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DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: December 2014 – A Darwyn Cooke Overture

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By David Carter

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

December was a good news/bad news month for DC. The good news is that they had the #1 comic for December (Batman) and they won the unit market share, based mostly on the fact that they pushed out a ton of product. (December was a five week month but most other publishers treated it like a four week month.) The bad news is that sales were down month-to-month across most of the DCU titles, both as a line average and on most of the individual titles as well. (The release of an issue of Sandman Overture kept the average of DC as a whole from going down.)

Looking at all of this month’s numbers after last month’s lends some credence to there having been some sort of small LEGO cover boost in November that is being corrected for in December’s numbers. Which seeing as (imho) the December Darwyn Cooke covers were much more interesting than the LEGO covers is a bit disappointing. But hey, LEGO is a known quantity to people outside of the comics club and retailers may have been banking on a few extra sales of the LEGO covers outside of their regular clientele. Or maybe I’m just imagining things in the data that aren’t really there.

Just before this column went to press, DC announced their post-Convergence plans for the DCU. (This is what I get for being so late this month!) I revised some of the entries below in light of the new information, but I’ll have much more to say about what it all means next month.

For the past couple of months I’ve been promising to talk about Vertigo.

Vertigo is in trouble. This should be obvious to even the casual observer. Aside from Sandman Overture, which is a limited series and is coming out rather sporadically, sales are not good. The top-selling non-Sandman title from Vertigo in December was the first issue of Wolf Moon at about 16K (which if it follows standard sales patterns will be down to half that in a month or two…) Fables (13K) and Fairest (10K) are ending soon, which will leave Astro City (12K) their best-selling ongoing title that comes out regularly. (American Vampire has been hovering around the 15K range, but has been coming out rather sporadically, with only two issues in the back half of 2014.) None of their recent launches are above 8K, and recently there have been several months where one or more Vertigo titles don’t break the top 300.

The problem seems to be that Vertigo has lost its purpose. Historically Vertigo served twin functions: As an imprint for “Mature Readers” versions of their corporate properties (Swamp Thing, Sandman, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Hellblazer etc.); and as a place for creator-owned works (Fables, iZombie, etc.–where ‘creator-owned’ usually means something other than purely creator-owned depending on one’s contract).

With the advent of the New 52, the corporate properties were ‘reclaimed’ for the regular DCU. Swamp Thing, Constantine and Animal Man all made the switch. There has not been much success there; Animal Man was cancelled, Swamp Thing won’t survive the Convergence Purge, and Constantine is struggling.

As mentioned above Vertigo’s current slate of ‘creator-owned’ books are struggling. They have been unable to successfully launch anything for several years. They have had a hard time attracting high-profile talent to the imprint, as creators with books that look like traditional Vertigo-type books deciding to take them to other publishers, usually Image where the terms for creators are presumably better, especially in the area of other-media exploitation. Yes, Vertigo will pay a page rate while Image doesn’t, but if your comic is a success you’ll make more on the back-end at Image and they wont’ want a piece of any TV or movie deals. (Everyone wants to be the next Walking Dead.) So especially for established creators image now looks like the better deal.

Most telling is that recently creators traditionally associated with DC are taking their new creator-owned projects to Image, e.g. Scott Snyder & Jock with Wytches; and Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham with Nameless. Years ago these and other books (e.g. Saga) would have been very comfortable at Vertigo. Now Image is the place where top creators bring their works to see and be seen.

And before anyone starts talking trade sales: No. Aside from Sandman, Fables and maybe American Vampire, there’s no evidence that anything from Vertigo has been a strong seller in the trade collections arena for many a while. Not in the direct market nor in the bookstore market. Yes Sandman Overture will be a huge seller when it is eventually complete and collected; that will keep Vertigo afloat for quite some time. And Fables will likely be a decent backlist item for years to come. But historically we know that the best-sellers in trade are the same titles that sell well as individual issues, and there’s been very little of that at the imprint these days.

In fact, I’d say that Vertigo’s trade collection policy is working against them. At one point it likely made sense to release trade collections as soon as possible and to bargain price the first volume to entice new readers. But now? Why buy a story that’s obviously written for the trade as monthly $3 comics, when you know that said trade will be out the month after the story ends for a fraction of the cost? So if a reader sees a new Vertigo eerie stat they think they might be interested in, they’re likely to decide to wait for the trade; but when that trade finally comes out, they’ve either forgotten about it or lost interest.

So what is the remedy? I have no idea. DC’s corporate bosses at Warner see the comic company as a place to develop IP that they can exploit across other media. But that lies at odds with what I think that Vertigo needs to do to resurrect itself, which is to improve their creator-ownership terms to compete with Image.

One path forward may be to concentrate on anthologies. Vertigo has had some success as of late (creatively if not financially) with their Vertigo Quarterly series, certainly enough to go for a second year of that and also introduce a new Strange Sports Stories title. A reader can pick up an issue and not be concerned that they’re just getting a part of a long narrate written for a trade, encouraging sales of individual issues. Creators get an outlet for shorter works, a niche that isn’t being met elsewhere (outside of Dark Horse Presents and a few Kickstarter-funded anthologies). It can also be a way to bring new talent into the Vertigo fold, as an eight-page story is a lesser commitment than a limited or full series or an OGN.

But enough of my ramblingwhat do you think about the future of Vertigo?

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

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

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

1 - BATMAN ($3.99)

12/2004: Batman #635 — 60,898 [63,067]
12/2009: Batman #694 — 65,908
12/2010: Batman #705 — 63,262
12/2011: Batman #4 — 133,781 [144,777]
12/2012: Batman #15 — 151,568
——————————
12/2013: Batman #26 — 119,443 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: Batman #27 — 115,492 (- 1.7%) [117,395]
02/2014: Batman #28 — 114,089 (- 1.3%) [115,891]
03/2014: Batman #29 — 116,926 (+ 0.9%)
04/2014: Batman #30 — 108,998 (- 6.8%)
05/2014: Batman #31 — 107,499 (+ 0.2%) [109,170]
06/2014: Batman #32 — 130,077 (+ 19.2%)
07/2014: Batman #33 — 117,996 (- 9.3%)
08/2014: Batman #34 — 112,186 (- 4.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 142,980 (+ 27.4%)
10/2014: Batman #35 — 118,860 (- 16.9%)
11/2014: Batman #36 — 115,183 (- 3.1%)
12/2014: Batman #37 — 113,255 (- 1.7%)
—————–
6 months: – 12.9%
1 year : – 5.2%
2 years : – 25.3%
5 years : + 71.8%
10 years: + 79.6%
Since #1: – 49.3%

4 - BATMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)

04/2012: Batman Annual #1 — 101,394 [105,754]
07/2013: Batman Annual #2 — 101,726 (- 3.8%)
12/2014: Batman Annual #3 — 81,396 (- 20.0%)
—————–
Since #1: – 23.0%

Batman takes the #1 & #4 spots on the sales chart this month (split by Amazing Spider-Man and SHIELD) as interest in the “Endgame” story remains fairly strong

6 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)

12/2004: JLA #109 — 63,791 [64,747]
12/2009: JL of America #40 — 68,672
12/2010: JL of America #52 — 48,501
12/2011: Justice League #4 — 149,314 [152,340]
12/2012: Justice League #15 — 115,074
—————————————
12/2013: Justice League #25 — 94,004 (- 4.6%)
12/2013: Justice League #26 — 90,592 (- 3.6%)
01/2014: Justice League #27 — 84,674 (- 6.5%)
02/2014: Justice League #28 — 80,901 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: —
04/2014: Justice League #29 — 78,912 (- 2.5%)
05/2014: Justice League #30 — 77,456 (- 1.8%)
06/2014: Justice League #31 — 75,803 (- 2.1%)
07/2014: Justice League #32 — 88,179 (+ 16.3%)
08/2014: —
09/2014: Justice League #33 — 79,447 (- 9.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 104,246 (+ 31.2%)
10/2014: Justice League #34 — 75,400 (- 27.7%)
10/2014: Justice League #35 — 75,264 (- 0.2%)
11/2014: Justice League #36 — 74,796 (- 0.6%)
12/2014: Justice League #37 — 72,081 (- 3.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 4.9%
1 year : – 21.9%
2 years : – 37.4%
5 years : + 5.0%
10 years: + 11.3%
Since #1: – 73.4%

After a couple of issues of nearly imperceptible drops, Justice League returns to a standard attrition drop.

11 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)

12/2013: Harley Quinn #1 — 92,153 (- 10.8%) [120,312]
01/2014: Harley Quinn #2 — 66,363 (- 26.9%) [ 82,031]
02/2014: Harley Quinn #3 — 63,967 (- 18.6%) [ 72,820]
03/2014: Harley Quinn #4 — 63,120 (- 5.5%)
04/2014: Harley Quinn #5 — 63,155 (+ 0.1%)
05/2014: Harley Quinn #6 — 62,467 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Harley Quinn #7 — 93,266 (+ 49.3%)
07/2014: Harley Quinn #8 — 76,827 (- 17.6%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #9 — 71,522 (- 6.9%)
08/2014: Harley Quinn #10 — 58,500 (- 18.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 119,180 (+103.7%)
10/2014: Harley Quinn #11 — 68,557 (- 42.5%)
11/2014: Harley Quinn #12 — 71,245 (+ 3.9%)
12/2014: Harley Quinn #13 — 68,102 (- 4.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 27.0%
1 year : – 43.4%
Since #0: – 51.9%

13 - HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC CON #1 ($4.99)

07/2014: Harley Quinn Comic Con #1 — 64,978
12/2014: Harley Quinn Holiday Sp #1 — 63,465 (- 2.3%)

The Holiday Special comes in pretty close to the mother title (and had a freely-orderable variant as well, though not drawn by Cooke).

16 - SANDMAN OVERTURE (Vertigo) ($3.99)

12/2013: —
01/2014: —
02/2014: —
03/2014: Sandman Overture #2 — 89,711 (- 14.9%) [91,839]
04/2014: —
05/2014: —
06/2014: —
07/2014: Sandman Overture #3 — 72,563 (- 21.0%)
08/2014: —
09/2014: —
10/2014: —
11/2014: —
12/2014: Sandman Overture #4 — 64,508 (- 11.1%)
—————–
Since #1: – 36.4%

Returnable, so the numbers are adjusted up by 10% from the estimates. (For why this is done for returnable comics, please see the fine print at the end of this column.) Probably a wise move to make #4 returnable to help somewhat soften the blow that the long delays between issues are no doubt inflicting.

Had the mini-series held to its original bi-monthly schedule, a hardcover collection would have been out in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season. Which would have been like printing money.

17 - ROBIN RISES OMEGA #1 ($4.99)

07/2014: Robin Rises Omega #1 — 60,488
08/2014: —
09/2014: —
10/2014: —
11/2014: —
12/2014: Robin Rises Alpha #1 — 57,990 (- 4.1%)

The concluding chapter (? – I’m not really following this…) comes in relatively close to the opening salvo, and a few thousand copies more than the parent title (Batman and Robin).

19 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)

12/2004: Detective Comics #801 — 42,775
12/2009: Detective Comics #860 — 52,295
12/2010: Detective Comics #872 — 37,961
12/2011: Detective Comics #4 — 99,366
12/2012: Detective Comics #15 — 106,395
—————————————–
12/2013: Detective Comics #26 — 56,538 (- 12.2%)
01/2014: Detective Comics #27 — 88,702 (+ 59.8%) [90,335]
02/2014: Detective Comics #28 — 56,619 (- 37.3%)
03/2014: Detective Comics #29 — 55,486 (- 2.0%)
04/2014: Detective Comics #30 — 56,149 (+ 1.2%)
05/2014: Detective Comics #31 — 54,518 (- 2.9%)
06/2014: Detective Comics #32 — 72,988 (+ 33.9%)
07/2014: Detective Comics #33 — 62,856 (- 13.9%)
08/2014: Detective Comics #34 — 58,812 (- 6.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 96,081 (+ 63.4%)
10/2014: Detective Comics #35 — 57,385 (- 40.3%)
11/2014: Detective Comics #36 — 58,171 (+ 1.4%)
12/2014: Detective Comics #37 — 54,953 (- 5.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 24.7%
1 year : – 2.8%
2 years : – 48.4%
5 years : + 5.1%
10 years: + 28.5%
Since #1: – 65.2%

A bit high of a drop, especially since this is the return of the regular creative team, but that may be in part to a post-LEGO correction.

