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Sep 09 2012

DC issues 0 Comics?: September stand-alone issues for DC Comics

It’s been a year since the release of a historic moment in comic book history with the introduction of DC Comics’ THE NEW 52 initiative and I would say they have made quite an impact. What do we have to expect for the coming months?

According to Diamond Comic Distributors – who took note of DC Entertainment as the leading publisher in Retail Dollars and Unit Market Share, based on total sales in stores in July 2012 – DC took a lead in Retail Market Share with a 32.71% compared to Marvel at 31.96%. Their Unit Market Share was also ahead with 36.55% over Marvel at 35.45% (Diamond comics). Overall, comic book sales were up nearly 20% from August 2011. Even after numbers like this the question still remains: will DC hold the lead?

September 5 2012 marked to start of DC Comics’ ‘Zero Month’ where they will be releasing stand-alone issues throughout the month, marked as #0 of fan favorites and some new faces to DC.

According to the DC Comics website, these are the basis of those new comic book series debuting this month:

TALON – Co-Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Artist: Guillem March.                 Meet Calvin Rose, the only Talon to ever escape the grasp of the Court of Owls. This former assassin of the Court is trying to live a normal life … but that’s impossible when he’s being hunted by his former masters!

SWORD OF SORCERY – Writer: Christy Marx. Artist: Aaron Lopresti.
Featuring the return of Amethyst, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother and resents it. She’s about to learn it’s all been necessary when she discovers she’s the lost princess of Gemworld—and she’s being hunted by her murderous aunt. With a back-up story written by Tony Bedard with art by Jesus Saiz, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior Beowulf is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.

THE PHANTOM STRANGER – Writer: Dan DiDio. Artist: Brent Anderson.
Spinning out of his recent appearances in JUSTICE LEAGUE and DC’s Free Comic Book Day story, learn more about the true origin of The Phantom Stranger and his connection to the mysterious Pandora.

TEAM SEVEN – Writer: Justin Jordan. Artist: Jesus Merino.
Set in the early days of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, threads of the entire DC Universe collide. As Superman emerges, so does the world’s counter measures against him and his kind. Team 7 is comprised of Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor, John Lynch, Alex Fairchild, Cole Cash and Slade Wilson — and their story will change everything you know about DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.

(DC Comics)

 

This includes several stand-alone issues from known heroes such as Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern to name a few:

Also, these were The top 10 best-sellers of August:

  1. Avengers vs. X-Men #9 (Marvel)
  2. Avengers vs. X-Men #10 (Marvel)
  3. Batman #12 (DC)
  4. Justice League #12 (DC)
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man #692 (Marvel)
  6. Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 (DC)
  7. AvX: VS #5 (Marvel)
  8. Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 (DC)
  9. Green Lantern #12 (DC)
  10. Detective Comics #12 (DC)

 

Though Marvel had the number one for best-seller last month, they still managed to trail slightly behind in overall sales.

Marvel might have lost the battle but this does not mean they will lose the war. Marvel has intention on sticking out there nose for the win in the coming months with releases such as the conclusion of Avengers vs. X-Men in October, which they announced at its debut that there will be an ending to remember.  Also with such series as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Hawkeye, and Age of Apocalypse which are doing fairly well early in their series, DC may have some serious competition…

 

Essentially it’s yet another wait and see what happens…

 

That’s Yo Comic Garbage Heroes.

 

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Marc

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