SALES OF THE WEEK!

Once again, the latest trade volume of The Walking Dead dominated the graphic novel sales list (25k sold, versus 21k of the #2 book, Saga Volume 3).  But perhaps less predictably, that was the only volume of WD in the top 10.  Usually there’s a few of them there.  Besides the top two, no graphic novel sold more than 9k units in March.  That’s sad.  Anyway, the top 10 was rounded out with an eclectic selection including the hardcover Nemo: Roses of Berlin, Justice League: Trinity War, Marvel Master Works: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1, Chew Vol. 8, a volume of Avatar, and even a volume of Stray Bullets!  Very cool mix there.  No Batman, only one Marvel, only two DC (Harley Quinn: Welcome to Metropolis came in at #7).  Other indie books that sold fairly well: The first volumes of Rat Queens and Satellite Sam, the hardcover “Noah” graphic novel, and a hardcover retrospective titled Hellboy: The First 20 Years all cracked the top 25.
In the single issues (aka “real” comic books) category, the top were, bottom to top (Casey Kasem style):

10.  Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW
9.  Walking Dead #124
8.  Silver Surfer #1
7.  Superior Spider-Man #30
6.  Daredevil #1
5.  Superior Spider-Man #29
4.  Sandman Overture #2
3.  Forever Evil #6
2.  Superman Unchained #6
1. Batman #29

Lots of DC in there, eh?  And the “all new #1” plan doesn’t seem to be panning out very well for Marvel.  Moon Knight and Magneto made it into the top 20, but Wolverine and the X-Men fell out (at #21).  Marc Spector outselling Logan?  Wow. And as for the other relaunches?  Ghost Rider, Captain  Marvel, Wolverine (up to #3 now), Wolverine and the X-Men #2 (double shipping, and the second issue can’t outsell a Dark Horse Star Wars comic?!?), Iron Patriot, Fantastic Four, Ms. Marvel (which sold less than Rocky and Bullwinkle #1—an IDW title!), Secret Avengers…None of these are doing all that great, most can’t move even 40k.  Time to reboot the reboot strategy.

crossed #50 cover ennis badlandsIn smaller press news, Garth Ennis’ return to the franchise that he created was a success as Crossed: Badlands sold over 8k and became one of Avatar’s hottest titles of the month.  His other Avatar book, Red Rover Charlie, is selling under 7k and that’s a shame.  It’s fantastic.  Mark Millar’s Starlight series did well—and deservedly so.  It’s the best thing he’s written in years.  The Massive is still chugging along for Dark Horse, selling almost 7k with a $3.50 price tag.  I love the book, even though nobody is talking about it.

So, what’s on your pull list these days?  Here’s some of what caught my interest in recent weeks:

RECOMMENDED:

  • Daredevil #1.  He’s moved to San Francisco and become a police dog.  Interesting premise, can’t wait to see where it goes.
  • Ms. Marvel.  The first issue was probably the best origin story I’ve read in a decade, and it’s certainly the only good thing to come out of the whole “Inhumanity” event.  I wish her power set were more interesting, but the concept (a dark-skinned Muslim girl who turns into a buxom blonde) is brilliant.
  • Veil and Lazarus.  Greg Rucka is totally kicking ass on these two titles.
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man.  An inventive and funny book about villains.  Truly nothing else like it on the stands these days.
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard.  Horrible title, very interesting book.  Reminds me a lot of the most recent Young Avengers book.
  • Starlight.  As I noted above, Mark Millar’s latest book is the best thing he’s done in years.
  • Moon Knight.  It’s not Warren Ellis’ best work, but it’s still terrific.
  • Superior Spider-Man.  Continues to be good, but it’s definitely time to move this story along and bring back Peter Parker.
  • Black Widow.  Much to my surprise, this book is better than Punisher.
  • Amazing X-Men.  Jason Aaron’s love letter to Nightcrawler is working surprisingly well.  Solid book.
  • Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, Velvet, East of West and Saga.  All still great, not much more to say than that.
  • MAKE IT STOP:

    • Silver Surfer #1. Biiiiiiig letdown.  I couldn’t have been more excited to see a Dan Slott/Mike Allred team-up, and the short story Marvel teased in it’s All New Now! compilation comic was terrific.  I’m hoping this book moves on from establishing premise to real content quickly, because I’m already ready to drop it.
    • Punisher.  Another big letdown, especially after Greg Rucka’s triumphant work bringing the character back into the Marvel Universe.
    • Survive.  Don’t charge me four bucks for a book that’s basically a promo for the new Ultimate Marvel Universe.  Give that shit away on line.
    • Everything Avengers. I think there are like three different “epic” storylines going on at once, none of them interrelate, and all of them feel interchangeable.  I can’t understand any of it, it’s too jumbled, too big, and too … boring.
    •  Everything X-Men That Isn’t Amazing.  The bloom is off the rose for me.  Bendis started strong but The Trial of Jean Grey ended with a very sad whimper.
    • The Walking Dead.  This “all out war” storyline is dragging out, and the writing seems to be lazy.  The cast has gotten so big that I can’t keep the characters straight, and Robert Kirkman doesn’t seem to be investing personalities into most of them.
    • Captain America.  I still like Rick Remender’s run, but why does everything he writes have to have so much introspection. He’s overwriting this book.  And finally…
    • Ghost Rider.  Why do I keep hoping Marvel will launch a GR book that doesn’t suck?  They fool me every time.

    IF YOU’RE INTO  IT, IT WON’T HURT YOU (here’s what I’m reading out of habit or brand loyalty):

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, Fantastic Four (it gets one more issue to get my interest, then I’m out), She Hulk (it’s good, but it feels a little too derivative of Dan Slott’s work with the character and the sensibility of Hawkeye), All-New X-Factor.

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