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Detective Comics #853, the concluding chapter of Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert's tale of Batman's final days, vaulted DC Comics to the top of the comics sales charts in April 2009, according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors.

In addition, DC Comics had four other titles in the top 10 comics for the month. The Flash: Rebirth #1, featuring the return of Barry Allen to the DC Universe, placed at #2; Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2, continuing the story of the birth of the new Dark Knight in the aftermath of Batman: R.I.P., ranked #6; Justice Society of America #26, the final issue from the creative team of Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham, placed #8; and Green Lantern #39 ranked #9.

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten for the month of April. Wolverine: Weapon X #1, the debut of the new, action-oriented Wolverine series, placed at #3. Dark Avengers #4 and New Avengers #52, both continuing the Dark Reign storyline, placed at #4 and #5 respectively. Hulk #11 placed at #7, and Thor #601 rounded out the top 10 at #10.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 116.82 DEC080107-M DETECTIVE COMICS #853 $3.99 DC 
2 2 114.93 FEB090172-M FLASH REBIRTH #1 (OF 6) $3.99 DC 
3 8 109.85 FEB092579-M WOLVERINE WEAPON X #1 $3.99 MAR
4 3 107.56 FEB092496-M DARK AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
5 4 105.45 FEB092493-M NEW AVENGERS #52 (DARK REIGN) $3.99 MAR
6 5 100.00 FEB090155-M BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL #2 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
7 6 92.83 FEB092538-M HULK #11 $3.99 MAR
8 9 91.11 FEB090183-M JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #26  $2.99 DC 
9 10 89.53 DEC080128-M GREEN LANTERN #39 (ORIGINS) $2.99 DC 
10 7 89.35 JAN092529-M THOR #601 $3.99 MAR
11 11 86.02 JAN090203-M GREEN LANTERN #40 $2.99 DC 
12 13 85.77 FEB092572-M UNCANNY X-MEN #508 $2.99 MAR
13 14 80.72 FEB092575-M X-MEN LEGACY #223 $2.99 MAR
14 15 77.63 FEB092574 UNCANNY X-MEN #509 $2.99 MAR
15 16 76.56 FEB092494 MIGHTY AVENGERS #24 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
16 17 76.05 FEB092571 ASTONISHING X-MEN #29 $2.99 MAR
17 20 74.52 FEB092485-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #590 $2.99 MAR
18 18 74.08 FEB090182 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #32 $2.99 DC 
19 21 73.99 FEB092488-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #592 $2.99 MAR
20 19 73.74 JAN090206-M JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #25 $2.99 DC 
21 23 71.67 FEB092529 CAPTAIN AMERICA #49 $2.99 MAR
22 25 68.35 FEB090102-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #24 CHEN CVR $2.99 DAR
23 27 68.24 FEB092479 ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #4 (OF 6) $2.99 MAR
24 26 67.89 FEB092487 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #591 $2.99 MAR
25 29 66.66 FEB092480 ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #5 (OF 6) $2.99 MAR
26 28 65.94 FEB090179-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35 $2.99 DC 
27 31 64.30 FEB092586 X-FORCE #14 (X-MEN: MESSIAH WAR) $2.99 MAR
28 12 63.83 OCT080095 FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #4 (OF 5) $3.99 DC 
29 35 58.09 FEB092516 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #12 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
30 22 56.35 FEB092492 DARK REIGN CABAL (DARK REIGN) $3.99 MAR
31 38 56.25 FEB092498-M SECRET WARRIORS #3 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
32 39 56.15 JUN082405 KICK ASS #6 (MR) $2.99 MAR
33 42 55.16 FEB092521-M THUNDERBOLTS #131 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
34 43 54.40 FEB092520 DEADPOOL #9 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
35 44 53.90 JAN092497-M AVENGERS INVADERS #9 (OF 12) $2.99 MAR
36 24 53.47 FEB092565-M WAR OF KINGS #2 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
37 49 50.66 FEB092495 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #23 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
38 51 50.47 FEB092533-M DAREDEVIL #118 $2.99 MAR
39 48 50.47 FEB092515 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #35 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
40 47 50.36 FEB090165-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #2 (OF 12) $2.99 DC 
