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Eric Stephenson’s Nowhere Men has had a pretty tumultuous ride for a title which such a low number of issues. After releasing in November of 2012 to a solid 11,815 issues sold, it leveled off before rising again to become one of Image’s better-selling books, averaging over 11,000 copies per month through it’s first six-issue arc.
Then, inexplicably, the title vanished from shelves after issue six hit shelves in November of 2013. The first trade hit shelves that same month, debuting to a solid #7 finish in trade sales at over 4,000 copies sold, and it looked like Nowhere Men would be another stalwart success for Image.
Then… nothing. For months, fans wondered if and when the series would return. It’s quality was such that, even with no material, it still did very well on trade sales until it became apparent that it was on an indefinite hiatus. In May of 2014, Nowhere Men disappeared from trade sales charts entirely, seemingly never to return.
When it was announced in July of 2014 that writer Eric Stephenson had every intention of bringing the series back, Nowhere Men returned with a force, nearly cracking the top 50 trades for the month at 1,877 copies sold.
Nowhere Men wouldn’t officially return to monthly sales charts after that until January of 2016, over two years after the previous issue hit shelves. Numbers were modest at 7,498, but it appears that Image was hedging their bets, under-printing the first few issues of the second arc until it becomes clear what the title’s new ceiling is. The first issue of the new arc went to a second printing, but didn’t chart when it returned to shelves in February of 2016.
Now Image has announced that the second issue of the second arc has also sold out at the distributor level and will be getting a second printing. Sales for the eighth issue were slightly down from the previous issue at 6,317, but the sell-out indicates that demand is still strong and, luckily for fans of the series, the second arc has already been solicited and scheduled through the twelfth issue. When the ninth issue hit shelves in March, it saw a further decline of nearly 10%, falling to 5,731 copies sold. It is likely that this issue will go back to print as well, and it will be interesting to see if Image chooses to continue this approach or if they will choose to increase the initial runs instead.
Time will tell whether Nowhere Men will return to its previous heights or if Stephenson’s story will complete its ride with the second arc.
(all sales numbers are via Comichron.com)
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The second story arc of the bestselling NOWHERE MEN by writer and Publisher at Image Comics, Eric Stephenson, new series artist Dave Taylor, Eisner-award winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, and Fonografiks is flying off the shelves. In order to keep up with customer demand, NOWHERE MEN #8 is being rushed to a second printing.
In NOWHERE MEN #8, the survivors of the World Corp space station disaster struggle to come to grips with their respective transformations.
NOWHERE MEN #8 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
NOWHERE MEN #8, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR168775) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 25. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 2.
NOWHERE MEN #9 (Diamond Code JAN160601) is available now.
NOWHERE MEN #10 (Diamond Code FEB160593) will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 25. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 2.