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Norman Osborn's Dark Reign continued in May in New Avengers #53, giving Marvel Comics the best-selling comic book for the month, according to information from Diamond Comic Distributors.

In addition to New Avengers #53, Marvel placed six other titles in the top 10 — Wolverine #72 at #3, Wolverine #73 at #5, Uncanny X-Men #510 at #7, Hulk #12 at #8, Amazing Spider-Man #595 at #9, and Captain America #50 at #10.

DC Comics had three titles in the top 10 best-selling comics for the month — Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3 at #2, The Flash: Rebirth #2 at #4, and Green Lantern #41 at #6

Please Note: While this chart contains only the top 100 comics, Diamond makes available to retailers a complete list of the top 300 comics as a text file for download here.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 105.83 MAR092535-M NEW AVENGERS #53 DKR $3.99 MAR
2 2 100.00 MAR090132-M BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL #3 (OF 3) $3.99 DC 
3 6 97.65 FEB092578 WOLVERINE #72 $2.99 MAR
4 4 96.65 MAR090151-M FLASH REBIRTH #2 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
5 7 93.44 MAR092604-M WOLVERINE #73 $2.99 MAR
6 8 91.39 FEB090180-M GREEN LANTERN #41 $2.99 DC 
7 9 84.26 MAR092595-M UNCANNY X-MEN #510 $2.99 MAR
8 3 81.98 MAR092567-M HULK #12 $3.99 MAR
9 16 80.56 MAR092529-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #595 DKR $2.99 MAR
10 5 75.06 MAR092559 CAPTAIN AMERICA #50 $3.99 MAR
11 12 71.62 MAR090157 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #33 $2.99 DC 
12 13 69.07 MAR090155-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #36 $2.99 DC 
13 10 66.38 MAR092606 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #2 $3.99 MAR
14 15 65.87 MAR090016-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #25 CHEN CVR $2.99 DAR
15 17 65.56 MAR092528 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #594 $2.99 MAR
16 18 65.45 MAR092527 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #593 $2.99 MAR
17 19 65.43 MAR092601 X-FORCE #15 XMW $2.99 MAR
18 21 64.09 MAR092514 ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK #6 (OF 6) $2.99 MAR
19 20 62.92 MAR090158 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #27 $2.99 DC 
20 11 62.50 MAR092602-M NEW MUTANTS #1 $3.99 MAR
21 23 60.57 MAR092597 X-MEN LEGACY #224 $2.99 MAR
22 24 57.54 MAR092543 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #13 DKR $2.99 MAR
23 25 57.32 MAR092549 DEADPOOL #10 DKR $2.99 MAR
24 26 56.23 JAN092451 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #132 $2.99 MAR
25 29 53.07 MAR090160 POWER GIRL #1 $2.99 DC 
26 31 52.93 MAR092600 CABLE #14 XMW $2.99 MAR
27 32 52.32 FEB092536 FANTASTIC FOUR #566 $2.99 MAR
28 14 51.09 MAR092590-M WAR OF KINGS #3 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
29 34 50.97 MAR092544 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #36 DKR $2.99 MAR
30 35 49.39 MAR092557-M AVENGERS INVADERS #11 (OF 12) $2.99 MAR
31 22 48.87 MAR092495-M DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #1 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
32 38 47.98 MAR092537 SECRET WARRIORS #4 DKR $2.99 MAR
33 41 47.67 MAR092533 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #24 DKR $2.99 MAR
34 36 47.27 MAR090145-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #3 (OF 12) $2.99 DC 
35 37 46.85 MAR090141 ACTION COMICS #877 $2.99 DC 
36 40 46.70 MAR090142 SUPERMAN #688 $2.99 DC 
37 45 45.22 MAR092588 THUNDERBOLTS #132 $2.99 MAR
38 44 44.33 MAR090144 SUPERMAN BATMAN #60 $2.99 DC 
39 46 43.86 MAR090135 GOTHAM GAZETTE #1 BATMAN ALIVE $2.99 DC 
40 47 43.65 MAR090134 BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL THE NETWORK #1 $2.99 DC 
41 27 40.78 MAR092492-M STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #3 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
42 28 40.29 MAR092582 MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
43 49 40.28 MAR090136 AZRAEL DEATHS DARK KNIGHT #3 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
44 53 39.95 MAR092552 PUNISHER #5 DKR $2.99 MAR
