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by David Carter

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

This month, nearly all of the comics with freely-orderable variants (Flash 75th anniversary) saw a drop of 3-4K. We’ve seen drops on these in the past months, but they were so uniform this month that I thought that maybe something else was going on. But the more I looked at it, I became convinced that it was the case the retailers as a whole just dropped their orders on these.

Why? Likely a combination of figuring that The Flash wasn’t as big of a draw as the past cover themes (LEGO and Darwyn Cooke in the recent two months); retailers adjusting orders as a whole based on sales history, not necessarily ordering less of the variants but ordering less of the regular covers; and retailers adjusting down their orders this month to be able to order massive quantities of Marvel Star Wars #1 to get those incentive variants.

For a high selling title like Batman this 3-4K drop fits in with expected standard attrition, but for the lower-selling titles the drop can be a rather significant percentage drop.

The lone title with a freely-orderable variant that doesn’t see this drop is Batgirl, which sees a slight boost. The logical conclusion here is that the variant drop was cancelled out by a growth in readership based on the new direction.

(But I suspect that for February numbers we’ll see a bit of a rebound, as that month’s freely-orderable variant theme is the ever-popular Harley Quinn.)

As a result of the above, combined with a non-Sandman month for Vertigo, average sales for DC dropped in the three tracked categories (DCU, Vertigo, and DC as a whole) to their lowest levels since the New 52 began in September 2011.

But never fear, Divergence is coming!

In June, post-Convergence, DC is dropping the New 52 branding and launching an impressive number of new series: 24 in total, including relaunches, min-series, and new ongoing series. While a few of these new series clearly fit in with the New 52 ethos (I’m looking at you, Doomed…) many show a wider variety of styles, such as Bat-Mite, Bizarro, Black Canary, and Prez; and a lesser grip of continuity. It’s the largest number of new titles in a month since the New 52. It is a bit worrisome that they’ll be launching so many at once; it will be very hard to capture lightning in the bottle a second time. But I believe that DC is offering retailers favorable incentives to up their orders, and the new books will be promoted with both their Free Comic Book Day offering and previews in May’s Convergence books.

Most importunity, as a whole these new books look to be going after a wide variety of different readers, as DC is starting to make steps to expand out from what they previously saw as their core audience. Many (heck, likely most) of these new titles likely won’t be huge sellers, but if DC can establish a solid and consistent midlist because all of their titles aren’t competing for the same type of customer, that will be good for their line overall.

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

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

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

2 - BATMAN ($3.99)
01/2005: Batman #636    --  58,630  [60,528] 
01/2010: Batman #695    --  63,467
01/2011: Batman #706    --  60,231
01/2012: Batman #5      -- 135,145 [142,499]
01/2013: Batman #16     -- 145,923 
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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%) 
01/2015: Batman #38     -- 110,232 (-  2.7%) 
-----------------
6 months: -  6.6%
1 year  : -  6.1%
2 years : - 24.5%
5 years : + 73.7%
10 years: + 82.1%
Since #1: - 50.6%

Batman slips down to #2 this month under the onslaught that was the million-selling Star Wars #1. The 3K drop from December doesn’t look as bad percentage wise for Batman as it does for the books lower down on the chart.


9 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
01/2005: JLA #110            --  64,094
01/2010: JL of America #41   --  62,262
01/2011: JL of America #53   --  47,093
01/2012: Justice League #5   -- 144,670 [148,117]
01/2013: Justice League #16  -- 117,719 
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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%)
01/2015: Justice League #38  --  68,989 (-  4.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.8%
1 year  : - 18.5%
2 years : - 41.4%
5 years : + 10.8%
10 years: +  7.6%
Since #1: - 74.6%

There won’t be much to say this month for a lot of the DCU titles; that across-the-board 3-4K drop is masking any other effects that might be otherwise apparent.


11 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
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%)
01/2015: Harley Quinn #14 --  64,735 (-  4.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.7%
1 year  : - 21.1%
Since #0: - 54.3%

Only a single issue of Harley Quinn this month; no Annuals, Specials or double-shipping.


14 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
01/2005: Detective Comics #802 -- 40,842
01/2010: Detective Comics #861 -- 45,937
01/2011: Detective Comics #873 -- 38,417
01/2012: Detective Comics #5   -- 99,342
01/2013: Detective Comics #16  -- 92,300 
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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%)
01/2015: Detective Comics #38  -- 51,301 (-  6.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 18.4%
1 year  : - 43.2%
2 years : - 44.4%
5 years : + 11.7%
10 years: + 25.6%
Since #1: - 67.5%

While it is the secondary Batman title, its sales are less than half of Batman and presumably one would hope for better. The current team of Buccelato & Manapul are sticking around post-Convergence.


15 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99)
01/2010: Batman and Robin #7  -- 87,780
01/2011: Batman and Robin #19 -- 61,785
01/2012: Batman and Robin #5  -- 72,786
01/2013: Batman and Robin #16 -- 81,494 
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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%)
01/2015: Batman and Robin #38 -- 50,993 (-  4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -  9.4%
1 year  : + 12.2%
2 years : - 37.4%
5 years : - 41.9%
Since #1: - 56.1%

The tertiary Batman title will be ending in March, to be relaunched as a solo Robin title in Divergence. Certainly it’s not sales alone that is driving this change, so its likely a combination of story reasons and a desire to have fewer books that headline Batman (even while expanding the Batman line as a whole).

20, 21, 22, 23 - 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%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #40 --  46,832 (-  2.0%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #41 --  46,648 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #42 --  46,516 (-  0.3%)
01/2015: Batman Eternal #43 --  45,912 (-  1.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.1%
Since #1: - 58.6%

Exhibits the same basic sales pattern as previous months.


