Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Sales: May 2011
Comic sales continue to be a dicey affair as May 2011 was a sort of Great Depression month. Sales were down significantly when compared to May of 2010. Fear Itself #2 was the top selling title but did not break 110K in sales. And Flashpoint #1 came in second, perhaps an ominous sign for DC. Here is the always helpful link to ICv2's list of the top selling comics: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20296.html
Sales for Supergirl remained relatively stable, a good sign
Supergirl #64 was the last chapter of the James Peaty and Bernard Chang 'Good Looking Corpse' arc. The book ranked #82, selling 22,411 units, down a smidge from last month's 21,598.
Overall, the arc last about 1000 in sales over its 5 issues. This book seems to be stable, but still suffering slight erosion. I will be interested to see what happens to next month's sales, not only of Supergirl but of all DC books. Will there be a mass exodus since 'the stories don't matter' with the upcoming relaunc? Will Kelly Sue DeConnick bring in new readers?
And given the new digital initiative, is it worth reporting sales like this anymore. The actual issue sales might be 15K, but what if there are 10K in downloads? Will we know those numbers?
Anyways, I enjoyed the work Peaty and Chang did here and I am glad most of the Supergirl fans before the arc stuck around to enjoy it.