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

2285028 marvel vs dc1 The 69 Superhero, comic book and animated movies coming to you from now until 2020

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

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

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

 

 

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2. 31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and here’s your guide

constantine 22 31 days of Halloween: Constantine debuts tonight and heres your guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4. DC Offers A TV Guide For New Readers

DC TV DC Offers A TV Guide For New Readers

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

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

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

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

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The Flash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary: A New York Times Bestseller!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary: A New York Times Bestseller!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary: A New York Times Best Seller!

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Hardcover edition.

Summary: A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Batman is not a hero.

He is just a man.

Fallible, vulnerable, and angry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This volume collects Justice League Dark #22-29.

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

Saga01 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is king

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

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

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

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

 


SEPTEMBER 2014 BACKLIST MARKET SHARES

Vendor

Dollar Share

 

Vendor

Unit Share

DC COMICS

30.51%

DC COMICS

29.76%

MARVEL COMICS

19.02%

MARVEL COMICS

17.40%

IMAGE COMICS

10.98%

IMAGE COMICS

15.28%

DARK HORSE COMICS

10.71%

DARK HORSE COMICS

10.58%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.35%

VIZ LLC

3.72%

RANDOM HOUSE

3.27%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.38%

VIZ LLC

2.55%

RANDOM HOUSE

3.34%

FUNKO

1.50%

FUNKO

1.93%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

1.42%

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

1.67%

DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

1.28%

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

1.17%

OTHER

14.43%

OTHER

11.77%

TOTAL

0.94%

TOTAL

100.00%

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 BACKLIST TOP SELLERS

TOP 25 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

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Rtl Rank

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Description

Price

Vendor

1

6

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAUG120491D

SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

IMA

2

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN140556D

SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR)

$14.99

IMA

3

2

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR130443D

SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR)

$14.99

IMA

4

15

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SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR)

$9.99

IMA

5

7

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV128157D

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$14.99

IMA

6

8

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DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW

$15.99

MAR

7

34

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EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE

$9.99

IMA

8

14

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY140652D

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

$14.99

IMA

9

13

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingDEC120323D

BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52)

$16.99

DC

10

12

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV070226D

BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

11

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR140949F

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

$25.00

RAN

12

43

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY140626D

DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH (MR)

$9.99

IMA

13

17

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL130235D

BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52)

$16.99

DC

14

49

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN140555D

RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR)

$9.99

IMA

15

4

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR130732D

DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01

$34.99

MAR

16

16

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV118095D

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$19.99

DC

17

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL110745D

INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

MAR

18

11

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY090178D

BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP

$24.99

DC

19

27

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAUG120709D

DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP

$14.99

MAR

20

57

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR140535D

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

$9.99

IMA

21

29

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP088204D

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

$14.99

IMA

22

24

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB140248D

BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52)

$16.99

DC

23

35

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL100030V

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

$14.99

DAR

24

36

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingDEC130494D

EAST OF WEST TP VOL 02 WE ARE ALL ONE

$14.99

IMA

25

22

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP110038V

SERENITY HC VOL 01 THOSE LEFT BEHIND 2ND ED

$17.99

DAR

TOP 10 MANGA

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR121101F

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

$10.99

RAN

2

6

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN121182F

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

$10.99

RAN

3

5

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV101063E

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

$14.99

VIZ

4

8

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP131224F

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

$10.99

RAN

5

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL111150F

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

$10.99

RAN

6

11

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN141232F

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

$10.99

RAN

7

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAUG131498E

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

$27.99

VIZ

8

13

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP121137F

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

$10.99

RAN

9

14

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141262F

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

$10.99

RAN

10

16

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB141327F

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

$10.99

RAN

TOP 10 BOOKS

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141239E

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 44 BATMAN CVR

$29.95

GEM

2

4

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP120055V

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

$34.99

DAR

3

2

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingDEC131413F

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

$40.00

DK

4

5

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141240E

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 44 BATMAN

$35.00

GEM

5

10

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY131402F

ADVENTURE TIME ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$19.95

ABR

6

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR140463J

MIKE MIGNOLA HELLBOY ARTIST ED (NET)

$95.00

IDW

7

16

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB121318H

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

$14.95

CHR

8

20

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY131497F

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

$14.95

RAN

9

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingAPR141241E

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 44 VAMPIRELLA CVR

$29.95

GEM

10

21

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY141838F

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

$14.95

CHR

TOP 10 TOYS

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

2

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingOCT120316Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE

$24.95

DC

2

6

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP130327Y

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS HARLEY QUINN AF

$24.95

DC

3

8

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB140306Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 RED HOOD AF

$24.95

DC

4

25

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN132334I

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

$10.99

FUN

5

27

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN132333I

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

$10.99

FUN

6

10

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB140307Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 STARFIRE AF

$24.95

DC

7

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV138235Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE 7 PACK AF BOX SET

$99.95

DC

8

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingFEB108045U

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

$34.99

UND

9

7

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN140403Y

DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS ARMORED LEX LUTHOR DLX AF

$49.95

DC

10

18

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUL128115Y

DC COMICS NEW 52 BATMAN ACTION FIGURE

$24.95

DC

TOP 10 GAMES

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

1

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN118204J

RISK LEGACY (C: 1-1-4)

$32.99

HAS

2

2

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingOCT128266I

WALKING DEAD COMIC ED PX MONOPOLY (C: 1-1-2)

$39.99

USA

3

4

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJAN120128U

GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDS (C: 1-0-0)

$4.99

DAR

4

3

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingOCT128267I

WALKING DEAD COMIC ED PX RISK (C: 1-1-2)

$49.99

USA

5

12

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY142826E

DC DECK BUILDING GAME CRISIS EXP PK 1 (C: 1-1-2)

$20.00

CRY

6

6

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingNOV074603G

SETTLERS OF CATAN NEW ED (C: 0-1-2)

$42.00

ALL

7

5

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAY132319I

FIREFLY BOARD GAME (C: 0-1-2)

$49.99

ALL

8

9

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingSEP122060E

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY ESCAPE BOARD GAME (C: 1-1-3)

$45.00

CRY

9

10

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingMAR043750G

TICKET TO RIDE (C: 4)

$50.00

DOW

10

7

 Sales Charts: In the backlist, DC is kingJUN138233G

DC HEROCLIX BATMAN CLASSIC TV 24 CT GRAVITY FEED DS

$71.76

NEC

TOP 5 PRINTS & POSTERS

Qty Rank

Rtl Rank

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

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6. DC is hiring some VPs in sales and manufacturing

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By David Nieves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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9. Wednesday Pulse: The Fluctuating Prices of Batman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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from Grayson #3

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

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

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10. DC admits sexist t-shirts sent wrong message

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

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


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

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

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11. Is DC Planning on Making a Kamandi Comic?

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Bad news and possibly good news. Tom Fowler, exceptional Canadian artist, announced on Twitter that he passed up an opportunity to work on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved characters: Kamandi.

He could be blowing smoke up our arse. But we are still waiting on an answer. Obviously, Fowler’s Kamandi fan art based on Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ classic “Search and Destroy” is a perfect example of why he would be a qualified candidate for the comic.

From Comic Twart:

About a year ago I realized that the Stooges’ song “search and destroy” could have been literally based on KAMANDI from start to finish. So of course what else would I do but plot out a KAMANDI story based on the song? …From start to finish.

He has a point:

It doesn’t seem outrageous that DC might be working on a Kamandi project with of the Multiversity series going on. Correct me if I’m wrong Internet, but the last time we saw the post-apocalyptic survivor was during Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis event? I’m sure Fowler’s reasons for declining that comic were good, and I can’t wait to see what project he’s working on that would prevent him from accepting the gig.

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12. Wait ‘Til You See The Graphic Novels DC Has Planned for Spring and Summer 2015!

149 titles!   Geoff Johns!  John Byrne!  Colleen Doran!  Geoff Johns!  Harley Quinn!  And “The End” of Fables.  (Well, until they do an annotated edition in 2017…)

I’ve highlighted the titles I found interesting.  What excites you?  Bores you?  Makes you wonder, “WTF…?”

Click on the title links for more information.  I’ve also placed a few comments below, just to reward those who scroll through the entire listing.

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Batman: Earth One Vol. 2
Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$22.99 USD
160 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401241858, 1401241859

Summary: Following the events of the #1 New York Times bestselling original graphic novel by Geoff Johns, comes the highly anticipated sequel BATMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 2!
The Riddler has arrived in Gotham and he’s terrorizing the city with his own twisted brand of anarchy. But why is he attacking now, and what is his endgame? The Riddler isn’t Batman’s only problem, as Killer Croc is on the streets and his violent crimes can’t be ignored. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has trouble reconciling the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon in this gripping re-imagining of the Batman mythology.
Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring you Batman as you’ve never seen him before in this thrilling original graphic novel that continues their unique take on the Dark Knight.
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Batman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$24.99 USD
192 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252304, 1401252303

Summary: In the wake of the death of his son Damian, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity. However, the foes of this grief-ridden Dark Knight mean to strike him when he’s at his weakest. Has Batman’s worst foe become…Bruce Wayne?
Plus, three pivotal chapters from the epic ZERO YEAR storyline! From the critically acclaimed, New York Times #1 best-selling creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo comes the next genre-defining graphic novel in their monumental run.
Collects BATMAN #0, #18-20, #28 and BATMAN ANNUAL #2.
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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 6: Icarus (The New 52)
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254421, 140125442X

Summary: A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City. Can the Dark Knight stop the threat before the entire town finds itself embroiled in a deadly gang war that could burn everything—and everyone—down to the ground?
Collects issues #30-34 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3.
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Batman Eternal Vol. 2
Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$39.99 USD
448 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252311, 1401252311

Summary: The new weekly Batman series, written by the New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder, continues here!
After Commissioner Gordon’s arrest, Batman’s world is turned upside down. New allies emerge, old allies fall and his rogues gallery of villains are not quite who they seem. With a new power structure being established in Gotham amidst rising tension and chaos, can Batman adapt to the changing status quo? Written by Snyder and a team of the industry’s best young creators including James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Jason Fabok and Dustin Nguyen, BATMAN: ETERNAL VOL. 2 will shift the Batman mythos forever!
Collects issues #21-40.
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Gotham Academy Vol. 1
Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, Karl Kerschel
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254728, 1401254721

Summary: Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!
Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!
Collects Gotham Academy #1-6
GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…
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Grayson Vol. 1
Tim Seeley, Mikel Janin
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252342, 1401252346

Summary: Dick Grayson. Former Sidekick. Former Superhero. Former dead man. Agent of Spyral?!
A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins here. A super-spy espionage thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: you might think you know Nightwing—but you don’t know Dick.
Collects GRAYSON #1-7.
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Batgirl Vol. 6
Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253325, 1401253326

Summary: It’s Batgirl as you’ve never seen her before! Big changes are here for Barbara Gordon as she moves across Gotham City to begin a new chapter in her ongoing fight against crime as Batgirl!
The new creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN AND ROBIN, SEAGUY, SEVEN SOLDIERS), Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr set Barbara Gordon off in a brand-new direction in BATGIRL VOL. 6! Collects BATGIRL #34-39.
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Harley Quinn Vol. 2 (The New 52)
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254780, 1401254780

Summary: The best-selling Harley Quinn continues her bloody romp in the second volume of her own series!
The first rule of Skate Club is…you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money winds with a body count. She’s in…and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent for the fights. And wha would happen if the demented Clown Princess of Crime visited the most popular comic con out there? Find out when Harley Quinn invades Comic-Con!!
Collects Harley Quinn #9-12, Harley Quinn Annual #1, Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International San Diego #1
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Justice League Vol. 6: Injustice League (The New 52)
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$22.99 USD
168 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252366, 1401252362

Summary: Heroes quit, villains join and the Justice League roster you’ve never seen before emerges, led by the world’s greatest hero—LEX LUTHOR!
The violent consequences of FOREVER EVIL must be dealt with as a new and deadly force sets it’s target on the Justice league. And with the appearance of the new Power Ring, who knows how her presence will affect the team.
Collects Justice League #30-34, Justice League United: Futures End #1 and Justice League Futures End #1.
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 2
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253417, 1401253415

Summary: The sequel to the New York Times best-selling graphic novel INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US VOL. 2.
With Superman’s reign over Earth secured, the Green Lantern Corps dispatch Kyle Rayner to investigate the situation. But when he mysteriously disappears, the Guardians of the Galaxy are left with no choice but to remove Superman from his self-appointed throne. But like all the others who have stood in Superman’s way since the death of his beloved wife, the Corps has a fight on their hands that will surely shake them to the core.
Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 #7-12.
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Batman and Robin Vol. 6: The Hunt for Robin
Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$24.99 USD
256 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253349, 1401253342

Summary: After losing his son Damian—a.k.a. Robin—Batman has finally found peace with his death. Damian’s grandfather Ra’s al Ghul, however, has not. In order to resurrect Robin, he’s stolen the body and now Batman will stop at nothing to reclaim him.
Nearly two years of storylines—including threads from Grant Morrison’s BATMAN INCORPORATED and Scott Snyder and Greg Capulo’s BATMAN—conclude here in BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 6: THE HUNT FOR ROBIN.
Collects BATMAN AND ROBIN #29-39.
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Fables Vol. 22
Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401252335, 1401252338

Summary: The final volume of NEW YORK TIMES bestselling, Eisner Award-winning FABLES series is here!
New York Times Best-selling author Bill Willingham delivers the end to his legendary series in Fables Volume 22. The Eisner Award-winning series sees the conclusion of the beloved stories of Bigby Wolf, Rose Red, Boy Blue, Bell, Pinnochio and countless other timeless fables. The only question left to be answered is whether or not they will have a happy ending.
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Arkham Manor Vol. 1
Gerry Duggan, Shawn Crystal
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254582, 1401254586

Summary: When catastrophe strikes Arkham Asylum, where will Gotham City house the world’s most dangerous criminals, and when inmates are found murdered, what is Batman prepared to do in search of justice? Arkham’s madness comes home in ARKHAM MANOR! A bold new collection brought to you by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men).
Collects issues #1-6 of Arkham Manor.
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Gotham By Midnight Vol. 1
Ray Fawkes, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254735, 140125473X

Summary: Spinning out of Batman Eternal, Detective Jim Corrigan aka The Spectre stars in his very own series Gotham By Midnight!
Normally Batman and the other caped protectors of Gotham have the streets of the city covered. But when monsters, ghosts and other supernatural beings enter the mix, even the Dark Knight needs help. Enter Detective Jim Corrigan aka the Spectre to prowl the streets of Gotham, solving the unsolvable supernatural crimes the city can muster.
Collects Gotham By Midnight #1-6.
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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 3
Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254346, 1401254349

Summary: Every journey starts with a single step. Cicero’s started when he crashed into a TV repair shop and eventually landed in the FBP Academy.
Collects FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #14-19.
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American Vampire Vol. 8
Scott Snyder, Rafael Alburquerque
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401254339, 1401254330

Summary: Vampires in space? It’s 1965. Pearl and Skinner escaped The Gray Trader with more questions than answers, and their search for clues leads them to…NASA! You’ve never seen vampires like this before, as the second major story arc of AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE begins!
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque continue their epic Eisner-Award-winning story, as Skinner Sweet and Pearl touch more of the key moments in American history. Collects AMERICAN VAMPIRE CYCLE TWO #1-6.
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Superman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252397, 1401252397

Summary: 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!
Enter 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. New and exciting mysteries and adventures await. Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!
Collects Superman #32-39.
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Superman: Doomed
Greg Pak, Charles Soule, Ken Lashley
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$29.99 USD
336 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252403, 1401252400

Summary: The super-event you have been waiting for in The New 52: Superman vs. Doomsday in a way you’ve never seen before!
Doomsday’s deadly new abilities, in this battle there can be no winners. The Man of Steel must unleash insane levels of power in order to do the job, only to terrify the world he’s saving. Beating Doomsday is only the beginning of this never-ending battle!”
Collects SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1, SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC #1, ACTION COMICS #30-34, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #7-11 and SUPERMAN #30.
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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Denise Mina, Andrea Mutti, Leonardo Manco
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$29.99 USD
228 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401237592, 1401237592

Summary: In this graphic novel sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
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Bodies
Si Spencer, Tula Lotay, Phil Winslade
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401252755, 1401252753

Summary: VERTIGO brings you a graphic novel 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.
Collects BODIES #1-8, the complete miniseries.
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The Names
Peter Milligan, Leandro Fernandez
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401252434, 1401252435

Summary: THE NAMES is a contemporary thriller that starts off as a revenge story: A deadly heroine ticks off—and kills—each “name” that brings her closer to knowing who killed her husband. It will become much more than that…
The world of THE NAMES is Big Money. Hedge funds, leveraged buyouts, market raids, flash buys. Incredibly high end deals that ruin lives and economies, where secret cabals gamble with people’s lives and jaded billionaires find their kicks the only way they know how. The idea is to take what’s REALLY GOING in the poisonous, deadly world of high speed, high stakes finance but really TURN IT UP, push it to the edge and make it sexy, dramatic, and thoroughly deadly.
It’s about righting all the wrongs by any means necessary. It’s KILL BILL meets WOLF OF WALL ST. in a world that’s become Too Big to Fail. It’s a relentless thriller that seeks to unlock the DA VINCI CODE that lies at the center of the world’s finances as the people who really pull the strings in the world finally get what’s coming to them.
The world of high finance has a profound but mysterious effect on all of our lives, yet is understood by too few of us. PETER MILLIGAN, an incredibly talented writer who’s always been able to mine the zeitgeist for memorable stories, wants to create a compelling drama set in this world. LEO FERNANDEZ will bring a slick, sexy visual appeal and together make this another must-read book for VERTIGO.
Collects THE NAMES #1-8.
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Teen Titans Go! Vol. 1
Sholly Fisch, Lea Hernandez
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$12.99 USD
128 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401252427, 1401252427

Summary: Based on the hit TV show, feast your eyes on this all-new, all-ages comic book series! Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hijinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu…so dig in, Titans!
Collects TEEN TITANS GO! #1-6.
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The New 52: Futures End Vol. 2
Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Patrick Zircher
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$29.99 USD
304 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401256029, 1401256023

Now one of DC Comics cornerstone writers, Jeff was prominent in the publisher’s recent New 52 line-wide relaunch as the writer of GREEN ARROW, ANIMAL MAN and FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. He has also written the monthly adventures of SUPERBOY, THE ATOM, and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK.
In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. He has also been nominated for 5 Eisner awards and 5 Harvey Awards. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Summary: Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens co-write this epic new series starring Batman Beyond and other heroes of the New 52 as they try to avert an apocalyptic future.
The hot new series debuts, starring Batman Beyond as he tries to avert an apocalyptic future amongst a cast of the entire New 52 universe…five years in the future!
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The Unwritten Vol. 11
Mike Carey, Peter Gross
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401253486, 1401253482

Summary: The three immortals—Wilson, Rausch and Pullman—are moving toward their respective endgames. But when was the last time they were all in the same room together? Answer: half a century ago, in Oxford, England. And the reasons for what they’re doing now can be found in what they said to each other back then…
Collects THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #7-12.
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Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones
Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253509, 1401253504

Summary: 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. Wonder Woman is locked in a desperate battle with the First Born with the destiny of immortals at stake—and she must make a decision that will effect the lives of those she loves most.
Collects WONDER WOMAN #30-34, and SECRET ORIGINS #6.
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100 Bullets Book Two
Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$24.99 USD
416 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Crime & Mystery
9781401254315, 1401254314

Summary: In the second collection of the acclaimed, award-winning 100 BULLETS, Agent Graves continues to offer immunity to everyday people to carry out their innermost desires of vengeance with the 100 bullets that he supplies. But as these self-serving manipulations take place, pieces of the mystery of the Minutemen and the organization that created them start to come together, and we discover to the research and conspiracy theories of Mr. Branch. As more is revealed about the series’ main characters, the true meaning and importance of the conflict between Graves and the Trust starts to emerge.
Then, Agent Graves presents his trademark attaché case containing a gun and 100 untraceable bullets to Milo Garret—a small-time private dick who’s just gotten out of the hospital after losing an argument with his car’s windshield. With his face covered in bandages, Milo has become an invisible man in more ways than one. As his latest case draws him into the shadowy world of the Trust, he’s forced to confront the blank space that is his past and figure out what it has to do with the attaché case he’s holding in the present…and do it before what he doesn’t know ends up finishing the job that the windshield started.
Collects 100 BULLETS #20-36.
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Absolute Green Arrow by Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith, Phil Hester
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$99.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255480, 1401255485

Summary: The original Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, reemerges after years of being assumed dead. But many people, including Black Canary, his ex-lover, Arsenal, his ex-partner, Connor Hawke, his son and temporary successor and Batman, the Dark Knight Detective, want to know how Green Arrow survived the airplane explosion and where he has been. Using strong characterization and engaging dialogue, comic and screenplay writer and movie director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, BATMAN: CACOPHONY) successfully resurrects one of the world’s classic heroes.
This Absolute edition will feature bonus script pages, character sketches and a cover gallery.
Collects Green Arrow #1-15.

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Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 1
Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$125.00 USD
512 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254308, 1401254306

Summary: After years of self-imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job that he hates and a city that he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 21st Century surroundings. Combining black humor, life-threatening situations, and moral ambiguity, this book is the first look into the mind of an outlaw journalist and the world he seeks to destroy.
Collects the first twenty-one issues of Transmetropolitan in DC’s top quality, slipcased Absolute Edition format.

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Absolute Y The Last Man Vol. 1
Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$125.00 USD
496 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254292, 1401254292

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.
This Absolute Edition will feature the first twenty issues of this action-packed series along with special script pages, character sketchs and cover gallery.
Collects Y: THE LAST MAN #1-20.

[Heidi, any chance of you doing a signing at San Diego?]

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Adventures of Superman Vol. 3
Max Landis, Jock
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253301, 140125330X

Summary: This third volume of Adventures of Superman continues to feature the best creators in comics and entertainment presenting their takes on the Man of Steel, in this collection of Superman stories written by Jim Krueger (Justice), Peter Milligan (Justice League Dark) and more!
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.
Collects Adventures of Superman #11-15.

[Sugar and Spike!  A Green Lantern!  The Joker!  The Demolisher!  And a sneaky reporter tries to discover Superman's identity!]

