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Top 100 Graphic Novels: July 2011
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Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill bring their Victorian adventurers into conflict with the social changes of the 1960s in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #2: 1969, the latest chapter of their acclaimed series from Top Shelf Productions and the best-selling graphic novel to retailers in July.

Dark Horse Comics' Conan the Barbarian: The Mask of Acheron from Stuart Moore and Gabriel Guzman was the month's #2 best-selling graphic novel.

Marvel Comics had two books in the top ten, both from their creator-owned Icon imprint. The trade paperback edition of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s Kick-Ass ranked #3 and Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Incognito: Bad Influences ranked #10.

DC Comics rounded out the top ten with five titles, led by the collected trade paperback edition of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' Blackest Night at #3. Also related to Blackest Night in the top ten were Blackest Night: Green Lantern at #5 and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps at #8, both collecting the tie-in story arcs from the pages of Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps respectively to the DC Comics crossover event. DC's Vertigo imprint accounted for the other two titles in the top ten with Jack of Fables Volume 10: The End at #6 and Northlanders Volume 5: Metal at #9.

Among the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Locke & Key Volume 4: The Keys to the Kingdom from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez was the publisher's top book in July at #12. Image Comics' The Walking Dead Volume 14: No Way Out, June's #1 best-selling graphic novel, was the publisher's top graphic novel in July; it ranked #11.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 44.12 MAY111195 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR) $9.95 TOP
2 19 14.45 MAY110024 CONAN THE BARBARIAN MASK OF ACHERON $6.99 DAR
3 2 12.23 APR110670-M KICK-ASS TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
4 3 12.01 APR110192 BLACKEST NIGHT TP $19.99 DC 
5 7 8.50 APR110193 BLACKEST NIGHT GREEN LANTERN TP $19.99 DC 
6 12 7.62 APR110245 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 09 THE END (MR) $17.99 DC 
7 50 7.48 MAR110017 STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TV TP VOL 06 STARCRUSHER TRAP $7.99 DAR
8 10 7.36 APR110194 BLACKEST NIGHT GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP $19.99 DC 
9 13 7.35 APR110247 NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 05 METAL (MR) $17.99 DC 
10 14 7.11 APR110669 INCOGNITO TP  VOL 02 BAD INFLUENCES (MR) $17.99 MAR
11 23 6.22 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
12 8 5.79 APR110294 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 04 KEYS TO THE KINGDOM $24.99 IDW
13 16 5.75 APR110197 BLACKEST NIGHT BLACK LANTERN CORPS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
14 11 5.69 MAR110339 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME HC $24.99 DC 
15 17 5.66 APR110195 BLACKEST NIGHT RISE OF THE BLACK LANTERNS TP $19.99 DC 
16 18 5.66 APR110198 BLACKEST NIGHT BLACK LANTERN CORPS TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
17 4 5.30 FEB110197 BATMAN HUSH UNWRAPPED DELUXE ED HC $39.99 DC 
18 21 5.24 APR110196 BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS TP $19.99 DC 
19 15 4.97 APR110666 SCARLET PREM HC BOOK ONE (MR) $24.99 MAR
20 20 4.77 MAY110333 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 03 CROWN OF SHADOWS $19.99 IDW
21 5 4.74 MAR110354 JUSTICE HC $39.99 DC 
22 40 4.64 MAY110750 DEADPOOL TP VOL 06 I RULE YOU SUCK $15.99 MAR
23 27 4.60 APR110012 STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT TP VOL 01 AFLAME $17.99 DAR
24 57 4.54 APR110681 CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST VENGEANCE TP $14.99 MAR
25 26 4.44 MAY110745 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
26 28 4.34 MAY110755 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
27 29 4.24 APR110203 GOTHAM CENTRAL TP BOOK 02 JOKERS AND MADMEN $19.99 DC 
28 45 4.17 MAY110744 AVENGERS ACADEMY TP VOL 01 PERMANENT RECORD $19.99 MAR
29 39 4.16 MAR110027 USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 25 FOX HUNT $16.99 DAR
30 22 4.09 FEB110266 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING HC BOOK 05 (MR) $24.99 DC 
31 33 4.07 MAY110758 SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 01 MISSION TO MARS $19.99 MAR
32 25 3.99 MAY110736 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
33 36 3.86 MAR110357 SHOWCASE PRESENTS DOC SAVAGE TP $19.99 DC 
34 66 3.85 MAY110752 INCREDIBLE HULKS TP PLANET SAVAGE $15.99 MAR
35 56 3.83 MAY110710 CASANOVA GULA TP (MR) $14.99 MAR
36 87 3.78 APR111224 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
37 81 3.55 MAY110751 HEROES FOR HIRE TP CONTROL $15.99 MAR
