Given the events of the month. I was very curious to see the comic sales information for January.
For this blog's focus, I wanted to see the sales for Supergirl #60, the first issue after Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle's run, the first month of the "Nick Spencer" story, written by James Peaty and drawn by Bernard Chang.
But I also wanted to see if the 'event' comic Fantastic Four #587 was going to garner big sales.
And unlike many, I actually liked the January 2011 DC Cover theme; the white background, character-driven covers grabbed my eye. Some of them were good enough to be pin-ups or posters.
As I do each month, I'll praise ICv2 for their in-depth sales coverage. Here is the link to last month's sales: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/19327.html As expected, FF#587 sold the most comics, breaking the 100K mark. But comics as a whole suffered another bad month, with sales down almost across the board.
And yet, I am pretty content.
Supergirl #60 sold 22,568, down an iota from Supergirl #59's 22,606. I have to admit that I was worried that the creative upheaval, including Nick Spencer's leaving the book after co-writing one issue, would drive people away. But sales were stable, and that is in the context of a horrible sales month overall.
I'll take it.
As for the underdogs, they continue to tread water. Doom Patrol #18 hovered around 9,300. That's worrisome.
R.E.B.E.L.S. #24 sold 10,354, a couple of hundred less than the prior issue.
I include this picture just to show that T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3 is also down amongst the reeds. Although we obviously don't know the details, it still feels like Nick Spencer chose Agents over Supergirl, a fringe book selling 10K over a book with a solid fanbase.
The big question is going to be what will sales be like for Supergirl #61. Nick Spencer isn't in the credits. And people will have given the new storyline a chance. Will people jump ship?