Well, DC’s April solicitations are out, and to no one’s surprise, a whole slew of their low-selling titles are getting the axe. Among them is one of my favorites, the quirky Doom Patrol.
Here’s a look at the titles being canceled, and their most recent monthly sales figures from December 2010:
- Outsiders #35 — 13,133
- Doom Patrol #17 — 9,564
- Freedom Fighters #4 — 10,028
- R.E.B.E.L.S. #23 — 10,619
- JSA All-Stars #13 — 18,395
Doom Patrol – to be honest, I’ve been surprised for the last half a year every time DC solicited a new issue, given how poor the sales numbers have been for a while. I’m going to miss the book. The current incarnation isn’t in the Grant Morrison plane of weirdness, but it’s definitely a different offering than DC’s other books.
Freedom Fighters – Given that the two mini-series that preceded this regular series didn’t exactly set the sales charts on fire, I was surprised they gave a green light for a monthly. Odd.
JSA All-Stars – with sales nearly double that of Doom Patrol, this one seems to be well above the cancellation threshold, so the decision was probably based on some other factors. Perhaps a second JSA series was deemed superfluous by editorial?
Interesting to note, both The Spirit and Doc Savage monthlies are already selling in the 8K range, but they’ve so far been spared cancellation. Not sure about the business decision behind that. And Jonah Hex has been selling at the 10-11K level for a year now, but to their credit DC have shown a lot of dedication to keeping that series going.
Replacing all the canceled series seems to be only one new monthly book: Static Shock (the Milestone character, now firmly established in the DC Universe). With so many Batman and Green Lantern books on their monthly roster, I can’t help but to be disappointed that the diversity of title offerings is shrinking (and yes, I realize the irony of talking about diversity within a very niche superhero catalog).