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Top 100 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks: July 2009

DC Comics had the bestselling graphic novel in the month of July 2009 with 100 Bullets Volume 13: Wilt, the latest collection of the acclaimed crime series from their Vertigo imprint. In all, DC had four of the top 10 best-selling graphic novels for the month, with Neil Gaiman's Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? hardcover at #3, Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns at #4, and Alan Moore's Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? at #5.

Dynamite Entertainment's The Boys Volume 4: We Gotta Go Now ranked #2 for the month. Archaia Studios' Mouse Guard Volume 2: Winter: 1152 hardcover ranked #6. IDW Publishing's Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter hardcover, from Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, ranked #7. Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars Adventures Volume 2: Princess Leia and the Royal Ransom ranked #8. Naruto Volume 45 from VIZ Media ranked #9, and Tokyopop's Fruits Basket Volume 23, the final volume of the long-running series, rounded out the top 10 at #10.

Please Note: While this chart contains only the top 100 comics, Diamond makes available to retailers a complete list of the top 300 comics as a text file for download here.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in July 2009

Quantity Rank Dollar Rank Index Release Item Code Description Price Vendor
1 1 10.45 NEW! APR090260 100 BULLETS TP VOL 13 WILT (MR) $19.99 DC 
2 2 9.03 NEW! MAY090788 BOYS TP VOL 04 WE GOTTA GO NOW (MR) $19.99 DE
3 3 8.04 NEW! MAR090172 BATMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER HC $24.99 DC 
4 4 7.61 NEW! MAR090180 GREEN LANTERN RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS HC $24.99 DC 
5 8 5.92 NEW! MAR090173 SUPERMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MAN OF TOMORROW HC $24.99 DC 
6 6 5.82 NEW! MAY090647 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 02 WINTER 1152 $24.95 KUN
7 7 5.65 NEW! MAY090880 RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE HUNTER HC $24.99 IDW
8 46 5.40 NEW! MAR090088 STAR WARS ADV TP VOL 02 PRINCESS LEIA & ROYAL RANSOM $7.95 DAR
9 48 5.17 NEW! APR091017 NARUTO TP VOL 45 $7.95 VIZ
10 26 5.03 NEW! APR090989 FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 23 (OF 23) $10.99 TOK
11 16 4.96 NEW! APR090272 NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 02 THE CROSS AND THE HAMMER (MR) $14.99 DC 
12 371 4.52 NOV 07 SEP072167 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
13 19 4.44 NEW! MAY090594 HULK RED AND GREEN TP VOL 02 $15.99 MAR
14 5 4.41 NEW! FEB090260 PREACHER HC BOOK 01 $39.99 DC 
15 30 4.35 NEW! APR090268 MADAME XANADU TP VOL 01 DISENCHANTED (MR) $12.99 DC 
16 20 4.08 NEW! MAR090035 GOON TP VOL 08 THOSE THAT IS DAMNED $15.95 DAR
17 29 3.94 NEW! MAR090086 BERSERK TP VOL 30 (MR) $13.95 DAR
18 18 3.62 NEW! MAR090237 NOBODY HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
19 33 3.61 NEW! APR090217 SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TP $14.99 DC 
20 15 3.60 NEW! MAR090087 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 21 DEMON LAIR II $19.95 DAR
21 13 3.29 NEW! APR090427-M SPIDER-MAN ELECTION DAY PREM HC $29.99 MAR
22 31 3.24 NEW! APR090219 SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN TP VOL 04 $16.99 DC 
23 25 3.12 NEW! MAR090179 FINAL CRISIS ROGUES REVENGE HC $19.99 DC 
24 41 3.00 APR 07 JAN072436 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MAR
25 27 2.98 NEW! APR090235 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE TP BOOK 01 $19.99 DC 
26 63 2.89 NEW! MAY090814 NEGIMA GN VOL 23 (MR) $10.99 RAN
27 110 2.77 NEW! APR090216 SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATLASH TP $9.99 DC 
28 14 2.74 NEW! MAY090930 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 04 $24.99 IDW
29 38 2.72 NEW! MAR090075 USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 23 $17.95 DAR
30 54 2.71 NEW! JAN098019 JEFF SMITH LITTLE MOUSE GETS READY HC $12.95 RAW
31 34 2.70 NEW! MAY090577 NEW AVENGERS PREM HC POWER VOL 10 $19.99 MAR
32 101 2.67 NEW! APR091037 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 19 $9.99 VIZ
33 108 2.66 NEW! FEB090060 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 01 $9.95 DAR
34 61 2.63 NEW! APR090214 SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 07 $14.99 DC 
35 52 2.61 NEW! MAR090056 SOLOMON KANE TP VOL 01 CASTLE OF DEVIL $15.95 DAR
36 40 2.56 NEW! MAY090607 MARVEL 1985 TP $19.99 MAR
37 115 2.53 SEP 06 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
38 43 2.48 NEW! FEB092618-M SPIDER-MAN PREM HC TORMENT $19.99 MAR
39 70 2.45 NEW! APR090346 SPAWN ENDGAME TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
40 44 2.44 NEW! MAY090576 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 02 WORLDS MOST WANTED $19.99 MAR
