Indie Month-to-Month Sales: November 2009

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by Matthew Murray

Buffy is the top selling non Marvel/DC title as usual. The first issue of Image United was the best selling Image comic, while in the Archie universe there doesn’t seem to be as much interest in Archie marrying Betty.

This month I’ve listed every “indie” title in the top 200, and a selection of titles appearing lower on the charts.

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

35.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 

11/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8 - 91,595
11/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #19 - 74,202

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01/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 - 69,980 
02/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 - 67,575 (-3.4%)
03/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23 - 64,108 (-5.1%)
04/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #24 - 60,916 (-5.0%)
05/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #25 - 58,740 (-3.6%)  
06/2009: BTVS Tales of the Vampires one shot- 45,568 (-22.4)
07/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #26 - 55,393 (+21.6%)
08/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #27 - 53,403 (-3.6%)
09/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 - 52,303 (-2.1%)
10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236 (-4.0%)
11/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #30 - 49,155 (-2.2%)
				6 month (-16.3%)
				1 year (-33.8%)
				2 year (-46.3%)

Buffy slips below 50k for the first time since season 8 began. Next month is another one shot, this time focusing on Willow and written by Joss Whedon.

42.

Image United (Image)

11/2009: Image United # 1 - 42,866

There didn’t seem to be much interest in the prequel stories last month, but this still sells a lot of copies for an Image book, especially at $3.99. There were six different covers on this one, but I believe they were all available in equal quantities.

69.

Haunt (Image)

10/2009: Haunt #1 - 50,078
11/2009: Haunt #2 - 28,254 (-43.6%) 

Woah, that’s a huge drop, probably related to the lack of incentive covers for this issue. This time there were only two covers, last issue had five.

76.

Archie (Archie)

11/2008: Archie #591 - 2,662

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01/2009: Archie #593 – 2,318
02/2009: - 
03/2009: Archie #595 - 2,484
04/2009: - 
05/2009: Archie #597 - 2,563
06/2009: - 
07/2009: - 
08/2009: Archie #600 - 54,170 [58,408]
09/2009: Archie #601 - 37,871 (-35.2%)
10/2009: Archie #602 - 28,211 (-25.5%)
11/2009: Archie #603 - 25,799 (-8.5%)
				6 month (+906.6%)
				1 year (+869.2%)

This issue starts the second half of the marriage storyline, this time with Archie marrying Betty. It has the smallest drop yet, but it’s still quite large. At least we’ve finally answered the question of whether Betty or Veronica is more popular.

80.

Dr Horrible (Dark Horse)

11/2009: Dr Horrible One Shot - 25,326

The second comic based on a Joss Whedon character this month. This one’s written by his brother, who also helped write the original film. In comparison, last month’s Sugarshock one shot that Joss did write (and that I forgot to include on the chart) sold 19,371 copies.

84.

The Walking Dead (Image)

11/2004: The Walking Dead #13 - 14,590
11/2005: The Walking Dead #24 - 18,545
11/2006: The Walking Dead #32 - 21,191
11/2007: The Walking Dead #44 - 22,569
11/2008: The Walking Dead #54 - 24,093

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01/2009: The Walking Dead #57 - 23,402
02/2009: The Walking Dead #58 - 22,720 (-2.9%)
03/2009: The Walking Dead #59 - 23,257 (+2.4%)
04/2009: The Walking Dead #60 - 23,585 (+1.4%)
05/2009: The Walking Dead #61 - 23,902 (+1.3%)
06/2009: The Walking Dead #62 - 23,910 (0%)
07/2009: The Walking Dead #63 - 24,001 (+0.3%)
08/2009: The Walking Dead #64 - 24,393 (+1.6%)
09/2009: The Walking Dead #65 - 24,892 (+2.0%)
10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944 (+0.2%)
11/2009: The Walking Dead #67 - 24,666 (-1.1%)
				6 month (+3.2%)
				1 year (+2.4%)
				2 year (+9.3%)
				3 year (+16.4%)
				4 year (+33.0%)
				5 year (+69.1%)

Down slightly this month after spending most of the year slowly increasing.

87.

The Boys (Dynamite)

11/2006: The Boys #5 (DC) - 26,842
11/2007: The Boys #12 - 29,754
11/2008: -

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01/2009: The Boys #26 - 26,802
02/2009: The Boys #27 - 25,982 (-3.1%)
03/2009: The Boys #28 - 26,328 (-1.3%)
04/2009: The Boys #29 - 26,033 (-1.1%)
05/2009: The Boys #30 - 28,365 (+9.0%)
06/2009: The Boys #31 - 25,460 (-10.0%)
07/2009: The Boys #32 - 25,231 (-0.8%)
08/2009: The Boys #33 - 24,684 (-2.1%)
09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502 (-0.7%) 
10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841 (+1.4%)
11/2009: The Boys #36 - 23,471 (-5.5%)
				6 month (-17.3%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-21.1%)
				3 year (-12.6%)

A bit of a bigger drop than usual seems to indicate that last month’s increase was due to the $1 version of issue one released at the same time.

97.

Star Wars Legacy (Dark Horse)

11/2006: Star Wars Legacy #5 - 34,362
11/2007: Star Wars Legacy #17 - 31,197
11/2008: Star Wars Legacy #30 - 28,032

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01/2009: Star Wars Legacy #32 - 25,814
02/2009: Star Wars Legacy #33 - 25,389 (-1.6%)
03/2009: Star Wars Legacy #34 - 25,304 (-0.3%)
04/2009: Star Wars Legacy #35 - 24,552 (-3.0%)
05/2009: Star Wars Legacy #36 - 24,166 (-1.6%)
06/2009: Star Wars Legacy #37 - 23,704 (-1.9%)
07/2009: Star Wars Legacy #38 - 23,162 (-2.3%)
08/2009: Star Wars Legacy #39 - 22,888 (-1.2%)
09/2009: Star Wars Legacy #40 - 22,555 (-1.5%)
10/2009: Star Wars Legacy #41 - 22,109 (-2.0%)
11/2009: Star Wars Legacy #42 - 21,659 (-2.0%)
				6 month (-10.4%)
				1 year (-22.7%)
				2 year (-30.6%)
				3 year (-37.0%)

Standard drop.

