Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Sales Review: February 2012
Comics continue to be in something of a boom period with February sales up in comparison to the same time last year. And DC continues to dominate the ranks of best selling titles, sweeping the top ten again last month. As usual, ICv2 does a great job of breaking things down. Here is a link to their Top 300 titles rankings as well as links to other sales news: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/22381.html
I do wonder about the lower level title of the DCnU. We already have the news of the second wave. And some titles I am enjoying have slipped in sales quite a bit.
As for Supergirl, sales slipped a bit again. Supergirl #6 ranked 53rd overall (down from 49 last month). And sales were down 7% with 34,847 units sold.
That is still a healthy number for a comic title. And it is amongst some of the more lauded new titles so I like the company it is keeping. It will be interesting to look at sales in a couple of months after the opening origin arc ends and more typical adventures begin. Will things stabilize?
I also think the last 2 issues of the book have been the strongest from a story point of view so it is a bit disheartening that they have sold the least.
As for the Legion, the new books haven't maintained any sort of bump from the relaunch. The main Legion title sold only 21,085 last month. I might have to do some research to see where that is in comparison to the pre-relaunch sales numbers. As Legion wasn't rebooted, we are probably looking at the same audience.
And Legion Lost? Well, it is a title I have really come to love as characterization and art have been really strong. Unfortunately, Legion Lost #6 sold a R.E.B.E.L.S.-like 17,502. That's pretty low in this era of comics. I worry that Lost might be nearing the guillotine.
Will the creative shake-up at writer, with Fabian Nicieza leaving and Tom DeFalco coming on board have an impact? I'll miss Nicieza's in-depth look at the individual Legionnaires while keeping the main story moving.