As all of DC’s Batnews has been rolling out today, the biggest question has been “Whither Grant Morrison?”
by Paul O’Brien
Event season is upon us again. FEAR ITSELF launched in April, together with its spin-off anthology FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT. Further down the charts, “Death of Spider-Man” and “Age of X” are also underway. April also sees the relaunches of THOR and HERC, as well the de facto launch of a new series, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, continuing from THOR’s previous numbering.
It’s also worth noting Marvel’s increasing trend towards shipping extra issues of ongoing titles, apparently in place of low-selling miniseries. Now that the hordes of Captain America and Thor minis which were used to generate movie tie-in material are out of the way, it’s actually thinning out quite a bit at the lower end of the chart.
As usual, Marvel had the largest share of the North American direct market, leading DC by 40% to 27% in dollars and 48% to 27% in units. Of course, FLASHPOINT doesn’t start until next month, so you’d expect the gap to be larger than normal in April.