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One DayThe Avengers stage a daring attack on the X-Men's prison camp while Spider-Man fights the Phoenix-powered X-Men alone in Marvel Comics' Avengers Vs. X-Men #9, the best-selling comic book to the specialty market in August.

In total, Marvel Comics had four of the month's top ten comics. In addition to Avengers Vs. X-Men #9, three of those comics were tied into the event — AVengers Vs. X-Men #10 ranked #2 and AVX Vs. #5 ranked #7. Marvel Comics' other top-ten book in August was Amazing Spider-Man #692, the special oversized 50th-Anniversary issue by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, at #5.

DC Comics had the other six books in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Becky Cloonan's Batman #12 at #3. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League #12, the issue that garnered media attention for the beginning of the Superman and Wonder Woman romance, ranked #4. Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 ranked #6, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 ranked #8, Green Lantern #12 ranked #9, and Detective Comics #12 ranked #10.

Image Comics' The Walking Dead #101 from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard was the publisher's top book for August at #31.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #12 was Dark Horse Comics' top book for the month at #97.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #4, the latest chapter of the crossover between the two sci-fi franchises, was the publisher's top book in August at #115.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 139.21 JUN120592-M AVENGERS VS X-MEN #9 $3.99 MAR
2 2 135.35 JUN120599-M AVENGERS VS X-MEN #10 $3.99 MAR
3 4 100.00 JUN120177-M BATMAN #12 $3.99 DC 
4 5 96.44 JUN120142-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 $3.99 DC 
5 3 72.71 JUN120622-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 $5.99 MAR
6 6 68.24 JUN120129-M BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #1 (MR) [*] $3.99 DC 
7 10 62.58 JUN120590-M AVX VS #5 $3.99 MAR
8 9 61.94 JUN120134-M BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #1 (MR) [*] $3.99 DC 
9 19 61.63 JUN120196-M GREEN LANTERN #12 $2.99 DC 
10 11 60.68 JUN120181-M DETECTIVE COMICS #12 $3.99 DC 
11 12 56.85 JUN120164-M ACTION COMICS #12 $3.99 DC 
12 7 54.01 JUN120199 GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 
13 26 53.81 JUN120148-M EARTH 2 #4 $2.99 DC 
14 27 53.56 JUN120185-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #12 $2.99 DC 
15 25 53.27 MAY120220-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #3 $2.99 DC
16 29 51.09 JUN120187 BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 $2.99 DC 
17 8 49.96 JUN120184 DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 
18 13 49.22 JUN120605 AVENGERS #29 $3.99 MAR
19 35 48.87 JUN120152-M AQUAMAN #12 $2.99 DC 
20 14 48.78 JUN120607 UNCANNY X-MEN #17 $3.99 MAR
21 15 48.52 JUN120620-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #691 $3.99 MAR
22 16 47.63 JUN120121-M BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #2 (MR) [*] $3.99 DC 
23 17 47.46 JUN120606 NEW AVENGERS #29 $3.99 MAR
24 20 46.66 JUN120608 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #15 $3.99 MAR
25 18 46.32 JUN120125-M BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #2 (MR) [*] $3.99 DC 
26 21 45.68 JUN120139-M BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #3 (MR) $3.99 DC 
27 32 44.03 JUN120677-M FIRST X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
28 24 43.29 JUN120616-M SPIDER-MEN #4 $3.99 MAR
29 38 42.58 JUN120168-M SUPERMAN #12 $2.99 DC 
30 40 41.34 JUN120158-M FLASH #12 $2.99 DC 
31 28 41.30 JUN120578-M WALKING DEAD #101 (MR) [*] $2.99 IMA
32 44 37.91 JUN120194 NIGHTWING #12 $2.99 DC 
33 30 36.06 JUN120691 UNCANNY X-FORCE #29 $3.99 MAR
34 31 35.86 JUN120692 UNCANNY X-FORCE #30 $3.99 MAR
35 51 35.60 JUN120154-M WONDER WOMAN #12 $2.99 DC 
36 22 35.48 JUN120170 SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 
37 23 35.29 JUN120160 FLASH ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 
38 53 34.97 JUN120191 BATGIRL #12 $2.99 DC 
