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Marvel Comics' top two teams come to blows in Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr.'s Avengers Vs. X-Men #1, the first part of Marvel Comics' 2012 epic and the best-selling comic book sold to comics retailers in March 2012.

In total, Marvel Comics had three books in the top ten in March, including Bendis, Jason Aaron, and Frank Cho's Avengers Vs. X-Men #0 at #2 and Bendis and Mark Bagley's Avengers Assemble #1 at #5.

DC Comics had seven of the month's top ten comics, led by Geoff Johns, Gene Ha, and Gary Frank's Justice League #7 at #3. Other books in the top ten include Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #7 at #4, Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' Action Comics #7 at #6, Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke's Green Lantern #7 at #7, Tony S. Daniel's Detective Comics #7 at #8, Paul Jenkins and David Finch's Batman: The Dark Knight #7 at #9, and Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens' Superman #7 at #10.

Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7 was Dark Horse Publishing's top book in March at #70.

Image Comics' top-selling book in March was Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' Saga #1, which ranked #40 for the month.

IDW Publishing's top book for March, Magic the Gathering #3, ranked #91 for the month.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 159.48 JAN120625-M AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
2 3 105.58 JAN120622-M AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 $3.99 MAR
3 2 103.37 JAN120210-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #7 $3.99 DC
4 4 100.00 JAN120236-M BATMAN #7 $2.99 DC
5 6 79.18 JAN120638-M AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #1 $3.99 MAR
6 5 72.07 JAN120228-M ACTION COMICS #7 $3.99 DC
7 7 70.82 JAN120253-M GREEN LANTERN #7 $2.99 DC
8 8 70.56 JAN120240-M DETECTIVE COMICS #7 $2.99 DC
9 10 59.10 JAN120242-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #7 $2.99 DC
10 20 52.27 JAN120232-M SUPERMAN #7 $2.99 DC
11 22 51.00 JAN120219-M FLASH #7 $2.99 DC
12 23 48.94 JAN120215-M AQUAMAN #7 $2.99 DC
13 19 48.04 JAN120245 BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 [*] $2.99 DC
14 9 45.19 JAN120695 UNCANNY X-MEN #8 $3.99 MAR
15 12 44.85 JAN120658-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #682 $3.99 MAR
16 13 44.72 JAN120696 UNCANNY X-MEN #9 $3.99 MAR
17 26 44.29 JAN120690-M AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 $2.99 MAR
18 17 43.70 JAN120633-M AVENGERS X-SANCTION #4 $3.99 MAR
19 14 42.82 JAN120698 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #7 $3.99 MAR
20 16 41.01 JAN120642 AVENGERS #24 $3.99 MAR
21 29 40.94 JAN120643 AVENGERS #24.1 $2.99 MAR
22 15 40.93 JAN120657 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #681 $3.99 MAR
23 18 40.58 JAN120644 NEW AVENGERS #23 $3.99 MAR
24 30 40.35 JAN120278-M TEEN TITANS #7 $2.99 DC
25 31 40.28 JAN120217-M WONDER WOMAN #7 $2.99 DC
26 21 38.36 JAN120701 UNCANNY X-FORCE #23 $3.99 MAR
27 38 38.01 JAN120257-M GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #7 $2.99 DC
28 40 36.79 JAN120247-M BATWOMAN #7 $2.99 DC
29 24 36.33 JAN120647-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #8 $3.99 MAR
30 33 35.86 JAN120249 BATGIRL #7 [*] $2.99 DC
31 34 35.67 JAN120252 NIGHTWING #7 [*] $2.99 DC
32 11 35.49 DEC110692-M KICK-ASS 2 #7 (MR) $4.99 MAR
33 36 34.40 JAN120256 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #7 [*] $2.99 DC
34 27 33.07 JAN120671 FANTASTIC FOUR #604 $3.99 MAR
35 25 32.68 JAN120664 CAPTAIN AMERICA #9 $3.99 MAR
36 28 32.09 JAN120656 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 MAR
37 32 31.81 JAN120669 INCREDIBLE HULK #6 $3.99 MAR
38 48 31.61 JAN120260-M SWAMP THING #7 $2.99 DC
39 55 29.93 JAN120672 DAREDEVIL #10 $2.99 MAR
40 44 29.55 JAN120485 SAGA #1 (MR) [*] $2.99 IMA
