July 5, 2012
Judging the New 52 #1: Batman
First up is one of my favourites, Batman: relaunched with Scott Snyder writing and Greg Capullo pencilling the art, this has been one of the most consistently well-reviewed and popular titles DC have. Snyder's been on fire writing this comic, introducing new elements to Batman's mythology and history and bringing a genuinely fresh, iconic perspective to the Caped Crusader. The first collected edition is out in hardcover, and if you haven't caught up with it yet I strongly recommend that you do. It's awesome stuff, and Capullo's artwork has been stunning.
So it's a great comic, and it deserves every success, but how have the sales actually been doing?
Last September's Batman #1 sold north of 180,000 copies before sinking down to just over 120,000 this March. What's interesting, however, is that thanks largely to Snyder's Night of the Owls crossover event - which spun out from Batman into most of the other related titles, sales have actually been on the rise again.
In this case I'm calling it a solid win. In the case of Batman, the relaunch has done it a world of good. (Thanks to Comic Chronicles for the sales data.)