Indie Month-to-Month Sales December 2012

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lone ranger 4 Indie Month to Month Sales December 2012
By Paul Mellerick

It’s pretty much as you were in a fairly quiet month for new books. Boom’s dollar-book Deathmatch and the return of Hellboy, alongside a new Adventure Time spin-off and Brian Wood’s new book Mara are the notable debuts. Walking Dead, Saga & My Little Pony top the chart again, elsewhere the Image Firsts reprint programme features strongly, and a few long running licensed books end ahead of relaunches.

155 indie books charted this month, up on last month’s 151. The bottom book sold 4,649, up on last month’s 4,341. They sold approximately 1,543,544 in total, down on last month’s 1,615,140. Average sales are 9,958 per book, well down on last month’s 10,696. UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

Another poor month for risers. Out of the 155 books, only 21 went up in sales and 112 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

Image are the indie publisher once again this month, with fantastic 9.10% dollar share and a 8.49% market share, IDW have a 5.82% dollar share and 4.79% market share, Dark Horse have a 5.49% dollar share and a 4.56% market share, Dynamite have a 2.60% dollar share and 2.93% market share and Boom! Have a 1.69% dollar share and 1.88% market share, all up apart from Image.

Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

Here’s this month’s top twenty indie graphic novels.

1. Walking Dead TP Vol 1 Days Gone Bye		- 9,859
2. Walking Dead TP Vol 2 Miles Behind Us			- 5,715
3. Chew TP Vol 6 Space Cakes	 				- 5,636	
4. Saga TP Vol 1							- 4,749
5. Fatale TP Vol 2 Devil’s Business				- 4,287
6. Walking Dead TP Vol 3 Safety Behind Bars			- 4,250
7. BTVS Season 9 TP Vol 2 On Your Own			- 3,943
9. Walking Dead TP Vol 17 Something to Fear			- 3,600
11. Revival TP Vol 1 You’re Among Friends			- 3,439
14. Walking Dead TP Vol 4 Heart’s Desire			- 2,988
15. BPRD Hell On Earth TP Vol 4 Devil Engine			- 2,973
18. Star Wars Dawn OTJ TP Vol 1 Force Storm		- 2,670
21. Walking Dead TP Vol 5 Best Defence 			- 2,419
25. Walking Dead Compendium TP Vol 1			- 2,175
26. Yu Gi Oh Zexal GN Vol 2					- 2,157
27. X-O Manowar TP Vol 1 By The Sword			- 2,113
28. Walking Dead TP Vol 6 Sorrowful Life			- 2,080
31. Bleach TP Vol 52						- 1,914
33. Bleach TP Vol 53						- 1,877
37. Walking Dead TP Vol 16 A Larger World			- 1,846

The big GN news this month is that eight of the top ten books are indie titles. Hell, seven of them are Image books, who, thanks to the nine Walking Dead books, take thirteen of the chart places this month. Of the non-WD books, Saga continues to perform very well, with new Chew and Fatale collections coming in just above the first collection of Revival. Dark Horse get a three entries with Buffy, BPRD and Star Wars, while newbies Valiant have their first collection of X-O Manowar chart fairly high. The chart is rounded off by a couple of the manga regulars.

300. The Lone Ranger Snake of Iron (Dynamite)

07/2012: Snake of Iron #1 - 6,081
08/2012: Snake of Iron #2 - ????
09/2012: Snake of Iron #3 - ????
10-11/2012: -
12/2012: Snake of Iron #4 - 4,649 (???)

Making a brief reappearance in the chart, with a collection due right around the release of the movie.

299. Dark Shadows (Dynamite)

12/2011: Dark Shadows #2 - 7,407

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01/2012: Dark Shadows #3 - 6,337 (-14.5%)
03/2012: Dark Shadows #4 - 6,050 (-4.5%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Dark Shadows #5 - 5,746 (-5.0%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Dark Shadows #6 - 5,283 (-8.1%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Dark Shadows #7 - 5,265 (-0.3%)
10/2012: Dark Shadows #8 - 5,161 (-2.0%)
10/2012: Dark Shadows #9 - ???? (???)
11/2012: Dark Shadows #10 - 5,027 (???)
12/2012: Dark Shadows #11 - 4,661 (-7.3%)

I have an inkling that this may be the last appearance on this chart for this title.

298. Empowered Special (Dark Horse)

12/2009: Empowered One-Shot - 8,361
06/2011: Empowered Special #2 - 5,898 (-29.5%)
12/2012: Empowered Special #3 - 4,676 (-20.7%)

The excellent Empowered makes an irregular appearance in a comic, but most of the audience are probably waiting for the trade.

294. Soulfire (Aspen)

12/2011: -

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01/2012: Soulfire Vol 3. #6 - 4,723 (-6.6%)
02/2012: Soulfire Vol 3. #7 - 4,414 (-6.5%)
03-05/2012: -
06/2012: Soulfire Primer #1 - 4,954
06/2012: Soulfire Hope #1 - 4,660
07/2012: Soulfire Faith #1 - 4,543
07/2012: Soulfire Despair #1 - 4,524
07/2012: Soulfire Grace #1 - 4,431
07/2012: Soulfire Power #1 - 4,330
08/2012: Soulfire Vol 4 #1 - 5,864 (+35.4%)
09/2012: Soulfire Vol 4 #2 - 4,824 (-17.7%)
10-11/2012: -
12/2012: Soulfire Vol 4 #3 - 4,763 (-1.3%)

Settling down it would appear.

293. Supurbia (Boom!)

03/2012: Supurbia #1 - 4,626
04/2012: Supurbia #2 - ???? (???%)
05/2012: Supurbia #3 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Supurbia #4 - 3,920 (???%)
07-10/2012: -
11/2012: Supurbia Ongoing #1 - 6,288 (+60.4%)
12/2012: Supurbia Ongoing #2 - 4,773 (-24.1%)

Ouch, a biggish drop, but still above where the last series started.

292. Popeye (IDW)

04/2012: Popeye #1 - 12,250
05/2012: -
06/2012: Popeye #2 - 9,983 (-18.5%)
07/2012: Popeye #3 - 8,849 (-11.4%)
08/2012: Popeye #4 - 7,726 (-12.7%)
09/2012: Popeye #5 - 6,719 (-13.0%)
10/2012: Popeye #6 - 6,698 (-0.3%)
11/2012: Popeye #7 - 5,417 (-19.1%)
12/2012: Popeye #8 - 4,866 (-10.2%)

Cancelled with issue 12, so my commenters tell me.

290. Freelancers (Boom)

11/2012: Freelancers #1 - 14,085 
12/2012: Freelancers #2 - 4,904 (-65.2%)

A reeeaaal long drop-off, but then the first issue was only a dollar.

288. Hellraiser Road Below (Boom!)

11/2012: Hellraiser Road Below #1 - 5,647
11/2012: Hellraiser Road Below #2 - 4,896 (-13.3%)
12/2012: Hellraiser Road Below #3 - 4,921 (+0.5%)

Levelling right out, while the new series starts in February.

287. Stormdogs (Image)

11/2012: Stormdogs #1 - 8,389
12/2012: Stormdogs #2 - 4,939 (-41.1%)

That’s a very bad second issue drop.

286. The Creep (Dark Horse)

08/2012: The Creep #0 - 8,185
09/2012: The Creep #1 - 7,236 (-11.6%)
10/2012: The Creep #2 - 5,958 (-17.7%)
11/2012: The Creep #3 - 5,375 (-9.8%)
12/2012: The Creep #4 - 4,951 (-7.9%)

Ending pretty far down, but this was always a bit niche.

285. Bionic Woman (Dynamite)

04/2012: Bionic Woman #1 - 9,154
05/2012: Bionic Woman #2 - 7,053 (-23.0%)
06-07/2012: -
08/2012: Bionic Woman #3 - 6,565 (-6.9%)
09/2012: Bionic Woman #4 - 5,928 (-9.7%)
10/2012: Bionic Woman #5 - 5,653 (-4.6%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Bionic Woman #6 - 4,960 (-12.3%)

Hurtling towards an end, I think.

284. Darkness (Image)

12/2011: Darkness #96 - 5,939

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01/2012: Darkness #97 - 5,328 (-10.3%)
01/2012: Darkness #98 - 5,316 (-0.2%)
02/2012: Darkness #99 - 5,893 (+10.9%)
02/2012: Darkness #100 - 11,363 (+92.8%)
03/2012: Darkness #101 - 7,214 (-36.5%)
04/2012: Darkness #102 - 5,963 (-17.3%)
05/2012: Darkness #103 - 6,140 (+3.0%)
06/2012: Darkness #104 - 5,823 (-5.2%)
07/2012: Darkness #105 - 5,515 (-5.3%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Darkness #106 - 5,113 (-7.3%)
10/2012: Darkness #107 - 5,296 (+3.6%)
11/2012: Darkness #108 - 5,176 (-2.3%)
12/2012: Darkness #109 - 4,961 (-4.2%)

Back into terminal decline. Probably time to give the character a bit of a rest.

283. Dark Shadows Vampirella (Dynamite)

08/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #1 - 7,899
09/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #2 - 6,497 (-17.7%)
10/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #3 - 5,566 (-14.3%)
11/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #4 - 5,125 (-7.9%)
12/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #5 - 4,962 (-3.2%)

Levelling out, though at a fairly low level.

282. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

02/2012: Army of Darkness #1 - 9,164
03/2012: Army of Darkness #2 - 7,037 (-23.2%)
04/2012: Army of Darkness #3 - 6,382 (-9.3%)
05/2012: Army of Darkness #4 - 5,972 (-6.4%)
06-08:2012: -
09/2012: Army of Darkness #5 - 5,463 (-8.5%)
10/2012: -
11/2012: Army of Darkness #6 - ???? (???)
12/2012: Army of Darkness #7 - 4,963 (???)

Dropping pretty quickly.

281. Battlefields (Dynamite)

11/2012: Battlefields #1 - 5,863
12/2012: Battlefields #2 - 4,966 (-15.3%)

It’s utterly criminal that a book of this caliber can sell in such low numbers. I guess the collections must do well.

278. Borderlands Origins (IDW)

11/2012: Borderlands Origins #1 - 6,409
12/2012: Borderlands Origins #2 - 5,040 (-21.4%)

The computer game tie-in suffers an average second issue drop, but this has done a fair bit better than is represented here. The first issue is now onto its third printing, the second issue is on its second.

277. Ferals (Avatar)

01/2012: Ferals #1 - 7,802
02/2012: Ferals #2 - 6,008 (-23.0%)
02/2012: Ferals #3 - 6,159 (+2.5%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Ferals #4 - 6,043 (-1.9%)
05/2012: Ferals #5 - 5,624 (-6.9%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Ferals #6 - 5,883 (+4.6%)
08/2012: Ferals #7 - 5,690 (-3.3%)
08/2012: Ferals #8 - 5,525 (-2.9%)
09/2012: -
10/2012: Ferals #9 - 5,406 (-2.2%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Ferals #10 - 5,045 (-6.7%)
276. Caligula (Avatar)

12/2011: -

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01/2012: Caligula #6 -  5,212 (-3.9%)
02-11/2012: -
12/2012: Caligula Heart of Rome #1 -  5,055 (-3.0%)

Two David Lapham Avatar series that aren’t exactly setting the charts on fire. They are particular examples of the sex and violence (and often violent sex) formula that Avatar were known for before the likes of Ellis & Ennis raised the bar a little. As much as I like Lapham, who’s Stray Bullets is still deeply missed, these are not up to that standard.

275. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
 
12/2011: Dark Horse Presents #7 - 7,849 (+11.9%)

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01/2012: -
02/2012: Dark Horse Presents #8 - 7,936 (+1.1%)
02/2012: Dark Horse Presents #9 - 7,751 (-2.3%)
03/2012: Dark Horse Presents #10 - 6,881 (-11.2%)
04/2012: Dark Horse Presents #11 - 7,118 (+3.4%)
05/2012: Dark Horse Presents #12 - 7,281 (+2.3%)
06/2012: Dark Horse Presents #13 - 7,132 (-2.0%)
07/2012: Dark Horse Presents #14 - 6,448 (-9.6%)
08/2012: Dark Horse Presents #15 - 6,154 (-4.6%)
09/2012: Dark Horse Presents #16 - 5,765 (-6.3%)
10/2012: Dark Horse Presents #17 - 5,546 (-3.8%)
11/2012: Dark Horse Presents #18 - 5,400 (-2.6%)
12/2012: Dark Horse Presents #19 - 5,123 (-5.1%)

Still dropping readers a bit swiftly, as ever this has differing economics underlying the sales, being an eight-dollar book.

272. The Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
 
01/2012: The Lone Ranger #1 - 9,635
02/2012: The Lone Ranger #2 - 7,151 (-25.8%)
03/2012: The Lone Ranger #3 - 6,476 (-9.4%)
04/2012: The Lone Ranger #4 - 6,071 (-6.3%)
05/2012: The Lone Ranger #5 - 6,044 (-0.4%)
06/2012: The Lone Ranger #6 - 5,830 (-3.5%)
07/2012: The Lone Ranger #7 - 5,762 (-1.2%)
08/2012: The Lone Ranger #8 - 5,703 (-1.0%)
09/2012: The Lone Ranger #9 - 5,451 (-4.4%)
10/2012: The Lone Ranger #10 - 5,394 (-10.5%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: The Lone Ranger #11 - 5,216 (-3.3%)

A bit more stable this month.

271. Green Hornet (Dynamite)

12/2011: Green Hornet #20 - 8,297

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01/2012: Green Hornet #21 - 8,043 (-3.1%)
01/2012: Green Hornet Annual #2 - 5,226 (-35.0%)
02/2012: Green Hornet #22 - 7,789 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Green Hornet #23 - 7,087 (-9.0%)
04/2012: Green Hornet #24 - 6,751 (-4.7%)
05/2012: Green Hornet #25 - 6,641 (-1.6%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Green Hornet #26 - 6,413 (-3.4%)
08/2012: Green Hornet #27 - 6,071 (-5.3%)
09/2012: Green Hornet #28 - 5,939 (-2.2%)
10/2012: Green Hornet #29 - 5,812 (-2.1%)
10/2012: Green Hornet #30 - 5,669 (-2.5%)
11/2012: Green Hornet #31 - 5,458 (-3.7%)
12/2012: Green Hornet #32 - 5,217 (-4.4%)

Cancelled (not sure which issue from), with Mark Waid coming in to save the day!

268. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)
 
12/2011: Myths and Legends #10 - 6,242

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01/2012: Myths and Legends #11 - 6,190 (-0.8%)
02/2012: Myths and Legends #12 - 5,922 (-4.3%)
02/2012: Myths and Legends #13 - 5,734 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Myths and Legends #14 - 5,615 (-1.8%)
04/2012: Myths and Legends #15 - 5,359 (-4.6%)
05/2012: Myths and Legends #16 - 5,591 (+4.3%)
05/2012: Myths and Legends #17 - 5,761 (+3.0%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Myths and Legends #18 - 5,720 (-0.7%)
08/2012: Myths and Legends #19 - 5,547 (-3.0%)
09/2012: Myths and Legends #20 - 5,674 (+2.3%)
10/2012: Myths and Legends #21 - 5,552 (-2.1%)
10/2012: Myths and Legends #22 - 5,544 (-0.1%)
11/2012: Myths and Legends #23 - 5,319 (-4.1%)
12/2012: Myths and Legends #24 - 5,269 (-0.9%)

Pretty stable this month.

267. Queen Sonja (Dynamite)
 
12/2011: Queen Sonja #25 - 6,254

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01/2012: Queen Sonja #26 - 6,016 (-3.8%)
02/2012: Queen Sonja #27 - 6,097 (+1.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Queen Sonja #28 - 6,026 (-1.2%)
05/2012: Queen Sonja #29 - 5,861 (-2.7%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Queen Sonja #30 - 5,688 (-3.0%)
08/2012: Queen Sonja #31 - 5,526 (-2.8%)
09/2012: Queen Sonja #32 - 5,454 (-1.3%)
10-11/2012: -
12/2012: Queen Sonja #33 - 5,269 (-3.4%)

After a few months of stability this is firmly heading downwards again.

265. Carbon Grey
 
03/2012: Carbon Grey Origins #2 - 4,199 (-35.8%)
04-06/2012: -
07/2012: Carbon Grey v2 #1 - 6,916 (+64.7%)
08-11/2012: -
12/2012: Carbon Grey v2 #2 - 5,302 (-23.3%)

A bigger-than-average drop, unsurprising considering the delay between issues.

263. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)

12/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #66 - 5,303

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01/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #67 - 5,192 (-2.1%)
02/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #68 - 5,322 (+2.5%)
03/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #69 - 5,214 (-2.0%)
04/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #70 - 5,281 (+1.3%)
05/2012: Bart Simpsons Pal Milhouse #1 - 7,862
05/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #71 - 5,418 (+2.6%)
06/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #72 - 5,552 (+2.5%)
07/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #73 - 5,502 (-0.9%)
08/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #74 - 5,472 (-0.5%)
09/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #75 - 5,348 (-0.5%)
10/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #76 - 5,495 (+2.7%)
11/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #77 - 5,470 (-0.5%)
12/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #78 - 5,376 (-1.7%)

Stable.

262. To Hell You Ride (Dark Horse)

12/2012: To Hell You Ride #1 - 5,382

A new horror book from veteran actor and genre hero, Lance Henrikssen, drawn by the similarly veteran Tom Mandrake. It’s a bit ropey, unfortunately.

261. GFT Sleepy Hollow (Zenescope)

10/2012: GFT Sleepy Hollow #1 - 6,725
11/2012: GFT Sleepy Hollow #2 - 6,216 (-7.6%)
12/2012: GFT Sleepy Hollow #3 - 5,393 (-13.2%)

Falling badly this month, despite the strong-ish start.

260. Fathom (Aspen)
 
12/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #3 - 6,816

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01/2012: -
02/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #4 - 6,401 (-6.1%)
03/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #5 - 6,221 (-2.8%)
04-05/2012: -
06/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #6 - 5,773 (-7.2%)
07-08/2012: -
09/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #7 - 5,303 (-8.1%)
10-11/2012: -
12/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #8 - 5,414 (+2.1%)

A little increase, which is encouraging.

257. The Spider (Dynamite)

05/2012: The Spider #1 - 12,547
06/2012: The Spider #2 - 8,680 (-30.8%)
07/2012: The Spider #3 - 8,907 (+2.6%)
08/2012: The Spider #4 - 7,956 (-10.7%)
09/2012: The Spider #5 - 6,985 (-12.2%)
10/2012: -
11/2012: The Spider #6 - 6,283 (-10.0%)
12/2012: The Spider #7 - 5,571 (-11.3%)

This really isn’t looking like stabilizing any time soon, a shame as those who are buying it seem to like it. Maybe Masks will help a bit.

255. Guarding The Globe (Image)

09/2012: Guarding The Globe #1 - 10,183
10/2012: Guarding The Globe #2 - 7,104 (-30.2%)
11/2012: Guarding The Globe #3 - 5,871 (-17.4%)
12/2012: Guarding The Globe #4 - 5,302 (-9.7%)

Cancelled with issue five, due to apocalyptic events in Invincible. And these sales probably didn’t help.

254. Prophet (Image)

01/2012: Prophet #21 - 6,029
02/2012: Prophet #22 - 6,030 (0%)
03/2012: Prophet #23 - 6,289 (+4.3%)
04/2012: Prophet #24 - 6,639 (+5.6%)
05/2012: Prophet #25 - 6,390 (-3.7%)
06/2012: Prophet #26 - 6,275 (-1.8%)
07/2012: Prophet #27 - 6,117 (-2.5%)
08/2012: Prophet #28 - 5,969 (-2.4%)
09/2012: Prophet #29 - 5,991 (+0.4%)
10/2012: Prophet #30 - 5,927 (-1.1%)
11/2012: Prophet #31 - 5,771 (-2.6%)
12/2012: Prophet #32 - 5,642 (-2.2%)

Really very solid, and still gaining a lot of good word-of-mouth.

253, 270. Colder (Dark Horse)

11/2012: Colder #1 - 7,670
12/2012: Colder #2 - 5,683 (-25.9%)
12/2012: Colder #3 - 5,217 (-8.2%)

Stabilizing, if a little low.

252. Artifacts (Image)
 
12/2011: Artifacts #12 - 9,142

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01/2012: Artifacts #13 - 10,780 (+17.9%)
01/2012: Artifacts Origins One Shot - 5,988 (-4.4%)
02/2012: Artifacts #14 - 7,630 (-29.2%)
03/2012: Artifacts #15 - 7,086 (-7.1%)
04/2012: Artifacts #16 - 6,862 (-3.2%)
05/2012: Artifacts #17 - 6,887 (+0.4%)
06/2012: Artifacts #18 - 6,464 (-6.1%)
07/2012: Artifacts #19 - 6,203 (-4.0%)
08/2012: Artifacts #20 - 6,070 (-2.1%)
09/2012: Artifacts #21 - 5,814 (-4.2%)
10/2012: Artifacts #22 - 5,797 (-0.3%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Artifacts #23 - 5,708 (-1.5%)

This looks like it’s found its level, pretty much.

250. Grimm Fairy Tales Bad Girls (Zenescope)

07/2012: GFT Bad Girls #1 - 6,636
08/2012: -
09/2012: GFT Bad Girls #2 - 6,143 (-7.4%)
10/2012: GFT Bad Girls #3 - 5,966 (-2.8%)
11/2012: GFT Bad Girls #4 - 5,620 (-5.8%)
12/2012: GFT Bad Girls #5 - 5,822 (+3.6%)

A small increase for the most obvious book Zenescope have ever published.

249. Damsels (Dynamite)

09/2012: Damsels #1 - 13,201
10/2012: Damsels #2 - 9,029 (-31.6%)
11/2012: Damsels #3 - 7,388 (-18.2%)
12/2012: Damsels #4 - 5,851 (-20.8%)

Ouch. It’s not that bad, just not the most easy-to-follow of books.

248. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 

12/2011: Red Sonja #61 - 7,464 

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01/2012: Red Sonja #62 - 7,160 (-4.1%)
01/2012: Red Sonja Raven - 4,942
02/2012: Red Sonja #63 - 7,095 (-0.9%)
02/2012: Red Sonja #64 - 6,977 (-1.7%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Red Sonja #65 - 6,732 (-3.5%)
05/2012: Red Sonja #66 - 6,650 (-1.2%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Red Sonja #67 - 6,515 (-2.0%)
08/2012: Red Sonja #68 - 6,428 (-1.3%)
09/2012: -
10/2012: Red Sonja #69 - 6,176 (-3.9%)
10/2012: Red Sonja #70 - 6,103 (-1.2%)
11/2012: Red Sonja #71 - 6,048 (-0.9%)
12/2012: Red Sonja #72 - 5,856 (-3.2%)

Dropping below 6,000 copies for the first time.

