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DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: November 2014 – Where’s My LEGO Batman?!

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by David Carter

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: November 2014 – Where’s My LEGO Batman?!

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

Sales were down in November for DC as compared to October. Though October was a five-week month and more books naturally shipped that month, the average sales for DC as a whole and in each product category were down in November as well. But nothing to be too concerned about, as sales in the second two-thirds of 2014 are up roughly 10% as compared to the first third of 2014. Credit both the weekly Batman Eternal and the freely-orderable variant program for that increase.

Speaking of variant’s, this month’s was LEGO. It’s hard to see the month-to-month effects of the different variants and they’re now being somewhat subsumed by other effects like attrition, crossovers, creative changes, etc. But there were a few titles with LEGO variants that saw a slight increase in sales for no other apparent reason which may be an indicate that retailers ordered the LEGO covers at a slightly higher level than they did last month’s Monsters variants (all other things being equal). Anecdotal evidence from some retailers (e.g. Mike Sterling of Sterling City Comics) points to a definite in-store attraction to these LEGO covers, and suggests that perhaps DC is leaving money on the table by not producing a comic based on the wildly popular LEGO Batman video games. (Though perhaps licensing issues are prohibitive)

The other shoe dropped since the writing of last month’s column as DC’s March 2015 solicitations arrived and announced the end of fourteen ongoing monthly titles in advance of the Convergence Gap. I’m calling it the Convergence Purge. This monthly titles that are ending are:

Aquaman and the Others
Arkham Manor
Batwoman
Earth 2
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern: New Guardians
Infinity Man and the Forever People
Klarion
Red Lanterns
Secret Origins
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie
Swamp Thing
Trinity of Sin
Worlds’ Finest

Here’s the list again in declining sales order (of the November on-sale issues):

34,109 – Green Lantern Corps
31,722 – Earth 2
30,907 – Arkham Manor
25,681 – Green Lantern: New Guardians
25,654 – Red Lanterns
21,377 – Secret Origins
19,709 – Worlds’ Finest
16,840 – Swamp Thing
15,889 – Aquaman and the Others
15,795 – Batwoman
15,097 – Trinity of Sin
11,413 – Klarion
9,350 – Infinity Man and the Forever People
7,546 – Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie

If you scroll down to the end of the column to the Sales Index for the DCU, I’ve marked the cancelled series with a carat (^) so that you can see where these stand in relation to the other DCU titles.

The reasons for each title’s ending vary, but they fall into these main groups:

* Sales. Most of the titles on the bottom end of the DCU sales index are being cancelled. Of those that are apparently surviving, several have current or pending multimedia tie-ins (Green Arrow, Constantine, Justice League Dark).

* A long-needed pruning of the Green Lantern Line, from five titles down to two (Green Lantern and Sinestro surviving).

* Story reasons, mainly Earth 2 & Worlds’ Finest, since it appears that there won’t be an Earth 2 anymore.

* Titles that were just launched, but perhaps were never meant to last past six issues anyway and weren’t announced as limited series for marketing reasons. This includes Arkham Manor and Klarion, and possibly Trinity of Sin as well.

(Some cancelled titles may fit into more than one of the above…)

If you then include the three weekly series that are ending on April 1 (Batman Eternal, New 52 Futures End, and Earth 2 World’s End), that leaves a hole of twenty-six issues in the DCU’s alleged target of fifty-two a month, or nearly half of their publishing slate.

We have almost no idea as to what DCE’s plans are for the DCU post-Convergence. We’re pretty sure that there will be another Batman weekly comic, though probably not launching right away in June. Beyond that things are less clear. Will DC try to fill their whole slate back up to fifty-two right away? Or will they take a more measured approach. What will the character be of any new titles? There are some indications that we’ll see a less heavy top-down editorial imposition of a house style in favor of more quirky and buzz-worthy comics in the vein of Batgirl, Harley Quinn or even Gotham Academy. Not every title can be a top-selling blockbuster, and DC may do well to aim for midlist titles that get a particular demographic excited and posting on the Twitters and Tumblrs. The downside of this approach is that in the history of the New 52 the market has proven hostile to most of the quirky original comics (e.g. Frankenstein, OMAC, I Vampire, The Movement, G.I. Zombie, etc.) so it may take some untraditional marketing muscle, and the attraction of new creative talent with their own online following, to make such an approach work.

We won’t really know what DCE’s plans are until March when the June solicitations are released (though we may get some leaks and other indications earlier).

Some of the cancelled titles may see a relaunch post-Convergence, either immediately or in the next year or two (I’m looking at you, Swamp Thing), and I will not be surprised to see a new title in the Green Lantern line launch in June.

Another point to note: If I’m counting correctly, this means that of the fifty-two launch titles in the New 52 back in 2011, only sixteen will make it past their fortieth issue: Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Batman and Robin, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Supergirl, Superman, Wonder Woman.

None of the second- or third-wave titles will survive past March, and the batting average for subsequent titles is pretty poor as well (though to be fair Batman Inc. & JLA were selling well but cancelled due to story reasons rather than sales). Harley Quinn being the only unqualified success, Batman/Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman doing okay, Constantine surviving due to the television series, and it being too soon to judge more recently-launched titles.

I said in the last column that in this month’s column I’d address the future of Vertigo, but discussing the Convergence Purge has gone on too long and this column is already late, so Vertigo will have to wait until a future column…

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 last month over on 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.)

3 - BATMAN ($3.99)
11/2004: Batman #634    --  63,769 
11/2009: Batman #693    --  68,983 
11/2010: Batman #704    --  65,212
11/2011: Batman #3      -- 150,984
11/2012: Batman #14     -- 159,729 
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11/2013: Batman #25     -- 125,602 (+  0.8%)
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%) 
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6 months: +  5.5%
1 year  : -  8.3%
2 years : - 27.9%
5 years : + 67.0%
10 years: + 80.6%
Since #1: - 48.4%

An extra-sized issue at its regular ($4) price, supposedly due to lobbying from writer Snyder that charging $5 for a monthly Batman comic probably wasn’t good for the long-term health of comics.

What we’ve seen in the recent past is that your general Wednesday comics buyer is pretty immune to price increases for comics they feel they really want. You can charge $3 or $4 or $5 for a top-selling comic like Batman or Amazing Spider-Man or Justice League and it won’t have that much effect on sales. Where that price increase ends up taking its pound of flesh is in the mid-tier, as consumers adjust their buying habits and drop titles to make up for the increases in the top-selling titles.

