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As the Serpent and his allies wage war on the Marvel Universe, Thor faces his greatest challenge in Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself #2, the second chapter of Marvel Comics blockbuster summer crossover event and the best-selling comic book sold in May.

In total, Marvel Comics had six of the month's top ten best-selling comics. A Fear Itself tie-in issue, Avengers #2 from Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo was Marvel's number two book, ranking #4 for the month. Also in the top ten were Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting's FF #3 at #5; Hickman and Barry Kitson's FF #4 at #7; Bendis, Mike Deodato, and Howard Chaykin's New Avengers #12 and #9, and Christos Gage and Reilly Brown's Amazing Spider-Man #661 at #10.

DC rounded out the top ten with four books, with Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert's Flashpoint #1, the debut issue of a five-issue event that will remake the DC Universe, the publisher's top book at #2. Two chapters of the "War of the Green Lanterns" event placed in the top ten with Johns, Doug Mahnke, and Christian Alamy's Green Lantern #66 at #3 and Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham and Matt "Batt" Banning's Green Lantern Corps #60 #6. Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's Batman Incorporated #6 closes out the top ten, ranked #8 for the month.

Among other premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars: Jedi — The Dark Side #1, the first issue of a mini-series about the early days of Star wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace's Qui-Gon Jinn, ranked #92. IDW Publishing's long-awaited The Rocketeer Adventures #1, the first issue of an anthology that continued the adventures of Dave Stevens' beloved 1940's hero, ranked #89. Finally, Image Comics' The Walking Dead #85 was the publisher's top book, ranked #40.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 174.85 MAR110612-M FEAR ITSELF #2 $3.99 MAR
2 2 157.90 MAR110276-M FLASHPOINT #1 $3.99 DC
3 8 136.82 MAR110267-M GREEN LANTERN #66 $2.99 DC
4 3 123.60 MAR110620-M AVENGERS #13 FEAR $3.99 MAR
5 15 121.42 MAR110682-M FF #3 $2.99 MAR
6 19 110.67 MAR110269-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #60 $2.99 DC
7 21 109.96 MAR110685-M FF #4 $2.99 MAR
8 20 109.79 FEB110141-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #6 $2.99 DC
9 5 109.52 MAR110649-M NEW AVENGERS #12 $3.99 MAR
10 6 107.26 MAR110664-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #661 $3.99 MAR
11 7 105.74 MAR110663 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #660 $3.99 MAR
12 25 104.43 MAR110300-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #23 $2.99 DC
13 9 101.45 MAR110666 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #662 $3.99 MAR
14 27 100.00 MAR110299 BATMAN #710 $2.99 DC
15 28 99.69 FEB110132-M FLASH #12 $2.99 DC
16 10 97.51 MAR110724 UNCANNY X-MEN #537 $3.99 MAR
17 29 96.16 MAR110271-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #10 $2.99 DC
18 4 94.58 MAR110718-M X-MEN GIANT-SIZE #1 $4.99 MAR
19 11 94.28 MAR110622-M SECRET AVENGERS #13 FEAR $3.99 MAR
20 12 93.90 MAR110730 UNCANNY X-FORCE #9 $3.99 MAR
21 14 91.99 MAR110731 UNCANNY X-FORCE #10 $3.99 MAR
22 13 91.63 MAR110659-M MIGHTY THOR #2 $3.99 MAR
23 16 88.98 MAR110697-M MOON KNIGHT #1 $3.99 MAR
24 17 87.03 MAR110641-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #158 $3.99 MAR
25 33 84.83 MAR110286-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #57 $2.99 DC
26 18 84.45 MAR110716-M X-MEN #11 $3.99 MAR
27 35 83.66 MAR110732 X-MEN LEGACY #248 $2.99 MAR
28 36 81.80 MAR110733 X-MEN LEGACY #249 $2.99 MAR
29 24 81.31 MAR110618-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #504 FEAR $3.99 MAR
30 22 81.23 MAR110651-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #618 $3.99 MAR
31 23 81.03 MAR110725-M WOLVERINE #9 $3.99 MAR
32 37 80.13 MAR110274-M ACTION COMICS #901 $2.99 DC
33 26 79.34 MAR110639-M ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES #4 $3.99 MAR
