Misfits – (Free) TV You Should Be Watching Online

By Todd Allen

Ever heard of a UK import called “Misfits?”

I’ve heard it described as “Heroes, but better.”  Actually, I’d say closer to a mash-up of Heroes, Smallville and the Nathan Barley/Snuffbox school of very dark British humor.  And yes, it is better than Heroes.  Especially Heroes after the first season.

The premise starts with the “mysterious empowering event.”  In this case, there’s a storm and some hail (evoking a Smallville meteor shower in my mind).  Our heroes, also like Smallville, are young adults.  Unlike Smallville, they’re juvenile delinquents on their community service detail.  Oh, yes — this show is a bit twisted.

These aren’t particularly flashy powers.  You have a receiving telepath (she only seems to hear the thoughts of others, but doesn’t speak to them), a time traveler whose power is seemingly triggered by guilt and not under tight control; a young lady whose touch causes people to want to have sex, aggressive sex, with her NOW (I mentioned it was a little twisted, right?); a fellow who can turn invisible; and a fellow who figures he _must_ have a power, but can’t figure out what it is.

Misfits is currently available on Hulu.  They’re just starting to show the third season, which has already been broadcast in the UK.

Watching the first season, I found each episode very good, but thematically all over the map.  You start out with an origin episode that’s relatively straight forward.  You move on to an episode that’s a full on sex farce (yes, there’s a reason Hulu wants you to verify your age – this is an R-rated episode, complete with nudity).  Moving on, you have probably the best time travel with consequences sequence I’ve ever seen as the guilt-ridden time traveler accidentally throws himself into a time loop he can’t seem to maneuver his way out of.  Every time he goes back in time, things _do_ change.  It’s a serious episode about regret that triggers hilarity in its aftermath.  You don’t really see what a comics fan would likely consider a proper super villain until the final episode of the first season.

What’s going on?  Young adults (I was never clear on whether these characters were over or under 18) trying to get a grip on their already screwed up lives.  A fair amount of sexual tension, some of it with ill motives.  Young adults trying to get a grip on having powers.  Trying to deal with/cover up the fallout from the incident just after their powers manifested.

Misfits walks a tightrope between melodrama and moments of humor that’s very, very wrong.  It manages to go places you just don’t expect it to go to.   For all the darkness of its comedy, Misfits does have a warm heart and even manages an angry youth, non-conformist take on the Prisoner’s “I am not a number, I am a free man” individuality credo in the final episode.

This is a show I don’t like to say too much about in advance, save a warning on how scatological it can be, as the ride’s better if you’re not quite sure what’s ahead.

For your convenience (though, I think this will probably only work in the US), the first episode is embedded below.

Enjoy.

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: November 2011

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

Three months into the wholesale makeover of DC’s line of superhero comic books, the direct-market numbers suggest three main things: One, the “New 52″ relaunch was extremely successful at mobilizing comics specialty retailers; two, this success doesn’t seem to be affecting, for good or ill, any other comics beyond the initial 52 titles; and three, the number of new comics readers the “New 52″ has brought into comics stores seems negligible, overall.

Retailers continued to adjust their orders for the “New 52″ titles in November, and this time, the downward correction was more noticeable. On average, sales of new DC comic books dropped by nearly 10,000 units or 19.2% in November, versus 10.4% in October. The average drop on the third issues of the 52 new superhero titles was 18.8%, versus 5.2% for the second issues. Animal Man (-8.0%) and Detective Comics (-9.7%) were the “New 52″ books with the smallest drops in November, while Blackhawks (-29.5%), Mister Terrific (-29.7%), Blue Beetle (-29.9%) and Captain Atom (-30.0%) were at the tail end of the spectrum.

In contrast to October, when all but one of the “New 52″ debut issues made the chart again with significant re-orders, only two of the #3 issues — namely Batman and Aquaman — charted again in November. On balance, the drop-off on those titles is still better than average. The fact that the larger drop came in November and the lack of more #2 re-orders both suggest that customer interest in the “New 52″ peaked early, however.

Over at The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon, who as usual seems barely able to conceal his excitement when it comes to talking about sales figures, suggests that the direct market seems to be be reverting to pre-“New 52″ patterns in November. The average and total sales figures back him up.

Among the 105 months since March 2003 that we have sales information on, DC’s November 2011 comic-book output ranks at No. 6 for average unit sales (41,414), at No. 13 for average DC Universe unit sales (46,670), at No. 4 each for total unit sales (3.2 million) and total DC Universe unit sales (3.0 million).

That’s an excellent showing in the context of the direct market of the last 10 years, particularly since the pre-“New 52″ months of 2011 and 2010, with few exceptions, don’t register in the Top 50 of those particular statistics. It’s well worth noting that, with the “New 52,” DC managed to mobilize the direct market in a way that hasn’t happened for them in five years.

Total dollar sales for new DC comic books further support the notion: The five top spots go to October 2011 (11.9 million), September 2011 (10.9 million), May 2006 (10.2 million), November 2011 (9.8 million) and October 2007 (9.3 million). So DC got retailers to buy a hell of a lot of merchandise in terms of cover price. (There are all kinds of extra discounts and returnability schemes involved in the “New 52,” though, so it’s not directly comparable with earlier numbers, strictly speaking. Also, these statistics don’t include units shipped after the first calendar month; otherwise, the huge number of “New 52″ re-orders that appeared on the chart in October would further bolster the September figure.)

One of the two notable things the “New 52″ hasn’t done, though, is to flush new audiences into the direct market — or if it has, it hasn’t been in the kind of quantity required to grow noticeably beyond the pre-existing comics audience. DC gave it their best shot, but the ceiling of the market, in terms of units, is still broadly the same as it was five years ago, when the big DC Comics publishing events of the year were called 52 and “One Year Later.” Given the unprecedented promotional push, large-scale returnability incentives and lip service paid to the idea of attracting new readers this time around, this failure to expand beyond the existing direct-market readership is well worth mentioning.

The other thing the “New 52″ push lacks, to date, is the kind of sustainability needed to extend beyond the initial 52 relaunch titles. Through November, within two months of the big “New 52″ launch month September, DC has launched a number of additional miniseries, most of them in its main DC Universe imprint, but with no measurable effect from the extra traffic in comics stores purportedly generated by the “New 52.”

For everything on the “New 52″ not pertaining to sales figures, finally, I may direct you to Comiks Debris, where, for my sins, I review every last one of the debut books and identify some prominent trends and issues among the bunch: “New 52 Redux: The Good, the Bad and the Kinky.”

As usual, please consider the small 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.

And, once again, two procedural notes on the “New 52.”

One: The fact that 41 of the “New 52″ titles below are listed with higher numbers than over at ICv2.com is not an error. It’s because Diamond only reported 90% of their sales on the chart, to compensate for the fact that they were made returnable by DC if retailers met a specific sales quota. Since Diamond’s way of accounting for the incentive seems fairly arbitrary, I’ve re-added the missing 10% for those books to get a more accurate picture. Just keep in mind that those numbers probably wouldn’t have been as high if retailers weren’t required to meet a certain threshold to qualify for returnability. It’s just one more gimmick that publishers use. (As another result of this, don’t be surprised if the chart positions are all over the place, by the way.)

Two: Of the 11 remaining “New 52″ books, Batman, Justice League, Action Comics, Green Lantern and Flash were promoted with a 1:25 variant-cover edition and a 1:200 variant-cover edition each. The special discount, which also required retailers to meet a certain quota, applies to Batwoman, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, Teen Titans and Wonder Woman, meanwhile. I’ll just mention those here, so keep in mind that these promotional initiatives are likely to have affected the numbers of those books. Whether it affected them more than the thresholds for returnability affected the other 41 titles or less so, we have no way of knowing.

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1 - JUSTICE LEAGUE
11/2006: Justice League #3   -- 140,939 [143,310]
11/2007: --
11/2008: --
11/2009: Justice League #39  --  89,376 (+46.5%)
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11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887 (- 14.7%)
12/2010: JL of America #52   --  48,501 (-  4.7%)
01/2011: JL of America #53   --  47,093 (-  2.9%)
02/2011: JL of America #54   --  46,269 (-  1.8%)
03/2011: JL of America #55   --  50,533 (+  9.2%)
04/2011: JL of America #56   --  47,179 (-  6.6%)
05/2011: JL of America #57   --  46,729 (-  1.0%)
06/2011: JL of America #58   --  45,442 (-  2.8%)
07/2011: JL of America #59   --  43,545 (-  4.2%)
08/2011: JL of America #60   --  42,587 (-  2.2%)
08/2011: Justice League #1   -- 185,776 (+336.2%) [255,556]
09/2011: --
10/2011: Justice League #2   -- 196,569 (+  5.8%)
11/2011: Justice League #3   -- 168,679 (- 14.2%)
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6 months: +261.0%
1 year  : +231.5%
2 years : + 88.7%
5 years : + 19.7%

That’s still a pretty mild drop by any standard. Compare it with the Brad Meltzer/Ed Benes relaunch from 2006, for instance: Back then, Justice League of America started out with much higher sales in its first calendar month, but proceeded to drop off much more sharply than it does this time around.

The numbers for issue #3 include 9,979 units of the “Combo Pack” edition, which charted at No. 180 in November.

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2 - BATMAN
11/2006: Batman #658 --  94,349
11/2006: Batman #659 --  90,651
11/2007: Batman #671 --  76,764 [ 80,440]
11/2008: Batman #681 -- 103,151 [114,657]
11/2009: Batman #693 --  68,983
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11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212 (- 15.4%)
12/2010: Batman #705 --  63,262 (-  3.0%)
01/2011: Batman #706 --  60,231 (-  4.8%)
02/2011: Batman #707 --  58,803 (-  2.4%)
03/2011: Batman #708 --  58,594 (-  0.4%)
04/2011: Batman #709 --  56,578 (-  3.4%)
05/2011: Batman #710 --  55,086 (-  2.6%)
06/2011: Batman #711 --  53,113 (-  3.6%)
07/2011: Batman #712 --  51,385 (-  3.3%)
08/2011: Batman #713 --  51,760 (+  0.7%)
09/2011: Batman #1   -- 188,420 (+264.0%) [211,520]
10/2011: Batman #2   -- 172,428 (-  8.5%) [177,721]
11/2011: Batman #3   -- 150,984 (- 12.4%)
-----------------
6 months: +174.1%
1 year  : +131.5%
2 years : +118.9%
5 years : + 63.2%

Batman sales remain way ahead of any pre-“New 52″ month since the final issue of the Loeb/Lee run in September 2003.

The October issue was one of the two “New 52″ #2 issues to chart again, ranking at No. 272 with estimated sales of 5,293.

