Bendis talks Guardians of the Galaxy from Groot to Drax

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Brian Michael Bendis took to the Marvel Conference Phone this week, to listen in awe to the sonorous sounds of the comics press. Talking about his imminent relaunch of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with Steve McNiven, he was joined on the call by editor Steve Wacker, who alternately sighed and yelped “NO” every time the writer revealed a little too much about the upcoming stories.

I don’t think I’ve spoken to anybody who sounds more excited to be writing comics than Bendis, who at one point spent a good few minutes talking about his love for previous runs on the book by writers like Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. As somebody who doesn’t know the Guardians very well (sorry!), I asked about the status of the team come issue #1, and how they’ll enter the series.

“”We want to show you what they’re like together as a team, but we’re going to backtrack early on and see how they got together and why they stay together, because they’ve been through a lot,” said Bendis. “People will realize how much of a family they are – and a lot of characters don’t have anything outside of this team. I think what I like about them is they don’t answer to anybody. That makes them very dangerous.

He also likened them to pirates — because whenever they’re around, everybody else feels nervous. The team will be made up of Gamora, Starlord, Groot, Drax and Rocket Raccoon to begin with – building from their previous appearance in his Avengers Assemble series – but will then draw in other team members as the book goes on. I did ask about Moondragon, because I know she has a particularly keen fanbase, but Bendis kept quiet on the matter. To Steve Wacker’s quiet joy.

Bendis talked about the central ideas of the book without going too much into the plot. It looks as though this team will be very deeply ingrained into the rest of the Marvel Universe, as Iron Man will be joining the team fairly early on. But the team will also be having adventures on Earth, which they have decided is a planet they particularly need to protect. Their mission statement will be “nobody touches this planet”. Which, then, I’m assuming tempts everybody else to try and touch the planet.

Steve McNiven will be drawing the series, and has redesigned the costumes. Halfway through the call Marvel decided that they couldn’t hold back on a particular two-page spread McNiven’s drawn, and so they giddily sent it across to us:

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There were a variety of other bits and pieces, such as Bendis reaffirming his determination that one day he’ll be able to write the name “ROM” into a script, and confirmation of a story which crosses the team into ALL-NEW X-MEN, as the angry broccoli people killed by The Phoenix during The Dark Phoenix Saga (ten points if you can name the race of creatures she killed?) seem to be looking for revenge on the galactic bird, and Jean in particular. There will also be some kind of connection between Guardians of the Galaxy and Jason Aaron’s current Thor series, and the Age of Ultron event will also ripple into the book.

It was an energetic call from Bendis, in which he repeatedly made clear how much he respects the stories which have gone before. He seems passionate and engaged with the book in the same way he has been so far in ALL-NEW X-MEN, with the cobwebs from the Avengers run properly shaken off. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY starts with a Starlord origin issue in February’s point one, before kicking off with issue #1 in March.

The Beat is safe!

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Despite the malware warnings, The Beat has not been compromised. Thanks to everyone for all the emails and tweets! It’s all part of a false positive Google levied on adserver iSocket this morning. While big sites like TechCrunch and so on are now going on their merry way, until Google decides to turn our power back on, we’re helpless.

Which reminds us. Remember when Google seemed like a merry renegade info hacker? Now it’s just another faceless bureaucracy like the institutions it replaced. C’est la vie.

Matsumoto, Blutch, Spiegelman, Mouly headline 2013 TCAF

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It was a must-go sight unseen but now that it’s been seen, we’re dialing up Porter Air for tickets. This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival—held May 11-12th—not only presents manga legends Taiyo Matsumoto and Gengoroh Tagame, but Euro comics master Blutch and US icons Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly. It’s gonna be awesome.

Fans of comics, manga, and graphic literature will be clearing their calendars this May to attend the 10th Anniversary of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Taking place May 11th and 12th 2013 at Toronto Reference Library & The Appel Salon, TCAF is expected to draw a record crowd of 20,000 across all festival events, and will reach new heights as one of the most celebrated literary comics events in the world!

Founded in 2003 in conjunction with The Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, The Toronto Comic Arts Festival seeks “to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth.” By partnering with Presenting Sponsor Toronto Public Library, TCAF has achieved its goal of changing the Canadian comics landscape… and the first ten years were just the beginning! TCAF 2013 will feature the largest and most international array of comics authors and artists in the history of the Festival, a virtual who’s who of literary cartoonists including featured guests:
• Art Spiegelman: Author of Maus, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Co-Founder RAW Magazine. Debuting:Co-Mix
• Francoise Mouly: Art Editor of The New Yorker, Founder of Toon Books, Co-Founder RAW Magazine
• Taiyo Matsumoto Author of Tekkon Kinkreet (adapted into film by Sony Pictures). First North American event. Debuting: Sunny Volume 1. (Japan)
• Raina Telgemeier: New York Times Bestselling Author of the childrens’ and middle-grade graphic novels Smile and Drama
• Blutch: Angouleme Grand Prix Winner. First North American event. Debuting: So Long, Silver Screen. (France)
• Gengoroh Tagame: Acclaimed Japanese gay comics creator. First North American event. Debuting:The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. (Japan)
• Dash Shaw: Author of BodyWorld. Debuting: New School.
• Maurice Vellekoop: Acclaimed illustrator and comics author. Artist of TCAF 10th Anniversary Poster.
 (More detailed biographies follow at the end of this release).

These seven featured guests join a fantastic and diverse array of more than 300 Canadian and international cartoonists who will make up the 2013 Festival.

PROGRAMS:

The World’s Stage (in Toronto): The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is the most internationally-focused comics Festival in North America, and TCAF 2013 will see the largest number of international cartoonists yet!Representative cartoonists will be on hand from more than 17 countries, including Austria, Australia, Brazil, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, The U.S.A., Canada, with more to be announced. TCAF 2013 will prominently feature gallery showings and installations of work by Australian, Finnish, French, and Japanese cartoonists, details TBA.

TCAF TURNS TEN: The 10th Anniversary of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival will not go unobserved, as a massive participatory gallery-show will mark the official kick-off of the festival, held at and in conjunction with Steamwhistle Gallery. The thousand-plus cartoonists who have participated in TCAF events since 2003 will be invited to contribute their special vision ofToronto and Comics in a wonderful celebration of the Festival and the city we call home.

The World Of Taiyo Matsumoto: This talented and prolific cartoonist’s career will be explored through a full program of Festival events, headlined by an exhibition of original artwork and goods, to be held at and in conjunction with The Japan Foundation, Toronto. Further events will include a special screening of the filmTekkon Kinkreet (based on his graphic novel), with Director Michael Arias and Screenwriter Anthony Weintraub in attendance.

Everything You Love… And More!: TCAF 2013 will reprise our most popular programming from the history of the Festival, including our popular Webcomics Pavilion, OWLkids Kids Area, Wowee Zonk Small Press Area, Panel Discussions and Interviews, Workshops, Readings, and much more. These events will take place in and around Toronto Reference Library, official TCAF hotel The Marriott Bloor-Yorkville, and the Yonge-Bloor neighbourhood.

Over the next several months, TCAF will announce additional Featured Guests from Canada and around the world, details of programming and related events, and a full run-down of all that’s in store at the 2013 Festival. We will be sending PR for all events, but be sure to check the TCAF Website and social media for up-to-the-minute updates!

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: November 2012

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by Marc-Oliver Frisch

While Marvel keeps rolling out its latest round of relaunches, DC is sticking to its guns in November. There’s the “Death of the Family” crossover that continues running through various Batman titles. There’s the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover that continues running through the Green Lantern books. There are three minor crossover storylines running through various other titles. And there are, finally, the Before Watchmen and “digital-first” lines of books, both of which continue to expand in November.

But while Marvel wins the market shares for dollars and units quite handsomely, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad month for DC. On the contrary: The publisher’s bottom line remains rock-solid in November, both in terms of average sales (slightly up from October) and overall sales (slightly down from October), continuing a trend of very steady overall sales figures in 2012.

The notable exception to that trend, once again, is Vertigo, which, due to various ongoing and limited series ending and not being replaced with new ones, only has eight new titles out in November — the lowest number since January 2004, and the second-lowest number overall since March 2003. As a consequence, Vertigo’s total unit sales for periodicals crumble to an estimated 92,000 in November, which is also the second-lowest ever, and only the second time that figure drops below 100K.

With Sweet Tooth, Saucer Country and Hellblazer about to end, American Vampire going on hiatus and Punk Rock Jesus concluding its run, there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason left for DC to keep Vertigo around as a label for new periodical comics, particularly after the dismissal of founding editor Karen Berger. I wrote the October column before Berger’s departure was announced, but this particular development rather underlines my points, I think.

See below for the details and, 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.

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279 - SCOOBY DOO: WHERE ARE YOU? (Johnny DC)
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
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11/2011: SD:WAY? #15     -- 4,701
12/2011: SD:WAY? #16     -- 4,627 (- 1.6%)
01/2012: SD:WAY? #17     -- 4,533 (- 2.0%)
02/2012: SD:WAY? #18     -- 4,655 (+ 2.7%)
03/2012: SD:WAY? #19     -- 4,677 (+ 0.5%)
04/2012: SD:WAY? #20     -- 4,752 (+ 1.6%)
05/2012: SD:WAY? #21     -- 5,269 (+10.9%)
06/2012: SD:WAY? #22     -- 4,968 (- 5.7%)
07/2012: SD:WAY? #23     -- 4,934 (- 0.7%)
08/2012: SD:WAY? #24     -- ?
09/2012: SD:WAY? #25     -- 4,979
10/2012: SD:WAY? #26     -- ?
11/2012: SD:WAY? #27     -- 5,032
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6 months: - 4.5%
1 year  : + 7.0%
2 years : + 3.5%
5 years : +18.8%

The faithful five thousand Scooby-Doovians keep showing up.

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250 - GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Johnny DC)
04/2012: GL: TAS #1 -- 12,791
05/2012: GL: TAS #2 --  9,615 (-24.8%)
06/2012: GL: TAS #3 --  8,716 (- 9.4%)
07/2012: GL: TAS #4 --  7,790 (-10.6%)
08/2012: GL: TAS #5 --  6,968 (-10.6%)
09/2012: GL: TAS #6 --  6,619 (- 5.0%)
10/2012: GL: TAS #7 --  6,516 (- 1.6%)
11/2012: GL: TAS #8 --  5,961 (- 8.5%)
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6 months: -38.0%

Not quite levelled out. It’s worth repeating, though, that this is not Care Bears torture porn, despite being a Green Lantern title, so it was always going to be an uphill struggle.

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225 - SAUCER COUNTRY (Vertigo)
03/2012: Saucer Country #1  -- 15,684
04/2012: Saucer Country #2  -- 11,263 (-28.2%)
05/2012: Saucer Country #3  -- 10,656 (- 5.4%)
06/2012: Saucer Country #4  --  9,959 (- 6.5%)
07/2012: Saucer Country #5  --  9,470 (- 4.9%)
08/2012: Saucer Country #6  --  8,700 (- 8.1%)
09/2012: Saucer Country #7  --  8,152 (- 6.3%)
10/2012: Saucer Country #8  --  7,557 (- 7.3%)
11/2012: Saucer Country #9  --  7,102 (- 6.0%)
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6 months: -33.4%

At this rate, Saucer Country will be literally running out of readers this time next year. I don’t see the book making it past issue #15, to be quite frank. (Update: The book is cancelled with issue #14.)

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221 - SWEET TOOTH (Vertigo)
11/2009: Sweet Tooth #3  -- 10,363
11/2010: Sweet Tooth #15 --  8,750
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11/2011: Sweet Tooth #27 --  7,923 (- 0.5%)
12/2011: Sweet Tooth #28 --  7,699 (- 2.8%)
01/2012: Sweet Tooth #29 --  8,128 (+ 5.6%)
02/2012: Sweet Tooth #30 --  7,584 (- 6.7%)
03/2012: Sweet Tooth #31 --  7,541 (- 0.6%)
04/2012: Sweet Tooth #32 --  7,534 (- 0.1%)
05/2012: Sweet Tooth #33 --  7,631 (+ 1.3%)
06/2012: Sweet Tooth #34 --  7,689 (+ 0.8%)
07/2012: Sweet Tooth #35 --  7,558 (- 1.7%)
08/2012: Sweet Tooth #36 --  7,441 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: Sweet Tooth #37 --  7,333 (- 1.5%)
10/2012: Sweet Tooth #38 --  7,354 (+ 0.3%)
11/2012: Sweet Tooth #39 --  7,324 (- 0.4%)
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6 months: - 4.0%
1 year  : - 7.6%
2 years : -16.3%

Ending with issue #40.