34 38 73.76 MAR110661-M VENOM #3 $2.99 MAR
35 39 71.90 MAR110298 DETECTIVE COMICS #877 $2.99 DC
36 41 70.80 MAR110616-M JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #623 FEAR $2.99 MAR
37 32 69.91 FEB110606 ASTONISHING X-MEN #37 $3.99 MAR
38 40 69.84 MAR110310-M SUPERMAN #711 $2.99 DC
39 30 68.22 MAR110721 ASTONISHING X-MEN #38 $3.99 MAR
40 46 68.17 MAR110603-M WALKING DEAD #85 (MR) $2.99 IMA
41 44 66.44 MAR110289-M BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #1 $2.99 DC
42 142 66.13 MAR111016 KIRBY GENESIS #0 $1.00 DYN
43 48 63.17 MAR110714 X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM #1 $2.99 MAR
44 34 63.04 MAR110734-M NEW MUTANTS #25 $3.99 MAR
45 49 62.72 MAR110624 FEAR ITSELF SPIDER-MAN #1 $2.99 MAR
46 50 58.88 MAR110292-M BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #1 $2.99 DC
47 52 58.59 MAR110671-M HULK #33 $2.99 MAR
48 51 57.62 MAR110282-M GREEN ARROW #12 (BRIGHTEST DAY) $2.99 DC
49 54 56.84 MAR110715 X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM #2 $2.99 MAR
50 56 53.90 MAR110309 BIRDS OF PREY #12 $2.99 DC
51 58 52.82 MAR110304 RED ROBIN #23 $2.99 DC
52 59 52.32 MAR110674 INCREDIBLE HULKS #628 $2.99 MAR
53 43 51.93 MAR110615 FEAR ITSELF HOME FRONT #2 $3.99 MAR
54 60 51.29 MAR110325 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #51 $2.99 DC
55 63 51.02 MAR110675 INCREDIBLE HULKS #629 $2.99 MAR
56 62 50.83 MAR110711 DEADPOOL #37 $2.99 MAR
57 61 50.81 MAR110314 SUPERMAN BATMAN #84 $2.99 DC
58 45 50.09 MAR110713 DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1 $3.99 MAR
59 66 47.73 MAR110739 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #9 $2.99 MAR
60 47 47.52 FEB110577 DAREDEVIL REBORN #4 $3.99 MAR
61 67 47.48 MAR110737 X-23 #10 $2.99 MAR
62 70 46.79 MAR110629 ALPHA FLIGHT #0.1 $2.99 MAR
63 69 46.13 MAR110306 BATMAN BEYOND #5 $2.99 DC
64 73 45.50 MAR110710 THUNDERBOLTS #157 $2.99 MAR
65 74 45.09 MAR110646-M AVENGERS ACADEMY #13 $2.99 MAR
66 78 44.96 MAR110743 X-FACTOR #219 $2.99 MAR
67 71 44.91 MAR110331 TEEN TITANS #95 $2.99 DC
68 77 44.86 MAR110625 FEAR ITSELF YOUTH IN REVOLT #1 $2.99 MAR
69 72 44.70 MAR110312 SUPERBOY #7 $2.99 DC
70 76 44.66 MAR110738 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #9.1 $2.99 MAR
71 79 43.65 MAR110308 BATGIRL #21 $2.99 DC
72 53 42.85 MAR110670 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #6 $3.99 MAR
73 83 42.73 MAR110648 AVENGERS ACADEMY #14 $2.99 MAR
74 81 42.36 MAR110281 BOOSTER GOLD #44 $2.99 DC
75 42 42.02 MAR110688-M ANNIHILATORS #3 $4.99 MAR
76 82 41.94 MAR110318 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #13 $2.99 DC
77 55 41.20 MAR110727 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #6 $3.99 MAR
78 86 40.43 MAR110317 ADVENTURE COMICS #526 $2.99 DC
79 88 40.13 MAR110703 SECRET WARRIORS #27 $2.99 MAR
80 94 39.79 MAR110709 SILVER SURFER #4 $2.99 MAR
81 91 39.01 MAR110305 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #23 $2.99 DC
82 93 38.87 MAR110313 SUPERGIRL #64 $2.99 DC
83 98 37.95 MAR110689 BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #518 $2.99 MAR
84 99 37.31 MAR110332 TITANS #35 $2.99 DC
85 106 36.99 MAR110741-M GENERATION HOPE #7 $2.99 MAR
86 105 36.89 MAR110626 IRON MAN 2.0 #5 FEAR $2.99 MAR
87 102 36.42 MAR110284 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #7 $2.99 DC
88 109 36.41 MAR110690-M HEROES FOR HIRE #6 $2.99 MAR
89 57 36.17 MAR110416-M ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #1 $3.99 IDW
90 110 35.82 MAR110328 SECRET SIX #33 $2.99 DC
91 111 35.35 MAR110285 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #8 $2.99 DC
92 113 34.40 MAR110013 STAR WARS JEDI DARK SIDE #1 $2.99 DAR
93 115 34.05 MAR110627-M HERC #3 FEAR $2.99 MAR
94 114 34.04 MAR110382 FABLES #105 (MR) $2.99 DC
95 87 33.93 MAR110033 HELLBOY BEING HUMAN ONE SHOT $3.50 DAR
96 64 33.89 MAR111040 BOYS #54 (MR) $3.99 DYN
97 117 33.89 MAR110692 HEROES FOR HIRE #7 $2.99 MAR
98 31 33.66 MAR110644-M AVENGERS ACADEMY GIANT-SIZE #1 $7.99 MAR
99 75 33.49 MAR110744 PUNISHERMAX #13 (MR) $3.99 MAR
100 116 33.15 MAR110334 ZATANNA #13 $2.99 DC

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