DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales! April 2013!

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201306200408 DC Comics Month to Month Sales! April 2013!
by Marc-Oliver Frisch!

Eight weeks!

Where have you been?! Where have I been?!

Busy! That’s where!!!

So what’s happened since last time?!

Lots of stuff!!!

I’m no longer working at DC Comics,” said James Robinson! “Spending a large amount of time planning something grand, only for someone else to scuttle it is tiring,” said J.H. Williams III! “It’s almost like nothing after 1985 happened,” said Rich Johnston! “DC no longer pays creators for that stuff,” said Mark Waid! “DC is in the toilet right now,” said Paul Jenkins! “This does not apply to U.S. citizens,” said Barack Obama! “There’s too many hoes in this house of sin,” said Kanye West! “Once you free your mind about a concept of harmony and music being correct, you can do whatever you want,” said Hansjörg Moroder!

Awful! Eight weeks of hell!!!

Yeeeaaargh!!!

So let’s do the April column quick! So we can move on to the laid-back dub-step awesomeness of the May column! Yes! Go go go!

Twelve current “New 52″ titles have been axed!!! Six more are selling below 20,000 units!!!

Average and total DC Universe unit sales were way down in April! Average sales the lowest since August 2011! Total sales the lowest since July 2011!

Medic!!!

…right?!

Wrong!!! Justice League of America didn’t ship in April! And Aquaman (Aquaman!!!) didn’t ship in April! And there were only 61 new DC Universe titles in total! Which is the lowest number since May 2012! So it’s all kinda relative and not as bad as it looks!

Okay?! Let’s do this!!!

See below for the details and, as usual, please consider the small print at the end of the column! Thanks to Milton Griepp and ICv2.com for the permission to use their figures. An overview of ICv2.com‘s estimates can be found here!!!

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291 - SCOOBY DOO!!! WHERE ARE YOU?! (Johnny DC)
04/2003: Scooby Doo #71  -- 5,895
04/2008: Scooby Doo #131 -- 4,403
04/2009: Scooby Doo #143 -- 4,610
04/2010: Scooby Doo #155 -- 3,836
04/2011: SD:WAY? #8      -- 4,599
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04/2012: SD:WAY? #20     -- 4,752 (+ 1.6%)
05/2012: SD:WAY? #21     -- 5,269 (+10.9%)
06/2012: SD:WAY? #22     -- 4,968 (- 5.7%)
07/2012: SD:WAY? #23     -- 4,934 (- 0.7%)
08/2012: SD:WAY? #24     -- ?
09/2012: SD:WAY? #25     -- 4,979
10/2012: SD:WAY? #26     -- ?
11/2012: SD:WAY? #27     -- 5,032
12/2012: SD:WAY? #28     -- 4,879 (- 3.0%)
01/2013: SD:WAY? #29     -- 4,729 (- 3.1%)
02/2013: SD:WAY? #30     -- 4,752 (+ 0.5%)
03/2013: SD:WAY? #31     -- 4,770 (+ 0.4%)
04/2013: SD:WAY? #32     -- 4,688 (- 1.7%)
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6 months:   n.a.
1 year  : - 1.4%
2 years : + 1.9%
5 years : + 6.5%
10 years: -20.5%

Five thousand faithful readers! Returning month after month!!!

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259 - SAUCER COUNTRY! (Vertigo)
04/2012: Saucer Country #2  -- 11,263 (-28.2%)
05/2012: Saucer Country #3  -- 10,656 (- 5.4%)
06/2012: Saucer Country #4  --  9,959 (- 6.5%)
07/2012: Saucer Country #5  --  9,470 (- 4.9%)
08/2012: Saucer Country #6  --  8,700 (- 8.1%)
09/2012: Saucer Country #7  --  8,152 (- 6.3%)
10/2012: Saucer Country #8  --  7,557 (- 7.3%)
11/2012: Saucer Country #9  --  7,102 (- 6.0%)
12/2012: Saucer Country #10 --  6,608 (- 7.0%)
01/2013: Saucer Country #11 --  6,256 (- 5.3%)
02/2013: Saucer Country #12 --  6,067 (- 3.0%)
03/2013: Saucer Country #13 --  5,820 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Saucer Country #14 --  5,675 (- 2.5%)
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6 months: -24.9%
1 year  : -49.6%

Axed! Maybe returning from another publisher!

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229 - SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES! (Johnny DC)
05/2012: Superman Family Adventures #1  -- 13,303
06/2012: Superman Family Adventures #2  -- 10,137 (-23.8%)
07/2012: Superman Family Adventures #3  --  9,246 (- 8.8%)
08/2012: Superman Family Adventures #4  --  8,925 (- 3.5%)
09/2012: Superman Family Adventures #5  --  8,572 (- 4.0%)
10/2012: Superman Family Adventures #6  --  8,450 (- 1.4%)
11/2012: Superman Family Adventures #7  --  8,074 (- 4.5%)
12/2012: Superman Family Adventures #8  --  7,487 (- 7.3%)
01/2013: Superman Family Adventures #9  --  7,357 (- 1.7%)
02/2013: --
03/2013: Superman Family Adventures #10 --  7,333 (- 0.3%)
03/2013: Superman Family Adventures #11 --  7,223 (- 1.5%)
04/2013: Superman Family Adventures #12 --  7,175 (- 0.7%)
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6 months: -15.1%

Cancelled!

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214 - THE UNWRITTEN! (Vertigo)
04/2010: The Unwritten #12 -- 13,507
04/2011: The Unwritten #24 -- 11,028
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04/2012: The Unwritten #36 --  9,678 (+ 1.6%)
05/2012: The Unwritten #37 --  9,549 (- 1.3%)
06/2012: The Unwritten #38 --  9,494 (- 0.6%)
07/2012: The Unwritten #39 --  9,478 (- 0.2%)
08/2012: The Unwritten #40 --  9,127 (- 3.7%)
09/2012: The Unwritten #41 --  8,943 (- 2.0%)
10/2012: The Unwritten #42 --  8,881 (- 0.7%)
11/2012: The Unwritten #43 --  8,791 (- 1.0%)
12/2012: The Unwritten #44 --  8,532 (- 3.0%)
01/2013: The Unwritten #45 --  8,465 (- 0.8%)
02/2013: The Unwritten #46 --  8,352 (- 1.3%)
03/2013: The Unwritten #47 --  8,267 (- 1.0%)
04/2013: The Unwritten #48 --  8,226 (- 0.5%)
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6 months: - 7.4%
1 year  : -15.0%
2 years : -25.4%

A book with a predetermined ending point! So it’s probably going to finish its run! Even though it’s the lowest-selling Vertigo title left! By quite a margin! Aaargh!

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185 - ARROW! (Digital-First)
11/2012: Arrow #1  -- 25,442
12/2012: Arrow #2  -- 15,780 (-38.0%)
01/2013: Arrow #3  -- 13,090 (-17.1%)
01/2013: Arrow #4  -- 11,581 (-11.5%)
02/2013: Arrow #5  -- 10,908 (- 5.8%)
03/2013: Arrow #6  -- 10,462 (- 4.1%)

The lowest-selling digital-first title! Taking its time to find its level! But almost there it seems!

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183 - THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN!
04/2012: Firestorm #8  -- 17,076 (- 4.0%)
05/2012: Firestorm #9  -- 17,240 (+ 1.0%)
06/2012: Firestorm #10 -- 15,789 (- 8.4%)
07/2012: Firestorm #11 -- 14,931 (- 5.4%)
08/2012: Firestorm #12 -- 14,137 (- 5.3%)
09/2012: Firestorm #0  -- 17,279 (+22.2%)
10/2012: Firestorm #13 -- 13,460 (-22.1%)
11/2012: Firestorm #14 -- 12,862 (- 4.4%)
12/2012: Firestorm #15 -- 11,997 (- 6.7%)
01/2013: Firestorm #16 -- 11,361 (- 5.3%)
02/2013: Firestorm #17 -- 11,100 (- 2.3%)
03/2013: Firestorm #18 -- 10,679 (- 3.8%)
04/2013: Firestorm #19 -- 10,603 (- 0.7%)
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6 months: -21.2%
1 year  : -37.9%

Cancelled with issue #20!

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180 - JSA LIBERTY FILES! THE WHISTLING SKULL!
12/2012: Whistling Skull #1 of 6 -- 21,370
01/2013: Whistling Skull #2 of 6 -- 16,593 (-22.4%)
02/2013: Whistling Skull #3 of 6 -- 12,851 (-22.6%)
03/2013: Whistling Skull #4 of 6 -- 11,569 (-10.0%)
04/2013: Whistling Skull #5 of 6 -- 10,728 (- 7.3%)

Terrible numbers! But started out awfully high on the chart to begin with!

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173 - SWORD OF SORCERY!
09/2012: Sword of Sorcery #0  -- 29,954
10/2012: Sword of Sorcery #1  -- 23,947 (-20.1%)
11/2012: Sword of Sorcery #2  -- 18,080 (-24.5%)
12/2012: Sword of Sorcery #3  -- 15,280 (-15.5%)
01/2013: Sword of Sorcery #4  -- 13,995 (- 8.4%)
02/2013: Sword of Sorcery #5  -- 12,334 (-11.9%)
03/2013: Sword of Sorcery #6  -- 11,776 (- 4.5%)
04/2013: Sword of Sorcery #7  -- 11,412 (- 3.1%)
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6 months: -52.4%

Cancelled with issue #8!

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172 - I, VAMPIRE!
04/2012: I, Vampire #8  -- 18,717 (+ 1.5%)
05/2012: I, Vampire #9  -- 17,175 (- 8.2%)
06/2012: I, Vampire #10 -- 16,517 (- 3.8%)
07/2012: I, Vampire #11 -- 15,734 (- 4.7%)
08/2012: I, Vampire #12 -- 14,788 (- 6.0%)
09/2012: I, Vampire #0  -- 17,920 (+21.2%)
10/2012: I, Vampire #13 -- 14,260 (-20.4%)
11/2012: I, Vampire #14 -- 13,666 (- 4.2%)
12/2012: I, Vampire #15 -- 12,846 (- 6.0%)
01/2013: I, Vampire #16 -- 12,310 (- 4.2%)
02/2013: I, Vampire #17 -- 11,833 (- 3.9%)
03/2013: I, Vampire #18 -- 11,568 (- 2.2%)
04/2013: I, Vampire #19 -- 11,469 (- 0.9%)
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6 months: -19.6%
1 year  : -38.7%

Cancelled with issue #19!

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171 - TEAM 7!
09/2012: Team 7 #0  -- 34,503
10/2012: Team 7 #1  -- 27,661 (-19.8%)
11/2012: Team 7 #2  -- 19,510 (-29.5%)
12/2012: Team 7 #3  -- 17,090 (-12.4%)
01/2013: Team 7 #4  -- 14,919 (-12.7%)
02/2013: Team 7 #5  -- 13,005 (-12.8%)
03/2013: Team 7 #6  -- 11,805 (- 9.2%)
04/2013: Team 7 #7  -- 11,610 (- 1.7%)
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6 months: -58.0%

Cancelled with issue #8!

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168 - THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN!
04/2003: Hawkman #14        -- 29,998
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04/2012: Savage Hawkman #8  -- 18,300 (- 5.8%)
05/2012: Savage Hawkman #9  -- 17,626 (- 3.7%)
06/2012: Savage Hawkman #10 -- 16,417 (- 6.9%)
07/2012: Savage Hawkman #11 -- 15,460 (- 5.8%)
08/2012: Savage Hawkman #12 -- 14,745 (- 4.6%)
09/2012: Savage Hawkman #0  -- 18,750 (+27.2%)
10/2012: Savage Hawkman #13 -- 14,763 (-21.3%)
11/2012: Savage Hawkman #14 -- 14,726 (- 0.3%)
12/2012: Savage Hawkman #15 -- 13,564 (- 7.9%)
01/2013: Savage Hawkman #16 -- 12,852 (- 5.3%)
02/2013: Savage Hawkman #17 -- 12,376 (- 3.7%)
03/2013: Savage Hawkman #18 -- 12,021 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: Savage Hawkman #19 -- 11,927 (- 0.8%)
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6 months: -19.2%
1 year  : -34.8%
10 years: -60.2%

Cancelled with issue #20!