247. Comeback (Image)

11/2012: Comeback #1 - 8,883
12/2012: Comeback #2 - 5,933 (-33.2%)

Not a great second issue drop, but the word of mouth has been reasonable good about this .

246. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)
 
12/2011: Jennifer Blood #7 - 11,522

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01/2012: Jennifer Blood #8 - 10,767 (-6.5%)
02/2012: Jennifer Blood #9 - 9,906 (-8.0%)
03/2012: Jennifer Blood #10 - 9,421 (-4.9%)
04/2012: Jennifer Blood #11 - 8,975 (-4.7%)
04/2012: Jennifer Blood #12 - 8,350 (-7.0%)
05/2012: Jennifer Blood #13 - 7,997 (-4.2%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Jennifer Blood #14 - 7,889 (-1.4%)
07/2012: Jennifer Blood Annual #1 - 6,068 
08/2012: Jennifer Blood #15 - 7,491 (-5.0%)
09/2012: Jennifer Blood #16 - 7,208 (-3.8%)
09/2012: Jennifer Blood #17 - 6,942 (-3.7%)
10/2012: Jennifer Blood #18 - 6,620 (-4.6%)
11/2012: Jennifer Blood #19 - 6,421 (-3.0%)
12/2012: Jennifer Blood #20 - 5,933 (-7.6%)

The drops look like they may be accelerating again. The story sort-of feels like it might be approaching a place to end.

245. Hack Slash (Image)

12/2011: Hack Slash Annual 2011 - 6,637

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01/2012: Hack Slash #12 - 6,621 (-5.1%)
02/2012: Hack Slash #13 - 6,483 (-2.1%)
03/2012: Hack Slash #14 - 6,381 (-1.6%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Hack Slash #15 - 6,310 (-1.1%)
06/2012: Hack Slash #16 - 6,391 (+1.3%)
07/2012: Hack Slash #17 - 6,296 (-1.5%)
08-09/2012: -
10/2012: Hack Slash #18 - 6,376 (+1.3%)
10/2012: Hack Slash #19 - 6,209 (-2.6%)
11/2012: Hack Slash #20 - 6,091 (-1.9%)
12/2012: Hack Slash #21 - 5,840 (-4.1%)

The biggest drop in a year, but nothing to be worries about at this point.

244. Multiple Warheads (Image)

10/2012: MW: Alphabet to Infinity #1 - 8,488
11/2012: MW: Alphabet to Infinity #2 - 6,318 (-25.6%)
12/2012: MW: Alphabet to Infinity #3 - 5,981 (-5.3%)

Leveling out, and with a reprint of the first issue.

243. Youngblood (Image)

05/2012: Youngblood #71 - 7,611
06/2012: -
07/2012: Youngblood #72 - ????
08/2012: Youngblood #73 - ????
09/2012: Youngblood #74 - ????
10-11/2012: -
12/2012: Youngblood #75 - 6,049 (???)

Making an anniversary appearance, possibly its last appearance for the moment.

242. 47 Ronin (Dark Horse)

11/2012: 47 Ronin #1 - 8,488
12/2012: 47 Ronin #2 - 6,101 (-28.1%)

A bit of a drop, but still a couple of thousand above where Usagi was. I suspect a relaunch of Usagi would do rather well, compared to where it was.

241. Lord of the Jungle (Dynamite)

01/2012: Lord of the Jungle #1 - 25,212
02/2012: Lord of the Jungle #2 - 10,525 (-58.3%)
03/2012: Lord of the Jungle #3 - 9,311 (-11.5%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Lord of the Jungle #4 - 8,829 (-5.2%)
05/2012: Lord of the Jungle Annual #1 - 5,874
06/2012: Lord of the Jungle #5 - 8,768 (-0.7%)
07/2012: Lord of the Jungle #6 - 8,169 (-6.8%)
08/2012: Lord of the Jungle #7 - 7,664 (-6.2%)
09/2012: -
10/2012: Lord of the Jungle #8 - 7,092 (-7.5%)
11/2012: Lord of the Jungle #9 - 6,576 (-7.3%)
12/2012: Lord of the Jungle #10 - 6,259 (-4.8%)

Less of a drop.

239. Harvest (Image)

08/2012: Harvest #1 - 8,189
09/2012: Harvest #2 - 6,788 (-17.1%)
10/2012: Harvest #3 - 7,098 (+4.6%)
11/2012: Harvest #4 - 7,006 (-1.3%)
12/2012: Harvest #5 - 6,326 (-9.7%)

A bit of a slump for this final issue.

238. Mega Man (Archie) 

12/2011: Mega Man #8 - 7,092 

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01/2012: Mega Man #9 - 7,540 (+6.3%)
02/2012: Mega Man #10 - 6,163 (-18.3%)
03/2012: Mega Man #11 - 6,182 (+0.3%)
04/2012: Mega Man #12 - 6,006 (-2.8%)
05/2012: Mega Man #13 - 6,273 (+4.4%)
06/2012: Mega Man #14 - 5,906 (-5.9%)
07/2012: Mega Man #15 - 5,934 (+0.5%)
08/2012: Mega Man #16 - 6,044 (+1.9%)
09/2012: Mega Man #17 - 6,638 (+9.8%)
10/2012: Mega Man #18 - 6,557 (-1.2%)
11/2012: Mega Man #19 - 5,618 (-14.3%)
12/2012: Mega Man #20 - 6,351 (+13.0%)

Gaining back almost all of last month’s losses, so I suspect some of those sales were simply mislaid at the time.

237. Change (Image)

12/2012: Change #1 - 6,439 - 6,439

I have absolutely no idea what this comic is about, and I read the first two and a half issues before abandoning it.

236. TMNTColor Classics(IDW)

05/2012: TMNTColor Classics #1 - 10,732
06/2012: TMNTColor Classics #2 - 8,713 (-18.8%)
07/2012: TMNTColor Classics #3 - 7,900 (-9.3%)
08/2012: TMNT Color Classics Micro Series Raphael - 8,379 (+6.1%)
09/2012: TMNTColor Classics #4 - 7,322 (-12.6%)
10/2012: TMNTColor Classics #5 - 7,090 (-3.2%)
11/2012: TMNTColor Classics #6 - 6,471 (-8.7%)
12/2012: TMNT Color Classics Micro Series Michelangelo - 6,456 (-0.2%)

Totally flat.

235. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

12/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #66 - 7,366

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01/2012: -
02/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #67 - 6,998 (-5.0%)
03/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #68 - 7,029 (+0.4%)
03/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #69 - 6,695 (-4.8%)
03/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #70 - 6,724 (+0.4%)
04/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #71 - 6,820 (+1.4%)
04/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #72 - 6,590 (-3.4%)
05/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #73 - 6,757 (+2.5%)
06/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #74 - 6,988 (+3.4%)
06/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 - 6,136
07/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #75 - 11,108 (+59.0%)
08/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #76 - 6,919 (-37.7%)
09/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #77 - 6,847 (-1.0%)
10/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #78 - 6,888 (+0.6%)
11/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #79 - 6,653 (-3.4%)
12/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #80 - 6,508 (-2.2%)

Pretty stable overall.

232. Sherlock Holmes Liverpool Demon (Dynamite)

12/2012: Sherlock Holmes Liverpool Demon #1 - 6,598

Not brilliant, but not too bad.

230. Fashion Beast (Avatar)

09/2012: Fashion Beast #1 - 12,831
10/2012: Fashion Beast #2 - 9,460 (-26.3%)
10/2012: Fashion Beast #3 - 7,569 (-20.0%)
12/2012: Fashion Beast #4 - 6,639 (-12.3%)

Starting to stabilize. Maybe.

233. Cobra (IDW)
 
12/2011: Cobra #8 - 8,381

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01/2012: Cobra #9 - 8,249 (-1.6%)
01/2012: Cobra Annual 2012 Origin Of Cobra Commander #1 - 7,235
02/2012: Cobra #10 - 8,134 (-1.4%)
03/2012: Cobra #11 - 7,966 (-2.1%)
04/2012: Cobra #12 - 8,090 (+1.6%)
05/2012: Cobra #13 - 8,115 (+0.3%)
06/2012: Cobra #14 - 7,874 (-3.0%)
07/2012: Cobra #15 - 7,619 (-3.2%)
08/2012: Cobra #16 - 7,328 (-3.8%)
09/2012: Cobra #17 - 7,112 (-2.9%)
10/2012: Cobra #18 - 6,873 (-3.4%)
11/2012: Cobra #19 - 6,668 (-3.0%)
12/2012: Cobra #20 - 6,589 (-1.2%)
228. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (IDW)
 
12/2011: Snake Eyes #8 - 8,446 (-2.8%)

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01/2012: Snake Eyes #9 - 8,328 (-1.4%)
02/2012: Snake Eyes #10 - 8,186 (-1.7%)
03/2012: Snake Eyes #11 - 8,120 (-0.8%)
04/2012: Snake Eyes #12 - 8,164 (+0.5%)
05/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #13 - 8,567 (+4.7%)
06/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #14 - 8,104 (-5.4%)
07/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #15 - 7,890 (-2.6%)
08/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #16 - 7,632 (-3.3%)
09/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #17 - 7,391 (-3.2%)
10/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #18 - 7,151 (-3.2%)
11/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #19 - 6,846 (-4.3%)
12/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #20 - 6,663 (-2.7%)

Both cancelled, to be replaced by GI Joe Special Missions and Cobra Files.

227. Witch Doctor (Image)

12/2011: Witch Doctor Resuscitation One-Shot - 6,343 (-17.1%)

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11/2012: Witch Doctor Malpractice #1 - 8,802 (+38.8%)
12/2012: Witch Doctor Malpractice #2 - 6,673 (-24.2%)

An average second issue drop, really.

 226. Lady Death (Avatar)
 
12/2011: Lady Death #12 - 7,288 

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01/2012: Lady Death #13 - 7,132 (-2.1%)
02/2012: Lady Death #14 - 7,562 (+6.0%)
03/2012: Lady Death #15 - 7,700 (+1.8%)
04/2012: Lady Death #16 - 7,605 (-1.2%)
05/2012: Lady Death #17 - 7,453 (-2.0%)
06/2012: Lady Death #18 - 7,355 (-1.3%)
07/2012: Lady Death #19 - 7,212 (-1.9%)
08/2012: Lady Death #20 - 7,312 (+1.4%)
09/2012: Lady Death #21 - 6,990 (-4.4%)
10/2012: Lady Death #22 - 6,987 (0%)
10/2012: Lady Death #23 - 6,638 (-5.0%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Lady Death #24 - 6,762 (+1.9%)

A little jump, so this seems to have found its level for the moment.

225, 296. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

12/2011: Simpsons Super Spectacular #14 - 4,481

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01/2012: Simpsons Comics #186 - 6,638 (-2.3%)
02/2012: Ralph Wiggum Comics #1 - 7,586
02/2012: Simpsons Comics #187 - 6,800 (+2.4%)
03/2012: Simpsons Comics #188 - 6,741 (-0.9%)
04/2012: Simpsons Comics #189 - 6,754 (+0.2%)
05/2012: Simpsons Comics #190 - 6,779 (+0.4%)
06/2012: Simpsons Comics #191 - 7,063 (+4.2%)
06/2012: Simpsons Super Spectacular #15 - 4,953 (+10.5%)
07/2012: Simpsons Comics #192 - 6,917 (-2.1%)
08/2012: L'il Homer #1 - 8,200
08/2012: Simpsons Comics #193 - 7,005 (+1.3%)
09/2012: Simpsons Comics #194 - 6,861 (-2.1%)
10/2012: Maggie #1 - 7,785
10/2012: Simpsons Comics #195 - 6,991 (+1.9%)
11/2012: Simpsons Comics #196 - 6,902 (-1.3%)
12/2012: Simpsons Comics #197 - 6,779 (-1.8%)
12/2012: Simpsons Super Spectacular #16 - 4,739 (-4.3%)

Stable.

