by David Carter

Rebirth 1Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

As the New 52 era ends, the Rebirth era begins.

While the Rebirth relaunches don’t hit until June, the end of May sees the publication of the DC Universe Rebirth kick-off one-shot. It moves an impressive reported 235,791 copies, and there’s a second print on the way, so DC is likely pretty happy with that. And early reports are that the June launches are selling pretty well too. But more on that next month when we actually see the numbers.

May also sees the final issues of many DCU titles, including several New 52 launch titles that made it all the way to issue #52: Batman, Superman, Action Comics, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Catwoman, Batgirl, and Aquaman. (Justice League also makes it to #52, but not until June; because lateness.) Which if you’re a glass-half-empty type means that forty of the fifty-two New 52 launch titles did not make it to the finish line.

All eleven of the #52 issues in May had freely-orderable variants (f.o.v.s), the theme being re-drawings of their issue #1 covers. The only other f.o.v.s this month were Justice League #50’s Batman v. Superman cover and the load of variants for the two Hanna-Barbera relaunch books. Most (though not all ) of the #52s saw a small bump over their issue #51s.

And yet, even with DC Universe Rebirth one-shot and some final-issue boosts, overall the DCU books saw a slight decline in the average sales for the line, which I attribute to the many other titles that did not have f.o.v.s this month.

Also deceptive is the average sales for Vertigo this month. If you look down near the end of this column you’ll see that there’s actually a slight rise, but don’t you believe that. Seven of the twelve Vertigo titles released in May did not make the Top 300, and when I’m estimating those sales for purposes of the charts I err on the side of more sales, which is quite likely making the estimates higher than they actually are.

On the positive side, the first two of DC’s Hanna-Barbera relaunch titles, Scooby Apocalypse and Future Quest, came it at levels unseen for licensed cartoon books in quite some time. And yes, those numbers were boosted by many variant covers (as well as perhaps some curiosity), but given the inevitable drop-offs and settling in they should provide for a sustainable level of sales for a bit. (As long as they can keep to a schedule…)

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

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

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


1 - DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH ($2.99)
05/2016: DC Universe Rebirth #1 -- 235,791

May’s top seller is DC Universe Rebirth, the extra-sized one-shot setting up their Rebirth “not a relaunch” that now in full swing. This got second printing, and there are reports of high sales and sell-outs so far for the June Rebirth books, so it looks like Rebirth may be just the shot in the arm that the DCU needs.

4 - BATMAN ($3.99)
05/2006: Batman #652   --  77,257  [78,435] 
05/2011: Batman #710   --  55,086
05/2012: Batman #9     -- 134,605 
05/2013: Batman #20    -- 129,039 
05/2014: Batman #31    -- 107,499 [109,343]
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05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Batman #41    -- 142,155 (-  6.1%) [145,305]
07/2015: Batman #42    -- 117,441 (- 18.3%) [118,702]
08/2015: Batman #43    -- 124,697 (+  7.8%) [127,996]
09/2015: Batman #44    -- 114,409 (-  9.9%) [115,351]
10/2015: Batman #45    -- 109,367 (-  4.6%) [110,031]
11/2015: Batman #46    -- 106,989 (-  2.1%) [107,758]
12/2015: Batman #47    -- 127,201 (+ 18.0%) 
01/2016: Batman #48    -- 100,962 (- 20.6%) 
02/2016: Batman #49    -- 102,689 (+  1.7%) 
03/2016: Batman #50    -- 163,406 (+ 67.7%) [172,256]
04/2016: Batman #51    -- 101,922 (- 40.8%) 
05/2016: Batman #52    -- 102,197 (+  0.3%) 
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6 months: -  5.2%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : -  6.5%
5 years : + 85.5%
10 years: + 30.3%

No Snyder or Capullo for the final issue, yet it adds a couple hundred more copies over last month to rise a smidge in sales. Like all the other titles that hit issue #52 this month, there’s a New 52 f.o.v. cover.

Batman was undeniably the big success story of the New 52. All 58 issues (that includes the #0 issue, the Future’s End one-shot, and the Forever Evil 23.* issues) sold over 100K. I can’t think of any comic in the modern Diamond era that has sustained sales that high for that long.

7 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($5.99)
05/2012: Justice League #9  -- 131,332
05/2013: Justice League #20 --  97,676 
05/2014: Justice League #30 --  77,456  [78,419]
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05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Justice League #41 --  97,584 (+ 17.2%) [96,464]
07/2015: Justice League #42 --  81,291 (- 12.7%) [84,202]
08/2015: Justice League #43 --  82,304 (+  1.1%) [85,119]
09/2015: Justice League #44 --  76,752 (-  5.3%) [80,630]
10/2015: Justice League #45 --  77,192 (-  2.7%) [78,416]
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: Justice League #46 --  75,660 (-  3.5%)
12/2015: Justice League #47 --  84,970 (+ 21.2%) [91,688]
01/2016: --
02/2016: Justice League #48 --  72,704 (- 20.7%)
03/2016: --
04/2016: Justice League #49 --  71,131 (-  2.2%)
05/2016: Justice League #50 --  92,423 (+ 29.9%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : + 17.9%

Justice League is running behind, but that doesn’t stop retailers from ordering large on the extra-sized conclusion to the (seemingly never-ending) “Darkseid War” story. There’s a Batman v Superman (unbagged) f.o.v.

11 - SCOOBY APOCALYPSE ($3.99)
05/2016: Scooby Apocalypse #1  -- 69,520

I reckon that this is the most copies a comic starring Scooby-Doo has sold since the 1970s. There were oodles of variants; still, even if this drops to 25% of initial issue sales it will be a hit by modern Scooby-Doo comic standards.

14 - BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ($3.99)
12/2015: Batman/TMNT #1 of 6 -- 134,526           [164,941]
01/2016: Batman/TMNT #2 of 6 --  52,337 (- 58.8%)  [67,898]
02/2016: Batman/TMNT #3 of 6 --  64,444 (+  2.3%)  [69,444]
03/2016: Batman/TMNT #4 of 6 --  65,132 (-  6.2%)
04/2016: Batman/TMNT #5 of 6 --  65,616 (+  0.7%)
05/2016: Batman/TMNT #6 of 6 --  64,911 (-  1.1%)

This leveled out quickly, and at a sales point that likely makes all concerned very happy. DC needs more successes like this. If a sequel hasn’t been announced yet, expect one any day now.

19 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
05/2006: Superman #652 --  70,458
05/2011: Superman #711 --  38,471
05/2012: Superman #9   --  62,232
05/2013: Superman #20  --  45,458 
05/2014: Superman #31  --  40,534  [44,774]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Superman #41  --  53,393 (+  3.0%) [55,368]
07/2015: Superman #42  --  46,691 (- 12.5%) [48,442]
08/2015: Superman #43  --  49,825 (+  4.5%) [50,637]
09/2015: Superman #44  --  43,921 (- 11.3%) [44,908]
10/2015: Superman #45  --  42,693 (-  4.1%) [43,069]
11/2015: Superman #46  --  41,657 (-  3.0%) [41,765]
12/2015: Superman #47  --  47,377 (+ 13.4%) 
01/2015: Superman #48  --  37,690 (- 20.4%)
02/2015: Superman #49  --  36,318 (-  3.6%)
03/2015: Superman #50  --  91,396 (+151.7%)
04/2015: Superman #51  --  38,103 (- 58.3%)
05/2015: Superman #52  --  54,317 (+ 42.6%)
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6 months: + 30.1%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : + 21.3%
5 years : + 41.2%
10 years: - 22.9%

A good-sized boost for the final issue and conclusion of “The Last Days of Superman.” There was also a 2nd printing of issue #51, but we’ll have to wait for the end-of-the-year numbers to see how many copies it moved as it didn’t make the May chart.

29 - FUTURE QUEST ($3.99)
05/2016: Future Quest #1  -- 48,627

Not quite the sales level of Scooby, but still a rather good debut. There were oodles of variants here as well. So far, the Hanna-Barbera reboot is looking like it was a good idea.

33 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
05/2006: Detective Comics #819 -- 65,800
05/2011: Detective Comics #877 -- 39,609
05/2012: Detective Comics #9   -- 96,016
05/2013: Detective Comics #20  -- 78,252 
05/2014: Detective Comics #31  -- 54,518  [55,451]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Detective Comics #41  -- 57,648 (+  2.9%) [58,361]
07/2015: Detective Comics #42  -- 50,743 (- 12.5%) [51,055]
08/2015: Detective Comics #43  -- 53,576 (+  5.4%) [53,797]
09/2015: Detective Comics #44  -- 55,871 (+  4.4%) [56,177]
10/2015: Detective Comics #45  -- 47,972 (- 14.2%) [48,220]
11/2015: Detective Comics #46  -- 47,256 (-  1.9%) [47,280]
12/2015: Detective Comics #47  -- 45,867 (-  3.0%)
01/2016: Detective Comics #48  -- 45,111 (-  1.6%)
02/2016: Detective Comics #49  -- 45,300 (+  0.4%)
03/2016: Detective Comics #50  -- 52,373 (+ 15.6%)
04/2016: Detective Comics #51  -- 43,190 (- 17.5%)
05/2016: Detective Comics #52  -- 43,961 (+  1.8%)
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6 months: -  4.2%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 20.7%
5 years : + 11.0%
10 years: - 33.2%

Final issue. Returns to its original numbering next month as it goes twice-monthly.

