Marc-Oliver Frisch writes DC Comics' average numbers slightly recovered in August, thanks to continued strong sales of the "Sinestro Corps War" crossover storyline, solid first-issue numbers of various 52 spin-off titles including the ongoing Booster Gold series by writer Geoff Johns and artist Dan Jurgens, and a sudden, mysterious sales increase for Countdown - or so Diamond would like us to believe, at least. August also saw the final issue of writer Brad Meltzer's Justice League of America, the debut of the first proper Countdown spin-off title and the latest Flash relaunch.

For the average sales of the publisher's Vertigo and WildStorm imprints, respectively, August 2007 represented a new historical low, meanwhile - and it's the third consecutive month you can say that about WildStorm, actually. The number of solicited titles failing to ship went up from none in July to four in August, with All Star Superman, Superman Confidential, Trials of SHAZAM! and Vertigo's Testament not showing up in stores. To be fair, DC have made a lot of progress lately in that area, but obviously there's still room for improvement, particularly with the publisher's line of Superman books.

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