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1. The Free Comic Book Day Silver Titles are Pretty Awesome

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By: Alexander Jones

After revealing the first wave of Free Comic Book Day titles, it was only a matter of time before the rest of them started to pop up. This next batch is very exciting, and full of fun offerings from all your favorite publishers with the big guns like Marvel and DC, along with Valiant, Comix Tribe, IDW, Image, Oni and the mysterious new Legendary Comics imprint that kicked off with Grant Morrison’s Annihilator. DC still has their titles blocked out with the letters ‘TOP SECRET’ sitting on the front page, it’s likely whatever these comics are will be revealed closer towards Convergence. Of course, Marvel is launching Avengers material close to their upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film. Included in this silver collection of titles is a lot of material from other media, meant to turn you non-comics reading friends completely addicted to this medium. See if Attack on Titan, Avatar, or Sonic can hook your non-reading friends. Free Comic Book Day is on the first Saturday of May. CBR broke the news this morning with covers, and quick description information. All these titles are considered silver comics, with the gold titles being the first wave of books.

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  • 2000 AD Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • And Then Emily Was Gone–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Avengers #1–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Bodie Troll & Friends–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Captain Canuck–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • CBLDF Defend Comics–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Comics Festival–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Dark Horse All Ages Avatar PVZ Bandette–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • DC Comics Silver Book–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • GFT Wonderland Special Edition One Shot (MR)–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Graphix Spotlight Cleopatra In Space–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Gronk and Friends–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Hatter M Love of Wonder–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Hip Hop Family Tree 3-in-1 Featuring Cosplayers (MR)–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Ice Bayou Blackout–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure and Yu Gi Oh–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Jurassic Strike Force 5 One Shot–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Kodansha Comics Sampler–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Lady Justice–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Legendary Comics Sampler–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • March Grand Prix–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Mercury Heat Debut (MR)–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Motorcycle Samurai–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Phantom Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Rabbids–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Man Worlds Unite Prelude–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Stan Lee Chakra The Invincible–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Steampunk Goldilocks–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Street Fighter Super Combo Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Stuff of Legend Call to Arms–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Supermutant Magic Academy Step Aside Pops Combo–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Tales of Honor–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Terrible Lizard #1–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • The Tick–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • TMNT Prelude to Vengeance–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Valiant 25TH Anniversary Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Worlds of Aspen–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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2. DC Comics Announces CM Punk’s Second Comic Writing Gig

By David Nieves

Last month Marvel announced former WWE Superstar, and upcoming UFC fighter, CM Punk would contribute a ten page story to February’s Thor Annual. Today on Vertigo’s blog, the publisher announced a new book for debut this Spring that will also feature a story written by Punk. Strange Sports Stories #1 is set for March release and will see the former wrestler join a list of talented creators such as Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez, Lauren Beukes, Ben McCool, Ivan Brandon, Monica Gallagher, Lee Loughridge, Nick Dragotta, Christopher Mitten, Darick Robertson, Mark Finn, John Lucas, Gabe Soria, Ronald Wimberly, Michael DiMotta, Tim Fish, Rael Lyra, and Brian Azzarello.

Strange Sports Stories shares a name with a six-issue DC Comics series that ran from 1973 to 1974. In 2015, Vertigo will release four chapters of the new series. No word yet on plot details or what issue Punk’s story will be featured in. However the series general theme seems to be, “strange, sexy, scary and extraordinary sports stories.” If any athlete in the last decade has experience with that it’s CM Punk. Only the first piece of art from the book was shown for solicitation today.

With his upcoming multi-fight UFC deal happening in 2015, CM Punk’s writing gigs could prove to be a great way for the comic book industry to get new eyes on the medium. Strange Sports Stories #1 is set to hit stores on March 18, 2015.

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3. DC Slaughters Over 10 Titles

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Text By: Alexander Jones – Image By: Jeff Stahler

All hell broke loose today as DC Comics quickly tried to sweep a host of cancellations under the rug. The upcoming Convergence event taking place in April and May seems to be pulling some big change in the house of Batman and Superman. The news came from CBR, who announced the solicitations for March 2015. However, it’s hard not to miss some of these books, especially when realizing that some of the titles have been with the publisher since the launch of the New 52 in 2011, including Swamp Thing, Batwoman, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Red Lanterns. It also seems likely that Batman Eternal was planned to end at #52 this week, seeing as how that is now the magic number for DC Comics.

