Indie Month-to-Month Sales: January 2011

January wasn’t all bad news in the comics industry as Image had a strong month. Spawn #200 sold a crazy amount of issues thanks to its many variant copies, while The Walking Dead continued to rise and the new weekly reprints did fairly well. The biggest launches were a Darth Vader miniseries from Dark Horse, and IDW’s zombie crossover series Infestation.

Percentage wise Image had a huge month with 7.60% of the dollar market share and 6.45% of the unit market share. That’s the largest any non Marvel/DC company has been in the last couple of years. Of course it was due to an incredibly small month of books shipped in general, Spawn selling a boatload of copies for its anniversary issue, and Walking Dead Weekly upping the number of titles they ship in general.

Meanwhile Dark Horse had 4.82% dollar share and 3.70% unit share, and IDW had 4.75% dollar share and 4.60% unit share.

I’ve listed every “indie” book in the top 200, every Image, Dark Horse, and IDW book that made the charts, and a selection of others.

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

4, 82. Spawn (Image) 
01/2006: Spawn #152 - 27,247
01/2007: Spawn #164 - 24,534
01/2008: Spawn #174 - 22,667
01/2009: Spawn #188 - 21,433
01/2010: -
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02/2010: -
03/2010: Spawn #196 - 18,893 (+2.3)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Spawn #197 - 18,361 (-2.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Spawn #198 - 17,985 (-2.0%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Spawn #199 - 18,076 (+0.5%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Spawn #200 - 65,448 (+262.1%)
01/2011: Spawn #201 - 18,458 (-71.8%)
                                6 month (+2.6%)
                                1 year (n.a.)
                                2 year (-13.9%)
                                3 year (-18.6%)
                                4 year (-24.8%)
                                5 year (-32.2%)

Running almost one year late (originally solicited for February 2010) Spawn #200 has pretty incredible sales. Sales were boosted by ten different covers, including one by Jim Lee. Helpfully Image also shipped issue 201 in January, so we can see that almost none of the boost is sticking around for the new creative team. Still, I’m not sure if anyone expected Spawn to last this long when it launched in 1992.

25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 
01/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #10 - 88,474
01/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 - 69,980
01/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31 - 47,013
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02/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32 - 47,975 (+2.0)
03/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33 - 46,568 (-2.9%)
04/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #34 - 45,909 (-1.4%)
05/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #35 - 45,446 (-1.1%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Riley One Shot - 38,119 (-16.1%)
09/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36 - 44,883 (+17.7%)
10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)
11/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 - 41,189 (-4.3%)
12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010 (-2.9%)
01/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 - 39,486 (-1.3%)
                                6 month (n.a.)
                                1 year (-16.0%)
                                2 year (-43.6%)
                                3 year (-55.4%)

Season eight of Buffy comes to an end. Sales have fallen a lot since the series launched back in 2007, but it’s still Dark Horse’s best selling comic by a large margin. I don’t believe there’s been an announcement of when season nine begins, but Dark Horse have advanced solicited a collection of Angel comics for July, so probably around then.

48. The Walking Dead (Image) 
01/2006: The Walking Dead #25 - 19,337
01/2007: The Walking Dead #34 - 21,184
01/2008: -
01/2009: The Walking Dead #57 - 23,402
01/2010: The Walking Dead #69 - 23,695
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02/2010: The Walking Dead #70 - 23,999 (+1.3%)
03/2010: -
04/2010: The Walking Dead #71 - 24,567 (+2.4%)
05/2010: The Walking Dead #72 - 25,182 (+2.5%)
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645 (+1.8%)
07/2010: The Walking Dead #74 - 25,468 (-0.7%)
07/2010: The Walking Dead #75 - 28,667 [33,079] (+29.9%)
08/2010: The Walking Dead #76 - 26,553 (-19.7%)
09/2010: The Walking Dead #77 - 27,448 (+3.4%)
10/2010: The Walking Dead #78 - 27,947 (+1.8%)
11/2010: The Walking Dead #79 - 28,971 (+3.7%)
12/2010: -
01/2010: The Walking Dead #80 - 29,526 (+1.9%)
                               6 month (+15.9%)
                               1 year (+24.6%)
                               2 year (+26.2%)
                               3 year (n.a.)
                               4 year (+39.4%)
                               5 year (+52.7%)

Sales go up again, and for the first time ever The Walking Dead is a top 50 book. Meanwhile thousands of copies of the collections are still selling every month with volume one being the second most ordered book this month (though this was a smaller than usual month for collections too).

74. The Boys (Dynamite) 
01/2008: The Boys #14 - 28,559
01/2009: The Boys #26 - 26,802
01/2010: The Boys #38 - 22,203
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02/2010: The Boys #39 - 21,905 (-1.3%)
03/2010: The Boys #40 - 22,022 (+0.5%)
04/2010: The Boys #41 - 21,552 (-2.1%)
05/2010: The Boys #42 - 21,479 (-0.3%)
06/2010: The Boys #43 - 21,390 (-0.4%)
07/2010: The Boys #44 - 21,270 (-0.6%)
08/2010: The Boys #45 - 21,041 (-1.1%)
09/2010: The Boys #46 - 20,789 (-1.2%)
10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198 (-2.8%)
11/2010: The Boys #48 - 20,004 (-1.0%)
12/2010: The Boys #49 - 19,582 (-2.1%)
01/2011: The Boys #50 - 19,293 (-1.5%)
                               6 month (-9.3%)
                               1 year (-13.1%)
                               2 year (-28.0%)
                               3 year (-32.4%)

No increase as the comic hits issue 50, but it wasn’t solicited as an anniversary issue and lacked the alternative covers most of those feature.

79. Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command (Dark Horse) 
01/2011: Darth Vader & Lost Command #1 - 18,654

Five issue miniseries. This issue had two covers. The recent Star Wars launches have all been lower than the titles have sold historically, showing a decline in interest in the brand.

85. Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse) 
01/2007: Star Wars Legacy #7 - 34,249
01/2008: Star Wars Legacy #18 - 31,038
01/2009: Star Wars Legacy #32 - 25,814
01/2010: Star Wars Legacy #44 - 20,341
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01/2010: Star Wars Legacy #44 - 20,341 (-3.1%)
02/2010: Star Wars Legacy #45 - 20,100 (-1.2%)
03/2010: Star Wars Legacy #46 - 19,790 (-1.5%)
04/2010: Star Wars Legacy #47 - 20,022 (+1.2%)
05/2010: Star Wars Legacy #48 - 19,954 (-0.3%)
06/2010: Star Wars Legacy #49 - 19,911 (-0.2%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Star Wars Legacy #50 - 20,666 (+3.8%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Star Wars Legacy: War #1 - 19,785 (-4.3%)
01/2011: Star Wars Legacy: War #2 -17,847 (-9.8%)
                               6 month (n.a.)
                               1 year (-12.2%)
                               2 year (-30.9%)
                               3 year (-42.5%)
                               4 year (-47.9%)

As seen in this relaunch, which was apparently mandated by LucasFilm. I doubt Dark Horse is happy with that as sales are down by quite a bit since the last volume.

