March was yet another solid month for Wonder Woman, which just keeps trucking along with impressively stable sales. In March 2014, Wonder Woman #29 was in 65th place on the charts with 30,989 copies sold, a tiny drop of 1.5%. 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 202 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.
Here’s an interesting fact about how well Wonder Woman is doing on the sales charts: 11 brand new series premiered ahead of Wonder Woman in March, but Wonder Woman only dropped 4 spots on the chart. That means that 7 books fell below Wonder Woman, which remained relatively steady. Losing only 1.5% is so small that, given the downward drifting nature of all comic book series, it’s practically no change at all.
Wonder Woman improved among DC Comics titles as well, rising one spot to 21st place as Justice League 3000 slipped below it. I’m not particularly optimistic about that book’s chances; it’s dropping at an alarming rate. Of DC’s Top 25 titles, only 6 books had a better month than Wonder Woman, and several of those were bolstered by special promotions and crossovers.
Superman/Wonder Woman appears to be leveling out as well, with March bringing a fairly reasonable drop for a title that’s six issues in. Let’s look at the numbers:
A loss of 3.4% is really quite normal, perhaps a bit higher than a publisher would like to see but not worryingly so. The sales drops for new series tend to level out after a few issues, and Superman/Wonder Woman appears to be settling into the 40,000 range. The book will probably see some gains in the near future once the “Doomed” crossover begins in earnest, but I doubt they’ll be huge. It’s a crossover with Action Comics and Superman, which are selling lower than Superman/Wonder Woman currently. I’m very curious to see how it all plays out.
All together, Wonder Woman’s books are doing fairly decently right now. Wonder Woman has leveled out, albeit not at a huge number, while Superman/Wonder Woman appears to be doing the same, and at a somewhat higher level. Not too shabby.
Prediction For Next Month: I was only off by 139 copies last month, which isn’t too bad. For April, I predict sales of 30,450, a drop of roughly 1.8%. Check back next month to see how I did!