Indie Month-to-Month Sales: September 2012

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By Paul Mellerick
Walking Dead continues at the top, although it’s likely to get pushed down a little by the upcoming juggernaut of, um, My Little Pony. The usual suspects are joined this month by Grant Morrison’s Happy, and X)-Manowar and Spawn push back into the top part of the indie chart. However, things are not good further down the chart. There are a lot of longer-running titles, from the likes of Aspen, Top Cow and Dynamite amongst others, that seem to be selling fractions of what they once sold, and that maybe need to be retired in favour of new concepts. The retailers and more importantly customers seem to be voting with their dollars in that respect, and some dead horses are being hopelessly flogged towards the lower end of the chart.

 

141 indie books charted this month, up on last month’s 131. The bottom book sold 4,404, down on last month’s 5,376. They sold approximately 1,364,314, up on last month’s 1,198,391. Average sales are 9,675 per book, up on last month’s 9,148. UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

 

It really wasn’t a banner month for indie books this month. Out of the 141 books, only a paltry 11 went up in sales, and 115 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts.

 

IDW are the top indie publisher this month, with 6.36% dollar share and a 4.82 market share, Image have a 6.09% dollar share and 5.56% market share, Dark Horse have a 4.49% dollar share and a 3.69% market share, Dynamite have a 2.97% dollar share and an identical 2.97% market share and Boom! Have a 1.40% dollar share and 1.50% market share.

 

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

 

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

3. The Walking Dead Vol 8 HC (Image)    - 5,248
4. Avatar Last Airbender TP Vol 03 Promise Part 3  - 5,184
6. Tower Chronicles Vol 1 Geisthawk (Legendary)  - 4,875
7. The Manhattan Projects TP Vol 1 Science Bad (Image) - 4,640
11. Thief of Thieves TP Vol 1 (Image)    - 4,475
13. Walking Dead TP Vol 1 Days Gone Bye   - 3,342
15. Star Trek TNG Doctor Who Assimilation TP Vol 1  - 2,995
17. Naruto TP Vol 58 (Viz)      - 2,893
22. Sailor Moon TP Kodansha Ed Vol 7 (Kodansha)  - 2,536
23. Love & Rockets New Stories TP Vol 5    - 2,473
25. Crossed Wish You Were Here TP Vol 1   - 2,454
29. Star Wars Crimson Empire III Empire Lost TP  - 2,157
32. Beserk TP Vol 36 (Dark Horse)    - 2,125
34. The Walking Dead TP Vol 2 Miles Behind Us (Image) - 2,057
36. Teenage  Mutant Ninja Turtles TP Vol 3 Shadows  - 1,954
37. Bleach TP Vol 46 (Viz)      - 1,952
39. Bleach TP Vol 47 (Viz)      - 1,942
46. Walking Dead TP Vol 16 A Larger World (Image)  - 1,833
51. Night of The Living Dead Day of The Undead (Avatar)  - 1,735
54. Walking Dead TP Vol 3 Safety Behind Bars (Image) - 1,688

Nine of these titles are original graphic novels, five of which are Manga, and one of which, the Crossed book, is a collection of a webcomic. I’m considering OGNs to be titles that haven’t previously appeared in print in the US, although some have been serialized online or abroad. Walking Dead again makes up a quarter of the top twenty. Of the rest, Image’s new launches make a strong showing, Manhattan Projects in particular I’m hearing is selling very strongly. IDW’s Dr Who/Trek crossover has also done quite well, but has sold out already. IDW seem to have a bit of an issue with keeping some collections in print, let’s hope they can get this reprinted before Christmas.

24. The Walking Dead (Image)

09/2007: The Walking Dead #42 - 23,107
09/2008: The Walking Dead #52 - 23,627
09/2009: The Walking Dead #65 - 24,892
09/2010: The Walking Dead #77 - 27,448
09/2011: -

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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 (60,175)(+45.5%)
05/2012: The Walking Dead #98 - 49,974 (60,699)(+0.6%)
06/2012: The Walking Dead #99 - 55,710 (62,182)(+3.0%)
07/2012: The Walking Dead #100 - 366,051 (388,038)(+557.1%)
08/2012: The Walking Dead #101 - 51,732 (-85.9%)
09/2012: The Walking Dead #102 - 53,337 (+3.1%)

Making just the one appearance for the first time in a few months, it would seem that it’s selling better after issue 100 than retailers expect, and sees another increase.

61. Happy (Image)

09/2012: Happy #1 - 32,977

Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson score big with this heartwarming tale of a scummy hitman and a miniature talking blue horse that only he can see. It’s being written up as a devastating critique of modern crime comics in some quarters, personally I just think they’re having fun with an enormously silly and brutal crime book, not much more. Good sales anyway.

85. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)

09/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 96,556
09/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #18 - 77,589
09/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 - 52,303
09/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36 - 44,883
09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945

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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%)
07/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #11 - 27,490 (-1.4%)
08/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #12 - 26,569 (-3.4%)
09/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #13 - 25,864 (-2.7%)

Dropping faster than it should be this far into the run, but it’s still Dark Horse’s top seller by quite some margin, and the collections are still doing pretty well.

94. X-O Manowar (Valiant)

05/2012: X-O Manowar #1 - 42,708
06/2012: X-O Manowar #2 - 21,261 (-50.2%)
07/2012: X-O Manowar #3 - 18,149 (-14.6%)
08/2012: X-O Manowar #4 - 16,882 (-7.0%)
09/2012: X-O Manowar #5 - 23,800 (+41.0%)

Getting a big boost this month by the first appearance of Ninjak in the new Valiant universe.

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

05/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #1 - 20,940 (24,836)
06/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #2 - 19,273 (-8.0%)
07/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #3 - 21,996 (+14.1%)
08/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #4 - 22,133 (+0.6%)
09/2012: Star Trek TNG/ Doctor Who Assimilation #5 - 22,022 (-0.5%)

Very, very stable, and a good 5,000 copies better off than IDW’s next best-selling book.

105. Spawn (Image)

09/2007: Spawn #171 - 23,768
09/2008: Spawn #183 -
09/2009: -
09/2010: Spawn #199 - 18,076
09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526

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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
07/2012: Spawn #221 - 15,801 (-47.6%)
08/2012: Spawn #222 - 18,336 (+16.0%)
09/2012: Spawn #223 - 21,965 (+19.8%)

I don’t know whether these increased sales are down to the tribute variant covers, or genuine interest in the story, but I cynically suspect the latter. It also may have something to do with confusion over whether this or the last issue had the Walking Dead tribute cover, I found images of the cover with both numbers on it online.

117. Adventure Time (Boom!)

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

 

133. Adventure Time Marceline & the Scream Queens (Boom!)

07/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #1 - 21,182
08/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #2 - 17,428 (-17.7%)
09/2012: Marceline & the Scream Queens #3 - 17,071 (-2.0%)

Both books are exceptionally strong and stable at the moment, while back issues continue to fly out of stores everywhere. Boom would be well advised to keep those issues in print even after the collection comes out, I’m hearing of some stores selling hundreds of them.

127. The Manhattan Projects (Image)

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

Despite a small dip this month, overall this is doing very well indeed, and is still selling more than it debuted with.

129. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW)

09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333

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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%)
07/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12 - 18,789 (-3.2%)
08/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #13 - 18,342 (-2.4%)
09/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14 - 17,682 (-3.6%)

Starting to drop off a little faster than before, as the retro novelty slightly wears off.

131, 175. The Shadow (Dynamite)

04/2012: The Shadow #1 - 45,548
05/2012: The Shadow #2 - 21,982 (-51.7%)
06/2012: The Shadow #3 - 19,554 (-11.0%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: The Shadow #4 - 19,063 (-2.5%)
09/2012: The Shadow #5 - 17,284 (-9.3%)
09/2012: The Shadow Annual #1 - 11,437 (-33.8%)

Dropping faster for Garth Ennis’ last issue, with the Annual giving a hint at where the title’s sales may lie under another writer.

