Indie Month-to-Month Sales June 2012

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201208061613 Indie Month to Month Sales June 2012

By Paul Mellerick
 

Walking Dead rules the top of the charts again, in preparation for next month’s centennial issue, while new entries for Mars Attacks and Harbinger sandwich the ever improving Saga. Elsewhere, Spawn celebrates its 20th anniversary by almost tripling its regular sales and Brian Wood’s The Massive launches encouragingly high, while a bunch of successful recent launches consolidate their figures. Lots of books dropping, further down the charts though.

 
 

135 indie books charted this month, up on last month’s 128. The bottom book sold 3,302, down on last month’s 4,477. They sold approximately 1,344,491, down on last month’s 1,392,594. Average sales are 9,959 per book, also down on last month’s 10,880. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

 

Out of the 135 books, only 29 went up in sales, far less than last month, and 87 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

 

Image are number one again this month of the indie publishers, with a 7.36% dollar share and a 6.45 market share, IDW with 6.22% dollar share and 4.16% market share, Dark Horse with a 4.51% dollar share and a 3.49% market share, Dynamite with a 2.82% dollar share and a 2.35% market share and Boom with 1.25% dollar share and 1.49% market share.

 

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

 

30, 274. The Walking Dead (Image)
 
06/2007: The Walking Dead #38 - 22,193
06/2008: -
06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910
06/2010: The Walking Dead #73 - 25,645
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187
 
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07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126 (-0.2%)
08/2011: The Walking Dead #88 - 31,839 (-0.9%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: The Walking Dead #89 - 31,351 (-1.5%)
10/2011: The Walking Dead #90 - 31,778 (+1.4%)
11/2011: The Walking Dead #91 - 31,813 (+0.1%)
12/2011: The Walking Dead #92 - 31,496 (-0.1%)
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 (+45.5%)
05/2012: The Walking Dead #98 - 49,974 (54,073)(+0.6%)
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 55,710 (+3.0%)

 
Another high-point, although it’ll fade somewhat compared to the hundreds of thousands of copies the next issue has sold at this point. The sixteenth collection sells an amazing 28,284 copies, only a few copies less than the monthly sells normally and most of the other collections chart as well. As usual.
 

44. Mars Attacks (IDW)
 
06/2012: Mars Attacks #1 - 43,514

 
59 covers, one for each of the original trading cards plus one or two more, have helped propel this to very good sales, although I’m sure that won’t be repeated next month.
 

47, 267. 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%)

 
Another good increase, and also a third appearance for the first issue, selling a further 4,484 copies. I can’t help feeling that Brian Azarello’s Spaceman would have sold significantly better if it had been released in the same way as this and Fatale.
 

72. Harbinger (Valiant)
 
06/2012: Harbinger #1 - 32,111

 
Valiant’s second new book launches around 10,000 copies less than X-O Manowar, but still with very good figures.
 

81, 219. Spawn (Image)
 
06/2007: Spawn #168 - 24,152
06/2008: Spawn #179 - 19,759
06/2009: Spawn #192 - 19,796
06/2010: -
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468
 
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07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Spawn #212 - 13,483 (-0.3%)
11/2011: Spawn #213 - 13,369 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Spawn #214 - 13,017 (-2.6%)
01/2012: Spawn #215 - 12,794 (-1.7%)
02/2012: Spawn #216 - 12,671 (-1.0%)
03/2012: Spawn #217 - 12,686 (+0.1%)
04/2012: Spawn #218 - 12,680 (0%)
05/2012: Spawn #219 - 12,804 (+1.0%)
06/2012: Spawn #220 - 30,136 (+135.4%)
06/2012: Spawn 20th Anniversary Coll Special #1 - 6,546

 
A massive boost for the 20th anniversary issue, with lots of variant covers. A special does about half the numbers of the regular series before this.
 

89. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)
 
06/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 - 102,430
06/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #15 - 80,464
06/2009: -
06/2010: -
06/2011: -
 
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09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
10/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 - 36,448 (-15.1%)
11/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #3 - 33,485 (-8.1%)
12/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 - 31,157 (-7.0%)
01/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 - 30,146 (-3.2%)
02/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 - 29,878 (-0.9%)
03/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7 - 29,908 (+0.1%)
04/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #8 - 28,830 (-3.6%)
05/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #9 - 28,229 (-2.1%)
06/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #10 - 27,867 (-1.3%)

 
Slow and gentle drift downwards.
 

101. Massive (Dark Horse)
 
06/2012: Massive #1 - 22,173

 
A good start for Brian Wood’s environmental thriller, and I’m hearing positive things about sales in store. I wouldn’t be surprised if sales go up a little over the next couple of issues.
 

105. 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%)

 
Shedding a few readers at the start of a new arc, but I would guess that’s people jumping over to trade as much as people dropping the series. This is a book that seems to work a little better in one chunk, but then you miss out on the great back-matter. The first trade charts with sales of 5,026.
 

108. X-O Manowar (Valiant)
 
05/2012: X-O Manowar #1 - 42,708
06/2012: X-O Manowar #2 - 21,261 (-50.2%)

 
A hefty drop, but even so, if it can hold around this level it will have done very well.
 

110. 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%)

 
Another little increase for the fan-favourite kid’s comic. I’m still talking to people who have never heard of the series, so I think it might well keep on increasing in sales for a while yet, as it starts to permeate the national consciousness.
 

114. Kiss (IDW)
 
06/2012: Kiss #1 - 20,518

 
Launching at around the same level as the Archie crossover was selling. That said, Kiss comics seem to work better when they’re done with their tongue in cheek, as the Archie ones were. This series is played dead straight, and that hasn’t always fared so well in the past.
 

116. 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%)

 
Another more than decent increase, taking it above the first issue sales.
 

118. 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%)

 
Starting to find its level, but Dynamite books can be notoriously unstable, and Garth Ennis is hopping off after the first arc.
 

119. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW)
 
08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803 (39,180)
09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%)
10/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #3 - 22,855 (+18.2%)
11/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #4 - 22,898 (+0.2%)
12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #5 - 19,689 (-14.0%)
01/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #6 - 18,773 (-4.7%)
02/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #7 - 18,769 (0%)
03/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #8 - 18,775 (0%)
04/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #9 - 19,116 (28,554)(+1.8%)
04/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Archie 100 Pg Spectacular - 4,163
05/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10 - 19,254 (+0.7%)
06/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #11 - 19,416 (+0.1%)

 
Still holding very steady at a much higher level than I would have predicted, and another slight increase.
 

120, 281. 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%)

 
An extremely small drop for the second issue, while the first issue charts again with a further 3,896.sold. Both issues have had multiple printings.
 

