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1. Books A Million Selling Variants Online and Getting DC from Diamond

Princess-LeiaThis may well spoil things for people trying to flip variants on eBay, but it looks like Books A Million will let you order (and pre-order) variant covers off their website.  And it looks like they’re expanding how many different publishers they’re getting variants from:

And that Princess Leia link is for the sketch variant.  Yes, BAM now has variants and sketch variants for some of the Star Wars titles.  A Marvel variant will set you back $7.99, but a sketch variant is $9.99  Start saving your pennies, kids.

There are a lot more variants available than just those, with Marvel leading the way in terms of volume.  On the BAM site, the publisher of the comics is always listed as “Diamond Comic” or “Diamond Comic Magazine,” amusingly reminding use where these are coming from.  I’d take as a good sign for how BAM’s doing with non-returnable fare that they’re adding all these variants and from all sorts of publishers.

And then there’s DC.  BAM lists a few DC titles online.  Here’s Convergence #1.  It’s not listed as being an exclusive cover, but it’s got “Diamond Comic Magazine” as the publisher and an ISBN number:

  • ISBN-13: 9781492472070
  • ISBN-10: 1492472077

Here’s the link for Convergence: Suicide Squad #1, which BAM has listed as a hardcover (almost certainly an error).

DC did not get back to me about why some of their titles are showing up on BAM’s site as Diamond titles, but since they’re not listed as variants, it’s entirely possible they weren’t aware those listings existed.

In the meantime, if variants are your thing, you don’t have to pay a jacked up price for the BAM variants on eBay if the title in question is still available on their website.


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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2. The CW aims for a superhero team-up series featuring Firestorm, The Atom, Black Canary and Captain Cold

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It looks as though The CW is going to have its own Avengers after all, or at least a live-action Brave and the Bold style team-up show…

Deadline has reported tonight that the network is developing a multi-superhero series featuring some of the characters that have debuted in Arrow and The Flash, including The Atom (Brandon Routh), Firestorm (Victor Garber and Robbie Amell), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Black Canary (Caity Lotz). The latter is particularly odd, as Lotz’s version of the character died this season on Arrow.

There must be a Lazarus Pit somewhere, or her stories are set in the past perhaps?

Also, the report states three new DC characters that haven’t appeared yet in either existing series will debut in the new team-up show. Given that Vixen is appearing in a new animated series on CW Seed, it’d be a safe bet to assume that she might be one those referenced.

Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter will reportedly executive produce this new project, which may skip the pilot stage altogether and head straight to a series order.

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3. Ben Abernathy returns to DC as Director of Talent Relations


While you had to be a detective a bit to parse this image from Ben Abernathy, the tweets have made it clear: the former Wildstorm editor is back at DC in Burbank as Director of Talent Relations.

Abernathy left Wildstorm, where he edited a ton of well received books to become editorial director at comics app/platform Madefire, where he oversaw a lot of forward looking content.

At DC he’ll be on the front lines of making sure they stay current with the new waves of talent in the field, as well as veteran creators.

While it’s brutal to see so many people heading West, I kind of like how the new DC office is shaping up thus far..
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4. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer centers on the Scarecrow

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Swiftly following yesterday’s news that Batman: Arkham Knight would be rated “M”, Rocksteady has released a brand new trailer that cements the overall premise of the capper to the developer’s “Arkham trilogy” (Origins doesn’t count according to them).

And yes, that is John Noble (Fringe) playing the Scarecrow.

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5. Superman to appear on CBS’ Supergirl after all

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He’s really only alluded to in the series synopsis, but now according to a casting call listed on ProjectCasting, Superman will indeed be putting in some sort of appearance in the new CBS drama Supergirl.

The call appears thusly:

We are looking for BODY DOUBLE for a DC Comic Superhero –
You must be available for an interview this Thursday and if selected will work several day during March.
This is for a CBS pilot. You can be SAG or Non-Union.
You should be 5’11 or taller and be Square Jawed
and have a ripped physique.
You must send a bodyshot, shirtless, sizes, current contact info and your first five to ChrisBSubmissions@centralcasting.com – in the subject line write SUPERMAN




So, if any you gents out there fit the bill, apply away!

There are a number of Superman-based characters appearing in the series such as Cat Grant, Hank Henshaw, the Toyman, and Jimmy Olsen. But this report at least confirms that Kara won’t be the only Kryptonian around doing heroic deeds.

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6. Rumor: Could Shazam get bumped up on WB’s release calendar?

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Shazam!, one of the 2019 entries in Warner Bros’ DC Cinematic Universe slate, has had a tentative date of April 5, 2019 attached to it for a few months now. It seemed like an awfully long time away to have Dwayne Johnson tied up into something that won’t see release for years.

While nothing has officially changed on that front, Johnson himself hinted to MTV that perhaps we may see Shazam! sooner than we think:

Well, you know, it may happen a little earlier than what has been predicted. The script is coming in, it’s great, the support from the studio has been great, and it’s just a great opportunity especially with Black Adam where you can take a guy who starts off as a bad guy, turns into an anti-hero, we can make him vicious, a little bit of winking charm.

Given that Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are both locked in, and Wonder Woman begins shooting this Fall, it’s doubtful that Shazam! can get moved up too far ahead. This goes doubly so for 2017 with both Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1 headed for release that year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Shazam! take over The Flash‘s spot in the 2018 schedule though. With not even a screenwriter announced for the latter as of yet, that might be the most likely development.

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7. Batman: Arkham Knight Gets Rated…

One of the year’s most anticipated games is the conclusion to Rocksteady’s epic Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham Knight. Today the ESRB announced the game has earned an “M” for mature rating. Previous entries Arkham Asylum and Arkham City both earned T for teen ratings. The news came as a surprise to game director Sefton Hill because it wasn’t the studio’s aim to make an M rated game.

In a statement from the company, the studio acknowledged that the rating would cause some younger players to miss out on the experience but ultimately the choice was made to avoid diluting the story Rocksteady wanted to tell. “It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in to keep the game ‘mass market’ or enable it for more people. We feel that’s the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don’t want to jepoardize that.”

Both of the studios previous Batman titles were regarded as some of the generations best games. While the level of violence and language could have been seen as excessive for a conservative mass market, the games never jumped the lines that a Grand Theft Auto or Mortal Kombat did to get their M ratings.

One has to wonder and maybe get a little more excited for what we’ll see when the game releases on PS4 and Xbox One in June.

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8. Entertainment Round-Up: Margot Robbie, James Gunn, Telltale Games, Pee-Wee comes to Netflix

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There’s snow on the ground here in Atlanta, and I can’t wait for Spring to finally arrive. Seriously.

Here are the big updates for this morning:

– This is not a big surprise, given that probably every actor that signs up for a superhero film these days has a multi-picture contract, but Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie has confirmed that she has one too. Get used to seeing lots of Harley Quinn in future DC movies, provide all goes well for the studio.

– Making the rounds yesterday was James Gunn‘s Facebook post regarding the awards-season/Birdman-birthed narrative that superhero movies are the death-knell of creativity in Hollywood, it’s pretty wonderful:

Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed elite. I’ve already won more awards than I ever expected for Guardians. What bothers me slightly is that many people assume because you make big films that you put less love, care, and thought into them then people do who make independent films or who make what are considered more serious Hollywood films.

I’ve made B-movies, independent films, children’s movies, horror films, and gigantic spectacles. I find there are plenty of people everywhere making movies for a buck or to feed their own vanity. And then there are people who do what they do because they love story-telling, they love cinema, and they want to add back to the world some of the same magic they’ve taken from the works of others. In all honesty, I do no find a strikingly different percentage of those with integrity and those without working within any of these fields of film.

If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a “serious” filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.

At this point, I have a hard time imagining that a comic-book based superhero film will ever win a live-action Best Picture Oscar (if The Dark Knight couldn’t even be nominated), but does it actually matter? Not really. Let’s just continue to hope for more Avengers, Dark Knights, Winter Soldiers and films with a nice personal stamp on them and less of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 variety.

– Telltale Games has, over the the past few years, sparked a revival of the adventure game genre with comics-based titles like The Walking Dead and Fables (along with Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands). Today, Lionsgate Films and Telltale announced the former’s investment into the burgeoning game developer. What does it mean for Telltales’ output? We may see some television and video game co-development soon, particularly in terms of an original property. At the very least more Lionsgate properties will surely be headed into the development cycle.

– Former Bat-Mite voice actor Paul Reubens is bringing his famous Pee-Wee Herman character back to television, as Netflix has announced that the feature, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, will be coming to the streaming service. The new film is co-written by Reubens and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang Bang), with John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer) directing. Judd Apatow will produce under his Apatow Productions banner.

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9. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: December 2014 – A Darwyn Cooke Overture

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By David Carter

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

December was a good news/bad news month for DC. The good news is that they had the #1 comic for December (Batman) and they won the unit market share, based mostly on the fact that they pushed out a ton of product. (December was a five week month but most other publishers treated it like a four week month.) The bad news is that sales were down month-to-month across most of the DCU titles, both as a line average and on most of the individual titles as well. (The release of an issue of Sandman Overture kept the average of DC as a whole from going down.)

Looking at all of this month’s numbers after last month’s lends some credence to there having been some sort of small LEGO cover boost in November that is being corrected for in December’s numbers. Which seeing as (imho) the December Darwyn Cooke covers were much more interesting than the LEGO covers is a bit disappointing. But hey, LEGO is a known quantity to people outside of the comics club and retailers may have been banking on a few extra sales of the LEGO covers outside of their regular clientele. Or maybe I’m just imagining things in the data that aren’t really there.

Just before this column went to press, DC announced their post-Convergence plans for the DCU. (This is what I get for being so late this month!) I revised some of the entries below in light of the new information, but I’ll have much more to say about what it all means next month.

For the past couple of months I’ve been promising to talk about Vertigo.

Vertigo is in trouble. This should be obvious to even the casual observer. Aside from Sandman Overture, which is a limited series and is coming out rather sporadically, sales are not good. The top-selling non-Sandman title from Vertigo in December was the first issue of Wolf Moon at about 16K (which if it follows standard sales patterns will be down to half that in a month or two…) Fables (13K) and Fairest (10K) are ending soon, which will leave Astro City (12K) their best-selling ongoing title that comes out regularly. (American Vampire has been hovering around the 15K range, but has been coming out rather sporadically, with only two issues in the back half of 2014.) None of their recent launches are above 8K, and recently there have been several months where one or more Vertigo titles don’t break the top 300.

The problem seems to be that Vertigo has lost its purpose. Historically Vertigo served twin functions: As an imprint for “Mature Readers” versions of their corporate properties (Swamp Thing, Sandman, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Hellblazer etc.); and as a place for creator-owned works (Fables, iZombie, etc.–where ‘creator-owned’ usually means something other than purely creator-owned depending on one’s contract).