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3 - ACTION COMICS
11/2006: Action Comics #845 --  66,742 [71,135]
11/2007: Action Comics #859 --  54,572
11/2008: Action Comics #871 --  58,547
11/2009: Action Comics #883 --  33,386
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11/2010: Action Comics #895 --  33,089 (- 21.8%)
12/2010: Action Comics #896 --  32,357 (-  2.2%)
01/2011: Action Comics #897 --  32,134 (-  0.7%)
02/2011: Action Comics #898 --  31,935 (-  0.6%)
03/2011: Action Comics #899 --  31,808 (-  0.4%)
04/2011: Action Comics #900 --  60,152 (+ 89.1%) [ 73,004]
05/2011: Action Comics #901 --  44,143 (- 26.6%)
06/2011: Action Comics #902 --  41,960 (-  5.0%)
07/2011: Action Comics #903 --  40,205 (-  4.2%)
08/2011: Action Comics #904 --  39,323 (-  2.2%)
09/2011: Action Comics #1   -- 182,748 (+364.7%) [200,947]
10/2011: Action Comics #2   -- 153,855 (- 15.8%)
11/2011: Action Comics #3   -- 134,875 (- 12.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +205.5%
1 year  : +307.6%
2 years : +304.0%
5 years : +102.1%

Grant Morrison’s Superman revamp is cooling off rather more quickly than DC’s other four remaining 100K+ titles. It’s already lost almost 50,000 units in first-month sales since issue #1.

—–

4 - GREEN LANTERN
11/2006: Green Lantern #14  --  72,894
11/2006: Green Lantern #15  --  70,148
11/2007: --
11/2008: --
11/2009: Green Lantern #48  -- 100,371
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11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173 (- 6.7%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #60  --  76,360 (+ 0.3%)
12/2010: Green Lantern #61  --  72,203 (- 5.4%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Green Lantern #62  --  71,517 (- 1.0%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #63  --  75,632 (+ 5.8%)
03/2011: Green Lantern #64  --  76,898 (+ 1.7%)
04/2011: Green Lantern #65  --  75,780 (- 1.5%)
05/2011: Green Lantern #66  --  75,371 (- 0.5%)
06/2011: --
07/2011: Green Lantern #67  --  74,521 (- 1.1%)
08/2011: --
09/2011: Green Lantern #1   -- 141,682 (+90.1%) [169,159]
10/2011: Green Lantern #2   -- 142,344 (+ 0.5%)
11/2011: Green Lantern #3   -- 122,644 (-13.8%)
-----------------
6 months: + 62.7%
1 year  : + 61.0%
2 years : + 22.2%
5 years : + 71.5%

Considering that the Green Lantern franchise was doing perfectly well before the relaunch, Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke’s flagship title remains comfortably ahead of the previous incarnation.

—–

8 - DETECTIVE COMICS
11/2006: Detective Comics #825 --  58,940
11/2007: Detective Comics #838 --  60,267 [65,293]
11/2008: Detective Comics #850 --  64,196
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392
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11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941 (+  3.6%)
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 --  37,961 (+  2.8%) [ 39,758]
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 --  38,417 (+  1.2%)
02/2011: Detective Comics #874 --  39,106 (+  1.8%)
03/2011: Detective Comics #875 --  40,047 (+  2.4%)
04/2011: Detective Comics #876 --  40,133 (+  0.2%)
05/2011: Detective Comics #877 --  39,609 (-  1.3%)
06/2011: Detective Comics #878 --  39,152 (-  1.2%)
07/2011: Detective Comics #879 --  39,185 (+  0.1%)
07/2011: Detective Comics #880 --  38,585 (-  1.5%)
08/2011: Detective Comics #881 --  39,729 (+  3.0%)
09/2011: Detective Comics #1   -- 114,880 (+189.2%) [150,403]
10/2011: Detective Comics #2   -- 123,099 (+  7.2%)
11/2011: Detective Comics #3   -- 111,197 (-  9.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +180.7%
1 year  : +201.0%
2 years : +104.4%
5 years : + 88.7%

I guess Detective Comics is one of the breakout hits of the “New 52″ titles. The book has one of only two third-issue drops below the 10% mark, and the first issue sold yet another 9,368 units in November.

Don’t ask me why, though.

—–

9 - THE FLASH
11/2006: Flash: FMA #6   --  56,789
11/2007: Flash #234      --  46,435
11/2008: Flash #246      --  27,746
11/2009: Rebirth #5 of 6 --  73,875
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11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673 (-  7.1%)
12/2010: Flash #7        --  56,304 (-  2.4%)
12/2010: Flash #8        --  53,975 (-  4.1%)
01/2011: --
02/2011: Flash #9        --  55,980 (+  3.7%)
03/2011: --
04/2011: Flash #10       --  54,953 (-  1.8%)
04/2011: Flash #11       --  54,633 (-  0.6%)
05/2011: Flash #12       --  54,914 (+  0.5%)
06/2011: --
07/2011: --
08/2011: --
09/2011: Flash #1        -- 129,260 (+135.4%) [147,818]
10/2011: Flash #2        -- 114,137 (- 11.7%)
11/2011: Flash #3        --  90,417 (- 20.8%)
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6 months: + 64.7%
1 year  : + 56.8%
2 years : + 22.4%
5 years : + 59.2%

That’s a steep drop-off, overall.

It’s still the best Flash sales since the debut issue of the 2010 relaunch written by Geoff Johns, though.

—–

12 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
12/2010: Dark Knight #1  --  89,985           [ 92,791]
01/2011: --
02/2011: --
03/2011: Dark Knight #2  --  71,108 (- 21.0%)
04/2011: --
05/2011: --
06/2011: --
07/2011: Dark Knight #3  --  62,792 (- 11.7%)
07/2011: Dark Knight #4  --  57,333 (-  8.7%)
08/2011: Dark Knight #5  --  52,908 (-  7.7%)
09/2011: Dark Knight #1  -- 109,321 (+106.6%) [128,689]
10/2011: Dark Knight #2  -- 100,494 (-  8.1%)
11/2011: Dark Knight #3  --  87,133 (- 13.3%)
-----------------
6 months:  n.a.

The numbers are still ahead of the book’s last run by about 35,000 units.

—–

13 - SUPERMAN
11/2006: Superman #657 --  62,327
11/2007: Superman #670 --  48,407
11/2008: Superman #682 --  55,435
11/2009: Superman #694 --  34,430
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11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261 (-  1.0%)
12/2010: Superman #706 --  43,027 (-  7.0%)
01/2011: Superman #707 --  41,843 (-  2.8%)
02/2011: Superman #708 --  40,639 (-  2.9%)
03/2011: Superman #709 --  39,846 (-  2.0%)
04/2011: Superman #710 --  39,644 (-  0.5%)
05/2011: Superman #711 --  38,471 (-  3.0%)
06/2011: Superman #712 --  37,362 (-  2.9%)
07/2011: Superman #713 --  36,646 (-  1.9%)
08/2011: Superman #714 --  35,919 (-  2.0%)
09/2011: Superman #1   -- 131,529 (+266.2%) [150,128]
10/2011: Superman #2   -- 104,703 (- 20.4%)
11/2011: Superman #3   --  86,386 (- 17.5%)
-----------------
6 months: +124.6%
1 year  : + 86.7%
2 years : +150.9%
5 years : + 38.6%

Similar to Action Comics, we’re seeing another very stiff drop-off for Superman. Which suggests it may be a brand issue.

—–

14 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
11/2009: Batman and Robin #6  --  95,690
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11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343 (+ 0.2%)
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600 (-12.1%)
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 --  68,814 (- 2.5%)
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 --  61,785 (-10.2%)
02/2011: Batman and Robin #20 --  60,642 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: Batman and Robin #21 --  59,818 (- 1.4%)
04/2011: Batman and Robin #22 --  59,076 (- 1.2%)
05/2011: Batman and Robin #23 --  57,525 (- 2.6%)
06/2011: Batman and Robin #24 --  54,984 (- 4.4%)
07/2011: Batman and Robin #25 --  55,172 (+ 0.3%)
08/2011: Batman and Robin #26 --  52,704 (- 4.5%)
09/2011: Batman and Robin #1  --  94,713 (+79.7%) [116,053]
10/2011: Batman and Robin #2  --  98,807 (+ 4.3%)
11/2011: Batman and Robin #3  --  86,309 (-12.7%)
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6 months: +50.0%
1 year  : + 7.4%
2 years : - 9.8%

The final core Batman title on the chart, coming in less than 1,000 units below Batman: The Dark Knight.

—–

18 - BATGIRL
11/2008: Batgirl #5 of 6 -- 21,595
11/2009: Batgirl #4      -- 34,697
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11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827 (-  3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16     -- 25,225 (-  2.3%)
01/2011: Batgirl #17     -- 25,189 (-  0.1%)
02/2011: Batgirl #18     -- 24,390 (-  3.2%)
03/2011: Batgirl #19     -- 24,821 (+  1.8%)
04/2011: Batgirl #20     -- 24,310 (-  2.1%)
05/2011: Batgirl #21     -- 24,043 (-  1.1%)
06/2011: Batgirl #22     -- 23,323 (-  3.0%)
07/2011: Batgirl #23     -- 22,619 (-  3.0%)
08/2011: Batgirl #24     -- 22,695 (+  0.3%)
09/2011: Batgirl #1      -- 90,543 (+299.0%) [107,055]
10/2011: Batgirl #2      -- 83,586 (-  7.7%)
11/2011: Batgirl #3      -- 69,971 (- 16.3%)
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6 months: +191.0%
1 year  : +170.9%
2 years : +101.7%

Batgirl remains the best-selling DC solo title starring a female character.

—–

19 - AQUAMAN
09/2011: Aquaman #1  -- 80,302          [108,545]
10/2011: Aquaman #2  -- 79,156 (- 1.4%) [ 83,626]
11/2011: Aquaman #3  -- 69,137 (-12.7%)

The second and final “New 52″ #2 issue that made the chart again in November was Aquaman #2, which ranked at No. 293 with estimated sales of 4,470. The drop-off is very smooth here, as well, so this looks like another breakout title.

—–

17 - WONDER WOMAN
11/2006: Wonder Woman #3   --  76,998
11/2007: Wonder Woman #14  --  53,090
11/2008: Wonder Woman #26  --  33,277
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265
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11/2010: --
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 --  35,495 (-  5.1%)
01/2011: Wonder Woman #606 --  33,601 (-  5.3%)
02/2011: Wonder Woman #607 --  33,053 (-  1.6%)
03/2011: Wonder Woman #608 --  32,540 (-  1.6%)
03/2011: Wonder Woman #609 --  31,421 (-  3.4%)
04/2011: Wonder Woman #610 --  31,002 (-  1.3%)
05/2011: --
06/2011: Wonder Woman #611 --  30,874 (-  0.4%)
06/2011: Wonder Woman #612 --  30,690 (-  0.6%)
07/2011: Wonder Woman #613 --  29,720 (-  3.2%)
08/2011: Wonder Woman #614 --  29,223 (-  1.7%)
09/2011: Wonder Woman #1   --  76,214 (+160.8%) [95,902]
10/2011: Wonder Woman #2   --  79,060 (+  3.7%)
11/2011: Wonder Woman #3   --  65,621 (- 17.0%)
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6 months:  n.a.
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : +149.8%
5 years : - 14.8%

That’s not a gigantic drop, but then again, Wonder Woman hasn’t set the charts on fire to begin with. 65K is still a good number in the context of the last few years, mind you, but as the long-term comparison shows, it falls more than 10,000 units short of the last Wonder Woman #3, released in November 2006.

