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Top 100 Graphic Novels: April 2011
Jack of Fables

The collected editions of Bill Willingham's beloved Fables continued in April with Fables Volume 15: Rose Red, which compiled the story arc leading up to the anniversary issue Fables #100 and gave DC Comics' Vertigo imprint the best-selling graphic novel in April.

In total, DC Comics had five of the top ten best-selling graphic novels in April. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' Green Lantern: Secret Origin, newly reprinted with a cover based on this summer's Green Lantern film, ranked #4 for the month. Johns and Ethan Van Sciver's The Flash: Rebirth, which reintroduced Barry Allen to the DC Universe, ranked #5. Y the Last Man Deluxe Volume 5, the final hardcover collection of Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra's Vertigo series about a world without men, ranked #9. Finally, Gotham City Sirens Volume 1: Sirens, the first collection of the series about the "bad girls" of Gotham City, ranked #10.

Marvel Comics had two books in the top ten. Ultimate Comics Avengers: Crime and Punishment by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu was their top book for the month, ranked at #7. Chaos War, the cosmic crossover by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Khoi Pham, ranked #8.

Image Comics' Invincible Volume 14: The Viltrumite War, the latest collected edition of Robert Kirkman's super-hero saga, ranked #3.

Also in the top ten in April were Dynamite Entertainment with Garth Ennis and John McCrea's The Boys Volume 8: Highland Laddie at #2, and Pantheon Books' Mr. Wonderful: A Love Story, the collection of Daniel Clowes' serial for the New York Times ranked #6.