Standard attrition here despite the price-drop.

10 - JUSTICE LEAGUE ($3.99)
11/2004: JLA #108            --  63,355 [65,882]
11/2009: JL of America #39   --  89,376
11/2010: JL of America #51   --  50,887
11/2011: Justice League #3   -- 168,679
11/2012: Justice League #14  -- 113,094
---------------------------------------
11/2013: --
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.4%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 33.9%
5 years : - 16.3%
10 years: + 13.5%
Since #1: - 72.4%

Sales appear to have settled-in at the mid-70K range, which while the lowest the title has been since the New 52 reboot, are historically pretty good for the main Justice League title.

12 - HARLEY QUINN ($2.99)
11/2013: Harley Quinn #0  -- 114,212           [141,580]
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.6%
1 year  : - 51.6%
Since #0: - 51.6%

Sales rise a bit, maybe due to the Power Girl guest appearance, prominently featured on the regular cover? In any event, rising sales for a regular issue are always a good sign. This is the top-selling $3 book of the month.

15 - SUPERMAN UNCHAINED ($3.99)
11/2013: Superman Unchained #4  -- 110,611 (-18.9%)
12/2013: Superman Unchained #5  --  96,322 (-12.9%)
01/2014: --
02/2014: --
03/2014: Superman Unchained #6  --  94,147 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: -- 
05/2014: -- 
06/2014: -- 
07/2014: Superman Unchained #7  --  69,523 (-26.2%)
08/2014: -- 
09/2014: Superman Unchained #8  --  62,815 (- 9.6%)
10/2014: -- 
11/2014: Superman Unchained #9  --  65,478 (+ 4.2%)
----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 40.8%
Since #1: - 75.9%

Final issue for the delay-plagued Scott Snyder/Jim Lee showcase. Given the popularity of the two creators, one has to think that the many delays contributed greatly to the less-than-stellar sales. At least they were able to finish it up in time to get the hardcover collection out in time for the holiday shopping season.

18 - WONDER WOMAN ($2.99)
11/2004: Wonder Woman #210 --  25,964
11/2009: Wonder Woman #38  --  26,265
11/2010: --
11/2011: Wonder Woman #3   --  65,621
11/2012: Wonder Woman #14  --  42,384
-------------------------------------
11/2013: Wonder Woman #25  --  33,532 (-  2.3%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  92.4%
1 year  : +  75.8%
2 years : +  39.1%
5 years : + 124.5%
10 years: + 127.1%
Since #1: -  38.5%

The new creative team arrives this month to give Wonder Woman’s sales a much-needed shot in the arm. While critical reaction to the Finches’ take on the character have been mixed, you cannot deny that David Finch’s art sells funny books.

20 - DETECTIVE COMICS ($3.99)
11/2004: Detective Comics #800 --  52,399
11/2009: Detective Comics #859 --  54,392
11/2010: Detective Comics #871 --  36,941
11/2011: Detective Comics #3   -- 111,197
11/2012: Detective Comics #14  --  74,560
-----------------------------------------
11/2013: Detective Comics #25  --  64,392 (+  8.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.7%
1 year  : -  9.7%
2 years : - 22.0%
5 years : +  6.9%
10 years: + 11.0%
Since #1: - 63.1%

Sales rise a smudge on the second of a two-part fill-in by Benjamin Percy & John Paul Leon.

22 - BATMAN AND ROBIN ($2.99)
11/2009: Batman and Robin #6  --  95,690
11/2010: Batman and Robin #16 --  80,343
11/2010: Batman and Robin #17 --  70,600
11/2011: Batman and Robin #3  --  86,309
11/2012: Batman and Robin #14 --  75,543
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11/2013: and Two-Face #25     --  53,374 (+  2.5%)
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%)
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6 months: + 31.2%
1 year  : +  3.6%
2 years : - 26.8%
5 years : - 42.2%
Since #1: - 52.4%

Another title showing a small but positive increase. It’s possible that retailers (on the whole) ordered a bit bigger on the LEGO covers than they did on the Monsters covers.

25 - SUPERMAN ($3.99)
11/2004: Superman #211  -- 106,469 [110,683]
11/2009: Superman #694  --  34,430
11/2010: Superman #705  --  46,261
11/2011: Superman #3    --  86,386
11/2012: Superman #14   --  52,572
---------------------------------
11/2013: Superman #25   --  39,295 (-  0.7%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 29.0%
1 year  : + 33.0%
2 years : -  0.6%
5 years : + 51.8%
10 years: - 52.8%
Since #1: - 65.2%

Standard attrition.

27 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 43.1%

Last month I predicted that sales would rise for Pax Americana, given that it was a take-off on Watchmen and drawn by Frank Quitely. I was wrong.

Despite the scheme of making every issue a #1, Multiversity is following the canonical sales pattern for a new series.

28, 30, 32, 33 - 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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.8%
Since #1: - 55.1%

Dips below 50K for the first time. A sales pattern regularity that would make Metamucil jealous.

31 - BATGIRL ($2.99)
11/2004: Batgirl #58    -- 31,056  [32,932]
11/2009: Batgirl #4     -- 34,697
11/2010: Batgirl #15    -- 25,827
11/2011: Batgirl #3     -- 69,971
11/2012: Batgirl #14    -- 77,468
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11/2013: Batgirl #25    -- 40,752 (+ 11.1%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 59.4%
1 year  : + 23.3%
2 years : - 35.1%
5 years : + 44.8%
10 years: + 52.6%
Since #1: - 53.1%

Second month of the new creative team and direction, and sales drop, but on the low side for a typical second issue.

A second print of #35 also shipped in November, but didn’t sell enough to make the top 300 chart (cut-off this month was 5,214).

34 - BATMAN/SUPERMAN ($3.99)
11/2004: Superman/Batman #13 -- 157,949
11/2004: Superman/Batman #14 -- 121,831 [127,527]
11/2009: Superman/Batman #66 --  52,143
11/2010: Superman/Batman #78 --  31,337
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11/2013: Batman/Superman #5  --  77,198 (-  7.0%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.3%
1 year  : - 37.1%
5 years : -  6.8%
10 years: - 66.0%
Since #1: - 67.8%

Drops below 50K for the first time. Issue-to-issue drops of 3.x% are within standard attrition, though a bit on the high side of that.

