Diamond has released its Top 500 comics for 2009, and Flash: Rebirth comes in at #16.
Other issues come in at:
|Flash: Rebirth #1||16|
|Flash: Rebirth #2||55|
|Flash: Rebirth #3||75|
|Blackest Night: The Flash #1||102|
|Flash: Rebirth #4||107|
|Flash: Rebirth #5||125|
Meanwhile, ICv2 has posted sales estimates for December 2009. We already knew Blackest Night: The Flash #1 was ranked #5 for the month, and the actual sales estimate comes in at 80,313 copies sold. For comparison:
|Issue||Rank (Month)||Units Sold||Change|
|Flash: Rebirth #1||2||102,429||+286.6%|
|Flash: Rebirth #2||4||86,183||-15.9%|
|Flash: Rebirth #3||10||83,086||-3.6%|
|Flash: Rebirth #4||14||78,107||-6.0%|
|Flash: Rebirth #5||9||73,875||-5.4%|
|Blackest Night: The Flash #1||5||80,313||+8.7%|
Yes: that’s right. Blackest Night: The Flash outsold the last two issues of Flash: Rebirth. Most likely one of two things is happening:
- The Blackest Night brand is helping sales, bringing in readers who otherwise wouldn’t be reading a Flash solo book.
- Flash fans who have gotten tired of waiting for Flash: Rebirth are picking up Blackest Night: Flash.
Probably both, though I wouldn’t try to guess which factor is more significant.
Update: The Beat has posted their analysis of DC’s December sales.