April 2014 New 52 sales: Batman Eternal bumps up DC,

#1 Edited by ChiSoxRox (235 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's a list from an Excel sheet I'm maintaining of the sales figures for each series in the New 52, for those who want to see how their favorite title is trending. The figures are taken from Diamond Comic Distributors (via Comichron), who keeps track of this sort of thing. In the following tables, assume the April issue is #30 unless otherwise noted. To make the chart easier to read, I put in the ranking for every fifth series.

Series in italics have already been cancelled. Here are March numbers.

Series (Issue)Apr. 2014 (#30)March 2014Feb. 2014Jan. 2014
1. Batman108,998116,926114,089115,492
Justice League (#29)78912 8090184674
Justice League United (#0)68431
Harley Quinn (#5)63155631206396766363
5. Batman/Superman (#9)56223 5813861074
Detective Comics56149554865661988702
Sinestro (#1)46480
Superman/Wonder Woman (#7)45157433084484747350
Batman and...44832432954338045462
10. Green Lantern44483457974920048831
Secret Origins (#1)38742
Action Comics37809342313530536042
Superman37316336333429635266
Earth 2 (#22)34970352953573236103
15. Aquaman and Others (#1)34056
Flash33300332413385334902
Aquaman32859339073493936610
Batgirl32698332233456737226
Wonder Woman31094309893146432035
20. Justice League Dark27695292023051932576
Justice League 3000 (#5)27529301273330841423
Green Lantern Corps26640277542914231447
Teen Titans25709259692673227588
Green Lanterns: New Guardians24727252962721228346
25. Red Lanterns2435025153 24477
Green Arrow23577236982672523785
Supergirl23410228832356721954
Red Hood and Outlaws21718223162323624813
World's Finest (#22)21485256762558520998
30. Catwoman20968222362397424956
Batwoman19204197502067222461
Swamp Thing18458188371914619755
Constantine (#13)18454200512038520729
Birds of Prey16358167951809219387
35. Superboy15382157761644817392
Trinity of Sin: Pandora (#10)15337170321770318984
Phantom Stranger (#18)14788163951701217435
Larfleeze (#10)12403127971333813950
All-Star Western12285125031278213238
40. Batwing931398641178612461
Stormwatch8053783782078612
42. The Movement (#11)
5782628164176629
Batman Eternal weekMay 2014 (#1 to #4)
Week 196,140
Week 276,878
Week 372,457
Week 470,917

Not counting Batman: Eternal, The New 52 sold a combined 1,359,289 issues, which is up 2.17% from last month. The new series this month just manage to cancel out the seven series we lost from March (Superman Unchained, JL America, Nightwing, The Dark Knight, Suicide Squad, Animal Man, and Talon). As another round of series exit stage left, there is a bit of musical chairs being played by the issues; JL America, and Suicide Squad will return for their final issues in May, Superman Unchained is set to return in July, while the other four are over for good.

Of the four new series, JL United and Sinestro are off to decent starts. Secret Origins is rather low, but an anthology-type series like that won't be a hot seller anyways. Aquaman and the Others is on the low side, but in the past few months the link between sales and success has been weakened as strong sellers like Nightwing and The Dark Knight end and miniscule sellers like All-Star Western and the unkillable Batwing hang on. Update: DC's patience finally ran out for the lowest batch. Hang on, Kate Kane. Indeed once Stormwatch and The Movement end later this month, Batwing will be back to the bottom selling position, where it was for a good chunk of 2013.

In the coming months, the trend I'll be looking out for is how stable Batman: Eternal and the other weekly series, Future's End, hold up. Also, hopefully my Batwoman keeps hanging on. See you all next month.

#2 Posted by Jphu8414 (3747 posts) - - Show Bio

The quality of the Batman Eternal issues have been pretty good and consistent so far, hope they can keep it up and maybe sales will keep staying strong.

I'm also pretty interested in seeing how Futures End is going to do sales wise.

#3 Edited by timelord (717 posts) - - Show Bio

Good to see most things growing the six books DC canceled where all last on the charts

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#4 Posted by JennaR85 (63 posts) - - Show Bio

surprised Green Arrow isnt further up on the list! even more surprised Harley Quinn is so high up the list!

#5 Posted by Jayc1324 (12299 posts) - - Show Bio

I think batman eternal will steady out at about 70000.

#6 Posted by timelord (717 posts) - - Show Bio
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#7 Posted by Jphu8414 (3747 posts) - - Show Bio

@jennar85 said:

surprised Green Arrow isnt further up on the list! even more surprised Harley Quinn is so high up the list!

