by Xavier Lancel

Welcome to a new analysis of the Marvel sales. Reminder: I’m French, that’s why I’m talking funny. Please address your complaints to my at-least-we-won’t-elect-president-a-guy-with-a-toupée country.

The Marvel line of comics has never been so refreshing and daring (but also, so expensive), but things don’t look good for anything, be it the renumbered titles or the new launches. Last month, we saw a lot of -20% falls for series on their fourth issue.  Many of these series already suffered low sales and now rest on the fringe of the cancellation line. A good bunch of titles fell from 20K to 15K, putting Marvel in a situation where quick decisions will have to be made. Some of these series don’t even have their first collection out yet, so should they be put on hiatus, cancelled or signed for another arc? No matter what they do though, Marvel will be forced to put ten titles on death row, which would result in something of an implosion for their line. And what should they do after that?

The Avengers brand no longer sells, the Guardians line isn’t trendy anymore, the Spider-Man line is suffocating readers with way too many titles, the Inhumans line is way too weak to support anything else and the X-Men line has been shrunk down to minimize its importance in the hopes of reacquiring movie rights. Innovation and diversity seems to be the best way for Marvel to separate itself from the competition, especially since DC has decided to double down on its popular long-running properties through the Rebirth relaunch. No matter what, we appear to have entered a new era where rules of the market have changed and made new long-running series even more difficult to produce. You have to change the status quo very often to attract the « hype sales », whether or not the change is an illusion.

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Reminder: those sales are estimates of sales to comics shops situated in North America. American comics do get sold elsewhere in their original floppy edition. In addition, just because a copy is sold to a shop doesn’t mean that it’s sold to a customer. That would be way too easy. Digital sales are not taken into account.

Many thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures.


 

2- STAR WARS

01/15 Star Wars  #1 -  1,070,137                    
02/15 Star Wars  #2 -	   212,089  (-80.0%)
03/15 Star Wars  #3 -	   175,579  (-17.2%)
04/15 Star Wars  #4 -	   203,817  (+16.1%)
05/15 Star Wars  #5 -	   146,850  (-27.9%)
06/15 Star Wars  #6 -	   152,652  (+ 4.0%)
07/15 Star Wars  #7 -	   160,000  (+ 1.0%)
08/15 Star Wars #8  -	   145,066  (-  9.3%)
09/15 Star Wars #9  -	   135,817  (-  6.4%)
10/15 Star Wars#10 -    134,613  (-  0.9%)
11/15 Star Wars#11 -	   126,780  (-  5.8%)
11/15 Star Wars#12 -	   123,133  (-  2.9%)
12/15 Star Wars#13 - 	   139,918  (+13.6%)   (Vader Down)
01/16 Star Wars#14 - 	   118,471  (- 15.3%)
01/16 Star Wars#15 -     107,858  (-  9.0%)
02/16 Star Wars#16-	   110,407  (+ 2.4%)

Since issue #2: -47.9%
TPB VOL.1: 31,790   [+1,545]
Average +%TPB sales issues 1-6: +18.1%
STAR WARS TP VOL.2:  8.883   [+1,227]
Average +% TPB Sales issues #7-12: +6.5%

There was reason to believe this one would be late, as Marvel had no pages to show in its Previews catalog. Instead, they used pages from Darth Vader Annual #1 to promote Leinil Yu’s art on this new arc. With the beginning of a new arc and the different variant covers, there is no way to say if the new sales erosion has slowed down or not.

Meanwhile, +1 to 1.5K seems to be the monthly rate of sales for each Star Wars TPB: it’s a cash machine!

4- SPIDER-MAN

02/16-  Spider-Man  #1  -  99,951              

Marvel did not overplay this one, with a 3,99$ cover price (compared to some 5,99$ #1 launches) and « only » 5 covers. Still though, this is the 14th Spiderverse title to buy this month. FOURTEENTH! Clearly, if you are a Spider-fan, you can’t buy them all.

Oh, and for those who were kidnapped by aliens those last few months, that’s Miles Morales under the mask. Do we have two heroes called Spider-Man at the same time here? Spider-readers, help us out!

 5- DEADPOOL MERCS FOR MONEY LTD

02/16  Deadpool Mercs for Money Ltd #1 of 5  -  90,186             

The usual Deadpool mini, next to his growing ongoing family of titles. It should continue to sell like most Deadpool minis do after the bump it got from #1 « movie + 5 covers » settles down.

6- DEADPOOL ($10)

11/12  Deadpool #2 -  76,445 
...
03/14  Deadpool #25 -  48,775  (+ 18.6%)(Now)
... 
10/14  Deadpool #36 -  46,600  (+  7.0%)(Axis)
...
03/15  Deadpool #44 -  39,716  (- 11.5%)
04/15  Deadpool #45 -  96.897  (+144.0%)

11/15	Deadpool  #1 -  261,805                    [+81,240] 
11/15	Deadpool  #2 -    92,008  (-64.9%) 
12/15   Deadpool #3 -    72,357  (-21.4%)   
12/15	Deadpool  #4 -    63,149  (-22.7%) 
01/16  Deadpool  #5 -    59,645  (-  5.5%)
01/16  Deadpool  #6 -    59.006  (-  1.1%)
02/16  Deadpool  #7 -    88,264  (+49.6%)

Since issue#2 : - 4.1%

A special « movie release » + 25th anniversary of its first appearance issue, with 5 covers, 100 pages and an unfriendly price tag of $10.00! I guess that means a little more cash for the Merc for Money though, which is solid logic!

 

9- DARTH VADER

02/15 Darth Vader #1 -  304,373                     
02/15 Darth Vader #2 -  125,466  (-58.8%)
03/15 Darth Vader #3 -  126,278  (+ 0.6%)    
04/15 Darth Vader #4 -  136,451  (+ 8.1%)    
05/15 Darth Vader #5 -  113,025  (-17.2%)
06/15 Darth Vader #6 -  107,739  (- 4.7%)
07/15 Darth Vader #7 -  114,349  (+ 6.1%)
08/15 Darth Vader #8 -    98,994  (-13.4%)
09/15 Darth Vader #9 -  100,235  (+ 1.3%)
10/15 Darth Vader#10-    94,372  (-  5.8%)
10/15 Darth Vader#11-    92,866  (-  1.6%)
11/15 Darth Vader#12-    90,077  (-  3.0%)
11/15 Darth Vader#13-   113,448 (+25.9%)  (Vader Down)
12/15 Darth Vader#14-     97,457 (-14,1%)   (Vader Down)
01/16 Darth Vader#15-     98,405 (+ 1.0%)   (Vader Down)
02/16 Darth Vader#16-     81,147  (-17.5%)

Since issue #2: -35.3%
DARTH VADER TP VOL.1:  22,273  [+2,064]
Average +% TPB Sales issues #1-6: +17.6%
DARTH VADER TP VOL.2:  9.297  [+1,447]
Average +% TPB Sales issues #7-12: +9.9%

During the lead up to Star Wars Episode VII, Disney and Marvel managed to pull many curious Star Wars fans into the comics. However, now that the marketing machine and the ongoing movies releases are back at full throttle, Star Wars comics have found their real « hardcore readers niche ».  The people who are still reading books from this line are ready to spend cash on a regular basis for years to come, but there aren’t as many as there were at the start of it all.

Meanwhile, Darth Vader TPB sales are shining even brighter than TPB sales for the main Star Wars title.

3- POWER MAN AND IRON FIST

02/16 Power Man and Iron Fist #1  -  79,069             

I couldn’t be happier to see Sanford Greene’s talent at last recognized by one of the big two. No way to tell yet where this one will go, but if you like what you see, his bibliography includes the Rotten Apple one-shot at Dark Horse, two beautiful Jim Shooter’s Legion of S-H issues (#41 and 44) and some DC Amecomi Girls, among many others.

9- 11- 27-AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

04/14  Amazing v3 #1  - 532,586  ( 293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2  - 123,945  ( -76.7%)
...
04/15  Amazing v3 #17 -     99,964  ( +8.3%)
05/15  Amazing v3 #18 -	88,338  (-11.6%)
...
10/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #1 -  245,873 
10/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #2 -  111,322   (-54.7%)    
11/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #3 -   93,848    (-15.7%)
12/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #4 -   82,066    (-22.6%)
12/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #5 -   79,122    (- 3.6%)
01/16 Amazing Spider-Man  #6 -   76,517    (- 3.3%)
02/16 Amazing Spider-Man  #7 -   75,357    (- 1.5%)
02/16 Amazing Spider-Man  #8 -   71,599    (- 5.0%)

12/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #1.1 -  66,092
12/15 Amazing Spider-Man  #1.2 -  56,674  (-14.2%)
01/16 ---
02/16 Amazing Spider-Man  #1.3 -  47,892  (-15.5%)

Since #2: -35.7%

Hey, look, a gorgeous Alex Ross cover with a glowing Cloak and a dark Dagger! Still no sign of the new ongoing Cloak and Dagger series Marvel has been hinting at, though… Meanwhile, the mini is taking a beating.