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All Star Western Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Staz Johnson
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254131, 1401254136

Summary: Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected—especially when he finds out that there’s a new Jonah Hex. Hex sets out to settle some scores the only way he knows how: violently. The first unlucky person on Hex’s list is impostor who stole his identity while Hex was trapped in the Gotham of the future.
Collects issues #29-34.
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America Vs. The Justice Society
Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway, Howard Bender
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255091, 1401255094

Summary: This epic story, originally published in the 1980s, takes place in the late 1940s. Following the end of the war, Superman discovers evidence compiled by Batman that accuses the Justice Society of America of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II. It looks like a massive cover-up, and leads to a Congressional investigation. And when some of the witnesses include foes of the JSA, it becomes clear that this is a bizarre conspiracy to disgrace America’s finest heroes.
Collects AMERICA VS. THE JUSTICE SOCIETY #1-4.
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American Vampire Vol. 7
Scott Snyder, Rafael Alburquerque
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401254322, 1401254322

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 #1-5.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Aquaman and the Others Vol. 2
Dan Jurgens, Lan Medina, Allen Martinez
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253318, 1401253318

Summary: Aquaman and his teammates, The Others, are a mysterious group of outsiders who have put aside past vendettas and personal histories to work together. However, when the secrets of their past are used against them and threaten their lives in the present day, can they keep their tenuous union intact? In facing deadly villains like the KGBeast, the King of Atlantis and his allies may not live to ask that question!
Legendary writer Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) and artist Lan Medina (FABLES) team up for AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS VOL. 2. Collects issues #6-11 of AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS.
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Aquaman Vol. 5: Sea of Storms (The New 52)
Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254407, 1401254403

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 Aquaman #26-31, Aquaman Annual #2 and Swamp Thing #32.
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Aquaman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$24.99 USD
208 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254414, 1401254411

Summary: The ruthless Chimera—a new villain with links to Aquaman’s past—has arrived to destroy the King of the Seven Seas, and Arthur may not be powerful enough to stop him! Meanwhile, with threat after threat demanding his 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?
Enemies attack from all sides in AQUMAN VOL. 6, written by Jeff Parker (BATMAN ’66) and illustrated by Paul Pelletier. Collects issues #26-32.
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Aquaman: Sub-Diego
Will Pfeifer, Patrick Gleason, Christan Alamy
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
192 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255107, 1401255108

Summary: A devastating earthquake hits San Diego, leaving thousands dead. But someone survived the cataclysm…and their survival will require Aquaman to take on a new role that draws upon all his experience as a hero and leader of a nation!
Written by Will Pfeifer (TEEN TITANS) and illustrated by Patrick Gleason (BATMAN AND ROBIN), AQUAMAN: SUB DIEGO is the first ever collection of this classic story. Collects issues #15-22 of AQUAMAN.
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Astro City: Private Lives
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254599, 1401254594

Summary: When you’re the Silver Adept, one of Astro City’s newest and most powerful mystic heroes, your life is full of magic, battle, demons, apocalypses and more. When you’re the Adept’s personal assistant, though, life gets really weird. A look at the woman behind the hero.
Collects ASTRO CITY #11-16.

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Astro City: Victory
Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254605, 1401254608

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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Batgirl Vol. 5: Deadline (The New 52)
Gail Simone, Fernando Pasarin
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$17.99 USD
232 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255114, 1401255116

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 #27-34, Batgirl Annual #2 and Batgirl: Future’s End #1.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Batman ’66 Vol. 2
Jeff Parker, Richard Case
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254612, 1401254616

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 ’66 Vol. 3
Jeff Parker, Richard Case
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$19.99 USD
168 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254629, 1401254624

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, the Dynamic Duo face the Joker, Penguin, the Queen of Diamonds and a Bat-Robot of their own making…that may put Batman and Robin out of a job!
Collects issues #11-15.
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Batman ’66/Green Hornet
Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, Ty Templeton
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252281, 1401252281

Summary: 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?
Collects Batman ’66/Green Hornet #1-6
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Batman Adventures Vol. 2
Kelley Puckett, Mike Parobeck
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$19.99 USD
232 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254636, 1401254632

Summary: A special all-ages Batman collection! This graphic novel collects the serialized adventures from the classic Batman: The Animated Series, with appearances from The Joker, Batgirl, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Man-Bat and Scarecrow.
From writer Kelley Puckett (BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND, BATGIRL), these tales will connect with Dark Knight fans from 5 to 75! Collects Batman Adventures #11-20.

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Batman Adventures: Mad Love Deluxe Edition
Paul Dini, Bruce Timm
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$17.99 USD
96 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255121, 1401255124

Summary: Written and drawn by the masterminds behind the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, this Batman one-shot reveals the origins of Harley Quinn as she proves her love to the Joker by trying to eliminate the Dark Knight on her own!
BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE DELUXE EDITION collects the comics debut of Harley Quinn, one of the most popular—and controversial—characters in the DC Universe. Now in a deluxe format with exclusive extras and bonus material, this new collection is a must-have for Harley fans everywhere!

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Batman and Robin Vol. 5: The Big Burn (The New 52)
Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253332, 1401253334

Summary: 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 Batman and Robin issues #23.1 and #24-28.
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Batman Arkham: Riddler
Gardner Fox, Sheldon Moldoff
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$19.99 USD
296 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255138, 1401255132

Summary: The greatest hits of Batman’s most cunning, intelligent arch-nemesis are finally collected in BATMAN ARKHAM: RIDDLER! Armed with nothing besides a penchant for riddles and the mind of criminal genius, Edward Nygma has long served as the Dark Knight’s intellectual equal. BATMAN ARKHAM: RIDDLER collects some of the villain’s greatest stories by some of the industry’s greatest creators, including Scott Snyder, Gardner Fox, Paul Dini and more!
Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #140, #142, #377, #822, #837, BATMAN #171, #179, #292, #317, #362, BATMAN: THE RIDDLER #23.2, BRAVE AND THE BOLD #183, JOKERS ASYLUM II: THE RIDDLER #1 and LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #2.
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Batman Beyond: Justice Lords Beyond
Kyle Higgins, Christos Gage, Thony Silas
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254643, 1401254640

Summary: Contains the epic “JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND” crossover! Wonder Woman is back, but it seems like she’s hiding something. Meanwhile, Batman’s journey through the dystopian world of the Justice Lords takes an unexpected and deadly turn as he must face Lord Superman! Can an exhausted Justice League and Terry McGinnis against this deadly foe?
Collects BATMAN BEYOND print issues #9-12.

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Batman Noir: Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller, Lynn Varley, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$34.99 USD
208 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255145, 1401255140

Summary: It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.
Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies.
Collects THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS in black and white for the first time.

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Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$16.99 USD
240 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253356, 1401253350

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 #25-27 and 29-33.
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Batman/Superman Vol. 2: Game Over (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Brett Booth, Jae Lee
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$16.99 USD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254230, 1401254233

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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Batman/Superman Vol. 3 (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Jae Lee
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$22.99 USD
160 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254247, 1401254241

Summary: 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.
Writer Greg Pak (Hulk) re-teams with critically acclaimed illustrator Jae Lee (Inhumans) to launch this next epic chapter of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in BATMAN/SUPERMAN VOL. 3! Collects issues #10-14 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1.
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Batman: Arkham Origins
Adam Beechen, Doug Wagner, Christian Duce
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401254650, 1401254659

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: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 2
Jiro Kuwata
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$12.99 USD
328 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga / General
9781401255527, 1401255523

Summary: The second volume of the now-legendary Batman Manga adventures, first published in Japan in 1966-67, now finally available in newly restored English translations from DC Comics.
Rare Batman manga stories from Japan now available in English!

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Batman: Cataclysm (New Edition)
Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$29.99 USD
464 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255152, 1401255159

Summary: In the aftermath of a deadly plague outbreak, Gotham City is hit with a massive earthquake! With the city quickly plunging into darkness, the only thing that stands between Gotham and complete chaos is Batman, Robin and the entire Bat-Family. However, with Wayne Manor collapsing into the Batcave and the criminal residents of Blackgate Prison making a daring escape how can the Dark Knight possibly hope to restore order?
Written by legendary Bat-scribe Chuck Dixon, this classic BATMAN: CATACLYSM epic is now recollected in its entirety for the first time ever and leads directly into BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND. Collects BATMAN #553-554, DETECTIVE COMICS #719-721, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #73-74, NIGHTWING #19-20, AZRAEL #40, CATWOMAN #56-57, ROBIN #52-53, BATMAN CHRONICLES #12, BLACKGATE: ISLE OF MEN #1, HUNTRESS/SPOILER: BLUNT TRAUMA #1, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM: TALES OF MADNESS #1
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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5: Gothopia (The New 52)
John Layman, Jason Fabok
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254667, 1401254667

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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Batman: Gothic Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Klaus Janson
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$24.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255169, 1401255167

Summary: Don’t miss this new edition of GOTHIC, collecting LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #6-10 by Grant Morrison with art by Klaus Janson.
In the intensely chilling BATMAN: GOTHIC, the Dark Knight Detective must defeat an immortal killer while dealing with a terrifying horror from Bruce Wayne’s youth. While plagued by nightmares about a headmaster from his childhood, Batman investigates the murders of the major crime bosses in Gotham. Discovering the culprit is a serial child killer whom the mafia had drowned years ago, the Dark Knight Detective goes after the mysterious Mr. Whisper. But when Batman confronts the macabre killer he realizes that he is actually the headmaster who used to torment Bruce Wayne as a boy. Encumbered by adolescent fear, the Caped Crusader must find a way to stop this unkillable man from unleashing a lethal plague on Gotham.
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Batman: Harley Quinn
Paul Dini, Neil Googe
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$19.99 USD
200 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255176, 1401255175

Summary: The definitive collection of one of DC Comics’s most popular characters is here in BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN! This new graphic novel collects Harley’s greatest DC tales including her DC Universe debut story. Fresh on the heels of her bestselling New 52 series, BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN includes many stories by Paul Dini, who created the character for Batman: The Animated Series!
Don’t miss the greatest hits of the most mischevious and controversial character at DC Comics! Collects BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN #1, JOKERS ASYLUM II: HARLEY QUINN #1, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #14, #30, BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1, #3, DETECTIVE COMICS #831, #837, DETECTIVE COMICS: HARLEY QUINN #23.2, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1.

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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 4
Charles Soule, Shane Davis, Dennis Calero
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$16.99 USD
200 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254674, 1401254675

Summary: In “I Hate When He Does That,” Bruce wonders if his youthful tour of Thailand with Alfred might be coming back to haunt him. Then, in “Riddler in the Dark,” can the Dark Knight solve a trail of E. Nigma’s riddles before it’s too late? Finally, Frank Hannah contributes a trio of stories of how a trauma in Bruce Wayne’s past impacts his present and the future of Gotham City’s criminal set, illustrated by some of comics’ hottest artists. 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.
Collects LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #2-3.
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Batman: The New Adventures
Max Allan Collins, Dave Cockrum
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$19.99 USD
272 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255183, 1401255183

Summary: After an encounter with Gotham City street criminals, Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin, is injured. When Batman goes into action on his own, he meets a young hoodlum called Jason Todd. Determined to guide Jason away from a life of crime, Batman takes him under his wing. These 1988 stories take Batman into police procedural territory, and set the stage for the bestselling BATMAN: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY. Written by acclaimed mystery novelist Max Allan Collins, best known for his graphic novel THE ROAD TO PERDITION, which was made into a Academy Award winning movie starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.
Collects BATMAN #402-403, 408-416 and BATMAN ANNUAL #11.

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Batwing Vol. 5: Into the Dark (The New 52)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Eduardo Pansica
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250812, 1401250815

Summary: When Gotham City is invaded by an army of criminals sent from the Gotham Underground, Batwing must defend his home from them and his most dangerous foe yet: Menace! The Gotham Underground is about to boil over with anarchy, and no matter which tribe rises up from below Gotham City, Batwing will be the first target. He must travel straight into the madness that is The Gotham Underground to put an end to those behind The Uprising! Will Batman, Incorporated be in the market for a new Batwing? Or is our hero ready to prove himself once and for all?
Collects Batwing #27-34 and Batwing: Futures End #1.
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Batwoman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Marc Andreyko, Jeremy Haun
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254681, 1401254683

Summary: The new storyline “Batwoman and the Unknowns” starts with new artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)! Batwoman is neck-deep in danger with her new allies Ragman, The Demon, Clayface and Red Alice! What is going on and how did Batwoman end up here?
Collects BATWOMAN #35-40.
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Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell
Paul Dini, Joe Quinones
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255497, 1401255493

Summary: Black Canary. Zatanna Zatara. Two of the DC Universe’s brightest stars join forces to combat a deadly new threat-a chilling supernatural foe that preys on their weaknesses and unleashes their awesome powers against each other.
A year ago, Black Canary infiltrated a gang of female criminals set to pull a dangerous heist at a Las Vegas casino. Its leader was skilled in hand-to-hand combat and with more than a passing interest in the occult, specifically black magic, one nasty customer. Rather than be taken by Canary or the law, she went to her death, vowing she would get revenge on Canary and her own former gang members. Now, a year to the day later, death stalks those gang members, and Canary must turn to her friend Zatanna to help investigate.
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Catwoman Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Genevieve Valentine
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254698, 1401254691

Summary: Meet Selina Kyle—Crime Boss of Gotham City! Spinning out of the events in BATMAN ETERNAL Selina has accepted the family mantle and embraced her true criminal side, but is Gotham City ready for her reign? And with the Cat away, who’s the stranger haunting the empty rooftops of the city? Don’t miss the start of a bold new direction for Selina Kyle by the new creative team of novelist Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown (Five Ghosts, Iron Patriot).
Collects CATWOMAN #35-40.
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CMYK
Fabio Moon, Jock, Shaun Simon, Tony Akins
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$19.99 USD
296 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401253363, 1401253369

Summary: The four colors that are the basis of comics coloring serve as the jumping-off point for creators to push the boundaries of short graphic fiction in the new VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK series. Starting with stunningly simple, bold covers, CMYK will defy all conventions of traditional comics anthologies. The unifying color could suggest a mood, a plot point, a coloring technique – limited only by the imagination of the fantastic creators we’ve lined up. These tales are written and illustrated by some of the best talents in comics, including Fabio Moon, Jock, James Tynion IV, Tony Akins, Peter Milligan, Nathan Fox, Gerard Way and many others.
Collects VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN #1, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: MAGENTA #1, VERTIGO QUARTERLY: YELLOW #1 and VERTIGO QUARTERLY: BLACK #1.

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Constantine Vol. 4 (The New 52)
Ray Fawkes, Edgar Salazar
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254704, 1401254705

Summary: Trapped on a dying world, John will have to pull off the most daring escape of his life if he’s going to survive! Don’t miss the debut of new series artist Jeremy Haun (BATWOMAN).
Collects CONSTANTINE #18-23.
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DC Comics: Zero Year (The New 52)
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$24.99 USD
448 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253370, 1401253377

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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Deadshot: Bulletproof
Christos N. Gage, Steve Cummings
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255190, 1401255191

Summary: What happens when a man with a death wish finds something to live for?
Deadshot, an expert marksman and cold, efficient killer, believes he has no reason to live-until he learns he has a daughter! When he discovers she’s living in a neighborhood plagued by violence, he decides to clean up the area, by any means necessary! Part film noir and part classic Western, DEADSHOT tells the story of a violent man who must take on local mobs, corrupt cops, and even a former Suicide Squad member to give his daughter a life of peace and security!
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Deathstroke; The Terminator Vol. 1: Assassins
Marv Wolfman, Steve Erwin, Will Blyberg
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$19.99 USD
264 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254285, 1401254284

Summary: Deathstroke, the break-out villain from the 1980s sensation THE NEW TEEN TITANS and current star of the hit TV series “Arrow,” stars in his own graphic novel series! First, Deathstroke begins his hunt for the man who tried to kill his ex-wife – the man called the Ravager. It’s all-out action as these two super-powered soldiers go toe to toe! Then, someone is knocking off the crime bosses of Gotham City. It’s up to Deathstroke to eliminate the competition – but Batman doesn’t take kindly to him on his turf. And things get even crazier when the masked killer known as the Vigilante enters the fray.
Collects DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR #1-9 and THE NEW TITANS #70.
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Deathstroke Vol. 1
Tony Daniel
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254711, 1401254713

Summary: The DCU’s deadliest assassin stars in his own ongoing series by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! See him as never before in this explosive new series, with one surprise after another as we see Slade Wilson in the fight of his life!
Collects issues #1-6 of DEATHSTROKE.
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Dial H Deluxe Edition (The New 52)
China Mieville, Alberto Ponticelli, Mateus Santolo…
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$34.99 USD
368 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255206, 1401255205

Summary: Award-winning China Mieville’s entry in the highly publicized DC Comics—The New 52, DIAL H, is now collected in this deluxe edition.
There exists dials in the world, that hold unbelievable power— the ability to turn you into a super hero! Once Nelson accidentally discovers one such dials, his life will never be the same as he travels the world in search of a relic that could explain their Dial H powers. But new and diseptively dangerous villians have surfaced who are awaiting their return home! Collects Dial H #0-15.

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DMZ Deluxe Edition Book Four
Brian Wood, Ricardo Burchielli
On Sale Date: July 7, 2015
$29.99 USD
384 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254117, 140125411X

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 volume, journalist Matty Roth redefines his role in the DMZ, rolling with a private security force and self-defined mandate to heal the city. But is this the start of a brand-new day – or will this “Rise of Matty” end with the fall of just another petty warlord? Then, Matty retreats into self-exile forces to take a good, hard look at himself and his conduct since he entered the DMZ, and he doesn’t like what he sees.
Collects DMZ #45-59.
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Earth 2 Vol. 4: The Dark Age (The New 52)
Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254179, 1401254179

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.
Collects Earth 2 #17-20, Earth 2 Annual #2
From the Hardcover edition.
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Earth 2 Vol. 5: The Kryptonian (The New 52)
Tom Taylor, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254186, 1401254187

Summary: Superman is the most powerful being in the universe. And for once, that’s not a good thing.
The Last Son of Krypton is now an enforcer of Darkseid, the evil despot who will stop at nothing to take over Earth 2. However, there is one man who can stop them and that’s…Superman?
A new Superman—named Val-Zod—has appeared and the heroes of Earth 2 must convince him to help them in their darkest hour in one last desperate attempt to stop Kal-El. Can they band together in time to prepare for Apokolips and the forces of Darkseid? And can Val-Zod become the hero they need him to be?
Writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US) and artist Nicola Scott (SUPERMAN) continue their New York Times best-selling run with EARTH 2 VOL. 5: THE KRYPTONIAN. Collects EARTH 2#21-26 and EARTH 2: FUTURES END #1.
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Earth 2: World’s End Vol. 1
Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Eddy Barrows
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$29.99 USD
360 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401256036, 1401256031

Summary: .
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Ex Machina Book Five
Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$19.99 USD
320 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254223, 1401254225

Summary: In this last deluxe EX MACHINA hardcover, Mayor Mitchell Hundred descends into the NYC sewers to learn why he was given the strange powers that helped him become the heroic Great Machine while a powerful new foe reveals a terrifying plan that’s been in the works since the series began
Then, in the very last EX MACHINA adventure, will Mitchell Hundred’s new archenemy, a dogged reporter with powers far beyond those of the Great Machine, finally bring down his administration? Will the tragedies that Mayor Hundred warned about from the beginning finally come to pass?
Collects EX MACHINA #41-50 and EX MACHINA SPECIAL #4.
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Fables: Deluxe Edition Book Ten
Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$29.99 USD
368 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401255213, 1401255213

Summary: The exiled Jack of Fables reappears as the entire Fables world is threatened by the Literals – beings who could wipe out any Fable with a single penstroke. In a story that sweeps across FABLES, the spin-off series JACK OF FABLES, and the miniseries THE LITERALS, the very existence of the Fables is threatened by The Literals, who just don’t like their messy, mythical lives. Plus, in the original graphic novel FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND, Bigby Wolf goes on a quest to find a new location for Fabletown, only to find a village populated by werewolves—but do they see Bigby as a hero or a threat?
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 TEN in one of the most epic storylines in the series’ long history.
This deluxe edition collects FABLES #77-82, backup stories from FABLES #83-85, THE LITERALS #1-3, JACK OF FABLES #33-35, and the original graphic novel FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND.
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Fairest Vol. 5
Mark Buckingham, Russ Braun
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401254261, 1401254268

Summary: 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?
Long-time FABLES artist Mark Buckingham takes over writing duties in this concluding volume to the New York Times best-selling series FAIREST. Collects issues #27-32.
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Forever Evil
Geoff Johns, David Finch, Richard Friend
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$19.99 USD
240 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253387, 1401253385

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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The Girl Who Played with Fire
Denise Mina, Leonardo Manco
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$19.99 USD
288 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401255503, 1401255507

Summary: In this graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larrson’s THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
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Gotham City Sirens Book Two
Peter Calloway, Andres Guinaldo
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$24.99 USD
300 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254124, 1401254128

Summary: Catwoman deals with the aftermath of battling her sister in this new title, setting her against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in a brutal display of their villainous roots. And don’t miss guest appearances by Zatanna and Talia al Ghul. Then, The Joker is back in Arkham Asylum and Harley Quinn breaks back in with him – but is she there to stand by him or destroy him? Either way, Poison Ivy and Catwoman must put aside their tumultuous past to help their wayward friend. Guest-starring Clayface and Batman!
Collects GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #14-26.

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Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Ivan Reis
Ivan Reis, Geoff Johns
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$39.99 USD
296 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255220, 1401255221

Summary: Collecting such works as Blackest Night, Justice League, Green Lantern and more, GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF IVAN REIS is a collection of some of the very best DC Comics art there is! Ican has collaborated on some of DC Comics’ New York Times Best-selling titles such as The New 52’s Aquaman and Justice League, as well as perinial Green Lantern greats such as Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night.

