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Marvel Comics' Dark Avengers #3, a chapter in their Dark Reign storyline, was the best-selling comic in March 2009, according to information provided by Diamond Comics Distributors.

Marvel's New Avengers #51 at #2 and Mighty Avengers #23 at #7 also tie into the ongoing Dark Reign story arc. Other Marvel titles in the Top 10 best-selling comics for March include Wolverine #71 (#4), Ultimatum #3 (#5), Uncanny X-Men #507 (#6), and Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk #3 (#9).

DC Comics' Batman: Battle For The Cowl #1, the first part of the storyline that will determine who will wear the cowl in the aftermath of Batman: R.I.P., ranked as the #3 best-selling comic in March. Justice League of America #31 ranked at #8.

Dark Horse Comics' Buffy, the Vampire Slayer #23, part of the "season eight" storyline, rounded out the top 10 and placed #10 on the chart.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2009

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 105.38 JAN092467-M DARK AVENGERS #3 DKR $3.99 MAR
2 2 104.06 JAN092464-M NEW AVENGERS #51 DKR $3.99 MAR
3 3 100.00 JAN090180-M BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL #1 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
4 5 93.92 JAN092546 WOLVERINE #71 $2.99 MAR
5 4 86.71 OCT082376-M ULTIMATUM #3 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
6 8 85.09 JAN092537-M UNCANNY X-MEN #507 $2.99 MAR
7 9 77.86 JAN092465 MIGHTY AVENGERS #23 DKR $2.99 MAR
8 12 75.05 JAN090205 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #31 $2.99 DC 
9 14 74.65 JAN092452-M ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #3 (OF 6) $2.99 MAR
10 15 69.97 DEC080047-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #23 $2.99 DAR
11 18 67.79 JAN092500 CAPTAIN AMERICA #48 $2.99 MAR
12 6 66.94 JAN092460 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #588 $3.99 MAR
13 19 64.21 JAN092462 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #589 $2.99 MAR
14 7 64.08 JAN092531-M WAR OF KINGS #1 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
15 20 60.69 JAN092538 X-MEN LEGACY #222 $2.99 MAR
16 21 59.12 JAN090201-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 $2.99 DC 
17 10 57.65 NOV080143-M BATMAN CACOPHONY #3 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
18 11 57.60 JAN092540-M X-FORCE CABLE MESSIAH WAR PROLOGUE XMW $3.99 MAR
19 22 56.94 JAN092481 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11 DKR $2.99 MAR
20 23 56.54 JAN092542 X-FORCE #13 $2.99 MAR
21 13 56.07 DEC082346-M ULTIMATE X-MEN #100 $3.99 MAR
22 24 54.63 JAN090192-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #1 (OF 12) $2.99 DC 
23 27 52.80 JAN092505 FANTASTIC FOUR #565 $2.99 MAR
24 28 52.48 JAN092469 SECRET WARRIORS #2 DKR $2.99 MAR
25 29 52.46 JAN092472-M DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (OF 5) DKR $2.99 MAR
26 30 52.36 JAN092474 DEADPOOL #8 DKR $2.99 MAR
27 16 51.82 JAN092439-M STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #1 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
28 31 51.39 JAN090191 ACTION COMICS #875 $2.99 DC 
29 17 51.13 JAN092473 NEW AVENGERS REUNION #1 (OF 4) DKR $3.99 MAR
30 33 50.00 JAN092476-M THUNDERBOLTS #130 DKR $2.99 MAR
31 34 49.75 JAN092486 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #34 DKR $2.99 MAR
32 35 49.09 JAN090190 SUPERMAN #686 $2.99 DC 
33 36 46.35 DEC080119 SUPERMAN BATMAN #56 $2.99 DC 
34 38 45.04 DEC082364 DAREDEVIL #116 $2.99 MAR
35 39 44.80 JAN092503 DAREDEVIL #117 $2.99 MAR
36 40 43.64 JAN090184 AZRAEL DEATHS DARK KNIGHT #1 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
37 41 43.47 JAN090182 BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL COMMISSIONER GORDON #1 $2.99 DC 
38 42 42.94 JAN090183 GOTHAM GAZETTE BATMAN DEAD #1 $2.99 DC 
39 43 41.01 JAN092479 PUNISHER #3 DKR $2.99 MAR
40 25 39.76 JAN092551 X-INFERNUS #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
41 26 39.71 JAN092471 DARK REIGN ELEKTRA #1 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
42 44 38.46 JAN090217 TITANS #11 $2.99 DC 