87. Vampirella (Dynamite) 
11/2010: Vampirella #1 - 29,215
12/2010: -
01/2011: Vampirella #2 - 17,531 (-40.0%)

That’s a big second issue drop. Issue one had nine different covers, while this one had seven.

91. Infestation (IDW) 
01/2011: Infestation #1 - 16,743

IDW’s cross-property zombie crossover starts well. It’ll be interesting to see how the other issues based on various well known properties do.

101. The Boys Highland Laddie (Dynamite) 
08/2010: Highland Laddie #1 - 18,629
09/2010: Highland Laddie #2 - 17,803 (-4.4%)
10/2010: Highland Laddie #3 - 16,555 (-7.0%)
11/2010: Highland Laddie #4 - 15,389 (-7.0%)
12/2010: Highland Laddie #5 - 14,855 (-3.5%)
01/2011: Highland Laddie #6 - 14,214 (-4.3%)

Final issue. The next The Boys mini is about the Butcher, but hasn’t been solicited yet.

102. Lady Death (Avatar)
12/2010: Lady Death #0 - 15,665
01/2010: Lady Death #1 - 14,023 (-10.5%)

That’s a good drop. The real challenge is going to be issue two, but it looks like this title might be around for a while.

103. Green Hornet (Dynamite) 
03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1 - 54,122
03/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #2 - 32,866  [36,004] (-33.5%)
04/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #3 - 29,552 (-17.9%)
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #4 - 26,292 (-11.0%)
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #5 - 23,841 (-9.3%)
07/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #6 - 22,024 (-7.6%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #7 - 20,880 (-5.2%)
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet Annual #1 - 14,564 (-30.2%)
10/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #8 - 19,442 (+33.5%)
11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #9 - 17,894 (-8.0%)
11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #10 - 17,753 (-0.8%)
12/2010: Green Hornet #11 - 14,771 (-16.8%)
01/2011: Green Hornet #12 - 13,913 (-5.8%)
					6 month (-36.8%)

Sales continue to drop at a much larger than average level. But sales started so high there’s still a fair bit of rope left.

104. Angel (IDW) 
01/2006: Old Friends #2 (of 5) - 14,753
01/2007: Auld Lang Syne #3 - 6,699
01/2008: After the Fall #2 - 46,013
01/2009: After the Fall #16 - 34,801
01/2010: Angel #29 - 20,280
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02/2010: Angel #30 - 11,044 [19,394] (-4.4%)
03/2010: Angel #31 - 18,538 (-4.4%)
04/2010: Angel #32 - 17,942 (-3.2%)
05/2010: Angel #33 - 17,521 (-2.3%)
06/2010: Angel #34 - 17,467 (-0.3%)
07/2010: Angel #35 - 16,664 (-4.6%)
08/2010: Angel #36 - 16,016 (-3.9%)
09/2010: Angel #37 - 15,865 (-0.9%)
10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115 (-4.7%)
11/2010: Angel #39 - 14,449 (-4.4%)
12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182 (-1.8%)
01/2011: Angel #41 - 13,566 (-4.3%)
                               6 month (-18.6%)
                               1 year (-33.1%)
                               2 year (-61.0%)
                               3 year (-70.5%)
                               4 year (+102.5%)
                               5 year (-8.0%)

Just three issues and a special left before the license goes back to Dark Horse.

105. Conan (Dark Horse) 
01/2006: Conan #24 - 31,907
01/2007: Conan #36 - 26,332
01/2008: Conan #48 - 21,850
01/2009: The Cimmerian #7 - 21,782
01/2010: The Cimmerian #17 - 17,356
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02/2010: The Cimmerian #18 - 17,074 (-1.6%)
03/2010: The Cimmerian #19 - 18,131 (+6.2%)
04/2010: The Cimmerian #20 - 16,393 (-9.6%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421 (+0.2%)
07/2010: The Cimmerian #22 - 16,240 (-1.1%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: The Cimmerian #23 - 15,837 (-2.5%)
10/2010: The Cimmerian #24 - 15,490 (-2.2%)
11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421 (-0.4%)
12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099 (+4.4%)
01/2011: The Road of Kings #2 - 13,385 (-16.9%)
                6 month (-17.6%)
                1 year (-22.9%)
                2 year (-38.6%)
                3 year (-38.7%)
                4 year (-49.2%)
                5 year (-58.0%)

Another recently relaunched title Dark Horse would probably have been better off leaving alone.

108. Star Wars Knight Errant Aflame (Dark Horse) 
10/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #1 - 18,363
11/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #2 - 14,956 (-18.6%)
12/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #3 - 13,963 (-6.6%)
01/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #4 - 13,101 (-6.2%)

Five issue miniseries featuring a new, female Jedi. The drops on this one haven’t been too good.

111. BPRD (Dark Horse) 
01/2006: Black Flame #6 (of 6) - 14,740
01/2007: -
01/2008: 1946 #1 - 17,239
01/2009: Black Goddess #1 (of 5) - 15,984
01/2010: King of Fear #1 - 14,081
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02/2010: King of Fear #2 - 13,123 (-6.8%)
03/2010: King of Fear #3 - 12,874 (-1.9%)
04/2010: King of Fear #4 - 12,480 (-3.1%)
05/2010: King of Fear #5 - 12,519 (+0.3%)
06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805 (-9.3%)
08/2010: Hell on Earth New World #1 - 13,563 (+14.9%)
09/2010: Hell on Earth New World #2 - 12,717 (-6.2%)
10/2010: Hell on Earth New World #3 - 12,402 (-2.5%)
11/2010: Hell on Earth New World #4 - 11,882 (-4.2%)
12/2010: Hell on Earth New World #5 - 11,528 (-3.0%)
01/2011: Hell on Earth Gods #1 - 12,820 (+11.2%)
                6 month (+8.6%)
                1 year (-9.0%)
                2 year (-19.8%)
                3 year (-25.6%)
                4 year (n.a.)
                5 year (-13.0%)

This at least gets a boost for the new issue one, continuing the general trend for the series.

112. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)
01/2011: Myths & Legends #1 - 12,679

New ongoing spinoff from the Grimm Fairy Tales title. Three covers for this issue, and it seems sexy Red Riding Hood sells comics.

115. Artifacts (Image) 
07/2010: Artifacts #1 - 18,711
08/2010: -
09/2010: Artifacts #2 - 13,147 (-29.7%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Artifacts #3 - 11,844 (-9.9%)
12/2010: Artifacts #4 - 11,415 (-3.6%)
01/2011: Artifacts #5 - 11,788 (+3.3%)

The twelve issue Top Cow crossover series gets a boost for the first part of the second arc, showing that there’s still some life left in the brand.

121. Morning Glories (Image) 
08/2010: Morning Glories #1 - 8,687 [14,104]
09/2010: Morning Glories #2 - 8,265 (-41.4%)
10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258 (+36.2%)
11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)
01/2011: Morning Glories #6 - 10,795 (-3.6%)

Image’s newest hit needs to be more stable than that if it’s going to last the 75 issues writer Nick Spencer has suggested.

125. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW) 
07/2010: Real American Hero #156 - 15,795
08/2010: Real American Hero #157 - 14,263 (-9.7%)
09/2010: Real American Hero #158 - 13,197 (-7.5%)
10/2010: Real American Hero #159 - 12,309 (-6.7%)
11/2010: Real American Hero #160 - 11,544 (-6.2%)
12/2010: Real American Hero #161 - 11,125 (-3.6%)
01/2011: Real American Hero #162 - 10,516 (-5.5%)

That’s a pretty big drop, but the title is safe for the time being.

128. Irredeemable (Boom) 		
01/2010: Irredeemable #10 - 13,106
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02/2010: Irredeemable #11 - 12,912 (-1.5%)
03/2010: Irredeemable #12 - 13,058 (+1.1%)
04/2010: Irredeemable Special #1 - 12,411 (-5.0%)
05/2010: Irredeemable #13 - 12,784 (+3.0)
06/2010: Irredeemable #14 - 12,608 (-1.4%)
07/2010: Irredeemable #15 - 12,442 (-1.3%)
08/2010: Irredeemable #16 - 12,106 (-2.7%)
09/2010: Irredeemable #17 - 11,818 (-2.4%)
10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398 (-3.6%)
11/2010: Irredeemable #19 - 11,102 (-2.6%)
12/2010: Irredeemable #20 - 10,406 (-6.3%)
01/2011: Irredeemable #21 - 10,247 (-1.5%)
                               6 month (-17.6%)
                               1 year (-21.8%)		

A much smaller drop this month.

129. Transformers Ongoing (IDW) 
01/2010: Transformers Ongoing #3 - 12,609
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02/2010: Transformers Ongoing #4 - 12,221 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Transformers Ongoing #5 - 11,994 (-1.9%)
04/2010: Transformers Ongoing #6 - 12,171 (+1.5%)
05/2010: Transformers Ongoing #7 - 11,932 (-2.0%)
06/2010: Transformers Ongoing #8 - 12,360 (+3.6%)
07/2010: Transformers Ongoing #9 - 12,369 (+0.1%)
08/2010: Transformers Ongoing #10 - 11,951 (-3.4%)
09/2010: Transformers Ongoing #11 - 11,582 (-3.1%)
10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)
11/2010: Transformers Ongoing #13 - 10,998 (-1.5%)
12/2010: Transformers Ongoing #14 - 10,573 (-3.9%)
01/2011: Transformers Ongoing #15 - 10,159 (-3.9%)
                               6 month (-17.9%)
                               1 year (-19.4%)

That’s another larger than average drop this month, but issue 19 was solicited as being the first part of a new story so this title will be around for a while longer.

130. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW) 
08/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #0 - 23,657
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #1 - 15,462 (-34.6%)
12/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #2 - 11,623 (-24.8%)
01/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #3 - 10,112 (-13.0%)

Not the best drop for a third issue, but n need to panic yet.

132. Witchblade (Image) 
01/2006: Witchblade #93 - 14,696
01/2007: Witchblade #103 - 22,888
01/2008: Witchblade #113 - 15,799
01/2009: Witchblade #123 - 12,635
01/2010: Witchblade #134 - 12,416
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02/2010: -
03/2010: Witchblade #135 - 11,935 (-3.9%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Witchblade #136 - 10,649 (-10.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: Witchblade #137 - 10,696 (+0.4%)
08/2010: Witchblade Due Process One Shot - 8,255 (-22.8%)
09/2010: Witchblade #138 - 10,521 (+27.5%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Witchblade #139 - 10,113 (-3.9%)
12/2010: Witchblade #140 - 11,172 (+10.5%)
01/2011: Witchblade #141 - 9,768 (-12.6%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (-21.3%)
			2 year (-22.7%)
			3 year (-38.2%)
			4 year (-57.3%)
			5 year (-33.5%)

The drop puts the title back where it would have been without last issue’s variant cover jump.

138. Guarding the Globe (Image) 
08/2010: Guarding the Globe #1 - 15,013
09/2010: -
10/2010: Guarding the Globe #2 - 10,972 (-26.9%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Guarding the Globe #3 - 9,097 (-17.1%)

Six issue Invincible spinoff co-written by Robert Kirkman that I would have expected to do a bit better.

139. Mass Effect (Dark Horse) 
01/2011: Evolution #1 - 8,944

Video game adaptation.

140. Next Men (IDW)
12/2010: Next Men #1 - 13,204
01/2011: Next Men #2 - 8,882 (-32.7%)

Byrne plans for this to last nine issues, but there are also plans for a sequel. Also, according to posts made on his forum sales have gone up for issues three and four.

141, 152, 159, 161. Walking Dead Weekly (Image) 
01/2011: Walking Dead #1 - 8,858
01/2011: Walking Dead #2 - 8,306 (-6.2%)
01/2011: Walking Dead #3 - 7,798 (-6.1%)
01/2011: Walking Dead #4 - 7,704 (-1.2%)

It’s all free money to Kirkman and the artists, and a lot of other books would love to have sales this high. It’s going to be one to watch this one and see if it can keep its sales at around this level.

142. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW) 
01/2010: Doctor Who #7 - 7,239
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02/2010: Doctor Who #8 - 7,014 (-3.1%)
03/2010: Doctor Who #9 - 6,991 (-0.3%)
04/2010: Doctor Who #10 - 6,784 (-3.0%)
05/2010: Doctor Who #11 - 6,743 (-0.6%)
06/2010: Doctor Who #12 - 6,754 (+0.2%)
07/2010: Doctor Who #13 - 6,636 (-0.0%)
07/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2010 - 5,828 (-12.2%)
08/2010: Doctor Who #14 - 6,492 (+11.4%)
09/2010: Doctor Who #15 - 6,620 (+2.0%)
10/2010: Doctor Who #16 - 6,198 (-6.4%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Doctor Who #1 - 8,843 (+42.7%)
			6 month (-3.3%)
        		1 year (-22.2%)

New ongoing featuring the new Doctor. The last series debuted at 10,949 in July of 2009.

143. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 
01/2006: Red Sonja #4 - 41,856
01/2007: Red Sonja #18 - 23,040
01/2009: Red Sonja #29 - 17,689
01/2009: -
01/2010: -
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02/2010: -
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: -
06/2010: Red Sonja #50 - 13,017 (+13.3%)
06/2010: Red Sonja Annual #3 - 8,098 (-37.8%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Red Sonja #51 - 9,994 (+23.4%)
10/2010: Red Sonja #52 - 9,529 (-4.7%)
11/2010: Red Sonja #53 - 9,060 (-4.9%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Red Sonja #54 - 8,826 (-2.6%)
			6 month (n.a.)
        		1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (-50.1%)
			4 year (-61.7%)
			5 year (-78.9%)

Standard drop.