12- 231- SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL

01/16-  Spider-Man Deadpool #1  -  140,121               [+6,308]
02/16-  Spider-Man Deadpool #2  -    69,801  (-50.2%)             

Earlier, I asked whether Peter Parker and Miles Morales were coexisting in the same universe. Marvel’s solicit for this book seem to offer a clue to the answer: « Spidey and Deady get a visit from Miles Morales. », which is quite different from a summary that says  « Spidey and Deady get a visit from Spider-Man ». Issue #1 will see a second printing this month.

15- OLD MAN LOGAN 

05/15 Old Man Logan Ltd #1 -	122,702          
06/15 Old Man Logan Ltd #2 -	 78,426  (-36.1%)
07/15 Old Man Logan Ltd #3 -	 67,482  (-14.0%)
08/15 Old Man Logan Ltd #4 -	 69,122  (+ 2.4%)
09/15 ---
10/15 Old Man Logan Ltd #5 -	 62,716  (-  9.3%)
11/15 ---
12/15 ---
01/16 Old Man Logan  #1  -  104,362 
02/16 Old Man Logan  #2  -    63,932  (-38.7%)        

Hey, that’s an unusually low fall for a second issue! So far, excellent sales level for a Wolverine title after many years of struggling.

16- INVINCIBLE IRON MAN

03/14  Ir. Man #23.NOW  - 43,912  (  51.3%)
...
06/14  Iron Man v6 #28  - 28,027  (  -0.9%)
11/14  Sup. Iron Man #1 - 83,994  ( 199.7%)
11/14  Sup. Iron Man #2 - 42,621  ( -49.3%)
12/14  Sup. Iron Man #3 - 38,806  (  -9.0%)
01/15  Sup. Iron Man #4 – 38,515  (  -0,7%)
02/15  Sup. Iron Man #5 – 35,094  (  -8.9%)
03/15  Sup. Iron Man #6 – 37,113  (  +5.8%)
04/15  Sup. Iron Man #7 – 34,440  (  -7.2%)
05/15  Sup. Iron Man #8 – 32,006  (  -7.3%)
06/15  Sup. Iron Man #9 – 33,989  (  +6.2%)
...
10/15 Invincible Iron Man  #1 -  279,514  
10/15 Invincible Iron Man  #2 -    66,664  (-76.2%)         
11/15 Invincible Iron Man  #3 -    59,069  (-11.4%)
12/15 Invincible Iron Man  #4 -    57,639  (-  2.4%)
01/16 Invincible Iron Man  #5 -    49,225  (-14.6%)
02/16 Invincible Iron Man  #6 -    63,234 (+28.5%)               (War Machines)

Since issue #2: -5.1%

Being spotlit in the first pages of the Marvel Preview really helped this one rebound to its second issue sales number with this new « event arc ».

17- OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN LTD

01/16-  Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 of 5  -  102,861   
02/16-  Obi-Wan and Anakin #2 of 5  -    58,431           

This mini could mark a new low for the Star Wars franchise minis, but all the other Marvel Universe titles would kill to have such a “low” result.

18- AVENGERS STANDOFF WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL ($5)
   
02/16- Avengers....Pleasant Hill   -   57,559       

Secret Wars ended last month and we are already onto the next event, or at least the prelude to it.

Its solicitation text in the Marvel Previews was nicely written, by the way.

 19- MIGHTY THOR 
  
12/12  Thor v5 #1   - 110,443
...
02/14  Thor #19.Now–  42.034  ( 10.1%)
...
09/14  Thor v5 #25 –  53,047  (  38.4%)
10/14  Thor v6 #1  – 150,862  ( 184.4%)
11/14  Thor v6 #2  –   89,131  ( -40.9%)
12/14  Thor v6 #3  –   72,563  ( -18.6%)
01/15  Thor v6 #4  -   69,497  ( -4.2%)
02/15  Thor v6 #5  -   69,513  ( +0.0%)
03/15  Thor v6 #6  -   70,569  ( +1.5%)
04/15  Thor v6 #7  -   71,372  ( +1.1%)
05/15  Thor v6 #8  -   86,222  (+20.1%)
...
11/15	Mighty Thor  #1 -  112,053        
12/15	Mighty Thor  #2 -    70,331  (-37.2%)
01/16  Mighty Thor   #3 -    60,345  (-14.2%)
02/16  Mighty Thor   #4 -    56,568  (-  6.3%)

Still searching for its level. This is still amazing sales territory for a Thor title.

 20- 25- ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS 

11/15	ANAD Avengers  #1 -  128,570 
12/15	ANAD Avengers  #2 -    67,154 (-47.8%)    
01/16	ANAD Avengers  #3 -    57,584 (-14.3%)
01/16	ANAD Avengers  #4 -    57,114 (-  0.8%) 
02/16  ANAD Avengers  #5 -    51,740 (-  9.4%)
02/16  ANAD Avengers  #6 -    48,022  (- 7.2%)

Since issue #2 : - 28.5 %

Despite its falling sales, it’s the best-selling Avengers team title, so Marvel was probably right to force a new generation of heroes to replace the older ones.

22- UNCANNY X-MEN

01/16-  Uncanny X-Men #1  -  93,252    
01/16   Uncanny X-Men #2  -   55.804  (-40.2%)     
02/16   Uncanny X-Men #3  -   50,382   (- 9.7%)

Despite all the criticism you can find about Greg Land’s art, he’s still at the helm of the best selling X-Men team title. However, this one could fall beneath All-New X-Men soon. In fact, in a way, it already has, since All-New X-Men #3 had better sales.

23- 36-- ALL NEW X-MEN

11/12  All-New X-Men #2  - 100,983  
...
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
...
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
09/14  All-New X-Men #32 -  54,654  ( -6.6%)
10/14  All-New X-Men #33 -  60,032  (  9.8%)
11/14  ---
12/14  All-New X-Men #34 -  57,569  ( -4.1%)
01/15  All-New X-Men #35 -  51,823  (-10.0%)
02/15  All-New X-Men #36 -  49,464  ( -4.6%)
02/15  All-New X-Men #38 -  58,037  (+17.3%) B. Vortex
03/15  All-New X-Men #37 -  48,140  (-17.1%)
03/15  All-New X-Men #39 -  58,490  (+ 0.8%) B. vortex
04/15  All-New X-Men #40 -  57,797  (- 1.2%)
05/15  --
06/15  All-New X-Men #41 -  48,937  (-15.3%)

12/15 All New X-Men  #1 -  81,342
12/15 All New X-Men  #2 -  56,168  (-30.9%) 
01/16 All New X-Men  #3 -  50,557  (-10.0%)
02/16 All New X-Men  #4 -  50,160  (-  0.8%)
02/16 All New X-Men  #5 -  42,402  (-15.5%)

Since issue #2 : - 24.5%    

Issue #4 had 4 covers, issue#5 only had one. It’s not about comics anymore: the Top 300 comics does not exist. It’s the Top 300 covers!

26- DOCTOR STRANGE 

10/15 Doctor Strange  #1 – 145,456  
11/15 Doctor Strange  #2  -   65,091   (-55.3%)  
12/15 Doctor Strange  #3  -   57,135   (-12.2%) 
01/16 Doctor Strange  #4  -   52,388   (-  8.3%)
02/16 Doctor Strange  #5  -   43,796   (-16.4%)

Since issue #2 : -32.7%  

How ugly does the world look when a comic featuring a classic Kevin Nowlan cover that echoes the Strange Tales days takes such a plunge? It’s time to put on the brakes, Doc! (will this joke be as successful as my Gwen Stacy one last month?).

29- EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN

11/15	Extraordinary X-Men  #1 - 133,716   
11/15	Extraordinary X-Men  #2 -   64,595  (-51.7%)  
12/15	Extraordinary X-Men  #3 -   56,100  (-13.2%)
12/15  Extraordinary X-Men   #4 -   49,079  (-12.5%)
01/16  Extraordinary X-Men   #5 -   47,404  (-  3.4%)
01/16  Extraordinary X-Men   #6 -   47,572  (+ 0.4%)
02/16  Extraordinary X-Men   #7 -   47,219  ( -  0.7%)

Since issue #2 : -26.9%

The steadiest Marvel title– and with no variant cover! Take that, cover market!