Yeah I agree, It's kind of frustrating for me personally seeing such a high quality book like Green Arrow sell lower than a book like Teen Titans which is average at best (it was the last issue though so I'll cut it some slack). Harley Quinn has also been selling pretty consistently so far too, I'm not complaining though because I think it's a pretty darn good book

#8 Posted by CuddleBear (1242 posts) - - Show Bio

so tense when i opened the news article about the six cancelled DC titles.... hold on batwoman!!!!

#9 Posted by RustyRoy (12772 posts) - - Show Bio

@jayc1324 said:

I think batman eternal will steady out at about 70000.

I'm thinking around 50000.

#10 Posted by JennaR85 (63 posts) - - Show Bio

so tense when i opened the news article about the six cancelled DC titles.... hold on batwoman!!!!

couldn't agree more!

#11 Posted by Bezza (3644 posts) - - Show Bio

..interesting, a lot of people on these boards slate superman/Wonder Woman and rate Wonder Womans title, but the former is outselling the latter by nearly 50%.

also, no love for Action Comics, its criminal.

Man, based on these figures without Batman, DC are screwed!! They need to promote some other stuff! What about a Shazam comic and a Martian Manhunter comic? Come on, develop your second tier heroes DC, do what Marvel have done and don't just rely on Batman and Superman.

#12 Posted by RustyRoy (12772 posts) - - Show Bio

@bezza said:

..interesting, a lot of people on these boards slate superman/Wonder Woman and rate Wonder Womans title, but the former is outselling the latter by nearly 50%.

also, no love for Action Comics, its criminal.

Man, based on these figures without Batman, DC are screwed!! They need to promote some other stuff! What about a Shazam comic and a Martian Manhunter comic? Come on, develop your second tier heroes DC, do what Marvel have done and don't just rely on Batman and Superman.

Like you said quality =/= money, many people praise Actions comics and Green Arrow but they aren't selling very well.

#13 Posted by 2cool4fun (1367 posts) - - Show Bio

How the hell do teen titans & "superman" keep getting so high with lobdel writing them?

Also, Phantom Stranger, Pandora, BoP, Jonah Hex, Batwing, Superboy & Worlds Finest get canceled, but all those other titles that have even worse sails ( or just worse writing like FREAKING CATWOMAN ) are going to stay? WTF DC!!

#14 Posted by 2cool4fun (1367 posts) - - Show Bio
@bezza said:

..interesting, a lot of people on these boards slate superman/Wonder Woman and rate Wonder Womans title, but the former is outselling the latter by nearly 50%.

also, no love for Action Comics, its criminal.

Man, based on these figures without Batman, DC are screwed!! They need to promote some other stuff! What about a Shazam comic and a Martian Manhunter comic? Come on, develop your second tier heroes DC, do what Marvel have done and don't just rely on Batman and Superman.

I agree with everything you said.

Though I actually really like SM/WW ( ofc WW is way better...but it's also not for everyone :/ )

#15 Posted by Bezza (3644 posts) - - Show Bio

@2cool4fun:

Yeah I have bought all the Superman/WW issues to date. I see its flaws but its had some good moments. WW is the better WW comic, but I think its a "purist" comics for WW fans who understand the mythology stuff. Personally I don't think it appeals as much to the "casual" comic book reader as perhaps Superman/WW would....

..but DC are digging their own grave. All the time they promote Batman, who is after all their most popular and best selling comic book character, the more like the popularity for other Justice League characters and others like Nightwing/Black Canary etc will fade.

#16 Edited by 2cool4fun (1367 posts) - - Show Bio

@bezza: WW is mostly just for people who are already familiar with her. Though if you are really into the mithology, it will still be really good.

And yeah, that pisses me off the most. Instead of letting batman just do his own thing while promoting every other non JL hero, no all they do is promote batman, then SM & GL, then a bit of A list heroes and that's it, every other DC hero is mostly unknown to new readers...

( I mean come on DC, it's not like his popularity will drop instantly if you stop kissing his ass everyday )

#17 Posted by Bezza (3644 posts) - - Show Bio

@2cool4fun:

Yeah, I mean look whats happened with Arrow on the CW show. He has a great TV series and great comic and non comic book readers know about him. Its also introduced great characters like Black Canary, Deathstroke and Huntress. DC has a great catalogue of characters almost unknown to the wider world. I have been learning about Plastic Man...a super powerful dude with goofy humour who is known by none of my non comic book reading friends....!

#18 Edited by ChiSoxRox (235 posts) - - Show Bio

I've updated the OP with the newly cancelled series. Losing the cancelled series leaves us at 32 series and 6 more are starting in the next few months. Even if you add the 12 issues a month in the weekly series, we're still not back to 52. I'm thinking we might not see 52 series in the New 52 again.

