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1. Amy Adams & Henry Cavill Accept Ice Bucket Challenge on ‘Superman vs. Batman’ Set

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Here’s a scene you might not see in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman film. Amy Adams and Henry Cavill accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in full wardrobe on the set of the Man of Steel sequel. Adams challenged all the siblings names she could remember.

I don’t want to ruin the end for you, but I hope you like your Man of Steel soaked.

They just dumped load, after load, after load…

Click here to donate some money to ALS.

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2. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2014 – 75 Years of Batman

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By David Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 - BATMAN ($4.99)
07/2004: Batman #630   --  69,026 [70,414] 
07/2009: Batman #688   --  83,040 
07/2010: Batman #701   --  76,398
07/2011: Batman #712   --  51,385
07/2012: Batman #11    -- 127,210 
-------------------------------
07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30    -- 108,998 (-  6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31    -- 107,499 (+  0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32    -- 130,077 (+ 19.2%) 
07/2014: Batman #33    -- 117,996 (-  9.3%) 
-----------------
6 months: +  0.5%
1 year  : - 10.6%
2 years : -  7.2%
5 years : + 42.1%
10 years: + 67.6%
Since #1: - 47.2%

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

7 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
07/2004: JLA #101            --  64,615
07/2004: JLA #102            --  63,249
07/2009: JL of America #35   --  58,915
07/2010: JL of America #47   --  60,368
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971
---------------------------------------
07/2013: Justice League #22  -- 110,194 (+ 17.2%) [124,026]
08/2013: Justice League #23  -- 103,936 (-  6.4%)
09/2013: #23.1: Darkseid     -- 111,142 (+  6.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Lobo         --  79,244 (- 28.7%)
09/2013: #23.3: Dial E       --  64,119 (- 14.4%) [67,855]
09/2013: #23.4: Secret Socty --  78,014 (+ 23.1%) [83,500]
10/2013: Justice League #24  --  98,491 (+ 18.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Justice League #25  --  94,004 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26  --  90,592 (-  3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27  --  84,674 (-  6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32  --  88,179 (+ 16.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +  4.1%
1 year  : - 28.9%
2 years : - 28.9%
5 years : + 49.7%
10 years: + 37.9%
Since #1: - 67.5%

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

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

8 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
07/2004: Nightwing #95  -- 30,392
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124
---------------------------------
07/2013: Nightwing #22  -- 42,073 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Nightwing #23  -- 40,522 (-  3.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Nightwing #24  -- 39,853 (-  1.7%)
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+ 10.5%)
12/2013: Nightwing #26  -- 38,452 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27  -- 38,325 (-  0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28  -- 36,940 (-  3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29  -- 36,814 (-  0.3%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Nightwing #30  -- 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Grayson #1     -- 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 112.5%
1 year  : +  93.6%
2 years : +  65.8%
10 years: + 167.9%

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

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

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

13 - SANDMAN OVERTURE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2013: Sandman Overture #1 -- 103,668 (+436.4%) [107,858]
11/2013: -- 
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: -- 
03/2014: Sandman Overture #2 --  89,711 (- 14.9%)  [91,839]
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Sandman Overture #3 --  72,563 (- 21.0%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 36.4%

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

14 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
07/2013: Superman Unchained #2  -- 165,754 (-35.5%)
08/2013: Superman Unchained #3  -- 136,319 (-17.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: Superman Unchained #4  -- 110,611 (-18.9%)
12/2013: Superman Unchained #5  --  96,322 (-12.9%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: Superman Unchained #6  --  94,147 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Superman Unchained #7  --  68,345 (-27.4%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 74.8%

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

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

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

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

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

19 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
07/2004: Superman #206 -- 138,984 [140,177]
07/2009: Superman #690 --  39,472
07/2010: Superman #701 --  54,506
07/2011: Superman #713 --  36,646
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066
---------------------------------
07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29  --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+136.8%) [95,972]
06/2014: Superman #33  --  62,998 (- 34.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 78.6%
1 year  : + 46.6%
2 years : + 12.4%
5 years : + 59.6%
10 years: - 55.1%
Since #1: - 58.0%

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

21 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Detective Comics #794 --  36,805
07/2009: Detective Comics #855 --  61,205
07/2010: Detective Comics #867 --  40,371
07/2011: Detective Comics #879 --  39,185
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835
-----------------------------------------
07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23  --  61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     --  78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   --  89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      --  73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        --  68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  --  55,486 (-  2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30  --  56,149 (+  1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  --  54,518 (-  2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32  --  72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33  --  62,856 (- 13.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.4%
1 year  : -  1.7%
2 years : - 21.3%
5 years : +  2.7%
10 years: + 70.8%
Since #1: - 60.2%

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

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

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

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

29 - BATMAN AND… ($2.99)
07/2009: Batman and Robin #2  -- 117,986 [129,086]
07/2010: Batman and Robin #13 --  85,804
07/2011: Batman and Robin #25 --  55,172
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043
----------------------------------------
07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (-  3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+ 38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (-  2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (-  2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (-  5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (- 25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (-  2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (-  0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 --  44,832 (+  3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 --  42,150 (-  6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra's al Ghul #32 --  56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 --  56,269 (-  0.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 23.5%
1 year  : -  2.7%
2 years : - 13.5%
5 years : - 56.4%
Since #1: - 51.5%

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

35 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
07/2004: Teen Titans #13  -- 65,658
07/2009: Teen Titans #73  -- 30,990
07/2010: Teen Titans #85  -- 24,248
07/2011: Teen Titans #97  -- 23,138
07/2011: Teen Titans #98  -- 23,095
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367
-----------------------------------
07/2013: Teen Titans #22  -- 33,062 (-  4.8%)
08/2013: Teen Titans #23  -- 31,742 (-  4.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Trigon    -- 48,974 (+ 54.3%)
09/2013: #23.2: Dthstroke -- 49,920 (+  1.9%)
10/2013: Teen Titans #24  -- 34,536 (- 30.8%)
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
12/2013: Teen Titans #26  -- 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27  -- 27,558 (-  5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28  -- 26,732 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29  -- 25,969 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30  -- 25,709 (-  1.0%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Teen Titans #1   -- 52,358 (+103.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 90.0%
1 year  : + 58.4%
2 years : + 15.4%
5 years : + 69.0%
10 years: - 20.3%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
07/2004: Action Comics #817 --  45,178
07/2009: Action Comics #879 --  38,324
07/2010: Action Comics #891 --  35,328
07/2011: Action Comics #903 --  40,205
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232
--------------------------------------
07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23  --  42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  --  69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         --  69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  --  67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     --  51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  --  34,231 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30  --  37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31  --  41,081 (+  8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32  --  55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33  --  49,457 (- 10.7%)
-----------------
6 months: + 37.2%
1 year  : + 10.2%
2 years : - 35.1%
5 years : + 29.0%
10 years: +  9.5%
Since #1: - 75.4%

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

41 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($3.99)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11     -- 29,809
-----------------------------------------
07/2013: Suicide Squad #22     -- 22,447 (-  2.0%)
08/2013: Suicide Squad #23     -- 22,166 (-  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Suicide Squad #24     -- 27,762 (+ 25.3%)
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25     -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26     -- 25,346 (-  6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27     -- 24,175 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28     -- 22,882 (-  5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29     -- 22,162 (-  3.1%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1  -- 49,260 (+123.3%)
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6 months: + 103.8%
1 year  : + 119.5%
2 years : +  65.3%

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

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

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

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

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

48 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Lantern #179 --  35,562  [37,456]
07/2009: Green Lantern #43  -- 109,426 [117,314]
07/2009: Green Lantern #44  -- 105,063 [109,599]
07/2010: Green Lantern #56  --  84,164
07/2011: Green Lantern #67  --  74,521
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708
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07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (- 13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (-  5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+ 12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (-  1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+ 13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (-  5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (-  5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30  --  44,483 (-  2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769 (-  1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32  --  56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33  --  47,279 (- 16.0%)
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6 months: -  3.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 39.9%
5 years : - 58.3%
10 years: + 26.2%
Since #1: - 72.1%

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

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

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

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

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

66 - EARTH 2 ($3.99)
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,982
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07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (-  2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+ 26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+  1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (- 26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (-  6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (-  2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 -- 34,970 (-  0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 -- 34,531 (-  1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 -- 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 -- 39,726 (- 16.0%)
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6 months: + 10.0%
1 year  : -  5.5%
2 years : - 47.0%
Since #1: - 61.2%

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

68 - FLASH ($2.99)
07/2004: Flash #212       --  40,056
07/2009: --
07/2010: Flash #4         --  64,832
07/2011: --
07/2012: Flash #11        --  53,674
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07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30        --  33,300 (+  5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31        --  34,240 (-  2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32        --  47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33        --  39,669 (- 15.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 13.7%
1 year  : +  1.7%
2 years : - 26.1%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: -  1.0%
Since #1: - 73.2%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 7K.

77 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Wonder Woman #206 --  28,038
07/2009: Wonder Woman #34  --  30,131
07/2010: Wonder Woman #601 --  39,672
07/2011: Wonder Woman #613 --  29,720
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669
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07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30  --  31,094 (+  0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 (-  1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32  --  48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33  --  37,431 (- 22.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 16.8%
1 year  : +  5.3%
2 years : - 18.0%
5 years : + 24.2%
10 years: + 33.5%
Since #1: - 61.0%

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

79 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
07/2004: Batgirl #54 -- 25,905
07/2010: Batgirl #12 -- 28,011
07/2011: Batgirl #23 -- 22,619
07/2012: Batgirl #11 -- 45,004
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07/2013: Batgirl #22 -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23 -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24 -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25 -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26 -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27 -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28 -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29 -- 33,223 (-  3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 -- 32,698 (-  1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522 (-  3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 -- 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 -- 37,186 (- 21.4%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.1%
1 year  : -  5.2%
2 years : - 17.4%
10 years: + 43.5%
Since #1: - 65.3%

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

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

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

84 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Aquaman #20 -- 24,408
07/2012: Aquaman #11 -- 57,675
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07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (-  2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (-  3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+ 31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (-  7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (- 21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (-  5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (-  5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 -- 36,140 (- 19.4%)
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6 months: -  1.3%
1 year  : - 20.8%
2 years : - 37.3%
10 years: + 48.1%
Since #1: - 66.7%

A Bat-Bomb differential of over 8K.

93 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
07/2009: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 82,415
07/2010: Green Lantern Corps #50 -- 67,035
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #61 -- 60,836
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #62 -- 57,928
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996
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07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (-  7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (- 14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+  3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (-  4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 26,640 (-  4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 -- 28,449 (+  6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 -- 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 -- 32,877 (- 19.3%)
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6 months: +  4.5%
1 year  : - 22.1%
2 years : - 23.5%
5 years : - 60.1%
Since #1: - 65.3%

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

100 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792
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07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23  -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper           -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso           -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24  -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25  -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26  -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27  -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28  -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29  -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30  -- 27,695 (-  5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31  -- 25,337 (-  8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32  -- 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33  -- 28,297 (- 26.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 64.8%
2 years : - 11.0%
Since #1: - 65.5%

A Bat-Bomb differential of nearly 10K.

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

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

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

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

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

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

116 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: The Wake #3 of 10  -- 30,622 (- 6.0%)
08/2013: -- 
09/2013: The Wake #4 of 10  -- 31,674 (+ 3.4%)
10/2013: -- 
11/2013: The Wake #5 of 10  -- 30,463 (- 3.8%)
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: The Wake #6 of 10  -- 26,843 (-11.9%)
03/2014: The Wake #7 of 10  -- 26,500 (- 1.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: The Wake #8 of 10  -- 26,694 (+ 0.7%)
06/2014: The Wake #9 of 10  -- 26,561 (- 0.5%)
07/2014: The Wake #10 of 10 -- 25,574 (- 3.7%)
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6 months:    n.a. 
1 year  : - 16.5%
Since #1: - 49.0%

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

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

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

123 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38.980
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07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 --  26,223 (-  4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 --  25,609 (-  2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 --  25,987 (+  1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 --  23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 --  22,461 (-  3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 --  20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 --  19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 --  19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 --  18,463 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 --  33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 --  23,922 (- 28.7%)
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6 months: +  6.5%
1 year  : - 12.7%
2 years : - 38.6%
Since #1: - 72.8%

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

128 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
07/2004: Green Arrow #40  -- 32,635
07/2009: Arrow/Canary #22 -- 20,571
07/2010: Green Arrow #2   -- 44,118
07/2011: Green Arrow #14  -- 25,568
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646
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07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30  -- 23,577 (-  0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 (-  0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32  -- 23,602 (+  0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33  -- 23,452 (-  0.6%)
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6 months: -  1.4%
1 year  : - 10.4%
2 years : -  4.8%
5 years : + 14.0%
10 years: - 28.1%
Since #1: - 67.6%

Remains remarkably consistent.

129 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462
-----------------------------------
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 -- 24,350 (-  3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 -- 24,307 (-  0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 -- 23,720 (-  2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 -- 23,355 (-  1.5%)
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6 months: -  4.6%
1 year  : - 33.7%
2 years : - 35.9%
Since #1: - 73.8%

A small drop of fewer than 400 copies.

131 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
07/2009: Supergirl #43 --  32,849
07/2010: Supergirl #54 --  26,941
07/2011: Supergirl #66 --  20,001
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879
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07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 --  24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 --  23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 --  25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 --  22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 --  21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 --  23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 --  22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 --  23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 --  22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 --  22,481 (-  1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 --  22,802 (+  1.4%)
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6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 31.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

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

132 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
07/2012: New Guardians #11 -- 42,929
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07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (- 7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 -- 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 -- 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 -- 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 -- 22,797 (- 1.5%)
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6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 44.1%
2 years : - 46.9%
Since #1: - 76.4%

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

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

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

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

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

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143 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820
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07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (-  5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (-  5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood #33 -- 20,669 (- 37.5%)
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6 months: - 16.7%
1 year  : - 32.3%
2 years : - 42.3%
Since #1: - 70.6%

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

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

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

147 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 
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07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (-  4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (-  0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds' Finest #22 -- 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds' Finest #23 -- 21,118 (-  1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds' Finest #24 -- 20,900 (-  1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds' Finest #25 -- 19,957 (-  4.5%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.0%
1 year  : - 20.6%
2 years : - 56.2%
Since #1: - 71.3%

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

150, 155 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8    -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9    -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10   -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11   -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12   -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3 -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4 -- 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5 -- 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6 -- 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7 -- 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8 -- 18,931 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 21.6%
1 year  : - 24.7%
Since #1: - 23.4%

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

154 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
07/2004: Catwoman #33 -- 24,007
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551
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07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (-  3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (-  1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+ 44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (-  5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 -- 18,945 (- 43.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 24.1%
1 year  : - 23.4%
2 years : - 46.7%
10 years: - 21.1%
Since #1: - 74.9%

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

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

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

162 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
07/2004: Swamp Thing #5  -- 31,619
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257
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07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (- 1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 -- 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 -- 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 -- 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 -- 17,905 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: -  9.4%
1 year  : - 25.0%
2 years : - 50.6%
10 years: - 43.4%
Since #1: - 75.7%

Back to a decline after month’s uptick.

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

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

166 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman '66 #13 -- 17,264 (- 0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.8%
1 year  : - 65.8%
Since #1: - 65.8%

Just twelve fewer copies than last month.

170 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
07/2004: Hellblazer #198 -- 14,772
07/2009: Hellblazer #257 -- 10,762
07/2010: Hellblazer #269 -- 10,048
07/2011: Hellblazer #281 --  9,225
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247
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07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 -- 16,235 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.7%
1 year  : - 53.7%
2 years : + 75.6%
5 years : + 50.9%
10 years: +  9.9%
Since #1: - 56.8%

The TV show is scheduled to debut on October 24.

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

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

176 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2010: American Vampire #5     --  24,857
07/2011: American Vampire #17    --  15,565
07/2012: American Vampire #29    --  15,324
-------------------------------------------
07/2013: --
08/2013: American Vampire Anthol --  12,695 (- 20.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: --
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #1 --  20,863 (+ 64.3%)
04/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #2 --  17,068 (- 18.2%)
05/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #3 --  15,642 (-  8.4%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: American Vampire 2Cy #4 --  15,400 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : +  0.5%
Since #1: - 26.2%

Returns after missing a month.

177 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
07/2004: Birds of Prey #69  -- 31,904
07/2004: Birds of Prey #70  -- 31,683
07/2010: Birds of Prey #3   -- 43,420
07/2011: Birds of Prey #14  -- 27,102
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389
-------------------------------------
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23  -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24  -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25  -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26  -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27  -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28  -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
03/2014: Birds of Prey #29  -- 16,795 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30  -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31  -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32  -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
07/2014: Birds of Prey #33  -- 15,379 (-  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  : - 23.9%
2 years : - 43.8%
10 years: - 51.6%
Since #1: - 76.8%

Ending in September.

181 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2012: Unlimited #6   -- 22,555
---------------------------------
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
08/2013: Universe #1    -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2    -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3    -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4    -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5    -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6    -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7    -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8    -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9    -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10   -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11   -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12   -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.3%
1 year  : -  5.6%
2 years : - 36.1%
Since #1: - 38.3%

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

183 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
07/2011: Superboy #9  --  22,102
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677
--------------------------------
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 --  20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 --  18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 --  21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 --  17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 --  17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 --  16,448 (-  5.4%)
03/2014: Superboy #29 --  15,776 (-  4.1%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 --  15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 --  14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 --  14,451 (-  2.3%)
07/2014: Superboy #33 --  14,004 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.5%
1 year  : - 29.9%
2 years : - 52.8%
Since #1: - 79.8%

Ending in September.

185 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2004: Fables #27  -- 25,146
07/2009: Fables #86  -- 22,447
07/2010: --
07/2011: Fables #107 -- 18,523
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110
------------------------------
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 -- 13,831 (- 1.2%)
----------------
6 months: -  2.4%
1 year  : -  8.5%
2 years : - 19.2%
5 years : - 38.4%
10 years: - 45.0%
Since #1: - 37.2%

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

196 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
07/2012: He-Man & MotU #1  -- 27,665 
------------------------------------
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 -- 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 -- 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 -- 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 -- 11,905 (- 2.0%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 34.2%
2 years : - 57.0%
Since #1: - 52.9%

Standard attrition.