—–

24 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
11/2006: Green Lantern Corps #6  -- 41,089
11/2007: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 55,838 [59,049]
11/2008: Green Lantern Corps #30 -- 43,600
11/2009: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 80,391
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11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448 (- 5.5%)
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 -- 54,387 (- 5.3%)
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #56 -- 53,646 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Green Lantern Corps #57 -- 52,770 (- 1.6%)
03/2011: Green Lantern Corps #58 -- 60,100 (+13.9%)
04/2011: Green Lantern Corps #59 -- 60,162 (+ 0.1%)
05/2011: Green Lantern Corps #60 -- 60,964 (+ 1.3%)
06/2011: --
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #61 -- 60,836 (- 0.2%)
07/2011: Green Lantern Corps #62 -- 57,928 (- 4.8%)
08/2011: Green Lantern Corps #63 -- 53,372 (- 7.9%)
09/2011: Green Lantern Corps #1  -- 83,077 (+55.7%) [94,800]
10/2011: Green Lantern Corps #2  -- 78,501 (- 5.5%)
11/2011: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 65,393 (-16.7%)
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6 months: + 7.3%
1 year  : +13.8%
2 years : -18.7%
5 years : +59.2%

The best-selling Green Lantern spin-off on the November chart sees a stiff third-issue drop, but remains slightly ahead of its previous run.

—–

28 - NIGHTWING
11/2006: Nightwing #126 -- 36,145
11/2007: Nightwing #138 -- 46,757 [52,282]
11/2008: Nightwing #150 -- 50,993
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09/2011: Nightwing #1   -- 69,686         [87,561]
10/2011: Nightwing #2   -- 73,054 ( +4.8%)
11/2011: Nightwing #3   -- 64,098 (-12.3%)
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5 years : + 77.3%

That’s not much of a drop-off, overall. Nightwing keeps doing well.

—–

20 - BATWOMAN
11/2010: Batwoman #0  --  43,891
--------------------------------
09/2011: Batwoman #1  --  72,228 (+64.6%) [87,952]
10/2011: Batwoman #2  --  74,392 (+ 3.0%)
11/2011: Batwoman #3  --  61,997 (-16.7%)
----------------
1 year  : +41.3%

Sales remain ahead of the character’s Detective Comics run by about 15K.

—–

32 - RED LANTERNS
09/2011: Red Lanterns #1  -- 73,940          [89,170]
10/2011: Red Lanterns #2  -- 74,163 (+ 0.3%)
11/2011: Red Lanterns #3  -- 60,823 (-18.0%)

Not a bad sales level for the second Green Lantern spin-off.

—–

21 - TEEN TITANS
11/2006: Teen Titans #40  -- 64,176
11/2006: Teen Titans #41  -- 61,714
11/2007: Teen Titans #53  -- 54,387
11/2008: Teen Titans #65  -- 37,880
11/2009: Teen Titans #77  -- 46,239
-----------------------------------
11/2010: Teen Titans #89  -- 26,444 (-  4.3%)
12/2010: Teen Titans #90  -- 25,997 (-  1.7%)
01/2011: Teen Titans #91  -- 25,443 (-  2.1%)
02/2011: Teen Titans #92  -- 26,170 (+  2.9%)
03/2011: Teen Titans #93  -- 24,957 (-  4.6%)
04/2011: Teen Titans #94  -- 25,187 (+  0.9%)
05/2011: Teen Titans #95  -- 24,738 (-  1.8%)
06/2011: Teen Titans #96  -- 23,849 (-  3.6%)
07/2011: Teen Titans #97  -- 23,138 (-  3.0%)
07/2011: Teen Titans #98  -- 23,095 (-  0.2%)
08/2011: Teen Titans #99  -- 23,756 (+  2.9%)
08/2011: Teen Titans #100 -- 27,459 (+ 15.6%)
09/2011: Teen Titans #1   -- 73,675 (+168.3%) [89,056]
10/2011: Teen Titans #2   -- 72,107 (-  2.1%)
11/2011: Teen Titans #3   -- 60,758 (- 15.7%)
-----------------
6 months: +145.6%
1 year  : +129.8%
2 years : + 31.4%
5 years : -  3.5%

Still much improved versus the previous series, obviously.

—–

23 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319 (- 8.3%)
12/2010: Emerald Warriors #5  -- 44,077 (- 4.8%)
01/2011: Emerald Warriors #6  -- 43,471 (- 1.4%)
02/2011: Emerald Warriors #7  -- 44,828 (+ 3.1%)
03/2011: Emerald Warriors #8  -- 51,322 (+14.5%) [54,110]
04/2011: Emerald Warriors #9  -- 51,784 (+ 0.5%)
05/2011: Emerald Warriors #10 -- 52,971 (+ 2.3%)
06/2011: Emerald Warriors #11 -- 53,927 (+ 1.8%)
07/2011: Emerald Warriors #12 -- 48,087 (-10.8%)
08/2011: Emerald Warriors #13 -- 44,228 (- 8.0%)
09/2011: New Guardians #1     -- 84,033 (+90.0%) [96,596]
10/2011: New Guardians #2     -- 71,713 (-14.7%)
11/2011: New Guardians #3     -- 59,774 (-16.7%)
----------------
6 months: +12.8%
1 year  : +29.1%

That’s almost 25K gone since issue #1, in first-month sales. That aside, though, we’ve got three Green Lantern spin-off books selling at 60K or better, so I doubt DC will complain much.

—–

40 - JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL
09/2011: Justice League International #1  -- 67,866          [78,869]
10/2011: Justice League International #2  -- 66,100 (- 2.6%)
11/2011: Justice League International #3  -- 54,413 (-17.7%)

Smooth drop-off, overall, for one of the more traditional “New 52″ titles.

—–

36 - SWAMP THING
09/2011: Swamp Thing #1  -- 54,757          [73,683]
10/2011: Swamp Thing #2  -- 58,634 (+ 7.1%)
11/2011: Swamp Thing #3  -- 52,300 (-10.8%)

That’s less than 3,000 units down from issue #1, as far as the first-month figures are concerned, plus an additional 4,941 units in re-orders for Swamp Thing #1 that made the chart again in November 2011 at No. 4,941. The people heart the Swamp Thing.

—–

41 - CATWOMAN
11/2006: Catwoman #61 -- 23,182
11/2007: Catwoman #73 -- 18,815
-------------------------------
09/2011: Catwoman #1  -- 59,633          [75,566]
10/2011: Catwoman #2  -- 63,573 (+ 6.6%)
11/2011: Catwoman #3  -- 52,196 (-17.9%)
-----------------
5 years : +125.2%

Another book that’s been doing very well since the relaunch. Catwoman lost about 7K since issue #1, which is a great performance by any standard.

This is where DC’s traditionally remarkable instincts when it comes to the direct-market audience’s tremendous appreciation of the goofy, kinky, rubbery kind of sex are paying dividends.

—–

42 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
09/2011: Justice League Dark #1   -- 69,840          [81,955]
10/2011: Justice League Dark #2   -- 63,392 (- 9.2%)
11/2011: Justice League Dark #3   -- 51,674 (-18.5%)

Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin’s weirdo Justice League shows one of the steeper overall drops.

—–

43 - SUPERGIRL
11/2006: Supergirl #11 --  62,544
11/2007: Supergirl #23 --  45,460
11/2008: Supergirl #35 --  45,518
11/2009: Supergirl #47 --  29,159
---------------------------------
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412 (+  6.6%)
12/2010: Supergirl #59 --  22,606 (- 11.0%)
01/2011: Supergirl #60 --  22,568 (-  0.2%)
02/2011: Supergirl #61 --  22,048 (-  2.3%)
03/2011: Supergirl #62 --  21,786 (-  1.2%)
04/2011: Supergirl #63 --  21,598 (-  0.9%)
05/2011: Supergirl #64 --  21,411 (-  0.9%)
06/2011: Supergirl #65 --  20,985 (-  2.0%)
07/2011: Supergirl #66 --  20,001 (-  4.7%)
08/2011: Supergirl #67 --  19,764 (-  1.2%)
09/2011: Supergirl #1  --  60,058 (+203.9%) [74,218]
10/2011: Supergirl #2  --  61,388 (+  2.2%)
11/2011: Supergirl #3  --  50,784 (- 17.3%)
-----------------
6 months: +137.2%
1 year  : + 99.8%
2 years : + 74.2%
5 years : - 18.8%

Still more than twice the sales of the previous run.

—–

44 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS
09/2011: Red Hood #1  -- 56,112          [70,244]
10/2011: Red Hood #2  -- 59,382 (+ 5.8%)
11/2011: Red Hood #3  -- 50,140 (-15.6%)

The final book above the 50K mark; an overall drop-off of not even 6,000 units speaks for itself, I think. This was a niche waiting to be filled ever since J. Scott Campbell left Gen13. All the Bloodhound Gang aficionados in the comic-book market are eating this up.

—–

45 - ANIMAL MAN
09/2011: Animal Man #1     -- 46,051          [65,229]
10/2011: Animal Man #2     -- 53,432 (+16.0%)
11/2011: Animal Man #3     -- 49,184 (- 8.0%)

This is the only “New 52″ title that still outsells its debut issue in November. Speaking of which, Animal Man #1 also charted for the third time, selling an additional 4,676 units in November.

—–

47 - SUPERBOY
11/2010: Superboy #1  --  39,701
12/2010: Superboy #2  --  31,761 (- 20.0%)
01/2011: Superboy #3  --  29,550 (-  7.0%)
02/2011: Superboy #4  --  27,448 (-  7.1%)
03/2011: Superboy #5  --  27,215 (-  0.9%)
04/2011: Superboy #6  --  30,490 (+ 12.0%)
05/2011: Superboy #7  --  24,622 (- 19.3%)
06/2011: Superboy #8  --  23,037 (-  6.4%)
07/2011: Superboy #9  --  22,102 (-  4.1%)
08/2011: Superboy #10 --  20,563 (-  7.0%)
08/2011: Superboy #11 --  20,317 (-  1.2%)
09/2011: Superboy #1  --  55,608 (+173.7%) [69,283]
10/2011: Superboy #2  --  57,424 (+  3.3%)
11/2011: Superboy #3  --  47,442 (- 17.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 92.7%
1 year  : + 19.5%

Smooth drop-off. Sales are still better than they were for the debut issue of the last relaunch, which happened, erm, 12 months ago.

