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 October issue is #24 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 and publish their final issues in January. Note that no issue of Superman Unchained came out in October; #4 was released November 6. September was Villains Month, so here are August numbers, the last month of regular sales.
|Series (Issue)||Oct. 2013 (#24)||August 2013||July 2013||June 2013|
|Superman/Wonder Woman (#1)||94859|
|5. JL of America||77305||93777||86192||71793|
|Batman and Robin||52060||55707||57808||60601|
|Justice League Dark||45401||64041||61465||24663|
|10. Batman: Dark Knight||43382||45584||47096||48612|
|15. Earth 2 (#16)||38389||40845||42022||42916|
|Green Lantern Corps||37312||36229||42194||45423|
|GL: New Guardians||35417||34473||40788||42290|
|25. Red Hood and Outlaws||27128||28821||30534||32416|
|Trinity of Sin: Pandora (#4)||25708||34563||32170||35106|
|30. World's Finest (#16)||22987||24159||25143||25815|
|Phantom Stranger (#12)||19732||26986||20636||17241|
|35. Birds of Prey||18382||19364||20209||20767|
|JLA's Vibe (#8)||10139||11184||12241||13706|
|The Movement (#5)||9110||11095||14524||18001|
|45. Green Team (#5)||6318||8493||11220||14328|
|Forever Evil (#2)||112,944||139,976|
|FE Arkham War||52,004|
|FE Rogues Rebellion||36,545|
Not counting the Forever Evil miniseries, the New 52 (or 45) sold 1,623,202 issues, a 9.89% drop from August and the weakest month of sales so far, partially due to having the fewest number of New 52 titles of any month, and partially due to continued steady readership decline. However, add in the Forever Evil books and the New 52 franchise is up 3.07% on August, and the missing issue of Superman Unchained is another 120,000 issues or so missing, so the New 45 is still quite stable.
The one new book this month, the Superman/Wonder Woman are dating so let's make some money off of it book, bowed at a respectable level. While that 95k figure is only about two-thirds of Batman/Superman's 143k or a third of Superman Unchained's 251,456 bowing month, that's still high enough that a stable retention of readers could keep Clark and Diana in the top five, and they're likely long term occupants of the top ten. Next month will be very interesting to see what sort of drop they get; the other two big debuts lately (B/S and SU) had drops of about a third their first month, but a higher debut also often means a sharper drop so I'm going to make a wild guess and say a 27% drop gives them 72k readers next month and fifth place.
While Justice League Dark and Phantom Stranger are sliding off their Trinity War bumps back to their usual hiding holes, a handful of other books saw spikes. Catwoman in particular climbed from 24,262 and 30th place to 35,134 and 20th place. Anyone familiar with what the draw to Selina was last month? Both she and the Suicide Squad shot past my Batwoman, who had one of the smaller drops this month. When November numbers come out in early December, we'll have an idea on what the creator chaos did to my Batwoman series' sales.
In the cancellation watch, the trio of The Movement, Stormwatch, and Batwing are an obvious trio to go next. But beyond them, grizzled old All-Star Western had a 900 issue drop, a steep loss at its sales levels, and the newer titles of Talon and Larfleeze are dropping too quickly into the danger zone (low teens) for comfort if you're a fan, especially Larfleeze and that 3k drop (15%). Talon and Larfleeze will still be around come next summer, but I don't know what their status will be by the end of 2014.
Lastly, Green Team LOL WTF. Last month's issue was already the worst seller in New 52 history, and this issue was more than 2,000 issues lower. Last month it was the first New 52 series outside the top 200 comic books industry wide. This month, it was number 305 and thus in the "additional selected series" section below the usual reported top 300. At its current pace, Green Team #8 will sell something like 3,000 issues, a quarter of the cancellation level and unprecedented territory for the New 52.
What happens next month? Will Superman Unchained hold up from its two month break? (I think so.) Will Supes and Wondy hold on to their audience well enough to stay in the Top Five? (Maybe.) Will I still be making fun of Green Team's sales? (Definitely.) See you December 9th!