Today we’re looking at two months at once, April and May, and Wonder Woman remains rock solid. In April 2014, Wonder Woman #30 was in 69th place on the charts with 31,095 copies sold, a gain of 0.3% from March, while in May 2014, Wonder Woman #31 was in 72nd place with 30,655 copies sold, a drop of 1.4% from April. Here are the numbers for the issues, 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 204 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.
April’s gain was a surprise, given not much was going on with the book. There was no special event or notable creative change. The only thing different was a MAD Magazine variant cover, but many other DC titles were part of the same variant line and didn’t see an increase in sales. Wonder Woman #31 had a variant cover too, by Mike and Laura Allred, and the issue dropped (despite being a much nicer cover), so I’ll attribute this to market randomness. The numbers are so small both ways that it’s all rather inconsequential. The book is staying remarkably steady.
Wonder Woman fell only 7 spots on the sales charts from March to May, but fell 10 spots among DC’s titles, from 21st in March to 25th in April to 31st in May. However, considering how many books came out in that span, Wonder Woman is holding up very well. DC premiered two new weekly series, Batman Eternal and Futures End, which add 8 books to DC’s monthly lineup, all of which are ahead of Wonder Woman on the charts at this point (I expect Batman Eternal to stay ahead of Wonder Woman for its run, but wouldn’t be surprised if Futures End dropped below a few months in). There are two new monthly series ahead of Wonder Woman too: Justice League United and Sinestro (of the two, I predict Sinestro will fall below Wonder Woman by July or August).
Superman/Wonder Woman had an even better run, increasing in sales in both April and May. Here are the numbers:
The April issue was a “Doomed” prelude, a lead-in to the crossover but not technically part of the crossover, while the May issue was the first proper “Doomed” issue. The event seems to be paying dividends for DC from the get go; Superman/Wonder Woman rose nicely, and its co-“Doomed” book Action Comics did as well.
Events are a nice sales boost, and one most comics are reliant upon every year or so to keep the series from perpetually dropping. Wonder Woman has been event-free since the New 52 began, making its solid numbers all the more impressive, but a big event is coming in November: David and Meredith Finch are taking over the series. I’m expecting a big jump when their first issue debuts, but steady sales until then.
Prediction For Next Month: Wonder Woman isn’t fluctuating much either way, so let’s go with a drop of about 1% for sales of 30,350 or so. Check back next month to see how I did!