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1. DC’s July comics announcements; The coming of Grayson and what’s coming in September

Here’s the DCU and New 52 solicits for July — and as a BONUS becuase of the lead time needed for the lenticular covers, the September Future’s End solicits, with NO CREATIVE TEAMS ATTACHED, probably because ANYTHING could happen between now and then. We’ll have Vertigo and trades in the next post. Of note — the new Grayson, Teen Titans and Suicide SQuad books and HArley Quinn at Comic-Con by Amanda conner — a good time is guaranteed in that one.

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Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
BATMAN 75 variant cover
Blank variant cover
1:100 Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Dick Grayson. Former sidekick. Former Super Hero. Former dead man. And now…agent of Spyral?!
A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins in this new, ongoing series. It’s a super-spy thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: You might think you know Nightwing – but you don’t know Dick.

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ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by ANDY KUBERT and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
1:50 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
One-shot • On sale JULY 16 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The hunt for Robin is over, and the battle joined! But Batman’s family feud with Ra’s al Ghul is about to erupt into something bigger when it’s interrupted by the forces of Apokolips! This epic story continues in this month’s BATMAN AND ROBIN #33!

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NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #1
Written by SEAN RYAN
Art and cover by JEREMY ROBERTS
1:25 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The world has changed for Task Force X, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad. Director Amanda Waller no longer has the autonomy she once had. New members disrupt the team dynamic. And the team takes on an international scope. New members Joker’s Daughter, Deathstroke and Black Manta join Harley Quinn and Deadshot for a mission in the most dangerous and unpredictable place in the world: Vladimir Putin’s Russia!

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TEEN TITANS #1
Written by WILL PFEIFER
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy step out of the shadows of the adult heroes of the DC Universe to offer bold, exciting and sometime dangerous ideas on how to protect a world full of superpowered teenagers – any one of whom could be the next heroic figure or major villain!

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STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #1
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by SCOTT HAMPTON
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
1:25 Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Meet the soldier they call “G.I. ZOMBIE,” a man who is neither dead nor alive, who fights for his country again…and again…and again!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #3
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by MIKE McKONE
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US
RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
So many questions hang over this nascent team. Will Hawkman sacrifice himself to save Rann, one of Thanagar’s enemies? Will Alanna and Adam ever be reunited? Can Miiyahbin face her fears and become the hero she’s meant to be? And the answer to all of this spells death for one of them.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #32
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
RESOLICIT • On sale JULY 16 • 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. This issue is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
Lex Luthor continues his acclimation to his life as a one of the world’s greatest heroes as they search for the mysterious power threatening to unravel our world. But are his sights really set on the Dark Knight? And are the Dark Knight’s set on him? Plus, someone else is targeting Luthor and his new allies – a man who believes he is Luthor’s superior in every way…and he may be right! Here comes The Chief and his treacherous Doom Patrol to The New 52!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #33
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
On sale JULY 30 • 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 shocking conclusion to “THE INJUSTICE LEAGUE” leads to a startling confrontation with the all-new, all-dangerous Doom Patrol! And in the wake of it all, a secret will be revealed that will bond two members forever – and break two members apart. Plus, Shazam unlocks a new power that will send a shockwave through the League.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #9
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Can the Masked Superman stop a Rampage in Metropolis? Plus, Batman Beyond must figure out what to do after a startling revelation threatens to change his entire mission.

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #10
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A deep-space distress call gives new hope to Frankenstein and the S.H.A.D.E. team. And what makes Lois Lane question the masked Superman’s true identity?

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #12
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With Grifter still missing, his partner turns to the only person on Earth who may need more help than Cole! And 35 years from now, Brother Eye has conquered all of humanity – but what does it have planned?

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #11
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by GEORGES JEANTY and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Justice League demands Firestorm answer for Green Arrow’s death.

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #13
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Five years from now, the world turns against Batman Beyond! Plus, Barda and Emiko must face off against the NEW Secret Six!

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AQUAMAN #33
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art and cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
With threat after threat – including the arrival of the deadly Chimera – demanding Arthur’s attention, it’s fallen to Mera to hold Atlantis together, even if most of the city wants her dead! The conspirators hiding in the shadows of the city’s darkest reaches can’t hide forever – but can Mera get to them before Atlantis comes apart?

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AQUAMAN ANNUAL #2
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art and cover by YVEL GUICHET and JASON GORDER
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
During his battle with Hercules, Aquaman unleashed an ancient evil from the days of the Greeks — so he’s called in Wonder Woman to help him clean up the mess! You can be sure the Queen of the Amazons and the King of Atlantis have plenty to talk about…if they can hear each other over the bloodcurdling screams of the Giant-Born!

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AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #4
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by LAN MEDINA and ALLEN MARTINEZ
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Who is the mysterious armored figure that wants Aquaman’s trident and the Others’ Atlantean relics? And more important, why?

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #33
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and MARK IRWIN
Cover by MIKEL JANIN
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
A team member is possessed, and the House of Mystery is about to enter the unknown Void of Non-Being! Who will be left on the team by this issue’s end?

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JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #8
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
The mysterious leader of the Five is revealed as the villains attack the Justice League and lay waste to Cadmus, killing The Flash – again. But you can’t keep a good woman down! Wait…Did we say
woman?

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GREEN ARROW #33
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As Richard Dragon systematically takes apart Oliver Queen’s world in Seattle, we introduce a new person under Green Arrow’s hood!

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THE FLASH #33
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and
NORM RAPMUND
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Future Flash fights Future Trickster! In the present, Barry solves a murder case, but he’s about to be murdered by the killer himself! Will he be fast enough to save both timelines?

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SECRET ORIGINS #4
Written by AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JEFF LEMIRE and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by STEPHANE ROUX, DENYS COWAN, BILL SIENKIEWICZ and IAN BERTRAM
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
On sale JULY 23 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The latest explosive origins from DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 include Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Stephane Roux; Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, and Damian, Son of Batman, by Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram!

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INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #2
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN DIDIO
Art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Forever People must summon the Infinity Man to defeat Mantis and his Foragers. Too bad they don’t know how! Plus, who among them is secretly a traitor working for Apokolips?

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TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER #21
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The angel is Zauriel is dead. And that leaves the Stranger without his guardian angel just in time for the arrival of The Fallen!

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TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #13
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by JEREMY ROBERTS
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As Pandora mourns the death of her lover, she recounts her relationship with his soul, reincarnated through the millennia, and how she’s mourned over and over again.

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WONDER WOMAN #33
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
It’s the beginning of the end as writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang kick off the astonishing finale of their epic run! Olympus must fall, and its rightful ruler must be restored – but in Diana’s depraved family of demigods and gods, who can be trusted to rule with decency and justice?

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WORLDS’ FINEST #25
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Power Girl and Huntress return to the ruins of Earth 2, but they question whether their trip was worth the effort as they discover the state of their former home and friends.

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CONSTANTINE #16
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by EDGAR SALAZAR and JAY LEISTEN
Cover by JUAN FERREYRA
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
John Constantine travels deep into Germany’s Black Forest to prevent Cold Flame assassins from killing an innocent mystic healer – until hunter becomes prey as John finds himself chased down by the ravenous, vicious beasts of the Stained Claw!

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EARTH 2 #25
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by ANDY KUBERT
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
In this extra-sized issue, Val-Zod finally accepts his role as the new Superman of Earth 2 as he faces the twisted, brutal original Superman, who once protected the planet but now prepares it for Apokolips and the forces of Darkseid.

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SUPERMAN #33
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:50 B&W variant by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
1:100 variant by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for more information.
It’s up, up and away as the titanic team of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson continue their epic run on the Man of Steel! In their second issue, we learn more about the mysterious Ulysses and what his emergence will mean to Clark Kent and the world. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure is targeting Metropolis with strange mechanical creations…but why? And what dark secret from Clark’s past does it connect to?
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
1:25 Variant cover by JOCK
1:50 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:100 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE
RESOLICIT • On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for details. This issue is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
It’s all going to hell as cosmic-level war breaks out! The full truth of who — or what — Wraith is finally comes to light!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Only an Annual could contain this chapter of “SUPERMAN: DOOMED”! It’s an all-out assault by the heroes of Earth (superpowered and not) on the God of War, Wonder Woman, who’s leading the charge against all manner of alien attackers. The monstrous Superman smashes through everything friend or foe as his de-evolution reaches a critical stage. It all leads to their best hope: the Phantom Zone?!

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #10
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and MATT BANNING
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Twelfth level intellect Lois Lane uses all her new Psi Power against the God of War, Diana, in the ultimate showdown! And Superman must go up against the new Cyborg Superman as an invading armada arrives in space!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #3
Written by GREG PAK
Art by AARON KUDER and KEN LASHLEY
Cover by AARON KUDER
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
As an epic space battle rages above the Earth, how will humanity and the other heroes of the DC Universe cope with this Day of Doom?

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ACTION COMICS #33
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by AARON KUDER
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Superman finally succumbs to the Doomsday virus and transforms into SUPERDOOM! Is anybody in the universe safe from his vast power and fury? How can Superman possibly find a cure for his condition when the Monster of Steel has completely taken over his mind?

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SUPERGIRL #33
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
Cover by JEFF JOHNSON and CAM SMITH
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“Red Daughter of Krypton” – the finale! Faced with a threat from Worldkiller-1 and staggering allegations about her past, Supergirl is forced to question her role as a Red Lantern – and as a hero! Don’t miss the thrilling conclusion to this epic adventure – and its shocking final pages!

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SUPERBOY #33
Written by AARON KUDER
Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Superboy and Guardian travel to a remote base to uncover one last secret about the time-traveling son of Superman’s past and future! It will alter the young hero’s destiny and his perspective on his role in the DC Universe.

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BATMAN ETERNAL #13
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A demon from Jim Gordon’s past comes to haunt him in Blackgate while the Gang War threatens to rip Gotham City apart! Can Jason Bard keep the order without coming head to head with Batman himself?

BATMAN ETERNAL #14
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by JASON FABOK
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As the Gang War reaches a bloody climax, Batman and Jason Bard must bear witness to the horrifying last stand of The Penguin! Plus, Jim Gordon makes a terrible decision that will shape the rest of his life.

BATMAN ETERNAL #16
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Red Robin is out to solve the mystery of the nanovirus spreading among Gotham City’s poorest, but Harper Row isn’t going to let him do it alone! Can Batwing escape the clutches of The Joker’s Daughter?

BATMAN ETERNAL #15
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Who is behind the hell beneath Arkham Asylum? Can Batwing and Jim Corrigan hope to stop it before it breaks out and consumes all of Gotham City?

BATMAN ETERNAL #17
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Years ago, Gotham City faced a power Batman could barely overcome…Now, deep beneath Arkham Asylum, he will rise again, and the city will know his wrath…

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BATMAN #33
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 variant cover by PAOLO RIVERA
On sale JULY 9 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $5.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
It’s been one hell of a year in Gotham City, and it all comes down to this: Batman vs. The Riddler! Gotham City and the Dark Knight will never be the same! Don’t miss this special, extra-sized finale of “Zero Year!”
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 variant cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale JULY 16 • 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. This story was previously solicited to appear in issue #11. This cover was previously set to appear on issue #12.
A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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BATMAN AND ROBIN #33
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“ROBIN RISES”! Picking up right where this month’s ROBIN RISES #1 left off, it’s Batman vs. the Justice League as the Dark Knight decides to follow the Chaos Shard back to its source: Apokolips!

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DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
A tie-in to “Icarus”! Follow the movements of a deadly stash of Icarus through Gotham City, as it impacts the lives of those it comes into contact with: Elena and Annette Aguila, Harvey Bullock, and even Batman!

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DETECTIVE COMICS #33
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 variant cover by TONY MOORE
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
In “Icarus” part four, Batman must contend with a gang war between The Squid and the Kings of the Sun before it consumes all of Gotham City! But can even the World’s Greatest Detective defuse a blood feud that’s about to go nuclear?
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.

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HARLEY QUINN #8
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CHAD HARDIN
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
BATMAN 75 variant cover
1:25 Variant cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
It all comes down to this: Harley finally tracks down some of the mysterious hired killers who have vexed her since the start of the series! But what’s she going to do with them? Enter the Scatapult!

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HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO #1
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by AMANDA CONNER and others
Wraparound cover by AMANDA CONNER
One-shot • On sale JULY 16 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The title says it all! Our favorite little troublemaker, Harley Quinn, takes on Comic-Con International: San Diego in this over the top issue! She’ll have to battle long lines, crazy crowds and the dread con crud, all in the quest to get her own comic book published!

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BATWOMAN #33
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Nocturna is out of Arkham, but is she really fit to return to society? Batwoman’s investigations will send her spinning into the deadly clutches of Night-Thief!

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BATGIRL #33
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The deadline for all criminals to leave the area is fast approaching, and anyone left will be killed on sight! Knightfall lays down the law – but Batgirl has a plan of her own!

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CATWOMAN #33
Written by ANNE NOCENTI
Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Race of Thieves” speeds to the finish line in this final chapter! Selina is tested as she tries to compete in the race while she works for the GCPD!

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BIRDS OF PREY #33
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROBSON ROCHA
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s here! Black Canary vs. Amanda Waller! Will the former Team 7 teammates find salvation together – or destruction?

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BATWING #33
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batwing tries to stem the tide of the Snakebite drug trade, but he may be overwhelmed by his own inner demons – and by the mysterious Gruesome George!

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #33
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by R.B. SILVA
Cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As more of Starfire’s life after her captivity as a slave is revealed, Red Hood and Arsenal stand between their alien teammate and one of the most wanted men in the galaxy.

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SINESTRO #4
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by RAGS MORALES
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Sinestro and Hal Jordan cross paths for the first time since Sinestro brutally murdered the Guardians! Can Hal stop Sinestro from assembling a universe-threatening army? And even more crucial: SHOULD he?

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GREEN LANTERN #33
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and cover by BILLY TAN and ROB HUNTER
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 2 • 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.
“UPRISING” part 5! The final battle of the uprising to remove the Green Lantern Corps from power begins! Every decision Hal Jordan has made as leader of the Green Lanterns has led to this… but is he leading his soldiers to watery graves below the surface of a bizarre alien sea?
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #33
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
Cover by JEREMY ROBERTS
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Psions have done the unthinkable: captured and incapacitated the Guardians themselves! Can Carol and Kyle get to them in time? Or will the Psions discover the secret of ultimate power locked inside the Guardians’ very DNA?

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33
Written by VAN JENSEN
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“UPRISING” part 6! All is fair in love and war – and both are likely to get John Stewart killed as the final battle of the uprising concludes! With the woman he loves in mortal danger, John will face the most difficult test of his career!

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RED LANTERNS ANNUAL #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale JULY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
“Atrocities” cranks the action up to eleven! Guy Gardner fought hard to get Space Sector 2814 – including Earth – under Red Lantern protection. So of course Atrocitus has chosen Guy’s homeworld as the arena for their murderous final battle! Red Lanterns will die! Traitors will emerge (and maybe die)! Rivers will run red! It’s the first-ever RED LANTERNS ANNUAL, and it’s absolutely unmissable!

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RED LANTERNS #33
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Atrocities” kicks into gear – the epic that the last year of RED LANTERNS has been building to all along! It’s open war between Atrocitus and Guy Gardner – and there’s a powerful squadron of Red Lanterns on each side! But Guy Gardner could never have imagined what Atrocitus has been planning all this time… And he couldn’t imagine that one of his closest friends would refuse to stand by his side!

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SWAMP THING #33
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JAVI PINA
Cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Swamp Thing has more enemies than he ever knew – and one of them is someone he called a friend! But once said friend has put a magical hit on you, and a squadron of occult assassins show up on your doorstep, it gets difficult to smooth things over…

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ALL-STAR WESTERN #33
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by STAZ JOHNSON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
Someone’s been living Jonah’s life while he’s been gone – and ruining his good name! Now, he aims to find out who this impostor is. But is Hex the hunter…or the prey?

GRAYSON: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Branded a traitor, Dick Grayson has become the most powerful hero in the newly resurgent and dominant Mother Russia – and now, he must battle the Beast from the East in one final struggle for supremacy!

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Amanda Waller’s covert war against the United States reaches the boiling point as the Suicide Squad takes the White House!

BOOSTER GOLD: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Trapped out of time on a world that defies reason, Booster Gold struggles to escape the fate that has held him and so many forgotten heroes captive!

STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
G.I. Zombie stands alone against a zombie army of thousands as the U.S. military’s experiment reaches its horrifying fruition!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
The mystery of the Martian Manhunter is revealed at last as his decades-long plan for world domination comes to fruition! Continues in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1!

TEEN TITANS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
With the Teen Titans dead, a new group of young heroes seek justice in the future DC Universe!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
An emotionally and physically scared Zatanna struggles to find a way to return her team and the House of Mystery itself to our own dimension – but the cost might doom them and our world!

THE FLASH: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
It’s the final showdown between The Flash and his future self for control of the Speed Force – with Wally West’s life hanging in the balance!

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
In the concluding chapter of the epic story that began in this month’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: FUTURES END #1, the armies of Mars rise against the unsuspecting population of Earth – and only the combined might of the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes can stand against them!

AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
The Dead King leads the Others in a final assault on Atlantis to end Mera’s reign forever!

EARTH 2: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Michael Holt has survived the war between the two worlds he’s called home. Now, he’s taking drastic measures to ensure that there will be no more war – regardless of the cost!

AQUAMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Mera has claimed the throne of Atlantis for herself – and she’s sentenced her unfaithful husband, Aquaman, to death!

INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Five years from now, the New Gods are missing, Infinity Man is trapped on Earth, and all is not as it seems in Mark Moonrider’s life. Is he living some beautiful dream, or is he stuck in a never-ending nightmare?

CONSTANTINE: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
After a desperate five-year quest, John Constantine has claimed the ultimate occult prize: the Helmet of Fate!

GREEN ARROW: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Green Arrow is dead – and his replacement finally stands revealed!

TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
With one coin of redemption left, the Phantom Stranger faces his final challenge – in front of the new Council of Eternity!

WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Her humanity lost forever, Wonder Woman embraces her true nature as the God of War to battle the armies of Nemesis!

TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Pandora’s box has been reformed – but it can only be sealed from the inside! How can she make the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the world against the deadly evils it holds?

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
The battle between the God of War and Nemesis can only spell doom for humanity – but can Kal restore Diana to her senses before it’s too late?

SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
There’s a new, much darker Superman prowling the streets of Metropolis! But who exactly is he?

WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Power Girl must break into Cadmus Island to free Huntress – but she ends up a prisoner herself!

SUPERBOY:
FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Kon has a final, fateful confrontation with his clones and finds help from some unlikely allies!

SUPERGIRL: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
At last, Supergirl reconciles with her father, Cyborg Superman – in the most horrific way possible!

ACTION COMICS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
With the Man of Steel missing, ordinary people around the world start to mysteriously exhibit his strengths and abilities…

BATMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
It’s five years later and Bruce Wayne is using dangerous science to help him continue his war on crime. What is it, and what forced Bruce to resort to such extremes?

DETECTIVE COMICS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Batman takes his war on crime to the next level, but he needs the help of his greatest ally – The Riddler?!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
A new super beings seeks out Batman: a creature born of hate who the broken Bat may not last long against!

BATGIRL: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
It’s five years later, and Barbara Gordon has become Bête Noire – a.k.a. The Black Beast! Part Batman and part Bane, she leads a squad of female agents through the Gotham Underground!

BATWING: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Luke Fox has rejected his father, which leads him to rebuilding a more deadly and dangerous Leviathan!

BATMAN AND ROBIN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Bruce continues to feel the fallout from his extreme new crime fighting methods — is he ready to face the might of Heretic?

BIRDS OF PREY: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Free of Ra’s al Ghul’s control at last, Black Canary claims her rightful place as the head of the League of Assassins!

CATWOMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Catwoman’s battle to be kingpin of crime in Gotham City takes an unexpected turn when Selina and Black Mask are revealed to be one and the same!

BATWOMAN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Now a creature of the night, Batwoman turns against her former lover, Nocturna, in final, deadly conflict!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS:
FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Red Hood rides solo in the future as he reveals hints to how the Outlaws and his partners Starfire and Arsenal parted ways and how that lead to Jason Todd’s new mission of retribution and brutal justice.

SINESTRO: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Sinestro has been imprisoned by a powerful new intergalactic force with ideals based on a twisted version of his own code! Lost in a super-max prison on the far side of the universe, he orchestrates an escape…and his revenge!

HARLEY QUINN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Harley and The Joker make it legal at last! Follow the happy couple to their secret honeymoon spot, where it’s literally till death do they part!

GREEN LANTERN CORPS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
John Stewart makes a fateful decision – will he choose to take his last shot at redemption? Or will he pull the trigger and kill any chance of a life worth living, in the name of saving the Corps?

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 17
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
The power of the white lantern power has brought Kyle to the brink of death! Now, he must decide whether to release that power into the universe, or find another unsuspecting soul to take it on.

GREEN LANTERN: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
Across the universe, the dead are rising — the Black Lanterns are back! Only one being knows what it will take to destroy them this time…the one who understands the spectrum inside and out: Relic! But there’s no way Hal Jordan is prepared for the part he’ll have to play in order put an end to the Black Lanterns once and for all!

SWAMP THING: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 3
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
The Avatars of the Green, Red and Gray go to war with the avatars of Bacteria and Metal! It’s five years later, and Alec Holland is trying to mediate a ceasefire that could also be his last stab at reconnecting with humanity!

RED LANTERNS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 24
32 pg, FC • RATED T+
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
The ranks of the Red Lanterns have grown to monstrous numbers, and with no Blood Lake to restore their sanity, they’re terrorizing the universe. It’s up to Blue Lantern Guy Gardner to correct the deadly mistake he made!

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INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #1
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by CARL POTTS, SZYMON KUDRANSKI and others
Cover by GENE HA
1:25 Variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale JULY 16 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
DIGITAL FIRST
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
In the tradition of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, a new videogame sensation makes its comics debut. Developed by Turbine and WBIE Games, INFINITE CRISIS brings together unique versions of DC Universe heroes from across the multiverse to head off a crisis that threatens to destroy all of their worlds! Heroes and villains from Gaslight, Atomic, Arcane, Mecha and other worlds battle and join forces with Prime Earth Batman in this rapidly escalating conflict!

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BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET #2
Written by KEVIN SMITH and RALPH GARMAN
Art by TY TEMPLETON
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
The reunion of the greatest TV team-up of the 1960s continues! The Fearless Foursome struggle to escape General Gumm’s sticky death trap, while the gloating Gumm assumes the worst and plots to take his criminal activities to the next level. His plans for expansion require some expert help from an unexpected source! Assuming our heroes escape, will they be able to overcome this new, deadly duo?
Co-published with Dynamite Entertainment.

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BATMAN ‘66 #13
Written by GABRIEL SORIA
Art by DEAN HASPIEL
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
A new hit TV show based on Batman’s crime fighting exploits is on the air, but it hardly meets with the Caped Crusader’s approval. And the show’s producer has more in mind than just high ratings! A set visit from Batman and Robin reveals the producer’s true agenda and puts all of the action behind the cameras in this story by guest writer Gabriel Soria.

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #15
Written by RON MARZ
Art and cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
On sale JULY 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
When a giant robot from outer space crashes into Metropolis Harbor, Superman makes the shocking discovery that the robot was built by none other than his own father, Jor-El!

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INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #8
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO and others
Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Time jumps ahead and while Superman’s new rule over Earth becomes more entrenched, the Birds of Prey celebrate the arrival of a new child. Any hope for a new beginning is short lived though when Guy Gardner makes contact. He warns them that the Guardians are building to their final assault. The entire Green Lantern Corps is about to invade Earth.

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INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #7
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO and others
Cover by STEPHANE ROUX
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Now twice monthly! Black Canary faces off against Harley Quinn once again. Oracle begins receiving information from someone inside of Superman’s regime. Is it for real, or a trap? Then Guy Gardner travels to Oa to find out what the Guardians are planning for their next move. Sinestro is somehow blocking them from seeing Earth, but they are still moving ahead and marshaling their forces.

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HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #15
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by POP MHAN
Cover by ARIEL OLIVETTI
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Origin of She-Ra continues!! As Adora struggles with the sins of her past, she and her brother He-Man must trek to the mysterious island Anwant Gwar. But when a Horde Fright Zone stands in their way, He-Man calls upon the Power of Grayskull to forge a path to Adora’s destiny!

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BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #12
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE and KYLE HIGGINS
Art by DEXTER SOY and THONY SILAS
Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH
On sale JULY 23 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
As Lord Superman stands on the edge of triumph against a physically and emotionally exhausted Justice League, Terry McGinnis returns from the Justice Lords’ world armed with a secret weapon! Don’t miss the stunning conclusion of “Justice Lords Beyond.”

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SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #7
Written by JOSH ELDER
Art and cover by ADAM ARCHER
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
The Anti-Monitor enters the fight, armed with a secret weapon: Doppelganger! But has Maxwell’s nemesis really returned to his evil ways? Or is there a greater plan in motion?

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SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: LANTERN #4
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale JULY 9 • 40 pg, 4 of 4, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Fighting a pitched battle against the strength of Parallax, John Stewart is able to regain his Green Lantern will. But will the change come in time to defeat Parallax’s minions?

BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK AND THE JOKER MASK SET
Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by GREG CAPULLO, JONATHAN GLAPION and JOCK
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
ADVANCE SOLICIT • On sale SEPTEMBER 24, 176 pg, FC, approximately 8.5” x 11.75” x 5.5”, $39.99 US
This new collectors set includes the critically acclaimed tale DEATH OF THE FAMILY from the superstar #1 New York Times best-selling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo.
Now, this seminal Batman trade paperback graphic novel is paired with a replica hand-painted vinyl latex mask of The Joker that features sewn-on hair and a white elastic band. It’s a must-have for any fan of Scott Snyder’s groundbreaking work!

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 5: FOREVER HEROES HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, DOUG MAHNKE, CHRISTIAN ALAMY, JESUS MERINO and others
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale SEPTEMBER 10 • 168 pg, FC, $22.99 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, too! Also, Cyborg is one of the last Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 2: SURVIVORS OF EVIL HC
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, CHRISTIAN
ALAMY, TOM DERENICK, EDDY BARROWS and others
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale SEPTEMBER 10 • 192 pg, FC, $24.99 US
As the smoke clears from TRINITY WAR, one thing looks disturbingly clear: The members of the Justice League of America are dead, betrayed by one of their own. But all is not what it seems. Martian Manhunter and Star Girl live to fight another day, only to find themselves trapped on an alien world under the control of a group of Super-Villains. The key to their survival may lie in the hands of Despero! Don’t miss these stories from issues #8-14!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 4: THE REBIRTH OF EVIL TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, DOUG MAHNKE, CHRISTIAN ALAMY, JESUS MERINO and others
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale AUGUST 20 • 208 pg, FC, $16.99 US
When Superman is stricken by a mysterious illness, Wonder Woman leads the JL Dark on a quest to find Pandora’s Box and a cure it may contain – but the Phantom Stranger pleads with the team to stop before they accidentally end the world! Collecting issues #22-29 of the hit series!

FOREVER EVIL HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale SEPTEMBER 3 • 240 pg, FC, $24.99 US
The Justice League is dead! And the villains shall inherit the Earth! In this new hardcover collecting the seven-issue miniseries, the Crime Syndicate takes over the DC Universe, and no one can stand in the way of them and complete domination – no one except for Lex Luthor!

CONSTANTINE VOL. 2: BLIGHT TP
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by SZYMON KUDRANSKI, ACO and BENI LOBEL
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale AUGUST 6 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
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 Sargon and the Cult of the Cold Flame with nothing but his wits in these tales from issues #7-12!

THE FLASH VOL. 3: GORILLA WARFARE TP
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, MARCUS TO, MARCIO TAKARA and others
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale AUGUST 13 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
When Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash faces a threat that’s murderous and ruthless. And he’ll need help from the Rogues to keep himself and Central City alive. This new title collects THE FLASH #13-19.

BATMAN, INCORPORATED VOL. 2: GOTHAM’S MOST WANTED TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by CHRIS BURNHAM and JASON MASTERS
Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
On sale AUGUST 20 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In this collection of issues #7-13 and BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1, Batman and his allies battle Leviathan to save Gotham City. Everything has been leading to the moment in which Damian Wayne pays the ultimate price in the war on crime!

KATANA VOL. 1: SOULTAKER TP
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by ALEX SANCHEZ, CLAUDE ST. AUBIN, CLIFF RICHARDS, CHRISCROSS and others
Cover by DAVID FINCH
RESOLICIT • On sale AUGUST 20 • 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US • RATED T
Former assassin and new Justice Leaguer Katana embarks on a noble quest to restore the Outsiders to their former glory! Will she succeed, or will she be overcome by the power of her sword, the Soul Taker? Don’t miss this title collecting KATANA #1-10 and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.1: THE CREEPER.
Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

SUPERMAN VOL. 3: FURY AT WORLD’S END TP
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by KENNETH ROCAFORT, AARON KUDER, TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale AUGUST 6 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
H’El has come to Earth in these stories from SUPERMAN #0 and 13-17! When a mysterious ghost from Krypton’s past comes to Metropolis in hopes of finding the lost planet’s last son, his arrival comes with dire consequences for Superman, Superboy and Supergirl.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: POWER COUPLE HC
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by TONY S. DANIEL, MATT BANNING, PAULO SIQUIERA and SANDU FLOREA
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale SEPTEMBER 17 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Beginning a bold new series that looks at the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Amazon Princess, as writer Charles Soule (SWAMP THING) is joined by artist Tony S. Daniel (DETECTIVE COMICS) to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it – and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday! Collects Issues #1-6 of their new, blockbuster series.

GREEN LANTERN: WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, PETER J.
TOMASI, PETER MILLIGAN and TONY BEDARD
Art by DOUG MAHNKE, DAN JURGENS, PHIL JIMENEZ, SZYMON KUDRANSKI, ARDIAN SYAF, AARON KUDER, MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, WILL CONRAD and others
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale AUGUST 13 • 416 pg, FC, $19.99 US
The Wrath of the First Lantern is here as the Green Lanterns battle the Guardians of Oa and the Third Army – but who will win, and at what cost? And as the First Lantern moves on the brightest of the Corps for his reality-altering experiments, we learn the shocking fate of Hal and Sinestro in this must-read crossover event! This title collects GREEN LANTERN #17-20, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17-20, RED LANTERNS #17-20 and GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #17-20.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 4: GODS AND MONSTERS TP
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN and ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by BRAD WALKER, ANDREW
HENNESSY, GERALDO BORGES, ANDREI
BRESSAN, SEAN CHEN and others
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale AUGUST 27 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US
The Templar Guardians have been locked away for millennia and now, they need Kyle Rayner’s help. But once he sees the strange anomaly lurking at the edge of known space, he may have no choice but to get on board with their mission. Don’t miss these tales from GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #21-27 and GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO VOL. 1 HC
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO, XERMANICO, KEVIN MAGUIRE, TOM DERENICK, NEIL GOOGE, MIKE S. MILLER and JHEREMY RAAPACK
Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK
On sale SEPTEMBER 24 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US
The best-selling prequel to the hit videogame picks up right where it left off! Year one is over – now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth’s protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, another grave threat approaches. Collects INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #1-6.

DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN ADVENTURES #1
Written by KELLEY PUCKETT, PAUL DINI and TY TEMPLETON
Art by TY TEMPLETON, RICK BURCHETT, TERRY BEATTY and BRUCE TIMM
Cover by MIKE PAROBECK and RICK BURCHETT
On sale JULY 30 • 96 pg, FC, $7.99 US
Some of the best all-ages Batman stories ever are back in this new title collecting BATMAN ADVENTURES #2 and 27, BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #2 and 4, and a short tale from ADVENTURES IN THE DC UNIVERSE #3. Guest-starring Catwoman, The Joker, Two-Face and more!

BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED VOL. 3 TP
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by JORGE JIMENEZ, MIKE S. MILLER, JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER and others
Cover by JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
On sale AUGUST 20 • 232 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In the third collection of stories inspired by the hit video game, Dr. Hugo Strange has gained control of Arkham Asylum and is determined to keep the city’s criminal element behind bars. Collected from issues #11-15 and the story “End Game.”

“Thrilling and shocking in equal measure…reads like a movie.”—IGN

BATMAN: EARTH ONE TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale AUGUST 13 • 144 pg, FC, $12.99 US
The spectacular original graphic novel by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE! In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this tale gives new insight into Bruce Wayne’s first year as THE DARK KNIGHT. In this all-new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City! Plus, who is Alfred Pennyworth – and why is he so determined to put an end to the Batman?

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE VOL. 3 TP
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and MIKE COSTA
Art by POP MHAN and DREW JOHNSON
Cover by ED BENES
On sale AUGUST 13 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The hordes of Hordak attack Eternia in this new title collecting issues #1-6 of the monthly series. When He-Man discovers the true identity of their leader, Despara, it will take all his power to stop her from destroying everything and everyone he loves. Also includes MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE digital chapter 9.

DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE TP
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, TONY BEDARD and PAUL KUPPERBERG
Art by DEXTER SOY, POP MHAN and others
Cover by ED BENES
RESOLICIT • On sale AUGUST 27 • 160
pg, FC, $14.99 US
After escaping to Earth, Skeletor sets in motion a plan to drain the planet’s magic. He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor but find themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe! Collecting the six-issue miniseries, plus DC COMICS PRESENTS #47.
Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BLOODSWORN TP
Written by DOUG WAGNER
Art by JHEREMY RAAPACK, RICHARD
FRIEND, JOE WEEMS and LIVESAY
Cover by SAMWISE DIDIER and ALEX HORLEY
On sale AUGUST 6 • 152 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In this WORLD OF WARCRAFT original graphic novel, the Cataclysm rips through Azeroth as Warchief Garrosh Hellscream orders the best warriors of the Horde to come forward and serve in a new army, lest their foes in the Alliance sense weakness and attack. Will they be able to work together against an unfamiliar race claiming to be the real rulers of Azeroth?

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW TP
Written by ROY THOMAS, SCOTT SHAW and others
Art by SCOTT SHAW, BOB SMITH, MIKE SEKOWSKY, STAN GOLDBERG, CAROL LAY and others
Cover by SCOTT SHAW, ROSS ANDRU and BOB SMITH
On sale AUGUST 27 • 672 pg, B&W, $19.99 US
At last, these pun-filled tails – sorry, tales – from NEW TEEN TITANS #16, CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW #1-20 and THE OZ-WONDERLAND #1-3 are collected in one overstuffed volume!

THE FLASH OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
Written by ROBERT KANIGHER, JOHN BROOME and GARDNER FOX
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, JOE KUBERT, FRANK GIACOIA, JOE GIELLA and MURPHY ANDERSON
Cover by CARMINE INFANTINO and JOE KUBERT
On sale SEPTEMBER 24 • 864 pg, FC, $99.99 US
This massive title collects the earliest Silver Age adventures of The Flash, including the origin of the Scarlet Speedster, the first appearances of his sidekick, Kid Flash, fellow detective The Elongated Man, plus his battles against the Trickster, the Weather Wizard, Mirror Master, Mr. Element, Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd. Collects SHOWCASE #4, 8, 13 and 14 and THE FLASH #105-132.

ABSOLUTE BATMAN, INCORPORATED HC
Written by GRANT MORRISON and others
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE, CHRIS
BURNHAM, FRAZER IRVING, JASON
MASTERS, CAMERON STEWART, SCOTT CLARK and others
Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM
Advance solicit • On sale NOVEMBER 26
608 pg, FC, 8.125” x 12.25”, $125.00 US
Grant Morrison’s Batman saga is collected here in its entirety in stories BATMAN, INCORPORATED #1-8, BATMAN, INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN RISES #1, BATMAN, INCORPORATED VOL. 2 #1-13 and BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1. After Bruce Wayne publicly announces the worldwide franchise of Batmen, he is joined in the war on crime by Knight and Squire, El Gaucho and Batwing. But as soon as Batman creates his own crimefighting force, another organization rises to challenge him: Leviathan. As the war between the two forces reaches its apex, Bruce Wayne will face the greatest tragedy of his life.

SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #5
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Wonder Woman’s homeland is under attack by mythological monsters that vanish into thin air before the Amazon warriors can fight back! Scooby, Wonder Woman and the gang must work together to solve this mystery…assuming Daphne and Velma complete their Amazon training in time!

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #47
Written by SCOTT NEELY
Art and cover by SCOTT NEELY
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Shaggy gets himself in trouble at the gang’s yard sale when he wears a Tiki memento from an old case. Is the Tiki really bad luck, or is something else in play? Shaggy better think fast because Scooby is moving fast…in the opposite direction!

TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #2
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E
The Tiny Titans journey to the Fortress of Solitude, where they meet up with the Man of Steel! Can he help them get their treehouse back? Only if he’s not super-busy!

BODIES #1
Written by SI SPENCER
Art by DEAN ORMSTON, MEGHAN HETRICK, PHIL WINSLADE and TULA LOTAY
Cover by FIONA STEPHENSON
On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
VERTIGO brings you the miniseries of the summer, with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London. Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890s overachiever who’s trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Karl Whiteman is our dashing 1940s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014’s kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all. Si Spencer (HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS, THE VINYL UNDERGROUND) executes a centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay.

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #3
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art by J.H. WILLIAMS III
Cover A by J.H. WILLIAMS III
Cover B by DAVE McKEAN
1:100 Special ink variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
1:200 Special ink variant cover by DAVE McKEAN
RESOLICIT • On sale JULY 30 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for more information. This title is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
The armies of the night are gathering. The universe is beginning its final dance. Morpheus, far from home, walks the path of madness, accompanied only by himself.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

ASTRO CITY: VICTORY HC
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BRENT ANDERSON
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale SEPTEMBER 17 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In these tales from ASTRO CITY #7-10, a major new epic features Winged Victory, Samaritan, and the Confessor. When criminal charges are brought against Winged Victory, the Confessor must investigate – and it leads to open combat with Samaritan! Can Astro City’s three greatest heroes find a way to work together against this mystery threat? Plus, ASTRO CITY VISITOR’S GUIDE #1, including a tale revealing Winged Victory’s origin!

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #7
Written by TOBY LITT
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and RYAN KELLY
Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The ashes of St. Hilarion’s have barely settled before the tabloids start a witch hunt against “pyrobrainiac” Crystal Palace in the first chapter of the new story, “Ghost Snow.” Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine spirit their new friend away from London and accept the invitation from Charles’s long-lost sister Clementine to visit her and her science-boffin daughter, Miranda, deep in weird and wild East Anglia.

COFFIN HILL #9
Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Eve’s search for the Ice Fisher has catastrophic consequences when she and Frost make a shocking discovery about the killer’s true identity but fail to find a missing girl in time. Meanwhile, in Coffin Hill, Nate endures a family reunion from hell when his deadbeat brother Patrick resurfaces with an agenda – and some kickass supernatural help – that means more danger and destruction for the town and everyone in it.

FAIREST #27
Written by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Art by RUSS BRAUN
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this new epic, refugees from Fabletown have returned to New York’s Castle Dark, and Reynard, now able to shapeshift from fox to man, travels the mundane world to regale the animals with tales of his exploits, rubbing the other Fables’ noses in his good fortune. Frustration at their restriction to the Farm threatens to become a issue once more! Can the animals find a way out of their situation?

FABLES VOL. 20: CAMELOT TP
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM and MARK BUCKINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, RUSS BRAUN and others
Cover by DANIEL DOS SANTOS
On sale AUGUST 27 • 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
Rose Red takes the mantle of Paladin of Hope to rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of “Snow White.” A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown. This new volume collects issues #131-136 of this multiple Eisner-Award-winning series.

FABLES #142
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and STEVE LEIALOHA
Backup story art by ERIC SHANOWER
Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
As the denizens of Fabletown choose sides, Snow White and Rose Red prepare for the battle of their lives. Part two of the epic “Happily Ever After” storyline continues here, featuring a backup story of Sinbad: The Last Story Ever Told, by Oz artist extraordinaire Eric Shanower.

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #12
Written by SIMON OLIVER
Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Cover by NATHAN FOX
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
“…stick a branch up his ass, he’ll be a popsicle by morning…”
Adam gets lost in the Alaskan tundra while Rosa loses herself in an attempt to get home. Will the gang overcome their personal desires and make it out of the alternate universe alive?

HINTERKIND #9
Written by IAN EDGINTON
Art by FRANCESCO TRIFOGLI
Cover by GREG TOCCHINI
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Jon and Prosper become embroiled in an ogre murder mystery, even as the Vampire Nation’s expedition to America continues its search for blood, conquest and a hot lunch! Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Princess Tersia learns how to divine the shape of things to come…

TRILLIUM TP
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale AUGUST 6 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS
The amazing eight-issue miniseries by award-winning writer/artist Jeff Lemire is collected in this mind-blowing new collection! Two souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe. Even though reality is unraveling all around them, nothing can pull them apart. This isn’t just a love story, it’s the LAST love story ever told.

THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #6
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art by SIMON COLEBY and GARY ERSKINE
Cover by SIMON COLEBY
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, 6 of 6, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
1945. The Allies’ attempted assault on mainland Europe has failed. As the war draws to a close, the Lancasters bomb Berlin in a futile act of defiance. The Nazis’ spy in London has turned the tide of the conflict and the purpose of Prince Henry’s raid into Germany’s capital is revealed to be bloody, petty revenge. A world burns, and a family is ripped apart – but is redemption to be found before the end of The Royals?

LUCIFER BOOK FOUR TP
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS, RYAN KELLY and others
Cover by CHRISTOPHER MOELLER
On sale AUGUST 20 • 392 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
In this final LUCIFER volume collecting issues #62-75, the war in Heaven reaches its universe-shaking conclusion as the forces of Heaven, Hell, and everyone in between wage a final battle to determine the fate of both Yahweh and Lucifer’s Creations – a fate no one, not even the Lightbringer, could have foreseen.

PREACHER BOOK FIVE TP
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Art by STEVE DILLON
Cover by GLENN FABRY
On sale AUGUST 13 • 356 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
Jesse Custer’s dark journey to find God continues as he becomes the sheriff of a troubled Texas town. Then, Custer decides it’s high time to renew his quest to find God and hold Him accountable for his actions. Collecting PREACHER #41-54.

MR. PUNCH 20TH ANNIVERSARY HC
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art and cover by DAVE McKEAN
On sale SEPTEMBER 3 • 104 pg, FC, 8.625” x 11.625”, $34.99 US • MATURE READERS
The classic graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean is back in a new hardcover edition with bonus sketch material! MR. PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy’s loss of innocence due to a horrific confrontation with his past. Spending a summer at his grandfather’s seaside arcade, a troubled adolescent becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy man and a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy’s past, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined. With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young boy is forced to deal with his family’s dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and guilt.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #7
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale JULY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
In a dark land ruled by a crippled king, Tom Taylor searches for the one thing that can save the world – but only the pure of heart can even see it. And it probably never existed in the first place. And maybe the whole quest is a trap that’s just been waiting for him to arrive…

VERTIGO QUARTERLY: MAGENTA #1
Written by PETER MILLIGAN, FABIO MOON, RIAN HUGHES, ANNIE MOK, RACHEL DEERING, JODY HOUSER, CARLA BERROCAL and others
Art by NATHAN FOX, FABIO MOON, RIAN HUGHES, MATTEO SCALERO, CARLA BERROCAL and others
Design cover
On sale JULY 30 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • MATURE READERS
The summer issue of the Vertigo Quarterly is here! It’s MAGENTA, the hot pink sky in your sweltering summer, bringing together comics’ most talented writers and artists – both established and new – for an anthology only VERTIGO could deliver.

