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Blackest Night #7The uniting of heroes and villains into a rainbow of Lanterns and deputies to defeat Nekron sent Blackest Night #7, the latest chapter of the cosmic crossover by writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis, to the top of the sales charts, joining the previous six issues of the series atop the charts, giving DC Comics the best-selling comic book in February 2010.

In total, DC Comics had six of the ten best-selling comics for the month. Green Lantern #51, a part of the Blackest Night crossover, ranked #3. Grant Morrison's "Darkest Knight" storyline in Batman and Robin, which sent Batman and Batwoman to London, had two issues in the top 10; issue #8 ranked #4 and issue #9 ranked #5. Green Lantern Corps #6, also part of the Blackest Night event, ranked #8 for the month, and The Flash: Rebirth #6 rounded out DC's offerings in the top ten at #9.

Marvel Comics placed four books in the top ten best-selling comics of February, led off by Siege #2 at #2, the second chapter in the Brian Michael Bendis/Olivier Coipel crossover story that brings Marvel's heroes together to defeat Norman Osborn's plans to conquer Asgard. Two tie-ins to Siege placed in the top 10 — Dark Avengers #14 at #6 and New Avengers #62 at #7. Rounding out the top ten was Uncanny X-Men #521, which ranked #10 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 213.11 DEC090133-M BLACKEST NIGHT #7 $3.99 DC 
2 2 176.91 DEC090432-M SIEGE #2 $3.99 MAR
3 5 155.83 DEC090136-M GREEN LANTERN #51 $2.99 DC 
4 6 142.44 DEC090151-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 $2.99 DC 
5 7 137.97 DEC090153-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 $2.99 DC 
6 3 125.04 DEC090436-M DARK AVENGERS #14 $3.99 MAR
7 4 124.66 DEC090435 NEW AVENGERS #62 $3.99 MAR
8 10 123.03 DEC090138-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #45 $2.99 DC 
9 12 115.56 JUL090202-M FLASH REBIRTH #6 $2.99 DC 
10 16 109.40 DEC090546-M UNCANNY X-MEN #521 $2.99 MAR
11 21 109.27 DEC090440-M THOR #607 $2.99 MAR
12 17 106.62 DEC090140-M BLACKEST NIGHT THE FLASH #3 $2.99 DC 
13 8 103.72 DEC090488-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #603 $3.99 MAR
14 18 100.00 DEC090155 BATMAN #696 $2.99 DC 
15 22 97.67 DEC090474-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #620 $2.99 MAR
16 11 96.52 DEC090464-M ULTIMATE COMICS X #1 $3.99 MAR
17 23 95.77 DEC090144-M BLACKEST NIGHT WONDER WOMAN #3 $2.99 DC 
18 9 93.85 DEC090195-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42 $3.99 DC 
19 29 90.31 DEC090476 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #621 $2.99 MAR
20 28 89.58 DEC090142-M BLACKEST NIGHT JSA #3 $2.99 DC 
21 30 88.04 DEC090438-M DARK WOLVERINE #83 $2.99 MAR
22 13 87.99 DEC090477 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #622 $3.99 MAR
23 15 87.65 DEC090146-M ADVENTURE COMICS WITH BLACK LANTERN SUPERBOY #7 $3.99 DC 
24 14 84.78 DEC090506-M HULK #20 $3.99 MAR
25 33 83.77 DEC090554-M X-MEN LEGACY #233 XN $2.99 MAR
26 34 81.62 DEC090497-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #23 $2.99 MAR
27 35 81.24 DEC090552-M X-FORCE #24 XN $2.99 MAR
28 36 78.28 DEC090047-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #32 $2.99 DAR
29 19 75.06 DEC090434 SIEGE EMBEDDED #2 $3.99 MAR
30 20 74.84 DEC090509-M INCREDIBLE HULK #607 $3.99 MAR
31 38 72.74 NOV090510 DEADPOOL #19 $2.99 MAR
32 39 70.72 DEC090462 DEADPOOL #20 $2.99 MAR
33 31 70.55 DEC090494-M DOOMWAR #1 $3.99 MAR
34 27 68.81 DEC090472 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 MAR
35 24 68.55 DEC090148-M BLACK LANTERN GREEN ARROW #30 $3.99 DC 
36 45 65.21 DEC090442-M AVENGERS INITIATIVE #33 $2.99 MAR
37 32 64.05 DEC090512 FALL OF HULKS RED HULK #2 $3.99 MAR
38 46 63.73 DEC090187 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #36 $2.99 DC 
39 48 63.13 DEC090490-M DAREDEVIL #505 $2.99 MAR