Here are the titles on the chopping block:

  • Aquaman and the Others #11
  • Arkham Manor #6
  • Batman Eternal #52
  • Batwoman #40
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians #40
  • Infinity Man and the Forever People #9
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year Three #12
  • Klarion #6
  • Red Lanterns #40
  • Secret Origins #11
  • Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #8
  • Swamp Thing #40
  • Trinity of Sin #6
  • World’s Finest #32

Some of these books are downright shocking when considering new these launches are, ongoings like Trinity of Sin, Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie, Klarion and Arkam Manner barely got a chance to launch before being outright cancelled. Perhaps DC has something else in store?

Rumors have been flying around the internet, hinting at a possible relaunch for the company in June. With so much of their superhero line in limbo, this now seems like it is a must for DC.

 

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4. The Art of Batgirl and Where We Go From Here

This is obviously prefaced with a heaping helping of “what the hell does a straight white male know about these issues?”. The simple truth: I don’t know anything. I likely never will – or at least not in a way that can be internalized. At best, I can gather other people’s feelings and memories and keep them in my brain for reference, paging through as I react and respond, because… well, I might not know anything about this, but I think that reaction and response is important instead of choking the fire of discussion dead through inaction.

So. Batgirl #37.

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The new creative team on Batgirl arrived with a certain amount of pomp and circumstance. Briefly bringing my experience as a retailer into the fray, the fervour was created almost entirely by the creative team themselves, and not the company publishing the book. A book lives on finding an audience and marketing to that audience, and while DC did eventually run a house ad steeped in current social media trends, it was the creative team that was actually out on social media sites stirring the fan base and building a culture. At the time, I remember thinking that this was something important – not only in the way the creatives were interacting with the fans, but in the way that the reaction seemed to transform into a small movement of sorts, one that would boost sales of a series through actual interest in tone and content. This week, it seems as though the shine is off that apple with the release of the team’s third issue, Batgirl #37.

In the issue, Barbara Gordon is confronted with another Batgirl, one that is using social media and various forms of “art” to essentially take her branding identity away from her. Over the course of the book, you discover that the person under this fake Batgirl’s mask is in fact Dagger Type, an artist who is identified by characters in the story as male. Babs is taken aback by this and is left defeated as the issue’s villain continues with their nefarious plan to steal her public identity.

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As the book crescendos, Dagger Type is portrayed as erratic, firing a gun into a crowd of essentially innocent bystanders. Babs eventually defeats the villain, and discovers that they’ve been doing this at the behest of a mysterious benefactor. The cops take Dagger away, and the book draws to a close. This reading of Batgirl #37 has dredged up accusations of transphobia. As with all art, this is a valid interpretation of fictitious events – a reaction to substance informed by opinion, experience and information. That’s a shame because… well, this book was meant to be something else. As stated before, it was something different than the norm, and marketed to a different and potentially new audience, and this misfire will probably do some damage. The only consolation, I would think, is that despite this valid interpretation of the comic, it isn’t something done with malicious intent, more than it was the unfortunate side-effect of the story’s plot.

Revisiting the plot again, using the same reference material, the plot is also about the nature of art, identity, and belonging. The book opens with the fake Batgirl going on a crime spree. Babs shows up and stops the crime, but not the fake Batgirl, who is said to have been up to these types of heists and behaviours for quite some time, chronicling these events on social media platforms. Babs is upset that she’s being defamed, which is compounded when she goes to a Dagger Type art show that features nothing but pictures of this so-called Batgirl, complete with a rendition of the heroine in a wheelchair, splashed with shadow and a bright red overlay. The presentation effects the characters present in different ways. It strikes Babs as demeaning and regressive. She makes a move to find Dagger Type, and soon discovers that the artist has been the fake Batgirl all along. The plot involves using art and social media to co-opt the Batgirl brand, and add it to the Dagger Type cache. When the reveal happens, everyone in the audience acts dismissive. Dagger waxes poetic about how they should relish in this moment, where they “begin to comprehend that the artist is really the subject. And the subject, his brand!” This elicits the greatest reaction from the crowd, who rejects this notion with lines like “why does everything cool turn out to be an ad?”

