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Top 100 Graphic Novels: April 2012

Batman: Through the Looking Glass

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, the first volume of the best-selling zombie series published by Image Comics and the basis of the top-rated AMC series, was the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in April 2012.

In total, Image Comics had eight of the month's top ten best-selling graphic novels, seven of those eight Walking Dead volumes. Miles Behind Us, the second volume, ranked #2; Safety Behind Bars, the third volume, ranked #3; Best Defense, the fifth volume, ranked #7; We Find Ourselves, the fifteenth volume, ranked #8; Hearts Desire, the fourth volume, ranked #9; and Sorrowful Life, the sixth volume, ranked #10. Image Comics' other volume in April's graphic novels top ten was Chew Volume 5: Major League Chew, which ranked #5 for the month.

DC Comics rounded out the top ten with two titles. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery ranked #4. Chris Roberson, Bill Willingham, and Shawn McManus' Cinderella: Fables are Forever, released from DC's Vertigo imprint, ranked #6.

Anthony Johnson and Wellington Alves revisited the story of Matt Murdock in Marvel Comics' Daredevil Season One hardcover graphic novel; the publisher's top-selling graphic novel in April, Daredevil Season One ranked #19.

Dark Horse Comics' top graphic novel in April was Abe Sapien Volume 2: The Devil Does Not Jest; the Hellboy spin-off by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and James Harren ranked #23.

IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection Volume 2 was the publisher's top-selling graphic novel at #36.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 4 9.44 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
2 2 6.86 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR) $14.99 IMA
3 5 5.38 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
4 3 4.48 OCT110285 FLEX MENTALLO MAN OF MUSCLE MYSTERY DLX HC (MR) $22.99 DC
5 12 4.27 FEB120425 CHEW TP VOL 05 MAJOR LEAGUE CHEW (MR) $12.99 IMA
6 17 3.55 JAN120331 CINDERELLA FABLES ARE FOREVER TP (MR) $14.99 DC
7 16 3.51 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR) $14.99 IMA
8 18 3.42 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
9 21 3.15 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $14.99 IMA
10 22 3.11 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
11 27 2.89 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
12 28 2.81 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $14.99 IMA
13 7 2.75 DEC110291 BATMAN INCORPORATED DELUXE HC VOL 01 $29.99 DC
14 29 2.66 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
15 30 2.53 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
16 32 2.44 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
17 35 2.33 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
18 38 2.31 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
19 13 2.21 JAN120730 DAREDEVIL SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
20 41 2.21 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
21 40 2.14 FEB120650 AVENGERS VS X-MEN ITS COMING TP $19.99 MAR
22 9 2.13 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01 $29.99 DC
23 31 1.99 JAN120075 ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 02 DEVIL DOES NOT JEST $17.99 DAR
24 50 1.90 FEB120467 STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 IMA
25 33 1.89 FEB120670 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
26 49 1.79 FEB120684 ULTIMATE COMICS X ORIGINS TP $19.99 MAR
27 64 1.79 JAN120753 SPIDER-MAN RETURN OF ANTI-VENOM TP $15.99 MAR
28 25 1.79 FEB120457 SEVERED HC (MR) $24.99 IMA
29 37 1.79 FEB120683 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 04 DOSM $19.99 MAR
30 19 1.75 JAN120304 BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 02 $29.99 DC
31 24 1.73 DEC111207 HARVEY PEKAR CLEVELAND HC $21.99 TOP
32 88 1.70 JAN121283 BLEACH TP VOL 39 $9.99 VIZ
33 42 1.67 DEC110074 DOLLHOUSE EPITAPHS TP VOL 01 $18.99 DAR
34 62 1.63 JAN120305 BATMAN VENOM TP NEW EDITION $14.99 DC
35 48 1.46 JAN120099 STAR WARS INVASION TP VOL 03 REVELATIONS $18.99 DAR
36 6 1.46 SEP110279 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ULT COLL HC VOL 02 $49.99 IDW
37 58 1.45 DEC110063 MASS EFFECT TP VOL 03 INVASION $16.99 DAR
38 36 1.43 DEC110318 BLACK ORCHID DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) $24.99 DC
39 107 1.38 FEB120677 RED HULK HULK OF ARABIA TP $14.99 MAR
40 83 1.38 JAN120832 ARCHIE MEETS KISS TP $12.99 ARC
41 54 1.38 JAN120307 GOTHAM CENTRAL TP BOOK 04 CORRIGAN $19.99 DC
42 56 1.36 FEB120686 PUNISHERMAX FRANK TP $19.99 MAR
43 55 1.35 OCT110255 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE SPECTRE TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
44 57 1.35 JAN120306 BATMAN GOTHAM SHALL BE JUDGED TP $19.99 DC
45 97 1.34 FEB120688 X-MEN LEGACY LOST LEGIONS TP $16.99 MAR
46 106 1.33 FEB120687 X-FACTOR TP VOL 13 HARD LABOR $15.99 MAR
47 240 1.32 FEB120673 MU AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES COMIC READER TP #1 $3.99 MAR
48 72 1.32 FEB121207 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 06 (MR) $13.99 HAC
49 1 1.28 NOV110597-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99 MAR
50 251 1.26 FEB120674 MU AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES COMIC READER TP #2 $3.99 MAR
51 60 1.24 JAN120343 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 DC
52 95 1.23 FEB121204 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 09 $11.99 HAC
53 104 1.23 DEC110082 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 41 $12.99 DAR
54 65 1.20 JAN120315 SHOWCASE PRESENTS ALL STAR SQUADRON TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
55 8 1.19 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
56 66 1.19 JAN120313 SUPERMAN SECRETS OF THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE TP $19.99 DC
57 68 1.17 DEC110296 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE LOSERS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
58 119 1.15 JAN120721 AVENGERS HAWKEYE SOLO TP $16.99 MAR
59 70 1.15 FEB120681 DARK TOWER TP BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL $19.99 MAR
60 112 1.14 JAN120845 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 05 $11.99 ARC
61 87 1.12 FEB120685 WOLVERINE WOLVERINE'S REVENGE TP $16.99 MAR
62 52 1.12 FEB120693 X-MEN DARK PHOENIX SAGA TP $24.99 MAR
63 123 1.11 FEB120679 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE BIG BREAK TP $16.99 MAR
64 115 1.10 DEC110084 GANTZ TP VOL 22 $12.99 DAR
65 14 1.10 DEC110322 100 BULLETS HC BOOK 02 (MR) $49.99 DC
66 73 1.09 JAN120314 TEEN TITANS PRIME OF LIFE TP $19.99 DC
67 15 1.09 DEC110283 LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT JIM APARO HC $49.99 DC
68 44 1.06 NOV110204 I VAMPIRE TP $29.99 DC
69 80 1.05 FEB120696 ESSENTIAL AVENGERS TP VOL 08 $19.99 MAR
70 46 1.04 JAN120309 HITMAN TP VOL 06 FOR TOMORROW $29.99 DC
71 90 1.04 JAN120926 SIMPSONS CONFIDENTIAL TP $15.99 BON
72 146 1.03 JAN121284 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 08 $9.99 VIZ
73 71 1.03 DEC111153 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 03 $19.99 ONI
74 100 1.00 FEB120668 X-MEN WAR MACHINES PREM HC $19.99 MAR
75 84 1.00 FEB120669 PUNISHERMAX HOMELESS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
76 11 0.98 NOV110599-M MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 06 $59.99 MAR
77 39 0.98 JUL108204-M WALKING DEAD HC VOL 02 (MR) $34.99 IMA
78 102 0.97 JAN120094 FEAR AGENT TP VOL 06 $16.99 DAR
79 81 0.97 FEB120663 FEAR ITSELF WOLVERINE NEW MUTANTS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
80 156 0.97 JAN121282 BAKUMAN TP VOL 10 $9.99 VIZ
81 159 0.97 FEB120678 SIX GUNS TP $14.99 MAR
82 103 0.96 FEB120662 ASTONISHING X-MEN EXALTED PREM HC $19.99 MAR
83 105 0.94 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
84 127 0.91 JAN120322 GEARS OF WAR TP BOOK 02 $14.99 DC
85 166 0.89 JAN121281 BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 07 $9.99 VIZ
86 78 0.87 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
87 134 0.86 FEB120690 DARKHAWK CLASSIC TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
88 77 0.86 FEB120666 FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE DEEP PREM HC $24.99 MAR
89 114 0.84 FEB120448 INFINITE HORIZON TP $17.99 IMA
90 10 0.84 DEC110292 NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $75.00 DC
91 86 0.84 DEC110314 SHOOTERS HC (MR) $22.99 DC
92 47 0.83 JUL108203-M WALKING DEAD HC VOL 01 (MR) $34.99 IMA
93 94 0.83 FEB121219 GRIMM FAIRY TALES DIFFERENT SEASONS TP VOL 02 $17.99 ZEN
94 61 0.82 OCT110250 STORMWATCH HC VOL 01 $29.99 DC
95 96 0.80 DEC111155 COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
96 149 0.78 JAN121286 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 20 $12.99 VIZ
97 69 0.78 JAN120310 JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $29.99 DC
98 144 0.78 NOV118095-M BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC
99 67 0.78 FEB121003 JERUSALEM CHRONICLES FROM THE HOLY CITY HC (MR) $24.95 DRA
100 113 0.77 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC

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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.

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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.