34 - HARLEY QUINN ($3.99)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6  --  62,467  [66,742]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Harley Quinn #17 --  68,243 (-  6.2%) [69,406]
07/2015: Harley Quinn #18 --  59,566 (- 13.1%) [60,292]
08/2015: Harley Quinn #19 --  64,223 (+  8.1%) [65,155]
09/2015: Harley Quinn #20 --  56,836 (- 10.0%) [58,652]
10/2015: Harley Quinn #21 --  55,272 (-  5.7%) [55,282]
11/2015: Harley Quinn #22 --  58,344 (+  6.2%) [58,734]
12/2015: Harley Quinn #23 --  69,168 (+ 17.8%)
01/2016: Harley Quinn #24 --  44,967 (- 35.0%)
02/2016: Harley Quinn #25 --  51,495 (+ 14.5%)
03/2016: Harley Quinn #26 --  51,420 (-  0.1%)
04/2016: Harley Quinn #27 --  54,864 (+  6.7%)
05/2016: Harley Quinn #28 --  43,858 (- 20.1%)
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6 months: - 25.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 34.3%

No f.o.v. this time out, which results in more than 10K fewer copies being sold. There was an incentive variant (1:25), though those obviously don’t have the same level of a sales effect as the f.o.v.s.

39 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
05/2006: Action Comics #838 -- 62,702
05/2011: Action Comics #901 -- 44,143
05/2012: Action Comics #9   -- 88,796
05/2013: Action Comics #20  -- 48,324 
05/2014: Action Comics #31  -- 41,081  [46,325]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Action Comics #41  -- 44,083 (+ 12.7%) [44,456]
07/2015: Action Comics #42  -- 37,956 (- 13.5%) [38,434]
08/2015: Action Comics #43  -- 41,883 (+  9.7%) [42,149]
09/2015: Action Comics #44  -- 37,927 (-  9.5%) [38,130]
10/2015: Action Comics #45  -- 36,560 (-  3.8%) [36,694]
11/2015: Action Comics #46  -- 35,569 (-  2.2%) [35,898]
12/2015: Action Comics #47  -- 29,021 (- 19.2%)
01/2016: Action Comics #48  -- 31,958 (+ 10.1%)
02/2016: Action Comics #49  -- 31,496 (-  1.4%)
03/2016: Action Comics #50  -- 40,025 (+ 27.1%)
04/2016: Action Comics #51  -- 32,167 (- 19.6%)
05/2016: Action Comics #52  -- 40,623 (+ 26.3%)
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6 months: + 13.2%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 12.3%
5 years : -  8.0%
10 years: - 35.2%

Part of “The Final Days of Superman,” and the final issue, which combine to give Action a nice sales boost. Like Detective, Action returns to its original numbering in June and goes to twice-monthly.

46 - HARLEY QUINN & HER GANG OF HARLEYS ($3.99)
06/2015: HQ & PG #1 of 6   -- 71,402           [65,876]
07/2015: HQ & PG #2 of 6   -- 44,974 (- 30.1%) [46,044]
08/2015: HQ & PG #3 of 6   -- 38,853 (- 14.0%) [39,582]
09/2015: HQ & PG #4 of 6   -- 36,031 (-  7.7%) [36,525]
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: HQ & PG #5 of 6   -- 34,127 (-  6.3%) [34,221]
12/2015: HQ & PG #6 of 6   -- 31,375 (-  8.3%) 
01/2016: --
02/2016: --
03/2016: --
04/2016: HQ & Gang #1 of 6 -- 52,659 (+ 67.8%)
05/2016: HQ & Gang #2 of 6 -- 37,846 (- 28.1%)
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6 months: + 10.6%

A typical second issue drop.

51, 55 - FLASH ($3.99)
05/2006: -- 
05/2011: Flash #12  --  54,914
05/2012: Flash #9   --  62,807
05/2013: Flash #20  --  39,667 
05/2014: Flash #31  --  34,240  [35,615]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Flash #41  --  41,256 (+  6.8%) [42,891]
07/2015: Flash #42  --  37,956 (- 12.8%) [37,399]
08/2015: Flash #43  --  40,542 (+ 10.1%) [41,189]
09/2015: Flash #44  --  36,111 (- 11.0%) [36,657]
10/2015: Flash #45  --  35,485 (-  1.8%) [36,011]
11/2015: Flash #46  --  36,153 (+  1.9%) [36,701]
12/2015: Flash #47  --  42,129 (+ 14.8%)
01/2016: --
02/2016: Flash #48  --  34,903 (- 17.2%)
02/2016: Flash #49  --  34,407 (-  1.4%)
03/2016: --
04/2016: Flash #50  --  35,160 (+  2.2%)
05/2016: Flash #51  --  33,878 (-  3.6%)
05/2016: Flash #52  --  32,831 (-  3.1%)
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6 months: -  8.1%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : -  5.3%
5 years : - 38.6%
10 years:    n.a.

The Flash finally catches up in time for its final issue (before being relaunched in Rebirth, of course). Unlike other issue #52s, most of which saw a small bounce up, Flash’s final issue is its lowest-selling issue of the New 52 era.

53 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
05/2006: Superman/Batman #25 -- 103,702 [110,845]
05/2006: Superman/Batman #26 -- 118,821 [130,077]
05/2011: Superman/Batman #83 --  28,403
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 --  54,844  [52,857]
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 --  53,504  [54,557]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Batman/Superman #21 --  49,204 (+ 11.0%) [49,946]
07/2015: Batman/Superman #22 --  41,672 (- 15.9%) [41,985]
08/2015: Batman/Superman #23 --  44,259 (+  6.5%) [44,704]
09/2015: Batman/Superman #24 --  40,132 (- 10.2%) [40,271]
10/2015: Batman/Superman #25 --  37,566 (-  6.4%) [37,782]
11/2015: Batman/Superman #26 --  38,056 (+  1.3%) [38,181]
12/2015: Batman/Superman #27 --  30,021 (- 21.1%)
01/2016: Batman/Superman #28 --  34,507 (+ 14.9%)
02/2016: Batman/Superman #29 --  33,662 (-  2.4%)
03/2016: Batman/Superman #30 --  44,644 (+ 32.6%)
04/2016: Batman/Superman #31 --  34,459 (- 22.8%)
05/2016: Batman/Superman #32 --  32,991 (-  4.3%)
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6 months: - 13.6%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 year  : - 38.6%
5 years : + 16.2%
10 years: - 72.6%

Part of “The Final Days of Superman,” and the final issue. Being replaced (eventually) in the Rebirth line-up by Trinity.

54 - GREEN LANTERN ($3.99)
05/2006: Green Lantern #11  --  78,926
05/2011: Green Lantern #66  --  75,371
05/2012: Green Lantern #9   --  87,601
05/2013: Green Lantern #20  --  67,414 
05/2014: Green Lantern #31  --  43,769  [44,092]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Green Lantern #41  --  45,704 (+  6.7%) [46,109]
07/2015: Green Lantern #42  --  39,290 (- 13.9%) [39,708]
08/2015: Green Lantern #43  --  42,482 (+  7.7%) [42,750]
09/2015: Green Lantern #44  --  39,371 (-  7.6%) [39,501]
10/2015: Green Lantern #45  --  38,406 (-  2.5%) [38,519]
11/2015: Green Lantern #46  --  38,976 (+  1.4%) [39,053]
12/2015: Green Lantern #47  --  45,706 (+ 17.0%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #48  --  36,068 (- 21.1%)
02/2015: Green Lantern #49  --  35,237 (-  2.3%)
03/2015: Green Lantern #50  --  36,242 (+  2.9%)
04/2015: Green Lantern #51  --  32,862 (-  9.3%)
05/2015: Green Lantern #52  --  32,936 (+  0.2%)
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6 months: - 15.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 25.3%
5 years : - 56.3%
10 years: - 58.3%

A slight rise for the final issue.

There will be two new GL series launching with Rebirth, neither of which is an exact match for the current series. I’m leaning towards tracking Green Lanterns with this title, and Hall Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps with GLC. But maybe you have different thoughts?

61 - WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
05/2006: --
05/2011: --
05/2012: Wonder Woman #9   --  48,750
05/2013: Wonder Woman #20  --  37,132 (- 20.1%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31  --  30,655 (-  1.4%)
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05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Wonder Woman #41  -- 45,284 (+  0.6%) [45,740]
07/2015: Wonder Woman #42  -- 36,668 (- 18.7%) [37,183]
08/2015: Wonder Woman #43  -- 39,646 (+  7.9%) [40,128]
09/2015: Wonder Woman #44  -- 36,151 (-  9.1%) [36,478]
10/2015: Wonder Woman #45  -- 33,885 (-  6.1%) [34,251]
11/2015: Wonder Woman #46  -- 34,042 (+  0.6%) [34,454]
12/2015: Wonder Woman #47  -- 40,123 (+ 16.5%)
01/2016: Wonder Woman #48  -- 32,687 (- 18.5%)
02/2016: Wonder Woman #49  -- 35,398 (+  8.3%)
03/2016: Wonder Woman #50  -- 36,328 (+  2.6%)
04/2016: Wonder Woman #51  -- 29,787 (- 18.0%)
05/2016: Wonder Woman #52  -- 29,673 (-  0.4%)
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6 months: - 13.9%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : -  3.2%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.

Wonder Woman ends its New 52 run with its lowest-selling issue of the series. In fact, it’s only a few hundred copies higher than where the pre-New 52 series ended. Relaunches with Rebirth as a twice-monthly, with alternating issues telling a different story.

63 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8  -- 47,803  [52,524]
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05/2015: -- 
06/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #18 -- 39,787 (+  2.3%) [41,077]
07/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #19 -- 36,666 (-  8.3%) [37,676]
08/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #20 -- 38,834 (+  4.5%) [39,381]
09/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #21 -- 34,349 (- 12.0%) [34,636]
10/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #22 -- 32,044 (-  6.8%) [32,262]
11/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #23 -- 31,315 (-  1.9%) [31,641]
12/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #24 -- 25,000 (- 21.0%)
01/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #25 -- 29,087 (+ 16.3%)
02/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #26 -- 32,108 (+ 10.4%)
03/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #27 -- 32,707 (+  1.9%)
04/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #28 -- 28,812 (- 11.9%)
05/2016: Superman/Wonder Woman #29 -- 28,569 (-  0.8%)
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6 months: -  9.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 45.6%

Part of “The Final Days of Superman,” and the final issue. Being replaced (eventually) in the Rebirth line-up by Trinity.

