I have been doing my best over the last year to quell my concerns of Supergirl cancellation. But the problem is that every month I get to review comic sales over at ICv2. And frankly, the sales numbers worry me about the business in general, let alone Kara's title. ICv2 is must reading for me, especially the sales posts.
As always, it is worth looking at the sales chart in total to look at the hard numbers. Here is the link:
It is interesting to look at other titles and try to gauge how they are doing. Superman #708, the best of 'Grounded', was the best-selling super-title breaking 40K. Action Comics, nearing the end of Lex's story, sold around 32K. And Superboy is dropping a bit selling 27K.
Supergirl #61 was the second issue with the new creative team and the first to be solely written by James Peaty. Would there be a big drop-off on the title without the buzz of Nick Spencer?
Well, Supergirl #61 sold 22,048, down nearly 3% from the prior issue. It is small drop-off to be sure but it is another month of dwindling returns. And so, 'cancellation concerns' continue.
As for Spencer's leaving the book, here is link from Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/08/whatever-happened-with-nick-spencer-and-supergirl/ . As always, definitely worth reading the whole post.
Spencer told people that the reason was that editorial just didn’t like what he was giving them, which is why he only wrote two thirds of the issue, having it finished by the now-ongoing writer James Peaty. However on release, he says the positive reviews saw them change their mind – but by then Nick had signed by Marvel. He told people “it was a hard a choice and for a while it could have gone either way, but in the end Marvel just love what I was doing far more.”
Figured I'd put this at the bottom of a post the same way DC announced his leaving the book. Spencer sounds quite sure of himself and certainly is riding a wave of popularity. He couldn't work with the editors more at DC? I suppose if they were opposing his vision, I respect his artistic integrity. But they are the editors.
Makes me wonder if DC would leave Sterling Gates on the book if they could do it over again.
I think we are still in a dark time for the title, a period of uncertainty. Are Peaty/Chang inheriting the title long-term? Is a new creative team just around the corner? With 8 DC titles getting the axe in the next few months, is Supergirl nearing the chopping block?