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Norman Osborn's plans to place a stranglehold on the Marvel Universe reached a fruition as he launched his long-planned attack on Asgard itself and the heroes of the Marvel Universe united against him in Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel's Siege #1, the first part of the mini-series that marks a culmination in a seven-year-long storyline, which gave Marvel Comics the best-selling comic book in January 2010.

In total, Marvel Comics had six of the top ten comics for the month. Captain America: Reborn #6, concluding the mini-series event that returned Steve Rogers to the Marvel Universe, ranked #4. New Avengers #61 placed #5, Amazing Spider-Man #617 ranked #6, Dark Avengers #13 ranked #8, and Uncanny X-Men #520 ranked #10.

DC Comics had four of the top ten comics for January. Green Lantern #50, part of their Blackest Night crossover, was their best-selling comic and ranked #2 for the month. This was followed by Batman and Robin #7 at #3, Green Lantern Corps #44 at #7, and Blackest Night: The Flash #2 at #9.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 170.93 NOV090419-M SIEGE #1 $3.99 MAR
2 2 167.72 NOV090105-M GREEN LANTERN #50 $3.99 DC 
3 7 138.31 NOV090125-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #7 $2.99 DC 
4 3 133.68 NOV090429-M CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #6 $3.99 MAR
5 4 123.22 NOV090423 NEW AVENGERS #61 $3.99 MAR
6 6 120.90 NOV090448-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #617 $3.99 MAR
7 10 120.47 NOV090108-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #44 $2.99 DC 
8 5 116.14 NOV090424 DARK AVENGERS #13 $3.99 MAR
9 12 109.32 NOV090110-M BLACKEST NIGHT THE FLASH #2 $2.99 DC 
10 15 103.61 NOV090501 UNCANNY X-MEN #520 $2.99 MAR
11 8 100.76 NOV090463 CAPTAIN AMERICA #602 $3.99 MAR
12 16 100.00 NOV090127 BATMAN #695 $2.99 DC 
13 9 98.10 NOV090153-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #41 $3.99 DC 
14 19 97.64 NOV090452-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #618 $2.99 MAR
15 17 96.70 NOV090114-M BLACKEST NIGHT WONDER WOMAN #2 $2.99 DC 
16 20 92.57 NOV090112-M BLACKEST NIGHT JSA #2 $2.99 DC 
17 25 89.55 NOV090454 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #619 $2.99 MAR
18 27 87.22 NOV090493 THOR #606 $2.99 MAR
19 13 85.50 NOV090469-M HULK #19 $3.99 MAR
20 11 83.78 NOV090418 SIEGE EMBEDDED #1 $3.99 MAR
21 29 81.96 NOV090425 DARK WOLVERINE #82 $2.99 MAR
22 32 80.12 NOV090505-M X-FORCE #23 $2.99 MAR
23 34 77.52 NOV090507 X-MEN LEGACY #232 $2.99 MAR
24 14 77.51 NOV090152 JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #6 $3.99 DC 
25 35 74.07 NOV090046-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #31 $2.99 DAR
26 36 73.90 NOV090479 MIGHTY AVENGERS #33 $2.99 MAR
27 37 73.68 NOV090474 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #22 $2.99 MAR
28 38 73.13 MAR092617 KICK ASS #8 (MR) $2.99 MAR
29 18 72.38 NOV090128 DETECTIVE COMICS #861 $3.99 DC 
30 23 70.67 NOV090471-M INCREDIBLE HULK #606 $3.99 MAR
31 21 69.11 OCT090213-M SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #4 $3.99 DC 
32 22 68.73 NOV090447 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 MAR
33 24 66.99 NOV090136 ADVENTURE COMICS #6 $3.99 DC 
34 26 66.94 NOV090472 FALL OF HULKS RED HULK #1 $3.99 MAR
35 44 65.05 NOV090467-M FANTASTIC FOUR #575 $2.99 MAR
36 28 63.92 NOV090511-M DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #7 $3.99 MAR
37 45 62.92 NOV090155 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #35 $2.99 DC 
38 46 61.83 NOV090117 CATWOMAN #83 $2.99 DC 
39 30 61.26 NOV090446-M ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #1 $3.99 MAR
40 48 60.93 NOV090121 STARMAN #81 $2.99 DC 
41 49 60.69 NOV090124 SECRET SIX $2.99 DC 
42 33 59.67 NOV090502 DARK X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR
43 50 59.67 NOV090135 RED ROBIN #8 $2.99 DC 
44 51 59.64 NOV090116 ATOM AND HAWKMAN #46 $2.99 DC 
45 53 59.59 NOV090123 SUICIDE SQUAD #67 $2.99 DC 
46 57 58.51 NOV090464 DAREDEVIL #504 $2.99 MAR
47 56 57.97 NOV090119 POWER OF SHAZAM #48 $2.99 DC 
48 55 57.87 OCT090198-M BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #4 $2.99 DC 
49 59 56.92 NOV090426 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #32 $2.99 MAR
50 58 56.62 NOV090118 PHANTOM STRANGER #42 $2.99 DC 
51 31 55.67 OCT090176-M BLACKEST NIGHT #6 $3.99 DC 
52 60 55.39 NOV090514 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #44 $2.99 MAR
53 62 53.36 NOV090143 SUPERMAN BATMAN #68 $2.99 DC 
54 63 53.10 NOV090122 WEIRD WESTERN TALES #71 $2.99 DC 
55 39 52.93 NOV090503 NATION X #2 $3.99 MAR
56 64 51.57 NOV090141-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #11 $2.99 DC 
57 65 51.48 NOV090512 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #897 $2.99 MAR
58 40 51.37 NOV090156 JSA ALL STARS #2 $3.99 DC 
59 67 50.33 NOV090139 SUPERMAN #696 $2.99 DC 
60 41 49.91 NOV090513 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #9 $3.99 MAR
61 42 49.86 NOV090489-M MARVELS PROJECT #5 $3.99 MAR
62 43 48.34 NOV090138 ACTION COMICS #885 $3.99 DC 
63 73 48.17 NOV090508 NEW MUTANTS #9 $2.99 MAR
64 70 47.90 NOV090130 BATGIRL #6 $2.99 DC 
65 76 47.10 NOV090486 SECRET WARRIORS #12 $2.99 MAR
66 77 46.85 NOV090518 X-FACTOR #201 $2.99 MAR
67 47 46.67 NOV090504 NATION X X-FACTOR $3.99 MAR
68 81 45.13 NOV090494 THUNDERBOLTS #140 $2.99 MAR
69 82 44.77 NOV090509 CABLE #22 $2.99 MAR
70 52 44.61 NOV090133 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #8 $3.99 DC 
71 80 44.52 NOV090132 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #8 $2.99 DC 
72 54 43.79 NOV090160 TEEN TITANS #79 $3.99 DC 
73 83 43.69 NOV090140 SUPERGIRL #49 $2.99 DC 
74 84 43.67 NOV090487 SPIDER-WOMAN #5 $2.99 MAR
75 85 41.63 NOV090317-M HAUNT #4 $2.99 IMA
76 61 41.10 NOV090427 SIEGE STORMING ASGARD $3.99 MAR
77 197 40.25 NOV090224 JOE THE BARBARIAN #1 $1.00 DC 
78 87 39.64 NOV090165 WONDER WOMAN #40 $2.99 DC 
79 89 39.27 NOV090162 TITANS #21 $2.99 DC 
80 117 39.08 NOV090606 ARCHIE #605 $2.50 ARC
81 66 38.48 NOV090455 WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 MAR
82 68 37.89 JUN090494 DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #5 $3.99 MAR
83 94 37.40 NOV090485 PUNISHER #13 $2.99 MAR
84 92 37.33 NOV090390 WALKING DEAD #69 (MR) $2.99 IMA
85 69 36.62 NOV090473 INCREDIBLE HERCULES #140 $3.99 MAR
86 71 36.20 NOV090517 PSYLOCKE #3 $3.99 MAR
87 72 36.06 NOV090526 PUNISHERMAX #3 (MR) $3.99 MAR
88 100 35.65 NOV090134 OUTSIDERS #26 $2.99 DC 
89 91 34.98 NOV090724 BOYS #38 (MR) $2.99 DE
90 78 34.61 NOV090146 BOOSTER GOLD #28 $3.99 DC 
91 104 34.41 NOV090497 NOVA #33 $2.99 MAR
92 79 34.31 NOV090480-M AVENGERS VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 $3.99 MAR
93 103 34.29 NOV090158 POWER GIRL #8 $2.99 DC 
94 107 34.07 NOV090498 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #22 $2.99 MAR
95 105 33.73 NOV090148 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #31 $2.99 DC 
96 111 33.37 NOV090478 MS MARVEL #49 $2.99 MAR
97 108 33.27 NOV090144-M WORLDS FINEST #4 $2.99 DC 
98 112 32.05 NOV090074 STAR WARS LEGACY #44 MONSTER PT 2 $2.99 DAR
99 75 31.95 NOV090829 ANGEL #29 $3.99 IDW
100 116 31.80 NOV090230 FABLES #92 (MR) $2.99 DC 

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Please Note: The Blackest Night #6 ranking includes only those copies that were released to comic shops for release on December 30, 2009. Copies released to comic shops for release on January 6, 2010 are not reflected in the position of Blackest Night #6 in either the Quantity Rank, Dollar Rank, or Index numbers.

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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 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.