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The Walking DeadRick Grimes and his band of survivors of the zombie apocalypse continue their difficult journey toward safety in Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead Volume 15: We Find Ourselves from Image Comics, December's top-selling graphic novel to comics retailers.

In total, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten best-selling graphic novels in December, including two more Walking Dead collections. The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, the basis for the first season of AMC's hit adaptation of the series, ranked #3 and The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #8. Also in the top ten was Tito Faraci and Daniel Brereton's tale of the Roman Empire, The Last Battle, which ranked #4 for the month.

DC Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Bill Willingham's Fables Volume 16: Super Team from the Vertigo imprint at #2. Also in the top ten was Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi's Brightest Day Volume 1 at #7.

Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten, with Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' crime graphic novel Criminal Volume 6: Last of the Innocent from the publisher's Icon imprint at #5. Also in the top ten were the collected hardcover edition of X-Men: Schism at #9 and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Volume 3: The Death of Spider-Man Prelude at #10.

Rounding out the top ten was VIZ Media with Naruto Volume 53 at #6.

Among the Premier Publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top-selling graphic novel in December was Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden's Baltimore: The Plague Ships, continuing the story of their acclaimed steampunk vampire novel, at #17. IDW Publishing's top book in December was The Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1, collecting the mini-series anthology based on Dave Stevens' beloved pulp-era character, which ranked at #27 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in November 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEXITEM CODEDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1 1 16.33 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 (MR) $14.99 IMA
2 3 8.32 SEP110221 FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM (MR) $14.99 DC
3 24 3.87 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
4 58 2.75 OCT110442 LAST BATTLE ONE SHOT $7.99 IMA
5 16 2.70 OCT110698 CRIMINAL TP VOL 06 LAST OF INNOCENT (MR) $14.99 MAR
6 42 2.54 SEP111276 NARUTO TP VOL 53 $9.99 VIZ
7 11 2.45 SEP110177 BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
8 29 2.41 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
9 7 2.30 OCT110711 X-MEN SCHISM HC $24.99 MAR
10 19 2.29 OCT110733-M ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 03 DOSM PRELUDE $19.99 MAR
11 32 2.10 OCT110470 RED WING TP $14.99 IMA
12 18 1.99 SEP110188 SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN TP $19.99 DC
13 14 1.96 OCT110740 X-MEN AGE OF X TP $24.99 MAR
14 13 1.92 JUL110245 BATMAN NOEL DELUXE EDITION HC $22.99 DC
15 31 1.87 OCT110741 X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TP $19.99 MAR
16 8 1.87 AUG110242 BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC
17 23 1.78 AUG110039 BALTIMORE VOL 01 THE PLAGUE SHIPS TP $18.99 DAR
18 65 1.77 SEP111272 BLEACH TP VOL 37 $9.99 VIZ
19 56 1.68 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
20 43 1.65 OCT110729 SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 02 EYES OF DRAGON $19.99 MAR
21 30 1.61 AUG110253 SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN TP VOL 05 $19.99 DC
22 62 1.59 SEP110204 TINY TITANS TP VOL 06 THE TREEHOUSE AND BEYOND $12.99 DC
23 54 1.55 SEP110224 HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 07 CONCEPTION (MR) $14.99 DC
24 75 1.52 SEP111285 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 27 $9.99 VIZ
25 67 1.47 OCT110522 WITCH DOCTOR TP VOL 01 $12.99 IMA
26 10 1.46 OCT110735 SECRET WARS TP $34.99 MAR
27 15 1.45 JAN120411-M ROCKETEER ADVENTURES HC VOL 01 $24.99 IDW
28 66 1.42 OCT110726 GENERATION HOPE SCHISM TP $16.99 MAR
29 72 1.32 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
30 45 1.30 SEP110218 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 02 THE DEVIL YOU KNOW NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
31 28 1.30 OCT110731 SPIDER-MAN BY MARK MILLAR ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $34.99 MAR
32 48 1.26 OCT110722 DEADPOOL MAX TP NUTJOB (MR) $19.99 MAR
33 50 1.25 SEP110675 X-MEN WITH GREAT POWER TP $19.99 MAR
34 22 1.24 SEP110179 CHASE TP $29.99 DC
35 59 1.21 SEP110184 LOBO UNBOUND TP (MR) $17.99 DC
36 83 1.19 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
37 97 1.18 OCT110728 WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE CURSE OF MUTANTS TP $14.99 MAR
