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Bruce Wayne resumed his role as Gotham City's sole Dark Knight as acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and fan-favorite artist Greg Capullo teamed for Batman #1, relaunching the character as part of "the New 52" and giving DC Comics the best-selling comic book for the month of September.

DC Comics was the number one comics publisher in September, with eight of the top ten best-selling comics for the month and all fifty-two titles of "the new 52" in the top 100. Also in the top ten for DC Comics were Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' Action Comics #1 at #2; Geoff Johns, Christian Alamy, and Dough Mahnke's Green Lantern #1 at #3; Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's The Flash #1 at #4; George Perez and Jesus Merino's Superman #1 at #5; Tony Daniel's Detective Comics #1 at #6; David Finch and Paul Jenkins' Batman: The Dark Knight #1 at #7; and Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's Batman and Robin #1 at #10.

Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself #6, the penultimate chapter of the crossover event, at #6. Also in the top ten was Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 at #9, which garnered mainstream media coverage for its introduction of the new Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe, Miles Morales.

Dark Horse Comics' top book for September was Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1, the first chapter of the "Freefall" storyline which continues the comic book adventures of Joss Whedon's fan-favorite television characters, which ranked at #52 on the charts. Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld's new superhero saga continued in The Infinite #10, which was Image Comics' top-selling book for September, ranked at #143. Finally, rounding out the Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 was the publisher's top book for September at #113.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 100.00 JUL110206-M BATMAN #1 $2.99 DC
2 1 96.99 JUL110201-M ACTION COMICS #1 $3.99 DC
3 3 75.19 JUL110218-M GREEN LANTERN #1 $2.99 DC
4 5 68.60 JUL110193-M FLASH #1 $2.99 DC
5 4 62.83 JUL110203 SUPERMAN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
6 7 54.87 JUL110208 DETECTIVE COMICS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
7 8 52.22 JUL110210 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1 [*] $2.99 DC
8 6 49.37 JUL110570-M FEAR ITSELF #6 $3.99 MAR
9 9 46.30 JUL110605-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 MAR
10 11 45.24 JUL110211 BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
11 35 44.60 JUL110221 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #1 $2.99 DC
12 12 43.25 JUL110212-M BATGIRL #1 [*] $2.99 DC
13 45 40.45 JUL110192 WONDER WOMAN #1 $2.99 DC
14 13 39.68 JUL110220 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
15 49 39.10 JUL110239 TEEN TITANS #1 $2.99 DC
16 16 38.36 JUL110191 AQUAMAN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
17 51 38.33 JUL110213 BATWOMAN #1 $2.99 DC
18 10 38.18 JUL110617-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #669 $3.99 MAR
19 21 35.32 JUL110222 RED LANTERNS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
20 24 33.36 JUL110223 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1 [*] $2.99 DC
21 25 33.29 JUL110214 NIGHTWING #1 [*] $2.99 DC
22 19 32.95 JUL110608-M ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
23 15 32.64 JUL110578-M AVENGERS #17 $3.99 MAR
24 28 32.42 JUL110190 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 [*] $2.99 DC
25 17 30.96 JUL110600-M UNCANNY X-MEN #543 $3.99 MAR
26 18 30.76 JUL110583-M NEW AVENGERS #16 $3.99 MAR
27 20 30.57 JUL110620 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #670 $3.99 MAR
28 30 29.46 JUL110197 GREEN ARROW #1 [*] $2.99 DC
29 79 29.06 JUL110224 SWAMP THING #1 $2.99 DC
30 22 28.88 JUL110637-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 $3.99 MAR
31 31 28.69 JUL110205 SUPERGIRL #1 [*] $2.99 DC
32 23 28.54 JUL110687-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #15 $3.99 MAR
33 32 28.48 JUL110215 CATWOMAN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