The intention – or at least my interpretation of the events as described – is a comment on art and commercialism, as seen through the lens of the modern superhero genre. It’s an ugly balance that comic companies (and retailers… hi!) have been trying to work with for years, taking art and using it for commercial gains. It’s an exploration of the kind of rejection that occurs when false notes are struck, and the commercial ends up bleeding into the art. It’s also about the pretension of craving attention, and the effect popularity can have on art and the artist. There’s a lot to dig into there, but at the core of it all, deep down in the nugget, I truly believe this book is about art, and the reactions to it. It’s typified by the scene where Babs and her friends are walking through the Batgirl gallery, and they all have different reactions to the presentation based off of experience. Babs’ very personal experience with the identity being explored in these photos elicits a very personal and valid response. I can only imagine that’s what many people felt as they read through this issue and experienced a similarly flawed take on identity. The issue essentially agrees with the idea of interpretation being in the eye of the beholder, and never once says that people who enjoyed the art installation in the pages of the book are wrong. It does cast judgement on intent. Dagger Type’s intent was self serving to a cartoonish degree, climaxing in rage when people didn’t understand his genius. I don’t think the creative team is doing that here. I think they wanted to turn in a story that commented on what they did, letting the art speak for itself. It may have said something things they didn’t intend, but they aren’t mad at anyone for it – as the issue implies, any reaction to art is valid.

Now, not long after I wrote this article (but a long while before it’s been posted), Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher and Babs Tarr issued an apology.

I wish Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr and Maris Wicks all the best as they continue to explore this character and produce art for us to consume. I hope that it continues to challenge us, and causes discussion. I hope that discussion comes from an honest place, and is not confronted with reductive reasoning. I also hope that, like all great artists, they will continue to grow and learn from previous experiences and new information, as even the best intentions can be flawed. The best artists take those noted flaws and learn to grow, instead of digging their heels in. These people are some of the best. Oh, and one more thing:

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5. DC Movie Variants Include Greatest Damn Cover Of All Time

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As a reminder that not everything in comics is doom and gloom—and that we as a country can still laugh, smile and drool, DC has released a list of its March Movie Variant covers, and they include this Justice League cover by Emanuela Lupacchino inspired by Magic Mike, the greatest film of the 21st century.

On that note, it is definitely time to call it a weekend. And the complete list, courtesy of Newsarama — more smiles to come we hope.

 

- Action Comics #40inspired by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, with cover art by Joe Quinones
- Aquaman #40 inspired byFree Willy, with cover art by Richard Horie
- Batgirl #40 inspired byPurple Rain, with cover art by Cliff Chiang
- Batman #40 inspired byThe Mask, with cover art by Dave Johnson
- Batman & Robin #40inspired by Harry Potter, with cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards
- Batman/Superman #20inspired by The Fugitive, with cover art by Tony Harris
- Catwoman #40 inspired by Bullitt, with cover art by Dave Johnson
- Detective Comics #40inspired by The Matrix, with cover art by Brian Stelfreeze
- Flash #40 inspired byNorth By Northwest, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
- Harley Quinn #16inspired by Jailhouse Rock, with cover art by Dave Johnson
- Grayson #8 inspired byEnter The Dragon, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
- Green Lantern #40inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, with cover art by Tony Harris
- Green Lantern Corps #40 inspired by Forbidden Planet, with cover cover art by Tony Harris
- Justice League #40inspired by Magic Mike, with cover art by Emanuela Lupacchino
- Justice League Dark #40inspired by Beetlejuice, with cover art by Joe Quinones
- Justice League United #10 inspired by Mars Attacks, with cover art by Marco D’Alphonso
- Teen Titans #8 inspired by The Lost Boys, with cover art by Alex Garner
- Sinestro #11 inspired byWestworld, with cover art by Dave Johnson
- Supergirl #40 inspired byWizard of Oz, with cover art by Marco D’Alphonso
- Superman #40 inspired bySuper Fly, with cover art by Dave Johnson
- Superman/Wonder Woman #17 inspired cover by Gone With The Wind, with art by Gene Ha
- Wonder Woman #40inspired by 300, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz

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6. DC explains how Convergence fits into Future’s End

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Sort of. Via an EXTREMELY RARE press release from DC, it was suggested you can watch some All Access videos, buy the The New 52: Future’s End Vol. 1 DC explains how Convergence fits into Futures End collection and read the three weekly series currently running—Future’s End, Earth 2, and splitting the difference, Earth 2: World’s End. It all culminates in  Convergence and comics drawn by Tom Grummett, Phil Winslade and other industry veterans.

