Marvel Month-to-Month Sales: September 2014: There’s life in that there death

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by Jason Enright

September is always an interesting month because DC does its big line-wide event with crazy covers and Marvel has to find a way to compete. The answer this year was Death of Wolverine, which shipped two issues this month and landed the number 1 and number 2 spots. DC still won overall market share, but Marvel still managed to make a few headlines themselves and capture those top two spots. Beyond those books, there is a lot of standard attrition this month and a lot of books ramping up for AXIS which is likely to lead into several new series and rebooted series over the next few months. Below is a breakdown of some of this month’s stats which includes a rise in the number of $4.99 books, which is very interesting.

79 books in total
11 double shipped books
5 X-Men books (7 if you count X-Factor and X-Force)
7 Avengers books (8 if you count the Ultimates)
2 Annuals
4 Original Sin and Original Sin Tie-In books

2 titles over 100,000 copies
2 titles between 75,000 and 100,000 copies
13 titles between 50,000 and 75,000 copies
27 titles between 25,000 and 50,000 copies
35 titles under 25,000
14 $4.99 books
61 $3.99 books
4 $2.99 books

Thanks as always to ICV2.com and Milton Griepp for their permission to use these figures.

1, 2. WOLVERINE
09/04  Wolverine v3 #19 –  65,042
09/09  Wolverine v3 #78 -  60,651
09/11  Wolverine v4 #16 -  37,796	 
09/12	 Wolverine #313	 -  39,262	 
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09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
11/13  Wolverine v5 #11 -  35,394  (  +2.1%)
12/13  Wolverine v5 #12 -  32,274  (  -8.8%)
01/14  Wolverine v5 #13 -  31,164  (  -3.4%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #1  -  88,923  ( 185.3%)
02/14  Wolverine v6 #2  -  47,339  ( -46.8%)
03/14  Wolverine v6 #3  -  40,735  ( -14.0%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #4  -  37,732  (  -7.4%)
04/14  Wolverine v6 #5  -  37,563  (  -0.4%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #6  -  35,571  (  -5.3%)
05/14  Wolverine v6 #7  -  35,039  (  -1.5%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #8  -  40,491  (  15.6%)
06/14  Wolverine v6 #9  -  32,333  (   4.5%)
07/14  Wolverine v6 #10 -  47,813  (  12.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #11 -  49,181  (   2.9%)
08/14  Wolverine v6 #12 -  50,570  (   2.8%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #1 – 261,975  (418.0%)
09/14  Death of Wolv #2 - 129,999  (-50.4%)
---
6 mnth  ( 219.1%)
1 year  ( 261.9%)
2 year  ( 231.0%)
3 year  ( 243.9%)
5 year  ( 114.3%)
10 year (  99.1%)

What does it take to give Wolverine the best sales he has had in years? You just have to kill him. This is going to be a 4 part series, and the first two issues bring in Marvel’s best sales this month. This is a 4 issue series split over 2 months and it will be interesting to see if the final issue (where Wolverine actually dies) gets a big sales spike like issue 1 did.

5. Amazing SPIDER-MAN
09/04  Am Spi #511  –  87,231
09/09  Am Spi #603  -	62,517
09/11  Am Spi #669  -	71,944
09/12  Am Spi #694  -  58,461
---
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118 (+14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178 (-10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671 ( +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309 ( +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940 (-12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250 ( +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105 ( -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131 ( -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311 (  1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591 ( -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405 ( 19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477 (-12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568 (  1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431 ( -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484 ( 79.6%)[13,234]
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.S. Tie-In
08/14  Amazing v3 #5- 101,655 (-13.8%)O.S. Tie-In
09/14  Amazing v3 #6-  93,564 ( -8.0%)
---
6 mnth  (  24.0%)
1 year  (  16.7%)
2 year  (  25.0%)
3 year  (   1.3%)
5 year  (  16.6%)
10 year (   7.3%)

Spider-Man is settling down a bit after its big launch and Original Sin Tie-In issues, but with Spider-Verse right around the corner, it should get another sales boost soon.

7. Original Sin
04/14  Original Sin #0 -  73,024 [6,166] 
05/14  Original Sin #1 - 147,045  (101.4%)
05/14  Original Sin #2 -  92,643  (-37.0%)
06/14  Original Sin #3 –  93,351  (  0.8%)
06/14  Original Sin #4 -  88,508  ( -5.2%)
07/14  Original Sin #5 -  91,420  (  3.3%)
07/14  Original Sin #6 -  89,324  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #7 -  91,291  (  2.2%)
09/14  Original Sin #8 -  90,478  ( -0.9%)

Original Sin stayed remarkably stable around 90k for its entire run and its tie-ins boosted a lot of other books. People say they hate events, but these books bring in a lot of money for Marvel and boost the whole line, so it is very clear why Marvel keeps doing them.

12. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
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09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
11/13  Superior #21 -  74,940  ( -12.2%)
11/13  Superior #22 -  81,250  (  +8.4%)
12/13  Superior #23 -  77,105  (  -5.1%)
12/13  Superior #24 -  76,131  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Superior #25 -  77,311  (   1.5%)
01/14  Superior #26 -  72,591  (  -6.1%)
02/14  Supr #27.Now -  86,405  (  19.0%)
02/14  Superior #28 -  75,477  ( -12.6%)
03/14  Superior #29 -  76,568  (   1.4%)
03/14  Superior #30 -  75,431  (  -1.5%)
04/14  Superior #31 – 135,484  (  79.6%)[13,234]
08/14  Superior #32 -  87,604  ( -35.3%)
09/14  Superior #33 -  72,894  ( -16.8%)
---
6 mnth  (  -3.4%)
1 year  (  -9.1%)

Superior Spider-man has returned for Spider-Verse and the numbers are falling a little more quickly than his previous run. This title will go away again next month as it is absorbed back into Spider-Verse.

22. Amazing Spider-Man #1.X
05/14  Amazing Spi #1.1  - 116,555 
06/14  Amazing Spi #1.2  -  86,315  (-25.9%)
07/14  Amazing Spi #1.3  -  74,285  (-13.9%)
08/14  Amazing Spi #1.4  -  66,431  (-10.6%)
09/14  Amazing Spi #1.5  -  63,986  ( -3.7%)

The final issue for this 5 part miniseries ends very strongly and this being a Spider-Man year one type book will probably help it become a strong trade paperback seller.

27, 40, 46. Edge of Spider-Verse
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #1  - 59,237 
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #2  - 54,415  (-8.1%)
09/14  Edge of Spider-Verse #3  - 51,530  (-5.3%)

Edge of Spider-Verse is a 5 part series with each issue focusing on a new Spider character that will be important in Spider-Verse. All of them are doing quite well so far and word is that many of them have sold out of their initial print runs.

28. UNCANNY X-MEN
09/04 Unc X-Men #449   – 93,894
09/09 Unc X-Men #515   – 73,523
09/11 Unc X-Men #543   - 58,326
09/12 Unc X-Men v2 #18 - 59,794
---
09/13 Unc X-Men v3 #12 - 76,790 (+16.9%)
10/13 Unc X-Men v3 #13 - 75,202 ( -2.1%)
11/13 Unc X-Men v3 #14 - 65,655 (-12.7%)
12/13 Unc X-Men #15.INH- 62,692 ( -4.5%)
01/14 Unc X-Men v3 #16 - 58,676 ( -6.4%)
02/14 Unc X-Men v3 #17 – 56,163 ( -4.3%)
03/14 Unc X-Men v3 #18 - 54,902 ( -2.2%)
03/14 Unc X-Men #19.NOW- 64,514 ( 17.5%)
04/14 Unc X-Men v3 #20 - 55,359 (-14.2%)
05/14 Unc X-Men v3 #21 - 54,747 ( -1.1%)
06/14 Unc X-Men v3 #22 - 52,731 ( -3.7%)
07/14 Unc X-Men v3 #23 - 55,738 (  5.7%)
07/14 Unc X-Men v3 #24 - 53,677 (5.7%)[5,627]O.S.T
08/14  ---
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #25 - 58,062 (  8.2%)O.S.T
09/14 Uncanny X-Men v3 #26 - 51,862 (-10.7%)
---
6 mnth  ( -19.6%)
1 year  ( -32.5%)
2 year  ( -13.0%)
3 year  ( -11.1%)
5 year  ( -29.5%)
10 year ( -44.8%)

Issue 25 was an Original Sin Tie-In and had a S.H.I.E.L.D. variant which gave it a nice sales boost, but then issue 26 fell back down to where the sales would have been before Original Sin. It will be interesting to see if it falls below 50k and how long it stays there.