35 - GRAYSON ($2.99)
11/2004: Nightwing #99  -- 33,708
11/2011: Nightwing #3   -- 64,098
11/2012: Nightwing #14  -- 50,720
---------------------------------
11/2013: Nightwing #25  -- 44,039 (+ 10.5%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  8.3%
1 year  : +  8.1%
2 years : -  6.2%
10 years: + 41.2%
Since #1: - 41.6%

Drops below 50K while still searching for its natural level. Nothing to be concerned about; it looks like Grayson will settle in as a mid-list performer in the low- to mid-40K range.

38 - GREEN LANTERN ($2.99)
11/2004: GL: Rebirth #2     --  86,273 [138,252]
11/2009: Green Lantern #48  -- 100,371
11/2010: Green Lantern #59  --  76,173
11/2011: Green Lantern #3   -- 122,644 
11/2012: Green Lantern #14  --  78,499
--------------------------------------
11/2013: Green Lantern #25  --  54,322 (-  5.2%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  5.5%
1 year  : - 15.0%
2 years : - 41.2%
5 years : - 54.0%
10 years: - 66.6%
Since #1: - 72.7%

Sales rise a smidge for the second month of the line-wide crossover.

40 - SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ($3.99)
11/2013: Superman/Wonder Woman #2  -- 60,185 (- 36.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.9%
1 year  : - 26.9%
Since #1: - 56.6%

New writer Tomasi debuts, but sales drop as the book searches for its post-‘Doomed’ level.

44 - ACTION COMICS ($3.99)
11/2004: Action Comics #821 --  38,880
11/2009: Action Comics #883 --  33,386
11/2010: Action Comics #895 --  33,089
11/2011: Action Comics #3   -- 134,876
11/2012: Action Comics #14  --  64,341
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11/2013: Action Comics #25  --  46,550 (+ 17.5%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  1.8%
1 year  : - 10.1%
2 years : - 35.0%
5 years : + 25.3%
10 years: +  7.6%
Since #1: - 79.2%

Another title searching for its post-‘Doomed’ level.

50 - GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ($2.99)
11/2014: Gotham by Midnight #1  -- 38,436

A showcase for artist Ben Templesmith (of 30 Days of Night) and spinning out of Batman Eternal. One might have hoped for stronger debut numbers, but it also looks to be the case that the Bat-universe of titles is getting saturated.

51 - FLASH ($2.99)
11/2004: Flash #216       --  43,618  [49,350]
11/2009: Flash Rebirth #5 --  73,875
11/2010: Flash #6         --  57,673
11/2011: Flash #3         --  90,417
11/2012: Flash #14        --  48,012
-----------------------------------
11/2013: Flash #25        --  41,838 (+  9.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 11.4%
1 year  : -  8.8%
2 years : - 20.6%
5 years : - 48.4%
10 years: - 22.7%
Since #1: - 74.2%

Sales rise a few hundred copies. It’s hard to tell at this point if this is some sort of LEGO variant effect or the sign of increased interest in the title.

71, 84, 87, 89 - 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%)
----------------
Since #1: - 38.6%

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.)

The second month worth of E2WE comes in and things are not looking promising. It has dropped below 30K which is already lower than the longer-running Batman Eternal and Futures’ End weeklies have gone. This was always going to a be a tough sell, but its so far rapid decline should advise against any future attempts by DC to do three weekly series simultaneously.

55 - TEEN TITANS ($2.99)
11/2004: Teen Titans #18  -- 61,537 [65,142]
11/2009: Teen Titans #77  -- 46,239
11/2010: Teen Titans #89  -- 26,444
11/2011: Teen Titans #3   -- 60,758
11/2012: Teen Titans #14  -- 39,745
-----------------------------------
11/2013: Teen Titans #25  -- 32,395 (-  6.2%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : + 12.3%
2 years : -  8.5%
5 years : - 21.4%
10 years: - 40.9%
Since #1: - 30.5%

At the current rate of decline it looks like this will settle down eventually in the low 30K range, which isn’t all that much higher than were the previous series ended. It might have behooved DC to let this concept rest for a bit instead of going into an immediate relaunch.

56 - DEATHSTROKE ($2.99)
11/2011: Deathstroke #3  -- 33,754 
11/2012: Deathstroke #14 -- 14,452 
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10/2014: Deathstroke #1  -- 54,059 (+359.4%) 
11/2014: Deathstroke #2  -- 36,356 (- 32.7%) 
-----------------
2 years : +151.6%

That’s a percentage drop that’s a bit on the high side for a second issue, but this iteration of Deathstroke is still way above where the previous incarnation ended.

60 - NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ($2.99)
11/2011: Suicide Squad #3      -- 40,827
11/2012: Suicide Squad #14     -- 63,691 [69,185]
-----------------------------------------
11/2013: Suicide Squad #25     -- 27,067 (-  2.5%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 58.3%
1 year  : + 29.0%
2 years : - 49.5%
Since #1: - 29.1%

Still looking for its post-relaunch level. It’s likely to be in the upper 20K range.

61, 63, 67, 69 - 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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 46.8%
Since #1: - 56.4%

The six month comparison here is to only issues #1-4 in May, since we have no idea what the sales figures were for the FCBD #0 issue.

62 - 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%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 46.1%
Since #0: - 49.4%

Still dropping at a higher percentage than is optimal at this point. Usually by the seventh issue of a title things have settled in to close to standard attrition rates. Despite this being a rather good super-hero team title, the lack of marquee characters appears to be making this a tough sell.

68 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS ($2.99)
11/2009: Green Lantern Corps #42 -- 90,391
11/2010: Green Lantern Corps #54 -- 57,448
11/2011: Green Lantern Corps #3  -- 65,393
11/2012: Green Lantern Corps #14 -- 49,594
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11/2013: Green Lantern Corps #25 -- 38,369 (+  2.8%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: + 19.9%
1 year  : - 11.1%
2 years : - 31.2%
5 years : - 62.3%
Since #1: - 64.0%

A barely perceptible drop of just over 100 copies for the second installment of the line-wide crossover. Which is why they do these things.

Ends in March, the highest-selling title in the Convergence Purge.

72 - AQUAMAN ($2.99)
09/2004: Aquaman #24    -- 21,605
11/2011: Aquaman #3     -- 69,137
11/2012: Aquaman #14    -- 53,664
------------------------------
11/2013: Aquaman #25    -- 41,264 (-  2.3%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: +  2.4%
1 year  : - 20.4%
2 years : - 38.8%
10 years: + 52.0%
Since #1: - 69.7%

Adds a few hundred copies this month. Because maybe it’s finally found its sales level? Or some sort of LEGO effect? These are historically good numbers for an Aquaman solo title (not written by Geoff Johns).

