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Top 100 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks: January 2009

Robert Kirkman's best-selling zombie saga, The Walking Dead, for Image Comics took the top spot on the Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks sales chart for January 2009 with its ninth volume, Here We Remain, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

DC Comics' Watchmen ranked #2 on the Graphics Novels chart, its strong sales fueled by fan anticipation for the March debut of Zach Synder's Watchmen film. Two Batman titles — Batman: The Man Who Laughs and Joker — both placed in the top ten, along with the third volume of Justice and the first volume of Vertigo's House of Mystery.

Marvel Comics' best-selling Secret Invasion crossover moved from the comics charts to the Graphic Novels chart, with the collection of the Brian Michael Bendis storyline placing at #3 on the chart. Ultimate Spider-Man ranked at #4 with volume 21, War of the Symbiotes, and the fourth volume of Ed Brubaker's Criminal, Bad Night, ranked #10.

Dark Horse Comics also placed in the top 10 for January, with the first volume of Star Wars: Vector, collecting the first two chapters of the multi-generation crossover epic.

Please Note: This article contains the Top 100 Graphic Novels chart only. Diamond also makes available to retailers the Top 300 Graphic Novels sales chart and the Top 300 Comics sales chart.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2009

Quantity Rank

Retail Rank

Release Month

Index

Item Code

Description

Price

Vendor

1

2

NEW!

19.7

NOV082242

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR)

$14.99

IMA

2

3

APR 05

13.71

FEB058406

WATCHMEN TP

$19.99

DC

3

1

NEW!

12.98

NOV082460

SECRET INVASION TP

$29.99

MAR

4

9

NEW!

7.22

NOV082467

ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN TP VOL 21 WAR O/T SYMBIOTES

$15.99

MAR

5

16

NEW!

6.29

OCT080172

JUSTICE TP VOL 03

$14.99

DC

6

49

NEW!

5.52

OCT080222

HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 01 ROOM AND BOREDOM (MR)

$9.99

DC

7

13

NEW!

5.46

SEP080078

STAR WARS VECTOR TP VOL 01 CHAPTERS 1 & 2

$17.95

DAR

8

18

NEW!

5.39

SEP080167

BATMAN MAN WHO LAUGHS TP

$14.99

DC

9

11

OCT 08

5.23

JUL080124

JOKER HC

$19.99

DC

10

25

NEW!

5.08

NOV082430

CRIMINAL TP VOL 04 BAD NIGHT (MR)

$14.99

MAR

11

35

NEW!

4.68

SEP080070

BERSERK TP VOL 27 (MR)

$13.95

DAR

12

42

NEW!

4.64

SEP083845

RASL TP VOL 01 DRIFT (MR)

$13.00

CAR

13

24

NEW!

4.52

NOV082461

SECRET INVASION TP FANTASTIC FOUR

$16.99

MAR

14

33

NEW!

4.52

NOV082462

SECRET INVASION TP HOME INVASION

$14.99

MAR

15

48

NEW!

4.37

NOV082464

SECRET INVASION TP WAR MACHINE

$12.99

MAR

16

19

NEW!

4.37

OCT080173

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA LIGHTNING SAGA TP

$17.99

DC

17

36

NEW!

4.32

OCT080170

GREEN LANTERN WANTED HAL JORDAN TP

$14.99

DC

18

10

NEW!

4.23

NOV082475

MARVEL ZOMBIES TP DEAD DAYS

$24.99

MAR

19

34

NEW!

4.21

NOV082470

X FORCE TP VOL 01 ANGELS DEMONS

$15.99

MAR

20

12

NEW!

2.49

OCT082499-M

ULTIMATE ORIGINS PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

21

44

NEW!

3.97

NOV082463

SECRET INVASION TP CAPTAIN MARVEL

$14.99

MAR

22

21

NEW!

3.89

OCT080164

BATMAN STRANGE DEATHS OF BATMAN TP

$19.99

DC

23

23

NEW!

3.86

SEP080179

TALES O/T BATMAN TIM SALE TP

$19.99

DC

24

14

NEW!

3.84

OCT080038

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER OMNIBUS TP VOL 06

$24.95

DAR

25

26

MAY 07

3.79

FEB072176

RED PROPHET TALES OF ALVIN MAKER PREM HC VOL 01 BM ED

$19.99

MAR

26

38

NEW!