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165 - DEATHSTROKE!
04/2012: Deathstroke #8  -- 18,834 (- 4.6%)
05/2012: Deathstroke #9  -- 20,878 (+10.9%)
06/2012: Deathstroke #10 -- 19,722 (- 5.5%)
07/2012: Deathstroke #11 -- 17,107 (-13.3%)
08/2012: Deathstroke #12 -- 16,772 (- 2.0%)
09/2012: Deathstroke #0  -- 20,796 (+24.0%)
10/2012: Deathstroke #13 -- 15,078 (-27.5%)
11/2012: Deathstroke #14 -- 14,452 (- 4.2%)
12/2012: Deathstroke #15 -- 13,528 (- 6.4%)
01/2013: Deathstroke #16 -- 12,758 (- 5.7%)
02/2013: Deathstroke #17 -- 12,626 (- 1.0%)
03/2013: Deathstroke #18 -- 12,306 (- 2.5%)
04/2013: Deathstroke #19 -- 12,392 (+ 0.7%)
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6 months: -17.8%
1 year  : -34.2%

Cancelled with issue #20!!!

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163 - DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS!
04/2012: DCU Presents #8  -- 16,566 (- 7.1%)
05/2012: DCU Presents #9  -- 15,776 (- 4.8%)
06/2012: DCU Presents #10 -- 14,310 (- 9.3%)
07/2012: DCU Presents #11 -- 13,619 (- 4.8%)
08/2012: DCU Presents #12 -- 15,138 (+11.2%)
09/2012: DCU Presents #0  -- 17,528 (+15.8%)
10/2012: DCU Presents #13 -- 14,405 (-17.8%)
11/2012: DCU Presents #14 -- 13,537 (- 6.0%)
12/2012: DCU Presents #15 -- 12,561 (- 7.2%)
01/2013: DCU Presents #16 -- 12,001 (- 4.5%)
02/2013: DCU Presents #17 -- 11,985 (- 0.1%)
03/2013: DCU Presents #18 -- 11,679 (- 2.6%)
04/2013: DCU Presents #19 -- 12,444 (+ 6.6%)
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6 months: -13.6%
1 year  : -24.9%

Cancelled!

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161 - DJANGO UNCHAINED! (Vertigo)
12/2012: Django Unchained #1 of 6 -- 11,795
01/2013: --
02/2013: Django Unchained #2 of 6 -- 13,554 (+14.9%)
03/2013: --
04/2013: Django Unchained #3 of 6 -- 12,561 (- 7.3%)

Still outselling the debut issue! Quite good by Vertigo standards! Quite good for a movie adaptation!

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159 - THRESHOLD!
01/2013: Threshold #1  -- 29,312
02/2013: Threshold #2  -- 18,389 (-37.3%)
03/2013: Threshold #3  -- 15,109 (-17.8%)
04/2013: Threshold #4  -- 12,811 (-15.2%)

Axed with issue #8! That was quick!!!

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157 - AME-COMI GIRLS! (Digital-First)
10/2012: ACG #1: Wonder Woman      -- 24,966
11/2012: ACG #2: Batgirl           -- 16,083 (-35.6%)
12/2012: ACG #3: Duela Dent        -- 13,185 (-18.0%)
01/2013: ACG #4: Power Girl        -- 12,488 (- 5.3%)
02/2013: ACG #5 of 5: Supergirl    -- 12,343 (- 1.2%)
03/2013: Ame-Comi Girls #1         -- 16,558 (+34.2%)
04/2013: Ame-Comi Girls #2         -- 12,878 (-22.2%)
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6 months: -48.4%

Back at its previous level already!

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155 - DEMON KNIGHTS!
04/2012: Demon Knights #8  -- 21,124 (- 4.0%)
05/2012: Demon Knights #9  -- 20,196 (- 4.4%)
06/2012: Demon Knights #10 -- 19,005 (- 5.9%)
07/2012: Demon Knights #11 -- 18,201 (- 4.2%)
08/2012: Demon Knights #12 -- 17,295 (- 5.0%)
09/2012: Demon Knights #0  -- 20,474 (+18.4%)
10/2012: Demon Knights #13 -- 16,805 (-17.9%)
11/2012: Demon Knights #14 -- 16,005 (- 4.8%)
12/2012: Demon Knights #15 -- 15,152 (- 5.3%)
01/2013: Demon Knights #16 -- 14,168 (- 6.5%)
02/2013: Demon Knights #17 -- 13,571 (- 4.2%)
03/2013: Demon Knights #18 -- 12,975 (- 4.4%)
04/2013: Demon Knights #19 -- 12,941 (- 0.3%)
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6 months: -23.0%
1 year  : -38.7%

Cancelled with issue #23!

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153 - THE RAVAGERS!
05/2012: Ravagers #1  -- 44,230
06/2012: Ravagers #2  -- 31,128 (-29.6%)
07/2012: Ravagers #3  -- 24,963 (-19.8%)
08/2012: Ravagers #4  -- 20,730 (-17.0%)
09/2012: Ravagers #0  -- 22,437 (+ 8.2%)
10/2012: Ravagers #5  -- 18,656 (-16.9%)
11/2012: Ravagers #6  -- 17,334 (- 7.1%)
12/2012: Ravagers #7  -- 16,177 (- 6.7%)
01/2013: Ravagers #8  -- 15,030 (- 7.1%)
02/2013: Ravagers #9  -- 14,223 (- 5.4%)
03/2013: Ravagers #10 -- 13,466 (- 5.3%)
04/2013: Ravagers #11 -- 13,074 (- 2.9%)
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6 months: -29.9%

Cancelled with issue #12!

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149 - DIAL H!
05/2012: Dial H #1  -- 45,308
06/2012: Dial H #2  -- 30,618 (-32.4%)
07/2012: Dial H #3  -- 26,109 (-14.7%)
08/2012: Dial H #4  -- 22,733 (-12.9%)
09/2012: Dial H #0  -- 24,070 (+ 5.9%)
10/2012: Dial H #5  -- 19,903 (-17.3%)
11/2012: Dial H #6  -- 17,832 (-10.4%)
12/2012: Dial H #7  -- 16,217 (- 9.1%)
01/2013: Dial H #8  -- 14,672 (- 9.5%)
02/2013: Dial H #9  -- 13,541 (- 7.7%)
03/2013: Dial H #10 -- 13,084 (- 3.4%)
04/2013: Dial H #11 -- 13,355 (+ 2.1%)
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6 months: -32.9%

Cancelled with issue #15!!!

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146 - BATWING!
04/2012: Batwing #8  -- 20,373 (- 3.3%)
05/2012: Batwing #9  -- 35,731 (+75.4%)
06/2012: Batwing #10 -- 20,724 (-42.0%)
07/2012: Batwing #11 -- 20,047 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: Batwing #12 -- 18,279 (- 8.8%)
09/2012: Batwing #0  -- 22,135 (+21.1%)
10/2012: Batwing #13 -- 17,166 (-22.5%)
11/2012: Batwing #14 -- 15,967 (- 7.0%)
12/2012: Batwing #15 -- 14,674 (- 8.1%)
01/2013: Batwing #16 -- 13,427 (- 8.5%)
02/2013: Batwing #17 -- 12,595 (- 6.2%)
03/2013: Batwing #18 -- 12,084 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Batwing #19 -- 13,570 (+12.3%)
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6 months: -21.0%
1 year  : -33.4%

Sales boost may be due to new creative team! But the solicited creative team was Fabian Nicieza and Fabrizio Fiorentino! But it ended up being Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti! Who were solicited for issue #20! And Eduardo Pansica! Who wasn’t solicited at all! But it’s still the lowest-selling “New 52″ book that hasn’t been axed!!!

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145 - STORMWATCH!
04/2003: Stormwatch: TA #10   -- 14,241
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04/2012: Stormwatch #8        -- 23,212 (- 4.8%)
05/2012: Stormwatch #9        -- 22,448 (- 3.3%)
06/2012: Stormwatch #10       -- 20,592 (- 8.3%)
07/2012: Stormwatch #11       -- 19,678 (- 4.4%)
08/2012: Stormwatch #12       -- 18,531 (- 5.8%)
09/2012: Stormwatch #0        -- 21,764 (+17.5%)
10/2012: Stormwatch #13       -- 17,621 (-19.0%)
11/2012: Stormwatch #14       -- 16,559 (- 6.0%)
12/2012: Stormwatch #15       -- 15,437 (- 6.8%)
01/2013: Stormwatch #16       -- 14,411 (- 6.7%)
02/2013: Stormwatch #17       -- 13,657 (- 5.2%)
03/2013: Stormwatch #18       -- 13,255 (- 2.9%)
04/2013: Stormwatch #19       -- 13,626 (+ 2.8%)
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6 months: - 22.7%
1 year  : - 41.3%
5 years :    n.a.
10 years: -  4.3%

Tiny sales boost may be due to new creative team of Jim Starlin and Yvel Guichet!!!

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137 - BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED! (Digital-First)
04/2012: Arkham Unhinged #1  -- 31,170
05/2012: Arkham Unhinged #2  -- 25,215 (-19.1%)
06/2012: Arkham Unhinged #3  -- 23,322 (- 7.5%)
07/2012: Arkham Unhinged #4  -- 21,809 (- 6.5%)
08/2012: Arkham Unhinged #5  -- 21,059 (- 3.4%)
09/2012: Arkham Unhinged #6  -- 20,259 (- 3.8%)
10/2012: Arkham Unhinged #7  -- 19,890 (- 1.8%)
11/2012: Arkham Unhinged #8  -- 18,393 (- 7.5%)
12/2012: Arkham Unhinged #9  -- 17,220 (- 6.4%)
01/2013: Arkham Unhinged #10 -- 16,113 (- 6.4%)
02/2013: Arkham Unhinged #11 -- 15,703 (- 2.6%)
03/2013: Arkham Unhinged #12 -- 15,067 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Arkham Unhinged #13 -- 14,702 (- 2.4%)
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6 months: -26.1%
1 year  : -52.8%

Finding its level?! Too early to tell!!!

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133 - FAIREST! (Vertigo)
04/2012: Fairest #2  -- 22,997 (-27.6%)
05/2012: Fairest #3  -- 22,329 (- 2.9%)
06/2012: Fairest #4  -- 21,156 (- 5.3%)
07/2012: Fairest #5  -- 20,371 (- 3.7%)
08/2012: Fairest #6  -- 19,446 (- 4.5%)
09/2012: Fairest #7  -- 18,626 (- 4.2%)
10/2012: Fairest #8  -- 18,376 (- 1.3%)
11/2012: Fairest #9  -- 17,417 (- 5.2%)
12/2012: Fairest #10 -- 16,919 (- 2.9%)
01/2013: Fairest #11 -- 16,498 (- 2.5%)
02/2013: Fairest #12 -- 16,141 (- 2.2%)
03/2013: Fairest #13 -- 15,693 (- 2.8%)
04/2013: Fairest #14 -- 15,269 (- 2.7%)
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6 months: -16.9%
1 year  : -33.6%

Standard attrition!!!