76 - EARTH 2 ($2.99)
11/2012: Earth 2 #6     -- 58,271
------------------------------
11/2013: Earth 2 #17    -- 39,846 (+  3.8%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.1%
1 year  : - 20.4%
2 years : - 45.6%
Since #1: - 69.0%

A steep drop, but there was no LEGO variant and this was the first time since DC’s freely-orderable variant program began that the main Earth 2 title didn’t participate. So we basically have a correction back to where the level should be without the variants.

Ends in March, as part of the Convergence Purge.

79 - GOTHAM ACADEMY ($2.99)
10/2014: Gotham Academy #1  -- 43,338
11/2014: Gotham Academy #2  -- 31,110 (-28.2%)

A typical second issue drop. There was a second printing of the first issue in November, but as with Batgirl above it didn’t sell enough to make the top 300 chart (cut-off this month was 5,214).

80 - ARKHAM MANOR ($2.99)
10/2014: Arkham Manor #1  -- 45,922
11/2014: Arkham Manor #2  -- 30,907 (- 32.7%)

Already announced as ending after issue six and not surviving the Convergence Purge. I suspect that, given the premise, this was always planned to have a limited run and sales have little to do with the decision; DC just decided to advertise it as an ongoing to see what would happen. (Except for event series like Forever Evil, limited series in the New 52 have not fared well.)

85 - SUPERGIRL ($2.99)
11/2009: Supergirl #47  -- 29,159
11/2010: Supergirl #58  -- 25,412
11/2011: Supergirl #3   -- 50,784
11/2012: Supergirl #14  -- 31,270
---------------------------------
11/2013: Supergirl #25  -- 25,377 (+  8.8%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 24.5%
1 year  : + 11.8%
2 years : -  9.3%
5 years : -  2.7%
Since #1: - 61.8%

Supergirl get a new direction and creative team this month, but the increase of 2K copies is most likely due to the title joining the freely-orderable variant program for the first time.

91 - CATWOMAN ($2.99)
11/2004: Catwoman #37   -- 26,107
11/2011: Catwoman #3    -- 52,196
11/2012: Catwoman #14   -- 63,653
---------------------------------
11/2013: Catwoman #25   -- 29,471 (- 16.1%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: + 30.2%
1 year  : - 11.0%
2 years : - 58.8%
10 years: +  0.5%
Since #1: - 65.3%

Adds a new hundred copies this month. as with other titles this month that show slight increases, it’s hard to tell if this is because of interest in the new direction or the variant LEGO cover’s appeal.

93 - LOBO ($2.99)
11/2009: Highway to Hell #1 -- 18,247
---------------------------------
10/2014: Lobo #1            -- 39,047 (+190.6%)
10/2014: Lobo #2            -- 25,881 (- 33.7%)
-----------------
5 years : + 41.8%

A percentage drop a bit on the steep side for a second issue.

95 - GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ($2.99)
11/2011: New Guardians #3  -- 59,774
11/2012: New Guardians #14 -- 47,062
------------------------------------
11/2013: New Guardians #25 -- 32,069 (-  9.5%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: +  7.5%
1 year  : - 19.9%
2 years : - 45.4%
Since #1: - 73.4%

The second installment in the line-wide crossover slides back into standard attrition.

Ending in March as part of the mini-GL Purge inside of the Convergence Purge.

96 - RED LANTERNS ($2.99)
11/2011: Red Lanterns #3  -- 60,823
11/2012: Red Lanterns #14 -- 40,779
-----------------------------------
11/2013: Red Lanterns #25 -- 27,786 (-  9.7%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: +  5.5%
1 year  : -  7.7%
2 years : - 37.1%
Since #1: - 71.2%

Ditto.

99 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ($3.99)
11/2011: Justice League Dark #3  -- 51,674
11/2012: Justice League Dark #14 -- 28,966
-------------------------------------------
11/2013: Justice League Dark #25 -- 38,760 (- 14.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.3%
1 year  : - 36.8%
2 years : - 15.4%
Since #1: - 70.1%

Adds a nearly imperceptible thirty-three copies this month. Which of course is better than declining.

103 - GREEN ARROW ($2.99)
11/2004: Green Arrow #44  -- 32,159
11/2009: Arrow/Canary #26 -- 17,384
11/2010: Green Arrow #6   -- 39,575
11/2011: Green Arrow #3   -- 46,899
11/2012: Green Arrow #14  -- 21,825
-----------------------------------
11/2013: Green Arrow #25  -- 29,591 (+ 20.2%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.0%
1 year  : - 26.2%
2 years : +  0.1%
5 years : + 25.6%
10 years: - 32.1%
Since #1: - 69.8%

These aren’t quite the lowest numbers the New 52 version has seen, but they’re getting close. Presumably a Green Arrow comic will be kept around as long as the television series is on the air.

107 - 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%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 35.2%
Since #1: - 36.1%

Cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge. Not terribly surprising, as they’re running out of A-List characters to headline and in this day and age consumers don’t seem to be interested in the origins of B- and C- list heroes. Which is a total change from when I was a kid and loved to read more about obscure characters. But then the economics of buying comics is a lot different these days. Plus The Internet.

111 - BATMAN '66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (Digital-First) ($2.99)
06/2014: Batman 66/GH #1 of 6 -- 32,983
07/2014: Batman 66/GH #2 of 6 -- 25,392 (- 23.0%)
08/2014: Batman 66/GH #3 of 6 -- 24,409 (-  3.9%)
09/2014: Batman 66/GH #4 of 6 -- 23,397 (-  4.1%)
10/2014: Batman 66/GH #5 of 6 -- 22,614 (-  3.3%)
11/2014: Batman 66/GH #6 of 6 -- 20,534 (-  9.2%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 31.4%

A bit of a steep drop for the final issue but still manages to stay above 20K and is the top non-DCU title for November. In all these were pretty good sales for this sort of thing.

114 - WORLDS' FINEST ($2.99)
11/2012: Worlds' Finest #6  -- 34,338 
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11/2013: Worlds' Finest #17 -- 21,920 (-  4.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.7%
1 year  : - 10.1%
2 years : - 42.6%
Since #1: - 71.7%

Back down below 20K for its lowest sales yet. Ending in March as part of the Convergence Purge along with the parent title (Earth 2), to no one’s surprise.

