Indies Sales Month-to-Month – April 2012

Shadow01 Cov Ross Indies Sales Month to Month   April 2012
By Paul Mellerick
 

A fantastic launch for Dynamite’s Shadow relaunch snags them the number one spot for indie books this month, while Walking Dead just pips Saga to the second spot, by less than 50 copies. A little further down Fanboys vs Zombies, Star Wars Boba Fett is Dead and America’s Got Powers get off to very strong starts.

 

We had a very interesting comments section last month, with Ed Brubaker and Brian Wood amongst others commenting that the figures reported here are quite far below what the actual sales are. The general consensus seems to be that actual sales are at least 10-20% higher than reported, which makes sense when you account for reorders and foreign sales. I considered adding a percentage to the figures here, but I think that’s likely to make these already estimated figures utterly meaningless, so I’ll stick with the ICv2 figures for the moment. However, if a creator or publisher would like to contribute completed figures, I’m happy to consider including them, as I’m doing with Fatale #1 this month.

 

143 indie books charted this month, 10 up on last month. The bottom book sold 3,477, only 200 up on last month. In total those books sold approximately 1,338,413, almost 200,000 more than last month’s 1,153,980. Average sales are 9,360 per book, up on last month’s 8,677. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

 

Out of the 143 books, 31 went up in sales, which is quite a lot, just over 20% of all books, and 79 went down, with the rest made up of one-shots and debuts. Compare that to DC, who had 10 books go up, and 64 go down out of 82 books. Marvel do a lot better, but they do have a lot of books increasing due to the Avengers vs X-Men crossovers, 24 out of 75, with 40 going down.

 

This month Image keep the top indie publisher spot by quite some margin, with 8.60% dollar share and a 6.61 market share, followed by Dark Horse with 5.37% dollar share and 4.64% market share, IDW with a 4.22% dollar share and a 3.40% market share, Dynamite with a 3.89% dollar share and a 3.90% market share and Boom with 1.67% dollar share and 1.92% market share.

 

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

 

31. The Shadow (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: The Shadow #1 - 45,548

 
An astonishing debut for the relaunch, and I suspect these are Garth Ennis’ best sales since his Punisher days. I’m sure it’ll drop off massively next month, but I’d imagine Dynamite are very pleased with these sales.
 

47. The Walking Dead (Image)
 
04/2007: The Walking Dead #37 - 21,737
04/2008: The Walking Dead #48 - 22,465
04/2009: The Walking Dead #60 - 23,585
04/2010: The Walking Dead #71 - 24,567
04/2011: The Walking Dead #84 - 31,930
 
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05/2011: The Walking Dead #85 - 37,552 (+17.6%)
06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187 (-14.3%)
07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126 (-0.2%)
08/2011: The Walking Dead #88 - 31,839 (-0.9%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: The Walking Dead #89 - 31,351 (-1.5%)
10/2011: The Walking Dead #90 - 31,778 (+1.4%)
11/2011: The Walking Dead #91 - 31,813 (+0.1%)
12/2011: The Walking Dead #92 - 31,496 (-0.1%)
01/2012: The Walking Dead #93 - 31,596 (+0.1%)
02/2012: The Walking Dead #94 - 32,361 (+2.4%)
03/2012: The Walking Dead #95 - 33,916 (+4.8%)
04/2012: The Walking Dead #96 - 36,931 (+8.9%)

 
A large increase as the big 100 approaches, while in the graphic novel charts, seven of the top ten are Walking Dead trades, including the top 3 which are volumes one, two and three respectively, and all 15 are in the top twenty. In fact only the fourth hardcover doesn’t chart. Amazing.
 

48, 177. Saga (Image)
 
03/2012: Saga #1 - 37,641 (47,282)
04/2012: Saga #2 - 36,885 (-2.0%)

 
Only just kept off the number two spot, issue one re-charts with a further 9,641 copies sold to make it the best selling indie of the year so far. Until Walking Dead #100…
 

74. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)
 
04/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 - 96,409
04/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13 - 83,580
04/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #24 - 60,916
04/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #34 - 45,909
04/2011: -
 
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09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
10/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 - 36,448 (-15.1%)
11/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #3 - 33,485 (-8.1%)
12/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 - 31,157 (-7.0%)
01/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 - 30,146 (-3.2%)
02/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 - 29,878 (-0.9%)
03/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7 - 29,908 (+0.1%)
04/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #8 - 28,830 (-3.6%)

 
A bit of a drop again this month.
 

80. Fanboys vs Zombies (Boom!)
 
04/2012: Fanboys vs Zombies #1 - 25,935

 
A great debut, but it was a dollar book with many variant covers, so I’m expecting a very big drop next month.
 

82. Star Wars Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead #1 - 25,344

 
What a difference a few months can make. None of the Star Wars line was selling over 15,000 copies at the beginning of the year, but a couple of good launches have pushed up sales, with this being their best Star Wars launch in a few years.
 

90. Fatale (Image)
 
01/2012: Fatale #1 - 41,000
02/2012: Fatale #2 - 20,315 (-1.0%)
03/2012: Fatale #3 - 20,222 (-0.5%)
04/2012: Fatale #4 - 22,804 (+12.8%)

 
Fatale sees a nice jump up this month. Ed Brubaker very kindly supplied us with current combined sales for the five printings of the first issue, so we’re using that from hereon in.
 

97. Americas Got Powers (Image)
 
04/2012: Americas Got Powers #1 - 19,439

 
Jonathan Ross’s new book gets off to a decent start, and of course is already onto its second print. I think this may be Bryan Hitch’s first indie book for a very long time.
 

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

 
Sales are still increasing, while a new printing of issue #0 charts again with sales of 4,269.
 

102, 116, 284. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW)
 
08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803 (39,180)
09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%)
10/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #3 - 22,855 (+18.2%)
11/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #4 - 22,898 (+0.2%)
12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #5 - 19,689 (-14.0%)
12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #1 Raphael - 18,687
12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #2 Michelangelo - 15,930
01/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #6 - 18,773 (-4.7%)
02/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #7 - 18,769 (0%)
02/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #3 Donatello - 15,617
03/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #8 - 18,775 (0%)
04/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #9 - 19,116 (+1.8%)
04/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #4 Leonardo - 16,253
04/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Archie 100 Pg Spectacular - 4,163

 
I probably should have separated these titles out a bit, sorry. Anyway, sales are up a bit.
 

107. Secret (Image)
 
04/2012: Secret #1 - 17,829

 
Jonathan Hickman’s second new book in the last few months comes in at around the same sales level as Manhattan Projects. Blah, blah second print.
 

108. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)
 
04/2007: -
04/2008: After the Fall #6 - 46,645
04/2009: Angel #20 - 30,308
04/2010: Angel #32 - 17,942
04/2011: Angel #44 - 12,897
 
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08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813 (+76.9%)
09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
10/2011: Angel & Faith #3 - 19,437 (-5.1%)
11/2011: Angel & Faith #4 - 18,855 (-2.9%)
12/2011: Angel & Faith #5 - 18,356 (-2.6%)
01/2012: Angel & Faith #6 - 17,800 (-3.0%)
02/2012: Angel & Faith #7 - 17,852 (+0.3%)
03/2012: Angel & Faith #8 - 17,690 (-0.9%)
04/2012: Angel & Faith #9 - 17,590 (-0.6%)

 
Sales are fairly solid, save the usual standard attrition.
 

110. Conan (Dark Horse)
 
04/2011: The Road of Kings #4 - 12,827 (-2.8%)
 
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05/2011: The Road of Kings #5 - 12,672 (-1.2%)
06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
10/2011: The Road of Kings #9 - 11,546 (-0.6%)
11/2011: The Road of Kings #10 - 11,331 (-1.9%)
12/2011: The Road of Kings #11 - 10,958 (-3.2%)
01/2012: The Road of Kings #12 - 10,727 (-2.1%)
02/2012: Conan the Barbarian #1 - 20,569 (+91.8%)
03/2012: Conan the Barbarian #2 - 17,288 (-15.9%)
04/2012: Conan the Barbarian #3 - 17,261 (-0.1%)

 
Well this seems to have found its level pretty damn fast. Brian Wood also made an appearance in the comment thread last month, and apparently the first issue has now sold almost thirty thousand copies. It could be doing even better, but I’m hearing that a lot of people who would normally pick up a Wood/ Cloonan book won’t touch it because it’s Conan. Their loss.
 

