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Brightest Day #7

The resurrected heroes of the DC Universe continue to find their place in the post-Blackest Night universe in Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi's Brightest Day #7, the latest issue of DC Comics' biweekly event, giving the New York-based publisher the top spot on the comics sales chart in August 2010.

In total, DC Comics had four of the ten ten books in July. In addition to Brightest Day #7 at #1, Brightest Day #8 ranked #2, Grant Morrison and Tony Daniels' Batman #702, a tie-in to Batman: R.I.P., Final Crisis, and Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, ranked #7; and Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1, a new series starring Green Lantern Guy Gardner from Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin, ranked #10.

Crosstown rivals Marvel Comics took the other six spots in the top ten comics for August. Leading the way at #3 was Avengers #4 from Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr., continuing Marvel's "Heroic Age" ega. Two more Avengers books placed in the top ten as well — Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen's New Avengers #3 at #4 and Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato, Jr.'s Secret Avengers #4 at #5. Amazing Spider-Man #640, the third part of Joe Quesada and Paolo Manuel Rivera's "One Moment In Time," placed at #6 on the charts. X-Men #2, the second part in the "Curse of the Mutants" storyline that pits the X-Men against the Marvel Universe's vampire hordes, ranked #8, and Uncanny X-Men #527 rounded out the top ten at #9.