24 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
01/2005: Batgirl #60    -- 29,227
01/2010: Batgirl #6     -- 30,403
01/2011: Batgirl #17    -- 25,189
01/2012: Batgirl #5     -- 57,030
01/2013: Batgirl #16    -- 72,470 
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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%)
01/2015: Batgirl #38    -- 45,096 (+  0.1%)
-----------------
6 months: + 21.3%
1 year  : + 21.1%
2 years : - 37.8%
5 years : + 48.3%
10 years: + 54.3%
Since #1: - 57.9%

An increase of just 36 copies isn’t very much, but in a month when most other DCU titles are seeing sizable decreases that is definitely good news for the new direction on Batgirl. I would also expect that there is reorder activity (and a second printing for #35) that are significant but not enough to appear above the #300 level of the Diamond chart.


28 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
01/2005: --
01/2010: Superman/Batman #68 -- 33,869
01/2011: Superman/Batman #80 -- 30,363
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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%)
01/2015: Batman/Superman #18 -- 41,750 (-  6.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 38.9%
1 year  : - 31.6%
5 years : + 23.3%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 72.4%

A 3K drop.

(The regular Superman title missed its January on sale date.)


33 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
01/2005: Wonder Woman #212 -- 25,610
01/2010: Wonder Woman #40  -- 25,156
01/2011: Wonder Woman #606 -- 33,601
01/2012: Wonder Woman #5   -- 57,626
01/2013: Wonder Woman #16  -- 40,105 
-------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Wonder Woman #38  -- 39,669 (-  7.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.7%
1 year  : + 31.4%
2 years : +  3.4%
5 years : + 64.7%
10 years: + 73.5%
Since #1: - 55.1%

Wonder Woman is the top-selling DC book this month that isn’t related to Batman (or feature, as is the case with Justice League), though it should be noted that Batman does make a guest appearance in this issue.

Drops about 3.5K, which is right in line with the 3-4K drop we’re seeing in this months titles, but also is in line with a typical third issue drop (as it’s the third issue of the new direction & creative team). Is one effect masking the other?


35 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
01/2005: --
01/2010: Green Lantern #50  -- 106,444
01/2011: -- 
01/2012: Green Lantern #5   --  97,878
01/2013: Green Lantern #16  --  72,884 
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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%)
01/2015: Green Lantern #38  --  39,342 (- 10.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.8%
1 year  : - 19.4%
2 years : - 46.0%
5 years : - 63.0%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 76.7%

Drop below 40K for the first time since back in 2004, when Kyle Raynor starred in the book.

Writer Venditti is sticking around post-Convergence, with Billy Tan coming on as artist.


36 - THE MULTIVERSITY ($7.99)
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%)
01/2015: Guidebook        #1  -- 38,672 (- 19.0%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 57.3%

That’s a hefty drop, but not surprising given that this was an over-sized $8 issue. It may have been under ordered, as retailers and readers may not have been aware that there was a full comic story (featuring not just one but two Batmans) in addition to the guidebook pages. (Of course I’ve been thinking that all of the Multiversity issues have been under ordered, so I’m maybe not the best judge here…)


38 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
01/2005: Nightwing #101 -- 38,098 [41,243]
01/2005: Nightwing #102 -- 36,096 [40,271]
01/2012: Nightwing #5   -- 56,040
01/2013: Nightwing #16  -- 69,643 
---------------------------------
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%)
01/2014: Grayson #6     -- 38,505 (-  9.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 52.7%
1 year  : +  0.5%
2 years : - 44.7%
10 years: -  5.5%
Since #1: - 52.7%

Grayson is now almost exactly where Nightwing was a year ago.


44 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
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%)
01/2015: Superman/Wonder Woman #15 -- 36,877 (- 10.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 34.2%
1 year  : - 19.7%
Since #1: - 56.5%

Drops about 4.5K this month.


47 - FLASH ($2.99)
01/2005: Flash #217       --  49,771
01/2005: Flash #218       --  41,668 [43,914]
01/2010: --
01/2011: --
01/2012: Flash #5         --  71,611
01/2013: Flash #16        --  44,093 
-----------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Flash #38        --  35,180 (-  5.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 11.3%
1 year  : +  0.8%
2 years : - 20.2%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: - 24.9%
Since #1: - 76.2%

Flash drops less than 2K copies this month, which is better than the 3-4K drops that other titles are seeing. Maybe because the variant this month was a Flash variant? Or an effect of the television show?


48 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
01/2005: Action Comics #823 --  36,638
01/2010: Action Comics #885 --  30,678
01/2011: Action Comics #897 --  32,134
01/2012: Action Comics #5   -- 109,350
01/2013: Action Comics #16  --  58,645 
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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%)
01/2015: Action Comics #38  --  35,018 (- 10.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 29.2%
1 year  : -  2.8%
2 years : - 40.3%
5 years : + 14.1%
10 years: -  4.4%
Since #1: - 80.5%

Here’s a fun (and likely useless) fact: In January 2014 Action Comics was ranked #48 on the Diamond chart, this same as it is this month (though selling about 1K fewer copies).

Pak & Kuder are staying on post-Convergence.

52 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
01/2012: Deathstroke #5  -- 23,872 
01/2013: Deathstroke #16 -- 12,758 
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10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
12/2014: Deathstroke #3  -- 34,010 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Deathstroke #4  -- 33,011 (-  2.9%) 
-----------------
2 years : +158.7%
Since #1: - 38.9%

Appears to have settled in to standard attrition, right on schedule.