39 54 34.19 JUN120221-M TEEN TITANS #12 $2.99 DC 
40 33 34.05 JUN120633-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #13 $3.99 MAR
41 34 33.86 JUN120693-M WOLVERINE #311 $3.99 MAR
42 62 33.49 JUN120659-M HAWKEYE #1 $2.99 MAR
43 56 33.36 JUN120200 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 $2.99 DC 
44 59 33.12 JUN120201-M GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #12 $2.99 DC 
45 36 32.76 JUN120695-M WOLVERINE #312 $3.99 MAR
46 61 32.40 JUN120569 SAGA #6 (MR) $2.99 IMA
47 65 32.27 JUN120681-M GAMBIT #1 $2.99 MAR
48 64 31.64 JUN120150-M WORLDS FINEST #4 $2.99 DC 
49 41 30.53 JUN120612 SECRET AVENGERS #30 $3.99 MAR
50 67 30.46 JUN120656 DAREDEVIL #17 $2.99 MAR
51 66 30.39 JUN120188-M BATWOMAN #12 $2.99 DC 
52 68 30.18 JUN120655 DAREDEVIL #16 $2.99 MAR
53 69 29.71 MAY120710 X-MEN LEGACY #271 $2.99 MAR
54 71 29.64 JUN120675 X-MEN LEGACY #272 $2.99 MAR
55 42 29.43 JUN120643 INCREDIBLE HULK #12 $3.99 MAR
56 72 29.30 JUN120207 SWAMP THING #12 $2.99 DC 
57 73 29.14 JUN120657 FANTASTIC FOUR #609 $2.99 MAR
58 43 28.85 JUN120611 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #6 $3.99 MAR
59 45 28.26 JUN120644-M MIGHTY THOR #18 $3.99 MAR
60 46 28.07 JUN120637 CAPTAIN AMERICA #16 $3.99 MAR
61 74 28.00 JUN120203 RED LANTERNS #12 $2.99 DC 
62 77 27.58 JUN120206 ANIMAL MAN #12 $2.99 DC 
63 47 27.57 JUN120614 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 MAR
64 76 27.50 JUN120195 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #12 $2.99 DC 
65 78 27.24 JUN120193 CATWOMAN #12 $2.99 DC 
66 48 26.99 JUN120615 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #11 $3.99 MAR
67 49 26.90 JUN120689 X-MEN #33 $3.99 MAR
68 52 26.63 JUN120690 X-MEN #34 $3.99 MAR
69 37 25.85 JUN120665-M DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
70 81 25.82 JUN120683 GAMBIT #2 $2.99 MAR
71 55 25.76 JUN120684 ASTONISHING X-MEN #53 $3.99 MAR
72 39 25.52 JUN120667-M WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
73 57 25.20 JUN120652 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #523 $3.99 MAR
74 58 25.12 JUN120651 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #522 $3.99 MAR
75 82 25.04 JUN120700 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 $2.99 MAR
76 83 24.55 JUN120205 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #12 $2.99 DC 
77 84 24.29 JUN120172 SUPERGIRL #12 $2.99 DC 
78 63 24.20 JUN120635 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #14 $3.99 MAR
79 86 24.13 JUN120658 FF #21 $2.99 MAR
80 87 23.08 JUN120701 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE #2 $2.99 MAR
81 89 22.76 JUN120699 DEADPOOL #59 $2.99 MAR
82 91 22.72 JUN120703 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE #4 $2.99 MAR
83 92 22.71 JUN120702 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE #3 $2.99 MAR
84 101 22.70 JUN120653 CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 $2.99 MAR
85 94 22.60 JUN120216 SUICIDE SQUAD #12 $2.99 DC 
86 95 22.56 JUN120146 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #12 $2.99 DC 
87 70 22.23 JUN120636 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #15 $3.99 MAR
88 97 22.11 JUN120619 SCARLET SPIDER #8 $2.99 MAR
89 99 22.08 JUN120654 CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 $2.99 MAR
90 98 21.97 JUN120171 SUPERBOY #12 $2.99 DC 
91 103 21.44 JUN120631-M VENOM #23 $2.99 MAR
92 50 21.38 JUN120147 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 $4.99 DC 
93 104 21.34 JUN120629-M VENOM #22 $2.99 MAR
94 107 21.27 JUN120624 PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN #156.1 $2.99 MAR
95 105 21.23 JUN120192 BIRDS OF PREY #12 $2.99 DC 
96 108 21.22 JUN120609 AVENGERS ACADEMY #34 $2.99 MAR
97 102 21.21 JUN120010-M BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #12 $2.99 DAR
98 110 21.06 JUN120610 AVENGERS ACADEMY #35 $2.99 MAR
99 111 20.96 JUN120640 WINTER SOLDIER #9 $2.99 MAR
100 112 20.67 JUN120625 SENSATIONSAL SPIDER-MAN #33.1 $2.99 MAR

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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.

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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.

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.