100.

The Boys: Herogasm (Dynamite)
 
05/2009: Herogasm #1 (of 6) - 27,105
06/2009: Herogasm #2 (of 6) - 23,500 (-13.3%)
07/2009: Herogasm #3 (of 6) - 22,695 (-3.4%)
08/2009: Herogasm #4 (of 6) - 22,073 (-2.7%)
09/2009: Herogasm #5 (of 6) - 21,654 (-1.9%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Herogasm #6 (of 6) - 21,125 (-2.4%)

Ends just a couple of thousand behind the main title. The collection was the second best selling trade of the month selling 6,036 copies.

103.

Angel (IDW)

11/2006: Auld Lang Syne #1 - 8,057
11/2007: After the Fall #1 - 47,563 [65,293] 
11/2008: After the Fall #14 - 38,954

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01/2009: After the Fall #16 - 34,801
02/2009: After the Fall #17 - 32,842 (-5.6%)
02/2009: Angel #18 - 32,061 (-2.4%)
03/2009: Angel #19 - 31,767 (-0.9%)
04/2009: Angel #20 - 30,308 (-4.6%)
05/2009: Angel #21 - 28,633 (-5.5%)
06/2009: Angel #22 - 27,496 (-4.0%)
07/2009: Angel: After the Fall – Epilogue #23 - 24,003 (-12.7%)
08/2009: Angel #24 - 22,795 (-5.0%)
09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815 (+4.5%)
10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886 (-3.9%)
11/2009: Angel #27 - 20,731 (-9.4%)
				6 month (-27.6%)
				1 year (-46.8%)
				2 year (-56.4%)
				3 year (+157.3%)

Ouch, the last issue with original series writer Brian Lynch takes a big drop. Next month Bill Willingham (Fables) comes on board, let’s see if he can turn things around.

104.

Star Wars Purge (Dark Horse)

11/2009: Star Wars Purge – Seconds to Die - 20,371

A sequel to a one shot released in January 2006 (seriously) that sold 22,251.

116.

Hellboy (Dark Horse)
 
11/2007: Darkness Calls #6 (of 6) - 24,303
11/2008: -

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01/2009: The Wild Hunt #2 (of 8) - 22,784
02/2009: The Wild Hunt #3 (of 8) - 21,664 (-4.9%)
03/2009: The Wild Hunt #4 (of 8) - 21,743 (+0.4%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: - 
08/2009: The Wild Hunt #5 (of 8) - 20,375 (-6.3%)
09/2009: The Wild Hunt #6 (of 8) - 20,146 (-1.1)
10/2009: The Wild Hunt #7 (of 8) - 19,414 (-3.6%)
11/2009: The Wild Hunt #8 (of 8) - 18,942 (-2.4%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-22.1%)

Oops, I forgot to list this one last month. These are the lowest sales for Hellboy in quite some time. It’ll be interesting to see what the sales on the next miniseries (whenever it comes out) will be.

118.

Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Invasion #1 (of 5) - 24,548
08/2009: Invasion #2 (of 5) - 21,004 (-14.4%)
09/2009: Invasion #3 (of 5) - 19,798 (-5.7%)
10/2009: Invasion #0 - 19,714 (-0.4%)
10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138 (-3.0%)
11/2009: Invasion #5 - 18,315 (-4.3%)

Final issue.

119/122.

Conan the Cimmerian (Dark Horse)

11/2004: Conan #10 - 43,216
11/2005: Conan #22 - 33,653
11/2006: Conan #34 - 28,144
11/2007: Conan #46 - 22,937
11/2008: The Cimmerian #5 - 23,277
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01/2009: The Cimmerian #7 - 21,782
02/2009: The Cimmerian #8 - 20,983 (-3.7%)
03/2009: The Cimmerian #9 - 20,555 (-2.0%)
04/2009: The Cimmerian #10 - 20,419 (-0.7%)
05/2009: - 
06/2009: The Cimmerian #11 - 20,041 (-1.9%)
07/2009: The Cimmerian #12 - 19,268 (-3.9%)
08/2009: The Cimmerian #13 - 18,881 (-2.0%)
09/2009: The Cimmerian #14 - 18,643 (-1.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: The Cimmerian #15 - 18,293 (-1.9%)
11/2009: The Cimmerian #16 - 17,778 (-2.8%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-23.6%)
				2 year (-22.5%)
				3 year (-36.8%)
				4 year (-47.2%)
				5 year (-58.9%)

Two issues to make up for the missed ship date last month.

128.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (Dark Horse)

11/2006: Knights of the Old Republic #10 - 24,021
11/2007: Knights of the Old Republic #22 - 21,694
11/2008: Knights of the Old Republic #35 - 19,734  

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01/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #37 - 18,767
02/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #38 - 18,540 (-1.2%)
03/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #39 - 18,169 (-2.0%)
04/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #40 - 17,889 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #41 - 17,650 (-1.3%)
06/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #42 - 17,590 (-0.3%)
07/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #43 - 17,368 (-1.3%)
08/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #44 - 17,033 (-1.9%)
09/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #45 - 16,562 (-2.8%)
10/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #46 - 16,502 (-0.4%)
11/2009: Knights of the Old Republic #47 - 16,149 (-2.1%)
				6 month (-8.5%)
				1 year (-18.2%)
				2 year (-25.6%)
				3 year (-32.8%)

Standard drop.