224. Ghostbusters Ongoing (IDW)
 
12/2011: Ghostbusters #4 - 9,558 

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01/2012: Ghostbusters #5 - 8,878 (-7.1%)
02/2012: Ghostbusters #6 - 8,513 (-4.1%)
03/2012: Ghostbusters #7 - 8,248 (-3.1%)
04/2012: Ghostbusters #8 - 8,297 (+0.6%)
05/2012: Ghostbusters #9 - 9,133 (+10.1%)
06/2012: Ghostbusters #10 - 8,207 (-10.1%)
07/2012: Ghostbusters #11 - 7,809 (-4.8%)
08/2012: Ghostbusters #12 - 7,567 (-3.1%)
09/2012: Ghostbusters #13 - 7,435 (-1.7%)
10/2012: Ghostbusters #14 - 7,137 (-4.0%)
11/2012: Ghostbusters #15 - 6,938 (-2.8%)
12/2012: Ghostbusters #16 - 6,813 (-2.4%)

About to be relaunched as the Real Ghostbusters.

223. Sonic Universe (Archie)

12/2011: Sonic Universe #35 - 6,912
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01/2012: Sonic Universe #36 - 6,725 (-2.7%)
02/2012: Sonic Universe #37 - 6,793 (+1.0%)
03/2012: Sonic Universe #38 - 6,877 (+1.2%)
04/2012: Sonic Universe #39 - 6,860 (-0.2%)
05/2012: Sonic Universe #40 - 7,077 (+3.2%)
06/2012: Sonic Universe #41 - 7,197 (+1.7%)
07/2012: Sonic Universe #42 - 8,061 (+12.0%)
08/2012: Sonic Universe #43 - 6,901 (-16.8%)
09/2012: Sonic Universe #44 - 6,860 (-0.6%)
10/2012: Sonic Universe #45 - 7,109 (+3.6%)
11/2012: Sonic Universe #46 - 7,038 (-1.0%)
12/2012: Sonic Universe #47 - 6,837 (-1.0%)

It’s astonishing just how solid this book has been, pretty much since it started.

222. Grimm Fairy Tales Specials (Zenescope)

12/2011: GFT Sinbad Special - 3,978

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04/2012: GFT April Fools Special 2012 - 4,920
05/2012: GFT Oversized Cosplay Special - 5,516
06/2012: GFT Angel One-Shot - 6,158
07/2012: Gft Swimsuit Special 2012 - 6,158
10/2012: GFT Halloween Special 2012 - 6,172
12/2012: Gft 2012 Holiday Special - 6,885

Pretty good sales for this sort of special.

221. Black Kiss 2 (Image)

08/2012: Black Kiss 2 #1 - 10,835
09/2012: Black Kiss 2 #2 - 8,362 (-22.8%)
10/2012: Black Kiss 2 #3 - 7,480 (-10.5%)
11/2012: Black Kiss 2 #4 - 7,449 (-0.4%)
12/2012: Black Kiss 2 #5 - 7,044 (-5.4%)

One more issue to go.

220. Robyn Hood (Zenescope)

10/2012: Robyn Hood #1 - 11,330
10/2012: Robyn Hood #2 - 6,963 (-38.5%)
11/2012: Robyn Hood #3 - 6,742 (-3.2%)
12/2013: Robyn Hood #4 - 7,136 (+5.8%)

A nice increase, showing that this book’s a modest hit.

218. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)
 
12/2011: Spongebob Comics #6 - 7,334 

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01/2012: -
02/2012: Spongebob Comics #7 - 7,573 (+3.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Spongebob Comics #8 - 7,907 (+4.4%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: Spongebob Comics #9 - 7,981 (+0.9%)
07/2012: Spongebob Comics #10 - 8,092 (+1.4%)
08/2012: Spongebob Comics #11 - 7,972 (-1.5%)
09/2012: Spongebob Comics #12 - 7,767 (-2.6%)
10/2012: Spongebob Comics #13 - 7,866 (+1.3%)
11/2012: Spongebob Comics #14 - 7,629 (-3.0%)
12/2012: Spongebob Comics #15 - 7,196 (-5.7%)

A bit of a drop, but also very stable over the year.

216. Wonderland (Zenescope)

07/2012: Wonderland #1 - 16,909 
07/2012: Wonderland Annual 2012 - 6,199
08/2012: -
09/2012: Wonderland #2 - 10,299 (-39.1%)
09/2012: Wonderland #3 - 7,829 (-24.0%)
10/2012: Wonderland #4 - 7,849 (+0.2%)
11/2012: Wonderland #5 - 7,590 (-3.3%)
12/2012: Wonderland #6 - 7,242 (-4.6%)

Zenescope’s best selling book slumps a little.

215. Vampirella (Dynamite)
 
12/2011: Vampirella #12 - 10,726
 
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01/2012: Vampirella #13 - 10,176 (-5.1%)
02/2012: Vampirella #14 - 9,851 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Vampirella #15 - 9,212 (-6.5%)
04/2012: Vampirella #16 - 9,012 (-2.2%)
05/2012: Vampirella #17 - 8,873 (-1.5%)
06/2012: Vampirella #18 - 9,144 (+3.1%)
07/2012: Vampirella #19 - 8,944 (-2.2%)
08/2012: Vampirella #20 - 8,884 (-0.7%)
08/2012: Vampirella #21 - 8,594 (-3.3%)
08/2012: Vampirella Annual #2 - 5,870 (-14.1%)
09/2012: Vampirella #22 - 8,027 (-6.6%)
09/2012: Vampirella #23 - 7,790 (-3.0%)
10/2012: Vampirella #24 - 7,566 (-3.0%)
10/2012: Vampirella Vs Fluffy One Shot - 5,533
11/2012: -
12/2012: Vampirella #25 - 7,293 (-3.6%)

Slowly dropping off, but still well within Dynamite standards.

214. Haunt (Image)
 
12/2011: Haunt #20 - 11,476

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01/2012: -
02/2011: Haunt #21 - 11,000 (-5.9%)
03/2011: Haunt #22 - 10,377 (-5.7%)
04/2011: Haunt #23 - 9,501 (-8.4%)
05-06:2012: -
07/2011: Haunt #24 - 8,604 (-9.4%)
07/2011: Haunt #25 - 8,227 (-4.4%)
08/2012: -
09/2011: Haunt #26 - 7,840 (-4.7%)
10/2011: Haunt #27 - 7,383 (-5.8%)
11/2012: -
12/2011: Haunt #28 - 7,327 (-0.8%)

I think this may have been cancelled?

213. Nowhere Men (Image)

11/2012: Nowhere Men #1 - 11,815
12/2012: Nowhere Men #2 - 7,368 (-37.6%)

A big drop off, but every issue thus far is in multiple printings, so I think the retailers underestimated this one.

212. Adventure Time (Boom!)

02/2012: Adventure Time #1 - 12,392 (20,915)
03/2012: Adventure Time #2 - 11,329 (20,193) (-8.6%)
04/2012: Adventure Time #3 - 17,131 (+51.2%)
05/2012: Adventure Time #4 - 20,289 (+18.4%)
06/2012: Adventure Time #5 - 20,889 (+3.0%)
07/2012: Adventure Time #6 - 19,767 (-5.4%)
08/2012: Adventure Time #7 - 19,423 (-1.7%)
09/2012: Adventure Time #8 - 19,755 (+1.7%)
10/2012: Adventure Time #9 - 20,636 (+4.5%)
11/2012: Adventure Time #10 - 23,656 (+14.6%)
12/2012: Adventure Time Cover Showcase - 7,478

A misprint/ borderline-offensive gag/ licensee-issue has delayed issue #11, but a cover showcase sells pretty decent numbers to plug the gap.

208. GI Joe (IDW)

12/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #8 - 10,059

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01/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #9 - 9,701 (-3.6%)
02/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #10 - 9,458 (-2.5%)
03/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #11 - 9,322 (-1.4%)
04/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #12 - 9,270 (-0.6%)
05/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #13 - 9,391 (+1.3%)
06/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #14 - 8,921 (-5.0%)
07/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #15 - 8,667 (-2.8%)
08/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #16 - 8,348 (-3.7%)
09/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #17 - 8,138 (-2.5%)
10/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #18 - 7,916 (-2.7%)
11/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #19 - 7,736 (-2.3%)
12/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #20 - 7,575 (-2.1%)

Cancelled, relaunching in February.

206. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

12/2011: Real American Hero #173 - 8,632

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01/2012: Real American Hero #174 - 8,926 (+3.4%)
02/2012: Real American Hero #175 - 8,777 (-1.7%)
02/2012: Real American Hero Annual #1 - 7,573 (-13.7%)
03/2012: Real American Hero #176 - 8,622 (-1.8%)
04/2012: Real American Hero #177 - 8,815 (+2.2%)
05/2012: Real American Hero #178 - 8,804 (-0.1%)
06/2012: Real American Hero #179 - 8,763 (-0.5%)
07/2012: Real American Hero #180 - 8,845 (+0.9%)
08/2012: Real American Hero #181 - 8,525 (-3.6%)
09/2012: Real American Hero #182 - 8,239 (-3.4%)
10/2012: Real American Hero #183 - 8,174 (-0.8%)
11/2012: Real American Hero #184 - 7,962 (-2.6%)
12/2012: Real American Hero #185 - 7,777 (-2.3%)

This one’s continuing however, and it’s not doing that badly really.

207, 234. Mars Attacks (IDW)

06/2012: Mars Attacks #1 - 43,514
07/2012: Mars Attacks #2 - 10,744 (-75.3%)
08/2012: Mars Attacks #3 - 9,225 (-14.1%)
09/2012: Mars Attacks #4 - 8,194 (-11.2%)
10/2012: Mars Attacks Holidays One Shot - 5,723
11/2012: Mars Attacks #5 - 7,321 (-10.6%)
12/2012: Mars Attacks Popeye - 7,748 
12/2012: Mars Attacks #6 - 6,509 (-10.5%)

Mars Attacks other IDW properties over the next couple of months, to reasonable results. The main book keeps dropping at a precipitous rate.

205. Rachel Rising (Abstract) 

12/2011: Rachel Rising #4 - 4,331 (9068)

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01/2012: Rachel Rising #5 - 4,180 (8592) (-5.3%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Rachel Rising #6 - 8,399 (-2.2%)
04/2012: Rachel Rising #7 - 8,210 (-2.3%)
05/2012: Rachel Rising #8 - 8,103 (-1.3%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Rachel Rising #9 - 8,194 (+1.1%)
08/2012: Rachel Rising #10 - 8,330 (+1.7%)
09/2012: Rachel Rising #11 - 7,915 (-5.0%)
10/2012: Rachel Rising #12 - 7,987 (+0.9%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Rachel Rising #13 - 7,782 (-2.6%)

Standard attrition.

strong>204. Evil Ernie (Dynamite)

10/2012: Evil Ernie #1 - 13,769
11/2012: Evil Ernie #2 - 9,633 (-30.0%)
12/2012: Evil Ernie #3 - 7,832 (-18.7%)

Not levelling that fast.

