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DC Comics' cosmic crossover event Blackest Night from writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis sent DC Comics to the top of the bestselling comics chart in the month of August with the series' second issue, according to information from Diamond Comic Distributors.

In total, DC Comics had four titles in the top 10 comics for the month, with three of those titles — the aforementioned Blackest Night #2, Green Lantern #45 (ranked #4), and Blackest Night: Batman #1 (at #10) — as integral parts of the Blackest Night event. The fourth title, Batman & Robin #3 from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely ranked as the #3 best-selling comic for the month.

Marvel Comics had six of the top 10 best-selling comics for August. Captain America: Reborn #2 ranked #2, Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 placed #5, Dark Avengers #8 placed #6, Uncanny X-Men #514 ranked #7, New Avengers #56 placed at #8, and the 70th-anniversary project The Marvels Project #1 ranked at #9 for the month.

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 August 2009

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 186.36 JUN090122-M BLACKEST NIGHT #2 (OF 8) $3.99 DC 
2 2 159.92 JUN090439-M CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #2 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
3 8 141.08 JUN090146-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #3 $2.99 DC 
4 11 130.67 JUN090131-M GREEN LANTERN #45 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
5 6 121.17 JUN090468-M ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #1 $3.99 MAR
6 3 120.15 JUN090486-M DARK AVENGERS #8 DAX $3.99 MAR
7 4 115.21 JUN090483-M UNCANNY X-MEN #514 DAX $3.99 MAR
8 5 114.80 JUN090510-M NEW AVENGERS #56 DKR $3.99 MAR
9 9 113.61 JUN090440-M MARVELS PROJECT #1 (OF 8) $3.99 MAR
10 14 110.04 JUN090125-M BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #1 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
11 10 109.72 JUN090471-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 MAR
12 15 107.46 JUN090133-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
13 18 100.00 JUN090149 BATMAN #689 $2.99 DC 
14 19 99.64 MAY090153-M FLASH REBIRTH #4 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
15 12 98.80 JUN090515-M HULK #14 $3.99 MAR
16 20 98.10 JUN090127-M BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #1 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
17 22 94.75 JUN090476-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 $2.99 MAR
18 7 93.74 JUN090528-M DAREDEVIL #500 $4.99 MAR
19 25 91.25 JUN090478-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #602 $2.99 MAR
20 13 91.04 JUN090512-M HULK #13 DKR $3.99 MAR
21 26 90.64 JUN090480-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #603 $2.99 MAR
22 28 87.50 JUN090491-M DARK WOLVERINE #77 DKR $2.99 MAR
23 29 82.62 JUN090129-M BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #1 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
24 16 81.79 JUN090541-M INCREDIBLE HULK #601 $3.99 MAR
25 31 80.77 JUN090489-M X-MEN LEGACY #227 DAX $2.99 MAR
26 44 79.60 JUN090532-M FANTASTIC FOUR #570 $2.99 MAR
27 32 78.23 JUN090554-M MIGHTY AVENGERS #28 $2.99 MAR
28 17 75.08 JUN090148 DETECTIVE COMICS #856 $3.99 DC 
29 33 73.41 JUN090182 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #36 $2.99 DC 
30 21 72.34 JUN090155-M ADVENTURE COMICS #1 $3.99 DC 
31 34 71.97 JUN090575-M X-FORCE #18 $2.99 MAR
32 35 70.72 JUN090591-M DEADPOOL #13 $2.99 MAR
33 24 70.03 JUN090482 DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #3 (OF 3) DAX $3.99 MAR
34 23 69.59 JUN090183 JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #2 (OF 7) $3.99 DC 
35 56 69.10 JUN090699 ARCHIE #600 $2.50 ARC
36 38 68.61 JUN090496-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #16 DKR $2.99 MAR
37 37 68.12 JUN090048-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #27 CHEN CVR $2.99 DAR
38 27 66.58 JUN090143-M BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #1 (OF 6) $3.99 DC 
39 40 65.98 JUN090144-M BATGIRL #1 $2.99 DC 
40 46 65.25 JUN090589-M DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #2 $2.99 MAR