121. Star Wars Dawn of The Jedi (Dark Horse)
 
02/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Force Storm #0 - 17,260 (21,529)
02/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Force Storm #1 - 18,797 (22,197)(+8.9%)
03/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Force Storm #2 - 18,118 (-3.6%)
04/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Force Storm #3 - 19,166 (+5.8%)
05/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Force Storm #4 - 19,756 (+3.1%)
06/2012: Dawn O/T Jedi Force Storm #5 - 19,025 (-3.7%)

 

126. Star Wars Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead #1 - 25,344
05/2012: Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead #2 - 18,544 (-26.8%)
06/2012: Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead #3 - 17,813 (-3.9%)

 

131. Star Wars Darth Vader Ghost Prison (Dark Horse)
 
05/2012: Star Wars Darth Vader Ghost Prison #1 - 22,026
06/2012: Star Wars Darth Vader Ghost Prison #2 - 16,858 (-23.5%)

 

143. Star Wars Knight Errant (Dark Horse)
 
08/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #1 - 15,448
09/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #2 - 12,767 (-17.3%)
10/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #3 - 11,937 (-6.5%)
11/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #4 - 11,407 (-4.4%)
12/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #5 - 10,805 (-5.3%)
01-05/2012: -
06/2012: Star Wars Knight Errant Escape #1 - 15,449 (+43.0%)

 
Ghost Prison has an okay second issue drop, while Knight Errant returns at almost exactly the same level as the last series launched, one copy more.
 

124. 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%)

 
Another small increase for Jonathan Hickman’s new book. Amazing, considering it’s about scientists, and is essentially as mad as a bag of hammers.
 

125. Extermination (Boom!)
 
06/2012: Extermination #1 - 18,130

 
Simon Spurrier’s launches with a dollar comic and decent sales, which will not hold over till the next issue. That said, it’s a fun little book, featuring a Batman archetype forced to team-up with his nemesis after the apocalypse.
 

130. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)
 
06/2007: -
06/2008: After the Fall #8 - 47,888
06/2009: Angel #22 - 27,496
06/2010: Angel #34 - 17,467
 
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08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813
09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
10/2011: Angel & Faith #3 - 19,437 (-5.1%)
11/2011: Angel & Faith #4 - 18,855 (-2.9%)
12/2011: Angel & Faith #5 - 18,356 (-2.6%)
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%)

 
Holding fairly steady at the moment. The first collection charts at 15 with sales of 2,598.
 

132. The Boys (Dynamite)
 
06/2007: The Boys #8 - 30,639
06/2008: The Boys #19 - 27,576
06/2009: The Boys #31 - 25,460
06/2010: The Boys #43 - 21,390
06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330
 
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07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
10/2011: The Boys #59 - 17,533 (-0.7%)
11/2011: The Boys #60 - 17,323 (-1.2%)
12/2011: The Boys #61 - 17,024 (-1.7%)
01/2012: The Boys #62 - 16,700 (-1.9%)
02/2012: The Boys #63 - 16,629 (-0.4%)
03/2012: The Boys #64 - 16,479 (-0.9%)
04/2012: The Boys #65 - 16,371 (-0.7%)
05/2012: The Boys #66 - 16,514 (+0.9%)
06/2012: The Boys #67 - 16,567 (+0.3%)

 
Another 5 issues to go, as dreadful things happen to the rapidly shrinking cast.
 

139. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-series (IDW)
 
12/2011: TMNT Micro Series #1 Raphael - 18,687
12/2011: TMNT Micro Series #2 Michelangelo - 15,930 (-14.8%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: TMNT Micro Series #3 Donatello - 15,617 (-0.2%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: TMNT Micro Series #4 Leonardo - 16,253 (+0.4%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: TMNT Micro Series #5 Splinter - 15,769 (-0.3%)

 
I’ve finally split the micro-series off into their own listing, as it becomes apparent there’s no end to them in sight.
 

140. 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%)

 
A big drop for the new series, possibly because the new series is $4.99 for a 32 page issue that comes with an exclusive MTG card, as opposed to $3.99 for the last series.
 

144. Conan (Dark Horse)
 
06/2007: Conan #41 - 24,720
06/2008: -
06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041
06/2010: The Cimmerian #21 - 16,421
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523
 
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07/2011: -
08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
10/2011: The Road of Kings #9 - 11,546 (-0.6%)
11/2011: The Road of Kings #10 - 11,331 (-1.9%)
12/2011: The Road of Kings #11 - 10,958 (-3.2%)
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%)

 
Fairly stable now on James Harren’s second issue, with Becky Cloonan returning in a couple of issues time.
 

145. Secret (Image)
 
04/2012: Secret #1 - 17,829
06/2012: Secret #2 - 14,905 (-16.4%)

 
A not-too-bad second issue drop and I suspect it may be in for a small rise next month.
 

148. Invincible (Image)
 
06/2007: Invincible #42 - 15,955
06/2008: Invincible #50 - 16,731
06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226
06/2010: Invincible #72 - 15,689
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563
 
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07/2011: Invincible #81 - 15,207 (-2.3%)
08/2011: Invincible #82 - 15,105 (-0.7%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Invincible #83 - 15,249 (+0.9%)
11/2011: Invincible #84 - 15,067 (-1.2%)
11/2011: Invincible #85 - 14,678 (-2.6%)
12/2011: Invincible #86 - 14,457 (-1.5%)
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%)

 
Very, very solid, almost static this month.
 

152. Mind The Gap (Image)
 
05/2012: Mind The Gap #1 - 20,038
06/2012: Mind The Gap #2 - 14,218 (29.0%)

 
A slightly large drop, but this second issue suffered a printing problem that meant the book was recalled and reprinted. As a result there probably weren’t as many re-orders as there might have been.
 

156. Creator Owned Heroes (Image)
 
06/2012: Creator Owned Heroes #1 - 12,778

 
Steve Niles & the team of Palmiotti & Gray oversee a two-strip anthology with rotating stories. Okay launch figures for a book of this type.
 

160. Planetoid (Image)
 
06/2012: Planetoid #1 - 12,057

 
Ken Garing’s sci-fi book was originally a web-comic, and has been picked up by Image with fairly decent results for a book from an unknown creator.
 

163. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW)
 
01/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #1 - 12,234
02/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #2 - 11,655 (-4.7%)
03/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #3 - 11,939 (+2.4%)
04/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #4 - 11,896 (-0.4%)
05/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #5 - 11,506 (-3.3%)
06/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #6 - 11,443 (-0.5%)

 

164. Transformers More Than Meets The Eye (IDW)
 
01/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #1 - 15,340
02/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #2 - 11,671 (-24.0%)
03/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #3 - 12,064 (+3.4%)
04/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #4 - 12,053 (0%)
05/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #5 - 11,602 (-3.7%)
06/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #6 - 11,263 (-2.9%)

 
Robots in Disguise holds up better than More Than Meets The Eye this month, but sales are very close.
 

165. Chew (Image)
 
06/2010: Chew #11 - 13,204
05/2011: Chew #27 - 12,561
06/2011: -
 
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07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Chew #20 - 12,202 (-2.4%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Chew #21 - 12,310 (+0.9%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Chew #22 - 12,296 (-0.01%)
01/2012: Chew #23 - 12,012 (-2.3%)
02/2012: Chew #24 - 11,861 (-1.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Chew #25 - 11,753 (-0.9%)
05/2012: Chew #26 - 12,187 (+3.7%)
06/2012: Chew #27 2nd Helping Ed - 11,262

 
As it says, the second printing of issue 27, which was released last year (and is included above so you can compare). It sells almost as much as a regular issue, making it the best-selling single issue so far.
 