134. Thief of Thieves (Image)

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

Another book where the honeymoon is definitely over, although the trade is selling well.

138. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spike (Dark Horse)

08/2012: BTVS Spike #1 - 19,372
09/2012: BTVS Spike #2 - 16,589 (-14.4%)

 

139. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)

09/2008: Angel After the Fall #12 - 43,019
09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815
09/2010: Angel #37 - 15,865
09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473

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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%)
07/2012: Angel & Faith #12 - 16,656 (-2.3%)
08/2012: Angel & Faith #13 - 16,453 (-1.2%)
09/2012: Angel & Faith #14 - 16,139 (-1.9%)

Buffy’s two vampire exes are occupying roughly the same sales level, a good second issue drop for Spike and Angel drifting gently down.

140. The Boys (Dynamite)

09/2007: The Boys #10 - 32,077
09/2008: The Boys #22 - 27,104
09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502
09/2010: The Boys #46 - 20,789
09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660

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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%)
07/2012: The Boys #68 - 16,330 (-1.4%)
08/2012: The Boys #69 - 16,242 (-0.5%)
09/2012: The Boys #70 - 16,027 (-1.3%)

Just two issues to go now.

142. Star Wars Darth Maul Death Sentence (Dark Horse)

07/2012: Darth Maul Death Sentence #1 - 18,579
08/2012: Darth Maul Death Sentence #2 - 16,148 (-13.1%)
09/2012: Darth Maul Death Sentence #3 - 15,509 (-4.0%)

 

143. Star Wars Darth Vader Ghost Prison (Dark Horse)

05/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #1 - 22,026
06/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #2 - 16,858 (-23.5%)
07/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #3 - 16,332 (-3.1%)
08/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #4 - 15,850 (-3.0%)
09/2012: Darth Vader Ghost Prison #5 - 15,455 (-2.5%)

The villains seem to be the more popular characters at the moment, but Brian Wood’s new ongoing, set around the original movie trilogy, looks like it will do well.

144. Harbinger (Valiant)

06/2012: Harbinger #1 - 32,111
07/2012: Harbinger #2 - 17,239 (-46.3%)
08/2012: Harbinger #3 - 15,482 (-10.2%)
09/2012: Harbinger #4 - 15,298 (-1.2%)

 

147. Archer & Armstrong (Valiant)

08/2012: Archer & Armstrong #1 - 23,464
09/2012: Archer & Armstrong #2 - 14,539 (-38.0%)

 

148. Bloodshot (Valiant)

07/2012: Bloodshot #1 - 29,224
08/2012: Bloodshot #2 - 16,024 (-45.2%)
09/2012: Bloodshot #3 - 14,517 (-9.4%)

Harbinger looks to be settling down sales-wise, the other two still have a little way to go.

149. Conan (Dark Horse)

09/2008: The Cimmerian #3 - 25,102
09/2009: The Cimmerian #14 - 18,643
09/2010: The Cimmerian #23 - 15,837
09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621

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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%)
07/2012: Conan the Barbarian #6 - 15,078 (-2.0%)
08/2012: Conan the Barbarian #7 - 14,908 (-1.1%)
09/2012: Conan the Barbarian #8 - 14,443 (-3.1%)

Settling into a gentle decline.

151. Invincible (Image)

09/2008: Invincible #52 - 14,904
09/2009: Invincible #66 - 15,931
09/2010: -
09/2011: -

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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%)
07/2012: Invincible #93 - 14,545 (0%)
08/2012: Invincible #94 - 14,355 (-1.3%)
09/2012: Invincible #95 - 14,088 (-1.9%)

Dropping off a little over the last couple of months, but heading towards it’s hundredth issue. I suspect that won’t sell quite as much as Kirkman’s other long running book.

153. Revival (Image)

07/2012: Revival #1 - 18,039
08/2012: Revival #2 - 10,486 (-41.9%)
09/2012: Revival #3 - 13,943 (+33.0%)

A big increase, as the retailers hurry to adjust their orders to meet demand. Every issue has gone to reprint so far.

155. Star Trek The Next Generation Hive (IDW)

09/2012: Star Trek Next Generation Hive #1 - 13,927

Buoyed by the success of the Dr Who crossover, IDW add a new Next Generation series, also featuring the Borg and Voyager’s Seven of Nine.

157. Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith Spiral (Dark Horse)

08/2012: Lost Tribe of the Sith Spiral #1 - 15,667
09/2012: Lost Tribe of the Sith Spiral #2 - 13,648 (-12.9%)

An reasonable second-issue drop for this tale of the earlier days of the Star Wars Universe.

160. The Massive (Dark Horse)

06/2012: Massive #1 - 22,173
07/2012: Massive #2 - 16,600 (-25.1%)
08/2012: Massive #3 - 15,310 (-7.8%)
09/2012: Massive #4 - 13,427 (-12.3%)

A surprisingly big drop, this book should be doing far better than this.

161. 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 (-2.0%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: TMNT Micro Series #4 Leonardo - 16,253 (+4.1%)
05/2012: -
06/2012: TMNT Micro Series #5 Splinter - 15,769 (-3.0%)
07/2012: TMNT Micro Series #6 Casey Jones - 14,945 (-5.2%)
08/2012: TMNT Micro Series #7 April - 14,325 (-4.1%)
09/2012: TMNT Micro Series #8 Fugitoid - 13,356 (-6.8%)

Very slight sounds of barrels being scraped at this point…

163. Damsels (Dynamite)

09/2012: Damsels #1 - 13,201

Leah Moore & John Reppion’s new fantasy book, starts just above her Dad’s newest book…

165. Fashion Beast (Avatar)

09/2012: Fashion Beast #1 - 12,831

…although he’s not actually writing it, Antony Johnston is adapting Moore and Malcolm McClaren’s aborted opera.

167. Magic The Gathering (IDW)

02/2012: Magic The Gathering #1 - 28,858
02/2012: Magic The Gathering #2 - 23,849 (-17.4%)
03/2012: Magic The Gathering #3 - 20,078 (-15.8%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Magic The Gathering #4 - 18,779 (-6.5%)
06/2012: MTG The Spell Thief #1 - 15,726 (-16.3%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: MTG The Spell Thief #2 - 14,007 (-10.9%)

Losing hefty amounts of sales every month at the moment.

169. Chew (Image)

09/2009: Chew #4 - 12,294
09/2010: Chew #14 - 12,993
09/2011: -

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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
07/2012: Chew Secret Agent Poyo #1  - 15,982
08/2012: -
09/2012: Chew #28 - 12,531 (+2.8%)

Incredibly stable overall, with writer John Layman about to take over on Detective Comics thank to his work here.

170. Ghost (Dark Horse)

09/2012: Ghost #0 - 12,234

A relaunch of the nineties character, this issue collects the story from Dark Horse Presents.

174,183. Mind The Gap (Image)

05/2012: Mind The Gap #1 - 20,038
06/2012: Mind The Gap #2 - 14,218 (-29.0%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: Mind The Gap #3 - 11,168 (-21.4%)
09/2012: Mind The Gap #4 - 11,568 (+3.6%)
09/2012: Mind The Gap #5 - 10,791 (-6.7%)

Two issues this month, a rise and then a bigger drop.