203. The Crow (IDW)

07/2012: The Crow #1 - 18,689
08/2012: The Crow #2 - 11,021 (-41.0%)
09/2012: The Crow #3 - 8,649 (-21.5%)
10/2012: The Crow #4 - 7,115 (-17.7%)
11/2012: The Crow #5 - 6,163 (-13.4%)
12/2012: Crow Skinning The Wolves #1 - 7,883 (+27.9%)

Hmm, that’s not a very big number considering this is the first new Crow book from its creator in a very long time. Maybe they should have relaunched with this one instead.

202, 295. I Love Trouble (Image)

12/2012: I Love Trouble #1 - 7,974
12/2012: I Love Trouble #2 - 4,755 (-40.4%)

New Image miniseries, not tremendously exciting. It reminded me a lot of Alpha Girl.

201. Witchblade (Image)

12/2011: Witchblade #150 - 14,266

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01/2012: Witchblade #151 - 10,755 (-24.6%)
01/2012: Witchblade #152 - 8,979 (-16.5%)
02/2012: Witchblade #153 - 8,923 (-0.6%)
03/2012: Witchblade #154 - 8,820 (-1.2%)
04/2012: Witchblade #155 - 8,861 (+0.5%)
05/2012: Witchblade #156 - 8,835 (-0.3%)
06/2012: Witchblade #157 - 8,714 (-1.4%)
07/2012: Witchblade #158 - 8,556 (-1.8%)
08/2012: Witchblade #159 - 8,598 (+0.5%)
09/2012: Witchblade #160 - 8,202 (-4.6%)
10/2012: Witchblade #161 - 8,985 (+9.5%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Witchblade #162 - 8,098 (-9.5%)

Losing exactly what it gained, as the slow drift downwards continues.

200. Transformers Prime (IDW)

11/2012: Rage o/t Dinobots #1 - 9,613
12/2012: Rage o/t Dinobots #2 - 8,284 (-13.8%)

That’s a pretty decent second-issue drop.

197, 209. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris (Dynamite)
 
12/2011: -

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01/2012: Dejah Thoris #9 - 10,989 (-3.8%)
02/2012: Dejah Thoris #10 - 10,809 (-1.6%)
03/2012: Dejah Thoris #11 - 10,338 (-4.4%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Dejah Thoris #12 - 9,620 (-6.9%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Dejah Thoris #13 - 9,194 (-4.4%)
08/2012: Dejah Thoris #14 - 9,637 (+4.8%)
09/2012: Dejah Thoris #15 - 9,345 (-3.0%)
10/2012: Dejah Thoris #16 - 9,186 (-1.7%)
10/2012: Dejah Thoris #17 - 9,186 (0%)
11/2012: Dejah Thoris #18 - 8,967 (-2.4%)
12/2012: Dejah Thoris #19 - 8,538 (-4.8%)
12/2012: Dejah Thoris #18 - 7,555 (-11.5%)

Yikes, this is starting to plummet. Looks like the public might have had enough of John Carter for the moment.

196, 199. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)
 
12/2009: Crossed #8 - 12,757
12/2010: Crossed Family Values #6 - 9,908
12/2011: Crossed Badlands Opening Salvo - 3,287

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01/2012: Crossed Psychopath #7 - 7,606 (-8.7%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Crossed Badlands #1 - 12,068 (+58.7%)
03/2012: Crossed Badlands #2 - 10,739 (-11.0%)
04/2012: Crossed Badlands #3 - 9,824 (-8.5%)
04/2012: Crossed Badlands #4 - 9,049 (-7.9%)
05/2012: Crossed Badlands #5 - 9,746 (+7.7%)
05/2012: Crossed Badlands #6 - 9,285 (-5.0%)
06/2012: Crossed Badlands #7 - 9,875 (+6.4%)
06/2012: Crossed Badlands #8 - 9,552 (-3.3%)
07/2012: Crossed Badlands #9 - 9,520 (-0.3%)
07/2012: Crossed Badlands #10 - 9,205 (-3.3%)
08/2012: Crossed Badlands #11 - 9,215 (+0.1%)
08/2012: Crossed Badlands #12 - 8,900 (-3.4%)
09/2012: Crossed Badlands #13 - 8,882 (-0.2%)
10/2012: Crossed Badlands #15 - 8,629 (-2.8%)
10/2012: Crossed Badlands #16 - 8,395 (-2.7%)
11/2012: Crossed Badlands #17 - 8,319 (-0.9%)
11/2012: Crossed Badlands #18 - 8,150 (-2.0%)
12/2012: Crossed Badlands #19 - 8,655 (+6.2%)
12/2012: Crossed Badlands #20 - 8,461 (-2.2%)

A nice increase, and Garth Ennis’ impending return may push sales above the early issues. Good work.

195. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

12/2007: Sonic #183 - 6,806
12/2008: Sonic #195 - 6,963
12/2009: Sonic #207 - 8,198 
12/2010: Sonic #220 - 7,618
12/2011: Sonic #232 - 8,447

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01/2012: -
02/2012: Sonic #233 - 8,542 (-1.1%)
02/2012: Sonic #234 - 8,491 (-0.6%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Sonic #235 - 8,816 (+3.8%)
05/2012: Sonic #236 - 8,864 (+0.5%)
05/2012: Sonic #237 - 8,586 (-3.1%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Sonic #238 - 8,976 (+4.5%)
08/2012: Sonic #239 - 9,226 (+2.8%)
08/2012: Sonic #240 - 10,101 (+9.5%)
10/2012: Sonic #241 - 10,168 (+0.7%)
10/2012: Sonic #242 - 8,695 (-14.5%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Sonic #243 - 8,760 (+0.7%)

Super stable over the year, ending a bit up on where it started.

192. Godzilla Half-Century War (IDW)

08/2012: Godzilla Half Century War #1 - 11,010
09/2012: Godzilla Half Century War #2 - 9,454 (-14.1%)
10/2012: Godzilla Half Century War #3 - 9,710 (+2.7%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Godzilla Half Century War #4 - 9,090 (-6.4%)

Penultimate issue, this has held up well over the series.

191. Transformers Spotlight (IDW)

12/2012: Spotlight Orion Pax - 9,109

A return for the Spotlight title.

189. Hollows (IDW)

12/2012: The Hollows #1 - 9,303

A new book sci-fantasy from Sam Kieth and IDW publisher Chris Ryall, this is a decent figure.

188. The Shadow (Dynamite)

04/2012: The Shadow #1 - 45,548
05/2012: The Shadow #2 - 21,982 (-51.7%)
06/2012: The Shadow #3 - 19,554 (-11.0%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: The Shadow #4 - 19,063 (-2.5%)
09/2012: The Shadow #5 - 17,284 (-9.3%)
09/2012: The Shadow Annual #1 - 11,437 
10/2012: The Shadow #6 - 16,362 (-5.3%)
11/2012: The Shadow #7 - 14,884 (-9.0%)
11/2012: The Shadow #8 - 13,778 (-7.4%)
12/2012: The Shadow Special #1 - 9,536

No issue of the monthly in December, but a special does pretty good business at five bucks a pop.

186, 266. Blackacre (Image)

12/2012: Blackacre #1 - 9,804
12/2012: Blackacre #2 - 5,292 (-46.0%)

An okay start, then a pretty terrible drop. Not a particularly auspicious start.

185. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)
 
12/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #4 - 12,746

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01/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #5 - 12,178 (-4.5%)
02/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #6 - 11,616 (-4.6%)
03/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #7 - 11,382 (-2.0%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #8 - 11,590 (+1.8%)
05/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #9 - 11,171 (-3.6%)
06/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #10 - 11,007 (-1.5%)
07/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #11 - 10,932 (-0.7%)
08/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #12 - 10,635 (-2.7%)
09/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #13 - 10,396 (-2.2%)
10/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #14 - 10,324 (-0.7%)
11/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #15 - 10,345 (+0.2%)
12/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #16 - 9,990 (-3.4%)
182. Star Trek The Next Generation Hive (IDW)

09/2012: Star Trek Next Generation Hive #1 - 13,927
11/2012: Star Trek Next Generation Hive #2 - 10,515 (-24.5%)
12/2012: Star Trek Next Generation Hive #3 - 10,097 (-4.0%)

Dropping off, but sure to get a boost from the upcoming movie.

184. Transformers Regeneration One (IDW)

07/2012: TF Regeneration One #81 - 15,973
07/2012: TF Regeneration One 100 pg Special - 4,407
08/2012: TF Regeneration One #82 - 12,328 (-22.8%)
09/2012: TF Regeneration One #83 - 11,289 (-8.4%)
10/2012: TF Regeneration One #84 - 10,995 (-2.6%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: TF Regeneration One #85 - 10,568 (-3.9%)
183. Transformers More TMTE (IDW)

01/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #1 - 15,340
02/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #2 - 11,671 (-24.0%)
03/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #3 - 12,064 (+3.4%)
04/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #4 - 12,053 (0%)
05/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #5 - 11,602 (-3.7%)
06/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #6 - 11,263 (-2.9%)
07/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #7 - 11,112 (-1.3%)
08/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #8 - 10,971 (-1.3%)
09/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #9 - 10,706 (-2.4%)
09/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye Annual 2012 - 9,443
10/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #10 - 10,567 (-1.3%)
11/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #11 - 10,398 (-1.6%)
12/2012: TF More Than Meets Eye #12 - 10,076 (-3.1%)
181. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)

01/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #1 - 12,234
02/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #2 - 11,655 (-4.7%)
03/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #3 - 11,939 (+2.4%)
04/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #4 - 11,896 (-0.4%)
05/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #5 - 11,506 (-3.3%)
06/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #6 - 11,443 (-0.5%)
07/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #7 - 11,229 (-1.9%)
08/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #8 - 10,940 (-2.6%)
09/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #9 - 10,829 (-1.0%)
09/2012: TF Robots In Disguise Annual 2012 - 8,810 
10/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #10 - 10,684 (-1.3%)
11/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #11 - 10,285 (-3.7%)
12/2012: TF Robots In Disguise #12 - 10,161 (-1.2%)

All of the Transformers books are pretty stable at the moment, if not spectacular.

180. BPRD (Dark Horse)

12/2007: Killing Ground #5 - 15,113
12/2008: War on Frogs #2 - 15,273
12/2009: War on Frogs #4 - 12,904
12/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #5 - 11,528
12/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #4 - 10,517

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01/2012: HoE: Russia #5 - 10,244 (-2.6%)
02/2012: HoE: Long Death #1 - 12,258 (+19.7%)
03/2012: HoE: Long Death #2 - 10,581 (-13.7%)
04/2012: HoE: Long Death #3 - 10,690 (+1.0%)
03/2012: HoE: Pickens County Horror #1 - 12,420 (+17.4%)
04/2012: HoE: Pickens County Horror #2 - 10,477 (-15.6%)
05/2012: HoE: Transformation of JH O'Donnell - 12,261 (+17.0%)
05/2012: Hell on Earth Devil's Engine #1 - 11,395 (-7.1%)
06/2012: Hell on Earth Devil's Engine #2 - 10,771 (-5.5%)
07/2012: Hell on Earth Devil's Engine #3 - 11,625 (+7.9%)
06/2012: Hell on Earth Exorcism #1 - 11,212 (+4.1%)
07/2012: Hell on Earth Exorcism #2 - 10,484 (-6.5%)
08/2012: Hell on Earth Return o/t Master #1 - 11,983 (+14.3%)
09/2012: Hell on Earth Return o/t Master #2 - 10,271 (-14.3%)
10/2012: Hell on Earth #100 Return o/t Master #3 - 10,475 (+2.0%)
11/2012: Hell on Earth #101 Return o/t Master #4 - 11,208 (+7.0%)
12/2012: Hell on Earth #102 Return o/t Master #5 - 10,169 (-9.3%)
177. BPRD 1948 (Dark Horse)

10/2012: 1948 #1 - 12,653 
11/2012: 1948 #2 - 10,722 (-15.3%)
12/2012: 1948 #3 - 10,452 (-2.5%)

I don’t really understand this book’s sales patterns, but it’s still within a range.

