In something which feels unprecedented in this last decade, DC continued to dominate comic sales in September. Whether it is the optimism of Rebirth or the doldrums of Civil War 2 or the quirky nature of comic fans, the tables have turned. Fascinating.
For me, there has just been a different feel to the DCU (or at least the titles I am collecting) since Rebirth. I actually like what is happening! The Superman books feel like Superman books. No dude with bloody fists. No aloof floating guy. Just someone there to help. Supergirl reads like Supergirl, a bright young girl trying to fit in, trying to do what's right, and learning. Wonder Woman is acting like Wonder Woman (and remember I liked the Azzarello/Chiang book for the Elseworlds it was).
So here we are, with DC on top of the world.
But let's look at the specifics.
Supergirl #1 came out last month, the beginning of the new title with the creative team of Steve Orlando and Brian Ching. The book did a good job of establishing the new environment of the book. We saw Supergirl in action. We met Cat Grant. We saw Kara feeling awkward in school. We saw her eye-rolling at her well-intentioned foster parents.
This felt like a true rebirth of the character, semi-ignoring much of what happened late in the last title (much to my chagrin, the Bedard/Perkins/Johnson Kara was spot on).
But I still feel like I root for this Supergirl and that is the most important thing. So how did it sell?
The book landed at number 8 in sales for the month, an unbelievable number.
And it sold 90,247, another unbelievable number.
Now the month before, the Supergirl Rebirth special sold a whopping 112,807. So this is a decline of about 18%. But it rose a couple of notches in rank.
I suppose we'll have to see how this all plays out over months.
The reason I say that is because we are now several months worth of issues with Action Comics. With the twice a month shipping, we have many issues of Action to track.
This is the Jurgens-led book and has the most mysteries to solve. Between Mr. Oz and Clark, there is a lot to mull over in this book. The art has been solid. I have liked this book a lot.
The book is now selling just under 60K.
I am pretty sure that is still nearly twice what it was selling pre-Rebirth. But I was hoping it might be selling more.
Still, I can't complain. Regardless of sales, I love the books I am reading of these days. I am glad that others, at least if sales are an indication, are enjoying them as well.