199 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #10 -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
07/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #21 -- 11,682 (- 8.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 33.0%
1 year  : - 43.4%
Since #1: - 70.9%

Drops more than 1000 copies as the end is nigh.

201 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
07/2009: Jonah Hex #45 -- 12,588
07/2010: Jonah Hex #56 -- 13,441
07/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572
--------------------------------
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
03/2014: ASW #29       -- 12,503 (- 2.2%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
07/2014: ASW #33       -- 11,488 (- 1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.2%
1 year  : - 25.3%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : -  8.7%
Since #1: - 79.1%

Penultimate issue.

217 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2009: Tiny Titans #18   --  8,576
07/2010: Tiny Titans #30   --  8,038
07/2011: Tiny Titans #42   --  7,664
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06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
-----------------
5 years : + 32.8%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

204 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371
------------------------------
07/2013: Fairest #17 -- 13,915 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: Fairest #18 -- 13,511 (- 2.9%)
09/2013: Fairest #19 -- 13,278 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fairest #20 -- 13,008 (- 2.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Fairest #21 -- 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 -- 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 -- 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 -- 11,872 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 -- 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 -- 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Fairest #27 -- 11,329 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  : - 18.6%
2 years : - 44.4%
Since #1: - 64.3%

Back after a scheduled skip month.

205 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: ToS: Pandora #13 -- 11,299 (- 9.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 40.5%
1 year  : - 70.7%
Since #1: - 72.9%

Continues to lose more than 1000 copies each month. The continues high rates of decline for this and ToS Phantom Stranger do not bode well for the upcoming combined Trinity of Sin replacement title.

206 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 LANTERN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2004: Smallville #9         -- 12,763
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3     -- 20,864
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07/2013: Smallville S11 #15    -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Smallville S11 #16    -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17    -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18    -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1   -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2   -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 -- 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 -- 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 -- 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 -- 11,243 (- 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.5%
1 year  : - 24.7%
2 years : - 46.1%
10 years: - 11.9%
Since #1: -  9.3%

Lantern finishes a few hundred copies higher than Alien. Chaos is up next.

225 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL (Digital-First) ($4.99)
07/2013: Smallville S11 Special #2  -- 12,858 (- 8.1%)
08/2013: --
09/2013: --
10/2013: Smallville S11 Special #3  -- 12,115 (- 5.8%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Smallville S11 Special #4  -- 10,917 (- 9.9%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: --
04/2014: --
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Smallville S11 Special #5  -- 10,057 (- 7.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.9%
1 year  : - 21.8%
Since #1: - 28.1%

$1 more and about 1500 fewer copies than the parent title.

226 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Adventures of Superman #11 -- 11,102 (+ 0.2%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
07/2014: Adventures of Superman #15 -- 10,004 (-10.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 48.6%
Since #1: - 67.7%

Barely holding on to the 10K sales ledge. Ending in September.

252 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1  -- 13,036
12/2013: --
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 (-31.1%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.5%
Since #1: - 36.9%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. A nice little boost for the Wonder Woman issue.

249 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9  --  8,396 (- 4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.7%
Since #1: - 65.2%

Averaging a 4% drop each month isn’t healthy.

250 - BATWING ($2.99)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047
------------------------------
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
03/2014: Batwing #29 --  9,864 (-16.3%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: Batwing #33 --  8,380 (- 3.3%)
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6 months: - 32.8%
1 year  : - 30.5%
2 years : - 58.2%
Since #1: - 84.4%

Ending in September.

269 - VERTIGO QUARTERLY CMYK (Vertigo) ($7.99)
04/2014: Cyan #1    -- 9,456 
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Magenta #1 -- 7,360 (- 22.2%) 

A typical second issue drop, even though Vertigo tried to not call is a second issue.

283 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
07/2010: The Unwritten #15 -- 13,023
07/2011: The Unwritten #27 -- 10,787
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478
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07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3 --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7 --  6,918 (- 3.0%)
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6 months: - 42.2%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 27.0%
Since #1: - 42.2%

Dips below 7K.

294 - ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Royals #1 of 6 --  14,031 
03/2014: Royals #2 of 6 --   8,725 (-37.8%) 
04/2014: Royals #3 of 6 --   7,777 (-10.9%) 
05/2014: Royals #4 of 6 --   7,156 (- 8.0%) 
06/2014: Royals #5 of 6 --   6,928 (- 3.2%) 
07/2014: Royals #6 of 6 --   6,694 (- 3.4%) 
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Since #1: - 52.3%

I recall reading somewhere that this had been an OGN commissioned by the previous regime but then shelved, and was now being resurrected and chopped up into a mini-series before being released as a collection. If true, then I suppose that any amount of sales of the mini-series can be viewed as found money.

295 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9  --  6,686 (- 7.3%)
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6 months: - 31.0%
Since #1: - 71.6%

Has not been solicited past issue #12…

+302 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: Collider #1 -- 17,336          [20,361]
08/2013: FBP #2      -- 14,068 (-30.9%)
09/2013: FBP #3      -- 13,977 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
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6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+302 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
03/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #3 --  6,738 (- 5.1%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
07/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #7 --  ????? (< 6,594)
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Since #1:   ???%
+302 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
07/2004: Scooby-Doo #86                -- 5,336
07/2009: Scooby-Doo #146               -- 4,110
07/2010: Scooby-Doo #158               -- 4,147
07/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #11 -- 4,791
07/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #23 -- 4,934
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07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 -- 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 -- ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 -- ????? (< 6,594)
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6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

For the second month in a row, Diamond only released the top 300 and not the top 400. For purposes of the summary charts below I'll be using either the sales of the #302 book (6,594) or the sales of the most recently previously known issue, whichever is less.

Because of a fairly strong month sales-wise and a greater amount of product in the market overall in July, the cut-off this month is rather high. In addition to missing the sales data for these three titles, we likely also missed a good amount of re-order activity.

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

DC COMICS
07/2004: 30,542
07/2009: 30,905
07/2010: 25,841
07/2011: 26,138
07/2012: 33,837
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07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 33,189 (+  4.5%)**
07/2014: 32,778 (-  1.2%)**
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6 months: + 17.6%
1 year  : -  4.7%
2 years : -  3.1%
5 years : +  6.1%
10 years: +  7.3%

DC UNIVERSE
07/2004: 34,975
07/2009: 41,218
07/2010: 35,372
07/2011: 28,586
07/2012: 38,502
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07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
07/2014: 40,799 (-  4.5%) 
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6 months: + 23.2%
1 year  : + 11.7%
2 years : +  6.0%
5 years : -  1.0%
10 years: + 16.7%

VERTIGO
07/2004: 18,107
07/2009: 11,055
07/2010:  9,515
07/2011: 10,784
07/2012: 11,589
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07/2013: 16,099 (-  7.3%)
08/2013: 14,130 (- 12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+  5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+ 48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
07/2014: 16,570 (+ 45.7%)** 
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6 months: + 44.4%
1 year  : +  2.9%
2 years : + 43.0%
5 years : + 49.9%
10 years: -  8.5%


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

+112.5% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+103.8% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 90.0% - Teen Titans
+ 78.6% - Superman
+ 37.2% - Action Comics
+ 23.5% - Batman and Robin
+ 16.8% - Wonder Woman
+ 13.7% - Flash
+ 10.0% - Earth 2
+  6.5% - Batwoman
+  6.1% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+  4.5% - Green Lantern Corps
+  4.1% - Justice League
+  0.5% - Batman
-  0.1% - Batgirl
-  0.7% - Supergirl
-  1.3% - Aquaman
-  1.4% - Green Arrow
-  2.4% - Fables
-  3.2% - Green Lantern
-  4.3% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  4.5% - Smallville Season 11
-  4.6% - Red Lanterns
-  5.0% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.3% - Harley Quinn
-  7.9% - Smallville Season 11 Special
-  8.5% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  8.9% - Fairest
-  9.4% - Swamp Thing
- 12.4% - Adventures of Superman
- 13.1% - Justice League Dark
- 13.2% - All Star Western
- 19.5% - Superboy
- 19.6% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 20.7% - Birds of Prey
- 20.8% - Batman '66
- 21.6% - Injustice
- 21.7% - Constantine
- 24.1% - Catwoman
- 25.7% - Coffin Hill
- 30.4% - Detective Comics
- 31.0% - Hinterkind
- 32.8% - Batwing
- 33.0% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 40.5% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
- 42.2% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 45.4% - Justice League 3000

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

+119.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 93.6% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 58.4% - Teen Titans
+ 46.6% - Superman
+ 10.2% - Action Comics
+  5.3% - Wonder Woman
+  1.7% - Flash
-  1.7% - Detective Comics
-  2.7% - Batman and Robin
-  5.2% - Batgirl
-  5.5% - Earth 2
-  5.6% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  8.5% - Fables
- 10.4% - Green Arrow
- 10.6% - Batman
- 12.7% - Batwoman
- 13.1% - Supergirl
- 15.5% - Detective Comics Annual
- 16.5% - The Wake
- 18.6% - Fairest
- 20.6% - Worlds' Finest
- 20.8% - Aquaman
- 21.8% - Smallville Season 11 Special
- 22.1% - Green Lantern Corps
- 23.4% - Catwoman
- 23.9% - Birds of Prey
- 24.3% - Green Lantern
- 24.3% - Unwritten Apocalypse
- 24.7% - Smallville Season 11
- 24.7% - Injustice
- 25.0% - Swamp Thing
- 25.3% - All Star Western
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 29.9% - Superboy
- 30.5% - Batwing
- 33.7% - Red Lanterns
- 34.2% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 43.4% - Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger
- 44.1% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 48.6% - Adventures of Superman
- 49.9% - Superman Unchained
- 53.7% - Constantine
- 64.8% - Justice League Dark
- 65.8% - Batman '66
- 70.7% - Trinity of Sin: Pandora

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

+ 75.6% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 65.8% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 65.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 15.4% - Teen Titans
+ 12.4% - Superman
+  0.5% - American Vampire
-  4.8% - Green Arrow
-  7.2% - Batman
- 11.0% - Justice League Dark
- 13.5% - Batman and Robin
- 17.4% - Batgirl
- 18.0% - Wonder Woman
- 19.2% - Fables
- 20.6% - Supergirl
- 21.3% - Detective Comics
- 23.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 26.1% - Flash
- 27.0% - The Unwritten
- 28.9% - Justice League
- 35.1% - Action Comics
- 35.9% - Red Lanterns
- 36.1% - Batman Beyond
- 37.3% - Aquaman
- 38.6% - Batwoman
- 39.9% - Green Lantern
- 43.8% - Birds of Prey
- 44.4% - Fairest
- 46.1% - Smallville Season 11
- 46.7% - Catwoman
- 46.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 47.0% - Earth 2
- 50.6% - Swamp Thing
- 51.3% - All Star Western
- 52.8% - Superboy
- 56.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 57.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 58.2% - Batwing

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

+ 69.0% - Teen Titans
+ 59.6% - Superman
+ 50.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 49.7% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 42.1% - Batman
+ 32.8% - Tiny Titans
+ 29.0% - Action Comics
+ 24.2% - Wonder Woman
+ 14.0% - Green Arrow
+  2.7% - Detective Comics
-  8.7% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
- 31.3% - Supergirl
- 38.4% - Fables
- 56.4% - Batman and Robin
- 58.3% - Green Lantern
- 60.1% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+167.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 70.8% - Detective Comics
+ 67.6% - Batman
+ 48.1% - Aquaman
+ 43.5% - Batgirl
+ 37.9% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 33.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 26.2% - Green Lantern
+  9.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  9.5% - Action Comics
-  1.0% - Flash
-  9.3% - Smallville
- 20.3% - Teen Titans
- 21.1% - Catwoman
- 28.1% - Green Arrow
- 43.4% - Swamp Thing
- 45.0% - Fables
- 51.6% - Birds of Prey
- 55.1% - Superman

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

DCU: Average: 40,799. Median: 39,669. 

2.9 - Batman
2.2 - Justice League
2.0 - Grayson
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.7 - Superman Unchained
1.6 - Harley Quinn Comic-Con
1.6 - Batman Eternal (13)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (14)
1.5 - Superman
1.5 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Batman Eternal (15)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (16)
1.5 - Robin Rises Omega
1.5 - Batman Eternal (17)
1.4 - Batman and Robin
1.3 - Teen Titans
1.3 - Futures End (9)
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.2 - Action Comics
1.2 - New Suicide Squad
1.2 - Justice League United
1.2 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Futures End (10)
1.1 - Futures End (11)
1.1 - Detective Comics Annual
1.1 - Futures End (12)
1.0 - Futures End (13)
1.0 - Earth 2
1.0 - Flash
0.9 - Wonder Woman
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Secret Origin
0.9 - Aquaman
0.8 - Green Lantern Corps
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Sinestro
0.6 - Aquaman Annual
0.6 - Batwoman
0.6 - Supergirl
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Red Lanterns Annual
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.5 - Catwoman
0.5 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie
0.4 - Swamp Thing
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.3 - Superboy
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
0.3 - All Star Western
0.3 - Trinity of Sin: Pandora
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 40,799*. Median: 39,669*

4.4 - The Sandman Overture
1.5 - The Wake
1.1 - Bodies
0.9 - American Vampire
0.8 - Fables
0.7 - Fairest
0.5 - Coffin Hill
0.4 - Vertigo Quarterly CMYK
0.4 - The Unwritten: Apocalypse
0.4 - The Royals: Masters of War
0.4 - Hinterkind
??? - FBP

Digital First & Other: Average: 14,016*. Median: 11,646*.

1.9 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Mutliverse
1.8 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (7)
1.4 - Injustice Year 2 (8)
1.2 - Batman '66
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.8 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.8 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
0.8 - Smallville: Lantern
0.7 - Smallville Special
0.7 - Adventures of Superman
0.6 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
??? - Scribblenauts Unmasked
??? - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

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


The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.
Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.
If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]“). Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used.
Titles which are returnable have their numbers artificially adjusted down by Diamond. To make up for that this column increases the reported numbers for those titles by 10%. Which is likely also wrong, but it's a different and likely less wrong kind of wrong, and experience has shown that this leads to sales figures which are more consistent.
Titles released under the All-Ages line and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well. To learn (a little) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here.

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.
Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.
** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300/400 chart in that month. In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300/400 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that.
Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my neighbor's dog Miles.
The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).
As always, we welcome your comments and corrections below. Please try to keep things civilized.

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3. DC announces Gotham by Midnight by Fawkes and Templesmith

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

More with Writer Fawkes in the link.
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4. SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

By David Nieves

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

(Becky Cloonan is amazing at being amazing)

 

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

(Bombshell girls invade the DC Collectibles Panel)

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

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

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

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

 

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

(Gameovergreggy oreo dude extraordinaire)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Obligatory Rocket Pic)

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

 

 

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

By Matthew Jent

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

Andreyko's latest issue of Batwoman.

Andreyko’s latest issue of Batwoman.

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

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

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

Oh, absolutely.

Batman would want to know who Batman was.

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

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

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

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

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

What would you guys do together?

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

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

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

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

Those things from the first pages should still exist.

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

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

What comics or artists are you enjoying right now?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe take some of the movie booths out?

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

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

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

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

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

BMETRL_Cv26By Kyle Pinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7. SDCC 14: JMS Shoots Straight While Firing From the Hip

By David Nieves

J. Michael Straczynski isn’t one to mess around. Unless it’s an hour of sarcasm and announcements, which his spotlight panel, Comic-Con Saturday, had copious amounts of.

JMS as he’s know to his friends, enemies, and frenemies had a lot of updates on outhouse projects and something he announced at SDCC two years ago, Studio JMS. No doubt Joe wins the award for the self professed best in the world at being humble.

At the top of his update list was a full colored page from Superman Earth One: Volume 3. Not one of the most exciting pages from the book but it did show Adrian Syaf’s take on Earth One Superman. It doesn’t quite have the pulled back cinematic of previous artist Shane Davis but it looks to blend well with JMS’ direction for the character. The book comes out in February.

Studio JMS is shaping up to be a true multimedia one stop shop for comics, television, and film. This will spin out the “Joe’s Comics” imprint under Image. All the books announced during his stage presentation at a previous Image Expo are still on the way.

Ten Grand is currently in negotiations with a major network to be optioned as a TV show.

Sense8 is in production with Netflix for a 10 episode commitment. He talked about a run of meetings alongside his fellow producers, the Wachowskis’ (Matrix), and on their first one they met with Netflix and had the deal done after lunch. Daryl Hanna will appear on the show. You can see the entire cast list here. Several locations around the world from Chicago to the Arctic are being used. He’s selling it as the largest scope ever on television and it seems like that’s a promise he’ll keep.

JMS is a week away from finishing a second draft of the Shadowman movie

Because he doesn’t have enough to do he’s writing a pilot for Universal based on something by Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.

Two Streets is a TV show he’s doing with Gale Ann Hurd of Valhalla and Universal is also set to produce. There’s nothing to talk about quite yet but he did show a title card for the show. It depicted a golden tinted city alley at night and what looked like a young girl draped in shadow. Could be a new age noir tale, if so I Derek Jeter tip my hat to JMS.

One of the big things he talked about was his current ties to Babylon 5. The original deal with Warner Bros will never show him anymore money from television. However he still owns the rights for a Babylon 5 movie. No studio will take the movie rights with another making money off the deal. The solution, Studio JMS. To the delight of everyone in the room he announced that his initial parlays through the studio would fund a Babylon 5 movie. In 2015 he’ll have a Babylon 5 film script done and WB has a year to make it, IF NOT in 2016 Studio JMS would spearhead the film.

After the announcements he told a story about him fraudulently acquiring his first degree. Apparently he was a terrible student with in his words “negative grade point average”. So in order to graduate from San Diego State he broke into the schools office and put his name on the graduation list. A trend he took one step further on his next academic step. He even put up a slide of his fraudulent Master’s degree.

The chairman of this board opened up to questions from the audience.

First question was about a musical from Studio JMS. He jokingly said, “it’s time.” JMS threw out the idea for Living Dead the musical with Irish step dancers. We’re 90% certain that was a joke but you couldn’t tell from his demeanor.