117 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ($2.99)
11/2010: Red Hood Lost Days #6  -- 22,123
11/2011: Red Hood & Outlaws #3  -- 50,140
11/2012: Red Hood & Outlaws #14 -- 37,710
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11/2013: Red Hood & Outlaws #25 -- 30,632 (+ 12.9%)
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%)
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6 months: -  9.5%
1 year  : - 37.2%
2 years : - 49.0%
Since #1: - 72.6%

Surprisingly not being cancelled in May. I have no idea where DC thinks they’re going to go with this title to improve things; I can’t imagine that yet another creative team change will make any difference.

118 - 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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 28.7% 
Since #1: - 66.0%

The highly touted return of the Bwah-hah-hah era Booster Gold and Blue Beetle sees… yet another decline. Also not being canceled in the Convergence Purge.

If JL3K continues to drop 5% each month it will be down below 10K by issue #24…

123 - BATMAN '66 THE LOST EPISODE ($9.99)
11/2014: Batman '66 Lost #1 -- 17,865

Adaptation of an unused Harlan Ellison story treatment by Len Wein and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Good sales for an oversized $10 comic, though I’m not sure those ordering it realized it was for just 30 pages of story and a bunch of back matter. (Most of that back matter was a reproduction of Garcia-Lopez’s pencils for the entire story, which for someone like me is like catnip and well worth the extra cost; not too sure about others though.)

126, 131 - INJUSTICE: YEAR THREE (Digital-First) ($2.99)
11/2013: Injustice #11    -- 22,704 (- 8.4%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  : - 25.2%
Since #1: - 13.3%

Approaching the point where standard attrition starts to become a problem, and digital sales appear to be waning as well. Combined sales are still likely okay to keep things going for a while, but unless there’s a sequel to the video game around the corner, Year Three may be the final year for Injustice.

129 - SWAMP THING ($2.99)
11/2004: Swamp Thing #9  -- 16,790
11/2011: Swamp Thing #3  -- 44,660
11/2012: Swamp Thing #14 -- 42,036
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11/2013: Swamp Thing #25 -- 21,141 (-  2.7%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: -  7.7%
1 year  : - 20.3%
2 years : - 59.9%
10 years: +  0.3%
Since #1: - 77.1%

Ending in March as part of the Convergence Purge. But don’t worry Swampy fans, I’m sure that the character will return in his own title again at some point.

133 - 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%)
----------------
Since #1: - 44.1%

Featuring the second half to the Gilbert Hernandez story. So far keeping pace with sales for Adventures of Superman, so we can perhaps expect this to last about as long (nineteen issues). Things might improve if they can do something about the mismatch between the covers and the stories inside

136 - 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%) 
-----------------
6 months: - 39.5%
Since #1: - 53.4%

Cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

137 - BATWOMAN ($2.99)
11/2010: Batwoman #0    -- 43,891
11/2011: Batwoman #3    -- 61,997
11/2012: Batwoman #14   -- 36,395
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11/2013: Batwoman #25   -- 25,987 (+  1.5%)
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 14.5%
1 year  : - 39.2%
2 years : - 56.6%
Since #1: - 82.0%

Cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

138 - CONSTANTINE ($2.99)
11/2004: Hellblazer #202 -- 15,254
11/2009: Hellblazer #261 -- 10,553
11/2010: Hellblazer #273 --  9,645
11/2011: Hellblazer #285 --  9,500
11/2012: Hellblazer #297 --  9,146
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11/2013: Constantine #8  -- 20,981 (-  8.6%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.3%
1 year  : - 25.1%
2 years : + 71.8%
5 years : + 48.9%
10 years: +  3.0%
Since #1: - 58.3%

A slight uptick of less than a hundred issues. Holding steady for a month maybe because of anticipated demand from the TV show?

Not part of the Convergence Purge, though with slim chances of the TV show being renewed the prospects of the comic lasting much beyond that are also fairly dim.

141 - BATMAN '66 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
11/2013: Batman '66 #5  -- 26,785 (-11.0%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.4%
1 year  : - 41.8%
Since #1: - 69.1%

Outsold this month by both of its spin-off titles.

145 - TRINITY OF SIN ($2.99)
10/2014: Trinity of Sin #1 -- 22,683 
11/2014: Trinity of Sin #2 -- 15,097 (- 33.4%)

Already slated for cancellation with issue #6 in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

150 - 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%)

A somewhat steep second issue drop for the TV tie-in series.

(IIRC a Season Zero of the Flash series would be Barry in a coma, so I’m not sure what this comic is focusing onmaybe the background stories of the various supporting characters?)

165 - THE KITCHEN (Vertigo) ($2.99)
09/2014: The Kitchen #1 of 8 -- 14,066

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

The top-selling Vertigo title of the month, though the other recent Vertigo minis, The Names and Bodies, debuted in the mid-17Ks, so this is not an auspicious start for The Kitchen.

158 - FABLES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2004: Fables #31  -- 25,061
11/2009: Fables #90  -- 20,882
11/2010: --
11/2011: Fables #111 -- 17,687
11/2012: Fables #123 -- 16,220
------------------------------
11/2013: Fables #135 -- 14,383 (- 1.3%)
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%)
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6 months: -  4.0%
1 year  : -  6.8%
2 years : - 17.3%
5 years : - 35.8%
10 years: - 46.5%
Since #1: - 39.1%

Last month’s statistical blip is corrected for. Counting down to the final issue #150 in March.

163 - BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE (Digital-First) ($3.99)
11/2012: Unlimited #10 -- 19,004
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11/2013: Universe #4   -- 16,889 (- 4.4%)
12/2013: Universe #5   -- 15,857 (- 6.1%)
01/2014: Universe #6   -- 15,070 (- 5.0%)
02/2014: Universe #7   -- 14,435 (- 4.2%)
03/2014: Universe #8   -- 14,097 (- 2.3%)
04/2014: Universe #9   -- 13,807 (- 2.1%)
05/2014: Universe #10  -- 13,869 (+ 0.4%)
06/2014: Universe #11  -- 14,068 (+ 1.4%)
07/2014: Universe #12  -- 14,419 (+ 2.5%)
08/2014: Universe #13  -- 14,215 (- 1.4%)
09/2014: Universe #14  -- 14,061 (- 1.1%)
10/2014: Universe #15  -- 13,739 (- 2.3%)
11/2014: Universe #16  -- 13,211 (- 3.8%)
----------------
6 months: -  4.7%
1 year  : - 21.8%
2 years : - 30.5%
Since #1: - 43.4%

One unknown factor in the main DCE editorial offices moving out the California is what affect if any their close proximity to those overseeing the Digital-First comics will have on the program. Will there be a higher sales expectation out of the Digital-First titles? Will there be an expansion of the Digital-First line? Will there be Digital-First titles that are directly in the main DCU? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see

164 - 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

A bargain priced reprint of Batman #404 by Miller and Mazzucchelli.

