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1. Review: Effigy #1 Burns Bright

By Davey Nieves

EFFIGY #1

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Story: Tim Seeley

Art: Marley Zarcone

Colors: Ryan Hill

Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

Publisher: Vertigo

 

 

Gloomy, hard-hitting, make no apologies stories have been the status quo for fans who pick up any Vertigo book. After all this is the line that gave us The Sandman, Y: The Last Man, and The Wake.  Effigy by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash)and Marley Zarcone may only get two out of the three, but this book is a rare occurrence where that’s actually what makes it a must read.

Writer Tim Seeley crafts a story about unhealthy obsessions that feels like it could only be told in this day in age given how many cautionary tales childhood actors have turned into. Effigy follows Chondra Jackson, a once bubbly star of a futuristic kids-as-cops series called Star Cops who after a downward spiral of typecasting and an ill-advised sex tape bottoms out into the life of a far less glamorous small-town cop. The night-and-day portrayal of Chondra captures her disconnect prom prominence exquisitely. This first issue doesn’t read so much as a behind the music type story, but more of a caution as to what the world around you can become when live most of your life in the clouds then have to deal with crashing towards reality. As she goes from being a glorified meter maid to a true detective we’ll see the high price of fame take it’s toll on those close to her and complete strangers who probably want to love her to death… literally.

Marley Zarcone’s art starts strong with so much energy in telling the back story of Star Cops. Then by design it settles into a more rural style. While not quite as energetic, it plays into creating a dichotomy of Chondra’s two lives. At first glance Ryan Hill’s colors seem like such a basic job, but when you see the panels containing more visual effects; it actually works in better highlighting these moments. The art does more than just add to Chondra’s already engaging story, it buttresses the –child-star to messed up adult– dark tunnel the audience is going to be taken through.

In a week where you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a good comic, Effigy carves out a noticeable place for itself and on your pull list. Issue one sets up a world of glamour, ritual murder, and mystery that could lead to this series being one of Vertigo’s best 2015 books.


Dave has never been a child star but had a childhood crush on Winnie Cooper and Stephanie Tanner here more about it @bouncingsoul217

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2. Review: Effigy #1 Burns Bright

By Davey Nieves

EFFIGY #1

Effigy 2015 001 000 195x300 Review: Effigy #1 Burns Bright

 

Story: Tim Seeley

Art: Marley Zarcone

Colors: Ryan Hill

Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

Publisher: Vertigo

 

 

Gloomy, hard-hitting, make no apologies stories have been the status quo for fans who pick up any Vertigo book. After all this is the line that gave us The Sandman, Y: The Last Man, and The Wake.  Effigy by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash)and Marley Zarcone may only get two out of the three, but this book is a rare occurrence where that’s actually what makes it a must read.

Writer Tim Seeley crafts a story about unhealthy obsessions that feels like it could only be told in this day in age given how many cautionary tales childhood actors have turned into. Effigy follows Chondra Jackson, a once bubbly star of a futuristic kids-as-cops series called Star Cops who after a downward spiral of typecasting and an ill-advised sex tape bottoms out into the life of a far less glamorous small-town cop. The night-and-day portrayal of Chondra captures her disconnect prom prominence exquisitely. This first issue doesn’t read so much as a behind the music type story, but more of a caution as to what the world around you can become when live most of your life in the clouds then have to deal with crashing towards reality. As she goes from being a glorified meter maid to a true detective we’ll see the high price of fame take it’s toll on those close to her and complete strangers who probably want to love her to death… literally.

Marley Zarcone’s art starts strong with so much energy in telling the back story of Star Cops. Then by design it settles into a more rural style. While not quite as energetic, it plays into creating a dichotomy of Chondra’s two lives. At first glance Ryan Hill’s colors seem like such a basic job, but when you see the panels containing more visual effects; it actually works in better highlighting these moments. The art does more than just add to Chondra’s already engaging story, it buttresses the –child-star to messed up adult– dark tunnel the audience is going to be taken through.

In a week where you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a good comic, Effigy carves out a noticeable place for itself and on your pull list. Issue one sets up a world of glamour, ritual murder, and mystery that could lead to this series being one of Vertigo’s best 2015 books.


Dave has never been a child star but had a childhood crush on Winnie Cooper and Stephanie Tanner here more about it @bouncingsoul217

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3. Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!)

Fandom-inspired fashion certainly isn’t going anywhere; gone are the days of unisex, potato-sack tees as companies like WeLoveFine, Hot Topic and other retailers capitalize on the craze. The latest launch from Hot Topic is one of the most fandom-specific ones I’ve seen. It actually all revolves around a single character: Harley Quinn. And we have some to give away!

Some of these offerings are basically straight-up cosplay fodder, like the Harley suspender leggings and dress:

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Others aim at slightly more subtle/everyday approach, like an argyle cardigan or mesh-sleeve top:

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The collaboration from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Hot Topic, dubbed Harleen, is available now at a fairly reasonable price point (mostly the $20 – $30 range).

Also, if you’re one of those quizzie types, they’ve launched an app to hook you up with your ideal comics-related companion. While I’m not 100% convinced that the Joker is the right man for me, it’s only a few questions long and comes with a coupon for the gear at the end.

PLUS: Giveaway! You can win a Joker and Harley Quinn Mesh Girls Pullover Top! To enter, tweet “I have mad love for Harley Quinn, @hottopic and @comicsbeat” Prize supplied by Hot Topic, and winner selected in a random drawing. The contest will end Monday, February 2 at noon est. Tweet away!

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4. Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!)

Fandom-inspired fashion certainly isn’t going anywhere; gone are the days of unisex, potato-sack tees as companies like WeLoveFine, Hot Topic and other retailers capitalize on the craze. The latest launch from Hot Topic is one of the most fandom-specific ones I’ve seen. It actually all revolves around a single character: Harley Quinn. And we have some to give away!

Some of these offerings are basically straight-up cosplay fodder, like the Harley suspender leggings and dress:

10278175 HarleenLeggings hi 222x300 Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!) 10277465 HarleenDress hi 222x300 Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!)

Others aim at slightly more subtle/everyday approach, like an argyle cardigan or mesh-sleeve top:

10280926 HarleenCardigan hi 222x300 Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!) 10232899 DCHarleenMeshTop hi 222x300 Harley Quinn inspires new Hot Topic clothing collection (+giveaway!)

The collaboration from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Hot Topic, dubbed Harleen, is available now at a fairly reasonable price point (mostly the $20 – $30 range).

Also, if you’re one of those quizzie types, they’ve launched an app to hook you up with your ideal comics-related companion. While I’m not 100% convinced that the Joker is the right man for me, it’s only a few questions long and comes with a coupon for the gear at the end.

PLUS: Giveaway! You can win a Joker and Harley Quinn Mesh Girls Pullover Top! To enter, tweet “I have mad love for Harley Quinn, @hottopic and @comicsbeat” Prize supplied by Hot Topic, and winner selected in a random drawing. The contest will end Monday, February 2 at noon est. Tweet away!

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5. Mehcad Brooks is your new Jimmy Olsen in Supergirl

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When Melissa Benoist was cast as Supergirl last week for the CBS upcoming superhero drama of the same name, I had a feeling the Jimmy Olsen announcement could only be a few days away, given that the auditions for both roles were held pretty closely together.

Like magic, we now have a new Jimmy Olsen! Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives, True Blood) will be playing everyone’s favorite Daily Planet photographer/giant turtle-based superhero. Actually, the latter probably won’t happen sadly, but Brooks will surely have a camera in hand at some point.

The Supergirl iteration of Jimmy is described as “a smart worldly photographer for CatCo, the media company where Kara works. He had previously been working and living in National City for mysterious reasons, and his salt of the earth nature piques Kara’s interest”.

I’m not totally up on my Supergirl lore, but National City doesn’t ring any of my DC Comics bells (other than being the former name of the company). I assume its something created specifically for the new series.

There are a number of roles still to be cast, including: Cat Grant, Hank Henshaw – the Supergirl obsessed director of the Department of Extra-normal Operations, Kara’s CatCo colleague Wynn Schott, and Kara’s sister Alex.

 

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6. Review: Gotham Academy #4 Just Schooled You Son

By Davey Nieves

Gotham Academy #4

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Story: Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan

Art: Karl Kerschl

Color: Msassyk, Serge LaPointe

Letters: Steve Wands

Publisher: DC Comics

 

Written by Becky Cloonan(DEMO, Killjoys) and Brenden Fletcher(Batgirl, Assassin’s Creed), Gotham Academy #4 continues its mystery as young Olive Silverlock uncovers the ghost of the north hall. The academy itself is much like Gotham City, written with an atmosphere that makes it feel living but never outshines the characters. Along the way Olive’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend Kyle continues to reach a breaking point as a possible new interest literally catches her. It’s not just her love life that’s bending. Like any young girl, Olive finds fitting in has challenges of its own. In this issue her self-esteem will be tested as she stumbles upon gossip she might not be ready to deal with.  Readers are enticed with more details as to Silverlock’s forgotten summer and the burning question of what happened to her mother.  These pages flow so well together that once you hit the end of the book it feels like a crime not to dive right in to the next issue. One of the very few minuscule problems I’ve had with the series is the way issues leave readers on a cliffhanger but subsequently pick up moments after it in the next chapter. Hopefully with the major punch this issue ends on that won’t be the case for issue five.

While the book is a rich ensemble full of unique voices from Olive’s sister figure the spunky young Maps all the way through to Headmaster; issue four is more Olive’s book as you really see her three sides. Who she is among friends, who she is to herself, and the part of her she doesn’t know. Moments in the book like her confrontation with the “ghost” of Jane Cobblepot illustrate it best.

Gotham Academy is consistently a pretty book. It plays with a Manga influence that in most other American titles would be a deterrent. Karl Kerschl’s (Majestic, Teen Titans) line work is the first part of this recipe. Where a lot of Manga-style books stumble is in the framing of their shots. Kerschl’s work doesn’t suffer from that one bit as everything feels like a natural camera position. When you add the colors of MSASSYK and Serge LaPointe it makes the page vibrant in a way few books are. The end result feels like a hybrid of Anime, cinema, and emotional Disney animation.

The series isn’t without imperfections of its own, since the first issue there’s a stumble that merely tugs on you in the way a fly tugs on an elephant. It probably only knows it’s there but doesn’t really ruin their day.  Gotham Academy has so many moving parts that some thing feels as though it falls by the waste side when I’ve seen it. Bruce Wayne’s brief appearances; they almost feel shoehorned in. Granted the book is only in the orbit of the Batman universe by association, but that means the series should get to a point where it only needs Bat appearances when absolutely necessary. It’s a minor complaint that does little to hinder the enjoyment overall, but you know… internets.

Growing up in the 90’s, for me it was all about: Batman: The Animated SeriesPepsi, and the band Rancid. Perhaps what stood out to me most about TAS was how much I cared about the players who weren’t Batman. Two-Face, Leslie Thompkins, one and done Charlie Collins, even Gotham City itself were all stories I invested in. As of late, Bat group editor Mark Doyle has added books to the bat-ecosystem that have captured a similar type of magic previously only on Fox Kids programing. Gotham Academy has been an underrated prime example of it. Issue four continues its unfolding of the institution’s connection to Gotham’s lore through the lens of adolescence.

Ultimately, Gotham Academy is a niche audience book that outstretches its boundaries by being energetic and refreshing. While its Young Adult nature might not appeal to the hardcore superhero crowd; there’s a good story about a troubled girl trying to find herself, which in a way makes her relatable to millions of people out there. If the Gotham Academy team is a band, then issue number four is their Let’s Go. What’s scary and exciting about that is the possibility that issue five could be their And Out Come The Wolves. For the non-punk rock fans out there, what that boils down to is Gotham Academy #4 figures out the strengths of the series. Issue five could be where everything fires on all cylinders and I have no doubts that it will be a book I can enjoy being a 72yr old man and then pass on to my adolescent niece. In short the definition of all age storytelling.


If words like Gretzky, Clutch, Zayn, and Archie are in your vocabulary then feel free to follow and unburden your anger at Dave on twitter @bouncingsoul217

 

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7. Jason Momoa discusses Aquaman at Sundance

jason momoa Jason Momoa discusses Aquaman at Sundance

Upcoming Aquaman star Jason Momoa, who will be making his debut as the character in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fielded a few related questions during a panel at the Sundance Film Festival.

While you can listen to the full audio of the panel, here are the relevant bits pertaining to his role as Orin:

On the subject of meeting Zack Snyder regarding the role and having to lie about his involvement:

Well, things are going to be a little different. When I first went in I met with Zack (Snyder). His idea is pretty amazing. When I went in, he told me – my jaw kind of dropped. My jaw doesn’t normally drop. What he has planned for the DC world and definitely for Aquaman is something that, you know – I think I was brought on for a certain reason and they got some really cool plans for him. I’m really excited for everyone to see it.

Last year, when I was on this panel I was like eating chicken breasts and in training when I wasn’t supposed to talk about anything. I wasn’t supposed to say anything until 2016. So I told a bunch of people that they could punch me in the face if I was on it, so I’m going to get hit a couple times. But they finally released it. I was supposed to keep it a secret for 3 years.

