aquaman in the highly anticipated “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the Wonder Woman movie will premier in 2017.

Have you heard more good news in diversity? Let us know in the comments!

 

 


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16. The 69 Superhero, comic book and animated movies coming to you from now until 2020

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Feeling a little overwhelmed by the vast movie slates announced by Sony, Marvel and WB? So are we, but here’s a chart helpfully put together by our own Tireless Torsten Adair that will help you plan out the next six years of your life even more. There are approximately 69 superhero, comic book and animated movies coming to you over that time, which works out to nearly 11.5 movies a year! At $12 a pop… well, let’s just say I hope they have matinees near you.

Throw in that there are now so many comic-book based TV shows on that I don’t even have room to record them all—Walking Dead, Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, Agents of Shield and Constantine—and…well, it is either a Golden Age or a Golden Glut.

5/1/15 The Avengers: Age of Ultron Marvel
6/19/15 Inside Out Pixar
7/17/15 Ant-Man Marvel
8/7/15 The Fantastic Four Fox
11/6/15 Untitled Peanuts Movie Fox
11/25/15 The Good Dinosaur Pixar
Unknown 2016 Suicide Squad DCE
Unknown 2016 Untitled Lego Movie Warners
2/12/16 Deadpool Fox
3/4/16 Untitled Disney Animation Disney
3/25/16 Batman v Superman DCE
5/6/16 Captain America: Civil War Marvel
5/27/16 X-Men: Apocalypse Fox
6/3/16 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Paramount
6/17/16 Finding Dory Pixar
7/8/16 ??? (Was Doctor Strange) Marvel
8/5/16 Untitled DC DCE
8/5/16 Untitled Smurfs Movie Sony
9/23/16 Ninjago Warners
11/4/16 Doctor Strange Marvel
11/11/16 Sinister Six Sony
11/18/16 HP: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Warners
11/23/16 Untitled Disney Animation (Moana?) Disney
12/16/16 Untitled Star Wars Disney
Unknown 2017 Wonder Woman DCE
Unknown 2017 Justice League, Part One DCE
Unknown 2017 Lego Batman Warners
1/13/17 Captain Underpants Dreamworks
2/10/17 Untitled Warner Animation Group Project Warners
3/3/17 Untitled Wolverine Fox
5/5/17 Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Marvel
5/26/17 Untitled LEGO Movie Warners
6/16/17 Untitled Pixar Animation Pixar
6/23/17 Untitled DC DCE
7/7/17 Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Disney
7/14/17 The Fantastic Four 2 Fox
7/28/17 Thor: Ragnarok, July 28, 2017 Marvel
11/3/17 Black Panther Marvel
11/17/17 Untitled DC DCE
11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation Pixar
Unknown 2018 Flash DCE
Unknown 2018 Aquaman DCE
Unknown 2018 Lego Movie 2 Warners
Unknown 2018 HP: Fantastic Beasts Warners
Unknown 2018 The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Sony
2/9/18 Untitled Warner Animation Group Project Warners
3/9/18 Untitled Disney Animation Disney
3/23/18 Untitled DC DCE
5/4/18 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, Part 1 Marvel
5/25/18 Untitled Lego Warners
6/15/18 Untitled Pixar Animation Pixar
7/6/18 Captain Marvel Marvel
7/13/18 Untitled Fox Fox / Marvel
7/27/18 Untitled DC DCE
11/2/18 Inhumans Marvel
11/16/18 Untitled WB Event Film Warners
11/21/18 Untitled Disney Animation Disney
Unknown 2019 Shazam DCE
Unknown 2019 Justice League Part Two DCE
4/5/19 Untitled DC DCE
5/3/19 Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2, May 3, 2019 Marvel
5/24/19 Untitled Lego Warners
6/14/19 Untitled DC DCE
Unknown 2020 Cyborg DCE
Unknown 2020 Green Lantern DCE
Unknown 2020 HP: Fantastic Beasts Warners
4/3/20 Untitled DC DCE
6/19/20 Untitled DC DCE
11/20/20 Untitled WB Event Film Warners

 

 

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17. 31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and here’s your guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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18. Jim Lee and Dan Didio speak! About moving, demographics, royalties and more

 

dan didio jim lee Jim Lee and Dan Didio speak! About moving, demographics, royalties and moreI imagine that every sentence of this ICv2 interview with DC Comics co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee will be gone over with a fine tooth comb. I think it’s the first time the two have sat down for a somewhat frank interview in six months at least. And what a six months it has been! Certainly, from the scrum of New York Comic Con, the essential public personas come out, Lee, the glass half full cheerleader, DiDio, the without me the glass would break authority figure. Lee addresses the new demographics with a shout out to Batman editor, Mark Doyle, whose future—at DC in Burbank or leaving the company— is still very much up in the air:

7Lee: There’s also a diversification within the audience itself the past couple of years.  You’ve seen more women, more female readers, in general.  When we launched Batgirl and Gotham Academy, those books struck a different note, different tonality, and that was in large part due to editor Mark Doyle bringing these projects together with different kinds of creators (see “Two New Batman Ongoing Series” and “New Batgirl Costume”).  It was our way of broadening the base of the Batman family of books but doing it in a different way to attract a different audience.

But then DiDio refuses to throw licensers under the buss on recent fluffs like those awful shirts:

Who approves DC licensed products with regard to those issues and are you happy with the way that’s going?

Didio:  Actually, we are.  We have a strong relationship with our consumer products division that runs those areas.  You have to understand that they’re seeing tens of thousands of products that they’re proof-reading and checking for information over a period of time.  We have departments that work very closely with them within DC Entertainment, and they’re constantly working the system to make sure they’re aware of our audience and presenting the proper material to that audience.

Lee hints that Vertigo has some big plans and may even be in a position to start competing with Image for creators:

If you look at what we’re going to do in 2015 (which I’m not at liberty to discuss at this moment), possibly first quarter next year, you’ll see that we’re going through a major effort to rebrand the imprint.  That’s going to come about through the projects themselves.

We’re working on a hit list of the top creators in the business and we have some exciting news to unveil in the early part of 2015.

But then DiDio insists that everyone loves the new royalty plan….

When we created the original royalty plan it was based on a periodical model.  We’ve grown from periodicals to graphic novels and adding a digital component, and now we’re working with different types of products combined with books, so we need a level of flexibility and this allows it.  I think what’s important is the talent themselves can feel that they’re truly participating and receiving the benefit of the success of the property.

The response from the creators was positive?
Didio:  Oh, yes.  We’ve had a strong response and it was positive all the way through.

I can say that there has been a strong response from freelancers I’ve talked to, alright, but it hasn’t been all that positive—the net effect has a been a rather large drop in royalties for many folks.

Anyway, Lee and DiDio have overseen a very successful era at DC (whether you want to admit it or not) and the move to the West Coast is bringing many changes. Like…what comes after “Blood Moon,” the pseudo bridging event that is being run by temporary editors which the survivors of the great migration make their way west in a Green Tucson. Props to Milton Griepp for getting them to sit down and talk even if it is the last report from a world that will soon be forever a memory.

(Thanks to all of you who went me the link)

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19. DC admits sexist t-shirts sent wrong message

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Over the weekend at the Long Beach Comic Con, Tamara Brooks found some officially licensed DC t-shirts that gave messages that were a bit outmoded, to say the least. Tom Spurgeon quickly labeled them “repulsive,” and everyone else was all like reducing Wonder Woman to a victory level on a sex video game, really? Well, after CBR wrote to DC “DC wrote back and said, we agree:

DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.


WHAT TH–! What century is this? Comic Book company, you are supposed to remain silent and just internally fret over these kinds of things, not step up and do the right thing by admitting it was not the best official message to send?

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To be honest, I find the first shirt repulsive. I get that showing Superman is a bro who bang hot chicks is an upgrade for his bulgeless underpants image. But…not the best way to get that across. The second is reminiscent of other t-shirts where the wearer declares she in training to be a trophy wife or whatever. Kinda silly but not the worst thing I’ve seen. But yeah, maybe not the best message for a company that is clearly trying to del with a surge of new customers who are more sensitive to this kind of thing. So yeah, end of kerfuffle, before it ever really got going.