111, 190. 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%)

 
Another phenomenal month for the surprise hit, now Boom’s biggest seller. The second issue charts again with another 8,864 sold. The first issue appears to be between printings or I suspect it would have reappeared as well this month.
 

115. The Boys (Dynamite)
 
04/2008: The Boys #17 - 28,057
04/2009: The Boys #29 - 26,033
04/2010: The Boys #41 - 21,552
04/2011: The Boys #53 - 18,692 (-1.4%)
 
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05/2011: The Boys #54 - 18,671 (-0.1%)
06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330 (-1.8%)
07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
10/2011: The Boys #59 - 17,533 (-0.7%)
11/2011: The Boys #60 - 17,323 (-1.2%)
12/2011: The Boys #61 - 17,024 (-1.7%)
01/2012: The Boys #62 - 16,700 (-1.9%)
02/2012: The Boys #63 - 16,629 (-0.4%)
03/2012: The Boys #64 - 16,479 (-0.9%)
04/2012: The Boys #65 - 16,371 (-0.7%)

 
Pretty stable as it reaches its climax.
 

121, 262. The Manhattan Projects (Image)
 
03/2012: The Manhattan Projects #1 - 17,955 (23,168)
04/2012: The Manhattan Projects #2 - 15,697 (-12.6%)

 
A very smooth drop, although of course under-ordered with a second print and issue one charting again with sales of 5,213.
 

129. Invincible (Image)
 
04/2007: Invincible #40 - 13,244
04/2008: -
04/2009: Invincible #61 - 15,678
04/2010: Invincible #71 - 18,996
04/2011: Invincible #79 - 15,558
 
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05/2011: -
06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563 (+0.0%)
07/2011: Invincible #81 - 15,207 (-2.3%)
08/2011: Invincible #82 - 15,105 (-0.7%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Invincible #83 - 15,249 (+0.9%)
11/2011: Invincible #84 - 15,067 (-1.2%)
11/2011: Invincible #85 - 14,678 (-2.6%)
12/2011: Invincible #86 - 14,457 (-1.5%)
01/2012: Invincible #87 - 14,299 (-1.1%)
02/2012: Invincible #88 - 14,405 (+0.7%)
02/2012: Invincible #89 - 14,048 (-2.5%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Invincible #90 - 14,393 (+2.5%)

 
Sales scoot back up to where they were a few months ago, possibly it’s receiving a little reflected sales from Walking Dead.
 

132. Supreme (Image)
 
04/2012: Supreme #63 - 14,062

 
Another of Rob Liefield’s relaunches, this time with Erik Larsen adapting Alan Moore’s final un-produced script from when he wrote it in the nineties. That’s probably about where I’d expect it to sell. It will likely drop down a bit when Larsen goes solo next month.
 

135. 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%)

 
I have the idea that these figures are amongst the least representative of how well this book is doing. The reprints of the early issues aren’t quite selling enough to chart, and I think we’re likely to see a rise in reported sales over the next few months.
 
 

136. Star Wars Crimson Empire III (Dark Horse)
 
10/2011: Crimson Empire III #1 - 19,095
11/2011: Crimson Empire III #2 - 14,524 (-23.9%)
12/2011: Crimson Empire III #3 - 13,814 (-4.9%)
02/2012: Crimson Empire III #4 - 13,666 (-1.0%)
03/2012: Crimson Empire III #5 - 13,593 (-0.5%)
04/2012: Crimson Empire III #6 - 13,376 (-1.6%)

 

137. Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic (Dark Horse)
 
01/2012: Knights Of The Old Republic War #1 - 16,179
02/2012: Knights Of The Old Republic War #2 - 13,318 (-17.7%)
03/2012: Knights Of The Old Republic War #3 - 13,045 (-2.1%)
04/2012: Knights Of The Old Republic War #4 - 13,171 (-1.0%)

 

139. Star Wars Dark Times (Dark Horse)
 
08/2011: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #1 - 18,548 (+15.6%)
09/2011: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #2 - 14,870 (-19.8%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #3 - 13,651 (-8.2%)
12/2011-01/2012: -
02/2012: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #4 - 13,046 (-4.4%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #5 - 12,997 (-0.4%)

 

146. Star Wars Agent O/T Empire (Dark Horse)
 
12/2011: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #1 - 15,700
01/2012: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #2 - 12,675 (-19.3%)
02/2012: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #3 - 12,442 (-1.8%)
03/2012: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #4 - 12,217 (-1.6%)
04/2012: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #5 - 12,278 (-0.5%)

 
The second tier Star Wars books are all very stable as they approach or reach the end of their current runs.
 

144. Spawn (Image)
 
04/2007: -
04/2008: Spawn #177 - 20,566
04/2009: Spawn #191 - 19,805
04/2010: -
04/2011: Spawn #206 - 15,160
 
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05/2011: Spawn #207 - 14,796 (-2.4%)
06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468 (-2.2%)
07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Spawn #212 - 13,483 (-0.3%)
11/2011: Spawn #213 - 13,369 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Spawn #214 - 13,017 (-2.6%)
01/2012: Spawn #215 - 12,794 (-1.7%)
02/2012: Spawn #216 - 12,671 (-1.0%)
03/2012: Spawn #217 - 12,686 (+0.1%)
04/2012: Spawn #218 - 12,680 (0%)

 
Very stable as it approaches issue #220, its twenty year anniversary.
 

147. Popeye (IDW)
 
042012: Popeye #1 - 12,250

 
Following in the footsteps of Boom! in producing new material based on classic comic strips, this one has the advantage of the excellent Roger Langridge on scripting duties.
 

149. 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%)

 

150. 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%)

 
Both books are very stable, and selling within a couple of hundred copies of each other.
 

151. Chew (Image)
 
04/2010: Chew #10 - 13,335
04/2011: Chew #18 - 12,438
 
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05/2011: Chew #27 - 12,561 (+1.0%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Chew #20 - 12,202 (-2.4%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Chew #21 - 12,310 (+0.9%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Chew #22 - 12,296 (-0.01%)
01/2012: Chew #23 - 12,012 (-2.3%)
02/2012: Chew #24 - 11,861 (-1.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Chew #25 - 11,753 (-0.9%)

 
Fairly stable at the moment. The fifth collection charts at number five with sales of 5,577.
 

152. Rocketeer Adventures (IDW)
 
05/2011: Rocketeer Adventures #1 - 19,927
06/2011: Rocketeer Adventures #2 - 14,912 (-25.2%)
07/2011: Rocketeer Adventures #3 - 15,062 (+1.0%)
08/2011: Rocketeer Adventures #4 - 14,749 (-2.1%)
03/2012: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 - 14,658 (-0.6%)
04/2012: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2 - 11,734 (-19.9%)

 
A definite case of diminishing returns here.
 

155. Game of Thrones (Dynamite)
 
09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888
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%)

 
As I’ve said before I think this might just be suffering in comparison to the TV show doing a much better job of adapting the material. The collection will almost certainly do very well though.
 

158, 186. Kirby Genesis (Dynamite)
 
05/2011: Kirby Genesis #0 - 36,429
06/2011: Kirby Genesis #1 - 26,039 (-28.5%)
07/2011: Kirby Genesis #2 - 17,588 (-32.5%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Kirby Genesis #3 - 15,568 (-11.5%)
10/2011: Kirby Genesis #4 - 14,030 (-9.9%)
01/2012: Kirby Genesis #5 - 12,174 (-13.2%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: -
04/2012: Kirby Genesis #6 - 11,190 (-8.1%)
04/2012: Kirby Genesis #7 - 9,017 (-19.4%)

 
Dropping like a rock, this really is not catching on.
 