With the advent of the New 52, the corporate properties were ‘reclaimed’ for the regular DCU. Swamp Thing, Constantine and Animal Man all made the switch. There has not been much success there; Animal Man was cancelled, Swamp Thing won’t survive the Convergence Purge, and Constantine is struggling.

As mentioned above Vertigo’s current slate of ‘creator-owned’ books are struggling. They have been unable to successfully launch anything for several years. They have had a hard time attracting high-profile talent to the imprint, as creators with books that look like traditional Vertigo-type books deciding to take them to other publishers, usually Image where the terms for creators are presumably better, especially in the area of other-media exploitation. Yes, Vertigo will pay a page rate while Image doesn’t, but if your comic is a success you’ll make more on the back-end at Image and they wont’ want a piece of any TV or movie deals. (Everyone wants to be the next Walking Dead.) So especially for established creators image now looks like the better deal.

Most telling is that recently creators traditionally associated with DC are taking their new creator-owned projects to Image, e.g. Scott Snyder & Jock with Wytches; and Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham with Nameless. Years ago these and other books (e.g. Saga) would have been very comfortable at Vertigo. Now Image is the place where top creators bring their works to see and be seen.

And before anyone starts talking trade sales: No. Aside from Sandman, Fables and maybe American Vampire, there’s no evidence that anything from Vertigo has been a strong seller in the trade collections arena for many a while. Not in the direct market nor in the bookstore market. Yes Sandman Overture will be a huge seller when it is eventually complete and collected; that will keep Vertigo afloat for quite some time. And Fables will likely be a decent backlist item for years to come. But historically we know that the best-sellers in trade are the same titles that sell well as individual issues, and there’s been very little of that at the imprint these days.

In fact, I’d say that Vertigo’s trade collection policy is working against them. At one point it likely made sense to release trade collections as soon as possible and to bargain price the first volume to entice new readers. But now? Why buy a story that’s obviously written for the trade as monthly $3 comics, when you know that said trade will be out the month after the story ends for a fraction of the cost? So if a reader sees a new Vertigo eerie stat they think they might be interested in, they’re likely to decide to wait for the trade; but when that trade finally comes out, they’ve either forgotten about it or lost interest.

So what is the remedy? I have no idea. DC’s corporate bosses at Warner see the comic company as a place to develop IP that they can exploit across other media. But that lies at odds with what I think that Vertigo needs to do to resurrect itself, which is to improve their creator-ownership terms to compete with Image.

One path forward may be to concentrate on anthologies. Vertigo has had some success as of late (creatively if not financially) with their Vertigo Quarterly series, certainly enough to go for a second year of that and also introduce a new Strange Sports Stories title. A reader can pick up an issue and not be concerned that they’re just getting a part of a long narrate written for a trade, encouraging sales of individual issues. Creators get an outlet for shorter works, a niche that isn’t being met elsewhere (outside of Dark Horse Presents and a few Kickstarter-funded anthologies). It can also be a way to bring new talent into the Vertigo fold, as an eight-page story is a lesser commitment than a limited or full series or an OGN.

But enough of my ramblingwhat do you think about the future of Vertigo?

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

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

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

1 - BATMAN ($3.99)

12/2004: Batman #635 — 60,898 [63,067]
12/2009: Batman #694 — 65,908
12/2010: Batman #705 — 63,262
12/2011: Batman #4 — 133,781 [144,777]
12/2012: Batman #15 — 151,568
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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%)
12/2014: Batman #37 — 113,255 (- 1.7%)
—————–
6 months: – 12.9%
1 year : – 5.2%
2 years : – 25.3%
5 years : + 71.8%
10 years: + 79.6%
Since #1: – 49.3%
























4 - BATMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)

04/2012: Batman Annual #1 — 101,394 [105,754]
07/2013: Batman Annual #2 — 101,726 (- 3.8%)
12/2014: Batman Annual #3 — 81,396 (- 20.0%)
—————–
Since #1: – 23.0%



Batman takes the #1 & #4 spots on the sales chart this month (split by Amazing Spider-Man and SHIELD) as interest in the “Endgame” story remains fairly strong

6 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)

12/2004: JLA #109 — 63,791 [64,747]
12/2009: JL of America #40 — 68,672
12/2010: JL of America #52 — 48,501
12/2011: Justice League #4 — 149,314 [152,340]
12/2012: Justice League #15 — 115,074
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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%)
12/2014: Justice League #37 — 72,081 (- 3.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 4.9%
1 year : – 21.9%
2 years : – 37.4%
5 years : + 5.0%
10 years: + 11.3%
Since #1: – 73.4%



























After a couple of issues of nearly imperceptible drops, Justice League returns to a standard attrition drop.

11 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)

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%)
12/2014: Harley Quinn #13 — 68,102 (- 4.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 27.0%
1 year : – 43.4%
Since #0: – 51.9%
















13 - HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC CON #1 ($4.99)

07/2014: Harley Quinn Comic Con #1 — 64,978
12/2014: Harley Quinn Holiday Sp #1 — 63,465 (- 2.3%)

The Holiday Special comes in pretty close to the mother title (and had a freely-orderable variant as well, though not drawn by Cooke).

16 - SANDMAN OVERTURE (Vertigo) ($3.99)

12/2013: —
01/2014: —
02/2014: —
03/2014: Sandman Overture #2 — 89,711 (- 14.9%) [91,839]
04/2014: —
05/2014: —
06/2014: —
07/2014: Sandman Overture #3 — 72,563 (- 21.0%)
08/2014: —
09/2014: —
10/2014: —
11/2014: —
12/2014: Sandman Overture #4 — 64,508 (- 11.1%)
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Since #1: – 36.4%













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.) Probably a wise move to make #4 returnable to help somewhat soften the blow that the long delays between issues are no doubt inflicting.

Had the mini-series held to its original bi-monthly schedule, a hardcover collection would have been out in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season. Which would have been like printing money.

17 - ROBIN RISES OMEGA #1 ($4.99)

07/2014: Robin Rises Omega #1 — 60,488
08/2014: —
09/2014: —
10/2014: —
11/2014: —
12/2014: Robin Rises Alpha #1 — 57,990 (- 4.1%)




The concluding chapter (? – I’m not really following this…) comes in relatively close to the opening salvo, and a few thousand copies more than the parent title (Batman and Robin).

19 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)

12/2004: Detective Comics #801 — 42,775
12/2009: Detective Comics #860 — 52,295
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 — 37,961
12/2011: Detective Comics #4 — 99,366
12/2012: Detective Comics #15 — 106,395
—————————————–
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%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37 — 54,953 (- 5.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 24.7%
1 year : – 2.8%
2 years : – 48.4%
5 years : + 5.1%
10 years: + 28.5%
Since #1: – 65.2%
























A bit high of a drop, especially since this is the return of the regular creative team, but that may be in part to a post-LEGO correction.

20 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99)

12/2009: —
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 — 68,814
12/2011: Batman and Robin #4 — 76,000
12/2012: Batman and Robin #15 — 89,878
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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%)
12/2014: Batman and Robin #37 — 53,543 (- 3.2%)
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6 months: – 4.9%
1 year : + 14.9%
2 years : – 40.4%
5 years : n.a.
Since #1: – 53.9%






















Batman and Robin has weathered the six month drop since the introduction of the freely-orderable variants better than most titles, which is a testament to the relative popularity of the “Robin Rises” storyline.

Apparently being relaunched as Robin, Son of Batman after convergence.

24 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)

12/2004: Superman #212 — 100,244 [103,545]
12/2009: Superman #695 — 32,482
12/2010: Superman #706 — 43,027
12/2011: Superman #4 — 76,532
12/2012: Superman #15 — 51,225
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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%)
12/2014: Superman #37 — 50,383 (- 3.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 51.3%
1 year : + 36.6%
2 years : – 1.6%
5 years : + 55.1%
10 years: – 51.3%
Since #1: – 66.4%
























Standard attrition. Still above where a non-Johns/Romita Superman title would be selling, but probably less than DC would want it to be. Sales are down over 50% from their debut issue, which since there was a good deal of reorder activity for the debut that it seems that readers tried it but just didn’t respond with enthusiasm to the story they’re telling.

26, 27, 28, 29, 30 - 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%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 — 48,999 (- 1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 — 48,683 (- 0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 — 48,083 (- 1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 — 48,035 (- 0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 — 47,782 (- 0.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 27.5%
Since #1: – 56.9%








































Business as usual for DC’s best-selling weekly. Five issues for the five weeks in December. Ends with #52 on April 1.

31 - 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%)
12/2014: Thunderworld #1 — 47,714 (- 7.3%)
—————–
Since #1: – 47.3%





Sales for Thunderworld slide below the 50K mark.

33 - BATGIRL ($2.99)

12/2004: Batgirl #59 — 31,028 [32,423]
12/2009: Batgirl #5 — 32,482
12/2010: Batgirl #16 — 25,225
12/2011: Batgirl #4 — 59,972
12/2012: Batgirl #15 — 75,341
———————————-
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%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37 — 45,060 (- 10.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 4.7%
1 year : + 29.2%
2 years : – 40.2%
5 years : + 38.7%
10 years: + 39.0%
Since #1: – 57.9%
























A 10% is exactly in line with what one would expect for a third issue.

34 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)

12/2004: Superman/Batman #15 — 119,926 [123,273]
12/2004: Superman/Batman #16 — 115,657 [120,927]
12/2009: Superman/Batman #67 — 49,650
12/2010: Superman/Batman #79 — 30,586
—————————————
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%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 — 44,714 (- 8.0%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : – 35.1%
5 years : – 9.9%
10 years: – 63.4%
Since #1: – 70.4%
























That’s an unusually high percentage drop in the middle of a storyline for no apparent reason.

36 - SECRET SIX ($2.99)

12/2009: Secret Six #16 — 22,638
12/2010: Secret Six #28 — 19,587
—————————————
08/2011: Secret Six #36 — 19,104


12/2014: Secret Six #1 — 44,065 (+130.7%)
—————–
5 years : + 94.7%







The good news: The return of Secret Six debuts at a level more than twice where the pre-New 52 version ended, and even higher than where that previous series debuted. It also debuts higher than the recent Gotham by Gaslight; much higher than headed-for-quick-cancellation titles Infinity Man, Trinity of Sin and Star-Spangled War Stories; and about on par with Gotham Academy.

The bad news: Issue #1 came out on December 3, but issue #2 has been delayed so that (as of this writing) it isn’t due out until February 11. That’s more than a two month gap for a comic that is supposed to be monthly, and a bad sign coming out of the gate. It could kill any momentum and have an adverse effect down the line.

38 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)

12/2004: GL: Rebirth #3 — 106,523 [126,654]
12/2009: Green Lantern #49 — 97,285
12/2010: Green Lantern #60 — 76,360
12/2011: Green Lantern #4 — 104,199
12/2012: Green Lantern #15 — 74,363
————————————–
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%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37 — 44,033 (- 4.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 21.8%
1 year : – 14.4%
2 years : – 40.8%
5 years : – 54.7%
10 years: – 65.2%
Since #1: – 74.0%
























Sales take a bit of a dip for the final month of the line-wide crossover.

