The market analysis for comic sales in April 2010 are up over on ICv2.com and it looks as though there was a slight dip in sales in all comics from the prior month. I always enjoy looking at these monthly reports to get a sense of comic trends. And as always, I like looking at the super-titles and Supergirl to see how sales are holding up.
That month, there were 2 issues of Last Stand of New Krypton as well as the last Mon-El-centric issue of Superman and the last 2 Nightwing/Flamebird issues of Action Comics. The Supergirl issue was also the "first" meeting of Brainiac 5 and Supergirl and a Last Stand tie-in. As has been the trend, sales for these books landed them in the middle of the top 100. In fact, the best selling Superman based book was Secret Origin #5 which came in at #32.
As for Supergirl #52, it came in as the 63rd best-selling comic selling just under 30K (29490). This was down a smidge (1%) from the 29,845 that Supergirl #51 sold. It is still a nice little rebound from Supergirl #49 which dipped to 27,726 in sales.
Supergirl remains the best selling female hero in the DC stable. She also was only outsold by 2 other solo female books, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the first issue of the new Black Widow series.
I guess I will need to see where sales drift after the War of the Supermen story ends. After that, my guess is there won't be as tight a crossover feel to the book and Supergirl will be flying on her own merits. Hopefully her strong presence in Last Stand and War will draw in readers.
And what about R.E.B.E.L.S. #15 which sported the very fetching Starfire on the cover.
Not much to say. The book sold just under 100 less copies than last month. I am proud to say I am one of the smart 11K fans out there reading this book. It is an inch below Jonah Hex, so I am hoping some of Hex's 'cancellation invulnerability' will rub off on Dox and his crew. I thought for sure that the 'Kory Cheesecake sale' in the book would bring in some readers.
R.E.B.E.L.S. remains a consistently great book. In what has become a monthly mantra, I will hope that DC doesn't pull the plug.