Have Once & Future #1 and Something is Killing The Children #1 Each Sold over 50,000 Copies?
While it won't come as a surprise to anyone who's been reading Bleeding Cool this year, but Boom Studios have a couple of big recent hits in Kieron Gillen & Dan Mora's Once & Future and James Tynion IV & Werther Dell'Edera's Something Is Killing The Children. Both series not only launched as the best original series launches in the company's history, but continued at a pace that necessitated Boom's usually-universally-beloved Filip Sablik issuing an apology for the company's struggle to keep up with the demand.
And just last week, Folklords #1 became the biggest creator-owned launch ever for superstar writer Matt Kindt, a fact we reported first and then had confirmed by the man himself:
Thanks to everyone that pre-ordered FOLKLORDS and made it a big success right out of the gate! All credit to @BarbarianLord for making it look so amazing. You won't be disappointed! And everyone @boomstudios for making it happen! https://t.co/UH7E3je1BP
— Matt Kindt (@mattkindt) October 23, 2019
Let's not forget that was all before his previous hit Boom series Grass Kings was announced in development as TV series with Legendary, which is a good indicator we'll be hearing about a Folklords #1 second printing sooner than later…
But even with all that good news for Boom, I understand that both Once & Future #1 and Something is Killing The Children #1 have found themselves in rarified air, with the former having sold over 50,000 units and the latter on the cusp of it at a hair over 49,000.
Let's keep in mind that Something Is Killing The Children #1 is on its fifth printing, but expect a sixth printing to be announced, which will no doubt push it squarely over 50,000 units sold given even more interest with Tynion now the writer on Batman and this bit of news from Boom's Hollywood Heartthrob Stephen Christy:
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— Stephen Christy (@stephenchristy) October 24, 2019
Now Once & Future #1 has reached its seventh printing and this means I'm obligated to remind you that Boom previously lied about a "final" sixth printing. Could it reach an eighth printing or will Boom be satisfied with potentially winning The Kieron Wars as Once & Future may be potentially outpacing Image's Die?
That's a rare thing for creator-owned comic launches to achieve in the direct market, much less twice in one year – though I believe Image Comics' Eric Stephenson would want me to mention that Undiscovered Country #1 just sold over 83,000 copies.
While the increasingly acrimonious Marvel vs DC-esque war between Boom and Image continues, all eyes will now shift to Boom's big December launch in The Red Mother, which we identified as key book for the company. Creators Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert had big hits for Image in The Realm and Regression – can The Red Mother topple both of those records? And perhaps join Boom's new 50K Club?