38 39 1.17 SEP110189 SUPERBOY SMALLVILLE ATTACKS TP $24.99 DC
39 2 1.15 AUG110243 DC COMICS THE NEW 52 HC $150.00 DC
40 55 1.14 SEP110192 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC
41 92 1.14 AUG110047 GANTZ TP VOL 20 $12.99 DAR
42 44 1.14 AUG110261 SUPERMAN GROUNDED HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC
43 5 1.13 JUL110711-M MMW NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD HC VOL 03 $59.99 MAR
44 93 1.12 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
45 163 1.12 AUG110021 STAR WARS EPISODE I ADVENTURES TP $7.99 DAR
46 108 1.11 AUG110048 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 40 $10.99 DAR
47 57 1.11 SEP110227 SANDMAN TP VOL 07 BRIEF LIVES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
48 85 1.11 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC
49 86 1.09 OCT110730 SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 05 NIGHT $14.99 MAR
50 117 1.09 SEP111273 ONE PIECE TP VOL 59 $9.99 VIZ
51 21 1.09 OCT110450 CHEW OMNIVORE ED HC VOL 02 (MR) $34.99 IMA
52 73 1.08 AUG111285 GFT DREAM EATER SAGA TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
53 35 1.06 JUL110249 BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR HC $29.99 DC
54 104 1.05 OCT110721 CAPTAIN AMERICA CORPS TP $16.99 MAR
55 47 1.04 OCT110714 MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
56 34 1.03 SEP110191 ROOTS OF THE SWAMP THING TP $29.99 DC
57 36 1.03 OCT110736 SECRET WARS 2 TP $29.99 MAR
58 63 1.03 SEP110658 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 09 INSTITUTIONALIZED $19.99 MAR
59 20 1.01 JUL110719 SIEGE HC $39.99 MAR
60 40 0.96 SEP110183 HITMAN TP VOL 05 TOMMYS HEROES $29.99 DC
61 106 0.95 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
62 142 0.93 SEP111271 BAKUMAN TP VOL 08 $9.99 VIZ
63 6 0.93 JUL110713-M MMW GOLDEN AGE USA COMICS HC VOL 02 $64.99 MAR
64 114 0.91 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
65 153 0.86 SEP111274 BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 05 $9.99 VIZ
66 197 0.86 AUG110022 STAR WARS EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE TP $7.99 DAR
67 84 0.85 SEP110031 SOLOMON KANE TP VOL 03 RED SHADOWS $17.99 DAR
68 169 0.85 OCT110456 INFINITE TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
69 100 0.85 OCT110737 SPIDER-MAN THROUGH DECADES TP $26.99 MAR
70 68 0.85 JUN110266 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY HC $22.99 DC
71 158 0.85 SEP111267 OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB TP VOL 17 $9.99 VIZ
72 129 0.84 OCT110965 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 18 $10.99 RAN
73 64 0.84 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
74 27 0.83 AUG110250 JACK KIRBYS FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $39.99 DC
75 124 0.83 SEP088208 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
76 128 0.82 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
77 131 0.82 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
78 81 0.81 OCT110367 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING 2 TP VOL 02 WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE $17.99 IDW
79 17 0.80 JUL110285 BAD DOINGS BIG IDEAS A BILL WILLINGHAM DLX HC (MR) $49.99 DC
80 33 0.79 OCT110732 WOLVERINE BY GREG RUCKA ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $39.99 MAR
81 135 0.79 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
82 90 0.79 OCT110742 ESSENTIAL RAWHIDE KID TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
83 127 0.79 SEP111289 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 18 $12.99 VIZ
84 138 0.78 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
85 139 0.77 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
86 183 0.75 OCT110459 LIL DEPRESSED BOY TP VOL 00 $9.99 IMA
87 12 0.73 MAY110250 SUPERMANS GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $59.99 DC
88 121 0.73 OCT110720 AVENGERS DEFENDERS WAR TP NEW PTG $19.99 MAR
89 96 0.73 OCT110715 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY PREM HC LIFE OF BUCKY BARNES $19.99 MAR
90 115 0.73 OCT110727 JUBILEE BY ROBERT KIRKMAN TP $16.99 MAR
91 41 0.73 AUG110254 TALES OF THE BATMAN DON NEWTON HC VOL 01 $39.99 DC
92 134 0.72 OCT110486 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 13 $14.99 IMA
93 155 0.71 SEP111137 GHOST IN SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEX GN VOL 02 (MR) $10.99 RAN
94 110 0.70 OCT110910 ELRIC THE BALANCE LOST TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
95 107 0.69 SEP088030 V FOR VENDETTA NEW EDITION TP (MR) $19.99 DC
96 102 0.68 OCT110335 GI JOE COBRA ONGOING TP VOL 01 COBRA CIVIL WAR $17.99 IDW
97 60 0.68 JUL108203-M WALKING DEAD HC VOL 01 (MR) $34.99 IMA
98 145 0.67 OCT111274 K ON GN VOL 04 $11.99 HAC
99 151 0.67 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC
100 146 0.65 OCT110717 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 08 $14.99 MAR

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