32- SPIDER-GWEN

02/15 Spider-Gwen #1 -  278,575 
03/15 Spider-Gwen #2 -  107,070 (-61.6%)
04/15 spider-Gwen #3 -  102,234 (- 4.5%)
05/15 Spider-Gwen #4 -    86,586 (-15.3%)
06/15 Spider-Gwen #5 -    67,697 (-21.8%)
07/15 ---
08/15 ---
09/15 ---
10/15 Spider-Gwen  #1 -  197,103   
11/15 Spider-Gwen  #2 -    62,209  (-68.4%)
12/15 Spider-Gwen  #3 -    54,844  (-11.8%)
01/16 Spider-Gwen  #4 -    48,664  (-11.3%)
02/16 Spider-Gwen  #5 -    43,796  (-10.0%)

Since issue #2 : - 29.6%
SPIDER-GWEN VOL.0: 6,339 
Average +% TPB sales issues 1-5: +6.2%

The honeymoon with Daddy Osborn is over.

 

33-DAREDEVIL

02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
...
09/15  Daredevil v4 #18 -  29,945  (+ 0.1%)
---
---
12/15 Daredevil  #1 -  84,500
12/15 Daredevil  #2 -  49,758  (-41.1%)
01/16 Daredevil  #3 -  45,885  (-  7.8%)
02/16 Daredevil  #4 -  43,741  ( - 4.7%)

Since issue #2 : - 12.1%

Blind, but found its niche quicker than many other series. Take that, sight!

 

34- UNCANNY AVENGERS

03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   -  63,516  ( 19.4%)
...
10/14  Uncanny Avengers #25 –  53,263  (  7.7%)
10/14  Aven & X-Men Axis #1 – 138,966  (180.9%)
...
12/14  Aven & X-Men Axis #9 –  69,518  (  0.1%)
01/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #1 – 74,849 
02/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #2 – 51,339 (-31.4%)
---
04/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #3 – 50,595 (-1.4%)
05/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #4 – 46,682 (-7.7%)
06/15  Uncanny Avengers v2 #5 – 43,417 (-7.0%)

10/15 Uncanny Avengers  #1 - 105,234
11/15 Uncanny Avengers  #2 -   55,008 (-47.3%)
12/15 Uncanny Avengers  #3 -   53,216 (-  3.3%)
01/16 Uncanny Avengers  #4 -   47,172 (-11.4%)
02/16 Uncanny Avengers  #5 -   43,618  (- 7.5%)

Since issue #2 : -  20.7%

Exactly where the previous volume ended, with the same issue. Uncanny Avengers will now enter the mysterious post-issue #5 zone.

 35- ALL NEW WOLVERINE

01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164 ( -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923 (185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339 (-46.8%)
...
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570 (  2.8%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #1 – 261,975 
09/14  Death of Wolv #2 - 129,999 (-50.4%)
10/14  Death of Wolv #3 – 141,567 (  8.9%)
10/14  Death of Wolv #4 -  165,582 ( 17.0%)
11/15  AN Wolverine  #1 -  119,786    
11/15  AN Wolverine  #2 -    55,634  (-53.6%)
12/15  AN Wolverine  #3 -    50,990  (-  8.3%)
01/16  AN Wolverine  #4 -    49,978  (-  2.0%)
02/16  AN Wolverine  #5 -    43,149  (-13.7%)

Since issue #2 : -  22.4%

So much for leveling out… Take that, stability!

 

37- GUARDIANS OF GALAXY

03/13 Guardians of Galaxy #1-   211,312
…
04/15  Guardians v3 #26 -  54,124  (-12.4%)
05/15  Guardians v3 #27 -  49,308  (- 8.9%)

07/15 Guardians of Knowhere Ltd #1  -  81,902
...
09/15 Guardians of Knowhere Ltd #4  -  39,523  (-22.4%)

10/15 Guardians of Galaxy  #1 -   118,342
11/15 Guardians of Galaxy  #2 -     51,690  (-56.3%)
12/15 Guardians of Galaxy  #3 -     53,627  (+3.7%)
01/16 Guardians of Galaxy  #4 -     46,215 (-13.8%)
02/16 Guardians of Galaxy  #5 -     40,581 (-12.2%)

Since issue #2 :  -21.5 %
GUARDIANS OTG VOL.4 HC: 2,241

It seems that we will soon count the Marvel titles selling more than 40K with one hand.

 

38-KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN

04/15 Kanan TLP  #1 -  113,158                 
05/15 Kanan TLP  #2 -   64,960  (-42.6%)
06/15 Kanan TLP  #3 -   56,370  (-13.2%)
07/15 Kanan TLP  #4 -   52,260  (-  7.3%)
08/15 Kanan TLP  #5 -   46,351  (-11.3%)
09/15 Kanan TLP  #6 -   45,402  (- 2.0%)
10/15 Kanan TLP  #7 -   44,127  (- 2.8%)
11/15 Kanan TLP  #8 -   42,824  (- 3.0%)
12/15 Kanan TLP  #9 -   40,938  (-  4.4%)
01/16 Kanan TLP #10-   38,106  (-  6.9%)
02/16 Kanan TLP #11-   38,370  (+0.7%)

Since issue #2:  -40.9%

Too late. Perhaps the last padawan, but the first to go! (next month)

 43- DEADPOOL AND CABLE SPLIT SECOND LTD ($5)

12/15	Deadpool & Cable Split Second #1 of 3 -  57,198
01/16	Deadpool & Cable Split Second #2 of 3 -  38,843  (-32.1%)
02/16  Deadpool & Cable Split Second #3 of 3 -   36,644  ( - 5.7%)
      

This one under-performed for sure, but will redeem itself with stellar trade sales like all Deadpool TPBs do.

47- TOTALLY AWESOME HULK 

12/15 Totally Awesome Hulk #1 -  74,471    
01/16 Totally Awesome Hulk #2 -  39,469  (-47.0%) 
02/16 Totally Awesome Hulk #3 -  35,709  ( - 9.5%)

Since issue #2: - 9.5%

Too early to tell if this one will catch with its audience.

48- A-FORCE

05/15 A-Force #1  -	114,528
---
07/15 A-Force #2  -	 60,330  (-47.3%)
08/15 A-Force #3  -   49,074  (-18.7%)
09/15 A-Force #4  -   46,636  (- 5.0%)
10/15 A-Force #5  -	 41,337  (-11.4%)
11/15 ---
12/15 ---
01/16 A-Force #1  -     65,661   
02/16 A-Force #2  -     35,571   (-45.8%)        

Bad signs accumulate for this relaunch. We are already by far at the lowest level this title ever reached.

 

51- UNCANNY INHUMANS

04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
...
04/15  Inhuman #14- 26,194  (+ 2.7%)

04/15 Uncanny Inhumans #0 -  67.017
...
10/15 Uncanny Inhumans  #1 -   90,528
11/15 Uncanny Inhumans  #2 -   41,321  (-54.4%)
12/15 Uncanny Inhumans  #3 -   43,036  (+ 4.2%)
01/16 Uncanny Inhumans  #4 -   35,308  (-18.0%)
02/16 Uncanny Inhumans  #5 -   35,145  (  -0.5%)

Since issue #2 : - 14.9%

Seeing that this issue had 4 covers, was the first of a new arc and the debut of artist Brandon Peterson on the title, this stagnation probably hides something ugly.

 

58- 117- NEW AVENGERS 

01/13  New Avengers v3 # 1 -  116,280 
...
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
...
12/14  New Avengers v3 #28 -  39,855  ( -1.4%)
01/15  New Avengers v3 #29 -  41,116  (+3.1%) (SW prelude)
02/15  New Avengers v3 #30 -  42,827  (+4.2%) (SW prelude)
03/15  New Avengers v3 #31 -  44,444  (+3.8%) (SW prelude)
03/15  New Avengers v3 #32 -  40,583  (-8.7%) (SW prelude)
04/15  New Avengers v3 #33 -  55.437 (+36.6%) (Sw prelude) END

10/15 New Avengers  #1 -  71,243
10/15 New Avengers  #2 -  50,455  (-29.8%)
11/15 New Avengers  #3 -  41,630  (-17.5%)
12/15 New Avengers  #4 -  36,669  (-11.9%)
01/16 New Avengers  #5 -  33,010  (-10.0%)
02/16 New Avengers  #6 -  31,188  ( - 5.5%)
03/16 New Avengers  #7 -  18,520  (-40.6%)

Since issue #2 :  - 63.3%

On the verge of leveling out. No sales gimmick for issue #6, so those are close to the real « readers numbers » -if all copies sold out in comics shop. Numbers on issue #7 are obviously not complete; this is mostly likely because of a late in the month shipping date cutting the numbers between two months.

