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The long-awaited conclusion to DC Comics' cosmic crossover, Blackest Night #8, was, like its seven preceding issues, the best-selling comic book in the month of its release, giving DC Comics the top spot on the top comics sales charts for March and the top spot for eight of the past nine months.

In total, DC Comics had four of the ten best-selling comics for the month. In addition to Blackest Night #2, two Blackest Night tie-in books — Green Lantern #52 at #3 and Green Lantern Corps #4 at #5 — placed in the top ten. Dc Comics' other top-ten comic book title for the month was Batman and Robin #10, the second part of the "Batman Vs. Robin" storyline that leads into Grant Morrison's upcoming The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series; the book ranked at #4 for the month.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with six books. Siege #3, the third part of the Brian Michael Bendis/Olivier Coipel series that reunites the Avengers against its greatest threat, ranked #2 for the month. Two Siege tie-ins — New Avengers #63 at #6 and Dark Avengers #15 at #7 — also placed in the top 10. Ultimate Comics: New Ultimates #1, the first issue of a new team book set in Marvel's Ultimate Universe, placed #8. Uncanny X-Men #522, featuring the return of fan-favorite X-Men character Kitty Pryde, ranked #9, and Amazing Spider-Man #623, part of "The Gauntlet" storyline that redefines Spider-Man's villains for the 21st-century, ranked #10.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 220.84 JAN100231-M BLACKEST NIGHT #8 $3.99 DC 
2 2 184.89 JAN100502-M SIEGE #3 $3.99 MAR
3 5 159.21 JAN100234-M GREEN LANTERN #52 $2.99 DC 
4 10 139.46 JAN100238-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 $2.99 DC 
5 3 125.45 JAN100236-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 $3.99 DC 
6 4 124.51 JAN100508 NEW AVENGERS #63 $3.99 MAR
7 6 118.15 JAN100507 DARK AVENGERS #15 $3.99 MAR
8 7 116.55 JAN100547-M ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #1 $3.99 MAR
9 8 111.18 JAN100613-M UNCANNY X-MEN #522 $3.99 MAR
10 16 108.02 JAN100552-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #623 $2.99 MAR
11 9 107.94 JAN100608-M X-MEN SECOND COMING #1 XSC $3.99 MAR
12 21 101.40 JAN100513 THOR #608 SIEGE $2.99 MAR
13 20 100.00 JAN100240 BATMAN #697 $2.99 DC 
14 23 98.46 JAN100554-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #624 $2.99 MAR
15 12 95.00 OCT090488 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #5 $3.99 MAR
16 14 93.14 JAN100570 CAPTAIN AMERICA #604 $3.99 MAR
17 13 92.32 JAN100281-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #43 $3.99 DC 
18 27 88.63 JAN100557 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #627 $2.99 MAR
19 28 88.59 JAN100555 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #625 $2.99 MAR
20 11 88.50 JAN100862-M KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #1 $3.99 DE
21 29 88.08 JAN100556 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #626 $2.99 MAR
22 30 87.86 JAN100633-M NEMESIS #1 (MR) $2.99 MAR
23 35 83.53 JAN100509 MIGHTY AVENGERS #35 $2.99 MAR
24 17 83.04 JAN100578-M HULK #21 $3.99 MAR
25 15 82.35 JAN100275-M JUSTICE LEAGUE RISE AND FALL SPECIAL #1 $3.99 DC 
26 37 81.61 JAN100617-M X-FORCE #25 $2.99 MAR
27 38 81.52 DEC090513-M MIGHTY AVENGERS #34 $2.99 MAR
28 18 81.38 DEC090192 JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #7 $3.99 DC 
29 39 80.89 JAN100511 DARK WOLVERINE #84 $2.99 MAR
30 41 80.51 JAN100576 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #24 $2.99 MAR
31 44 78.84 JAN100619 X-MEN LEGACY #234 $2.99 MAR
32 19 77.09 JAN100580-M INCREDIBLE HULK #608 $3.99 MAR
33 45 76.15 JAN100181-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #33 $2.99 DAR
34 22 73.07 DEC090156 DETECTIVE COMICS #862 $3.99 DC 
35 25 71.05 JAN100506 SIEGE EMBEDDED #3 $3.99 MAR
36 24 70.51 JAN100241 DETECTIVE COMICS #863 $3.99 DC 
37 49 68.78 JAN100544 DEADPOOL #21 $2.99 MAR
38 26 66.99 JAN100551 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #8 $3.99 MAR
