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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It Sold Well for a Title that Didn't Sell Well

Today marks the 1 week anniversary of Booster Gold having no ongoing title for the first time since 2006. As we all know, Justice League International was cancelled for failing to meet "greater expectations." Yes, for a variety of reasons the stories failed to spark widespread excitement with comic book readers. However, that doesn't mean that the book shouldn't be considered a success.

Calvin Reid noted earlier this week at Publishers Weekly that many of the collected trades of New 52 series have sold well enough to make the New York Times Graphic Bestseller list in recent months. Among the 11 New 52 titles to break into the Top Ten since May is Justice League International Volume 1: The Signal Masters. It charted at #5 for the week of June 5, 2012. While that was the only week that the book made the bestseller list, it's a pretty good showing for a book about to be cancelled.

The rest of the article crows DC's recent reboot success, but was published too early to include DC's newest addition to the New York Times list: Showcase Presents: Rip Hunter, Time Master, Volume 1 (#9 for the week of August 12, 2012). It's not likely that we've heard the last of the New 52, but so long as DC and its fans haven't entirely forgotten the past, there's hope yet for Booster Gold recovering a series.

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