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1595885 Marvel Month to Month Sales: October 2013; Infinity rules the roost

by Paul O’Brien

INFINITY remained the main feature of Marvel’s October schedule. Meanwhile, the X-Men continued their own “Battle of the Atom” crossover, and the Ultimate imprint marches stoically towards “Cataclysm”. As usual, the next wave of new launches will come after the event, so there’s not much in the way of new titles – but we do have the return of the Marvel Knights imprint, and the all-ages line gets a refresh.

It’s an unusually close month between Marvel and DC, with Marvel having the edge in unit share by a mere 33.6% to 33.2%, while DC lead in dollar terms by 31% to 30%.

Thanks as always to ICV2.com for permission to use these figures.

3,5. INFINITY
08/13  Infinity #1 of 6 - 205,819
09/13  Infinity #2 of 6 - 125,985  (-38.8%)
09/13  Infinity #3 of 6 - 123,285  ( -2.1%)
10/13  Infinity #4 of 6 - 113,003  ( -8.3%)
10/13  Infinity #5 of 6 - 106,567  ( -5.7%)

Holding up pretty nicely, now that the second issue drop is out of the way. We’re still above the 100K mark with one issue to go; Marvel ought to be happy with this.

9,10. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
10/03  Amazing #500 - 148,928
10/08  Amazing #575 -  68,913
10/09  Amazing #609 -  61,176
10/10  Amazing #645 -  56,709
10/11  Amazing #672 -  57,860
=====
10/12  Amazing #695 -  58,185  (  -0.5%)
10/12  Amazing #696 -  57,950  (  -0.4%)
11/12  Amazing #697 -  59,872  (  +3.3%)
11/12  Amazing #698 -  87,537  ( +46.2%)
12/12  Amazing #699 -  80,048  (  -8.6%)
12/12  Amazing #.1  -  71,344  ( -10.9%)
12/12  Amazing #700 - 273,305  (+283.1%)
01/13  Superior #1  - 209,944  ( -23.2%)
01/13  Superior #2  - 118,104  ( -43.7%)
02/13  Superior #3  - 101,811  ( -13.8%)
02/13  Superior #4  -  95,892  (  -5.8%)
03/13  Superior #5  -  94,224  (  -1.7%)
03/13  Superior #6  -  86,614  (  -8.1%)
03/13  S. S-M #6AU  -  85,807  (  -0.9%)
04/13  Superior #7  -  87,945  (  +2.5%)
04/13  Superior #8  -  85,671  (  -2.6%)
05/13  Superior #9  -  93,656  (  +9.3%)
05/13  Superior #10 -  85,346  (  -8.9%)
06/13  Superior #11 -  84,219  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Superior #12 -  82,338  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Superior #13 -  81,678  (  -0.8%)
07/13  Superior #14 -  80,839  (  -1.0%)
08/13  Superior #15 -  78,636  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Superior #16 -  78,087  (  -0.7%)
09/13  Superior #17 -  89,118  ( +14.1%)
09/13  Superior #18 -  80,178  ( -10.0%)
10/13  Superior #19 -  83,671  (  +4.4%)
10/13  Superior #20 -  85,309  (  +2.0%)
                       6 mnth  (  -0.4%)
                       1 year  ( +46.6%)
                       2 year  ( +47.4%)
                       3 year  ( +50.4%)
                       4 year  ( +39.4%)
                       5 year  ( +23.8%)
                      10 year  ( -42.7%)

These two issues both have variant covers, but even so, the book appears to be on an upswing again, after dipping to 78K in August. Issue #19 is the final part of the “Necessary Evil” storyline, and both these issues were pushed as featuring major plot developments for the title.

And now, virtually an entire crossover bunched together…

12. ALL-NEW X-MEN
11/12  All-New X-Men #1  - 181,693
11/12  All-New X-Men #2  - 100,983  (-44.4%)
12/12  All-New X-Men #3  -  90,161  (-10.7%)
12/12  All-New X-Men #4  -  90,946  ( +0.9%)
01/13  All-New X-Men #5  -  86,301  ( -5.1%)
01/13  All-New X-Men #6  -  85,403  ( -1.0%)
02/13  All-New X-Men #7  -  85,234  ( -0.2%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #8  -  90,990  ( +6.8%)
03/13  All-New X-Men #9  -  81,692  (-10.2%)
04/13  All-New X-Men #10 -  84,760  ( +3.8%)
05/13  All-New X-Men #11 -  80,582  ( -4.9%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #12 -  82,178  ( +2.0%)
06/13  All-New X-Men #13 -  77,656  ( -5.5%)
07/13  All-New X-Men #14 -  74,848  ( -3.6%)
08/13  All-New X-Men #15 -  73,035  ( -2.4%)
09/13  All-New X-Men #16 -  84,218  (+15.3%)
10/13  All-New X-Men #17 -  82,843  ( -1.6%)
                            6 mnth  ( -2.3%)

14. UNCANNY X-MEN
10/03  Uncanny X-Men #432   -  92,472
10/08  Uncanny X-Men #503   -  87,196
10/09  Uncanny X-Men #516   -  73,916
10/10  Uncanny X-Men #529   -  62,256
10/11  Uncanny X-Men #544   -  60,212
=====
10/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #19 -  59,283  (  -0.9%)
10/12  Uncanny X-Men v2 #20 -  65,981  ( +11.3%)
11/12  ---
12/12  ---
01/13  ---
02/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #1  - 177,463  (+169.0%)
02/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #2  -  94,615  ( -46.7%)
03/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #3  -  85,775  (  -9.3%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #4  -  80,047  (  -6.7%)
04/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #5  -  78,919  (  -1.4%)
05/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #6  -  73,621  (  -6.7%)
06/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #7  -  73,719  (  +0.1%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #8  -  70,274  (  -4.7%)
07/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #9  -  67,338  (  -4.2%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #10 -  70,903  (  +5.3%)
08/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #11 -  65,700  (  -7.3%)
09/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #12 -  76,790  ( +16.9%)
10/13  Uncanny X-Men v3 #13 -  75,202  (  -2.1%)
                               6 mnth  (  -4.7%)
                               1 year  ( +26.9%)
                               2 year  ( +24.9%)
                               3 year  ( +20.8%)
                               4 year  (  +1.7%)
                               5 year  ( -13.8%)
                              10 year  ( -18.7%)

15. X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM
09/13  Battle #1 of 2 - 113,928
10/13  Battle #2 of 2 -  73,894  (-35.1%)

16. X-MEN
10/10  X-Men v3 #4  -  63,772
10/11  X-Men v3 #19 -  40,906
=====
10/12  X-Men v3 #37 -  31,611  (  -1.2%)
11/12  X-Men v3 #38 -  30,289  (  -4.2%)
12/12  X-Men v3 #39 -  29,326  (  -3.2%)
01/13  X-Men v3 #40 -  28,515  (  -2.8%)
02/13  X-Men v3 #41 -  32,488  ( +13.9%)
03/13  ---
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Men v4 #1  - 183,297  (+464.2%)
06/13  X-Men v4 #2  -  73,542  ( -59.9%)
07/13  X-Men v4 #3  -  65,270  ( -11.2%)
08/13  X-Men v4 #4  -  64,010  (  -1.9%)
09/13  X-Men v4 #5  -  73,357  ( +14.6%)
10/13  X-Men v4 #6  -  71,990  (  -1.9%)
                       6 mnth  (   --- )
                       1 year  (+127.7%)
                       2 year  ( +76.0%)
                       3 year  ( +12.9%)

The second month of the “Battle of the Atom” crossover runs through ALL-NEW X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-MEN and WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN, plus the concluding chapter in X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM. The storyline has certainly helped sales, but it’s very striking to see all the books clustered together except for WATX – which is at number 25 with orders of 57K. That’s quite bizarre considering that this is an old-style crossover where you need all the issues to get the story.

17,18. AVENGERS
10/03  Avengers v3 #72 -  58,437
10/10  Avengers v4 #6  -  73,258
10/11  Avengers v4 #18 -  58,897
=====
10/12  Avengers v4 #31 -  62,495  (  +6.6%)
10/12  Avengers v4 #32 -  56,204  ( -10.1%)
11/12  Avengers v4 #33 -  53,336  (  -5.1%)
11/12  Avengers v4 #34 -  57,315  (  +7.5%)
12/12  Avengers v5 #1  - 192,952  (+236.7%)
12/12  Avengers v5 #2  -  99,028  ( -48.7%)
01/13  Avengers v5 #3  -  92,165  (  -6.9%)
01/13  Avengers v5 #4  -  83,088  (  -9.8%)
02/13  Avengers v5 #5  -  82,452  (  -0.8%)
02/13  Avengers v5 #6  -  84,868  (  +2.9%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #7  -  78,278  (  -7.8%)
03/13  Avengers v5 #8  -  82,691  (  +5.6%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #9  -  77,780  (  -5.9%)
04/13  Avengers v5 #10 -  78,905  (  +1.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #11 -  70,687  ( -10.4%)
05/13  Avengers v5 #12 -  74,978  (  +6.1%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #13 -  68,624  (  -8.5%)
06/13  Avengers v5 #14 -  74,846  (  +9.1%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #15 -  68,472  (  -8.5%)
07/13  Avengers v5 #16 -  72,842  (  +6.4%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #17 -  68,962  (  -5.3%)
08/13  Avengers v5 #18 -  74,697  (  +8.3%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #19 -  92,489  ( +23.8%)
09/13  Avengers v5 #20 -  74,388  ( -19.6%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #21 -  71,751  (  -3.5%)
10/13  Avengers v5 #22 -  70,735  (  -1.4%)
                          6 mnth  ( -10.4%)
                          1 year  ( +13.2%)
                          2 year  ( +20.1%)
                          3 year  (  -3.4%)
                         10 year  ( +21.0%)

These two issues are both INFINITY tie-ins, not that it seems to make a huge amount of difference. Presumably retailers figure that if you’re the sort of person willing to buy the other Jonathan Hickman titles to get the full INFINITY core story, you were most likely reading his AVENGERS already.