41 42 64.20 JUN090154 RED ROBIN #3 $2.99 DC 
42 50 64.12 JUN090593 DEADPOOL #14 $2.99 MAR
43 49 63.04 JUN090184 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #30 $2.99 DC 
44 30 62.87 JUN090577-M WOLVERINE WEAPON X #4 $3.99 MAR
45 54 57.36 JUN090581-M WOLVERINE ORIGINS #39 $2.99 MAR
46 36 51.48 JUN090150 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #3 $3.99 DC 
47 39 51.20 JUN090569-M WAR OF KINGS #6 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
48 63 50.29 JUN090579-M CABLE #17 $2.99 MAR
49 60 50.03 JUN090159-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #6 (OF 12) $2.99 DC 
50 59 49.89 JUN090163 SUPERMAN #691 $2.99 DC 
51 64 49.77 JUN090518-M AVENGERS INITIATIVE #27 $2.99 MAR
52 65 49.74 JUN090560-M SECRET WARRIORS #7 $2.99 MAR
53 41 49.31 JUN090139 WEDNESDAY COMICS #5 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
54 68 49.19 JUN090583-M NEW MUTANTS #4 $2.99 MAR
55 47 49.00 MAY090441 ULTIMATUM X-MEN REQUIEM #1 $3.99 MAR
56 48 48.26 JUN090586 DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #5 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
57 45 48.22 JUN090140 WEDNESDAY COMICS #6 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
58 43 47.95 JUN090161 ACTION COMICS #880 $3.99 DC 
59 66 47.79 JUN090165 SUPERMAN BATMAN #63 $2.99 DC 
60 51 46.92 JUN090141 WEDNESDAY COMICS #7 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
61 69 46.91 JUN090151 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #3 $2.99 DC 
62 52 45.88 JUN090142 WEDNESDAY COMICS #8 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
63 53 45.42 JUN090443-M DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #4 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
64 72 43.14 JUN090162 SUPERGIRL #44 $2.99 DC 
65 76 42.17 JUN090558-M PUNISHER #8 $2.99 MAR
66 77 42.16 JUN090587-M X-FACTOR #47 $2.99 MAR
67 79 41.69 JUN090538-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #132 $2.99 MAR
68 55 41.15 JUN090158 SUPERMAN ANNUAL #14 $3.99 DC 
69 78 41.00 JUN090192-M POWER GIRL #4 $2.99 DC 
70 57 40.19 JUN090446-M STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #5 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
71 80 40.07 JUN090199 TITANS #16 $2.99 DC 
72 58 38.75 JUN090198 TEEN TITANS #74 $3.99 DC 
73 61 38.36 MAY090439 ULTIMATUM FANTASTIC FOUR REQUIEM #1 $3.99 MAR
74 82 37.83 JUN090200 WONDER WOMAN #35 $2.99 DC 
75 67 36.06 JUN090176-M DOOM PATROL #1 $3.99 DC 
76 87 36.05 JUN090505-M MS MARVEL #43 DKR $2.99 MAR
77 89 35.58 JUN090571-M GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #17 $2.99 MAR
78 70 35.49 JUN090597-M X-MEN FOREVER #5 $3.99 MAR
79 90 35.23 JUN090524-M BLACK PANTHER 2 #7 $2.99 MAR
80 71 35.08 JUN090498 DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #3 (OF 4) DKR $3.99 MAR
81 92 35.07 JUN090539-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #133 $2.99 MAR
82 94 34.66 JUN090544-M SON OF HULK #14 $2.99 MAR
83 95 34.49 JUN090573-M NOVA #28 $2.99 MAR
84 98 32.59 JUN090507 MS MARVEL #44 DKR $2.99 MAR
85 74 31.73 JUN090599 X-MEN FOREVER #6 $3.99 MAR
86 91 31.49 JUN090832 BOYS #33 (MR) $2.99 DE
87 99 31.12 JUN090395 WALKING DEAD #64 (MR) $2.99 IMA
88 100 30.82 JUN090194 SECRET SIX #12 $2.99 DC 
89 103 30.57 MAY090527 WAR MACHINE #8 $2.99 MAR
90 104 30.43 JUN090153 OUTSIDERS #21 $2.99 DC 
91 81 29.92 MAY090453 DARK REIGN ELEKTRA #5 (OF 5) DKR $3.99 MAR
92 62 29.82 JUN090157 SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2009 #1 $4.99 DC 
93 106 29.20 JUN090061 STAR WARS LEGACY #39 TATOOINE PT 3 (OF 4) $2.99 DAR
94 107 29.09 JUN090185 JSA VS KOBRA #3 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
95 73 29.08 JUN090962 ANGEL #24 $3.99 IDW
96 83 28.20 JUN090178 BOOSTER GOLD #23 $3.99 DC 
97 101 28.16 JUN090833 BOYS HEROGASM #4 (OF 6) (MR) $2.99 DE
98 84 27.99 JUN090535-M GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #1 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
99 110 27.91 JUN090260 FABLES #87 (MR) $2.99 DC 
100 113 27.81 JUN090526-M EXILES #5 $2.99 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 dollar 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 Bestseller 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.