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CBR Readers Rank the 52 DC Comics Relaunch Titles

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Last week, DC Comics wrapped its massive rollout of 52 new #1s for the comic series that will anchor the DCU line starting in September. And as soon as the last batch of comic titles and creators had hit the web, CBR News went to you, our readers, for your take on which comics seemed like the best bets based on the first round of information available.

The survey asked how high your interest was for each new comic series on a scale that ran from “Absolutely Purchasing” to “Not Buying At All.” While not by any means a scientific survey, we think the results provided by 10,181 fans serve as a strong barometer for how the dedicated comics readership is feeling about the DC relaunch at its outset. And of course, over the next several months opinions may change on the titles based on what creators and editors have to say in the press and what new art and information comes out of DC. But for now, let’s dive in head first to see which books came out on top and which titles may need that extra PR boost before September.

Unsurprisingly, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s “Justice League” nabbed the most interest with 57.7% of all respondents saying they’d absolutely be buying the flagship title when it ships at the end of August alongside “Flashpoint” #5, although the marquee creative team and new direction for DC’s Big Seven also seemed to be one of the most divisive titles as far fewer people voted in the middle of the range. The top five “Absolutely” landing books were rounded out by “Action Comics” (55.9%), “Green Lantern” (43.5%), “Batman” (47%) and “Aquaman” (34.5%). This should also come as no surprise as those titles either exemplify the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach DC has taken to the most profitable, popular elements of its line or contain contributions by DC’s top-selling writers Johns and Grant Morrison.

On the flip side, interest appeared to be lowest for “I, Vampire” by Joshua Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino which garnered 68.5% in the “Not At All” category. With a franchise that hasn’t carried its own comic since it headlined “House of Mystery” in 1981 and a writer who, despite garnering strong reviews and an Eisner nomination this year is still largely an unknown quantity amongst DC superhero readers, that result may not be the most shocking. The “Not At All” category was rounded out strongest by “OMAC” (66.9%), “Voodoo” (64.2%), “Hawk & Dove” (63.8%) and “Sgt. Rock And The Men of War” (61.7%). Again, the collection of titles represents concepts which have scarcely carried their own titles for long — at least in the modern age — and creators including Dan Didio and Rob Liefeld whose proclivity for drawing the ire of internet fandom may be a contributing factor more so than any actual sales potential.

Check out the full results below, and stay tuned to CBR News in the weeks ahead for more on the upcoming DC Comics relaunch.