42 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)

12/2004: Wonder Woman #211 — 24,828
12/2009: Wonder Woman #39 — 26,152
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 — 35,495
12/2011: Wonder Woman #4 — 57,675
12/2012: Wonder Woman #15 — 41,641
————————————-
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%)
12/2014: Wonder Woman #37 — 43,066 (- 27.0%)
—————–
6 months: – 10.7%
1 year : + 31.4%
2 years : + 3.4%
5 years : + 64.7%
10 years: + 73.5%
Since #1: – 55.1%

























The second issue for the new creative team sees a very typical second issue drop.

43 - GRAYSON ($2.99)

12/2004: Nightwing #100 — 40,022
12/2011: Nightwing #4 — 57,409
12/2012: Nightwing #15 — 74,407
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Grayson #5 — 42,611 (- 10.5%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : + 10.8%
2 years : – 42.7%
10 years: + 6.5%
Since #1: – 47.7%





















A ten percent drop is a bit on the high side for this point in a series. It’s looking more and more like Grayson will end up leveling off in the same area that its predecessor (Nightwing) did, in the upper thirties/low forties range.

45 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)

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%)
12/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #14 — 41,231 (- 6.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 34.2%
1 year : – 19.7%
Since #1: – 56.5%















49 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)

12/2004: Action Comics #822 — 38,110
12/2009: Action Comics #884 — 31,873
12/2010: Action Comics #896 — 32,357
12/2011: Action Comics #4 — 112,839
12/2012: Action Comics #15 — 61,298
————————————–
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%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37 — 39,168 (- 6.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 29.3%
1 year : + 4.5%
2 years : – 36.1%
5 years : + 22.9%
10 years: + 2.8%
Since #1: – 80.5%
























Two titles with similar percentage drops, still looking for their post-“Doomed” levels.

52 - FLASH ($2.99)

12/2004: —
12/2009: —
12/2010: Flash #7 — 56,304
12/2010: Flash #8 — 53,975
12/2011: Flash #4 — 77,336
12/2012: Flash #15 — 45,925
———————————–
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%)
12/2014: Flash #37 — 37,026 (- 2.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 21.5%
1 year : + 1.2%
2 years : – 19.4%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: n.a.
Since #1: – 75.0%

























Back to standard attrition.

59 - GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL ($4.99)

08/2012: Green Lantern Ann. #1 — 67,648
10/2013: Green Lantern Ann. #2 — 47,861 (- 29.2%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Ann. #3 — 34,278 (- 28.4%)
—————–
Since #1: – 49.3%



The finale of “Godhead” comes in under the parent title but above the other entries in the line-wide crossover.

60 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)

12/2004: Teen Titans #19 — 62,585 [66,290]
12/2009: Teen Titans #78 — 43,400
12/2010: Teen Titans #90 — 25,997
12/2011: Teen Titans #4 — 54,929
12/2012: Teen Titans #15 — 68,707
———————————–
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%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5 — 34,101 (- 6.2%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : + 17.0%
2 years : – 50.4%
5 years : – 21.4%
10 years: – 48.6%
Since #1: – 34.9%
























Still looking for its level in the relaunched version.

61 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)

12/2011: Deathstroke #4 — 26,367
12/2012: Deathstroke #15 — 13,528
—————————————-
10/2014: Deathstroke #1 — 54,059 (+359.4%)
11/2014: Deathstroke #2 — 36,356 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Deathstroke #3 — 34,010 (- 6.5%)
—————–
2 years : +151.4%
Since #1: – 37.1%







After last month’s slightly-higher-than-normal second issue drop, this month sees a slightly-lower-than-normal third issue drop. So I guess it all balances out then. Issue #3 of the previous series sold 33,754.

Also of note is that DC shipped a second printing of #1 in early February, so there’s still stronger than expected demand in some quarters.

62, 75 - SINESTRO ($2.99)

04/2014: Sinestro #1 — 46,480
05/2014: Sinestro #2 — 34,640 (- 25.5%)
06/2014: Sinestro #3 — 30,422 (- 12.2%)
07/2014: Sinestro #4 — 28,095 (- 7.6%)
08/2014: Sinestro #5 — 26,867 (- 4.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6 — 33,621 (- 44.7%)
11/2014: —
12/2014: Sinestro #7 — 33,549 (- 0.2%)
12/2014: Sinestro #8 — 31,509 (- 6.1%)
—————–
6 months: + 6.9%
Since #1: – 32.2%











Two issues in December as #7 slipped from November. Both were “Godhead” crossovers, but #7 had a LEGO variant while #8 had a Cooke variant.

65, 66, 71, 70, 73 - 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%)
12/2014: Futures End #31 — 33,025 (- 2.7%)
12/2014: Futures End #32 — 32,878 (- 0.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #33 — 32,409 (- 1.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #34 — 32,414 (+ 0.0%)
12/2014: Futures End #35 — 32,233 (- 0.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 36.3%
Since #1: – 58.6%





































The only odd thing here are the five more copies that #34 registered over #33.

68 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)

12/2009: Green Lantern Corps #43 — 77,774
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 — 54,387
12/2011: Green Lantern Corps #4 — 57,180
12/2012: Green Lantern Corps #15 — 47,841
——————————————
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%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Corps #37 — 32,860 (- 3.7%)
—————-
6 months: – 19.3%
1 year : + 0.2%
2 years : – 31.3%
5 years : – 57.7%
Since #1: – 64.0%






















Its final “Godhead” crossover issue. Final issue will be #40 in March.

69 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)

12/2011: Suicide Squad #4 — 34,550
12/2012: Suicide Squad #15 — 57,132
—————————————–
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%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5 — 32,834 (- 6.0%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : + 29.5%
2 years : – 42.5%
Since #1: – 33.3%



















Sill looking for its relaunch level, which will likely be in the 30K range. Issue #5 of the previous series sold 32,726.

72 - GRAYSON ANNUAL ($4.99)

10/2013: Nightwing Annual #1 — 36,108
12/2014: Grayson Annual #1 — 32,251 (- 10.7%)

The annual comes in a full 10K less than the parent title.

74 - 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%)
12/2014: Justice League United #7 — 31,904 (- 7.8%)
—————–
6 months: – 49.3%
Since #0: – 53.4%










Still dropping at higher than the standard attrition rate. Maybe having its second arc guest-star the Legion of Super-Heroes wasn’t such a great idea; as much as I personally love the Legion, the concept seems to be poison to the New 52.

79 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)

12/2004: Aquaman #25 — 21,107
12/2011: Aquaman #4 — 64,961
12/2012: Aquaman #15 — 75,947
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37 — 31,198 (- 5.0%)
—————–
6 months: – 30.4%
1 year : – 19.7%
2 years : – 58.9%
10 years: + 47.8%
Since #1: – 71.3%





















A post-LEGO variant correction.

81 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)

12/2012: Earth 2 #7 — 54,409
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29 — 30,273 (- 4.6%)
—————-
6 months: – 36.0%
1 year : – 18.5%
2 years : – 44.4%
Since #1: – 70.5%


















Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.

98, 104, 106, 107, 109 - 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%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #9 — 28,204 (- 4.8%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #10 — 27,893 (- 1.1%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #11 — 27,297 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #12 — 27,256 (- 0.1%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #13 — 26,942 (- 1.2%)
—————-
Since #1: – 44.2%













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.)

87 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99)

10/2014: Arkham Manor #1 — 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2 — 30,907 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Arkham Manor #3 — 28,202 (- 8.8%)
—————-
Since #1: – 38.6%



A slightly better than normal third issue drop. Ends in March.

89 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)

11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1 — 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2 — 27,849 (- 27.5%)

On the low end of a typical second issue drop.

94 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)

10/2014: Gotham Academy #1 — 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2 — 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3 — 26,509 (- 14.8%)
—————-
Since #1: – 38.8%



All three of these tertiary Batman spin-offs clustering together indicates a certain level of Gotham fatigue. Despite the fact that these are three very different titles, there doesn’t seem to be much differentiating between them for those ordering. Would Gotham Academy be selling better if it wasn’t competing for attention and shelf space with Gotham by Midnight and Arkham Manor?

96 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)

12/2009: Supergirl #48 — 28,179
12/2010: Supergirl #59 — 22,606
12/2011: Supergirl #4 — 44,180
12/2012: Supergirl #15 — 30,814
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Supergirl #37 — 26,272 (- 7.4%)
—————–
6 months: + 16.9%
1 year : + 16.0%
2 years : – 14.7%
5 years : – 6.8%
Since #1: – 64.6%






















The second issue of the new creative team/direction sees sales return right back to where they were for the “Doomed” cross-over issues, but still a good 3-4K above the “Red Daughter of Krypton” levels.

Apparently not enough though to keep it from being stealth cancelled after March and not returning after Convergence, though I expect that should the proposed television series get picked up for fall there will be a Supergirl comic relaunched then as well.

99 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)

12/2011: Red Lanterns #4 — 50,271
12/2012: Red Lanterns #15 — 39,071
———————————–
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%)
12/2014: Red Lanterns #37 — 25,521 (- 0.5%)
—————-
6 months: + 7.6%
1 year : – 2.7%
2 years : – 34.7%
Since #1: – 71.4%



















103 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)

12/2011: New Guardians #4 — 53,305
12/2012: New Guardians #15 — 45,136
————————————
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%)
12/2014: New Guardians #37 — 25,438 (- 0.9%)
—————-
6 months: + 9.9%
1 year : – 16.6%
2 years : – 43.6%
Since #1: – 73.7%



















Third and final month of the line-wide crossover. Both titles end in March.

105 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)

12/2004: Catwoman #38 — 25,108
12/2011: Catwoman #4 — 45,581
12/2012: Catwoman #15 — 35,020
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Catwoman #36 — 25,154 (- 4.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 25.3%
1 year : – 5.0%
2 years : – 28.2%
10 years: + 0.2%
Since #1: – 66.7%





















The new direction doesn’t seem to be catching on. I suspect that the reputation this title gained in its early New 52 days is now working against it, as the people who despised it early on would likely find it much more to their liking. This is an instance where a relaunch may have helped.

111 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)

12/2011: Justice League Dark #4 — 44,750
12/2012: Justice League Dark #15 — 27,712
——————————————-
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%)
12/2014: Justice League Dark #37 — 23,151 (- 5.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 39.4%
1 year : – 36.3%
2 years : – 16.5%
Since #1: – 71.8%



















A correction after last month’s LEGO-enhanced variant.

To be relaunched as Dark Universe post Convergence.

