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FOC 11.24.14

Oink Heaven’s Butcher: This week’s poster child for ‘Not Everything Needs a Trade’. Arkham Manor: #1 did pretty well but without sales data on #2 I’m putting in placeholders. Batman Annual: Written by James Tynion IV. No other creative team listed which means it SHOULD be returnable. Don’t bet on that though. We usually cut annuals but this ties into the popular Endgame so ordering how Batman usually sells. Not overly confident this will have a lot of legs depending on the art team. Catwoman Annual: Looks like a sideline story so 80% of Catwoman. Reorder if needed but probably won’t be needed. Deathstroke #1 was solid but without data on #2, #3 gets a placeholder. Grayson Annual: The secret origin of the Huntress. Eh. 80% of Grayson. Green Lantern Annual: The finale to the lackluster Godhead series. Should do not better or worse than the regular series. He Man The Eternity War: Same as the last. Odd cover since it’s such a cartoon series but we’ll see. Kitchen: I didn’t expect much out of #1 and got less. Cutting to about 75% of sales on #1, which is very sad. Multiversity Thunderworld: More recognizable characters this time but that character is Shazam. Like the others. North 40: Fiona Staples may draw some new attention to this through her success on Saga but North 40 was no Saga. Robin Rises Alpha: Look at RR Omega for sales. Should sell at the same level. Wonder Woman: I’m convinced that you could put any creative team on WW and the bump would be temporary. Nice looking book but yeah, it’s dropping...

FOC 11.17.14

Batgirl: #35 did quite well but the fans didn’t come back for the next issue in several stores. Still outselling previous Batgirl but doesn’t look to have staying power. Batman: Nice uptick on the Joker appearance. Love the money that this one keeps churning out. Harley Quinn Holiday Special: Nothing new here as Harley fans tend to buy anything Harley. Looking at the Pot Special for sales. IDW: A lot of ‘next issue’ without anything that changes the sales curve. Bitch Planet: This seems to be designed for one thing: attracting a generally male audience. Image is doing more of the nudity thing of late (Sex, Sex Criminals, Humans) and finding an audience. Looking at Pretty Deadly and Sex Criminals for numbers. Added: Jim of the Gallery points out that this is a book that should appeal to women and is written from a woman’s perspective. Shutter does not need 5 (6?) covers. Just pointing that out. All New Captain America: #1 did better than I expected but I didn’t expect bumper sales. Cutting #2 as Marvel doesn’t seem to hold interest on most of their titles beyond #1 these days. Amazing Spider-Man Annual: “Spider-Verse too intense for you? Jump back to 616 for two super special Spider-Man stories!” Sounds like a spiffy way to say “We found some unpublished file stories from a ways back…” Should sell to the regular subscribers but won’t sell the usual Spidey numbers off the stands. “…bring you a story that will have everyone talking!” I have good money to bet that says a flashback story won’t have ‘everyone talking’ or even ‘a...

FOC 11.17.14

Batgirl: #35 did quite well but the fans didn’t come back for the next issue in several stores. Still outselling previous Batgirl but doesn’t look to have staying power. Batman: Nice uptick on the Joker appearance. Love the money that this one keeps churning out. Harley Quinn Holiday Special: Nothing new here as Harley fans tend to buy anything Harley. Looking at the Pot Special for sales. IDW: A lot of ‘next issue’ without anything that changes the sales curve. Bitch Planet: This seems to be designed for one thing: attracting a generally male audience. Image is doing more of the nudity thing of late (Sex, Sex Criminals, Humans) and finding an audience. Looking at Pretty Deadly and Sex Criminals for numbers. Added: Jim of the Gallery points out that this is a book that should appeal to women and is written from a woman’s perspective. Shutter does not need 5 (6?) covers. Just pointing that out. All New Captain America: #1 did better than I expected but I didn’t expect bumper sales. Cutting #2 as Marvel doesn’t seem to hold interest on most of their titles beyond #1 these days. Amazing Spider-Man Annual: “Spider-Verse too intense for you? Jump back to 616 for two super special Spider-Man stories!” Sounds like a spiffy way to say “We found some unpublished file stories from a ways back…” Should sell to the regular subscribers but won’t sell the usual Spidey numbers off the stands. “…bring you a story that will have everyone talking!” I have good money to bet that says a flashback story won’t have ‘everyone talking’ or even ‘a...

FOC 11.10.14

Darwyn Cooke Variants: Cooke has his fanbase but I question if it’s as large as the Gallery thinks it is. Every time we see something that’s a throwback to the 40’s style we see few sales and that’s, despite how wonderful they are, what these are. Looking at 25% of the order being the Cooke covers. Secret Six: I think ever since Claremont took a bunch of B and No List characters and created the best-selling team of all time every writer has thought that taking bunch of B and C list characters and making a hot team is the pinnacle of one’s career. Catman, Deadshot and Scandal (uh… who?) ain’t gonna cut it. Order low. Order lower next month. Lather, rinse, repeat until cancellation. Wolf Moon: Shenanigans! Yes, I call Shenanigans on DC on this one. Order 100% of Names #1 and get returnability. I don’t see that happening. Why? Because Names #1 returnability was based on American Vampire #1. American Vampire #1 returnability was based on The Wake #6. Each order gets higher until it’s just no feasible. Sure, AV #1 should outsell Wake #6 but each one thereafter gets dicey. Image pulled this a year or so ago until the number was astronomical and trees were dying by the forest. Either way, Wolf Moon looks okay but as a 6-issue series I’m not getting very excited about it. Angry Birds Holiday Special: I may end up on the ‘naughty’ list for how much I hate commercialized commercial properties. Throw in a 5.99 price tag and the hate is palpable. Order like the regular comic. Image Firsts:...

FOC 11.02.14

Hellboy and the BPRD: Looking at Hellboy in Hell for this one. DC: Wow. Not a lot to get excited about this week. DC Comics Vixen Statue: Who is buying this? My guess is any retailer who buys this is the end consumer. Deathstroke #2: #1 came out well and I don’t expect a huge drop-off. Going 80%-90% Gotham By Midnight: Ben Templesmith’s art is polarizing but could fit this series very well. Looking at Batman Arkham for the first issue and will cross-pull for Constantine and JL Dark. Larfleez TP: oh yeah. The fans are lining up not to buy this. Star Spangled War Stories: How did this reach #4? Superman: Falling back to pre-Johns numbers. Twilight TP: Was anyone asking for this? Lackluster series without a lot of demand. Angry Birds Transformers: Transformers fans will have almost no interest in this. Angry Birds fans will be intrigued. Looking at Angry Bird numbers though there’s not a lot of AB comic fans. Transformers Next Book: Same thing as the last. Savage Dragon #200: Kudos to Erik Larsen for making it to 200 issues. No small feat in today’s market of relaunches every 12 issues. Amazing X-Men RR and Groot Variant: No cover image so I just don’t care. Captain America and Mighty Avengers #2: With no sales info on #1 we’re ordering low – subs and a few type of low. We’ll revisit when we have numbers on #1. Not expecting anyone to miss this either way. Death of Wolverine HC: Please Marvel, wait until this book comes out before announcing All-New Wolverine #1. Deathlok: Disappointing though not...