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Wonder Woman Sales: #614 Falls A Bit, But Hey, That Universe Doesn’t Even Exist Anymore

September 21, 2011

This series has ceased to exist (thank the gods), but yet here I am still talking about it.  And the night before Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are set to blow the doors off the Wonder Woman mythos with what promises to be a spectacular Wonder Woman #1.  I suppose it’s sort of fitting, really… out with the old, in with the new.  ICv2’s got the August numbers up, and Wonder Woman #614 only dropped slightly, coming in at 60th place with 29,223 copies sold.  That’s better than I thought it’d be.  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 172 issues in total.  The average rank is not 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.

So that was a pretty small drop… it looked like it was starting to go off the rails a bit last month, but the series righted itself and came in with a not at all unreasonable drop for the finale.  Falling 1.7% is firmly within the realm of standard attrition.  It’s hardly the most auspicious end to the series, but a few months back it looked like it was going to be way worse.  The huge drops became smaller and smaller, and were almost miniscule for a little while there, and the whole Odyssey/JMS/Hester experiment ended up with higher sales than the last issues of Simone’s run before the renumbering.  It’s not a huge success, but “slightly better than it was before” certainly isn’t a failure.

Elsewhere, Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #3 came in very strong at 57th place with 29,492 copies sold.  That’s under a thousand less than the previous issue, which is really solid for a mini-series and ends an impressive showing all around for the book.  Hey, that universe doesn’t exist now either!!  The books set in long-dead Wonder Woman incarnations didn’t fare so well, though.  DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 80s was in 202nd place with 10,079 copies sold, while The 90s was further down at 213th and 9290.  Both of those books were near the bottom of the pack for the DC Retroactive line as a whole.  But oh well… it’s a new universe now.  The slate is wiped clean.  On to Azzarello and Chiang!!

Prediction for Next Month: I was off on my estimate for Wonder Woman #614 by nearly 400 issues, but I’ve done far worse in the past I suppose.  Still, not great.  The really difficult thing, though, is coming up with a total for Wonder Woman #1.  We don’t really have any solid numbers on the new books yet, which makes it tricky. I’m going to be really optimistic and go with a scenario in which the book has great first day sales and then strong word of mouth to keep the book selling steady for the last nine days of September.  So let’s go big… I predict a MASSIVE gain for Wonder Woman #1, with sales of 96,000, and a total of well over 100,000 after a second printing and the sales from October.  Check back in a month to see how I did!

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Wonder Woman Sales: #613 Takes A Bit Of A Tumble

August 17, 2011

Didn’t I just do one of these?  The July numbers came out a lot quicker than the June ones.  Anyway, the fine folks at ICv2 have posted the July numbers, and it wasn’t a great month for Wonder Woman at all.  Wonder Woman #613 was in 59th place with 29,720 copies sold, marking the first time the book has been below 30,000 since it was renumbered with Wonder Woman #600.  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 171 issues in total.  The average rank is not 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.

I’m a bit surprised at this drop after Wonder Woman had such a solid month in June, but my best guess is that the things I was worried about for June might have just been postponed until July.  Retailers may not have had much time to respond to the news of the DC relaunch for their June titles, and maybe for July they’ve adjusted somewhat based on the customer response.  Whatever the reason, falling 3.2% is more than just standard attrition, especially compared to how little the book slipped in June.  It’s not a mass exodus or anything, but it’s a significant decline.

In terms of sales rank, both DC and Marvel released fewer books in July than they did in June, so there’s wasn’t some glut of books pushing Wonder Woman down two places.  This is an old fashioned selling less so it slipped down the charts situation… there’s no excuses this month.

There were two other new Wonder Woman books in July as well.  Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 came in 55th place with 30,484 copies sold, a fall of 16.2% from the first issue.  This may seem steep, but second issues on mini-series tend to drop off sharply, plus the Flashpoint books aren’t terribly important, continuitywise, given the relaunch in September so people might think it’s less important to get them.  DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 70s was in 163rd place with 11,462 copies sold, which isn’t terrible given the $4.99 price tag and the fact that it was a completely random story set in the 1970s.  The Wonder Woman book placed in the same ballpark as the other Retroactive books, but unfortunately it had the lowest sales of all six books in the 70s line-up.