When a 78 year old, long-time Aquaman fan asks him about Aquaman’s appearance in the new films:

Well, just going off what you’ve seen so far ma’am, I don’t think he is going to be blonde or white. I can’t really tell you because I haven’t shot it yet. I hate to disappoint. But um, you know, I’m a little different than what those others… I hope you watch it with an open heart.

POSSIBLE SPOILER…

At one point in the panel, the moderator points out that Michael Shannon was seen at Sundance wearing an Aquaman shirt, and directly asks Momoa regarding the rumored involvement of the actor in Batman v Superman. Momoa responded with silence and a dodge, pointing out how important the Aquaman role was to him and his Polynesian roots.

Regardless of rumors, it looks like we’ll have a dark haired/Conan-esque Aquaman, likely in the Peter David mold. I’m into it, but your mileage may vary.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016. Aquaman is scheduled to release on July 27, 2018.

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8. Entertainment Round-up: Gorilla Grodd, Dollmaker on Gotham, Baron Zemo?

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With warm wishes for our friends getting snowed upon in the Northeast, here’s a few items that have crossed the newswires this Monday morning:

The Flash is, on balance, probably my most looked-forward to superhero series each week (give or take Agent Carter), but nothing about that show excites me more than the upcoming appearance of Gorilla Grodd. He’s an evil, psychic, talking gorilla for pete’s sake! We don’t know much about who is voicing him or how CW’s generally meager budget will be able to manage the villain, but yesterday Andrew Kreisberg tweeted out the following:

Grodd is expected to appear this season. The high pierced squealing sound you hear upon his debut is probably me. Don’t mind it too much, okay?

Gotham continues to build up Batman’s rogues gallery and their latest acquisition is veteran actor Colm Feore, who will be playing The Dollmaker. You’ll probably best recognize Feore as Laufey from Thor (a movie that continues to grow in my estimation over the years). Gotham‘s version of The Dollmaker has ties to Catwoman as he’s behind the kidnapping of Gotham’s street children. A nicely surprising casting coup for the series.

MovieCastingCall.org has posted info regarding the upcoming shoot for Captain America: Civil War, which is filming not far from my home here in Atlanta. According to the write-up, Daniel Bruhl, who recently joined the cast of the upcoming Marvel film will be playing Baron Zemo. Additionally, here is their description of the plot:

In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S. government’s Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superpowered individuals register their powers and report to S.H.I.E.L.D.

I’d take this with a grain of salt right now, Baron Zemo is certainly the go-to guess regarding Bruhl’s role, but the site in question has been known to post potentially dubious info on occasion.

On that same subject matter, Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke with Empire regarding the third Captain America film and his upcoming appearance (via Collider):

They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else.’ It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.’

And he also described some of the character evolution in Tony that will lead to this antagonism between he and Steve Rogers:

It’s natural to change your views…The main thing to me is, what sort of incident could occur, and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues about where we might find him next are in Ultron. But what would it take for Tony to completely turn around everything he’s stood for? Joss brings this up all the time. It’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and yet when the movie’s over, nobody minds. What would the American government do if this were real? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?

 

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9. Melissa Benoist cast as Supergirl

 

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CBS has found the lead of their first superhero adaptation since The Flash debuted in 1990.

Melissa Benoist, who appeared most recently in the indie hit Whiplash, has been tapped for the role of Kara Zor-El in Supergirl, making her the third live action version of the character, following Helen Slater (Supergirl) and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville).

The hour-long drama, which does not yet have a series order, centers on a 24 year old version of Kara. After growing up with the Danvers family, who taught her to be careful in the use of her powers, she’s faced with an unexpected disaster that forces her to use those abilities in public. Kara begins to help the people of her city and thus is given the name “Supergirl”.

The pilot episode will be written by Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow) and Ali Adler (The New Normal).

Benoist is also known for her role on the Fox series Glee, the same series that brought Grant Gustin (star of the current iteration of The Flash) to prominence.

Supergirl finally gets CBS into the superhero game, as ABC (Agents of S.H.I.E..L.D., Agent Carter), NBC (Constantine), and FOX (Gotham) have all already debuted their comics-based series.

A Jimmy Olsen casting announcement, a character known to be a major part of Supergirl, will be announced imminently.

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10. Gotham to debut The Red Hood in a future episode

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When Gotham kicked off last year, the show began with a number of proto-versions of Batman’s Rogues gallery such as The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and of course The Penguin (who, played by Robin Lord Taylor, has sort of worked his way into MVP status on the show according to its fans, along with Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney).

Just a few episodes into its run, and rumors were already flying around regarding the Joker possibly appearing, either through red herrings in every episode, or even the wild theory that Oswald Cobblepot was actually the Joker.

Today, Executive Producer Bruno Heller has revealed that The Red Hood is coming to Gotham, and as we know, where that hood usually goes…the Joker is soon to follow.

From an interview via CBR:

There’s going to be an episode that involves the Red Hood…which picks up that strand, the costume strand, and sort of gives a kind of philosophical base, if that’s not too pretentious a word. Why costumes? What’s the power of costumes? What’s the power of a mask? All of that groundwork will be laid sort of culturally for that side of the DC Universe before we start rolling into the more spectacular spandex type of deal.

With Bruce at his current pre-teen state, who is going to drive The Red Hood into that infamous vat of chemicals? Perhaps this will be the first of the Red Hood gang and the eventual “Joker-to-be” comes later. Or maybe I’m putting more thought into this than Gotham‘s producers probably have. I’d love to be wrong.

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11. You’re Spinning an Event Out of WHAT? Sales Numbers from the Parents of Convergence and Secret Wars

convergence 300x225 Youre Spinning an Event Out of WHAT?  Sales Numbers from the Parents of Convergence and Secret WarsEvent comics are supposed to be the big sellers and pull in the widest possible audience, correct? (Key word being “supposed.”)

I’m looking at the December sales estimates and scratching my head over Convergence and Secret Wars.

Convergence is supposed to be spinning out of Futures End/Worlds End (and Worlds End is practically an extension of Earth 2).

Let’s have a look at what those were selling in December.

Futures End: 33,025 – 32,233
Earth 2: 30,273
Worlds End: 25,357 – 24,493

World’s End is returnable, so _in theory_ we should bump those numbers up 10%, so maybe it’s more like 27K – 26K for that title.

Still, do these sales look like something you want to devote the entirety of your publishing line to for two months? While it hasn’t been particularly played up, it looks like the more popular Superman arc of “Doomed” is also setting up elements of Convergence, but that’s been a few months.

It might be time to disavow all connection to those weeklies, if Convergence is to thrive.

Then, across town (for the moment, anyway) at Marvel, there’s the upcoming Secret Wars. We’ll ignore for the moment that they’re following Convergence with what most people feel sounds like the same basic plot.  Secret Wars is being presented as Jonathan Hickman’s swan song on the Avengers line of titles. Here’s the problem with that. Did you try to read Infinity, the last Avengers Event, without having gone back and read ALL of Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers? I did. And I had to go back to the library and catch up on both before I knew what was going on. The double-edged sword that is Hickman’s Avengers is the man is creating a ton of new characters and scenarios that you will not have seen before if you’re not reading those two books. Nobody comes close to Hickman for unleashing new concepts at Marvel. As far as Infinity goes, Avengers and New Avengers were the same comic, just “A” plot vs “B” plot and Infinity is where the two plots converged. Now, I’ve not cracked either title since Infinity, but it sure sounds like Secret Wars is going to be the two plots converging, especially the New Avengers plot about dimensional incursions and impending doom, so you have to wonder how easy it will be for a new reader to just jump into this without having read 3 years of Hickman’s Avengers and knowing what a Black Swan and so forth.

What were those titles selling in December?

Avengers: 47,062
New Avengers: 39,855

Those numbers aren’t exactly setting the world on fire, are they?

In the case of DC, there may be an element of putting the cart before the horse. It sounds like Convergence was put on the calendar before Futures End numbers were in and certainly before the Futures End numbers had settled down or Worlds End had started.

In the case of Marvel, they just don’t have that many ongoing books selling over 50K. Take a look at how the last three issues of Avengers and X-Men Axis sold: 70,194 – 69,449. (For context, Justice League was at 72,081.) Avengers and X-Men Axis wasn’t an event, so much as an arc of Uncanny Avengers gussied up to look like an Event. Those are really good numbers for Uncanny Avengers. But a Marvel event outsold by Justice League?  Let’s just say between sales and catching up on Avengers continuity, it’s probably a very good thing they’re going to be issuing some sort of primer for Free Comic Book Day.

Perhaps DC and Marvel should be a little less obsessed with spinning events out of their respective universes and a little more focused on stories people want to read? This Event formula seems to be wearing thin.

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Have you read Todd’s book Economics of Digital Comics?  You can also ignore him on Twitter at @Real_Todd_Allen

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12. Which DC Heroes and Villains were on Didio’s Original ‘Hit List’ for Infinite Crisis?

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By Alexander Jones

Modern comic events usually spell out impending doom for a select few of the superheroes we have grown to love. DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio gave some insight into the publishing company process on how they decide which of these heroes stay among the living, and which others enter the revolving door of comic book death. A white board attached to the planning stages on Infinite Crisis, a DC Comics event that riffed on the 1985 classic Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline was shared by Didio via Facebook.

Lately the Co-Publisher has been sharing other thoughts and ramblings on his career as well.

There is actually something that he calls a ‘hit list’ mentioned on the page, which seems to outline some of the major plot beats of the event. The ‘hit list’ also breaks down of some of the deaths that were meant to happen in the original plot for Infinite Crisis. Similar to DC’s latest Forever Evil event, there is reference to the death of Dick Grayson as Nightwing and a whole lot more.

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Just goes to show you what I know and how I remember it. It seems that life needs to imitate art as I have to retcon my last posting slightly. As the fates would have it, right after I finished writing I went back to cleaning the basement and came across some of the original whiteboard pages I saved from the initial meeting (see attached to this post) where the road to Infinite Crisis was paved. It appears my dates were off. My conversation with Grant on Hypertime was actually in 2003 prior to his signing with DC and the meetings that led to Infinite Crisis were in early 2004.
Now, back to the story, but first, a confession (not a surprise), I love comic book continuity. I love the idea of a shared universe and how stories can weave and connect to create an even greater story. It’s what hooked me on comics in the first place and held me to this very day. Granted, continuity can also constrict ideas and be a crutch for lazy storytelling, but when done right, there’s nothing more exciting than watching a universe (or multiverse) unfold and build in front of you. And in my early meetings with Paul, when I first because Executive Editor, I talked about how we could produce stories that looked at the line as a whole rather than individual titles or character lines. That way, all boats would rise together.
Judd Winick, Greg Rucka and Geoff Johns were doing great work for both Marvel and DC when I broke into the business and I made it my business to get them over to DC exclusively. Geoff had a clear voice and vision of the DC Universe with an understanding that moved the characters into the future while honoring the past, Judd had heart, humor and a willingness to try anything that allowed him to push boundaries, and Greg had a gravitas, focus and attention to detail that gave every character and story he wrote depth and weight. An equilateral triangle of talent. Once signed, we went right to work setting the course of the universe. For three days we meet, along with DC Editor Eddie Berganza, at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank and charted the course for the DC Universe. It was a two year plan that started with Identity Crisis and finished (for the moment) with Infinite Crisis. The goal was to create a defining moment every few months that the universe could rally around, each time raising the stakes as we built to Infinite Crisis. At the time of this meeting, Greg, Judd and Geoff were writing a Batman title, a Superman title, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Flash, JSA, Titans, and Outsiders (and they were about to add Shazam and JLA to the mix), so regardless of any other writers joining in the story, they could carry it themselves with the collective weight of their own titles. (the idea for the Countdown one shot and the four Road to Infinite Crisis mini-series would come later).
As I said earlier, I love continuity but I also know, first hand, how frustrating it can be. While I was on Superboy with Jimmy Palmiotti, we were asked to participate in a crossover that not only interrupted our story, but forced us to rewrite three issues. Not the best of experiences. So the plan was to give as much advance warning and flexibility to the other series with the hope other writers and titles would follow suit and join in the story.
Even that worked out better than we imagined.
PS. Photos of the original whiteboard pages of timeline for Crisis, with the original HIT LIST, always fun to see where we started now that we know where it ended up. Most importantly, no matter what we planned or did, none of it would have mattered without the fans love and support. My thanks to all you who went with us and continue to join us in this amazing ride. All the best, DD

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13. Gotham renewed for second season

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It’s not a surprise, given that it was a fairly big ratings success, but FOX has renewed the Batman prequel series Gotham for another season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network felt confident in bringing back the Bruno Heller-created series based on its strong performance in the key 18-49 year old demographic, where it pulls a 4.2 rating. Additionally, Gotham draws around an average of 10.6 million viewers per episode. It also ranks as the #1 drama among men in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos.

Also, THR’s report states that Gotham‘s live-plus-seven ratings, which take DVR numbers into account, give it the largest post-three-day ratings boost of any drama ever!