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220 - YOUNG JUSTICE (Johnny DC)
11/2011: Young Justice #10 --  7,650 (- 1.1%)
12/2011: Young Justice #11 --  7,221 (- 5.6%)
01/2012: Young Justice #12 --  7,288 (+ 0.9%)
02/2012: Young Justice #13 --  7,237 (- 0.7%)
03/2012: Young Justice #14 --  7,241 (+ 0.1%)
04/2012: Young Justice #15 --  7,273 (+ 0.4%)
05/2012: Young Justice #16 --  7,466 (+ 2.7%)
06/2012: Young Justice #17 --  7,459 (- 0.1%)
07/2012: Young Justice #18 --  7,458 (- 0.0%)
08/2012: Young Justice #19 --  7,375 (- 1.1%)
09/2012: Young Justice #20 --  7,515 (+ 1.9%)
10/2012: Young Justice #21 --  7,558 (+ 0.6%)
11/2012: Young Justice #22 --  7,344 (- 2.8%)
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6 months: - 1.6%
1 year  : - 4.0%

Rock-solid direct-market figures for a Johnny DC title.

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207 - SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES (Johnny DC)
05/2012: Superman Family Adventures #1  -- 13,303
06/2012: Superman Family Adventures #2  -- 10,137 (-23.8%)
07/2012: Superman Family Adventures #3  --  9,246 (- 8.8%)
08/2012: Superman Family Adventures #4  --  8,925 (- 3.5%)
09/2012: Superman Family Adventures #5  --  8,572 (- 4.0%)
10/2012: Superman Family Adventures #6  --  8,450 (- 1.4%)
11/2012: Superman Family Adventures #7  --  8,074 (- 4.5%)
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6 months: -39.3%

Another Johnny DC book with perfectly decent direct-market numbers, it would seem. However: cancelled with issue #12.

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199 - LOT 13
10/2012: Lot 13 #1 of 5 -- 12,476
11/2012: Lot 13 #2 of 5 --  8,767 (-29.7%)

That’s a horrendous second-issue drop for a miniseries.

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198 - THE UNWRITTEN (Vertigo)
11/2009: The Unwritten #7  -- 14,763
11/2010: The Unwritten #19 -- 12,036
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11/2011: The Unwritten #31 -- 10,434 (- 0.5%)
11/2011: The Unwritten #.5 -- 10,183 (- 2.4%)
12/2011: The Unwritten #32 -- 10,073 (- 1.1%)
12/2011: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,759 (- 3.1%)
01/2012: The Unwritten #33 --  9,888 (+ 1.3%)
01/2012: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,483 (- 4.1%)
02/2012: The Unwritten #34 --  9,789 (+ 3.2%)
02/2012: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,595 (- 2.0%)
03/2012: The Unwritten #35 --  9,675 (+ 0.8%)
03/2012: The Unwritten #.5 --  9,529 (- 1.5%)
04/2012: The Unwritten #36 --  9,678 (+ 1.6%)
05/2012: The Unwritten #37 --  9,549 (- 1.3%)
06/2012: The Unwritten #38 --  9,494 (- 0.6%)
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478 (- 0.2%)
08/2012: The Unwritten #40 --  9,127 (- 3.7%)
09/2012: The Unwritten #41 --  8,943 (- 2.0%)
10/2012: The Unwritten #42 --  8,881 (- 0.7%)
11/2012: The Unwritten #43 --  8,791 (- 1.0%)
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6 months: - 7.9%
1 year  : -14.7%
2 years : -27.0%

Slowly slipping down the chart.

The Unwritten is, by a wide margin of about 5,000 units, the lowest-selling Vertigo title that hasn’t been cancelled yet, as I’m writing this. I’m presuming this is because the collections are performing comparatively (if not spectacularly) well in the direct market and actually show up on the Bookscan charts.

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193 - HELLBLAZER (Vertigo)
11/2007: Hellblazer #238 -- 12,536
11/2008: Hellblazer #249 -- 11,445
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645
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11/2011: Hellblazer #285 --  9,500 (-1.1%)
12/2011: Hellblazer #286 --  9,404 (-1.0%)
01/2012: Hellblazer #287 --  9,368 (-0.4%)
02/2012: Hellblazer #288 --  9,553 (+2.0%)
03/2012: Hellblazer #289 --  9,363 (-2.0%)
04/2012: Hellblazer #290 --  9,472 (+1.2%)
05/2012: Hellblazer #291 --  9,426 (-0.5%)
06/2012: Hellblazer #292 --  9,533 (+1.1%)
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247 (-3.0%)
08/2012: Hellblazer #294 --  9,396 (+1.6%)
09/2012: Hellblazer #295 --  9,143 (-2.7%)
10/2012: Hellblazer #296 --  9,255 (+1.2%)
11/2012: Hellblazer #297 --  9,146 (-1.2%)
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6 months: - 3.0%
1 year  : - 3.7%
2 years : - 5.2%
5 years : -27.0%

To be relaunched as a DC Universe title after issue #300.

The fact that DC shitcanned the planned creative team for the relaunch before the first issue is even solicited — presumably after realizing that you’d need someone with new writer (fingers crossed) Jeff Lemire’s type of name for the new series to survive into the double digits — inspires a great deal of confidence.

The spirit of creativity, it is always humming.

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188 - G.I. COMBAT
05/2012: G.I. Combat #1  -- 33,740
06/2012: G.I. Combat #2  -- 19,002 (-43.7%)
07/2012: G.I. Combat #3  -- 14,359 (-24.4%)
08/2012: G.I. Combat #4  -- 11,797 (-17.8%)
09/2012: G.I. Combat #0  -- 14,072 (+19.3%)
10/2012: G.I. Combat #5  -- 10,526 (-25.2%)
11/2012: G.I. Combat #6  --  9,713 (- 7.7%)
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6 months: -71.2%

The lowest-selling “New 52″ title. Axed with issue #7.

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187 - PHANTOM LADY
08/2012: Phantom Lady #1 of 4 -- 17,043
09/2012: Phantom Lady #2 of 4 -- 12,653 (-25.8%)
10/2012: Phantom Lady #3 of 4 -- 10,535 (-16.7%)
11/2012: Phantom Lady #4 of 4 -- 10,119 (- 4.0%)

Terrible sales, but not so terrible that DC won’t have more Freedom-Fighters-related miniseries by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. For some reason, Phantom Lady didn’t show up in the online solicitations for November, but it doesn’t seem to have hurt the figures any further, at least.

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181 - JOE KUBERT PRESENTS
10/2012: Joe Kubert Presents #1 of 6 -- 14,842
11/2012: Joe Kubert Presents #2 of 6 -- 10,542 (-29.0%)

Another miniseries with a massive second-issue drop.

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173 - GRIFTER
11/2011: Grifter #3  -- 29,802 (-25.3%)
12/2011: Grifter #4  -- 22,486 (-24.6%)
01/2012: Grifter #5  -- 20,060 (-10.8%)
02/2012: Grifter #6  -- 18,057 (-10.0%)
03/2012: Grifter #7  -- 16,559 (- 8.3%)
04/2012: Grifter #8  -- 15,686 (- 5.3%)
05/2012: Grifter #9  -- 15,228 (- 2.9%)
06/2012: Grifter #10 -- 14,258 (- 6.4%)
07/2012: Grifter #11 -- 13,382 (- 6.1%)
08/2012: Grifter #12 -- 12,400 (- 7.3%)
09/2012: Grifter #0  -- 15,751 (+27.0%)
10/2012: Grifter #13 -- 12,142 (-22.9%)
11/2012: Grifter #14 -- 11,631 (- 4.2%)
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6 months: -23.6%
1 year  : -61.0%

Axed with issue #16.

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169 - PUNK ROCK JESUS (Vertigo)
07/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #1 of 5 -- 14,571
08/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #2 of 6 -- 11,936 (-18.1%)
09/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #3 of 6 -- 11,962 (+ 0.2%)
10/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #4 of 6 -- 12,378 (+ 3.5%)
11/2012: Punk Rock Jesus #5 of 6 -- 12,276 (- 0.8%)

The Sean Murphy vehicle keeps selling very well, by Vertigo standards. Punk Rock Jesus was first solicited as a five-issue series, then expanded with the solicitation for issue #2.

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167 - BLUE BEETLE
11/2007: Blue Beetle #21 -- 15,645
11/2008: Blue Beetle #33 -- 11,452
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11/2011: Blue Beetle #3  -- 27,612 (-29.9%)
12/2011: Blue Beetle #4  -- 21,408 (-22.5%)
01/2012: Blue Beetle #5  -- 19,042 (-11.1%)
02/2012: Blue Beetle #6  -- 17,034 (-10.6%)
03/2012: Blue Beetle #7  -- 15,780 (- 7.4%)
04/2012: Blue Beetle #8  -- 15,180 (- 3.8%)
05/2012: Blue Beetle #9  -- 16,607 (+ 9.4%)
06/2012: Blue Beetle #10 -- 14,413 (-13.2%)
07/2012: Blue Beetle #11 -- 13,923 (- 3.4%)
08/2012: Blue Beetle #12 -- 13,325 (- 4.3%)
09/2012: Blue Beetle #0  -- 16,888 (+26.7%)
10/2012: Blue Beetle #13 -- 13,141 (-22.2%)
11/2012: Blue Beetle #14 -- 12,508 (- 4.8%)
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6 months: - 24.7%
1 year  : - 54.7%
5 years : - 20.1%

Cancelled with issue #16.

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165 - THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN
11/2011: Firestorm #3  -- 31,654 (-28.0%)
12/2011: Firestorm #4  -- 25,610 (-19.1%)
01/2012: Firestorm #5  -- 21,329 (-16.7%)
02/2012: Firestorm #6  -- 19,162 (-10.2%)
03/2012: Firestorm #7  -- 17,786 (- 7.2%)
04/2012: Firestorm #8  -- 17,076 (- 4.0%)
05/2012: Firestorm #9  -- 17,240 (+ 1.0%)
06/2012: Firestorm #10 -- 15,789 (- 8.4%)
07/2012: Firestorm #11 -- 14,931 (- 5.4%)
08/2012: Firestorm #12 -- 14,137 (- 5.3%)
09/2012: Firestorm #0  -- 17,279 (+22.2%)
10/2012: Firestorm #13 -- 13,460 (-22.1%)
11/2012: Firestorm #14 -- 12,862 (- 4.4%)
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6 months: -25.4%
1 year  : -59.4%

The lowest-selling “New 52″ title that hasn’t been cancelled. You can’t really say that sales are levelling out yet, so presumably this is a case of too many other titles already getting the axe.

Overall, there are 18 “New 52″ books selling below the 20K mark right now, five of which are ending in January, and two more of which are ending in April. This leaves at least 11 books on borrowed time, but without an official end date.

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161 - DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS
11/2011: DCU Presents #3  -- 31,019 (-25.4%)
12/2011: DCU Presents #4  -- 24,398 (-21.4%)
01/2012: DCU Presents #5  -- 22,048 (- 9.6%)
02/2012: DCU Presents #6  -- 20,188 (- 8.4%)
03/2012: DCU Presents #7  -- 17,830 (-11.7%)
04/2012: DCU Presents #8  -- 16,566 (- 7.1%)
05/2012: DCU Presents #9  -- 15,776 (- 4.8%)
06/2012: DCU Presents #10 -- 14,310 (- 9.3%)
07/2012: DCU Presents #11 -- 13,619 (- 4.8%)
08/2012: DCU Presents #12 -- 15,138 (+11.2%)
09/2012: DCU Presents #0  -- 17,528 (+15.8%)
10/2012: DCU Presents #13 -- 14,405 (-17.8%)
11/2012: DCU Presents #14 -- 13,537 (- 6.0%)
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6 months: -14.2%
1 year  : -56.4%

Axed with issue #19.

