Again, the overall sales of the top 300 seemed to slip a bit in October, although there is some interesting news out there that sales for the comics below the 300 mark are increasing so maybe overall sales are stable. In what I guess is good news, Superman and Action Comics are selling healthier than they did at the end of New Krypton. And Justice League, starring Supergirl, continues to sell briskly.
There isn't much good news about Supergirl unfortunately. I really loved Supergirl #57. I mean ... I loved it. In fact, in some ways, it just seemed like the culmination of so much Sterling Gates has been dealing with since Supergirl #34. That Supergirl was trying to dealing with all the negativity in her life at that time. Now Supergirl has so much more on her plate. And yet, in this issue, she dealt with it on all levels ... physically, emotionally, psychologically. It just felt like Kara was reborn a little bit there. Those talks with BizarroGirl are such powerful scenes.
And yet, sales continue to drop. The issue, which I think might be the best of the whole Gates/Igle tenure (I know Chang drew this one) sold 23,842. This is the lowest the title sold. And yet, this issue got near universal praise critically. To echo what I say nearly every sales review, it is disheartening.
Could this be some sort of 'lame duck' lag, people waiting for the new team to take over?
Supergirl Annual #2 also came out last month and was an absolute blast. Littered with historical flourishes and reestablishing the Supergirl/Brainy romance as well as stirring the pot a bit with more 'Supergirl death' talk, the Annual worked on a bunch of levels.
I suppose when you compare these sales to the concurrent issue, that the sales aren't bad. The annual sold 21,080. But that is down a staggering 25% from Supergirl Annual #1, which was linked to New Krypton.
What will Supergirl #60's sales be like? Will Nick Spencer reinvigorate sales? I can only hope.
And the underdogs?
Well, I have started to think that I don't need to report R.E.B.E.L.S. anymore. That always sells just north of 11K.
But the Doom Patrol, my latest comic to champion that suffers from great stories and poor sales?
Unfortunately, sales here continue to erode much like Supergirl's. Doom Patrol #15 sold only 10,081. That's a smidge more than Tiny Titans/Little Archie. That can't be good.
Life must be easier for Avengers fans. I keep waiting for the axe to drop on most of my pull list.