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CBR Readers Rank the 52 DC Comics Relaunch Titles: Take 2

Shortly after the initial announcement that DC Comics would relaunch its entire line of DC Universe superhero comics with new #1s in September -- now referred to as the "New 52" -- CBR News ran a survey polling you, our readers, on which titles you were most likely to purchase...and most likely to avoid. The results were interesting, to say the least.

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." And while by no means was the exercise a scientific survey (as David Letterman would say, "Please, no wagering"), the responses seemed to hold true to traditional comics-buying habits of Direct Market fans: big name creators including Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Grant Morrison pulled a strong response closer to the "Absolutely Purchasing" end while titles from lesser known or newly established talents (and featuring lesser known or newly established characters) showed weaker interest.

In the interest of having a more complete picture of fan interest and public debate, CBR launched a second survey Tuesday of this week, polling readers on the exact same questions for the exact same comics. After months of interviews, previews, spoilers and reveals coming from DC, things turned out a bit differently.

While the new survey contained a smaller sample of responders (4,948 people participating versus 10,181 in the first go-round), there were significant changes in the percentages. Of the 52 titles, nearly all saw gains in the "Absolutely Purchasing" category with the only two titles that dropped definite buyers being the best-selling "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps" titles. "Justice League" from Johns and Lee remains the title with the highest number of committed readers with an additional 9% of fans signing on for a total of 66.4% of respondents clicking that category. Meanwhile, some other titles saw major gains including Morrison and Rags Morales' take on "Action Comics" which jumped over 5% in the category (for a total of 61.1%) and newfound DC superstar writer Scott Snyder's incoming series whose "Batman" and "Swamp Thing" books gained 11% (58% total) and nearly 8% (30% total) respectively.

On the other far end of the spectrum -- the "Not At All Purchasing" category -- things saw less of a shift. Many titles remained essentially flat on the level of total fan disinterest while those that "made gains" (or rather, had their percentages drop) rarely saw a change greater than 1 to 4%. A few titles saw a greater percentage of respondents click this category (also with very small shifts) including "DC Comics Presents," "Blue Beetle" and "OMAC," which this time held the distinction of having the highest rate of fans totally uninterested in buying the book.

Of course, the full story of whether or not perceptions have been changed falls somewhere in between those two extremes. In the "Very Likely," "Likely" and "Unlikely To Purchase" categories, the survey showed readers shuffling more towards the middle. While gains were made back from the "Unlikely To Purchase" category on the whole, more and more respondents in the other two categories seemed to be abandoning responses where they were leaning towards purchasing certain books in the New 52. In other words, it appears that the majority of readers have definitively made up their minds on what they'll pay for when the new books start rolling out with next week's "Justice League" #1 and beyond.

Check out a comparison chart of the two surveys results below for the total findings, and stay tuned to CBR News in the weeks ahead for more on DC Comics New 52.

COLOR LEGEND: In the combined chart below, a cell with a medium gray background indicates the highest vote count for that title in our initial poll. A cell with a dark gray background indicates the highest vote count for that title in our most recent poll. Likewise, the light green and dark green indicate the title which received the most "Absolutely" votes, while the light and dark red indicate the title which received the most "Not At All" votes.