171 - ASTRO CITY (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2004: --
11/2009: --
11/2010: --
11/2011: --
11/2012: --
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11/2013: Astro City #6   -- 16,031 (- 5.3%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.6%
1 year  : - 24.8%
2 years :    n.a.
5 years :    n.a.
10 years:    n.a.
Since #1: - 56.5%

Manages to stay above 12K this month.

176 - KLARION ($2.99)
10/2014: Klarion #1  -- 20,870 (- 28.0%) 
11/2014: Klarion #2  -- 11,413 (- 45.3%)

Ouch. Not surviving past issue #6 in March. As with Arkham Manor this may not have been conceived as anything other than a six-issue series, though in this case these sales would definitely lead to a quick cancellation regardless.

179 - ARROW: SEASON 2.5 (Digital-First) ($2.99)
11/2012: Arrow #1            -- 25,442 
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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%) 
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1 year  : - 56.3%

Not a promising second issue drop.

180 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE ($2.99)
11/2012: He-Man & MotU #4  -- 17,499 
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11/2013: He-Man & MotU #8  -- 15,154 (- 5.6%)
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%)
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6 months: - 11.3%
1 year  : - 27.3%
2 years : - 37.0%
Since #1: - 56.4%

The final issue stays above 11K. Relaunched in December.

184 - FAIREST (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2012: Fairest #9  -- 17,417
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11/2013: --
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%)
----------------
6 months: -  8.9%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 39.9%
Since #1: - 67.0%

Looks like it will probably remain above 10K though its final issue in January.

196 - 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%)
-----------------
Since #1: - 62.5%

Something of a tie-in to the Green Lantern crossover “Godhead,” though not touted as such on the cover. Falls below 10K, and it is no surprise that this is cancelled in March as part of the Convergence Purge.

204 - 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%)
----------------
Since #1: - 56.5%

Continuing ugly drops in its print incarnation.

205 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CHAOS (Digital-First) ($3.99)
11/2004: Smallville #11        -- 12,103
11/2012: Smallville S11 #7     -- 19,104
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11/2013: Smallville S11 #19    -- 13,286 (- 3.7%)
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%)
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6 months: - 22.3%
1 year  : - 33.5%
2 years : - 53.7%
10 years: - 17.5%

That’s kind of a hefty drop, percentage-wise. The next mini, Continuity, will be the last.

Coming in at #220 are 7,983 copies of last month’s Harley Quinn Annual #1, bringing its total up to a whopping 105,295.

222 - 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%) 
----------------
Since #1: - 53.5%

The declines show no signs of stopping.

233 - TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2009: Tiny Titans #22   --  8,100
11/2010: Tiny Titans #34   --  7,713
11/2011: Tiny Titans #46   --  7,748
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06/2014: Treehouse #1 of 6 -- 13,021 (+ 55.7%)
07/2014: Treehouse #2 of 6 -- 11,387 (- 12.5%)
08/2014: Treehouse #3 of 6 --  8,929 (- 21.6%)
09/2014: Treehouse #4 of 6 --  8,824 (-  1.2%)
10/2014: Treehouse #5 of 6 --  8,630 (-  2.2%)
11/2014: Treehouse #6 of 6 --  7,873 (-  8.8%)
-----------------
5 years : -  2.8%
Since #1: - 39.5%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. Drops a bit too much for the final issue. Art & Franco are now busy over at Dark Horse doing their trademark treatment on that company’s characters.

227 - 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%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 59.8%

To the surprise of just about no one, SSWS will be another victim of the Convergence Purge.

239 - SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #1  -- 13,036
12/2013: --
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.7%
1 Year  : - 42.2%
Since #1: - 42.2%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly. This month was The Flintstones, which doesn’t seem to have been as big as a draw as the super-hero guest stars have been.

254 - 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%) 
-----------------
Since #1: - 59.9%

Returnable, and adjusted accordingly.

243 - COFFIN HILL (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2013: Coffin Hill #2  -- 14,472 (-40.0%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months:    n.a.
1 year  : - 53.3%
Since #1: - 72.0%

I’ll give this to Vertigo: They seem to be sticking with this title…

255 - THE UNWRITTEN V2 APOCALYPSE (Vertigo) ($3.99)
11/2010: The Unwritten #19   -- 12,036
11/2011: The Unwritten #31   -- 10,434
11/2011: The Unwritten #31.5 -- 10,183
11/2012: The Unwritten #43   --  8,791
------------------------------------
11/2013: --
12/2013: --
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%)
----------------
6 months: - 13.4%
1 year  :    n.a.
2 years : - 28.4%
Since #1: - 47.4%

Penultimate issue.

297 - FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2013: FBP #5      -- 10,391 (-10.4%)
12/2013: FBP #6      --  9,543 (- 8.2%)
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
-----------------
6 months: - 27.0%
1 year  : - 49.1%
Since #1: - 74.0%

Returns to the chart, mainly because the floor got lower.

+300 - HINTERKIND (Vertigo) ($2.99)
11/2013: Hinterkind #2  -- 13,994 (-40.5%)
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)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%
+300 - DEAD BOY DETECTIVES (Vertigo) ($2.99)
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)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

Two Vertigo titles don’t make the top 300 this month. DBD appears to have been stealth cancelled as of December’s issue #12; HInterkind has been solicited through March so far.

+300 - SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? (All-Ages) ($2.99)
11/2004: Scooby-Doo #90                -- 5,280
11/2009: Scooby-Doo #150               -- 4,044
11/2010: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #3  -- 4,861
11/2011: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #15 -- 4,701
11/2012: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #27 -- 5,032
----------------------------------------
11/2013: Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #39 -- ????? 
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)
-----------------
6 months:    ???%
1 year  :    ???%
2 years :    ???%
5 years :    ???%
10 years:    ???%
Since #1:    ???%

Scooby-Doo also doesn’t make the top 300 this month.