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Green Arrow Vol. 3: The Trial of Oliver Queen
Mike Grell, Dan Jurgens, Ed Hannigan
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255237, 140125523X

Summary: In these cult favorite stories from the 1980s, Green Arrow relocates to Portland to be with his girlfriend, fellow Justice League member Black Canary. But after helping out a local resident, he finds himself the target of an assassin who wants to bring his own brand of deadly vigilante justice to the city. And when Green Arrow tries to stop him, he realizes that there’s more to this would-be hero than meets the eye.
Collects the 1988 GREEN ARROW #13-18.
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Green Arrow Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
On Sale Date: May 5, 2015
$14.99 USD
128 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254742, 1401254748

Summary: Welcome new series writers straight from the hit TV show Arrow! Ollie is trying to put his life together after the grueling events of “Broken,” and finds himself back in Seattle on a mission from a mystery woman. Who is she—and what’s next for Green Arrow?
Collects GREEN ARROW #32-34, GREEN ARROW FUTURES END #1, SECRET ORIGINS #6.
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Green Arrow: Archer’s Quest Deluxe Edition
Brad Meltzer, Phil Hester, Ande Parks
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255251, 1401255256

Summary: New York Times #1 Best-selling author of Identity Crisis Brad Meltzer, launches an epic adventure in the life of Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow in this new Deluxe Edition!
Green Arrow died. Then he came back to life. But in the meantime, the Shade dropped the ball on a job Green Arrow had asked him to take care of in the event of his death: gathering various artifacts to protect Green Arrow’s identity. The reborn superhero and his old sidekick, Speedy, now known as Arsenal, embark on “The Archer’s Quest,” gathering those artifacts and taking several trips down memory lane. Collects Green Arrow #16-21
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Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Van Jensen, Bernard Chang
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254759, 1401254756

Summary: The New Gods are on the march, and the war against the ring-wielders has begun. John Steward summons a strike team of Green Lanterns to go into battle against the fiercest of the New Gods, Uggha and his deadly warriors. But what good is the most powerful weapon in the universe when the Lanterns face the gods of the entire multiverse?!
Collects GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35-40.
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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 2
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$99.99 USD
1040 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255268, 1401255264
Summary: Best-selling writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, Geoff Johns revitalized the Green Lantern franchise in his decade long run beginning with GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and culminating with WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN.
Blackest Night is here as the dead rise across the cosmos! Hal Jordan and the battle worn Green Lanterns must unite the new and different colored Corps if they have any chance at defeating the seemingly endless and unstoppable army of the dead.
Collects Green Lantern #26-52, Blackest Night #0-7, DC Universe #0, Untold Tales of Blackest Night #1-2, Blackest Night Tales of the Corps #1-2.
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Green Lantern Vol. 5: Test of Wills (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$17.99 USD
256 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254162, 1401254160

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 #27-34 and Green Lantern Corps #31-33.
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Green Lantern Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Billy Tan
On Sale Date: May 19, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254766, 1401254764

Summary: That shudder you felt was the New Gods declaring their intentions against all ring-wielders! Having staked their claim to the emotional spectrum, the New Gods se about redefining the universe in their image, starting with Metron, who’s determined to steal the secrets of the Corps’ Citadel. But Hal and the Corps have something to sa about that. Good luck trying to make yourself heard when you’re talking to a god!
Collects GREEN LANTERN #35-40, GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #3.
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Green Lantern: New Guardians Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Justin Jordan, Brad Walker
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254773, 1401254772

Summary: Kyle Rayner’s experience beyond the Source Wall has left him slowly losing his grip on reality, and the Guardians are gravely concerned. When help arrives in the form of Highfather, the Guardians know the All-Father is not to be trusted, but desperation can lead to bad decisions. Kyle is walking into a trap, and he has more to lose than he can imagine!
Collects GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #35-40.
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Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City (The New 52)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$16.99 USD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254155, 1401254152

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 #0-8.

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 4: What Lies Within
Dan Abnett, Michael O’Hare, Rafael Kayanan
On Sale Date: March 3, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
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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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Vol. 5
Dan Abnett, Pop Mhan
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401253394, 1401253393

Summary: Randor’s desperate quest to bring back The Sorceress continues. Deep within Subternia, the Masters of the Universe face unimaginable horrors. The harrowing nightmares of the Ring of Dreams threaten to overwhelm He-Man and Randor. Meanwhile, on the Ring of Earth, Moss Man is dying and the final gamble of the King may prove to be fatal.
This volume collects He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #13-18
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Hinterkind Vol. 3
Ian Edginton, Francesco Trifogli
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401254353, 1401254357

Summary: The second volume of the sweeping epic of a post-apocalyptic world in which humans have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the creatures of fantasy and fable.
Times were much different before the blight ended mankind’s rule over the world. Travel back to a time before there were trolls, vampires, fairies and other monsters of myth made their triumphant return to witness the origins of Prosper, Jon, Starla and many more.
Collects Hinterkind #13-18.
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Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
Dan Abnett, Tom Raney
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401254797, 1401254799

Summary: Based on the hit videogame INFINITE CRISIS, the cosmos spanning series is now available in print!
In an alternate earth, Atomic Two-Face has stolen the Eternal Key, an artifact that could give him the power to level a universe! The heroes of every Earth in the universe must band together to stop him Arcane Green Lantern, Gaslight Catwoman, Atomic Wonder Woman and Nightmare Robin are only a few of the millions of alternate versions of our heroes and villains that will play a part in this universe spanning adventure.
Collects Infinite Crisis digital chapters #1-14
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Infinity Man and the Forever People Vol. 1
Keith Giffen, Dan DiDio
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$16.99 USD
200 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254803, 1401254802

Summary: 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.! Collects issues #1-9.
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1
Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
On Sale Date: April 21, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401253400, 1401253407

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 Invisibles Book Four Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Chris Weston
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$39.99 USD
496 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
9781401254216, 1401254217

Summary: Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Phil Jimenez and John Stokes 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 #14-22, The Invisibles Vol. 3 #1-12.
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JLA Vol. 7
Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$24.99 USD
416 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255282, 1401255280

Summary: Writer Joe Kelly and artist Doug Mahnke continue to stretch the boundaries of super-hero comics with their run with JLA volume 7.
Now the JLA must make the gut-wrenching decision: to maintain neutrality in a galactic conflict or to interfere in foreign politics by conducting a preemptive strike of its own. Collects JLA #77-83.
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John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 11: Last Man Standing
Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$19.99 USD
256 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401255299, 1401255299

Summary: In this new Hellblazer collection, John Constantine, while scouting for blackmail victims at an orgy, John finds himself accidentally summoning up sinister beings known as the Mendw, with terrible consequences for an anorexic girl and her abusive father. Plus, cattle mutiliations in Yorkshire hold no interest for Constantine until a nosy tabloid reporter chases him out of London. Once in the country, John discovers that one of the villagers is transforming into a werewolf, but this strange case of lycanthropy is only a portent of worse things to come…
Collects HELLBLAZER #108-117
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JSA Omnibus Vol. 3
Geoff Johns, Alex Ross, George Perez
On Sale Date: June 30, 2015
$125.00 USD
1280 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255305, 1401255302

Summary: Known for his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern over a decade ago, Geoff Johns brought the Justice Society of America characters once rooted in the Golden Age of comics back to the forefront of graphic storytelling. 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 #76-87, Justice Society of America #1-28, Justice League of America #8-10, Justice Society of America Annual #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special:Superman #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1, JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1.
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Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years
Roy Thomas, Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway
On Sale Date: May 26, 2015
$39.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255312, 1401255310

Summary: In the winter of 1940, All Star Comics #3, written by comics legend Gardner Fox, introduced the world to the Justice Society of America. Featuring Hour-Man, Doctor Fate, The Spectre, The Sandman, The Atom, The Flash, The Green Lantern and Hawkman, the Justice Society of America would become a mainstay in superhero comics for the next seventy-five years!
This anthology collects stories from the industry’s legendary talents, including Gardner Fox, John Broome, Robert Kanigher and Geoff Johns.
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Justice League 3000 Vol. 2 (The New 52)
Keith Giffen, J.M. Dematteis, Howard Porter
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254148, 1401254144

Summary: In the far flung future in the year 3000, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern are still defending the Earth as the Justice League. From the classic Justice League writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA), comes volume 2 of this series starring the heroes of today—tomorrow!
Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #8-15.
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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
144 pages
Trade Paperback
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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Justice League of America Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil (The New 52)
Matt Kindt, Eddy Barrows, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$16.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401250478, 1401250475

Summary: As the smoke clears from the Trinity War, one thing looks disturbingly clear­, the members of the Justice League of America are dead, betrayed by one of their own.
But as with the Trinity War, all is not what it seems. Martian Manhunter and Star Girl have lived to fight another day and find themselves trapped on an alien world that is under the control of a group of super-villains. The key to their survival may lie in the hands of the super-villain Despero, but will these heros be able to find it within themselves to trust soemone who is supposed to be their mortal enemy?
This volume collects issues #8-14.
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Justice League United Vol. 1: Justice League Canada
Jeff Lemire, Mike McKone
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$24.99 USD
192 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252359, 1401252354

Summary: Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!
In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man – but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian? Plus: Don’t miss the debut of a new Canadian hero who will have a huge effect on the group!
Collects Justice League United 0-4, Justice League United: Futures End #1 and Justice League: Futures End #1.
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Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes (The New 52)
Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254193, 1401254195

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!
Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29
From the Hardcover edition.
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Klarion Vol. 1
Ann Nocenti, Trevor Mccarthy
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254827, 1401254829

Summary: Writer Ann Nocenti introduces Jack Kirby’s classic character Klarion The Witch Boy to a whole new generation.
Klarion moves to Gotham City to master his magical skills. On his way to mastering his skills, Klarion encounters other young witches and wizards with deep secrets like himself. Together, these teenagers work to not only master magic, but to deal with the everyday issues of being a teenager in the chaotic climate of Gotham.
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Lobo Vol. 1
Cullen Bunn, Jack Herbert
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254834, 1401254837

Summary: The intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo returns to the DC Universe and is bringing his well known brand of ultraviolence with him.
Charged with protecting a valuable client from six highly trained assasins, Lobo cuts a path of destruction through the DC Universe as he attempts to protect his client, but also must find those responsible for the contract on his client’s life. In the midst of all the chaos, Lobo must also track down the individual who has stolen his identity and serve him with Lobo’s own brand of justice!
Collects issues #1-6 of this exciting new series!
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Neal Adams Omnibus
Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams
On Sale Date: June 2, 2015
$75.00 USD
640 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255510, 1401255515

Summary: Neal Adams is considered one of the greatest Batman artists of all-time, and one of comics’ most influential illustrators.
Now, DC Comics has collected all three volumes of the Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams series together with Adams’ critically acclaimed series Batman: Odyssey in one hardcover omnibus.
This massive volume collects material from Batman #200, 203 and 210; The Brave and The Bold #75-76 and 79-85; Dectective Comics #370, 372, 385, 389, 391, and 392; and World’s Finest Comics #174-176, 178-180, 182-183, 185, 186; Batman #217, 220-222, 224-227, 229-231, The Brave and The Bold #86, 88-90, 93, 95, Detective Comics #394-403, 405-311, World’s Finest Comics #199, 200, 202; Batman #232, 234-241, 243-246, 251, 255; Batman Annual #14; Batman Black & White #4; Brave and the Bold #99, Detective Comics #412-422, 439, 600; Heroes Against Hunger; Limited Collectors Edition C-25, C-51, C-59; Robin #1; Saga of Ra’s Al Ghul #4; World’s Finest #211, 244-246, 258; Batman: Odyssey Vol. 1 issues #1-6 and Vol. 2 issues #1-7.

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New Suicide Squad Vol. 1 (The New 52)
Sean Ryan
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252380, 1401252389

Summary: Once a secret to even the highest government officials, the Suicide Squad has emerged from FOREVER EVIL as one of its most popular programs. Its mission: to send incarcerated super villains to carry out impossible missions on foreign soil in exchange for a commuted prison sentence. If they are caught or killed, no government could link these operatives back to the U.S. government. At least, that’s the theory.
This new series begins with a mission in Russia that features two red-hot Batman villains: Harley Quinn and Joker’s Daughter, plus Deadshot, Deathstroke the Terminator, Black Manta and more.
Collects NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #1-7.
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Teen Titans Vol. 1 (The New 52)
Will Pfeifer, Kenneth Rocafort
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401252373, 1401252370

Summary: 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!
This exciting new chapter in the teen heroes’ mythos starts here in TEEN TITANS VOL. 1, written by Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN) and illustrated by Kenneth Rocafort (SUPERMAN, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS).
Collects TEEN TITANS #1-7.
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New Teen Titans Vol. 2
Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$19.99 USD
224 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255329, 1401255329

Summary: 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.
Collects NEW TEEN TITANS #9-16.
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Nightwing Vol. 2: Rough Justice
Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, Karl Story
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$19.99 USD
296 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255336, 1401255337

Summary: Attempting to create his own life and forge his own destiny, Nightwing has begun anew in the city of Bludhaven. Leaving behind his adolescent days as Robin, the vigilante confronts his own rogues gallery as he faces off against the deadly threats of underworld kingpin Blockbuster, the half-creature, half-human Man-Bat, and the lethal assassin Deathstroke. But even distance and time will not allow him to escape his past, as Nightwing finds himself once again battling the fear-inducing Scarecrow and working side-by-side Batman, when his mentor pays him an unwelcome visit to check up on him.
Collects issues #9-18 of the original series.
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Ocean/Orbiter Deluxe Edition
Warren Ellis, Chris Sprouse, Colleen Doran
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$29.99 USD
264 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401255343, 1401255345

Summary: Two of Warren Ellis’ acclaimed science fiction stories are collected here in Deluxe format with additional sketch and script pages!
Lying beneath Europa’s (Jupiter’s moon) half-mile-thick mantle of shear ice is the only ocean in the solar system besides those on Earth. And within those cold waters could rest the key to life on Earth—and quite possibly its extinction!
It’s the job of U.N. weapons inspector Nathan Kane to learn what sort of beings lie under the icy dome. But he’s about to encounter resistance of the violent kind from the staff manning Earth’s outpost on Europa—and he’ll like what happens even less when the long-slumbering aliens begin to awaken!
In Orbiter, a space shuttle crash lands on Earth after being missing for a decade, it unlocks a mystery that will unfold deep in outer space. Can a team of three specialists cheated out of their dream of spaceflight discover the nature of this bizarre space-borne anomaly?

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Orion by Walter Simonson Omnibus
Walter Simonson
On Sale Date: March 31, 2015
$75.00 USD
688 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255350, 1401255353

Summary: In 2000, legendary writer/artist Walter Simonson, best known for his work on DC’s Manhunter and Marvels’ Thor, treated comics fans to his vision of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythology. At the center of the series was the conflict between Orion, born on the violent world of Apokolips but raised on peaceful New Genesis, and his father, Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips. Focusing on the clash between father and son, the series features most of the Fourth World heroes and villains created by Jack Kirby, as Darkseid seeks the deadly anti-life equation – and Orion battles to stop him from eradicating life as we know it!
This title also includes short stories written by Simonson and illustrated by Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, Howard Chaykin, Jim Lee and others.
Collects ORION #1-25 and stories from JACK KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD #9-11 and 13.

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The Question: Falling in Place
Rick Veitch, Tommy Lee Edwards
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255466, 1401255469

Summary: Collects the entire miniseries of THE QUESTION: FALLING IN PLACE #1-6. Vic Sage—a.k.a. The Question—battles back in a mind-bending 6-issue miniseries written by Rick Veitch (SWAMP THING) with art by Tommy Lee Edwards (BATMAN: GOLDEN STREETS OF GOTHAM)! Vic Sage is a TV journalist with an uncanny ability to break difficult stories, thanks in large part to his relentless crime-fighting campaign as the Question! But has the faceless vigilante’s particular brand of harsh justice finally sent him off the deep end? Prowling the meanest streets of his native Chicago, the trench-coated Question thinks he also walks in another world—a strange shamanic space full of shadowy dangers. When Sage hears the voice of Superman’s home city of Metropolis, he answers the call. Is he crazy? That’s the question.
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Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 6
Scott Lobdell, Rafa Sandoval
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253424, 1401253423

Summary: Part of the DC Comics – The New 52, this volume collects the sixth action-packed arc of New York Times best selling author Scott Lobdell. Batman’s former sidekick Jason Todd, now known as the Red Hood, and The Outlaws deal with the fallout from Kori’s past and learn that a top-secret villain has returned to make things much, much worse for them!
Collects RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #34-39.
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Red Lanterns Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Charles Soule, J. Califore
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254841, 1401254845

Summary: Following the war with Atrocitus and his renegade Red Lanters, Guy Gardner finds himself in a Corps of one as he is one of the only remaining Red Lanterns. With no direction, Guy returns home to Earth to deliver his own brand of justice. But a new and almost unstoppable threat arrives as it’s Sinestro, Green Lanterns and Guy Gardner vs the New Gods! Collects Action Comics #30-34, Action Comics Annual #3.
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Robin The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years
Bill Finger, Bob Kane
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$39.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255367, 1401255361

Contributor Bio:
William Finger was born on February 8, 1914. He met cartoonist Bob Kane at a party in 1938, and soon after they were collaborating on several adventure strips. Within a year, Batman appeared. Finger’s fondness for pulp fiction and movies influenced his plots and writing style for comic books. He worked on many other DC characters and titles, scripted some of the 1940s daily and Sunday Batman and Robin newspaper strip continuities, and wrote for Quality, Fawcett and Timely.
Finger’s television credits include 77 Sunset Strip, The Roaring Twenties and Hawaiian Eye during the late 1950s and early 1960s. His efforts in the super-hero genre also appeared on TV in the 1960s, including material for the animated New Adventures of Superman plus a two-part Clock King episode of the 1966 Batman series. Finger died in New York City on January 24, 1974. He was posthumously inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame in 1999.

Summary: 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of Robin, the Boy Wonder! DC Comics is proud to present this new hardcover anthology collecting some of Robin’s greatest stories.

[Hey, DC, I know you can't give him credit on Batman, but how about "Robin"?]

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The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition
Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$24.99 USD
224 pages
Hardcover
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.

[Um... no Absolute edition?  Seriously?  Sell that first, for $75.  Then the Deluxe edition.  Then the paperback.  No.  Wait.  First do an "artist edition" of JH Williams' actual artwork!  I've seen his pages for Batwoman, he does it all, right there on the board! ]

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Secret Origins Vol. 2
Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253431, 1401253431

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. The latest explosive origins from DC Comics – The New 52 include Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello, Cyborg by Marv Wolfman, Red Hood by Scott Lobdell, and others.
Collects SECRET ORIGINS #5-8.
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Secret Six Vol. 2
Gail Simone, Nicola Scott
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$19.99 USD
336 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255374, 140125537X

[YES!  Back in print!  HBO, can you fasttrack this into production?  Why?  Well, it's awesome in its dark humour and near-Vertigo craziness, but really, I just want to see more Rag Doll cosplay.]

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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 1
Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$14.99 USD
168 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253448, 140125344X

Summary: Wonder Woman stars in her first digital-first anthology series!
Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver kick things off when Oracle calls for help after the entire Bat-Family gets sidelined. But when Wonder Woman steps into the breach, Gotham City’s criminals get the surprise of their lives! Then, Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs take Diana to school, where she meets her biggest fan! Collects Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1-5.

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Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years
Bill Parker, C.C. Beck
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$39.99 USD
400 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255381, 1401255388

Summary: 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of Shazam! DC Comics is proud to present this new hardcover anthology collecting some of Shazam’s greatest stories.

[I sure hope they include "Sivana's Nobel" in this collection!]

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Showcase Presents: Blue Devil Vol. 1
Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, Paris Cullins
On Sale Date: September 1, 2015
$19.99 USD
456 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255398, 1401255396

Summary: One of the most fondly remembered super-hero comics of the 1980s, BLUE DEVIL stars movie stuntman Dan Cassidy, who became trapped in a devil-like action suit when a real demon appeared on his movie set. As Blue Devil, Cassidy alternated between battling evil and trying to find a way out of the super-powered suit.
Collects BLUE DEVIL #1-18 and THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #24.

[Yes, DC is still publishing their pulp paperback collections!  (Take THAT, Marvel!)  Now, can we please have a "Legends" collection?]

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Showcase Presents: The Flash Vol. 5
Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$19.99 USD
528 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255404, 140125540X

Summary: Over 500 pages of classic super hero adventure are collected in this value-priced volume!
The Fastest Man Alive is back in this new collection of tales from the 1960s. In this fifth volume, The Flash faces foes from his Rogues Gallery including Captain Cold, and faces difficulties include amnesia, his girlfriend, Iris Allen, being granted invulnerability, and much more.
Collects THE FLASH #185-208.
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Sinestro Vol. 2 (The New 52)
Cullen Bunn, Dale Eaglesham
On Sale Date: July 14, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254865, 1401254861

Summary: The Green Lantern Corps is on it’s last legs – which means it’s Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps to the rescue. But is bringing their sworn enemies to the heart of their stronghold a good move? Sinestro’s actions and motivations are often two different things, and not all is as it seems.
Collects Sinestro #6-11.
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Smallville Season 11 Vol. 6: Titans
Bryan Q. Miller, Cat Staggs, Ben Lobel
On Sale Date: May 12, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
9781401253455, 1401253458

Summary: A grisly murder in Gotham City sends Martian Manhunter on a quest to confront his past, newly digitized Tess Mercer is faced with the ultimate question, a mysterious foe, determined to take down Jay Garrick’s new Titans team, and John Constantine sticks his nose into Zatanna’s business. Smallville Season 11 hasn’t ever been more exciting!
Collects Smallville Season 11 Special #1, 3-5
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Supergirl Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Tony Bedard, Emanuela Lupacchino
On Sale Date: July 21, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255411, 1401255418

Summary: Kara must deal with the fall-out of the green Kryptonite skies over a dead Earth, and the horrors still to come! This volume features a SUPERMAN: DOOMED tie-in and FUTURES END: SUPERGIRL #1!
Collects SUPERGIRL #34-40, and FUTURES END: SUPERGIRL #1.
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Superman – Action Comics Vol. 5: What Lies Beneath (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254889, 1401254888

Summary: This 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 #25-29 and Secret Origins #1.
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Superman – Action Comics Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$24.99 USD
176 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254896, 1401254896

Summary: The Superman Doomed Crossover is here!
The fabled villain returns from the Phantom Zone with his crosshairs set on the Man of Steel. Where ever Doomsday goes, death follows and Superman is forced to do the unthinkable; kill Doomsday. But when the creature explodes into a plume of vapor which Superman inhales, the true battle begins!
Collects Action Comics #30-34, Action Comics Annual #3.
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Superman Vol. 5: Under Fire (The New 52)
Scott Lobdell, Ken Lashley, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: August 11, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255428, 1401255426

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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Superman Vs. Darkseid
John Byrne, Mike McKone
On Sale Date: April 28, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255435, 1401255434

Summary: It’s Superman vs. Darkseid in this action packed collection by John Byrne!
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Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple
Charles Soule, Tony S. Daniel, Paulo Siqueira
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$16.99 USD
200 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253462, 1401253466

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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Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2
Charles Soule, Tony S. Daniel, Ed Benes
On Sale Date: March 24, 2015
$22.99 USD
144 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253479, 1401253474

Summary: To stop Doomsday from destroying his adopted planet, Superman fought him to the bitter end. But with one threat gone, a new one surfaces in the very body of the Last Son of Krypton. Superman must fight a battle within his own mind, body and heart with the help of the woman he loves. With their combined might, it still may not be enough to save the doomed Superman.
This volume collects Superman/Wonder Woman #8-11, Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1.
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Superman: Krypton Returns (The New 52)
Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort
On Sale Date: August 18, 2015
$16.99 USD
208 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255442, 1401255442

Summary: Crossing over between SUPERMAN, SUPERGIRL, SUPERBOY, and ACTION COMICS, this Super-family team up brings all the fan-favorite heroes together to take on H’el! The Super team must travel through time and Krypton’s history to prevent H’el from dooming the entire universe. Written by Scott Lobdell, writer of TEEN TITANS and formerly Marvel’s X-Men franchise.
This edition collects Superboy #0, 25, Supergirl #0, 25, Superman #0, 23.3: H’el, 25 and Action Comics Annual #2.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Swamp Thing Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Charles Soule, Jesus Saiz
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$14.99 USD
160 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254902, 140125490X

Summary: Enter the Sureen: an avatar of the Green worshipping group, whose soul purpose is to serve Swamp Thing. And they offer a gift that could turn Alec human for a time.
While he contemplates the Sureen’s offer to turn him human one can only wonder what happens to his almost all-powerful body? He and his warrior companion Capucine must travel to India to find the answers…and to get there, they’ll need help from Vandal Savage!
Collects SWAMP THING #28-34.
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Swamp Thing: The Root of All Evil
Grant Morrison, Mark Miller, Phil Hester
On Sale Date: August 4, 2015
$24.99 USD
304 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
9781401252410, 1401252419

Summary: A lost Swamp Thing epic written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar is collected at last. The rug is pulled out from under Alec Holland as he awakens from a coma in a South African hospital. But are the nightmares of a shambling swamp creature the result of a powerful hallucinogen he ingested during his experiments on plants? If so, what is the secret behind the Swamp Thing that’s pursuing Abigail Arcane through the Louisiana Bayou, intent on murder?
Collects SWAMP THING #140-150.
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The Filth Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Chris Weston, Gary Erskine
On Sale Date: April 14, 2015
$29.99 USD
320 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401255459, 1401255450

Summary: This imaginative series by award-winning creator Grant Morrison brings readers heady brew of big ideas, exotic locales, and bizarre action, featuring prosthetically outfitted dolphins in scuba gear and a hard-smoking chimpanzee in Kremlin garb. This all new deluxe edition collectsthe entire series in a beautiful hardcover edition.
Collects THE FILTH #1-13.
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The Flash Vol. 6 (The New 52)
Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth
On Sale Date: June 23, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254278, 1401254276

Summary: The start of a new era for the Fastest Man Alive! In the future, The Flash is a broken man. His powers have failed him time and again at great cost to him and the city he has sworn to protect. Now he’s coming back to the current time to stop the one event that destroyed his life. Meanwhile, in the present, Barry Allen must contend with thieves trying to capitalize on the devastation of FOREVER EVIL. It’s a tale of two timelines that ushers in one of The New 52’s most anticipated character debuts!
THE FLASH VOL. 6 begins a brand new era for the Scarlet Speedster, from writer Robert Venditti (GREEN LANTERN), Van Jensen (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) and artist Brett Booth (NIGHTWING, TEEN TITANS). Collects THE FLASH #30-34 and THE FLASH ANNUAL #3.
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The Wake
Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy
On Sale Date: June 16, 2015
$17.99 USD
256 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254919, 1401254918

Summary: Winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series
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.
From the Hardcover edition.

