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Arriving 10/30/13

Brian Hibbs

This is the big one, everybody. As if a new issue of SAGA was not enough, we get to see Neil Gaiman return with Sandman: Overture. Each of those books alone is enough to anchor a week, together they are unstoppable. There are lots of other books this week worth checking out after the cut!

1 FOR 1 BALTIMORE PLAGUE SHIPS
A DISTANT SOIL #42
ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #2
ADVENTURE TIME 2013 SPOOOKTACULAR #1
AQUAMAN ANNUAL #1
ARCANE SECRETS #2 (OF 3)
ARCHIE #649
ASH & THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #1
ASTOUNDING VILLAIN HOUSE ONE SHOT
AVENGERS #22 INF
AVENGERS AI #5
BLOOD BROTHERS #3 (OF 3)
CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVING LEGEND #2 (OF 4)
CATACLYSM #0.1
CLIVE BARKER NEXT TESTAMENT #5 (OF 12)
CROSSED BADLANDS #40
DAMIAN SON OF BATMAN #1 (OF 4)
DANGER GIRL THE CHASE #2 (OF 4)
DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL #4 (OF 4)
DEATH SENTENCE #2 (OF 6)
EDGAR ALLAN POES THE RAVEN & RED DEATH ONE SHOT
FARLAINE THE GOBLIN #2
FERALS #17 (MR)
FIVE GHOSTS #6
FOREVER EVIL ARGUS #1 (OF 6)
FOX #1
GAME OF THRONES #17 (MR)
GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #5
GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #8 INF
HEROBEAR & THE KID 2013 ANNUAL #1
INFINITY #5 (OF 6)
ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #3 (OF 3)
KICK-ASS 3 #4 (OF 8)
KING CONAN HOUR O/T DRAGON #6 (OF 6)
MY LITTLE PONY 2013 ANNUAL
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #12
NIGHTWING ANNUAL #1
POWERPUFF GIRLS #2
PROPHET #40
PUNISHER TRIAL OF PUNISHER #2 (OF 2)
SAGA #15
SANDMAN OVERTURE #1 (OF 6)
SCARLET SPIDER #23
SEX #8 (MR)
SHADOW YEAR ONE #6 (OF 10)
SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #8
SKYWARD #4
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL #3
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #254
STAR WARS DARK TIMES SPARK REMAINS #4 (OF 5)
STUFF ABOUT SEX (ONE SHOT)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP SPECIAL #1
SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2
THOR CROWN OF FOOLS #1
THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2013 #3
TMNT ONGOING #27
TMNT VILLAIN MICROSERIES #7 BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #33
UNCANNY X-FORCE #13
VERTIGO RESURRECTED THE EXTREMIST #1 NEW PTG (MR)
WILD BLUE YONDER #3 (OF 5)
WITCHBLADE #170
X-MEN BATTLE OF ATOM #2 (OF 2) BOA

Books/Mags/Things
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 06 SEARCH PART 3
BAD HOUSES TP
BATGIRL TP VOL 02 KNIGHTFALL DESCENDS (N52)
BATMAN HC VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52)
BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 15
CABLE AND X-FORCE TP VOL 02 DEAD OR ALIVE
CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 25 EXODUS
COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS TP VOL 06 CREST WAVE
DC COMICS ONE MILLION OMNIBUS HC
DEADSHOT BEGINNINGS TP
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS TP
EC ARCHIVES TALES FROM THE CRYPT HC VOL 04
ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #42
INHUMANS TP BY RIGHT OF BIRTH
JSA LIBERTY FILES THE WHISTLING SKULL TP
LAST OF US TP AMERICAN DREAMS
MARA TP
PLANETOID TP VOL 01
PREVIEWS #302 NOVEMBER 2013
SAMURAI JACK CLASSICS TP VOL 01
STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES HC VOL 04 IMPOSSIBLE TALES
SUPERMAN ADVENTURES THE MAN OF STEEL TP
SUPERMAN THE MAN OF STEEL BELIEVE TP
THOR VS THANOS TP
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES TP DISASSEMBLED
UZUMAKI 3-IN-1 DLX ED HC
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 07

As always, what do YOU think?

10 Responses to “ Arriving 10/30/13 ”

  1. Brian: besides the obvious outliers like Saga, do you have a sense of why there’s been this uptick lately in sales, especially for Image books?

    The sell-out numbers on Pretty Deadly and Velvet in particular seemed kind of unusually high, and there are any number of books without big name creators that seem to be doing surprisingly (if not what feels unusually) well.

    Taking Velvet as an example, 57,000 for a first issue there– a routine issue of Fatale’s got initial orders at, what, 17K/18K? Winter Soldier #1 only got to 50K (initial orders only so maybe the initial orders underestimated demand and people remembered that or … something?)(or at least I understand those charts to only be initial orders).