176. Star Wars Knight Errant (Dark Horse)

09/2011: Knight Errant Deluge #2 - 12,767

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10/2011: Knight Errant Deluge #3 - 11,937 (-6.5%)
11/2011: Knight Errant Deluge #4 - 11,407 (-4.4%)
12/2011: Knight Errant Deluge #5 - 10,805 (-5.3%)
01-05/2012: -
06/2012: Knight Errant Escape #1 - 15,449 (+43.0%)
07/2012: Knight Errant Escape #2 - 12,232 (-20.8%)
08/2012: Knight Errant Escape #3 - 11,677 (-4.5%)
09/2012: Knight Errant Escape #4 - 11,368 (-2.6%)

The bottom-selling SW title, probably going away for a little while after next month’s final issue.

177. Transformers Regeneration One (IDW)

07/2012: Transformers Regeneration One #81 - 15,973
07/2012: Transformers Regeneration One 100 pg Special - 4,407
08/2012: Transformers Regeneration One #82 - 12,328 (-22.8%)
09/2012: Transformers Regeneration One #83 - 11,289 (-8.4%)

 

181, 200. 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%)
07/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #7 - 11,229 (-1.9%)
08/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #8 - 10,940 (-2.6%)
09/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #9 - 10,829 (-1.0%)
09/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Annual 2012 - 8,810

 

184, 193. 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%)
07/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #7 - 11,112 (-1.3%)
08/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #8 - 10,971 (-1.3%)
09/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #9 - 10,706 (-2.4%)
09/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Annual 2012 - 9,443

Regeneration is starting to flatten out in line with the other two Transformers books, and the two Annuals come in only a little behind the main books.

178. Danger Girl / GI Joe (IDW)

07/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #1 - 16,649
08/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #2 - 12,022 (-27.8%)
09/2012: Danger Girl / GI Joe #3 - 11,275 (-6.2%)

Settling down relatively fast for a mini-series of this nature.

179. Rocketeer Cargo of Doom (IDW)

03/2012: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 - 14,658 (-0.6%)
04/2012: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 - 11,734 (-19.9%)
05/2012: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #3 - 10,942 (-6.7%)
06/2012: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #4 - 10,676 (-2.4%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom #1 - 14,758
09/2012: Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom #2 - 11,087 (-24.9%)

An okay second-issue drop, although I suspect retailers might have slightly under-estimated the demand for this series.

182. Game of Thrones (Dynamite)

09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888

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10/2011: Game of Thrones #2 - 16,094 (-22.9%)
11/2011: Game of Thrones #3 - 15,983 (-0.7%)
12/2011: Game of Thrones #4 - 14,514 (-9.2%)
01/2012: Game of Thrones #5 - 13,096 (-9.8%)
02/2012: Game of Thrones #6 - 12,448 (-5.0%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Game of Thrones #7 - 11,511 (-7.5%)
05/2012: Game of Thrones #8 - 10,797 (-6.2%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Game of Thrones #9 - 11,027 (+2.1%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Game of Thrones #10 - 10,803 (-2.0%)

This seems to have roughly fond its level for the moment.

185. Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand (Dark Horse)

01/2012: The Burning Hand #1 - 12,004
02/2012: The Burning Hand #2 - 9,837 (-18.1%)
03/2012: The Burning Hand #3 - 9,576 (-2.7%)
04/2012: The Burning Hand #4 - 10,531 (+10.0%)
05/2012: The Burning Hand #5 - 9,506 (-9.7%)
06-07/2012: -
08/2012: Prayer of Neferu One-Shot - 9,643 (+1.4%)
09/2012: Caput Mortem #1 - 10,578 (+9.7%)

 

189. BPRD (Dark Horse)

09/2007: Killing Ground #2 (of 5) - 16,142
09/2008: Warning #3 (of 5) - 16,332
09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810
09/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #2 - 12,717
09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634

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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%)
07/2012: Hell on Earth Devil's Engine #3 - 11,625 (+7.9%)
06/2012: Hell on Earth Exorcism #1 - 11,212 (+4.1%)
07/2012: Hell on Earth Exorcism #2 - 10,484 (-6.5%)
08/2012: Hell on Earth Return of the Master #1 - 11,983 (+14.3%)
09/2012: Hell on Earth Return of the Master #2 - 10,271 (-14.3%)

Lobster Johnson outsells parent-book BPRD this month, I’ll be interested to see how well next month’s 100th issue sells.

186. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)

09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943

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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%)
07/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #11 - 10,932 (-0.7%)
08/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #12 - 10,635 (-2.7%)
09/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #13 - 10,396 (-2.2%)

Slowly drifting downwards, but obviously with a new movie right around the corner.

187, 221. Wonderland (Zenescope)

07/2012: Wonderland #1 - 16,909
07/2012: Wonderland Annual 2012 - 6,199
08/2012: -
09/2012: Wonderland #2 - 10,299 (-39.1%)
09/2012: Wonderland #3 - 7,829 (-24.0%)

After a strong launch this is settling down to the same sales range the other Grimm Fairy Tales books occupy.

188. Kiss (IDW)

06/2012: Kiss #1 - 20,518
07/2012: Kiss #2 - 13,428 (-34.6%)
08/2012: Kiss #3 - 11,941 (-11.1%)
09/2012: Kiss #4 - 10,288 (-13.8%)

Yeah, as expected, not a huge audience for these comics, having lost 50% of its sales in the first four issues.

190. Guarding The Globe (Image)

09/2012: Guarding The Globe #1 - 10,183

Spinning off from Invincible, this is selling around where you would expect for a teambook of Robert Kirkman’s second-tier characters.

191. Godzilla Half-Century War (IDW)

08/2012: Godzilla Half Century War #1 - 11,010
09/2012: Godzilla Half Century War #2 - 9,454 (-14.1%)

Selling better than the parent book, James Stokoe seems to be the main draw here, and it’s gone into second-print.

194. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)

09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003

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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%)
07/2012: Warlord of Mars #19 - 10,002 (+4.3%)
08/2012: Warlord of Mars #20 - 9,889 (-1.1%)
09/2012: Warlord of Mars #21 - 9,388 (-5.1%)

 

195. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris (Dynamite)

09/2011: Dejah Thoris #6 - 12,903

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10/2011: Dejah Thoris #7 - 12,296 (-4.7%)
11/2011: Dejah Thoris #8 - 11,419 (-7.1%)
12/2011: -
01/2012: Dejah Thoris #9 - 10,989 (-3.8%)
02/2012: Dejah Thoris #10 - 10,809 (-1.6%)
03/2012: Dejah Thoris #11 - 10,338 (-4.4%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Dejah Thoris #12 - 9,620 (-6.9%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Dejah Thoris #13 - 9,194 (-4.4%)
08/2012: Dejah Thoris #14 - 9,637 (+4.8%)
09/2012: Dejah Thoris #15 - 9,345 (-3.0%)

The two books are selling almost at the same level, slowly shedding readers though.

197. Peter Cannon Thunderbolt (Dynamite)

09/2012: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 - 9,115

Yet another Dynamite relaunch of a character absolutely no-one was asking for. There were a lot of variant covers, and I will be very surprised if it lasts a year.

199, 201. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)

09/2010: Crossed Family Values #4 - 9,927
09/2011: -

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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%)
07/2012: Crossed Badlands #9 - 9,520 (-0.3%)
07/2012: Crossed Badlands #10 - 9,205 (-3.3%)
08/2012: Crossed Badlands #11 - 9,215 (+0.1%)
08/2012: Crossed Badlands #12 - 8,900 (-3.4%)
09/2012: Crossed Badlands #13 - 8,882 (-0.2%)
09/2012: Crossed Badlands #14 - 8,678 (-2.3%)

Continuing its slow downward trend, they’re already trailing that Garth Ennis will return for the 50th and 100th issues, in um, late 2013 and 2015. That seems a little premature.

202. The Crow (IDW)

07/2012: The Crow #1 - 18,689
08/2012: The Crow #2 - 11,021 (-41.0%)
09/2012: The Crow #3 - 8,649 (-21.5%)

Probably not going to level out for this series, but James O’Barr is returning for the next series for the first time in some 23 years, since the initial 5 issue series.