166, 170. BPRD (Dark Horse)
 
06/2007: Garden of Souls #4 - 15,858
06/2008: War on Frogs #1 - 16,799
06/2009: War on Frogs #3 (of 4) - 13,828
06/2010: -
06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418
 
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07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
10/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #2 - 11,093 (-4.6%)
11/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #3 - 10,800 (-2.6%)
12/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #4 - 10,517 (-2.6%)
01/2012: Hell on Earth: Russia #5 - 10,244 (-2.6%)
02/2012: Hell on Earth: Long Death #1 - 12,258 (+19.7%)
03/2012: Hell on Earth: Long Death #2 - 10,581 (-13.7%)
04/2012: Hell on Earth: Long Death #3 - 10,690 (+1.0%)
03/2012: Hell on Earth: Pickens County Horror #1 - 12,420 (+17.4%)
04/2012: Hell on Earth: Pickens County Horror #2 - 10,477 (-15.6%)
05/2012: Hell on Earth: 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%)
06/2012: Hell on Earth Exorcism #1 - 11,212 (+4.1%)

 
BPRD behaves much as it does every other month.
 

167. Prophecy (Dynamite)
 
05/2012: Prophecy #1 - 11,124

 
Dynamite pops a load of their licensed characters into one book and it does okay, with a second printing.
 

168. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)
 
09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943
10/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #2 - 13,198 (-17.2%)
11/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #3 - 13,296 (+0.7%)
12/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #4 - 12,746 (-4.1%)
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%)

 
Relatively stable this month.
 

169. Hypernaturals (Boom!)
 
06/2012: Hypernaturals #1 - 10,854

 
Launching off the back of a FCBD issue 0, this hasn’t done as well as I’d think, considering it’s Abnett & Lanning doing pretty much what they were doing for Marvel’s cosmic books. That said, there has been a second print, so this may yet go up in sales.
 

173. Popeye (IDW)
 
04/2012: Popeye #1 - 12,250
05/2012: -
06/2012: Popeye #2 - 9,983 (-18.5%)

 
An average second-issue drop. The excellent self-publisher Tom Neely, of The Blot fame is contributing to this book.
 

175, 179. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)
 
06/2011: Crossed Psychopath #3 - 9,655
 
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07/2011: Crossed Psychopath #4 - 9,897 (+2.5%
08-10/2011: -
11/2011: Crossed Psychopath #5 - 9,524 (-3.8%)
12/2011: Crossed Psychopath #6 - 8,331 (-12.5%)
12/2011: Crossed Badlands Opening Salvo - 3,287
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%)

 
There’s no real reason why the sales should be going up and down like this, but it’s fairly stable overall. It’s a very difficult series to write, too easy to go for revolting over horrifying. Garth Ennis, and Simon Spurrier on the web-comic, Wish You Were Here, seem to be the only ones who have nailed it so far.
 

176. Godzilla(IDW)
 
06/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 - 7,570 [14,890]
 
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07/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #5 - 13,750 (-7.7%)
08/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 - 12,524 (-8.9%)
09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141 (-12.4%)
10/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #8 - 10,637 (-4.5%)
11/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #9 - 9,879 (-7.1%)
12/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #10 - 9,294 (-5.9%)
01/2012: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #11 - 8,676 (-6.6%)
02/2012: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #12 - 8,509 (-1.9%)
03-04/2012: -
05/2012: Godzilla #1 - 11,994 (+41.0%)
06/2012: Godzilla #2 - 9,753 (-18.7%)

 
Standard second-issue drop.
 

177. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 
 
08/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #1 - 10,797 (+18.1%)
09/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #2 - 8,988 (-16.8%)
10/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #3 - 8,716 (-3.0%)
11/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #4 - 8,567 (-1.7%)
12/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #5 - 8,105 (-5.4%)
01-05/2012: -
06/2012: Baltimore Dr Leskovars Remedy #1 - 9,671 (+19.3%)

 
A boost for the beginning of this two-issue story, but below the launch of the last series.
 

178. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)
 
06/2011: Warlord of Mars #7 - 14,038
 
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07/2011: Warlord of Mars #8 - 13,872 (-1.2%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #9 - 13,565 (-2.2%)
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Warlord of Mars #11 - 12,491 (-3.9%)
11/2011: Warlord of Mars #12 - 12,036 (-4.8%)
12/2011: Warlord of Mars #13 - 11,896 (-1.2%)
12/2011: Warlord of Mars #14 - 11,210 (-5.8%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Warlord of Mars #15 - 10,827 (-3.4%)
02/2012: Warlord of Mars Annual #1 - 7,492 (-30.8%)
03/2012: Warlord of Mars #16 - 10,309 (-4.8%)
04/2012: Warlord of Mars #17 - 9,734 (-5.6%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: Warlord of Mars #18 - 9,589 (-1.5%)

 
The smallest drop for a few months, Dynamite will be hoping that it levels fairly soon.
 

182. Vampirella (Dynamite)
 
06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645
 
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07/2011: Vampirella #8 - 13,019 (-4.6%)
08/2011: Vampirella #9 - 12,459 (-4.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Vampirella #10 - 11,581 (-7.0%)
10/2011: Vampirella #11 - 10,644 (-8.1%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Vampirella #12 - 10,726 (+1.0%)
12/2011: Vampirella Annual #1 - 6,835 (-36.3%)
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%)

 
A nice little increase for no apparent reason that I can see.
 

184. True Blood (IDW)
 
06/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #5 - 5,607 [15,437]
 
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07/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #6 - 11,709 (-24.1%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: True Blood French Quarter #1 - 12,277 (+4.9%)
09/2011: True Blood French Quarter #2 - 10,605 (-13.6%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: True Blood French Quarter #3 - 10,118 (-4.6%)
12/2011: True Blood French Quarter #4 - 9,637 (-4.8%)
01/2012: True Blood French Quarter #5 - 9,260 (-3.9%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: True Blood French Quarter #6 - 8,909 (-3.8%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: True Blood Ongoing #1 - 10,615 (+19.1%)
06/2012: True Blood Ongoing #2 - 8,943 (-15.8%)

 
An average drop, taking it down to where the last series left off, sales-wise.
 

185. Morning Glories (Image) 
 
06/2011: Morning Glories #10 - 11,385 (+3.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Morning Glories #11 - 10,653 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Morning Glories #12 - 10,537 (-1.1%)
10/2011: Morning Glories #13 - 10,094 (-4.2%)
11/2011: Morning Glories #14 - 9,850 (-2.4%)
12/2011: -
01/2012: Morning Glories #15 - 9,565 (-2.9%)
02/2012: Morning Glories #16 - 9,260 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Morning Glories #17 - 8,978 (-3.0%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Morning Glories #18 - 8,953 (-0.3%)
06/2012: Morning Glories #19 - 8,931 (-0.2%)

 
Very stable at the moment.
 

 186. GI Joe (IDW)
 
06/2007: America's Elite #24 (Devil's Due) - 15,073
06/2008: -
06/2009: GI Joe #6 - 20,809
06/2010: GI Joe #19 - 12,849
06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640
 
====
 
07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
10/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #6 - 10,241 (-1.5%)
11/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #7 - 9,686 (-5.4%)
12/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #8 - 10,059 (+3.9%)
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%)

 

188. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)
 
06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118
 
====
 
07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
10/2011: Real American Hero #171 - 9,686 (+1.5%)
11/2011: Real American Hero #172 - 9,316 (-3.8%)
12/2011: Real American Hero #173 - 8,632 (-7.3%)
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%)

 
Real American Hero is pretty stable, but the main book takes a bit of a tumble this month.
 