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160 - AMERICAN VAMPIRE (Vertigo)
11/2010: American Vampire #8  -- 19,850
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11/2011: American Vampire #20 -- 15,685 (+ 2.6%)
12/2011: American Vampire #21 -- 15,026 (- 4.2%)
12/2011: American Vampire #22 -- 14,759 (- 1.8%)
01/2012: American Vampire #23 -- 14,240 (- 3.5%)
02/2012: American Vampire #24 -- 14,278 (+ 0.3%)
03/2012: American Vampire #25 -- 14,598 (+ 2.2%)
04/2012: American Vampire #26 -- 14,493 (- 0.7%)
05/2012: American Vampire #27 -- 14,420 (- 0.5%)
06/2012: American Vampire #28 -- 15,573 (+ 8.0%)
07/2012: American Vampire #29 -- 15,324 (- 1.6%)
08/2012: American Vampire #30 -- 15,081 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: American Vampire #31 -- 14,796 (- 1.9%)
10/2012: American Vampire #32 -- 14,857 (+ 0.4%)
11/2012: American Vampire #33 -- 13,614 (- 8.4%)
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6 months: - 5.6%
1 year  : -13.2%
2 years : -31.4%

The final issue of the “Blacklist” arc doesn’t have a variant-cover edition for some reason, hence the stiff drop. The last issue without one was #27. The book goes on hiatus with issue #34.

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158 - I, VAMPIRE
11/2011: I, Vampire #3  -- 26,070 (-24.7%)
12/2011: I, Vampire #4  -- 21,601 (-17.1%)
01/2012: I, Vampire #5  -- 18,816 (-12.9%)
02/2012: I, Vampire #6  -- 18,153 (- 3.5%)
03/2012: I, Vampire #7  -- 18,440 (+ 1.6%)
04/2012: I, Vampire #8  -- 18,717 (+ 1.5%)
05/2012: I, Vampire #9  -- 17,175 (- 8.2%)
06/2012: I, Vampire #10 -- 16,517 (- 3.8%)
07/2012: I, Vampire #11 -- 15,734 (- 4.7%)
08/2012: I, Vampire #12 -- 14,788 (- 6.0%)
09/2012: I, Vampire #0  -- 17,920 (+21.2%)
10/2012: I, Vampire #13 -- 14,260 (-20.4%)
11/2012: I, Vampire #14 -- 13,666 (- 4.2%)
----------------
6 months: -20.4%
1 year  : -47.6%

Axed with issue #19.

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151 - DEATHSTROKE
11/2011: Deathstroke #3  -- 33,754 (-24.4%)
12/2011: Deathstroke #4  -- 26,367 (-21.9%)
01/2012: Deathstroke #5  -- 23,872 (- 9.5%)
02/2012: Deathstroke #6  -- 21,306 (-10.8%)
03/2012: Deathstroke #7  -- 19,744 (- 7.3%)
04/2012: Deathstroke #8  -- 18,834 (- 4.6%)
05/2012: Deathstroke #9  -- 20,878 (+10.9%)
06/2012: Deathstroke #10 -- 19,722 (- 5.5%)
07/2012: Deathstroke #11 -- 17,107 (-13.3%)
08/2012: Deathstroke #12 -- 16,772 (- 2.0%)
09/2012: Deathstroke #0  -- 20,796 (+24.0%)
10/2012: Deathstroke #13 -- 15,078 (-27.5%)
11/2012: Deathstroke #14 -- 14,452 (- 4.2%)
----------------
6 months: -30.8%
1 year  : -57.2%

Not really levelling out yet, but still ongoing.

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148 - THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN
11/2011: Savage Hawkman #3  -- 35,177 (-26.4%)
12/2011: Savage Hawkman #4  -- 28,263 (-19.7%)
01/2012: Savage Hawkman #5  -- 23,967 (-15.2%)
02/2012: Savage Hawkman #6  -- 21,316 (-11.1%)
03/2012: Savage Hawkman #7  -- 19,433 (- 8.8%)
04/2012: Savage Hawkman #8  -- 18,300 (- 5.8%)
05/2012: Savage Hawkman #9  -- 17,626 (- 3.7%)
06/2012: Savage Hawkman #10 -- 16,417 (- 6.9%)
07/2012: Savage Hawkman #11 -- 15,460 (- 5.8%)
08/2012: Savage Hawkman #12 -- 14,745 (- 4.6%)
09/2012: Savage Hawkman #0  -- 18,750 (+27.2%)
10/2012: Savage Hawkman #13 -- 14,763 (-21.3%)
11/2012: Savage Hawkman #14 -- 14,726 (- 0.3%)
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6 months: -16.5%
1 year  : -58.1%

A crossover with Green Arrow is cancelling out the drop, while Hawkman itself is not officially cancelled yet, as I’m writing this.

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147 - LEGION LOST
11/2011: Legion Lost #3  -- 31,226 (-26.8%)
12/2011: Legion Lost #4  -- 24,020 (-23.1%)
01/2012: Legion Lost #5  -- 21,549 (-10.3%)
02/2012: Legion Lost #6  -- 19,447 (- 9.8%)
03/2012: Legion Lost #7  -- 18,214 (- 6.3%)
04/2012: Legion Lost #8  -- 17,984 (- 1.3%)
05/2012: Legion Lost #9  -- 23,794 (+32.3%)
06/2012: Legion Lost #10 -- 17,581 (-26.1%)
07/2012: Legion Lost #11 -- 17,037 (- 3.1%)
08/2012: Legion Lost #12 -- 16,066 (- 5.7%)
09/2012: Legion Lost #0  -- 18,786 (+16.9%)
10/2012: Legion Lost #13 -- 15,377 (-18.2%)
11/2012: Legion Lost #14 -- 14,766 (- 4.0%)
----------------
6 months: -37.9%
1 year  : -52.7%

Cancelled with issue #16.

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143 - BATWING
11/2011: Batwing #3  -- 35,110 (-17.9%)
12/2011: Batwing #4  -- 26,726 (-23.9%)
01/2012: Batwing #5  -- 24,036 (-10.1%)
02/2012: Batwing #6  -- 21,643 (-10.0%)
03/2012: Batwing #7  -- 21,058 (- 2.7%)
04/2012: Batwing #8  -- 20,373 (- 3.3%)
05/2012: Batwing #9  -- 35,731 (+75.4%)
06/2012: Batwing #10 -- 20,724 (-42.0%)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: Batwing #12 -- 18,279 (- 8.8%)
09/2012: Batwing #0  -- 22,135 (+21.1%)
10/2012: Batwing #13 -- 17,166 (-22.5%)
11/2012: Batwing #14 -- 15,967 (- 7.0%)
----------------
6 months: -55.3%
1 year  : -54.5%

Evidently not cancelled yet, amazingly, despite the free-fall.

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142 - DEMON KNIGHTS
11/2011: Demon Knights #3  -- 34,681 (-17.9%)
12/2011: Demon Knights #4  -- 28,109 (-19.0%)
01/2012: Demon Knights #5  -- 25,823 (- 8.1%)
02/2012: Demon Knights #6  -- 23,476 (- 9.1%)
03/2012: Demon Knights #7  -- 22,000 (- 6.3%)
04/2012: Demon Knights #8  -- 21,124 (- 4.0%)
05/2012: Demon Knights #9  -- 20,196 (- 4.4%)
06/2012: Demon Knights #10 -- 19,005 (- 5.9%)
07/2012: Demon Knights #11 -- 18,201 (- 4.2%)
08/2012: Demon Knights #12 -- 17,295 (- 5.0%)
09/2012: Demon Knights #0  -- 20,474 (+18.4%)
10/2012: Demon Knights #13 -- 16,805 (-17.9%)
11/2012: Demon Knights #14 -- 16,005 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -20.8%
1 year  : -53.9%

Another “New 52″ book that hasn’t found its level and remains ongoing, for the time being.

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141 - AME-COMI GIRLS
10/2012: ACG #1: Wonder Woman -- 24,966
11/2012: ACG #2: Batgirl      -- 16,083 (-35.6%)

This five-parter collecting material that was first released digitally is relaunched as an ongoing series in March, so DC seems happy enough with these figures, despite the gigantic second-issue drop. Different economics apply.

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139 - FABLES (Vertigo)
11/2007: Fables #67  -- 24,841
11/2008: Fables #78  -- 23,345
11/2009: Fables #90  -- 20,882
11/2010: --
------------------------------
11/2011: Fables #111 -- 17,687 (- 2.3%)
12/2011: Fables #112 -- 17,602 (- 0.5%)
01/2012: Fables #113 -- 17,588 (- 0.1%)
02/2012: Fables #114 -- 17,374 (- 1.2%)
03/2012: Fables #115 -- 17,384 (+ 0.1%)
04/2012: Fables #116 -- 17,543 (+ 0.9%)
05/2012: Fables #117 -- 17,484 (- 0.3%)
06/2012: Fables #118 -- 18,566 (+ 6.2%)
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110 (- 7.8%)
08/2012: Fables #120 -- 16,704 (- 2.4%)
09/2012: Fables #121 -- 16,596 (- 0.7%)
10/2012: Fables #122 -- 16,513 (- 0.5%)
11/2012: Fables #123 -- 16,229 (- 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.2%
1 year  : - 8.2%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : -31.9%

Vertigo’s flagship title continues its slow decline. Fables is one of only three ongoing Vertigo titles that don’t have an official end date yet, and one of the other two is Fairest, a Fables spin-off. It’ll be interesting to see where, and if, Vertigo stands a year from now.

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135 - FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.
11/2011: Frankenstein #3          -- 31,869 (-21.2%)
12/2011: Frankenstein #4          -- 24,812 (-22.1%)
01/2012: Frankenstein #5          -- 22,737 (- 8.4%)
02/2012: Frankenstein #6          -- 20,463 (-10.0%)
03/2012: Frankenstein #7          -- 18,891 (- 7.7%)
04/2012: Frankenstein #8          -- 17,953 (- 5.0%)
05/2012: Frankenstein #9          -- 17,266 (- 3.8%)
06/2012: Frankenstein #10         -- 16,377 (- 5.2%)
07/2012: Frankenstein #11         -- 15,635 (- 4.5%)
08/2012: Frankenstein #12         -- 14,679 (- 6.1%)
09/2012: Frankenstein #0          -- 18,122 (+23.5%)
10/2012: Frankenstein #13         -- 16,501 (- 9.0%)
11/2012: Frankenstein #14         -- 16,444 (- 0.4%)
----------------
6 months: - 4.8%
1 year  : -48.4%

Sales remain up versus August, thanks to the “Rotworld” crossover with Animal Man and Swamp Thing.

The book is axed with issue #16.

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134 - STORMWATCH
11/2007: --
11/2008: StormWatch: PHD #16  --  6,824
11/2009: StormWatch: PHD #24  --  4,598
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11/2011: Stormwatch #3        -- 39,262 (-17.4%)
12/2011: Stormwatch #4        -- 30,987 (-21.1%)
01/2012: Stormwatch #5        -- 29,112 (- 6.1%)
02/2012: Stormwatch #6        -- 26,076 (-10.4%)
03/2012: Stormwatch #7        -- 24,384 (- 6.5%)
04/2012: Stormwatch #8        -- 23,212 (- 4.8%)
05/2012: Stormwatch #9        -- 22,448 (- 3.3%)
06/2012: Stormwatch #10       -- 20,592 (- 8.3%)
07/2012: Stormwatch #11       -- 19,678 (- 4.4%)
08/2012: Stormwatch #12       -- 18,531 (- 5.8%)
09/2012: Stormwatch #0        -- 21,764 (+17.5%)
10/2012: Stormwatch #13       -- 17,621 (-19.0%)
11/2012: Stormwatch #14       -- 16,559 (- 6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.2%
1 year  : - 57.8%
5 years :   n.a.

Sales remain in free-fall.

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130 - RAVAGERS
05/2012: Ravagers #1  -- 44,230
06/2012: Ravagers #2  -- 31,128 (-29.6%)
07/2012: Ravagers #3  -- 24,963 (-19.8%)
08/2012: Ravagers #4  -- 20,730 (-17.0%)
09/2012: Ravagers #0  -- 22,437 (+ 8.2%)
10/2012: Ravagers #5  -- 18,656 (-16.9%)
11/2012: Ravagers #6  -- 17,334 (- 7.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 60.8%

Crashing and burning right out of the gate, with no end in sight.

