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Legendary creator Frank Miller teamed with new publisher Legendary Comics for Holy Terror, an original hardcover graphic novel that pitted a costume vigilante against the forces of intolerance and terrorism, giving the publisher the best-selling graphic novel for the month of September.

DC Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by New Teen Titans: Games, the long-awaited hardcover graphic novel by the classic team of Marv Wolfman and George Perez; the volume debuted at #2 on the sales charts. Also on the charts was Brightest Day Volume 3, which ranked #7.

Image Comics also had two books in the top ten. Chew Volume 4 ranked #3, and Morning Glories Volume 2 ranked #6.

Marvel Comics likewise had two titles in the top ten. Promoted on a recent episode of the hit ABC series Castle, the original hardcover graphic novel Richard Castle's Deadly Storm ranked #4. Uncanny X-Force Volume 1: The Apocalypse Solution ranked #10.

Dark Horse Comics claimed the #5 spot with Hellboy Volume 11: The Bride of Hell and Others, collecting several recent Hellboy one-shots and mini-series from Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Kevin Nowlan, and Scott Hampton.

Rounding out the top 10, Kodansha Comics' Sailor Moon Volume 1 ranked #8, while VIZ Media's Naruto Volume 52 ranked #9.

Finishing off the Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's top book for September was Code Word Geronomo, which ranked #22 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 5.27 JUL111154 HOLY TERROR HC (MR) $29.99 LEG
2 2 4.37 MAY110190 NEW TEEN TITANS GAMES HC $24.99 DC 
3 7 3.22 MAY110447 CHEW TP VOL 04 FLAMBE (MR) $12.99 IMA
4 15 2.82 JUL110726 CASTLE PREM HC RICHARD CASTLES DEADLY STORM $19.99 MAR
5 4 2.77 MAY118259 HELLBOY TP VOL 11 BRIDE OF HELL & OTHERS $19.99 DAR
6 10 2.71 JUN110483 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 02 $12.99 IMA
7 3 2.26 MAY110243 BRIGHTEST DAY HC VOL 03 $29.99 DC 
8 21 1.97 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
9 37 1.95 JUN111269 NARUTO TP VOL 52 $9.99 VIZ
10 24 1.57 AUG110733 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION $15.99 MAR
11 14 1.48 MAY110029 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 10 $19.99 DAR
12 35 1.47 JUN110353 IZOMBIE TP VOL 02 UVAMPIRE (MR) $14.99 DC 
13 16 1.39 JUL110940 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 07 $16.99 BOO
14 42 1.39 JUL110753 UNCANNY X-MEN TP BREAKING POINT $16.99 MAR
15 9 1.39 JUN110275 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP $29.99 DC 
16 51 1.38 JUL111144 CODENAME SAILOR V TP VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
17 23 1.38 JUN110270 BATMAN THE WIDENING GYRE TP $17.99 DC 
18 30 1.36 JUL110744 THANOS IMPERATIVE TP $19.99 MAR
19 41 1.31 MAY110051 BERSERK TP VOL 35 $14.99 DAR
20 18 1.29 JUN110885 CROSSED TP VOL 02 FAMILY VALUES (MR) $19.99 AVA
21 73 1.26 JUN111266 BLEACH TP VOL 36 $9.99 VIZ
22 32 1.25 MAY118193 CODE WORD GERONIMO HC $15.99 IDW
23 53 1.25 JUL110747 ULTIMATE COMICS THOR TP $15.99 MAR
24 12 1.18 JUN110730 OZ HC OZMA OF OZ $29.99 MAR
25 45 1.16 JUL110752 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP XENOGENESIS $19.99 MAR
26 40 1.15 JUN110029 MASS EFFECT TP VOL 02 EVOLUTION $16.99 DAR
27 31 1.14 JUN110774 WOLVERINE WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL TP $19.99 MAR
28 6 1.14 JUN111212 HABIBI GN (MR) $35.00 RAN
29 47 1.14 JUN111097 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 FAN
30 33 1.13 JUL110728-M VENOM BY RICK REMENDER PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
31 91 1.13 JUL110743 RUSE TP VICTORIAN GUIDE TO MURDER $14.99 MAR
32 36 1.08 JUN110276 JLA TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
33 26 1.05 MAY110244 GREEN LANTERN CORPS THE WEAPONER HC $22.99 DC 
34 19 1.05 MAY118260 STAR WARS OMNIBUS EPISODES I-VI COMP SAGA TP $24.99 DAR
35 114 1.01 JUL110459 CARBON GREY TP VOL 01 SISTERS AT WAR $9.99 IMA
36 43 0.99 JUN110873 SUPERGOD TP VOL 01 (MR) $17.99 AVA
37 60 0.99 JUL110762 THOR FOR ASGARD TP $19.99 MAR
38 86 0.99 JUL110928 HELLRAISER TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 BOO
39 102 0.99 JUN111289 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 26 $9.99 VIZ
40 117 0.99 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
41 116 0.97 JUL110742 SIGIL TP OUT OF TIME $14.99 MAR
42 46 0.96 JUL110746 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES THOR REBORN TP $19.99 MAR
43 49 0.96 JUN111309 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 10 $15.99 ZEN
44 17 0.96 MAY110254 SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING HC VOL 02 $29.99 DC 
