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By Kate Reynolds

November saw a slew of new titles from Image with some pretty serious sales, most notably ODY-C from Matt Fraction and Tooth & Claw from Kurt Busiek. Wytches, the new Scott Snyder title from Image continues. It was also a good month for Dark Horse as the “Fire and Stone” event keeps chugging along.

Marvel and DC have finally stopped having major events, so we are back this month with almost 140 indie titles for you. Overall indie title sales were down 23.3% at 1,488,193 comparedto last month’s 1,939571. for an average sale of 10,706.

Image is still number one with an 10.2% dollar share and a 11.06% market share. They had 7 of the top 100 books overall. IDW came in at second place with a 5.65% dollar share and a 4.53% market share. Next, Dark Horse had a 4.85% dollar share and a 3.58% market share, Dynamite has a 2.84% dollar share and a 2.54% market share, while Boom! has a 2.73% dollar share and a 2.68% market share.

UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates only.

14. Walking Dead #134 (Image)

8/1/2014:  Walking Dead #130 - $71,885 (-1.4%)
9/1/2014:  Walking Dead #131 - 69,810 (-2.95)
10/1/2014:Walking Dead #132 - 326,334 (+367.5)
10/1/2014: Walking Dead #133 - 69,561 (-78.7%)
11/1/2014: Walking Dead #134 - 68,093 (-2.1%)

Slight drop, but still holding steady in the upper sixty thousand range. It doesn’t looks like this is going anywhere anytime soon.

19. Wytches #2 (Image)
10/1/2014: WYTCHES #1 - 67,996
11/1/2014: WYTCHES #2 - 58,345 (-14.2%)

Snyder’s new book at Image appears to be a smashing success, with a negligible drop between the first and second issues of the series. Can’t wait for more!

36. ODY-C #1 (Image)
11/1/2014: ODYC #1 - 47,414

Yet another solid start to Matt Fraction’s futuristic re-telling of The Odyssey . It’s gender-bending psychedelic fun.

45. Tooth & Claw (Image)
11/1/2014: TOOTH & CLAW #1 - 41,181

Haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, but surely 40,000 people can’t be wrong? It’s already getting a second printing, and due to some copyright issues, a new title.

47. Outcast #5 (Image)
6/1/2014: Outcast #1 - 71,788	
7/1/2014: Outcast #2 - 55,126 (-23.2%)
8/1/2014: Outcast #3 - 46,717 (-15.2%)
9/1/2014: Outcast #4 - 45,401 (-2.8%)
11/1/2014:Outcast #5 - 39,967 (-12.0%)

Looks like it might stabilize in the 30k range. Needless to say Kirkman and Azaceta are bringing plenty of readers.

90. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #25 (IDW)
5/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #19 - 22,820 (-12.5%)
6/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #20 - 20,711 (-9.2%)
7/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #21 - 20,871 (+0.8%)
8/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #22 - 21,642 (+3.7%)
9/1/2014: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #23 - 19,491 (-9.9%)
10/1/2014:My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #24 - 20,762 (+6.5%)
11/1/2014:My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #25 - 26,619 (+28.2%)

Slight upswing last month for the ponies.

98.Fade Out (Image)
8/1/2014:  FADE OUT #1 - 34,447	
10/1/2014: FADE OUT #2 - 27,797 (-19.3%)
11/1/2014: FADE OUT #3 - 24,584 (-11.6%)

If Fade Out follows the trend from Phillips and Brubaker’s previous series Fatale, it should level out in the high teens soon. Looks like they have another mid-range hit on their hands.

109. Drifter #1 (Image)
11/1/2014: DRIFTER #1 - 20,887

November saw several new titles from Image, and this piece of mind-bending science fiction has pulled in a respectable amount of readers.

116. Trees (Image)
5/1/2014: Trees #1 - 31,926    --
6/1/2014: Trees #2 - 25,515 (-20.1%)
7/1/2014: Trees #3 - 23,822 (-6.6%)
8/1/2014: Trees #4 - 23,639 (-0.8%)
9/1/2014: Trees #5 - 22,244 (-5.9%)
10/1/2014: Trees #6 - 20,720 (-6.9%)
11/1/2014: Trees #7 - 19,287 (-6.9%)

Slight drop for this title, but considering how many “Best Comics of 2014” lists I’ve seen it on, I wouldn’t be worried.

119. Birthright #2 (Image) 
10/1/2014: BIRTHRIGHT #1 - 27,234	
11/1/2014: BIRTHRIGHT #2 - 18,484 (-32.1%)

This is a healthy second issue drop that could lead to stabilization in the lower teens.

121. Intersect #1 (Image)
11/1/2014: INTERSECT #1 - 18,292

Not a bad debut for Ray Fawkes’s new series of doom and madness.

125. The Humans #1 (Image) 
11/1/2014: HUMANS #1 - 17,274.

Whether it’s the public’s obsessions with apes or nostalgia for the 70’s exploitation genre, Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller has certainly captured the attention of a nice chunk of readers.

127. BTVS Season 10 #9 (Dark Horse)
6/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #4 - 19,365 (-5.8%)
7/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #5 - 18,827 (-2.8%)
8/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #6 - 18,121 (-3.7%)
9/1/2014: Btvs Season 10 #7 - 17,701 (-2.3%)
10/1/2014: BTVS Season 10 #8 - 17,729 (+1.6%)
11/1/2014: BTVS Season10 #9 - 17,067 (-3.7%)

Let’s face it, despite a little dip last month, Buffy is still slaying it.

128. Velvet #8 (Image)
10/1/2013: Velvet #1 - 41,897	--
12/1/2013: Velvet #2 - 25,549 (-39.0%)
1/1/2014:  Velvet #3 - 23,177 (-9.3%)
3/1/2014:  Velvet #4 - 21,412 (-7.6%)
5/1/2014:  Velvet #5 - 20,258 (-5.4%)
7/1/2014:  Velvet #6 - 18,775 (-7.3%)
9/1/2014:  Velvet #7 - 17,901 (-4.7%)
11/1/2014: Velvet #8 - 17,035 (-4.8%)

A slight drop as we hit the middle of the second story-arc, but the titular silver-streaked agent still commands attention.

132. TMNT Ghostbusters #2 (IDW)
10/1/2014: TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #1 - 21,223	
11/1/2014: TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #2	- 16,624 (-21.7%)

This comic manages to capture the essence of each franchise and flawlessly blends them together. With a healthy second issue drop, this mini-series is mirroring the strong sales of the TMNT ongoing.

134. Lazarus #13 (Image)
4/1/2014:  Lazarus #8  - 19,826	(-1.6%)
7/1/2014:  Lazarus #9  - 19,066	(-3.8%)
8/1/2014:  Lazarus #10 - 18,051	(-5.3%)
9/1/2014:  Lazarus #11 - 16,531	(-8.4%)
10/1/2014: Lazarus #12 - 16,838	(+1.9%)
11/1/2014: Lazarus #13 - 16,094	(-4.4%)

There’s a slight slump coming into the second arc of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s post-apocalyptic series. However, there should be more excitement coming up if Forever Carlyle completes her current mission as ordered.

135. John Carter Warlord #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
11/1/2014: JOHN CARTER WARLORD #1 - 15,930

I’m always pleased to see Edgar Rice Burroughs’s legacy continuing on – especially with such sturdy numbers for the Warlord’s new series. This is also one of the strongest debuts a Dynamite title has seen recently.