147. Incorruptible (Boom) 
01/2010: Incorruptible #2 - 12,635
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02/2010: Incorruptible #3 - 11,860 (-6.1%)
03/2010: Incorruptible #4 - 11,749 (-0.9%)
04/2010: Incorruptible #5 - 3,642 [11,542] (-1.8%)
05/2010: Incorruptible #6 - 11,517 (-0.2%)
06/2010: Incorruptible #7 - 11,091 (-3.7%)
07/2010: Incorruptible #8 - 10,947 (-1.3%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Incorruptible #9 - 10,646 (-2.7%)
10/2010: Incorruptible #10 - 10,314 (-3.1%)
10/2010: Incorruptible #11 - 9,844 (-4.6%)
11/2010: Incorruptible #12 - 9,403 (-4.5%)
12/2010: Incorruptible #13 - 8,701 (-7.5%)
01/2011: Incorruptible #14 - 8,512 (-2.2%)
		6 month (-22.2%)
		1 year (-32.6%)

That’s a much better drop. I don’t know why last issue’s was so large.

148. Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun (IDW) 
01/2011: Dark Sun #1 - 8,497

Five issue miniseries.

253. GI Joe Origins (IDW) 
01/2010: GI Joe Origins #11 - 11,726
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02/2010: GI Joe Origins #12 - 12,312 (+5.0%)
03/2010: GI Joe Origins #13 - 11,043 (-10.3%)
04/2010: GI Joe Origins #14 - 10,811 (-2.1%)
05/2010: GI Joe Origins #15 - 10,650 (-1.5%)
06/2010: GI Joe Origins #16 - 10,643 (-0.1%)
07/2010: GI Joe Origins #17 - 10,215 (-4.0%)
08/2010: GI Joe Origins #18 - 10,074 (-1.4%)
09/2010: GI Joe Origins #19 - 11,171 (+10.9%)
10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)
11/2010: GI Joe Origins #21 - 8,970 (-5.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Origins #22 - 8,597 (-4.2%)
01/2010: GI Joe Origins #23 - 8,136 (-5.4%)
                                6 month (-20.4%)
                                1 year (-30.6%)

Final issue. It’s being relaunched in a few months after the zombie crossover.

154. Spike (IDW) 

06/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #1 - 12,057
07/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #2 - 10,145 (-15.9%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #3 - 9,060 (-12.8%)
09/2010: Spike The Devil You Know #4 - 8,593 (-5.2%)
10/2010: Spike #1 - 12,044 (+40.2%)
11/2010: Spike #2 - 9,262 (-23.1%)
12/2010: Spike #3 - 8,611 ( -7.0%)
01/2010: Spike #4 - 8,135 (-5.5%)
			6 month (-19.8%)

Ending at issue eight when the license goes back to Dark Horse.

155. Kevin Smith's Kato (Dynamite) 
05/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #1 – 19,720
06/2010: Kevin Smith's Kato #2 - 16,361 (-17.0%)
07/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #3 - 13,833 (-15.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #4 - 11,089 (-19.8%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #5 - 10,015 (-9.7%)
12/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #6 - 9,181 (-8.3%)
01/2011: Kevin Smith’s Kato #7 - 7,978 (-13.1%)

Solicited up to issue 14, but if the drops stay as large as they’ve been it won’t last that long.

156. Queen Sonja (Dynamite) 
01/2010: Queen Sonja #3 - 10,768
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02/2010: Queen Sonja #4 - 10,766 (-0.0%)
03/2010: Queen Sonja #5 - 10,393 (-3.5%)
04/2010: Queen Sonja #6 - 9,800 (-5.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Queen Sonja #7 - 9,879 (+0.8%)
07/2010: Queen Sonja #8 - 9,438 (-4.5%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Queen Sonja #9 - 9,176 (-2.7)
09/2010: Queen Sonja #10 - 8,975 (-2.2%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Queen Sonja #11 - 8,502 (-5.3%)
12/2010: Queen Sonja #12 - 8,231 (-3.2%)
01/2011: Queen Sonja #13 - 7,889 (-4.2%)
			6 Month (-16.4%)
			1 year (-26.7)

Hey, remember when this character had a crossover with Spider-Man?

163. GI Joe Cobra II (IDW) 
01/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #1 - 12,062
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02/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #2 - 11,121 (-7.8%)
03/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #3 - 10,562 (-5.0%)
04/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #4 - 10,384 (-1.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #5 - 10,136 (-2.4%)
07/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #6 - 9,726 (-4.0%)
08/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #7 - 9,387 (-3.5%)
09/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #8 - 9,230 (-1.7%)
09/2010: GI Joe Cobra Special #2 - 8,785 (-4.8%)
10/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #9 - 8,656 (-1.5%)
11/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #10 - 8,275 (-4.4%)
12/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #11 - 8,008 (-3.2%)
01/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #12 - 7,613 (-4.9%)
		                6 month (-21.7%)
		                1 year (-36.8%)

Ending with issue 13, then being relaunched as Cobra in May.

164. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword) 
01/2006: Tarot #36 - 9,856
01/2007: Tarot #42 - 9,229
01/2008: Tarot #48 - 9,513
01/2009: Tarot #54 - 4,693 [8,754]
01/2010: Tarot #60 - 8,241
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02/2010: -
03/2010: Tarot #61 - 8,096 (-1.8%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Tarot #62 - 8,131 (+0.4%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Tarot #63 - 8,112 (-0.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Tarot #64 - 8,016 (-1.2%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Tarot #65 - 7,671 (-4.3%)
12/2010: -
01/2010: Tarot #66 - 7,530 (-1.8%)
			6 month (-7.2%)
        		1 year (-8.6)
			2 year (-14.0%)
			3 year (-20.8%)
			4 year (-18.4%)
			5 year (-23.6%)

Stabilizing again after the drop last issue.

165. Infinite Vacation (Image) 
01/2011: Infinite Vacation #1 - 7,503

Five issue miniseries from Nick Spencer (Morning Glories).

166. Hack Slash (Image) 
01/2007: Hack Slash #7 (Devil’s Due) - 5,933
01/2008: Hack Slash #19 (Devil’s Due) - 6,452
01/2010: Hack Slash #29 (Devil’s Due) - 5,935
=====
02/2010: -
03/2010: Hack Slash #30 (Devil’s Due) - 5,647 (-4.9%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #31 (Devil’s Due) - 5,566 (-1.4%)
04/2010: Hack Slash #32 (Devil’s Due) - 5,344 (-4.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #1 - 9,270 (+66.5%)
07/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #2 - 7,803 (-15.8%)
08/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #3 - 7,881 (+1.0%)
09/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #4 - 8,177 (+3.8%)
10/2010: Hack Slash Annual 2010 - 8,149 (-0.3%)
11/2010: Hack Slash Trailers Part 2 - 5,887 (-27.8%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Hack Slash: Me Without You - 7,496 (+27.3%)
			6 month (-3.9%))
        		1 year (+26.3%)
			2 year (+16.2%)
			3 year (+26.3%)

One shot.

167. Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero (Boom!) 
10/2010: Soldier Zero #1 - 19,593
11/2010: Soldier Zero #2 - 11,180 (-42.9%)
12/2010: Soldier Zero #3 - 9,447 (-15.5%)
01/2011: Soldier Zero #4 - 7,492 (-20.7%)

I think that is the worst issue four drop I have ever seen. I believe it’s due to this issue having only two covers while issue three had seven.

