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Top 100 Graphic Novels: May 2011
Crossed

David Lapham and Gianluca Pagliarani took Garth Ennis' zombie series Crossed into the third-dimension with Crossed 3-D, an original graphic novel printed in 3-D that shipped with 3-D glasses, giving Avatar Press the best-selling graphic novel to comic shops in May.

Dark Horse Comics had the number two best-selling graphic novel in May with Star Wars Adventures Volume 5: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear, an all-ages digest that stars the fan-favorite bounty hunter from George Lucas' Star Wars universe.

DC Comics had seven of the top ten best-selling graphic novels in May, led by Jill Thompson's Delirium's Party: A Little Endless Storybook at #3, a children's storybook-styled story from the Vertigo imprint about Delirium of The Endless from the pages of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. Also in the top ten were Batman and Robin Deluxe Volume 3: Batman Must Die! at #4, Brightest Day Volume 2 at #5, DMZ Volume 10: Collective Punishment at #6, Green Lantern: Secret Origin at #7, Batman: Long Shadows at #9, and American Vampire Volume 2 at #10.

Rounding out the top ten was BOOm! Studios, with Mark Waid and Peter Krause's Irredeemable Volume 6 at #8.

Among other premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Danger Girl Volume 1: Destination Danger, collecting the fan-favorite J. Scott Campbell series, ranked #77 for the month. Image Comics' The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, the graphic novel that served as the basis for the first season of AMC's top-rated television series The Walking Dead, ranked #19. Finally, Marvel Comics' Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Volume 2: Chameleons, from Brian Michael Bendis, David Lafuente, and Takeshi Miyazawa, ranked #11 for May.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 13 9.64 AUG100795 CROSSED 3D GN VOL 01 (MR) $8.99 AVA
2 26 8.72 OCT100033 STAR WARS ADV TP VOL 05 BOBA FETT & SHIP OF FEAR $7.99 DAR
3 7 8.46 NOV100264 DELIRIUMS PARTY A LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK HC $14.99 DC 
4 3 8.33 JAN110321 BATMAN AND ROBIN DELUXE HC VOL 03 BATMAN MUST DIE $24.99 DC 
5 1 8.23 JAN110320 BRIGHTEST DAY HC VOL 02 $29.99 DC 
6 9 7.87 FEB110260 DMZ TP VOL 10 COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT (MR) $14.99 DC 
7 14 5.83 JAN110337-M GREEN LANTERN SECRET ORIGIN TP NEW ED $14.99 DC 
8 10 5.51 MAR110975 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 06 $16.99 BOO
9 25 5.00 FEB110195 BATMAN LONG SHADOWS TP $14.99 DC 
10 8 5.00 JAN110418 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 02 (MR) $24.99 DC 
11 12 4.90 MAR110801 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 02 CHAMELEONS $19.99 MAR
12 27 4.61 JAN110109 STAR WARS BLOOD TIES TP VOL 01 TALE OF JANGO & BOBA FETT $14.99 DAR
13 31 4.60 FEB110196 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM TP VOL 01 HUSH MONEY $14.99 DC 
14 36 4.34 FEB110256 HELLBLAZER CITY OF DEMONS TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