29, 66. DEADPOOL
09/09  Deadpool v3 #14  - 50,436  
09/11  Deadpool v3 #42 -  26,643 
09/12  Deadpool v3 #59 -  28,351 
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09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
11/13  Deadpool v4 #19 -  44,184  (  -6.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #20 -  43,653  (  -1.2%)
12/13  Deadpool v4 #21 -  43,066  (  -1.3%)
01/14  Deadpool v4 #22 -  41,765  (  -3.0%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #23 -  41,204  (  -1.3%)
02/14  Deadpool v4 #24 -  41,130  (  -0.2%)
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%) 
---
6 mnth  (  -1.3%)
1 year  (  -4.0%)
2 year  (  54.0%)
3 year  (  63.5%)
5 year  ( -13.6%)

Deadpool 34 had a 3D dancing Deadpool variant which helped boost sales, but issue 35 dropped right back down to the low 40k range where the sales were before the Original Sin tie-ins.

36. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
09/09 Guardians v2 #18 -  24,875
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09/13 Guardians v3 #6  - 69,030 (-37.5%)
10/13 Guardians v3 #7  - 68,647 ( -0.6%)
10/13 Guardians v3 #8  - 63,494 ( -7.5%)
11/13 ---
12/13 Guardians v3 #9  - 57,665 ( -9.2%)
12/13 Guardians v3 #10 - 53,527 ( -7.2%)
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.S.T
09/14 Guardians v3 #19 - 55,891 ( -7.9%) O.S.T
---
6 mnth  (   -1.5%)
1 year  (  -19.0%)
5 year  (  124.7%)

The second Original Sin Tie-In issue drops 5k issues but it still stays around 55k. As the fanfare of the movie dies down, I wonder if the series will continue to be able to support these sales numbers and all the spin-off series. There is also an upcoming crossover event with the X books that should boost sales for both series.

39. ALL-NEW X-MEN
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09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #18 -  82,365  ( -0.6%)
11/13  All-New X-Men #19 -  71,044  (-13.7%)
12/13  All-New X-Men #20 -  68,189  ( -4.0%)
01/14  All-New X-Men #21 -  62,876  ( -7.8%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -14.3%)
1 year  ( -35.1%)

All-New X-Men has been bouncing around between 54k and 58k for the last few months. Bendis currently has the X-Men in the Ultimate Universe interacting with Miles Morales for the next few months, and with the Ultimate universe slumping in sales it will be interesting to watch how that affects this book’s numbers.

43. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
09/04  Thor v2 #84  - 37,340
09/09  Thor    #603 - 65,210
09/11  Thor v4 #4   - 45,231  
09/12  Thor v4 #19  - 30,289 
---
09/13  Thor v5 #13 - 48,007  ( +7.0%)
10/13  Thor v5 #14 - 46,008  ( -4.2%)
11/13  Thor v5 #15 - 41,259  (-10.3%)
12/13  Thor v5 #16 - 39,597  ( -4.0%)
01/14  Thor v5 #17 - 38,913  ( -1.7%)
01/14  Thor v5 #18 - 38,190  ( -1.9%)
02/14  Thor #19.Now– 42,034  ( 10.1%)
03/14  Thor v5 #20 – 37,895  ( -9.8%)
04/14  Thor v5 #21 – 38,055  (  0.4%)
05/14  Thor v5 #22 – 36,945  ( -2.9%)
06/14  Thor v5 #23 – 36,540  ( -1.1%)
07/14  Thor v5 #24 – 38,330  (  4.9%)
08/14  ---
09/14  Thor v5 #25 – 53,047  (  38.4%)
---
6 mnth  (  40.0%)
1 year  (  10.5%)
2 year  (  75.0%)
3 year  (  17.3%)
5 year  ( -18.7%)
10 year (  42.1%)

Thor #25 is the final issue before next month’s relaunch with the new female Thor. It was an oversized issue with several variants, and gave the series a nice boost before the relaunch.

44. 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%)

Rocket Raccoon is stabilizing nicely with a very small issue 3 drop. Looks like Marvel has another big hit on its hands.

49, 60. AVENGERS
09/04 Avengers   #502 –  93,100
09/11 Avengers v4 #17 –  61,492
09/12 Avengers v4 #30 -  58,609
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09/13 Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489 (+23.8%)
09/13 Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388 (-19.6%)
10/13 Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751 ( -3.5%)
10/13 Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735 ( -1.4%)
11/13 Avengers v5 #23 -  66,501 ( -6.0%)
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.S.T
07/14 Avengers v5 #32 -  56,595 (  4.9%) O.S.T
07/14 Avengers v5 #33 -  51,874 ( -8.3%) O.S.T
08/14 Avengers v5 #34 -  54,413 (  4.9%) O.S.T
09/14 Avenge v5 #34.1 -  45,942 (-15.6%) 
09/14 Avengers v5 #35 -  50,629 ( 10.2%) 
---
6 mnth  (  -6.2%)
1 year  ( -45.3%)
2 year  ( -14.0%)
3 year  ( -17.7%)
10 year ( -45.6%)

Both issues were 40 page issues and issue 35 is the start of the new “Time Runs Out” arc that jumps 8 months into the future to the post-AXIS timeline. Marvel recently announced that they are building up to a big Secret Wars event next year and this book will likely play directly into it. At some point before or after that event, this book will likely relaunch.

52. UNCANNY AVENGERS
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09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 - 73,357 (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 - 60,597 (-17.4%)
11/13  Uncanny Avengers #14 - 60,750 ( +0.3%)
12/13  Uncanny Avengers #15 - 57,035 ( -6.1%)
01/14  Uncanny Avengers #16 - 54,670 ( -4.1%)
02/14  Uncanny Avengers #17 – 53,181 ( -2.7%)
03/14  U Avengers #18.NOW   - 63,516 ( 19.4%)
04/14  Uncanny Avengers #19 – 52,381 (-17.5%)
05/14  Uncanny Avengers #20 – 51,886 ( -0.9%)
06/14  Uncanny Avengers #21 – 49,762 ( -4.1%)
07/14  Uncanny Avengers #22 – 50,253 (  1.0%)
08/14  Uncanny Avengers #23 – 50,974 (  1.4%)
09/14  Uncanny Avengers #24 – 49,469 ( -3.0%) AXIS
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6 mnth  ( -22.1%)
1 year  ( -25.4%)

Uncanny Avengers #24 is a build-up issue that leads into AXIS. This book will go away with issue 25 as AXIS starts next month and then will be relaunching in January with a new post-AXIS lineup.

64. NEW AVENGERS
09/09  New Avengers v1 #56 -  85,526  
09/11  New Avengers v2 #16 -  57,959  
09/12  New Avengers v2 #30 -  56,742  
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09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  4.2%)
11/13  New Avengers v3 #12 -  58,807  ( -7.0%)
12/13  N Avengers #13.INH  -  56,624  ( -3.7%)
01/14  ---
02/14  New Avengers v3 #14 -  50,668  (-10.5%)
03/14  New Avengers v3 #15 -  47,178  ( -6.9%)
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%)
---
6 mnth  (  -7.4%)
1 year  ( -25.6%)
2 year  ( -20.0%)
3 year  ( -22.1%)
5 year  ( -47.2%)

New Avengers is also jumping 8 months into the future to a post-AXIS storyline and gets a nice sales boost of 5k issues.

67. 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%)

Spider-Man 2099 is leveling out nicely after a big first issue drop and with tie-ins to the upcoming Spider-Verse event it should be able to hold on to these sales for a while.

68. ORIGINAL SIN #5.X
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07/14  Original Sin #5.1 – 48,596
07/14  Original Sin #5.2 – 46,110 (  -5.1%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.3 – 44,139 (  -4.3%)
08/14  Original Sin #5.4 – 42,665 (  -3.3%)
09/14  Original Sin #5.5 – 43,399 (   1.7%)

The final issue of this Thor/Loki/Angela crossover ends with pretty solid numbers and sets Angela up for a nice debut next month. It will be interesting to see how that book debuts.