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20. Lightning doesn’t strike twice with Future’s End

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September is Big Event month at DC Comics, and they crushed it this September as they usually do with their super lenticular covered Future’s End event which saw stand-alone stories set five years in the future of the DCU. These “random future” events usually disappoint me as I expect to see the Flash living with is brother in law and their two kids, and Poison Ivy running a plant shop, but then, that’s me. Anyway, Multiversity talked to a bunch of retailers about how the event did compared to last year’s Villain’s month which was allocated and ignited a frenzy as they say. Most retailers I’ve talked to say it was okay but not great and the Multiversity survey yielded similar thoughts. It is a sad time when a Batman butt selfie only does okay but these are the times we live in.

They followed up this piece with expanded interviews with retailers and there are quite a few interesting statements from Ralph DiBernardo of Jetpack Comics, Steve Anderson, of Third Eye Comics, Patrick Brower of Challengers and Gary Dills of Laughing Ogre Comics. I won’t excerpt their comments so just go read the whole thing.

The ongoing softness of stunts and events and growing reliance on variant covers is sure to ignite a new round of “Is the era of the event over?” tittle tattle. People have been saying this for about a decade and events are still here. But the “new reader” seems to be less interested in them. After all Saga sells like cray and has no events, spin-offs or tie-ins.

That said, I imagine some day there will be a Saga-Sex Criminal crossover and a whole new cohort will fall in love with the event and the cycle shall begin anew.

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21. Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

If you’re picking up Batman #35 this week, do yourself a favour and check out the price point. See that $4.99 price sticker? Originally solicited at the regular $3.99 price, DC sent an e-mail to retailers last week telling them that the price of Batman #35-37 would be pumped up to the $4.99 mark in order to account for additional story pages (surprise: Kelley Jones is back!).

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This series has been no stranger to the occasional price bump, with four of the twelve Zero Year issues clocking in at prices equal to or above the $4.99 price point (issue #24 ran a stunning $6.99), and so DC’s choice to pump up the price in the face of extra content shouldn’t come as a surprise. The problem, was this: retailers (and the creative team) were informed of this change on September 30th, whereas the book was sent to press in and around September 15th, the final day retailers had to send in orders. In essence, the company waited a full 15 days after retailers sent in their final numbers to let them know that they were about to charge 20% more for a book they were contractually obligated to purchase.

A few notes: when these changes happen after solicitations have gone out, the product being offered does become returnable, which is good. If I want to return every issue I have left unsold of Batman #35, I can absolutely do that… eventually. I’ve been working in the industry for 8 years, and I still can’t quite grasp the process, but that’s probably because operating in Canada plies a whole ‘nother set of hoops to jump through.

Second: after hearing about this price jump, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo approached the company and implored them to lower the price back to $3.99. The company was receptive to this, and announced yesterday that they would only be charging $3.99 for issues #36 and 37, which is cool. The problem is this: enacting price jumps after information has gone out is not a thing that should happen. I understand the realities of this business sometimes require a bit of adjustment, and that retroactively a creative team and editor will decide that things needs more space to breathe. Letting retailers know after committing to product? That’s a pretty crap thing to do. It certainly isn’t business busting, but it’s a reminder about how terrible the contracts retailers sign in order to get comics are. Technically, Marvel or DC could announce tomorrow that all of their books are going to jump a dollar, effective immediately. All of this product would be made returnable eventually, but in the meantime, somewhere, there are comic shops that are either just starting or are currently, for whatever reason, operating by the skin of their teeth. They purchase product using a strict budget, because if they don’t, there’s going to be trouble. Imagine learning that a large chunk of your books were suddenly going to be 20-25% more expensive immediately, with no time to adjust. That’s going to be quite a nightmare. But what are you going to do? Not get Batman in your store? Pff. Sure. Let’s see how that goes down for you.

Now ply that to a smaller scale and think about customers. There are a lot of people out there living by the skin of their teeth. They buy comics as a means for escape, but they only have a set amount of money. I know back when I first started picking up comics from a file, I kept a list of 20 books a month, because that’s all I could afford. Some can’t quite do that. Now imagine all of your books increasing significantly overnight. I know that this happens quite often, that Marvel’s across the board policy of $3.99 comics have caused problems for a few people, and that DC’s $3.99 Septembers are no help either. While I often advocate the fact that people will pay $3.99 or $4.99 for their superhero books without blinking (and I have the sales data to back this up), I know that there are those out there for whom the idea of spending that much on a title is insanity. The unfortunate thing for both customers and retailers is this: your budget problems don’t really amount to much when it comes to overall sales.

While a $4.99 comic might have me losing one or two customers, I still have more than enough people for whom that jump is not a deal breaker. In the case of Batman, over the course of Zero Year, I lost a single customer due to the various jumps in price, while all others gladly made purchases. My loss incurred was matched ten-fold by the extra money the price increase nabbed me. The same goes for the industry at large – which is why from a purely business standpoint, DC is crazy for leaving money on the table and dropping the price of the next two issues of Batman. That said, I do have to applaud the company for doing the human thing and keeping the title at $3.99. While it leaves a stack of money on the table, it is greatly appreciated by myself, and many others.

It seems weird to try and thank a company who caused the problem that they are fixing, but let’s be honest: if this goes without remark, they’re going to get the wrong message. They’re going to look at how money is spent, and opt for the quick buck over something more sustainable. So DC? Thanks for not being 100% a dick. Despite what last week’s comics might have suggested.

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from Grayson #3

But we’ll talk about that bit of business later.

[Brandon Schatz has been working behind the comic book counter for eight years. He's spent the past four as the manager of Wizard's Comics and Collectibles in Edmonton, Alberta. In his spare time, he writes about the comics he likes over at Comics! The Blog. You can find him on twitter @soupytoasterson. The opinions expressed are those of Schatz and do not necessarily reflect those of The Beat.]

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22. NYCC’14: “DC Digital First” New Titles Announced

By David Nieves

Today during DC’s “Download This!” panel new books were announced that will expand the publisher’s digital comics universe. Wonder Woman 77  will be written Marc Andreyko with cover art contributed by Nicola Scott. No story details or interior artist were mentioned, but the comic will debut as a six-part weekly series in December with print editions to follow. The series follows Lynda Carter’s TV Wonder Woman and is a natural extension of what the publisher started when they launched Batman 66.

Fables: The Wolf Among Us spins out of the popular Telltale games series which was originally based on the Bill Willingham Fables series. The creative team on the digital comic will include Matthew Sturges who will co-write with Dave Justus with art by Steve Sadowski, Travis Moore, and Shawn McManus. Covers will be by Chrissie Zullo. This will be Vertigo’s first digital series.

Mortal Kombat X will be written Shawn Kittelsen and drawn by Dexter Soy with covers by Ivan Reis. The series serves is a prequel to the highly anticipated game of the same name by NetherRealm Studios and Warner Interactive Entertainment. The story takes place 25 years after the events of 2011’s Mortal Kombat game and will tell the stories of characters both new and old.

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23. DC is hiring some VPs in sales and manufacturing

 

dclogo 300x300 DC is hiring some VPs in sales and manufacturingWell, as everyone was saying at New York Comic-Con, the last days of DC in New York are dwindling down to months, and expect a TON of jobs to start opening up in Burbank — although I’m also told that some of the contract folks already in place in Burbank are not being renewed, especially in the digital realm.

But there are some pretty sweet jobs opening up! The manufacturing job sounds like the one Alison Gill had, so I guess she’s staying in NYC. As far as I know, the two sales VPs will report to Derek Maddalena, who is SVP of sales and bus dev.

Please note you need 15 years of comic book experience to apply for the direct sales VP.

Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
DC Comics seeks a Vice President, Manufacturing Operations for the Manufacturing & Production (West Coast) department. Oversees DC’s digital and film archives and the secure fulfillment of all approved orders. Oversees the prioritization of the archiving our historical assets based on different business needs. Oversees the identification process of miscellaneous digital assets held on spin media. Oversees the barcoding of all physical media held in house and the transfer to offsite long-term storage, referencing barcode with geographic location for future needs. Key person to lead the future changeover in how our assets are stored and can be viewed and accessed. Oversees the pre-press process on repurposed assets, where corrections/updates are required. Oversees the conversion of print assets for use in DC’s digital publishing programme, including art and lettering corrections and authoring by internal and external resources.

