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Batman: The Return

Gotham City's Dark Knight dominated the upper echelons of November's comic book sales charts, taking the top spot with Batman: The Return and five of the top ten. Batman: The Return from superstar writer Grant Morrison and fan-favorite artist David Finch introduced readers to the new status quo — Bruce Wayne returned from his apparent death and his resumption of the cape and cowl, his plans for the future, and the establishment of Batman, Incorporated.

In total, DC Comics had eight of top ten best-selling books in November, with five of those titles belonging to the Batman family. Batman, Incorporated #1, the first issue of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette's globe-trotting team-up book, ranked #2. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6, the final chapter of Bruce Wayne's travel through time, ranked #4. Batman and Robin #16, which saw the culmination of Batman's three-year battle against Dr. Hurt, ranked #5, and Batman and Robin #17, the first issue of Paul Cornell and Scott McDaniel's run on the title, ranked #10. Other DC Universe books in the top ten include Brightest Day #13 at #6, Brightest Day #14 at #7, and Green Lantern #59 at #9.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten in November with two books. Brian Michael Bendis and Tom Raney's Avengers #7 was their top book at #3. Amazing Spider-Man #648 kicked off the long-awaited "Big Time" storyline from Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, and it ranked #8 for the month.

Among other Premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38, the second chapter of Joss Whedon's finale to the Season 8 storyline, ranked #30 and was the publisher's top-selling book in October. True Blood #5, based on HBO's hit vampire series, was IDW Publishing's top book at #80. Finally, The Walking Dead #79, Robert Kirkman's best-selling zombie series (and now a television series on AMC), was Image Comics' top book in Ocotber, ranked #60 for the month.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 152.65 AUG100143-M BATMAN THE RETURN $4.99 DC 
2 2 146.58 SEP100156-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 $3.99 DC 
3 3 137.64 SEP100579-M AVENGERS #7 $3.99 MAR
4 4 127.28 JUL100144-M BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #6 $3.99 DC 
5 5 123.20 JUL100146-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #16 $3.99 DC 
6 9 122.61 SEP100192-M BRIGHTEST DAY #13 $2.99 DC 
7 12 120.30 SEP100194-M BRIGHTEST DAY #14 $2.99 DC 
8 7 118.13 SEP100569-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648 $3.99 MAR
9 14 116.81 AUG100117-M GREEN LANTERN #59 $2.99 DC 
10 16 108.26 SEP100166-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #17 $2.99 DC 
11 8 102.32 SEP100586 NEW AVENGERS #6 $3.99 MAR
12 20 100.00 SEP100164 BATMAN #704 $2.99 DC 
13 11 92.01 SEP100584-M SECRET AVENGERS #7 $3.99 MAR
14 13 88.95 SEP100665 UNCANNY X-MEN #530 $3.99 MAR
15 25 88.44 JUL100129-M FLASH #6 $2.99 DC 
16 26 88.09 SEP100202-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #54 $2.99 DC 
17 15 86.87 SEP100661-M X-MEN #5 $3.99 MAR
18 22 86.67 SEP100657 UNCANNY X-FORCE #2 $3.99 MAR
19 6 85.60 AUG100558-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #647 $4.99 MAR
20 17 80.64 SEP100574 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #649 $3.99 MAR
21 18 79.13 SEP100658 WOLVERINE #3 $3.99 MAR
22 19 78.03 SEP100212-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #51 $3.99 DC 
23 21 75.39 SEP100640-M THOR #617 $3.99 MAR
24 23 72.60 SEP100611-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #612 $3.99 MAR
25 24 71.03 SEP100204-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #4 $3.99 DC 
26 35 70.94 SEP100185-M SUPERMAN #705 $2.99 DC 
27 39 67.31 SEP100162-M BATWOMAN #0 $2.99 DC 
28 40 67.09 SEP100668 X-MEN LEGACY #242 $2.99 MAR
29 27 64.30 SEP100589 AVENGERS PRIME #4 $3.99 MAR
30 44 63.16 SEP100052-M BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #38 LAST GLEAMING PT 3 $2.99 DAR
31 28 62.84 SEP100629 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #32 $3.99 MAR