187. 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%)

 
This Tarzan book in all but name seems to be starting to level out.
 

190. Witchblade (Image)
 
06/2011: Witchblade #145 - 8,996
 
====
 
07/2011: Witchblade #146 - 8,765 (-2.6%)
08/2011: Witchblade #147 - 8,487 (-3.2%)
09/2011: Witchblade #148 - 8,461 (-0.3%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Witchblade #149 - 8,391 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Witchblade #150 - 14,266 (+70.0%)
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%)

 
A small drop, but generally pretty stable at the moment.
 

191. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics(IDW)
 
05/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #1 - 10,732
06/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #2 - 8,713 (-18.8%)

 
Standard second-issue drop.
 

192. The Spider (Dynamite)
 
05/2012: The Spider #1 - 12,547
06/2012: The Spider #2 - 8,680 (-30.8%)

 
Quite a big second-issue drop, but this was always going to be a bit of a tough sell.
 

193. Fanboys vs Zombies (Boom!)
 
04/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #1 - 25,935
05/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #2 - 8,534 (-65.5%)
06/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #3 - 8,942 (+4.8%)

 
Looks like this was a bit more popular than retailers expected, increasing in sales by a nice little chunk.
 

194. Pantha (Dynamite)
 
06/2012: Pantha #1 - 8,341

 
Vampirella spin-off, launches with alright, if not spectacular, figures.
 

195. Epic Kill (Image)
 
05/2012: Epic Kill #1 - 13,784
06/2012: Epic Kill #2 - 8,255 (-40.1%)

 
A large drop, which possibly reflects that while this book is quite pretty, it’s also a little bit generic.
 

196. Ghostbusters Ongoing (IDW)
 
09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716
10/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #2 - 9,514 (-43.1%)
11/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #3 - 9,268 (-2.6%)
12/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #4 - 9,558 (+3.1%)
01/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #5 - 8,878 (-7.1%)
02/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #6 - 8,513 (-4.1%)
03/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #7 - 8,248 (-3.1%)
04/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #8 - 8,297 (+0.6%)
05/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #9 - 9,133 (+10.1%)
06/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #10 - 8,207 (-10.1%)

 
Losing all of the gains it made last month.
 

197. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (IDW)
 
06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246
 
====
 
07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)
092011: -
10/2011: Snake Eyes #6 - 9,073 (-0.7%)
11/2011: Snake Eyes #7 - 8,692 (-4.2%)
12/2011: Snake Eyes #8 - 8,446 (-2.8%)
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%)

 

201. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)
 
06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
10/2011: Cobra #6 - 8,927 (-1.6%)
11/2011: Cobra #7 - 7,177 (-19.6%)
12/2011: Cobra #8 - 8,381 (+16.8%)
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%)

 
Both of the GI Joe spin-offs lose sales this month.
 

198. Dejah Thoris & The White Apes of Mars (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Dejah Thoris & White Apes Of Mars #1 - 9,944
05/2012: Dejah Thoris & White Apes Of Mars #2 - 8,649 (-13.0%)
06/2012: Dejah Thoris & White Apes Of Mars #3 - 8,072 (-6.7%)

 

199. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)
 
06/2011: Spongebob Comics #3 - 8,514
 
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07/2011: -
08/2011: Spongebob Comics #4 - 7,889 (-7.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Spongebob Comics #5 - 7,874 (-0.2%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Spongebob Comics #6 - 7,334 (-6.9%)
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%)

 
Another small increase, for the third month in a row.
 

205. Garfield (Boom!)
 
05/2012: Garfield #1 - 10,057
06/2012: Garfield #2 - 7,452 (-25.9%)

 
A slightly steep drop off this month.
 

206. Lady Death (Avatar)
 
06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563
 
====
 
07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)
10/2011: Lady Death #10 - 7,997 (+26.3%)
11/2011: Lady Death #11 - 7,596 (-5.0%)
12/2011: Lady Death #12 - 7,288 (-4.1%)
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%)

 
A small drop, but it’s reasonable stable overall.
 

208. Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms(IDW)
 
 
06/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #8 - 9,226
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #9 - 8,987 (-2.6%)
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #10 - 8,545 (-4.9%)
09/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #11 - 8,441 (-1.2%)
10/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #12 - 8,274 (-2.0%)
11/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #13 - 7,902 (-4.5%)
12/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #14 - 7,585 (-4.0%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Dungeons and Dragons #15 - 7,540 (-0.6%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Dungeons & Dragons Eberron Annual 2012 #1 - 5,452
05/2012: Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms #1 - 9,005 (+19.4%)
06/2012: Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms #2 - 7,225 (-19.8%)

 
Losing all of the gain it made last month, and the slow deterioration continues.
 

209. Sonic Universe (Archie) 
 
06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917
 
====
 
07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)
10/2011: Sonic Universe #33 - 7,244 (+3.1%)
11/2011: Sonic Universe #34 - 7,117 (-1.8%)
12/2011: Sonic Universe #35 - 6,912 (-2.9%)
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%)

 
Another small increase, making this the second best-selling issue of the past year.
 

211. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
 
06/2011: Dark Horse Presents #2 - 11,315
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dark Horse Presents #3 - 8,931 (-21.1%)
09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366 (-6.3%)
10/2011: Dark Horse Presents #5 - 7,539 (-9.9%)
11/2011: Dark Horse Presents #6 - 7,017 (-6.9%)
12/2011: Dark Horse Presents #7 - 7,849 (+11.9%)
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%)

 
Dropping a little, but it’s been very stable over the last six or seven months.
 

212, 257. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)
 
06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
 
====
 
07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)
10/2011: Simpsons Comics #183 - 6,893 (+1.2%)
11/2011: Simpsons Comics #184 - 6,853 (-0.6%)
12/2011: Simpsons Comics #185 - 6,796 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Simpsons Super Spectacular #14 - 4,481
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%)

 
Increases on both titles.
 

213, 231, 232. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)
 
06/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #60 - 8,143
 
====
 
07/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #61 - 7,777 (-4.5%)
08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #62 - 6,452 (-17%)
08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 - 8,086 (+25.3%)
09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 - 8,183 (+1.2%)
10/2011: GFT Halloween Special 2011 - 6,428 (-21.4%)
11/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #65 - 6,389 (-0.6%)
12/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #66 - 7,366 (+15.3%)
12/2011: Giant-Size Gft 2011 Holiday Ed - 5,592 (-24.1%)
12/2011: GFT Sinbad Special - 3,978
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%)
04/2012: GFT April Fools Special 2012 - 4,920
05/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #73 - 6,757 (+2.5%)
05/2012: GFT Oversized Cosplay Special - 5,516
06/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #74 - 6,988 (+3.4%)
06/2012: GFT Angel One-Shot - 6,158
06/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales Annual 2012 - 6,136

 
The monthly gets an increase for the second month, while the Angel one-shot and the Annual come in not too far behind.
 

214. Higher Earth (Boom!)
 
05/2012: Higher Earth #1 - 18,775
06/2012: Higher Earth #2 - 6,964 (-62.9%)

 
A hefty drop from the first issue, but that was a dollar-book.
 

