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Fantastic Four #587

Still reeling from the events of Blackest Night, the fissures in the Green Lantern Corps widen as the stage begins to be set for "War of the Green Lanterns" in Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, and Christian Alamy's Green Lantern #62 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to comic specialty retailers in February.

In total, DC Comics had six of the top ten best-selling comics in February. Two issues of Brightest Day, the biweekly event from writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi, placed in the top ten, with issue #19 at #2 and issue #20 at #3. Batman and Robin #20, the first part of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's "Dark Knight, White Knight" storyline, ranked #7. Tony Daniel's Batman #707 ranked #8, and The Flash #9, a prelude issue to the "Flashpoint" crossover, ranked #9.

Marvel Comics took the other four spots in February's top-ten, led by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr.'s Avengers #10 at #4. Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta brought the story of the Fantastic Four to a close in Fantastic Four #588, the final issue of the series and February's #5 book. Bendis, Mike Deodato, and Howard Chaykin explore a dark chapter in Nick Fury's life in New Avengers #9, which ranked #6 for the month. Finally, Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 from Dan Slott and Paul Siqueira introduced the world to the new Venom and ranked #10 for the month.

Among other premier publishers, Star Wars: Legacy — War #3 was Dark Horse Comics' top book for February, ranked at #101 for the month. IDW Publishing's True Blood: Tainted Love #1, the first issue of their second series based on the hit HBO vampire series, was their top book at #91. Finally, Image Comics' The Walking Dead #81 was the publisher's top book, ranked #45.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in February 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 4 121.62 NOV100188-M GREEN LANTERN #62 $2.99 DC 
2 5 120.85 DEC100168-M BRIGHTEST DAY #19 $2.99 DC 
3 10 118.58 DEC100170-M BRIGHTEST DAY #20 $2.99 DC 
4 1 108.71 DEC100551 AVENGERS #10 $3.99 MAR
5 3 108.04 DEC100592 FANTASTIC FOUR #588 $3.99 MAR
6 2 103.59 DEC100552 NEW AVENGERS #9 $3.99 MAR
7 16 103.13 DEC100198-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #20 $2.99 DC 
8 17 100.00 DEC100196 BATMAN #707 $2.99 DC 
9 23 95.20 OCT100224-M FLASH #9 (FLASHPOINT) $2.99 DC 
10 26 94.01 DEC100573 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1 $2.99 MAR
11 24 91.64 DEC100623-M X-MEN LEGACY #245 $2.99 MAR
12 6 91.63 DEC100571 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654 $3.99 MAR
13 7 91.55 DEC100622 UNCANNY X-MEN #533 $3.99 MAR
14 8 90.75 DEC100572 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #655 $3.99 MAR
15 9 90.31 NOV100561 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #653 $3.99 MAR
16 25 89.74 DEC100176-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #57 $2.99 DC 
17 11 87.53 DEC100621 UNCANNY X-FORCE #5 $3.99 MAR
18 12 84.55 DEC100553 SECRET AVENGERS #10 $3.99 MAR
19 13 84.22 DEC100620-M X-MEN #8 $3.99 MAR
20 14 83.94 DEC100544-M ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES #1 DOSM $3.99 MAR
21 30 78.68 DEC100221-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #54 $2.99 DC 
22 15 78.11 DEC100613 WOLVERINE #6 $3.99 MAR
23 31 76.23 DEC100182-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #7 (WAR OF GL) $2.99 DC 
24 34 75.39 DEC100612 WOLVERINE #5.1 $2.99 MAR
25 18 75.38 DEC100610-M ASTONISHING X-MEN #36 $3.99 MAR
26 27 74.80 DEC100542-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #153 DOSM $3.99 MAR
27 29 73.48 DEC100543-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #154 DOSM $3.99 MAR
28 38 71.75 DEC100562 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #500.1 $2.99 MAR
29 20 71.61 DEC100569 THOR #620 $3.99 MAR
30 21 71.31 DEC100556 CAPTAIN AMERICA #615 $3.99 MAR
31 22 70.60 DEC100563-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #501 $3.99 MAR
32 36 69.11 DEC100211-M SUPERMAN #708 $2.99 DC 
33 39 66.50 DEC100197 DETECTIVE COMICS #874 $2.99 DC 