139. My Little Pony Friends Forever #11 (IDW)
7/1/2014:  My Little Pony Friends Forever #7  - 19,850	(+9.5%)
8/1/2014:  My Little Pony Friends Forever #8  - 17,444	(-12%)
9/1/2014:  My Little Pony Friends Forever #9  - 16,803	(-3.7%)
10/1/2014: My Little Pony Friends Forever #10 - 16,587	(-1.3%)
11/1/2014: MYy Little Pony Friends Forever #11 - 15,630	(-5.8%)

Not even friends are strong enough to fight off the standard attrition of ongoing series.

143. Django Zorro #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) 
11/1/2014: DJANGO ZORRO #1 - 15,468

First of all, you did read the title right. It’s a serious team-up between Django and Zorro, partially written by Quentin Tarantino himself. Secondly, knowing that, I’m surprised that it had fewer readers than John Carter.

144. Doctor Who 12th #2 (Titan) 
10/1/2014: DOCTOR WHO 12TH #1 - 33,891	
11/1/2014: DOCTOR WHO 12TH #2 - 15,277 (-54.9%)

A rather large first drop for the second issue. Only the Doctor himself could tell us where it will go from here.

146. TMNT Ongoing (IDW)
6/1/2014:  TMNT Ongoing #35 - 15,174	(-13.0%)
7/1/2014:  TMNT Ongoing #36 - 15,415	(+1.6%)
8/1/2014:  TMNT Ongoing #37 - 15,470	(+0.4%)
10/1/2014: TMNT Ongoing #38 - 15,498	(+0.2%)
10/1/2014: TMNT Ongoing #39 - 15,235	(-1.7%)
11/1/2014: TMNT Ongoing #40 - 14,734	(-3.3%)

A slight dip for the Turtles this month, still sales are very steady.

148. MPH #4 (Image)
5/1/2014: Mph #1  - 35,632	--
6/1/2014: Mph #2  - 21,937	(-38.4%)
9/1/2014: Mph #3  - 16,881	(-23.04%) 
11/1/2014: MPH #4 - 14,657	(-13.2%)

Only one issue left of Millar and Dan Fegredo’s book.

149. Doctor Who 10th #4 (Titan)
7/1/2014:  Doctor Who 10th #1 - 39,707	
8/1/2014:  Doctor Who 10th #2 - 10,410	(-73.8%)
10/1/2014: Doctor Who 10th #3 - 14,608	(+40.30%)
11/1/2014: Doctor Who 10th #4 - 14,296	(-2.1%)

Like the Doctor himself, this title has been all over the place in terms of sales. This month sees a tiny drop in numbers, but some much needed stabilization.

152. Deadly Class #9 (Image)
4/1/2014:  Deadly Class #4 - 17,855	(-3.7%)
5/1/2014:  Deadly Class #5 - 17,099	(-4.2%)
6/1/2014:  Deadly Class #6 - 16,305	(-4.6%)
9/1/2014:  Deadly Class #7 - 14,834	(-9.0%)
10/1/2014: Deadly Class  #8 - 15,003	(+1.1%)
11/1/2014: Deadly Class #9 - 14,148	(-6.7%)

This is my favorite book that Remender has out right now – which is helped by the art of Wes Craig and Lee Loughridge. Regardless, a slight drop this month for Deadly Class.

154. Alien vs. Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
10/1/2014: ALIEN VS PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #1 - 20,319	
11/1/2014: ALIEN VS PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #2 - 13,942	(-31.4%)

A normal second issue drop. Not normal – how seriously amazing the Fire and Stone event has been so far.

155. Prometheus Fire and Stone #3 (Dark Horse)
9/1/2014:  Prometheus Fire And Stone #1 - 19,468	
10/1/2014: Prometheus Fire and Stone #2	- 14,407 (-24.8%)
11/1/2014: Prometheus Fire and Stone #3	- 13,624 (-5.4%)

Still leveling.

159. Aliens Fire and Stone #3 (Dark Horse)
9/1/2013:  Aliens Fire and Stone #1 - 19,878	
10/1/2014: Aliens Fire and Stone #2 - 14,240 (-28.4%)
11/1/2014: Aliens Fire and Stone#3 - 13,357 (-6.2%)

Still leveling.

160. Spread #4 (Image)
7/1/2014:  Spread #1 - 21,150	
8/1/2014:  Spread #2 - 15,244	(-27.9%)
9/1/2014:  Spread #3 - 15,691	(+2.9%)
11/1/2014: Spread #4 - 13,288	(-15.3%)

A significant drop this month for Justin Jordan’s post-apocalyptic tale. Ideally the sales as the first story-arc concludes in the next two issues.

161. Invincible #115 (Image)
5/1/2014:  Invincible #111 - 18,440	(+46.8%)
6/1/2014:  Invincible #112 - 14,413	(-21.8%)
8/1/2014:  Invincible #113 - 13,642	(-5.3%)
9/1/2014:  Invincible #114 - 13,921	(+2.0%)
11/1/2014: Invincible #115 - 13,277	(-4.6%)

Sturdy numbers.

166. Transformers vs. GI Joe #4 (IDW)
7/1/2014:  Transformers Vs GI Joe #1 - 23,009	
8/1/2014:  Transformers Vs GI Joe #2 - 15,472	(-32.8%)
10/1/2014: Transformers Vs GI Joe #3 - 14,293	(-7.6%)
11/1/2014: Transformers Vs GI Joe #4 - 12,733	(-10.9%)

I’ve yet to actually read a Transformers vs. GI Joe comic, mainly because I get too enamored with the art. A drop this month, but it’s still selling better than either ongoing Transformers or GI Joe title.

167. Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
10/1/2014: PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #1 - 17,166	
11/1/2014: PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #2 - 12,695	(-26.0%)

These numbers officially tell us that Xenomorphs (Aliens) are more popular with earthlings than Predators. Argument settled.

168. Nailbiter (Image)
5/1/2014:  Nailbiter #1 - 22,746	
6/1/2014:  Nailbiter #2 - 15,193	(-33.2%)
7/1/2014:  Nailbiter #3 - 16,581	(+9.1%)
8/1/2014:  Nailbiter #4 - 14,706	(-11.3%)
9/1/2014:  Nailbiter #5 - 14,947	(+1.6%)
10/1/2014: Nailbiter #6 - 13,340	(-10.8%)
11/1/2014: Nailbiter #7 - 12,361	(-5.3%)

I can’t believe Nailbiter lost readers this month. Did they not realize that Brian Michael Bendis has a cameo in issue seven?

169. Manhattan Projects #25 (Image)
4/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #20 - 14,253	(-3.8%)
6/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #21 - 15,126	(+6.1%)
7/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #22 - 13,319	(-11.9%)
8/1/2014:  Manhattan Projects #23 - 13,157	(-1.2%)
10/1/2014: Manhattan Projects #24 - 12,693	(-4.0%)
11/1/2014: Manhattan Projects #25 - 12,236	(-3.6%)

Despite the numbers (which are fairly normal for a comic of this duration), Manhattan Projects still has some great stories left.

170. Copperhead #3 (Image)
9/1/2014:  Copperhead #1 - 24,272	
10/1/2014: Copperhead #2 - 17,250	(-28.9%)
11/1/2014: Copperhead #3 - 12,079	(-30.0%)

Another large drop for Copperhead, ideally we’ll see more stable numbers next issue.

172. Spawn #248 (Image)
5/1/2014:  Spawn #243 - 11,714	(-1.0%)
6/1/2014:  Spawn #244 - 11,837	(+1.0%)
7/1/2014:  Spawn #245 - 12,090	(+2.1%)
8/1/2014:  Spawn #246 - 13,343	(+10.4%)
10/1/2014: Spawn #247 - 12,023	(-9.9%)
11/1/2014: Spawn #248 - 11,934	(-0.7%)

After a few months of growth, it looks like Spawn is dropping back to normal.

