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Top 100 Graphic Novels: June 2012

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes and his band of survivors continued their desperate search for safety and civilization in the wake of the zombie apocalypse in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 16: A Larger World from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in June. The first volume of the series, The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye, ranked #8. Also from Image Comics, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Fatale Volume 1: Death Chases Me placed in the top ten at #8 and Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma's Morning Glories Volume 3: P.E. ranked #10.

Ranking #2 for the month was Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3: 2009 from Top Shelf Productions. This long-awaited graphic novel also topped the month's Indie and Small Press graphic novel sales charts.

DC Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen at #3 as interest in the graphic novel increased thanks to DC's new Before Watchmen comics. Also in the top ten were Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1: Faces of Death at #5, Batwoman Volume 1: Hydrology at #7, and, from the publisher's Vertigo imprint, DMZ Volume 12: The Five Nations of New York at #9.

Rounding out the top ten was Dynamite Entertainment with Garth Ennis and Russell Braun's The Boys Volume 11: Over the Hill with the Swords of a Thousand Men at #4.

The collected edition of X-Men: Schism, the storyline that split the venerable team in two, was Marvel Comics' best-selling graphic novel at #13.

Dark Horse Comics' top graphic novel in June was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off Angel & Faith Volume 1: Live Through This at #15.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top graphic novel was the David Mazzucchelli: Daredevil Born Again Artist Edition at #30.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 21.71 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
2 3 15.84 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
3 5 8.73 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
4 7 4.18 APR121021 BOYS TP VOL 11 OVER THE HILL W/T SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN (M $19.99 DE
5 6 4.16 FEB120245 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL 01 FACES OF DEATH $22.99 DC 
6 13 3.86 APR120439 FATALE TP VOL 01 DEATH CHASES ME (MR) $14.99 IMA
7 8 3.21 FEB120246 BATWOMAN HC VOL 01 HYDROLOGY $22.99 DC 
8 36 3.08 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
9 18 3.07 MAR120276 DMZ TP VOL 12 THE FIVE NATIONS OF NEW YORK (MR) $14.99 DC 
10 20 2.85 APR120451 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 03 P.E. $14.99 IMA
11 23 2.76 MAR120243 RED LANTERNS TP VOL 01 BLOOD AND RAGE $14.99 DC 
12 9 2.28 JAN121043 GAME OF THRONES GN VOL 01 (MR) $25.00 RAN
13 19 2.17 APR120722 X-MEN SCHISM TP $19.99 MAR
14 11 2.08 MAR120254 JUSTICE TP $29.99 DC 
15 27 1.99 FEB120032 ANGEL & FAITH TP VOL 01 LIVE THROUGH THIS $17.99 DAR
16 17 1.97 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 DC 
17 4 1.95 MAY110258 WATCHMEN THE ABSOLUTE EDITION HC $99.99 DC 
18 48 1.89 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
19 29 1.82 APR120703 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREM HC VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
20 57 1.81 MAR120244 FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE TP VOL 01 WAR MONSTERS $14.99 DC 
21 14 1.79 FEB120256 BATMAN VS THE BLACK GLOVE DLX ED HC $29.99 DC 
22 24 1.78 MAR120929 BARRY SONNENFELDS DINOSAURS VS ALIENS HC $19.99 DE
23 50 1.77 APR120720 DEFENDERS BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
24 34 1.76 FEB120041 GOON TP VOL 11 DEFORMED BODY & DEVIOUS MIND $16.99 DAR
25 52 1.75 MAR120673 MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
26 55 1.74 MAR120686 DEADPOOL TP VOL 09 INSTITUTIONALIZED $15.99 MAR
27 22 1.73 JUL110745 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MAR
28 21 1.73 APR120699 CARNAGE USA HC $24.99 MAR
29 76 1.73 MAR120269 TINY TITANS TP VOL 07 GROWING UP TINY $12.99 DC 
30 1 1.71 MAR120352 DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN ARTIST ED HC $95.00 IDW
31 62 1.67 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
32 102 1.65 MAR121239 BLEACH TP VOL 40 $9.99 VIZ
33 130 1.64 APR120718 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN MOVIE PRELUDE TP $9.99 MAR
34 104 1.64 MAR121240 BLEACH TP VOL 41 $9.99 VIZ
35 61 1.62 MAR120025 GUILD TP VOL 02 $14.99 DAR
36 73 1.58 MAR120252 GREEN LANTERN CORPS REVOLT OF ALPHA LANTERNS TP $14.99 DC 
37 37 1.56 APR120367 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MICRO SERIES TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
38 25 1.55 APR120704 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION PREM HC $24.99 MAR