131.

Invincible (Image)

11/2004: Invincible #17 - 9,055
11/2005: Invincible #27 - 11,775
11/2006: Invincible #36 - 13,473
11/2007: Invincible #46 - 14,409 
11/2008: Invincible #55 - 14,422

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01/2009: Invincible #58 - 14,233 
02/2009: Invincible #59 - 13,946 (-2.0%)
03/2009: Invincible #60 - 15,777 (+13.1%)
04/2009: Invincible #61 - 15,678 (-0.6%)
05/2009: Invincible #62 - 15,113 (-3.6%)
06/2009: Invincible #63 - 15,226 (+0.7%)
07/2009: Invincible #64 - 15,535 (+2.0%)
08/2009: Invincible #65 - 15,621 (+0.6%)
09/2009: Invincible #66 - 15,931 (+2.0%)
10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831 (-0.6%)
11/2009: Invincible #68 - 15,542 (-1.8%)
				6 month (+2.8%)
				1 year (+7.8%)
				2 year (+7.9%)
				3 year (+15.4%)
				4 year (+32.0%)
				5 year (+71.6%)

Another slight drop this month, but it’s still up on six months ago.

132.

GI Joe (IDW)

11/2004: GI Joe #36 (Devil’s Due) - 24,277
11/2005: America’s Elite #5 (Devil’s Due) - 20,581
11/2006: America’s Elite #17 (Devil’s Due) - 17,247
11/2007: America’s Elite #29 (Devil’s Due) - 15,092
11/2008: -

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01/2009: GI Joe #1 - 32,840
02/2009: GI Joe #2 - 23,641 (-28.0%)
03/2009: GI Joe #3 - 22,902 (-31.2%)
04/2009: GI Joe #4 - 22,735 (-0.7%)
05/2009: GI Joe #5 - 21,968 (-3.4%)
06/2009: GI Joe #6 - 20,809 (-5.3%)		
07/2009: GI Joe #7 - 20,319 (-2.4%)
08/2009: GI Joe #8 - 18,750 (-7.7%)
09/2009: GI Joe #9 - 17,436 (-7.0%)
10/2009: GI Joe #10 - 16,264 (-6.7%)
11/2009: GI Joe #11 - 15,527 (-4.5%)
				6 month (-29.3%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (+2.9%)
				3 year (-10.0%)
				4 year (-24.6%)
				5 year (-36.0%)

Well, the drops are getting smaller at least.

134.

Transformers Ongoing (IDW)

11/2008: All Hail Megatron #5 - 12,387

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01/2009: -
02/2009: All Hail Megatron #7 - 11,832
03/2009: All Hail Megatron #8 - 11,731 (-0.8%)
03/2009: All Hail Megatron #9 - 11,479 (-2.1%)
04/2009: All Hail Megatron #10 - 12,183 (+6.1%)
05/2009: All Hail Megatron #11 - 12,292 (+0.9%)
06/2009: All Hail Megatron #12 - 12,124 (-1.4%)
07/2009: All Hail Megatron #13 - 11,892 (-1.9%)
08/2009: All Hail Megatron #14 - 11,736 (-1.3%)
09/2009: All Hail Megatron #15 - 11,634 (-0.9%)
10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
11/2009: Transformers Ongoing #1 - 15,220 (+34.9%)
				6 month (+23.8%)
				1 year (+22.9%)

Numbers on All Hail Megatron were remarkable solid, if the new series manages to hold on to its numbers in the same way it should be around for a while.

136.

Project Superpowers (Dynamite) 

06/2009: Chapter Two #0 - 31,828
07/2009: Chapter Two #1 - 22,282 (-30.0%)
08/2009: Chapter Two #2 - 17,377 (-22.0%)
09/2009: Chapter Two #3 - 15,717 (-9.6%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Chapter Two #4 - 14,980 (-3.2%)

It looks like this might have found its new level, far below the last series.

138.

Supergod (Avatar)

11/2009: Supergod #1 - 14,245

Warren Ellis’s new project from Avatar. His last series, Ignition City, debuted with sales of 14,932 earlier this year, so this one is in the same area.

139.

BPRD (Dark Horse)

11/2004: The Dead #1 (of 5) - 18,091
11/2005: Black Flame #4 (of 6) - 15,408
11/2006: -
11/2007: Killing Ground #4 (of 5) - 15,437
11/2008: The Warning #5 (of 5) - 15,663

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01/2009: Black Goddess #1 (of 5) - 15,984
02/2009: Black Goddess #2 (of 5) - 15,120 (-5.4%)
03/2009: Black Goddess #3 (of 5) - 15,045 (-0.5%)
04/2009: Black Goddess #4 (of 5) - 14,543 (-3.3%)
05/2009: Black Goddess #5 (of 5) - 14,357 (-1.3%)
06/2009: War on Frogs #3 (of 4) - 13,828 (-3.7%)
07/2009: 1947 #1 (of 5) - 15,845 (+14.6%)
08/2009: 1947 #2 (of 5) - 14,893 (-6.0%) 
09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810 (-0.6%)
10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505 (-2.0%)
11/2009: 1947 #5 (of 5) - 13,977 (-3.6%)
				6 month (-2.6%)
				1 year (-10.8%)
				2 year (-9.5%)
				3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (-9.3%)
				5 year (-22.7%)

A bit of a bigger drop this month, but considering this was a series set sixty years ago, with none of the characters from the regular series, it did remarkably well. Surely a sign that readers like the world and the creators instead of just the characters.

140.