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Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse
Art Baltazar, Franco
On Sale Date: March 17, 2015
$12.99 USD
128 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254926, 1401254926

Summary: 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!
Collects Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #1-6.
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Top 10
Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Zander Cannon
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$24.99 USD
352 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254933, 1401254934

Summary: The massive, multilayered city of Neopolis, built shortly after World War II, was designed as a home for the expanding population of science-heroes, heroines and villains that had ballooned into existance in the previous decade. Bringing these powered beings together solved some problems but created others – turning Neopolis into a pressure cooker that normal policing methods could never contain.
Join rookie cop Robyn Singer, alter ego “Toybox,” as she hits the streets for the first time along with a colorful crew of fellow officers, each having the required training to deal with science-villains and super-crimes. You’ll never look at powers, or police work, the same way again!
Written by Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA) and drawn by the team of Gene Ha and Zander Cannon, TOP 10 combines superheroics and cop drama like no series before or after it. Collects issues #1-12.

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Trinity of Sin Vol. 1
J.M. Dematteis
On Sale Date: July 28, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254940, 1401254942

Summary: Pandora, The Phantom Stranger and The Question have hated each other for centuries…and nothing has changed! Now the Trinity of Sin are forced to work together to save humanity and uncover the darkest secrets of the universe in this new collection.
Collects Trinity of Sin #1-6.
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Wonder Woman by George Perez Omnibus
George Perez
On Sale Date: August 25, 2015
$75.00 USD
640 pages
Hardcover
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401255473, 1401255477

Summary: One of the most popular artists working in comics over the last 30 years, George Pérez’s resume contains a who’s-who of the most popular characters in comics. From his co-creation, with Marv Wolfman, of THE NEW TEEN TITANS in the 80s and his work on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and WONDER WOMAN to his mega-successful JLA/AVENGERS, George’s work has thrilled comics fans for over 3 decades.
This omnibus collects the first two years of George Perez’s revolutionary run on WONDER WOMAN in premium format, containing WONDER WOMAN #1-24 and WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1.

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Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh (The New 52)
Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Goran Sudzuka
On Sale Date: April 7, 2015
$16.99 USD
176 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401253493, 1401253490

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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Worlds’ Finest Vol. 5 (The New 52)
Paul Levitz, RB Silva
On Sale Date: June 9, 2015
$14.99 USD
144 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
9781401254209, 1401254209

Summary: Following their team-up with Batman and Superman, Power Girl and Huntress have some difficult choices ahead. When the duo discovers their home world still exists, the heroines decide to return to the ruins of Earth 2. Upon seeing the state of their home world, Power Girl and Huntress realize they’ve arrived just when they were needed most!
Collects WORLDS’ FINEST #22-26 and WORLDS’ FINEST: FUTURES END #1.
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Y The Last Man Book Two
Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
On Sale Date: March 10, 2015
$19.99 USD
320 pages
Trade Paperback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
9781401254391, 140125439X

Summary: Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers that he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, York embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth.
Now, the entire critically acclaimed Y: THE LAST MAN saga written by Brian K. Vaughan, one of the writers of LOST, is collected into a new edition. In this second volume, a Russian space from the International Space Station is returning to earth carrying three passengers: one woman and two men. Could this be the end of Yorick’s tenure as last living male? Plus, the group runs up against a roadblock in Arizona where the female remains of the Sons of Arizona militia have cut the interstate to keep out any vestiges of the U.S. government.
This volume collects Y: The Last Man #11-23
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13. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: August 2014 – Multiversity Selfies

Batman 34 195x300 DC Comics Month to Month Sales: August 2014   Multiversity Selfiesby David Carter

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

It’s month three of DC’s new variant cover ordering scheme, where retailers can order as many of the month’s themed variant covers as they want at the regular price. As previously suspected, the Selfie variants do not attract as many additional orders as the Bombshell or Batman 75th variants did. It’s hard to tell if that is because of a perceived lack of interest in the covers, or an adjustment based on the previous months, or a combination of factors. Next month DC will have round two of the 3D motion covers, hoping to recapture some of the magic of last year’s 3D cover stunt.

This was a down month for DC. Several of their top sellers did not ship in August: Justice League, Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture. Vertigo sales are particularly moribund: the average Vertigo sales of 9,082 per title is the second lowest since Diamond started reporting actual sales back in 2003. (The lowest month was November 2010, at 9,034.) With The Wake over and Sandman Overture shipping sporadically, Vertigo’s top seller this month is short-timer Fables.

DC is having some amount of luck with recent relaunches; so far Grayson, New Suicide Squad and Teen Titans are doing decently. But besides Harley Quinn, they are not having much of a go with regular series launches. Two of their most recent, Infinity Man and the Forever People and Star-Spangled War Stories featuring G. I. Zombie, are already in the cancellation zone on their third and second issues respectively.

Next month is the third anniversary of The New 52, so this month gives us an opportunity to look at the state of sales compared to the final pre-New 52 month, August 2011. For several of the books below you’ll see a special, one-time only statistic, the New 52 Differential. For comics that existed pre-New 52 and were relaunched in September 2011, and that have survived all the way to issue #34 in August 2014, you’ll see a comparison of how well they are selling three years out compared to how they sold just before being relaunched (rounded off). They range from a whopping +60K increase for Batman (which has never sold below 100K for the entirety of its New 52 existence!) to a depressing -30K for Green Lantern, and pretty much the gamut in between. In both of those extreme cases you could say that it was the creative teams that played as much of a role: the Snyder & Capullo combination on Batman has been extremely popular, and the departure of Geoff Johns from writing Green Lantern has resulted in a marked decrease over the entire line of Green Lantern comics.

It would be foolish to say that The New 52 was anything but a sales success for DC; especially in its debut months DC sold many many copies of comics that they in no way would have been able to sell otherwise except for the huge marketing push that the line-wide reboot afforded them. And three years out the average sales for the DCU are about 9K higher than they were back in August 2011. But it does kind of feel like we’re back to where we started from, and the only ways that DC can boost sales are by crossover events, variant covers, and individual title relaunches. It is extremely rare for a book to grow steadily because of reader interest in the comic. (This is a problem that comics in general have, not just DC.)

There one arena that this fretting leaves out is one that is invisible to us, sales wise: digital. Along with the New 52 relaunch, DC also went day-and-date with digital releases, and over the past three years have instituted a robust digital-first program as well. While an (assumed) average of digital sales being 15% of print sales means that we are a long way from the day that digital will replace print for DC (though compare to the early days of direct sales vs. newsstand…), that’s still a nice bonus layered on top. And digital makes for a possibility of a nice long tail, without the need to keep comics in print and warehoused.

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!

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 ($3.99)
08/2004: Batman #631 --  72,287 [74,830] 
08/2009: Batman #689 --  78,392 
08/2010: Batman #702 --  73,414
08/2011: Batman #713 --  51,760
08/2012: Batman #12  -- 125,249 
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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%)
04/2014: Batman #30  -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31  -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32  -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33  -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
08/2014: Batman #34  -- 112,186 (-  4.9%) 
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6 months: -  3.2%
1 year  : - 12.5%
2 years : - 10.4%
5 years : + 43.1%
10 years: + 49.9%
Since #1: - 49.8%
New 52 Diff: +60K

Once again, Batman is DC’s #1 comic in units sold. “Zero Year” ended last month so this was a transition issue tying in to the ongoing Batman Eternal story. The Self-Bat variant cover differential issomewhat less than 6K, some of which may be attributable to the interim-ness of this issue.

4 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99)
08/2014: The Multiversity #1  --  90,551

The new Grant Morrison series-of-one-shots exploring DC’s multiverse opens under 100K, but due to its $5 cover price it is the top revenue-generating comic of August. Each issue will be a #1 with a different subject and different artist, making it hard to predict what will happen to sales numbers over the coming months. (There were a plethora of order incentive covers, but no standard Selfie variant.)

7, 13 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9  --  71,522 (-  6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 --  58,500 (- 18.2%)
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6 months: - 10.7%
Since #0: - 58.7%

DC ships two issues of one of the best-selling books this month–because hey, why not?–and the results are highly illustrative. Issue #9 had a freely-orderable Selfie variant (for a Self-Bat differential of more than 5K), while issue #10 had a 1:25 order incentive variant but no Selfie cover. The difference? 13K! Issue #10’s sales of 58.5K are just about exactly where we’d expect them to be given standard attrition based on what the title was selling before DC started their new variant ordering scheme.

10, 14, 15, 16 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
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Since #1: - 48.1%

Batman Eternal numbers drop below 60K. There are a couple of ways to look at these figures. On the one hand, they’re dropping an average just a bit over 1% per issue, which is a very light attrition. On the other hand, that works out to a little over 4% per month, which is a bit on the high side. If it keeps up at the current rate, Batman Eternal will drop to around 40K by the time it ends in March.

11 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
08/2004: Detective Comics #797 -- 50,695 [52,811]
08/2009: Detective Comics #856 -- 58,859
08/2010: Detective Comics #868 -- 38,682
08/2011: Detective Comics #881 -- 39,729
08/2012: Detective Comics #12  -- 75,998
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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%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  -- 56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  -- 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  -- 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34  -- 58,812 (-  6.4%)
-----------------
6 months: +  3.9%
1 year  : -  4.3%
2 years : - 22.6%
5 years : -  0.1%
10 years: + 11.4%
Since #1: - 62.7%
New 52 Diff: +19K

A Self-Bat differential of about 4K.

18 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
08/2004: Superman #208 -- 129,256
08/2009: Superman #691 --  39,106
08/2010: Superman #702 --  50,023
08/2011: Superman #714 --  35,919
08/2012: Superman #12  --  53,326
---------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+136.8%) [95,972]
07/2014: Superman #33  --  62,998 (- 34.4%)
08/2014: Superman #34  --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
-----------------
6 months: + 64.9%
1 year  : + 34.2%
2 years : +  6.1%
5 years : + 44.7%
10 years: - 56.2%
Since #1: - 62.3%
New 52 Diff: +21K

A 10% drop is pretty typical for a third issue, but then that also includes the Self-Bat differential (6K), so actual reader interest may be holding stronger. The variant cover effects are really messing up any cogent analysis of the effect of the new creative team.

19 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
08/2004: Nightwing #95  -- 44,558 [47,479]
08/2012: Nightwing #12  -- 47,484
---------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2     -- 56,486 (- 30.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 52.9%
1 year  : + 39.4%
2 years : + 19.0%
10 years: + 19.0%
Since #1: - 30.6%

Thirty percent is a bit on the high side for a second issue drop, but since that also includes the Self-Bat differential it is pretty much in line with what is typical. Grayson will likely end up as a decent-performing mid-list book for DC.

20 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
08/2004: --
08/2009: Superman/Batman #63 --  37,467
08/2010: Superman/Batman #75 --  34,324
08/2011: Superman/Batman #87 --  26,425
---------------------------------------
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%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (- 4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (- 4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (-18.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.4%
1 year  : - 35.9%
5 years : + 49.3%
10 years:   n.a.
Since #1: - 63.0%

Somehow last month I neglected to include Batman/Superman in the analysis. I swear I proofed that puppy, but I was running so late with the column that I must have rushed and just missed my skipping it. And in my defense, Batman/Superman ‘s schedule has been kind of erratic as of late. Mea culpa, and I’ll recommend to Heidi that she dock my pay for this error.

Anyway, like Justice League (which did not ship in August due to yet more lateness), Batman/Superman is running behind and thus in August had its Batman 75th variant cover, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 14K.

24 - BATMAN AND... ($2.99)
08/2009: Batman and Robin #3  -- 110,594
08/2010: --
08/2011: Batman and Robin #26 --  52,704
08/2012: Batman and Robin #12 --  63,993
----------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 --  53,403 (-  5.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 23.1%
1 year  : -  4.1%
2 years : - 16.5%
5 years : - 51.7%
Since #1: - 54.0%
New 52 Diff: +0.7K

A Self-Bat differential of just under 3K.

27 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (-  7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
08/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #11 -- 50,550 (+  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 12.7%
Since #1: - 46.7%

Actually gains a few sales this month, no doubt due to the continuing strength of the “Superman Doomed” crossover story. The only title this month with a positive Self-Bat differential.

(I suspect that we’re missing some amount of re-order activity on all of the “Superman Doomed” installments, due to Diamond not reporting beyond the top 300 and that threshold being relatively high over the past couple of months.)

31 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
08/2004: Action Comics #818 -- 43,257
08/2009: Action Comics #880 -- 37,588
08/2010: Action Comics #892 -- 36,401
08/2011: Action Comics #904 -- 39,323
08/2012: Action Comics #12  -- 71,203
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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%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  -- 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  -- 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  -- 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34  -- 46,746 (-  5.5%)
-----------------
6 months: + 32.4%
1 year  : +  9.7%
2 years : - 34.3%
5 years : + 24.4%
10 years: +  8.1%
Since #1: - 76.7%
New 52 Diff: + 7K

But then Action Comics is in the same boat crossover-wise as S/WW , but it takes a more typical Self-Bat drop of 2.5K. So maybe something else is going on with S/WW ?

34 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
08/2004: Green Lantern #180 --  36,425
08/2009: Green Lantern #45  -- 102,431
08/2010: --
08/2011: --
08/2012: Green Lantern #12  --  77,187
--------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34  --  43,846 (-  7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.9%
1 year  : - 25.9%
2 years : - 43.2%
5 years : - 57.2%
10 years: + 20.4%
Since #1: - 74.1%
New 52 Diff: -30K*

I am amused that issue #34 ranks at #34 this month. (It does not take much to amuse me‚Ķ) A Self-Bat differential of over 3K. (The New 52 differential uses the July 2011 figures, as GL didn’t ship in August 2011.)

37 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
-----------------
Since #0: - 37.9%

A Self-Bat differential of over 5K.

38 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
08/2014: Superman/WW Annual #1 -- 42,094

One of two annuals that slipped from last month. Another chapter in “Superman Doomed.” Comes in over 8K below the parent title, but that’s without the benefit of a Selfie cover.

39, 41, 42, 44 - The New 52 – Futures End ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 49.0%

The previous three month’s worth were returnable, but this month was not. And lo and behold the non-adjusted figures for August fall right in line with the adjusted numbers for the previous months.

Falls below 40K for the first time, which must be a bit worrying since next month’s big Futures End stunt is tying in to this series. This has not turned into the linchpin series that DC was probably expecting it to be. If I were running DC, I’d take this as a sign that readers are becoming increasingly weary of the top-down imposition of cross-title continuity, and that multiple weekly titles may not be the best publishing strategy.

40 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
08/2004: Teen Titans #14  -- 63,894
08/2009: Teen Titans #74  -- 30,380
08/2010: Teen Titans #86  -- 24,971
08/2011: Teen Titans #99  -- 23,756
08/2011: Teen Titans #100 -- 27,459
08/2012: Teen Titans #12  -- 42,817
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2   -- 40,687 (- 22.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 52.2%
1 year  : + 28.2%
2 years : -  5.0%
5 years : + 33.9%
10 years: - 36.3%

A typical second issue drop.

46 - ACTION COMICS ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2012: Action Comics Annual #1 -- 50,485 
10/2013: Action Comics Annual #2 -- 34,668 (- 31.3%)
08/2014: Action Comics Annual #3 -- 38,504 (+ 11.1%)

An increase of nearly 4K more than last year’s Annual, due no doubt to interest in the “Superman Doomed” crossover.

47 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($3.99)
08/2012: Suicide Squad #12     -- 28,302
-----------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2  -- 38,477 (- 21.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 68.2%
1 year  : + 73.6%
2 years : + 36.0%

A typical second issue drop.

50 - EARTH 2 ($3.99)
08/2012: Earth 2 #4  -- 67,393
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26 -- 37,396 (-  5.9%)
----------------
6 months: +  4.7%
1 year  : -  8.4%
2 years : - 44.5%
Since #1: - 63.5%

A Self-Bat differential of under 3K.

52 - FLASH ($2.99)
08/2004: Flash #213       --  41,363
08/2009: Flash Rebirth #4 --  78,107
08/2010: --
08/2011: --
08/2012: Flash #12        --  51,779
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34        --  37,109 (-  6.5%)
-----------------
6 months: +  9.6%
1 year  : -  4.5%
2 years : - 28.3%
5 years : - 52.5%
10 years: - 10.3%
Since #1: - 74.9%

A Self-Bat differential of around 2.5K.

60 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
08/2004: Batgirl #55 -- 39,469 [43,494]
08/2010: Batgirl #13 -- 27,247
08/2011: Batgirl #24 -- 22,695
08/2012: Batgirl #12 -- 43,804
----------------------------------
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 #29 -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34 -- 34,590 (-  7.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +  0.1%
1 year  : -  8.3%
2 years : - 21.0%
10 years: - 20.5%
Since #1: - 67.7%
New 52 Diff: +12K

A Self-Bat differential of about 2.5K. The new creative team arrives in October with issue #35.

65 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
08/2004: Aquaman #21 -- 23,486
08/2012: Aquaman #12 -- 61,210
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34 -- 33,380 (-  7.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 24.4%
2 years : - 45.5%
10 years: + 42.1%
Since #1: - 69.2%

A Self-Bat differential of under 3K.

75 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640

The debut print version of the digital-first comic featuring Wonder Woman comes in a just under 30K, which this month is good enough to make it the highest-selling non-DCU title. That debut is just over 1K fewer that what its brother title, Adventures of Superman , debuted at, and AoS has its final issue next month with #17. Can Sensation stick it out longer? It will likely depend on how well the digital version sells, and if DC can effectively drum up publicity on a continuing basis for the title’s constantly changing creators.

76 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
08/2009: Green Lantern Corps #39 -- 82,241
08/2010: Green Lantern Corps #51 -- 67,124
08/2011: Green Lantern Corps #63 -- 53,372
08/2012: Green Lantern Corps #12 -- 41,778
------------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 -- 29,471 (- 10.4%)
----------------
6 months: +  1.1%
1 year  : - 18.7%
2 years : - 29.5%
5 years : - 64.2%
Since #1: - 68.9%
New 52 Diff: -12K

A Self-Bat differential of over 3K, and just 1K more than the pre-variant sales. A new line-wide crossover begins in October.

82 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1  -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2  -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3  -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4  -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5  -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 42.2%

No variant covers here…

85 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
08/2009: Supergirl #44 -- 33,819
08/2010: Supergirl #55 -- 25,891
08/2011: Supergirl #67 -- 19,764
08/2012: Supergirl #12 -- 30,420
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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%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 -- 23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 -- 22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 -- 22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 -- 22,802 (+  1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34 -- 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 12.5%
1 year  : +  7.1%
2 years : - 12.9%
5 years : - 21.6%
Since #1: - 64.3%
New 52 Diff: + 7K

Supergirl gets a nice boost by joining the “Superman Doomed” crossover, which is working out better than crossing over with Red Lanterns . One has to wonder why there wasn’t a Selfie variant this month, as a Selfie cover would seem to make perfect sense for a comic starring a teenage girl‚Ķ

89 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
08/2012: Justice League Dark #12 -- 30,754
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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%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 -- 25,258 (- 10.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.2%
1 year  : - 66.7%
2 years : - 17.9%
Since #1: - 69.2%

A Self-Bat differential of 3K, which is enough to bring sales down below issue #31, before DC’s new variant program.

92 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)
08/2014: Batman 66/GH #3 of 6 -- 24,409 (-  3.9%)

That’s a drop of under 1000, which at this stage is a very light drop indeed.

96 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 37.7%

Without Harley Quinn headlining, sales drop right back down.