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Which of DC’s 52 announced titles for September do you plan to purchase?
Absolutely Very Likely Likely Unlikely Not At All
Justice League #1 – by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee 57.7% (5,870) 12.1% (1,233) 9.3% (947) 6.2% (630) 14.7% (1,501)
Wonder Woman #1 – by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang 27.5% (2,799) 14.1% (1,434) 14.6% (1,488) 14.5% (1,473) 29.3% (2,987)
Aquaman #1 – by Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis 34.5% (3,514) 13.1% (1,329) 12.6% (1,283) 11.7% (1,193) 28.1% (2,862)
The Flash #1 – by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato 22.8% (2,319) 12.5% (1,270) 14.2% (1,448) 16.9% (1,724) 33.6% (3,420)
The Fury of Firestorm #1 – by Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone & Yildiray Cinar 15.1% (1,542) 10.9% (1,114) 13.9% (1,412) 17.4% (1,772) 42.6% (4,341)
The Savage Hawkman #1 – by Tony S. Daniel & Philip Tan 11.4% (1,156) 9.3% (942) 13.0% (1,326) 18.6% (1,889) 47.8% (4,868)
Green Arrow #1 – by JT Krul & Dan Jurgens 10.4% (1,055) 7.3% (743) 12.5% (1,274) 20.0% (2,040) 49.8% (5,069)
Justice League International #1 – by Dan Jurgens & Aaron Lopresti 24.1% (2,452) 12.2% (1,239) 14.7% (1,497) 16.6% (1,692) 32.4% (3,301)
Mister Terrific #1 – by Eric Wallace & Roger Robinson 6.6% (669) 6.3% (638) 11.2% (1,138) 20.5% (2,089) 55.5% (5,647)
Captain Atom #1 – by JT Krul & Freddie Williams II 6.2% (634) 6.0% (607) 11.6% (1,179) 20.6% (2,100) 55.6% (5,661)
DC Universe Presents #1 – by Paul Jenkins & Bernard Chang 10.7% (1,090) 10.0% (1,019) 16.4% (1,668) 20.3% (2,065) 42.6% (4,339)
Green Lantern #1 – by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke & Christiam Almy 45.3% (4,611) 10.3% (1,050) 10.4% (1,056) 9.2% (940) 24.8% (2,524)
Green Lantern Corps #1 – by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin & Scott Hanna 27.9% (2,836) 10.7% (1,085) 12.0% (1,217) 15.1% (1,537) 34.4% (3,506)
Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1 – by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham & Batt 24.8% (2,526) 11.6% (1,182) 12.3% (1,253) 15.4% (1,567) 35.9% (3,653)
Red Lanterns #1 – by Peter Milligan, Ed Benes & Rob Hunter 19.3% (1,970) 11.3% (1,154) 13.7% (1,399) 16.4% (1,671) 39.2% (3,987)
Batman #1 – by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo 47.0% (4,784) 12.0% (1,225) 10.5% (1,064) 9.0% (920) 21.5% (2,188)
Detective Comics #1 – by Tony S. Daniel 25.4% (2,588) 10.7% (1,089) 12.0% (1,223) 15.8% (1,608) 36.1% (3,673)
Batman & Robin #1 – by Peter J. Tomasi & Pat Gleason 27.5% (2,803) 12.9% (1,318) 13.6% (1,385) 15.9% (1,619) 30.0% (3,056)
Batman: The Dark Knight #1 – by David Finch & Jay Fabok 18.9% (1,924) 9.5% (968) 12.2% (1,237) 16.8% (1,715) 42.6% (4,337)
Birds of Prey #1 – by Duane Swierczynski & Jesus Saiz 9.6% (975) 8.2% (836) 12.9% (1,316) 21.1% (2,147) 48.2% (4,907)
Catwoman #1 – by Judd Winick & Guillem March 12.1% (1,233) 8.7% (889) 13.3% (1,357) 21.0% (2,136) 44.8% (4,566)
Batgirl #1 – by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes 25.1% (2,558) 13.2% (1,339) 14.0% (1,423) 14.7% (1,500) 33.0% (3,361)
Batwoman #1 – by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman & Amy Reeder 33.8% (3,439) 10.5% (1,065) 12.0% (1,225) 13.5% (1,373) 30.2% (3,079)
Nightwing #1 – by Kyle Higgins & Eddy Barrows 23.7% (2,412) 13.3% (1,353) 14.2% (1,443) 16.0% (1,624) 32.9% (3,349)
Red Hood & The Outlaws #1 – by Scott Lobdell & Kenneth Rocafort 13.0% (1,327) 9.7% (983) 13.7% (1,395) 18.2% (1,851) 45.4% (4,625)