DC COLLECTIBLES BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK SET 1
The first special edition action figure 4-pack celebrates Batman’s 75th Anniversary—with figures of the Dark Knight based on the designs of Bob Kane, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the best-selling Batman: Arkham Origins video game! Featuring a unique paint deco only seen here!
$75.00 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur
FIRST APPEARANCE BY BOB KANE – 6.5″
NEW FRONTIER BY DARWYN COOKE – 6.75″
HUSH BY JIM LEE – 6.65″
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS – 7″

DC COMICS: GOTHAM CITY GARAGE CATWOMAN STATUE
Designed by Dustin Nguyen
Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios
Gotham City’s feline fatale rides out of the pages of her self-titled series and into your home with this gorgeous statue designed by superstar artist Dustin Nguyen.
Measures approximately 8.125″ Tall x 15.5″ Wide
RESOLICIT $349.95 US • On Sale October 2014
This item is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.* Allocations May Occur

DC COMICS COVER GIRLS MERA STATUE
DESIGNED BY STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
SCULPTED BY JACK MATHEWS
The Queen of the sea, Mera, is captured beautifully as she rises from the ocean in the latest Cover Girls statue from DC Collectibles designed by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.
Limited Edition of 5,200
Measures Approximately 10.37″ Tall
$99.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

DC COMICS ICONS: AQUAMAN STATUE
SCULPTED BY GENTLE GIANT STUDIOS
The King of Atlantis and Ruler of the Seven Seas rises from the depths in this stunning statue of the aquatic hero!
Limited Edition of 5200
Measures Approximately 10.12″ Tall
* $99.95 US * On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

DC COMICS ICONS: THE FLASH STATUE
SCULPTED BY GENTLE GIANT STUDIOS
The Fastest Man Alive takes a split second to pose, joining the rest of his Justice League counterparts in the DC Comics Icon statue line.
Limited Edition of 5200
Measures Approximately 10″ Tall
* $99.95 US * On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

WONDER WOMAN ART OF WAR STATUE
BY YANICK PAQUETTE
BASED ON THE ART OF YANICK PAQUETTE
SCULPTED BY CLAYBURN MOORE
The Wonder Woman Art of War line embraces the style of acclaimed artist Yanick Paquette in the latest statue from DC Collectibles.
Limited Edition of 5,200
Measures Approximately 7.25″ Tall
$79.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

DC COMICS–THE NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK CONSTANTINE AND ZATANNA ACTION FIGURES
From their appearances in DC Comics–The New 52 Justice League Dark, come the mistress of magic, Zatanna, and the occult detective John Constantine.
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY
$24.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur
ZATANNA – 6.6″
CONSTANTINE – 6.7″

DC COMICS DESIGNER ACTION FIGURES SERIES 2: BY GREG CAPULLO
THRASHER SUIT BATMAN, RED HOOD, CATWOMAN AND MR. FREEZE
Based on the designs from the fan-favorite artist of BATMAN, Greg Capullo, comes the next wave in the hit Designer Series from DC Collectibles.
MR. FREEZE – 7.25″
RED HOOD – 7.2″
THRASHER SUIT BATMAN DELUXE FIGURE – 9″
CATWOMAN – 6.5″
THRASHER SUIT BATMAN DELUXE FIGURE – $39.95 US
RED HOOD, CATWOMAN AND MR. FREEZE – $24.95 US EACH
ON SALE OCTOBER 2014
EACH FIGURE SOLD SEPARATELY
* Allocations May Occur

DC NATION: DEADMAN AND CROW PLUSH FIGURE 2-PACK
Straight from DC Nation, it’s Deadman and his faithful friend Crow! This plush pair captures the creepy fun of this new DC Nation series!
RESOLICIT $19.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur
This item is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

1:1 SCALE BLACK POWER BATTERY AND RING PROP REPLICA
The most dangerous lantern corps invades your home with this replica Black Lantern Power Battery and Ring.
Measures Approximately 11″ Tall
$199.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

GREEN ARROW MINI PATINA STATUE
SCULPTED BY TIM BRUCKNER
The Emerald Archer stands at the ready atop a Star City roof in this detailed patina statue!
Measures Approximately 6.125″ Tall
$99.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

DC COMICS SUPER HEROES THE FLASH BUST
DESIGNED BY JIM LEE
SCULPTED BY JAMES SHOOP
The Flash is captured mid-stride in the latest bust designed by legendary comic book artist Jim Lee.
Limited Edition of 2500
Measures Approximately 5.65″ Tall
$49.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED MINI FIGURES BLIND BOXES SERIES 3
In Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, Maxwell unites with Batman, Superman and the rest of the Justice League to restore order to the DC Comics Universe. Each tray contains 18 pieces of 8 different figures (some rarer than others), including Yellow Lantern Sinestro, Ultraman, Reverse Flash, and MORE!
Each Measures Approximately 2.25″ Tall
RESOLICIT $4.95 US • On Sale August 2014 * Allocations May Occur
This item is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED MINI FIGURES BLIND BOXES SERIES 4
In Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, Maxwell unites with Batman, Superman and the rest of the Justice League to restore order to the DC Comics Universe. Each tray contains 18 pieces of 8 different figures (some rarer than others), including Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Beast Boy, and MORE!
Each Measures Approximately 2.25″ Tall
RESOLICIT $4.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur
This item is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.

VERTIGO COVER GIRLS DEATH STATUE (SECOND EDITION)
New production run with a new deco application.
$99.95 US • On Sale October 2014 * Allocations May Occur

SUPERMAN MINI STATUE (SECOND EDITION)
BASED ON THE ART OF JIM LEE
New production run with a new deco application.
$99.95 US • On Sale October 2014
* Allocations May Occur
On Sale October 2014

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2. July’s cover theme will be THE BATMAN!

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DC has announced its latest month of cover variants and the topic is Batman, in honor of his 75th Anniversary. Artists include Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more!

Previous variant theme months included Scribblenauts in January, steampunk in February, Robot Chicken in March, and MAD themed covers in honor of Alfred E. Neuman’s Birthday this month. In May it’s Batman ’66 and Bombshell’s in June.

I never see these covers! Where are they!

The first Batman cover for July released was by Jim Steranko, above

Here’s the list of books with Batman covers that aren’t Batman:

ACTION COMICS #33
AQUAMAN #33
BATGIRL #33
BATMAN #33
BATMAN AND ROBIN #33
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13
BATWOMAN #33
DETECTIVE COMICS #33
EARTH 2 #25
GRAYSON #1
GREEN LANTERN #33
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33
HARLEY QUINN #8
JUSTICE LEAGUE #33
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #33
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #3
SUPERMAN #33
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #10
TEEN TITANS #1
THE FLASH #33
WONDER WOMAN #33

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3. All DC’s weekly comics will end in March 2015 and then…

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…well, we’ll know by then I suppose. On Facebook, DC co-publisher revealed that all three weekly series will have a similar stopping point.

Dan DiDio Batman Eternal started this April and runs to next March after which it takes a brief hiatus, Futures End starts this May and ends the last week of March 2015, and Worlds End starts in October and ends the same week as the others next March, hope that clears things up. Thanks DD


Hm, maybe all this “World’s END” and “Future’s END” stuff is a clue. ( But Batman is ETERNAL.) It’s worth noting that this is right around the time DC relocates to the West Coast, so maybe everything will just end and DC will publish Big Bang Theory Comics. Or maybe a new Crisis is coming. Or everything will be daily webcomics. Or…maybe it is just a scheduling thing. Stay tuned!

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4. Son of Batman: Freak’n Awesome Movie

Son of Batman(Spoilers ahead: So if you wanted to watch the movie first, then I suggest you turn off the computer or mobile device, sit in the corner, and wait like a good boy or girl.)

This year DC Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th birthday. “Nice pecs for an old dude,” you might be saying to yourself. Or is that just me? Anyway, aside from this momentous occasion, there are a few things in the works for our favorite caped crusader coming out this year. In October we’ll be seeing a third and final video game for the Batman Arkham franchise (fourth if you count Batman Arkham Origins, which was not done by Rocksteady Studios), and this month we’ll be seeing the release of the animated film Son of Batman. However, this reporter got to see the early screening here at beautiful Wondercon.

Assembled for the exclusive showing of Son of Batman at the Anaheim Wondercon were DC producer James Tucker, director Ethan Spaulding, character designer Phil Bourassa, dialogue director Andrea Romano, Jason O’Mara (his second time voicing the iconic Batman/Bruce Wayne), Stuart Allan (voice of Damian Wayne), Xander Berkeley (voice of Dr. Kirk Langstrom), Sean Maher (voice of Nightwing), and guest moderated by Rich Sands.

For those who aren’t familiar, Son of Batman is a loose adaption of the 2006 comic story arc written by Grant Morrison, which has come to be known as Batman and Son. In this, we discover that Batman had a drugged up tryst with the curvaceous and deadly Talia al Ghul, which leads to the the Dark Knight never knew he had. Being raised by Talia and his grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul, Damian has been trained all his life in the League of Assassins to later become it’s heir. After an attack on the compound which leaves the league in ruins, and leaves Ra’s beyond the help of a Lazarus pit, Talia sends her son to live with the father he’s never met.

The movie’s animation first made me feel like I was watching an episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra, which would make sense because the director, Ethan Spaulding, worked on its precursor, Avatar: The Last Air Bender. After two minutes in however, when the bodies start hitting the floor, I realized it wasn’t going to be a light hearted cartoon. The movie’s dialogue was comedic at times, but in a good way. It was the action however that kept me going. The fight scenes and violence left nothing to be desired, intense and fully fleshed. And any time you can work in “bat-men” and “bat-guerrillas” into an animated movie, what else do you need?

I think DC Entertainment hit it out of the park with this straight to home animated movie. Batman fan’s who either are or are not familiar with the Grant Morrison comic can appreciate the story and action that went into this feature. Son of Batman will be available for digital download on April 22nd, and available on DVD and Bluray May 6th.

~Nicholas Eskey

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5. Reminder: There was *almost* a JLA movie starring Armie Hammer, D.J. Cotrona and Megan Gale

This photo of the cast of GEorge Miller’s aborted JLA movie shows how close we came to having a very very young JLA movie. Australian tax credit woes and the Writer Strike of ’07-08 scuttled this.

Was it for the best?

Andrew Wheeler has more.

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

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

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

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

The book comes out in October.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How safe is YOUR head?

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


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

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

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by David Carter

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

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

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month right here at The Beat! All of the opinions expressed in this column are my own and do not reflect those of my employers, Heidi McDonald or anyone at The Beat, the Centers for Disease Control, or my neighbors’ dog Miles.

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

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

1 - BATMAN ($4.99)
03/2004: Batman #625   --  83,371
03/2009: Batman BfC #1 --  91,619 [103,913] 
03/2010: Batman #697   --  61,157
03/2011: Batman #708   --  58,594
03/2012: Batman #7     -- 131,091 
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03/2013: Batman #18    -- 137,893 (-  8.5%)
04/2013: Batman #19    -- 132,147 (-  4.2%)
05/2013: Batman #20    -- 129,039 (-  2.4%)
06/2013: Batman #21    -- 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
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6 months: - 13.5%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 10.8%
5 years : + 12.5%
10 years: + 40.2%
Since #1: - 47.6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
03/2004: Detective Comics #791 --  34,899
03/2009: --
03/2010: Detective Comics #862 --  44,687
03/2010: Detective Comics #863 --  43,119
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 --  40,047
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   --  89,981
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03/2013: Detective Comics #18  --  76,237 (- 11.2%)
04/2013: Detective Comics #19  --  77,922 (+  2.2%)
05/2013: Detective Comics #20  --  78,252 (+  0.4%)
06/2013: Detective Comics #21  --  65,200 (- 16.7%)
07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23  --  61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     --  78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   --  89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      --  73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        --  68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  --  55,486 (-  2.0%)
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6 months: -  28.2%
1 year  : -  27.2%
2 years : -  38.3%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: +  59.0%
Since #1: -  64.8%

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

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

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

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

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

31 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
03/2004: Green Lantern #175 --  29,780 [30,730]
03/2009: --
03/2010: Green Lantern #52  --  97,369
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232
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03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Green Lantern #19  --  71,018 (+ 1.7%)
05/2013: Green Lantern #20  --  67,414 (- 5.1%)
06/2013: Green Lantern #21  --  71,870 (+ 6.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (- 5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (- 4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (- 1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (-19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (- 5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (- 5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+ 5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (-11.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.6%
1 year  : - 34.4%
2 years : - 49.2%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: + 49.2%
Since #1: - 72.9%

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

36 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (-36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (-14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (- 7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (- 5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (- 3.4%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 52.7%

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

37 - BATMAN AND. ($2.99)
03/2010: Batman and Robin #10 --  85,292
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 --  59,818
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  --  68,010
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03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 --  69,614 (+25.6%) [76,575]
04/2013: and Red Robin #19    --  89,182 (+16.5%)
05/2013: and Red Hood #20     --  65,222 (-26.9%)
06/2013: and Batgirl #21      --  60,601 (- 7.1%)
07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (- 4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (- 3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (- 2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (- 5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (-25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+ 2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (-12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (- 2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (- 4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (- 0.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 41.5%
1 year  : - 43.5%
2 years : - 37.3%
Since #1: - 62.7%

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

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

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

47 - NIGHTWING ($2.99)
03/2004: Nightwing #91 --  29,330
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489
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03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 (-22.4%) [53,978]
04/2013: Nightwing #19  -- 46,978 (- 2.6%)
05/2013: Nightwing #20  -- 45,038 (- 4.1%)
06/2013: Nightwing #21  -- 43,353 (- 3.7%)
07/2013: Nightwing #22  -- 42,073 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Nightwing #23  -- 40,522 (- 3.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (- 1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (-12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (- 3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (- 0.3%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 31.8%
2 years : - 27.1%
10 years: + 25.5%
Since #1: - 58.0%

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

49 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
03/2013: Earth 2 #10 -- 46,213 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Earth 2 #11 -- 45,468 (- 1.6%)
05/2013: Earth 2 #12 -- 43,983 (- 3.3%)
06/2013: Earth 2 #13 -- 42,916 (- 2.4%)
07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (- 2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (- 2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+ 1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (-26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+ 3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (- 6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (- 2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (- 1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 -- 35,295 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 32.3%
1 year  : - 23.6%
Since #1: - 65.6%

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

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

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

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

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

54 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
03/2004: Action Comics #813 --  66,038
03/2009: Action Comics #875 --  47,079
03/2010: Action Comics #887 --  29,460
03/2011: Action Comics #899 --  31,808
03/2012: Action Comics #7   --  91,822
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03/2013: Action Comics #18  --  61,879 (+  8.2%)
04/2013: Action Comics #19  --  52,007 (- 16.0%)
05/2013: Action Comics #20  --  48,324 (-  7.1%)
06/2013: Action Comics #21  --  46,475 (-  3.8%)
07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23  --  42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  --  69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         --  69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  --  67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     --  51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  --  34,231 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.4%
1 year  : - 42.9%
2 years : - 61.6%
5 years : - 25.0%
10 years: - 46.5%
Since #1: - 83.0%

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

57 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Aquaman #15 -- 24,753
03/2012: Aquaman #6  -- 63,450
------------------------------
03/2013: Aquaman #18 -- 53,337 (- 8.9%)
04/2013: --
05/2013: Aquaman #19 -- 53,415 (+ 0.1%)
05/2013: Aquaman #20 -- 49,697 (- 7.0%)
06/2013: Aquaman #21 -- 46,832 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (- 2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (- 3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (-21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (- 2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (- 5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (- 5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (- 4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 -- 33,907 (- 3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 39.4%
1 year  : - 36.4%
2 years : - 46.6%
10 years: + 37.0%
Since #1: - 68.8%

The spin-off debuts next month.

59 - SUPERMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Superman #203 --  83,096
03/2009: Superman #686 --  44,976
03/2010: Superman #696 --  31,940
03/2011: Superman #709 --  39,846
03/2012: Superman #7   --  66,588
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03/2013: Superman #17  --  49,666 (-  1.9%)
03/2013: Superman #18  --  48,236 (-  2.9%)
04/2013: Superman #19  --  48,598 (+  0.8%)
05/2013: Superman #20  --  45,458 (-  6.5%)
06/2013: Superman #21  --  44,285 (-  2.6%)
07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29  --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 42.2%
1 year  : - 31.3%
2 years : - 49.5%
5 years : - 25.2%
10 years: - 59.5%
Since #1: - 77.6%

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

60 - FLASH ($2.99)
03/2004: Flash #208       --  42,386 [44,679]
03/2010: --
03/2011: --
03/2012: Flash #7         --  64,975
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Flash #18        --  41,659 (-  3.0%)
04/2013: Flash #19        --  42,079 (+  1.0%)
05/2013: Flash #20        --  39,667 (-  5.7%)
06/2013: Flash #21        --  38,848 (-  2.1%)
07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.6%
1 year  : - 20.2%
2 years : - 48.8%
10 years: - 25.6%
Since #1: - 77.5%

The new creative team debuts next month.

61 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
03/2004: Batgirl #50     -- 29,897 [31,876]
03/2010: Batgirl #8      -- 30,886
03/2011: Batgirl #19     -- 24,043
03/2012: Batgirl #7      -- 50,791
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03/2013: Batgirl #18     -- 51,677 (- 21.4%)
04/2013: Batgirl #19     -- 45,939 (- 11.1%)
05/2013: Batgirl #20     -- 42,600 (-  7.3%)
06/2013: Batgirl #21     -- 40,252 (-  5.5%)
07/2013: Batgirl #22     -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23     -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24     -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25     -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26     -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27     -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28     -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #28     -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.%
1 year  : - 35.7%
2 years : - 34.6%
10 years: +  4.2%
Since #1: - 69.0%
65 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Wonder Woman #202 --  28,646
03/2009: Wonder Woman #30  --  33,365
03/2010: Wonder Woman #42  --  25,240
03/2011: Wonder Woman #608 --  32,540
03/2012: Wonder Woman #7   --  51,314
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03/2013: Wonder Woman #18  --  38,406 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Wonder Woman #19  --  46,492 (+ 21.1%)
05/2013: Wonder Woman #20  --  37,132 (- 20.1%)
06/2013: Wonder Woman #21  --  35,999 (-  3.1%)
07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 33.7%
1 year  : - 19.3%
2 years : - 39.6%
5 years : -  7.1%
10 years: +  8.2%
Since #1: - 67.7%

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

66 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 47.8%

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

70 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7   -- 36,089
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03/2013: Justice League Dark #18  -- 25,664 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Justice League Dark #19  -- 25,407 (-  1.0%)
05/2013: Justice League Dark #20  -- 24,693 (-  2.8%)
06/2013: Justice League Dark #21  -- 24,663 (-  0.1%)
07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23  -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper           -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso           -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24  -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25  -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26  -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27  -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28  -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29  -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 36.1%
1 year  : + 13.8%
2 years : - 19.1%
Since #1: - 64.4%

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

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

76 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
03/2009: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 54,162
03/2010: Green Lantern Corps #46 -- 76,720
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692
------------------------------------------
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: Green Lantern Corps #19 -- 43,903 (- 0.7%)
05/2013: Green Lantern Corps #20 -- 43,026 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Green Lantern Corps #21 -- 45,423 (+ 5.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (- 7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (-14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+ 3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+ 2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (-14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (- 4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (- 7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 37.2%
2 years : - 43.0%
5 years : - 48.8%
Since #1: - 70.7%

A Green Lantern crossover is needed, stat!

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

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

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

86 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
03/2004: Teen Titans #9   -- 69,056
03/2009: --
03/2010: Teen Titans #81  -- 25,758
03/2011: Teen Titans #93  -- 24,957
03/2012: Teen Titans #7   -- 51,402
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Teen Titans #18  -- 42,055 (+  7.3%)
04/2013: Teen Titans #19  -- 39,532 (-  6.0%)
05/2013: Teen Titans #20  -- 36,391 (-  8.0%)
06/2013: Teen Titans #21  -- 34,710 (-  4.6%)
07/2013: Teen Titans #22  -- 33,062 (-  4.8%)
08/2013: Teen Titans #23  -- 31,742 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon    -- 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke -- 49,920 (+  1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29  -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 47.5%
1 year  : - 38.2%
2 years : - 49.5%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: - 62.4%
Since #1: - 70.8%

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

87 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 (+ 0.5%)
04/2013: Worlds' Finest #11 -- 27,453 (- 3.6%)
05/2013: Worlds' Finest #12 -- 27,073 (- 1.4%)
06/2013: Worlds' Finest #13 -- 25,815 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (- 3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (- 4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (- 4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (- 4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (- 0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (- 7.0%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : -  9.8%
Since #1: - 63.1%

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

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

88 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
03/2012: New Guardians #7  -- 48,422
---------------------------------------
03/2013: New Guardians #18 -- 42,028 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: New Guardians #19 -- 41,481 (- 1.3%)
05/2013: New Guardians #20 -- 40,569 (- 2.2%)
06/2013: New Guardians #21 -- 42,290 (+ 4.2%)
07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (- 7.0%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 39.8%
2 years : - 47.8%
Since #1: - 73.8%

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

89 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 43,450
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Red Lanterns #19 -- 34,673 (-  1.5%)
05/2013: Red Lanterns #20 -- 33,923 (-  2.2%)
06/2013: Red Lanterns #21 -- 37,312 (+ 10.0%)
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 28.5%
2 years : - 42.1%
Since #1: - 71.8%

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

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

95 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
03/2004: Green Arrow #36  -- 34,707
03/2009: Arrow/Canary #18 -- 22,699
03/2010: Arrow&Canary #31 -- 28,486
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004
-----------------------------------
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 (- 22.1%)
04/2013: Green Arrow #19  -- 29,922 (+  6.6%)
05/2013: Green Arrow #20  -- 27,541 (-  8.0%)
06/2013: Green Arrow #21  -- 26,924 (-  2.2%)
07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 45.2%
1 year  : - 15.6%
2 years : - 18.3%
5 years : +  4.4%
10 years: - 31.7%
Since #1: - 67.2%

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

99 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
03/2009: Supergirl #39 --  33,713
03/2010: Supergirl #51 --  29,845
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041
---------------------------------
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 (-  7.0%)
04/2013: Supergirl #19 --  29,558 (+  5.4%)
05/2013: Supergirl #20 --  27,509 (-  6.9%)
06/2013: Supergirl #21 --  25,856 (-  6.0%)
07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 --  24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 --  23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 --  25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 --  22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 --  21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 --  23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 --  22,883 (-  2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 18.4%
2 years : - 38,2%
5 years : - 32.1%
Since #1: - 69.2%

Red Lantern Supergirl falls right back into standard attrition.

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

Well‚Äîthat’s now over.

—-

104 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
03/2012: Red Hood #7  -- 38,630
-------------------------------
03/2013: Red Hood #18 -- 37,731 (-28.9%) [42,901]
04/2013: Red Hood #19 -- 36,630 (- 2.9%)
05/2013: Red Hood #20 -- 35,542 (- 3.0%)
06/2013: Red Hood #21 -- 32,416 (- 8.8%)
07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (- 5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (- 5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (-17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 ( -2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 ( -6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood #29 -- 22,316 ( -4.0%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 48.0%
2 years : - 41.8%
Since #1: - 68.2%

Creative team changes in the near future.

105 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
03/2004: Catwoman #28 -- 23,955
03/2012: Catwoman #7  -- 41,447
-------------------------------
03/2013: Catwoman #18 -- 33,220 (+10.0%)
04/2013: Catwoman #19 -- 28,058 (-15.5%)
05/2013: Catwoman #20 -- 26,886 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Catwoman #21 -- 25,611 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (- 3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (- 1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (-16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (-10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (- 5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (- 3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 -- 22,236 (- 7.2%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 33.1%
2 years : - 46.4%
10 years: -  7.2%
Since #1: - 70.6%

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

106 - SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7       -- 32,908
-----------------------------------------
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18      -- 25,232 (-  4.3%)
04/2013: Suicide Squad #19      -- 24,300 (-  3.7%)
05/2013: Suicide Squad #20      -- 23,537 (-  3.1%)
06/2013: Suicide Squad #21      -- 22,907 (-  2.7%)
07/2013: Suicide Squad #22      -- 22,447 (-  2.0%)
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23      -- 22,166 (-  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24      -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25      -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26      -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27      -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28      -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29      -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 12.2%
2 years : - 32.7%
Since #1: - 64.1%

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

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

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

109 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
03/2013: Injustice #3    -- 18,608 (+ 9.0%) [24,469]
04/2013: Injustice #4    -- 21,669 (+16.5%) [26,739]
05/2013: Injustice #5    -- 25,215 (+16.4%)
06/2013: Injustice #6    -- 26,011 (+ 3.2%)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8    -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9    -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10   -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11   -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12   -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3 -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 10.0%
1 year  : - 22.0%
Since #1: -  8.1%

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

111 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
03/2004: Hellblazer #194 -- 14,957
03/2009: Hellblazer #253 -- 11,132
03/2010: Hellblazer #265 -- 10,295
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363
----------------------------------
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 (+200.0%)
04/2013: Constantine #2  -- 30,789 (- 18.0%)
05/2013: Constantine #3  -- 29,106 (-  5.5%)
06/2013: Constantine #4  -- 26,417 (-  9.2%)
07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 46.6%
2 years : +114.2%
5 years : + 80.1%
10 years: + 34.1%
Since #1: - 46.6%

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

113 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
03/2012: Batwoman #7  --  49,227
--------------------------------
03/2013: Batwoman #18 --  31,381 (- 2.1%)
04/2013: Batwoman #19 --  31,538 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Batwoman #20 --  29,698 (- 5.8%)
06/2013: Batwoman #21 --  28,173 (- 5.1%)
07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (- 2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 --  26,223 (- 4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 --  25,609 (- 2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 --  25,987 (+ 1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 --  23,311 (-10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 --  22,461 (- 3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 --  20,672 (- 8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 --  19,750 (- 4.5%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 37.1%
2 years : - 59.9%
Since #1: - 77.5%

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

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

The last drop is also the tiniest.

117 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
03/2004: Swamp Thing #1  -- 33,382  [34,654]
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268
----------------------------------
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
04/2013: Swamp Thing #19 -- 29,254 (- 4.8%)
05/2013: Swamp Thing #20 -- 27,338 (- 6.6%)
06/2013: Swamp Thing #21 -- 25,186 (- 7.9%)
07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (- 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 53.4%
1 year  : - 38.7%
2 years : - 53.2%
10 years: - 45.6%
Since #1: - 74.4%

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

118 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 42.9%
Since #1: - 62.7%

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

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

Penultimate issue.

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

Final issue.

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

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

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

Still part of Forever Evil; still not cancelled.

126 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
03/2004: Birds of Prey #65  -- 29,731
03/2009: Birds of Prey #128 -- 21,424
03/2011: Birds of Prey #10  -- 30,641
03/2012: Birds of Prey #7   -- 30,376
-------------------------------------
03/2013: Birds of Prey #18  -- 21,957 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Birds of Prey #19  -- 21,707 (-  1.1%)
05/2013: Birds of Prey #20  -- 21,126 (-  2.7%)
06/2013: Birds of Prey #21  -- 20,767 (-  1.7%)
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23  -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24  -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25  -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26  -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27  -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28  -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
03/2014: Birds of Prey #29  -- 16,795 (-  7.2%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 23.5%
2 years : - 44.7%
5 years : - 21.6%
10 years: - 43.5%
Since #1: - 74.7%

No more “Gothtopia”; still dropping.

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

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

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

Still part of Forever Evil. Still not cancelled.

130 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
03/2011: Superboy #5  --  27,448
03/2012: Superboy #7  --  34,520
--------------------------------
03/2013: Superboy #18 --  24,455 (-  8.6%)
04/2013: Superboy #19 --  24,211 (-  1.0%)
05/2013: Superboy #20 --  22,508 (-  7.0%)
06/2013: Superboy #21 --  20,952 (-  6.9%)
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 --  20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 --  18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 --  21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 --  17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 --  17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 --  16,448 (-  5.4%)
03/2014: Superboy #29 --  15,776 (-  4.1%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 35.5%
2 years : - 54.3%
Since #1: - 77.2%

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

140 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
03/2012: Unlimited #2   -- 23,570
---------------------------------
03/2013: Unlimited #14  -- 16,456 (- 3.3%)
04/2013: Unlimited #15  -- 16,283 (- 1.1%)
05/2013: Unlimited #16  -- 15,822 (- 2.8%)
06/2013: Unlimited #17  -- 15,464 (- 2.3%)
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
08/2013: Universe #1    -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2    -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3    -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4    -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5    -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6    -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7    -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8    -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 23.1%
1 year  : - 14.3%
2 years : - 40.2%
Since #1: - 39.6%

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

141 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
03/2004: --
03/2009: --
03/2010: Astro City DA 4 #2   -- 13,118
03/2011: --
03/2012: --
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06/2013: Astro City #1        -- 27,700
07/2013: Astro City #2        -- 20,193 (-27.1%)
08/2013: Astro City #3        -- 18,802 (- 6.9%)
09/2013: Astro City #4        -- 17,641 (- 6.2%)
10/2013: Astro City #5        -- 16,927 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Astro City #6        -- 16,031 (- 5.3%)
12/2013: Astro City #7        -- 15,360 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Astro City #8        -- 14,831 (- 3.4%)
02/2014: Astro City #9        -- 14,289 (- 3.7%)
03/2014: Astro City #10       -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 49.1%

Settling in around 14K for the time being.

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

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

143 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
03/2004: Fables #23  -- 25,211
03/2009: Fables #82  -- 22,445
03/2010: Fables #93  -- 20,003
03/2011: Fables #103 -- 18,910
03/2012: Fables #115 -- 17,384
------------------------------
03/2013: Fables #127 -- 15,529 (+ 0.3%)
04/2013: Fables #128 -- 15,606 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Fables #129 -- 15,380 (- 1.5%)
06/2013: Fables #130 -- 15,129 (- 1.6%)
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years : - 19.8%
5 years : - 37.9%
10 years: - 44.7%
Since #1: - 36.7%

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

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

149 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
04/2013: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 25,254 (+53.6%)
05/2013: He-Man & MotU #2  -- 19,410 (-23.1%)
06/2013: He-Man & MotU #3  -- 18,227 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.7%
Since #1: - 48.2%

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

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

The end is nigh.

154 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
03/2009: Jonah Hex #41 -- 11,564
03/2010: Jonah Hex #53 -- 11,213
03/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255
03/2012: ASW #7        -- 25,349
--------------------------------
03/2013: ASW #18       -- 16,897 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: ASW #19       -- 16,838 (- 0.4%)
05/2013: ASW #20       -- 16,184 (- 3.9%)
06/2013: ASW #21       -- 15,788 (- 2.5%)
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
03/2014: ASW #29       -- 12,503 (- 2.2%)
-----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 26.0%
2 years : - 50.7%
5 years : +  8.1%
Since #1: - 77.3%

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

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

160 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
03/2012: Fairest #1  -- 31,769
------------------------------
03/2013: Fairest #13 -- 15,693 (- 2.8%)
04/2013: Fairest #14 -- 15,269 (- 2.7%)
05/2013: Fairest #15 -- 14,959 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Fairest #16 -- 14,289 (- 4.5%)
07/2013: Fairest #17 -- 13,915 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Fairest #18 -- 13,511 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: Fairest #19 -- 13,278 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 -- 11,872 (- 3.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 10.6%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 62.6%
Since #1: - 62.6%

A bit of steeper percentage drop than usual.

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

169 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
05/2013: Adventures of Superman #1  -- 30,992
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Adventures of Superman #11 -- 11,102 (+ 0.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 30.7%
Since #1: - 64.2%

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

173 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 ALIEN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
03/2004: Smallville #7       -- 14,673
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03/2013: Smallville S11 #11  -- 16,502 (- 3.1%)
04/2013: Smallville S11 #12  -- 15,930 (- 3.5%)
05/2013: Smallville S11 #13  -- 15,442 (- 3.1%)
06/2013: Smallville S11 #14  -- 15,097 (- 2.2%)
07/2013: Smallville S11 #15  -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Smallville S11 #16  -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17  -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18  -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19  -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1 -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2 -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3 -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4 -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 25.3%
1 year  : - 35.9%
10 years: - 28.0%
Since #1: - 18.8%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

181 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 56.8%

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

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

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

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

185 - BATWING ($2.99)
03/2012: Batwing #7  -- 21,643
------------------------------
03/2013: Batwing #18 -- 12,084 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Batwing #19 -- 13,570 (+12.3%)
05/2013: Batwing #20 -- 13,302 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Batwing #21 -- 12,437 (- 6.5%)
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
03/2014: Batwing #29 --  9,864 (-16.3%)
----------------
6 months: n.a.
1 year  : - 18.4%
2 years : - 54.4%
Since #1: - 81.6%

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

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

The final issue drops below 10K.

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

203 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2013: Dead Boy Detectives #1 -- 21,478
01/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #2 -- 12,276 (-42.8%)
02/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #3 --  9,889 (-19.4%)
03/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #4 --  8,872 (-10.3%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 54.0%

Declines continue.

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

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

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

213 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)

—————–
Since #1: – 64.7%

Declines continue.

221 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
03/2010: The Unwritten #8  -- 15,314
03/2011: The Unwritten #20 -- 12,273
03/2012: The Unwritten #32 -- 10,481
------------------------------------
03/2013: The Unwritten #47 --  8,267 (- 1.0%)
04/2013: The Unwritten #48 --  8,226 (- 0.5%)
05/2013: The Unwritten #49 --  8,234 (+ 0.1%)
06/2013: The Unwritten #50 -- 10,124 (+23.0%)
07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3 --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.2%
1 year  : -  4.6%
2 years : - 24.7%
Since #1: - 34.1%

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

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

225 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo)
07/2013: Collider #1 -- 17,336          [20,361]
08/2013: FBP #2      -- 14,068 (-30.9%)
09/2013: FBP #3      -- 13,977 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 43.8%
Since #1: - 61.4%

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

But.!

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

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

The penultimate issue drops below 8K.

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

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

248 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
03/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #3 --  6,738 (- 5.1%)
----------------
Since #1: - 41.8%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

330 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
03/2004: Scooby-Doo #82                -- 5,377
03/2009: Scooby-Doo #142               -- 3,863
03/2010: Scooby-Doo #154               -- 3,846
03/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7  -- 4,522
03/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #19 -- 4,677
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03/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #31 -- 4,770 (+0.4%)
04/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #32 -- 4,688 (-1.7%)
05/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #33 -- ????? 
06/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #34 -- 4,881 
07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
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6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : -  3.1%
2 years : -  1.2%
5 years : + 19.7%
10 years: - 14.0%
Since #1: - 25.3%

Returnable (and adjusted accordingly).

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

DC COMICS
03/2004: 32,148
03/2009: 21,792
03/2010: 23,299
03/2011: 23,976
03/2012: 29,697
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03/2013: 30,819 (- 11.2%)**
04/2013: 29,914 (-  2.9%)
05/2013: 31,412 (+  5.0%)
06/2013: 34,517 (+  9.9%)
07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
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6 months: - 51.2%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : -  9.8%
5 years : + 22.9%
10 years: - 16.7%

DC UNIVERSE
03/2004: 39,727
03/2009: 31,336
03/2010: 32,375
03/2011: 26,720
03/2012: 33,229
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03/2013: 32,294 (- 12.3%)**
04/2013: 31,426 (-  2.7%)
05/2013: 32,015 (+  1.9%)
06/2013: 37,133 (+ 16.0%)
07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
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6 months: - 47.6%
1 year  : -  0.9%
2 years : -  3.7%
5 years : +  2.1%
10 years: - 19.4%

VERTIGO
03/2004: 16,445
03/2009: 10,177
03/2010: 11,394
03/2011: 10,450
03/2012: 12,688
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03/2013: 11,055 (- 8.0%)
04/2013: 11,467 (+ 3.7%)
05/2013: 20,860 (+81.9%)
06/2013: 17,368 (-16.7%)
07/2013: 16,099 (- 7.3%)
08/2013: 14,130 (-12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+ 5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (-37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+45.1%) 
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6 months: + 28.3%
1 year  : + 73.5%
2 years : + 51.2%
5 years : + 88.5%
10 years: + 16.6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.
If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]“). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.

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

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

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.
Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

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

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

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10. QMx releases DC Bombshells posters by Ant Lucia

DC has been doing themed variant cover months such as the recent Steampunk on, and in June it’s Bombshells based on artist Ant Lucia’s popular figurines which recast DC heroines as WWII pin-ups.

I just report the news, folks. And you know, different strokes.

ANYWAY, collectibles company Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), is releasing posters based on Lucia’s statues and covers. Each poster will be rendered on a museum quality 18”x24” art print and will be priced at $14.95. They are definitely attractive images.
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11. State of the Onion

State of the Onion Julie Hyzy

Last month, the library had an edible books contest. For prizes, I gave away books about food and asked Twitter what were the best food-based cozies out there. A lot of people voted by Hyzy's "White House Chef Mystery" series, so I picked up the first one as a prize. I was intrigued enough by the title that I couldn't resist reading it, too.

Olivia Paras is an assistant White House chef. The Executive Chef is about to retire, and Olivia is one of the final candidates for his job. Her main competition is a TV celebrity chef that Olivia's worked with before-- and does not want to work with again. If she gets the job, Olivia knows she'll be leaving the White House. But the drama and pressure is soon pushed to the side when Olivia is walking back to work and sees a guy fleeing from the Secret Service and clocks him with her frying pan. Suddenly, she's trying to figure out a massive conspiracy that may end up in someone assassinating the President. Before she can solve it, she gets a glimpse of the world's most feared assassin and then she's no longer trying to save the President's life, but her own.

This was a fun one. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at the White House staff and the kitchen-- the differences in preparing a simple lunch for the first family versus a major state dinner and all the planning that happens. I liked the tension between Olivia and the new head of Culture-and-Faith-based Etiquette Affairs (he's such a jerk!!!)

I also liked her secret Secret Service boyfriend and the tension between them as Olivia got herself more involved with the case that he kept trying to push her off of. Overall it was very enjoyable and I didn't guess the ending. The bad guy was on my list of possible bad guys, but there was enough in there that I kept guessing on my choices. It was also often funny-- I especially liked when we finally meet the celebrity chef that Olivia is competing with. I think this is a series I'll continue reading.

Also-- do you have any good cozy recs? Mysteries, especially cozies are HUGE with the adults at my library, and now that I'm the adult librarian, I need to up my reader's advisory game. Leave 'em in the comments if you've got 'em.

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12. Cully Hamner working on something pretty cool for DC

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Or so says this interview with The Square Peg Show from MegaCon. Hamner says he’ll be working on something “pretty big” for DC and writing and drawing it. Which is good news because Cully Hamner is quality. Among his past work: design work for DC for years, RED, with Warren Ellis, and its spin-offs, The Question, The Shade, Animal Man, Action Comics, etc etc etc.

Who would you like to see Cully work on? Atomic Knights? Prez? Krypto and Squeaky? Sounds off in the comments.

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13. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: February 2014—Forever Evil Slows The Pack

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By David Carter

It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

Once again DC takes the top two slots on the Diamond sales charts. But February is a down month overall for the Diamond NA comics market, and DC follows suit. Forever Evil returns with a new issue in February, but both Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained are still MIA. When retailers tie up their order volume with large orders for comics that don’t ship, that means fewer potential sales across the board.

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.

(Mea Culpa Department: In reviewing last month’s column while preparing this month’s, I discovered several places where the historical comparisons were off due mainly to transcription errors. Most of these were minor, and I’ll chalk it up to it being my first-month. For a couple of titles the errors were a bit more severe, and I’ve noted those places below.)

1 - BATMAN ($3.99)
02/2004: Batman #624 --  84,081
02/2009: Batman #686 -- 111,353 [128,780] 
02/2010: Batman #696 --  61,290
02/2011: Batman #707 --  58,803
02/2012: Batman #6   -- 128,459 [135,435]
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02/2013: Batman #17  -- 150,684 (+  3.3%)
03/2013: Batman #18  -- 137,893 (-  8.5%)
04/2013: Batman #19  -- 132,147 (-  4.2%)
05/2013: Batman #20  -- 129,039 (-  2.4%)
06/2013: Batman #21  -- 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22  -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23  -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr  -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24  -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25  -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26  -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27  -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28  -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
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6 months: -  9.6%
1 year  : - 23.0%
2 years : - 14.4%
5 years : -  9.9%
10 years: + 37.9%
Since #1: - 48.1%

DC’s flagship title—outselling even their major crossover series—shows a slight dip. This issue took an (unsolicited) break from the “Zero Year” storyline to flash forward into a preview for the upcoming Batman Eternal comic.

An additional 1802 copies came from the combo edition, the only one of DC’s combo editions to show up in the top 400. Kind of makes one wonder why they bother with the combo editions at all…

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

Forever Evil returns after missing a month, and it’s still dropping. With two issue left to go, it seems unlikely that the first major crossover of the New 52 era will finish above 90K. (Marvel’s most recent crossover, Infinity, finished with all six issues above 100K.) Also, as is frequently the case when major crossovers start to run late, the already projected delay in the final issue will ripple through the line, causing delays in other titles such as Justice League and Nightwing.

—–

5 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
02/2004: JLA #93             --  57,461
02/2009: JL of America #30   --  69,710
02/2010: JL of America #42   --  57,522
02/2011: JL of America #54   --  46,269
02/2012: Justice League #6   -- 140,819
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02/2013: Justice League #17  -- 105,304 (- 10.6%)
03/2013: Justice League #18  -- 102,494 (-  2.7%)
04/2013: Justice League #19  -- 100,943 (-  1.5%)
05/2013: Justice League #20  --  97,676 (-  3.2%)
06/2013: Justice League #21  --  94,054 (-  3.7%)
07/2013: Justice League #22  -- 110,194 (+ 17.2%) [124,026]
08/2013: Justice League #23  -- 103,936 (-  6.4%)
09/2013: #23.1: Darkseid     -- 111,142 (+  6.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Lobo         --  79,244 (- 28.7%)
09/2013: #23.3: Dial E       --  64,119 (- 14.4%) [67,855]
09/2013: #23.4: Secret Socty --  78,014 (+ 23.1%) [83,500]
10/2013: Justice League #24  --  98,491 (+ 18.0%)
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%)
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6 months: - 22.2%
1 year  : - 23.2%
2 years : - 42.5%
5 years : + 16.1%
10 years: + 40.8%
Since #1: - 70.2%

Forever Evil continues to push down sales on Justice League, as perhaps readers want more of the actual Justice League in a comic titled Justice League. On the other hand, 80K is a fantastic number for what is essentially the first issue of a New 52 Metal Men comic.

This title will not ship in March due to Forever Evil lateness…

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

—–

11 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [121,172]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 14.5%) [103,591]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 29.9%) [ 73,358]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 12.8%)
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Since #0: - 45.2%

Initial orders are starting to level around above 60K, and there are reorders this month for issues #1 & #2, which means that, at least in some stores, there is greater reader demand than anticipated by retailers. That’s the kind of good news that DC needs for more of their titles.

—–

13 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
02/2004: Superman/Batman #6  --  99,930 [109,952]
02/2009: Superman/Batman #55 --  43,962
02/2010: Superman/Batman #69 --  33,224
02/2011: Superman/Batman #81 --  29,567
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06/2013: Batman/Superman #1  -- 143,457          [151,054]
07/2013: Batman/Superman #2  --  92,558 (-33.1%) [101,104]
08/2013: Batman/Superman #3  --  87,337 (-13.6%)
09/2013: #3.1: Doomsday      --  92,290 (+10.4%) [96,453]
10/2013: Batman/Superman #4  --  82,990 (-14.0%)
11/2013: Batman/Superman #5  --  77,198 (- 7.0%)
12/2013: Batman/Superman #6  --  68,857 (-10.8%)
01/2014: Batman/Superman #7  --  61,074 (-11.3%)
02/2014: Batman/Superman #8  --  59,138 (- 3.2%)
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6 months: - 32.3%
5 years : + 34.5%
10 years: - 46.2%
Since #1: - 60.8%

The start of the crossover with Worlds’ Finest—and the return of artist Jae Lee—sees the smallest drop yet, so the crossover may be having a slight positive effect.

—–

14 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
02/2004: Detective Comics #791 --  34,995
02/2009: --
02/2010: --
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 --  39,106
02/2012: Detective Comics #6   --  94,415
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02/2013: Detective Comics #17  --  85,824 (-  7.0%)
03/2013: Detective Comics #18  --  76,237 (- 11.2%)
04/2013: Detective Comics #19  --  77,922 (+  2.2%)
05/2013: Detective Comics #20  --  78,252 (+  0.4%)
06/2013: Detective Comics #21  --  65,200 (- 16.7%)
07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23  --  61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     --  78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   --  89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      --  73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        --  68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
-----------------
6 months: -   7.9%
1 year  : -  34.0%
2 years : -  40.0%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: +  61.8%
Since #1: -  64.1%

After last month’s big anniversary issue, sales slide right back to where they were the issue before. A new creative team is set to come on in issue #30.

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15 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ($3.99)
02/2004: JLA #93             --  57,461
02/2009: JL of America #30   --  69,710
02/2010: JL of America #42   --  57,522
02/2011: JL of America #54   --  46,269
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02/2013: JL of America #1    -- 307,734          [326,959]
03/2013: JL of America #2    --  91,734 (-71.9%)
04/2013: --
05/2013: JL of America #3    --  83,283 (- 9.2%)
05/2013: JL of America #4    --  77,856 (- 6.5%)
06/2013: JL of America #5    --  71,793 (- 7.8%)
07/2013: JL of America #6    --  86,192 (+32.2%) [94,923]
08/2013: JL of America #7    --  93,777 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: #7.1: Deadshot      --  66,815 (-28.8%)
09/2013: #7.2: Killer Frost  --  62,706 (- 6.2%)
09/2013: #7.3: Shadow Thief  --  60,397 (- 3.7%)
09/2013: #7.4: Black Adam    --  74,875 (+24.0%)
10/2013: JL of America #8    --  77,305 (+ 3.2%)
11/2013: JL of America #9    --  71,008 (- 8.1%)
12/2013: JL of America #10   --  65,678 (- 7.5%)
01/2014: JL of America #11   --  65,365 (- 0.5%)
02/2014: JL of America #12   --  56,259 (-13.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 40.0%
1 year  : - 82.8%
5 years : - 19.3%
10 years: -  2.1%
Since #1: - 82.8%

Ouch. That’s a sizable drop as the Forever Evil crossover continues to take its toll. But looked at a different way, that’s a decent number for The Adventures of Stargirl and Martian Manhunter.

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22 - BATMAN: JOKER'S DAUGHTER ($4.99)
09/2013: Batman tDK #23.4: JkrsDgtr --  64,952           [86,016]
02/2014: Batman Joker's Daughter #1 --  51,066 (- 40.6%)

DC is putting out a few one-shots starring their supporting female characters, which seems like a good way to test the waters. Not surprisingly, the best selling is the one starring the popular new Joker’s Daughter character. Because Batman.

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25 - GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
02/2004: Green Lantern #174 --  29,403
02/2009: Green Lantern #38  --  68,908 [77,372]
02/2010: Green Lantern #51  --  95,509
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517
02/2012: Green Lantern #6   --  94,087
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02/2013: Green Lantern #17  --  71,060 (- 2.5%)
03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Green Lantern #19  --  71,018 (+ 1.7%)
05/2013: Green Lantern #20  --  67,414 (- 5.1%)
06/2013: Green Lantern #21  --  71,870 (+ 6.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (- 5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (- 4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (- 1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (-19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (- 5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (- 5.0%)
01/2013: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (- 5.0%)
02/2013: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+ 0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.9%
1 year  : - 30.8%
2 years : - 47.7%
5 years : - 36.4%
10 years: + 67.3%
Since #1: - 70.9%
25 - GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
02/2012: Red Lanterns #6  -- 43,450
-----------------------------------
02/2013: Red Lanterns #17 -- 35,839 (-  6.2%)
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Red Lanterns #19 -- 34,673 (-  1.5%)
05/2013: Red Lanterns #20 -- 33,923 (-  2.2%)
06/2013: Red Lanterns #21 -- 37,312 (+ 10.0%)
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2013: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2013: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+101.0%)
----------------
6 months: + 66.1%
1 year  : + 37.3%
2 years : + 13.2%
Since #1: - 44.8%

Viewed as an issue of Green Lantern, this merged/double issues shows a very slight increase (which is better than the typical -5% decrease for the past few months). As an issue of Red Lanterns, it’s a very impressive doubling of the usual sales. What this probably means is that most people who are regular readers of Red Lanterns are already regular readers of the main Green Lantern comic. The proof in the pudding will come in March & April, as we see how many readers stick around on Red Lanterns.