Rounding out the Premier Publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top-selling graphic novel in April was Star Wars: Invasion Volume 2: Rescues, which ranked #11. IDW Publishing's top book in April was Classic G.I. Joe Volume 11, which reprints classic stories originally published by Marvel Comics in the 1980s; the collection ranked #36 for the month.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 20.51 JAN110422 FABLES TP VOL 15 ROSE RED (MR) $17.99 DC 
2 3 9.34 FEB110945 BOYS TP VOL 08 HIGHLAND LADDIE $19.99 DE
3 4 9.01 FEB110438 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 14 VILTRUMITE WAR $19.99 IMA
4 31 6.86 JAN110337-M GREEN LANTERN SECRET ORIGIN TP $14.99 DC 
5 19 5.47 JAN110329 FLASH REBIRTH TP $14.99 DC 
6 10 4.71 JAN111279 DAN CLOWES MISTER WONDERFUL LOVE STORY TP $19.95 RAN
7 24 4.53 FEB110685 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS TP CRIME AND PUNISHMENT $19.99 MAR
8 15 4.49 FEB110676 CHAOS WAR TP $19.99 MAR
9 8 4.42 DEC100308 Y THE LAST MAN DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 05 (MR) $29.99 DC 
10 21 4.37 JAN110323 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 01 UNION $17.99 DC 
11 18 4.34 DEC100071 STAR WARS INVASION TP VOL 02 RESCUES $17.99 DAR
12 37 4.22 FEB110678 DEADPOOL CORPS TP VOL 01 POOL-POCALYPSE NOW $16.99 MAR
13 30 4.22 FEB110681 RED HULK TP SCORCHED EARTH $19.99 MAR
14 20 4.11 FEB110666 UNCANNY X-FORCE PREM HC APOCALYPSE SOLUTION $19.99 MAR
15 12 4.11 FEB110648 SHIELD HC ARCHITECTS OF FOREVER $24.99 MAR
16 33 4.00 FEB110683 SPIDER-MAN ONE MOMENT IN TIME TP $19.99 MAR
17 26 3.97 JAN110333 SUPERMAN BATMAN WORSHIP TP $17.99 DC 
18 36 3.79 JAN110861 STEPHEN KINGS N TP $19.99 MAR
19 71 3.74 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
20 38 3.68 FEB110677 CHAOS WAR AVENGERS TP $19.99 MAR
21 25 3.63 JAN110335 SHOWCASE PRESENTS GREEN LANTERN TP VOL 05 $19.99 DC 
22 56 3.58 FEB110684 DOOMWAR TP $15.99 MAR
23 27 3.56 JAN110866 MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 TP $19.99 MAR
24 17 3.50 FEB110665 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 04 $24.99 MAR
25 65 3.48 FEB110662 X-MEN GOD LOVES MAN KILLS TP $14.99 MAR
26 34 3.31 DEC101123 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 09 $15.99 ZEN
27 48 3.26 JAN110435-M TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 09 THE CURE NEW ED (MR) $14.99 DC 
28 50 3.26 JAN110324 TIME MASTERS VANISHING POINT TP $14.99 DC 
29 39 3.00 FEB110680 CAPTAIN AMERICA VS RED SKULL TP $24.99 MAR
30 62 2.95 FEB111217 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 05 $11.99 HAC
31 29 2.88 JAN110828 AVENGERS PRIME PREM HC $24.99 MAR
32 11 2.85 DEC100249 JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST HC VOL 01 $39.99 DC 
33 2 2.85 OCT100671-M THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS HC $125.00 MAR
34 28 2.84 DEC100289 AARON AND AHMED HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
35 64 2.82 FEB110682 SPIDER-MAN NEW YORK STORIES TP $19.99 MAR
36 22 2.81 JAN110480 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 11 $24.99 IDW
37 67 2.69 JAN110330 JONAH HEX TALL TALES TP $14.99 DC 
38 35 2.60 FEB110664 CAPTAIN AMERICA TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC $24.99 MAR
39 45 2.59 JAN110832 HALO FALL OF REACH PREM HC BOOT CAMP (MR) $19.99 MAR
40 23 2.56 DEC100280 EX MACHINA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 05 (MR) $29.99 DC 
41 16 2.54 FEB110679 PUNISHER TP FRANKEN-CASTLE $34.99 MAR
42 107 2.49 JAN111367 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 04 $9.99 VIZ
43 47 2.49 JAN110431-M SANDMAN TP VOL 05 A GAME OF YOU NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
44 49 2.47 FEB110667 X-23 PREM HC VOL 01 KILLING DREAM $19.99 MAR
45 73 2.47 JAN110332 SUPERMAN CODENAME PATRIOT TP $14.99 DC 
46 179 2.45 DEC100716 BLACK DYNAMITE SLAVE ISLAND GN (MR) $5.95 APE
47 51 2.45 FEB110688 ESSENTIAL THOR TP VOL 05 $19.99 MAR
48 63 2.43 FEB111218 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 02 (MR) $13.99 HAC
49 9 2.42 NOV100633-M MMW DOCTOR STRANGE HC VOL 05 $54.99 MAR
50 44 2.41 FEB110419 MARIJUANAMAN HC $24.99 IMA
51 7 2.33 OCT100673-M MMW ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES HC VOL 04 $59.99 MAR
52 40 2.28 FEB110663 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS PREM HC BLADE VS AVENGERS $24.99 MAR
53 84 2.27 JAN110331 OUR ARMY AT WAR TP $14.99 DC 
54 88 2.27 DEC101055 WARCRAFT SHADOW WING GN VOL 02 (OF 2) NEXUS POINT $12.99 TOK
55 83 2.25 SEP088204-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
56 68 2.20 JAN110327-M HITMAN TP VOL 04 ACE OF KILLERS $17.99 DC 
57 70 2.17 JAN110325 BOOSTER GOLD PAST IMPERFECT TP $17.99 DC 
58 43 2.17 FEB110686 SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
59 42 2.17 DEC100250 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES HC VOL 01 THE CHOICE $24.99 DC 
60 181 2.09 FEB110713 KUNG FU PANDA 2 MOVIE PREQUEL TP $6.95 APE
61 46 2.06 DEC100279 ASTRO CITY SHINING STARS HC $24.99 DC 
62 98 2.06 DEC100076 OUTLAW PRINCE TP $12.99 DAR
63 144 2.06 DEC100470 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 01 FOR A BETTER FUTURE $9.99 IMA
64 74 2.02 FEB110863 DARKWING DUCK TP VOL 02 CRISIS ON INFINITE DARKWINGS $14.99 BOO
65 58 2.00 NOV100921 LOVE FROM THE SHADOWS HC $19.99 FAN
66 78 1.95 FEB110428 BULLETPROOF COFFIN TP (MR) $17.99 IMA
67 94 1.95 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
68 82 1.90 FEB108349 INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS TWO GN $14.95 TOP
69 54 1.89 FEB110646-M MMW FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 06 $24.99 MAR
70 104 1.89 JAN111377 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 14 $12.99 VIZ
71 92 1.82 JAN110085 DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM TP VOL 01 $15.99 DAR
72 108 1.79 JAN110413 RED BETTER RED THAN DEAD TP $14.99 DC 
73 5 1.74 NOV100631-M X-MEN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99 MAR
74 13 1.74 SEP100932 VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 03 $49.99 DE
75 81 1.73 FEB110366 STAR TREK KHAN RULING IN HELL TP $17.99 IDW
76 14 1.72 JAN110542 GENIUS ISOLATED LIFE & ART OF ALEX TOTH HC $49.99 IDW
77 111 1.70 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
78 133 1.69 JAN110424 AREA 10 TP (MR) $12.99 DC 
79 66 1.66 NOV100650-M CAPTAIN AMERICA OPERATION REBIRTH PREM HC $24.99 MAR
80 176 1.65 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
81 77 1.61 DEC100883 LAST PHANTOM TP VOL 01 $19.99 DE
82 124 1.56 DEC101056 STARCRAFT GHOST ACADEMY GN VOL 03 (OF 3) (MR) $12.99 TOK
83 79 1.56 FEB110353 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLASSICS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
84 153 1.54 FEB100185 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH TP NEW EDITION $14.99 DC 
85 72 1.53 FEB110650 INVADERS NOW HC $24.99 MAR
86 59 1.51 FEB110687 THUNDERBOLTS CLASSIC TP VOL 01 $29.99 MAR
87 41 1.51 FEB111074 AKIRA KODANSHA ED GN VOL 06 (MR) $29.99 RAN
88 215 1.51 JAN111374 POKEMON ADVENTURES TP VOL 12 $7.99 VIZ
89 128 1.50 FEB110670 X-MEN FIRST CLASS GN TP CLASS PORTRAITS $14.99 MAR
90 131 1.49 FEB110675 SENSE AND SENSIBILITY GN TP $14.99 MAR
91 75 1.48 FEB110661 X-MEN VS AVENGERS AND FANTASTIC FOUR TP $24.99 MAR
92 110 1.46 DEC100252 SPIRIT ANGEL SMERTI TP $17.99 DC 
93 126 1.45 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
94 61 1.44 MAR100240 BLACKEST NIGHT HC $29.99 DC 
95 200 1.44 FEB110668 RUNAWAYS TP VOL 01 PRIDE AND JOY DIGEST $9.99 MAR
96 205 1.42 FEB110672 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TP SENSATIONAL DIGEST $9.99 MAR
97 100 1.41 FEB110367 SILENT HILL PAST LIFE TP $17.99 IDW
98 163 1.41 JUL108036 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $12.99 DC 
99 6 1.40 SEP100443 BATTLE CHASERS ANTHOLOGY HC $100.00 IMA
100 97 1.40 MAR100239 FINAL CRISIS TP $19.99 DC 

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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.

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.