70, 83. DEADPOOL vs.
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #1 – 57,275 [4,497]
04/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #2 – 49,374  (-13.8%)[2,757]
05/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #3 – 46,688  ( -5.4%)
06/14  Dpool vs. Carnage #4 – 47,228  (  1.2%)
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #1 - 54,762  ( --- )
07/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #2 - 45,047  (-17.7%)
08/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #3 - 38,471  (-14.6%)
09/14  Dpool vs. X-Force #4 – 35,748  ( -7.1%)
09/14  Dpool vs. Hawkeye #0 – 42,960  ( 20.2%)

The latest Deadpool Vs. book brings Hawkeye into the fold. It debuts slightly better than where Deadpool vs. X-Force ended but not as good as high as the last two series debuted. I am really interested to see how long they can get money out of the Deadpool cash cow with all these spin-offs.

75. Deadpool Bi-Annual
09/14  Deadpool Bi-Annual #1  -  38,709  (---)

Speaking of the Deadpool cash cow, here we have a Bi-annual. It still sold pretty well, and it looks like Deadpool and all the spinoffs are here to stay.

81. DAREDEVIL
09/04  Daredevil v2 #64  – 52,256
09/11  Daredevil v3 #4   – 40,311
09/12  Daredevil v3 #18  - 37,185 
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09/13  Daredevil v3 #31 - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32 - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
11/13  Daredevil v3 #33 - 32,966  ( -5.7%)
12/13  Daredevil v3 #34 - 32,331  ( -1.9%)
01/14  Daredevil v3 #35 - 32,067  ( -0.8%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -50.3%)
1 Year  (   2.9%)
2 Year  (   1.0%)
3 Year  (  -6.4%)
10 Year ( -27.8%)

Daredevil is incredibly stable around 36 to 37k. Marvel needs more of these solid sellers.

84. MOON KNIGHT
09/09  Vengeance of MK#1  -  32,370  
09/11  Moon Knight v4 #5  -  28,423  
---
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%)
---
6 Mnth  (-38.6%)
3 year  ( 25.4%)
5 year  ( 10.1%)

Season 2 of Moon Knight is here. The change in creative team didn’t hurt or help the book really. This is just standard attrition. Of course, over the next few months the creative team change might have a stronger effect as fans choose whether or not to stick with the book.

85. AMAZING X-MEN
09/04  Astonishing X-Men #3  - 131,544  
09/11  Astonishing X-Men #42 -  32,700  
09/12  Astonishing X-Men #54 -  30,225  
---
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  (  -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  (  -0.0%)
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%)
---
6  mnth  ( -25.3%)
1  year  (  64.2%)
2  year  (  14.0%)
3  year  (   5.7%)
10 year  ( -73.7%)

Amazing X-Men continues to drop a little more than standard attrition each month. After the current Wendigo storyline, it will have some AXIS issues, which should give it a bit of a sales boost.

86. HAWKEYE
09/12  Hawkeye v4 #2 - 33,563
---
09/13  ---
10/13  Hawkeye v4 #13 - 40,476  ( -0.9%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #14 - 39,863  ( -1.5%)
11/13  Hawkeye v4 #15 – 39,546  ( -0.8%)
12/13  ---
01/14  Hawkeye v4 #16 - 37,074  ( -6.3%)
02/14  ---
03/14  Hawkeye v4 #17 – 35,545  ( -4.1%)
04/14  Hawkeye v4 #18 – 35,045  ( -1.4%)
05/14  ---
06/14  ---
07/14  Hawkeye v4 #19 – 34,131  ( -2.6%)
08/14  ---
09/14  Hawkeye v4 #20 – 34,169  (  0.1%)
---
6 mnth  (  -2.5%)
2 year  (   2.0%)

Hawkeye is ending with issue #22 and the sales are staying solidly around 34k. At NYCC, they announced that Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez will be taking over with a new Hawkeye #1 next year, and it will be interesting to see if the sales can be as steady as this volume, and if the schedule can be a bit more consistent.

87. MILES MORALES ULT SPIDER-MAN
09/04  Ult. Spider-Man v1 #64 –  94,684
09/09  Ult. Spider-Man v2 #1  –  85,917
09/12  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #13 -  42,642
---
09/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #27 - 32,200  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Ult. Spider-Man v3 #28 - 31,462  ( -2.3%)
11/13  Cataclysm USM #1 of 3  - 36,541  (+16.1%)
12/13  Cataclysm USM #2 of 3  - 30,293  (-17.1%)
01/14  Cataclysm USM #3 of 3  - 27,650  ( -8.7%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
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%)
---
1 year  ( -20.0%)
2 year  ( -18.0%)
5 year  ( -60.3%)
10 year ( -63.9%)

The sales for Mile Morales are staying very consistent which is good seeing as how the rest of the Ultimate books aren’t doing very well.

88. X-MEN
09/04  X-Men v2 #162 -  89,873  
09/11  X-Men v3 #18  -  42,066  
09/12  X-Men v3 #36  -  31,996  
---
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
11/13  X-Men v4 #7  -  56,968  ( -20.9%)
12/13  X-Men v4 #8  -  53,201  (  -6.6%)
01/14  X-Men v4 #9  -  49,412  (  -7.1%)
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%)
---
6  mnth  ( -23.6%)
1  year  ( -54.0%)
2  year  (   5.0%)
3  year  ( -19.8%)
10 year  ( -62.5%)

Standard attrition for X-men but a new creative team is starting in January which should help boost sales.

89. CAPTAIN AMERICA
09/04 Captain America v4 #31 - 37,126  
09/09 Cap America Reborn #2  –108,240  
09/11 Captain America    #2  - 54,413 
09/12 Captain America v6 #17 - 34,279  
---
09/13 Capt America v7 #11 - 38,521 ( -2.1%)
10/13 Capt America v7 #12 - 38,684 ( +0.4%)
11/13 Capt America v7 #13 - 36,147 ( -6.6%)
12/13 Capt America v7 #14 - 34,532 ( -4.5%)
01/14 Capt America v7 #15 - 33,433 ( -3.2%)
02/14 Capt America#16.Now – 36,534 (  9.3%)
02/14 Capt America v7 #17 – 33,312 ( -8.8%)
03/14 Capt America v7 #18 – 33,642 (  1.0%)
04/14 Capt America v7 #19 – 34,420 (  2.3%)
05/14 Capt America v7 #20 – 30,341 ( -9.3%)
06/14 Capt America v7 #21 – 30,427 (  0.3%)
07/14 Capt America v7 #22 – 34,563 ( 13.6%)
08/14 Capt America v7 #23 – 30,927 (-10.5%)
09/14 Capt America v7 #24 – 33,517 (  8.4%) AXIS
---
6 Mnth  (  -0.4%)
1 Year  ( -13.0%)
2 Year  (  -2.0%)
3 Year  ( -38.4%)
5 Year  ( -69.0%)
10 Year (  -9.7%)

Sales are on the rise as we get closer to a new Captain America #1 in November and the series ties into AXIS.

90. HULK
09/09  Incred Hulk    #602 - 51,540
09/11  Hulk           #41  – 26,084
09/12  Incred Hulk v4 #14  - 33,887
---
09/13  Indestructible #13  - 41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14  - 40,963  (  -2.0%)
11/13  Indestructible #15  - 37,025  (  -9.6%)
11/13  Indestructible #16  - 35,871  (  -3.1%)
12/13  Hulk #17.INH        - 35,679  (  -0.5%)
01/14  Hulk #18.INH        - 33,056  (  -7.4%)
02/14  Indestructible #19  - 31,192  (  -5.6%)
03/14  Indestructible #20  - 30,042  (  -3.7%)
04/14  Hulk v3 #1          - 73,551  ( 144.8%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  (  10.0%)
1 Year  ( -21.0%)
2 Year  (  -3.0%)
3 Year  ( -26.6%)
5 Year  ( -35.9%)

The change from Mark Waid to Gerry Duggan hasn’t really hurt or helped sales as standard attrition continues.

