I like how Gail Simone keeps living down to my expectations
Over on the CBR forums there is a “review thread” for Batgirl #1 in which you are not allowed to mention Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown or Kate Kane or express the viewpoint…
Guys, listen, I like Secret Six and Batgirl better than the stuff at the top ten. But going to a store and routinely having one copy left on the shelf? That’s not a good thing. That’s a bad thing, in general. It means the store is ordering for the pull list and not for back stock.
Here’s where Batgirl was last set of sales estimates, right at the bottom of the Top 100. I think Secret Six was even lower that same month, not sure.
96 - BATGIRL
07/2008: Batgirl #1 of 6 -- 34,411
07/2010: Batgirl #12 -- 28,011 (- 1.9%)
08/2010: Batgirl #13 -- 27,247 (- 2.7%)
09/2010: Batgirl #14 -- 26,861 (- 1.4%)
11/2010: Batgirl #15 -- 25,827 (- 3.9%)
12/2010: Batgirl #16 -- 25,225 (- 2.3%)
01/2011: Batgirl #17 -- 25,189 (- 0.1%)
02/2011: Batgirl #18 -- 24,390 (- 3.2%)
03/2011: Batgirl #19 -- 24,821 (+ 1.8%)
04/2011: Batgirl #20 -- 24,310 (- 2.1%)
05/2011: Batgirl #21 -- 24,043 (- 1.1%)
06/2011: Batgirl #22 -- 23,323 (- 3.0%)
07/2011: Batgirl #23 -- 22,619 (- 3.0%)
A book that is selling in the low twenties cannot lose three percent of its sales every issue. I know that it stings to
see this stuff when you love a book, believe me, it's a nightmare when you are WORKING on a book, too.
I know the story here is that DC hates everyone and hates Steph, but they put Dustin Nugyen, one of the best and most
in-demand artists in the entire stable, to try to boost the book. Nobody puts out a book they want to fail.
It's frustrating for us, too, that quality does not automatically equal sales. But it never really has been a
Bryan did an amazing book. The TPBS will still be there and they may sell quite well, I don't have those figures
(Secret Six always did better in trade than in floppies). But without a big revenue stream of some kind,
books selling at the majors in those numbers and dropping eventually are canceled.
It's sad, but it's just the facts. And if readers don't support a book with a large enough audience, we lose it,
like we lose television shows with low ratings.
You can certainly argue against the Babs thing, but we also have to face the truth of the numbers, unfortunately.