How healthy is the New 52? Marc-Oliver Frisch crunches numbers for the answer:
As far as the boosts for the “zero” issues are concerned, the notable thing is that only 11 of the 45 current “New 52″ titles that were around six months ago display a sales increase in their six-month comparison, and out of those 11, three are titles that are about to be axed. So, while the overall figures of the DC Universe imprint keep suggesting a healthy market position for DC’s comic-book line, there is still a considerable underlying rot that keeps eating away at the line, and which is being masked by things like the release of Annuals for the better-selling titles, or the Before Watchmen books, or the replacement of lower-selling “New 52″ titles with new ones.
In other words: Yes, DC may have won the dollar and market share for last month, but that doesn’t mean that they should necessarily feel happy with the way things are going over there. When you look at some of the order estimates for the individual books, that really gets underscored: Fury of Firestorm only has 17,000 orders and is getting another relaunch with Dan Jurgens at the helm this month…?