Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Having said that (you knew that was coming, didn't you?) this article over at Newsarama where two of DC's sales execs talk about December's figures got me thinking.
In it, they talk about DC not leading the market share for the first time since the New 52 launch which, to be fair to them, they knew was coming at some point and they've never been interested in getting it. At least that's what they've been saying.
mentioned back in December) about the possibility of cancelling series, maybe around the issue #8 mark which are the next batch of solicitations we're going to see in a couple of weeks. Obviously, DC (or indeed any other company) aren't going to keep on publishing titles that lose them money, that's just bad business.
That possibility, though, had me thinking about the titles that I get so for the first time in ages I tracked down (honestly, I just followed this link) the list of top 100 selling comics for December and compared them to the titles that I'm getting, concentrating on those from DC.
Of the top ten, I'm getting two, Justice League and Green Lantern. After that, they start to get a little more spread out: Aquaman, Teen Titans, the two companion GL titles New Guardians and Corps and Justice League International all make the top fifty so there seems little chance of them going belly up around issue #8.
Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Mr Terrific and Voodoo don't get a listing along with six other New 52 titles: Blackhawks, Hawk And Dove, I, Vampire, Men of War, O.M.A.C. and Static Shock. I can't speak for the others but I'd certainly miss Captain Atom and Voodoo, and Blue Beetle's shown a lot of promise as well. Mr Terrific? Really, I'd love to say it's great but at the moment it's just not quite there.
I know there's a creative change coming for Voodoo so maybe that'll buy it some time, and I hope that Captain Atom and Blue Beetle survive along with Mr Terrific improving but which, if any of these, will be cancelled around issue 8? Who knows.
The top 100 is a completely arbitrary number I know that; the four titles I get that didn't make it could be numbers 101 to 104 inclusive for all I know. And maybe DC's making enough on these books that they won't cancel them but, if I had to put my money on one book I'm getting that won't make it to a number 12 . . . I guess I'd have to offer up Mr Terrific.
I don't want it to go, I think it has a lot of potential, but . . .