It's that time of the month again. Over on their web site, ICv2 breaks down comic sales in October. Here is a link to their list of the top 300 selling books: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/16243.html
Overall, comic sales dipped 14% from a review of last October (here is that link: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/16246.html ). I wonder how long we can blame to overall economy for this. I also wonder how much of this is secondary to that increase cover price to $3.99 on some books.
Now as a DC fan, there were things to both love and hate about this month. DC had the top 6 selling books, almost all tied in to Blackest Night. That's incredible! The top 6 books! This sales boon is warranted as I think Blackest Night has delivered.
But this is a Supergirl blog.
Supergirl #46, the conclusion of The Hunt For Reactron only sold 30,377 issues, down from 32,240 the month before. That's a drop in sales of 6%!
So should I be an optimist and say that a drop of 6% is still better than the overall drop of 14%? Should I note that sales are still better than such flagship DC titles as Teen Titans and Wonder Woman?
Or should I be a pessimist and say that sales have dropped 11% over the last two months? Should I worry that this month's sales is the lowest the book has sold since before Gates and Igle took over?
The truth is none of the Superman books are selling that well (outside of the Blackest Night:Superman miniseries). I wonder if the 'bloom is off the rose' of the Year Without Superman.
The next few issues of Supergirl do not seem as tightly enmeshed with the New Krypton story line. And then we get the double-sized Supergirl #50. So I hope the people who have left the title will come back.
I am not ringing any bells of doom here. I am just a bit befuddled that the book isn't selling better or retaining readers.
And as usual I will post about R.E.B.E.L.S. sales. R.E.B.E.L.S. #9 added Adam Strange and Captain Comet to the cast.
R.E.B.E.L.S. #9 stayed steady from last months sales but is still lying in the weeds, selling just over 11K.
I am sort of glad that I have done this recently if only for the fact that I get to review the sales of R.E.B.E.L.S. #10 next month. That issue, of course, is the issue linked with the Indigo Ring promotion. My guess is that issue will sell quite healthily. My guess is it breaks the 50,000 mark.