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Top 100 Graphic Novels: May 2010

From Machine As the monthly series winds to its conclusion, Brian K. Vaughn and Tony Harris' Ex Machina Volume 9: Ring Out the Old from DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint gave DC Comics the best-selling graphic novel in the month of May.

In total, DC Comics had four the top ten best-selling graphic novels for the month. In addition to Ex Machina, Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth Volume 1: Out of the Woods from the Vertigo imprint ranked #2, Scalped Volume 6: The Gnawing also from the Vertigo imprint ranked #5, and Wednesday Comics, the hardcover collection of the newspaper-style weekly comic, ranked #6.

Crosstown rivals Marvel Comics had three of the top ten best-selling graphic novels, with Deadpool Volume 3: X Marks the Spot leading the way at #7, Invincible Iron Man Volume 3: Most Wanted Book Two at #9, and the Kick-Ass Premiere hardcover at #10.

Image Comics had two titles in the top ten, both from writer Robert Kirkman — Invincible Volume 12: Still Standing at #3 and The Walking Dead Book Five hardcover at #4. Dark Horse Comics rounded out the top ten with Hellsing Volume 10 at #8.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 9 7.80 FEB100231 EX MACHINA TP VOL 09 RING OUT THE OLD (MR) $14.99 DC 
2 25 7.67 FEB100267 SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 01 OUT OF THE WOODS (MR) $9.99 DC 
3 6 7.51 DEC090386 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 12 STILL STANDING $16.99 IMA
4 2 6.22 NOV090362 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 05 $34.99 IMA
5 17 6.04 FEB100266 SCALPED TP VOL 06 THE GNAWING (MR) $14.99 DC 
6 1 5.92 DEC090221 WEDNESDAY COMICS HC $49.99 DC 
7 16 5.76 FEB100626 DEADPOOL TP VOL 03 X MARKS SPOT $15.99 MAR
8 19 5.73 DEC090056 HELLSING TP VOL 10 $13.99 DAR
9 20 5.59 FEB100615 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 03 MOST WANTED BOOK 2 $14.99 MAR
10 5 5.50 DEC090575 KICK ASS PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
11 12 5.13 FEB100755 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 BOO
12 7 4.85 JAN100309 DONG XOAI VIETNAM 1965 HC $24.99 DC 
13 40 4.42 MAR100661 THOR LATVERIAN PROMETHEUS TP $14.99 MAR
14 24 4.22 FEB100792 PRIDE PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES GN $14.99 RAN
15 51 4.05 FEB094433 BENNY AND PENNY BIG NO NO HC $12.95 RAW
16 14 3.88 MAR100650 WAR OF KINGS TP $24.99 MAR
17 26 3.80 MAR100649 DARK TOWER TP GUNSLINGER BORN $19.99 MAR
18 38 3.70 FEB100196 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC 
19 87 3.69 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
20 29 3.66 JAN100346 EXECUTOR HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
21 32 3.55 JAN100294 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM HC VOL 01 HUSH MONEY $19.99 DC 
22 33 3.51 JAN100293 BATMAN LONG SHADOWS HC $19.99 DC 
23 54 3.50 FEB100248 AIR TP VOL 03 PURELAND (MR) $14.99 DC 
24 34 3.48 MAR100630 HULK PREM HC VOL 05 FALL OF HULKS $19.99 MAR
25 55 3.47 FEB100264-M TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 07 SPIDERS THRASH NEW ED (MR) $14.99 DC 
26 60 3.46 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
27 35 3.44 MAR100659 X-MEN PSYLOCKE TP $19.99 MAR
28 46 3.32 FEB100186 JONAH HEX WELCOME TO PARADISE TP $17.99 DC 
29 39 3.32 MAR100662 X-MEN ORIGINS TP $19.99 MAR
30 15 3.28 DEC090880 INVINCIBLE GENE COLAN HC $19.99 THE
31 43 3.19 MAR100631 INCREDIBLE HULK FALL OF HULKS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
32 49 3.19 FEB100187 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA SECOND COMING TP $17.99 DC 
33 48 3.19 FEB100184 DOC SAVAGE THE MAN OF BRONZE TP $17.99 DC 
34 42 3.17 FEB100183 DCS GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
35 90 3.15 DEC090058 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 35 $10.99 DAR
36 11 3.07 MAR100625 X-MEN NATION X HC $34.99 MAR
37 41 3.05 DEC090029 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 07 $19.99 DAR
38 66 3.02 MAR100656 SPIDER-MAN RED HEADED STRANGER TP $14.99 MAR
39 65 3.01 FEB100200 WONDER WOMAN WARKILLER TP $14.99 DC 
40 82 2.88 NOV090064 GANTZ TP VOL 10 $12.99 DAR
41 22 2.85 MAR101007 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 08 $24.99 IDW
42 75 2.82 FEB100189 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA BAD SEED TP $14.99 DC 