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132 - FABLES! (Vertigo)
04/2003: Fables #12  -- 24,929
04/2008: Fables #72  -- 23,853
04/2009: Fables #83  -- 23,630
04/2010: Fables #94  -- 19,965
04/2011: Fables #104 -- 18,811
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04/2012: Fables #116 -- 17,543 (+ 0.9%)
05/2012: Fables #117 -- 17,484 (- 0.3%)
06/2012: Fables #118 -- 18,566 (+ 6.2%)
07/2012: Fables #119 -- 17,110 (- 7.8%)
08/2012: Fables #120 -- 16,704 (- 2.4%)
09/2012: Fables #121 -- 16,596 (- 0.7%)
10/2012: Fables #122 -- 16,513 (- 0.5%)
11/2012: Fables #123 -- 16,229 (- 1.7%)
12/2012: Fables #124 -- 16,018 (- 1.3%)
01/2013: Fables #125 -- 15,983 (- 0.2%)
02/2013: Fables #126 -- 15,480 (- 3.2%)
03/2013: Fables #127 -- 15,529 (+ 0.3%)
04/2013: Fables #128 -- 15,606 (+ 0.5%)
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6 months: - 5.5%
1 year  : -11.0%
2 years : -17.0%
5 years : -34.6%
10 years: -37.4%

Rock-solid sales over the last three months! Back being Vertigo’s number-one title for the first time in more than a year!!!

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130 - SMALLVILLE SEASON 11! (Digital-First)
05/2012: Smallville S11 #1  -- 27,004
06/2012: Smallville S11 #2  -- 22,468 (-16.8%)
07/2012: Smallville S11 #3  -- 20,864 (- 7.1%)
08/2012: Smallville S11 #4  -- 19,861 (- 4.8%)
09/2012: Smallville S11 #5  -- 19,499 (- 1.8%)
10/2012: Smallville S11 #6  -- 19,663 (+ 0.8%)
11/2012: Smallville S11 #7  -- 19,104 (- 2.8%)
12/2012: Smallville S11 #8  -- 18,633 (- 2.5%)
01/2013: Smallville S11 #9  -- 17,845 (- 4.2%)
02/2013: Smallville S11 #10 -- 17,024 (- 4.6%)
03/2013: Smallville S11 #11 -- 16,502 (- 3.1%)
04/2013: Smallville S11 #12 -- 15,930 (- 3.5%)
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6 months: -19.0%

Still slipping down the charts!

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128 - THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES!
04/2003: Legion #19           -- 23,214
04/2008: LoSH #41             -- 28,939
04/2011: LoSH #12             -- 23,419
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04/2012: LoSH #8              -- 21,457 (-  2.0%)
05/2012: LoSH #9              -- 20,854 (-  2.8%)
06/2012: LoSH #10             -- 19,963 (-  4.3%)
07/2012: LoSH #11             -- 19,421 (-  2.7%)
08/2012: LoSH #12             -- 18,907 (-  2.7%)
09/2012: LoSH #0              -- 21,561 (+ 14.0%)
10/2012: LoSH #13             -- 18,487 (- 14.3%)
11/2012: LoSH #14             -- 17,767 (-  3.9%)
12/2012: LoSH #15             -- 16,912 (-  4.8%)
01/2013: LoSH #16             -- 16,496 (-  2.5%)
02/2013: LoSH #17             -- 16,242 (-  1.5%)
03/2013: LoSH #18             -- 16,148 (-  0.6%)
04/2013: LoSH #19             -- 16,015 (-  0.9%)
-----------------
6 months: - 13.4%
1 year  : - 22.6%
2 years : - 31.6%
5 years : - 44.7%
10 years: - 31.0%

Axed with issue #23!

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127 - KATANA!
02/2013: Katana #1  -- 27,021
03/2013: Katana #2  -- 19,247 (-28.8%)
04/2013: Katana #3  -- 16,157 (-16.1%)

Average drops for an ongoing title! Very low figures already! Don’t get attached!!!

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126 - BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED! (Digital-First)
04/2012: Unlimited #3          -- 24,196 (+ 2.7%)
05/2012: Unlimited #4          -- 24,356 (+ 0.7%)
06/2012: Unlimited #5          -- 24,058 (- 1.2%)
07/2012: Unlimited #6          -- 22,555 (- 6.3%)
08/2012: Unlimited #7          -- 21,219 (- 5.9%)
09/2012: Unlimited #8          -- 20,897 (- 1.5%)
10/2012: Unlimited #9          -- 19,877 (- 4.9%)
11/2012: Unlimited #10         -- 19,004 (- 4.4%)
12/2012: Unlimited #11         -- 18,089 (- 4.8%)
01/2013: Unlimited #12         -- 17,446 (- 3.6%)
02/2013: Unlimited #13         -- 17,025 (- 2.4%)
03/2013: Unlimited #14         -- 16,456 (- 3.3%)
04/2013: Unlimited #15         -- 16,283 (- 1.1%)
----------------
6 months: -18.1%
1 year  : -32.7%

Another digital-first book that looks like it might be levelling out!!!

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123 - ALL STAR WESTERN!
04/2008: Jonah Hex #30 -- 13,253
04/2009: Jonah Hex #42 -- 11,551
04/2010: Jonah Hex #54 -- 11,306
04/2011: Jonah Hex #66 -- 10,335
--------------------------------
04/2012: ASW #8        -- 25,040 (-  1.2%)
05/2012: ASW #9        -- 31,413 (+ 25.5%)
06/2012: ASW #10       -- 25,334 (- 19.4%)
07/2012: ASW #11       -- 23,572 (-  7.0%)
08/2012: ASW #12       -- 22,767 (-  3.4%)
09/2012: ASW #0        -- 25,388 (+ 11.5%)
10/2012: ASW #13       -- 21,481 (- 15.4%)
11/2012: ASW #14       -- 20,186 (-  6.0%)
12/2012: ASW #15       -- 19,190 (-  4.9%)
01/2013: ASW #16       -- 18,254 (-  4.9%)
02/2013: ASW #17       -- 17,398 (-  4.7%)
03/2013: ASW #18       -- 16,897 (-  2.9%)
04/2013: ASW #19       -- 16,838 (-  0.4%)
-----------------
6 months: - 21.6%
1 year  : - 32.8%
2 years : + 62.9%
5 years : + 27.1%

Maybe it’s found its level again! Still way ahead of pre-“New 52″ levels!!!

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122 - JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA'S VIBE!
02/2013: Vibe #1  -- 27,051
03/2013: Vibe #2  -- 19,092 (-29.4%)
04/2013: Vibe #3  -- 16,972 (-11.1%)

Another new book that’s in cancellation territory already!!! But at least it’s levelling out!!! But artist Pete Woods is also leaving!!! Gaaaaargh!!!

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119 - PHANTOM STRANGER!
09/2012: Phantom Stranger #0  -- 40,103
10/2012: Phantom Stranger #1  -- 33,350 (-16.8%)
11/2012: Phantom Stranger #2  -- 24,979 (-25.1%)
12/2012: Phantom Stranger #3  -- 23,378 (- 6.4%)
01/2013: Phantom Stranger #4  -- 19,903 (-14.9%)
02/2013: Phantom Stranger #5  -- 18,032 (- 9.4%)
03/2013: Phantom Stranger #6  -- 17,375 (- 3.6%)
04/2013: Phantom Stranger #7  -- 17,326 (- 0.3%)
-----------------
6 months: - 48.1%

Maybe Gene Ha’s art is slowing down the decline!!!

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113 - LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT! (Digital-First)
10/2012: LotDK #1  -- 42,904
11/2012: LotDK #2  -- 30,085 (-29.9%)
12/2012: LotDK #3  -- 25,710 (-14.5%)
01/2013: LotDK #4  -- 22,671 (-11.8%)
02/2013: LotDK #5  -- 21,041 (- 7.2%)
03/2013: LotDK #6  -- 19,681 (- 6.5%)
04/2013: LotDK #7  -- 18,201 (- 7.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 57.6%

It’s not levelling out!!! But it’s a digital-first comic!!! So there’s still a lot of rope!!! Yeaaargh!!!

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98 - INJUSTICE! GODS AMONG US! (Digital-First)
01/2013: Injustice #1  -- 20,733          [26,276]
02/2013: Injustice #2  -- 17,068 (-17.7%) [22,658]
03/2013: Injustice #3  -- 18,608 (+ 9.0%)
04/2013: Injustice #4  -- 21,669 (+16.5%)

Sales keep going up!!! And issue #2 sold 5,600 more copies, too!!! I hope the creators get some bloody royalties!!!

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96 - BIRDS OF PREY!
04/2003: Birds of Prey #54  -- 23,521
04/2008: Birds of Prey #117 -- 22,181
04/2011: Birds of Prey #11  -- 30,270
-------------------------------------
04/2012: Birds of Prey #8   -- 28,661 (-  1.8%)
05/2012: Birds of Prey #9   -- 41,521 (+ 44.9%)
06/2012: Birds of Prey #10  -- 28,457 (- 31.5%)
07/2012: Birds of Prey #11  -- 27,389 (-  3.8%)
08/2012: Birds of Prey #12  -- 26,587 (-  2.9%)
09/2012: Birds of Prey #0   -- 30,574 (+ 15.0%)
10/2012: Birds of Prey #13  -- 25,851 (- 15.5%)
11/2012: Birds of Prey #14  -- 24,904 (-  3.7%)
12/2012: Birds of Prey #15  -- 24,026 (-  3.5%)
01/2013: Birds of Prey #16  -- 23,182 (-  3.5%)
02/2013: Birds of Prey #17  -- 22,112 (-  4.6%)
03/2013: Birds of Prey #18  -- 21,957 (-  0.7%)
04/2013: Birds of Prey #19  -- 21,707 (-  1.1%)
-----------------
6 months: - 16.0%
1 year  : - 24.3%
2 years : - 28.3%
5 years : -  2.1%
10 years: -  7.7%

It looks like the book has found its level! But maybe it’s just the confusion about who takes over when! We’ll find out in a couple months!!!

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89 - TALON!
09/2012: Talon #0  -- 59,691
10/2012: Talon #1  -- 55,737 (- 6.6%)
11/2012: Talon #2  -- 41,250 (-26.0%)
12/2012: Talon #3  -- 35,034 (-15.1%)
01/2013: Talon #4  -- 30,909 (-11.8%)
02/2013: Talon #5  -- 28,003 (- 9.4%)
03/2013: Talon #6  -- 25,440 (- 9.2%)
04/2013: Talon #7  -- 24,045 (- 5.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 56.9%

Still shedding lots of readers! But at least the decline is slowing down!!!

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87 - SUPERBOY!
04/2011: Superboy #6  --  30,490
--------------------------------
04/2012: Superboy #8  --  31,900 (-  3.5%)
05/2012: Superboy #9  --  34,838 (+  9.2%)
06/2012: Superboy #10 --  31,358 (- 10.0%)
07/2012: Superboy #11 --  29,677 (-  5.4%)
08/2012: Superboy #12 --  27,518 (-  7.3%)
09/2012: Superboy #0  --  31,840 (+ 15.7%)
10/2012: Superboy #13 --  25,726 (- 19.2%)
11/2012: Superboy #14 --  28,017 (+  8.9%)
12/2012: Superboy #15 --  27,619 (-  1.4%)
01/2013: Superboy #16 --  27,110 (-  1.8%)
02/2013: Superboy #17 --  26,762 (-  1.3%)
03/2013: Superboy #18 --  24,455 (-  8.6%)
04/2013: Superboy #19 --  24,211 (-  1.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  5.9%
1 year  : - 24.1%
2 years : - 20.6%

Standard attrition!!!

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86 - SUICIDE SQUAD!
04/2008: Raise the Flag #8 of 8 -- 15,508
-----------------------------------------
04/2012: Suicide Squad #8       -- 32,789 (-  0.4%)
05/2012: Suicide Squad #9       -- 32,581 (-  0.6%)
06/2012: Suicide Squad #10      -- 31,576 (-  3.1%)
07/2012: Suicide Squad #11      -- 29,809 (-  5.6%)
08/2012: Suicide Squad #12      -- 28,302 (-  5.1%)
09/2012: Suicide Squad #0       -- 31,875 (+ 12.6%)
10/2012: Suicide Squad #13      -- 27,644 (- 13.3%)
11/2012: Suicide Squad #14      -- 63,691 (+130.4%) [69,185]
12/2012: Suicide Squad #15      -- 57,132 (- 10.3%)
01/2013: Suicide Squad #16      -- 27,061 (- 52.6%)
02/2013: Suicide Squad #17      -- 26,370 (-  2.6%)
03/2013: Suicide Squad #18      -- 25,232 (-  4.3%)
04/2013: Suicide Squad #19      -- 24,300 (-  3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 12.1%
1 year  : - 25.9%
5 years : + 50.3%

Still slipping! But a new creative team waits around the corner!!!

