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Top 100 Graphic Novels: April 2010

Kick-Ass!Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s collected edition of Kick-Ass was the best-selling graphic novel for the month of April as the Kick-Ass Premiere Hardcover topped the sales chart for the second month in a row, its sales fueled by the just-released film adaptation from X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn.

Marvel Comics had, in total, three books in the top ten for the month. In addition to Kick-Ass, the Ultimate Comics Wolverine Vs. Hulk trade paperback, collecting the mini-series from Lost's Damon Lindelof and Secret Invasion's Leinil Francis Yu, ranked #5 and Marvel Zombies 4 ranked #10.

DC Comics had two books in the top ten graphic novels. Batman and Robin Deluxe Volume 1: Batman Reborn collects the first two story arcs of Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin and ranked #2. The Flash: Rebirth from Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver returns Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash, to the DC Universe and placed #3 on the charts in April.

Dark Horse Comics had three graphic novels in the month's top ten. B.P.R.D. Volume 12: War on Frogs collects the latest story arc of Mike Mignola's series and ranked #4. Another Mignola creation, Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels, ranked #7. Finally, Star Wars: Invasion Volume 1: Refugees, a series set during the Yuuzhan Vong of the Star Wars galaxy, ranked #9.

Rounding out the top ten were Avatar Press with Crossed Volume 1 at #6 and Raw Junior with Benny & Penny in The Big No-No! at #8.

