Well, I sure hope Kevin Feige, James Gunn and Marvel Studios are taking note, because the editors that run the comics sure as heck don’t have a clue.
The latest numbers for NINO (Nova In Name Only) Nova show the series close to dropping out of the top 100 monthly comics as Nova #14 comes in at #97 for the month of March with Nova #15 coming in at #98 as well.
According to Comichron, NINO Nova #14 netted 23,459 orders with NINO Nova #15 dropping to 22,996.
For a comparison, DnA’s 2007 Nova series of the same issues saw 28,881 and 28,586, respectively.
That’s a surplus of over 11,000 for DnA, which didn’t come with any hype, promotion or Avengers crossovers.
While Tom Brevoort might state on his Tumblr that we don’t know the official numbers – as I’ve said many times – the numbers do no lie when it comes to cancellation time, and NINO’s numbers are at the cancellation threshold.
I’ve also told Tom on Tumblr that the reason for NINO doing so poorly isn’t because of anything Cosmic Book News has done, but because of the material alone. Similar to Bendis‘ Garbage of the Galaxy, Loeb’s NINO Nova is the direct opposite of everything DnA offered. It probably also didn’t help that the editors and creators talked down to the existing fan base in interviews and columns.
The good news – at least as how it might pertain to the movies – is that Marvel Studios seems to be well aware of the fans and how the comics are perceived.
Even Joe Quesada (of all people) stated Marvel Studios feels if they please the loyal fans, they feel the movies will do well.
“Really, you have to start with the loyalists,” Quesada said. “If the loyalists reject it, then we feel that everyone is going to reject it.”