91. 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%)

Star Lord isn’t leveling out as quickly as some of the other new books and isn’t doing nearly as well as Rocket or the main Guardians book. With the announcement of a new Gamora book in early 2015, it will be interesting to see how many spinoffs Guardians can support.

92. 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%)

Inhuman 5 and 6 continues with an attrition that is a little steep. It would be really interesting to see how this book would have fared without the 3 month delay. With the delay this book is dropping a little too fast to be the considered healthy.

93. 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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -16.1%)

Ms. Marvel continues to be very stable as it does a second arc with lots of Marvel guest stars.

94, 95. 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
---
6 Mnth  ( -44.4%)

Magneto gets a slight bump as it ties into the lead up to AXIS this month.

72, 73. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
09/12  Wolverine/X-Men #17  - 54,768  
---
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
11/13  Wolverine/X-Men #38 - 39,098  (-31.9%)
12/13  Wolverine/X-Men #39 - 39,063  ( -0.1%)
01/14  Wolverine/X-Men #40 - 36,855  ( -5.7%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #41 – 35,800  ( -2.9%)
02/14  Wolverine/X-Men #42 – 35,392  ( -1.1%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #1  - 54,675  ( 54.5%)
03/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #2  - 40,386  (-26.1%)
04/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #3  - 36,407  ( -9.9%)
05/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #4  - 33,521  ( -7.9%)
06/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #5  - 32,511  ( -3.0%)
07/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #6  - 32,995  (  1.5%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #7  - 30,409  ( -7.8%)
08/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #8  - 29,795  ( -2.0%)
09/14  Wolver/X-Men v2 #9  - 28,965  ( -2.8%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -47.0%)
1 Year  ( -51.5%)
2 Year  ( -47.0%)

Wolverine and the X-men will be ending with issue 12 in November to be replaced by Spider-man and the X-Men in December as Spider-man visits the Jean Grey School to mentor the kids following Wolverine’s death.

98. FANTASTIC FOUR
09/04 Fantastic Four #517   – 48,936
09/09 Fantastic Four #571   – 47,428
09/12 Fantastic Four #609   - 35,388
---
09/13 Fantastic Four v5 #12 - 31,426 ( -3.8%)
10/13 Fantastic Four v5 #13 - 31,561 ( +0.4%)
11/13 Fantastic Four v5 #14 - 28,679 ( -9.1%)
12/13 Fantastic Four v5 #15 - 27,610 ( -3.7%)
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.
07/14 Fantastic Four v6 #7  - 33,687 (  1.5%) O.S.
08/14 Fantastic Four v6 #8  - 30,674 ( -8.9%) O.S.
08/14 Fantastic Four v6 #9  - 28,827 ( -6.0%)
09/14 Fantastic Four v6 #10 - 28,118 ( -2.5%)
---
6 mnth  ( -25.2%)
1 year  ( -10.5%)
2 year  ( -21.0%)
5 year  ( -40.7%)
10 year ( -42.5%)

Fantastic Four sales are low but somewhat stable right now following the Original Sin tie-in. Marvel just announced that the new story arc in January will lead to the end of the Fantastic Four and probably a few months off before a new series launched.

99. Hulk ANNUAL
---
09/14  Hulk Annual #1 – 27,255

The Annual sell about 6k less than the main book which is pretty standard.

102. 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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -10.1%)

Loki gets a nice boost from an AXIS tie-in, putting it back above the 25k mark.

106. Nightcrawler
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%)

Nightcrawler continues to drop a little too fast and is nearing that 20k line where books are dangerous.

107. 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%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -13.5%)

Black Widow drops another 1000 copies, but there are still issues planned through December and perhaps with the first trade out now it will start to find more readers.

108. PUNISHER
09/04  Punisher v7 #11  – 44,036
09/09  Punisher v8 #9   – 28,400
09/11  Punisher v9 #3   - 26,802
---
09/13  Trial #1 of 2    - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2    - 20,143  (-11.0%)
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
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%)
---
6 mnth  ( -20.9%)
3 year  ( -11.6%)
5 year  ( -16.6%)
10 year ( -46.2%)

Punisher has a big drop of 2000 issues this month and falls below the 25k mark. It is not in danger yet, but it is getting close.

111. SAVAGE HULK
---
06/14  Savage Hulk #1 – 44,177
07/14  Savage Hulk #2 – 31,194 ( -29.4%)
08/14  Savage Hulk #3 – 24,774 ( -20.6%)
09/14  Savage Hulk #4 – 22,875 ( -7.7%)

The Hulk anthology series continues to drop. Like the Wolverine anthology it seems to be difficult for these to find and hold their audience due to their rotating creative teams and storylines.

112.  AVENGERS WORLD
01/14  Avengers World #1 - 86,727
01/14  Avengers World #2 - 53,693  (-38.1%)
02/14  Avengers World #3 – 39,999  (-25.5%)
03/14  Avengers World #4 – 34,397  (-14.0%)
04/14  Avengers World #5 – 31,110  ( -9.6%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -37.2%)

Avengers World continues its standard attrition of around 3%. It is solicited through issue 16 in December, but with all the shakeups coming to the Avengers lines because of AXIS it could get rebooted.

113. NOVA
09/09  Nova v4 #29 - 23,904
---
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
11/13  Nova v5 #10 - 32,716  ( +1.2%)
12/13  Nova v5 #11 - 27,982  (-14.5%)
01/14  Nova v5 #12 - 25,043  ( -10.5%)
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.
07/14  Nova v5 #19 – 24,580  (  -5.0%) O.S.
08/14  Nova v5 #20 – 24,377  (  -0.8%) O.S.
09/14  Nova v5 #21 – 22,338  (  -8.4%) 
---
6 Mnth  (  -2.9%)
1 Year  ( -40.9%)
5 Year  (  -6.6%)

Following the Original Sin tie-ins, Nova drops right back where it was before the tie-in and is on its way to the dreaded 20k mark.

117. STORM
---
07/14  Storm #1 – 47,566
08/14  Storm #2 – 25,268 ( -46.9%)
09/14  Storm #3 – 22,078 ( -12.6%)

Storm continues to drop fast which is not good.

118. Iron Fist: Living Weapon
09/04  Iron Fist #6    -  17,985  
---
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 year (21.9%)

Iron Fist is getting dangerously close to the cancellation line. It is solicited through issue 7 in November which is the start of its second arc.

119. 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%)

Issue 5 is the final Greg Rucka issue and the new creative team starts next month. Currently Cyclops is solicited through #8 in December, but it is very close to the danger zone.

121. MIGHTY AVENGERS
09/09  Mighty Avengers   #28 -  61,258  
---
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)
11/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #3 -  42,210  (-23.1%)
12/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #4 -  35,740  (-15.3%)
01/14  Mighty Avengers#5.INH -  30,251  (-15.4%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #6 -  27,195  (-10.1%)
02/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #7 -  26,512  ( -2.5%)
03/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #8 -  24,933  ( -6.0%)
04/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #9 -  23,903  ( -4.1%)
05/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #10 - 28,711  ( 20.1%)
06/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #11 - 26,221  ( -8.7%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #12 - 24,851  ( -5.2%) O.S. Tie-In
08/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #13 - 22,490  ( -9.5%)
09/14  Mighty Avengers v2 #14 - 21,516  ( -4.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -13.7%)
1 Year  ( -78.9%)
5 Year  ( -64.9%)

Mighty Avengers will be rebooting in November as Captain America & the Mighty Avengers. Hopefully adding the new Captain America to the title will help boost sales.

122. SHE-HULK
09/04  She-Hulk v1  #7  - 25,302
---
02/14  She-Hulk #1      - 41,921  (  --- )[3,270]
03/14  She-Hulk #2      - 26,675  (-36.3%)
04/14  She-Hulk #3      - 27,398  (  2.7%)
05/14  She-Hulk #4      - 25,543  ( -6.8%)
06/14  She-Hulk #5      - 24,736  ( -3.2%)
07/14  She-Hulk #6      - 23,562  ( -3.2%)
08/14  She-Hulk #7      - 22,883  ( -2.9%)
09/14  She-Hulk #8      - 21,349  ( -6.7%)
---
6 Mnth   (-20.0%)
10 Year  (-15.6%)

She-Hulk is getting really close to that 20k mark, but is still solicited through December’s issue 11.

