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Brightest Day #0The dawn of the Heroic Age in the Marvel Universe and the reestablishment of one of the classic names in super-heroism in Avengers #1 from Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr., gave Marvel Comics the top spot on the comics sales chart in May.

In total, Marvel had four of the top ten books for the month. In additon to Avengers #1 at #1, Siege #4 — the conclusion to the best-selling crossover event — ranked #2, Secret Avengers #1 ranked #4, and Uncanny X-Men #524 — part of the X-Men event Second Coming — ranked #10.

DC Comics rounded out May's top ten with six times. Led by Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 at #3, it was followed by Brighest Day #1 at #5, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2 at #6, Brightest Day #2 at #7, Green Lantern #54 at #8, and Batman and Robin #12 at #9.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 262.70 MAR100516-M AVENGERS #1 $3.99 MAR
2 2 182.36 FEB100421-M SIEGE #4 $3.99 MAR
3 3 174.00 MAR100178-M BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1 $3.99 DC 
4 4 171.14 MAR100566-M SECRET AVENGERS #1 $3.99 MAR
5 7 165.65 MAR100159-M BRIGHTEST DAY #1 (*) $2.99 DC 
6 6 150.06 MAR100181-M BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #2 $3.99 DC 
7 9 144.68 MAR100161-M BRIGHTEST DAY #2 (*) $2.99 DC 
8 10 141.55 MAR100163-M GREEN LANTERN #54 $2.99 DC 
9 11 136.02 MAR100183-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 $2.99 DC 
10 15 123.53 MAR100587-M UNCANNY X-MEN #524 $2.99 MAR
11 5 123.31 FEB100435 NEW AVENGERS FINALE #1 $4.99 MAR
12 14 122.74 MAR100171-M FLASH #2 $2.99 DC 
13 8 114.64 FEB100427 DARK AVENGERS #16 $3.99 MAR
14 19 110.34 MAR100164-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #48 $2.99 DC 
15 26 103.96 MAR100593-M X-MEN LEGACY #236 $2.99 MAR
16 25 100.21 MAR100596-M X-FORCE #27 $2.99 MAR
17 12 100.14 MAR100173-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #45 $3.99 DC 
18 23 100.00 MAR100185 BATMAN #699 $2.99 DC 
19 27 99.04 MAR100577-M THOR #610 EPILOGUE $2.99 MAR
20 13 97.60 FEB100436 SENTRY FALLEN SUN $3.99 MAR
21 29 92.93 FEB100481-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #630 $2.99 MAR
22 30 91.76 MAR100499-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #631 $2.99 MAR
23 33 90.94 MAR100501-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #632 $2.99 MAR
24 16 90.61 MAR100471-M ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
25 17 88.86 MAR100473-M ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #1 $3.99 MAR
26 39 85.97 MAR100546-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #26 $2.99 MAR
27 18 85.49 MAR100497 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #2 $3.99 MAR
28 20 84.87 MAR100496 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #2 $3.99 MAR
29 37 81.41 MAR100165-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #1 $2.99 DC 
30 38 80.84 MAR100169-M BIRDS OF PREY #1 $2.99 DC 
31 21 79.55 MAR100540-M HULK #22 $3.99 MAR
32 40 79.49 MAR100590-M NEW MUTANTS #13 $2.99 MAR
33 41 77.52 MAR100199-M SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #1 $2.99 DC 
34 24 74.82 MAR100542-M INCREDIBLE HULK #609 $3.99 MAR
35 48 74.25 MAR100604-M DARK WOLVERINE #86 $2.99 MAR
36 45 72.86 MAR100047-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #35 TWILIGHT PT 4 $2.99 DAR
37 46 71.87 MAR100201-M SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #2 $2.99 DC 
38 47 71.68 MAR100167-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #2 $2.99 DC 
39 28 71.20 MAR100210-M LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 $3.99 DC 
40 50 69.03 MAR100203-M SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #3 $2.99 DC 
41 56 68.55 MAR100490-M DEADPOOL #23 $2.99 MAR