203. Godzilla(IDW)

09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141

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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%)
07/2012: Godzilla #3 - 9,281 (-4.8%)
08/2012: Godzilla #4 - 8,767 (-5.5%)
09/2012: Godzilla #5 - 8,597 (-1.9%)

Apparently leveling out.

206. Black Kiss 2 (Image)

08/2012: Black Kiss 2 #1 - 10,835
09/2012: Black Kiss 2 #2 - 8,362 (-22.8%)

A very niche series, despite the controversy over the content.

207. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)

09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542

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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%)
07/2012: Real American Hero #180 - 8,845 (+0.9%)
08/2012: Real American Hero #181 - 8,525 (-3.6%)
09/2012: Real American Hero #182 - 8,239 (-3.4%)

 

212. GI Joe (IDW)

09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371

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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%)
07/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #15 - 8,667 (-2.8%)
08/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #16 - 8,348 (-3.7%)
09/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #17 - 8,138 (-2.5%)

Both main titles drifting downwards, and waiting for the new, somewhat delayed, film.

208. Witchblade (Image)

09/2011: Witchblade #148 - 8,461

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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%)
07/2012: Witchblade #158 - 8,556 (-1.8%)
08/2012: Witchblade #159 - 8,598 (+0.5%)
09/2012: Witchblade #160 - 8,202 (-4.6%)

Ouch, after a fairly stable six months it starts dropping at a much swifter rate.

209. Mars Attacks (IDW)

06/2012: Mars Attacks #1 - 43,514
07/2012: Mars Attacks #2 - 10,744 (-75.3%)
08/2012: Mars Attacks #3 - 9,225 (-14.1%)
09/2012: Mars Attacks #4 - 8,194 (-11.2%)

Not really stabilizing yet.

211. The Goon (Dark Horse)

09/2011: -

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10/2011: -
11/2011: The Goon #36 - 8,757 (+2.7%)
12/2011: -
01/2012: The Goon #37 - 8,789 (+0.4%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: The Goon #38 - 8,034 (-8.6%)
04/2012: The Goon #39 - 8,300 (+3.3%)
05-06/2012: -
07/2012: The Goon #40 - 8,364 (+0.7%)
08/2012: The Goon #41 - 8,287 (-0.9%)
09/2012: The Goon #42 - 8,142 (-1.7%)

Pretty stable overall.

214, 222. Vampirella (Dynamite)

09/2011: -

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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
01/2012: Vampirella #13 - 10,176 (-5.1%)
02/2012: Vampirella #14 - 9,851 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Vampirella #15 - 9,212 (-6.5%)
04/2012: Vampirella #16 - 9,012 (-2.2%)
05/2012: Vampirella #17 - 8,873 (-1.5%)
06/2012: Vampirella #18 - 9,144 (+3.1%)
07/2012: Vampirella #19 - 8,944 (-2.2%)
08/2012: Vampirella #20 - 8,884 (-0.7%)
08/2012: Vampirella #21 - 8,594 (-3.3%)
08/2012: Vampirella Annual #2 - 5,870 (-14.1%)
09/2012: Vampirella #22 - 8,027 (-6.6%)
09/2012: Vampirella #23 - 7,790 (-3.0%)

Dynamite seem to be pumping out as many issues of this as possible before the audience dwindles to nothing.

215. New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes (Archie)

09/2012: New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #1 - 7,990

Despite an abortive relaunch of these characters only a few years ago through DC, Archie have another go at teaming their super-hero characters, with the sort of sales you’d expect.

217. Peanuts (Boom!)

11/2011: Peanuts #0 - 22,644
01/2012: Peanuts #1 - 11,994 (-47.0%)
02/2012: Peanuts #2 - 10,584 (-11.8%)
03/2012: Peanuts #3 - 10,188 (-3.7%)
04/2012: Peanuts #4 - 10,216 (+0.3%)
05-07/2012: -
08/2012: Peanuts v2 #1 - 9,936 (-2.7%)
09/2012: Peanuts v2 #2 - 7,955 (-19.9%)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not very keen on these new comics, especially as Schulz specifically requested in his will that no new strips should be produced, so I can’t say that I’m disappointed with the large drop it suffered this month, and wouldn’t be unhappy if they stopped selling at all. Nothing against Boom!, I love many of the comics they publish, just not this one.

218, 226. True Blood (IDW)

09/2011: True Blood French Quarter #2 - 10,605

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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%)
07/2012: True Blood Ongoing #3 - 8,449 (-5.5%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: True Blood Ongoing #4 - 7,932 (-6.1%)
09/2012: True Blood Ongoing #5 - 7,480 (-5.7%)

Judging by these drops, the comic series doesn’t seem to be capturing the same loyalty that the TV show engenders.

 219. Rachel Rising (Abstract)

09/2011: Rachel Rising #2 - 8,189

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10/2011: -
11/2011: Rachel Rising #3 - 8,872 (+8.3%)
12/2011: Rachel Rising #4 - 4,331 (9068) (+2.2%)
01/2012: Rachel Rising #5 - 4,180 (8592) (-5.3%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Rachel Rising #6 - 8,399 (-2.2%)
04/2012: Rachel Rising #7 - 8,210 (-2.3%)
05/2012: Rachel Rising #8 - 8,103 (-1.3%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Rachel Rising #9 - 8,194 (+1.1%)
08/2012: Rachel Rising #10 - 8,330 (+1.7%)
09/2012: Rachel Rising #11 - 7,915 (-5.0%)

A much larger drop than normal, whether this signals a larger decline or not, we will have to see.

220. Haunt (Image)

09/2011: -

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10/2011: -
11/2011: Haunt #18 - 12,840 (-4.5%)
11/2011: Haunt #19 - 12,195 (-5.0%)
12/2011: Haunt #20 - 11,476 (-6.0%)
01/2012: -
02/2011: Haunt #21 - 11,000 (-5.9%)
03/2011: Haunt #22 - 10,377 (-5.7%)
04/2011: Haunt #23 - 9,501 (-8.4%)
05-06:2012: -
07/2011: Haunt #24 - 8,604 (-9.4%)
07/2011: Haunt #25 - 8,227 (-4.4%)
08/2012: -
09/2011: Haunt #26 - 7,840 (-4.7%)

Sadly, post-Capullo, this seems a bit doomed, despite the quality of Joe Casey and Nathan Fox’s work.

223. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)

09/2011: -

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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%)
07/2012: Spongebob Comics #10 - 8,092 (+1.4%)
08/2012: Spongebob Comics #11 - 7,972 (-1.5%)
09/2012: Spongebob Comics #12 - 7,767 (-2.6%)

Very much in the regular sales-range of this book.

224. Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror (Bongo)

09/2006: Treehouse of Horror #12 - 10,853
09/2007: Treehouse of Horror #13 - 9,691
09/2008: Treehouse of Horror #14 - 9,133
09/2009: Treehouse of Horror #15 - 8,818
09/2010: Treehouse of Horror #16 - 8,705
09/2011: Treehouse of Horror #17 - 7,671
09/2012: Treehouse of Horror #18 - 7,746

A bit up on last year, the Simpson’s Halloween Annual still sells pretty well.

227. Ghostbusters Ongoing (IDW)

09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716

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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%)
07/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #11 - 7,809 (-4.8%)
08/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #12 - 7,567 (-3.1%)
09/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #13 - 7,435 (-1.7%)

Possibly, maybe, finally stabilizing.

228. Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (IDW)

092011: -

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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%)
07/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #15 - 7,890 (-2.6%)
08/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #16 - 7,632 (-3.3%)
09/2012: Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #17 - 7,391 (-3.2%)

 

235. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)

09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068

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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%)
07/2012: Cobra #15 - 7,619 (-3.2%)
08/2012: Cobra #16 - 7,328 (-3.8%)
09/2012: Cobra #17 - 7,112 (-2.9%)

Again, both books dropping a little quicker than they should be at this point, and awaiting the new GI Joe film.

229. Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (Dynamite)

09/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #2 - 12,343

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10/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #3 - 11,229 (-9.0%)
11/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #4 - 10,746 (-4.3%)
12/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #5 - 9,825 (-8.6%)
02/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #6 - 9,640 (-1.9%)
02/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #7 - 8,873 (-8.0%)
03:2012: -
04/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #8 - 8,988 (+1.3%)
05/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #9 - 8,540 (-5.0%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #10 - 8,479 (-0.7%)
07/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #11 - 8,027 (-5.3%)
08/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #12 - 7,903 (-1.5%)
09/2012: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #13 - 7,366 (-6.8%)

This has fallen solidly into a pattern of big drop, little drop, but ultimately dwindling.

231. 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%)
07/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #3 - 7,900 (-9.3%)
08/2012: TMNT Color Classics Micro Series Raphael One Shot #2 - 8,379 (+6.1%)
09/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #4 - 7,322 (-12.6%)

Not a lot to say about this one, reprint title, dropping like a rock.

232. 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 (???%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #0 - 7,274 (+76.5%)
09/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #1 - 6,985 (-4.0%)

Not really great sales for a Mark Waid comic, but I guess pretty good for a relatively obscure British property. You’d imagine UK sales are proportionally pretty good (remembering they’re not reported here).

233. The Creep (Dark Horse)

08/2012: The Creep #0 - 8,185
09/2012: The Creep #1 - 7,236 (-11.6%)

Not a bad second-issue drop on one hand, but then on the other hand, the last issue was reprinted from DHP, this is the first all-new issue. On the third hand, I think retailers might have slightly under-ordered.

234, 239. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)

09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557

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10/2011: Jennifer Blood #5 - 12,337 (-1.7%)
11/2011: Jennifer Blood #6 - 11,660 (-5.5%)
12/2011: Jennifer Blood #7 - 11,522 (-1.2%)
01/2012: Jennifer Blood #8 - 10,767 (-6.5%)
02/2012: Jennifer Blood #9 - 9,906 (-8.0%)
03/2012: Jennifer Blood #10 - 9,421 (-4.9%)
04/2012: Jennifer Blood #11 - 8,975 (-4.7%)
04/2012: Jennifer Blood #12 - 8,350 (-7.0%)
05/2012: Jennifer Blood #13 - 7,997 (-4.2%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Jennifer Blood #14 - 7,889 (-1.4%)
07/2012: Jennifer Blood Annual #1 - 6,068
08/2012: Jennifer Blood #15 - 7,491 (-5.0%)
09/2012: Jennifer Blood #16 - 7,208 (-3.8%)
09/2012: Jennifer Blood #17 - 6,942 (-3.7%)

Not dropping quite as quickly as it was. That’s about the best thing I can say this month.

 236. Lady Death (Avatar)

09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127

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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%)
07/2012: Lady Death #19 - 7,212 (-1.9%)
08/2012: Lady Death #20 - 7,312 (+1.4%)
09/2012: Lady Death #21 - 6,990 (-4.4%)

A slightly larger drop this month, but nothing to get worried about yet.

237. The Spider (Dynamite)

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

Ouch. Still not looking like stabilizing anytime soon, it’s dropped around a thousand copies the last two issues, at that rate it’ll be gone in 7 issues time.

 238. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword)

09/2011: Tarot #70 - 6,955

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10/2011: -
11/2011: Tarot #71 - 6,677 (-4.0%)
12/2011: -
01/2012: Tarot #72 - 6,859 (+2.7%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Tarot #73 - 6,672 (-2.7%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Tarot #74 - 6,970 (+4.5%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Tarot #75 - 7,190 (+3.2%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Tarot #76 - 6,955 (-3.3%)

Up and down, but overall very stable.

240. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)

09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808

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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%)
07/2012: Simpsons Comics #192 - 6,917 (-2.1%)
08/2012: L'il Homer #1 - 8,200
08/2012: Simpsons Comics #193 - 7,005 (+1.3%)
09/2012: Simpsons Comics #194 - 6,861 (-2.1%)

Stable.

241. Sonic Universe (Archie)

09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027

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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%)
07/2012: Sonic Universe #42 - 8,061 (+12.0%)
08/2012: Sonic Universe #43 - 6,901 (-16.8%)
09/2012: Sonic Universe #44 - 6,860 (-0.6%)

After the ups and downs of the last few months, stability again.

242, 259. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)

09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 - 8,183

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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
07/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #75 - 11,108 (+59.0%)
07/2012: GFT Bad Girls #1 - 6,636
07/2012: Gft Swimsuit Special 2012 - 6,158
08/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #76 - 6,919 (-37.7%)
09/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #77 - 6,847 (-1.0%)
09/2012: GFT Bad Girls #2 - 6,143 (-7.4%)

 

244. GFT Jungle Book (Zenescope)

03/2012: GFT Jungle Book #1 - 10,337
04/2012: GFT Jungle Book #2 - 6,157 (-40.4%)
05/2012: GFT Jungle Book #3 - 6,054 (-1.7%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: GFT Jungle Book #4 - 7,311 (+20.8%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: GFT Jungle Book #5 - 6,763 (-7.5%)

Totally standard sales. GFT solidly tends to sell around 6-7,000 copies, regardless of what the title is.

243. Harvest (Image)

08/2012: Harvest #1 - 8,189
09/2012: Harvest #2 - 6,788 (-17.1%)

A fairly good drop, there seems to be quite good word-of-mouth on this series.

245. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)

09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324

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10/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #10 - 7,481 (+2.1%)
11/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #11 - 7,319 (-2.2%)
12/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #12 - 7,200 (-1.6%)
01/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #13 - 7,156 (-0.6%)
02/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #14 - 7,175 (+0.3%)
03/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #15 - 6,975 (-2.8%)
04/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #16 - 6,973 (0%)
09/2012: Doctor Who Annual 2012 - 6,722 (-3.6%)

An annual presages a new ongoing series, with Mark Buckingham on art duties.

246. Popeye (IDW)

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

Another one still a little way off finding its level.

247. It Girl & The Atomics (Image)

08/2012: It Girl & The Atomics #1 - 6,503
09/2012: It Girl & The Atomics #2 - 6,641 (+2.1%)

Bucking the trend, a small rise for the second issue, although I think that might indicate the first issue was under-ordered more than anything else.

248. Mega Man (Archie)

09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741

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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%)
07/2012: Mega Man #15 - 5,934 (+0.5%)
08/2012: Mega Man #16 - 6,044 (+1.9%)
09/2012: Mega Man #17 - 6,638 (+9.8%)

A very good rise, for no specific reason I can see.

249. Call of Wonderland (Zenescope)

05/2012: Call of Wonderland #1 - 7,852
06/2012: Call of Wonderland #2 - 7,418 (-5.5%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: Call of Wonderland #3 - 7,054 (-4.9%)
09/2012: Call of Wonderland #4 - 6,623 (-6.1%)

Again, standard GFT sales.

251. Michael Avon Oeming's The Victories (Dark Horse)

08/2012: Michael Avon Oeming's The Victories #1 - 9,511
09/2012: Michael Avon Oeming's The Victories #2 - 6,511 (-31.5)

A fairly big drop, despite Oeming’s name, this seems a little generic in the superheroes gone bad genre.

252. 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%)
07/2012:
08/2012: -
09/2012: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #6 - 6,500 (-0.7%)

Lagging further behind, but sales are rock-solid this month.