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85 - HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE!
04/2003: MotU #2        -- 34,347
---------------------------------
07/2012: He-Man #1 of 6 -- 27,665
08/2012: --
09/2012: He-Man #2 of 6 -- 19,737 (-28.7%)
10/2012: He-Man #3 of 6 -- 18,269 (- 7.4%)
11/2012: He-Man #4 of 6 -- 17,499 (- 4.2%)
12/2012: He-Man #5 of 6 -- 16,858 (- 3.7%)
01/2013: He-Man #6 of 6 -- 16,441 (- 2.5%)
02/2013: --
03/2013: --
04/2013: He-Man #1      -- 25,254 (+53.6%)
----------------
6 months: +38.2%
10 years: -26.5%

Nice boost for the relaunch! The 10-year comparison is with an Image Comics miniseries!!!

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84 - JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK!
04/2012: Justice League Dark #8   -- 35,022 (- 3.0%)
05/2012: Justice League Dark #9   -- 34,649 (- 1.1%)
06/2012: Justice League Dark #10  -- 33,238 (- 4.1%)
07/2012: Justice League Dark #11  -- 31,792 (- 4.4%)
08/2012: Justice League Dark #12  -- 30,754 (- 3.3%)
09/2012: Justice League Dark #0   -- 34,287 (+11.5%)
10/2012: Justice League Dark #13  -- 30,008 (-12.5%)
11/2012: Justice League Dark #14  -- 28,966 (- 3.5%)
12/2012: Justice League Dark #15  -- 27,712 (- 4.3%)
01/2013: Justice League Dark #16  -- 26,902 (- 2.9%)
02/2013: Justice League Dark #17  -- 25,841 (- 3.9%)
03/2013: Justice League Dark #18  -- 25,664 (- 0.7%)
04/2013: Justice League Dark #19  -- 25,407 (- 1.0%)
----------------
6 months: -15.3%
1 year  : -27.5%

It’s found its level apparently!

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80 - WORLDS' FINEST!
05/2012: Worlds' Finest #1  -- 69,531
06/2012: Worlds' Finest #2  -- 51,510 (-25.9%)
07/2012: Worlds' Finest #3  -- 45,514 (-11.6%)
08/2012: Worlds' Finest #4  -- 39,629 (-12.9%)
09/2012: Worlds' Finest #0  -- 42,770 (+ 7.9%)
10/2012: Worlds' Finest #5  -- 35,951 (-15.9%)
11/2012: Worlds' Finest #6  -- 34,338 (- 4.5%)
12/2012: Worlds' Finest #7  -- 32,010 (- 6.8%)
01/2013: Worlds' Finest #8  -- 30,399 (- 5.0%)
02/2013: Worlds' Finest #9  -- 28,332 (- 6.8%)
03/2013: Worlds' Finest #10 -- 28,469 (+ 0.5%)
04/2013: Worlds' Finest #11 -- 27,453 (- 3.6%)
----------------
6 months: -23.6%

Back in decline after March’s “Requiem” tie-in! But the decline is slowing down!

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79 - ANIMAL MAN!
04/2012: Animal Man #8     -- 36,369 (- 1.3%)
05/2012: Animal Man #9     -- 35,699 (- 1.8%)
06/2012: Animal Man #10    -- 34,992 (- 2.0%)
07/2012: Animal Man #11    -- 33,909 (- 3.1%)
08/2012: Animal Man #12    -- 34,549 (+ 1.9%)
09/2012: Animal Man #0     -- 38,295 (+10.8%)
10/2012: Animal Man #13    -- 34,303 (-10.4%)
11/2012: Animal Man #14    -- 33,503 (- 2.3%)
12/2012: Animal Man #15    -- 32,013 (- 4.5%)
01/2013: Animal Man #16    -- 30,322 (- 5.3%)
02/2013: Animal Man #17    -- 29,425 (- 3.0%)
03/2013: Animal Man #18    -- 28,711 (- 2.4%)
04/2013: Animal Man #19    -- 27,562 (- 4.0%)
----------------
6 months: -19.7%
1 year  : -24.2%

Still slipping faster than it should!!!

—–

113 - BATMAN! LI'L GOTHAM! (Digital-First)
04/2013: Li'l Gotham #1  -- 27,591

A new digital-first title! Promoted with a 1:10 variant edition! Still quite good sales!!!

—–

76 - CATWOMAN!
04/2003: Catwoman #18 -- 23,199
04/2008: Catwoman #78 -- 18,553
-------------------------------
04/2012: Catwoman #8  -- 38,711 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: Catwoman #9  -- 49,726 (+28.5%)
06/2012: Catwoman #10 -- 37,158 (-25.3%)
07/2012: Catwoman #11 -- 35,551 (- 4.3%)
08/2012: Catwoman #12 -- 34,117 (- 4.0%)
09/2012: Catwoman #0  -- 39,117 (+14.7%)
10/2012: Catwoman #13 -- 40,147 (+ 2.6%) [60,257]
11/2012: Catwoman #14 -- 63,653 (+58.6%)
12/2012: Catwoman #15 -- 35,020 (-45.0%)
01/2013: Catwoman #16 -- 33,915 (- 3.2%)
02/2013: Catwoman #17 -- 30,194 (-11.0%)
03/2013: Catwoman #18 -- 33,220 (+10.0%)
04/2013: Catwoman #19 -- 28,058 (-15.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 30.1%
1 year  : - 27.5%
5 years : + 45.8%
10 years: + 20.9%

There’s another big drop without the “Death of the Family” crossover! So the drop in February was probably genuine!!!

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73 - SWAMP THING!
04/2012: Swamp Thing #8  -- 39,431 (- 2.1%)
05/2012: Swamp Thing #9  -- 39,385 (- 0.1%)
06/2012: Swamp Thing #10 -- 37,383 (- 5.1%)
07/2012: Swamp Thing #11 -- 36,257 (- 3.0%)
08/2012: Swamp Thing #12 -- 36,696 (+ 1.2%)
09/2012: Swamp Thing #0  -- 40,123 (+ 9.3%)
10/2012: Swamp Thing #13 -- 36,069 (-10.1%)
11/2012: Swamp Thing #14 -- 42,036 (+16.5%)
12/2012: Swamp Thing #15 -- 33,916 (-19.3%)
01/2013: Swamp Thing #16 -- 32,262 (- 4.9%)
02/2013: Swamp Thing #17 -- 31,497 (- 2.4%)
03/2013: Swamp Thing #18 -- 30,716 (- 2.5%)
04/2013: Swamp Thing #19 -- 29,254 (- 4.8%)
----------------
6 months: -18.9%
1 year  : -25.8%

The first issue without Scott Snyder! Bearing this in mind, the book is performing perfectly well in April!!!

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72 - SUPERGIRL!
04/2008: Supergirl #28 --  31,379
04/2009: Supergirl #40 --  34,080
04/2010: Supergirl #52 --  29,490
04/2011: Supergirl #63 --  21,598
---------------------------------
04/2012: Supergirl #8  --  36,042 (-  2.7%)
05/2012: Supergirl #9  --  35,129 (-  2.5%)
06/2012: Supergirl #10 --  33,309 (-  5.2%)
07/2012: Supergirl #11 --  31,879 (-  4.3%)
08/2012: Supergirl #12 --  30,420 (-  4.6%)
09/2012: Supergirl #0  --  34,457 (+ 13.3%)
10/2012: Supergirl #13 --  29,450 (- 14.5%)
11/2012: Supergirl #14 --  31,270 (+  6.2%)
12/2012: Supergirl #15 --  30,814 (-  1.5%)
01/2013: Supergirl #16 --  30,350 (-  1.5%)
02/2013: Supergirl #17 --  30,146 (-  0.7%)
03/2013: Supergirl #18 --  28,051 (-  7.0%)
04/2013: Supergirl #19 --  29,558 (+  5.4%)
-----------------
6 months: +  0.4%
1 year  : - 18.0%
2 years : + 36.9%
5 years : -  5.8%

There was a 1:25 special variant in April! Probably explains the increase!!!

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70 - GREEN ARROW!
04/2003: Green Arrow #23  -- 55,280
04/2003: Green Arrow #24  -- 53,565
04/2008: Arrow/Canary #7  -- 32,033
04/2009: Arrow/Canary #19 -- 21,933
04/2010: Green Arrow #32  -- 29,137
04/2011: Green Arrow #11  -- 32,669
-----------------------------------
04/2012: Green Arrow #8   -- 27,433 (-  5.4%)
05/2012: Green Arrow #9   -- 26,966 (-  1.7%)
06/2012: Green Arrow #10  -- 25,769 (-  4.4%)
07/2012: Green Arrow #11  -- 24,646 (-  4.4%)
08/2012: Green Arrow #12  -- 23,126 (-  6.2%)
09/2012: Green Arrow #0   -- 28,408 (+ 22.8%)
10/2012: Green Arrow #13  -- 22,057 (- 22.4%)
11/2012: Green Arrow #14  -- 21,825 (-  1.1%)
12/2012: Green Arrow #15  -- 20,672 (-  5.3%)
01/2013: Green Arrow #16  -- 19,888 (-  3.8%)
02/2013: Green Arrow #17  -- 36,043 (+ 81.2%)
03/2013: Green Arrow #18  -- 28,080 (- 22.1%)
04/2013: Green Arrow #19  -- 29,922 (+  6.6%)
-----------------
6 months: + 35.7%
1 year  : +  9.1%
2 years : -  8.4%
5 years : -  6.6%
10 years: - 45.0%

Jeff Lemire’s arrival stabilized sales at a much higher level than they were before! Good thing DC still has Jeff Lemire! Can’t imagine what they would do without him now that Morrison and Johns’s sales aren’t what they used to be! Make Lemire happy, DC!!! Make him happy!!! You need him!!! Aaargh!!!

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69 - CONSTANTINE!
04/2003: Hellblazer #183 -- 16,905
04/2008: Hellblazer #243 -- 11,958
04/2009: Hellblazer #254 -- 11,053
04/2010: Hellblazer #266 -- 10,256
04/2011: Hellblazer #278 --  9,417
----------------------------------
04/2012: Hellblazer #290 --  9,472 (+  1.2%)
05/2012: Hellblazer #291 --  9,426 (-  0.5%)
06/2012: Hellblazer #292 --  9,533 (+  1.1%)
07/2012: Hellblazer #293 --  9,247 (-  3.0%)
08/2012: Hellblazer #294 --  9,396 (+  1.6%)
09/2012: Hellblazer #295 --  9,143 (-  2.7%)
10/2012: Hellblazer #296 --  9,255 (+  1.2%)
11/2012: Hellblazer #297 --  9,146 (-  1.2%)
12/2012: Hellblazer #298 --  9,132 (-  0.2%)
01/2013: Hellblazer #299 --  9,329 (+  2.2%)
02/2013: Hellblazer #300 -- 12,522 (+ 34.2%)
03/2013: Constantine #1  -- 37,564 (+200.0%)
04/2013: Constantine #2  -- 30,789 (- 18.0%)
-----------------
6 months: +232.7%
1 year  : +225.1%
2 years : +227.0%
5 years : +157.5%
10 years: + 82.1%

More Jeff Lemire!!! And that’s not a bad drop-off either! But he’s gone!!! He’s already gone!!! He’s gone after issue #4!!! It’s in the solicitations!!! Yeeaaargh!!! Medic!!!