20 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99)

12/2009: —
12/2010: Batman and Robin #18 — 68,814
12/2011: Batman and Robin #4 — 76,000
12/2012: Batman and Robin #15 — 89,878
—————————————
12/2013: and Two-Face #26 — 46,611 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: and Two-Face #27 — 45,462 (- 2.5%)
02/2014: and Two-Face #28 — 43,380 (- 4.6%)
03/2014: and Aquaman #29 — 43,295 (- 0.2%)
04/2014: and Wonder Woman #30 — 44,832 (+ 3.6%)
05/2014: and Frankenstein #31 — 42,150 (- 6.0%)
06/2014: and Ra’s al Ghul #32 — 56,311 (+ 33.6%)
07/2014: Batman and Robin #33 — 56,269 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman and Robin #34 — 53,403 (- 5.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 83,783 (+ 56.9%)
10/2014: Batman and Robin #35 — 54,616 (- 34.8%)
11/2014: Batman and Robin #36 — 55,289 (+ 1.2%)
12/2014: Batman and Robin #37 — 53,543 (- 3.2%)
—————-
6 months: – 4.9%
1 year : + 14.9%
2 years : – 40.4%
5 years : n.a.
Since #1: – 53.9%

Batman and Robin has weathered the six month drop since the introduction of the freely-orderable variants better than most titles, which is a testament to the relative popularity of the “Robin Rises” storyline.

Apparently being relaunched as Robin, Son of Batman after convergence.

24 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)

12/2004: Superman #212 — 100,244 [103,545]
12/2009: Superman #695 — 32,482
12/2010: Superman #706 — 43,027
12/2011: Superman #4 — 76,532
12/2012: Superman #15 — 51,225
——————————
12/2013: Superman #26 — 36,877 (- 6.2%)
01/2014: Superman #27 — 35,266 (- 4.4%)
02/2014: Superman #28 — 34,296 (- 2.8%)
03/2014: Superman #29 — 33,633 (- 1.9%)
04/2014: Superman #30 — 37,316 (+ 11.0%)
05/2014: Superman #31 — 40,534 (+ 8.6%)
06/2014: Superman #32 — 89,140 (+155.4%) [103,508]
07/2014: Superman #33 — 62,998 (- 39.1%)
08/2014: Superman #34 — 56,568 (- 10.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 77,949 (+ 37.8%)
10/2014: Superman #35 — 53,692 (- 31.1%)
11/2014: Superman #36 — 52,272 (- 2.6%)
12/2014: Superman #37 — 50,383 (- 3.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 51.3%
1 year : + 36.6%
2 years : – 1.6%
5 years : + 55.1%
10 years: – 51.3%
Since #1: – 66.4%

Standard attrition. Still above where a non-Johns/Romita Superman title would be selling, but probably less than DC would want it to be. Sales are down over 50% from their debut issue, which since there was a good deal of reorder activity for the debut that it seems that readers tried it but just didn’t respond with enthusiasm to the story they’re telling.

26, 27, 28, 29, 30 - BATMAN ETERNAL ($2.99)

04/2014: Batman Eternal #1 — 105,754 [110,916]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #2 — 84,566 (- 20.2%) [ 88,468]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #3 — 79,703 (- 4.8%) [ 84,183]
04/2014: Batman Eternal #4 — 78,009 (- 1.7%) [ 82,743]
05/2014: Batman Eternal #5 — 73,475 (- 11.2%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #6 — 70,983 (- 3.4%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #7 — 68,251 (- 3.8%)
05/2014: Batman Eternal #8 — 68,523 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #9 — 68,295 (- 0.3%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #10 — 67,203 (- 1.6%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #11 — 65,770 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: Batman Eternal #12 — 65,374 (- 0.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #13 — 63,828 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #14 — 63,138 (- 1.1%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #15 — 62,137 (- 1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #16 — 61,149 (- 1.6%)
07/2014: Batman Eternal #17 — 60,013 (- 1.9%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #18 — 58,998 (- 1.7%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #19 — 58,368 (- 1.1%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #20 — 57,906 (- 0.8%)
08/2014: Batman Eternal #21 — 57,525 (- 0.7%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #22 — 56,793 (- 1.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #23 — 56,152 (- 1.1%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #24 — 56,002 (- 0.3%)
09/2014: Batman Eternal #25 — 55,662 (- 0.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #26 — 54,199 (- 2.6%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #27 — 53,511 (- 1.3%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #28 — 52,918 (- 1.1%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #29 — 52,284 (- 1.2%)
10/2014: Batman Eternal #30 — 52,438 (+ 0.3%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #31 — 51,133 (- 2.5%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #32 — 50,709 (- 0.8%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #33 — 50,230 (- 0.9%)
11/2014: Batman Eternal #34 — 49,748 (- 1.0%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #35 — 48,999 (- 1.5%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #36 — 48,683 (- 0.6%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #37 — 48,083 (- 1.2%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #38 — 48,035 (- 0.1%)
12/2014: Batman Eternal #39 — 47,782 (- 0.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 27.5%
Since #1: – 56.9%

Business as usual for DC’s best-selling weekly. Five issues for the five weeks in December. Ends with #52 on April 1.

31 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($4.99)

08/2014: The Multiversity #1 — 90,551
09/2014: SoS-H: CotC-W #1 — 65,022 (- 28.2%)
10/2014: The Just #1 — 53,301 (- 18.0%)
11/2014: Pax Americana #1 — 51,490 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Thunderworld #1 — 47,714 (- 7.3%)
—————–
Since #1: – 47.3%

Sales for Thunderworld slide below the 50K mark.

33 - BATGIRL ($2.99)

12/2004: Batgirl #59 — 31,028 [32,423]
12/2009: Batgirl #5 — 32,482
12/2010: Batgirl #16 — 25,225
12/2011: Batgirl #4 — 59,972
12/2012: Batgirl #15 — 75,341
———————————-
12/2013: Batgirl #26 — 34,885 (- 14.4%)
01/2014: Batgirl #27 — 37,226 (+ 6.7%)
02/2014: Batgirl #28 — 34,567 (- 7.1%)
03/2014: Batgirl #29 — 33,223 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Batgirl #30 — 32,698 (- 1.6%)
05/2014: Batgirl #31 — 31,522 (- 3.6%)
06/2014: Batgirl #32 — 47,304 (+ 50.1%)
07/2014: Batgirl #33 — 37,186 (- 21.4%)
08/2014: Batgirl #34 — 34,590 (- 7.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 67,933 (+ 96.4%)
10/2014: Batgirl #35 — 62,644 (- 7.8%)
11/2014: Batgirl #36 — 50,247 (- 19.8%)
12/2014: Batgirl #37 — 45,060 (- 10.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 4.7%
1 year : + 29.2%
2 years : – 40.2%
5 years : + 38.7%
10 years: + 39.0%
Since #1: – 57.9%

A 10% is exactly in line with what one would expect for a third issue.

34 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)

12/2004: Superman/Batman #15 — 119,926 [123,273]
12/2004: Superman/Batman #16 — 115,657 [120,927]
12/2009: Superman/Batman #67 — 49,650
12/2010: Superman/Batman #79 — 30,586
—————————————
12/2013: Batman/Superman #6 — 68,857 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Batman/Superman #7 — 61,074 (- 11.3%)
02/2014: Batman/Superman #8 — 59,138 (- 3.2%)
03/2014: —
04/2014: Batman/Superman #9 — 56,223 (- 4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #10 — 54,844 (- 4.9%)
05/2014: Batman/Superman #11 — 53,504 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: —
07/2014: Batman/Superman #12 — 68,345 (+ 27.7%)
08/2014: Batman/Superman #13 — 55,954 (- 18.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 87,339 (+ 56.1%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #14 — 52,270 (- 40.2%)
10/2014: Batman/Superman #15 — 50,226 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: Batman/Superman #16 — 48,581 (- 3.3%)
12/2014: Batman/Superman #17 — 44,714 (- 8.0%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : – 35.1%
5 years : – 9.9%
10 years: – 63.4%
Since #1: – 70.4%

That’s an unusually high percentage drop in the middle of a storyline for no apparent reason.

36 - SECRET SIX ($2.99)

12/2009: Secret Six #16 — 22,638
12/2010: Secret Six #28 — 19,587
—————————————
08/2011: Secret Six #36 — 19,104


12/2014: Secret Six #1 — 44,065 (+130.7%)
—————–
5 years : + 94.7%

The good news: The return of Secret Six debuts at a level more than twice where the pre-New 52 version ended, and even higher than where that previous series debuted. It also debuts higher than the recent Gotham by Gaslight; much higher than headed-for-quick-cancellation titles Infinity Man, Trinity of Sin and Star-Spangled War Stories; and about on par with Gotham Academy.

The bad news: Issue #1 came out on December 3, but issue #2 has been delayed so that (as of this writing) it isn’t due out until February 11. That’s more than a two month gap for a comic that is supposed to be monthly, and a bad sign coming out of the gate. It could kill any momentum and have an adverse effect down the line.

38 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)

12/2004: GL: Rebirth #3 — 106,523 [126,654]
12/2009: Green Lantern #49 — 97,285
12/2010: Green Lantern #60 — 76,360
12/2011: Green Lantern #4 — 104,199
12/2012: Green Lantern #15 — 74,363
————————————–
12/2013: Green Lantern #26 — 51,420 (- 5.0%)
01/2014: Green Lantern #27 — 48,831 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: GL/Red Lanterns#28 — 49,200 (+ 5.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Green Lantern #29 — 45,797 (- 11.2%)
04/2014: Green Lantern #30 — 44,483 (- 2.9%)
05/2014: Green Lantern #31 — 43,769 (- 1.6%)
06/2014: Green Lantern #32 — 56,315 (+ 28.7%)
07/2014: Green Lantern #33 — 47,279 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Green Lantern #34 — 43,846 (- 7.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 77,372 (+ 76.5%)
10/2014: Green Lantern #35 — 45,893 (- 40.7%)
11/2014: Green Lantern #36 — 46,157 (+ 0.6%)
12/2014: Green Lantern #37 — 44,033 (- 4.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 21.8%
1 year : – 14.4%
2 years : – 40.8%
5 years : – 54.7%
10 years: – 65.2%
Since #1: – 74.0%

Sales take a bit of a dip for the final month of the line-wide crossover.

42 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)

12/2004: Wonder Woman #211 — 24,828
12/2009: Wonder Woman #39 — 26,152
12/2010: Wonder Woman #605 — 35,495
12/2011: Wonder Woman #4 — 57,675
12/2012: Wonder Woman #15 — 41,641
————————————-
12/2013: Wonder Woman #26 — 32,773 (- 2.3%)
01/2014: Wonder Woman #27 — 32,035 (- 2.3%)
02/2014: Wonder Woman #28 — 31,464 (- 1.8%)
03/2014: Wonder Woman #29 — 30,989 (- 1.5%)
04/2014: Wonder Woman #30 — 31,094 (+ 0.3%)
05/2014: Wonder Woman #31 — 30,655 (- 1.4%)
06/2014: Wonder Woman #32 — 48,235 (+ 57.3%)
07/2014: Wonder Woman #33 — 37,431 (- 22.4%)
08/2014: —
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 69,497 (+ 85.7%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #34 — 35,774 (- 48.5%)
10/2014: Wonder Woman #35 — 35,968 (+ 0.5%)
11/2014: Wonder Woman #36 — 58,965 (+ 63.9%)
12/2014: Wonder Woman #37 — 43,066 (- 27.0%)
—————–
6 months: – 10.7%
1 year : + 31.4%
2 years : + 3.4%
5 years : + 64.7%
10 years: + 73.5%
Since #1: – 55.1%

The second issue for the new creative team sees a very typical second issue drop.

