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Top 100 Graphic Novels: March 2010

Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s collected edition of Kick-Ass, their creator-owned mini-series from Marvel Comics' Icon imprint, was the best-selling graphic novel for the month of March with the Kick-Ass Premiere Hardcover, customer interest and sales fueled by the forthcoming film adaptation from Stardust director Matthew Vaughn.

Marvel Comics had, in total, two books in the top ten for the month. In addition to the aforementioned Kick-Ass, the Captain America: Reborn Premiere Hardcover, collecting the best-selling mini-series about the return of Steve Rogers, ranked #7 for the month.

Dark Horse Comics had two graphic novels in the month's top ten. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 6: Retreat, the latest volume in Joss Whedon's foll0w-up to his classic television series, ranked #2 for the month, and Hellboy Volume 9: Wild Hunt ranked #4.

DC Comics also had two graphic novels ranked in the top ten. From their Vertigo imprint, Northlanders Volume 3: Blood in the Snow, a collection of the short stories from the acclaimed Viking series, ranked #6. Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's Planetary Volume 4, a hardcover collection of the final story arc from their Wildstorm series, ranked #8.

Also represented in the top ten were books from Image Comics (Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane's Haunt Volume 1 at #5), Dynamite Entertainment (The Boys Volume 6 at #3, Archie Comics (The Archie Wedding at #9, and Yen Press (Twilight: The Graphic Novel at #10).