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67 - BATWOMAN!
04/2012: Batwoman #8  --  45,341 (- 3.3%)
05/2012: Batwoman #9  --  43,942 (- 3.1%)
06/2012: Batwoman #10 --  41,014 (- 6.7%)
07/2012: Batwoman #11 --  38,980 (- 5.0%)
08/2012: Batwoman #12 --  38,064 (- 2.4%)
09/2012: Batwoman #0  --  41,684 (+ 9.5%)
10/2012: Batwoman #13 --  37,315 (-10.5%)
11/2012: Batwoman #14 --  36,395 (- 2.5%)
12/2012: Batwoman #15 --  34,964 (- 3.9%)
01/2013: Batwoman #16 --  34,103 (- 2.5%)
02/2013: Batwoman #17 --  32,041 (- 6.1%)
03/2013: Batwoman #18 --  31,381 (- 2.1%)
04/2013: Batwoman #19 --  31,538 (+ 0.5%)
----------------
6 months: -15.5%
1 year  : -30.4%

Another comic with a special variant in April! Hence explaining the increase!!!

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63 - RED LANTERNS!
04/2012: Red Lanterns #8  -- 40,189 (- 3.5%)
05/2012: Red Lanterns #9  -- 39,215 (- 2.4%)
06/2012: Red Lanterns #10 -- 38,005 (- 3.1%)
07/2012: Red Lanterns #11 -- 36,462 (- 4.1%)
08/2012: Red Lanterns #12 -- 35,070 (- 3.8%)
09/2012: Red Lanterns #0  -- 38,928 (+11.0%)
10/2012: Red Lanterns #13 -- 42,804 (+10.0%)
11/2012: Red Lanterns #14 -- 40,779 (- 4.7%)
12/2012: Red Lanterns #15 -- 39,071 (- 4.2%)
01/2013: Red Lanterns #16 -- 38,223 (- 2.2%)
02/2013: Red Lanterns #17 -- 35,839 (- 6.2%)
03/2013: Red Lanterns #18 -- 35,203 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Red Lanterns #19 -- 34,673 (- 1.5%)
----------------
6 months: -19.0%
1 year  : -13.7%

“Red Rings of Wrath” crossover!!!

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58 - RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS!
04/2012: Red Hood #8  -- 37,974 (- 1.7%)
05/2012: Red Hood #9  -- 54,220 (+42.8%)
06/2012: Red Hood #10 -- 37,044 (-31.7%)
07/2012: Red Hood #11 -- 35,820 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: Red Hood #12 -- 34,439 (- 3.9%)
09/2012: Red Hood #0  -- 39,511 (+14.7%)
10/2012: Red Hood #13 -- 35,420 (- 6.7%)
11/2012: Red Hood #14 -- 37,710 (+ 6.5%)
12/2012: Red Hood #15 -- 64,103 (+70.0%)
01/2013: Red Hood #16 -- 59,621 (- 7.0%)
02/2013: Red Hood #17 -- 53,076 (-11.0%)
03/2013: Red Hood #18 -- 37,731 (-28.9%) [42,901]
04/2013: Red Hood #19 -- 36,630 (- 2.9%)
----------------
6 months: + 3.4%
1 year  : - 3.5%

Sales return to normal levels after the “Requiem” crossover!!! Which sold 5,170 more units in April!!!

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54 - TEEN TITANS!
04/2008: Teen Titans #58  -- 47,357
04/2009: Teen Titans #69  -- 35,375
04/2009: Teen Titans #70  -- 35,412
04/2010: Teen Titans #82  -- 25,303
04/2011: Teen Titans #94  -- 25,187
-----------------------------------
04/2012: Teen Titans #8   -- 50,814 (-  1.1%)
05/2012: Teen Titans #9   -- 50,261 (-  1.1%)
06/2012: Teen Titans #10  -- 47,491 (-  5.5%)
07/2012: Teen Titans #11  -- 45,367 (-  4.5%)
08/2012: Teen Titans #12  -- 42,817 (-  5.6%)
09/2012: Teen Titans #0   -- 47,318 (+ 10.5%)
10/2012: Teen Titans #13  -- 41,059 (- 13.2%)
11/2012: Teen Titans #14  -- 39,745 (-  3.3%)
12/2012: Teen Titans #15  -- 68,707 (+ 72.9%)
01/2013: Teen Titans #16  -- 63,726 (-  7.3%)
02/2013: Teen Titans #17  -- 39,186 (- 38.5%)
03/2013: Teen Titans #18  -- 42,055 (+  7.3%)
04/2013: Teen Titans #19  -- 39,532 (-  6.0%)
-----------------
6 months: -  3.7%
1 year  : - 22.2%
2 years : + 57.0%
5 years : - 16.5%

Another book returning to its usual sales area!!!

—–

44 - BEFORE WATCHMEN! COMEDIAN!
06/2012: Comedian #1 of 6 -- 115,713
07/2012: Comedian #2 of 6 --  70,762 (-38.9%)
08/2012: --
09/2012: Comedian #3 of 6 --  55,114 (-22.1%)
10/2012: --
11/2012: --
12/2012: Comedian #4 of 6 --  50,073 (- 9.2%)
01/2013: --
02/2013: Comedian #5 of 6 --  44,393 (-11.3%)
03/2013: --
04/2013: Comedian #6 of 6 --  40,852 (- 8.0%)
----------------
6 months:  n.a.

Let’s not talk about ethics anymore! Ethics is the Fun-Killer! Don’t worry about it! At least it looks nice!!! Medic!!! Medic!!! Go go go!!!

—–

48 - GREEN LANTERN! NEW GUARDIANS!
04/2011: Emerald Warriors #9  -- 51,784
---------------------------------------
04/2012: New Guardians #8     -- 47,320 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: New Guardians #9     -- 46,237 (- 2.3%)
06/2012: New Guardians #10    -- 44,404 (- 4.0%)
07/2012: New Guardians #11    -- 42,929 (- 3.3%)
08/2012: New Guardians #12    -- 41,479 (- 3.4%)
09/2012: New Guardians #0     -- 46,718 (+12.6%)
10/2012: New Guardians #13    -- 48,500 (+ 3.8%)
11/2012: New Guardians #14    -- 47,062 (- 3.0%)
12/2012: New Guardians #15    -- 45,136 (- 4.1%)
01/2013: New Guardians #16    -- 43,770 (- 3.0%)
02/2013: New Guardians #17    -- 42,285 (- 3.4%)
03/2013: New Guardians #18    -- 42,028 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: New Guardians #19    -- 41,481 (- 1.3%)
----------------
6 months: -14.5%
1 year  : -12.3%
2 years : -19.9%

“Wrath of the Third Rage” crossover!!!

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45 - FLASH!
04/2003: Flash #197      --  30,886
04/2008: Flash #239      --  33,741
04/2009: Rebirth #1 of 5 -- 102,429 [111,515]
04/2010: Flash #1        -- 100,903
04/2011: Flash #10       --  54,953
04/2011: Flash #11       --  54,633
-----------------------------------
04/2012: Flash #8        --  63,702 (-  2.0%)
05/2012: Flash #9        --  62,807 (-  1.4%)
06/2012: Flash #10       --  55,681 (- 11.4%)
07/2012: Flash #11       --  53,674 (-  3.6%)
08/2012: Flash #12       --  51,779 (-  3.5%)
09/2012: Flash #0        --  56,890 (+  9.9%)
10/2012: Flash #13       --  49,936 (- 12.2%)
11/2012: Flash #14       --  48,012 (-  3.9%)
12/2012: Flash #15       --  45,925 (-  4.4%)
01/2013: Flash #16       --  44,093 (-  4.0%)
02/2013: Flash #17       --  42,936 (-  2.6%)
03/2013: Flash #18       --  41,659 (-  3.0%)
04/2013: Flash #19       --  42,079 (+  1.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 15.7%
1 year  : - 33.9%
2 years : - 23.2%
5 years : + 24.7%
10 years: + 36.2%

Another book with a special variant!!! You guessed it!!!

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43 - GREEN LANTERN CORPS!
04/2008: Green Lantern Corps #23 -- 46,780
04/2009: Green Lantern Corps #35 -- 58,769
04/2010: Green Lantern Corps #47 -- 72,163
04/2011: Green Lantern Corps #59 -- 60,162
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04/2012: Green Lantern Corps #8  -- 47,584 (- 2.3%)
05/2012: Green Lantern Corps #9  -- 46,336 (- 2.6%)
06/2012: Green Lantern Corps #10 -- 44,615 (- 3.7%)
07/2012: Green Lantern Corps #11 -- 42,996 (- 3.6%)
08/2012: Green Lantern Corps #12 -- 41,778 (- 2.8%)
09/2012: Green Lantern Corps #0  -- 47,309 (+13.2%)
10/2012: Green Lantern Corps #13 -- 50,773 (+ 7.3%)
11/2012: Green Lantern Corps #14 -- 49,594 (- 2.3%)
12/2012: Green Lantern Corps #15 -- 47,841 (- 3.5%)
01/2013: Green Lantern Corps #16 -- 45,387 (- 5.1%)
02/2013: Green Lantern Corps #17 -- 44,497 (- 2.0%)
03/2013: Green Lantern Corps #18 -- 44,215 (- 0.6%)
04/2013: Green Lantern Corps #19 -- 43,903 (- 0.8%)
----------------
6 months: -13.5%
1 year  : - 7.7%
2 years : -27.0%
5 years : - 6.2%

“Rage of the Raging Ragers” crossover!!!

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39 - EARTH 2!
05/2012: Earth 2 #1  -- 95,742          [102,490]
06/2012: Earth 2 #2  -- 75,936 (-20.7%) [ 84,740] 
07/2012: Earth 2 #3  -- 74,892 (- 1.4%)
08/2012: Earth 2 #4  -- 67,393 (-10.0%)
09/2012: Earth 2 #0  -- 69,111 (+ 2.6%)
10/2012: Earth 2 #5  -- 61,529 (-11.0%)
11/2012: Earth 2 #6  -- 58,271 (- 4.8%)
12/2012: Earth 2 #7  -- 54,409 (- 6.6%)
01/2013: Earth 2 #8  -- 50,860 (- 6.5%)
02/2013: Earth 2 #9  -- 48,208 (- 5.2%)
03/2013: Earth 2 #10 -- 46,213 (- 4.1%)
04/2013: Earth 2 #11 -- 45,468 (- 1.6%)
----------------
6 months: -26.1%

Levelling out!!! Or so it seems at last!!! But the writer is leaving anyway!

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37 - BATGIRL!
04/2003: Batgirl #39     -- 30,090
04/2010: Batgirl #9      -- 29,445
04/2011: Batgirl #20     -- 24,310
----------------------------------
04/2012: Batgirl #8      -- 48,878 (-  3.7%)
05/2012: Batgirl #9      -- 58,710 (+ 20.1%)
06/2012: Batgirl #10     -- 47,050 (- 19.9%)
07/2012: Batgirl #11     -- 45,004 (-  4.4%)
08/2012: Batgirl #12     -- 43,804 (-  2.7%)
09/2012: Batgirl #0      -- 50,441 (+ 15.2%)
10/2012: Batgirl #13     -- 50,074 (-  0.7%) [71,109]
11/2012: Batgirl #14     -- 77,468 (+ 54.7%)
12/2012: Batgirl #15     -- 75,341 (-  2.8%)
01/2013: Batgirl #16     -- 72,470 (-  3.8%)
02/2013: Batgirl #17     -- 65,751 (-  9.6%)
03/2013: Batgirl #18     -- 51,677 (- 21.4%)
04/2013: Batgirl #19     -- 45,939 (- 11.1%)
-----------------
6 months: -  8.3%
1 year  : -  6.0%
2 years : + 89.0%
10 years: + 52.7%

Sales return to normal after the crossovers! Still doing pretty darn well though!!!