34 46 28.18 JUL110664-M FF #9 $2.99 MAR
35 26 27.90 JUL110607 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 MAR
36 27 27.87 JUL110678-M X-MEN SCHISM #4 $3.99 MAR
37 48 27.34 JUL110633 NEW AVENGERS #16.1 $2.99 MAR
38 52 27.07 FEB110639 KICK-ASS 2 #4 (MR) $2.99 MAR
39 40 26.80 JUL110217 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
40 39 26.78 JUL110216 BIRDS OF PREY #1 [*] $2.99 DC
41 41 26.73 JUL110198 SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
42 43 26.56 JUL110204 SUPERBOY #1 [*] $2.99 DC
43 14 26.41 JUL110630-M NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
44 29 24.76 JUL110187-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99 DC
45 88 24.62 JUL110230 STORMWATCH #1 $2.99 DC
46 47 24.62 JUL110196 FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
47 50 24.07 JUL110243 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 [*] $2.99 DC
48 33 24.01 JUL110646-M MIGHTY THOR #6 $3.99 MAR
49 55 23.87 JUL110234 SUICIDE SQUAD #1 [*] $2.99 DC
50 34 23.82 JUL110634-M SECRET AVENGERS #17 $3.99 MAR
51 37 22.93 JUL110682-M X-MEN #17 $3.99 MAR
52 65 22.79 JUL110017-M BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #1 $2.99 DAR
53 38 22.68 JUL110610 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #2 $3.99 MAR
54 57 22.46 JUL110233 DEATHSTROKE #1 [*] $2.99 DC
55 42 22.33 JUL110684-M X-MEN #18 $3.99 MAR
56 58 22.15 JUL110244 LEGION LOST #1 [*] $2.99 DC
57 60 22.00 JUL110225 ANIMAL MAN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
58 61 21.96 JUL110209 BATWING #1 [*] $2.99 DC
59 44 21.92 JUL110586-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #508 $3.99 MAR
60 59 21.83 JUL110200 DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
61 74 21.39 JUL110652-M DAREDEVIL #4 $2.99 MAR
62 62 21.23 JUL110242 BLUE BEETLE #1 [*] $2.99 DC
63 63 21.07 JUL110195 CAPTAIN ATOM #1 [*] $2.99 DC
64 77 20.95 JUL110651 DAREDEVIL #3 $2.99 MAR
65 36 20.86 JUL110238 ALL STAR WESTERN #1 [*] $3.99 DC
66 78 20.85 JUL110699 X-MEN LEGACY #255 $2.99 MAR
67 80 20.53 JUL110700 X-MEN LEGACY #256 $2.99 MAR
68 66 20.20 JUL110241 HAWK AND DOVE #1 [*] $2.99 DC
69 53 20.14 JUL110691 WOLVERINE #15 $3.99 MAR
70 54 20.06 JUL110692 WOLVERINE #16 $3.99 MAR
71 67 19.94 JUL110228 RESURRECTION MAN #1 [*] $2.99 DC
72 68 19.87 JUL110229 DEMON KNIGHTS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
73 69 19.85 JUL110226 FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #1 [*] $2.99 DC
74 70 19.80 JUL110199 MISTER TERRIFIC #1 [*] $2.99 DC
75 71 19.69 JUL110232 GRIFTER #1 [*] $2.99 DC
76 72 19.25 JUL110231 VOODOO #1 [*] $2.99 DC
77 73 19.11 JUL110236 BLACKHAWKS #1 [*] $2.99 DC
78 75 18.95 JUL110227 I VAMPIRE #1 [*] $2.99 DC
79 85 18.10 JUL110643 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #622 $2.99 MAR
80 83 18.05 JUL110240 STATIC SHOCK #1 [*] $2.99 DC
81 56 17.91 JUL110237 MEN OF WAR #1 [*] $3.99 DC
82 84 17.82 JUL110235 OMAC #1 [*] $2.99 DC
83 87 17.58 JUL110629 VENOM #7 SPI $2.99 MAR
84 64 17.35 JUL110681 ASTONISHING X-MEN #42 $3.99 MAR
85 89 17.23 JUL110603 FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE #3 $2.99 MAR
86 76 16.05 JUN110634 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #7 $3.99 MAR
87 92 15.75 JUL110593 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #627 $2.99 MAR
88 81 15.37 MAY110707-M BRILLIANT #1 (MR) $3.95 MAR
89 93 15.31 JUL110594 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #628 $2.99 MAR
90 82 15.08 JUL110654 MOON KNIGHT #5 $3.99 MAR
91 96 14.22 JUL110655 PUNISHER #3 $2.99 MAR
92 95 14.14 JUL110701 DEADPOOL #43 $2.99 MAR
93 97 14.11 JUL110649 HULK #40 $2.99 MAR
94 98 13.84 JUL110650 HULK #41 $2.99 MAR
95 100 13.62 JUL110582 NEW MUTANTS #31 $2.99 MAR
96 86 13.56 JUL110611 ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #2 $3.99 MAR
97 104 12.84 JUL110671 THUNDERBOLTS #163 $2.99 MAR
98 105 12.70 JUL110581 AVENGERS ACADEMY #19 $2.99 MAR
99 106 12.59 JUL110695 X-23 #14 $2.99 MAR
100 108 12.48 JUL110698 X-FACTOR #225 $2.99 MAR

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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.

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

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.