—–

48 - GREEN ARROW
11/2006: Green Arrow #68  -- 32,135
11/2007: Arrow/Canary #2  -- 42,827
11/2008: Arrow/Canary #14 -- 25,599
11/2009: Arrow&Canary #26 -- 17,384
-----------------------------------
10/2010: Green Arrow #5   -- 42,188 (-  4.6%)
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575 (-  6.2%)
12/2010: Green Arrow #7   -- 36,835 (-  6.9%)
01/2011: Green Arrow #8   -- 35,307 (-  4.2%)
02/2011: Green Arrow #9   -- 33,922 (-  3.9%)
03/2011: Green Arrow #10  -- 33,085 (-  2.5%)
04/2011: Green Arrow #11  -- 32,669 (-  1.3%)
05/2011: Green Arrow #12  -- 31,742 (-  2.8%)
06/2011: Green Arrow #13  -- 27,552 (- 13.2%)
07/2011: Green Arrow #14  -- 25,568 (-  7.2%)
08/2011: Green Arrow #15  -- 23,883 (-  6.6%)
09/2011: Green Arrow #1   -- 61,680 (+158.3%) [72,359]
10/2011: Green Arrow #2   -- 58,708 (-  4.8%)
11/2011: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,899 (- 20.1%)
-----------------
6 months: + 47.8%
1 year  : + 11.2%
2 years : +169.8%
5 years : + 45.9%

Holding up nicely, historically.

—–

61 - BIRDS OF PREY
11/2006: Birds of Prey #100 -- 34,607
11/2007: Birds of Prey #112 -- 25,117
11/2008: Birds of Prey #124 -- 20,959
-------------------------------------
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440 (- 14.2%)
12/2010: Birds of Prey #7   -- 33,114 (-  3.9%)
01/2011: Birds of Prey #8   -- 31,616 (-  4.5%)
02/2011: Birds of Prey #9   -- 30,641 (-  3.1%)
03/2011: Birds of Prey #10  -- 30,777 (+  0.4%)
04/2011: Birds of Prey #11  -- 30,270 (-  1.7%)
05/2011: Birds of Prey #12  -- 29,690 (-  1.9%)
06/2011: Birds of Prey #13  -- 28,992 (-  2.4%)
07/2011: Birds of Prey #14  -- 27,102 (-  6.5%)
08/2011: Birds of Prey #15  -- 26,043 (-  3.9%)
09/2011: Birds of Prey #1   -- 56,073 (+115.3%) [66,423]
10/2011: Birds of Prey #2   -- 53,156 (-  5.2%)
11/2011: Birds of Prey #3   -- 40,891 (- 23.1%)
-----------------
6 months: + 37.7%
1 year  : + 18.7%
5 years : + 18.2%

This one is briskly heading back towards its pre-relaunch sales level.

—–

62 - SUICIDE SQUAD
11/2007: Raise the Flag #3 of 8 -- 19,774
-----------------------------------------
09/2011: Suicide Squad #1       -- 49,979          [61,815]
10/2011: Suicide Squad #2       -- 49,570 (- 0.8%)
11/2011: Suicide Squad #3       -- 40,827 (-17.6%)
56 - STORMWATCH
11/2006: StormWatch: PHD #1   -- 29,975
11/2007: --
11/2008: StormWatch: PHD #16  --  6,824
11/2009: StormWatch: PHD #24  --  4,598
---------------------------------------
09/2011: Stormwatch #1        -- 46,397          [57,287]
10/2011: Stormwatch #2        -- 47,520 (+ 2.4%)
11/2011: Stormwatch #3        -- 39,262 (-17.4%)
-----------------
2 years : +753.9%
5 years : + 31.0%

Very small overall drop-off on Suicide Squad and Stormwatch.

—–

69 - THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN
11/2006: Hawkgirl #58       -- 18,634
-------------------------------------
09/2011: Savage Hawkman #1  -- 55,954          [63,959]
10/2011: Savage Hawkman #2  -- 47,763 (-14.6%)
11/2011: Savage Hawkman #3  -- 35,177 (-26.4%)
-----------------
5 years : + 88.8%

The same cannot be said for Hawkman. That’s one of the steeper declines. Couldn’t have been the prose, possibly.

—–

70 - BATWING
09/2011: Batwing #1  -- 45,980          [53,721]
10/2011: Batwing #2  -- 42,750 (- 7.0%)
11/2011: Batwing #3  -- 35,110 (-17.9%)

On its way to being a solid mid-level performer, evidently, which isn’t unusual for Batman spin-off series.

—–

71 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
11/2006: SLoSH #24            -- 33,985
11/2007: SLoSH #36            -- 26,814
11/2008: LoSH #48             -- 22,917
---------------------------------------
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439 (- 12.6%)
12/2010: LoSH #8              -- 25,063 (-  5.2%)
01/2011: LoSH #9              -- 24,230 (-  3.3%)
02/2011: LoSH #10             -- 23,738 (-  2.0%)
03/2011: LoSH #11             -- 23,667 (-  0.3%)
04/2011: LoSH #12             -- 23,419 (-  1.1%)
05/2011: LoSH #13             -- 23,105 (-  1.3%)
06/2011: LoSH #14             -- 22,600 (-  2.2%)
07/2011: LoSH #15             -- 21,788 (-  3.6%)
08/2011: LoSH #16             -- 21,373 (-  1.9%)
09/2011: LoSH #1              -- 50,402 (+135.8%) [58,325]
10/2011: LoSH #2              -- 47,227 (-  6.3%)
11/2011: LoSH #3              -- 34,979 (- 25.9%)
-----------------
6 months: + 48.1%
1 year  : + 32.3%
5 years : +  2.9%

Declining swiftly now. It looks like the people who bought the first issue may have read it. For the sakes of DC and the whole comic-book direct market in America, let’s hold on tight and just hope this isn’t turning into some type of new trend.

—–

72 - DEMON KNIGHTS
09/2011: Demon Knights #1  -- 41,602          [52,329]
10/2011: Demon Knights #2  -- 42,230 (+ 1.5%)
11/2011: Demon Knights #3  -- 34,681 (-17.9%)

Very smooth decline, all told. Establishing itself as a consistent mid-level performer would be a big success for this type of book.

—–

74 - DEATHSTROKE
09/2011: Deathstroke #1  -- 47,028          [56,820]
10/2011: Deathstroke #2  -- 44,647 (- 5.1%)
11/2011: Deathstroke #3  -- 33,754 (-24.4%)

That’s an average drop-off, overall.

—–

75 - ALL STAR WESTERN
11/2006: Jonah Hex #13 -- 18,747
11/2007: Jonah Hex #25 -- 14,577
11/2008: Jonah Hex #37 -- 12,537
11/2009: Jonah Hex #49 -- 11,146
--------------------------------
11/2010: Jonah Hex #61 -- 10,796 (-  3.1%)
12/2010: Jonah Hex #62 -- 10,899 (+  1.0%)
01/2011: Jonah Hex #63 -- 10,752 (-  1.4%)
02/2011: Jonah Hex #64 -- 10,255 (-  4.6%)
03/2011: Jonah Hex #65 -- 10,353 (+  1.0%)
04/2011: Jonah Hex #66 -- 10,335 (-  0.2%)
05/2011: Jonah Hex #67 -- 10,288 (-  0.5%)
06/2011: Jonah Hex #68 -- 10,224 (-  0.6%)
07/2011: Jonah Hex #69 -- 10,521 (+  2.9%)
08/2011: Jonah Hex #70 -- 10,369 (-  1.5%)
09/2011: ASW #1        -- 43,681 (+321.3%) [54,992]
10/2011: ASW #2        -- 39,857 (-  8.8%)
11/2011: ASW #3        -- 32,776 (- 17.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +218.6%
1 year  : +203.6%
2 years : +194.1%
5 years : + 74.8%

Still three times the numbers it did as Jonah Hex.

—–

76 - FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.
09/2011: Frankenstein #1          -- 41,551          [50,817]
10/2011: Frankenstein #2          -- 40,423 (- 2.7%)
11/2011: Frankenstein #3          -- 31,869 (-21.2%)

Not a tremendous drop, but given that DC’s bean counters seem to be getting awfully and unreasonably trigger-happy as a result of the relaunch (see below), 30K may be the new 15K at DC.

So let’s all hope for the best here.

—–

78 - THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN
11/2006: Firestorm #31 -- 16,068
--------------------------------
09/2011: Firestorm #1  -- 51,537          [62,076]
10/2011: Firestorm #2  -- 43,990 (-14.6%)
11/2011: Firestorm #3  -- 31,654 (-28.0%)
-----------------
5 years : + 97.0%

Very steep drop-off. On top of my head, I can only assume the torture and death scenes in issue #1 were not graphic enough for the notoriously bloodthirsty Firestorm fanbase.

—–

80 - LEGION LOST
09/2011: Legion Lost #1  -- 46,362          [54,588]
10/2011: Legion Lost #2  -- 42,650 (- 8.0%)
11/2011: Legion Lost #3  -- 31,226 (-26.8%)

Another one that’s declining stiffly. But, well, it’s a Legion spin-off.

—–

79 - THE HUNTRESS
10/2011: Huntress #1 of 6 -- 36,099
11/2011: Huntress #2 of 6 -- 28,377 (-21.4%)

Very stiff drop for a miniseries. If anyone was still waiting for a delayed effect from the “New 52,” it didn’t happen.

—–

81 - DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS
09/2011: DCU Presents #1  -- 45,701          [53,103]
10/2011: DCU Presents #2  -- 41,584 (- 9.0%)
11/2011: DCU Presents #3  -- 31,019 (-25.4%)
84 - GRIFTER
09/2011: Grifter #1  -- 41,222          [50,959]
10/2011: Grifter #2  -- 39,900 (- 3.2%)
11/2011: Grifter #3  -- 29,802 (-25.3%)
85 - RESURRECTION MAN
09/2011: Resurrection Man #1  -- 41,740          [50,230]
10/2011: Resurrection Man #2  -- 38,560 (- 7.6%)
11/2011: Resurrection Man #3  -- 29,480 (-23.6%)

Three “New 52″ titles with a steep overall decline.

—–

89 - BLUE BEETLE
11/2006: Blue Beetle #8  -- 25,861
11/2007: Blue Beetle #21 -- 15,645
11/2008: Blue Beetle #33 -- 11,452
----------------------------------
09/2011: Blue Beetle #1  -- 44,448          [52,288]
10/2011: Blue Beetle #2  -- 39,396 (-11.4%)
11/2011: Blue Beetle #3  -- 27,612 (-29.9%)
-----------------
5 years : +  6.8%

Dropping very stiffly, despite the tasteful displays of genocide, mutilation and burned human flesh in the debut issue.