43 - GRAYSON ($2.99)

12/2004: Nightwing #100 — 40,022
12/2011: Nightwing #4 — 57,409
12/2012: Nightwing #15 — 74,407
——————————
12/2013: Nightwing #26 — 38,452 (- 12.7%)
01/2014: Nightwing #27 — 38,325 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Nightwing #28 — 36,940 (- 3.6%)
03/2014: Nightwing #29 — 36,814 (- 0.3%)
04/2014: —
05/2014: Nightwing #30 — 43,923 (+ 19.3%)
06/2014: —
07/2014: Grayson #1 — 81,433 (+ 85.4%)
08/2014: Grayson #2 — 56,486 (- 30.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 76,551 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Grayson #3 — 52,849 (- 31.0%)
11/2014: Grayson #4 — 47,590 (- 10.0%)
12/2014: Grayson #5 — 42,611 (- 10.5%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : + 10.8%
2 years : – 42.7%
10 years: + 6.5%
Since #1: – 47.7%

A ten percent drop is a bit on the high side for this point in a series. It’s looking more and more like Grayson will end up leveling off in the same area that its predecessor (Nightwing) did, in the upper thirties/low forties range.

45 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)

12/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #3 — 51,357 (- 14.7%)
01/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #4 — 47,350 (- 7.8%)
02/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #5 — 44,847 (- 5.3%)
03/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #6 — 43,308 (- 3.4%)
04/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #7 — 45,157 (+ 4.3%)
05/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #8 — 47,803 (+ 5.9%)
06/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #9 — 62,659 (+ 31.1%)
07/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #10 — 50,254 (- 19.8%)
08/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #11 — 50,550 (+ 0.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 77,169 (+ 52.7%)
10/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #12 — 47,885 (- 37.9%)
11/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #13 — 44,013 (- 8.1%)
12/2014: Superman/Wonder Woman #14 — 41,231 (- 6.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 34.2%
1 year : – 19.7%
Since #1: – 56.5%

49 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)

12/2004: Action Comics #822 — 38,110
12/2009: Action Comics #884 — 31,873
12/2010: Action Comics #896 — 32,357
12/2011: Action Comics #4 — 112,839
12/2012: Action Comics #15 — 61,298
————————————–
12/2013: Action Comics #26 — 37,489 (- 19.5%)
01/2014: Action Comics #27 — 36,042 (- 3.9%)
02/2014: Action Comics #28 — 35,305 (- 2.0%)
03/2014: Action Comics #29 — 34,231 (- 3.0%)
04/2014: Action Comics #30 — 37,809 (+ 10.5%)
05/2014: Action Comics #31 — 41,081 (+ 8.7%)
06/2014: Action Comics #32 — 55,400 (+ 34.9%)
07/2014: Action Comics #33 — 49,457 (- 10.7%)
08/2014: Action Comics #34 — 46,746 (- 5.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 74,497 (+ 59.4%)
10/2014: Action Comics #35 — 45,152 (- 39.4%)
11/2014: Action Comics #36 — 41,835 (- 7.3%)
12/2014: Action Comics #37 — 39,168 (- 6.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 29.3%
1 year : + 4.5%
2 years : – 36.1%
5 years : + 22.9%
10 years: + 2.8%
Since #1: – 80.5%

Two titles with similar percentage drops, still looking for their post-“Doomed” levels.

52 - FLASH ($2.99)

12/2004: —
12/2009: —
12/2010: Flash #7 — 56,304
12/2010: Flash #8 — 53,975
12/2011: Flash #4 — 77,336
12/2012: Flash #15 — 45,925
———————————–
12/2013: Flash #26 — 36,601 (- 12.5%)
01/2014: Flash #27 — 34,902 (- 4.6%)
02/2014: Flash #28 — 33,853 (- 3.0%)
03/2014: Flash #29 — 33,241 (- 1.8%)
04/2014: Flash #30 — 33,300 (+ 5.8%) [35,157]
05/2014: Flash #31 — 34,240 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: Flash #32 — 47,188 (+ 37.8%)
07/2014: Flash #33 — 39,669 (- 15.9%)
08/2014: Flash #34 — 37,109 (- 6.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 70,368 (+ 89.6%)
10/2014: Flash #35 — 37,484 (- 46.7%)
11/2014: Flash #36 — 38,145 (+ 1.8%)
12/2014: Flash #37 — 37,026 (- 2.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 21.5%
1 year : + 1.2%
2 years : – 19.4%
5 years : n.a.
10 years: n.a.
Since #1: – 75.0%

Back to standard attrition.

59 - GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL ($4.99)

08/2012: Green Lantern Ann. #1 — 67,648
10/2013: Green Lantern Ann. #2 — 47,861 (- 29.2%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Ann. #3 — 34,278 (- 28.4%)
—————–
Since #1: – 49.3%

The finale of “Godhead” comes in under the parent title but above the other entries in the line-wide crossover.

60 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)

12/2004: Teen Titans #19 — 62,585 [66,290]
12/2009: Teen Titans #78 — 43,400
12/2010: Teen Titans #90 — 25,997
12/2011: Teen Titans #4 — 54,929
12/2012: Teen Titans #15 — 68,707
———————————–
12/2013: Teen Titans #26 — 29,149 (- 10.0%)
01/2014: Teen Titans #27 — 27,558 (- 5.5%)
02/2014: Teen Titans #28 — 26,732 (- 3.0%)
03/2014: Teen Titans #29 — 25,969 (- 2.9%)
04/2014: Teen Titans #30 — 25,709 (- 1.0%)
05/2014: —
06/2014: —
07/2014: Teen Titans #1 — 52,358 (+103.7%)
08/2014: Teen Titans #2 — 40,687 (- 22.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 62,915 (+ 54.6%)
10/2014: Teen Titans #3 — 39,198 (- 37.7%)
11/2014: Teen Titans #4 — 36,364 (- 7.2%)
12/2014: Teen Titans #5 — 34,101 (- 6.2%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : + 17.0%
2 years : – 50.4%
5 years : – 21.4%
10 years: – 48.6%
Since #1: – 34.9%

Still looking for its level in the relaunched version.

61 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)

12/2011: Deathstroke #4 — 26,367
12/2012: Deathstroke #15 — 13,528
—————————————-
10/2014: Deathstroke #1 — 54,059 (+359.4%)
11/2014: Deathstroke #2 — 36,356 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Deathstroke #3 — 34,010 (- 6.5%)
—————–
2 years : +151.4%
Since #1: – 37.1%

After last month’s slightly-higher-than-normal second issue drop, this month sees a slightly-lower-than-normal third issue drop. So I guess it all balances out then. Issue #3 of the previous series sold 33,754.

Also of note is that DC shipped a second printing of #1 in early February, so there’s still stronger than expected demand in some quarters.

62, 75 - SINESTRO ($2.99)

04/2014: Sinestro #1 — 46,480
05/2014: Sinestro #2 — 34,640 (- 25.5%)
06/2014: Sinestro #3 — 30,422 (- 12.2%)
07/2014: Sinestro #4 — 28,095 (- 7.6%)
08/2014: Sinestro #5 — 26,867 (- 4.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 60,761 (+126.2%)
10/2014: Sinestro #6 — 33,621 (- 44.7%)
11/2014: —
12/2014: Sinestro #7 — 33,549 (- 0.2%)
12/2014: Sinestro #8 — 31,509 (- 6.1%)
—————–
6 months: + 6.9%
Since #1: – 32.2%

Two issues in December as #7 slipped from November. Both were “Godhead” crossovers, but #7 had a LEGO variant while #8 had a Cooke variant.

65, 66, 71, 70, 73 - THE NEW 52  FUTURES END ($2.99)

05/2014: Futures End #0 — ??????
05/2014: Futures End #1 — 77,867
05/2014: Futures End #2 — 62,862 (- 19.3%)
05/2014: Futures End #3 — 59,148 (- 5.9%)
05/2014: Futures End #4 — 58,496 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Futures End #5 — 53,645 (- 8.3%)
06/2014: Futures End #6 — 51,543 (- 3.9%)
06/2014: Futures End #7 — 50,266 (- 2.5%)
06/2014: Futures End #8 — 49,138 (- 2.2%)
07/2014: Futures End #9 — 52,083 (+ 6.0%)
07/2014: Futures End #10 — 46,001 (- 11.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #11 — 45,222 (- 1.7%)
07/2014: Futures End #12 — 43,228 (- 4.4%)
07/2014: Futures End #13 — 42,803 (- 1.0%)
08/2014: Futures End #14 — 41,185 (- 3.8%)
08/2014: Futures End #15 — 40,541 (- 1.6%)
08/2014: Futures End #16 — 40,077 (- 1.1%)
08/2014: Futures End #17 — 39,750 (- 0.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #18 — 38,778 (- 2.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #19 — 38,377 (- 1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #20 — 37,990 (- 1.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #21 — 37,861 (- 0.3%)
10/2014: Futures End #22 — 36,468 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Futures End #23 — 36,120 (- 1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #24 — 35,937 (- 0.5%)
10/2014: Futures End #25 — 35,585 (- 1.0%)
10/2014: Futures End #26 — 35,452 (- 0.4%)
11/2014: Futures End #27 — 34,692 (- 2.1%)
11/2014: Futures End #28 — 34,601 (- 0.3%)
11/2014: Futures End #29 — 34,202 (- 1.2%)
11/2014: Futures End #30 — 33,942 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Futures End #31 — 33,025 (- 2.7%)
12/2014: Futures End #32 — 32,878 (- 0.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #33 — 32,409 (- 1.4%)
12/2014: Futures End #34 — 32,414 (+ 0.0%)
12/2014: Futures End #35 — 32,233 (- 0.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 36.3%
Since #1: – 58.6%

The only odd thing here are the five more copies that #34 registered over #33.

68 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)

12/2009: Green Lantern Corps #43 — 77,774
12/2010: Green Lantern Corps #55 — 54,387
12/2011: Green Lantern Corps #4 — 57,180
12/2012: Green Lantern Corps #15 — 47,841
——————————————
12/2013: Green Lantern Corps #26 — 32,797 (- 14.5%)
01/2014: Green Lantern Corps #27 — 31,447 (- 4.1%)
02/2014: Green Lantern Corps #28 — 29,142 (- 7.3%)
03/2014: Green Lantern Corps #29 — 27,754 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Green Lantern Corps #30 — 26,640 (- 4.0%)
05/2014: Green Lantern Corps #31 — 28,449 (+ 6.8%)
06/2014: Green Lantern Corps #32 — 40,734 (+ 43.2%)
07/2014: Green Lantern Corps #33 — 32,877 (- 19.3%)
08/2014: Green Lantern Corps #34 — 29,471 (- 10.4%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 58,325 (+ 97.9%)
10/2014: Green Lantern Corps #35 — 34,222 (- 41.3%)
11/2014: Green Lantern Corps #36 — 34,109 (- 0.3%)
12/2014: Green Lantern Corps #37 — 32,860 (- 3.7%)
—————-
6 months: – 19.3%
1 year : + 0.2%
2 years : – 31.3%
5 years : – 57.7%
Since #1: – 64.0%

Its final “Godhead” crossover issue. Final issue will be #40 in March.

69 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)

12/2011: Suicide Squad #4 — 34,550
12/2012: Suicide Squad #15 — 57,132
—————————————–
12/2013: Suicide Squad #26 — 25,346 (- 6.4%)
01/2014: Suicide Squad #27 — 24,175 (- 4.6%)
02/2014: Suicide Squad #28 — 22,882 (- 5.3%)
03/2014: Suicide Squad #29 — 22,162 (- 3.1%)
04/2014: —
05/2014: Suicide Squad #30 — 22,063 (- 0.4%)
06/2014: —
07/2014: New Suicide Squad #1 — 49,260 (+123.3%)
08/2014: New Suicide Squad #2 — 38,477 (- 21.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 73,599 (+ 91.3%)
10/2014: New Suicide Squad #3 — 39,498 (- 46.3%)
11/2014: New Suicide Squad #4 — 34,920 (- 11.6%)
12/2014: New Suicide Squad #5 — 32,834 (- 6.0%)
—————–
6 months: n.a.
1 year : + 29.5%
2 years : – 42.5%
Since #1: – 33.3%

Sill looking for its relaunch level, which will likely be in the 30K range. Issue #5 of the previous series sold 32,726.