15 89 4.29 MAR111048 CHARLAINE HARRIS GRAVE SIGHT GN VOL 01 (OF 3) $7.99 DYN
16 28 4.25 JAN110111 STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 02 THREAT OF PEACE $15.99 DAR
17 45 4.08 FEB110258 HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 06 SAFE AS HOUSES (MR) $14.99 DC 
18 53 3.92 MAR110789 CHAOS WAR X-MEN TP $15.99 MAR
19 79 3.91 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
20 46 3.90 FEB110209 SECRET SIX THE REPTILE BRAIN TP $14.99 DC 
21 61 3.75 FEB110238 TINY TITANS TP VOL 05 FIELD TRIPPIN $12.99 DC 
22 29 3.71 DEC100054 CONAN TP VOL 10 IRON SHADOWS IN THE MOON $17.99 DAR
23 65 3.69 MAR110800 TASKMASTER TP UNTHINKABLE $14.99 MAR
24 47 3.66 FEB110194 BATGIRL THE FLOOD TP $14.99 DC 
25 18 3.61 JAN110336 GREEN LANTERN CORPS REVOLT OF ALPHA LANTERNS HC $22.99 DC 
26 50 3.56 MAR110797 DEADPOOL WADE WILSONS WAR TP $14.99 MAR
27 34 3.41 FEB110198 DEADMAN TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
28 116 3.37 MAR110879 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 15 $7.95 ARC
29 11 3.36 MAR111105 PAYING FOR IT HC $24.95 DRA
30 23 3.33 JAN110322 BIRDS OF PREY HC VOL 01 ENDRUN $22.99 DC 
31 56 3.33 FEB110202 SUPERBOY THE BOY OF STEEL TP $14.99 DC 
32 59 3.27 NOV100265 LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK HC $14.99 DC 
33 93 3.24 DEC100088 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 38 $10.99 DAR
34 69 3.19 MAR111186 NEGIMA GN VOL 29 (MR) $10.99 RAN
35 40 3.16 FEB110037 CHRONICLES OF KING CONAN TP VOL 02 $18.99 DAR
36 15 3.16 MAR110768 X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE PRELUDE TP $29.99 MAR
37 24 3.15 MAR110761 THOR WORLD EATERS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
38 76 3.07 MAR110795 AVENGERS WE ARE THE AVENGERS TP $16.99 MAR
39 41 3.07 FEB111143 STUFF OF LEGEND TP VOL 02 THE JUNGLE $16.99 TH3
40 64 3.04 FEB110269 UNKNOWN SOLDIER TP VOL 04 BEAUTIFUL WORLD (MR) $14.99 DC 
41 86 2.96 MAR110759 CAPTAIN AMERICA ALLIES AND ENEMIES TP $16.99 MAR
42 57 2.95 MAR110799 PUNISHER IN BLOOD TP $16.99 MAR
43 66 2.90 MAR110763 THOR LORD OF ASGARD TP $19.99 MAR
44 153 2.89 FEB110673 TRON GN TP ORIGINAL MOVIE ADAPTATION $9.99 MAR
45 67 2.86 FEB110212 YOSSEL TP $14.99 DC 
46 70 2.84 FEB110203 SUPERBOY LEGION OF SUPER HEROES THE EARLY YEARS TP $14.99 DC 
47 33 2.79 FEB110653 THOR FOR ASGARD HC $24.99 MAR
48 72 2.76 MAR110798 DEATH OF DRACULA TP $19.99 MAR
49 95 2.74 JAN110133 GANTZ TP VOL 17 (MR) $12.99 DAR
50 48 2.72 MAR110790 CHAOS WAR INCREDIBLE HULKS TP $19.99 MAR
51 49 2.72 MAR110755 ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC $19.99 MAR
52 35 2.69 MAR110766 MYSTIQUE BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $24.99 MAR
53 37 2.68 MAR110781 DEADPOOL MAX PREM HC NUTJOB (MR) $24.99 MAR
54 62 2.68 FEB110017 GOON TP VOL 01 NOTHIN BUT MISERY 2ND ED $16.99 DAR
55 74 2.68 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
56 43 2.64 MAR110783 SPIDER-MAN MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH PREM HC $24.99 MAR
57 39 2.61 FEB110641 JINX GN HC ESSENTIAL COLLECTION (MR) $24.99 MAR
58 6 2.61 DEC100640-M MMW MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 10 $54.99 MAR
