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Top 100 Graphic Novels: March 2011
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Mike Carey and Peter Gross' acclaimed fantasy series The Unwritten for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint gave the the publisher the best-selling graphic novel in March with the third volume of the series, The Unwritten Volume 3: Dead Man's Knock, which revealed more of the secrets and mysteries surrounding Tommy Taylor.

In total, DC Comics had five of March's top ten best-selling graphic novels. The Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn trade paperback, collecting the first six issues of Grant Morrison's best-selling Batman and Robin, ranked #2. Batman: Time and the Batman, the hardcover collection of Morrison's Batman #700, plus Morrison and Tony Daniel's Batman #701 and #702, ranked #4. Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond, collecting the mini-series based on the fan-favorite animated series, ranked #5. Finally, Chris Roberson and Michael Allred's iZombie Volume 1: Dead to the World, the collected edition of the first five issues of the acclaimed Vertigo series, ranked #6.

Marvel Comics had two graphic novels in the top ten for March. Their top book, Takio, is the all-ages graphic novel from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and it ranked #3 for the month. Also in the top ten was the collected edition of The Thanos Imperative; the cosmic story from Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Miguel Sepulveda, and Brad Walker ranked #10.

Image Comics also had two graphic novels in the top ten. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye contined its strong sales and ranked #8 for the month. Morning Glories Volume 1: For a Better Future, collecting the first six issues of Nick Spencer's acclaimed series, ranked #9.

Rounding out the top ten was Viz Media with Bleach Volume 34 at #7. Bleach was also the month's top-selling manga to comics specialty retailers.