People sure love their Batman! I dropped out after the third episode, but is The Beat readership still enjoying it? Does another year of the series seem like a good prospect?

 

 

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14. WB Animation debuts trailer for Batman vs. Robin

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Earlier this week, WB Animation announced the voice cast for Batman vs. Robin, the 23rd feature in their DC Universe Animated Film line-up. Today, they debut its initial trailer via IGN…take a look below at the first animated appearance of the Court of the Owls.

Batman vs. Robin hits stores in the Spring.

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15. Review: Fables: The Wolf Among Us stars a well-realized wolf in Sheriff’s clothing

by Edie Nugent

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Artists: Steve Sadowski, Shawn McManus, Travis Moore

Colorist: Lee Loughridge

Letterer: Sal Sipriano

Cover Artist: Chrissie Zullo

Editor: Rowena Yow

Publisher: Vertigo

It seems fitting that Fables: The Wolf Among Us is Vertigo’s “first ever digital-first series” according to the publisher’s website. If you can parse that distinction, meaning Vertigo has never before released a comic series in digital format prior to it’s print debut, it makes a strange sort of sense that they chose this particular series to hold the title of first-ever first digital. Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 is a comic series based on the popular Telltale video game series of the same name, which was itself based on the 14-time Eisner award winning series from creator Bill Willingham. While the digital version of Fables: The Wolf Among Us launched in early December 2o14 and is set to release “chapter 6″ of the ongoing story today, print-format fans get a good opportunity to catch up to digital readers with Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 as it collects the first three chapters of the digital story in this first print issue.

The comic runs very close to the story, dialogue and plot of the Telltale game while also providing additional back story and details for a more in-depth story than the game provides. Having played the first installment of the game and now read this series, I found the first three chapters to be an enjoyable read. It was a solid decision to enlist Matthew Sturges in translating the video game story to comic form, his previous work on the Fables comic series that birthed the game that served as template for the comic (is your head spinning yet?) comes through in the additional material added to chapter 1. Sturges is aided by newcomer Dave Justus in the writing department and their collaboration is seamless: all the writing seems of a piece.

The decision to set the series as a prequel to the events in the original run of Fables was a good one: it is an easily understood entry point for new readers while also rewarding faithful fans of the aforementioned comic series, which began in 2002. The concept is simple: the fairy tale characters we all know have been chased out of their Homeland by a malevolent force. They’ve escaped to our world, setting up a new home in colonial America which later becomes New York City. Some are of means and can purchase glamours to hide their non-human appearance when applicable, others cannot.

We get to see Bigby Wolf (the second “b” stands for bad) as the newly minted Sheriff of Fabletown, as he responds to a domestic violence call from Mr. Toad (Wind in the Willows fans might be a bit shocked by his language) who reports a disruption in his upstairs neighbor’s apartment. Bigby is understandably not eager to take the call, as Toad’s upstairs neighbor is The Woodsman and their last confrontation of fairy tale legend didn’t end well for Bigby . The Woodsman proves he is still the brute with an ax he was back in the Homeland, beating up a mysterious woman called  Faith who has resorted to prostitution to make ends meet in our mundane world. Bigby’s efforts to subdue him, however, only serve to escalate the violence.

Faith proves to be pretty lethal herself, dispatching the Woodsman handily just as he gains the advantage in his fight with Bigby. Faith is unruffled by the proceedings, taking her injuries and unpaid work for the Woodsman in stride. Bigby takes pity on her situation, and gives her what little money he has on him to help cover the debt. He also arranges to meet up with her later to get a statement detailing her abuse after she has returned to her boss with Bigby’s cash. Of course, any character that essentially says “I’ll be right back” is in narrative danger. Charmingly, when Bigby returns to his apartment to decompress, we run into another of the Sheriff’s former enemies: one of the three little pigs is crashed out on Bigby’s couch. This pig, known as Colin, demands whiskey and chain smokes while chastising the Sheriff for his lone-wolf habits. Also featured are some of Bigby’s earliest interactions with Snow White and Beauty (who is hiding from her Beast for unknown reasons).

The art across all the issues is different enough to showcase the style of the three artists: Steve Sadowski (chapter. 1), Shawn McManus (Chapter. 2), and Travis Moore (Chapter. 3), but also cohesive enough to provide a nice continuity of design. The series will hopefully go on to introduce more of the iconic Fables characters, while also making good on the answer to the compelling mystery set out in these first three chapters of the series.

 

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16. Tom Hardy drops out of Suicide Squad, Jake Gyllenhaal a possible replacement

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David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is now a man down (I wonder how many puns like this are being formulated across the blogosphere). Tom Hardy, thanks to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant going over schedule into March, and his already existing promotional schedule for Mad Max: Fury Road, has been forced to drop out of the super-villain team-up.

Considering I’d argue he was the finest actor in the cast that was officially announced (check out Locke sometime if you haven’t), this would seem to be a huge loss for the production. Now, Warner Bros. is looking to find a new Col. Rick Flagg and they may already have someone in mind.

According to The Wrap, the studio is courting Jake Gyllenhaal, who recently starred in, and should have been Oscar-nominated for, Nightcrawler. WB has long flirted with Gyllenhaal for various comic-based roles, most notably he was almost cast as Batman in Batman Begins. But don’t let recent pictures from Nightcrawler fool you, Gyllenhaal has put on some serious bulk for his upcoming role in Southpaw.

Suicide Squad currently stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevinge. Viola Davis and Jesse Eisenberg are still in talks to join the picture as well.

Suicide Squad opens on August 5th, 2016.

 

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17. Review: Justice League Throne of Atlantis Animated Goes Deep

By Davey Nieves

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is the animated film follow up to last year’s Justice League: War that introduced the New 52 to DC Animation. The last few movies have been a roller coaster of quality. Flashpoint Paradox was excellent while War and Assault on Arkham suffered from execution problems. While the film has a few standout moments Justice League: TOA doesn’t quite parallel the emotional strength of its Geoff Johns Aquaman source material.

Directed by Ethan Spaulding, the film blends two of Johns early New 52 Aquaman arcs as the audience is presented the origin of Arthur Curry. Then we shift to the mysteries of the deep and totalitarianism of Orm (Ocean Master) as he attempts to wage war on the surface world. Also dealing with the fallout from the War film are the members of the Justice League. We have to continue to see them come together as a team because apparently Darkseid’s invasion just wasn’t enough of a reason to form on a regular basis. The team crosses paths with Atlantis and the brooding enigma that is Aquaman when weapons of mass destruction are stolen from an underwater military submarine. Along the way to recovering the missiles, the league must find Arthur Curry to avoid an all out war between Atlantis and the surface world.

Where ToA stumbles isn’t so much in the execution but in the little things that you can’t ignore. Not following the books is understandable. Building the DC Animated into its own universe is a great way to create a unique identity for the brand. Plus, I’ve always been of the mindset: why make something where the intended audience already knows what’s going to happen next. That being said, ToA has an overall compacted feeling. It rushes through so much of its material causing it to feel diluted and unnecessary. The Superman/Wonder Woman relationship, Cyborg’s coming to terms with being more machine than man; it all could have been better played with or at the very least given more screen time.

Screen Shot 2015 01 13 at 4.40.14 PM 300x168 Review: Justice League Throne of Atlantis Animated Goes DeepJason O’Mara, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore and Sean Astin return as Batman, The Flash, Cyborg and Shazam. Joining them are Jerry O’Connell, Rosario Dawson, and Sumalee Montano as Superman, Wonder Woman and Mera. Voice acting performances feel a bit unbalanced due to what seems like bad writing. Nathan Fillion has always been a great Hal Jordan but here the performance is so short that he never really gets a moment. Which is true of almost the entire cast and a big problem for having Justice League on the box art. Rosario Dawson’s voicing of Wonder Woman was superb and the film could have used more of it. Most of the weight was carried by Matt Lanter voicing Aquaman whom on his own turned in an adequate performance. Though that isn’t what you want out of a Ferrari or the title character of your movie.

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Justice League has some things that did land on target. The animation is as crisp as any of the better-animated movies like Under the Red Hood and Flashpoint. Where animation excels even beyond film is in the action and this movie has some great scenes like the tidal wave and VR submarine reenactment. One thing that the film did well more so than most recent DC Animated movies is the acting drawn into the characters. Eye movements, twitches, and the fluidity of there movement in battle all surpass previous entries. Visually, everything just clicks on this movie. The credits scene also raises some questions because I’m curious to hear what it leads to since the next films are based on Court of Owls, and an original story by Bruce Timm called Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Both of which are set for 2015 releases.

Ultimately Justice League Throne of Atlantis probably suffers more from its scheduling than anything else. So many of its moving parts feel rushed and uncoordinated that it doesn’t serve the tremendous material it came from. My advice, rent it or watch it once on your favorite digital platform.

Justice League Throne of Atlantis is available now on Digital HD and on Blu-Ray and DVD January 27, 2015.


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18. JUST DO IT: Brian Buccellato Joins Image with Sons of the Devil (Interview)

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By: Alexander Jones

Author Brian Buccellato is looking to steer his career in a brand new direction with the upcoming Sons of the Devil comic from Image, announced at the Image Expo with artist Toni Infante. He seems to have a new frame of mind as well, sporting a beard and a sleek red sweater. The author was ready to tell the press all about the trials and tribulations of Sons of the Devil, and about how taking the comic from Kickstarter to Image is the right way for fans to experience the story. With the short film of the same name announced on Image’s website, Buccellato is looking to diversify the Sons of the Devil experience. Along the way Comics Beat checked in with his DC work, as Buccellato is also the writer on Detective Comics with Francis Manapul which is welcoming Anarky to the cast of villains.

We’re talking Sons of the Devil. I know you Kickstarted the comic at first, but why then decide to take the big leap and bring the comic to Image?

“There is a whole world of entertainment out there and Image allows creators to flex those muscles.”

Kickstarter was a way to get the one-shot and the film going, and to be honest, the film cost me more than the Kickstarter. It was a head start, and really got me the chance to make Sons of the Devil a reality. I always wanted it to be an ongoing series, but the sad reality of it is that unless you are with Image, it’s hard to do it on your own. I tried that with Foster years ago, and it was very difficult to sustain. Luckily my buddy Kyle Higgins showed pages to Eric and that got me in the door. Once that opportunity presented itself it was just a no-brainer. Image is the top of the game. They treat you well, and it’s the best way to survive with a series.

Could you give us a quick elevator pitch for the comic?

Sons of the Devil follows an adult orphan who’s a blue collar worker living in Venice. He’s having some abandonment issues. He grew up in foster care, and he’s had a rough life. He’s a good guy who doesn’t know who his parent’s are. He figures out his dad was a murderous cult leader.

Is there a definitive launch date for the title?

I don’t have it yet, but it’s going to be early summer. Toni is already done on the first issue, and we are inking the second issue. It’s completely penciled. The earliest would probably be May. It will more than likely probably be shipping in July.

How did you meet Toni Infante?

I found him. I was looking for just the right artist when Sons of the Devil was just a concept.  I was like “I can’t do this book unless I have the right artist.” I was looking online, I was scouring and tweeting. Marie Javins, who is an editor at DC now, had suggested I check out Behance which is like an international website portfolio. I was scrolling through, looking at all the artists, and I looked at a European comic he did. He has no experience with American comics at all. I cold emailed him and told him, “I would love to work with you” and he said “Yeah, sure.” What do you need to make this happen?  We talked about it and he was onboard.

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How does the short film correlate with some of the work in the comic?

It’s the same story told from a different perspective. They are different mediums. The short film is geared towards being a digital series. If you actually lined up the order of the events, the short film would probably be issue three with the comic. I started earlier with the story in the comic. Oddly enough, because of casting and just how things worked out, the character in the short is older. Travis is 30 in the film, but in the comic he’s 25. So I think there’s gonna be some differences just because it’s also in a different medium. We are going to focus on different aspects of it. Each one enriches the other without overlap.

Should fans watch the Sons of the Devil short or read the comic first?

That is a good question. I would read issue one and then watch the short. The short is going be available before the comic, but I would rather people watch the film. Hopefully it will drive them to read the comic. There is only one scene that overlaps in the two.

How exactly do you balance your output with DC and your own creator-owned work?

That’s always a funny question. Deadlines are deadlines in publishing. There’s a date the book’s got to come out, and you know that you have to get it done by then. All your planning goes around when that book’s gotta come out. To me, I’d rather sit down and write a whole issue of something than just write five pages of something and then jump to detective or jump to Injustice. You know what your responsibilities are, you want to make it happen, you want to work hard, because you want the stuff to come out, so you just do it.

That’s a great mantra for artists to abide by.

Yeah, you know I know Nike says “just do it” but writers should say “just do it” too.

Can you tease anything about the return of Anarky in Detective Comics?

What can we tease? It’s more of our origin of Anarchy. All is not as it seems. I think the reveal of who Anarky is, is gonna shock some people. I want them to chill, and read the whole arc before they get mad at us.

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That’s not going to happen on the Internet!

Just read all the issues before you decide that we suck. The Anarky story is truly about what would you do if you had the chance to start over? That’s something that Bruce considers and I think that will play out throughout Detective.