I can tell you that a lot of retailers are very concerned about Convergence. Putting the entire DC line on hold for two months while editors move coasts seems like a compassionate move while staffers figure out how to drive, negotiate with the terrorists at Time Warner Cable, and find the location of the nearest Zankou Chicken. But for readers who were maybe a little less than excited about the current New 52 offerings,  it’s also an amazing jumping OFF point if you don’t like Tom Grummett and Phil Winslade.

The PR also mentions Blood Moon, which I’m told WAS the official title of the mini-series at some point, until it was changed, mostly likely at the behest of co-publisher Dan DiDio. Persoally, Convergence is a much better title, because Blood Moon sounds like werewolves at best.

 

Futures End? Blood Moon? Brother Eye? Convergence?

Yes, it all connects. Read below or head over to DCComics.com for more.

Being told in the weekly comic book series set five years in the future, the events of  THE NEW 52: FUTURES END play directly into CONVERGENCE—DC Comics’ massive 2 month event taking place in April and May of 2015. 

Thirty-Five years from now, Brother Eye, the all-seeing artificial intelligence designed to protect and serve humanity, has turned on its makers. Nearly all life on Earth has been eradicated, leaving only the cybernetically enslaved superheroes Brother Eye has converted into its unstoppable executioners. Led by the Batman—the man who helped create Brother Eye—a small team of heroes fights on. Their last-ditch plan: send a hero back to the past to prevent Brother Eye from ever being created.

They failed.

Terry McGinnis (aka Batman Beyond) only made it thirty years back during his timestream jump. The technological apocalypse was already in motion and the Earth has become home to millions of refugees from Earth 2.

Now’s the perfect time to catch up and see what’s going on with Batman Beyond, Frankenstein, Fifty-Sue, and a sprawling cast of heroes, rogues, gods and monsters from across the DC Universe—all trying to end the future before it ends them.

We’ve got a couple of ways for you to join in on the action and see for yourself how the threads of time and space are converging:

1) THE NEW 52: FUTURES END VOL. 1 is available everywhere books are sold today. Inside, you’ve got 416 pages (we know you’re not doing anything this weekend!) collecting issues #0 – #17 and it’s loaded with bonus content–Ryan Sook’s character designs, cover sketches, and more!

2) Click here, here, and here for 16 minutes of DC ALL ACCESS’ fantastic cover-to-cover video coverage of the event so far. Who was the Masked Superman? Who killed Green Arrow? What is the Blood Moon?

And stay tuned for more! Other series that lead directly into CONVERGENCE are the weekly series EARTH 2: WORLD’S END and the monthly series EARTH 2.

This is a future you won’t want to miss!

 

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7. UPDATE: DC Entertainment Launches Single Issue Comics And Graphic Novels On iVerse Media

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Ah yes and here is the other shoe dropping: all of DC’s monthly comics will now be available on iVerse and backlist is coming.

While iVerse has been a distinct #2 player to ComiXology’s 800 lb. gorilla, the era of more digital choice seems to have begun. DC’s periodical comics are available many places—CX, Amazon Kindle Store, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook Store and Google Play—but only Comixology among comics only apps carried them. And we love all our pals at all digital companies, but a little competition is a good thing.
 

DC Entertainment, home to iconic Super Heroes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, announced today its current slate of monthly periodical comics are now available for download on iVerse Media’s ComicsPLUS App. Back catalog titles will be added to ComicsPLUS in the coming weeks and months.
 
“We want to be wherever comic fans are building their libraries and this new partnership with iVerse Media brings bestselling DC Entertainment titles from DC Comics and Vertigo to a broad, new digital audience,” stated Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Derek Maddalena. “The fantastic new features in the ComicsPLUS app, paired with our iconic characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, deliver a great digital reading experience.”
 
The newly-updated ComicsPLUS 8.0 app includes several key features including a new “uView” enhanced reading experience, enhanced search functions and presentation, a new Event Timeline view, parental controls and more. Plus, all purchases can be made within the application itself.
 
“All of us here at iVerse have grown up with these amazing characters and stories, and we could not be more excited to be bringing them to ComicsPLUS.” said iVerse Media CEO, Michael Murphey. “New features like uView are going to be game changers for ComicsPLUS and we are incredibly excited to have DC Entertainment as a major part of it all.”
 