173. Rasputin #2 (Image)
10/1/2014: RASPUTIN #1 - 21,373	
11/1/2014: RASPUTIN #2 - 11,693	(-45.3%)

If you know anything about the mythos of Rasputin, you’ll know that what doesn’t kill him makes Rasputin even stronger. I’m assuming this still applies to a substantial numbers drop between the first two issues.

174. Star Trek City on the Edge of Forever #5 (IDW)
6/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #1 - 12,028	
7/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #2 - 11,224	(-6.7%)
8/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #3 - 11,767	(+4.8%)
9/1/2014:  Star Trek City O/T Edge Of Forever #4 - 11,785	(+0.1%)
11/1/2014: Star Trek City O/T Edge of Forever #5 - 11,614	(-1.5%)

Negligible decline in sales this month, Star Trek fans are one of the few consistent things in the universe.

175. Big Trouble in Little China #6 (BOOM! Studios)
6/1/2014:  Big Trouble In Little China #1 - 24,160	--
7/1/2014:  Big Trouble In Little China #2 - 14,838	(-38.6%)
8/1/2014:  Big Trouble In Little China #3 - 14,076	(-5.1%)
9/1/2014:  Big Trouble in Little China #4 - 13,370	(-5.0%)
10/1/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #5 - 12,598	(-5.8%)
11/1/2014: Big Trouble in Little China #6 - 11,483	(-8.9%)

A steady decline since the first issue, though the comic seems to be nearing stable territory.

178. Angel and Faith Season 10 #8 (Dark Horse)
4/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #1	- 17,820	(+33.6%)
5/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #2	- 14,200	(-20.3%)
6/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #3	- 13,029	(-8.2%)
7/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #4	- 12,468	(-4.3%)
8/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #5	- 11,957	(-4.1%)
9/1/2014:  Angel And Faith Season 10 #6 - 11,593	(-3.5%)
10/1/2014: Angel And Faith Season 10 #7	- 11,457	(-1.2%)
11/1/2014: Angel And Faith Season 10 #8	- 11,129	(-2.9%)

While not as popular as Buffy, this title is steadily supported by fans of the darker duo.

181. Red Sonja #13 (Dynamite Entertainment)
4/1/2014:  Red Sonja #8	 - 12,392	(-1.8%)
5/1/2014:  Red Sonja #9	 - 11,850	(-4.4%)
6/1/2014:  Red Sonja #10 - 11,685	(-1.4%)
8/1/2014:  Red Sonja #11 - 11,298	(-3.4%)
9/1/2014:  Red Sonja #12 - 11,431	(+1.3)
11/1/2014: Red Sonja #13 - 10,600	(-7.3%)

A new story-arc and a slight drop, we still don’t know which will prove more dangerous to the red She-Devil.

183. Chew #44 (Image)
2/1/2014:  Chew #40 - 11,193	(-2.6%)
4/1/2014:  Chew #41 - 10,835	(-3.2%)
6/1/2014:  Chew #42 - 10,981	(-1.3%)
9/1/2014:  Chew #43 - 10,777	(-1.9%)
11/1/2014: CHEW #44 - 10,526	(-2.3%)

I typically read Chew in trades, but murmurings in the comic community recently have made me want to dive in again. Not that you would be able to tell from these boringly steady sales.

185. Wayward #4 (Image)
8/1/2014:  Wayward #1 - 29,240	
9/1/2014:  Wayward #2 - 15,053	(-48.5%)
10/1/2014: Wayward #3 - 10,795	(-28.3%)
11/1/2014: Wayward #4 - 10,318	(-2.3%)

Wayward is finally settling in to a solid place.

186. Bob's Burgers #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
8/1/2014:  Bobs Burgers #1 - 20,157	
9/1/2014:  Bobs Burgers #2 - 11,030  (-45.2%)
10/1/2014: Bobs Burgers #3 - 9,571   (-13.2%)
11/1/2014: Bobs Burgers #4 - 10,160  (+6.2%)

Bob’s Burgers ended on a positive note this month. For readers of the comic, is it really the same without the voices?

187. Star Trek Ongoing #38 (IDW)
2/1/2014:  Star Trek #30	$3.99	IDW	9,906	(-2.2%)
3/1/2014:  Star Trek #31	$3.99	IDW	9,781	(-1.3%)
4/1/2014:  Star Trek #32	$3.99	IDW	10,801	(+10.4%)
5/1/2014:  Star Trek #33	$3.99	IDW	9,729	(-9.9%)
6/1/2014:  Star Trek #34	$3.99	IDW	10,216	(+4.8%)
7/1/2014:  Star Trek #35	$3.99	IDW	10,089	(-1.2%)
8/1/2014:  Star Trek #36	$3.99	IDW	10,017	(-0.7%)
9/1/2014:  Star Trek #37	$3.99	IDW	9,893	(-1.2%)
11/1/2014: Star Trek #38	$3.99	IDW	10,150	(+2.6%)

Slow and steady.

188. Edward Scissorhands #2 (IDW)
10/1/2014: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 - 13,533
11/1/2014: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #2 - 10,121 (-25.2%)

Kate Leth’s delightful writing cements a strong readership with a relatively minor second issue drop.

189. X-Files Seasons 10 #8 (IDW)

7/1/2014:  X-Files Season 10 #14 - 10,850	(-5.6%)
8/1/2014:  X-Files Season 10 #15 - 10,581	(-2.5%)
9/1/2014:  X-Files Season 10 #16 - 10,067	(-4.9%)
10/1/2013: X-Files Season 10 #17 - 9,865	(-2.0%)
11/1/2014: X-Files Season 10 #18 - 9,915	(+0.5%)

Slight upswing this month.

191. Lumberjanes #8 (BOOM! Studios)
7/1/2014:  Lumberjanes #4 - 9,988	(+9.2%)
9/1/2014:  Lumberjanes #5 - 10,099	(+1.1%)
9/1/2014:  Lumberjanes #6 - 10,029	(-0.7%)
10/1/2014: Lumberjanes #7 - 9,999	(-0.3%)
11/1/2014:Lumberjanes #8 - 9,543	(-4.6%)

Wow. Issue eight guys, that ending was crazy. I’m still processing.

192. Revival #25 (Image)
5/1/2014:  Revival #20 - 10,341	(-0.4%)
6/1/2014:  Revival #21 - 9,808	(-5.2%)
7/1/2014:  Revival #22 - 9,931	(-1.9%)
8/1/2014:  Revival #23 - 9,425	(-5.9%)
10/1/2014: Revival #24 - 9,019	(-4.7%)
11/1/2014: Revival #25 - 9,535	(+5.7%)

Slight increase for Revival.

193. Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 (IDW)
7/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #30 - 9,395	 (-1.6%)
8/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #31 - 10,063 (+7.1%)
9/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #32 - 9,857	 (-2.0%)
9/1/2014:  Transformers More Than Meets Eye #33	- 9,744	 (-1.1%)
10/1/2014: Transformers More Than Meets Eye #34 - 9,670	 (-0.8%)
11/1/2014: Transformers More Than Meets Eye #35 - 9,390	(-2.9%)

Some negligible attrition.

194. Sinergy #1 (Image)
11/1/2014: SINERGY #1 - 9,380

A week debut for Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma’s new series. Despite the low numbers, the premise of the book “sex unlocks girls sixth sense” could just be a sleeper hit.