Among other Premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book in August was Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley one-shot, part of the "Buffy Season 8" storyline. IDW Publishing's True Blood #2, based on HBO's wildly popular vampire television series, ranked #74. Finally, Image Comics' top book in August was Image United #3, the universe-wide crossover event written and drawn by the Image Comics partners, ranked at #65.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 5 127.30 JUN100128-M BRIGHTEST DAY #7 $2.99 DC 
2 6 124.70 JUN100130-M BRIGHTEST DAY #8 $2.99 DC 
3 1 118.96 JUN100552-M AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
4 2 110.82 JUN100561-M NEW AVENGERS #3 $3.99 MAR
5 3 101.69 JUN100555-M SECRET AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
6 4 100.33 JUN100539-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #640 $3.99 MAR
7 12 100.00 JUN100154 BATMAN #702 $2.99 DC 
8 10 97.34 JUN100623-M X-MEN #2 $3.99 MAR
9 8 94.06 JUN100621-M UNCANNY X-MEN #527 $3.99 MAR
10 7 93.08 JUN100136-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #1 $3.99 DC 
11 17 91.43 JUN100134-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #51 $2.99 DC 
12 9 91.38 MAY100555-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #639 $3.99 MAR
13 11 82.73 JUN100146-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #48 $3.99 DC 
14 13 75.62 JUN100564 AVENGERS PRIME #2 $3.99 MAR
15 15 73.38 JUN100533-M ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #1 $3.99 MAR
16 28 72.51 JUN100629-M X-MEN LEGACY #239 $2.99 MAR
17 14 71.97 JUN100572-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #609 $3.99 MAR
18 16 69.96 MAY100581 CAPTAIN AMERICA #608 $3.99 MAR
19 18 69.57 JUN100614 THOR #613 $3.99 MAR
20 36 68.71 JAN100616 ASTONISHING X-MEN #35 $2.99 MAR
21 31 68.14 JUN100171-M SUPERMAN #702 $2.99 DC 
22 35 66.76 JUN100598-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #29 $2.99 MAR
23 20 66.61 JUN100594-M HULK #24 $3.99 MAR
24 34 65.95 JUN100144-M JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #42 $2.99 DC 
25 19 64.94 JUN100160-M BATMAN ODYSSEY #2 $3.99 DC 
26 21 63.15 JUN100532 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #6 $3.99 MAR
27 38 63.08 JUN100138-M GREEN ARROW #3 $2.99 DC 
28 39 62.86 JUN100148-M BIRDS OF PREY #4 $2.99 DC 
29 22 61.27 JUN100596-M INCREDIBLE HULK #611 $3.99 MAR
30 23 60.71 JUN100575-M SHADOWLAND #2 SL $3.99 MAR
31 45 56.63 JUN100577 DAREDEVIL #509 $2.99 MAR
32 44 56.40 JUN100588 DARK WOLVERINE #89 $2.99 MAR
33 26 55.92 MAR100197-M SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #6 $3.99 DC 
34 27 54.86 JUN100610 STEVE ROGERS SUPER-SOLDIER #2 $3.99 MAR
35 46 54.45 JUN100140-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #7 $2.99 DC 
36 48 54.23 JUN100632 DARK WOLVERINE #90 $2.99 MAR
37 50 52.78 JUN100142-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #8 $2.99 DC 
38 29 52.69 JUN100159 DETECTIVE COMICS #868 $3.99 DC 
39 30 52.42 JUN100634 X-FORCE SEX AND VIOLENCE #2 $3.99 MAR
40 41 51.92 JUN100042-M BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER RILEY ONE SHOT $3.50 DAR
41 53 51.78 JUN100199-M WONDER WOMAN #602 $2.99 DC 
42 37 50.94 JUN100624-M NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #1 $3.99 MAR
43 33 50.33 JUN100537 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #13 $3.99 MAR
44 32 49.58 JUN100174-M ACTION COMICS #892 $3.99 DC 
45 61 48.53 JUN100558-M AVENGERS ACADEMY #3 $2.99 MAR
46 59 48.49 JUN100528 DEADPOOL #26 $2.99 MAR
47 62 47.28 JUN100166 RED ROBIN #15 $2.99 DC 
48 65 47.15 JUN100587 FANTASTIC FOUR #582 $2.99 MAR
49 25 46.97 JUN100527 DEADPOOL #1000 $4.99 MAR
50 24 46.75 JUN100177 SUPERMAN BATMAN #75 $4.99 DC 
51 40 46.64 JUN100179-M LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #4 $3.99 DC 
52 69 45.41 JUN100605-M SHIELD #3 $2.99 MAR
53 68 44.68 JUN100152-M TITANS #26 $2.99 DC 
54 73 43.57 JUN100628 NEW MUTANTS #16 $2.99 MAR
55 43 43.25 JUN100627-M X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS STORM & GAMBIT #1 $3.99 MAR
56 72 42.87 JUN100162 BATMAN BEYOND #3 $2.99 DC 
57 77 42.57 JUN100619 THUNDERBOLTS #147 $2.99 MAR
58 47 41.54 JUN100613 THANOS IMPERATIVE #3 $3.99 MAR
59 79 40.99 JUN100633 X-FACTOR #208 $2.99 MAR
60 51 40.08 JUN100631 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #16 $3.99 MAR
61 52 39.46 JUN100178 ADVENTURE COMICS #517 $3.99 DC 
62 55 38.57 JUN100626 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS BLADE #1 $3.99 MAR
63 54 38.41 JUN100579 SHADOWLAND MOON KNIGHT #1 SL $3.99 MAR
64 86 37.34 MAY100624 SECRET WARRIORS #18 $2.99 MAR
65 56 37.21 NOV090321-M IMAGE UNITED #3 $3.99 IMA
66 83 37.11 JUN100167 BATGIRL #13 $2.99 DC 
67 85 37.05 JUN100201-M ZATANNA #4 $2.99 DC 
68 58 36.71 JUN100578 SHADOWLAND BULLSEYE #1 SL $3.99 MAR
69 57 36.67 JUN100182 TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #2 $3.99 DC 
70 88 36.64 JUN100586 SECRET WARRIORS #19 $2.99 MAR
71 60 36.32 JUN100603 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #1 $3.99 MAR
72 87 36.17 JUN100476 WALKING DEAD #76 (MR) $2.99 IMA
73 63 36.11 JUN100536 ULTIMATE COMICS MYSTERY #2 $3.99 MAR
74 49 35.99 JUN100313-M TRUE BLOOD #2 $3.99 IDW
75 90 35.27 JUN100176 SUPERGIRL #55 $2.99 DC 
76 64 34.99 JUN100187-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #4 $3.99 DC 
77 67 34.40 JUN100618 THOR RAGE OF THOR #1 $3.99 MAR
78 42 34.12 JUN100173 SUPERMAN THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON #1 $4.99 DC 
79 66 34.01 JUN100196-M TEEN TITANS #86 $3.99 DC 
80 70 33.78 MAY100585 DOOMWAR #6 $3.99 MAR
81 93 33.65 JUN100163 RED HOOD LOST DAYS #3 $2.99 DC 
82 94 33.49 JUN100164 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #15 $2.99 DC 
83 96 33.29 JUN100568 AVENGERS & INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 $2.99 MAR
84 75 33.01 JUN100604 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS PUNISHER #2 $3.99 MAR
85 71 32.92 JUN100165 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #15 $3.99 DC 
86 190 32.22 JUN100308-M DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS #0 $1.00 IDW
87 74 32.12 MAY100542 DEADPOOL WADE WILSONS WAR #3 $3.99 MAR
88 100 31.18 JUN100529 DEADPOOL CORPS #5 $2.99 MAR
89 78 30.44 JUN100191 JSA ALL STARS #9 $3.99 DC 
90 80 30.12 JUN100581 SHADOWLAND BLOOD ON STREETS #1 SL $3.99 MAR
91 81 29.72 JUN100519 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS #4 $3.99 MAR
92 105 28.98 JUN100530 DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #890 $2.99 MAR
93 82 28.89 JUN100580 SHADOWLAND POWER MAN #1 SL $3.99 MAR
94 103 28.85 JUN100195 SECRET SIX #24 $2.99 DC 
95 76 28.66 JUN100908 BOYS #45 (MR) $3.99 DE
96 106 28.15 MAY100052 STAR WARS LEGACY #50 EXTREMES PART 3 $2.99 DAR
97 89 27.34 JUN100638 PUNISHER MAX HAPPY ENDING #1 (MR) $3.99 MAR
98 111 26.73 JUN100270 FABLES #97 (MR) $2.99 DC 
99 91 26.58 JUN100582 SHADOWLAND DAUGHTERS OF SHADOW #1 SL $3.99 MAR
100 92 26.16 JUN100566 AGE OF HEROES #4 $3.99 MAR

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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.

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