Irredeemable (Boom)

04/2009: Irredeemable #1 - 13,218
05/2009: Irredeemable #2 - 9,962 (-24.6%)
06/2009: Irredeemable #3 - 12,838 (+28.9%)
07/2009: Irredeemable #4 - 13,623 (+6.1%)
08/2009: Irredeemable #5 - ??? (???)
09/2009: Irredeemable #6 - 14,128 (+3.7%)
10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Irredeemable #8 - 13,688 (-4.2%)
				6 month (+37.4%)

A bit of a drop this month, but we’re still above the sales on issue one. It really doesn’t look like that 99 cent issue had any effect.

141.

Star Wars Clone Wars (Dark Horse)

02/2009: Clone Wars #4 (of 6) - 16,244
03/2009: -
04/2009: Clone Wars #5 (of 6) - 15,871 (-2.3%)
05/2009: Clone Wars #6 (of 6) - 15,597 (-1.7%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Clone Wars #7 - 15,275 (-2.1%)
08/2009: Clone Wars #8 - 14,798 (-3.1%)
09/2009: Clone Wars #9 - 14,294 (-3.4%)
10/2009: - 
11/2009: Clone Wars #10 - 13,460 (-5.8%)
				6 month (-13.7%)

Did well enough as a mini series for Dark Horse to turn it into an ongoing, but if the drops stay this big I’m not sure how long it’ll be around.

142.

Witchblade (Image)

11/2004: Witchblade #80 - 22,746
11/2005: Witchblade #92 - 16,342
11/2006: -
11/2007: Witchblade #111 - 13,794
11/2008: -

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01/2009: Witchblade #123 - 12,635
02/2009: Witchblade #124 - 12,576 (-0.5%)
03/2009: Witchblade #125 - 17,206 (+36.8%)
04/2009: Witchblade #126 - 14,039 (-18.4%)
05/2009: Witchblade #127 - 15,065 (+7.3%)
05/2009: Annual 2009 - 12,154 (-19.3%)
06/2009: Witchblade Darkness Angelus Blood on the Sands - 10,106 (-16.9%)
07/2009: Witchblade #128 - 13,427 (+32.9%)
08/2009: Witchblade #129 - 13,324 (-0.8%)
09/2009: Witchblade #130 - 15,387 (+15.5%)
10/2009: Witchblade #131 - 20,999 (+36.5%)
11/2009: Witchblade #132 - 13,207 (-37.1%)
				6 month (-12.3%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-4.3%)
				3 year (n.a.)
				4 year (-19.2%)
				5 year (-41.9%)

And we’re back to where we were two months ago. It seems free or cheap comics don’t actually lead to any increase in sales.

144.

Chew (Image)

06/2009: Chew #1 - 5,248 [13,517] 
07/2009: Chew #2 - 6,735 (-24.6%)
08/2009: Chew #3 - 13,762 (+104.3%)
09/2009: Chew #4 - 12,294 (-10.7%)
10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
11/2009: Chew #6 - 13,139 (-2.7%)

A bit of a drop here, but it’s still doing really well. In comparison, it sells better than most Vertigo titles. The first trade paperback also came out this month, topping the charts with sales of 6,336.

145.

GI Joe Origins (IDW)

02/2009: GI Joe Origins #1 - 21,975
03/2009: GI Joe Origins #2 - 18,361 (-16.4%)
04/2009: GI Joe Origins #3 - 18,530 (+0.9%)
05/2009: -
06/2009: GI Joe Origins #4 - 18,378 (-0.8%)
07/2009: GI Joe Origins #5 - 17,822 (-3.0%)
08/2009: GI Joe Origins #6 - 15,898 (-10.8%)
09/2009: GI Joe Origins #7 - 14,753 (-7.2%)
10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961 (+1.4%)
11/2009: GI Joe Origins #9 - 12,955 (-13.4%)

Ah, so that’s where the horrible GI Joe drop went this month.

151.

The Black Terror (Dynamite)

11/2008: The Black Terror #1 - 25,133

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01/2009 - 
02/2009: -
03/2009: The Black Terror #3 - 17,928
04/2009: -
05/2009: The Black Terror #4 - 16,058 (-10.4%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
09/2009: - 
10/2009: - 
11/2009: The Black Terror #5 - 12,048 (-25.0)

This is apparently an ongoing, but with drops like that I’m not sure how long it’s going to last.

152.

Queen Sonja (Dynamite)

11/2005: Red Sonja #3 - 41,866
11/2006: Red Sonja #16 - 25,644
11/2007: Red Sonja #27 - 19,298
11/2008: Red Sonja #39 - 13,994

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01/2009: -
02/2009: Red Sonja #41 - 13,232
02/2009: Red Sonja She Devil with a Sword Annual #2 - 9,658 (-27.0%)
03/2009: Red Sonja #42 - 12,508 (+29.5%)
04/2009: Red Sonja #43 - 12,318 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Red Sonja #44 - 12,099 (-1.8%)
06/2009: Red Sonja #45 - 12,030 (-0.6%)
07/2009: Red Sonja #46 - 11,993 (-0.3%)
08/2009: Red Sonja #47 - 11,709 (-2.4%)
09/2009: Red Sonja #48 - 11,815 (+0.9%)
10/2009: Red Sonja #49 - 11,487 (-2.8%)
10/2009: Queen Sonja #1 - 13,849 (+20.6%)
11/2009: Queen Sonja #2 - 12,024 (-13.2%)
				6 month (-0.1%)
				1 year (-14.1%)
				2 year (-37.7%)
				3 year (-53.1%)
				4 year (-71.3%)

With numbers like these I think we can view the relaunch as a failure.

153.

