Now I was waiting for the numbers to come out regarding Supergirl #20. The Mike Johnson era had ended. Michael Allan Nelson had taken over on writing and had a fair amount of publicity heading into the series. The book guest-starred Power Girl, so maybe her fans would come over. And, frankly, it had this eye-popping cover. Would any of that translate to more sales?
Unfortunately, the book sank a little lower.
Sales dropped about 2000 units from last month (which had a MAD variant to boost things). And the book ranked 81st.
Could people have felt that this issue was a jumping off point given the change in writer? I can't imagine so. This wasn't necessarily a *bold new direction* as Nelson picked up right where Johnson left off, even picking up from a cliffhanger.
Is there simply erosion of sales on a mid-level book. Probably. But it makes me feel like I am simply watching something I love die slowly. Is this simply the natural progression of comics these days? Or can there be a 'boost'?
Hopefully ... somehow ... Supergirl is able to latch onto the media blitzkrieg that Superman is getting right now. Supergirl #20 was a very good issue, fun and dark, with the right mix of angst and sorrow. That is a tough stew to get right.