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Batman: The Dark Knight

David Finch, the artist of last month's top-selling comic book, Batman: The Return, continued his run atop the comic book sales charts in December as his new series from DC Comics, Batman: The Dark Knight, debuted as the best-selling comic book as the writer/artist took Gotham City's guardian on a dark journey into the city's underbelly.

In total, DC Comics had eight of the top ten best-selling comic books for the month. Green Lantern #60, part of the Brightest Day storyline and a lead-in to the upcoming "War of the Green Lanterns" event, ranked #2. Brightest Day took two spots in the top ten — issue #15 at #3 and issue #15 at #4. Green Lantern #61 ranked #5. Grant Morrison's Batman, Inc. #2, which took Batman and Catwoman to Japan on a recruiting mission for Bruce Wayne's new global initiative, ranked #6. Paul Cornell and Scott McDaniel's Batman and Robin #18 ranked #7, and Tony Daniels' Batman #705 ranked #10.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with two books from writer Brian Michael Bendis. The Illustrated by Stuart Immonen, the New Avengers recovered from their recent reality-warping adventure in New Avengers #7, the #8 best-selling comic book for the month. At #9, Bendis teamed with artist John Romita, Jr. to pit the Avengers against the Illuminati in Avengers #8.

Among other premier publishers, fan-favorite creator Joss Whedon brings the "Season Eight" near to its conclusion in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer #39, the #32 ranked book for the month. IDW Publishing's True Blood #86, based on the hit HBO series, was the west coast publisher's top book at #86. Finally, Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane's Haunt #12 was Image Comics' top-selling book in December, ranked #12 for the month.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2010