    I’m not sure all the math involved so maybe there’s math to it, but … Is there an enthusiasm with store-goers that justifies it? Why now, why Image, why those books? Even though it’s all anecdotal probably, does anyone have a strong theory as to the Why of it, basically? Pretty Deadly is an arty surreal-western; Velvet seems totally indistinguishable from any number of Ed Brubaker comics already extant…

    Is there a social media thing going on that I don’t know about (some snowball effect of twitter/tumblr/whatever that’s got the base energized or has expanded the base) or an actual sea change in consuming habits or is this just another of those weird blip bubbles that happen every so often in comics history, for whatever reason? Did all the people who were stealing comics 5 years ago all get employed and are actually buying books now that they have some money? Is this somehow resulting from the expansion of the digital market? What’s the theoretical underpinning for this? (Or is there even a this? My understanding is sales, including and/or especially print sales, were up across the board). Is this a thing retailers folks talk about or have talked about a lot already online and I just missed it because I’m not hip to where that kinda talk is talked?

    (Plus: sorry if you already wrote about this elsewhere– those numbers last week just seemed notable).

  2. I’m a huge Junji Ito fan so I had Uzumaki pre-ordered quite a while ago through Amazon. This is a lovely presentation of the work. It’s over sized and contains colored sectioned that lead the various volumes.

    I haven’t decided if I’m waiting for trade or an actually even interested in Sandman at this point.

  3. Abhay:

    Image Now is “the new Vertigo”, as it were. That’s the short version, at least. As more good, creative comics (YMMV) come from the brand, it attracts more eyes which sells more comics which attracts more eyes. And so on.

    It is also slightly easier in Image’s case for the virtuous circle to work because they’re offering full returnability on many of their new launches, allowing retailers to go a bit deeper.

    I find it relatively easy to convince people to sample new Image books because they’ve liked enough of the previous batch (SAGA, EAST OF WEST, PROPHET, MANHATTAN PROJECTS, and so on)

    -B

  4. Brian, are you seeing any emigrants from Old Vertigo? Anyone specifically jumping the corporate ship of DC for the slightly less corporate skiff of Image? Or are we really seeing growth in a separate demographic?

  5. I loves me some Shannon Wheeler, but I was so hoping for a Gregory House comic book titled “Astounding Villain”…

  6. “slightly less corporate”? You have an odd definition, I think?

    Much of Image’s audience is relatively new customers, IMO, and/or lapsed readers who came back by the promise of DCnu, but who wanted to read something, y’know, readable.

    -B

  7. Huh, the feedback loop’s interesting. Or just– I feel like it’s a thing a lot of different people had been saying for a long time, years ago when people would argue about more alternative comics, that there has to be a certain mass of material that makes going to a shop worth the trip… It’s interesting seeing that actually in practice, I guess.

    I didn’t know about the full returnability.

    It’s interesting. Thanks!

  8. ASTOUNDING VILLAIN HOUSE ONE SHOT–This looks interesting, and a $3.50 one-shot is right for my wallet.

    SAGA #15–No doubt.

    SANDMAN OVERTURE #1 (OF 6)–Of course.

    SEX #8 (MR)–This one’s on probation. I like it well enough, but it feels like it’s not going any where. Less foreplay, more consummation! It has an issue or two to get moving.

    SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2–My last non-Vertigo DC title. Not that I’ve turned against DC or anything, they’ve just cancelled nearly every single title of theirs I followed (Frankenstein, Dial H for Hero, Batman Inc., Sword of Sorcery). It’s as if DC were intentionally scrubbing their schedule of every title with any character whatsoever.

  9. A week with SAGA and SANDMAN’s return and I’m still disappointed the last LOCKE & KEY missed its ship date.

  10. I wait for trade on Saga so most of my money went to digital firsts.

    Iron Man Fatal Frontier #3 I’m cooling on this title. I was super excited because I figured Al Ewing and Gillen could certainly come up with something fresh and new and if not fresh and new then at least something exciting, but this is kind of bland hero comics.

    Arrival #1 I love the art in this. Very simple almost to the point of abstraction in some panels. The story is not horrible either. Kind of “Everything you hate about today will only be worse tomorrow” mixed in with 2001 except instead of blowing up nukes the space baby will probably blow up your cell phones.

    Fox #1 I didn’t like this as much as I expected. I love both artists involved and I love more light-hearted super hero tales but this just didn’t click for me.

    The Double Life of Miranda Taylor #1 This I didn’t like at first but then I went back and re-read it and found a bit more. It tackles the Legacy Superhero trope a bit differently in that the original hero is now a ghost giving bits of advice and help to the current hero. In this issue our Heroes fight people who want to remake the world in Lego. It’s breezy without being overly silly. Not quite Bandette levels of knowing twee, but could perhaps reach that level. As I said, I liked it. I’ll probably continue to read it.

    Edison Rex #7-8. I didn’t like the Edison Rex back story because I feel that it weakens the character. I feel that ER having had a fundamental philosophy difference w/ the Superman analog would have been stronger rather than having his ego and a core misunderstanding provide the character’s driving focus. The Christmas Issue was just kind of boring to me. ER seems to falling into a bit of a rut and I wish it would find a new direction or formula. I’ll probably read the two new issues that have come out since 8 and see if they grab my fancy, if not I’ll stop reading it. A shame as the early issues were so strong.

    Terengrin #1 Loved the preview but hated the rest of the book which is a shame because Rat Queens showed me I can enjoy comedic fantasy still

    Sandman Overture #1 Liked the art wasn’t too enamored with the words. I think there were too many captions. I want to read this a few more times to get everything but I’m glad I bought this one in physical format.

    Powerpuff Girls #2 I bought this for my girlfriend. There’s no way you can prove otherwise.

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