169. Stan Lee’s Traveller (Boom!)
11/2010: Traveller #1 - 15,450
12/2010: Traveller #2 - 9,221 (-40.3%)
01/2011: Traveller #3 - 7,300 (-20.8%)

I’m guessing this month marks the end of the extensive variant covers Boom! has been putting out.

171. Charmed (Zenescope) 
07/2010: Charmed #1 - 12,061
08/2010: -
09/2010: Charmed #2 - 8,464 (-29.8%)
10/2010: Charmed #3 - 7,524 (-11.1%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Charmed #4 – 7,253 (-3.6%)
01/2011: Charmed #5 - 7,196 (-0.8%)

TV spinoff that looks like it has found its level.

172. Stan Lee’s Starborn (Boom!)
12/2010: Starborn #1 - 11,764
01/2011: Starborn #2 - 7,188 (-38.9%)

Third of these series inspired by ideas from Stan Lee. Interesting that they’re all being ordered at about the same level regardless of what issue each series has reached.

173. Angel: Illyria (IDW)
11/2010: Illyria #1 - 8,509
12/2010: Illyria #2 - 7,515 (-11.7%)
01/2011: Illyria #3 - 7,114 (-5.3%)

As the Angel license is gone in a couple more months it kind of doesn’t matter how well these sell at this point.

175, 181. Darkness (Image) 
01/2007: Darkness Level 1 #1 - 15,950
01/2008: -
01/2009: Darkness #74 - 11,000
01/2010: Darkness #82 - 8,848
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01/2010: Shadows and Flame One Shot - 6,924 (-21.7%)
02/2010: -
03/2010: Darkness #83 - 7,834 (+13.1%)
04/2010: Darkness #84 - 7,366 (-6.0%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Darkness #85 - 7,530 (+2.2%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Darkness #86 - 7,242 (-3.8%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: Darkness #87 - 6,960 (-3.9%)
01/2011: Darkness #88 - 6,842 (-1.7%)
01/2011: Darkness #89 - 6,544 (-4.4%)
			6 month (13.1%)
        		1 year (-26.0%)
			2 year (-40.5%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (-59.0%)

Two issues this month.

177. Simpsons Comics (Bongo) 
01/2006: Simpsons Comics #114 - 10,891
01/2007: Simpsons Comics #126 - 9,236
01/2008: Simpsons Comics #138 - 9,007
01/2009: Simpsons Comics #150 - 7,912
01/2010: Simpsons Comics #162 - 7,227
=====
02/2010: Simpsons Comics #163 - 7,507 (+3.9%)
03/2010: Simpsons Comics #164 - 7,351 (-2.1%)
04/2010: Simpsons Comics #165 - 7,228 (-1.7%)
05/2010: Simpsons Comics #166 - 7,161 (-0.9%)
06/2010: Simpsons Comics #167 - 7,477 (+4.4%)
07/2010: Simpsons Comics #168 - 7,569 (+1.2%)
08/2010: Simpsons Comics #169 - 7,396 (-2.3%)
09/2010: Simpsons Comics #170 - 7,320 (-1.0%)
10/2010: Simpsons Comics #171 – 7,429 (+1.5%)
11/2010: Simpsons Comics #172 - 7,429 (0.0%)
12/2010: Simpsons Comics #173 - 7,065 (-4.9%)
01/2011: Simpsons Comics #174 - 6,776 (-4.1%)
			6 month (-10.5%)
        		1 year (-6.2%)
			2 year (-14.4%)
			3 year (-24.8%)
			4 year (-26.6%)
			5 year (-37.8%)

Reprint sales in foreign countries are huge, making these sales fairly irrelevant.

178. Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract) 
01/2009: Echo #9 - 6,132 [12,056]
01/2010: Echo #19 - 4,978 [9,787]
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02/2010: -
03/2010: Echo #20 - 9,378 (-4.2%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Echo #21 - 6,611 (-29.5%)
06/2010: Echo #22 - 9,277 (+40.3%)
07/2010: Echo #23 - 8,998 (-3.0%)
08/2010: Echo #24 - 4,486 (-50.1%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Echo #25 - 8,694 (+93.8%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: Echo #26 - 8,722 (+0.3%)
01/2011: Echo #27 - 6,675 (-23.5%)

Didn’t bother doing the multiyear comparisons as the huge drop is presumably down to copies not shipping until February, as happened the last two Januaries.

179. Locke & Key (IDW) 
01/2009: Head Games #1 - 12,075
01/2010: -
=====
02/2010: Crown of Shadows #3 - 3,690 [7,550] (-2.0%)
03/2010: Crown of Shadows #4 - 7,010 (-7.2%)
04/2010: Crown of Shadows #5 - 6,818 (-2.7%)
05/2010: -
06/2010: -
07/2010: Crown of Shadows #6 - 6,931 (+1.7%)
08/2010: Keys to the Kingdom #1 - 9,429 (+36.0%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Keys to the Kingdom #2 - 7,303 (-22.5%)
11/2010: Keys to the Kingdom #3 - 7,225 (-1.1%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Keys to the Kingdom #4 - 6,634 (-8.2%)
					6 month (-4.3%)
					1 year (n.a.)
					2 year (-45.1%)

Plans currently call for two more six issue miniseries after this one.

182. Kull (Dark Horse)

01/2009: Kull #3 - 11,639
01/2010: -
=====
11/2010: The Hate Witch #1 - 8,895
12/2010: The Hate Witch #2 - 6,745 (-24.2%)
01/2011: The Hate Witch #3 - 6,290 (-6.7%)
		2 year (-46.0%)

Four issue miniseries.

183. Sonic Universe (Archie) 
01/2010: Sonic Universe #12 - 6,703
=====
02/2010: Sonic Universe #13 - 6,569 (-2.0%)
03/2010: Sonic Universe #14 - 6,617 (+0.7%)
04/2010: Sonic Universe #15 - 6,488 (-1.9%)
05/2010: Sonic Universe #16 - 6,406 (-1.3%)
06/2010: Sonic Universe #17 - 6,717 (+4.9%)
07/2010: Sonic Universe #18 - 6,843 (+1.9%)
08/2010: Sonic Universe #19 - 6,814 (-0.4%)
09/2010: Sonic Universe #20 - 6,747 (-1.0%)
10/2010: Sonic Universe #21 – 6,843 (+1.4%)
11/2010: Sonic Universe #22 - 6,641 (-3.0%)
12/2010: Sonic Universe #23 - 6,480 (-2.4%)
01/2011: Sonic Universe #24 - 6,228 (-3.9%)
				6 month (-9.0%)
				1 year (-7.1%)

The main Sonic title didn’t ship this month.

185. Star Trek Khan Ruling in Hell (IDW) 
10/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #1 - 8,390
11/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #2 - 6,660 (-20.6%)
12/2010: Khan Ruling in Hell #3 - 6,328 (-5.0%)
01/2011: Khan Ruling in Hell #4 - 6,145 (-2.9%)

Last issue of a four part miniseries filling in the gaps between the original series and the second movie.

