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Top 100 Graphic Novels: May 2012

Batman: Through the Looking Glass Earth's heroes joined forces to confront the threat posed by Darkseid in Justice League Volume 1: Origin, the best-selling Geoff Johns and Jim Lee storyline for DC Comics. The collected hardcover edition of the storyline was the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in May.

DC Comics had a strong month with graphic novel sales, taking six of the top ten spots. Also in the top ten were Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls, the story arc by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, at #2; Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's original graphic novel Batman: Death By Design at #4; Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt at #5; the hardcover edition of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen at #9; and Green Lantern Volume 1: Sinestro at #10.

Image Comics had three books in the top ten, all from Robert Kirkman's zombie series, The Walking Dead. Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3, Volume 4: Hearts Desire ranked #6, and Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #8.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with the hardcover edition of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s Kick-Ass 2 at #7.

Among the other Premier Publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book in May was Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 2: The Promise, Part 2 at #11, while IDW Publishing's top book was Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom at #18.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 6.58 JAN120299 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 DC
2 2 6.07 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 DC
3 14 5.57 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
4 3 5.43 JAN120285 BATMAN DEATH BY DESIGN DELUXE ED HC $24.99 DC
5 10 4.41 FEB120247 ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 01 THE HUNT $14.99 DC
6 16 3.52 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
7 4 3.42 MAR120637 KICK-ASS 2 PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
8 18 3.36 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
9 8 3.33 JUL080172 WATCHMEN HC $39.99 DC
10 7 3.29 JAN120301 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO $22.99 DC
11 37 3.12 JAN120087 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 02 PROMISE PART 2 $10.99 DAR
12 26 2.95 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
13 9 2.94 JAN120731 SPIDER-MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
14 28 2.90 FEB120248 CATWOMAN TP VOL 01 THE GAME $14.99 DC
15 19 2.87 FEB120258 BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 03 BATMAN ROBIN MUST DIE $17.99 DC
16 11 2.75 JAN120302 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 01 BLOOD $22.99 DC
17 21 2.69 JAN120091 EMPOWERED TP VOL 07 (MR) $16.99 DAR
18 13 2.65 MAR120354 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 04 KEYS TO THE KINGDOM $19.99 IDW
19 27 2.50 FEB120289 AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99 DC
20 63 2.46 FEB121183 NARUTO TP VOL 56 $9.99 VIZ
21 23 2.43 MAR120680 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 03 DARK ANGEL SAGA BOOK 01 $19.99 MAR
22 119 2.38 MAR120443 PRO ONE SHOT (MR) $7.99 IMA
23 44 2.19 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
24 58 2.13 FEB121079 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
25 47 2.11 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
26 49 2.09 FEB120250 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 01 SIGNAL MASTERS $14.99 DC
27 32 2.01 FEB120254 GREEN LANTERN BRIGHTEST DAY TP $19.99 DC
28 33 1.99 FEB120255 BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC
29 45 1.98 MAR120684 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT TP $19.99 MAR
30 22 1.96 FEB120664 AVENGERS X-SANCTION HC $24.99 MAR
31 31 1.90 JAN120102 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 11 $19.99 DAR
32 54 1.84 MAR120679 MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
33 60 1.84 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE $14.99 IMA
34 94 1.80 FEB120285-M FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED (MR) $12.99 DC
35 70 1.77 FEB120251 STORMWATCH TP VOL 01 THE DARK SIDE $14.99 DC
36 69 1.76 FEB120249 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 01 THE MIDAS TOUCH $14.99 DC
37 66 1.75 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
38 68 1.74 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
39 48 1.71 MAR120860 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 09 $16.99 BOO