98 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
08/2004: Catwoman #34 -- 37,033 [42,098]
08/2012: Catwoman #12 -- 34,117
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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%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34 -- 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  2.0%
1 year  : - 38.5%
2 years : - 31.1%
10 years: - 44.2%
Since #1: - 68.9%

Exhibit N in the effects of DC’s new variants program: After skipping the Batman 75th variant last month, Catwoman returns with a Selfie variant and sales pop up another 4.5K.

101 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
08/2004: Green Arrow #41  -- 32,269
08/2009: Arrow/Canary #23 -- 19,452
08/2010: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,308
08/2011: Green Arrow #15  -- 23,883
08/2012: Green Arrow #12  -- 23,126
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34  -- 22,927 (-  2.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.2%
1 year  : -  9.9%
2 years : -  0.9%
5 years : + 17.9%
10 years: - 29.0%
Since #1: - 68.3%
New 52 Diff: -0.2K

Dips just a few hundred copies, but that’s enough to push sales under 23K. The new creative team arrives in October.

103 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
08/2012: Red Lanterns #12 -- 35,070
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 -- 22,761 (-  2.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 55.8%
1 year  : - 23.2%
2 years : - 35.1%
Since #1: - 74.5%
107 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
08/2012: New Guardians #12 -- 42,479
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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%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (- 1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 -- 22,052 (- 3.3%)
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6 months: - 19.0%
1 year  : - 36.0%
2 years : - 48.1%
Since #1: - 77.2%

The line-wide crossover starts in October.

109 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
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%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman '66 #14 -- 21,456 (+24.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.4%
1 year  : - 42.2%
Since #1: - 57.5%

There was a selfie variant this time out, and it appears to work just as well for the digital-first titles as it does for the DCU books. I wonder when Vertigo will start to get freely-orderable variants?

114 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5 -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6 -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7 -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8 -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9 -- 20,974 (- 7.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.0% 
Since #1: - 63.7%

Continues to shed readers at an unsustainable rate.

117 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
08/2012: Red Hood #12 -- 34,439
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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%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 13.6%
1 year  : - 30.4%
2 years : - 41.7%
Since #1: - 71.4%

Drops just 600 copies.

119 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
08/2012: Worlds' Finest #4  -- 39,629 
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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%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds' Finest #26 -- 19,772 (-  0.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.4%
1 year  : - 18.2%
2 years : - 50.1%
Since #1: - 71.6%

Drops fewer than 200 copies.

123 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 45.3%

Drops below 19K.

124, 126 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
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%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 19.7%
1 year  : - 27.8%
Since #1: - 26.9%

DC’s best-selling-in-digital-form digital-first title is still above 18K in its print incarnation. Year Three starts in October.

128 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
08/2004: Swamp Thing #6  -- 19,973
08/2012: Swamp Thing #12 -- 36,696
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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%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (- 3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 -- 17,570 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.2%
1 year  : - 22.6%
2 years : - 52.1%
10 years: - 12.0%
Since #1: - 76.2%

Writer Charles Soule announced that he’s going Marvel exclusive; will DC use his departure as an opportunity to revamp Swamp Thing , or just put it to bed?

129 - BATMAN ESSENTIAL DARK KNIGHT RETURNS SPECIAL EDITION #1 ($1.00)
08/2014: Batman Essential DKR #1  -- 17,518

A bargain-priced reprint of the first issue of Frank Miller’s mid-80s classic sells a good deal more than other recent DC Essentials.

132 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
08/2012: Batwoman #12 -- 38,980
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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%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 -- 19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 -- 18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 -- 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 -- 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34 -- 16,909 (- 29.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 18.2%
1 year  : - 35.5%
2 years : - 56.6%
Since #1: - 80.8%

No variant this time, and sales drop to their lowest level yet. This was the ‘break-up’ issue. In an alternate universe, the highly-publicized wedding issue includes an awesome Selfie variant of all of the wedding guests, and sells much, much better.

141 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
08/2004: Hellblazer #199 -- 14,768
08/2009: Hellblazer #258 -- 10,665
08/2010: Hellblazer #270 --  9,928
08/2011: Hellblazer #282 --  9,372
08/2012: Hellblazer #294 --  9,396
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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%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 -- 15,647 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.2%
1 year  : - 37.8%
2 years : + 66.5%
5 years : + 46.7%
10 years: +  6.0%
Since #1: - 58.3%

The TV show is scheduled to debut on October 24.

145 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
08/2004: Birds of Prey #71 -- 32,298
08/2004: Birds of Prey #72 -- 31,835
08/2010: Birds of Prey #4  -- 46,149
08/2011: Birds of Prey #15 -- 26,043
08/2012: Birds of Prey #12 -- 26,587
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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%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30 -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31 -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32 -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #33 -- 15,379 (-  6.2%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #34 -- 15,397 (+  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.9%
1 year  : - 20.5%
2 years : - 42.1%
10 years: - 52.0%
Since #1: - 76.8%
New 52 Diff: -11K

Adds 18 copies for the final regular issue.

146 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)

Ouch, that’s a very hefty second issue drop.

Oh, while I’m at it (and since perhaps someone is wondering), a typical 2nd issue drop is around 25%, while a typical third issue drop is around 10%. Standard attrition, once a title has settled in, is around 2-3%.

150 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2012: Unlimited #7  -- 21,219
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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%)
04/2014: Universe #9   -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10  -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11  -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12  -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
08/2014: Universe #13  -- 14,215 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  1.5%
1 year  : - 39.1%
2 years : - 33.0%
Since #1: - 39.1%

After three straight months of small growth, BB drops down again.

154 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
08/2011: Superboy #10 -- 20,563
08/2011: Superboy #11 -- 20,317
08/2012: Superboy #12 -- 27,518
--------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 -- 15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 -- 14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 -- 14,451 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: Superboy #33 -- 14,004 (-  3.1%)
08/2014: Superboy #34 -- 13,785 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.2%
1 year  : - 31.9%
2 years : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 80.1%
New 52 Diff: -16K

The final regular issue drops below 14K.

155 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2004: Fables #28  -- 25,076
08/2009: Fables #87  -- 21,876
08/2010: Fables #97  -- 19,625
08/2011: Fables #108 -- 18,390
08/2012: Fables #120 -- 16,704
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
08/2014: Fables #143 -- 13,672 (- 1.1%)
----------------
6 months: -  3.1%
1 year  : -  8.2%
2 years : - 18.2%
5 years : - 37.5%
10 years: - 45.5%
Since #1: - 37.9%

With The Wake now over, Sandman Overture not shipping this month, and American Vampire on a skip month, Fables is the top Vertigo title of August, in what is a very soft month for the imprint.

160 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
08/2004: Supersonic #1   -- 27,982
08/2009: Dark Age 3 #4   -- 14,684
08/2010: Silver Agent #2 -- 12,486
08/2011: --
08/2012: --
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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%)
04/2014: Astro City #11  -- 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12  -- 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13  -- 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Astro City #14  -- 13,069 (- 2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.5%
1 year  : - 30.5%
5 years : - 11.0%
10 years: - 53.3%
Since #1: - 51.6%

Standard attrition.

162 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)

Dropping fast. Ties in with the Green Lantern books starting in October.

171 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
08/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588
08/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441
08/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224
08/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572
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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%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
07/2014: ASW #33       -- 11,488 (- 1.6%)
08/2014: ASW #34       -- 11,758 (+ 2.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.2%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : -  8.7%
Since #1: - 79.1%
New 52 Diff: +1.5K

Sales rise a bit for the final, Darwyn Cooke-drawn issue.

Before we move on, let us pause and reflect on the fact that, when you include ASW and its prior incarnation as Jonah Hex , DC published over 100 issues (and one OGN) of a Western comic, and they were (IMHO) darn fine comics at that.

172 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (-37.5%)

A perfect example of how not to launch a new series, as SSWS received not a lot of promotion, and what little there was didn’t give a sense of the actual content of the comic. Since the New 52 relaunch, none of the DCU titles in the form of Classic Series Title feat. Obscure Classic Character have done well (the most successful being All Star Western , which ended this month). I’m not sure what DC was thinking.

So here, I’ll do their job for them with this simple elevator pitch: G. I. Zombie is a topical espionage thriller starring a ex-solider who is now a zombie, drawn expertly by Harvey Award-winner Scott Hampton.

It’s a solid title; give it a chance, won’t you?

173 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
08/2012: -- 
------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16 -- 11,721 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 15.2%
1 year  : - 30.6%
2 years :    n.a.
Since #1: - 53.6%

Looks like it’s maybe set for a relaunch in December?

174 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 
08/2014:Bodies #2 of 8 -- 11,283 (-33.8%)

Unlike issue #1, #2 was not returnable.

177 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
08/2012: Fairest #6  -- 19,446
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Fairest #28 -- 10,989 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 11.0%
1 year  : - 18.7%
2 years : - 43.5%
Since #1: - 65.4%

Slips below 11K. Can Fairest remain above 10K all the way until it ends sometime next year?

179 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
07/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #21 -- 11,682 (- 8.2%)
08/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #22 -- 10,882 (- 6.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 36.0%
1 year  : - 59.7%
Since #1: - 72.9%

The final regular issue drops below 11K.

180 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
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%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
07/2014: Adventures of Superman #15 -- 10,004 (-10.2%)
08/2014: Adventures of Superman #16 -- 10,758 (+ 7.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 48.6%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Adds a few hundred copies for the penultimate issue. I’ll certainly miss this title; it was the most consistently enjoyable Superman title I’ve read in a long while.

181 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2004: --
08/2012: Smallville S11 #4     -- 19,861
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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%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1   -- 10,716 (- 4.7%)
----------------
6 months: -  3.1%
1 year  : - 26.8%
2 years : - 46.0%
10 years:    n.a.

No sales bump for the first issue of Chaos .

182 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: ToS: Pandora #13 -- 11,299 (- 9.9%)
08/2014: ToS: Pandora #14 -- 10,651 (- 5.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 39.8%
1 year  : - 69.2%
Since #1: - 74.4%

The final regular issue drops below 11K.

216 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
08/2009: Tiny Titans #19   --  8,432
08/2010: Tiny Titans #31   --  7,987
08/2011: Tiny Titans #43   --  7,534
---------------------------------------
06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
08/2014: Treehouse #3 of 6 --  8,929 (- 21.6%)
-----------------
5 years : +  5.9%
Since #1: - 31.4%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

After a mild second issue drop, Return to the Treehouse takes a surprising large drop for its third issue. A correction perhaps?

221 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)
08/2004: Teen Titans Go! #10 -- 14,609
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12/2013: Teen Titans Go! #1  -- 13,441 (+82.0%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2  --  9,038 (-32.8%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Teen Titans Go! #3  --  8,185 (- 9.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Teen Titans Go! #4  --  8,667 (+ 5.9%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: Teen Titans Go! #5  --  8,688 (+ 0.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.9%
10 years: - 40.5%
Since #1: - 35.4%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

Another twenty-one copies are added, which while tiny small (and no doubt within a margin of error…) is the second straight issue with positive growth.

214 - BATWING ($2.99)
08/2012: Batwing #12 -- 18,279
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: Batwing #33 --  8,380 (- 3.3%)
08/2014: Batwing #34 --  8,223 (- 1.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 30.2%
1 year  : - 29.0%
2 years : - 55.5%
Since #1: - 84.7%

The final regular issue manages to stay above the 8K line.

225 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 --  7,710 (- 8.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.1%
Since #1: - 68.0%

The unhealthy drops continue.

255 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
08/2010: The Unwritten #16 -- 12,778
08/2011: The Unwritten #28 -- 10,731
08/2012: The Unwritten #40 --  9,127
------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7 --  6,575 (- 5.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  : - 27.2%
2 years : - 28.0%
Since #1: - 45.1%

Limping towards the ending in December.

266 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 --  6,283 (- 6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.8%
Since #1: - 73.3%

Another 400 copies drop away. Issue #13, solicited for December, starts a new story arc.

268 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 50.6%
Since #1: - 69.6%
277 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2013: Dead Boy Detectives #1 -- 21,478
01/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #2 -- 12,276 (-42.8%)
02/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #3 --  9,889 (-19.4%)
03/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #4 --  8,872 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #5 --  7,957 (-10.3%)
05/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #6 --  7,305 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #8 --  5,968
-----------------
6 months: - 39.7%
Since #1: - 72.2%

A couple of low-selling Vertigo titles return to the top 300 this month, but that’s because the floor fell lower, not because of a sales improvement.

+301 - 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%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
07/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #8 --  ????? (< 5,357)
----------------
Since #1:   ???%

The penultimate issue doesn’t make the chart.

+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
08/2004: Scooby-Doo #87                -- 5,436
08/2009: Scooby-Doo #147               -- 4,111
08/2010: Scooby-Doo #159               -- 4,092
08/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #12 -- 4,686
08/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #24 -- ?????
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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%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 -- ????? (< 5,357)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

I really wish that Diamond would go back to releasing the top 400, as we are also likely missing a good deal of data on reorder activity.

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

DC COMICS
08/2004: 29,318
08/2009: 29,977
08/2010: 23,331
08/2011: 25,632
08/2012: 33,500
---------------
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%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+  3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+  0.2%)**
08/2014: 29,295 (- 10.6%)**
-----------------
6 months: +  8.2%
1 year  : -  5.0%
2 years : - 12.6%
5 years : -  2.3%
10 years: -  0.1%

DC UNIVERSE
08/2004: 34,018
08/2009: 37,300
08/2010: 33,411
08/2011: 27,761
08/2012: 38,047
---------------
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%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,945 (-  4.2%) 
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : +  9.1%
2 years : -  3.7%
5 years : -  1.8%
10 years: +  7.7%

VERTIGO
08/2004: 18,298
08/2009: 11,369
08/2010:  9,094
08/2011: 10,147
08/2012: 11,764
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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%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)** 
08/2014:  9,082 (- 42.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.3%
1 year  : - 35.7%
2 years : - 22.8%
5 years : - 20.1%
10 years: - 50.4%


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

+ 68.2% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 64.9% - Superman
+ 52.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 52.2% - Teen Titans
+ 32.4% - Action Comics
+ 23.1% - Batman and Robin
+ 12.7% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+ 12.5% - Supergirl
+  9.6% - Flash
+  8.4% - Batman '66
+  4.7% - Earth 2
+  3.9% - Detective Comics
+  1.1% - Green Lantern Corps
+  0.1% - Batgirl
-  1.5% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  2.0% - Catwoman
-  3.1% - Fables
-  3.1% - Smallville Season 11
-  3.2% - Batman
=  3.9% - Teen Titans Go!
-  4.5% - Aquaman
-  5.4% - Batman/Supeman
-  8.2% - Swamp Thing
-  8.5% - Astro City
- 10.7% - Harley Quinn
- 11.0% - Fairest
- 12.4% - Adventures of Superman
- 13.2% - All Star Western
- 13.6% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 14.2% - Green Arrow
- 14.9% - Green Lantern
- 15.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 16.2% - Superboy
- 17.2% - Justice League Dark
- 18.2% - Batwoman
- 19.0% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 19.7% - Injustice
- 20.7% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 23.2% - Constantine
- 26.1% - Coffin Hill
- 28.4% - Worlds' Finest
- 29.8% - Hinterkind
- 30.2% - Batwing
- 36.0% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 37.0% - Justice League 3000
- 39.7% - Dead Boy Detectives
- 39.8% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 55.8% - Red Lanterns

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

+ 73.6% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 39.4% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 34.2% - Superman
+ 28.2% - Teen Titans
+  9.7% - Action Comics
+  7.1% - Supergirl
-  4.1% - Batman and Robin
-  4.3% - Detective Comics
-  4.5% - Flash
-  8.2% - Fables
-  8.3% - Batgirl
-  8.4% - Earth 2
-  9.9% - Green Arrow
- 12.5% - Batman
- 18.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 18.7% - Fairest
- 18.7% - Green Lantern Corps
- 20.5% - Birds of Prey
- 22.6% - Swamp Thing
- 23.2% - Red Lanterns
- 24.4% - Aquaman
- 25.3% - All Star Western
- 25.9% - Green Lantern
- 26.8% - Smallville Season 11
- 27.2% - The Unwritten
- 27.8% - Injustice
- 29.0% - Batwing
- 30.4% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 30.5% - Astro City
- 30.6% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 31.9% - Superboy
- 35.5% - Batwoman
- 35.9% - Batman/Superman
- 36.0% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 37.8% - Constantine
- 38.5% - Catwoman
- 39.1% - Batman Beyond
- 42.2% - Batman '66
- 48.6% - Adventures of Superman
- 50.6% - FBP
- 59.7% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 66.7% - Justice League Dark
- 69.2% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora

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

+ 66.5% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 36.0% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 19.0% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  6.1% - Superman
-  0.9% - Green Arrow
-  5.0% - Teen Titans
- 10.4% - Batman
- 12.9% - Supergirl
- 16.5% - Batman and Robin
- 17.9% - Justice League Dark
- 18.2% - Fables
- 21.0% - Batgirl
- 22.6% - Detective Comics
- 28.0% - The Unwritten
- 28.3% - Flash
- 29.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 31.1% - Catwoman
- 33.0% - Batman Beyond
- 34.3% - Action Comics
- 35.1% - Red Lanterns
- 41.7% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 42.1% - Birds of Prey
- 43.2% - Green Lantern
- 43.5% - Fairest
- 44.5% - Earth 2
- 45.5% - Aquaman
- 46.0% - Smallville Season 11
- 48.1% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 49.9% - Superboy
- 50.1% - Worlds' Finest
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.1% - Swamp Thing
- 55.5% - Batwing
- 56.6% - Batwoman

5 year comparisons
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+ 49.3% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 46.7% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 44.7% - Superman
+ 43.1% - Batman
+ 33.9% - Teen Titans
+ 24.4% - Action Comics
+ 17.9% - Green Arrow
+  5.9% - Tiny Titans
-  0.1% - Detective Comics
-  8.7% - All Star Western
- 11.0% - Astro City
- 21.6% - Supergirl
- 37.5% - Fables
- 51.7% - Batman and Robin
- 52.5% - Flash
- 57.2% - Green Lantern
- 64.2% - Green Lantern Corps

10 year comparisons
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+ 43.9% - Batman
+ 42.1% - Aquaman
+ 20.4% - Green Lantern
+ 19.0% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 11.4% - Detective Comics
+  8.1% - Action Comics
+  6.0% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
- 10.3% - Flash
- 12.0% - Swamp Thing
- 20.5% - Batgirl
- 29.0% - Green Arrow
- 36.3% - Teen Titans
- 40.5% - Teen Titans Go!
- 44.2% - Catwoman
- 45.5% - Fables
- 52.0% - Birds of Prey
- 53.3% - Astro City
- 56.2% - Superman


Sales Indices
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DCU: Average: 36,645. Median: 37,109. 

3.1 - Batman
2.5 - Multiversity
2.0 - Harley Quinn (9)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (18)
1.6 - Detective Comics
1.6 - Harley Quinn (10)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (19)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (20)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (21)
1.5 - Grayson
1.5 - Superman
1.5 - Batman/Superman
1.5 - Batman and Robin
1.4 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.3 - Action Comics
1.2 - Green Lantern
1.2 - Justice League Unlimited
1.1 - Superman/Wonder Woman Annual
1.1 - Futures End (14)
1.1 - Teen Titans
1.1 - Futures End (15)
1.1 - Futures End (16)
1.1 - Futures End (17)
1.1 - Action Comics Annual
1.0 - New Suicide Squad
1.0 - Earth 2
1.0 - Flash
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Lantern Corps
0.7 - Sinestro
0.7 - Supergirl
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Secret Origins
0.6 - Catwoman
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Lantern New Guardians
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Swamp Thing
0.5 - Batwoman
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.4 - Superboy
0.3 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.3 - All Star Western
0.3 - Star-Spangled War Stories
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 9,082. Median: 7,710

1.5 - Fables
1.4 - Astro City
1.2 - Bodies
1.2 - Fairest
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.7 - Unwritten Apocalypse
0.7 - Hinterkind
0.7 - FBP
0.7 - Dead Boy Detectives

Digital First & Other: Average: 14,467*. Median: 12,968*.

2.0 - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.7 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.5 - Batman '66
1.3 - Injustice Year 2 (9)
1.2 - Injustice Year 2 (10)
1.1 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Mutliverse
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.7 - Adventures of Superman
0.7 - Smallville Chaos
0.6 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.6 - Teen Titans Go!
0.4 - Scribblenauts Unmasked
0.3 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

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 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.
Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my neighbor’s dog Miles.
The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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14. The Retailer’s View: Eventful

In August, I went on vacation with my girlfriend (who is now my fiancée) and took some well deserved time away from the store and the world of comics in general. Being Mr. Manager for a shop and writing about comics on the internet doesn’t allow for a lot of extracurriculars, so stepping away for three weeks was a welcome change.

When I returned to the store a week ago, I was met with the sight of the first week’s worth of Future’s End books spilling from the shelves, and almost a longbox of The Death of Wolverine sitting in a box as overstock. Immediately, I felt my heart tighten. This sensation was exacerbated when the first customer of the day walked through the door, grabbed a handful of each lenticular and foil embossed cover and inquired as to what the investment value of the books would be. I smiled even as my veins filled with poison, and I told them what I tell everybody: if there was a science to making money off of comics, I would be a far richer man than the one you see today.

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SUDDENLY TIGERS

Let’s take a few steps back and give a little context for Future’s End and The Death of Wolverine. Given the fact that you’re reading an article about comic book retail on the internet, it’s probably safe to say you know the basics, so we’ll skip past the bits about the how’s and why’s of both series and go knee deep into the retail bits.

As detailed in my first column for this site, DC’s methods for this year’s round of lenticular covers were informed by last year’s madness. In an effort to bypass issues with supply not meeting demand, the company asked that retailers submit their final orders for the books at the end of May. For normal comics, the final order cut off for a book usually arrives three-and-a-half weeks before said issue will hit the shelves, allowing retailers to adjust numbers using relatively current data. Placing orders at the end of May meant extrapolating demand using a set of data that would be better utilized for books shipping in late June or July, which made things hard to balance. On top of that, there were a heap of other troubling things to deal with, such as:

  • Finding a balance between last year’s artificially high demand and this year’s guaranteed supply.
  • Guessing how the line would tie into the weekly shipping Future’s End series, and how that would or would not effect certain books in the line.
  • Trying to set numbers for titles that had yet to debut, such as Grayson.
  • Dealing with the late announcement of the creative teams for each title, and attempting to inform readers about the books that would and would not feature the book’s regular team.
  • Guessing what other retailers within driving distance would order and how it would effect short and long term demand.
  • Discovering some kind of alchemy that would tell me which customers would leave and arrive in the course of a quarter of the year, including the crap chute of “how many students from the nearby university will want to open up files and/or grab comics”.
  • Guessing whether or not the Booster Gold issue was the start of a new ongoing or mini-series or just a one shot.

