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Marvel Month-to-Month Sales March 2015: War Of The Stars Women!

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By Xavier Lancel

Welcome to a new analysis of the Marvel sales. Reminder: I’m the French guy who took over Jason for this column. Less figures, a comparison with the issue #2 sales and some TPB sales are the only big differences you could notice.

Reminder: those sales are estimates, sales to comics shops in North America. American comics do get sold somewhere else in their original floppy edition. Keep also in mind that just because a copy is sold to a shop doesn’t mean it’s sold to a customer. This would be way too easy. Digital sales are not taken into account.

This months chart is rather quiet: there are very few changes in the way Marvel titles are ordered saleswise. We will soon enter a transition zone where most of the titles will disappear or shift toward a new direction (and a new renumbering, you can bet on that!). Meanwhile, two main things are happening in this month’s chart.

First, the Spider-Women titles are having an excellent month, lead by the amazing success of Spider-Gwen. For the second month in a row, her first issue reappears on the charts, selling twice as many copies as last month’s reordering!
Second, the Star Wars line of titles is expending and still making tons of $$$ for Marvel. At this rate, expect a R2D2 or C3PO ongoing title soon!

Those two trends are still young. Seeing how people seem excited only by looking at a trailer, the Star Wars titles should still sell like crazy until people will (again) be disappointed once the movie is out.
The Spider-Women trend is more a surprise, and could give birth either to new Spider-Women titles (Spider-Girl, Arachne and Madame Web are waiting in the corner), new female versions (along the lines of Thor) of famous heroes, or, best of all, new female super-heroes titles (like the upcoming A-Force).

But Secret Wars is on its way: among the deceased every crossover is producing, will we see more or less female heroes biting the dust? Place your bets!

Oh, and it was Women of Marvel month (that means a women theme for variant covers). The titles being part of it are labeled in this chart with a * and are suddenly gifted with an extra 2-3K readers…no, excuse me, buyers, I don’t want to insult anyone.
I put the TPB sales on the charts, if they are related to one of the featured series. If not, they are not here, except for the ones I want to feature at the beginning of this chart because I feel they are special and deserve a spotlight.

A “Average +% TPB sales # – #” is now featured. It will show how much more a series is selling thanks to the various trade collections. Usually, the standard release of collections is: HC, TPB and then huge collection and reprints. Seeing that I just started, those +% TPB percentages are mostly at their lowest. It can only go up after that, with the release of a new form of collection in the months to come.

SUPER-VILAIN UNITE TPB
464p, $35, cents per page: 7.6 cents
Since March 2015: 1,129

This collect the complete Super-Villains Team-up series and some extra. More than a bargain, it is a scarce series, way ahead of its time. And check this very small price per page! It sold very well seeing how obscure it is.

AVENGERS QUICKSILVER TPB
440p, 35$, cents per page: 8.0 cents
Since March 2015: 726

Ouch! Despite its nice cover price and the release of another Avengers movie, this collection of the Quicksilver ongoing series from the late 90’s hasn’t found its public. Marvel is trying to release a collection on each Avenger member. Next month, it’s gonna be Scarlet Witch. We’ll see if she does better.

 

 1- 5- PRINCESS LEIA LTD*

03/15 Princess Leia Ltd #1 of 5 – 253,655
03/15 Princess Leia Ltd #2 of 5-  96,262 (-62.1%)

Those numbers suggest that Princess Leia was mostly seen as an ongoing series and that curiosity is still so strong among readers to have a Marvel Star Wars title in their hands that they would buy anything, even if they don’t read the whole story. With the relative success of some female-centered Marvel series, could it be that Marvel will change this one to an ongoing status? Could be. (10 Variant covers for #1!)

2- STAR WARS

01/15 Stars Wars #1 -  1,019,121 [+33.145]
02/15 Stars Wars #2 -    189,710 (-81.4%) [+27,668]
03/15 Star Wars  #3 -    161,226 (-15.0%) 

Since issue #2: -15.0%

Issue 2 has a very good reorder activity this month, but even with that, this -15% is a good number. An ongoing Star Wars title selling every month more than 100k would be a dream and, so far, we are way ahead of those numbers. So far, everything is working for Marvel on the Star Wars side of comics.

3- 41- 47- GUARDIANS TEAM-UP

03/15 Guardians Team-up #1 -  155,388
03/15 Guardians Team-up #2 -   38,390 (-75.3%)
03/15 Guardians Team-up #3 -   40,637 (+ 5.9%) B. Vortex

Since issue #2: +5.9%

This -75,3% is one of the ugliest we have seen for months. And issue #3 is only slightly going up because it’s a Black Vortex crossover. This doesn’t bold well for the sales trend this title is following. We probably have already reach the limit of $$$ Guardians of Galaxy’s fans are ready to spend to follow the adventures of their new favorite characters.

4- SPIDER-GWEN

02/15 Spider-Gwen #1 -  254,074
03/15 Spider-Gwen #2 -  107,070 (-57.8%)

Everything is going perfectly all right for Spider-Gwen. This -57,8% was to be expected. I know some people in France almost never buying any original American floppy who bought this #1 only…to show they possess the Spider-Gwen #1 comics! To be noted: Spider-Gwen costume is classy and trendy, a very nice design, rendering nicely the angelic/pure side every kid ever saw in good old Gwen Stacy.

6- 10- Amazing SPIDER-MAN*

04/14  Amazing v3 #1  - 532,586  ( 293.1%)[23,871]
05/14  Amazing v3 #2  - 123,945  ( -76.7%)
06/14  Amazing v3 #3  - 109,029  ( -12.0%)
07/14  Amazing v3 #4  - 117,917  (   8.2%)O.Sin 
08/14  Amazing v3 #5  - 101,655  ( -13.8%)O.Sin 
09/14  Amazing v3 #6  -  93,564  (  -8.0%)
10/14  Amazing v3 #7  - 116,051  (  24.0%)
10/14  Amazing v3 #8  -  99,549  ( -14.2%)
11/14  Amazing v3 #9  - 135,280  
11/14  Amazing v3 #10 – 100,899 
12/14  Amazing v3 #11 – 104,739  ( +3.8%)
01/15  Amazing v3 #12 – 105,458  ( +0.6%)
01/15  Amazing v3 #13 – 103,093  ( -2.2%)
02/15  Amazing v3 #14 – 106,778  ( +3.6%)
02/15  Amazing v3 #15 -  99,660  ( -6.7%)
03/15  Amazing v3 #16 -  92,289  ( -7,4%)

03/15  Amazing v3 #16.1- 73,170  (-20,7%)

Since issue #2: -25.5%

Spider-verse being over, numbers go back to where they should have been without the extra readers. Marvel is not giving up on its pointless .1 numbering. The result? This Gerry Conway story (isn’t it nice to see him back for this?) has almost 20k readers less than if released as a normal issue, despite being on the cover of the Marvel Previews. At the same time, released as a mini-séries, it would have sold less than that. The numbering is just silly: why bother doing double shipping issues if you’re not gonna take advantage of it by releasing every issue in the main title, with the main numbering? Next issues of Gerry Conway stories are to be numbered 17.1, 18.1 and so on. Find the logic in that…

7- HOWARD THE DUCK 

03/15 Howard the Duck #1 – 85,929

Trapped in sales he never made! That is so unlike Howard The Duck to sell like this! Those are excellent debut sales, but beware of the #2 step. It could put this one in She-Hulk territory. With 7 variant covers, let’s start to fear the worst! .

8- DARTH VADER

02/15 Darth Vader #1 -  264,449
02/15 Darth Vader #2 –  107,856(-59.2%) [+7,846]
03/15 Darth Vader #3 -  85,156 (-21.0%)

Since issue #2: -14,9%

Everything is going ok for the most charismatic villain of the Star Wars universe. Issue #2 appear at a nice reorder sales level and this issue#3 fall is not bad, taking this into account.