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129 - FAIREST (Vertigo)
03/2012: Fairest #1  -- 31,769
04/2012: Fairest #2  -- 22,997 (-27.6%)
05/2012: Fairest #3  -- 22,329 (- 2.9%)
06/2012: Fairest #4  -- 21,156 (- 5.3%)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371 (- 3.7%)
08/2012: Fairest #6  -- 19,446 (- 4.5%)
09/2012: Fairest #7  -- 18,626 (- 4.2%)
10/2012: Fairest #8  -- 18,376 (- 1.3%)
11/2012: Fairest #9  -- 17,417 (- 5.2%)
----------------
6 months: -22.0%

Still holding up very well, given that Bill Willingham and Phil Jimenez left back in August.

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128 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
07/2012: He-Man #1 of 6 -- 27,665
08/2012: --
09/2012: He-Man #2 of 6 -- 19,737 (-28.7%)
10/2012: He-Man #3 of 6 -- 18,269 (- 7.4%)
11/2012: He-Man #4 of 6 -- 17,499 (- 4.2%)

These figures aren’t stellar by any stretch, but they’re good enough, evidently: He-Man is to be relaunched as an ongoing title.

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124 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
11/2007: SLoSH #36            -- 26,814
11/2008: LoSH #48             -- 22,917
11/2010: LoSH #7              -- 26,439
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11/2011: LoSH #3              -- 34,979 (- 25.9%)
12/2011: LoSH #4              -- 27,832 (- 20.4%)
01/2012: LoSH #5              -- 25,624 (-  7.9%)
02/2012: LoSH #6              -- 23,428 (-  8.6%)
03/2012: LoSH #7              -- 21,894 (-  6.6%)
04/2012: LoSH #8              -- 21,457 (-  2.0%)
05/2012: LoSH #9              -- 20,854 (-  2.8%)
06/2012: LoSH #10             -- 19,963 (-  4.3%)
07/2012: LoSH #11             -- 19,421 (-  2.7%)
08/2012: LoSH #12             -- 18,907 (-  2.7%)
09/2012: LoSH #0              -- 21,561 (+ 14.0%)
10/2012: LoSH #13             -- 18,487 (- 14.3%)
11/2012: LoSH #14             -- 17,767 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.8%
1 year  : - 49.2%
2 years : - 32.8%
5 years : - 33.7%

These have been the lowest sales by far of any ongoing Legion series in the 10 years since March 2003 that we have consistent data on. But: still ongoing, at this time.

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123 - DIAL H
05/2012: Dial H #1  -- 45,308
06/2012: Dial H #2  -- 30,618 (-32.4%)
07/2012: Dial H #3  -- 26,109 (-14.7%)
08/2012: Dial H #4  -- 22,733 (-12.9%)
09/2012: Dial H #0  -- 24,070 (+ 5.9%)
10/2012: Dial H #5  -- 19,903 (-17.3%)
11/2012: Dial H #6  -- 17,832 (-10.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 60.6%

Dial H for Jesus H. Christ, these are some awful numbers.

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138 - SWORD OF SORCERY
09/2012: Sword of Sorcery #0  -- 29,954
10/2012: Sword of Sorcery #1  -- 23,947 (-20.1%)
11/2012: Sword of Sorcery #2  -- 18,080 (-24.5%)

Another terrible drop, as with most of the other recent “New 52″ launches. Retailers treated the first issues like first issues, after all, despite the issue-#0 stunt.

Meanwhile, the editors at DC like writer Christy Marx’s work here so much that they went and fired another writer entirely on another title entirely that he’d just been announced as the the writer of.

It’s an exciting time to be freelancing for DC.

(Procedural note, once again: Actual sales were reduced by Diamond for the purposes of the chart, to compensate for returnability. Recently, the reduction has been a flat 10%, or very close to it, so I’m adding these presumably missing 10% to the estimate supplied by Diamond and ICv2.com. Which is why the official chart ranking doesn’t make sense here. The same applies to Team 7, Phantom Stranger, Talon and Before Watchmen: Moloch.)

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121 - BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED
04/2012: Arkham Unhinged #1 -- 31,170
05/2012: Arkham Unhinged #2 -- 25,215 (-19.1%)
06/2012: Arkham Unhinged #3 -- 23,322 (- 7.5%)
07/2012: Arkham Unhinged #4 -- 21,809 (- 6.5%)
08/2012: Arkham Unhinged #5 -- 21,059 (- 3.4%)
09/2012: Arkham Unhinged #6 -- 20,259 (- 3.8%)
10/2012: Arkham Unhinged #7 -- 19,890 (- 1.8%)
11/2012: Arkham Unhinged #8 -- 18,393 (- 7.5%)
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6 months: -27.1%

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117 - BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED
02/2012: Unlimited #1          -- 26,589 (+21.8%) [30,683]
03/2012: Unlimited #2          -- 23,570 (-11.4%)
04/2012: Unlimited #3          -- 24,196 (+ 2.7%)
05/2012: Unlimited #4          -- 24,356 (+ 0.7%)
06/2012: Unlimited #5          -- 24,058 (- 1.2%)
07/2012: Unlimited #6          -- 22,555 (- 6.3%)
08/2012: Unlimited #7          -- 21,219 (- 5.9%)
09/2012: Unlimited #8          -- 20,897 (- 1.5%)
10/2012: Unlimited #9          -- 19,877 (- 4.9%)
11/2012: Unlimited #10         -- 19,004 (- 4.4%)
----------------
6 months: -22.0%

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116 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11
05/2012: Smallville S11 #1  -- 27,004
06/2012: Smallville S11 #2  -- 22,468 (-16.8%)
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3  -- 20,864 (- 7.1%)
08/2012: Smallville S11 #4  -- 19,861 (- 4.8%)
09/2012: Smallville S11 #5  -- 19,499 (- 1.8%)
10/2012: Smallville S11 #6  -- 19,663 (+ 0.8%)
11/2012: Smallville S11 #7  -- 19,104 (- 2.8%)
----------------
6 months: -29.3%

Three titles collecting “digital-first” material with perfectly good sales.

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126 - TEAM 7
09/2012: Team 7 #0  -- 34,503
10/2012: Team 7 #1  -- 27,661 (-19.8%)
11/2012: Team 7 #2  -- 19,510 (-29.5%)

Another recent “New 52″ launch that probably won’t be around this time next year.

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114 - ALL STAR WESTERN
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
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11/2011: ASW #3        -- 32,776 (- 17.8%)
12/2011: ASW #4        -- 29,349 (- 10.5%)
01/2012: ASW #5        -- 27,206 (-  7.3%)
02/2012: ASW #6        -- 26,170 (-  3.8%)
03/2012: ASW #7        -- 25,349 (-  3.1%)
04/2012: ASW #8        -- 25,040 (-  1.2%)
05/2012: ASW #9        -- 31,413 (+ 25.5%)
06/2012: ASW #10       -- 25,334 (- 19.4%)
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572 (-  7.0%)
08/2012: ASW #12       -- 22,767 (-  3.4%)
09/2012: ASW #0        -- 25,388 (+ 11.5%)
10/2012: ASW #13       -- 21,481 (- 15.4%)
11/2012: ASW #14       -- 20,186 (-  6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 35.7%
1 year  : - 38.4%
2 years : + 87.0%
5 years : + 38.5%

All Star Western still sells about twice as many units as Jonah Hex did before the “New 52″ relaunch, so there should be a lot more rope until it gets into trouble. That said, the last few months have been rather rocky, sales-wise.

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103 - GREEN ARROW
11/2007: Arrow/Canary #2  -- 42,827
11/2008: Arrow/Canary #14 -- 25,599
11/2009: Arrow&Canary #26 -- 17,384
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575
-----------------------------------
11/2011: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,899 (- 20.1%)
12/2011: Green Arrow #4   -- 37,116 (- 20.9%)
01/2012: Green Arrow #5   -- 33,593 (-  9.5%)
02/2012: Green Arrow #6   -- 30,097 (- 10.4%)
03/2012: Green Arrow #7   -- 29,004 (-  3.6%)
04/2012: Green Arrow #8   -- 27,433 (-  5.4%)
05/2012: Green Arrow #9   -- 26,966 (-  1.7%)
06/2012: Green Arrow #10  -- 25,769 (-  4.4%)
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646 (-  4.4%)
08/2012: Green Arrow #12  -- 23,126 (-  6.2%)
09/2012: Green Arrow #0   -- 28,408 (+ 22.8%)
10/2012: Green Arrow #13  -- 22,057 (- 22.4%)
11/2012: Green Arrow #14  -- 21,825 (-  1.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.1%
1 year  : - 53.5%
2 years : - 44.9%
5 years : - 49.0%

There’s probably a larger underlying drop here that was dampened by the crossover with Hawkman.

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98 - BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY: END GAME
11/2012: End Game #1 -- 22,212

There was a 1:25 variant-cover edition to boost sales, but this is still an excellent number for a $6.99 one-shot collecting material that was first released digitally. The success of this still expanding line of books is probably the biggest surprise in the direct market of 2012, as far as DC is concerned. If this doesn’t turn out to be a fad — and I see no reason why it should — expect this mode of publication to become a lot more common soon.

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91 - BIRDS OF PREY
11/2007: Birds of Prey #112 -- 25,117
11/2008: Birds of Prey #124 -- 20,959
11/2010: Birds of Prey #6   -- 34,440
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11/2011: Birds of Prey #3   -- 40,891 (- 23.1%)
12/2011: Birds of Prey #4   -- 34,460 (- 15.7%)
01/2012: Birds of Prey #5   -- 31,700 (-  8.0%)
02/2012: Birds of Prey #6   -- 30,376 (-  4.2%)
03/2012: Birds of Prey #7   -- 29,196 (-  3.9%)
04/2012: Birds of Prey #8   -- 28,661 (-  1.8%)
05/2012: Birds of Prey #9   -- 41,521 (+ 44.9%)
06/2012: Birds of Prey #10  -- 28,457 (- 31.5%)
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389 (-  3.8%)
08/2012: Birds of Prey #12  -- 26,587 (-  2.9%)
09/2012: Birds of Prey #0   -- 30,574 (+ 15.0%)
10/2012: Birds of Prey #13  -- 25,851 (- 15.5%)
11/2012: Birds of Prey #14  -- 24,904 (-  3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 40.0%
1 year  : - 39.1%
2 years : - 27.7%
5 years : -  0.9%

The book keeps drifting down. Meanwhile, there’s always a new creative team waiting around the corner to replace the people who think they’re the new creative team. (Not to mention, probably, half a platoon’s worth of yokels who were asked to pitch for the book.)

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97 - PHANTOM STRANGER
09/2012: Phantom Stranger #0  -- 40,103
10/2012: Phantom Stranger #1  -- 33,350 (-16.8%)
11/2012: Phantom Stranger #2  -- 24,979 (-25.1%)

Let’s be honest: These are still spectacular sales for a Phantom Stranger title.

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87 - ARROW
11/2012: Arrow #1  -- 25,442

Another new “digital-first” launch with more than decent figures, the help of a 1:5 variant notwithstanding.

—–

80 - SUPERBOY
11/2011: Superboy #3  --  47,442 (- 17.4%)
12/2011: Superboy #4  --  40,002 (- 15.7%)
01/2012: Superboy #5  --  37,419 (-  6.5%)
02/2012: Superboy #6  --  34,520 (-  7.8%)
03/2012: Superboy #7  --  33,050 (-  4.3%)
04/2012: Superboy #8  --  31,900 (-  3.5%)
05/2012: Superboy #9  --  34,838 (+  9.2%)
06/2012: Superboy #10 --  31,358 (- 10.0%)
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677 (-  5.4%)
08/2012: Superboy #12 --  27,518 (-  7.3%)
09/2012: Superboy #0  --  31,840 (+ 15.7%)
10/2012: Superboy #13 --  25,726 (- 19.2%)
11/2012: Superboy #14 --  28,017 (+  8.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.6%
1 year  : - 41.0%

Sales boost courtesy of a crossover with Superman and Supergirl.

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79 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
11/2011: Justice League Dark #3   -- 51,674 (-18.5%)
12/2011: Justice League Dark #4   -- 44,750 (-13.4%)
01/2012: Justice League Dark #5   -- 40,996 (- 8.4%)
02/2012: Justice League Dark #6   -- 38,360 (- 6.4%)
03/2012: Justice League Dark #7   -- 36,089 (- 5.9%)
04/2012: Justice League Dark #8   -- 35,022 (- 3.0%)
05/2012: Justice League Dark #9   -- 34,649 (- 1.1%)
06/2012: Justice League Dark #10  -- 33,238 (- 4.1%)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792 (- 4.4%)
08/2012: Justice League Dark #12  -- 30,754 (- 3.3%)
09/2012: Justice League Dark #0   -- 34,287 (+11.5%)
10/2012: Justice League Dark #13  -- 30,008 (-12.5%)
11/2012: Justice League Dark #14  -- 28,966 (- 3.5%)
----------------
6 months: -16.4%
1 year  : -44.0%

Slowly drifting down the charts.

