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FOC 03.25.13

House of Gold and Bone: Not a single taker on subs for this one. 4 issue mini-series so the upside is limited and the downside, and likelihood, is probably the loss of whatever you spent bringing in copies that won’t sell. Pass. Darth Vader and the 9th Assassin: A new Star Wars Darth book and we get some goombah from the D&D Player’s Handbook gracing the cover. Dumb dumber and dumbest all wrapped in one. Ordering about 50% higher than the previous Dark Times book as it’s still Vader. Batwoman: A WTF issue but even so, is there much that could shock sales into this series? Maintaining. DC Universe Presents: Final issue. Not many will notice. He Man and Masters of the Universe: The mini-series did well as do a lot of the nostalgia comics out the gate. However, an ongoing walk down nostalgia lane won’t garner the same long-term commitment as a mini-series. Order the first issue as the final issue of the previous series sold but expect a continued slide thereafter. Justice League: I’m seeing a slight side as the Thrones finished up and we settle into the post-Jim Lee era. The oddball this week is the Mad variant. Terrible cover outside Mad Magazine but the interesting thing is a baby between Wonder Woman and Superman? Hmmm. I don’t think the fans will really care. Not getting my full allocation on this. Vibe: The honeymoon didn’t last very long and the divorce proceedings begin. Ordering less than I sold of #2 so far to keep up with the slide. I don’t expect much from this. Legion of...

FOC 03.18.13

X: When X came out originally it was met with ‘ho-hum’. This will be the 2013 version of ‘ho-hum’. DC: It’s no secret that DC sales have been falling. Relaunch at #1 on everything = huge sales. Sales flagging? It’s #zero month! Sales starting to limp along again? WTF month! The impact of these issues could be big. Think of it in terms outside comic book thinking. There are people at the top of DC who are now under a microscope like Paul Levizt wasn’t for many years. DC Entertainment expects DC publishing to be not only profitable, but more than the ongoing sidekick to Marvel. Questions have to have been asked as to why a company with properties like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are in second place to Marvel for decades at a time. So instead of looking at this long term, the powers that be need to make sales now. Maybe that’s why Marvel’s relaunch was called Marvel Now. So DC is likely willing to do anything necessary to fuel the sales fire including burning the furniture, the Batcave, and even characters if it means more sales. So expect something out of WTF month. Jobs depend on it. Batgirl: So we come off Death in the Family and expect sales to fall back to normal levels and then every character is weeping on the cover and it’s the equivalent of shoving a camera into the face of the grieving family – the masses can’t get enough of it. Now it’s WTF month and we might have another DITF? Possible though not a major character. Ordering as...