Is there anything else you would like to say about joining the stable of Image creators on stage today?

I am really just honored. Everyone knows that Image is the prestige, the respect. It’s the place people go for creator-owned material. You saw all the artwork. I was in awe of all the new books. Of course, they showed all the books from last year and all these covers. I thought wow, there’s just so much great stuff. I love Marvel and DC comics, I love the Big Two stuff, but this is something different. I think they both can succeed. I don’t think the Big Two is the enemy or Image is the upstart. There is a whole world of entertainment out there and Image allows creators to flex those muscles.

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19. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: November 2014 – Where’s My LEGO Batman?!

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by David Carter

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

Sales were down in November for DC as compared to October. Though October was a five-week month and more books naturally shipped that month, the average sales for DC as a whole and in each product category were down in November as well. But nothing to be too concerned about, as sales in the second two-thirds of 2014 are up roughly 10% as compared to the first third of 2014. Credit both the weekly Batman Eternal and the freely-orderable variant program for that increase.

Speaking of variant’s, this month’s was LEGO. It’s hard to see the month-to-month effects of the different variants and they’re now being somewhat subsumed by other effects like attrition, crossovers, creative changes, etc. But there were a few titles with LEGO variants that saw a slight increase in sales for no other apparent reason which may be an indicate that retailers ordered the LEGO covers at a slightly higher level than they did last month’s Monsters variants (all other things being equal). Anecdotal evidence from some retailers (e.g. Mike Sterling of Sterling City Comics) points to a definite in-store attraction to these LEGO covers, and suggests that perhaps DC is leaving money on the table by not producing a comic based on the wildly popular LEGO Batman video games. (Though perhaps licensing issues are prohibitive)

The other shoe dropped since the writing of last month’s column as DC’s March 2015 solicitations arrived and announced the end of fourteen ongoing monthly titles in advance of the Convergence Gap. I’m calling it the Convergence Purge. This monthly titles that are ending are:

Aquaman and the Others
Arkham Manor
Batwoman
Earth 2
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern: New Guardians
Infinity Man and the Forever People
Klarion
Red Lanterns
Secret Origins
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie
Swamp Thing
Trinity of Sin
Worlds’ Finest

Here’s the list again in declining sales order (of the November on-sale issues):

34,109 – Green Lantern Corps
31,722 – Earth 2
30,907 – Arkham Manor
25,681 – Green Lantern: New Guardians
25,654 – Red Lanterns
21,377 – Secret Origins
19,709 – Worlds’ Finest
16,840 – Swamp Thing
15,889 – Aquaman and the Others
15,795 – Batwoman
15,097 – Trinity of Sin
11,413 – Klarion
9,350 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
7,546 – Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie

If you scroll down to the end of the column to the Sales Index for the DCU, I’ve marked the cancelled series with a carat (^) so that you can see where these stand in relation to the other DCU titles.

The reasons for each title’s ending vary, but they fall into these main groups:

* Sales. Most of the titles on the bottom end of the DCU sales index are being cancelled. Of those that are apparently surviving, several have current or pending multimedia tie-ins (Green Arrow, Constantine, Justice League Dark).

* A long-needed pruning of the Green Lantern Line, from five titles down to two (Green Lantern and Sinestro surviving).

* Story reasons, mainly Earth 2 & Worlds’ Finest, since it appears that there won’t be an Earth 2 anymore.

* Titles that were just launched, but perhaps were never meant to last past six issues anyway and weren’t announced as limited series for marketing reasons. This includes Arkham Manor and Klarion, and possibly Trinity of Sin as well.

(Some cancelled titles may fit into more than one of the above…)

If you then include the three weekly series that are ending on April 1 (Batman Eternal, New 52 Futures End, and Earth 2 World’s End), that leaves a hole of twenty-six issues in the DCU’s alleged target of fifty-two a month, or nearly half of their publishing slate.

We have almost no idea as to what DCE’s plans are for the DCU post-Convergence. We’re pretty sure that there will be another Batman weekly comic, though probably not launching right away in June. Beyond that things are less clear. Will DC try to fill their whole slate back up to fifty-two right away? Or will they take a more measured approach. What will the character be of any new titles? There are some indications that we’ll see a less heavy top-down editorial imposition of a house style in favor of more quirky and buzz-worthy comics in the vein of Batgirl, Harley Quinn or even Gotham Academy. Not every title can be a top-selling blockbuster, and DC may do well to aim for midlist titles that get a particular demographic excited and posting on the Twitters and Tumblrs. The downside of this approach is that in the history of the New 52 the market has proven hostile to most of the quirky original comics (e.g. Frankenstein, OMAC, I Vampire, The Movement, G.I. Zombie, etc.) so it may take some untraditional marketing muscle, and the attraction of new creative talent with their own online following, to make such an approach work.

We won’t really know what DCE’s plans are until March when the June solicitations are released (though we may get some leaks and other indications earlier).

Some of the cancelled titles may see a relaunch post-Convergence, either immediately or in the next year or two (I’m looking at you, Swamp Thing), and I will not be surprised to see a new title in the Green Lantern line launch in June.

Another point to note: If I’m counting correctly, this means that of the fifty-two launch titles in the New 52 back in 2011, only sixteen will make it past their fortieth issue: Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Supergirl, Superman, Wonder Woman.

None of the second- or third-wave titles will survive past March, and the batting average for subsequent titles is pretty poor as well (though to be fair Batman Inc. & JLA were selling well but cancelled due to story reasons rather than sales). Harley Quinn being the only unqualified success, Batman/Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman doing okay, Constantine surviving due to the television series, and it being too soon to judge more recently-launched titles.

I said in the last column that in this month’s column I’d address the future of Vertigo, but discussing the Convergence Purge has gone on too long and this column is already late, so Vertigo will have to wait until a future column…

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 last 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.)

3 - BATMAN ($3.99)
11/2004: Batman #634    --  63,769 
11/2009: Batman #693    --  68,983 
11/2010: Batman #704    --  65,212
11/2011: Batman #3      -- 150,984
11/2012: Batman #14     -- 159,729 
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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%) 
11/2014: Batman #36     -- 115,183 (-  3.1%) 
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6 months: +  5.5%
1 year  : -  8.3%
2 years : - 27.9%
5 years : + 67.0%
10 years: + 80.6%
Since #1: - 48.4%

An extra-sized issue at its regular ($4) price, supposedly due to lobbying from writer Snyder that charging $5 for a monthly Batman comic probably wasn’t good for the long-term health of comics.

What we’ve seen in the recent past is that your general Wednesday comics buyer is pretty immune to price increases for comics they feel they really want. You can charge $3 or $4 or $5 for a top-selling comic like Batman or Amazing Spider-Man or Justice League and it won’t have that much effect on sales. Where that price increase ends up taking its pound of flesh is in the mid-tier, as consumers adjust their buying habits and drop titles to make up for the increases in the top-selling titles.

Standard attrition here despite the price-drop.

10 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
11/2004: JLA #108            --  63,355 [65,882]
11/2009: JL of America #39   --  89,376
11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887
11/2011: Justice League #3   -- 168,679
11/2012: Justice League #14  -- 113,094
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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%)
11/2014: Justice League #36  --  74,796 (-  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.4%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 33.9%
5 years : - 16.3%
10 years: + 13.5%
Since #1: - 72.4%

Sales appear to have settled-in at the mid-70K range, which while the lowest the title has been since the New 52 reboot, are historically pretty good for the main Justice League title.

12 - 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%)
11/2014: Harley Quinn #12 --  71,245 (+  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.6%
1 year  : - 51.6%
Since #0: - 51.6%

Sales rise a bit, maybe due to the Power Girl guest appearance, prominently featured on the regular cover? In any event, rising sales for a regular issue are always a good sign. This is the top-selling $3 book of the month.

15 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
11/2013: Superman Unchained #4  -- 110,611 (-18.9%)
12/2013: Superman Unchained #5  --  96,322 (-12.9%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: Superman Unchained #6  --  94,147 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Superman Unchained #7  --  69,523 (-26.2%)
08/2014: -- 
09/2014: Superman Unchained #8  --  62,815 (- 9.6%)
10/2014: -- 
11/2014: Superman Unchained #9  --  65,478 (+ 4.2%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 40.8%
Since #1: - 75.9%

Final issue for the delay-plagued Scott Snyder/Jim Lee showcase. Given the popularity of the two creators, one has to think that the many delays contributed greatly to the less-than-stellar sales. At least they were able to finish it up in time to get the hardcover collection out in time for the holiday shopping season.

18 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
11/2004: Wonder Woman #210 --  25,964
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265
11/2010: --
11/2011: Wonder Woman #3   --  65,621
11/2012: Wonder Woman #14  --  42,384
-------------------------------------
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  --  31,094 (+  0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 (-  1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32  --  48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33  --  37,431 (- 22.4%)
08/2014: -- 
09/2014: Futures End #1    --  69,497 (+ 85.7%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #34  --  35,774 (- 48.5%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #35  --  35,968 (+  0.5%)
11/2014: Wonder Woman #36  --  58,965 (+ 63.9%)
-----------------
6 months: +  92.4%
1 year  : +  75.8%
2 years : +  39.1%
5 years : + 124.5%
10 years: + 127.1%
Since #1: -  38.5%

The new creative team arrives this month to give Wonder Woman’s sales a much-needed shot in the arm. While critical reaction to the Finches’ take on the character have been mixed, you cannot deny that David Finch’s art sells funny books.

20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
11/2004: Detective Comics #800 --  52,399
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941
11/2011: Detective Comics #3   -- 111,197
11/2012: Detective Comics #14  --  74,560
-----------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36  --  58,171 (+  1.4%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.7%
1 year  : -  9.7%
2 years : - 22.0%
5 years : +  6.9%
10 years: + 11.0%
Since #1: - 63.1%

Sales rise a smudge on the second of a two-part fill-in by Benjamin Percy & John Paul Leon.

22 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99)
11/2009: Batman and Robin #6  --  95,690
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600
11/2011: Batman and Robin #3  --  86,309
11/2012: Batman and Robin #14 --  75,543
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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%)
11/2014: Batman and Robin #36 --  55,289 (+  1.2%)
----------------
6 months: + 31.2%
1 year  : +  3.6%
2 years : - 26.8%
5 years : - 42.2%
Since #1: - 52.4%

Another title showing a small but positive increase. It’s possible that retailers (on the whole) ordered a bit bigger on the LEGO covers than they did on the Monsters covers.

25 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
11/2004: Superman #211  -- 106,469 [110,683]
11/2009: Superman #694  --  34,430
11/2010: Superman #705  --  46,261
11/2011: Superman #3    --  86,386
11/2012: Superman #14   --  52,572
---------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Superman #36   --  52,272 (-  2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 29.0%
1 year  : + 33.0%
2 years : -  0.6%
5 years : + 51.8%
10 years: - 52.8%
Since #1: - 65.2%

Standard attrition.

27 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99)
08/2014: The Multiversity #1  -- 90,551 
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W    #1  -- 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just         #1  -- 53,301 (- 18.0%)
11/2014: Pax Americana    #1  -- 51,490 (-  3.4%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 43.1%

Last month I predicted that sales would rise for Pax Americana, given that it was a take-off on Watchmen and drawn by Frank Quitely. I was wrong.

Despite the scheme of making every issue a #1, Multiversity is following the canonical sales pattern for a new series.

28, 30, 32, 33 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)
04/2014: Batman Eternal #1  -- 105,754           [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2  --  84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3  --  79,703 (-  4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4  --  78,009 (-  1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5  --  73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6  --  70,983 (-  3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7  --  68,251 (-  3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8  --  68,523 (+  0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9  --  68,295 (-  0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 --  67,203 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 --  65,770 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 --  65,374 (-  0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 --  63,828 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 --  63,138 (-  1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 --  62,137 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 --  61,149 (-  1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 --  60,013 (-  1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 --  58,998 (-  1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 --  58,368 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 --  57,906 (-  0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 --  57,525 (-  0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 --  56,793 (-  1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 --  56,152 (-  1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 --  56,002 (-  0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 --  55,662 (-  0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 --  54,199 (-  2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 --  53,511 (-  1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 --  52,918 (-  1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 --  52,284 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 --  52,438 (+  0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 --  51,133 (-  2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 --  50,709 (-  0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 --  50,230 (-  0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 --  49,748 (-  1.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.8%
Since #1: - 55.1%

Dips below 50K for the first time. A sales pattern regularity that would make Metamucil jealous.

31 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
11/2004: Batgirl #58    -- 31,056  [32,932]
11/2009: Batgirl #4     -- 34,697
11/2010: Batgirl #15    -- 25,827
11/2011: Batgirl #3     -- 69,971
11/2012: Batgirl #14    -- 77,468
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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%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36    -- 50,247 (- 19.8%)
-----------------
6 months: + 59.4%
1 year  : + 23.3%
2 years : - 35.1%
5 years : + 44.8%
10 years: + 52.6%
Since #1: - 53.1%

Second month of the new creative team and direction, and sales drop, but on the low side for a typical second issue.

