Comics in general rebounded in January 2012, as sales seemed to be overall up from the previous year. While I certainly haven't felt more foot traffic in my local comic store, I do realize that my own pull list is about as bloated as it has been in the last several years. That means good stories are being made as I don't stick around otherwise.
As always, ICv2 is my favorite 'go to' site to pick apart sales numbers. I advise everyone to go there. Here is the link to ICv2's article detailing the January's Top 300 Comics: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/22085.html
So how did Supergirl do?
Well, Supergirl #5 ranked at #49, down 7 spots from the prior month. It sold a calculated 37301 issues. That was down 6% from the prior issue's 39,762.
I'm sort of done trying to understand attrition like this. I suppose it means that stores are ordering less so there are fewer back issues on the shelf. That also means fewer issues the casual reader can pick up on a whim.
I also have started to look sales as more about the company the comic keeps. Supergirl sold just below a Matt Fraction/Pascual Ferry Mighty Thor book. It beat out X-Men Legacy. And it is ranking with the other Justice League comics. That is a pretty good group of comics.
The other big news was that DC swept the top 10 comics for the month. It is a crazy month for sure!
So four Batman books beat all X-Men, Avenger, and Spiderman books. Aquaman beat all Marvel books. DC has to feel pretty good about that. As for me, it's great to see Superman back up there as well. Action is worthy of 100K sales.
Still, the tenth best selling book only sold 65K? And both Legion books were in the 20K range. Man, we need to get more people buying comics!