217. Hell Yeah (Image)
 
03/2012: Hell Yeah #1 - 10,908
04/2012: Hell Yeah #2 - 8,161 (-25.2%)
05/2012: Hell Yeah #3 - 7,504 (-8.0%)
06/2012: Hell Yeah #4 - 6,749 (-10.1%)

 
Ouch, the drops are accelerating on this book.
 

218. Fatima The Blood Spinners (Dark Horse)
 
06/2012: Fatima The Blood Spinners #1 - 6,690

 
Gilbert Hernandez’ new horror book, from his chosen genre publisher.
 

220. Flash Gordon Zeitgeist (Dynamite) 
 
11/2011: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 - 18,288
01/2012: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 - 8,611 (-52.9%)
02/2012: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #3 - 7,203 (-16.4%)
03/2012: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #4 - 6,934 (-3.7%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: -
06/2012: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #5 - 6,545 (-5.6%)

 
Still not really stabilizing, as it joins the rest of Dynamite’s rather tardy schedule.
 

221. Idolized (Aspen)
 
06/2012: Idolized #0 - 6,523

 
Aspen’s riff on the super-hero talent show launches with reasonable numbers by their standards.
 

222. Red Sonja Witchblade (Dynamite)
 
02/2012: Red Sonja Witchblade #1 - 8,336
03/2012: -
04/2012: Red Sonja Witchblade #2 - 7,306 (-12.4%)
05/2012: Red Sonja Witchblade #3 - 6,896 (-5.6%)
06/2012: Red Sonja Witchblade #4 - 6,514 (-5.5%)

 
Still dropping, but only one more issue to go.
 

223. Artifacts (Image)
 
06/2011: Artifacts #8 - 10,343
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: Artifacts #9 - 10,942 (+5.7%)
09/2011: Artifacts #10 - 9,215 (-15.8%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Artifacts #11 - 9,445 (+2.5%)
12/2011: Artifacts #12 - 9,142 (-3.2%)
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%)

 
After looking like it was approaching stability last month, it drops another 400 or so copies this month.
 

224. Hack Slash (Image)
 
06/2011: Hack Slash #5 - 8,666
 
====
 
07/2011: Hack Slash #6 - 8,201 (-5.4%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Hack Slash #7 - 7,967 (-2.9%)
09/2011: Hack Slash #8 - 7,737 (-2.9%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Hack Slash #9 - 7,907 (+2.2%)
12/2011: Hack Slash #10 - 7,033 (-11.0%)
12/2011: Hack Slash #11 - 6,974 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Hack Slash Annual 2011 - 6,637 (-4.8%)
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%)

 
A little increase and pretty stable over the last few months.
 

226. Trio (IDW)
 
05/2012: Trio #1 - 9,353
06/2012: Trio #2 - 6,289 (-32.8%)

 
Not a great second-issue drop, sadly.
 

227. 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%)

 
Pretty solid at the moment, this is still a bit of a cult book, but the upcoming collection should help matters somewhat.
 

228. Incorruptible (Boom)
 
06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804
 
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07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)
09/2011: Incorruptible #22 - 6,669 (-4.9%)
10/2011: Incorruptible #23 - 6,466 (-3.0%)
11/2011: Incorruptible #24 - 6,406 (-0.9%)
12/2011: Incorruptible #25 - 7,099 (+10.8%)
01/2012: Incorruptible #26 - 6,464 (-8.9%)
02/2012: Incorruptible #27 - 6,197 (-4.1%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Incorruptible #28 - 5,562 (-10.2%)
05/2012: Incorruptible #29 - 6,400 (+15.1%)
06/2012: Incorruptible #30 - 6,217 (-2.9%)

 
Final issue.
 

229. Warriors of Mars (Dynamite)
 
02/2012: Warriors of Mars #1 - 8,550
03/2012: Warriors of Mars #2 - 7,208 (-15.7%)
04-05/2012: -
06/2012: Warriors of Mars #3 - 6,179 (-14.3%)

 
Ooh, that’s quite bad for a third-issue drop, over a thousand copies less than last issue.
 

230. Ragemoor (Dark Horse)
 
03/2012: Ragemoor #1 - 7,971
04/2012: Ragemoor #2 - 6,415 (-19.5%)
05/2012: Ragemoor #3 - 6,167 (-3.9%)
06/2012: Ragemoor #4 - 6,163 (0%)

 
Wow, that’s flattened right out this month.
 

233. Lady Death Origins Cursed (Avatar)
 
04/2012: Lady Death Origins Cursed #1 - 6,965
05/2012: Lady Death Origins Cursed #2 - 5,884 (-15.5%)
06/2012: Lady Death Origins Cursed #3 - 6,130 (+4.2%)

 
A decent increase.
 

235. Stitched (Avatar)
 
10/2011: Stitched #1 - 10,949
11/2011: -
12/2011: Stitched #2 - 8,829 (-19.4%)
01-02:2012: -
02/2012: Stitched #3 - 7,069 (-19.9%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Stitched #4 - 6,386 (-9.7%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: Stitched #5 - 6,068 (-5.0%)

 
Maybe starting to find its level.
 

236. The Strain (Dark Horse)
 
12/2012: The Strain #1 - 16,023
01/2012: The Strain #2 - 7,650 (-52.3%)
02/2012: The Strain #3 - 7,384 (-3.5%)
03/2012: The Strain #4 - 6,767 (-8.4%)
04-05/2012:
06/2012: The Strain #5 - 6,054 (-10.5%)

 
This, on the other hand, is nowhere near settling.
 

238. Dancer (Image)
 
05/2012: Dancer #1 - 8,727
06/2012: Dancer #2 - 5,968( -31.6%)

 
On the large side for a second-issue drop, but the first issue has been reprinted, so this may go back up next month.
 

239. Mega Man (Archie)
 
06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713
 
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07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%)
10/2011: Mega Man #6 - 7,474 (-14.5%)
11/2011: Mega Man #7 - 7,500 (+0.3%)
12/2011: Mega Man #8 - 7,092 (-5.4%)
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%)

 
This seems to have gone into a cycle of increasing one month, dropping the next.
 

240. 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%)

 
Sort of stable-ish.
 

241. Darkness (Image)
 
06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207
 
====
 
07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)
10/2011: Darkness #94 - 5,632 (-3.8%)
11/2011: Darkness #95 - 5,500 (-2.3%)
12/2011: Darkness #96 - 5,939 (+8.0%)
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%)

 
Other than the increase for issue 100, this has been relatively stable over the last 12 months.
 

242. Fathom (Aspen)
 
06/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #0 - 8,317 (-2.2%)
 
====
 
07/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #1 - 9,289 (+11.7%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #2 - 7,579 (-18.4%)
10-11/2011: -
12/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #3 - 6,816 (-10.1%)
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%)

 
Still dropping sales at a faster rate than it should be.
 

244. Vampirella vs Dracula (Dynamite)
 
01/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 - 8,710
02/2012: -
03/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #2 - 6,747 (-22.5%)
04/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #3 - 6,124 (-9.2%)
05/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #4 - 5,962 (-2.6%)
06/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #5 - 5,732 (-3.9%)

 

245. Voltron (Dynamite)
 
12/2011: Voltron #1 - 15,001
01/2012: Voltron #2 - 8,990 (-40.1%)
02/2012: Voltron #3 - 7,977 (-11.3%)
03/2012: Voltron #4 - 6,917 (-13.3%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Voltron #5 - 6,337 (-8.4%)
06/2012: Voltron #6 - 5,721 (-9.7%)

 
Dropping like a rock.
 