160, 163. BPRD (Dark Horse)
 
04/2007: Garden of Souls #2 (of 5) - 16,176
04/2008: 1946 #4 (of 5) - 16,056
04/2009: Black Goddess #4 (of 5) - 14,543
04/2010: King of Fear #4 - 12,480
04/2011: Dead Remembered #1 - 12,825
 
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05/2011: Dead Remembered #2 - 11,714 (-8.7%)
06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418 (-2.5%)
07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
10/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #2 - 11,093 (-4.6%)
11/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #3 - 10,800 (-2.6%)
12/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #4 - 10,517 (-2.6%)
01/2012: Hell on Earth: Russia #5 - 10,244 (-2.6%)
02/2012: Hell on Earth: Long Death #1 - 12,258 (+19.7%)
03/2012: Hell on Earth: Long Death #2 - 10,581 (-13.7%)
04/2012: Hell on Earth: Long Death #3 - 10,690 (+1.0%)
03/2012: Hell on Earth: Pickens County Horror #1 - 12,420 (+17.4%)
04/2012: Hell on Earth: Pickens County Horror #2 - 10,477 (-15.6%)

 

161. 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%)

 
I sort of hope that BPRD doesn’t continue this two series simultaneously thing, as it’s a pig to format the chart. Lobster Johnson gets a big jump this month for no apparent reason, to bring it alongside the two BPRD books saleswise.
 

162. Stephen King Joe Hill Road Rage (IDW)
 
02/2012: Stephen King Joe Hill Road Rage #1 - 16,066
03/2012: Stephen King Joe Hill Road Rage #2 - 13,336 (-17.0%)
04/2012: Stephen King Joe Hill Road Rage #3 - 10,498 (-21.3%)

 
Slightly deceptive in the title now, as the book’s now moved onto Richard Matheson’s Duel, and doesn’t really have anything to do with King or Hill.
 

165. 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%)

 
A slight rise this month, and it seems to have found its level for the last issue.
 

166, 168. Danger Girl (IDW)
 
01/2012: Danger Girl Revolver #1 - 19,169
02/2012: Danger Girl Revolver #2 - 10,870 (-43.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Danger Girl Revolver #3 - 10,156 (-6.6%)
04/2012: Danger Girl Revolver #4 - 10,045 (-1.1%)

 
This book has also settled down for its last issue.
 

169. Dejah Thoris & The White Apes of Mars (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Dejah Thoris & White Apes Of Mars #1 - 9,944

 

173. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)
 
04/2011: Warlord of Mars #6 - 13,837
 
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05/2011: -
06/2011: Warlord of Mars #7 - 14,038 (+1.5%)
07/2011: Warlord of Mars #8 - 13,872 (-1.2%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #9 - 13,565 (-2.2%)
09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003 (-4.1%)
10/2011: Warlord of Mars #11 - 12,491 (-3.9%)
11/2011: Warlord of Mars #12 - 12,036 (-4.8%)
12/2011: Warlord of Mars #13 - 11,896 (-1.2%)
12/2011: Warlord of Mars #14 - 11,210 (-5.8%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Warlord of Mars #15 - 10,827 (-3.4%)
02/2012: Warlord of Mars Annual #1 - 7,492 (-30.8%)
03/2012: Warlord of Mars #16 - 10,309 (-4.8%)
04/2012: Warlord of Mars #17 - 9,734 (-5.6%)

 
The new Dejah Thoris mini-series charts higher than the main book, which is dropping quite fast.
 

170. King Conan Phoenix On The Sword (Dark Horse)
 
01/2012: Phoenix On The Sword #1 - 11,338
02/2012: Phoenix On The Sword #2 - 10,185 (-10.2%)
03/2012: Phoenix On The Sword #3 - 9,993 (-1.9%)
04/2012: Phoenix On The Sword #4 - 9,941 (-0.5%)

 
This has levelled out incredibly quickly.
 

171, 185. Crossed Badlands (Avatar)
 
 
04/2010: Crossed Family Values #1 - 10,704
04/2011: -
 
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05/2011: Crossed Psychopath #2 - 9,692 (-4.8%)
06/2011: Crossed Psychopath #3 - 9,655 (-0.4%)
07/2011: Crossed Psychopath #4 - 9,897 (+2.5%
08-10/2011: -
11/2011: Crossed Psychopath #5 - 9,524 (-3.8%)
12/2011: Crossed Psychopath #6 - 8,331 (-12.5%)
12/2011: Crossed Badlands Opening Salvo - 3,287
01/2012: Crossed Psychopath #7 - 7,606 (-8.7%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Crossed Badlands #1 - 12,068 (+58.7%)
03/2012: Crossed Badlands #2 - 10,739 (-11.0%)
04/2012: Crossed Badlands #3 - 9,824 (-8.5%)
04/2012: Crossed Badlands #4 - 9,049 (-7.9%)

 
Dropping a bit quickly, but it’s all orders rather than sales so far, it’ll be a few months before we get a better idea of what it’s actually selling.
 

178. Haunt (Image)
 
04/2011: Haunt #15 - 14,280
 
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05/2011: -
06/2011: Haunt #16 - 14,360 (+0.6%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Haunt #17 - 13,443 (-6.3%)
09/2011: -
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%)

 
Ouch, this book may not recover from losing Greg Capullo, no matter how good the current creative team is.
 

180. Lord of the Jungle (Dynamite)
 
01/2012: Lord of the Jungle #1 - 25,212
02/2012: Lord of the Jungle #2 - 10,525 (-58.3%)
03/2012: Lord of the Jungle #3 - 9,311 (-11.5%)

 
Too early to tell for sure, but this might be stabilizing.
 

 181. GI Joe (IDW)
 
04/2007: America's Elite #22 (Devil's Due) - 15,332
04/2008: America's Elite #34 (Devil's Due) - 16,049
04/2009: GI Joe #4 - 22,735
04/2010: GI Joe #17 - 13,129
04/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #0 - 12,353
 
====
 
05/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #1 - 13,703 (+10.9%)
06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640 (-15.1%)
07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
10/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #6 - 10,241 (-1.5%)
11/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #7 - 9,686 (-5.4%)
12/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #8 - 10,059 (+3.9%)
01/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #9 - 9,701 (-3.6%)
02/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #10 - 9,458 (-2.5%)
03/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #11 - 9,322 (-1.4%)
04/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #12 - 9,270 (-0.6%)

 

193. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)
 
04/2011: Real American Hero #165 - 10,218 (-1.6%)
 
====
 
05/2011: Real American Hero #166 - 10,117 (-1.0%)
06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118 (+0.0%)
07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
10/2011: Real American Hero #171 - 9,686 (+1.5%)
11/2011: Real American Hero #172 - 9,316 (-3.8%)
12/2011: Real American Hero #173 - 8,632 (-7.3%)
01/2012: Real American Hero #174 - 8,926 (+3.4%)
02/2012: Real American Hero #175 - 8,777 (-1.7%)
02/2012: Real American Hero Annual #1 - 7,573 (-13.7%)
03/2012: Real American Hero #176 - 8,622 (-1.8%)
04/2012: Real American Hero #177 - 8,815 (+2.2%)

 
The main book is stable, while Real American Hero gets a small uplift.
 

182. Bionic Woman (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Bionic Woman #1 - 9,154

 

188. Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (Dynamite)
 
08/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 17,187
09/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #2 - 12,343 (-28.2%)
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%)

 
The parent book gets a small lift, possibly due to the new Bionic Woman book, which launches just above.
 

187. Vampirella (Dynamite)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Vampirella #5 - 14,702 (-6.7%)
06/2011: Vampirella #6 - 13,649 (-7.2%)
06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645 (-0.0%)
07/2011: Vampirella #8 - 13,019 (-4.6%)
08/2011: Vampirella #9 - 12,459 (-4.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Vampirella #10 - 11,581 (-7.0%)
10/2011: Vampirella #11 - 10,644 (-8.1%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Vampirella #12 - 10,726 (+1.0%)
12/2011: Vampirella Annual #1 - 6,835 (-36.3%)
01/2012: Vampirella #13 - 10,176 (-5.1%)
02/2012: Vampirella #14 - 9,851 (-3.2%)
03/2012: Vampirella #15 - 9,212 (-6.5%)
04/2012: Vampirella #16 - 9,012 (-2.2%)

 
Might be starting to level out, it’s hard to tell with this book.
 

189, 194. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)
 
04/2011: -
 
===
 
05/2011: Jennifer Blood #3 - 13,502 (-4.8%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557 (-7.0%)
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%)

 
Still dropping very quickly with two issues shipping this month, as Al Ewing nicks a trick from Garth Ennis, refocusing the comic on a screwed up cop hunting down the titular Ms Blood.
 

