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Batman: Through the Looking Glass Fan-favorite Batman writer Scott Snyder and co-writer Kyle Higgins explored the secret history of Gotham City in Batman: Gates of Gotham from DC Comics, and the collected edition of the acclaimed mini-series was the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in February.

DC Comics had five of the month's top ten best-selling graphic novels. In addition to the month's top book, Scott Snyder's American Vampire Volume 3 from their Vertigo imprint ranked #4; Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel's Batman: Time and the Batman softcover ranked #5; the hardcover edition of Morrison's Batman: The Black Mirror ranked #6; and Batman Vs. Bane, which collects a number of stories pitting the Dark Knight against his nemesis from this summer's film, The Dark Knight Rises, ranked #7.

Marvel Comics had two volumes in the top ten, led by the Fantastic Four Season One hardcover, which retells the earliest days of Marvel Comics' First Family for a modern audience, from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist David Marquez, at #2. Following at #3 was Uncanny X-Force Volume 2: Deathlok Nation, collecting the four part storyline from writer Rick Remender.

Two volumes of Image Comics' The Walking Dead placed in the top ten in February — Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead Volume 15 at #8 and Kirkman and Tony Moore's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye at #9.

Also in the top ten was IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1, collecting the first issues of the publishers new ongoing series.

Rounding out the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top-selling graphic novel in February was Star Wars: Jedi Volume 1: The Dark Side by Scott Allie and Mahmud Adrar and based on the adventures of Qui-Gon Jinn, which ranked #17 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in February 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 10 3.42 NOV110194 BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM TP $14.99 DC
2 9 3.16 NOV110658 FANTASTIC FOUR SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
3 18 2.54 DEC110743 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 02 DEATHLOK NATION $15.99 MAR
4 7 2.48 OCT110282 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 03 (MR) $24.99 DC
5 22 2.43 NOV110198 BATMAN TIME AND THE BATMAN TP $14.99 DC
6 5 2.37 JUL110249 BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR HC $29.99 DC
7 32 2.25 NOV110193 BATMAN VS BANE TP $12.99 DC
8 26 2.20 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 (MR) $14.99 IMA
9 56 2.14 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
10 14 2.13 DEC110372 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
11 21 1.84 DEC110749 CARNAGE FAMILY FEUD TP $19.99 MAR
12 37 1.74 NOV110228 HELLBLAZER PHANTOM PAINS TP (MR) $14.99 DC
13 67 1.73 NOV111125 BLEACH TP VOL 38 $9.99 VIZ
14 38 1.71 NOV110232 IZOMBIE TP VOL 03 SIX FEET UNDER AND RISING (MR) $14.99 DC
15 57 1.70 DEC110741 X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM TP $14.99 MAR
16 17 1.66 DEC110734 UNCANNY X-FORCE DARK ANGEL SAGA PREM HC BOOK 02 $24.99 MAR
17 27 1.65 NOV110033 STAR WARS JEDI VOL 01 DARK SIDE TP $18.99 DAR
18 39 1.60 DEC110745 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 01 $15.99 MAR
19 13 1.54 OCT110292 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 04 (MR) $29.99 DC
20 20 1.52 NOV110666 SUPERIOR PREM HC $24.99 MAR
21 44 1.51 DEC110744 ANNIHILATORS TP $19.99 MAR
22 53 1.48 NOV110203 SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC
23 34 1.47 DEC110732-M PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
24 66 1.44 DEC110754 DAREDEVIL REBORN TP $16.99 MAR
25 55 1.42 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
26 23 1.41 DEC110727 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
27 58 1.35 DEC110747 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 08 UNFIXABLE $15.99 MAR
28 73 1.32 NOV111034 NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR) $10.99 RAN
29 31 1.30 OCT110252 SUPERMAN REIGN OF DOOMSDAY HC $22.99 DC
30 25 1.28 OCT110036 STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 05 $24.99 DAR
31 33 1.28 DEC110968 GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 DE
32 60 1.28 OCT110040 KING CONAN THE SCARLET CITADEL TP $14.99 DAR
33 40 1.27 DEC110742 X-FORCE NECROSHA TP $19.99 MAR
34 43 1.26 NOV110207 POWER GIRL OLD FRIENDS TP $19.99 DC
35 41 1.24 JUL110264 SHOWCASE PRESENTS GHOSTS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
36 71 1.19 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
37 114 1.18 OCT078350 LOEG BLACK DOSSIER HC 2ND PTG $29.99 DC
38 12 1.15 DEC110499 INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLL HC VOL 07 $39.99 IMA