Another fan asked if anyone like Neil Gaiman would be writing episodes of his upcoming shows. JMS responded by praising Gaiman’s work but said all the episodes were already written by himself and the Wachowskis’.

One of the interesting questions was about if he’d crowd fund at least part of the money for Babylon 5. It took a lot for him to resist that lure. Straczynski joked how he came from “rank fandom and I’m just as rank as the rest of you.” He felt it would be taking advantage of the fans. Personally, I respect that. He even went as far as to say that between all the movies and merchandise, sci-fi and horror fans are the most exploited fans out there.

To close out the panel he gave the crowd some inspiring words of wisdom. “I come from poor, I come from the street, I come from San Diego. I see so many people defeat themselves.” He added, “create the lives you want for yourselves.”

Listening to JMS speak it was clear to hear just who he was deep down. A fan who came from nothing, equipped with some words and passion. Those same qualities that make him the realest guy in comics.

You can listen to the entire panel below

 

 

 

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8. Grant Morrison’s Trippy Map of DC’s Multiverse

Grant Morrison’s got some structure in mind for his upcoming  Multiversity series and now we have a map to prove.  As you might expect, the map has a serious New Age feel to it.  Heaven and Hell show up in the ring around the multiverse along with Heaven and Hell in the “Sphere of the Gods.”  The “Monitor Sphere” surrounds the Sphere of the Gods.  Is that as in The Monitor and the Anti-Monitor (who’s recently turned up again)?  An excellent question.  The Rock of Eternity sits below the “House of Heroes”  in the center.

Entertainment Weekly has the announcement.

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9. SDCC ’14: Jeff Lemire talks the return of The Legion of Super-Heroes and the end of his Green Arrow run

JLU_Cv4_selfie_varBy Kyle Pinion

While Jeff Lemire has recently been making waves with the announcements of his upcoming The Black Hammer at Dark Horse and Descender at Image, his DC work continues to be amongst the premiere offerings of the publisher. I had a chance to sit down with Lemire to discuss what’s coming from him in The New 52.

Kyle: Congratulations on another well-deserved Eisner nomination for Trillium. It’s kind of funny to think about this – Trillium is sort of an opening shot in this line up of sci-fi titles that have started to release from other creators. Where do you see Trillium sitting in this “new sci-fi revolution” we’re seeing in comics?

Jeff: Yeah, well I think Saga was the first shot. It was so inspiring to see a sci-fi book do so well. I think every nerd has a sci-fi story they want to tell eventually, and this is the time. Where does Trillium sit? I don’t know – it just came out so you kind of have to look back in maybe 5 years from now to see where it stands and if people are still talking about it. I tried to experiment a lot and tried to tell an emotionally affecting story set in a big, cosmic setting. It’s hard to analyze your own work when it’s so fresh still.

Kyle: And I know you have a special attachment to the stuff you draw yourself. Do you have plans to do more of that soon?

Jeff: Yeah, I’m working on a graphic novel right now for Simon & Schuster that I’m drawing that’ll come out next fall. Then I’ll probably do another ongoing monthly thing that I’ll draw after that.

Kyle: Justice League United is one of my favorite titles coming out of DC right now. It’s very exciting and a lot of fun, the origins of that title though – it changed at one point from Justice League Canada when it was announced initially to Justice League United. Is there a background story as to why that changed?

Jeff: No, it’s pretty simple. I was really just taking over Justice League America and I wanted to move the team to Canada, which they were totally cool with, so we changed the title to Canada and then as we got closer to publication, I think they realized having Canada in the title might be a little bit too specific for international readers and American readers. So it just made sense. We want to get as many people reading the book as we can, and it didn’t affect the content of the story at all, so it was cool with me. No drama.

Kyle: The tone of Justice League United is very DC animated universe-esque. Was there an outward attempt to aim for a more fun tone?

Jeff: Yeah, very much. I feel like there are so many super hero comics that are very serious and take themselves very seriously. Green Arrow, for example, is very much that, I write some of that stuff too. But I think there needs to be more balance, and I think sometimes we forget that these are super hero comics. They should be fun, and the characters should be having fun. And I really tried to bring that back. A lot of the stuff that I read when I was younger, that I gravitated towards, had a sense of humor to it, and a sense of fun and wonder.

Kyle: It’s kind of opening up a lot of the cosmic stuff of the New 52 as well. Was that one of your long term goals with the series?

Jeff: Absolutely, yeah, that’s some of my favorite stuff in DC history is all the cosmic stuff. It was one big corner of the universe that hadn’t really been exploited too much aside from the Green Lantern titles, you know, so I felt there was a lot of potential there. I’m really getting into Raan and Thanagar and the politics there and seeing other alien races and the Legion of Super Heroes coming, which blows everything wide open.

Kyle: So what can you tell us about the Infinitus Saga?

Jeff: Ultra the Multi-alien, the child that they found in the first arc was a big part of that moving forward, and what Ultra is destined to become is something that has a huge impact in the 31st century. So we see a few Legionnaires come back to deal with Ultra, and that kind of spirals from there into a massive cosmic saga. I grew up reading Legion and the great darkness saga so this is my attempt to throw down the gauntlet and do one of those big sprawling space opera stories with like 40 super heroes running around the galaxy. It’s been a blast.

Kyle: Can we expect to see your Legion further beyond this story, possibly?

Jeff: I don’t know. I would love to. That’s definitely a property I have a lot of ideas and opinions on. I think there’s a lot of untapped potential right now. So that would be something I would definitely be interested in. Who knows?

Kyle: I hope so. Do you have a favorite Legionnaire, Jeff?

Jeff: I do. And it’s Ultraboy. Or Brainiac 5. Or Mon-El. Those 3.

Kyle: You get one choice sir!

Jeff: I always dug him (Ultra Boy) more as a kid, I love that idea that he was as powerful as Superman but he could only use one at a time, that’s so fun. It kind of limits him. Superman can be too powerful sometimes to write plausible threats for him, whereas Ultra Boy had that power but it was limited in a really fun and interesting way. He was very charismatic as well.

Kyle: The storytelling potential of that is pretty strong. I always liked the fact that his powers comes via a whale, being named Jo Nah.

Jeff: Those costumes are so cool, and for some reason his costume always got me. I just liked drawing it as a kid.

Kyle: So we can expect some good Ultra Boy scenes perhaps?

Jeff: Yeah I haven’t really had a really good one yet. I’m on the fourth script of a six issue story so I’ve got to really find a good moment. You’ve got to find one moment for everyone, because there’s so many of them. I’ll find his.

Kyle: And that’s going to run through the next, what, 5 issues of JLU?

Jeff: Yeah, it starts in the Annual. Then it goes for 5 issues after that. So 6 issues total.

Kyle: Is Mike McKone going to be penciling?

Jeff: No, Mike’s done on Justice League United. He’s moved on. Mike, he’s awesome to work with, I love him, but he always knew he was only going to do the first arc because I think he has some other projects he wanted to get done. So we’re bringing in an artist named Neil Edwards from the U.K. I think Neil worked with the same studio as Bryan Hitch, so they have a common thread in their style, and he’s great. He’s been great so far.

Kyle: Equinox is going to have her profile increase over the next few issues as well. Are you excited to have your own character that you created taking the forefront of the story?

Jeff: Very much so, there are a couple of cool things; like the Futures End issues where we jump 5 years into the future. I got to play with her and where she is 5 years from now, so she’s much more confident and much more entrenched in the larger DC universe, playing a bigger role, so that was fun. And in the Legion story, she’s someone who’s lived in a small isolated community, and all of a sudden she’s in space with 40 other alien super heroes, and her reaction to that is a lot of fun to play with, and her being an aboriginal woman and meeting Dawnstar who is an aboriginal woman from the future, and learning that she’s a huge inspiration for the next thousand years, is this really great moment that I’m really proud of.

Kyle: have you heard much from the basis of the character, Shannen Koostachin’s family?

Jeff: Yeah, it was kind of misreported. The character wasn’t really based on Shannen. Shannen – that story is very inspiring – she was a young activist who was killed, and I wouldn’t presume to try to tell her story in a super hero that without her family’s blessing or anything. The idea of creating a teenage character who was based in the same area, she is certainly one of the inspirations for her, but the character wasn’t really based on her.

Kyle: It’s good to have that clarification! So, with the little bit of time we have left I’d like to talk to you about Green Arrow. It’s a fabulous run, probably one of my favorite DC comics coming out right behind JLU, it’s coming to an end sadly. Was it always planned it would end at issue 35?

Jeff: No, I didn’t really know when it would end whe? I started it. I knew there was the big Outsiders story I wanted to tell and the Richard Dragon story, so I just kind of let it happen at its own pace. There were a couple of things that Andrea (Sorrentino) wanted to tackle project-wise and I think he was really a collaborator in every sense on this book, a real co-story teller, and I didn’t want to do the book without him. I feel like we had created something special together. I know he was anxious after 20 issues to move onto something else, move on to a new character and keep things fresh for him, so I knew that was coming. And the Futures End thing provided us with a unique opportunity to literally tell the end of Green Arrow’s story. Because he dies in Futures End, I could literally tell the story from my last issue to his death, the last 5 years of his life, and finish his story essentially. So that’s kind of a unique thing, because usually you just pass the character on so they can tell the rest of his life in one big issue.

Kyle: You are actually going to be able to hang on to Green Arrow and Animal Man and JLU, and you’ve got Frankenstein in Futures End. Isn’t it funny that you seem to have the same characters following you throughout the New 52?

Jeff: You fall in love with them, you invest in them, and you put a lot of yourself into them. You spend months and months and sometimes years writing the characters and it’s hard to let them go, you know? So whenever you can keep them and keep evolving them as characters, I always grab those opportunities.

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10. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: June 2014 – Bombshell Bonanza!

962366By David Carter

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

The big DC sales news for June was not (as I had expected) the new creative team on Superman, but rather the unexpected huge effect that DC’s Bombshell Variant covers had on those comics lucky enough to sport them.

Some background: For some time now DC has been doing theme variant covers on many of their best-selling rites each month: Steampunk variants, Robot Chicken variants, MAD variants, Batman 66 variants, etc. Prior to June these were always incentive variants, where retailers could order one variant cover for every so many of the regular cover they ordered (e.g. in May the Batman ’66 variant was a 1:25 variant, meaning that for each title retailers could order 1 Batman ’66 cover for every 25 regular covers they ordered on a title). Conventional wisdom is that this increased the number of issues sold, as retailers could mark up the price of the variant covers and sell them to collectors it was believed that they would order extra a copies in order to get to the incentive level.

This changed in June. Someone at DC had the bright idea that instead of offering the theme covers as incentives, they would let retailers order as many of the theme variant covers as they wished, at the same price as the regular cover. So if a retailer wanted to order 10 copies of the regular cover and 10 copies of the variant cover, they could do that. If they wanted to order 5 of the regular and 35 of the variant, they could do that. If they wanted to order 40 of the regular cover and 2 of the variant, they could do that. You get the picture.

And order them they did! With one exception, every title that featured a Bombshell Variant cover in June saw a sizable jump in the number of issues sold, ranging from 10K to 30K additional copies! (The lone exception is Justice League United #2, the reasons for which I’ll cover in its entry below…)

So short term it appears that DC’s change in ordering policy for their theme covers was a resounding success. It remains to be seen what the long-term effect will be. DC have so far announced Batman 75th Anniversary variants in July, Selfie variants in August, 2-D variants in September, and Monsters variants for October; all orderable at whatever rate retailers want. Was it the Bombshell-ness of the June’s variants that contributed to the huge spike in ordering, or their Variant-ness? Will Batman variants be as attractive on Bombshells (possible…)? Will Selfie variants (less likely, but who knows…)?

And let us not forget that the sales figures provided by Diamond represent sales to retailers, who lets face it were kind of ordering in the dark here. We don’t know if those extra 13K units of Catwoman (for example) all sold to customers or if they’re sitting unsold on the rack somewhere. Did regular readers prefer the variant cover or the regular cover? Did any readers purchase both? Did the variants sell to customers who were collecting all the Bombshell variants, who wouldn’t have purchased the title otherwise? Likely it is some combination of all of the above. We’ll need to pay attention in the coming months to see how retailers (in the aggregate) modify their ordering activity on the theme variants before we can have some idea on the long-term effect of DC’s change in ordering policy.

One thing we can be fairly sure of is that it is unlikely that all (or even a majority) of those extra sales due to the Bombshell Variant covers translated into new readers for the comics. While it is possible that someone who hadn’t been reading Red Hood and the Outlaws picked up the Bombshell variant of issue #32 because they were getting all of the Bombshell covers, read it, and decides that they like it enough to continue to buy it, it is far more likely that the comic ended up being bagged and boarded without being cracked open.

I don’t want to downplay DC’s success here. Due to the Bombshell Variants, June’s average sales were the best since the 3D cover stunt of September 2013, and expecting that month for the DCU since June 2012. For many titles on the edge that received Bombshell variants (e.g. Batwoman), the additional copies are likely enough to keep them away from sales trouble and no doubt contribute to the bottom line. If this ends up being a long-term sales boost due to the change in ordering policy for theme variants, that will be a positive thing. But variant covers are always a dicey proposition for long-term health; it would be much better for titles to grow consistently month after month, adding new *readers* because the comic is compelling and getting good word-of-mouth.

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)
06/2004: Batman #629   --  72,020 [74,284] 
06/2009: Batman #687   --  96,913 
06/2010: Batman #700   -- 104,755
06/2011: Batman #711   --  53,113
06/2012: Batman #10    -- 130,265 
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06/2013: Batman #21    -- 142,088 (+ 21.5%) [156,845]
07/2013: Batman #22    -- 132,047 (- 15.8%)
08/2013: Batman #23    -- 128,230 (-  2.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Jkr    -- 151,351 (+ 18.0%)
09/2013: #23.2: Rdlr   -- 140,065 (-  7.5%)
09/2013: #23.3: Pngn   -- 120,026 (- 14.3%)
09/2013: #23.4: Bane   -- 124,382 (+  7.6%) [129,156]
10/2013: Batman #24    -- 124,652 (-  3.5%)
11/2013: Batman #25    -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
12/2013: Batman #26    -- 119,443 (-  4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27    -- 115,492 (-  1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28    -- 114,089 (-  1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29    -- 116,926 (+  0.9%)
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%) 
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6 months: +  8.9%
1 year  : - 17.1%
2 years : -  0.1%
5 years : + 34.3%
10 years: + 75.1%
Since #1: - 41.7%

The Bombshell Variant adds another 21K or so copies. But since Batman sales were already pretty high to begin with it’s one of the smaller percentage gains for titles with Bombshell covers. (Next month there will be a Batman variant cover–on Batman–the prospect of which I find amusing.)

Batman returns to being the #1 book this month, though without the Bombshell Boost it would have been neck-and-neck with Amazing Spider-Man.


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4 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
12/2013: Harley Quinn #1  --  92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2  --  66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3  --  63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4  --  63,120 (-  5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5  --  63,155 (+  0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467 (-  1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7  --  93,266 (+ 49.3%)
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6 months: - 22.4%
Since #0: - 34.1%

The Bombshell Variant adds over 30K copies for a whopping 49% gain (HQ being a character that lends itself to pin-ups more readily than Batman…) The real story though is the continued strong sales of multiple printings of the early issues, including nearly 16K for a Director’s Cut of #0, 8K for the Nth printing of #1, and 6K for the Nth printing of #3. They’ve all been added in to the above (in the numbers in the [brackets]) and the percentages recalculated accordingly.

Harley Quinn remains one of the bright successes of the post-debut New 52 titles. I have to believe that with its slightly different tone and attitude from the typical New 52 title, its becoming a sales success is what is prompting DC to stretch even a bit further with the recently announced changes to Batgirl and the upcoming Gotham Academy.

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5 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
06/2004: Superman #206 -- 162,095
06/2009: Superman #689 --  40,366
06/2010: Superman #700 --  67,571
06/2011: Superman #712 --  37,362
06/2012: Superman #10  --  59,081
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06/2013: Superman #21  --  44,285 (-  2.6%)
07/2013: Superman #22  --  42,961 (-  3.0%)
08/2013: Superman #23  --  42,155 (-  1.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Bzarro --  59,589 (+ 41.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Brniac --  58,197 (-  2.3%)
09/2013: #23.3: H'el   --  55,069 (-  5.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Prsite --  59,811 (+  8.6%)
10/2013: Superman #24  --  39,580 (- 33.8%)
11/2013: Superman #25  --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
12/2013: Superman #26  --  36,877 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27  --  35,266 (-  4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28  --  34,296 (-  2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29  --  33,633 (-  1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30  --  37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534 (+  8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32  --  89,140 (+119.9%)
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6 months: + 141.7%
1 year  : + 101.3%
2 years : +  50.9%
5 years : + 120.8%
10 years: -  45.0%
Since #1: -  40.6%

Superman gains a new high-profile creative team (Geoff Johns & John Romita, Jr.), a higher price, and a Bombshell Variant this month.

So can we separate out the Bombshell effect form that of the new creative team? We can take a pretty good go at it: Over the previous couple of months, Superman and Action Comics were running right next to each other in sales as both were part of the “Superman: Doomed” crossover. This month Action Comics continues with “Superman: Doomed”, and adds a Bombshell variant as well. Action has sales of 55,400 this month with its Bombshell cover, so if we assume that sans creative change Superman would have been very close to that, we can deduce that around 34K of Superman’s new sales were due to Johns & Romita. (It’s actually more muddled than that as Superman #32 also has oodles of additional incentive covers as well, but those would have been there regardless of the Bombshell cover.)

I don’t know what DC’ expectations were for sales from the Johns/Romita teams, but I was expecting sales in the 100K range (and that was without the unexpected Bombshell Boost!) Certainly compared to the Azzarello/Lee team of 10 years back–which debuted with first month sales of 231K–these numbers have to be seen as disappointing. It’s still early days and we may yet see re-order activity–though with all those extra copies from the Bombshell Boost roaming around, I’m guessing not. Still, these are far better sales than the title was doing previously and are much more in line with what a book featuring a character of Superman’s prominence should be doing.