 59- MS MARVEL

02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) 
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%)
...
02/15  Ms. Marvel #12 – 29,054  ( -2.7%)
03/15  Ms. Marvel #13 – 32,425  (+11.6%)
04/15  Ms. Marvel #14 – 32,058  (- 1.1%)
05/15  Ms. Marvel #15 – 32,185  (+ 0.4%)
06/15  Ms. Marvel #16 – 32,855  (+ 2.1%)
07/15 ---
08/15  Ms. Marvel #17 – 31,567  (- 3.9%)
09/15  Ms. Marvel #18 -  33,761  (+7.0%)

11/15  Ms Marvel  #1 -  79,222   
12/15  Ms Marvel  #2 -  46,610  (-41.2%)      
01/16  Ms Marvel  #3 -  32,364   (-30.6%)
02/16  Ms Marvel  #4 -  30,916   (-  4.5%)

Since issue #2 : -33.7 %

Putting on all the brakes and likely leveling out, given that this was one of the most steady Marvel floppy sales titles before the relaunch.

 62- ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT

01/16	Rocket Raccoon & Groot  #1  -  59,028
02/16	Rocket Raccoon & Groot  #2  -  29,180  (-50.6%)    

Superhero series feature anthropomorphic animal leads are numerous at Marvel (Howard the Duck, Devil Dinosaur, even Squirrel Girl if you want). The law of the jungle will apply soon.

64- CAPTAIN MARVEL

11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
...
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
...
05/15  Captain Marvel v7 #15 – 19,740 (-35.4%)
...
06/15  Cap Marvel & Carol Corps Ltd #1 -  47,302
...
08/15  Cap Marvel & Carol Corps Ltd #4 -  22,106 (-   9.0%)
...
01/16  Captain Marvel  #1  -  52,972  
02/16  Captain Marvel  #2  -  28,962  (-45.4%)     

Following the same pattern than the previous volume. Taking that into account, it should reach issue 20. After that….

 65- SPIDEY

12/15	Spidey  #1 -  65,503
01/16  Spidey  #2 -  33,585  (-48.8%) 
02/16  Spidey  #3 -  28,161  (-16.2%)
      
Since issue #2: -16,2%

Not in the same league as the other MU titles. Time will tell if this experimentation worked.

 67- ULTIMATES

11/15	Ultimates  #1 -  61,406  
12/15  Ultimates  #2 -  37,055   (-39.7%)
01/16  Ultimates  #3 -  30,068   (-18.9%)
02/16  Ultimates  #4 -  27,177   (-  9.6%)

Since issue #2 : - 26.7%

In the process of leveling out.

 68- CARNAGE

11/15	Carnage  #1 -  69,773    
11/15	Carnage  #2 -  41,576   (-40.4%)
12/15  Carnage  #3 -  34,852   (-16.2%)
01/16  Carnage  #4 -  31,687  (-  9.1%)
02/16  Carnage  #5 -  27,160  (-14.3%)

Since issue #2 : -34.7%

If I would be the talented Mike Perkins, I would start looking for another Marvel character I would like to draw.

 

69- CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON 

02/14  Capt America V7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)
...
09/14  Captain America v7 #24 – 33,517  (   8.4%)
10/14  Captain America v7 #25 – 74,183  ( 121.3%)
11/14  Captain America v8 #1  –120,500  (  62.4%)
12/14  Captain America v8 #2  – 50,077  ( -58.4%)
01/15  Captain America v8 #3  - 50,045  ( -0.1%)
02/15  Captain America v8 #4  - 41,222  (-17.6%)
03/15  Captain America v8 #5  - 38,871  (- 5.7%)
04/15  Captain America v8 #6  - 38,199  (- 1.7%)
...
10/15 Cap America S. Wilson  #1 -  62,535
10/15 Cap America S. Wilson  #2 -  40,224  (-35.7%)
11/15 Cap America S. Wilson  #3 -  33,984  (-15.5%)
12/15 Cap America S. Wilson  #4 -  29,512  (-13.2%)
01/16 Cap America S. Wilson  #5 -  29,081  (-  1.5%)
02/16 Cap America S. Wilson  #6 -  27,111  (-  6.8%)

Since issue #2 : - 32.6 %

For a Falcon ongoing series, these are good numbers. Now, if you expected Captain America numbers…

 

70- KARNAK 

10/15 Karnak  #1 -  63,672
11/15 ---
12/15 ---
01/16 ---
02/16 Karnak  #2 -  26,796  (-57.9%)

The delay between the first two issues of this series have taken its toll, as evidenced by the huge drop in readers despite excellent critical reviews.

ed. note: as reader PreacherCain noted in the comments below, according to writer Warren Ellis, Karnak artist Gerardo Zaffino was involved in a major family crisis during the production of Karnak #2, resulting in the long delay between the first and second comic. In the original posting of this article, there was a comment about the book that was ultimately seen by the writer as unrepresentative of the situation.  We regret the error and have corrected it.

 71- 75-SILK

02/15 Silk #1 -  86,263 
03/15 Silk #2 -  69,369 (-19.6%)
04/15 Silk #3 -  58.755 (-15.3%)
05/15 Silk #4 -  44,316 (-24.6%)
06/15 Silk #5 -  38,798 (-12.5%)
07/15 ---
08/15 Silk #6 -  34,368 (-10.7%)
09/15 Silk #7 -  36,477 (+ 6.1%)
10/15 ---
11/15	Silk  #1 -  57,140     
12/15  Silk  #2 – 38,356   (-32.9%) 
01/16  Silk  #3 -  33,102   (-13.7%)
02/16  Silk  #4 -  26,786  (-19.1%)
02/16  Silk  #5 -  26,032  (-  2.8%)

Since issue #2 : - 32.1 %

Here’s the punishment for building and encouraging a market that is mostly based on trends. Hype comes and goes as quickly as this series’ sales are dropping.

 

72- 74- SPIDER-MAN 2099 

07/14 Spider-Man 2099  #1  -  90,690  ( --- )
08/14 Spider-Man 2099  #2  -  47,512  (-47.6%)
09/14 Spider-Man 2099  #3  -  43,418  ( -8.6%)
10/14 Spider-Man 2099  #4  -  40,755  ( -6.1%)
10/14 Spider-Man 2099  #5  -  40,880  (  0.3%)
11/14 Spider-Man 2099  #6  -  38,634  ( -5.5%)
---
01/15 Spider-Man 2099  #7 -  38,455 (-0.5%)
01/15 Spider-Man 2099  #8 -  37,484 (-2.5%)
02/15 Spider-Man 2099  #9 -  34,374 (-8.3%)
03/15 Spider-Man 2099 #10 -  33,528 (-2.5%)
04/15 Spider-Man 2099 #11 -  31,665 (-5.6%)
05/15 Spider-Man 2099 #12 -  28,916 (-8.7%)
...
10/15 Spider-Man 2099  #1 -  57,719
10/15 Spider-Man 2099  #2 -  40,701  (-29.5%)
11/15 Spider-Man 2099  #3 -  34,969  (-14.1%)
12/15 Spider-Man 2099  #4 -  32,464  (-  7.2%)
01/16 Spider-Man 2099  #5 -  28,489  (-12.2%)
02/16 Spider-Man 2099  #6 -  26,626  ( - 6.5%)
02/16 Spider-Man 2099  #7 -  26,163  (-  1.7%)

Since issue #2: -35.7%

Will reach its 20th issue next month, not bad!

77- SILVER SURFER

03/14  Silver Surfer  #1 -  64,919  (  --- )
04/14  Silver Surfer  #2 -  39,132  (-39.7%)
06/14  Silver Surfer  #3 -  36,075  ( -7.8%)
07/14  Silver Surfer  #4 -  32,747  ( -9.2%)
08/14  Silver Surfer  #5 -  31,125  ( -5.0%)
10/14  Silver Surfer  #6 -  28,052  ( -9.9%)
11/14  Silver Surfer  #7 -  25,759  ( -8.2%)
12/14  ---
01/15  Silver Surfer  #8 -  23,420  (- 9.1%)
02/15  Silver Surfer  #9 -  21,716  (- 7.3%)
03/15  Silver Surfer #10 -  21,100  (- 2.8%)
04/15  Silver Surfer #11 -  20,776  (- 1.5%)
05/15  ---
06/15  Silver Surfer #12 -  20,704  (- 0.3%)
07/15  Silver Surfer #13 -  24,321  (+17.5%)
08/15 ---
09/15 Silver Surfer #14 -   23,008  (-  5.4%)
10/15 ---
11/15 Silver Surfer #15 -   21,343   (-  7.2%)
12/15 ---
01/16  Silver Surfer  #1  -  57,633  
02/16  Silver Surfer  #2  -  25,009  (-56.6%)          

Ouch! Despite an hilarious Chip Zdarsky variant cover and a King Kong homage Mike Allred cover, we are heading for the same sales territory than before.