191. Witchblade (Image)
 
04/2007: -
04/2008: Witchblade #117 - 16,518
04/2009: Witchblade #126 - 14,039
04/2010: -
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Witchblade #144 - 10,662 (+13.5%)
06/2011: Witchblade #145 - 8,996 (-15.6%)
07/2011: Witchblade #146 - 8,765 (-2.6%)
08/2011: Witchblade #147 - 8,487 (-3.2%)
09/2011: Witchblade #148 - 8,461 (-0.3%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Witchblade #149 - 8,391 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Witchblade #150 - 14,266 (+70.0%)
01/2012: Witchblade #151 - 10,755 (-24.6%)
01/2012: Witchblade #152 - 8,979 (-16.5%)
02/2012: Witchblade #153 - 8,923 (-0.6%)
03/2012: Witchblade #154 - 8,820 (-1.2%)
04/2012: Witchblade #155 - 8,861 (+0.5%)

 
A slight increase, this has been rock solid since the beginning of the year.
 

192. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)
 
04/2007: Sonic #174 - 6,962
04/2008: Sonic #187 - 7,021
04/2009: Sonic #199 - 7,533
04/2010: Sonic #212 - 7,973
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Sonic #224 - 8,023 (+3.9%)
06/2011: Sonic #225 - 11,980 (+49.3%)
06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228 (-23.0%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Sonic #227 - 9,419 (+2.1%)
08/2011: Sonic #228 - 9,444 (+0.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Sonic #229 - 9,768 (+3.3%)
11/2011: Sonic #230 - 10,372 (+6.2%)
11/2011: Sonic #231 - 8,646 (-16.6%)
12/2011: Sonic #232 - 8,447 (-2.3%)
01/2012: -
02/2011: Sonic #233 - 8,542 (-1.1%)
02/2011: Sonic #234 - 8,491 (-0.6%)
03/2012: -
04/2011: Sonic #235 - 8,816 (+3.8%)

 
A nice little boost for the hedgehog hero.
 

196. The Goon (Dark Horse)
 
06/2011: The Goon #34 - 9,203 (-16.3%)
07/2011: Criminal Macabre/Goon: When Freaks Collide - 9,704 (+5.4%)
08/2011: The Goon #35 - 8,528 (-12.1%)
09/2011: -
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 (+3.2%)

 
Goon gets a nice little bump-up for no specific reason that I can see.
 

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

 
A minor up-tick in sales.
 

198. Danger Girl Army of Darkness (Dynamite)
 
04/2011: Danger Girl Army of Darkness #1 - 14,869
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Danger Girl Army  of Darkness #2 - 12,417 (-16.5%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: Danger Girl Army  of Darkness #3 - 11,169 (-10.1%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: -
12/2011: Danger Girl Army  of Darkness #4 - 10,015 (-10.3%)
01-03/2012: -
04/2011: Danger Girl Army  of Darkness #5 - 8,233 (-17.8%)

 
Following in the footsteps of the original Danger Girl series, by taking a year to release 5 issues, but sales really suffered as a result, losing more between its fourth and fifth issues, than between first and second.
 

199. Rachel Rising (Abstract) 
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Echo #30 - 8,340 (+4.0%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Rachel Rising #1 - 10,989 (+31.8%)
09/2011: Rachel Rising #2 - 8,189 (-25.5%)
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%)

 
Relatively stable, doesn’t look like the preview in Walking Dead a couple of months back helped much.
 

200. Mass Effect Invasion (Dark Horse)
 
04/2011: Evolution #4 - 7,815
 
====
 
05-09/2011: -
10/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #1 - 8,607 (+10.1%)
11/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #2 - 7,876 (-8.5%)
12/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #3 - 6,941 (-11.9%)
01/2012: Mass Effect Invasion #4 - 6,772 (-2.4%)
02-03/2012: -
04/2012: Mass Effect Homeworlds #1 - 8,201 (+21.3%)

 
A pretty stable audience for this tie-in, hitting just after the new game shipped. It’s sold out though.
 

202. Snake Eyes Ongoing (IDW)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Snake Eyes #1 - 12,197 (+49.9%)
06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246 (-16.0%)
07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
08/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)
092011: -
10/2011: Snake Eyes #6 - 9,073 (-0.7%)
11/2011: Snake Eyes #7 - 8,692 (-4.2%)
12/2011: Snake Eyes #8 - 8,446 (-2.8%)
01/2012: Snake Eyes #9 - 8,328 (-1.4%)
02/2012: Snake Eyes #10 - 8,186 (-1.7%)
03/2012: Snake Eyes #11 - 8,120 (-0.8%)
04/2012: Snake Eyes #12 - 8,164 (+0.5%)

 

204. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Cobra #1 - 11,949 (+60.7%)
06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
10/2011: Cobra #6 - 8,927 (-1.6%)
11/2011: Cobra #7 - 7,177 (-19.6%)
12/2011: Cobra #8 - 8,381 (+16.8%)
01/2012: Cobra #9 - 8,249 (-1.6%)
01/2012: Cobra Annual 2012 Origin Of Cobra Commander #1 - 7,235
02/2012: Cobra #10 - 8,134 (-1.4%)
03/2012: Cobra #11 - 7,966 (-2.1%)
04/2012: Cobra #12 - 8,090 (+1.6%)

 
Both of the GI Joe spin-offs get a small increase in sales.
 

203. Hell Yeah (Image)
 
03/2012: Hell Yeah #1 - 10,908
04/2012: Hell Yeah #2 - 8,161 (-25.2%)

 
An average second issue drop, I suspect this might go up next month, due to the second-prints and sell-outs et al.
 

206. Vampirella Red Room (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Red Room #1 - 8,012

 
As is Dynamite’s way, another mini-series to cash-in on a relatively successful series.
 

207, 209. GFT Alice In Wonderland (Zenescope)
 
01/2012: GFT Alice In Wonderland #1 - 11,317
02/2012: GFT Alice In Wonderland #2 - 7,659 (-32.3%)
03/2012: GFT Alice In Wonderland #3 - 7,283 (-4.9%)
04/2012: GFT Alice In Wonderland #4 - 7,916 (+8.7%)
04/2012: GFT Alice In Wonderland #5 - 7,971 (+0.7%)

 
Two issues this month, and both increase on the previous issue.
 

208, 256. Infestation (IDW)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #1 - 8,098
07/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #2 - 6,614 (-18.3%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #3 -5,036 (-23.9%)
10/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #4 -???? (???)
01/2012: Infestation 2 #1 - 9,771
02/2012: Infestation 2 Transformers #1 - 8,959
02/2012: Infestation 2 Transformers #2 - 8,994
02/2012: Infestation 2 Dungeons & Dragons #1 - 7,925
02/2012: Infestation 2 Dungeons & Dragons #2 - 7,057
02/2012: Infestation 2 Team Up One Shot #1 - 5,129
03/2012: Infestation 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 - 12,854
03/2012: Infestation 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 - 11,924
03/2012: Infestation 2 GI Joe #1 - 8,763
03/2012: Infestation 2 GI Joe #2 - 8,136
04/2012: Infestation 2 30 Days Of Night One Shot - 5,423
04/2012: Infestation 2 #2 - 7,954 (-18.6%)

 
The 30 Days of Night tie-in sells a good amount more than the regular series, if below the other tie-ins, as the crossover ends for this year. It’s probably done well enough to get another one next year.
 

210. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)
 
02/2011: Spongebob Comics #1 - 11,814
03/2011: -
04/2011: Spongebob Comics #2 - 8,930 (-24.4%)
05/2011: -
06/2011: Spongebob Comics #3 - 8,514 (-4.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Spongebob Comics #4 - 7,889 (-7.3%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Spongebob Comics #5 - 7,874 (-0.2%)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Spongebob Comics #6 - 7,334 (-6.9%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Spongebob Comics #7 - 7,573 (+3.3%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Spongebob Comics #8 - 7,907 (+4.4%)

 
Sales increase for the second issue in a row.
 

