In an interview with Geoff Boucher and Ben Fritz of the L.A. Times Hero Complex, DC Comics has revealed next week's inaugural New 52 title Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee has Direct Market orders of over 200k, which would make it the bestselling title (so far) of 2011.June's Ultimate Spider-Man #160 with approximately 168k in orders through July is the year's bestselling title so far, according to Comichron.com. The publisher has also revealed six other New 52 debut titles have eclipsed the 100k mark. For you comic book sales junkies, final orders are now placed for Justice League #1 and all of DC's September titles on sale through 9/14 (with final orders for 9/14 shipping titles due just yesterday). Any additional retailer order increases on those titles will be filled by copies DC decides to "overprint" for each issue, along with future additional printings. Direct Market retailers have up to Monday 8/29 and Monday 9/5 to fully adjust their orders up or down for titles on sale 9/21 and 9/28, respectively, including Batman #1 and Superman #1. The article paints a less-than-rosy picture of the health of the Direct Market. Boucher and Fritz acknowledge the worst-case scenario for the DC reboot is few new readers are gained long-term by the initiative and that existing ones are alienated by the changes, but that DC called it a necessary risk. “The truth is people are leaving anyway, they’re just doing it quietly, and we have been papering it over with increased prices,” DiDio told Hero Complex. “We didn’t want to wake up one day and find we had a bunch of $20 books that 10,000 people are buying.” Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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