123. X-FORCE
09/04  X-Force v2 #2  - 50,988  
09/09  X-Force v3 #19 - 49,775  
09/11  X-Force v4 #15 - 53,771 
09/12  X-Force v4 #31 - 44,061  
---
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
11/13  X-Force v5 #14 - 28,885  ( -5.5%)
12/13  X-Force v5 #15 - 27,567  ( -4.6%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #16 - 27,701  (  0.5%)
01/14  X-Force v5 #17 - 27,319  ( -1.4%)
02/14  X-Force v6 #1  - 47,427  ( 73.6%)
03/14  X-Force v6 #2  - 33,079  (-30.3%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #3  - 29,541  (-10.7%)
04/14  X-Force v6 #4  - 28,067  ( -5.0%)
05/14  X-Force v6 #5  - 26,215  ( -6.6%)
06/14  X-Force v6 #6  - 24,358  ( -7.1%)
07/14  X-Force v6 #7  - 23,675  ( -2.8%)
08/14  X-Force v6 #8  - 22,299  ( -5.8%)
09/14  X-Force v6 #9  - 21,263  ( -4.6%)
---
6 mnth  ( -35.7%)
1 year  ( -41.2%)
2 year  ( -52.0%)
3 year  ( -60.5%)
5 year  ( -57.3%)
10 year ( -58.3%)

X-Force is another series that is very close to the dangerous 20k line, but still solicited through December.

124, 175. Dark Tower: Drawing of Three
---
09/14  Dark tower: DoT #1 – 21,072
09/14  Dark tower: DoT #2 – 12,356  ( -41.4%)

Decent debut followed by a large drop for the last Dark Tower series. This will likely be an under 10k book.

125. CAPTAIN MARVEL
09/09  Ms. Marvel #45        - 30,502  
09/12  Captain Marvel #4     - 24,799  
---
09/13  Captain Marvel v6 #16 - 22,845  ( -2.8%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Captain Marvel v6 #17 - 18,173  (-20.5%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Captain Marvel v7 #1  - 44,248  
04/14  Captain Marvel v7 #2  - 28,008 (-36.7%)
05/14  Captain Marvel v7 #3  - 26,057 ( -7.0%)
06/14  Captain Marvel v7 #4  - 24,062 ( -7.7%)
07/14  Captain Marvel v7 #5  - 23,666 ( -1.6%)
08/14  Captain Marvel v7 #6  - 21,221 (-10.3%)
09/14  Captain Marvel v7 #7  - 21,022 ( -0.9%)
---
6 mnth  ( -52.5%)
1 year  (  -8.0%)
2 year  ( -15.0%)
5 year  ( -31.1%)

Captain Marvel is actually fairly steady this month, but that ever present 20k line is very close.

126, 127. ALL-NEW X-FACTOR
09/09  X-Factor #49    - 29,909  
09/11  X-Factor #225   - 23,507  
09/12  X-Factor #244   - 22,193  
---
09/13  X-Factor #262   - 20,382  ( +3.0%)
10/13  ---
11/13  ---
12/13  ---
01/14  X-Factor v4 #1  - 45,727  (
01/14  X-Factor v4 #2  - 32,228  ( -29.5%)
02/14  X-Factor v4 #3  - 29,915  (  -3.2%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #4  - 27,337  (  -8.6%)
03/14  X-Factor v4 #5  - 26,656  (  -2.5%)
04/14  X-Factor v4 #6  - 26,029  (  -2.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #7  - 24,873  (  -4.4%)
05/14  X-Factor v4 #8  - 24,283  (  -2.4%)
06/14  X-Factor v4 #9  - 23,720  (  -2.3%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #10 - 22,563  (  -4.9%)
07/14  X-Factor v4 #11 - 22,428  (  -0.6%)
08/14  X-Factor v4 #12 - 21,352  (  -4.8%)
09/14  X-Factor v4 #13 - 20,615  (  -3.5%)
09/14  X-Factor v4 #14 - 20,820  (   1.0%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -23.8%)
1 Year  (   2.1%)
2 Year  (  -6.0%)
3 Year  ( -11.4%)
5 Year  ( -30.4%)

Although there has not been confirmation from Marvel as far as I can tell, Peter David mentioned that this book would be ending with issue 20 which will likely be out in January or February.

128. THUNDERBOLTS
09/09  Thunderbolts  #136  - 34,002  
09/11  Thunderbolts  #163  - 24,199  
---
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
11/13  Thunderbolts v2 #18 - 26,502  ( -6.4%)
12/13  Thunderbolts v2 #19 - 24,959  ( -5.8%)
01/14  Thunderblts #20.NOW - 28,994  ( 16.2%)
01/14  Thunderbolts v2 #21 - 24,293  (-16.2%)
02/14  Thunderbolts v2 #22 – 23,629  ( -2.7%)
03/14  Thunderbolts v2 #23 – 22,701  ( -3.9%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #24 – 22,619  ( -0.4%)
04/14  Thunderbolts v2 #25 – 22,092  ( -2.3%)
05/14  Thunderbolts v2 #26 – 21,771  ( -1.5%)
06/14  Thunderbolts v2 #27 – 21,778  (  0.0%)
07/14  Thunderbolts v2 #28 – 21,652  ( -0.6%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #29 – 21,144  ( -2.3%)
08/14  Thunderbolts v2 #30 – 21,016  ( -0.6%)
09/14  Thunderbolts v2 #31 – 20,591  ( -2.0%)
---
6 Mnth  (  -9.3%)
1 Year  ( -30.7%)
3 Year  ( -14.9%)
5 Year  ( -39.4%)

Thunderbolts will end with issue 32 next month.

132. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #11 -  30,338  ( -9.8%)
11/13  Savage Wolverine #12 -  29,739  ( -2.0%)
12/13  Savage Wolverine #13 -  27,490  ( -7.6%)
01/14  Savage #14.NOW       -  30,370  ( 10.5%)
02/14  Savage Wolverine #15 -  25,190  (-17.1%)
03/14  Savage Wolverine #16 -  24,008  ( -4.7%)
04/14  Savage Wolverine #17 -  22,350  ( -6.9%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #18 -  21,599  ( -3.4%)
05/14  Savage Wolverine #19 -  21,144  ( -2.1%)
06/14  Savage Wolverine #20 -  20,725  ( -2.0%)
07/14  Savage Wolverine #21 -  20,050  ( -3.3%)
08/14  Savage Wolverine #22 -  19,124  ( -4.6%)
09/14  Savage Wolverine #23 -  18,877  ( -1.3%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -21.4%)
1 Year  ( -50.6%)

Final issue of the Wolverine anthology.

133. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER
09/11  Ghost Rider #3 - 22,180 
---
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%)
---
6 Mnth ( -62.6%)
3 year ( -15.6%)

There was a rumor that this book might be ending with issue 12 but then Axel Alonso said that wasn’t the case. Still this book seems to be having trouble finding its audience.

134. SECRET AVENGERS
09/11  Secret Avengers    #17 - 44,890
09/12  Secret Avengers    #31 - 35,987
---
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
11/13  Secret Avengers v2 #11 - 25,326  ( -13.1%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #12 - 23,863  (  -5.8%)
12/13  Secret Avengers v2 #13 - 23,172  (  -2.9%)
01/14  Secret Avengers v2 #14 - 21,372  (  -7.8%)
02/14  Secret Avengers v2 #15 – 20,059  (  -6.1%)
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -45.1%)
1 Year  ( -24.9%)
2 Year  ( -48.0%)
3 Year  ( -58.4%)

Secret Avengers is currently solicited through issue 11 in December, but its sales are getting pretty low, so it could be in danger of cancellation. Keep an eye on January solicits to see if it gets cancelled or rebooted.

