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FOC 06.29.15

Wow. Light week for FOC. A lot of that comes from Marvel being so far behind but here we go. Cyborg: Not a lot of faith that this has legs beyond the first half-dozen issues but the folks who have discovered the character via JLA since the 52 launch might check this out. Show it to the JLA people but don’t expect a high percentage to take it. The incentive means you’ll have copies to spare. DC Collectible Starter Packs: Nice added discount if you don’t already have these in stock. JLA: G&M: Not a strong offering. Digital first, a mediocre cover, and a crowded newsstand means this will get limited playing time. Gallery seems to agree that this will be ½ to 2/3 of Injustice numbers. Justice League 3001 #2: Mixed reviews, pretty sure it’s a dog. Not much movement from the 3000 series. Going 75% of #1 sales. Names TP: Series was pretty dead by the time it finished. I don’t see a lot of demand in TP form. We Are Robin #2: Moderate seller, but a bit disappointing. Not too confident in this series. Go 80% of #1 sales. Transformers Animated: I doubt this is going to sell in regular Transformer numbers after the first issue but let’s find the starting ceiling. Returnable at 10 copies. Wolf: Hellblazer vibe to it. Kot is a decent writer but doesn’t seem to attract a large crowd. Returnable with the incentive level so we get to find it on Image’s dime. E is for Extinction #2: Ordered low and was disappointed. Ordering 70% of #1 sales. Marvel Zombies #2:...

FOC 06.20.15

Death Head: Decent looking book with a nice horror vibe but it’s a DH mini, which means it will be overlooked without some love from the sales floor. Order by assessing how much you want to hand-sell this. Black Canary: Mediocre launch. Found the ceiling and it’s pretty middle. 75% of sales on #1. Doomed: I pegged this one as a lox and wow, that doesn’t even begin to apologize for the trees that gave their lives to being this sales disaster to life. Poor sales across the board. Looking at 60% of #1’s sales for #2. Dr. Fate: Despite the critical acclaim this is hitting right below Black Canary. Middle but at least most people who bought #1 will be back for #2… we hope. GL Lost Army: No data on #1 so tiny order on #2 until we see where this is going. Harley & Power Girl: Looking a lot like a Harley regular issue. Using that as my guiding star on this. Martian Manhunter: As history has shown, Martian Manhunter is DC’s Moon Knight – great for sales on a supporting role but a slow and painful sales death as a lead. This is starting low and the carnage to the trees is ugly. Going 70% of #1 sales on #2. Prez: I’m surprised by how many people gave this a shot but as I didn’t expect much I guess I deserved to be surprised. No surprise is I don’t think many of them will be back for #2 on the crowded stand. 60% or less on #2. Robin Son of Batman: Did better than the...

FOC 06.15.15

2 Sisters Super Spy HC: A bit pricey but Matt Kindt fans will drop the $$$ for his work. Show it to your Mind Mgmt fans. Negative Space: Looks okay but most DH minis get lost in the shuffle. A few but not going to pay the rent on this one. The Tomorrows: Different artist every issue, which is fine if you’re a writer known for great work and your fans will follow you. Curt Pires might be that in 10 years but he’s not that guy now. I don’t see us hitting the additional 10% discount level. All Star Section 8: No info on #1 so I’m thinking zero. I just don’t see anyone giving a hoot about this and without finding out how little they care this is a subs only order. Batman: Mixed review on the new Batman. Thing is, when Bruce Wayne is not Batman or Peter Parker isn’t Spider-Man then the stories going on are all waiting-for-the-return stories. These tend to shed readers until they main guy shows back up. Not cutting too much yet but watching it carefully. Teen Titans Go variants: Week 2 and I still hate them. Maybe by next week I’ll warm up to them but don’t count on it. Batman Superman: Love this cover. Constantine: Didn’t seem to pick up m/any new readers with the relaunch. 80% of what sold on #1. Harley Teen Titans Go: Despite the sheer awfulness of this cover, Harley completists will want it and there’s a lot of Harley completists. Infinite Crisis Fight for the Multiverse TP: Just say no. Mad Max Fury Road:...

FOC 06.08.15

Aliens Salvation HC: At 10.99 this is a sweet deal. Show it to your Hellboy fans. This has been out of print for a long time. Barb Wire: Dark Horse is throwing a lot at this with th4e Hughes covers and returnability at 15 copies. Money to be made here though I don’t expect this to have very long legs. Teen Titans Go Covers: Oh boy, the Gallery is not a fan of this nonsense. Most fans of Green Lantern or Detective Comics don’t want a cover in their collection that looks like it would be inked with a Crayola. Recommending that stores order less than the Chip Kidd covers, which makes this a negative number in most cases. How many other mediocre artists have B&W glossies of someone in DC’s higher offices? Batmite: DC is paying to find the ceiling and it looks more like a floor. Not pretty numbers on sell-through for #1. Cutting to 75% of sales for #2 Batman Beyond: Nice start. Not Batman numbers so there’s going to be returns but much nicer than Batmite. 80% of sales for #1. B&W Harley Quinn by Dini: Disappointed in this. So is the Gallery. Stands to reason that fans will be as well and therefore only the competists will jump at this one. Batman Dark Knight Returns HC: One of the most iconic pieces of art in comic history is once again gracing the cover of one of the most iconic Batman stories in comic history. Sounds like a no-brainer but we’ve been subjected to the craptacular (chiptacular) covers for a decade. Jeez, that guy is...

FOC 06.01.15

Fight Club: #1 did very well and I see #2 doing almost as well. Very popular franchise with some legs. Mulan Revelations: Looks very nice but as a DH mini this one will get lost on the stands. Low, unfortunately. Aquaman: Is that seriously trying to be passed off as a Joker cover? I hate it, the Gallery seems to love it. So I’d go with the Gallery on this one. Batgirl: I’m still peeved at DC for pulling the most sellable Joker cover and on top of that they stick with a 50% increase for the new Batman appearance. Without some idea of how the new Batman is going to be received this one is a crap shoot as Batgirl seems to have found its sales level under the new team. Flash: With Reverse Flash on the cover this one is an easy added 10% for the incentive. Gotham by Midnight: Mid-run stuff with a lousy Joker cover. Do the math. Green Lantern the Lost Army: Not sure what the ceiling is on a GL Corp spin-off but DC is basically paying for us to find out. Hit the incentive. A word about “lending DC money”: This is just a dumb statement that has become a mantra of some retailers who grouse about having to order high and then return books, thereby letting DC use their money for several months. True if that were the end of the story. But DC is giving us an additional 15% discount to hit those incentives, which is a nice return on investment for the money for 2 months of finding the...