Wonder Woman remains the picture of consistency, staying in about the same place on the charts and losing the same small percentage of sales each month. This is an impressively solid book. In January 2014, Wonder Woman #27 was in 59th place on the sales chart with 32,035 copies sold, a loss of 2.3%. 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 200 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.
For the third straight month, Wonder Woman is down only 2.3%, a paltry amount for a book that’s trucking along with the same creative team it’s had since the New 52 relaunch. It’s really leveled out, and is drifting downward at the slightest of rates. This is what we expect in comic sales; steady books don’t stay at one number, but rather very slowly decline in sales (if your sales stay the same, that’s as good as an increase, really). Wonder Woman is down one spot on the chart from last month, but that’s barely anything at all. Plus it was 77th in October, so 59th place is very, very good. Books continue to cascade down past the solidly perched Wonder Woman.
Among DC’s titles, Wonder Woman was up 2 spots, jumping from 26th to 24th, a nice gain that’s even better when you look up the chart and see that 2 one-shot annuals came out in January ahead of Wonder Woman. Furthermore, all of the books in DC’s Top 25 that gained readers or lost fewer than Wonder Woman were tie-ins with either Forever Evil or the Bat-centric “Gothtopia” crossover. Wonder Woman had the fifth best month in terms of percentage difference, and did so without any crossovers or special promotions.
Superman/Wonder Woman had an okay month as well. Let’s look at their numbers, since that’s easier than explaining what’s been happening with the series thus far:
So after a few big drops, Superman/Wonder Woman #4 fell only 7.8% and was actually up 4 spots. Now, 7.8% is more than you want a series to fall; of DC’s Top 25 books, Superman/Wonder Woman was 18th in terms of percentage difference, which isn’t so great. However, it’s a new book and new books typically take a few months to find their level. Losing 7.8% is worlds better than dropping double digits. As a comparison, the fourth issue of the similarly titled Batman/Superman dropped 5%, and that book stars Batman, DC’s premiere moneymaker. If Superman/Wonder Woman can keep cutting down its percentage lost, it might be able to level out in the 40,000 range. There’s also a Doomsday crossover with some of the other Super-books in the pipeline which should help sales increase in a few months’ time.
Prediction For Next Month: I was off by about 250 issues sold last month, and this month I think I’d be an idiot not to go with a loss of 2.3% for Wonder Woman #29. That seems to be this book’s groove. So for February 2014, I predict sales of about 31,300. Check back next month to see how I did!