19,20. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
10/08  Guardians v2 #6  -  36,546
10/09  Guardians v2 #19 -  23,597
=====
02/13  Guardians #0.1   -  80,344
03/13  Guardians v3 #1  - 217,993  (+171.3%)
04/13  Guardians v3 #2  -  88,184  ( -59.5%)
05/13  ---
06/13  Guardians v3 #3  -  75,633  ( -14.2%)
06/13  Guardians v3 #4  -  71,575  (  -5.4%)
07/13  Guardians v3 #5  - 110,372  ( +54.2%)
08/13  ---
09/13  Guardians v3 #6  -  69,030  ( -37.5%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #7  -  68,647  (  -0.6%)
10/13  Guardians v3 #8  -  63,494  (  -7.5%)
                           6 mnth  ( -28.0%)
                           4 year  (+169.1%)
                           5 year  ( +73.7%)

Two issues this month, though one of them has slipped from September. Issue #7 is part of Angela’s introduction and came with a raft of variant covers. Issue #8 is an INFINITY tie-in, and comes with fewer variant covers (though still several). Angela would seem to be the bigger draw here.

22. NEW AVENGERS
10/08  New Avengers #46    -  99,513
10/09  New Avengers #58    -  76,656
10/10  New Avengers v2 #5  -  73,409
10/11  New Avengers v2 #17 -  55,732
=====
10/12  New Avengers v2 #31 -  53,456  (  -5.8%)
11/12  New Avengers v2 #32 -  52,784  (  -1.3%)
11/12  New Avengers v2 #33 -  50,045  (  -5.2%)
11/12  New Avengers v2 #34 -  53,862  (  +7.6%)
12/12  ---
01/13  New Avengers v3 #1  - 116,280  (+115.9%)
01/13  New Avengers v3 #2  -  79,433  ( -31.7%)
02/13  New Avengers v3 #3  -  72,110  (  -9.2%)
03/13  New Avengers v3 #4  -  65,150  (  -9.7%)
04/13  New Avengers v3 #5  -  63,423  (  -2.7%)
05/13  New Avengers v3 #6  -  59,362  (  -6.4%)
06/13  New Avengers v3 #7  -  60,138  (  +1.3%)
07/13  New Avengers v3 #8  -  58,044  (  -3.5%)
08/13  New Avengers v3 #9  -  60,534  (  +4.3%)
09/13  New Avengers v3 #10 -  60,682  (  +0.2%)
10/13  New Avengers v3 #11 -  63,231  (  +4.2%)
                              6 mnth  (  -0.3%)
                              1 year  ( +18.3%)
                              2 year  ( +13.5%)
                              3 year  ( -13.9%)
                              4 year  ( -17.5%)
                              5 year  ( -36.5%)

Another INFINITY tie-in. NEW AVENGERS, which lagged some way behind its sister title despite being notionally equal, seems to be gaining rather more from participating in the crossover.

23. UNCANNY AVENGERS
10/12  Uncanny Avengers #1  - 303,722
11/12  Uncanny Avengers #2  - 114,257  (-62.4%)
12/12  ---
01/13  Uncanny Avengers #3  -  92,165  (-19.3%)
02/13  Uncanny Avengers #4  -  87,539  ( -5.0%)
03/13  Uncanny Avengers #5  -  84,382  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #6  -  80,863  ( -4.2%)
04/13  Uncanny Avengers #7  -  77,027  ( -4.7%)
05/13  Uncanny Avengers #8  -  75,655  ( -1.8%)
05/13  Uncanny Av. #8AU     -  72,514  ( -4.2%)
06/13  Uncanny Avengers #9  -  71,842  ( -0.9%)
07/13  Uncanny Avengers #10 -  68,768  ( -4.3%)
08/13  Uncanny Avengers #11 -  65,447  ( -4.8%)
09/13  Uncanny Avengers #12 -  73,357  (+12.1%)
10/13  Uncanny Avengers #13 -  60,597  (-17.4%)
                               6 mnth  (-21.3%)
                               1 year  (-80.0%)

Back to normal after last month’s variant-fuelled spike. Leave that one aside and the book still seems to be shedding sales faster than you might like, but it’s got plenty of margin to play with.

25. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN
10/11  Wolverine/X-Men #1  - 99,611
=====
10/12  Wolverine/X-Men #18 - 52,331  ( -4.4%)
10/12  Wolverine/X-Men #19 - 50,008  ( -4.4%)
11/12  Wolverine/X-Men #20 - 48,432  ( -3.2%)
11/12  Wolverine/X-Men #21 - 48,244  ( -0.4%)
12/12  Wolverine/X-Men #22 - 45,658  ( -5.4%)
01/13  Wolverine/X-Men #23 - 43,963  ( -3.7%)
01/13  Wolverine/X-Men #24 - 44,716  ( +1.7%)
02/13  Wolverine/X-Men #25 - 45,057  ( +0.8%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #26 - 42,019  ( -6.7%)
03/13  Wolverine/X-Men #27 - 41,960  ( -0.1%)
04/13  Wolv & X-Men #27AU  - 47,055  (+12.1%)
04/13  Wolverine/X-Men #28 - 42,718  ( -9.2%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #29 - 40,451  ( -5.3%)
05/13  Wolverine/X-Men #30 - 40,019  ( -1.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #31 - 41,661  ( +4.1%)
06/13  Wolverine/X-Men #32 - 39,790  ( -4.5%)
07/13  Wolverine/X-Men #33 - 42,269  ( +6.2%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #34 - 38,473  ( -9.0%)
08/13  Wolverine/X-Men #35 - 38,046  ( -1.1%)
09/13  Wolverine/X-Men #36 - 59,684  (+56.9%)
10/13  Wolverine/X-Men #37 - 57,434  ( -3.8%)
                             6 mnth  (+34.4%)
                             1 year  ( +9.8%)
                             2 year  (-42.3%)

A “Battle of the Atom” tie-in, as previously mentioned. Cancelled with issue #42, though a relaunch would hardly be surprising. While it lags some way behind the other X-Men titles, it’s nowhere near Marvel’s danger zone.

27,39,44. ARMS OF THE OCTOPUS
10/13  All-New X-Men     - 56,925
10/13  Hulk              - 42,970 
10/13  Superior Team-Up  - 40,796

A somewhat random crossover between three annuals (or rather, “Specials”). It’s actually pretty decent.

29. MIGHTY AVENGERS
09/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #1 - 101,921
10/13  Mighty Avengers v2 #2 -  54,862  (-46.2%)

That’s a steep drop, even allowing for the additional variant covers on issue #1. These are both INFINITY tie-ins, and there’s an “Inhumanity” tie-in to follow, so Marvel are certainly throwing the storyline promotions at this book in the early going.

34. DEADPOOL
10/08  Deadpool v3 #3  -  61,833
10/09  Deadpool v3 #16 -  46,288
10/10  Deadpool v3 #28 -  34,828
10/11  Deadpool v3 #44 -  26,678
=====
10/12  Deadpool v3 #62 -  28,897  (  +1.9%)
10/12  Deadpool v3 #63 -  29,049  (  +0.5%)
11/12  Deadpool v4 #1  - 127,977  (+340.6%)
11/12  Deadpool v4 #2  -  76,445  ( -40.3%)
12/12  Deadpool v4 #3  -  64,591  ( -15.5%)
01/13  Deadpool v4 #4  -  57,061  ( -11.7%)
02/13  Deadpool v4 #5  -  57,312  (  +0.4%)
03/13  Deadpool v4 #6  -  57,095  (  -0.4%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #7  -  57,016  (  -0.1%)
04/13  Deadpool v4 #8  -  52,851  (  -7.3%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #9  -  51,296  (  -2.9%)
05/13  Deadpool v4 #10 -  50,461  (  -1.6%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #11 -  54,110  (  +7.2%)
06/13  Deadpool v4 #12 -  48,315  ( -10.7%)
07/13  Deadpool v4 #13 -  47,006  (  -2.7%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #14 -  45,870  (  -2.4%)
08/13  Deadpool v4 #15 -  46,169  (  +0.7%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #16 -  45,675  (  -1.1%)
09/13  Deadpool v4 #17 -  45,348  (  -0.7%)
10/13  Deadpool v4 #18 -  47,096  (  +3.9%)
                          6 mnth  ( -10.9%)
                          1 year  ( +63.0%)
                          2 year  ( +76.5%)
                          3 year  ( +29.5%)
                          4 year  (  +1.7%)
                          5 year  ( -23.8%)

There’s a variant cover on this issue, but it’s still very impressive how steadily the book has been selling.

35. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
10/03  Thor v2 #69 -  32,991
10/08  Thor v3 #11 -  78,673
10/09  ---
10/10  Thor #616   -  51,051
10/11  Thor v4 #7  -  44,017
=====
10/12  Thor v4 #21 -  34,550  ( +14.5%)
10/12  Thor v4 #22 -  35,328  (  +2.3%)
11/12  Thor v5 #1  - 110,443  (+212.6%)
11/12  Thor v5 #2  -  65,533  ( -40.7%)
12/12  Thor v5 #3  -  55,547  ( -15.2%)
01/13  Thor v5 #4  -  50,478  (  -9.1%)
02/13  Thor v5 #5  -  51,861  (  +2.7%)
03/13  Thor v5 #6  -  50,481  (  -2.7%)
04/13  Thor v5 #7  -  51,526  (  +2.1%)
05/13  Thor v5 #8  -  48,622  (  -5.6%)
06/13  Thor v5 #9  -  49,125  (  +1.0%)
07/13  Thor v5 #10 -  46,204  (  -5.9%)
08/13  Thor v5 #11 -  45,397  (  -1.7%)
08/13  Thor v5 #12 -  44,865  (  -1.2%)
09/13  Thor v5 #13 -  48,007  (  +7.0%)
10/13  Thor v5 #14 -  46,008  (  -4.2%)
                      6 mnth  ( -10.7%)
                      1 year  ( +33.2%)
                      2 year  (  +4.5%)
                      3 year  (  -9.9%)
                      4 year  (   --- )
                      5 year  ( -41.5%)
                     10 year  ( +39.5%)

Issues #13 and #14 both had multiple covers, which explains their slight increase. The underlying trend looks to be the more familiar gentle decline that most titles settle into.

43. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK
10/03  Incredible v3 #62     -  55,530
10/08  Hulk #7               - 110,261
10/09  Incredible Hulk #603  -  49,126
10/10  Incredible Hulks #614 -  39,572
10/11  Incredible v4 #1      - 106,472
=====
10/12  Incredible v4 #15     -  36,091  (  +6.5%)
11/12  Indestructible #1     - 118,200  (+227.5%)
12/12  Indestructible #2     -  63,653  ( -46.1%)
01/13  Indestructible #3     -  59,431  (  -6.6%)
02/13  Indestructible #4     -  56,214  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Indestructible #5     -  54,967  (  -2.2%)
04/13  Indestructible #6     -  55,470  (  +0.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #7     -  49,956  (  -9.9%)
05/13  Indestructible #8     -  48,866  (  -2.2%)
06/13  Indestructible #9     -  49,427  (  +1.1%)
07/13  Indestructible #10    -  45,531  (  -7.9%)
07/13  Indestructible #11    -  45,241  (  -0.6%)
08/13  Indestructible #12    -  43,673  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Indestructible #13    -  41,805  (  -4.3%)
10/13  Indestructible #14    -  40,963  (  -2.0%)
                                6 mnth  ( -26.2%)
                                1 year  ( +13.5%)
                                2 year  ( -61.5%)
                                3 year  (  +3.5%)
                                4 year  ( -16.6%)
                                5 year  ( -62.8%)
                               10 year  ( -26.2%)

And here’s an example of that trend in action.

46. HAWKEYE
10/12  Hawkeye v4 #3  - 35,403  ( +5.5%)
11/12  Hawkeye v4 #4  - 34,208  ( -3.4%)
12/12  Hawkeye v4 #5  - 34,385  ( +0.5%)
12/12  Hawkeye v4 #6  - 33,440  ( -2.7%)
01/13  Hawkeye v4 #7  - 37,000  (+10.6%)
02/13  Hawkeye v4 #8  - 36,898  ( -0.3%)
03/13  ---
04/13  Hawkeye v4 #9  - 39,678  ( +7.5%)
05/13  Hawkeye v4 #10 - 42,090  ( +6.1%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #11 - 40,510  ( -3.8%)
06/13  Hawkeye v4 #12 - 40,837  ( +0.8%)
07/13  ---
08/13  ---
09/13  ---
10/13  Hawkeye v4 #13 - 40,476  ( -0.9%)
                        6 mnth  ( +2.0%)
                        1 year  (+14.3%)

Returning from its hiatus with sales intact, HAWKEYE is that rare book that manages to convert fan buzz and positive reviews into actual sustained sales.

47. KICK-ASS 3  [Icon]
06/13  Kick-Ass 3 #1 of 8 - 78,035
07/13  ---
08/13  Kick-Ass 3 #2 of 8 - 50,102  (-35.8%)
09/13  Kick-Ass 3 #3 of 8 - 44,540  (-11.1%)
10/13  Kick-Ass 3 #4 of 8 - 40,412  ( -9.3%)

Not holding up quite as well as I might have expected, but then the movie promotion is some way behind us now. It’s still doing very well for a creator-owned title.

48,59,62. HUNGER / CATACLYSM
07/13  Hunger #1 of 4 - 70,835
08/13  Hunger #2 of 4 - 44,929  (-36.6%)
09/13  ---
10/13  Hunger #3 of 4 - 39,915  (-11.2%)
10/13  Hunger #4 of 4 - 36,775  ( -7.9%)
10/13  Cataclysm #0.1 - 37,589  ( +2.2%)

Not exactly blow away numbers for the lead-in to a major event book, but we’ll see how they do next month when CATACLYSM proper gets under way.

53,69. IRON MAN
10/03  Iron Man v3 #73 -  34,132
10/08  Iron Man v5 #6  -  53,332
10/09  Iron Man v5 #19 -  47,178
10/10  Iron Man v5 #31 -  45,507
10/11  Iron Man #509   -  38,721
=====
10/12  Iron Man #526   -  35,934  ( +16.3%)
10/12  Iron Man #527   -  36,981  (  +2.9%)
11/12  Iron Man v6 #1  - 116,529  (+215.1%)
11/12  Iron Man v6 #2  -  72,902  ( -37.4%)
12/12  Iron Man v6 #3  -  59,041  ( -19.0%)
12/12  Iron Man v6 #4  -  56,708  (  -4.0%)
01/13  Iron Man v6 #5  -  50,899  ( -10.2%)
02/13  Iron Man v6 #6  -  46,206  (  -9.2%)
03/13  Iron Man v6 #7  -  44,040  (  -4.7%)
04/13  Iron Man v6 #8  -  43,974  (  -0.1%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #9  -  78,006  ( +77.4%)
05/13  Iron Man v6 #10 -  45,424  ( -41.8%)
06/13  Iron Man v6 #11 -  44,409  (  -2.2%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #12 -  40,405  (  -9.0%)
07/13  Iron Man v6 #13 -  39,534  (  -2.2%)
08/13  Iron Man v6 #14 -  38,137  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Iron Man v6 #15 -  36,346  (  -4.7%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #16 -  35,924  (  -1.2%)
10/13  Iron Man v6 #17 -  39,047  (  +8.7%)
                          6 mnth  ( -11.2%)
                          1 year  (  +8.7%)
                          2 year  (  +0.8%)
                          3 year  ( -14.2%)
                          4 year  ( -17.2%)
                          5 year  ( -26.8%)
                         10 year  ( -14.4%)

Two issues this month, including the final part of “The Secret Origin of Tony Stark”, which has multiple variants. (Including a “Classified Baby Variant” by Greg Land and David Marquez. Really, that’s a thing.) It certainly gives the final chapter a nice spike.

54. DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL
07/13  Deadpool Kills #1 of 4 - 53,066  
08/13  Deadpool Kills #2 of 4 - 41,960  (-25.8%)
09/13  Deadpool Kills #3 of 4 - 41,023  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Deadpool Kills #4 of 4 - 38,912  ( -5.1%)

Very respectable numbers, coming in about 10K behind the parent title.

55. CAPTAIN AMERICA
10/03  Captain America v3 #19 -  42,356
10/08  Captain America v6 #43 -  72,405
10/09  ---
10/10  Captain America #611   -  48,788
10/11  ---
=====
10/12  Captain America v7 #18 -  38,318  ( +11.8%)
10/12  Captain America v7 #19 -  40,205  (  +4.9%)
11/12  Captain America v8 #1  - 123,667  (+207.6%)
12/12  Captain America v8 #2  -  64,377  ( -47.9%)
01/13  Captain America v8 #3  -  59,836  (  -7.1%)
02/13  Captain America v8 #4  -  53,112  ( -11.2%)
03/13  Captain America v8 #5  -  49,186  (  -7.4%)
04/13  Captain America v8 #6  -  47,802  (  -2.8%)
05/13  Captain America v8 #7  -  44,024  (  -7.9%)
06/13  Captain America v8 #8  -  43,791  (  -0.5%)
07/13  Captain America v8 #9  -  40,796  (  -6.8%)
08/13  Captain America v8 #10 -  39,356  (  -3.5%)
09/13  Captain America v8 #11 -  38,521  (  -2.1%)
10/13  Captain America v8 #12 -  38,684  (  +0.4%)
                                 6 mnth  ( -19.1%)
                                 1 year  (  +1.0%)
                                 2 year  (   --- )
                                 3 year  ( -20.7%)
                                 4 year  (   --- )
                                 5 year  ( -46.6%)
                                10 year  (  -8.7%)

A variant cover probably explains the very slight uptick.

57. MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN
10/13  MK Spider-Man v2 #1 of 5 - 38,379

The first of several miniseries reviving the Marvel Knights imprint, with indie creators doing their take on Marvel characters. This is by Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy. Not a bad number to start with – certainly enough to justify a five issue mini.