72 - GRAYSON ANNUAL ($4.99)

10/2013: Nightwing Annual #1 — 36,108
12/2014: Grayson Annual #1 — 32,251 (- 10.7%)

The annual comes in a full 10K less than the parent title.

74 - JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ($3.99)

04/2014: Justice League United #0 — 68,431
05/2014: Justice League United #1 — 64,209 (- 6.2%)
06/2014: Justice League United #2 — 62,928 (- 2.0%)
07/2014: Justice League United #3 — 47,919 (- 23.9%)
08/2014: Justice League United #4 — 42,504 (- 11.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 72,839 (+ 71.4%)
10/2014: Justice League United #5 — 38,066 (- 47.7%)
11/2014: Justice League United #6 — 34,610 (- 9.1%)
12/2014: Justice League United #7 — 31,904 (- 7.8%)
—————–
6 months: – 49.3%
Since #0: – 53.4%

Still dropping at higher than the standard attrition rate. Maybe having its second arc guest-star the Legion of Super-Heroes wasn’t such a great idea; as much as I personally love the Legion, the concept seems to be poison to the New 52.

79 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)

12/2004: Aquaman #25 — 21,107
12/2011: Aquaman #4 — 64,961
12/2012: Aquaman #15 — 75,947
——————————
12/2013: Aquaman #26 — 38,841 (- 5.9%)
01/2014: Aquaman #27 — 36,610 (- 5.7%)
02/2014: Aquaman #28 — 34,939 (- 4.6%)
03/2014: Aquaman #29 — 33,907 (- 3.0%)
04/2014: Aquaman #30 — 32,859 (- 3.1%)
05/2014: Aquaman #31 — 32,076 (- 2.4%)
06/2014: Aquaman #32 — 44,853 (+ 39.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman #33 — 36,140 (- 19.4%)
08/2014: Aquaman #34 — 33,380 (- 7.6%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 65,212 (+ 95.4%)
10/2014: Aquaman #35 — 32,238 (- 50.6%)
11/2014: Aquaman #36 — 32,838 (+ 1.9%)
12/2014: Aquaman #37 — 31,198 (- 5.0%)
—————–
6 months: – 30.4%
1 year : – 19.7%
2 years : – 58.9%
10 years: + 47.8%
Since #1: – 71.3%

A post-LEGO variant correction.

81 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)

12/2012: Earth 2 #7 — 54,409
——————————
12/2013: Earth 2 #18 — 37,130 (- 6.8%)
01/2014: Earth 2 #19 — 36,103 (- 2.8%)
02/2014: Earth 2 #20 — 35,732 (- 1.0%)
03/2014: Earth 2 #21 — 35,295 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: Earth 2 #22 — 34,970 (- 0.9%)
05/2014: Earth 2 #23 — 34,531 (- 1.3%)
06/2014: Earth 2 #24 — 47,277 (+ 36.9%)
07/2014: Earth 2 #25 — 39,726 (- 16.0%)
08/2014: Earth 2 #26 — 37,396 (- 5.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 65,212 (+ 73.7%)
10/2014: Earth 2 #27 — 37,925 (- 41.6%)
11/2014: Earth 2 #28 — 31,722 (- 16.4%)
12/2014: Earth 2 #29 — 30,273 (- 4.6%)
—————-
6 months: – 36.0%
1 year : – 18.5%
2 years : – 44.4%
Since #1: – 70.5%

Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.

98, 104, 106, 107, 109 - EARTH 2 - WORLD'S END ($2.99)

10/2014: E2 World’s End #1 — 48,249
10/2014: E2 World’s End #2 — 40,190 (- 16.7%)
10/2014: E2 World’s End #3 — 38,496 (- 4.2%)
10/2014: E2 World’s End #4 — 37,874 (- 1.6%)
11/2014: E2 World’s End #5 — 36,395 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: E2 World’s End #6 — 31,248 (- 14.1%)
11/2014: E2 World’s End #7 — 30,378 (- 2.8%)
11/2014: E2 World’s End #8 — 29,636 (- 2.4%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #9 — 28,204 (- 4.8%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #10 — 27,893 (- 1.1%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #11 — 27,297 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #12 — 27,256 (- 0.1%)
12/2014: E2 World’s End #13 — 26,942 (- 1.2%)
—————-
Since #1: – 44.2%

Returnable, so the numbers are adjusted up by 10% from the estimates. (For why this is done for returnable comics, please see the fine print at the end of this column.)

87 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99)

10/2014: Arkham Manor #1 — 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2 — 30,907 (- 32.7%)
12/2014: Arkham Manor #3 — 28,202 (- 8.8%)
—————-
Since #1: – 38.6%

A slightly better than normal third issue drop. Ends in March.

89 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)

11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1 — 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2 — 27,849 (- 27.5%)

On the low end of a typical second issue drop.

94 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)

10/2014: Gotham Academy #1 — 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2 — 31,110 (- 28.2%)
12/2014: Gotham Academy #3 — 26,509 (- 14.8%)
—————-
Since #1: – 38.8%

All three of these tertiary Batman spin-offs clustering together indicates a certain level of Gotham fatigue. Despite the fact that these are three very different titles, there doesn’t seem to be much differentiating between them for those ordering. Would Gotham Academy be selling better if it wasn’t competing for attention and shelf space with Gotham by Midnight and Arkham Manor?

96 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)

12/2009: Supergirl #48 — 28,179
12/2010: Supergirl #59 — 22,606
12/2011: Supergirl #4 — 44,180
12/2012: Supergirl #15 — 30,814
——————————
12/2013: Supergirl #26 — 22,646 (- 10.8%)
01/2014: Supergirl #27 — 21,954 (- 3.1%)
02/2014: Supergirl #28 — 23,567 (+ 7.3%)
03/2014: Supergirl #29 — 22,883 (- 2.9%)
04/2014: Supergirl #30 — 23,410 (+ 2.3%)
05/2014: Supergirl #31 — 22,783 (- 2.7%)
06/2014: Supergirl #32 — 22,481 (- 1.3%)
07/2014: Supergirl #33 — 22,802 (+ 1.4%)
08/2014: Supergirl #34 — 26,510 (+ 16.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 55,706 (+110.1%)
10/2014: Supergirl #35 — 26,371 (- 52.7%)
11/2014: Supergirl #36 — 28,373 (+ 7.6%)
12/2014: Supergirl #37 — 26,272 (- 7.4%)
—————–
6 months: + 16.9%
1 year : + 16.0%
2 years : – 14.7%
5 years : – 6.8%
Since #1: – 64.6%

The second issue of the new creative team/direction sees sales return right back to where they were for the “Doomed” cross-over issues, but still a good 3-4K above the “Red Daughter of Krypton” levels.

Apparently not enough though to keep it from being stealth cancelled after March and not returning after Convergence, though I expect that should the proposed television series get picked up for fall there will be a Supergirl comic relaunched then as well.

99 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)

12/2011: Red Lanterns #4 — 50,271
12/2012: Red Lanterns #15 — 39,071
———————————–
12/2013: Red Lanterns #26 — 26,242 (- 5.6%)
01/2014: Red Lanterns #27 — 24,477 (- 6.7%)
02/2014: Green Lant/RL#28 — 49,200 (+110.6%) [51,548]
03/2014: Red Lanterns #29 — 25,153 (- 51.2%)
04/2014: Red Lanterns #30 — 24,350 (- 3.2%)
05/2014: Red Lanterns #31 — 24,307 (- 0.2%)
06/2014: Red Lanterns #32 — 23,720 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Red Lanterns #33 — 23,355 (- 1.5%)
08/2014: Red Lanterns #34 — 22,761 (- 2.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 56,030 (+146.2%)
10/2014: Red Lanterns #35 — 26,534 (- 52.6%)
11/2014: Red Lanterns #36 — 25,654 (- 3.3%)
12/2014: Red Lanterns #37 — 25,521 (- 0.5%)
—————-
6 months: + 7.6%
1 year : – 2.7%
2 years : – 34.7%
Since #1: – 71.4%

103 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)

12/2011: New Guardians #4 — 53,305
12/2012: New Guardians #15 — 45,136
————————————
12/2013: New Guardians #26 — 30,489 (- 4.9%)
01/2014: New Guardians #27 — 28,346 (- 7.0%)
02/2014: New Guardians #28 — 27,212 (- 4.0%)
03/2014: New Guardians #29 — 25,296 (- 7.0%)
04/2014: New Guardians #30 — 24,727 (- 2.2%)
05/2014: New Guardians #31 — 23,886 (- 3.4%)
06/2014: New Guardians #32 — 23,142 (- 3.1%)
07/2014: New Guardians #33 — 22,797 (- 1.5%)
08/2014: New Guardians #34 — 22,052 (- 3.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 55,863 (+153.3%)
10/2014: New Guardians #35 — 26,702 (- 52.2%)
11/2014: New Guardians #36 — 25,681 (- 3.8%)
12/2014: New Guardians #37 — 25,438 (- 0.9%)
—————-
6 months: + 9.9%
1 year : – 16.6%
2 years : – 43.6%
Since #1: – 73.7%

Third and final month of the line-wide crossover. Both titles end in March.

105 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)

12/2004: Catwoman #38 — 25,108
12/2011: Catwoman #4 — 45,581
12/2012: Catwoman #15 — 35,020
——————————
12/2013: Catwoman #26 — 26,482 (- 10.1%)
01/2014: Catwoman #27 — 24,956 (- 5.8%)
02/2014: Catwoman #28 — 23,974 (- 3.9%)
03/2014: Catwoman #29 — 22,236 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: Catwoman #30 — 20,968 (- 5.7%)
05/2014: Catwoman #31 — 20,144 (- 3.9%)
06/2014: Catwoman #32 — 33,694 (+ 67.3%)
07/2014: Catwoman #33 — 18,945 (- 43.8%)
08/2014: Catwoman #34 — 23,497 (+ 24.0%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 56,939 (+142.3%)
10/2014: Catwoman #35 — 25,970 (- 54.4%)
11/2014: Catwoman #36 — 26,237 (+ 1.0%)
12/2014: Catwoman #36 — 25,154 (- 4.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 25.3%
1 year : – 5.0%
2 years : – 28.2%
10 years: + 0.2%
Since #1: – 66.7%

The new direction doesn’t seem to be catching on. I suspect that the reputation this title gained in its early New 52 days is now working against it, as the people who despised it early on would likely find it much more to their liking. This is an instance where a relaunch may have helped.

111 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)

12/2011: Justice League Dark #4 — 44,750
12/2012: Justice League Dark #15 — 27,712
——————————————-
12/2013: Justice League Dark #26 — 36,353 (- 6.2%)
01/2014: Justice League Dark #27 — 32,576 (- 10.4%)
02/2014: Justice League Dark #28 — 30,519 (- 6.3%)
03/2014: Justice League Dark #29 — 29,202 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Justice League Dark #30 — 27,695 (- 5.2%)
05/2014: Justice League Dark #31 — 25,337 (- 8.5%)
06/2014: Justice League Dark #32 — 38,219 (+ 50.8%)
07/2014: Justice League Dark #33 — 28,297 (- 26.0%)
08/2014: Justice League Dark #34 — 25,258 (- 10.7%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 58,529 (+131.7%)
10/2014: Justice League Dark #35 — 24,462 (- 58.2%)
11/2014: Justice League Dark #36 — 24,495 (+ 0.1%)
12/2014: Justice League Dark #37 — 23,151 (- 5.5%)
—————–
6 months: – 39.4%
1 year : – 36.3%
2 years : – 16.5%
Since #1: – 71.8%

A correction after last month’s LEGO-enhanced variant.