195. Transformers Robots in Disguise #35 (IDW)
6/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #30 - 9,714	(+1.8%)
7/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #31 - 8,706	(-10.4%)
8/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #32 - 9,762	(+12.1%)
9/1/2014:  Transformers Robots In Disguise #33 - 10,815	(+10.8%)
10/1/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #34 - 9,418	(-12.9%)
11/1/2014: Transformers Robots In Disguise #35 - 9,354	(-0.7%)

With minor ups and down, Transformers has found it’s niche.

197. Roche Limit #3 (Image)
9/1/2014:  Roche Limit #1 - 23,404    --
10/1/2014: Roche Limit #2 - 11,424 (-51.2%)
11/1/2014: Roche Limit #3 - 9,296  (-18.9%)

Still searching for solid ground.

198. Dawn Vampirella #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
9/1/2014:  Dawn Vampirella #1 - 13,368	--
11/1/2014: Dawn Vampirella #2 - 9,248	(-30.8%)

A normal second issue drop-off.

199. Transformers Drift Empire of Stone #1 (IDW)
11/1/2014: TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #1 - 9,246

Apparently we needed one more Transformer book. There are enough readers to support it.

201. Fairy Quest Outcasts #1 (BOOM! Studios)
11/1/2014: FAIRY QUEST OUTCASTS #1 - 8,958

I just read a quick synopsis of this issue, and it stole my heart. Here’s hoping it doesn’t lose too many readers in the second issue!

202. Alex + Ada #10 (Image)
6/1/2014:  Alex + Ada #7  - 9,579 (-2.9%)
8/1/2014:  Alex + Ada #8  - 9,453 (-1.3%)
10/1/2014: Alex + Ada #9  - 9,370 (-0.9%)
11/1/2014: Alex + Ada #10 - 8,946 (-4.5%)

Some attrition at play here, but the core audience still seems committed. I know I am!

203. Ten Grande #11 (Image)
2/1/2014:  Ten Grand #7  - 13,201 (-14.1%)
3/1/2014:  Ten Grand #8  - 12,117 (-8.2%)
4/1/2014:  Ten Grand #9  - 11,210 (-7.5%)
7/1/2014:  Ten Grand #10 - 10,354 (-7.6%)
11/1/2014: Ten Grand #11 - 8,932 (-13.7%)

I’d like to attribute these drops to attrition, but Ten Grande has suffered some sizable decline this year.

206. Sonic the Hedgehog #266 (Archie Comics)
1/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #256	$2.99	ARC	9,840	(-5.6%)
2/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #257	$2.99	ARC	9,325	(-5.2%)
3/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #258	$2.99	ARC	9,023	(-3.2%)
4/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #259	$2.99	ARC	6,228	(+5.2%)
5/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #260	$2.99	ARC	8,866	(-6.6%)
6/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #261	$2.99	ARC	8,822	(-0.5%)
7/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #262	$2.99	ARC	8,971	(+1.7%)
8/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #263	$2.99	ARC	9,135	(+1.8%)
9/1/2014:  Sonic The Hedgehog #264	$3.99	ARC	9,019	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014: Sonic The Hedgehog #265	$3.99	ARC	8,869	(-1.7%)
11/1/2014: Sonic The Hedgehog #266	$3.99	ARC	8,822	(-0.5%)

Overall a fairly solid year for this series.

207. Deep State #1 (BOOM! Studios)
11/1/2014: DEEP STATE #1 - 8,768

Neither new series from Boom! managed to hit the 10k reader mark. This is totally a conspiracy that the agents from Deep State should look into.

208. Shadow Show #1 (IDW)
11/1/2014: SHADOW SHOW #1 - 8,634

This tribute to Ray Bradbury features new stories from Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella (with art by Charles Paul Wilson). Perhaps the low reader numbers suggest the book had too many literary references?

209. GI Joe (2014) #3 (IDW)
9/1/2014:  GI JOE (2014) #1 - 16,848	
10/1/2014: GI JOE (2014) #2 - 9,708	(-42.4%)
11/1/2014: GI JOE (2014) #3 - 8,602	(-11.4%)

A small drop for the third issue. We’ll probably just see natural attrition at play with readers from here on out.

210. Grendel vs. Shadow #3 (Dark Horse)
9/1/2014	Grendel Vs Shadow #1 - 11,514	
10/1/2014	Grendel Vs Shadow #2 - 9,571	(-17.1%)
11/1/2014	Grendel Vs Shadow #3 - 8,516	(-11.0 %)

This book costs $5.99. You could *almost* buy two other comics for the price of this single comic. All that to say the slight drop this month isn’t too bad considering how much the book itself costs.

211. Annihilator #3 (Legendary Comics)
9/1/2014:  Annihilator #1	$3.99	RAN	10,345	--
10/1/2014: Annihilator #2	$3.99	RAN	6,482	(-37.3%)
11/1/2014: Annihilator #3	$3.99	RAN	8,383	(+29.3%)

After a large second issue drop, the third issue of Annihilator manages to pick up some new readers. I’m assuming word of mouth probably caught on for the third issue of Grant Morrison and Frazier Irving’s new comic.

213. X-O Manowar #30 (Valiant)
5/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #25 - 12,493	(+45.4%)
6/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #26 - 10,083	(-19.3%)
7/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #27 - 9,183	(-8.9%)
8/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #28 - 9,634	(+4.9%)
9/1/2014:  X-O Manowar #29 - 8,566	(-11.1%)
11/1/2014: X-O Manowar #30 - 8,354	(-2.5%)

Numbers in near stasis for this month.

214. Thief of Thieves #25 (Image)
5/1/2014:  Thief Of Thieves #21 - 9,625	(-2.5%)
7/1/2014:  Thief Of Thieves #22 - 9,457	(-1.7%)
8/1/2014:  Thief Of Thieves #23 - 9,069	(-4.1%)
10/1/2014: Thief Of Thieves #24 - 8,731	(-3.7%)
11/1/2014: Thief Of Thieves #25 - 8,336	(-4.2%)

Standard attrition.

215. Conan the Avenger #8 (Dark Horse)
4/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #1	- 11,565 (+7.7%)
5/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #2	- 9,946	(-14.0%)
6/1/2013:  Conan The Avenger #3	- 9,486	(-4.6%)
7/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #4	- 9,182	(-3.2%)
8/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #5	- 8,941	(-2.6%)
9/1/2014:  Conan The Avenger #6	- 8,820	(-1.4%)
10/1/2014: Conan The Avenger #7	- 8,547	(-3.1%)
11/1/2014: Conan The Avenger #8	- 8,250	(-3.5%)

There aren’t very many synonyms for the word “attrition” so I’m going to make a new one. This title is suffering from smorgnerf.

216. Cowl #6 (Image)
5/1/2014:  Cowl #1 - 20,851	--
6/1/2014:  Cowl #2 - 13,569	(-34.9%)
7/1/2014:  Cowl #3 - 11,604	(-14.5%)
8/1/2014:  Cowl #4 - 10,893	(-6.1%)
9/1/2014:  Cowl #5 - 9,852		(-9.6%)
11/1/2014: Cowl #6 - 8,208	(-16.7%)

A rather large drop this month. This is one of the many series included in the second Humble Image Bundle in January which might help the series pick up a few readers.

217. Tomb Raider #10 (Dark Horse)
6/1/2013:  Tomb Raider #5  - 10,536	(-6.8%)
7/1/2014:  Tomb Raider #6  - 10,149	(-3.7%)
8/1/2014:  Tomb Raider #7  - 9,429	(-7.1%)
9/1/2014:  Tomb Raider #8  - 9,125	(-3.2%)
10/1/2014: Tomb Raider #9  - 8,748	(-4.1%)
11/1/2014: Tomb Raider #10 - 8,153	(-6.8%)

Some normal attrition going on here – or should we say smorgnerf? Either way, the numbers are slowly dropping.

