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Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye returned to the top of the sales charts in March, giving Image Comics the top-selling graphic novel sold to specialty retailers in March 2012. Also in the top ten from Image Comics was The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us at #10.

Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten — Mike Mignola's Hellboy Volume 12: The Storm and the Fury at #2 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 7: The Enemy Within at #7.

Dynamite Entertainment had one title in the top ten, Garth Ennis' The Boys Volume 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker.

DC Comics had a total of four titles in the top ten — Flashpoint at #4 and Flashpoint: World of Flashpoint — Batman at #8, and from the publisher's Vertigo imprint DMZ Volume 11: Free States Rising at #6 and Northlanders Volume 6: Thor's Daughter at #9.

Finishing off the top ten was Marvel Comics' X-Men Season One Premiere Hardcover at #5.

Rounding off the Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's top-selling graphic novel in March was Star Trek Volume 1 at #53, which collected the first six issues of the ongoing series.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 12 4.62 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
2 1 4.41 OCT110020 HELLBOY TP VOL 12 THE STORM AND THE FURY $19.99 DAR
3 2 4.15 JAN121022 BOYS TP VOL 10 BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICKMAKER (MR) $19.99 DE
4 8 3.91 DEC110276 FLASHPOINT TP $14.99 DC
5 5 3.39 JAN120729 X-MEN SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
6 6 3.12 DEC110321 DMZ TP VOL 11 FREE STATES RISING (MR) $19.99 DC
7 46 2.96 NOV110031 STAR WARS CLONE WARS YR TP VOL 07 ENEMY WITHIN $7.99 DAR
8 11 2.75 DEC110277 FLASHPOINT WORLD OF FLASHPOINT BATMAN TP $17.99 DC
9 18 2.70 DEC110323 NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 06 THORS DAUGHTER (MR) $14.99 DC
10 17 2.69 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
11 37 2.54 DEC111231 NARUTO TP VOL 55 $9.99 VIZ
12 20 2.48 JAN120754 VENOM BY RICK REMENDER TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR
13 3 2.25 DEC110282 BATMAN BIRTH OF THE DEMON TP $29.99 DC
14 136 2.20 NOV082460 SECRET INVASION TP $29.99 MAR
15 28 2.20 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
16 34 2.11 JAN120755 DEADPOOL TP VOL 08 OPERATION ANNIHILATION $15.99 MAR
17 38 2.09 DEC111121 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
18 30 2.06 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
19 22 1.99 DEC110278 FLASHPOINT WORLD OF FLASHPOINT SUPERMAN TP $17.99 DC
20 4 1.97 NOV110652 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE HC $34.99 MAR
21 23 1.95 DEC110279 FLASHPOINT WORLD OF FLASHPOINT WONDER WOMAN TP $17.99 DC
22 24 1.92 DEC110280 FLASHPOINT WORLD OF FLASHPOINT GREEN LANTERN TP $17.99 DC
23 26 1.89 DEC110281 FLASHPOINT WORLD OF FLASHPOINT THE FLASH TP $17.99 DC
24 13 1.87 NOV110192 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC $24.99 DC
25 21 1.83 DEC110506 KING CITY TP (MR) $19.99 IMA
26 29 1.74 JAN120780 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH $16.99 ABS
27 25 1.71 DEC110071 STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 03 LOST SUNS $18.99 DAR
28 40 1.70 NOV110051 AXE COP TP VOL 03 $14.99 DAR
29 19 1.70 JAN120869 CROSSED TP VOL 03 PSYCHOPATH (MR) $19.99 AVA
30 47 1.66 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $14.99 IMA
31 68 1.61 JAN120757 ANNIHILATORS EARTHFALL TP $14.99 MAR
32 166 1.55 JUL090590 AVENGERS INVADERS HC $39.99 MAR
33 56 1.54 DEC110284 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 04 DIVISION $14.99 DC
34 60 1.46 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR) $14.99 IMA
35 36 1.44 JAN120724 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES DOSM TP $19.99 MAR
36 219 1.35 FEB092618 SPIDER-MAN PREM HC TORMENT $19.99 MAR
37 82 1.34 DEC110748 ASTONISHING THOR TP $16.99 MAR
38 10 1.33 OCT110248 DC UNIVERSE BY ALAN MOORE HC $39.99 DC
39 35 1.33 JAN120747 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
40 44 1.31 JAN120748 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
41 94 1.30 JAN120756 X-MEN FIRST TO LAST TP $15.99 MAR
42 33 1.30 NOV110226 GONE TO AMERIKAY HC (MR) $24.99 DC
43 192 1.30 APR090585 IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN TP $34.99 MAR
44 39 1.30 JAN120759 MARVEL FIRSTS 1970S TP VOL 02 $29.99 MAR
45 76 1.25 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
