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Christian    781

Almost the same as Constantine #1! A bit more readers, and more impressive because it doesn't have the heavy hype of the "New 52" behind it.

We'll have to see if it goes the same way as Constantine, as that book lost a lot of readers pretty quickly.

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Christian    781

It looks like there's basically a core audience for John Constantine who are going to read a comic book about him, no matter what, and that's about all the audience a comic book starring John Constantine is going to attract. Issue #1 got the usual first issue bump, and then went back to the level Constantine had for the middle of the series.

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Christian    781

It must be the Batman cross-over, unless it's just a guest-star appearance, as Swamp Thing doesn't have his own book right now. ST is getting a new series written by Wein next year. They could preview that series by featuring the character, but the point would be mostly moot with such a low-tier title.

 

Rossmo will be back on art after the current story-arc ends.

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Qusoor    69

Swamp doesn';t currently have his own book, right?

 

He will in early 2016, though. So not as much a crossover as "HEY REMEMBER SWAMP THING EXISTS!"

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Christian    781

It also didn't have all the marketing and hype that went behind the New 52. The New 52 DC relaunch was the biggest success story in comic books since the early-1990s comic boom. Amazing how much they messed up that opportunity, losing pretty much all their increased attention back to Marvel, which dominated the sales charts again within six months after the DC relaunch.This current DC relaunch went pretty quietly, with DC losing huge amounts of buyers with the Convergence event leading up to this new relaunch.

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Christian    781

It seems like starting off with a never-ending story-arc isn't helping it gain readers. There was a time when comic book companies decided that Trades were where all the money was, and told the writers to make sure to write stories for Trades, not a monthly on-going comic book.

Comic book companies have mostly moved away from this. You're more likely to see small stories, one or two parts, with a longer story-arc where something bigger is meant happen taking place occasionally.

There hasn't been a time for new readers to jump aboard Hellblazer. If you want to read Hellblazer, it's better to just wait for the Trade if you weren't there from issue #1, because at this point, it'd be impossible to get any enjoyment from picking up the newest issue and reading from there. You'd be missing out on every chapter since #1.

If you wanted to go with longer story-arcs, it would be better to wait until there's more of a core audience, after a few smaller arcs, where you aren't trying to pick up new readers with a brand new book.

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dogpoet    487

That and the fact that the comic's selling so little its figures are being added onto a series that was cancelled years back.

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Christian    781

Yeah. It's probably going to be hard to pick up new readers after the Milligan years, the New 52 misfire, the Convergence debacle....I doubt many readers want to give this series another chance, when it's been horrid for so long. The fact that this new series isn't exactly breaking new ground or even managing to be entertaining is reason to not blame them.

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