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Top 100 Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks: September 2009

Dark Horse Comics' continuation of Joss Whedon's cult series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the latest trade paperback collection, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 5: Predators and Prey, gave the Oregon-based publisher the bestselling graphic novel in the month of September. In total, Dark Horse Comics had four of the top ten graphic novels for the month.

DC Comics had four titles in the top 10, lead by DMZ Volume 7: War Powers from their Vertigo imprint at #3. Marvel Comics rounded out the top 10 with two titles, lead by Eric Shanower and Scottie Young's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at #4.

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

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

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 3 9.38 MAY090057 BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 05 PREDATOR & PREY $15.95 DAR
2 4 7.81 JUN090040 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS $17.95 DAR
3 15 7.11 JUN090262 DMZ TP VOL 07 WAR POWERS (MR) $14.99 DC 
4 2 5.84 JUL090457 WONDERFUL WIZARD OZ HC $29.99 MAR
5 11 5.54 APR090029 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 06 $19.95 DAR
6 19 4.88 MAY090177 BATMAN CACOPHONY HC $19.99 DC 
7 24 4.70 JUN090205 BATMAN THE BLACK GLOVE TP $17.99 DC 
8 7 4.34 MAY090235 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 01 (MR) $29.99 DC 
9 34 4.30 JUL090619 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP MAN WITH NO FACE $15.99 MAR
10 31 4.20 JUN090056 GOON TP VOL 09 CALAMITY OF CONSCIENCE $15.95 DAR
11 35 4.14 MAY090078 BERSERK VOL 31 (MR) $14.95 DAR
12 84 4.10 JUN091101 BLEACH TP VOL 28 $7.95 VIZ
13 17 4.08 JUL090595 ULTIMATUM PREM HC $24.99 MAR
14 42 3.88 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
15 28 3.75 JUN090204 BATMAN GOTHAM AFTER MIDNIGHT TP $19.99 DC 
16 100 3.74 MAY090068 INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES TP VOL 02 $7.95 DAR
17 30 3.71 JUL090601 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 02 DARK REIGN $19.99 MAR
18 40 3.70 JUN090898 LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 FAN
19 46 3.56 JUL090622 MARVEL ZOMBIES ARMY OF DARKNESS TP $15.99 MAR
20 25 3.40 MAY090189 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON HC VOL 02 $24.99 DC 
21 37 3.34 JUN090011 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 18 $17.95 DAR
22 26 3.31 JUL090589 DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS HC $24.99 MAR
23 39 3.12 MAY090188 JSA HC VOL 05 BLACK ADAM AND ISIS $19.99 DC 
24 48 3.05 JUN090216 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WARLORD TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC 
25 41 3.04 JUL090623 X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT TP $19.99 MAR
26 27 3.03 JUN090248 SLEEPER SEASON 2 TP $24.99 DC 
27 23 2.99 MAY090183 GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 02 JOKERS AND MADMEN $29.99 DC 
28 21 2.83 JUL091141 BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUS BY ROBERT CRUMB HC $24.95 WW 
29 12 2.81 APR090207 DC LIBRARY JLA BY GEORGE PEREZ HC VOL 01 $39.99 DC 
30 69 2.78 JUN090208 FLASH CHRONICLES TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC 
31 82 2.76 JUL091149 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 06 $10.99 HAC
32 29 2.68 JUL090890 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 02 HEAD GAMES $24.99 IDW
33 114 2.65 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
34 76 2.63 JUL090611 SPIDER-MAN NOIR GN TP $14.99 MAR
35 52 2.63 JUL090630 ESSENTIAL SUB-MARINER TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
36 16 2.59 JUL090590 AVENGERS INVADERS HC $39.99 MAR
37 78 2.58 JUN090213 SUPERMAN KRYPTONITE TP $14.99 DC 
38 55 2.57 JUN090620 SECRET WARRIORS PREM HC VOL 01 NICK FURY AGENT OF NOTHING $19.99 MAR
39 14 2.54 MAY090628 PROCESS RECESS HC VOL 03 HALLOWED SEAM (MR) $34.95 ADH
40 38 2.52 JUL090624 HULK SKAAR SON OF HULK TP $24.99 MAR
41 56 2.51 JUL090618 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 02 WAR OF KINGS BOOK 01 $19.99 MAR
42 65 2.49 MAY090236 FABLES TP VOL 12 THE DARK AGES (MR) $17.99 DC 
43 104 2.45 MAY090748 INCREDIBLES FAMILY MATTERS TP $9.99 BOO
