The decline in sales for the month of July is simply brutal. The only comic that managed to pull through unscathed was Batman 66. Every other single comic we review here at Batman-News took a plummeting nose dive.
Below you will find a chart detailing the 28 comics that this site reviews, along with the total sales for this month and several previous months. Numbers displayed are in the thousands. Keep in mind that these numbers represent physical copies sold. Numbers for the sales of digital comics are not currently being reported to the general public. Also, be aware that comics like Batman66 and Injustice are available in the digital format before print. This means that the bulk of their real sales are hidden to us.[table “22” not found /]
It was to be expected that there would be drops in readership come July. Many of the June sales were augmented by the introduction of DCYou and their new line of books. What was unexpected was just how bad the decline actually was. Even if you dismiss the June numbers completely and compare July to pre-Convergence sales, things are still pretty grim. 10 of the 19 pre-Convergence books all had major drops in sales. Even Batman who is usually relatively safe when it comes to sales saw a drop of 24,714. That officially makes this the worst selling month for that particular title since February.
The biggest drop in sales however went to Justice League of America, loosing a whopping 79,866. That means from issue 1 to issue 2, it lost more people than are actually still even reading it. Last month I predicted that it would plateau at around 70k. Usually it takes a book 3 or 4 months for this to happen. That means that this book is nowhere near finished bleeding readers. That isn’t a good sign. So how did the other new books fair? They all saw a drop in sales between 13 and 20k.
As previously stated, the only book that saw an increase in sales from June to July was Batman66. (Round of applause for Batman66 everyone!) I wonder why Batman 66 did so well this month, let’s see……Oh, it was the Harley Quinn issue. Mystery solved.
- Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where Suicide Squad is outselling Grayson….
- Interestingly enough, Batgirl didn’t get a boost in sales for the month of June like most other books did, but it also didn’t receive the same staggering plummet that July brought.
For your convenience, links to the top 5 best selling books from June that we review.
- Batman #42 review
- Justice League #42 review
- Justice League of America #2 review
- Harley Quinn #18 review
- Detective Comics #42 review
July 2015 – Top 50
DC only has one title in the top 10 (Batman), and only 11 titles in the top 50. 11 TITLES!!![table “23” not found /]