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Top 100 Graphic Novels: January 2011
Jack of Fables

Jack Horner's adventures in a world where forgotten technology is treated like forbidden magic formed the basis of Jack of Fables Volume 8: The Fulminate Blade, the latest collected volume of Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges' spin-off of Willingham's best-selling Fables series, giving DC Comics' Vertigo imprint the best-selling graphic novel in January.

In total, DC Comics had five of the top ten best-selling graphic novels in January. Batman: Joker's Asylum Volume 2, the second collection of one-shots centered on Bamtan's rogue's gallery, was the #5 book for the month. James Robinson's Starman Omnibus Volume 6 ranked #7, House of Mystery Volume 5: Under New Management ranked #8, and Madame Xanadu Volume 3: Broken House of Cards ranked #9.

Image Comics had two volumes of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead in the top ten. The first volume, Days Gone Bye, was their top book at #2, and their second book, Miles Behind Us, ranked #10.

Marvel Comics also had two books in the top ten. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins, an adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling Gunslinger novels, was the publisher's top book at #3. Invincible Iron Man Volume 4: Stark Disassembled ranked #6.

Rounding out the top ten from Dark Horse Comics was Eric Powell's The Goon Volume 10: Death's Greedy Come-Uppance.

Also among premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top book in January was The Last Unicorn, the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's beloved fantasy novel; the collected hardcover edition ranked #32 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 7 6.50 OCT100327 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 08 THE FULMINATE BLADE TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
2 35 4.95 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
3 5 4.82 NOV100642 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER JOURNEY BEGINS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
4 10 4.80 NOV108240 GOON TP VOL 10 DEATHS GREEDY COMEUPPANCE $16.99 DAR
5 22 4.58 OCT100263 BATMAN JOKERS ASYLUM TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC 
6 24 4.19 OCT100699 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 04 STARK DISASSEMBLED $15.99 MAR
7 2 3.96 SEP100254 STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 06 $49.99 DC 
8 27 3.86 OCT100325 HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 05 UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT (MR) $14.99 DC 
9 23 3.82 OCT100331 MADAME XANADU TP VOL 03 BROKEN HOUSE OF CARDS (MR) $17.99 DC 
10 29 3.64 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
11 21 3.49 SEP100300 RAT CATCHER HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
12 6 3.48 NOV100675 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 04 $29.99 MAR
13 28 3.39 NOV100660 HULK END TP $16.99 MAR
14 12 3.37 SEP100313 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING HC BOOK 04 (MR) $24.99 DC 
15 58 3.36 OCT101184 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 24 $9.99 VIZ
16 66 3.36 SEP100528 ARTIFACTS TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
17 11 3.18 OCT100037 STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 $24.99 DAR
18 15 3.13 NOV100645 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
19 70 3.08 SEP100461 HACK SLASH MY FIRST MANIAC TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
20 16 3.07 NOV100646 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
21 25 3.02 NOV100667 SIEGE DARK AVENGERS TP $19.99 MAR
22 43 3.01 OCT100272 SECRET SIX CATS IN THE CRADLE TP $14.99 DC 
23 45 2.93 NOV100629 CASANOVA TP LUXURIA VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 MAR
24 17 2.91 NOV100669 SIEGE NEW AVENGERS TP $24.99 MAR
25 19 2.87 NOV100647 SECRET AVENGERS PREM HC MISSION TO MARS VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
26 39 2.81 SEP100445 ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP VOL 04 $16.99 IMA
27 46 2.78 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
28 31 2.74 OCT100695 HALO TP HELLJUMPER (MR) $19.99 MAR
29 30 2.73 SEP100257 SUPERMAN LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON HC VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
30 75 2.67 OCT101183 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER TP VOL 14 $9.99 VIZ
31 59 2.67 SEP100116 GANTZ TP VOL 15 (MR) $12.99 DAR
32 18 2.55 NOV100401 LAST UNICORN HC $24.99 IDW
33 53 2.49 NOV100668 SIEGE MIGHTY AVENGERS TP $15.99 MAR
34 4 2.48 AUG100671-M MMW UNCANNY X-MEN HC VOL 07 $54.99 MAR
35 8 2.48 OCT100016 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 01 $34.99 DAR
