CBR Readers Rank the 52 DC Comics Relaunch Titles

Wed, June 15th, 2011 at 11:58am PDT | Updated: June 15th, 2011 at 12:15pm

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Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's "Justice League" narrowly edged out Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' "Action Comics" #1 as DC's most anticipated relaunch title in CBR's poll

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?
AbsolutelyVery LikelyLikelyUnlikelyNot At All
Justice League #1 - by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee57.7% (5,870)12.1% (1,233)9.3% (947)6.2% (630)14.7% (1,501)
Wonder Woman #1 - by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang27.5% (2,799)14.1% (1,434)14.6% (1,488)14.5% (1,473)29.3% (2,987)
Aquaman #1 - by Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis34.5% (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 Buccellato22.8% (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 Cinar15.1% (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 Tan11.4% (1,156)9.3% (942)13.0% (1,326)18.6% (1,889)47.8% (4,868)
Green Arrow #1 - by JT Krul & Dan Jurgens10.4% (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 Lopresti24.1% (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 Robinson6.6% (669)6.3% (638)11.2% (1,138)20.5% (2,089)55.5% (5,647)
Captain Atom #1 - by JT Krul & Freddie Williams II6.2% (634)6.0% (607)11.6% (1,179)20.6% (2,100)55.6% (5,661)
DC Universe Presents #1 - by Paul Jenkins & Bernard Chang10.7% (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 Almy45.3% (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 Hanna27.9% (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 & Batt24.8% (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 Hunter19.3% (1,970)11.3% (1,154)13.7% (1,399)16.4% (1,671)39.2% (3,987)
Batman #1 - by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo47.0% (4,784)12.0% (1,225)10.5% (1,064)9.0% (920)21.5% (2,188)
Detective Comics #1 - by Tony S. Daniel25.4% (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 Gleason27.5% (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 Fabok18.9% (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 Saiz9.6% (975)8.2% (836)12.9% (1,316)21.1% (2,147)48.2% (4,907)
Catwoman #1 - by Judd Winick & Guillem March12.1% (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 Cifuentes25.1% (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 Reeder33.8% (3,439)10.5% (1,065)12.0% (1,225)13.5% (1,373)30.2% (3,079)
Nightwing #1 - by Kyle Higgins & Eddy Barrows23.7% (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 Rocafort13.0% (1,327)9.7% (983)13.7% (1,395)18.2% (1,851)45.4% (4,625)
Batwing #1 - by Judd Winick & Ben Oliver6.7% (682)6.3% (645)11.4% (1,156)20.0% (2,039)55.6% (5,659)
Swamp Thing #1 - by Scott Snyder & Yannick Paquette22.3% (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 Green17.5% (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 Janin22.1% (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 Albert12.0% (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 Ponticelli14.2% (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 Dagnino10.9% (1,110)8.3% (842)12.6% (1,279)18.3% (1,868)49.9% (5,082)
I, Vampire #1 - by Joshua Fialkov & Andrea Sorrentino3.5% (357)3.7% (373)7.6% (772)16.7% (1,703)68.5% (6,976)
Voodoo #1 - by Ron Marz & Sami Basri4.8% (485)4.4% (452)8.8% (892)17.9% (1,820)64.2% (6,532)
Legion Lost #1 - by Fabian Nicieza & Pete Woods14.3% (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 Portela17.0% (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 Rapmund18.4% (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 Glapion6.0% (606)4.7% (475)9.4% (956)19.8% (2,015)60.2% (6,129)
Hawk & Dove #1 - by Sterling Gates & Rob Liefeld6.8% (696)4.9% (495)8.6% (877)15.9% (1,614)63.8% (6,499)
Stormwatch #1 - by Paul Cornell & Miguel Sepulveda17.2% (1,751)12.0% (1,217)13.5% (1,377)15.5% (1,583)41.8% (4,253)
Blackhawks #1 - by Mike Costa & Ken Lashley5.3% (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 Derenick4.9% (503)5.0% (513)9.8% (994)18.5% (1,887)61.7% (6,284)
All-Star Western #1 - by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey & Moritat10.9% (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 Thibert6.8% (697)5.7% (576)11.7% (1,190)20.5% (2,085)55.3% (5,633)
Grifter #1 - by Nathan Edmondson, Cafu & BIT7.7% (784)6.8% (695)10.8% (1,098)17.5% (1,778)57.2% (5,826)
Omac #1 - by Dan Didio, Keith Giffen & Scott Koblish4.7% (480)4.0% (408)7.7% (780)16.7% (1,700)66.9% (6,813)
Suicide Squad #1 - by Adam Glass & Marco Rudy10.9% (1,108)9.5% (968)13.7% (1,395)19.1% (1,947)46.8% (4,763)
Blue Beetle #1 - by Tony Bedard & Ig Guara11.6% (1,176)8.6% (872)13.3% (1,353)19.9% (2,024)46.7% (4,756)
Action Comics #1 - by Grant Morrison & Rags Morales55.9% (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 Merino27.2% (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 Asrar11.1% (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 Lean11.0% (1,119)7.9% (803)12.7% (1,297)19.5% (1,990)48.8% (4,972)

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