46 31 1.24 SEP110645-M ELEKTRA ASSASSIN PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
47 77 1.23 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
48 59 1.23 JAN120717 AVENGERS ROAD TO MARVEL AVENGERS TP $24.99 MAR
49 50 1.22 DEC110285 RED ROBIN SEVEN DAYS OF DEATH TP $19.99 DC
50 43 1.22 JAN120744 SECRET AVENGERS RUN MISSION DONT GET SEEN SAVE WORLD $24.99 MAR
51 81 1.20 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
52 122 1.16 DEC111232 ONE PIECE TP VOL 61 $9.99 VIZ
53 54 1.15 JAN120471 STAR TREK ONGOING TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
54 88 1.14 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
55 16 1.13 DEC110057 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 03 $34.99 DAR
56 96 1.13 JAN120762 WOLVERINE AND NICK FURY SCORPIO TP $19.99 MAR
57 91 1.11 DEC110295 GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES TP VOL 04 $14.99 DC
58 70 1.11 DEC110290 JUSTICE LEAGUE RISE AND FALL TP $17.99 DC
59 63 1.09 OCT111219 STUFF OF LEGEND TP VOL 03 $15.95 TH3
60 49 1.09 NOV110210 WONDER WOMAN ODYSSEY HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC
61 260 1.09 OCT090596 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN HC $24.99 MAR
62 98 1.09 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
63 32 1.08 JAN120455 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 14 $24.99 IDW
64 61 1.07 JAN120478 GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
65 99 1.07 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $14.99 IMA
66 115 1.06 DEC110483 QUEEN CRAB HC (MR) $12.99 IMA
67 126 1.06 SEP110039 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1 $10.99 DAR
68 42 1.05 NOV110373 COVER GIRLS HC (MR) $24.99 IMA
69 102 1.05 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
70 134 1.05 JAN120840 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 02 $9.99 ARC
71 65 1.04 DEC110286 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC
72 103 1.03 DEC110294 SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC
73 106 1.03 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
74 107 1.02 JAN120750 SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 06 WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS $14.99 MAR
75 7 1.01 OCT110701-M MMW MIGHTY THOR HC VOL 11 $59.99 MAR
76 69 1.01 JAN120746 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 10 EVIL DEADPOOL $19.99 MAR
77 108 1.00 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
78 85 0.98 JAN120743 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY FEAR ITSELF FALLOUT PREM HC $19.99 MAR
79 41 0.97 DEC110826 SONIC GENESIS HC $24.99 ARC
80 45 0.97 DEC110072 STAR WARS OMNIBUS OTHER SONS OF TATOOINE TP $24.99 DAR
81 86 0.96 DEC110289 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA DARK THINGS TP $17.99 DC
82 109 0.95 DEC110701 AVENGERS KORVAC SAGA TP $24.99 MAR
83 75 0.94 JAN120767 ESSENTIAL X-MEN TP VOL 10 $19.99 MAR
84 73 0.93 NOV110201 SHOWCASE PRESENTS YOUNG LOVE TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
85 101 0.93 DEC110699 AVENGERS 1959 TP $16.99 MAR
86 84 0.90 DEC111266 GFT DREAM EATER SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $15.99 ZEN
87 83 0.90 DEC110721 FEAR ITSELF INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
88 52 0.89 NOV110038 COMPLEAT TERMINAL CITY TP $24.99 DAR
89 347 0.87 AUG090554 MARVEL ZOMBIES 04 HC $19.99 MAR
90 9 0.87 OCT110703-M MMW GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES HC VOL 02 $64.99 MAR
91 208 0.85 JAN121203 SMURFS GN VOL 11 SMURF OLYMPICS $5.99 NBM
92 14 0.85 NOV110296 WOMANTHOLOGY HEROIC HC $50.00 IDW
93 27 0.84 OCT110709-M AVENGERS BY BENDIS HEROIC AGE HC $39.99 MAR
94 72 0.84 JAN120466 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING 2 TP VOL 03 CAME OUTER SPACE $19.99 IDW
95 55 0.84 JAN120427 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DRIZZT HC VOL 01 NEVERWINTER $24.99 IDW
96 354 0.83 FEB092605 MARVEL ZOMBIES 03 HC $19.99 MAR
97 231 0.83 FEB092644 EXILES ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP BOOK 01 $34.99 MAR
98 97 0.82 DEC111268 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS TP VOL 02 (MR) $15.99 ZEN
99 335 0.81 NOV082450 CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC TRUTH $24.99 MAR
100 148 0.81 DEC110306 SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU TP $12.99 DC

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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.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, minus any copies that are distributed free of cost.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.