Angel Only Human (IDW)

08/2009: Only Human #1 (of 4) - 14,489
09/2009: Only Human #2 (of 4) - 12,672 (-12.5%)
10/2009: Only Human #3 - 12,486 (-1.5%)
11/2009: Only Human #4 - 11,995 (-3.9%)

About the level of the pre-season six Angel comics.

158/175.

Project Superpowers: Meet the Bad Guys (Dynamite)

08/2009: Meet the Bad Guys #1 (of 4) - 16,882
09/2009: -
10/2009: Meet the Bad Guys #2 - 12,871 (-23.8%)
11/2009: Meet the Bad Guys #3 - 11,260 (-12.5%)
11/2009: Meet the Bad Guys #4 - 9,799 (-13.0%)

Two issues this month as the series limps to the finish. This is a disaster, you shouldn’t be losing 13% of sales on the final issue of a miniseries.

160.

Vampirella (Harris)

11/2004: Halloween 2004 - 4,381
11/2005: Revelations #1 - 10,744
11/2006: Intimate Visions - 4,331
11/2007: Quarterly Fall 2007 - 4,713
11/2008: -

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07/2009: Countdown to Second Coming Prototype - 4,674
08/2009: -
09/2009: Second Coming #1 - 18,017 (+285.5%)
10/2009: Second Coming #2 - 13,020 (-27.7%)
11/2009: Second Coming #3 - 11,053 (-15.1%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (+134.5%)
				3 year (+155.2%)
				4 year (+2.9%)
				5 year (+152.3%)

Ouch, that’s another huge drop. The multi year comparisons aren’t really that useful, as most of those titles cost considerably more than the $1.99 that this series sells for.

161.

Goon (Dark Horse)

11/2006: Dwight T Albatross Goon Noir #2 (of 3) - 9,869
11/2007: -
11/2008: The Goon #30 - 9,401

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01/2009: -
02/2009: -
03/2009: The Goon #32 - 11,318
04/2009: -
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: Dethklok vs The Goon - 17,123 (+51.3%)
08/2009: -.
09/2009: -.
10/2009: -
11/2009: The Goon #33 - 10,989 (-35.8%)
				6 months (n.a.)
				1 year (+16.9%)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (+11.3%)

Issue 32 was the tenth anniversary special; that and the Dethklok (from the Adult Swim cartoon) special seem to have increased interest in the series.

162.

Witchfinder in the A Service of Angels (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Witchfinder #1 (of 5) - 13,724
08/2009: Witchfinder #2 (of 5) - 11,652 (-15.1%)
09/2009: Witchfinder #3 (of 5) - 11,623 (-0.2%)
10/2009: Witchfinder #4 (of 5) - 11,223 (-3.4%)
11/2009: Witchfinder #5 (of 5) - 10,926 (-2.6%)

Might have sold better if it had been better branded as a Hellboy/BPRD spinoff. Those that actually read it stuck with it as sales only went down 700 copies from issue two, which is very solid.

164.

GI Joe Movie Snake Eyes (IDW)

10/2009: GI Joe Movie Snake Eyes #1 - 12,236
11/2009: GI Joe Movie Snake Eyes #2 - 10,759 (-12.1%)

165.

Talisman Road of Trials (Random House/Del Rey)

10/2009: Talisman Road of Trials #0 - 13,410
11/2009: Talisman Road of Trials #1 - 10,752 (-19.8%)

Del Rey’s first series as single issues doesn’t do as well as the Stephen King adaptations from Marvel, but they must be after the bookstore market.

168.

Cyberforce Hunter Killer (Image)

11/2006: Hunter Killer #9 - 20,719
11/2007: -
11/2008: -

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07/2009: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #1 (of 5) - 19,694
08/2009: -
09/2009: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #2 (of 5) -11,254 (-42.9%)
08/2009: -
11/2009: Cyberforce Hunter Killer #3 - 10,533 (-6.4%)

After the terrible drop for issue two, this one isn’t as bad. This series wasn’t meant to run bimonthly, it’s just late.

172.

Terry Moore’s Echo (Abstract)

01/2009: Echo #9 - 6,132 [12,056]
02/2009: Echo #10 - 3,325 [11,253] (-6.7%)
03/2009: -
04/2009: Echo #11 - 11,293 (+0.4%)
05/2009: Echo #12 - 11,093 (-1.8%)
06/2009: - 
07/2009: Echo #13 - 10,783 (-2.8%)
08/2009: Echo #14 - 10,663 (-1.1%)
09/2009: Echo #15 - 10,529 (-1.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Echo #16 - 10,234 (-2.8)
				6 month (-7.7%)

Apparently planned to last around 30 issues.

174.

Locke & Key (IDW)

01/2009: Head Games #1 - 12,075
02/2009: Head Games #2 - 9,487 (-21.4%)
03/2009: Head Games #3 - 9,354 (-1.4%)
04/2009: Head Games #4 - 9,302 (-0.6%)
05/2009: Head Games #5 - 9,137 (-1.8%)
06/2009: Head Games #6 - 8,889 (-2.7%)
07/2009: -
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Crown of Shadows #1 - 9,952 (+12.0%)

An increase over the end of the last series, but it seems diminishing returns have set in.

178.

Lone Ranger (Dynamite)

11/2007: Lone Ranger #10 - 18,262
11/2008: Lone Ranger #15 - 12,093

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01/2009: Lone Ranger and Tonto #2 - 10,048
02/2009: -
03/2009: -
04/2009: -
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: Lone Ranger #17 - 10,462 (+4.1%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: Lone Ranger #18 - 9,771 (-6.6%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Lone Ranger #19 - 9,519 (-2.6%)
				6 month (n.a.)
				1 year (-21.3%)
				2 year (47.9%)

179.

