January 2008 Sales Rankings

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Marvel curbstomps DC this month, with 9 of the top 10 (and the remaining 1 wasn't a DC title).

- It'll be very interesting to see how Amazing Spider-Man levels out over the next few months; the three-times-a-month shipping means that even if it doesn't stay in the upper echelon, it still makes more than the earlier three titles did.

- Captain America at #3 is way, way higher than I expected. Great to see it get some recognition.

- Astronomically good numbers for Ross and Krueger's Superpowers.

- X-Men, for once, outsells Uncanny X-Men, although this is because it was the end of MC. Elsewhere, Astonishing X-Men continues to prove that lateness doesn't matter.

- Countdown dips below Batman for the first (?) time.

- Incredible Herc is still selling more than Batman, which is pretty good for a title about Hercules.

- Hard to know what to make of the first issue of Young Avengers Presents; I think that's a bit lower than the last series sold, but given that this is a series of one-shots rather than a full new volume and the amount of time that has passed, that seems a pretty good number.
 
1 dollar tag on SP had alot to do with it,but still,top 10 for Dynamite is good to see.

I expect things to stay like this until May when Final Crisis hits possibly taking the #1 spot,unless ASM has something to say about it.
 
Man, I'm so bitter. My first thought was "Man I hope Spider-Man sucked". Then it's number 1 and I get mad. It's sad that Marvel's made me think this way about my one time favorate comic book.
 
Man, I'm so bitter. My first thought was "Man I hope Spider-Man sucked". Then it's number 1 and I get mad. It's sad that Marvel's made me think this way about my one time favorate comic book.

It isn't marvel that makes you feel that way, really I sympathise and no doubt agree with your opinons on OMD but your opinion on BND is really your own choice.
 
I love the sales boost MC has given X-Factor, I hope it keeps up.

LAWL! Spider-Man boycott FTL!
 
It isn't marvel that makes you feel that way, really I sympathise and no doubt agree with your opinons on OMD but your opinion on BND is really your own choice.

It's pretty impossible to seperate the two. One does not exist without the other.
 
I love the sales boost MC has given X-Factor, I hope it keeps up.

LAWL! Spider-Man boycott FTL!

You think people actually stopped buying it!? We already know internet guys are all talk.
 
Actually, we'll find out next month if the "boycott" is going to do any damage since the first three issues we're already ordered before the ending of OMD.

Also Dan, since you're here, how do you feel about Avengers: The Initiative's numbers?
 
It's pretty impossible to seperate the two. One does not exist without the other.

It's only as "impossible" as you make it out to be...

OMD was crap, but BND is turning out to be some of the BEST written Spidey stuff in years.

If one storyline is making your life so miserable, I'd like to suggest therapy.

:yay:
 
Jewsarama said:
Marvel published 9 of the Top 10 selling comic books of the month, including Captain America #34 at #3, with its top-of-the-chart monopoly broken up only by the debut of Alex Ross’ Project Superpowers #0 (which sported a $1.00 cover price) in the #4 slot - the first non Marvel/DC superhero title to make the Top 10 in many months, if not years.

Umm..............................Buffy.
 
Umm..............................Buffy.
Buffy's not a superhero comic, in their view (nor in mine, really; it's a licensed property based on an action drama, and it has a lot of the characteristics of a superhero comic, but I don't think of it as such).
 
Thoughts:

- Yes, the first topic on everyone's minds: BND. Apparently any fan backlash over OMD has not effected sales; All three issues sold within the Top 10. Considering that SS-M and FNSM sold about 50% less than ASM did for years, these numbers for the merged title are a success. It does show some sort of decline after the first week, though, in orders. The first BND issue is seeing a second print and as the #1 book of the industry, the Joe Q trend of "any event that really angers fans = huge sales boosts" continues. I'm still trade-waiting. Still, it cements Dan Slott as an A-list writer, and whether you hold him responsible for OMD or not (I don't; it was a-comin' anyway), having him reach that marker as the writer of the #1 book of the biz is good for him and Marvel, and his fans.

I mean, hey, maybe in a few years THE THING may get another go because of it. :p

- The boost of "New Cap" gets Brubaker's CA at #34. Amazingly, despite Marvel's attempts to sell it like a big shock, the story had been leading to #34's conclusion for months now so it was just a logical development. Still a case of a great book that sells great.

- So long as books like AXM sell within the Top 10 regardless of how late they are, companies will never hold deadlines seriously. The amazing thing is the story isn't even done! The annual is supposedly due out in April to finish it. If Whedon had it all to do over again, I doubt his run would have been 25 issues. He'd have shaved it back some.

- The only time MIGHTY AVENGERS outsold NEW AVENGERS, aside for it's first issue, was in a month where 2 regular issues shipped and NA only saw an annual.

- AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE continues seeing some slips and barely holds onto the Top 30. Still, it is still doing very well. I predict it seeing an issue #24 easily, which in this market is rare for new ongoings. I love the book to boot.