70 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
05/2011: Batgirl #21 -- 24,043
05/2012: Batgirl #9  -- 58,710
05/2013: Batgirl #20 -- 42,600 
05/2014: Batgirl #31 -- 31,522  [31,369]
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Batgirl #41 -- 33,220 (- 16.5%) [36,553]
07/2015: Batgirl #42 -- 33,168 (-  6.5%) [34,194]
08/2015: Batgirl #43 -- 32,079 (-  5.0%) [32,478]
09/2015: Batgirl #44 -- 30,654 (-  4.9%) [30,882]
10/2015: Batgirl #45 -- 29,276 (-  3.8%) [29,715]
11/2015: --
12/2015: Batgirl #46 -- 27,591 (-  7.1%)
01/2016: Batgirl #47 -- 26,905 (-  2.5%)
02/2016: Batgirl #48 -- 25,625 (-  4.8%)
03/2016: Batgirl #49 -- 24,730 (-  3.5%)
04/2016: Batgirl #50 -- 34,632 (+ 40.0%)
04/2016: Batgirl #51 -- 23,280 (- 32.8%)
05/2016: Batgirl #52 -- 26,492 (+ 13.8%)
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6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 15.5%
5 years : + 10.2%

Final issue. Relaunching as part of Rebirth.

72 - SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN ($3.99)
11/2015: American Alien #1 of 7 -- 41,441           [42,842]
12/2015: American Alien #2 of 7 -- 31,025 (- 27.6%)
01/2016: American Alien #3 of 7 -- 28,828 (-  7.1%)
02/2016: American Alien #4 of 7 -- 27,313 (-  5.3%)
03/2016: American Alien #5 of 7 -- 26,339 (-  3.6%)
04/2016: American Alien #6 of 7 -- 25,449 (-  3.4%)
05/2016: American Alien #7 of 7 -- 26,271 (+  3.2%)
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6 months: - 38.7%

A bit of a rise for the final issue, because ???

75 - GRAYSON ($3.99)
04/2006: Nightwing #119 -- 46,336
04/2012: Nightwing #8   -- 52,063  [61,711]
04/2013: Nightwing #19  -- 46,978
04/2014: --
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05/2015: --
06/2015: Grayson #9     -- 39,610 (-  3.4%) [40,478]
07/2015: Grayson #10    -- 33,990 (- 13.8%) [34,882]
08/2015: Grayson #11    -- 36,538 (+  7.2%) [37,402]
09/2015: Grayson #12    -- 32,284 (- 11.0%) [33,281]
10/2015: Grayson #13    -- 32,260 (-  1.5%) [32,786]
11/2015: Grayson #14    -- 31,831 (-  1.8%) [32,201]
12/2015: Grayson #15    -- 35,765 (+ 11.1%)
01/2016: Grayson #16    -- 30,420 (- 14.9%)
02/2016: Grayson #17    -- 30,257 (-  0.5%)
03/2016: Grayson #18    -- 33,550 (+ 10.9%)
04/2016: Grayson #19    -- 27,378 (- 18.4%)
05/2016: Grayson #20    -- 23,762 (- 13.2%)
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6 months: - 16.5%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 40.9%

Final issue (though there’s an Annual in June to wrap things up). Coming back in Rebirth as Nightwing.

79 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
05/2012: Suicide Squad #9      -- 32,581
05/2013: Suicide Squad #20     -- 23,537 
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30     -- 22,063 
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05/2015: --
06/2015: New Suicide Squad #9  -- 42,225 (+ 35.6%) [43,224]
07/2015: New Suicide Squad #10 -- 35,365 (- 17.1%) [35,842]
08/2015: New Suicide Squad #11 -- 37,915 (+  7.2%) [38,434]
09/2015: New Suicide Squad #12 -- 34,622 (-  8.9%) [35,013]
10/2015: New Suicide Squad #13 -- 33,260 (-  4.1%) [33,584]
11/2015: New Suicide Squad #14 -- 32,925 (-  1.1%) [33,219]
12/2015: New Suicide Squad #15 -- 26,449 (- 20.4%)
01/2016: New Suicide Squad #16 -- 24,870 (-  6.0%)
02/2016: New Suicide Squad #17 -- 23,687 (-  4.8%)
03/2016: New Suicide Squad #18 -- 28,243 (+ 19.2%)
04/2016: New Suicide Squad #19 -- 23,799 (- 15.7%)
05/2016: New Suicide Squad #20 -- 23,425 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.5%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : +  6.2%

81 - ROBIN, SON OF BATMAN ($3.99)
05/2006: Robin #150    -- 41,417 
--------------------------------
06/2015: Robin SoB #1  -- 70,505 (+ 36.2%) [63,858]
07/2015: Robin SoB #2  -- 44,232 (- 28.5%) [45,674]
08/2015: Robin SoB #3  -- 38,413 (- 13.5%) [39,523]
09/2015: Robin SoB #4  -- 38,162 (-  1.9%) [38,777]
10/2015: Robin SoB #5  -- 35,619 (-  7.2%) [35,981]
11/2015: Robin SoB #6  -- 35,633 (-  0.2%) [35,904]
12/2015: Robin SoB #7  -- 34,815 (-  3.0%)
01/2016: Robin SoB #8  -- 31,220 (- 10.3%)
02/2016: Robin SoB #9  -- 30,125 (-  3.5%)
03/2016: Robin SoB #10 -- 32,962 (+  9.4%)
04/2016: Robin SoB #11 -- 26,366 (- 20.0%)
05/2016: Robin SoB #12 -- 22,428 (- 14.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 37.5%
10 years: - 45.8%

Penultimate issue.

82 - AQUAMAN ($3.99)
05/2006: Aquaman SoA #41 -- 32,610
05/2012: Aquaman #9      -- 60,527
05/2013: Aquaman #19     -- 53,415 
05/2014: Aquaman #31     -- 32,076 
----------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Aquaman #41     -- 33,629 (+  0.6%) [34,131]
07/2015: Aquaman #42     -- 28,158 (- 16.6%) [28,479]
08/2015: Aquaman #43     -- 30,480 (+  8.3%) [30,835]
09/2015: Aquaman #44     -- 26,396 (- 14.4%)
10/2015: Aquaman #45     -- 25,495 (-  3.4%)
11/2015: Aquaman #46     -- 25,962 (+  1.8%)
12/2015: Aquaman #47     -- 20,251 (- 22.0%)
01/2016: Aquaman #48     -- 23,373 (+ 15.4%)
02/2016: Aquaman #49     -- 23,546 (+  0.7%)
03/2016: Aquaman #50     -- 24,487 (+  4.0%)
04/2016: Aquaman #51     -- 21,959 (- 10.3%)
05/2016: Aquaman #52     -- 22,246 (+  1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 30.6%
10 years: - 31.8%

Final issue; getting Rebirthed.

85 - POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH ($2.99)
01/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #1 of 6 -- 31,351 
02/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #2 of 6 -- 23,452 (- 25.2%) 
03/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #3 of 6 -- 22,812 (-  2.7%) 
04/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #4 of 6 -- 22,504 (-  1.4%) 
05/2016: Poison Ivy Cycle #5 of 6 -- 21,655 (-  3.8%)

87 - SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN ($3.99)
02/2016: Supermen #1 of 6  -- 37,033
03/2016: Supermen #2 of 6  -- 27,470 (- 25.8%)
04/2016: Supermen #3 of 6  -- 24,500 (- 10.8%)
05/2016: Supermen #4 of 6  -- 21,395 (- 12.7%)

90 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
05/2012: Deathstroke #9  -- 20,878 
05/2013: Deathstroke #20 -- 11,768 
----------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Deathstroke #7  -- 38,807 (+ 22.6%) [39,993]
07/2015: Deathstroke #8  -- 33,648 (- 13.3%) [34,754]
08/2015: Deathstroke #9  -- 36,583 (+  8.7%) [37,419]
09/2015: Deathstroke #10 -- 31,241 (- 14.6%) [31,832]
10/2015: Deathstroke #11 -- 31,121 (-  0.4%) [31,649]
11/2015: Deathstroke #12 -- 31,939 (+  2.6%) [32,568]
12/2015: Deathstroke #13 -- 25,344 (- 20.6%) 
01/2016: Deathstroke #14 -- 27,648 (+  9.1%) 
02/2016: Deathstroke #15 -- 26,534 (-  4.0%) 
03/2016: Deathstroke #16 -- 25,390 (-  4.3%) 
04/2016: Deathstroke #17 -- 24,858 (-  2.1%) 
05/2016: Deathstroke #18 -- 21,087 (- 15.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 35.3%
1 year  :    n.a.

Takes a bit of a variant-less plunge.

94 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
05/2006: Green Arrow #62  -- 39,185
05/2011: Green Arrow #12  -- 31,742
05/2012: Green Arrow #9   -- 26,966
05/2013: Green Arrow #20  -- 27,541 
05/2014: Green Arrow #31  -- 23,475 
-----------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Green Arrow #41  -- 29,545 (+ 52.1%) [30,098]
07/2015: Green Arrow #42  -- 24,921 (- 17.2%)
08/2015: Green Arrow #43  -- 29,998 (+ 21.6%) [30,298]
09/2015: Green Arrow #44  -- 25,620 (- 15.4%)
10/2015: Green Arrow #45  -- 23,614 (-  7.8%)
11/2015: Green Arrow #46  -- 24,393 (+  3.3%)
12/2015: Green Arrow #47  -- 30,834 (+ 26.4%)
01/2016: Green Arrow #48  -- 22,117 (- 28.3%)
02/2016: Green Arrow #49  -- 22,096 (-  0.1%)
03/2016: Green Arrow #50  -- 22,977 (+  4.0%)
04/2016: Green Arrow #51  -- 21,168 (-  7.9%)
05/2016: Green Arrow #52  -- 20,559 (-  2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 12.4%
5 years : - 35.2%
10 years: - 47.5%

Final issue; getting Rebirthed.