32 10 62.19 SEP100565-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #150 $5.99 MAR
33 45 60.88 SEP100182-M SUPERBOY #1 $2.99 DC 
34 46 60.69 SEP100208-M GREEN ARROW #6 $2.99 DC 
35 30 59.33 SEP100620 HULK #27 $3.99 MAR
36 50 57.87 SEP100619 FANTASTIC FOUR #585 $2.99 MAR
37 33 57.35 SEP100654-M GENERATION HOPE #1 $3.99 MAR
38 31 56.65 SEP100165 DETECTIVE COMICS #871 $3.99 DC 
39 32 56.40 SEP100563 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #4 $3.99 MAR
40 36 54.30 SEP100590-M AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #3 $3.99 MAR
41 34 54.13 SEP100621 INCREDIBLE HULKS #616 $3.99 MAR
42 53 53.19 SEP100678-M SUPERIOR #2 (MR) $2.99 MAR
43 52 52.81 SEP100175 BIRDS OF PREY #6 $2.99 DC 
44 37 52.66 SEP100622 INCREDIBLE HULKS #617 $3.99 MAR
45 54 51.50 SEP100215 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #45 $2.99 DC 
46 55 51.38 SEP100196-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #13 $2.99 DC 
47 38 50.74 SEP100184 ACTION COMICS #895 $3.99 DC 
48 57 50.18 SEP100198-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #14 $2.99 DC 
49 59 50.11 SEP100659 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #3 $2.99 MAR
50 43 48.81 SEP100568 ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #2 $3.99 MAR
51 62 48.80 SEP100180 RED ROBIN #17 $2.99 DC 
52 29 48.62 SEP100648-M THUNDERBOLTS #150 $4.99 MAR
53 42 48.13 SEP100170-M BATMAN ODYSSEY #5 $3.99 DC 
54 64 48.07 SEP100561 DEADPOOL #29 $2.99 MAR
55 63 48.05 SEP100189 SUPERMAN BATMAN #78 $2.99 DC 
56 67 47.88 SEP100660 X-23 #3 $2.99 MAR
57 41 44.80 SEP100927-M VAMPIRELLA #1 $3.99 DE
58 49 44.78 SEP100545-M ASTONISHING THOR #1 $3.99 MAR
59 47 44.76 SEP100653 THANOS IMPERATIVE #6 $3.99 MAR
60 72 44.43 SEP100500 WALKING DEAD #79 (MR) $2.99 IMA
61 48 43.90 SEP100597 CHAOS WAR #3 $3.99 MAR
62 75 43.68 SEP100178 BATMAN BEYOND #6 $2.99 DC 
63 83 40.84 SEP100669 X-FACTOR #211 $2.99 MAR
64 78 40.55 SEP100219-M TEEN TITANS #89 $2.99 DC 
65 51 40.54 SEP100223 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #7 $3.99 DC 
66 87 39.83 SEP100587-M AVENGERS ACADEMY #6 $2.99 MAR
67 86 39.60 SEP100174 BATGIRL #15 $2.99 DC 
68 90 39.01 SEP100667 NEW MUTANTS #19 $2.99 MAR
69 88 38.97 SEP100187-M SUPERGIRL #58 $2.99 DC 
70 60 38.32 SEP100675-M SCARLET #3 (MR) $3.95 MAR
71 56 37.63 SEP100222 ADVENTURE COMICS #520 $3.99 DC 
72 95 37.01 SEP100221 TITANS #29 $2.99 DC 
73 98 36.89 SEP100650 SECRET WARRIORS #22 $2.99 MAR
74 68 36.69 SEP100575-M SPIDER-GIRL #1 $3.99 MAR
75 74 36.14 SEP100613-M CAPTAIN AMERICA MAN OUT OF TIME #1 $3.99 MAR
76 65 35.86 SEP100674 DEADPOOLMAX #2 (MR) $3.99 MAR
77 66 35.60 SEP100228-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #7 $3.99 DC 
78 69 35.50 SEP100577-M OSBORN #1 $3.99 MAR
79 70 34.33 SEP100172 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #17 $3.99 DC 
80 58 33.97 SEP100365-M TRUE BLOOD #5 $3.99 IDW
81 106 33.92 SEP100179 RED HOOD LOST DAYS #6 $2.99 DC 
82 105 33.90 SEP100173 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #17 $2.99 DC 
83 93 32.84 SEP100632 IRON MAN THOR #1 $3.99 MAR
84 76 32.10 SEP100643 THOR FOR ASGARD #4 $3.99 MAR
85 110 31.70 SEP100236 ZATANNA #7 $2.99 DC 
86 113 31.50 AUG100644 NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #3 $2.99 MAR
87 97 31.34 SEP100037-M HELLBOY DOUBLE FEATURE OF EVIL ONE SHOT #1 $3.50 DAR
88 77 31.15 SEP100601 CHAOS WAR DEAD AVENGERS #1 $3.99 MAR
89 80 30.71 SEP100636 PUNISHER IN BLOOD #1 $3.99 MAR
90 71 30.68 SEP100956 BOYS #48 (MR) $3.99 DE
91 115 30.61 SEP100235 SECRET SIX #27 $2.99 DC 
92 79 30.44 AUG100258 AMERICAN VAMPIRE #8 (MR) $3.99 DC 
93 85 30.27 SEP100599 CHAOS WAR THOR #1 $3.99 MAR
94 82 30.10 SEP100216 JSA ALL STARS #12 $3.99 DC 
95 117 29.85 SEP100664 NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #4 $2.99 MAR
96 89 29.55 SEP100666 X-MEN TO SERVE AND PROTECT #1 $3.99 MAR
97 92 28.55 SEP100623 SHE-HULKS #1 $3.99 MAR
98 96 28.16 SEP100627-M INVADERS NOW #3 $3.99 MAR
99 122 28.01 SEP100562 DEADPOOL CORPS #8 $2.99 MAR
100 81 27.44 SEP100936 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #9 $3.99 DE

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.