Deathstroke has had variants, but none of the freely-orderable ones since its first issue, leading credence to my supposition that whatever is going on with the big drops this month has something to do with the freely-orderable variants.


54 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
01/2010: Suicide Squad #67     -- 37,818
01/2012: Suicide Squad #5      -- 32,726
01/2013: Suicide Squad #16     -- 27,061 
-----------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: New Suicide Squad #6  -- 32,304 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 34.4%
1 year  : + 33.6%
2 years : + 19.4%
5 years : - 14.6%
Since #1: - 34.4%

Settling in the lower 30K range. So far keeping pace with how the previous series tracked.

57, 58, 59, 62 - 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%)
01/2015: Futures End #36 -- 31,338 (-  2.8%)
01/2015: Futures End #37 -- 31,202 (-  0.4%)
01/2015: Futures End #38 -- 30,992 (-  0.7%)
01/2015: Futures End #39 -- 30,510 (-  1.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 32.4%
Since #1: - 60.8%

The typical sales pattern continues. Still over 30K, but that will change next month unless there’s a turnaround.


60 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
01/2005: Teen Titans #20  -- 65,953 [67,781]
01/2010: Teen Titans #79  -- 27,790
01/2011: Teen Titans #91  -- 25,443
01/2012: Teen Titans #5   -- 54,606
01/2013: Teen Titans #16  -- 63,726 
-----------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Teen Titans #6   -- 30,955 (-  9.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 40.9%
1 year  : + 12.3%
2 years : - 51.4%
5 years : + 11.4%
10 years: - 54.3%
Since #1: - 40.9%

Another stiff 3K drop due to whatever is going on with the freely-orderable variants.

It’s too bad that DC didn’t wait to relaunch this post-Convergence, as this is a title that could have really benefitted from the Divergence approach.

69 - 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%) 
01/2015: Justice League United #8  -- 28,720 (- 10.0%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 40.1%
Since #0: - 58.0%

Getting a new creative team post-Convergence.


70 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
01/2013: Earth 2 #8     -- 50,860 
------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Earth 2 #30    -- 28,618 (-  5.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 28.0%
1 year  : - 20.7%
2 years : - 43.7%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Relaunching post-Convergence as Earth 2: Society.


72 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
01/2005: Aquaman #26    -- 20,374
01/2012: Aquaman #5     -- 63,450
01/2013: Aquaman #16    -- 62,153 
------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Aquaman #38    -- 28,356 (-  9.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.5%
1 year  : - 22.5%
2 years : - 54.4%
10 years: + 39.2%
Since #1: - 73.9%

Getting a new creative team post-Convergence.


74 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
01/2010: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 80,391
01/2011: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448
01/2012: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 65,393
01/2013: Green Lantern Corps #16 -- 45,387 
------------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Green Lantern Corps #38 -- 27,765 (- 15.5%)
----------------
6 months: - 15.5%
1 year  : - 11.7%
2 years : - 38.8%
5 years : - 65.5%
Since #1: - 70.7%

Post-“Godhead” + freely-orderable whatever = big 5K drop.

Ending in March.


78 - 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%) 
01/2015: Sinestro #9    -- 26,346 (- 16.4%) 
-----------------
6 months: -  6.2%
Since #1: - 43.3%

Post-“Godhead” + freely-orderable whatever = big 5K drop.


81, 82, 84, 86 - 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%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #14 -- 25,600 (-  5.0%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #15 -- 25,562 (-  0.1%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #16 -- 25,331 (-  0.9%)
01/2015: E2 World's End #17 -- 24,955 (-  1.5%)
----------------
Since #1: - 48.3%

This was the first month that E2WE was not returnable. Note how smoothly this month’s non-adjusted numbers fit with the pattern of the previous months’ adjusted numbers. This is why we adjust for returnable items.


92 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
01/2010: Supergirl #49 --  27,728
01/2011: Supergirl #60 --  22,568
01/2012: Supergirl #5  --  41,446
01/2013: Supergirl #16 --  30,350 
---------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Supergirl #38  -- 22,677 (- 13.7%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.5%
1 year  : +  3.3%
2 years : - 25.3%
5 years : - 18.2%
Since #1: - 69.4%

Another victim of the freely-orderable variant drop.

Ending in March (thought I’d expect to see a relaunch fairly soon thereafter).


93 - 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%)
01/2015: Gotham Academy #4  -- 22,576 (- 14.8%)
----------------
Since #1: - 38.8%

That’s an uncomfortably large drop for a fourth issue. This needs to stabilize soon. Maybe it would have behooved DC to hold this until June, as it would have fit in well with the Divergence approach and might have benefitted from whatever marketing push is coming.


94 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
01/2005: Catwoman #39   -- 24,161
01/2010: Catwoman #83   -- 39,239
01/2012: Catwoman #5    -- 44,034
01/2013: Catwoman #16   -- 33,915 
---------------------------------
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 #37   -- 25,154 (-  4.1%)
01/2015: Catwoman #38   -- 22,386 (- 11.0%)
-----------------
6 months: + 18.2%
1 year  : - 10.3%
2 years : - 34.0%
5 years : - 42.9%
10 years: -  7.3%
Since #1: - 70.4%

Another victim of the freely-orderable variant drop.


97 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
01/2012: New Guardians #5  -- 59,774
01/2013: New Guardians #16 -- 43,770 
------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: New Guardians #38 -- 21,992 (- 13.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  3.5%
1 year  : - 22.4%
2 years : - 49.8%
Since #1: - 77.2%

A sizable post-“Godhead” dip. Ending in March.