186. Futurama Comics (Bongo) 
01/2007: Futurama Comics #29 - 7,612
01/2008: Futurama Comics #35 - 7,540
01/2009: -
01/2010: Futurama Comics #47 - 6,151
=====
02/2010: -
03/2010: Futurama Comics #48 - 6,021 (-2.1%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Futurama Comics #49 - 6,071 (+0.8%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: Futurama Comics #50 - 6,315 (+4.0%)
08/2010: -
09/2010: Futurama Comics #51 - 6,224 (-1.4%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Futurama Comics #52 - 6,390 (+2.7%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Futurama Comics #53 - 6,098 (-4.6%)
			6 month (-3.4%)
			1 year (-0.9%)
			2 year (-19.1%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (-19.9%)

See The Simpsons above.

187. Darkwing Duck (Boom!) 
06/2010: Darkwing Duck #1 - 6,300
07/2010: Darwking Duck #2 - 5,396 (-14.3%)
08/2010: Darkwing Duck #3 - 6,355 (+17.7%)
09/2010: Darkwing Duck #4 - 6,658 (+4.8%)
10/2010: Darkwing Duck #5 - 6,527 (-2.0%)
11/2010: Darkwing Duck #6 - 6,565 (+0.6%)
12/2010: Darkwing Duck #7 - 6,330 (-3.6%)
01/2011: Darkwing Duck #8 - 6,020 (-4.9%)
		6 month (+11.6%)

Sales are slipping, but are still very good for this sort of thing. Meanwhile Boom! Has lost the license to the Pixar books and Marvel will soon be reprinting some of those in some format.

189. Kato Origins (Dynamite) 
04/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #1 - 13,172
05/2010: -
06/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #2 - 10,668 (-19.0%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #3 - 8,689 (-18.5%)
09/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #4 - 7,114 (-18.1%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Origins Way of the Ninja #5 - 6,826 (-4.0%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Origins Way of the Ninja #6 - 5,678 (-16.8%)

Issue eleven is supposed to be the last one, but I can’t see the series getting that far if it continues to drop like it has.

190. Soulfire (Aspen) 
01/2006: Soulfire Dying of the Light #5 - 15,801
01/2007: Soulfire Chaos Reign #3 - 5,285
01/2008: -
01/2009: Soulfire Shadow Magic #2 - 7,229
01/2010: -
=====
02/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #2 - 7,711
03/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #3 - 6,928 (-10.2%)
04/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #4 - 7,197 (+3.9%)
05/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #5 - 6,458 (-10.3%)
06/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #6 – 5,965  (-7.3%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #7 - 5,969 (+0.0%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #8 - 5,666 (-5.1%)
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Soulfire Volume Two #9 - 5,675 (+0.2%)
		6 month (n.a.)
		1 year (n.a.)
		2 year (-21.5%)
		3 year (n.a.)
		4 year (+7.4%)
		5 year (-64.1%)

Fairly large drop followed by a small gain. What an odd pattern.

192, 219. True Blood (IDW) 
07/2010: True Blood #1 - 30,296 [38,062]
08/2010: True Blood #2 - 26,419 [37,218] (-2.2%)
09/2010: True Blood #3 - 24,254 [34,898] (-6.2%)
10/2010: True Blood #4 - 32,964 (-5.5%)
11/2010: True Blood #5 - 22,154 [26,361] (-20.0%)
12/2010: True Blood #6 - 21,297 [25,556] (-3.1%)
01/2011: -

No new issue this month, but issue one saw reorders of 5,583 from a $4.99 “Legacy Edition” (which included the script), while issue six received reorders of 4,269.

193. Choker (Image) 
02/2010: Choker #1 - 8,735
03/2010: Choker #2 - 7,160 (-18.0%)
04/2010: -
05/2010: Choker #3 - 6,945 (-3.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Choker #4 - 6,542 (-5.8%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Choker #5 - 5,535 (-15.4%)

One issue left.

194. Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London (Dark Horse) 
09/2010: Billy the Kid #1 - 7,733
10/2010: Billy the Kid #2 - 6,266 (-19.0%)
11/2010: Billy the Kid #3 - 5,744 (-8.3%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Billy the Kid #4 - 5,515 (-4.0%)

Final issue of this miniseries by Eric Powell.

195, 200, 201, 213. Transformers Prime (IDW) 
01/2011: Transformers Prime #1 - 5,435
01/2011: Transformers Prime #2 - 4,588 (-15.6%)
01/2011: Transformers Prime #3 - 5,036 (+9.8%)
01/2011: Transformers Prime #4 - 5,015 (-0.4%)

Four issue miniseries based on the new animated series that was originally solicited as a collection. Each issue has the same writer but a different artist, so I can only assume people don’t like the artists of issue two for some reason.

197. Green Hornet Blood Ties (Dynamite) 
10/2010: Green Hornet Blood Ties #1 - 8,263
11/2010: Green Hornet Blood Ties #2 - 6,439 (-22.1%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Green Hornet Blood Ties #3 - 5,320 (-17.4%)

Four issue prequel to the Kevin Smith inspired series.

198. Darkness: Four Horsemen (Image) 
08/2010: Four Horsemen #1 - 6,447
09/2010: Four Horsemen #2 - 5,483 (-15.0%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Four Horsemen #3 - 5,290 (-3.5%)

Four issue miniseries.

199. Transformers Sector 7 (IDW) 
09/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #1 - 8,035
10/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #2 - 7,100 (-11.6%)
11/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #3 - 6,665 (-6.1%)
12/2010: Transformers Sector 7 #4 - 5,236 (-21.4%)
01/2011: Transformers Sector 7 #5 - 5,162 (-1.4%)

The huge drop last month doesn’t seem to have been an accident. I have no idea why it happened. This series is based on the movie continuity.

205. Savage Dragon (Image) 
01/2006: Savage Dragon #122 - 7,180
01/2007: Savage Dragon #131 - 3,908
01/2008: -
01/2009: Savage Dragon #144 - 5,645
01/2010: Savage Dragon #156 - 6,152
=====
02/2010: Savage Dragon #157 - 5,617 (-8.7%)
03/2010: Savage Dragon #158 - 5,578 (-0.7%)
04/2010: Savage Dragon #159 - 5,359 (-3.9%)
05/2010: Savage Dragon #160 - 5,411 (+1.0%)
06/2010: Savage Dragon #161 - 5,544 (+2.5%)
07/2010: Savage Dragon #162 - 5,494 (-0.9%)
08/2010: Savage Dragon #163 - 5,447 (-0.9%)
09/2010: Savage Dragon #164 - 5,312 (-2.5%)
10/2010: Savage Dragon #165 - 4,992 (-6.0%)
11/2010: Savage Dragon #166 - 4,943 (-1.0%)
12/2010: Savage Dragon #167 - 4,790 (-3.1%)
01/2011: Savage Dragon #168 - 4,880 (+1.9%)
			6 month (-11.2%)
			1 year (-20.7%)
			2 year (-13.6%)
			3 year (n.a.)
			4 year (+24.9%)
			5 year (-32.0%)

Sales go up a bit for the final part of Emperor Dragon, but they’re down versus two months ago. Still, Savage Dragon has shipped monthly for over a year now, that’s pretty impressive and some other people/companies could learn something from Erik Larson.