Darkness (Image)

11/2007: Darkness First Look - 15,092
11/2008: Darkness #71 - 14,095

=====
01/2009: Darkness #74 - 11,000
02/2009: Darkness #75 - 14,513 (+31.9%)
03/2009: Darkness #76 - 11,257 (-22.4%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: Darkness #77 - 10,114 (-10.2%)	
06/2009: Witchblade Darkness Angelus Blood on the Sands - 10,106 (0%)
07/2009: Darkness #78 - 10,417 (+3.1%)
08/2009: Darkness #79 - 13,260 (+27.3%)
09/2009: Darkness #80 - 14,045 (+5.9%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Darkness #81 - 9,419 (-32.9%)
				6 month (-6.9%)
				1 year (-33.2%)
				2 year (-37.6%)

The overships haven’t helped sales.

180.

Fathom (Aspen)

11/2006: Fathom #11 - 14,879
11/2007: -
11/2008: -

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01/2009: Fathom #5 - 10,578
02/2009: -
03/2009: Fathom #6 - 10,301 (-2.6%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: Fathom #7 - 9,748 (-5.4%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Fathom #8 - 9,349 (-4.1%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Fathom #9 - 9,342 (0%)
				6 month (-4.2%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (n.a.)
				3 year (-37.2%)

Looks like Fathom may have found its depth.

181.

Creepy Comics (Dark Horse)

07/2009: Creepy #1 - 13,669
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Creepy Comics #2 - 9,248 (-32.3%)

At $4.99 an issue for a horror anthology, these are pretty good numbers.

188.

Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword)

11/2004: Tarot #29 - 10,535
11/2005: Tarot #35 - 9,754
11/2006: Tarot #41 - 9,407
11/2007: Tarot #47 - 9,642
11/2008: Tarot #53 - 8,879

=====
01/2009: Tarot #54 - 4,693 [8,754]
02/2009: -
03/2009: Tarot #55 - 8,568 (+82.6%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: Tarot #56 - 8,693 (+1.5%)
06/2009: -
07/2009: Tarot #57 - 8,705 (+0.1%)
08/2009: -
09/2009: Tarot #58 - 8,502 (-2.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Tarot #59 - 8,356 (-1.7%)
			6 month (-3.9%)
			1 year (-5.9%)
			2 year (-13.3%)
			3 year (-11.2%)
			4 year (-14.3%)
			5 year (-20.1%)

Fairly solid this year.

189.

Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)

11/2004: Sonic #142 - 8,545
11/2005: Sonic #155 - 8,408
11/2006: Sonic #168 - 7,293
11/2007: Sonic #182 - 6,955
11/2008: Sonic #194 - 6,948

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01/2009: Sonic #196 - 6,641
02/2009: Sonic #197 - 6,926 (+4.3%)
03/2009: Sonic #198 - 7,237 (+4.5%)
04/2009: Sonic #199 - 7,533 (+4.1%)
05/2009: Sonic #200 - 8,953 (+18.9%) 
06/2009: Sonic #201 - 8,001 (-10.6%)
07/2009: Sonic #202 - 8,193 (+2.4%)
08/2009: Sonic #203 - 8,166 (-0.3%)
09/2009: Sonic #204 - 8,171 (0%)
10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263 (+1.1%)
11/2009: Sonic #206 - 8,353 (+1.1%)
			6 month (-6.7%)
			1 year (+20.2%)
			2 year (+20.1%)
			3 year (+14.5%)
			4 year (-0.7%)
			5 year (-2.2%)

Hey look, a book that was showing growth, then had an anniversary issue bump and actually managed to keep some of the increase. This presumably does a lot of sales on newsstands, but without an actual copy of an issue with circulation figures I don’t know how many copies it sells in that market.

This seems like a decent place to note that apparently all Archie comics increased their prices from $2.25 to $2.50 in March, to absolutely no noticeable effect.

190.

Buck Rogers (Dynamite)

06/2009: Buck Rogers #1 - 17,464
07/2009: Buck Rogers #2 - 12,234 (-29.9%)
08/2009: Buck Rogers #3 - 11,224 (-8.3%)
09/2009: Buck Rogers #4 - 9,859 (-12.2%)
10/2009: Buck Rogers #5 - 8,864 (-10.1%)
11/2009: Buck Rogers #6 - 8,144 (-8.1%)

Launched with a 25 cent #0 issue in May. The book has lost over half its readers since issue one, and is still dropping very fast.

196.

Transformers Continuum (IDW)

11/2009: Transformers Continuum - 8,028

One shot guide to history of Transformers.

197.

Street Fighter IV (Udon)

02/2009: Street Fighter IV #1 - 9,889
03/2009: -
04/2009: Street Fighter IV #2 - 8,978 (-9.2%)
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: -
08/2009: Street Fighter IV #3 - 8,575 (-4.5%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Street Fighter IV #4 - 8,010 (-6.6%)

Street Fighter IV (the video game) sold 849,000 in February. I hope these comics are selling through video games stores or something.

198.

Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

07/2009: Doctor Who #1 - 10,949
08/2009: Doctor Who #2 - 8,908 (-18.6%)
09/2009: Doctor Who #3 - 8,711 (-2.2%)
10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354 (-4.1%)
11/2009: Doctor Who #5 - 7,958 (-4.7%)

200.

Farscape Ongoing (Boom)

11/2009: Farscape #1 - 7,707

(Just a reminder that from here down I’m not listing every title.)

204.

Chronicles of Wormwood (Avatar)

10/2009: Last Battle #1 - 8,526
11/2009: Last Battle #2 - 7,433 (-12.8%)

Garth Ennis mini series.

212.