98 - 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%)
01/2015: Arkham Manor #4  -- 21,617 (- 23.3%)
----------------
Since #1: - 52.9%

Ouch. Ending in March.


99 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
01/2012: Red Lanterns #5  -- 46,992
01/2013: Red Lanterns #16 -- 38,223 
-----------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Red Lanterns #38 -- 21,573 (- 15.5%)
----------------
6 months: -  7.6%
1 year  : - 11.9%
2 years : - 43.6%
Since #1: - 75.8%

A sizable post-“Godhead” dip. Ending in March.


101 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436
12/2014: Gotham by Midnight #2  -- 27,849 (- 27.5%)
01/2015: Gotham by Midnight #3  -- 21,330 (- 23.4%)
----------------
Since #1: - 44.5%

That’s a larger percentage drop than one would want to see for a third issue.


104 - MORTAL KOMBAT X (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2015: Mortal Kombat X #3  -- 21,062 

The debut print issue is also DC’s top-selling non-DCU title for January.


108 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
01/2012: Justice League Dark #5  -- 40,996
01/2013: Justice League Dark #16 -- 26,902 
-------------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Justice League Dark #38 -- 20,222 (- 12.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.5%
1 year  : - 37.9%
2 years : - 24.8%
Since #1: - 75.3%

To be relaunched as Dark Universe post Convergence.


109 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
01/2005: Green Arrow #46  -- 32,469
01/2010: Arrow&Canary #28 -- 16,482
01/2011: Green Arrow #8   -- 35,307
01/2012: Green Arrow #5   -- 33,593
01/2013: Green Arrow #16  -- 19,888 
-----------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Green Arrow #38  -- 20,207 (-  3.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.8%
1 year  : - 15.0%
2 years : +  1.6%
5 years : + 22.6%
10 years: - 37.8%
Since #1: - 72.1%

Still hanging above the 20K line.


117 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
01/2013: Worlds' Finest #8  -- 30,399 
-------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Worlds' Finest #30 -- 18,470 (-  2.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.5%
1 year  : - 12.0%
2 years : - 39.2%
Since #1: - 73.4%

Continuing its slide of attrition on its way to the final issue in March.


118 - 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%) 
01/2013: Secret Origins #9  -- 18,190 (- 12.1%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 27.0%
Since #1: - 46.6%

Another big percentage drop. Ending in March.


120 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
01/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #5  -- 42,560
01/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #16 -- 59,621 
-------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Red Hood & Outlaws #38 -- 18,014 (-  3.8%)
----------------
6 months: - 12.8%
1 year  : - 27.4%
2 years : - 69.8%
Since #1: - 74.4%

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


124 - JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 ($2.99)
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%)
01/2015: Justice League 3K #13 -- 17,432 (- 6.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.9% 
1 year  : - 57.9%
Since #1: - 69.8%

A correction after last month’s reprieve. Becomes Justice League 3001 post-Convergence.


126 - LOBO ($2.99)
10/2014: Lobo #1  -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
11/2014: Lobo #2  -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
12/2014: Lobo #3  -- 20,208 (- 21.9%)
01/2015: Lobo #4  -- 16,889 (- 16.4%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 56.7%

The lowest-selling DCU title not scheduled for cancellation or relaunch post-Convergence.


136 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2013: Injustice #1     -- 20,733 [35,438]
-------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Injustice Y3 #7  -- 15,796 (- 2.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 18.6%
1 year  : - 36.2%
2 years : - 55.5%
Since #1: - 18.2%

Apparently only one issue shipped in January.


138 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
01/2005: Swamp Thing #11 -- 14,300
01/2012: Swamp Thing #5  -- 43,806
01/2013: Swamp Thing #16 -- 32,262 
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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%)
01/2015: Swamp Thing #38 -- 15,751 (-  3.6%)
----------------
6 months: - 11.6%
1 year  : - 19.3%
2 years : - 51.8%
10 years: +  3.1%
Since #1: - 78.6%

Standard attrition. Ending in March.


142 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
01/2005: Hellblazer #204 -- 14,523
01/2010: Hellblazer #263 -- 10,179
01/2011: Hellblazer #275 --  9,507
01/2012: Hellblazer #287 --  9,368
01/2013: Hellblazer #299 --  9,329 
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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%)
01/2015: Constantine #21 -- 15,209 (-  2.3%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.3%
1 year  : - 26.6%
2 years : + 63.0%
5 years : + 49.4%
10 years: +  4.7%
Since #1: - 59.5%

To be relaunched post-Convergence as Constantine: The Hellblazer.


145 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
01/2012: Batwoman #5    -- 51,924
01/2013: Batwoman #16   -- 34,103 
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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%)
01/2015: Batwoman #38   -- 14,656 (-  4.2%)
----------------
6 months: - 38.7%
1 year  : - 34.7%
2 years : - 57.0%
Since #1: - 83.3%

Ending in March.


153 - FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US (Vertigo) (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2015: Fables: TWAU #1  -- 13,620 

The first Vertigo digital-first title, and a tie-in to a video game. The top-selling Vertigo title of the month. Retailers seem to have ordered this at almost exactly the same level as the mother title, which would seem to be a wise thing to do. It remains to be seen if digital-first Vertigo titles are given the same amount of sales slack as their print-first cousins.


154 - 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 (-  6.5%) 
01/2015: Aquaman & Others #9  -- 13,586 (-  8.3%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 33.8%
Since #1: - 60.1%

Ending in March.