Vice President, Mass & Digital Sales
E.C. Publications, Inc. [sic] seeks a Vice President, Mass & Digital Sales for the Sales & Business Development department. The Vice President, Mass Account & Digital Sales delivers financial targets through the direction and development of all commercial activity for Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, iTunes, Comixology, iVerse and Barnes & Noble. Additionally, the position will oversee the selling based activities of all DC Publishing content and DC Collectibles to all remaining retailers through WHEG sales team. Develops and executes annual planning by customer through collaboration with Publishing, Executive leadership, Sales team, Marketing, Operations, Finance and other WB divisions and territories. Develops and directs sales team while utilizing and maximizing internal resources to achieve objectives.

Vice President, Comic Book Specialty & Newsstand Sales
E. C. Publications, Inc. seeks a Vice President, Comic Book Specialty & Newsstand Sales for the Sales & Business Development department. The VP, Comic Book Specialty & Newsstand Sales will provide the strategic vision and oversee the selling based activities of the Comic Book Specialty, Newsstand and International Subsidiary rights teams for all publishing and DC Collectibles products. Duties will be comprised of being the direct contact for all internal departments to determine sales goals, reprint quantities, sales programming and promotions. The position will also be charged with managing the activities of Diamond Comics distribution for both publishing and DC Collectibles.

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24. Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is king

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It’s been a while (5 years)  since we looked at Diamond’s monthly backlist chart, and now, as then, it reveals a VERY DIFFERENT ranking for publishers. In the backlist, DC is king by a wide margin, with about 30% of the market. Marvel is only a tich above Image in units, while Image books dominate the top ten with Saga, Walking Dead, and Sex Criminals. On the manga side, Attack on Titan rules, no surprise given the way it’s single handedly revitalized the category.

Backlist charts reflect perennial graphic novel sellers that sell out over time rather than the more volatile monthly periodicals. It’s also a source of steady income for publishers; once you get ahit on the backlist you just sit back and fill order.

Marvel actually charts with a bunch of Deadpool books, and DC has fewer tites, mostly Batman. Why the discrepancy? While I’ll have to investigate the chart more fully in months to come, its no secret that DC has the most well developed backlist of any publisher. Although they aren’t showing up in this particular chart, I’d guess that classics like Watchmen, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, and the ongoing New 52 program is doing very well. They are much more focused on this particular channel.

It’s interesting to see Marvel books here given all their well documented problems keeping books in print. Thanks to Diamond for permission to reprint this information.

 


SEPTEMBER 2014 BACKLIST MARKET SHARES

Vendor

Dollar Share

 

Vendor

Unit Share

DC COMICS

30.51%

DC COMICS

29.76%

MARVEL COMICS

19.02%

MARVEL COMICS

17.40%

IMAGE COMICS

10.98%

IMAGE COMICS

15.28%

DARK HORSE COMICS

10.71%

DARK HORSE COMICS

10.58%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.35%

VIZ LLC

3.72%

RANDOM HOUSE

3.27%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.38%

VIZ LLC

2.55%

RANDOM HOUSE

3.34%

FUNKO

1.50%

FUNKO

1.93%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

1.42%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

1.67%

DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

1.28%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

1.17%

OTHER

14.43%

OTHER

11.77%

TOTAL

0.94%

TOTAL

100.00%

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SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

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1

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SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR)

$14.99

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2

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SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR)

$14.99

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15

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SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

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5

7

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WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$14.99

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6

8

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DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW

$15.99

MAR

7

34

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EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE

$9.99

IMA

8

14

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WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

13

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingDEC120323D

BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52)

$16.99

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10

12

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV070226D

BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

11

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR140949F

BRYAN LEE O MALLEY SECONDS GN (C: 1-1-0)

$25.00

RAN

12

43

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY140626D

DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH (MR)

$9.99

IMA

13

17

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL130235D

BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52)

$16.99

DC

14

49

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN140555D

RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR)

$9.99

IMA

15

4

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR130732D

DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01

$34.99

MAR

16

16

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV118095D

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$19.99

DC

17

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL110745D

INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

MAR

18

11

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY090178D

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC

19

27

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAUG120709D

DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP

$14.99

MAR

20

57

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR140535D

BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01 HOW TO FALL FOREVER (MR)

$9.99

IMA

21

29

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP088204D

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)

$14.99

IMA

22

24

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB140248D

BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52)

$16.99

DC

23

35

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL100030V

SERENITY SHEPHERDS TALE HC (C: 0-1-2)

$14.99

DAR

24

36

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingDEC130494D

EAST OF WEST TP VOL 02 WE ARE ALL ONE

$14.99

IMA

25

22

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP110038V

SERENITY HC VOL 01 THOSE LEFT BEHIND 2ND ED

$17.99

DAR

TOP 10 MANGA

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR121101F

ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01 (C: 1-1-2)

$10.99

RAN

2

6

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN121182F

ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 02 (C: 1-1-2)

$10.99

RAN

3

5

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV101063E

DEATH NOTE BLACK ED TP VOL 01 (C: 1-0-1)

$14.99

VIZ

4

8

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP131224F

ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 09 (C: 1-1-1)

$10.99

RAN

5

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL111150F

SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2)

$10.99

RAN

6

11

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN141232F

ATTACK ON TITAN BEFORE THE FALL GN VOL 01 (C: 1-0-0)

$10.99

RAN

7

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAUG131498E

UZUMAKI 3IN1 DLX ED HC (C: 1-0-1)

$27.99

VIZ

8

13

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP121137F

ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 03 (C: 1-1-2)

$10.99

RAN

9

14

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141262F

ATTACK ON TITAN NO REGRETS GN VOL 01 (C: 1-0-0)

$10.99

RAN

10

16

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB141327F

ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 12 (C: 1-1-0)

$10.99

RAN

TOP 10 BOOKS

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141239E

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 44 BATMAN CVR

$29.95

GEM

2

4

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP120055V

LEGEND OF ZELDA HYRULE HISTORIA HC (C: 1-1-2)

$34.99

DAR

3

2

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingDEC131413F

MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC 75TH ANNIV ED (C: 0-1-0)

$40.00

DK

4

5

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141240E

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 44 BATMAN

$35.00

GEM

5

10

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY131402F

ADVENTURE TIME ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$19.95

ABR

6

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR140463J

MIKE MIGNOLA HELLBOY ARTIST ED (NET)

$95.00

IDW

7

16

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB121318H

DARTH VADER AND SON HC (C: 0-1-1)

$14.95

CHR

8

20

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY131497F

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE STAR WARS HC (C: 0-1-1)

$14.95

RAN

9

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141241E

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 44 VAMPIRELLA CVR

$29.95

GEM

10

21

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY141838F

GOODNIGHT DARTH VADER HC (C: 0-1-0)

$14.95

CHR

TOP 10 TOYS

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

2

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingOCT120316Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE

$24.95

DC

2

6

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP130327Y

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS HARLEY QUINN AF

$24.95

DC

3

8

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB140306Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 RED HOOD AF

$24.95

DC

4

25

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN132334I

POP TMNT MICHELANGELO VINYL FIG (C: 1-1-2)

$10.99

FUN

5

27

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN132333I

POP TMNT DONATELLO VINYL FIG (C: 1-1-2)

$10.99

FUN

6

10

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB140307Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 STARFIRE AF

$24.95

DC

7

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV138235Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7 PACK AF BOX SET

$99.95

DC

8

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB108045U

DOCTOR WHO 11TH DOCTOR SONIC SCREWDRIVER (C: 1-1-3)

$34.99

UND

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25. DC Offers A TV Guide For New Readers

DC TV DC Offers A TV Guide For New Readers

DC Entertainment now has four shows on TV (which might just be another milestone on the way to “peak geek”)!  To help new viewers “read all about it”, DC has published a free ebook listing core titles from their extensive backlist.  (Kinda like an “After Watchmen” guide.)

