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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are on a mission in post-apocalyptic America in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's's East of West Volume 1: The Promise from Image Comics, the best-selling graphic novel in September.

In total, Image Comics had four of the month's top ten best-selling graphic novels. Also in the top ten were The Walking Dead Volume 9 hardcover (collecting volumes 17 and 18 of the softcover series) at #4, The Walking Dead 100 Project at #5, Saga Volume 1 at #7, and Saga Volume 2 at #8.

DC Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Justice League Volume 3: The Throne of Atlantis at #2. Also in the top ten was Justice League Volume 2: The Villain's Journey at #6.

Dark Horse Comics' top book for September was Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin at #3.

IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 2 was the publisher's top book at #9.

Rounding out the top ten, Marvel Comics' Superior Spider-Man Volume 1 ranked #10.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 9 8.60 JUN130466 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE $9.99 IMA
2 5 4.85 MAY130218 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 03 THRONE OF ATLANTIS (N52) $24.99 DC
3 7 4.82 MAY130061 STAR WARS TP VOL 01 IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN $19.99 DAR
4 3 4.66 JUL130491 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 09 (MR) $34.99 IMA
5 21 4.42 JUL130500 WALKING DEAD 100 PROJECT TP (MR) $12.99 IMA
6 14 4.26 JUN130261 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY (N52) $16.99 DC
7 33 4.00 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
8 17 3.96 APR130443 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
9 11 3.87 JUL130301 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 02 $17.99 IDW
10 4 3.72 APR130716-M SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 01 $34.99 MAR
11 10 3.55 MAY130251 UNWRITTEN HC TOMMY TAYLOR & THE SHIP THAT SANK TWICE (MR) $22.99 DC
12 73 3.25 JUL130441 CENTURY WEST OGN (MR) $7.99 IMA
13 8 3.11 MAY130221 GREEN LANTERN HC RISE O/T THIRD ARMY (N52) $29.99 DC
14 24 3.07 JUN130267 ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 03 ROTWORLD THE RED KINGDOM (N52) $16.99 DC
15 40 3.03 JUN130486 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 05 $12.99 IMA
16 31 3.03 JUN130271 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 02 GUTS (N52) $14.99 DC
17 12 3.01 MAY130219 SHAZAM HC VOL 01 (N52) $24.99 DC
18 27 2.92 JUN130293 AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 04 (MR) $16.99 DC
19 2 2.79 JUN130675 AGE OF ULTRON HC $75.00 MAR
20 16 2.71 MAY130226 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 03 IRON (N52) $24.99 DC
21 29 2.52 MAY130041 BPRD 1948 TP $17.99 DAR
22 18 2.50 JUN130678 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 03 OUT OF THEIR DEPTH NOW $24.99 MAR
23 45 2.46 JUN130259 BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC
24 46 2.34 JUN130269 BATWOMAN TP VOL 02 TO DROWN THE WORLD (N52) $14.99 DC
25 23 2.33 MAY130225 BATWOMAN HC VOL 03 WORLDS FINEST (N52) $22.99 DC
26 93 2.28 JUL130450 FIVE GHOSTS TP VOL 01 HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY $9.99 IMA
27 63 2.20 JUL131184 SAILOR MOON SHORT STORIES VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
28 34 2.19 MAY130728 ONCE UPON A TIME SHADOW OF THE QUEEN PREMIERE HC $19.99 MAR
29 37 2.12 OCT110741 X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TP $19.99 MAR
30 60 2.06 NOV128157-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
31 55 1.98 JUN130485 LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99 IMA
32 65 1.92 JUN130266 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 03 HARROW (N52) $14.99 DC
33 51 1.90 JUN130686 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 06 $17.99 MAR
34 30 1.89 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC
35 52 1.88 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
36 58 1.80 JUN130265 ARROW TP VOL 01 $16.99 DC
37 32 1.79 JUN130680 NOVA PREM HC ORIGIN NOW $24.99 MAR
38 68 1.77 JUN130684 AVENGERS ARENA TP VOL 02 GAME ON NOW $15.99 MAR
39 36 1.74 JUL130714 YOUNG MARVEL TP LITTLE X-MEN LITTLE AVENGERS BIG TROUBLE $24.99 MAR
40 19 1.73 JUN130691 SHIELD BY STERANKO TP COMPLETE COLLECTION $34.99 MAR
41 47 1.73 JUL130340 DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME TP VOL 02 $17.99 IDW
42 86 1.68 DEC108152-M Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED $14.99 DC
43 38 1.64 JUN130679 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK PREM HC VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTER NOW $24.99 MAR