42 51 68.03 MAR100205-M SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #4 $2.99 DC 
43 57 66.92 MAR100599-M X-FACTOR #205 $2.99 MAR
44 31 66.53 MAR100186 DETECTIVE COMICS #865 $3.99 DC 
45 32 66.35 MAR100505 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #37 $3.99 MAR
46 35 64.21 FEB100426 SIEGE EMBEDDED #4 $3.99 MAR
47 36 63.63 MAR100498 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 MAR
48 22 62.51 MAR100603 WOLVERINE #900 $4.99 MAR
49 60 61.59 MAR100532-M FANTASTIC FOUR #579 $2.99 MAR
50 61 61.17 FEB100432 AVENGERS INITIATIVE #35 $2.99 MAR
51 64 58.15 MAR100192 RED ROBIN #12 $2.99 DC 
52 68 57.71 MAR100606-M WOLVERINE ORIGINS #48 $2.99 MAR
53 43 56.88 MAR100601 X-MEN SECOND COMING REVELATIONS BLIND SCIENCE #1 $3.99 MAR
54 42 55.78 MAR100195-M ADVENTURE COMICS #11 $3.99 DC 
55 44 55.20 MAR100176-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #1 $3.99 DC 
56 71 54.01 MAR100234-M ZATANNA #1 $2.99 DC 
57 52 53.82 MAR100534-M AGE OF HEROES #1 $3.99 MAR
58 49 53.46 MAR100602 X-MEN HELLBOUND #1 $3.99 MAR
59 74 53.35 MAR100579-M THUNDERBOLTS #144 $2.99 MAR
60 171 52.94 MAR100293-M IZOMBIE #1 (MR) $1.00 DC 
61 75 51.38 MAR100194 SUPERMAN BATMAN #72 $2.99 DC 
62 34 50.85 MAR100174-M TITANS VILLAINS FOR HIRE SPECIAL #1 $4.99 DC 
63 54 50.25 FEB100546-M MARVELS PROJECT #8 $3.99 MAR
64 53 50.09 MAR100225 JUSTICE LEAGUE THE RISE OF ARSENAL #3 $3.99 DC 
65 55 49.22 FEB100158-M FIRST WAVE #2 $3.99 DC 
66 76 49.18 MAR100495 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #11 $2.99 MAR
67 58 47.73 MAR100609 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #13 $3.99 MAR
68 62 47.64 MAR100584 THANOS IMPERATIVE IGNITION #1 $3.99 MAR
69 83 47.04 MAR100564-M SECRET WARRIORS #16 $2.99 MAR
70 82 46.77 MAR100551-M IRON MAN LEGACY #2 $2.99 MAR
71 81 45.92 MAR100190 BATGIRL #10 $2.99 DC 
72 66 45.38 MAR100530-M DOOMWAR #4 $3.99 MAR
73 85 45.27 MAR100492 DEADPOOL CORPS #2 $2.99 MAR
74 63 44.58 MAR100544-M FALL OF HULKS SAVAGE SHE-HULKS #3 $3.99 MAR
75 65 44.27 FEB100477 ULTIMATE COMICS ENEMY #4 $3.99 MAR
76 90 42.61 MAR100493-M DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #893 $2.99 MAR
77 67 42.50 MAR100296-M AMERICAN VAMPIRE #3 (MR) $3.99 DC 
78 59 42.15 APR100869 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #4 $3.99 DE
79 73 42.12 MAR100480-M DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #1 $3.99 MAR
80 92 41.73 MAR100188 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #12 $2.99 DC 
81 69 40.79 MAR100187 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #12 $3.99 DC 
82 97 40.79 MAR100231 WONDER WOMAN #44 $2.99 DC 
83 70 40.57 MAR100219 JSA ALL STARS #6 $3.99 DC 
84 98 40.37 FEB100403 WALKING DEAD #72 (MR) $2.99 IMA
85 72 40.01 MAR100228 TEEN TITANS #83 $3.99 DC 
86 100 37.49 MAR100526-M BLACK WIDOW #2 $2.99 MAR
87 80 36.70 MAR100557-M MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 #3 $3.99 MAR
88 84 36.48 MAR100522-M ATLAS #1 $3.99 MAR
89 89 36.18 MAR100042-M HELLBOY IN MEXICO OR DRUNKEN BLUR ONE SHOT $3.50 DAR
90 103 35.80 MAR100230 SECRET SIX #21 $2.99 DC 
91 77 35.59 MAR100615 PUNISHERMAX #7 (MR) $3.99 MAR
92 86 35.49 MAR100536 ENTER THE HEROIC AGE #1 $3.99 MAR
93 78 35.44 MAR100537-M AVENGERS ORIGIN #2 $3.99 MAR
94 104 34.88 MAR100217 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #34 $2.99 DC 
95 99 34.43 MAR100873 BOYS #42 (MR) $2.99 DE
96 107 33.15 MAR100221 POWER GIRL #12 $2.99 DC 
97 115 33.02 MAR100581-M VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #8 $2.99 MAR
98 87 32.66 MAR100508 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS AMERICAN SON #1 $3.99 MAR
99 88 32.66 MAR100539 HEROIC AGE PRINCE OF POWER #1 $3.99 MAR
100 114 32.61 MAR100222 BOOSTER GOLD #32 $2.99 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.