41 54 49.37 FEB092527 AVENGERS INVADERS #10 (OF 12) $2.99 MAR
42 53 48.66 FEB090167 ACTION COMICS #876 $2.99 DC 
43 55 48.30 FEB090168 SUPERMAN #687 $2.99 DC 
44 30 48.13 FEB092557-M MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #1 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
45 57 46.84 JAN090195 SUPERMAN BATMAN #57 $2.99 DC 
46 40 46.07 FEB092500 DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #1 (OF 5) (DARK REIGN) $3.99 MAR
47 58 46.01 FEB090170 SUPERMAN BATMAN #58 $2.99 DC 
48 60 45.49 FEB092585 CABLE #13 (X-MEN: MESSIAH WAR) $2.99 MAR
49 59 45.09 FEB090171 SUPERMAN BATMAN #59 $2.99 DC 
50 36 44.00 JAN092438 DARK TOWER SORCERER #1 $3.99 MAR
51 61 43.97 FEB090158 BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL ARKHAM #1 $2.99 DC 
52 34 43.69 FEB092503 NEW AVENGERS REUNION #2 (OF 4) (DARK REIGN) $3.99 MAR
53 33 43.66 FEB092457-M STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #2 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
54 63 43.49 FEB090159 BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL THE UNDERGROUND #1 $2.99 DC 
55 64 43.19 FEB090157 BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL MAN BAT #1 $2.99 DC 
56 37 43.11 FEB092577 DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #1 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
57 67 41.51 FEB092504 PUNISHER #4 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
58 41 41.20 FEB092460-M CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL #1 $3.99 MAR
59 66 40.88 FEB090160 AZRAEL DEATHS DARK KNIGHT #2 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
60 68 40.41 FEB090190 TITANS #12 $2.99 DC 
61 69 39.74 FEB090192 TEEN TITANS #70 $2.99 DC 
62 70 39.69 JAN090218 TEEN TITANS #69 $2.99 DC 
63 45 38.76 FEB092569-M WAR OF KINGS ASCENSION #1 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
64 46 38.55 FEB092592 X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
65 76 38.44 FEB092513-M WAR MACHINE #5 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
66 74 38.24 FEB090169 SUPERGIRL #40 $2.99 DC 
67 81 37.86 FEB092511-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #128 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
68 75 37.85 FEB090161 ORACLE #2 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
69 77 37.59 FEB090150 TRINITY #44 $2.99 DC 
70 84 37.43 FEB092508 BLACK PANTHER 2 #3 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
71 78 37.43 FEB090151 TRINITY #45 $2.99 DC 
72 80 37.16 FEB090152 TRINITY #46 $2.99 DC 
73 82 37.00 FEB090153 TRINITY #47 $2.99 DC 
74 83 36.83 FEB090154 TRINITY #48 $2.99 DC 
75 32 36.50 FEB090189 TEEN TITANS ANNUAL 2009 #1 $4.99 DC 
76 56 36.03 FEB092483-M WOLVERINE NOIR #1 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
77 87 35.91 FEB092587 X-FACTOR #42 $2.99 MAR
78 86 35.75 FEB090199-M WONDER WOMAN #31 $2.99 DC 
79 89 35.34 FEB092502 DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (OF 5) (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
80 65 34.94 FEB092559-M EXILES #1 $3.99 MAR
81 50 34.01 FEB094348 ANGEL #20 $3.99 IDW
82 62 33.54 FEB092501 DARK REIGN ELEKTRA #2 (OF 5) (DARK REIGN) $3.99 MAR
83 92 33.38 FEB092505-M AGENTS OF ATLAS #3 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
84 227 32.06 JAN098012 PREACHER # 1 SPECIAL EDITION $1.00 DC 
85 101 30.90 FEB092509-M MS MARVEL #38 (DARK REIGN) $2.99 MAR
86 102 30.65 JAN092526 SKAAR #10 $2.99 MAR
87 100 30.49 FEB090164 OUTSIDERS #17 $2.99 DC 
88 103 30.42 FEB092568 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #13 $2.99 MAR
89 52 30.32 FEB094121 FEMALE FORCE #3 MICHELLE OBAMA $3.99 BLU
90 71 29.45 FEB092523 SI AFTERMATH BETA RAY BILL GREEN OF EDEN #1 $3.99 MAR
91 106 29.44 FEB092567 NOVA #24 $2.99 MAR
92 94 29.21 FEB094199 BOYS #29 (MR) $2.99 DE
93 73 29.13 FEB092463-M SUB-MARINER COMICS 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL #1 $3.99 MAR
94 72 28.96 AUG072194 HALO UPRISING #4 (OF 4) (MR) $3.99 MAR
95 85 27.69 FEB092481-M DAREDEVIL NOIR #1 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
96 108 27.55 FEB090125 STAR WARS LEGACY #35 STORMS PT 2 (OF 2) $2.99 DAR
97 110 27.31 FEB090194 SECRET SIX #8 $2.99 DC 
98 97 27.24 JAN092558 INCOGNITO #3 (MR) $3.50 MAR
99 88 26.62 FEB092584 WOLVERINE ANNIVERSARY $3.99 MAR
100 114 26.51 FEB090249 FABLES #83 (MR) $2.99 DC 

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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.