44 78 1.61 JUN130681 THUNDERBOLTS TP VOL 02 RED SCARE NOW $15.99 MAR
45 49 1.61 MAY130072 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 27 MIST SPIDERS WEB (MR) $19.99 DAR
46 87 1.58 JUN130264 AME COMI GIRLS TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC
47 48 1.55 MAY131217 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 05 (MR) $19.99 ONI
48 132 1.53 JUL100261-M SANDMAN TP VOL 03 DREAM COUNTRY NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
49 66 1.51 MAY130049 ANGEL & FAITH TP VOL 04 DEATH & CONSEQUENCES $17.99 DAR
50 83 1.50 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
51 79 1.48 JUN130270 NECESSARY EVIL THE VILLAINS OF THE DC UNIVERSE TP $16.99 DC
52 26 1.45 JUN130692 INFINITY GAUNTLET AFTERMATH TP $34.99 MAR
53 64 1.45 MAY130059 STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 06 FIRE CARRIER $18.99 DAR
54 22 1.42 JUN130923 ADVENTURE TIME MATHEMATICAL ED HC VOL 02 $34.99 BOO
55 103 1.40 APR130482 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 IMA
56 96 1.36 JUL131325 HARBINGER WARS TP $14.99 VAL
57 92 1.36 DEC120744 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 MAR
58 61 1.34 JUN130888 ROBOCOP TP (MR) $19.99 BOO
59 70 1.33 JUN130299 PREACHER TP BOOK 02 (MR) $19.99 DC
60 72 1.32 JUN130272 SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER VILLAINS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
61 144 1.31 JUN131351 ONE PIECE TP VOL 68 $9.99 VIZ
62 107 1.30 JUN130687 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY BRIAN WOOD TP VOL 02 $15.99 MAR
63 121 1.30 JUL100260-M SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
64 85 1.26 JUN130699 ESSENTIAL AVENGERS TP VOL 09 $19.99 MAR
65 56 1.25 JUN130688 ENDERS GAME GRAPHIC NOVEL TP $24.99 MAR
66 142 1.25 JAN110431-M SANDMAN TP VOL 05 A GAME OF YOU NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
67 6 1.24 APR130741 UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG $99.99 MAR
68 28 1.24 APR130713 INHUMANS BY PAUL JENKINS AND JAE LEE HC $39.99 MAR
69 135 1.23 JUN130772 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 08 $11.99 ARC
70 94 1.20 MAY130926 SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 $16.99 BON
71 91 1.19 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC
72 196 1.18 JAN120285 BATMAN DEATH BY DESIGN DELUXE ED HC $24.99 DC
73 112 1.18 JUL131326 HARBINGER TP VOL 03 HARBINGER WARS $14.99 VAL
74 119 1.16 JUL130453 FIVE WEAPONS MAKING THE GRADE TP $15.99 IMA
75 171 1.16 MAY130071 NG EVANGELION SHINJI DETECTIVE DIARY TP VOL 01 $9.99 DAR
76 115 1.15 JUN130760 ARCHIE 1000 PG COMICS EXTRAVAGANZA TP $14.99 ARC
77 113 1.15 JUN130273 STORMWATCH TP VOL 03 BETRAYAL (N52) $16.99 DC
78 50 1.14 JUL130720 SPIDER-MAN 2099 TP VOL 02 $29.99 MAR
79 122 1.13 MAR130727 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR
80 84 1.13 JUN131274 LENORE PURPLE NURPLES HC COLOR ED $17.95 RAN
81 116 1.13 MAR130726 HAWKEYE TP VOL 02 LITTLE HITS NOW $16.99 MAR
82 43 1.13 MAY131214 STUMPTOWN HC VOL 02 (MR) $29.99 ONI
83 163 1.12 MAY110297-M SANDMAN TP VOL 06 FABLES AND REFLECTIONS NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
84 20 1.12 JUL130970 RASL COMP HC $39.95 PUB
85 13 1.10 APR130708-M MMW DAREDEVIL HC VOL 07 $69.99 MAR
86 101 1.08 JUL100259 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
87 44 1.07 JUL130715 ULTIMATE COMICS DIVIDED WE FALL UNITED WE STAND TP $34.99 MAR
88 75 1.07 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
89 216 1.06 MAR110339 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME HC $24.99 DC
90 136 1.06 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
91 100 1.04 MAR130366 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
92 25 1.03 MAY130233 LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT JIM APARO HC VOL 2 $49.99 DC
93 141 1.03 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
94 109 1.02 APR110670-M KICK-ASS TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
95 39 1.01 JUN130693 INHUMANS TP ORIGIN OF INHUMANS $39.99 MAR
96 175 1.00 FEB120285 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED (MR) $12.99 DC
97 134 0.99 OCT120252 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 DC
98 146 0.99 JUL131372 SOUL EATER TP VOL 16 (MR) $11.99 HAC
99 105 0.97 MAY130067 CONAN PHENOMENON TP $19.99 DAR
100 111 0.96 APR131239 STUFF OF LEGEND TP VOL 04 TOY COLLECTOR $16.95 TH3

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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.

Please note that comics that were shipped to comic book retailers on December 28, 2012 with an on-sale date of January 2, 2013 were included in December's sales chart information.

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.