65,78. SAVAGE WOLVERINE
01/13  Savage Wolverine #1  - 102,530
02/13  Savage Wolverine #2  -  58,254  (-43.2%)
03/13  Savage Wolverine #3  -  50,310  (-13.6%)
04/13  Savage Wolverine #4  -  45,933  ( -8.7%)
05/13  Savage Wolverine #5  -  42,328  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Savage Wolverine #6  -  59,410  (+40.4%)
07/13  Savage Wolverine #7  -  40,946  (-31.1%)
08/13  ---
09/13  Savage Wolverine #8  -  38,208  ( -6.7%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #9  -  36,451  ( -4.6%)
10/13  Savage Wolverine #10 -  33,627  ( -7.7%)
                               6 mnth  (-26.8%)

Another book double shipping in order to get back on schedule. This is the title with rotating creative teams, and it’s not exactly holding on to its audience very well. It drops down below the core WOLVERINE title this month, with its second issue.

66,89. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP
10/11  ---
=====
10/12  Avenging Spider-Man #13 - 32,908  (  -7.2%)
11/12  Avenging Spider-Man #14 - 30,102  (  -8.5%)
12/12  Avenging Spider-Man #15 - 28,240  (  -6.2%)
12/12  Avenging Spider-Man #.1 - 41,504  ( +47.0%)
01/13  Avenging Spider-Man #16 - 29,032  ( -30.1%)
02/13  Avenging Spider-Man #17 - 30,783  (  +6.0%)
03/13  Avenging Spider-Man #18 - 31,657  (  +2.8%)
04/13  Avenging Spider-Man #19 - 28,740  (  -9.2%)
05/13  Avenging Spider-Man #20 - 27,609  (  -3.9%)
05/13  Avenging Spider-Man #21 - 27,251  (  -1.3%)
06/13  Avenging Spider-Man #22 - 26,799  (  -1.7%)
07/13  Superior Team-Up #1     - 76,959  (+187.2%)
08/13  Superior Team-Up #2     - 41,155  ( -46.5%)
09/13  Superior Team-Up #3     - 37,363  (  -9.2%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #4     - 36,296  (  -3.6%)
10/13  Superior Team-Up #5     - 30,424  ( -16.2%)
                                 6 mnth  (  +5.9%)
                                 1 year  (  -7.5%)

On its way back to pre-relaunch levels. Issues #3 and #4 were an INFINITY tie-in, hence the steeper than usual drop for issue #5.

74. DAREDEVIL
10/03  Daredevil v2 #53  - 58,620
10/08  Daredevil v2 #112 - 46,202
10/09  Daredevil #501    - 45,181
10/10  Daredevil #511    - 43,167
10/11  Daredevil v3 #5   - 39,413
=====
10/12  Daredevil v3 #19  - 37,228  ( +0.1%)
11/12  Daredevil v3 #20  - 36,515  ( -1.9%)
12/12  Daredevil v3 #21  - 35,848  ( -1.8%)
01/13  Daredevil v3 #22  - 36,102  ( +0.7%)
02/13  Daredevil v3 #23  - 37,170  ( +3.0%)
03/13  Daredevil v3 #24  - 37,231  ( +0.2%)
04/13  Daredevil v3 #25  - 39,678  ( +6.6%)
05/13  Daredevil v3 #26  - 39,788  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Daredevil v3 #27  - 35,834  ( -9.9%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #28  - 35,364  ( -1.3%)
07/13  Daredevil v3 #29  - 34,915  ( -1.3%)
08/13  Daredevil v3 #30  - 35,240  ( +0.9%)
09/13  Daredevil v3 #31  - 36,666  ( +4.0%)
10/13  Daredevil v3 #32  - 34,957  ( -4.7%)
                           6 mnth  (-11.9%)
                           1 year  ( -6.1%)
                           2 year  (-11.3%)
                           3 year  (-19.0%)
                           4 year  (-22.6%)
                           5 year  (-24.3%)
                          10 year  (-40.4%)

Ends with issue #36, with the creative team moving to a digital title. I’d be pretty astonished if we didn’t get a relaunch of the print book, though – Daredevil is one of those properties that will only get cancelled if the Marvel offices are flattened by a meteor.

75. WOLVERINE
10/03  Wolverine #6     -  82,074
10/08  ---
10/09  W: Weapon X #6   -  38,446
10/10  Wolverine v4 #2  -  63,210
10/11  Wolverine v4 #17 -  39,405
=====
10/12  Wolverine #314   -  34,504  ( -12.1%)
10/12  Wolverine #315   -  38,557  ( +11.7%)
11/12  Wolverine #316   -  32,208  ( -16.5%)
12/12  Wolverine #317   -  34,367  (  +6.7%)
01/13  ---
02/13  ---
03/13  Wolverine v5 #1  - 117,669  (+242.4%)
04/13  Wolverine v5 #2  -  57,165  ( -51.4%)
05/13  Wolverine v5 #3  -  49,629  ( -13.2%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #4  -  46,784  (  -5.7%)
06/13  Wolverine v5 #5  -  43,694  (  -6.6%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #6  -  40,593  (  -7.1%)
07/13  Wolverine v5 #7  -  38,605  (  -4.9%)
08/13  Wolverine v5 #8  -  39,830  (  -3.2%)
09/13  Wolverine v5 #9  -  35,920  (  -9.8%)
10/13  Wolverine v5 #10 -  34,651  (  -3.5%)
                           6 mnth  ( -39.4%)
                           1 year  (  +0.4%)
                           2 year  ( -12.1%)
                           3 year  ( -45.2%)
                           4 year  (  -9.9%)
                           5 year  (   --- )
                          10 year  ( -57.8%)

Relaunching in February with a fresh issue #1 and the same writer. That’ll be the second WOLVERINE relaunch inside a year, which frankly looks like panic, particularly when they don’t have a new creative team coming aboard. There’s no denying that the title is losing readers. That said, the fact that they’re changing the numbering rather than the creators could be seen as a vote of confidence in the content.

79. SUPERIOR CARNAGE
07/13  Superior Carnage #1 of 5 - 48,053
08/13  Superior Carnage #2 of 5 - 40,864  (-15.0%)
09/13  Superior Carnage #3 of 5 - 36,022  (-11.8%)
10/13  Superior Carnage #4 of 5 - 33,159  ( -7.9%)

Fairly typical miniseries behaviour.

80,88. UNCANNY X-FORCE
10/08  X-Force v3 #8  - 59,745
10/09  X-Force v3 #20 - 48,921
10/10  X-Force v4 #1  - 99,194
10/11  X-Force v4 #16 - 52,398
=====
10/12  X-Force v4 #32 - 44,055  ( -0.0%)
11/12  X-Force v4 #33 - 43,589  ( -1.1%)
11/12  X-Force v4 #34 - 43,710  ( +0.3%)
12/12  X-Force v4 #35 - 47,736  ( +9.2%)
01/13  X-Force v5 #1  - 86,187  (+80.5%)
02/13  X-Force v5 #2  - 56,713  (-34.2%)
03/13  X-Force v5 #3  - 51,721  ( -8.8%)
04/13  ---
05/13  X-Force v5 #4  - 47,727  ( -7.7%)
05/13  X-Force v5 #5  - 45,674  ( -4.3%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #6  - 42,496  ( -7.0%)
06/13  X-Force v5 #7  - 40,380  ( -5.0%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #8  - 37,781  ( -6.4%)
07/13  X-Force v5 #9  - 36,978  ( -2.1%)
08/13  X-Force v5 #10 - 35,329  ( -4.5%)
09/13  X-Force v5 #11 - 36,186  ( +2.4%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #12 - 32,559  (-10.0%)
10/13  X-Force v5 #13 - 30,567  ( -6.1%)
                        6 mnth  (  --- )
                        1 year  (-30.6%)
                        2 year  (-41.7%)
                        3 year  (-69.2%)
                        4 year  (-37.5%)
                        5 year  (-48.8%)

Cancelled with issue #17, apparently merging with the other X-FORCE title for a relaunch in February. So that’ll be two relaunches in just over a year.

81,104. CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIVING LEGEND
10/13  Living Legend #1 of 4 - 32,495
10/13  Living Legend #2 of 4 - 25,546  (-21.4%)

This miniseries was originally announced as ASTONISHING CAPTAIN AMERICA in 2010, and artist Adi Granov got as far as completing the first issue before moving on. Now they’ve got Agustin Alessio to complete the thing, so they’re belatedly recouping some of the cost.

82. NOVA
10/08  Nova v4 #18 - 38,417
10/09  Nova v4 #30 - 22,845
=====
02/13  Nova v5 #1  - 80,857
03/13  Nova v5 #2  - 46,725  (-42.2%)
04/13  Nova v5 #3  - 40,548  (-13.2%)
05/13  Nova v5 #4  - 38,151  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Nova v5 #5  - 36,545  ( -4.2%)
07/13  Nova v5 #6  - 34,234  ( -6.3%)
08/13  Nova v5 #7  - 31,937  ( -6.7%)
09/13  Nova v5 #8  - 37,767  (+18.3%)
10/13  Nova v5 #9  - 32,323  (-14.4%)
                     6 mnth  (-20.3%)
                     4 year  (+41.5%)
                     5 year  (-15.9%)

The second of two INFINITY tie-ins, though last month had multiple variants too.