To be relaunched as Dark Universe post Convergence.

125 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)

12/2004: Green Arrow #45 — 30,997 [32,082]
12/2009: Arrow/Canary #27 — 16,904
12/2010: Green Arrow #7 — 36,835
12/2011: Green Arrow #4 — 37,116
12/2012: Green Arrow #15 — 20,672
———————————–
12/2013: Green Arrow #26 — 24,687 (- 16.6%)
01/2014: Green Arrow #27 — 23,785 (- 3.7%)
02/2014: Green Arrow #28 — 26,725 (+ 12.4%)
03/2014: Green Arrow #29 — 23,698 (- 11.3%)
04/2014: Green Arrow #30 — 23,577 (- 0.5%)
05/2014: Green Arrow #31 — 23,475 (- 0.4%)
06/2014: Green Arrow #32 — 23,602 (+ 0.5%)
07/2014: Green Arrow #33 — 23,452 (- 0.6%)
08/2014: Green Arrow #34 — 22,927 (- 2.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 61,915 (+170.1%)
10/2014: Green Arrow #35 — 23,346 (- 62.3%)
11/2014: Green Arrow #36 — 21,842 (- 6.4%)
12/2014: Green Arrow #37 — 20,904 (- 4.3%)
—————–
6 months: – 11.4%
1 year : – 15.3%
2 years : + 1.1%
5 years : + 23.7%
10 years: – 34.8%
Since #1: – 71.1%

A bit above standard attrition levels, as the new creative team/direction is still finding its level.

127 - SECRET ORIGINS ($4.99)

04/2014: Secret Origins #1 — 38,742
05/2014: Secret Origins #2 — 32,966 (- 14.9%)
06/2014: Secret Origins #3 — 28,351 (- 14.0%)
07/2014: Secret Origins #4 — 37,181 (+ 31.1%)
08/2014: Secret Origins #5 — 24,126 (- 35.1%)
09/2004: —
10/2014: Secret Origins #6 — 24,775 (+ 2.7%)
11/2014: Secret Origins #7 — 21,377 (- 13.7%)
12/2014: Secret Origins #8 — 20,687 (- 3.2%)
—————–
6 months: – 27.0%
Since #1: – 46.6%

Ending in March.

129 - LOBO ($2.99)

11/2009: Highway to Hell #2 — 13,435
————————————-
10/2014: Lobo #1 — 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2 — 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3 — 20,208 (- 21.9%)
—————–
5 years : + 50.4%
Since #1: – 48.2%

That’s a huge drop for a third issue. This is sinking fast.

135 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)

12/2012: Worlds’ Finest #7 — 32,010
————————————-
12/2013: Worlds’ Finest #18 — 21,039 (- 4.0%)
01/2014: Worlds’ Finest #19 — 20,998 (- 0.2%)
02/2014: Worlds’ Finest #20 — 25,585 (+ 31.5%) [27,613]
03/2014: Worlds’ Finest #21 — 25,676 (- 7.0%)
04/2014: Worlds’ Finest #22 — 21,485 (- 16.3%)
05/2014: Worlds’ Finest #23 — 21,118 (- 1.7%)
06/2014: Worlds’ Finest #24 — 20,900 (- 1.0%)
07/2014: Worlds’ Finest #25 — 19,957 (- 4.5%)
08/2014: Worlds’ Finest #26 — 19,772 (- 0.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 55,376 (+153.3%)
10/2014: Worlds’ Finest #27 — 20,234 (- 63.5%)
11/2014: Worlds’ Finest #28 — 19,709 (- 2.6%)
12/2014: Worlds’ Finest #29 — 19,001 (- 3.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 9.1%
1 year : – 9.7%
2 years : – 40.6%
Since #1: – 72.7%

Stays above 19K, but just barely. Ending in March.

136 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99)

12/2012: He-Man & MotU #5 — 16,858
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12/2013: He-Man & MotU #9 — 14,465 (- 4.5%)
01/2014: —
02/2014: He-Man & MotU #10 — 13,816 (- 4.5%)
03/2014: He-Man & MotU #11 — 13,090 (- 5.3%)
04/2014: He-Man & MotU #12 — 12,718 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: He-Man & MotU #13 — 12,430 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: He-Man & MotU #14 — 12,144 (- 2.3%)
07/2014: He-Man & MotU #15 — 11,905 (- 2.0%)
08/2014: He-Man & MotU #16 — 11,721 (- 1.5%)
09/2014: He-Man & MotU #17 — 11,756 (+ 0.3%)
10/2014: He-Man & MotU #18 — 11,501 (- 2.2%)
11/2014: He-Man & MotU #19 — 11,022 (- 4.2%)
12/2014: He-Man Eternity #1 — 18,884 (+71.3%)
—————-
6 months: + 55.5%
1 year : + 30.5%
2 years : + 12.0%

The combination of a new #1 and a Cooke variant cover make He-Man the top non-DCU/non-Vertigo title of the month.

138 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)

12/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #4 — 44,278
12/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #15 — 64,103
——————————
12/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #26 — 25,382 (- 17.1%)
01/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #27 — 24,813 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #28 — 23,236 (- 6.4%)
03/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #29 — 22,316 (- 4.0%)
04/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #30 — 21,718 (- 2.7%)
05/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #31 — 21,257 (- 2.1%)
06/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #32 — 33,081 (+ 55.6%)
07/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #33 — 20,669 (- 37.5%)
08/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #34 — 20,069 (- 2.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 54,984 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #35 — 19,837 (- 63.9%)
11/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #36 — 19,245 (- 3.0%)
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws #37 — 18,723 (- 2.7%)
—————-
6 months: – 43.4%
1 year : – 26.2%
2 years : – 70.8%
Since #1: – 73.3%

Being relaunched post-Convergence as Red Hood/Arsenal and a separate Starfire series.

139 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)

12/2013: Justice League 3K #1 — 57,726
01/2014: Justice League 3K #2 — 41,423 (-28.2%)
02/2014: Justice League 3K #3 — 33,308 (-19.6%)
03/2014: Justice League 3K #4 — 30,127 (- 9.6%)
04/2014: Justice League 3K #5 — 27,529 (- 8.6%)
05/2014: Justice League 3K #6 — 25,738 (- 6.5%)
06/2014: Justice League 3K #7 — 24,172 (- 6.1%)
07/2014: Justice League 3K #8 — 22,604 (- 6.5%)
08/2014: Justice League 3K #9 — 20,974 (- 7.2%)
09/2014: —
10/2014: Justice League 3K #10 — 19,623 (- 6.4%)
11/2014: Justice League 3K #11 — 18,642 (- 5.0%)
12/2014: Justice League 3K #12 — 18,659 (+ 0.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 22.8%
1 year : – 67.7%
Since #1: – 67.7%

The bringing in the Bwah-hah-hah era of Justice League sees a halt, at least temporarily, to the oversized decline. But is it too late? Becomes Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.

147 - CATWOMAN ANNUAL ($4.99)

05/2013: Catwoman Annual #1 — 24,228
12/2014: Catwoman Annual #2 — 17,056 (- 29.6%)

A good 8K units below the mother title. Not good.

149 - RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL ($4.99)

05/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws Ann. #1 — 30,157
12/2014: Red Hood & Outlaws Ann. #2 — 16,912 (- 43.9%)

Less than 2K below the father title. But still not good.

150, 153 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)

12/2013: Injustice #12 — 21,871 (- 3.7%)
01/2014: Injustice Y2 #1 — 24,700 (+12.9%)
02/2014: Injustice Y2 #2 — 22,703 (- 8.1%)
03/2014: Injustice Y2 #3 — 20,693 (- 8.9%)
04/2014: Injustice Y2 #4 — 20,310 (- 1.9%)
05/2014: Injustice Y2 #5 — 19,834 (- 2.3%)
06/2014: Injustice Y2 #6 — 19,353 (- 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #7 — 19,811 (+ 2.4%)
07/2014: Injustice Y2 #8 — 18,931 (- 4.4%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #9 — 18,397 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Injustice Y2 #10 — 18,068 (- 1.8%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #11 — 18,086 (+ 0.1%)
09/2014: Injustice Y2 #12 — 17,829 (- 1.4%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #1 — 19,307 (+ 8.3%)
10/2014: Injustice Y3 #2 — 17,884 (- 7.4%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #3 — 17,243 (- 3.6%)
11/2014: Injustice Y3 #4 — 16,741 (- 2.9%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #5 — 16,611 (- 0.8%)
12/2014: Injustice Y3 #6 — 16,141 (- 2.8%)
—————-
6 months: – 14.3%
1 year : – 25.2%
Since #1: – 13.3%

Drops another 600 copies over the course of this month’s two issues. It’s still DC’s best-selling digital-first title, but not at the level it was back when the game first came out. I don’t know if there’s been an announcement as to whether this is the last ‘year’ of Injustice, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they bring it naturally to a conclusion with Year Three. Likewise, I would not be surprised it they keep it going another ‘year.’

152 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)

12/2004: Swamp Thing #10 — 15,846
12/2011: Swamp Thing #4 — 44,660
12/2012: Swamp Thing #15 — 33,916
———————————-
12/2013: Swamp Thing #26 — 20,247 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Swamp Thing #27 — 19,755 (- 2.4%)
02/2014: Swamp Thing #28 — 19,146 (- 3.1%)
03/2014: Swamp Thing #29 — 18,837 (- 1.6%)
04/2014: Swamp Thing #30 — 18,458 (- 2.0%)
05/2014: Swamp Thing #31 — 18,249 (- 1.1%)
06/2014: Swamp Thing #32 — 18,483 (+ 1.3%)
07/2014: Swamp Thing #33 — 17,905 (- 3.1%)
08/2014: Swamp Thing #34 — 17,570 (- 1.9%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 51,918 (+195.5%)
10/2014: Swamp Thing #35 — 17,354 (- 66.6%)
11/2014: Swamp Thing #36 — 16,840 (- 3.0%)
12/2014: Swamp Thing #37 — 16,339 (- 3.0%)
—————-
6 months: – 11.6%
1 year : – 19.3%
2 years : – 51.8%
10 years: + 3.1%
Since #1: – 77.8%

Standard attrition. Ending in March.

164 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 — 15,865

Returnable, so adjusted up 10% from the reported numbers (see the disclaimers at the end of this column for why we make this adjustment).

This month’s debut issue of a Vertigo mini-series come in at around 1800 copies higher than last month’s The Kitchen, but fewer than The Names and Bodies.

154 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)

12/2004: Hellblazer #203 — 15,304
12/2009: Hellblazer #262 — 10,334
12/2010: Hellblazer #274 — 9,342
12/2011: Hellblazer #286 — 9,404
12/2012: Hellblazer #298 — 9,132
———————————-
12/2013: Constantine #9 — 22,403 (+ 6.8%)
01/2014: Constantine #10 — 20,729 (- 7.5%)
02/2014: Constantine #11 — 20,385 (- 1.7%)
03/2014: Constantine #12 — 20,051 (- 1.6%)
04/2014: Constantine #13 — 18,454 (- 8.0%)
05/2014: Constantine #14 — 17,422 (- 5.6%)
06/2014: Constantine #15 — 16,704 (- 4.1%)
07/2014: Constantine #16 — 16,235 (- 2.8%)
08/2014: Constantine #17 — 15,647 (- 2.8%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 51,990 (+232.3%)
10/2014: Constantine #18 — 15,648 (- 69.9%)
11/2014: Constantine #19 — 15,716 (+ 0.4%)
12/2014: Constantine #20 — 15,574 (- 0.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 6.8%
1 year : – 30.5%
2 years : + 70.5%
5 years : + 50.7%
10 years: + 1.8%
Since #1: – 58.5%

Holding steady in the mid-15K range. To be relaunched post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.