Prepare yourself for the upcoming DC Comics 2014 Fall TV schedule with these essential reads featuring The Flash, Green Arrow, John Constantine and the men and women of the Gotham City Police Department. This is a list of suggested further graphic novel reading for fans looking to learn more about these dynamite characters before they explode onto the TV screen!

You can download the free Nook version here.  Amazon has the Kindle edition here.  And the ComiXology edition.  Or perhaps you prefer iTunes.  And Google Play.

(It might be “guided view” and not work on some web browsers…  so I’m running the bibliography below.)
The titles are from the past thirty years of DC Comics, so some are pre-New 52, some are Vertigo.

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The Flash

Flash: Rebirth
Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: May 3, 2011
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401230012, 1401230016

Summary: The epic story of Barry Allen’s return from the dead to reclaim his title as The Fastest Man Alive is collected in hardcover.
Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, the writer/artist team behind the blockbuster GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR, create an explosive, jaw-dropping epic that reintroduces Barry Allen, the modern-age Flash. But how will Barry Allen find his place in the twenty-first century?

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Flash Vol. 1: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!
Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: January 17, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
228 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401231958, 1401231950

Contributor Bio: Geoff Johns, a Detroit native, brings a Hollywood sense of story-telling to comics. After working as an assistant to Richard Donner (director of LethalWeapon, Superman and many other great films), Geoff has brought his considerable writing talent to comics. For DC he has written Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.S., The Flash, the enormously popular JSA with David Goyer, helped revitalize Hawkman with James Robinson and the comics event BLACKEST NIGHT.

Summary: The Flash races out of BLACKEST NIGHT and into the first graphic novel collection of his new monthly title written bycomics hottest writer Geoff Johns (BLACKEST NIGHT, GREEN LANTERN). The all-new adventures of The Fastest ManAlive start with “Case One: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues!” Barry Allen, The Flash, runs back to his life in Central City, but when one of the Rogues turns up murdered under mysterious circumstances, it’s up to The Fastest Man Alive to not onlysolve this bizarre crime, but protect those that are still targeted by the elusive killer. This storyline ties directly into BRIGHTEST DAY, the direct follow-up to the biggest comics event of 2009, BLACKEST NIGHT.
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The Flash Vol. 2: The Road to Flashpoint
Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
128 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401234485, 1401234488

Contributor Bio:
Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.

Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.

Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Summary: The race towards FALSHPOINT continues in this Flash collection from comics’ hottest writer Geoff Johns and artist Francis Manapul!
Make way for Hot Pursuit – the latest speedster to come out of the Speed Force! He’s here to make sure no one breaks the speed limit – hero or villain! This hardcover collection of THE FLASH #8-12 leading up to the epic events of FLASHPOINT follows Barry Allen and the family of speedsters, as they try to discover Hot Pursuit’s identity and what he’s doing in Keystone City! This volume also features the origin of Barry Allen’s greatest foe, Professor Zoom! Eobard Thawne’s story is just beginning-and he intends to finish it with The Flash!
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The Flash Vol. 1: Move Forward (The New 52)
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: August 20, 2013
$16.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401235543, 1401235549

Contributor Bio:
Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of The Flash, which is part of DC Comics—The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as Adventure Comics, Superman/Batman, and The Legion Of Super-Heroes. His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was a TV Presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers traveled the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Brian Buccellato started in comics as a colorist for the Marvel/DC crossover Punisher/Batman and went on to color for all major publishers including work on Uncanny X-Men, Superman, The Flash and many others. Brian began writing as part of The Story Company, collaborating on a number of screenplays. While working for Top Cow, he started his comics writing with The Darkness, before teaming with Francis Manapul to co-write The Flash for DC Comics. He also writes and illustrates the creator-owned title Foster.

Summary: Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series as part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event with the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but he has seemingly met his match when he faces DC Comic’ hottest new Super Villain, Mob Rule, who really can be everywhere at once!
As Mob Rule wages a campaign of crime across Central City, including an electromagnetic blast that plunges the city into darkness, The Flash learns the the only way he can capture Mob Rule and save Central City is to learn how to make his brain function even faster than before—but as much as it helps him, it also comes with a steep price.
This volume collects issues 1-8 of the monthly series.
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The Flash Vol. 2: Rogues Revolution (The New 52)

Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: February 11, 2014
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401242732, 1401242731

Contributor Bio:
Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was a TV Presenter on SyFy’s Beast Legends, in which he and a team of scientists and adventurers traveled the globe in search of scientific data to create mythical beasts. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Summary: A New York Times Bestseller!

Struck by a bolt of lightning and doused in chemicals, Central City Police scientist Barry Allen was transformed into the fastest man alive. Tapping into the energy field called The Speed Force, he applies a tenacious sense of justice to protect an serve the world as The Flash!

The Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery are back—but they are more powerful than ever and they’re each looking to take down the Fastest Man Alive! Who is behind their sudden organization and why are they also after their former leader, Captain Cold? The Flash must think fast if he can outrun and survive their attack!

Collects issues #9-12, #0, and Annual #1
From the Hardcover edition.
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The Flash Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare (The New 52)
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: August 19, 2014
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401247126, 1401247121

Contributor Bio:
Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Summary: In his hometown of Central City, The Flash—a.k.a. Barry Allen—is constantly deflecting the criminal schemes of his Rogue’s Gallery. Money hungry, cunning and powerful, these villains have the Scarlet Speedster running at a pace faster than even the world’s fastest man is used to.

But when Gorilla Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash will have to contend with a threat he’s not used to: murderous, ruthless and without principle. With mammoth strength and mind-control powers, Grodd will not stop until he conquers the city with its heroes blood on his hands. Knowing full well he cannot defeat this new foe alone, The Flash will have to turn to his former enemies, the Rogues, if he wants to keep himself and Central City alive.

THE FLASH: GORILLA WARFARE is the third hardcover graphic novel from the best-selling creative team of Franics Manapul and Brian Buccellatto. Collects THE FLASH #13-19.
Collects issues #9-12, #0, and Annual #1.
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The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse (The New 52)
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: August 19, 2014
$24.99 USD, $28.99 CAD
176 pages
Hardcover
9781401247133, 140124713X

Contributor Bio:
Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Francis Manapul is the artist and co-writer of THE FLASH, which is part of DC Comics-The New 52. His previous work for DC Comics includes books such as ADVENTURE COMICS, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, and THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. His work has been published in various publications from the likes of Aspen Comics, Editions Delcourt, Top Cow Productions, and Devils Due just to name a few. Manapul was born in Manila, Philippines and currently calls Toronto, Canada his home.

Summary: The fourth volume of Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul’s New 52 breakout hit – The Flash!

A mysterious and powerful Speed-Force killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake and only Barry has the power to stop him. But when the killer stays one step ahead of him, Barry finds himself face to face with the Teen Titans and Kid Flash for the first time. All this will lead to a confrontation with the Flash’s most deadly foe, The Reverse Flash!
Collects THE FLASH #20-25, and #23.3: REVERSE FLASH.
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Arrow

Arrow Vol. 1
Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Mike Grell
On Sale Date: September 24, 2013
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401242992, 1401242995

Contributor Bio:
Marc Guggeinheim is award-winning multi-media writer, having scribed film, television, prose, video games and comic books. His television credits include Arrow (co-creator), Law & Order, Jack & Bobby, CSI: Miami and Brothers & Sisters. His best known comic book work includes AQUAMAN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, THE FLASH, JSA, and Amazing Spider-Man, Young X-Men and Supreme Power.

Summary: Spinning off directly from the hit CW television series ARROW comes the Emerald Archerer in these digital-first adventures! Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim team with some of the industry’s best artists, including Mike Grell (GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS), Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW: QUIVER) and others to fill in the gaps between episodes of one of TV’s hottest new series.

Collects Arrow #1-6 and #1 Special edition.
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Arrow Vol. 2
On Sale Date: May 20, 2014
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
192 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401246037, 1401246036

Contributor Bio:
Marc Guggeinheim is award-winning multi-media writer, having scribed film, television, prose, video games and comic books. His television credits include Arrow (co-creator), Law & Order, Jack & Bobby, CSI: Miami and Brothers & Sisters. His best known comic book work includes AQUAMAN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, THE FLASH, JSA, and Amazing Spider-Man, Young X-Men and Supreme Power.