84. FANTASTIC FOUR
10/03  Fantastic Four #505   -  52,850
10/08  ---
10/09  Fantastic Four #572   -  41,939
10/10  Fantastic Four #584   -  45,066
10/11  FF #10                -  49,642
=====
10/12  Fantastic Four #611   -  45,322  ( +28.1%)
11/12  Fantastic Four v5 #1  - 114,532  (+152.7%)
12/12  Fantastic Four v5 #2  -  58,421  ( -49.0%)
01/13  Fantastic Four v5 #3  -  50,555  ( -13.5%)
02/13  Fantastic Four v5 #4  -  44,999  ( -11.0%)
03/13  Fantastic Four v5 #5  -  42,590  (  -5.4%)
03/13  Fantastic Four #5AU   -  45,756  (  +7.4%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #6  -  41,291  (  -4.8%)
04/13  Fantastic Four v5 #7  -  39,314  (  -4.8%)
05/13  Fantastic Four v5 #8  -  37,309  (  -5.1%)
06/13  Fantastic Four v5 #9  -  37,071  (  -0.6%)
07/13  Fantastic Four v5 #10 -  34,018  (  -8.2%)
08/13  Fantastic Four v5 #11 -  32,665  (  -4.0%)
09/13  Fantastic Four v5 #12 -  31,426  (  -3.8%)
10/13  Fantastic Four v5 #13 -  31,561  (  +0.4%)
                                6 mnth  ( -19.7%)
                                1 year  ( -30.4%)
                                2 year  ( -36.4%)
                                3 year  ( -30.0%)
                                4 year  ( -24.7%)
                                5 year  (   --- )
                               10 year  ( -40.3%)

Relaunching in February with a new creative team.

85. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN
10/03  Spider-Man #47    -  99,662
10/08  Spider-Man #127   -  52,584
10/09  Spider-Man v2 #3  -  52,813
10/10  Spider-Man v2 #15 -  34,657
10/11  Spider-Man v3 #3  -  52,521
=====
10/12  Spider-Man v3 #16 -  39,679  ( -1.9%)
10/12  Spider-Man v3 #.1 -  38,321  ( -3.4%)
11/12  Spider-Man v3 #17 -  38,481  ( +0.4%)
12/12  Spider-Man v3 #18 -  36,944  ( -4.0%)
01/13  Spider-Man v3 #19 -  36,017  ( -2.5%)
02/13  Spider-Man v3 #20 -  35,461  ( -1.5%)
03/13  Spider-Man v3 #21 -  35,284  ( -0.5%)
04/13  Spider-Man v3 #22 -  34,918  ( -1.0%)
05/13  Spider-Man v3 #23 -  35,581  ( +1.9%)
06/13  Spider-Man v3 #24 -  34,011  ( -4.4%)
07/13  Spider-Man v3 #25 -  33,271  ( -2.2%)
08/13  Spider-Man v3 #26 -  32,932  ( -1.0%)
09/13  Spider-Man v3 #27 -  32,200  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Spider-Man v3 #28 -  31,462  ( -2.3%)
                            6 mnth  (-10.0%)
                            1 year  (-20.7%)
                            2 year  (-40.1%)
                            3 year  ( -9.2%)
                            4 year  (-40.4%)
                            5 year  (-40.2%)
                           10 year  (-68.4%)

A CATACLYSM mini replaces it on the schedule next month.

87. CABLE & X-FORCE
12/12  Cable & X-Force #1  - 90,334
12/12  Cable & X-Force #2  - 57,719  (-36.1%)
01/13  Cable & X-Force #3  - 51,761  (-10.3%)
02/13  Cable & X-Force #4  - 46,104  (-10.9%)
03/13  Cable & X-Force #5  - 44,680  ( -3.1%)
03/13  Cable & X-Force #6  - 42,896  ( -4.0%)
04/13  Cable & X-Force #7  - 41,500  ( -3.3%)
05/13  Cable & X-Force #8  - 39,041  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Cable & X-Force #9  - 38,414  ( -1.6%)
06/13  Cable & X-Force #10 - 36,104  ( -6.0%)
07/13  Cable & X-Force #11 - 34,240  ( -5.2%)
08/13  Cable & X-Force #12 - 33,127  ( -3.3%)
08/13  Cable & X-Force #13 - 32,104  ( -3.1%)
09/13  Cable & X-Force #14 - 31,053  ( -3.3%)
10/13  Cable & X-Force #15 - 30,658  ( -1.3%)
                             6 mnth  (-26.1%)

Cancelled with issue #19, and being folded into a single relaunched X-FORCE title.

91,95. THUNDERBOLTS
10/08  Thunderbolts #125   - 41,358
10/09  Thunderbolts #137   - 32,409
10/10  Thunderbolts #149   - 30,580
10/11  Thunderbolts #164   - 23,712
=====
12/12  Thunderbolts v2 #1  - 83,396
12/12  Thunderbolts v2 #2  - 50,897  (-39.0%)
01/13  Thunderbolts v2 #3  - 44,272  (-13.0%)
02/13  Thunderbolts v2 #4  - 43,287  ( -2.2%)
02/13  Thunderbolts v2 #5  - 41,663  ( -3.8%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #6  - 39,293  ( -5.7%)
03/13  Thunderbolts v2 #7  - 38,553  ( -1.9%)
04/13  Thunderbolts v2 #8  - 36,979  ( -4.1%)
05/13  Thunderbolts v2 #9  - 32,855  (-11.2%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #10 - 32,682  ( -0.5%)
06/13  Thunderbolts v2 #11 - 30,618  ( -6.3%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #12 - 29,081  ( -5.0%)
07/13  Thunderbolts v2 #13 - 28,528  ( -1.9%)
08/13  Thunderbolts v2 #14 - 30,620  ( +7.3%)
09/13  Thunderbolts v2 #15 - 29,703  ( -3.0%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #16 - 29,334  ( -1.2%)
10/13  Thunderbolts v2 #17 - 28,324  ( -3.4%)
                             6 mnth  (-23.4%)
                             1 year  (  --- )
                             2 year  (+19.5%)
                             3 year  ( -7.4%)
                             4 year  (-12.6%)
                             5 year  (-31.5%)

Continuing an INFINITY tie-in that began in issue #14. The underlying trend is still gently down.

92. SECRET AVENGERS
10/10  Secret Avengers #6     - 68,617
10/11  Secret Avengers #18    - 43,280
=====
10/12  Secret Avengers #32    - 35,346  (  -1.8%)
10/12  Secret Avengers #33    - 34,260  (  -3.1%)
11/12  Secret Avengers #34    - 32,146  (  -6.2%)
12/12  Secret Avengers #35    - 30,755  (  -4.3%)
01/13  Secret Avengers #36    - 29,330  (  -4.6%)
01/13  Secret Avengers #37    - 32,139  (  +9.6%)
02/13  Secret Avengers v2 #1  - 85,267  (+196.4%)
03/13  Secret Avengers v2 #2  - 46,419  ( -45.6%)
04/13  Secret Avengers v2 #3  - 38,676  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Secret Avengers v2 #4  - 33,428  ( -13.6%)
06/13  Secret Avengers v2 #5  - 31,437  (  -6.0%)
07/13  Secret Avengers v2 #6  - 28,908  (  -8.0%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #7  - 27,222  (  -5.8%)
08/13  Secret Avengers v2 #8  - 26,150  (  -3.9%)
09/13  Secret Avengers v2 #9  - 24,870  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Secret Avengers v2 #10 - 29,134  ( +17.1%)
                                6 mnth  ( -24.7%)
                                1 year  ( -17.6%)
                                2 year  ( -32.7%)
                                3 year  ( -57.5%)

An INFINITY tie-in, making a very noticeable difference to sales.

93. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
10/12  Avengers Assemble #8  -  36,453  ( +0.5%)
11/12  Avengers Assemble #9  -  42,088  (+15.5%)
12/12  Avengers Assemble #10 -  34,035  (-19.1%)
01/13  Avengers Assemble #11 -  31,027  ( -8.8%)
02/13  Avengers Assemble #12 -  29,475  ( -5.0%)
03/13  Avengers Assemble #13 -  28,432  ( -3.6%)
04/13  Av. Assemble #14AU    -  35,985  (+26.6%)
05/13  Av. Assemble #15AU    -  33,183  ( -7.8%)
06/13  Avengers Assemble #16 -  27,497  (-17.1%)
07/13  Avengers Assemble #17 -  26,640  ( -3.1%)
08/13  Avengers Assemble #18 -  30,597  (+14.9%)
09/13  Avengers Assemble #19 -  29,564  ( -3.4%)
10/13  Avengers Assemble #20 -  28,886  ( -2.3%)
                                6 mnth  (-19.7%)
                                1 year  (-20.8%)

Third part of an INFINITY tie-in. This book now appears to exist almost entirely to participate in crossovers, with “Age of Ultron” in #14-15, “Enemy Within” in #16-17, “Infinity” in #18-20, and “Inhumanity” in #22-23.

94,111. INFINITY: THE HUNT
09/13  Hunt #1 of 4 - 35,562
10/13  Hunt #2 of 4 - 28,694  (-19.3%)
10/13  Hunt #3 of 4 - 23,248  (-19.0%)

The second issue drop isn’t too surprising, but the third is steep.

99. SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN
07/13  Superior Foes #1 - 61,413
08/13  Superior Foes #2 - 34,300  (-44.1%)
09/13  Superior Foes #3 - 30,081  (-12.3%)
10/13  Superior Foes #4 - 26,884  (-10.6%)

100,114. AVENGERS A.I.
07/13  Avengers A.I. #1 - 68,130
08/13  Avengers A.I. #2 - 37,079  (-45.6%)
09/13  Avengers A.I. #3 - 29,776  (-19.7%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #4 - 25,770  (-13.5%)
10/13  Avengers A.I. #5 - 23,146  (-10.2%)

Two recent launches, both of which are losing readers at quite the rate.