156 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)

12/2013: Batman ’66 #6 — 24,374 (- 9.0%)
01/2014: Batman ’66 #7 — 21,802 (-10.6%)
02/2014: Batman ’66 #8 — 19,795 (- 9.2%)
03/2014: Batman ’66 #9 — 18,802 (- 5.0%)
04/2014: Batman ’66 #10 — 17,917 (- 4.7%)
05/2014: Batman ’66 #11 — 18,642 (+ 4.0%)
06/2014: Batman ’66 #12 — 17,286 (- 7.3%)
07/2014: Batman ’66 #13 — 17,264 (- 0.1%)
08/2014: Batman ’66 #14 — 21,456 (+24.3%)
09/2014: Batman ’66 #15 — 16,842 (-21.5%)
10/2014: Batman ’66 #16 — 15,923 (- 5.5%)
11/2014: Batman ’66 #17 — 15,585 (- 2.1%)
12/2014: Batman ’66 #18 — 15,409 (- 1.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 10.9%
1 year : – 36.8%
Since #1: – 69.4%

Seems to have settled in at the mid-15K level.

157 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)

12/2011: Batwoman #4 — 52,757
12/2012: Batwoman #15 — 36,395
——————————
12/2013: Batwoman #26 — 23,311 (- 10.3%)
01/2014: Batwoman #27 — 22,461 (- 3.6%)
02/2014: Batwoman #28 — 20,672 (- 8.0%)
03/2014: Batwoman #29 — 19,750 (- 4.5%)
04/2014: Batwoman #30 — 19,204 (- 2.8%)
05/2014: Batwoman #31 — 18,463 (- 3.9%)
06/2014: Batwoman #32 — 33,538 (+ 81.6%)
07/2014: Batwoman #33 — 23,922 (- 28.7%)
08/2014: Batwoman #34 — 16,909 (- 29.3%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 50,914 (+201.1%)
10/2014: Batwoman #35 — 16,767 (- 67.1%)
11/2014: Batwoman #36 — 15,795 (- 5.8%)
12/2014: Batwoman #37 — 15,305 (- 3.1%)
—————-
6 months: – 54.4%
1 year : – 34.3%
2 years : – 57.9%
Since #1: – 82.6%

Ending in March.

161 - AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS ($2.99)

04/2014: Aquaman & Others #1 — 34,056
05/2014: Aquaman & Others #2 — 26,198 (- 23.1%)
06/2014: Aquaman & Others #3 — 23,109 (- 11.8%)
07/2014: Aquaman & Others #4 — 20,520 (- 11.2%)
08/2014: Aquaman & Others #5 — 18,639 (- 9.2%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 53,531 (+174.0%)
10/2014: Aquaman & Others #6 — 17,086 (- 68.1%)
11/2014: Aquaman & Others #7 — 15,859 (- 7.2%)
12/2014: Aquaman & Others #8 — 14,822 (- 7.2%)
—————–
6 months: – 35.9%
Since #1: – 56.5%

Ending in March.

165 - SENSATION COMICS FEAT WONDER WOMAN (Digital-First) ($3.99)

08/2014: Sensation Comics #1 — 29,640
09/2014: Sensation Comics #2 — 22,085 (- 25.5%)
10/2014: Sensation Comics #3 — 17,996 (- 18.5%)
11/2014: Sensation Comics #4 — 16,573 (- 7.9%)
12/2014: Sensation Comics #5 — 14,323 (- 13.6%)
—————-
Since #1: – 51.7%

That’s a much higher percentage drop than one wants to see at this stage in the game.

170 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2004: Fables #32 — 24,889
12/2009: Fables #91 — 20,450
12/2010: Fables #100 — 23,014
12/2011: Fables #112 — 17,602
12/2012: Fables #124 — 16,018
——————————
12/2013: Fables #136 — 14,220 (- 1.1%)
01/2014: Fables #137 — 14,172 (- 0.3%)
02/2014: Fables #138 — 14,109 (- 0.4%)
03/2014: Fables #139 — 13,936 (- 1.2%)
04/2014: —
05/2014: Fables #140 — 13,977 (+ 0.3%)
06/2014: Fables #141 — 13,997 (+ 0.1%)
07/2014: Fables #142 — 13,831 (- 1.2%)
08/2014: Fables #143 — 13,672 (- 1.1%)
09/2014: Fables #144 — 13,551 (- 0.9%)
10/2014: Fables #145 — 13,723 (+ 1.3%)
11/2014: Fables #146 — 13,412 (- 2.3%)
12/2014: Fables #147 — 13,302 (- 0.8%)
—————-
6 months: – 5.0%
1 year : – 6.5%
2 years : – 17.0%
5 years : – 35.0%
10 years: – 46.6%
Since #1: – 39.6%

Counting down to the end in March.

176 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99)

10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 — 22,683
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 — 15,097 (- 33.4%)
12/2014: Trinity of Sin #3 — 12,939 (- 14.3%)
—————-
Since #1: – 43.0%

Ending in March.

181 - THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO (Digital-First) ($2.99)

10/2014: Flash Season 0 #1 — 23,501
11/2014: Flash Season 0 #2 — 14,287 (- 39.2%)
12/2014: Flash Season 0 #3 — 12,247 (- 14.3%)
—————-
Since #1: – 47.9%

185 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)

12/2004: —
12/2009: —
12/2010: —
12/2011: —
12/2012: —
—————————————
12/2013: Astro City #7 — 15,360 (- 4.2%)
01/2014: Astro City #8 — 14,831 (- 3.4%)
02/2014: Astro City #9 — 14,289 (- 3.7%)
03/2014: Astro City #10 — 14,094 (- 1.4%)
04/2014: Astro City #11 — 13,909 (- 1.3%)
05/2014: Astro City #12 — 13,795 (- 0.8%)
06/2014: Astro City #13 — 13,419 (- 2.7%)
07/2014: —
08/2014: Astro City #14 — 13,069 (- 2.6%)
09/2014: Astro City #15 — 12,660 (- 3.1%)
10/2014: Astro City #16 — 12,480 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Astro City #17 — 12,055 (- 3.4%)
12/2014: Astro City #18 — 11,985 (- 0.6%)
—————–
6 months: – 13.8%
1 year : – 22.0%
2 years : n.a.
5 years : n.a.
10 years: n.a.
Since #1: – 56.7%

A tiny drop of just 70 copies, but enough to put it just below the 12K mark.

189 - BATMAN ESSENTIALS ($1.00)

08/2014: Dark Knight Ret. #1 — 17,518
09/2014: Batman and Son #1 — 18,188
09/2014: Gotham Central #1 — 9,252
10/2014: The Black Mirror #1 — 12,437
11/2014: Batman: Year One #1 — 12,979
12/2014: Batman: Hush #1 — 11,327

A bargain priced reprint of Batman #608 by Loeb and Lee.

190 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($2.99)

06/2014: Infinity Man & FP #1 — 24,907
07/2014: Infinity Man & FP #2 — 15,903 (- 36.2%)
08/2014: Infinity Man & FP #3 — 12,390 (- 22.1%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 45,586 (+267.9%)
10/2014: Infinity Man & FP #4 — 10,275 (- 77.5%)
11/2014: Infinity Man & FP #5 — 9,350 (- 9.0%)
12/2014: Infinity Man & FP #6 — 11,261 (+ 20.4%)
—————–
6 months: – 54.8%
Since #1: – 54.8%

Unlike the previous issue, #6 was actually billed as a “Godhead” crossover and gets nearly 2K more in sales for the effort. Remember kids: Label your crossover issues as such! Ending in March.

204 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2012: Fairest #10 — 16,919
——————————
12/2013: Fairest #21 — 12,718 (- 2.2%)
01/2014: Fairest #22 — 12,434 (- 2.2%)
02/2014: Fairest #23 — 12,350 (- 0.7%)
03/2014: Fairest #24 — 11,872 (- 3.9%)
04/2014: Fairest #25 — 11,801 (- 0.6%)
05/2014: Fairest #26 — 11,493 (- 2.6%)
06/2014: —
07/2014: Fairest #27 — 11,329 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Fairest #28 — 10,989 (- 3.0%)
09/2014: Fairest #29 — 10,772 (- 2.0%)
10/2014: Fairest #30 — 10,711 (- 0.6%)
11/2014: Fairest #31 — 10,471 (- 2.2%)
12/2014: Fairest #32 — 10,290 (- 1.7%)
—————-
6 months: n.a.
1 year : – 19.1%
2 years : – 39.2%
Since #1: – 67.6%

Penultimate issue, still hanging out on the top side of the 10K line.

208 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)

12/2012: Arrow #2 — 15,780
—————————————
10/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #1 — 17,364 (+113.1%)
11/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #2 — 11,121 (- 36.0%)
12/2014: Arrow Season 2.5 #3 — 9,862 (- 11.3%)
—————-
1 year : – 37.5%
Since #1: – 43.2%

Kind of a high percentage for a third issue drop.

214 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)

12/2012: Smallville S11 #8 — 18,633
————————————–
12/2013: Smallville Alien #1 — 13,019 (- 2.0%)
01/2014: Smallville Alien #2 — 11,768 (- 9.6%)
02/2014: Smallville Alien #3 — 11,061 (- 6.0%)
03/2014: Smallville Alien #4 — 10,570 (- 4.4%)
04/2014: Smallville Lantern #1 — 12,391 (+17.2%)
05/2014: Smallville Lantern #2 — 11,372 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: Smallville Lantern #3 — 11,401 (+ 0.3%)
07/2014: Smallville Lantern #4 — 11,243 (- 1.4%)
08/2014: Smallville Chaos #1 — 10,716 (- 4.7%)
09/2014: Smallville Chaos #2 — 9,801 (- 8.5%)
10/2014: Smallville Chaos #3 — 9,661 (- 1.4%)
11/2014: Smallville Chaos #4 — 8,841 (- 8.5%)
12/2014: S’ville Continuity #1 — 9,071 (+ 2.6%)
—————-
6 months: – 20.4%
1 year : – 30.3%
2 years : – 51.3%

The final mini-series debuts well under the 10K mark.

223 - KLARION ($2.99)

10/2014: Klarion #1 — 20,870 (- 28.0%)
11/2014: Klarion #2 — 11,413 (- 45.3%)
12/2014: Klarion #3 — 8,418 (- 26.2%)
—————-
Since #1: – 59.7%

Double ouch. Doing even worse than The Green Team did. Ending in March.

255 - TEEN TITANS GO! (Digital-First) ($2.99)

12/2004: Teen Titans Go! #14 — 14,963
————————————–
12/2013: Teen Titans Go! #1 — 13,441 (+82.0%)
01/2014: —
02/2014: Teen Titans Go! #2 — 9,038 (-32.8%)
03/2014: —
04/2014: Teen Titans Go! #3 — 8,185 (- 9.4%)
05/2014: —
06/2014: Teen Titans Go! #4 — 8,667 (+ 5.9%)
07/2014: —
08/2014: Teen Titans Go! #5 — 8,688 (+ 0.2%)
09/2014: —
10/2014: Teen Titans Go! #6 — 8,677 (- 0.1%)
11/2014: —
12/2014: Teen Titans Go! #7 — 8,254 (- 4.9%)
—————–
6 months: – 4.8%
1 year : – 38.6%
10 years: – 44.8%
Since #1: – 38.6%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

231 - INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)

07/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #1 — 26,096
08/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #2 — 15,340 (- 41.2%)
09/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #3 — 13,884 (- 9.5%)
10/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #4 — 11,348 (- 18.3%)
11/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #5 — 8,920 (- 21.4%)
12/2014: Infinite Crisis FftM #6 — 7,809 (- 12.5%)
—————-
Since #1: – 70.1%

I don’t know how this is selling in Digital, but in print it’s pretty much a bust.

256 - BODIES (Vertigo) ($2.99)

07/2014:Bodies #1 of 8 — 17,500
08/2014:Bodies #2 of 8 — 11,283 (-33.8%)
09/2014:Bodies #3 of 8 — 9,439 (-16.3%)
10/2014:Bodies #4 of 8 — 8,828 (- 6.5%)
11/2014:Bodies #5 of 8 — 7,926 (-10.2%)
12/2014:Bodies #6 of 8 — 7,488 (- 5.5%)
—————-
Since #1: – 56.1%

No doubt Vertigo have their hopes for this set in the book trade.