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8 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
06/2004: JLA #100            --  75,434 [78,140]
06/2009: JL of America #34   --  61,115
06/2010: JL of America #46   --  62,754
06/2011: JL of America #58   --  45,442
06/2012: Justice League #10  -- 130,502
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06/2013: Justice League #21  --  94,054 (-  3.7%)
07/2013: Justice League #22  -- 110,194 (+ 17.2%) [124,026]
08/2013: Justice League #23  -- 103,936 (-  6.4%)
09/2013: #23.1: Darkseid     -- 111,142 (+  6.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Lobo         --  79,244 (- 28.7%)
09/2013: #23.3: Dial E       --  64,119 (- 14.4%) [67,855]
09/2013: #23.4: Secret Socty --  78,014 (+ 23.1%) [83,500]
10/2013: Justice League #24  --  98,491 (+ 18.0%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: Justice League #25  --  94,004 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26  --  90,592 (-  3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27  --  84,674 (-  6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28  --  80,901 (-  4.5%)
03/2014: --
04/2014: Justice League #29  --  78,912 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30  --  77,456 (-  1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31  --  75,803 (-  2.1%)
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6 months: - 17.9%
1 year  : - 19.4%
2 years : - 41.9%
5 years : + 24.0%
10 years: -  3.0%
Since #1: - 72.0%

Justice League is running a month behind and thus doesn’t get its Bombshell Variant until next month, and is Exhibit A for anyone wondering if the Bombshell Bounce is real or not. Post Forever Evil, Justice League is back to standard attrition.

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10 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
06/2004: Detective Comics #794 --  34,649
06/2009: Detective Comics #854 --  72,808 [79,573]
06/2010: Detective Comics #866 --  46,178
06/2011: Detective Comics #878 --  39,152
06/2012: Detective Comics #10  --  83,317
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06/2013: Detective Comics #21  --  65,200 (- 16.7%)
07/2013: Detective Comics #22  --  63,949 (-  1.9%)
08/2013: Detective Comics #23  --  61,448 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: #23.1: Poison Ivy     --  78,522 (+ 27.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Harley Quinn   --  89,636 (+ 14.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Scarecrow      --  73,043 (- 18.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Man-Bat        --  68,110 (-  6.8%)
10/2013: Detective Comics #24  --  59,310 (- 12.9%)
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
12/2013: Detective Comics #26  --  56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27  --  88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28  --  56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29  --  55,486 (-  2.0%)
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%)
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6 months: + 29.1%
1 year  : + 11.9%
2 years : - 12.4%
5 years : -  8.3%
10 years: +110.6%
Since #1: - 53.7%

You guessed it, another Bombshell cover, adding another 18K in sales.

The five year comparison is with the first installment of Rucka & Williams’ Batwoman serial.

14, 15, 16, 17 - 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%)
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Since #1: - 41.1%

As with last month, all four BE issues were returnable, so the figures have been adjusted up 10% from what was reported by Diamond/ICv2. (For an explanation why this is done for returnable items, please see the fine print at the end of this post.)

Seems to have settled in nicely in the mid 60K range. It’s still early days in its supposed 52 week run, but if it maintains at this slight level of decline it will have to be considered a success.

12 - 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%) 
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Since #0: -  8.0%

Yes there was a Bombshell variant, but in JLU‘s case it appears to have merely mitigated what would have been a severe second issue drop (typically in the 25% range) rather than adding to sales. (There was an additional Justice League Canada variant, and an order incentive variant too.)

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13 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
10/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #1  -- 94,859
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (-36.6%)
12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3  -- 51,357 (-14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4  -- 47,350 (- 7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5  -- 44,847 (- 5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6  -- 43,308 (- 3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7  -- 45,157 (+ 4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803 (+ 5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9  -- 62,659 (+31.1%)
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6 months: + 31.1%
Since #1: - 33.9%

Part of the “Superman: Doomed” crossover. Oh yes, and a Bombshell variant, adding just shy of 15K more copies.

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20 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
06/2004: Green Lantern #178 --  33,662 [35,933]
06/2009: Green Lantern #42  --  84,131
06/2010: Green Lantern #55  --  85,930
06/2011: --
06/2012: Green Lantern #10  --  80,615
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06/2013: Green Lantern #21  --  71,870 (+  6.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern #22  --  62,415 (- 13.2%)
08/2013: Green Lantern #23  --  59,176 (-  5.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Relic       --  66,495 (+ 12.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Mongul      --  63,731 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: #23.3: Black Hand  --  62,753 (-  1.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Sinestro    --  70,893 (+ 13.0%)
10/2013: Green Lantern #24  --  57,109 (- 19.4%)
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
12/2013: Green Lantern #26  --  51,420 (-  5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27  --  48,831 (-  5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 --  49,200 (+  5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29  --  45,797 (- 11.2%)
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%)
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6 months: +  9.5%
1 year  : - 21.6%
2 years : - 30.1%
5 years : - 33.1%
10 years: + 56.7%
Since #1: - 66.7%

Another Bombshell Variant, another nearly 13K in sales.

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21 - BATMAN AND… ($2.99)
06/2009: Batman and Robin #1  -- 168,604 [184,826]
06/2010: --
06/2011: Batman and Robin #24 --  54,984
06/2012: Batman and Robin #10 --  66,659
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06/2013: and Batgirl #21      --  60,601 (-  7.1%)
07/2013: and Catwoman #22     --  57,808 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: and Nightwing #23    --  55,707 (-  3.6%)
09/2013: #23.1: Two-Face      --  77,073 (+ 38.4%)
09/2013: #23.2: Court of Owls --  75,546 (-  2.0%)
09/2013: #23.3: Ra's al Ghul  --  73,746 (-  2.4%)
09/2013: #23.4: Killer Croc   --  69,428 (-  5.9%)
10/2013: and Two-Face #24     --  52,060 (- 25.0%)
11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
12/2013: and Two-Face #26     --  46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27     --  45,462 (-  2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28     --  43,380 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29      --  43,295 (-  0.2%)
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%)
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6 months: + 20.8%
1 year  : -  7.1%
2 years : - 15.5%
5 years : - 69.5%
Since #1: - 51.5%

Batman and Bombshell Variant = another 14K in sales.

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22 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
06/2004: Action Comics #816 --  47,065
06/2009: Action Comics #878 --  40,011
06/2010: Action Comics #890 --  34,744 [40,039]
06/2011: Action Comics #902 --  41,960
06/2012: Action Comics #10  --  80,751
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06/2013: Action Comics #21  --  46,475 (-  3.8%)
07/2013: Action Comics #22  --  44,861 (-  3.5%)
08/2013: Action Comics #23  --  42,603 (-  5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cyborg Smn  --  69,796 (+ 63.8%)
09/2013: #23.2: Zod         --  69,356 (-  0.6%)
09/2013: #23.3: Lex Luthor  --  67,621 (-  2.5%)
09/2013: #23.4: Metallo     --  51,807 (- 23.4%)
10/2013: Action Comics #24  --  39,620 (- 23.5%)
11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
12/2013: Action Comics #26  --  37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27  --  36,042 (-  3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28  --  35,305 (-  2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29  --  34,231 (-  3.0%)
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%)
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6 months: + 47.8%
1 year  : + 19.2%
2 years : - 31.4%
5 years : + 38.5%
10 years: + 17.7%
Since #1: - 72.4%

“Superman: Doomed” continues, with added Bombshells!

28, 34, 35, 39 - 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%)
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Since #1: - 36.9%

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

Dipping below 50K already, and I think DC were probably hoping for a bit better. Still, it is much better sales than any regular comics featuring these characters would have done, by a long shot.

I think that DC made a mistake with the #0 Free Comic Book Day issue, the tone of which (Death! Destruction! Maiming!) was fairly different from what the regular series has been so far. I suspect the free issue needlessly turned off a lot of potential readers.

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29 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
06/2004: Wonder Woman #205 --  29,233
06/2009: Wonder Woman #33  --  32,755
06/2010: Wonder Woman #600 --  53,525 [63,700]
06/2011: Wonder Woman #611 --  30,874
06/2011: Wonder Woman #612 --  30,690
06/2012: Wonder Woman #10  --  47,229
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06/2013: Wonder Woman #21  --  35,999 (-  3.1%)
07/2013: Wonder Woman #22  --  35,539 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Wonder Woman #23  --  34,747 (-  2.2%)
09/2013: #23.1: Cheetah    --  49,297 (+ 41.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: First Born --  44,154 (- 10.4%)
10/2013: Wonder Woman #24  --  34,308 (- 22.3%)
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26  --  32,773 (-  2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27  --  32,035 (-  2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28  --  31,464 (-  1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29  --  30,989 (-  1.5%)
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%)
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6 months: + 47.2%
1 year  : + 34.0%
2 years : +  2.1%
5 years : + 47.3%
10 years: + 65.0%
Since #1: - 49.7%

You guessed it: another Bombshell cover variant, adding over 17K copies.

Azzarello & co.’s final issue has been announced as #35 in October, so presumably the new Finch-infused creative team will be picking up in November (No word yet as to if it’ll be #36 or an All-New #1…)

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30 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
06/2004: Batgirl #53 -- 30,371
06/2010: Batgirl #11 -- 28,563
06/2011: Batgirl #22 -- 23,323
06/2012: Batgirl #10 -- 47,050
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06/2013: Batgirl #21 -- 40,252 (-  5.5%)
07/2013: Batgirl #22 -- 39,218 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Batgirl #23 -- 37,707 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batgirl #24 -- 36,666 (-  2.8%)
11/2013: Batgirl #25 -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
12/2013: Batgirl #26 -- 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27 -- 37,226 (+  6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28 -- 34,567 (-  7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #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%)
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6 months: + 35.6%
1 year  : + 17.5%
2 years : +  0.5%
10 years: + 55.8%
Since #1: - 55.8%

Another Bombshell cover variant, adding nearly 16K copies.

Let’s talk about Batgirl for a moment. And sales (because this is a sales chart column, after all!) Very recently DC announced a creative team change coming for Batgirl in October, along with a costume change. And there is a lot of enthusiasm for the changes out there on the Internets (particularly Tumblr–I’ve seen so much fan art for the new Batgirl costume on my Tumblr dashboard it’s just crazy!) Enthusiasm is good, but it’s even better when that enthusiasm turns into sales. Because sales (for the most part) are what will drive DC’s editorial decisions on this character, and for that matter other decisions on revamps and creative changes on other titles.

So if you are excited about the announced new direction for Batgirl, here’s what you need to do: Go to your Local Comic Store, talk to the owner/manager, and tell her that you are excited about the new Batgirl and want to pre-order a copy. Or two–buy an extra and give it to a friend! For that matter, ask your friends to go to their LCS are pre-order Batgirl too. And while your at it, tell your LCS that you want the *next* issue of Batgirl as well.

Why is this important? Because when your LCS owner sees an actual increase in demand for Batgirl from you and other customers, she will likely order not only copies to meet pre-orders but a few additional shelf copies as well. And then those shelf copies are available for people who didn’t pre-order to pick up. And if your LCS runs out of shelf copies and has to re-order copies of Batgirl then your retailer will increase orders for the next issue of Batgirl. And that’s how sales on Batgirl will grow. And that will send a message to DC about what kind of comics people want to buy.

So by all means continue to show your enthusiasm online by creating or reposting fan art, writing essays, Tweeting, etc. But you also have to buy the comic.

(And while you’re pre-ordering Batgirl, pick up a copy of Lumberjanes, because it is an awesome comic that will probably appeal to you as well and its June sales of just 9,150 are too low for a comic that should be selling at least twice that much. Thanks!)

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31 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
06/2012: Earth 2 #2  -- 75,936 [84,740]
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06/2013: Earth 2 #13 -- 42,916 (-  2.4%)
07/2013: Earth 2 #14 -- 42,022 (-  2.1%)
08/2013: Earth 2 #15 -- 40,845 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #15.1: Desd -- 51,850 (+ 26.9%)
09/2013: #15.2: SlGr -- 52,369 (+  1.0%)
10/2013: Earth 2 #16 -- 38,389 (- 26.7%)
11/2013: Earth 2 #17 -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 -- 37,130 (-  6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 -- 36,103 (-  2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 -- 35,732 (-  1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 -- 35,295 (-  1.2%)
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%)
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6 months: + 27.3%
1 year  : + 10.2%
2 years : - 44.2%
Since #1: - 53.9%

Yes, another Bombshell Variant cover, adding nearly 13K additional copies.

Earth 2 will be the focus of DC’s third weekly title starting in October; will that cause an increase in interest in the main Earth 2 title?

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33 - FLASH ($2.99)
06/2004: Flash #211       --  45,740  [46,927]
06/2009: Flash Rebirth #3 --  83,086
06/2010: Flash #3         --  68,804
06/2011: --
06/2012: Flash #10        --  55,681
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06/2013: Flash #21        --  38,848 (-  2.1%)
07/2013: Flash #22        --  38,993 (+  0.4%)
08/2013: Flash #23        --  38,860 (-  0.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: Grodd     --  52,901 (+ 36.1%)
09/2013: #23.2: RvrsFlsh  --  53,359 (+  0.9%)
09/2013: #23.3: Rogues    --  51,072 (-  4.3%)
10/2013: Flash #24        --  38,190 (- 25.2%)
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
12/2013: Flash #26        --  36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27        --  34,902 (-  4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28        --  33,853 (-  3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29        --  33,241 (-  1.8%)
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%)
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6 months: + 28.9%
1 year  : + 21.5%
2 years : - 15.3%
5 years : - 43.2%
10 years: +  0.6%
Since #1: - 68.1%

Another Bombshell Variant cover, adding nearly 13K additional copies.

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38 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
06/2004: Aquaman #19 -- 24,919
06/2012: Aquaman #10 -- 59,288
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06/2013: Aquaman #21 -- 46,832 (-  5.8%)
07/2013: Aquaman #22 -- 45,653 (-  2.5%)
08/2013: Aquaman #23 -- 44,140 (-  3.3%)
09/2013: #23.1: BMta -- 58,207 (+ 31.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: OMtr -- 53,679 (-  7.8%)
10/2013: Aquaman #24 -- 42,248 (- 21.3%)
11/2013: Aquaman #25 -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
12/2013: Aquaman #26 -- 38,841 (-  5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 -- 36,610 (-  5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 -- 34,939 (-  4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 -- 33,907 (-  3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 -- 32,859 (-  3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 -- 32,076 (-  2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 -- 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
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6 months: + 15.5%
1 year  : -  4.2%
2 years : - 24.3%
10 years: + 80.0%
Since #1: - 58.7%

Another Bombshell Variant cover, adding over 11K additional copies.

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47 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
06/2009: Green Lantern Corps #37 -- 63,574
06/2010: Green Lantern Corps #49 -- 66,652
06/2011: --
06/2012: Green Lantern Corps #10 -- 44,615
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06/2013: Green Lantern Corps #21 -- 45,423 (+  5.6%)
07/2013: Green Lantern Corps #22 -- 42,194 (-  7.1%)
08/2013: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 36,229 (- 14.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Green Lantern Corps #24 -- 37,312 (+  3.0%)
11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 -- 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 -- 31,447 (-  4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 -- 29,142 (-  7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 -- 27,754 (-  4.8%)
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%)
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6 months: + 24.2%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years : -  8.7%
5 years : - 35.9%
Since #1: - 57.0%

More Bombshells, more comics: another additional 12K and change for GLC.

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53 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
06/2012: Justice League Dark #10  -- 33,238
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06/2013: Justice League Dark #21  -- 24,663 (-  0.1%)
07/2013: Justice League Dark #22  -- 68,294 (+225.6%) [80,302]
08/2013: Justice League Dark #23  -- 71,157 (+  4.2%) [75,782]
09/2013: #23.1: Creeper           -- 46,326 (- 34.9%)
09/2013: #23.2: Eclipso           -- 45,138 (-  2.6%)
10/2013: Justice League Dark #24  -- 45,401 (+  0.6%)
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25  -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26  -- 36,353 (-  6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27  -- 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28  -- 30,519 (-  6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29  -- 29,202 (-  4.3%)
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%)
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6 months: +  5.1%
1 year  : + 54.9%
2 years : + 15.0%
Since #1: - 53.4%

JLD gets in on the Bombshell action to the tune of nearly 13K additional units.

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62 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
06/2004: Catwoman #32 -- 24,040
06/2012: Catwoman #10 -- 37,158
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06/2013: Catwoman #21 -- 25,611 (-  4.7%)
07/2013: Catwoman #22 -- 24,737 (-  3.4%)
08/2013: Catwoman #23 -- 24,262 (-  1.9%) [38,290]
09/2013: --
10/2013: Catwoman #24 -- 35,134 (+ 44.8%)
11/2013: Catwoman #25 -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
12/2013: Catwoman #26 -- 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 -- 24,956 (-  5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 -- 23,974 (-  3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 -- 22,236 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 -- 20,968 (-  5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 -- 20,144 (-  3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 -- 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
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6 months: + 27.2%
1 year  : + 31.6%
2 years : -  9.3%
10 years: + 40.2%
Since #1: - 55.4%

The Bombshell variant give a cat-bonus of more than 13K to Catwoman.

Also, creative team changes are in the works for October…

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63 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
06/2012: Batwoman #10 --  41,014
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06/2013: Batwoman #21 --  28,173 (-  5.1%)
07/2013: Batwoman #22 --  27,400 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Batwoman #23 --  26,223 (-  4.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwoman #24 --  25,609 (-  2.3%)
11/2013: Batwoman #25 --  25,987 (+  1.5%)
12/2013: Batwoman #26 --  23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 --  22,461 (-  3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 --  20,672 (-  8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 --  19,750 (-  4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 --  19,204 (-  2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 --  18,463 (-  3.9%)
05/2014: Batwoman #32 --  33,538 (+ 81.6%)
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6 months: + 43.9%
1 year  : + 19.0%
2 years : - 18.2%
Since #1: - 61.9%

Apparently there’s no need to bother with a wedding when you can slap on a Bombshell variant cover instead, to the tune of more than 15K extra copies.