What’s wrong with kids today?

—–

90 - HAWK & DOVE
09/2011: Hawk & Dove #1  -- 42,294          [47,999]
10/2011: Hawk & Dove #2  -- 36,068 (-14.7%)
11/2011: Hawk & Dove #3  -- 27,464 (-23.9%)

The sales of Rob Liefeld comics aren’t what they used to be.

—–

92 - BATMAN: ODYSSEY VOL. 2
07/2010: Batman: Odyssey #1  of 6  -- 61,827
08/2010: Batman: Odyssey #2  of 6  -- 47,675 (-22.9%)
09/2010: Batman: Odyssey #3  of 6  -- 40,046 (-16.0%)
10/2010: Batman: Odyssey #4  of 12 -- 35,307 (-11.8%)
11/2010: Batman: Odyssey #5  of 13 -- 31,386 (-11.1%)
02/2011: Batman: Odyssey #6  of 13 -- 29,093 (- 7.3%)
--------------------------------------------
10/2011: Odyssey Vol. 2 #1  of 7   -- 30,410 (+ 4.5%)
11/2011: Odyssey Vol. 2 #2  of 7   -- 24,271 (-20.2%)
----------------
1 year  : -22.7%

A stiff drop for a miniseries, but perhaps still respectable, considering that Odyssey is basically a hangover from last year that could easily have been lost in the shuffle.

—–

93 - CAPTAIN ATOM
09/2011: Captain Atom #1  -- 44,110          [51,314]
10/2011: Captain Atom #2  -- 38,309 (-13.2%)
11/2011: Captain Atom #3  -- 26,829 (-30.0%)
96 - I, VAMPIRE
09/2011: I, Vampire #1  -- 39,683          [46,993]
10/2011: I, Vampire #2  -- 34,599 (-12.8%)
11/2011: I, Vampire #3  -- 26,070 (-24.7%)
99 - MISTER TERRIFIC
09/2011: Mister Terrific #1  -- 41,450          [48,352]
10/2011: Mister Terrific #2  -- 35,963 (-13.2%)
11/2011: Mister Terrific #3  -- 25,282 (-29.7%)
104 - O.M.A.C.
09/2011: O.M.A.C. #1  -- 37,312          [42,871]
10/2011: O.M.A.C. #2  -- 32,704 (-12.4%)
11/2011: O.M.A.C. #3  -- 25,080 (-23.3%)
105 - VOODOO
09/2011: Voodoo #1  -- 40,301          [47,112]
10/2011: Voodoo #2  -- 34,690 (-13.9%)
11/2011: Voodoo #3  -- 25,067 (-27.7%)
109 - STATIC SHOCK
06/2011: Special #1 of 1  --  9,976
-----------------------------------
09/2011: Static Shock #1  -- 37,782 (+278.7%) [43,046]
10/2011: Static Shock #2  -- 32,360 (- 14.4%)
11/2011: Static Shock #3  -- 24,374 (- 24.7%)
112 - MEN OF WAR
09/2011: Men of War #1  -- 37,488
10/2011: Men of War #2  -- 31,446 (-16.1%)
11/2011: Men of War #3  -- 23,770 (-24.4%)

That’s a whole bunch of “New 52″ titles headed for sales around the 20K mark at best, it seems. From recent comments made by DC, it seems they’re willing to give the relaunch titles at least a year before pulling the plug, so who knows.

On the plus side, I don’t think any of these books would be selling above 20,000 units without the push of the “New 52.”

—–

108 - LEGION: SECRET ORIGIN
10/2011: Secret Origin #1 of 6 -- 38,248
11/2011: Secret Origin #2 of 6 -- 22,435 (-41.3%)

There was some sort of promotion involving plastic rings for issue #1, hence the monstrous drop. Again, if there’s any effect from the “New 52″ here, it’s negligible.

—–

115 - BLACKHAWKS
09/2011: Blackhawks #1  -- 40,014          [46,435]
10/2011: Blackhawks #2  -- 31,704 (-20.8%)
11/2011: Blackhawks #3  -- 22,349 (-29.5%)

No plastic-ring-shaped excuse here. That’s a terrible drop-off.

Still, hats off to DC for trying their hand at a 24-hour comic with the debut issue. Good sportsmanship!

—–

111 - THE SHADE
10/2011: Shade #1  of 12 -- 30,648
11/2011: Shade #2  of 12 -- 21,431 (-30.1%)

Both issues had 1:10 variant covers, so that’s a very stiff drop-off.

Which is bad news, because again, there was no visible effect from the “New 52″ to begin with. That said, I’m still surprised by The Shade writer James Robinson’s suggestion that the maxiseries may be in danger of cancellation. The Shade is doing poorly by “New 52″ standards, but in the context of the direct market of the last year prior to the relaunch, these numbers are decent enough; it’s what you’d expect for the combination of a fan-favorite creative team and property. And, frankly, the “New 52″ numbers to date don’t strike me as being of such a quality as to suggest that those expectations would need to be re-adjusted.

—–

114 - PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE
10/2011: Penguin #1 of 5 -- 26,380
11/2011: Penguin #2 of 5 -- 21,021 (-20.3%)

Steep drop for a mini, and again: no visible effect from the “New 52.”

—–

125 - FABLES (Vertigo)
11/2006: Fables #55  -- 25,635
11/2007: Fables #67  -- 24,841
11/2008: Fables #78  -- 23,345
11/2009: Fables #90  -- 20,882
------------------------------
11/2010: --
12/2010: Fables #100 -- 23,014 (+17.1%)
01/2011: Fables #101 -- 19,183 (-16.7%)
02/2011: Fables #102 -- 19,215 (+ 0.2%)
03/2011: Fables #103 -- 18,910 (- 1.6%)
04/2011: Fables #104 -- 18,811 (- 0.5%)
05/2011: Fables #105 -- 18,749 (- 0.3%)
06/2011: Fables #106 -- 18,505 (- 1.3%)
07/2011: Fables #107 -- 18,523 (+ 0.1%)
08/2011: Fables #108 -- 18,390 (- 0.7%)
09/2011: Fables #109 -- 18,072 (- 1.7%)
10/2011: Fables #110 -- 18,109 (+ 0.2%)
11/2011: Fables #111 -- 17,687 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.7%
1 year  :  n.a.
2 years : -15.3%
5 years : -31.0%

Business as usual for Vertigo’s flagship title.

—–

132 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850 (- 9.4%)
12/2010: American Vampire #9  -- 19,019 (- 4.2%)
12/2010: American Vampire #10 -- 17,761 (- 6.6%)
01/2011: American Vampire #11 -- 16,969 (- 4.5%)
02/2011: American Vampire #12 -- 16,522 (- 2.6%)
03/2011: American Vampire #13 -- 17,269 (+ 4.5%)
04/2011: American Vampire #14 -- 16,168 (- 6.4%)
05/2011: American Vampire #15 -- 15,876 (- 1.8%)
06/2011: American Vampire #16 -- 15,705 (- 1.1%)
07/2011: American Vampire #17 -- 15,565 (- 0.9%)
08/2011: American Vampire #18 -- 15,423 (- 0.9%)
09/2011: American Vampire #19 -- 15,288 (- 0.9%)
10/2011: --
11/2011: American Vampire #20 -- 15,685 (+ 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.2%
1 year  : -21.0%

The Scott Snyder-written Vertigo book returns with a marginal increase that may or may not be “New 52″-related. (He’s writing the super-successful Batman and Swamp Thing, so who knows.)

—–

136 - SPACEMAN (Vertigo)
10/2011: Spaceman #1 of 9 -- 22,355
11/2011: Spaceman #2 of 9 -- 14,962 (-33.1%)

On the one hand, that drop-off was to be expected, because the first issue came with a $1.00 price tag subsidized by the marketing department. Then again, though, this is a pretty poor showing for an established, critically acclaimed creative team, especially in a situation where the “New 52″ relaunch is said to have brought a lot of people into stores. If Vertigo can’t succeed with a $1.00 Spaceman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso in this climate, it’s a pretty tough road ahead for them.

—–

137 - T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS
11/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1  -- 16,122
12/2010: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2  -- 11,227 (-30.4%)
01/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3  -- 10,602 (- 5.6%)
02/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #4  -- 10,124 (- 4.5%)
03/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #5  --  9,934 (- 1.9%)
04/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #6  --  9,680 (- 2.6%)
05/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7  --  9,453 (- 2.4%)
06/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #8  --  8,954 (- 5.3%)
07/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #9  --  8,710 (- 2.7%)
08/2011: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #10 --  8,453 (- 3.0%)
09/2011: --
10/2011: --
11/2011: Vol. 2 #1 of 6            -- 14,794 (+75.0%)
----------------
6 months: +56.5%
1 year  : - 8.2%

The critically acclaimed and low-selling DC title of 2011 returns for a six-issue miniseries and, well, you know the drill. Despite the “New 52,” the new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 sold fewer copies than the debut issue of the ongoing title that was cancelled a couple months back did this time last year.

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141/144 - DC UNIVERSE ONLINE: LEGENDS
02/2011: DCU Online: Legends #1  -- 36,517
02/2011: DCU Online: Legends #2  -- 28,953 (-20.7%)
03/2011: DCU Online: Legends #3  -- 24,824 (-14.3%)
03/2011: DCU Online: Legends #4  -- 23,001 (- 7.3%)
04/2011: DCU Online: Legends #5  -- 21,427 (- 6.8%)
04/2011: DCU Online: Legends #6  -- 20,461 (- 4.5%)
05/2011: DCU Online: Legends #7  -- 20,064 (- 1.9%)
05/2011: DCU Online: Legends #8  -- 19,471 (- 3.0%)
06/2011: DCU Online: Legends #9  -- 18,759 (- 3.7%)
06/2011: DCU Online: Legends #10 -- 18,178 (- 3.1%)
07/2011: DCU Online: Legends #11 -- 17,509 (- 3.7%)
07/2011: DCU Online: Legends #12 -- 17,223 (- 1.6%)
08/2011: DCU Online: Legends #13 -- 16,540 (- 4.0%)
08/2011: DCU Online: Legends #14 -- 16,018 (- 3.2%)
09/2011: --
10/2011: DCU Online: Legends #15 -- 15,460 (- 3.5%)
10/2011: DCU Online: Legends #16 -- 15,238 (- 1.4%)
11/2011: DCU Online: Legends #17 -- 14,226 (- 6.6%)
11/2011: DCU Online: Legends #18 -- 13,955 (- 1.9%)
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6 months: -28.7%

Business as usual for the video-game adaptation.

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153 - GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Johnny DC)
11/2011: GL: TAS #0 -- 13,569

A new Johnny DC title. See small print below.

