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Top 100 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks: August 2009

Robert Kirkman's zombie epic continued in August with The Walking Dead Volume 10: What We Become, giving Image Comics the bestselling graphic novel for the month of August. In addition to The Walking Dead, Image Comics had another graphic novel in the top 10 for the month with Invincible Volume 11: Happy Days, ranked at #4.

DC Comics had four titles in the top 10 for the month — Fables Volume 12: The Dark Age at #2; Filthy Rich, the first hardcover in the Vertigo Crime line, at #5; Batman: Hush Complete, the Jeph Loeb/Jim Lee collaboration, at #7; and Dark Entries, the John Constantine story from Vertigo Crime, at #8.

Marvel Comes had two titles in the top 10 — Thor By J. Michael Straczynski Volume 2 at #9 and the Silver Surfer: Requiem Premiere hardcover at #10. BOOM! Studios had the #3 best-selling graphic novel for the month with Irredeemable Volume 1, and Avatar Press had the #6 graphic novel with Warren Ellis' Frankenstein's Womb.

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

Quantity Rank Dollar Rank Index Item Code Description Price Vendor
1 1 19.95 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
2 2 15.93 MAY090236 FABLES TP VOL 12 THE DARK AGES (MR) $17.99 DC
3 16 7.29 JUN090793 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 01 $9.99 BOO
4 7 6.85 MAY090320 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 11 HAPPY DAYS $16.99 IMA
5 5 6.74 APR090258 FILTHY RICH HC (MR) $19.99 DC
6 35 6.41 APR090689 WARREN ELLIS FRANKENSTEINS WOMB GN (MR) $6.99 AVA
7 3 5.54 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
8 11 5.52 APR090259 DARK ENTRIES HC (MR) $19.99 DC
9 13 5.35 JUN090638 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
10 130 5.29 SEP072272 SILVER SURFER REQUIEM PREM HC $19.99 MAR
11 114 4.68 JAN082206-M SPIDER-MAN PREM HC ONE MORE DAY $24.99 MAR
12 14 4.13 JUN090615 DARK AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 ASSEMBLE $24.99 MAR
13 63 3.80 MAY090251 UNKNOWN SOLDIER TP VOL 01 HAUNTED HOUSE (MR) $9.99 DC
14 28 3.68 JUN090640 X-FORCE TP VOL 02 OLD GHOSTS $14.99 MAR
15 32 3.43 JUN090641 UNCANNY X-MEN SISTERHOOD TP $14.99 MAR
16 22 3.39 APR090210 FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS HC $19.99 DC
17 47 3.39 MAY090248 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 03 YEAR OF THE BASTARD NEW ED (MR) $12.99 DC
18 33 3.38 MAY090605 X-MEN ORIGINAL SIN TP $14.99 MAR
19 15 3.33 MAY090196 TRINITY TP VOL 02 $29.99 DC
20 163 3.30 SEP072271 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL PREM HC VOL 02 GOIN OUT WEST $24.99 MAR
21 23 3.03 FEB090011 SAGA SOLOMON KANE TP $19.95 DAR
22 46 2.97 MAY090194 SECRET SIX UNHINGED TP $14.99 DC
23 45 2.97 NOV082239 PAX ROMANA TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
24 8 2.97 JUN090617 X-FORCE CABLE MESSIAH WAR HC $39.99 MAR
25 97 2.94 MAY091089 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 06 FOUR SWORDS PT 1 $7.99 VIZ
26 34 2.93 MAY090193 SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE FLASH TP VOL 03 $16.99 DC
27 26 2.93 APR090254 WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 02 $19.99 DC
28 101 2.91 MAY090665 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 11 $7.95 ARC
29 48 2.87 MAY090231 WORLD OF WARCRAFT TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC
30 38 2.86 JUN090653 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX TP SIX HOURS TO KILL $16.99 MAR
31 27 2.86 JUN090655 PUNISHER WAR ZONE TP $19.99 MAR
32 216 2.83 APR072360 KILLRAVEN PREMIERE HC $19.99 MAR
33 24 2.71 JUN090965 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
34 226 2.69 JUN072215 NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 06 $19.99 MAR
35 12 2.67 APR090212 SANDMAN BY JOE SIMON AND JACK KIRBY HC $39.99 DC
36 29 2.66 MAY090186 NIGHTWING THE GREAT LEAP TP $19.99 DC
37 61 2.60 JUN090639 CABLE TP VOL 02 WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD $14.99 MAR
38 59 2.60 MAY090595 SPIDER-MAN CRIME AND PUNISHER TP $14.99 MAR
39 4 2.59 MAR092621-M MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 11 $54.99 MAR
40 36 2.55 JUN090622 NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 11 SEARCH FOR SORCERER SUPREME $19.99 MAR
41 82 2.52 MAY090750 MUPPET SHOW TP $9.99 BOO