43 13 2.79 MAR100655 SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE CLONE SAGA EPIC TP BOOK 02 $34.99 MAR
44 53 2.78 FEB100600 DARK X-MEN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
45 85 2.77 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
46 3 2.68 DEC090588-M MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 10 $54.99 MAR
47 23 2.65 MAR100653 IRON MAN ARMOR WARS II TP $29.99 MAR
48 83 2.61 FEB100627 CABLE TP VOL 03 STRANDED $14.99 MAR
49 57 2.59 MAR100667 ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 08 $19.99 MAR
50 69 2.57 MAR100660 X-MEN FOREVER TP VOL 03 COME TO MOTHER RUSSIA $16.99 MAR
51 76 2.55 FEB100793 STUFF OF LEGEND TP $13.00 RAN
52 91 2.55 MAR101146 WARCRAFT SHADOW WING GN VOL 01 DRAGONS OF OUTLAND $12.99 TOK
53 58 2.54 JAN100307 SUPERBOY THE BOY OF STEEL HC $19.99 DC 
54 27 2.53 MAR100628 SPIDER-WOMAN HC AGENT OF SWORD GN W/ MOTION DVD $29.99 MAR
55 44 2.49 MAR100623-M MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 04 $24.99 MAR
56 59 2.48 MAR100633-M ANITA BLAKE PREM HC BOOK 03 LC EXECUTIONER (MR) $19.99 MAR
57 28 2.47 JAN100331 EX MACHINA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 (MR) $29.99 DC 
58 95 2.46 MAR101147 WARCRAFT MAGE GN WOW $12.99 TOK
59 89 2.45 JAN100336 WORLD OF WARCRAFT ASHBRINGER TP $14.99 DC 
60 88 2.43 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
61 93 2.43 FEB100269 NOBODY TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
62 30 2.39 MAR100896 TALISMAN ROAD OF TRIALS HC VOL 01 $25.00 RAN
63 47 2.39 MAR100642 AVENGERS PREM HC RED ZONE $24.99 MAR
64 71 2.37 FEB100197 SUPERGIRL FRIENDS AND FUGITIVES TP $17.99 DC 
65 4 2.34 DEC090586-M MMW GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 04 $59.99 MAR
66 105 2.34 FEB108445-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
67 50 2.30 MAR100652 IRON MAN CAPTAIN AMERICA TP $24.99 MAR
68 8 2.27 AUG090046 EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $49.99 DAR
69 115 2.25 FEB100218 BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM TP $12.99 DC 
70 96 2.24 NOV068026-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR) $12.99 IMA
71 70 2.19 MAR100629 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET PREM HC VOL 03 VULTURE & MORIBUS $19.99 MAR
72 18 2.15 JAN100295 ATOMIC KNIGHTS HC $39.99 DC 
73 101 2.14 MAR100375 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 05 $14.99 IMA
74 178 2.13 FEB101124 ONE PIECE TP VOL 48 $9.99 VIZ
75 180 2.13 FEB101123 ONE PIECE TP VOL 47 $9.99 VIZ
76 181 2.13 FEB101122 ONE PIECE TP VOL 46 $9.99 VIZ
77 179 2.12 FEB101120 ONE PIECE TP VOL 44 $9.99 VIZ
78 56 2.11 DEC090605-M CAPTAIN MARVEL DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL PREM HC $24.99 MAR
79 182 2.10 FEB101121 ONE PIECE TP VOL 45 $9.99 VIZ
80 86 2.09 FEB100198 TITANS TP VOL 03 FRACTURED $17.99 DC 
81 63 2.08 FEB100912 WEATHERCRAFT HC $19.99 FAN
82 52 2.08 JAN100127 CONAN HC VOL 08 BLACK COLOSSUS $24.99 DAR
83 36 2.05 MAR101022 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 06 LAST ANGEL IN HELL $29.99 IDW
84 121 2.04 DEC084184 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 SP VS THE UNIVERSE $11.95 ONI
85 80 2.03 MAR100665 DESTROYER TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
86 10 2.01 JAN100128 BARRY WINDSOR SMITH CONAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.99 DAR
87 79 2.00 MAR101021 SPIKE AFTER THE FALL TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
88 152 1.99 FEB101116 D GRAY MAN GN VOL 17 (MR) $9.99 VIZ
89 129 1.99 MAR100899 NEGIMA GN VOL 26 (MR) $10.99 RAN
90 130 1.98 FEB100797 TSUBASA GN VOL 26 $10.99 RAN
91 119 1.97 MAR100875 GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS TP VOL 04 HAPPY VALLEY (MR) $12.99 DE
92 84 1.93 FEB100193 QUESTION TP VOL 06 THE PEACEMAKER $19.99 DC 
93 159 1.92 FEB101130 INU YASHA TP VOL 48 $9.99 VIZ
94 117 1.92 FEB100190 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ENEMY MANIFEST TP $14.99 DC 
95 62 1.90 MAR100654 AVENGERS I AM AN AVENGER TP $24.99 MAR
96 116 1.89 NOV082245-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
97 111 1.89 JAN100136 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 23 BOGEY SNOWMAN $14.99 DAR
98 110 1.83 MAR100666 DOCTOR VOODOO AVENGER OF SUPERNATURAL TP $16.99 MAR
99 92 1.80 FEB100250 CODENAME KNOCKOUT TP VOL 01 THE DEVIL YOU SAY (MR) $19.99 DC 
100 127 1.80 FEB100192 OUTSIDERS THE HUNT TP $14.99 DC 

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