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Justice LeagueThe dread lord Darkseid revealed himself to Earth's heroes in Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League #4 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to comics retailers in the month of December.

In total, DC Comics had eight of the top ten best-selling comics in December. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's acclaimed Batman storyline continued in Batman #4, which ranked #2. Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' exploration of Superman's early days in Action Comics #4 ranked #3. Green Lantern Sinestro battled the yellow-powered corps he left behind in Geoff Johns and Dough Mahnke's Green Lantern #4, which ranked #4. Tony Daniels' gritty take on the Dark Knight continued in Detective Comics #4, which ranked #6. Francis Manapul's The Flash #4 ranked #8 and Paul Jenkins, David Finch's Batman: The Dark Knight #4 ranked #9, and George Peréz and Jesus Merino's Superman #4 ranked #10.

Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten. Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness' Avengers: X-Sanction #1, the first issue of a four issue mini-series that pits Cable against the Avengers and leads into this summer's Avengers Vs. X-Men event, was the publisher's top-selling book at #5. Also in the top ten was Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson's Defenders #1, reviving one of Marvel's legendary super-teams, at #7.

Among other Premier Publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book for November was Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 at #61 which continued the adventures of Joss Whedon's vampire slayer. IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 ranked #102, and Image Comics' The Walking Dead #92 ranked #58.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 106.33 OCT110159-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 $3.99 DC
2 3 100.00 OCT110184-M BATMAN #4 $2.99 DC
3 2 84.35 OCT110178-M ACTION COMICS #4 $3.99 DC
4 5 77.89 OCT110202-M GREEN LANTERN #4 $2.99 DC
5 4 69.80 OCT110606-M AVENGERS X-SANCTION #1 $3.99 MAR
6 7 66.85 OCT110188 DETECTIVE COMICS #4 [*] $2.99 DC
7 12 64.26 OCT110587-M DEFENDERS #1 $3.99 MAR
8 11 57.81 OCT110166-M FLASH #4 $2.99 DC
9 10 52.94 OCT110189 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #4 [*] $2.99 DC
10 13 51.49 OCT110181 SUPERMAN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
11 14 51.13 OCT110192 BATMAN AND ROBIN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
12 8 47.92 OCT110671 UNCANNY X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR
13 9 45.36 OCT110628-M AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAR
14 22 43.70 OCT110163 AQUAMAN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
15 21 43.68 OCT110672 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR
16 53 43.11 OCT110165 WONDER WOMAN #4 $2.99 DC
17 15 42.72 OCT110597-M AVENGERS #20 $3.99 MAR
18 16 41.36 OCT110678-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #19 $3.99 MAR
19 57 41.06 OCT110228 TEEN TITANS #4 $2.99 DC
20 17 40.85 OCT110630 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #675 $3.99 MAR
21 18 40.57 OCT110676-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #18 $3.99 MAR
22 19 40.37 OCT110631 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676 $3.99 MAR
23 26 40.35 OCT110198 BATGIRL #4 [*] $2.99 DC
24 58 39.84 OCT110206 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #4 $2.99 DC
25 20 39.55 OCT110604 NEW AVENGERS #19 $3.99 MAR
26 59 39.44 OCT110197 BATWOMAN #4 $2.99 DC
27 28 38.62 OCT110200 NIGHTWING #4 [*] $2.99 DC
28 29 38.47 OCT110205 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4 [*] $2.99 DC
29 31 38.18 OCT110648-M FANTASTIC FOUR #601 $2.99 MAR
30 23 36.11 OCT110620 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 MAR
31 24 35.69 OCT110599-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 $3.99 MAR
32 25 35.38 SEP110546 CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 $3.99 MAR
33 27 34.72 OCT110595 INCREDIBLE HULK #3 $3.99 MAR
34 42 33.93 OCT110695-M KICK-ASS 2 #6 (MR) $2.99 MAR
35 34 33.82 OCT110207 RED LANTERNS #4 [*] $2.99 DC