42 64 2.52 MAY090195 TEEN TITANS CHANGING OF THE GUARD TP $14.99 DC
43 245 2.44 JUN072217 WOLVERINE ORIGINS PREM HC VOL 03 SWIFT AND TERRIBLE $19.99 MAR
44 21 2.44 MAR094042 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 08 AGATHA & CHAPEL OF BONES $22.95 STU
45 91 2.43 APR090065 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 33 $10.95 DAR
46 77 2.42 FEB090061 GANTZ TP VOL 06 (MR) $12.95 DAR
47 177 2.42 OCT062213 SUPREME POWER HC VOL 02 (MR) $29.99 MAR
48 107 2.42 MAY091080 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 07 $8.99 VIZ
49 17 2.41 MAY090981 TMNT COLLECTED BOOK TP VOL 01 $29.95 MIR
50 108 2.39 MAY090192 SHOWCASE PRESENTS ECLIPSO TP $9.99 DC
51 39 2.39 JUN090656 ESSENTIAL MARVEL TEAM-UP TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
52 20 2.35 JUN090619 ASTONISHING X-MEN PREM HC GHOST BOX $29.99 MAR
53 31 2.29 JUN090991 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT $19.99 IDW
54 44 2.24 MAY090187 ROBIN SEARCH FOR A HERO TP $19.99 DC
55 6 2.20 FEB092598-M MMW GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES HC VOL 01 $59.99 MAR
56 51 2.17 JUN090629 WOLVERINE ORIGINS PREM HC DARK REIGN $19.99 MAR
57 9 2.14 FEB092600-M MMW SUB-MARINER HC VOL 03 $54.99 MAR
58 67 2.13 JUN090649 WOLVERINE TP FLIES TO A SPIDER $16.99 MAR
59 18 2.12 MAR092628 AVENGERS FOREVER HC $34.99 MAR
60 54 2.10 JUN090630 PUNISHER DARK REIGN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
61 10 2.08 APR090060 EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.95 DAR
62 37 2.02 MAY090579 X-MEN LEGACY SALVAGE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
63 98 2.01 MAY090600 GHOST RIDER TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS TP $12.99 MAR
64 129 1.97 JUN090636 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 13 DIGEST $9.99 MAR
65 128 1.96 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
66 87 1.95 MAY090181 BOOSTER GOLD REALITY LOST TP $14.99 DC
67 25 1.95 MAR094507 BEYOND WONDERLAND HC $24.99 ZEN
68 92 1.88 JUN090650 RUNAWAYS PRIDE & JOY TP $14.99 MAR
69 41 1.84 JUN090611-M MMW INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
70 96 1.83 JUN090637 X-MEN FIRST CLASS TP FINALS GN $14.99 MAR
71 316 1.82 AUG072297 WOLVERINE EVOLUTION BLACK WHITE PREM HC $19.99 MAR
72 152 1.81 MAY091067 ROSARIO VAMPIRE GN VOL 08 $7.99 VIZ
73 30 1.80 JUN090647 HEROES REBORN THE RETURN TP $29.99 MAR
74 65 1.78 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
75 73 1.78 JUN090623 MIGHTY AVENGERS PREM HC EARTHS MIGHTIEST $19.99 MAR
76 19 1.78 MAR090184 DC LIBRARY FLASH OF TWO WORLDS HC $39.99 DC
77 229 1.77 FEB051940 SUPREME POWER HC VOL 01 (MR) $29.99 MAR
78 50 1.75 MAR092638 BLACK WIDOW STING OF THE WIDOW PREM HC $24.99 MAR
79 333 1.75 FEB072185-M SPIDER-MAN REIGN PREMIERE HC $19.99 MAR
80 52 1.74 MAY090580 AGENTS OF ATLAS PREM HC DARK REIGN $24.99 MAR
81 100 1.72 JAN090228 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC
82 111 1.71 JUN090648 WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS TP NINJAS GODS AND DIVAS $12.99 MAR
83 76 1.71 MAY090185 DEATH OF THE NEW GODS TP $19.99 DC
84 80 1.71 MAY090217 AUTHORITY WORLDS END TP BOOK 01 $17.99 DC
85 81 1.70 MAY090180 BRAVE AND THE BOLD THE BOOK OF DESTINY TP $17.99 DC
86 104 1.70 MAY090599 SPIDER-MAN FAMILY TIES TP $14.99 MAR
87 106 1.65 MAR090181 GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC
88 58 1.65 JUN090633 IMMORTAL IRON FIST PREM HC VOL 05 ESCAPE FROM EIGHTH CITY $24.99 MAR
89 49 1.65 MAY090050 MARQUIS TP VOL 01 INFERNO $24.95 DAR
90 169 1.63 MAY091066 D GRAY MAN GN VOL 14 $7.99 VIZ
91 150 1.63 JUN091098 INU YASHA TP VOL 39 $8.95 VIZ
92 110 1.59 DEC060220 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH TP $14.99 DC
93 99 1.55 JUN091035 WET MOON GN VOL 05 (MR) $14.95 ONI
94 162 1.54 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC
95 126 1.53 OCT058020 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED $12.99 DC
96 43 1.52 FEB082311 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 01 $29.99 MAR
97 131 1.52 JUN090646 ETERNALS TP MANIFEST DESTINY $12.99 MAR
98 382 1.50 FEB062067 DEFENDERS INDEFENSIBLE PREMIERE HC $19.99 MAR
99 88 1.48 JUN090654 NYX TP NO WAY HOME $19.99 MAR
100 113 1.47 MAY090190 METAL MEN TP $14.99 DC

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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.