247. Next Men Aftermath (IDW)
 
06/2011: Next Men #7 - 8,090
 
====
 
07/2011: Next Men #8 - 7,817 (-3.4%)
08/2011: Next Men #9 - 7,651 (-2.1%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Cold War #1 - 7,934
11/2011: Cold War #2 - 5,881 (-25.9%)
12/2011: Cold War #3 - 4,708 (-20.0%)
01/2012: Cold War #4 - 4,262 (-9.5%)
02/2012: Next Men Aftermath #40 - 6,415 (-16.2%)
03/2012: Next Men Aftermath #41 - 6,016 (-6.2%)
04/2012: Next Men Aftermath #42 - 5,750 (-4.4%)
05/2012: Next Men Aftermath #43 - 5,655 (-1.7%)
06/2012: Next Men Aftermath #44 - 5,629 (-0.5%)

 
The last issue of John Byrne’s opus holds fairly steady.
 

248. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)
 
06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589
 
====
 
07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (+0.2%)
10/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #64 - 5,451 (-0.4%)
11/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #65 - 5,402 (-0.9%)
12/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #66 - 5,303 (-1.8%)
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%)

 
Another increase, for the third month running, brings the book back to roundabout where it was at the beginning of the year.
 

249. Supreme (Image)
04/2012: Supreme #63 - 14,062
05/2012: Supreme #64 - 6,353 (-54.8%)
06/2012: Supreme #65 - 5,539 (-12.8%)

 
Sort of starting to stabilize.
 

250. Grim Leaper (Image)
 
05/2012: Grim Leaper #1 - 7,779
06/2012: Grim Leaper #2 - 5,212 (-16.7%)

 
Not a bad second-issue drop for this well-reviewed book.
 

253. Planet of the Apes (Boom!)
 
06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804
 
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07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%)
10/2011: Planet of the Apes #7 - 6,889 (0.0%)
11/2011: Planet of the Apes #8 - 6,607 (-4.1%)
12/2011: Planet of the Apes #9 - 6,110 (-7.5%)
01/2012: Planet of the Apes #10 - 5,710 (-6.5%)
02/2012: Planet of the Apes #11 - 5,580 (-2.3%)
03/2012: Planet of the Apes #12 - 5,237 (-6.1%)
04/2012: Planet of the Apes #13 - 5,343 (+2.0%)
05/2012: Planet of the Apes #14 - 5,058 (-5.3%)
06/2012: Planet of the Apes #15 - 5,034 (-0.5%)

 
Penultimate issue, then re-launching in a mini-series.
 

254. Kirby Genesis Captain Victory (Dynamite)
 
11/2011: Captain Victory #1 - 10,438
12/2011: Captain Victory #2 - 8,095 (-22.4%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Captain Victory #3 - 7,244 (-10.5%)
03/2012: Captain Victory #4 - 5,998 (-17.2%)
04-05/2012: -
06/2012: Captain Victory #5 - 5,015 (-16.4%)

 
This has dropped over half of its audience in five issues.
 

256, 260. Soulfire Hope(Aspen)
 
06/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #1 - 7,048
 
====
 
07/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #2 - 6,141 (-12.9%)
08/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #3 - 5,895 (-4.0%)
09/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #4 - 5,029 (-14.7%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #5 - 5,059 (+0.6%)
12/2011: -
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

 
Two new series, Hope and Despair are launching this month and next, not with great figures though.
 

259. Merciless Rise Of Ming (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Merciless Rise Of Ming #1 - 5,878
05/2012: -
06/2012: Merciless Rise Of Ming #2 - 4,692 (-20.2%)

 
An okay second-issue drop by Dynamite standards.
 

261. Resident Alien (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Resident Alien #0 - 4,788
05/2012: Resident Alien #1 - 5,705 (+19.2)
06/2012: Resident Alien #2 - 4,595 (-19.5) 

 
Drops back down to a little below issue zero.
 

262. Savage Dragon (Image)
 
06/2011: Savage Dragon #171 - 4,888
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: Savage Dragon #172 - 4,717 (-3.5%)
08/2011: Savage Dragon #173 - 4,712 (-0.1%)
09/2011:
10/2011: Savage Dragon #174 - ???? (???)
11/2011: Savage Dragon #175 - 4,986 (???)
11/2011: Savage Dragon #176 - 4,583 (-8.1%)
12/2011: Savage Dragon #177 - 4,923 (+7.4%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Savage Dragon #178 - 4,684 (-4.9%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Savage Dragon #179 - 4,614 (-1.5%)
06/2012: Savage Dragon #180 - 4,595 (-0.4%)

 
Generally pretty stable.
 

263. Super Dinosaur (Image)
 
06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%)
10/2011: - Super Dinosaur #5 - 7,380 (-11.1%)
11/2011: - Super Dinosaur #6 - 6,299 (-14.6%)
12/2011: -
01/2012: - Super Dinosaur #7 - 5,518 (-12.4%)
02/2012: - Super Dinosaur #8 - 5,257 (-4.7%)
03/2012: - Super Dinosaur #9 - 4,863 (-7.5%)
04/2012: - Super Dinosaur #10 - 4,751 (-2.3%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: - Super Dinosaur #11 - 4,592 (-3.3%)

 
Still not as stable as a Robert Kirkman book should be after a year.
 

264, 282. Atomic Robo (Red 5)
 
06/2011: -
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Ghost of Station X #1 - 4,456 (+21.5%)
10/2011: Ghost of Station X #2 - ???? (???)
11/2011: Ghost of Station X #3 - ???? (???)
12/2011: Ghost of Station X #4 - 3,821 (???)
01/2012: Ghost of Station X #5 - ???? (???)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Real Science Adventures #1 - 4,899 (???)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Real Science Adventures #2 - ???? (???)
06/2012: Real Science Adventures #3 - 3,837 (???)
06/2012: Atomic Robo Flying She Devils O/T Pacific #1 - 4,564 (???)

 
Atomic Robo doesn’t often chart, but it seems to be staying around the same sales level overall.
 

265. Archie (Archie)
 
06/2011: Archie #622 - ????
 
====
 
07/2011: Archie #623 - 3,669 (???)
08/2011: Archie #624 - ???? (???)
09/2011: Archie #625 - 3,452 (???)
10/2011: Archie #626 - ???? (???)
11/2011: Archie #627 - 17,387 (3,911)(???)
12/2011: Archie #628 - 17,286 (-0.6%)
01/2012: Archie #629 - 15,906 (-8.0%)
02/2012: Archie #630 - 15,838 (-0.4%)
03/2012: Archie #631 - 4,614 (-70.9%)
04/2012: Archie #632 - 4,765 (+3.3%)
05/2012: Archie #633 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Archie #634 - 4,552 (???%)

 
The Kiss crossover seems to have left an extra thousand or so sales through the direct-market.
 

268. Alabaster Wolves (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Alabaster Wolves #1 - 6,344
05/2012: Alabaster Wolves #2 - 4,817 (-24.1%)
06/2012: Alabaster Wolves #3 - 4,479 (-7.0%)

 
Settling down at a not brilliant sales-level, only one issue to go though.
 