158 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
01/2005: Fables #33  -- 24,367
01/2010: Fables #92  -- 20,180
01/2011: Fables #101 -- 19,183
01/2012: Fables #113 -- 17,588
01/2013: Fables #125 -- 15,983 (- 0.2%)
------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Fables #148 -- 13,220 (- 0.6%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.4%
1 year  : -  6.7%
2 years : - 17.3%
5 years : - 34.5%
10 years: - 45.7%
Since #1: - 40.0%

Tiny drops the past couple of months; at this point I can’t imagine anyone who is reading this not hanging around for the final issue.


161 - 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%)
01/2015: Sensation Comics #6 -- 12,927 (-  9.7%)
----------------
Since #1: - 56.4%

Another uncomfortably large percentage drop. It continues to track about 1500 copies per issue less than Adventures of Superman did.


165 - HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR ($2.99)
01/2013: He-Man & MotU #6   -- 16,441 
------------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: He-Man Eternity #2 -- 12,104 (- 35.9%)
----------------
6 months: +  1.7%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 26.4%

No freely-orderable variant cover this month, so the second issue drops back down closer to the title’s natural level.


166 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
01/2005: --
01/2010: Dark Age 4 #1        -- 13,664
01/2011: --
01/2012: --
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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%)
01/2015: Astro City #19  -- 11,734 (- 2.1%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 20.9%
5 years : - 14.1%
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 57.6%

Another month of standard attrition.


175 - EFFIGY (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2014: Effigy #1 -- 11,656 

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

Writer Tim Seeley has done some work for DC (including Grayson), but this is his first creator-owned work for Vertigo. His Revival, over at Image, sold around 8K in January, but that was for its 27th issue. If Effigy falls off in the predictable percentage pattern for its first few issues, it won’t be long before Effigy is below it.

172 - 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%)
01/2015: Trinity of Sin #4 -- 11,016 (- 14.9%)
----------------
Since #1: - 51.4%

Ending in March.

173 - 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%) 
01/2015: Flash Season 0 #4 -- 10,806 (- 11.8%) 
----------------
Since #1: - 47.9%

If this rate continues it’ll be under 10K fairly soon (like, next month…) I suspect that corporate television interests will keep this going as a digital comic, even if print sales slide.


177 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
01/2013: Fairest #11 -- 16,498 
------------------------------
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%)
01/2015: Fairest #33 -- 10,461 (+ 1.7%)
----------------
6 months: -  7.7%
1 year  : - 15.9%
2 years : - 36.6%
Since #1: - 67.1%

Final issue (though the story is continued in the previously-released Fairest OGN), and the slight boost keeps it above the 10K line.

186 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
01/2013: Arrow #3            -- 13,090 
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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%) 
01/2015: Arrow Season 2.5 #4 --  9,302 (-  5.7%) 
----------------
1 year  : - 28.9%
Since #1: - 46.4%

The Vampire Diaries hit the 4K mark before they pulled the plug on the print editions, so this still has a bit more rope…


209 - WOLF MOON (Vertigo) ($2.99)
12/2014: Wolf Moon #1 of 6 -- 15,865 
01/2015: Wolf Moon #2 of 6 --  8,747 (- 44.9%) 

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

No matter how you look at it, that’s an unhealthy drop.


196 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)
01/2013: Smallville S11 #9     -- 17,845
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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%)
01/2015: S'ville Continuity #2 --  8,521 (- 6.1%)
----------------
6 months: - 24.2%
1 year  : - 27.6%
2 years : - 52.2%

Antepenultimate issue.


213 - INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE ($3.99/$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%)
01/2015: Infinity Man & FP #7 --  7,797 (- 30.8%)
-----------------
6 months: - 51.0%
Since #1: - 68.7%

With “Godhead” over, Infinity Man’s sales plunge back down.


219 - LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR (Digital-First) ($9.99)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: LoDK 100p Super Spect #2  --  9,926 (-10.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: --
06/2014: LoDK 100p Super Spect #3  --  9,109 (- 8.2%)
07/2014: --
08/2014: --
09/2014: LoDK 100p Super Spect #4  --  8,656 (- 5.0%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: --
12/2014: --
01/2015: LoDK 100p Super Spect #5  --  7,272 (-16.0%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
Since #1: - 34.4%

Slipped a bit from its quarterly schedule. Likely the final issue, as the digital comic appears to have ceased.


220 - 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%)
01/2015: Infinite Crisis FftM #7 --  7,231 (- 18.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 72.3%
Since #1: - 72.3%

At this level, even small drops in the number of copies make for large percentage drops.

225 - 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%) 
01/2015: Klarion #4  --  6,776 (- 19.5%) 
----------------
Since #1: - 67.5%

Tracking lower than The Green Team did; The Green Team slid to around 4300 by its final issue. But Klarion will end in March after just six issues, so on the bright side this probably won’t end up being the worst-selling New 52 title.

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229 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
01/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2  --  9,882 (-31.1%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3  --  8,452 (-14.5%)
04/2014: --
05/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #4  --  8,159 (- 3.5%)
06/2014: --
07/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5  --  9,042 (+10.8%)
08/2014: --
09/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #6  --  8,333 (- 7.8%)
10/2014: --
11/2014: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7  --  7,530 (- 9.6%)
12/2014: --
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8  --  6,678 (-11.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 26.1%
1 Year  : - 32.4%
Since #1: - 53.4%

This was the first issue of SDTU that wasn’t returnable. It featured the Jetsons, in a story kind of continues from the previous issue’s Flintstones pairing. Given how steady the title was back when the Scooby Gang was teaming up with super-heroes, they may want to go back to that approach.