125 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)

12/2004: Green Arrow #45 — 30,997 [32,082]
12/2009: Arrow/Canary #27 — 16,904
12/2010: Green Arrow #7 — 36,835
12/2011: Green Arrow #4 — 37,116
12/2012: Green Arrow #15 — 20,672
———————————–
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%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37 — 20,904 (- 4.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 11.4%
1 year : – 15.3%
2 years : + 1.1%
5 years : + 23.7%
10 years: – 34.8%
Since #1: – 71.1%
























A bit above standard attrition levels, as the new creative team/direction is still finding its level.

127 - 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%)
12/2014: Secret Origins #8 — 20,687 (- 3.2%)
—————–
6 months: – 27.0%
Since #1: – 46.6%










Ending in March.

129 - LOBO ($2.99)

11/2009: Highway to Hell #2 — 13,435
————————————-
10/2014: Lobo #1 — 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2 — 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3 — 20,208 (- 21.9%)
—————–
5 years : + 50.4%
Since #1: – 48.2%






That’s a huge drop for a third issue. This is sinking fast.

135 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)

12/2012: Worlds’ Finest #7 — 32,010
————————————-
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%)
12/2014: Worlds’ Finest #29 — 19,001 (- 3.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 9.1%
1 year : – 9.7%
2 years : – 40.6%
Since #1: – 72.7%


















Stays above 19K, but just barely. Ending in March.

136 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99)

12/2012: He-Man & MotU #5 — 16,858
————————————
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%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1 — 18,884 (+71.3%)
—————-
6 months: + 55.5%
1 year : + 30.5%
2 years : + 12.0%

















The combination of a new #1 and a Cooke variant cover make He-Man the top non-DCU/non-Vertigo title of the month.

138 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)

12/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #4 — 44,278
12/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #15 — 64,103
——————————-
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%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 — 18,723 (- 2.7%)
—————-
6 months: – 43.4%
1 year : – 26.2%
2 years : – 70.8%
Since #1: – 73.3%



















Being relaunched post-Convergence as Red Hood/Arsenal and a separate Starfire series.

139 - 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%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12 — 18,659 (+ 0.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 22.8%
1 year : – 67.7%
Since #1: – 67.7%















The bringing in the Bwah-hah-hah era of Justice League sees a halt, at least temporarily, to the oversized decline. But is it too late? Becomes Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.

147 - CATWOMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)

05/2013: Catwoman Annual #1 — 24,228
12/2014: Catwoman Annual #2 — 17,056 (- 29.6%)

A good 8K units below the mother title. Not good.

149 - RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL ($4.99)

05/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws Ann. #1 — 30,157
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws Ann. #2 — 16,912 (- 43.9%)

Less than 2K below the father title. But still not good.

150, 153 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)

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%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5 — 16,611 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6 — 16,141 (- 2.8%)
—————-
6 months: – 14.3%
1 year : – 25.2%
Since #1: – 13.3%





















Drops another 600 copies over the course of this month’s two issues. It’s still DC’s best-selling digital-first title, but not at the level it was back when the game first came out. I don’t know if there’s been an announcement as to whether this is the last ‘year’ of Injustice, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring it naturally to a conclusion with Year Three. Likewise, I would not be surprised it they keep it going another ‘year.’

152 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)

12/2004: Swamp Thing #10 — 15,846
12/2011: Swamp Thing #4 — 44,660
12/2012: Swamp Thing #15 — 33,916
———————————-
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%)
12/2014: Swamp Thing #37 — 16,339 (- 3.0%)
—————-
6 months: – 11.6%
1 year : – 19.3%
2 years : – 51.8%
10 years: + 3.1%
Since #1: – 77.8%





















Standard attrition. Ending in March.

164 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 — 15,865

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

This month’s debut issue of a Vertigo mini-series come in at around 1800 copies higher than last month’s The Kitchen, but fewer than The Names and Bodies.

154 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)

12/2004: Hellblazer #203 — 15,304
12/2009: Hellblazer #262 — 10,334
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 — 9,342
12/2011: Hellblazer #286 — 9,404
12/2012: Hellblazer #298 — 9,132
———————————-
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%)
12/2014: Constantine #20 — 15,574 (- 0.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 6.8%
1 year : – 30.5%
2 years : + 70.5%
5 years : + 50.7%
10 years: + 1.8%
Since #1: – 58.5%
























Holding steady in the mid-15K range. To be relaunched post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.

156 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)

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%)
12/2014: Batman ’66 #18 — 15,409 (- 1.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 10.9%
1 year : – 36.8%
Since #1: – 69.4%















Seems to have settled in at the mid-15K level.

157 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)

12/2011: Batwoman #4 — 52,757
12/2012: Batwoman #15 — 36,395
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Batwoman #37 — 15,305 (- 3.1%)
—————-
6 months: – 54.4%
1 year : – 34.3%
2 years : – 57.9%
Since #1: – 82.6%



















Ending in March.

161 - 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%)
12/2014: Aquaman & Others #8 — 14,822 (- 7.2%)
—————–
6 months: – 35.9%
Since #1: – 56.5%










Ending in March.

165 - 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%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5 — 14,323 (- 13.6%)
—————-
Since #1: – 51.7%





That’s a much higher percentage drop than one wants to see at this stage in the game.

170 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2004: Fables #32 — 24,889
12/2009: Fables #91 — 20,450
12/2010: Fables #100 — 23,014
12/2011: Fables #112 — 17,602
12/2012: Fables #124 — 16,018
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Fables #147 — 13,302 (- 0.8%)
—————-
6 months: – 5.0%
1 year : – 6.5%
2 years : – 17.0%
5 years : – 35.0%
10 years: – 46.6%
Since #1: – 39.6%
























Counting down to the end in March.

176 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99)

10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 — 22,683
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 — 15,097 (- 33.4%)
12/2014: Trinity of Sin #3 — 12,939 (- 14.3%)
—————-
Since #1: – 43.0%



Ending in March.

181 - 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%)
12/2014: Flash Season 0 #3 — 12,247 (- 14.3%)
—————-
Since #1: – 47.9%



185 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)

12/2004: —
12/2009: —
12/2010: —
12/2011: —
12/2012: —
—————————————
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%)
12/2014: Astro City #18 — 11,985 (- 0.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 13.8%
1 year : – 22.0%
2 years : n.a.
5 years : n.a.
10 years: n.a.
Since #1: – 56.7%
























A tiny drop of just 70 copies, but enough to put it just below the 12K mark.

189 - 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
12/2014: Batman: Hush #1 — 11,327




A bargain priced reprint of Batman #608 by Loeb and Lee.

190 - 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%)
12/2014: Infinity Man & FP #6 — 11,261 (+ 20.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 54.8%
Since #1: – 54.8%








Unlike the previous issue, #6 was actually billed as a “Godhead” crossover and gets nearly 2K more in sales for the effort. Remember kids: Label your crossover issues as such! Ending in March.

204 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2012: Fairest #10 — 16,919
——————————
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%)
12/2014: Fairest #32 — 10,290 (- 1.7%)
—————-
6 months: n.a.
1 year : – 19.1%
2 years : – 39.2%
Since #1: – 67.6%


















Penultimate issue, still hanging out on the top side of the 10K line.

208 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)

12/2012: Arrow #2 — 15,780
—————————————
10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 — 17,364 (+113.1%)
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 — 11,121 (- 36.0%)
12/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #3 — 9,862 (- 11.3%)
—————-
1 year : – 37.5%
Since #1: – 43.2%






Kind of a high percentage for a third issue drop.

214 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)

12/2012: Smallville S11 #8 — 18,633
————————————–
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%)
12/2014: S’ville Continuity #1 — 9,071 (+ 2.6%)
—————-
6 months: – 20.4%
1 year : – 30.3%
2 years : – 51.3%

















The final mini-series debuts well under the 10K mark.

223 - KLARION ($2.99)

10/2014: Klarion #1 — 20,870 (- 28.0%)
11/2014: Klarion #2 — 11,413 (- 45.3%)
12/2014: Klarion #3 — 8,418 (- 26.2%)
—————-
Since #1: – 59.7%



Double ouch. Doing even worse than The Green Team did. Ending in March.

255 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)

12/2004: Teen Titans Go! #14 — 14,963
————————————–
12/2013: Teen Titans Go! #1 — 13,441 (+82.0%)
01/2014: —
02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2 — 9,038 (-32.8%)
03/2014: —
04/2014: Teen Titans Go! #3 — 8,185 (- 9.4%)
05/2014: —
06/2014: Teen Titans Go! #4 — 8,667 (+ 5.9%)
07/2014: —
08/2014: Teen Titans Go! #5 — 8,688 (+ 0.2%)
09/2014: —
10/2014: Teen Titans Go! #6 — 8,677 (- 0.1%)
11/2014: —
12/2014: Teen Titans Go! #7 — 8,254 (- 4.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 4.8%
1 year : – 38.6%
10 years: – 44.8%
Since #1: – 38.6%


















Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

231 - 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%)
12/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #6 — 7,809 (- 12.5%)
—————-
Since #1: – 70.1%






I don’t know how this is selling in Digital, but in print it’s pretty much a bust.

256 - 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%)
12/2014:Bodies #6 of 8 — 7,488 (- 5.5%)
—————-
Since #1: – 56.1%






No doubt Vertigo have their hopes for this set in the book trade.

243 - 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%)
12/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #5 — 7,173 (- 4.9%)
—————–
Since #1: – 61.8%






Ending in March.

255 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99)

11/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 — 14,066
12/2014: The Kitchen #2 of 8 — 7,403 (- 47.4%)

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

That’s a very sizable second issue drop. It’s highly unlikely that this will finish its limited run in the top 300.

262 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)

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%)
12/2014: Coffin Hill #14 — 6,410 (- 5.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 26.9%
1 year : – 48.0%
Since #1: – 73.4%















Still dropping.

277 - 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%)
12/2014: The Names #3 of 8 — 5,918 (- 14.6%)
—————–
Since #1: – 65.7%




The first issue that was not returnable. Another Vertigo mini that is not likely to finish its run in the Top 300.

296 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)

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)
12/2014: Hinterkind #14 — 5,080
—————–
6 months: – 29.6%
1 year : – 56.4%
Since #1: – 78.4%















Returns to the Top 300 for December, mainly because the floor fell low enough this month.