11- THOR*
  
12/12  Thor v5 #1   - 110,443
...
02/14  Thor #19.Now–  42.034  ( 10.1%)
...
09/14  Thor v5 #25 –  53,047  (  38.4%)
10/14  Thor v6 #1  – 150,862  ( 184.4%)[10,756]
11/14  Thor v6 #2  –  89,131  ( -40.9%)
12/14  Thor v6 #3  –  72,563  ( -18.6%)
01/15  Thor v6 #4  -  69,497  ( -4.2%)
02/15  Thor v6 #5  -  69,513  ( +0.0%)
03/15  Thor v6 #6  -  70,569  ( +1.5%)

Since issue #2: -20,8%

The trend confirms: female Thor seems to work. This new arc is supposed to reveal who’s hiding behind female Thor. Expect a sales burst for the revelation issue!

12- SILK 

02/15 Silk #1 -  86,263 [+11,762]
03/15 Silk #2 -  69,369 (-19.6%)

With not so impressive debut sales, I was expecting this one to follow Jessica Drew way down but it seems I was wrong: excellent reorder activity of its #1 and an even better issue #2 step down (only 5k readers lost if we do not take into account the reorder activity): the future looks bright for Silk!

16- ALL NEW HAWKEYE*

09/12  Hawkeye v4 #2 - 33,563
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02/15  Hawkeye v4 #21 – 32,607  (- 4.6%) END
03/15  All New Hawkeye #1  -  66,608

God…Will the joke never stops? It seems there is still an old Hawkeye final issue to be released but…surprise, the relaunch is beginning before even the previous volume is over! What a mess…Extra-talented and supra-nice Ramon Perez has finally an ongoing series at one of the big two. He is fast, Jeff Lemire too, so the scheduling nightmare that was Hawkeye is finally over (well, there is still this final issue to wait for..). Those are good debut sales. It would be simply amazing if this volume would sell at the same level than the previous one, especially on the trade paperback market. Will readers make the jump from the old Hawkeye to the new one? Let’s hope so!

18- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY*

04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184
...
01/14  Guardian #11.NOW -  61,111  (  14.7%)
02/14  Guardians v3 #12 -  55,454  (  -9.3%)
03/14  Guardians v3 #13 -  56,764  (   2.4%)
04/14  Guardians v3 #14 -  53,976  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Guardians v3 #15 -  54,332  (   0.7%)
06/14  Guardians v3 #16 -  54,827  (   0.9%)
07/14  Guardians v3 #17 -  62,986  (  14.9%)
08/14  Guardians v3 #18 -  60,657  (  -3.7%) O.Sin 
09/14  Guardians v3 #19 -  55,891  (  -7.9%) O.Sin 
10/14  Guardians v3 #20 -  61,072  (   9.3%)
11/14  Guardians v3 #21 -  62,387  (   2.2%)
12/14  Guardians v3 #22 -  52,470  ( -15.9%)
01/15  Guardians v3 #23 -  51,466  ( -1.9%)
02/15  Guardians v3 #24 -  60,046  (+16.7%) B.Vortex
03/15  Guardians v3 #25 -  61,798  (+ 2.9%) B.Vortex

Since issue #2: -29.9%
Average +% TPB SALES #18-23: +3.6% 

Part 7 of Black Vortex. God, could it be even longer?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.4 HC ORIGINAL SIN 
168p, 30$, $ per page: 17.9 cents
Since March 2015: 2,241

+3.6% in sales is a good start to begin with. Remember that this is an expensive HC edition. A standard paperback edition will follow, and after that big giant editions. Selling more than 2K for a Marvel HC is a great number (it’s already a good number for a paperback edition!).

19- 28- ALL-NEW X-MEN*

11/12  All-New X-Men #2  - 100,983  
...
01/14  All-New #22.NOW   -  76,565  (+21.8%)
02/14  All-New X-Men #23 -  64,625  (-15.6%)
03/14  All-New X-Men #24 -  63,739  ( -1.4%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #25 -  63,827  (  0.1%)
04/14  All-New X-Men #26 -  58,918  ( -7.7%)
05/14  All-New X-Men #27 -  62,269  (  5.7%)
06/14  All-New X-Men #28 -  57,135  ( -8.2%)
07/14  All-New X-Men #29 -  58,817  (  2.9%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #30 -  54,882  ( -6.7%)
08/14  All-New X-Men #31 -  58,535  (  6.7%)
09/14  All-New X-Men #32 -  54,654  ( -6.6%)
10/14  All-New X-Men #33 -  60,032  (  9.8%)
11/14  ---
12/14  All-New X-Men #34 -  57,569  ( -4.1%)
01/15  All-New X-Men #35 -  51,823  (-10.0%)
02/15  All-New X-Men #36 -  49,464  ( -4.6%)
02/15  All-New X-Men #38 -  58,037  (+17.3%) B. Vortex
03/15  All-New X-Men #37 -  48,140  (-17.1%)
03/15  All-New X-Men #39 -  58,490  (+ 0.8%) B. vortex

Since issue #2: -42.1%
Average +% TPB sales #31-36: +3.2%

Yeah! Issue #37 released after issue #38. It being not a Black Vortex crossover, it goes back to the standard numbers for All New X-Men.

ALL NEW X-MEN VOL.6 HC ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
136p, 18$, cents per page: 13.2 cents 
Since March 2015: 1,901

All New X-Men is still selling nicely on the trade market in comics shops.

23- Amazing SPIDER-MAN Special Ltd

03/15  Amazing Spider-Man Special Ltd 1 of 3  -  51,632

That’s weird. Okay, we now have an example of what I was saying: here is a mini-series, selling 40k less than the main title and 20k less than .1 numbered issues. To be fair, this one is more expensive (4,99$) but is badly advertised: since when are the Specials not self-contained? This story will continue with Special #2 and Special #3. Still, despite all of this, selling a Spider-man special or mini or whatever you call it at 50k is the proof that the Spider-Man brand is at his highest right now.

24- AVENGERS

12/12  Avengers v5 #2  -  93,894
...
12/13  Avengers#24.NOW - 127,466  ( +91.7%)
01/14  Avengers v5 #25 -  65,591  ( -48.5%)
02/14  Avengers v5 #26 –  59,775  (  -8.9%)
03/14  Avengers v5 #27 -  53,966  (  -9.7%)
04/14  Avengers v5 #28 -  52,808  (  -2.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #29 -  58,661  (  11.1%)
05/14  Avengers v5 #30 -  57,099  (  -2.7%)
06/14  Avengers v5 #31 -  53,933  (  -5.5%) O.Sin 
07/14  Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595  (   4.9%) O.Sin
07/14  Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874  (  -8.3%) O.Sin
08/14  Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413  (   4.9%) O.Sin 
09/14  Avengers v5 #35 -  50,629  (  10.2%) 
10/14  Avengers v5 #36 -  56,771  (  12.1%) 
10/14  Avengers v5 #37 -  49,430  ( -12.9%)
11/14  Avengers v5 #38 -  54,368  (   4.3%)
12/14  Avengers v5 #39 -  47,062  ( -13.4%)
01/15  Avengers v5 #40 -  47,483  ( +0.9%) (SW prelude)
02/15  Avengers v5 #41 -  48,437  ( +2.0%) (SW prelude)
03/15  Avengers v5 #42 -  50,811  ( +4.9%) (SW prelude)

Since issue #2: -45.9%

When preliminaries are so long, expectations for what follows are out-of-this-world! Marvel loves to make love to….your wallet! Anyway, it’s working: it’s growing, growing…

26- UNCANNY X-MEN

02/13 Uncanny X-Men v3 #2  - 94,615
---
03/14 U X-Men #19.NOW      - 64,514 ( 17.5%)
04/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #20 - 55,359 (-14.2%)
05/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #21 - 54,747 ( -1.1%)
06/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #22 - 52,731 ( -3.7%)
07/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #23 - 55,738 (  5.7%)
07/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #24 - 53,677 (  5.7%)O.Sin
08/14 ---
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #25 -  58,062 (  8.2%)
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #26 -  51,862 (-10.7%)
10/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #27 -  57,908 ( 11.7%)
11/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #28 -  55,939 ( -3.4%)
12/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #29 -  53,502 ( -4.4%)
01/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #30 -  48,824  (-8.7%)
02/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #31 -  46,993  (-3.8%)
03/15 Uncanny X-Men v3 #32 -  49,639  (+5.6%)

Since issue #2: -47.5%
Average +% TPB sales #26-31: +2.7%

I’ll be frank : I have absolutely no idea why this title is rebounding like that. It’s not the Women of Marvel variant (it’s for issue# 33, late). It’s not the last issue of Bendis run… your guess is mine.

UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 5HC OMEGA MUTANT
136p, 25$, cents per page: 18.4 cents
Since March 2015: 1,380

Not only is this collection on the expensive side of the HCs but it’s selling rather poorly compared to its parent title, with a less than +3% from its floppy sales. Nothing really surprising here: the X-Men are not big sellers of paperbacks (except the usual classic or crossover collections).

29- 44- DEADPOOL*
 
11/12  Deadpool v4 #2  -  76,445 
...
03/14  D'pool #25.NOW  -  48,775  (  18.6%)
03/14  Deadpool v4 #26 -  44,141  (  -9.5%)
04/14  Deadpool v4 #27 -  62,037  (  40.5%)[1,992]
05/14  Deadpool v4 #28 -  45,858  (  26.1%)
05/14  Deadpool v4 #29 -  52,403  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
06/14  Deadpool v4 #30 -  54,072  (  14.3%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #31 -  49,930  (  -7.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Deadpool v4 #32 -  46,829  (  -6.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Deadpool v4 #33 -  50,023  (   6.8%) O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Deadpool v4 #34 -  58,034  (  16.0%) 
09/14  Deadpool v4 #35 -  43,554  ( -25.0%) 
10/14  Deadpool v4 #36 -  46,600  (   7.0%)(Axis)
11/14  Deadpool v4 #37 -  51,579  ( -20.8%)(Axis)
12/14  Deadpool v4 #38 -  43,433  ( -15.8%)(Axis)
12/14  Deadpool v4 #39 -  42,198  (  -2.8%)(Axis)
01/15  Deadpool v4 #40 -  42,467   (+0.6%)
01/15  Deadpool v4 #41 -  39,848   (-6.2%)
02/15  Deadpool v4 #42 -  46,104   (+15.7%)
03/15  Deadpool v4 #43 -  44,888   (- 2.6%)
03/15  Deadpool v4 #44 -  39,716   (-11.5%)

Since issue #2: -48.0%
Average +TPB sales #35-40: +10% 

This volume is at his lowest so far (this ugly -11% is probably due to a late in the month shipping date). Absolutely nothing to worry about, Deadpool is still a steady seller. And don’t forget that Marvel multiplied his profit on this title one year ago by switching it from 2,99$ to 3,99$ without any change in sales(you can still try to make your own cover paper for it). Let’s congratulate Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, who will probably sign one the longest modern run on a Marvel character.

DEADPOOL TPB VOL.7 AXIS
136p, 18$, $ per page: 13.2 cents
Since March 2015: 4,475

The New collection of the ongoing series is selling very well. People will pay the old price (3$ per issue) if they are buying the paperback version.

31- 42- NEW AVENGERS*

01/13  New Avengers v3 # 2 -  79,433 
...
03/14  N Avengers #16.NOW  -  48,731  (  0.0%)
04/14  New Avengers v3 #17 -  45,885  ( -5.8%)
05/14  New Avengers v3 #18 -  43,668  ( -4.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #19 -  41,989  ( -3.8%)
06/14  New Avengers v3 #20 -  43,962  ( -0.1%)
07/14  New Avengers v3 #21 -  42,699  (  1.8%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #22 -  42,797  (  0.2%)
08/14  New Avengers v3 #23 -  40,018  ( -6.3%)
09/14  New Avengers v3 #24 -  45,123  (-12.8%)
10/14  New Avengers v3 #25 -  42,979  ( -4.8%)
11/14  New Avengers v3 #26 -  46,318  (  7.8%)
11/14  New Avengers v3 #27 -  40,408  (-12.8%)
12/14  New Avengers v3 #28 -  39,855  ( -1.4%)
01/15  New Avengers v3 #29 -  41,116  (+3.1%) (SW prelude)
02/15  New Avengers v3 #30 -  42,827  (+4.2%) (SW prelude)
03/15  New Avengers v3 #31 -  44,444  (+3.8%)
03/15  New Avengers v3 #32 -  40,583  (-8.7%)

Since issue #2: -48.9%

You know you want your Secret Wars… Oops, what’s this? Probably only a late shipping in the month…please continue your preliminaries.

40- LEGENDARY STAR LORD*

07/14  Star Lord #1 – 78,501
08/14  Star Lord #2 – 37,109 (-52.7%)
09/14  Star Lord #3 – 32,918 (-11.3%)
10/14  Star Lord #4 – 37,123 ( 12.8%)
11/14  Star Lord #5 – 36,905 ( -0.6%)
12/14  Star Lord #6 – 32,863 (-11.0%)
01/15  Star Lord #7 – 28,174 (-14.3%)
01/15  Star Lord #8 – 25,227 (-10.5%)
02/15  Star Lord #9 – 38,655 (+53.2%)   B. Vortex
03/15  Star Lord#10 – 40,836 (+ 4.5%)

Since issue #2: +10.0%

The power of Black Vortex + a Women of Marvel variant makes Star Lord see the stars. It will shift to a seemingly romance book with Kitty Pride once Secret Wars starts. We have been waiting 30 years since the demise of Dazzler to see a romance comics back at Marvel. I can’t wait!

43- SPIDER-WOMAN

11/14  Spider-Woman #1 -  93,723 (Spider-Verse)
12/14  Spider-Woman #2 -  44,618  ( -52.4%)(Spider-Verse)
01/15  Spider-Woman #3 -  38,484  (-13.8%) (spider-Verse)
02/15  Spider-Woman #4 -  36,058  (- 6.3%)
03/15  Spider-Woman #5 -  40,068  (+11.1%)

Since issue #2: -10.2%%

That’s unexpected, to say the least. Spider-Woman having a new costume? John Byrne used to made it every issue. Spider-verse being over and Greg Land out, I would have expected the title to take a plunge. If I don’t have anything to say about the design of her new costume, doesn’t it make Jessica Drew look way much younger than she should be? We’ll see next month if it’s the costume or the Spider-Gwen effect which attracted readers back.

46- ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA*

02/14  Capt AmericaV7 #16.Now – 36,534  (   9.3%)

09/14  Captain America v7 #24 – 33,517  (   8.4%)
10/14  Captain America v7 #25 – 74,183  ( 121.3%)
11/14  Captain America v8 #1  –120,500  (  62.4%)
12/14  Captain America v8 #2  – 50,077  ( -58.4%)
01/15  Captain America v8 #3  - 50,045  ( -0.1%)
02/15  Captain America v8 #4  - 41,222  (-17.6%)
03/15  Captain America v8 #5  - 38,871  (- 5.7%)

Since issue #2: -22.4%

Falling too quickly than it should. Nothing worrying so far, the « new ” Captain America is well received but doesn’t attract that many new readers.

52- ROCKET RACCOON*

07/14  Rocket Raccoon #1  -  293,913  ( --- )[7,738]
08/14  Rocket Raccoon #2  -   56,597  (-80.7%)
09/14  Rocket Raccoon #3  -   52,288  ( -7.6%)
10/14  Rocket Raccoon #4  -   57,830  ( 10.6%)
11/14  Rocket Raccoon #5  -   52,979  ( -8.4%)
12/14  Rocket Raccoon #6  -   41,154  (-22.3%)
01/15  Rocket Raccoon #7  -   39,342  ( -4.4%)
02/15  Rocket Raccoon #8  -   38,769  ( -1.5%)
03/15  Rocket Raccoon #9  -   37,549  ( -3.1%)

Since issue #2: -33.7%
Average +% TPB Sales #1-6: +5.3%
ROCKET RACOON VOL.1 HC:  3,016

Groo is Gremlinsed in this issue. It’s so nice to be able to resume the attractiveness of an issue with so few words instead of : « and in this issue, we see the beginning of things to come, as parallel dimensions are being invaded by… On the TPB side, you can see that the first HC sold very well last month, with an amazing +5,3% only after the first release.