Robert E Howard Thulsa Doom (Dynamite)

09/2009: Thulsa Doom #1 - 9,687
09/2009: Thulsa Doom #2 - 7,433 (-23.3%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Thulsa Doom #3 - 7,108 (-4.4%)

Shipping schedules like this make no sense.

213.

Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama (Dynamite)

08/2009: Ash Saves Obama #1 (of 4) - 11,467
09/2009: Ash Saves Obama #2 (of 4) - 8,078 (-30.0%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Ash Saves Obama #3 (of 4) - 7,093 (-12.2%)

Interest in saving Obama continues to decrease.

216.

The Ghoul (IDW)

11/2009: The Ghoul #1 – 7,000

New series from Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson.

224.

Stumptown (Oni)

11/2009: Stumptown #1 - 6,629

Greg Rucka’s new crime series. Queen and Country, his last series from Oni, ended at issue 32 in July 2007 with sales of 4,055.

229.

Cowboy Ninja Viking (Image)

10/2009: Cowboy Ninja Viking #1 - 8,380
11/2009: Cowboy Ninja Viking #2 - 6,394 (-23.7%)

233.

Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse)

09/2009: Beasts of Burden #1 (of 4) - 8,628
10/2009: Beasts of Burden #2 (of 4) - 6,415 (-25.6%)
11/2009: Beasts of Burden #3 - 5,928 (-7.6%)

235.

Savage Dragon (Image)

11/2006: Savage Dragon #130 - 7,152
11/2007: Savage Dragon #134 - 6,932
11/2008: Savage Dragon #140 - 6,385

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01/2009: Savage Dragon #144 - 5,645
02/2009: Savage Dragon #145 - 22,147 [25,029] (+343.4%)
03/2009: -
04/2009: Savage Dragon #146 - 6,149 (-75.4%)
04/2009: Savage Dragon #147 - 6,058 (-1.5%)
05/2009: Savage Dragon #148 - 6,051 (-0.1%)
06/2009: Savage Dragon #149 - 6,060 (+0.2%)
07/2009: Savage Dragon #150 - 6,619 (+9.2%)
08/2009: Savage Dragon #151 - 6,034 (-8.8%)
09/2009: Savage Dragon #152 - 5,993 (-0.7%)
10/2009: Savage Dragon #153 - 6,571 (+9.6%)
11/2009: Savage Dragon #154 - 5,885 (-10.4%)
				6 month (-2.7%)
				1 year (-7.8%)
				2 year (-15.1%)
				3 year (-17.7%)

The increase from the Image United prequel last month is gone.

251.

I Am Legion (Devil’s Due)

02/2009: I am Legion #1 - 8,638
03/2009: I am Legion #2 - 6,443
04/2009: I am Legion #3 - 5,394
05/2009: -
06/2009: -
07/2009: I am Legion #4 - 5,493
08/2009: -
09/2009: I am Legion #5 - 4,114
10/2009: -
11/2009: I am Legion #6 - 5,205

Not even John Cassaday can get people to care about European comics. The DC one shot that originally released the first French book (issues 1-2 of the Devil’s Due series) sold 11,154 copies in August 2004.

255.

Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

11/2004: Usagi Yojimbo #80 - 6,568
11/2005: Usagi Yojimbo #89 - 6,079
11/2006: Usagi Yojimbo #98 - 5,887
11/2007: Usagi Yojimbo #107 - 5,888
11/2008: -

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01/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #117 - 5,100
02/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #118 - 5,116 (+0.3%)
03/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #119 - 5,142 (+0.5%)
04/2009: -
05/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #120 - 5,160 (+0.4%)
06/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #121 - 5,171 (+0.2%)
07/2009: -
08/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #122 - 5,077 (-1.8%)
09/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #123 - 5,051 (-0.5%)
10/2009: -
11/2009: Usagi Yojimbo #124 - 4,992 (-1.2%)
				6 month (-3.3%)
				1 year (n.a.)
				2 year (-15.2%)
				3 year (-15.2%)
				4 year (-17.9%)
				5 year (-24.0%)

Sales drop again this month, however the hardcover Usagi Yojimbo graphic novel Yokai was also released. It was the seventh best selling graphic novel of the month selling 3,459 copies at $14.99. I think we’ll be seeing more of those.

256.

Viking (Image)

04/2009: Viking #1 - 6,921 [10,347]
05/2009: -
06/2009: Viking #2 - 6,510 (-5.9%)
07/2009: -
08/2009: Viking #3 - 5,319 (-18.3%)
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: Viking #4 - 4,941 (-7.1%)

257.

Tank Girl (Titan)

11/2009: Skid Marks #1 - 4,902

Reprinting work from the Judge Dredd Megazine.

282.

Anchor (Boom)

10/2009: Anchor #1 - 5,655
11/2009: Anchor #2 - 3,725 (-34.1%)

299.

Phonogram (Image)

11/2006: Phonogram #3 - 3,519
11/2007: -
11/2008: -

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01/2009: -
02/2009: -
03/2009: -
04/2009: The Singles Club #2 - ???
05/2009: -
06/2009: The Singles Club #3 - ???
07/2009: The Singles Club #4 - ???
08/2009: -
09/2009: -
10/2009: -
11/2009: The Singles Club #5 - 2,707
			6 month (n.a.)
			1 year (n.a.)
			2 year (n.a.)
			3 year (-23.1%)

Writer Kieron Gillen recently said that there wouldn’t be a Phonogram 3 as sales weren’t good enough to support the artist. Considering I couldn’t even find numbers for any of the other issues of The Singles Club (meaning they didn’t make the chart) I am unsurprised. Depressed, but unsurprised.

300.

Underground (Image)

09/2009: Underground #1 (of 4) - 4,578
10/2009: Underground #2 - 2,947 (-35.6%)
11/2009: Underground #3 - 2,699 (-8.4%)

The lowest charting issue on this month’s chart.

