Those of you who visited back in the days when I blogged regularly may remember a little feature I used to present, where I checked a couple of blog entries from Marc-Oliver Frisch and Paul O’Brien, had a look at how my favourite comics were doing, and speculated on what fate might befall them. Since I've just told you what I'm reading, I wonder if we might take a look at their current standing in the sales charts. Ready?
First, let's start with the best-selling book, shall we. That would be:
Dark Avengers #3 - 96,546 ( -5.6%)
(Interestingly, the best-selling book the last time I looked at these figures was Infinite Crisis, clocking up 182,633 sales. Where's everyone gone?)
Moving on to the books I'm taking an active interest in:
Uncanny X-Men #507 - 77,957 (+8.8%) 6 mnth ( -5.9%) 1 year (-12.5%) 5 year ( -9.8%)
Sales up this month, but down generally.
Captain America #48 - 62,108 ( -1.2%) 6 mnth (-17.8%) 1 year (-23.7%) 5 year (+58.6%)
Sales up this month, down generally, but it seems Brubaker has considerably more pull than poor Robert Morales did in March 2004.
War of Kings #1 of 6 - 58,709
A decent start for the series. Now, where are the tie-in issues of those other cosmic books?
Secret Warriors #2 - 48,086 (-23.4%)
Ah, the old 25% drop in orders for the second issue! How I've missed you! Still, it's doing good numbers, presumably more to do with Bendis' involvement than with Nick Fury's...
Daredevil #117 - 41,046 ( -0.5%) 6 mnth (-11.2%) 1 year ( -1.2%) 5 year (-24.5%)
OK, so the book's not selling as well as it was during the rockstar days of Bendis and Maleev, but overall, the book's staying pretty static. Which, these days, is pretty good.
Guardians of the Galaxy #12 - 26,764 ( -2.4%) 6 mnth (-36.4%)
Although it's not exactly a big seller (shock), it's holding its own.
Agents of Atlas #2 - 26,783 (-22.3%)
See Secret Warriors for explanation of the drop. And, if you're thinking this is a poor seller, remember it's about a talking ape and his pals!
Nova #23 - 26,413 ( +5.4%) 6 mnth (-31.2%) 1 year ( -6.2%)
In case you're wondering, there was a weird spike in sales 6 months ago, so the 1 year drop is the one to pay attention to here. Not great sales, but it could certainly be worse.
Immortal Iron Fist #24 - 22,326 ( -1.6%) 1 year (-30.3%)
Sales have been dropping month-on-month, but not by much, which means the book could last a while yet. But still, hopes aren't high.
Captain Britain & MI-13 #11 - 17,757 (-13.9%) 6 mnth (-46.2%)
Meantime, this book is circling the drain, and I can't imagine it'll last much longer. It's losing approximately 10% of its readership every month. Doomed, dammit.
So there you go. In case you wondered, Fables is selling pretty much exactly what it was selling two years ago. Which I guess proves that sophisticated Vertigo readers are as much victims of the completist mentality as superhero fans.
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