—–

163 - MY GREATEST ADVENTURE
01/2011: Weird Worlds #1 of 6 -- 14,964
02/2011: Weird Worlds #2 of 6 -- 11,587 (- 22.6%)
03/2011: Weird Worlds #3 of 6 -- 10,470 (-  9.6%)
04/2011: Weird Worlds #4 of 6 --  9,665 (-  7.7%)
05/2011: Weird Worlds #5 of 6 --  9,043 (-  6.4%)
06/2011: Weird Worlds #6 of 6 --  8,536 (-  5.6%)
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10/2011: MGA #1 of 6          -- 17,222 (+101.8%)
11/2011: MGA #2 of 6          -- 11,782 (- 31.6%)
----------------
6 months: +30.3%

Steep drop, but still ahead of its predecessor; about what you’d expect for the resident weirdo DC Universe thing, really.

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175/178 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
11/2009: The Unwritten #7  -- 14,763
------------------------------------
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036 (- 1.9%)
12/2010: The Unwritten #20 -- 11,684 (- 2.9%)
01/2011: The Unwritten #21 -- 11,443 (- 2.1%)
02/2011: The Unwritten #22 -- 11,371 (- 0.6%)
03/2011: The Unwritten #23 -- 11,319 (- 0.5%)
04/2011: The Unwritten #24 -- 11,028 (- 2.6%)
05/2011: The Unwritten #25 -- 11,137 (+ 1.0%)
06/2011: The Unwritten #26 -- 10,979 (- 1.4%)
07/2011: The Unwritten #27 -- 10,787 (- 1.8%)
08/2011: The Unwritten #28 -- 10,731 (- 0.5%)
09/2011: The Unwritten #29 -- 10,511 (- 2.1%)
10/2011: The Unwritten #30 -- 10,481 (- 0.3%)
11/2011: The Unwritten #31 -- 10,434 (- 0.5%)
11/2011: The Unwritten #.5 -- 10,183 (- 2.4%)
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6 months: - 7.4%
1 year  : -14.4%
2 years : -30.2%

Well, the “point” thing is working better than it did for Marvel, at least.

—–

185 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
11/2006: Hellblazer #226 -- 13,388
11/2007: Hellblazer #238 -- 12,536
11/2008: Hellblazer #249 -- 11,445
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553
----------------------------------
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645 (-0.1%)
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 --  9,342 (-3.1%)
01/2011: Hellblazer #275 --  9,507 (+1.8%)
02/2011: Hellblazer #276 --  9,466 (-0.4%)
03/2011: Hellblazer #277 --  9,525 (+0.6%)
04/2011: Hellblazer #278 --  9,417 (-1.1%)
05/2011: Hellblazer #279 --  9,454 (+0.4%)
06/2011: Hellblazer #280 --  9,329 (-1.3%)
07/2011: Hellblazer #281 --  9,225 (-1.1%)
08/2011: Hellblazer #282 --  9,372 (+1.5%)
09/2011: Hellblazer #283 --  9,597 (+2.4%)
10/2011: Hellblazer #284 --  9,608 (+0.1%)
11/2011: Hellblazer #285 --  9,500 (-1.1%)
----------------
6 months: + 0.5%
1 year  : - 1.5%
2 years : -10.0%
5 years : -29.0%

Standard attrition in November, and rock-solid numbers for the last year, overall.

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194 - I, ZOMBIE (Vertigo)
11/2010: I, Zombie #7  -- 12,800 (- 7.1%)
12/2010: I, Zombie #8  -- 12,038 (- 6.0%)
01/2011: I, Zombie #9  -- 11,536 (- 4.2%)
02/2011: I, Zombie #10 -- 11,182 (- 3.1%)
03/2011: I, Zombie #11 -- 10,874 (- 2.8%)
04/2011: I, Zombie #12 -- 10,727 (- 1.4%)
05/2011: I, Zombie #13 -- 10,567 (- 1.5%)
06/2011: I, Zombie #14 -- 10,320 (- 2.3%)
07/2011: I, Zombie #15 -- 10,006 (- 3.0%)
08/2011: I, Zombie #16 --  9,568 (- 4.4%)
09/2011: I, Zombie #17 --  9,316 (- 2.6%)
10/2011: I, Zombie #18 --  9,237 (- 0.9%)
11/2011: I, Zombie #19 --  8,999 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: -14.8%
1 year  : -29.7%

It’s not quite levelled out yet.

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212 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
11/2009: Sweet Tooth #3  -- 10,363
----------------------------------
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Sweet Tooth #16 --  8,602 (- 1.7%)
01/2011: Sweet Tooth #17 --  8,522 (- 0.9%)
02/2011: Sweet Tooth #18 --  8,466 (- 0.7%)
03/2011: Sweet Tooth #19 --  8,532 (+ 0.8%)
04/2011: Sweet Tooth #20 --  8,361 (- 2.0%)
05/2011: Sweet Tooth #21 --  8,360 (- 0.0%)
06/2011: Sweet Tooth #22 --  8,252 (- 1.3%)
07/2011: Sweet Tooth #23 --  8,018 (- 2.8%)
08/2011: Sweet Tooth #24 --  7,948 (- 0.9%)
09/2011: Sweet Tooth #25 --  7,896 (- 0.7%)
10/2011: Sweet Tooth #26 --  7,963 (+ 0.9%)
11/2011: Sweet Tooth #27 --  7,923 (- 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 5.2%
1 year  : - 9.5%
2 years : -23.6%

This Jeff Lemire vehicle been steady around the 8K mark for the last few months, at least. Maybe there’s some crossover from the writer’s acclaimed Animal Man and Frankenstein books.

On the other hand, Sweet Tooth is the lowest-selling ongoing Vertigo book without an official expiration date.

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220 - TINY TITANS (Johnny DC)
11/2008: Tiny Titans #10 --  9,239
11/2009: Tiny Titans #22 --  8,100
----------------------------------
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34 --  7,713 (- 4.1%)
12/2010: Tiny Titans #35 --  7,515 (- 2.6%)
01/2011: Tiny Titans #36 --  7,480 (- 0.5%)
02/2011: Tiny Titans #37 --  7,426 (- 0.7%)
03/2011: Tiny Titans #38 --  7,372 (- 0.7%)
04/2011: Tiny Titans #39 --  7,445 (+ 1.0%)
05/2011: Tiny Titans #40 --  7,847 (+ 5.4%)
06/2011: Tiny Titans #41 --  7,811 (- 0.5%)
07/2011: Tiny Titans #42 --  7,664 (- 1.9%)
08/2011: Tiny Titans #43 --  7,534 (- 1.7%)
09/2011: Tiny Titans #44 --  7,619 (+ 1.1%)
10/2011: Tiny Titans #45 --  7,836 (+ 2.9%)
11/2011: Tiny Titans #46 --  7,748 (- 1.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 1.3%
1 year  : + 0.5%
2 years : - 4.4%
222 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
01/2011: Young Justice #0  --  9,412
02/2011: Young Justice #1  -- 10,777 (+14.5%)
03/2011: Young Justice #2  --  9,612 (-10.8%)
04/2011: Young Justice #3  --  9,407 (- 2.1%)
05/2011: Young Justice #4  --  9,729 (+ 3.4%)
06/2011: Young Justice #5  --  8,988 (- 7.6%)
07/2011: Young Justice #6  --  8,642 (- 3.9%)
08/2011: Young Justice #7  --  8,062 (- 6.7%)
09/2011: Young Justice #8  --  7,930 (- 1.6%)
10/2011: Young Justice #9  --  7,737 (- 2.4%)
11/2011: Young Justice #10 --  7,650 (- 1.1%)
----------------
6 months: -21.4%

Two Johnny DC titles. See small print.

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224 - SUPERNATURAL
10/2007: Origins #6         -- 12,350
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10/2011: Supernatrl #1 of 6 --  8,896
11/2011: Supernatrl #2 of 6 --  7,506 (-15.6%)

Average drop-off for the TV adaptation.

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229 - THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD (Johnny DC)
11/2006: Batman Strikes! #27   --  7,567
11/2007: Batman Strikes! #39   --  6,464
11/2009: Brave & Bold #11      --  6,438
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11/2010: All-New BBB #1        --  8,408 (+ 39.1%)
12/2010: All-New BBB #2        --  6,688 (- 20.5%)
01/2011: All-New BBB #3        --  6,557 (-  2.0%)
02/2011: All-New BBB #4        --  6,561 (+  0.1%)
03/2011: All-New BBB #5        --  6,463 (-  1.5%)
04/2011: All-New BBB #6        --  6,324 (-  2.1%)
05/2011: All-New BBB #7        --  6,869 (+  8.6%)
06/2011: All-New BBB #8        --  6,645 (-  3.3%)
07/2011: All-New BBB #9        --  6,404 (-  3.6%)
08/2011: All-New BBB #10       --  6,351 (-  0.8%)
09/2011: All-New BBB #11       --  6,410 (+  0.9%)
10/2011: All-New BBB #12       --  6,771 (+  5.6%)
11/2011: All-New BBB #13       --  7,143 (+  5.5%)
----------------
6 months: + 4.0%
1 year  : -15.1%
2 years : +11.0%
5 years : - 5.6%

Another Johnny DC title.

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235 - NORTHLANDERS (Vertigo)
11/2008: Northlanders #12 -- 10,048
11/2009: Northlanders #22 --  8,136
-----------------------------------
11/2010: Northlanders #34 --  7,018 (- 2.1%)
12/2010: Northlanders #35 --  7,061 (+ 0.6%)
01/2011: Northlanders #36 --  6,806 (- 3.6%)
02/2011: Northlanders #37 --  7,006 (+ 2.9%)
03/2011: Northlanders #38 --  7,020 (+ 0.2%)
04/2011: Northlanders #39 --  6,983 (- 0.5%)
05/2011: Northlanders #40 --  7,055 (+ 1.0%)
06/2011: Northlanders #41 --  6,954 (- 1.4%)
07/2011: Northlanders #42 --  6,989 (+ 0.5%)
08/2011: Northlanders #43 --  6,901 (- 1.3%)
09/2011: Northlanders #44 --  6,858 (- 0.6%)
10/2011: Northlanders #45 --  6,973 (+ 1.7%)
11/2011: Northlanders #46 --  6,792 (- 2.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 3.7%
1 year  : - 3.2%
2 years : -16.5%

Cancelled with issue #50.

—–

253 - UNCHARTED
11/2011: Uncharted #1 of 6 -- 6,171

Another video-game adaptation with poor numbers.

There was a 1:10 variant.

