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Across the UniverseClark Kent makes new friends in Metropolis and faces new threats as Superman in J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' Superman: Earth One Volume 2, the sequel to their best-selling graphic novel of 2011 and the best-selling graphic novel in October.

In total, DC Comics had five books in the top ten. Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 1: Knight Terrors, collecting the first arc of Paul Jenkins and David Finch's Batman epic, ranked #6. Nightwing Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes ranked #8, the V For Vendetta book and mask set ranked #9, and Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls returned to the top ten and ranked #10.

Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #2, which collected the first story arc of the acclaimed science-fiction epic. Also, three collected editions of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead placed in the top ten. The Walking Dead Compedium Volume 2, a collection of issues #49 through #96, ranked #3. The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #4, and The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #5.

Rounding out the top ten, Marvel Comics' Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe ranked #7.

Dark Horse Comics' top book in October was Star Trek: Agent of the Empire Volume 1: Iron Eclipse which ranked #36.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Volume 2 was the publisher's top book at #106.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 13.55 JUN120225 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC 
2 4 10.15 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
3 1 6.97 AUG120496 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 IMA
4 9 6.97 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
5 12 4.19 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
6 6 3.40 JUN120234 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 KNIGHT TERRORS $24.99 DC 
7 16 3.37 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
8 19 3.25 JUL120214 NIGHTWING TP VOL 01 TRAPS AND TRAPEZES $14.99 DC 
9 8 2.94 JUN120291 V FOR VENDETTA BOOK AND MASK SET (MR) $24.99 DC 
10 10 2.88 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 DC 
11 24 2.56 JUL120262 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 06 TOMMY TAYLOR  WAR OF WORDS (MR) $16.99 DC 
12 3 2.52 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
13 21 2.34 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
14 37 2.33 JUL120637 CASTLE PREM HC RICHARD CASTLES STORM SEASON $19.99 MAR
15 33 2.26 JUL120211 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK TP VOL 01 IN THE DARK $14.99 DC 
16 36 2.18 JUL120259 SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 05 UNNATURAL HABITAT (MR) $14.99 DC 
17 31 2.02 JUL120213 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 01 GUNS AND GOTHAM $16.99 DC 
18 41 1.98 JUL120658 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 01 $14.99 MAR
19 14 1.98 JUL120661 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE TP $29.99 MAR
20 40 1.97 JUL120216 SUPERGIRL TP VOL 01 LAST DAUGHTER OF KRYPTON $14.99 DC 
21 23 1.94 JUN120235 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS HC VOL 01 RING BEARER $22.99 DC 
22 17 1.87 AUG121252-M CHARLES BURNS HIVE GN $21.95 RAN
23 46 1.77 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
24 51 1.74 JUL120212 I VAMPIRE TP VOL 01 TAINTED LOVE $14.99 DC 
25 32 1.74 AUG120687 SUPERCROOKS PREM HC (MR) $19.99 MAR
26 48 1.73 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
27 106 1.72 AUG120486 MIND THE GAP TP VOL 01 INTIMATE STRANGERS (MR) $9.99 IMA
28 27 1.70 JAN120299 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 DC 
29 43 1.68 JUL120649 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN TP FRIENDS BEAT UP YOUR FRIENDS $19.99 MAR
30 57 1.62 JUL120671 VENOM TP SAVAGE SIX $16.99 MAR
31 20 1.61 JUN120272 DEATH THE DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) $29.99 DC 
32 38 1.60 MAY120727 POWERS TP VOL 14 GODS (MR) $19.99 MAR
33 26 1.56 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC 
34 53 1.52 JUL120255 HELLBLAZER THE DEVILS TRENCH COAT TP (MR) $16.99 DC 
35 28 1.47 AUG120845 CROSSED TP VOL 04 BADLANDS (MR) $24.99 AVA
36 42 1.46 JUN120040 STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE TP VOL 01 IRON ECLIPSE $18.99 DAR
37 30 1.45 JUL121018 HOBBIT TP $20.00 RAN
38 25 1.44 MAY120287 BATMAN ODYSSEY HC $29.99 DC 
39 67 1.43 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
40 5 1.41 JUL121170 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 RAN
