The sales figures for February have been released over on ICv2 and thanks to the '50 states of the JLA' and continued strong Batman titles, DC seemed to be doing okay. The list of the top 300 titles are available here:http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/25233.html As always, ICv2 does a great job breaking everything down.
For me, despite the news that the 50-covered JLA topped the charts and sold 300K, a quick perusal of the sales charts is intriguing. In the top 30 books (#30 being Marvel's Fearless Defenders #1 which sold north of 55K) DC has 11 books. Basically 1/3 of the top 30. Of those 11, 6 are Batman books and 2 are Justice League books. Aquaman slides in at #22 and may have been helped by the Throne of Atlantis crossover. Green Lantern is there. And Action Comics is #25, the only Superman book in the top 30, selling 56K.
Is DC worried that there is such a disparity in their top selling books. Are they worried that it seems fans are only coming out in droves for Batman? I suppose Marvel isn't worrying about the glut of XMen and Avengers books up there. Of course, they hold 18 of the top 30 and that includes some new titles - Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy.
But when you get past the top 30, I just see a bunch of DC titles that seem to have lost the blighted momentum of the New 52 launch. And new books did not fare as well as Marvel's. Katana and Vibe sold just south of 30K, not the best beginning.
Supergirl #17 was the #73 title on the list. Sales basically stayed same with the book selling a couple of hundred units less than the last issue. Unfortunately, this was the penultimate chapter of the super-family crossover. I would have hoped for a blip in sales rather than standard erosion.
I suppose I should look at the upside. Sales are stable around 30K which, in this current market, is very strong. But I see lots of other books sales dropping faster than I would anticipate.
Will H'El on Earth ending and a new writer invigorate the title? Will sales drop faster? Or will Supergirl fans stick around ... all thirty thousand of us.