44 20 2.41 MAY090182 DC LIBRARY BATMAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY HC $39.99 DC 
45 88 2.33 JUN090218 WONDER WOMAN THE CIRCLE TP $14.99 DC 
46 36 2.32 JUL090920 ANGEL AFTER THE FALL HC VOL 05 AFTERMATH $24.99 IDW
47 134 2.31 FEB092449 DARKNESS ACCURSED TP VOL 02 $9.99 IMA
48 44 2.31 JUL090629 SECRET WAR TP $24.99 MAR
49 6 2.29 MAR092619-M MMW ATLAS ERA BLACK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 $59.99 MAR
50 54 2.27 JUL090899 TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON TP VOL 02 $19.99 IDW
51 10 2.24 JUN090054 HELLBOY LIBRARY ED HC VOL 03 CONQUEROR WORM & STRANGE PLACES $49.95 DAR
52 95 2.24 JUN090215 TITANS LOCKDOWN TP $14.99 DC 
53 94 2.22 JUL090259 HIGH MOON TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC 
54 103 2.21 MAY090083 GUNSMITH CATS BURST TP VOL 04 (MR) $12.95 DAR
55 66 2.21 JUL090273 TRICK R TREAT TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
56 61 2.19 MAR090057 EMILY THE STRANGE TP VOL 02 $19.95 DAR
57 67 2.17 JUL090626 CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 TP VOL 03 VAMPIRE STATE $19.99 MAR
58 58 2.16 JUL090908 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 05 $19.99 IDW
59 93 2.15 JAN094153 X-MEN MISFITS GN VOL 01 $12.99 RAN
60 49 2.15 JUL090593 ULTIMATUM SPIDER-MAN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
61 154 2.11 JUL090612-M MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD TP HERO UP DIGEST $9.99 MAR
62 51 2.11 JUL090609 MARVEL 1602 PREM HC $24.99 MAR
63 81 2.09 AUG050185 ARKHAM ASYLUM ANNIVERSARY ED SC (MR) $17.99 DC 
64 1 2.09 JAN090275 ABSOLUTE V FOR VENDETTA HC (MR) $99.99 DC 
65 121 2.08 JUL091038 CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 14 (MR) $10.99 TOK
66 13 2.06 APR090556-M MMW INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 06 $54.99 MAR
67 106 2.05 JUL090239-M SUPERMAN BATMAN TP VOL 01 PUBLIC ENEMIES NEW PTG $14.99 DC 
68 146 2.05 MAY090082 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 02 $9.95 DAR
69 75 2.05 JUL090594 ULTIMATUM REQUIEM PREM HC $19.99 MAR
70 72 2.02 JUN090214 TANGENT SUPERMANS REIGN TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
71 57 2.01 APR090574-M SPIDER-MAN SINISTER SIX PREM HC $24.99 MAR
72 43 1.96 JUL090627 THOR BY JURGENS AND ROMITA JR TP VOL 01 $29.99 MAR
73 59 1.95 JUN090627 HULK GRAY PREM HC $24.99 MAR
74 92 1.89 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
75 5 1.88 APR090555 ASTONISHING X-MEN BY WHEDON & CASSADAY OMNIBUS HC $75.00 MAR
76 64 1.85 JUL090598 FANTASTIC FOUR PREM HC MASTERS OF DOOM $24.99 MAR
77 141 1.83 MAY090749 CARS ROOKIE TP $9.99 BOO
78 74 1.80 JUL090907 GI JOE ORIGINS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
79 112 1.80 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
80 115 1.78 JUN090256 ALCOHOLIC SC (MR) $14.99 DC 
81 109 1.77 APR090024 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 20 BAWLPLAYERS & OTHER STORIES $14.95 DAR
82 178 1.77 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC 
83 62 1.76 JUN090016 INDIANA JONES FURTHER ADV OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $24.95 DAR
84 53 1.75 JUL090591 HULK PLANET SKAAR HC $29.99 MAR
85 91 1.72 JUN090210 SPIRIT TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
86 68 1.71 JUL090587-M MMW AVENGERS TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
87 117 1.70 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
88 32 1.70 DEC084295 APPLE ANTHOLOGY GN VOL 03 $34.95 UDO
89 129 1.67 AUG090801 GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS TP VOL 03 TANKIES (MR) $12.99 DE
90 184 1.66 JUN091099 INU YASHA TP VOL 40 $8.95 VIZ
91 105 1.65 JUN090209 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY THE WEDDING ALBUM TP $17.99 DC 
92 127 1.65 JUL090620 SAVAGE SHE-HULK TP $14.99 MAR
93 124 1.64 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
94 71 1.64 JUN090631 SPIDER-MAN 24-7 PREM HC $24.99 MAR
95 133 1.64 JUN091123 PLUTO URASAWA X TEZUKA GN VOL 05 $12.99 VIZ
96 99 1.62 JUN090621 NEW AVENGERS REUNION PREM HC $19.99 MAR
97 108 1.62 MAR092481 WITCHBLADE ORIGINS TP VOL 03 $17.99 IMA
98 77 1.60 JUL090603 OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 10 $24.99 MAR
99 98 1.60 JUL090919 ANGEL BLOOD AND TRENCHES TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
100 60 1.60 JUL090592 X-MEN ORIGINS HC $29.99 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.