206, 229. 100 Penny Press Editions (IDW) 
01/2011: Zombies vs Robots - 4,820
01/2011: Angel After the Fall #1 - 3,880

One dollar issues.

208. Halcyon (Image)
11/2010: Halcyon #1 - 8,895
12/2010: Halcyon #2 - 4,365 (-50.9%)
01/2011: Halcyon #3 - 4,815 (+10.3%)

Five issue miniseries from Marc Guggenheim. Last month’s horrifying drop seems to have been the result of some issues shipping in a different month, so sales actually go up for this issue.

211. Let Me In (Darkhorse)
12/2010: Let Me In Crossroads #1 - 7,276
01/2011: Let Me In Crossroads #2 - 4,668 (-35.8%

Four issue miniseries that acts as a prequel to the American version of the film. Interestingly the writer of the novel which this film is based on didn’t want this comic to be made, but apparently was misinformed as to the nature of the contract he signed.

212. Who is Jake Ellis? (Image) 
01/2011: Who is Jake Ellis? #1 - 4,647

New spy/crime series.

216. Fallen Angel  (IDW) 
01/2006: Fallen Angel #2 - 9,588
01/2007: Fallen Angel #12 - 6,887
01/2008: Fallen Angel #23 - 5,712
01/2009: Fallen Angel #33 - 4,432
====
01/2011: Return of the Son #1 - 4,390

The last issue of the previous miniseries (Reborn) shipped in October 2009 with sales of 5,130, so there doesn’t seem to be much interest in this new series.

217. Broken Trinity (Image) 
02/2010: Pandora’s Box #1 - 6,698
03/2010: -
04/2010: -
05/2010: Pandora's Box #2 - 5,628 (-16.0%)
06/2010: -
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Pandora’s Box #3 - 5,004 (-11.1%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Pandora’s Box #4 - 4,628 (-7.5%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Pandora’s Box #5 - 4,367 (-5.6%)

This was supposed to be leading up to Top Cow’s Artifacts series. Oops.

218. Jurassic Park (IDW) 
06/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #1 - 8,941
07/2010: -
08/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #2 - 7,113 (-20.4%)
09/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #3 - 6,280 (-11.7%)
10/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #4 - 5,624 (-10.4%)
11/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #5 - 4,842 (-13.9%)
12/2010: -
01/2011: Devils in the Desert #1 - 4,293 (-11.3%)

Four issue miniseries written and drawn by John Byrne, but there doesn’t seem to be much interest in this as a franchise. I’m wondering if a John Byrne miniseries about dinosaurs that wasn’t related Jurassic Park would sell better.

220. Memoir (Image) 
01/2011: Memoir #1 - 4,189

Six issue miniseries by the writer of Choker.

261. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers (Boom!)
12/2010: Chip N Dale #1 - 5,387
01/2011: Chip N Dale #2 - 4,143 (-23.1%)

Will it manage the same turnaround Darkwing Duck did?

224. Skullkickers (Image) 
09/2010: Skullkickers #1 - 5,448 [9,811]
10/2010: Skullkickers #2 - 5,826 (-40.6%)
11/2010: Skullkickers #3 - 5,008 (-14.0%)
12/2010: Skullkickers #4 - 4,614 (-7.9%)
01/2011: Skullkickers #5 - 4,009 (-13.1%)

Issue seven begins a new storyarc, so this should be around for a while longer.

226. Doc Macabre (IDW)
12/2010: Doc Macabre #1 - 5,694
01/2011: Doc Macabre #2 - 3,964 (-30.4%)

Three issue Steve Niles/Bernie Wrightson miniseries. Everything below this would not have made the charts last month.

231. Marineman (Image)
12/2010: Marineman #1 - 5,838
01/2011: Marineman #2 - 3,560 (-39.0%)

Ian Churchill’s first creator owned comic, at least six issues are planned.

233. Silent Hill (IDW)
11/2010: Past Life #1 - 4,710
12/2010: Past Life #2 - 3,947 (-16.2%)
01/2011: Past Life #3 - 3,479 (-11.9%)

Video game adaptation. The percentage makes this drop seem worse than it is.

237. Mouse Guard (Archaia) 
01/2007: Mouse Guard   #6 - 13,644
01/2009: -
01/2010: -
=====
06/2010: Legends of the Guard #1 - 10,918
06/2010: Legends of the Guard #2 - 9,113 (-16.5%)
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: Legends of the Guard #3 - 9,289 (+1.9%)
10/2010: -
11/2010: Legends of the Guard #4 - 8,423 (-9.3%)
12/2010: Black Axe #1 - 9,802 [13,155] (+56.2%)
01/2010: -

No new issue this month, but another 3,353 copies of Black Axe #1 show up, so now the numbers for that issue make more sense.

238. Twilight Guardian (Image) 
01/2011: Twilight Guardian #1 - 3,330

Winner of Top Cow’s 2008 Pilot Season finally gets a miniseries. The previous issue sold 5,959 copies.

239. Sixth Gun (Oni) 
07/2010: Sixth Gun #1 – 4,899
07/2010: Sixth Gun #2 - 5,061 (+3.3%)
08/2010: Sixth Gun #3 - 4,105 (-18.9%)
09/2010: Sixth Gun #4 - ???? (???)
10/2010: Sixth Gun #5 - 3,590 (???)
11/2010: Sixth Gun #6 - 3,589 (-0.0%)
12/2010: Sixth Gun #7 - ???? (???)
01/2011: Sixth Gun #8 - 3,317 (???)

Volume one had first month sales of 1,468 copies this month. Sales on this seem fairly stable and seem to be dropping by around 100 copies a month.

244. 27 (Twenty Seven) (Image)
12/2010: 27 #1 - 4,239 [5,773]
01/2011: 27 #2 - 3,145 (-45.5%)

Four issue miniseries. Issue one showed up at 294 and sold another 1,534 copies. Those are reorders we wouldn’t normally see and help show how inaccurate some of the numbers on this chart can be.

255, 271. Fraggle Rock (Archaia) 
04/2010: Fraggle Rock #1 - 6,571
05/2010: Fraggle Rock #2 - 3,779 (-42.5%)
06/2010: Fraggle Rock #3 - ????
07/2010: -
08/2010: -
09/2010: -
10/2010: -
11/2010: -
12/2010: -
01/2011: Volume 2 #1 - 2,721
01/2011: Volume 2 #2 - 2,227 (-18.2%)

The previous miniseries was solicited as four issues, but the final issue doesn’t seem to have come out. There was a hardcover collection so maybe it was included in there. Similarly, volume two was supposed to be a three issue miniseries, with all three issues coming out in January, but I don’t know if issue three actually came out.

259. Sweets (Image) 
07/2010: Sweets #1 - 4,914
08/2010: Sweets #2 - 3,288 (-33.1%)
09/2010: -
10/2010: Sweets #3 - ???? (???)
11/2010: -
12/2010:-
01/2011: Sweets #4 - 2,602 (???)