139. ALL-NEW INVADERS
09/04  Invaders #2          - 32,574  
---
01/14  All-New Invaders  #1  - 55,167
02/14  All-New Invaders  #2  – 32,293  (-41.5%)
03/14  All-New Invaders  #3  – 27,329  (-15.4%)
04/14  All-New Invaders  #4  – 22,927  (-16.1%)
05/14  All-New Invaders  #5  – 21,843  ( -4.7%)
06/14  All-New Invaders  #6  – 23,470  (  7.4%) O.S. Tie-In
07/14  All-New Invaders  #7  – 22,332  ( -4.8%) O.S. Tie-In 
07/14  All-New Invaders  #8  – 19,865  (-11.0%) 
08/14  All-New Invaders  #9  – 18,666  ( -6.0%) 
09/14  All-New Invaders  #10 – 17,821  ( -4.5%) 
---
6  Mnth  ( -34.8%)
10 Year  ( -45.3%)

Invaders is another book in trouble. It is currently solicited through issue 13.

147. 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%)

Elektra is solicited through #9 in December. Hopefully, with the first trade now out, it might be able to find more of an audience.

148. All NEW ULTIMATES
09/09  Ult comics Avengers  #2  - 68,539
09/11  Ult comics Ultimates #2  - 42,728
09/12  Ult comics Ultimates #16 - 30,533
-
09/13  Ultimates v5 #30 -  19,420  ( -1.2%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Cataclysm #1 of 3 - 28,422  (+46.4%)
12/13  Cataclysm #2 of 3 - 24,819  (-12.7%)
01/14  Cataclysm #3 of 3 - 21,705  (-12.5%)
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  All-New Ult #1   - 30,308  ( 39.6%)
05/14  All-New Ult #2   - 24,165  (-20.3%)
06/14  All-New Ult #3   - 21,898  ( -9.4%)
06/14  All-New Ult #4   - 20,561  ( -6.1%)
07/14  All-New Ult #5   - 18,199  (-11.5%)
08/14  All-New Ult #6   - 16,605  ( -8.8%)
08/14  All-New Ult #7   - 16,654  (  0.3%)
09/14  All-New Ult #8   - 16,068  ( -3.5%)
---
1 Year  ( -17.3%)
2 Year  ( -47.0%)
3 Year  ( -76.6%)

All-New Ultimates is solicited through issue 11 in December right now, but there are rumors that January’s issue 12 could be its last before cancellation or possible reboot.

150. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)
11/13  Superior Foes #5 - 23,694  (-11.9%)
11/13  Superior Foes #6 - 21,367  ( -9.8%)
12/13  Superior Foes #7 - 20,858  ( -2.4%)
01/14  ---
02/14  Superior Foes #8 – 19,193  ( -8.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #9 – 18,620  ( -3.0%)
03/14  Superior Foes #10- 18,437  ( -1.0%)
04/14  Superior Foes #11- 18,143  ( -1.6%)
05/14  ---
06/14  Superior Foes #12- 17,826  ( -1.7%)
07/14  Superior Foes #13- 16,903  ( -5.2%)
08/14  Superior Foes #14- 16,604  ( -1.8%)
09/14  Superior Foes #15- 15,824  ( -4.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -14.2%)
1 Year  ( -47.4%)

Issue 17 will be the final issue in November.

153. MIRACLEMAN
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%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -34.6%)

Miracleman is still going and still shedding around 1000 orders per month.

154. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER
09/11  Avengers Academy #19  - 23,928  
09/12  Avengers Academy #37  - 23,027  
---
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #17 - 20,744  ( -6.5%)
11/13  Avengers Arena #18 - 20,712  ( -0.2%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  Avengers Undrcvr #1 - 31,936
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #2 - 23,746  (-25.65)
04/14  Avengers Undrcvr #3 - 21,830  ( -8.1%)
05/14  Avengers Undrcvr #4 - 19,696  ( -9.8%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #5 - 18,115  ( -8.0%)
06/14  Avengers Undrcvr #6 - 17,771  ( -9.8%)
07/14  Avengers Undrcvr #7 - 16,705  ( -6.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #8 - 15,864  ( -5.0%)
08/14  Avengers Undrcvr #9 - 15,715  ( -0.9%)
09/14  Avengers Undrcvr #10- 15,360  ( -2.3%)
---
6 mnth  ( -51.9%)
1 year  ( -30.7%)
2 year  ( -33.0%)
3 year  ( -35.8%)

Final issue.

156, 158. NEW WARRIORS
---
02/14  New Warriors #1  -  45,765  (  --- )
03/14  New Warriors #2  -  26,006  (-43.2%)
04/14  New Warriors #3  -  23,105  (-11.2%)
05/14  New Warriors #4  -  19,900  (-13.9%)
06/14  New Warriors #5  -  18,576  ( -6.7%)
06/14  New Warriors #6  -  18,156  ( -2.3%)
07/14  New Warriors #7  -  17,304  ( -4.7%)
08/14  New Warriors #8  -  16,081  ( -7.1%)
09/14  New Warriors #9  -  15,166  ( -5.7%)
09/14  New Warriors #10 -  15,056  ( -0.7%)
---
6 Mnth  ( -42.1%)

Cancelled with issue 12 in november

172. GEORGE ROMERO EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO
01/14  Act One #1 of 5 - 24,515
02/14  Act One #2 of 5 – 17,624 ( -28.1%)
03/14  Act One #3 of 5 – 15,720 ( -10.8%)
04/14  Act One #4 of 5 – 14,855 (  -5.5%)
06/14  Act One #5 of 5 – 13,924 (  -6.3%)
09/14  Act Two #1 of 5 – 13,163 (  -5.5%)

Act Two of Empire of the Dead debuts lower than where Act One ended, which does not look good for long term sales momentum.

173. FIGMENT
---
06/14  Figment #1  -  12,735  (  --- )
07/14  Figment #2  -  11,929  ( -6.3%)
08/14  Figment #3  -  13,105  (  9.9%)
09/14  Figment #4  -  12,843  ( -2.0%)
198. ALL NEW DOOP
---
04/14  All New Doop #1  -  22,614  (  --- )
05/14  All New Doop #2  -  15,022  (-33.6%)
06/14  All New Doop #3  -  12,625  (-16.0%)
07/14  All New Doop #4  -  10,992  (-12.9%)
09/14  All New Doop #5  -  10,006  ( -9.0%)

After a one month delay the Doop series wraps up.

204. UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC
---
05/14 Murder Inc #1  -  18,474  (  --- )
06/14 Murder Inc #2  -  13,561  (-26.6%)
07/14 Murder Inc #3  -  11,444  (-15.6%)
08/14 Murder Inc #4  -  10,419  ( -9.0%)
09/14 Murder Inc #5  -   9,729  ( -6.6%)

Bendis’s latest creator-owned book drops below 10k as it continues to drop around 1000 orders a month.

192. POWERS: THE BUREAU  [Icon] 
09/13  Bureau #7    - 10,306  ( -5.3%)
10/13  ---
11/13  Bureau #8    -  9,693  ( -5.9%)
12/13  ---
01/14  ---
02/14  ---
03/14  ---
04/14  Bureau #9    -  8,961  ( -7.6%)
05/14  Bureau #10   -  9,002  (  0.5%)
06/14  ---
07/14  ---
08/14  ---
09/14  Bureau #11   -  8,747  ( -2.8%)

Powers will be relaunched in December in preparation for the new TV show.

