Friday, December 11, 2009

Titans Sales Watch: November

Thanks again to DeTroyes! He writes 'em, I post 'em.

ICv2 has released sales estimates for November, and.... WOW!!! Blackest Night CONTINUES to be a huge shot in the arm for each title it touches.

As always, figures courtesy of ICv2.

Raw Data:


Issue # / Release Month / Year / # Units Sold / +/- Previous Month

Teen Titans (Ongoing)
#77 November 2009 46,239 +17,073

Titans (Ongoing)
#19 November 2009 27,099 -1,116

Tiny Titans (Ongoing)
#22 November 2009 8,100 -159

Vigilante (Ongoing)
#12 (end) November 2009 6,450 -521

Doom Patrol (Ongoing)
#4 November 2009 53,748 +33,712


Teen Titans -- I expected a sales bump due to Blackest Night. 3k-4k was what I thought was a reasonable estimate, with 5k being a possibility. After all, the series hasn't been getting good word-of-mouth for months, and the sales have reflected that. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see a FREAK'IN 17k JUMP IN SALES just because of a connection to Blackest Night. Wow. And even that pales in comparison to the jump Doom Patrol received. For the future, I still think TT's sales slide has for the most part abated -- next issue will probably be lower than this issue but likely in the same realm, and with it being announced that Bart and Conner will be returning to TT I think post-BN the sales level will settle into some average between TT #76 & TT #77, with the levels increasing once Bart and Conner officially rejoin.

Titans -- Still in a holding pattern. I don't expect this book to get much better sales-wise between now and the Titans Annual in March, when the Deathstroke era kicks off.

Tiny Titans -- Still chugging along its merry way.

Vigliante -- *sigh* Rest in peace.

Doom Patrol -- A testament to the power and popularity of Blackest Night. This was the first issue to come out under the "power rings" promotion; it will be interesting to see where sales fall on the next issue without the enticement of plastic promotions. I expect sales will still fall significantly above sales of the first three issues. Hopefully a good percentage of them will stick around once BN is finished.


Overall analysis: Blackest Night continues to be an impressive sales-force in its own right, turning to gold (or at least, copper) anything it touches. While it won't last, it is providing a welcome shot in the arm to several struggling titles. Hopefully the after-effects will be there for a long, long time to come.

Until next month...



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