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36 - WONDER WOMAN!
04/2003: Wonder Woman #191 --  25,833
04/2008: Wonder Woman #19  --  39,489
04/2009: Wonder Woman #31  --  31,857
04/2010: Wonder Woman #43  --  25,369
04/2011: Wonder Woman #610 --  31,002
-------------------------------------
04/2012: Wonder Woman #8   --  50,450 (-  1.7%)
05/2012: Wonder Woman #9   --  48,750 (-  3.4%)
06/2012: Wonder Woman #10  --  47,229 (-  3.1%)
07/2012: Wonder Woman #11  --  45,669 (-  3.3%)
08/2012: Wonder Woman #12  --  44,584 (-  2.4%)
09/2012: Wonder Woman #0   --  49,778 (+ 11.7%)
10/2012: Wonder Woman #13  --  43,731 (- 12.2%)
11/2012: Wonder Woman #14  --  42,384 (-  3.1%)
12/2012: Wonder Woman #15  --  41,641 (-  1.8%)
01/2013: Wonder Woman #16  --  40,105 (-  3.7%)
02/2013: Wonder Woman #17  --  39,110 (-  2.5%)
03/2013: Wonder Woman #18  --  38,406 (-  1.8%)
04/2013: Wonder Woman #19  --  46,492 (+ 21.1%)
-----------------
6 months: +  6.3%
1 year  : -  7.9%
2 years : + 50.0%
5 years : + 17.7%
10 years: + 80.0%

There were not one but two special variants of this one in April!!! So this explains the extra-big increase!!!

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35 - NIGHTWING!
04/2003: Nightwing #80  -- 29,508
04/2008: Nightwing #143 -- 29,914
---------------------------------
04/2012: Nightwing #8   -- 52,063 (+ 3.1%) [61,711]
05/2012: Nightwing #9   -- 61,395 (+17.9%)
06/2012: Nightwing #10  -- 50,585 (-17.6%)
07/2012: Nightwing #11  -- 49,124 (- 2.9%)
08/2012: Nightwing #12  -- 47,484 (- 3.3%)
09/2012: Nightwing #0   -- 53,109 (+11.9%)
10/2012: Nightwing #13  -- 47,171 (-11.2%)
11/2012: Nightwing #14  -- 50,720 (+ 7.5%)
12/2012: Nightwing #15  -- 74,407 (+46.7%)
01/2013: Nightwing #16  -- 69,643 (- 6.4%)
02/2013: Nightwing #17  -- 62,107 (-10.8%)
03/2013: Nightwing #18  -- 48,223 (-22.4%) [53,978]
04/2013: Nightwing #19  -- 46,978 (- 2.6%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.4%
1 year  : -  9.8%
5 years : + 57.0%
10 years: + 59.2%

Still awesome sales for this title despite the crossovers being over!!! The March issue sold another 5,755 units in April thanks to “Requiem”!

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32 - SUPERMAN!
04/2003: Superman #192 --  34,638
04/2008: Superman #675 --  54,855
04/2009: Superman #687 --  43,041
04/2010: Superman #699 --  33,183
04/2011: Superman #710 --  39,644
---------------------------------
04/2012: Superman #8   --  64,486 (-  3.2%)
05/2012: Superman #9   --  62,232 (-  3.5%)
06/2012: Superman #10  --  59,081 (-  5.1%)
07/2012: Superman #11  --  56,066 (-  5.1%)
08/2012: Superman #12  --  53,326 (-  4.9%)
09/2012: Superman #0   --  60,493 (+ 13.4%)
10/2012: Superman #13  --  52,155 (- 13.8%)
11/2012: Superman #14  --  52,572 (+  0.8%)
12/2012: Superman #15  --  51,225 (-  2.6%)
01/2013: Superman #16  --  50,621 (-  1.2%)
02/2013: --
03/2013: Superman #17  --  49,666 (-  1.9%)
03/2013: Superman #18  --  48,236 (-  2.9%)
04/2013: Superman #19  --  48,598 (+  0.8%)
-----------------
6 months: -  6.8%
1 year  : - 24.6%
2 years : + 22.6%
5 years : - 11.4%
10 years: + 40.3%

One more special-variant-promoted issue!!! You know the drill!!!

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30 - ACTION COMICS!
04/2003: Action Comics #802 --  32,126
04/2008: Action Comics #863 --  56,882
04/2008: Action Comics #864 --  48,438
04/2009: Action Comics #876 --  43,368
04/2010: Action Comics #888 --  29,536
04/2010: Action Comics #889 --  29,106
04/2011: Action Comics #900 --  60,152 [73,004]
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04/2012: Action Comics #8   --  87,980 (-  4.2%)
05/2012: Action Comics #9   --  88,796 (+  0.9%)
06/2012: Action Comics #10  --  80,751 (-  9.1%)
07/2012: Action Comics #11  --  76,232 (-  5.6%)
08/2012: Action Comics #12  --  71,203 (-  6.6%)
09/2012: Action Comics #0   --  78,626 (+ 10.4%)
10/2012: Action Comics #13  --  67,241 (- 14.5%)
11/2012: Action Comics #14  --  64,341 (-  4.3%)
12/2012: Action Comics #15  --  61,298 (-  4.7%)
01/2013: Action Comics #16  --  58,645 (-  4.3%)
02/2013: Action Comics #17  --  57,189 (-  2.5%)
03/2013: Action Comics #18  --  61,879 (+  8.2%)
04/2013: Action Comics #19  --  52,007 (- 16.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.7%
1 year  : - 40.9%
2 years : - 13.5%
5 years : -  1.2%
10 years: + 61.9%

Now that Grant Morrison is gone and the people who were replacing him are also gone the sales are gone too!!! Aaargh!!! Still doing relatively well historically, though, you must know!!!

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29 - BATMAN! THE DARK KNIGHT!
04/2011: --
-----------------------------------
04/2012: Dark Knight #8  --  74,287 (-  1.3%)
05/2012: Dark Knight #9  --  82,169 (+ 10.6%)
06/2012: Dark Knight #10 --  71,671 (- 12.8%)
07/2012: Dark Knight #11 --  68,632 (-  4.2%)
08/2012: Dark Knight #12 --  67,084 (-  2.3%)
09/2012: Dark Knight #0  --  72,919 (+  8.7%)
10/2012: Dark Knight #13 --  65,271 (- 10.5%)
11/2012: Dark Knight #14 --  62,792 (-  3.8%)
12/2012: Dark Knight #15 --  60,569 (-  3.6%)
01/2013: Dark Knight #16 --  58,258 (-  3.8%)
02/2013: Dark Knight #17 --  55,990 (-  3.9%)
03/2013: Dark Knight #18 --  54,269 (-  3.1%)
04/2013: Dark Knight #19 --  52,644 (-  3.0%)
-----------------
6 months: - 19.4%
1 year  : - 29.1%
2 years :   n.a.

Still drifting down the charts!!! People want Batman to sit down!!! Then he can win at musical chairs too sometimes!!! Yeaaaargh!!!

—–

25 - BATMAN, INCORPORATED!
04/2011: Batman, Inc. #5  --  62,204
------------------------------------
04/2012: --
05/2012: Batman, Inc. #1  --  96,486 (+124.1%)
06/2012: Batman, Inc. #2  --  73,654 (- 23.7%)
07/2012: --
08/2012: Batman, Inc. #3  --  66,720 (-  9.4%)
09/2012: Batman, Inc. #0  --  66,112 (-  0.9%)
10/2012: Batman, Inc. #4  --  60,888 (-  7.9%)
11/2012: Batman, Inc. #5  --  58,172 (-  4.5%)
12/2012: Batman, Inc. #6  --  52,636 (-  9.5%)
01/2013: Batman, Inc. #7  --  50,345 (-  4.4%)
02/2013: Batman, Inc. #8  --  55,414 (+ 10.1%) [99,406]
03/2013: Batman, Inc. #9  --  64,067 (+ 15.6%) [69,123]
04/2013: Batman, Inc. #10 --  56,464 (- 11.9%)
----------------
6 months: - 7.3%
1 year  :   n.a.
2 years : - 9.2%

Holding up very well thanks to the unexpected death of one of its main characters!

Lots of reorders in April thanks to that storyline!!!
200: 9,313 — Batman, Inc. #8!!!
234: 6,961 — Batman and Robin #18!!!
258: 5,755 — Nightwing #18!!!
275: 5,170 — Red Hood #18!!!
278: 5,056 — Batman, Inc. #9!!!

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21 - GREEN LANTERN!
04/2003: Green Lantern #162 --  45,219
04/2003: Green Lantern #163 --  44,469 [45,780]
04/2008: Green Lantern #30  --  65,347
04/2009: Green Lantern #39  --  79,792 [84,784]
04/2009: Green Lantern #40  --  76,665 [84,705]
04/2010: Green Lantern #53  -- 100,356
04/2011: Green Lantern #65  --  75,780
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04/2012: Green Lantern #8   --  88,335 (- 2.1%)
05/2012: Green Lantern #9   --  87,601 (- 0.8%)
06/2012: Green Lantern #10  --  80,615 (- 8.0%)
07/2012: Green Lantern #11  --  78,708 (- 2.4%)
08/2012: Green Lantern #12  --  77,187 (- 1.9%)
09/2012: Green Lantern #0   --  89,909 (+16.5%)
10/2012: Green Lantern #13  --  91,814 (+ 2.1%)
11/2012: Green Lantern #14  --  78,499 (-14.5%)
12/2012: Green Lantern #15  --  74,363 (- 5.3%)
01/2013: Green Lantern #16  --  72,884 (- 2.0%)
02/2013: Green Lantern #17  --  71,060 (- 2.5%)
03/2013: Green Lantern #18  --  69,801 (- 1.8%)
04/2013: Green Lantern #19  --  71,018 (+ 1.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 22.7%
1 year  : - 19.6%
2 years : -  6.3%
5 years : +  8.7%
10 years: + 58.4%

“Return of Ringwood Ragefuck” crossover!!!

—–

18 - DETECTIVE COMICS!
04/2003: Detective Comics #781 --  38,236
04/2008: Detective Comics #843 --  48,431
04/2009: Detective Comics #853 -- 104,107
04/2010: Detective Comics #864 --  42,436
04/2011: Detective Comics #876 --  40,133
-----------------------------------------
04/2012: Detective Comics #8   --  87,675 (-  2.5%)
05/2012: Detective Comics #9   --  96,016 (+  9.5%)
06/2012: Detective Comics #10  --  83,317 (- 13.2%)
07/2012: Detective Comics #11  --  79,835 (-  4.2%)
08/2012: Detective Comics #12  --  75,998 (-  4.8%)
09/2012: Detective Comics #0   --  84,063 (+ 10.6%)
10/2012: Detective Comics #13  --  76,392 (-  9.1%)
11/2012: Detective Comics #14  --  74,560 (-  2.4%)
12/2012: Detective Comics #15  -- 106,395 (+ 42.7%)
01/2013: Detective Comics #16  --  92,300 (- 13.3%)
02/2013: Detective Comics #17  --  85,824 (-  7.0%)
03/2013: Detective Comics #18  --  76,237 (- 11.2%)
04/2013: Detective Comics #19  --  77,922 (+  2.2%)
-----------------
6 months: +  2.0%
1 year  : - 11.1%
2 years : + 94.2%
5 years : + 60.9%
10 years: +103.8%

Special issue #900! Also has one of those special variant covers, as well!!! Cover price $7.99!!! Sales are perfectly all right, all things considered!!!

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9 - BATMAN AND RED ROBIN!
04/2010: Batman and Robin #11 --  84,006
04/2011: Batman and Robin #22 --  59,076
----------------------------------------
04/2012: Batman and Robin #8  --  66,659 (- 2.0%)
05/2012: Batman and Robin #9  --  75,967 (+14.0%)
06/2012: Batman and Robin #10 --  66,894 (-11.9%)
07/2012: Batman and Robin #11 --  65,043 (- 2.8%)
08/2012: Batman and Robin #12 --  63,993 (- 1.6%)
09/2012: Batman and Robin #0  --  69,146 (+ 8.1%)
10/2012: Batman and Robin #13 --  63,097 (- 8.8%)
11/2012: Batman and Robin #14 --  75,543 (+19.7%)
12/2012: Batman and Robin #15 --  89,878 (+19.0%)
01/2013: Batman and Robin #16 --  81,494 (- 9.3%)
02/2013: Batman and Robin #17 --  60,988 (-25.2%)
03/2013: Batman and Robin #18 --  69,614 (+14.1%) [76,575]
04/2013: and Red Robin #19    --  89,182 (+28.1%)
----------------
6 months: +41.3%
1 year  : +33.8%
2 years : +51.0%

Another “Requiem” tie-in!!! Plus 7,000 more units sold of the March issue!!!