179. Bravest Warriors (Boom!)

10/2012: Bravest Warriors #1 - 14,866
11/2012: Bravest Warriors #2 - 12,900 (-13.2%)
12/2012: Bravest Warriors #3 - 10,229 (-20.7%)

Not doing quite as well as Adventure time, but these are still pretty decent sales.

178. Locke & Key (IDW)

12/2009: Crown of Shadows #2 - 7,707 
12/2010: -
12/2011: Clockworks #3 - 8,438

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01/2012: -
02/2012: Clockworks #4 - 8,452 (+0.2%)
03/2012: Clockworks #5 - 8,333 (-1.4%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Clockworks #6 - 8,436 (+1.2%)
08/2012: Grindhouse One-shot - 11,094 (+31.5%)
11/2012: Omega #1 - 14,246 (+28.4%)
12/2012: Omega #2 - 10,244 (-28.1%)

Not at all bad for a second-issue drop, and still well above the last series’ level.

176. Danger Girl / GI Joe (IDW)

07/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #1 - 16,649
08/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #2 - 12,022 (-27.8%)
09/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #3 - 11,275 (-6.2%)
10/2012: -
11/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #4 - 10,769 (-4.5%)
12/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #5 - 10,454 (-2.9%)

That’s a very respectable final-issue sales total.

174. The Massive (Dark Horse)

06/2012: Massive #1 - 22,173
07/2012: Massive #2 - 16,600 (-25.1%)
08/2012: Massive #3 - 15,310 (-7.8%)
09/2012: Massive #4 - 13,427 (-12.3%)
10/2012: Massive #5 - 12,698 (-5.4%)
11/2012: Massive #6 - 11,455 (-9.8%)
12/2012: Massive #7 - 10,854 (-5.2%)

Still not stabilizing, I’d be interested to know how the trade is selling.

172. Clone (Image)

11/2012: Clone #1 - 23,292
12/2012: Clone #2 - 11,144 (-52.2%)

Massive drop, but the first month sales were much higher than I was expecting.

170. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

12/2009: Doctor Who #6 - 7,448 (-6.4%)
12/2010: -
12/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #12 - 7,200

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01/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #13 - 7,156 (-0.6%)
02/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #14 - 7,175 (+0.3%)
03/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #15 - 6,975 (-2.8%)
04/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #16 - 6,973 (0%)
05-08/2012: -
09/2012: Doctor Who Annual 2012 - 6,722 (-3.6%)
10/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #1 - 18,083 (+169.0%)
10/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #2 - 10,824 (-40.1%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 3 #3 - 11,144 (+3.0%)

A slight up-tick, this relaunch looks to be a solid hit.

169. Americas Got Powers (Image)

04/2012: Americas Got Powers #1 - 19,439
05/2012: Americas Got Powers #2 - 16,273 (-16.3%)
06-07/2012: -
08/2012: Americas Got Powers #3 - 13,393 (-17.7%)
09-11/2012: -
12/2012: Americas Got Powers #4 - 11,291 (-15.7%)

This is a surprise really, I can only imagine a lot of the audience has gotten sick of waiting for the issues and are going to get the trade. I wonder if the uniform covers haven’t hurt a bit, some customers might not actually realize it’s a new issue.

168. Star Wars Agent O/T Empire (Dark Horse)

12/2011: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #1 - 15,700

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01/2012: AotE Agent Iron Eclipse #2 - 12,675 (-19.3%)
02/2012: AotE Agent Iron Eclipse #3 - 12,442 (-1.8%)
03/2012: AotE Agent Iron Eclipse #4 - 12,217 (-1.6%)
04/2012: AotE Agent Iron Eclipse #5 - 12,278 (+0.5%)
10/2012: AotE Agent  Hard Targets #1 - 13,416 (+9.3%)
11/2012: AotE Agent  Hard Targets #2 - 12,171 (-9.3%)
12/2012: AotE Agent  Hard Targets #3 - 11,391 (-9.3%)
165. Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith Spiral (Dark Horse)

08/2012: LTot Sith Spiral #1 - 15,667
09/2012: LTot Sith Spiral #2 - 13,648 (-12.9%)
10/2012: LTot Sith Spiral #3 - 12,733 (-6.7%)
11/2012: LTot Sith Spiral #4 - 12,085 (-5.1%)
12/2012: LTot Sith Spiral #5 - 11,567 (-4.3%)
142. Star Wars Dawn of The Jedi (Dark Horse)

02/2012: DotJ Force Storm #0 - 17,260 (21,529)
02/2012: DotJ Force Storm #1 - 18,797 (22,197)(+8.9%)
03/2012: DotJ Force Storm #2 - 18,118 (-3.6%)
04/2012: DotJ Force Storm #3 - 19,166 (+5.8%)
05/2012: DotJ Force Storm #4 - 19,756 (+3.1%)
06/2012: DotJ Force Storm #5 - 19,025 (-3.7%)
07-10/2012: -
11/2012: DotJ Prisoner of Bogan #1 - 16,386 (-13.9%)
12/2012: DotJ Prisoner of Bogan #2 - 14,588 (-11.0%)
135, 152. Star Wars Purge Tyrants Fist (Dark Horse)

05/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #1 - 22,026
06/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #2 - 16,858 (-23.5%)
07/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #3 - 16,332 (-3.1%)
08/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #4 - 15,850 (-3.0%)
09/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #5 - 15,455 (-2.5%)
12/2012: Purge Tyrants Fist #1 - 15,546 (+5.9%)
12/2012: Purge Tyrants Fist #2 - 13,429 (-13.6%)

All of these books are doing okay, with the possible exception of Agent, which is remarkably consistent in its sales jumps. The new ongoing series is ultimately likely to sell almost as many copies alone as all four of these books put together.

167. Magic The Gathering (IDW)

02/2012: Magic The Gathering #1 - 28,858
02/2012: Magic The Gathering #2 - 23,849 (-17.4%)
03/2012: Magic The Gathering #3 - 20,078 (-15.8%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Magic The Gathering #4 - 18,779 (-6.5%)
06/2012: MTG The Spell Thief #1 - 15,726 (-16.3%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: MTG The Spell Thief #2 - 14,007 (-10.9%)
09/2012: MTG The Spell Thief #3 - 12,717 (17,427)(-9.2%)
10/2012: -
11/2012: MTG The Spell Thief #4 - 12,329 (-3.1%)
12/2012: MTG Path of Vengeance #1 - 11,412 (-7.4%)

Now that’s not at all encouraging, for a new series to drop sales from the end of the previous one. At the same time, issue #3 of that previous series charts again almost 5,000 copies. I have absolutely no idea why.

164, 187. Great Pacific (Image)

11/2012: Great Pacific #1 - 15,143
12/2012: Great Pacific #2 - 11,740 (-22.5%)
12/2012: Great Pacific #3 - 9,608 (-18.2%)

This is taking time to settle down, whilst adding second and third prints to the earlier issues.

159. The Legend of Luther Strode (Image)

12/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #3 - 7,312

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01/2012: TSToLuther Strode #4 - 7,288 (-0.3%)
02/2012: TSToLuther Strode #5 - 7,415 (+1.7%)
03/2012: TSToLuther Strode #6 - 8,048 (+8.5%)
12/2012: The Legend of Luther Strode #1 - 12,433 (+54.5%)

An excellent increase for the fan-favorite series.

158. Bloodshot (Valiant)

07/2012: Bloodshot #1 - 29,224
08/2012: Bloodshot #2 - 16,024 (-45.2%)
09/2012: Bloodshot #3 - 14,517 (-9.4%)
10/2012: Bloodshot #4 - 14,382 (-0.9%)
11/2012: Bloodshot #5 - 13,156 (-8.5%)
12/2012: Bloodshot #6 - 12,508 (-8.5%)
156. Harbinger (Valiant)

06/2012: Harbinger #1 - 32,111
07/2012: Harbinger #2 - 17,239 (-46.3%)
08/2012: Harbinger #3 - 15,482 (-10.2%)
09/2012: Harbinger #4 - 15,298 (-1.2%)
10/2012: Harbinger #5 - 14,603 (-4.5%)
11/2012: Harbinger #6 - 13,617 (-6.7%)
12/2012: Harbinger #7 - 12,783 (-6.1%)

Still a bit volatile, these two books are about to take part in the first crossover of the new Valiant era, which may arrest those drops a little. I’d imagine they share a lot of the same audience though.

151. Conan (Dark Horse)

12/2007: Conan #47 - 22,140
12/2008: The Cimmerian #6 - 22,526
12/2009: -
12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099
12/2011: The Road of Kings #11 - 10,958

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01/2012: The Road of Kings #12 - 10,727 (-2.1%)
02/2012: Conan the Barbarian #1 - 20,569 (+91.8%)
03/2012: Conan the Barbarian #2 - 17,288 (-15.9%)
04/2012: Conan the Barbarian #3 - 17,261 (-0.1%)
05/2012: Conan the Barbarian #4 - 15,689 (-9.1%)
06/2012: Conan the Barbarian #5 - 15,393 (-1.9%)
07/2012: Conan the Barbarian #6 - 15,078 (-2.0%)
08/2012: Conan the Barbarian #7 - 14,908 (-1.1%)
09/2012: Conan the Barbarian #8 - 14,443 (-3.1%)
10/2012: Conan the Barbarian #9 - 14,314 (-0.9%)
11/2012: Conan the Barbarian #10 - 13,822 (-3.4%)
12/2012: Conan the Barbarian #11 - 13,436 (-2.8%)

Dropping a little more swiftly now. Is Brian Wood writing 5 or 6 monthly books at the moment?

147. Judge Dredd (IDW)

11/2012: Judge Dredd #1 - 32,266
12/2012: Judge Dredd #2 - 13,995 (-56.6%)

A massive drop, but there were less variant covers and the film inflated sales somewhat. This seems an okay figure.

144. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

05/2012: X-O Manowar #1 - 42,708
06/2012: X-O Manowar #2 - 21,261 (-50.2%)
07/2012: X-O Manowar #3 - 18,149 (-14.6%)
08/2012: X-O Manowar #4 - 16,882 (-7.0%)
09/2012: X-O Manowar #5 - 23,800 (+41.0%)
10/2012: X-O Manowar #6 - 16,299 (-31.5%)
11/2012: X-O Manowar #7 - 14,527 (-10.9%)
12/2012: X-O Manowar #8 - 14,462 (-0.4%)
143. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

08/2012: Archer & Armstrong #1 - 23,464
09/2012: Archer & Armstrong #2 - 14,539 (-38.0%)
10/2012: Archer & Armstrong #3 - 14,715 (+1.2%)
11/2012: Archer & Armstrong #4 - 13,478 (-8.4%)
12/2012: Archer & Armstrong #5 - 14,544 (+7.9%)

X-O Manowar seems to be settling into a groove, while Archer and Armstrong seems to be the surprise hit. The Eternal Warrior makes his first appearance this month, which probably helped.