A second print of #35 also shipped in November, but didn’t sell enough to make the top 300 chart (cut-off this month was 5,214).

34 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
11/2004: Superman/Batman #13 -- 157,949
11/2004: Superman/Batman #14 -- 121,831 [127,527]
11/2009: Superman/Batman #66 --  52,143
11/2010: Superman/Batman #78 --  31,337
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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%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 --  48,581 (-  3.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.3%
1 year  : - 37.1%
5 years : -  6.8%
10 years: - 66.0%
Since #1: - 67.8%

Drops below 50K for the first time. Issue-to-issue drops of 3.x% are within standard attrition, though a bit on the high side of that.

35 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
11/2004: Nightwing #99  -- 33,708
11/2011: Nightwing #3   -- 64,098
11/2012: Nightwing #14  -- 50,720
---------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Grayson #4     -- 47,590 (- 10.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.3%
1 year  : +  8.1%
2 years : -  6.2%
10 years: + 41.2%
Since #1: - 41.6%

Drops below 50K while still searching for its natural level. Nothing to be concerned about; it looks like Grayson will settle in as a mid-list performer in the low- to mid-40K range.

38 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
11/2004: GL: Rebirth #2     --  86,273 [138,252]
11/2009: Green Lantern #48  -- 100,371
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173
11/2011: Green Lantern #3   -- 122,644 
11/2012: Green Lantern #14  --  78,499
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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%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36  --  46,157 (+  0.6%)
-----------------
6 months: +  5.5%
1 year  : - 15.0%
2 years : - 41.2%
5 years : - 54.0%
10 years: - 66.6%
Since #1: - 72.7%

Sales rise a smidge for the second month of the line-wide crossover.

40 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
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%)
11/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #13 -- 44,013 (-  8.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.9%
1 year  : - 26.9%
Since #1: - 56.6%

New writer Tomasi debuts, but sales drop as the book searches for its post-‘Doomed’ level.

44 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
11/2004: Action Comics #821 --  38,880
11/2009: Action Comics #883 --  33,386
11/2010: Action Comics #895 --  33,089
11/2011: Action Comics #3   -- 134,876
11/2012: Action Comics #14  --  64,341
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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%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36  --  41,835 (-  7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  1.8%
1 year  : - 10.1%
2 years : - 35.0%
5 years : + 25.3%
10 years: +  7.6%
Since #1: - 79.2%

Another title searching for its post-‘Doomed’ level.

50 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436

A showcase for artist Ben Templesmith (of 30 Days of Night) and spinning out of Batman Eternal. One might have hoped for stronger debut numbers, but it also looks to be the case that the Bat-universe of titles is getting saturated.

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51 - FLASH ($2.99)
11/2004: Flash #216       --  43,618  [49,350]
11/2009: Flash Rebirth #5 --  73,875
11/2010: Flash #6         --  57,673
11/2011: Flash #3         --  90,417
11/2012: Flash #14        --  48,012
-----------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Flash #36        --  38,145 (+  1.8%)
-----------------
6 months: + 11.4%
1 year  : -  8.8%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 48.4%
10 years: - 22.7%
Since #1: - 74.2%

Sales rise a few hundred copies. It's hard to tell at this point if this is some sort of LEGO variant effect or the sign of increased interest in the title.

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71, 84, 87, 89 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99)
10/2014: E2 World's End #1  -- 48,249
10/2014: E2 World's End #2  -- 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #3  -- 38,496 (-  4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World's End #4  -- 37,874 (-  1.6%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #5  -- 36,395 (-  3.9%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #6  -- 31,248 (- 14.1%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #7  -- 30,378 (-  2.8%)
11/2014: E2 World's End #8  -- 29,636 (-  2.4%)
----------------
Since #1: - 38.6%

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.)

The second month worth of E2WE comes in and things are not looking promising. It has dropped below 30K which is already lower than the longer-running Batman Eternal and Futures' End weeklies have gone. This was always going to a be a tough sell, but its so far rapid decline should advise against any future attempts by DC to do three weekly series simultaneously.

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55 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
11/2004: Teen Titans #18  -- 61,537 [65,142]
11/2009: Teen Titans #77  -- 46,239
11/2010: Teen Titans #89  -- 26,444
11/2011: Teen Titans #3   -- 60,758
11/2012: Teen Titans #14  -- 39,745
-----------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4   -- 36,364 (-  7.2%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 12.3%
2 years : -  8.5%
5 years : - 21.4%
10 years: - 40.9%
Since #1: - 30.5%

At the current rate of decline it looks like this will settle down eventually in the low 30K range, which isn't all that much higher than were the previous series ended. It might have behooved DC to let this concept rest for a bit instead of going into an immediate relaunch.

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56 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
11/2011: Deathstroke #3  -- 33,754 
11/2012: Deathstroke #14 -- 14,452 
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10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
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2 years : +151.6%

That's a percentage drop that's a bit on the high side for a second issue, but this iteration of Deathstroke is still way above where the previous incarnation ended.

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60 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
11/2011: Suicide Squad #3      -- 40,827
11/2012: Suicide Squad #14     -- 63,691 [69,185]
-----------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4  -- 34,920 (- 11.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 58.3%
1 year  : + 29.0%
2 years : - 49.5%
Since #1: - 29.1%

Still looking for its post-relaunch level. It's likely to be in the upper 20K range.

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61, 63, 67, 69 - THE NEW 52 -- FUTURES END ($2.99)
05/2014: Futures End #0  -- ?????? 
05/2014: Futures End #1  -- 77,867 
05/2014: Futures End #2  -- 62,862 (- 19.3%) 
05/2014: Futures End #3  -- 59,148 (-  5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4  -- 58,496 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5  -- 53,645 (-  8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6  -- 51,543 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7  -- 50,266 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8  -- 49,138 (-  2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9  -- 52,083 (+  6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 -- 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 -- 45,222 (-  1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 -- 43,228 (-  4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 -- 42,803 (-  1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 -- 41,185 (-  3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 -- 40,541 (-  1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 -- 40,077 (-  1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 -- 39,750 (-  0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 -- 38,778 (-  2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 -- 38,377 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 -- 37,990 (-  1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 -- 37,861 (-  0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 -- 36,468 (-  3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 -- 36,120 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 -- 35,937 (-  0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 -- 35,585 (-  1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 -- 35,452 (-  0.4%)
11/2014: Futures End #27 -- 34,692 (-  2.1%)
11/2014: Futures End #28 -- 34,601 (-  0.3%)
11/2014: Futures End #29 -- 34,202 (-  1.2%)
11/2014: Futures End #30 -- 33,942 (-  0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 46.8%
Since #1: - 56.4%

The six month comparison here is to only issues #1-4 in May, since we have no idea what the sales figures were for the FCBD #0 issue.

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62 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)
04/2014: Justice League United #0  -- 68,431 
05/2014: Justice League United #1  -- 64,209 (-  6.2%) 
06/2014: Justice League United #2  -- 62,928 (-  2.0%) 
07/2014: Justice League United #3  -- 47,919 (- 23.9%) 
08/2014: Justice League United #4  -- 42,504 (- 11.3%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1            -- 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5  -- 38,066 (- 47.7%) 
11/2014: Justice League United #6  -- 34,610 (-  9.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 46.1%
Since #0: - 49.4%

Still dropping at a higher percentage than is optimal at this point. Usually by the seventh issue of a title things have settled in to close to standard attrition rates. Despite this being a rather good super-hero team title, the lack of marquee characters appears to be making this a tough sell.

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68 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
11/2009: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 90,391
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448
11/2011: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 65,393
11/2012: Green Lantern Corps #14 -- 49,594
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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%)
11/2014: Green Lantern Corps #36 -- 34,109 (-  0.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 19.9%
1 year  : - 11.1%
2 years : - 31.2%
5 years : - 62.3%
Since #1: - 64.0%

A barely perceptible drop of just over 100 copies for the second installment of the line-wide crossover. Which is why they do these things.

Ends in March, the highest-selling title in the Convergence Purge.

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72 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
09/2004: Aquaman #24    -- 21,605
11/2011: Aquaman #3     -- 69,137
11/2012: Aquaman #14    -- 53,664
------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36    -- 32,838 (+  1.9%)
-----------------
6 months: +  2.4%
1 year  : - 20.4%
2 years : - 38.8%
10 years: + 52.0%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Adds a few hundred copies this month. Because maybe it's finally found its sales level? Or some sort of LEGO effect? These are historically good numbers for an Aquaman solo title (not written by Geoff Johns).

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76 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
11/2012: Earth 2 #6     -- 58,271
------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28    -- 31,722 (- 16.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.1%
1 year  : - 20.4%
2 years : - 45.6%
Since #1: - 69.0%

A steep drop, but there was no LEGO variant and this was the first time since DC's freely-orderable variant program began that the main Earth 2 title didn't participate. So we basically have a correction back to where the level should be without the variants.

Ends in March, as part of the Convergence Purge.

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79 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (-28.2%)

A typical second issue drop. There was a second printing of the first issue in November, but as with Batgirl above it didn't sell enough to make the top 300 chart (cut-off this month was 5,214).

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80 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99)
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1  -- 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2  -- 30,907 (- 32.7%)

Already announced as ending after issue six and not surviving the Convergence Purge. I suspect that, given the premise, this was always planned to have a limited run and sales have little to do with the decision; DC just decided to advertise it as an ongoing to see what would happen. (Except for event series like Forever Evil, limited series in the New 52 have not fared well.)

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85 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
11/2009: Supergirl #47  -- 29,159
11/2010: Supergirl #58  -- 25,412
11/2011: Supergirl #3   -- 50,784
11/2012: Supergirl #14  -- 31,270
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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%)
11/2014: Supergirl #36  -- 28,373 (+  7.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 24.5%
1 year  : + 11.8%
2 years : -  9.3%
5 years : -  2.7%
Since #1: - 61.8%

Supergirl get a new direction and creative team this month, but the increase of 2K copies is most likely due to the title joining the freely-orderable variant program for the first time.

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91 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
11/2004: Catwoman #37   -- 26,107
11/2011: Catwoman #3    -- 52,196
11/2012: Catwoman #14   -- 63,653
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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 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36   -- 26,237 (+  1.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 30.2%
1 year  : - 11.0%
2 years : - 58.8%
10 years: +  0.5%
Since #1: - 65.3%

Adds a new hundred copies this month. as with other titles this month that show slight increases, it's hard to tell if this is because of interest in the new direction or the variant LEGO cover's appeal.

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93 - LOBO ($2.99)
11/2009: Highway to Hell #1 -- 18,247
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10/2014: Lobo #1            -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
10/2014: Lobo #2            -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
-----------------
5 years : + 41.8%

A percentage drop a bit on the steep side for a second issue.

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95 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
11/2011: New Guardians #3  -- 59,774
11/2012: New Guardians #14 -- 47,062
------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: New Guardians #36 -- 25,681 (-  3.8%)
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6 months: +  7.5%
1 year  : - 19.9%
2 years : - 45.4%
Since #1: - 73.4%

The second installment in the line-wide crossover slides back into standard attrition.

Ending in March as part of the mini-GL Purge inside of the Convergence Purge.

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96 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
11/2011: Red Lanterns #3  -- 60,823
11/2012: Red Lanterns #14 -- 40,779
-----------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Red Lanterns #36 -- 25,654 (-  3.3%)
----------------
6 months: +  5.5%
1 year  : -  7.7%
2 years : - 37.1%
Since #1: - 71.2%

Ditto.

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99 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
11/2011: Justice League Dark #3  -- 51,674
11/2012: Justice League Dark #14 -- 28,966
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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%)
11/2014: Justice League Dark #36 -- 24,495 (+  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.3%
1 year  : - 36.8%
2 years : - 15.4%
Since #1: - 70.1%

Adds a nearly imperceptible thirty-three copies this month. Which of course is better than declining.

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103 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
11/2004: Green Arrow #44  -- 32,159
11/2009: Arrow/Canary #26 -- 17,384
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575
11/2011: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,899
11/2012: Green Arrow #14  -- 21,825
-----------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36  -- 21,842 (-  6.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.0%
1 year  : - 26.2%
2 years : +  0.1%
5 years : + 25.6%
10 years: - 32.1%
Since #1: - 69.8%

These aren't quite the lowest numbers the New 52 version has seen, but they're getting close. Presumably a Green Arrow comic will be kept around as long as the television series is on the air.

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107 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)
04/2014: Secret Origins #1  -- 38,742 
05/2014: Secret Origins #2  -- 32,966 (- 14.9%) 
06/2014: Secret Origins #3  -- 28,351 (- 14.0%) 
07/2014: Secret Origins #4  -- 37,181 (+ 31.1%) 
08/2014: Secret Origins #5  -- 24,126 (- 35.1%) 
09/2004: --
10/2014: Secret Origins #6  -- 24,775 (+  2.7%) 
11/2014: Secret Origins #7  -- 21,377 (- 13.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 35.2%
Since #1: - 36.1%

Cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge. Not terribly surprising, as they're running out of A-List characters to headline and in this day and age consumers don't seem to be interested in the origins of B- and C- list heroes. Which is a total change from when I was a kid and loved to read more about obscure characters. But then the economics of buying comics is a lot different these days. Plus The Internet.