101 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION ($2.99)
05/2006: --
05/2011: Green Lantern Corps #60  -- 60,964
05/2012: Green Lantern Corps #9   -- 46,336
05/2013: Green Lantern Corps #20  -- 43,026  
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31  -- 28,449  [29,017]
-------------------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: --
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Edge of Oblivion #1 of 6 -- 26,819 (- 10.7%)
02/2016: Edge of Oblivion #2 of 6 -- 21,265 (- 20.7%)
03/2016: Edge of Oblivion #3 of 6 -- 20,096 (-  5.5%)
04/2016: Edge of Oblivion #4 of 6 -- 19,434 (-  3.3%)
05/2016: Edge of Oblivion #5 of 6 -- 18,699 (-  3.8%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 35.6%
5 years : - 69.3%
10 years:    n.a.

102 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
05/2006: Teen Titans #35 -- 72,954
05/2006: Teen Titans #36 -- 71,486
05/2011: Teen Titans #95 -- 24,738
05/2012: Teen Titans #9  -- 50,261
05/2013: Teen Titans #20 -- 36,391 
05/2014: -- 
----------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Teen Titans #9  -- 33,412 (- 15.5%) [33,804]
07/2015: Teen Titans #10 -- 28,547 (- 14.3%) [28,963]
08/2015: Teen Titans #11 -- 32,112 (+ 12.6%) [32,621]
09/2015: --
10/2015: Teen Titans #12 -- 26,796 (- 17.9%) 
11/2015: Teen Titans #13 -- 26,511 (-  1.1%)
12/2015: Teen Titans #14 -- 26,239 (-  1.0%)
12/2015: Teen Titans #15 -- 27,201 (+  3.7%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #16 -- 24,201 (- 11.0%)
02/2015: Teen Titans #17 -- 23,566 (-  2.6%)
03/2015: Teen Titans #18 -- 23,056 (-  2.2%)
04/2015: Teen Titans #19 -- 21,989 (-  4.6%)
05/2015: Teen Titans #20 -- 18,593 (- 15.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.9%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years :    n.a.
5 years : - 24.8%
10 years: - 74.3%

The fewest copies sold of an issue of Teen Titans in at least thirteen years.

103, 108 - DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS (Digital First) ($3.99)
08/2015: Bombshells #1  --  59,253           [61,985]
09/2015: Bombshells #2  --  37,136 (- 39.8%) [37,306]
10/2015: Bombshells #3  --  32,147 (- 11.7%) [32,939]
11/2015: Bombshells #4  --  27,239 (- 17.3%)
11/2015: Bombshells #5  --  25,335 (-  7.0%)
12/2015: Bombshells #6  --  23,679 (-  6.5%)
12/2015: Bombshells #7  --  23,014 (-  2.8%)
01/2016: Bombshells #8  --  21,904 (-  4.8%)
02/2016: Bombshells #9  --  20,349 (-  7.1%)
03/2016: Bombshells #10 --  19,820 (-  2.6%)
04/2016: Bombshells #11 --  18,859 (-  4.8%)
05/2016: Bombshells #12 --  18,512 (-  1.8%)
05/2016: Bombshells #13 --  18,046 (-  2.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.5%

104 - SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK ($3.99)
10/2015: Lois & Clark #1 -- 35,009           [35,991]
11/2015: Lois & Clark #2 -- 22,898 (- 36.4%)
12/2015: Lois & Clark #3 -- 21,630 (-  5.5%)
01/2016: Lois & Clark #4 -- 23,766 (+  9.9%)
02/2016: Lois & Clark #5 -- 22,775 (-  4.2%)
03/2016: Lois & Clark #6 -- 17,846 (- 21.6%)
04/2016: Lois & Clark #7 -- 20,172 (+ 13.0%)
05/2016: Lois & Clark #8 -- 18,284 (-  9.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.2%

Final issue. Wonder if there will be a run on these in back issues or digital now that this Superman is starring in the Rebirth?

105 - DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE COLLECTORS' EDITION ($12.99)
12/2015: Dark Knight III Coll #1 of 8 -- 24,005
01/2016: Dark Knight III Coll #2 of 8 -- 19,367 (- 19.3%)
02/2016: --
03/2016: Dark Knight III Coll #3 of 8 -- 19,445 (+  0.4%)
04/2016: --
05/2016: Dark Knight III Coll #4 of 8 -- 18,226 (-  6.3%)

Tracking these separately from the main title, since they’re such a different beast.

106 - BATMAN BEYOND ($2.99)
05/2012: Unlimited #4      -- 24,356
05/2013: Unlimited #16     -- 15,822 
05/2014: Universe #10      -- 13,869 
------------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Batman Beyond #1  -- 59,151 (+303.9%) [53,362]
07/2015: Batman Beyond #2  -- 35,000 (- 34.4%) [35,238]
08/2015: Batman Beyond #3  -- 30,806 (- 12.0%) [31,276]
09/2015: Batman Beyond #4  -- 31,202 (+  1.3%) [31,518]
10/2015: Batman Beyond #5  -- 29,409 (-  5.7%) [29,626]
11/2015: Batman Beyond #6  -- 27,778 (-  5.5%)
12/2015: Batman Beyond #7  -- 21,946 (- 21.0%)
01/2016: Batman Beyond #8  -- 20,342 (-  7.3%)
02/2016: Batman Beyond #9  -- 19,449 (-  4.4%)
03/2016: Batman Beyond #10 -- 21,578 (+ 10.9%)
04/2016: Batman Beyond #11 -- 18,061 (- 16.3%)
05/2016: Batman Beyond #12 -- 18,133 (+  0.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 34.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : + 30.7%

109 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
05/2006: Swamp Thing #27     --  7,795
05/2012: Swamp Thing #9      -- 39,385
05/2013: Swamp Thing #20     -- 27,338 
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31     -- 18,249 
--------------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: --
07/2015: --
08/2015: --
09/2015: --
10/2015: --
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Swamp Thing #1 of 6 -- 29,048 (+ 81.9%)
02/2016: Swamp Thing #2 of 6 -- 21,453 (- 26.1%)
03/2016: Swamp Thing #3 of 6 -- 20,309 (-  5.3%)
04/2016: Swamp Thing #4 of 6 -- 18,814 (-  7.4%)
05/2016: Swamp Thing #5 of 6 -- 18,021 (-  4.2%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : -  1.2%
10 years: +131.2%

111 - EARTH 2: SOCIETY ($2.99)
05/2012: Earth 2 #1     -- 95,742 [102,490]
05/2013: Earth 2 #12    -- 43,983 
05/2014: Earth 2 #23    -- 34,531  [35,006]
---------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: E2 Society #1  -- 45,102 (+ 52.6%) [41,763]
07/2015: E2 Society #2  -- 31,663 (- 23.2%) [32,074]
08/2015: E2 Society #3  -- 28,381 (- 10.6%) [28,671]
09/2015: E2 Society #4  -- 25,443 (- 11.3%)
10/2015: E2 Society #5  -- 23,459 (-  7.8%)
11/2015: E2 Society #6  -- 21,948 (-  6.4%)
12/2015: E2 Society #7  -- 21,059 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: E2 Society #8  -- 19,682 (-  6.5%)
02/2015: E2 Society #9  -- 18,868 (-  4.1%)
03/2015: E2 Society #10 -- 18,391 (-  2.5%)
04/2015: E2 Society #11 -- 17,844 (-  3.0%)
05/2015: E2 Society #12 -- 17,492 (-  2.0%)
----------------
6 months: - 20.3%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 50.0%

Hey, remember when the debut issue of the New 52 Earth 2 sold over 100K? Good times.

112 - TITANS HUNT ($3.99)
10/2015: Titans Hunt #1 of 12 -- 31,037           [32,768]
11/2015: Titans Hunt #2 of 12 -- 22,466 (- 31.4%)
12/2015: Titans Hunt #3 of 12 -- 20,918 (-  6.9%)
01/2016: Titans Hunt #4 of 8  -- 23,578 (+ 12.7%)
02/2016: Titans Hunt #5 of 8  -- 22,678 (-  3.8%)
03/2016: Titans Hunt #6 of 8  -- 18,493 (- 18.5%)
04/2016: Titans Hunt #7 of 8  -- 20,079 (+  8.6%)
05/2016: Titans Hunt #8 of 8  -- 17,412 (- 13.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.5%

121, 172 - ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL (Digital First) ($2.99)
05/2016: Adv Supergirl #1 of 6 -- 16,704 
05/2016: Adv Supergirl #2 of 6 -- 11,494 (- 31.2%)

Originally DC was going to go straight to trade with this digital first series and bypass the physical floppies all together. But something changed their minds.

Anyway, Arrow Season 2.5 debuted at about this level (actually a bit higher), and by the end at issue #12 had fallen to half that. So probably a good thing that this is only slated for six issues. If it turns out to be a decent seller as floppies, they can always go on to make more.

