Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Sales Review: June 2015
I thought for sure that this was going to be the first sales review I have done on this blog where I wasn't going to cover a book with Supergirl in it.
I suppose I should consider that a victory. I have gone seven years reviewing Supergirl sales without taking a break. But the new DCYou doesn't have a Supergirl title. The only time we hear of Supergirl is when we hear she 'bolted' from the Justice League United. The only time we see her, some version of her, on the last page of the JL3001 book.
In fact, I find it both normal and strange that she hasn't been mentioned at all in the Superman books. Superman is revealed and depowered. You would think he would contact his family. But in the DCYou, heck in the New 52, Superman and Supergirl have never been super-close.
I don't understand why Supergirl seems to be a forbidden subject.
The sales review, as always, is in my opinion best reviewed over on ICv2. Here is the link:
Now June was the first issue of The Truth, the new take on Superman, with a new writer Gene Luen Yang. It had a huge publicity push. It was going to shake up all of Superman's mythos. It was going to make everything about Superman 'better' and 'more interesting'!
But how its first issue, Superman #41, sell?
We can talk all about how 53K in sales in a great book in the current comic market. That this is a highly successful release.
But let's be honest.
This was a new plotline of Superman, resetting the landscape of DC's premier character. It was trumpeted. It was supposed to be a fresh, innovative take.
And it only sold 53K.
I have to wonder if DC thought this would do better.
I had no thoughts at all of getting Justice League 3001 #1 when it was announced. Heck, I didn't get Justice League 3000. I have been a bit burned recently with both Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis so the writers didn't grab me. And while I like Howard Porter's art, I wasn't sure if that was enough.
Surprisingly, folks I trust were telling me that JL3K was a decent read with some insanity and continuity and nods to odd corners of DC lore. That the tone is a bit inane but not a forced non-humor which sometimes I feel Giffen books suffer from.
Then I heard that Supergirl was going to be in the book.
And so all the nudges from friends and the Howard Porter art and the only Supergirl in the current DCU made me grab it.
I am relatively sure that the first iteration, Justice League 3000, sold less than 20K.
This issue sold 32K, a better start than I would have thought. Maybe it was the #1? Maybe it was the variant cover?
I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be on board. And, in fact, I liked it enough that I am looking for the older title's back issues. So that is a win.
Now why do I show Lobo #7?
It isn't to comment on the quality of the book. I will freely admit I haven't read this book.
Well, Lobo was selling pretty poorly before the Convergence event. I couldn't believe that somehow it survived the axe when DC was cancelling books and starting up new titles. And I especially didn't understand it when Supergirl got canceled despite selling many more issues than Lobo.
The trend continues. Lobo #7 sold 19K.
In the grand scheme of things, DC got completely squelched by Marvel this month, something so consistent that it is no longer news.