DC Comics’ “Rebirth” line seems to be doing well for the publisher thus far. After months upon months of few of their titles hitting the top of the charts, DC had 7 of the 10 best selling comics in June, and 15 of the top 20. Marvel still had a considerably higher market share, but it will be interesting to see how things progress over the next couple of months as the new “Rebirth” line continues to unfold. With just a handful of new books in June, DC was able to take many of the top spots.
And two of those spots were held by Wonder Woman titles! She was right in the thick of things, reaching her highest sales totals in a decade. The special oneshot Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 came in at 15th place with 94,458 copies sold, while the debut issue of the ongoing series, Wonder Woman #1, landed at 9th place with 107,737 copies sold. I can’t even remember the last time a Wonder Woman title made the Top 10, but I can tell you that it’s been exactly ten years since Wonder Woman sold more than 100,000 copies; in June 2006, the Allan Heinberg/Terry and Rachel Dodson relaunch sold 132,568 copies.
This is a phenomenal debut for the new Wonder Woman. With the New 52 relaunch five years ago, the highest total Wonder Woman hit was 79,060, so these numbers blow that out of the water handily. Moreover, they’re a huge leap from May’s numbers when Wonder Woman #52 and Superman/Wonder Woman #29 sold 29,673 and 28,569 copies respectively. That is quite a jump. See what happens when you make comics that aren’t terrible? People will want to buy them.
Wonder Woman also did very well relative to DC’s other new books. Only Batman and Superman sold higher, as did DC’s big prestige series, The Dark Knight III. Wonder Woman topped The Flash, Green Lanterns, Detective Comics, Action Comics, Green Arrow, Titans, and Aquaman; for much of the New 52 era, Wonder Woman was fell behind many of those titles. Between Wonder Woman’s high profile with the DC Cinematic Universe and the 75th anniversary, along with the much hyped return of Greg Rucka, folks seem to be very interested in Wonder Woman again, for the first time in a long time.
Now, these numbers are going to drop next month, probably by a lot. Second month drops are always the worst, though it’ll be interesting to see how Wonder Woman #2 does since it’s a different storyline with a different artist; that might be steady. But Wonder Woman #3 will probably be down if it follows the usual industry trends. Nonetheless, this is a monster debut for the new series that will hopefully teach DC that it’s far more profitable for them to put out Wonder Woman comics that are actually good.