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111 - 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%)
11/2014: Batman 66/GH #6 of 6 -- 20,534 (-  9.2%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 31.4%

A bit of a steep drop for the final issue but still manages to stay above 20K and is the top non-DCU title for November. In all these were pretty good sales for this sort of thing.

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114 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
11/2012: Worlds' Finest #6  -- 34,338 
-------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Worlds' Finest #28 -- 19,709 (-  2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.7%
1 year  : - 10.1%
2 years : - 42.6%
Since #1: - 71.7%

Back down below 20K for its lowest sales yet. Ending in March as part of the Convergence Purge along with the parent title (Earth 2), to no one's surprise.

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117 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
11/2010: Red Hood Lost Days #6  -- 22,123
11/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #3  -- 50,140
11/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #14 -- 37,710
-------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 -- 19,245 (-  3.0%)
----------------
6 months: -  9.5%
1 year  : - 37.2%
2 years : - 49.0%
Since #1: - 72.6%

Surprisingly not being cancelled in May. I have no idea where DC thinks they're going to go with this title to improve things; I can't imagine that yet another creative team change will make any difference.

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118 - 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%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11 -- 18,642 (- 5.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.7% 
Since #1: - 66.0%

The highly touted return of the Bwah-hah-hah era Booster Gold and Blue Beetle sees... yet another decline. Also not being canceled in the Convergence Purge.

If JL3K continues to drop 5% each month it will be down below 10K by issue #24...

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123 - BATMAN '66 THE LOST EPISODE ($9.99)
11/2014: Batman '66 Lost #1 -- 17,865 

Adaptation of an unused Harlan Ellison story treatment by Len Wein and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Good sales for an oversized $10 comic, though I'm not sure those ordering it realized it was for just 30 pages of story and a bunch of back matter. (Most of that back matter was a reproduction of Garcia-Lopez's pencils for the entire story, which for someone like me is like catnip and well worth the extra cost; not too sure about others though.)

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126, 131 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
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%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3  -- 17,243 (- 3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4  -- 16,741 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  : - 25.2%
Since #1: - 13.3%

Approaching the point where standard attrition starts to become a problem, and digital sales appear to be waning as well. Combined sales are still likely okay to keep things going for a while, but unless there's a sequel to the video game around the corner, Year Three may be the final year for Injustice.

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129 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
11/2004: Swamp Thing #9  -- 16,790
11/2011: Swamp Thing #3  -- 44,660
11/2012: Swamp Thing #14 -- 42,036
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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%)
11/2014: Swamp Thing #36 -- 16,840 (-  3.0%)
----------------
6 months: -  7.7%
1 year  : - 20.3%
2 years : - 59.9%
10 years: +  0.3%
Since #1: - 77.1%

Ending in March as part of the Convergence Purge. But don't worry Swampy fans, I'm sure that the character will return in his own title again at some point.

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133 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 -- 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 -- 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 -- 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4 -- 16,573 (-  7.9%)
----------------
Since #1: - 44.1%

Featuring the second half to the Gilbert Hernandez story. So far keeping pace with sales for Adventures of Superman, so we can perhaps expect this to last about as long (nineteen issues). Things might improve if they can do something about the mismatch between the covers and the stories inside

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136 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)
04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1  -- 34,056 
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2  -- 26,198 (- 23.1%) 
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3  -- 23,109 (- 11.8%) 
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4  -- 20,520 (- 11.2%) 
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5  -- 18,639 (-  9.2%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 53,531 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Aquaman & Others #6  -- 17,086 (- 68.1%) 
11/2014: Aquaman & Others #7  -- 15,859 (-  7.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 39.5%
Since #1: - 53.4%

Cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

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137 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
11/2010: Batwoman #0    -- 43,891
11/2011: Batwoman #3    -- 61,997
11/2012: Batwoman #14   -- 36,395
--------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Batwoman #36   -- 15,795 (-  5.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.5%
1 year  : - 39.2%
2 years : - 56.6%
Since #1: - 82.0%

Cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

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138 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
11/2004: Hellblazer #202 -- 15,254
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645
11/2011: Hellblazer #285 --  9,500
11/2012: Hellblazer #297 --  9,146
----------------------------------
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 -- 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19 -- 15,716 (+  0.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.3%
1 year  : - 25.1%
2 years : + 71.8%
5 years : + 48.9%
10 years: +  3.0%
Since #1: - 58.3%

A slight uptick of less than a hundred issues. Holding steady for a month maybe because of anticipated demand from the TV show?

Not part of the Convergence Purge, though with slim chances of the TV show being renewed the prospects of the comic lasting much beyond that are also fairly dim.

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141 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
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%)
11/2014: Batman '66 #17 -- 15,585 (- 2.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.4%
1 year  : - 41.8%
Since #1: - 69.1%

Outsold this month by both of its spin-off titles.

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145 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99)
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 -- 15,097 (- 33.4%)

Already slated for cancellation with issue #6 in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

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150 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 -- 23,501 
11/2014: Flash Season 0 #2 -- 14,287 (- 39.2%) 

A somewhat steep second issue drop for the TV tie-in series.

(IIRC a Season Zero of the Flash series would be Barry in a coma, so I'm not sure what this comic is focusing onmaybe the background stories of the various supporting characters?)

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165 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99)
09/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 -- 14,066 

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

The top-selling Vertigo title of the month, though the other recent Vertigo minis, The Names and Bodies, debuted in the mid-17Ks, so this is not an auspicious start for The Kitchen.

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158 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2004: Fables #31  -- 25,061
11/2009: Fables #90  -- 20,882
11/2010: --
11/2011: Fables #111 -- 17,687
11/2012: Fables #123 -- 16,220
------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Fables #146 -- 13,412 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.0%
1 year  : -  6.8%
2 years : - 17.3%
5 years : - 35.8%
10 years: - 46.5%
Since #1: - 39.1%

Last month's statistical blip is corrected for. Counting down to the final issue #150 in March.

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163 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
11/2012: Unlimited #10 -- 19,004
---------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Universe #16  -- 13,211 (- 3.8%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.7%
1 year  : - 21.8%
2 years : - 30.5%
Since #1: - 43.4%

One unknown factor in the main DCE editorial offices moving out the California is what affect if any their close proximity to those overseeing the Digital-First comics will have on the program. Will there be a higher sales expectation out of the Digital-First titles? Will there be an expansion of the Digital-First line? Will there be Digital-First titles that are directly in the main DCU? I suppose we'll have to wait and see

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164 - BATMAN ESSENTIALS ($1.00)
08/2014: Dark Knight Ret. #1 -- 17,518
09/2014: Batman and Son   #1 -- 18,188
09/2014: Gotham Central   #1 --  9,252
10/2014: The Black Mirror #1 -- 12,437
11/2014: Batman: Year One #1 -- 12,979

A bargain priced reprint of Batman #404 by Miller and Mazzucchelli.

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171 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2004: --
11/2009: --
11/2010: --
11/2011: --
11/2012: --
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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%)
11/2014: Astro City #17  -- 12,055 (- 3.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : - 24.8%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 56.5%

Manages to stay above 12K this month.

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176 - KLARION ($2.99)
10/2014: Klarion #1  -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 
11/2014: Klarion #2  -- 11,413 (- 45.3%) 

Ouch. Not surviving past issue #6 in March. As with Arkham Manor this may not have been conceived as anything other than a six-issue series, though in this case these sales would definitely lead to a quick cancellation regardless.

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179 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
11/2012: Arrow #1            -- 25,442 
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10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 -- 17,364 (+113.1%) 
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 -- 11,121 (- 36.0%) 
----------------
1 year  : - 56.3%

Not a promising second issue drop.

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180 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
11/2012: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 17,499 
------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19 -- 11,022 (- 4.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 11.3%
1 year  : - 27.3%
2 years : - 37.0%
Since #1: - 56.4%

The final issue stays above 11K. Relaunched in December.

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184 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2012: Fairest #9  -- 17,417
------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Fairest #31 -- 10,471 (- 2.2%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 39.9%
Since #1: - 67.0%

Looks like it will probably remain above 10K though its final issue in January.

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196 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 -- 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 -- 12,390 (- 22.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1       -- 45,586 (+267.9%)
10/2014: Infinity Man & FP #4 -- 10,275 (- 77.5%)
11/2014: Infinity Man & FP #5 --  9,350 (-  9.0%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 62.5%

Something of a tie-in to the Green Lantern crossover "Godhead," though not touted as such on the cover. Falls below 10K, and it is no surprise that this is cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

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204 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 -- 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 -- 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 -- 13,884 (-  9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 -- 11,348 (- 18.3%)
11/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #5 --  8,920 (- 21.4%)
----------------
Since #1: - 56.5%

Continuing ugly drops in its print incarnation.

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205 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)
11/2004: Smallville #11        -- 12,103
11/2012: Smallville S11 #7     -- 19,104
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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%)
11/2014: Smallville Chaos #4   --  8,841 (- 8.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 22.3%
1 year  : - 33.5%
2 years : - 53.7%
10 years: - 17.5%

That's kind of a hefty drop, percentage-wise. The next mini, Continuity, will be the last.

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Coming in at #220 are 7,983 copies of last month's Harley Quinn Annual #1, bringing its total up to a whopping 105,295.

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222 - 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%) 
11/2014:Bodies #5 of 8 --  7,926 (-10.2%) 
----------------
Since #1: - 53.5%

The declines show no signs of stopping.

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233 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2009: Tiny Titans #22   --  8,100
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34   --  7,713
11/2011: Tiny Titans #46   --  7,748
---------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Treehouse #6 of 6 --  7,873 (-  8.8%)
-----------------
5 years : -  2.8%
Since #1: - 39.5%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. Drops a bit too much for the final issue. Art & Franco are now busy over at Dark Horse doing their trademark treatment on that company's characters.

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227 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)
07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 -- 18,762 
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 -- 11,724 (- 37.5%) 
09/2014: Futures End #1    -- 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 --  9,228 (- 79.2%) 
11/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #4 --  7,546 (- 18.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 59.8%

To the surprise of just about no one, SSWS will be another victim of the Convergence Purge.

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239 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1  -- 13,036
12/2013: --
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 (-31.1%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6  --  8,333 (- 7.8%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7  --  7,530 (- 9.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.7%
1 Year  : - 42.2%
Since #1: - 42.2%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. This month was The Flintstones, which doesn't seem to have been as big as a draw as the super-hero guest stars have been.

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254 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 -- 17,266 
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 --  9,056 (- 47.6%) 
11/2014: The Names #3 of 8 --  6,926 (- 23.5%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 59.9%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

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243 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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%)
11/2014: Coffin Hill #13 --  6,752 (- 5.4%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 53.3%
Since #1: - 72.0%

I'll give this to Vertigo: They seem to be sticking with this title...

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255 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19   -- 12,036
11/2011: The Unwritten #31   -- 10,434
11/2011: The Unwritten #31.5 -- 10,183
11/2012: The Unwritten #43   --  8,791
------------------------------------
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%)
11/2014: Unwritten vol2 #11  --  6,293 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 13.4%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 28.4%
Since #1: - 47.4%

Penultimate issue.

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297 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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)
11/2014: FBP #15     --  5,288
-----------------
6 months: - 27.0%
1 year  : - 49.1%
Since #1: - 74.0%

Returns to the chart, mainly because the floor got lower.

+300 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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)
11/2014: Hinterkind #13 --  ????? (< 5,214)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+300 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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)
11/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #11 --  ????? (< 5,214)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

Two Vertigo titles don't make the top 300 this month. DBD appears to have been stealth cancelled as of December's issue #12; HInterkind has been solicited through March so far.

---

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2004: Scooby-Doo #90                -- 5,280
11/2009: Scooby-Doo #150               -- 4,044
11/2010: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #3  -- 4,861
11/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #15 -- 4,701
11/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #27 -- 5,032
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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)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 -- ????? (< 5,214)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

Scooby-Doo also doesn't make the top 300 this month.