218. Transformers Primacy #4 (IDW)
8/1/2014:  Transformers Primacy #1 - 10,472	
9/1/2014:  Transformers Primacy #2 - 10,172	(-2.9%)
10/1/2014: Transformers Primacy #3 - 8,452	(-16.9%)
11/1/2014: Transformers Primacy #4 - 8,051	(-4.7%)

Small drop, looks like Primacy is finally finding it’s feet.

219. God Hates Astronauts #3 (Image)
9/1/2014:  God Hates Astronauts #1 - 16,689	
10/1/2014: God Hates Astronauts #2 - 10,178	(-39.0%)
11/1/2014: God Hates Astronauts #3 - 8,017	(-21.2%)

The numbers for this title have dropped quickly proving there may actually be things too weird for comics readers. Looking for these numbers to stabilize next month.

221. Godzilla Cataclysm #4 (IDW)
8/1/2014:  Godzilla Cataclysm #1 - 11,868	
9/1/2014:  Godzilla Cataclysm #2 - 8,859  (-25.4%)
10/1/2014: Godzilla Cataclysm #3 - 8,624  (-2.7%)
11/1/2014: Godzilla Cataclysm #4 - 7,981  (-7.5%)

I’ve never really understood Godzilla. Luckily I don’t need to “get it” in order to understand it suffered a loss this month.

,Strong>223. GI Joe A Real American Hero #208 (IDW)
3/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #200 - 11,780 (+77.1%)
4/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #201 - 8,294  (-29.6%)
5/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #202 - 6,781  (-18.2%)
6/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #203 - 6,791  (+0.1%)
7/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #204 - 6,706  (-1.3%)
8/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #205 - 6,562  (-2.1%)
9/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #206 - 7,651  (+16.6%)
10/1/2014:  GI Joe A Real American Hero #207 - 6,494  (-16.1%)
11/1/2014: GI Joe A Real American Hero #208 - 7,810  (+20.3%)

Attrition may be the Joe’s biggest enemy, and they gave it a pounding this month with a large bump.

224. Skylanders #2 (IDW)
10/1/2014: SKYLANDERS #1 - 12,361	
11/1/2014: SKYLANDERS #2 - 7,665 (-38.0%)

I imagine that if children had their own purchasing power and actually KNEW about this comic that sales would skyrocket. Elementary aged children are maniacs for Skylanders. A normal sized second issue drop though, and still glad to see publishers gearing more comics towards kids.

225. Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldur's Gate #2 (IDW)
10/1/2014: Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldurs Gate  #1 - 9,341	
11/1/2014: Dungeons & Dragons Legends of Baldurs Gate  #2 - 7,642 (-18.2%)

Smaller than average second issue drop.
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226. X-Files Year Zero #5 (IDW)
7/1/2014:  X-Files Year Zero #1	- 10,333	
8/1/2014:  X-Files Year Zero #2	- 8,794	(-14.9%)
10/1/2014: X-Files Year Zero #3	- 8,467	(-3.8%)
10/1/2014: X-Files Year Zero #4	- 8,049	(-4.9%)
11/1/2014: X-Files Year Zero #5	- 7,599	(-5.6%)

Only minor losses.

228. BPRD Hell on Earth #125 (Dark Horse)
6/1/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #120 - 8,127	(-2.2%)
7/2/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #121 - 8,092	(-0.4%)
8/1/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #122 - 8,004	(-1.1%)
9/1/2014:  Bprd Hell On Earth #123 - 7,762	(-3.0%)
10/1/2014: Bprd Hell On Earth #124 - 7,759	0%
11/1/2014: Bprd Hell On Earth #125 - 7,534	(-2.9%)

The Mignolaverse just keeps on chugging away.

229. New Vampirella #6 (Dynamite Entertainment)
6/1/2014:  New Vampirella #1 - 22,864	
7/1/2014:  New Vampirella #2 - 9,445	(-58.7%)
8/1/2014:  New Vampirella #3 - 8,732	(-7.5%)
9/1/2014:  New Vampirella #4 - 8,287	(-5.1%)
10/1/2014: New Vampirella#5 - 7,784	(-6.1%)
11/1/2014: New Vampirella #6 - 7,378	(-5.2%)

This title started out strong, but “new” titling can only change stats for so long.

231. October Faction #2 (IDW)
10/1/2014: OCTOBER FACTION #1 - 9,181	
11/1/2014: OCTOBER FACTION #2 - 7,174	(-21.9%)

Normal second issue drop.

232. Sonic Universe #70 (Archie Comics)
10/1/2014: SONIC UNIVERSE #68 - 7,438	(-1.8%)
10/1/2014: SONIC UNIVERSE #69 - 7,378	(-0.8%)
11/1/2014: SONIC UNIVERSE #70 - 7,161	(-2.9%)

Sonic Universe has had roughly 7k readers for over ten issues. Way to be consistent guys.

234. Godzilla Rulers of the Earth #18 (IDW)
6/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #13 - 6,980	(-11.5%)
7/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #14 - 7,144	(+2.3%)
8/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #15 - 7,156	(+0.2%)
9/1/2014:   Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #16 - 7,181	(+0.3%)
10/1/2014: Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #17 - 7,167	(-0.2%)
11/1/2014: Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #18 - 7,065	(-1.4%)

This is another one of those strangely consistent comics.

235. Justice Inc. #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
8/1/2014:  Justice Inc #1 - 12,020	
9/1/2014:  Justice Inc #2 - 8,651	(-28.0%)
10/1/2014: Justice Inc #3 - 7,546	(-12.8%)
11/1/2014: Justice Inc #4 - 7,057	(-6.5%)

Stabilizing just in time for the final two issues of the series.

236. Bee and Puppycat #6 (BOOM! Studios)
5/1/2014:    Bee And Puppycat #1 - 12,204   --
6/1/2014:    Bee And Puppycat #2 - 7,557	(-38.1%)
8/1/2014:    Bee And Puppycat #3 - 8,031	(+6.3%)
9/1/2014:    Bee and Puppycat #4	- 7,556	(-5.9%)
10/1/2014:  Bee And Puppycat #5 - 7,255	(-4.0%)
11/1/2014:  Bee And Puppycat #6 - 7,055	(-2.8%)

Some minor attrition for Bee and Puppycat. It’s tempting to single-handedly buy a few hundred issues just to see the numbers rise.

237. Elfquest Final Quest #6 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #1 - 9,861	(+1.9%)
3/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #2 - 8,390	(-14.9%)
5/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #3 - 7,967	(-5.0%)
7/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #4 - 7,622	(-3.7%)
9/1/2014:  Elfquest Final Quest #5 - 7,364	(-3.4%)
11/1/2014:Elfquest Final Quest #6 - 6,961	(-5.5%)

Some normal attrition at play. I’m sure Richard and Wendy Pini are used to this by now considering Elf Quest has been around for DECADES.

238. Bloodshot #25 (Valiant)
10/1/2014: BLOODSHOT #24 - VAL	--	
11/1/2014: BLOODSHOT #25 - VAL	6,955

With #24 this went from a team book back to a solo title. Despite the major change, there hasn’t been a spike in numbers for the series.

241. Eternal Warrior Days of Steel #1 (Valiant)
11/1/2014: ETERNAL WARRIOR DAYS OF STEEL #1 - 6,785

Not exactly the numbers you’d want for a first issue. Luckily this mini-series is only 3 issues long.

242. Mega Man (Archie Comics)
10/1/2014: MEGA MAN #41	- 6,899	(-0.4%)
10/1/2014: MEGA MAN #42	- 6,946	(+0.7%)
11/1/2014: MEGA MAN #43	- 6,771	(-2.5%)

Yup.