140. Vampirella Strikes (Dynamite)

12/2012: Vampirella Strikes #1 - 14,862

Selling more than double its parent book, but many covers are to be had here, things will likely drop a bit next month.

139. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

12/2007: After the Fall #2 - 44,792
12/2008: After the Fall #15 - 37,649
12/2009: Angel #28 - 21,301
12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182
12/2011: Angel & Faith #5 - 18,356 

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01/2012: Angel & Faith #6 - 17,800 (-3.0%)
02/2012: Angel & Faith #7 - 17,852 (+0.3%)
03/2012: Angel & Faith #8 - 17,690 (-0.9%)
04/2012: Angel & Faith #9 - 17,590 (-0.6%)
05/2012: Angel & Faith #10 - 17,206 (-2.2%)
06/2012: Angel & Faith #11 - 17,044 (-0.9%)
07/2012: Angel & Faith #12 - 16,656 (-2.3%)
08/2012: Angel & Faith #13 - 16,453 (-1.2%)
09/2012: Angel & Faith #14 - 16,139 (-1.9%)
10/2012: Angel & Faith #15 - 15,774 (-2.3%)
11/2012: Angel & Faith #16 - 15,446 (-2.1%)
12/2012: Angel & Faith #17 - 15,026 (-2.7%)

Drifting downwards.

132. Thief of Thieves (Image)

02/2012: Thief of Thieves #1 - 17,877
03/2012: Thief of Thieves #2 - 14,286 (-20.1%)
04/2012: Thief of Thieves #3 - 13,644 (-4.5%)
05/2012: Thief of Thieves #4 - 17,774 (+30.3%)
06/2012: Thief of Thieves #5 - 19,833 (+11.6%)
07/2012: Thief of Thieves #6 - 19,733 (-0.5%)
08/2012: Thief of Thieves #7 - 18,266 (-7.4%)
09/2012: Thief of Thieves #8 - 17,070 (-6.5%)
10/2012: Thief of Thieves #9 - 16,645 (-2.5%)
11/2012: Thief of Thieves #10 - 16,424 (-1.3%)
12/2012: Thief of Thieves #11 - 15,605 (-5.0%)

This evidently has a little way to go before it stabilizes. The rotating writers probably don’t help.

128, 134. Invincible (Image)

12/2007: Invincible # 47 - 14,380
12/2008: Invincible #56 - 14,852
12/2009: Invincible #69 - 15,161 
12/2010: Invincible #76 - 15,577 
12/2011: Invincible #86 - 14,457

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01/2012: Invincible #87 - 14,299 (-1.1%)
02/2012: Invincible #88 - 14,405 (+0.7%)
02/2012: Invincible #89 - 14,048 (-2.5%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Invincible #90 - 14,393 (+2.5%)
05/2012: Invincible #91 - 14,556 (+1.1%)
06/2012: Invincible #92 - 14,553 (0%)
07/2012: Invincible #93 - 14,545 (0%)
08/2012: Invincible #94 - 14,355 (-1.3%)
09/2012: Invincible #95 - 14,088 (-1.9%)
10/2012: Invincible #96 - 14,052 (-0.3%)
11/2012: Invincible #97 - 14,548 (+3.5%)
12/2012: Invincible #98 - 16,139 (+10.9%)
12/2012: Invincible #99 - 15,566 (-3.6%)

Slightly surprising that sales have gone down, but next month’s big issue will push sales up.

124, 133. BTVS Willow Wonderland (Dark Horse)

12/2009: BTVS Willow One Shot - 45,136

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11/2012: Buffy TVS Willow Wonderland #1 - 21,260
12/2012: Buffy TVS Willow Wonderland #2 - 16,401 (-22.9%)
12/2012: Buffy TVS Willow Wonderland #3 - 15,584 (-5.0%)

Settling down nicely at a good level. People like Willow.

125, 175, 240, 251, 256, 264, 280. Image Firsts (Image)

12/2012: Image Firsts Walking Dead #1 - 16,253
12/2012: Image Firsts Saga #1 - 10,536
12/2012: Image Firsts Thief Of Thieves #1 - 6,292
12/2012: Image Firsts Manhattan Projects #1 - 5,763
12/2012: Image Firsts Chew #1 - 5,574
12/2012: Image Firsts Fatale #1 - 5,330
12/2012: Image Firsts Revival #1 - 5,012

Pretty good sales for reprints.

121. Adventure Time Marceline (Boom!)

07/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #1 - 21,182
08/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #2 - 17,428 (-17.7%)
09/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #3 - 17,071 (-2.0%)
10/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #4 - 17,020 (-0.3%)
11/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #5 - 16,224 (-4.7%)
12/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #6 - 16,624 (+2.4%)

The last issue ends with a modest increase.

119. TMNT(IDW)

12/2011: TMNT#5 - 19,689

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01/2012: TMNT#6 - 18,773 (-4.7%)
02/2012: TMNT#7 - 18,769 (0%)
03/2012: TMNT#8 - 18,775 (0%)
04/2012: TMNT#9 - 19,116 (28,554)(+1.8%)
04/2012: TMNTArchie 100 Pg Spe - 4,163
05/2012: TMNT#10 - 19,254 (+0.7%)
06/2012: TMNT#11 - 19,416 (+0.1%)
07/2012: TMNT#12 - 18,789 (-3.2%)
08/2012: TMNT#13 - 18,342 (-2.4%)
09/2012: TMNT#14 - 17,682 (-3.6%)
10/2012: TMNT#15 - 17,591 (-3.6%)
10/2012: TMNTAnnual 2012 - 16,274
11/2012: TMNT#16 - 17,140 (-2.6%)
12/2012: TMNT#17 - 16,703 (-2.5%)

Another one slowly drifting down, but at a very good sales level.

116. Shadowman (Valiant)

11/2012: Shadowman #1 - 25,048
12/2012: Shadowman #2 - 16,917(-32.5%)

A stiff drop, but at around the same level as the other Valiant books.

114, 166. Masks (Dynamite)

11/2012: Masks #1 - 63,932 (75,492)
12/2012: Masks #2 - 16,923 (-73.6%)

A huge and totally expected drop, this is still a pretty good sales point.

113. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

03/2012: The Manhattan Projects #1 - 17,955 (23,168)
04/2012: The Manhattan Projects #2 - 15,697 (-12.6%)
05/2012: The Manhattan Projects #3 - 18,001 (+14.7%)
06/2012: The Manhattan Projects #4 - 18,544 (+3.0%)
07/2012: The Manhattan Projects #5 - 18,398 (-0.8%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: The Manhattan Projects #6 - 17,981 (-2.3%)
11/2012: The Manhattan Projects #7 - 17,543 (-2.4%)
12/2012: The Manhattan Projects #8 - 17,028 (-2.9%)

Another slow drift at a good level.

111. Fatale (Image)

01/2012: Fatale #1 - 41,000 
02/2012: Fatale #2 - 20,315 (-1.0%)
03/2012: Fatale #3 - 20,222 (-0.5%)
04/2012: Fatale #4 - 22,804 (+12.8%)
05/2012: Fatale #5 - 22,484 (-1.4%)
06/2012: Fatale #6 - 21,828 (-2.9%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: Fatale #7 - 21,369 (-2.1%)
09/2012: -
10/2012: Fatale #8 - 20,542 (-3.9%)
10/2012: Fatale #9 - 19,345 (-5.8%)
11/2012: Fatale #10 - 18,819 (-2.7%)
12/2012: Fatale #11 - 18,055 (-4.1%)

This one is shedding readers a bit faster, but I think they’re likely just trade-waiting.

109. Mara (Image)

12/2012: Mara #1 - 18,164

A good start for Brian Wood’s new sci-fi mini-series.

102. Adventure Time Fiona & Cake (Boom!)

12/2012: Fiona & Cake #1 - 20,290

An excellent start for this new spin-off, completely created by the character’s creator, Natasha Allegri. It’s a really beautiful book.

101. Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation (IDW)

05/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #1 - 20,940 (24,836)
06/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #2 - 19,273 (-8.0%)
07/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #3 - 21,996 (+14.1%)
08/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #4 - 22,133 (+0.6%)
09/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #5 - 22,022 (-0.5%)
10/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #6 - 21,516 (-2.3%)
11/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #7 - 21,012 (-2.3%)
12/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #8 - 20,553 (-2.2%)

Finishing at the same excellent level it began on. Very impressive sales.

91. Buffy TVS (Dark Horse)

12/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9 - 89,556
12/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 - 71,896
12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010
12/2011: Buffy TVS Season 9 #4 - 31,157

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01/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #5 - 30,146 (-3.2%)
02/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #6 - 29,878 (-0.9%)
03/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #7 - 29,908 (+0.1%)
04/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #8 - 28,830 (-3.6%)
05/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #9 - 28,229 (-2.1%)
06/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #10 - 27,867 (-1.3%)
07/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #11 - 27,490 (-1.4%)
08/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #12 - 26,569 (-3.4%)
09/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #13 - 25,864 (-2.7%)
10/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #14 - 25,577 (-1.1%)
11/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #15 - 24,506 (-4.2%)
12/2012: Buffy TVS Season 9 #16 - 23,896 (-2.5%)

Another member of the Slow Drift Club.

76, 97. Hellboy (Dark Horse)

12/2008: The Wild Hunt #1 (of 8 ) - 24,947
12/2009: Bride of Hell One Shot - 20,761 (+9.6%)
12/2010: Sleeping & Dead #1 - 19,360
12/2011: -

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12/2012: Hellboy in Hell #1 - 28,096 (+42.9%)
12/2012: Hellboy in Hell #2 - 21,010 (-25.2%)

An average second-issue drop, sales are still higher than most of the last series.

74. Happy (Image)

09/2012: Happy #1 - 32,977
10/2012: Happy #2 - 26,474 (-19.7%)
11/2012: -
12/2012: Happy #3 - 28,767 (+8.7%)

A very healthy increase, despite the delays this book’s been a solid hit.

69. Deathmatch (Boom!)

12/2012: Deathmatch #1 - 30,946

A dollar issue, and being released the week after Christmas have helped these sales condsiderably. Battle Royale style comics seem to be very much the thing at the moment following the success of The Hunger Games, so it’ll probably do okay in the long run.

54, 229. My Little Pony (IDW)

11/2012: - My Little Pony #1 - 80,128 (86,779)
12/2012: - My Little Pony #2 - 39,841 (-50.3%)

A hefty and expected drop for My Little Pony’s second issue, these are still awesome sales figures.

51. Saga (Image)

03/2012: Saga #1 - 37,641 (51,766)
04/2012: Saga #2 - 36,885 (43,137)(-2.0%)
05/2012: Saga #3 - 38,895 (+5.4%)
06/2012: Saga #4 - 41,143 (+5.8%)
07/2012: Saga #5 - 40,556 (-1.4%)
08/2012: Saga #6 - 40,584 (+0.7%)
09-10/2012: -
11/2012: Saga #7 - 46,971 (+15.7%)
12/2012: Saga #8 - 42,324 (-9.9%)

A bit of a drop off, after the beginning of the new arc last month. This is still the second-best ever first month sales.