All of this while dealing with the more regular considerations such as trending audience interest, spending budgets, and oh yeah, placing initial orders for books that were going to start shipping in July, which were solicited alongside them, and due on the same day.

The fact that I have yet to sell out of any of the new lenticular books is a minor miracle, especially considering the fact that I placed my bet on these covers selling only slightly better than the books would sell during a regular month. On the other hand, there are more than a few that I splurged on that didn’t quite ignite interest. Will I sell them all? Probably. The covers are still quite the draw, and will probably turn over regularly in the back issue bins – but for more than a few books, it will take more time than usual to turn my orders into a profit. Luckily, I’m running the kind of store that can weather a line of books taking a bit longer to sell than usual. I shudder to think what would happen to a store who couldn’t easily absorb such a stock. Even if they push through, their purchasing power for the upcoming Christmas season will be severely truncated, causing an ever expanding ripple effect due to a couple of bad hunches.

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Now, on the other side of things, there’s The Death of Wolverine. Instead of matching DC pound for pound with a bit of line-wide craziness, Marvel opted for the safer track: one big bet on one big event. The comparative risk between the two ventures couldn’t be more different. Over at DC, their event is a gamble that involves almost their entire regular superhero line. Over at Marvel, it’s a gamble that involves the death ($) of one of their most recognizable characters ($$). A decent order was going to be placed on the title regardless, but there were a few things that made this pill a little harder to swallow than most:

  • Marvel was going to ship the book weekly, which meant that proper order adjustments were going to be nearly impossible under the best of conditions.
  • The company was not soliciting the book under the best of conditions – which in this case meant all four issues were solicited early, and with a final order cut off date of July 14th – whole seven and a half weeks before the first issue would hit the stands.
  • The first issue carried with it no less than eight different variants, all requiring different order thresholds to hit – a logistical nightmare.

In the interim, the company didn’t make things any easier. In between the solicitation copy hitting the publication and final orders coming due, they dribbled out several changes to the line up, including foil embossed covers (only the first issue was going to carry that “feature”), along with a price jump “order what you want” Canadian variants (which feature the same covers as the original books with photoshopped CANADIAN features like our flag and the word “CANADA”) and a smattering of more qualified variants. Does your head ache yet? Oh, just you wait.

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Ohhhhh, Canada.

Two of the variants on tap for issue one – the “Deadpool” and “Skottie Young” covers – required retailers to match All New X-Men #25 orders at 250% if they wanted to get them in. While I generally dislike all variant covers, qualifications like this always grind my gears. First, a retailer has to take a look at their numbers, and determine if this is a smart thing to do. Now, in this instance, All New X-Men #25 was a book that sold an estimated 63,827 copies, so for simplicities sake, let’s say there is a shop out there that ordered 64 copies of that book. Forgetting whether or not they sold through that many copies (because it doesn’t matter to Marvel or Diamond), that means they would have to order at least 160 copies to even qualify to get those covers. Will the money you bring in grabbing all of those extra copies match the money those special covers bring in?

Bonus questions: say you decide against beefing up your numbers. How many customers will you lose out on because they were looking for that specific cover? How many of those customers would have bought more than one copy of The Death of Wolverine? How many would have bought the whole run from you, but are now going to do so elsewhere? How many would have eventually set up a file at your shop? These are all crazy questions, but every retailer has them swirling in their head when they place these orders – and I haven’t even gotten to the really crazy parts yet.

In addition to the 250% covers, Marvel offered variants ranging from “1 for every 50” copies ordered, all the way to “1 for every 500” copies, so even if you could make those 250% numbers work with relative ease, they teased you with something even more unattainable. Dare you go for broke and claw up to 500 copies for your store? If you sell it, and a few of the other variants, will it offset the cost of unsold copies? Even if you attempt to stretch your fingers for this goal, and even if you sell those variants… is it really worth it in the long run? Couldn’t money spent on 500 copies of Wolverine – many of which will end up being remaindered somehow – be put to better use by bringing in a wider range of products? But again, if you don’t try and get that cherry variant, will you be losing out on big money? Can you really afford not to?

The final knife in Marvel’s game to sell a ton of this book came in the form of some bonus ordering incentives. This bit will be easier to show you as a picture than anything else. For issue one and four:

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And for issues two and three:

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On the surface, it appears as though they’re helping you out. Want to try and get those crazy variants? We’ve made it a little easier on your wallet, champ. Congrats. Go nuts. Reality happens to be a bit darker than that though. As always, Marvel could give a crap about whether or not you’re selling their books. All they want to do is make sure you’re buying their books. You could purchase 500 copies and set fire to them all for all they care – once they have your money, they’re good.

Now full disclosure: my chain went for the gusto and ordered 500 copies. We took a look at all of the information at our hands, looked at what the books were going to cost us with Marvel’s extra discounts added to the mix, and worked out a system where the numbers worked for us. Given my own personal druthers, I would have gone more in the direction of one of Aaron Sorkin’s TV shows and make the principled stand. I would have ordered something that matched reader demand more than collector demand, but I manage a store that was built and funded by other hands, and at times, I end up serving other interests. I end up walking into the store and seeing a longbox worth of comics sitting in overstock. I also end up seeing a guy spend enough money on a small handful of the variants to offset our cost for the entire set of 500, so it all balances out, I guess. Where was I going with this? Ah yes.

Imagine you’re a retailer. What do you want to order? This goes for both events, by the way, DC’s Future’s End and Marvel’s Death of Wolverine. How do you place your orders? What things do you want to keep in the front of your mind? Do you want to expend the extra effort it takes to put together orders for an entire line of lenticular covers months in advance, or do you opt for the simple solution of ordering what you’d normally order? Do you become bothered by the idea that if you just do regular numbers, collectors might raid your supply and you won’t be left with enough copies to satisfy those who pop into your store every week and grab comics from the shelves? Do you bother adjusting your numbers in order to get variant editions, or do you just let things lie? Will you allow the promise of big money balloon your orders up? Do you make that gamble?

These are the questions that plague a retailer’s mind when they set about ordering your comics month in and month out. Not only are they dealing with variants and odd shipping schedules and order thresholds, but they’re doing so for hundreds of titles each and every month. Not all of them require the same amount of thought, but they all require a modicum of consideration – especially when you have to make sure you order within a budget. You can’t just do all the math for determining orders for an event book and call it a day, you have to consider what that order will do to the rest of your budget. You have to keep things on track so that they don’t spiral out of control – because while there isn’t a science to making money on comics, there’s a surefire way to lose it all: getting lost chasing big money instead of focusing on the actual money you have to spend.

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15. Nice read: Todd Klein on The Last Fables Panel

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As noted in my Baltimore Comic-Con report for Publishers Weekly, one of the programming highlights was a two hour “The LAst Fables Panel” which united Bill Willingham, Mark BUckingham, Steve Leialoha, Todd Klein, Andrew Pepoy, Barry Kitson and special guests for a last look at the beloved comic. Klein, the logo letterer, has a fine report on the panel, which included special guests like Paul Levitz and Bob Wayne. There are also photos, such as Pepoy and Willingham above.

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16. Here’s the new Batmobile…it’s dark and will make a great Lego


Director Zack Snyder tweeted the new Batmobile from Batman V Superman last night. He lated added a photo credit: Photo Credit @ClayEnos RT: iPhone photography is great but some things deserve more. (Nikon D800 ISO 500 24mm f/11 1/25th sec)

The image cme after a fake batmobile has circulated on the nets earlier in the day.

I’m no expert in Batmnobile design but this one looks like even more of a tank than the one from the Nolan films.

What do y’all think?

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17. Huzzah! DC Announces Darwyn Cooke variant cover month for December!

DC’s Variant month themes this year have ranged from the intriguing—Steampunk—to the inevitable—BOmbshells—to the eye-rilling —selfies— but’s they’ve finally come up with an idea that should be hailed coast to coast: a month of Variant covers by the great Darwyn Cooke, whose design and conceptual skills are second to none. Kate Willaert come back! Set the “Has DC Done Something Smart Today?” Clock to 0!

The covers, as revealed at CBR, will be landscape. While the whole list of issues with variants can be read below, here’s what we have so far (Check back for updates.)

 

IF only all superhero comics looked this confident and likable. Our favess? Batman becuase it’s so damned cool and SUpergirl because Streaky and Krypto.

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Action Comics #34

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Grayson #5

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Justice League United #37

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Supergirl #37

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“Batman & Robin” #37

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“Catwoman” #37

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“Green Lantern” #37

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“Sinestro” #8

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“Wonder Woman” #37

 

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“Justice League Dark” #37

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“Superman/Wonder Woman” #14

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Justice League #37

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Flash #37

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TEEN TITANS #5 — me NEW FAVORITE.

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18. Is Matter Eater Lad coming to the movies? WB is rumored to be developing a Legion Of Superheroes movie

 

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A report at Latino Review suggests that the Legion of Superheroes, DC’s long running cult comics about a futuristic group of space faring 31st century teenagers, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, is being developed for a film at Warner Brothers:

According to sources, Warners is quietly sending out the DC comic book Legion Of Superheroes to screenwriters & their reps for takes. For non-industry folks, what that means is that screenwriters check out the comic book and come up for a movie idea involving the characters from that comic. Those writers then go to the studio to pitch their idea. The studio then hires the screenwriter they feel has the best idea or take for the film.

Is Legion Of Superheroes part of the unannounced nine upcoming DC films Warners is planning? Not sure. With Guardians Of The Galaxy officially making more money domestically than Man Of Steel it’s probably under strong consideration. Post Guardians Of The Galaxy, studios are hot for space properties. Disney not only has Guardians Of The Galaxy, but the rumored Inhumans under the Marvel banner. Let’s also not forget the upcoming Star Wars films. Fox got Avatar  sequels in the pipeline and Paramount got the upcoming Interstellar.

Given the success of the quirky Guardians film, it’s clear that any comics property, no matter how obscure, can find success if its handled correctly.

Latino Review stresses that this is just preliminary—pitches are being taken.

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The Legion would definitely fit into the post-Guardians space-film race, but in many ways it’s classic DC—a continuity-heavy series that has a smallish but rabid following, and a huge cast of character who are sometimes oddballs. While the story mentions Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl as possible characters, there’s also, in addition to the great Matter Eater Lad, Colossal Boy, Duo Damsel and Phantom Girl. Modern takes on the characters have dropped the “lass and lad” titles. And of course Superboy took time out from his busy adolescence to go forward in time to the 31st century and lead the team.

Confession: I never got the Legion. Never. But even I can see how this could be a charming and exciting film.

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19. SDCC ’14: ‘DC Comics – The Weeklies’ panel

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One of the bigger initiatives to come from the Big Two this year is the advent of the three weekly titles from DC Comics: Batman Eternal, Futures End, and Earth 2: Worlds End. With the latter on the verge of release, and Batman Eternal continuing to perform well in DC Sales Figures, members of the various creative teams for the titles gathered for DC’s Weeklies panel. Writers on hand included: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins (Batman Eternal), Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire (Futures End), Marguerite Bennett and Daniel H. Wilson (Worlds End).

The panel, moderated by Bob Wayne, was neatly delineated with each title receiving its own focus time. With that, things were kicked off with Batman Eternal.

- Scott Snyder thanked the attendees for picking up Eternal and making it such a sales success: “We came up with an idea that we felt would be so big and infect that neighborhood in Gotham. I helped write the first few and I’ll come back and do the last, but it’s these guys that are just killing it on the series. The great thing about it is that it’s not happening in a small corner.” Snyder also stated that when Batman returns in Issue 34, it will deal with the fall-out of Eternal, flashing forward past the Weekly time-frame, with the consequences of the series reverberating through a number of books.

- Fawkes discussed the breakdown of writer tasks and interests within their team, stating that he specifically will be writing the sub-plot dealing with Jim Corrigan and Batwing through the duration of the series. Higgins also chimed in, mentioning that despite coming onto the series late (replacing outgoing writer John Layman), his arc would begin in the 30′s and he would be bringing back The Architect in those issues (a character he co-created with Snyder in the Pre-New 52 Gates of Gotham mini).

- In describing the break-down of the series’ acts Higgins added: “The way that we’re structuring this is three acts. The end of the first big act of the series will be right around issue 20. Section two tees up something new and different with different characters. That’s the stuff I’m doing; I’m working with Jason Fabok to tell the end of section two.” Snyder added in that each of the acts are designed to raise the stakes until the city is on the edge of destruction while reaching a giant crescendo in its finale.

- Moving on to Future’s End, the panelists were a little less verbose regarding future plans, with a big as of yet unannounced event on the horizon, but they discussed the dynamics of the “incredibly unlikely group of writers” that make up their team. With Lemire pointing out that the unusual mix of writers gave way to the eclectic cast that makes up the title’s roster.

- Jurgens and Lemire were especially quick to praise Ryan Sook as the unsung fifth member of their team, who sat in on their writing meetings and created character sketches based on the ideas being bounced around.

- Regarding writer specific favorites, Lemire mentioned that it was Brian Azzarello who was gravitating towards Terry McGinnis, and this in turn led to a discussion amongst the panelists as to whether Terry is called Batman or Batman Beyond in the book proper. (A: He’s not called anything as of yet, as he has few associates per Lemire).

- Lastly, the panel’s focus turned to Earth 2: Worlds End, with “show-runner” Wilson describing the series as: “We’re in a situation where we’re continuing what’s going on in Earth 2 and there are some catastrophic events on the way and we’re bridging into the future. On the ground level, we have characters like Dick Grayson who are surviving on the ground, then you bump up a bit and you have the World Army, then, to the top level. Having all of this play out at the same time is really interesting; figuring out who deals with what and what’s happening to the world.”

- Both Bennett and Wilson agreed that the series will be shifting its gaze less to the big picture and more to the people within it, with Bennett specifically citing Batman Eternal as a huge influence on her work here: “It’s not just a story of attrition or the death of the world, it’s a story about the people in that world. It’s a story of triumph, of love and hope that’s coming out of the ruins.”

- Both writers also wanted to stress the importance of the series having a sense of accessibility, and the first issue will provide an intro as to the happenings within the Earth 2 monthly title.

- Lastly, Wilson mentioned that readers should be on the look-out for them to address some unanswered questions, particularly in regards to the fate of Sam, Alan Scott’s partner.

- The panel then moved into the Q&A portion, which begun with an elaboration on who is tackling what character in Futures End; Lemire is writing Frankenstein and any space characters, Giffen has the Cadmus team and Grifter, Jurgens is writing Tim Drake and Superman, and Azzarello oversees Terry McGuiness.

- Regarding any restrictions on ideas that the Eternal crew might have proposed, they said there weren’t any, and that in issue 20 the status quo will shift tremendously. With Tynion adding in: “We’re marching closer and closer to the end with every single issue, and issues #21-23 is the real turning point to set up that next section and things are going to start changing rapidly. Gotham is going to become very dangerous very quickly.” Fawkes also added that characters like Killer Croc, Jim Gordon, and Batwing will come out of the events of Eternal with new lives.

- On what the writers of Eternal would remember from the series as a whole: Snyder answered that the title is key theme. With Fawkes emphasizing this point, stating that the team wanted readers to believe this is the story that would destroy Batman, but once they reach the conclusion they’ll get the meaning of the title in that context.

- Snyder closed the panel stating that the coordinated work amongst the writers on Eternal affected the narrative of his upcoming Batman arc “Endgame”: “When I seehow much they’re doing, it was like, ‘Let’s make Batman do that too.’ ‘Endgame’ is about taking Batman and giving readers a Gotham they’ve never seen before.

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20. SDCC ’14: Marc Andreyko: It’s What’s Behind the Mask That Counts

By Matthew Jent

Marc Andreyko has written comics for DC, Marvel, IDW and Image for more than 10 years. He spoke to the Beat at the DC booth on the floor of San Diego Comic Con about writing DC’s Batwoman, what makes a superhero interesting, and the current state of comics and conventions.

Andreyko's latest issue of Batwoman.

Andreyko’s latest issue of Batwoman.

Do you think of Batwoman as an extension of Batman, or is she a distinct character?

She’s definitely more distinct from Batman than Robin, or Nightwing. She’s sort of — Batman adjacent? The mantle of Batwoman made sense for her, because the bat is a powerful symbol in Gotham. But she has no idea that Batman is her cousin Bruce Wayne. And when given the opportunity to find out who Batman was, she was like, “I don’t want to know who you are. The less I know about you, the better. Keep the mask on.”

Which is in itself a nice distinction between the two characters.

Oh, absolutely.

Batman would want to know who Batman was.

He calls her out. He calls her Kate when she’s in costume. But she doesn’t know who he is, and she’s grateful not to know.

In any individual issue of Batwoman, there’s a nice balance between superhero stuff, relationship stuff, and crime stuff.

There has to be. I look at it this way — Spider-Man isn’t interesting because he’s fighting Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man is interesting because he’s 16, he’s got the flu, he’s late for school, he had to stand up his date, his aunt is sick and they’re gonna get evicted. All the fight stuff is video game stuff. It’s who’s behind the mask that resonates. As a kid, I identified with Peter Parker. We project ourselves into them. It’s the people behind the masks that are interesting.

Who would be your comic book BFF? Who would you hang out with?

Oh! It depends on which universe. In the DC Universe? Maybe Zatanna.

What would you guys do together?

I think we’d just hang out and talk shit. She seems fun! I’d love to hang out with the Henry Cavil Superman, but that’s a whole other story…

What’s your collaborative process like with the artists you work with?

I come up with the plot and talk to my editor to make sure characters are available. Then I write the script, and I give it to the artist — I write in a loose enough style to encourage them to be the director of photography. I write panel by panel, but I’m not Alan Moore. I always tell the artist, feel free to change the panel layout, play with it, you have that freedom. I’ve been lucky enough to work with artists who like that freedom.

But I’ve also had the misfortune of working with artists who, if you didn’t write it, it isn’t there. I had an artist who, in an 8-page of a fight scene, there were no backgrounds. They did the backgrounds in the first scene, because I wrote them in the first scene, assuming they would think — that I wouldn’t have to write them every time.

Those things from the first pages should still exist.

I come from a background in theater, so I like collaboration. I like happy accidents. On I Manhunter, the character Copperhead was being led out of the courtroom and he’s in a Hannibal Lecter mask. Jesus Saiz drew him looking at the main character with his snake tongue forking out at them. And I’m like, “Jesus, I’m taking credit for that!” Those sorts of things are great.

But I also like being able to cut dialogue. If an artist visually tells what I’ve written, I don’t need that dialogue there. There are some comic books, I look at them and they have like 600 words on a page. That obscures the art, it’s just these vomited bits of text. You don’t need to do that.

What comics or artists are you enjoying right now?

I love Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising, and I try to pimp it out as much as I can. I don’t know Terry personally, I have no horse in this race, I just love the book. It’s such a good, smart, horror book. It’s if David Lynch was a little bit more accessible. It’s a really elegant book.

I love anything Chris Samnee does. I got to work with him on Captain America & Bucky, and the stuff he does on Daredevil is spectacular. Chris’s storytelling sensibilities are insane. And he’s fast. It’s like, can we clone you and have you draw everything? He’s amazing.

There’s so much good stuff out there. It’s like saying, what’s your favorite kind of air?

What about Comic Con, how’s your show going?

It’s good. It’s a little quieter this year, which is nice. It’s Friday, and I still have a speaking voice. It’s become a trade show in a lot of ways, but this year it feels more fan-centered, and it feels like there’s a lot less of the douchey business side.

There’s been such exponential growth the past few years, so maybe it’s gotten to the new normal.

This is empty for Friday. I mean, it’s still crowded, but it’s empty for Friday. I’ve done some smaller cons, and I really like them. I did Phoenix Con in June, and that was glorious. It was like 80,000 people, but it was a real fan event. A nice mix of gay, straight, old, young, physically challenged, new fans, old fans. It felt like a safe, fun place, and it was so well organized. San Diego has become something of a behemoth, and I’m hoping we’re on a downward trend. I’m hoping it levels out. We could do about 20,000 people less.

Maybe take some of the movie booths out?

Well, there aren’t that many this year! Because the movie people realized, just because you’re popular at Con, maybe that’s all your audience. Of course everyone likes SuckerPunch at Con. But they were the only 12 people that went to see the movie. So why would you spend $20 million on Scott Pilgrim? They spent a fortune on that movie and thought, coming out of Con, that it was gonna be Avatar. But unfortunately most of their audience saw it here for free.

The TV stuff makes sense. TV storytelling is very similar to comics. It’s serial storytelling. But the more Hollywood studios get out of here, the better. In a lot of ways, comic books and creators are the bastard stepchildren at this event, and these executives wouldn’t be able to have their private planes if we didn’t create the Batmans and the X-Mens and the Spider-Mans and the Hellboys.

What’s this experience like? Being interviewed here at the DC booth, sitting in a director’s chair, kind of roped off?

It’s fun. I have a degree in theater and used to act, so it scratches that itch. Once you reach a certain age, once you’re over 40? You don’t care. If you ask me a question, I will answer it. Which sometimes gets me in trouble.

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21. SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

By David Nieves

We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman and Avengers: Age of Ultron footage. Every Comic-Con comes with two things, a ridiculous hotel bill and for a lot of us the empty promise of this being my final one. For me the one take away from this show is that, now more than ever, Comic-Con has the power to be a boom for every industry if affects but it doesn’t always accolade with the full potential of its crown.

I’ve been going to SDCC since 1994, back then I was a snot nosed adolescent who knew nothing about panels or even that comic books had writers. In those days all I would do is walk laps around the exhibit hall. There were no Petco Park events, or Indigo Ballrooms. Hall H was a gleam in the eye of some up and coming PR person. You might not believe it but I managed to have fun simply by trying to get as many of those door sized Knightfall Batman posters from the DC booth that year as my grubby pin seeking hands could carry.

Fueled by studio funds and rabid fandom, SDCC has turned into a monster. A hydra mated with Cousin It, if you get that reference then you’re old enough to appreciate what SDCC once was. Now Comic-Con is the cradle of fandom, and it’s divided everyone. There those who feel that the show is no longer something they want to be a part of, and there are also lots who live for the spectacle it currently encapsulates. Understand that fandom is never a bad thing; it fuels economies and brings people together who would otherwise never leave the comforts of their basement. You might as well get use to it because the extravaganza isn’t going away.