101. YOUNG AVENGERS
01/13  Young Avengers v2 #1  - 76,144
02/13  Young Avengers v2 #2  - 43,559  (-42.8%)
03/13  Young Avengers v2 #3  - 38,469  (-11.7%)
04/13  Young Avengers v2 #4  - 34,378  (-10.6%)
05/13  Young Avengers v2 #5  - 32,159  ( -6.5%)
06/13  Young Avengers v2 #6  - 30,822  ( -4.2%)
07/13  Young Avengers v2 #7  - 28,596  ( -7.2%)
07/13  Young Avengers v2 #8  - 27,844  ( -2.6%)
08/13  Young Avengers v2 #9  - 26,720  ( -4.0%)
09/13  Young Avengers v2 #10 - 25,874  ( -3.2%)
10/13  Young Avengers v2 #11 - 25,754  ( -0.5%)
                               6 mnth  (-25.1%)

Ends with issue #15, though a relaunch seems probable.

107. FF
10/11  FF #10    - 49,642
=====
10/12  FF #23    - 30,844  (  +3.3%)
11/12  FF v2 #1  - 80,701  (+161.6%)
12/12  FF v2 #2  - 46,096  ( -42.9%)
01/13  FF v2 #3  - 41,108  ( -10.8%)
02/13  FF v2 #4  - 35,815  ( -12.9%)
03/13  FF v2 #5  - 34,601  (  -3.4%)
04/13  FF v2 #6  - 32,937  (  -4.8%)
05/13  FF v2 #7  - 30,960  (  -6.0%)
05/13  FF v2 #8  - 30,061  (  -2.9%)
06/13  ---
07/13  FF v2 #9  - 29,180  (  -2.9%)
07/13  FF v2 #10 - 27,304  (  -6.4%)
08/13  FF v2 #11 - 26,243  (  -3.9%)
09/13  FF v2 #12 - 25,443  (  -3.0%)
10/13  FF v2 #13 - 23,997  (  -5.7%)
                   6 mnth  ( -27.1%)
                   1 year  ( -22.2%)
                   2 year  ( -51.7%)

Cancelled with issue #16.

113. INFINITY HEIST
09/13  Heist #1 of 4 - 32,453  
10/13  Heist #2 of 4 - 23,248  (-28.4%)

One for the completists, it seems.

120. SCARLET SPIDER
10/12  Scarlet Spider #10 - 31,786  (+17.1%)
11/12  Scarlet Spider #11 - 32,287  ( +1.6%)
12/12  Scarlet Spider #12 - 26,652  (-17.5%)
12/12  Scarlet Spider #.1 - 25,771  ( -3.3%)
01/13  Scarlet Spider #13 - 25,919  ( +0.6%)
02/13  Scarlet Spider #14 - 24,388  ( -5.9%)
03/13  Scarlet Spider #15 - 23,682  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Scarlet Spider #16 - 24,207  ( +2.2%)
05/13  Scarlet Spider #17 - 24,288  ( +0.3%)
06/13  Scarlet Spider #18 - 22,766  ( -6.3%)
07/13  Scarlet Spider #19 - 22,499  ( -1.2%)
08/13  Scarlet Spider #20 - 25,133  (+11.7%)
08/13  Scarlet Spider #21 - 23,830  ( -5.2%)
09/13  Scarlet Spider #22 - 22,631  ( -5.0%)
10/13  Scarlet Spider #23 - 22,246  ( -1.7%)
                            6 mnth  ( -8.1%)
                            1 year  (-30.0%)

Cancelled with issue #25.

121. AVENGERS ARENA
12/12  Avengers Arena #1  - 64,626
12/12  Avengers Arena #2  - 43,014  (-33.4%)
01/13  Avengers Arena #3  - 38,461  (-10.6%)
02/13  Avengers Arena #4  - 33,611  (-12.6%)
02/13  Avengers Arena #5  - 32,548  ( -3.2%)
03/13  Avengers Arena #6  - 31,617  ( -2.9%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #7  - 29,784  ( -5.8%)
04/13  Avengers Arena #8  - 27,900  ( -6.3%)
05/13  Avengers Arena #9  - 26,873  ( -3.7%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #10 - 25,277  ( -5.9%)
06/13  Avengers Arena #11 - 24,487  ( -3.1%)
07/13  Avengers Arena #12 - 23,969  ( -2.1%)
08/13  Avengers Arean #13 - 22,955  ( -4.2%)
08/13  Avengers Arena #14 - 23,204  ( +1.1%)
09/13  Avengers Arena #15 - 22,180  ( -4.4%)
10/13  Avengers Arena #16 - 22,179  ( -0.0%)
                            6 mnth  (-20.5%)

Cancelled with issue #18, to be replaced by AVENGERS UNDERCOVER.

127. ASTONISHING X-MEN
10/08  Astonishing X-Men #27 -  86,770
10/09  Astonishing X-Men #31 -  67,064
10/10  ---
10/11  Astonishing X-Men #43 -  32,620
=====
09/12  Astonishing X-Men #54 -  30,225  ( -6.3%)
10/12  Astonishing X-Men #55 -  29,060  ( -3.9%)
11/12  Astonishing X-Men #56 -  27,583  ( -5.1%)
12/12  Astonishing X-Men #57 -  26,263  ( -4.8%)
01/13  Astonishing X-Men #58 -  25,159  ( -4.2%)
02/13  Astonishing X-Men #59 -  24,195  ( -3.8%)
03/13  Astonishing X-Men #60 -  27,683  (+14.4%)
04/13  Astonishing X-Men #61 -  27,090  ( -2.1%)
05/13  Astonishing X-Men #62 -  24,121  (-11.0%)
06/13  Astonishing X-Men #63 -  23,326  ( -3.3%)
07/13  Astonishing X-Men #64 -  22,649  ( -2.9%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #65 -  22,010  ( -2.8%)
08/13  Astonishing X-Men #66 -  21,757  ( -1.1%)
09/13  Astonishing X-Men #67 -  21,044  ( -3.3%)
10/13  Astonishing X-Men #68 -  21,023  ( -0.0%)
                                6 mnth  (-22.4%)
                                1 year  (-30.4%)
                                2 year  (-35.6%)
                                3 year  (  --- )
                                4 year  (-68.7%)
                                5 year  (-75.8%)

Final issue, but it relaunches as AMAZING X-MEN in November.

128. A+X
10/12  Versus #6 of 6 -  75,298  ( -3.9%)
10/12  A+X #1         - 105,420  (+40.0%)
11/12  A+X #2         -  64,606  (-38.7%)
12/12  A+X #3         -  56,700  (-12.2%)
01/13  A+X #4         -  48,091  (-15.2%)
02/13  ---
03/13  A+X #5         -  37,250  (-22.5%)
03/13  A+X #6         -  34,434  ( -7.6%)
04/13  A+X #7         -  31,183  ( -9.4%)
05/13  A+X #8         -  26,967  (-13.5%)
06/13  A+X #9         -  25,803  ( -4.3%)
07/13  A+X #10        -  24,371  ( -5.5%)
08/13  A+X #11        -  23,222  ( -4.7%)
09/13  A+X #12        -  21,282  ( -8.4%)
10/13  A+X #13        -  20,908  ( -1.8%)
                         6 mnth  (-33.0%)
                         1 year  (-80.2%)

Surely this can’t be sustained that much longer?

133. PUNISHER: TRIAL OF THE PUNISHER
09/13  Trial #1 of 2 - 22,626
10/13  Trial #2 of 2 - 20,143  (-11.0%)

Another Punisher relaunch is due in February.

134. MARVEL: NOW WHAT?!
10/13  Now What?! - 19,833

Comedy anthology.

135. X-MEN LEGACY
10/03  New X-Men #147     - 105,647
10/08  X-Men Legacy #217  -  65,888
10/09  X-Men Legacy #228  -  52,855
10/10  X-Men Legacy #241  -  48,133
10/11  X-Men Legacy #257  -  38,070
=====
10/12  X-Men Legacy #275  -  38,726  ( +10.1%)
11/12  X-Men Legacy v2 #1 -  87,081  (+124.9%)
11/12  X-Men Legacy v2 #2 -  58,037  ( -33.4%)
12/12  X-Men Legacy v2 #3 -  45,407  ( -21.8%)
01/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #4 -  37,673  ( -17.0%)
01/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #5 -  34,823  (  -7.6%)
02/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #6 -  31,074  ( -10.8%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #7 -  29,231  (  -5.9%)
03/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #8 -  28,174  (  -3.6%)
04/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #9 -  28,405  (  +0.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #10 - 25,911  (  -8.8%)
05/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #11 - 25,048  (  -3.3%)
06/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #12 - 23,996  (  -4.2%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #13 - 23,146  (  -3.5%)
07/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #14 - 22,119  (  -4.4%)
08/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #15 - 21,599  (  -2.4%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #16 - 20,995  (  -2.8%)
09/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #17 - 20,382  (  -2.9%)
10/13  X-Men Legacy v2 #18 - 19,767  (  -3.0%)
                             6 mnth  ( -30.4%)
                             1 year  ( -49.0%)
                             2 year  ( -48.1%)
                             3 year  ( -58.9%)
                             4 year  ( -62.6%)
                             5 year  ( -70.0%)
                            10 year  ( -81.3%)

The numbers aren’t pretty, but the story seems to be building to a natural conclusion anyway.

138. THOR: THE CROWN OF FOOLS
10/13  Crown of Fools - 19,610

A one-shot presumably targeted at moviegoers.