54- ANT-MAN *

01/15 Ant-Man #1 – 73,370
02/15 Ant-Man #2 – 40,192 (-45.2%)
03/15 Ant-Man #3 – 37,139 ( -7.6%)

Since issue #2: -7.6%)

Ant’ that sweet? It’s on its way to leveling. (joke#2 on Ant-Man: done!).

55- SUPERIOR IRON MAN*

03/14  Ir. Man #23.NOW  - 43,912  (  51.3%)
---
06/14  Iron Man v6 #28  - 28,027  (  -0.9%)
11/14  Sup. Iron Man #1 - 83,994  ( 199.7%)
11/14  Sup. Iron Man #2 - 42,621  ( -49.3%)
12/14  Sup. Iron Man #3 - 38,806  (  -9.0%)
01/15  Sup. Iron Man #4 – 38,515  (  -0,7%)
02/15  Sup. Iron Man #5 – 35,094  (  -8.9%)
03/15  Sup. Iron Man #6 – 37,113  (  +5.8%)

Since issue #2: -12.9%

Put a lady on the variant cover and you start selling more. Be ready for Iron Woman next year!

56- RETURN OF LIVING DEADPOOL Ltd

02/15  Return of Living Deadpool #1 of 4  -  41,911
03/15  Return of Living Deadpool #2 of 4  -  35,400 (-15.5%)

Only 4k below its main title. That’s the power of Deadpool: take that Spider-Man!

HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL TPB
112p, 17$, $ per page: 15.2 cents
Since March 2015: 4,846
DEADPOOL ART OF WAR TPB
96p, 13$, $ per page: 13.5 cents
Since March 2015: 4,364

Both The Hawkeye Vs Deadpool and Art Of War mini-séries sold almost as many copies as the Return of Living Deadpool mini. That means that, thanks to its paperback, those are selling +13% more. Both this percentage and the sales level they reached are great.

57- SPIDER-MAN 2099

07/14 Spider-Man 2099  #1  -  90,690  ( --- )[6,461]
08/14 Spider-Man 2099  #2  -  47,512  (-47.6%)
09/14 Spider-Man 2099  #3  -  43,418  ( -8.6%)
10/14 Spider-Man 2099  #4  -  40,755  ( -6.1%)
10/14 Spider-Man 2099  #5  -  40,880  (  0.3%)
11/14 Spider-Man 2099  #6  -  38,634  ( -5.5%)
---
01/15 Spider-Man 2099  #7 -  38,455 (-0.5%)
01/15 Spider-Man 2099  #8 -  37,484 (-2.5%)
02/15 Spider-Man 2099  #9 -  34,374 (-8.3%)
03/15 Spider-Man 2099 #10 -  33,528 (-2.5%)

Since issue #2: -29.4%
Average +% TPB Sales #1-5: +5.4%
SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOL.1 TPB: 2,556

Back to standard decline now that it’s settled that action will be in the year 2099.

58- FANTASTIC FOUR


01/14  Fantastic Four v5 #16 - 28,045  (   1.6%)
02/14  Fantastic Four v6 #1  - 65,775  ( 134.5%)
03/14  Fantastic Four v6 #2  - 37,569  ( -42.9%)
04/14  Fantastic Four v6 #3  - 34,930  (  -7.0%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #4  - 33,263  (  -4.8%)
05/14  Fantastic Four v6 #5  - 33,336  (   0.2%)
06/14  Fantastic Four v6 #6  - 33,177  (  -0.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687  (   1.5%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674  (  -8.9%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827  (  -6.0%)
09/14  Fantastic Four v6 #10 - 28,118  (  -2.5%)
10/14  Fantastic Four v6 #11 - 26,938  (  -4.2%)
10/14  Fantastic Four v6 #12 - 26,638  (  -1.1%)
11/14  Fantastic Four v6 #13 - 25,432  (  -4.5%)
12/14  Fantastic Four v6 #14 - 24,716  (  -2.8%)
01/15  Fantastic Four   #642 – 30,118  ( +21,9%)
02/15  Fantastic Four   #643 – 32,302  ( + 7.3%)
03/15  Fantastic Four   #644 – 32,947  ( + 2.0%)

Since issue #2: -12.3%

The incoming death of someone of the cast is still doing wonders for Fantastic Four. Helas, with only 4 members, the recipe could prove to be a problem to reproduce.

59- MS. MARVEL*

02/14  Ms. Marvel #1 -  50,286  (  --- ) [15,155]
03/14  Ms. Marvel #2 -  38,357  (-23.7%) [3,440]
04/14  Ms. Marvel #3 -  37,140  ( -3.2%)
05/14  Ms. Marvel #4 -  34,839  ( -6.2%)
06/14  Ms. Marvel #5 -  33,795  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Ms. Marvel #6 -  36,041  (  6.6%)
08/14  Ms. Marvel #7 -  32,866  ( -8.8%)
09/14  Ms. Marvel #8 -  32,182  ( -2.1%)
10/14  Ms. Marvel #9 -  32,915  (  2.3%)
---
12/14  Ms. Marvel #10 - 30,282  ( -8.0%)
---
02/15  Ms. Marvel #11 – 29,851  ( -1.4%)
02/15  Ms. Marvel #12 – 29,054  ( -2.7%)
03/15  Ms. Marvel #13 – 32,425  (+11.6%)

Since issue #2: -15.5%
Average +% TPB sales: +17%

+3k only because of a Women of Marvel variant cover? Do people know that there is a woman on the cover every month with this title?

MS MARVEL VOL.2 GENERATION WHY TPB
136p, 16$, $ per page: 11,8 cents
Since March 2015: 5,400

A new TPB is out and it’s selling like crazy. 5,400 is an excellent number for this. Ms Marvel is selling an amazing average +17% in comic shops thanks to this trade, and it’s only by taking into account its first month of release sales and no other format or printing so far.

64- X-MEN
 
12/12  X-Men v3 #39  -  29,326  
...
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542
...
02/14  X-M  #10.Now -  52,486  (   6.2%)
02/14  X-Men v4 #11 -  47,498  (  -9.5%)
03/14  X-Men v4 #12 -  44,135  (  -7.1%)
04/14  X-Men v4 #13 -  42,065  (  -4.7%)
05/14  X-Men v4 #14 -  39,499  (  -6.1%)
06/14  X-Men v4 #15 -  38,271  (  -3.1%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #16 -  38,937  (   1.7%)
07/14  X-Men v4 #17 -  36,255  (  -6.9%)
08/14  X-Men v4 #18 -  35,543  (  -2.0%)
09/14  X-Men v4 #19 -  33,737  (  -5.1%)
10/14  X-Men v4 #20 -  33,004  (  -2.2%)
11/14  X-Men v4 #21 -  31,468  (  -4.7%)
12/14  X-Men v4 #22 -  30,200  (  -4.0%)
01/15  X-Men v4 #23 -  29,650  (  -1.8%)
02/15  X-Men v4 #24 -  28,414  (  -4.2%)
03/15  X-Men v4 #25 -  30,876  (  +8.7%)

Since issue #2: -58.0% 
X-MEN VOL.4 TPB: 1,592 

It’s probably confusing for Marvel: the variant cover on this one was not labeled as a Women of Marvel variant BUT there was a Women of Marvel month sticker on its cover in the Previews. Well, 2.4K people decided that « Hey, if Psylocke in on the variant cover, that’s a Women of Marvel variant ”. Settled.

