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The assault of the undead Black Lanterns on the heroes of the Earth and the rise of their leader Nekron in writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis' Blackest Night #4 provided DC Comics with the bestselling comic in the month of October, according to information from Diamond Comic Distributors.

DC Comics had the top six best-selling comics titles in the top 10 bestselling comics for the month, with five of those titles based around the Blackest Night event. In addition to the aforementioned Blackest Night #4, Green Lantern #7 at #3, Blackest Night: Batman #3 at #4, Green Lantern Corps #41 at #5, and Blackest Night: Superman #3 at #6 all tied into the crossover. DC's one non-Blackest Night-related title in the top 10, Grant Morrison and Philip Tan's Batman and Robin #5, placed at #2 on the October comics sales chart.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top 10 bestselling comics with four titles in October — New Avengers #58 at #7 and Dark Avengers #10 at #8 both continued the bestselling Dark Reign story arc; Uncanny X-Men #516 at #9 kicked off the seven-part "Nation X" storyline that sees the return of the X-Men's oldest foe, Magneto; and Amazing Spider-Man #608 at #10 began the "Who Was Ben Reilly?" storyline.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 192.03 AUG090086-M BLACKEST NIGHT #4 $3.99 DC 
2 3 142.24 AUG090106-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 $2.99 DC 
3 2 141.88 AUG090095-M GREEN LANTERN #47 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
4 6 121.46 AUG090091-M BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #3 $2.99 DC 
5 10 113.92 AUG090097-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 (BLACKEST NIGHT) $2.99 DC 
6 11 109.57 AUG090089-M BLACKEST NIGHT SUPERMAN #3 $2.99 DC 
7 4 107.31 AUG090495 NEW AVENGERS #58 $3.99 MAR
8 5 105.86 AUG090460 DARK AVENGERS #10 $3.99 MAR
9 15 103.48 AUG090513 UNCANNY X-MEN #516 $2.99 MAR
10 18 100.85 AUG090442-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #608 $2.99 MAR
11 17 100.00 AUG090116 BATMAN #691 $2.99 DC 
12 19 98.45 AUG090117 BATMAN #692 $2.99 DC 
13 25 93.89 AUG090511-M ASTONISHING X-MEN #31 $2.99 MAR
14 23 89.13 AUG090093-M BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #3 $2.99 DC 
15 9 87.80 AUG090439 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #3 $3.99 MAR
16 28 85.64 AUG090443 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #609 $2.99 MAR
17 27 85.41 AUG090147-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #38 $2.99 DC 
18 31 84.10 AUG090515-M DARK WOLVERINE #79 $2.99 MAR
19 12 82.04 AUG090118-M DETECTIVE COMICS #858 $3.99 DC 
20 20 81.77 AUG090447-M WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 MAR
21 13 79.53 AUG090471-M HULK #16 $3.99 MAR
22 16 76.14 AUG090149 JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #4 $3.99 DC 
23 34 73.99 AUG090521 X-MEN LEGACY #228 $2.99 MAR
24 21 73.94 AUG090441 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 MAR
25 35 73.79 AUG090489-M MIGHTY AVENGERS #30 $2.99 MAR
26 7 72.02 AUG090108 BATMAN ANNUAL #27 $4.99 DC 
27 8 71.87 AUG090527-M DEADPOOL #900 $4.99 MAR
28 38 70.33 AUG090036-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #29 $2.99 DAR
29 37 70.11 AUG090285-M HAUNT #1 $2.99 IMA
30 22 68.77 AUG090477-M INCREDIBLE HULK #603 $3.99 MAR
31 42 68.49 AUG090518 X-FORCE #20 $2.99 MAR
32 32 67.05 AUG090522-M X NECROSHA $3.99 MAR
33 26 66.05 AUG090481-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #19 $3.99 MAR
34 24 65.57 AUG090129-M SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #2 $3.99 DC 
35 45 64.80 AUG090526 DEADPOOL #16 $2.99 MAR
36 29 64.34 AUG090453-M DARK REIGN LIST WOLVERINE ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
37 48 63.25 AUG090458-M DAREDEVIL #501 $2.99 MAR
38 46 62.84 AUG090146 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #32 $2.99 DC 
39 47 62.68 AUG090122 RED ROBIN #5 $2.99 DC 