65 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
06/2012: Red Hood #10 -- 37,044
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06/2013: Red Hood #21 -- 32,416 (-  8.8%)
07/2013: Red Hood #22 -- 30,534 (-  5.8%)
08/2013: Red Hood #23 -- 28,821 (-  5.6%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Hood #24 -- 27,128 (-  5.9%)
11/2013: Red Hood #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
12/2013: Red Hood #26 -- 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood #27 -- 24,813 (-  2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood #28 -- 23,236 (-  6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood #29 -- 22,316 (-  4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood #30 -- 21,718 (-  2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood #31 -- 21,257 (-  2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood #32 -- 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
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6 months: + 30.3%
1 year  : +  2.1%
2 years : - 10.7%
Since #1: - 52.9%

For those keeping score at home, that’s almost 12K more for a Red Hood Bombshell variant.

66 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983

The top non-DCU this month is the debut issue of the Kevin Smith-involved Batman ’66/Green Hornet cross-over, coming in a nearly twice the sales level of the regular Batman ’66 title. A stronger than expected debut, so it should hold up fairly well over its scheduled six issue run (unless something goes awry…)

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72 - 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%) 
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Since #1: - 34.5%

No Bombshell variant here, as thus we get a typical third issue drop.

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74 - 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%) 
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Since #1: - 26.8%

Green Lantern was the featured origin in June. I’d expect this to settle in around 25K in a couple of months, then fluctuate +/- 2-5K depending on whose origin is being featured in any given month. Given that this is a $5 title, that may be good enough to keep it around for a while.

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81 - THE WAKE (Vertigo) ($2.99)
06/2013: The Wake #2 of 10  -- 32,562 (- 35.1%)
07/2013: The Wake #3 of 10  -- 30,622 (-  6.0%)
08/2013: -- 
09/2013: The Wake #4 of 10  -- 31,674 (+  3.4%)
10/2013: -- 
11/2013: The Wake #5 of 10  -- 30,463 (-  3.8%)
12/2013: -- 
01/2014: -- 
02/2014: The Wake #6 of 10  -- 26,843 (- 11.9%)
03/2014: The Wake #7 of 10  -- 26,500 (-  1.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: The Wake #8 of 10  -- 26,694 (+  0.7%)
06/2014: The Wake #9 of 10  -- 26,561 (-  0.5%)
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6 months:    n.a. 
1 year  : - 18.4%
Since #1: - 47.1%

The top Vertigo title of June. Part two has been pretty darn stable, heading into the finale.

88 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)
06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 -- 24,907

The previous Didio/Giffen New 52 title riffing on one of Kirby’s creations, O.M.A.C., lasted just eight issues (It debuted at 43K and ended at 13K).With these debut numbers I don’t see Infinity Man lasting much longer than that.

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93 - 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%)
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6 months: - 58.1% 
Since #1: - 58.1%

Still dropping…

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96 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
06/2012: Red Lanterns #10 -- 38,005
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06/2013: Red Lanterns #21 -- 37,312 (+ 10.0%)
07/2013: Red Lanterns #22 -- 35,236 (-  5.6%)
08/2013: Red Lanterns #23 -- 29,623 (- 15.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Red Lanterns #24 -- 30,771 (+  3.9%)
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 -- 26,242 (-  5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 -- 24,477 (-  6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 -- 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 -- 25,153 (- 51.2%)
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%)
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6 months: -  9.6%
1 year  : - 36.4%
2 years : - 37.6%
Since #1: - 73.4%

Last month I asked if anyone was reading Red Lanterns who wasn’t reading the core Green Lantern title, and several of you chimed in in the comments stating that yes you did, that you enjoyed Charles Soules’ writing on Red Lanterns but didn’t care much about the rest of the line.

So there’s good news/bad news for you non-GL-reading Red Lanterns fans: There’s another major Lantern-book crossover starting in October. Good news as it will no doubt raise sales and stave off the cancellation bear for a while longer. Bad news as it means a crossover story with titles you aren’t regularly reading.

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98 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
06/2004: Green Arrow #39  -- 33,324
06/2009: Arrow/Canary #21 -- 20,807
06/2010: Green Arrow #1   -- 54,400 [57,544]
06/2011: Green Arrow #13  -- 27,552
06/2012: Green Arrow #10  -- 25,769
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06/2013: Green Arrow #21  -- 26,924 (-  2.2%)
07/2013: Green Arrow #22  -- 26,172 (-  2.8%)
08/2013: Green Arrow #23  -- 25,449 (-  2.8%)
09/2013: #23.1: CtVertigo -- 43,234 (+ 69.9%)
10/2013: Green Arrow #24  -- 24,620 (- 43.1%)
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
12/2013: Green Arrow #26  -- 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27  -- 23,785 (-  3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28  -- 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29  -- 23,698 (- 11.3%)
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%)
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6 months: -  4.4%
1 year  : - 12.3%
2 years : -  8.4%
5 years : + 13.4%
10 years: - 29.2%
Since #1: - 67.4%

Has been remarkably consistent over the past few months. But a new creative team arrives in October.

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100 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
06/2012: New Guardians #10 -- 46,237
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06/2013: New Guardians #21 -- 42,290 (+ 4.2%)
07/2013: New Guardians #22 -- 40,788 (- 3.6%)
08/2013: New Guardians #23 -- 34,473 (-15.5%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: New Guardians #24 -- 35,417 (+ 2.7%)
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (- 9.5%)
12/2013: New Guardians #26 -- 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 -- 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 -- 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 -- 25,296 (- 7.0%)
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%)
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6 months: - 24.1%
1 year  : - 45.3%
2 years : - 49.9%
Since #1: - 76.0%

A Lantern-line crossover arrives in October to prop things up a bit.

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101 - 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%) 
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Since #1: - 32.1%

The typical 3rd issue drop is usually closer to 15%; so yay?

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104 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
06/2009: Supergirl #42 --  32,705
06/2010: Supergirl #53 --  28,317
06/2011: Supergirl #65 --  20,985
06/2012: Supergirl #10 --  33,309
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06/2013: Supergirl #21 --  25,856 (-  6.0%)
07/2013: Supergirl #22 --  25,514 (-  1.3%)
08/2013: Supergirl #23 --  24,747 (-  3.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Supergirl #24 --  23,321 (-  5.8%)
11/2013: Supergirl #25 --  25,377 (+  8.8%)
12/2013: Supergirl #26 --  22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 --  21,954 (-  3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 --  23,567 (+  7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 --  22,883 (-  2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 --  23,410 (+  2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 --  22,783 (-  2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 --  22,481 (-  1.3%)
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6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : - 13.1%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 31.3%
Since #1: - 69.7%

“Red Daughter of Krypton” continues. Another reason to go out and pre-order the new Batgirl: If it succeeds, maybe DC will take a similar approach with Supergirl.

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110 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
06/2012: Worlds' Finest #2  -- 51,510 
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06/2013: Worlds' Finest #13 -- 25,815 (-  4.7%)
07/2013: Worlds' Finest #14 -- 25,143 (-  2.6%)
08/2013: Worlds' Finest #15 -- 24,159 (-  3.9%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Worlds' Finest #16 -- 22,987 (-  4.9%)
11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
12/2013: Worlds' Finest #18 -- 21,039 (-  4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds' Finest #19 -- 20,998 (-  0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds' Finest #20 -- 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds' Finest #21 -- 25,676 (-  7.0%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.7%
1 year  : - 19.0%
2 years : - 59.4%
Since #1: - 69.9%

A small drop, but there’s not much rope left here. Maybe the upcoming Earth 2 weekly will help?

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117 - INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2013: Injustice #6    -- 26,011 (+ 3.2%)
07/2013: Injustice #7    -- 25,731 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Injustice #8    -- 25,223 (- 2.0%)
09/2013: Injustice #9    -- 24,333 (- 3.5%)
10/2013: Injustice #10   -- 24,788 (+ 1.9%)
11/2013: Injustice #11   -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
12/2013: Injustice #12   -- 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 -- 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 -- 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3 -- 20,693 (- 8.9%)
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%)
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6 months: - 11.5%
1 year  : - 25.6%
Since #1: - 21.6%

Year three, starting in October, will be twice-monthly.

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120 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
06/2004: Swamp Thing #4  -- 23,010
06/2012: Swamp Thing #10 -- 37,383
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06/2013: Swamp Thing #21 -- 25,186 (- 7.9%)
07/2013: Swamp Thing #22 -- 23,885 (- 5.2%)
08/2013: Swamp Thing #23 -- 22,695 (- 5.0%)
09/2013: #23.1: Arcane   -- 40,390 (+78.0%)
10/2013: Swamp Thing #24 -- 21,724 (-46.2%)
11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (- 2.7%)
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 -- 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 -- 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 -- 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 -- 18,837 (- 1.6%)
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%)
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6 months: -  8.7%
1 year  : - 26.6%
2 years : - 50.6%
10 years: - 19.7%
Since #1: - 74.9%

Adds a couple hundred copies this month. A small correction? A statistical aberration? Or the sign of impending growth?

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128 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($3.99)
07/2013: Batman '66 #1  -- 50,430
08/2013: Batman '66 #2  -- 37,113 (-26.4%)
09/2013: Batman '66 #3  -- 32,954 (-11.2%)
10/2013: Batman '66 #4  -- 30,099 (- 8.7%)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
12/2013: Batman '66 #6  -- 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman '66 #7  -- 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman '66 #8  -- 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman '66 #9  -- 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman '66 #10 -- 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman '66 #11 -- 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman '66 #12 -- 17,286 (- 7.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.1%
Since #1: - 65.7%

Last month’s uptick is wiped out, and then some.

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129 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
06/2004: Hellblazer #197 -- 15,045
06/2009: Hellblazer #256 -- 10,898
06/2010: Hellblazer #268 -- 10,221
06/2011: Hellblazer #280 --  9,329
06/2012: Hellblazer #292 --  9,533
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06/2013: Constantine #4  -- 26,417 (-  9.2%)
07/2013: Constantine #5  -- 30,664 (+ 32.6%) [35,027]
08/2013: Constantine #6  -- 25,174 (- 28.1%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Constantine #7  -- 22,954 (-  8.8%)
11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
12/2013: Constantine #9  -- 22,403 (+  6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 -- 20,729 (-  7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 -- 20,385 (-  1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 -- 20,051 (-  1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 -- 18,454 (-  8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 -- 17,422 (-  5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 -- 16,704 (-  4.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.4%
1 year  : - 36.8%
2 years : + 75.2%
5 years : + 53.3%
10 years: + 11.0%
Since #1: - 55.5%

This is dangerous territory for a DCU book. Granted this book has a bit more rope due to the upcoming television series, but if it doesn’t turn around soon look for a major creative change to try to goose the numbers (probably to bring it more in line with the tone of the show).

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131 - BIRDS OF PREY ($2.99)
06/2004: Birds of Prey #68  -- 32,034
06/2010: Birds of Prey #2   -- 44,064
06/2011: Birds of Prey #13  -- 28,992
06/2012: Birds of Prey #10  -- 28,457
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06/2013: Birds of Prey #21  -- 20,767 (-  1.7%)
07/2013: Birds of Prey #22  -- 20,209 (-  2.7%)
08/2013: Birds of Prey #23  -- 19,364 (-  4.2%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Birds of Prey #24  -- 18,382 (-  5.1%)
11/2013: Birds of Prey #25  -- 22,751 (+ 23.8%)
12/2013: Birds of Prey #26  -- 17,497 (- 23.1%)
01/2014: Birds of Prey #27  -- 19,387 (+ 10.8%)
02/2014: Birds of Prey #28  -- 18,092 (-  6.7%)
03/2014: Birds of Prey #29  -- 16,795 (-  7.2%)
04/2014: Birds of Prey #30  -- 16,358 (-  2.6%)
05/2014: Birds of Prey #31  -- 15,947 (-  2.5%)
06/2014: Birds of Prey #32  -- 16,397 (+  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.3%
1 year  : - 21.0%
2 years : - 42.4%
10 years: - 48.8%
Since #1: - 75.3%

Despite the slight uptick, this is already announced as ending in September.

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138 - SUPERBOY ($2.99)
06/2011: Superboy #8  --  23,037
06/2012: Superboy #10 --  31,358
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06/2013: Superboy #21 --  20,952 (-  6.9%)
07/2013: Superboy #22 --  19,984 (-  4.6%)
08/2013: Superboy #23 --  20,235 (+  1.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Superboy #24 --  18,341 (-  9.4%)
11/2013: Superboy #25 --  21,449 (+ 16.9%)
12/2013: Superboy #26 --  17,690 (- 17.5%)
01/2014: Superboy #27 --  17,392 (-  1.7%)
02/2014: Superboy #28 --  16,448 (-  5.4%)
03/2014: Superboy #29 --  15,776 (-  4.1%)
04/2014: Superboy #30 --  15,382 (-  2.5%)
05/2014: Superboy #31 --  14,795 (-  3.8%)
06/2014: Superboy #32 --  14,451 (-  2.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.3%
1 year  : - 31.0%
2 years : - 53.9%
Since #1: - 79.1%

Ending in September.

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142 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
06/2012: Unlimited #5   -- 24,058
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06/2013: Unlimited #17  -- 15,464 (- 2.3%)
07/2013: Unlimited #18  -- 15,275 (- 1.2%)
08/2013: Universe #1    -- 23,358 (+52.9%)
09/2013: Universe #2    -- 18,332 (-21.5%)
10/2013: Universe #3    -- 17,658 (- 3.7%)
11/2013: Universe #4    -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5    -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6    -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7    -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8    -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9    -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10   -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11   -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 11.3%
1 year  : -  9.0%
2 years : - 41.5%
Since #1: - 39.8%

Adds a couple hundred more copies. Which may be a small correction or aberration, but that’s two straight months of growth and that’s certainly better than losing copies. Maybe there’s some (admittedly small so far) effect from BB’s Futures End appearances?

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143 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
06/2004: Fables #26  -- 25,553
06/2009: Fables #85  -- 23,439
06/2010: Fables #96  -- 19,842
06/2011: Fables #106 -- 18,505
06/2012: Fables #118 -- 18,566
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06/2013: Fables #130 -- 15,129 (- 1.6%)
07/2013: Fables #131 -- 15,109 (- 0.1%)
08/2013: Fables #132 -- 14,893 (- 1.4%)
09/2013: Fables #133 -- 14,639 (- 1.7%)
10/2013: Fables #134 -- 14,575 (- 0.4%)
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
12/2013: Fables #136 -- 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 -- 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 -- 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 -- 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Fables #140 -- 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 -- 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
----------------
6 months: -  1.6%
1 year  : -  7.5%
2 years : - 24.6%
5 years : - 40.3%
10 years: - 45.2%
Since #1: - 36.5%

Another twenty copies added to the Diamond sales registry. Because weather? Looks like around 14K readers of the individual issues (give or take a few shelf copies) will be sticking it out to the end at #150.

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150 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
06/2004: --
06/2009: Dark Age 3 #2        -- 16,405
06/2010: --
06/2011: --
06/2012: --
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06/2013: Astro City #1        -- 27,700
07/2013: Astro City #2        -- 20,193 (-27.1%)
08/2013: Astro City #3        -- 18,802 (- 6.9%)
09/2013: Astro City #4        -- 17,641 (- 6.2%)
10/2013: Astro City #5        -- 16,927 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Astro City #6        -- 16,031 (- 5.3%)
12/2013: Astro City #7        -- 15,360 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Astro City #8        -- 14,831 (- 3.4%)
02/2014: Astro City #9        -- 14,289 (- 3.7%)
03/2014: Astro City #10       -- 14,094 (- 1.4%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : - 51.6%
5 years : - 18.2%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 51.6%

Back to standard attrition.

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154 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
06/2009: Tiny Titans #17   --  8,640
06/2010: Tiny Titans #29   --  8,195
06/2011: Tiny Titans #41   --  7,811
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03/2012: Tiny Titans #50   --  8,363 (+  6.4%)
--
--
--
06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
-----------------
5 years : + 50.7%

Art and Franco return to the Tiny Titans with a mini-series. Decent numbers, and should finish out its six-issue run about the same place where the previous series ended.

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156 - TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER ($2.99)
06/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #9  -- 17,241 (+ 6.0%)
07/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #10 -- 20,636 (+19.7%)
08/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #11 -- 26,986 (+30.8%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #12 -- 19,732 (-26.9%)
11/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #13 -- 17,779 (- 9.9%)
12/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #14 -- 18,649 (+ 4.9%)
01/2013: ToS: Phantom Stranger #15 -- 17,435 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #16 -- 17,012 (- 2.4%)
03/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #17 -- 16,395 (- 3.6%)
04/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #18 -- 14,788 (- 9.8%)
05/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #19 -- 13,641 (- 7.8%)
06/2014: ToS: Phantom Stranger #20 -- 12,720 (- 6.8%)
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6 months: - 31.8%
1 year  : - 26.2%
Since #1: - 68.3%
160 - TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA ($2.99)
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #1  -- 35,106          [41,678]
07/2013: ToS: Pandora #2  -- 32,170 (-15.1%) [35,385]
08/2013: ToS: Pandora #3  -- 34,563 (- 2.3%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ToS: Pandora #4  -- 25,708 (-25.6%)
11/2013: ToS: Pandora #5  -- 21,267 (-17.3%)
12/2013: ToS: Pandora #6  -- 20,563 (- 3.3%)
01/2014: ToS: Pandora #7  -- 18,984 (- 7.7%)
02/2014: ToS: Pandora #8  -- 17,703 (- 6.7%)
03/2014: ToS: Pandora #9  -- 17,032 (- 3.8%)
04/2014: ToS: Pandora #10 -- 15,337 (-10.0%)
05/2014: ToS: Pandora #11 -- 13,859 (-10.9%)
06/2014: ToS: Pandora #12 -- 12,540 (- 8.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 39.0%
Since #1: - 69.9%

Both titles are ending in September, to be replaced by a single Trinity of Sin title in October featuring both characters plus The Question. Which is certainly a thing to try.

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162 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
06/2013: He-Man & MotU #3  -- 18,227 (- 5.8%)
07/2013: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 18,101 (- 1.0%)
08/2013: He-Man & MotU #5  -- 16,898 (- 6.6%)
09/2013: He-Man & MotU #6  -- 16,294 (- 3.6%)
10/2013: He-Man & MotU #7  -- 16,059 (- 1.4%)
11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9  -- 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 -- 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 -- 13,090 (- 5.3%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 16.0%
1 year  : - 33.4%
Since #1: - 51.9%

Standard attrition.

