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An untold chapter in the life of James Howlett, better known as Wolverine, is revealed in Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert's Origin II #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in December 2013.

In total, Marvel Comics had four of the month's top ten best-selling comics. Also in the top ten were Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's Avengers #24.NOW at #2; Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel's Inhumanity #1 at #9; and Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Humberto Ramos' Superior Spider-Man #23 at #10.

DC Comics had six titles in the top ten led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #26 at #3. Also in the top ten were Geoff Johns and David Finch's Forever Evil #4 at #4; Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #5 at #5; Johns and Doug Mahnke's Justice League #25 at #6; Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin's Harley Quinn #1 at #7; and Johns and Ivan Reis' Justice League #26 at #8.

Image Comics had five books in the top 100, led by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #118 at #14.

Dark Horse Comics had a strong month for Star Wars comics with three issues in the top 100 — The Star Wars #4, adapting George Lucas' original screenplay, ranked #35; The Star Wars #0, a special behind-the-scenes issue about the making of the adaptation, ranked #39; and Brian Wood's ongoing Star Wars #12 ranked #56.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #14 placed in the top 100 at #92.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 110.28 OCT130650-M ORIGIN II #1 $4.99 MAR
2 1 106.72 OCT130656-M AVENGERS #24.NOW $4.99 MAR
3 3 100.00 OCT130190-M BATMAN #26 $3.99 DC 
4 4 83.18 OCT130115-M FOREVER EVIL #4 $3.99 DC 
5 5 80.64 SEP130208-M SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 $3.99 DC 
6 6 78.70 SEP130170-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 $3.99 DC 
7 11 77.15 OCT130185-M HARLEY QUINN #1 $2.99 DC 
8 7 75.85 OCT130121-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 $3.99 DC 
9 10 64.90 OCT130637-M INHUMANITY #1 $3.99 MAR
10 8 64.55 OCT130686-M SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 MAR
11 9 63.74 OCT130688-M SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #24 $3.99 MAR
12 12 57.65 OCT130176-M BATMAN SUPERMAN #6 $3.99 DC 
13 13 57.09 OCT130723-M ALL NEW X-MEN #20 $3.99 MAR
14 29 56.95 OCT130633 WALKING DEAD #118 (MR) $2.99 IMA
15 14 55.07 OCT130676-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1 $3.99 MAR
16 15 54.99 OCT130125-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #10 $3.99 DC 
17 16 52.49 OCT130647 UNCANNY X-MEN #15.INH $3.99 MAR
18 17 51.27 OCT130678-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.2 $3.99 MAR
19 19 50.96 OCT130721-M AMAZING X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
20 18 50.66 OCT130680-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.3 $3.99 MAR
21 20 49.51 OCT130682-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.4 $3.99 MAR
22 21 49.47 OCT130684-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.5 $3.99 MAR
23 33 48.33 OCT130141-M JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1 $2.99 DC 
24 23 48.28 SEP130672-M GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #9 INF $3.99 MAR
25 25 47.75 OCT130664 UNCANNY AVENGERS #15 $3.99 MAR
26 26 47.41 OCT130643-M NEW AVENGERS #13.INH $3.99 MAR
27 24 47.33 OCT130187-M DETECTIVE COMICS #26 $3.99 DC 
28 27 44.81 OCT130699 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #10 $3.99 MAR
29 35 44.59 OCT130619 SAGA #17 (MR) $2.99 IMA
30 28 44.54 OCT130725 X-MEN #8 $3.99 MAR
31 38 43.05 OCT130206-M GREEN LANTERN #26 $2.99 DC 
32 30 43.00 OCT130156-M SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #3 $3.99 DC 
33 32 39.67 OCT130182-M DAMIAN SON OF BATMAN #3 $3.99 DC 
34 22 39.64 OCT130665 AVENGERS ANNUAL 2013 #1 $4.99 MAR
35 31 39.59 OCT130011 STAR WARS #4 LUCAS DRAFT $3.99 DAR
36 46 39.02 OCT130201 BATMAN AND TWO FACE #26 $2.99 DC 