(Note: this will only count once in the summary statistics at the end of the column.)

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31 - 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%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (- 5.3%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 52.7%

The declines are decelerating. Should be selling more IMHO, given the nice job that Soule is doing mixing action with a bit of romance, and blending the sensibilities of the current Wonder Woman comic with the rest of the DCU. But there are a lot of Superman titles being published right now, and Wonder Woman has never really been able to support more that one title. Still, Wonder Woman fans who are unhappy with the take on the character in the New 52 may want to give this title another look.

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32 - BATMAN AND… ($2.99)
02/2010: Batman and Robin #8  --  87,302
02/2011: Batman and Robin #20 --  60,642
02/2012: Batman and Robin #6  --  68,010
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02/2013: Batman and Robin #17 --  60,988 (-25.2%)
03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 --  69,614 (+25.6%) [76,575]
04/2013: and Red Robin #19    --  89,182 (+16.5%)
05/2013: and Red Hood #20     --  65,222 (-26.9%)
06/2013: and Batgirl #21      --  60,601 (- 7.1%)
07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (- 4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (- 3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (- 2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (- 5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (-25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+ 2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (-12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (- 2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (- 4.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 22.1%
1 year  : - 28.9%
2 years : - 36.2%
Since #1: - 62.6%

The final Two-Face issue shows more slippage. It’s fairly safe to say that Two-Face has not been the most popular of Batman’s co-stars on this book.

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

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

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44 - NIGHTWING ($2.99)
02/2004: Nightwing #90 --  28,688
02/2009: Nightwing #153 -- 37,651
02/2012: Nightwing #6   -- 53,036
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02/2013: Nightwing #17  -- 62,107 (-10.8%)
03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 (-22.4%) [53,978]
04/2013: Nightwing #19  -- 46,978 (- 2.6%)
05/2013: Nightwing #20  -- 45,038 (- 4.1%)
06/2013: Nightwing #21  -- 43,353 (- 3.7%)
07/2013: Nightwing #22  -- 42,073 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Nightwing #23  -- 40,522 (- 3.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (- 1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (-12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (- 3.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.8%
1 year  : - 40.5%
2 years : - 30.3%
5 years : -  1.9%
10 years: + 28.8%
Since #1: - 57.8%

Continues its drift down to it final issue, #30—which is delayed until May due to Forever Evil lateness.

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47 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
02/2013: Earth 2 #9  -- 48,208 (- 5.2%)
03/2013: Earth 2 #10 -- 46,213 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Earth 2 #11 -- 45,468 (- 1.6%)
05/2013: Earth 2 #12 -- 43,983 (- 3.3%)
06/2013: Earth 2 #13 -- 42,916 (- 2.4%)
07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (- 2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (- 2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+ 1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (-26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+ 3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (- 6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (- 2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (- 1.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.5%
1 year  : - 25.9%
Since #1: - 65.1%

A tiny drop; looks to be stabilizing around 35K.

(Meanwhile, last month’s Earth 2 Annual sees an additional 1,624 in reorder activity.)

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48 - FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR ($2.99)
10/2013: Arkham War #1 of 6 -- 52,004
11/2013: Arkham War #2 of 6 -- 44,133 (-15.1%)
12/2013: Arkham War #3 of 6 -- 39,919 (- 9.5%)
01/2014: Arkham War #4 of 6 -- 37,973 (- 4.9%)
02/2014: Arkham War #5 of 6 -- 35,564 (- 6.3%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 31.6%

Another drop for the Batman-related crossover tie-in mini-series.

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49 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ($2.99)
02/2011: --
02/2012: Dark Knight #6  --  77,140 [80,464]
-----------------------------------
02/2013: Dark Knight #17 --  55,990 (-  3.9%)
03/2013: Dark Knight #18 --  54,269 (-  3.1%)
04/2013: Dark Knight #19 --  52,644 (-  3.0%)
05/2013: Dark Knight #20 --  50,423 (-  4.2%)
06/2013: Dark Knight #21 --  48,612 (-  3.6%)
07/2013: Dark Knight #22 --  47,096 (-  3.1%)
08/2013: Dark Knight #23 --  45,584 (-  3.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Vtrlqust --  57,363 (+ 25.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: MrFreeze --  57,349 (-  0.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Clayface --  55,084 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.4: JkrsDgtr --  64,952 (+ 56.2%) [86,016]
10/2013: Dark Knight #24 --  43,382 (- 49.6%)
11/2013: Dark Knight #25 --  41,634 (-  4.0%)
12/2013: Dark Knight #26 --  39,980 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Dark Knight #27 --  37,898 (-  5.2%)
02/2014: Dark Knight #28 --  35,455 (-  6.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.2%
1 year  : - 36.7%
2 years : - 55.9%
Since #1: - 72.4%

The penultimate issue continues to slide.

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51 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
02/2004: Action Comics #812 --  51,466 [70,458]
02/2009: Action Comics #874 --  48,360
02/2010: Action Comics #886 --  29,845
02/2011: Action Comics #898 --  31,935
02/2012: Action Comics #6   --  96,592
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02/2013: Action Comics #17  --  57,189 (-  2.5%)
03/2013: Action Comics #18  --  61,879 (+  8.2%)
04/2013: Action Comics #19  --  52,007 (- 16.0%)
05/2013: Action Comics #20  --  48,324 (-  7.1%)
06/2013: Action Comics #21  --  46,475 (-  3.8%)
07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23  --  42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  --  69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         --  69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  --  67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     --  51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.1%
1 year  : - 38.3%
2 years : - 63.4%
5 years : - 27.0%
10 years: - 49.9%
Since #1: - 82.4%

The drops are starting to slow. The creative team has finally stabilized, and IMHO are doing good solid Superman work. But I fear it is being lost under the weight of more Superman titles than the market can reasonably be expected to support.

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46 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
02/2004: Aquaman #15 -- 24,753
02/2012: Aquaman #6  -- 63,450
------------------------------
02/2013: Aquaman #17 -- 58,578 (- 5.8%)
03/2013: Aquaman #18 -- 53,337 (- 8.9%)
04/2013: --
05/2013: Aquaman #19 -- 53,415 (+ 0.1%)
05/2013: Aquaman #20 -- 49,697 (- 7.0%)
06/2013: Aquaman #21 -- 46,832 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (- 2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (- 3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (-21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (- 2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (- 5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (- 5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (- 4.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.8%
1 year  : - 40.4%
2 years : - 44.9%
10 years: + 41.2%
Since #1: - 67.8%

Continues to drop at an unhealthy rate. Yet a spin-off series starts in April. These are the things that make DC Kremlinology such a challenge.

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53 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
02/2004: Batgirl #49     -- 25,258
02/2010: Batgirl #7      -- 29,524
02/2011: Batgirl #18     -- 24,390
02/2012: Batgirl #6      -- 53,151
----------------------------------
02/2013: Batgirl #17     -- 65,751 (-  9.6%)
03/2013: Batgirl #18     -- 51,677 (- 21.4%)
04/2013: Batgirl #19     -- 45,939 (- 11.1%)
05/2013: Batgirl #20     -- 42,600 (-  7.3%)
06/2013: Batgirl #21     -- 40,252 (-  5.5%)
07/2013: Batgirl #22     -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23     -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24     -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25     -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26     -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27     -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28     -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.3%
1 year  : - 47.4%
2 years : - 35.0%
10 years: + 36.9%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Drops back to where it was prior to the “Gothtopia” crossover.

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54 - SUPERMAN ($2.99)
02/2004: Superman #202 --  50,449 [66,640]
02/2009: Superman #685 --  55,435
02/2010: Superman #695 --  32,482
02/2011: Superman #708 --  46,261
02/2012: Superman #6   --  69,633
---------------------------------
02/2013: --
03/2013: Superman #17  --  49,666 (-  1.9%)
03/2013: Superman #18  --  48,236 (-  2.9%)
04/2013: Superman #19  --  48,598 (+  0.8%)
05/2013: Superman #20  --  45,458 (-  6.5%)
06/2013: Superman #21  --  44,285 (-  2.6%)
07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.6%
1 year  : n.a.
2 years : - 50.7%
5 years : - 38.1%
10 years: - 48.5%
Since #1: - 77.2%

Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. arrive in June to save the day.

(Apologies department: Last month’s historical comparison figures for Superman were all out-of-whack; I was apparently looking at the wrong column in my spreadsheet.)

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55 - FLASH ($2.99)
02/2004: Flash #207       --  41,982 [46,626]
02/2010: Flash Rebirth #6 --  70,824
02/2011: Flash #9         --  55,980
02/2012: Flash #6         --  68,061
-----------------------------------
02/2013: Flash #17        --  42,936 (-  2.6%)
03/2013: Flash #18        --  41,659 (-  3.0%)
04/2013: Flash #19        --  42,079 (+  1.0%)
05/2013: Flash #20        --  39,667 (-  5.7%)
06/2013: Flash #21        --  38,848 (-  2.1%)
07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.9%
1 year  : - 21.2%
2 years : - 50.3%
10 years: - 27.4%
Since #1: - 77.1%

Continuing to mark time until the new creative team comes aboard in issue #30.

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57 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 42.3%

Continuing to drop. Things are not looking good for this to last beyond eight to twelve issues.

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61 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
02/2004: Wonder Woman #201 --  29,210
02/2009: Wonder Woman #29  --  33,237
02/2010: Wonder Woman #41  --  25,354
02/2011: Wonder Woman #607 --  33,053
02/2012: Wonder Woman #6   --  54,190
-------------------------------------
02/2013: Wonder Woman #17  --  39,110 (-  2.5%)
03/2013: Wonder Woman #18  --  38,406 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Wonder Woman #19  --  46,492 (+ 21.1%)
05/2013: Wonder Woman #20  --  37,132 (- 20.1%)
06/2013: Wonder Woman #21  --  35,999 (-  3.1%)
07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  9.4%
1 year  : - 19.5%
2 years : - 41.9%
5 years : -  5.3%
10 years: +  7.7%
Since #1: - 67.2%

Meredith and David Finch have been announced as taking over later in the year after Azzarello & company wrap up their run.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Dynamite Entertainment’s reboot of the classic Gold Key character Turok: Dinosaur Hunter …)

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66 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
02/2012: Justice League Dark #6   -- 38,360
-------------------------------------------
02/2013: Justice League Dark #17  -- 25,841 (-  3.9%)
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18  -- 25,664 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Justice League Dark #19  -- 25,407 (-  1.0%)
05/2013: Justice League Dark #20  -- 24,693 (-  2.8%)
06/2013: Justice League Dark #21  -- 24,663 (-  0.1%)
07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23  -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper           -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso           -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24  -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25  -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26  -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27  -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28  -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 59.7%
1 year  : + 18.1%
2 years : - 20.4%
Since #1: - 62.8%

Sill up about 5K units from its pre-crossover level.

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

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69 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
02/2009: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 44,607 [50,171]
02/2010: Green Lantern Corps #43 -- 80,391
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 57,448
02/2012: Green Lantern Corps #6  -- 65,393
------------------------------------------
02/2013: Green Lantern Corps #17 -- 44,497 (- 2.0%)
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: Green Lantern Corps #19 -- 43,903 (- 0.8%)
05/2013: Green Lantern Corps #20 -- 43,026 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Green Lantern Corps #21 -- 45,423 (+ 5.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (- 7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (-14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+ 3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+ 2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (-14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (- 4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (- 7.3%)
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6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 34.5%
2 years : - 55.4%
5 years : - 41.9%
Since #1: - 69.3%

Another drop as the title slips below 30K. Set to crossover (again) with the main Green Lantern title starting in April.

(Apology Department, Part 2: This is another title where last month I was apparently looking at the wrong column in the spreadsheet…)

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71 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
02/2012: New Guardians #6  -- 50,319
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02/2013: New Guardians #17 -- 42,285 (- 3.4%)
03/2013: New Guardians #18 -- 42,028 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: New Guardians #19 -- 41,481 (- 1.3%)
05/2013: New Guardians #20 -- 40,569 (- 2.2%)
06/2013: New Guardians #21 -- 42,290 (+ 4.2%)
07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
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6 months: - 21.1%
1 year  : - 35.6%
2 years : - 45.9%
Since #1: - 71.8%

And yet DC is launching another title in the Green Lantern family (Sinestro) in April. Seems like this would be a good time to consolidate the GL titles, rather than expand.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic…)

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74 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
05/2013: The Wake #1 of 10  -- 44,867          [50,188]
06/2013: The Wake #2 of 10  -- 32,562 (-35.1%)
07/2013: The Wake #3 of 10  -- 30,622 (- 6.0%)
08/2013: -- 
09/2013: The Wake #4 of 10  -- 31,674 (+ 3.4%)
10/2013: -- 
11/2013: The Wake #5 of 10  -- 30,463 (- 3.8%)
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: The Wake #6 of 10  -- 26,843 (-11.9%)
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6 months: n.a.
Since #1: - 46.5%

Vertigo’s best-selling title this month. It looked to be stabilizing around 30K before its two-month break, but the hiatus apparently gave retailers a chance to reassess customers’ interest, and the result was probably not was DC was hoping for.

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75 - BATMAN BLACK & WHITE ($4.99)
09/2013: Batman B&W #1 of 6 -- 65,018
10/2013: Batman B&W #2 of 6 -- 37,523 (-42.3%)
11/2013: Batman B&W #3 of 6 -- 33,370 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Batman B&W #4 of 6 -- 30,577 (- 8.4%)
01/2014: Batman B&W #5 of 6 -- 28,623 (- 6.4%)
02/2014: Batman B&W #6 of 6 -- 26,744 (- 6.6%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 58.9%

Concludes with decent numbers for this sort of thing.

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76 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
02/2004: Teen Titans #8   -- 68,190
02/2009: Teen Titans #68  -- 35,096
02/2010: Teen Titans #80  -- 26,537
02/2011: Teen Titans #92  -- 26,170
02/2012: Teen Titans #6   -- 53,123
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02/2013: Teen Titans #17  -- 39,186 (- 38.5%)
03/2013: Teen Titans #18  -- 42,055 (+  7.3%)
04/2013: Teen Titans #19  -- 39,532 (-  6.0%)
05/2013: Teen Titans #20  -- 36,391 (-  8.0%)
06/2013: Teen Titans #21  -- 34,710 (-  4.6%)
07/2013: Teen Titans #22  -- 33,062 (-  4.8%)
08/2013: Teen Titans #23  -- 31,742 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon    -- 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke -- 49,920 (+  1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.8%
1 year  : - 31.8%
2 years : - 49.7%
5 years : - 23.8%
10 years: - 60.8%
Since #1: - 70.0%

The last remaining title in DC’s New 52 “Young Justice” line comes to an end with issue #30.

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77 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
02/2004: Green Arrow #35  -- 35,507
02/2009: Arrow/Canary #17 -- 23,392
02/2010: Arrow&Canary #29 -- 16,600
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922
02/2012: Green Arrow #6   -- 30,097
-----------------------------------
02/2013: Green Arrow #17  -- 36,043 (+ 81.2%)
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 (- 22.1%)
04/2013: Green Arrow #19  -- 29,922 (+  6.6%)
05/2013: Green Arrow #20  -- 27,541 (-  8.0%)
06/2013: Green Arrow #21  -- 26,924 (-  2.2%)
07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
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6 months: +  5.0%
1 year  : - 25.9%
2 years : - 11.2%
5 years : + 14.2%
10 years: - 24.7%
Since #1: - 63.1%

One of the few titles to show growth this month. In the middle of a storyline, no less. Perhaps good word of mouth is starting to catch up with this title? (Yes there were two covers, but that was also true for plenty of other titles this month that didn’t show growth.)

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85 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
02/2013: Worlds' Finest #9  -- 28,332 (- 6.8%)
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 (+ 0.5%)
04/2013: Worlds' Finest #11 -- 27,453 (- 3.6%)
05/2013: Worlds' Finest #12 -- 27,073 (- 1.4%)
06/2013: Worlds' Finest #13 -- 25,815 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (- 3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (- 4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (- 4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (- 4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (- 0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+21.8%)
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6 months: +  5.9%
1 year  : -  9.7%
Since #1: - 63.2%

Another title showing growth, but this time it’s due to a crossover with the much better selling Batman/Superman. Still, any port in a storm…

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87 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
02/2004: Catwoman #27 -- 23,955
02/2012: Catwoman #6  -- 41,447
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02/2013: Catwoman #17 -- 30,194 (-11.0%)
03/2013: Catwoman #18 -- 33,220 (+10.0%)
04/2013: Catwoman #19 -- 28,058 (-15.5%)
05/2013: Catwoman #20 -- 26,886 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Catwoman #21 -- 25,611 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (- 3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (- 1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (-16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (-10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (- 5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (- 3.9%)
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6 months: - 37.4%
1 year  : - 20.6%
2 years : - 42.2%
10 years: +  0.1%
Since #1: - 68.3%

Still part of “Gothtopia,” which is still not affecting sales one lick.

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88 - FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES' REBELLION ($2.99)
10/2013: Rogues' Rebellion #1 of 6 -- 36,545
11/2013: Rogues' Rebellion #2 of 6 -- 30,317 (-17.0%)
12/2013: Rogues' Rebellion #3 of 6 -- 27,363 (- 9.7%)
01/2014: Rogues' Rebellion #4 of 6 -- 25,657 (- 6.2%)
02/2014: Rogues' Rebellion #5 of 6 -- 23,725 (- 7.5%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 35.1%

Sales continue to trend downward.

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90 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
02/2009: Supergirl #38 --  34,525
02/2010: Supergirl #50 --  33,338
02/2011: Supergirl #61 --  22,048
02/2012: Supergirl #6  --  38,719
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02/2013: Supergirl #17 --  30,146 (-  0.7%)
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 (-  7.0%)
04/2013: Supergirl #19 --  29,558 (+  5.4%)
05/2013: Supergirl #20 --  27,509 (-  6.9%)
06/2013: Supergirl #21 --  25,856 (-  6.0%)
07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 --  24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 --  23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 --  25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 --  22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 --  21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 --  23,567 (+  7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.8%
1 year  : - 21.8%
2 years : - 39.1%
5 years : - 31.7%
Since #1: - 68.2%

Supergirl becomes a Red Lantern, and sales show a bit of an uptick, but not even up to the level of six months ago.

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91 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
02/2012: Red Hood #6  -- 39,898
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02/2013: Red Hood #17 -- 53,076 (-11.0%)
03/2013: Red Hood #18 -- 37,731 (-28.9%) [42,901]
04/2013: Red Hood #19 -- 36,630 (- 2.9%)
05/2013: Red Hood #20 -- 35,542 (- 3.0%)
06/2013: Red Hood #21 -- 32,416 (- 8.8%)
07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (- 5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (- 5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (-17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 ( -2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 ( -6.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.4%
1 year  : - 56.2%
2 years : - 41.8%
Since #1: - 66.9%

Continuing down. DC have some tricks up their sleeve for future issues to try to boost sales, including creative changes and covers with Starfire in provocative poses.

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95 - SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
02/2012: Suicide Squad #6       -- 30,834
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02/2013: Suicide Squad #17      -- 26,370 (-  2.6%)
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18      -- 25,232 (-  4.3%)
04/2013: Suicide Squad #19      -- 24,300 (-  3.7%)
05/2013: Suicide Squad #20      -- 23,537 (-  3.1%)
06/2013: Suicide Squad #21      -- 22,907 (-  2.7%)
07/2013: Suicide Squad #22      -- 22,447 (-  2.0%)
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23      -- 22,166 (-  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24      -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25      -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26      -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27      -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28      -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  3.2%
1 year  : - 13.2%
2 years : - 25.8%
Since #1: - 63.0%

Just barely ahead of its pre-Forever Evil numbers. Cancelled with issue #30.

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93 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
02/2013: Injustice #2    -- 17,068 (-17.7%) [29,096]
03/2013: Injustice #3    -- 18,608 (+ 9.0%) [24,469]
04/2013: Injustice #4    -- 21,669 (+16.5%) [26,739]
05/2013: Injustice #5    -- 25,215 (+16.4%)
06/2013: Injustice #6    -- 26,011 (+ 3.2%)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8    -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9    -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10   -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11   -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12   -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
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6 months: - 10.0%
1 year  : - 22.0%
Since #1: -  8.1%

A digital-first comic, so the usual economics don’t apply. But it may be worth noting that this is the only one of DC’s digital first comics that regularly shows up on Amazon’s Comics & Graphic Novels chart in the top 50.

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96 - SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE ($4.99)
02/2014: Superman Lois Lane #1 --  21,550

Another one-shot featuring DC’s female supporting characters. If this was intended as a try-out for a regular Lois Lane title, it doesn’t bode well.

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100 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
02/2012: Batwoman #6  --  49,227
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02/2013: Batwoman #17 --  32,041 (- 6.1%)
03/2013: Batwoman #18 --  31,381 (- 2.1%)
04/2013: Batwoman #19 --  31,538 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Batwoman #20 --  29,698 (- 5.8%)
06/2013: Batwoman #21 --  28,173 (- 5.1%)
07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (- 2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 --  26,223 (- 4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 --  25,609 (- 2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 --  25,987 (+ 1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 --  23,311 (-10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 --  22,461 (- 3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 --  20,672 (- 8.0%)
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6 months: - 21.1%
1 year  : - 35.5%
2 years : - 58.0%
Since #1: - 76.5%

Still dropping. Meanwhile, during the twenty-four hour period in which same-sex marriage wasn’t explicitly illegal in my home state of Michigan, approximately 300 same-sex couples were married.

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101 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
02/2004: Hellblazer #193 -- 15,000
02/2009: Hellblazer #252 -- 11,174
02/2010: Hellblazer #264 -- 10,025
02/2011: Hellblazer #276 --  9,466
02/2012: Hellblazer #288 --  9,533
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02/2013: Hellblazer #300 -- 12,522 (+ 34.2%)
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 (+200.0%)
04/2013: Constantine #2  -- 30,789 (- 18.0%)
05/2013: Constantine #3  -- 29,106 (-  5.5%)
06/2013: Constantine #4  -- 26,417 (-  9.2%)
07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.0%
1 year  : + 62.8%
2 years : +113.8%
5 years : + 82.4%
10 years: + 35.9%
Since #1: - 45.7%

Still skirting the 20K line.

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105 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 46.7%
Since #1: - 60.7%

Still dropping an unhealthy percentage of readers each month. A spin-off mini-series, co-written by Kevin Smith and co-starring the Green Hornet, was recently announced.

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107 - FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. ($2.99)
10/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #1 of 6 -- 32,146
11/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #2 of 6 -- 25,071 (-22.0%)
12/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #3 of 6 -- 22,758 (- 9.2%)
01/2014: A.R.G.U.S. #4 of 6 -- 20,294 (-10.8%)
02/2014: A.R.G.U.S. #5 of 6 -- 19,157 (- 5.6%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 40.4%

The good news is that after next month it won’t be able to drop any further…

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108 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
02/2012: Swamp Thing #6  -- 41,235
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02/2013: Swamp Thing #17 -- 31,497 (- 2.4%)
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
04/2013: Swamp Thing #19 -- 29,254 (- 4.8%)
05/2013: Swamp Thing #20 -- 27,338 (- 6.6%)
06/2013: Swamp Thing #21 -- 25,186 (- 7.9%)
07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
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6 months: - 15.6%
1 year  : - 39.2%
2 years : - 53.6%
Since #1: - 74.0%

While the drops aren’t huge, they’re still drops. Swamp Thing may have a bit more rope than other titles, but soon these numbers will be testing DC’s patience if they don’t turn around.

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109 - TRILLIUM (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2013: Trillium #1 of 8  -- 30,712 
09/2013: Trillium #2 of 8  -- 24,482 (-20.3%)
10/2013: Trillium #3 of 8  -- 23,037 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: Trillium #4 of 8  -- 20,915 (- 9.2%)
12/2013: Trillium #5 of 8  -- 20,035 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: Trillium #6 of 8  -- 18,819 (- 6.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 38.7%
Since #1: - 38.7%

Heading towards the finish line below 20K.

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110 - DC UNIVERSE VS. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
09/2013: DCU vs. MotU #1 of 6 -- 35,269
10/2013: DCU vs. MotU #2 of 6 -- 23,037 (-34.7%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: DCU vs. MotU #3 of 6 -- 21,325 (- 7.4%)
01/2013: DCU vs. MotU #4 of 6 -- 19,289 (- 9.5%)
02/2013: DCU vs. MotU #5 of 6 -- 18,769 (- 2.7%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 46.8%

The drops are finally declining as the mini-series approaches its end. I always wonder what the point is of these kinds of things. I went and looked to see if there are any MouU toys currently being produced. Apparently there is now a “Masters of the Universe Classics” line, which according to the He-Man.org site is “Sure to excite every adult collector, taking a cue from the original series, the new MOTU Classics combine the charm and design of the original line with 21st century detail, poseability, and paint applications!” So pretty much the same audience then that DC is targeting for most of their comics.

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112 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
02/2004: Birds of Prey #64  -- 29,731
02/2009: Birds of Prey #127 -- 21,424
02/2011: Birds of Prey #9   -- 30,641
02/2012: Birds of Prey #6   -- 30,376
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02/2013: Birds of Prey #17  -- 22,112 (-  4.6%)
03/2013: Birds of Prey #18  -- 21,957 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Birds of Prey #19  -- 21,707 (-  1.1%)
05/2013: Birds of Prey #20  -- 21,126 (-  2.7%)
06/2013: Birds of Prey #21  -- 20,767 (-  1.7%)
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23  -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24  -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25  -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26  -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27  -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28  -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.6%
1 year  : - 18.2%
2 years : - 40.4%
5 years : - 15.6%
10 years: - 39.1%
Since #1: - 72.8%

“Gothtopia” continues. Birds of Prey has never been a hit title, but historically the pre-New 52 iterations never dropped below 20K.

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122 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 48.8%
Since #1: - 57.5%

Still part of Forever Evil. Still dropping. Surprisingly (to me at least) issue #12 was not solicited as the final issue.

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116 - ANIMAL MAN ($2.99)
02/2012: Animal Man #6     -- 38,504
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02/2013: Animal Man #17    -- 29,425 (- 3.0%)
03/2013: Animal Man #18    -- 28,711 (- 2.4%)
04/2013: Animal Man #19    -- 27,562 (- 4.0%)
05/2013: Animal Man #20    -- 25,807 (- 6.4%)
06/2013: Animal Man #21    -- 23,862 (- 7.5%)
07/2013: Animal Man #22    -- 22,974 (- 3.7%)
08/2013: Animal Man #23    -- 21,634 (- 5.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Animal Man #24    -- 20,554 (- 5.0%)
11/2013: Animal Man #25    -- 19,710 (- 4.1%)
12/2013: Animal Man #26    -- 18,823 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: Animal Man #27    -- 18,401 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Animal Man #28    -- 17,559 (- 4.6%)
----------------
6 months: -18.8%
1 year  : -40.3%
2 years : -54.4%
Since #1: -73.1%

Penultimate issue.

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120 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
02/2013: Phantom Stranger #5  -- 18,032 (- 9.4%)
03/2013: Phantom Stranger #6  -- 17,375 (- 3.6%)
04/2013: Phantom Stranger #7  -- 17,326 (- 0.3%)
05/2013: Phantom Stranger #8  -- 16,269 (- 6.1%)
06/2013: ToS: PS #9           -- 17,241 (+ 6.0%)
07/2013: ToS: PS #10          -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: PS #11          -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: PS #12          -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: PS #13          -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: PS #14          -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: PS #15          -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: PS #16          -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 12.4%
Since #1: - 56.5%

Still part of Forever Evil. Still not cancelled.

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122 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
02/2011: Superboy #4  --  27,448
02/2012: Superboy #6  --  34,520
--------------------------------
02/2013: Superboy #17 --  26,762 (-  1.3%)
03/2013: Superboy #18 --  24,455 (-  8.6%)
04/2013: Superboy #19 --  24,211 (-  1.0%)
05/2013: Superboy #20 --  22,508 (-  7.0%)
06/2013: Superboy #21 --  20,952 (-  6.9%)
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 --  20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 --  18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 --  21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 --  17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 --  17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 --  16,448 (-  5.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.7%
1 year  : - 38.5%
2 years : - 52.4%
Since #1: - 76.3%

The Bold New Direction doesn’t appear to be helping sales at all.

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124 - DC COMICS PRESENTS: HARLEY QUINN #1 ($7.99)
02/2014: DCP Harley Quinn #1 --  15,587

I’ve never really understood the rationale for these DC Comics Presents reprints. Wouldn’t it make more sense to jack up the price to $9.99, put a stiffer cover and an ISBN on them, and get them into bookstores? I suspect that it has something to do with the royalty rates for book collections vs. comic reprints.

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128 - TALON ($2.99)
02/2013: Talon #5  -- 28,003 (- 9.4%)
03/2013: Talon #6  -- 25,440 (- 9.2%)
04/2013: Talon #7  -- 24,045 (- 5.5%)
05/2013: Talon #8  -- 22,710 (- 5.6%)
06/2013: Talon #9  -- 21,755 (- 4.2%)
07/2013: Talon #10 -- 20,296 (- 6.7%)
08/2013: Talon #11 -- 19,449 (- 4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Talon #12 -- 18,218 (- 6.3%)
11/2013: Talon #13 -- 17,218 (- 5.5%)
12/2013: Talon #14 -- 16,373 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: Talon #15 -- 15,455 (- 5.6%)
02/2014: Talon #16 -- 14,691 (- 4.9%)
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6 months: - 24.5%
1 year  : - 47.5%
Since #1: - 75.4%

Penultimate issue.

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135 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
02/2012: Unlimited #1   -- 26,589 [30,683]
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02/2013: Unlimited #13  -- 17,025 (- 2.4%)
03/2013: Unlimited #14  -- 16,456 (- 3.3%)
04/2013: Unlimited #15  -- 16,283 (- 1.1%)
05/2013: Unlimited #16  -- 15,822 (- 2.8%)
06/2013: Unlimited #17  -- 15,464 (- 2.3%)
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
08/2013: Universe #1    -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2    -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3    -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4    -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5    -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6    -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7    -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
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6 months: - 38.2%
1 year  : - 15.2%
2 years : - 53.0%
Since #1: - 38.2%

Continuing to fall.

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138 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2004: --
02/2009: --
02/2010: --
02/2011: --
02/2012: --
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06/2013: Astro City #1        -- 27,700
07/2013: Astro City #2        -- 20,193 (-27.1%)
08/2013: Astro City #3        -- 18,802 (- 6.9%)
09/2013: Astro City #4        -- 17,641 (- 6.2%)
10/2013: Astro City #5        -- 16,927 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Astro City #6        -- 16,031 (- 5.3%)
12/2013: Astro City #7        -- 15,360 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Astro City #8        -- 14,831 (- 3.4%)
02/2014: Astro City #9        -- 14,289 (- 3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.0%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 48.4%

Looks to be stabilizing around 14K. I was asked in the comments section last month as to how long I think DC will keep publishing Astro City. The short answer is that I just don’t know. The economics of a creator-owned title such as this are largely opaque to us, but I suspect that at these levels DC is at around the break-even point. So as long as the creators want to keep doing it, and DC wants to remain in good favor with Busiek, Anderson & Ross, it will remain on the schedule.

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

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134 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2004: Fables #22  -- 25,317
02/2009: Fables #81  -- 22,517
02/2010: --
02/2011: Fables #102 -- 19,215
02/2012: Fables #114 -- 17,374
------------------------------
02/2013: Fables #126 -- 15,480 (- 3.2%)
03/2013: Fables #127 -- 15,529 (+ 0.3%)
04/2013: Fables #128 -- 15,606 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Fables #129 -- 15,380 (- 1.5%)
06/2013: Fables #130 -- 15,129 (- 1.6%)
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
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6 months: -  5.3%
1 year  : -  8.9%
2 years : - 18.8%
5 years : - 37.3%
10 years: - 44.3%
Since #1: - 35.9%

Those tiny little month-to-month percentage drops should be the envy of just about every other title in the DC stable.

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137 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
04/2013: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 25,254 (+53.6%)
05/2013: He-Man & MotU #2  -- 19,410 (-23.1%)
06/2013: He-Man & MotU #3  -- 18,227 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
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6 months: - 18.2%
Since #1: - 45.3%

A new storyline begins in issue #14…

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138 - LARFLEEZE ($2.99)
06/2013: Larfleeze #1  -- 36,638
07/2013: Larfleeze #2  -- 30,221 (-17.5%)
08/2013: Larfleeze #3  -- 21,955 (-27.4%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Larfleeze #4  -- 18,061 (-17.7%)
11/2013: Larfleeze #5  -- 16,157 (-10.5%)
12/2013: Larfleeze #6  -- 15,081 (- 6.7%)
01/2014: Larfleeze #7  -- 13,950 (- 7.5%)
02/2014: Larfleeze #8  -- 13,338 (- 4.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 39.0%
Since #1: - 63.6%

Finally cancelled with issue #12, presumably to make room on the schedule for Sinestro.

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

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147 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
02/2009: Jonah Hex #40 -- 11,631
02/2010: Jonah Hex #52 -- 11,213
02/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255
02/2012: ASW #6        -- 26,170
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02/2013: ASW #17       -- 17,398 (- 4.7%)
03/2013: ASW #18       -- 16,897 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: ASW #19       -- 16,838 (- 0.4%)
05/2013: ASW #20       -- 16,184 (- 3.9%)
06/2013: ASW #21       -- 15,788 (- 2.5%)
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.9%
1 year  : - 27.5%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : +  9.1%
Since #1: - 75.9%

There was a bit of confusion last month, as first there were reports that DC announced ASW as cancelled at the Diamond Summit, then reports denying the cancellation. For now ASW remains on the schedule, continued proof that Jonah Hex has a guardian angel at DC.

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148 - ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Royals #1 of 6 --  14,031

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

Unless there’s an amazing amount of retention, these numbers are not going to look good at all by the end of the mini-series. Though it is probably fair to point out that these numbers do not include numbers from Diamond UK, and this is a very British-oriented comic, so overall sales may be higher than is indicated by the Diamond US sales.

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151 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2013: Fairest #12 -- 16,141 (- 2.2%)
03/2013: Fairest #13 -- 15,693 (- 2.8%)
04/2013: Fairest #14 -- 15,269 (- 2.7%)
05/2013: Fairest #15 -- 14,959 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Fairest #16 -- 14,289 (- 4.5%)
07/2013: Fairest #17 -- 13,915 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Fairest #18 -- 13,511 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: Fairest #19 -- 13,278 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
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6 months: -  8.6%
1 year  : - 23.5%
Since #1: - 61.1%

The drops are slightly larger (percentage-wise) than the mother title (Fables), but still admirable compared to the DC standard.

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155 - BATWING ($2.99)
02/2012: Batwing #6  -- 21,643
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02/2013: Batwing #17 -- 12,595 (- 6.2%)
03/2013: Batwing #18 -- 12,084 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Batwing #19 -- 13,570 (+12.3%)
05/2013: Batwing #20 -- 13,302 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Batwing #21 -- 12,437 (- 6.5%)
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
----------------
6 months: +  1.7%
1 year  : -  6.4%
2 years : - 45.5%
Since #1: - 78.1%

Part of “Gothtopia.”

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164 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
05/2013: Adventures of Superman #1  -- 30,992
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 36.2%
Since #1: - 64.3%

At this level, that -3.1% change represents a loss of just 350 copies.

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165 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 ALIEN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
02/2004: --
------------------------------
02/2013: Smallville S11 #10  -- 17,024 (- 4.6%)
03/2013: Smallville S11 #11  -- 16,502 (- 3.1%)
04/2013: Smallville S11 #12  -- 15,930 (- 3.5%)
05/2013: Smallville S11 #13  -- 15,442 (- 3.1%)
06/2013: Smallville S11 #14  -- 15,097 (- 2.2%)
07/2013: Smallville S11 #15  -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Smallville S11 #16  -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17  -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18  -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19  -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1 -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2 -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3 -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 24.4%
1 year  : - 35.0%
10 years: n.a.
Since #1: - 15.0%

There’s another miniseries, Lantern, scheduled after Alien, but unless the digital sales are stronger than usual I don’t see this lasting much after that.

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

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171 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 53.1%

The ‘second story arc’ begins with issue #8, so this will be around at least a little bit longer…

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

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174 - BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM (Digital-First) ($2.99)
04/2013: Li'l Gotham #1  -- 27,591
05/2013: Li'l Gotham #2  -- 18,573 (-32.7%)
06/2013: Li'l Gotham #3  -- 18,578 (+ 0.0%)
07/2013: Li'l Gotham #4  -- 21,646 (+16.5%)
08/2013: Li'l Gotham #5  -- 14,696 (-32.1%)
09/2013: Li'l Gotham #6  -- 13,654 (- 7.1%)
10/2013: Li'l Gotham #7  -- 12,919 (- 5.4%)
11/2013: Li'l Gotham #8  -- 12,054 (- 6.7%)
12/2013: Li'l Gotham #9  -- 11,078 (- 8.1%)
01/2014: Li'l Gotham #10 -- 10,639 (- 4.0%)
02/2014: Li'l Gotham #11 -- 10,030 (- 5.7%)
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6 months: - 35.1%
Since #1: - 63.6%

Ending with issue #12. But absolutely, positively not because of low sales. Really.

Meanwhile, the other Batman comic drawn by Nguyen this month sold more than ten times as many copies.

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178 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 42.8%

The first two issues were returnable, but #3 was not.

While there are likely many reasons why Vertigo has had a hard time with new ongoing series as of late, I think that one is that DC have conditioned consumers to not buy them. Crazy? Bear with me here: There’s been a long-standing tradition of DC making the first volumes of their Vertigo collections bargain-priced at $9.99. What this means is that the month after DBD #6 hits the stands, there will be a collection of issues #1-6, plus the short stories from last year’s Vertigo anthologies available for $8 less (and no ads!) The same for Hinterkind, FBP, Coffin Hill, etc. That’s great if you’re trying to drive sales of the trade collections, but it gives very little incentive for readers to purchase the individual comics. And if sales cannot support the comics, there won’t be enough future volumes of the trades to make discounting the first volume worthwhile.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz and Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog…)

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199 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
02/2004: Teen Titans Go! #4  -- 16,085
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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%)
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10 years: - 43.8%
Since #1: - 32.8%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

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190 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 61.9%

See DBD above.

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211 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2010: The Unwritten #8  -- 15,314
02/2011: The Unwritten #20 -- 12,273
02/2012: The Unwritten #32 -- 10,481
------------------------------------
02/2013: The Unwritten #46 --  8,352 (- 1.3%)
03/2013: The Unwritten #47 --  8,267 (- 1.0%)
04/2013: The Unwritten #48 --  8,226 (- 0.5%)
05/2013: The Unwritten #49 --  8,234 (+ 0.1%)
06/2013: The Unwritten #50 -- 10,124 (+23.0%)
07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.2%
1 year  : -  0.7%
2 years : - 20.9%
Since #1: - 30.8%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. Right back to where it was before the relaunch.

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201 - STORMWATCH ($2.99)
02/2004: Stormwatch: TA #20   -- 10,488
02/2009: StormWatch: PHD #19  --  5,708
02/2012: Stormwatch #6        -- 26,076
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02/2013: Stormwatch #17       -- 13,657 (- 5.2%)
03/2013: Stormwatch #18       -- 13,255 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: Stormwatch #19       -- 13,626 (+ 2.8%)
05/2013: Stormwatch #20       -- 13,049 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Stormwatch #21       -- 12,277 (- 5.9%)
07/2013: Stormwatch #22       -- 11,792 (- 4.0%)
08/2013: Stormwatch #23       -- 10,969 (- 7.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Stormwatch #24       -- 10,067 (- 8.2%)
11/2013: Stormwatch #25       --  9,881 (- 1.9%)
12/2013: Stormwatch #26       --  9,052 (- 8.4%)
01/2014: Stormwatch #27       --  8,612 (- 4.9%)
02/2014: Stormwatch #28       --  8,207 (- 4.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.2%
1 year  : - 39.9%
2 years : - 68.5%
5 years : + 43.8%
10 years: - 21.7%
Since #1: - 85.7%

Barreling towards its final issue (#30).

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising…)

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215 - 100 BULLETS: BROTHER LONO (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2004: --
02/2009: --
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06/2013: Brother Lono #1 of 8 -- 17,489
07/2013: Brother Lono #2 of 8 -- 11,984 (-31.5%)
08/2013: Brother Lono #3 of 8 -- 10,051 (-16.1%)
09/2013: Brother Lono #4 of 8 --  8,891 (-11.5%)
10/2013: Brother Lono #5 of 8 --  8,591 (- 3.4%)
11/2013: Brother Lono #6 of 8 --  7,954 (- 7.4%)
12/2013: --
01/2014: Brother Lono #7 of 8 --  7,597 (- 4.5%)
02/2014: Brother Lono #8 of 8 --  7,357 (- 3.2%)
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6 months: - 26.8%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 57.9%

Hopefully the trade sales will be more robust.

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219 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
----------------
Since #1: - 38.6%

A typical second issue drop, but this didn’t start at a very high level to begin with…

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254 - BEWARE THE BATMAN (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2004: Batman Adventures #11 -- 12,082
02/2009: Brave & Bold #2       --  8,678
02/2010: Brave & Bold #14      --  6,084
02/2011: All-New BBB #4        --  6,561
02/2012: All-New BBB #16       --  7,105
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10/2013: Beware the Batman #1  -- 19,830
11/2013: Beware the Batman #2  -- 10,368 (-47.7%)
12/2013: Beware the Batman #3  --  8,627 (-16.8%)
01/2014: Beware the Batman #4  --  7,226 (-16.2%)
02/2014: Beware the Batman #5  --  6,494 (-10.1%)
-----------------
2 years : +  3.5%
5 years : - 15.2%
10 years: - 39.1%
Since #1: - 67.3%

Still returnable (and adjusted accordingly), still dropping.

The cartoon on which it is based is now officially off of the Cartoon Network schedule, and no further issues have been solicited. So while it wasn’t marked as the final issue, this appears to be the end of Beware the Batman. And with the end of Li’l Gotham next month, there will no longer be an all-ages Batman comic option (not counting Batman ’66, which let’s face it isn’t really targeted at kids). Which is just crazy.

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237 - THE MOVEMENT ($2.99)
05/2013: The Movement #1  -- 29,246
06/2013: The Movement #2  -- 18,001 (-38.5%)
07/2013: The Movement #3  -- 14,524 (-19.3%)
08/2013: The Movement #4  -- 11,095 (-23.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: The Movement #5  --  9,110 (-17.9%)
11/2013: The Movement #6  --  7,957 (-12.7%)
12/2013: The Movement #7  --  7,252 (- 8.9%)
01/2014: The Movement #8  --  6,629 (- 8.6%)
02/2014: The Movement #9  --  6,417 (- 3.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 54.4%
Since #1: - 77.3%

Now the lowest-selling DCU title. Batgirl guest stars, which may have kept it from dropping even further.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by United Plankton Picture’s SpongeBob Comics…)

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246 - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2014: The Vampire Diaries #1 -- 10,855
02/2014: The Vampire Diaries #2 --  6,132 (-43.5%)

Ouch. Digital versions are still being published, so this will be around for at least a few more issues.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Bongo’s Futurama Comics…)

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310 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2004: Scooby-Doo #81                -- 5,297
02/2009: Scooby-Doo #141               -- 3,861
02/2010: Scooby-Doo #153               -- 3,780
02/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #6  -- 4,456
02/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #18 -- 4,655
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02/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #30 -- 4,752 (+0.5%)
03/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #31 -- 4,770 (+0.4%)
04/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #32 -- 4,688 (-1.7%)
05/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #33 -- ????? 
06/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #34 -- 4,881 
07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  : -  1.7%
2 years : +  2.6%
5 years : + 22.3%
10 years: - 12.4%
Since #1: - 24.8%

Still returnable (and adjusted accordingly); still hanging in there, protecting the trademark.

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368 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2004: Looney Tunes #111 -- 3,220
02/2009: Looney Tunes #171 -- ?????
02/2010: Looney Tunes #183 -- ?????
02/2011: Looney Tunes #195 -- ?????
02/2012: Looney Tunes #205 -- ?????
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02/2013: Looney Tunes #211 -- ?????
03/2013: --
04/2013: Looney Tunes #212 -- ?????
05/2013: -- 
06/2013: Looney Tunes #213 -- ????? 
07/2013: -- 
08/2013: Looney Tunes #214 -- ????? 
09/2013: --
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%)
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years: - 13.5%

Returnable (and adjusted accordingly). DC's lowest selling regular comic is also its longest running!

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377 - VILLAINS MONTH 3D MOTION COMPLETE SET ($199.99)
02/2014: Villains Month Complete -- 2,261

It may be the lowest charting DC offering on the comics chart, but thanks to the hefty $200 price tag this set of second printings of all 52 of the Villain Month motion comics is also the top dollar item of the month, beating even Batman!

