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Top 100 Graphic Novels and TPs: October 2009

Writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven teamed to reveal the future of Wolverine and the Marvel Universe in their post-apocalyptic storyline "Old Man Logan," and its collected edition, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, gave Marvel Comics the best-selling graphic novel in the month of October.

In total, Marvel Comics had three of the top 10 best-selling graphic novels for the month. In addition to the aforementioned Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Marvel Comics had the Daredevil: Return of the King trade paperback at #8 and the Ultimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine Premiere hardcover at #9.

DC Comics had four books in the top 10 — Jack of Fables Volume 6: The Big Book of War from Vertigo at #2; the Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds hardcover at #4, collecting the Geoff Johns/George Perez mini-series; Scalped Volume 5: High Lonesome at #7; and the Sandman: The Dream Hunters at #10, collecting P. Craig Russell's four-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's illustrated novel.

Dark Horse Comics had two books in the top 10, with Noir Volume 1 at #5 and B.P.R.D. Volume 11: The Black Goddess at #6. Rounding out the top 10 was Viz Media, with Naruto Volume 46, ranked #3 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in October 2009

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 10.29 AUG090551-M WOLVERINE HC OLD MAN LOGAN $34.99 MAR
2 9 7.37 JUL090281 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 06 THE BIG BOOK OF WAR (MR) $14.99 DC 
3 23 6.63 JUL091111 NARUTO TP VOL 46 $9.99 VIZ
4 8 5.69 JUN090206 FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS HC $19.99 DC 
5 24 5.59 MAY090058 NOIR TP VOL 01 $12.95 DAR
6 11 5.46 JUL090019 BPRD TP VOL 11 BLACK GODDESS $17.95 DAR
7 21 5.21 JUL090293 SCALPED TP VOL 05 HIGH LONESOME (MR) $14.99 DC 
8 16 5.10 AUG090574 DAREDEVIL RETURN OF KING TP $17.99 MAR
9 6 4.86 AUG090560 ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK PREM HC $24.99 MAR
10 7 4.65 JUN090267 SANDMAN THE DREAM HUNTERS HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
11 15 4.51 MAR094425 ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE RECORDED ATTACKS GN $17.00 RAN
12 19 4.38 AUG090554 MARVEL ZOMBIES 04 HC $19.99 MAR
13 26 4.33 AUG090573 NEW AVENGERS TP VOL 10 POWER $15.99 MAR
14 20 4.13 JUL090099 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 07 $18.95 DAR
15 13 4.02 AUG090570 UNCANNY X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY TP $24.99 MAR
16 17 3.95 SEP090638 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 03 (MR) $19.99 AVA
17 38 3.94 AUG090226 AIR TP VOL 02 FLYING MACHINE (MR) $12.99 DC 
18 30 3.89 AUG090571 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 02 WORLDS MOST WANTED $14.99 MAR
19 27 3.87 AUG090581 X-MEN FOREVER TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR
20 3 3.40 AUG090908 BLOOM COUNTY COMPLETE LIBRARY HC VOL 01 $39.99 IDE
21 2 3.39 MAR090226 ABSOLUTE DEATH HC (MR) $99.99 DC 
22 12 3.38 JUL090243 TRINITY TP VOL 03 $29.99 DC 
23 39 3.35 JUL090228 BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 08 $14.99 DC 
24 22 3.15 AUG090564 CAPTAIN AMERICA ROAD TO REBORN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
25 33 3.15 AUG090609 TERRY MOORES ECHO TP VOL 03 DESERT RUN $15.95 ABS
26 32 3.09 JUL090242 SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE OF SECRETS TP VOL 02 $17.99 DC 
27 99 3.09 JUL091135 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 07 $7.99 VIZ
28 48 3.08 JUL090610 X-MEN NOIR GN TP $14.99 MAR
29 47 3.07 JUL090373 SWORD TP VOL 03 EARTH (MR) $14.99 IMA
30 88 3.05 AUG090568 RUNAWAYS TP VOL 09 DEAD WRONG DIGEST $9.99 MAR
31 40 2.99 AUG090572 DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR TP $16.99 MAR
32 29 2.96 AUG090579 SPIDER-MAN DEATH & DATING TP $19.99 MAR
33 57 2.86 FEB078197-M TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 04 THE NEW SCUM $12.99 DC 
34 34 2.75 FEB090267 UNCLE SAM DELUXE HC $19.99 DC 
35 63 2.73 AUG090580 THUNDERBOLTS TP BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE $14.99 MAR
36 66 2.71 APR090062 GANTZ TP VOL 07 (MR) $12.95 DAR
37 25 2.70 JUN091066-M LENORE NOOGIES HC COLOR ED $17.95 TIT
38 28 2.62 JUN090212 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE HC $24.99 DC 