—–

77 - LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT
10/2012: LotDK #1  -- 42,904
11/2012: LotDK #2  -- 30,085 (-29.9%)

That’s a big drop, but issue #1 was promoted with a 1:25 variant edition, so it’s not as steep as it looks. Plus, 30K is still a spectacular number for what’s essentially a “reprint” title, even if the previous “printing” was only digital.

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73 - SUPERGIRL
11/2007: Supergirl #23 --  45,460
11/2008: Supergirl #35 --  45,518
11/2009: Supergirl #47 --  29,159
11/2010: Supergirl #58 --  25,412
---------------------------------
11/2011: Supergirl #3  --  50,784 (- 17.3%)
12/2011: Supergirl #4  --  44,180 (- 13.0%)
01/2012: Supergirl #5  --  41,446 (-  6.2%)
02/2012: Supergirl #6  --  38,719 (-  6.6%)
03/2012: Supergirl #7  --  37,041 (-  4.3%)
04/2012: Supergirl #8  --  36,042 (-  2.7%)
05/2012: Supergirl #9  --  35,129 (-  2.5%)
06/2012: Supergirl #10 --  33,309 (-  5.2%)
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879 (-  4.3%)
08/2012: Supergirl #12 --  30,420 (-  4.6%)
09/2012: Supergirl #0  --  34,457 (+ 13.3%)
10/2012: Supergirl #13 --  29,450 (- 14.5%)
11/2012: Supergirl #14 --  31,270 (+  6.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 11.0%
1 year  : - 38.4%
2 years : + 23.1%
5 years : - 31.2%

Sales increase courtesy of crossover with Superboy and Superman.

—–

67 - ANIMAL MAN
11/2011: Animal Man #3     -- 49,184 (- 8.0%)
12/2011: Animal Man #4     -- 42,630 (-13.3%)
01/2012: Animal Man #5     -- 40,573 (- 4.8%)
02/2012: Animal Man #6     -- 38,504 (- 5.1%)
03/2012: Animal Man #7     -- 36,860 (- 4.3%)
04/2012: Animal Man #8     -- 36,369 (- 1.3%)
05/2012: Animal Man #9     -- 35,699 (- 1.8%)
06/2012: Animal Man #10    -- 34,992 (- 2.0%)
07/2012: Animal Man #11    -- 33,909 (- 3.1%)
08/2012: Animal Man #12    -- 34,549 (+ 1.9%)
09/2012: Animal Man #0     -- 38,295 (+10.8%)
10/2012: Animal Man #13    -- 34,303 (-10.4%)
11/2012: Animal Man #14    -- 33,503 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: - 6.2%
1 year  : -31.9%

Back in a slow decline, despite the “Rotworld” crossover.

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65 - WORLDS' FINEST
05/2012: Worlds' Finest #1  -- 69,531
06/2012: Worlds' Finest #2  -- 51,510 (-25.9%)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 (-11.6%)
08/2012: Worlds' Finest #4  -- 39,629 (-12.9%)
09/2012: Worlds' Finest #0  -- 42,770 (+ 7.9%)
10/2012: Worlds' Finest #5  -- 35,951 (-15.9%)
11/2012: Worlds' Finest #6  -- 34,338 (- 4.5%)
----------------
6 months: -50.6%

Very steep decline, overall.

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64 - BATWOMAN
11/2011: Batwoman #3  --  61,997 (-16.7%)
12/2011: Batwoman #4  --  52,757 (-14.9%)
01/2012: Batwoman #5  --  51,924 (- 1.6%)
02/2012: Batwoman #6  --  49,227 (- 5.2%)
03/2012: Batwoman #7  --  46,874 (- 4.8%)
04/2012: Batwoman #8  --  45,341 (- 3.3%)
05/2012: Batwoman #9  --  43,942 (- 3.1%)
06/2012: Batwoman #10 --  41,014 (- 6.7%)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38,980 (- 5.0%)
08/2012: Batwoman #12 --  38,064 (- 2.4%)
09/2012: Batwoman #0  --  41,684 (+ 9.5%)
10/2012: Batwoman #13 --  37,315 (-10.5%)
11/2012: Batwoman #14 --  36,395 (- 2.5%)
----------------
6 months: -17.2%
1 year  : -41.3%

Levelling out, evidently.

—-

60 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS
11/2011: Red Hood #3  -- 50,140 (-15.6%)
12/2011: Red Hood #4  -- 44,278 (-11.7%)
01/2012: Red Hood #5  -- 42,560 (- 3.9%)
02/2012: Red Hood #6  -- 39,898 (- 6.3%)
03/2012: Red Hood #7  -- 38,630 (- 3.2%)
04/2012: Red Hood #8  -- 37,974 (- 1.7%)
05/2012: Red Hood #9  -- 54,220 (+42.8%)
06/2012: Red Hood #10 -- 37,044 (-31.7%)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: Red Hood #12 -- 34,439 (- 3.9%)
09/2012: Red Hood #0  -- 39,511 (+14.7%)
10/2012: Red Hood #13 -- 35,420 (- 6.7%)
11/2012: Red Hood #14 -- 37,710 (+ 6.5%)
----------------
6 months: -30.5%
1 year  : -24.8%

The “Death of the Family” crossover was name-checked in the advertising copy for issue #14. Enough for a solid sales increase.

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58 - TEEN TITANS
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
-----------------------------------
11/2011: Teen Titans #3   -- 60,758 (- 15.7%)
12/2011: Teen Titans #4   -- 54,929 (-  9.6%)
01/2012: Teen Titans #5   -- 54,606 (-  0.6%)
02/2012: Teen Titans #6   -- 53,123 (-  2.7%)
03/2012: Teen Titans #7   -- 51,402 (-  3.2%)
04/2012: Teen Titans #8   -- 50,814 (-  1.1%)
05/2012: Teen Titans #9   -- 50,261 (-  1.1%)
06/2012: Teen Titans #10  -- 47,491 (-  5.5%)
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367 (-  4.5%)
08/2012: Teen Titans #12  -- 42,817 (-  5.6%)
09/2012: Teen Titans #0   -- 47,318 (+ 10.5%)
10/2012: Teen Titans #13  -- 41,059 (- 13.2%)
11/2012: Teen Titans #14  -- 39,745 (-  3.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.9%
1 year  : - 34.6%
2 years : + 50.3%
5 years : - 26.9%

Sliding down the charts.

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57 - RED LANTERNS
11/2011: Red Lanterns #3  -- 60,823 (-18.0%)
12/2011: Red Lanterns #4  -- 50,271 (-17.4%)
01/2012: Red Lanterns #5  -- 46,992 (- 6.5%)
02/2012: Red Lanterns #6  -- 43,450 (- 7.5%)
03/2012: Red Lanterns #7  -- 41,628 (- 4.2%)
04/2012: Red Lanterns #8  -- 40,189 (- 3.5%)
05/2012: Red Lanterns #9  -- 39,215 (- 2.4%)
06/2012: Red Lanterns #10 -- 38,005 (- 3.1%)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462 (- 4.1%)
08/2012: Red Lanterns #12 -- 35,070 (- 3.8%)
09/2012: Red Lanterns #0  -- 38,928 (+11.0%)
10/2012: Red Lanterns #13 -- 42,804 (+10.0%)
11/2012: Red Lanterns #14 -- 40,779 (- 4.7%)
----------------
6 months: + 4.0%
1 year  : -33.0%

Sales remain up thanks to the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover.

—–

62 - TALON
09/2012: Talon #0  -- 59,691
10/2012: Talon #1  -- 55,737 (- 6.6%)
11/2012: Talon #2  -- 41,250 (-26.0%)

Another recently launched “New 52″ book with a stiff second-issue drop, despite Scott Snyder’s involvement and the continued presence of multiple high-ticket variant-cover editions. Don’t get me wrong: 40K isn’t bad for this type of book, in theory, but given the success of Snyder’s Batman in general and storylines such as “Night of the Owly Court” and “Death of the Family,” it’s still surprising to see Talon drop off so sharply.

—–

56 - SWAMP THING
11/2011: Swamp Thing #3  -- 52,300 (-10.8%)
12/2011: Swamp Thing #4  -- 44,660 (-14.6%)
01/2012: Swamp Thing #5  -- 43,806 (- 1.9%)
02/2012: Swamp Thing #6  -- 41,235 (- 5.9%)
03/2012: Swamp Thing #7  -- 40,268 (- 2.4%)
04/2012: Swamp Thing #8  -- 39,431 (- 2.1%)
05/2012: Swamp Thing #9  -- 39,385 (- 0.1%)
06/2012: Swamp Thing #10 -- 37,383 (- 5.1%)
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257 (- 3.0%)
08/2012: Swamp Thing #12 -- 36,696 (+ 1.2%)
09/2012: Swamp Thing #0  -- 40,123 (+ 9.3%)
10/2012: Swamp Thing #13 -- 36,069 (-10.1%)
11/2012: Swamp Thing #14 -- 42,036 (+16.5%)
----------------
6 months: + 6.7%
1 year  : -19.6%

Special variant edition plus “Rotworld” crossover equals neat-o sales increase.

—–

54 - WONDER WOMAN
11/2007: Wonder Woman #14  --  53,090
11/2008: Wonder Woman #26  --  33,277
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265
11/2010: --
-------------------------------------
11/2011: Wonder Woman #3   --  65,621 (- 17.0%)
12/2011: Wonder Woman #4   --  57,675 (- 12.1%)
01/2012: Wonder Woman #5   --  57,626 (-  0.1%)
02/2012: Wonder Woman #6   --  54,190 (-  6.0%)
03/2012: Wonder Woman #7   --  51,314 (-  5.3%)
04/2012: Wonder Woman #8   --  50,450 (-  1.7%)
05/2012: Wonder Woman #9   --  48,750 (-  3.4%)
06/2012: Wonder Woman #10  --  47,229 (-  3.1%)
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669 (-  3.3%)
08/2012: Wonder Woman #12  --  44,584 (-  2.4%)
09/2012: Wonder Woman #0   --  49,778 (+ 11.7%)
10/2012: Wonder Woman #13  --  43,731 (- 12.2%)
11/2012: Wonder Woman #14  --  42,384 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.1%
1 year  : - 35.4%
2 years :   n.a.
5 years : - 20.2%

Slowly drifting down. Viewed over the last 10 years, though, this isn’t bad for a Wonder Woman book.

—–

50 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS
11/2010: Emerald Warriors #4  -- 46,319
---------------------------------------
11/2011: New Guardians #3     -- 59,774 (-16.7%)
12/2011: New Guardians #4     -- 53,305 (-10.8%)
01/2012: New Guardians #5     -- 52,305 (- 1.9%)
02/2012: New Guardians #6     -- 50,319 (- 3.8%)
03/2012: New Guardians #7     -- 48,422 (- 3.8%)
04/2012: New Guardians #8     -- 47,320 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: New Guardians #9     -- 46,237 (- 2.3%)
06/2012: New Guardians #10    -- 44,404 (- 4.0%)
07/2012: New Guardians #11    -- 42,929 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: New Guardians #12    -- 41,479 (- 3.4%)
09/2012: New Guardians #0     -- 46,718 (+12.6%)
10/2012: New Guardians #13    -- 48,500 (+ 3.8%)
11/2012: New Guardians #14    -- 47,062 (- 3.0%)
----------------
6 months: + 1.8%
1 year  : -21.3%
2 years : + 1.6%

The “Rise of the Third Army” crossover keeps the numbers up.