 

78- ALL NEW HAWKEYE

03/15  All New Hawkeye #1  -  66,608
04/15  All New Hawkeye #2  -  42,730  (-35.8%)
05/15  All New Hawkeye #3  -  38,087  (-10.9%)
06/15  ---
07/15  All New Hawkeye #4  -  31,661  (-16.9%)
08/15  ---
09/15	All New Hawkeye #5  - 31,141  (-  1.6%)
10/15  ---

11/15  All New Hawkeye  #1  -  68,933
12/15  All New Hawkeye  #2  -  35,363  (-48.7%)
01/16  All New Hawkeye  #3  -  26,913  (-23.9%)
02/16  All New Hawkeye  #4  -  24,903   (- 7.5%)

Since issue #2 : - 29.6 %
HAWKEYE TPB VOL.5: 4,109
Average +%TPB sales issues 1-5: +13.0%

Without the support of the stellar TPB sales of its previous volume, this one needs to stick above 20K.

 80- SQUADRON SUPREME

12/15	Squadron Supreme  #1 - 48,247
12/15  Squadron Supreme  #2 -  27,643  (-42.7%)
01/16  Squadron Supreme  #3 -  23,551  (-14.8%)
02/16  Squadron Supreme  #4 -  24,182  (+2.7%)

Since issue #2 : - 12.5 % 

Two variant covers (including one by the awesome Bob Mc Leod) probably helped but still, this is the only Marvel title this month not falling in sales! Thus far, this is the title that has kept the most of its debut readers.

 81- SCARLET WITCH

12/15	Scarlet Witch  #1 -   57,835
01/16  Scarlet Witch  #2  -  25,728  (-55.5%)
02/16  Scarlet Witch  #3  -  23,900  (-  7.1%)
   
Since issue #2: -7.1%

David Aja covers on this series are some of the best he has ever produced.

 90- ALL NEW INHUMANS

12/15	All New Inhumans  #1 -  58,123
12/15	All New Inhumans  #2 -  34,471  (-40.7%)
01/16   All New Inhumans  #3 -  25,746  (-25.3%)
02/16   All New Inhumans  #4 -  22,334  (-13.3%)

Since issue #2 : -35.2 %

All new depths. It’s gonna be a long road to impose the Inhumans on readers after letting them rot in the corners of the MU for decades.

92- GUARDIANS OF INFINITY($5)

12/15 Guardians of Infinity   #1  -  121,407   
01/16  Guardians of Infinity  #2  -    27,112  (-77.7%)
02/16  Guardians of Infinity   #3  -   22,309   (-17.7%)

A sharp désamour for the old cast and the $5 ongoing price tag.

 

93- ASTONISHING ANT-MAN

01/15 Ant-Man #1 – 	73,370
02/15 Ant-Man #2 – 	40,192  (-45.2%)
03/15 Ant-Man #3 – 	37,139  (- 7.6%)
04/15 Ant-Man #4 – 	31,637  (-14.8%)
05/15 Ant-Man #5 – 	83,095 (+162.7%)
06/15 Ant-Man Larger than Life #1- 28,797 
07/15 Ant-Man Annual #1 – 		24,223
08/15 Ant-Man Last Days -  		35,594  (-57.2%)
09/15 ---
10/15 Astonishing Ant-Man #1 -  75,598
11/15 Astonishing Ant-Man #2 -  31,358  (-58.5%)
12/15 Astonishing Ant-Man #3 -  27,913  (-11.0%)
01/16 Astonishing Ant-Man #4 -  25,768  (-  7.7%)
02/16 Astonishing Ant-Man #5 -  22,168  (-14.0%)

Since issue#2 :  - 29.3%
Average +% TPB sales #1-5 : +11.0%
ANT-MAN TPB VOL.1: 4,406

Waiting for its cancellation announcement.

 96- VENOM SPACEKNIGHT

11/15	Venom Spaceknight  #1 -  59,151
12/15  Venom Spaceknight  #2  -  32,210  (-45.5%)
01/16  Venom Spaceknight  #3  -  25,770  (-20.0%)
02/16  Venom Spaceknight  #4  -  21,545  (-16.4%)

Since issue #2 : - 33.1%

I haven’t read this series so I don’t know if they’ve tried to justify its existence with this explanation, but given that Venom’s weakness is sound, it makes perfect sense for him to go to space. It’s the safest place for him since sound waves don’t propagate.

 

98- CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

10/15 Contest of Champions #1 -  79,873
11/15 Contest of Champions #2 -  34,942  (-56.3%)
12/15 Contest of Champions #3 -  29,165  (-16.5%)
01/16 Contest of Champions  #4 -  27,028  (-  7.3%)
02/16 Contest of Champions  #5 -  21,430  (-20.7%)

Since issue #2 : - 38.7 %

Especially since this issue received various special variant covers, these are disastrous results.

 

99- X-MEN WORST X-MAN EVER LTD

02/16 X-Men Worst X-Man Ever Ltd #1 of 5 -  21,399

This is the sales level most Secret Wars minis would have fallen to if they had been released without the event’s support.

 103- HOWARD THE DUCK 

03/15 Howard the Duck #1 – 85,929
04/15 Howard the Duck #2 – 43,572 (-49.3%)
05/15 Howard the Duck #3 – 35,391 (-18.2%)
06/15 Howard the Duck #4 – 34,043 (- 3.8%)
07/15 ---
08/15 Howard the Duck #5 – 26,891 (-21.0%)
09/15 ---
10/15 ---
11/15 Howard The Duck  #1 -  69,177                   
12/15 Howard The Duck  #2 -  33,578  (-51.5%)
01/16 Howard The Duck  #3 -  28,971  (-13.7%)
02/16 Howard The Duck  #4 -  20,965  (-27.6%)

since issue #2 : -37.6 %

Why on Earth is Howard The Duck part of the Guardians of the Galaxy family? Oh, and yes, what the Qwak happened?!

 104- SPIDER-WOMAN

11/14  Spider-Woman #1 -  93,723           (Spider-Verse)
12/14  Spider-Woman #2 -  44,618  ( -52.4%)(Spider-Verse)
01/15  Spider-Woman #3 -  38,484  (-13.8%) (spider-Verse)
02/15  Spider-Woman #4 -  36,058  (- 6.3%)
03/15  Spider-Woman #5 -  40,068  (+11.1%)
04/15  Spider-Woman #6 -  32,041  (-20.0%)
05/15  Spider-Woman #7 -  29,567  (- 7.3%)
06/15  Spider-Woman #8 -  26,568  (-10.1%)
07/15  Spider-Woman #9 -  24,354  (- 8.3%)
08/15 Spider-Woman #10-  23,005  (- 5.5%)
09/15 ---
10/15 ---
11/15 Spider-Woman  #1 -   53,885   
12/15 Spider-Woman  #2 -   27,801  (-48.4%)
01/16 Spider-Woman  #3 -   24,054  (-13.5%)
02/16 Spider-Woman  #4 -   20,747  (-13.7%)

Since issue #2 : - 25.4 %

Former SW artist Brian Postman is featured in the ongoing anthology The Creeps, available at good comics shops and newsstands. So far, that’s the only good news.

 107- WEB WARRIORS

11/15	Web Warriors  #1 - 62,096 
12/15  Web Warriors  #2 -  31,614    (-49.1%)  
01/16  Web Warriors  #3 -  25,407    (-19.6%)
02/16  Web Warriors  #4 -  20,198    (-20.5%)

Since issue #2 : - 36.1 %

Take that, « strength in numbers » concept!

