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Elbow -- Buffalo GhostsBatman battles the Court of Owls — and their leader, Bruce Wayne's long-lost brother — for the soul of Gotham City in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls hardcover from DC Comics, the best-selling graphic novel to retailers in March.

In total, DC Comics had three of the month's top-selling graphic novels. Snyder and Capullo's Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls ranked #2 and James Robinson and Nicola Scott's Earth 2 Volume 1: The Gathering ranked #10.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon at #3. Also in the top ten were the softcover edition of Avengers Vs. X-Men, the crossover event of 2012, at #6; Kick-Ass 2 from Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. at #7; and Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl, also from Millar and Romita, Jr., at #8.

Dark Horse Comics' Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 4: The Search Part 1 ranked #4.

Rounding out the top ten was Image Comics with two titles, led by Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye at #5, followed by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #9.

From the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top graphic novel in March was Doctor Who Volume 1: The Hypothetical Gentleman, based on the top-rated BBC America series, at #46.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 6.57 NOV120259 BATMAN HC VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 DC 
2 3 5.24 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC 
3 5 5.07 DEC120744 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 MAR
4 17 4.46 NOV120020 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 DAR
5 9 4.39 NOV128157-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
6 2 3.72 JAN130771 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP $34.99 MAR
7 6 3.70 AUG120686 KICK-ASS 2 TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
8 4 3.44 OCT120679 KICK-ASS 2 PRELUDE HIT-GIRL PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
9 33 3.27 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
10 11 2.55 NOV120262 EARTH 2 HC VOL 01 THE GATHERING (N52) $22.99 DC 
11 18 2.45 NOV120024 MASSIVE TP VOL 01 BLACK PACIFIC $19.99 DAR
12 27 2.43 DEC120368 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 07 THE WOUND (MR) $14.99 DC 
13 13 2.36 DEC120733 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 01 YESTERDAYS X-MEN NOW $24.99 MAR
14 26 2.35 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
15 38 2.35 DEC120332 BATMAN GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT TP NEW ED $12.99 DC 
16 132 2.23 DEC090580 IRON MAN EXTREMIS HC $24.99 MAR
17 73 2.23 NOV120013 STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP DEFENDERS LOST TEMPLE $7.99 DAR
18 19 2.02 NOV120768 SPIDER-MAN DYING WISH PREM HC $24.99 MAR
19 133 1.99 JUN110729 CARNAGE HC FAMILY FEUD $24.99 MAR
20 12 1.96 NOV120298 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 05 (MR) $29.99 DC 
21 34 1.91 DEC120329 RED LANTERNS TP VOL 02 DEATH OF RED LANTERNS (N52) $16.99 DC 
22 24 1.88 DEC120365 JOE THE BARBARIAN TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
23 20 1.87 DEC120737 AVENGERS SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
24 37 1.86 DEC120746 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 03 $16.99 MAR
25 44 1.81 NOV082245-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
26 49 1.75 SEP120449 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 IMA
27 31 1.71 DEC120724 SUPERIOR TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
28 166 1.68 JUN100656 SECRET INVASION HC $34.99 MAR
29 22 1.61 DEC120759 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 08 $24.99 MAR
30 52 1.61 MAY110714 X-MEN CLAREMONT AND LEE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 MAR
31 40 1.57 DEC120740 GAMBIT TP VOL 01 ONCE A THIEF $18.99 MAR
32 32 1.57 NOV100638 X-MEN FALL OF MUTANTS HC $99.99 MAR
33 51 1.56 DEC120325 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 02 LORDS & OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC 
34 57 1.51 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
35 102 1.48 JAN131201 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 04 GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
36 14 1.46 JAN130978 ADVENTURE TIME MATHEMATICAL ED HC VOL 01 $34.99 BOO
37 54 1.45 DEC120741 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 03 AVX $16.99 MAR
38 61 1.44 JAN130513 SEVERED TP $14.99 IMA
39 45 1.43 NOV120272 SHADE TP $19.99 DC 