Broad digital distribution has remained a cornerstone of DC Entertainment’s business, leading to extensive growth in both digital and print sales over the past four years as digital availability attracts new readers and comic fans alike. DC Entertainment has the widest digital distribution of any comic book publisher and was the first major publisher to make its entire line available same-day digitally with the launch of DC Comics – The New 52.
Currently, English versions of DC Entertainment titles are available for download through iVerse Media. Download the ComicsPLUS App to get the latest periodicals, graphic novels and collected editions from DC Comics and Vertigo.

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8. DC Comics to be available on the new ComicsPLUS 8.0 app

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As we first reported after New York Comic-Con, iVerse, the other guy in the digital comics landscape, is planning a HUGE update of their app. And ComicsPLUS 8.0 is here. It’s available now in the iTunes store, and for Android and the web.

Now, the big question is what publishers are going with them. Amazon recently started sending out renewal contracts to various publishers, and the terms are not as favorable as Comixology’s were—they are more like Amazon’s.

Well, if you look at the above graphic, you get a big clue—DC Comics are prominently shown. Although not mentioned in the press release, we’re told that more information on this is coming imminently. DC was long a Comixology exclusive, and their moving to another platform is the first big shakeup of the Amazon acquisition—somehow we think it’s not the last.

iVerse Media is proud to announce the release today of ComicsPLUS 8.0 for iOS 8.  This All-New application has been built from the ground up for iOS 8 with a variety of exciting new features and additions.
 
“With ComicsPLUS 8.0 we’ve rebuilt the app from scratch to make it easier than ever to discover great digital comics from the biggest publishers in the industry.” Said iVerse CEO Michael Murphey, “New features like uView and importing your personal comics collection provide a unique experience unlike any other digital comics application available today.”
 
With uView, users can now create cinematic reading experiences directly on their iPads for their personal collections.  Using the uView editor, anyone can create a uView experience for his or her comics in just a few minutes and save it for future use.
 
Advanced Search allows users to see what content is trending (based upon what other ComicsPLUS users are searching for), and to save their own searches for the future. Combined with our new in-app Filters and Parental Controls, users have never before had more control over how they browse and discover digital comics.
 
Graphic Novel Rental – another new feature for ComicsPLUS 8.0 allows users to rent select graphic novels for 24, 48, or 120 hours.  Rented comics  can be viewed offline without the need for an Internet connection.
 
ePub, PDF, CBR, and CBZ file support have also been added to the application, allowing users to import into the app DRM-Free products from their personal collections for the very first time.
 
“We could not be more excited about this release.” Mr. Murphey continued. “ComicsPLUS 8.0 is an extraordinary experience.  And it just the beginning of where this next generation of our application is heading. More new and enhanced features are on the way – we’re constantly looking to improve our app, and make it the best possible experience for publishers, creators, and fans.”
 
Features Summary —
— All-New Design
— Graphic Novel Rentals w/ OFFLINE READING
— uView enhanced reading experience
— Enhanced Search w/ Popular and Saved Search Options
— Import Digital File support (ePub, PDF, CBR, CBZ)
— uView creation and editing for imported files
— In-App Parental Controls
 
Updates for ComicsPLUS for Android and the Web are also available today adding uView reading support for both platforms.
 
ComicsPLUS 8.0 is available now in the iTunes App Store.


 

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9. Suicide Squad Cast announced —and WB eyeing Oprah to play Amanda Waller

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Suicide Squad is the first of a variety of DC movies based on non-Superman or Batman heroes, set for August 5, 2016, and Variety has just listed the cast and it’s a big one:

Jared Leto – The Joker
Will Smith – Deadshot
Tom Hardy – Rick Flagg
Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
Jai Courtney – Boomerang
Cara Delevingne – Enchantress

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Tom Hardy already played Bane, making him among many two-timer superhero stars, but it would be Will Smith’s debut as a four-color hero although he played Hancock in…Hancock.

This is obviously a high octane cast, with WB hoping to catch up with Disney/Marvel and their cinematic comics-based blockbusters. They’re said to consider it their “Ocean’s Eleven” for superheroes. David Ayer is the director, with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing.

According to Variety, this isn’t all. Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his role as Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman. And the role of Amanda Waller is yet to be cast, but the studio really wants Oprah Winfrey for the role, with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also in the running.