211. Irredeemable (Boom) 
 
04/2011: Irredeemable #24 - 10,274
 
====
 
05/2011: Irredeemable #25 - 10,082 (-1.9%)
06/2011: Irredeemable #26 - 9,784 (-3.0%)
07/2011: Irredeemable #27 - 9,577 (-2.1%)
08/2011: Irredeemable #28 - 8,820 (-7.9%)
09/2011: Irredeemable #29 - 8,582 (-2.7%)
10/2011: Irredeemable #30 - 8,419 (-1.9%)
11/2011: Irredeemable #31 - 8,229 (-2.3%)
12/2011: Irredeemable #32 - 8,612 (+4.7%)
01/2012: Irredeemable #33 - 7,923(-8.0%)
02/2012: Irredeemable #34 - 7,772(-1.9%)
03/2012: Irredeemable #35 - 7,936(+2.1%)
04/2012: Irredeemable #36 - 7,844(-1.2%)

 
A slight dip for the penultimate issue.
 

212. Danger Club (Image)
 
04/2012: Danger Club #1 - 7,804

 
From the indie team of Landry and Walker, who brought us the wonderful X-Ray comics over a decade ago, as well as a number of kids comics for DC, it has, of course, sold out and gone to second print.
 

213. Lady Death (Avatar)
 
04/2011: Lady Death #4 - 10,391
 
====
 
05/2011: Lady Death #5 - 9,656 (-7.1%)
06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563 (-1.0%)
07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)
10/2011: Lady Death #10 - 7,997 (+26.3%)
11/2011: Lady Death #11 - 7,596 (-5.0%)
12/2011: Lady Death #12 - 7,288 (-4.1%)
01/2012: Lady Death #13 - 7,132 (-2.1%)
02/2012: Lady Death #14 - 7,562 (+6.0%)
03/2012: Lady Death #15 - 7,700 (+1.8%)
04/2012: Lady Death #16 - 7,605 (-1.2%)

 

219. Lady Death Origins Cursed (Avatar)
 
04/2012: Lady Death Origins Cursed #1 - 6,965

 
The main series drops a tiny amount, with the new mini-series coming in not far below.
 

215. Red Sonja Witchblade (Dynamite)
 
02/2012: Red Sonja Witchblade #1 - 8,336
03/2012: -
04/2012: Red Sonja Witchblade #2 - 7,306 (-12.4%)

 
That’s a very encouraging second issue drop, coming in a good bit above sales on the main Red Sonja series.
 

217. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
 
04/2011: Dark Horse Presents #1 - 15,107
05/2011: -
06/2011: Dark Horse Presents #2 - 11,315 (-25.1%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dark Horse Presents #3 - 8,931 (-21.1%)
09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366 (-6.3%)
10/2011: Dark Horse Presents #5 - 7,539 (-9.9%)
11/2011: Dark Horse Presents #6 - 7,017 (-6.9%)
12/2011: Dark Horse Presents #7 - 7,849 (+11.9%)
02/2012: Dark Horse Presents #8 - 7,936 (+1.1%)
02/2012: Dark Horse Presents #9 - 7,751 (-2.3%)
03/2012: Dark Horse Presents #10 - 6,881 (-11.2%)
04/2012: Dark Horse Presents #11 - 7,118 (+3.4%)

 
A good increase in sales this month, suggesting that maybe some of last months sales may have gone astray.
 

218. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)
 
04/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4 - 7,477 (-0.6%)
 
====
 
05/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #5 - 7,498 (+0.3%)
06/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6 - 7,580 (-1.1%)
07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #8 - 7,480 (+1.7%)
08/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 6,453 (-13.7%)
09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324 (+13.5%)
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%)

 
Very, very stable this month, and it’s only dropped 500 copies since this time last year.
 

221. Artifacts (Image)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Artifacts #7 - 10,667 (-2.2%)
06/2011: Artifacts #8 - 10,343 (-3.0%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Artifacts #9 - 10,942 (+5.7%)
09/2011: Artifacts #10 - 9,215 (-15.8%)
10/2011: -
11/2011: Artifacts #11 - 9,445 (+2.5%)
12/2011: Artifacts #12 - 9,142 (-3.2%)
01/2012: Artifacts #13 - 10,780 (+17.9%)
01/2012: Artifacts Origins One Shot - 5,988 (-4.4%)
02/2012: Artifacts #14 - 7,630 (-29.2%)
03/2012: Artifacts #15 - 7,086 (-7.1%)
04/2012: Artifacts #16 - 6,862 (-3.2%)

 
Less of a drop this month, hopefully starting to stabilize. I’m going to say here, I’ll be a bit surprised if it reaches issue 25.
 

222. Sonic Universe (Archie) 
 
04/2011: Sonic Universe #27 - 6,636
 
====
 
05/2011: Sonic Universe #28 - 6,722 (+1.3%)
06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917 (+2.9%)
07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)
10/2011: Sonic Universe #33 - 7,244 (+3.1%)
11/2011: Sonic Universe #34 - 7,117 (-1.8%)
12/2011: Sonic Universe #35 - 6,912 (-2.9%)
01/2012: Sonic Universe #36 - 6,725 (-2.7%)
02/2012: Sonic Universe #37 - 6,793 (+1.0%)
03/2012: Sonic Universe #38 - 6,877 (+1.2%)
04/2012: Sonic Universe #39 - 6,860 (-0.2%)

 
Very, very stable, it slips only 17 copies from last month.
 

223, 234. Hellraiser (Boom!)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Hellraiser #2 - 10,366 (-25.2%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: Hellraiser #3 - 9,974 (-3.8%)
08/2011: Hellraiser #4 - 11,096 (+11.2%)
09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303 (-7.1%)
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

 
The main series drops a fairly big percentage, but the annual doesn’t come in far below.
 

224, 229, 267. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)
 
04/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #58 - 7,198
 
====
 
05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #59 - 8,356 (+16.1%)
06/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #60 - 8,143 (-2.5%)
07/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #61 - 7,777 (-4.5%)
08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #62 - 6,452 (-17%)
08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 - 8,086 (+25.3%)
09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 - 8,183 (+1.2%)
10/2011: GFT Halloween Special 2011 - 6,428 (-21.4%)
11/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #65 - 6,389 (-0.6%)
12/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #66 - 7,366 (+15.3%)
12/2011: Giant-Size Gft 2011 Holiday Ed - 5,592 (-24.1%)
12/2011: GFT Sinbad Special - 3,978
01/2012: -
02/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #67 - 6,998 (-5.0%)
03/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #68 - 7,029 (+0.4%)
03/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #69 - 6,695 (-4.8%)
03/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #70 - 6,724 (+0.4%)
04/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #71 - 6,820 (+1.4%)
04/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales #72 - 6,590 (-3.4%)
04/2012: GFT April Fools Special 2012 - 4,920

 
A little up, a little more down, and a random special.
 

225. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)
 
04/2011: Simpsons Comics #177 - 6,837
 
====
 
05/2011: Simpsons Comics #178 - 6,991 (+2.2%)
06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)
10/2011: Simpsons Comics #183 - 6,893 (+1.2%)
11/2011: Simpsons Comics #184 - 6,853 (-0.6%)
12/2011: Simpsons Comics #185 - 6,796 (-0.8%)
12/2011: Simpsons Super Spectacular #14 - 4,481
01/2012: Simpsons Comics #186 - 6,638 (-2.3%)
02/2012: Ralph Wiggum Comics #1 - 7,586
02/2012: Simpsons Comics #187 - 6,800 (+2.4%)
03/2012: Simpsons Comics #188 - 6,741 (-0.9%)
04/2012: Simpsons Comics #189 - 6,754 (+0.2%)

 
Stable.
 

 226. Green Hornet (Dynamite) 
 
04/2011: Green Hornet #15 - 10,708
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Green Hornet #16 - 10,396 (-2.9%)
07/2011: Green Hornet #17 - 9,708 (-6.6%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Green Hornet #18 - 9,279 (-4.4%)
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%)

 
Plummeting. It’s still being solicited, up to issue 31 now, I can see it being well below 5,000 copies by then.
 

227. Red Sonja (Dynamite) 
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Red Sonja #56 - 8,319 (-4.7%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: Red Sonja #57 - 7,888 (-5.2%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: -
11/2011: Red Sonja #58 - 7,876 (-0.2%)
11/2011: Red Sonja #59 - 7,759 (-1.5%)
12/2011: Red Sonja #60 - 8,052 (+3.8%)
12/2011: Red Sonja #61 - 7,464 (-7.3%)
01/2012: Red Sonja #62 - 7,160 (-4.1%)
01/2012: Red Sonja Raven - 4,942
02/2012: Red Sonja #63 - 7,095 (-0.9%)
02/2012: Red Sonja #64 - 6,977 (-1.7%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Red Sonja #65 - 6,732 (-3.5%)

 
Another long running Dynamite title that’s starting to run out of readers, but at a far slower rate than Green Hornet.
 