 112- STAR-LORD

07/14  Star Lord #1 – 78,501
08/14  Star Lord #2 – 37,109 (-52.7%)
09/14  Star Lord #3 – 32,918 (-11.3%)
10/14  Star Lord #4 – 37,123 ( 12.8%)
11/14  Star Lord #5 – 36,905 ( -0.6%)
12/14  Star Lord #6 – 32,863 (-11.0%)
01/15  Star Lord #7 – 28,174 (-14.3%)
01/15  Star Lord #8 – 25,227 (-10.5%)
02/15  Star Lord #9 – 38,655 (+53.2%)   B. Vortex
03/15  Star Lord#10 – 40,836 (+ 4.5%)   B. Vortex
04/15  Star Lord#11 – 41,325 (+ 1.2%)   B. Vortex
05/15  Star Lord#12 – 25,580 (-38.1%)
---
07/15  Star-Lord & Kitty Pride Ltd #1 -  44,760 
08/15  Star-Lord & Kitty Pride Ltd #2 -  32,578  (-27.2%)
09/15  Star-Lord & Kitty Pride Ltd #3 -  31,012  (-  4.8%)

11/15	Star-Lord  #1 -  47,104   
12/15  Star-Lord  #2  - 26,348 (-44.1%)
01/16  Star-Lord  #3  - 22,698 (-13.9%)
02/16  Star-Lord  #4  - 19,117 (-15.8%)

Since issue #2 : - 27.4 %

The black hole is nearby.

 53- VISION

11/15	Vision  # 1 -  42,119 
12/15  Vision  # 2 -  36,107  (-14.3%)
01/16  Vision  # 3 -  34,807  (- 3.6%)
02/16  Vision  # 4 -  19,070  (-45.2%)

Since issue #2 : - 3.6 %

What?! Take that, logic!  There are two possibilities that could have resulted in this monumental drop.  First, since Tom King signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics, The Vision will be forced to end at #12.  Second, there may have been a special deal between Marvel and retailers that bolstered the first few issues, as someone mentioned in the last month’s commentary. Talk about turning from a princess to a « cageot « (very offensive french term describing a very ugly woman, don’t thank me)! And because I believe in equality, talk also about turning from a hunk to a « pou » (as always, way less offensive for a man, offensive vocabulary is way richer and meaner when it’s about women).

115- AGENTS OF SHIELD 
    
12/14  SHIELD #1 -  94,503  
01/15  SHIELD #2 -  33,965  (- 64.1%)
...
09/15  SHIELD#10-  18,693  (- 17.3%)

09/15 Agent Carter SHIELD -  26,438
09/15 Fury SHIELD – 26,313
09/15 Mockingbird SHIELD ($5) – 25,593
09/15 Quake SHIELD – 25,193
09/15 Cavalry SHIELD – 23,831

10/15  SHIELD#11 -	20,121  (+ 7.6%)
11/15  SHIELD#12 -  17,470  (-13.2%)
12/15 ---
01/16 Agents of SHIELD  #1 -  35,382    
02/16 Agents of SHIELD  #2 -  18,771  (-47.0%)

At least, they tried, many many times.

 120- NOVA

02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
...
05/15  Nova v5 #31 – 18,129  ( -2.7%)

11/15	Nova  #1 -  45,536  
12/15  Nova  #2 -  27,120   (-40.4%)
01/16  Nova  #3 -  23,464   (-13.5%)
02/16  Nova  #4 -  18,187   (-22.5%)

Since issue #2 : - 32.9 %

Back to its pre-relaunch weak numbers.

 

124- UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL 

01/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 - 41,693
02/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 – 24,621  (-40.9%)
03/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 – 26,586  ( +8.0%)
04/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 –  20,987  (-21.1%)
05/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 – 20,088  (- 4.3%)
06/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 – 19,341  (- 3.7%)
07/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 – 19,801  (+ 2.4%)
08/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8 -  19,134  (- 3.4%)
09/15 ---
10/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #1 -  43,155
11/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #2 -  23,064  (-46.6%)
12/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #3 -  25,350  (+ 9.9%)
01/16 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #4 -  19,923  (-21.4%)
02/16 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #5 -  17,743  (-10.9%)

Since issue #2 : -23.1 % 
TPB VOL.1: 7,352 
Average +%TPB sales issues 1-4:  +29.9%
TPB VOL.2 : 2,928
Average +%TPB sales issues 5-8: +6.6%

Nothing to worry about,given how many TPBs this series is selling.

 134- PATSY WALKER HELLCAT

12/15	Patsy Walker Hellcat  #1 -  46,198  
01/16  Patsy Walker Hellcat  #2 -  20,836  (-54.9%)
02/16  Patsy Walker Hellcat  #3 -  16,587  (-18.6%)  

Since issue #2: -18.6%

On the other hand, Marvel could be tempted to not wait for the first TPB numbers on this one to axe it.

 

136- ANGELA QUEEN OF HELL 

12/14  Angela #1 -  61,398  
01/15  Angela #2 -  36,992  (-39.8%)
02/15  Angela #3 -  31,096  (-15.9%)
03/15  Angela #4 -  25,529  (-17.9%)
04/15  Angela #5 -  23,551  (- 7.7%)
05/15  Angela #6 -  22,272  (- 5.4%)

06/15 1602 Witch Hunter Angela Ltd #1 – 37,996
07/15 1602 Witch Hunter Angela Ltd #2 – 26,481  (-30.3%)
08/15 ---
09/15 1602 Witch Hunter Angela Ltd #3 – 23,058  (-12.9%)
10/15 1602 Witch Hunter Angela Ltd #4 - 19,545

10/15 Angela Queen of Hel  #1-	39,271
11/15 Angela Queen of Hel  #2-	23,264  (-40.8%)
12/15 Angela Queen of Hel  #3 -    20,958  (-  9.9%)
01/16 Angela Queen of Hel  #4 -    18,917  (-  9.7%)
02/16 Angela Queen of Hel  #5 -    15,968  (-15.6%)

Since issue #2 : - 31.4 %

Not the faintest sign of a leveling out. Single digit territory is not very far.

 137- ILLUMINATI

11/15	Illuminati  #1 -  44,163    
12/15  Illuminati  #2 -  23,090  (-47.7%)
01/16  Illuminati  #3 -  19,025  (-17.6%)
02/16  Illuminati  #4 -  15,280  (-19.7%)

Since issue #2: -33.8%

It would be reasonable to have 15K be the new feared 20K for Marvel ongoing titles.

 138- MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR

11/15	Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur  #1 -  38,133
12/15  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur  #2 -   21,715  (-43.1%)
01/16  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur  #3 -   18,424  (-15.2%)
02/16  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur  #4 -   14,941  (-18.9%)

Since issue #2 : -31.2 %

Same thing here as with Patsy Walker.

 141- DRAX

11/15	Drax  #1 -  49,601     
12/15  Drax  #2 -  23,054  (-53.5%)
01/16  Drax  #3 -  18,837  (-18.3%)
02/16  Drax  #4 -  14,620  (-22.4%)

Since issue #2 : - 36.6%

Comics readers behavior is weird: I have been tempted to buy this one, solely because CM Punk is such a hunk.

 144- BLACK KNIGHT

11/15	Black Knight  #1 -  39,381 
12/15  Black Knight  #2 -  22,081  (-43.9%)
01/16  Black Knight  #3 -  17,118  (-22.5%)
02/16  Black Knight  #4 -  14,346  (-16.2%)

Since issue #2 : - 35.0 %

One final month and this will be over.

 

147- WEIRDWORLD  

06/15 Weirdworld #1  -  48,688
07/15 Weirdworld #2  -  26,307  (-46.0%)
08/15 Weirdworld #3  -  23,784  (-  9.6%)
09/15 Weirdworld #4  -  22,206  (-  6.6%)
10/15 Weirdworld #5  -  18,996  (-14.5%)
11/15 ---
12/15 Weirdworld  #1 -  30,288
01/16 Weirdworld  #2 -  17,759  (-41.4%)
02/16 Weirdworld  #3 -  14,190  (-20.1%)

since issue #2: -20.1%

The relaunch didn’t serve any purpose.

 150- HERCULES

11/15	Hercules  #1 -  44,512  
12/15  Hercules  #2 –  20,719   (-53.5%)
01/16  Hercules  #3 -  16,310    (-21.3%)
02/16  Hercules  #4 -  13,767    (-15.6%)

Since issue #2 : -33.5 %

The best dressed Marvel male hero didn’t deserve those sales.

 

163- HOWLING COMMANDOS OF SHIELD 

10/15 Howling Commandos of SHIELD  #1 -  44,532
11/15 Howling Commandos of SHIELD  #2 -  20,498  (-54.0%)
12/15 Howling Commandos of SHIELD  #3 -  18,002  (-  8.3%)
01/16 Howling Commandos of SHIELD  #4 -  14,091  (-21.7%)
01/16 Howling Commandos of SHIELD  #5 -  12,281  (-12.8%)

Since issue #2 : -40.1%

Many of those series will probably be cancelled quietly without an announcement, seeing how few are concerned.