Prediction For Next Month: I was way off again with last month’s prediction!!  I was nearly 750 copies too high… I got sucked in by the steady numbers and went small.  I’m going to go bigger this time (so expect Wonder Woman #614 to barely drop at all)… I predict a drop of nearly 3% for Wonder Woman #614, for sales of 28,850.  Check back in a month to see how I did!!

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s Preview

August 16, 2011

Newsarama‘s put up a five-page preview of the last Wonder Woman title from DC’s Retroactive line, DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s.  Written by William Messner-Loebs and with art by Lee Moder apparently (though Paris Cullins is the solicited artist, so there seems to be a bit of confusion there), the issue hits comic shops tomorrow.  And it looks kind of cute… Wonder Woman is hanging out with some girls in Boston, showing them how Amazons train and generally trying to run them ragged.  It could be fun.  Check out the preview:

A Preview of DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 80s

August 2, 2011

DC Comics’ The Source blog has put up a look inside this week’s DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 80s.  The special issue was written by Roy Thomas, and features a slew of artists.  The preview definitely has an 80s vibe, so good work!!  Check it out:

Say what you will about comics in the 1980s, and oh the things we could say (this DC Retroactive scene confuses me… hooray older creators are getting some gigs, but a 40s/50s/60s thing would have been a MILLION times cooler), but this screams 80s to me.  They’ve totally captured the proper mood. 

I still don’t understand why they didn’t get George Perez to do this, but so it goes.  Also, they should have gone with classic colouring too… modern colouring on retro art always throws me for a loop.  I feel like the colour should be flatter, and on really bad paper. 

Check out the book on Wednesday, August 3!!

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s Cover Revealed

July 5, 2011

DC unveiled the final Wonder Woman cover from the DC Retroactive series over at The Source blog today, giving us a look at this 90s-inspired image from Lee Moder, Dan Green, and Wes Hartman:

It’s a decent enough cover, but I’m really surprised that DC didn’t get Brian Bolland to do it.  If I think “Wonder Woman in the 1990s”, I think Brian Bolland covers… espeicially with William Messner-Loebs writing the book and Paris Cullins on art.  Though to be fair, when I think “Wonder Woman in the 1980s”, I think George Perez, so me and DC weren’t on the same page there either.  But yeah, it’s a decent cover.

I think Wonder Woman is holding the lasso at the wrong spot, though… she appears to be holding the loop instead of whatever you call the rest of the lasso. 

Regardless, DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 90s is on sale August 17th.  Lord knows why anyone would want to revisit comics in the 1990s, much less put out six of them, but I don’t run DC Comics.  The 90s may have sucked, but I’m getting the book anyway… it could be fun!!

Cover For DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 80s Revealed

June 28, 2011

Courtesy of DC Comics’ The Source blog, here is a look at Rich Buckler and Kevin Colden’s cover for DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman: The 80s:

It seems that these Wonder Women are battling over whose chest insignia is cooler.  Is it the classic eagle or the newer WW?  It’s a fight for the ages, to be sure.

Inside the issue, it seems that Wonder Woman is fighting Silver Swan, so I’m not sure why she’s fighting herself on this cover, but I’m sure there’s a good reason.  There’s nothing about dual Wonder Women in the solicit though.  Maybe one of the Wonder Woman is Silver Swan in disguise or something.

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman: The 80s is on sale August 3, 2011… I’m less excited for this one than the J. Bone 70s one, but I’m still going to check it out.

Cover For DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 70s Revealed

June 22, 2011

DC’s The Source blog has unveiled the covers for their 70s Retroactive books, including J. Bone’s cover for the Wonder Woman issue:

I dig that the cover is totally J. Bone’s style, but with a Mike Sekowksy vibe to it.  Plus he’s  captured the mod Wonder Woman’s fashion sense… that girl wore white ALL the time.  Seriously go look at the covers.  The mod era went from Wonder Woman #178 to Wonder Woman #203, or 26 issues.  Wonder Woman wore a white outfit of some sort on 20 of those covers.  Her main outfit on this cover most resembles this ensemble from Wonder Woman #185, where Wonder Woman busts up a gang of weird hippies who enslave young girls:

Also, Carrie Strachan coloured the cover, which is fun… between Nei Ruffino on  Wonder Woman and the Furies and Strachan here, there are finally some Wonder Woman books with female creators.

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The 70s comes out on July 20, 2011.  You should check it out… it looks fun!!


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