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Nearly a quarter-century after its original publication, DC Comics' Watchmen reaffirmed its place as one of the most important graphic novels of all time as, its sales fueled by the release of Zach Snyder's film adaptation, Watchmen became the best-selling graphic novel of 2009.

In total, DC Comics had four of the top ten best-selling graphic novels of the year. The Batman: R.I.P. Deluxe Edition hardcover, collecting the Batman storyline from Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel, ranked #7 for the year, with two volume from the Vertigo imprint — Fables Volume 12: The Dark Ages at #8 and Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile at #10 — rounding out the publisher's appearance in the top ten.

The #2 best-selling graphic novel for the year was Top Shelf Productions' The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #1: 1910. Written by Alan Moore with art by Kevin O'Neill, this was the long-awaited continuation of the series about a Victorian-era superhero team comprised of the heroes of pulp literature.

Image Comics had three volumes in the top ten for the year, all part of Robert Kirkman's best-selling zombie series, Walking Dead. Walking Dead Volume 9: Here We Remain ranked #3 overall for the year, followed by Volume 10: What We Become at #4, and Volume 1: Days Gone Bye at #5.

Marvel Comics had the final two volumes in the top ten best-selling graphic novels for the year, with Secret Invasion, collecting the best-selling series of the Marvel Universe coping with an invasion by the Skrulls, ranking #6 for the year, and The Stand: Captain Trips Premiere Hardcover, adapting Stephen King's best-selling novel, ranked #9 for overall.

While this list includes only the Top 100 Graphic Novels of 2009, interested retailers may find the Top 500 Graphics Novels of 2009 here

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TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR 2009
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced Throughout 2009

