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Top 100 Graphic Novels: June 2010

Sam Kieth: GeniusSam Kieth, the acclaimed creator of The Maxx, took readers on a journey into Gotham City's heart of darkness with Batman: Arkham Asylum: Madness, an original hardcover graphic novel that explores the infamous setting, giving DC Comics the best-selling graphic novel in the month of June.

In total, DC Comics had six of the top ten best-selling graphic novels. In addition to Kieth's graphic novel, the trade paperback edition of Grant Morrison's Final Crisis ranked #5; Batman: R.I.P from Morrison and Tony Daniel ranked #6; Jonah Hex: No Way Back, an original graphic novel from Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti that explored the early days of DC's western hero, ranked #7; DMZ Volume 8: Hearts and Minds from the Vertigo imprint ranked #8; and Bill Willingham's Jack of Fables Volume 7: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack ranked #9.

Also placing titles in the top ten in June were Image Comics with Chew Volume 2: International Flavor at #2; Dark Horse Comics with Mike Mignola's Hellboy Volume 10: The Crooked Man and Others at #3; Viz Media's Naruto volume 48 at #4; and Marvel Comics' Criminal Volume 5: Sinners, the latest volume of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' acclaimed noir series from the Icon imprint, ranked #10.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM
CODE
DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 7.06 FEB100129 BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM MADNESS HC $19.99 DC 
2 9 6.25 FEB100354 CHEW TP VOL 02 INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR (MR) $12.99 IMA
3 3 5.51 FEB100044 HELLBOY TP VOL 10 CROOKED MAN & OTHERS $17.99 DAR
4 27 4.96 MAR101180 NARUTO TP VOL 48 $9.99 VIZ
5 4 4.93 MAR100239 FINAL CRISIS TP $19.99 DC 
6 14 4.86 MAR100237 BATMAN RIP TP $14.99 DC 
7 5 4.74 JAN100270 JONAH HEX NO WAY BACK HC $19.99 DC 
8 13 4.64 APR100271 DMZ TP VOL 08 HEARTS AND MINDS (MR) $16.99 DC 
9 19 4.34 MAR100299 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 07 NEW ADVS OF JACK & JACK (MR) $14.99 DC 
10 22 3.95 APR100639 CRIMINAL TP VOL 05 SINNERS (MR) $15.99 MAR
11 76 3.70 FEB100062 STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TP VOL 05 IN SERVICE OF REPUBLIC $7.99 DAR
12 35 3.48 APR100674 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TP VOL 03 $14.99 MAR
13 7 3.44 FEB100188 JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE HC $24.99 DC 
14 16 3.33 MAR100798 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 03 $16.99 BOO
15 2 3.15 FEB100180 COVER RUN THE DC COMICS ART OF ADAM HUGHES HC $39.99 DC 
16 29 3.02 MAR100078 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 09 DEMON $16.99 DAR
17 26 2.89 FEB100245 NEIL YOUNGS GREENDALE HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
18 104 2.88 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
19 15 2.83 FEB100181 BATWOMAN ELEGY DELUXE EDITION HC $24.99 DC 
20 37 2.81 FEB100024 MASS EFFECT REDEMPTION TP $16.99 DAR
21 6 2.78 NOV090041 BLACKSAD HC VOL 01 $29.99 DAR
22 61 2.75 FEB108444-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 03 INFINITE SADNESS $11.99 ONI
23 81 2.71 MAR101182 BLEACH TP VOL 31 $9.99 VIZ
24 25 2.63 APR100762 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 04 (MR) $19.99 AVA
25 17 2.59 FEB100063 STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
26 59 2.58 MAR100308 HELLBLAZER HOOKED TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
27 21 2.50 MAR100276 GOD SOMEWHERE TP (MR) $24.99 DC 
28 71 2.41 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
29 43 2.39 FEB100013 CONAN TP VOL 08 BLACK COLOSSUS $17.99 DAR
30 41 2.36 APR100681 HULK TP VOL 04 HULK VS X-FORCE $19.99 MAR
31 47 2.22 FEB100014 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 19 DEATHMARK $17.99 DAR
32 70 2.21 MAR100251 SUPERMAN BATMAN FINEST WORLDS TP $14.99 DC 
33 30 2.19 APR100654 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS PREM HC NEXT GENERATION $24.99 MAR
34 34 2.10 FEB100263 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING HC BOOK 03 (MR) $24.99 DC 
35 50 2.08 APR100671 HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL TP $19.99 MAR
36 10 2.07 APR100645 X-NECROSHA HC $39.99 MAR
37 74 2.00 MAR100026 CONAN SPEAR & OTHER STORIES TP $14.99 DAR
38 56 1.98 APR100695 SPIDER-MAN RETURN OF BLACK CAT TP $19.99 MAR
39 24 1.98 FEB100182 GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 03 ON THE FREAK BEAT $29.99 DC 
40 60 1.97 APR100651 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 04 MONKEY BUSINESS $19.99 MAR