59 54 2.60 MAR110772-M 5 RONIN HC $19.99 MAR
60 22 2.59 MAR110760 MARVELS PROJECT BIRTH OF SUPER HEROES TP $29.99 MAR
61 87 2.57 FEB110207 JONAH HEX NO WAY BACK TP $14.99 DC 
62 38 2.57 FEB110208 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 06 $24.99 DC 
63 42 2.55 OCT100684 PUNISHERMAX PREM HC BULLSEYE (MR) $24.99 MAR
64 60 2.53 MAR110784 TROUBLE BY MARK MILLAR PREM HC $19.99 MAR
65 58 2.52 MAR110782 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 07 MY MONSTERS $19.99 MAR
66 63 2.52 MAR110793 ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS TP $24.99 MAR
67 44 2.50 JAN111033 HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES TP VOL 01 $19.99 BOO
68 2 2.49 DEC100636-M CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $99.99 MAR
69 106 2.48 MAR110762 THOR WOLVES OF NORTH TP $12.99 MAR
70 128 2.42 MAR110756 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND KORVAC SAGA GN TP $14.99 MAR
71 52 2.37 FEB111236 ESCAPE FROM WONDERLAND TP $17.99 ZEN
72 101 2.32 FEB110214 JEW GANGSTER TP $14.99 DC 
73 75 2.31 MAR110949 BART SIMPSON PRINCE OF PRANKS TP $15.99 BON
74 102 2.27 MAR110767 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 01 $14.99 MAR
75 21 2.27 MAR110765 EMMA FROST ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $34.99 MAR
76 32 2.25 JAN111233 ALEXANDRO JODOROWSKY SCREAMING PLANET HC $24.95 HUM
77 55 2.24 JAN110540 DANGER GIRL TP VOL 01 DESTINATION DANGER $19.99 IDW
78 4 2.21 JAN110328 FLASH OMNIBUS BY GEOFF JOHNS HC VOL 01 $75.00 DC 
79 20 2.17 MAR110779 ULTIMATE COMICS DOOMSDAY HC $39.99 MAR
80 96 2.15 JAN110663 WITCHBLADE REDEMPTION TP VOL 02 $16.99 IMA
81 120 2.15 FEB110237 BATMAN BRAVE AND THE BOLD EMERALD KNIGHT TP $12.99 DC 
82 73 2.14 MAR110780 DEADPOOL CORPS PREM HC VOL 02 YOU SAY REVOLUTION $19.99 MAR
83 104 2.13 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
84 91 2.12 JAN110422 FABLES TP VOL 15 ROSE RED (MR) $17.99 DC 
85 90 2.12 JAN110412 DV8 GODS AND MONSTERS TP $17.99 DC 
86 94 2.10 FEB110250 TOM STRONG AND THE ROBOTS OF DOOM TP $17.99 DC 
87 80 2.08 MAR110774 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP HC VOL 03 BFFS $19.99 MAR
88 78 2.04 MAR110791 SPIDER-MAN HOBGOBLIN LIVES TP $19.99 MAR
89 97 2.04 FEB110211 JSA ALL STARS GLORY DAYS TP $17.99 DC 
90 111 2.02 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
91 77 2.01 FEB110213 DONG XOAI VIETNAM TP $19.99 DC 
92 105 2.01 DEC100081 EMILY THE STRANGE TP VOL 03 13TH HOUR $14.99 DAR
93 83 2.01 MAR110439 TRANSFORMERS 3 DARK MOON MOVIE ADAPTATION TP $17.99 IDW
94 112 2.00 MAR111279 MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 01 $12.95 UDO
95 84 2.00 FEB110654 THOR IRON MAN PREM HC GOD COMPLEX $19.99 MAR
96 99 1.98 JAN111058 DISNEY TREASURY DONALD DUCK TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
97 168 1.96 DEC100470 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE $9.99 IMA
98 228 1.87 FEB111112 SMURFS GN VOL 06 SMURFS & HOWLIBIRD $5.99 NBM
99 16 1.87 FEB110652 THOR ART OF THOR MOVIE HC $49.99 MAR
100 98 1.86 MAR110758 CAPTAIN AMERICA MAN OUT OF TIME PREM HC $19.99 MAR

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