Here's some quotes:
Law of Averages
First, a word about our method:
To avoid comparing months that may have had "qualifiers" (particularly in the strange atmosphere that preceded the New 52), Newsarama averaged the sales of DC's core titles over four issues. We looked at the four issues leading up to the last pre-reboot month of August 2011, then compared them to the sales of the four most recent issues through July 2012.
By looking at averages, we avoided having to explain that August 2011 has two issues of Detective Comics, or that the 100th issue of Teen Titans might not compare well to the current line.
Instead, we took a picture of the ongoing sales by averaging their performance over time. All monthly sales numbers are estimates calculated by Comichron.com, based upon data released monthly by Diamond Comics Distributors.
We also stuck with truly comparable titles. While it's tempting to compare Earth 2 with Justice Society of America, the truth is they aren't the same. We only compared titles that have the same title and the same basic premise. Yes, we know there were big changes to the characters featured in Birds of Prey and Teen Titans, but we wanted to ask: Did those New 52 changes help the sales of those titles or hurt them?
By looking at just the unit sales increase for 2012 over 2011 (using average monthly sales over four issues):
1) Justice League: Up 187 percent.
2) Batman: Up 150 percent.
3) Detective Comics: Up 121 percent.
4) Batgirl: Up 110 percent.
All of those titles at least doubled their average monthly sales between 2011 and 2012. Two other titles have doubled their 2011 average monthly unit numbers:
- Action (up 102 percent)
- Teen Titans (up 99 percent).
So what about the rest of DC's titles?
When examining just the comparable titles from pre- and post-New 52, all but three titles are doing better. A few notable increases among DC's icons:
- Superman: 63 percent increase.
- Supergirl: 62 percent increase.
and of course:
- Green Lantern Corps:
Average over four issues 2011: 58,275.
Average of four issues 2012: 44,193.
Percent difference: -24 percent.
- Green Arrow:
Average over four issues 2011: 27,186.
Average of four issues 2012: 25,518.
Percent difference: -6 percent.
- Legion of Super-Heroes:
Average over four issues 2011: 22,217.
Average of four issues 2012: 19,887.
Percent difference: -10 percent.
Interesting information there.
So what do you guys think, one year after the relaunch? Worth it? What books are you still reading? What have you switched to?
What have you dropped?
My original pull list was Batman & Robin and Flash.
Over time I tried some other titles and I've come to drop Flash (with thoughts of picking it back up now that the story has progressed past a 2-day period after 12 fucking issues), picked up Nightwing and Batman: Dark Knight (when the story arc suits me--it's like Avenging Spider-Man where every 2-3 issues is a new story/new villain, no connecting linear plots and all stand-alone from the rest of the series). I tried an issue of Batman, Inc. but it's taken him 2 months to get the next issue out so I'm dropping that, my patience for Grant Morrison is thin. If/When I get more money, I'm going to back to Animal Man and Batwoman which my g/f and I found the first 5 issues at in some thrift shop.
My girlfriend started with Catwoman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Teen Titans, & Action Comics. She dropped AC after 4 issues, Batgirl after 6, dropped Teen Titans after the crossover event (which sucked and was too confusing, and the story wasn't contained to one comic so she got confused) somewhere around issue 9-10, and she still reads both her ladies. She's hoping they bring back Gotham City Sirens but she's not holding her breath.