243 - STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEAT GI ZOMBIE ($2.99)

07/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #1 — 18,762
08/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #2 — 11,724 (- 37.5%)
09/2014: Futures End #1 — 44,333 (+278.1%)
10/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #3 — 9,228 (- 79.2%)
11/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #4 — 7,546 (- 18.2%)
12/2014: SSWS GI Zombie #5 — 7,173 (- 4.9%)
—————–
Since #1: – 61.8%

Ending in March.

255 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99)

11/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 — 14,066
12/2014: The Kitchen #2 of 8 — 7,403 (- 47.4%)

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

That’s a very sizable second issue drop. It’s highly unlikely that this will finish its limited run in the top 300.

262 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2013: Coffin Hill #3 — 12,337 (-14.8%)
01/2014: Coffin Hill #4 — 11,306 (- 8.4%)
02/2014: Coffin Hill #5 — 10,435 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Coffin Hill #6 — 9,982 (- 4.3%)
04/2014: Coffin Hill #7 — 9,547 (- 4.4%)
05/2014: —
06/2014: Coffin Hill #8 — 8,764 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: Coffin Hill #9 — 8,396 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: Coffin Hill #10 — 7,710 (- 8.1%)
09/2014: Coffin Hill #11 — 7,422 (- 3.7%)
10/2014: Coffin Hill #12 — 7,136 (- 3.9%)
11/2014: Coffin Hill #13 — 6,752 (- 5.4%)
12/2014: Coffin Hill #14 — 6,410 (- 5.1%)
—————–
6 months: – 26.9%
1 year : – 48.0%
Since #1: – 73.4%

Still dropping.

277 - THE NAMES (Vertigo) ($2.99)

09/2014: The Names #1 of 8 — 17,266
10/2014: The Names #2 of 8 — 9,056 (- 47.6%)
11/2014: The Names #3 of 8 — 6,926 (- 23.5%)
12/2014: The Names #3 of 8 — 5,918 (- 14.6%)
—————–
Since #1: – 65.7%

The first issue that was not returnable. Another Vertigo mini that is not likely to finish its run in the Top 300.

296 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2013: Hinterkind #3 — 11,659 (-16.7%)
01/2014: Hinterkind #4 — 9,693 (-16.9%)
02/2014: Hinterkind #5 — 8,948 (- 7.7%)
03/2014: Hinterkind #6 — 8,306 (- 7.2%)
04/2014: —
05/2014: Hinterkind #7 — 7,487 (- 9.9%)
06/2014: Hinterkind #8 — 7,212 (- 3.7%)
07/2014: Hinterkind #9 — 6,686 (- 7.3%)
08/2014: Hinterkind #10 — 6,283 (- 6.0%)
09/2014: Hinterkind #11 — ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Hinterkind #12 — ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Hinterkind #13 — ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Hinterkind #14 — 5,080
—————–
6 months: – 29.6%
1 year : – 56.4%
Since #1: – 78.4%

Returns to the Top 300 for December, mainly because the floor fell low enough this month.

+300 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)

12/2013: Dead Boy Detectives #1 — 21,478
01/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #2 — 12,276 (-42.8%)
02/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #3 — 9,889 (-19.4%)
03/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #4 — 8,872 (-10.3%)
04/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #5 — 7,957 (-10.3%)
05/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #6 — 7,305 (- 8.2%)
06/2014: —
07/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #7 — ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #8 — 5,968
09/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #9 — ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #10 — ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #11 — ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Dead Boy Detectives #12 — ????? (< 5,053)
—————–
6 months: ???%
1 year : ???%
Since #1: ???%

Apparently the final issue; AFAIK no cancellation announcement was made and no future issues have been solicited.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)

12/2004: Scooby-Doo #91 — 5,201
12/2009: Scooby-Doo #151 — 3,906
12/2010: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #4 — 4,802
12/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #16 — 4,627
12/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #28 — 4,879
—————————————-
12/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #40 — 4,754
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #41 — 4,649 (-2.2%)
02/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #42 — 4,540 (-2.3%)
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #43 — 4,623 (+1.8%)
04/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #44 — 4,650 (+0.6%)
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #45 — 4,840 (+4.1%)
06/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #46 — ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #47 — ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #48 — ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #49 — ????? (< 6,262)
10/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #50 — ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #51 — ????? (< 5,214)
12/2014: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 — ????? (< 5,053)
—————–
6 months: ???%
1 year : ???%
2 years : ???%
5 years : ???%
10 years: ???%
Since #1: ???%

+300 - LOONEY TUNES (All-Ages) ($2.99)

12/2004: Looney Tunes #121 — 3,088
12/2009: Looney Tunes #181 — ?????
12/2010: Looney Tunes #193 — ?????
12/2011: Looney Tunes #204 — ?????
12/2012: Looney Tunes #210 — ?????
—————————————-
12/2013: Looney Tunes #216 — 2,822
01/2014: —
02/2014: Looney Tunes #217 — 2,784 (- 1.3%)
03/2014: —
04/2014: Looney Tunes #218 — ????? (< 2,823)
05/2014: —
06/2014: Looney Tunes #219 — ????? (< 4,560)
07/2014: —
08/2014: Looney Tunes #220 — ????? (< 5,357)
09/2014: —
10/2014: Looney Tunes #221 — ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: —
12/2014: Looney Tunes #222 — ????? (< 5,053)
—————–
6 months: ????%
1 year : ????%
2 years : ????%
5 years : ????%
10 years: ????%

Two all-ages titles that are clearly being published for reasons other than selling comics in the market being serviced by Diamond-NA.

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

DC COMICS

12/2004: 30,589
12/2009: 25,904
12/2010: 23,869
12/2011: 35,397
12/2012: 34,272
—————
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 27,881
02/2014: 27,070 (- 2.9%)
03/2014: 26,776 (- 1.1%)
04/2014: 29,202 (+ 9.1%)**
05/2014: 31,764 (+ 8.8%)
06/2014: 32,834 (+ 3.4%)**
07/2014: 32,760 (+ 0.2%)**
08/2014: 28,951 (- 11.6%)**
09/2014: 46,869 (+ 61.9%)**
10/2014: 31,598 (- 32.6%)**
11/2014: 28,654 (- 9.3%)**
12/2014: 29,308 (+ 2.3%)**
—————–
6 months: – 10.7%
1 year : ????%
2 years : – 14.5%
5 years : + 13.1%
10 years: – 4.2%

DC UNIVERSE
12/2004: 36,925
12/2009: 35,473
12/2010: 30,870
12/2011: 39,390
12/2012: 36,880
—————
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 33,120
02/2014: 33,327 (+ 0.6%)
03/2014: 32,007 (- 4.0%)
04/2014: 36,447 (+ 13.9%)
05/2014: 39,555 (+ 8.5%)
06/2014: 42,733 (+ 8.0%)
07/2014: 40,945 (- 4.2%)
08/2014: 36,645 (- 10.5%)
09/2014: 63,401 (+ 73.0%)**
10/2014: 39,978 (- 36.9%)
11/2014: 36,710 (- 8.2%)
12/2014: 34,882 (- 5.0%)
—————–
6 months: – 18.4%
1 year : ????%
2 years : – 5.4%
5 years : – 1.7%
10 years: – 5.5%

VERTIGO
12/2004: 14,649
12/2009: 10,767
12/2010: 11,193
12/2011: 11,082
12/2012: 11,771
—————
12/2013: ??????
01/2014: 11,473
02/2014: 13,215 (+ 15.2%)
03/2014: 19,179 (+ 45.1%)
04/2014: 11,214 (- 41.5%)
05/2014: 11,778 (+ 5.0%)
06/2014: 11,372 (- 3.4%)
07/2014: 15,803 (+ 39.0%)**
08/2014: 9,082 (- 42.5%)
09/2014: 10,022 (+ 10.4%)**
10/2014: 9,066 (- 9.5%)**
11/2014: 8,511 (- 6.1%)**
12/2014: 13,937 (+ 63.8%)**
—————–
6 months: + 22.6%
1 year : ????%
2 years : + 18.4%
5 years : + 29.4%
10 years: – 4.9%

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

+ 55.5% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
+ 16.9% – Supergirl
+ 9.9% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
+ 7.6% – red Lanterns
+ 6.9% – Sinestro
– 4.7% – Batgirl
– 4.8% – Teen Titans Go
– 4.9% – Justice League
– 4.9% – Batman and Robin
– 5.0% – Fables
– 6.8% – Constantine
– 9.1% – Worlds’ Finest
– 10.7% – Wonder Woman
– 10.9% – Batman ’66
– 11.4% – Green Arrow
– 11.6% – Swamp Thing
– 12.9% – Batman
– 13.8% – Astro City
– 14.3% – Injustice
– 19.3% – Green Lantern Corps
– 20.4% – Smallville Season 11
– 21.5% – Flash
– 21.8% – Green Lantern
– 22.8% – Justice League 3000
– 24.7% – Detective Comics
– 25.3% – Catwoman
– 26.9% – Coffin Hill
– 27.0% – Harley Quinn
– 27.0% – Secret Origins
– 27.5% – Batman Eternal
– 29.3% – Action Comics
– 29.6% – Hinterkind
– 30.4% – Aquaman
– 34.2% – Superman/Wonder Woman
– 35.9% – Aquaman and the Others
– 36.0% – Earth 2
– 36.3% – New 52 – Futures End
– 39.4% – Justice League Dark
– 43.4% – Red Hood & Outlaws
– 49.3% – Justice League United
– 51.3% – Superman
– 54.4% – Batwoman
– 54.8% – Infinity Man and the Forever People

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

+ 36.6% – Superman
+ 31.4% – Wonder Woman
+ 30.5% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
+ 29.5% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 29.2% – Batgirl
+ 17.0% – Teen Titans
+ 16.0% – Supergirl
+ 14.9% – Batman and Robin
+ 10.8% – Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 4.5% – Action Comics
+ 1.2% – Flash
+ 0.2% – Green Lantern Corps
– 2.7% – Red Lanterns
– 2.8% – Detective Comics
– 5.0% – Catwoman
– 5.2% – Batman
– 6.5% – Fables
– 9.7% – Worlds’ Finest
– 14.4% – Green Lantern
– 15.3% – Green Arrow
– 16.6% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 18.5% – Earth 2
– 19.1% – Fairest
– 19.3% – Swamp Thing
– 19.7% – Aquaman
– 19.7% – Superman/Wonder Woman
– 21.9% – Justice League
– 22.0% – Astro City
– 25.5% – Injustice
– 26.2% – Red Hood & Outlaws
– 30.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 30.5% – Constantine
– 34.3% – Batwoman
– 35.1% – Batman/Superman
– 36.3% – Justice League Dark
– 36.8% – Batman ’66
– 37.5% – Arrow
– 38.6% – Teen Titans Go
– 43.4% – Harley Quinn
– 48.0% – Coffin Hill
– 56.4% – Hinterkind
– 67.7% – Justice League 3000

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

+151.4% – Deathstroke
+ 70.5% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 12.0% – He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
+ 3.4% – Wonder Woman
+ 1.1% – Green Arrow
– 1.6% – Superman
– 14.7% – Supergirl
– 16.5% – Justice League Dark
– 17.0% – Fables
– 19.4% – Flash
– 25.3% – Batman
– 28.2% – Catwoman
– 31.3% – Green Lantern Corps
– 34.7% – Red Lanterns
– 36.1% – Action Comics
– 37.4% – Justice League
– 39.2% – Fairest
– 40.2% – Batgirl
– 40.4% – Batman and Robin
– 40.6% – Worlds’ Finest
– 40.8% – Green Lantern
– 42.5% – New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
– 42.7% – Grayson (Nightwing)
– 43.6% – Green Lantern: New Guardians
– 44.4% – Earth 2
– 48.4% – Detective Comics
– 50.4% – Teen Titans
– 51.3% – Smallville Season 11
– 51.8% – Swamp Thing
– 57.9% – Batwoman
– 58.9% – Aquaman
– 70.8% – Red Hood & Outlaws

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

+ 94.7% – Secret Six
+ 71.8% – Batman
+ 64.7% – Wonder Woman
+ 55.1% – Superman
+ 50.7% – Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 50.4% – Lobo
+ 38.7% – Batgirl
+ 23.7% – Green Arrow
+ 22.9% – Action Comics
+ 5.1% – Detective Comics
+ 5.0% – Justice League
– 6.8% – Supergirl
– 9.9% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
– 21.4% – Teen Titans
– 35.0% – Fables
– 54.7% – Green Lantern
– 57.7% – Green Lantern Corps

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

+ 79.6% – Batman
+ 73.5% – Wonder Woman
+ 47.8% – Aquaman
+ 39.0% – Batgirl
+ 28.5% – Detective Comics
+ 11.3% – Justice League
+ 6.5% – Grayson
+ 3.1% – Swamp Thing
+ 2.8% – Action Comics
+ 1.8% – Constantine
+ 0.2% – Catwoman
– 34.8% – Green Arrow
– 44.8% – Teen Titans Go
– 46.6% – Fables
– 48.6% – Teen Titans
– 51.3% – Superman
– 63.4% – Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
– 65.2% – Green Lantern

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

DCU: Average: 34,882. Median: 32,251.