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

DC COMICS
02/2004: 26,900
02/2009: 23,080
02/2010: 26,199
02/2011: 23,252
02/2012: 31,535
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02/2013: 34,711 (+  9.1%)
03/2013: 30,819 (- 11.2%)**
04/2013: 29,914 (-  2.9%)
05/2013: 31,412 (+  5.0%)
06/2013: 34,517 (+  9.9%)
07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
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6 months: - 12.2%
1 year  : - 22.0%
2 years : - 14.2%
5 years : + 17.3%
10 years: +  0.6%

DC UNIVERSE
02/2004: 30,632
02/2009: 30,224
02/2010: 35,895
02/2011: 25,887
02/2012: 34,456
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02/2013: 36,838 (+ 10.0%)
03/2013: 32,294 (- 12.3%)**
04/2013: 31,426 (-  2.7%)
05/2013: 32,015 (+  1.9%)
06/2013: 37,133 (+ 16.0%)
07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
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6 months: -  0.8%
1 year  : -  9.5%
2 years : -  3.3%
5 years : + 10.3%
10 years: +  8.8%

VERTIGO
02/2004: 14,808
02/2009: 11,353
02/2010:  9,956
02/2011: 10,295
02/2012: 10,252
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02/2013: 12,019 (+11.7%)
03/2013: 11,055 (- 8.0%)
04/2013: 11,467 (+ 3.7%)
05/2013: 20,860 (+81.9%)
06/2013: 17,368 (-16.7%)
07/2013: 16,099 (- 7.3%)
08/2013: 14,130 (-12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+ 5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (-37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+15.2%) 
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6 months: -  6.5%
1 year  : + 10.0%
2 years : + 28.9%
5 years : + 16.4%
10 years: - 10.8%

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6 month comparisons
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+  5.9% - Worlds' Finest
+  5.0% - Green Arrow
+  3.2% - Suicide Squad
+  1.7% - Batwing
-  4.8% - Supergirl
-  5.3% - Fables
-  6.6% - Birds of Prey
-  7.9% - Detective Comics
-  8.2% - The Unwritten
-  8.3% - Batgirl
-  8.6% - Fairest
-  8.8% - Nightwing
-  9.4% - Wonder Woman
-  9.6% - Batman
- 10.0% - Injustice
- 12.5% - Earth 2
- 12.9% - Flash
- 13.9% - All Star Western
- 15.5% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 15.6% - Swamp Thing
- 15.8% - Teen Titans
- 16.9% - Green Lantern
- 17.1% - Action Comics
- 18.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 18.6% - Superman
- 18.7% - Superboy
- 18.8% - Animal Man
- 19.0% - Constantine
- 19.4% - Red Hood and the Outlaws 
- 19.6% - Green Lantern Corps
- 20.8% - Aquaman
- 21.1% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 21.1% - Batwoman
- 21.1% - Batman and…
- 21.2% - Justice League
- 21.2% - Batman: The Dark Knight
- 24.0% - Astro City
- 24.4% - Smallville Season 11
- 24.5% - Talon
- 24.5% - Stormwatch
- 26.8% - 100 Bullets
- 32.3% - Batman/Superman
- 35.1% - Batman: Li'l Gotham
- 36.2% - Adventures of Superman
- 37.4% - Catwoman
- 38.2% - Batman Beyond Universe
- 39.0% - Larfleeze
- 40.0% - Justice League of America
- 46.7% - Batman '66
- 48.8% - trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 54.4% - The Movement
- 59.7% - Justice League Dark

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

+ 62.8% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 18.1% - Justice League Dark
-  0.7% - The Unwritten
-  6.4% - Batwing
-  8.9% - Fables
-  9.7% - Worlds' Finest
- 12.4% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 13.2% - Suicide Squad
- 15.2% - Batman Beyond
- 18.2% - Birds of Prey
- 19.5% - Wonder Woman
- 20.6% - Catwoman
- 21.2% - Flash
- 21.8% - Supergirl
- 22.0% - Injustice
- 23.0% - Batman
- 23.2% - Justice League
- 23.5% - Fairest
- 25.9% - Earth 2
- 27.5% - All Star Western
- 28.9% - Batman and…
- 30.8% - Green Lantern
- 31.8% - Teen Titans
- 34.0% - Detective Comics
- 34.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 35.0% - Smallville Season 11
- 35.5% - Batwoman
- 35.6% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 36.7% - Batman: The Dark Knight 
- 38.3% - Action Comics
- 38.5% - Superboy
- 39.2% - Swamp Thing
- 39.9% - Stormwatch
- 40.3% - Animal Man
- 40.4% - Aquaman
- 40.5% - Nightwing
- 47.4% - Batgirl
- 47.5% - Talon
- 56.2% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 82.8% - Justice League of America

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

+113.8% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
- 11.2% - Green Arrow
- 14.4% - Batman
- 18.8% - Fables
- 20.4% - Justice League Dark
- 25.8% - Suicide Squad
- 30.3% - Nightwing
- 30.8% - The Unwritten
- 35.0% - Batgirl
- 36.2% - Batman and…
- 39.1% - Supergirl
- 40.0% - Detective Comics
- 40.4% - Birds of Prey
- 41.8% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 41.9% - Wonder Woman
- 42.2% - Catwoman
- 42.5% - Justice League
- 44.9% - Aquaman
- 45.5% - Batwing
- 45.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 47.7% - Green Lantern
- 49.7% - Teen Titans
- 50.3% - Flash
- 50.7% - Superman
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.4% - Superboy
- 53.0% - Batman Beyond
- 53.6% - Swamp Thing
- 54.4% - Animal Man
- 55.4% - Green Lantern Corps
- 55.9% - Batman: The Dark Knight
- 58.0% - Batwoman
- 63.4% - Action Comics
- 68.5% - Stormwatch

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

+ 82.4% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 43.8% - Stormwatch
+ 34.5% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 16.1% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 14.2% - Green Arrow
+  9.1% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
-  1.9% - Nightwing
-  5.3% - Wonder Woman
-  9.9% - Batman
- 15.6% - Birds of Prey
- 19.3% - Justice League of America
- 23.8% - Teen Titans
- 27.0% - Action Comics
- 31.7% - Supergirl
- 36.4% - Green Lantern
- 37.3% - Fables
- 38.1% - Superman
- 41.9% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+ 67.3% - Green Lantern
+ 61.8% - Detective Comics
+ 41.2% - Aquaman
+ 40.8% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 37.9% - Batman
+ 36.9% - Batgirl
+ 35.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 28.8% - Nightwing
+  7.7% - Wonder Woman
+  0.1% - Catwoman
-  2.1% - Justice League of America
- 21.7% - Stormwatch
- 24.7% - Green Arrow
- 27.4% - Flash
- 39.1% - Birds of Prey
- 43.8% - Teen Titans Go!
- 44.3% - Fables
- 46.2% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
- 48.5% - Superman
- 49.9% - Action Comics
- 60.8% - Teen Titans

Sales Indices
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DCU: Average: 33,327. Median: 27,212

3.5 - Batman
2.8 - Forever Evil
2.4 - Justice League
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.8 - Batman/Superman
1.7 - Detective Comics
1.7 - Justice League of America
1.5 - Batman: Joker's Daughter
1.5 - Green Lantern/Red Lanterns
1.3 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.3 - Batman and Two Face
1.1 - Nightwing
1.1 - Earth 2
1.1 - Forever Evil: Arkham War
1.1 - Batman: The Dark Knight
1.1 - Action Comics
1.0 - Aquaman
1.0 - Batgirl
1.0 - Superman
1.0 - Flash
1.0 - Justice League 3000
0.9 - Wonder Woman
0.9 - Justice League Dark
0.9 - Green Lantern Corps
0.8 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.8 - Teen Titans
0.8 - Green Arrow
0.8 - Worlds' Finest
0.7 - Catwoman
0.7 - Forever Evil: Rogues' Rebellion
0.7 - Supergirl
0.7 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.7 - Suicide Squad
0.6 - Superman: Lois Lane
0.6 - Batwoman
0.6 - Constantine
0.6 - Forever Evil: ARGUS
0.6 - Swamp Thing
0.5 - Birds of Prey
0.5 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.5 - Animal Man
0.5 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.5 - Superboy
0.4 - Talon
0.4 - Larfleeze
0.4 - All Star Western
0.4 - Batwing
0.4 - Stormwatch
0.4 - The Movement

Vertigo: Average: 13,215. Median: 12,350.

2.0 - The Wake
1.4 - Trillium
1.1 - Astro City
1.1 - Fables
1.1 - The Royals
0.9 - Fairest
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.7 - Dead Boy Detectives
0.7 - Hinterkind
0.6 - The Unwritten vol. 2
0.6 - 100 Bullets: Brother Lono

Other (non-all-ages): Average: 14,225. Median: 12,466.

1.9 - Batman Black & White
1.6 - Injustice Year 2
1.4 - Batman '66
1.3 - DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
1.0 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.8 - Adventures of Superman
0.8 - Smallville Season 11: Alien
0.7 - Batman: Li'l Gotham
0.6 - Teen Titans Go!
0.5 - Scribblenauts Unleashed
0.4 - The Vampire Diaries

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

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

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

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14. Report: DC brain trust is moving west

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[Eddie Berganza and Bob Harras seen in a video still from CBR.]
CBR has a pretty confident report that four of DC’s top brass will be moving to Cali when the big exodus happens in 2015: co-publisher Dan DiDio, editor-in-chief Bob Harras, Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond and group editor Eddie Berganza.  Even among those “in the know” confirmations of comings and goings have been hard to come by, although Berganza and DiDio always seemed like naturals. I never had any question that Bond would go because she’s a trooper all the way. Harras has been a big question mark, but as far as I know, his kids are pretty grown up, which is usually a big factor in going westward ho or not.

Not mentioned, Bobbie Chase, the managing editor, so make of that what you will. I don’t like to speculate about people here because this is a very personal matter, although all decisions have been made and, theoretically, announced.

Confirmed exits from DC since this all began include Mike Marts and Wil Moss to Marvel, and Alex Segura back to Archie. Vertigo’s Will Dennis seems to be on the NYC list, as is Mark Doyle who’s filling in on the Bat books in the interim.

It’s said to be very disconcerting for talent not to know who will be running what in a year’s time. And in general this whole year is just a big wheel spinning time for DC, as people prepare to uproot their lives and “interim” becomes a way of life.

A few folks have pointed out to me that the last batch of DC emigrés to the West Coast didn’t last long. The entire digital department moved west back in 2010, and then they all moved back or got other jobs, including Ron Perazza, now at Marvel, and Kwanza Johnson, now outside comics. It’s likely that was a personal matter for most, but it is ironic. Anyway, at least the office parties will be awesome.

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15. DC’s Previews April ’14: The Forever People are back

DC released all the advice previews for June comics so here’s what you’ll be pedaling down to the comics shop to buy:

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INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #1
Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN
Art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH
1:25 Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Four of the best students from New Genesis arrive on Earth to study and aid in the advancement of humanity – but they soon discover a darker purpose to their mission: a threat so great that it may bring the multiverse itself to its knees! The only thing that stands between them and total destruction is the mysterious entity known as the Infinity Man!
Don’t miss the start of this new series by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, the team that brought you the over-the-top adventures of O.M.A.C.!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #32
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale JUNE 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.
Lex Luthor continues his acclimation to his life as a one of the world’s greatest heroes as they search for the mysterious power threatening to unravel our world. But are his sights really set on the Dark Knight? And are the Dark Knight’s set on him?Plus, someone else is targeting Luthor and his new allies – a man who believes himself Luthor’s superior in every way…and maybe he is! Here comes The Chief and his treacherous Doom Patrol to The New 52!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #5
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mr. Terrific unveils his latest technical achievement – but will it take over the DC Universe? Plus, Firestorm’s inner conflict explodes!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #6
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Ray Palmer, Frankenstein and Amethyst take a dangerous journey into the Phantom Zone! And Batman Beyond’s mission could be over before it begins when someone discovers his arrival five years from now!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #8
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by TK TK
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Welcome to Cadmus Island, Grifter! We hope your visit is – survivable! Plus: Who is the strange being from the temple in southeast Asia – and why should John Constantine find him of great interest?

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JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by MIKE McKONE
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale JUNE 11 • 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.
It’s all out battle issue as Hawkman has a showdown with Lobo as the League is teleported to Rann to face the shape-changing alien called Byth! This looks like a job for Supergirl!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #32
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and MARK IRWIN
Cover by MIKEL JANIN
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Lost in the living dimension called The Between, the Justice League Dark fights to save Zatanna’s soul! Will Nightmare Nurse’s sacrifice save them all or damn them to an eternity of nothingness?

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SECRET ORIGINS #3
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, MARC ANDREYKO and SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by MARTIN COCOLLO, TREVOR MCCARTHY and TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
On sale JUNE 25 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Green Lantern takes center stage this month in a tale by Robert Venditti and Martin Cocollo! And don’t miss the origin of Batwoman by Jeremy Haun and Trevor McCarthy, and Red Robin’s origin, courtesy of Scott Lobdell and Tyler Kirkham!

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THE FLASH #32
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 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.
Flash Facts for this issue:
1. The Flash confronts the serial killer stalking Central City!
2. Barry tries to repair his fractured relationship with Wally West!
3. Future Flash continues to move toward the present for a final confrontation with one of the Rogues! Who will he kill next?

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AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #3
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by LAN MEDINA and ALLEN MARTINEZ
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Aquaman learns the secret behind the Atlantean relics The Others use! Plus, a member abandons the team during a deadly battle against the Solokovs!

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AQUAMAN #32
Written by JEFF PARKER
Art and cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Aquaman thought his battles against ancient Greek monsters and the powerful Swamp Thing were as macabre as life could get… but he’ll see how wrong he was when the hideous Chimera attacks!

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GREEN ARROW #32
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With Seattle under siege and Diggle in the grip of crime lord Richard Dragon, the Queen Legacy must find a way to move on. But is that even possible given the violent aftermath of The Outsiders War? A brand-new storyline and perfect jumping-on point to Lemire and Sorrentino’s popular run, as “Green Arrow: Broken” begins here!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #7
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
They’ve been plotting for months, and now Cadmus’ plans come to fruition! The FIVE’s true leader is revealed at last! And The Flash dies – again! It’s just another a day in the life of the future Justice League.

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TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #12
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by VICTOR IBANEZ
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Pandora’s world continues to crumble as fellow immortal Vandal Savage makes her wish she really could die!

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TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER #20
Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by FERNANDO BLANCO
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“The Crack in Creation” concludes! The Spectre arrives to aid the Stranger as Non and Sin Eater threaten to reshape our reality. But can The Spectre be trusted – or will he sacrifice an entire world to get his revenge on the Phantom Stranger?

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CONSTANTINE #15
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by ACO
Cover by JUAN FERREYRA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
John Constantine witnesses the horrifying reach of magic when he meets the world’s wealthiest mage – a woman who’s been draining all the good luck out of her home city of Hong Kong and benefiting from the suffering of millions!

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EARTH 2 #24
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA
Cover by PHILIP TAN and NORM RAPMUND
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Aquawoman leads Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and The Flash to battle Beguiler in the middle of the ocean! And Superman makes an unprecedented move that could change the future of Earth 2!

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WORLDS’ FINEST #24
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by R.B. SILVA and JOE WEEMS
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Get ready for action as Power Girl and Huntress begin their journey back to Earth 2! Plus, Desaad returns!

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WONDER WOMAN #32
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 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.
The casualties are mounting as Wonder Woman’s divine family tears itself apart – and Diana prepares to make everyone feel her power as the God of War!

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #9
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
“SUPERMAN: DOOMED” continues with “ENEMY OF THE STATE”! As things get more dire on Earth for him, the Man of Steel may have to go into exile in space, but the self-proclaimed protectors of Sector 2814, the Red Lanterns, don’t want him there either! Don’t miss this deadly face-off between Kal and Kara!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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SUPERMAN #32
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and wraparound cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:50 B&W Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
1:100 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
Blank variant cover
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with six covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“THE MAN OF TOMORROW” chapter 1! A NEW ERA for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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ACTION COMICS #32
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by AARON KUDER
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“SUPERMAN: DOOMED” continues with “ENEMY OF THE STATE” as Superman struggles against the Doomsday virus – but is he losing the fight? How much longer can he stay in control? And how far will he be pushed when he’s faced with a world against him and a shocking betrayal at the end of this issue?

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SUPERBOY #32
Written by AARON KUDER
Art by JORGE JIMEMEZ
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The return of the son of Superman to the present day means an all-new Superboy for The New 52! Jon Lane Kent takes off for a N.O.W.H.E.R.E. lab and finds Ravagers – and the Superboy clone body captured by Harvest! What comes next changes Jon’s life forever!

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SUPERGIRL #32
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“Red Daughter of Krypton” rages though this issue! Supergirl’s Red Lantern powers – and allies – are about to be tested as a Worldkiller1 arrives from Kara’s past to destroy her!
Retailers: This cover was originally scheduled to appear on SUPERGIRL #31.

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BATMAN/SUPERMAN #12
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by SHANE DAVIS
On sale JUNE 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. This story was previously scheduled to appear in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #11.
A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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BATMAN ETERNAL #9
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As the weekly Batman epic continues, the questions continue to mount. In this issue, find out why Batman is in Hong Kong teaming up with Mr. Unknown!

BATMAN ETERNAL #10
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batman and Catwoman – together again! Professor Pyg is back! And we get some answers about Falcone’s past, and his motivations!

BATMAN ETERNAL #11
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by IAN BERTRAM
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The trial of Jim Gordon begins!

BATMAN ETERNAL #12
Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Jason Bard makes his big play to end the gang war once and for all. And Jim Gordon’s trial becomes a family affair!

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BATMAN #32
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by TONY MOORE
On sale JUNE 11 • 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 penultimate issue of ZERO YEAR is here! Batman gets one step closer to the endgame with The Riddler as the final chapter of ZERO YEAR: SAVAGE CITY draws closer to its stunning finale!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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DETECTIVE COMICS #32
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale JUNE 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.
The next great Batman murder-mystery continues to unfold in “Icarus” part three, brought to you by the acclaimed creative team of THE FLASH! Batman is caught in the clutches of the crime boss known as “The Squid” as he digs deeper into a whodunit for the ages!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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BATMAN AND RA’S AL GHUL #32
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“The Hunt for Robin” concludes! Batman has caught up to Ra’s al Ghul, and the battle for the bodies of Talia and Damian begins!

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BATWOMAN #32
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 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.
At last, Nocturna makes her presence in The New 52 known! And Batwoman must face her past when her former girlfriend from West Point comes to town!

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BATGIRL #32
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. This story was previously scheduled to appear in BATGIRL #31.
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?

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HARLEY QUINN #7
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CHAD HARDIN
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant by AMANDA CONNER
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Welcome to Ladies’ Night, where Harley gets her butt kicked by Big Bertha Bensonhurts at the roller derby, starts a massive bar fight and teams up with Poison Ivy to find out who hired all those pesky assassins!

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HARLEY QUINN #0 DIRECTOR’S CUT
Written by AMANDA CONNER,
JIMMY PALMIOTTI and others
Art by AMANDA CONNER, JIM LEE, TONY S. DANIEL, WALTER SIMONSON, CHARLIE ADLARD, BRUCE TIMM, ADAM HUGHES, ART BALTAZAR, DARWYN COOKE, CHAD HARDIN, JEREMY ROBERTS and others
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale JUNE 4 • 56 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The sold-out, four-wall breaking issue that jump-started Harley’s bestselling new series is back! This special issue features a new cover by Amanda Conner, commentary by the writers and many of the superstar artists, plus unpublished material, top entries from the talent search, sketch material and more!

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BIRDS OF PREY #32
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROBSON ROCHA and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s time to settle some scores! Amanda Waller may have kept Kurt Lance alive, but she also kept him hidden from Black Canary. Now it’s on: Birds of Prey vs. the Suicide Squad!

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CATWOMAN #32
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM NGUYEN
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The Race of Outlaws takes a major turn as we find out Catwoman has entered the race as a double agent! But who is she working for? And how will it affect her efforts for her favorite team – herself!

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Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and JULIO FERREIRA
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The final showdown between Batwing and Menace is here!

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RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #32
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by ED BENES
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
After stopping a nuclear explosion, Red Hood and the Outlaws find themselves in the crosshairs of S.H.A.D.E.!

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SINESTRO #3
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Sinestro’s daughter, Soranik Natu, is back at her father’s side, whether she likes it or not! But does she actually believe in the destiny that Sinestro sees for her? And what will Sinestro’s newest Yellow Lanterns think of serving alongside a despised Green Lantern?

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GREEN LANTERN #32
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and cover by BILLY TAN and ROB HUNTER
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 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.
“UPRISING!” part 3! In the midst of a bloody interstellar revolution against the Green Lantern Corps, the Durlans make a move to claim the ultimate position of power for themselves! But the battered Corps’ only hope is intel possessed by a sworn enemy, Nol-Anj!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS #32
Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“UPRISING!” part 4! The casualties of the uprising against the Green Lantern Corps reach monumental proportions as the Durlans reveal their sinister endgame! John Stewart leads his ragtag team of Lanterns against an army of shape-shifters that can assume any form. Meanwhile, one Lantern must decide if he will make the ultimate sacrifice to give the Corps any hope in this war.

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GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #32
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art and cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
There’s a new terror in the universe as the body-snatching Psions are introduced to The New 52! In space you can – and will – hear a New Guardian scream!

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LARFLEEZE #12
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by SCOTT KOLINS
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
With “help” from the Wanderer and G’nort, Larfleeze sets out to destroy the Council of Ten!

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RED LANTERNS #32
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by J. CALAFIORE
Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Guy Gardner has a difficult decision to make: deciding if the newest Red Lantern, Supergirl, is fit for battle…especially when that battle is against Atrocitus himself! The war between the two factions of Red Lanterns is on, and there will be blood!

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ALL-STAR WESTERN #32
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by STAZ JOHNSON
Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
Now returned to the 1800s, Hex sets out to settle some scores the only way he knows how: violently! And he’s going to start with an impostor who stole his identity!

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SWAMP THING #32
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Swamp Thing versus Aquaman! See the other side of the battle that exploded between these two forces of nature last month in AQUAMAN #31! Is Swamp Thing guilty of the crimes Aquaman is accusing him of?

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BATMAN ‘66 MEETS GREEN HORNET #1
Written by KEVIN SMITH and RALPH GARMAN
Art by TY TEMPLETON
Cover by ALEX ROSS
1:25 Variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E • Digital first
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
In 1967, television history was made when two masked crime fighters met in a historic crossover. Now, superstar filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor/comedian Ralph Garman join forces with artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN ’66) to bring these two iconic characters and their famous partners together again. Set in the continuity of that earlier team-up, Batman, The Green Hornet, Robin and Kato must go up against a very different General (formerly Colonel) Gumm. What crime could be so deadly as to force these rivals to put aside their differences and join forces again? And what surprise does Gumm have up his sticky sleeve?
Co-published with Dynamite Entertainment.

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HARLAN ELLISON’S® 7 AGAINST CHAOS TP
Written by HARLAN ELLISON
Art and cover by PAUL CHADWICK with coloring by KEN STEACY
On sale JULY 2 • 208 pg, FC, $16.99 US
Harlan Ellison, science fiction’s brightest luminary, has joined forces with multi-award-winning artist Paul Chadwick, creator of Concrete, and colorist Ken Steacy, to bring you 7 AGAINST CHAOS, a graphic novel that is singular, powerful and unpredictable. This extraordinary odyssey of mystery and adventure will take you to the rim of reality and beyond. In a distant future, Earth is in grave danger: The fabric of reality itself is unraveling, leading to catastrophic natural disasters, displaced souls appearing from bygone eras, and sudden, shocking cases of spontaneous combustion. The only hope for Earth’s survival is a force of seven warriors, each with his or her special abilities. But can these alien Seven Samurai learn to get along in time to find the source of the gathering chaos and save all of reality?

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #14
Written by MAX LANDIS and FABIAN NICIEZA
Art by JOCK, PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
Cover by JOCK
On sale JUNE 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The Joker’s in town…and he wants to meet Superman! Find out what happens next in this one-of-a-kind story from Chronicle writer Max Landis and legendary artist Jock (GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE)! Plus, don’t miss Clark Kent’s babysitting adventures as he looks after none other than Sugar and Spike!

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BATMAN ‘66 #12
Written by JEFF PARKER, ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art by DARIO BRIZUELA and TED NAIFEH
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale JUNE 25 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, holds all the cards! While Batman and Robin try to track her down for her latest crime, Marsha and her cohorts tunnel their way into the Batcave. She’s been after the Bat Diamond for some time. Will she finally get it? Then find out what the Dynamic Duo must resort to when The Minstrel makes it impossible for them to get to the Batcave and their costumes.

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INJUSTICE YEAR TWO #6
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO
Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Superman, Shazam and Sinestro square off in space against the Green Lantern Corps for one final showdown. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Superman’s super-powered security force has begun its clampdown on Gotham City and Commissioner Gordon is not happy. Riots break out with deadly results. Even with enhanced powers from the stolen super pills, are the Birds of Prey ready to make their stand?

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SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #6
Written by JOSH ELDER
Art and cover by ADAM ARCHER
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
Maxwell and Superman make several unlikely allies in the fight against General Zod while the rest of the heroes are trapped in the Phantom Zone! Plus: The Anti-Monitor arrives!

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SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: LANTERN #3
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale JUNE 11 • 40 pg, FC, 3 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T
A rain of yellow “stars” falls on Gotham City even as Superman and the Green Lantern John Stewart face a threat from Oa’s past that has reappeared on the moon. Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow and the Wonder Woman from the DEO are doing their best, but they need help. When Clark returns to Earth, will John’s luck run out?

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES #6
Written by COLLEEN DORAN
Art and cover by COLLEEN DORAN
On sale JUNE 4 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • DIGITAL FIRST
When a house fire takes the life of a Mystic Falls cheerleader, Elena and her friends are skeptical – after all, Annie’s dad died years before in a fire, too. But when the town police begin to investigate, Stefan Salvatore is drawn into the intrigue as part of a love triangle…and the prime suspect in this grisly murder!

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LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #3
Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS, KENNETH ELLIOTT JONES, SHANE DAVIS, BRANDON MONTCLARE, MIKE W. BARR and JIM KRUEGER
Art by JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, SHANE DAVIS, SANDRA HOPE, TOM LYLE and TOM RANEY
Cover by JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER
On sale JUNE 11 • 96 pg, FC, $9.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “The Beautiful Ugly,” when Batman arrives on the scene to discover the final verdict in the case Two-Face argued against local gangs, will anyone go home happy? Then, when Clayface gives Batman the slip in “Break the Mold,” the Dark Knight Detective is hot on his trail. And Batman and Robin face an old foe at the Gotham Science Museum and ponder “Elements of Crime.” Plus, in “The Echo of Pearls,” young Bruce Wayne discovers a cave that sets echoes reverberating throughout his life.

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BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #11
Written by KYLE HIGGINS and CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by THONY SILAS
and DEXTER SOY
Cover by TREVOR McCARTHY
On sale JUNE 25 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
“Justice Lords Beyond” continues as the shocking truth behind Wonder Woman’s return is finally revealed! Plus: Lord Superman vs. Batman—oh yeah, it’s on now!!!

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HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #14
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by POP MHAN
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
A new chapter is dawning in Eternia as “THE BLOOD OF GREYSKULL” begins! As an ancient evil from Eternia’s past returns, Princess Adora must continue on her road to redemption. But when she is confronted with tragic news by her brother He-Man, brother and sister must unite to fight against The Horde and find the secrets of the Greyskull legacy.

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BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC
Written by BILL FINGER, EDMOND HAMILTON, JOHN BROOME, DENNIS O’NEIL, ARCHIE GOODWIN, STEVE ENGLEHART, MIKE W. BARR, DOUG MOENCH, GREG RUCKA, CHUCK DIXON, PAUL DINI, SCOTT SNYDER and others
Art by BOB KANE, DICK SPRANG, CARMINE INFANTINO, NEAL ADAMS, ALEX TOTH, MARSHALL ROGERS, FRANK MILLER, MICHAEL GOLDEN, ALAN DAVIS, JIM APARO, J.H. WILLIAMS III, GREG CAPULLO and others
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Retrosolicit • On sale JULY 16 • 384 pg, FC, $39.99 US
This amazing Batman best-of collection includes stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #27, 83, 211, 216, 327, 359, 395, 442, 474, 574, 633, 711, 757 and 821, BATMAN #1, 49, 181, 497, BATMAN #2 (THE NEW 52), WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #94, DC SPECIAL SERIES #21 and BATMAN SPECIAL #1!

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THE JOKER: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC
Written by BILL FINGER, DENNIS O’NEIL, STEVE ENGLEHART, JOHN BYRNE, J.M. DeMATTEIS, CHUCK DIXON, GREG RUCKA, PAUL DINI, TONY S. DANIELS, SCOTT SNYDER and others
Art by BOB KANE, JERRY ROBINSON, JACK BURNLEY, DICK SPRANG, NEAL ADAMS, MARSHALL ROGERS, JOHN BYRNE, JIM APARO, JOE STATON, BRIAN STELFREEZE, TONY S. DANIEL, GREG CAPULLO and others
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
Retrosolicit • On sale JULY 16 • 384 pg, FC, $39.99 US
It’s the best of the Clown Prince of Crime in this new title featuring stories from BATMAN #1, 5, 25, 32, 85, 163, 251, 427, BATMAN #15 (THE NEW 52), DETECTIVE COMICS #64, 168, 180, 475, 476, 726, 741, 826, DETECTIVE COMICS #1 (THE NEW 52), WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #61, SUPERMAN #9 and BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #66.

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BATMAN UNWRAPPED: THE COURT OF OWLS HC
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale AUGUST 6 • 256 pg, B&W, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $39.99 US
The critically acclaimed first volume of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman saga is collected in a special edition presenting the art in pencils-only form! Collects issues #1-11 of BATMAN, introducing Gotham City’s deadly Court of Owls.

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BATMAN – THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 3: MAD TP
Written by GREGG HURWITZ
Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale JULY 30 • 176 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In this new collection of issues #16-21 and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1, Batman’s detective skills are put to the test as the Mad Hatter begins kidnapping Gotham City citizens for an unknown purpose.

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NIGHTWING VOL. 4: SECOND CITY TP
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art by BRETT BOOTH, NORM RAPMUND and WILL CONRAD
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JULY 9 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
After The Joker’s attack on the Bat-family, Nightwing finds himself in a new city with an unlikely ally, The Prankster. Together they are hunted by the mysterious Mask Killer while Dick tries to find the man who killed his parents, Tony Zullo. Collects NIGHTWING #19-24.

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BIRDS OF PREY VOL. 4: THE CRUELEST CUT TP
Written by CHRISTY MARX and JAMES TYNION IV
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR, VICENTE CIFUENTES, JONATHAN GLAPION and MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JULY 16 • 200 pg, FC, $16.99 US
The traitor in the Birds of Prey shows her face in these stories from issues #18-24 and 26 and TALON #9. And both Basilisk and the Court of Owls come back from team members’ pasts to haunt the Birds!

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BATWING VOL. 4: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY TP
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO PANSICA, JULIO FERREIRA and JULIUS GOPEZ
Cover by KEN LASHLEY • On sale JULY 30 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US
Once a member of Batman, Incorporated, Batwing has quit. A new, different hero has emerged in his place…but will his actions do more harm than good? And what is his connection to Bruce Wayne and Gotham City? Collecting BATWING #19-26!

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TALON VOL. 2: FALL OF THE OWLS TP
Written by JAMES TYNION IV and CHRISTY MARX
Art by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, SZYMON KUDRANSKI, EMANUEL SIMEONI, ROMANO MOLENAAR
Cover by KEN HUNT
On sale JULY 9 • 240 pg, FC, $19.99 US
In this volume collecting TALON #8-17 and BIRDS OF PREY #21, Calvin Rose must sneak into Bane’s personal island fortress of Santa Prisca to capture scientist Sebastian Clark and uncover the truth about Bane’s ongoing experiments on the island.

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TEEN TITANS VOL. 4: LIGHT AND DARK TP
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by EDDY BARROWS, PATRICK
ZIRCHER, ROBSON ROCHA and others
Cover by EDDY BARROWS and
EBER FERREIRA • On sale JULY 16 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The demon Trigon triumphs over the Teen Titans in these tales from issues #18-23! As he begins to turn Manhattan into a staging ground for a demonic takeover of the planet, the Titans must mend their own alliance if they’re going to stand a chance against this demonic villain!

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 4: REBUILD TP
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, VAN JENSEN, CHARLES SOULE and JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by BERNARD CHANG, BILLY TAN, VICTOR DRUJINIU, IVAN FERNANDEZ, ALLAN JEFFERSON, ALESSANDRO VITTI, BRAD WALKER and others
Cover by J.G. JONES
On sale JULY 2 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US
The Guardians are dead, leaving the Corps to fend for itself. Now, it’s up to John Stewart to train a group of rookies with deadly foes hot on their tails and rings that aren’t functioning properly. And there’s an ancient evil lurking at the edge of the universe that threatens to extinguish their lives forever! This new title collects GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21-27 and ANNUAL #2.

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GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 3: LOVE AND DEATH TP
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by AARON KUDER, ANDREI BRESSAN, ANDRES GUINALDO and others
Cover by AARON KUDER
On sale JULY 2 • 288 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In this new title collecting issues #0 and 13-20 of the hit series, Kyle Rayner and his fellow Lanterns must join forces to beat back “The Third Army” and survive “The Wrath of the First Lantern!” Green Lantern Kyle Rayner must master the emotional spectrum to stand a chance against The Third Army. But even then, a more dangerous threat lurks in the shadows: The First Lantern!

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THE FLASH VOL. 4: REVERSE HC
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, TOM NGUYEN and SCOTT HEPBURN
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale AUGUST 13 • 176 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In this new hardcover, 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, which leads to a confrontation with the Reverse Flash! Don’t miss these stories from THE FLASH #20-25, and #23.3: REVERSE FLASH!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 1: WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and MATT KINDT
Art by DAVID FINCH, SCOTT CLARK, BRETT BOOTH and others
Cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale JULY 9 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US
Green Lantern! Green Arrow! Catwoman! Katana! Vibe! Hawkman! Stargirl! They aren’t the world’s greatest Super Heroes—they’re the most dangerous! But why does a team like the JLA need to exist? What is their ultimate mission? And who is pulling the strings? Find out in this collection of the first five issues of the new series as the team takes on the Secret Society of Super-Villains!

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SUPERMAN VOL. 4: PSI-WAR HC
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and FRANK HANNAH
Art by KENNETH ROCAFORT, AARON KUDER, TYLER KIRKHAM, ROBSON ROCHA, EDDY BARROWS, DANIEL HDR, GERALDO BORGES, JESUS MERINO, DAN JURGENS, TOM DERENICK and others
Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale AUGUST 6 • 208 pg, FC, $24.99 US
In this new hardcover collecting SUPERMAN #18-24 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2, the Queen of H.I.V.E. has placed Hector Hammond’s thoughts deep in Superman’s mind in an effort to control the Man of Steel. But the merging of Hammond and the Superman’s minds brings about vivid hallucinations that cause Superman to experience different realities – and view longtime allies as deadly threats! Guest starring Orion and Wonder Woman!

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SUPERMAN – ACTION COMICS VOL. 3: AT THE END OF DAYS TP
Written by GRANT MORRISON and SHOLLY FISCH
Art by RAGS MORALES, TRAVEL FOREMAN, BRAD WALKER, CHRIS SPROUSE and others
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale JULY 23 • 224 pg, FC, $16.99 US
In these stories from ACTION COMICS #13-18, the Multitude returns, and Superman must face them on Mars! Then, the Man of Steel is on trial – and the jury is the Anti-Superman Army!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE VOL. 1: BREACH TP
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, ANDREW KREISBERG and STERLING GATES
Art by PETE WOODS and others
Cover by BRETT BOOTH and ROB HUNTER
On sale JULY 23 • 232 pg, FC, $16.99 US
The most unlikely member of the Justice League of America ever stars in his own title collecting issues #1-10 of his series! Vibe discovers he’s one of the most powerful individuals on Earth – but how did he get his abilities? And why does the JLA want him on the team?

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GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by KEVIN SMITH
Art by PHIL HESTER and ANDE PARKS
Cover by MATT WAGNER
On sale AUGUST 13 • 360 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $29.99 US
Kevin Smith’s acclaimed run on GREEN ARROW is collected in a Deluxe Edition hardcover. In these tales from issues #1-15, Green Arrow is back from the dead, leading the Dark Knight to investigate his mysterious return, while a silent killer targets costumed vigilantes…

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CINDER AND ASHE TP
Written by GERRY CONWAY
Art and cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ
On sale JULY 2 • 128 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Cinder and Ashe are a team of private investigators – one, a veteran of the Vietnam war; the other, the daughter of another U.S. soldier and a native Vietnamese woman. They’ve been hired to find a kidnapped girl – but as they travel across the U.S. on her trail, their own traumatic pasts come back to haunt them. Collecting the four-issue miniseries for the first time!

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BRIGHTEST DAY OMNIBUS HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK, JOE PRADO and others
Cover by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale AUGUST 20 • 696 pg, FC, 7.25” x 10.875”, $75.00 US
In this follow-up to BLACKEST NIGHT, twelve heroes and villains were resurrected by a white light expelled deep within the center of the earth. Now, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Jade, Osiris, Hawk, Captain Boomerang and Zoom must discover the mysterious reason behind their return and uncover the secret that binds them all in this massive hardcover collecting issues #0-24 of the hit series!

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SUPERGIRL VOL. 4: OUT OF THE PAST TP
Written by MICHAEL ALAN NELSON, SCOTT LOBDELL, JUSTIN JORDAN
and TONY BEDARD • Art by DIOGENES NEVES, YILDIRAY CINAR and others
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
On sale JULY 16 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
Supergirl’s world has been shattered! Kara searches the stars for a new home, only to encounter one of Superman’s deadliest enemies in his
New 52 debut: Cyborg Superman! Collects SUPERGIRL #21-26, ACTION COMICS #23.1: CYBORG SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN #25!

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SUPERBOY VOL. 4: BLOOD AND STEEL TP
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN, FRANK HANNAH and MARV WOLFMAN
Art by R.B. SILVA, ROBSON ROCHA, MARCUS TO, ED BENES, ANDRES GUINALDO and others
Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale JULY 2 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US
The Teen of Steel decides it’s time to become more proactive in his battle against evil, and the H.I.V.E. agency is the perfect place to start! But as Superboy and the Teen Titans get closer to these lethal enemies, they’ll find secrets and revelations darker than they ever could have imagined. Collects SUPERBOY #20-27.

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BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED VOL. 4 HC
Written by KAREN TRAVISS
Art by CHRISIAN DUCE, FEDERICO
DALLOCCHIO, TONY SHASTEEN, BEN LOBEL and others
Cover by CHRISTOPHER MITTEN
On sale AUGUST 20 • 168 pg, FC, $24.99 US
The prequel to the best-selling video game Batman: Arkham City concludes with these tales from issues #16-20. The mysterious new villain known as the Bookbinder has corrupted Gotham City’s food supply, leaving the Dark Knight in a race against time to uncover the identity of this threat to his city!

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BATMAN – BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE TP NEW EDITION
Written by ED BRUBAKER, GEOFF JOHNS, GREG RUCKA and others
Art by SEAN PHILLIPS, SCOTT McDANIEL, and others
Cover by SCOTT McDANIEL
On sale JULY 9 • 432 pg, FC, $29.99 US
Indicted for killing Vesper Fairchild, Bruce Wayne is sent to prison…only to escape, launching a citywide manhunt. This new, single-volume edition includes BATMAN #603-607, DETECTIVE COMICS #768-775, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #29-32 and BATGIRL #29 and 33.

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AME-COMI GIRLS VOL. 2: RISE OF THE BRAINIAC TP
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by EDUARDO FRANCISCO, SANTI CASAS, DEREC DONOVAN and HORACIO DOMINGUES
Cover by EDUARDO FRANCISCO
On sale JULY 30 • 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these tales from issues #1-5 of the digital-first series, the heroines must unite to stop an invasion by the female Brainiac, who is aided by Duela Dent, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Harley Quinn!

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ABSOLUTE BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT HC
Written by JEPH LOEB
Art and cover by TIM SALE
Advance solicit • On sale OCTOBER 29 • 336 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $99.99 US
In this new Absolute edition by the team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, Batman faces off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Dark Knight confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and The Joker. This slipcased hardcover collects BATMAN: MADNESS #1, BATMAN: GHOSTS #1, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 and CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME #1-6!

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TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #1
Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO
Art and cover by ART BALTAZAR
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E
The Eisner Award-winning series is back for an all-new six-issue miniseries! Superboy and Supergirl return to the treehouse to discover…IT’S MISSING! Or is it just…really small? Who could have done such a thing?! Find out as all your favorite Tiny Titans search for answers!

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SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #46
Written by SCOTT GROSS
Art by FABIO LAGUNA
Cover by SCOTT GROSS
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
When Shaggy and Scooby dig up a mysterious artifact on the beach, they take it to the local college, where the head of the Marine Archaeology Department claims to have recovered hundreds of similar artifacts – evidence that the lost civilization of Atlantis was real! So when some creatures calling themselves Atlanteans show up to cause trouble, the whole gang has to figure out what’s up.

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BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM VOL. 2 TP
Written by DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art and cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 30 • 128 pg, FC, $12.99 US
The acclaimed all-ages series returns with this title collecting issues #7-12! In the second half of our calendar of small events, the Bat-Family takes on new challenges, like sea monsters, vacations, comic conventions and pirates. But things get really interesting when they get together at a few family reunions!

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LOONEY TUNES #219
Written by IVAN COHEN
Art by ROBERT POPE and SCOTT McRAE
Cover by SCOTT NEELY
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
Wile E. Coyote is sure that attending a self-improvement lecture will lead him to glorious victory over the Road Runner. The panels are inspirational, and he knows just the Acme Products to put their ideas into practice! But the featured speaker has other ideas.

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TEEN TITANS GO! #4
Written by SHOLLY FISCH and AMY WOLFRAM
Art by CHRIS GUGLIOTTI and JORGE CORONA
Cover by DAN HIPP
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E
As the Teen Titans engage in an epic game of “Go Fish,” the Hive-Five comes knocking at their door! Then, tired of finishing second, an ultra-competitive Robin comes up with a plan to show the rest of the Titans that he’s actually the best!

MAD MAGAZINE #528
Written and illustrated by THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS
On sale JUNE 18 • 56 pg, FC, $5.99 US
Summer’s here – but don’t sweat it, because so is the new issue of MAD!

VERTIGO

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AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE #4
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
The fangs are longer, the claws are sharper and the mythos grows as Scott Snyder brings Pearl and Skinner head to head with their most vicious opponent yet. Is it possible to finally destroy a breed of vamps who can walk in the sun?

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ASTRO CITY #13
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BRENT ANDERSON
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
24 hours. 24 pages. A robot. A bank robber named Gundog. The Hanged Man. Jack-In-The-Box. The eternal, mysterious Dancing Master. And a whole lot of romance. One of ASTRO CITY’s most unusual stories, of city-wide turmoil and changing lives, all in a single day.

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THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN VOL. 3 HC
Written by LESLIE S. KLINGER
THE SANDMAN written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art by JILL THOMPSON, VINCE LOCKE, P. CRAIG RUSSELL and others
Cover by DAVE McKEAN
Advance resolicit • On sale OCTOBER 22 • 520 pg, B&W, $49.99 US • MATURE READERS
In THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN VOL. 3, Leslie Klinger provides historical insights into THE SANDMAN #40-55, plus THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 and “How They Met Themselves” from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #3.
Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

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ANIMAL MAN VOL. 6: FLESH AND BLOOD TP
Written by JAMIE DELANO
Art by STEVE PUGH, SCOT EATON, RUSS BRAUN and GRAHAM HIGGINS
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale JULY 9 • 368 pg, FC, $24.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these stories from ANIMAL MAN #51-63, after being killed in a car crash, Animal Man struggles to return to life by climbing the evolutionary ladder one step at a time. But can he reincarnate himself as a creature with any power in time to help his kidnapped son?

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FABLES #141
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and ANDREW PEPOY
Backup story art by P. CRAIG RUSSELL
Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA
Resolicit • On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Retailers: This issue is resolicited. All previous orders are cancelled.
“HAPPILY EVER AFTER!” part 1. Good knight vs. bad knight. King Arthur vs. Morgan le Fay. Rose Red vs. Snow White. The two sisters are caught up in the roles Camelot has set for them, and now they’re ready for battle. Plus, don’t miss the backup story illustrated by P. Craig Russell!

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COFFIN HILL #8
Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
Arrested for the murder of a fellow Boston cop, Eve takes a journey into her past and delves into the terrible truth about the night she caught up with the notorious Ice Fisher. Meanwhile, in Coffin Hill, Nate struggles to protect the town’s remaining witches from an outside menace, while in Boston, Eve confronts an evil that never left, and realizes that even though she caught the Ice Fisher, the case is far from closed… The second story arc of COFFIN HILL begins here!

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DJANGO UNCHAINED TP
Based on the screenplay by QUENTIN TARANTINO
Adaptation by REGINALD HUDLIN
Art by R.M. GUERA, JASON LaTOUR, DENYS COWAN and DANIJEL ZEZELJ
Movie poster cover
On sale JULY 16 • 256 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS
The 7-issue comics adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie by Quentin Tarantino is now in trade paperback! Don’t miss this blood-soaked tale of a bounty-hunting dentist and his partner Django, a recently freed slave, as they search the post-Civil War South for Django’s wife!

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SWAMP THING BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN VOL. 2 TP
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Art by ROGER PETERSEN, GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI and others
Cover by PHIL HALE
On sale JULY 23 • 264 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS
In these stories from SWAMP THING #11-20, Tefé helps a friend escape her father, a ruthless congressman, then runs headlong into radical environmentalists whose own plans are every bit as dangerous as the politician’s. Plus: The real Swamp Thing returns at last!