39 85 1.52 APR120721 BATTLE SCARS TP $16.99 MAR
40 75 1.51 MAR120249 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 01 END RUN $14.99 DC 
41 144 1.50 MAR120767 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 18 $7.99 ARC
42 58 1.50 MAR120028 USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 26 TRAITORS O/T EARTH $16.99 DAR
43 78 1.47 MAR120246 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES TP VOL 01 HOSTILE WORLD $14.99 DC 
44 117 1.46 MAR121241 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
45 81 1.46 MAR120250 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 03 STRANGE FRUIT $14.99 DC 
46 28 1.45 MAR128290 SILVER SURFER REBIRTH OF THANOS TP $24.99 MAR
47 115 1.38 FEB121158 LOST DOGS GN (MR) $9.95 TOP
48 261 1.35 APR120713 MARVEL UNIVERSE ULT SPIDER-MAN COMIC READER TP #1 $3.99 MAR
49 87 1.35 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
50 54 1.33 FEB120024 CONAN TP VOL 11 ROAD OF KINGS $19.99 DAR
51 111 1.32 APR120723 X-MEN X-CLUB TP $16.99 MAR
52 32 1.30 APR120712 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
53 126 1.30 JAN120087 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 02 PROMISE PART 2 $10.99 DAR
54 273 1.30 APR120714 MARVEL UNIVERSE ULT SPIDER-MAN COMIC READER TP #2 $3.99 MAR
55 95 1.30 APR120726 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS BROKEN QUARANTINE TP $19.99 MAR
56 74 1.29 APR120706 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
57 39 1.27 FEB100651 JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
58 63 1.26 MAR120035 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 22 REAVERS BORDERLAND $18.99 DAR
59 98 1.25 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
60 40 1.24 MAR120279 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 03 THE FEAR MACHINE NEW ED (MR) $24.99 DC 
61 42 1.23 FEB120281 GET JIRO HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
62 79 1.21 APR120709 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 09 DEMON $19.99 MAR
63 44 1.19 APR120702 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN PREM HC FRIENDS BEAT UP YOUR FRIENDS $24.99 MAR
64 43 1.18 APR120442 LIBERTY MEADOWS SUNDAY COLL HC BOOK 01 $24.99 IMA
65 45 1.17 MAR120248 BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS TP VOL 01 $24.99 DC 
66 60 1.16 JUL080172 WATCHMEN HC $39.99 DC 
67 105 1.16 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
68 53 1.14 JAN120299 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 DC 
69 66 1.12 APR120357 TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
70 26 1.11 APR120698 INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON HC VOL 01 $34.99 MAR
71 125 1.10 FEB120058 GANTZ TP VOL 23 $12.99 DAR
72 80 1.10 APR120733 ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 11 $19.99 MAR
73 153 1.09 APR120724 MYSTERY MEN TP $14.99 MAR
74 164 1.06 FEB120468 WITCHBLADE REBIRTH TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
75 88 1.06 APR120727 SPIDER-MAN SPIDER HUNT TP $29.99 MAR
76 119 1.05 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
77 103 1.03 APR120700 X-MEN LEGACY BACK TO SCHOOL PREM HC $19.99 MAR
78 108 1.03 MAR120245 STATIC SHOCK TP VOL 01 SUPERCHARGED $16.99 DC 
79 110 1.03 MAR120247 MISTER TERRIFIC TP VOL 01 MIND GAMES $16.99 DC 
80 90 0.99 APR120342 DANGER GIRL REVOLVER TP $17.99 IDW
81 124 0.99 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
82 91 0.99 APR120348 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING 2 TP VOL 04 AS TIME GOES BY $17.99 IDW
83 112 0.97 MAR120836 BART SIMPSON OUT TO LUNCH TP $15.99 BON
84 72 0.97 MAR120667 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
85 71 0.95 MAR120253 FIRST WAVE TP $24.99 DC 
86 131 0.95 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
87 132 0.95 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
88 135 0.95 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
89 65 0.94 FEB120015 STAR WARS OMNIBUS DROIDS AND EWOKS TP $24.99 DAR
90 175 0.93 FEB120057 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 11 $9.99 DAR
91 136 0.93 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
92 101 0.92 APR120379 MAGIC THE GATHERING TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
93 41 0.91 DEC111084 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 05 1945-1946 $29.99 FAN
94 15 0.90 JAN120725-M MMW MARVEL TEAM-UP HC VOL 02 $59.99 MAR
95 59 0.90 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
96 67 0.89 APR120352 STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES HC DM EXCL ED $24.99 IDW
97 139 0.88 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
98 106 0.88 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
99 120 0.88 MAR121193 LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF HC $14.95 TOP
100 140 0.88 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA

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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.