+300 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2013: Dead Boy Detectives #1 — 21,478
01/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #2 — 12,276 (-42.8%)
02/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #3 — 9,889 (-19.4%)
03/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #4 — 8,872 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #5 — 7,957 (-10.3%)
05/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #6 — 7,305 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: —
07/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #7 — ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #8 — 5,968
09/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #9 — ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #10 — ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #11 — ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #12 — ????? (< 5,053)
—————–
6 months: ???%
1 year : ???%
Since #1: ???%















Apparently the final issue; AFAIK no cancellation announcement was made and no future issues have been solicited.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)

12/2004: Scooby-Doo #91 — 5,201
12/2009: Scooby-Doo #151 — 3,906
12/2010: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #4 — 4,802
12/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #16 — 4,627
12/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #28 — 4,879
—————————————-
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)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 — ????? (< 5,053)
—————–
6 months: ???%
1 year : ???%
2 years : ???%
5 years : ???%
10 years: ???%
Since #1: ???%
























+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)

12/2004: Looney Tunes #121 — 3,088
12/2009: Looney Tunes #181 — ?????
12/2010: Looney Tunes #193 — ?????
12/2011: Looney Tunes #204 — ?????
12/2012: Looney Tunes #210 — ?????
—————————————-
12/2013: Looney Tunes #216 — 2,822
01/2014: —
02/2014: Looney Tunes #217 — 2,784 (- 1.3%)
03/2014: —
04/2014: Looney Tunes #218 — ????? (< 2,823)
05/2014: —
06/2014: Looney Tunes #219 — ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: —
08/2014: Looney Tunes #220 — ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: —
10/2014: Looney Tunes #221 — ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: —
12/2014: Looney Tunes #222 — ????? (< 5,053)
—————–
6 months: ????%
1 year : ????%
2 years : ????%
5 years : ????%
10 years: ????%























Two all-ages titles that are clearly being published for reasons other than selling comics in the market being serviced by Diamond-NA.

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

DC COMICS

12/2004: 30,589
12/2009: 25,904
12/2010: 23,869
12/2011: 35,397
12/2012: 34,272
—————
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%)**
12/2014: 29,308 (+ 2.3%)**
—————–
6 months: – 10.7%
1 year : ????%
2 years : – 14.5%
5 years : + 13.1%
10 years: – 4.2%























DC UNIVERSE
12/2004: 36,925
12/2009: 35,473
12/2010: 30,870
12/2011: 39,390
12/2012: 36,880
—————
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%)
12/2014: 34,882 (- 5.0%)
—————–
6 months: – 18.4%
1 year : ????%
2 years : – 5.4%
5 years : – 1.7%
10 years: – 5.5%
























VERTIGO
12/2004: 14,649
12/2009: 10,767
12/2010: 11,193
12/2011: 11,082
12/2012: 11,771
—————
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%)**
12/2014: 13,937 (+ 63.8%)**
—————–
6 months: + 22.6%
1 year : ????%
2 years : + 18.4%
5 years : + 29.4%
10 years: – 4.9%
























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

+ 55.5% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
+ 16.9% – Supergirl
+ 9.9% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
+ 7.6% – red Lanterns
+ 6.9% – Sinestro
– 4.7% – Batgirl
– 4.8% – Teen Titans Go
– 4.9% – Justice League
– 4.9% – Batman and Robin
– 5.0% – Fables
– 6.8% – Constantine
– 9.1% – Worlds’ Finest
– 10.7% – Wonder Woman
– 10.9% – Batman ’66
– 11.4% – Green Arrow
– 11.6% – Swamp Thing
– 12.9% – Batman
– 13.8% – Astro City
– 14.3% – Injustice
– 19.3% – Green Lantern Corps
– 20.4% – Smallville Season 11
– 21.5% – Flash
– 21.8% – Green Lantern
– 22.8% – Justice League 3000
– 24.7% – Detective Comics
– 25.3% – Catwoman
– 26.9% – Coffin Hill
– 27.0% – Harley Quinn
– 27.0% – Secret Origins
– 27.5% – Batman Eternal
– 29.3% – Action Comics
– 29.6% – Hinterkind
– 30.4% – Aquaman
– 34.2% – Superman/Wonder Woman
– 35.9% – Aquaman and the Others
– 36.0% – Earth 2
– 36.3% – New 52 – Futures End
– 39.4% – Justice League Dark
– 43.4% – Red Hood & Outlaws
– 49.3% – Justice League United
– 51.3% – Superman
– 54.4% – Batwoman
– 54.8% – Infinity Man and the Forever People









































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

+ 36.6% – Superman
+ 31.4% – Wonder Woman
+ 30.5% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
+ 29.5% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 29.2% – Batgirl
+ 17.0% – Teen Titans
+ 16.0% – Supergirl
+ 14.9% – Batman and Robin
+ 10.8% – Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 4.5% – Action Comics
+ 1.2% – Flash
+ 0.2% – Green Lantern Corps
– 2.7% – Red Lanterns
– 2.8% – Detective Comics
– 5.0% – Catwoman
– 5.2% – Batman
– 6.5% – Fables
– 9.7% – Worlds’ Finest
– 14.4% – Green Lantern
– 15.3% – Green Arrow
– 16.6% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 18.5% – Earth 2
– 19.1% – Fairest
– 19.3% – Swamp Thing
– 19.7% – Aquaman
– 19.7% – Superman/Wonder Woman
– 21.9% – Justice League
– 22.0% – Astro City
– 25.5% – Injustice
– 26.2% – Red Hood & Outlaws
– 30.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 30.5% – Constantine
– 34.3% – Batwoman
– 35.1% – Batman/Superman
– 36.3% – Justice League Dark
– 36.8% – Batman ’66
– 37.5% – Arrow
– 38.6% – Teen Titans Go
– 43.4% – Harley Quinn
– 48.0% – Coffin Hill
– 56.4% – Hinterkind
– 67.7% – Justice League 3000








































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

+151.4% – Deathstroke
+ 70.5% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 12.0% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
+ 3.4% – Wonder Woman
+ 1.1% – Green Arrow
– 1.6% – Superman
– 14.7% – Supergirl
– 16.5% – Justice League Dark
– 17.0% – Fables
– 19.4% – Flash
– 25.3% – Batman
– 28.2% – Catwoman
– 31.3% – Green Lantern Corps
– 34.7% – Red Lanterns
– 36.1% – Action Comics
– 37.4% – Justice League
– 39.2% – Fairest
– 40.2% – Batgirl
– 40.4% – Batman and Robin
– 40.6% – Worlds’ Finest
– 40.8% – Green Lantern
– 42.5% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
– 42.7% – Grayson (Nightwing)
– 43.6% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 44.4% – Earth 2
– 48.4% – Detective Comics
– 50.4% – Teen Titans
– 51.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 51.8% – Swamp Thing
– 57.9% – Batwoman
– 58.9% – Aquaman
– 70.8% – Red Hood & Outlaws






























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

+ 94.7% – Secret Six
+ 71.8% – Batman
+ 64.7% – Wonder Woman
+ 55.1% – Superman
+ 50.7% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 50.4% – Lobo
+ 38.7% – Batgirl
+ 23.7% – Green Arrow
+ 22.9% – Action Comics
+ 5.1% – Detective Comics
+ 5.0% – Justice League
– 6.8% – Supergirl
– 9.9% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
– 21.4% – Teen Titans
– 35.0% – Fables
– 54.7% – Green Lantern
– 57.7% – Green Lantern Corps















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

+ 79.6% – Batman
+ 73.5% – Wonder Woman
+ 47.8% – Aquaman
+ 39.0% – Batgirl
+ 28.5% – Detective Comics
+ 11.3% – Justice League
+ 6.5% – Grayson
+ 3.1% – Swamp Thing
+ 2.8% – Action Comics
+ 1.8% – Constantine
+ 0.2% – Catwoman
– 34.8% – Green Arrow
– 44.8% – Teen Titans Go
– 46.6% – Fables
– 48.6% – Teen Titans
– 51.3% – Superman
– 63.4% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
– 65.2% – Green Lantern
















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

DCU: Average: 34,882. Median: 32,251.

3.2 – Batman
2.3 – Batman Annual
2.1 – Justice League
2.0 – Harley Quinn
1.8 – Harley Quinn Comic Con
1.7 – Robin Rises
1.6 – Detective Comics
1.5 – Batman and Robin
1.4 – Superman
1.4 – Batman Eternal (35)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (36)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (37)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (38)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (39)
1.4 – Multiversity Thunderworld
1.3 – Batgirl
1.3 – Batman/Superman
1.3 – Secret Six
1.3 – Green Lantern
1.2 – Wonder Woman
1.2 – Grayson
1.2 – Superman/Wonder Woman
1.1 – Action Comics
1.1 – Flash
1.0 – Green Lantern Annual
1.0 – Teen Titans
1.0 – Deathstroke
1.0 – Sinestro
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (31)
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (32)
0.9 – Green Lantern Corps
0.9 – New Suicide Squad
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (34)
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (33)
0.9 – Grayson Annual
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (35)
0.9 – Justcie League United
0.9 – Sinestro
0.9 – Aquaman
0.9 – Earth 2
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (9)
0.8 – Arkham Manor
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (10)
0.8 – Gotham by Midnight
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (11)
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (12)
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (13)
0.8 – Gotham Academy
0.8 – Supergirl
0.7 – Red Lanterns
0.7 – Green Lantern New Guardians
0.7 – Catwoman
0.7 – Justice League Dark
0.6 – Green Arrow
0.6 – Secret Origins
0.6 – Lobo
0.5 – Worlds’ Finest
0.5 – Red Hood & Outlaws
0.5 – Justice League 3000
0.5 – Catwoman Annual
0.5 – Red Hood & Outlaws Annual
0.5 – Swamp Thing
0.4 – Constantine
0.4 – Batwoman
0.4 – Aquaman and the Others
0.4 – Trinity of Sin
0.3 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.2 – Klarion
0.2 – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie



































































Vertigo: Average: 13,937*. Median: 7,488*

4.6 – Sandman Overture
1.1 – Wolf Moon
1.0 – Fables
0.9 – Astro City
0.7 – Fairest
0.5 – Bodies
0.5 – The Kitchen
0.5 – Coffin Hill
0.4 – The Names
0.4 – Hinterkind *
0.4 – Dead Boy Detectives









Digital First & Other: Average: 11,353*. Median: 11,055*.

1.7 – He-Man: Eternity war
1.5 – Injustice Year Three (5)
1.4 – Injustice Year Three (6)
1.4 – Batman ’66
1.3 – Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.1 – Flash Season Zero
0.9 – Arrow Season 2.5
0.8 – Smallville Season 11
0.7 – Teen Titans Go
0.7 – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.4 – Scooby-Doo Where Are You? *
0.2 – Looney Tunes *










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 Professional Basketball Research, 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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10. Calista Flockhart joins Supergirl as Cat Grant

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Former Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart is the latest actress to jump into the comic book world, as Warner Bros and CBS have revealed that she will be playing Cat Grant in the prime-time drama Supergirl.

Created by Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway, Cat is a columnist for the Daily Planet and a sometimes love interest for Clark Kent. For this iteration, she’s described thusly: “a self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo, Cat Grant started her career as a reporter and has built her company into a global powerhouse. Kara (series star Melissa Benoist) works at CatCo as her assistant.”

Flockhart’s take on the character will be the fourth time Cat Grant has appeared on-screen, previously having been played by Tracy Scoggins in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Emilie Ullerup and Keri Lynn Pratt in the final two seasons of Smallville.

Good get!

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11. Entertainment Round-Up: Wonder Woman, Daredevil, Officer Downe, Supergirl, and a few Oscar predictions

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It’s Oscar Eve! I’ll toss out a few Oscar Predictions towards the bottom of today’s round-up, but let’s get to what’s making headlines today in the world of comics-based entertainment.