40 20 1.69 FEB120266 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL NEW ED TP VOL 02 KNIGHTQUEST $29.99 DC
41 52 1.69 FEB120259 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME TP $17.99 DC
42 97 1.67 MAR120677 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 07 MONSTROUS $16.99 MAR
43 73 1.67 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
44 74 1.66 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
45 76 1.66 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
46 82 1.60 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
47 85 1.60 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
48 39 1.54 JUL110745 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MAR
49 103 1.49 MAR120675 MAGNETO NOT A HERO TP $14.99 MAR
50 98 1.48 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
51 51 1.46 JAN120092 CHANNEL ZERO TP COMPLETE COLLECTION $19.99 DAR
52 40 1.45 FEB120260 BATMAN PREY TP $24.99 DC
53 43 1.41 MAR120666 UNCANNY X-FORCE OTHERWORLD PREM HC $24.99 MAR
54 65 1.36 MAR120670 OZ OZMA OF OZ GN TP $19.99 MAR
55 30 1.36 JAN120330 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 05 (MR) $29.99 DC
56 29 1.35 JAN120078 BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME $29.99 DAR
57 36 1.35 MAR120353 JOE HILL THE CAPE HC $24.99 IDW
58 139 1.34 MAR120676 GENERATION HOPE END OF A GENERATION TP $15.99 MAR
59 116 1.32 MAR120432 HAUNT TP VOL 03 $14.99 IMA
60 5 1.31 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
61 83 1.30 JAN120944 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 06 $16.99 BOO
62 123 1.28 MAR120688 STAND TP VOL 03 SOUL SURVIVORS $19.99 MAR
63 120 1.28 FEB120646 MARVELS AVENGERS PRELUDE TP $14.99 MAR
64 35 1.28 FEB120290 DEADENDERS TP (MR) $29.99 DC
65 79 1.27 JAN121332 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 11 (MR) $15.99 ZEN
66 50 1.26 DEC110714-M SILVER SURFER PARABLE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
67 99 1.26 FEB120265 SUPERMAN GROUNDED TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC
68 84 1.22 FEB120014 STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT TP VOL 02 DELUGE $18.99 DAR
69 95 1.20 NOV118095-M BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC
70 166 1.20 FEB120675 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SECRET ORIGINS TP $14.99 MAR
71 91 1.19 FEB120298-M SANDMAN TP VOL 09 THE KINDLY ONES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
72 64 1.19 JAN121241 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 06 GHOST OF STATION X $18.95 RED
73 157 1.17 MAR120647 AVENGERS CONTEST TP $16.99 MAR
74 42 1.16 JUL110248 BIBLE HC $29.99 DC
75 25 1.16 SEP110190 SPIRIT WORLD HC $39.99 DC
76 53 1.15 FEB120035 BALTIMORE HC VOL 02 CURSE BELLS $24.99 DAR
77 186 1.12 FEB121185 ONE PIECE TP VOL 62 $9.99 VIZ
78 46 1.09 MAR120656 VENOM CIRCLE OF FOUR PREM HC $29.99 MAR
79 156 1.09 FEB121078 NEGIMA GN VOL 34 (MR) $10.99 RAN
80 71 1.07 MAR120368 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS GN $21.99 IDW
81 106 1.06 FEB120267 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SEA DEVILS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
82 108 1.05 MAR120685 DEADPOOL MAX TP INVOLUNTARY ARMAGEDDON $19.99 MAR
83 124 1.03 MAR120658 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREM HC VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
84 104 1.03 JAN120105 FLCL OMNIBUS GN $19.99 DAR
85 62 1.03 FEB121067 ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA HC $22.00 HOU
86 113 1.02 MAR120695 ESSENTIAL BLACK PANTHER TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
87 121 1.02 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
88 12 1.01 DEC110708-M MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 12 $59.99 MAR
89 78 1.00 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
90 56 1.00 MAR120644 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03 $29.99 MAR
91 41 1.00 FEB120444 HACK SLASH OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 $34.99 IMA
92 202 1.00 MAR120683 VILLAINS FOR HIRE TP KNIGHT TAKES KING $14.99 MAR
93 204 0.99 MAR120681 WOLVERINE AND BLACK CAT CLAWS 2 TP $14.99 MAR
94 57 0.96 FEB120268 STARMAN OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC
95 92 0.96 FEB120262 DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES TP $24.99 DC
96 61 0.95 MAR120643 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03 $29.99 MAR
97 24 0.95 FEB120647 AVENGERS ART OF AVENGERS HC SLIPCASE $49.99 MAR
98 118 0.95 MAR120645 AVENGERS ACADEMY PREM HC SECOND SEMESTER $24.99 MAR
99 141 0.94 MAR110542 CHOKER TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 IMA
100 143 0.94 MAR120687 HALO FALL OF REACH COVENANT TP $16.99 MAR

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