253. Dark Shadows Vampirella (Dynamite)

08/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #1 - 7,899
09/2012:Dark Shadows Vampirella #2 - 6,497 (-17.7%)

Standard second-issue drop.

254. Joe Hill's The Cape (IDW)

09/2011: -

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10/2011:The Cape #2 - 8,330 (-12.0%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: The Cape #3 - 7,704 (-7.5%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: The Cape #4 - 7,364 (-4.4%)
03-06/2012: -
07/2012: The Cape 1969 #1 - 9,043 (+22.8%)
08/2012: The Cape 1969 #2 - 7,345 (-18.8%)
09/2012: The Cape 1969 #3 - 6,484 (-11.7%)

Not stabilizing as well as the last series.

257. Jennifer Blood First Blood (Dynamite)

09/2012: Jennifer Blood First Blood #1 - 6,372

Not too bad, only about 600 copies behind the main series.

258. Planet of the Apes Cataclysm (Boom!)

09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890

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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%)
07/2012: Planet of the Apes #16 - 4,768 (-5.3%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Planet of the Apes Cataclysm #1 - 6,264 (+31.4%)

A good increase for the new ongoing series (which I incorrectly stated in an earlier column was a mini-series, sorry people!).

260. Hypernaturals (Boom!)

06/2012: Hypernaturals #1 - 10,854
07/2012: -
08/2012: Hypernaturals #2 - 7,110 (-34.5%)
09/2012: Hypernaturals #3 - 6,022 (-15.3%)

Starting to stabilize, but I really thought this series would be selling far better. It’s good stuff, people!

261. Prophet (Image)

01/2012: Prophet #21 - 6,029
02/2012: Prophet #22 - 6,030 (0%)
03/2012: Prophet #23 - 6,289 (+4.3%)
04/2012: Prophet #24 - 6,639 (+5.6%)
05/2012: Prophet #25 - 6,390 (-3.7%)
06/2012: Prophet #26 - 6,275 (-1.8%)
07/2012: Prophet #27 - 6,117 (-2.5%)
08/2012: Prophet #28 - 5,969 (-2.4%)
09/2012: Prophet #29 - 5,899 (-1.2%)

In slow decline, although the first collection is doing well.

262. Green Hornet (Dynamite)

09/2011: Green Hornet #18 - 9,279

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10/2011: -
11/2011: Green Hornet #19 - 8,799 (-5.2%)
12/2011: Green Hornet #20 - 8,297 (-5.7%)
01/2012: Green Hornet #21 - 8,043 (-3.1%)
01/2012: Green Hornet Annual #2 - 5,226 (-35.0%)
02/2012: Green Hornet #22 - 7,789 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Green Hornet #23 - 7,087 (-9.0%)
04/2012: Green Hornet #24 - 6,751 (-4.7%)
05/2012: Green Hornet #25 - 6,641 (-1.6%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Green Hornet #26 - 6,413 (-3.4%)
08/2012: Green Hornet #27 - 6,071 (-5.3%)
09/2012: Green Hornet #28 - 5,939 (-2.2%)

Another slowly declining series.

263. Vampirella Red Room (Dynamite)

04/2012: Red Room #1 - 8,012
05-06/2012: -
07/2012: Red Room #2 - 6,317 (-21.2%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Red Room #3 - 5,938 (-6.0%)

Leveling out.

264. Bionic Woman (Dynamite)

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

Not leveling out.

266. Stumptown (Oni)

09/2012: Stumptown v2 #1 - 5,899

Greg Rucka’s low-rent Portland PI returns, probably slightly under-ordered, I hear it’s been seeing strong reorders.

268. 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%)
07-08/2012: -
09/2012: Hell Yeah #5 - 5,872 (-13.0%)

The last issue, I think, and the drops were accelerating.

269. Hellraiser (Boom!) 

09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303

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10/2011: Hellraiser #6 - 9,715 (-5.7%)
11/2011: Hellraiser #7 - 9,263 (-4.7%)
12/2011: Hellraiser #8 - 9,059 (-2.2%)
01/2012: Hellraiser #9 - 8,382 (-7.5%)
02/2012: Hellraiser #10 - 8,076 (-3.7%)
02/2012: Hellraiser #11 - 7,676 (-5.0%)
03/2012: Hellraiser #12 - 7,329 (-4.5%)
04/2012: Hellraiser #13 - 6,855 (-6.5%)
04/2012: Hellraiser Annual #1 - 6,283
05/2012: Hellraiser #14 - 6,707 (-2.2%)
07/2012: Hellraiser #15 - 6,704 (0%)
07/2012: Hellraiser #16 - 6,198 (-7.5%)
08/2012: Hellraiser #17 - 6,064 (-2.2%)
09/2012: Hellraiser #18 - 5,852 (-3.5%)

This is starting to approach what must be unsustainable levels for a licensed book.

270. Artifacts (Image)

09/2011: Artifacts #10 - 9,215

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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%)
07/2012: Artifacts #19 - 6,203 (-4.0%)
08/2012: Artifacts #20 - 6,070 (-2.1%)
09/2012: Artifacts #21 - 5,814 (-4.2%)

Top Cow seem to be having a bit of a crisis, sales-wise at the moment, none of their books seem to be doing too well. Their recent reboot, which sprang out of this series, doesn’t seem to have had much effect.

271. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)

09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366

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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%)
07/2012: Dark Horse Presents #14 - 6,448 (-9.6%)
08/2012: Dark Horse Presents #15 - 6,154 (-4.6%)
09/2012: Dark Horse Presents #16 - 5,765 (-6.3%)

Slightly precipitous drops, but as usual, the economics are a bit different on this eight dollar book.

272. Think Tank (Image)

08/2012: Think Tank #1 - 6,502
09/2012: Think Tank #2 - 5,713 (-12.1%)

A good drop, with decent word of mouth helping it out. I

273. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)

09/2011: -

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10/2011: Myths and Legends #8 - 6,983 (+12.4%)
11/2011: Myths and Legends #9 - 6,757 (-3.2%)
12/2011: Myths and Legends #10 - 6,242 (-7.6%)
01/2012: Myths and Legends #11 - 6,190 (-0.8%)
02/2012: Myths and Legends #12 - 5,922 (-4.3%)
02/2012: Myths and Legends #13 - 5,734 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Myths and Legends #14 - 5,615 (-1.8%)
04/2012: Myths and Legends #15 - 5,359 (-4.6%)
05/2012: Myths and Legends #16 - 5,591 (+4.3%)
05/2012: Myths and Legends #17 - 5,761 (+3.0%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Myths and Legends #18 - 5,720 (-0.7%)
08/2012: Myths and Legends #19 - 5,547 (-3.0%)
09/2012: Myths and Legends #20 - 5,674 (+2.3%)

Absolutely rock-solid.

274. Army of Darkness (Dynamite)

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

This series is really not faring too well this time around.

275. Queen Sonja (Dynamite) 

09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883

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10/2011: Queen Sonja #21 - 6,809 (-1.1%)
10/2011: Queen Sonja #22 - 6,501 (-4.5%)
11/2011: Queen Sonja #23 - 6,523 (+0.1%)
11/2011: Queen Sonja #24 - 6,362 (-2.5%)
12/2011: Queen Sonja #25 - 6,254 (-1.7%)
01/2012: Queen Sonja #26 - 6,016 (-3.8%)
02/2012: Queen Sonja #27 - 6,097 (+1.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Queen Sonja #28 - 6,026 (-1.2%)
05/2012: Queen Sonja #29 - 5,861 (-2.7%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Queen Sonja #30 - 5,688 (-3.0%)
08/2012: Queen Sonja #31 - 5,526 (-2.8%)
09/2012: Queen Sonja #32 - 5,454 (-1.3%)

Slowly dwindling.