122, 129 - THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2016: Legend of WW #1 of 9 -- 25,047
02/2016: Legend of WW #2 of 9 -- 16,816 (- 32.9%)
03/2016: Legend of WW #3 of 9 -- 16,497 (-  1.9%)
04/2016: Legend of WW #4 of 9 -- 16,488 (-  0.1%)
05/2016: Legend of WW #5 of 9 -- 16,583 (+  0.6%)
05/2016: Legend of WW #6 of 9 -- 15,924 (-  4.0%)

124 - RED HOOD/ARSENAL ($2.99)
05/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #9  -- 37,974
05/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #20 -- 35,542 
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 -- 21,257 
-----------------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #1    -- 44,078 (+137.3%) [40,597]
07/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #2    -- 26,829 (- 33.9%)
08/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #3    -- 23,841 (- 11.1%)
09/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #4    -- 22,113 (-  7.2%)
10/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #5    -- 21,025 (-  4.9%)
11/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #6    -- 19,857 (-  5.6%)
12/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #7    -- 25,789 (+ 29.9%)
01/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #8    -- 22,900 (- 11.2%)
02/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #9    -- 22,341 (-  2.4%)
03/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #10   -- 17,707 (- 20.7%)
04/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #11   -- 19,711 (+ 11.3%)
05/2015: Red Hood/Arsenal #12   -- 16,402 (- 16.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.4%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 22.8%

Final issue. Without an f.o.v., sales dip below those of the final issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, which this title is morphing back into at some point during Rebirth. Because for whatever reason DC just can’t seem to let this title go.

125 - STARFIRE ($2.99)
06/2015: Starfire #1  -- 50,928           [52,638]
07/2015: Starfire #2  -- 33,659 (- 34.7%) [34,389]
08/2015: Starfire #3  -- 30,207 (-  9.7%) [31,052]
09/2015: Starfire #4  -- 30,485 (-  0.4%) [30,930]
10/2015: Starfire #5  -- 28,714 (-  6.2%) [29,021]
11/2015: Starfire #6  -- 27,941 (-  3.7%) 
12/2015: Starfire #7  -- 21,230 (- 23.9%) 
01/2016: Starfire #8  -- 24,378 (+ 14.7%) 
02/2016: Starfire #9  -- 22,918 (-  6.0%) 
03/2016: Starfire #10 -- 18,044 (- 21.3%) 
04/2016: Starfire #11 -- 20,131 (+ 11.6%) 
05/2016: Starfire #12 -- 16,361 (- 18.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 41.4%

Final issue for the former Outlaw.

127 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
05/2006: Catwoman #55   -- 30,184  
05/2012: Catwoman #9    -- 49,726
05/2013: Catwoman #20   -- 26,886 
05/2014: Catwoman #31   -- 20,144 
---------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Catwoman #41   -- 27,034 (+  1.9%)
07/2015: Catwoman #42   -- 21,983 (- 18.7%)
08/2015: Catwoman #43   -- 26,451 (+ 20.3%)
09/2015: Catwoman #44   -- 21,507 (- 18.7%)
10/2015: Catwoman #45   -- 20,229 (- 18.7%)
11/2015: Catwoman #46   -- 21,661 (+  7.1%)
12/2015: Catwoman #47   -- 15,038 (- 30.6%)
01/2016: Catwoman #48   -- 14,408 (-  4.2%)
02/2016: Catwoman #49   -- 13,659 (-  5.2%)
03/2016: Catwoman #50   -- 14,260 (+  4.4%)
04/2016: Catwoman #51   -- 13,150 (-  7.8%)
05/2016: Catwoman #52   -- 16,146 (+ 22.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.5%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 19.8%
10 years: - 46.5%

Final issue. Catwoman was the lowest-selling New 52 launch title to make it all the way to issue number fifty-two. There are no Rebirth plans, though I’d suspect at some point in the next five years or so DC will revisit this title.

130 - CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER ($2.99)
05/2006: Hellblazer #220    -- 14,161
05/2011: Hellblazer #279    --  9,454
05/2012: Hellblazer #291    --  9,426
05/2013: Constantine #3     -- 29,106 
05/2014: Constantine #14    -- 17,422 
-------------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: The Hellblazer #1  -- 41,888 (+177.6%) [40,335]
07/2015: The Hellblazer #2  -- 27,512 (- 34.3%)
08/2015: The Hellblazer #3  -- 24,040 (- 12.6%)
09/2015: The Hellblazer #4  -- 21,974 (-  8.6%)
10/2015: The Hellblazer #5  -- 20,431 (-  7.0%)
11/2015: The Hellblazer #6  -- 19,328 (-  5.4%)
12/2015: The Hellblazer #7  -- 18,601 (-  3.8%)
01/2016: The Hellblazer #8  -- 17,853 (-  4.0%)
02/2016: The Hellblazer #9  -- 17,178 (-  3.8%)
03/2016: The Hellblazer #10 -- 16,755 (-  2.5%)
04/2016: The Hellblazer #11 -- 16,248 (-  3.0%)
05/2016: The Hellblazer #12 -- 15,904 (-  2.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 17.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : -  8.7%
5 years : + 68.2%
10 years: + 12.3%

Penultimate issue.

135 - SINESTRO ($2.99)
05/2014: Sinestro #2  -- 34,640  [36,343] 
-------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Sinestro #12 -- 28,848 (-  0.0%) [29,156]
07/2015: Sinestro #13 -- 23,044 (- 20.1%) 
08/2015: Sinestro #14 -- 25,505 (+ 10.7%) 
09/2015: Sinestro #15 -- 22,090 (- 13.4%) 
10/2015: Sinestro #16 -- 23,179 (+  4.9%) 
11/2015: Sinestro #17 -- 22,331 (-  3.7%) 
12/2015: Sinestro #18 -- 17,189 (- 23.0%) 
01/2016: Sinestro #19 -- 20,535 (+ 19.5%) 
02/2016: Sinestro #20 -- 20,199 (-  1.6%) 
03/2016: Sinestro #21 -- 15,928 (- 21.1%) 
04/2016: Sinestro #22 -- 18,191 (+ 14.2%) 
05/2016: Sinestro #23 -- 15,430 (- 15.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 30.9%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 57.5%

Final issue.

147 - WE ARE ROBIN ($3.99)
06/2015: We Are Robin #1  -- 57,137           [49,597]
07/2015: We Are Robin #2  -- 31,209 (- 34.1%) [32,668]
08/2015: We Are Robin #3  -- 26,830 (- 17.9%) 
09/2015: We Are Robin #4  -- 22,893 (- 14.7%) 
10/2015: We Are Robin #5  -- 21,243 (-  7.2%) 
11/2015: We Are Robin #6  -- 19,210 (-  9.6%) 
12/2015: We Are Robin #7  -- 28,181 (+ 46.7%) 
01/2015: We Are Robin #8  -- 12,086 (- 19.8%) [22,593]
02/2015: We Are Robin #9  -- 21,323 (-  5.6%) 
03/2015: We Are Robin #10 -- 16,412 (- 23.0%) 
04/2015: We Are Robin #11 -- 17,655 (+  7.6%) 
05/2015: We Are Robin #12 -- 14,204 (- 19.5%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 26.1%

Final issue.

149, 151 - INJUSTICE: YEAR FIVE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
05/2013: Injustice #5     -- 25,215 
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5  -- 19,834 
-----------------------------------
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #1  -- 17,958 (+ 17.2%)
05/2015: Injustice Y4 #2  -- 15,653 (- 12.8%)
06/2015: Injustice Y4 #3  -- 15,982 (+  2.1%)
06/2015: Injustice Y4 #4  -- 15,493 (-  3.1%)
07/2015: Injustice Y4 #5  -- 15,905 (+  2.7%)
07/2015: Injustice Y4 #6  -- 15,556 (-  2.2%)
08/2015: Injustice Y4 #7  -- 15,559 (+  0.0%)
08/2015: Injustice Y4 #8  -- 15,269 (-  1.9%)
09/2015: Injustice Y4 #9  -- 15,414 (+  0.9%)
09/2015: Injustice Y4 #10 -- 16,243 (+  5.4%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #11 -- 14,992 (-  7.7%)
10/2015: Injustice Y4 #12 -- 14,848 (-  1.0%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: --
01/2016: Injustice Y5 #1  -- 17,049 (+ 14.8%)
01/2016: Injustice Y5 #2  -- 14,787 (- 13.3%)
02/2016: Injustice Y5 #3  -- 14,263 (-  3.5%)
02/2016: Injustice Y5 #4  -- 13,918 (-  2.4%)
03/2016: Injustice Y5 #5  -- 14,094 (+  1.3%)
03/2016: Injustice Y5 #6  -- 13,599 (-  3.5%)
04/2016: Injustice Y5 #7  -- 13,823 (+  1.6%)
04/2016: Injustice Y5 #8  -- 13,560 (-  1.9%)
05/2016: Injustice Y5 #9  -- 13,539 (-  0.2%)
05/2016: Injustice Y5 #10 -- 13,332 (-  1.5%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 20.1%
2 years : - 32.3%

This is the final ‘year’ of Injustice, but with a sequel video game announced I’d expect there to be a companion comic series so Injustice probably won’t be gone for long.

155 - SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: DEADSHOT/KATANA ($4.99)
01/2016: Deadshot/Katana #1 of 6 -- 21,642 
02/2016: Deadshot/Katana #2 of 6 -- 16,529 (- 23.6%) 
03/2016: Deadshot/Katana #3 of 6 -- 14,585 (- 11.8%) 
04/2016: Deadshot/Katana #4 of 6 -- 13,452 (-  7.8%) 
05/2016: Deadshot/Katana #5 of 6 -- 12,725 (-  5.4%)

156 - MARTIAN MANHUNTER ($2.99)
06/2015: Martian Manhunter #1  -- 40,239 (+ 66.8%) [37,003]
07/2015: Martian Manhunter #2  -- 24,957 (- 32.6%)
08/2015: Martian Manhunter #3  -- 22,540 (-  9.7%)
09/2015: Martian Manhunter #4  -- 19,738 (- 12.4%)
10/2015: Martian Manhunter #5  -- 18,416 (-  6.7%)
11/2015: Martian Manhunter #6  -- 17,038 (-  7.5%)
12/2015: Martian Manhunter #7  -- 15,962 (-  6.3%)
01/2016: Martian Manhunter #8  -- 18,655 (+ 16.9%)
02/2016: Martian Manhunter #9  -- 17,938 (-  3.8%)
03/2016: Martian Manhunter #10 -- 13,761 (- 23.3%)
04/2016: Martian Manhunter #11 -- 15,269 (+ 11.0%)
05/2016: Martian Manhunter #12 -- 12,555 (- 17.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.3%

Final issue.

