Thursday, April 17, 2014
Sales Review: March 2014
March was another month of slow comics sales as reported over at ICv2. As always, that sites coverage of comic sales is superior and worth looking at in total. Here is a link: http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/28315.html
I think everyone has been wondering if we are on a slow march to death of this medium. I have been saying it for a decade so I doubt we are close. But slow sales is worrisome. I do wish there was some report about digital sales.
And this day and age, we seem to be in a world of sales erosion. Each month it seems a title loses some readers. And when things reach a critical point, rather than going in a 'bold new direction' and keeping the numbering, companies now seem to cancel, pause, and resolicit. More #1 issues!
Supergirl #29 lost some readers from its last month ... that is true. But it had also picked up more readers last month with the initiation of the Red Daughter storyline. While it lost some sales, it retained more of the gain than it lost. We are still up from Supergirl #27's sales.
I am looking at the positives. Or trying to.
But it pains me that this book is hovering at the 100 mark. DC has really harmed this character over these 3 years. I crave a change and hope sales will follow.
Red Lanterns, Kara's other book, is selling a bit healthier at around 25K in sales.
As usual when I do sales reviews, I try to champion a book that I think should be selling better. Some examples from the past have been R.E.B.E.L.S., Danger Club, and Vibe.
It amazes me that Action Comics would be in this slot.
We are talking about ACTION COMICS!!
Yes, the book has suffered with Lobdell and the Diggle/Daniel upheaval.
But this book has been phenomenal since Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder took over.
Somehow this book is only selling 34K. Some book called Avengers World is outselling it. A Forever Evil mini-series is doing better!
It pains me.
If you think Pak and Kuder are doing it right, sing their praises everywhere! I don't want DC to yank them from the book!