Oprah, queen of multimedia and one of the richest people in showbiz, does the occasional acting job and she’d be…interesting in the role.

Suffice it to say no scenery will be left unchewed on this one.

Suicide Squad is about a bunch of supervillains who are given a chance for redemption with one last, possibly fatal mission. The first verions was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru; the modern version by John Ostrander and Ryan Scott. Other well-regarded runs have been created by Keith Giffen and Kim Yale.

If you can’t wait for the movie, just go read Michel Fiffe’s Copra. It’s just as good!

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10. DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre-Crisis characters

And the final week of Convergence  mini-series has been announced, with characters from the ancient Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths world, with a little oddball stuff like the Crime Syndicate. Announcements were made at EW and Newsarama. The previous weeks of COnvergence—the two issue moving fill-in event that will help ease DC’s staff into their new West Coast home—focused on different eras. Week one was pre New 52; week 2 was the 90s, and week three was the 80s. And now we’ve gone back to the protean slurry.

Notable creators this time…well I like the Jeff Parker-Evan Shaner team and it’s always nice to see Len Wein, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz working together.

 

PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, Earth 2

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JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artists: Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott
Colorist: Monica Kubina
Older and in full retirement under the dome, members of the Justice Society get the chance to regain their youths to stave off forces from the Qward Universe. But the promise of youth comes with a deadly price.

INFINITY INC.
Writer: Jerry Ordway
Artist: Ben Caldwell
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
The young heroes of Infinity Inc. must choose between the path set for them by their parents or the one they’ve set for themselves as they face post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex.

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DETECTIVE COMICS
Writer: Len Wein
Artists: Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Colorist: Felix Serrano
Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson fight side by side in memory of Bruce Wayne as they decide who will become the next Batman.

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ACTION COMICS
Writer: Justin Gray
Artists: Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Superman teams up with Power Girl, but can they stop a nuclear strike from Lex Luthor and Stalin of Red Son Moscow?

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WORLD’S FINEST COMICS
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler
Colorist: Paul Mounts
The Seven Soldiers of Victory regroup to defend their city against the Qward invasion, while cartoonist Scribbly Jibbet transcribes their adventures.

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PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS Earth 3
CRIME SYNDICATE
Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Phil Winslade
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
The Crime Syndicate’s absolute control of their city is challenged when the dome comes down and changes everything. Now, Superwoman is on death row while the rest of the team fights One Million Universe’s Batman and Superman!

BLUE BEETLE DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre Crisis characters

PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH 4
BLUE BEETLE
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Yishan Li
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Hub City is on the brink of collapse and anarchy! But its heroes—Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, and Question—find inspiration and strength from the most unlikely source.

SHAZAM DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre Crisis characters

PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH S
SHAZAM
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
It’s Shazam versus Steampunk, as the world of Gotham By Gaslight takes on the Captain Marvel family and friends.

PLASTIC MAN DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre Crisis characters

PRE-CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, EARTH X
PLASTIC MAN AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Writer: Simon Oliver
Artist: John McCrea
Colorist: John Kalisz
Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters are on the gallows in a New York taken over by Nazis, when robot super-heroes attack from Futures End and enemies become allies.

BOOSTER GOLD DC Announces final week of Convergence with pre Crisis characters

MULTIPLE EARTHS
BOOSTER GOLD
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Trapped with Rip Hunter and other time travelers, Booster and his future self must work together to get out of prison and off the planet.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speaking of DCEs West Coast move and weekly series…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29, 32, 35, 38, 39 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 --  56,793 (-  1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 --  56,152 (-  1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 --  56,002 (-  0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 --  55,662 (-  0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 42.7%
Since #1: - 52.7%

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

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

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

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

31 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
10/2004: Superman #210  -- 113,480 [114,272]
10/2009: Superman #693  --  35,395
10/2010: Superman #703  --  50,460
10/2010: Superman #704  --  46,741
10/2011: Superman #2    -- 104,703
10/2012: Superman #13   --  52,155
---------------------------------
10/2013: Superman #24   --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25   --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26   --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27   --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28   --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29   --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30   --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31   --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32   --  89,140 (+155.4%) [103,508]
07/2014: Superman #33   --  62,998 (- 39.1%)
08/2014: Superman #34   --  56,568 (- 10.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 --  77,949 (+ 37.8%)
10/2014: Superman #35   --  53,692 (- 31.1%)
-----------------
6 months: + 43.9%
1 year  : + 35.7%
2 years : +  2.9%
5 years : + 51.7%
10 years: - 53.0%
Since #1: - 64.2%