40 30 62.20 AUG090132-M ADVENTURE COMICS #3 $3.99 DC 
41 14 61.87 AUG090109 DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #11 $4.99 DC 
42 52 58.71 AUG090468-M FANTASTIC FOUR #572 $2.99 MAR
43 33 58.37 AUG090452-M DARK REIGN LIST HULK ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
44 53 56.21 AUG090525 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #4 $2.99 MAR
45 56 55.23 AUG090514 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #41 $2.99 MAR
46 36 55.04 AUG090431-M MARVELS PROJECT #3 $3.99 MAR
47 39 53.82 AUG090524 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #6 $3.99 MAR
48 40 53.04 AUG090450-M DARK REIGN LIST SECRET WARRIORS ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
49 61 52.16 AUG090497 SPIDER-WOMAN #2 (RES) $2.99 MAR
50 57 51.85 AUG090127-M WORLDS FINEST #1 $2.99 DC 
51 58 51.81 AUG090120 BATGIRL #3 $2.99 DC 
52 41 51.51 AUG090451-M DARK REIGN LIST PUNISHER ONE SHOT $3.99 MAR
53 59 51.34 AUG090135-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #8 $2.99 DC 
54 64 50.94 AUG090501-M SECRET WARRIORS #9 $2.99 MAR
55 63 49.55 AUG090134 SUPERMAN #693 $2.99 DC 
56 65 49.43 AUG090110-M AZRAEL #1 $2.99 DC 
57 68 48.95 AUG090519-M NEW MUTANTS #6 $2.99 MAR
58 43 48.65 AUG090131 ACTION COMICS #882 $3.99 DC 
59 67 48.42 AUG090138 SUPERMAN BATMAN #65 $2.99 DC 
60 44 48.34 AUG090121 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #5 $3.99 DC 
61 71 46.22 AUG090123 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #5 $2.99 DC 
62 49 45.84 AUG090454-M X-MEN VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 $3.99 MAR
63 50 45.37 AUG090507 THUNDERBOLTS #137 $3.99 MAR
64 51 44.37 AUG090209 PLANETARY #27 $3.99 DC 
65 72 44.13 AUG090112-M ARKHAM REBORN #1 $2.99 DC 
66 74 43.98 AUG090457-M AVENGERS INITIATIVE #29 $2.99 MAR
67 77 43.41 AUG090533 CABLE #19 $2.99 MAR
68 78 42.53 AUG090137 SUPERGIRL #46 $2.99 DC 
69 54 42.19 AUG090532 X-FACTOR #50 $3.99 MAR
70 55 40.83 AUG090164 TEEN TITANS #76 $3.99 DC 
71 82 39.50 AUG090163 TITANS #18 $2.99 DC 
72 116 39.49 AUG090642 ARCHIE #602 $2.50 ARC
73 62 38.81 AUG090422-M STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #1 $3.99 MAR
74 88 38.03 AUG090499-M PUNISHER #10 $2.99 MAR
75 66 37.92 AUG090440 ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #2 $3.99 MAR
76 86 37.88 AUG090153-M POWER GIRL #6 $2.99 DC 
77 87 37.76 AUG090165 WONDER WOMAN #37 $2.99 DC 
78 91 37.09 AUG090505-M VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #2 $2.99 MAR
79 92 37.02 AUG090473-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #136 $2.99 MAR
80 69 36.39 AUG090465 DARK AVENGERS ARES #1 $3.99 MAR
81 93 36.00 AUG090493-M MS MARVEL #46 $2.99 MAR
82 94 34.92 AUG090367 WALKING DEAD #66 (MR) $2.99 IMA
83 95 34.84 AUG090114 BATMAN THE UNSEEN #1 $2.99 DC 
84 85 34.78 AUG090796-M BOYS #35 (MR) $2.99 DE
85 73 33.42 AUG090446 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS ANTI VENOM #2 $3.99 MAR
86 106 33.03 AUG090467 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #19 $2.99 MAR
87 107 32.85 AUG090475 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #137 $2.99 MAR
88 102 32.68 AUG090160 SECRET SIX #14 $2.99 DC 
89 76 32.66 AUG090463-M DOCTOR VOODOO AVENGER OF SUPERNATURAL #1 $3.99 MAR
90 103 32.45 AUG090139 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 $2.99 DC 
91 70 32.04 AUG090932 ANGEL #26 $3.99 IDW
92 111 31.98 AUG090496 NOVA #30 $2.99 MAR
93 108 31.71 AUG090115 BATMAN THE UNSEEN #2 $2.99 DC 
94 79 31.20 AUG090538-M X-MEN FOREVER #10 $3.99 MAR
95 60 31.09 AUG090539-M PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #75 (MR) $4.99 MAR
96 110 30.95 AUG090051 STAR WARS LEGACY #41 ROGUES END $2.99 DAR
97 80 30.70 AUG090536 X-MEN FOREVER #9 $3.99 MAR
98 81 30.23 AUG090140 BOOSTER GOLD #25 $3.99 DC 
99 83 30.06 AUG090445 SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA #2 $3.99 MAR
100 117 29.98 AUG090126 OUTSIDERS #23 $2.99 DC 

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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.