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FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #11
Written by SIMON OLIVER
Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
Cover by NATHAN FOX
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
One man’s reality is another man’s machine gun shootout! Adam and Rosa are up against more than they bargained for, but physics could be on their good side for once! The dicey adventures of everyone’s favorite FBP agents continue here!

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HINTERKIND #8
Written by Ian Edginton
Art by Francesco Trifogli
Cover by Greg Tocchini
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
After being rescued from death’s door by the Ogrekin, Prosper and Jon Hobb find themselves drawn into a murder investigation as the hand of the Vampire Nation moves across the land. Meanwhile, Asa can’t believe his eyes as a familiar face is seemingly back from the dead.

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THE INVISIBLES DELUXE EDITION VOL. 2 HC
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by JILL THOMPSON, PHIL JIMENEZ, PHILIP BOND, GLYN DILLON, TOMMY LEE EDWARDS and others
Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
On sale AUGUST 13 • 352 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS
This deluxe hardcover focuses on Lord Fanny’s past as a prostitute in Brazil, while King Mob leads the team in a search for the missing Jack Frost. And King Mob’s past as a mod super-agent is revealed when he’s captured and tortured by his enemies. Collects THE INVISIBLES #13-25 and a story from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #1.

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THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #5
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Art and cover by SIMON COLEBY
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, 5 of 6, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
As the Allied forces prepare to invade France, Hitler’s V2 rockets decimate London, and King Albert is faced with the knowledge that, despite his best efforts, he could not protect his children from the war. The effects of the Stalingrad mission leave Rose’s sanity in tatters, while Henry must battle his morally bankrupt brother, Arthur, to try and convince him to join the Normandy armada. But Arthur left Henry to die once before, and the Nazi’s spy in London is about to be revealed…

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THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #6
Written by MIKE CAREY
Art by PETER GROSS
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
“The Fisher King,” part 1 of 3. As Pullman’s cold war against stories turns hot, it’s in stories that Tom must find the weapons and allies he’ll need to beat him. And the best weapon of all is one a thousand knights have quested for…

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THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 9: THE UNWRITTEN FABLES TP
Written by MIKE CAREY and BILL WILLINGHAM
Art by PETER GROSS, MARK BUCKINGHAM and others
Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
On sale JULY 23 • 160 pg, FC, $14.99 US • MATURE READERS
The worlds of FABLES and THE UNWRITTEN collide in the epic comic event from THE UNWRITTEN #50-54 as a terrible foe has seized the fairytale homelands and our world. In desperation, the witches of Fabletown must summon the greatest mage the worlds have ever seen.

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THE WAKE #10
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by SEAN MURPHY
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, 10 of 10, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
The series Buzzfeed called “the best horror comic of the year” and Comics Alliance rated “most unpredictable” and “uncanny and uncategorizable” comes to a shocking conclusion. Will Leeward uncover a history buried thousands of leagues beneath the sea – or will the waves come crashing down on what little land is left?

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16. Dr. Radway, Will Nash, and the Parrott Library Honor Award

We are reviewed, in this life, by professional critics, by the Amazon anonymous, by the Goodreads communities, by the whispers we'll never hear, by the book clubs that decide yes or no, by the bloggers, by our friends.

Now and again, we hear from younger readers.

This morning I heard from Will Nash, a student in the St. Albans Lower School of Washington, DC., who had some glorious things to say about Dr. Radway, which was one of three books given the 2014 Parrott Library Honor Award (the other two being The Kill Order and Wonder).

I was finishing work on the Florence novel when the news of this generous honor came in. I was, in fact, fixing some of the book's many details. And so you will appreciate how much I loved Will's immaculate review, especially these words:

If you enjoy envisioning scenes in your head, it is a great book because Beth Kephart loves to go crazy with details.

I hereby declare, for now and forever, that I will always go crazy with details—and think of Will Nash when I do.

For more on Dr. Radway—and much more from Will—please click on this link. Thank you, St Albans Lower School, for choosing to read a book about my own city, Philadelphia.

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17. New Titles From DC Comics! Fall 2014! And Spring 2015!

Batman Adventures!  Absolute editions!  Omnibi!  George Romero!  Post-Crisis classics!  New 52!  Captain Carrot!  Dave McKean!

(My faves in purple.)

DC COMICS

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Katana Vol. 1: Soultaker (The New 52)

Ann Nocenti
On Sale Date: August 26, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401244118, 1401244114

Summary: From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and BIRDS OF PREY, Katana stars in her very own series! The former assassin and new Justice Leaguer embarks on a noble quest to restore the Outsiders to their former glory! Will she succeed, or will she be overcome by the power of her sword, the Soul Taker?

Written by Ann Nocenti (CATWOMAN, GREEN ARROW) with art by Alex Sanchez (Star Wars: The Old Republic), this stirring new graphic novel collects Katana #1-10 and Justice League Dark 23.1 The Creeper.

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DC Universe Vs. Masters of the Universe

Keith Giffen, Dexter Soy
On Sale Date: September 2, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401247201, 1401247202
Summary: After narrowly escaping his last battle with He-Man, Skeletor has fled to the most unexpected realm to recover: EARTH! Once there, he sets a plan in motion to siphon off Earth’s core magic. Forging an unlikely hunting party, He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor and find themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe must find a way to stop Skeletor and his mysterious new master!
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Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew

On Sale Date: September 2, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
664 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401247560, 1401247563

Summary: These 1980s tails-sorry, tales-of Captain Carrot and the JLA (Justa Lotta Animals) have never been reprinted before. Featuring pun-filled tails-sorry, tales-written by comics legend Roy Thomas, with animated illustrations by Scott Shaw, these stories star Captain Carrot, along with his fellow four-legged heroes including the magical Alley-Kat-Abra, super-strong Pig-Iron, stretchable waterfowl Rubberduck, the super-speedster turtle Fastback and more. Together, they battle the evil of Brother Hood and A.C.R.O.S.T.I.C., Salamandroid, Feline Faust, the Wuz Wolf and more, plus DC Universe villains Starro and Grodd. This collection also includes the three-part epic saga “The Oz-Wonderland War,” in which our heroes are caught between the forces of these two magical realms, each of which are illustrated in the style of classic illustrators John R. Neill, W.W. Denslow and others.

Reprints a story from NEW TEEN TITANS #16, plus CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW #1-20 and THE OZ-WONDERLAND #1-3.

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Batman: Arkham Origins

Adam Beechen, Doug Wagner
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
160 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248864, 1401248861

Summary: The best-selling video game comes to comic books in BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS!

In the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, Black Mask orders a hit on the Dark Knight and assassins from all across Gotham City answer the call. Batman must defeat the likes of Deathstroke, Bane, The Joker, Copperhead and others while trying to find out what Black Mask is up to.

Collects digital chapters #1-14

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Batman: Gordon of Gotham

Dennis O’Neil, Chuck Dixon, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
288 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251741, 1401251749

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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Batwoman Vol. 4: This Blood is Thick (The New 52)

JH Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, Trevor Mccarth…
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249991, 140124999X

Summary: After taking down Medusa, Batwoman expected her life to get easier. Not so much when caught in the crossfire between Batman and the D.E.O., Department of Extranormal Operations. The organization has their sights set on the Dark Knight, and could be using Batwoman to capture him. But is Batman the true threat?

Writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman and artist Trevor McCarthy continue their mammoth run on the critically acclaimed title in BATWOMAN VOL. 4: THIS BLOOD IS THICK.

Collects Batwoman #18-24

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Forever Evil

Geoff Johns, David Finch
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
208 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248918, 1401248918

Summary: The Justice League is DEAD! And the villains shall INHERIT the Earth! In a flash of light, the world’s most powerful heroes vanish as the Crime Syndicate arrives from Earth-3! As this evil version of the Justice League takes over the DC Universe, no one stands in the way of them and complete domination…no one except for Lex Luthor.

By New York Times #1 best-selling creators Geoff Johns and David Finch, FOREVER EVIL is the first universe-wide crossover of The New 52. This hardcover graphic novel collects the FOREVER EVIL #1-7.

Collects FOREVER EVIL #1-7.

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JLA Earth 2

Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251352, 1401251358

Summary: They are the world’s gravest super-villains: Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick-the legendary Crime Syndicate of Amerika. Nothing has ever seriously threatened the global corruption they proudly enforce, but now a twisted mirror image of the CSA has arrived from the flip side of reality. Can anything stop this so-called “JUSTICE LEAGUE,” or will the stable, perfect evil of the Earth 2 fall victim to the tyranny of law, righteousness and freedom?

From Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely-the New York Times best-selling creative team behind ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3, BATMAN AND ROBIN, FLEX MENTALLO and New X-Men-comes a graphic novel that pits Earth’s greatest heroes against themselves.

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Martian Manhunter: Rings of Saturn

John Ostrander, Tom Mandrake
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251413, 1401251412

Summary: The Martian Manhunter, one of the key heroes in The New 52, stars in this new title collecting his popular 1998 series. Featuring moody art by writer John Ostrander’s frequent collaborator, Tom Mandrake. After suffering colossal injuries at the hands of the evil Malefic, the Martian Manhunter has returned to Mars in an attempt to heal himself. But while he’s away, Saturnian ships arrive to reclaim Jemm, Son of Saturn, who is still recovering from being used as a pawn in “DAY OF JUDGMENT.”

Collects the 1998 MARTIAN MANHUNTER #10-17.

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Trinity of Sin – Phantom Stranger Vol. 3: The Crack in Creation (The New 52)

J.M. Dematteis, Fernando Blanco
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250966, 1401250963

Summary: With the Justice League missing and the villains in control, Phantom Stranger finds himself with the Justice League Dark in an attempt to stop FOREVER EVIL by destroying the very embodiment of evil-EVIL ITSELF!

Phantom Stranger, Pandora, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Nightmare Curse and Deadman find themselves in a different plane of existence trying to destroy the very embodiment of evil. But to stop the Crime Syndicate, Deadman must possess the Sea King’s body and strike an unholy truce with him if they are going to make it out alive!

Collects TRINITY OF SIN PHANTOM STRANGER #12-17.

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Batman: Death of the Family Mask and Book Set

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: September 16, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249274, 1401249272

Summary: After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who’s committed a lifetime of murder, he’s more dangerous than ever before. How can Batman protect his city and those he’s closest to? It all leads back to Arkham Asylum…

This new collectors set collects the critically acclaimed tale DEATH OF THE FAMILY from the superstar #1 New York Times best-selling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. BATMAN VOLUME 3 will have repercussions that will affect the Batman universe for years to come!

Now, this seminal Batman trade paperback graphic novel is paired with a replica mask of facial flesh worn by the Joker, a must-have for any true fan of Scott Snyder’s groundbreaking work. This is the third in DC’s series of book and mask sets, following the very popular V FOR VENDETTA BOOK AND MASK SET and the BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS BOOK AND MASK SET.

Collects BATMAN #13-17.

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Justice League of America Vol. 2

Matt Kindt, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy
On Sale Date: July 15, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401247263, 1401247261
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Justice League Vol. 4: The Grid (The New 52)

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
On Sale Date: September 16, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250089, 1401250084

Summary: The event that the New 52 has been building towards since the beginning! #1 New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN: EARTH ONE) brings together almost two years of plot threads for an epic tale that will forever change the shape of the DC Universe. When the three Justice Leagues go to war with one another, who’s side will everyone be on? Allies will be born, friends will become enemies and the DC Universe will never be the same.

This volume collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #18-23.

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Justice League Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
On Sale Date: September 16, 2014
$22.90 USD / $26.99 CAD
160 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250096, 1401250092

Summary: As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them-including Batman’s protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing…and Owlman’s teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men!

New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN: EARTH ONE) continues the Forever Evil event, as the Justice League must find a way to defeat their deadly mirror images-the Crime Syndicate!

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Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse

Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen
On Sale Date: September 16, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
544 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251390, 1401251390

Summary: Fan-favorite LEGION writer Paul Levitz returns to the 31st century super team he made supreme with an all-new intergalactic era! This exciting graphic novel picks up on threads from Geoff Johns’s “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes” storyline and ties-in directly with events from GREEN LANTERN CORPS. Levitz and rising superstar artist Yildiray Cinar join together to revitalize one of DC Comics’ most beloved franchises for a new generation.

In this volume, the first strike of Durlan assassins arrives on Earth! Their goal: kill the United Planets leadership as revenge for R.J. Brande’s death…while posing as Science Police officers!

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Batgirl Vol. 4: Wanted (The New 52)

Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250409, 1401250408
Summary: Batgirl struggles to continue fighting crime after being emotionally drained by the death of her brother, James, Jr. With her relationships with Batman and her father strained, Batgirl face one of Batman’s most ruthless villains, The Ventriloquist, alone.
Collects Batgirl issues #19-25, Ventriliquist #1.
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Batgirl Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250416, 1401250416
Summary: Superstar writer Gail Simone continues the New York Times bestselling Batgirl series!
It’s a hazardous reunion between Batgirl and the former Court of Owls assassin Strix as they face off against the lethal new threat known as Silver-the man who knows the secret of Gotham City’s conspiracy of bats!
Collects BATGIRL #27-32.
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Forever Evil: Arkham War (The New 52)

Peter Tomasi, Scott Eaton
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
208 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249403, 140124940X
Summary: Madness and mayhem hit the streets as both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison unleash their prisoners upon the helpless citizens of Gotham. And with no Dark Knight to protect the city, what horrors will follow? Arkham and Blackgate face off in this series featuring Scarecrow, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, and more.
Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN) brings you FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR, detailing the battle for Gotham City in the midst of the epic crossover event FOREVER EVIL from comics superstars Geoff Johns and David Finch. Collects #1-6, BATMAN #23.4: BANE, DETECTIVE COMICS #23.3: SCARECROW, and BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.1.
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Toe Tags Featuring George A. Romero

George A. Romero, Tommy Castillo
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401249533, 1401249531
Summary: Cult movie writer/director George Romero-best known for his work on the horror classics Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead-writes an original horror tale in “Toe Tags”! Overnight, the world has been turned upside down, and zombies rule the day! It’s up to a college professor named Hoffman, his assistant Damien Cross and his girlfriend to find out how and why the undead have taken over. But even if they do get to the bottom of the plague, is it too late to save the world?
Collects TOE TAGS #1-6.
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Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. (The New 52)

Sterling Gates, Philip Tan, Jason Paz
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249397, 1401249396
Summary: The villains have killed the Justice League and decimated A.R.G.U.S.’s headquarters. Only Steve Trevor and the surviving A.R.G.U.S. agents can pick up the pieces and save the civilian populace from unthinkable evil!
Tying into the epic crossover event FOREVER EVIL by comics superstars Geoff Johns and David Finch, FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. explores the DC Universe surrounding the superhuman war! Collects issues #1-6
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Forever Evil: Blight

Ray Fawkes, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
400 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250065, 1401250068
Summary: Spinning out of the events of the massive crossover event FOREVER EVIL, comes FOREVER EVIL: BLIGHT! After a battle between the three Justice Leagues, the heroes of the DC Universe-including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman-have all gone missing. With unspeakable evil called Blight unleashed on the world, it’s up to the Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, Pandora and the Phantom Stranger to try and stop them from destroying everything around them.
Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #24-29, TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER #14-17, CONSTANTINE #9-12, TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #6-9.
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Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion (The New 52)

Brian Buccellato, Scott Hepburn, Patrick Zircher
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249410, 1401249418
Summary: A tie-in to the crossover event FOREVER EVIL! The Rogues-the Flash’s gallery of villains-call no man boss, but a new evil threat might not leave them much choice! Will they fall in line, or refuse and risk certain death? Will the Rogues be able to take on the Crime Syndicate together?
Written by THE FLASH scribe Brian Buccellato, FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION brings the Scarlet Speedster’s infamous foes into unfamiliar territory: as heroes! Collects issues #1-6, THE FLASH #23.1 and #23.3.
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Harley Quinn: Vengeance Unlimited

A.J. Lieberman, Mike Huddleston, Troy Nixey
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
288 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250683, 1401250688
Summary: In a new direction for the series, Harley attempts to juggle being a full-time psychiatrist with her own criminal activities. But the unbalanced people she has to treat are keeping her very busy – and she’s wanted for the murder of a police officer. Then, Harley gains powers beyond those of normal humans thanks to Poison Ivy’s experiments. But every gift has its price, and now Harley faces the consequences. Plus, Harley signs on for a mercenary gig to hunt down a guy on the lam and retrieve an unnamed object of limitless value for him.
Collects HARLEY QUINN #26-38.
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Injustice Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1

Tom Taylor, Mike S. Miller, Tom Derenick
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401250713, 1401250718
Summary: The best-selling prequel to the hit videogame picks up right where it left off! Year one is over-now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth’s protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, anothe grave threat approaches…
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR 2 continues the story from the New York Times best-selling graphic novel with rising star writer Tom Taylor (EARTH 2) and a team of artists including Mike S. Miller, Bruno Redondo and Tom Derenick.
Collects INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR 2 #1-5.
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The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1

Robert Kanigher, John Broome, Carmine Infantino
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$99.99 USD / $112.00 CAD
864 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251499, 1401251498
Summary: This massive title collects the earliest Silver Age adventures of The Flash, just in time for his debut as the star of the new series THE FLASH on the CW network. Stories include the origin of The Flash, the first appearances of his sidekick, Kid Flash, fellow detective The Elongated Man, and much more.
Collects SHOWCASE #4, 8, 13 and 14 and THE FLASH #105-132.
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Batman Noir: the Long Halloween

Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$34.99 USD / $41.99 CAD
384 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248833, 1401248837
Summary: Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s legendary Batman story is collected in an all-new black and white noir edition!
Collecting this landmark series in a brand new noir edition, all-stars Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale send the Dark Knight on the hunt for a mysterious serial killer who strikes only on holidays. The World’s Greatest Detective must solve the unsolvable with no shortage of suspects in a city beset by mobsters and costumed criminals, any one of whom could be his prey.
Collects BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN #1-14 in black and white.
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Justice League Beyond: Power Struggle

Christos Gage, Iban Coello
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250737, 1401250734
Summary: The World’s Greatest Super Heroes of Tomorrow are here! Now with a few fresh faces and a newly-constructed Watchtower, the Justice League are back to being a well-oiled crime fighting machine! But when Superman’s powers begin to rage out of control, the League must figure out a way to protect the world-and themselves-from the Last Son of Krypton.
JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND: POWER STRUGGLE is collected here in its entirety for the first time, written by Christos Gage (Avengers Arena). This volume collects issues #1-8.
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The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1

On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401248994, 1401248993
Summary: Elena, Stefan and Damon make their comics debut in a new series based on the hit CW television show! This anthology graphic novel will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Mystic Falls and set them loose to bring the characters to life. Or death. They are vampires, you know.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is a must-read for any fan of this runaway hit TV series. Collects digital chapters 1-14.
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Wonder Woman Vol. 4: War (The New 52)

Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249540, 140124954X

Summary: Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s critically acclaimed Wonder Woman reintroduces The New Gods!

Wonder Woman’s world is shocked to its core when her eldest brother, the First Born, is freed from his slumber. Now, with her family in ruins and her friends scattered, she must turn to Orion and the New Gods of New Genesis to save herself and Zola’s newborn from the First Born’s wrath!

Collects WONDER WOMAN #19-23.

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Wonder Woman Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Goran Sudzuka
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250973, 1401250971

Summary: Wonder Woman’s life is changed forever when she is called on to take the place of War on Olympus! An epic new era of WONDER WOMAN begins here, as Diana must decide if the path set out for her is one she wants to take. But there’s no time for Wonder Woman to fully comprehend the fallout as her family gathers to prepare for an assault on Olympus!

The last time the First Born came for Olympus, it took the death of the God of War to stop him. With Wonder Woman as the new God of War and the First Born more determined than ever to claim his birthright, things are about to get violent indeed!

Collects WONDER WOMAN #24-29, and WONDER WOMAN #23.2 FIRST BORN.

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Earth 2 Vol. 3: Battle Cry (The New 52)

James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249380, 1401249388
Summary: The wonders of Earth 2, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Flash, Atom Smasher, The Sandman, Mr. Terrific and Dr. Fate, take on the forces of Steppenwolf and the Hunger Dogs of Apokolips when all hope is lost. Now a new Batman enters the fray, but is he enough to turn the tide and prevent Darkseid from taking control of Earth 2?
Acclaimed creative team James Robinson (STARMAN) and Nicola Scott (SUPERMAN) enlist the heroes of an alternate Earth in their greatest battle yet in EARTH 2: WAR! Collects EARTH 2 #13-16, #15.1 and EARTH 2 ANNUAL #1
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Earth 2 Vol. 4: The Dark Age (The New 52)

Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
144 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250010, 1401250017

Summary: Once thought dead, Superman now returns to Earth to do the destructive bidding of Darkseid!

The Wonders of Earth 2 have struggled to keep the forces of Brutal and Darkseid at bay. But now with the return of Superman, they can no longer stand up to the wake of destruction he brings. But now, with the emergence of a new and mysterious Batman, comes the hope that he may know how to defeat the rogue Man of Steel before Earth 2 is destroyed completely.

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Green Arrow Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragons

Mike Grell, Ed Hannigan
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251338, 1401251331

Summary: In these cult favorite stories from the 1980s, Green Arrow heads to Alaska to investigate a gang’s activities at the behest of the CIA, only to run afoul of the mysterious archer known as Shado. The two are forced to work together to stay one step ahead of Yakuza killers while trying to learn who set them up.

Collects the 1988 GREEN ARROW #7-12

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Green Arrow Vol. 5: The Outsiders War (The New 52)

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250447, 1401250440

Summary: Oliver Queen thought he had it all figured out. As the heroic archer Green Arrow, he’d finally found a sense of purpose, friends to aid him, even a place on the Justice League of America. But now, he’s not even sure where he came from…or who he came from.

As Green Arrow discovers that his stranding on a desert island was more than just an accident, there seem to be more sinister forces at work behind all these sudden revelations. The Queen family is embroiled in a war generations old. A war of clans. A war of outsiders.

Acclaimed creative team Jeff Lemire (ANIMAL MAN) and Andrea Sorrentino (I, VAMPIRE) take Green Arrow on his most challenging adventure yet. Collects issues #25-31.

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Smallville Season 11 Vol. 5: Olympus

Bryan Q. Miller, Jorge Jimenez
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401250768, 1401250769

Summary: Superman and new ally Wonder Woman race to stop magical terrorist Felix Faust from launching an attack on the nation’s capital. Meanwhile, Lois launches an attack of her own by digging into the shadowy connection between Faust and the new Department of Extra-Normal Operations.

Diana’s mysterious past may hold the key to helping Superman stop Faust in the present, but the warlock isn’t working alone. Don’t miss the epic fight of Superman and Wonder Woman taking on Faust and Hades!

Collects SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #16-19.

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Adventures of Superman Vol. 2

JT Krul, Marcus To, David Lapham
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
168 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250362, 140125036X

Summary: The best creators in comics and entertainment unveil their takes on the Man of Steel, in this collection of Superman stories written by David Lapham (Stray Bullets), J.T. Kurl (GREEN ARROW), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow TV series) and many others. This series is a great jumping on point for new readers interested in the Man of Steel, as each tale is stand alone, unencumbered by continuity. These tales feature battles with some of Superman’s greatest foes, including Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Brainiac and Zod!

Collects the digital-first stories, reprinted in ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #6-10.

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Batman ’66 Vol. 1

Jeff Parker, Richard Case
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249311, 1401249310

Summary: CAN the Caped Crusader unravel the Riddler’s latest ruse?

WILL Catwoman, that feline queen of crime, sink her claws into our heroes?

HAVE the Dynamic Duo met their match in the Antarctic Alliance of the Penguin and Mr. Freeze?

WHO will get the last laugh when Batman and Robin are forced to team up with the Clown Prince of Crime himself-the Joker?

The answers await you on each pulse-pounding page of BATMAN ’66 VOL. 1, an all-new collection of spine-tingling, swashbuckling stories in the style of the classic Batman TV series!

Written by Jeff Parker and illustrated by a gallery of great-including Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover-each action-packed adventure captures the high-spirited hijinx that have made Batman and the Boy Wonder the world’s gold standard for daring do-gooders!

Collects issues #1-5.

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Batman ’66 Vol. 2

Jeff Parker, Richard Case
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249328, 1401249329

Summary: Back to the Swingin’ ’60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form. These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them.

In this volume, one of Batman’s deadliest foes-King Tut returns to Gotham City to assert his royal status and challenge the Dynamic Duo with his most far reaching plan yet to rule the modern Thebes known as Gotham City!

Collects issues #6-10.

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Batman Vol. 4: Zero Year-Secret City (The New 52)

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249335, 1401249337

Summary: The fourth volume in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s best-selling run on Batman!

Still dealing with the death of his son and the aftermath of Death of the Family, Batman must stop a robbery by Bruce Wayne? Twists and turns are around every corner as Bruce must clear his name and stop this mysterious perpetrator, all leading to the epic “Zero Year.”

Collects issues #21-24, #0 and Batman Annual #2 in Scott Snyder’s landmark run in this #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year-Dark City

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248857, 1401248853

Summary: Before the Batcave and Robin, the Joker and the Batmobile…there was ZERO YEAR.

The Riddler has plunged Gotham City into darkness. How will a young Dark Knight bring his beloved hometown from the brink of chaos and madness and back into the light? From the critically acclaimed, New York Times #1 best-selling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR-DARK CITY is the concluding volume to Batman’s origin story, as you’ve never seen it before.

Collects BATMAN #25-31.

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Justice League 3000 Vol. 1: Yesterday Lives

Keith Giffen, J.M. Dematteis, Howard Porter
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250461, 1401250467

Summary: In the far flung future in the year 3000, the Justice League still exists and they’re more familiar than you could imagine. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern comprise the League, but how is it that a millenia from now, these heroes could still exists? JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 VOL. 1: YESTERDAY LIVES is a new series starring the heroes of today-tomorrow from the classic Justice League writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA).

Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1-7.

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All Star Western Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Moritat
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
224 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249939, 1401249930

Summary: After a confrontation with Justice Leaguer Booster Gold, the DC Universe’s most infamous bounty hunter from the old west is transported 150 years into the future into modern-day Gotham City. Confused and adrift, Hex looks to shoot his way out of trouble-but that may do him no good when he’s thrown into Arkham Asylum!

ALL STAR WESTERN VOL. 5, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, features guest appearances by modern DCU characters such as Superman, Batman, John Constantine. Dr. Amadeus Arkham and more!

Collects issues #22-29.

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Gotham City Sirens Book One

Paul Dini, Guillem March
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
320 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251758, 1401251757
Summary: This graphic novel features the bad girls of Gotham City! Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are tired of playing by other people’s rules regardless of which side of the law they’re on. These tough ladies have a new agenda that’s all their own, and they’ll use any means necessary to pursue it. But can they get along and work as a team? And who will get hurt along the way?
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Ronin Deluxe Edition

Frank Miller, Frank Miler
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
336 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401248956, 1401248950

Summary: RONIN is the acclaimed epic by Frank Miller, the visionary writer/artist of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, 300 and Sin City. In this tale of a legendary warrior, the Ronin, a dishonored, masterless 13th Century samurai, is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master’s death. Suddenly finding himself reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st Century New York City, the samurai discovers he has one last chance to regain his honor: he must defeat the reincarnation of his master’s killer, the ancient demon Agat. In a time and place foreign and unfathomable to him, the Ronin stands against his greatest enemy with his life and, more importantly, his soul at stake.

This breathtaking Deluxe Edition includes rarely seen promotional art, fold-out pages and more special features. Collects RONIN #1-6.

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Suicide Squad Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Matt Kindt, Patrick Zircher
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250126, 1401250122

Summary: Our world belongs to the Crime Syndicate!

With Forever Evil sweeping across the DC Universe, the Suicide Squad find themselves in a world full of villians now free from their shackles-Belle Reve! And now with the Reverse Suicide Squad taking over Belle Reve, Amanda Waller and James Gordon Jr. must free a mysterious prisoner from the early days of the New 52 if they are to have any hope of surviving! From new writer Matt Kindt comes the Squad’s deadliest mission yet! Collects issues #24-30.

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Trinity of Sin: Pandora Vol. 2 (The New 52)

Ray Fawkes, Francis Portella
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250133, 1401250130

Summary: Pandora seeks answers from the one man who seems to have them: Earth-3′s Outsider. A FOREVER EVIL tie in, this volume sees Pandora team up with Constantine against Blight in this second volume starring the New 52′s most mysterious character!

Collects TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #6-12.

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Absolute Batman: Haunted Knight

Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$99.99 USD / $112.00 CAD
336 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251222, 1401251226
Summary: This Absolute edition includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
As an added bonus, Loeb and Sale’s Catwoman 6-issue mini-series Catwoman: When In Rome is included here as well as additional design, sketch and script pages.

[Really? Looks like a Loeb/Sale what's-left-over collection. And where's the "Absolute Sandman: Overture" edition?]

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Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary

Grant Morrison, Dave McKean
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
224 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251246, 1401251242
Summary: The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham’s detention center for the criminally insane on April Fool’s Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.This is the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.
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Batman Arkham Asylum 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Grant Morrison, Dave McKean
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
224 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251253, 1401251250

Summary: One of the greatest Batman stories ever told, BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM is celebrated in this 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition!

The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham’s detention center for the criminally insane on April Fool’s Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.This is the critically acclaimed Batman story that helped launch the U.S. careers of Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.

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DC Comics: Zero Year (The New 52)

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
400 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249373, 140124937X

Summary: Six years ago, the legend of Batman emerged amid the greatest catastrophe Gotham had ever endured. A maniac calling himself The Riddler shut down all electric power mere days before a terrifying superstorm. But the Dark Knight isn’t the only hero to surface during this moment in time known only as the ZERO YEAR!

Journey back to the Zero Year to see the early tales of heroes and heroines such as Nightwing, Green Arrow, Batgirl, Superman, Birds of Prey, Catwoman and more!

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Green Lantern Vol. 4: Dark Days (The New 52)

Robert Venditti, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249427, 1401249426

Summary: Just as Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner are putting back together the Green Lantern Corps, lights across all of the different colored Corps begin to flicker. Lanterns from all over the universe begin to lose power, but unlike times’ past, the reasons for the outage don’t seem to be in-fighting between one another. Allying with enemies and friends alike, Hal links the answers to the mysterious alien Relic and their confrontations will leave all the corps forever changed.

GREEN LANTERN VOL. 4 begins a brand new era for the entire emotional spectrum, from writer Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar) and artist Billy Tan (New Avengers).

This volume collects GREEN LANTERN #21-26, #23.1: Relic, GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2.

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Green Lantern Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Robert Venditti, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
200 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250898, 1401250890

Summary: Hal Jordan, the greatest Green Lantern in the history of the Corps, has lost everything. Friends have died, Oa has been destroyed, and now he must say goodbye to Earth! As war threatens to dismantle the Green Lantern Corps, Hal does the unthinkable: He asks for help. Can he and a team of handpicked Lanterns remove a deadly weapon from the enemy’s arsenal, or will they be dealt their first defeat?

Collects GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS #28, GREEN LANTERN #27, #29-33

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Animal Man Vol. 5: Evolve or Die! (The New 52)

Jeff Lemire, Rafael Alburquerque, Travel Foreman
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249946, 1401249949

Summary: THIS IS IT: The final battle for The Red begins here! Teen Titans foe Brother Blood has come to claim the mantle of avatar from Animal Man’s daughter Maxine, murdering and plundering his way to power. Now faced with his family being even further torn apart, Buddy Baker must defeat this evil…no matter what the cost.

Critically acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire ends his run on the breakout title of The New 52 with this concluding chapter to his epic ANIMAL MAN story. With art from Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Travel Foreman and Lemire himself, ANIMAL MAN VOL. 5: EVOLVE OR DIE! is a fitting ending to a modern classic. Collects ANIMAL MAN #24-29.

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Batman Adventures Vol. 1

Kelley Puckett, Ty Templeton
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401252298, 140125229X
Summary: A special all-ages Batman collection, this graphic novel collects the serialized adventures from the classic Batman: The Animated Series cartoon show! From writer Kelley Puckett (BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND, BATGIRL), these tales will connect with Dark Knight fans from 5 to 75!
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Batman Beyond 2.0: Rewired

Kyle Higgins, Thony Silas
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250607, 1401250602

Summary: Batman Beyond 2.0 launches with a new direction for Terry McGinnis!

Commissioner Barbara Gordon enlists Terry’s help while investigating the death of Neo-Gotham’s Mayor, which took place inside the new Arkham Institute. Was it really only a heart attack? Or was one of Arkham’s infamous inmates responsible?

Collects issues #1-8.

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Batwoman Vol. 5: Webs (The New 52)

Marc Andreyko, Jeremy Haun, Trevor Mccarthy
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$17.99 USD / $20.99 CAD
208 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250829, 1401250823

Summary: Kate Kane’s life has always been one of intrigue and adventure, but since she took on the mantle of Batwoman, things have been in overdrive with no sign of slowing down! Join us as Batwoman starts her next chapter and faces a threat that might just have her rethinking her career as a hero! But her life as a hero isn’t Kate’s only concern, as Maggie has a surprising revelation and her very angry ex-husband shows up! Can Kate and Maggie work together to discover the secret of the Wolf Spider?

Collects BATWOMAN ANNUAL #1 and BATWOMAN #25-31.

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Harley Quinn Vol. 1

Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248925, 1401248926

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

Collects HARLEY QUINN #0-6.

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Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years

Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, George Perez
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$75.00 USD / $85.00 CAD
400 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251772, 1401251773
Summary: 50 years ago, there was already a Justice League, comprised of the world’s greatest heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash. But what of their teen sidekicks Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash? Hearing the groundswell of popularity for these heroes, DC Comics created the Teen Titans, an adolescent group of crimefighters whose presence completely changed the genre.
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Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World (The New 52)

Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Ben Oliver
On Sale Date: November 18, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249342, 1401249345

Summary: The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are close friends in the modern day-but the two weren’t always such close allies. Discover how two of the World’s Finest Super Heroes met for the first time in the New 52, and the mysterious adventure that takes them to a whole new world-the world of Earth 2! The heroes of the main DC Universe meet their Earth 2 counterparts for the first time!

Collects Batman/Superman #1-7.

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Batman/Superman Vol. 2 (The New 52)

Greg Pak, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: November 18, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
224 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249359, 1401249353

Summary: The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel uncover a plot by the Toymaster to use a secret, potentially deadly element in his new video game, the characters created by players manifest in real life. The ultimate fighting game results-and a world-wide network of players must team up to create the most powerful, skilled Super Heroes imaginable with one goal: To kill Batman.

When Batman and Superman are corned by the Toymaster and Mongul, they are pitted against on another in a battle to the death, with their only hope being the The Worlds’ Finest.

Collects Batman/Superman #5-9, Batman/Superman Annual #1, Worlds’ Finest #20-21.

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Catwoman Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Ann Nocenti, Patrick Oliffe
On Sale Date: November 18, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250638, 1401250637

Summary: Everything’s all right in Selina Kyle’s world. As the fabled Catbird of Gotham City, she fights alongside Batman to keep the city safe. So why does it all feel so wrong? Who is behind this twisted-and yet untwisted-version of Gotham City? Find out in Gothtopia!

Also featuring an untold tale of Catwoman in this tie-in to BATMAN: ZERO YEAR! Journey back to Selina’s early days as a thief, and find out why she’s always worked alone! Collects issues #25, #27-32.

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Scooby-Doo Team-Up

Sholly Fisch, Dario Brizuela
On Sale Date: November 18, 2014
$12.99 USD / $15.99 CAD
128 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401249465, 1401249469

Summary: The Dynamic Duo Batman and Robin team up with Scooby-Doo and his mystery busting friends the Mystery Inc.!

Holy overactive imagination! When Scarecrow attacks using his fear gas, only humans are affected, leaving Batman, Robin and the Mystery Inc. gang trapped facing “monsters” from their own imaginations. Now, it’s up to canine crusaders Scooby-Doo and Ace the Bat-Hound to save the day!

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Aquaman Vol. 4: Death of a King (The New 52)

Geoff Johns, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
On Sale Date: November 25, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249953, 1401249957

Summary: Unfolding out of the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder-one that will reveal a horrific truth about Arthur Curry and threaten those closest to him today.

Also, as the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it and possess untold power.

Collects issues #17-23 of the monthly series.

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Aquaman Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
On Sale Date: November 25, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250393, 1401250394

Summary: The “Sea of Storms” story arc begins with the debut of new Aquaman writer Jeff Parker (BATMAN 66)!

The Earth’s crust is grinding to life, releasing deadly volcanoes and bizarre creatures…so humanity’s first instinct is to blame Atlantis! And as the plates pull apart, the pressures of ruling a kingdom under siege are weighing on Aquaman and Mera as well!

Collects issues #26-32.

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Showcase Presents Unknown Soldier Vol. 2

David Michelinie, Gerry Talaoc
On Sale Date: November 25, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
560 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401240813, 140124081X
Summary: Assuming a wide variety of disguises to battle the Nazis in World War II, the Unknown Soldier plunges deep behind enemy lines in this massive SHOWCASE edition, collecting stories that have not been reprinted since they were first published in the 1970s.
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Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1

Charles Soule, Tony Daniel
On Sale Date: November 25, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248987, 1401248985

Summary: Beginning a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as writer Charles Soule (Swamp Thing) is joined by artist Tony S. Daniel (Batman) to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it-and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!

Collects Issues #1-6 of Superman/Wonder Woman.

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Absolute Batman Incorporated

Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, Yanick Paquette
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$125.00 USD / $144.00 CAD
608 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251215, 1401251218

Summary: Grant Morrison’s epic saga is collected here in its entirety, in this beautiful new Absolute edition. Bruce Wayne publicly announces that he is the financial backer of Batman and establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen that will protect the entire globe. Joining him are strange heroes such as Knight & Squire, El Gaucho and Batwing, as well as allies Nightwing and his own son, Robin. However, it seems that as soon as Batman creates his own crimefighting force, another organization rises to challenge him: Leviathan. As the war between the two forces reaches its apex, Bruce Wayne will face the greatest tragedy of his life.

This New York Times best-selling epic is given the Absolute treatment, formatted as an oversized slip cased edition with extra bonus materials. Collects BATMAN, INCORPORATED #1-8, BATMAN, INCORPORATED LEVIATHAN RISES #1, BATMAN, INCORPORATED VOL. 2 #1-13, BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1.

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Batman and Robin Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian (The New 52)

Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250584, 1401250580

Summary: Spinning out from the tragic death of Damian Wayne in the pages of Batman Incorporated, the Dark Knight attempts to cope with the death of not only his partner, Robin, the Boy Wonder, but also his son. Will he be able to deal with his grief on his own, or will he turn to his allies to try and help him through the pain?

Collects BATMAN AND ROBIN #18-23.

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Batman and Robin Vol. 5: The Big Burn (The New 52)

Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250591, 1401250599

Summary: Batman and Robin Vol. 5 collects the DC Comics-The New 52 origin of Two-Face and Carrie Kelley!

The origin of Two-Face begins as Batman finds himself in the crossfire of a vengeful war between Two-Face and Erin McKillen! Both are hell bent on killing each other and anyone else who dares to step between them. And what are the mysterious connections between Harvey Dent’s life and the origin of Carrie Kelley!

Collects issues #23.1: Batman & Two-Face, Batman & Two-Face #24-28.

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JSA Omnibus Vol. 2

Geoff Johns, Don Kramer, Rags Morales
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$150.00 USD / $172.00 CAD
1312 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251383, 1401251382

Summary: Known for his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern, over a decade ago Geoff Johns brought Justice Society of America characters rooted in the Golden Age of comics back to the forefront of comics. Mixing younger, edgier characters with the elder statesmen of superheroes, Johns brought the JSA back to the forefront of the comics in what became the industry’s best-selling comic series. Collected here is the second and concluding volume on Johns’ now-legendary run on the original JSA.

Collected here are JSA #26-81.

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Justice League: Trinity War (The New 52)

Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
320 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249441, 1401249442

Summary: The event that the New 52 has been building towards since the beginning! #1 New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN: EARTH ONE) brings together almost two years of plot threads here in JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR. When the three Justice Leagues go to war with one another, who’s side will everyone be on? Allies will be born, friends will become enemies and the DC Universe will never be the same.

This new hardcover graphic novel features stunning art from some of the best talents in the industry, including Ivan Reis (AQUMAN VOL. 1: THE TRENCH), David Finch (BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 1: KNIGHT TERRORS) and Mikel Janin (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 1: IN THE DARK).

Collects: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2012, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA 1-3, TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER 11, JUSTICE LEAGUE 22-23, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK 22-23, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 6-7 and CONSTANTINE 5

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New Teen Titans Vol. 1

Marv Wolfman, George Perez
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251437, 1401251439

Summary: The first 8 issues of the groundbreaking 1980s NEW TEEN TITANS now available for the first time in years!

When the series launched, writer Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and artist George Perez (FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS, Avengers) crafted a timeless story starring Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Changling, Raven and Starfire – a group of young individuals with great powers and strong personalities who learned their way in the world through the strength of their friendship and the adventures they shared.

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Batman: Eternal Vol. 1

Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: December 9, 2014
$39.99 USD / $47.99 CAD
448 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251734, 1401251730

Summary: A new weekly Batman series that examines the relationship between the heroes, villains, and citizens of Gotham City!

In the wake of Forever Evil, the world looks at heroes in a different light, creating tension between Batman and his allies and the Gotham City Police Department. When a gang war breaks out and new villains arise, it’s up to the Dark Knight, Batgirl, and more to turn the tides as best as they can-but will the GCPD be a help or a hinderance? Plus, a fan-favorite character makes her long-awaited DC Comics-The New 52 debut.

Collects Batman: Eternal issues #1-20

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Marshal Law

Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill
On Sale Date: December 9, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
480 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251406, 1401251404
Summary: In the spirit of JUDGE DREDD and the current hit series THE BOYS, MARSHAL LAW is a violent, satirical series about a futuristic law official charged with policing super-heroes gone rogue by any means necessary, all while fighting his own self-hatred for being the thing he hates most: a super-hero. Featuring art by Kevin O’Neill, illustrator of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, the centerpiece of this volume is the original six-part tale in which Marshal Law hunts down the Sleepman, a serial killer who is somehow connected to the popular hero known as The Public Spirit.
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The Movement Vol. 2 (The New 52)

Gail Simone, Freddie Williams II
On Sale Date: December 9, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249526, 1401249523

Summary: Its the corrupt cops and politicians of Coral City vs a rag-tag group of young super powered vigilantes known as the Movement. But after The Movement has been taken down, only the powerless Vengeance Moth is left to protect the streets from the Graveyard Faction!

Critically acclaimed writer Gail Simone concludes her run on this fascinating new series. Collects THE MOVEMENT #7-12.

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Nightwing Vol. 1: Bludhaven

Dennis O’Neil, Greg Land, Scott McDaniel
On Sale Date: December 9, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
288 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251444, 1401251447

Summary: Dennis O’Neil introduces Dick Grayson’s brand new costume and career in Nightwing’s first solo series!

Nightwing flies solo as Dick Grayson uncovers new facts about the murder of his parents-evidence suggesting there was far more to their deaths than he ever suspected. But shadowy forces have strong reasons for keeping the truth buried and send assassins to silence him forever.

Collecting NIGHTWING #1-4, NIGHTWING #1-8.

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Red Lanterns Vol. 5: Red Daughter of Krypton (The New 52)

Charles Soule, Alessandro Vitti, Tony Bedard
On Sale Date: December 9, 2014
$17.99 USD / $20.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250904, 1401250904

Summary: The Reds have found their newest recruit: Supergirl! Guy Gardner is hardly equipped to handle a teenaged Kryptonian Red Lantern, so he heads for Earth and hand her off to her cousin, Superman! But Superman is…unimpressed by Guy’s leadership skills (or lack thereof).

But even the power of Supergirl can’t make Guy Gardner’s team of Red Lanterns unstoppable. Guy wasn’t counting on the arrival of the deadliest Red yet: The Judge! When she makes her ruling, the fate of the Red Lanterns, Earth and an entire space sector will hang in the balance!

Collects GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS #28, RED LANTERNS #27, #29-31, SUPERGIRL #28-30.

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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 3

On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$39.99 USD / $47.99 CAD
168 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248154, 1401248152

Summary: Batman Legends of the Dark Knight features tales of the Bat from comics creators and beyond!

These new tales of Batman from comics writers beyond to explore unusual sides of The Dark Knight, including his relationship with Alfred during his early years as a crimefigher, his method of dealing with super-powered foes, and more. Collects Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #11-13 (print), LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1.

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Divine Right: The Adventures of Max Faraday

Jim Lee
On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
360 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248901, 140124890X

Summary: Max Faraday was an ordinary college student who spent all his time on the Internet-until the day he accidentally downloaded the Creation Equation. Suddenly able to access to the limitless powers of the universe itself, this part-time pizza delivery boy instantly found himself the target of a secret government agency, the Coda Sisterhood, and the immoral Cardinal Lazarus. Now, aided by a band of warriors sworn to protect the formula, Max, his sister, and his best friend must stay one step ahead of the deadly assassins, ancient warriors and horrific demons that are hunting them down. But when his actions begin to wreak havoc across the globe, Max turns from messiah to megalomaniac. With the universe’s fate hanging in the balance, the heroes of the world must unite against the power-crazed Max.

Collects DIVINE RIGHT #1-12, the DIVINE RIGHT PREVIEW, DIVINE RIGHT #1/2, DIVINE INTERVENTION: WILDC.A.T.S #1 and DIVINE INTERVENTION: GEN13 #1.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 5 (The New 52)

James Tynion IV, Julius Gopez
On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250485, 1401250483

Summary: There’s a dark force of nature that’s forming in Gotham City…A face laughing in the dark that will one day tear Jason Todd’s life apart. Featuring a BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in, this action-packed volume finds the Outlaws in their toughest bind yet. Ra’s al Ghul is back and more powerful than ever, the Outlaws are being held captive, and Jason Todd has lost his memories. Don’t miss the Outlaws’ final bloody showdown with Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins!