—–

255 - SCALPED (Vertigo)
11/2007: Scalped #11 --  7,323
11/2008: Scalped #23 --  6,910
11/2009: --
------------------------------
11/2010: Scalped #43 --  6,324 (- 2.4%)
12/2010: Scalped #44 --  6,192 (- 2.1%)
01/2011: Scalped #45 --  6,187 (- 0.1%)
02/2011: Scalped #46 --  6,179 (- 0.1%)
03/2011: Scalped #47 --  6,222 (+ 0.7%)
04/2011: Scalped #48 --  6,272 (+ 0.8%)
05/2011: --
06/2011: Scalped #49 --  6,333 (+ 1.0%)
06/2011: Scalped #50 --  6,471 (+ 2.2%)
07/2011: --
08/2011: Scalped #51 --  6,409 (- 1.0%)
09/2011: Scalped #52 --  6,270 (- 2.2%)
10/2011: Scalped #53 --  6,203 (- 1.1%)
11/2011: Scalped #54 --  6,157 (- 0.7%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.
1 year  : - 2.6%
2 years :  n.a.

Ending with issue #60.

—–

263 - DIABLO
11/2011: Diablo #1 of 5 -- 5,612

Another video-game adaptation with poor sales, but this time without a variant edition.

—–

264 - DMZ (Vertigo)
11/2006: DMZ #13 -- 14,228
11/2007: DMZ #25 -- 11,277
11/2008: DMZ #36 --  8,851
11/2009: DMZ #47 --  7,187
--------------------------
11/2010: DMZ #59 --  6,046 (-2.5%)
12/2010: DMZ #60 --  6,023 (-0.4%)
01/2011: DMZ #61 --  5,855 (-2.8%)
02/2011: DMZ #62 --  5,781 (-1.3%)
03/2011: DMZ #63 --  5,877 (+1.7%)
04/2011: DMZ #64 --  5,851 (-0.4%)
05/2011: DMZ #65 --  5,865 (+0.2%)
06/2011: DMZ #66 --  5,825 (-0.7%)
07/2011: DMZ #67 --  5,720 (-1.8%)
08/2011: DMZ #68 --  5,668 (-0.9%)
09/2011: DMZ #69 --  5,544 (-2.2%)
10/2011: DMZ #70 --  5,610 (+1.2%)
11/2011: DMZ #71 --  5,579 (-0.6%)
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6 months: - 4.9%
1 year  : - 7.7%
2 years : -22.4%
5 years : -60.8%

Ending with issue #72.

—–

289 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
11/2006: Scooby Doo #114 -- 4,387
11/2007: Scooby Doo #126 -- 4,237
11/2008: Scooby Doo #138 -- 4,068
11/2009: Scooby Doo #150 -- 4,044
---------------------------------
11/2010: SD:WAY? #3      -- 4,861 (- 1.3%)
12/2010: SD:WAY? #4      -- 4,802 (- 1.2%)
01/2011: SD:WAY? #5      -- 4,540 (- 5.5%)
02/2011: SD:WAY? #6      -- 4,456 (- 1.9%)
03/2011: SD:WAY? #7      -- 4,522 (+ 1.5%)
04/2011: SD:WAY? #8      -- 4,599 (+ 1.7%)
05/2011: SD:WAY? #9      -- 4,838 (+ 5.2%)
06/2011: SD:WAY? #10     -- 4,774 (- 1.3%)
07/2011: SD:WAY? #11     -- 4,791 (+ 0.4%)
08/2011: SD:WAY? #12     -- 4,686 (- 2.2%)
09/2011: SD:WAY? #13     -- 4,701 (+ 0.3%)
10/2011: SD:WAY? #14     -- ?
11/2011: SD:WAY? #15     -- 4,701
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6 months: - 2.8%
1 year  : - 3.3%
2 years : +16.3%
5 years : + 7.2%

And another Johnny DC book.

Another game adaptation, End of Nations #1 (of 4), also shipped in November, but it didn’t make the Top 300. As usual, I’m assuming it sold as many units as the No. 300 title on the chart for the purposes of the average-sales statistics below, which in November was an estimated 4,330 units.

Thanks for reading, and have a great 2012!

—–

"NEW 52" RE-ORDERS
188:  9,368 -- Detective Comics #1
272:  5,293 -- Batman #2
281:  4,941 -- Swamp Thing #1
290:  4,676 -- Animal Man #1
293:  4,470 -- Aquaman #2

—–

"NEW 52" #3 CHANGES
- 8.0%: Animal Man
- 9.7%: Detective Comics
------
-10.8%: Swamp Thing
-12.3%: Action Comics
-12.3%: Nightwing
-12.4%: Batman
-12.7%: Aquaman
-12.7%: Batman and Robin
-13.8%: Green Lantern
-14.2%: Justice League
------
-15.6%: Red Hood
-15.7%: Teen Titans
-16.3%: Batgirl
-16.7%: Batwoman
-16.7%: GL Corps
-16.7%: New Guardians
-17.0%: Wonder Woman
-17.3%: Supergirl
-17.4%: Stormwatch
-17.4%: Superboy
-17.5%: Superman
-17.6%: Suicide Squad
-17.7%: JLI
-17.8%: All Star Western
-17.9%: Batwing
-17.9%: Catwoman
-17.9%: Demon Knights
-18.0%: Red Lanterns
-18.5%: JLD
------
-20.1%: Green Arrow
-20.8%: Flash
-21.2%: Frankenstein
-23.1%: Birds of Prey
-23.3%: OMAC
-23.6%: Resurrection Man
-23.9%: Hawk & Dove
-24.4%: Deathstroke
-24.4%: Men of War
-24.7%: I, Vampire
-24.7%: Static Shock
-25.3%: Grifter
-25.4%: DCU Presents
-25.9%: LoSH
-26.4%: Hawkman
-26.8%: Legion Lost
-27.7%: Voodoo
-28.0%: Firestorm
-29.5%: Blackhawks
-29.7%: Mister Terrific
-29.9%: Blue Beetle
-30.0%: Captain Atom

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+261.0%: JLA
+218.6%: All Star Western
+205.5%: Action Comics
+191.0%: Batgirl
+180.7%: Detective Comics
+174.1%: Batman
+145.6%: Teen Titans
+137.2%: Supergirl
+124.6%: Superman
+ 92.7%: Superboy
+ 64.7%: Flash
+ 62.7%: Green Lantern
+ 56.5%: THUNDER Agents
+ 50.0%: Batman and Robin
+ 48.1%: LoSH
+ 47.8%: Green Arrow
+ 37.7%: Birds of Prey
+ 30.3%: My Greatest Adventure
+ 12.8%: New Guardians
+  7.3%: GL Corps
+  4.0%: All-New BBB
+  0.5%: Hellblazer
-  1.2%: American Vampire
-  1.3%: Tiny Titans
-  2.8%: Scooby-Doo
-  3.7%: Northlanders
-  4.9%: DMZ
-  5.2%: Sweet Tooth
-  5.7%: Fables
-  7.4%: Unwritten
- 14.8%: I, Zombie
- 21.4%: Young Justice
- 28.7%: DCU Online

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+307.6%: Action Comics
+231.5%: JLA
+203.6%: All Star Western
+201.0%: Detective Comics
+170.9%: Batgirl
+131.5%: Batman
+129.8%: Teen Titans
+ 99.8%: Supergirl
+ 86.7%: Superman
+ 61.0%: Green Lantern
+ 56.8%: Flash
+ 41.3%: Batwoman
+ 32.3%: LoSH
+ 29.1%: New Guardians
+ 19.5%: Superboy
+ 18.7%: Birds of Prey
+ 13.8%: GL Corps
+ 11.2%: Green Arrow
+  7.4%: Batman and Robin
+  0.5%: Tiny Titans
-  1.5%: Hellblazer
-  2.6%: Scalped
-  3.2%: Northlanders
-  3.3%: Scooby-Doo
-  7.7%: DMZ
-  8.2%: THUNDER Agents
-  9.5%: Sweet Tooth
- 14.4%: Unwritten
- 15.1%: All-New BBB
- 21.0%: American Vampire
- 22.7%: Batman: Odyssey
- 29.7%: I, Zombie

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+753.9%: Stormwatch
+304.0%: Action Comics
+194.1%: All Star Western
+169.8%: Green Arrow
+150.9%: Superman
+149.8%: Wonder Woman
+118.9%: Batman
+104.4%: Detective Comics
+101.7%: Batgirl
+ 88.7%: JLA
+ 74.2%: Supergirl
+ 31.4%: Teen Titans
+ 22.4%: Flash
+ 22.2%: Green Lantern
+ 16.3%: Scooby-Doo
+ 11.0%: All-New BBB
-  4.4%: Tiny Titans
-  9.8%: Batman and Robin
- 10.0%: Hellblazer
- 15.3%: Fables
- 16.5%: Northlanders
- 18.7%: GL Corps
- 22.4%: DMZ
- 23.6%: Sweet Tooth
- 30.2%: Unwritten

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+150.9%: Superman
+125.2%: Catwoman
+102.1%: Action Comics
+ 97.0%: Firestorm
+ 88.8%: Hawkman
+ 88.7%: Detective Comics
+ 77.3%: Nightwing
+ 74.8%: All Star Western
+ 71.5%: Green Lantern
+ 63.2%: Batman
+ 59.2%: Flash
+ 59.2%: GL Corps
+ 45.9%: Green Arrow
+ 31.0%: Stormwatch
+ 19.7%: JLA
+ 18.2%: Birds of Prey
+  7.2%: Scooby-Doo
+  6.8%: Blue Beetle
+  2.9%: LoSH
-  3.5%: Teen Titans
-  5.6%: All-New BBB
- 14.8%: Wonder Woman
- 18.8%: Supergirl
- 29.0%: Hellblazer
- 31.0%: Fables
- 60.8%: DMZ

—–
Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines)

DC COMICS
11/2006: 34,907
11/2007: 29,429
11/2008: 25,340
11/2009: 28,913**
---------------
11/2010: 25,497 (+  7.3%)**
12/2010: 23,869 (-  6.4%)**
01/2011: 21,922 (-  8.2%)**
02/2011: 23,252 (+  6.1%)**
03/2011: 23,976 (+  3.1%)**
04/2011: 25,651 (+  7.0%)
05/2011: 24,561 (-  4.3%)**
06/2011: 25,814 (+  5.1%)**
07/2011: 26,138 (+  1.3%)**
08/2011: 25,632 (-  1.9%)**
09/2011: 57,224 (+123.3%)
10/2011: 51,280 (- 10.4%)**
11/2011: 41,414 (-19.2%)**
-----------------
6 months: + 68.6%
1 year  : + 62.4%
2 years : + 43.2%
5 years : + 18.6%
DC UNIVERSE
11/2006: 45,399
11/2007: 37,257
11/2008: 33,096
11/2009: 38,488
---------------
11/2010: 34,180 (+  4.1%)
12/2010: 30,870 (-  9.7%)
01/2011: 24,321 (- 21.2%)**
02/2011: 25,887 (+  6.4%)**
03/2011: 26,720 (+  3.2%)**
04/2011: 29,126 (+  9.0%)
05/2011: 27,745 (-  4.7%)**
06/2011: 28,673 (+  3.4%)**
07/2011: 28,586 (-  0.3%)**
08/2011: 27,761 (-  2.9%)**
09/2011: 67,411 (+142.8%)
10/2011: 59,146 (- 12.3%)**
11/2011: 46,670 (- 21.1%)**
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6 months: + 68.2%
1 year  : + 36.5%
2 years : + 21.3%
5 years : +  2.8%
VERTIGO
11/2006: 13,773
11/2007: 10,946
11/2008: 11,936
11/2009: 11,036
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11/2010:  9,034 (- 5.4%)
12/2010: 11,193 (+23.9%)
01/2011: 10,145 (- 9.4%)
02/2011: 10,295 (+ 1.5%)
03/2011: 10,450 (+ 1.5%)
04/2011: 10,014 (- 4.2%)
05/2011: 10,668 (+ 6.5%)
06/2011: 10,415 (- 2.4%)
07/2011: 10,784 (+ 3.5%)
08/2011: 10,147 (- 5.9%)
09/2011:  9,995 (- 1.5%)
10/2011: 10,643 (+ 6.5%)
11/2011: 10,355 (- 2.7%)
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6 months: -  2.9%
1 year  : + 14.6%
2 years : -  6.2%
5 years : - 24.8%

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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 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.