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167 - LARFLEEZE ($2.99)
06/2013: Larfleeze #1  -- 36,638
07/2013: Larfleeze #2  -- 30,221 (-17.5%)
08/2013: Larfleeze #3  -- 21,955 (-27.4%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Larfleeze #4  -- 18,061 (-17.7%)
11/2013: Larfleeze #5  -- 16,157 (-10.5%)
12/2013: Larfleeze #6  -- 15,081 (- 6.7%)
01/2014: Larfleeze #7  -- 13,950 (- 7.5%)
02/2014: Larfleeze #8  -- 13,338 (- 4.4%)
03/2014: Larfleeze #9  -- 12,797 (- 4.1%)
04/2014: Larfleeze #10 -- 12,403 (- 3.1%)
05/2014: Larfleeze #11 -- 12,110 (- 2.4%)
06/2014: Larfleeze #12 -- 11,784 (- 2.7%)
-----------------
1 year  : - 67.8%
6 months: - 21.9%
Since #1: - 67.8%

Final issue.

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169 - ALL STAR WESTERN ($3.99)
06/2009: Jonah Hex #44 -- 11,592
06/2010: Jonah Hex #55 -- 11,327
06/2011: Jonah Hex #67 -- 10,288
06/2012: ASW #10       -- 25,334
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06/2013: ASW #21       -- 15,788 (- 2.5%)
07/2013: ASW #22       -- 15,376 (- 2.6%)
08/2013: ASW #23       -- 15,276 (- 0.7%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: ASW #24       -- 14,378 (- 5.9%)
11/2013: ASW #25       -- 13,937 (- 3.1%)
12/2013: ASW #26       -- 13,440 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: ASW #27       -- 13,238 (- 1.5%)
02/2014: ASW #28       -- 12,782 (- 3.4%)
03/2014: ASW #29       -- 12,503 (- 2.2%)
04/2014: ASW #30       -- 12,285 (- 1.7%)
05/2014: ASW #31       -- 12,023 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: ASW #32       -- 11,675 (- 2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 26.1%
2 years : - 53.9%
5 years : +  0.7%
Since #1: - 78.8%

Ending at #34.

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171 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 LANTERN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
06/2004: --
06/2012: Smallville S11 #2     -- 22,468
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06/2013: Smallville S11 #14    -- 15,097 (- 2.2%)
07/2013: Smallville S11 #15    -- 14,930 (- 1.1%)
08/2013: Smallville S11 #16    -- 14,640 (- 1.9%)
09/2013: Smallville S11 #17    -- 14,153 (- 3.3%)
10/2013: Smallville S11 #18    -- 13,794 (- 2.5%)
11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1   -- 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2   -- 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3   -- 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4   -- 10,570 (- 4.4%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.4%
1 year  : - 24.5%
2 years : - 49.3%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: -  8.0%

An addition of 29 more copies from the previous issue. Just to keep things interesting.

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172 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
06/2013: Adventures of Superman #2  -- 22,407 (-27.7%)
07/2013: Adventures of Superman #3  -- 19,453 (-13.2%)
08/2013: Adventures of Superman #4  -- 17,370 (-10.7%)
09/2013: Adventures of Superman #5  -- 16,011 (- 7.8%)
10/2013: Adventures of Superman #6  -- 14,484 (- 9.5%)
11/2013: Adventures of Superman #7  -- 13,140 (- 9.3%)
12/2013: Adventures of Superman #8  -- 12,142 (- 7.6%)
01/2014: Adventures of Superman #9  -- 11,425 (- 5.9%)
02/2014: Adventures of Superman #10 -- 11,075 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Adventures of Superman #11 -- 11,102 (+ 0.2%)
04/2014: Adventures of Superman #12 -- 10,130 (- 8.8%)
05/2014: Adventures of Superman #13 -- 10,045 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Adventures of Superman #14 -- 11,144 (+10.9%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.2%
1 year  : - 50.3%
Since #1: - 64.0%

Ending in September. The lead (cover) story features The Joker and is drawn by Jock, which it likely the cause of the additional 1099 copies registered.

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193 - LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR (Digital-First) ($9.99)
12/2013: LoDK 100p Super Spect #1  -- 11,091 (-14.8%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: LoDK 100p Super Spect #2  --  9,926 (-10.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: --
06/2014: LoDK 100p Super Spect #3  --  9,109 (- 8.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.9%
Since #1: - 17.9%

Given that this is a $10 comic reprinting digital-first stories, 9K isn’t a bad number.

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198 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Coffin Hill #1  -- 24,129
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
12/2013: Coffin Hill #3  -- 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4  -- 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5  -- 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6  --  9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7  --  9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: --
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8  --  8,764 (- 8.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.0%
Since #1: - 63.7%

Returns from its scheduled month off not in any better shape, sales wise.

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200 - BATWING ($2.99)
06/2012: Batwing #10 -- 35,731
------------------------------
06/2013: Batwing #21 -- 12,437 (- 6.5%)
07/2013: Batwing #22 -- 12,062 (- 3.0%)
08/2013: Batwing #23 -- 11,584 (- 4.0%)
09/2013: --
10/2013: Batwing #24 -- 11,114 (- 4.1%)
11/2013: Batwing #25 -- 16,207 (+45.8%)
12/2013: Batwing #26 -- 10,753 (-33.7%)
01/2014: Batwing #27 -- 12,461 (+15.9%)
02/2014: Batwing #28 -- 11,786 (- 5.4%)
03/2014: Batwing #29 --  9,864 (-16.3%)
04/2014: Batwing #30 --  9,313 (- 5.6%)
05/2014: Batwing #31 --  8,941 (- 4.0%)
06/2014: Batwing #32 --  8,664 (- 3.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 44.8%
1 year  : - 32.8%
2 years : - 75.0%
Since #1: - 83.9%

Ending in September.

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230 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
10/2013: Hinterkind #1  -- 23,516
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
12/2013: Hinterkind #3  -- 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4  --  9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5  --  8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6  --  8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Hinterkind #7  --  7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8  --  7,212 (- 3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 38.1%
Since #1: - 69.3%
229 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
06/2010: The Unwritten #14 -- 13,396
06/2011: The Unwritten #26 -- 10,979
06/2012: The Unwritten #38 --  9,494
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06/2013: The Unwritten #50 -- 10,124 (+23.0%)
07/2013: The Unwritten #51 --  9,143 (- 9.7%)
08/2013: The Unwritten #52 --  9,033 (- 1.2%)
09/2013: The Unwritten #53 --  8,982 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: The Unwritten #54 --  8,871 (- 1.2%)
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1 -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2 --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3 --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4 --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5 --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6 --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 29.5%
2 years : - 24.9%
Since #1: - 40.4%
237 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
07/2013: Collider #1 -- 17,336          [20,361]
08/2013: FBP #2      -- 14,068 (-30.9%)
09/2013: FBP #3      -- 13,977 (- 0.6%)
10/2013: FBP #4      -- 11,600 (-17.0%)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
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6 months: - 27.1%
Since #1: - 65.8%
238 - ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 (Vertigo) ($2.99)
02/2014: Royals #1 of 6 --  14,031 
03/2014: Royals #2 of 6 --   8,725 (-37.8%) 
04/2014: Royals #3 of 6 --   7,777 (-10.9%) 
05/2014: Royals #4 of 6 --   7,156 (- 8.0%) 
06/2014: Royals #5 of 6 --   6,928 (- 3.2%) 
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Since #1: - 50.6%

Four more Vertigo titles in poor shape.

This is as good of a place as any to mention that the first issue of Sandman Overture had another 6,287 in re-orders in June.

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268 - SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED - CRISIS OF IMAGINATION (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #1 -- 11,572
02/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #2 --  7,101 (-38.6%)
03/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #3 --  6,738 (- 5.1%)
04/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #4 --  6,467 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #5 --  6,045 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Scribblenauts Crisis #6 --  5,833 (- 3.5%)
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Since #1: - 49.6%

Ending with issue #9.

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+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
05/2004: Scooby-Doo #84                -- 5,490
05/2009: Scooby-Doo #144               -- 4,062
05/2010: Scooby-Doo #156               -- 3,857
05/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #9  -- 4,838
05/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #21 -- 5,269
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05/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #33 -- ????? 
06/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #34 -- 4,881 
07/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #35 -- ????? 
08/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #36 -- 4,903 
09/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #37 -- 4,840 (-1.3%)
10/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #38 -- 4,983 (+3.0%)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 -- 4,754 
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 -- 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 -- 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 -- 4,623 (+1.8%)
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)
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6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+300 - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2014: The Vampire Diaries #1 -- 10,855
02/2014: The Vampire Diaries #2 --  6,132 (-43.5%)
03/2014: The Vampire Diaries #3 --  4,734 (-22.8%)
04/2014: The Vampire Diaries #4 --  4,192 (-11.4%)
05/2014: The Vampire Diaries #5 --  3,749 (-10.6%)
06/2014: The Vampire Diaries #6 --  ????? (< 4,560)
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Since #1: - 65.5%
+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)
02/2004: Looney Tunes #111 -- 3,220
02/2009: Looney Tunes #171 -- ?????
02/2010: Looney Tunes #183 -- ?????
02/2011: Looney Tunes #195 -- ?????
02/2012: Looney Tunes #205 -- ?????
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06/2013: Looney Tunes #213 -- ????? 
07/2013: -- 
08/2013: Looney Tunes #214 -- ????? 
09/2013: --
10/2013: Looney Tunes #215 -- ?????
11/2013: -- 
12/2013: Looney Tunes #216 -- 2,822 
01/2014: --
02/2014: Looney Tunes #217 -- 2,784 (-1.3%)
03/2014: -- 
04/2014: Looney Tunes #218 -- ????? (< 2,823)
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: Looney Tunes #219 -- ????? (< 4,560)
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  :   ????%
2 years :   ????%
5 years :   ????%
10 years:   ????%

Unlike the previous months in 2014, Diamond only released the top 300 in June instead of the top 400. For purposes of the summary charts below I’ll be using either the sales of the #300 book (4,560) or the sales of the most recently previously known issue, whichever is less.

I was especially interested in seeing the sales on the final (print) issue of The Vampire Diaries, as it was written and drawn by Colleen Doran and was wondering if anyone else besides me was buying it for that reason.

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

DC COMICS
06/2004: 30,242
06/2009: 25,880
06/2010: 25,788
06/2011: 25,814
06/2012: 37,599
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06/2013: 34,517 (+  9.9%)
07/2013: 34,402 (-  0.3%)
08/2013: 30,843 (- 10.4%)
09/2013: 54,892 (+ 78.0%)
10/2013: 31,928 (- 41.8%)**
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881 
02/2014: 27,070 (-  2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (-  1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+  9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+  8.8%)
06/2014: 33,189 (+  4.5%)**
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  : -  3.8%
2 years : - 11.7%
5 years : + 28.2%
10 years: +  9.7%

DC UNIVERSE
06/2004: 35,815
06/2009: 36,329
06/2010: 34,612
06/2011: 28,673
06/2012: 43,082
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06/2013: 37,133 (+ 16.0%)
07/2013: 36,524 (-  1.6%)
08/2013: 33,583 (-  8.1%)
09/2013: 61,036 (+ 81.8%)
10/2013: 33,568 (- 45.0%)**
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120 
02/2014: 33,327 (+  0.6%) 
03/2014: 32,007 (-  4.0%) 
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%) 
05/2014: 39,555 (+  8.5%) 
06/2014: 42,733 (+  8.0%) 
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  : + 15.1%
2 years : -  0.1%
5 years : + 17.6%
10 years: + 19.3%

VERTIGO
06/2004: 17,378
06/2009: 11,166
06/2010: 10,995
06/2011: 10,415
06/2012: 11,448
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06/2013: 17,368 (- 16.7%)
07/2013: 16,099 (-  7.3%)
08/2013: 14,130 (- 12.2%)
09/2013: 14,951 (+  5.8%)
10/2013: 22,228 (+ 48.7%)**
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473 
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%) 
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%) 
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%) 
05/2014: 11,778 (+  5.0%) 
06/2014: 11,372 (-  3.4%) 
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6 months:   ????%
1 year  : - 34.5%
2 years : -  0.7%
5 years : +  1.8%
10 years: - 34.6%

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6 month comparisons
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+141.7% - Superman
+ 47.8% - Action Comics
+ 47.2% - Wonder Woman
+ 43.9% - Batwoman
+ 35.6% - Batgirl
+ 31.1% - Superman/Wonder Woman
+ 30.3% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
+ 29.1% - Detective Comics
+ 28.9% - Flash
+ 27.3% - Earth 2
+ 27.2% - Catwoman
+ 24.2% - Green Lantern Corps
+ 20.8% - Batman and
+ 15.5% - Aquaman
+  9.5% - Green Lantern
+  8.9% - Batman
+  5.1% - Justice League Dark
-  0.7% - Supergirl
-  0.7% - Worlds' Finest
-  1.6% - Fables
-  4.4% - Green Arrow
-  6.3% - Birds of Prey
-  8.2% - Adventures of Superman
-  8.7% - Swamp Thing
-  9.6% - Red Lanterns
- 11.3% - Batman Beyond Universe
- 11.5% - Injustice
- 12.4% - Smallville
- 12.6% - Astro City
- 13.1% - All Star Western
- 16.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 17.9% - Justice League
- 17.9% - Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular
- 18.3% - Superboy
- 22.4% - Harley Quinn
- 24.1% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 25.4% - Constantine
- 27.1% - FBP
- 29.0% - Coffin Hill
- 29.1% - Batman 66
- 31.8% - Trinity of Sin Phantom Stranger
- 38.1% - Hinterland
- 39.0% - Trinity of Sin Pandora
- 44.3% - Batwing
- 58.1% - Justice League 3000
- 67.8% - Larfleeze

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

+101.3% - Superman
+ 54.9% - Justice League Dark
+ 34.0% - Wonder Woman
+ 31.6% - Catwoman
+ 21.5% - Flash
+ 19.2% - Action Comics
+ 19.0% - Batwoman
+ 17.5% - Batgirl
+ 11.9% - Detective Comics
+ 10.2% - Earth 2
+  2.1% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
-  4.2% - Aquaman
-  7.1% - Batman and
-  7.5% - Fables
-  9.0% - Batman Beyond
- 10.3% - Green Lantern Corps
- 12.3% - Green Arrow
- 13.1% - Supergirl
- 17.1% - Batman
- 18.4% - The Wake
- 19.0% - Worlds' Finest
- 19.4% - Justice League
- 21.0% - Birds of Prey
- 21.6% - Green Lantern
- 21.9% - Larfleeze
- 24.5% - Smallville
- 25.6% - Injustice
- 26.1% - All Star Western
- 26.2% - Trinity of Sin Phantom Stranger
- 26.6% - Swamp Thing
- 29.5% - The Unwritten
- 31.0% - Superboy
- 32.8% - Batwing
- 33.4% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 36.4% - Red Lanterns
- 36.8% - Constantine
- 45.3% - Green Lantern New Guardians
- 50.3% - Adventures of Superman
- 51.6% - Astro City

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

+ 75.2% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 50.9% - Superman
+ 15.0% - Justice League Dark
+  2.1% - Wonder Woman
+  0.5% - Batgirl
-  0.1% - Batman
-  5.9% - All Star Western
-  8.4% - Green Arrow
-  8.7% - Green Lantern Corps
-  9.3% - Catwoman
- 10.7% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 12.4% - Detective Comics
- 15.3% - Flash
- 15.5% - Batman and
- 18.2% - Batwoman
- 20.6% - Supergirl
- 24.3% - Aquaman
- 24.6% - Fables
- 24.9% - The Unwritten
- 30.1% - Green Lantern
- 31.4% - Action Comics
- 37.6% - Red Lanterns
- 41.5% - Batman Beyond
- 41.9% - Justice League
- 42.4% - Birds of Prey
- 44.2% - Earth 2
- 49.3% - Smallville
- 49.9% - Green Lantern Corps
- 50.6% - Swamp Thing
- 53.9% - Superboy
- 59.4% - Worlds' Finest
- 75.0% - Batwing

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

+120.8% - Superman
+ 53.3% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 50.7% - Tiny Titans
+ 47.3% - Wonder Woman
+ 38.5% - Action Comics
+ 34.3% - Batman
+ 24.0% - Justice League (JLA)
+ 13.4% - Green Arrow
+  0.7% - All Star Western (Jonah Hex)
-  8.3% - Detective Comics
- 18.2% - Astro City
- 31.3% - Supergirl
- 33.1% - Green Lantern
- 35.9% - Green Lantern Corps
- 40.3% - Fables
- 43.2% - Flash
- 48.8% - Birds of Prey
- 69.5% - Batman and

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

+110.6% - Detective Comics
+ 80.0% - Aquaman
+ 75.1% - Batman
+ 65.0% - Wonder Woman
+ 56.7% - Green Lantern
+ 55.8% - Batgirl
+ 40.2% - Catwoman
+ 17.7% - Action Comics
+ 11.0% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  0.6% - Flash
-  3.0% - Justice League
- 19.7% - Swamp Thing
- 29.2% - Green Arrow
- 45.0% - Superman
- 45.2% - Fables

Sales Indices
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DCU: Average: 42,733. Median: 40,734. 

3.0 - Batman
2.2 - Harley Quinn
2.1 - Superman
1.8 - Justice League
1.7 - Detective Comics
1.6 - Batman Eternal (9)
1.6 - Batman Eternal (10)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (11)
1.5 - Batman Eternal (12)
1.5 - Justice League United
1.5 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.3 - Green Lantern
1.3 - Batman and
1.3 - Action Comics
1.3 - Futures End (5)
1.2 - Futures End (6)
1.2 - Futures End (7)
1.1 - Futures End (8)
1.1 - Wonder Woman
1.1 - Batgirl
1.1 - Earth 2
1.1 - Flash
1.0 - Aquaman
1.0 - Green Lantern Corps
0.9 - Justice League Dark
0.8 - Catwoman
0.8 - Batwoman
0.8 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.7 - Sinestro
0.7 - Secret Origins
0.6 - Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.6 - Red Lanterns
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.5 - Green Lantern New Guardians
0.5 - Aquaman and the Others
0.5 - Supergirl
0.5 - Worlds' Finest
0.4 - Swamp Thing
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Birds of Prey
0.3 - Superboy
0.3 - Trinity of Sin Phantom Stranger
0.3 - Trinity of Sin Pandora
0.3 - Larfleeze
0.3 - All Star Western
0.2 - Batwing

Vertigo: Average: 11,372. Median: 7,988

2.3 - The Wake
1.2 - Fables
1.2 - Astro City
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.6 - Hinterkind
0.6 - The Unwritten
0.6 - FBP
0.6 - The Royals

Digital First & Other: Average: 12,110*. Median: 11,401*.