3.78

NOV082469

IMMORTAL IRON FIST TP VOL 03 BOOK OF IRON FIST

$16.99

MAR

27

27

NEW!

3.78

SEP080176

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA SANCTUARY HC

$19.99

DC

28

5

NEW!

3.74

JUN080241

DC UNIVERSE ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS HC VOL 01

$39.99

DC

29

29

NEW!

3.64

SEP080168

HARLEY QUINN PRELUDES AND KNOCK KNOCK JOKES TP

$19.99

DC

30

30

SEP 08

3.61

JUL088045

WATCHMEN TP INTERNATIONAL ED

$19.99

DC

31

68

NEW!

3.44

SEP080074

PATH O/T ASSASSIN TP VOL 14 BAD BLOOD (MR)

$9.95

DAR

32

66

NEW!

3.38

AUG080081

OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 31

$10.95

DAR

33

47

NEW!

3.38

SEP080181

SHOWCASE PRESENTS STRANGE ADVS TP VOL 01

$16.99

DC

34

69

NEW!

3.3

NOV083889

BONE COLOR ED SC VOL 09 CROWN OF HORNS

$9.99

CAR

35

50

NEW!

3.24

OCT080177

SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL 03

$16.99

DC

36

60

NEW!

3.14

OCT080168

FLASH EMERGENCY STOP TP

$12.99

DC

37

63

NEW!

3.09

NOV082468

IRON MAN DIRECTOR OF SHIELD TP IRON HANDS

$12.99

MAR

38

55

NEW!

3.03

OCT080179

SUPERMAN SHADOWS LINGER TP

$14.99

DC

39

28

NEW!

2.99

NOV082442

SPIDER MAN PREM HC NEW WAYS TO DIE

$24.99

MAR

40

64

NEW!

2.97

AUG080080

GANTZ TP VOL 03 (MR)

$12.95

DAR

41

45

DEC 08

2.95

OCT082505

NEW AVENGERS HC VOL 09 SECRET INVASION

$19.99

MAR

42

46

NEW!

2.92

NOV082443

MIGHTY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 04 SECRET INVASION BOOK 2

$19.99

MAR

43

8

NEW!

2.9

SEP080169

DC LIBRARY SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE HC

$39.99

DC

44

31

NEW!

2.04

NOV082451-M

DAREDEVIL PREM HC BORN AGAIN

$24.99

MAR

45

75

NEW!

2.77

NOV083996

TSUBASA GN VOL 20

$10.95

DEL

46

15

NEW!

2.7

NOV082474

ANNIHILATION CONQUEST TP BOOK 02

$34.99

MAR

47

20

NEW!

2.61

OCT072157

POWERS HC VOL 02 DEFINITIVE COLL (MR)

$29.99

MAR

48

17

NEW!

1.5

NOV082440-M

NEW AVENGERS HC VOL 03

$34.99

MAR

49

37

NEW!

2.59

NOV082445

X MEN PREM HC ORIGINAL SIN

$24.99

MAR

50

22

NEW!

2.58

NOV082471

DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER TP VOL 03

$29.99

MAR

51

39

NEW!

1.95

NOV082446-M

MARVEL 1985 PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

52

40

NEW!

2.55

SEP080175

TITANS OLD FRIENDS HC

$24.99

DC

53

54

MAR 08

2.53

NOV070226

BATMAN KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC

$17.99

DC

54

65

NEW!

2.49

NOV082459

ANITA BLAKE VH TP FIRST DEATH

$14.99

MAR

55

94

SEP 06

2.45

JUL068351

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE

$9.99

IMA

56

41

NEW!

1.43

SEP082443-M

FANTASTIC FOUR WORLDS GREATEST PREM HC

$24.99

MAR

57

43

NEW!

2.4

NOV082444

ULTIMATUM PREM HC MARCH ON ULTIMATUM

$24.99

MAR

58

7

NEW!

1.01

SEP082433-M

MMW DAREDEVIL HC VOL 05

$54.99

MAR

59

56

NEW!

2.38

OCT080169

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY FAMILY BUSINESS TP

$17.99

DC

60

59

NEW!

2.3

OCT080165

BIRDS OF PREY KIDS CLUB TP

$17.99

DC

61

32

NEW!

2.3

NOV082472

INFINITY CRUSADE TP VOL 02

$29.99

MAR

62

6

NEW!