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

DC COMICS
11/2004: 31,940
11/2009: 28,913
11/2010: 25,497
11/2011: 41,414
11/2012: 34,272
---------------
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: 31,598 (- 32.6%)**
11/2014: 28,654 (-  9.3%)**
-----------------
6 months: -  9.8%
1 year  : - 12.3%
2 years : - 16.4%
5 years : -  0.9%
10 years: - 10.3%

DC UNIVERSE
11/2004: 40,291
11/2009: 38,488
11/2010: 34,180
11/2011: 46,670
11/2012: 36,585
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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: 39,978 (- 36.9%)
11/2014: 36,710 (-  8.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.2%
1 year  : +  4.0%
2 years : +  0.3%
5 years : -  4.6%
10 years: -  8.9%

VERTIGO
11/2004: 15,289
11/2009: 11,036
11/2010:  9,034
11/2011: 10,355
11/2012: 11,487
---------------
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%)**
11/2014:  8,511 (-  6.1%)**
-----------------
6 months: - 27.7%
1 year  : - 39.0%
2 years : - 25.9%
5 years : - 22.9%
10 years: - 44.3%



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

+ 92.4% - Wonder Woman
+ 59.4% - Batgirl
+ 58.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 31.2% - Batman and Robin
+ 30.2% - Catwoman
+ 29.0% - Superman
+ 24.5% - Supergirl
+ 19.9% - Green Lantern Corps
+ 11.4% - Flash
+  8.6% - Harley Quinn
+  8.3% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  7.5% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
+  6.7% - Detective Comics
+  5.5% - Batman
+  5.5% - Green Lantern
+  5.5% - Red Lanterns
+  2.4% - Aquaman
+  1.8% - Action Comics
-  3.3% - Justice League Dark
-  3.4% - Justice League
-  4.0% - Fables
-  4.7% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  6.7% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.8% - Fairest
-  7.0% - Green Arrow
-  7.7% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  7.7% - Swamp Thing
-  7.9% - Superman/Wonder Woman
-  8.1% - Earth 2
-  9.5% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 10.3% - Batman/Superman
- 10.3% - Constantine
- 11.3% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 12.6% - Astro City
- 13.4% - The Unwritten: Apocalypse
- 14.3% - Injustice
- 14.5% - Batwoman
- 16.4% - Batman '66
- 22.3% - Smallville Season 11
- 27.0% - FBP
- 28.7% - Justice League 3000
- 28.8% - Batman Etermal
- 35.2% - Secret Origins
- 39.5% - Aquaman and the Others
- 46.1% - Justice League United
- 46.8% - The New 52 - Futures End

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

+ 75.8% - Wonder Woman
+ 33.0% - Superman
+ 29.0% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 23.3% - Batgirl
+ 12.3% - Teen Titans
+ 11.8% - Supergirl
+  8.1% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  3.6% - Batman and Robin
-  6.8% - Fables
-  7.7% - Red Lanterns
-  8.3% - Batman
-  8.8% - Flash
-  9.7% - Detective Comics
- 10.1% - Action Comics
- 10.1% - Worlds' Finest
- 11.0% - Catwoman
- 11.1% - Green Lantern Corps
- 15.0% - Green Lantern
- 19.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 20.3% - Swamp Thing
- 20.4% - Aquaman
- 20.4% - Earth 2
- 21.8% - Batman Beyond Universe
- 24.8% - Astro City
- 25.1% - Constantine
- 25.2% - Injustice
- 26.2% - Green Arrow
- 26.9% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 27.3% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 33.5% - Smallville Season 11
- 36.8% - Justice League Dark
- 37.1% - Batman/Superman
- 37.2% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 39.2% - Batwoman
- 40.8% - Superman Unchained
- 41.8% - Batman '66
- 42.2% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 49.1% - FBP
- 51.6% - Harley Quinn
- 52.3% - Coffin Hill
- 56.3% - Arrow

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

+151.6% - Deathstroke
+ 71.8% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 39.1% - Wonder Woman
+  0.1% - Green Arrow
-  0.6% - Superman
-  6.2% - Grayson (Nightwing)
-  8.5% - Teen Titans
-  9.3% - Supergirl
- 15.4% - Justice League Dark
- 17.3% - Fables
- 20.6% - Flash
- 22.0% - Detective Comics
- 26.8% - Batman and Robin
- 27.9% - Batman
- 28.4% - The Unwritten
- 30.5% - Batman Beyond
- 31.2% - Green Lantern Corps
- 33.9% - Justice League
- 35.0% - Action Comics
- 37.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 37.1% - Red Lanterns
- 38.8% - Aquaman
- 39.9% - Fairest
- 41.2% - Green Lantern
- 42.6% - Worlds' Finest
- 45.4% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 45.6% - Earth 2
- 49.0% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 49.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
- 53.1% - Batgirl
- 53.7% - Smallville Season 11
- 56.6% - Batwoman
- 58.8% - Catwoman
- 59.9% - Swamp Thing

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

+124.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 67.0% - Batman
+ 51.8% - Superman
+ 48.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 44.8% - Batgirl
+ 41.8% - Lobo
+ 25.6% - Green Arrow
+ 25.3% - Action Comics
+  6.9% - Detective Comics
-  2.7% - Supergirl
-  2.8% - Tiny Titans
-  6.8% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
- 16.3% - Justice League (Justice League of America)
- 21.4% - Teen Titans
- 35.8% - Fables
- 42.2% - Batman and Robin
- 48.4% - Flash
- 54.0% - Green Lantern
- 62.3% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+127.1% - Wonder Woman
+ 80.6% - Batman
+ 52.6% - Batgirl
+ 52.0% - Aquaman
+ 41.2% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 13.5% - Justice League (Justice League of America)
+ 11.0% - Detective Comics
+  7.6% - Action Comics
+  3.0% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  0.5% - Catwoman
+  0.3% - Swamp Thing
- 22.7% - Flash
- 32.1% - Green Arrow
- 40.9% - Teen Titans
- 46.5% - Fables
- 52.8% - Superman
- 66.0% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
- 66.6% - Green Lantern


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

DCU: Average: 36,710. Median: 34,202.

3.1 - Batman
2.0 - Justice League
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.8 - Superman Unchained
1.6 - Wonder Woman
1.6 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Batman and Robin
1.4 - Superman
1.4 - The Multiversity
1.4 - Batman Eternal (31)
1.4 - Batman Eternal (32)
1.4 - Batgirl
1.4 - Batman Eternal (33)
1.4 - Batman Eternal (34)
1.3 - Batman/Superman
1.3 - Grayson
1.3 - Green Lantern
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.1 - Action Comics
1.0 - Gotham by Midnight
1.0 - Flash
1.0 - Earth 2 World's End (5)
1.0 - Teen Titans
1.0 - Deathstroke
1.0 - New Suicide Squad
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (27)
0.9 - Justice League United
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (28)
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (29)
0.9 - Green Lantern Corps ^
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (30)
0.9 - Aquaman
0.9 - Earth 2 ^
0.9 - Earth 2 World's End (6)
0.8 - Gotham Academy
0.8 - Arkham Manor ^
0.8 - Earth 2 World's End (7)
0.8 - Earth 2 World's End (8)
0.8 - Supergirl
0.7 - Catwoman
0.7 - Lobo
0.7 - Green Lantern: New Guardians ^
0.7 - Red Lanterns ^
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Secret Origins ^
0.5 - Worlds' Finest ^
0.5 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.5 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Swamp Thing ^
0.4 - Aquaman and the Others ^
0.4 - Batwoman ^
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Trinity of Sin ^
0.3 - Klarion ^
0.3 - Infinity Man and the Forever People ^
0.2 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie ^

(^ = regular monthly titles cancelled in March 2015)


Vertigo: Average: 8,511*. Median: 6,926*

1.7 - The Kitchen
1.6 - Fables
1.4 - Astro City
1.2 - Fairest
0.9 - Bodies
0.8 - The Names
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.7 - The Unwritten
0.6 - FBP
0.6 - Hinterland *
0.6 - Dead Boy Detectives *


Digital First & Other: Average: 12,812*. Median: 13,211*.

1.6 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Batman '66 The Lost Episode
1.3 - Injustice Year Three (3)
1.3 - Injustice Year Three (4)
1.3 - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.2 - Batman '66
1.1 - Flash Season Zero
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.9 - Arrow Season 2.5
0.9 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.7 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.7 - Smallville Chaos
0.6 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.6 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.4 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You? *

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, or my former neighbor's dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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20. The CW announces Vixen animated series as part of “Arrow-verse”

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The CW, hot on the heels of their announcement that both Arrow and The Flash have been renewed for fourth and second seasons respectively, revealed that DC super-heroine Vixen will be joining the shared universe of both hit series in an animated offering on the online network CW Seed.

Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim will executive produce the new series that will debut this Fall. Based on the promo art, it looks like we’ll see some type of appearance from Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. Does that portend Stephen Amell or Grant Gustin lending their voices? Signs look good, but we’ll know more soon.

Hopefully this is just a prelude to a live-action Vixen appearance in either series, or her own series proper. A minority actress starring in a superhero show would be a tremendous move for the network in the near future.

With a “pre-Vibe” Francisco on The Flash, this Vixen announcement, and a name-dropped Ralph Dibny (maybe dead, maybe not), we keep creeping closer and closer to Justice League Detroit territory. I can’t say I ever imagined that possibility arising.

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21. Lego Batman 3 Arrow DLC Available Today Complete With Brooding

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By Davey Nieves

Released back in November for every major gaming platform, Lego Batman 3 : Beyond Gotham continued TT Games series of taking one of the most beloved franchises ever and making them just plain adorable for our enjoyment. The game itself is an enjoyable romp as you step into the Lego shoes of your favorite DC Comics character as they build and destroy in order to stop the nefarious Brainiac from bottling the planet.

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One thing the franchise has mastered over the last few games is the attention to fan service. Lego Batman 3 was full of things like playing the old Wonder Woman TV theme every time she flies through the air or even including characters like DC Comics creators Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Today they add to the expansion of the game by releasing a new downloadable content pack based on the hit TV series Arrow. The pack includes new characters like Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Slade Wilson, and even an adorably stubbled Arrow himself. In addition to the characters and vehicles, there will be a new level based on Queen’s time stranded on a deserted island.

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After playing it, I can tell you it’s short but fun. Just hearing Stephen Amell’s voice in a Lego game is worth the price alone. The whole story behind the new level pokes fun at Arrow and overzealous continuity fanboys alike with memorable jokes from the get go. While the DLC bundles for the game have been a hit with the Dark Knight bundle and a miss with the Man of Steel pack, Arrow is definitely one of the better ones.

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is available on Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo platforms. The new Arrow DLC is available today to owners of the game’s season pass option or as a standalone download for an additional price of $2.99 on Playstation Network and Xbox Live.


 

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22. A stroll down memory lane: Dan DiDio’s personal history of The Crisis Era

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Say what you will about Dan DiDio: in his time as DC’s first executive editor then co-publisher, he’s remade a lot of what made the company tick, starting with Identity Crisis, the controversial but best selling mini series that kicked off what we at Stately beat Manor call The Crisis Era. (Infinite Crisis and the misleadingly named Final Crisis would follow). As DC’s spring move to the west coast closes the cover on more than 75 years of comics history, DiDio is revisiting his own 13 years at DC on his FB page, as so many do as the new year starts and the cold wind howls outside…so step inside with us for some cocoa and Dan DiDio’s fireside chat:

Part one:

LinkedIn (which I rarely use), has just informed me that I am celebrating my 13th anniversary at DC Comics, which, honestly, completely slipped my mind. And on a cold day like today, where I’m trapped in the house reorganizing and cleaning, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic over my time spent with this great company. But I also remember what a challenge the first year was and how I almost didn’t make it to year two. So, this weekend, I will ask your indulgence, as I come across things that have me reminiscing about the last 13 years, I will probably recant stories about them.

In that first year, my first official act as a DC employee was to cancel the Superboy series I was currently writing with my good friend, Jimmy Palmiotti. Sales were soft and felt the need to lead by example (a tact I unfortunately had to repeat with the New 52 and OMAC). Also had my first talent encounter (Keith Giffen jamming his head in my doorway and telling me to run as fast as I can), my first professional fanboy moment (standing in Bob Schreck’s office as Frank Miller was displaying Dark Knight Strikes Again pages), my first editorial meeting with the legendary Julie Schwartz (where he delivered my unofficial state of the Union, the “every ten years the DC Universe needs an enema” speech) and the first, of what would be many, “spirited” debates with, my soon to be good friend, Bob Wayne over how to sell DC Comics, where Bob delivered the our rally cry, “you give me something to sell, and I can sell the shit out of it.”

At that moment, it was “game on.”

Part Two

Still cold out, and have absolutely no desire to start putting away Christmas decorations (at least, right now),so back to reminiscing.

2002, was frustrating but informing. While I was well versed in business and comics, I had a lot to learn about the comics business, Paul Levitz gave me enough rope to hang myself (which I did on several occasions), and great editors like Karen Berger and Andy Helfer taught me there was more to comics than super heroes (Andy was an editor ahead of his time, Paradox Press was the forefather of progressive companies like Top Shelf, and his support of manga was just a few years too early). Bob Harras, who was freelance editing with Wildstorm at the time, also offered some welcome advice on the ins and outs of the comic biz and the different editing styles of the different companies. So armed with enough knowledge to dangerous, I decided to dive in.

My first attempt at editing ended in failure, with an inability to launch a Thunder Agents title, which was to be written by the talented Marc Andreyko (we later tried again to some short lived success), and I was having a hard time ingratiating myself into the existing system. Also, the price of a monthly comic ranged from 2.25-2.95, (pretty proud that we been able to hold as many books to the 2.99 price into 2015 as we have) but the priority was placed on prestige books (better paper stock, looser schedules and continuity)which came with a higher price. As a kid I struggled over what comics I had to drop when prices were raised from 20 to 25 cents, so I was always cautious over the cost of our hobby. The book store market wasn’t nearly as strong then and digital comics were about ten years away. I believed then, and still believe now, the long term success and health of this business was in the monthly books. We needed the comic shops to be the monthly and weekly destination for the fans, and our job (and still is), is to have something exciting for them to read every week. But with the emphasis shifting to the random release of prestiges, the monthlies, at least with DC, were taking a back seat. And since more people were reading monthlies, at the time, than prestige books or original graphic novels, and we needed someway to jump start interest in our monthlies again.