#19 Posted by Squalleon (4611 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope Green Arrow and Action Comics at least sell in tpbs because it is a sin seeing them selling so low when other titles which are average sell twice as much :-(

#20 Posted by timelord (717 posts) - - Show Bio

I've updated the OP with the newly cancelled series. Losing the cancelled series leaves us at 32 series and 6 more are starting in the next few months. Even if you add the 12 issues a month in the weekly series, we're still not back to 52. I'm thinking we might not see 52 series in the New 52 again.

That's rather depressing that books that are actually picking up the books DC are advertising stuff like Doomed and Red Daughter of Krypton are giving the Super Family a bump and Detective had a new creative team that was pushed for a bit.

If DC care enough they could actually make a lot of there books sell a lot more they are far to reliant on Batman and it's going to bite them in the ass when people get sick of him.

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#21 Posted by senglord (1485 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is only being pushed like this to actually drum up support of the rest of the DC roster. The main failure of DC with the New 52 has been the failure to develop their Wildstorm properties. Constantine and Justice League Dark sell like they are Vertigo titles, which in some ways they are. BT Wildstorm had titles that fave Justice League a run for their money. And Static had the appeal of Spiderman. And when the New 52 launched, they ruined both franchises.

The big 2 have not been promoted as much as not ruined. Flash does not have the multimedia exposure to be compared to Batman and Superman. Look at the list of best sellers. With most of the better sellers having multimedia components, they will attract more people to the comics themselves.

Tbh, I am beginning to see most stories that are being written in the current DC canon as a primer for some kind of multi media preparation. If the story works really well in comic form, it may be worth an animated feature down the road. If the costs could be kept reasonable, or the returns sufficient for the host network; then we may see more DC franchises down the road.

I honestly hope that CW realizes that they can actually make a good bit of money restoring the weekly DCAU on their network over the weekend, and save some money by using lesser known characters.

#22 Posted by The Stegman (24460 posts) - - Show Bio

It makes me happy to see Harley doing well, truly a fun series.

#23 Posted by entropy_aegis (15324 posts) - - Show Bio

Things aint looking good for DC,so much for the New-52.

#24 Posted by CrazyScarecrow (1354 posts) - - Show Bio

@2cool4fun: Teen Titans staying and selling so high really does surprise me. The book is terribly written. From what I seen of the art the art is good. But thats it. It doesn't even have the line up that many of the "younger teen readers" the New 52 was suppose to be attracting love. Everyone who knows the Teen Titans in this generation loved the team and were introduce to the team from the animated show. The reason I could think of this book selling so high is because of the title, Tim Drake, or Beast Boy and Raven.

Superman is because it is Superman. Superman will always sell high no matter who is on it. Aside from Batman Superman is the most popular superhero in the world. Anyway Superman should be getting be getting better writing when Geoff Johns takes on the book so that will defiantly help out the book.

I am sad to hear of the Phantom Stranger and Pandora going. Phantom Stranger seemed interesting and I wouldn't have mind trying it though with the cancellation of both Phantom Stranger and Pandora this defiantly means no Question book with the Trinity of Sin. All Star Western I am sad to see leave. I really wanted to check out this book, but my comic shop never had it. Superboy I am disappointed to see cancelled since they just reintroduced the Guardian. I wanted to check out what the Guardian has been up too.

Also World's Finest isn't cancelled though I did hear they are changing the format of the book. Instead of it being focused on Power Girl and the Huntress it will now be focused on the Earth 2 Batman and Superman. Because you know. Superman and Batman needs a push. If this news is true at least (hopefully) Earth 2 will be focused on more Golden Age characters. I felt like the reintroduction of Superman in the book ruined the Justice Society format the book was heading down.

The biggest problem that DC has is they are over promote Batman and even Superman to a point. I get that they are the companies most popular characters and they are household names and I get from a marketing stand point they see Batman and Superman making big money so they want to capitalize on their properties. I get that. But Batman or Superman shouldn't be getting a third series (Dark Knight,Unchained) or a weekly (Eternal). Try giving that series spot to characters such as Martian Manhunter or Captain Marvel or new teams or revivals of previously cancelled teams like Doom Patrol or the Legion. Make that weekly an anthology series where each week you can test the popularity of a certain character or just even feature a few different characters each week. DC has great characters and they should really let there characters shine. Marvel promotes everyone of there character. I don't think you can really rank the importance of each Marvel hero like you can with DC because Marvel treats there characters as equal. Does Marvel throw Wolverine into everything. Yeah, but they also are giving characters like Moon Knight, Nova, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel and so many other heroes the mainstream audience probably never even heard of their own title. With DC we're lucky to have a book starring a team without a Bat or Superman character with Justice League Dark.

#25 Posted by SanoHibiki (1526 posts) - - Show Bio

Why the … Action Comics just barely above Superman?!! Damn, DC, give Pak some advertisement ASAP!..

Though I somewhat pleased by SM/WW sales.

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