– In a piece about a possible future Gal Gadot project, Deadline has reported that the actress will begin filming Wonder Woman in the fall. If that’s indeed the case, the never quite made official release date of June 23rd, 2017 sounds pretty likely to be met for the Michelle MacLaren production.

– The official Daredevil Netflix series twitter feed teased out the following photo yesterday:

 

The indication being that Daredevil’s father Jack Murdock fought The Absorbing Man at some point in the series’ history. Though, depending on the age that Creel is portrayed as, this could present a bit of a continuity issue since Creel appeared as an adversary of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team during the first few episodes of this current season. Perhaps his power keeps him from aging?

Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates has been cast as the lead in the upcoming feature film adaptation of Officer Downe, based on the Image comic by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham. Officer Downe will mark the directorial debut of Shawn Crahan aka Clown, co-founder of the metal act Slipknot, while Casey is penning the script.

– And finally, Supergirl now has a matriarchal figure for Melissa Benoist‘s Kara, as Nashville‘s Laura Benanti has signed on to play Alura Zor-El. Alura will be a recurring role in the series, offering her daughter guidance that echoes through space and time.

While Torsten will have a much better and comprehensive write-up on The Beat shortly, for whatever it’s worth, here are my Oscar predictions for tomorrow night in the major categories.:

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Adapted Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash (no guts, no glory over here!)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Best Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood

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12. Jared Leto and Will Smith talk about their roles in Suicide Squad

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This is incredibly minor in the wake of today’s Aquaman news, but WB/DC Entertainment’s other big comic-based film, Suicide Squad, got a little bit of press today.

Jared Leto, who gets the unenviable task of following Heath Ledger in the role of the Joker, spoke to Billboard briefly about what drew him to the character:

The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character…that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right?…[He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character, what a big challenge.

Leto also let on that he’s bulking up for the part. Now, I realize Leto is a skinny guy, but the Joker is typically fairly thin too. Perhaps they’re going for the Frank Miller/Jim Lee All Star Batman and Robin approach:

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Will Smith, who plays Deadshot (but probably not with Michael Rosenbaum‘s awesome Kevin Spacey impression) spoke with MTV News about being able to make the character his own:

With this character and the DC world, I love that I’m getting the opportunity for the global definition of Deadshot. There’s been Deadshot in little appearances here and there, there’s an idea, but Deadshot isn’t defined, really. I get to be a part of the creation that will be the biggest historical image of Deadshot.

Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, hits theaters on August 5, 2016.

 

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13. Jason Momoa has suddenly made Aquaman very hot

Now let’s get one things straight, even though his Conan relaunch flubbed, Jason Momoa looked hot as Conan. He looked hot in Baywatch, he looked hot in Stargate, he looked hot as Khal Drogo. Let’s be real, he would look hot as a UPS delivery man or a clerk at Chipotle. You would eat at that Chipotle every day, be honest.

But now he’s done the impossible. He’s made Aquaman look hot as revealed in a Zack Snyder tweet.

Snyder, you may recall, is directing a film called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (League) in which Aquaman is expected to appear, as a warm up lap around the pool for Justice League part one in 2017. Since the Aquaman film doesn’t come out until 2018, and there is a small chance that in three years Jason Momoa will no longer be quite as hot due to the whole vicissitudes of time thing, it is good that he will appear in Dawn of Justice League because we need as much of this as possible and soon. Also #unitetheseven…nice little branding. Will we be seeing Jon Jonz in a Snyder tweet soon?

Anyway, Arthur Curry is suddenly a very intriguing character in the coming DCCU (DC cinematic universe.)

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14. Review: THE MULTIVERSITY MASTERMEN #1 “Coming to Germerica”

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Story : Grant Morrison

Art: Jim Lee

Inks: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Mark Irwin, Jonathan Glapion

Color: Alex Sinclair

Publisher: DC Comics

 

 

Multiversity has been one elaborate Grant Morrison wet dream. We’ve seen the most abstract of ideas become solid concepts under the writer’s architecture of strange Earths. In Mastermen, he doesn’t just bring us an Earth where Superman’s rocket landed in Nazi Germany; he brings Jim Lee along to make the series best incomplete story yet.

The Earth as we know it is vastly different. On Earth-10 our Clark Kent never existed; instead the baby from Krypton became the right hand of the Furor, a Nazi ultimate weapon known as Overman. Even the Justice League is made up of Axis variants of DC’s mightiest heroes. Though when you read it, Leatherwing doesn’t stray far from the tactics of the Batman we know. Telling the rewritten history of Earth in one issue is a monumental task. One that Morrison takes strategic liberties with and it doesn’t always pay off. In fact without spoiling the story details, the sequence of events goes: rocket landing in Germany, skip ahead 17 years, Overman and the Nazis conquer America, skip ahead 60 years and to the formation of the Freedom Fighters as they begin the liberation of Germerica. Key events in Overman’s upbringing and the war are left out. Though they never feel vital, it certainly would have been an interesting part of the overall story.

Jim Lee brings action packed fury he’s become iconic for. The entire spectacle missing from his WildC.A.T.s collaboration with Morrison is here and it’s just gorgeous. Using four inkers on the book doesn’t turn out to be the hindrance it could have been. You’ll notice differences in the style from page to page, but never so much that it takes you out of the narrative. We’ve seen Jim Lee draw Superman and the rest of the Justice League a ton of times over the last few years, but he manages to make the redesigns in Mastermen feel like it’s Batman #608 all over again.

Mastermen is a sprint through erupting volcanoes in the middle of a gunfight with doves flying everywhere. You’ll never quite catch a break until you’re slammed into the brick wall ending. If the book’s mission was to sell Earth-10 as an interesting world you’d want to know more about then it’s a win. If the aim was to tell a complete story… then it’s missing a few pages. Ultimately it’s Jim Lee and Jim Lee books are like pizza. Even when you had your heart set on something else, pizza never sounds like a bad choice.

Also what’s up with Batman not skipping leg day here:

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In the multiverse there’s an Earth where celebrities leak nude photos of you on twitter and we’re all still on dial-up internet because AOL enslaved us with that horrible modem noise.

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15. Hero History: The Paradoxical World of Harley Quinn

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Abraham Riesman continues his excellent series of “hero histories” with a look at Harley Quinn who has become perhaps THE stand out mainstream character of the current comics era. (I’ll have aphoto gallery opf Harley toys from Toy Fair in a bit.) (Deadpool vs Harley Quinn, I’m saying it until it happens.) And she’s had a strange history, with most of her development taking place outside of comics, from her origin in Batman: The Animated Series to her Arkham Asylum re imagination.

Over the next seven years, Dini, Timm, and Sorkin built Harley into one of the most memorable Batman characters of all time. That was no small trick, given that the Batman mythos was already more than 50 years old and had featured the same general cast of archetypes for decades. It was made all the more remarkable by the fact that she didn’t even exist in the mainstream Batman comics of the time — it was all happening on a kids’ TV show and its spinoff products. And even though children were the target audience, Harley’s story lines were provocative in ways no other Batman tales had been.


Of course, for comics, Mad Love is probably the greatest single Harley story, and a 90s DC standout. In fact, with the Dini/Timm team at the peak of their powers, this should probably be added the the short list of DC essentials, although it isn’t on the Top 25 list. Time for a new edition, DC!

Anyway, the current Conner/Palmiotti version is also discussed as well as the many various feminist interpretations of Harley. It’s a good piece about a complex character. What do YOU think makes Harley so popular?

PS: Also the success of Harley means everyone can acknowledge what we’ve been saying all along: Amanda Conner is a great cartoonist!
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16. Man is dressed as Green Lantern at his wake

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Cosplay AFTER death? Yes.

Puerto Rican man Renato Garcia was all with respiratory problems, and then he found a Green Lantern costume in a box of clothing. He spent his last few weeks wearing it around his hometown. When he passed away, at age 50, his sister decided to dress him in the costume for his wake.

As lugubrious as this story sounds, dressing people in unusual way from life is a Puerto Rican tradition, so it has cultural validation. And you know, a lot of people are inspired by Green Lantern.

Photo by Ricardo Arduengo for the AP

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17. Preview: The Multiversity: Mastermen teams up Grant Morrison and Jim Lee for the second time

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The Multiversity has easily been among the best of DC Comics’ output since it debuted last August, and with each succeeding issue, it keeps getting better and better. Embracing everything that is weird and wonderful about the DC Universe has made it an utterly unique experience, with its most recent Guidebook issue even being hailed by Robot 6 as the “most DC Comic ever”.

Despite lots of critical acclaim that has it standing shoulder to shoulder with other great superhero comics like Ms. Marvel, the one thing that Morrison’s opus hasn’t quite done is rack up massive sales. They’ve been moderately successful, but slowly diminishing to where Thunderworld sold just under 48,000 copies (and the Guidebook selling under 39,000 per Comichron)

But if there’s one creator that can spike sales with some level of frequency, it’s Jim Lee. He’ll teaming up with Morrison for next week’s Mastermen, which focuses on the Nazi Justice League ruled Earth 10 and the Freedom Fighters.

Via Buzzfeed, here’s a preview of the upcoming issue:

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

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18. Report: Joel Kinnaman may replace Tom Hardy in Suicide Squad

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Per The Wrap, Warner Bros may finally be on the verge of casting a new Rick Flagg for their super-villain establishing feature Suicide Squad.

According to their report, the studio is looking at Robocop remake star Joel Kinnaman to step into the role recently vacated by Tom Hardy. Hardy left the production citing scheduling concerns with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant and his upcoming promotional work for Mad Max: Fury Road. Though, there have been some reports that Hardy was also unhappy with his amount of screen-time in David Ayer‘s film.

Regardless, the studio is moving forward and it sounds like they’re on Plan C right now, as Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t pan out either.

Kinnaman is a capable enough actor and given how the role has apparently shrunk a good deal since the casting of Jared Leto as the Joker, a less big name probably makes sense here.

If he signs up for the film, he’ll be joining Leto, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevigne as Enchantress, and potentially Viola Davis as Amanda Waller.

Suicide Squad is scheduled to open on August 5, 2016.

 

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19. The Comics industry tweets about the New 24

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As this morning’s DC news broke, people started….tweeting. They couldn’t help it.

Also, is Prez actually Beymax?

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20. DC announces new “inclusive and accessible” line-up in June with 24 new titles

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It’s the new 49—or the end of the New 52. DC has just unrolled their June line-up, a slate of 24 new titles, along with 25 returning ones, which, they promise, will show the new face of comics.

This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans.

In other words, the winds of changing rattling the have even been felt at DC comics and now we have National Book Award nominated writer Gene Luen Yang writing Superman.

How different is this line-up? Bat-Mite, Bizarro and Prez are back, three humor oriented titles long banished from the grim and gritty.