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

33 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99)
08/2014: The Multiversity #1  -- 90,551 
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W    #1  -- 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just         #1  -- 53,301 (- 18.0%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 41.1%

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

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

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

40, 42 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
10/2004: --
10/2009: Superman/Batman #65 --  34,585
10/2010: Superman/Batman #77 --  31,741
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10/2013: Batman/Superman #4  --  82,990 (- 14.0%)
11/2013: Batman/Superman #5  --  77,198 (-  7.0%)
12/2013: Batman/Superman #6  --  68,857 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Batman/Superman #7  --  61,074 (- 11.3%)
02/2014: Batman/Superman #8  --  59,138 (-  3.2%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9  --  56,223 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844 (-  4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504 (-  4.9%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 --  68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 --  55,954 (- 18.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1      --  87,339 (+ 56.1%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 --  52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 --  50,226 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.8%
1 year  : - 38.2%
5 years : + 48.2%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 66.7%

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

57, 72, 82, 83 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99)
10/2014: E2 World's End #1  -- 48,249
10/2014: E2 World's End #2  -- 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #3  -- 38,496 (-  4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #4  -- 37,874 (-  1.6%)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still sliding a bit.

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

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

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

68 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
-----------------
Since #0: - 44.4%

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

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

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

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

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

73, 74, 76, 79, 80 - The New 52  Futures End ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 -- 38,778 (-  2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 -- 38,377 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 -- 37,990 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 -- 37,861 (-  0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 -- 36,468 (-  3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 -- 36,120 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 -- 35,937 (-  0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 -- 35,585 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 -- 35,452 (-  0.4%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 54.5%

Looks like we’ve settled into a pattern here…

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

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

87 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
04/2014: Sinestro #1    -- 46,480 
05/2014: Sinestro #2    -- 34,640 (- 25.5%) 
06/2014: Sinestro #3    -- 30,422 (- 12.2%) 
07/2014: Sinestro #4    -- 28,095 (-  7.6%) 
08/2014: Sinestro #5    -- 26,867 (-  4.4%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1 -- 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6    -- 33,621 (- 44.7%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 27.7%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See GL:NG above.

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

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

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

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

117 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
09/2004: --
10/2014: Secret Origins #6  -- 24,775 (+  2.7%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 36.1%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

149 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
10/2010: Red Hood Lost Days #5  -- 22,967
10/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #2  -- 59,382
10/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #13 -- 35,420
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10/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #34 -- 20,069 (-  2.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1         -- 54,984 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 -- 19,837 (- 63.9%)
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6 months: -  8.7%
1 year  : - 26.9%
2 years : - 44.0%
Since #1: - 71.8%

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

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

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

157, 165 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2013: Injustice #10    -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11    -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12    -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1  -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2  -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3  -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4  -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6  -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7  -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8  -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9  -- 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 -- 18,068 (- 1.8%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #11 -- 18,086 (+ 0.1%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #12 -- 17,829 (- 1.4%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1  -- 19,307 (+ 8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2  -- 17,884 (- 7.4%)
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6 months: - 11.9%
1 year  : - 27.9%
Since #1: -  7.4%

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

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

Comes in over 6K lower than the parent title.

155 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 -- 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
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Since #1: - 39.3%

A typical third issue drop.

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

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

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

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

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

164 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 53,531 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Aquaman & Others #6  -- 17,086 (- 68.1%) 
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6 months: - 49.8%
Since #1: - 49.8%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drops a couple hundred copies.

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

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

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

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

A relaunch is nigh (in December).

214 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 -- 13,884 (-  9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 -- 11,348 (- 18.3%)
----------------
Since #1: - 56.5%

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

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

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

224 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 45,586 (+267.9%)
10/2014: Infinity Man & FP #4 -- 10,275 (- 77.5%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 58.7%

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

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

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

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

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

237 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (- 37.5%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 --  9,228 (- 79.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 50.8%

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

248 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 -- 17,266 
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 --  9,056 (- 47.6%) 

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

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

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

—————-
Since #1: – 48.2%

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

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

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

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

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

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or my neighbor's dog Miles.