45 81 0.95 JUL110846 MEGA MAN TP VOL 01 $11.95 ARC
46 70 0.95 JUN110351 NEW YORK FIVE TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
47 83 0.94 JUL110754 DEADPOOL ALL IN FAMILY TP $12.99 MAR
48 107 0.92 APR110041 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 39 $10.99 DAR
49 84 0.91 JUL111147 NEGIMA GN VOL 31 (MR) $10.99 RAN
50 34 0.89 JUL110745 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MAR
51 38 0.88 JUL110731 ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES DOSM PREM HC $24.99 MAR
52 92 0.88 JUL110850 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 01 $11.95 ARC
53 96 0.85 JUL111123 AMULET SC VOL 04 LAST COUNCIL $10.99 SCH
54 62 0.85 JUN110277 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TEAM HISTORY TP $17.99 DC 
55 69 0.84 JUL110751 AVENGERS PRIME TP $16.99 MAR
56 8 0.84 MAY110248 KAMANDI OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 LAST BOY ON EARTH $49.99 DC 
57 13 0.82 MAR110342 COVER STORY DC COMICS ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND HC $39.99 DC 
58 57 0.82 JUL110352 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
59 101 0.81 FEB110491 ARTIFACTS TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
60 59 0.79 JUN110281 SHOWCASE PRESENTS ALL STAR COMICS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
61 93 0.79 JUL110759 X-MEN ORIGINS II TP $19.99 MAR
62 90 0.78 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
63 39 0.78 JUL110315 TRUE BLOOD HC VOL 02 TAINTED LOVE $24.99 IDW
64 119 0.76 JUL110455 BLUE ESTATE TP VOL 01 (MR) $12.99 IMA
65 99 0.76 JUN110355 GREEK STREET TP VOL 03 MEDEAS LUCK (MR) $14.99 DC 
66 55 0.75 JUL110385 SUICIDE GIRLS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
67 136 0.74 JUL110740 SHADOWLAND MOON KNIGHT TP $15.99 MAR
68 129 0.74 JUL110756 PUNISHER CIRCLE OF BLOOD TP $16.99 MAR
69 22 0.73 JUL110757 SPIDER-MAN VENGEANCE OF VENOM TP $34.99 MAR
70 71 0.72 JUL110730 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 08 OPERATION ANNIHILATION $19.99 MAR
71 110 0.70 JUN110766 STAND TP VOL 01 CAPTAIN TRIPS $14.99 MAR
72 131 0.70 JUN110329 ALL NEW BATMAN BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP $12.99 DC 
73 89 0.70 JUL110741 HALO FALL OF REACH TP BOOT CAMP (MR) $16.99 MAR
74 150 0.67 JUL111271 ONE PIECE TP VOL 58 $9.99 VIZ
75 54 0.67 MAY110247 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA OMEGA HC $24.99 DC 
76 87 0.67 JUL110733 X-MEN FIRST TO LAST PREM HC $19.99 MAR
77 118 0.66 JUN110279 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA SUPER TOWN TP $14.99 DC 
78 11 0.66 APR110675-M MMW INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 07 $54.99 MAR
79 88 0.65 JUN110274 GOD SOMEWHERE TP NEW ED (MR) $17.99 DC 
80 106 0.63 JUN110505 HACK SLASH TP VOL 09 TORTURE PRONE $16.99 IMA
81 291 0.62 JUN111288 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 03 $4.99 VIZ
82 44 0.62 MAY110044 COMPLETE MAJOR BUMMER SUPER SLACKTACULAR TP $29.99 DAR
83 128 0.61 MAY110442 BOMB QUEEN GANG BANG TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
84 112 0.61 JUL110749 IRON MAN 2.0 TP VOL 01 PALMER ADDLEY IS DEAD $16.99 MAR
85 134 0.60 JUN110282 TITANS FAMILY REUNION TP $14.99 DC 
86 56 0.59 JUN110421 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FR DRIZZT OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99 IDW
87 168 0.59 MAY110052 BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT TP VOL 01 $10.99 DAR
88 143 0.59 JUL110986 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 17 $10.99 RAN
89 97 0.59 MAY111307 GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS TP VOL 01 (MR) $15.99 ZEN
90 95 0.58 JUL110755 NEW MUTANTS TP VOL 03 FALL OF NEW MUTANTS $19.99 MAR
91 121 0.58 JUL110468 GREEN WAKE TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 IMA
92 98 0.58 JUL110765 ESSENTIAL DEFENDERS TP VOL 06 $19.99 MAR
93 80 0.57 JUN110388 GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS TP VOL 04 $19.99 IDW
94 72 0.56 MAY110251 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES HC VOL 02 CONSEQUENCES $24.99 DC 
95 68 0.56 JUL100692 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 MAR
96 94 0.56 JUN110743-M ENDERS GAME FORMIC WARS BURNING EARTH PREM HC $24.99 MAR
97 138 0.56 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
98 77 0.56 JUL110717 ASTONISHING THOR HC $24.99 MAR
99 141 0.55 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
100 105 0.55 JUL110720 SECRET WARRIORS PREM HC VOL 06 WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS $19.99 MAR

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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.