Total Responders: 4948AbsolutelyVery LikelyLikelyUnlikelyNot At AllAction Comics #1 - by Grant Morrison & Rags Morales61.1% (3,024)8.4% (418)7.5% (369)5.9% (290)17.1% (847)All-Star Western #1 - by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey & Moritat16.3% (808)6.4% (317)9.4% (463)16.0% (794)51.9% (2,566)Animal Man #1 - by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman & Dan Green25.2% (1,245)10.1% (500)11.3% (560)14.9% (738)38.5% (1,905)Aquaman #1 - by Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis39.3% (1,945)10.1% (499)11.3% (557)11.6% (576)27.7% (1,371)Batgirl #1 - by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes32.1% (1,588)11.4% (564)11.4% (566)13.9% (688)31.2% (1,542)Batman #1 - by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo58.0% (2,869)8.7% (432)7.5% (372)7.7% (379)18.1% (896)Batman & Robin #1 - by Peter J. Tomasi & Pat Gleason29.9% (1,481)11.5% (567)11.2% (552)16.4% (812)31.0% (1,536)Batman: The Dark Knight #1 - by David Finch & Jay Fabok20.3% (1,006)8.2% (404)11.2% (553)16.4% (811)43.9% (2,174)Batwing #1 - by Judd Winick & Ben Oliver9.7% (479)5.6% (277)9.6% (476)18.1% (898)57.0% (2,818)Batwoman #1 - by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman & Amy Reeder38.0% (1,879)9.5% (470)10.8% (535)13.2% (651)28.6% (1,413)Birds of Prey #1 - by Duane Swierczynski & Jesus Saiz12.0% (596)6.3% (312)10.9% (539)21.7% (1,072)49.1% (2,429)Blackhawks #1 - by Mike Costa & Ken Lashley8.2% (406)4.0% (198)8.2% (404)19.1% (945)60.5% (2,995)Blue Beetle #1 - by Tony Bedard & Ig Guara13.2% (654)7.4% (364)10.0% (495)19.2% (949)50.2% (2,486)Captain Atom #1 - by JT Krul & Freddie Williams II8.7% (431)5.0% (247)9.8% (486)19.0% (940)57.5% (2,844)Catwoman #1 - by Judd Winick & Guillem March15.2% (752)7.8% (386)11.5% (568)18.4% (910)47.1% (2,332)DC Universe Presents #1 - by Paul Jenkins & Bernard Chang13.6% (671)7.8% (385)13.0% (644)19.5% (964)46.2% (2,284)Deathstroke #1 - by Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett & Art Thibert8.6% (426)4.7% (235)9.4% (463)19.2% (949)58.1% (2,875)Demon Knights #1 - by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves & Oclair Albert18.9% (934)8.5% (423)10.5% (520)16.3% (805)45.8% (2,266)Detective Comics #1 - by Tony S. Daniel30.2% (1,492)9.1% (451)10.5% (521)15.7% (777)34.5% (1,707)The Flash #1 - by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato28.1% (1,391)11.7% (578)12.4% (613)15.6% (774)32.2% (1,592)Frankenstein, Agent of Shade #1 - by Jeff Lemire & Alberto Ponticelli19.4% (961)7.6% (376)10.3% (509)15.4% (764)47.3% (2,338)The Fury of Firestorm #1 - by Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone & Yildiray Cinar17.5% (867)8.9% (441)11.3% (560)16.5% (817)45.7% (2,263)Green Arrow #1 - by JT Krul & Dan Jurgens13.3% (657)6.3% (313)10.8% (533)19.0% (939)50.6% (2,506)Green Lantern #1 - by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke & Christiam Almy44.0% (2,176)9.1% (451)8.9% (439)10.1% (498)28.0% (1,384)Green Lantern Corps #1 - by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin & Scott Hanna26.6% (1,316)8.9% (440)11.0% (543)16.0% (792)37.5% (1,857)Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1 - by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham & Batt26.5% (1,310)9.5% (469)10.6% (523)15.1% (746)38.4% (1,900)Grifter #1 - by Nathan Edmondson, Cafu & BIT12.1% (599)6.9% (342)10.5% (519)17.4% (860)53.1% (2,628)Hawk & Dove #1 - by Sterling Gates & Rob Liefeld8.6% (427)4.2% (210)7.1% (349)15.6% (772)64.5% (3,190)I, Vampire #1 - by Joshua Fialkov & Andrea Sorrentino8.2% (405)5.1% (252)8.1% (402)16.1% (799)62.4% (3,090)Justice League #1 - by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee66.4% (3,286)8.5% (423)7.0% (344)5.4% (269)12.7% (626)Justice League Dark #1 - by Peter Milligan & Mikel Janin30.2% (1,494)12.0% (595)12.3% (607)14.0% (692)31.5% (1,560)Justice League International #1 - by Dan Jurgens & Aaron Lopresti26.1% (1,289)11.1% (547)13.0% (645)16.2% (801)33.7% (1,666)Legion Lost #1 - by Fabian Nicieza & Pete Woods17.4% (863)6.6% (328)8.9% (440)16.1% (796)50.9% (2,521)Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - by Paul Levitz & Francis Portela19.3% (954)5.6% (279)8.2% (407)17.0% (842)49.8% (2,466)Mister Terrific #1 - by Eric Wallace & Roger Robinson9.9% (492)6.0% (295)9.7% (481)18.6% (918)55.8% (2,762)Nightwing #1 - by Kyle Higgins & Eddy Barrows28.6% (1,415)11.5% (568)12.2% (605)15.5% (768)32.2% (1,592)Omac #1 - by Dan Didio, Keith Giffen & Scott Koblish7.3% (361)3.8% (187)6.4% (318)15.3% (758)67.2% (3,324)Red Hood & The Outlaws #1 - by Scott Lobdell & Kenneth Rocafort18.2% (901)8.8% (434)11.8% (582)16.5% (816)44.8% (2,215)Red Lanterns #1 - by Peter Milligan, Ed Benes & Rob Hunter20.7% (1,022)9.2% (453)11.5% (569)16.8% (833)41.9% (2,071)Resurrection Man #1 - by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning & Fernando Dagnino14.2% (703)7.2% (356)10.2% (506)18.4% (909)50.0% (2,474)The Savage Hawkman #1 - by Tony S. Daniel & Philip Tan14.1% (699)7.3% (363)11.5% (567)18.6% (922)48.4% (2,397)Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1 - by Ivan Brandon & Tom Derenick8.0% (395)4.1% (205)7.6% (376)17.6% (872)62.7% (3,100)Static Shock #1 - by John Rozum, Scott McDaniel & Jonathan Glapion8.4% (418)4.5% (222)7.7% (383)18.8% (930)60.5% (2,995)Stormwatch #1 - by Paul Cornell & Miguel Sepulveda27.1% (1,339)10.9% (540)9.8% (486)13.1% (647)39.1% (1,936)Suicide Squad #1 - by Adam Glass & Marco Rudy13.3% (657)6.4% (316)10.9% (538)18.8% (928)50.7% (2,509)Superboy #1 - by Scott Lobdell, R.B. Silva & Rob Lean13.4% (663)6.9% (339)11.0% (545)18.8% (929)50.0% (2,472)Supergirl #1 - by Michael Green, Mike Johnson & Mahmud Asrar15.1% (746)8.0% (396)10.6% (526)19.8% (982)46.4% (2,298)Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1 - by George Perez & Jesus Merino31.6% (1,565)10.9% (538)12.4% (615)13.7% (679)31.3% (1,551)Swamp Thing #1 - by Scott Snyder & Yannick Paquette30.0% (1,486)9.3% (461)11.5% (570)13.6% (671)35.6% (1,760)Teen Titans #1 - by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund22.7% (1,123)9.6% (477)10.6% (526)15.4% (761)41.7% (2,061)Voodoo #1 - by Ron Marz & Sami Basri8.2% (406)5.2% (257)7.5% (373)17.4% (859)61.7% (3,053)Wonder Woman #1 - by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang33.1% (1,639)12.2% (603)13.6% (671)14.0% (695)27.1% (1,340)

ORIGINAL POLL: Which of DC's 52 announced titles for September do you plan to purchase?

Total Responders: 10,181

 

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