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2010

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 11.86 DEC090575-M KICK ASS PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
2 4 11.49 NOV090048 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 06 RETREAT $15.99 DAR
3 2 10.86 JAN100870 BOYS TP VOL 06 SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY (MR) $19.99 DE
4 3 9.32 NOV090045 HELLBOY TP VOL 09 WILD HUNT $19.99 DAR
5 33 6.37 JAN100416 HAUNT TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
6 18 6.22 DEC090278 NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 03 BLOOD IN THE SNOW (MR) $14.99 DC 
7 6 6.12 JAN100652-M CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
8 7 6.05 NOV090207 PLANETARY HC VOL 04 $24.99 DC 
9 17 5.81 JAN100726 ARCHIE WEDDING TP ARCHIE IN WILL YOU MARRY ME $14.95 ARC
10 9 5.79 DEC098276 TWILIGHT MANGA GN VOL 01 $19.99 YEN
11 47 5.61 DEC090273 GREEK STREET TP VOL 01 BLOOD CALLS FOR BLOOD (MR) $9.99 DC 
12 15 5.05 JAN100685 DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS TP $19.99 MAR
13 24 4.87 DEC090202 BATMAN HEART OF HUSH TP $14.99 DC 
14 51 4.83 DEC091027 BLEACH TP VOL 30 $9.99 VIZ
15 36 4.82 DEC090218 SUPERMAN BRAINIAC TP $12.99 DC 
16 5 4.80 JAN100674 AVENGERS X-MEN UTOPIA TP $34.99 MAR
17 12 4.45 DEC090068 STAR WARS OMNIBUS BOBA FETT TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
18 20 4.15 NOV090223 BRONX KILL HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
19 39 4.11 JAN100686 X-FORCE TP VOL 03 NOT FORGOTTEN $14.99 MAR
20 22 3.90 NOV091001 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 07 $15.99 ZEN
21 28 3.89 DEC090283 UNKNOWN SOLDIER TP VOL 02 EASY KILL (MR) $17.99 DC 
22 45 3.76 DEC090284 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 06 GOUGE AWAY NEW ED (MR) $14.99 DC 
23 34 3.72 DEC090622 SPIDER-MAN AMERICAN SON TP $16.99 MAR
24 31 3.63 DEC090222 WONDER WOMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC 
25 93 3.52 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
26 96 3.48 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
27 11 3.47 DEC090579 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 01 $39.99 MAR
28 52 3.44 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
29 38 3.41 DEC090203 BATMAN INTERNATIONAL TP $17.99 DC 
30 40 3.35 DEC090215 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 03 $17.99 DC 
31 56 3.27 JAN100687 WOLVERINE ORIGINS ROMULUS TP $14.99 MAR
32 71 3.15 SEP090045 GANTZ TP VOL 09 (MR) $12.99 DAR
33 23 3.01 NOV090178 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON HC VOL 03 $24.99 DC 
34 25 2.94 JAN100681 CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $24.99 MAR
35 26 2.90 DEC090580-M IRON MAN EXTREMIS HC $24.99 MAR
36 124 2.86 JAN100670-M SUPER HERO SQUAD TP GET YER HERO ON DIGEST $9.99 MAR
37 46 2.81 JAN100691 ESSENTIAL RAMPAGING HULK TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
38 61 2.73 DEC090026 ALIENS MORE THAN HUMAN TP VOL 01 $15.99 DAR
39 21 2.73 JAN100689 X-MEN PRELUDE TO ONSLAUGHT TP $29.99 MAR
40 63 2.72 JAN100642 IRON MAN END TP $16.99 MAR
41 19 2.69 DEC090610 SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE CLONE SAGA EPIC TP BOOK 01 $34.99 MAR
42 67 2.67 DEC090609 GHOST RIDERS TP HEAVENS ON FIRE $16.99 MAR
43 50 2.66 DEC090030 CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 02 HELL BENEATH ATLANTIS $18.99 DAR
44 14 2.66 OCT090244 CREEPER BY STEVE DITKO HC $39.99 DC 
45 29 2.63 SEP090040 CHOBITS DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
46 114 2.63 DEC090927 SAM KIETH SKETCHBOOKS VOL 01 $9.99 IDW
47 32 2.62 JAN100643-M MMW INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
48 82 2.60 DEC090223 WONDER WOMAN ENDS OF THE EARTH TP $14.99 DC 
49 10 2.59 OCT090590-M MMW X-MEN HC VOL 08 $54.99 MAR
50 84 2.56 DEC090614 NEW AVENGERS REUNION TP $14.99 MAR
51 97 2.55 JAN100900 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 15 $10.99 RAN
52 8 2.54 OCT090592-M MMW ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH HC VOL 03 $59.99 MAR
53 76 2.50 JAN100688 X-MEN FOREVER TP VOL 02 SECRET HISTORY OF SENTINELS $16.99 MAR
54 57 2.46 JAN100637 ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN ARMOR WARS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
55 70 2.46 NOV090228 FABLES TP VOL 13 THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER (MR) $17.99 DC 
56 41 2.45 JAN100675 DARK AVENGERS ARES TP $24.99 MAR
57 58 2.42 JAN100678 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 03 WAR OF KINGS BK 02 $19.99 MAR
58 27 2.41 JAN100639 IRON MAN ARMOR WARS PROLOGUE TP $29.99 MAR
59 72 2.40 DEC090214 ORACLE THE CURE TP $17.99 DC 
60 42 2.40 JAN100656 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN PREM HC WORLD ACCORDING $24.99 MAR
61 81 2.34 JAN100795 SIMPSONS GET SOME FANCY BOOK LEARNIN TP $14.99 BON
62 30 2.30 OCT090600-M THOR TALES OF ASGARD $29.99 MAR
63 13 2.30 NOV090179 NEWSBOY LEGION BY SIMON AND KIRBY HC VOL 01 $49.99 DC 
64 77 2.28 DEC090212 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 04 $17.99 DC 
65 80 2.22 DEC090213 LAST DAYS OF ANIMAL MAN TP $17.99 DC 
66 60 2.20 AUG090020 GRENDEL BEHOLD THE DEVIL HC $19.99 DAR
67 102 2.20 JAN100677 RUNAWAYS HOMESCHOOLING TP $14.99 MAR
68 92 2.16 JAN100635 IRON MAN I AM IRON MAN TP $16.99 MAR
69 87 2.10 DEC090247 MYSTERIUS THE UNFATHOMABLE TP $17.99 DC 
70 37 2.10 DEC090594 STRANGE TALES HC $29.99 MAR
71 113 2.06 DEC091026 PLUTO URASAWA X TEZUKA GN VOL 08 $12.99 VIZ
72 131 2.05 APR090418 DARKNESS ORIGINS TP VOL 01 $12.99 IMA
73 152 2.04 DEC091040 INU YASHA TP VOL 46 $9.99 VIZ
74 110 2.03 OCT090378 PHONOGRAM TP VOL 02 SINGLES CLUB $14.99 IMA
75 156 1.96 DEC091032 ONE PIECE TP VOL 34 $9.99 VIZ
76 158 1.95 DEC091036 ONE PIECE TP VOL 38 $9.99 VIZ
77 159 1.95 DEC091033 ONE PIECE TP VOL 35 $9.99 VIZ
78 160 1.95 DEC091035 ONE PIECE TP VOL 37 $9.99 VIZ
79 35 1.94 JAN100950 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 13 1975-1976 $28.99 FAN
80 163 1.94 DEC091034 ONE PIECE TP VOL 36 $9.99 VIZ
81 119 1.92 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
82 59 1.90 JAN100657 WOLVERINE WEAPON X PREM HC VOL 02 INSANE IN THE BRAIN $24.99 MAR
83 86 1.90 DEC090585 BLACK WIDOW PREM HC DEADLY ORIGIN $19.99 MAR
84 85 1.90 NOV090206 AUTHORITY RULE BRITTANIA TP $19.99 DC 
85 74 1.90 JAN101020 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING TP VOL 01 FUGITIVE $19.99 IDW
86 154 1.90 OCT090113 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 14 $10.99 DAR
87 62 1.87 JAN100667 AVENGERS STANDOFF PREM HC $24.99 MAR
88 48 1.86 OCT090606-M IRON MAN IRON MONGER PREM HC $29.99 MAR
89 125 1.86 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
90 99 1.85 AUG050185 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR) $17.99 DC 
91 49 1.84 OCT090597 MIGHTY AVENGERS HC SECRET INVASION $29.99 MAR
92 65 1.83 JAN100640 IRON MAN DEMON IN A BOTTLE TP $24.99 MAR
93 197 1.83 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC 
94 66 1.82 JAN100641 IRON MAN ARMOR WARS TP $24.99 MAR
95 95 1.82 JAN100658 WOLVERINE DARK WOLVERINE PREM HC VOL 02 MY HERO $19.99 MAR
96 68 1.79 NOV090183 SUPERMAN NIGHTWING AND FLAMEBIRD HC VOL 01 $24.99 DC 
97 104 1.79 DEC090204 BRAVE AND THE BOLD DEMONS AND DRAGONS TP $17.99 DC 
98 69 1.79 OCT090608-M BLACK WIDOW WEB OF INTRIGUE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
99 105 1.79 DEC090220 WARLORD THE SAGA TP $17.99 DC 
100 89 1.74 NOV090713 HACK SLASH TP VOL 07 NEW BLOOD OLD WOUNDS (MR) $18.99 DDP

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