(It isn’t all bad sometimes you can catch up with old elfish classmates)

 

This year was no exception. From the moment I arrived in the Whale’s Vagina on Wednesday; my senses were overloaded with promotions for Guardians of The Galaxy, Blacklist, Gotham plastered everywhere from busses, trains, to hotel elevator doors. Pedicabs were already huffing people over to different parts of the Gaslamp for meager tips. Comic-Con had already been in full “on” mode days before I even arrived.

Preview night was just as bad in overcrowding as any regular day of SDCC. Five years ago it was still hard to get that exclusive collectible you wanted but still within the realm of possibility. Five seconds into the exhibit hall opening this year and almost every line from Peanuts, Tokidoki, to Hasbro was either capped or full beyond reasonable time to wait for a tote bag. After, I walked to the Gaslamp to try and meet some friends for late dinner, to no one’s surprise there were already convention goers with bags and bags full of T-shirts, toys, and I can only assume remnants of the first borns they sacrificed to get their loot. I even witnessed an elderly woman who was barely 5’0 tall hoist two Comic-Con souvenir bags filled with –who knows what– above her shoulders like they were bags of dog kibble.

My preview night finished with old “good one big G” when I got back to my hotel room to upload photos; this wallet draining douche status symbol macbook of mine decides it’s time to die. Forcing me at 2am to smoke signal Heidi and figure out just how I’m going to handle the next four days of news and rabid fandom. Like any good sibling would my sister back home came through with a old tablet that was the size of a Speak and Spell. Which in retrospect would have been better to type on than this HP monstrosity. The next three days would be characterized by a lack of italicization, which kids never let anyone tell you isn’t important.

To open the first hour of the con, I foolishly tried to procure my wish list. Anyone who attends Comic-Con knows that list mostly comes from those people who tell you “hey can you pick me up a..” At least we can say SDCC disappoints people around the world even if they don’t attend. It creates lots of those disappointments that turn youngsters towards a life of stripping. After the first hour I’d given up that hope and simply abandoned my home address and phone in a feeble attempt to hide from crushed loved ones, but carried on to the convention floor where I had my first interview of the show. This was also by far my most nerve racking interview.

I got to speak with none other than the amazing Becky Cloonan, who I’m not afraid to say I totally swoon over. Yes, I’m one of those stereotypical comic book readers who’s confused and terrified by women. In fact there’s one doing that to me as I write this. But let’s talk about Becky. Though I was more nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs; she was nothing short of a delight who has so much insight on how to live life to the fullest. You can listen to that entire thing here. Feel free to throw your grade school taunts at me you smug socially well adept bastards. Sorry, Comic-Con will do that to people. We cool? Yeah. Okay.

(Becky Cloonan is amazing at being amazing)

 

My first panel of the show was the DC Collectibles panel. Originally I had a spotlight and a Batman panel scheduled but with my productivity situation in question, I wanted a panel that I could easily go back to and dig up info on later. After that panel it was time to see if my laptop workaround was going to prove fruitful. Nope. Can’t bold type, can’t upload images, looks like this is all going to be eyewitness accounting and Lochness monster reports.

(Bombshell girls invade the DC Collectibles Panel)

Thursday closed out with another interview I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Ever since I saw Karloff’s Frankenstein and read the IDW published 30 Days of Night, I’ve always wanted to talk about monsters with Steve Niles. I can proudly attest, we did that sh**! Not only did I find Steve to be every bit the punk rock scholar I imagined him to be, but he also made me feel like I belonged in my comics fandom. Just as anyone in life does, you gravitate towards like minded people (Booze/Drug Free hell yeah!). When you feel like you’ve been accepted because of who you are or what you love there’s no feeling like it. Thanks to Pam for letting me conduct this interview in her place.

(Steve Niles is the legend that lives up to the legend)

Naturally the kickoff of Comic-Con sees tons of parties and people in the streets that look like a World War Z scene come to life. Some of you who are reading this can vouch for the pain in the a** that train –which just stopped in front of the convention center for what felt like hours– was. It got so out of hand at one point that the hundreds of people waiting to cross the street into Gaslamp would brave oncoming traffic and hop the guard fence over the train tracks. Stay classy San Diego.

Thursday night I was invited by my main man Gaz from Rocksteady (developers of the Arkham game franchise) to the Batman: Cape Cowl Create exhibit party at the Hard Rock across the street from the convention center.

 

Since I showed up at about 11:30pm most of the party had moved on and there was nothing left but a few odd dancers and the remanence of a once open bar. Curious because I’d never stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, I wandered into the elevator and hit the button for the secured 4th floor pool area. Miraculously the box moved and when the doors opened I found myself in the midst of the IGN/Sin City party. Yep I crashed a party. Even got to run into IGN’s Greg Miller who was kind enough not to have me tossed out for crashing.

(Gameovergreggy oreo dude extraordinaire)

Celebrities, a seemingly drunk Joe Quesada, everything any SDCC party could want. It was a fun time mingling with those I had no business talking to. A pro tip, if you ever find yourself at an industry party you weren’t invited to: act like you belong. You’d be surprised how people will welcome you by just peacocking a bit.  I had a few cokes, told Amanda Conner where she and Jimmy should go eat after the party and then I called it a night.

(Somewhere in that blurry mess is Amanda Conner and friends)

The next few days are a bit of a blur between overpriced pretzels, someone yelling out the Hall H news, talking to people on the floor and mistaking Geoff Johns for my long lost cousin at the DC booth. Friday was the convention grind in full force. Like I do at just about every show I’ve ever covered, I attended the Aspen Comics panel. If you’ve never checked out their books, I highly recommend that you do. They’re comic books made by people who care about comic books. Last year my 10th anniversary submission was picked for the souvenir book and I’d met editor Vince Hernandez. This year we talked again before the panel and during their presentation he acknowledged my contribution to their celebration in 2013. It was one of those surreal con moments you hear about. The house that Michael Turner built will always hold a special place for me.

Later in the day, I was involved in a BKV moment. First of all, if you ever see Brian K Vaughan’s name for anything immediately go to it. You’re guaranteed a memorable encounter. You can read all about his self hosted spotlight panel here. During the panel I thought to myself “I need a picture with this guy,” with SDCC eliminating all common sense I thought to myself what better time than in the middle of his panel. Voilâ.

One of the things that should stand out about BKV’s words is his passion for the comic book industry. This is a guy who has written and spearheaded successful television. If he really wanted to he could have left comics behind, but he came back. Not only did Vaughan come back, but still continues to champion the industry. He’s a comic book guy’s comic book guy.

My Friday would end with an eye opening interview with Naughty Dog’s Creative Director, Neil Druckmann. He’s the American success story come to life. A kid from Israel, who came to America at a young age and found comics. A medium which would inspire him to tell the incredible stories he does today. Listen to our full interview and hear how Sin City actually inspires part of The Last of Us.

Saturday had memories of its own, but what I can really recall is going over to an Age of Ultron preview showing and putting the whole shindig into perspective while talking with my friend and frequent collaborator Kevin Johnson. Fandom is never a bad thing, but SDCC has so many things working against it that the fact they are able to pull of this logistical nightmare every year is a little bit of a miracle. Bravo to Comic-Con International for it all.

First let’s get an observation out of the way. Most of you probably already see this but it dawned on me this year. Comic-Con has the same problem that social security does in the United States. Just like we don’t always retire at 65 and live longer than in previous years, so does this problem affect SDCC. I’m not saying the reason people can’t go to Comic-Con is because no one’s dying, it’s because we don’t outgrow this in our fandom anymore. Not only do we turn 30 and still go to SDCC, we make little versions of ourselves to add to our counts as another group of kids becomes of age to attend the coolest show on earth. This year I saw fewer solo attendees than ever before. It’s a very encouraging sign on a social level, especially when we live in the age of not talking to each other (right Robin!).

Where I take issue with San Diego Comic-Con isn’t with the overcrowding, the glitz and glamour, or masses of people who prevented me from picking up my Jim Lee T-Shirt. No I fault the people who should be influencing convention goers to try comics every chance they get. The Zack Snyders’, the Evans’, even the Samuel L Jacksons’. There’s so many celebrities, directors, and multi-media personalities that go to SDCC and say they love the medium but have never once said in their Hall H spectacles, “I’m here cause I love comics and everyone should be reading them!” So many publishers like Marvel say the books are what drive everything but Hall H has nothing to do with comics. I want to hear Sam Jackson talk about the first time he read Nick Fury for research or have Andrew Garfield tell me what issues of Spider-Man I should pick up. The passioned speeches and the gimmicks are fun to see but I can hear about their lives and movies on the news or TMZ. Talk to me about comics.

Obviously the Entertainment Weekly shoot and whatever story comes out of it is a step in the right direction. It definitely signals the beginning of comics getting their time in the limelight. There are tons of great creators and characters out there who should be talked about everywhere. We shouldn’t have to wait for a 75th anniversary or a movie announcement for them to make Hall H size news during the biggest comic book convention in the world. Comics need to survive and Comic-Con has the potential now more than ever to be the biggest part of that.

(Random Dan Slott picture I don’t remember taking)

Like most people who’ve been doing the con since before 2000, I’ve come to peace with the big show, but I just wish Comic-Con did everything it could to get people talking about comic books. But we don’t have to wait for SDCC to push the industry. Comics are for everybody, we can talk about them anywhere/ anytime; on the internet, at Portillo’s Hot Dogs, while we’re on dates, waiting in line to see Guardians of The Galaxy for the seventh time. Comics aren’t just for everybody, they’re for everywhere. No other medium can spawn such new and innovative ideas. It’s my big take away from the show, realizing how much I missed writing and talking about comics.

(Obligatory Rocket Pic)

Will I ever attend another SDCC? Who knows, my body recovers slower at my age; but I was an LA Kings fan long before 2012 and a Dodgers fan through the 80′s till now. I’m a glutton for punishment so you just might see me there, after all Becky Cloonan promised to take another picture with me.

 

 

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22. DC announces Gotham by Midnight by Fawkes and Templesmith

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The Bat office continues to break the mold! FINALLY a Bat book drawn by Ben Templesmith!

People in my comic book circle have been suggesting this as a no brainer for about five years. His creepy, moody work is tailor made for Gotham.

It’s a horror book natch, called Gotham by Midnight, featuring a bunch of DC’s supernatural characters, written by Ray Fawkes. So Templesmith on The Spectre? You con’t even need a cerebral cortex to know this is a great idea!

Enter the Midnight Shift, Gotham City Police Department’s answer to The X-Files — and the team called in to handle cases outside the depth of the Caped Crusader. Led by Detective Jim Corrigan, they debut in DC Comics’ all-new supernatural/horror adventure book, Gotham by Midnight, on sale Nov. 26.

Spearheaded by a horror comic superteam of writer Ray Fawkes (Constantine, Batman Eternal) and artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Ten Grand), Gotham by Midnight spins off from the pages of Batman Eternal but operates independently of that title. And while Bats will be around, because this is set in Gotham, after all, his main function in the book is to liaise with Corrigan.

In this Blastr exclusive, we caught up with Fawkes to discuss the world of Gotham by Midnight, the supernatural sickness that plagues the city, and Fawkes’ own connection to the horror genre. And make certain to check out our exclusive peek at the first cover of GBM, along with Templesmith’s character sketches for the book.

 

More with Writer Fawkes in the link.
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23. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2014 – 75 Years of Batman

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By David Carter

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

The column is already running late, so I won’t belabor too many points here‚Ķ

July 2014 was a record-setting month in many categories for the Diamond NA-served comics market (see John Jackson Miller’s analysis for the full skinny). DC shipped a whopping 83 comics this month (up from 68 in June).

As expected, the Batman 75th Anniversary covers don’t do as well as the Bombshell covers did last month. Whether this is because retailers (as a group) order-ordered on the Bombshell covers and were correcting, or because there was a perceived lesser demand for the Batman covers it is hard to tell; I suspect a combination of factors. It may be several months before things settle down in the new way of ordering variants.

Despite the decline in variant cover orders, DC’s overall sales were only down an average of 400 units per title, mainly due to the reappearance in July of Superman Unchained and Sandman Overture, the strong debut of Grayson, and relaunches of Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.

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!

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.)

2 - BATMAN ($4.99)
07/2004: Batman #630   --  69,026 [70,414] 
07/2009: Batman #688   --  83,040 
07/2010: Batman #701   --  76,398
07/2011: Batman #712   --  51,385
07/2012: Batman #11    -- 127,210 
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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%)
04/2014: Batman #30    -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31    -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32    -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33    -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
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6 months: +  0.5%
1 year  : - 10.6%
2 years : -  7.2%
5 years : + 42.1%
10 years: + 67.6%
Since #1: - 47.2%

The price-enhanced final issue of “Batman: Year Zero” with a Batman 75th Variant comes in at 12K below last month’s Bombshell, but still 8K above May’s numbers. It’s enough to put Batman at #2, behind Rocket Raccoon’s Loot Crate-enhanced debut of nearly 300K and just barely ahead of the month’s #3 comic (Amazing Spider-Man #4 at 117,917).

7 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
07/2004: JLA #101            --  64,615
07/2004: JLA #102            --  63,249
07/2009: JL of America #35   --  58,915
07/2010: JL of America #47   --  60,368
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971
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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%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Justice League #25  --  94,004 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26  --  90,592 (-  3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27  --  84,674 (-  6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32  --  88,179 (+ 16.3%)
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6 months: +  4.1%
1 year  : - 28.9%
2 years : - 28.9%
5 years : + 49.7%
10 years: + 37.9%
Since #1: - 67.5%

Justice League is running a month behind and thus gets its Bombshell Variant this month. It’s an increase of a bit over 12K, where based on its chart position had it come out last month with most of the other Bombshell variants we would have expected to see the increase to be closer to 16K. As it was re-solicited for July retailers would have had a chance to see how the other Bombshell variants were affecting sales and it appears that they downgraded their expectations here, though not to the level that they were adjusting down their Batman variant orders from the Bombshells.

In other words, I don’t think we have the final word yet on what the long term effects will be of DC’s new variant ordering scheme.

8 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
07/2004: Nightwing #95  -- 30,392
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124
---------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 112.5%
1 year  : +  93.6%
2 years : +  65.8%
10 years: + 167.9%

The change of direction and title for the Dick Grayson franchise does spectacularly well, as sales of the first issue of Grayson nearly match those of the New 52 debut of Nightwing. Sales are enhanced by a Batman 75th variant as well as a couple of other variant covers that are par for the course (including a 1:100 incentive). The are very good debut numbers, and if it follows the standard model of sales for new titles it should settle down to around 50K in a few months, which would place it quite comfortably ahead of where Nightwing sales finished.

10 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8  --  76,827 (- 17.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.3%
Since #0: - 45.7%

Sales drop over 17K from the Bombshell variant, but are still more than 14K above May’s sales. These continue to be great numbers for a former C-List character whose current series is clearly striking a chord with a good number of readers.

13 - 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]
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Sandman Overture #3 --  72,563 (- 21.0%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 36.4%

The best-selling Vertigo title by a huge margin, even with the large drop for the third issue. I could be that some readers are tiring of the delays and have decided to wait for the collection, or the delays have given retailers enough time to assess actual sales and adjust accordingly. Regardless, this thing is going to sell very well and for a very long time once it is eventually completed and collected.

14 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
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%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Superman Unchained #7  --  68,345 (-27.4%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 74.8%

Delays continue to plague Superman Unchained and sales are affected adversely. Back in 04-05 when Lee was drawing the main Superman title for twelve issues, sales started at 244K and ended at 116K. With Unchained they started even higher at nearly 272K but have already fallen to nearly 68K.

16 - HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC CON #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Harley Quinn Comic Con #1  --  64,978 

An oddball one-shot starring Harley Quinn sells very well, especially at $5. Harley Quinn has pretty much become cemented as DC’s publishing version of Deadpool; let’s see if they follow Marvel’s lead and overexpose her with multiple series and specials and burn out interest‚Ķ

17, 18, 22, 23, 25 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 45.9%

This is the first month that Batman Eternal issues were not returnable, and you’ll be pleased to note that the sales numbers more or less fall right in line with our previously recalculated sales for the first twelve issues. A five week month means five weekly issues, a nice little bonus boost for what it either the top of DC’s middle or the bottom of DC’s top.

19 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
07/2004: Superman #206 -- 138,984 [140,177]
07/2009: Superman #690 --  39,472
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506
07/2011: Superman #713 --  36,646
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066
---------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+136.8%) [95,972]
06/2014: Superman #33  --  62,998 (- 34.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 78.6%
1 year  : + 46.6%
2 years : + 12.4%
5 years : + 59.6%
10 years: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 58.0%

There was a Batman variant and a couple of incentive variants for the second Johns/Romita issue. Taking into account the effect of the Bat-Bomb differential and a typical 2nd issue drop, these numbers are pretty much right in line with what would be expected. The first Johns/Romita issue sees nearly 7K in re-orders, which is a good sign for continued interest.

21 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Detective Comics #794 --  36,805
07/2009: Detective Comics #855 --  61,205
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371
07/2011: Detective Comics #879 --  39,185
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835
-----------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  --  56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  --  54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  --  72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  --  62,856 (- 13.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.4%
1 year  : -  1.7%
2 years : - 21.3%
5 years : +  2.7%
10 years: + 70.8%
Since #1: - 60.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of 10K, but still 8K above May’s numbers.

24 - ROBIN RISES OMEGA #1 ($4.99)
07/2014: Robin Rises Omega #1  --  60,488 

A one-shot tying in to the ongoing “Hunt for Robin” story in Batman and‚Ķ clocks in with 4K more than the parent title, and that’s without a Batman 75th variant (there was a variant cover, but it was a 1:50 order incentive) and costing $2 more.

Oddly, if they’d put this in a Batman and Robin Annual at the same price, it likely would have sold less than the parent title‚Ķ

29 - BATMAN AND… ($2.99)
07/2009: Batman and Robin #2  -- 117,986 [129,086]
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804
07/2011: Batman and Robin #25 --  55,172
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043
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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%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 23.5%
1 year  : -  2.7%
2 years : - 13.5%
5 years : - 56.4%
Since #1: - 51.5%

The return of Robin (at least in the title…) proves to be enough of a draw that the Bat-Bomb differential turns out to be just 42 copies.

35 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
07/2004: Teen Titans #13  -- 65,658
07/2009: Teen Titans #73  -- 30,990
07/2010: Teen Titans #85  -- 24,248
07/2011: Teen Titans #97  -- 23,138
07/2011: Teen Titans #98  -- 23,095
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 90.0%
1 year  : + 58.4%
2 years : + 15.4%
5 years : + 69.0%
10 years: - 20.3%

The relaunch produces the desired effect as sales more than double from the last issue of the previous series. There was also a Batman 75th variant which no doubt helped things as well.

47, 56, 58, 69, 70 - The New 52  Futures End ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  --  ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  --  77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  --  62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  --  59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  --  58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  --  53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  --  51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  --  50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  --  49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  --  52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 --  46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 --  45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 --  43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 --  42,803 (-  1.0%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 36.9%

All four issues were returnable, so the figures have been adjusted accordingly.

For some reason #9 saw a bit of a jump, but then it was immediately corrected for with issue #10.

These numbers have to be something of a disappointment for DC, and a bit worrying that this is the title into which they are tying their big September event. Also worrying is they they’re launch a third weekly series in October, and I’m not sure that readers’ pocketbooks are up for such a thing.

37 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (-  7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (-  3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+  4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+  5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 -- 50,254 (- 19.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.1%
Since #1: - 47.0%

The “Superman: Doomed” crossover continues. A fairly large Bat-Bomb differential of more than 12K leaves sales at less than 3K above May, but that was in the early days of “Superman: Doomed.” An annual was solicited for this month but slipped to August due to lateness.

40 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Action Comics #817 --  45,178
07/2009: Action Comics #879 --  38,324
07/2010: Action Comics #891 --  35,328
07/2011: Action Comics #903 --  40,205
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232
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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%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  --  37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  --  41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  --  55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  --  49,457 (- 10.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 37.2%
1 year  : + 10.2%
2 years : - 35.1%
5 years : + 29.0%
10 years: +  9.5%
Since #1: - 75.4%

In pretty much the same boat as Superman/Wonder Woman, but the Bat-Bomb differential is a lot less6K copieswhich leaves Action more than 8K above May’s sales. An annual was solicited for this month but slipped to August due to lateness.

41 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($3.99)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11     -- 29,809
-----------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
-----------------
6 months: + 103.8%
1 year  : + 119.5%
2 years : +  65.3%

A team book featuring your two buzziest anti-hero characters + Relaunch = Increased sales.

DC tried three different style sod title relaunches for New 52 titles this month: A complete title change and change of direct for a character (Nightwing/Grayson), a straightforward relaunch with the same title (Teen Titans), and a relaunch with the word ‘New’ in front of it (New Suicide Squad). New Suicide Squad may have sold the least of the three, raw numbers wise, but it might be the most impressive. Unlike the other two, New Suicide Squad did not have a Batman 75th Anniversary variant (though it did have an order incentive variant like most #1 issues). First month sales of New Suicide Squad were nearly identical to first month sales of the New 52 debut back in September 2011 (49,979).

DC may have been looking for some sort of clarity as to which style of relaunch would be the best, but the jury is still out. Short-term, all three were a success. The one thing we can be sure of is that we’re going to see more of these cancel-and-relaunches in the future.

44 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
-----------------
Since #0: -  8.0%

After playing games with #0 issues and variant covers, JLU finally sees its drop, just a bit later than usual. Its Bat-Bomb differential is a fairly sizable 15K.

48 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Lantern #179 --  35,562  [37,456]
07/2009: Green Lantern #43  -- 109,426 [117,314]
07/2009: Green Lantern #44  -- 105,063 [109,599]
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164
07/2011: Green Lantern #67  --  74,521
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708
--------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 39.9%
5 years : - 58.3%
10 years: + 26.2%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Continues the “Uprising” crossover with Green Lantern Corps, and a Bat-Bomb differential of 9K.

The five year comparison is with the first two issues of the Blackest Night tie-ins.

53 - DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL ($4.99)
08/2012: Detective Annual #1 -- 62,571 
07/2013: Detective Annual #2 -- 52,245 (- 16.5%)
07/2014: Detective Annual #3 -- 44,128 (- 15.5%)
-----------------
1 year  : - 15.5%
Since #1: - 29.5%

DC solicited five annuals for this five-week month, but only shipped three as Action Comics and Superman/Wonder Woman slipped into the first week of August.

Detective did the best of those that did ship: without the aid of a Batman 75th variant it came in at about 10K less than the parent title was pulling pre-Bombshell.