—–

5 - JUSTICE LEAGUE!
04/2003: JLA #80             --  60,141
04/2008: Justice League #20  --  85,807
04/2009: Justice League #32  --  66,021
04/2010: Justice League #44  --  62,342
04/2011: JL of America #56   --  47,179
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04/2012: Justice League #8   -- 133,240 (-  2.3%)
05/2012: Justice League #9   -- 131,332 (-  1.4%)
06/2012: Justice League #10  -- 130,502 (-  0.6%)
07/2012: Justice League #11  -- 123,971 (-  5.0%)
08/2012: Justice League #12  -- 120,796 (-  2.6%) [161,235]
09/2012: Justice League #0   -- 125,868 (+  4.2%)
10/2012: Justice League #13  -- 117,752 (-  6.5%)
11/2012: Justice League #14  -- 113,094 (-  4.0%)
12/2012: Justice League #15  -- 115,074 (+  1.8%)
01/2013: Justice League #16  -- 117,719 (+  2.3%)
02/2013: Justice League #17  -- 105,304 (- 10.6%)
03/2013: Justice League #18  -- 102,494 (-  2.7%)
04/2013: Justice League #19  -- 100,943 (-  1.5%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.3%
1 year  : - 24.2%
2 years : +114.0%
5 years : + 17.6%
10 years: + 67.8%

About to slip below 100K!!! But that’s what you get without Jim Lee drawing! Still doing well overall!

—–

1 - BATMAN!
04/2003: Batman #614 -- 153,129 [164,858]
04/2008: Batman #675 --  71,138
04/2009: BfC #2 of 3 --  89,120
04/2010: Batman #698 --  60,934
04/2011: Batman #709 --  56,578
-------------------------------
04/2012: Batman #8   -- 130,602 (-  0.4%) [136,218]
05/2012: Batman #9   -- 134,605 (+  3.1%)
06/2012: Batman #10  -- 130,265 (-  3.2%)
07/2012: Batman #11  -- 127,210 (-  2.4%)
08/2012: Batman #12  -- 125,249 (-  1.5%)
09/2012: Batman #0   -- 156,561 (+ 25.0%)
10/2012: Batman #13  -- 148,305 (-  5.3%) [174,642]
11/2012: Batman #14  -- 159,729 (+  7.7%)
12/2012: Batman #15  -- 151,568 (-  5.1%)
01/2013: Batman #16  -- 145,923 (-  3.7%)
02/2013: Batman #17  -- 150,684 (+  3.3%)
03/2013: Batman #18  -- 137,893 (-  8.5%)
04/2013: Batman #19  -- 132,147 (-  4.2%)
-----------------
6 months: - 10.9%
1 year  : +  1.2%
2 years : +133.6%
5 years : + 85.8%
10 years: - 13.7%

Great sales overall!!! As always since the relaunch!!! That’s enough for now!!! Sorry!!!

—–

6-MONTH COMPARISONS!
+232.7%: Constantine
+ 41.3%: Batman and Red Robin
+ 38.2%: He-Man
+ 35.7%: Green Arrow
+  6.3%: Wonder Woman
+  3.4%: Red Hood
+  2.0%: Detective Comics
+  0.4%: Supergirl
-  0.4%: Nightwing
-  3.7%: Teen Titans
-  5.5%: Fables
-  5.9%: Superboy
-  6.8%: Superman
-  7.3%: Batman, Inc.
-  7.4%: Unwritten
-  8.3%: Batgirl
- 10.9%: Batman
- 12.1%: Suicide Squad
- 13.4%: LoSH
- 13.5%: GL Corps
- 13.6%: DCU Presents
- 14.3%: Justice League
- 14.5%: New Guardians
- 15.1%: Superman Family Adventures
- 15.3%: JLD
- 15.5%: Batwoman
- 15.7%: Flash
- 16.0%: Birds of Prey
- 16.9%: Fairest
- 17.8%: Deathstroke
- 18.1%: BB Unlimited
- 18.9%: Swamp Thing
- 19.0%: Red Lanterns
- 19.0%: Smallville
- 19.2%: Hawkman
- 19.4%: Dark Knight
- 19.6%: I, Vampire
- 19.7%: Animal Man
- 21.0%: Batwing
- 21.2%: Firestorm
- 21.6%: ASW
- 22.7%: Action Comics
- 22.7%: Green Lantern
- 22.7%: Stormwatch
- 23.0%: Demon Knights
- 23.6%: Worlds' Finest
- 24.9%: Saucer Country
- 26.1%: Arkham Unhinged
- 26.1%: Earth 2
- 29.9%: Ravagers
- 30.1%: Catwoman
- 32.9%: Dial H
- 48.1%: Phantom Stranger
- 48.4%: Ame-Comi Girls
- 52.4%: Sword of Sorcery
- 56.9%: Talon
- 58.0%: Team 7

—–

1-YEAR COMPARISONS!
+225.1%: Constantine
+ 33.8%: Batman and Red Robin
+  9.1%: Green Arrow
+  1.2%: Batman
-  1.4%: Scooby-Doo
-  3.5%: Red Hood
-  6.0%: Batgirl
-  7.7%: GL Corps
-  7.9%: Wonder Woman
-  9.8%: Nightwing
- 11.0%: Fables
- 11.1%: Detective Comics
- 12.3%: New Guardians
- 13.7%: Red Lanterns
- 15.0%: Unwritten
- 18.0%: Supergirl
- 19.6%: Green Lantern
- 22.2%: Teen Titans
- 22.6%: LoSH
- 24.1%: Superboy
- 24.2%: Animal Man
- 24.2%: Justice League
- 24.3%: Birds of Prey
- 24.6%: Superman
- 24.9%: DCU Presents
- 25.9%: Swamp Thing
- 25.9%: Suicide Squad
- 27.5%: Catwoman
- 27.5%: JLD
- 29.1%: Dark Knight
- 30.4%: Batwoman
- 32.7%: BB Unlimited
- 32.8%: ASW
- 33.4%: Batwing
- 33.6%: Fairest
- 33.9%: Flash
- 34.2%: Deathstroke
- 34.8%: Hawkman
- 37.9%: Firestorm
- 38.7%: Demon Knights
- 38.7%: I, Vampire
- 40.9%: Action Comics
- 41.3%: Stormwatch
- 49.6%: Saucer Country
- 52.8%: Arkham Unhinged

—–

2-YEAR COMPARISONS!
+227.0%: Constantine
+133.6%: Batman
+114.0%: Justice League
+ 94.2%: Detective Comics
+ 89.0%: Batgirl
+ 62.9%: ASW
+ 57.0%: Teen Titans
+ 51.0%: Batman and Red Robin
+ 50.0%: Wonder Woman
+ 36.9%: Supergirl
+ 22.6%: Superman
+  1.9%: Scooby-Doo
-  6.3%: Green Lantern
-  8.4%: Green Arrow
-  9.2%: Batman, Inc.
- 13.5%: Action Comics
- 17.0%: Fables
- 19.9%: New Guardians
- 20.6%: Superboy
- 23.2%: Flash
- 25.4%: Unwritten
- 27.0%: GL Corps
- 28.3%: Birds of Prey
- 31.6%: LoSH

—–

5-YEAR COMPARISONS!
+157.5%: Constantine
+ 85.8%: Batman
+ 60.9%: Detective Comics
+ 57.0%: Nightwing
+ 50.3%: Suicide Squad
+ 45.8%: Catwoman
+ 27.1%: ASW
+ 24.7%: Flash
+ 17.7%: Wonder Woman
+ 17.6%: Justice League
+  8.7%: Green Lantern
+  6.5%: Scooby-Doo
-  1.2%: Action Comics
-  2.1%: Birds of Prey
-  5.8%: Supergirl
-  6.2%: GL Corps
-  6.6%: Green Arrow
- 11.4%: Superman
- 16.5%: Teen Titans
- 34.6%: Fables
- 44.7%: LoSH

—–

10-YEAR COMPARISONS!
+103.8%: Detective Comics
+ 82.1%: Constantine
+ 80.0%: Wonder Woman
+ 67.8%: Justice League
+ 61.9%: Action Comics
+ 59.2%: Nightwing
+ 58.4%: Green Lantern
+ 52.7%: Batgirl
+ 40.3%: Superman
+ 36.2%: Flash
+ 20.9%: Catwoman
-  4.3%: Stormwatch
-  7.7%: Birds of Prey
- 13.7%: Batman
- 20.5%: Scooby-Doo
- 26.5%: He-Man
- 31.0%: LoSH
- 37.4%: Fables
- 45.0%: Green Arrow
- 60.2%: Hawkman

—–
Average Periodical Sales! (Not counting reprints, reorders shipping after the initial month of release, Johnny DC titles and magazines!)

DC COMICS!
04/2003: 25,804
04/2008: 28,051
04/2009: 27,373
04/2010: 23,740**
04/2011: 25,651
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04/2012: 31,319 (+  5.5%)
05/2012: 38,708 (+ 23.6%)
06/2012: 37,599 (-  2.9%)
07/2012: 33,837 (- 10.0%)
08/2012: 33,500 (-  1.0%)**
09/2012: 35,811 (+  6.9%)
10/2012: 32,901 (-  8.1%)**
11/2012: 33,872 (+  3.0%)
12/2012: 34,272 (+  1.2%)
01/2013: 31,759 (-  7.3%)
02/2013: 34,711 (+  9.1%)
03/2013: 30,819 (- 11.2%)**
04/2013: 29,914 (-  2.9%)
-----------------
6 months: -  9.1%
1 year  : -  4.5%
2 years : + 16.6%
5 years : +  6.6%
10 years: + 15.9%
DC UNIVERSE!
04/2004: 31,332
04/2008: 35,452
04/2009: 38,150
04/2010: 32,859
04/2011: 29,126
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04/2012: 35,264 (+  6.1%)
05/2012: 44,139 (+ 25.2%)
06/2012: 43,082 (-  2.4%)
07/2012: 38,502 (- 10.6%)
08/2012: 38,047 (-  1.2%)**
09/2012: 39,408 (+  3.6%)
10/2012: 36,571 (-  7.2%)
11/2012: 36,585 (+  0.0%)
12/2012: 36,880 (+  0.8%)
01/2013: 33,485 (-  9.2%)
02/2013: 36,838 (+ 10.0%)
03/2013: 32,294 (- 12.3%)**
04/2013: 31,426 (-  2.7%)
-----------------
6 months: - 14.1%
1 year  : - 10.9%
2 years : +  7.9%
5 years : - 11.4%
10 years: +  0.3%
VERTIGO!
04/2003: 16,215
04/2008: 10,550
04/2009: 10,767
04/2010: 10,815
04/2011: 10,014
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04/2012: 11,595 (- 8.6%)
05/2012: 11,102 (- 4.3%)
06/2012: 11,448 (+ 3.1%)
07/2012: 11,589 (+ 1.2%)
08/2012: 10,764 (- 7.1%)**
09/2012: 11,710 (+ 8.8%)
10/2012: 11,496 (- 1.8%)**
11/2012: 11,487 (- 0.1%)
12/2012: 11,771 (+ 2.5%)
01/2013: 10,764 (- 8.6%)
02/2013: 12,019 (+11.7%)
03/2013: 11,055 (- 8.0%)
04/2013: 11,467 (+ 3.7%)
-----------------
6 months: -  0.3%
1 year  : -  1.1%
2 years : + 14.5%
5 years : +  8.7%
10 years: - 29.3%

—–
Disclaimers, et cetera!

The numbers above are estimates for comic-book sales in the North American direct market, as calculated by ICv2.com according to the chart and index information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors!

ICv2.com‘s estimates are somewhat lower than the actual numbers, but they are consistent from month to month, so the trends they show are fairly accurate! Since it’s a “month-to-month” column, the comments, unless otherwise noted, are on the most recent month!