70- DAREDEVIL

02/14  Daredevil v3 #36 – 31,494  ( -1.8%)
03/14  Daredevil v4 #1  - 76,006  (141.3%)[1,948]
04/14  Daredevil #1.50  - 48,462  (-36.2%)
04/14  Daredevil v4 #2  - 42,811  (-11.7%)
05/14  Daredevil v4 #3  - 39,316  (-8.2%)
06/14  Daredevil v4 #4  - 37,902  (-3.6%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #5  - 36,825  (-2.8%)
07/14  Daredevil v4 #6  - 37,959  ( 3.1%)
07/14  Daredevil  #0.1  - 33,437
08/14  Daredevil v4 #7  - 36,785  (-3.1%)
09/14  Daredevil v4 #8  - 37,739  ( 2.6%)
10/14  Daredevil v4 #9  - 33,996  (-9.9%)
11/14  Daredevil v4 #10 - 32,438  (-4.6%)
12/14  Daredevil v4 #11 - 31,382  (-3.3%)
01/15  Daredevil v4 #12 – 31,989  (+1.9%)
02/15  Daredevil v4 #13 – 31,483  (-1.6%)
03/15  Daredevil v4 #14 – 29,575  (-6.1%)

Since issue #2: -31.9%
Average +% TPB Sales #6-10: +5.5%
DAREDEVIL VOL.2 TPB: 2,098

Going for the first time below 30K. The end of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee run is near.

73- THANOS VS HULK  

12/14  Thanos vs Hulk Ltd #1  -  39,862  
01/15  Thanos vs Hulk Ltd #2  -  33,891 (-15.0%)
02/15  Thanos vs Hulk Ltd #3  -  31,337 (-7.5%)
03/15  Thanos vs Hulk Ltd #4  -  29,406 (-6.2%)

Good old-fashioned comics still sell.

113- NOVA

02/14  Nova#13.Now – 26,147  (   4.4%)
03/14  Nova v5 #14 – 23,459  ( -10.3%)
03/14  Nova v5 #15 – 22,996  (  -2.0%)
04/14  Nova v5 #16 – 22,020  (  -4.2%)
05/14  Nova v5 #17 – 21,652  (  -1.7%)
06/14  Nova v5 #18 – 25,875  (  19.5%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Nova v5 #21 – 22,338  (  -8.4%)
10/14  Nova v5 #22 – 22,485  (   0.7%) 
11/14  Nova v5 #23 – 21,706  (  -3.5%)(Axis) 
11/14  Nova v5 #24 – 21,575  (  -0.6%)(Axis)
12/14  Nova v5 #25 – 21,805  (   1.1%)(Axis) 
01/15  Nova v5 #26 – 19,639  (  -9.9%)
02/15  Nova v5 #27 – 19,168  (  -2.4%)
03/15  Nova v5 #28 – 29,175  ( +52.2%) B. Vortex

Is it really reasonable to let this title breathe on its own only 2 months between crossovers? Black Vortex is of course attracting readers.

76- MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN

04/14  Ult. Spider-Man #200   - 41,608  ( 50.5%)
05/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #1 - 45,864  ( 10.2%)
06/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #2 - 38,231  (-16.6%)
07/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #3 - 37,240  ( -2.6%)
08/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #4 - 34,836  ( -6.5%)
09/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #5 - 34,140  ( -2.0%)
10/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #6 - 33,057  ( -3.2%)
11/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #7 - 31,607  ( -4.4%)
12/14  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #8 - 31,448  ( -0.5%)
01/15  M.M. Ult Spider-man #9 – 30,135  ( -4.2%)
02/15  M.M. Ult Spider-man #10- 29,321  ( -2.7%)
03/15  M.M. Ult Spider-Man #11- 29,101  ( -0.8%)

Since issue #2: -23.9%

Really stable, which is a performance seeing that it’s the sole survivor of a dead line.

79- 81- 84- 87- WOLVERINES 

01/15 Wolverines #1 – 73,650
01/15 Wolverines #2 – 43,573  (-41.8%)
01/15 Wolverines #3 – 42,051  (- 3.5%)
01/15 Wolverines #4 – 39,790  (- 5.4%)
02/15 Wolverines #5 – 32,953  (-17.2%)
02/15 Wolverines #6 – 31,710  (-3.8%)
02/15 Wolverines #7 – 30,617  (-3.4%)
02/15 Wolverines #8 – 29,923  (-2.3%)
03/15 Wolverines #9 – 28,004  (-6.4%)
03/15 Wolverines #10– 27,590  (-1.5%)
03/15 Wolverines #11– 27,148  (-1.6%)
03/15 Wolverines #12– 26,755  (-1.4%)

Since issue #2: -38.6%

After a first-issue-of-the-month adjustment, this one has a standard readers attrition. Still, probably not the success expected by Marvel…

85- AMAZING X-MEN
  
11/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #1   - 112,337  (+434.4%)
12/13  Amazing X-Men v2 #2   -  60,870  ( -45.8%)
01/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #3   -  51,431  ( -15.5%)
02/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #4   -  48,161  (  -6.4%)
03/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #5   -  46,242  (  -4.0%)
04/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #6   -  45,095  (  -2.5%)
05/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #7   -  42,512  (  -5.7%)
06/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #8   -  41,613  (  -2.1%)
07/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #9   -  40,562  (  -2.5%)
08/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #10  -  36,405  ( -10.2%)
09/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #11  -  34,552  (  -5.1%)
10/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #12  -  32,966  (  -4.6%)
11/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #13  -  36,338  (  10.2%)
12/14  Amazing X-Men v2 #14  -  31,468  ( -13.4%)(Axis)
01/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #15  -  29,868  ( -5.1%)
01/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #16  -  28,416  ( -4.9%)
02/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #17  -  27,513  ( -3.2%)
03/15  Amazing X-Men v2 #18  -  27,058  ( -1.7%)

Since issue #2: -55.5%

Stabilized at a shamefully low level.

86- 93- HULK

12/12  Incred Hulk v5 #2   - 63,653
...
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  ( -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551 
04/14  Hulk v3 #2          - 40,590  (-44.8%)
05/14  Hulk v3 #3          - 37,639  ( -7.3%)
06/14  Hulk v3 #4          - 35,377  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Hulk v3 #5          - 34,903  ( -1.3%)
09/14  Hulk v3 #6          - 33,032  ( -5.4%)
10/14  Hulk v3 #7          - 35,084  (  6.2%)
11/14  Hulk v3 #8          - 34,483  ( -1.7%)
12/14  Hulk v3 #9          - 27,697  (-19.7%)
01/15  Hulk v3 #10	       - 27,553  ( -0.5%)
02/15  Hulk v3 #11	       - 27,317  ( -0.9%)
03/15  Hulk v3 #12         - 25,568  ( -6.4%)
03/15  Hulk v3 #13         - 26,890  ( +5.2%)

Since issue #2: -33.8%
Average +% TPB sales #5-10: +4.0%

Call in Deadpool and suddenly your sales problems are over!

HULK TPB VOL.2 OMEGA HULK
136p, 20$, cents per page: 14.7 cents
Since March 2015: 1,412

If Hulk collections can still be justified by the amount of copies they sell (you would have to reach less than 1,000 to do that), it’s not changing the fact that currently Hulk is a poor seller.

88- UNBEATTABLE SQUIRREL GIRL*

01/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 - 41,693
02/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 – 24,621 (-40.9%)
03/15 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 – 26,586 ( +8.0%)

Since issue #2: +8.0%

Excellent stagnation. Yes, stagnation, because the +2-3K readers come from the Women of Marvel variant.

91- SPIDER-MAN and THE X-MEN
  
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
---
11/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #12 - 28,457  (  1.2%)
12/14  Spider/X-Men v1 #1  - 61,952  (117.7%)
01/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #2  - 34,329  (-44.6%)
02/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #3  - 29,025  (-15.5%)
03/15  Spider/X-Men v1 #4  - 26,247  ( -9.6%)

since issue #2: -23.5%

This one will be out so quickly everybody will forget it ever existed in 6 months.

94- ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN

12/14  Angela #1 -  61,398  
01/15  Angela #2 -  36,992  (-39.8%)
02/15  Angela #3 -  31,096  (-15.9%)
03/15  Angela #4 -  25,529  (-17.9%)

Since issue #2: -31.0%

Not all female characters are equal in Asgard. Angela is starting to realize it.

95- INHUMAN *

04/14  Inhuman #1 - 58,309  
05/14  Inhuman #2 - 41,810 ( -28.3%) 
08/14  Inhuman #3 - 37,159 ( -11.1%) 
08/14  Inhuman #4 - 34,215 (  -7.9%) 
09/14  Inhuman #5 - 32,719 (  -4.4%) 
09/14  Inhuman #6 - 30,761 (  -6.0%) 
10/14  Inhuman #7 - 29,903 (  -2.8%)
11/14  Inhuman #8 - 50,766 ( -15.0%)
12/14  Inhuman #9 - 25,962 ( -48.9%)
12/14  Inhuman #10- 25,445 (  -2.0%)
01/15  Inhuman #11- 24,410  (- 4.1%)
02/15  Inhuman #12- 24,689  (+ 1.1%)
03/15  Inhuman #13- 25,510  (+ 3.3%)
---
Since issue #2: -39.0%
Average +% TPB sales #7-12: +5.9%

Only 900 more readers for a Women of Marvel title? It could hide a fall in sales. The answer next month!

INHUMAN TPB VOL.2 AXIS
136p, 20$, cents per page: 14.7 cents
Since March 2015: 1,777

This new collection is not putting the charts on fire but has nothing to be ashamed of.

104- MAGNETO

03/14  Magneto #1 – 55,337
04/14  Magneto #2 – 35,772  (-35.4%)[2,297]
05/14  Magneto #3 – 35,504  ( -0.7%)
05/14  Magneto #4 – 33,070  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Magneto #5 – 32,837  ( -0.7%)
07/14  Magneto #6 – 32,675  ( -0.5%)
07/14  Magneto #7 – 31,001  ( -5.1%)
08/14  Magneto #8 – 29,727  ( -4.1%)
09/14  Magneto #9 – 31,563  (  6.2%)(Axis)
09/14  Magneto #10– 30,769  ( -2.5%)(Axis)
10/14  Magneto #11– 31,642  (  2.8%)(Axis)
11/14  Magneto #12– 30,107  ( -4.9%)(Axis)
12/14  Magneto #13– 27,418  ( -8.9%)
01/15  Magneto #14- 26,306  (- 4.1%)
02/15  Magneto #15- 24,052  (- 8.6%)
03/15  Magneto #16- 22,888  (- 4.8%)

Since issue #2: -36.0%

I have completly misjudged the sales trajectory of this title. If the number of copies it sold is great, the fact that it’s still losing readers at such an alarming rate so late in its run makes me think that people seem unhappy for a reason with it. (or just don’t have enough money to spend on it anymore with all those Marvel events).

105- MOON KNIGHT
  
12/11  Moon Knight v4 #8  -  24,626  
---
03/14  Moon Knight v5 #1  -  58,022 (  --- ) [7,266]
04/14  Moon Knight v5 #2  -  40,885 (-29.5%) [3,621]
05/14  Moon Knight v5 #3  -  42,607 (  4.2%)
06/14  Moon Knight v5 #4  -  40,348 ( -5.3%)
07/14  Moon Knight v5 #5  -  38,630 ( -4.3%)
08/14  Moon Knight v5 #6  -  37,646 ( -2.5%)
09/14  Moon Knight v5 #7  -  35,630 ( -5.4%)
10/14  Moon Knight v5 #8  -  32,434 ( -9.0%)
11/14  Moon Knight v5 #9  -  28,739 (-11.4%)
12/14  Moon Knight v5 #10 -  26,633 ( -7.3%)
01/15  Moon Knight v5 #11 -  24,464 ( -8.1%)
02/15  Moon Knight v5 #12 -  23,486 ( -4.0%)
03/15  Moon Knight v5 #13 -  22,871 ( -2.6%)

Since issue #2: -44.0%

Another new creative team. Yeah, it had the same effect on you than on sales…

109- BLACK WIDOW*

01/14  Black Widow #1  - 53,879
01/14  Black Widow #2  - 31,260  ( -42.0%)
02/14  Black Widow #3  – 28,127  ( -10.0%)
03/14  Black Widow #4  – 27,378  (  -2.7%)
04/14  Black Widow #5  – 27,055  (  -1.2%)
05/14  Black Widow #6  – 26,136  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Black Widow #7  – 25,423  (  -2.7%)
07/14  Black Widow #8  – 24,555  (  -3.4%)
08/14  Black Widow #9  – 24,885  (   1.3%)
09/14  Black Widow #10 – 23,687  (  -4.8%)
10/14  Black Widow #11 – 23,922  (   1.0%)
11/14  Black Widow #12 – 22,971  (  -4.0%)
12/14  Black Widow #13 – 21,444  (  -6.6%)
01/15  Black Widow #14 – 20,292  ( - 5,4%)
02/15  Black Widow #15 – 20,581  ( + 1.4%)
03/15  Black Widow #16 – 21,607  ( + 5.0%)

Since issue #2: -30.9%

The magic of Women of Marvel variant. That’s so silly on a female theme book. Still, it works. Comics never cease to surprise me.

110- SILVER SURFER

03/14  Silver Surfer v7 #1 -  64,919  (  --- )[2,757]
04/14  Silver Surfer v7 #2 -  39,132  (-39.7%)
06/14  Silver Surfer v7 #3 -  36,075  ( -7.8%)
07/14  Silver Surfer v7 #4 -  32,747  ( -9.2%)
08/14  Silver Surfer v7 #5 -  31,125  ( -5.0%)
10/14  Silver Surfer v7 #6 -  28,052  ( -9.9%)
11/14  Silver Surfer v7 #7 -  25,759  ( -8.2%)
---
01/15 Silver Surfer #8 -  23,420 (-9.1%)
02/15 Silver Surfer #9 -  21,716 (-7.3%)
03/15 Silver Surfer #10-  21,100 (-2.8%)

Since issue #2: -46.0%

Struggling to stay above 20K. Expect a jump in sales with the Last Days banner.

114- CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS

09/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #14 - 21,516  ( -4.3%)
10/14  ---
11/14  Cap & M. Avengers  #1  - 60,206  (179.8%)
11/14  Cap & M. Avengers  #2  - 34,428  (-42.8%)
12/14  Cap & M. Avengers  #3  - 28,744  (-16.5%)
01/15  Cap & M. Avengers  #4  - 25,352  (-11.8%)
02/15  Cap & M. Avengers  #5  - 22,246  (-12.3%)
03/15  Cap & M. Avengers  #5  - 20,235  (- 9.0%)

Since issue #2: -41.2%

It will stop so quickly that people will remember it as a mini-series. Amazing cover by Sanford Greene!

118- PUNISHER

02/14  Punisher v10 #1  – 54,558  (   --- )
02/14  Punisher v10 #2  – 31,709  ( -41.9%)
03/14  Punisher v10 #3  – 29,636  (  -5.6%)
04/14  Punisher v10 #4  – 28,435  (  -5.0%)
05/14  Punisher v10 #5  – 27,471  (  -3.4%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #6  – 26,606  (  -3.1%)
06/14  Punisher v10 #7  – 26,192  (  -1.6%)
07/14  Punisher v10 #8  – 25,957  (  -0.9%)
08/14  Punisher v10 #9  – 25,876  (  -0.3%)
09/14  Punisher v10 #10 – 23,680  (  -8.5%)
10/14  Punisher v10 #11 – 28,710  (  21.2%)
11/14  Punisher v10 #12 – 21,785  ( -24.1%)
12/14  Punisher v10 #13 – 21,248  (  -2.5%)
01/15  Punisher v10 #14 – 21,382  (+ 0.4%)
02/15  Punisher v10 #15 – 19,825  (- 7.3%)
03/15  Punisher v10 #16 – 21,607  (+ 9.0%)

Since issue #2: -31.9%

Frank castle is going to Washington. Did it attract extra Washington local readers or doest this +9% correct the last month weird -7.3% due perhaps to late shipping?