38 74 3.52 MAY110746 BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR TP VOL 01 URBAN JUNGLE $16.99 MAR
39 70 3.33 MAY111272 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 06 $11.99 HAC
40 100 3.32 MAY110726 CAPTAIN AMERICA HAIL HYDRA TP $14.99 MAR
41 82 3.29 MAY111126 NEGIMA GN VOL 30 (MR) $10.99 RAN
42 38 3.27 MAR110351 GREEN ARROW HC VOL 01 INTO THE WOODS $22.99 DC 
43 53 3.26 APR110233 X-FILES 30 DAYS OF NIGHT TP (MR) $17.99 DC 
44 114 3.23 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
45 34 3.21 MAY110740 STAND NO MANS LAND PREM HC $24.99 MAR
46 6 3.21 MAY110337 DAVE STEVENS COMPLETE SKETCHBOOK COLL HC $50.00 IDW
47 37 3.17 MAY111176 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 05 DEADLY ART OF SCIENCE $19.95 RED
48 97 3.17 MAY110748 HAWKEYE TP BLINDSPOT $15.99 MAR
49 44 3.06 MAR110348 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM HC VOL 03 HOUSE OF HUSH $22.99 DC 
50 51 3.03 MAR110378 COWBOYS HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
51 77 3.03 MAY110753 STEVE ROGERS TP SUPER-SOLDIER $14.99 MAR
52 64 3.00 MAY111275 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 03 (MR) $13.99 HAC
53 129 2.94 MAY110747 BLACK WIDOW KISS OR KILL TP $12.99 MAR
54 32 2.92 MAY110350 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 12 $24.99 IDW
55 48 2.91 MAY110734 DAKEN AND X-23 PREM HC COLLISION $24.99 MAR
56 9 2.90 FEB110644-M MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 11 $54.99 MAR
57 88 2.87 MAY110765 THOR BLACK GALAXY SAGA TP $19.99 MAR
58 55 2.87 MAY110760 SPIDER-MAN BLUE TP $19.99 MAR
59 122 2.82 MAY110759 SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC FOUR TP $14.99 MAR
60 58 2.78 APR110734 HALO TP BLOOD LINE (MR) $19.99 MAR
61 43 2.78 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
62 89 2.78 MAY110742 DEADPOOL PULP TP $14.99 MAR
63 59 2.73 MAY110762 SPIDER-MAN ORIGIN OF SPECIES TP $19.99 MAR
64 52 2.69 APR110388 DANGER GIRL CAMPBELL SKETCHBOOK HC $19.99 IDW
65 30 2.57 MAY111270 FLIGHT GN VOL 08 $27.00 RAN
66 61 2.55 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
67 49 2.52 MAY110733 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN AND WOLVERINE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
68 131 2.51 APR111223 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 05 $9.99 VIZ
69 62 2.51 MAY110763 SPIDER-MAN AM I AN AVENGER TP $29.99 MAR
70 94 2.49 MAY110749 THUNDERBOLTS TP VIOLENT REJECTION $15.99 MAR
71 68 2.48 MAY110401 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING 2 TP VOL 01 RIPPER $17.99 IDW
72 79 2.42 MAY110912 AMORY WARS SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH 3 TP VOL 03 $14.99 BOO
73 86 2.36 APR110999 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 07 BE GOOD LITTLE PUPPY $15.00 RAN
74 71 2.35 MAY110732 X-FACTOR SCAR TISSUE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
75 76 2.32 MAY110737 WOLVERINE WOLVERINE VS X-MEN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
76 108 2.29 FEB100185 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH TP NEW EDITION $14.99 DC 
77 205 2.27 MAY111148 SMURFS GN VOL 07 THE ASTRO SMURF $5.99 NBM
78 101 2.23 MAR110022 KULL TP VOL 02 HATE WITCH $15.99 DAR
79 80 2.21 APR110251 REVOLVER TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
80 60 2.15 MAY110716-M MMW X-MEN TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
81 73 2.12 MAY110355 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING TP VOL 03 $19.99 IDW
82 63 2.09 FEB110657-M X-MEN LIFEDEATH PREM HC $24.99 MAR
83 83 2.08 MAR110065 MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH DH OMNIBUS ED VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
84 90 2.07 MAY110767 ESSENTIAL PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 05 $19.99 MAR
85 121 2.04 MAY110469 SPAWN NEW BEGINNINGS TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
86 95 2.00 MAY110739 X-MEN LEGACY AFTERMATH PREM HC $19.99 MAR
87 69 1.99 FEB110659-M SPIDER-MAN DEATH JEAN DEWOLFF PREM HC $24.99 MAR
88 35 1.98 FEB110201 INFINITY INC HC VOL 01 THE GENERATIONS SAGA $39.99 DC 
89 154 1.97 MAR110920 LUCKY STAR GN VOL 08 $10.99 BAN
90 84 1.96 APR110379 JERICHO TP SEASON 3 $19.99 IDW
91 125 1.95 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
92 72 1.94 MAY110754 MARVEL POINT ONE TP $24.99 MAR
93 106 1.94 MAY110946 DISNEY TREASURY DONALD DUCK TP VOL 02 $14.99 BOO
94 24 1.92 FEB110651 DARK AVENGERS HC $49.99 MAR
95 130 1.88 MAY110743 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON TP BOOK 03 $14.99 MAR
96 215 1.88 DEC100470 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE $9.99 IMA
97 102 1.88 MAY110727 ENDERS GAME SPEAKER FOR DEAD PREM HC $24.99 MAR
98 75 1.86 MAY110738 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS PREM HC CONTAGION $24.99 MAR
99 123 1.79 APR110727 ANITA BLAKE VAMPIRE HUNT CIRCUS DAMNED TP BOOK 01 (MR) $16.99 MAR
100 93 1.78 MAY111012 VAMPIRELLA TP VOL 01 CROWN OF WORMS $19.99 DYN

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