Summary: Spinning out of the hit CW television show, these digital-first chapters, written by show creators Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, fill in the gaps between the television show and the comics. This volume explores the mystery of what really happened to Deadshot after his dramatic showdown with Oliver during season one of Arrow!
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Green Arrow: Year One
Andy Diggle
On Sale Date: April 14, 2009
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401217433, 1401217435

Summary: Oliver Queen has been a faithful member of the Justice League of America and defended Star City with his trusty bown and an arsenal of deadly arrows for years-now thrill to the definitive tale of how he became Green Arrow!

Queen is a frivolous playboy with little care for anyone or anything-apparently even himself. But when he’s double-crossed and marooned on a jungle island, he finds that he does care about something: justice!
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Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunter
Mike Grell
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401238629, 1401238629

Contributor Bio: Mike Grell is a comic book writer and artist, who’s career has spanned over 5 decades. Grell’s first work for DC Comics was in 1973 on SUPERBOY and LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. He would go on to write or illustrate ACTION COMICS, BATMAN, THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW and WARLORD. He would also go on to create cult-favorite hero JON SABLE FREELANCE in the 80’s, as well the mini-series GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS.

Summary: A new edition of Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters collecting the 3-issue 1987 miniseries. Oliver Queen gives up his trick arrows and settles down in Seattle with Dinah Lance. But Ollie’s world collides with one of unspeakable violence involving the beautiful and mysterious archer known as Shado.
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Green Arrow: The Archer’s Quest
Brad Meltzer
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401200442, 1401200443

Contributor Bio: Brad Meltzer is a name that is instantly synonymous with the term “creative visionary.” Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, this graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School had received 24 rejection letters for his first novel, The Tenth Justice, before it was published and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Since then, each of Meltzer’s subsequent novels – including The Inner Circle, Dead Even, The Zero Game and The Book of Lies – has matched that prestigious honor, with The Book of Fate earning particularly notable distinction by debuting at No. 1. The first comic book Brad ever read was Justice League of America #150 in 1978, when he was seven years old. Needless to say, it changed his life, and he has reciprocated in kind, authoring critically acclaimed DC comics such as GREEN ARROW: THE ARCHER’S QUEST and the wildly successful suspense thriller IDENTITY CRISIS. It is even more fitting that in 2006 he would go on to write the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes who so indelibly inspired his love for comics, and as a result garner himself an Eisner Award in the process.

Summary: By New York Times #1 Best-Selling novelist and writer of IDENTITY CRISIS Brad Meltzer, comes the critically acclaimed GREEN ARROW: ARCHER’S QUEST.

Oliver Queen is back as Green Arrow, and with his former sidekick Arsenal at his side, he’s setting off on an adventure that will test his courage and bring formerly hidden facets of the Green Arrow legend to light.
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Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Midas Touch (The New 52)
J.T. Krul
On Sale Date: June 5, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401234867, 1401234860

Contributor Bio:
J.T. Krul is an American comic book writer whose first comic work was at Marvel Comics, writing X-men Unlimited. He has since made quite a name for himself in the comic industry, writing the majority of books at Aspen MLT including Fathom. His recent projects include Captain Atom, Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Blackest Night: Titans, Titans, Justice League: Rise And Fall for DC Comics.

Summary: The Emerald Archer returns, relaunched for a new generation of readers!

The masked vigilante Green Arrow is used to looking for trouble, but now trouble’s come looking for him! Enter Rush and his gang of thrill-seeking trust fund babies, buying their super powers and treating the world as their playground. Along with their rotting man-monster Midas and the assassin Blood Rose, Rush plans to kill a super hero live on the Internet. Even with his cutting-edge weapons and tech from Q-Core, the odds are stacked against Green Arrow!

From Dan Jurgens (Superman), J.T. Krul (Captain Atom), Keith Giffen (O.M.A.C.) and George Perez (Worlds’ Finest), this latest chapter of Green Arrow is a can’t-miss event!
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Green Arrow Vol. 2: Triple Threat (The New 52)
Ann Nocenti
On Sale Date: January 29, 2013
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401238421, 1401238424

Contributor Bio: Harvey Montecillo Tolibao was born in June 1981 and raised in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Philippines. At the age of 10, Harvey dreamed to become a comic book illustrator. He grew up collecting Pinoy Klasiks such as ALIWAN Horror Komiks, Tagalog Komiks, Romance, Kick fighter, Kidlat, Terminator, etc. He likes collecting foreign comics like Jim Lee’s X-Men, which also serves as one of his inspirations.

Summary: The stress of running a multi-billion dollar corporation and being the guardian of Star City has frayed Oliver Queen’s last nerve. When he encounters the genetically modified triplets known as “Skylark” during a mission, Queen, entranced by their beauty and the new techonology they give him, agrees to meet their “father” King Leer.

King Leer’s fortress, buried deep within a frozen moutainside, hides the true nature of his work, genetically modifying animals of all species – including humans – in order to take over the world. His work is funded by the gold mine he has seized and rules the native people through starvation by polluting the enviornment. Can Oliver Queen stop King Leer before he releases his creations
upon the world, or will he end up as one of Leer’s experiments?
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Green Arrow Vol. 3: Harrow (The New 52)
Ann Nocenti, Freddie Williams II
On Sale Date: September 17, 2013
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401244057, 140124405X

Contributor Bio:
Ann Nocenti is thrilled to be back in comics, writing CATWOMAN and KATANA for DC Comics. She wrote for Marvel Comics in the late-1980s, writing Daredevil, editing the X-Men, and creating the characters Longshot, Typhoid, Spiral, Blackheart and more. Nocenti teaches filmmaking at the Indigenous Film Circle in Norway, to Native Americans in Tulsa, and in Haiti for two years. Her journalism has appeared in Details, Utne, HEEB, Stop Smiling, PRINT, Filmmaker, Scenario, and more. She has written about Baluchistan (The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World, Best Travel Writing 2008). Her feature script Taking Chances was produced in 2009. Her work can be found at her website annienocenti.com.

Summary: Green Arrow is losing everything: his fortune, this company Q-Corps and maybe most importantly, his valuable arsenal. Even as Oliver Queen’s grip loosens and what’s left of his personal, professional and superhero lives, the hits keep on coming. The villainous Harrow threatens the Seattle waterfront, running guns into the city and threatening lives. As Ollie flails into a downward spiral, can he still protect his town?

Also included is the tie-in to HAWKMAN: WANTED. Green Arrow helps an uneasy ally in the Savage Hawkman, as he evades a chasing Thanagarian cops. But is Hawkman a framed hero? Or a villain?

Collects GREEN ARROW #0, 14-16, THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #14 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #7./
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Green Arrow Vol. 4: The Kill Machine (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: March 25, 2014
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401246907, 1401246907

Contributor Bio:
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel Essex County published by Top Shelf.

Now one of DC Comics cornerstone writers, Jeff was prominent in the publisher’s recent “New 52” line-wide relaunch as the writer of ANIMAL MAN and FRANKENSTEIN: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. He has also written the monthly adventures of SUPERBOY and THE ATOM and is set to tackle JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK.

In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 5 Eisner awards and 5 Harvey Awards.

In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino begin their ground-breaking saga in the fourth volume of Green Arrow!

A mysterious villian called Komodo knows Oliver’s secrets and uses them to rob Oliver of all his wealth and his company. Now on the run from this seemingly unstoppable force, Oliver finds himself in a mystery involving the island where he first became Green Arrow and his father! Everything will change for the Emerald Archer in this new beginning for the character.

This volume collects Green Arrow #17-24 and 23.1
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Suicide Squad?  (Ah… part of “Arrow”.)  (And soon to be a Major Motion Picture)

Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth (The New 52)
Adam Glass, Federico Dallocchio
On Sale Date: July 10, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401235444, 1401235441

Contributor Bio:
ADAM GLASS is a writer and television producer, whose credits include co-creating, writing and producing the hit CW show Supernatural. Other writing credits include Cold Case, Blue Collar TV, and The Cleaner. He currently is writing Suicide Squad for DC Comics, and previously worked on the Flashpoint: Legion Of Doom mini-series for DC Comics.