(Of course, if they were to do a joint crossover with Dark Horse and team-up with the animated version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that might just break the Internet. Or at least Tumblr…)


230 - 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%) 
01/2015:Bodies #7 of 8 --  6,647 (-11.2%) 
----------------
6 months: - 61.0%
Since #1: - 61.0%

The penultimate issue continues to decline.


252 - 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%) 
01/2015: The Kitchen #3 of 8 --  6,328 (- 15.5%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 55.0%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

These sales are pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the recent slate of Vertigo limited series. Which is why the line is in desperate need of a makeover (see last month’s column…)


243 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
01/2010: The Unwritten #8   -- 15,314
01/2011: The Unwritten #20  -- 12,273
01/2012: The Unwritten #32  -- 10,481
01/2013: The Unwritten #45  --  8,465 
------------------------------------
01/2014: Unwritten vol2 #1  -- 11,975 (+35.0%)
02/2014: Unwritten vol2 #2  --  8,291 (-30.8%)
03/2014: Unwritten vol2 #3  --  7,890 (- 4.8%)
04/2014: Unwritten vol2 #4  --  7,652 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: Unwritten vol2 #5  --  7,267 (- 5.0%)
06/2014: Unwritten vol2 #6  --  7,133 (- 1.8%)
07/2014: Unwritten vol2 #7  --  6,918 (- 3.0%)
08/2014: Unwritten vol2 #8  --  6,575 (- 5.0%)
09/2014: Unwritten vol2 #9  --  6,400 (- 2.7%)
10/2014: Unwritten vol2 #10 --  6,407 (+ 0.1%)
11/2014: Unwritten vol2 #11 --  6,293 (- 1.8%)
12/2014: --
01/2015: Unwritten vol2 #12 --  5,932 (- 5.7%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  : - 50.5%
2 years : - 29.9%
5 years : - 61.3%
Since #1: - 50.5%

A surprisingly somewhat big percentage drop for the final issue on a title that had been ordered fairly steady the past few issues. I mean, who gets all the way to nearly the end and then doesn’t get the final issue?

Anyway, I hope that people eventually discover this in the trades. It took a while early on to solidify into what it was, but once it got there it turned out to be an engaging comic with depth, about the nature of narrative.


245 - 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%) 
01/2015: SSWS GI Zombie #6 --  5,866 (- 18.2%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 61.8%
Since #1: - 61.8%

This, however, may end up being the poorest-selling New 52 comic if it continues to fall at this rate. Which is a shame because this comic is much much better than its sales level would suggest.


259 - VERTIGO QUARTERLY CMYK (Vertigo) ($7.99)
04/2014: Cyan #1    -- 9,456 
05/2014: --
06/2014: --
07/2014: Magenta #1 -- 7,360 (- 22.2%) 
08/2014: --
09/2014: --
10/2014: Yellow #1  -- 6,384 (- 13.3%) 
11/2014: --
12/2014: --
01/2015: Black #1   -- 5,516 (- 13.6%) 
----------------
6 months: - 25.1%
Since #1: - 41.7%

The final CMYK issue, but the Vertigo Quarterly brand continues in April with SFX.


264 - 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 #4 of 8 --  5,918 (- 14.6%) 
01/2015: The Names #5 of 8 --  5,312 (- 10.2%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 69.2%

See The Kitchen above.


284 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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 
01/2015: Hinterkind #15 --  4,810 (- 5.3%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 28.1%
1 year  : - 50.4%
Since #1: - 79.5%

Ending with issue #18 in May.

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286 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
01/2014: FBP #7      --  8,971 (- 6.0%)
02/2014: --
03/2014: FBP #8      --  7,852 (-12.5%)
04/2014: FBP #9      --  7,619 (- 3.0%)
05/2014: FBP #10     --  7,242 (- 4.9%)
06/2014: FBP #11     --  6,958 (- 3.9%)
07/2014: FBP #12     --  ????? (< 6,594)
08/2014: FBP #13     --  6,189
09/2014: --
10/2014: FBP #14     --  ????? (< 6,298)
11/2014: FBP #15     --  5,288
12/2014: FBP #16     --  ????? (< 5,053)
01/2015: FBP #17     --  4,707
-----------------
6 months:   ????%
1 year  : - 47.5%
Since #1: - 73.4%

So FBP missed the Top 300 chart in December, and I missed it as well and didn't even mention it.

(I checked, and Coffin Hill isn't on the January chart because it didn't ship an issue in January.)

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287 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
01/2005: Scooby-Doo #92                -- 4,872
01/2010: Scooby-Doo #152               -- 3,724
01/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #5  -- 4,543
01/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #17 -- 4,533
01/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #29 -- 4,729
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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)
01/2015: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #52 -- 4,703 
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  : +  1.2%
2 years : -  0.5%
5 years : + 26.3%
10 years: -  3.5%
Since #1: - 24.0%

Not returnable, unlike previous issues from early in 2014 when it was making the chart. One of DC's most consistent sellers (one assumes); it's just the floor of the chart that keeps moving around.

In fact, it would appear that for the first time in a long time every comic that DC published in January made the Top 300 (excepting for 2nd printings, reorders, promo-price items, etc.)