2.7 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.6 - Injustice Year Two
1.4 - Batman '66
1.2 - Batman Beyond Universe
1.1 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
1.0 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.9 - Smallville: Lantern
0.9 - Adventures of Superman
0.8 - Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular
0.5 - Scribblenauts Unmasked
??? - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
??? - The Vampire Diaries
??? - Looney Tunes

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

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The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

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

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

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

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

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.

Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

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

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Comic-Con International Organizing Committee, or my neighbor’s dog Miles.
The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

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

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11. Nice art: Becky Cloonan’s Monster variant cover for Batman

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Just to prove that the Bat office is going WILD with art, Becky Cloonan posted her Monster variant cover for Batman for October, which will have “Horror” as a variant cover theme. Me likey!

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12. What house style? New team on Batgirl: Stewart, Fletcher, Tarr and Bellaire

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Since The New 52 set records three years ago, the DCU has adhered to a rather rigid house style, one primarily based on 90s comics. But things are DEFINITELY loosening up a bit, as a new team is taking over Batgirl, and it’s one based way more in tumblr culture than Wizard magazine.

Starting with issue #35, Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher (Assassin’s Creed, Batman Inc) will writer the book, and Babs Tarr will draw it. Stewart will do covers and layouts. Jordie Bellaire will color the book

Tarr is a newcomer, but her style is way more in line with the YA/”cutecorp” style that has been running rampant everywhere but in the DCU. And just to make it clear where she’s coming from, the tells MTV:

Tarr: I am excited to bring some flirt, fun, and fashion to the title! I don’t think you see a lot of that in mainstream comics and I am excited to bring that to the table. Who doesn’t love a sassy super hero?


Wow, after years of girl-friendly YA proposals getting shot down at DC, first Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan and Karl Kerschl and now this? Wake-up everyone, it’s 2014!

And oh yeah, Batgirl got yellow Doc Martens to wear instead of high heeled boots. Because girl power. I have to confess it isn’t easy to run in Doc Martens, but that’s okay because IT IS TIME TO MARKET A YOUTHFUL FEMALE SUPERHERO CHARACTER TO TEEN-AGE GIRLS.

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This does leave fan favorite writer Gail Simone off the book, but she has a new project yet to be announced, MTV assures us. Last time she left, there was a kerfuffle, but this seems to be more permanent.

More art from Tarr:

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BATGIRL #35
Written by CAMERON STEWART and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art by BABS TARR
Cover by CAMERON STEWART
MONSTERS Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes… so when a fire destroys everything she owned, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life — and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl… and discovers all-new threats preying on her peers! It’s a re-invention of Batgirl from the boots up, by the incredible creative team of Cameron Stewart (BATMAN INC.), Brenden Fletcher (WEDNESDAY COMICS), and rising star artist Babs Tarr!

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13. Gilbert Hernandez and Marguerite Sauvage are drawing Wonder Woman

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Sensation Comics, you may recall, is the digital-first Wonder Woman series that will feature diverse folk doing diverse stories about everyone’s favorite star-spangled Amazon. Digital comics will be collected into print issues every few months. So dropped into this rather barebones exclusive story about issue #3 is the stunning news that Gilbert Hernandez will be drawing a Wonder Woman story! And Sean E. Williams and fashion-y illustrator Marguerite Sauvage will be doing another!

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by GILBERT HERNANDEZ and SEAN E. WILLIAMS
Art by GILBERT HERNANDEZ and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

When Wonder Woman allows an other dimensional science-villain to capture her, she expects to swiftly deal with his android minions and save the day. But he’s able to brainwash her and that’s when things go haywire! Then, back on Earth, we share a rare moment from Diana’s rock-star days.


Can you guess which story is from Beto?

Andrew Wheeler got properly excited about this and offered some Gilbert art from Wonder Woman Day over the years.

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Sauvage is also an exciting choice to draw Diana. (She recently scored the gig doing covers for Hinterkind, the Vertigo series.)

All behind this rather more typical Reis/Prado cover.

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14. DC Entertainment is alright! Toronto statue of abused child will get Superman’s S after all

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Looks like more compassionate—not to mention media-savvy—heads have prevails at DC Entertainment, as they have reversed a lawyer’s decision to disallow a memorial to a boy who died of abuse to have the iconic Kryptonian S on it after all:

“DC Entertainment uses a flexible set of criteria when we receive worthy requests such as this, and at times have reconsidered our initial stance,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“After verifying the support of appropriate family members, DC Entertainment will be allowing the Jeffrey Baldwin Memorial Statue to feature the Superman ‘S’ shield.”

The kerfuffle began earlier in the week, when a Toronto man revealed that he had commissioned a memorial statue to Jeffrey Baldwin, a young boy who died of starvation nearly a decade ago. In Baldwin’s brief life, he loved Superman, and the statue paid tribute to that.

A DC lawyer didn’t agree at the time, igniting a public debate over copyright, trademark and everything in between.

Our own Jeff Trexler weighed in with sound legal principles earlier today, but as many have stated, all DC had to do to get past any legal issues was license the statue for $1 — US or Canadian.

It looks like saner heads have prevailed and realized that assigning the heroic humanist values of Superman to this child’s tragic life and horrific death will help others aspire to more heroic ideals.

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15. Trouble in GOTHAM: Writer Alan Brennert says WB is stiffing him over $45 an episode

detective_500_brennert.jpgAlan Brennert is a well-established DC Bronze age writer who was one of the first to cross over between comics and TV in the 70s and 80s. And he’s made several contributions to DC’s permanent continuity. But in a Facebook post reproduced below, he says that he’s being denied his equity in a character he co-created because….reasons.

DC’s new royalty plan has already dealt a big setback to creator incomes. I’ve been hearing that equity deals—money given to creators of characters used in TV and film—are also on the endangered list. But this is the most vocal outcry yet.

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Back in 1981, in a story called “To Kill a Legend” in DETECTIVE COMICS #500, artist Dick Giordano and I created a character named Barbara Kean, the fiancée of Lt. James Gordon. (This was set on a parallel Earth where counterparts of the “real” Batman and his cast were twenty years younger.) A Golden Age “Mrs. James Gordon” (no first or maiden name) had appeared in 1951, mother of a son named Tony, but my character, later picked up by talented writers like Frank Miller and Barbara Randall Kesel, was clearly the prototype (with the same first name) for the “Post-Crisis” first wife of Lt. James Gordon, and—as Barbara Kean Gordon—became a supporting player in Batman continuity, and even made two movie appearances in BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT.

And this fall on GOTHAM, Fox’s prequel to the Batman mythos, one of the supporting characters will be…Barbara Kean, fiancée of Lt. James Gordon.

Ironically enough, on the same day that DC’s online news site listed the results of a fan poll in which I was chosen one of “the 75 greatest Batman artists/writers,” an executive at DC Entertainment—let’s call him “Johnny DC”—dismissed my request for “equity” (a percentage of income received when a character you create is used in other media) in the character. The justification? Because I had given her the same name, profession, and appearance as her daughter (at the time, just a sly wink to the reader), she was “derivative” of her daughter Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon and equity “is not generally granted” in derivative characters like wives, husbands, daughters, sons, etc., of existing characters: “this is the criteria by which all equity requests are measured.”

I then pointed out to him that writer Mark Waid had been told by then-DC management that DC did, in fact, give equity in “derivative” characters, just a smaller percentage—and indeed Mark and artist/co-creator Mike Wieringo received equity in the “derivative” character of Bart Allen/Impulse (grandson of Barry Allen/Flash) and received payments when he was used on SMALLVILLE. I suggested DC grant a similar reduced percentage on Barbara Kean, and I was willing to limit this to her appearances on GOTHAM and forget the movies.

How did Johnny DC respond to this? Did he rebut my argument? Nope. When confronted with the, shall we say, lack of veracity of his statement, he simply stopped responding to my emails.

Classy, right?

Now, let me be clear: I’ve since learned that the amount of money involved here can be as little as $45 an episode for a full equity character. So clearly I’m not in this for the money, but the principle. This is small change compared to the fact that the estate of Jack Kirby receives no share of the billions in dollars that Marvel/Disney makes from movies based on characters he co-created. But I suspect DC counts on the fact that the money is low enough that hiring an attorney to pursue it would cost more than you’d ever receive in equity payments. They also count on the fact that their freelancers depend on DC for work and thus will not publicly call them out. (And sometimes these freelancers are the very ones for whom that little bit of extra money would mean a lot.)

But as a novelist I depend in no way on DC for my livelihood, and have no problem recounting the bad faith they have demonstrated to me. But I take little satisfaction in it. There was a time—under the management of Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, and Dick Giordano—when DC went to great lengths to credit and compensate creators. They felt it was money well spent, because it brought other creators to the company and everyone benefited. I was actually proud to be associated with a comics company with a conscience. I hope my experience with the “new” DC is not typical, and that they still have a conscience. But I sure don’t see it from where I sit.

(If you’re a fan of my comics work, feel free to share.)

 

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16. New stuff from DC: KLARION, LOBO, TRINTY OF SIN and new teams for CATWOMAN and GREEN ARROW

A bunch of announcements from DC this week and it looks like the iceberg of the 90s house style DC has been mired in for some time is beginning to melt bit in the wake of global sales warming, as there are some new creators with new styles aboard here.

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§ Klarion the Witch Boy by Ann Nocenti (CATWOMAN, KATANA) and artist Trevor McCarthy (BATWOMAN, BATMAN ETERNAL). Klarion is an old Jack Kirby character—sometimes the old ways are best. Nocenti gabbed with io9 about this book:

io9: Klarion the Witch Boy is a pretty obscure character. Why give him his own series?

Ann Nocenti: Klarion isn’t naturally heroic. He’s not out to save the world or rescue anyone. He’s a mischievous teenager who has done some bad things, but perhaps there’s more to him. So what came to mind was an occult coming-of-age story. The high school years are a strange time of questioning, searching for direction, and rebellion. Klarion’s on a reluctant quest to master sorcery and, hopefully, become one of the protectors the mystical universe.

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Cover art by Daniel Kuder

§ LOBO is back from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Reilly Brown, with the new Twilight-y Lobo meeting the old Heavy Metal Lobo, now dubbed “Faux-bo.” Clever. CBR has entrance interview.

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§ All that “Trinity” stuff that kick started the New 52 but then kind of fizzled into a puddle of melted rubber has been condensed into TRINITY OF SIN by J.M. DeMatteis with art by Yvel Guichet and Jason Gordon,

Pandora, The Phantom Stranger and The Question have hated each other for centuries…and nothing has changed! Bound by their individual transgressions to walk the earth for eternity, now in their new ongoing series the Trinity of Sin are forced to work together!

TRINITY OF SIN, written by will pick up with the characters Pandora and the Stranger, following the ending of their solo series in September, and bring in The Question on a quest to save humanity and uncover the darkest secrets of the universe. 

More on this from Newsarama, which seems a little fitting as it’s a throwback book on a throwback site.

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§ Catwoman has a new team which includes writer Genevieve Valentine (Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Mechanique, Geek Wisdom) and artist Garry Brown (Five Ghosts, Iron Patriot). So yeah a NEW FEMALE WRTER. And a new Image artist in the “current style.” Sounds like things are loosening up at the old DC ship as the ferries hed to the Grey Havens. Valentine is a Nebula Award winning novelist, as well as a TV recapper and general all around writer f all trades, sounds like. Io( has the interview in the same link as above:

io9: What’s in store for Selina in your Catwoman series?

Genevieve Valentine: After the dust settles in Batman Eternal, Selina Kyle has discovered she’s part of a legacy she never knew before, and heir to the family business. She decides to accept the position, both because she sees a chance to restore a ruined Gotham and because, deep down, Selina’s always played power games against herself. In this arc, she’ll be coming face to face with what she’s willing to do to keep her power, on a scale that could shake the whole city.

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§ AND finally, Green Arrows has a new writing team, Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski who produce the hit TV show “Arrow”! Art will be by Daniel Sampere (BATGIRL, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA).

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17. TV Preview: Constantine: He’s Here and He’s Definitely British 

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[Several of this fall's comic book TV show pilots are floating around out there, and one of our informants got a copy and sent us their impressions. Here's a look at CONSTANTINE which debuts on NBC this Fall.]

Out of DC Comics three new shows, Constantine might have the most uphill battle but not because of the quality of the show. The pilot episode is phenomenal, horror and the occult spiked with dark humor. In essence, it’s pure Hellblazer.

Since this is not an official review I’m strictly going to speak on my impressions from watching the pilot episode. The first thing you’ll notice is that the previous film is long gone here, whether that is good or bad is a matter of opinion. Here, NBC is getting John Constantine as the comic book fans know him. Matt Ryan IS the dirty blond Brit, whose self deprecating humor endears him to us within minutes.

The supporting group is set up to revolve around Constantine which is what you want when you name the show after your title character. Jeremy Davies (LOST), Lucy Griffiths (TRUE BLOOD), Harold Perrineau (The Matrix) all fit together so well as a cast they round out John Constantine’s character without stealing the focus.

Constantine’s look is a Vertigo comic brought to life combined with the necessary television aesthetic to be on a network like NBC. It’s a testament to how far the comics medium has come that a major network is willing to bet on a show that looks “comic booky” and that is far from a bad thing. For anyone concerned about getting a toned down version of the comic book series, rest easy now, while there will always be somethings you can’t get away with on over-the-air television, Constantine gives you the horror moments a show in this genre commands in suspense more than gore.

The pilot itself does a fine job of not being heavy on exposition, instead betting on developing a chemistry with the audience. Hellblazer was never a series I regularly followed, and have only read John Constantie’s JL Dark adventures, but I’m on board for this series. I’m excited for the potential setups we see in the first episode. It doesn’t spoil the story of the pilot but I will say at one point the Liv Aberdine character was holding the freakin Helmet of Fate in her hands. Constantine has a tremendous amount of potential. Hopefully, Goyer and his team will understand that a successful show based on a comic needs to bring in as much from the books as it can. With that being said, I want to see Swamp Thing and Deadman in this series at some point because they’d fit like a square peg in the square hole—perfectly.

Out of the three new DC shows, Constantine has the biggest challenge ahead because NBC has a different standard of what a successful show should do in ratings. While the show wouldn’t be out of place on the network, the broadcaster itself has had trouble with its identity in recent years and prematurely canceling good shows before they’ve had a chance to land an audience. Constantine could definitely bring together two audiences, those in and out of comics, if pushed right. With shows like Grimm already in their line up it would definitely be in good company. The big question is if Constantine can balance a show for the general television viewers while still keeping familiarity for the core audience.

Now that we’ve seen all three of the new pilots, it’s easy to see what DC is doing on TV that Marvel isn’t. DC isn’t putting their characters in second tier shows, they’re selling their characters into the genres different networks want on television.  A dangerous risk but, judging by how great and unique Flash, Gotham, and Constantine have been, one they appear to be pulling off well.

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18. DC won’t permit Superman logo on statue of murdered boy

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This may make you cry.

Jeffrey Baldwin is a Toronto child who died of starvation in 2002 after severe abuse at the hands of his grandparents. The grandparents were convicted child abusers but Jeffrey and several siblings were still handed into their care by a children’s “aid” organization. He and a sister were locked in a room and forced to live in their own filth. And worse. In happier days, the boy was a Superman fan who was even photographed wearing the classic uniform.

A Toronto man was so moved by this story—revealed in a long delayed inquest into the death earlier this year—that he comissioned a statue of Jeffrey wearing a Superman uniform.

However, when he asked for permission from DC to include the Superman logo, it was denied.

DC’s senior vice-president of business and legal affairs, Amy Genkins, told Boyce in an email that “for a variety of legal reasons, we are not able to accede to the request, nor many other incredibly worthy projects that come to our attention.”
DC did not immediately return a request for comment.

For Boyce, it was a huge blow, as he felt the Superman aspect was a crucial part of the bronze monument, which will include a bench. The coroner’s inquest heard from Jeffrey’s father that his son loved to dress up as Superman.

 

Okay I get it. Legal reasons. It’s still kind of sad.

“I’m sort of empathetic to (DC’s) point of view on this, but I feel very strongly that the image of Jeffrey is so powerful,” said Boyce. “It’s the image of a vulnerable boy dressed up as the most invulnerable character in the universe. So I just feel like there’s something lost if we change it.”

Boyce said he was empathetic to DC’s stance because he felt they did not want the Superman character associated with child abuse.


I get that too. But still sad. Superheroes are aspirational character who help get kids through trauma as larger than life figures with larger than life heroism.

Boyce is going to have the “S” on the statue changed to a “J” for Jeffrey.

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19. ONE AND DONE: Up, Up, and Away?

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Keeping up with comics is ridiculously expensive if you want to keep up with a number of titles that come out every month. Not everyone can do that–I definitely can’t. So welcome to One and Done, a weekly column where I go to a comics shop and try to find one good book that’s worth the exorbitant price. It’s not easy.

I really didn’t want to spend four dollars on a comic book this time. June has been an expensive month for me, and I didn’t have a lot of leeway this week. Which is a shame, because Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely’s Six-Gun Gorilla finally came out in trade paperback, and as someone who loved Spurrier’s work on X-Men: Legacy I would love to be reading and writing about that right now. But I could only spend four dollars at the shop, not twenty.

Instead, I bought Superman #32. I almost didn’t. Money’s tight, and I know how the vast majority of cape comics work: a dash of plot, a load of action, and a cliffhanger for dessert. Not to mention the fact that publishers are absolutely trigger happy with “events” and “crossovers,” which is pretty coercive and stupid but also has worked for literally ten straight years so of course they’re not going to stop.

