Mainstream Comic Books Have a Critical Problem

Mainstream Comic Books Have a Critical Problem

Mainstream comic books may dominate sales charts, indie books are the darlings of critics. This week, independent and creator-owned titles claimed eleven of the top twenty slots on review aggregator site ComicBookRoundup.com. The remaining nine slots fell to DC and Vertigo titles, with Marvel left completely out of the rankings. The top reviewed titles of the week were Black Mask‘s The Dregs, Image’s God Country, and Valiant’s X-O Manowar. Each received close to a 9…

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Titan’s ROBOTECH #1 Sells Out, Heads Back to Print

Titan’s ROBOTECH #1 Sells Out, Heads Back to Print

Robotech may just have legs. Titan Comics announced today that the first issue of their new Robotech ongoing series has sold out at the distributor level. The issue is headed back to print and will receive a new variant cover. The success of Robotech adds a new feather to Titan’s cap, as the publisher will likely claim a new spot on monthly sales charts. Full numbers for distributor-level sales on Robotech won’t be available until…

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SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

SECRET EMPIRE Dominates May Sales

Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest worldwide distributor of comic books, has released May’s rankings for the comic book market and the big winner is Marvel’s Secret Empire. Marvel Comics outperformed its main rival, DC, with six titles in the top 10. The first issue of the controversial Secret Empire claimed the top spot, with the second and third issues also claiming spots in the top 10. The May issue of Batman was the strongest performer…

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The Spirit of the 90s is Alive at Image as YOUNGBLOOD Goes Back to Print

The Spirit of the 90s is Alive at Image as YOUNGBLOOD Goes Back to Print

They say everything old is new again, and it appears Youngblood’s success proves the point. Image Comics announced today that the second issue of the series from quintessential 90’s comic icon Rob Liefeld has sold out at the distributor level and is headed back for a second printing. Sales for the first and second issues of Youngblood won’t be available until Diamond releases full charts for the month, but with the second issue also flying…

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Alterna’s Newsprint Line Sells Out Prior to Release

Alterna’s Newsprint Line Sells Out Prior to Release

In a bold (if somewhat odd) experiment, Alterna Comics is attempting to “bring back newsprint.” The oddest thing of all is that it seems to be working. The up-and-coming publisher announced today that the first line-up of books which feature a throwback print utilizing old-fashioned newsprint have sold out at a distributor level. The new series, which include Amazing Age, Adam Wreck, Croak, and Lilith Dark, all exhausted their print stock on the first round…

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Image Sends BLACK CLOUD #1 Back to Press on Release Day

Image Sends BLACK CLOUD #1 Back to Press on Release Day

Black Cloud #1 is getting a second printing. In what has become a common trend, advance sales of a new first issue from Image have been strong enough to justify a second edition. Releasing the news on the day the first print hits shelves is sure to gin up interest in the title, though final numbers won’t be it for over a month. Early reviews show that Black Cloud is receiving strong critical acclaim as…

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DC Reportedly Investigating Amazon Prime Partnership

DC Reportedly Investigating Amazon Prime Partnership

In the race for comic book market dominance, DC may be about to take a big step forward. According to a report by Bleeding Cool, the Burbank-based publisher of books such as Wonder Woman, Justice League, Doom Patrol and The Flintstones is surveying select internet users on their level of interest in a digital subscription service. The report, which cites an unnamed source, states that the survey included questions on prospective price points and exclusivity….

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First Two Issues of GOD COUNTRY Head Back to Printer

First Two Issues of GOD COUNTRY Head Back to Printer

Image Comics has shown nothing but tremendous market savvy when it comes to initial print runs, and appears to have hit the sweet spot yet again with God Country. The publisher announced today that both of the first two issues of the new creator-owned series are headed back to press for new editions. This will make three printings for the first issue and the second printing for the second installment in the Donny Cates new…

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Comic News Roundup 12/19/16

Comic News Roundup 12/19/16

TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016 Stacked Deck Press Calls for Trans Artists Rogue One Box Office Update Love is Love Anthology Set for Release Batman Rules November Comics Sales Comic News Roundup is a curated selection of news stories related to comic books, comic book films, and other associated media. Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he…

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Valiant’s FAITH #5 Sells Out Before It’s Even Released

Valiant’s FAITH #5 Sells Out Before It’s Even Released

With the US Presidential Election just around the corner, retailers have already voted the new issue of Valiant’s Faith a success. The new issue of the independent super-hero series, which hit stores today, sold out at the distributor level before stores opened for New Comic Book Day. A sellout is not unusual for Faith. Her first issue sold out two printings. That’s a tall order in a market heavily crowded with a glut of DC’s…

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