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

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

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12. 10 more Convergence titles with Wolfman on Titans, Wein on Swamp Thing, etc.

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

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

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

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

01 Batman and the Outsiders COLOR 1057x1600 300x454 10 more Convergence titles with Wolfman on Titans, Wein on Swamp Thing, etc.

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

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

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS

Writer: David Gallaher

Artists: Steve Ellis and Ande Parks

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

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HAWKMAN

Writer: Jeff Parker

Artists: Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena

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

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

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

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SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Writer: Stuart Moore

Artists: Gus Storms and Mark Farmer

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

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

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

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13. Michelle Maclaren to direct ‘Wonder Woman’

 

wonderoman Michelle Maclaren to direct Wonder Woman

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

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

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

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

(H/T: Variety)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

AQUAMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

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

BATGIRL #39 by Cliff Chiang

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

BATMAN #39 by Jill Thompson and CV Painting

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

BATMAN & ROBIN #39 by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tomeu Morey

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

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

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

CATWOMAN #39 by Jim Balent

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

DETECTIVE COMICS #39 by Dave Johnson

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

THE FLASH #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

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

HARLEY QUINN #15 by Marco D’Alfonso

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

GRAYSON #7 by Dan Panosian

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

GREEN LANTERN #39 by Mike McKone and Dave McCaig

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

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 by Jason Pearson

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #9 by Mikel Janin and CVDL

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 by Dustin Nguyen and CV Painting

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #39 by Joe Quinones

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

TEEN TITANS #7 by Sean Galloway

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

SINESTRO #10 by Ian Bertram and Matt Hollingsworth

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

SUPERGIRL #39 by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald

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

SUPERMAN #39 by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

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

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16 by Francis Manapul and CVDL

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

WONDER WOMAN #39 by Phil Jiminez and Hi–Fi

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

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

 

MULTIV MASTERMEN 1 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

EARTH2 Cv31 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

New52 FE 40 solicit 400 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BATMAN #39
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by JILL THOMPSON
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Endgame” part 5. The Joker is back! The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime’s horrifying return! Plus, in the backup story, the inmates and Mahreen finally learn the truth about The Joker!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

 

BMSM Cv19 DC December Announcements in Full: The Suiciders and moreBATMAN/SUPERMAN #19
Written by GREG PAK
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and DANNY MIKI
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by J.G. JONES
1:25 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale FEBRUARY 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Superman and Batman have learned the devastating truth behind the identity of the unseen terrorists they’ve been pursuing. But will they recover in time to stop them from killing more innocents?
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BATGIRL #39
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
HARLEY QUINN Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the “real” Batgirl…and the truth of her enemy’s identity will shock her to her very core!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

DC COMICS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

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

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

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

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

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Cover by KEN LASHLEY
On sale MARCH 4 • 192 pg, FC, $16.99 US
As the smoke clears from TRINITY WAR, the JLA is dead, betrayed by one of their own. But Martian Manhunter and Stargirl live to fight another day, only to find themselves trapped on an alien world under the control of a group of Super-Villains. Collecting issues #8-14!

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Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale MARCH 11 • 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US
In these tales from JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29, the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes foolish enough to challenge them – including Dick Grayson! But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing…and Ultraman!

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

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

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On sale APRIL 22 • 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US
In this third BATMAN ‘66 collection, The Dynamic Duo face The Joker, The Penguin, the Queen of Diamonds and a Bat-Robot of their own making…that may put Batman and Robin out of a job! Collects issues #11-16.

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

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

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

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

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

Uproxx has the advance information:

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


 

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19. Sweet News in Diversity

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

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

Marvel announces next phase of superhero movies

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

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

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to DC’s own piece about Convergence,

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

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

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

As for what happens AFTER Convergence?

That…is still developing.

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21. And DC unveils…The Convergence Logo!

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

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

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

2015: the year of the multidimensional battles.

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22. More DC Job postings, more structural changes

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

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

Which leaves me with a few questions:

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

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

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

Vice President, Content Strategy

LOCATIONUnited States – Burbank, California

AREA OF INTERESTPublishing

REQUISITION #144120BR

POSTED DATE Nov. 04, 2014

POSITION TYPE Full Time

BUSINESS DC Comics

JOB DESCRIPTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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23. DC announces the first 10 Convergence minis

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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24. Michelle MacLaren may direct Wonder Woman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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