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

DC COMICS
01/2005: 24,650
01/2010: 25,657
01/2011: 21,922
01/2012: 33,887
01/2013: 31,759 
---------------
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: 29,047 (+  1.4%)**
01/2015: 24,289 (- 16.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.9%
1 year  : - 12.9%
2 years : - 23.5%
5 years : -  5.3%
10 years: -  1.5%

DC UNIVERSE
01/2005: 30,156
01/2010: 33,698
01/2011: 24,321
01/2012: 37,145
01/2013: 33,485 
---------------
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%)
01/2015: 30,680 (- 12.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 25.1%
1 year  : -  7.4%
2 years : -  8.4%
5 years : -  9.0%
10 years: +  1.7%

VERTIGO
01/2005: 13,262
01/2010: 11,267
01/2011: 10,145
01/2012:  9,995
01/2013: 10,764 
---------------
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: 13,195 (+ 55.0%)**
01/2015:  8,361 (- 36.6%)
-----------------
6 months: - 47.1%
1 year  : - 27.1%
2 years : - 22.3%
5 years : - 25.8%
10 years: - 37.0%

---

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

+ 21.3% - Batgirl
+ 18.2% - Catwoman
+  1.7% - He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
-  0.5% - Supergirl
-  3.5% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
-  4.4% - Fables
-  6.2% - Sinestro
-  6.3% - Constantine
-  6.6% - Batman
-  7.5% - Worlds' Finest
-  7.6% - Red Lanterns
-  7.7% - Fairest
-  9.4% - Batman and Robin
- 10.7% - Wonder Woman
- 11.3% - Flash
- 11.6% - Swamp Thing
- 12.8% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 13.8% - Green Arrow
- 14.3% - The Unwritten Apocalypse
- 15.5% - Green Lantern Corps
- 15.7% - Harley Quinn
- 16.8% - Green Lantern
- 18.4% - Detective Comics
- 18.6% - Injustice
- 21.5% - Aquaman
- 21.8% - Justice League
- 22.9% - Justice League 3000
- 23.3% - Arkham Manor
- 24.2% - Smallville Season 11
- 25.1% - Batman Eternal
- 25.1% - Vertigo Quarterly
- 26.1% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 27.0% - Secret Origins
- 28.0% - Earth 2
- 28.1% - Hinterkind
- 28.5% - Justice League Dark
- 29.2% - Action Comics
- 32.4% - New 52 - Futures End
- 33.8% - Aquaman and the Others
- 34.2% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 34.4% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
- 38.7% - Batwoman
- 38.9% - Batman/Superman
- 40.1% - Justice League United
- 40.9% - Teen Titans
- 51.0% - Infinity Man and the Forever People
- 52.7% - Grayson
- 61.0% - Bodies
- 61.8% - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie
- 72.3% - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse

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

+ 33.6% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 31.4% - Wonder Woman
+ 21.1% - Batgirl
+ 12.3% - Teen Titans
+ 12.2% - Batman and Robin
+  3.3% - Supergirl
+  1.2% - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
+  0.8% - Flash
+  0.5% - Grayson (Nightwing)
-  2.8% - Action Comics
-  6.1% - Batman
-  6.7% - Fables
- 10.3% - Catwoman
- 11.7% - Green Lantern Corps
- 11.9% - Red Lanterns
- 12.0% - Worlds' Finest
- 15.0% - Green Arrow
- 15.9% - Fairest
- 18.5% - Justice League
- 19.3% - Swamp Thing
- 19.4% - Green Lantern
- 19.7% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 20.7% - Earth 2
- 20.9% - Astro City
- 21.1% - Harley Quinn
- 22.4% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 22.5% - Aquaman
- 26.6% - Constantine
- 27.4% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 27.6% - Smallville Season 11
- 28.9% - Arrow
- 31.6% - Batman/Superman
- 32.4% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 34.7% - Batwoman
- 36.2% - Injustice
- 37.9% - Justice League Dark
- 43.2% - Detective Comics
- 47.5% - FBP
- 50.4% - Hinterkind
- 50.5% - The Unwritten Apocalypse
- 57.9% - Justice League 3000

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

+158.7% - Deathstroke
+ 63.0% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 19.4% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+  3.4% - Wonder Woman
+  1.6% - Green Arrow
-  0.5% - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
- 17.3% - Fables
- 20.2% - Flash
- 24.5% - Batman
- 24.8% - Justice League Dark
- 25.3% - Supergirl
- 26.4% - He-Man Eternity War (He-Man and the MotU)
- 29.9% - The Unwritten
- 34.0% - Catwoman
- 36.6% - Fairest
- 37.4% - Batman and Robin
- 37.8% - Batgirl
- 38.8% - Green Lantern Corps
- 39.2% - Worlds' Finest
- 40.3% - Action Comics
- 41.4% - Justice League
- 43.6% - Red Lanterns
- 43.7% - Earth 2
- 44.4% - Detective Comics
- 44.7% - Grayson (Nightwing)
- 46.0% - Green Lantern
- 49.8% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 51.4% - Teen Titans
- 51.8% - Swamp Thing
- 52.2% - Smallville Season 11
- 54.3% - Harley Quinn
- 54.5% - Aquaman
- 55.5% - Injustice
- 57.0% - Batwoman
- 69.8% - Red Hood and the Outlaws

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

+ 73.7% - Batman
+ 64.7% - Wonder Woman
+ 49.4% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 48.3% - Batgirl
+ 26.3% - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (Scooby-Doo)
+ 23.3% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
+ 22.6% - Green Arrow
+ 14.1% - Action Comics
+ 11.7% - Detective Comics
+ 11.4% - Teen Titans
+ 10.8% - Justice League (Justice League of America)
- 14.1% - Astro City
- 14.6% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
- 18.2% - Supergirl
- 34.5% - Fables
- 41.9% - Batman and Robin
- 42.9% - Catwoman
- 61.3% - The Unwritten
- 63.0% - Green Lantern
- 65.5% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+ 82.1% - Batman
+ 73.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 54.3% - Batgirl
+ 39.2% - Aquaman
+ 25.6% - Detective Comics
+  7.6% - Justice League (JLA)
+  4.7% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  3.1% - Swamp Thing
-  3.5% - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (Scooby-Doo)
-  4.4% - Action Comics
-  5.5% - Grayson
-  7.3% - Catwoman
- 24.9% - Flash
- 37.8% - Green Arrow
- 45.7% - Fables
- 54.3% - Teen Titans


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

DCU: Average: 30,680. Median: 28,061.