6-Month Comparisons

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543.1%	Death of Wolverine #1
219.1%	Death of Wolverine #2
40.0%	Thor God of Thunder #25
31.5%	Deadpool #34
24.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
10.0%	Hulk #6
-0.4%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-1.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #1.5
-1.3%	Deadpool #35
-1.5%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
-2.5%	Hawkeye #20
-2.9%	Nova #21
-3.4%	Superior Spider-Man #33
-6.2%	Avengers #35
-7.4%	New Avengers #24
-9.3%	Thunderbolts #31
-10.0%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-10.1%	Loki Agent of Asgard #6 AXIS
-13.5%	Black Widow #10
-13.7%	Mighty Avengers #14
-14.2%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
-14.3%	All New X-Men #32
-14.9%	Avengers #34.1
-16.1%	Ms Marvel #8
-19.6%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-20.0%	She-Hulk #8
-20.9%	Punisher #10
-21.4%	Savage Wolverine #23
-22.1%	Uncanny Avengers #24 AXIS
-23.6%	X-Men #19
-23.8%	All New X-Factor #14
-24.6%	All New X-Factor #13
-25.2%	Fantastic Four #10
-25.3%	Amazing X-Men #11
-34.6%	Miracleman #10
-34.8%	All New Invaders #10
-35.0%	Avengers World #12
-35.7%	X-Force #9
-37.2%	Avengers World #13
-38.6%	Moon Knight #7
-41.7%	New Warriors #9
-42.1%	New Warriors #10
-43.0%	Magneto #9 AXIS
-44.4%	Magneto #10 AXIS
-45.1%	Secret Avengers #8
-47.0%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-50.3%	Daredevil #8
-51.9%	Avengers Undercover #10
-52.5%	Captain Marvel #7
-62.6%	All New Ghost Rider #7

1 Year Comparisons

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629.3%	Death of Wolverine #1
261.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
64.2%	Amazing X-Men #11
28.0%	Deadpool #34
16.7%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
10.5%	Thor God of Thunder #25
6.0%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
2.9%	Daredevil #8
2.1%	All New X-Factor #14
1.1%	All New X-Factor #13
-4.0%	Deadpool #35
-8.0%	Captain Marvel #7
-9.1%	Superior Spider-Man #33
-10.5%	Fantastic Four #10
-12.4%	Amazing Spider-Man #1.5
-13.0%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-17.3%	All New Ultimates #8
-19.0%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
-21.0%	Hulk #6
-24.4%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-24.9%	Secret Avengers #8
-25.4%	Uncanny Avengers #24 AXIS
-25.6%	New Avengers #24
-30.7%	Thunderbolts #31
-30.7%	Avengers Undercover #10
-32.5%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-35.1%	All New X-Men #32
-40.9%	Nova #21
-41.2%	X-Force #9
-45.3%	Avengers #35
-47.4%	Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
-50.3%	Avengers #34.1
-50.6%	Savage Wolverine #23
-51.5%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-54.0%	X-Men #19
-78.9%	Mighty Avengers #14

2 Year Comparisons

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567%	Death of Wolverine #1
231%	Death of Wolverine #2
105%	Deadpool #34
75%	Thor God of Thunder #25
60%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
54%	Deadpool #35
14%	Amazing X-Men #11
5%	X-Men #19
2%	Hawkeye #20
1%	Daredevil #8
-2%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-3%	Hulk #6
-3%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-6%	All New X-Factor #14
-7%	All New X-Factor #13
-13%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-14%	Avengers #35
-15%	Captain Marvel #7
-20%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-20%	New Avengers #24
-21%	Fantastic Four #10
-22%	Avengers #34.1
-33%	Avengers Undercover #10
-47%	Wolverine And X-Men #9
-47%	All New Ultimates #8
-48%	Secret Avengers #8
-52%	X-Force #9

3 Year Comparisons

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593.1%	Death of Wolverine #1
243.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
117.8%	Deadpool #34
63.5%	Deadpool #35
30.1%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
26.6%	Hulk #6
25.4%	Moon Knight #7
17.3%	Thor God of Thunder #25
5.7%	Amazing X-Men #11
-0.5%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-6.4%	Daredevil #8
-11.1%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-11.4%	All New X-Factor #14
-11.6%	Punisher #10
-12.3%	All New X-Factor #13
-14.9%	Thunderbolts #31
-15.6%	All New Ghost Rider #7
-17.7%	Avengers #35
-19.8%	X-Men #19
-22.1%	New Avengers #24
-25.3%	Avengers #34.1
-35.8%	Avengers Undercover #10
-38.4%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-58.4%	Secret Avengers #8
-60.5%	X-Force #9
-62.4%	All New Ultimates #8

5 Year Comparisons

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331.9%	Death of Wolverine #1
124.7%	Guardians #19 (O.S. Tie-In)
114.3%	Death of Wolverine #2
15.1%	Deadpool #34
10.1%	Moon Knight #7
-6.6%	Nova #21
-13.6%	Deadpool #35
-16.6%	Punisher #10
-18.7%	Thor God of Thunder #25
-21.0%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-29.5%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-30.4%	All New X-Factor #14
-31.1%	All New X-Factor #13
-31.1%	Captain Marvel #7
-35.9%	Hulk #6
-39.4%	Thunderbolts #31
-40.7%	Fantastic Four #10
-66.0%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
-47.2%	New Avengers #24
-57.3%	X-Force #9
-60.3%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-64.9%	Mighty Avengers #14
-69.0%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-76.6%	All New Ultimates #8

10 Year Comparisons

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302.8%	Death of Wolverine #1
99.9%	Death of Wolverine #2
42.1%	Thor God of Thunder #25
21.9%	Iron Fist Living Weapon #6
7.3%	Amazing Spider-Man #6
-9.7%	Captain America #24 AXIS
-15.6%	She-Hulk #8
-27.8%	Daredevil #8
-38.2%	Uncanny X-Men #25
-38.7%	Black Widow #10
-42.5%	Fantastic Four #10
-44.8%	Uncanny X-Men #26
-45.3%	All New Invaders #10
-45.6%	Avengers #35
-46.2%	Punisher #10
-50.7%	Avengers #34.1
-58.3%	X-Force #9
-62.5%	X-Men #19
-63.9%	M Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #5
-73.7%	Amazing X-Men #11

Even with DC winning the month overall, Marvel did quite well for itself this month. Death of Wolverine is doing well and AXIS and Spider-verse are right around the corner. Some of their prologue books are already doing quite well. There are some books near the bottom that are on the edge of cancellation but there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon for relaunches after these events wrap up.

One interesting thing to note is that many of the single character series that started as part of Marvel Now are falling into the low 20k range pretty quickly (Cyclops, Storm, She-Hulk, Punisher and a few others). So my questions for you readers are: Do you think that focusing on these characters is a misstep? Do these characters just not have what it takes to hold a solo title, or do you think that perhaps 22k is just what a book like Cyclops is likely to sell? What do other series like Hawkeye, Daredevil, and Ms. Marvel do differently that helps them stay above 30k?

Next month we’ll be looking at Axis, more Death of Wolverine and the new Thor series, which are all expected to deliver high sales.

Until next time, keep reading comics!

19 COMMENTS

  1. Historically, none of the X-men except for Wolverine have been able to headline a solo series for very long, so it’s not surprising stuff like Cyclops and Storm are dropping off. Also didn’t help that Cyclops was hyped up with a major creator that quickly left the book. Same goes for Moon Knight starting with Warren Ellis and Uncanny Avengers starting with John Cassaday only to have those handed over after a handful of issues.

    Punisher has an excellent writer/artist team right now so this could just be one of those cases like Thor: The Mighty Avenger where a quality book just doesn’t catch on for whatever reason.

    And is sub-20k physical sales still the cancellation threshold? The companies don’t release digital sales info but piecing together different news sources says digital sales currently tend to be anywhere from 10%-25% or more of print sales.

  2. Hi Johnny,

    Great question regarding the cancellation threshold. There is no official number where you fall below and you get axed, but it seems from looking at this data over the past few years that if a book hits 20k, cancellation talks start happening, I would imagine that to cover the cost to produce a monthly book and break even, a Marvel series probably needs to sell 15k. So as a book reaches 20k, the company probably says to the creator “hey take a few months to wrap up your story and get enough issues for one more trade collection” That way if a book is currently selling 20k, by the time it wraps up in 2 to 4 months time, it is still slightly above 15k when it ends and is still slightly profitable. Of course that is my only speculation just based off my own knowledge of the costs of printing, distributing and creating books and some experts I’ve talked to. I don’t have any actual inside info on how Marvel makes these decisions. There could be other factors too like is that character going to be featured in other marvel properties and they want them to stay visible, is that character making them more money from licensing, etc.

    Digital is estimated to be about 10-25% but without digital numbers we really have no idea. When we see these numbers above we are only seeing monthly sales to comic stores. We do not see digital or graphic novel sales. We do not see what is actually bought by customers, just what stores order. So the speculation above is my estimate at the numbers we do consistently see and the trends I can identify from this data. Until we can somehow convince publishers to release regular digital sales data, we really have no idea.