158 - CYBORG ($2.99)
07/2015: Cyborg #1  -- 45,187           [47,357]
08/2015: Cyborg #2  -- 29,167 (- 35.5%) [30,229]
09/2015: --
10/2015: Cyborg #3  -- 27,550 (-  5.5%) 
10/2015: Cyborg #4  -- 25,926 (-  5.9%) 
11/2015: --
12/2015: Cyborg #5  -- 23,618 (-  8.9%) 
12/2015: Cyborg #6  -- 17,864 (- 24.4%) 
01/2016: Cyborg #7  -- 18,975 (+  6.2%) 
02/2016: Cyborg #8  -- 18,092 (-  4.7%) 
03/2016: Cyborg #9  -- 13,578 (- 25.0%) 
04/2016: Cyborg #10 -- 15,256 (+ 12.4%) 
05/2016: Cyborg #11 -- 12,425 (- 18.6%) 
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.

Penultimate issue (though it’s getting Rebirthed).

159 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
05/2015: --
06/2015: Gotham Academy #7  -- 26,594 (+ 30.6%)
07/2015: Gotham Academy #8  -- 22,359 (- 15.9%)
08/2015: Gotham Academy #9  -- 18,048 (- 19.3%)
09/2015: Gotham Academy #10 -- 17,292 (-  4.2%)
10/2015: Gotham Academy #11 -- 16,560 (-  4.2%)
11/2015: --
12/2015: Gotham Academy #12 -- 15,865 (-  4.2%)
12/2015: Gotham Academy #13 -- 22,947 (+ 44.6%)
01/2016: Gotham Academy #14 -- 15,023 (- 34.5%)
02/2016: Gotham Academy #15 -- 14,334 (-  4.6%)
03/2016: Gotham Academy #16 -- 13,363 (-  6.8%)
04/2016: Gotham Academy #17 -- 12,743 (-  4.6%)
05/2016: Gotham Academy #18 -- 12,410 (-  2.6%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  :    n.a.

Final issue, though it’s coming back post-Rebirth as GA: Second Semester. And in the meantime Boom! is publishing a crossover series with their popular Lumberjanes.

161 - SECRET SIX ($2.99)
05/2006: Secret Six #1 of 6 -- 54,961  [57,395]
05/2011: Secret Six #33     -- 19,733
---------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Secret Six #3      -- 28,458 (+  7.1%) [28,999]
07/2015: Secret Six #4      -- 22,813 (- 19.8%)
08/2015: Secret Six #5      -- 30,418 (+ 33.3%) [30,884]
09/2015: Secret Six #6      -- 17,376 (- 42.9%)
10/2015: Secret Six #7      -- 16,343 (-  5.9%)
11/2015: Secret Six #8      -- 15,375 (-  5.9%)
12/2015: Secret Six #9      -- 14,663 (-  4.6%)
01/2016: Secret Six #10     -- 13,888 (-  5.3%)
02/2016: Secret Six #11     -- 13,160 (-  5.2%)
03/2016: Secret Six #12     -- 12,772 (-  2.9%)
04/2016: Secret Six #13     -- 12,437 (-  2.6%)
05/2016: Secret Six #14     -- 12,118 (-  2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.2%
1 year  :    n.a.
5 years : - 38.6%
10 years: - 78.9%

Final issue.

171 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 ($2.99)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6   -- 25,738
-----------------------------------------
05/2015: --
06/2015: Justice League 3K1 #1  -- 35,391 (+ 76.7%) [29,332]
07/2015: Justice League 3K1 #2  -- 21,301 (- 27.4%) 
08/2015: Justice League 3K1 #3  -- 18,931 (- 11.1%)
09/2015: Justice League 3K1 #4  -- 16,704 (- 11.8%)
10/2015: Justice League 3K1 #5  -- 15,512 (-  7.1%)
11/2015: Justice League 3K1 #6  -- 14,659 (-  5.5%)
12/2015: Justice League 3K1 #7  -- 13,979 (-  4.6%)
01/2016: Justice League 3K1 #8  -- 13,283 (-  5.0%)
02/2016: Justice League 3K1 #9  -- 12,919 (-  2.7%)
03/2016: Justice League 3K1 #10 -- 12,455 (-  3.6%)
04/2016: Justice League 3K1 #11 -- 11,960 (-  4.0%)
05/2016: Justice League 3K1 #12 -- 11,623 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 20.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 54.8%

Final issue.

174 - LEGENDS OF TOMORROW ($7.99)
03/2016: Legends of Tomorrow #1 -- 18,753
04/2016: Legends of Tomorrow #2 -- 12,728 (- 32.1%)
05/2016: Legends of Tomorrow #3 -- 11,354 (- 10.8%)

Technically wasn’t announced as a mini-series, but it’s only lasting six issues. For all the obvious reasons.

180 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (Digital-First) ($2.99)
12/2015: Batman 66/UNCLE #1 of 6 -- 17,363 (- 15.4%)
01/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #2 of 6 -- 13,940 (- 19.7%)
02/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #3 of 6 -- 12,824 (-  8.0%)
03/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #4 of 6 -- 11,945 (-  6.9%)
04/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #5 of 6 -- 11,187 (-  6.3%)
05/2016: Batman 66/UNCLE #6 of 6 -- 11,060 (-  1.1%)

Next up is a crossover with The Avengers.

184 - LUCIFER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
05/2006: Lucifer #75 -- 10,395 
------------------------------
12/2015: Lucifer #1  -- 17,306 (+ 57.2%)
01/2016: Lucifer #2  -- 12,497 (- 27.8%)
02/2016: Lucifer #3  -- 11,614 (-  7.1%)
03/2016: Lucifer #4  -- 11,450 (-  1.4%)
04/2016: Lucifer #5  -- 11,049 (-  3.5%)
05/2016: Lucifer #6  -- 10,701 (-  3.1%)
-----------------
10 years: +  2.9%

The top-selling Vertigo title for May.

193 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
05/2006: -- 
05/2011: --
05/2012: --
05/2013: --
05/2014: Astro City #12  -- 13,795 
----------------------------------
05/2015: Astro City #23  -- 11,215 (- 1.3%)
06/2015: Astro City #24  -- 11,226 (+ 0.1%)
07/2015: Astro City #25  -- 11,242 (+ 0.1%)
08/2015: Astro City #26  -- 11,118 (- 1.1%)
09/2015: Astro City #27  -- 11,019 (- 0.9%)
10/2015: Astro City #28  -- 10,808 (- 1.9%)
11/2015: Astro City #29  -- 10,748 (- 0.6%)
12/2015: Astro City #30  -- 10,476 (- 2.5%)
01/2016: Astro City #31  -- 10,351 (- 1.2%)
02/2016: Astro City #32  -- 10,187 (- 1.6%)
03/2016: Astro City #33  -- 10,125 (- 0.6%)
04/2016: Astro City #34  -- 10,120 (- 0.0%)
05/2016: Astro City #35  --  9,996 (- 1.2%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.0%
1 year  : - 10.9%
2 years : - 27.5%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.

Astro City finally falls below the 10K sales line (though just barely).

197 - MIDNIGHTER ($2.99)
06/2015: Midnighter #1  -- 35,420 (+221.8%) [31,915]
07/2015: Midnighter #2  -- 19,812 (- 37.9%)
08/2015: Midnighter #3  -- 16,563 (- 16.4%)
09/2015: Midnighter #4  -- 14,431 (- 12.9%)
10/2015: Midnighter #5  -- 13,235 (-  8.3%)
11/2015: Midnighter #6  -- 12,186 (-  7.9%)
12/2015: Midnighter #7  -- 11,267 (-  7.5%)
01/2016: Midnighter #8  -- 10,408 (-  7.6%)
02/2016: Midnighter #9  -- 10,428 (+  0.2%)
03/2016: Midnighter #10 --  9,803 (-  6.0%)
04/2016: Midnighter #11 --  9,435 (-  3.5%)
05/2016: Midnighter #12 --  9,354 (-  0.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 23.2%

Final issue.

200 - DOCTOR FATE ($2.99)
06/2015: Doctor Fate #1  -- 39,558           [34,514]
07/2015: Doctor Fate #2  -- 22,967 (- 41.9%) 
08/2015: Doctor Fate #3  -- 18,951 (- 17.5%) 
09/2015: Doctor Fate #4  -- 16,258 (- 14.2%) 
10/2015: Doctor Fate #5  -- 14,560 (- 10.4%) 
11/2015: Doctor Fate #6  -- 13,090 (- 10.1%) 
12/2015: Doctor Fate #7  -- 11,954 (-  8.7%) 
01/2016: Doctor Fate #8  -- 11,109 (-  7.1%) 
02/2016: Doctor Fate #9  -- 10,437 (-  6.0%) 
03/2016: Doctor Fate #10 --  9,780 (-  6.0%) 
04/2016: Doctor Fate #11 --  9,257 (-  5.3%) 
05/2016: Doctor Fate #12 --  9,168 (-  1.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 30.0%

Ending with issue #16. I’m pretty sure. The solicitation text wasn’t entirely clear; it didn’t say ‘Final issue,’ but ‘climatic concluding chapter’ sure sounds like it’s the end…

204 - BLOODLINES ($2.99)
04/2016: Bloodlines #1 of 6 -- 14,941 
05/2016: Bloodlines #2 of 6 --  8,959 (- 40.0%)

Oh, this is going to get ugly before it’s done…

208 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 
-----------------------------------------
05/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10 --  6,566 (-  3.2%)
06/2015: --
07/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #11 --  6,809 (+  3.7%)
08/2015: --
09/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12 -- 15,426 (+126.7%)
10/2015: --
11/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #13 --  8,008 (- 48.1%)
12/2015: --
01/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #14 --  7,214 (-  9.9%)
02/2016: -- 
03/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #15 --  8,092 (+ 12.2%)
04/2016: -- 
05/2016: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #16 --  8,400 (+  3.8%)
-----------------
6 months: +  4.9%
1 Year  : + 27.9%
2 Years : +  3.0%

Teaming up with Shazam!