228. 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%)

 
Climbing for the third month in a row, mainly due to word of mouth and the fact that it’s very good.
 

230. Ragemoor (Dark Horse)
 
03/2012: Ragemoor #1 - 7,971
04/2012: Ragemoor #2 - 6,415 (-19.5%)

 
A standard second issue drop.
 

231. 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%)

 
Sort of stabilizing, but I have no idea how many more issues there are to go.
 

232. 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%)

 
Starting to smooth out, sort-of.
 

233. Alabaster Wolves (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Alabaster Wolves #1 - 6,344

 
A new fantasy book from Caitlin Kiernan and Steve Lieber, trailed in this year’s Dark Horse FCBD books, so a slightly disappointing launch figure.
 

237. GFT Jungle Book (Zenescope)
 
03/2012: GFT Jungle Book #1 - 10,337
04/2012: GFT Jungle Book #2 - 6,157 (-40.4%)

 
That’s a pretty bad drop, but it’ll be a month or two before actual sales start showing through.
 

238. Vampirella vs Dracula (Dynamite)
 
01/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 - 8,710
02/2012: -
03/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #2 - 6,747 (-22.5%)
04/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #3 - 6,124 (-9.2%)

 
Fairly average sales for the other Vampirella spin-off mini-series.
 

240. The Lone Ranger (Dynamite)
 
05/2011: Lone Ranger #25 - 7,094 (+0.2%)
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%)

 
Not quite found its level yet.
 

242. Ferals (Avatar)
 
01/2012: Ferals #1 - 7,802
02/2012: Ferals #2 - 6,008 (-23.0%)
02/2012: Ferals #3 - 6,159 (+2.5%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Ferals #4 - 6,043 (-1.9%)

 
Pretty stable, very quickly, it looks like Lapham has a fairly set audience, although I have an inkling that his excellent new book, Dan the Unharmable, might fare a little better.
 

243. Queen Sonja (Dynamite) 
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Queen Sonja #16 - 7,287 (-3.3%)
06/2011: Queen Sonja #17 - 7,241 (-0.6%)
07/2011: Queen Sonja #18 - 6,869 (-5.1%)
08/2011: Queen Sonja #19 - 6,816 (-0.8%)
09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883 (+1.0%)
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%)

 
Pretty stable at the moment, it goes up a little, it goes down a little.
 

244. Voltron Year One(Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Voltron Year One #1 - 6,014

 
Not sure if the world was crying out for a Voltron origin spin-off, but we got one anyway!
 

245. Mega Man (Archie)
 
05/2011: Mega Man #1 - 12,586
06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713 (-38.7%)
07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%)
10/2011: Mega Man #6 - 7,474 (-14.5%)
11/2011: Mega Man #7 - 7,500 (+0.3%)
12/2011: Mega Man #8 - 7,092 (-5.4%)
01/2012: Mega Man #9 - 7,540 (+6.3%)
02/2012: Mega Man #10 - 6,163 (-18.3%)
03/2012: Mega Man #11 - 6,182 (+0.3%)
04/2012: Mega Man #12 - 6,006 (-2.8%)

 
Dropping off a little, but still Archie’s best-selling title in the direct market.
 

246. Darkness (Image)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207 (-4.2%)
07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)
10/2011: Darkness #94 - 5,632 (-3.8%)
11/2011: Darkness #95 - 5,500 (-2.3%)
12/2011: Darkness #96 - 5,939 (+8.0%)
01/2012: Darkness #97 - 5,328 (-10.3%)
01/2012: Darkness #98 - 5,316 (-0.2%)
02/2012: Darkness #99 - 5,893 (+10.9%)
02/2012: Darkness #100 - 11,363 (+92.8%)
03/2012: Darkness #101 - 7,214 (-36.5%)
04/2012: Darkness #102 - 5,963 (-17.3%)

 
Dropping back to where it was before issue one hundred, it’s astonishing how far this book has fallen. I can’t think of any other book that’s been continually published that has shrunk in sales so much. This book was selling over a hundred thousand copies when it launched, iirc.
 

247. Merciless Rise Of Ming (Dynamite)
 
04/2012: Merciless Rise Of Ming #1 - 5,878

 
Yet another Dynamite tie-in, to Flash Gordon this time. It’s only a thousand or so copies below the parent title, which didn’t ship this month.
 

248. Fathom Kiani (Aspen)
 
03/2012: Fathom Kiani Vol 2 #0 - 6,050
04/2012: Fathom Kiani Vol 2 #1 - 5,764 (-4.7%)

 
A little disappointing, I would imagine that Aspen were hoping that issue one would outsell the zero issue.
 

249. Next Men Aftermath (IDW)
 
04/2011: Next Men #5 - 8,525
 
====
 
05/2011: Next Men #6 - 8,387 (-1.6%)
06/2011: Next Men #7 - 8,090 (-3.5%)
07/2011: Next Men #8 - 7,817 (-3.4%)
08/2011: Next Men #9 - 7,651 (-2.1%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: Cold War #1 - 7,934
11/2011: Cold War #2 - 5,881 (-25.9%)
12/2011: Cold War #3 - 4,708 (-20.0%)
01/2012: Cold War #4 - 4,262 (-9.5%)
02/2012: Next Men Aftermath #40 - 6,415 (-16.2%)
03/2012: Next Men Aftermath #41 - 6,016 (-6.2%)
04/2012: Next Men Aftermath #42 - 5,750 (-4.4%)

 
Starting to stabilize, but there are only two issues left.
 

250. Incorruptible (Boom)
 
 
04/2011: Incorruptible #17 - 8,257
 
====
 
05/2011: Incorruptible #18 - 8,044 (-2.6%)
06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804 (-3.0%)
07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)
09/2011: Incorruptible #22 - 6,669 (-4.9%)
10/2011: Incorruptible #23 - 6,466 (-3.0%)
11/2011: Incorruptible #24 - 6,406 (-0.9%)
12/2011: Incorruptible #25 - 7,099 (+10.8%)
01/2012: Incorruptible #26 - 6,464 (-8.9%)
02/2012: Incorruptible #27 - 6,197 (-4.1%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Incorruptible #28 - 5,562 (-10.2%)

 
A big drop, two issues to go.
 

251. Reset (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Reset #1 - 5,559

 

252. Peter Panzerfaust (Image)
 
02/0212: Peter Panzerfaust #1 - 4,814
03/0212: Peter Panzerfaust #2 - 4,416 (-8.3%)
04/0212: Peter Panzerfaust #3 - 5,515 (+24.9%)

 
Orders finally catch up to sales with a big increase.
 

253. Creepy Comics (Dark Horse)
 
06/2011: Creepy Comics #6 - 6,210 (-5.6%)
07-12/2011: -
01/2012: Creepy Comics #7 - 5,540 (-10.8%)
02-03/2012: -
04/2012: Creepy Comics #8 - 5,507 (-0.6%)

 
Dark Horse’s randomly released horror anthology seems to have found its sales niche.
 

254. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW)
 
04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #6 - 9,520
====
 
05/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #7 - 9,427 (-1.0%)
06/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #8 - 9,226 (-2.1%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #9 - 8,987 (-2.6%)
08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #10 - 8,545 (-4.9%)
09/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #11 - 8,441 (-1.2%)
10/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #12 - 8,274 (-2.0%)
11/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #13 - 7,902 (-4.5%)
12/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #14 - 7,585 (-4.0%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Dungeons and Dragons #15 - 7,540 (-0.6%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Dungeons & Dragons Eberron Annual 2012 #1 - 5,452

 
A capper to the cancelled ongoing series, a new Dark Realms series starts next month.
 

255. The Ninjettes(Dynamite)
 
02/2012: Ninjettes #1 - 8,646
03/2012: Ninjettes #2 - 5,956 (-31.1%)
04/2012: Ninjettes #3 - 5,447 (-8.5%)

 
Starting to stabilize.
 

257. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: Myths and Legends #4 - 9,224 (+17.4%)
06/2011: Myths and Legends #5 - 7,612 (-17.5%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 - 6,215 (-18.4%)
07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 - 6,215 (0.0%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: -
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%)

 
Another large drop, this could fall below 5,000 copies for the first time next month.
 

258. Planet of the Apes (Boom!)
 
04/2011: Planet of the Apes #1 - 9,333
 
====
 
05/2011: Planet of the Apes #2 - 7,369 (-21.0%)
06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804 (+5.9%)
07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%)
10/2011: Planet of the Apes #7 - 6,889 (0.0%)
11/2011: Planet of the Apes #8 - 6,607 (-4.1%)
12/2011: Planet of the Apes #9 - 6,110 (-7.5%)
01/2012: Planet of the Apes #10 - 5,710 (-6.5%)
02/2012: Planet of the Apes #11 - 5,580 (-2.3%)
03/2012: Planet of the Apes #12 - 5,237 (-6.1%)
04/2012: Planet of the Apes #13 - 5,343 (+2.0%)

 
A small rise, for no noticeable reason other than it’s a good comic.
 

259. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)
 
04/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #59 - 5,490
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589 (+1.8%)
07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (+0.2%)
10/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #64 - 5,451 (-0.4%)
11/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #65 - 5,402 (-0.9%)
12/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #66 - 5,303 (-1.8%)
01/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #67 - 5,192 (-2.1%)
02/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #68 - 5,322 (+2.5%)
03/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #69 - 5,214 (-2.0%)
04/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #70 - 5,281 (+1.3%)

 
Stable.
 

260. Whispers (Image)
 
01/2012: Whispers #1 - 8,013
02-03/2012: -
04/2012: Whispers #2 - 5,255 (-34.4%)

 
A surprisingly stiff drop, despite the Luna Brother’s decent track record this seems to have slipped below the radar compared to Image’s other big releases recently.
 

263. GI Joe 2 Retaliation Movie Prequel (IDW)
 
02/2012: GI Joe 2 Retaliation Movie Prequel #1 - 6,802
02/2012: GI Joe 2 Retaliation Movie Prequel #2 - 6,392 (-6.0%)
03/2012: GI Joe 2 Retaliation Movie Prequel #3 - 5,391 (-15.7%)
04/2012: GI Joe 2 Retaliation Movie Prequel #4 - 5,152 (-4.4%)

 
The film has been pushed back to next year, apparently to add 3D and more Channing Tatum (who names their kid Channing, for god’s sake?).
 

278. Grimm Fairy Tales The Library (Zenescope)
 
09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #1 - 6,255
10/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #2 - 5,679 (-9.2%)
12/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #3 - 5,328 (-6.2%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #4 - 5,080 (-4.7%)

 
Approaching some sort of stability.
 

266. 68 (Sixty Eight) (Image)
 
04/2011: 68 #1 - 6,149
 
====
 
05/2011: 68 #2 - 5,553 (-9.7%)
06/2011: -
07/2011: -
08/2011: - 68 #3 - 5,954 (+7.2%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: -
11/2011:  Hardship One-Shot - 5,051 (-15.2%)
12/2011: Jungle Jim One Shot - 4,627 (-8.4%)
01-03/2012: -
04/2012: Scars #1 - 4,926 (+6.5%)

 
A big jump up statistically, but only two hundred and ninety-nine copies in real terms.
 

266. Resident Alien (Dark Horse)
 
04/2012: Resident Alien #0 - 4,788

 
A collection of the strips from Dark Horse Presents, with a four-issue mini-series starting next month.
 

269. Archie (Archie)
 
04/2011: Archie #620 - 3,644
 
====
 
05/2011: Archie #621 - 3,588 (-1.5%)
06/2011: Archie #622 - ???? (???)
07/2011: Archie #623 - 3,669 (???)
08/2011: Archie #624 - ???? (???)
09/2011: Archie #625 - 3,452 (???)
10/2011: Archie #626 - ???? (???)
11/2011: Archie #627 - 17,387 (3,911)(???)
12/2011: Archie #628 - 17,286 (-0.6%)
01/2012: Archie #629 - 15,906 (-8.0%)
02/2012: Archie #630 - 15,838 (-0.4%)
03/2012: Archie #631 - 4,614 (-70.9%)
04/2012: Archie #632 - 4,765 (+3.3%)

 
An increase, for no apparent reason, although again we’re talking a hundred and fifty copies.
 

270. Courtney Crumrin Ongoing (Oni)
 
04/2012: Courtney Crumrin Ongoing #1 - 4,758

 
Slightly disappointing sales, but Oni books don’t tend to get the support they used to, Scott Pilgrim aside. It’ll have further life in collected form though, and Oni seem to be able to support lower sales, if the under-rated Sixth Gun is any indicator.
 

272. Exile on the Planet of the Apes (Boom!)
 
11/2011: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #1 - 6,850
12/2011: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #2 - 5,473 (-20.1%)
01/2012: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #3 - 4,926 (-10.0%)
02/2012: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #4 - 4,732 (-3.9%)
03/2012: Exile on the Planet of The Apes #1 - 5,474 (+15.7%)
04/2012: Exile on the Planet of The Apes #2 - 4,751 (-13.2%)

 
Dropping back to where it was when the last series ended, which is actually a pretty good second issue drop.
 

273. Super Dinosaur (Image)
 
04/2011: Super Dinosaur #1 - 12,473
 
====
 
05/2011: Super Dinosaur #2 - 9,945 (-20.3%)
05/2011: Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 - 8,575 (-13.8%)
06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943 (+4.3%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: -
09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%)
10/2011: - Super Dinosaur #5 - 7,380 (-11.1%)
11/2011: - Super Dinosaur #6 - 6,299 (-14.6%)
12/2011: -
01/2012: - Super Dinosaur #7 - 5,518 (-12.4%)
02/2012: - Super Dinosaur #8 - 5,257 (-4.7%)
03/2012: - Super Dinosaur #9 - 4,863 (-7.5%)
04/2012: - Super Dinosaur #10 - 4,751 (-2.3%)

 
It looks like Kirkman is going to stick with this book, as it’s still being solicited and it appears it may be finally stabilizing.
 

275. 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%)

 
Boom’s reasons for reprinting this book become clearer, as Mark Waid will be following this series with a new ongoing series based on the UK Avengers TV show.
 

276. Orchid (Dark Horse)
 
10/2011: Orchid #1 -18,942
11/2011: Orchid #2 - 7,868 (-58.5%)
12/2011: Orchid #3 - 6,448 (-18.0%)
01/2012: Orchid #4 - 5,803 (-10.0%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: Orchid #5 - 4,820 (-17.0%)
04/2012: Orchid #6 - 4,718 (-2.1%)

 
Finally this appears to be leveling out in sales.
 

277. No Place Like Home (Image)
 
02/2012: No Place Like Home #1 - 6,258
03/2012: No Place Like Home #2 - 4,637 (-26.0%)
04/2012: No Place Like Home #3 - 4,712 (+1.6%)

 
A modest increase, as good word of mouth and reprints seem to be helping.
 

278. Glory (Image)
 
02/2012: Glory #23 - 8,067
03/2012: Glory #24 - 5,004 (-38.0%)
04/2012: Glory #25 - 4,677 (-6.5%)

 

279. Rebel Blood (Image)
 
03/2012: Rebel Blood #1 - 6,533
04/2012: Rebel Blood #2 - 4,650 (-28.8%)

 
A slightly steep drop, but it’s only a four issue mini-series.
 

280. Savage Dragon (Image)
 
04/2011: -
 
====
 
05/2011: -
06/2011: Savage Dragon #171 - 4,888 (+0.7%)
07/2011: -
08/2011: Savage Dragon #172 - 4,717 (-3.5%)
08/2011: Savage Dragon #173 - 4,712 (-0.1%)
09/2011:
10/2011: Savage Dragon #174 - ???? (???)
11/2011: Savage Dragon #175 - 4,986 (???)
11/2011: Savage Dragon #176 - 4,583 (-8.1%)
12/2011: Savage Dragon #177 - 4,923 (+7.4%)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Savage Dragon #178 - 4,684 (-4.9%)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Savage Dragon #179 - 4,614 (-1.5%)

 
Pretty stable, this seems to flit around a range of about four hundred copies.
 