- The end of the McDuffie FF run sells within the Top 40. Expect sales to double or triple (or more) for the Millar/Hitch debut come Feb.'s numbers.

- The sagging UFF actually saw some kind of boost, as the last few months it couldn't sell within the Top 50. Still, the Ultimate books are lagging (aside for Loeb's ULTIMATES 3) and the line needs something.

- YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #1 debuts at #43. Any debut within the Top 50 I consider "healthy", especially for a 6 issue mini, but it is worth noting that during CW in 2006, that YA/RUNAWAYS mini debuted within the Top 25 and remained in the Top 30-35 for it's entire run, which was around where the end of the first volume of Heinberg/Cheung sold. My point is that sitting on this franchise almost 2 years has led to a debut that sold 10 slots lower than it used to. Brian Reed is hardly a huge name (even if it is a solid talent) and the second issue may drop below the Top 50.

- THE TWELVE #1 sold at #54. Hmm. This is a mini, but it is also a 12 issue one. Consider that the average lifespan of a "dud" ongoing is 10-12 issues, and you could see this as a "meh" debut. JMS was a name on ASM and is doing well on THOR, but he and Weston can't get this book within the Top 50. Still, considering he is reviving some 40's heroes who haven't been used since the war, and this could be seen as a moderately successful debut. Hopefully the drop-off won't be severe.

- PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL is holding steady, especially when you consider how quickly THE ORDER (which is better) tanked in terms of sales. Both are written by Fraction.

- WHAT IF: SPIDER-MAN VS. WOLVERINE selling within the Top 60 is pretty good for a random WHAT IF one-shot. It outsold Oeming & Kolin's FIREBREAK one-shot. This was an oddball release, rehashing a story that has been out of print since 1990 and has little to do with anything happening now (HOBGOBLIN LIVES! was a decade ago), so given all that, it likely sold due to the cover stars and this is rather decent. I liked the tale.

- WWH: AFTERSMASH: DAMAGE CONTROL debuted within the Top 65. Considering it is only 3 issues, it should stay within the Top 100 by the end. A funny mini, from the looks of the rebut, reuniting McDuffie with his classic Marvel franchise.

- IMMORTAL IRON FIST is holding steady with it's small but steady audience.

- MOON KNIGHT is staying at the end of the Top 70. Just a year ago it was within the Top 35, mind you.

- NOVA #10 within the Top 75; this ongoing has been slipping slightly, but it is still outselling the ANNIHILATION books and may make the first title Nova was in in years to survive past issue #12.

- NEW WARRIORS #8 at #76...this title is sadly slipping from the post Initiative high. Hopefully it sees an issue #12. I enjoy this one, too. It seems the "mystery" of ex-X-Men being the core roster may not have been what mainstreamers expected. While Bendis may be able to sell a Top 10 book by stretching out a mystery to 6+ issues, Grevioux may not get that curtesy sales-wise.

- GHOST RIDER settles into the Top 80. If Aaron can't keep things steady within this arc, the book may be iced. Way left the continuity and character history in a tail-spin, though.

- ANNIHILATION CONQUEST seems to be holding steady within the Top 85 for now. Not selling as well as the original but should remain within the Top 100 for the duration.

- Always is good seeing UMBRELLA ACADEMY within the Top 100.
 
X-Men First Class is nowhere on the top 100. :(
 
It's only as "impossible" as you make it out to be...

OMD was crap, but BND is turning out to be some of the BEST written Spidey stuff in years.

If one storyline is making your life so miserable, I'd like to suggest therapy.

:yay:

While, I can't see how a coimic could ruin anyones life, it is impossible to seperate omd and bnd since bnd could never exist without the horrible plot twist that make omd bad in the first place. How some manage to do that, I don't know. I only can guess that when humans really want to enjoy something, they'll ignore any bad associated with it. Its kind of like how some battered women ignore their husbands beating them.
 
While, I can't see how a coimic could ruin anyones life, it is impossible to seperate omd and bnd since bnd could never exist without the horrible plot twist that make omd bad in the first place. How some manage to do that, I don't know. I only can guess that when humans really want to enjoy something, they'll ignore any bad associated with it. Its kind of like how some battered women ignore their husbands beating them.


Good Lord, do you even understand how inappropriate that is?
 
It's just a shame PJ's not here to belittle me for my misplaced hope that comic fans could vote with their wallets. :(
 
Yeah, I guess I pretty much covered it right there.

Anyway, I ws about to ***** about how Thor wasn't in the top 10 anymore, but then I realized there was no Thor issue in January.

So instead I'll ***** about how slow Coipel is, resulting in no Thor issue in January. Seriously, Coipel, pick up the damn pace! Bi-monthly is no way for Thor to be. :cmad:
 
Don't see the big deal. Hyperbole and blatantly exaggerated comparisons aren't exactly new on the intarwebs.
 
I'm sad that comic fans can't put their money where their mouths are. But it wasn't exactly unexpected.
 

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