—–

49 - FLASH
11/2007: Flash #234      --  46,435
11/2008: Flash #246      --  27,746
11/2009: Rebirth #5 of 6 --  73,875
11/2010: Flash #6        --  57,673
-----------------------------------
11/2011: Flash #3        --  90,417 (- 20.8%)
12/2011: Flash #4        --  77,336 (- 14.5%)
01/2012: Flash #5        --  71,611 (-  7.4%)
02/2012: Flash #6        --  68,061 (-  5.0%)
03/2012: Flash #7        --  64,975 (-  4.5%)
04/2012: Flash #8        --  63,702 (-  2.0%)
05/2012: Flash #9        --  62,807 (-  1.4%)
06/2012: Flash #10       --  55,681 (- 11.4%)
07/2012: Flash #11       --  53,674 (-  3.6%)
08/2012: Flash #12       --  51,779 (-  3.5%)
09/2012: Flash #0        --  56,890 (+  9.9%)
10/2012: Flash #13       --  49,936 (- 12.2%)
11/2012: Flash #14       --  48,012 (-  3.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.6%
1 year  : - 46.9%
2 years : - 16.8%
5 years : +  3.4%

Sliding down the chart, but still well within the spectrum for Flash.

—–

47 - BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS
07/2012: Ozymandias #1 of 6 -- 98,011
08/2012: Ozymandias #2 of 6 -- 64,460 (-34.2%)
09/2012: Ozymandias #3 of 6 -- 52,280 (-18.9%)
10/2012: --
11/2012: Ozymandias #4 of 6 -- 48,404 (- 7.4%)

This title by ethical people who contribute what they can to ensure that their fellow creators continue to be treated fairly hasn’t quite found its level yet.

—–

45 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS
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
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448
------------------------------------------
11/2011: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 65,393 (-16.7%)
12/2011: Green Lantern Corps #4  -- 57,180 (-12.6%)
01/2012: Green Lantern Corps #5  -- 54,088 (- 5.4%)
02/2012: Green Lantern Corps #6  -- 51,168 (- 5.4%)
03/2012: Green Lantern Corps #7  -- 48,692 (- 4.8%)
04/2012: Green Lantern Corps #8  -- 47,584 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: Green Lantern Corps #9  -- 46,336 (- 2.6%)
06/2012: Green Lantern Corps #10 -- 44,615 (- 3.7%)
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996 (- 3.6%)
08/2012: Green Lantern Corps #12 -- 41,778 (- 2.8%)
09/2012: Green Lantern Corps #0  -- 47,309 (+13.2%)
10/2012: Green Lantern Corps #13 -- 50,773 (+ 7.3%)
11/2012: Green Lantern Corps #14 -- 49,594 (- 2.3%)
----------------
6 months: + 7.0%
1 year  : -24.2%
2 years : -13.7%
5 years : -11.2%

Sales remain up thanks to the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover.

—–

44 - BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE
06/2012: Silk Spectre #1 of 4 -- 114,394
07/2012: Silk Spectre #2 of 4 --  68,403 (-40.2%)
08/2012: --
09/2012: Silk Spectre #3 of 4 --  53,464 (-21.8%)
10/2012: --
11/2012: Silk Spectre #4 of 4 --  50,002 (- 6.5%)

More comics in the great North American tradition with very good sales.

—–

42 - NIGHTWING
11/2007: Nightwing #138 -- 46,757
11/2008: Nightwing #150 -- 50,993
---------------------------------
11/2011: Nightwing #3   -- 64,098 (-12.3%)
12/2011: Nightwing #4   -- 57,409 (-10.4%)
01/2012: Nightwing #5   -- 56,040 (- 2.4%)
02/2012: Nightwing #6   -- 53,036 (- 5.4%)
03/2012: Nightwing #7   -- 50,489 (- 4.8%)
04/2012: Nightwing #8   -- 52,063 (+ 3.1%) [61,711]
05/2012: Nightwing #9   -- 61,395 (+17.9%)
06/2012: Nightwing #10  -- 50,585 (-17.6%)
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124 (- 2.9%)
08/2012: Nightwing #12  -- 47,484 (- 3.3%)
09/2012: Nightwing #0   -- 53,109 (+11.9%)
10/2012: Nightwing #13  -- 47,171 (-11.2%)
11/2012: Nightwing #14  -- 50,720 (+ 7.5%)
----------------
6 months: -17.4%
1 year  : -20.9%
5 years : + 8.5%

As a reminder: This is what happens when the latest Scott Snyder Batman thing is name-checked in the advertising.

—–

41 - SUPERMAN
11/2007: Superman #670 --  48,407
11/2008: Superman #682 --  55,435
11/2009: Superman #694 --  34,430
11/2010: Superman #705 --  46,261
---------------------------------
11/2011: Superman #3   --  86,386 (- 17.5%)
12/2011: Superman #4   --  76,532 (- 11.4%)
01/2012: Superman #5   --  73,719 (-  3.7%)
02/2012: Superman #6   --  69,633 (-  5.5%)
03/2012: Superman #7   --  66,588 (-  4.4%)
04/2012: Superman #8   --  64,486 (-  3.2%)
05/2012: Superman #9   --  62,232 (-  3.5%)
06/2012: Superman #10  --  59,081 (-  5.1%)
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066 (-  5.1%)
08/2012: Superman #12  --  53,326 (-  4.9%)
09/2012: Superman #0   --  60,493 (+ 13.4%)
10/2012: Superman #13  --  52,155 (- 13.8%)
11/2012: Superman #14  --  52,572 (+  0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 39.1%
2 years : + 13.6%
5 years : +  8.6%

Leading into a crossover with Superboy and Supergirl with a title I’m embarrassed to type although I’m certainly typing a lot of embarrassing shit all the time here (e.g., “AQUAMAN.” There.) so it may just be a temporary flight of over-embarrassment.

—–

38 - AQUAMAN
11/2011: Aquaman #3  -- 69,137 (-12.7%)
12/2011: Aquaman #4  -- 64,961 (- 6.0%)
01/2012: Aquaman #5  -- 65,094 (+ 0.2%)
02/2012: Aquaman #6  -- 63,450 (- 2.5%)
03/2012: Aquaman #7  -- 62,345 (- 1.7%)
04/2012: Aquaman #8  -- 61,657 (- 1.1%)
05/2012: Aquaman #9  -- 60,527 (- 1.8%)
06/2012: Aquaman #10 -- 59,288 (- 2.1%)
07/2012: Aquaman #11 -- 57,675 (- 2.7%)
08/2012: Aquaman #12 -- 61,210 (+ 6.1%)
09/2012: Aquaman #0  -- 61,227 (+ 0.0%)
10/2012: Aquaman #13 -- 54,648 (-10.8%)
11/2012: Aquaman #14 -- 53,664 (- 1.8%)
----------------
6 months: -11.3%
1 year  : -22.4%

Stabilizing again, evidently.

—–

33 - BATMAN INCORPORATED
11/2010: Batman, Inc. #1  --  95,587
------------------------------------
11/2011: --
12/2011: Lev Strikes #1   --  43,048 (- 19.5%)
01/2012: --
02/2012: --
03/2012: --
04/2012: --
05/2012: Batman, Inc. #1  --  96,486 (+124.1%)
06/2012: Batman, Inc. #2  --  73,654 (- 23.7%)
07/2012: --
08/2012: Batman, Inc. #3  --  66,720 (-  9.4%)
09/2012: Batman, Inc. #0  --  66,112 (-  0.9%)
10/2012: Batman, Inc. #4  --  60,888 (-  7.9%)
11/2012: Batman, Inc. #5  --  58,172 (-  4.5%)
----------------
6 months: -39.7%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : -39.1%

Grant Morrison’s Batman sales have seen better days. Mostly that was when Scott Snyder wasn’t around.

—–

32 - EARTH 2
05/2012: Earth 2 #1  -- 95,742          [102,490]
06/2012: Earth 2 #2  -- 75,936 (-20.7%) [ 84,740] 
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,892 (- 1.4%)
08/2012: Earth 2 #4  -- 67,393 (-10.0%)
09/2012: Earth 2 #0  -- 69,111 (+ 2.6%)
10/2012: Earth 2 #5  -- 61,529 (-11.0%)
11/2012: Earth 2 #6  -- 58,271 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -39.1%

Swiftly declining.

—–

28 - BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT
11/2011: Dark Knight #3  --  87,133 (- 13.3%)
12/2011: Dark Knight #4  --  78,689 (-  9.7%)
01/2012: Dark Knight #5  --  76,824 (-  2.4%)
02/2012: Dark Knight #6  --  77,140 (+  0.4%) [ 80,464]
03/2012: Dark Knight #7  --  75,297 (-  2.4%)
04/2012: Dark Knight #8  --  74,287 (-  1.3%)
05/2012: Dark Knight #9  --  82,169 (+ 10.6%)
06/2012: Dark Knight #10 --  71,671 (- 12.8%)
07/2012: Dark Knight #11 --  68,632 (-  4.2%)
08/2012: Dark Knight #12 --  67,084 (-  2.3%)
09/2012: Dark Knight #0  --  72,919 (+  8.7%)
10/2012: Dark Knight #13 --  65,271 (- 10.5%)
11/2012: Dark Knight #14 --  62,792 (-  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.6%
1 year  : - 27.9%

Not quite levelled out yet.

—–

27 - CATWOMAN
11/2007: Catwoman #73 -- 18,815
-------------------------------
11/2011: Catwoman #3  -- 52,196 (-17.9%)
12/2011: Catwoman #4  -- 45,581 (-12.7%)
01/2012: Catwoman #5  -- 44,034 (- 3.4%)
02/2012: Catwoman #6  -- 41,447 (- 5.9%)
03/2012: Catwoman #7  -- 39,608 (- 4.4%)
04/2012: Catwoman #8  -- 38,711 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: Catwoman #9  -- 49,726 (+28.5%)
06/2012: Catwoman #10 -- 37,158 (-25.3%)
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551 (- 4.3%)
08/2012: Catwoman #12 -- 34,117 (- 4.0%)
09/2012: Catwoman #0  -- 39,117 (+14.7%)
10/2012: Catwoman #13 -- 40,147 (+ 2.6%) [60,257]
11/2012: Catwoman #14 -- 63,653 (+58.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 28.0%
1 year  : + 22.0%
5 years : +238.3%

—–

26 - SUICIDE SQUAD
11/2007: Raise the Flag #3 of 8 -- 19,774
-----------------------------------------
11/2011: Suicide Squad #3       -- 40,827 (- 17.6%)
12/2011: Suicide Squad #4       -- 34,550 (- 15.4%)
01/2012: Suicide Squad #5       -- 32,726 (-  5.3%)
02/2012: Suicide Squad #6       -- 30,834 (-  5.8%)
03/2012: Suicide Squad #7       -- 32,908 (+  6.7%)
04/2012: Suicide Squad #8       -- 32,789 (-  0.4%)
05/2012: Suicide Squad #9       -- 32,581 (-  0.6%)
06/2012: Suicide Squad #10      -- 31,576 (-  3.1%)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11      -- 29,809 (-  5.6%)
08/2012: Suicide Squad #12      -- 28,302 (-  5.1%)
09/2012: Suicide Squad #0       -- 31,875 (+ 12.6%)
10/2012: Suicide Squad #13      -- 27,644 (- 13.3%)
11/2012: Suicide Squad #14      -- 63,691 (+130.4%)
-----------------
6 months: + 95.5%
1 year  : + 56.0%
5 years : +222.1%

And this is what happens when books are bona-fide “Death of the Family” titles — also see Batgirl and Batman below (i.e., above). October’s Catwoman #13, Batgirl #13 and Batman #13 sold another 20-21K each in November, thanks to the crossover, so it’s probably not a case of retailers going overboard, either.

Quite impressive.

—–

24 - ACTION COMICS
11/2007: Action Comics #859 --  54,572
11/2008: Action Comics #871 --  58,547
11/2009: Action Comics #883 --  33,386
11/2010: Action Comics #895 --  33,089
--------------------------------------
11/2011: Action Comics #3   -- 134,875 (- 12.3%)
12/2011: Action Comics #4   -- 112,839 (- 16.3%)
01/2012: Action Comics #5   -- 109,350 (-  3.1%)
02/2012: Action Comics #6   --  96,592 (- 11.7%)
03/2012: Action Comics #7   --  91,822 (-  4.9%)
04/2012: Action Comics #8   --  87,980 (-  4.2%)
05/2012: Action Comics #9   --  88,796 (+  0.9%)
06/2012: Action Comics #10  --  80,751 (-  9.1%)
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232 (-  5.6%)
08/2012: Action Comics #12  --  71,203 (-  6.6%)
09/2012: Action Comics #0   --  78,626 (+ 10.4%)
10/2012: Action Comics #13  --  67,241 (- 14.5%)
11/2012: Action Comics #14  --  64,341 (-  4.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 27.5%
1 year  : - 52.3%
2 years : + 94.5%
5 years : + 17.9%

Regardless of what you think about the work, it’s clear that Morrison’s sales draw has suffered over the last year.