 165- RED WOLF

12/15	Red Wolf #1 -  39,288
01/16  Red Wolf #2 -  26,662  (-32.2%)
02/16  Red Wolf #3 -  12,211  (-54.2%)

Seems to confirm again the existence of a special deal similar to the one The Vision received, distorting Red Wolf‘s real sales numbers.

 190- STAR BRAND AND NIGHTMASK

12/15	Star Brand and Nightmask #1 -  27,969
01/16	Star Brand and Nightmask #2 -  11,677  (-58.3%)
02/16	Star Brand and Nightmask #3 -  8,956  (-23.3%)
      
Since issue #2: -23.3%

Defining a new low for ongoing series at Marvel.

244-TRUE BELIEVERS ($1)

02/16  Deadpool #1          – 52,263   [+5,627]

The only Deadpool True Believers back for some reorder activity. Am I the only one thinking that this reprint of New Mutants is probably the worst introduction to the character?

 

257- MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF GALAXY ($3) 

02/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #1       – 12,047 
03/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #2       –  9,108 (-24.4%)
04/15 MU guardians of galaxy #3 of  4 -  8,406 (- 7.7%)
05/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #4 of  4 -  7,468 (-18.0%)

10/15 MU Guardians of Galaxy  #1 - 11,751
11/15 MU Guardians of Galaxy  #2 -  7,364  (-37.3%)
12/15 MU Guardians of Galaxy  #3 -  6,159  (-16.4%)
01/16 MU Guardians of Galaxy  #4 -  5,662  (-  8.1%)
02/16 MU Guardians of Galaxy  #5 -  5,198  (-  8.2%)

Since issue #2: -29.4%

Still the best selling MU all-ages titles. Apparently, it’s $3 again.

 

270- GUIDEBOOK TO CINEMATIC DOLLARS 

01/16 Guide To… - 5,896
02/16 Guide To... - 4,775

Hey, the cover of this issue is gorgeous! (Mike Del Mundo painted it)

 227- MU ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN SPIDERVERSE LTD ($3)

11/15 MU Ult. Spider-Man Spiderverse #1 of 4 -  7,144
?
01/16 MU Ult. Spider-Man Spiderverse #3 of 4-    4,844
01/16 MU Ult. Spider-Man Spiderverse #4 of 4-    4,582  (-5.4%)

Oh, in fact that was a mini. That confirms the fact that Spidey is taking the place of the All-age MU spider-man title.

289- MU AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO ($3)

01/15 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #3 - 4,503
?
?
?
05/15 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #7 – 4,665
?
?
08/15 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #10- 4,806
?
10/15 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #12-  4,639
11/15 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #13-  4,500  (- 3.0%)
?
01/16 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #15-  4,028
01/16 MU Avengers Assemble Season Two #16-  4,069     END

The old MU all-ages line of titles is shrinking down.


 

Thanks for reading until the end! I hope to see you next time. Meanwhile, feel free to comment, express your rage or your love for french sarcasm! I’ll hug everyone, no matter what.

Comments

  1. JCG says

    Diamond had a delivery problem this month (truck crash) that affected New Avengers and several other titles.

    So the numbers are even less reliable than usual.

  2. PreacherCain says

    Gerardo Zaffino is the artist on KARNAK and has no such reputation, as far as I know, other than being a very gifted artist. According to Ellis’ newsletter, the delays were due to a very serious family issue on Zaffino’s side, resulting in his having to leave the book and Roland Boschi taking over from issue 3.

    I presume your disparaging remark was intended for David Aja, the cover artist of the book and former artist of Hawkeye who has had absolutely zero influence on KARNAK’s schedule.

    In other news, I’m looking forward to the next Marvel relaunch in, oh, six months?

  3. says

    Tahnks Preacher, you are absolutly right! Heidi, could we edit this one and replace my comment by Preacher’s credited one?
    My remark wasn’t mean to be disparaging, As I said, this kind of reputation is mostly not based on real information. Denying that David Aja has a reputation – based on nothing factual-for lateness can’t be denied, I guess. But it was totally misplaced here, seeing he is not the artist of the book. That’s the second time I made the same mistake on this book, accept my apologies readers!
    And thanks Preacher for the correction!

  4. says

    Hi everyone,

    I’ve amended the article. Thanks to PreacherCain for bringing the true nature of the situation to our attention.

  5. says

    Those french people have no memory! Many Thanks Alex, you’re my savior! Thanks to those cheap timely Comics edition (the first three issues of each serie for 3$, that’s a real bargain), I’ll be able to catch a lot of those Marvel series whithout having to rob a bank. This should help :)

  6. Micah says

    Marvel’s line of books is impenetrable. Well-received books aren’t supported. The physical quality is low. And the price is high. In the immortal words of Fraction: “We’re doooooooomed.”

  7. says

    Production wise, the worst quality is at Marvel.
    I just read 18 Days from virgin Comics – oups, sorry Graphic India, it’s 2.99$ and you have something like 26 p stage of story.The same book would be 4.99$ at Marvel!

  8. Skottie says

    Time to quit floppies, people. Stop paying for overpriced garbage paper that’s almost 50% ads and wait for the trades.

    Or better, buy Image titles and support the actual creators.

  9. Steve says

    High cover prices, experimental art, boring covers, dingy coloring, constant renumbering, cheap production values, dull characters, convoluted plots, free digital copies, line extensions, event books, overproduction, and padded stories are killing Marvel’s print circulation figures.

    Hopefully, they’re putting together a plan to stem the bleeding (other than shipping retailers free copies of marginal titles readers have already rejected).

    Steve

  10. says

    Hi Xavier,

    Two quick points. One, don’t be concerned about your French to English linguistics. You write English better than many bloggers whose first language is English, and

    If I remember correctly, the second and third issues of the Vision were given a 50% overship. Thanks again and keep on truckin!

  11. John Stafford says

    Steve summarizes Marvel’s woes quite nicely. As for a plan, I imagine at the next Marvel summit of creators, another line wide relaunch following a boring event will be discussed.

  12. Steve says

    Ouch. I hope those are not the accurate number for the The Vision. It’s one of the few new books that I’ve found really, really good. Patsy Walker is another one.

  13. Mack11 says

    “X-Men line has been shrunk down to minimize its importance in the hopes of reacquiring movie rights.”

    I would expect this by some sensationalist website. Like if Fox could care if X-Men have 3 or 5 books read by 40-50.000 people when the movies are seen by millions.

  14. Skottie says

    “Like if Fox could care if X-Men have 3 or 5 books read by 40-50.000 people when the movies are seen by millions.”

    It’s working for Fantastic Four. Shitty movie + no comic = no audience.

  15. John Dee says

    “No matter what, we appear to have entered a new era where rules of the market have changed and made new long-running series even more difficult to produce. You have to change the status quo very often to attract the « hype sales », whether or not the change is an illusion.”

    I’m wondering if this is in some ways caused by the rise of internet? The (percieved) need for constant hyping to keep drawing people’s attention?

  16. Steve says

    DRAX and MOON GIRL seem now to be the two lowest-selling titles that Marvel has not canceled. They likly will survive to issue 12 to allow Marvel to publish two trades.

    Steve

  17. Skottie says

    “I’m wondering if this is in some ways caused by the rise of internet? The (percieved) need for constant hyping to keep drawing people’s attention?”

    The rise of the internet? Where’ve you been the last 20 years?

    Expensive floppies + poorer quality paper + multi-part stories + event fatigue + slicker trade collections + Amazon discounts + superior stories in other media + good creators leaving for Image = nobody wants to buy Marvel floppies anymore.

  18. John Dee says

    Considering social media, needed as a tool for hyping. Facebook was founded in 2004 and opened to everyone in 2006. So last 10 years. It’s only later that comics companies establiahed a serious presence there, DC around 2010 I think it was when they restyled their site and closed the forums, so it’s actually the last 6 years.

  19. John Dee says

    DC was actually 2012 when the massageboards where replaced by integrated social media features (four years ago), it was around 2010 when Image started on facebook. IMO the constant hyping is an effect of facebook and twitter. That’s only started about 5 years ago (!), not 20 Skottie. I don’t use twitter, but that must have really started at around the same time.

  20. Kentucky Fried Horse says

    Going down the chart, assorted comments.

    Power Man and Iron Fist-I’ve really enjoyed the first two issues of this. It’s a FUN book. That’s something Marvel and comics in general could use more of.