39 86 1.14 OCT110055 GANTZ TP VOL 21 $12.99 DAR
40 47 1.14 NOV110233-M SANDMAN TP VOL 08 WORLDS END (MR) $19.99 DC
41 49 1.14 DEC110737 CAPTAIN AMERICA PRISONER OF WAR TP $19.99 MAR
42 36 1.13 SEP111252 ASSASSINS CREED THE FALL TP (MR) $18.99 UBI
43 121 1.12 NOV111134 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
44 4 1.12 SEP110637-M AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 JRJR CVR $99.99 MAR
45 99 1.10 NOV110737 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 30 YEARS LATER $11.99 ARC
46 1 1.09 OCT110341 JOHN ROMITA AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST ED HC   IDW
47 35 1.08 DEC110728 ULT COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
48 78 1.06 DEC110740 X-MEN LEGACY NECROSHA TP $15.99 MAR
49 6 1.04 SEP110639-M MMW UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 08 $59.99 MAR
50 64 1.01 NOV110663 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
51 144 1.01 NOV110653 AVENGERS ORIGIN TP $14.99 MAR
52 61 1.01 DEC110736 SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN TP $19.99 MAR
53 30 1.00 DEC110705 ASTONISHING X-MEN WHEDON CASSADAY ULT COLL TP BOOK 01 $29.99 MAR
54 97 1.00 NOV110209 XOMBI TP $14.99 DC
55 135 1.00 DEC110751 WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA TP $14.99 MAR
56 96 0.99 NOV110199 DEADMAN TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC
57 87 0.99 AUG110733 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION $15.99 MAR
58 79 0.98 DEC110755 MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME TP $16.99 MAR
59 65 0.97 AUG110438 ARTIFACTS TP VOL 03 $19.99 IMA
60 117 0.97 DEC110824 MEGA MAN TP VOL 02 TIME KEEPS SLIPPING $11.99 ARC
61 190 0.96 SEP110732 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN PINEAPPLE & OTHER $6.99 APE
62 154 0.96 NOV111131 BAKUMAN TP VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
63 104 0.95 DEC111253 SOUL EATER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
64 101 0.95 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC
65 45 0.95 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
66 100 0.94 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $14.99 IMA
67 128 0.92 NOV110628 AVENGERS HAWKEYE TP $19.99 MAR
68 24 0.92 JUL110825 A TALE OF SAND HC $29.95 ARA
69 108 0.91 NOV110205 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA MONUMENT POINT TP $14.99 DC
70 156 0.91 OCT110054 GATE 7 TP VOL 02 $10.99 DAR
71 173 0.91 NOV110661 JOHN CARTER A PRINCESS OF MARS TP $14.99 MAR
72 155 0.90 DEC110746 IRON MAN 2.0 TP VOL 02 ASYMMETRY $14.99 MAR
73 72 0.90 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
74 3 0.90 SEP110635-M X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC $125.00 MAR
75 166 0.90 NOV111129 BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 06 $9.99 VIZ
76 51 0.90 NOV110665 STAND NIGHT HAS COME PREM HC $24.99 MAR
77 133 0.89 DEC111043 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19 $10.99 RAN
78 76 0.89 DEC110722 FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
79 92 0.87 DEC110700 AVENGERS BIG THREE TP $29.99 MAR
80 115 0.85 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR) $14.99 IMA
81 141 0.85 NOV110700 EXPLORER THE MYSTERY BOXES SC $10.95 ABR
82 77 0.85 DEC110719 VENGEANCE HC $24.99 MAR
83 146 0.84 DEC110514 PIGS TP VOL 01 HELLO CRUEL WORLD (MR) $12.99 IMA
84 122 0.83 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
85 103 0.82 DEC110492 HACK SLASH TP VOL 10 DEAD CELEBRITIES $16.99 IMA
86 125 0.81 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
87 136 0.81 SEP110221 FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM (MR) $14.99 DC
88 224 0.80 NOV110709 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DIGEST GN BERRY SCARY STORM $6.99 APE
89 176 0.80 SEP110039 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1 $10.99 DAR
90 170 0.79 JUL108036 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $12.99 DC
91 2 0.79 AUG110352 WALLY WOOD EC STORIES ARTIST ED HC   IDW
92 142 0.79 NOV111123 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 19 $12.99 VIZ
93 28 0.78 OCT110243 DC UNIVERSE SECRET ORIGINS HC $39.99 DC
94 220 0.77 NOV111136 POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM GN VOL 04 $7.99 VIZ
95 89 0.77 NOV110044 CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 05 DEAD MEN O/T DEEP & OTHER STORI $18.99 DAR
96 68 0.77 DEC110694 TORSO GN HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
97 90 0.76 SEP110443 WITCHBLADE REDEMPTION TP VOL 04 $19.99 IMA
98 105 0.76 JAN120951 KEY OF Z TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 BOO
99 93 0.76 SEP088030 V FOR VENDETTA TP (MR) $19.99 DC
100 138 0.76 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA

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