41 118 1.89 MAR101195 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 10 $9.99 VIZ
42 20 1.86 APR100669 ULTIMATES TP ULTIMATE COLLECTION $34.99 MAR
43 58 1.86 FEB100057 BEASTS OF BURDEN HC $19.99 DAR
44 84 1.85 APR100682 INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 01 SON OF BANNER $15.99 MAR
45 44 1.77 FEB100651-M JOHNNY HOMICIDAL MANIAC DIRECTORS CUT SC $21.95 SLA
46 105 1.76 FEB108443-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 ONI
47 96 1.75 APR100678 SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 02 GOD OF FEAR GOD OF WAR $14.99 MAR
48 28 1.73 FEB100021 LIFE & TIMES MARTHA WASHINGTON IN 21ST CENTURY TP $29.99 DAR
49 46 1.71 MAR100658 HULK PLANET SKAAR TP $24.99 MAR
50 100 1.70 APR100675 MIGHTY AVENGERS TP UNSPOKEN $14.99 MAR
51 130 1.70 MAR101192 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER TP VOL 13 $9.99 VIZ
52 68 1.70 APR100696 ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 05 $19.99 MAR
53 69 1.69 APR100672 LIST TP $19.99 MAR
54 53 1.67 MAR100651 WAR OF KINGS WARRIORS TP $24.99 MAR
55 67 1.66 FEB100239 WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 03 $19.99 DC 
56 51 1.66 FEB100194 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON HC VOL 04 $24.99 DC 
57 101 1.66 MAY090405 WITCHBLADE TP VOL 07 $14.99 IMA
58 121 1.65 MAY090628 PROCESS RECESS HC VOL 03 HALLOWED SEAM (MR) $34.95 ADH
59 55 1.64 APR100653 PUNISHERMAX PREM HC KINGPIN (MR) $24.99 MAR
60 42 1.64 FEB100648 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 09 AGATHA & THE HEIRS O/T STORM $22.95 STU
61 113 1.62 JAN100195 GANTZ TP VOL 11 (MR) $12.99 DAR
62 117 1.59 FEB108445-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 04 GETS IT TOGETHER $11.99 ONI
63 63 1.59 APR100354 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING TP VOL 01 FOR ALL MANKIND $19.99 IDW
64 161 1.58 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
65 141 1.56 MAR101179 YU GI OH R GN VOL 05 $9.99 VIZ
66 79 1.55 APR100677 NOVA TP VOL 06 REALM OF KINGS $19.99 MAR
67 110 1.54 MAR100288 GEARS OF WAR TP BOOK 01 (MR) $14.99 DC 
68 23 1.54 APR100690 DEADPOOL & CABLE ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 02 $39.99 MAR
69 77 1.52 APR100693 DAREDDPIL TP MAN WITHOUT FEAR $19.99 MAR
70 11 1.50 JAN100645-M MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA HC VOL 05 $54.99 MAR
71 133 1.49 APR100838 DISNEYS ALICE IN WONDERLAND GN $9.99 BOO
72 62 1.47 APR100688 TOMB OF DRACULA TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
73 109 1.47 APR100685 X-MEN SWORD TP NO TIME TO BREATHE $15.99 MAR
74 160 1.45 APR100665 SUPER HERO SQUAD TP SUPER STARS DIGEST $9.99 MAR
75 88 1.45 APR100652 DEADPOOL CORPS PRELUDE PREM HC $19.99 MAR
76 65 1.45 JAN072436 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
77 132 1.42 FEB108446-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 VS THE UNIVERSE $11.99 ONI
78 97 1.41 MAR100776 BART SIMPSON CLASS CLOWN TP $15.99 BON
79 98 1.39 MAR101136 MOVING PICTURES GN $14.95 TOP
80 40 1.38 APR100691 DAREDDPIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV TP ULT COLL BOOK 01 $34.99 MAR
81 103 1.35 APR101052 FVZA TP $14.95 RAN
82 124 1.35 MAR100252 WORLDS FINEST TP $14.99 DC 
83 12 1.34 JAN100647-M MMW ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES HC VOL 03 $59.99 MAR
84 38 1.32 MAR100063 GOON FANCY PANTS HC LTD ED VOL 03 GOON YEAR $34.99 DAR
85 111 1.29 MAR100280 AUTHORITY THE LOST YEAR TP BOOK 01 $17.99 DC 
86 128 1.29 MAR100238 DOOM PATROL WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE TP $14.99 DC 
87 36 1.28 FEB100191 SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY HC VOL 01 $39.99 DC 
88 73 1.27 DEC090575-M KICK ASS PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
89 99 1.27 MAR100311 SHADE THE CHANGING MAN TP VOL 03 SCREAM TIME (MR) $19.99 DC 
90 18 1.26 OCT090055 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 06 $49.99 DAR
91 78 1.25 APR100643-M MMW DAREDDPIL TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
92 112 1.24 FEB100353 COWBOY NINJA VIKING TP (MR) $17.99 IMA
93 102 1.24 MAR100248 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY BIG GAME TP $19.99 DC 
94 39 1.23 JAN100650 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 11 $39.99 MAR
95 139 1.23 APR100974 WEREWOLVES OF MONPELIER GN $12.99 FAN
96 134 1.23 MAR100657 AGENTS OF ATLAS TP TURF WARS $14.99 MAR
97 54 1.22 MAR101049 METAL GEAR SOLID OMNIBUS TP $29.99 IDW
98 48 1.22 DEC090593 X-FORCE HC VOL 01 $34.99 MAR
99 94 1.22 APR100346 GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
100 135 1.22 APR100668 SPIDER-MAN AND SECRET WARS TP GN $14.99 MAR

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