28. The Walking Dead (Image)

12/2007: The Walking Dead #45 - 22,674
12/2008: The Walking Dead #56 - 23,582
12/2009: The Walking Dead #68 - 24,230 
12/2010: -
12/2011: The Walking Dead #92 - 31,496

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01/2012: The Walking Dead #93 - 31,596 (+0.1%)
02/2012: The Walking Dead #94 - 32,361 (+2.4%)
03/2012: The Walking Dead #95 - 33,916 (+4.8%)
04/2012: The Walking Dead #96 - 36,931 (+8.9%)
05/2012: The Walking Dead #97 - 53,733 (60,175)(+45.5%)
05/2012: The Walking Dead #98 - 49,974 (60,699)(+0.6%)
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 55,710 (62,182)(+3.0%)
07/2012: The Walking Dead #100 - 366,051 (388,038)(+557.1%)
08/2012: The Walking Dead #101 - 51,732 (-85.9%)
09/2012: The Walking Dead #102 - 53,337 (+3.1%)
10/2012: The Walking Dead #103 - 74,378 (+39.4%)
10/2012: The Walking Dead Michone Special - 49,930
11/2012: The Walking Dead #104 - 57,456 (-22.8%)
12/2012: The Walking Dead #105 - 57,781 (+0.6%)

A small increase ahead of the expected large increase that Charlie Adlard’s 100th issue on artistic duties will bring next month. Coupled with the impending return of the TV series, sales should take a nice jump.

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

Comments

  1. Evan Meadow says:

    Green Hornet isn’t ending. They’re adding “Legacy” to the title so they don’t “confuse” it with Waid’s.

    LOL they should have called it Green Hornet NOW!

    Also, Freelancers ends at #6, Army of Darkness at #13, and Bionic Woman at #10.

  2. Joe Lawler says:

    Sprechen sie deutsch?

  3. Leandro M. Duarte says:

    Man, the small sales of Storm Dogs really makes me both mad and sad.

  4. Kingdom says:

    This sales post is missing some career ending snark.

  5. srfan says:

    Once again, The Beat’s insistence on keeping its three thin column layout means information for multiple titles is cut off due to the width of the leftmost column. Is this ever going to be fixed?

  6. There’s more to be said about the sales of the four on-going GI Joe series and why the three interconnected series are being cancelled and relaunched while Larry Hama’s “A Real American Hero” is continuing.

    In December 2011, GI Joe (v2), Snake Eyes and Cobra had a combined 26,886 in sales. In December 2012, they had 26,278. That’s a drop of only 608 issues or 2.3%. But in December 2013, those three titles resulted in only 20,827 copies sold to retailers. That’s a 20.7% drop over a year. Or 22.5% over two years. Clearly the bottom was dropping out of those titles and something needed to be done.

    Real American Hero though has only had a drop of 855 copies sold or 9.9% over two years. In this market that’s a pretty solid readership (myself included). In October of last year it became the highest selling of the four on-going series. The highest selling comic with GI Joe in the title was actually the Danger Girl/GI Joe crossover which has the benefit of two audiences but dropped 37.2% between its first and final issues (5 issues in 6 months).

    This year will see the delayed movie come out which should also see new product and a potential sales spike. Though I don’t think anyone is too optimistic about the potential quality of the new film.

  7. PeterCSM730 says:

    I finally dropped Fatale. It just wasn’t holding my interest despite my enjoyment of Criminal and Incognito. Was Lapham’s Stray Bullets terribly good? I’ve never been a fan of his writing but have heard a lot about that series (kinda like Robinson and his Starman series).

    Mellerick, how many books do you read a month?

  8. johnrobiethecat says:

    There’s something melancholy and sad about the Independents list. To see Bionic Woman, GI Joe, Simpsons, Lone Ranger? in a current list is a bummer.

    So if I add things up in a guess , there’s only a pool of 100000 readers in the country that will (A). take a chance to walk into a still -uninviting comic book shop looking for something different. Not that superheroes are bad if you ask me, but nothing glorious like Miller/Byrne era or (B) Buy a repackaged Hunger games remake (like I mistakenly did) and be awed by all Image creativity out there that looks a lot like Epic Comics of yesteryear to me.. With the all original Image creators just maintaining their vanity books. (btw, What happened to Spawn? is he is under 300 Hell now…) Think it would be more entertaining to see them in a 90’s Ledfield Hot Tub Time Machine movie as opposed to their 3K-5k rankings.

    I wonder when the first of the Big Two that goes down into a Superman/Batman skeleton crew for movie properties if all those creators who can’t make the cut at Marvel or write Lost-type dramas, will go to Independent comics with more sci-fi/gangster stories, maybe make their own heroes and self publish digitally and see if their following stays. It would be more interesting if you have articles about that. Not that Walking Dead TV show is “killing it” in the ratings. Something to ponder…..

    Where’s it is all this going?. These comic shops aren’t going to last enough to build a print business around, (especially if look down on the ones that reorder based on your info like the editor seems to) especially if Branes & Noble is going the way of the dodo. it’ll be mostly digital is my guess and hopefully more interesting Independents report..

    Another new 52 or reboot will look as ridiculous as those Microsoft commercials . Time for originality.

  9. Suzene says:

    @Leonardo – Right there with you. Storm Dogs is great sci-fi — CSI meets Firefly at the Mos Eisley cantina. I just hope the delay on issue #3 doesn’t hurt it too much.

  10. Colin says:

    Worth noting that Judge Dredd 2 has gone back for a second print so hopefully (even though its not a Dredd for me hopefully it’ll expose more readers the wonderful world of 2000ad and the good stuff in there) this is a case of retailers underestimating demand.

    Now if everyone will now please stop reading this and go out and buy Planet of the Apes – Cataclysm before it gets cancelled. Its a fantastic book and such a shame it doesn’t seem to have found an audience, just like its predecessor… oh you might was well pick up The Massive while ya at it….

  11. James says:

    I wanted to try The Massive, but its too expensive for my tastes. They should of made the first trade $10. And so there is no point buying the $1 first issue.

    I’m really curious to see how the big Sonic / Mega Man crossover will go. Tempted to buy Sonic’s upcoming anniversary issues and see how the series has held up.

    What are you talking about? Thief of Thieves has rock solid numbers overall. 11 issues and its only lost 2k in readers!

  12. James says:

    I wanted to try The Massive, but its too expensive for my tastes. They should of made the first trade $10. And so there is no point buying the $1 first issue.

    I’m really curious to see how the big Sonic / Mega Man crossover will go. Tempted to buy Sonic’s upcoming anniversary issues and see how the series has held up.

    What are you talking about? Thief of Thieves has rock solid numbers overall. 11 issues and its only lost 2k in readers!

  13. James says:

    I’m really curious to see how the big Sonic / Mega Man crossover will go. Tempted to buy Sonic’s upcoming anniversary issues and see how the series has held up.

    What are you talking about? Thief of Thieves has rock solid numbers overall. 11 issues and its only lost 2k in readers

  14. Chris Hero says:

    Paul,

    I really enjoy this column every month. You do an excellent job.

    @Peter – Stray Bullets was my absolute favorite book when it was coming out. I’ve gone back to it several times since and it still holds up as one of the best works from the indie scene ever. Sadly, everything Lapham’s done since has to stand in the shadow of Stray Bullets and that shadow seems to eclipse all his other work.

  15. John Warren says:

    “Once again, The Beat’s insistence on keeping its three thin column layout means information for multiple titles is cut off due to the width of the leftmost column. Is this ever going to be fixed?”

    The same thing happens every time they post a movie trailer. I mentioned it several weeks ago. There doesn’t seem to be any interest in fixing it.

  16. Paul Mellerick says:

    Srfan – it’s a work in progress as far as the borders go, only 4 cut off this month, so hopefully we’ll get it better next month! Bloody indie publishers with their long titles, grumble, moan…

    PeterCSM730 – Stray Bullets is one of my favourite books ever, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Well worth tracking down if you like a good nourish crime book. It hits the same sort of notes as the excellent movie Killer Joe. And I read most of the comics, thanks to my job

  17. Surprising that Prophet isn’t selling more; It’s garnered so much buzz and praise. It’s pretty amazing.

  18. Paul Mellerick says:

    Evan – thanks for that, it can be a bit difficult figuring out Dynamite sometimes, their books run so late, and they don’t tend to announce when books end. I think the two Red Sonja books and Bionic Man have been replaced by miniseries as well, possibly before relaunch.

  19. Leandro M. Duarte says:

    @Suzene: Exactly, and the amount of thought that went into the building of Storm Dogs’s fictional work is staggering. Everything is presented in such a natural way, without force-feeding the info to the reader.

    Perhaps the biggest problem the series faced was (besides lack of efficient marketing) that by the end of issue one is was a bit hard to care for the characters. The sci-fi world and setting were the biggest draw. But by the end of second issue, I think that things had changed, with the characters’ story feeling more compelling.

    A shame, I hoped the series would be a big hit.

  20. Jason says:

    I am holding the 6th issue of the Guarding the Globe in my hand so I don’t think it is cancelled. Or maybe it is as of issue 6 since I haven’t read it yet. Can anyone confirm it is already done after 6 issues?

  21. Suzene says:

    @Leandro (with apologies for getting it wrong the first time!) – I agree that the setting and the layers of mystery were the biggest draws in the first issue, but I never had any difficulties so far as investing in the cast was concerned. The crew’s good-byes at the start of the issue offered some interesting previews as to personality that made me want to see how they would react when things turned horrible (and with David Hine writing, you know things must!), and the character profiles at the back of each give considerable more insight as to what makes them tick.

    But yes, I am sad that the book didn’t keep more of the first issue sales. The folks I’ve managed to get reading it have all enjoyed it.

  22. Paul Mellerick says:

    Jason – It’s in the letter column. Issue 6 is the last issue.

  23. Guarding the Globe is (essentially) being relaunched as Invincible Universe in April. Same general cast, same writer, same artist.

  24. I’ve given up on DC and while I do enjoy a few Marvel titles I’d consider giving them up to support more indie owned books.

  25. I am still enjoying the loopiness of Multiple Warheads. And the comic is ‘all comic’, since there are no ads in it. Cover to cover comic content.

  26. Naveed says:

    Wow these Valiant number are depressing…..the books have excellent quality writing and art. Give them a try people you wont be disappointed. At the level the sales are at, unless a miracle happens I cant see these books around in 12 months time. And this is why I hesitate to pick up Indie books. Never know if youll even make it past issues #12….though I guess we can say the same about Marvel and DC these days……The only other Indie I buy it TMNT and Walking Dead.

  27. Jason says:

    Thanks Paul for the heads up. And thanks Brian for letting me know about the rebranding.

  28. Despite being cancelled I’m still happy to have the 12 issues of Popeye that were published. An excellent all-ages pure-fun comic that very few bothered to read.

  29. I look back on all my favourite comics from the past few decades and they’ve always been indie or alternative. Unless we’re talking Kirby or Ditko (and, ok, Grant Morrison) no main stream comics can compare to Goon, Hate, Eightball, Love and Rockets, Freak Brothers, Wolverton, Chew, Flaming Carrot, Charles Burns, Seth, Dave Stevens, Bone, Beanworld, Bob Fingerman, Madman, Reid Fleming, Saga, Manhattan Projects, Alan Moore, Kaz, Fatale… The list goes on.

  30. PeterCSM730 says:

    Thanks Chris and Paul! I’ll track down Stray Bullets after I find a new job (and $$$).

  31. I wish I didn’t have to worry about the sales numbers of my books

  32. The Transformers books are the best they’ve been since their relaunch after Marvel. The art is consistently top notch, plus they don’t suffer the made for the trade paperback story syndrome most comics suffer from these days.

  33. Paul MellerickBrian says:

    Rafaelle – so do I, but I think you’re talented enough that that day will come. Don’t forget that Rob Kirkman had more than a few sales flops before he hit on a winning concept. Talent usually shines through!

  34. Paul Mellerick says:

    I have no idea why there is a Brian after my name there. Autocorrect is weird sometimes.

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