3.2 – Batman
2.3 – Batman Annual
2.1 – Justice League
2.0 – Harley Quinn
1.8 – Harley Quinn Comic Con
1.7 – Robin Rises
1.6 – Detective Comics
1.5 – Batman and Robin
1.4 – Superman
1.4 – Batman Eternal (35)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (36)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (37)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (38)
1.4 – Batman Eternal (39)
1.4 – Multiversity Thunderworld
1.3 – Batgirl
1.3 – Batman/Superman
1.3 – Secret Six
1.3 – Green Lantern
1.2 – Wonder Woman
1.2 – Grayson
1.2 – Superman/Wonder Woman
1.1 – Action Comics
1.1 – Flash
1.0 – Green Lantern Annual
1.0 – Teen Titans
1.0 – Deathstroke
1.0 – Sinestro
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (31)
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (32)
0.9 – Green Lantern Corps
0.9 – New Suicide Squad
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (34)
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (33)
0.9 – Grayson Annual
0.9 – New 52 Futures End (35)
0.9 – Justcie League United
0.9 – Sinestro
0.9 – Aquaman
0.9 – Earth 2
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (9)
0.8 – Arkham Manor
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (10)
0.8 – Gotham by Midnight
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (11)
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (12)
0.8 – Earth 2 – World’s End (13)
0.8 – Gotham Academy
0.8 – Supergirl
0.7 – Red Lanterns
0.7 – Green Lantern New Guardians
0.7 – Catwoman
0.7 – Justice League Dark
0.6 – Green Arrow
0.6 – Secret Origins
0.6 – Lobo
0.5 – Worlds’ Finest
0.5 – Red Hood & Outlaws
0.5 – Justice League 3000
0.5 – Catwoman Annual
0.5 – Red Hood & Outlaws Annual
0.5 – Swamp Thing
0.4 – Constantine
0.4 – Batwoman
0.4 – Aquaman and the Others
0.4 – Trinity of Sin
0.3 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
0.2 – Klarion
0.2 – Star-Spangled War Stories feat. GI Zombie

Vertigo: Average: 13,937*. Median: 7,488*

4.6 – Sandman Overture
1.1 – Wolf Moon
1.0 – Fables
0.9 – Astro City
0.7 – Fairest
0.5 – Bodies
0.5 – The Kitchen
0.5 – Coffin Hill
0.4 – The Names
0.4 – Hinterkind *
0.4 – Dead Boy Detectives

Digital First & Other: Average: 11,353*. Median: 11,055*.

1.7 – He-Man: Eternity war
1.5 – Injustice Year Three (5)
1.4 – Injustice Year Three (6)
1.4 – Batman ’66
1.3 – Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.1 – Flash Season Zero
0.9 – Arrow Season 2.5
0.8 – Smallville Season 11
0.7 – Teen Titans Go
0.7 – Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.4 – Scooby-Doo Where Are You? *
0.2 – Looney Tunes *

The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com’s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.

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

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

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

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

Please keep in mind that raw sales numbers do not tell us about how profitable a book is for a publisher or for the creators.
Above all, do not allow sales numbers to dictate your purchasing and enjoyment of a particular comic. If you enjoy reading a comic series then go right on buying and reading that comic, no matter what the sales figures say.

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

Opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, Heidi MacDonald or anyone at The Comics Beat, The 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.

 

19 COMMENTS

  1. My blog is called “Mr. Vertigo,” so I guess I’m wearing my Vertigo fandom on my sleeve. But I can’t disagree with anything in your analysis. I think that the terms of creator ownership have become sufficiently worse than what Image offers–I don’t think that was true in the past. You can’t argue with all of the creators jumping ship. Think what a hit Saga would have been for Vertigo, which is almost certainly where it would have wound up if Vaughan had created it just after Y: The Last Man ended.

  2. About DC properties going from Vertigo to proper DC and not selling – Hellblazer sold less than Constantine while Swamp Thing/Animal Man didn’t have regular series for years and I doubt that anyone is sincerely going to argue that they would have sold same numbers under Vertigo as they did in proper DC.

  3. David, you’re totally right about the Vertigo trades. I know I’m ons not buying the first 5-6 issues of any ongoing Vertigo series, waiting for the trade, which gonna cost me almost 2 times less. But when the trade is sollicited, at the same time than the issue following the trade, I first want to read it before ordering the next issues of a title I know nothing of.
    Receiving the trade, reading it, we’re already half the way in the second trade production and Vertigo issues sales are so low that they tend to be difficult to track to regain my lateness…
    Same things for Vertigo maxi-séries, even more true: why bother buying 3$ when the trade is gonna be at least 30% less expensive?

    A waiting period after the each trade (or at least the first one) would perhaps help, as they are doing at Image.
    About the maxi-series, putting the ads at the end (like any other indie published is doing, except Marvel and DC) and putting extras in it, with a better cover paper and perhaps more pages, even for 0.50 or 1.00 more would perhaps make it. There is absolutly no reason, except lazyness, to continue to fill the art pages with ads.

  4. Regarding the Darwyn Cooke covers, I heard general grumbling about them being designed to appear sideways instead of in the normal orientation. (you needed to swivel the cover around to see the image)

  5. I hope once the dust settles with DC’s move to Burbank, Vertigo makes a course correction. Shelly Bond is a great editor and hopefully hiring Ellie Pyle is the start of something great. Maybe Vertigo will be launching some new series (with big names) off the back of Fables final volume/issue. Mark is absolutely correct, a better deal needs to be in place for creators. I believe a new series by Geoff Johns or Jim Lee (at least initially and doing covers) would go a long way to showing DC Entertainment’s commitment to Vertigo. Maybe Vertigo could go back to its roots and take old DC properties and rebrand the concept; I am sure the are some characters/concepts that could be dusted off.

    @DavidCarter – I have a suggestion for Vertigo that may appeal to us LOSH fans. DC could lend Vertigo the Legion of Super-Heroes. It would not be the first time DC has done a ‘mature’ Legion title, about 25 years ago we got the 5YL version of the Legion.

  6. Gotham by Midnight is hampered by its irregular publishing schedule. And these numbers don’t include the digital sales which is how I read it. I’m reading the new Fables prequel which is Bigby and Snow White centred this way too.

  7. One might think that Vertigo should publish original graphic novels, similar to the Earth One titles.

    However, Vertigo Crime tried this strategy, and it wasn’t successful.
    (The stories were worthwhile, they just didn’t sell.)

    What Vertigo should try? Dust off the Zuda initiative.
    Offer creators the opportunity to publish titles digital-first.
    Analyze readership data, perhaps run a Kickstarter-type of campaign to fund a trade printing. (Which can also be adapted over to the DC side of publishing.)

    What does Vertigo get out of this? Backlist. Sure, a creator might go elsewhere, but DC keeps the title in print, just like Watchmen.

    Were I in charge? I would turn Vertigo into a literary publisher, publishing original graphic novels. (Possibly serlizing them digitally.) Allow creators to keep full control of the work, in exchange for publishing rights. Of course, as the publisher, Vertigo would be able to inform Warner Brothers Studios about a new story for TV or film. Then, Warners deals with the creators just like they deal with prose writers like Stephen King or J.K. Rowling.

    Also, as mentioned, Vertigo should publish digital-first anthologies. It’s a way to discover new talent, as well as offer creators a way to publish smaller stories inbetween big projects.

  8. I’m actually pretty surprised about how Gotham Academy is doing. For all the people praising it in my local shop and online (myself included) I figured it’d be kicking the rear end of Gotham by Midnight…

  9. I think ( in my opinion) the problem with Justice League United is that the Legion story is going on too long. If it was just 3 issues tops, it might have held more interest. I love the Legion, but I was surprised that the story hadn’t ended by the 3rd issue. I also don’t like the art at all. I’ll give JLU a couple more issues before deciding if I’ll drop it.

  10. Vertigo should go back to reigniting old DC Properties, back to how they sort of started. Problem there is everything is in the DC Universe. They need to let that go and just put out good comics. The upcoming Prez book is a good example of what they should do, but it’s not Vertigo, it’s DC.

  11. Vertigo looks pretty doomed, looking at all this. But I can’t agree with the thoughts on trade publishing hurting them. It’s not hurting Image – on the contrary, and they have the exact same approach. Stick out a low priced collection as soon as you’ve done enough single issues and suck people in. The difference is that Image publish books people want to read. Some can’t wait and get the single issues, and get a better designed/printed package than Vertigo, plus letters (ditched by DC but give a feeling of feedback and community) and other articles. Image make a virtue of them. PLUS they then sell massive amounts of collections too. Double win. I’ve been a trade waiter for many years but the columns for Sex Criminals and Fade Out (and I’d get Lazarus and Saga if I could afford) have dragged me back. And I’m enjoying buying issues again.

    So that’s not the problem. Problem is, as the rest of your comments I think rightly point out is the lack of good deals for creators and subsequent lack of any big names or compelling series. It’s looking like curtains.

    Constantine’s move for me marked the end of any serious commitment to adult storytelling at DC.

  12. New formats, new ways of engaging and creating new readers. Make Vertigo appeal to the 20-something who buys vinyl records; a sort of ever-growing niche market rather than “here is a comic that looks like the others except there’s LESS SUPER-HEROES”. Have Vertigo Comics in music stores, underground clothing stores, do different things with pricing, anything to make it stick out and be a separate entity to the mainstream DC books and mainstream comics in general. Engage creators from the indie-zine-minicomic scene and attempt new things. I don’t see why there’s any surprise they’re failing if they keep throwing the same stuff into a fire and just waiting to see if it sells. But there’s an issue with comics in general, as well as their PR/Publicity departments: they’re largely and tragically passive and reactive. Some release on The Beat, maybe a panel at a con, some social media announcements- and that’s it. They feel they’ve done their job and the readers will flock to it. But it doesn’t work like that anymore; this isn’t the nineties. New things have to be cultivated and developed to attract potential new readers… of which, there are thousands of every single year. If I were a creator in comics at the whims of a publisher? I’d find it downright frustrating.

  13. Just jumping in here, there is no way Vertigo is “finished”. DC and WB have invested a lot in it as an imprint and while it has clearly changed from what it started as, I expect it will evolve some more. The entire DC publishing plan is in for a lot of changes, but I fully expect Vertigo to have a place in it.

  14. Vertigo isn’t going anywhere. Their backlist is too huge. Books like SANDMAN, PREACHER, 100 BULLETS, and FABLES (just to name a few) will never go out of print, so Vertigo will be around for a long time. Now, the “changes” that will happen is a whole other story. Will they help the imprint reclaim some (if not all) of its past glory? Only time will tell.

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