    Deadpool-Speaking of fun books, Marvel should probably do a character study on Deadpool to figure out why he’s so popular. Could it be because there’s a great blend of humor and action, with a twinge of snark and darkness thrown in?

    Standoff:Welcome To Pleasant Hill-Interesting story. Obviously this is going to be the vehicle to restore Steve Rogers to his old self.

    Thor-I think you’re being too kind to this one. It’s almost down to the level that the last series starring the Odinson ended at.

    The X-Books- Here’s one reason for Marvel’s woes. The X characters have always been among Marvel’s most popular creations. Many readers find the mutants to be sympathetic and easy to relate to. Hence, the relative stability of Uncanny and Extraordinary. Both books have a retro-feel to when comics were much more popular. Uncanny reminds me of the X-Men in the 80’s, while Extraordinary reminds me of the X-Men of the 90’s. This is the first time I’ve read anything written by Jeff Lemire and other than the terribly forced Iceman sub-storyline, I’ve enjoyed it immensely. It doesn’t surprise me that all new is crashing a bit. Having the original X-Men in the present seems to have worn out it’s appeal.

    Daredevil-Is there any character that has a more rock solid following than Matt Murdock?

    Hulk-This one isn’t catching on at all. Wonder why?

    Inhumans- Marvel can try as hard as it wants, but the Inhumans will never replace the X-books.

    Captain America-Too bad to see this dropping so badly, as it’s a good read. But to me, it speaks to people wanting to read about Steve Rogers, not Sam Wilson.

    Squadron Supreme-I really enjoy this book: I wish more people did.

    Nova-Time to bring back Rich Rider somehow.

    Illuminati-Another book I enjoy, but I can see where it wouldn’t be for everyone. Ah well, at least they gave it a chance.

    Red Wolf-Such a good book in that it’s so different from anything else Marvel is putting out. While the trope of taking a character from the past and dropping them in the present has been done numerous times, it’s really neat to see a Native American like Red Wolf in the starring role. He was just integrating into Timely in the 1880s when he’s scooped up and plopped into our time. I doubt this one will get past issue 6 and hope it has a satisfactory conclusion.

  21. Shawn Kane says

    I’ve tried to give every book that I was interested in buying a fair shot. This is definitely an all-new, all different Marvel but it’s SO different to me that it is unrecognizable. Sales-wise (and talking to customers at my LCS), that’s not a good thing.

  22. Skottie says

    “DC was actually 2012 when the massageboards where replaced by integrated social media features”

    I’d like to go on those massage boards.

  23. Ras says

    The first three issues of Howard the Duck were $4.99, which probably cost the book some readers. A really lousy strategy for Marvel, along with $4.99 for all of the Guardians of Infinity issues.

    I can’t figure out what Spidey is. Some have said it’s out-of-continuity, but many others say it is within it. Assuming the latter, I dropped it after the first issue because of them forcing Gwen and MJ as Peter’s high school classmates (probably Harry, too). Silly reason to drop? Maybe. But it’s even sillier to change their having met in college in original continuity. No reason for the change at all (except for “Oh, they’re all in high school together in the MCU!”).

    I like Silk. She’s my favorite of the Spider-Women. To me, it’s a better book than Gwen by a country mile.

  24. Matt says

    Im pretty sure Spidey is out of continuity Ras, it seems to be a glorified younger readers title, but they’re not advertising it as that so it’ll sell better.

    I’m sure the price on Guardians of Infinity isn’t helping it’s sales. Do we really need the 15-page back-ups?

  25. Kard says

    Marvel needs to stop hiring indie creators who obviously don’t love, care for or really understand Marvel’s characters. Bendis was good on Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil but everything since, he’s phoning it in. Jeff Lemire, Nick Spencer, Charles Soule etc, all good on creator owned work, none of them really giving Marvel their all. Obviously Marvel pays the bills and gives their indie work kudos, but really, that’s doing a disservice to Marvel’s fans.

    People who know Marvel like Peter David, shame to see him not doing more Marvel work.

  26. John Dee says

    When someone foxuses on a typo instead of replying to the content of a message, it’s obvious what kind of it person you’re dealing with, and that there is not much point conversing with that point.

    Thanks, superiority complex Skottie lol

  27. says

    Kard: What? All those indy creator are doing great work at Marvel, so long as Marvel is giving them series when they can actually stretch their legs and have some liberty. They certainly are not to blame for anything, and certainly not for some lack of interest in Marvel traditional family of titles.
    I wouldn’t call Bendis, Lemire, Spencer or Charles Soule indy creator thrown on mainstream comics. they have doing it for years on numerous titles and obviously know what they are doing, with the narrow range of freedom they can have on big titles.
    You can say anything you want about Marvel current line of titles, their policy but, obviously, Marvel is offering variety, with a wide range of styles right now. And those indie creators are clearly dedicated to do the best of their work. For some of them, it’s a question of survival, of paying bills and with hope of attracting readers to their most personnal work. I’m pretty sure they are all hard working and you can see the results when flipping throught the pages of most of Marvel comics.

  28. Skottie says

    “Marvel needs to stop hiring indie creators who obviously don’t love, care for or really understand Marvel’s characters. Bendis”

    . . . has spent almost all of his career at Marvel. How is he “indie”?

  29. Aaron C. says

    Jeez, I finally commit to buying the Nova series only to see that it isn’t even selling over 20,000 anymore. And the Avengers books seem to have dropped in the last couple of years as well. I’m pretty new to comics statistics (and comic collecting in general). So is there any Brainiac out there that can tell me if Nova is looking at trouble soon? I love the character, but him being in the all new Avengers hasn’t done a thing to help his sales.

  30. says

    The current “new” Nova series has been hoverting around the 22k-18K for quite some tyime, so it should been in any real danger except if it falls below 15k.
    There are way too much new series that should been cancelled before Nova that it should be safe for the months to come, especially since almost of the marvel titles will be going into Civil War 2 tie-in, prologue, epilogue, tea cup-in and whatever you can think of during the next event…and then the next one 4 months later. That means sales will go up a little for all of them before crashing down once it’s done, both because the crossovers readers and variant addicts will be gone, and because the real readers will be fed up to have their character stories interrupted so often. Same story, over and over…

  31. Dan Ahn says

    “Despite its falling sales, it’s the best-selling Avengers team title, so Marvel was probably right to force a new generation of heroes to replace the older ones.”

    Okay, so why don’t you show us more historical data then…?

    All-New All-Different Avengers #6 sold 48,022.
    Avengers #36 (from Oct 2014 just to pick a random example) sold 56,771.

    Jeezus Christ. Issue #6 selling worse than a random issue #36. Seems like a big drop, and the info took me all of 10 seconds to find on Comichron.

    Why don’t you actually provide this kind of historical perspective? Why is the default kneejerk reaction just to say “Oh the more diverse cast was the right thing to do, and I GUESS the sales prove it!” when they actually prove just the opposite.

    For the record, I am not a hater here. I LIKE ANAD Avengers a little more than I liked the Hickman run!

  32. UKMikey says

    Hi. Is “270- GUIDEBOOK TO CINEMATIC DOLLARS” a reference to Guidebook to Marvel Cinematic Universe: Iron Man?

    It’s a shame we don’t have figures for digital sales or know for sure how much they impact on print sales.

  33. says

    Dan Ahl: It’s obvious, I’m not talking best selling Avengers title EVER! Currently, that’s the best selling one. uncanny Avengers and New Avengers are selling less and the fact that’s selling not that far from the core Avengers title (your randomness in choosing the number wasn’t that random seeing that it was an issue which see a big boost for whatever reason I can’t remember) is another proof that so far, this original cast is really working. Seeing that’s new, it should have tanked. So far, it’s selling more than the traditinnal big guns other Avengers teams.
    If 48k sales are supposed to be proof that a new idea isn’t working, well, 98% of the Marvel catalog is in the sewer than…
    I’m not linking ANAD Avenger with Avengers sales because it’s not fair, it’s totally different from it.

  34. says

    UKmiley: there would be a lot to say about digital sales. We don’t have numbers for it and frankly, I don’t want to sopiund paranoid, but seeing how, so far, digital sales are not controlled by any independant witness, companies can say whatever they want about it:
    – to fans, how they are selling digital copies by the truckload
    – to artists, how they sold very poorly digital copies

  35. Dray Remy says

    What’s with “I’m waiting for it’s cancellation”? Astonishing Ant Man is the best series being put out by Marvel. And I’ve read the first couple issues of all of them. There are so many title below it on the list but Ant Man gets I’m waiting for cancellation?!! And your figures are off anyway. Scrub.

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