It’s probably not the worst idea Morrison ever had to take things easier, recharge his creative batteries and maybe not say too many awful things in interviews or lengthy posts on how he invented first himself and then Alan Moore back in a draughty pawn shop in Hull 35 years ago. It might not hurt the sales numbers to do that for a month or two, is all I’m saying.

—–

30 - BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH
11/2012: Moloch #1 of 2 --  65,876

Irony is dead, and Dollar Bill hasn’t even shipped yet.

Excellent sales for this comic book by gentlemen whose names will be sung for eons by the freelance community whose own goddamn fault it is when they sign a crummy contract going in.

—–

19 - DETECTIVE COMICS
11/2007: Detective Comics #838 --  60,267 [65,293]
11/2008: Detective Comics #850 --  64,196
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941
-----------------------------------------
11/2011: Detective Comics #3   -- 111,197 (-  9.7%)
12/2011: Detective Comics #4   --  99,366 (- 10.6%)
01/2012: Detective Comics #5   --  99,342 (-  0.0%)
02/2012: Detective Comics #6   --  94,415 (-  5.0%)
03/2012: Detective Comics #7   --  89,891 (-  4.8%)
04/2012: Detective Comics #8   --  87,675 (-  2.5%)
05/2012: Detective Comics #9   --  96,016 (+  9.5%)
06/2012: Detective Comics #10  --  83,317 (- 13.2%)
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835 (-  4.2%)
08/2012: Detective Comics #12  --  75,998 (-  4.8%)
09/2012: Detective Comics #0   --  84,063 (+ 10.6%)
10/2012: Detective Comics #13  --  76,392 (-  9.1%)
11/2012: Detective Comics #14  --  74,560 (-  2.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.4%
1 year  : - 33.0%
2 years : +101.8%
5 years : + 23.7%

Not a bad number, given there’s no crossover boost here.

—–

18 - BATMAN AND ROBIN
11/2009: Batman and Robin #6  --  95,690
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600
----------------------------------------
11/2011: Batman and Robin #3  --  86,309 (-12.7%)
12/2011: Batman and Robin #4  --  76,000 (-11.9%)
01/2012: Batman and Robin #5  --  72,786 (- 4.2%)
02/2012: Batman and Robin #6  --  70,103 (- 3.7%)
03/2012: Batman and Robin #7  --  68,010 (- 3.0%)
04/2012: Batman and Robin #8  --  66,659 (- 2.0%)
05/2012: Batman and Robin #9  --  75,967 (+14.0%)
06/2012: Batman and Robin #10 --  66,894 (-11.9%)
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043 (- 2.8%)
08/2012: Batman and Robin #12 --  63,993 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: Batman and Robin #0  --  69,146 (+ 8.1%)
10/2012: Batman and Robin #13 --  63,097 (- 8.8%)
11/2012: Batman and Robin #14 --  75,543 (+19.7%)
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6 months: - 0.6%
1 year  : -12.5%
2 years : + 7.0%

The Snyder crossover is name-checked.

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17 - BATGIRL
11/2008: Batgirl #5 of 6 -- 21,595
11/2009: Batgirl #4      -- 34,697
11/2010: Batgirl #15     -- 25,827
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11/2011: Batgirl #3      -- 69,971 (- 16.3%)
12/2011: Batgirl #4      -- 59,972 (- 14.3%)
01/2012: Batgirl #5      -- 57,030 (-  4.9%)
02/2012: Batgirl #6      -- 53,151 (-  6.8%)
03/2012: Batgirl #7      -- 50,761 (-  4.5%)
04/2012: Batgirl #8      -- 48,878 (-  3.7%)
05/2012: Batgirl #9      -- 58,710 (+ 20.1%)
06/2012: Batgirl #10     -- 47,050 (- 19.9%)
07/2012: Batgirl #11     -- 45,004 (-  4.4%)
08/2012: Batgirl #12     -- 43,804 (-  2.7%)
09/2012: Batgirl #0      -- 50,441 (+ 15.2%)
10/2012: Batgirl #13     -- 50,074 (-  0.7%) [71,109]
11/2012: Batgirl #14     -- 77,468 (+ 54.7%)
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6 months: + 32.0%
1 year  : + 10.7%
2 years : +200.0%

The Snyder crossover is consummated.

The big drama here last month was Gail Simone’s firing, though, of course, which, after the hearty intervention of Team Comics, was swiftly reversed, so congratulations for being back in a professional relationship with the people who will fire you by E-mail after 10 years, then decide they liked you better than the guy they’d apparently hired as your replacement, after all, and then publicly lie about it.

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16 - GREEN LANTERN
11/2007: --
11/2008: --
11/2009: Green Lantern #48  -- 100,371
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173
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11/2011: Green Lantern #3   -- 122,644 (-13.8%)
12/2011: Green Lantern #4   -- 104,199 (-15.0%)
01/2012: Green Lantern #5   --  97,878 (- 6.0%)
02/2012: Green Lantern #6   --  94,087 (- 3.9%)
03/2012: Green Lantern #7   --  90,232 (- 4.1%)
04/2012: Green Lantern #8   --  88,335 (- 2.1%)
05/2012: Green Lantern #9   --  87,601 (- 0.8%)
06/2012: Green Lantern #10  --  80,615 (- 8.0%)
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708 (- 2.4%)
08/2012: Green Lantern #12  --  77,187 (- 1.9%)
09/2012: Green Lantern #0   --  89,909 (+16.5%)
10/2012: Green Lantern #13  --  91,814 (+ 2.1%)
11/2012: Green Lantern #14  --  78,499 (-14.5%)
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6 months: - 10.4%
1 year  : - 36.0%
2 years : +  3.1%
5 years :   n.a.

This is part of the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover, but sales are still crashing back to the previous level, presumably because there was one special variant less than for issue #13.

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8 - JUSTICE LEAGUE
11/2007: --
11/2008: --
11/2009: Justice League #39  --  89,376
11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887
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11/2011: Justice League #3   -- 168,679 (- 14.2%)
12/2011: Justice League #4   -- 149,314 (- 11.5%) [152,340]
01/2012: Justice League #5   -- 144,670 (-  3.1%) [148,117]
02/2012: Justice League #6   -- 140,819 (-  2.7%)
03/2012: Justice League #7   -- 136,436 (-  3.1%)
04/2012: Justice League #8   -- 133,240 (-  2.3%)
05/2012: Justice League #9   -- 131,332 (-  1.4%)
06/2012: Justice League #10  -- 130,502 (-  0.6%)
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971 (-  5.0%)
08/2012: Justice League #12  -- 120,796 (-  2.6%) [161,235]
09/2012: Justice League #0   -- 125,868 (+  4.2%)
10/2012: Justice League #13  -- 117,752 (-  6.5%)
11/2012: Justice League #14  -- 113,094 (-  4.0%)
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6 months: - 13.9%
1 year  : - 33.0%
2 years : +122.3%
5 years :   n.a.

No Jim Lee, no sustained sales momentum…

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2 - BATMAN
11/2007: Batman #671 --  76,764 [ 80,440]
11/2008: Batman #681 -- 103,151 [114,657]
11/2009: Batman #693 --  68,983
11/2010: Batman #704 --  65,212
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11/2011: Batman #3   -- 150,984 (- 12.4%)
12/2011: Batman #4   -- 133,781 (- 11.4%) [144,777]
01/2012: Batman #5   -- 135,145 (+  1.0%) [142,499]
02/2012: Batman #6   -- 128,459 (-  5.0%) [135,435]
03/2012: Batman #7   -- 131,091 (+  2.1%)
04/2012: Batman #8   -- 130,602 (-  0.4%) [136,218]
05/2012: Batman #9   -- 134,605 (+  3.1%)
06/2012: Batman #10  -- 130,265 (-  3.2%)
07/2012: Batman #11  -- 127,210 (-  2.4%)
08/2012: Batman #12  -- 125,249 (-  1.5%)
09/2012: Batman #0   -- 156,561 (+ 25.0%)
10/2012: Batman #13  -- 148,305 (-  5.3%) [169,666]
11/2012: Batman #14  -- 159,729 (+  7.7%)
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6 months: + 18.7%
1 year  : +  5.8%
2 years : +144.9%
5 years : +108.1%

… unless you’re Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo and keep knocking them out of the park. K-Ching.

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS
+ 95.5%: Suicide Squad
+ 32.0%: Batgirl
+ 28.0%: Catwoman
+ 18.7%: Batman
+  7.0%: GL Corps
+  6.7%: Swamp Thing
+  4.0%: Red Lanterns
+  1.8%: New Guardians
-  0.6%: Batman and Robin
-  1.6%: Young Justice
-  3.0%: Hellblazer
-  4.0%: Sweet Tooth
-  4.5%: Scooby-Doo
-  4.8%: Frankenstein
-  5.6%: American Vampire
-  6.2%: Animal Man
-  7.2%: Fables
-  7.9%: The Unwritten
- 10.4%: Green Lantern
- 11.0%: Supergirl
- 11.3%: Aquaman
- 13.1%: Wonder Woman
- 13.9%: JLA
- 14.2%: DCU Presents
- 14.8%: LoSH
- 15.5%: Superman
- 16.4%: JLD
- 16.5%: Hawkman
- 17.2%: Batwoman
- 17.4%: Nightwing
- 19.1%: Green Arrow
- 19.6%: Superboy
- 20.4%: I, Vampire
- 20.8%: Demon Knights
- 20.9%: Teen Titans
- 22.0%: BB Unlimited
- 22.0%: Fairest
- 22.4%: Detective Comics
- 23.6%: Dark Knight
- 23.6%: Flash
- 23.6%: Grifter
- 24.7%: Blue Beetle
- 25.4%: Firestorm
- 26.2%: Stormwatch
- 27.1%: Arkham Unhinged
- 27.5%: Action Comics
- 29.3%: Smallville
- 30.5%: Red Hood
- 30.8%: Deathstroke
- 33.4%: Saucer Country
- 35.7%: ASW
- 37.9%: Legion Lost
- 38.0%: GL: TAS
- 39.1%: Earth 2
- 39.3%: Superman Family Adventures
- 39.7%: Batman, Inc.
- 40.0%: Birds of Prey
- 50.6%: Worlds' Finest
- 55.3%: Batwing
- 60.6%: Dial H
- 60.8%: Ravagers
- 71.2%: G.I. Combat

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1-YEAR COMPARISONS
+ 56.0%: Suicide Squad
+ 22.0%: Catwoman
+ 10.7%: Batgirl
+  7.0%: Scooby-Doo
+  5.8%: Batman
-  3.7%: Hellblazer
-  4.0%: Young Justice
-  7.6%: Sweet Tooth
-  8.2%: Fables
- 12.5%: Batman and Robin
- 13.2%: American Vampire
- 14.7%: Unwritten
- 19.6%: Swamp Thing
- 20.9%: Nightwing
- 21.3%: New Guardians
- 22.4%: Aquaman
- 24.2%: GL Corps
- 24.8%: Red Hood
- 27.9%: Dark Knight
- 31.9%: Animal Man
- 33.0%: Detective Comics
- 33.0%: JLA
- 33.0%: Red Lanterns
- 34.6%: Teen Titans
- 35.4%: Wonder Woman
- 36.0%: Green Lantern
- 38.4%: ASW
- 38.4%: Supergirl
- 39.1%: Birds of Prey
- 39.1%: Superman
- 41.0%: Superboy
- 41.3%: Batwoman
- 44.0%: JLD
- 46.9%: Flash
- 47.6%: I, Vampire
- 48.4%: Frankenstein
- 49.2%: LoSH
- 52.3%: Action Comics
- 52.7%: Legion Lost
- 53.5%: Green Arrow
- 53.9%: Demon Knights
- 54.5%: Batwing
- 54.7%: Blue Beetle
- 56.4%: DCU Presents
- 57.2%: Deathstroke
- 57.8%: Stormwatch
- 58.1%: Hawkman
- 59.4%: Firestorm
- 61.0%: Grifter

