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The march of the undead Black Lanterns across the DC Universe in writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis' Blackest Night #3 provided DC Comics with the bestselling comic in the month of September, according to information from Diamond Comic Distributors.

In total, DC Comics had six titles in the top 10 bestselling comics for the month. Five of those titles, including the aforementioned Blackest Night #3, were part of the crossover, with Green Lantern #46 at #4, Blackest Night: Batman #2 at #6, Green Lantern Corps #40 at #8, and Blackest Night: Superman #2 at #10. The other DC Comics title in the top 10 was Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin #4, marking the first part of a story arc with artist Philip Tan.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top 10 best-selling comics for September with four titles — Captain America: Reborn #3 at #2; Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Wolverine: Giant-Size Old-Man Logan #1, concluding their best-selling story arc, ranked at #5; New Avengers #57 at #7; and Dark Avengers #9 at #9.

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 September 2009

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 182.84 JUL090144-M BLACKEST NIGHT #3 (OF 8) $3.99 DC 
2 3 140.69 JUL090458-M CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #3 (OF 5) $3.99 MAR
3 5 138.86 JUL090168-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #4 $2.99 DC 
4 7 134.63 JUL090153-M GREEN LANTERN #46 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
5 2 121.85 JUL090561-M WOLVERINE GIANT-SIZE OLD MAN LOGAN #1 $4.99 MAR
6 10 113.81 JUL090149-M BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #2 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
7 4 111.16 JUL090500-M NEW AVENGERS #57 $3.99 MAR
8 12 107.94 JUL090155-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
9 6 103.54 JUL090499 DARK AVENGERS #9 $3.99 MAR
10 14 102.29 JUL090147-M BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #2 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
11 15 100.00 JUL090172 BATMAN #690 $2.99 DC 
12 8 98.26 JUL090496-M DARK AVENGERS UNCANNY X-MEN EXODUS DAX $3.99 MAR
13 22 95.56 JUL090560 UNCANNY X-MEN #515 $2.99 MAR
14 23 91.14 JUL090489-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #606 $2.99 MAR
15 9 89.09 JUL090486 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #2 $3.99 MAR
16 11 84.76 MAY090524 THOR #603 $3.99 MAR
17 27 83.23 JUL090151-M BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #2 (OF 3) $2.99 DC 
18 33 82.38 JUL090487 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #604 $2.99 MAR
19 13 81.60 JUL090488 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #605 $3.99 MAR
20 35 81.26 JUL090490 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #607 $2.99 MAR
21 37 78.83 JUL090503-M DARK WOLVERINE #78 $2.99 MAR
22 21 78.36 JUL090493-M DARK REIGN LIST AVENGERS ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
23 16 76.19 JUL090526-M HULK #15 $3.99 MAR
24 18 74.64 JUL090485 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAR
25 17 74.11 JUL090170 DETECTIVE COMICS #857 $3.99 DC 
26 38 72.05 JUL090205 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #37 $2.99 DC 
27 19 71.07 JUL090208 JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #3 (OF 7) $3.99 DC 
28 20 70.95 JUL090178-M SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #1 (OF 6) $3.99 DC 
29 40 70.75 JUL090549 MIGHTY AVENGERS #29 $2.99 MAR
30 25 69.96 JUL090495 DARK REIGN LIST X-MEN ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
31 41 67.93 JUL090016-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #28 $2.99 DAR
32 24 66.99 JUL090523-M INCREDIBLE HULK #602 $3.99 MAR
33 29 66.28 JUL090482-M ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #1 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
34 44 65.56 JUL090564 DEADPOOL #15 $2.99 MAR
35 28 64.86 JUL090498 DARK X-MEN CONFESSION ONE-SHOT DAX $3.99 MAR
36 46 64.85 NOV082431 KICK ASS #7 (MR) $2.99 MAR
37 45 64.70 JUL090566 X-FORCE #19 $2.99 MAR
38 51 62.39 JUL090510 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #18 $2.99 MAR
39 48 62.27 JUL090177 RED ROBIN #4 $2.99 DC 
40 32 62.00 JUL090462-M MARVELS PROJECT #2 (OF 8) $3.99 MAR
41 31 61.97 JUL090553 THOR ANNUAL #1 $3.99 MAR