269. Whispers (Image)
 
01/2012: Whispers #1 - 8,013
02-03/2012: -
04/2012: Whispers #2 - 5,255 (-34.4%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: Whispers #3 - 4,479 (-14.8%)

 
Still a little way off from finding its level, it would seem.
 

271. Dan the Unharmable (Avatar)
 
05/2012: Dan The Unharmable #1 - 5,333
06/2012: Dan The Unharmable #2 - 4,252 (-20.3%)

 
An average second-issue drop, but below where I hoped it would be, as it’s very good indeed.
 

272. Voltron Year One(Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Voltron Year One #1 - 6,014
05/2012: Voltron Year One #2 - 4,828 (-19.7%)
06/2012: Voltron Year One #3 - 4,154 (-14.0%)

 
No sign of stability yet.
 

273. Steed And Mrs Peel (Boom!)
 
01/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #1 - 6,937
02/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #2 - 4,945 (-28.7%)
03/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #3 - 4,921 (-0.5%)
04/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #4 - 4,723 (-4.0%)
05/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #5 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #6 - 4,122 (???%)

 
Not too bad for a reprint series, you would think that the new series written by Mark Waid will do substantially better.
 

275. Glory (Image)
 
02/2012: Glory #23 - 8,067
03/2012: Glory #24 - 5,004 (-38.0%)
04/2012: Glory #25 - 4,677 (-6.5%)
05/2012: Glory #26 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Glory #27 - 3,977 (???%)

 
Maybe starting to stabilize, but well below what it should be selling. It’s a great book too.
 

279. Supurbia (Boom!)
 
03/2012: Supurbia #1 - 4,626
04/2012: Supurbia #2 - ???? (???%)
05/2012: Supurbia #3 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Supurbia #4 - 3,920 (???%)

 
The last two issues didn’t chart, but overall not much slippage between the first and last issues. An ongoing is on its way.
 

280. Zorro Rides Again (Dynamite)
 
06/2011: Death of Zorro #4 - 6,634
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: Zorro Rides Again #1 - 6,569 (-1.0%)
08/2011: Zorro Rides Again #2 - 5,740 (-12.6%)
09/2011: Zorro Rides Again #3 - 5,274 (-8.1%)
10/2011: Zorro Rides Again #4 - ???? (???)
11/2011: Zorro Rides Again #5 - ???? (???)
12/2011: Zorro Rides Again #6 - 3,908 (???)
01/2012: Zorro Rides Again #7 - 3,907 (0%)
02/2012: Zorro Rides Again #8 - ???? (???)
03/2012: Zorro Rides Again #9 - 3,743 (???)
04-05/2012: -
06/2012: Zorro Rides Again #10 - 3,898 (+4.1%)

 
Dificult to tell as it misses the chart as often as it doesn’t, but it seems to have been relatively stable over the last few months.
 

284. Kirby Genesis Silver Star (Dynamite)
 
11/2011: Kirby Genesis Silver Star #1 - 9,400
12/2011: Kirby Genesis Silver Star #2 - 7,169 (-23.7%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Kirby Genesis Silver Star #3 - 5,822 (-18.8%)
03/2012: Kirby Genesis Silver Star #4 - 4,891 (-16.0%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Kirby Genesis Silver Star #5 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Kirby Genesis Silver Star #6 - 3,808 (???%)

 
Doing really badly. Can’t see much life left in this.
 

286. Kevin Keller (Archie)
 
06/2011: Veronica #207 (Veronica presents Kevin Keller #1) - 5,913 (???)
 
====
 
07/2011: -
08/2011: Veronica #208 (Veronica presents Kevin Keller #2) - 5,981 (+1.1%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Veronica #209 (Veronica presents Kevin Keller #3) - ???? (???)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Veronica #210 (Veronica presents Kevin Keller #4) - 4,228 (???)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Kevin Keller #1 - 5,991 (+41.7%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Kevin Keller #2 - 3,990 (-33.4%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: Kevin Keller #3 - 3,759 (-5.8%)

 
Starting to find its level in the direct market.
 

287. Rebel Blood (Image)
 
03/2012: Rebel Blood #1 - 6,533
04/2012: Rebel Blood #2 - 4,650 (-28.8%)
05/2012: Rebel Blood #3 - ???? (???%)
06/2012: Rebel Blood #4 - 3,753 (???%)

 
Not a big success.
 

288. 30 Days of Night (IDW)
 
06/2011: Night Again #2 - 7,055
 
====
 
07/2011: Night Again #3 - 5,730 (-18.8%)
08/2011: Night Again #4 - 5,157 (-10.0%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #1 - 8,326 (+61.5%)
11/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #2 - 6,429 (-22.8%)
12/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #3 - 5,092 (-20.8%)
01/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #4 - 4,662 (-8.4%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #5 - 4,319 (-7.4%)
04/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #6 - 4,085 (-5.4%)
05/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #7 - ???? (??%)
06/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #8 - 3,715 (???%)

 
Shockingly low for a property with the profile it had. Still being solicited though.
 

289. Waking (Zenescope)
 
04/2012: Waking Dream End #1 - 4,127
05/2012: -
06/2012: Waking Dream End #2 - 3,659 (-11.3%)

 
A very good second-issue adjustment.
 

290. Nancy in Hell (Image)
 
01/2012: Nancy In Hell On Earth #1 - 4,323
02/2012: -
03/2012: Nancy In Hell On Earth #2 - 3,764 (-12.9%)
04-05/2012: -
06/2012: Nancy In Hell On Earth #3 - 3,657 (-2.8%)

 
I think you would call this a niche project.
 

293. Alpha Girl (Image)
 
02/2012: Alpha Girl #1 - 5,433
03/2012: Alpha Girl #2 - 3,830 (-30.0%)
04-05/2012: -
06/2012: Alpha Girl #3 - 3,490 (-8.9%)

 
Leveling out, but at a pretty low level.
 

294. Mudman (Image)
 
11/2011: Mudman #1 - 4,742
12/2011: -
01/2012: Mudman #2 - 3,827 (-19.3%)
02-03/2012: -
04/2012: Mudman #3 - 3,766 (-1.6%)
06/2012: Mudman #4 - 3,434 (-8.8%)

 
Still dropping, sadly.
 

295. Legend of Oz The Wicked West (Big Dog Ink)
 
11/2011: Legend of Oz The Wicked West #1 - 5,076
12/2011: -
01/2012: Legend of Oz The Wicked West #2 - 2,853 (-43.8%)
02-03/2012:
04/2012: Legend of Oz The Wicked West #3 - ???? (???)
05/2012: -
06/2012: Legend of Oz The Wicked West #4 - 3,434 (???)

 
The one book at the bottom of the charts that seems to be improving in sales.
 

296. Courtney Crumrin Ongoing (Oni)
 
04/2012: Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #1 - 4,758
05/2012: Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #2 - ???? (???)
06/2012: Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #3 - 3,418 (???)

 
Probably okay by Oni’s standards. Still being supported by those Scott Pilgrim sales.
 

297. Reset (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Reset #1 - 5,559
05/2012: Reset #2 - ???? (???)
06/2012: Reset #3 - 3,413 (???)

 
I don’t know if I want to live in a world where a Peter Bagge comic only sells three and a half thousand copies.
 