41 46 29.41 JAN120259 RED LANTERNS #7 [*] $2.99 DC
42 35 29.21 JAN120699 WOLVERINE #302 $3.99 MAR
43 58 29.16 JAN120670 FF #16 $2.99 MAR
44 37 28.55 JAN120700 WOLVERINE #303 $3.99 MAR
45 60 28.26 JAN120703 X-MEN LEGACY #263 $2.99 MAR
46 65 28.22 JAN120704 X-MEN LEGACY #264 $2.99 MAR
47 39 28.13 JAN120702 X-MEN #26 $3.99 MAR
48 51 27.98 JAN120251 CATWOMAN #7 [*] $2.99 DC
49 62 27.41 JAN120663 WINTER SOLDIER #3 $2.99 MAR
50 53 27.29 JAN120250 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #7 [*] $2.99 DC
51 64 27.22 JAN120714-M SUPERCROOKS #1 (MR) $2.99 MAR
52 42 26.83 JAN120693-M ASTONISHING X-MEN #48 $3.99 MAR
53 41 26.66 JAN120667 MIGHTY THOR #12 $3.99 MAR
54 63 26.62 JAN120608 WALKING DEAD #95 (MR) $2.99 IMA
55 56 26.17 JAN120235 SUPERGIRL #7 [*] $2.99 DC
56 57 26.04 JAN120265 ANIMAL MAN #7 [*] $2.99 DC
57 70 25.60 JAN120662 SCARLET SPIDER #3 $2.99 MAR
58 59 25.49 JAN120262 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7 [*] $2.99 DC
59 43 25.29 JAN120649 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #8 $3.99 MAR
60 88 24.94 JAN120327-M FAIREST #1 (MR) $2.99 DC
61 61 24.92 JAN120214 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7 [*] $2.99 DC
62 45 24.69 JAN120697 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #3 $3.99 MAR
63 47 24.67 JAN120675 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #514 $3.99 MAR
64 49 23.61 JAN120650 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #9 $3.99 MAR
65 50 23.38 JAN120682-M DEFENDERS #4 $3.99 MAR
66 67 23.35 JAN120234 SUPERBOY #7 [*] $2.99 DC
67 68 23.25 JAN120273 SUICIDE SQUAD #7 [*] $2.99 DC
68 52 23.16 NOV110503 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #9 $3.99 MAR
69 75 22.70 JAN120660 VENOM #14 $2.99 MAR
70 72 22.69 JAN120081-M BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #7 $2.99 DAR
71 54 22.53 JAN120661 CARNAGE USA #4 $3.99 MAR
72 78 21.97 JAN120712 DEADPOOL #52 $2.99 MAR
73 73 20.62 JAN120246 BIRDS OF PREY #7 [*] $2.99 DC
74 74 20.49 JAN120224 GREEN ARROW #7 [*] $2.99 DC
75 81 19.53 JAN120673 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #628 $2.99 MAR
76 84 19.14 JAN120269-M STORMWATCH #7 $2.99 DC
77 85 18.71 JAN120709 X-FACTOR #233 $2.99 MAR
78 86 18.55 JAN120684 FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #10 $2.99 MAR
79 69 18.50 JAN120290 BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #2 $3.99 DC
80 87 18.22 JAN120685 FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #11 $2.99 MAR
81 66 17.91 JAN120277 ALL STAR WESTERN #7 [*] $3.99 DC
82 89 17.52 JAN120674 PUNISHER #9 $2.99 MAR
83 92 17.13 JAN120646 AVENGERS ACADEMY #27 $2.99 MAR
84 94 17.02 JAN120294 HUNTRESS #6 $2.99 DC
85 100 16.97 JAN120665 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #635 $2.99 MAR
86 76 16.94 JAN120676 MOON KNIGHT #11 $3.99 MAR
87 96 16.88 JAN120668 HULK #49 $2.99 MAR
88 97 16.88 JAN120708 NEW MUTANTS #39 $2.99 MAR
89 79 15.87 JAN120584 FATALE #3 (MR) [*] $3.50 IMA
90 103 15.79 JAN120707 X-23 #21 $2.99 MAR
91 71 15.76 DEC110422 MAGIC THE GATHERING #3 $3.99 IDW
92 104 15.56 JAN120636 MARVELS AVENGERS PRELUDE FURYS BIG WEEK #1 $2.99 MAR
93 90 15.54 JAN120268 DEMON KNIGHTS #7 [*] $2.99 DC
94 91 15.47 JAN120284 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #7 [*] $2.99 DC
95 110 14.97 JAN120681 THUNDERBOLTS #171 $2.99 MAR
96 80 14.89 JAN120645 SECRET AVENGERS #24 $3.99 MAR
97 99 14.88 JAN120244 BATWING #7 [*] $2.99 DC
98 77 14.74 JAN120421 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #8 $3.99 IDW
99 82 14.39 JAN120286-M BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2 #6 $3.99 DC
100 95 14.22 JAN120097 STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE STORM #2 $3.50 DAR

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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, minus any copies that are distributed free of cost.

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.