66 - EARTH 2 ($3.99)
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,982
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
----------------
6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : -  5.5%
2 years : - 47.0%
Since #1: - 61.2%

An extra-sized (and extra-priced) issue, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

68 - FLASH ($2.99)
07/2004: Flash #212       --  40,056
07/2009: --
07/2010: Flash #4         --  64,832
07/2011: --
07/2012: Flash #11        --  53,674
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 13.7%
1 year  : +  1.7%
2 years : - 26.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: -  1.0%
Since #1: - 73.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

77 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Wonder Woman #206 --  28,038
07/2009: Wonder Woman #34  --  30,131
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672
07/2011: Wonder Woman #613 --  29,720
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669
-------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  --  31,094 (+  0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 (-  1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32  --  48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33  --  37,431 (- 22.4%)
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6 months: + 16.8%
1 year  : +  5.3%
2 years : - 18.0%
5 years : + 24.2%
10 years: + 33.5%
Since #1: - 61.0%

Wonder Woman saw one of the largest gains from last month’s Bombshell cover, and this month sees one of the larger declines with a Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 11K. The new create team arrives in November with issue #36.

79 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
07/2004: Batgirl #54 -- 25,905
07/2010: Batgirl #12 -- 28,011
07/2011: Batgirl #23 -- 22,619
07/2012: Batgirl #11 -- 45,004
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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 #29 -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : -  5.2%
2 years : - 17.4%
10 years: + 43.5%
Since #1: - 65.3%

In pretty much the same boat as Wonder Woman, with a Bat-Bomb differential of over 10K. The new creative team arrives in October with issue #35.

80 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
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Since #1: -  4.0%

The featured origin for this issue was Harley Quinn, boosting sales nearly up to the level of the debut issue. And there was only one cover…

84 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Aquaman #20 -- 24,408
07/2012: Aquaman #11 -- 57,675
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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%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.3%
1 year  : - 20.8%
2 years : - 37.3%
10 years: + 48.1%
Since #1: - 66.7%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 8K.

93 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
07/2009: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 82,415
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #61 -- 60,836
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #62 -- 57,928
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996
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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%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
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6 months: +  4.5%
1 year  : - 22.1%
2 years : - 23.5%
5 years : - 60.1%
Since #1: - 65.3%

A nearly 8K Bat-Bomb differential. Crossing over with Green Lantern, but selling a significantly less 15K units than that title.

100 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792
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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%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30  -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31  -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32  -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33  -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 64.8%
2 years : - 11.0%
Since #1: - 65.5%

A Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K.

102 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1  -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2  -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3  -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4  -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 39.6%

Starting to settle in. If it slows down to standard attrition levels, it’ll be comfortably ahead of where Larfleeze was.

108 - AQUAMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)
10/2013: Aquaman Annual #1 -- 35,403 
07/2014: Aquaman Annual #2 -- 26,433 (- 25.3%)

Aquaman gets an Annual this month, with sales in line with what should be expected.

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112 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096

The top Digital First comic of the month, with first month sales higher than those of any issue of the also-based-on-a-video-game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

116 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: The Wake #8 of 10  -- 26,694 (+ 0.7%)
06/2014: The Wake #9 of 10  -- 26,561 (- 0.5%)
07/2014: The Wake #10 of 10 -- 25,574 (- 3.7%)
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6 months:    n.a. 
1 year  : - 16.5%
Since #1: - 49.0%

Ends its run above 25K, which is something of a small miracle for a Vertigo series not called Sandman these days. Stands a good chance of having decent sales in its collected edition too, so let’s called this a sorely needed boost for the Vertigo brand.

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117 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)

A typical second issue drop for the cross-over series.

123 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38.980
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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%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 --  19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 --  18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 --  33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 --  23,922 (- 28.7%)
----------------
6 months: +  6.5%
1 year  : - 12.7%
2 years : - 38.6%
Since #1: - 72.8%

A fairly large Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K. Batwoman would appear to be a title that stands to gain a lot from DC’s new variant cover program by keeping the title above 20K. Or it would, if there were to be any more; there won’t be any Selfie, Monster or Lego variants for Batwoman‚Ķ

128 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Arrow #40  -- 32,635
07/2009: Arrow/Canary #22 -- 20,571
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118
07/2011: Green Arrow #14  -- 25,568
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646
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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%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  1.4%
1 year  : - 10.4%
2 years : -  4.8%
5 years : + 14.0%
10 years: - 28.1%
Since #1: - 67.6%

Remains remarkably consistent.

129 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462
-----------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.6%
1 year  : - 33.7%
2 years : - 35.9%
Since #1: - 73.8%

A small drop of fewer than 400 copies.

131 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
07/2009: Supergirl #43 --  32,849
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941
07/2011: Supergirl #66 --  20,001
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879
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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%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 --  23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 --  22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 --  22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 --  22,802 (+  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 31.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Gains a few hundred copies for the “Red Daughter of Krypton” finale.

132 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
07/2012: New Guardians #11 -- 42,929
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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%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (- 1.5%)
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6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 44.1%
2 years : - 46.9%
Since #1: - 76.4%

Drops fewer than 400 copies. A Lantern-line crossover arrives in October to prop things up a bit.

133 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 -- 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 -- 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 -- 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 -- 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5 -- 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6 -- 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7 -- 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8 -- 22,604 (- 6.5%)
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6 months: - 45.4% 
Since #1: - 60.8%

JL3K can’t keep losing over 6% each month for much longer; if it doesn’t stabilize soon, DC will have to pull the plug (if it isn’t already too late, but it’s still being solicited through #11 in November‚Ķ)

139 - RED LANTERNS ANNUAL ($4.99)
07/2014: Red Lanterns Annual #1 -- 21,490 

The lowest-selling of the three annuals that shipped this month, but fewer than 2K less than the parent title.

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143 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820
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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%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
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6 months: - 16.7%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 42.3%
Since #1: - 70.6%

No Batman 75th variant, so sales drop right back to their normal level after last month’s Bombshell.

144 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 39.7%

At this rate, I’ll be shocked if AatO makes it past issue #12.

147 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 
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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%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.0%
1 year  : - 20.6%
2 years : - 56.2%
Since #1: - 71.3%

Drops below 20K for the first time. Looks to be crossing over withe the upcoming Earth 2 weekly series, which may provide a boost (or seal its fate…)

150, 155 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
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%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4 -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5 -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6 -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7 -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8 -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
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6 months: - 21.6%
1 year  : - 24.7%
Since #1: - 23.4%

Now twice-monthly, to keep up with the digital comic’s now weekly frequency. Issue #7 featured Harley Quinn vs. Black Canary, which may account for the slight uptick.

154 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Catwoman #33 -- 24,007
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551
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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%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.1%
1 year  : - 23.4%
2 years : - 46.7%
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.9%

Oddly Catwoman did not have a Batman 75th variant, so sales plunge back to normal level after last month’s Bombshell cover. But there will be Selfie, Monster and Lego variants.

159 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 

The Green Team, which lasted just eight issues, had first month sales of 27,775.

162 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
07/2004: Swamp Thing #5  -- 31,619
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257
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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%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -  9.4%
1 year  : - 25.0%
2 years : - 50.6%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 75.7%

Back to a decline after month’s uptick.

174 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 -- 17,500 

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. The last Vertigo mini-series, Royals, debuted at 14K.

166 - 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%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
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6 months: - 20.8%
1 year  : - 65.8%
Since #1: - 65.8%

Just twelve fewer copies than last month.

170 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
07/2004: Hellblazer #198 -- 14,772
07/2009: Hellblazer #257 -- 10,762
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048
07/2011: Hellblazer #281 --  9,225
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247
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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%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.7%
1 year  : - 53.7%
2 years : + 75.6%
5 years : + 50.9%
10 years: +  9.9%
Since #1: - 56.8%

The TV show is scheduled to debut on October 24.

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172 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)

Already dropping into the danger zone, but will tie-in with the upcoming Green Lantern books’ crossover starting in October.

176 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2010: American Vampire #5     --  24,857
07/2011: American Vampire #17    --  15,565
07/2012: American Vampire #29    --  15,324
-------------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #2 --  17,068 (- 18.2%)
05/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #3 --  15,642 (-  8.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #4 --  15,400 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : +  0.5%
Since #1: - 26.2%

Returns after missing a month.

177 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
07/2004: Birds of Prey #69  -- 31,904
07/2004: Birds of Prey #70  -- 31,683
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420
07/2011: Birds of Prey #14  -- 27,102
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389
-------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30  -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31  -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32  -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #33  -- 15,379 (-  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  : - 23.9%
2 years : - 43.8%
10 years: - 51.6%
Since #1: - 76.8%

Ending in September.

181 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2012: Unlimited #6   -- 22,555
---------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Universe #9    -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10   -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11   -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12   -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.3%
1 year  : -  5.6%
2 years : - 36.1%
Since #1: - 38.3%

Third straight month of growth. I’m starting to believe that BB’s being featured in Futures End really is having some small impact on this title’s sales.

183 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
07/2011: Superboy #9  --  22,102
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677
--------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 --  15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 --  14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 --  14,451 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: Superboy #33 --  14,004 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.5%
1 year  : - 29.9%
2 years : - 52.8%
Since #1: - 79.8%

Ending in September.

185 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2004: Fables #27  -- 25,146
07/2009: Fables #86  -- 22,447
07/2010: --
07/2011: Fables #107 -- 18,523
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: -  2.4%
1 year  : -  8.5%
2 years : - 19.2%
5 years : - 38.4%
10 years: - 45.0%
Since #1: - 37.2%

Fables has long been one of Vertigo’s most steady performers, with an overall trend of gentle declines with the occasional random uptick. It appears that it will drift towards its final issue in the same manner.

196 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
07/2012: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 27,665 
------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 34.2%
2 years : - 57.0%
Since #1: - 52.9%

Standard attrition.

199 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #10 -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
07/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #21 -- 11,682 (- 8.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 33.0%
1 year  : - 43.4%
Since #1: - 70.9%

Drops more than 1000 copies as the end is nigh.

201 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
07/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588
07/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441
07/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572
--------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
07/2014: ASW #33       -- 11,488 (- 1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.2%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : -  8.7%
Since #1: - 79.1%

Penultimate issue.

217 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2009: Tiny Titans #18   --  8,576
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30   --  8,038
07/2011: Tiny Titans #42   --  7,664
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06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
-----------------
5 years : + 32.8%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

204 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  : - 18.6%
2 years : - 44.4%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Back after a scheduled skip month.

205 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: ToS: Pandora #13 -- 11,299 (- 9.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 40.5%
1 year  : - 70.7%
Since #1: - 72.9%

Continues to lose more than 1000 copies each month. The continues high rates of decline for this and ToS Phantom Stranger do not bode well for the upcoming combined Trinity of Sin replacement title.

206 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 LANTERN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2004: Smallville #9         -- 12,763
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3     -- 20,864
--------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 24.7%
2 years : - 46.1%
10 years: - 11.9%
Since #1: -  9.3%

Lantern finishes a few hundred copies higher than Alien. Chaos is up next.

225 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL (Digital-First) ($4.99)
07/2013: Smallville S11 Special #2  -- 12,858 (- 8.1%)
08/2013: --
09/2013: --
10/2013: Smallville S11 Special #3  -- 12,115 (- 5.8%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Smallville S11 Special #4  -- 10,917 (- 9.9%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: --
04/2014: --
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Smallville S11 Special #5  -- 10,057 (- 7.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.9%
1 year  : - 21.8%
Since #1: - 28.1%

$1 more and about 1500 fewer copies than the parent title.

226 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
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%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
07/2014: Adventures of Superman #15 -- 10,004 (-10.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 48.6%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Barely holding on to the 10K sales ledge. Ending in September.

252 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
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%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.5%
Since #1: - 36.9%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. A nice little boost for the Wonder Woman issue.

249 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.7%
Since #1: - 65.2%

Averaging a 4% drop each month isn’t healthy.

250 - BATWING ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047
------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: Batwing #33 --  8,380 (- 3.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 32.8%
1 year  : - 30.5%
2 years : - 58.2%
Since #1: - 84.4%

Ending in September.

269 - VERTIGO QUARTERLY CMYK (Vertigo) ($7.99)
04/2014: Cyan #1    -- 9,456 
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Magenta #1 -- 7,360 (- 22.2%) 

A typical second issue drop, even though Vertigo tried to not call is a second issue.

283 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023
07/2011: The Unwritten #27 -- 10,787
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478
------------------------------------
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%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7 --  6,918 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 42.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 27.0%
Since #1: - 42.2%

Dips below 7K.

294 - 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%) 
04/2014: Royals #3 of 6 --   7,777 (-10.9%) 
05/2014: Royals #4 of 6 --   7,156 (- 8.0%) 
06/2014: Royals #5 of 6 --   6,928 (- 3.2%) 
07/2014: Royals #6 of 6 --   6,694 (- 3.4%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 52.3%

I recall reading somewhere that this had been an OGN commissioned by the previous regime but then shelved, and was now being resurrected and chopped up into a mini-series before being released as a collection. If true, then I suppose that any amount of sales of the mini-series can be viewed as found money.

295 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.0%
Since #1: - 71.6%

Has not been solicited past issue #12…

+302 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - 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%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
07/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
----------------
Since #1:   ???%
+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2004: Scooby-Doo #86                -- 5,336
07/2009: Scooby-Doo #146               -- 4,110
07/2010: Scooby-Doo #158               -- 4,147
07/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #11 -- 4,791
07/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #23 -- 4,934
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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%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

For the second month in a row, Diamond only released the top 300 and not the top 400. For purposes of the summary charts below I'll be using either the sales of the #302 book (6,594) or the sales of the most recently previously known issue, whichever is less.

Because of a fairly strong month sales-wise and a greater amount of product in the market overall in July, the cut-off this month is rather high. In addition to missing the sales data for these three titles, we likely also missed a good amount of re-order activity.

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

DC COMICS
07/2004: 30,542
07/2009: 30,905
07/2010: 25,841
07/2011: 26,138
07/2012: 33,837
---------------
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%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 33,189 (+  4.5%)**
07/2014: 32,778 (-  1.2%)**
-----------------
6 months: + 17.6%
1 year  : -  4.7%
2 years : -  3.1%
5 years : +  6.1%
10 years: +  7.3%

DC UNIVERSE
07/2004: 34,975
07/2009: 41,218
07/2010: 35,372
07/2011: 28,586
07/2012: 38,502
---------------
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%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,799 (-  4.5%) 
-----------------
6 months: + 23.2%
1 year  : + 11.7%
2 years : +  6.0%
5 years : -  1.0%
10 years: + 16.7%

VERTIGO
07/2004: 18,107
07/2009: 11,055
07/2010:  9,515
07/2011: 10,784
07/2012: 11,589
---------------
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%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 16,570 (+ 45.7%)** 
-----------------
6 months: + 44.4%
1 year  : +  2.9%
2 years : + 43.0%
5 years : + 49.9%
10 years: -  8.5%


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

+112.5% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+103.8% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 90.0% - Teen Titans
+ 78.6% - Superman
+ 37.2% - Action Comics
+ 23.5% - Batman and Robin
+ 16.8% - Wonder Woman
+ 13.7% - Flash
+ 10.0% - Earth 2
+  6.5% - Batwoman
+  6.1% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+  4.5% - Green Lantern Corps
+  4.1% - Justice League
+  0.5% - Batman
-  0.1% - Batgirl
-  0.7% - Supergirl
-  1.3% - Aquaman
-  1.4% - Green Arrow
-  2.4% - Fables
-  3.2% - Green Lantern
-  4.3% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  4.5% - Smallville Season 11
-  4.6% - Red Lanterns
-  5.0% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.3% - Harley Quinn
-  7.9% - Smallville Season 11 Special
-  8.5% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  8.9% - Fairest
-  9.4% - Swamp Thing
- 12.4% - Adventures of Superman
- 13.1% - Justice League Dark
- 13.2% - All Star Western
- 19.5% - Superboy
- 19.6% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 20.7% - Birds of Prey
- 20.8% - Batman '66
- 21.6% - Injustice
- 21.7% - Constantine
- 24.1% - Catwoman
- 25.7% - Coffin Hill
- 30.4% - Detective Comics
- 31.0% - Hinterkind
- 32.8% - Batwing
- 33.0% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 40.5% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 42.2% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 45.4% - Justice League 3000

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

+119.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 93.6% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 58.4% - Teen Titans
+ 46.6% - Superman
+ 10.2% - Action Comics
+  5.3% - Wonder Woman
+  1.7% - Flash
-  1.7% - Detective Comics
-  2.7% - Batman and Robin
-  5.2% - Batgirl
-  5.5% - Earth 2
-  5.6% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  8.5% - Fables
- 10.4% - Green Arrow
- 10.6% - Batman
- 12.7% - Batwoman
- 13.1% - Supergirl
- 15.5% - Detective Comics Annual
- 16.5% - The Wake
- 18.6% - Fairest
- 20.6% - Worlds' Finest
- 20.8% - Aquaman
- 21.8% - Smallville Season 11 Special
- 22.1% - Green Lantern Corps
- 23.4% - Catwoman
- 23.9% - Birds of Prey
- 24.3% - Green Lantern
- 24.3% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 24.7% - Smallville Season 11
- 24.7% - Injustice
- 25.0% - Swamp Thing
- 25.3% - All Star Western
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 29.9% - Superboy
- 30.5% - Batwing
- 33.7% - Red Lanterns
- 34.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 43.4% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 44.1% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 48.6% - Adventures of Superman
- 49.9% - Superman Unchained
- 53.7% - Constantine
- 64.8% - Justice League Dark
- 65.8% - Batman '66
- 70.7% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora

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

+ 75.6% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 65.8% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 65.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 15.4% - Teen Titans
+ 12.4% - Superman
+  0.5% - American Vampire
-  4.8% - Green Arrow
-  7.2% - Batman
- 11.0% - Justice League Dark
- 13.5% - Batman and Robin
- 17.4% - Batgirl
- 18.0% - Wonder Woman
- 19.2% - Fables
- 20.6% - Supergirl
- 21.3% - Detective Comics
- 23.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 26.1% - Flash
- 27.0% - The Unwritten
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 35.1% - Action Comics
- 35.9% - Red Lanterns
- 36.1% - Batman Beyond
- 37.3% - Aquaman
- 38.6% - Batwoman
- 39.9% - Green Lantern
- 43.8% - Birds of Prey
- 44.4% - Fairest
- 46.1% - Smallville Season 11
- 46.7% - Catwoman
- 46.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 47.0% - Earth 2
- 50.6% - Swamp Thing
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.8% - Superboy
- 56.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 57.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 58.2% - Batwing

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

+ 69.0% - Teen Titans
+ 59.6% - Superman
+ 50.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 49.7% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 42.1% - Batman
+ 32.8% - Tiny Titans
+ 29.0% - Action Comics
+ 24.2% - Wonder Woman
+ 14.0% - Green Arrow
+  2.7% - Detective Comics
-  8.7% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
- 31.3% - Supergirl
- 38.4% - Fables
- 56.4% - Batman and Robin
- 58.3% - Green Lantern
- 60.1% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+167.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 70.8% - Detective Comics
+ 67.6% - Batman
+ 48.1% - Aquaman
+ 43.5% - Batgirl
+ 37.9% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 33.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 26.2% - Green Lantern
+  9.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  9.5% - Action Comics
-  1.0% - Flash
-  9.3% - Smallville
- 20.3% - Teen Titans
- 21.1% - Catwoman
- 28.1% - Green Arrow
- 43.4% - Swamp Thing
- 45.0% - Fables
- 51.6% - Birds of Prey
- 55.1% - Superman

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

DCU: Average: 40,799. Median: 39,669. 

2.9 - Batman
2.2 - Justice League
2.0 - Grayson
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.7 - Superman Unchained
1.6 - Harley Quinn Comic-Con
1.6 - Batman Eternal (13)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (14)
1.5 - Superman
1.5 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Batman Eternal (15)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (16)
1.5 - Robin Rises Omega
1.5 - Batman Eternal (17)
1.4 - Batman and Robin
1.3 - Teen Titans
1.3 - Futures End (9)
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.2 - Action Comics
1.2 - New Suicide Squad
1.2 - Justice League United
1.2 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Futures End (10)
1.1 - Futures End (11)
1.1 - Detective Comics Annual
1.1 - Futures End (12)
1.0 - Futures End (13)
1.0 - Earth 2
1.0 - Flash
0.9 - Wonder Woman
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Secret Origin
0.9 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Lantern Corps
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Sinestro
0.6 - Aquaman Annual
0.6 - Batwoman
0.6 - Supergirl
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Red Lanterns Annual
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Catwoman
0.5 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.4 - Swamp Thing
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.3 - Superboy
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.3 - All Star Western
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 40,799*. Median: 39,669*

4.4 - The Sandman Overture
1.5 - The Wake
1.1 - Bodies
0.9 - American Vampire
0.8 - Fables
0.7 - Fairest
0.5 - Coffin Hill
0.4 - Vertigo Quarterly CMYK
0.4 - The Unwritten: Apocalypse
0.4 - The Royals: Masters of War
0.4 - Hinterkind
??? - FBP

Digital First & Other: Average: 14,016*. Median: 11,646*.

1.9 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Mutliverse
1.8 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (7)
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (8)
1.2 - Batman '66
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.8 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.8 - Smallville: Lantern
0.7 - Smallville Special
0.7 - Adventures of Superman
0.6 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
??? - Scribblenauts Unmasked
??? - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

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 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.
Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my neighbor's dog Miles.
The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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24. Amy Adams & Henry Cavill Accept Ice Bucket Challenge on ‘Superman vs. Batman’ Set

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Here’s a scene you might not see in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film. Amy Adams and Henry Cavill accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in full wardrobe on the set of the Man of Steel sequel. Adams challenged all the siblings names she could remember.

I don’t want to ruin the end for you, but I hope you like your Man of Steel soaked.

They just dumped load, after load, after load…

Click here to donate some money to ALS.

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25. The Rock Tweets that he’ll play Black Adam


For months, nay years, The Rock, Duane Johnson, has been hinting that he would love to play either Shazam or Black Adam in a not-really-announced-but-we-kinda-know-they-are-going-to-do-it Shazam movie. I guess Hercules just wasn’t enough for him, movie-wise. And now via Twitter, he announced that it’s Black Adam, an older version of Shazam from the days when Egypt was the center of civilization. Black Adam is often a villain these days but he’s a classic anti-hero.

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Here’s a fan-made version of Johnson as Black Adam that seems fairly representative.

Still known where and or when Black Adam will debut in the DC Cinematic universe — maybe the Bats v Supes pre JLA launch?

Also, one more thing. If you’re going to make a Shazam movie—a Shazam Movie WITH THE ROCK IN IT—good luck not having any humor in it, Warner Bros.

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