37 49 36.55 OCT130732 DEADPOOL #20 $2.99 MAR
38 52 36.06 OCT130733 DEADPOOL #21 $2.99 MAR
39 34 33.93 NOV130026 STAR WARS #0 LUCAS DRAFT $3.99 DAR
40 55 33.47 OCT130198-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #26 $2.99 DC 
41 56 33.42 OCT130133-M FOREVER EVIL ARKHAM WAR #3 $2.99 DC 
42 36 33.15 OCT130709 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #16 $3.99 MAR
43 37 32.70 OCT130727 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #39 $3.99 MAR
44 57 32.52 OCT130143-M AQUAMAN #26 $2.99 DC 
45 58 32.19 OCT130197 NIGHTWING #26 $2.99 DC 
46 41 31.39 OCT130174-M ACTION COMICS #26 $3.99 DC 
47 60 31.09 OCT130149-M EARTH 2 #18 $2.99 DC 
48 62 30.87 OCT130172-M SUPERMAN #26 $2.99 DC 
49 64 30.64 OCT130147-M FLASH #26 $2.99 DC 
50 43 30.44 OCT130129-M JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #26 $3.99 DC 
51 45 29.92 OCT130640-M MIGHTY AVENGERS #4.INH $3.99 MAR
52 44 29.87 OCT130645 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #17.INH $3.99 MAR
53 68 29.21 OCT130200 BATGIRL #26 $2.99 DC 
54 47 28.91 OCT130702 CAPTAIN AMERICA #14 $3.99 MAR
55 48 27.92 SEP130687-M CATACLYSM ULTIMATES LAST STAND #2 $3.99 MAR
56 73 27.71 OCT130012 STAR WARS #12 2013 ONGOING $2.99 DAR
57 75 27.46 OCT130209-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #26 $2.99 DC 
58 76 27.44 OCT130154-M WONDER WOMAN #26 $2.99 DC 
59 51 27.24 OCT130707 IRON MAN #19 $3.99 MAR
60 81 27.07 OCT130712 DAREDEVIL #34 $2.99 MAR
61 53 27.02 OCT130728 WOLVERINE #12 $3.99 MAR
62 65 26.00 SEP130618 EAST OF WEST #8 $3.50 IMA
63 39 25.82 OCT130708 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
64 40 25.60 OCT130225 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #4 $4.99 DC 
65 84 25.53 OCT130211-M GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #26 $2.99 DC 
66 54 25.36 OCT130675 CATACLYSM ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAR
67 91 24.40 OCT130222-M TEEN TITANS #26 $2.99 DC 
68 61 23.43 OCT130715 NOVA #11 $3.99 MAR
69 63 23.20 OCT130730 CABLE AND X-FORCE #17 $3.99 MAR
70 96 23.12 OCT130713 FANTASTIC FOUR #15 $2.99 MAR
71 66 23.08 OCT130731 UNCANNY X-FORCE #15 $3.99 MAR
72 67 23.02 OCT130729 SAVAGE WOLVERINE #13 $3.99 MAR
73 97 22.91 OCT130135-M FOREVER EVIL ROGUES REBELLION #3 $2.99 DC 
74 50 22.75 NOV130945-M LEGENDERRY A STEAMPUNK ADV #1 [*] $3.99 DYN
75 99 22.17 OCT130196 CATWOMAN #26 $2.99 DC 
76 100 21.97 OCT130214-M RED LANTERNS #26 $2.99 DC 
77 71 21.42 OCT130648 INHUMANITY AWAKENING #1 $3.99 MAR
78 93 21.39 SEP130646 VELVET #2 (MR) [*] $2.99 IMA
79 72 21.36 OCT130690 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #7 NOW $3.99 MAR
80 104 21.25 OCT130204 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #26 $2.99 DC 
81 105 21.22 OCT130137 SUICIDE SQUAD #26 $2.99 DC 
82 106 20.90 OCT130700 THUNDERBOLTS #19 $2.99 MAR
83 74 20.78 OCT130673 CATACLYSM ULTIMATES #2 $3.99 MAR
84 108 20.67 OCT130145-M GREEN ARROW #26 $2.99 DC 
85 77 20.41 OCT130227-M BATMAN 66 #6 $3.99 DC 
86 78 20.34 OCT130691 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #8 $3.99 MAR
87 79 20.23 OCT130646 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #22.INH $3.99 MAR
88 82 19.98 OCT130666 SECRET AVENGERS #12 $3.99 MAR
89 109 19.52 OCT130202-M BATWOMAN #26 $2.99 DC 
90 83 19.40 OCT130667 SECRET AVENGERS #13 $3.99 MAR
91 113 19.27 OCT130668 YOUNG AVENGERS #13 $2.99 MAR
92 70 19.25 OCT130357-M MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #14 $3.99 IDW
93 85 19.15 OCT130694 MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 MAR
94 114 19.05 OCT130131-M FOREVER EVIL ARGUS #3 $2.99 DC 
95 112 19.00 SEP130515 LAZARUS #5 (MR) $2.99 IMA
96 116 19.00 OCT130669 YOUNG AVENGERS #14 $2.99 MAR
97 115 18.96 OCT130181 SUPERGIRL #26 $2.99 DC 
98 86 18.88 OCT130695 MARVEL KNIGHTS X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
99 87 18.84 OCT130674 CATACLYSM ULTIMATE X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
100 117 18.76 OCT130138 CONSTANTINE #9 $2.99 DC 

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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.