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

QTY RANK $ RANK INDEX SKU DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 16.77 DEC090575 KICK ASS PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
2 2 10.57 DEC090201 BATMAN AND ROBIN DELUXE HC VOL 01 BATMAN REBORN $24.99 DC 
3 6 7.23 DEC090206 FLASH REBIRTH HC $19.99 DC 
4 10 6.22 JAN100191 BPRD TP VOL 12 WAR ON FROGS $17.99 DAR
5 12 5.36 FEB100621 ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE VS HULK TP $19.99 MAR
6 5 5.36 FEB100697 CROSSED TP VOL 01 (MR) $24.99 AVA
7 13 5.26 DEC090046 WITCHFINDER IN THE SERVICE OF ANGELS TP VOL 01 $17.99 DAR
8 29 4.88 FEB094433 BENNY AND PENNY BIG NO NO HC $12.95 RAW
9 15 4.86 JAN100192 STAR WARS INVASION TP VOL 01 REFUGEES $18.99 DAR
10 19 4.74 FEB100619 MARVEL ZOMBIES 04 TP $16.99 MAR
11 17 4.56 DEC090262 AREA 10 HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
12 31 4.51 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
13 8 4.28 DEC090285 Y THE LAST MAN DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 (MR) $29.99 DC 
14 9 4.19 FEB100867 WILSON HC (MR) $21.95 DRA
15 38 4.17 JAN098019 JEFF SMITH LITTLE MOUSE GETS READY HC $12.95 RAW
16 24 4.09 JAN100299 POWER GIRL A NEW BEGINNING TP $17.99 DC 
17 34 4.04 FEB100185 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH TP NEW EDITION $14.99 DC 
18 26 4.01 JAN100300 RED ROBIN THE GRAIL TP $17.99 DC 
19 20 3.97 JAN100301 CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS TP VOL 05 $19.99 DC 
20 21 3.93 JAN100298 JSA TP VOL 04 THY KINGDOM COME PART 3 $19.99 DC 
21 109 3.92 FEB100351 RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE GN (MR) $6.99 IMA
22 23 3.87 FEB100624 WOLVERINE WEAPON X TP VOL 01 ADAMANTIUM MEN $19.99 MAR
23 30 3.81 FEB100787 RASL TP VOL 02 FIRE OF ST GEORGE $15.00 CAR
24 41 3.81 JAN100302 SECRET SIX DEPTHS TP $14.99 DC 
25 25 3.68 DEC090207 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS UNION HC $19.99 DC 
26 18 3.56 DEC090263 OTHER LIVES HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
27 83 3.48 JAN100303 SHOWCASE PRESENTS DIAL H FOR HERO TP $9.99 DC 
28 35 3.47 FEB100646 TERRY MOORES ECHO TP VOL 04 COLLIDER $15.95 ABS
29 50 3.23 JAN100306 SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 08 $14.99 DC 
30 52 3.16 JAN100296 JONAH HEX SIX GUN WAR TP $14.99 DC 
31 36 3.08 FEB100635 ESSENTIAL IRON MAN TP VOL 04 $19.99 MAR
32 65 3.06 FEB101154 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 08 $10.99 HAC
33 3 2.94 SEP090163 ABSOLUTE GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH HC $75.00 DC 
34 58 2.93 JAN100305 TEEN TITANS CHILDS PLAY TP $14.99 DC 
35 64 2.93 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
36 146 2.89 FEB100656 SHREK FOREVER AFTER THE PREQUEL $6.95 APE
37 40 2.87 FEB100614 SPIDER-MAN DIED IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT TP $19.99 MAR
38 37 2.84 DEC090029 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 07 $19.99 DAR
39 14 2.81 NOV090350 INVINCIBLE HC VOL 05 ULTIMATE COLL $34.99 IMA
40 63 2.78 JAN100679 NEW MUTANTS TP VOL 01 RETURN OF LEGION $14.99 MAR
41 120 2.71 FEB100611 RUNAWAYS TP VOL 10 ROCK ZOMBIES DIGEST $9.99 MAR
42 67 2.68 JAN100308 SUPERMAN THE COMING OF ATLAS TP $14.99 DC 
43 78 2.66 OCT090109 GUNSMITH CATS BURST TP VOL 05 (MR) $12.99 DAR
44 22 2.63 DEC090211 JLA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 $29.99 DC 
45 11 2.61 FEB101005 BLOOM COUNTY COMPLETE LIBRARY HC VOL 02 $39.99 IDW
46 57 2.61 FEB100620 PUNISHER DEAD END TP $16.99 MAR
47 126 2.55 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
48 73 2.52 FEB100616 IRON MAN VS WHIPLASH TP $14.99 MAR
49 33 2.51 FEB100589-M MMW SILVER SURFER TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
50 121 2.51 NOV090065 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 04 $9.99 DAR
51 49 2.49 FEB100618 WHAT IF SECRET INVASION TP $19.99 MAR
52 48 2.49 JAN100362 SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE TP VOL 08 $19.99 DC 
53 7 2.46 NOV090529-M MMW INHUMANS HC VOL 02 $54.99 MAR
54 51 2.46 FEB100597 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET PREM HC VOL 02 RHINO & MYSTERIO $19.99 MAR
55 66 2.43 FEB100630 DARK REIGN HAWKEYE TP $16.99 MAR
56 80 2.42 JAN100297 BOOSTER GOLD DAY OF DEATH TP $14.99 DC 
57 53 2.38 FEB100631 X-FACTOR TP VOL 08 OVERTIME $19.99 MAR
58 135 2.38 FEB100608 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TP PARKER VS X-MEN DIGEST $9.99 MAR
59 124 2.38 JAN101144 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
60 87 2.38 DEC084184 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 SP VS THE UNIVERSE $11.95 ONI
61 82 2.38 FEB100622 THUNDERBOLTS TP WIDOWMAKER $14.99 MAR
62 39 2.37 DEC098276 TWILIGHT MANGA GN VOL 01 $19.99 HAC
63 16 2.34 DEC090205 DC LIBRARY JLA BY GEORGE PEREZ HC VOL 02 $39.99 DC 
64 85 2.29 FEB100625 STRANGE TP DOCTOR IS OUT $14.99 MAR
65 127 2.28 JAN101143 YU GI OH R GN VOL 04 $9.99 VIZ
66 130 2.21 JAN101142 ONE PIECE TP VOL 43 $9.99 VIZ
67 132 2.18 JAN101139 ONE PIECE TP VOL 40 $9.99 VIZ
68 133 2.18 JAN101138 ONE PIECE TP VOL 39 $9.99 VIZ
69 134 2.18 JAN101140 ONE PIECE TP VOL 41 $9.99 VIZ
70 136 2.17 JAN101141 ONE PIECE TP VOL 42 $9.99 VIZ
71 77 2.17 JAN100132 PREDATOR PREY TO HEAVENS TP $15.99 DAR
72 60 2.13 JAN100682 DAREDEVIL GUARDIAN DEVIL TP $19.99 MAR
73 90 2.12 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
74 137 2.10 JAN101153 INU YASHA TP VOL 47 $9.99 VIZ
75 100 2.09 JUN073779 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 SP GETS IT TOGETHER $11.95 ONI
76 46 2.09 JAN100664 OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 13 $24.99 MAR
77 93 2.07 OCT090388 SPAWN ENDGAME TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
78 28 2.02 NOV090536 NEW AVENGERS HC VOL 04 $34.99 MAR
79 68 2.00 JAN100304 SOLOMON GRUNDY TP $19.99 DC 
80 70 1.94 NOV090232 LOSERS TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 DC 
81 112 1.94 FEB101085 BATTLE VIXENS GN VOL 15 (MR) $12.99 TOK
82 139 1.93 DEC098085 LUCKY STAR GN VOL 05 $10.99 BAN
83 104 1.93 FEB100610 UNCANNY X-MEN FIRST CLASS TP KNIGHTS OF HYKON GN $14.99 MAR
84 75 1.91 FEB100633 EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES WARREN ELLIS TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
85 110 1.88 FEB100623 INCREDIBLE HERCULES TP MIGHTY THORCULES $14.99 MAR
86 32 1.88 OCT090710 FATHOM TP VOL 03 WORLDS AT WAR $29.99 ASP
87 107 1.88 JAN100672 DAREDEVIL NOIR GN TP $14.99 MAR
88 108 1.87 FEB100628 RUNAWAYS TP TRUE BELIEVERS $14.99 MAR
89 42 1.87 JAN100348 100 PERCENT TP (MR) $29.99 DC 
90 43 1.85 JAN100429 VIKING HC VOL 01 LONG COLD FIRE $29.99 IMA
91 79 1.85 JAN100659 WOLVERINE ORIGINS PREM HC SEVEN HARD WAY $19.99 MAR
92 113 1.84 FEB100629 MS MARVEL TP VOL 08 WAR OF MARVELS $14.99 MAR
93 101 1.80 FEB101080 FRUITS BASKET BANQUET GN $14.99 TOK
94 81 1.78 FEB100617 MARVEL 1602 NEW WORLD FANTASTICK FOUR TP $19.99 MAR
95 122 1.77 FEB100612 WOLVERINE NOIR GN TP $14.99 MAR
96 44 1.77 OCT098126 LENORE WEDGIES PX HC COLOR ED $24.95 TIT
97 59 1.75 NOV090549-M IRON MAN DEADLY SOLUTIONS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
98 76 1.73 DEC090034 TALE OF ONE BAD RAT HC (MR) $19.99 DAR
99 45 1.71 JAN100831 LIFE & TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK HC VOL 02 $24.99 BOO
100 86 1.71 FEB100599 NEW MUTANTS PREM HC NECROSHA $19.99 MAR

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