Batwing #1 – by Judd Winick & Ben Oliver 6.7% (682) 6.3% (645) 11.4% (1,156) 20.0% (2,039) 55.6% (5,659)
Swamp Thing #1 – by Scott Snyder & Yannick Paquette 22.3% (2,268) 11.4% (1,165) 13.3% (1,354) 15.3% (1,562) 37.6% (3,832)
Animal Man #1 – by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman & Dan Green 17.5% (1,777) 11.8% (1,200) 13.6% (1,386) 16.5% (1,677) 40.7% (4,141)
Justice League Dark #1 – by Peter Milligan & Mikel Janin 22.1% (2,249) 13.3% (1,351) 15.1% (1,538) 16.6% (1,685) 33.0% (3,358)
Demon Knights #1 – by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves & Oclair Albert 12.0% (1,224) 9.6% (980) 13.0% (1,319) 17.4% (1,775) 48.0% (4,883)
Frankenstein, Agent of Shade #1 – by Jeff Lemire & Alberto Ponticelli 14.2% (1,447) 9.0% (920) 11.6% (1,185) 15.5% (1,575) 49.6% (5,054)
Resurrection Man #1 – by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning & Fernando Dagnino 10.9% (1,110) 8.3% (842) 12.6% (1,279) 18.3% (1,868) 49.9% (5,082)
I, Vampire #1 – by Joshua Fialkov & Andrea Sorrentino 3.5% (357) 3.7% (373) 7.6% (772) 16.7% (1,703) 68.5% (6,976)
Voodoo #1 – by Ron Marz & Sami Basri 4.8% (485) 4.4% (452) 8.8% (892) 17.9% (1,820) 64.2% (6,532)
Legion Lost #1 – by Fabian Nicieza & Pete Woods 14.3% (1,454) 7.9% (806) 10.8% (1,098) 17.3% (1,760) 49.7% (5,063)
Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – by Paul Levitz & Francis Portela 17.0% (1,733) 6.6% (667) 9.9% (1,013) 17.6% (1,791) 48.9% (4,977)
Teen Titans #1 – by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund 18.4% (1,878) 11.5% (1,168) 14.0% (1,425) 15.5% (1,582) 40.5% (4,128)
Static Shock #1 – by John Rozum, Scott McDaniel & Jonathan Glapion 6.0% (606) 4.7% (475) 9.4% (956) 19.8% (2,015) 60.2% (6,129)
Hawk & Dove #1 – by Sterling Gates & Rob Liefeld 6.8% (696) 4.9% (495) 8.6% (877) 15.9% (1,614) 63.8% (6,499)
Stormwatch #1 – by Paul Cornell & Miguel Sepulveda 17.2% (1,751) 12.0% (1,217) 13.5% (1,377) 15.5% (1,583) 41.8% (4,253)
Blackhawks #1 – by Mike Costa & Ken Lashley 5.3% (535) 4.8% (491) 10.0% (1,022) 19.7% (2,001) 60.2% (6,132)
Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1 – by Ivan Brandon & Tom Derenick 4.9% (503) 5.0% (513) 9.8% (994) 18.5% (1,887) 61.7% (6,284)
All-Star Western #1 – by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey & Moritat 10.9% (1,110) 6.8% (689) 10.4% (1,057) 17.0% (1,732) 54.9% (5,593)
Deathstroke #1 – by Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett & Art Thibert 6.8% (697) 5.7% (576) 11.7% (1,190) 20.5% (2,085) 55.3% (5,633)
Grifter #1 – by Nathan Edmondson, Cafu & BIT 7.7% (784) 6.8% (695) 10.8% (1,098) 17.5% (1,778) 57.2% (5,826)
Omac #1 – by Dan Didio, Keith Giffen & Scott Koblish 4.7% (480) 4.0% (408) 7.7% (780) 16.7% (1,700) 66.9% (6,813)
Suicide Squad #1 – by Adam Glass & Marco Rudy 10.9% (1,108) 9.5% (968) 13.7% (1,395) 19.1% (1,947) 46.8% (4,763)
Blue Beetle #1 – by Tony Bedard & Ig Guara 11.6% (1,176) 8.6% (872) 13.3% (1,353) 19.9% (2,024) 46.7% (4,756)
Action Comics #1 – by Grant Morrison & Rags Morales 55.9% (5,694) 10.7% (1,085) 9.2% (937) 6.3% (637) 18.0% (1,828)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 – by George Perez & Jesus Merino 27.2% (2,767) 13.1% (1,332) 14.5% (1,473) 15.1% (1,533) 30.2% (3,076)
Supergirl #1 – by Michael Green, Mike Johnson & Mahmud Asrar 11.1% (1,128) 7.9% (804) 12.7% (1,295) 20.7% (2,109) 47.6% (4,845)
Superboy #1 – by Scott Lobdell, R.B. Silva & Rob Lean 11.0% (1,119) 7.9% (803) 12.7% (1,297) 19.5% (1,990) 48.8% (4,972)