281. Glamourpuss (Aardvaark Vanaheim)
 
04/212: - Glamourpuss #24 - 4,271

 
Dave Sim’s odd little book makes a surprise appearance in the chart, for the first time since 2009. I think this may be due to a signed and numbered variant.
 

285. Waking (Zenescope)
 
04/2012: Waking Dream End #1 - 4,127

 
A sequel to the horror series from a couple of years ago. I don’t think the first series charted, so I think sales are probably up on this run.
 

288. 30 Days of Night (IDW)
 
05/2011: Night Again #1 - 8,472
06/2011: Night Again #2 - 7,055 (-16.7%)
07/2011: Night Again #3 - 5,730 (-18.8%)
08/2011: Night Again #4 - 5,157 (-10.0%)
09/2011: -
10/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #1 - 8,326 (+61.5%)
11/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #2 - 6,429 (-22.8%)
12/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #3 - 5,092 (-20.8%)
01/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #4 - 4,662 (-8.4%)
02/2012: -
03/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #5 - 4,319 (-7.4%)
04/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #6 - 4,085 (-5.4%)

 
The drops are starting to slow up, but whether it can sustain itself at this level seems doubtful.
 

290. Lenore (Titan)
 
07/2011: Lenore Vol. 2 #3 - 4,587 (-3.6%)
08-11/2012: -
12/2011: Lenore V2 #4 - 4,121 (-10.2%)
01-03/2012: -
04/2012: Lenore V2 #5 - 3,995 (-3.1%)

 
Flattening out, sales seem a little low, but as it’s published in the UK I’d imagine there’s a good amount of unreported sales.
 

291. Criminal Macabre (Dark Horse)
 
09/2007: Criminal Macabre My Demon Baby #1 - 6,216
09/2008: Criminal Macabre Cell Block 666 #1 - 6,161
07/2011: Criminal Macabre/Goon: When Freaks Collide - 9,704 (+5.4%)
08/2011: -
09/2011: Criminal Macabre No Peace for Dead Men #1 - 4,359 (-55.1%)
04/2012: Criminal Macabre Die Die My Darling - 3,994 (-8.4%)

 
A reprint of the series from Dark Horse Presents.
 

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

 
Quite a big drop for the second issue, but I would imagine despite the subject matter this still gets newsstand distribution in the US.
 

294. Warehouse 13 (Dynamite)
 
08/2011: Warehouse 13 #1 - 5,380
09/2011: -
10/2011: Warehouse 13 #2 - ???? (???)
11/2011: -
12/2011: Warehouse 13 #3 - 4,280 (???)
01/2012: -
02/2012: Warehouse 13 #4 - ???? (???)
03/2012: -
04/2012: Warehouse 13 #5 - 3,947 (???)

 
The last issue missed the chart, but it’s only a few hundred copies down on the issue before that.
 

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

 
Sales have leveled out, but it really should be selling more than this.
 

296. Smoke And Mirrors (IDW)
 
03/2012: Smoke and Mirrors #1 - 5,313
04/2012: Smoke and Mirrors #2 - 3,720 (-30.0%)

 
Quite a big second issue drop, this seems to have slipped below the radar a bit.
 

297. Bloodstrike (Image)
 
03/2012: Bloodstrike #26 - 5,937
04/2012: Bloodstrike #27 - 3,529 (-40.6%)

 
An awful second issue drop, I can’t see this book lasting too long at these levels.
 

299. The Theater (Zenescope)
 
10/2011: The Theater #1 - 5,469
11/2011: The Theater #2 - 4,374 (-20.0%)
12/2011: The Theater #3 - 3,984 (-8.9%)
01/2012: The Theater #4 - 3,875 (-2.7%)
04/2012: The Theater #5 - 3,477 (-10.3%)

 
The last issue takes a big drop in sales.

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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. It feels like it’s been much more common recently to see books stabilize or even grow than it used to be. Did The Walking Dead just utterly break the system?

    GI Joe books going up as their crossover ends (these were “aftermath” issues, but Cobra at least was back to its own focus). Take note, IDW.

    The numbers for Courtney Crumrin are simply criminal–I’m afraid I didn’t help by going the digital route. As good as ever, which is very good indeed.

    And speaking of criminal numbers, how can Agent of the Empire be the lowest-selling Star Wars book? Befuddling.

  2. Chris R. says:

    I really hope The BIONIC MAN will get a bump in sales when the “Bigfoot” arc starts up with issue #11. I’m really going to miss Jonathan Lau because his artwork is made of awesome! But I’m looking forward to seeing what the new artist Ed Tadeo brings to the book. And what Phil Hester’s new writing partner Aaron Gillespie has to offer us. The Bionic Man #9 was pretty darn exciting so I’m looking forward to the conclusion of Kevin Smith’s storyline with issue #10 this month. I just hope losing Kevin Smith’s name from the book isn’t going to hurt sales. Phil Hester is rocking this book!

  3. Ashby says:

    Re: “The Darkness”: “I can’t think of any other book that’s been continually published that has shrunk in sales so much.”

    Erm… “Spawn” comes to mind. “Archie” has probably declined just as much from its height 4-5 decades ago. And that’s just indie comics. Compare any of the Big Two’s biggest franchises to what they sold in decades past.

  4. Pink Apocalypse says:

    Goon had a bump with issue 39 because it was the *friggin’ hilarious* satire issue mocking mainstream comics. The cover to it was loud, funny, large and in charge of whatever end of the rack it was placed in LCSs.

    It doesn’t pull punches with its mockery. Check it out if you haven’t.

  5. Yes Goon 39! That book is fantastic have not laughed out loud that many times reading a comic….ever.
    Also Shadow is everything you could hope for, Ennis is really at his best. Sometimes he can get outrageous for what seems like shock value however he is taking a great measured approach for Shadow it really is a treat.

  6. Chris Hero says:

    I LOVE Courtney Crumrin, but damn is that book hard to find.

  7. James says:

    Any word on if Image is going to publish Alan Moore’s unpublished Youngblood scripts as well?? I loved the 4 issues I read! But please no Liefeld or Larsen on art!! :) :)

    And yeah, seperate the TMNT titles – your including 3 seperate titles now, with that train of thought – just put all the Star Wars together too! ;)

  8. James says:

    After hearing great things about Prophet and Glory – I’ll be picking up their cheap ass trades when they come out!!

  9. Really pleased to see how well the Shadow did (and hope it can sustain it). Just wish the Lone Ranger was doing better. It’s actually been really good.

  10. I’m sad whenever The Sixth Gun doesn’t chart. I just discovered it with issue #21 (the silent issue) but it’s a new favorite. An old west story with magic guns that bond to their users for life and filled with fascinating and horrific characters? What’s not to love?

  11. Glad to see so many great titles doing well.

  12. goggles says:

    @Pink Apocalypse – these charts are estimated orders by retailers. They have nothing to do with copies sold to customers by the LCS.

  13. Linda says:

    @ Chris R … Kevin Smith created a good villian with the Hull for the Bionic Man. I’ve liked Lau’s art for the most part but I wish his version of Steve Austin resembled Lee Majors a little more, lol. Secret of the Bigfoot was one of my favorite Six Million Dollar Man eppys so I can’t wait for the bigfoot stuff! Between Highlander and Bionic Man I’m pleased with Dynamite. I want to see a crossover with Steve/Jaime and Connor/Heather.

  14. Linda says:

    Is the Bionic Man (Steve Austin) going to be in Prophecy?

  15. filippod says:

    The Sixth Gun and Courtney Crumrin are two excellent books and it breaks my heart they are not selling more.

    Image was good to build the hype for their creator driven books.

    Mind you, the books are great and deserve those sales and more. However I’m fairly sure a significant portion of such sales are hype driven. I suspect that iFanboy alone moves thousands of units for Image (not a criticism – kudos to them).

    I’m not complaining, I just wish that the hype would stick to all worthwhile comics, not only to a specific brand.

  16. “Dropping off a little, but still Archie’s best-selling title in the direct market.”

    Wouldn’t that be Sonic the Hedgehog?

  17. Pink Apocalypse says:

    @Goggles: Maybe there was a very convincing Preview splash that convinced shop owners? I have no idea, then.

    It was a great issue, tho!

  18. Sean W says:

    I’m curious if there’ll be more GI JOE product from IDW put out next spring, since the movie (and toyline) was moved — but the comic-related merch was not.

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