Summary: A New York Times Bestseller!

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics-The New 52 event of September 2011, writer and co-creator of the CW show Supernatural Adam Glass rolls out an all-new team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous-they’re sheer suicide!

The story begins with the Suicide Squad defeated, imprisoned and being interrogated about their newest mission. Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot and company must make it out alive without revealing who’s pulling the strings behind their illegal operations. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? More importantly will they make it all out alive?
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Birds of Prey Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind (The New 52)
Duane Swierczynski
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401236991, 1401236995

Contributor Bio:
Duane Swiercynzski is the author of several novels including the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning “Expiration Date,” as well as “Fun & Games,” out now from Mulholland Books. He also writes comics, and thrillers with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker.

Summary: One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford – a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling – and joining them are the villainous Poison Ivy and the heroic Batgirl and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. They are the Birds of Prey.
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Deathstroke Vol. 1: Legacy (The New 52)
Kyle Higgins, Simon Bisley
On Sale Date: August 14, 2012
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
192 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401234812, 140123481X

Contributor Bio:
Kyle Higgins is a New York Times Best Selling writer whose work includes BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM, Supreme Power, and DEATHSTROKE. After spending two years at the University of Iowa, Kyle transferred to Chapman University where he co-wrote and directed a superhero noir titled The League, about the 1960’s superhero labor union of Chicago. The film opened doors at Marvel Comics, where Kyle co-wrote his first two books with Alec Siegel (Captain America Theater Of War: Prisoners Of Duty, and Avengers Origins: The Vision). Kyle is also a co-writer of The Nightrunner (with David Hine), whose story was featured on The Daily Show with John Stewart. At present, Kyle is helming NIGHTWING as part of DC’s The New 52.

Summary: As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics-The New 52 event of September 2011, Slade Wilson once ranked as the world’s greatest mercenary. But when his reputation starts to slip, and when a mysterious briefcase enters the equation, the man known as Deathstroke decides to carve a bloody, gory swatch across the DCU in a quest to show the world what exactly makes him the best.
This volume collect issues 1-6 of Deathstroke, part of the DC Comics-The New 52 event.
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Gotham

Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty
Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark
On Sale Date: March 15, 2011
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
240 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401220372, 1401220371

Summary: Gotham City: a town teeming with corrupt cops, ruthless crime lords, petty thieves … and just a small handful that would oppose them. Grizzled veteran Harvey Bullock, Captain Maggie Sawyer, detective Renee Montoya and the GCPD are the law force that stands between order and complete anarchy. Gotham’s Finest work around the clock to not only keep the world’s most psychotic criminals off the street… but also cleaning up the mess left behind by Batman’s one-man war on crime.

Written by critically acclaimed authors Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Greg Rucka (52, DETECTIVE COMICS), this Eisner Award-winning series follows the detectives of Gotham City’s Special Crimes Unit as they navigate the against the city’s greatest villains — in the shadow of Batman himself. Collects issues #1-10.
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Gotham Central Book 2: Jokers and Madmen
Greg Rucka
On Sale Date: July 12, 2011
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
288 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401225438, 1401225438

Summary: Witness the gritty side of the Gotham City Police Department from their perspective, as they take on psychotic criminals like The Joker and grudgingly look to The Dark Knight for help.
This volume collects two cases of the Gotham Special Crimes Unit. First, The Joker terrorizes the city at Christmastime when he begins randomly executing people with a rifle, and no one from the Mayor on down is safe. A second story focuses on an old case and unfinished business for disgraced detective Harvey Bullock.
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Gotham Central Book 3: On the Freak Beat
Greg Rucka
On Sale Date: October 25, 2011
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401232320, 1401232329
Contributor Bio: Ed Brubaker is one of the most acclaimed writers currently working in comics. After working at DC Comics for many years on titles such as GOTHAM CENTRAL, BATMAN, SLEEPER, and CATWOMAN, Brubaker moved to Marvel, where he took over Uncanny X-Men and Daredevil, and jump-started Captain America into its most exciting ongoing storyline in years. Brubaker’s work also includes The Immortal Iron Fist (with co-writer Matt Fraction), and the creator-owned Criminal, drawn and co-created by Sean Phillips. Brubaker has won the Eisner Award for Best Writer the past two years in a row, and Criminal won for Best New Series in 2007.

Summary: This volume collects two separate cases of the Gotham Special Crimes Unit. Detective Renee Montoya investigates the disappearance of important evidence amid a gang war and travels to Keystone City in an attempt to unveil the truth about Officer Kelly’s strange mutation. Plus, the dead body of Robin, the Boy Wonder is found on the streets. Now the detectives of Gotham Central must try to solve the mystery of his death while dealing with his former associates, Batman and the Teen Titans!
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Gotham Central Book 4: Corrigan
Greg Rucka
On Sale Date: May 1, 2012
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401231941, 1401231942

Contributor Bio: Greg Rucka is a thriller novelist who became one of the premier writers for DC Comics in the last decade.

His work on Batman brought fresh attention to the character and the inhabitants of Gotham City. Additionally, he won the Eisner award for best story with Gotham Central’s “Half a Life.” His other DC credits include Adventures of Superman, Checkmate, Detective Comics, O.M.A.C. Project, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. He was one of the co-writers on DC’s first weekly series, 52. His Oni Press graphic novel, Whiteout, was released as a feature film in 2009. His recent series of Batwoman stories in DETECTIVE COMICS garnered widespread acclaim, and is collected this summer in
BATWOMAN: ELEGY.

Summary: Witness the gritty side of the Gotham City Police Department from their perspective, as teens dressed as Robin the Boy Wonder start turning up dead.
In this final hardcover collection of GOTHAM CENTRAL, the dead body of Robin the Boy Wonder is found on the streets. Now the detectives of Gotham Central must try to solve the mystery of his death while dealing with his associates, Batman and the Teen Titans.

From the Hardcover edition.
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Batman: Year One
Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli
On Sale Date: January 10, 2007
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401207526, 1401207529

Summary: A New York Times Best Seller!

A deluxe trade paperback edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever, written by Frank Miller, author of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS!

In addition to telling the entire dramatic story of Batman’s first year fighting crime, this collection includes reproductions of original pencils, promotional art, script pages, unseen David Mazzucchelli Batman art and more.
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Batman: Earth One
Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
On Sale Date: August 19, 2014
$12.99 USD, $15.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401232092, 1401232094

Contributor Bio:
Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.

Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.

Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.

Gary Frank, a native of Bristol, England, began his comics career working on various titles for Marvel UK before entering the American comics scene as the penciller on Marvel’s Incredible Hulk. Frank then
came to DC Comics where he was the original artist on BIRDS OF PREY and pencilled the adventures of SUPERGIRL. He has also worked on WildStorm’s GEN 13 as well as his creator-owned series Kin. Frank,
along with writer Geoff Johns, has worked on the bestselling titles SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC, SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES and the New York Times #1 bestseller, BATMAN: EARTH ONE.

From the Hardcover edition.

Summary: A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Batman is not a hero.

He is just a man.

Fallible, vulnerable, and angry.

In a Gotham City where friend and foe are indistinguishable, Bruce Wayne’s path toward becoming the Dark Knight is riddled with more obstacles than ever before. Focused on punishing his parents’ true killers, and the corrupt police that allowed them to go free, Bruce Wayne’s thirst for vengeance fuels his mad crusade and no one, not even Alfred, can stop him.

In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Superman: Earth One, writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank re-imagine a new mythology for the Dark Knight, where the familiar is no longer the expected in this long-awaited original graphic novel from DC Comics.
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Batman: Gordon of Gotham
Dennis O’Neil, Chuck Dixon, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
288 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401251741, 1401251749

Contributor Bio:
Dennis O’Neil began his career as a comic-book writer in 1965 at Charlton, where then-editor Dick Giordano assigned him to several features. When Giordano moved to DC, O’Neil soon followed. At DC, O’Neil scripted several series for Giordano and Julius Schwartz, quickly becoming one of the most respected writers in comics. O’Neil earned a reputation for being able to “revamp” such characters as Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel—and Batman, whom O’Neil (with the help of Neal Adams and Giordano) brought back to his roots as a dark, mysterious, gothic avenger. Besides being the most important Batman writer of the 1970s, O’Neil served as an editor at both Marvel and DC. After a long tenure as Group Editor of the Batman line of titles, he retired to write full-time.