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Just a reminder, all numbers on these chart are estimates. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. A book shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than one shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month. Also these numbers don’t include sales through Diamond UK.

Matthew Murray really likes (vegetarian) cooking and comic books. Now if only he could somehow combine them…

Comments

  1. Torsten Adair says:

    Once again, thank you for the analysis. Keep refering to the GN sales, it makes for interesting comparisons.

    A suggestion: List the numbers and back-history for every Top 300 title which charts. Below #200, maintain your policy of selective analysis.

    This way, we get to see stuff which we otherwise ignore.

    Another suggestion: When listing 6-month etc comparisons, compare circulation AND estimated gross. You mentioned this with Vampirella.

  2. ~chris says:

    “At least we’ve finally answered the question of whether Betty or Veronica is more popular.”

    The question is not answered. Not unless we can compare the numbers to an alternate Earth where Betty’s marriage storyline was published before Veronica’s.

    Not that I care much. I care far more about Phonogram. :-(

  3. I don’t understand Sonic the Hedgehog at all. 6 months ago I was only ordering 1 copy of about every other issue just to keep the kiddie rack full and with variety, and now I have 3 subscribers and have to place reorders each month.

    If only I could have such problems with more titles!

  4. James says:

    282.

    Anchor (Boom)

    10/2009: Anchor #1 – 5,655
    11/2009: Anchor #2 – 3,725 (-34.1%)

    Is that as bad as it looks??

    I really like this book so far and I’d hate to see it fizzle out.

  5. Sean Murphy says:

    “At least we’ve finally answered the question of whether Betty or Veronica is more popular.”

    I agree with Chris above – many people purchased this book believing it was the real deal, particularly with some of the interviews that the creators and publisher gave. Once it was known that the first marriage was an “imaginary story” (yes, aren’t they all?), it is natural that reader interest would drop off precipitiously.

  6. Matthew Murray says:

    Guys, I was joking about the Betty/Veronica thing.

    James: 20-30% seems like about an average drop off for the second issue (even including Marvel and DC titles). It’s the drops (or increases) for issue three and on that are really important.

  7. Phil Hester says:

    James- The darkest days for any ongoing indie title are issues 2-7 or so. BOOM! has committed to The Anchor as an ongoing monthly and we’ll be sticking it out for at least a year. The real test for us will be sales on the first trade, so be sure to politely pester your local shop. Hell, maybe we’ll just start putting a banner at the top that reads “Blackest Siege Tie-In” and see how many inadvertent buys we can snag.
    -P

  8. A few things.

    Image United #1 covers (the six regulars) were able to be ordered in whatever amount a retailer wanted. This is the way retailers prefer to order different (not incentive) covers.

    Haunt #2 probably dropped in sales because retailers ordered #1 blind and #2 was based on sales of #1. #1 was a guess. #2 was based on sales. It’s easier for retailers to guess a Marvel or DC #1 appropriately because there is usually a similar title from the previous few months to compare it to. With Haunt, there really wasn’t anything to compare it to.

  9. Suzene says:

    Thanks for the column. Definite bright spot to hear that Chew hit the top of the TPB chart, but I’d hoped that Viking and Beasts of Burden were selling better.

  10. Bobby Dee says:

    Damn shame about Phonogram, though I’m not surprised either. If the trade sales come out okay maybe they can do a straight graphic novel.

  11. evan dorkin says:

    “…but I’d hoped that Viking and Beasts of Burden were selling better. ”

    You and me both.

    But to echo what Phil Hester said re: The Anchor, we’re hoping the first BofB collection will move decently. “Hoping” being the operative word. But DHC hasn’t told us to sell the furniture yet, so, fingers crossed, there may be some new material sometime in the future.

    Thanks for reading the series, btw.

  12. Suzene says:

    Thanks to you and Jill for putting it out there — even if issue #2 did cause excessive dog-hugging in our household. ;) I got the last issue today, and I sincerely hope that you will be able to continue with the story.

  13. James says:

    Matt and Phil, thanks for your responses.

    Phil, you guys are doing great work with The Anchor and I’ll be sure to pester anyone it takes to help keep the comic going!

  14. Those numbers for Beasts of Burden are very depressing because I have thoroughly enjoyed the series.
    I hope the trade picks up enough numbers. I have to imagine though that the trade would sell better outside of the direct market for that particular property.

  15. evan dorkin says:

    When it comes to old-fashioned comics, the numbers for the entire industry are depressing.

  16. Alan Coil says:

    Evan, you sold more copies than Savage Dragon and Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi is one of the best all time series.

  17. Billy Bissette says:

    If it is possible to turn off graphic smileys before you post the sales charts, I would advise you to do so. As is, Hellboy: The Wild Hunt appears to be a shade-wearing smiley issue series.

    And I have to agree with the others on the Archie marriage thing. It was presented as Archie finally choosing and marrying. If I had cared enough to read the book, I’d have dropped it the moment I found it was a fake-out.

  18. Jonny K says:

    That’s… terrible about Phonogram. I heard the same as you on numbers, but I’d not realised how bad they were. That’s absolutely terrible….

  19. Knowing nothing about Chew except that the guy eats things to get psychic impressions (or something) and looking at the covers, it certainly seems like a Vertigo book.

    It would be funny if Image managed to overtake Vertigo in the “Vertigo Genre” in the direct market.

  20. Callum says:

    I thought Viking was doing better, especially with the level of art that book puts out. And I really like Cassaday but I Am Legion confused me. I couldn’t tell if there were earlier mini-series I had missed or it was a reprint of some graphic novels (either foreign or written in english) or when it was even coming out. I’ll might go back and buy all 6 (8?) issues together online.

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