276. The Lone Ranger (Dynamite)

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

Another one eagerly awaiting a new film.

277, 292. 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%)
07/2012: Stitched #6 - 6,017 (-0.8%)
09/2012: Stitched #7 - 5,357 (-11.0%)
09/2012: Stitched #8 - 4,888 (-8.7%)

Yikes. The post Ennis-era begins.

279. Fathom (Aspen)

09/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #2 - 7,579

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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%)
07-08/2012: -
09/2012: Fathom Vol 4 #7 - 5,303 (-8.1%)

Doesn’t look like there’s much audience for a post-Turner Fathom book anymore.

280. Dark Shadows (Dynamite)

11/2011: Dark Shadows #1 - 9,090
12/2011: Dark Shadows #2 - 7,407 (-18.5%)
01/2012: Dark Shadows #3 - 6,337 (-14.5%)
03/2012: Dark Shadows #4 - 6,050 (-4.5%)
04/2012: -
05/2012: Dark Shadows #5 - 5,746 (-5.0%)
06/2012: -
07/2012: Dark Shadows #6 - 5,283 (-8.1%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Dark Shadows #7 - 5,265 (-3.4%)

Can’t see this one continuing for too much longer, now that the film has been and gone to not very much fanfare.

282. 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%)
07/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #4 - 6,882 (-23.0%)
08/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #5 - 5,521 (-19.8%)
09/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #6 - 5,215 (-5.5%)

Maybe starting to find its level.

283. Darkness (Image)

09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856

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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%)
07/2012: Darkness #105 - 5,515 (-5.3%)
08/2012: -
09/2012: Darkness #106 - 5,113 (-7.3%)

And the hits keep on coming for Top Cow this month. I mean that more in a boxing-metaphor way, rather than actual success, obviously.

284. Epic Kill (Image)

05/2012: Epic Kill #1 - 13,784
06/2012: Epic Kill #2 - 8,255 (-40.1%)
07/2012: Epic Kill #3 - 6,813 (-17.5%)
08/2012: Epic Kill #4 - 5,676 (-16.7%)
09/2012: Epic Kill #5 - 5,098 (-10.2%)

Another maybe, sort-of stabilizing book.

285. Debris (Image)

07/2012: Debris #1 - 8,532
08/2012: Debris #2 - 5,714 (-33.0%)
09/2012: Debris #3 - 5,053 (-11.6%)

Standard third issue drop.

286. Mind MGMT (Dark Horse)

05/2012: Mind MGMT #1 - 7,537
06/2012: Mind MGMT #2 - 5,566 (-26.2%)
08/2012: Mind MGMT #3 - 5,579 (+0.2%)
08/2012: Mind MGMT #4 - ???? (???%)
09/2012: Mind MGMT #5 - 5,017 (???%)

This one seems to be picking up a little word of mouth, but Matt Kindt has always had a bigger audience outside of the direct market.

287. Creator Owned Heroes (Image)

06/2012: Creator Owned Heroes #1 - 12,778
07/2012: Creator Owned Heroes #2 - 7,626 (-40.3%)
08/2012: Creator Owned Heroes #3 - ???? (???%)
09/2012: Creator Owned Heroes #4 - 4,992 (???%)

Dropping a bit quickly, hopefully the addition of Darwyn Cooke to the roster will help level things out a bit.

289. 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%)
07/2012: The Strain #6 - 5,742 (-5.2%)
08/2012: The Strain #7 - 5,376 (-6.4%)
09/2012: The Strain #7 - 4,977 (-7.4%)

I have no idea how this will be selling come the end of the series. Badly, I think.

290. Womanthology Space (IDW)   09/2012: Womanthology Space #1 - 4,953

Spinning off from the Kickstarter-funded book, this is an anthology of stories by new female artists and writers.

291. Classic Popeye (IDW)

08/2012: Classic Popeye #1 - 5,867
09/2012: Classic Popeye #2 - 4,924 (-16.1%)

A very niche book, so reasonable sales I guess.

293. Garfield (Boom!)

05/2012: Garfield #1 - 10,057
06/2012: Garfield #2 - 7,452 (-25.9%)
07/2012: Garfield #3 - 6,108 (-18.0%)
08/2012: Garfield #4 - ???? (???%)
09/2012: Garfield #5 - 4,844 (???%)

Not doing very well, this.

294. Soulfire (Aspen)

09/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #4 - 5,029

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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
07/2012: Soulfire Faith #1 - 4,543
07/2012: Soulfire Despair #1 - 4,524
07/2012: Soulfire Grace #1 - 4,431
07/2012: Soulfire Power #1 - 4,330
08/2012: Soulfire Vol 4 #1 - 5,864 (+35.4%)
09/2012: Soulfire Vol 4 #2 - 4,824 (-17.7%)

After the brief rise last month, this drops right back down again.

295. Red Sonja Atlantis Rises (Dynamite)

08/2012: Red Sonja Atlantis Rises #1 - 5,567
09/2012: Red Sonja Atlantis Rises #2 - 4,813 (-13.5%)

Not a bad second-issue drop, but not great sales to start with.

296. Irresistible (Zenescope)

07/2012: Irresistible #1 - 5,843
09/2012: Irresistible #2 - 4,783 (-18.1%)

An okay second-issue drop, but below Zenescope’s GFT books.

297. Executive Assistant Assassins (Aspen)

09/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #3 - 5,502

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10/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #4 - 5,309(-3.5%)
11/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #5 - 4,757(-10.4%)
12/2011-06/2012: -
07/2012: Executive Assistant Assassins #1 - 6,327 (+33.0%)
08/2012: Executive Assistant Assassins #2 - ???? (???%)
09/2012: Executive Assistant Assassins #3 - 4,584 (???%)

Dropping below the last series’ sales.

298. Savage Dragon (Image)

09/2011: -

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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%)
07-08/2012: -
09/2012: Savage Dragon #181 - 4,556 (-0.8%)

Low sales, but very stable, and with a one-man creative team (mostly).

299. Higher Earth (Boom!)

05/2012: Higher Earth #1 - 18,775
06/2012: Higher Earth #2 - 6,964 (-62.9%)
07/2012: -
08/2012: Higher Earth #3 - 5,888 (-15.4%)
08/2012: Higher Earth #4 - ???? (???%)
09/2012: Higher Earth #5 - 4,502 (???%)

Another of Boom’s sci-fi titles that doesn’t really seem to be catching on, sadly.

300. Hoax Hunters (Image)

03/2012: Hoax Hunters #0 - 5,779
04-06/2012: -
07/2012: Hoax Hunters #1 - 6,973 (+20.7%)
08/2012: Hoax Hunters #2 - ???? (???%)
07/2012: Hoax Hunters #3 - 4,404 (???%)

Falling off the chart.
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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. Jim 'Bruce' Lee says:

    Text is getting cut off when it hits the right side.

  2. Thanks for all your work. It is scary seeing a lot of good titles taking these dips.

  3. Thanks for all the work, as always.

    “02/2012: Thief of Thieves #1 – 17,877
    09/2012: Thief of Thieves #8 – 17,070 (-6.5%)
    Another book where the honeymoon is definitely over, although the trade is selling well.”

    How does dropping just 4.5% between issue 1 and issue #8 signal the honeymoon being over?

    “160. The Massive (Dark Horse) A surprisingly big drop, this book should be doing far better than this.”

    That was the issue where the artist changed, wasn’t it?

    “190. Guarding The Globe (Image) Spinning off from Invincible, this is selling around where you would expect for a teambook of Robert Kirkman’s second-tier characters.”

    How does it compare to the miniseries of the same name from a year or two ago?

    “220. Haunt (Image) Sadly, post-Capullo, this seems a bit doomed, despite the quality of Joe Casey and Nathan Fox’s work.”

