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The dawn of the new DC Universe and the start of the "New 52" relaunch began with August's Justice League #1 from superstar creators Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, giving DC Comics the best-selling comic book for the month — and the best-selling comic year-to-date — to comics retailers.

In total, DC Comics had four of the top ten best-selling books for the month. August's #2 best-selling book was Johns and Andy Kubert's Flashpoint #5, the concluding chapter of the five-part mini-series that sent The Flash into a dark alternate history and set the stage for the New 52 relaunch. Flashpoint #4 also shipped in August and was ranked #4 for the month. Also in the top ten for DC Comics was War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath #2 at #8.

Marvel Comics took the remaining six spots in the top ten, led by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself #5 at #3. Ultimate Comics Fallout #4, which introduced readers to Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man, ranked #5. Two chapters of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos' "Spider-Island" storyline were also in the top ten; Amazing Spider-Man #667 ranked #6 and Amazing Spider-Man #668 ranked #9. Avengers #16, a tie-in to Fear Itself, ranked #7, and New Avengers #15, also a Fear Itself tie-in, ranked #10.

Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Angel and Faith #1, the first issue of a new series set in Joss Whedon's universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was their top-selling book at #104. IDW Publishing's top book for August was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, which ranked #48 for the month. Finally, Image Comics' The Walking Dead #88 from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard was the publisher's top book, ranked #51 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 331.04 JUL110187-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99 DC 
2 2 182.66 JUN110178-M FLASHPOINT #5 $3.99 DC 
3 3 175.65 JUN110581-M FEAR ITSELF #5 $3.99 MAR
4 4 166.57 JUN110175-M FLASHPOINT #4 $3.99 DC 
5 5 142.51 JUN110611-M ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4 $3.99 MAR
6 6 137.63 JUN110622-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 $3.99 MAR
7 7 116.49 JUN110586 AVENGERS #16 $3.99 MAR
8 8 111.49 JUN110168-M WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH #2 $3.99 DC 
9 9 111.15 JUN110624 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #668 $3.99 MAR
10 10 108.26 JUN110598 NEW AVENGERS #15 $3.99 MAR
11 11 105.95 JUN110606 UNCANNY X-MEN #542 $3.99 MAR
12 12 105.07 JUN110636 CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 MAR
13 27 104.85 DEC100635 KICK-ASS 2 #3 (MR) $2.99 MAR
14 13 104.14 JUN110699-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #13 $3.99 MAR
15 24 103.32 APR110150-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 $2.99 DC 
16 22 103.11 JUN110170-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #63 $2.99 DC 
17 25 102.22 JUN110221-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #5 $2.99 DC 
18 26 101.82 JUN110225-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #26 $2.99 DC 
19 34 100.30 JUN110670 FF #8 $2.99 MAR
20 29 100.00 JUN110220 BATMAN #713 $2.99 DC 
21 14 98.09 JUN110701 UNCANNY X-FORCE #14 $3.99 MAR
22 15 96.88 JUN110684-M X-MEN SCHISM #3 $3.99 MAR
23 16 92.02 JUN110620-M ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #1 $3.99 MAR
24 17 89.48 JUN110632-M SECRET AVENGERS #16 $3.99 MAR
25 18 86.41 JUN110657-M PUNISHER #1 $3.99 MAR
26 19 86.16 JUN110643-M MIGHTY THOR #5 $3.99 MAR
27 37 85.45 JUN110172-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #13 $2.99 DC 
28 20 83.39 JUN110688-M X-MEN #16 $3.99 MAR
29 40 82.28 JUN110202-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #60 $2.99 DC 
30 70 82.03 JUN110661 PUNISHER #2 $2.99 MAR
31 21 79.86 JUN110613-M ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #5 $3.99 MAR
32 42 79.19 JUN110664 DAREDEVIL #2 $2.99 MAR
33 43 78.18 JUN110690 X-MEN LEGACY #253 $2.99 MAR
34 41 77.81 JUN110182 FLASHPOINT BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #3 $2.99 DC 
35 28 77.44 JUN110587 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #507 $3.99 MAR
36 46 77.08 JUN110693 X-MEN LEGACY #254 $2.99 MAR
37 23 76.76 JUN110224 DETECTIVE COMICS #881 $3.99 DC 