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 parenthesis 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 released under the Johnny DC imprint 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.

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

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here.

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Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Matt Parkinson upped at Dark Horse

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Following the departure of VP of Marketing Micha Hershman, Dark Horse has promoted former director of online marketing Matt Parkinson to the post of senior director of marketing. Parkinson, a six-year DH vet, will take over the duties of overseeing DH’s marketing efforts.

In his time at Dark Horse, Parkinson has been an instrumental part of the brand’s growth online, through the development and execution of advertising, cross promotions, and social-media strategies.

Along with Dark Horse’s senior managing editor, Scott Allie, and director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, Parkinson helped to develop the company’s first foray into original online content with MySpace Dark Horse Presents. Following that, he managed and developed the DH:HD program, showcasing original eight-page stories from top Dark Horse properties on the USA Today comics web page. Additionally, he had a big hand in the development of the Dark Horse Digital comics strategy and website, and has acted as the company’s spokesperson for the initiative thus far.

“My time at Dark Horse has been one of the most satisfying experiences both personally and professionally,” said Matt Parkinson. “I have enjoyed working with Mike Richardson and the entire Dark Horse team, and look forward to new challenges and opportunities. I am truly proud to have played a part in the company’s rich history, and look forward to having a larger role in carrying Dark Horse’s message to the world.”

“We’re very excited by the vision Matt brings to his new position,” said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. “With his experience, leadership ability, and knowledge of the comics market, he’s uniquely qualified to make an immediate impact on our marketing efforts.”

Richardson also praised the efforts of former VP of Marketing Micha Hershman, who leaves after a two-year stint to pursue opportunities in the field of animation. Richardson was quick to wish Hershman well in his new endeavor.

Please join us in congratulating Matt Parkinson on his past accomplishments, and wishing him luck in his new role in the company.

Beau Smith remembers Eduardo Barreto

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His long-time collaborator Beau Smith remembers Eduardo Barreto, who passed away a few weeks ago — a remembrance accompanied by some stunning art.


I knew something was wrong.

I hadn’t heard from my good friend and artist Eduardo Barreto in a few weeks. The last time I had heard from him he told me that he had been feeling weak and that his regular medications/treatments weren’t working anymore. He spoke of trying some experimental treatments. That was the last time I would hear from my good amigo from South America.

A few weeks later I got an email from Graham Nolan, a long time friend of mine and mutual friend of Eduardo. Graham had contacted Eduardo to tell him how excited he was to see that Eduardo was drawing The Phantom. The reply that Graham got back wasn’t from Eduardo, but from his wife. She told Graham that Eduardo had passed away.

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Eduardo and I had been close friends for over 20 years. We were the same age and even though we grew up thousands of miles apart and were from different countries, he was always like my brother. I mean that. Eduardo was like family to me, the kind you get lucky enough to choose.

I had always admired Eduardo’s artwork and storytelling. My admiration began in the late 1970s when I saw his work and had to find more that he had done and was going to do. Eduardo’s talent was rare in the fact that he had all the traditional story telling power of the legendary masters that had come before, like Alex Raymond, Joe Kubert, Hal Foster and Wally Wood, yet his art always continued to grow, adapt and progress. He took the teachings of the past into the future.


Please read the rest in the link.

The Fate of Krypto revealed in ACTION #5

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The first four pages of ACTION #5 by Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert, and Jesse Delperdang has just been previewed at Geek Dad and Underwire, and not only does it present the new origin for Superman, as he’s rocketed to Earth by his parents, but we learn why the new DCU does not have a happy, yappy dog in a cape flying around — instead there’s a “Ghost Krypto”. Oh, Grant Morrison, how could you?

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Get a digital copy of STAR TREK #1 for FREE — but only until 3 pm!

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Comics+ is giving away a copy of STAR TREK #1 in their app — but only until 3 pm EST. Use code FMST01 in the app for the free book.

STAR TREK #1 features the classic characters in the alternate timeline of the reboot, overseen by Robert Orci with writer Mike Johnson and artist Stephen Molnar. Issue #1 reimagines the original pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Gantz to end in 2012

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Gantz, Hiroya Oku’s popular, super-violent manga about a team of operatives and their mysterious missions, is ending its run in Young Jump next year, it’s being reported. More than 30 volumes of the manga have appeared in Japan — in the US, Dark Horse is up to volume 20. It’s also been adapted into a TV series and two movies.

Christmas was the biggest Kindle store download day ever

201112300309.jpg It was the year of the gift tablet — and while cluelessly materialistic kids may have been plunged into the slough of despond at not getting an iPhone under the tree — some may have rejoiced over getting a Kindle; Some 4 million Kindles were sold in December.

It was the best holiday-ever for the Kindle family. In fact, customers purchased more than 1 million Kindle devices each week, with the Kindle Fire tablet leading the pack with most sales, followed by the Kindle Touch and the original Kindle ereader. Kindle devices were also the best-selling products on Amazon in the U.K., Denmark, Spain and Italy.


Christmas Day was, as we predicted, the biggest day ever for Kindle downloads, according to Amazon head Jeff BezosunBoxing day as Torsten has dubbed it.

The Kindle graphic novel bestseller list has changed a bit since Torsten first noted it, but 14-year-old Rachel Yu’s How to be a Supervillain still leads. Here’s the top 10:

1. How To Be A Super Villain (A Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Picture Book; Perfect Bedtime Story)- Rachel Yu

2. Ex-Heroes – Peter Clines

3. Batman: The Complete Hush – Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee

4. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) — Matthew Inman

5. Watchmen – Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons

6. Batman: Year One – Frank Miller

7. Superman Earth One – J. Michael Straczynski, Shane Davis

8. Ex-Patriots (Ex-Heroes Book 2) – Peter Clines

9. Wearing the Cape -Marion G. Harmon

10. Batman: The Long Halloween- Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

Looks like Alan Moore, Frank Miller, and Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee have taken their customary spots on the bestseller list.

Bryan Hitch leaving Marvel for mystery project and spelling lessons

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Bryan Hitch, the king of widescreen comics, is announcing the end of his Marvel run of nearly ten years — or at least that’s what he’s tweet hinting:

In two days time, an amazing decade at Marvel closes for me. What a wonderful time to have joined the party. Very proud and honoured.

For the last month, Hitch has been counting down to a purported huge announcement. He has only five days to go, so January 3 will be the big day — coincidentally, the day that Hitch’s frequent — Ultimates, Authority– collaborator Mark Millar also has an announcement planned. Hm.

While Hitchy, as he is known to pals, has definitely been playing the social networking game well with all this news rollout, a subsequent tweet where he hinted at his next project has proved controversial:

So naturally new horizons beckon. Boy ate they something. See you there.


While some might think “ate” was a typo for “are” — everyone makes mistakes when they tweet, right? — some see it as code — and think the acronym B.A.T.S. means he’s going to DC to draw Batman. Others think…well, damn you, auto-correct.

Hitch’s last project for Marvel, The Ultron War miniseries, has yet to be published, but Brian Bendis has confirmed that Hitch has drawn his end of it.

Marvel and ESPN team for Tim Tebow cartoon


Even if you don’t follow the NFL with fervor, you have probably heard of Tim Tebow, this year’s quarterback media sensation. Home-schooled and extremely religious, the Broncos’ field marshal combines the basically hapless – he can barely throw a football — with the incredibly heroic — he once played half a high school game with a broken leg. He’s also given to giving credit for his late-in-the-game comebacks to play calling by the Big Guy upstairs. More controversially, he’s the originator of the act now known as “Tebowing” — genuflecting in prayer after a big play right then and there no matter what the situation.

While they don’t equate him with a miracle, Disney stablemates ESPN and Marvel have teamed up for a brief cartoon painting Tebow as a superhero. The segment is barely a minute long, and really only features some stills drawn in the mighty Marvel style, so “minimum comics content.” And no Tebowing.
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The Perfect Cartoon?

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New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff asks cartoonist Michael Maslin, and the results are two by James Thurber, a man who created many perfect cartoons. Although one of the picks is one of Thurber’s best known, we’d like to spotlight the above, along with Maslin’s analysis — of course, analyzing any humor — especially New Yorker cartoons — is like programming your Garage Band to the sound of one hand clapping….but sometimes you have to try:

The woman is classic Thurber, but look closely at the hippopotamus: at its eye and its eyebrow, at the curve of the mouth. What is that expression? There’s no answer. And so you look again, and again. I’ve been looking for thirty-five years.

The caption is short and uncomplicated, and Thurber didn’t try for a “funny” name for the doctor. And other than his name, all that’s left of Dr. Millmoss is the pipe, the shoe, and the hat. Try covering them up with your finger. The drawing works O.K. without them, but with them it’s a masterpiece.


No one could replicate this level of perfection…it’s innate.

Personally, we enjoyed this cartoon of Maslin’s:

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Our analysis? Pretty simple: cute animals doing something funny. Gets us every time.

Discarded Wonder Woman costume shows up on Erica Durance

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Waste not, want not: although the Wonder Woman costume designed for Adrienne Palicki didn’t help the show fly as a pilot, producer David E. Kelley must have realized that a newly designed Wonder Woman costume is the kind of thing you keep in the closet for a rainy day. On Harry’s Law, another show he produces, Erica Durance showed up wearing the costume — playing a woman who THINKS she’s Wonder Woman. So it’s both Kelley making an in-joke…and being thrifty and green by recycling! Well played.

Via DC Women Kicking Asswhich has more photos and reference.