Among premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top-selling graphic novel in March was the Star Wars Omnibus: At War with the Empire Volume 1, a collection of stories set in George Lucas' universe told from the point-of-view of the Empire; the volume ranked #25 for the month. IDW Publishing brought a long out-of-print Dungeons & Dragons story back into print with the Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Volume 1 graphic novel from Jeff Grubb and Rags Morales, and the volume ranked #45 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 4 7.42 DEC100305 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 03 DEAD MANS KNOCK (MR) $14.99 DC 
2 5 7.02 DEC100246 BATMAN AND ROBIN BATMAN REBORN TP $14.99 DC 
3 24 6.46 DEC100634 TAKIO GN HC $9.95 MAR
4 2 6.37 NOV100225 BATMAN TIME AND THE BATMAN HC $19.99 DC 
5 10 6.11 DEC100245 BATMAN BEYOND HUSH BEYOND TP $14.99 DC 
6 11 5.96 DEC100299 IZOMBIE TP VOL 01 DEAD TO THE WORLD (MR) $14.99 DC 
7 45 4.62 DEC101080 BLEACH TP VOL 34 $9.99 VIZ
8 65 4.58 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
9 68 4.32 DEC100470 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE $9.99 IMA
10 7 4.22 DEC100645 THANOS IMPERATIVE HC $24.99 MAR
11 18 3.92 DEC100255 ZATANNA MISTRESS OF MAGIC TP $17.99 DC 
12 44 3.91 DEC100688 SPIDER-MAN GRIM HUNT TP $14.99 MAR
13 27 3.90 JAN110849 DEADPOOL TP VOL 05 WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS $15.99 MAR
14 67 3.88 DEC101082 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 06 $9.99 VIZ
15 13 3.87 DEC100251 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE WITCHING HOUR TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
16 14 3.79 DEC100248 GOTHAM CENTRAL TP BOOK 01 IN THE LINE OF DUTY $19.99 DC 
17 17 3.65 NOV100233 SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING HC $19.99 DC 
18 93 3.53 JAN110576 SKULLKICKERS TP VOL 01 1000 OPAS & DEAD BODY $9.99 IMA
19 8 3.41 NOV100227 GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 04 CORRIGAN $29.99 DC 
20 54 3.33 JAN110839 THOR FIRST THUNDER TP $16.99 MAR
21 33 3.33 DEC100292 DEMO TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99 DC 
22 55 3.32 JAN110851 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 03 $14.99 MAR
23 3 3.30 JAN110843 VENOM BY DANIEL WAY ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $34.99 MAR
24 23 3.19 DEC100302 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 01 ORIGINAL SINS NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
25 12 3.15 DEC100072 STAR WARS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 AT WAR WITH EMPIRE $24.99 DAR
26 50 3.14 JAN110862 HULK TP VOL 06 WORLD WAR HULKS $15.99 MAR
27 26 3.13 DEC100674 DARK TOWER TREACHERY TP $19.99 MAR
28 1 3.11 OCT100675-M MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 13 $54.99 MAR
29 42 3.07 DEC100253 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON TP VOL 03 $17.99 DC 
30 40 3.06 JAN110850 WOLVERINE WEAPON X TP VOL 03 TOMORROW DIES TODAY $19.99 MAR
31 15 3.04 JAN110838 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES PREM HC THOR REBORN $24.99 MAR
32 16 3.00 DEC100668 WOLVERINE WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL PREM HC $24.99 MAR
33 6 2.99 DEC100459 INVINCIBLE HC 06 ULTIMATE COLL $34.99 IMA
34 91 2.90 JAN110867 THUNDERBOLTS TP CAGE $14.99 MAR
35 39 2.85 DEC100662 ULTIMATE COMICS THOR PREM HC $19.99 MAR
36 71 2.81 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
37 72 2.77 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
38 73 2.76 DEC100283 GOD OF WAR TP (MR) $14.99 DC 
39 89 2.71 NOV100048 GANTZ TP VOL 16 (MR) $12.99 DAR
40 94 2.68 JAN110857 HAWKEYE AND MOCKINGBIRD BLACK WIDOW TP WIDOWMAKER $15.99 MAR
41 80 2.66 JAN110852 SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 04 LAST RIDE HOWLING COMMANDOS $14.99 MAR
42 75 2.63 JAN110863 INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 03 WORLD WAR HULKS $15.99 MAR
43 60 2.60 DEC100287 WORLD OF WARCRAFT TP VOL 03 $17.99 DC 
44 48 2.55 JAN110831 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 06 I RULE YOU SUCK $19.99 MAR
45 36 2.52 DEC100388 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
46 28 2.51 NOV100957 WEAPONS OF THE METABARONS HC $19.95 HUM
47 164 2.50 NOV100040 YOUR HIGHNESS TP $7.99 DAR
48 90 2.50 JAN110840 THOR MIGHTY AVENGER GN TP VOL 02 $14.99 MAR
49 31 2.43 NOV100226 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA DARK THINGS HC $24.99 DC 
50 96 2.34 DEC100254 TITANS VILLAINS FOR HIRE TP $14.99 DC 
51 64 2.33 JAN111019 SIMPSONS COMICS MELTDOWN TP $15.99 BON
52 35 2.31 JAN110829 ASTONISHING X-MEN PREM HC XENOGENESIS $24.99 MAR
53 144 2.28 NOV100046 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 08 $9.99 DAR
54 38 2.25 JAN110844 PUNISHER WELCOME BACK FRANK TP NEW ED $24.99 MAR
55 126 2.23 JAN110864 IRON MAN RAPTURE TP $14.99 MAR
56 105 2.22 JAN110868 X-MEN FOREVER 2 TP VOL 03 PERFECT S'WORLD $16.99 MAR
57 81 2.13 DEC108187 TIME BOMB TP $14.95 RAL
58 74 2.12 NOV100268 DAYTRIPPER TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
59 19 2.12 OCT108157 STUMPTOWN HC VOL 01 $29.99 ONI
60 9 2.11 FEB110375 BLOOM COUNTY COMPLETE LIBRARY HC VOL 04 $39.99 IDW
61 20 2.09 NOV100922 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 03 1941-1942 $29.99 FAN
62 76 2.09 JAN110870 ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 06 $19.99 MAR
63 130 2.08 JAN110848 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP LEGACY OF CAPTAIN AMERICA $15.99 MAR
64 106 2.03 NOV100953 ARCHIE 50 TIMES AN AMERICAN ICON SC $10.00 THE
65 117 2.01 SEP100110 SUPERSIZED STRANGE TALES FROM FAST FOOD CULTURE GN $12.99 DAR
66 32 2.00 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
67 104 1.99 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
68 56 1.97 DEC100692-M THOR TALES OF ASGARD TP COIPEL CVR $24.99 MAR
69 156 1.96 DEC101078 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TP VOL 12 $9.99 VIZ
70 57 1.96 DEC100642-M MMW MIGHTY THOR TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
71 34 1.91 JAN111234 COWBOYS AND ALIENS IT BOOKS HC ED $24.99 HAR
72 86 1.91 JAN110830 DEADPOOL PULP PREM HC $19.99 MAR
73 110 1.90 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
74 155 1.89 NOV100047 NGE CAMPUS APOCALYSE TP VOL 03 $10.99 DAR
75 217 1.88 NOV101073 POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM VOL 01 $7.99 VIZ
76 62 1.88 JAN110865 WHAT IF DARK AVENGERS TP $24.99 MAR
77 165 1.87 JAN110860 KLAWS OF PANTHER TP $14.99 MAR
78 25 1.87 OCT101016 POPEYE HC VOL 05 WHAS A JEEP $29.99 FAN
79 129 1.86 FEB108442-M SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 ONI
80 125 1.85 DEC100705 VESHA VALENTINE STORY GN $12.95 SLA
81 63 1.84 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
82 116 1.84 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
83 66 1.83 JAN110819 STRANGE TALES II HC $24.99 MAR
84 29 1.83 FEB108268 POPEYE HC VOL 01 COMIC STORIES BUD SAGENDORF $29.99 IDW
85 120 1.82 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
86 121 1.80 JAN110578 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 10 $14.99 IMA
87 199 1.80 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
88 124 1.79 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
89 152 1.78 JUL108036 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $12.99 DC 
90 99 1.78 JAN111022 AMORY WARS IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH 3 TP VOL 02 $14.99 BOO
91 61 1.77 NOV100042 FINDER LIBRARY TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
92 154 1.77 DEC100273 BILLY BATSON MAGIC SHAZAM MR MIND OVER MATTER TP $12.99 DC 
93 70 1.74 JAN110815-M MMW AVENGERS TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
94 266 1.74 JAN111267 SMURFS GN VOL 05 THE SMURFS AND THE EGG $5.99 NBM
95 133 1.73 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
96 41 1.72 DEC100963 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 15 1979-1980 $28.99 FAN
97 43 1.72 JUN101205 GFT PRESENTS NEVERLAND HC $24.99 ZEN
98 51 1.68 OCT100262 BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE ED HC $29.99 DC 
99 135 1.68 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
100 88 1.67 JAN110546 DRAGON AGE TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW

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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 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.

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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.