38 45 75.97 JUN110204-M ACTION COMICS #904 $2.99 DC 
39 30 75.92 JUN110697 WOLVERINE #13 $3.99 MAR
40 31 75.71 JUN110615-M ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #6 $3.99 MAR
41 32 75.09 JUN110698 WOLVERINE #14 $3.99 MAR
42 35 73.85 JUN110652-M INCREDIBLE HULKS #635 $3.99 MAR
43 49 73.57 JUN110687 X-MEN #15.1 $2.99 MAR
44 48 72.47 JUN110198-M BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING #3 $2.99 DC 
45 51 69.69 JUN110635 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #621 $2.99 MAR
46 50 69.40 JUN110239-M SUPERMAN #714 $2.99 DC 
47 53 67.68 JUN110628 VENOM #6 $2.99 MAR
48 33 67.24 JUN110370-M TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #1 $3.99 IDW
49 54 66.92 JUN110608 FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE #2 $2.99 MAR
50 38 64.66 JUN110683 ASTONISHING X-MEN #41 $3.99 MAR
51 55 61.51 JUN110562 WALKING DEAD #88 (MR) $2.99 IMA
52 56 61.48 JUN110184 FLASHPOINT ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #3 $2.99 DC 
53 57 60.95 JUN110588 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #626 $2.99 MAR
54 58 59.05 JUN110196 FLASHPOINT PROJECT SUPERMAN #3 $2.99 DC 
55 47 58.87 JUN110617-M ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #1 $3.99 MAR
56 44 58.42 JUN110665 MOON KNIGHT #4 $3.99 MAR
57 60 56.98 JUN110190 FLASHPOINT WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #3 $2.99 DC 
58 61 56.98 JUN110186 FLASHPOINT EMPEROR AQUAMAN #3 $2.99 DC 
59 139 56.50 JUN110686 GENERATION HOPE #10 $2.99 MAR
60 62 56.46 JUN110245-M WONDER WOMAN #614 $2.99 DC 
61 64 56.14 JUN110601 HULK #38 FEAR $2.99 MAR
62 63 55.86 JUN110197 FLASHPOINT HAL JORDAN #3 $2.99 DC 
63 66 55.20 MAY110207 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #4 $2.99 DC 
64 67 54.67 JUN110181 BOOSTER GOLD #47 $2.99 DC 
65 68 54.18 JUN110231 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #5 $2.99 DC 
66 71 53.86 JUN110642 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #626 POINT ONE $2.99 MAR
67 69 53.60 JUN110185 FLASHPOINT THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #3 $2.99 DC 
68 36 53.05 JUN110258-M TEEN TITANS #100 $4.99 DC 
69 65 53.00 JUN110474-M INFINITE #1 $2.99 IMA
70 73 52.76 JUN110651 INCREDIBLE HULKS #634 $2.99 MAR
71 74 52.56 JUN110609 NEW MUTANTS #29 $2.99 MAR
72 72 52.05 JUN110234 RED ROBIN #26 $2.99 DC 
73 76 51.96 JUN110656 HULK #39 $2.99 MAR
74 79 51.77 JUN110705 DEADPOOL #42 $2.99 MAR
75 78 51.71 JUN110704 DEADPOOL #41 $2.99 MAR
76 82 51.54 JUN110610 NEW MUTANTS #30 $2.99 MAR
77 77 51.26 JUN110227-M BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #4 $2.99 DC 
78 84 51.08 JUN110603 THUNDERBOLTS #161 $2.99 MAR
79 75 51.05 JUN110244 SUPERMAN BATMAN #87 $2.99 DC 
80 81 50.31 JUN110236 BIRDS OF PREY #15 $2.99 DC 
81 85 50.21 JUN110191 FLASHPOINT DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #3 $2.99 DC 
82 89 50.21 JUN110604 THUNDERBOLTS #162 $2.99 MAR
83 86 50.19 JUN110195 FLASHPOINT KID FLASH LOST #3 $2.99 DC 
84 52 49.83 JUN110237-M SUPERMAN BEYOND #0 $3.99 DC 
85 87 49.43 JUN110253 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #54 $2.99 DC 
86 90 49.03 JUN110229-M BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #5 $2.99 DC 
87 93 48.82 JUN110585 FEAR ITSELF WOLVERINE #2 $2.99 MAR
88 92 48.32 JUN110189 FLASHPOINT CITIZEN COLD #3 $2.99 DC 
89 95 48.10 JUN110596 AVENGERS ACADEMY #17 $2.99 MAR
90 96 48.05 JUN110590-M ALPHA FLIGHT #3 $2.99 MAR
91 94 47.59 JUN110187 FLASHPOINT DEATHSTROKE THE CURSE OF RAVAGER #3 $2.99 DC 
92 98 47.41 JUN110597 AVENGERS ACADEMY #18 $2.99 MAR
93 97 47.22 JUN110595 GHOST RIDER #2 $2.99 MAR
94 100 46.48 JUN110193 FLASHPOINT LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #3 $2.99 DC 
95 104 46.32 JUN110696 X-23 #13 $2.99 MAR
96 99 46.14 JUN110252 GREEN ARROW #15 $2.99 DC 
97 106 46.09 JUN110691 X-FACTOR #223 $2.99 MAR
98 101 45.90 JUN110257 TEEN TITANS #99 $2.99 DC 
99 103 45.88 JUN110183 FLASHPOINT SECRET SEVEN #3 $2.99 DC 
100 107 45.75 JUN110692 X-FACTOR #224 $2.99 MAR

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For retailers, Diamond offers the Top 300 Comics and Top 300 Graphic Novels sales charts on the Diamond Tools page of the Diamond Retailer Services website to provide more information about the industry's top selling publications.

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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.