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS
+200.0%: Batgirl
+144.9%: Batman
+122.3%: JLA
+101.8%: Detective Comics
+ 94.5%: Action Comics
+ 87.0%: ASW
+ 50.3%: Teen Titans
+ 23.1%: Supergirl
+ 13.6%: Superman
+  7.0%: Batman and Robin
+  3.5%: Scooby-Doo
+  3.1%: Green Lantern
+  1.6%: New Guardians
-  5.2%: Hellblazer
- 13.7%: GL Corps
- 16.3%: Sweet Tooth
- 16.8%: Flash
- 27.0%: Unwritten
- 27.7%: Birds of Prey
- 31.4%: American Vampire
- 32.8%: LoSH
- 39.1%: Batman, Inc.
- 44.9%: Green Arrow

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS
+238.3%: Catwoman
+222.1%: Suicide Squad
+108.1%: Batman
+ 38.5%: ASW
+ 23.7%: Detective Comics
+ 18.8%: Scooby-Doo
+ 17.9%: Action Comics
+  8.6%: Superman
+  8.5%: Nightwing
+  3.4%: Flash
-  0.9%: Birds of Prey
- 11.2%: GL Corps
- 20.1%: Blue Beetle
- 20.2%: Wonder Woman
- 26.9%: Teen Titans
- 27.0%: Hellblazer
- 31.2%: Supergirl
- 31.9%: Fables
- 33.7%: LoSH
- 49.0%: Green Arrow

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

DC COMICS
11/2007: 29,429
11/2008: 25,340
11/2009: 28,913**
11/2010: 25,497**
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11/2011: 41,414 (- 19.2%)**
12/2011: 35,397 (- 14.5%)**
01/2012: 33,887 (-  4.3%)**
02/2012: 31,535 (-  6.9%)**
03/2012: 29,679 (-  5.9%)
04/2012: 31,319 (+  5.5%)
05/2012: 38,708 (+ 23.6%)
06/2012: 37,599 (-  2.9%)
07/2012: 33,837 (- 10.0%)
08/2012: 33,500 (-  1.0%)**
09/2012: 35,811 (+  6.9%)
10/2012: 32,901 (-  8.1%)**
11/2012: 33,872 (+  3.0%)
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6 months: - 12.5%
1 year  : - 18.2%
2 years : + 32.9%
5 years : + 15.1%
DC UNIVERSE
11/2007: 37,257
11/2008: 33,096
11/2009: 38,488
11/2010: 34,180
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11/2011: 46,670 (- 21.1%)**
12/2011: 39,390 (- 15.6%)**
01/2012: 37,145 (-  5.7%)**
02/2012: 34,456 (-  7.2%)**
03/2012: 33,229 (-  3.6%)
04/2012: 35,264 (+  6.1%)
05/2012: 44,139 (+ 25.2%)
06/2012: 43,082 (-  2.4%)
07/2012: 38,502 (- 10.6%)
08/2012: 38,047 (-  1.2%)**
09/2012: 39,408 (+  3.6%)
10/2012: 36,571 (-  7.2%)
11/2012: 36,585 (+  0.0%)
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6 months: - 17.1%
1 year  : - 21.6%
2 years : +  7.0%
5 years : -  1.8%
VERTIGO
11/2007: 10,946
11/2008: 11,936
11/2009: 11,036
11/2010:  9,034
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11/2011: 10,355 (- 2.7%)
12/2011: 11,082 (+ 7.0%)
01/2012:  9,995 (- 9.8%)
02/2012: 10,252 (+ 2.6%)
03/2012: 12,688 (+23.8%)
04/2012: 11,595 (- 8.6%)
05/2012: 11,102 (- 4.3%)
06/2012: 11,448 (+ 3.1%)
07/2012: 11,589 (+ 1.2%)
08/2012: 10,764 (- 7.1%)**
09/2012: 11,710 (+ 8.8%)
10/2012: 11,496 (- 1.8%)**
11/2012: 11,487 (- 0.1%)
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6 months: +  3.5%
1 year  : + 10.9%
2 years : + 27.2%
5 years : +  4.9%

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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.

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

Study: kids getting into ebooks, still like reading

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Every couple of years, Scholastic, the biggest player in the kids book arena, releases a study on how kids read called The Kids and Family Reading Report. Jim Milliot sums up this year’s findings, which largely centered on kids and ebooks:

Although e-books have been slower to catch on among children than adults, e-books are definitely becoming a larger part of children’s media world, with the survey finding that 46% of kids 6-17 have read an e-book, up from 25% in 2010. The number of boys who read e-books rose at a slightly faster rate than for girls, but more girls (47%) read an e-book than boys (44%) last fall. There was not too much variation in e-book reading among age groups, with children age 12-14 the most likely to have read an e-book (48%), and those 15-17 the least likely (43%). Reading on an iPad or other tablet increased the most between 2010 and 2012, jumping from 3% to 21%, putting tablets second behind laptops and netbooks (which had a 22% response rate) as the most popular device for digital reading; dedicated digital readers also had big gains in the two years, rising from 7% to 19% and use of hand-held devices to read doubled to 16%; reading on desktops inched up to 19% from 17%.

That all sounds good but there’s also this:

The percentage of 9-17 year olds who said they will continue to read print books fell to 58% from 66% in 2010.

8% ain’t great, but at least they are reading.

You can read the entire report here, as well as previous ones. Comics reading trends were specifically mentioned except in the following two questions:

What kinds of books do you read for fun?
Base: Age 9–17 793
Action & Adventure 56%
Teen Fiction 46%
Mystery & Suspense 45%
Humor 43%
Sci-Fi & Fantasy 36%
Comic Books & Graphic Novels 28%
Horror & Supernatural 27%
Science & Nature 21%
Sports & hobbies 20%
Classics 19%
Biography & history 17%
Other 8%

Which kind of book is your favorite kind when reading for fun?
Base: Age 9–17 793
Teen Fiction 20%
Action & Adventure 14%
Humor 13%
Mystery & Suspense 12%
Sci-Fi & Fantasy 11%
Sports & hobbies 7%
Comic Books & Graphic Novels 7%
Horror & Supernatural 6%
Science & Nature 4%
Classics 2%
Biography & history 2%
Other 4%

Comics are middle of the pack, but you could also say that 1 in 4 kids reads comics, so that’s not bad. Could be better though.

Comichron has all the tables you want about 2012 and the century thus far

Avengers Vs X MenWe often wonder what writer/industry analyst John Jackson Miller does for fun. Is it really crunching sales charts? Looking at his extensive 2012 Comic Book Sales Figures roundup, it doesn’t seem to be anything else. The above link will give you his estimates of the top 100 comics and graphic novels for 2012. Here’s his analysis of these charts. Including this interesting metric:

63 comics had orders of over 100,000 copies in 2012
129 comics had orders of 75,000-99,999 copies in 2012
403 comics had orders of 50,000-74,999 copies in 2012
At least 1,100 comics had orders of 25,000-49,999 copies in 2012

Compare that with 2010:

26 comics had orders of over 100,000 copies in 2010
68 comics had orders of 75,000-99,999 copies in 2010
209 comics had orders of 50,000-74,999 copies in 2010
648 comics had orders of 25,000-49,999 copies in 2010


In other words, more comics sold more copies in 2012 than 2010. How many? Miller estimates that 6 8 million MORE comics were sold in 2012.

Miller also runs the Top 300 Comics of the Century, noting:

Forty issues from 2012 made the Top 300 for the 21st Century list — that's a big number. There were 24 new entries that made the list in 2011, and only nine in 2010 (some of which were pushed off by this year's entries).

Although Jackson discourages pulling out any excerpts from his tables, here’s the Top 10 for the 21st Century so far:

1 Amazing Spider-Man 583 530,500
2 Walking Dead (including Chromium edition) 100 384,800
3 Civil War 2 341,900
4 Civil War 3 337,000
5 Civil War 1 328,500
6 Captain America 25 317,700
7 Uncanny Avengers 1 305,900
8 Civil War 4 291,000
9 Civil War 5 283,900
10 All Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder 1 276,000


An event like Civil War in 2006 really blasted the chart to smithereens. These days, the dollars are spread way more widely.

Career advice from Geneva Hodgson: RESEARCH

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I’m sure this post on how to make it as an artist by animator Geneva Hodgson (and reblogged by Kate Beaton, hence my embarrassing ID mixup) doesn’t need any promotion from me, but here it is anyway. IT’s full of solid observations and advice, and you should READ THE WHOLE THING, but she mentions one thing that I don’t think most career advice articles cover enough: [Read more…]

New Walking Dead producer Scott Gimple has comics cred

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Following almost as much life-or-death drama behind the scenes as in the zombie-haunted woods of Georgia, The Walking Dead has named a new show runner, Scott Gimple, who takes over with season four from Glen Mazzara, who departed under strained circumstances at the end of last month. Gimple served as Mazarra’s #2 guy for most of the last season, so he’s already been in the mix.
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DC housekeeping fallout

Lots of shakeups emerged in yesterday’s DC April solicitations, which you can read about here and here. The swift replacement of Robert Venditti on Constantine and Jim Zub on Birds of Prey got the most comment. How swift? As recently as last week , Zub was doing interviews to promote his run and then…it wasn’t happening. Zub, widely known as a thorough professional, was very gracious about it on his blog

Obviously I’m disappointed, but I also know this isn’t any kind of personal judgement about me, it’s a business and creative decision that came late in the process. I’ve been working in and around the comic industry for the past ten years and know it can be a wild ride. This is still a step forward for my career, just not as big of one as I’d hoped.

Nick Spencer, who writes at Image these days, was a bit more direct on Twitter:

Seeing lots of “that’s how it is in this business,” stuff in regards to the day’s news. It really isn’t, and it certainly shouldn’t be.
To be a little more direct: the way DC treats a lot of their freelancers is absolutely abhorrent.
When it happened to me on SUPERGIRL, I didn’t say much, because I didn’t want to dwell on the negative.
But when you see it happen to so many good people, and the damage it does to their careers, their incomes, etc… it’s just not okay.
I don’t understand the need for it, & I wish it were otherwise. I love DC, love the characters, & I know I did some of my best work there.
And I’m VERY happy for my friends who have been successful there.
But I would tell any creator– especially newer, younger ones– to be extremely careful in doing business there.

Mark Waid tweeted this, although it isn’t clear who he was talking about:


Since the whole New 52 revamp started, there have been a lot of abrupt changes in direction, including Brian Wood, who was also impaled upon the dire thorns of Supergirl.

Looking past the trees for the forest, corporate comics have a lot at stake these days, and promoting the careers of emerging—or even established—writers isn’t the goal. While there are definitely younger writers in the mix at DC—James Tynion IV and Justin Jordan—a lot of seasoned veterans are helming many books. Heck, Tom DeFalco is writing two books in April. Is the current way of the world harsh? Yes. Is it the way it has to be? Your mileage may vary, but it’s clear that it’s a whole new ballgame.

Luckily there are many other stadiums to play in. While many were sad that the great Art Balthazar and Franco‘s Superman Family Adventures was cancelled, they have their own Aw Yeah Comics label and you can expect more from them. Likewise, Venditti and Zub and all the rest aren’t going anywhere just yet.

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And just to end this on a positive note: Hey giant SOLO deluxe edition! Here’s the cover by Tim Sale.

News and Notes: Jaime Hernandez, Capetown, etc

Some news that slipped through the cracks in recent days:

§ The CBLDF has launched a program with Jaime Hernandez merchandise, which means it will probably be very popular.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Love & Rockets‘ debut, and CBLDF is proud to have Mr. Hernandez’s insightful take on Lady Liberty as the mascot for our 2013 membership program. When asked about why he created this extraordinary piece of art for CBLDF, Mr. Hernandez stated simply, “It’s pretty much a no brainer. We need the CBLDF.”


Here’s the new art in action:

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§ South Park/Book of Mormon geniuses Trey Parker and Matt Stone are taking all their loot and forming their own studio, Important Studios, the NY Times notes. The duo have about $300 million invested in the studio, which will produce a movie version of the stage hit Book of Mormon. Some investment money from The Raine Group completes the menu.

§ Good news! Entertainment writer Geoff Boucher is back at Entertainment Weekly with a geek-news portal called Capetown. The new site will eventually morph into a film festival and more. Comics content is a regular feature thus far, including such things as an interview with Scott Snyder and a Hulk cover gallery.

§ Okay not really news, but Sean T. Collins has made a stab at a reading order for the Hellboy mythos, so you might want to clip that to Evernote.

§ Artist Ken Meyer Jr. has an Indiegogo campaign to help with some health problems. Although he has insurance, he can’t swing the deductible. The campaign has already covered that, but there could be hidden costs.