45 30 39.79 MAR092611 DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #2 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
46 51 39.62 MAR090137 ORACLE #3 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
47 33 38.62 MAR092548 NEW AVENGERS REUNION #3 (OF 4) DKR $3.99 MAR
48 54 38.51 MAR090162 TITANS #13 $2.99 DC 
49 57 37.50 MAR090143 SUPERGIRL #41 $2.99 DC 
50 58 37.08 MAR090169-M WONDER WOMAN #32 $2.99 DC 
51 59 36.56 MAR090124 TRINITY #49 $2.99 DC 
52 60 36.46 MAR090127 TRINITY #52 $2.99 DC 
53 61 36.44 MAR090125 TRINITY #50 $2.99 DC 
54 62 36.31 MAR090126 TRINITY #51 $2.99 DC 
55 42 36.18 MAR092541 DARK REIGN YOUNG AVENGERS #1 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
56 65 35.37 MAR092609 X-FACTOR #43 $2.99 MAR
57 67 34.75 MAR092547 BLACK PANTHER 2 #4 DKR $2.99 MAR
58 43 34.30 MAR092540 DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #2 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
59 66 34.07 MAR090164 TEEN TITANS #71 $2.99 DC 
60 48 33.48 MAR092542 DARK REIGN HOOD #1 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
61 69 32.60 MAR090128 FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH RUN #1 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
62 73 32.52 MAR092574 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #129 $2.99 MAR
63 72 32.15 MAR090129 FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH ESCAPE #1 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
64 39 32.11 MAR094310 ANGEL #21 $3.99 IDW
65 64 31.81 MAR094168-M BOYS #30 (MR) $2.99 DE
66 77 31.07 MAR092589 WAR MACHINE #6 $2.99 MAR
67 75 30.83 MAR090130 FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH DANCE #1 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
68 80 30.43 MAR092594 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #14 $2.99 MAR
69 50 30.41 MAR092538 DARK REIGN ELEKTRA #3 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
70 79 30.41 MAR090165 SECRET SIX #9 $2.99 DC 
71 68 30.40 MAR094165-M BOYS HEROGASM #1 (MR) $2.99 DE
72 196 30.18 MAR090225 UNWRITTEN #1 (MR) $1.00 DC 
73 52 30.02 MAR092571 PLANET SKAAR PROLOGUE ONE-SHOT $3.99 MAR
74 83 29.76 MAR092539 DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR #3 (OF 5) DKR $2.99 MAR
75 86 29.35 MAR092593 NOVA #25 $2.99 MAR
76 84 29.15 MAR090140 OUTSIDERS #18 $2.99 DC 
77 55 29.15 MAR092592 WAR OF KINGS ASCENSION #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
78 56 28.92 MAR092523-M WOLVERINE NOIR #2 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
79 87 28.57 MAR090131 FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH INK #1 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
80 90 28.46 MAR092545-M AGENTS OF ATLAS #4 DKR $2.99 MAR
81 91 28.27 MAR092546-M AGENTS OF ATLAS #5 DKR $2.99 MAR
82 93 27.76 MAR092553 MS MARVEL #39 DKR $2.99 MAR
83 92 27.10 MAR090091 STAR WARS LEGACY #36 RENEGADE $2.99 DAR
84 95 26.80 MAR092467 WALKING DEAD #61 (MR) $2.99 IMA
85 96 26.50 MAR090227 FABLES #84 (MR) $2.99 DC 
86 102 25.29 MAR090147 BOOSTER GOLD #20 $2.99 DC 
87 103 25.02 MAR090148 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #23 $2.99 DC 
88 104 24.84 MAR092563 EXILES #2 $2.99 MAR
89 63 24.64 MAR094295 GI JOE #5 $3.99 IDW
90 106 24.52 MAR092573 IMMORTAL IRON FIST #26 $2.99 MAR
91 71 24.52 MAR092613 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #70 (MR) $3.99 MAR
92 70 24.33 MAR090139 BATMAN IN BARCELONA DRAGONS KNIGHT $3.99 DC 
93 74 24.08 MAR092526 SPIDER-MAN SHORT HALLOWEEN $3.99 MAR
94 105 24.05 MAR090150 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #20 $2.99 DC 
95 110 23.55 MAR092473 FUSION #1 (OF 3) $2.99 IMA
96 111 23.55 FEB090059 UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #6 (OF 6) $2.99 DAR
97 76 23.34 MAR092501-M HUMAN TORCH COMICS #1 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL $3.99 MAR
98 78 23.05 MAR092522-M DAREDEVIL NOIR #2 (OF 4)  CALERO VAR $3.99 MAR
99 115 23.02 MAR092562 GHOST RIDER #35 $2.99 MAR
100 81 22.65 MAR092570 ALL NEW SAVAGE SHE-HULK #2 (OF 4) DKR $3.99 MAR

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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.