244. Archer and Armstrong One Perfect #1 (Valiant)
11/1/2014: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG ONE PERCENT #1 - 6,738

The debut of a new villain for Archer and Armstrong continues sales-wise where the previous series left off.

245. Game of Thrones #22 (Dynamite Entertainment)
3/1/2014:  Game Of Thrones #19 (Mr) - 7,043	(-6.3%)
4/1/2014:  Game Of Thrones #20 (Mr) - 6,938	(-1.5%)
8/1/2014:  Game Of Thrones #21 (Mr) - 7,010	(+1.0%)
11/1/2014: Game Of Thrones #22 (MR) - 6,696	(-4.5%)

Is there as much nudity in the comic as there is in the HBO series?

246. Angry Birds Transformers #1 (IDW)
11/1/2014: ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS #1 - 6,667

I’ve never exactly understood the appeal of the Angry Birds franchise, but there are apparently thousands of people that do. I’m curious though, are the Angry Birds actually transforming or what?

247. Vampirella Feary Tales #2 (Dynamite Entertainment)
10/1/2014: VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #1 - 10,571	
11/1/2014: VAMPIRELLA FEARY TALES #2 - 6,607	(-37.5%)

A second issue drop.

248. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1 (BOOM! Studios)
11/1/2014: DAWN OF PLANET OF APES #1 - 6,569

It’s not exactly the number you’d hope to debut a new title to, but hey, it still made the list!

249. The Woods #7 (BOOM! Studios)
5/1/2014: The Woods #1 - 13,916	--
6/1/2014: The Woods #2 - 9,352	(-32.8%)
7/1/2014: The Woods #3 - 8,852	(-5.3%)
8/1/3014: The Woods #4 - 8,272	(-6.6%)
9/1/2014: The Woods #5 - 7,649	(-7/5%)
10/1/2014: The Woods #6 - 7,103	(-7.1%)
11/1/2014: The Woods #7 - 6,554	(-7.7%)

Seeing some small losses this month, maybe the swarm ate some of the readers?

250.Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy #5 (BOOM! Studios)
7/1/2014:  Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #1 - 10,402	
8/1/2014:  Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #2 - 8,287	(-20.4%)
10/1/2014: Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #3 - 7,977	(-3.7%)
10/1/2014: Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #4 - 7,453	(-6.6%)
11/1/2014: Adv Time Banana Guard Academy #5 - 6,514	(-12.6%)

The Adventure Time comics are some of Boom’s bread and butter….and bananas. We’re seeing a large drop off of readers for the fifth issue, but the series may regain some of those for the sixth and final issue.

251. Unity #12 (Valiant)
6/1/2014:  Unity #8  - 9,442	(+9.1%)
7/1/2014:  Unity #9  - 8,485	(-10.1%)
8/1/2014:  Unity #10 - 8,491	(0.0%)
9/1/2014:  Unity #11 - 7,602	(-10.5%)
11/1/2014: Unity #12 - 6,508	(-14.4%)

A new story arc with some fixed decline on the side.

252. Sex #18 (Image)
1/1/2014:  Sex #10 - 9,947	(-7.1%)
2/1/2014:  Sex #11 - 9,302	(-6.5%)
3/1/2014:  Sex #12 - 8,830	(-5.1%)
5/1/2014:  Sex #13 - 8,192	(-7.2%)
6/1/2014:  Sex #14 - 7,824	(-4.5%)
8/1/2014:  Sex #15 - 7,601	(-2.9%)
9/1/2014:  Sex #16 - 7,167	(-5.7%)
10/1/2014: Sex #17 - 6,709	(-6.4%)
11/1/2014: Sex #18 - 6,361	(-5.2%)

Attrition.

256. Sons of Anarchy #15 (BOOM! Studios)
7/1/2014:  Sons Of Anarchy #11 - 7,394	(-5.9%)
8/1/2014:  Sons Of Anarchy #12 - 6,955	(-5.9%)
9/1/2014:  Sons of Anarchy #13 - 6,506	(-6.5%)
10/1/2014: Sons of Anarchy #14 - 6,537	0.00%
11/1/2014: Sons of Anarchy #15 - 6,271	(-4.1%)

The comic carries on, even if the show no longer does.

257. Samurai Jack #14 (IDW)
7/1/2014:  Samurai Jack #10 - 6,741	(-20.4%)
8/1/2014:  Samurai Jack #11 - 7,489	(+11.1%)
9/1/2014:  Samurai Jack #12 - 7,135	(-4.7%)
10/1/2014: Samurai Jack #13 - 6,657	(-6.7%)
11/1/2014: Samurai Jack #14 - 6,245	(-6.2%)

Seems like Samurai Jack has hit its stride.

258. TMNT New Animated Adventures #17 (IDW)
6/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #12 - 7,577	(+24.7%)
7/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #13 - 7,158	(-5.5%)
8/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #14 - 6,420	(-10.3%)
9/1/2014:  TMNT New Animated Adventures #15 - 7,589	(+18.2%)
10/1/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #16 - ????	????
11/1/2014: TMNT New Animated Adventures #17 - 6,228	????

Back on the chart.

259. Spongebob Comics #38 (Uniten Plankton Pictures)
8/1/2014:  Spongebob Comics #35 - 6,491	(+0.6%)
9/1/2014:  Spongebob Comics #36 - 6,405	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014: Spongebob Comics #37 - 6,417	0.00%
11/1/2014: Spongebob Comics #38 - 6,201	(-3.4%)

Minor drop, the numbers are fairly steady for Spongebob. It will be interesting to see whether Spongebob’s new movie will increase his comic sales in the next few months.

260. Capture Creatures #1 (BOOM! Studios)
11/1/2014	CAPTURE CREATURES #1	$3.99	BOO	6,171

Kids comics don’t always make the flashiest of entrances into the comic world. However, Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt’s Capture Creatures does warrant your children’s attention. Needless to say, I’m hoping this one takes off!

263. Strain Night Eternal #4 (Dark Horse)
8/1/2014:  Strain Night Eternal #1 - 9,394	
9/1/2014:  Strain Night Eternal #2 - 7,540	(-19.7%)
10/1/2014: Strain Night Eternal #3 - 7,021	(-6.9%)
11/1/2014: Strain Night Eternal #4 - 6,162	(-12.2%)

The sales on this still haven’t stabilized.

264. Goners #2 (Image)
10/1/2014	GONERS #1 - 12,496	
11/1/2014	GONERS #2 - 6,145	(-50.8%)

A dramatic second issue drop.

265. Judge Dredd #25 (IDW)
2/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #16 - 6,456	(-2.5%)
3/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #17 - 6,475	(+0.3%)
4/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #18 - 6,274	(-3.1%)
5/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #19 - 6,152	(-1.9%)
7/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #20 - ????	????
7/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #21 - ????	????
9/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #22 - 5,715	????
9/1/2014:  Judge Dredd #23 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Judge Dredd #24 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Judge Dredd #25 - 6,055	????

It’s been awhile since we had solid numbers for this title.

266. Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #1 (Image)
11/1/2014	PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX #1	$2.99	IMA	6,043

Remember what I said about kids comics and weak debuts?

267. Witchblade #179 (Image)
1/1/2014:  Witchblade #172 - 6,221	(-14.3%)
3/1/2014:  Witchblade #173 - 6,109	(-1.8%)
4/1/2014:  Witchblade #174 - 6,049	(-0.9%)
6/1/2014:  Witchblade #175 - 7,843	(+29.7%)
7/1/2014:  Witchblade #176 - ????	????
7/1/2014:  Witchblade #177 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Witchblade #178 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Witchblade #179 - 6,041	????