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 142.24 SEP100159-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1 $3.99 DC 
2 5 120.70 SEP100200-M GREEN LANTERN #60 $2.99 DC 
3 7 119.27 OCT100206-M BRIGHTEST DAY #15 $2.99 DC 
4 8 118.35 OCT100208-M BRIGHTEST DAY #16 $2.99 DC 
5 13 114.13 OCT100214-M GREEN LANTERN #61 $2.99 DC 
6 2 113.09 OCT100172-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 $3.99 DC 
7 18 108.78 OCT100180-M BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 $2.99 DC 
8 3 107.24 OCT100572-M NEW AVENGERS #7 $3.99 MAR
9 4 106.00 OCT100570 AVENGERS #8 $3.99 MAR
10 20 100.00 OCT100176 BATMAN #705 $2.99 DC 
11 11 90.65 OCT100643-M WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #1 $3.99 MAR
12 25 89.00 AUG100132-M FLASH #7 $2.99 DC 
13 9 88.51 OCT100566 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #650 BIG $3.99 MAR
14 10 88.16 OCT100659 UNCANNY X-MEN #531 $3.99 MAR
15 12 87.76 OCT100658-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #3 $3.99 MAR
16 28 85.97 OCT100217-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #55 $2.99 DC 
17 14 85.44 OCT100571 SECRET AVENGERS #8 $3.99 MAR
18 29 85.32 SEP100206-M FLASH #8 $2.99 DC 
19 15 83.79 OCT100657-M X-MEN #6 $3.99 MAR
20 16 83.48 OCT100648-M WOLVERINE #4 $3.99 MAR
21 19 76.67 OCT100226-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #52 $3.99 DC 
22 36 72.83 JUN100644-M NEMESIS #4 (MR) $2.99 MAR
23 21 71.36 OCT100625 THOR #618 $3.99 MAR
24 23 69.96 SEP100602-M SHADOWLAND #5 SL $3.99 MAR
25 22 69.67 OCT100219-M GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #5 $3.99 DC 
26 42 68.01 OCT100198-M SUPERMAN #706 $2.99 DC 
27 24 67.77 OCT100584 CAPTAIN AMERICA #613 $3.99 MAR
28 27 66.22 OCT100612-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #33 $3.99 MAR
29 43 66.07 OCT100662 X-MEN LEGACY #243 $2.99 MAR
30 17 65.57 OCT100179 BATMAN ANNUAL #28 $4.99 DC 
31 45 63.73 SEP100605 DAREDEVIL #512 SL $2.99 MAR
32 44 63.24 OCT100013-M BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER #39 $2.99 DAR
33 30 62.71 OCT100216-M GREEN LANTERN LARFLEEZE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #1 $3.99 DC 
34 73 61.62 OCT100654-M GENERATION HOPE #2 $2.99 MAR
35 47 60.24 OCT100607 FANTASTIC FOUR #586 BIG $2.99 MAR
36 31 60.01 OCT100177 DETECTIVE COMICS #872 $3.99 DC 
37 49 58.23 OCT100222-M GREEN ARROW #7 $2.99 DC 
38 52 56.11 SEP100190-M WONDER WOMAN #605 $2.99 DC 
39 33 55.12 OCT100602-M INCREDIBLE HULKS #618 $3.99 MAR
40 34 54.94 OCT100606 HULK #28 $3.99 MAR
41 35 54.51 OCT100560 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #5 $3.99 MAR
42 38 53.28 OCT100563 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #151 $3.99 MAR
43 26 52.99 OCT100178 DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #12 $4.99 DC 
44 70 52.36 OCT100586-M BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #513 $2.99 MAR
45 58 52.34 OCT100191 BIRDS OF PREY #7 $2.99 DC 
46 39 52.32 JUL100504 ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #4 $3.99 MAR
47 48 51.84 OCT100547-M CARNAGE #2 $3.99 MAR
48 41 51.62 OCT100604 INCREDIBLE HULKS #619 $3.99 MAR
49 40 51.15 OCT100196 ACTION COMICS #896 $3.99 DC 
50 64 50.51 OCT100670 SUPERIOR #3 (MR) $2.99 MAR
51 59 50.38 OCT100210-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #15 $2.99 DC 
52 61 50.21 OCT100200-M SUPERBOY #2 $2.99 DC 
53 63 49.79 OCT100229 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #46 $2.99 DC 
54 65 49.08 OCT100212-M JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #16 $2.99 DC 
55 66 48.80 OCT100195 RED ROBIN #18 $2.99 DC 
56 68 48.57 OCT100650-M DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #4 $2.99 MAR
57 67 48.35 OCT100203 SUPERMAN BATMAN #79 $2.99 DC 
58 69 48.19 OCT100555 DEADPOOL #30 $2.99 MAR
59 46 48.01 OCT100588-M HEROES FOR HIRE #1 $3.99 MAR
60 72 46.95 OCT100652-M X-23 #4 $2.99 MAR
61 50 44.38 OCT100564 ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #3 $3.99 MAR
62 78 44.17 OCT100619 THUNDERBOLTS #151 $2.99 MAR
63 79 43.90 OCT100574-M AVENGERS ACADEMY #7 $2.99 MAR
64 51 43.42 OCT100561-M ULTIMATE COMICS DOOM #1 $3.99 MAR
65 82 42.89 OCT100640-M SHIELD #5 $2.99 MAR
66 37 42.73 OCT100197 ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #13 $4.99 DC 
67 85 41.80 OCT100660 X-FACTOR #212 $2.99 MAR
68 53 41.79 OCT100585 SHADOWLAND AFTER FALL #1 $3.99 MAR
69 54 41.59 OCT100596 CHAOS WAR #4 $3.99 MAR
70 86 41.09 OCT100231-M TEEN TITANS #90 $2.99 DC 
71 55 40.86 SEP100544 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN WOLVERINE #4 $3.99 MAR
72 89 39.87 OCT100190 BATGIRL #16 $2.99 DC 
73 57 39.62 OCT100240 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #8 $3.99 DC 
74 32 38.86 OCT100193 BATMAN 80 PAGE GIANT 2010 #1 $5.99 DC 
75 95 38.60 OCT100661 NEW MUTANTS #20 $2.99 MAR
76 60 37.60 OCT100241 ADVENTURE COMICS #521 $3.99 DC 
77 104 36.48 OCT100616 SECRET WARRIORS #23 $2.99 MAR
78 6 36.38 AUG100257 FABLES #100 (MR) (NOTE PRICE) $9.99 DC 
79 105 35.73 OCT100202 SUPERGIRL #59 $2.99 DC 
80 107 35.54 OCT100234 TITANS #30 $2.99 DC 
81 71 35.27 SEP100211 TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT #5 $3.99 DC 
82 74 34.60 OCT100244-M DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #8 $3.99 DC 
83 75 34.28 OCT100187 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #18 $3.99 DC 
84 150 34.15 OCT100569 SPIDER-GIRL #2 BIG $2.99 MAR
85 115 33.74 OCT100188 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #18 $2.99 DC 
86 62 33.66 OCT100405-M TRUE BLOOD #6 $3.99 IDW
87 77 33.18 OCT100668 DEADPOOLMAX #3 (MR) $3.99 MAR
88 56 32.30 OCT100635 WHAT IF 200 $4.99 MAR
89 81 31.86 OCT100601 CHAOS WAR X-MEN #1 $3.99 MAR
90 108 31.67 OCT100798-M LADY MECHANIKA #1 CVR A BENITEZ $2.99 ASP
91 84 31.40 OCT100637 WHAT IF WOLVERINE FATHER $3.99 MAR
92 83 31.31 OCT100552 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER LITTLE SISTERS ELURIA #1 $3.99 MAR
93 98 31.27 OCT100034 STAR WARS LEGACY WAR #1 $3.50 DAR
94 123 30.96 OCT100252 SECRET SIX #28 $2.99 DC 
95 76 30.95 OCT100961 BOYS #49 (MR) $3.99 DYN
96 87 30.77 OCT100633 THOR FOR ASGARD #5 $3.99 MAR
97 103 30.60 NOV100023-M HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #1 $3.50 DAR
98 126 30.54 OCT100253 ZATANNA #8 $2.99 DC 
99 88 30.06 SEP100301 AMERICAN VAMPIRE #9 (MR) $3.99 DC 
100 91 29.73 OCT100638 WHAT IF SPIDER-MAN $3.99 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.

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.