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FOC 10.27.14

Axe Cop $1: There’s a fine line between what we need and what the publishers want us to need. In this case and so many others, there’s little upside to taking up the rackspace on something that won’t move many copies in the future. We’re becoming more selective in the promotional books we buy. Predator Fire & Stone: Not getting the following DH was hoping for. Cutting deeply – more than 50% off #1. Batman ’66 Lost Episode: I would obviously match this to the regular series but at 9.99 there will be some resistance. Harlan Ellison’s name might attract a few lookers but I see this as outside the normal Ellison fan’s interest. Going subs of the regular series plus a copy or two for the stands. Earth 2 World’s End: #1 was weak in sales. #2 dropped 35%. #3 dropped 25% more from #2. This will be single digits in most of my stores by #10. Harley Quinn Lego: No doubt this will have legs as a back issue. Multiversity Pax Americana: Looking at Multiversity The Just numbers. These are getting pretty obscure when you’re renewing the copyright on ‘awesome’ charters like Peacemaker. Not seeing a lot of folks looking for these despite the creative team. And the cover sucks as in ‘nothing to see here’. Trinity of Sin: No surprise but this came out of the gate lame. Expect #2 to be worse by 1/3. Should be on the cancelation list by 10:30 on Tuesday when DC gets the numbers. Shadow Show: Pull for Lock & Key fans as it’s joe Hill. I don’t see a...

FOC 10.20.14

Grindhouse: Eh. Nothing much to see here. It will sell in the same low to mediocre numbers as the last series. Itty Bitty Mask: I’m not a huge fan of these as the fans of the actual series don’t latch onto them and they’re not well known properties to the kids they seem to aim toward. Low. Ressurectionists: No real draw here in an overcrowded stand. There’s also no returnable thresholds from Dark Horse so they’re being left behind. Batgirl: #35 did very well. Fans will stick around for a few issues to see where this goes so don’t go low. Batman: Crazed Superman on the cover is worth a bump. The Lego variant is a Joker cover so don’t go low on that one either. Batman continues to be gold. Earth 2 World’s End: #2 came out of the game as if it was an Infinity Man and Green Team team-up. Cutting to single digits in many stores. Ugly ugly ugly. Can’t wait for the return date to roll around. Kitchen #1: The preview left the Gallery not waiting for #2. There’s a returnable incentive that goes along with Names so that’s likely the target audience. Klarion: Another miserable but not surprising outcome. I don’t expect this to get past #8. Bigger Bang: Subs only Drifter: Has a Copperhead vibe to it. 20 copies get you 10% better but I don’t see this as a huge hit. All New Captain America: We’ve been down this road a dozen times. If Bruce Wayne isn’t Batman or Peter Parker isn’t Spider-Man or Hal Jordan isn’t Green Lantern (or Thor is...

FOC 10.13.14

Aliens Vs Predator: Doesn’t seem like this is getting the traction that Dark Horse was betting on happening. Less than 50% sell-through doesn’t bode well. Cutting pretty deep on #2. Ghost Fleet: Subs plus a copy or two. Not a lot of faith in this one. Skyman One-Shot: Just what the over-crowded comic stands need: A one-shot of an unknown hero. Subs only. DC Unlimted Lego variants: The Gallery is excited about these and there’s some buzz about them. Legos covers are popular but the limited nature of them made them more popular at Marvel. Top that off with some of the most boring covers you can do and these will have far less appeal than their Marvel counterparts. Ordering more than the monsters but that’s not saying much. 2-1 or 3-1 ratio. Flash Season One: Getting better traction than the new Arrow. It will retain some interest while the series is new and will likely settle around Smallville. Gotham- Academy: Pretty strong start on #1. Holding steady. Lobo: #1 did better than I expected but I didn’t have high hopes to start with. I expect it to drop from #2 on. Black Dynamite: Only 8 months late. Anyone who cared could well be dead by now. Subs only and check those numbers. Hero Comics 2014: Anthologies always sell like… well, anthologies. I’m a Jon Sable fan so this has some personal appeal and the watery tart throwing a sword at you isn’t a bad cover at all. But it will still have limited appeal. American Legends: Another ‘awesome’ weekly comic from Image. Zero is a good number. One...

FOC 10.06.14

Baltimore: Next series, same as the last. Seems to have a small but dedicated following. Batman Arkham Figures: Not selling quite like they used to. Harley just seems mundane without the maniacal smile but it will still outsell the others. Batman Complete TV Series: Have I ever mentioned how much a loath the Batman TV series? Zero is awesome on this. Batman Batmanga: Limited appeal to today’s Batfan. Should sell a few to the Batman 66 fans. Death Ahnk Necklace: Convention item. Every Death cosplayer will want one but how many Death cosplayers visit your store with $70 in their pocket? Earth 2 World’s End: I don’t see this having the legs that Future’s End has managed but I’d like to know the ceiling on DC’s dime so we’ll hit the incentive for returnability. Future’s End #9(MAY140181) is your target. JL United Annual: Featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes. Pull for Legion if you still have it in your sub program. Legion fans are diehards. Sinestro: Most of the Monster variants have sort of sucked but this one got the attention of several of the gallery. Superman by Moebius Statue: Yawn. Redundant. Casanova: The Gallery seems happy to see this back in print but we couldn’t give away the comics. Rasputin: Gallery liked it but has reservations about selling it beyond #1. Trying some but not going crazy. All New Invaders: This didn’t need a first trade so a second trade is needed even less. Axis Carnage: Carnage tends to sell. Looking at Deadpool vs Carnage numbers and going about 80% of that. Axis Revolutions: Every event needs that dog...

FOC 10.06.

Baltimore: Next series, same as the last. Seems to have a small but dedicated following. Batman Arkham Figures: Not selling quite like they used to. Harley just seems mundane without the maniacal smile but it will still outsell the others. Batman Complete TV Series: Have I ever mentioned how much a loath the Batman TV series? Zero is awesome on this. Batman Batmanga: Limited appeal to today’s Batfan. Should sell a few to the Batman 66 fans. Death Ahnk Necklace: Convention item. Every Death cosplayer will want one but how many Death cosplayers visit your store with $70 in their pocket? Earth 2 World’s End: I don’t see this having the legs that Future’s End has managed but I’d like to know the ceiling on DC’s dime so we’ll hit the incentive for returnability. Future’s End #9(MAY140181) is your target. JL United Annual: Featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes. Pull for Legion if you still have it in your sub program. Legion fans are diehards. Sinestro: Most of the Monster variants have sort of sucked but this one got the attention of several of the gallery. Superman by Moebius Statue: Yawn. Redundant. Casanova: The Gallery seems happy to see this back in print but we couldn’t give away the comics. Rasputin: Gallery liked it but has reservations about selling it beyond #1. Trying some but not going crazy. All New Invaders: This didn’t need a first trade so a second trade is needed even less. Axis Carnage: Carnage tends to sell. Looking at Deadpool vs Carnage numbers and going about 80% of that. Axis Revolutions: Every event needs that dog...