40 49 61.80 DEC090150 SECRET SIX #18 $2.99 DC 
41 50 61.23 DEC090495-M FANTASTIC FOUR #576 $2.99 MAR
42 52 59.50 DEC090164 RED ROBIN #9 $2.99 DC 
43 55 58.64 NOV090120 QUESTION #37 $2.99 DC 
44 37 57.12 DEC090565 DARK X-MEN #4 $3.99 MAR
45 58 55.93 DEC090461 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #8 $2.99 MAR
46 59 55.39 DEC090444 THUNDERBOLTS #141 $2.99 MAR
47 25 54.69 DEC090188 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL #2 $4.99 DC 
48 26 54.39 DEC090171-M SUPERGIRL #50 $4.99 DC 
49 60 54.21 DEC090175 SUPERMAN BATMAN #69 $2.99 DC 
50 62 52.87 DEC090173-M SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #12 $2.99 DC 
51 65 51.40 DEC090169 SUPERMAN #697 $2.99 DC 
52 66 50.55 DEC090562-M X-FACTOR #202 $2.99 MAR
53 69 50.32 DEC090524-M SECRET WARRIORS #13 $2.99 MAR
54 67 50.26 DEC090556-M NEW MUTANTS #10 $2.99 MAR
55 40 50.04 DEC090548 NATION X #3 $3.99 MAR
56 42 49.16 DEC090551 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #10 $3.99 MAR
57 70 49.14 DEC090460 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #896 $2.99 MAR
58 44 49.12 DEC090536-M MARVELS PROJECT #6 $3.99 MAR
59 41 48.69 DEC090170 ACTION COMICS #886 $3.99 DC 
60 47 48.65 DEC090469 ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #2 $3.99 MAR
61 43 48.40 DEC090189 JSA ALL STARS #3 $3.99 DC 
62 72 48.17 DEC090162 BATGIRL #7 $2.99 DC 
63 75 47.14 DEC090564 CABLE #23 $2.99 MAR
64 51 45.60 OCT090487 ULTIMATE COMICS ARMOR WARS #4 $3.99 MAR
65 54 44.40 NOV090433-M DARK TOWER BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL #3 $3.99 MAR
66 77 44.33 DEC090163 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #9 $2.99 DC 
67 53 44.09 DEC090157 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #9 $3.99 DC 
68 56 43.30 DEC090194 TEEN TITANS #80 $3.99 DC 
69 57 42.97 DEC090446-M DARK TOWER BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL #4 $3.99 MAR
70 78 42.64 DEC090520 SPIDER-WOMAN #6 $2.99 MAR
71 79 41.37 DEC090200 WONDER WOMAN #41 $2.99 DC 
72 61 41.29 DEC090516-M MS MARVEL #50 $3.99 MAR
73 63 40.04 DEC090504-M INCREDIBLE HERCULES #141 $3.99 MAR
74 81 39.96 DEC090197 TITANS #22 $2.99 DC 
75 64 39.64 DEC090478-M WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 MAR
76 73 39.17 DEC090530-M REALM OF KINGS SON OF HULK #1 $3.99 MAR
77 83 39.16 DEC090416 WALKING DEAD #70 $2.99 IMA
78 88 38.27 DEC090522 PUNISHER #14 $2.99 MAR
79 90 37.55 DEC090532-M NOVA #34 $2.99 MAR
80 91 37.21 DEC090534-M GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #23 $2.99 MAR
81 68 37.21 DEC090448-M STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #4 $3.99 MAR
82 71 36.67 DEC090572 PUNISHERMAX #4 $3.99 MAR
83 89 36.64 DEC090357-M HAUNT #5 $2.99 IMA
84 84 35.74 DEC090795 BOYS #39 $2.99 DE
85 144 35.39 NOV090719-M PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER TWO #7 $2.99 DE
86 74 35.37 DEC090561 PSYLOCKE #4 $3.99 MAR
87 94 34.54 DEC090160 OUTSIDERS #27 $2.99 DC 
88 76 34.30 DEC090180 BOOSTER GOLD #29 $3.99 DC 
89 95 34.10 DEC090191 POWER GIRL #9 $2.99 DC 
90 99 32.79 DEC090060 STAR WARS LEGACY #45 $2.99 DAR
91 103 32.20 DEC090523 VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #5 $2.99 MAR
92 80 31.19 DEC090528 REALM OF KINGS INHUMANS #4 $3.99 MAR
93 82 30.01 DEC090558-M WOLVERINE SAVAGE $3.99 MAR
94 85 29.37 DEC090486-M AVENGERS VS ATLAS #2 $3.99 MAR
95 87 29.27 DEC090529 REALM OF KINGS IMPERIAL GUARD #4 $3.99 MAR
96 86 29.16 DEC090568-M X-MEN FOREVER #17 $3.99 MAR
97 113 28.57 DEC090274 JOE THE BARBARIAN #2 $2.99 DC 
98 112 27.86 NOV090030 CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #18 $2.99 DAR
99 115 27.50 DEC090165 BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #41 $2.99 DC 
100 92 27.08 DEC090183 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #29 $3.99 DC 

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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 3,500 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.