36 32 2.44 OCT101087 SIXTH GUN TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI
37 38 2.42 OCT100330-M SANDMAN TP VOL 04 SEASON OF MISTS NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
38 61 2.41 OCT100264 BATMAN VS THE UNDEAD TP $14.99 DC 
39 54 2.40 NOV082245-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
40 65 2.30 NOV100672 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET VOL 04 JUGGERNAUT TP $14.99 MAR
41 60 2.29 JUL100030 SERENITY SHEPHERDS TALE HC $14.99 DAR
42 9 2.27 NOV100670 SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE CLONE SAGA EPIC TP BOOK 05 $39.99 MAR
43 44 2.25 OCT100269 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 05 $19.99 DC 
44 1 2.24 JUL100662-M MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $99.99 MAR
45 72 2.22 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
46 71 2.12 NOV100676 X-FACTOR TP VOL 10 SECOND COMING $14.99 MAR
47 51 2.09 NOV100649 STEVE ROGERS PREM HC SUPER-SOLDIER $19.99 MAR
48 121 2.09 OCT100485 TANK GIRL WE HATE TANK GIRL TP (MR) $9.99 IMA
49 63 2.08 OCT100468 COWBOY NINJA VIKING TP VOL 02 $16.99 IMA
50 167 2.07 NOV100985 SMURFS GN VOL 04 SMURFETTE $5.99 NBM
51 36 2.06 OCT100685 SPIDER-MAN ORIGIN OF SPECIES PREM HC $24.99 MAR
52 105 2.01 SEP100117 NGE CAMPUS APOCALYSE TP VOL 02 $10.99 DAR
53 64 1.94 OCT100274 SUPERMAN NIGHTWING AND FLAMEBIRD TP $17.99 DC 
54 119 1.93 OCT101177 INU YASHA TP VOL 56 $9.99 VIZ
55 123 1.92 OCT101186 CLAYMORE TP VOL 17 $9.99 VIZ
56 37 1.91 OCT100040 AGE OF REPTILES OMNIBUS VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
57 76 1.91 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
58 57 1.87 JUN100127 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC $19.99 DC 
59 33 1.84 JUL100684-M CAPTAIN AMERICA WAR & REMEMBRANCE PREM HC $29.99 MAR
60 84 1.84 OCT100270 QUESTION PIPELINE TP $14.99 DC 
61 41 1.84 SEP108121 SPAWN ENDGAME COLLECTION TP $24.99 IMA
62 85 1.83 NOV100671 THOR RAGNAROK TP $14.99 MAR
63 83 1.81 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
64 87 1.76 AUG100445 DARK IVORY TP $14.99 IMA
65 97 1.76 NOV100897 GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS TP VOL 06 MOTHERLAND $12.99 DYN
66 86 1.76 NOV100435 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 09 $14.99 IMA
67 78 1.75 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
68 82 1.70 NOV100663 HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD TP GHOSTS $16.99 MAR
69 50 1.68 JUN100669-M FANTASTIC FOUR RESURRECTION GALACTUS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
70 96 1.66 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
71 117 1.65 OCT100317 CHILL TP (MR) $12.99 DC 
72 200 1.65 AUG100752 SHREK ONCE UPON A SLIME TP $6.95 APE
73 99 1.65 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG) (SEP088207) $14.99 IMA
74 68 1.62 NOV100360 TRANSFORMERS DRIFT TP $17.99 IDW
75 122 1.61 NOV100433 NANCY IN HELL TP $12.99 IMA
76 81 1.60 SEP100304 FABLES TP VOL 14 WITCHES (MR) $17.99 DC 
77 73 1.59 OCT101199 GFT INFERNO TP $15.99 ZEN
78 34 1.58 APR100900 ART OF RED SONJA HC $29.99 DYN
79 103 1.57 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
80 74 1.57 JUL100682-M AVENGERS COMING OF BEAST PREM HC $19.99 MAR
81 91 1.56 NOV101063 DEATH NOTE BLACK ED TP $14.99 VIZ
82 55 1.56 OCT100677-M MMW UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
83 56 1.55 NOV100648 AVENGERS ACADEMY PREM HC PERMANENT RECORD $24.99 MAR
84 94 1.55 NOV100677 X-MEN FOREVER 2 TP VOL 01 BACK IN ACTION $16.99 MAR
85 42 1.52 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
86 226 1.52 SEP100108 BRODYS GHOST BOOK 02 $6.99 DAR
87 93 1.50 NOV100428 DARKCHYLDE TP VOL 01 LEGACY & REDEMPTION (MR) $16.99 IMA
88 108 1.47 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
89 90 1.47 OCT100265 DOOM PATROL BROTHERHOOD TP $17.99 DC 
90 69 1.45 NOV100339 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING TP VOL 03 FINAL SACRIFICE $19.99 IDW
91 109 1.44 OCT100720 SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 03 WAKE BEAST $15.99 MAR
92 118 1.43 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
93 111 1.43 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
94 49 1.41 NOV100674 WHAT IF CLASSIC TP VOL 07 $29.99 MAR
95 112 1.39 OCT100698 SIEGE TP THOR $15.99 MAR
96 48 1.37 OCT100768 KILLER HC VOL 03 MODUS VIVENDI (MR) $24.95 ARA
97 140 1.37 JUL108036 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $12.99 DC 
98 3 1.37 NOV100442 WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 $100.00 IMA
99 89 1.34 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
100 185 1.31 SEP100114 BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD TP VOL 07 $9.99 DAR

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