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Bruce Wayne, lost in time after the events of Final Crisis, embarked on an epic journey through time to return to the present in Grant Morrison's Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series, and its collected edition in the Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne Deluxe Edition hardcover from DC Comics was the best-selling graphic novel to comics specialty retailers in February.

All told, DC Comics had four of the top ten best-selling graphic novels in February. DMZ Volume 9: M.I.A. ranked #4, Daytripper ranked #6, and Scalped Volume 7: Rez Blue ranked #7.

Image Comics had two volumes in the top ten. The collected edition of the first story arc of Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma's blockbuster series Morning GloriesMorning Glories Volume 1: For a Better Future — was the #2 best-selling graphic novel in February. Robert Kirkman's zombie epic The Walking Dead continued to do well, with the first volume The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye, ranked #10 for the month.

Marvel Comics' top graphic novel in February was the Nemesis Premiere hardcover, collecting the best-selling creator-owned mini-series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven; the volume ranked #5 for the month.

Dark Horse Comics had two volumes in the top ten. Lead the way was Savage Sword of Conan Volume 9 at #8, followed by Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1: Blood of Empire at #9.

Finishing the top ten in February was VIZ Media, with Naruto Volume 50 at #3. Naruto was also the month's top-selling manga to comics specialty retailers.

Also among Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's top selling graphic novel in February was True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now, the collected edition of the first mini-series based on HBO's hit vampire series. True Blood ranked #15 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 9.03 OCT100262 BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE ED HC $29.99 DC 
2 19 8.61 DEC100470 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE $9.99 IMA
3 21 7.72 NOV101064 NARUTO TP VOL 50 $9.99 VIZ
4 16 7.03 NOV100272 DMZ TP VOL 09 MIA (MR) $14.99 DC 
5 3 6.82 NOV100630 NEMESIS PREM HC (MR) $19.99 MAR
6 5 6.51 NOV100268 DAYTRIPPER TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
7 10 6.17 NOV100278 SCALPED TP VOL 07 REZ BLUES (MR) $17.99 DC 
8 13 5.02 OCT100026 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 09 $19.99 DAR
9 26 4.71 NOV100020 STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 01 BLOOD OF EMPIRE $15.99 DAR
10 47 4.60 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
11 27 4.46 NOV100429 HAUNT TP VOL 02 $16.99 IMA
12 12 4.33 DEC100657-M SHADOWLAND PREM HC $24.99 MAR
13 17 4.32 SEP100113 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 23 SCARLET SWORDS $19.99 DAR
14 24 4.13 OCT100267 FLASH DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES HC $19.99 DC 
15 11 3.88 DEC100370 TRUE BLOOD HC VOL 01 ALL TOGETHER NOW (MR) $24.99 IDW
16 20 3.85 NOV100759 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 05 (MR) $19.99 AVA
17 28 3.69 OCT100275 SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN HC $19.99 DC 
18 30 3.67 NOV100274 HELLBLAZER PANDEMONIUM TP (MR) $17.99 DC 
19 40 3.59 DEC100686 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 06 EXOGENETIC $14.99 MAR
20 39 3.41 DEC100687 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 05 STARK RESILIENT BOOK 01 $15.99 MAR
21 23 3.32 DEC100656 STAND HARDCASES PREM HC $24.99 MAR
22 67 3.27 NOV100902 SCENES FROM AN IMPENDING MARRIAGE HC $9.95 DRA
23 49 3.19 NOV100234 SUPERMAN BATMAN TORMENT TP $14.99 DC 
24 14 3.04 DEC100675 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH TP VOL 01 HEAD TRIP $34.99 MAR
25 55 3.02 NOV100267 AIR TP VOL 04 A HISTORY OF THE FUTURE (MR) $14.99 DC 
26 80 2.99 AUG100062 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 37 $10.99 DAR
27 29 2.90 DEC100663 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
28 36 2.84 OCT100316 NOCHE ROJA HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
29 37 2.82 NOV100673 WOLVERINE RECKONING TP $19.99 MAR
30 38 2.71 NOV100229 SHOWCASE PRESENTS JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP VOL 05 $19.99 DC 
31 31 2.63 OCT100268 JUSTICE LEAGUE THE RISE AND FALL HC $24.99 DC 
32 41 2.60 NOV100230 SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 01 TRIAL BY FIRE $19.99 DC 
33 69 2.54 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
34 54 2.52 NOV100231 TEEN TITANS HUNT FOR RAVEN TP $17.99 DC 
35 46 2.51 NOV100654 SPIDER-MAN BIG TIME PREM HC $19.99 MAR
36 77 2.39 DEC100689 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET VOL 05 LIZARD TP $14.99 MAR
37 43 2.38 OCT100041 FINDER GN VOL 01 VOICE $19.99 DAR
38 90 2.35 NOV100738 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 03 $11.95 ARC
39 56 2.30 DEC100669 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 06 STARK RESILIENT BOOK 2 $19.99 MAR