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

DC COMICS
11/2004: 31,940
11/2009: 28,913
11/2010: 25,497
11/2011: 41,414
11/2012: 34,272
---------------
11/2013: 32,664 (+  2.3%)
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%)**
-----------------
6 months: -  9.8%
1 year  : - 12.3%
2 years : - 16.4%
5 years : -  0.9%
10 years: - 10.3%

DC UNIVERSE
11/2004: 40,291
11/2009: 38,488
11/2010: 34,180
11/2011: 46,670
11/2012: 36,585
---------------
11/2013: 35,282 (+  5.1%)
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%)
-----------------
6 months: -  7.2%
1 year  : +  4.0%
2 years : +  0.3%
5 years : -  4.6%
10 years: -  8.9%

VERTIGO
11/2004: 15,289
11/2009: 11,036
11/2010:  9,034
11/2011: 10,355
11/2012: 11,487
---------------
11/2013: 13,958 (- 37.2%)
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%)**
-----------------
6 months: - 27.7%
1 year  : - 39.0%
2 years : - 25.9%
5 years : - 22.9%
10 years: - 44.3%



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

+ 92.4% - Wonder Woman
+ 59.4% - Batgirl
+ 58.3% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 31.2% - Batman and Robin
+ 30.2% - Catwoman
+ 29.0% - Superman
+ 24.5% - Supergirl
+ 19.9% - Green Lantern Corps
+ 11.4% - Flash
+  8.6% - Harley Quinn
+  8.3% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  7.5% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
+  6.7% - Detective Comics
+  5.5% - Batman
+  5.5% - Green Lantern
+  5.5% - Red Lanterns
+  2.4% - Aquaman
+  1.8% - Action Comics
-  3.3% - Justice League Dark
-  3.4% - Justice League
-  4.0% - Fables
-  4.7% - Batman Beyond Universe
-  6.7% - Worlds' Finest
-  6.8% - Fairest
-  7.0% - Green Arrow
-  7.7% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
-  7.7% - Swamp Thing
-  7.9% - Superman/Wonder Woman
-  8.1% - Earth 2
-  9.5% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 10.3% - Batman/Superman
- 10.3% - Constantine
- 11.3% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 12.6% - Astro City
- 13.4% - The Unwritten: Apocalypse
- 14.3% - Injustice
- 14.5% - Batwoman
- 16.4% - Batman '66
- 22.3% - Smallville Season 11
- 27.0% - FBP
- 28.7% - Justice League 3000
- 28.8% - Batman Etermal
- 35.2% - Secret Origins
- 39.5% - Aquaman and the Others
- 46.1% - Justice League United
- 46.8% - The New 52 - Futures End

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

+ 75.8% - Wonder Woman
+ 33.0% - Superman
+ 29.0% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
+ 23.3% - Batgirl
+ 12.3% - Teen Titans
+ 11.8% - Supergirl
+  8.1% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+  3.6% - Batman and Robin
-  6.8% - Fables
-  7.7% - Red Lanterns
-  8.3% - Batman
-  8.8% - Flash
-  9.7% - Detective Comics
- 10.1% - Action Comics
- 10.1% - Worlds' Finest
- 11.0% - Catwoman
- 11.1% - Green Lantern Corps
- 15.0% - Green Lantern
- 19.9% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 20.3% - Swamp Thing
- 20.4% - Aquaman
- 20.4% - Earth 2
- 21.8% - Batman Beyond Universe
- 24.8% - Astro City
- 25.1% - Constantine
- 25.2% - Injustice
- 26.2% - Green Arrow
- 26.9% - Superman/Wonder Woman
- 27.3% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 33.5% - Smallville Season 11
- 36.8% - Justice League Dark
- 37.1% - Batman/Superman
- 37.2% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 39.2% - Batwoman
- 40.8% - Superman Unchained
- 41.8% - Batman '66
- 42.2% - Scooby-Doo Team-Up
- 49.1% - FBP
- 51.6% - Harley Quinn
- 52.3% - Coffin Hill
- 56.3% - Arrow

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

+151.6% - Deathstroke
+ 71.8% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 39.1% - Wonder Woman
+  0.1% - Green Arrow
-  0.6% - Superman
-  6.2% - Grayson (Nightwing)
-  8.5% - Teen Titans
-  9.3% - Supergirl
- 15.4% - Justice League Dark
- 17.3% - Fables
- 20.6% - Flash
- 22.0% - Detective Comics
- 26.8% - Batman and Robin
- 27.9% - Batman
- 28.4% - The Unwritten
- 30.5% - Batman Beyond
- 31.2% - Green Lantern Corps
- 33.9% - Justice League
- 35.0% - Action Comics
- 37.0% - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- 37.1% - Red Lanterns
- 38.8% - Aquaman
- 39.9% - Fairest
- 41.2% - Green Lantern
- 42.6% - Worlds' Finest
- 45.4% - Green Lantern: New Guardians
- 45.6% - Earth 2
- 49.0% - Red Hood and the Outlaws
- 49.5% - New Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad)
- 53.1% - Batgirl
- 53.7% - Smallville Season 11
- 56.6% - Batwoman
- 58.8% - Catwoman
- 59.9% - Swamp Thing

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

+124.5% - Wonder Woman
+ 67.0% - Batman
+ 51.8% - Superman
+ 48.9% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+ 44.8% - Batgirl
+ 41.8% - Lobo
+ 25.6% - Green Arrow
+ 25.3% - Action Comics
+  6.9% - Detective Comics
-  2.7% - Supergirl
-  2.8% - Tiny Titans
-  6.8% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
- 16.3% - Justice League (Justice League of America)
- 21.4% - Teen Titans
- 35.8% - Fables
- 42.2% - Batman and Robin
- 48.4% - Flash
- 54.0% - Green Lantern
- 62.3% - Green Lantern Corps

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

+127.1% - Wonder Woman
+ 80.6% - Batman
+ 52.6% - Batgirl
+ 52.0% - Aquaman
+ 41.2% - Grayson (Nightwing)
+ 13.5% - Justice League (Justice League of America)
+ 11.0% - Detective Comics
+  7.6% - Action Comics
+  3.0% - Constantine (Hellblazer)
+  0.5% - Catwoman
+  0.3% - Swamp Thing
- 22.7% - Flash
- 32.1% - Green Arrow
- 40.9% - Teen Titans
- 46.5% - Fables
- 52.8% - Superman
- 66.0% - Batman/Superman (Superman/Batman)
- 66.6% - Green Lantern


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

DCU: Average: 36,710. Median: 34,202.