Five issue crime miniseries set in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina.

265. George RR Martin’s Doorways (IDW) 
11/2010: Doorways #1 - 4,336
12/2010: Doorways #2 - ????
01/2010: Doorways #3 - 2,404

Four issue miniseries written by Martin.

266. Proof (Image) 
12/2010: Proof: Endangered #1 - ????
01/2011: Proof: Endangered #2 - 2,374

Five issue miniseries sequel to the previous series which lasted 28 issues. The last issue that charted is, I think, issue 18 which sold 2,587 copies in March 2009.

268. Edge of Doom (IDW) 
10/2010: Edge of Doom #1 - 4,162
11/2010: -
12/2010: Edge of Doom #2 - ???? (???)
01/2011: Edge of Doom #3 - 2,266 (???)

Five issue Steve Niles/Kelley Jones miniseries.

277, 281. Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered (Dynamite) 
08/2010: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #1 - 3,990
09/2010: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #2 - ????
10/2010: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #3- ????
11/2010: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #4- ????
12/2010: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #5- ????
01/2011: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #6 - 2,091
01/2011: Green Hornet Golden Age Remastered #7 - 1,965 (-6.0%)

This title has failed to make the charts since its first issue, no surprise really. There will be eight issues in total.

278. Echoes (Image)
12/2011: Echoes #1 - ????
01/2011: Echoes #2 - 2,082

The first issue was apparently reprinted. Five issue miniseries.

283. Steampunk Palin (Antarctic) 
01/2011: Steampunk Palin one shot - 1,907

I can’t believe this exists.

288. The Suicide Forest (IDW)
12/2010: The Suicide Forest #1 - ????
01/2011: The Suicide Forest #2 - 1,748

Four issue miniseries.

289. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword (Dark Horse) 
01/2011: Savage Sword #1 - 1,720

$7.99 quarterly anthology that mixes new content with reprints.

298. Archie (Archie) 
01/2006: Archie #563 - 2,520
01/2007: Archie #572 - 2,501
01/2008: -
01/2009: Archie #593 – 2,318
01/2010: Archie #605 - 24,803
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02/2010: Archie #606 - 15,127 (-39.0%)
03/2010: Archie #607 - 5,013 (-66.9%)
04/2010: Archie #608 - 5,224 (+4.2%)
05/2010: Archie #609 - 4,848 (-7.2%)
06/2010: Archie #610 - 5,180 (+6.8%)
07/2010: Archie #611 - 4,796 (-7.4%)
08/2010: Archie #612 - 4,530 (-5.5%)
09/2010: Archie #613 - ???? (???)
10/2010: Archie #614 - 4,072 (???)
11/2010: Archie #615 - 3,944 (-3.1%)
12/2010: Archie #616 - 10,885 [12,251] (+210.6%)
01/2011: -

No new issue this month, but last month’s issue, which featured Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, picks up reorders of 1,366, indicating that they still have some drawing power.

300. Lady Mechanika (Aspen) 
10/2010: Lady Mechankia #0 - 10,185
11/2010: -
12/2010: Lady Mechanika #1 - 20,034 [21,325] (+109.4%)
01/2011: -

Ditto, except reorders for issue one were 1,291 and no politicians appeared.

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Just a reminder, all numbers 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. These numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK. They are frequently low.

Matthew Murray reviews minicomics and zines every day at 365 Zines a Year.

Comments

  1. Snikt Snakt says:

    The Walking Dead monthly is “the little engine that could”, it continues to slowly increase in sales over time. I’m sure the tv show helped with that.

    Everything else though? Shudder…

  2. brandon says:

    Star Legacy War is a 5 issue mini series not a full on relaunch.

    As I understood it from interviews with the creators they had to lobby for the mini to close out the overall story. If anything the cancelation of the first volume was mandated by Lucasfilm and not the relauch, but I would be interested in understanding where you got your info from.

  3. Yeah, the sollicts on the original Fraggle Rock mini said four issues but the cover to issue 1 stated 1 of 3 so it is quite possible they changed their minds.

  4. Are all of these children’s comics, such as Fraggle Rock or Darkwing Duck available in places children actually frequent — i.e. not comic shops?

    If so, those numbers could really be irrelevant.

  5. Shaun M. says:

    253. GI Joe Origins (IDW)

    This one’s being replaced, not relaunched; the new series will be a Snake Eyes ongoing.

  6. The Walking Dead’s achievements are incredible. Is this the highest the series has ever charted? And it’s in the middle of a long arc (well, okay, it’s solicited as starting a new arc, but it’s actually in the middle of a longer one taking place in this new community).

    Although I enjoy the show, I can see its weaknesses, and the comic shares none of those weaknesses. I hope the comic never addresses them and stays its course, because I can see this series going for a very long time.

  7. After reading this check out February’s Indy comics sales lists
    http://www.renderwrx.net/comicindustrysales.htm

    It’s not presented in the same awesome descriptive manner as here, but it’s got all the important numbers that we are so interested in taking a look at!

  8. @brandon
    You could be right! It’s hard to keep track of all the different comics on this chart and I had assumed that the Star Wars books were switching to the “series of miniseries” format used by Hellboy, BPRD, and others.

    @Naveen Malli
    I know _some_ of the Disney books Boom has been putting out have been available at newstands, but I don’t know if they all are. I do know that all Boom titles are available from Haven Distributors, but I don’t know what sort of orders then do. I don’t know about Fraggle Rock.

    @Shaun
    Thanks!

    @Michael Aronson
    I believe this is the highest TWD has ever charted, but this was a weak month and the copies sold (which are the highest ever for first month sales!) are more important.

  9. PeterCSM says:

    I can’t believe there were so many orders for a Spawn anniversary issue when the very next issue just returns the book back to it’s previous level. So there’s an increase of 47,000 comics ordered because of anniversary numbers and variants? That’s hard to fathom. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such an extreme case of this before. Usually the immediate next issue retains SOME of the bump.

    And yeah Echoes #1 first appeared in the Top Cow first look book and then was reprinted as a $2.99 single comic. I know this because my shop threw in the book with the purchase of the comic. The second issue jumped the price up to $3.99 while the third issue returned things back to the previous price. Doesn’t seem like the promotion idea worked very well given the second issue only pulled in 2,000 orders.

  10. PeterCSM: Spawn #200 was kind of an unusual case, though…Todd McFarlane had been back writing and inking the book, but that issue was his first time pencilling a full issue (over Michael Golden layouts, no less!) since Spawn #50. Kind of a big deal for McFarlane fans.

    Then long comes #201, and it has a new writer, new artist, and no involvement (other than editorial oversight) from Todd whatsoever. I’m surprised that the book didn’t drop below pre-#200 levels, honestly.

    (Incidentally, I’ve been impressed by the post-#200 issues so far. Both of the creators, despite being inexperienced, are doing very solid work, and creating a comic that’s less like Spawn and more like the latter issues of Jae Lee’s Hellshock. I hadn’t read Spawn in years and came back for the McFarlane/Portacio arc, but the post-McFarlane stuff has impressed me enough that, at least for now, I’m sticking around.)

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