Bear in mind that the figures measure sales to retailers, not customers! Also, these numbers do not include sales to bookstores, newsstands, other mass-market retail chains or the United Kingdom! Re-orders are included, so long as they either reached stores in a book’s initial calendar month of release or were strong enough to make the chart again in a subsequent month!

If additional copies of an issue did appear on the chart after a book’s initial calendar month of release, you can see the total number of copies sold in parenthesis behind those issues (e.g. “[36,599]“)! Should more than one issue have shipped in a month which is relevant for one of the long-term comparisons, the average between them will be used!

Titles released under the Johnny DC imprint and magazines, such as Mad, mostly sell through channels other than the direct market, so direct-market sales don’t tell us much about their performance. For most Vertigo titles, collection sales tend to be a significant factor, so the numbers for those books should be taken with a grain of salt as well! To learn (a little!) more about Vertigo’s collection sales, go right here!

** Two asterisks after a given month in the average charts mean that one or more periodical release did not make the Top 300 chart in that month! In those cases, it’s assumed that said releases sold as many units as the No. 300 comic on the chart for that month for the purposes of the chart, although its actual sales are likely to be less than that!

For a more lyrical approach to discussing sales figures that covers all the essentials in a more condensed, less tedious fashion, finally, go right here!

—–
Marc-Oliver Frisch writes about comics at his weblog and at Comicgate! You can also follow him on Twitter!

Comments

  1. I love it!!!!

  2. Torsten Adair says:

    WOW! I love the Disney Comics punctuation!
    (Done back in the Golden Age because periods might disappear from plates! Or a printer’s devil might mistake the period for a burr and remove it!)

  3. Pulse pounding punctuation!!!

    As for the rapid sales decline of many titles after the first issue: today’s readers do not have the attention span for multiple issues of a title: advise renaming the title with each issue, and numbering each title morph as ‘#1″.

  4. “Return of Ringwood Ragefuck.”

    God bless you.

  5. I think this is the first time I’ve seen the “f” word in the Beat.

    Excuse me, I mean:

    I! Think! This! Is! The! First! Time! I’ve! Seen! The! “F!” Word! In! The! Beat!

  6. Whistling Skull was awesome. Wish this was a regular series.

    JSA era heroes + weirdness + Tony Harris = <3 <3 <3

    Your loss if you didn't read it.

  7. Doctor Timebomb says:

    Clearly this is viral marketing for Elliot S! Maggin’s return to DC.

  8. Travis says:

    I did read Whistling Skull for about 3 issues, and it sucked, so I quit losing money on it.

  9. Hands down the most enjoyable and depressing month-to-month!!!!

  10. Still fewer exclamation points than SECRET WARS. (!)

  11. Ouch those are harsh sales numbers. No matter how you spin it the New 52 is like watching a car wreck. Dido telling retailer effectively to hold on to their hats since the next phase is about to begin doesn’t inspire me, the buyer, to buy the retailers offering of your products.
    Any momentum the relaunch had has been squandered by bad corporate editorial and management decisions and governance. But keep making those decisions DC, the horrible cover promotion for Villans Month is shaking loose about another 6 titles including your top seller from my buy list (not the only reason but gives me enough of a push to cut it.)

  12. And Mark according to the latest Previews the Batman Beyond Unlimited is getting restarted with a new issue one since they have new creators moving the charcter to college. Expect that to spike up again in the next couple of months instead of seeing if it really found it’s level.

  13. I loved this one!!

  14. I’ll have what he’s having!

  15. @Travis Dude, no! What sucked?

  16. James Woodward says:

    Isn’t “Ragefuck” a proper noun that you can get away with saying, like “Dickweed” or “Dick Nixon”?

  17. Saipaman says:

    This column was way too positive to be truly interesting.

  18. WTF month, huh.

  19. Paul Mellerick says:

    That was so worth the wait.

  20. Mark B says:

    Always fun to look at the numbers, then walk into my local comic shop and see a dozen copies still on the shelves. :) Interesting how the 1st issues have such large sales and see them slip almost to half their numbers but I think the real tale is after the 4-5th issue.

    Also, the LOSH numbers aren’t that bad so why cancel it? Going digital? Seems to have support.

  21. shane davis says:

    I had no idea DC doesn’t pay creator, like mark said. I hope this is a misunderstanding. I had not heard this.

  22. Saucer County! Hope to see it return soon!

    And to be fair, EVERYONE needs, Jeff Lemire. Not just DC. He belongs to all of us.

  23. Snikt Snakt says:

    “Don’t worry about it! At least it looks nice!!! Medic!!! Medic!!! Go go go!!!”

    This final statement had me LoL. I loved the buildup to it!!!

  24. Kingdom says:

    I will never understand how Bob Harras was able to land his editor-in-chief job at DC after he nearly ran Marvel into the ground. He was incompetent then and has learned nothing in the 15 years that followed. Many current readers may not recognize what is happening at DC but its literally identical to how things operated during his Marvel leadership down to the gimmicks, top down editorial approach, treating creators like not really necessary evils and more. I wouldn’t mind one of the comic sites doing a true then and now comparison to just really lay it out. He should have been blacklisted from comics and not sure how he avoided it.

  25. awesomedude says:

    it wasn’t until the 3rd fake green lantern crossover name that I realized you were making them up. the first two sounded entirely plausible as i’m not following the GL books right now. Damn.

    And whoever in the comments said Whistling Skull was good- you crazy. Ir ead the first issue, it was utterly incomprehensible drek. Not only did I have no idea waht happened it, but i didn’t give a shit either. Just abysmal crap. I did not come back for issue2. No-one else did either it seems.

  26. Evan Meadow says:

    Kingdom, it pays to have Jim Lee as a friend.

    Also, since Arkham Unhinged hasn’t had any new content out since Injustice started, the odds are the print run will end with #20.

  27. If someone ever makes merchandise for The Beat, I’d love a “Standard Attrition!!!” T-shirt.

  28. So the silly gatefold cover gimmick didn’t work. Batwing changed creative teams and the lead and bought themselves maybe 3 more months worth of publication beyond whenever DCE might’ve wanted to pull the plug. Stormwatch maybe got a month with a new team and a complete reboot of the concept.

    Katana and Vibe need to get shuffled into Trinity War as tie-ins or something or they’re going to be another couple entries into the “8 issue series” that DCE seems to be so good at these days.

    Phantom Stranger might be one of those new “15 issue series” DCE seems to be trying out. The upcoming Pandora would be so lucky.

    And even though nobody outside of Lemire has managed the title of “turn-around artist” for some of these series that have cut bait, it will be interesting to see what effect Jordan on Superboy, Nelson on Supergirl, and Kot on Suicide Squad have for sales in the era of DC de-emphasizing the help. Cakes and eating and things.

    Also Green Team and The Movement: where do they begin life on the hard-scrabble midlist?

    Also also, the faltering of Constantine. So sad.

    Silver lining: Zero Year crossing over, Trinity War, the Ringwood Ragefuck crossover in the GL books, more new Batman and Superman and Justice League Three-Thousand books! Homogenization toward all of the things you buy already…just buy more of it!!!

  29. PeterCSM730 says:

    Thanks for all the links in the beginning of the column. I had no idea DC was still shedding their creative staff’s morale left and right. I think JH Williams III should focus on indie project. The market right now is really receptive to new indie books and with on art at least part time I’d bet it would sell around Saga levels. But I don’t know what contracts and future plans he has in play.
    I’ll echo a previous poster about the gimmicks making me nervous as a flashback to the mid to late 90s when I got burned out and stopped reading comics. I just realize I’m now only buying one DC comic regularly. The new Swamp Thing book looks pretty good though. Might go back and pick the previous issues up.

  30. I was pissed this column was so late.

    But it was so, so worth it.

  31. I’d look for Talon to drop some more. At the end of the most recent, it said, “To be continued in Birds of Prey.” That assures I’m out. I don’t play the forced crossover game on books I barely care about anyway.

  32. hsssh says:

    Usually i find this column pretty ridiculous but this time it was funny. Thanks!

    Interesting how Aquaman title being not shipped in april is noteworthy. New high for character?

  33. Dan Ahn says:

    There were a ton more gimmicks under Tom DeFalco’s reign as Marvel EIC than under Harras’s. I don’t have a super high opinion of either, but by the time Harras took over in mid-’95, most (all?) of the chromium/hologram covers were behind us (most special issues were just double-sized at $2.99, but with regular covers) and Marvel was already spiraling toward bankruptcy. Not saying Harras helped, but don’t forget that he was the one who started Marvel Knights and hired Joe Q and Kevin Smith for Daredevil in the first place. Forming the Ultimate line (back when it mattered) and putting then-barely-known Brian Bendis on Ultimate Spidey #1 in 2000? That was under Harras. Then again, “Marvels” was under DeFalco’s purview. There was a lot of crap too, but I wish the current DC was as ‘good’ as EITHER DeFalco or Harras’s Marvel. And that’s a pretty sad statement.

  34. Chris Hero says:

    I really enjoyed the exclamation points in the titles.

    I wish Lemire and Kindt would stop working for DC because I really enjoy their work, but I don’t enjoy these types of books. I mean, obviously, if they make a decent living off of it and they’re happy, that’s all that matters, but I’d like it if they could find the same success outside of DC books.

  35. @Dan Ahn: Harras wanted Howard Mackie to write Ultimate Spider-Man, and Lobdell to write Ultimate X-Men. I can’t help but wonder if the mainstream comics business would still exist had he gotten his way.

  36. Travis says:

    @Ron, I thought it was the worst Tony Harris art I have ever seen, and a bad barely comprehensible story. With characters I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about. I wanted to like it as I usually love the creators involved, but no dice.

  37. The people have spoken on Whistling Skull! Opinions are many and not good! Story was all over the place but the art carried it for me. I’m biased as I love 40’s superheroes. The weirder the better. Loved it! :)

  38. I truly wonder why Heidi and Marc-Oliver Frisch even bother with this column anymore. If all it is an exercise in new ways to belittle and make fun of your readership, than what’s the point?

  39. This was hilarious.
    WERE YOU AWARE?!? “Return of Ringwood Ragefuck” is DC’s appropriation of Obadiah Oldbuck, incorporating him into the New 52 continuity as the source of the critical weakness of Alan Scott’s power ring.

  40. Chris Hero-
    You are aware that both Kindt and Lemire write and draw their own creator-owned books, right? It’s not an either/or proposition.

  41. I’m really surprised JLD isn’t doing better. Its a great read every month, and its by Lemire, my favourite DC writer. Shame he is leaving Constantine so soon.
    I’m over Snyder’s decompressed storytelling. The first storyline took a year to complete. One whole year!! And now this new one is the same! Its ridiculous.

  42. Chris Hero says:

    RJT,

    Yep. I have every mini-comic and creator owned work both Kindt and Lemire have done. I just hate seeing their creator owned stuff sell a fraction of their DC work. Mind MGMT is selling like 9000 copies a month through Diamond.

    On the other hand, if both Kindt and Lemire enjoy doing the DC work, power to them. I just wish we lived in a world where they could make as much doing creator owned work as corporate work.

  43. Foolish says:

    “I’m over Snyder’s decompressed storytelling. The first storyline took a year to complete. One whole year!! And now this new one is the same! Its ridiculous.”

    And Watchmen! 12 issues? What were they thinking?

    What about Sandman: The Kindly Ones? That was like 13 issues! Talk about excessive! Stories shouldn’t be that long!

    And how about that Garth Ennis? 66 issues for Preacher! 66 issues to tell a story! Why, it could’ve just been five issues!

  44. Snikt Snakt says:

    “I truly wonder why Heidi and Marc-Oliver Frisch even bother with this column anymore. If all it is an exercise in new ways to belittle and make fun of your readership, than what’s the point?”

    Sorry TomO, if you don’t like the way they shuffle the deck chairs on the Titanic…

  45. Snyder’s Batman run is no Watchman or Sandman….

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