#Rebirth is here. The DC Universe:Rebirth special was released yesterday. Everything is going to be different ... hopefully.
But the fallout of the New 52, the lame duck period of the pre-Rebirth DCU, and poor overall sales preceding the reimagining are still palpable. Sales for April were released and show that DC still has an uphill climb.
Here is a link to ICv2's coverage of sales:http://icv2.com/articles/markets/view/34493/top-300-comics-actual-april-2016
While this arc includes a dying Superman and a reinvigorated Clark/Diana romance, overall it has felt much more classic.
But has it been embraced? Has word on the street bought sales?
Well Superman #51 sold over 38K. Batman/Superman #31sold 34K. Action Comics #51 sold 32K.
These aren't overwhelming numbers. And I don't think that sales have improved.
Maybe with #Rebirth, new readers will come take a look.
So why does DC have such faith in the pre-Flashpoint Superman? Is it that he represents a return of hope and heroism that Geoff Johns has said is the backbone of #Rebirth? Is this version selling gangbusters in Superman:Lois and Clark?
Superman:Lois and Clark #7 sold 20K.
I am interested in seeing how this transition happens. This Superman is older than the New 52 one. I don't think he can simply walk into the other Clark's life.
My hope is #Rebirth will be a little jolt to the super-books. Maybe new readers will come!
Take for example the wild, fun, continuity-bucking Justice League 3001?
JL3001 #11, the penultimate issue, sold just under 12K.
So long, JL3001! A few, wise readers knew ye!
I will try to commit these numbers to memory. Because it will be fascinating to compare these to the post #Rebirth sales.