3.6 - Batman
2.2 - Justice League
2.1 - Harley Quinn
1.7 - Detective Comics
1.7 - Batman and Robin
1.5 - Batman Eternal
1.5 - Batgirl
1.4 - Batman/Superman
1.3 - Wonder Woman
1.3 - Green Lantern
1.3 - Multiversity
1.3 - Grayson
1.2 - Superman/Wonder WOman
1.1 - Flash
1.1 - Action Comics
1.1 - Deathstroke
1.1 - New Suicide Squad
1.0 - The New 52 - Futures End
1.0 - Teen Titans
0.9 - Justice League United
0.9 - Earth 2
0.9 - Aquaman
0.9 - Green Lantern Corps
0.9 - Sinestro
0.8 - Earth 2 - World's End
0.7 - Supergirl
0.7 - Gotham Academy
0.7 - Catwoman
0.7 - Green Lantern: New Guardians
0.7 - Arkham Manor
0.7 - Red Lanterns
0.7 - Gotham by Midnight
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.7 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Worlds' Finest
0.6 - Secret Origins
0.6 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.6 - Justice League 3000
0.6 - Lobo
0.5 - Swamp Thing
0.5 - Constantine
0.5 - 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: 8,361. Median: 6,647

1.6 - Fables: The Wolf Among Us
1.6 - Fables
1.4 - Astro City
1.4 - Effigy
1.3 - Fairest
1.0 - Wolf Moon
0.8 - Bodies
0.8 - The Kitchen
0.7 - The Unwritten Apocalypse
0.7 - Vertigo Quarterly
0.6 - The Names
0.6 - Hinterland
0.6 - FBP

Digital First & Other: Average: 10,582. Median: 9,302.

2.0 - Mortal Kombat X
1.5 - Injustice
1.2 - Sensation Comics
1.1 - He-Man: Eternity War
1.0 - Flash Season Zero
0.9 - Arrow Season 2.5
0.8 - Smallville Season 11
0.7 - Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Special
0.7 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.6 - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
0.4 - Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

---The Fine Print (Disclaimers, et cetera)
The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.
ICv2.com's estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate. Since it's a "month-to-month" column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month.
Bear in mind that the figures measure sales of physical comics to retailers, not customers. Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom. Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book's initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month. Keep in mind that sales for some titles may include incentives to acquire variants and not every unit sold is necessarily even intended to be sold to a customer.
If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book's initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in brackets behind those issues (e.g. "[36,599]"). 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 National Weather Service, 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.

11 COMMENTS

  1. A second printing of the Multiversity Guidebook is coming out either this week or next week, so it does look like retailers underestimated demand.

  2. Just *how* is Justice League 3000 getting a relaunch? It’s pretty clear from these figures that the introduction of Booster and Beetle has done nothing to arrest the alarming slide in these numbers, despite all the assumptions that the bwah-ha-ha audience would flock to the book and turn the sales around. Surely time for DC to bite the bullet and try a relaunch of the Legion again?

  3. Nobody seems to give a care in large enough numbers to patronize DC outside of their Batman/JL/Superman/GL/WW fix. And even then it seems if stretched too thin, those properties can wear out their welcome.

    It has been entertaining to see the market change and a delicate balance that DC seemed to uncover/disturb with their grand New52 initiative. It seems like it was frontloaded with a lot of hype and excitement but the bottom dropped out relatively quickly on things other than their main stable of characters.

    Speaking for myself, DC seemed to get too cute with alterations and my affinity for the gateway-characters was lost I didn’t see much reason to delve beyond the surface (for instance, if I don’t like this version of Superman which was my entry point into the universe, I couldn’t see myself giving something like Green Team a chance.)

    For me, I’ve managed to scratch the itches DC used to scratch for me with Image (Vertigo), and Valiant/Marvel (DCU). DC is so far off my radar now they have to work doubly hard to get my attention and at this point it’s easier to just steer clear of getting involved with DC. I honestly can’t verbalize what DC could do specifically to get me back.

  4. I agree with your observations about Star Spangled War Stories featuring GI Zombie. I love that book – and don’t think I’m even “supposed to be” reading it!

  5. Hi Dave – thanks for running the numbers. Always a great read. Just a couple of quick corrections in the GL write up:
    1) Kyle Rayner, not Raynor
    2) Billy Tan has been drawing the book for a while now.

  6. Has Hinterkind definitely been cancelled? I wouldn’t be surprised, but I hadn’t seen that announced.

    I’m really disappointed to see Gotham Academy and Gotham by Midnight in such sales freefalls. GA has had a lot of critical success, and both books are a really interesting take on the Batman setting. Very different styles and very different looks compared to most of the nu52. These are both examples of the sort of approach DC is heading for with the June relaunch but if these two tank quickly, I’m worried about what may happen.

  7. I was shocked by The Unwritten’s final numbers. David is correct, you would think people would stick around and pick up the final issue. Overall, The Unwritten was a good title that lost its way for a while (I my opinion), but managed to right the ship in its final act.

    I know that many retailers feel like January is a dead month. People don’t have or want to spend much money right after the holidays. I wonder if retailers were cutting their orders on titles so that could spend their resources on Star Wars?

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