42 53 61.65 JUL090520-M FANTASTIC FOUR #571 $2.99 MAR
43 50 61.60 JUL090207 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #31 $2.99 DC 
44 30 61.42 JUL090181-M ADVENTURE COMICS #2 $3.99 DC 
45 34 61.30 JUL090552 SPIDER-WOMAN #1 $3.99 MAR
46 56 61.27 JUL090509 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #17 $2.99 MAR
47 36 60.81 JUL090563 X-MEN LEGACY ANNUAL #1 $3.99 MAR
48 54 60.11 JUL090165-M BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #2 (OF 6) $2.99 DC 
49 61 56.95 JUL090565 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #3 $2.99 MAR
50 63 55.48 JUL090568-M WOLVERINE ORIGINS #40 $2.99 MAR
51 42 54.20 JUL090494 DARK REIGN LIST DAREDEVIL ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
52 39 53.21 JUL090562 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #5 $3.99 MAR
53 65 52.76 JUL090171 BATGIRL #2 $2.99 DC 
54 69 51.90 JUN090500-M THUNDERBOLTS #135 DKR $2.99 MAR
55 43 49.20 JUL090173 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #4 $3.99 DC 
56 96 49.18 JUL090676 ARCHIE #601 $2.50 ARC
57 74 48.96 JUL090184-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #7 (OF 12) $2.99 DC 
58 71 48.95 JUL090183 SUPERMAN #692 $2.99 DC 
59 75 47.18 JUL090186 SUPERMAN BATMAN #64 $2.99 DC 
60 47 46.99 JUL090180 ACTION COMICS #881 $3.99 DC 
61 49 46.70 JUL090157 WEDNESDAY COMICS #9 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
62 55 45.84 JUL090540-M MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #1 $3.99 MAR
63 52 45.39 JUL090158 WEDNESDAY COMICS #10 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
64 58 44.83 JUL090465-M DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #5 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
65 78 44.68 JUL090174 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #4 $2.99 DC 
66 57 44.50 JUL090159 WEDNESDAY COMICS #11 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
67 81 44.20 JUL090512 THUNDERBOLTS #136 $2.99 MAR
68 83 44.10 JUL090567 CABLE #18 $2.99 MAR
69 59 44.05 JUL090160 WEDNESDAY COMICS #12 (OF 12) $3.99 DC 
70 85 44.02 JUL090551 SECRET WARRIORS #8 $2.99 MAR
71 84 43.97 JUL090516 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #28 $2.99 MAR
72 60 42.61 JUL090223-M TEEN TITANS #75 (NOTE PRICE) $3.99 DC 
73 64 42.07 JUL090555-M VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #1 $3.99 MAR
74 26 41.87 JUL090206 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 80 PAGE GIANT #1 $5.99 DC 
75 87 41.87 JUL090187 SUPERGIRL #45 $2.99 DC 
76 62 41.72 JUL090491 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS ANTI VENOM #1 (OF 3) $3.99 MAR
77 89 40.91 JUL090572 NEW MUTANTS #5 $2.99 MAR
78 66 39.78 JUL090543 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #3 $3.99 MAR
79 92 39.65 JUL090508-M MS MARVEL #45 $2.99 MAR
80 94 39.36 JUL090570 X-FACTOR #48 $2.99 MAR
81 68 39.27 JUL090559 WAR OF KINGS WHO WILL RULE ONE-SHOT $3.99 MAR
82 67 39.22 JUL090542 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #2 $3.99 MAR
83 91 39.16 JUL090222 TITANS #17 $2.99 DC 
84 98 38.87 JUL090571 X-FACTOR #49 $2.99 MAR
85 95 38.31 JUL090217-M POWER GIRL #5 $2.99 DC 
86 70 38.18 JUL090544 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #4 $3.99 MAR
87 101 37.41 JUL090225 WONDER WOMAN #36 $2.99 DC 
88 73 37.36 JUL090545 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #5 $3.99 MAR
89 102 36.91 JUL090548-M PUNISHER #9 $2.99 MAR
90 72 36.70 JUL090188 SUPERGIRL ANNUAL #1 $3.99 DC 
91 76 35.97 JUL090492 SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA #1 (OF 6) $3.99 MAR
92 79 34.96 JUL090468-M TORCH #1 (OF 8) $3.99 MAR
93 103 34.94 JUL090197 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #27 $2.99 DC 
94 105 34.22 JUL090210-M MAGOG #1 $2.99 DC 
95 108 34.21 JUL090522-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #135 $2.99 MAR
96 107 33.67 JUL090220 SOLOMON GRUNDY #7 (OF 7) (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
97 80 33.18 JUL090547-M PUNISHER ANNUAL #1 $3.99 MAR
98 112 32.96 JUL090521 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #134 $2.99 MAR
99 86 32.67 JUL090507 DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #4 (OF 4) $3.99 MAR
100 115 32.33 JUL090528 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #18 $2.99 MAR

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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.