COMIC BOOK NEWS OF THE WEEK

Been away from the news sites for a few weeks while recovering from my seventh, and hopefully last, surgery of 2013. Lots to discuss, lots to cover. Let’s start with the sales numbers for October, and then get into stories about one of the best, underrated Vertigo comics of recent years coming to TV, updates on the Marvel Movieverse, and more!

SALES IN OCTOBER WERE…STRANGE

October was an odd month for comic sales. Maybe not hugely surprising, but certainly unusual, The Walking Dead #115 (with 11 alternate covers) was the best-selling comic of October 2013–but no Walking Dead graphic novels placed in the top 10. That’s unusual.

Image Comics, publisher of TWD, also scored with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ Pretty Deadly #1. Kelly has been masterfully marketing herself as the face of the “Carol Corps,” a rabid (largely female) fanbase. It paid off. Good for her. Also, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s great new book, Velvet, sold 42k copies.

Overall, DC took the market share of comic books sold in October (beating Marvel 31% to 30%), which is unusual, and was driven by several events: Batman: Year Zero, Forever Evil, and the return of Sandman. Marvel’s infinity event books (#s 4 and 5) cracked the top 10, and the only other top 10 entries were issues of Superior Spider-Man.

Weird.

But perhaps most shocking was that Paul Pope’s brilliant graphic novel, Battling Boy, sold 4k copies—coming in at #14. It’s a small-press publication that I couldn’t even find at my local comic shop.

On the graphic novel front, Warren Ellis’ original material in Avengers: Endless Wartime came in second to the third volume of new 52 Batman reprints, with lots more Batman in the top 10. Also, two volumes of Saga stayed in the top 10. And great news for Greg Rucka, Lazarus Volume 1 was the 10th best selling trade paperback of the month. It’s a great comic—go buy and support it.

Now, click next for news about Marvel and DC media projects, new #1s and cancellations, and Apple’s latest foray into content policing…

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