Collects RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #25-31, and BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.3: Ra’s Al Ghul.

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Superman for All Seasons Deluxe Edition

Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
224 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250782, 1401250785

Summary: In this coming-of-age tale witness the experiences and adventures that transform a simple country boy into the world’s greatest hero. Told through the course of four seasons in the Man of Steel’s adolescent life, it illustrates that it is the person, not the powers, that makes Superman a hero.

The catalyst for the “Smallville” television program, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS is emotional and insightful, humanizing the alien from another planet so that he is not only realistic but also relatable. It also features in-depth characterizations of Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and the Kents. From the creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the New York Times team behind BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, comes their take on the early days of the Man of Steel.

Collects SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS #1-4.

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Worlds’ Finest Vol. 4 (The New 52)

Paul Levitz, Greg Pak, R.B. Silva
On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250980, 140125098X

Summary: Power Girl and Huntress come face to face with Superman and Batman for the first time! In this BATMAN/SUPERMAN crossover, desperate times call for desperate measure as the Worlds’ Finest reveal their origin to the fellow team. The two teams must work together to stop Kaizan Gamorra’s plot to depower Power Girl and unlock the secrets of Superman of Earth 2! But following such a team up, what world will Power Girl and Huntress choose?

Collects WORLDS’ FINEST #18-22, BATMAN/SUPERMAN #8-9.

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Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 4: The Wrath (The New 52)

John Layman, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: December 23, 2014
$17.99 USD / $20.99 CAD
264 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249977, 1401249973

Summary: The Caped Crusader is challenged by the mystery of the 900 in a special tale celebrating the 900th issue published of Detective Comics! Plus, Batman faces against two new foes: Emperor Penguin and the deadly vigilante known as the Wrath, a dark counterpart to the Dark Knight.

Collects issues Batman: Detective Comics #19-24, Detective Comics Annual #2.

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Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 5: Gothtopia (The New 52)

John Layman, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: December 23, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249984, 1401249981

Summary: Gotham City is and always has been a crime-free utopia, where the heroes are celebrated through the streets of one of America’s best cities. Batman is a universally beloved vigilante clad in white. His sidekick is Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catbird. Who-or what-has created the Dark Knight’s alternate hometown?

This twisted take on Gotham City, written by John Layman (Chew) and illustrated by Jason Fabok (BATMAN: ETERNAL), includes the monumental issue DETECTIVE COMICS #27 that celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman.

Collects issues #25-29.

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DC Comics – The New 52: Five Years Later Omnibus

Scott Snyder, Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
On Sale Date: December 23, 2014
$150.00 USD / $172.00 CAD
1440 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251291, 1401251293

Summary: In September 2014, as every title in the DC Universe published special new issues featuring their favorite heroes and villains in iterations they’ve never seen before: future versions of themselves! Every DC Comics comic book series will feature a special issue, revealing the shocking fates of top super heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and many more. Written and illustrated by top talent including Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, THE FLASH, JUSTICE LEAGUE), Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER), Scott Snyder (DETECTIVE COMICS, AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Jeff Lemire (JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED) and many more!

Just in time for the new year, these entry-point issues are collected in a single, massive hardcover edition that will be a great holiday gift for comics fans everywhere.

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Swamp Thing Vol. 5: The Killing Field (The New 52)

Charles Soule, Jesus Saiz
On Sale Date: December 23, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250522, 1401250521
Summary: The battle for the soul of The Green reaches its epic conclusion.

Alec Holland knew little of the politics involved in becoming the The Green’s Avatar, but since his role has been challenged, he must take a crash course in the politics and power of The Green. The mantle of Avatar evolves over time, and when the Parliment decides an Avatar’s time is at an end, a new one must be raised. If Alec fails the Seeder’s challenge, the fate of mankind will be sealed and reclaimed by The Green under the control of The Seeder.This epic new chapter of SWAMP THING unfolds here! Collects issues #24-27 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2.

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The Authority Vol. 2

Mark Millar, Frank Quitely
On Sale Date: December 23, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
416 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250805, 1401250807

Summary: The Authority, now under Jack Hawksmoor’s leadership following Jenny Sparks’ death at the end of the 20th Century, face multiple foes such as a mad scientist and his army of superhumans who wanted to influence the 21st Century through Jenny Spark’s successor Jenny Quantum, a previous Doctor who manipulated the Earth itself, and a duplicate team of superheroes modeled on the Authority that was created and backed by the G7 group of nations.

Collects THE AUTHORY #13-29

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Green Lantern: Lights Out (The New 52)

Robert Venditti, Justin Jordan, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: December 30, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249434, 1401249434

Summary: The epic event that will forever change the universe and the different color Lantern Corps forever!

Relic has arrived and the universe with shiver in his wake. The lights of the Lanterns are fading as the emotional spectrum is being drained. It is up to Hal and the Green Lanterns to rally the other Corps together if they are going to survive. Many won’t and others will change allegiances, but one thing is certain-nothing will ever be the same.

This volume collects Green Lantern New Guardians #23-24, Green Lantern #23.1:
Relic #24, Red Lanterns #24, Green Lantern Corps #24, Green Lantern Annual #2.

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Larfleeze Vol. 2 (The New 52)

Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Scott Kolins
On Sale Date: December 30, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250102, 1401250106

Summary: Under mysterious circumstances, Larfleeze has become the biological embodiment of a power battery. Having been defeated by his once-undead Corpsmen, Larfleeze is locked away in a dungeon to serve as the remaining Orange Lantern’s power battery. It will take a cosmic miricle for Larfleeze to escape and regain control over his Orange Lanterns.

Written by the legendary creative team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, LARFLEEZE VOL. 2 conclude their run on the renegade Orange Lantern of Avarice. Collects issues #6-12.

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Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 5

Cary Bates, Dave Cockrum
On Sale Date: December 30, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
520 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401242978, 1401242979

Summary: This latest Showcase Presents Legion of Super-Heroes title collects adventures of the 30th century team originally published in the 1970s. These stories reestablished the Legion’s popularity and introduced new heroes including Timber Wolf, Karate Kid and Wildfire. Includes artwork by The Uncanny X-Men co-creator Dave Cockrum and Warlord creator Mike Grell.

Collects SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #193, 195, 197-220 and KARATE KID #1.

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Tales of the Batman: Len Wein

Len Wein, Jim Aparo
On Sale Date: December 30, 2014
$49.99 USD / $58.00 CAD
560 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251543, 1401251544

Summary: These tales from the 1970s are written by Len Wein, co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine and writer of BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS. In this new hardcover, Batman battles the villainy of The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Ra’s al Ghul and many others.

Collects BATMAN #307-310, #312-319, #321-324, #326-327, DETECTIVE COMICS #408, #444-448, #466, #478-479, #500 and #514 and UNTOLD LEGENDS OF THE BATMAN #1-3.

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Twilight

Howard Chaykin, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
On Sale Date: December 30, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250140, 1401250149

Summary: DC’s wide-eyed science fiction heroes, most of whom first appeared in the 1950s, are reimagined in this dark tale from writer Howard Chaykin and artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Originally published in 1990, TWILIGHT tells the story of how one of the Star Rovers, Karel Sorenson, became a living god when caught in an explosion with a race of immortal creatures called Methuseloids. It’s up to renegade hero Tommy Tomorrow to stop his former ally-but he ends up absorbing Sorenson’s power and becoming an all-powerful tyrant himself. Also includes appearances by Star Hawkins, Manhunter 2070, Ironwolf, Space Ranger, Space Cabbie and other heroes.

Collects TWILIGHT #1-3.

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Nightwing Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Kyle Higgins, Will Conrad
On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250119, 1401250114

Summary: Even though Nightwing has relocated to Chicago, the ghosts of Gotham City won’t let him be. An old friend, the Mad Hatter visits his new found home, forcing Nightwing into an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Marionette. With Nightwing trying to establish a new life in Chicago, his sins from his past will come back to haunt him unless he can make peace with his old life.

Collects NIGHTWING #25-29 and NIGHTWING Annual #1.

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The Spectre Vol. 2: Wrath of God

John Ostrander, Tom Mandrake
On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251505, 1401251501

Summary: In these never-before-collected tales from the 1990s, the Spectre witnesses genocide on a global scale, leading him to sit in judgement on humanity itself. And when he decides to wipe out the human race, it’s up to DC’s mystic heroes including John Constantine – Hellblazer, Etrigan the Demon, the Phantom Stranger, Doctor Fate, Zatanna and more to try and stop him. Plus: Professor Nicodemus Hazzard tries to control the Spectre with the magical artifact known as the Spear of Destiny, sending the Spectre on a rampage that only Superman has a hope of stopping.

Collects THE SPECTRE #13-22.

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Superman – Action Comics Vol. 4: Hybrid (The New 52)

Andy Diggle, Tony Daniel
On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250775, 1401250777

Summary: Determained to turn the people of Metropolis against the Man of Steel and finally vanquish him from the Earth, Lex Luthor unleashes a virus on Metropolis capable of rewriting the DNA of those infected, including Superman.

While Superman’s immune system eventually fights off the infection, but not before a hybrid Superman is created through the virus’ ability to rewrite DNA. This new hybrid Superman is the only being capable of defeating the true Superman and Lex will stop at nothing to see it accomplish it’s mission.

Collects Action Comics #19-24, and stories from Young
Romance: The New 52 #1 and Superman Annual #2

From the Hardcover edition.

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Superman – Action Comics Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
144 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249472, 1401249477

Summary: his BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in features the reintroduction of a major character as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City. Superman must also figure out who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military’s battle with subterranean monsters?

Collects ACTION COMICS issues #25-29.

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Superman/Batman Vol. 2

Jeph Loeb, Carlos Pacheco, Ed McGuiness
On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
336 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250799, 1401250793

Summary: The Earth has a new world order in which Batman and Superman rule with an iron fist. Humankind has a choice: obey or die! But a resistance is formed against these dictators! Will these unlikely freedom fighters save the world or destroy it? Also, the World’s Finest heroes take on a squad of revenge-seeking heroes on the hunt for the murderer of one of their teammates – and their top suspects are Batman and Superman.

Collects SUPERMAN/BATMAN issues #14-26.

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Deathblow

Brandon Choi, Jim Lee, Tim Sale
On Sale Date: January 13, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
272 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251307, 1401251307

Summary: As an élite mercenary working in the shadowy realm of special operations, Michael Cray was a one-man arsenal and one of the world’s deadliest killers. But that was before the cancer began to eat away at his brain-and remorse began to eat away at his soul.

To those with faith, redemption is always possible. Cray never had a lot of faith, but the agents of Hell sent to recruit him are about to adjust his attitude. As he sinks deeper and deeper into an ancient conspiracy poised to unleash Armageddon on the world, the man known as Deathblow will discover that his special skills can finally be put to good use-and if he sacrifices everything, he may be able to save himself along with the world.

Crafted by legendary comics talents Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and Tim Sale, DEATHBLOW: THE DELUXE EDITION collects the first twelve issues of the classic WildStorm title together with the never-before-collected issue #0. Also features a special gallery of bonus art from Lee and Sale.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2

Tom Taylor, Mike S. Miller, Tom Derenick
On Sale Date: January 13, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
224 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250454, 1401250459

Summary: From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes the critically acclaimed prequel comic to the smash hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us!

From the ashes of Metropolis comes Superman and the JLA’s newest ally: Lex Luthor! Against all odds, he’s not only survived but now embraces Superman’s goals. Of course, Lex has his own ideas for how to create a better world. The Man of Steel trusts him, but can the rest of his allies be so sure?

This volume collects Injustice: Gods Among Us #7-12 and Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual #1.

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Sinestro Vol. 1

Cullen Bunn, Dale Eaglesham
On Sale Date: January 13, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250508, 1401250505

Summary: Thaal Sinestro has lost everything he’s ever loved: his home, his family, his only friend. But no matter how desperate he becomes, Sinestro will never be without fear…a lesson his one-time ally, one-time enemy Lyssa Drak is eager to teach him! Can he take back the despicable Yellow Lantern Corps? Or does the universe have a new destiny in mind for Sinestro?

The deadliest villain in the Green Lantern mythos gets his own solo series for the first time in SINESTRO VOL. 1, written by Cullen Bunn (SUPERMAN/BATMAN) and Dale Eaglesham (JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA). Collects issues #1-6 and GREEN LANTERN #23.3: SINESTRO.

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Superboy Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Marv Wolfman, Aaron Kuder, Jorge Jimenez
On Sale Date: January 13, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250928, 1401250920

Summary: As a result of the crossover event FOREVER EVIL, Superboy and the Teen Titans become stranded in the future without a way back home. Howevever, as they become immersed deeper and deeper in their new setting, Conner Kent comes to some startling revelations about his origins and future! Can he and the team rescue Kid Flash and find the way back to their own era? Or will they become lodged in the future forever?

SUPERBOY VOL. 5 is written by legendary NEW TEEN TITANS scribe Marv Wolfman, returning to DC Comics in this epic graphic novel. Collects issues #26-31.

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Superman: The Power Within

Roger Stern, Curt Swan
On Sale Date: January 13, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251529, 1401251528

Summary: When Superman saves an innocent man from murder, he discovers two disturbing facts: That the man he saved is part of a cult that worships the Man of Steel, and that the would-be killer is part of another faction dedicated to wiping them out! Even worse, both groups are gaining super-powers due to a mysterious, spaceborn source that Superman traces back to the dread ruler of Apokolips: Darkseid.

Collects stories from ACTION COMICS WEEKLY #601-641, SUPERMAN #48 and ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #417.

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Batman: Black and White Vol. 4

Paul Dini, Neal Adams, Adam Hughes
On Sale Date: January 20, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
288 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250621, 1401250629
Summary: The legendary, Eisner Award-winning series BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE returns in a brand-new volume featuring tales of The Dark Knight by some of comics’ greatest writers and artists such asChip Kidd, Michael Cho, Neal Adams, Joe Quinones, Maris Wicks, John Arcudi, Sean Murphy, Sean Murphy, Rafael Albuquerque,Howard Mackie and Chris Samnee! Collects Batman Black and White #1-6.
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Green Lantern Corps Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Van Jensen, Robert Venditti, Bernard Chang
On Sale Date: January 20, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250874, 1401250874

Summary: With the entire Corps under attack by the Khund and the shapeshifting Durlans, John Stewart must unravel the mystery behind destroyed Sector Houses. But as the situation becomes more dire, he and his rag tag group of Lanterns must seek out a Lantern that has been undercover for a very long time. Maybe even too long to be found.

The beginning of this new GL epic begins here! Collects GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28-33, GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #2.

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Supergirl Vol. 5: Out of the Past (The New 52)

Michael Alan Nelson, Diogenes Neves
On Sale Date: January 20, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250515, 1401250513

Summary: She’s done with people pushing her around, taking advantage of her and betraying her. She’s done feeling helpless, lost and discarded. She’s done with hope, faith and acceptance. Now, all that’s left is rage. And she’ll burn the universe down before she lets another person tell her who she should be. Supergirl’s journey as a Red Lantern begins here.

The newest, most daring chapter in Supergirl’s history unfolds in SUPERGIRL VOL. 5: OUT OF THE PAST! Collects SUPERGIRL #21-25, ACTION COMICS #23.1: CYBORG SUPERMAN.

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The Flash: A Celebration of 75 years

Gardner Fox, Geoff Johns, Carmine Infantino
On Sale Date: January 20, 2015
$75.00 USD / $85.00 CAD
400 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251789, 1401251781

Summary: Introduced in 1940, The Flash burst onto the comic book scene with an explosive debut akin to his super-speed powers. He was an instant smash-hit success, as the lightning bolt insignia upon his chest became synonymous with the term “superhero”. Even as seven decades have passed, The Flash is still a vibrant part of the DC Comics lore and an integral part of the genre.

THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS collects a wide range of stories featuring the Scarlet Speedster, ranging his seven decades as a mainstay in the DC Comics universe. From the original Flash, Jay Garrick, to his successors Barry Allen and Wally West, the mantle of this beloved hero has made him burst beyond the printed page into a pop culture symbol. This anthology graphic novel collects stories from the industry’s legendary talents, including Gardner Fox, John Broome and Geoff Johns.

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Aquaman and the Others Vol. 1

Dan Jurgens, Manuel Garcia
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250386, 1401250386

Summary: Spinning out of AQUAMAN, the King of Atlantis re-joins his first team-years before he even met his super-powered allies in the Justice League-The Others. With strange powers, abilities and mysterious origins, The Prisoner, Ya’Wara, and The Operative unite with Aquaman after they find themselves targeted by an unknown foe that wants their Atlantean artifacts!

This new dynamic new series is written by Dan Jurgens (DEATH OF SUPERMAN) and illustrated by Lan Medina (FABLES). Collects AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #1-6.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Unwrapped: David Finch

David Finch
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
$34.99 USD / $41.99 CAD
288 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248840, 1401248845

Summary: A sketch edition of some of comics superstar David Finch’s greatest Batman stories from Batman: The Dark Knight, DC Comics: The New 52 and more!

This fantastic unwrapped collection features tales of the Dark Knight written and pencilled by David Finch. Encompassing David’s work from Batman: The Dark Knight to the re-launch in the New 52, this volume features the stunning artwork and compelling stories about the supernatural and the esoteric areas of Gotham City.

Collects Batman: The Dark Knight #1-3, Batman: The Return #1 and Batman: The Dark Knight (Vol 2) #1-7 and 9 in black and white format.

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Beware the Batman Vol. 1

Ivan Cohen, Luciano Vecchio
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
Ages 7 to 10, Grades 2 to 5
$12.99 USD / $15.99 CAD
128 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249366, 1401249361
Summary: The popular Cartoon Network series makes its way to comics!
Bruce Wayne spent years studying crime-fighting techniques from his butler/former secret spy Alfred Pennyworth. Together they will take on Gotham City’s worst criminals and convicts. But even with the help of allies like Katana and Pennyworth, Batman’s skills will be put to the test against villians such as Professor Pyg, Man-Bat, and Tobias Whale.Collects BEWARE THE BATMAN #1-6.
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Birds of Prey Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Christy Marx, Robson Rocha, Jonathan Glapion
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250836, 1401250831

Summary: Christy Marx’s run on the hit series continues in this action-packed volume, featuring a GOTHTOPIA tie-in! We reach a major turning point in the series as the Birds find a new benefactor and a new mission to take down one of the ancient evils of the DC Universe: Ra’s al Ghul! Black Canary confronts Ra’s al Ghul, who makes her an offer that could save her husband! Is she willing to pay the ultimate price?

Collects BIRDS OF PREY #26-32,

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JLA Vol. 6

Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
424 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251369, 1401251366

Summary: With Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth severed, the very concept of truth itself has been fractured-and the heroes of the Justice League must contend with a world capriciously redefined by the dreams and fears of the human race. With the League stretched beyond its capacity, and Wonder Woman’s spirit broken, can even the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes stand and fight? Then, the JLA battles for control of Atlantis the help of some mages…and when only Batman remains, the Dark Knight assembles an unexpected and unfamiliar new Justice League!

Collects JLA #61-76.

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Ame-comi Girls Vol. 3: Earth in Crisis

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Adam Archer
On Sale Date: February 3, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250379, 1401250378

Summary: AME-COMI GIRLS is based on the best-selling product line from DC Collectibles that brings the distinct Japanese influence of anime and manga to DC Comics’ female heroines and their foes.

In the new volume the Ame-Comi universe is suddenly under attack! As an intergalactic threat strikes Earth and beyond, can the heroines band together in time to save everyone?

This volume collects issues #5-8 of the original series.

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The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse (The New 52)

Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: February 3, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249496, 1401249493

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 ahea 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!

This final volume of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s mammoth run on the Scarlet Speedster is here in THE FLASH VOL. 4: REVERSE. Collects issues #20-25, REVERSE FLASH #23.2.

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The Flash Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Brian Buccellato, Patrick Zircher
On Sale Date: February 3, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249502, 1401249507

Summary: The fifth volume of the New 52 breakout hit – The Flash! Find out how Barry Allen adjusts after his epic battle with The Reverse Flash! Also, find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met in THE FLASH Annual #2 included in this volume.

Collects THE FLASH #26-29 and THE FLASH Annual #2.

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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 1

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver
On Sale Date: February 3, 2015
$99.99 USD / $112.00 CAD
1008 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251345, 140125134X

Summary: The New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed series GREEN LANTERN written by Geoff Johns begins here!

It’s been years since the the death of Hal Jordan and the end of the Green Lantern Corps. But as the Torchbearer Kyle Rayner is about to find out, the adventure of epic and mythological proportions is about to begin as the former Lantern returns to the land of the living to atone for his sins. And the cosmos will never be the same as Sinestro wages his war against the Green Lanterns with his newly founder, Sinestro Corps!

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Showcase Presents: Blue Beetle

Len Wein, Paris Cullins, Ross Andru
On Sale Date: February 3, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
584 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251475, 1401251471

Summary: This value-priced title collects the entire 24-issue run of BLUE BEETLE from the 1980s, including the Beetle’s battles against DC Universe villains Chronos and Dr. Alchemy. Includes appearances by The Question and the Teen Titans.

Collects BLUE BEETLE #1-24.

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Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol. 4

Karen Traviss, Christian Duce
On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
168 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250423, 1401250424

Summary: The prequel series to the best-selling video game BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY!

The mysterious new villian known as the Bookbinder has corrupted Gotham City’s food supply leaving the Dark Knight in a race against time to find out the true motive and identity of this threat to the city.

Collects Batman Arkham Unhinged 16-20

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DC: The New Frontier

Darwyn Cooke
On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
480 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401248888, 1401248888

Summary: Writer/illustrator Darwyn Cooke’s critically acclaimed masterpiece DC: THE NEW FRONTIER is celebrated in this oversized Absolute edition featuring new story pages, detailed annotations, alternate sequences and an extensive gallery of sketches, pinups, action figure art and much more! In the 1950s, Cold War paranoia has resulted in the mystery men of the Golden Age being outlaws. Stalwarts such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman continued to fight for truth and justice, but as the world hurtles toward an uncertain future, it would take a new breed of hero to define the American Way. DC: THE NEW FRONTIER takes readers on an epic journey from the end of the Golden Age of heroes to the beginnings of the legendary Justice League of America.

For the first time, DC collects the entire epic DC: THE NEW FRONTIER in a single trade paperback, along with sketch and background material from the absolute edition.

Collects DC: THE NEW FRONTIER #1-6, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL #1 and material from ABSOLUTE DC: THE NEW FRONTIER.

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Superman Vol. 4: Psi-War (The New 52)

Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort, Aaron Kuder
On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250942, 1401250947

Summary: The Queen of H.I.V.E.(Holistically Intergrated Viral Equality) has placed the telepathic Dr. Hector Hammond’s thoughts deep into the recesses of Superman’s mind in an effort to control the Man of Steel. The merging of Hammond and the Superman’s minds brings about vivid hallucinations that cause Superman to experience different realities and view longtime allies as potential threats. With the Man of Steel unable to tell what is real and what is a hallucination, it is up to Orion of the New Gods and Wonder Woman to release the H.I.V.E.’s grip on Superman and save the universe from succumbing to power of the H.I.V.E.

Collects SUPERMAN #18-24 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2.

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Superman Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Scott Lobdell, Ken Lashley, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
160 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250959, 1401250955
Summary: In the wake of the Psi War, Lois Lane lies in a deep coma, unable to speak, but her new found powers allow her to astral project in times of need. It is just this power that brings the power hungry creature Parasite to Metropolis in search of Lois.
Is there anything The Man of Steel can do, or will he lose his best friend?
The Man of Steel faces villains attacking Metropolis from all sides in SUPERMAN VOL. 5.
Collects SUPERMAN #25-31.
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Teen Titans Vol. 5: The Trial of Kid Flash (The New 52)

Scott Lobdell, Tyler Kirkham, Art Thibert
On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
208 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250539, 140125053X

Summary: New York Times best-selling writer Scott Lobdell continues his tenure on Teen Titans with this latest volume tyng into the cataclysmic events of FOREVER EVIL.

The Teen Titans’ fall through the time stream as seen in FOREVER EVIL. But is this the help they’ve been looking for, or are things about to go from bad to worse? Plus: The secrets of Kid Flash’s origin begin here!

Collects TEEN TITANS #24-30, TEEN TITANS Annual #2.

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Batman – The Dark Knight Vol. 4: Clay (The New 52)

Gregg Hurwitz, Alex Maleev, Alberto Ponticelli
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
1765 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249304, 1401249302

Summary: The origin of the classic Batman villain Clayface is revealed-and a new mystery is introduced!

Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throughout Gotham City. what led Clayface to become the monster that he is? The answers lie here.

Collects Batman: The Dark Knight #22-29.

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Batman: Dark Night, Dark City

Peter Milligan, Kieron Dwyer, Jim Aparo
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251277, 1401251277

Summary: In this epic tale written by Peter Milligan (RED LANTERNS, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, SKREEMER), Batman is led through a labyrinthine urban maze by his old nemesis the Riddler, who seems to have changed into an abominable monster with one purpose: to drive Batman insane. In his quest, the Riddler is working with an occultist who has summoned a demon to stop Batman-but in the process, the Riddler himself is slowly changing into a nightmarish beast!

Collects BATMAN #452-454 and DETECTIVE COMICS #629-633.

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Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

Josh Elder, Adam Archer
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249267, 1401249264

Summary: The sequel to the popular video game SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED arrives in this collected edition!

Following the events of Scribblenauts Unmasked, Madame Xanadu and Phantom Stranger foresee a new threat to the DC Universe. They must enlist the help of Maxwell and Lily to return to the DC Universe and save the world as we know it.

Collects SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION digital chapters #1-9.

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Secret Origins Vol. 1

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
168 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250492, 1401250491

Summary: At last, the SECRET ORIGINS of the World’s Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! The beginnings of the most popular characters in the DC Universe are finally told here, in stories that fans have been clamoring for since September 2011. Included here are the origins of The Last Son of Krypton and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson.

Written by a host of the industry’s brightest talent including Jeff Lemire (JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED) Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and Tony Bedard (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) and painted covers by Lee Bermejo (JOKER), this new series is a fantastic way to jump on with the DC Universe!

Collects issues #1-4.

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Secret Six Vol. 1: Villains United

Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham, Brad Walker
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
328 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250751, 1401250750

Summary: Collecting the series that led into INFINITE CRISIS! Six of justice’s deadliest enemies band together to start a revolution. Together, they want to take a stand to stop the super-heroic community from tampering with their minds and to prove how deadly they can be! But not everyone agrees to this agenda. Six rogues are recruited by the enigmatic Mockingbird, charged with opposing the Society and given assignments to thwart their rivals and even help their enemies. Who is Mockingbird? Could it be one of the six? The status quo is rocked by the Society’s formation and the revelations along the way make certain that when the Secret Six are done, nothing in the DCU will ever be the same!

Collects VILLIANS UNITED #1-6, SECRET SIX #1-6, VILLIANS UNITED: INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL #1

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Superman: Return to Krypton (The New 52)

Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
200 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249489, 1401249485

Summary: Featuring Superman, Superboy and Supergirl, a villain from the Man of Steel’s past comes back to resurrect Krypton!

Crossing over between SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL, SUPERBOY, and ACTION COMICS, the Super-family is sent on a mission through Krypton’s history to stop H’el from dooming the universe!

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Batman: Blink

Dwayne McDuffie, Val Semeiks
On Sale Date: February 24, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
168 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251260, 1401251269

Summary: A tale of crime in Gotham City written by Dwayne McDuffie, acclaimed writer of STATIC SHOCK and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and co-founder of Milestone Media.

A blind man with the ability to “see” through the eyes of others accidentally taps into the mind of a serial killer, pulling Batman into a conspiracy that affects all of Gotham City.

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Constantine Vol. 3 (The New 52)

Ray Fawkes, ACO
On Sale Date: February 24, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250850, 1401250858

Summary: Lost and confused in the face of the fallout from his actions in “Forever Evil: Blight,” John Constantine has sold himself out to the Cold Flame and is vulnerable to attack by Spellbinder! How will DCU’s con man deal with the reprecussions of this universe changing event?

Written by Eisner Award nominee Ray Fawkes, John Constantine continues his reemergence as DC Comics’ most infamous magician! Collects CONSTANTINE #13-18.

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Damian: Son of Batman

Andy Kubert, Grant Morrison
On Sale Date: February 24, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
208 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250645, 1401250645
Summary:

[UPDATED]

Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, has adopted the cape and cowl as his own … but what horrific events set this troubled hero on the path of his dark destiny? It’s a possible future that may never be. Plus, in a tale written by Grant Morrison, Damian Wayne is the Batman of Tomorrow in a story set 15 years from now in a nightmarish future Gotham! In a world torn apart by terrorism, plagues, rogue weather and bizarre super-crime, only 24 hours are left before the climactic battle of Armageddon–and only one man who might be able to stop it.
Collects DAMIAN, SON OF BATMAN #1-4 and BATMAN #666.

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Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. 5: God Killers (The New 52)

Justin Jordan, Brad Walker
On Sale Date: February 24, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250881, 1401250882

Summary: The fifth volume of Green Lantern: New Guardians starring fan favorite White Lantern Kyle Rayner!

The fiery religion of the goddess X’Hal has brought peace to a star system that has only known conflict! Could this be the galactic paradise that Kyle Rayner and the New Guardians have been searching for? If it is, it won’t last long-because the mysterious beings known as The God-Killers have X’Hal-and Kyle-in their sights!

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Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 6

Dennis O’Neil, Neal Adams, Frank Robbins
On Sale Date: February 24, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
584 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251536, 1401251536

Summary: In this new, value-priced collection of tales from the early 1970s, Batman returns his roots as the Dark Knight Detective, operating on his own in the shadows of Gotham City. With Robin away in college, Batman faces new foes and old including Two-Face, Man-Bat and Ra’s al Ghul. This collection features stories by the renowned GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW team of writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, who brought a new sense of purpose to comics’ greatest detective.

Collects BATMAN #229-244 and stories from DETECTIVE COMICS #408-426.

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Batwing Vol. 5 (The New 52)

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Eduardo Pansica
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250812, 1401250815

Summary: The newest action-packed volume of Batwing, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray!

Spinning out of Grant Morrison’s BATMAN INCORPORATED, the new Batwing must face the unstoppable villain Menace!

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 4

Dan Abnett, Michael O’Hare, Rafael Kayanan
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401250690, 1401250696

Summary: A new adventure begins here! With Eternia still occupied by the Horde, He-Man and King Randor lead a small group of Masters on a quest to find the one object that might free Eternia! Join new writer Dan Abnett as he takes He-Man and the Masters of the Universe into their next great chapter!

Collects HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #7-12.

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Justice League Dark Vol. 5 (The New 52)

JM DeMatteis, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250072, 1401250076

Summary: The fallout from the Justice League Dark’s battles with Blight and the Trinity of Sin, during the DC crossover event Forever Evil, has left the team in tatters. Zatanna assumes leadership of the team and prepares to rebuild. With team members angry and confused by Johns Constantine’s methods during the fight with Blight and the Trinity of Sin, how will John Constantine fit into this new team, if at all?

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 5 pits the team against the greatest evil in the DC Universe-and against one another! Collects issues #30-35.

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Superman Unchained Vol. 1 (The New 52)

Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
296 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250935, 1401250939

Summary: As the Last Son of Krypton, Superman’s always been alone on this planet…and rare are the times that he’s ever encountered someone who understands who he is and the choices he’s had to make. But hidden away in the darkest corners of the Earth, rarely allowed into the light, there is another who sees right into his soul-someone who will force Superman to question everything he thought he knew about his life, his role, and the future he’d hoped to build! But with Lex Luthor on his trail and the mysterious cabal known as Ascension tearing the planet apart, he’ll need to answer those questions fast because his adopted home is running out of time!

Collects Superman Unchained #1-7

VERTIGO

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Trillium

Jeff Lemire
On Sale Date: August 12, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
192 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401249007, 1401249000

Summary: Award-winning and fan favorite comics creator Jeff Lemire spins the tale of two star-crossed loved through space in time in TRILLIUM!

It’s the year 3797, and botanist Nika Temsmith is researching a strange species on a remote science station near the outermost rim of colonized space.

It’s the year 1921, and renowned English explorer William Pike leads an expedition into the dense jungles of Peru in search of the fabled “Lost Temple of the Incas,” an elusive sanctuary said to have strange healing properties.

Two disparate souls separated by thousands of years and hundreds of millions of miles. Yet they will fall in love and, as a result, bring about the end of the universe. Even though reality is unraveling all around them, nothing can pull them apart. This isn’t just a love story, it’s the LAST love story ever told.

Collects TRILLIUM #1-8.

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Fables Vol. 20: Camelot

Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
On Sale Date: September 2, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
240 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401245160, 1401245161

Summary: Rose Red finally and formally takes on the mantle of Paladin of Hope to heroically rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of “Snow White.” A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown.

Collects issues #130-140 of this 14-time Eisner-Award-winning series.

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Mr. Punch – 20th Anniversary Edition

Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
On Sale Date: September 9, 2014
$34.99 USD / $41.99 CAD
104 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401251420, 1401251420

Summary: A dark and frightening fully painted novella, MR. PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy’s loss of innocence results from a horrific confrontation with his past. Spending a summer at his grandfather’s seaside arcade, a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy’s family, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined. With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young boy is forced to deal with his family’s dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and guilt.

Written by New York Times best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman, with unwordly illustrations by artist Dave McKean, MR. PUNCH – 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is the new deluxe cut of this landmark original graphic novel. Includes bonus material.

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FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics Vol. 2

Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez
On Sale Date: September 16, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401250676, 140125067X

Summary: The mind-bending science fiction series FBP returns to the strange phenomena all over the world-and beyond.

Federal Bureau of Physics agents Rosa and Adam are invited to take part in an experiment that will test their limits and blur their concept of reality. And after a beautiful moment is shattered, Rosa and Adam get to see firsthand why Nakeet is known as the strangest town north of the 48.

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Y The Last Man Book One

Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan Jr.
On Sale Date: September 16, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
256 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401251512, 140125151X

Summary: Y: THE LAST MAN, winner of three Eisner Awards and one of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling comic books series of the last decade, is that rare example of a page-turner that is at once humorous, socially relevant and endlessly surprising.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown-the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

Collects Y THE LAST MAN #1-10.

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Astro City: Through Open Doors

Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
176 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401249960, 1401249965

Summary: The long awaited return of the award-winning series ASTRO CITY finally arrives!

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson launch their next epic in the world of Astro City when a mysterious door appears, heralding the arrival of the Ambassador. But when an ordinary man is caught in a cosmic conflict, it is up to favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, as well as new heroes, to rise to the occasion and save the world!

Collects ASTRO CITY #1-6.

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Astro City: View From Above

Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
176 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250577, 1401250572

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

Collects ASTRO CITY #7-10 and ASTRO CITY VISITOR’S GUIDE #1.

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The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice

Mike Carey, Peter Gross
On Sale Date: September 23, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401229771, 1401229778

Summary: A New York Times Bestseller!

One of Publishers Weekly’s Hot Fall Books of 2013!

Tom Taylor has lived his life being mistaken for Tommy Taylor, the boy wizard from the world-famous series of novels penned by Tom’s long-lost father Wilson. However, after a series of strange events start to parallel the lives of both Taylors-fictional and real-Tom realizes that he might be the character on page made flesh.

In this first-ever original graphic novel spinning off from the pages of the critically acclaimed THE UNWRITTEN series, writer Mike Carey explores the origins behind Tom’s mysterious powers and the odyssey his father has sent him on.

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Ex Machina Book Three

Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, John Paul Leon
On Sale Date: September 30, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
272 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401250034, 1401250033

Summary: In this volume, Mayor Mitchell Hundred – formerly known as the super hero The Great Machine-faces difficult decisions regarding New York City’s drug laws. But will a string of brazen, violent robberies and a shocking suicide affect the the Mayor’s policy? And in a second story, “Power Down,” set during the New York blackout of 2003, the mayor must deal with a city gone dark.

Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: THE LAST MAN) deftly combines big city politics and superheroes in this critically acclaimed series.

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Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Nine

Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
320 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401250041, 1401250041

Summary: The final battle between the free Fables of the mundane world and the Empire occupying their former Homelands is here! The creatures of myth and fairytale lore have assembled together to finally face the Adversary and his hordes. But victory will not come without a price-who will live and who will die for the fate of the Homelands?

Bill Willingham’s Eisner Award-winning, New York Times best-selling series comes to the deluxe hardcover format here in FABLES: THE DELUXE EDITION BOOK NINE in one of the most epic storylines in the series’ long history.

This deluxe edition collects FABLES issues #70-81.

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Fairest Vol. 4: Cinderella – Of Men and Mice

Marc Andreyko, Bill Willingham, Shawn McManus
On Sale Date: October 7, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401250058, 140125005X

Summary: Cinderella returns in an all-new epic! After an assassination attempt on Snow White, Cind is called back into service to unravel an age-old conspiracy that dates back to that fateful midnight ball! Can Cind uncover the plot and prevent a massacre in Fabletown? By critically acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko (MANHUNTER, Torso, The Lost) and legendary artist Shawn McManus (CINDERELLA, SWAMP THING), FAIREST VOL. 4: CINDERELLA – OF MEN AND MICE ties directly into FABLES!

New York Times bestselling, award-winning creator Bill Willingham presents a new series starring the female FABLES. Balancing horror, humor and adventure in the FABLES tradition, FAIREST explores the secret histories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, Snow White, Rose Red and others.

Collects issues #21-27.

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Punk Rock Jesus Deluxe Edition

Sean Murphy
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$34.99 USD / $41.99 CAD
240 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401251468, 1401251463

Summary: A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Christ causes chaos across the U.S. of the near future in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE. J2 causes both outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all, let alone the Son of God.

Thomas McKael is the clones’s bodyguard and former IRA operative, who despite his turbulent past is hired to protect the new Jesus-a baby who captivates the world, but grows up to become an angry teenager.

When falling ratings force the network to cut Jesus’s mother from the series the young star runs away, renounces his religious heritage and forms a punk rock band. And what starts off as babysitting for Thomas becomes an epic battle, as Jesus goes to war against the corporate media complex that created him.

This deluxe edition collects Punk Rock Jesus #1-6 and features over 100 pages of new bonus material.

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The Unwritten Vol. 10: Apocalypse

Mike Carey, Peter Gross
On Sale Date: October 14, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401250553, 1401250556

Summary: The tenth volume of the critically-acclaimed new series from the Eisner-nominated creative team, Mike Carey and Peter Gross is the perfect jumping on point, as Tom Taylor is stranded at the beginning of all creation!

Lost in the unwritten scenes of all the world’s stories, Tom Taylor is headed back to reality-and all the gods and beasts and monsters ever imagined can’t stop him. But there’s a toll on the road that may be too high for him or anyone to pay…

Collects THE UNWRITTEN APOCALYPSE#1-6.

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John Constantine Hellblazer Vol. 9: Critical Mass

Paul Jenkins, Eddie Campbell, Sean Phillips
On Sale Date: October 21, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
304 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401250720, 1401250726

Summary: In ” Warped Notions,” written by Eddie Campbell, Constantine is drawn into a web of time travel and terror when he’s accosted by the ghost of Sir Francis Dashwood, the founder of the Hellfire Club. Dashwood needs Constantine’s help to avert a disaster that could threaten the very fabric of reality. Then, Paul Jenkins begins his HELLBLAZER run with “Dreamtime”! John Constantine plunges deep into an arcane landscape where a powerful entity known as the Rainbow Serpent intends to punish man’s treatment of the environment by clearing the earth of all animal life.

Collects HELLBLAZER #85-96.

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Annotated Sandman Vol. 3

Neil Gaiman, Leslie S. Klinger
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$49.99 USD / $58.00 CAD
520 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401241025, 1401241026

Summary: The third of five volumes, THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN reprints Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN with annotations by Leslie Klinger (The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The Annotated Dracula) that delve into the historical and literary references contained in the series. In this volume, Leslie Klinger provides historical insights into issues #40-55 of THE SANDMAN, along with THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 and “How They Met Themselves” from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #3.

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN is a must-have for any die-hard fan or newcomer to the series.

Collects #40-55 of THE SANDMAN, along with THE SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 and “How They Met Themselves” from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #3.

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iZombie Vol. 1

Chris Roberson, Mike Allred
On Sale Date: October 28, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
288 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401251765, 1401251765

Summary: Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfi ll the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong. Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.

This critically acclaimed series is now recollected here in iZOMBIE VOL. 1. Collects iZombie issues #1-12

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100 Bullets Book One

Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso
On Sale Date: November 4, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
456 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9781401250560, 1401250564

Summary: The best-selling graphic novels series 100 BULLETS written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso is now re-collected in a five volume series!

This dark and intriguing Eisner Award-winning series features a mysterious agent named Graves who approaches ordinary citizens and gives them an opportunity to exact revenge on a person who has wronged them. Offering his clients an attaché case containing proof of the deed and a gun, he guarantees his “clients” full immunity for all of their actions, including murder.

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Hinterkind Vol. 2

Ian Edginton, Francesco Trifogli
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401250706, 140125070X

Summary: The second volume of the hit series begins with Princess Tersia, who has a vision of the future and the shape of things to come. In this vision she’s married to Jon Hobb and carrying his baby. Oh, and there’s a dragon! Is it a dream or a nightmare? Meanwhile, bounty hunters Starla and Jubal find the tables are turned as they’re run to ground by a Centaur posse.

The second chapter in Vertigo’s next great series is here in HINTERKIND VOL. 2. Collects HINTERKIND #7-12.

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The Wake

Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy
On Sale Date: November 11, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
240 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401245238, 1401245234

Summary: New York Times bestselling author, Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, are reuniting for the powerful miniseries: THE WAKE.

When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!

Collects THE WAKE #1-10.

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Dream State: The Collected Dreaming Covers

Dave McKean
On Sale Date: November 18, 2014
$49.99 USD / $58.00 CAD
208 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401250652, 1401250653
Summary: An amazing collection of dark and arresting imagery, DREAM STATE: THE COLLECTED DREAMING COVES presents the haunting artwork of this critically acclaimed and award-winning epic. Through these dynamic pieces, Dave McKean reflected the mesmerizing mythology, adult nature, and imaginative storytelling that made the story of Morpheus, the King of Dreams, such a groundbreaking series. This collection also includes insightful and revealing cover commentaries by THE SANDMAN author Neil Gaiman.
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Dust Covers: The Collected Sandman Covers

Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman
On Sale Date: November 18, 2014
$49.99 USD / $58.00 CAD
208 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401250669, 1401250661
Summary: An amazing collection of dark and arresting imagery, THE SANDMAN DUST COVERS: THE COLLECTED SANDMAN COVERS presents the haunting artwork of this critically acclaimed and award-winning epic. Through these dynamic pieces, Dave McKean reflected the mesmerizing mythology, adult nature, and imaginative storytelling that made the story of Morpheus, the King of Dreams, such a groundbreaking series. Featuring an exclusive THE SANDMAN tale, this collection also includes insightful and revealing cover commentaries by author Neil Gaiman.
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Fairest: In All the Land

Bill Willingham
On Sale Date: November 25, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401245573, 1401245579

Summary: In the spirit of FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL and FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND comes the first ever original graphic novel from the pages of #1 New York Times bestselling writer Bill Willingham’s FAIREST.

FAIREST has explored the secret histories of the most stunning beauties in Fabletown: Cinderella, Snow White, Briar Rose, Rapunzel, and the list goes on and on. In FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND, the best names in comics take their turns fleshing out the pasts of the loveliest Fables in existence. For all those wanting to dive into FAIREST or FABLES, this original graphic novel is a fantastic entry point, as well as a great new chapter for those that have been following Bill Willingham’s fairy tale epic for years.

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American Vampire Vol. 6

Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque
On Sale Date: December 2, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401249298, 1401249299
Summary: You are cordially invited to a party-to die for! This volume of American Vampire collects eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with “lost tales,” new characters and old favorites. Don’t miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan (BATMAN), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (DAYTRIPPER), Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH), Greg Rucka (The Punisher, BATWOMAN), Gail Simone (BATGIRL) and many more! Also collected here is the stand alone tale of Fan-favorite character Travis Kidd-the vampire hunter who likes to “bite them back” in AMERICAN VAMPIRE: THE LONG ROAD TO HELL.
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Pride of Baghdad Deluxe Edition

Brian K. Vaughan, Niki Henrichon
On Sale Date: December 9, 2014
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
160 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Historical Fiction
9781401248949, 1401248942

Summary: The startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events arrives in a stunning new softcover edition. In this provocative graphic novel, superstar comics writer Brian K. Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation: Can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity? This moving graphic novel is inspired by true events.

This new Deluxe Edition hardcover presents the original graphic novel, plus developmental art and more.

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Preacher Book Five

Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
356 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401250744, 1401250742
Summary: Writer Garth Ennis’s violent, scabrous journey across America’s religious landscape continues in this fifth hardcover volume.

Preacher Jesse Custer’s dark journey to find God, accompanied by his gun-toting girlfriend and Irish vampire buddy, continues as Jesse becomes the sheriff of a troubled Texas town. Then, he decides it’s high time to renew his quest to find God and hold him accountable for all of his actions. But before he can continue down that path, he must reunite with his girlfriend, Tulip.

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The Royals: Masters of War

Rob Williams, Simon Coleby
On Sale Date: December 16, 2014
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401250546, 1401250548

Summary: he year is 1940. As the Blitz destroys London and kills thousands, the Royal Family looks on. But in this world, the only people with special abilities are Royalty, and the purer the bloodline, the greater their abilities. So why don’t they stop the carnage with their powers? A truce between the Earth’s nobles has kept them out of our wars-until now. When England’s Prince Henry can take no more and intervenes, will it stop the planet’s suffering or take it to another level?

Writer Rob Williams (Judge Dredd: Trifecta, Low Life, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and Daken) and artist Simon Coleby (The Authority, Judge Dredd: Year One and Trifecta) team up to bring you this epic of World War proportions. History will be transformed in a way you’ve never seen before.