119- AVENGERS WORLD

01/14  Avengers World #2 – 53,693
...
05/14  Avengers World #6 – 28,969  ( -6.9%)
06/14  Avengers World #7 – 27,854  ( -3.8%)
06/14  Avengers World #8 – 26,912  ( -3.4%)
07/14  Avengers World #9 – 24,771  ( -8.0%)
07/14  Avengers World #10– 24,196  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Avengers World #11– 23,493  ( -2.9%)
09/14  Avengers World #12– 22,375  ( -4.8%)
09/14  Avengers World #13– 21,599  ( -3.5%)
10/14  Avengers World #14– 21,095  ( -2.3%)
11/14  Avengers World #15– 27,139  ( 28.7%)(Axis)
12/14  Avengers World #16– 20,853  (-23.2%)(Axis)
---
02/15  Avengers World #17– 20,228  (-3.0%)
03/15  Avengers World #18- 19,497  (-4.6%)

Since issue #2: -63.7%
Average +% TPB sales #10-16: +4.6%
AVENGERS WORLD VOL.3 TPB: 1,111

Falling into the « will you please stop with all those Avengers books? ” zone.

120- NOVA ANNUAL

03/15 Nova Annual #1 -  18,776

Selling the same amount than the usual title. Nova fans are faithful.

122- LOKI,AGENT OF ASGARD

02/14  Loki #1 -  41,921  (  --- )
03/14  Loki #2 -  27,968  ( -33.3%)
04/14  Loki #3 -  27,472  (  -1.8%)[2,269]
05/14  Loki #4 -  26,012  (  -7.0%)
06/14  Loki #5 -  24,794  (  -4.7%)
09/14  Loki #6 -  25,131  (   1.4%)(Axis)
10/14  Loki #7 -  25,430  (   1.2%)(Axis)
11/14  Loki #8 -  23,333  (  -8.2%)(Axis)
12/14  Loki #9 -  21,697  (  -7.0%)(Axis)
01/15  Loki #10-  19,856  ( - 8.5%)
02/15  Loki #11-  18,623  ( - 6.2%)
03/15  Loki #12-  17,940  (  -3.7%)
---
Since issue #2: -35.9%

The Last Days banner to come will probably put this one back over the 20K limit.

124- BIG THUNDER MOUTAIN ROAD LTD

03/15 Big Thunder Mountain Road Ltd #1 of 5– 17,567

Flushed between two super-heroic Marvel solicitations, this comics adaptation of a Disney theme-park attraction is doing well.

125- GUARDIANS 3000

10/14  Guardians 3000 #1  -  58,574  (---)
11/14  Guardians 3000 #2  -  34,467  (-41.2%)
12/14  Guardians 3000 #3  -  25,509  (-26.0%)
01/15  Guardians 3000 #4  -  20,318  (-20.3%)
02/15  Guardians 3000 #5  -  18,155  (-10.6%)
03/15  Guardians 3000 #6  -  17,494  (- 3.6%)

Since issue #2: -49.2%

Half the debut readers are now gone. I’m crying right now.

128- NIGHTCRAWLER

12/04  Night crawler #3 – 31,437
---
04/14  Nightcrawler #1 – 49,426
05/14  Nightcrawler #2 – 35,356 (-28.5%)
06/14  Nightcrawler #3 – 31,743 (-10.2%)
07/14  Nightcrawler #4 – 27,990 (-11.8%)
08/14  Nightcrawler #5 – 25,627 ( -8.4%)
09/14  Nightcrawler #6 – 23,921 ( -6.7%)
10/14  Nightcrawler #7 – 23,379 ( -2.3%)
11/14  Nightcrawler #8 – 21,845 ( -6.6%)
12/14  Nightcrawler #9 – 20,317 ( -7.0%)
01/15  Nightcrawler #10- 18,832 (-7.3%)
02/15  Nightcrawler #11- 17,620 (-6.4%)
03/15  Nightcrawler #12- 17,069 (-3.1%) END

Since issue #2: -51.7%

Ended with half its readers gone. Still, it worked better than Cyclops and Storm. Good old-time writers perhaps have something to teach to modern ones.

133- Iron Fist: Living Weapon
  
04/14  Iron Fist LW #1 -  53,613 (  --- )[2,350]
05/14  Iron Fist LW #2 -  33,643 ( -37.2%)
06/14  Iron Fist LW #3 -  29,816 ( -11.4%)
07/14  Iron Fist LW #4 -  26,147 ( -12.3%)
08/14  Iron Fist LW #5 -  24,178 (  -7.5%)
09/14  Iron Fist LW #6 -  21,926 (  -9.3%)
10/14  ---
11/14  ---
12/14  Iron Fist LW #7 -  19,526 ( -10.9%)
01/15  Iron Fist LW #8 -  17,676 ( -9.5%)
02/15  Iron Fist LW #9 -  16,413 (- 7.1%)
03/15  Iron Fist LW #10-  16,237 (- 1.1%)

Since issue #2: -51.7%

Stabilized , at last.

137- SECRET AVENGERS

02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #16 – 20,022  (  -0.2%)
03/14  Secret Avengers v3 #1  - 34,036  (  70.0%)
04/14  Secret Avengers v3 #2  - 24,724  ( -27.4%)
05/14  Secret Avengers v3 #3  - 22,860  (  -7.5%)
06/14  Secret Avengers v3 #4  - 21,335  (  -6.7%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #5  - 20,088  (  -5.8%)
07/14  Secret Avengers v3 #6  - 19,435  (  -3.3%)
08/14  Secret Avengers v3 #7  - 20,017  (   3.0%)
09/14  Secret Avengers v3 #8  - 18,680  (  -6.7%)
10/14  Secret Avengers v3 #9  - 18,974  (   1.6%)
11/14  Secret Avengers v3 #10 - 17,652  (  -7.0%)
12/14  Secret Avengers v3 #11 - 17,109  (  16.5%)
01/15  Secret Avengers v3 #12 – 16,525  (  -3.4%)
02/15  Secret Avengers v3 #13 – 16,159  (  -2.2%)
03/15  Secret Avengers v3 #14 – 15,719  (  -2.7%)

Since issue #2: -36.4%
Average +% TPB sales #6-10: +6.5%

I’m just wondering: is there any character left in the Marvel Universe who hasn’t been an Avengers or an X-men?

SECRET AVENGERS VOL. 2 TPB LABYRINTH
112p, 13$, cents per page: 11.6 cents
Since March 2015: 1,269

If the collected edition is selling moderately, it has a very nice price tag.

 143- BUCKY BARNES WINTER SOLDIER 

05/14  Winter Soldier Bitter March #4 -  19,930  
---
10/14  Bucky Barnes: Winter Solder #1 -  47,471  
11/14  Bucky Barnes: Winter Solder #2 -  32,409  (-31.7%)
---
01/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #3 -  22,125 (-31,7%)
01/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #4 -  19,280 (-12,9%)
02/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #5 -  17,647 (- 8.5%)
03/15 Bucky Barnes winter soldier #6 -  15,150 (-14.1%)

Since issue #2: -53.3%

Atrocious sales trajectory.

145- EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE

09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #2  - 76,909  [+14,789]

Second month in a row that the first appearance of Spider-Gwen is selling in reorders. The new-released titles below must really feel bad about it.