41 72 2.44 NEW! APR090354-M BACK TO BROOKLYN TP (MR) $14.99 IMA
42 22 2.43 NEW! APR090117 STAR WARS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 MENACE REVEALED $24.95 DAR
43 28 2.36 NEW! MAY090426 MARVEL 70TH ANNIVERSARY TP $24.99 MAR
44 51 2.35 NEW! MAR090015 PIXU TP VOL 01 MARK OF EVIL $17.95 DAR
45 91 2.34 NEW! MAY090818 TSUBASA GN VOL 22 $10.99 RAN
46 39 2.32 NEW! MAY090897 GI JOE TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
47 49 2.28 NEW! APR090564-M RUNAWAYS ROCK ZOMBIES PREM HC $19.99 MAR
48 10 2.27 NEW! JAN092566-M MMW WARLOCK HC VOL 02 $59.99 MAR
49 82 2.24 NEW! MAY090334 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
50 59 2.24 NEW! APR090218 TERROR TITANS TP $17.99 DC 
51 24 2.22 JUN 09 FEB090203 FINAL CRISIS HC $29.99 DC 
52 37 2.13 NEW! MAY091119 RETURN TO WONDERLAND TP $19.99 ZEN
53 66 2.13 NEW! APR090211 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 02 $17.99 DC 
54 23 2.12 NEW! APR091050 FLIGHT GN VOL 06 $25.00 RAN
55 45 2.09 NEW! MAY090904 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 04 $19.99 IDW
56 17 2.07 NEW! MAY090603 X-MEN SHATTERING TP $34.99 MAR
57 60 2.06 JAN 09 NOV082460 SECRET INVASION TP $29.99 MAR
58 62 2.00 NEW! MAY090578 THUNDERBOLTS PREM HC BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE $19.99 MAR
59 11 1.96 NEW! FEB090115 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 04 $49.95 DAR
60 109 1.92 JUN 09 MAR090181 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC 
61 68 1.91 NEW! MAY090610 ESSENTIAL PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 4 $19.99 MAR
62 97 1.90 NEW! MAY090604 HULK BROKEN WORLDS TP $15.99 MAR
63 106 1.88 NEW! APR090215 SUPERMAN & BATMAN VS VAMPIRES & WEREWOLVES TP $14.99 DC 
64 107 1.88 JAN 09 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
65 71 1.88 NEW! MAY090611 ESSENTIAL MARVEL TWO IN ONE TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
66 90 1.88 NEW! JUN090644 GHOST RIDER TP LAST STAND $16.99 MAR
67 12 1.87 NEW! FEB094466 LOST GIRLS HC $45.00 TOP
68 85 1.85 NEW! APR090205 BRAVE AND THE BOLD WITHOUT SIN TP $17.99 DC 
69 86 1.83 NEW! APR090206 BIRDS OF PREY PLATINUM FLATS TP $17.99 DC 
70 113 1.80 APR 09 JAN090228 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC 
71 78 1.77 NEW! MAY090606 DAREDEVIL FATHER TP $19.99 MAR
72 21 1.77 NEW! MAR094389 ASTERIOS POLYP GN $29.95 RAN
73 149 1.76 MAR 09 DEC082436 WOLVERINE ORIGIN TP $16.99 MAR
74 77 1.76 APR 05 FEB058406 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
75 155 1.76 OCT 08 AUG082452-M MARVEL ZOMBIES TP $15.99 MAR
76 53 1.74 NEW! MAY090570-M MMW X-MEN TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
77 55 1.71 NEW! MAY090574 ENDERS GAME PREM HC BATTLE SCHOOL $24.99 MAR
78 73 1.64 NEW! MAY090875 TMNT 25TH ANNIVERSARY BY KEVIN EASTMAN $19.95 HEA
79 88 1.62 NEW! APR090220 WONDER WOMAN AMAZONS ATTACK SC $19.99 DC 
80 50 1.61 NEW! APR090827 YOU SHALL DIE BY YOUR OWN EVIL CREATION TP $24.99 FAN
81 95 1.60 NEW! APR090823 EVERYBODY IS STUPID EXCEPT ME & OTHER ASTUTE OBSERVATIONS GN $16.99 FAN
82 92 1.59 NEW! MAY090581 WAR MACHINE PREM HC VOL 01 IRON HEART $19.99 MAR
83 35 1.58 NEW! FEB094278 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 01 1937-1938 $29.99 FAN
84 32 1.57 NEW! MAY090597 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY JMS ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP BOOK 01 $34.99 MAR
85 184 1.57 NEW! APR091036 INU YASHA TP VOL 38 (C: 1-0-0) $8.95 VIZ
86 81 1.56 NEW! MAY090883 TRANSFORMERS MAXIMUM DINOBOTS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
87 156 1.55 NEW! FEB094106 CODE GEASS LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION GN VOL 04 $10.99 BAN
88 64 1.55 NEW! MAY090573 ENDERS SHADOW PREM HC BATTLE SCHOOL $24.99 MAR
89 83 1.54 NEW! MAY090901 GI JOE BEST OF SNAKE EYES GN $19.99 IDW
90 67 1.53 NEW! MAY090589 OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 09 $24.99 MAR
91 89 1.53 NEW! APR090023 MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS TP VOL 03 $19.95 DAR
92 121 1.53 NEW! FEB090057 SINFEST TP DARK HORSE ED VOL 01 $14.95 DAR
93 100 1.51 NEW! MAY090598 CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGHTING CHANCE TP VOL 02 ACCEPTANCE $19.99 MAR
94 98 1.50 NEW! APR090242 CHUCK TP $19.99 DC 
95 168 1.48 NEW! FEB090064 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 12 $10.95 DAR
96 75 1.48 NEW! FEB092621-M GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC POWER STARHAWK $24.99 MAR
97 238 1.47 JUN 06 MAR062160 EARTH X TP $29.99 MAR
98 87 1.46 NEW! MAY090902 GI JOE BEST OF STORM SHADOW GN $19.99 IDW
99 232 1.45 NEW! MAY090884 TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED TP VOL 10 $7.99 IDW
100 119 1.45 NEW! MAY090601 WEREWOLF BY NIGHT TP IN THE BLOOD (MR) $16.99 MAR

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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 4,000+ 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.