41 74 1.39 JUL120220 BATMAN EYE OF THE BEHOLDER TP $14.99 DC 
42 63 1.39 JUL120662 SECRET AVENGERS TP RUN MISSION SAVE WORLD $19.99 MAR
43 122 1.35 JUL121266 BLEACH TP VOL 48 $9.99 VIZ
44 125 1.34 JUL121267 BLEACH TP VOL 49 $9.99 VIZ
45 44 1.32 JUL120042 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 10 WAR $19.99 DAR
46 66 1.32 JUL120659 AGE OF APOCALYPSE TP VOL 01 X-TERMINATED $16.99 MAR
47 81 1.30 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
48 39 1.27 AUG120699 UNCANNY X-FORCE PREM HC BOOK 01 FINAL EXECUTION $24.99 MAR
49 105 1.24 AUG120718 RED HULK TP MAYAN RULE $16.99 MAR
50 60 1.22 JUL120041 STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 05 OUT WILDERNESS $17.99 DAR
51 90 1.20 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
52 111 1.19 AUG120708 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY NEW MUTANTS TP EXILED $16.99 MAR
53 88 1.19 JUL120669 PUNISHERMAX TP HOMELESS (MR) $15.99 MAR
54 79 1.19 JUL120215 SAVAGE HAWKMAN TP VOL 01 DARKNESS RISING $16.99 DC 
55 65 1.18 JUL120772 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG COMPLETE COMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TP $16.99 ARC
56 100 1.18 JUL120223 HUNTRESS CROSSBOW AT THE CROSSROADS TP $14.99 DC 
57 77 1.17 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
58 103 1.17 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
59 107 1.15 JUL120222 GREEN LANTERN CORPS THE WEAPONER TP $14.99 DC 
60 120 1.11 AUG120728 X-FACTOR TP VOL 16 TOGETHER AGAIN FOR FIRST TIME $16.99 MAR
61 161 1.10 JUL121265 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
62 112 1.08 JUL120227 SUPERMAN BATMAN SORCERER KINGS TP $14.99 DC 
63 93 1.08 JUL120221 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 02 THE DEATH OF ORACLE $16.99 DC 
64 15 1.07 MAY120729 CRIMINAL DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 02 (MR) $49.99 MAR
65 110 1.07 JUL120663 FEAR ITSELF TP AVENGERS ACADEMY $19.99 MAR
66 72 1.06 JUL120226 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE FLASH TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC 
67 34 1.05 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
68 116 1.04 SEP088208 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
69 101 1.04 JUL120225 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA RISE OF ECLIPSO TP $16.99 DC 
70 121 0.99 JUL120396 HAUNT TP VOL 04 $14.99 IMA
71 119 0.99 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
72 136 0.97 AUG121391 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
73 124 0.97 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
74 158 0.96 AUG120707 MARVEL TALES BY ALAN DAVIS TP $16.99 MAR
75 182 0.96 JUL120673 INFERNAL MAN-THING TP $14.99 MAR
76 131 0.95 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
77 113 0.95 JUL120664 FEAR ITSELF TP IRON MAN $16.99 MAR
78 87 0.95 JUL120676 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER TP JOURNEY BEGINS $19.99 MAR
79 134 0.94 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
80 153 0.93 JUN120053 GANTZ TP VOL 25 (MR) $12.99 DAR
81 115 0.93 AUG120723 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 09 EXALTED $16.99 MAR
82 127 0.93 JUN120727 TWELVE TP VOL 02 $15.99 MAR
83 188 0.93 MAY120011 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 03 PROMISE PART 3 $10.99 DAR
84 95 0.91 JUL120686 ESSENTIAL THOR TP VOL 06 $19.99 MAR
85 142 0.91 JUN120470 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD $14.99 IMA
86 141 0.89 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
87 82 0.89 FEB120904 SHADOW BLOOD & JUDGMENT TP (MR) $19.99 DE
88 220 0.88 JUN120469 HELL YEAH TP VOL 01 LAST DAY ON EARTHS $9.99 IMA
89 69 0.88 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
90 129 0.87 JUL120670 SPIDER-MAN FLYING BLIND TP $16.99 MAR
91 144 0.87 AUG120946 ITS TOKYO CHARLIE BROWN GN $13.99 BOO
92 62 0.87 JUN120039 STAR WARS OMNIBUS CLONE WARS TP VOL 02 ENEMY SIDES $24.99 DAR
93 84 0.87 JUL120639 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREM HC VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
94 163 0.87 APR120282 FABLES TP VOL 17 INHERIT THE WIND (MR) $14.99 DC 
95 145 0.86 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
96 80 0.86 JAN120301 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO $22.99 DC 
97 147 0.86 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
98 169 0.83 JUL120648 ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL TP $19.99 MAR
99 86 0.83 MAR120234 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC $22.99 DC 
100 35 0.83 JUN120241 LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT ALAN DAVIS HC $39.99 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.