Summary: Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon stars in this new collection of crime stories from the 1990s that stars the colorful, determined cops of Batman’s home town.

Collects BATMAN: GORDON OF GOTHAM #1-4, BATMAN: GCPD #1-4 and BATMAN: GORDON’S LAW #1-4.
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Batman No Man’s Land Vol. 1 (New Edition)
On Sale Date: December 13, 2011
$29.99 USD, $35.00 CAD
544 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401232283, 1401232280

Summary: After suffering a cataclysmic earthquake, the U.S. government has deemed Gotham City as uninhabitable and ordered all citizens to leave. It is now months later and those that have refused to vacate “No Man’s Land” live amidst a citywide turf war in which the strongest prey on the weak. As gangs terrorize the ravaged populace, the Scarecrow uses a church relief project as a real life lab to test his experiments in fear. But with the return of the vigilante, Batman, and the appearance of an enigmatic new Batgirl, justice returns to Gotham.
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Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: May 13, 2014
$24.99 USD, $28.99 CAD
176 pages
Hardcover
9781401245085, 1401245080

Contributor Bio:
Scott Snyder is the bestselling and award-winning writer of Batman, Superman: Unchained, American Vampire and Swamp Thing as well as the short story collection Voodoo Heart. He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYU and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Summary: In this first volume of the critically acclaimed ZERO YEAR storyline, the #1 New York Times bestselling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo present an astonishing new vision of the Dark Knight’s origin—and his first encounters with the Riddler, the Red Hood, and others!

Before the era of superheroes began—before the Batman spread his wings to protect the innocent and punish evil—Gotham City’s prodigal son, Bruce Wayne, had been missing for years. But this was exactly the cover of darkness Bruce needed. Patrolling Gotham’s streets, in a series of disguises, he began a career as faceless vigilante.

Collects BATMAN issues #21-#24.
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Batman: The Long Halloween
Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
On Sale Date: October 11, 2011
$24.99 USD, $28.99 CAD
384 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401232597, 1401232590

Contributor Bio:
Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.

Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on DEATHBLOW, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, Grendel, Wolverine/Gambit: Victims, Billi 99, Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series SOLO.

Summary: Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s deadly enemy, Two-Face.
This edition includes original 13-issue series as well as four additional story pages cut from the original series, which are presented fully colored and restored to their place in the story. Also featured are sketches and an introduction by the director and writer of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer.
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Batman: Dark Victory (new edition)
Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
On Sale Date: February 18, 2014
$24.99 USD, $28.99 CAD
400 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401244019, 1401244017

Contributor Bio:
Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.

Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on DEATHBLOW, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, Grendel, Wolverine/Gambit: Victims, Billi 99, Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series SOLO.

Summary: Collecting BATMAN: DARK VICTORY #0-13, this epic continues the story of THE LONG HALLOWEEN. It is early in Batman’s crimefighting career, when James Gordon, Harvey Dent, and the vigilante himself were all just beginning their roles as Gotham’s protectors.

Once a town controlled by organized crime, Gotham City suddenly finds itself being run by lawless freaks, such as Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and the Joker. Witnessing his city’s dark evolution, the Dark Knight completes his transformation into the city’s greatest defender. He faces multiple threats, including the seeming return of a serial killer called Holiday. Batman’s previous investigation of Holiday’s killings revealed that more than one person was responsible for the murders. So the question remains: who is committing Holiday’s crimes this time? And how many will die before Batman learns the truth?
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Constantine

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1: Original Sins
Jamie Delano, John Ridgway
On Sale Date: March 8, 2011
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
304 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401230067, 1401230067

Summary: The very first Hellblazer collection ORIGINAL SINS is available in a new edition that includes John Constantine’s appearances in SWAMP THING. This is the first of a series of new HELLBLAZER editions starring Vertigo’s longest running antihero, John Constantine, England’s chain-smoking, low-rent magus.
This first collection is a loosely connected series of tales of John’s early years where Constantine was at his best and at his worst, all at the same time.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 2: The Devil You Know (New Edition)
Jaime Delano
On Sale Date: January 3, 2012
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
264 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401233020, 1401233023

Contributor Bio: Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has made a diverse, cross-genre contribution to the comic book medium, scripting—over some 25 years—both original works (World Without End, Tainted, Ghostdancing, Hell Eternal, Cruel and Unusual, Territory, Outlaw Nation) and publisher-owned properties (Captain Britain, Dr. Who, Night Raven, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Batman, Shadowman). He is currently practicing for retirement, living in semi-rural England with his partner, Sue.

Summary: These are the stories that set the tone for John Constantine’s mystic misadventures.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 3: The Fear Machine (New Edition)
Jamie Delano
On Sale Date: June 26, 2012
$24.99 USD, $28.99 CAD
240 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401235192, 1401235190

Contributor Bio:
Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has made a diverse, cross-genre contribution to the comic book medium, scripting-over some 25 years-both original works (World Without End, Tainted, Ghostdancing, Hell Eternal, Cruel and Unusual, Territory, Outlaw Nation) and publisher-owned properties (Captain Britain, Dr. Who, Night Raven, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Batman, Shadowman). He is currently practicing for retirement, living in semi-rural England with his partner, Sue.

Summary: In THE FEAR MACHINE, John Constantine looks for a way to reconnect to humanity-but how can such a man ever find inner peace? Constantine finds himself encamped with a new-age pagan group that’s tapping into their own psychic abilities-but a defense contractor is out to exploit their powers. Is the company’s aim just political, or is it something much more sinister?
This volume collects issues 14-22 of the original series.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 4: The Family Man
Jamie Delano
On Sale Date: November 20, 2012
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
288 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401236908, 1401236901

Contributor Bio:
Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has made a diverse, cross-genre contribution to the comic book medium, scripting-over some 25 years-both original works (World Without End, Tainted, Ghostdancing, Hell Eternal, Cruel and Unusual, Territory, Outlaw Nation) and publisher-owned properties (Captain Britain, Dr. Who, Night Raven, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Batman, Shadowman). He is currently practicing for retirement, living in semi-rural England with his partner, Sue.

Summary: Collected for the first time in chronological order and featuring stories by fan-favorite writer Grant Morrison (BATMAN INC, FINAL CRISIS) and the legendary Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN, AMERICAN GODS), FAMILY MAN continues the arcane adventures of Vertigo’s chain-smoking magician John Constantine. In this volume, Constantine attempts a vacation after recent events, but as usual, things don’t go as planned. Plus, Constantine must uncover the mystery of the murderous Family Man.
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John Constantine: Hellblazer Vol. 5: Dangerous Habits (New Edition)
Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis
On Sale Date: May 14, 2013
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
352 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401238025, 1401238025
Contributor Bio:
Born in 1954, Jamie Delano has made a diverse, cross-genre contribution to the comic book medium, scripting-over some 25 years-both original works (World Without End, Tainted, Ghostdancing, Hell Eternal, Cruel and Unusual, Territory, Outlaw Nation) and publisher-owned properties (Captain Britain, Dr. Who, Night Raven, Hellblazer, Animal Man, Batman, Shadowman). He is currently practicing for retirement, living in semi-rural England with his partner, Sue.

Irish-born writer Garth Ennis is the acclaimed author of the PREACHER graphic novel series, and also has written numerous JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER graphic novels, as well as THE AUTHORITY, THE BOYS, WAR STORIES, PRIDE AND JOY and other titles.