Collects THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1-6

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DMZ The Deluxe Edition Book Three

Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli, Ryan Kelly
On Sale Date: December 23, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
392 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401250003, 1401250009

Summary: In the near future, America’s worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand-Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.

In this new DMZ hardcover, a new leader rises in the DMZ – but what will that mean for Matty Roth, a journalist who calls the zone home? After a near-tragic misadventure in Staten Island, Matty returns to find Parco Delgado in office as provisional governor of New York. Matty’s first task under the Delgado regime? Tracking down the source of one of the DMZ’s greatest urban legends.

Collects DMZ #29-44.

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Lucifer Book Five

Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly
On Sale Date: December 30, 2014
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
352 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401249458, 1401249450

Summary: Cast out of Heaven, thrown down to rule in Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his post and abandoned his kingdom for the mortal city of Los Angeles. In this final LUCIFER volume, the war in Heaven reaches its universe-shaking conclusion, as the forces of Heaven, Hell, and everyone in between wage a final battle to determine the fate of both Yahweh and Lucifer’s Creations – a fate no one, not even the Lightbringer, could foresee. And in the aftermath of the battle, how will Lucifer and his cohorts pick up their lives and tie up loose ends?

Collects LUCIFER #62-75.

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Enigma (New Edition)

Peter Milligan, Duncan Fegredo
On Sale Date: January 6, 2015
$17.99 USD / $20.99 CAD
208 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401251314, 1401251315

Summary: ENIGMA is a thought-provoking post-modern tale of self-discovery and sexual identity told against the backdrop of improbable super-heroes and villains. Michael Smith lives a meaningless life of routine and boredom. But when Enigma, his favorite childhood comic book hero, inexplicably comes to life, Smith finds himself on an obsessive crusade to uncover the secret behind his improbable existence. Teaming with Enigma’s comic creator, Smith encounters an insanity-inducing psychopath, a brain-eating serial killer, and a suicide-inciting clown posse as his quest uncovers hidden truths about both his idol and himself. This new edition of the Vertigo classic is written by Peter Milligan (JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, RED LANTERNS) with kinetic art by Duncan Fegredo (SHADE THE CHANGING MAN).

Collects ENIGMA #1-8.

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American Vampire Vol. 7

Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque
On Sale Date: January 13, 2015
$22.99 USD / $26.99 CAD
144 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401248826, 1401248829

Summary: Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

When we last saw Pearl in the 1950s, she had lost her love Henry in an attack on the vampire hunting organization, V.M.S., by a coven of Hollywood vampires that nearly wiped the organization off the face of the planet. Devastated and alone, Pearl is determained to leave California and all its painful memories behind.

When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations, and vast social change. What has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack and where is Skinner Sweet?

Collects AMERICAN VAMPIRE CYCLE TWO #1-6.

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Animal Man Vol. 7: Red Plague

Jamie Delano, Steve Pugh
On Sale Date: January 20, 2015
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
408 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251239, 1401251234

Summary: More stories of Animal Man following Grant Morrison’s genre-defining run on the series, this volume features stories never before reprinted from writer Jamie Delano, best known for his run on HELLBLAZER.

After tragedy strikes Animal Man’s young daughter Maxine-but is it the result of a government conspiracy? Animal Man attacks Washington D.C. with an army of rats and birds, only to learn that his daughter has recovered. This leads to Animal Man forming a new religion and leading a group of zealous followers intent on securing humanity’s place in the mystic realm known as the Red.

Collects ANIMAL MAN #64-79.

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Coffin Hill Vol. 2

Caitlin Kittredge, Inaki Miranda
On Sale Date: January 20, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401250843, 140125084X

Summary: Years after a night in the woods gone awry, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago that fateful night was never fully contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge.

Set against the haunted backdrop of New England, COFFIN HILL explores what people will do for power and retribution. Noted novelist Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series, brings a smart, mesmerizing style to comics. Artist Inaki Miranda (FABLES) brings his dynamic storytelling to COFFIN HILL, following an acclaimed run on FAIREST. Collects COFFIN HILL #8-14.

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Ex Machina Book Four

Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
272 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401250027, 1401250025

Summary: Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan (PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, Y-THE LAST MAN) deftly combines big city politics and superheroes in this much lauded series.

Now, the entire critically acclaimed series written by Brian K. Vaughan, one of the writers of LOST, is collected into a five volume series. In this fourth volume, Mayor Mitchell Hundred is summoned to Rome for an audience with the Pope. But as Hundred makes his travel plans, he is unaware of the assassin who has him in his sights.

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North 40 (New Edition)

Aaron Williams, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: January 27, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
144 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401251451, 1401251455

Summary: The residents of an isolated rural area discover superhuman – and supernatural – power in their midst in this title collecting the hit 6-issue miniseries.

The power stops at the county line, but inside the afflicted area, something ancient and malevolent stirs as new monsters arise. Can Wyatt, an unlikely hero from the wrong side of the tracks, join forces with Sheriff Morgan and town outcast Amanda to keep the county from imploding or being eaten by mighty Cthulhu?

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Dead Boy Detectives Vol. 2

Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham, Gary Erskine
On Sale Date: February 3, 2015
$14.99 USD / $17.99 CAD
160 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9781401250867, 1401250866

Summary: From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman’s intrepid dead schoolboys head back to the horror that is St. Hilarions School-the place where they both were murdered.

Written by Toby Litt and illustrated by Mark Buckingham (FABLES) DEAD BOY DETECTIVES VOL. 2 features the second mysterious arc from the new hit series from Vertigo. Collects DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #8-14

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The Invisibles Book Three Deluxe Edition

Grant Morrison, Phil Jimenez, John Stokes
On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
336 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401249519, 1401249515

Summary: In a world where paranoia is a survival skill, the only hope for humankind is a group of unconventional occultist freedom fighters called the Invisibles. In this collection, the team launches an assault on an underground New Mexico lab to free the cure for the AIDS virus from the alleged inventors of the disease: the U.S. government.

Collects THE INVISIBLES VOL. 2 #1-13.

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John Constantine Hellblazer Vol. 10: In The Line Of Fire

Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips
On Sale Date: February 17, 2015
$19.99 USD / $23.99 CAD
288 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401251376, 1401251374

Summary: In this new Hellblazer collection, John Constantine comes to the aid of his downstairs neighbor, a dimwitted, epileptic giant whose home is haunted by a persistent ghost. Plus, John’s affinity with the supernatural spoils a soccer game when a demon that thrives on holloganism shows up. And in the story “Difficult Beginnings,” Constantine must reconnect with the darker side of his own nature – a journey that leads him to the “most evil man in the world.”

Collects HELLBLAZER #97-107.

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Scalped Deluxe Edition Book One

Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera
On Sale Date: February 24, 2015
$29.99 USD / $35.00 CAD
272 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9781401250911, 1401250912

Summary: Fifteen years ago, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching for something better. Now he’s come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucks, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on “The Rez” – short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drvugs and organized crime. Is he here to set things right or just get a piece of the action?

This new collection of this modern classic series from superstar writer Jason Aaron is now in a deluxe format with bonus material and exclusive sketches from artist R.M. Guera.

Collects Scalped #1-11.

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Fables Vol. 21

Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$16.99 USD / $19.99 CAD
200 pages Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401251321, 1401251323
Summary: In this penultimate volume of Bill Willingham’s Fables, the residents of Fabletown look to live “happily ever after”, but there is a steep price to pay for happiness.
Collects issues #141-149 of this 14-time Eisner-Award-winning series.
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The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition

Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$24.99 USD / $28.99 CAD
224 pages Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401248963, 1401248969

Summary: Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe hardcover edition!

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

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18. Pedigree Chum 13/09/13: Wonder Man Don’t Count

Heidi’s off at Congress, as per usual, meaning there’s just me here at Stately Beat Mansion right now. It would be very bad luck indeed to not have a roundup piece on a Friday the 13th, so here’s a selection of news, opinion pieces, artwork, and all kinds of other stuff. Here’s some of the things which’ve caught my eye over the last few days.

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The last page of Paul Harrison-Davies webcomic Astrodog is up today, making this a perfect chance for you to jump in from the start.

Sarah McIntyre’s taking over the UK right now. Look! She’s been on the radio with Katie Melua, and everything!

Top Shelf are running their annual $3 sale, with a number of notable comics available at a deeply reduced price. Go take a look round, see if there’s anything you fancy!

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Mark Kardwell interviews Milligan and McCarthy about… The Best of Milligan and McCarthy!

The Outhousers suggest 5.2 reasons why DC shouldn’t fire Dan DiDio.

On the other hand, retailer OK Comics pen an open letter to DC Comics regarding their Villains Month initiative, or rather DC’s messing up of said initiative.

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Jason Sacks has a brilliant interview with Elaine Will, about a graphic novel I’d not heard of before – but which sounds utterly fascinating.

Ant Man, directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Joe Cornish, has been placed for release in 2015.

Not comics, but you can sponsor David Brothers on a charity 5K run he’s doing on behalf of Prevention International. If you sponsor, you are guaranteed not to be cursed for the rest of this Friday 13th. Guaranteed!

Jeremy Whitley’s been on the promotional trail for the return of his series Princeless.

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Marvel have released an app for iPhones and iPads and all those other fancy iThings which brings JARVIS onto your screen. Voiced by Paul Bettany, the app allows you to find secrets unlocked in the Iron Man 3 DVD, which is out sometime soon. 

Self-promotion is all the rage nowadays, so here’s my pitch for the Perfect Wonder Woman Movie.

If you’ve never read Andy Oliver’s Small Press Column over at Broken Frontier, I’d recommend it!

Brian Cronin takes a look at the universally-agreed worst Avenger of all time Wonder Man, and specifically the awful outfits the character has worn over the years.

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19. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2014 — Meet the new guy!

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by Dave Carter

Hi everyone! New guy, Dave Carter, here with the first DC sales charts of 2014. I have an introductory write-up down at the end of this column, but since you’re all really here for the sales numbers, commentary and snark, let’s get to it:

On the surface DC seemingly does well to start off the year, with their two premier Batman-starring titles in the #1 & #2 slots, and five of the top ten. But once you start looking a little deeper there is much to cause concern…

Three of DC’s top selling titles, Forever Evil, Superman Unchained, and Sandman Overture, did not ship this month, contributing to the overall sales decline.

It’s not complete doom and gloom; average sales are still up over 5 and 10 years ago. But things have been going slowly downhill since the New 52 introduction and DC haven’t yet found a way to stabilize things over the long term.

Please consider the fine print at the end of the column (it has changed a bit in a few places…) 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.


1 – BATMAN
01/2004: Batman #623 — 89,051 [102,319]
01/2009: Batman #685 — 72,652
01/2010: Batman #695 — 63,467
01/2011: Batman #706 — 60,231
01/2012: Batman #5 — 135,145 [142,499]
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01/2013: Batman #16 — 145,923 (- 3.7%)
02/2013: Batman #17 — 150,684 (+ 3.3%)
03/2013: Batman #18 — 137,893 (- 8.5%)
04/2013: Batman #19 — 132,147 (- 4.2%)
05/2013: Batman #20 — 129,039 (- 2.4%)
06/2013: Batman #21 — 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22 — 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23 — 128,230 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr — 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr — 140,065 (- 7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn — 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane — 124,382 (+ 7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24 — 124,652 (- 3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25 — 125,602 (+ 0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26 — 119,443 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27 — 115,492 (- 1.7%) [117,395]
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6 months: – 11.1%
1 year : – 19.6%
2 years : – 17.6%
5 years : + 61.6%
10 years: + 14.7%
Since #1: – 47.4%

Hey, those numbers look slightly different from what M-OF was giving us…!

Yes, it’s true. While I’m still using the ICv2 figures as a base, in addition I’ll be pulling info from other sources where available (e.g. to get re-order figures that fall below the top 300). Also, I’m calculating percentages based on total sales, not first month sales, as I feel that gives a better indication of the direction in which a title is going.

I’ve also introduced a new statistic: Percentage Change Since Issue #1 tracks how far sales have dropped or risen since the title was given a restart.

With over 117,000 in sales (combining regular and combo-pack editions) Batman places in the #1 position in January. However, these are the lowest numbers since the New 52 relaunch and sales continue to drift down during the “Zero Year” storyline. To speculate, readers may be starting to tire of the drawn-out flashback story and want to see more present-day Batman adventures from Snyder & Capullo.

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2 – DETECTIVE COMICS
01/2004: Detective Comics #790 — 35,505
01/2009: Detective Comics #852 — 56,656
01/2010: Detective Comics #861 — 45,937
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 — 38,417
01/2012: Detective Comics #5 — 99,342
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01/2013: Detective Comics #16 — 92,300 (- 13.3%)
02/2013: Detective Comics #17 — 85,824 (- 7.0%)
03/2013: Detective Comics #18 — 76,237 (- 11.2%)
04/2013: Detective Comics #19 — 77,922 (+ 2.2%)
05/2013: Detective Comics #20 — 78,252 (+ 0.4%)
06/2013: Detective Comics #21 — 65,200 (- 16.7%)
07/2013: Detective Comics #22 — 63,949 (- 1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23 — 61,448 (- 3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy — 78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn — 89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow — 73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat — 68,110 (- 6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24 — 59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25 — 64,392 (+ 8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26 — 56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27 — 88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
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6 months: + 41.3%
1 year : – 2.1%
2 years : – 9.1%
5 years : + 59.4%
10 years: + 154.4%
Since #1: – 42.7%

Special anniversary issue (the original Detective Comics #27 was the 1st appearance of Batman 75 years ago), and at $7.99 per issue those are fabulous numbers. One of the stories contained within kicks off the “Gothtopia” crossover, and there may be enough people sampling the first installment to lead to an increase on the ancillary titles. But if past trends hold next month will see a decline right back to previous sales levels; we’ll just have to wait and see…

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4 – JUSTICE LEAGUE
01/2004: JLA #92 — 58,008
01/2009: JL of America #29 — 72,116
01/2010: JL of America #41 — 62,262
01/2011: JL of America #53 — 47,093
01/2012: Justice League #5 — 144,670 [148,117]
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01/2013: Justice League #16 — 117,719 (+ 2.3%)
02/2013: Justice League #17 — 105,304 (- 10.6%)
03/2013: Justice League #18 — 102,494 (- 2.7%)
04/2013: Justice League #19 — 100,943 (- 1.5%)
05/2013: Justice League #20 — 97,676 (- 3.2%)
06/2013: Justice League #21 — 94,054 (- 3.7%)
07/2013: Justice League #22 — 110,194 (+ 17.2%) [124,026]
08/2013: Justice League #23 — 103,936 (- 6.4%)
09/2013: #23.1: Darkseid — 111,142 (+ 6.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Lobo — 79,244 (- 28.7%)
09/2013: #23.3: Dial E — 64,119 (- 14.4%) [67,855]
09/2013: #23.4: Secret Socty — 78,014 (+ 23.1%) [83,500]
10/2013: Justice League #24 — 98,491 (+ 18.0%)
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%)
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6 months: – 31.7%
1 year : – 28.1%
2 years : – 42.8%
5 years : + 17.4%
10 years: + 46.0%
Since #1: – 68.8%

Those are worrying drops for direct tie-ins to DC’s current “Forever Evil” event. Are readers tiring of the story (that really started back in July with the “Trinity War” crossover)? Say what you will about Marvel going twice-monthly with their latest event series, but at least they were able to move through them more quickly.

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8 – HARLEY QUINN
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0 — 114,212 [121,172]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1 — 92,153 (- 21.3%) [95,318]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2 — 66,363 (- 30.4%)
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Since #0: – 45.2%

A worrying drop for what is essentially a third issue; but let’s face it, this title has been way overachieving since its New 52 relaunch. I don’t think anyone could have seen this coming based on either the character’s previous (2000-2003) series or the sales of her previous New 52 haunt (Suicide Squad), even with boosts from incentive covers and whatnot. It looks like sales may eventually settle down in the 50K range, which would be very good however you look at it.

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10 – JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
01/2004: JLA #92 — 58,008
01/2009: JL of America #29 — 72,116
01/2010: JL of America #41 — 62,262
01/2011: JL of America #53 — 47,093
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02/2013: JL of America #1 — 307,734 [326,959]
03/2013: JL of America #2 — 91,734 (-71.9%)
04/2013: –
05/2013: JL of America #3 — 83,283 (- 9.2%)
05/2013: JL of America #4 — 77,856 (- 6.5%)
06/2013: JL of America #5 — 71,793 (- 7.8%)
07/2013: JL of America #6 — 86,192 (+32.2%) [94,923]
08/2013: JL of America #7 — 93,777 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: #7.1: Deadshot — 66,815 (-28.8%)
09/2013: #7.2: Killer Frost — 62,706 (- 6.2%)
09/2013: #7.3: Shadow Thief — 60,397 (- 3.7%)
09/2013: #7.4: Black Adam — 74,875 (+24.0%)
10/2013: JL of America #8 — 77,305 (+ 3.2%)
11/2013: JL of America #9 — 71,008 (- 8.1%)
12/2013: JL of America #10 — 65,678 (- 7.5%)
01/2014: JL of America #11 — 65,365 (- 0.5%)
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6 months: – 30.3%
5 years : – 9.4%
10 years: + 12.7%
Since #1: – 80.0%

A tiny drop from the previous month, which is encouraging. This title has pretty much been in perpetual crossover mode since it launched, as it will be until its final issue (#14), after which it will be relaunched as the Canada-based Justice League United with Jeff Lemire at the helm. Maybe then it will get a chance to stabilize on its own merits…

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

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16 – BATMAN/SUPERMAN
01/2004: –
01/2009: –
01/2010: Superman/Batman #68 — 33,869
01/2011: Superman/Batman #80 — 30,363
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06/2013: Batman/Superman #1 — 143,457 [151,054]
07/2013: Batman/Superman #2 — 92,558 (-33.1%) [101,104]
08/2013: Batman/Superman #3 — 87,337 (-13.6%)
09/2013: #3.1: Doomsday — 92,290 (+10.4%) [96,453]
10/2013: Batman/Superman #4 — 82,990 (-14.0%)
11/2013: Batman/Superman #5 — 77,198 (- 7.0%)
12/2013: Batman/Superman #6 — 68,857 (-10.8%)
01/2014: Batman/Superman #7 — 61,074 (-11.3%)
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6 months: – 39.6%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: n.a.
Since #1: – 59.6%

Those drops are not encouraging, especially for a comic teaming up DC’s two biggest characters. At this point the decreases should be decelerating, not accelerating. The title is heading into a crossover with the much-lower-selling Worlds’ Finest, which may be a temporary boost for WF but if history is any guide will be a further drag on B/S’s sales.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are being outsold by Image’s Saga…)

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26 – GREEN LANTERN
01/2004: Green Lantern #173 — 30,099
01/2009: Green Lantern #37 — 65,556 [71,331]
01/2010: Green Lantern #50 — 106,444
01/2011: —
01/2012: Green Lantern #5 — 97,878
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01/2013: Green Lantern #16 — 72,884 (- 2.0%)
02/2013: Green Lantern #17 — 71,060 (- 2.5%)
03/2013: Green Lantern #18 — 69,801 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Green Lantern #19 — 71,018 (+ 1.7%)
05/2013: Green Lantern #20 — 67,414 (- 5.1%)
06/2013: Green Lantern #21 — 71,870 (+ 6.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern #22 — 62,415 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23 — 59,176 (- 5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic — 66,495 (+12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul — 63,731 (- 4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand — 62,753 (- 1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro — 70,893 (+13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24 — 57,109 (-19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25 — 54,322 (- 5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26 — 51,420 (- 5.0%)
01/2013: Green Lantern #27 — 48,831 (- 5.0%)
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6 months: – 21.8%
1 year : – 33.0%
2 years : – 50.1%
5 years : – 31.5%
10 years: + 62.2%
Since #1: – 71.1%

Still losing 5% per month; if this doesn’t slow down soon there are going to be problems up ahead. As this book slides back down to the mid-list, one has to question if the Green Lantern franchise can really support its current size of five titles without Geoff Johns at the helm of the main GL book.

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28 – SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN
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%)
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Since #1: – 50.1%

The declines are slowing, but it looks like this will probably land at around 40K in a few months. A solid book starring two of DC’s biggest characters probably should be doing better than that. On the other hand, that would be better than the main Superman and Wonder Woman books are doing separately at the moment.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by the first issue of Dark Horse’s Serenity: Leaves on the wind…)

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31 – BATMAN AND…
01/2010: Batman and Robin #7 — 87.780
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 — 61,785
01/2012: Batman and Robin #5 — 72,786
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01/2013: Batman and Robin #16 — 81,494 (- 9.3%)
02/2013: Batman and Robin #17 — 60,988 (-25.2%)
03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 — 69,614 (+25.6%) [76,575]
04/2013: and Red Robin #19 — 89,182 (+16.5%)
05/2013: and Red Hood #20 — 65,222 (-26.9%)
06/2013: and Batgirl #21 — 60,601 (- 7.1%)
07/2013: and Catwoman #22 — 57,808 (- 4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23 — 55,707 (- 3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face — 77,073 (+38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls — 75,546 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra’s al Ghul — 73,746 (- 2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc — 69,428 (- 5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24 — 52,060 (-25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25 — 53,374 (+ 2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26 — 46,611 (-12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27 — 45,462 (- 2.5%)
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6 months: – 21.4%
1 year : – 44.2%
2 years : – 37.5%
Since #1: – 60.8%

Sales are now below where the pre-New 52 version of this title ended (52,704). It’s not in any danger of being cancelled any time soon, but how long will it be allowed to continue as essentially a Brave and the Bold Batman team-up title?

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32 – DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN
10/2013: Son of Batman #1 of 4 — 63,453
11/2013: Son of Batman #2 of 4 — 51,840 (-18.3%)
12/2013: Son of Batman #3 of 4 — 47,389 (- 8.6%)
01/2014: Son of Batman #4 of 4 — 45,247 (- 4.5%)
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Since #1: – 28.7%

Mini-series in the over-extended Batman line ends with decent numbers for an out-of-continuity story.

Six of DC’s top ten series this month have ‘Batman’ in the title.

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34 – JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 — 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 — 41,423 (-28.2%)
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Since #1: – 28.2%

DC might have been hoping for better sales from a Justice League title, though so far sales are way far ahead of where their previous 31st Century-based comic (LoSH) ended. (They may also be wondering if it would have sold better with original artist Kevin Maguire on art duties…)

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35 – BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL
01/2013: Batman and Robin Ann #1 — 52,244
01/2014: Batman and Robin Ann #2 — 40,805 (-21.9%)
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Since #1: – 21.9%

January was a five Wednesday month, so even though DC used the first Wednesday to ship their week 4 books from December (due to the Holidays falling on Wednesdays) they also shipped a slate of annuals in the final week of January as well.

We’ve now reached the mid-list portion of DC’s sales: Those books that mostly feature their long time characters that tend to sell in the 30-40K range (barring any events, crossovers, reboots, creative team changes, etc.) In a healthier market, DC’s mid-list would be selling 10-20K better. OTOH, ten years ago their mid-list was hitting 25-35K, so things aren’t as bad as they’ve been in the past.

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38 – NIGHTWING
01/2004: Nightwing #89 — 28,835
01/2009: Nightwing #152 — 35,637
01/2012: Nightwing #5 — 56,040
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01/2013: Nightwing #16 — 69,643 (- 6.4%)
02/2013: Nightwing #17 — 62,107 (-10.8%)
03/2013: Nightwing #18 — 48,223 (-22.4%) [53,978]
04/2013: Nightwing #19 — 46,978 (- 2.6%)
05/2013: Nightwing #20 — 45,038 (- 4.1%)
06/2013: Nightwing #21 — 43,353 (- 3.7%)
07/2013: Nightwing #22 — 42,073 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Nightwing #23 — 40,522 (- 3.7%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Nightwing #24 — 39,853 (- 1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25 — 44,039 (+10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26 — 38,452 (-12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27 — 38,325 (- 0.3%)
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6 months: – 8.9%
1 year : – 45.0%
2 years : – 31.6%
5 years : + 7.5%
10 years: + 32.9%
Since #1: – 56.2%

One of several Batman Family titles being cancelled in a couple of months to make room for the new Batman Eternal weekly series.

The ten year comparison is from the issue when the previous iteration of this series was at it nadir sales-wise. Through out its existence Nightwing has always been a solid mid-list title. Though its sales are currently a few thousand below those of Batman and…, perhaps Nightwing should have been spared above those of a title that is currently a bit rudderless?

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40 – FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR
10/2013: Arkham War #1 of 6 — 52,004
11/2013: Arkham War #2 of 6 — 44,133 (-15.1%)
12/2013: Arkham War #3 of 6 — 39,919 (- 9.5%)
01/2014: Arkham War #4 of 6 — 37,973 (- 4.9%)
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Since #1: – 27.0%

It should be no surprise that the Batman-related title is the “Forever Evil” crossover event spin-off mini-series with the best sales of the bunch.

Also, the fact that I’m using the phrase ‘crossover event spin-off mini-series’ in a non-ironic, non-satiric context speaks volumes about the current state of the comics direct market…

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41 – BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
01/2011: –
01/2012: Dark Knight #5 — 76,824
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01/2013: Dark Knight #16 — 58,258 (- 3.8%)
02/2013: Dark Knight #17 — 55,990 (- 3.9%)
03/2013: Dark Knight #18 — 54,269 (- 3.1%)
04/2013: Dark Knight #19 — 52,644 (- 3.0%)
05/2013: Dark Knight #20 — 50,423 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Dark Knight #21 — 48,612 (- 3.6%)
07/2013: Dark Knight #22 — 47,096 (- 3.1%)
08/2013: Dark Knight #23 — 45,584 (- 3.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Vtrlqust — 57,363 (+ 25.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: MrFreeze — 57,349 (- 0.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Clayface — 55,084 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: #23.4: JkrsDgtr — 64,952 (+ 56.2%) [86,016]
10/2013: Dark Knight #24 — 43,382 (- 49.6%)
11/2013: Dark Knight #25 — 41,634 (- 4.0%)
12/2013: Dark Knight #26 — 39,980 (- 4.0%)
01/2014: Dark Knight #27 — 37,898 (- 5.2%)
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6 months: – 19.5%
1 year : – 34.9%
2 years : – 50.7%
Since #1: – 70.6%

Another title being cancelled to make way for Batman Eternal. And given its status as the lowest-selling DCU-based Batman-starring title, it was probably as easy call to make.

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42 – BATGIRL
01/2004: Batgirl #48 — 25,718
01/2010: Batgirl #6 — 30,403
01/2011: Batgirl #17 — 25,189
01/2012: Batgirl #5 — 57,030
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01/2013: Batgirl #16 — 72,470 (- 3.8%)
02/2013: Batgirl #17 — 65,751 (- 9.6%)
03/2013: Batgirl #18 — 51,677 (- 21.4%)
04/2013: Batgirl #19 — 45,939 (- 11.1%)
05/2013: Batgirl #20 — 42,600 (- 7.3%)
06/2013: Batgirl #21 — 40,252 (- 5.5%)
07/2013: Batgirl #22 — 39,218 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23 — 37,707 (- 3.9%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Batgirl #24 — 36,666 (- 2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25 — 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26 — 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2013: Batgirl #27 — 37,226 (+ 6.7%)
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6 months: – 5.1%
1 year : – 48.6%
2 years : – 34.7%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: + 44.7%
Since #1: – 65.2%

A tie-in with “Gothtopia” sees an increase of around 2500 copies, or approx. one extra copy per store served by Diamond in North America. Not exactly the surge one hopes for in a Bat-crossover, but maybe next month will see some reorder activity?

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46 – AQUAMAN
01/2004: Aquaman #14 — 21,675
01/2012: Aquaman #5 — 63,450
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01/2013: Aquaman #16 — 62,153 (-18.2%)
02/2013: Aquaman #17 — 58,578 (- 5.8%)
03/2013: Aquaman #18 — 53,337 (- 8.9%)
04/2013: –
05/2013: Aquaman #19 — 53,415 (+ 0.1%)
05/2013: Aquaman #20 — 49,697 (- 7.0%)
06/2013: Aquaman #21 — 46,832 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: Aquaman #22 — 45,653 (- 2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 — 44,140 (- 3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta — 58,207 (+31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr — 53,679 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 — 42,248 (-21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 — 41,264 (- 2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 — 38,841 (- 5.9%)
01/2013: Aquaman #27 — 36,610 (- 5.7%)
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6 months: – 19.8%
1 year : – 41.1%
2 years : – 42.3%
10 years: + 68.9%
Since #1: – 66.3%

Not exactly a warm welcome for the new creative team, but retailers aren’t running away in droves yet either. If the numbers settle down soon it will still be at a level that is historically good for an Aquaman comic.

A spin-off series has been announced to start in April though, which given these numbers may not be the best idea…

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47 – EARTH 2
01/2013: Earth 2 #8 — 50,860 (- 6.5%)
02/2013: Earth 2 #9 — 48,208 (- 5.2%)
03/2013: Earth 2 #10 — 46,213 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Earth 2 #11 — 45,468 (- 1.6%)
05/2013: Earth 2 #12 — 43,983 (- 3.3%)
06/2013: Earth 2 #13 — 42,916 (- 2.4%)
07/2013: Earth 2 #14 — 42,022 (- 2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 — 40,845 (- 2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd — 51,850 (+26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr — 52,369 (+ 1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 — 38,389 (-26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 — 39,846 (+ 3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 — 37,130 (- 6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 — 36,103 (- 2.8%)
—————-
6 months: – 14.1%
1 year : – 29.0%
Since #1: – 64.8%

Still finding its level under the new writer.

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48 – ACTION COMICS
01/2004: Action Comics #811 — 30,920
01/2009: Action Comics #873 — 51,940
01/2010: Action Comics #885 — 30,678
01/2011: Action Comics #897 — 32,134
01/2012: Action Comics #5 — 109,350
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01/2013: Action Comics #16 — 58,645 (- 4.3%)
02/2013: Action Comics #17 — 57,189 (- 2.5%)
03/2013: Action Comics #18 — 61,879 (+ 8.2%)
04/2013: Action Comics #19 — 52,007 (- 16.0%)
05/2013: Action Comics #20 — 48,324 (- 7.1%)
06/2013: Action Comics #21 — 46,475 (- 3.8%)
07/2013: Action Comics #22 — 44,861 (- 3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23 — 42,603 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn — 69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod — 69,356 (- 0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor — 67,621 (- 2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo — 51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24 — 39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25 — 46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26 — 37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27 — 36,042 (- 3.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 19.7%
1 year : – 38.5%
2 years : – 67.0%
5 years : – 30.6%
10 years: + 16.6%
Since #1: – 82.1%

The new creative team of Greg Pak & Aaron Kuder are doing rather good work on this title. Alas retailers and readers have yet to figure this out.

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49 – SUPERMAN
01/2004: Superman #201 — 33,429
01/2009: Superman #682 — 55,435
01/2010: Superman #694 — 34,430
01/2011: Superman #705 — 46,261
01/2012: Superman #3 — 86,386
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01/2013: Superman #16 — 50,621 (- 1.2%)
02/2013: –
03/2013: Superman #17 — 49,666 (- 1.9%)
03/2013: Superman #18 — 48,236 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: Superman #19 — 48,598 (+ 0.8%)
05/2013: Superman #20 — 45,458 (- 6.5%)
06/2013: Superman #21 — 44,285 (- 2.6%)
07/2013: Superman #22 — 42,961 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23 — 42,155 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro — 59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac — 58,197 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H’el — 55,069 (- 5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite — 59,811 (+ 8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24 — 39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25 — 39,295 (- 0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26 — 36,877 (- 6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27 — 35,266 (- 4.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 17.9%
1 year : – 30.3%
2 years : – 59.2%
5 years : – 36.4%
10 years: + 5.5%
Since #1: – 76.5%

Launching three new Superman titles to coincide with last summer’s Man of Steel movie may have seemed like a worthwhile bet, but it didn’t exactly pay off, as the new titles simply eroded interest in Superman and Action.

DC recently announced that the all-star creative team of Geoff Johns, John Romita, Jr. & Klaus Jansen will be taking over the main Superman title sometime in 2014, which will surely give a huge bump in sales. It will likely be the first time in the New 52 era that a creative team change re-energizes a title.

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50 – FLASH
01/2004: Flash #206 — 33,367
01/2010: –
01/2011: –
01/2012: Flash #5 — 71,611
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01/2013: Flash #16 — 44,093 (- 4.0%)
02/2013: Flash #17 — 42,936 (- 2.6%)
03/2013: Flash #18 — 41,659 (- 3.0%)
04/2013: Flash #19 — 42,079 (+ 1.0%)
05/2013: Flash #20 — 39,667 (- 5.7%)
06/2013: Flash #21 — 38,848 (- 2.1%)
07/2013: Flash #22 — 38,993 (+ 0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23 — 38,860 (- 0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd — 52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh — 53,359 (+ 0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues — 51,072 (- 4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24 — 38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25 — 41,838 (+ 9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26 — 36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27 — 34,902 (- 4.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 10.5%
1 year : – 20.8%
2 years : – 51.3%
10 years: + 4.6%
Since #1: – 76.4%

Marking time until the new creative team debuts in issue #30.

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47 – JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
01/2012: Justice League Dark #3 — 51,674
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01/2013: Justice League Dark #16 — 26,902 (- 2.9%)
02/2013: Justice League Dark #17 — 25,841 (- 3.9%)
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18 — 25,664 (- 0.7%)
04/2013: Justice League Dark #19 — 25,407 (- 1.0%)
05/2013: Justice League Dark #20 — 24,693 (- 2.8%)
06/2013: Justice League Dark #21 — 24,663 (- 0.1%)
07/2013: Justice League Dark #22 — 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23 — 71,157 (+ 4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper — 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso — 45,138 (- 2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24 — 45,401 (+ 0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25 — 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26 — 36,353 (- 6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27 — 32,576 (- 10.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 59.4%
1 year : + 21.1%
2 years : – 37.0%
Since #1: – 60.3%

Now in a crossover-within-a-crossover, and it would appear that many readers have decided to give up the book rather than follow the story into other titles that they have no interest in reading. One would assume that this is not the reaction that DC had been hoping for. But the numbers are still above pre-crossover levels.

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56 – EARTH 2 ANNUAL
05/2013: Earth 2 Ann #1 — 41,325
01/2014: Earth 2 Ann #2 — 32,231 (-22.0%)
—————–
Since #1: – 22.0%

About 10% lower than the main title. But considering this was the secret origin of the new Earth 2 Batman, maybe they could have been a bit higher?

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59 – WONDER WOMAN
01/2004: Wonder Woman #200 — 38,007
01/2009: Wonder Woman #28 — 32,622
01/2010: Wonder Woman #40 — 25,156
01/2011: Wonder Woman #606 — 33,601
01/2012: Wonder Woman #5 — 57,626
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01/2013: Wonder Woman #16 — 40,105 (- 3.7%)
02/2013: Wonder Woman #17 — 39,110 (- 2.5%)
03/2013: Wonder Woman #18 — 38,406 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Wonder Woman #19 — 46,492 (+ 21.1%)
05/2013: Wonder Woman #20 — 37,132 (- 20.1%)
06/2013: Wonder Woman #21 — 35,999 (- 3.1%)
07/2013: Wonder Woman #22 — 35,539 (- 1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23 — 34,747 (- 2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah — 49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born — 44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24 — 34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25 — 33,532 (- 2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26 — 32,773 (- 2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27 — 32,035 (- 2.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 9.9%
1 year : – 20.1%
2 years : – 44.4%
5 years : – 1.8%
10 years: – 15.7%
Since #1: – 66.6%

Those are oddly consistent percentage drops over the last three months! 32K is a decent figure historically for a Wonder Woman book. Azzarello and company are off doing their own thing in the corner of the DCU, but if sales start to slide below 30K someone might decide to make a change…

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Dark Horse’s main Star Wars book…)

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62 – GREEN LANTERN CORPS
01/2009: Green Lantern Corps #30 — 43,600
01/2010: Green Lantern Corps #42 — 80,391
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #54 — 57,448
01/2012: Green Lantern Corps #3 — 65,393
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01/2013: Green Lantern Corps #16 — 45,387 (- 5.1%)
02/2013: Green Lantern Corps #17 — 44,497 (- 2.0%)
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 — 44,215 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: Green Lantern Corps #19 — 43,903 (- 0.8%)
05/2013: Green Lantern Corps #20 — 43,026 (- 2.0%)
06/2013: Green Lantern Corps #21 — 45,423 (+ 5.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 — 42,194 (- 7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 — 36,229 (-14.1%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 — 37,312 (+ 3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 — 38,369 (+ 2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 — 32,797 (-14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 — 31,447 (- 4.1%)
—————-
6 months: – 25.5%
1 year : – 30.7%
2 years : – 51.9%
5 years : – 27.9%
Since #1: – 66.8%

Continues to slide down the chart. Remember, this is the second-best selling book in the Green Lantern franchise; why is the franchise trying to support five different titles?

Oh wait, they’re adding a sixth title to the GL family in April?!

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

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73 – BATMAN BLACK & WHITE
09/2013: Batman B&W #1 of 6 — 65,018
10/2013: Batman B&W #2 of 6 — 37,523 (-42.3%)
11/2013: Batman B&W #3 of 6 — 33,370 (-11.6%)
12/2013: Batman B&W #4 of 6 — 30,577 (- 8.4%)
01/2014: Batman B&W #5 of 6 — 28,623 (- 6.4%)
—————–
Since #1: – 56.0%

The first non-DCU title on the chart this month—no surprise that it’s got Batman in the title! It’s also a $4.99 book, so the $$$ value is a bit higher than its $2.99 neighbors.

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74 – GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS
01/2012: New Guardians #5 — 59,774
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01/2013: New Guardians #16 — 43,770 (- 3.0%)
02/2013: New Guardians #17 — 42,285 (- 3.4%)
03/2013: New Guardians #18 — 42,028 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: New Guardians #19 — 41,481 (- 1.3%)
05/2013: New Guardians #20 — 40,569 (- 2.2%)
06/2013: New Guardians #21 — 42,290 (+ 4.2%)
07/2013: New Guardians #22 — 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 — 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: New Guardians #24 — 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 — 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 — 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 — 28,346 (- 7.0%)
—————-
6 months: – 30.5%
1 year : – 35.2%
2 years : – 46.4%
Since #1: – 52.6%

Not good numbers for a Green Lantern title. Is this still a book for showcasing Kyle Rayner? These numbers are now worse than anything that the Rayner-featuring pre-New 52 Green Lantern ever pulled.

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79 – TEEN TITANS
01/2004: Teen Titans #7 — 68,142 [69,428]
01/2009: Teen Titans #67 — 35,877
01/2010: Teen Titans #79 — 27,790
01/2011: Teen Titans #91 — 25,443
01/2012: Teen Titans #5 — 54,606
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01/2013: Teen Titans #16 — 63,726 (- 7.3%)
02/2013: Teen Titans #17 — 39,186 (- 38.5%)
03/2013: Teen Titans #18 — 42,055 (+ 7.3%)
04/2013: Teen Titans #19 — 39,532 (- 6.0%)
05/2013: Teen Titans #20 — 36,391 (- 8.0%)
06/2013: Teen Titans #21 — 34,710 (- 4.6%)
07/2013: Teen Titans #22 — 33,062 (- 4.8%)
08/2013: Teen Titans #23 — 31,742 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon — 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke — 49,920 (+ 1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24 — 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25 — 32,395 (- 6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26 — 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27 — 27,558 (- 5.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 16.6%
1 year : – 56.8%
2 years : – 49.5%
5 years : – 23.2%
10 years: – 60.3%
Since #1: – 69.1%

Continuing its slide towards its cancellation with issue #30. A relaunch is likely at some point, but it might be a good idea to let the property lie fallow for a couple of years.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic…)

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83 – GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL
01/2013: Green Lantern Corps Ann #1 — 41,836
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps Ann #2 — 26,880 (-35.7%)
—————–
Since #1: – 35.7%

This might has sold an additional 5K copies if they’d simply called it Green Lantern Special #1 instead of Green Lantern Corps Annual #2.

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85 – FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES’ REBELLION
10/2013: Rogues’ Rebellion #1 of 6 — 36,545
11/2013: Rogues’ Rebellion #2 of 6 — 30,317 (-17.0%)
12/2013: Rogues’ Rebellion #3 of 6 — 27,363 (- 9.7%)
01/2014: Rogues’ Rebellion #4 of 6 — 25,657 (- 6.2%)
—————–
Since #1: – 29.8%

The Flash-related Forever Evil crossover event spin-off mini-series, with middling numbers in line with what one would expect.

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87 – CATWOMAN
01/2004: Catwoman #27 — 25,023 [26,175]
01/2010: Catwoman #83 — 39,239
01/2012: Catwoman #5 — 44,034
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01/2013: Catwoman #16 — 33,915 (- 3.2%)
02/2013: Catwoman #17 — 30,194 (-11.0%)
03/2013: Catwoman #18 — 33,220 (+10.0%)
04/2013: Catwoman #19 — 28,058 (-15.5%)
05/2013: Catwoman #20 — 26,886 (- 4.2%)
06/2013: Catwoman #21 — 25,611 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Catwoman #22 — 24,737 (- 3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 — 24,262 (- 1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: –
10/2013: Catwoman #24 — 35,134 (+44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 — 29,471 (-16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 — 26,482 (-10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 — 24,956 (- 5.8%)
—————–
6 months: + 0.1%
1 year : – 26.4%
2 years : – 43.3%
10 years: – 4.7%
Since #1: – 67.0%

Being part of the “Gothtopia” crossover didn’t seem to help things much.

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89 – RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS
01/2012: Red Hood #5 — 42,560
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01/2013: Red Hood #16 — 59,621 (- 7.0%)
02/2013: Red Hood #17 — 53,076 (-11.0%)
03/2013: Red Hood #18 — 37,731 (-28.9%) [42,901]
04/2013: Red Hood #19 — 36,630 (- 2.9%)
05/2013: Red Hood #20 — 35,542 (- 3.0%)
06/2013: Red Hood #21 — 32,416 (- 8.8%)
07/2013: Red Hood #22 — 30,534 (- 5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 — 28,821 (- 5.6%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Red Hood #24 — 27,128 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 — 30,632 (+12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 — 25,382 (-17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 — 24,813 ( -2.2%)
—————-
6 months: – 18.7%
1 year : – 58.4%
2 years : – 41.7%
Since #1: – 64.7%

Still falling a bit. Not in the cancellation zone… yet. A change of writers in coming up in issue #29…

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90 – INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First)
01/2013: Injustice #1 — 20,733 [35,438]
02/2013: Injustice #2 — 17,068 (-17.7%) [29,096]
03/2013: Injustice #3 — 18,608 (+ 9.0%) [24,469]
04/2013: Injustice #4 — 21,669 (+16.5%) [26,739]
05/2013: Injustice #5 — 25,215 (+16.4%)
06/2013: Injustice #6 — 26,011 (+ 3.2%)
07/2013: Injustice #7 — 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8 — 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9 — 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10 — 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11 — 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12 — 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2013: Injustice Y2 #1 — 24,700 (+12.9%)
—————-
6 months: – 4.0%
1 year : – 30.3%
Since #1: – n.a.%

The relaunch adds a little less than 3000 more copies. If Year Two follows standard sales patterns there may not be a year three. This is a digital-first title though, so the economics are somewhat different, and largely opaque to us.

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92 – RED LANTERNS
01/2012: Red Lanterns #5 — 46,992
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01/2013: Red Lanterns #16 — 38,223 (- 2.2%)
02/2013: Red Lanterns #17 — 35,839 (- 6.2%)
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 — 35,203 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Red Lanterns #19 — 34,673 (- 1.5%)
05/2013: Red Lanterns #20 — 33,923 (- 2.2%)
06/2013: Red Lanterns #21 — 37,312 (+10.0%)
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 — 35,236 (- 5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 — 29,623 (-15.9%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 — 30,771 (+ 3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 — 27,786 (- 9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 — 26,242 (- 5.6%)
01/2013: Red Lanterns #27 — 24,477 (- 6.7%)
—————-
6 months: – 30.5%
1 year : – 36.0%
2 years : – 47.9%
Since #1: – 72.6%

Crosses over with a combined issue of Green Lantern in February. At least they’re trying something novel to boost sales.

(After this point in the chart, all further titles are outsold by Archie Comic’s Afterlife with Archie…)

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95 – SUICIDE SQUAD
01/2010: Suicide Squad #67 — 37,818
01/2012: Suicide Squad #5 — 32,726
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01/2013: Suicide Squad #16 — 27,061 (- 52.6%)
02/2013: Suicide Squad #17 — 26,370 (- 2.6%)
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18 — 25,232 (- 4.3%)
04/2013: Suicide Squad #19 — 24,300 (- 3.7%)
05/2013: Suicide Squad #20 — 23,537 (- 3.1%)
06/2013: Suicide Squad #21 — 22,907 (- 2.7%)
07/2013: Suicide Squad #22 — 22,447 (- 2.0%)
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23 — 22,166 (- 1.3%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24 — 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25 — 27,067 (- 2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26 — 25,346 (- 6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27 — 24,175 (- 4.6%)
—————–
6 months: + 7.7%
1 year : – 10.7%
2 years : – 26.1%
Since #1: – 60.9%

Falling, despite still crossing-over with Forever Evil. Cancelled with #30.