3.1 - Batman
2.0 - Justice League
1.9 - Harley Quinn
1.8 - Superman Unchained
1.6 - Wonder Woman
1.6 - Detective Comics
1.5 - Batman and Robin
1.4 - Superman
1.4 - The Multiversity
1.4 - Batman Eternal (31)
1.4 - Batman Eternal (32)
1.4 - Batgirl
1.4 - Batman Eternal (33)
1.4 - Batman Eternal (34)
1.3 - Batman/Superman
1.3 - Grayson
1.3 - Green Lantern
1.2 - Superman/Wonder Woman
1.1 - Action Comics
1.0 - Gotham by Midnight
1.0 - Flash
1.0 - Earth 2 World's End (5)
1.0 - Teen Titans
1.0 - Deathstroke
1.0 - New Suicide Squad
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (27)
0.9 - Justice League United
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (28)
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (29)
0.9 - Green Lantern Corps ^
0.9 - New 52 Futures End (30)
0.9 - Aquaman
0.9 - Earth 2 ^
0.9 - Earth 2 World's End (6)
0.8 - Gotham Academy
0.8 - Arkham Manor ^
0.8 - Earth 2 World's End (7)
0.8 - Earth 2 World's End (8)
0.8 - Supergirl
0.7 - Catwoman
0.7 - Lobo
0.7 - Green Lantern: New Guardians ^
0.7 - Red Lanterns ^
0.7 - Justice League Dark
0.6 - Green Arrow
0.6 - Secret Origins ^
0.5 - Worlds' Finest ^
0.5 - Red Hood and the Outlaws
0.5 - Justice League 3000
0.5 - Swamp Thing ^
0.4 - Aquaman and the Others ^
0.4 - Batwoman ^
0.4 - Constantine
0.4 - Trinity of Sin ^
0.3 - Klarion ^
0.3 - Infinity Man and the Forever People ^
0.2 - Star-Spangled War Stories feat. G.I. Zombie ^

(^ = regular monthly titles cancelled in March 2015)


Vertigo: Average: 8,511*. Median: 6,926*

1.7 - The Kitchen
1.6 - Fables
1.4 - Astro City
1.2 - Fairest
0.9 - Bodies
0.8 - The Names
0.8 - Coffin Hill
0.7 - The Unwritten
0.6 - FBP
0.6 - Hinterland *
0.6 - Dead Boy Detectives *


Digital First & Other: Average: 12,812*. Median: 13,211*.

1.6 - Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet
1.4 - Batman '66 The Lost Episode
1.3 - Injustice Year Three (3)
1.3 - Injustice Year Three (4)
1.3 - Sensation Comics feat. Wonder Woman
1.2 - Batman '66
1.1 - Flash Season Zero
1.0 - Batman Beyond Universe
0.9 - Arrow Season 2.5
0.9 - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
0.7 - Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse
0.7 - Smallville Chaos
0.6 - Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse
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 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 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).
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17 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder if we’ll see Green Lantern go weekly?
    Or a digital-first “Tales of the Green Lantern Corps”?

    I read the Godhead series in one sitting, and realized that nothing much happened over…twenty issues.
    The New Gods appear, Kyle comes back from being presumed dead, and Black Hand shows up.

  2. @Torsten: A weekly Green Lantern series is an intriguing possibility. It would certainly get away from the feeling that there is only a primary GL series and a bunch of also-rans. If it had a big enough ‘event’ feel to it that might mitigate from too many regular GL readers dropping it due to the increased frequency.

    A digital-first GLC title would make sense too. A few continuity-light (but still in the DCU) digital-first series may be the result of the consolidation of the east and west offices.

  3. The monthly Earth 2 isn’t cancelled, I believe. I think you are thinking of the weekly World’s End.

  4. Huh. I would have sworn that Earth 2 was one of the cancellations but it isn’t.

    But I can’t imagine what that book will be like after World’s End unless Convergence leads to Crisis-like changes.

  5. I’ve been working on the assumption that World’s End was going to end with something happening to prevent the disaster we see in “Future’s End”, but if the book is being cancelled, maybe that’s not the case. On the other hand, maybe they are NOT dropping Earth 2 but just having a weekly with a different name than “Worlds’ End”.

  6. Flash Season Zero, despite its name, takes place early in Flash Season One. So yes, it is actually about the Flash. I find it interesting that it’s outselling the tie-in for the more-established Arrow.

    Vertigo’s numbers are looking really depressing. I’ve been really enjoying some of the new stuff they’ve been putting out (FBP in particular, and it’s great to have Astro City back), but it sounds like they’re just not finding an audience anymore.

  7. Like Torsten said, I think Green Lantern will become a weekly. It’d make sense, as the books all crossover a lot already and would allow for all the character to still be showcased, while trimming the line a bit. I could also see the main Green Lantern title turning into a bi-weekly/double shipping, which would have a similar result.

    I am hoping that, post Convergence, the New 52 sees the return of some series that ended. I really miss Demon Knights, All-Star Western, and Sword of Sorcery, though given sales I tend to doubt any of them will come back. Just please, PLEASE don’t just make half of the new series into Bat family titles.

  8. wow. vertigo is dead and buried by 2015. bummer. they really need to find a new niche/profile for their line. it’s hard competing with image for name creators, so they should try to get up-and-comers. for example, i think graham’s and rios’ new ISLAND anthology would have been a great fit for vertigo. they should try to grab the underground and indie-creators (indie like in nobrow/selfmadehero/d&q and not image and dark horse) and create a more literary type of genre fiction. when i read and re-read older vertigo, i become aware that the more intellectual and maybe also more text-heavy form of genre fiction is mostly missing from today’s market. even image isn’t very good at that. it would also be cool to have a non-52-connected sub-label, where interesting creators can get their hands on more or less known dc properties and get them revamped and infused with mature storytelling (after all, this is what got vertigo started in the first place).

  9. All the talk about Convergence—anyone notice in the advance solicits that these 40 two-issue series are priced at $3.99? Does this mean once DC resumes their normal schedule that their new price point will be $3.99? Looks like I’ll be trimming my pull list even further if that comes to pass.

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