I figured I would start the week off with the depressing stuff. The news on comic sales for the third quarter of 2010 was dismal with sales decreasing by more than 10%. That isn't good news. I suppose that we are in a rough economic time and that simple pleasures, like comics, are usually the first thing to go when people have to tighten their belts.
As always, this news is derived from the excellent ICv2 website including the list of the top 300 books for September. Here is that link: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/18551.html
Supergirl #56 was a middle part of the BizarroGirl storyline and got high marks on the internet.
Unfortunately, sales continued to slip with sales down 3% from August sales.
Now no book did particularly well last month. So slight decreases don't matter to me that much. But the book used to be ranked in the 60s and now is almost in the 80s. This sort of stuff is perplexing as you would think word of mouth and good reviews might make some people pick up the title.
I will be interested to see if we see an upswing in sales with the new creative team.
As for my 'underdog' comics, Doom Patrol and R.E.B.E.L.S., sales remained low and steady (although Doom Patrol slipped a bit).
R.E.B.E.L.S. # 20 actually went up by a few hundred sales which may be a sign that all the new faces on the title each have a small following. Or that enough noise has been made about the book that some folks took a chance. Or that the Finch Lobo cover was very cool.
Doom Patrol unfortunately has slipped about 10% in sales over the last few months. Will DC continue to publish a book with less than 10K in sales? We'll see.
Man, I am starting to dislike these sales reviews.