Back on the board!

268. Baltimore Wolf and the Apostle #2 (Dark Horse)
10/1/2014: BALTIMORE WOLF AND THE APOSTLE #1 - 6,711	
11/1/2014: BALTIMORE WOLF AND THE APOSTLE #2 - 6,027	(-10.2%)

This is the tiniest second issue drop on the list this month.

269. Futurama Comics #73 (Bongo Comics)
1/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #65 - 6,091	(-5.3%)
3/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #66 - 6,295	(+3.3%)
5/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #67 - 6,230	(-1.0%)
8/1/2013:  Futurama Comics #68 - 6,245	(+0.4%)
10/1/2013: Futurama Comics #69 - ????	????
2/1/2014:  Futurama Comics #70 - 5,901	????
5/1/2014:  Futurama Comics #71 - 5,914	(+0.2)
9/1/2014:  Futurama Comics #72 - ????	????
11/1/2014:Futurama Comics #73 - 5,994	????

From what data we have, it looks like the numbers are almost in stasis.

271. American Legends #1 (Image)
11/1/2014	AMERICAN LEGENDS #1	$3.99	IMA	5,986

No love for America guys?

272. Punks the Comics #2 (Image)
10/1/2014	PUNKS THE COMIC #1	$3.99	IMA	13,853	
11/1/2014	PUNKS THE COMIC #2	$3.99	IMA	5,968	(-56.9%)

If all the punks read a comic about punks, does that make the comic too mainstream?

273. Resurrectionists #1 (Dark Horse)
11/1/2014	RESURRECTIONISTS #1	$3.50	DAR	5,943
274. God Is Dead #24 (Avatar Press)
8/1/2014	God Is Dead #18 - 7,358	(-5.2%)
9/1/2014	God Is Dead #19 - 6,857	(-6.8%)
9/1/2014	God Is Dead #20 - 6,667	(-2.8%)
10/1/2014	God Is Dead #21 - 6,579	(-1.3%)
10/1/2014	God Is Dead #22 - 6,457	(-1.9%)
10/1/2014	God Is Dead #23 - ????	????
11/1/2014	God Is Dead #24 - 5,902	????

Some decline as we come to the end of the current story arc.

275. Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #2 (Valiant)
10/1/2014	Q2 RTN QUANTUM & WOODY #1 - 8,226	
11/1/2014	Q2 RTN QUANTUM & WOODY #2 - 5,802	(-29.5%)

Normal second issue drop.

276. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #89 (Broadsword Comics)
1/1/2014:  Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #84 - 6,234	(-0.3%)
3/1/2014:  Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #85 - 6,075	(-2.6%)
5/1/2014:  Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #86 - 6,078	(+0.1%)
8/1/2014:  Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #87 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #88 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Tarot Wtich of the Black Rose #89 - 5,773	????

Back on the board.

278 & 286. Usagi Yojimbo Senso #4 & #5(Dark Horse)
8/1/2014:  Usagi Yojimbo Senso #1 - 7,633	--
9/1/2014:  Usagi Yojimbo Senso #2 - 6,438	(-15.7%)
10/1/2014: Usagi Yojimbo Senso #3 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Usagi Yojimbo Senso #4 - 5,720	????
11/1/2014: Usagi Yojimbo Senso #5 - 5,451	(-4.7%)

I’m going to assume that it’s just standard attrition.

279. Massive #29 (Dark Horse)
1/1/2014:  Massive #19 - 7,387	(-4.9%)
2/1/2014:  Massive #20 - 6,976	(-5.6%)
3/1/2014:  Massive #21 - 6,841	(-1.9%)
4/1/2014:  Massive #22 - 6,650	(-2.8%)
5/1/2014:  Massive #23 - 6,470	(-2.7%)
6/1/2014:  Massive #24 - 6,372	(-1.5%)
7/1/2014:  Massive #25 - ????	????
8/1/2014:  Massive #26 - 6,144	????
9/1/2014:  Massive #27 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Massive #28 - ????	????
11/1/2014:  Massive #29 - 5,681	????

The Massive has had a good run – only one issue left!

281. Death Vigil #5 (Image)
7/1/2014:  Death Vigil #1 - 12,832	
8/1/2014:  Death Vigil #2 - 7,003	(-45.4%)
9/1/2014:  Death Vigil #3 - 6,308	(-9.9%)
10/1/2014: Death Vigil #4 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Death Vigil #5 - 5,612	????

Back on the board this month showing some natural attrition.

282. Sleepy Hollow #2 (BOOM! Studios)
10/1/2014	SLEEPY HOLLOW #1	$3.99	BOO	10,403	
11/1/2014	SLEEPY HOLLOW #2	$3.99	BOO	5,611	(-46.1%)

A dramatic second drop for the new series. If the comic is anything like the show we could have a slow burn building up.

283. Delinquents #4 (Valiant)
8/1/2014:  Delinquents #1 - 12,912	
9/1/2014:  Delinquents #2 - 6,964	(-46.1%)
10/1/2014: Delinquents #3 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Delinquents #4 - 5,541	????

This probably won’t stay above the cut-off line for long as it falls to attrition.

284. Red Sonja Black Tower #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
9/1/2014:  Red Sonja Black Tower #1 - 7,519	
10/1/2014: Red Sonja Black Tower #2 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Red Sonja Black Tower #3 - 5,518	????

This mini-series hasn’t lost too many followers.

285. Purgatori #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
9/1/2014:  Purgatori #1 - 11,718	--
10/1/2014: Purgatori #2 - ????	????
11/1/2014:Purgatori #3 - 5,475	????

Looks like Purgatori has lost roughly half of it’s readers since the first issue.

287 & 295. Crossed Badlands #65 & #66 (Avatar)
9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #59 - 5,991	????
9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #60 - 5,991	(0.0%)
9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #61 - ????		????
9/1/2014:  Crossed Badlands #62 - ????		????
10/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #63 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #64 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #65 - 5,410	????
11/1/2014: Crossed Badlands #66 - 5,303	(-2.0%)

Consistently staying in the 5k range.

288. Magnus Robot Fighter #8 (Dynamite Entertainment)
3/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - 27,497	
4/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #2 - 9,898	(-64.0%)
5/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #3 - 8,333	(-15.8%)
6/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - 7,898	(-5.2%)
7/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #5 - 7,205	(-8.8%)
9/1/2014:  Magnus Robot Fighter #6 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #7 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Magnus Robot Fighter #8 - 5,402	????

Continued attrition.

289. Sidekick #9 (Image)
8/1/2013:  Sidekick #1 - 27,832	--
9/1/2013:  Sidekick #2 - 14,533	(-47.8%)
10/1/2013: Sidekick #3 - 11,371	(-21.8%)
11/1/2013: Sidekick #4 - 9,976	(-12.3%)
2/1/2014:  Sidekick #5 - 8,943	(-10.3%)
4/1/2014:  Sidekick #6 - 8,192	(-8.4%)
7/1/2014:  Sidekick #7 - 6,900	(-15.8%)
9/1/2014:  Sidekick #8 - 6,320	(-8.4%)
11/1/2014: Sidekick #9 - 5,382	(-14.8%)

Large drop this month.

290. Lone Ranger Vindicated #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
11/1/2014: LONE RANGER VINDICATED #1 - 5,379

Hey, at least it made the list.

291. GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #104 (Zenescope)
5/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #97  - 6,055	(+2.1%)
6/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #98  - 5,828	(-3.7%)
7/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #99  - 7,472	(+28.2%)
7/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #100 - 11,722	(+56.9%)
8/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #101 - 6,740	(-42.5%)
9/1/2014:  GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #102 - 6,462	(-4.1%)
10/1/2014: GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #105 - ????	????
11/1/2014: GFT Grimm Fairy Tales #104 - 5,341	????