Summary: This new HELLBLAZER collection features several tales never before collected, including a look at John Constantine’s rough and tumble childhood and the beginnings of his unique skills. Then, in some of the earliest stories from PREACHER writer Garth Ennis, John Constantine is dying. As a sorcerer literally haunted by the demons of his past, John is no stranger to mystic bedevilment or supernatural horror. But it’s his chain smoking that ultimately brings death to Constantine’s front door. John Constantine has lung cancer. Though condemned to hell, Constantine continues to laugh in the face of this all-too-serious world.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 6: Bloodlines
Garth Ennis, William Simpson
On Sale Date: September 3, 2013
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
400 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401240431, 1401240437

Contributor Bio:
Irish-born writer Garth Ennis is the acclaimed author of the PREACHER graphic novel series, and also has written numerous JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER graphic novels, as well as THE AUTHORITY, THE BOYS, WAR STORIES, PRIDE AND JOY and other titles.

Summary: It’s not often that John Constantine, the world’s greatest magician, has been able to be content. Years in the making, his occult knowledge and shrewd judgment are hard-won and paid for in blood-his own, his friends’, and that of innocent caught up in the never-ending arms race of would-be sorcerers chasing power. But after saving the world a few times and beating both the Devil and lung cancer, Constantine is finally starting to feel ahead of the game. However, between investigations of a grisly serial murderer and strategies against the Lord of Hell, John has no time to rest.

Collects issues 47-50, 52-55 and 59-61 of the signature Vertigo series by PREACHER creator Garth Ennis.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 7: Tainted Love
Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
On Sale Date: January 7, 2014
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
320 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401243036, 1401243037

Contributor Bio:
Garth Ennis has been writing comics for twenty years, initially for British titles like 2000 AD and Crisis, then for various American publishers. As well as PREACHER, his credits include HELLBLAZER, HITMAN, WAR STORY, ADVENTURES IN THE RIFLE BRIGADE, KEV, BATTLER BRITTON, The Boys, Battlefields, Dan Dare, 303, The Chronicles of Wormwood, Crossed, Streets of Glory, Dicks, The Punisher, Fury and The Pro. Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now resides in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Summary: John Constatine celebrates his fortieth birthday alongside his friends and loved ones, including Swamp Thing and Zatanna, and the love of his life, Kit. However, things never burn bright too long for John Constantine, and he soons finds himself at his lowest point ever. Drunk and homeless, John must pull himself together if he is going to survive against the King of the Vampires, who comes looking for his blood.

Collects HELLBLAZER #62-71, HELLBLAZER SPECIAL #1, and VERTIGO JAM #1.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 8: Rake at the Gates of Hell
Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
On Sale Date: June 10, 2014
$19.99 USD, $23.99 CAD
384 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401247492, 1401247490
Contributor Bio:
Irish-born writer Garth Ennis is the acclaimed author of the PREACHER graphic novel series, and also has written numerous JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER graphic novels, as well as THE AUTHORITY, THE BOYS, WAR STORIES, PRIDE AND JOY and other titles.

Summary: John Constantine heads towards a final showdown with a revenge-crazed Satan during a raging race riot, and in addition to desperately trying to save his dwindling number of living friends, Constantine also has one final reunion with his lost love Kit.

This re-cut volume features Garth Ennis’ and Steve Dillon’s final JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER arc, collecting issues #78-83 as well as the special one-shot HEARTLAND.
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Constantine Vol. 1: The Spark and the Flame (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire, Renato Guedes, Ray Fawkes
On Sale Date: February 18, 2014
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401243234, 1401243231

Contributor Bio:
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics.

In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade!

Recently named one of Wizard magazines 25 “rising stars”, Jeff is also hard at work on a new graphic novel for Top Shelf called THE UNDERWATER WELDER, due in 2012. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HELLBLAZER—the longest-running Vertigo series—is unleashed in his own DCU title! Liar, cheater, manipulator…John Constantine is all of these, and yet he uses these skills and more to protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe.

Collects Constantine #1-6
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Constantine Vol. 2: Blight (The New 52)
Ray Fawkes, Renato Guedes
On Sale Date: August 12, 2014
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401247478, 1401247474

Contributor Bio:
Ray Fawkes is a Toronto-based fine artist and writer of comics, graphic novels, prose fiction, and games. Ray’s work ranges in styles from introspective, dreamscape narrative to bombastic slapstick. He is an Eisner, Harvey, and three-time Shuster Award nominee, and a YALSA award winner for “Possessions Book One: Unclean Getaway”. His recent book, “One Soul”, debuted in July 2011 to critical acclaim, including a starred booklist review, and was nominated for the 2012 Eisner award and 2012 Harvey award.

Summary: The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK and HELLBLAZER—the longest-running Vertigo series—John Constantine has suffered a major loss at the hands of a former protégé. With his vault of mystical weapons now in the hands of his greatest enemies, John Constantine must battle with Sargon and the Cult of the Cold Flame with all he has left—his wits!
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Justice League Dark Vol. 1: In the Dark (The New 52)
Peter Milligan, Mikel Janin, Ryan Sook
On Sale Date: October 16, 2012
$14.99 USD, $17.99 CAD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401237042, 1401237045

Contributor Bio:
Irish writer Peter Milligan joined Vertigo with SKREEMER in 1989 which led to several other works including SHADE THE CHANGING MAN and ENIGMA. For the DC Universe, he has written Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS and is acknowledged as the driving force behind the Knightfall event. He began his comics career with England’s 2000 AD, notably its Bad Company serial. He was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “it” writers in 2002. Currently he is the writer of HELLBLAZER and RED LANTERNS.

Summary: As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, a new type of super-team must come together when supernatural forces threaten the DCU – Justice League Dark!
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing a wave of chaos that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna, Mindwarp and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat? Critically acclaimed writer Peter Milligan brings together an unorthodox team for the most unnatural threats. With stunning art by up and coming star Mikel Janin, Justice League Dark Vol. 1 visits the unexplored corners of the DCU!
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Justice League Dark Vol. 2: The Books of Magic (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: July 16, 2013
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401240240, 1401240240

Contributor Bio:
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics.

In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade!

Recently named one of Wizard magazines 25 “rising stars”, Jeff has also written a new graphic novel for Top Shelf called THE UNDERWATER WELDER. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: New York Times best selling author Jeff Lemire takes over Justice League Dark and just when you thought it couldn’t get darker…

Vampires across the world have gone berserk, attacking anything with a pulse. Fearing her apocalyptic vision of the future has come to pass, Madame Xanadu mobilizes the team to intervene. But everything the Justice League Dark members know about how to slay a vampire is useless, for the world has changed.
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Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Death of Magic (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire
On Sale Date: February 4, 2014
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
192 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401242459, 1401242456

Contributor Bio:
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel Essex County published by Top Shelf.

Now one of DC Comics cornerstone writers, Jeff was prominent in the publisher’s recent “New 52” line-wide relaunch as the writer of ANIMAL MAN and FRANKENSTEIN: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. He has also written the monthly adventures of SUPERBOY and THE ATOM and is set to tackle JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK.

In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 5 Eisner awards and 5 Harvey Awards.

In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: Transported to another dimension by the Books of Magic, Tim Hunter and Zatanna awake in a world where magic once ruled in peace until mad scientists banned magic and forced all of the magical creatures underground in exile.

Tim soon finds out that his ancestors are tied to this world and that only he, through the Books of Magic, can free the “Wild World.”
Unsure of what transpired when Tim and Zatanna disappeared, the remaining members of JLD, with the help of Tim Hunter’s father, manage to transport themselves to the “Wild World” and soon find that the rules of magic here are very different and very deadly.

This volume collects issues #14-21 of Justice League Dark.
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Justice League Dark Vol. 4: The Rebirth of Evil (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: August 26, 2014
$16.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
9781401247256, 1401247253

Contributor Bio:
Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics.

In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade!

Recently named one of Wizard magazines 25 “rising stars”, Jeff is also hard at work on a new graphic novel for Top Shelf called THE UNDERWATER WELDER, due in 2012. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: The Justice League Dark team is called into action by Wonder Woman in hopes of finding Pandora’s Box, which may hold the only answers to save an ailing Superman. Not about to let the Seven Deadly Sins escape from Pandora’s Box, The Phantom Stranger pleads with the remaining members of the Justice League to stop Wonder Woman before she accidentally puts an end to the world as they know it.

This volume collects Justice League Dark #22-29.

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