Anyway, I should tell you why I bought Superman #32, instead of, say, Trees #2 (which is worth getting, Trees #1 might still be free when you read this. If it isn’t, let me know. I will tweet you a very entertaining plot summary) or Flash Gordon #3 (which I hear is Very Fun Comics). Some of you probably know why, because if you pay even the slightest attention to mainstream comics online, it’s painfully obvious why Superman #32 is A Big Deal. But bear with me for a paragraph or two while I address The Casuals.

On the Hype Scale, Superman #32 lies somewhere between “New J.K. Rowling Book (Non-Harry Potter Division)” and “Apple Releases New iPhone.” This is because Superman–despite bearing the name of and being about the oldest, most famous superhero in the whole world–has not been a very good book for about three years straight. And this week’s issue #32 marks the introduction of an Acclaimed New Creative Team, which makes it the Perfect Jumping On Point. The hope, then, is that this book will stop sucking.

But that’s a very general explanation for the hype. There’s an equally specific one, and its name is John Romita Jr.

Superman #32 is Romita’s first DC Comics work, after a legendary 30-year career of working almost exclusively for Marvel. That’s like Derek Jeter leaving the Yankees to play some games for the Red Sox, to use a sports analogy. He’s joined by writer Geoff Johns, who had an acclaimed tenure telling Superman stories in Action Comics a while back, and has spent much of the last decade remaking the DC Universe in his own image.

He’s a smaller part of the hype, but only because LOOK AT THE TALENT WE POACHED is a much better headline than GUY WHO DID GREAT STUFF HERE ONCE RETURNS TO HOPEFULLY DO GREAT STUFF AGAIN.

They’re joined by Klaus Janson, an inker who a good enough artist in his own right to get people excited about him drawing a book by himself, and Laura Martin, an award-winning colorist. So, the reasons to buy this book are stacked up right there in the credits.

So is it any good? No. Not if you paid four dollars for it.

That qualification is important, and should be adjusted based on how you feel about the reason we’re all here: John Romita Jr.’s art.

I, for one, really enjoy JRJR. He has a distinctive, blocky style that often feels refreshingly blue collar. Sure, his faces tend to all look similar and he can get really weird with anatomy–Superman’s head completely disappears in the fourth figure of that cover illustration up top–but there’s a lot to love about how he portrays things like physique. His Superman–and Clark Kent–is built like a truck, but not bulging with muscles made of marble. This Kal-El is less Greek god, more caped linebacker. It really helps to convey a sense of might, not just strength.

But man, the story on this thing. Let’s start with this. Here is the solicit (that’s comic speak for ad, I suppose) for Superman #32:

““THE MEN OF TOMORROW” chapter 1! A NEW ERA for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!”

There are two plot points mentioned in that solicit. They are the only two things that happen in the book. There is nothing I could spoil for you if I wanted to. There’s some stuff in there about Clark not having much of a personal life and Jimmy Olsen not knowing what to do with his fortune, but they literally don’t go anywhere, as they’re most likely B-story stuff to check in on throughout the run whenever we need a break from Superman punching giant robot gorillas.

Oh, and Superman also punches a giant robot gorilla, but there’s no reason for it other than giving JRJR something dope to draw. That’s something I take issue with. I mean, if you’ve got it, use it, but use it in a justified way. If you want to have a giant robot gorilla fight (and there’s nothing wrong with that, those are awesome), then make it amazing, make it happen for a reason, make the script earn the art it asks for. Don’t waste an artist’s talent or a reader’s time.

One of the things I don’t really understand about how comics are critiqued and received are the standards that we hold creator-owned books like Saga or Fatale or Mind Mgmt to, and the ones that we judge mainstream superhero comics by. Cape comics get a pass on a lot of things: bad dialogue, barely any plot, and a near-sociopathic insistence on buying multiple titles to get a “full story,” as if they still cost ten cents a pop.

You’re going to read a lot of reviews saying how great Superman #32 is. A lot of those reviews will likely be written by people who also adored books like The Wicked + The Divine #1, a book absolutely full of great ideas and hidden meanings and lots of potential energy. Superman #32 has none of these things. So why would we call it good?

Superman #32 is a bad comic book. But ‘The Men of Tomorrow,’ the larger story of which Superman #32 is the first part, could be absolutely fantastic whenever it’s done. Everyone working on it is top notch.

But there are ways to make a good comic book, to tell a good serialized story twenty-two pages at a time. The stands are full of good examples, and we read them every week.

This is not one of them.

As always, support your local comic shop if you can, patronize your local library if you have one, and say hi on Twitter if you like.

 

Be back in a week.

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20. DC announces 2 new Bat-books, ARKHAM MANOR and GOTHAM ACADEMY, by unlikely teams

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 The Batverse is getting two ongoing spinoff series, according to EW. And not a mention of the “New 52″ in the pr….In Arkham Manor, Wayne Manor gets turned into…a home for the insane. Whch could just be Batman and Robin, but you get the point. CReative team is writer Gerry Duggan and artist Shawn Crystal.

In Gotham Academy, it’s Gossip Girl meets Gotham with the adventures at Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school. The words “twisted teenybopping universe” were used. The writers are Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher and artist is Karl Kerschl.  

This is the most non-New 52 book announced since the New 52 started. Actually both covers look very non-New 52ish — could this be the influence of Batman temporary editor Mark Doyle? 

Both books hit in October. 

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21. David and Meredith Finch to take over Wonder Woman — UPDATED

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To be fair, this news has been out there for months and months, but USA TOday made it official: following the end of the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang run on Wonder Woman, the team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch are taking over the book starting with #36 in November. Mr Finch is of course well known for his Marvel/DC work, most of it with the slick, attractive female superheroes that we’re used to; Mrs Finch has written some books for Zenescope previously.

With their dark, often gruesome run, Azzarello and Chiang created a singular vision for the Azmazon princess, surely one of the definitive runs on the book. It’s a tough act to follow, let alone with a new writer whose every move will be scrutinized in the run up to the Wonder Woman movie with Gal Godot slated for 2017. Are these two Tumblr ready?

“I love the idea that it’s a woman writing a woman because we’re trying to appeal to more female readers now,” says David.

Adds Meredith: “it makes sense if you’re going to try to attract that female market that you appeal to them on every level — your writing demographic reflects the demographic of your readership.”


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“That’s one aspect of being a female writer I can bring to her. Women tend to react in a different way, and I can bring some of that reactionary (thinking), going from your heart sometimes more than from your head,” she says.


I wish these kids the best. Just remember: what would Clint Desmpsey do?

UPDATE: Oh NOW I SEE why social media has been up in arms ALREADY about this.

David: And for my part, I’m excited to be drawing Meredith’s story and to be drawing such an icon. That’s something — since I’ve been at DC, it’s been an incredible privilege to be able to draw characters like Batman, and to the limited degree I’ve had, to draw Superman, and now to get into Wonder Woman. I think she’s a beautiful, strong character. Really, from where I come from, and we’ve talked about this a lot, we want to make sure it’s a book that treats her as a human being first and foremost, but is also respectful of the fact that she represents something more. We want her to be a strong — I don’t want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.


Okay you know feminism is such a dirty word these days, you can see why you’d avoid making the caracter who was on the first issues of MS a feminist. But there’s also this:

Have the two of you collaborated on a creative project together, either in comics or outside of it?

David: No–

Meredith: He says no, but the fact of the matter is, yes! [Laughs] He did that “Wolverine” #900 that he co-plotted with C.B. Cebulski, and of course we talked about it, and I also talk through ideas with him, and we have conversations about how to do this or on that–

David: I think it’s been a bit of a — we actually came up with a creator-owned project years ago that one day it would be great to do if we actually found the time to do. When I did “Batman: The Dark Knight,” for the most part, I wanted to do something a little darker, and that’s not really where DC was coming from. I wanted it to be my own. I probably ignored advice that would have been helpful! [Laughter] I feel like I went from trying to take a lead role with a lot of that stuff to realizing, you know what, I’m an artist. I feel pretty comfortable doing that, and I’m really not a writer; it’s not my strong suit. I have a really hard time keeping plot details oriented in my head because I’m so visual. I’m happy to leave the writing to somebody that is a little smarter than I am!


I’m not going to dig into anyone’s couple dynamics but….I think this is an outtake from Best in Show.

Anyway, I think it’s VERY safe to say that the Finch team is merely a stopgap until a new creative steps in for the JL movie pre-launch and WW’s first appearance in Henry and Ben: where’s my cowl, dude?

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22. PREVIEW: Vertigo announces The Kitchen by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle

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Vertigo is NOT DEAD. Although a lot of people thought DC’s edgy imprint would go the way of the dodo in a more cost conscious environment, this is one of several interesting project I’ve been hearing about coming up. I’m told there will be even more before San Diego. This mini series hit in November and has covers by Doyle and Cloonan. Storywise, it’s American Hustle by way of Mob Wives, with 70s style taking over.

NYC. THE SEVENTIES. DISCO. PUNK. BLACKOUTS. SUMMER OF SAM. YANKEES FEVER. TIMES SQUARE.

This is the world of THE KITCHEN, a new 8 issue mini-series announced by Vertigo today.

Written by newcomer Ollie Masters with art by illustrator Ming Doyle, THE KITCHEN follows a group of four mob wives who get a taste for crime when their husbands are jailed.

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23. DC gets edgy with penis-themed advert

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They totally went there.

And why not? We’ve never really known Richard Grayson have we? What was a “Robin” anyway? Someone who ate worms for a power? And now he’s a super spy. With a very catchy slogan.

The new Grayson debuts next week from Tim Seeley and Mikael Janin.

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24. Bat-Man and Superman get all selfie-tastic


August is variant cover Selfie month at DC comics, and to get everyone in a good mood, DC released their first selfie-variant cover on Instagram. The art for Batman/Superman #14 is by Paulo Siqueira and this is either the end of decency across the universe or a smart move to liven up a 75 year old brand by getting down with current social media.

Previous variant cover subjects at DC have included Steampunk, Scribblenauts and Bombshells.

 

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25. DC’s New Royalty Program – Let’s Do The Math On Single Issue Sales

You probably heard that DC has revamped their royalties program, adding colorists to the payout mix and lumping digital in with print.  We should talk about what’s going on with the single issue sales and royalties.  Here’s the gist of it as DC put it in their media release:

We’ve also standardized sales thresholds for all periodicals.  There are no longer separate thresholds and percentages by channel (direct market vs. digital vs. newsstand).  We’ve also added a threshold for collected editions.  The new thresholds and percentages are designed to generously reward high sales performance. 

You can get Batman in pretty much every format.

You can get Batman in pretty much every format.

That was perfectly clear, right?  Yeah… DC has more than a little work they need to do explaining how all this works, especially to their own freelancers.  It was discovered yesterday that the threshold for royalties on a single issue was raised to 60K across all channels.  I gather that the direct market threshold for royalties used to be about 35K.  I haven’t heard what the newsstand threshold was or how subscriptions factored into this.  The reorganization does bring digital into the mix, however.  That’s significant, especially moving forward.

I think my favorite reaction to this changes, which nobody apparently saw coming was on Facebook.  One comics pro (though I think he spends a lot less of his time in comics, these days) thought this was a sign that people should get out of the business.

Let’s all take a deep breath and run through the math on this.  It’s probably not as drastic as it sounds at first blush.

Biggest take-away, from what DC has said, it looks to me like your digital single issue sales are now a form of backlist.  If they keep selling, you keep accruing sales on that issue and can eventually earn out or get a trickle of royalties like with a trade paperback.  It would be nice if DC would clarify their intentions, but that’s my reading of the situation.  Creators might learn to love those $1.99/$0.99 back issue sales.

But for now, lets focus on the immediate new issue sales.  We’re looking at Direct Market + Direct Market/UK + Newsstand + subscription + digital.

  • Direct Market, we have estimates on.  Pick your poison – Comichron or ICV2.
  • Direct Market/UK is roughly 10-15% of the U.S. Direct Market from the above estimates.
  • Digital is a bit of a black box.  I’ve heard anywhere from 10%-25% of print sales.  DC has said in the past that the digital sales tend to line up proportionally with their Direct Market sales, though this may or may not still be the case.

That’s what we can estimate with some degree of ballpark certainty.  For estimation purposes, let’s say both the DM/UK and digital editions are 15% of print.

If the DM estimate was 40K, you’d have 6K coming in from the UK sales, so 46K in total print and then 6900 digital copies (15% of total print) for a total of 52.9K units in net sales.  Which means you’d need to get another 7.1K from newsstand and subscriptions to hit the royalty threshold.  An issue with a DM estimate of 45K, using that UK + digital formula lands at 59.5K and needs a bit less than 500 issues from newsstand and subscriptions to pass the barrier.

So what kind of numbers do the newsstand and subscriptions do?  An excellent question for which I can only provide some general guidelines.

DC’s circulation audit for the second half of 2012 doesn’t break things down to Direct Market vs. newsstand, but it does list the number of subscription copies per month, and that ranges from a low of 55,381  to a high of 70,626.  That should be spread across 22 issues.  It is likely that it’s not an even distribution and quite possible the kids comics on the list, like Looney Tunes, are taking up a large chunk of those sales.  I’d put typical month at about 66K.

We do have a little more specificity with Marvel… but it’s dated.  Marvel _used_ to have breakouts for individual newsstand titles and subscriptions, back in ’09.  So we have some guidance for what DC’s numbers might look like.  With the newsstand figures, this is while Borders was still around, but I’m also under the impression DC might have wider newsstand distribution than Marvel did, so perhaps they’re not as far off.  Probably we should chop 30% to account for no more Borders.

In the second half of ’09, for the sample month,  the subscription range was

1. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man 30,652
2. Amazing Spider-Man 9,090 (27,270 copies/3 issues)
3. New Avengers 8,570
4. Ultimate Spider-Man 6,919
5. Uncanny X-Men 6,739
6. Marvel Adventures The Avengers 6,345
7. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four 6,129
8. X-Men Legacy 5,512
9. Hulk 5,493
10. Astonishing X-Men 4,876
11. Captain America 4,266
12. Fantastic Four 4,181
13. Amazing Spider-Girl 4,115
14. Thor 3,876
Iron Man: Director of SHIELD 3,769

and the newsstand range was

1. Hulk Chronicles: World War Hulk

8,098
2. Secret Invasion “Yu Variant” 6,895
3. Iron Man: Golden Avenger 5,208
4. Amazing Spider-Man 4,104 (12,313 copies / 3 issues)
5. Marvel Adventures Two-In-One 4,098
6. X-Men: Legacy 3,856
7. Marvel Two-In-One 3,741
8. Uncanny X-Men 3,597
9. Skaar: Son of Hulk Presents – Savage World Of Sakaar 3,538
10. Ultimate Spider-Man 3,272
11. Nova 2,897
12. Captain America 2,808
13. Wolverine: Origins 2,748
14. Venom: Dark Origin 2,620
15. Invincible Iron Man 2,617

And if we go back to the audit for the first half of 2008

Top 10 Subscription Comics for Marvel in May (March) 2008

  1. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man: 31,479
  2. Amazing Spider-Man: 11,936 (average/3 issues)
  3. Ultimate Spider-Man: 7,875
  4. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four 6,761
  5. New Avengers: 6,739
  6. X-Men: Legacy 6,561
  7. Uncanny X-Men 6,358
  8. Marvel Adventures Avengers 5,332
  9. Wolverine 5,183
  10. Hulk 4,834

Top 10 Newsstand Comics for Marvel in May (March) 2008

  • Civil War Chronicles: 7,824
  • X-Men:Legacy: 5,094
  • Franklin Richards: Spring Break 4,987
  • Marvel Adventures Two-In-One: 4,819
  • Uncanny X-Men: 4,683
  • Marvel Two-In-One: 4,630
  • Amazing Spider-Man: 4,621 (average/ 3 issues)
  • Nova: 3,937
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four: 3,922
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: 3,848

What can we learn for this?  First off, subscriptions and newsstand sales are their own beast and don’t have all that much to do with Direct Market sales.  Kids titles do better.  Nova was a top 10 title!  And that’s pre-Annihilation.  In the sample month for ’08, the low end of subscriptions (and not every title had one) was 556 and the low end of newsstand sales was 845.

So what am thinking about the potential for newsstand sales and subscriptions?  They’re probably about even and and depending on the title in question, you’re probably looking at maybe 1K-4K for each.  So with the way this cascades, I’d expect a comic with 45K  in the DM estimates to cross the royalty threshold and a comic with 40K in the DM estimates MIGHT have a chance, if it has the right popularity outside the DM.  I could be a little high or low with the newsstand and subscription data, but that should get you into the ballpark.  Please note, this is not to say a book in the 40K-45K estimate range is going to be earning a large amount of royalties.  Royalties _start_ at the aggregated 60K.

This could also effect the cashflow a little.  I’m not entirely sure how long it takes for the newsstand numbers to get integrated.  They’re probably a little more important to the big picture than they were last month, if you need those to cross into royalties, there could be a delay.

What’s actually on the newsstand these days?  I swung by the now Marvel-less Books A Million and saw:

  • Batgirl
  • Detective Comics
  • Batman and… (Robin, assuming he comes back to life)
  • Batman
  • Beware the Batman
  • Batman Superman
  • Justice League
  • Flash
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Green Lantern New Guardians
  • Green Lantern
  • Looney Tunes
  • Justice League United
  • Nightwing
  • Scooby Doo
  • Scooby Doo Team-Up
  • Supergirl
  • Superman
  • Action Comics
  • Teen Titans Go
  • Teen Titans

And the I strolled over to Barnes & Noble to find:

  • Batman and…
  • Nightwing
  • Batgirl
  • Green Arrow
  • Green Lantern
  • Superman Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Catwoman
  • Justice League of America
  • Justice League
  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Detective Comics
  • Aquaman
  • Aquaman and the Others

Quite a bit of variation between the two newsstands and perhaps there’s a bit more that was there that sold out, but I wouldn’t think there was space for more than an extra 3 titles at either place.  If newsstand is now part of the royalty minimum and the book isn’t on the newsstand or all the newsstand outlets, I’m not sure what to tell you.  I did notice that aside from the children’s targeted comics like Looney Toons, all the DC newsstand titles are now $3.99.

Incidentally, if you like numbers and comics business material, I’m writing a new book on that topic.

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