36 43 33.61 OCT110651-M FF #13 $2.99 MAR
37 67 33.38 OCT110211 SWAMP THING #4 $2.99 DC
38 6 32.18 OCT110190 BATMAN INCORPORATED LEVIATHAN STRIKES #1 $6.99 DC
39 41 30.66 OCT110196 CATWOMAN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
40 44 30.11 OCT110210 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #4 [*] $2.99 DC
41 45 29.79 OCT110199 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #4 [*] $2.99 DC
42 46 29.72 OCT110183 SUPERGIRL #4 [*] $2.99 DC
43 47 29.64 OCT110164 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #4 [*] $2.99 DC
44 30 29.24 OCT110675 X-MEN #22 $3.99 MAR
45 54 29.02 OCT110644-M DAREDEVIL #7 $2.99 MAR
46 48 28.68 OCT110212 ANIMAL MAN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
47 32 28.56 OCT110605 SECRET AVENGERS #20 $3.99 MAR
48 33 28.40 OCT110594 MIGHTY THOR #9 $3.99 MAR
49 55 28.36 OCT110674 X-MEN LEGACY #260 $2.99 MAR
50 35 28.12 OCT110632-M CARNAGE USA #1 $3.99 MAR
51 36 27.93 OCT110685 WOLVERINE #20 $3.99 MAR
52 37 27.74 OCT110625 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #4 $3.99 MAR
53 38 27.21 OCT110623 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #5 $3.99 MAR
54 50 26.91 OCT110182 SUPERBOY #4 [*] $2.99 DC
55 39 26.46 OCT110596 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #511 $3.99 MAR
56 40 26.28 OCT110626 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #5 $3.99 MAR
57 56 24.97 OCT110171 GREEN ARROW #4 [*] $2.99 DC
58 63 23.54 OCT110574 WALKING DEAD #92 (MR) $2.99 IMA
59 65 23.54 OCT110583 FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #4 $2.99 MAR
60 49 23.47 OCT110689 ASTONISHING X-MEN #45 $3.99 MAR
61 64 23.29 OCT110018-M BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #4 $2.99 DAR
62 60 23.24 OCT110222 SUICIDE SQUAD #4 [*] $2.99 DC
63 61 23.18 OCT110193 BIRDS OF PREY #4 [*] $2.99 DC
64 115 23.16 OCT110217 STORMWATCH #4 $2.99 DC
65 52 22.13 AUG110613 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #8 $3.99 MAR
66 68 22.02 OCT110634 VENOM #10 $2.99 MAR
67 69 21.93 OCT110584 FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #5 $2.99 MAR
68 71 21.42 OCT110635 VENOM #11 $2.99 MAR
69 72 21.42 OCT110636 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #625 $2.99 MAR
70 51 19.74 OCT110226 ALL STAR WESTERN #4 [*] $3.99 DC
71 79 19.37 OCT110669 DEADPOOL #47 $2.99 MAR
72 82 19.11 OCT110683-M NEW MUTANTS #35 $2.99 MAR
73 81 19.03 OCT110670 DEADPOOL #48 $2.99 MAR
74 73 19.01 OCT110175 SAVAGE HAWKMAN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
75 74 18.91 OCT110216 DEMON KNIGHTS #4 [*] $2.99 DC
76 83 18.85 OCT110201 HUNTRESS #3 $2.99 DC
77 75 18.72 OCT110233 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #4 [*] $2.99 DC
78 62 18.41 OCT110643 MOON KNIGHT #8 $3.99 MAR
79 89 18.06 OCT110592 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #632 $2.99 MAR
80 77 17.98 OCT110191 BATWING #4 [*] $2.99 DC
81 90 17.92 OCT110646 PUNISHER #6 $2.99 MAR
82 78 17.74 OCT110220 DEATHSTROKE #4 [*] $2.99 DC
83 93 17.69 OCT110682 X-FACTOR #229 $2.99 MAR
84 97 17.54 OCT110681 X-FACTOR #228 $2.99 MAR
85 98 17.40 OCT110653 HULK #45 $2.99 MAR
86 66 17.26 OCT110194-M BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2 #3 $3.99 DC
87 80 17.23 OCT110170 FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
88 100 17.17 OCT110654 HULK #46 $2.99 MAR
89 103 16.76 OCT110593 AVENGERS ACADEMY #23 $2.99 MAR
90 85 16.69 OCT110213 FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #4 [*] $2.99 DC
91 107 16.44 OCT110687 X-23 #18 $2.99 MAR
92 86 16.41 OCT110172 DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #4 [*] $2.99 DC
93 108 16.22 OCT110582 BATTLE SCARS #2 $2.99 MAR
94 88 16.16 OCT110232 LEGION LOST #4 [*] $2.99 DC
95 92 15.96 FEB110773-M LADY MECHANIKA #3 $2.99 ASP
96 112 15.96 OCT110688 X-23 #19 $2.99 MAR
97 114 15.82 OCT110667 THUNDERBOLTS #167 $2.99 MAR
98 785 15.61 JUN110611-M ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4 $3.99 MAR
99 99 15.51 OCT110215 RESURRECTION MAN #4 [*] $2.99 DC
100 102 15.13 OCT110219 GRIFTER #4 [*] $2.99 DC

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Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

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.