Okay, so I’ve got about 28 stores around America and the UK I regular tap for info. It’s a broad mix of huge megastores down to tiny little one-person operations and pretty reflective of the industry, covering the wide cash and geographical differences in the market. I always, always ask these men and women for advice. ALWAYS. They’re on the front lines. These guys see and hear everything. Their experience in INVALUABLE.
So I asked them what they were planning to order on Empress #1, art by Stuart Immonen, which we launch from Icon this April. Their answer surprised me. I suspected it would be in line with Chrononauts, which did a whopping 68,000 on #1 over two printings and an overprint. But the standard for Empress #1 seems to be in line with Jupiter’s Legacy #1, which launched at 140,000 units in 2013 across several different covers. If this really is replicated with Empress, and I guess it’s a space opera book right after Star Wars with Marvel’s biggest artist (who also just got poached off their number one title, Star Wars) I guess that makes sense.
I’ll keep you posted. Initials should be here over the next few weeks. I really think Marvel’s variant cover initiative has been great here too. We’ve got Sean Murphy and Steve McNiven variants, the latter of which gets released this week. Also, there’s a special Skottie Young retailer variant which will be ultra-exclusive as only available to stores signed up to the Millarworld forum. Then of course there’s the secret variant I can’t tell you about until March, but you will absolutely want more than anything when you hear who’s drawing.
Here’s the Chrononauts info below, btw. Very exciting times!