34 28 65.75 SEP100564 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #5 $3.99 MAR
35 47 62.47 DEC100624-M NEW MUTANTS #22 $2.99 MAR
36 45 62.10 DEC100165-M DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #1 $2.99 DC 
37 19 58.08 DEC100616 WOLVERINE #1000 $4.99 MAR
38 51 57.69 DEC100178-M GREEN ARROW #9 $2.99 DC 
39 32 56.76 NOV100586 HULK #29 $3.99 MAR
40 52 56.21 NOV100186-M WONDER WOMAN #607 $2.99 DC 
41 33 55.96 DEC100576 HULK #30 $3.99 MAR
42 35 54.58 AUG100532 ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #5 $3.99 MAR
43 53 54.31 DEC100213 ACTION COMICS #898 $2.99 DC 
44 37 54.13 DEC100557-M IRON MAN 2.0 #1 $3.99 MAR
45 54 52.29 NOV100472 WALKING DEAD #81 (MR) $2.99 IMA
46 55 52.11 DEC100203 BIRDS OF PREY #9 $2.99 DC 
47 56 51.95 DEC100172-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #19 $2.99 DC 
48 59 51.70 DEC100577 INCREDIBLE HULKS #622 $2.99 MAR
49 58 51.27 DEC100205 RED ROBIN #20 $2.99 DC 
50 61 51.26 DEC100578 INCREDIBLE HULKS #623 $2.99 MAR
51 60 51.09 DEC100174-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #20 $2.99 DC 
52 62 50.28 DEC100218 SUPERMAN BATMAN #81 $2.99 DC 
53 64 49.55 DEC100226 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #48 $2.99 DC 
54 41 49.50 DEC100590 DAREDEVIL REBORN #2 $3.99 MAR
55 40 49.48 OCT100185-M BATMAN ODYSSEY #6 $3.99 DC 
56 67 49.24 DEC100200 BATMAN BEYOND #2 $2.99 DC 
57 65 49.24 DEC100167 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #2 $2.99 DC 
58 68 49.03 NOV100598 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #5 $2.99 MAR
59 70 48.72 DEC100605 DEADPOOL #33 $2.99 MAR
60 49 48.35 DEC100596-M ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED #1 $3.99 MAR
61 42 48.18 DEC100570 CARNAGE #3 $3.99 MAR
62 44 47.26 DEC100615 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #3 $3.99 MAR
63 153 46.90 DEC100594 POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 $2.99 MAR
64 74 46.68 DEC100216-M SUPERBOY #4 $2.99 DC 
65 48 46.59 DEC100548 ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 MAR
66 75 46.18 DEC100618 X-23 #6 $2.99 MAR
67 50 45.54 NOV100528 ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #4 $3.99 MAR
68 78 44.54 DEC100598-M SHIELD #6 $2.99 MAR
69 76 44.50 DEC100206 TEEN TITANS #92 $2.99 DC 
70 77 44.38 DEC100601 THUNDERBOLTS #153 $2.99 MAR
71 81 43.02 DEC100630 X-FACTOR #215 $2.99 MAR
72 83 41.76 DEC100587 BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #515 $2.99 MAR
73 86 41.51 DEC100604 SILVER SURFER #1 $2.99 MAR
74 82 41.48 DEC100204 BATGIRL #18 $2.99 DC 
75 87 40.37 DEC100229 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #10 $2.99 DC 
76 89 40.32 DEC100549 AVENGERS ACADEMY #9 $2.99 MAR
77 66 39.79 NOV100584-M FANTASTIC FOUR #587 $3.99 MAR
78 91 39.33 DEC100228 ADVENTURE COMICS #523 $2.99 DC 
79 57 39.04 DEC100609 DEADPOOL AND CABLE #26 $3.99 MAR
80 93 38.61 NOV100591 SECRET WARRIORS #24 $2.99 MAR
81 95 38.09 DEC100588-M HEROES FOR HIRE #3 $2.99 MAR
82 43 37.75 OCT100239 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 
83 96 37.70 DEC100626-M GENERATION HOPE #4 $2.99 MAR
84 94 37.49 DEC100214 SUPERGIRL #61 $2.99 DC 
85 98 36.79 NOV100171 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #19 $2.99 DC 
86 69 36.43 NOV100201-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #9 $3.99 DC 
87 71 35.88 OCT100236 TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #6 $3.99 DC 
88 72 35.78 DEC100547 ULTIMATE COMICS DOOM #3 $3.99 MAR
89 101 35.63 DEC100233 TITANS #32 $2.99 DC 
90 102 35.41 DEC100207 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #20 $2.99 DC 
91 63 33.71 DEC100367-M TRUE BLOOD TAINTED LOVE #1 (MR) $3.99 IDW
92 106 33.61 DEC100232 SECRET SIX #30 $2.99 DC 
93 80 32.71 DEC100631 PUNISHERMAX #10 (MR) $3.99 MAR
94 111 32.68 DEC100296 FABLES #102 (MR) $2.99 DC 
95 73 31.85 DEC100869 BOYS #51 (MR) $3.99 DE
96 112 31.18 FEB100348 SPAWN #202 $2.99 IMA
97 84 30.99 DEC100632 DEADPOOLMAX #5 (MR) $3.99 MAR
98 46 30.73 DEC100215 SUPERMAN 80 PAGE GIANT 2011 #1 $5.99 DC 
99 117 30.47 DEC100614 WOLVERINE & JUBILEE #2 $2.99 MAR
100 88 30.18 DEC100539 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER LITTLE SISTERS ELURIA #3 $3.99 MAR

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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.