Lost a few readers since the last time we had solid numbers.

292. Army of Darkness Hitched #4 (Dynamite Entertainment)
7/1/2014	Army Of Darkness Hitched #1	$3.99	DE	10,956	
9/1/2014	Army Of Darkness Hitched #2	$3.99	DE	6,379	(-54.3%)
10/1/2014	Army of Darkness Hitched #3	$3.99	DE	????	????
11/1/2014	Army of Darkness Hitched  #4	$3.99	DE	5,336	????

A small drop.

293. Borderlands Fall of Fyrestone #4 (IDW)
7/1/2014:  Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #1 - 8,830	
9/1/2014:  Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #2 - 5,680	(-35.7%)
10/1/2014: Borderlands Fall of Fyrestone #3 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #4 - 5,331	????

Ending the story-arc with very minor losses.

294. Morning Glories #42 (Image)
4/1/2014:  Morning Glories #38 - 6,007	(-1.8%)
7/1/2014:  Morning Glories #39 - ????	????
9/1/2014:  Morning Glories #40 - ????	????
10/1/2014: Morning Glories #41 - ????	????
11/1/2014: Morning Glories #42 - 5,322	????

Back on the board.

296. Alice Cooper #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
9/1/2014:  Alice Cooper #1 - 10,295	--
10/1/2014: Alice Cooper #2 - 6,432	(-37.5%)
11/1/2014: Alice Cooper #3 - 5,292	(-17.7%)

Leveling out.

298. Rush Clockwork Angels #6 (BOOM! Studios)
3/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #1 - 11,602	
4/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #2 - 6,452	(-43.6%)
6/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #3 - 6,169	(-4.4%)
8/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #4 - 5,932	(-3.8%)
9/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #5 - ????	????
11/1/2014:  Rush Clockwork Angels #6 - 5,257	????

Standard attrition.

299. Bart Simpson Comics #93 (Bongo Comics)
11/1/2013: Bart Simpson Comics #87 - 5,213	????
1/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #88 - 5,020	(-3.7%)
3/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #89 - 4,940	(-1.6%)
5/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #90 - ????	????
7/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #91 - ????	????
9/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #92 - ????	????
11/1/2014:  Bart Simpson Comics #93 - 5,220	????

Staying in the same range as normal.

300. Turok Dinosaur Hunter #10 (Dynamite Entertainment)
6/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5  - 7,803	(-7.4%)
7/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #6  - 7,352	(-5.8%)
9/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #7  - 6,829	(-7.1%)
10/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #8  - ???? 	????
11/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #9  - 5,757	????
11/1/2014	Turok Dinosaur Hunter #10 - 5,214	(-9.4%)

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All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Valiant’s titles all seem to be tanking, and both the local library system and comic book stores around here aren’t bothering to stock the trades anymore. Seems pretty dire, I wonder if the company is going to survive the year?

    “10/1/2014:My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #24 – 20,762 (+6.5%)
    11/1/2014:My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #25 – 26,619 (+28.2%)

    Slight upswing last month for the ponies.”

    I would call that a “dramatic leap,” myself. I don’t know anything about either the show or the comics, was there something unusual happening that would explain a rise of 6k copies or is it just a matter of stores realizing that they’d been under-ordering to this point?

  2. “Valiant has one of the highest per title sales of any small company that is currently going. I have no clue what you mean, Nick.”

    When Valiant relaunched X-O Manowar, it sold 42,708 copies. Two and a half years later, that’s their top comic, but it’s lost 80% of its sales. Half a dozen books selling between 5.5k and 8.4k copies (and continually sliding lower) cannot possibly be what the company envisioned when relaunching the line. They might have slightly higher average sales than some of their competitors (not that you’d know it from this chart, but perhaps you’re referring to stuff that didn’t make the Top 300), but they also likely have higher costs than those peers, and no high or moderate sellers higher up the chart to subsidize things at the lower end.

    Now, I obviously haven’t gone in and audited their finances to know what overall sales level is required for them to be profitable, but when comparing the state of their sales to the other lower-mid-tier companies they seem to be on shaky ground to me. Your mileage, as always, may vary.

  3. Great List! Look forward to December’s…
    Tooth and Claw is a great read if you like Anthropomorphized characters, &/or magic. The name change in issue #2 is only slight….
    Aliens are more popular than Predators, and they are both awesome when fighting for survival!
    I’ve tried to get into the Valiant Universe, have bought several titles, but just can’t get interested.
    Characters like the Lone Ranger & Zorro have outlived their usefulness, and I question why comics are still being produced for them….unless the Lone Ranger becomes Walker, Texas Ranger and Zorro begins using a light saber…..they will never be relevant again.

  4. Awesome, the only sales chart I truly care about. :) Don’t get me wrong I enjoy reading the DC/Marvel ones out of interest, but don’t read much of their output. Neat debuts for ODY-C and Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, though I guess that’s expected from Fraction and Busiek combined with very talented artists.
    Interesting that a ‘standard second issue drop’ in the indie scene tends to vary between 20 and 30% btw, at Marvel it’s like 40%.

    @ Nick Jones.
    The pony books have been weird outliers for a while now. Look through previous sales charts and you’ll note unusually massive fluctuations from month-to-month. No clue why, maybe some issues focus on certain characters that sell more? Just a very fickle readership? Or maybe sales rise when the show is on, and fall hard when it’s not releasing new episodes?

  5. I’m amazed at Morrison’s ANNIHILATOR debuting with initial numbers at 10K.
    one of the mainstream’s best seller writers, gorgeous art by Frazer Irving, a truly fun and easy read…

    obviously these days Kirkman, Snyder and a few other creators have more substantial sales drive on their names alone; but I do wonder how much a publisher’s brand [besides marketing resources] influences this. maybe Legendary’s publishing division still doesn’t have that punch for being new to the game?

    I mean, JOE THE BARBARIAN #1 (Vertigo) got a initial 25K and HAPPY #1 (Image) started with 32K… [I looked them up here]. it’ll be interesting to see where NAMELESS #1 will land next month, given Image’s profile rising year after year.

    Anyway, great post! I like how the general tone of these articles improved as of late to a more optmistic and curious one rather than the previous Debbie Downer style.

  6. @Hector, I think that Legendary being smaller publisher might be one of the reasons why Annihilator started lower than Grant’s other works. Furthermore I really like Irving’s art but is he really popular artist?

  7. I am curious about Valiant’s sales numbers too. I am a fan of their universe but think they made some bad moves early and are now struggling to retain/attract readers. Does anyone know what a common break-even point is for an indie publisher? It seems like 8k or less per month just isn’t gonna cut it for too long, especially for Valiant — a company with marquee talent and high production values.

  8. I’m disappointed that Ghost Fleet #1 and the November Mind MGMT didn’t chart. Both titles are outstanding. It’s a shame that Dark Horse titles seem to be flying under the radar of people picking up all the new Image titles. Both companies are putting out great stuff month in and month out.

  9. I worry about Valiant too. I think the loss-of-interest point for me came when they started doing their events. I wasn’t interested in buying Bloodshot to read Harbinger. I ended up trade waiting. I wonder what their TPB numbers are like, maybe that sustains them.

    Re: Annihilator: I think the publisher has the responsibility to advertise and promote their books, small publisher or not. I don’t remember seeing anything about this book anywhere and I’m a huge Grant Morrison fan. Legendary is part of a larger media company (movies?) so it’s not like they haven’t got the budget.

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