148- CYCLOPS

05/14  Cyclops #1 – 47,468
06/14  Cyclops #2 – 31,132 ( -34.4%)
07/14  Cyclops #3 – 25,925 ( -16.7%)
08/14  Cyclops #4 – 23,305 ( -16.7%)
09/14  Cyclops #5 – 21,874 (  -6.1%)
10/14  Cyclops #6 – 20,115 (  -8.0%)
11/14  Cyclops #7 – 18,371 (  -8.7%)
12/14  Cyclops #8 – 17,146 (  -6.7%)
01/15  Cyclops #9 – 16,287 (  -5.0%)
02/15  Cyclops #10- 15,091 (  -7.3%)
03/15  Cyclops #11- 14,481 (  -4.0%)

Since issue #2: -53.5%

Falling blindly to a crash.

156- OPERATION SIN

01/15 Operation Sin #1 of 5 -  26,732
02/15 Operation Sin #2 of 5 -  16,240 (-39.2%)
03/15 Operation Sin #3 of 5 -  13,811 (-15.0%)

Half the debut buyers are gone. Good luck for them or shops to sell only the first part of this mini-series.

158- STORM

07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)
09/14  Storm #3 – 22,078 ( -12.6%)
10/14  Storm #4 – 19,862 ( -10.0%)
11/14  Storm #5 – 17,999 ( - 9.4%)
12/14  Storm #6 – 17,028 ( - 5.4%)
01/15  Storm #7 – 15,784 ( - 7.3%)
02/15  Storm #8 – 14,155 ( -10.3%)
03/15  Storm #9 – 13,712  (- 3.1%)

Since issue #2: -45.7%
Average +% TPB Sales #1-5: +6.1%
STORM VOL.1 TPB: 1,542

At least they tried…

159- MIRACLE MAN

01/14  Miracleman #1  - 52,313
01/14  Miracleman #2  - 36,927  ( -29.4%)
02/14  Miracleman #3  – 25,970  ( -32.6%)  
03/14  Miracleman #4  – 23,557  (  -9.3%)
04/14  ---
05/14  Miracleman #5  – 22,399  (  -4.9%)
05/14  Miracleman #6  – 20,598  (  -8.0%)
06/14  Miracleman #7  – 19,123  (  -7.2%)
07/14  Miracleman #8  – 17,654  (  -7.7%)
08/14  Miracleman #9  – 16,466  (  -6.7%)
09/14  Miracleman #10 – 15,409  (  -6.4%)
10/14  Miracleman #11 – 14,824  (  -3.8%)
10/14  Miracleman #12 – 14,634  (  -1.3%)
11/14  Miracleman #13 – 14,155  (  -3.3%)
---
01/15 Miracle Man #14 -  14,024 (-0.9%)
02/15 Miracle Man #15 -  14,548 (+3.7%)
03/15 Miracle Man #16 -  13,595 (-6.6%)

Since issue #2: -63.2%

Business as usual.

163. POWERS

05/14  Bureau #10   -  9,002  (  0.5%)
06/14  ---
07/14  ---
08/14  ---
09/14  Bureau #11   -  8,747  ( -2.8%)
10/14  ---
11/14  Bureau #12   -  8,379  ( -4.2%)
---
---
01/15 Powers #1 -  16,467 
---
03/15 Powers #2 -  12,266 (-25.5%)

It should have been issue #4. It’s still time to come back to reason and make this title a bimonthly. There is still 50% readers more than the previous volume.

166- ALL NEW GHOST RIDER

03/14  All New Ghost Rider  #1  -  50,072 (  --- )[2,567]
04/14  All New Ghost Rider  #2  -  29,429 (-41.2%)
05/14  All New Ghost Rider  #3  -  27,756 ( -5.7%)
06/14  All New Ghost Rider  #4  -  24,627 (-11.3%)
07/14  All New Ghost Rider  #5  -  21,820 (-11.4%)
08/14  All New Ghost Rider  #6  -  20,679 ( -5.2%)
09/14  All New Ghost Rider  #7  -  18,718 ( -9.5%)
10/14  All New Ghost Rider  #8  -  17,907 ( -4.3%)
11/14  All New Ghost Rider  #9  -  15,566 (-13.1%)
---
01/15 All New Ghost Rider #10 -  13,866 (-10.9%)
02/15 All New Ghost Rider #11 -  12,490 (- 9.9%)
03/15 All New Ghost Rider #12 –  11,923 (-4.5%) 

Since issue #2: -59.5%

Will the Secret Wars rebrand push this one over 20K. That’s quite a long shot.

168 – MARVELS ANT-MAN PRELUDE LTD

02/15 Marvels Ant-Man Prelude Ltd #1 – 14,971
03/15 Marvels Ant-Man Prelude Ltd #2 – 11,800 (-21.2%)

Selling as expected. The success of the paperback will be tied to the success of the movie.

164. ELEKTRA

04/14  Elektra #1 -  47,676 (  --- )
05/14  Elektra #2 -  26,612 (-44.2%)
06/14  Elektra #3 -  22,773 (-14.4%)
07/14  Elektra #4 -  19,125 (-16.0%)
08/14  Elektra #5 -  17,209 (-10.0%)
09/14  Elektra #6 -  16,136 ( -6.2%)
10/14  Elektra #7 -  15,021 ( -6.9%)
11/14  Elektra #8 -  14,132 ( -5.9%)
12/14  Elektra #9 -  13,241 ( -6.3%)
01/15  Elektra #10-  12,121  (-8,5%)
---
03/15  Elektra #11-  11,634  (-4.0%)  END

Since issue #2: -56.3%

A critic favorite, but not in sales!

178- DARK TOWER DRAWING 3 HOUSE CARDS LTD

03/15 Dark Tower D3HC Ltd #1 of 5 – 11,107

10K readers can’t wait for the paperback.

190- DEATHLOK

12/09 Deathlok #2 – 14,059
---
10/14 Deathlok #1 – 43,991
11/14 Deathlok #2 – 20,883 (-52.5%)
12/14 Deathlok #3 – 18,112 (-13.3%)
01/15 Deathlok #4 – 14,498 (-20.0%)
02/15 Deathlok #5 – 12,053 (-16.9%)
03/15 Deathlok #6 – 10,066 (-16.5%)

Since issue #2: -51.8%

Half the debut readers are gone. Why is it losing so many readers with each issue?

205- MU GUARDIANS OF GALAXY

02/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #1 – 12,047 
03/15 MU guardians of Galaxy #2 –  9,108 (-24.4%)

Starting to approach standard sales level for this kind of young-readers title. It will not have the time to reach it, seeing that it’s cancelled with issue #4.

 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I seem to remember a while back that Heavy Metal magazine did the same thing with women featured on their covers. They reported sales were much higher when women were on the cover, so they were featured there from then on. Wouldn’t be surprised if the big two followed suit here, at least as a theme on monthly variant covers.

  2. The Women of Marvel Variants were called that because the artists were women, not the characters. Some of the covers featured male characters (like the Legendary Star-Lord cover by Sana Takeda).

  3. Tessa: thanks for the correction. Well, it seems they took the opportunity to also almost put everytime female characters on the variant cover.
    HsssH: I don’t follow the delay reports (too much of them), could be. Perhaps they again did the double shipping thing and couldn’t keep the pace?

  4. I think a good part of the Guardians 3000 sales fall is the bad art. So blocky and indistinct at times if feels like the book is bush league work.

  5. Princess Leia was literally sold as an ongoing by Marvel. The print subscription was for 12 issues. As a matter of fact you can still sign up for a 12 month sub as of right now.

  6. It’s heartbreaking that “Elektra” had to end so soon. I mean, clearly, Marvel can’t justify continuing an ongoing that’s consistently outsold by fucking “Miracleman” reprints, but… *extended groan*

    Maybe more readers will take a chance on artist Del Mundo’s next project: “Weirdworld”?

    PS: I’m really digging the way you’re handling this column, Xavier. Keep up the good work!

  7. Another great analysis!

    I’m not surprised by Deathlok’s spiral into oblivion. It…never seemed like a good title to launch in the first place. Even with a solid creative team. I think Marvel is bloating their market, which is why a lot of titles tend to fall quickly (see Storm, Cyclops, Avengers World). At $4 cover price, fans just can’t justify the extra pull unless it blows them away.

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