139. VENOM
10/11  Venom v2 #8  - 32,266
=====
10/12  Venom v2 #26 - 31,711  (+25.6%)
11/12  Venom v2 #27 - 31,118  ( -1.9%)
11/12  Venom v2 #.1 - 25,727  (-17.3%)
12/12  Venom v2 #28 - 25,573  ( -0.6%)
01/13  Venom v2 #29 - 24,644  ( -3.6%)
01/13  Venom v2 #30 - 24,551  ( -0.4%)
02/13  Venom v2 #31 - 23,441  ( -4.5%)
03/13  Venom v2 #32 - 22,521  ( -3.9%)
04/13  Venom v2 #33 - 22,327  ( -0.9%)
04/13  Venom v2 #34 - 22,120  ( -0.9%)
05/13  Venom v2 #35 - 21,591  ( -2.4%)
06/13  Venom v2 #36 - 21,288  ( -1.4%)
07/13  Venom v2 #37 - 20,872  ( -2.0%)
07/13  Venom v2 #38 - 20,325  ( -2.6%)
08/13  Venom v2 #39 - 20,212  ( -0.6%)
09/13  Venom v2 #40 - 20,781  ( +2.8%)
09/13  Venom v2 #41 - 20,189  ( -2.8%)
10/13  Venom v2 #42 - 19,561  ( -3.1%)
                      6 mnth  (-12.4%)
                      1 year  (-38.3%)
                      2 year  (-39.4%)

Final issue.

140. FANTOMEX MAX
10/13  Fantomex Max #1 of 4 - 19,259

Expectations are evidently lower for Max titles, so Marvel are likely to be happy enough with this.

142. FEARLESS DEFENDERS
10/12  Defenders v4 #11 - 19,361  (  -4.2%)
11/12  Defenders v4 #12 - 18,588  (  -4.0%)
12/12  ---
01/13  ---
02/13  Defenders v5 #1  - 53,688  (+188.8%)
03/13  Defenders v5 #2  - 28,244  ( -47.4%)
04/13  Defenders v5 #3  - 23,514  ( -16.7%)
05/13  Defenders v5 #4  - 20,657  ( -12.2%)
05/13  Defenders #4AU   - 24,984  ( +20.9%)
06/13  Defenders v5 #5  - 20,168  ( -19.3%)
07/13  Defenders v5 #6  - 17,752  ( -12.0%)
07/13  Defenders v5 #7  - 17,411  (  -1.9%)
08/13  Defenders v5 #8  - 16,653  (  -4.4%)
09/13  Defenders v5 #9  - 15,841  (  -4.9%)
10/13  Defenders v5 #10 - 18,543  ( +17.1%)
                          6 mnth  ( -21.1%)
                          1 year  (  -4.2%)

Cancelled with issue #12. This issue is an INFINITY tie-in.

146. DAREDEVIL: DARK NIGHTS
06/13  Dark Nights #1 of 8
07/13  Dark Nights #2 of 8 - 22,322  (-13.3%)
08/13  Dark Nights #3 of 8 - 20,659  ( -7.5%)
09/13  Dark Nights #4 of 8 - 19,364  ( -6.3%)
10/13  Dark Nights #5 of 8 - 18,163  ( -6.2%)

Drifting off the radar.

149,152. ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN
10/03  X-Men #38    - 108,112
10/08  ---
10/09  ---
10/10  ---
10/11  X-Men v2 #2  -  44,399
=====
10/12  X-Men v2 #17 -  26,503  ( -2.1%)
10/12  X-Men v2 #18 -  26,322  ( -0.7%)
11/12  X-Men v2 #.1 -  25,425  ( -3.4%)
11/12  X-Men v2 #19 -  25,419  ( -0.0%)
12/12  X-Men v2 #20 -  24,789  ( -2.5%)
01/13  X-Men v2 #21 -  23,479  ( -5.3%)
02/13  X-Men v2 #22 -  22,456  ( -4.4%)
02/13  X-Men v2 #23 -  22,197  ( -1.2%)
03/13  X-Men v2 #24 -  21,862  ( -1.5%)
04/13  X-Men v2 #25 -  21,139  ( -3.3%)
05/13  X-Men v2 #26 -  20,330  ( -3.8%)
06/13  X-Men v2 #27 -  19,298  ( -5.1%)
06/13  X-Men v2 #28 -  19,421  ( +0.6%)
07/13  X-Men v2 #29 -  19,381  ( -0.2%)
08/13  X-Men v2 #30 -  18,634  ( -3.9%)
09/13  X-Men v2 #31 -  18,220  ( -2.2%)
10/13  X-Men v2 #32 -  17,921  ( -1.6%)
10/13  X-Men v2 #33 -  17,719  ( -1.1%)
                       6 mnth  (-16.2%)
                       1 year  (-33.1%)
                       2 year  (-60.1%)
                       3 year  (  --- )
                       4 year  (  --- )
                       5 year  (  --- )
                      10 year  (-83.6%)

Replaced with a CATACLYSM tie-in mini next month.

167. WOLVERINE MAX
10/12  Wolverine: Max #1  - 37,509
11/12  Wolverine: Max #2  - 27,217  (-27.4%)
12/12  ---
01/13  Wolverine: Max #3  - 24,058  (-11.6%)
02/13  Wolverine: Max #4  - 22,072  ( -8.3%)
03/13  Wolverine: Max #5  - 20,479  ( -7.2%)
04/13  Wolverine: Max #6  - 19,316  ( -5.7%)
05/13  Wolverine: Max #7  - 18,239  ( -5.6%)
06/13  Wolverine: Max #8  - 17,247  ( -5.4%)
07/13  Wolverine: Max #9  - 16,931  ( -1.8%)
08/13  Wolverine: Max #10 - 16,057  ( -5.2%)
09/13  Wolverine: Max #11 - 15,707  ( -2.2%)
10/13  Wolverine: Max #12 - 15,106  ( -3.8%)
                            6 mnth  (-21.8%)
                            1 year  (-59.7%)

Cancelled with issue #15.

168. DEXTER
07/13  Dexter #1 of 5 - 20,540
08/13  Dexter #2 of 5 - 17,304  (-15.8%)
09/13  Dexter #3 of 5 - 17,586  ( +1.6%)
10/13  Dexter #4 of 5 - 14,920  (-15.2%)

Licensed tie-ins also have different sales expectations, presumably because they’re likely to do a disproportionate amount of their business in collected editions. Marvel must be happy enough with this, as another mini starts in February.

170. MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
10/12  MU Avengers #7  -  5,630  (  -4.7%)
11/12  MU Avengers #8  -  5,389  (  -4.3%)
12/12  MU Avengers #9  -  5,207  (  -3.4%)
01/13  MU Avengers #10 -  4,951  (  -4.9%)
02/13  MU Avengers #11 -  4,940  (  -0.2%)
03/13  MU Avengers #12 -  4,960  (  +0.4%)
04/13  MU Avengers #13 -  4,911  (  -1.0%)
05/13  MU Avengers #14 -  ?,???  (   ??? )
06/13  MU Avengers #15 -  4,744  (   ??? )
07/13  MU Avengers #16 -  ?,???  (   ??? )
08/13  MU Avengers #17 -  ?,???  (   ??? )
09/13  MU Avengers #18 -  ?,???  (   ??? )
10/13  MUA Assemble #1 - 14,713  (   ??? )
                         6 mnth  (+199.6%)
                         1 year  (+161.3%)

245. HULK: AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H.
10/13  Hulk #1 of 4 - 8,834

And two all-ages books to round us off. MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #19 didn’t make the top 300 – hardly surprising, as the cut-off point this month was 6,491, and MUUS-M was doing less than that even in the days when it did make the chart.

6 month comparisons
===================

+199.6% - MU Avengers Assemble
+ 34.4% - Wolverine and the X-Men
+  5.9% - Superior Spider-Man Team-Up
+  2.0% - Hawkeye
-  0.3% - New Avengers
-  0.4% - Superior Spider-Man
-  2.3% - All-New X-Men
-  4.7% - Uncanny X-Men
-  8.1% - Scarlet Spider
- 10.0% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 10.4% - Avengers
- 10.7% - Thor
- 10.9% - Deadpool
- 11.2% - Iron Man
- 11.9% - Daredevil
- 12.4% - Venom
- 16.2% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 19.1% - Captain America
- 19.7% - Fantastic Four
- 19.7% - Avengers Assemble
- 20.3% - Nova
- 20.5% - Avengers Arena
- 21.1% - Defenders
- 21.3% - Uncanny Avengers
- 21.8% - Wolverine Max
- 22.4% - Astonishing X-Men
- 23.4% - Thunderbolts
- 24.7% - Secret Avengers
- 25.1% - Young Avengers
- 26.1% - Cable & X-Force
- 26.2% - Hulk
- 26.8% - Savage Wolverine
- 27.1% - FF
- 28.0% - Guardians of the Galaxy
- 30.4% - X-Men Legacy
- 33.0% - A+X
- 39.4% - Wolverine


1 year comparisons
==================

+161.3% - MU Avengers Assemble
+127.7% - X-Men
+ 63.0% - Deadpool
+ 46.6% - Superior Spider-Man
+ 33.2% - Thor
+ 26.9% - Uncanny X-Men
+ 18.3% - New Avengers
+ 14.3% - Hawkeye
+ 13.5% - Hulk
+ 13.2% - Avengers
+  9.8% - Wolverine and the X-Men
+  8.7% - Iron Man
+  1.0% - Captain America
+  0.4% - Wolverine
-  4.2% - Defenders
-  6.1% - Daredevil
-  7.5% - Superior Spider-Man Team-Up
- 17.6% - Secret Avengers
- 20.7% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 20.8% - Avengers Assemble
- 22.2% - FF
- 30.0% - Scarlet Spider
- 30.4% - Fantastic Four
- 30.4% - Astonishing X-Men
- 30.6% - Uncanny X-Force
- 33.1% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 38.3% - Venom
- 49.0% - X-Men Legacy
- 59.7% - Wolverine Max
- 80.0% - Uncanny Avengers
- 80.2% - A+X