40 45 2.25 NOV101095 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP DIFFERENT SEASONS $17.99 ZEN
41 115 2.25 NOV101067 ONE PIECE TP VOL 56 $9.99 VIZ
42 66 2.23 NOV100235 SUPERMAN MON EL TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC 
43 4 2.21 SEP100681-M MMW GOLDEN AGE MYSTIC COMICS HC VOL 01 $59.99 MAR
44 8 2.17 SEP100683-M MMW SUB-MARINER HC VOL 04 $54.99 MAR
45 60 2.15 NOV100032 CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 04 BLOOD OF KINGS OTHER STORIES $18.99 DAR
46 61 2.15 DEC100660 SHADOWLAND DAREDEVIL PREM HC $19.99 MAR
47 7 2.13 AUG100943 VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.99 DE
48 64 2.10 AUG100694-M THOR WORLDENGINE PREM HC $19.99 MAR
49 86 2.05 OCT100890 DARKWING DUCK CLASSICS TP VOL 01 $12.99 BOO
50 6 2.02 AUG100669-M MMW ATLAS ERA BATTLEFIELD HC VOL 01 $64.99 MAR
51 95 2.02 DEC100680 NAMOR FIRST MUTANT TP VOL 01 CURSE OF MUTANTS $14.99 MAR
52 100 1.99 NOV101098 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 04 $11.99 HAC
53 35 1.97 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
54 133 1.97 NOV101065 BAKUMAN TP VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
55 96 1.96 OCT100307 FRINGE TALES FROM THE FRINGE TP $14.99 DC 
56 70 1.96 DEC100676 SPIDER-WOMAN TP AGENT OF SWORD $19.99 MAR
57 93 1.90 SEP101222 CHARMED TP VOL 01 $12.99 ZEN
58 2 1.89 AUG100666 CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVES OMNIBUS HC $75.00 MAR
59 52 1.88 OCT101048 PANDORA EYES HC (MR) $19.95 HUM
60 62 1.88 DEC100350 GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
61 106 1.87 DEC101110 SOUL EATER TP VOL 05 $11.99 HAC
62 75 1.86 NOV100270 HUMAN TARGET SECOND CHANCES TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
63 104 1.86 OCT100273 BAYOU TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC 
64 84 1.86 SEP100304 FABLES TP VOL 14 WITCHES (MR) $17.99 DC 
65 53 1.85 NOV100635-M MMW FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 05 $24.99 MAR
66 153 1.85 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
67 105 1.84 NOV100505 ANGELUS TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
68 91 1.83 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
69 146 1.81 NOV101077 D GRAY MAN GN VOL 20 (MR) $9.99 VIZ
70 92 1.77 NOV101099 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 01 (MR) $13.99 HAC
71 42 1.74 AUG100692-M X-FORCE PREM HC FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH $29.99 MAR
72 59 1.73 OCT100305 GEARS OF WAR HC BOOK 02 (MR) $24.99 DC 
73 50 1.70 NOV108298 JIM BUTCHER DRESDEN FILES STORM FRONT HC $24.99 DE
74 44 1.70 SEP100701-M THOR QUEST FOR ODIN PREM HC $29.99 MAR
75 18 1.69 NOV100028 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 09 $49.99 DAR
76 113 1.69 DEC100670 AVENGERS & INFINITY GAUNTLET GN TP $14.99 MAR
77 108 1.66 OCT100043 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 26 FEUD & OTHER STORIES $14.99 DAR
78 121 1.65 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
79 116 1.65 NOV100228 REBELS TP VOL 04 SONS OF BRAINIAC $14.99 DC 
80 110 1.64 JUL100030 SERENITY SHEPHERDS TALE HC $14.99 DAR
81 58 1.63 DEC100685 THOR DEATH OF ODIN TP NEW ED $26.99 MAR
82 88 1.62 SEP100689 THOR GODSTORM HC $19.99 MAR
83 32 1.60 OCT100271 SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY HC VOL 02 $39.99 DC 
84 78 1.60 NOV100350 GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS TP VOL 03 $19.99 IDW
85 117 1.60 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
86 89 1.58 DEC100682 NEW MUTANTS FOREVER TP $19.99 MAR
87 109 1.57 DEC100677 CAPTAIN AMERICA PATRIOT TP $16.99 MAR
88 71 1.56 DEC100667 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS PREM HC MUTANTS VS. VAMPIRES $24.99 MAR
89 82 1.55 JAN111128 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET TP VOL 02 WEARING GREEN $19.99 DE
90 73 1.53 DEC100666 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE PREM HC EMPIRE $24.99 MAR
91 74 1.53 DEC100681 NAMOR VISIONARIES TP JOHN BYRNE VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
92 120 1.53 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
93 129 1.53 NOV101058 BIOMEGA GN VOL 05 (MR) $12.99 VIZ
94 125 1.52 NOV100662 IRON MAN NOIR GN TP $14.99 MAR
95 98 1.49 DEC100664 X-MEN LEGACY PREM HC COLLISION $19.99 MAR
96 124 1.47 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
97 225 1.46 NOV101074 POKEMON ARCEUS AND THE JEWEL OF LIFE GN $7.99 VIZ
98 97 1.46 JUN100127 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC $19.99 DC 
99 101 1.45 DEC100661 SHADOWLAND THUNDERBOLTS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
100 170 1.45 MAY100811 CODE GEASS LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION GN VOL 08 $10.99 BAN

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For retailers, Diamond offers the Top 300 Comics and Top 300 Graphic Novels sales charts on the Diamond Tools page of the Diamond Retailer Services website to provide more information about the industry's top selling publications.

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

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.