  3. Thanks for running the numbers, Jason. Always a fun and informative read.

    A few thoughts:
    I’m with Johnny, the loss of high profile creators after a few issues is realllllly not helping sales. That, combined with frequent relaunches, is making me switch to trade-waiting on more and more books.

    re: Original Sin/crossovers boosting sales – i’d be curious, if you had a chance, to see how the various marvel event books have sold, relative to each other. We are now at two events per year, is this sustainable or a hail mary?

    Avengers World: can’t really see it being too long for this world. It seemed to be showcasing the Hickman Avengers cast in non-Hickman stories. With all the changes to the team (with the 8 month time jump), I can’t imagine there’s much point to its continued existence.

    X-Men, Amazing X-Men: just put these books out of their misery. Both only existed because Marvel briefly had a few big name creators do a few issues. They are now just chugging along, doing bad stories with no-name creators.

  4. So… Rocket Raccoon now sells better than The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Daredevil. WHO would have EVER guessed that would happen?! :)

    She-Hulk, Storm – Marvel will never learn. When you have a second tier title like this the #1 thing you don’t do is go and put in a fill-in artist within the first four issues. People are still trying to decide if they’re sticking around or not. The artist on the two part fill-in for She-Hulk scared a ton of people away, and I didn’t even pick up the third issue of Storm, because of the fill-in. But, unlike others who just dropped the titles, I continued to pick them up post fill-ins.

  5. Zach,

    Great question about the events. I was intrigued by it, so i whipped this up on my lunch break.

    First off comparing original Sin 1 to a bunch of other Marvel Avengers events.

    05/06 Civil War #1 – 260,706 (-43.6%)
    04/08 Secret Inv. #1 – 250,213 (-41.2%)
    01/10 Siege #1 – 108,484 ( 36.0%)
    04/11 Fear Itself #1 – 128,595 ( 14.3%)
    03/12 Av vs. X-Men #1 – 203,181 (-27.6%)
    03/13 Age of Ultron #1- 174,952 (-16.0%)
    08/13 Infinity #1 – 205,819 (-28.6%)

    05/14 Original Sin #1 – 147,045

    Then comparing the last issue of original sin to a bunch of different Marvel Avengers events’ last issues.

    01/07 Civil War #7 – 265,886 (-66.0%)
    12/08 Secret Inv. #8 – 152,408 (-40.6%)
    05/10 Siege #4 – 113,752 (-20.0%)
    08/11 Fear Itself #7 – 95,599 ( -5.4%)
    08/12 Av vs. X-Men #12– 171,452 (-47.2%)
    03/13 Age of Ultron#10- 110,497 (-18.4%)
    08/13 Infinity #6 – 100,292 ( -9.8%)

    05/14 Original Sin #8 – 90,478

    Then this is the Difference between First and last issue for each event.

    Original Sin (-38.5%)
    Infinity (-51.3%)
    Age of Ultron (-36.6%)
    AVX (-15.6%)
    Fear itself (-25.7%)
    Siege (4.9%)
    Secret invasion (-39.1%)
    Civil War (2.0%)

    What do we learn here? Well Original Sin #1 sold worse than everything but Siege and Fear itself. The final Original Sin however did sell worse than all the other events. When you look at the drop off, you see that most events lose between 30% and 50% from start to finish, and Original Sin fell right in the middle.

    Hard to tell if this is due to Event fatigue or just lower interest in Original Sin, but I’ll run something like this for Axis #1 and we can see where it falls compared to these other events.

    Thanks for the question!

  6. The $3.99 price point doesn’t seem to affect sales to any noticeable level. People buy events and series that “matter” and not much else. I skip the events and just follow the few characters I like in their own series.

    She Hulk looks like it’s going to get relaunched maybe. In today’s Axel column at CBR, Alonso discusses the series. I’m sure it will be $3.99.

  7. I want to read more Marvel because I love the characters but it seems more and more that they just get a writer who is an indie favorite or a television writer or a comedian and say “Do whatever you want with our characters!” Fill-in artists are an issue for me as well, not so much that they’re fill in issues but if Marvel is promoting a particular book because Ed McGuiness is on art and he’s gone after three issues and his replacement looks nothing like his art, I don’t buy it.

  8. Here’s one simple (possible) answer to your question “Why do some books starring solo characters sell above 30K while other don’t?”:

    PRICE!!

    Cyclops, Storm, and Punisher are all $4 books. Meanwhile, Ms Marvel is a $3 book, and — until recently — Daredevil and Hawkeye were, too!

    (Now, admittedly, She-Hulk has been selling under 30K *despite* being a $3 book, but there’s gotta be an exception to every rule… right?)

  9. Geez, what’s the point?..Marvel and DC are pretty much over, just backdraft for the movies. I wonder why there’s any comments at all sometimes. These books only exist to suck money out of wallets and keep mortgages and royalties going for whoever is left willing to pay for it. It’s a racket within a sea of overly recycled ideas. Do creators even stay on books very long anymore to care. Look at the state of all the characters now, flipped & reflipped into he costume versions of Bitcoins.

    When’s the Independent’s list coming? Thats the more interesting story.

  10. As far as price, Thor, Spider-Man, Rocket Raccoon, Cap, etc are all $4. It’s not price, it’s a combo of story and character that sells books. Unfortunately, some characters we like simply don’t latch on with other audiences.

  11. I wonder how low the Bendis creator-owned books can go before they aren’t profitable?

    But, yes, I probably agree with the others that say the 20K “danger” line probably needs to be reduced with everything (except Ms. Marvel it seems) going to $3.99 as of January. Talks probably start at 20K, but if Invaders is still going at 17K, I’m thinking 15-16 is the new 20 (as it’s the same amount of money…)

  12. I am still picking up Miracleman because I’m eager to read Gaiman and Buckinghams new stories. While the Moore stories don’t hold up as well as they did when they first came out in the 1980’s, I enjoy all the extras Marvel is putting in each issue (the original pencil/ink art – old school Mick Angelo comics, etc). So even though I have original copies of all the Eclipse books, all the Warrior issues and copies of the Eclipse Trade paperbacks, these new printings are unique and I’m glad Marvel are doing them.

    I imagine sales will go up once brand new stories are produced.

  13. Not sure I agree about the price point mattering much, comics are fairly inelastic in that the audience will easily support a price raise, but doesn’t respond very enthusiastic to lower prices. Already 14 Marvel comics were 4.99 in September and I don’t see that negatively affecting sales at all; and people don’t flock to She-Hulk or Ms. Marvel in droves (although both sell respectably).

    Personally I’m a lapsed Marvel reader who mainly reads indies now, but every now and then I’ll check out the wackier stuff Marvel does. Hawkeye, Superior Foes, She-Hulk; things with a strong creative voice. Maybe I’m part of a substantial audience who think similarly? It’ll be interesting to see how Lemire’s Hawkeye does; I got a feeling a lot of the audience was outsiders checking in for one series, not so much people craving to see Hawkeye in anything. But I’m happy to be proven wrong. :)

  14. I’m still reading Miracleman month-to-month (since I’ve never read it before and wanted to try it out as a monthly rather than trades), but I despise the “bonus materials,” which lately have been pencils (an inferior copy of the art for the story I just read) and classic reprints (unreadable Golden Age stories that aren’t even of historical interest), bumping the price up to $4.99. I’d at rather have some additional editorial content – essays, annotations, SOMETHING worthwhile rather than a bunch of filler.

  15. I hope some people are happy that X-Factor might be ending, since certain people have seemed to be rooting for its’ demise for months. >.>

    If X-Factor does go, I’ll have lost quite a few titles from Marvel this year. New Warriors, T-Bolts, X-Factor, Avengers Undercover and Mighty Avengers. And yes, I know Mighty is getting rebooted but I’ve already been turned off by the way Captain Falcon has been written in “Axis” so I don’t think I’ll be getting the relaunch of that one. Speaking of which, I probably won’t get the Captain Falcon relaunch either so I guess that’s six titles.

  16. I love how people are saying “Cancel those third-string X-books”, even though those titles are still outselling historical titles like Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, FF, AND outselling nu-wave titles like Inhuman, Ms. Marvel, Star-Lord, Loki, etc.

    But, no, cancel those C-level X-titles with the C-level creators even though they outsell the majority of Marvel’s lineup. Sure, I’m sure Marvel’s gonna get right on that.

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