43 32 38.04 JAN092543 DEADPOOL GAMES OF DEATH $3.99 MAR
44 45 37.78 JAN090175 TRINITY #40 $2.99 DC 
45 47 37.59 JAN090176 TRINITY #41 $2.99 DC 
46 49 37.24 JAN090177 TRINITY #42 $2.99 DC 
47 50 37.20 JAN090185 ORACLE #1 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
48 51 36.94 JAN090178 TRINITY #43 $2.99 DC 
49 52 36.84 JAN092478 BLACK PANTHER 2 #2 DKR $2.99 MAR
50 53 36.80 JAN090194 SUPERGIRL #39 $2.99 DC 
51 54 36.42 JAN090219-M WONDER WOMAN #30 $2.99 DC 
52 56 35.68 JAN092490 WAR MACHINE #4 DKR $2.99 MAR
53 59 35.37 JAN092544 CABLE #12 $2.99 MAR
54 60 34.81 JAN092483 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #127 DKR $2.99 MAR
55 61 34.81 JAN092554 X-FACTOR #41 $2.99 MAR
56 37 34.67 JAN094298 ANGEL #19 $3.99 IDW
57 69 30.54 JAN090188 OUTSIDERS #16 $2.99 DC 
58 70 29.92 JAN092508 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #11 $2.99 MAR
59 71 29.62 JAN092525 SKAAR SON OF HULK #9 $2.99 MAR
60 73 29.23 JAN092488-M AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 DKR $2.99 MAR
61 75 29.21 JAN092510 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #12 $2.99 MAR
62 76 28.83 JAN092535 NOVA #23 $2.99 MAR
63 77 28.74 JAN094129 BOYS #28 (MR) $2.99 DE
64 46 28.23 JAN092458-M X-MEN NOIR #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
65 48 28.02 JAN092533 X-MEN KINGBREAKER #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
66 80 27.62 JAN090142 STAR WARS LEGACY #34 STORMS PART 1 OF 2 $2.99 DAR
67 81 27.34 JAN092485 MS MARVEL #37 DKR $2.99 MAR
68 82 27.31 JAN092555 YOUNG X-MEN #12 $2.99 MAR
69 55 26.98 JAN092456-M SPIDER-MAN NOIR #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
70 57 26.61 JAN092513 HULK BROKEN WORLDS #1 (OF 2) $3.99 MAR
71 85 26.59 JAN090210 SECRET SIX #7 $2.99 DC 
72 58 26.54 JAN092550 X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY NIGHTCRAWLER ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
73 86 25.91 JAN090198 BOOSTER GOLD #18 $2.99 DC 
74 62 25.87 JAN092534 WAR OF KINGS DARKHAWK #2 (OF 2) $3.99 MAR
75 89 25.38 JAN092406 WALKING DEAD #59 (MR) $2.99 IMA
76 90 25.29 JAN090213 SOLOMON GRUNDY #1 (OF 7) $2.99 DC 
77 63 25.22 JAN092492 AVENGERS INITIATIVE FEATURING REPTIL #1 $3.99 MAR
78 64 25.00 JAN094290 GI JOE #3 $3.99 IDW
79 65 24.91 JAN090214-M STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 (OF 8) $3.99 DC 
80 66 24.85 JAN092463 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EXTRA #3 $3.99 MAR
81 93 24.78 JAN090199 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #18 $2.99 DC 
82 94 24.77 DEC082368 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #23 $2.99 MAR
83 95 24.50 JAN090280 FABLES #82 (MR) $2.99 DC 
84 96 24.37 JAN092512 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #24 $2.99 MAR
85 67 24.29 JAN092556 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #68 (MR) $3.99 MAR
86 68 24.05 DEC082404 X-MEN SPIDER-MAN #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
87 97 23.73 JAN090112 HELLBOY WILD HUNT #4 (OF 8) $2.99 DAR
88 101 23.52 JAN092404 SPAWN #190 $2.95 IMA
89 99 23.47 JAN090216 TERROR TITANS #6 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
90 100 23.30 JAN092511 GHOST RIDER #33 $2.99 MAR
91 208 22.98 JAN098009 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21 SPECIAL EDITION $1.00 DC 
92 105 22.80 JAN092519 MOON KNIGHT #28 $2.99 MAR
93 106 22.79 JAN090109 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #5 (OF 6) $2.99 DAR
94 107 22.44 JAN090086 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #9 $2.99 DAR
95 213 22.06 JAN098011 PLANETARY #1 SPECIAL EDITION $1.00 DC 
96 72 21.91 DEC088074-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583 OBAMA 5TH PTG VAR $3.99 MAR
97 74 21.90 JAN092553 X-MEN SWORD OF BRADDOCKS $3.99 MAR
98 108 21.76 JAN090186 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #27 $2.99 DC 
99 78 21.21 JAN094286 GI JOE COBRA #1 $3.99 IDW
100 79 21.00 JAN094296 ANGEL BLOOD AND TRENCHES #1 $3.99 IDW

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Note: Item codes ending with -M combine multiple covers and skus with the same SRP.

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.