This whole zero issue gimmick worked out very well for DC. On average, the 51 series that continued from August and had zero issues were up 14.8%, which is huge!! Only 2 of these 51 books didn’t go up, and one of them technically went up 17 copies but that’s so insignificant that there was no percentage change. Wonder Woman did quite well too, and saw an impressive sales jump in September. Wonder Woman #0 was in 30th place on the charts with 49,779 copies sold, a gain of 11.6% from last month. Here are the numbers for the issue, and the five issues previous:
NOTE: The average sales total is based on all of the available sales data, which currently comprises every issue of the series since September 1996, for 185 issues in total. The average rank isn’t given because rank is dependent on what other books came out that month, and that’s such a variable that an average really wouldn’t mean anything.
That’s a huge gain, which is super fun, but you might be thinking “Hey, that 11.6% is actually less than the average gain of 14.8%!! How is that good?” Don’t worry, it is. The average percentage for all 51 books is a little screwy because lower selling books got extra orders of a few thousand copies, but since they’re selling so little in the first place that resulted in a big gain, percentagewise. For example, Captain Atom #0 was up 33.4%, but it was the lowest selling of those 51 books. It just rose from 10,445 to 13,934. Up on the top of the charts, Wonder Woman #0 did fairly well.
Among DC’s top 25 books overall, Wonder Woman #0 had the eighth biggest gain, putting her in the top third of the top books. That’s pretty solid. Also, when you look at the sales increases by number of issues, Wonder Woman #0’s 5,184 issue jump puts the book at 12th among the 51 DC titles. Comparatively, the book did great in September.
In terms of sales rankings, Wonder Woman jumped up 5 spots overall on the chart, which is great to see. Among just DC books, Wonder Woman was up 1 spot, but there’s a slight problem. Seeing as in August there were 2 annuals ahead of Wonder Woman and 5 Before Watchmen books (which continued their tumble, saleswise) and no annuals and only 4 Before Watchmen books in September, Wonder Woman should be up 3 spots.
Two books jumped ahead of Wonder Woman. Talon #0 premiered with good numbers and sold a few thousand more copies than Wonder Woman, though given its initial sales I wouldn’t be surprised if it slipped down under Wonder Woman in the next month or two. Batgirl #0 had a huge month too, and came in just ahead of Wonder Woman. All of the Bat-books did very well compared to the series they’re usually charted near, but Batgirl had an especially great month. The book’s getting a lot of good word of mouth, and a lot of people were likely curious about answers on Barbara’s past. Plus it’s got a tie-in to Batman’s main “Death of the Family” storyline that starts in October, so expect it to be riding high for a while.
Overall, it was a really good month for Wonder Woman. She had big gains, rose on the charts, and did very well compared to all of DC’s other books. Almost everything went up for DC in September, and Wonder Woman #0 was one of the better performers in that pack.
Prediction For Next Month: After a few solid predictions, I underestimated the zero issue bump by nearly half!! Not good. I think we’re going to see some big drops across the board in October though (except for the Bat-books… this Joker thing will probably be huge), but I’m optimistic that Wonder Woman will retain some of her audience. I predict sales of 46,290 for a drop of about 7%. Check back next month to see how I did!!