1.01

SEP082435-M

MMW GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 03

$59.99

MAR

63

100

JUN 05

2.2

APR058372

FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE

$9.99

DC

64

70

JAN 06

2.19

DEC058055

BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP

$14.99

DC

65

57

NEW!

2.12

OCT080175

SPIRIT TP VOL 03

$19.99

DC

66

112

NEW!

2.06

OCT084463

INU YASHA TP VOL 36

$8.95

VIZ

67

61

NEW!

2.03

OCT080225

TOKYO DAYS BANGKOK NIGHTS TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

68

53

NEW!

2.01

NOV082466

AGENTS OF ATLAS TP

$24.99

MAR

69

67

NEW!

2

OCT080171

HUNTRESS YEAR ONE TP

$17.99

DC

70

80

NEW!

1.94

OCT080214

AMERICAN SPLENDOR ANOTHER DOLLAR TP (MR)

$14.99

DC

71

90

NEW!

1.85

SEP080043

PIGEONS FROM HELL TP

$13.99

DAR

72

108

NEW!

1.79

SEP080073

KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 08 (MR)

$10.95

DAR

73

168

JUL 05

1.79

MAY050258

TEEN TITANS GO TP VOL 03 BRING IT ON

$6.99

DC

74

51

NEW!

1.76

NOV082476

HULK VISIONARIES PETER DAVID TP VOL 06

$29.99

MAR

75

73

NEW!

1.74

MAY080050

GROO HELL ON EARTH TP

$17.95

DAR

76

91

NEW!

1.73

OCT082282

TRANSHUMAN TP VOL 01

$14.99

IMA

77

58

NEW!

1.69

NOV082477

FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 00

$24.99

MAR

78

4

NEW!

1.68

SEP082242

WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 (MR)

$100.00

IMA

79

157

SEP 05

1.66

JUL050262

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED JAM PACKED ACTION TP

$7.99

DC

80

129

NEW!

1.64

NOV082458

MARVEL ADVS TP VOL 01 TRIPLE THREAT DIGEST

$9.99

MAR

81

114

NEW!

1.63

SEP080072

GHOST TALKERS DAYDREAM TP VOL 03 (MR)

$10.95

DAR

82

103

DEC 05

1.61

OCT058020

Y LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED

$12.99

DC

83

104

JAN 07

1.6

NOV068026

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR)

$12.99

IMA

84

92

NEW!

1.57

NOV082473

WOLVERINE TP FIRST CLASS VOL 02 TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

$15.99

MAR

85

97

NEW!

1.53

OCT080198

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE TP VOL 02 (MR)

$14.99

DC

86

95

NEW!

1.52

OCT080043

STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 05

$15.95

DAR

87

151

NEW!

1.51

OCT084457

NANA TP VOL 14 (MR)

$8.99

VIZ

88

84

NOV 08

1.5

AUG080229

FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR AND PIECES (MR)

$17.99

DC

89

76

FEB 06

1.49

DEC058083

BATMAN LONG HALLOWEEN TP

$19.99

DC

90

77

NEW!

1.49

NOV084138

CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 01

$19.99

IDW

91

78

NEW!

1.48

OCT082511

RUNAWAYS PREM HC PRIDE & JOY

$19.99

MAR

92

87

NEW!

1.47

OCT080174

SHADOWPACT BURNING AGE TP

$17.99

DC

93

81

NEW!

1.44

OCT080167

ECLIPSO MUSIC O/T SPHERES TP

$19.99

DC

94

179

NEW!

1.44

OCT084446

BLACK CAT TP VOL 18

$7.99

VIZ

95

111

MAY 07

1.43

FEB078167

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS

$12.99

IMA

96

82

APR 06

1.41

DEC058090

SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES

$19.99

DC

97

147

NEW!

1.39

OCT084382

SAIYUKI RELOAD GN VOL 09 (Of 9) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

98

149

NEW!

1.38

NOV084280

BATTLE VIXENS GN VOL 14 (Of 14) (MR)

$9.99

TKP

99

235

NEW!

1.38

OCT080232

GON VOL 07

$5.99

DC

100

186

NEW!

1.37

OCT084448

SHAMAN KING TP VOL 20

$7.95

VIZ

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop. 

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 4,000+ 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, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

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.