39 31 64.34 JAN100253-M ADVENTURE COMICS #8 $3.99 DC 
40 57 63.14 JAN100510 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #34 $2.99 MAR
41 34 63.01 JAN100582 FALL OF HULKS RED HULK #3 $3.99 MAR
42 32 62.73 JAN100264-M FIRST WAVE #1 $3.99 DC 
43 33 62.47 JAN100249-M SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON #1 $3.99 DC 
44 36 61.34 JAN100255-M ADVENTURE COMICS #9 $3.99 DC 
45 58 61.12 JAN100273 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #37 $2.99 DC 
46 61 60.59 DEC090549-M WOLVERINE ORIGINS #45 $2.99 MAR
47 40 60.52 JAN100537-M PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #1 $3.99 MAR
48 60 60.02 JAN100247 RED ROBIN #10 $2.99 DC 
49 62 59.89 JAN100512 NEW MUTANTS #11 $2.99 MAR
50 43 58.90 JAN100279-M JUSTICE LEAGUE THE RISE OF ARSENAL #1 $3.99 DC 
51 63 58.52 JAN100572 FANTASTIC FOUR #577 $2.99 MAR
52 66 56.15 DEC090158-M BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #5 $2.99 DC 
53 67 55.81 JAN100514 THUNDERBOLTS #142 SIEGE $2.99 MAR
54 68 55.60 JAN100620 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #46 $2.99 MAR
55 46 55.21 JAN100344-M AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 (MR) $3.99 DC 
56 47 55.17 JAN100627 DARK X-MEN #5 $3.99 MAR
57 73 54.62 JAN100546 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #9 $2.99 MAR
58 70 54.51 JAN100258 SUPERMAN #698 $2.99 DC 
59 48 54.43 JAN100583-M FALL OF HULKS SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #1 $3.99 MAR
60 42 53.74 FEB100804-M KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #2 $3.99 DE
61 74 52.64 JAN100261 SUPERMAN BATMAN #70 $2.99 DC 
62 75 52.36 JAN100539 PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #2 $2.99 MAR
63 78 50.80 JAN100540 PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #3 $2.99 MAR
64 77 50.50 JAN100244 BATGIRL #8 $2.99 DC 
65 50 49.96 JAN100571 DOOMWAR #2 $3.99 MAR
66 80 49.47 JAN100541 PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #4 $2.99 MAR
67 51 49.27 JAN100610 CABLE #24 $3.99 MAR
68 81 48.80 JAN100259 SUPERGIRL #51 $2.99 DC 
69 53 48.73 JAN100621 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #11 $3.99 MAR
70 52 48.17 JAN100257 ACTION COMICS #887 $3.99 DC 
71 55 47.79 JAN100615 NATION X #4 $3.99 MAR
72 86 47.48 JAN100542 PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #5 $2.99 MAR
73 89 47.29 JAN100628 X-FACTOR #203 $2.99 MAR
74 91 46.73 JAN100592 SECRET WARRIORS #14 $2.99 MAR
75 90 46.72 JAN100545 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #895 $2.99 MAR
76 56 46.64 JAN100274 JSA ALL STARS #4 $3.99 DC 
77 88 46.58 JAN100277-M GREEN ARROW #31 $2.99 DC 
78 59 45.99 JAN100595-M MARVELS PROJECT #7 $3.99 MAR
79 93 45.49 JAN100611 X-MEN HOPE #1 $2.99 MAR
80 69 44.68 JAN100521 X-23 #1 $3.99 MAR
81 96 43.41 JAN100245 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #10 $2.99 DC 
82 64 43.16 JAN100242 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #10 $3.99 DC 
83 65 42.12 JAN100286 TEEN TITANS #81 $3.99 DC 
84 71 41.59 JAN100593 SPIDER-WOMAN #7 $3.99 MAR
85 98 41.27 JAN100290 WONDER WOMAN #42 $2.99 DC 
86 72 41.27 JAN100577 HULK LET BATTLE BEGIN #1 $3.99 MAR
87 225 39.79 FEB100327-M IMAGE FIRSTS WALKING DEAD #1 (MR) $1.00 IMA
88 102 39.67 JAN100284 TITANS #23 $2.99 DC 
89 107 37.90 JAN100288 SECRET SIX #19 $2.99 DC 
90 79 37.67 JAN100573 HERCULES FALL OF AN AVENGER #1 $3.99 MAR
91 84 36.68 JAN100630 PUNISHERMAX #5 (MR) $3.99 MAR
92 83 36.45 JAN100527-M STAND SOUL SURVIVORS #5 $3.99 MAR
93 111 36.44 JAN100594 PUNISHER #15 $2.99 MAR
94 103 36.01 JAN100867 BOYS #40 (MR) $2.99 DE
95 85 35.81 JAN100543 DEADPOOL CORPS RANK AND FOUL #1 $3.99 MAR
96 115 35.39 JAN100604 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #24 $2.99 MAR
97 87 35.28 JAN100558 WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #6 GNTLT $3.99 MAR
98 117 35.00 JAN100603 NOVA #35 $2.99 MAR
99 76 34.88 FEB100809 GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE #1 $3.99 DE
100 92 34.49 JAN100524 STEPHEN KINGS N #1 $3.99 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 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.