39 94 2.61 JUL091099 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER TP VOL 12 $9.99 VIZ
40 64 2.55 AUG090575 RUNAWAYS ROCK ZOMBIES TP $14.99 MAR
41 44 2.49 AUG090563 HULK PREM HC VOL 03 HULK NO MORE $19.99 MAR
42 42 2.47 JUL090229 BATMAN MONSTERS TP $19.99 DC 
43 14 2.46 MAY090572 SPIDER-MAN HC NEWSPAPER STRIPS $39.99 MAR
44 43 2.44 JUN090012 KULL TP VOL 01 SHADOW KINGDOM $18.95 DAR
45 41 2.44 JUN090242 GEARS OF WAR HC BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 DC 
46 67 2.43 JUL090235 JONAH HEX LEAD POISONING TP $14.99 DC 
47 4 2.42 MAY090568-M MMW INHUMANS HC VOL 01 $54.99 MAR
48 50 2.42 JUN090027 GRANDVILLE HC $17.95 DAR
49 92 2.39 JUL090644 PINOCCHIO VAMPIRE SLAYER GN $10.95 SLA
50 49 2.36 AUG090558 SPIDER-MAN AMERICAN SON PREM HC $19.99 MAR
51 52 2.32 AUG090585 ESSENTIAL GHOST RIDER TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
52 56 2.20 AUG090416 PRIDE & PREJUDICE PREM HC $19.99 MAR
53 82 2.15 JUL090284 BLOOD AND WATER TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
54 58 2.14 JUL090241 SUPERMAN ADVENTURES OF FLAMEBIRD & NIGHTWING TP $19.99 DC 
55 36 2.13 AUG090562 WOLVERINE DARK WOLVERINE PREM HC VOL 01 PRINCE $24.99 MAR
56 5 2.11 MAY090566-M MMW ATLAS ERA MENACE HC VOL 01 $59.99 MAR
57 81 2.11 AUG090578 WAR MACHINE TP VOL 01 IRON HEART $15.99 MAR
58 84 2.10 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
59 53 2.03 AUG090913 TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON TP VOL 03 $19.99 IDE
60 128 2.00 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
61 80 2.00 AUG090577 ANITA BLAKE VH LC TP BOOK 01 ANIMATOR (MR) $16.99 MAR
62 113 1.96 JUL091112 ROSARIO VAMPIRE GN VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
63 96 1.93 AUG090583 BETA RAY BILL GODHUNTER TP $14.99 MAR
64 10 1.92 APR083869 EC ARCHIVES FRONTLINE COMBAT HC VOL 01 $49.95 DIA
65 97 1.91 AUG090576 RUNAWAYS TEENAGE WASTELAND TP $14.99 MAR
66 120 1.91 JUL091110 YU GI OH R GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
67 46 1.89 AUG090549-M MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
68 31 1.85 AUG090981 AKIRA KODANSHA ED GN VOL 01 (MR) $24.99 RAN
69 129 1.84 JUL091098 INU YASHA TP VOL 41 $9.99 VIZ
70 72 1.84 JUN090040 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS $17.95 DAR
71 69 1.83 APR098090 HATTER M THE LOOKING GLASS WARS TP VOL 02 MAD WITH WONDER $14.95 AUT
72 95 1.81 AUG090582 MOON KNIGHT TP VOL 05 DOWN SOUTH $15.99 MAR
73 112 1.81 JUN090792 MUPPET ROBIN HOOD TP $9.99 BOO
74 65 1.77 MAY090765 HACK SLASH TP VOL 06 IN REVENGE & IN LOVE (MR) $18.99 DEV
75 74 1.77 AUG090561 WOLVERINE NOIR PREM HC $19.99 MAR
76 71 1.76 APR090698 WOLFSKIN TP VOL 01 (MR) $17.99 AVA
77 101 1.75 JUL090236 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ENEMY RISING TP $14.99 DC 
78 75 1.74 JUL090237 QUESTION TP VOL 05 RIDDLES $19.99 DC 
79 45 1.72 AUG090936 SPIKE OMNIBUS TP $24.99 IDE
80 61 1.70 AUG090939 STAR TREK COUNTDOWN HC $21.99 IDE
81 179 1.66 JUL091120 ONE PIECE TP VOL 22 $7.95 VIZ
82 68 1.64 AUG090923 GI JOE COBRA TP $19.99 IDE
83 85 1.62 MAY090587-M MEPHISTO VS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
84 115 1.61 AUG090832 NEGIMA GN VOL 24 (MR) $10.99 RAN
85 51 1.61 MAY090880 RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE HUNTER HC $24.99 IDE
86 138 1.61 MAY090684 CODE GEASS LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION GN VOL 05 $10.99 BAN
87 73 1.58 AUG090935 ANGEL NOT FADE AWAY TP $19.99 IDE
88 130 1.55 MAR061824 FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE GN $12.99 IMA
89 79 1.53 AUG090964 GROOM LAKE TP $19.99 IDE
90 35 1.53 AUG090556 ANITA BLAKE VH GUILTY PLEASURES COMPLETE ED HC $34.99 MAR
91 116 1.49 JUL091109 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 05 $12.99 VIZ
92 132 1.47 AUG090834 TSUBASA GN VOL 23 $10.99 RAN
93 122 1.47 JUL091104 BLACK LAGOON GN VOL 08 (MR) $12.99 VIZ
94 205 1.45 JUL091139 POKEMON DIAMOND & PEARL ADVENTURE GN VOL 05 $7.99 VIZ
95 93 1.45 JUL090265 STORMING PARADISE TP $19.99 DC 
96 18 1.43 MAR090189 SUPERMAN IN WORLDS FINEST ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $59.99 DC 
97 70 1.43 AUG090544 KABUKI TP ALCHEMY $24.99 MAR
98 135 1.43 AUG091142 SOUL EATER TP VOL 01 $10.99 HAC
99 54 1.37 AUG090982 GHOST IN SHELL KODANSHA ED GN VOL 01 (MR) $26.99 RAN
100 78 1.36 JUL090286 HEAVY LIQUID TP (MR) $24.99 DC 

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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.