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE PUBLISHER
1 1 FEB058406 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
2 6 FEB094465 LOEG III CENTURY #1 1910 (MR) $7.95 TOP
3 3 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
4 7 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
5 29 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
6 2 NOV082460 SECRET INVASION TP $29.99 MAR
7 4 OCT080163 BATMAN RIP DELUXE EDITION HC $24.99 DC
8 9 MAY090236 FABLES TP VOL 12 THE DARK AGES (MR) $17.99 DC
9 13 DEC082308-M STAND CAPTAIN TRIPS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
10 64 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC
11 11 JUL080124 JOKER HC $19.99 DC
12 5 FEB090203 FINAL CRISIS HC $29.99 DC
13 16 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
14 36 DEC084184 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 05 SP VS THE UNIVERSE $11.95 ONI
15 44 OCT058020 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED $12.99 DC
16 32 NOV068026-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR) $12.99 IMA
17 34 JAN090228 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC
18 169 APR090427-M SPIDER-MAN ELECTION DAY PREM HC $29.99 MAR
19 23 JAN090114-M BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 04 TIME OF YOUR LIFE $15.95 DAR
20 37 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC
21 14 MAY090788 BOYS TP VOL 04 WE GOTTA GO NOW (MR) $19.99 DE
22 20 APR090260 100 BULLETS TP VOL 13 WILT (MR) $19.99 DC
23 48 NOV082245-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
24 47 MAR050489 PREACHER TP VOL 01 GONE TO TEXAS NEW EDITION (MR) $14.99 DC
25 50 MAR090181 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC
26 17 JAN072436 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
27 25 DEC058090 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES $19.99 DC
28 26 APR058272-M V FOR VENDETTA TP $19.99 DC
29 80 OCT058281 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 02 CYCLES (MR) $12.99 DC
30 31 OCT080162 ALL STAR SUPERMAN HC VOL 02 $19.99 DC
31 8 AUG090551-M WOLVERINE HC OLD MAN LOGAN $34.99 MAR
32 61 DEC060220 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH TP $14.99 DC
33 63 APR090583-M DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 SECRET INVASION $14.99 MAR
34 57 DEC082436 WOLVERINE ORIGIN TP $16.99 MAR
35 97 MAR058123 FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM $12.99 DC
36 18 MAR090172 BATMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER HC $24.99 DC
37 69 DEC080220-M TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET (MR) $14.99 DC
38 65 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
39 19 MAR090180 GREEN LANTERN RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS HC $24.99 DC
40 205 SEP068078 100 BULLETS TP VOL 01 FIRST SHOT LAST CALL $9.99 DC
41 43 MAR080049 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SUITE $17.95 DAR
42 51 AUG050185 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR) $17.99 DC
43 21 JAN092437 DARK TOWER TREACHERY PREM HC $24.99 MAR
44 38 DEC058083 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $19.99 DC
45 109 MAR068027 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 03 ONE SMALL STEP (MR) $12.99 DC
46 122 JUN090793-M IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 01 $9.99 BOO
47 56 MAY090057 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 05 PREDATOR & PREY $15.95 DAR
48 113 NOV080228 DMZ TP VOL 06 BLOOD IN THE GAME (MR) $12.99 DC
49 52 JUN090040 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS $17.95 DAR
50 88 MAR061834-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR) $12.99 IMA
51 41 FEB094340 STAR TREK COUNTDOWN TP $17.99 IDW
52 77 NOV082467 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 21 WAR OF THE SYMBIOTES $15.99 MAR
53 54 DEC078191 BOYS TP VOL 01 NAME OF THE GAME (MR) $16.99 DE
54 133 JUL071937 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $12.99 IMA
55 128 MAY042851 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 SP PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE (MAY042851) $11.95 ONI
56 53 MAR090174 ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
57 259 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
58 152 APR058056 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 04 SAFEWORD (MR) $12.99 DC
59 146 DEC061874 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $12.99 IMA
60 66 AUG080229 FABLES TP VOL 11 WAR AND PIECES (MR) $17.99 DC
61 74 DEC082242 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 10 WHOS THE BOSS $16.99 IMA
62 106 OCT080172 JUSTICE TP VOL 03 $14.99 DC
63 107 MAR050490 PREACHER TP VOL 02 UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD NEW EDITION (M $14.99 DC
64 112 MAY050306 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 05 RING OF TRUTH (MR) $14.99 DC
65 58 DEC082454 HULK TP VOL 01 RED HULK $19.99 MAR
66 33 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
67 118 DEC080210 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 05 TURNING PAGES (MR) $14.99 DC
68 42 AUG083939 BOYS TP VOL 03 GOOD FOR THE SOUL (MR) $19.99 DE
69 124 MAY068085 FABLES TP VOL 03 STORYBOOK LOVE (MR) $14.99 DC
70 125 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC
71 24 MAY090880 RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE HUNTER HC $24.99 IDW
72 297 OCT080222 HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 01 ROOM AND BOREDOM (MR) $9.99 DC
73 188 SEP050317 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 06 GIRL ON GIRL (MR) $12.99 DC
74 131 MAR080241 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 10 WHYS AND WHEREFORES (MR) $14.99 DC
75 22 MAY090647 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 02 WINTER 1152 $24.95 ARC
76 89 MAY090320 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 11 HAPPY DAYS $16.99 IMA
77 82 JUN080246 KINGDOM COME TP NEW EDITION $17.99 DC
78 67 FEB092633-M ULTIMATES 3 TP WHO KILLED SCARLET WITCH $19.99 MAR
79 150 JUL068290 LOEG VOL ONE TP $14.99 DC
80 142 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
81 27 FEB092641 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 02 $29.99 MAR
82 55 SEP090750 BOYS TP VOL 05 HEROGASM (MR) $19.99 DE
83 219 APR090591 DARK REIGN DEADPOOL THUNDERBOLTS TP $12.99 MAR
84 73 APR058268 SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE $19.99 DC
85 160 MAR090178 GREEN LANTERN TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS TP $14.99 DC
86 167 NOV082430 CRIMINAL TP VOL 04 BAD NIGHT (MR) $14.99 MAR
87 225 MAY080205 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 01 $12.99 DC
88 166 FEB060341 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 07 PAPER DOLLS (MR) $14.99 DC
89 119 JUL080042 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 03 WOLVES AT THE GATE $15.95 DAR
90 170 FEB070362 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 09 MOTHERLAND (MR) $14.99 DC
91 30 JUL090457 WONDERFUL WIZARD OZ HC $29.99 MAR
92 168 OCT080170 GREEN LANTERN WANTED HAL JORDAN TP $14.99 DC
93 1059 SEP082279-M DARKNESS ACCURSED TP VOL 01 $4.99 IMA
94 171 AUG060299 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 08 KIMONO DRAGONS (MR) $14.99 DC
95 60 DEC073541 BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR) $19.99 DE
96 120 OCT080043 STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 05 $15.95 DAR
97 176 JUL068334 PREACHER TP VOL 03 PROUD AMERICANS NEW EDITION (MR) $14.99 DC
98 104 NOV058130 SUPERMAN RED SON TP $17.99 DC
99 182 DEC082456 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 03 DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA $14.99 MAR
100 457 JAN094485 NARUTO TP VOL 41 $7.95 VIZ

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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 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, 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.