Which DC Relaunch book topped the charts? Click and find out!
In 2010, a weekly Power Poll was conducted at the Outhouse to determine the top comic of the week. Unfortunately, the Power Poll was abandoned as its creator left for bigger and better things. However, good features rarely die...
LOLTron, the robotic caretaker of the front page took the Power Poll's smouldering carcass and rebuilt it, making it faster, stronger and more aware. For several months, the Power Poll lay dormant, building its strength and learning more about the wide world of comic book reviews.
Now reborn, the newly created PollTron has come back to the Outhouse, collecting data from reviews spread across a half-dozen different comic book websites. Once a week, PollTron collects this data and aggregates it, assigning scores based on the total number of positive reviews gathered from its ever-growing database of websites.
The Power Poll for 9/07/2011
1) Animal Man #1 -12.27
2) Action Comics #1 - 10.8575
3) Casanova Avitaria #1 - 9.2025
4) Swamp Thing #1 - 6.8125
5) Thunderbolts #163 - 4.115 (Last Month, 1.655)
6) Batgirl #1 - 3.78
7) Batwing #1 - 3.655
8) Justice League International #1 - 3.495
9) Detective Comics #1 - 2.785
10) Morning Glories #12 - 2.37 (Last Month, 1.667)
Analysis: DC makes a strong showing in the first week of the relaunch with seven titles placing in the top ten. Animal Man #1 wins the week with a strong 12.27 score, earning it a place in the Power Poll Top Five. Animal Man, written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Travel Foreman, was positively reviewed by eleven out of twelve Power Poll sources and received top marks from both Comic Vine and Multiversity.
Finishing in second was Grant Morrison's debut of Action Comics. The book received strong marks from most of the Power Poll sources, but was hurt slightly by the unorthodox depiction of Superman and Rags Morales' art. Still a 10.8575 score is nothing to scoff about and all but guarantees Action Comics a spot in the September Power Rankings.
Coming in third was Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon's Casanova: Avitaria. Casanova pulled in the highest creator-owned score yet with a 9.2025. When compiling the scores, Casanova briefly had a lead over both Action Comics and Animal Man but faltered down the stretch due a lack of reviews by several second-tier sources.
Rounding out the top five was Swamp Thing and Thunderbolts. Scott Snyder reached the Power Poll for an unprecedented sixth time, continuing his streak of placing books highly. Surprisingly, Thunderbolts was Marvel's only representative in the top ten this week, although that probably had something to do with everyone and their mother trying to review all of DC's offerings. In all honesty, the Power Poll will probably be filled with DC Comics throughout the month as various sites feel out the different titles and pick their favorites. With the number of positive reviews a main factor in the Power Poll and the amount of attention the DC Relaunch is getting, no one would be surprised if DC runs away with the bulk of the top books this month.
DC won the week with seven books in the top ten, Marvel had one, and creator-owned titles had two.
Top Overall Books
1) Daredevil #1 - 13.73
2) Detective Comics #881 - 13.1
3) Daredevil #2 – 12.725
4) Animal Man #1 -12.27
5) Uncanny X-Force #14 -11.57
On a technical note, PollTron has added Multiversity.com as a source for the weekly Power Poll scores. Multiversity has replaced Comics Bulletin, which PollTron discovered was largely lacking in the review department. While the maximum score doesn't change (Multiversity will be weighed the same as Comics Bulletin), there may be a slight shift in scoring due to the wider variety of comics that Multiversity (hopefully) reviews.
Written or Contributed by: PollTron