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96 – GREEN ARROW
01/2004: Green Arrow #34 — 35,986
01/2009: Arrow/Canary #16 — 24,419
01/2010: Arrow&Canary #28 — 16,482
01/2011: Green Arrow #8 — 35,307
01/2012: Green Arrow #5 — 33,593
———————————–
01/2013: Green Arrow #16 — 19,888 (- 3.8%)
02/2013: Green Arrow #17 — 36,043 (+ 81.2%)
03/2013: Green Arrow #18 — 28,080 (- 22.1%)
04/2013: Green Arrow #19 — 29,922 (+ 6.6%)
05/2013: Green Arrow #20 — 27,541 (- 8.0%)
06/2013: Green Arrow #21 — 26,924 (- 2.2%)
07/2013: Green Arrow #22 — 26,172 (- 2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23 — 25,449 (- 2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo — 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24 — 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25 — 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26 — 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27 — 23,785 (- 3.7%)
—————–
6 months: – 9.1%
1 year : + 19.6%
2 years : – 29.2%
5 years : – 2.6%
10 years: – 33.9%
Since #1: – 67.1%

Creatively this is one of the strongest comics in the DCU stable right now, but that is just not translating into sales (though it’s still a shade less than 4K units over the previous creative iteration). 2.86 million people watched the most recent (as of this writing) new episode of the CW television show Arrow.

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101 – BATWOMAN
01/2012: Batwoman #5 — 51,924
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01/2013: Batwoman #16 — 34,103 (- 2.5%)
02/2013: Batwoman #17 — 32,041 (- 6.1%)
03/2013: Batwoman #18 — 31,381 (- 2.1%)
04/2013: Batwoman #19 — 31,538 (+ 0.5%)
05/2013: Batwoman #20 — 29,698 (- 5.8%)
06/2013: Batwoman #21 — 28,173 (- 5.1%)
07/2013: Batwoman #22 — 27,400 (- 2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 — 26,223 (- 4.3%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Batwoman #24 — 25,609 (- 2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 — 25,987 (+ 1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 — 23,311 (-10.3%)
01/2013: Batwoman #27 — 22,461 (- 3.6%)
—————-
6 months: – 18.0%
1 year : – 34.1%
2 years : – 56.7%
Since #1: – 74.5%

DC stopped the previous creative team’s plan for the first lesbian wedding in a mainstream super-hero comic, which would have run the risk of attracting massive outside media interest and a potentially huge sales spike. Someone at DC must have thought that continuing fading sales was a much better approach to take.

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104 – SUPERGIRL
01/2009: Supergirl #37 — 34,060
01/2010: Supergirl #49 — 27,728
01/2011: Supergirl #60 — 22,568
01/2012: Supergirl #5 — 41,446
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01/2013: Supergirl #16 — 30,350 (- 1.5%)
02/2013: Supergirl #17 — 30,146 (- 0.7%)
03/2013: Supergirl #18 — 28,051 (- 7.0%)
04/2013: Supergirl #19 — 29,558 (+ 5.4%)
05/2013: Supergirl #20 — 27,509 (- 6.9%)
06/2013: Supergirl #21 — 25,856 (- 6.0%)
07/2013: Supergirl #22 — 25,514 (- 1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 — 24,747 (- 3.0%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Supergirl #24 — 23,321 (- 5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 — 25,377 (+ 8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 — 22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 — 21,954 (- 3.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 14.0%
1 year : – 27.7%
2 years : – 47.0%
5 years : – 35.5%
Since #1: – 70.4%

Set to cross-over the next few months with Red Lanterns.

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106 – BATMAN ’66 (Digital-First)
07/2013: Batman ’66 #1 — 50,430
08/2013: Batman ’66 #2 — 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman ’66 #3 — 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman ’66 #4 — 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman ’66 #5 — 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman ’66 #6 — 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman ’66 #7 — 21,802 (-10.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 56.8%
Since #1: – 56.8%

Still not leveling off. The central conceit of this series is a kitchy gimmick and while fun, it was never going to last. I’d expect this to close up shop after twelve issues.

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111 – WORLDS’ FINEST
01/2013: Worlds’ Finest #8 — 30,399 (- 5.0%)
02/2013: Worlds’ Finest #9 — 28,332 (- 6.8%)
03/2013: Worlds’ Finest #10 — 28,469 (+ 0.5%)
04/2013: Worlds’ Finest #11 — 27,453 (- 3.6%)
05/2013: Worlds’ Finest #12 — 27,073 (- 1.4%)
06/2013: Worlds’ Finest #13 — 25,815 (- 4.7%)
07/2013: Worlds’ Finest #14 — 25,143 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds’ Finest #15 — 24,159 (- 3.9%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Worlds’ Finest #16 — 22,987 (- 4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds’ Finest #17 — 21,920 (- 4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds’ Finest #18 — 21,039 (- 4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds’ Finest #19 — 20,998 (- 0.2%)
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6 months: – 16.5%
1 year : – 30.9%
Since #1: – 69.8%

Set to crossover next month with Batman/Superman.

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112 – CONSTANTINE
01/2003: Hellblazer #192 — 15,094
01/2008: Hellblazer #251 — 11,290
01/2009: Hellblazer #263 — 10,179
01/2010: Hellblazer #275 — 9,507
01/2011: Hellblazer #287 — 9,368
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01/2013: Hellblazer #299 — 9,329 (+ 2.2%)
02/2013: Hellblazer #300 — 12,522 (+ 34.2%)
03/2013: Constantine #1 — 37,564 (+200.0%)
04/2013: Constantine #2 — 30,789 (- 18.0%)
05/2013: Constantine #3 — 29,106 (- 5.5%)
06/2013: Constantine #4 — 26,417 (- 9.2%)
07/2013: Constantine #5 — 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6 — 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Constantine #7 — 22,954 (- 8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8 — 20,981 (- 8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9 — 22,403 (+ 6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 — 20,729 (- 7.5%)
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6 months: – 40.8%
1 year : +122.2%
2 years : +121.3%
5 years : + 83.6%
10 years: + 37.3%
Since #1: – 44.8%

Crossing over with Forever Evil, but that doesn’t stop sales from returning to a decline.

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114 – FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S.
10/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #1 of 6 — 32,146
11/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #2 of 6 — 25,071 (-22.0%)
12/2013: A.R.G.U.S. #3 of 6 — 22,758 (- 9.2%)
01/2014: A.R.G.U.S. #4 of 6 — 20,294 (-10.8%)
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Since #1: – 36.9%

The poorest selling of the three Forever Evil crossover event spin-off mini-series. Did anyone expect otherwise?

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116 – SWAMP THING
01/2012: Swamp Thing #5 — 43,806
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01/2013: Swamp Thing #16 — 32,262 (- 4.9%)
02/2013: Swamp Thing #17 — 31,497 (- 2.4%)
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 — 30,716 (- 2.5%)
04/2013: Swamp Thing #19 — 29,254 (- 4.8%)
05/2013: Swamp Thing #20 — 27,338 (- 6.6%)
06/2013: Swamp Thing #21 — 25,186 (- 7.9%)
07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 — 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 — 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane — 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 — 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 — 21,141 (- 2.7%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #26 — 20,247 (- 4.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #27 — 19,755 (- 2.4%)
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6 months: – 17.3%
1 year : – 38.8%
2 years : – 54.9%
Since #1: – 73.2%

Slips below 20K for the first time since the New 52 revival. The new creative team is doing a rather good job IMHO, but that has yet to translate to a sales increase.

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118 – BIRDS OF PREY
01/2004: Birds of Prey #63 — 29,725
01/2009: Birds of Prey #126 — 20,772
01/2011: Birds of Prey #8 — 31,616
01/2012: Birds of Prey #5 — 31,700
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01/2013: Birds of Prey #16 — 23,182 (- 3.5%)
02/2013: Birds of Prey #17 — 22,112 (- 4.6%)
03/2013: Birds of Prey #18 — 21,957 (- 0.7%)
04/2013: Birds of Prey #19 — 21,707 (- 1.1%)
05/2013: Birds of Prey #20 — 21,126 (- 2.7%)
06/2013: Birds of Prey #21 — 20,767 (- 1.7%)
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22 — 20,209 (- 2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23 — 19,364 (- 4.2%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24 — 18,382 (- 5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25 — 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26 — 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27 — 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
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6 months: – 4.1%
1 year : – 16.4%
2 years : – 38.8%
5 years : – 6.7%
10 years: – 34.8%
Since #1: – 70.8%

The “Gothtopia” crossover adds a bit fewer than 2K copies. Which beats a decrease but they had to be hoping for more. The December issue sold the fewest copies of any issue of a Birds of Prey series ever. If this title is to survive it will need some major retooling…

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120 – WORLDS’ FINEST ANNUAL
01/2014: Worlds’ Finest Ann #1 — 19,314
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Since #1: n.a.

About as good as could be expected, I guess.

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121 – DC UNIVERSE VS. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
09/2013: DCU vs. MotU #1 of 6 — 35,269
10/2013: DCU vs. MotU #2 of 6 — 23,037 (-34.7%)
11/2013: –
12/2013: DCU vs. MotU #3 of 6 — 21,325 (- 7.4%)
01/2013: DCU vs. MotU #4 of 6 — 19,289 (- 9.5%)
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Since #1: – 45.3%

Still dropping fairly rapidly for this point. Retailers likely overestimated the demand for the first issue of an out-of-continuity mini-series tying in with a toy line from the 1980s, and we’re just seeing market corrections.

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122 – TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA
07/2013: Pandora #1 — 35,106 [41,678]
07/2013: Pandora #2 — 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: Pandora #3 — 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Pandora #4 — 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: Pandora #5 — 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: Pandora #6 — 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: Pandora #7 — 18,984 (- 7.7%)
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6 months: – 54.5%
Since #1: – 54.5%

Part of the Forever Evil crossover-within-a-crossover, but that only seems to be accelerating the decline. I’ll be surprised if this lasts past issue #12 before DC decides to put Pandora back in her box.

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123 – ANIMAL MAN
01/2012: Animal Man #3 — 49,184
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01/2013: Animal Man #16 — 30,322 (- 5.3%)
02/2013: Animal Man #17 — 29,425 (- 3.0%)
03/2013: Animal Man #18 — 28,711 (- 2.4%)
04/2013: Animal Man #19 — 27,562 (- 4.0%)
05/2013: Animal Man #20 — 25,807 (- 6.4%)
06/2013: Animal Man #21 — 23,862 (- 7.5%)
07/2013: Animal Man #22 — 22,974 (- 3.7%)
08/2013: Animal Man #23 — 21,634 (- 5.8%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Animal Man #24 — 20,554 (- 5.0%)
11/2013: Animal Man #25 — 19,710 (- 4.1%)
12/2013: Animal Man #26 — 18,823 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: Animal Man #27 — 18,401 (- 2.2%)
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6 months: -19.9%
1 year : -39.3%
2 years : -62.6%
Since #1: -71.8%

Ending with #29, but Lemire will be taking the character along with him to Justice League United.

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121 – TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER
01/2010: Phantom Stranger #42 — 35,937
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01/2013: Phantom Stranger #4 — 19,903 (-14.9%)
02/2013: Phantom Stranger #5 — 18,032 (- 9.4%)
03/2013: Phantom Stranger #6 — 17,375 (- 3.6%)
04/2013: Phantom Stranger #7 — 17,326 (- 0.3%)
05/2013: Phantom Stranger #8 — 16,269 (- 6.1%)
06/2013: ToS: PS #9 — 17,241 (+ 6.0%)
07/2013: ToS: PS #10 — 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: PS #11 — 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: ToS: PS #12 — 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: PS #13 — 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: PS #14 — 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: PS #15 — 17,435 (- 6.5%)
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6 months: – 15.5%
1 year : – 12.4%
Since #1: – 56.5%

Part of the Forever Evil crossover-within-a-crossover, but that’s not going to save this title either.

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128 – SUPERBOY
01/2011: Superboy #3 — 29,550
01/2012: Superboy #5 — 37,419
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01/2013: Superboy #16 — 27,110 (- 1.8%)
02/2013: Superboy #17 — 26,762 (- 1.3%)
03/2013: Superboy #18 — 24,455 (- 8.6%)
04/2013: Superboy #19 — 24,211 (- 1.0%)
05/2013: Superboy #20 — 22,508 (- 7.0%)
06/2013: Superboy #21 — 20,952 (- 6.9%)
07/2013: Superboy #22 — 19,984 (- 4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 — 20,235 (+ 1.3%)
09/2013: –
10/2013: Superboy #24 — 18,341 (- 9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 — 21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 — 17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 — 17,392 (- 1.7%)
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6 months: – 13.0%
1 year : – 35.8%
2 years : – 53.5%
Since #1: – 74.9%

So in between issues #25 &

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20. DC’s September stunt involves 3-D Motion Covers, and five years in the future

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DC has announced its September stunt for the year at the ComicsPRO meeting down in Atlanta and it’s the return of those new-fangled lenticular motion covers, plus a tie-in the the weekly series THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END. According to an email from a publicity temp at WBE, “Following the overwhelming success of 2013s “Villains Month” 3-D motion covers, DC Comics is bringing the technology back this September!” And according to a post on the DC Comics blog

What will SUPERMAN look like in 3-D Motion? Head on over to NEWSARAMA for the complete story and hear what DC Entertainment co-publisher Dan DiDio has to say on the matter.

 


Unfortunately the post did not include link to Newsarama, but we were able to figure it out on our own. Basically all the New 52 titles will flash forward to five years in the future, to depict what “might” happen in the future

The event ties into the May-launching weekly series The New 52: Futures End , and DiDio said DC will launch some new ongoing titles in June and/or July that will also be included in the September event.

DiDio emphasized that DC fans who aren’t reading the weekly will still get a lot of hints about the future for each of their existing ongoing series.

“It gives some exciting teases of potential storylines that might be coming for our characters in the near future ,” DiDio said of the event. “These stories aren’t going to just be tied into the weekly. But what you’ll be seeing is a lot of the writers who are working on series right now projecting forward — their ideas, their storylines, where they think their character might be five years from now.

Some revelations from FUTURE’S END: five years into the future DC Comics will be located on the West Coast, there still will not be a Wonder Woman movie, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee will no longer be working as co-publishers of DC Comics, and Marvel will be on the Woodgod III movie.

OK we made those up. This is perfectly fine as a gimmick goes. We’d loved to hear what assembeld retailers—who were badly stung by the ordering time frame for the Villains Month 3D motion covers, had to say about this announcement at ComicsPRO.

Also…the DCU has gone so many times to this “going forward/going back” gimmick. It will be Four years since the launch of the New 52 this fall…will the new readers who jumped on board be excited enough about this gimmick to make it work this time?

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21. Colorist Matthew Wilson: “It’s Better Than Diggin’ Ditches” [Interview]

If you like comics, you’ve almost certainly seen Matthew Wilson’s work. Colourist for many of the most acclaimed comics of the last few years, his work has been seen on Wonder Woman, Young Avengers, Swamp Thing, Phonogram, Secret Avengers and many more comics. Colouring is getting more attention now than it has ever done before, and a large part of that is the work done by creators like Wilson. His art is expressive, intelligent, and captivating. I think Young Avengers, on a craft level, especially helped to raise the profile of colorists as part of a cohensive creative team, and there were few reviewers who dared even attempt to overlook the colouring.

With Young Avengers now ended – and his next project, The Wicked and The Divine, at Image – just announced, Matthew was kind enough to talk me through how he approaches colouring. I’m myself only just starting to really get a grip on the various tricks and performances used by colourists, so this was as enlightening for me as for anyone else. We talk about day to day life as a freelance colourist, as well as his use of palette to convey expression, movement, and story.

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Steve: One of your biggest projects of the last few years has to have been Young Avengers, a series which got a lot of attention for experimentation and design. How did you come onboard the series?

Matthew: Like most things I suppose, it’s who you know. I’ve been working regularly with Jamie McKelvie for the past six or seven years, and to a lesser extent with Kieron Gillen as well. The first book I ever colored with my name in the credits was Jamie’s Suburban Glamour for Image. When Suburban Glamour was done, Jamie and Kieron asked me to color the second volume of their Image book, Phonogram.

Shortly after that, or maybe around the same time, Kieron and Jamie started doing work for Marvel and they would request me on their various projects (read: I rode their coattails into Marvel!). Fast forward a handful of very busy years doing work for Marvel and various other publishers, and the guys asked Lauren Sankovitch, the Young Avengers editor, to have me on the book as the colorist.

At this point, I had a great working relationship with Lauren, and everything fell into place for me to color Young Avengers.

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From Young Avengers, with Jamie McKelvie

Steve: You had to handle a lot within the series, but one of the standouts is the use of negative space in Mother’s dimension. How did this come about? Was this your idea?

Matthew: No, the idea wasn’t mine. It was in the script. If it was my idea, it would just seem like I was being lazy!

Steve: How difficult is it to colour a comic against white backgrounds? There’s no obvious light source, so how do you arrange shadows and colours on the characters?

Matthew: It was easy, both in terms of picking the palette for the characters and the time it took to complete the pages. When picking the palette for the characters in those scenes I went with a “clean” palette. I figured the white everywhere would make for very pure, straightforward representations of everyone’s colors. While there’s nothing drawn in the backgrounds to represent a light source Jamie still inked the figures with indications of a light source so I just followed his lead.

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From Young Avengers, with Jamie McKelvie

The first/best place to see this is issue 8, in the inks of Hulkling’s costume, where you can see his head casting a shadow down on to his chest. I only deviated twice, or added anything to the all white dimension palette or lighting. The first was when Prodigy and Hulkling hide from Mother in the beginning of issue 9. I decided that the floating panels they hid beneath would cast a shadow, and that the underside of the panel would be darker. The floating panels before this didn’t cast any shadows, but I thought the gray shadows made that scene feel more claustrophobic and tense than if I would have left the characters still surrounded by all white.

This also changed where the light came from on the characters. Instead of coming straight down it became more of a rim light. The second time the lighting changes in Mother’s all white dimension is in the fight scene in issue 13. Billy’s power is casting a light on everyone else, so I made the palette much more blue to show that.

Steve: Do you build a specific palette for each series you work on? If so, how do you set about with this? Are you looking for a certain sense of tone?

Matthew: It’s not often that I set a specific palette for an entire series. There are exceptions, for example my work on Swamp Thing. That book’s subject matter dictates the use of a lot of browns and greens (so. much. green…); so I have a very loose set palette on that book by default. But even with that book, I try to find places to use other colors for contrast and not make it a completely monochromatic book.

My palette changes usually happen from scene to scene across an issue or series. I look for opportunities to change palettes to quickly convey something to the reader––either a shift in location: from indoors to outdoors, or a snowy forest to a tropical jungle, or a shift in time: one scene is daytime, the next is set at night, this scene is present day and that scene is a flashback.

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From Swamp Thing, with art by KANO

Another thing you can do with palette, that has nothing to do with time or space, is set the emotion of a scene. Angry reds, sad blues, sickly green, and a million other variations. You can take a simple scene of two people talking in a cafe and depending on the palette you choose, completely change how the scene reads. You can use soft pastels because they’re sharing a tender moment. You can use desaturated blues because one is dumping the other.

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From Wonder Woman, with Cliff Chiang

When it comes to creating a palette those are the main three things I usually consider: time, location, mood. But whatever sets the palette, the result I want is that when the reader turns the page to a new scene they’re going to know at a glance that the story has moved on.

Steve: Something I feel we saw in Young Avengers, in particular, was your use of contrasts, especially in the action sequences. You choose contrasting colours to emphasise Noh-Varr, for example – he leaps out on a page, white and green, and you choose colours like orange and purple for his backgrounds. Is this an intentional device on your part?

Matthew: It is most certainly an intentional device on my part. It’s color theory, and studying it makes doing my job so much easier. Knowing how to choose colors that will do what you want them to do, to direct a reader’s eye, to frame a scene, or elicit a certain response is crucial to good coloring. Good color theory can even make up for other shortcomings, like being inexperienced at rendering (adding textures, highlights and shadows to define form).

The biggest mistake I often see in aspiring colorists’ portfolios is their focus on rendering before they have a good grasp of color theory. I went to art school and majored in “Sequential Art”, which is a fancy name for a degree in comics. (I think it’s to get parents of perspective students in the door. If you called it majoring in comic books they’d probably never let the kids anywhere near the school.) Of course, I took a color theory class as part of my foundation classes, and then as required by my major, I took a “computer coloring for comics” class.

I don’t remember the exact number of assignments, but we weren’t allowed to do anything but color completely flat for the majority of the class. The professor wanted us to be able to tell a story using only flat colors. So, without the aid of lighting or texture or gradients, you had to choose your single flat color for each background, or each face, very wisely to get the most out of your choice. I remember I practiced on a lot of Mignola Hellboy pages and studied a lot of Dave Stewart’s flat colors on that book.

Anyway, the point is that the importance of color choice was made very clear to me when I first started coloring comics on the computer. Looking back, it was important to limit myself in a program that had limitless colors and tools to distract a novice colorist.

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From Young Avengers, with Jamie McKelvie. Note the clash and contrast for Noh-Varr and his backgrounds

So, to bring this back to what you actually asked… You mentioned the green on Noh-Varr’s costume, and the orange and purple for his backgrounds. Those three colors are all secondary colors on the color wheel, and are a basic color combination that work great together. There are a lot of color combinations that immediately jump out at a reader, and having more than just the most basic combinations at your disposal requires you to understand how the hue, saturation, and value of one color reacts when next to the hue, saturation, and value of another color.

Once you understand the building blocks of colors you can stop guessing at, “what color is going to work well in this background?” and have a good idea of what will get the desired results. That’s not to say that I don’t still get stumped once in a while or have happy accidents (to borrow a phrase from Bob Ross, an American painter that I watched on TV all the time as a kid).

Often, if I’m stuck on a color and I can’t find something I like, or I just want a random starting point to mix things up, I’ll take advantage of the flexible nature of my digital tools. In Photoshop you can play with sliders and all kinds of adjustments that change colors in an instant. I usually only do that for one element in a scene, like a sky, or a prominent piece of clothing, and then build off of that color.

Another specific thing you mentioned was the action scenes in Young Avengers, and the bright contrasting colors in the backgrounds. There are a couple of reasons I like to do that. It’s a great way to accentuate the dynamic silhouettes of the characters that are usually drawn in action scenes, and it helps add to the intensity of an action scene.

Steve: How do you get across movement on a comic page? How do you convey a sense of the dynamic?

Matthew: By choosing specific colors, values, or marks that guide the eye from panel to panel across the page. I suppose there are ways a colorist can add simulated movement to the characters by adding a motion blur filter, but that’s not typically called for in the kind of art I work on. So instead, I try and set a visual beat or cadence with the colors to help the eye move across the page—maybe by repeating a certain color in the backgrounds and then changing it to a contrasting color in an impact panel or escalating the intensity of a color throughout the page.

I did a fight scene in Wonder Woman where with each punch the background goes from orange to yellow until the knockout blow goes a really bright pale yellow. You really felt the building force, and then the final punch was the most visually arresting panel. Besides the colors you choose, the way that you arrange your values (lights and darks) in a panel can also lead the eye from one place to another, simulating movement.

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From Wonder Woman, with Cliff Chiang

Finally, if the style is accommodating, mark making is a good way for a colorist to show movement. Making marks that point where you want the eye to go, and accentuate what the artist has done, is another good tool to create movement.

Steve: How does the collaborative process between yourself and an artist work? Do you swap notes based on character, emotion, scene? (or in Jamie McKelvie’s case, fashion ideas?)

Matthew: It’s slightly different with everyone, but there are only really three variations I’ve encountered. Either the artist has notes before I color, they have them after I’ve shown them colors, or none at all. Some artists have a clear idea of what the colors, or certain aspects of the colors, should look like when they’re drawing their pages. It’s not usually very specific, like they ask for the sidewalk to be an exact color, or anything like that. But maybe they have a specific idea about the lighting or time of day when they draw it.

Other than that, it’s mostly more of a feeling or emotion they want to get from the scene. I can also get a lot of clues about the character or their emotions from the script most times. An artist will often send along photos they’ve used as reference if it’s a particular real world location, and details are important on selling that location. I like that kind of reference; it shows me colors on things I never would’ve thought of otherwise.

I remember one time I was in a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, and the ceiling was orange. I thought, “Man, I’ve got to remember that. I’d never have thought of an orange ceiling!” Or, like you mentioned, if it’s Jamie, he’ll send me the link to some article of clothing he’s referenced. That’s much appreciated, because I’m pretty terrible when it comes to picking clothes.

Jamie and Kieron have mentioned in interviews the style blog they started for their new book The Wicked and The Devine. The images on that blog are great examples of the kinds of reference I’m sent by artists or writers. Also, movies, or paintings, or posters that capture the look and feel of a scene are often discussed with the artist if they were influenced by any of those things. Cliff Chiang and I do that a lot on Wonder Woman. We talk a lot about distilling the feeling of a scene down to the colors––that way everything from the words to the drawings to the colors are working to convey the same thing to the reader.

Sometimes those notes can be as simple as, “this place is dark and foreboding, lots of heavy shadows”, and I do my version of that description. That’s usually the most fulfilling to me. It feels like a real collaboration when it’s done like that. The artist gives me their art and their thoughts, and I find one thing in their notes to spring off of, and then add my creativity on top of all of that.

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From Secret Avengers, with Matteo Scalera

Steve: What do you look for when you first get a comic script? How do you prepare to colour a comic?

Matthew: The FIRST thing I do is send my pages off to an assistant that’s most commonly called a flatter. Imagine a black and white page, and then imagine tracing every shape on that page and filling it with color. There are tricks so you don’t have to literally trace everything, but still, it takes some time to do, and that’s what my flatter does. With a page flatted I can easily select the flat colors in one quick click and change them however I want.

Let me take the time to say how awesome my flatter, Dee, is. He doesn’t get credit in the books, but he makes my job so much easier. Couldn’t do it without him. Also, a bit of a side note, a lot of colorists started out as flatters for other colorists. I did, and before I could afford to pay a flatter I flatted all of my own pages, so it will benefit aspiring colorists to get good and quick at flatting.

Anyhow, back to preparing to color a comic. By the time I’ve gotten pages back from the flatter I will have read the script and any notes. I always try and read the script from beginning to end before I color. It helps to get an idea of what’s going to happen in terms of color for the entire issue. For example, say I’ve only read the first scene of the script and it’s set in a nightclub. I decide to color walls red because they look really cool that way. Then in the last scene of the script it’s revealed that there’s been a grisly murder in that nightclub and there’s blood all over the walls.

If I read the whole script I would’ve known to make the walls a different color, so that the red of the blood can be as impactful as possible. While the first scene looks great with red walls, the over all impact of the bloody final page is lessened thus hurting the story. Sure, you can go back and change the wall color, but if you read the full script you can avoid doing work twice.

Once I’ve read the script I decide how many pages I’m going to do that day and which scenes I want to work on first. I almost always work in order if I have all the pages, but if I have a handful of pages with scenes from different parts of the book I’ll pick and choose based on what looks more fun or interesting for that day. I also try and color an entire scene at one time if I can. So if my goal is 6 pages for the day and there is a six-page scene, then I’ll work on that. Or do a four-page scene and a two-page scene. Whatever fits my page goal that day.

With my pages picked, I’ll set the palettes for the scenes. After I set palettes, I’ll do a pass on the backgrounds across all the pages in the scene, adding whatever rendering is appropriate for the artwork. Then I’ll begin work on the characters, doing any rendering that fits with the desired style. When the characters are colored, I will tweak the backgrounds if they need changing based on how they interact with the fully colored characters.

The next step is changing any of the inked lines to color, which is called color holds or knock outs (or probably a dozen other things depending on which colorist you ask), and any special effects if they’re required. I’ll then go back and give everything one final look to add any details or make sure I didn’t miss anything or make any mistakes.

Steve: How long does it take to typically colour a page of a comic?

Matthew: This can depend on the book, of course, but I try to spend between one and two hours coloring a page. There are some pages that take far less than an hour, and there are some pages that take closer to three hours. The sweet spot for me though, seems to be around an hour and a half per page. Having said that, I hardly ever time myself, unless I’m under a tight deadline. I mostly set daily page goals. If I’m having a normal workday, not distracted by leaving the house or something else, then I want to do no fewer than five pages in a day.

But if I’m trying to be really productive, like making sure I’ve got enough work done before I leave for a trip, then the minimum number goes up to seven pages a day. As I type these answers I just finished a five-day period where I completed fifty pages, and those days ranged from fourteen pages one day to 5 pages today.

Steve: Do you try and establish a mood in your office when working on a book? Do you play specific music, turn down the lights, or anything like that?

Matthew: I don’t have much of a routine that I have to stick to every day. I usually consume a different type of media while I work from day to day. I suppose if you looked at my habits over a month, and then compared that to other months then you’d probably find somewhat of a broader routine. Once I’ve read scripts, or notes, and I’m done thinking of my palettes and looking up reference, I can pretty much have any kind of media on and still work. Once I’m simply coloring, I can fully absorb a tv show or movie that I’ve never seen before, or listen to an audio book or podcast and retain all the details.

In fact, it’s funny, I can look at a lot of old work and remember what I was listening to or watching when I colored a particular page or scene or issue. I’m also not a big ritual or mood person either, I don’t have to have a morning cup of coffee before I can work, or tea when it’s cold, or anything like that. The only thing that I do to my office regularly before I work is a seasonal thing, and that’s shut the blinds in the summer because of the added heat and then the sunset shines on my monitor.

Oh, and one other regular practice just came to mind. If I’m working really late and need some music to keep me coloring at a quick pace I almost always play The Talking Heads, specifically their live album The Name of This Band is Talking Heads. Something about that album just keeps my fingers flying over my Cintiq and keyboard.

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Cover for Snarked, with Roger Langridge

Steve: Once you finish a page, do you send it across to the writer, artist, or editor for notes? Is it common to be asked for a redraft, so to speak?

Matthew: Yes, I send it to the whole team if I know their email addresses. The writer, artist, inker if there is one, letterer, editor, and in some cases like Wonder Woman where we have a regular fill-in artist, Goran Sudzuka, I send it to him as well. On Young Avengers #14 and #15 everyone that worked on those issues was in one big email thread and we were all sending stuff back and forth.

I even gathered a bunch of jpegs of my colors for reference on character colors and my thought processes when coloring the Young Avengers for the other colorists working on the book (Maris Wicks, Jordie Bellaire, and Lee Loughridge). But yeah, there’s always a bunch of commenting after colors are turned in. Of course I love it when the response is, “Brilliant, no notes! Upload the files!” But there’s usually at least a few notes, which is to be expected. They range from small things that I missed completely, or I colored something the wrong color, to larger things like someone not really liking something more fundamental like a palette choice or rendering.

Then there’s sometimes changes that are strictly editorial like, “Whoa, that blood is way too much now that you’ve colored it all bright red! Can we tone it down?” Or, “I didn’t notice there was that much butt crack showing in the inks. The artist will have to draw a fix for that.” In that case, I patch in the new line art and recolor whatever needs to be colored. Basically, notes and fixing some artwork mistakes or recoloring to a certain extent is just part of the job.

I’ve hardly ever run in to anyone that’s taken advantage of that arrangement and had me recolor things completely, or recolor things an unreasonable amount of times.

Steve: What do you think marks out a standout colourist? What should a colourist look to bring to any comic they work on?

Matthew: This is an easy one, as the same answer works for both questions. A colorist should contribute to the storytelling, and help enhance the line art. If the colors aren’t helping tell the story then those colors shouldn’t be there. They become pointless in this storytelling medium. I’m a fan of a lot of different styles of coloring, and the one constant that makes for “good” coloring across very different styles is using color to enhance the storytelling.

If all the colorist does is focus on how well they can render a metal armor bikini in every page, and ignores changing the color palette to suit the changing time or environment, then they’ve failed at coloring a comic. If a colorist uses flat colors but the colors they choose don’t enhance the mood of the story, then they’ve failed at coloring a comic.

Steve: What is it like to be working freelance as a colourist at present?

Matthew: For me personally, it’s great. I stay as busy as I want to be, and with projects that I enjoy. I’m lucky enough to make a living coloring comics, and it’s a wonderful way to pay the bills. That said, it is still very much a job, and like all jobs there are pros and cons, and it has good days and bad days. There’s stress to meet deadlines, there’s stress to meet expectations.

And this is where my answer starts to get dangerously close to sounding like complaining. But I want to make it very clear, that even though I can list cons about coloring comics as a job, I know that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet and that these minor complaints are pretty meaningless when weighed against the pros. So, on to pseudo complaining! Yes, I’m my own boss, and I set my own hours. I work thirty feet from my bedroom, I don’t have to wear pants! A pro for me, a con to some, probably.

But, sometimes those hours I get to set are 12-16 hours a day for 10 days in a row. And because my office (that I spend a lot of time in) is in my house, I miss a lot of opportunities to interact with people on a day to day basis. At one point I had terrible posture and horrible neck pains, we’re not meant to be hunched over a desk all day (got that sorted, no longer a problem). Sometimes I find myself half-jokingly wishing for a Monday-Friday, nine-to-five job so I could guarantee my evenings and weekends are free (grass is always greener, right?).

But to be honest, when I started to answer this question, the first and only lines that came out right away were those first two sentences. Which are both positive! I had to stop and think about the cons, they didn’t instinctually come out. But I want to list the bad with the good in case an aspiring colorist, or freelancer of any kind, is reading. They should know a freelance job has downsides like anything else.

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From Moon Knight, with Alex Maleev

When discussing this subject I usually find myself summing it up with something that I remember my very southern grandfather always saying, “It’s better than diggin’ ditches.” Yep, grandpa, it sure is.

Steve: How do you keep yourself busy with new projects?

Matthew: Normal for me for the last two years or so, has been that I’ve been on mostly the same books and haven’t needed to find much new work. Before that I’d be on a book for about 6 issues and then it would end, or the art team would change and I’d move around to different books quite often. When that happened the editor on the book that I was leaving would offer another book to replace it. Or, an editor would write and ask about something that they’ve got coming up in a month or two, and that would coincide with one of my books ending.

In some cases, at some publishers, there are people that have the job to coordinate talent, and move them to a new project as their old one ended. So, once I got firmly established at various publishers, that’s how I stayed busy. It is important to maintain relationships with editors, artists, and writers that you work with, or have worked with, even if you aren’t working with them at the moment. I’ll make sure to email them or chat them up on Twitter from time to time.

I know a lot of professionals that are very good at maintaining an active online presence, and I’m certain that helps them stay busy. I mean, if you can stay in the front of people’s minds, they’ll be likely to email or write when they need a colorist (or whatever job you do). I’m not that great at it, to be honest. I can disappear from twitter for weeks at a time, and I quit Facebook ages ago (it’s a black hole where I lost hours and hours of my life). I think the biggest thing that helps me stay busy is that I go to around four conventions a year to get face time with artists, writers, and editors. Bonus, you get to see a bunch of friends, travel, and it gives me a good dose of socializing that I don’t get sitting at home alone in my office.

I’ve had a lot of conversations at conventions that I know have led to work, which then leads to more work, and it just keeps snowballing. That’s the thing, is once you’re given a shot, bust your ass and knock it out of the park. Good (and on time) work gets you more work.

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With Chris Samnee

Steve: You’ve worked with certain artists quite often – Jamie McKelvie and Chris Samnee, for example. Is it common for artists to request a certain artist to follow them from project to project?

Matthew: Yes, I’d say it’s fairly common. Not being a penciler, I can’t speak for them, but I can imagine that it must be a relief to find a colorist that you can trust. That you know when you work hard on your line art and send off the page, that the colorist will enhance what you’ve done and not ruin it. I know Jamie and Chris both ask for me on projects.

I think most artists have a list of a couple of colorists that they like to work with, in case one is too busy. Editors seem more than happy to take suggestions. Why wouldn’t an editor want a happy creative team, as long as they’re going to get the work in on time, right?

Steve: How do you feel the comics industry treats colourists, currently? Do you think more attention should be paid, or that there is a feeling that colourists are starting to be more recognised with each year?

Matthew: If I had to rate the industry currently as a whole, including creators, publishers, fans, convention organizers, journalists, everyone, and I used a one to ten scale, one being very unsatisfied and ten being very satisfied. I’d say a six. I think some individuals would earn tens and some individuals would earn ones or twos. And out of all the groups I listed, creators would probably score the most tens.

There’s a discussion I have had with other colorists, or artists, that I’ll reference parts of here, and who knows how it will come off when typed. I might seem like an asshole that thinks too highly of what I do, but come talk to me in person sometime and you’ll see that’s not the case. This next sentence could rub some the wrong way when just read on it’s own, so read on before judging it… If you look at the amount of a comic page that a reader sees, the largest percentage of it is covered by colors most of the time.

I’m not suggesting that colorists are more important than the artist or writer, but that we aren’t given enough credit considering that we play a big part in determining the look of the final product. To me, at certain publishers, it feels like we’re seen as being more of the back end, readying for print/production side of the process, rather than being on the art side of the process. Which of course is mind boggling to me.

I’ve seen some people argue online that colorists’ contributions aren’t that important because a book has changed the colorist and it didn’t see the sales move one way or the other. But I’d argue that’s because the publishers haven’t done enough to promote colorists as artists or part of the art team, which would increase name recognition amongst the fan base.

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From Uncanny X-Force, with Esad Ribic

I’ve heard comments from people saying that they buy books specifically for the colorist, so I know there’s a capacity for recognizing colorists in the fan base. It’s just a very small minority of people that care at the moment.

So, what could publishers do better? They could start with, when referring to the art of a colored comic book, acknowledging that the art is the work of the artist AND the colorist. That should translate to the colorist getting credited anywhere the artist does, like on the cover or spine of the book (DC, give colorists cover credit already. Sheesh.) or any promotional poster, or preview images. Obviously there are times where the colorist isn’t hired when some crediting is done, and then the absence is understandable (example, books are often solicited before a colorist is hired).

Internally, when dealing with colorists, there are some publishers that are better than others at treating colorists like artists, and the color friendly publishers will pay colorists incentive payments based on sales or even offer exclusive contracts. Of course, there are plenty of individuals at every publisher that recognize colorists as artists. However none of that translates into a consistent promotion of colorists as part of a comic’s art team. Even at the most colorist friendly publisher it’s pretty hit or miss to see a colorist promoted along side the writer and artist.

That said, I do think it’s very slowly getting better, and colorists will continue to gain name recognition. While I still see reviews of comic books that mention how bright and bold and colorful the art is, but only mention the penciler/inker, that’s becoming more rare. It seems more common for colorists to at least get mentioned in reviews. Each year over the past four or five, I’ve personally seen more people search me out specifically to sign books when I sit at a table at a convention. So yes, I think some fans are catching on, and more people that cover the industry are making a point to single out colorists when reviewing comic art. I’m sure more people are bound to become more aware of colorists as time goes on.

*Note! I answered most of these questions, then had to pause while I moved houses, and then I finished the interview about two weeks later. In that time Colorist Appreciation Day happened for the second year in a row on Twitter. The response that I saw was fantastic. Clearly people are catching on to what colorists contribute to the comics industry.*

Steve: Is there a sense of community specifically between colourists? I know Jordie Bellaire has spoken often of you as being a mentor to her.

Matthew: Yes, I think there is. There certainly isn’t some strict wall around it, keeping us closed off from the rest of the comics professional community when we all hang out. But when I’ve been around a bunch of other colorists, we definitely have our own specific jokes and gripes we can all share. I mean, those damn artists, and snooty writers. Am I right?

Actually, now that I think about it, if I’m talking with another colorist at a convention, and a mutual artist or writer friend sees us, it never fails that they’ll make a joke about two colorists standing too closely together—usually something about rainbows exploding everywhere. So, everyone else must assume we have our own special club. Like I mentioned earlier, a lot of colorists started off working for other colorists. Or, some colorists just give pointers and help to once aspiring colorists that are now working colorists.

It’s probably the same amongst artists, or writers, I’m sure. Personally, there were a few people that really helped me out when I was starting; seemingly for no reason other than they were cool, and liked my work. I always wanted to do the same when I got the opportunity. I’ve been able to do that, and it feels good when you see someone you helped go on to succeed. I think those kinds of things help build that sense of community.

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Teaser for The Wicked and The Divine, with Jamie McKelvie

Steve: What other comics do you have coming up this year? What else should we keep an eye out for?

Matthew: I’m still coloring Wonder Woman this year. That’s been a dream job for almost three years. Everyone on that book just clicks so well. I’m also coloring Swamp Thing at DC, which I am loving. I feel like Charles Soule’s run has been something special, and just keeps getting better. I’ve also worked with some great artists that I wasn’t aware of prior to Swamp Thing, so that’s been great. I’ve been on Secret Avengers at Marvel for quite a while now, and I’m going to continue on it when it relaunches with Ales Kot and Michael Walsh. I’ve never worked with Michael before, and I just saw the first issue’s inks and they’re great. We’ve been messing with a test page to see what we want to do with the colors. So, I’m excited about that.

I’m coloring a Terminator book over at Dark Horse. Terminator the Final Battle with J. Michael Straczynski and Pete Woods. I was born in ’81, so I grew up with Terminator as a major influence. In fact, after the sequel came out I took my plastic toy shotgun and cut the barrel off, then rode around on my bicycle and pretended like I was Arnold on the motorcycle shooting the locks off of gates and riding through those drainage canals. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped about working on something Terminator related. Also, Pete and I have tried to work together several times over the past five years and nothing ever worked out. So this was perfect!

I’m also working on Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s new Image series, The Wicked and The Divine. We’ve done some covers and a few pages and I think this book is going to be a lot of fun. Both to work on and to read.

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With Jamie McKelvie

I’ve got a few other things that I’m not ready to mention yet, but I’ll be talking about them soon! The other thing I’m excited about is that I just moved, and my new home office is really neat. Not what you asked, but it IS coming up this year!

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Many thanks to Matthew for his time. If you’d like to find out more, you can head over to his blog right here, or his DeviantArt page here. He’s also on Twitter here!

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22. Go girl: Lois Lane gets a very rare one shot today

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Today’s Lois Lane one-shot comic by Marguerite Bennett and Emanuela Lupacchino is not only the first Lois Lane solo book in a long time, but a possible “pilot” season for the character, who is actually the LONGEST running female character in the Superhero Universe, having debuted in Action Comics #1 right along side Clark Kent.

Despite having had her own 137 comics series that ran from 1958 to 1974—an era that was definitely more light hearted and had a broader based audience for comics—Lois is a long shot choice for her own series; she’s no longer dating Superman, but instead has her own career as a journalist and a new man and…well, anyway. Sue at DCWKA has a nice tribute to Lois and her history in comics:

There is a comic out tomorrow with Lois Lane in the title. Hard to believe that for a character who had her own comic for 16 years, one that outsold Batman, that this would be a big deal. Lois Lane is the longest running female character in DC Comics. She made her first appearance in Action Comics #1 with Superman which means it is also her 75th anniversary this year. Here’s a look back at the comics of Lois Lane through the years.


The new one shot offers a SF take on Lois…why not give it a try? Getting one of comics oldest and most iconic characters a series wouldn’t be bad in today’s era. If Lois could survive all the humiliations and bizarreness of the Weisinger Era surely she could still survive in the grim and gritty era.
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23. All-Star Western is NOT Cancelled

Contrary to the reports from this past week, writer Jimmy Palmiotti has taken to Twitter – and The Beat’s comment section – to state that All-Star Western has not been cancelled by DC.

And in fact, seeing as how it hasn’t been cancelled with issue #31 – how about we do a mini-campaign today to get some more people trying out the series?

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I get a bit tired with cancellation-worshippers online, sometimes, who seem to wait until a series is cancelled before jumping into comment threads and declaring their own brilliance at having avoided the series completely. Or that they knew from the start that a series was doomed, because it tackled a different genre or featured a female lead or whatever. I sometimes think, y’know, maybe we should do more to offer a bit of support for titles we’re enjoying.

Of the thirty-ish issues of All-Star Western which have come out so far, I’ve read probably around twenty of them – and I’ve enjoyed the majority of what I’ve read. There’s been a steady creative team in the form of Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat since the very first issue – back in 2011 – and they’ve tackled a mainstream DC title which is set in the distant past and tells western stories.

That is, surely, one of the things we want to see more of from DC? Risks like that, with a consistent creative team? So what I’d suggest, today, is - you try an issue. The current arc has been teaming lead character Jonah Hex up with a variety of different characters – from Superman to Swamp Thing – for a series of one-and-done issues. If you’d like to see what it’s like when a creative team get given a longer leash by their publisher – head to Comixology today and try an issue.

Or, when the next issue – issue #29 - is released next month and you see it in your local store… try it? At most, you’ve lost a few dollars you might’ve spent on a coffee. And maybe you’ll find a new comic you like.

I might try this a few times over the next few months, perhaps, on The Beat. Looking at the indie sales chart here on the site, there are many other acclaimed series which could always do with a sales boost. And hey, we have a bit of a soapbox here that I can use, people read the site a little – what if once a fortnight or so we gather together and offer a little surge of support for a series we think more people should read? Head to ComiXology or our LCS and try something we’ve seen on the shelves, but never tried until now.

In the comments below, please let us know if you try an issue of All Star Western, and let us know if you enjoyed it, too! And what other books do you think should be getting a little more attention from readers? I know the majority of fans don’t take pleasure from hearing that a comic has been cancelled – which titles would you like to try and give a Beat Boost to? Maybe we can create a ripple effect! Maybe?

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24. And here’s a quick first look at The Flash costume

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A Flash pilot is on the way starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen—and here’s the first look at his costume. It was designed by Academy Ward winner Colleen Atwood, who also works on ARROW. (Her Oscars include Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.)

This image says scarlet, it says foreshortening…does it say Speedster? What say you, peanut gallery?

THE FLASH pilot is executive produced by the ARROW team of Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter. Nutter is directing from a script by Berlanti & Kreisberg and Geoff Johns.
 
 

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25. Trenchcoat alert: First look at Matt Ryan as Constantine

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NBC has released the first official image of actor Matt Ryan as John Constantine in the upcoming pilot. Trenchcoat check, stubble, check, cigarette, no, but there is a memorial swirl of smoke behind him.

The pilot is being produced by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer, who wrote the script, and directed by Neil Marshall.

What d’yall think? I’m intrigued.

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