2 year comparisons
==================

+ 76.5% - Deadpool
+ 76.0% - X-Men
+ 47.4% - Superior Spider-Man
+ 24.9% - Uncanny X-Men
+ 20.1% - Avengers
+ 19.5% - Thunderbolts
+ 13.5% - New Avengers
+  4.5% - Thor
+  0.8% - Iron Man
- 11.3% - Daredevil
- 12.1% - Wolverine
- 32.7% - Secret Avengers
- 35.6% - Astonishing X-Men
- 36.4% - Fantastic Four
- 39.4% - Venom
- 40.1% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 41.7% - Uncanny X-Force
- 42.3% - Wolverine and the X-Men
- 48.1% - X-Men Legacy
- 51.7% - FF
- 60.1% - Ultimate Comics X-Men
- 61.5% - Hulk


3 year comparisons
==================

+ 50.4% - Superior Spider-Man
+ 29.5% - Deadpool
+ 20.8% - Uncanny X-Men
+ 12.9% - X-Men
+  3.5% - Hulk
-  3.4% - Avengers
-  7.4% - Thunderbolts
-  9.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
-  9.9% - Thor
- 13.9% - New Avengers
- 14.2% - Iron Man
- 19.0% - Daredevil
- 20.7% - Captain America
- 30.0% - Fantastic Four
- 45.2% - Wolverine
- 57.5% - Secret Avengers
- 58.9% - X-Men Legacy
- 69.2% - Uncanny X-Force


4 year comparisons
==================

+169.1% - Guardians of the Galaxy
+ 41.5% - Nova
+ 39.4% - Superior Spider-Man
+  1.7% - Deadpool
+  1.7% - Uncanny X-Men
-  9.9% - Wolverine
- 12.6% - Thunderbolts
- 16.6% - Hulk
- 17.2% - Iron Man
- 17.5% - New Avengers
- 22.6% - Daredevil
- 24.7% - Fantastic Four
- 37.5% - Uncanny X-Force
- 40.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 62.6% - X-Men Legacy
- 68.7% - Astonishing X-Men


5 year comparisons
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+ 73.7% - Guardians of the Galaxy
+ 23.8% - Superior Spider-Man
- 13.8% - Uncanny X-Men
- 15.9% - Nova
- 23.8% - Deadpool
- 24.3% - Daredevil
- 26.8% - Iron Man
- 31.5% - Thunderbolts
- 36.5% - New Avengers
- 40.2% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 41.5% - Thor
- 46.6% - Captain America
- 48.8% - Uncanny X-Force
- 62.8% - Hulk
- 70.0% - X-Men Legacy
- 75.8% - Astonishing X-Men


10 year comparisons
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+ 39.5% - Thor
+ 21.0% - Avengers
-  8.7% - Captain America
- 14.4% - Iron Man
- 18.7% - Uncanny X-Men
- 26.2% - Hulk
- 40.3% - Fantastic Four
- 40.4% - Daredevil
- 42.7% - Superior Spider-Man
- 57.8% - Wolverine
- 68.4% - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- 81.3% - X-Men Legacy
- 83.6% - Ultimate Comics X-Men

Comments

  1. Snikt Snakt says:

    I’ve lost count of how many titles feature Wolverine in it, these days…

  2. Wolverine, wolverinr max, savage wolverine, wolverine and xmen, uncanny avengers, all-new x-men, amazing x-men

  3. Snikt Snakt says:

    What about Uncanny Wolverine, All-New Wolverine. Amazing Wolverine, Superior Wolverine, Indestructible Wolverine, New Wolverine, Mighty Wolverine, Captain Wolverine, Iron Wolverine, Fantastic Wolverine, Secret Wolverine, Wolverine Assemble, Young Wolverine, Scarlet Wolverine, Wolverine Arena, Astonishing Wolverine, Fearless Wolverine, Wolverine of the Galaxy, and Ultimate Wolverine?

    What about those?!?

  4. DanielT says:

    This article must’ve been held a bit since there’s no acknowledgment of the DD and Wolverine/X-Men relaunches.

    It’s too bad about Superior Foes of Spider-Man. It’s a fun read and sits with DD and Hawkguy as the only Marvel titles I’m interested in.

  5. Micah says:

    It’s interesting that Marvel has jettisoned any attempt to have consistent numbering for their titles. Everything has been relaunched multiple times in just the past few years, with a new round coming up. This has kind of eliminated a “these stories don’t count” mentality as most of the current MU is doing their own thing anyways. I have not been reading Marvel prior to Infinity but I did like the fact that I could jump in for the story and leave just as abruptly.

    I’m looking forward to the round of NOW books to check out the digital collections.

  6. PeterCSM730 says:

    I really like Superior Foes of Spider-Man too but plot-wise it’s a little slow and I think that’s usually a mistake for a superhero book’s first few issues. I hope it starts to level out soon but it doesn’t look promising.

  7. I really would suggesting deleting the comment about Amazing X-Men being a relaunch of Astonishing. If anything, it’s an extension of Wolverine and the X-Men, considering it shares the same writer, cast, setting, and launches with an arc that was teased in Wolverine and the X-Men.

  8. Rich H says:

    Marvel seems to have got themselves into a corner, it feels like, by relaunching books that are currently selling low, in the belief that a new number one will get that sales spike. It’s almost like being addicted to a drug they can’t get off.

    The sad thing is – the relaunches of relaunches don’t seem to work. Look at Captain America’s numbers or Iron Man’s. They’re at the same numbers now as their previous volumes

    It also always surprises me that Deadpool outsells Cap and Iron Man.

  9. Skottie says:

    They screwed the pooch by relaunching the Remender’s successful Uncanny X-Force as two mediocre X-Force titles, and wrapping them into a single new relaunch won’t save the dying franchise.

  10. “these stories don’t count” – yes they do.
    The relaunch of Iron man is cool

  11. Mesektet says:

    Looks like Marvel have finally milked Wolverine to death. although his current ongoings are not very good which hopefully has something to do with it, and not just lack of interest in the character.

  12. Torsten Adair says:

    It’s a bit late for the title, but one of the best done-in-one issues this year was Astonishing X-Men #67.

    http://marvel.com/comics/issue/45828/astonishing_x-men_2004_67

    Also, X-Men: Legacy is nicely self-contained from the rest of the newnowMU and tells a good tale.

  13. Glenn Simpson says:

    @Rich H – actually, the relaunches do work, in a way. The initial issues of the relaunch generally have higher sales for a while. If they don’t do the relaunch, they don’t get those higher sales at all.

    But yes, it’s not really a sustainable system. Or do they just go with “seasons” of 9-12 issues and be done with it?

  14. Synsidar says:

    The initial issues of the relaunch generally have higher sales for a while. If they don’t do the relaunch, they don’t get those higher sales at all.

    But that’s only because comics shops do the initial buying. Unless a shop orders only to fill actual pre-release requests for a particular issue, orders for a new #1 will generally be higher if only because that issue is promoted in a way that subsequent issues aren’t. Expectations that sales of a series will decline have become self-fulfilling prophecies, mainly because the publishers don’t use targeted marketing tactics to boost sales of individual issues. If the reason is that the marketing expenses would wipe out any potential profits from the sales boosts, that’s an argument for discontinuing the publication of floppies.

    SRS

  15. Thanks for this!
    I was wondering what the reason for so many relaunches was. Now I know! Anyone in charge at Marvel who sees trends like these and DOESN’T relaunch is crazy. To get sometimes double your sales just by resetting the numbering to 1 seems like too tempting an offer to pass up.

  16. Kentucky Fried Horse says:

    I’m sick of relaunches.

  17. James says:

    SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN has increased in price to 3.99 with the latest solicit :(
    Daredevil and X-Force are being relaunched at 3.99 titles instead of 2.99 – both with the same writer.
    Plus 2.99 Young Avengers is ending.

    There goes my Marvel pull list! Make mine anyone but Marvel!

  18. PeterCSM730 says:

    @James:
    Me too. Those increases add up quickly when buying multiple books every week.

  19. Mesektet says:

    @James:
    X-Force is being relaunched by the super awesome Si Spurrier. I’ll happily pay extra to see what he does with Cable.

  20. Jason says:

    Just over a year after trying many of the initial now relaunches I am down to the Indesrtrcutable Hulk. The GotG relaunch is barly holding on. I do have the new X-Factor as a potential but otherwise almost everything Marvel puts out has reached bottom basement for me. DC isn’t doing much better with their books either.

  21. Shawn Hill says:

    “Third part of an INFINITY tie-in. This book now appears to exist almost entirely to participate in crossovers, with “Age of Ultron” in #14-15, “Enemy Within” in #16-17, “Infinity” in #18-20, and “Inhumanity” in #22-23.”

    While true, it’s a little better than that, as most of those were written by the same writer, one evn tying into her other book Captain Marvel, and showing a growing ability to keep the comic tone going despite the crossover pressures. Unlike on Secret Avengers, where I skipped the issues relating to a crossover I wasn’t reading, but am now back to finish the interrupted story.

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