40 29 1.41 JUN110719 X-STATIX OMNIBUS HC $125.00 MAR
41 53 1.39 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
42 101 1.35 MAY110730 X-MEN X-CUTIONERS SONG HC $49.99 MAR
43 43 1.35 NOV120067 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 26 BLIZZARD (MR) $19.99 DAR
44 95 1.34 JAN131309 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) TP VOL 01 $9.99 VAL
45 204 1.33 JUL100672 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ HC $29.99 MAR
46 50 1.32 JAN130424 DOCTOR WHO 3 TP VOL 01 HYPOTHETICAL GENTLEMAN $17.99 IDW
47 60 1.31 DEC120326 I VAMPIRE TP VOL 02 RISE OF THE VAMPIRES (N52) $16.99 DC 
48 67 1.30 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
49 28 1.29 JAN130904 CROSSED TP VOL 05 (MR) $24.99 AVA
50 55 1.25 DEC121247 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC $14.95 TOP
51 63 1.25 JAN130782 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS AVENGERS TP $16.99 MAR
52 64 1.24 DEC120742 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 10 LONG WAY DOWN $16.99 MAR
53 71 1.22 DEC120748 WINTER SOLDIER TP VOL 03 BLACK WIDOW HUNT $15.99 MAR
54 76 1.21 DEC120330 DAY OF JUDGMENT TP $14.99 DC 
55 41 1.18 JUN110717-M FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 MAR
56 68 1.18 DEC120340 SUPERMAN REIGN OF DOOMSDAY TP $16.99 DC 
57 8 1.14 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
58 72 1.13 DEC120749 SPIDER-MAN LIZARD TP NO TURNING BACK $16.99 MAR
59 262 1.12 NOV100645 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
60 59 1.11 NOV120032 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 23 WELL OF SOULS $18.99 DAR
61 123 1.11 JUL110719 SIEGE HC $39.99 MAR
62 144 1.10 DEC120339 SUPERMAN VS ZOD TP $9.99 DC 
63 62 1.07 NOV120267 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SGT ROCK TP VOL 04 $19.99 DC 
64 135 1.06 DEC121281 ONE PIECE TP VOL 66 $9.99 VIZ
65 176 1.03 DEC120463 TMNT ANIMATED TP VOL 01 $7.99 IDW
66 77 1.03 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
67 66 1.01 DEC120757 MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY TP $19.99 MAR
68 47 1.00 DEC120424-M ROCKETEER CARGO OF DOOM HC $24.99 IDW
69 30 1.00 JAN130491 CHEW OMNIVORE ED HC VOL 03 (MR) $34.99 IMA
70 70 1.00 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
71 89 1.00 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (SEP088207) $14.99 IMA
72 69 0.99 DEC120745 MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
73 98 0.98 DEC120327 BATWING TP VOL 02 IN THE SHADOW OF ANCIENTS (N52) $14.99 DC 
74 104 0.97 NOV120063 TRIGUN MULTIPLE BULLETS TP $13.99 DAR
75 56 0.95 DEC120739 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP AVENGERS ACADEMY $24.99 MAR
76 105 0.95 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
77 46 0.94 OCT120247 BATMAN HC THE NIGHT OF THE OWLS (N52) $29.99 DC 
78 91 0.93 DEC120751 ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN TP $16.99 MAR
79 130 0.93 DEC120348 ALL NEW BATMAN BRAVE AND BOLD SMALL MIRACLES TP $12.99 DC 
80 42 0.93 NOV120049 BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 04 $29.99 DAR
81 10 0.93 OCT120681-M MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 15 $69.99 MAR
82 93 0.91 APR110672 EVOLUTIONARY WAR OMNIBUS HC GARBETT CVR $74.99 MAR
83 128 0.91 DEC120829 SONIC SAGA TP VOL 02 ORDER FROM CHAOS $11.99 ARC
84 16 0.89 AUG120496 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 IMA
85 23 0.89 DEC121142 MUSE DLX HC (MR) $34.95 HUM
86 183 0.89 JAN110820 DEADPOOL HC VOL 01 $39.99 MAR
87 231 0.88 MAR110775 ROCKET RACCOON GUARDIAN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
88 251 0.87 MAR110781 DEADPOOL MAX PREM HC NUTJOB (MR) $24.99 MAR
89 252 0.86 SEP110651 DEADPOOL MAX INVOLUNTARY ARMAGEDDON PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
90 199 0.86 DEC090593 X-FORCE HC VOL 01 $34.99 MAR
91 84 0.85 DEC120761 ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
92 164 0.85 DEC121295 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
93 114 0.85 DEC120753 X-FACTOR TP VOL 19 SHORT STORIES $15.99 MAR
94 117 0.84 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
95 109 0.83 JAN130785 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 11 WEAPONIZED $16.99 MAR
96 119 0.83 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
97 178 0.82 DEC121299 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 16 $9.99 VIZ
98 141 0.82 NOV120064 BLOOD C GN VOL 01 $12.99 DAR
99 360 0.81 NOV100646 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
100 137 0.80 JAN131351 SOUL EATER TP VOL 13 $11.99 HAC

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