208 - THE OMEGA MEN ($2.99)
06/2015: Omega Men #1  -- 33,174           [28,446] *
07/2015: Omega Men #2  -- 17,093 (- 39.9%) 
08/2015: Omega Men #3  -- 13,246 (- 22.5%) 
09/2015: Omega Men #4  -- 11,302 (- 14.7%) 
10/2015: Omega Men #5  -- 10,532 (-  6.8%) 
11/2015: Omega Men #6  --  9,709 (-  7.8%) 
12/2015: Omega Men #7  --  9,251 (-  4.7%) 
01/2016: Omega Men #8  --  8,864 (-  4.2%) 
02/2016: --
03/2016: Omega Men #9  --  8,727 (-  1.5%) 
03/2016: Omega Men #10 --  8,366 (-  4.1%) 
04/2016: Omega Men #11 --  8,281 (-  1.0%) 
05/2016: Omega Men #12 --  8,218 (-  0.8%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 15.4%

Final issue. For real this time.

Now comes the sadness that is Vertigo…

253 - CLEAN ROOM (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Clean Room #1 -- 14,304
11/2015: Clean Room #2 --  9,351 (- 35.6%)
12/2015: Clean Room #3 --  8,073 (- 13.7%)
01/2015: Clean Room #4 --  7,572 (-  6.2%)
02/2016: Clean Room #5 --  7,020 (-  7.3%)
03/2016: Clean Room #6 --  6,832 (-  2.7%)
04/2016: Clean Room #7 --  6,518 (-  4.6%)
05/2016: Clean Room #8 --  6,394 (-  1.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 31.6%

274 - THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #1 of 8 -- 10,234 
01/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #2 of 8 --  7,063 (- 31.0%) 
02/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #3 of 8 --  6,385 (-  9.6%) 
03/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #4 of 8 --  6,007 (-  5.9%) 
04/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #5 of 8 --  5,810 (-  3.3%) 
05/2015: Sheriff of Babylon #6 of 8 --  5,615 (-  3.4%)

284 - SUICIDERS: KINGS OF HELL.A. (Vertigo) ($3.99)
05/2015: Suiciders #4           --  9,316 (-  5.8%) 
06/2015: Suiciders #5           --  8,731 (-  6.3%) 
07/2015: -- 
08/2015: -- 
09/2015: Suiciders #6           --  8,546 (-  2.1%) 
10/2015: -- 
11/2015: -- 
12/2015: -- 
01/2016: -- 
02/2016: -- 
03/2016: Kings of HelLA #1 of 6 --  8,563 (+  0.2%)
04/2016: Kings of HelLA #2 of 6 --  6,123 (- 28.5%)
05/2016: Kings of HelLA #3 of 6 --  5,375 (- 12.2%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 42.3%

297 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
05/2006: Scooby-Doo #108               -- 4,496
05/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #9  -- 4,838
05/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #21 -- 5,269
05/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #33 -- ????? 
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 -- 4,840 
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05/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #57 -- 4,794  
06/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #58 -- 5,033 (+ 5.0%)  
07/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #59 -- ????? (< 5,446)  
08/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #60 -- 5,091  
09/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #61 -- 5,220 (+ 2.5%)  
10/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #62 -- 5,143 (- 1.5%)  
11/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #63 -- 5,215 (+ 1.4%)  
12/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #64 -- ????? (< 5,848)  
01/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #65 -- 4,906   
02/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #66 -- 4,867 (- 0.8%)   
03/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #67 -- 4,940 (+ 1.5%)   
04/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #68 -- 4,892 (- 1.0%)   
05/2016: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #69 -- 5,040 (+ 3.0%)   
-----------------
6 months: -  3.4%
1 year  : +  5.1%
2 years : +  4.1%
5 years : +  4.2%
10 years: + 12.1%

Okay, this obviously isn’t a Vertigo title. But it’s selling better than all of those below…

+300 - UNFOLLOW (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Unfollow #1  -- 10,740 
12/2015: Unfollow #2  --  7,082 (- 34.1%) 
01/2016: Unfollow #3  --  6,510 (-  8.1%) 
02/2016: Unfollow #4  --  5,667 (- 12.9%) 
03/2016: Unfollow #5  --  5,149 (-  9.1%) 
04/2016: Unfollow #6  --  4,815 (-  6.5%) 
05/2016: Unfollow #7  --  ????? (< 4,986) 
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
+300 - THE DARK AND BLOODY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
02/2016: Dark & Bloody #1 of 6 -- 8,622
03/2016: Dark & Bloody #2 of 6 -- 5,679 (- 34.1%)
04/2016: Dark & Bloody #3 of 6 -- 4,757 (- 16.2%)
04/2016: Dark & Bloody #4 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,986)
+300 - ART OPS (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Art Ops #1 -- 12,211
11/2015: Art Ops #2 --  7,982 (- 34.6%)
12/2015: Art Ops #3 --  6,771 (- 15.2%)
01/2016: Art Ops #4 --  5,772 (- 14.8%)
02/2016: Art Ops #5 --  5,297 (-  8.2%)
03/2016: Art Ops #6 --  4,908 (-  7.3%)
04/2016: Art Ops #7 --  4,564 (-  7.3%)
05/2016: Art Ops #8 --  ????? (< 4,986)
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
+300 - SURVIVORS' CLUB (Vertigo) ($3.99)
10/2015: Survivors' Club #1 -- 13,194
11/2015: Survivors' Club #2 --  7,846 (- 40.5%)
12/2015: Survivors' Club #3 --  6,668 (- 15.0%)
01/2016: Survivors' Club #4 --  5,731 (- 14.1%)
02/2016: Survivors' Club #5 --  5,221 (-  8.9%)
03/2016: Survivors' Club #6 --  4,862 (-  6.9%)
04/2016: Survivors' Club #7 --  4,516 (-  7.1%)
05/2016: Survivors' Club #8 --  ????? (< 4,986)
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
+300 - RED THORN (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2015: Red Thorn #1  -- 11,335 
12/2015: Red Thorn #2  --  6,799 (- 40.0%) 
01/2016: Red Thorn #3  --  5,802 (- 14.7%) 
02/2016: Red Thorn #4  --  4,867 (- 16.1%) 
03/2016: Red Thorn #5  --  4,482 (-  7.9%) 
04/2016: Red Thorn #6  --  ????? (< 4,309) 
04/2016: Red Thorn #7  --  ????? (< 4,986) 
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
+300 - NEW ROMANCER (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: New Romancer #1 of 6 -- 8,639 
01/2016: New Romancer #2 of 6 -- 5,655 (- 34.5%) 
02/2016: New Romancer #3 of 6 -- 3,999 (- 29.3%) 
03/2016: New Romancer #4 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,269) 
04/2016: New Romancer #5 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,309) 
05/2016: New Romancer #6 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,986)
+300 - LAST GANG IN TOWN (Vertigo) ($3.99)
12/2015: Last Gang in Town #1 of 6 -- 8,396 
01/2016: Last Gang in Town #2 of 6 -- 4,750 (- 43.4%) 
02/2016: Last Gang in Town #3 of 6 -- 3,772 (- 20.6%) 
03/2016: Last Gang in Town #4 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,269) 
04/2016: Last Gang in Town #5 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,309) 
05/2016: Last Gang in Town #6 of 6 -- ????? (< 4,986)

A whopping seven Vertigo titles don’t make the Top 300 this month, which must be a record.

Average Periodical Sales (not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, and magazines; based on first-month sales only.)

DC COMICS
05/2006: 44,554
05/2011: 24,561
05/2012: 38,708
05/2013: 31,412 
05/2014: 31,764 
---------------
05/2015: 31,237 (- 18.5%)**
06/2015: 35,318 (+ 13.1%)**
07/2015: 27,005 (- 23.5%)**
08/2015: 27,301 (+  1.1%)**
09/2015: 26,092 (-  4.4%)**
10/2015: 25,681 (-  0.5%)**
11/2015: 30,743 (+ 19.7%)
12/2015: 28,091 (-  8.6%)**
01/2016: 21,845 (- 22.2%)**
02/2016: 24,611 (+ 12.7%)**
03/2016: 22,620 (-  9.6%)**
04/2016: 23,187 (+  2.5%)**
05/2016: 24,532 (+  5.8%)**
-----------------
6 months: - 20.2%
1 year  : - 21.5%
2 years : - 22.8%
5 years : -  0.1%
10 years: - 44.9%


DC UNIVERSE
05/2006: 59,505
05/2011: 27,745
05/2012: 35,264
05/2013: 32,015 
05/2014: 39,555  
---------------
05/2015: 42,635 (- 14.5%)
06/2015: 46,980 (+ 10.2%)
07/2015: 32,688 (- 30.4%)
08/2015: 33,079 (+  1.2%)
09/2015: 30,645 (-  7.4%)
10/2015: 30,402 (-  0.8%)
11/2015: 38,396 (+ 26.3%)
12/2015: 34,981 (-  8.9%)
01/2016: 27,664 (- 20.1%)
02/2016: 31,503 (+ 13.9%)
03/2016: 28,621 (-  9.1%)
04/2016: 30,003 (+  4.8%)
05/2016: 29,927 (-  0.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.1%
1 year  : - 29.8%
2 years : - 24.3%
5 years : +  7.9%
10 years: - 49.7%