299. Bad Medicine (Oni)
 
05/2012: Bad Medicine #1 - ???? (???)
06/2012: Bad Medicine #2 - 3,309 (???)

 
The first issue was a Free Comic Book Day issue. Again, okay by Oni’s standards.
 

300. Night Of 1000 Wolves (IDW)
 
05/2012: Night Of 1000 Wolves #1 - 4,985
06/2012: Night Of 1000 Wolves #2 - 3,302 (-33.8%)

 
Anonymous fantasy book by unknowns, at around the sales level you’d expect.
 
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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. 06/2012: Creator Owned Heroes #1 – 12,778

    Best numbers I have ever had with an image book. May not mean anything to anyone, But happy as hell on my end.

    Any title that is new material is hard as hell to launch in my eyes.

    Thanks to all those here that support the series.

    Jimmy

  2. 47, 267. 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%)

    Wait (excluding the second issue, what happened there?) sales are going UP each month? That… that isn’t how it works! What is this, wacky backwards comic book land!? Ahhh! ;)

  3. @ Nathan Aaron Welcome to indie land, where rules are made to be broken! :)

    Happy to see so many great titles selling more each month.

    If you liked any of the DnA big two books then you owe it to yourself to read Hypernaturals. There’s a lot happening here; the book is a dense and satisfying read for someone looking for sci-fi superheroes.

    Popeye is a joy to read. If you like Landridge’s work then by all means read this book. Well worth the $3.99.

    Higher Earth took me by surprise. Alternate Earth Sci-Fi Action. Check out the previews at CBR.

    Trio has some stellar John Byrne artwork. Pure eye-candy.

    Godzilla is a different take on monster cinema; imagine the A-Team taking on Godzilla. A fun read by Duane Swierczynski.

  4. More accurate Epic Kill numbers are– Epic Kill #1—- 15,691 Epic Kill #2—- 10,191 Yes, a 35% drop but I’m not complaining.

  5. JohnRobietheCat says:

    I’m kind of seeing this with new eyes and skimming the free pages on Comixology previews. I”ve always been curious, why lots of successful writers and artists from the big Two do much lower numbers in Image and the Indies since they have followings already, 90’s movement aside. Is it just the concept, access to promotion, number of issues or name recognition. The exception being the Zombie guy, I guess I’m one of the few that doesn’t get that.

    I know this sounds superficial but I hate those lame costumes these skilled writers and artist use in their non DC/MArvel work. Like the Invincible one or what is it- Plutonian man in Irredeemable? Irreversable? Youngblood etc. They look something even Hawk & Dove would reject (Steve Ditko can mess up too). Cheesy clothes can’t be fixed by crackling story. My two cent, Cool costumes + good stories = numbers go up then Marvel/DC sweats a little and Indies roll without resorting to zombies & insect aliens . You guys got to step up when you go Indie. They dress better in big leagues.

  6. Paul Mellerick says:

    Raffaele – Thanks for those figures, that’s probably foreign sales I’d guess, and congrats on that! As you say, good figures for an indie book.

    JohnRobie – Wow, I really don’t think I could disagree more! Firstly, while some creators who work for DC or Marvel do worse sales on indie books than for the big two, many do better in the indies. Ed Brubaker’s Fatale is selling almost twice the amount for Image than Incognito or Criminal sold for Marvel. Brian Vaughan’s Saga is selling much more than it likely would have sold through Vertigo.

    However, it isn’t a surprise if a writer or artist sells more of a superhero book, because they are always going to have a chunk of the readership who will buy the comic regardless of who the writer is, because of the characters.

    Lastly, a big part of why indie books tend to sell less is simply that there is a substantial portion of the retail community that don’t order them at all, sticking to the mainstream for either aesthetic or financial reasons.

    On your second point, I can honestly say that is the first time I’ve heard that particular argument! I’ve seen literally thousands of awful costumes from the big two, and personally I have no issue with Invincible (which was deliberately designed to be a classic-looking book, so that it would clash with the more realistic tone). I think the content of comics is more important than the design of the costumes, personally.

  7. JohnRobietheCat says:

    Good points Paul….You’ve brought me up to speed on good stuff and the industry. That Fatale looks pretty neat. And Saga looks like its a new take. (judging by my Comixolgy-skimming-preview cheapskate point of view)

    Superhero/costume-wise, I understand these characters were supposed look semi-classic for that story effect but it seems to be a over-used device these days. Just wish costumes looked better superhero-wise even if done knowingly. They just look like we don’t have much imagination past 1975 on how to design these characters. SciFi, terminators,teeth monsters aside… Maybe commission someone from the Fashion Institute or costume designers to help out when they start these books. I don’t know if I can look at the 18th iteration of Captain Marvel man again…

  8. JohnRobietheCat says:

    btw, forgive my odd musings. As a retired jewel thief based in Monaco , I wonder about the bigger trends in the comic industry now and then….but always impressed about how some artists and writers are pushing the medium and the hard work that goes into it, even as much as the time I was reading growing up. I just wish there could more break-out characters in the Independent arena on par with the big two to show how they ‘ve been asleep at the switch & taking too much advantage of our favorite hero fixes. This multiverse stuff is too much…

  9. Mike L says:

    This sounds nitpicky, I realize, but I’d like it better if the licensed IP comics were seperated from original works into their own seperate list. No offense to the folks who work on those books, but comparing and contrasting the sales of things that came directly out of a creator’s head and onto the page with stuff that’s tried-and-true with a built-in fanbase from other media doesn’t seem to be as valuable of an indicator of how ‘independent’ comics are doing. If these licenses went up for grabs, a lot of them would end up at Marvel or DC — or were already there at some point.

    Other than that, calling Epic Kill a bit ‘generic’ seems a little harsh, and even with the drop it seems to be holding its own with less ‘generic’ material. Great book, really enjoying it.

    Alabaster, to me, seems an indication that Dark Horse needs to play ball with comiXology instead of solely doing their own digital, at least for certain non-Star Wars / Hellboy / manga titles. That’s a book that probably would’ve benefitted from greater exposure to a non-traditional audience that might not mess with a seperate app.

  10. Paul Mellerick says:

    Mike – Yeah, I slightly winced looking back on that remark after Raffaele commented, but in my defence, it’s at least the second book in which a mysterious female assassin is trying to kill the President (Jimmy, I’m looking at Creator Owned Heroes too) this month from Image. And it’s a particularly well-used trope, I can think of at least three other comics off the top of my head. But, at the same time, it looks great, I think Raffaele is a fine artist, and it’s fun.

    I understand your point about splitting off the licensed titles, but where would you stop? The likes of Crossed and Jennifer Blood were both created by Garth Ennis, but they’re written by other people now, so which side would they fall on? I think just the fact that they’re not Marvel or DC is significant enough.

  11. PeterCSM730 says:

    “I can’t help feeling that Brian Azarello’s Spaceman would have sold significantly better if it had been released in the same way as this and Fatale.”

    How did Saga and Fatale go about their releases differently (besides not doing it through Vertigo)?

  12. Paul Mellerick says:

    I meant exactly that, not doing it through Vertigo. I really think if either Saga or Fatale had gone through Vertigo they wouldn’t have done as well.

  13. PeterCSM730 says:

    I think you’re right. But what is it about Vertigo that’s hurting its own books?

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