Enter Jim Lee.

Part Three:

Well, I caved. The decorations are put away and the furniture is back in place. But it’s still cold outside, so it’s time for soup, Dark Shadows complete series dvd disc 15 (Barnabas doesn’t show up till 20) and a few more musings.

Always tough to do these things from memory and get the exact order of things (a recurring problem of mine that’s led to some amusing exchanges on convention panels I attended), but will give it a try. First up is how Jim Lee and Batman covered for a series of rookie mistakes. After my first year at DC, things reached the point where I was ready to leave, I wasn’t making the impact I hoped, and I wasn’t sure I ever could. So before moving on, I presented Paul with a list of recommendations on how to approach the line, and imagine my surprise that, in return, Paul offered me the Executive Editor position. I was caught completely off guard but as a kid I always wanted to be Stan Lee, so this was as close as I would ever get. So, we started shaking things up, to no avail, and launched several new series that were greeted with resounding thuds. Not that anyone noticed. Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb’s Batman launched so strong, DC was the hot ticket. And it was Jim’s desire to be on the monthly book, and not in a mini or prestige that made working on DC monthlies vogue again.

Around the same time, Geoff Johns and I were bonding over Flash and working up ideas to strengthen the series (this led to Geoff’s Ignition storyline and the series never looked back), and it was during a convention in 2002 that Geoff laid out his ideas for Teen Titans and Green Lantern. I couldn’t be more excited and yet both were met with skepticism inside the company. At that time, it was common practice to rest a character for an extended period before returning with a new series (and with the weaker characters it made sense), but we didn’t want to wait. We convinced Paul to roll the dice and immediately follow the cancellations of Young Justice and Titans with two new series (Teen Titans and Outsiders followed the bi-weekly Graduation Day), it was an all in bet and it paid off, both books were big hits and went back for several printings. You could feel the confidence building, and it was time to take even bolder steps.

Also around the same time, we started offering contracts to our talent as a way to insure all their focus was solely on DC (sparking the great Exclusive Wars of 2004/5). This was slow going at first, with Judd Winick to be the first to sign on board (for which I will always be eternally grateful), and then, several other extraordinarily talented folks followed his lead.

Things were falling in place, but it wasn’t until Judd’s old roommate, Brad Meltzer, decided to pitch his Justice League story, that we began to raise the stakes.


Part Four:

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, got a fire going and watching a little football (is there any way both the Packers and Cowboys can lose?), no better time to try another post…

2004 was all about transition and momentum. Experimentation continued with the Focus line of books (short lived but something I am still very proud of) and if the only thing that came from setting up those those titles was working with Steve Gerber, then it was more than worth it. Steve, was and still is one of my favorite writers, he had a voice and point of view that comics needed (and still needs).

We showed our commitment to diversify with the introduction of The new Manhunter and Firestorm (still a commitment to this day), and while Geoff and Ethan Van Sciver reignited a franchise with Hal Jordan’s return as Green Lantern (another battle against the status quo), Stephanie Brown began her short lived run as Robin as the Bat team ramped up to War Games (Stephanie as Robin was designed to elevate interest in the character given the role she was about to play in the story. I think we can all agree it worked.). Jim Lee moved off Batman and over to Superman with Brian Azzarello, and together they gave him a brooding intensity that would challenge the Dark Knight.

Jeph Loeb, who correctly lectured me on the importance of paper stock and promotion, was joined on Superman/ Batman with immensely talented, and greatly missed, Michael Turner,and it was the strength of this team that allowed me to convince Paul we should break down one of the longstanding walls of the original Crisis and bring back the original Supergirl (this was the first of four Crisis immutables to fall).

We had an expression, if printing a story didn’t make you a little nervous, you weren’t trying hard enough, and with Identity Crisis, we were more than a little nervous. We had a story that fit very nicely into DC continuity, but in doing so, it ripped the readers out of their comfort zone with the characters. A lot has been said about this series, but there is no denying its impact. The quality of the material carried the subject matter, and more importantly, became a springboard for a number of storylines to follow. Brad Meltzer wrote the entire series in advance, so those concerned could see the full scope of the story and Rags Morales art captured the emotional beats of the story perfectly. Story threads from Identity Crisis played out in so many ways, you could feel them weaving the universe together. All the while we were signing up more talent, building an army dedicated to defining our universe.

Next up: let the countdown begin.

More to come!

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23. Voice Cast announced for Batman vs. Robin

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Via The Hollywood Reporter, WB Animation has unveiled its cast for the upcoming feature Batman vs. Robin, which despite sharing a title with a Grant Morrison arc, is actually based on the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo “Court of Owls” storyline that opened up their run in the New 52 era.

The film will act as a sequel to the preceding Batman and Son, with Jason O’Mara, Sean Maher and David McCallum reprising their roles as Batman, Robin and Alfred respectively.

New cast members joining on include:

Jeremy Sisto as Talon (Sisto, you may recall, played Batman in Justice League: The New Frontier)

Grey Griffin as Samantha

Weird Al Yankovic as The Dollmaker

Robin Atkin Downes as Grandmaster

Peter Onorati as Draco

Kevin Conroy as Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father, not the other one)

Batman vs. Robin will arrive in stores this Spring, its the next entry in WB’s shared universe of animated films that include the previously released Justice League: War, Batman and Son, and the upcoming (and to be reviewed in short order by Davey Nieves on this very site) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. It’ll be directed by Jay Oliva, who took the helm for Batman: Assault on Arkham and the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns, among others projects.

I haven’t enjoyed any of the offerings from this animated line in some time, probably not since Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, but I continue to hold out hope that the next entry will be the point where they bounce back. Snyder and Capullo’s enjoyable first arc together is as good a starting point as any.

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24. Convergence to Bring in The INJUSTICE Universe

by Davey Nieves

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Today Entertainment Weekly revealed the solicits for the first four issues of the nine part Convergence event from DC Comics. The event will bring together the pre-52 universe with just about every part of the DC Comics multi-verse. Perhaps the most interesting part of the solicit was the inclusion of the popular INJUSTICE universe.  A universe that was created in part with the 2013 award winning fighting game Injustice: Gods Among US. It’s a world where Superman was driven mad by the Joker resulting in the death of his city and family, causing him to take over the world, only for Batman and a team of rebel heroes to rise up against him. The DC Digital series that came with the game is among the publisher’s boldest stories and month in and month out feels like just about anything can happen. It’s looking like every part of the DC Multi-verse could be part of the event. The possibilities could also include the Arkham game universe, Batman 66, maybe even make the daring choice to play with film and television characters.

The Injustice universe will be one of the worlds at stake, along with the likes of Crisis, Zero Hour, Elseworlds, and the pre-New 52 DCU. This nine part mini-series sees the villain Braniac bottle the cities of forgotten worlds and Vince McMahon them into battling each other in his own personal dimensional elimination chamber. Here’s the solicit for issue 1-4

CONVERGENCE #1

Written by JEFF KING and SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by CARLO PAGULAYAN and JASON PAZ
Foldout cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and MARK MORALES
1:25 Variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
1:100 BATMAN sketch variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
Blank variant cover
On sale APRIL 8 • 40 pg, FC, 1 of 8, $4.99 US • RATED T
This is it! The entire DC Universe, from the dawn of time through The New 52, must fight to survive against a threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. Your favorite characters from every era and every forgotten series are all here! But are you going to say hello again just to say goodbye forever? The stakes have never been higher as the heroes of Crisis, Zero Hour, Elseworlds, and more are brought together for Convergence!
In the first issue of this weekly series, Brainiac has collected cities of doomed and forgotten worlds, who must battle each other—and the losers will be destroyed! But why is he forcing this conflict? Join the refugees from Earth-2 as they unlock the truth behind this world that exists outside time and space and is very much alive! Is Brainiac really in control—or is this planet named Telos an unparalleled force of evil?
This extra-sized issue is packed with twists and turns and appearances you NEVER thought you’d see—including the heroes from the hit series INJUSTICE!

CONVERGENCE #2
Written by JEFF KING
Art by CARLO PAGULAYAN and JASON PAZ
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and MARK MORALES
1:25 Variant cover by JAE LEE
1:100 WONDER WOMAN sketch variant cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale APRIL 15 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 8, $3.99 US • RATED T
As Telos, the Planet Incarnate, easily defeats the survivors of Earth-2, Thomas Wayne and Dick Grayson set off to find help in the pre-Flashpoint Gotham City. The emotional implication of these worlds colliding comes crashing down when Thomas Wayne confronts this world’s Batman, as father meets son!
Plus, Alan Scott’s attempts to connect with The Green yield unexpected results, setting our team on a quest to escape the planet. And the cyborgs of Futures End engage in a battle to the death against the reimagined heroes of the Just Imagine Universe, while the city of Superman Red and Blue takes on the opposing forces from GENERATIONS!

CONVERGENCE #3
Written by JEFF KING
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and JASON PAZ
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and MARK MORALES
1:25 Variant cover by DAVE McKEAN
1:100 AQUAMAN sketch variant cover by JIM LEE
On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 8, $3.99 US • RATED T
Death comes calling as an injured Telos takes out his rage on the people of Kandor, while the Earth-2 team endures another brutal casualty. And major plans are set in motion as Green Lantern and the others follow Deimos into the lost city of Skartaris to find Rip Hunter and the missing Time Masters, who could be their only hope of escape from this apocalypse for Infinite Earths!

CONVERGENCE #4
Written by JEFF KING
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and JASON PAZ
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and MARK MORALES
1:25 Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:100 GREEN LANTERN sketch variant cover by JIM LEE
On sale APRIL 29 • 32 pg, FC, 4 of 8, $3.99 US • RATED T
Inside Skartaris, the heroes of Earth-2 must face the only man who can stop them from finding the missing Time Travelers—but why would Travis Morgan, aka The Warlord, want to kill them?
Meanwhile, Telos takes the captive Dick Grayson to several of the battling cities to prove the futility of challenging him. And whatever you do, do not miss the final page, as the surprising return of an unexpected villain could crush all hope for salvation and seal the doom of everyone on the planet!

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25. Review: It Looks Like Mortal Kombat, It Walks Like Mortal Kombat, But…

By Davey Nieves

MORTAL KOMBAT X #1

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Story: Shawn Kittlesen

Art: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini

Letters: Saida Temofonte

Cover: Ivan Reis, Alex Sinclair

Publisher: DC Comics

There used to be a time where people gathered at laundry mats, donut shops, and yes arcades in order to pop quarters into a fighting game. At least that’s how long I’ve been playing them for. One thing that’s remained true about them all these years is you don’t really play them expecting a nuanced story. Especially when it comes to the heavy-handed Kung-Fu clichés that drive Mortal Kombat’s –to the death– fights. Don’t get the wrong idea, like many of you I enjoyed ripping out people’s spines with Sub-Zero or watching Liu Kang uppercut his opponent’s head clean off. MK has always delivered an enjoyable level of cheesy bombastic action that’s good for a laugh. With developer Netherrealm Studios set to release the highly anticipated next chapter of the game later this year, DC Comics is continuing to capitalize on Warner Bros acquisition of the property with a prequel comic book series. Releasing first digitally, Mortal Kombat X will bridge the gap between the game released in 2011 and its follow up (also titled MKX) this year.

Written by Shawn Kittelsen, the book opens with a blind swordsman named Kenshi on the run with his son from members of a mercenary clan known as the Red Dragon. These events set up for one of the franchise’s most popular characters to intervene and begin the road of training for Kenshi’s son. The story (at least the first arc) follows a similar blueprint to Kill Bill or the Van Damme classic Bloodsport; just with none of the emotional hooks either film had. It caters to die hard fans of the Mortal Kombat franchise but at the cost of alienating new readers. From the moment you take in the first few pages; the readers are dropped in a story that feels like it’s years along in unfolding. Which wouldn’t be such a bad thing if the execution had been on point. While the action is as brutal as a Mortal Kombat story should be, there’s hardly any tension on the pages. It should be easy to play on familiar rivalries in this universe and set up the stakes, but by the end of the first chapter it’s all just absent.

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One of the few things the book does land well is the art. Drawn by Dexter Soy, the action is as gory and barbaric as one would expect. The artist even draws x-ray panels of bones shattering just as in the video game. It helps to familiarize the material to its source but such connections are too rare within this first chapter. Another fix for the series going forward would be to play with the camera angles a bit more. The game is known for capturing extreme violence through lenses you wouldn’t have thought to use. Mortal Kombat X the comic could play with the same identity.

In order to understand, or even pick up, this comic you have to be already vested in the mythology behind it. Even doing so, there’s nothing going on here to rekindle your interest in it. Going forward the book can’t parallel the game’s mindless appetite for blood. Hopefully the creative team quickly realizes that the series can’t be gory because it has to be, but instead earn its moments like any of quality narrative. Wait for the series to become readable by letting it work out the kinks and jump on later.


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