The lineup will be debuted to the world in DC’s Free Comic Book Day offering, shown above, which features Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok and Superman by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita, Jr.

The move comes on the day that DC is holding a retailer summit at their new Burbank offices this weekend. The new titles will debut in June following the two month “Convergence” event which tides over the company as its staff moves to the West Coast.

The New 52 branding, announced in 2011 with huge fanfare, served its purpose well. The new continuity introduced will remain but more new reader friendly book will be introduced. And the tone will be different. Ming Doyle will be writing Constantine: The Hellblazer AND drawing Dark Universe, to be written by James Tynion IV. The popular Harley Quinn team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will add Harley Quinn/Power Girl a 6-issue limited series, and Starfire with are by Emanuela Lupachino. Garth Ennis and John McCrea are back with a Hitman spin-off, Section Eight. Although 25 titles will return, among the cancelled: Batman And Robin, Earth 2, Justice League Dark, Justice League 3000, Supergirl, Red Hood And The Outlaws.

The new line-up is announced at a time when Marvel is also refashioning it’s line, with a new look following May’s Secret Wars.Meaning this summer will be a very different, very inclusive, very diverse comics industry.

We’ll be back with some commentary in a bit.

Here’s the entire line-up with art (where available) as it’s rolled out this morning:

Batman Beyond
W: Dan Jurgens
A: Bernard Chang

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Bat-Mite (6-issue limited)
W: Dan Jurgens
A: Corin Howell

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Bizarro (6-issue limited)
W: Heath Corson
A: Gustavo Duarte

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Black Canary
W: Brenden Fletcher
A: Annie Wu & Irene Koh

 

Constantine: The Hellblazer
W: Ming Doyle
A: Riley Rossmo

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Cyborg
W: David Walker
A: Ivan Reis

Dark Universe
W: James Tynion IV
A: Ming Doyle

Green Lantern: Lost Army
W: Cullen Bunn
A: Jesus Saiz & Javi Pina

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Doomed
W: Scott Lobdell
A: Javier Fernandez

Earth 2: Society
W: Daniel Wilson
A: Jorge Jimenez

Dr. Fate
W: Paul Levitz
A: Sonny Liew

Harley Quinn/Power Girl (6-issue limited)
W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
A: Stephane Roux

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Justice League of America
W: Bryan Hitch
A: Bryan Hitch

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W: Keith Giffen
A: Howard Porter

Martian Manhunter
W: Rob Williams
A: Ben Oliver

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Midnighter
W: Steve Orlando
A: ACO

Mystic U
W: Alisa Kwitney
A: Stay tuned for artist info!

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Omega Men
W: Tom King
A: Alec Morgan

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Prez
W: Mark Russell
A: Ben Caldwell

Red Hood/Arsenal
W: Scott Lobdell
A: Denis Medri

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Robin, Son of Batman
W: Patrick Gleason
A: Patrick Gleason

Section Eight (6-issue limited)
W: Garth Ennis
A: John McCrea

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Starfire
W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
A: Emanuela Lupacchino

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We Are Robin
W: Lee Bermejo
A: Khary Randolph

Ongoing Titles

Action Comics
W: Greg Pak
A: Aaron Kuder

Aquaman
W: Cullen Bunn
A: Trevor McCarthy

Batgirl
W: Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher
A: Babs Tarr

Batman
W: Scott Snyder
A: Greg Capullo

Detective Comics
W; Brian Buccelato & Francis Manapul
A: Francis Manapul

Batman/Superman
W: Greg Pak
A: Ardian Syaf

Catwoman
W: Genevieve Valentine
A: David Messina

Deathstroke
W: Tony S. Daniel
A: Tony S. Daniel

The Flash
W: Robert Venditti & Van Jensen
A: Brett Booth

Gotham Academy
W: Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher
A: Karl Kerschl

Gotham By Midnight
W: Ray Fawkes
A: Juan Ferreyra

Grayson
W: Tom King & Tim Seeley
A: Mikel Janin

Green Arrow
W: Ben Percy
A: Zircher

Green Lantern
W: Robert Venditti
A: Billy Tan

Harley Quinn
W: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
A: Chad Hardin

Justice League
W: Geoff Johns
A: Jason Fabok

Justice League United
W:Stay tuned for creative team info!
A:

Lobo
W: Cullen Bunn
A: Cliff Richards

Secret Six
W: Gail Simone
A: Dale Eaglesham

Sinestro
W: Cullen Bunn
A: Bradley Walker

New Suicide Squad
W: Sean Ryan
A: Carlos D’Anda

Superman
W: Gene Luen Yang
A: John Romita, Jr.

Superman/Wonder Woman
W: Peter J. Tomasi
A: Doug Mahnke

Teen Titans
W: Will Pfeifer
A: Kenneth Rocafort

Wonder Woman
W: Meredith Finch
A: David Finch

And the PR:

This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans.  Award-winning, critically acclaimed writers are headlining the June 2015 slate of DC Comics’ new periodicals and graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis and Ming Doyle.
Beginning June 3rd, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering.  The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.
“This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio.  “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June.”
DC Comics will be keenly focused on going back-to-basics with its legendary characters, like BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN, while also reinventing key characters, such as BLACK CANARY, BIZARRO, CYBORG and STARFIRE, with a new contemporary tonality to ensure a diverse offering of titles.  Top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.
Depicting some of these iconic characters in a more contemporary light include National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang who will join artist John Romita Jr. in the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN.  Comic superstar artist Bryan Hitch will write and draw new tales of the world’s greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The pitch perfect team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea returns to DC Comics for a limited series called SECTION EIGHT featuring characters from their popular Hitman comic.  VERTIGO creator Ming Doyle will be lending her talents to DC Comics, penning CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo.
“More than ever before, DC Comics fans are being exposed to our rich portfolio of characters through multiple sources, including an unprecedented number of highly successful TV shows, video games and upcoming major motion pictures,” said Co-Publisher Jim Lee.  “We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone.  For example, fans of the ARROW television show may want more stories about BLACK CANARY. Now they can find modern, fresh takes on the character in the pages of her standalone series both in stores and digitally.”
Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be  writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June.  Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to  helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.
“Beyond character and creators, the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as BIZARRO, BAT-MITE and PREZ,” said Lee.  “Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts.”
A first look at upcoming storylines will be the focus of DC Entertainment’s Free Comic Book Day issue – DC COMICS: DIVERGENCE – available Saturday, May 2, featuring three 8-page previews for the June releases of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s BATMAN, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s launch of the Darkseid War within JUSTICE LEAGUE featuring the biggest villains in the DCU – Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, and Gene Luen Yang’s DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr on SUPERMAN.  More than half-a million free issues of the DC Entertainment sampler will be given away at comic book retailers globally.
“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” said DiDio.
To learn more about the June DC Universe slate, visit www.dccomics.com.   

 

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21. Entertainment Round-up: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Constantine, Captain Marvel, X-Men: Apocalypse

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Happy Monday everyone! Hannah and I took today off from our regular gigs, but I didn’t want a few of the more interesting headlines to pass us by…so, let’s take a look at what’s causing a buzz in the entertainment side of things.

– According to TVInsider, Jamie Alexander is returning to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reprising her role as Lady Sif from the Thor films and her guest appearance in the first season of the ABC series. Alexander will guest star in the second episode of the midseason, where Lady Sif will be struck by amnesia after a massive battle with a yet to be revealed villain. Though executive producer Jeffrey Bell states that the memories that she hangs onto will prove very important in the on-going Inhuman-based subplots of the series.

– Over the weekend, OK! Magazine (via SpoilerTV) reported a rumor that Angelina Jolie (Unbroken, In the Land of Blood and Honey) was offered $20 million dollars by Marvel Studios to direct their upcoming Captain Marvel feature. This rumor caused a bit of a stir online, but let’s face facts, Marvel has yet to offer any director that kind of payday and it’s hard to imagine they’d start doing that now ($20 million dollars was Christopher Nolan‘s take for Interstellar for example). Most sources I’ve spoken with in trying to follow up on this report state that the rumor is fiction. The one thing it gets right is that Marvel is likely looking to hire a female filmmaker for the property, and that is a very exciting prospect.

– Another unsourced story (from Cinelinx) floated around yesterday that NBC/Universal, in the wake of not renewing Constantine for a second season, would be moving it to SyFy and renaming the series Hellblazer. It’s a great idea, yet I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Sadly, barring a sudden surprise renewal announcement, the upcoming finale is likely the last you’ll seen of John and company.

– Production on X-Men: Apocalypse continues, and Bryan Singer, ever the busy tweeter/Instagrammer, has posted a photo of interest:

I know. Old door. But there’ll be something new behind it. #XmenApocalypse

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

It sounds like the Danger Room is returning if I were to hazard a guess.

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22. Visit for Poison Ivy, Stay for Black Hand: DC shakes up the New Suicide Squad Roster

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DC’s New Suicide Squad team is about to get shaken up yet again. In the aftermath of Convergence, DC is rebranding the team with an all-new set of villains. No, the comic will not renumbered, but will see a roster change. The news was announced in the Channel 52 backmatter page on this week’s releases from DC. Sean Ryan is still on the writing duties of the comic when the title shifts cast with issue #9, with Carlos D’Anda tackling the pencils on the comic.

This cast is really strange, as we have Reverse-Flash hot off the fame from the brand new tv show and his guest appearance from New Suicide Squad #5. Poison Ivy joins the fray who’s seen some interest in her exploits with Harley Quinn. Black Hand is an important character, but not someone who would usually be associated with the Suicide Squad meeting. Cheetah is a villain getting some play thanks to Wonder Woman. Seeing a Talon added to the full team is a great way to up the popularity of the infamous new Batman rogue. The only true question mark is Parasite, a Superman villain that DC is trying to push as much as possible as of late.

Group Desk Sergeant/Editor Brian Cunningham chimed in on some mission orders for the New Suicide Squad team:

Parasite will be the team’s secret weapon against ISIS in the next arc beginning in June’s issue #9. Black Hand has a power that Squad taskmaster Amanda Waller might covet for a team that can go boom on any given mission–he can resurrect the dead!

Look out for the comic in June, featuring the new team roster in New Suicide Squad #9.

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23. Dwayne Johnson dishes a bit about Black Adam

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While Marvel Studios is making news of fairly unprecedented proportions, its most likely challenger for king of the Superhero Movie mountain, Warner Bros, has been quiet in recent weeks.

Sure, we know that after a three year long absence from the big screen, the studio will be rolling out their two big universe establishing properties in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, but what can we expect after that? Other than titles, a few stars, and a director; details are relatively slim.

Dwayne Johnson, star of Shazam! (one of the later films of the DC Comics-based slate), was able to shed a little light on his character, Black Adam, in a recent interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar):

I think Black Adam is going to grow into becoming an anti-hero…It’s all written within the spirit of respecting and paying homage to the comics. As we know, Black Adam started out as a slave. When he’s given the powers, he utilized them. Then in the wake of his powers, tragedy strikes, which turns his sentiment and tone in terms of psychology.