VERTIGO
05/2006: 15,266
05/2011: 10,668
05/2012: 11,102
05/2013: 20,860 
05/2014: 11,778  
---------------
05/2015: 10,616 (+ 46.3%)**
06/2015:  8,011 (- 24.5%)**
07/2015: 15,251 (+ 90.4%)**
08/2015: 10,216 (- 33.0%)**
09/2015: 15,814 (+ 54.8%)**
10/2015: 10,771 (- 31.9%)**
11/2015:  9,780 (-  9.2%)
12/2015:  8,630 (- 11.8%)**
01/2016:  6,832 (- 20.5%)**
02/2016:  6,274 (-  8.2%)**
03/2016:  6,039 (-  3.7%)**
04/2016:  5,649 (-  6.5%)**
05/2016:  5,734 (+  1.5%)**
-----------------
6 months: - 41.4%
1 year  : - 46.0%
2 years : - 51.3%
5 years : - 46.3%
10 years: - 62.4%

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

+ 30.1% - Superman
+ 13.2% - Action Comics
+ 10.6% - Harley Quinn & Her Gang (HQ & Power Girl)
+  4.9% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  3.4% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
-  4.2% - Detective Comics
-  5.2% - Batman
-  7.0% - Astro City
-  8.1% - Flash
-  9.7% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 13.6% - Batman/Superman
- 13.9% - Wonder Woman
- 14.3% - Aquaman
- 15.4% - The Omega Men
- 15.7% - Green Lantern
- 15.7% - Green Arrow
- 16.5% - Grayson
- 17.4% - Red Hood/Arsenal
- 17.7% - Constantine the Hellblazer
- 20.2% - Superman Lois & Clark
- 20.3% - Earth 2 Society
- 20.7% - Justice League 3001
- 21.2% - Secret Six
- 22.5% - Titans Hunt
- 23.2% - Midnighter
- 25.3% - Harley Quinn
- 25.5% - Catwoman
- 26.1% - We Are Robin
- 26.3% - Martian Manhunter
- 29.5% - New Suicide Squad
- 30.0% - Doctor Fate
- 30.5% - DC Comics Bombshells
- 30.9% - Sinestro
- 31.6% - Clean Room
- 34.7% - Batman Beyond
- 35.3% - Deathstroke
- 37.5% - Robin, Son of Batman
- 38.7% - Superman American Alien
- 41.4% - Starfire


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

+ 27.9% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
+  5.1% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
- 10.9% - Astro City
- 20.1% - Injustice
- 42.3% - Suiciders


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

+ 30.7% - Batman Beyond
+ 21.3% - Superman
+ 17.9% - Justice League
+  6.2% - Suicide Squad
+  4.1% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
+  3.0% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  1.2% - Swamp Thing
-  3.2% - Wonder Woman
-  5.3% - Flash
-  6.5% - Batman
-  8.7% - Constantine
- 12.3% - Action Comics
- 12.4% - Green Arrow
- 15.5% - Batgirl
- 19.8% - Catwoman
- 20.7% - Detective Comics
- 22.8% - Red Hood/Arsenal (Red Hood & the Outlaws)
- 25.3% - Green Lantern
- 27.5% - Astro City
- 30.6% - Aquaman
- 32.3% - Injustice
- 34.3% - Harley Quinn
- 35.6% - Green Lantern Corps
- 38.6% - Batman/Superman
- 45.6% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 50.0% - Earth 2
- 54.8% - Justice League 3001 (JL3K)
- 57.5% - Sinestro
 

5 year comparisons
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+ 85.5% - Batman
+ 68.2% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 41.2% - Superman
+ 16.2% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 11.0% - Detective Comics
+ 10.2% - Batgirl
+  4.2% - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?
-  8.0% - Action Comics
- 24.8% - Teen Titans
- 35.2% - Green Arrow
- 38.6% - Flash
- 38.6% - Secret Six
- 56.3% - Green Lantern
- 69.3% - Green Lantern Corps


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

+131.2% - Swamp Thing
+ 30.3% - Batman
+ 12.3% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 12.1% - Scooby-Doo
+  2.9% - Lucifer
- 22.9% - Superman
- 31.8% - Aquaman
- 33.2% - Detective Comics
- 35.2% - Action Comics
- 40.9% - Grayson (Nightwing)
- 45.8% - Robin
- 46.5% - Catwoman
- 47.5% - Green Arrow
- 58.3% - Green Lantern
- 72.6% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
- 74.3% - Teen Titans
- 78.9% - Secret Six

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

DCU: Average: 29,927. Median: 19,629. No.: 50. Total: 1,496,341

7.9 - DC Universe Rebirth
3.4 - Batman
3.1 - Justice League
2.2 - Batman/TMNT
1.8 - Superman
1.5 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Harley Quinn
1.4 - Action Comics
1.3 - Harley Quinn & Gang
1.1 - Flash (51)
1.1 - Batman/Superman
1.1 - Green Lantern
1.1 - Flash (52)
1.0 - Wonder Woman
1.0 - Superman/Wonder Woman
0.9 - Batgirl
0.9 - Superman American Alien
0.8 - Grayson
0.8 - New Suicide Squad
0.7 - Robin, Son of Batman
0.7 - Aquaman
0.7 - Poison Ivy Cycle
0.7 - Superman Coming of Supermen
0.7 - Deathstroke
0.7 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Green Lantern Corps Edge of Oblivion
0.6 - Teen Titans
0.6 - Superman Lois & Clark
0.6 - Dark Knight III Collectors' Edition
0.6 - Batman Beyond
0.6 - Swamp Thing
0.6 - Earth 2 Sociey
0.6 - Titans Hunt
0.5 - Red Hood/Arsenal
0.5 - Starfie
0.5 - Catwoman
0.5 - Constantine the Hellblazer
0.5 - Sinestro
0.5 - We Are Robin
0.4 - Suicide Squad Most Wanted
0.4 - Martian Manhunter
0.4 - Cyborg
0.4 - Gotham Academy
0.4 - Secret Six
0.4 - Justice League 3001
0.4 - Legends of Tomorrow
0.3 - Midnighter
0.3 - Doctor Fate
0.3 - Bloodlines
0.3 - The Omega Men


Vertigo: Average: 5,734**. Median: 4,786**. No.: 12. Total: 68,813**

1.9 - Lucifer
1.7 - Astro City
1.1 - Clean Room
1.0 - Sheriff of Babylon
0.9 - Suiciders: HelL.A.
0.8 - Unfollow **
0.8 - Dark & Bloody **
0.8 - Art Ops **
0.8 - Survivors' Club **
0.8 - Red Thorn **
0.7 - New Romancer **
0.7 - Last Gang in Town **


Digital First & Other: Average: 20,850. Median: 14,732. No.: 12. Total: 250,198

3.3 - Scooby Apocalypse
2.3 - Future Quest
0.9 - DC Comics Bombshells (12)
0.9 - DC Comics Bombshells (13)
0.8 - Adventures of Supergirl (1)
0.8 - Legend of Wonder Woman
0.6 - Injustice Year Five (9)
0.6 - Injustice Year Five (10)
0.6 - Adventures of Supergirl (2)
0.5 - Batman '66 Meets The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
0.4 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.2 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, the Association for Professional Basketball Research, or my former neighbor’s dog Miles.

The author of this column does weekly snapshots of Amazon comic sales charts at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/ and tweets about comics and related subjects on Twitter at @davereadscomics (PM me there is you need to contact me).

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

Comments

  1. says

    Dave, I’d match HAL JORDAN to GL, and the LanternS book to GLC, personally — GL was always the Hal title, and GLC the “Not Hal”

  2. says

    Interesting is the five-years-ago figures (from just before the New 52 started) versus now. So in spite of all the “darker and edgier” New 52 revamps, “DC You,” “Convergence,” and other changes, the only characters to see a rise in sales figures since then are Batman (who’d probably sell well anyway), Superman, Batgirl, Constantine, and… Scooby-Doo? Interesting that in sales growth percentages, Scoob and the gang are one of DC’s main successes…

  3. Spike says

    Scooby Doo Apocalypse was a lot better than I could imagine. It inspired me to buy the other similar books. Nice surprise in fun and entertaining reading

  4. Nathan Aaron says

    I’m really surprised by Unfollow. It’s a great book, full of mystery, intrigue, and plenty of weirdness! It’s a perfect Vertigo title! Why is no one buying this thing?

  5. says

    Nahan: bad marketing strategies. I probably would have been interested but no interior art was visible in the Previews (I think), price of the vertigo floppy was upped 33% just before and they didn’t made any effort on the price of the first paperback as they used to.
    And launching a serie demanding such a very long run of issued to be correctly mamanged (the counter can’t drop from 140 to 10 in 2 issues) at a time were any new launch making it past issue 12 is a miracle was perhaps a little too risky.

  6. JeffF says

    Nathan: I’m buying it. And it is the perfect Vertigo title. It reminds me of Air by Wilson & Perker from a few years back, gives me that same feeling of those cool little books poking their heads out between Sandman and Preacher and Animal Man and Fables, you know? That…Vertigo feeling…mmm…

  7. Rich H says

    “The sadness that is Vertigo” is a little unfair, considering Vertigo readers are trade/book readers. Vertigo needs a different business model when it comes to monthlies, since money’s not made off them monthly, and it’s not Vertigo’s fault, it’s DC and their publishers’ fault for not working that out.

    Karen Berger understood that new books need 12-18 months to find their audience… simply because creator owned books take more time than superhero comics.

    Just be glad Vertigo is still going at DC.

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