    Personally, I wasn’t able to get into Casey & Fox’s work on Haunt despite generally be fans of their work, and having been a fan of the book prior to their arrival. It’s just so far off from what the book was in every conceivable way that it doesn’t even feel like the same book, other than the basic premise. The storytelling style is a complete 180, the main characters don’t act the same way anymore, most of the supporting cast has been MIA, and the art is frequently hard to follow. Creators aside, if you were a fan of the title the way it ran for the first 18 issues, I can understand being completely turned off by the post-19 issues.

  4. Paul Mellerick says:

    @Jason – With Thief of Thieves, it’s more about the percentage drops than where it is now. It rose up to almost 20,000 copies, but the last two months dropped almost 3,000 of those. It’s less of a drop in October but still on a downward heading.

    The Massive, I’d be surprised if many retailers would drop their orders for an artist change, it’s very much Brian Wood’s book.

    The last series of Guarding The Globe never shipped in September, which is why I didn’t list the previous series, but it started on 15,013 and ended on 7,321.

  5. Christopher says:

    160. The Massive (Dark Horse)
    06/2012: Massive #1 – 22,173
    07/2012: Massive #2 – 16,600 (-25.1%)
    08/2012: Massive #3 – 15,310 (-7.8%)
    09/2012: Massive #4 – 13,427 (-12.3%)
    A surprisingly big drop, this book should be doing far better than this.

    Personally, I have found this book to be disjointed and uninspiring thus far. It seems like others agree. I dropped the title despite being a huge fan of Wood’s previous work.

    Word is that IDW is re-configuring their Joe & Cobra titles so they are addressing their crazy sales drops in time for the new movie. The Cobra title has been excellent and deserves a larger audience.

  6. Paul Mellerick says:

    @Christopher – It seems a little harsh to judge it only 4 issues into what is likely to be a relatively long run (if sales support, anyway), he’s only setting the scene at the moment, introducing the characters, but each to their own. Hopefully the collections will be able to support the book for those of us who are enjoying it.

  7. Christopher says:

    Four issues deep and I should be able to get a basic handle on characters, timeline, and narrative thrust. Thus far, I find myself struggling with all three. Hopefully, the book will shape up well but I’m gonna wait it out and sales seem to indicate that others agree.

  8. saipaman says:

    In regards to Spawn,

    “I don’t know whether these increased sales are down to the tribute variant covers, or genuine interest in the story, but I cynically suspect the latter.”

    Don’t you mean the former rather than the latter?

  9. “I don’t know whether these increased sales are down to the tribute variant covers, or genuine interest in the story, but I cynically suspect the latter.”

    The latter would be good news. You cynically suspect the former.

  10. I guess I should have refreshed before posting!

  11. Paul Mellerick says:

    Saipaman and Brian – yep, sorry, dunno how I missed that!

  12. Serge says:

    1: Should Planet of the Apes Cataclysm’s numbers be compared more with Gabe Hardman’s 2 POTA miniseries, instead of the (formerly?) ongoing POTA series?

    2: I doubt the GI JOE film will impact comic sales at all. The 1st one did nothing for the books back in ’08.

  13. johnrobiethecat says:

    You know, sometimes when I look at these lists I get a little melancholy. It seems humanity can’t muster enough creativity to do outdo Hawkeye or Aquaman, if its outside of the corporate bubble of DC & Marvel. If you ask me , film noir books are easy pickings. Too many good movies to looks to just redo. Not saying everything has to be original but seeing so much retread on these lists, you wonder why people do what they do.

    Spawn Haunt, Thief of Thievess, Invincible, Star Wars Darth Vader Ghost Prison, Happy…Who buys these books? Just put them out to the pasture, someone tank up on Pabst Blue Ribbon at Image and tell McFarlane the 90’s are over, that they are more hell-guys out there than the state of Wisconsin. maybe someof them have stories. And he’s not going to get any more movies made. Just be an artist and start something fresh, believe in what you do.

    End Invincible at 100 and few more then call it a day. 100 or 200 issues is a good run. Even 30 iussues. That’s respectable. Steve Ditko did 34 Spidermans. Kirby, a 100 or so FF’s..I see why they drag out Star Wars, Buffy, the Turtles etc. Easy cash for keeping the properties going after they pay the basics. But c’mon, most of these are comics based on retconned toys? It just gets old.

    Hopefully things get more interesting when you guys start reporting digital. Comic shops are just creatures of habit who exploit others creatures habits. Hence the variant covers….

  14. Chris Hero says:

    I still love that Adventure Time comic. It just does so many little things well. It’s really an incredibly well done book.

  15. I disagree about the Peanuts book. If it was new strips then yes, that would go against what Schulz asked for but this is a comic book. No one but Schulz ever did the strip but he was fine with the comics that came out so to me it falls in the same category as the TV specials, movies, commercials, video games and plays.

  16. Leandro M. Duarte says:

    Concerning The Massive, I too was a little disappointed with the first 3-issues arc. They were kind of thin storywise, and a bit too placid for my tastes. The backup matter revealed more about who those characters were than the actual story, and that’s definitely not a good sign.

    But as of issue 4, the series really found its pace, and has become one my favorite reads every month. Guess there was a bit of a learning curve there. And Garry Brown’s artwork is very good indeed!

    The sales definitely aren’t terrible, but I wish they were better. If only those first issues had been slightly more exciting…

  17. JeffF says:

    I wanted to like the Massive, as I always want to like Wood’s work, but again it just couldn’t hook me in. Enjoyed the art, but with the artist change, it made it too easy for me to drop it.

  18. Leandro M. Duarte says:

    @JeffF: Fair enough. But I think the new artist is better than the first!

  19. PeterCSM730 says:

    I agree with Christopher that four issues is certainly enough to get the feel for a series. I just picked up a back issue of The Massive but haven’t read it yet. The first issue hadn’t really appealed to me but we’ll see. There have been a lot of great indie titles lately.
    Adventure Time drives me crazy with the 5 variants every issue so I stopped buying it. The world of Adventure Time really is a great fit for various writers and artists.

  20. BiffordMichael says:

    Did I miss “Morning Glories”? I don’t recall it missing a month but I can’t find it here?

  21. Paul Mellerick says:

    @Bifford Michael – You didn’t miss a month, it just didn’t ship in September. I think it shipped the first week in October.

    @PeterCSM730 – Really? You don’t need to buy every cover of Adventure Time, y’know, just the one you like. Seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face if you like the comic itself (which you should, it’s great!).

  22. PeterCSM730 says:

    @Paul Mellerick: My poor, poor nose.. It’s fine when there’s one cool cover an issue but when there are two or three or, heaven forbid, four it gets to be too much for me. Missing out on something I like over and over bugs me. Now, if they have all those covers displayed in the trades that’s a good substitute.

  23. Thomas says:

    I don’t know about the whole Dark Shadows thing. The title has zero to do with the movie, and they certainly don’t go for the same audiences. I doubt this was one of those “hey, I saw an ad for the movie and I wonder if there’s a comic book I could try out” sort of properties. Fans of the original are very loyal to the property in all its formats (30+ audio books from Big Finish, for instance) and given Dynamite’s other lackluster licensed properties it’s not like they’d be making room on the floor for some other book. I get the feeling this book may be doing much better on avenues like Amazon where they’re peddled straight to the audience, which includes a lot of middle-aged women who do not visit Diamond-serviced comic book stores.

  24. They are continuing publication of Queen Sonja? I am surprised since it disappeared from solicitations midyear for the Atlantis mini-series or what looked like to me the conclusion of the regular series. Guess not. Red Sonja is published now on a semi-quarterly basis or whatever Dynamite and Trautman calls regular in their bizzaro shipping schedule.

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