Not surprisingly, it sounds as though scriptwriter Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) is taking some cues from the popular Geoff Johns version of the character.

But what about the actual in-universe continuity between Shazam! and the rest of the DC films? There had been some concern that, since New Line was co-producing, Billy Batson’s first big screen adventure in over 70 years might not even take place in the same universe as Zack Snyder‘s Justice League. Johnson addressed this as well:

It was all agreed that the worlds are all interconnected… One day you will see Black Adam go at it with Superman or Batman or any of the DC characters. But that said, there’s a great independence to Black Adam from the DC world, allowing us to inject, not only viciousness, but also winking humour.

Shazam! is scheduled to open on April 5, 2019.

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24. Entertainment Round-Up: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and Sam Hamm Returns!

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It’s almost the end of the week, so let’s gather up a few more of today’s entertainment headlines:

– While on the press circuit promoting their new film, Focus, Will Smith and Margot Robbie discussed with USA Today the casting situation with the now-vacant Rick Flagg role in David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad:

Robbie: This happens all the time. People act like, ‘Oh my god, the movie must be ending!’ It’s just the deal with movies.” Not to mention “a lot of the characters haven’t been portrayed before so it’s a pretty big undertaking. And it’s a big undertaking for the people who are going to play the characters who have been played, like the Joker (to be played by Jared Leto). It’s big shoes to fill.

Smith:  Ayer “turned the screenplay in before Christmas. What happens is Hollywood shuts down. But he was still working and he wanted to (start shooting) April 13th. So it takes a couple weeks to gear back up at the top of the year and people have taken (other) movies. He’s moving really quickly.

A few days ago, Umberto Gonzalez over at Latino-Review stated on Twitter that the Rick Flagg casting may be announced this week. We still have a day to go, so it’s possible that we may see some resolution there. I’m going to throw my money on Joel Edgerton, but it’s probably just because I just saw Zero Dark Thirty again on FX last night.

Ryan Reynolds took to twitter today and celebrated being one year out from the release of 2016’s Deadpool, teasing fans with the mask that will be used in the upcoming film:

 

The fact that they’re even using a mask is cause for some celebration.

– It’s been some time since Sam Hamm had last been on the scene. The Tim Burton Batman, Monkeybone, and one-time Watchmen screenwriter’s most recent on-screen credit was for an episode of Masters of Horror about ten years ago. That all changes today, as Viz Entertainment has announced that Hamm will be adapting Sayuri Ueda‘s short story The Street of Fruiting Bodies, which originated in the Phantasm Japan anthology, into a feature-length film. That anthology, it’s worth noting, comes from the same imprint (Viz Media’s Haikasoru) as All You Need Is Kill, which was eventually adapted into last year’s Edge of Tomorrow.

Viz describes the story in detail:

The Street of Fruiting Bodies depicts the sudden spread of a mysterious and lethal species of hallucinogenic mushroom. The infestation is deadly, but it also offers visions of deceased loved ones to the infected, hinting at the reality of an afterlife, or at least a new kind of existence that is beyond human comprehension.

Hamm elaborates on the project:

Ueda creates a world in which the most profound human emotions – love, grief, longing, and hope – can lead to one’s salvation or one’s undoing, and the true horror is that it may be impossible to tell the difference. ‘The Street of Fruiting Bodies’ is not only disturbing, it is moving.

– Lastly, do you have $375 bucks to spare? Then you can be the owner of this pretty stunning looking Ultron Figure from Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles, expected to ship in early 2016.

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25. Can a fan-led branding campaign save Constantine?

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When people talk about saving John Constantine, usually it’s a hopeless task, as the scouser magician’s soul has long been consigned to hell for his many sins on earth. But another campaign to save Constantine is under way—and this time it’s fans attempting to keep his TV show going past a 13 episode commitment despite middling ratings.

Arrested Development has plans for a fifth season on Netflix, Twin Peaks will see you on Showtime twenty-five years from the 1991 series finale, and Yahoo Screen will bring Community closer to its promise of #sixseasonsandamovie, airing new episodes this spring. It’s a golden age of fan campaigns with the ability to resurrect dead and mostly-dead shows with measurably vocal fan bases. It’s a golden age fans of NBC’s Constantine are counting on, as the last of the series’ 13 episode initial run airs this Friday, February 13 at 10pm. The network has halted any further production on the show, prompting fans to organize on Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #saveconstantine in support of its renewal — whether on NBC or another network entirely.

Fan campaigns to save television shows are nothing new, with the late sixties fan campaign to save the Star Trek original series largely credited as the first of its kind. Still, there does seem to be a trend in the growing power of fan campaigns to have an impact on programming, even those who represent much smaller audience shares than the high-profile efforts of yesteryear, prompting fledgling networks to pick up where network and even cable channels have left off.

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So what does all this mean for fans of Constantine, starring Matt Ryan as trench-coated demon hunter John Constantine? Do they feel a campaign to save the show, based on the long-running DC/Vertigo series Hellblazer, has a better chance of being saved now than it would have 10 years ago? “They definitely are more successful — especially with social networking being the way it is,” said Breanna Conklin, who has been active in the campaign to #saveconstatine since NBC confirmed in late November they would stop production on the series. “I am in a few nerd groups on facebook. You’re able to spread the word to like minded folks and your friends within a few seconds. Social media gives awareness that wasn’t available to us ten years ago.”

The #saveconstantine effort began to gain momentum when a slick-looking website, saveconstantine.com, went up in December. In addition to links to the petition and fan communities, saveconstantine.com offers a detailed description of the importance of the recently introduced Twitter TV ratings model from newly-formed group, Nielsen Social. An off-shoot of the more traditional Nielsen ratings, Nielsen Social “identifies, captures and analyzes conversation on Twitter in real time for every program aired across over 250 of the most popular U.S. television networks, including Spanish language networks, as well as over 1,500 brands” according to the company website.

The challenge for Constantine fans is to ensure that their awareness of the need to campaign for the continued life of the series is leveraged in a way that speaks both to NBC and their advertisers. It’s not enough to simply prove there’s interest in Constantine from the hallowed 18-49 age demographic; advertisers need to ensure that ad placements can actually have an impact on that demographic. As television consumption proliferates on an increasingly diverse group of content platforms, strong same-day viewing ratings don’t necessarily show advertisers that their ads will be seen instead of fast-forwarded on a DVR viewing post-broadcast.

It’s a challenge the organizers of the #saveconstantine effort hope to meet by being better educated on the increasingly complex world of network tv ad buys. “It’s a big group effort,” said Allison Gennaro, one of the campaigns many organizers. A fan of the Hellblazer comics, Gennaro became involved in the campaign upon hearing “NBC had capped the airing to just 13 [episodes],” which she took to mean the show was “in trouble” but also that the “ratings might not be meeting the NBC demo of choice.” Hoping to convince NBC not to cancel the series, the #saveconstantine organizers publicized a petition for the show to get a second season across social media platforms in late November. The petition cites a “38% bump in the ratings and an 87% viewer retention rating (after Grimm) with the introduction of The Spectre” as evidence of the viability of the series which currently boasts over 20,000 signatures.

The description on saveconstantine.com explains the impact live tweeting Constantine episodes can have on the Twitter TV ratings. The site believes the live tweets “denote that a show has a consistent and loyal audience,” and may show advertisers they “are being rewarded for their investment in the network…so if you want to save Constantine, please watch, tell your friends, and tweet.” Gennaro cultivated a group of Constantine fans through a mailing list to help push the #saveconstantine hashtag and live tweet campaign. “We even threw Friday night twitter parties before the show to trend and gain attention,” she said.

Fan campaigns of the past relied on letter writing, placing ads in trade magazines like Variety, even buying billboards to plead for their respective shows. While Constantine fans have also employed letter writing and email to NBC executives in this campaign, their informed approach in targeting advertisers and leveraging their consumer power is in step with more recently successful ‘save our show’ campaigns. In 2009, Wendy Farrington began a campaign to save another NBC series with supernatural overtones: Chuck. Her game-changing approach acknowledged the fact that the show enjoyed better ratings on off-network viewing platforms and galvanized fans of the series to support a major advertiser of the show, Subway.

According to a 2014 article by Christina Savage for Transformative Works and Cultures, which examined fan-run ‘save our show’ campaigns, on the day of Chuck’s season finale hundreds of fans went to their local Subway and bought a $5 foot-long sandwich featured on the series via product placement. They then left behind comment cards explaining their purchase was in support of Chuck. Savage explained that by “focusing on Chuck as a business transaction, fans used their knowledge of the industry” to support their effort. Shortly thereafter, NBC ordered 13 more episodes of the series. Savage wrote: “co-chairman of NBC Ben Silverman said that this campaign was one of the most creative he had seen, and as a result, Subway would increase its presence within the show.”

John Constantine may not eat at Subway, but fans of the demon exorcist are invoking similar brand marketing powers with their #saveconstantine efforts. Only this time, the fans themselves are the product. By targeting Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings specifically, Constantine fans “become valuable social ambassadors for programmers and advertisers alike as they amplify content and messaging through their social spheres,” Nielsen Social wrote in a an article posted in September. But will it be enough to push NBC to order another season of Constantine? Could it make the show attractive enough to warrant a rumored move to sister-network Syfy, which has released several high-profile interviews with network executives seeking to return the channel to it’s Sci-fi/fantasy genre roots? NBC president Jennifer Salke told IGN in January that “we wish the show [Constantine] had done better live. It has a big viewership after [it airs] in all kinds of ways and it has a younger audience, but the live number is challenging.”

We spoke with Dr. Balaka Basu, a professor specializing in pop culture and fan studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte about the viability of the type of campaign #saveconstantine is waging. “Campaigns helped to save Chuck and Roswell, and gave Firefly fans closure in the less-than-successful Serenity,” she said. “ I think the key was demonstrating an understanding of how television economy works. With Chuck, for instance, fans literally gave their monetary support to the chain sandwich shop Subway…this demonstrates a comprehension of the relationship between advertisers and television producers.”

Fans like Miguel Gonzalez Cabañas, who lives in Madrid, show the global reach of the #saveconstantine fan efforts. He calls Constantine “the best series with a paranormal plot” on television. He, along with Allison, Breanna and the thousands of other fans who make up the campaign to #saveconstantine will be redoubling their efforts tonight: tweeting their support for the show before, during and after the season finale. But beyond the comic book fanbase, beyond charismatic lead Matt Ryan or the show’s arcane mythology: what is it about Constantine, or any other fan-campaigned series, that produces this kind of fan advocacy? “Whether it’s a show like Constantine, where many fans came into the show already in love with the character,” says Dr. Basu, “or shows like Buffy and Angel, where they were allowed to fall in love over the duration of the show, it’s really when the characters feel like real people that you don’t want your relationship with them to end, ever. And that’s been true since the days of Star Trek.”

 

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