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Top 100 Graphic Novels and TPs: December 2009

A new masked adventurer and the Republican National Convention both complicate the life of New York City Mayor Mitchell Hundred in Ex Machina Volume 8: Dirty Tricks, the latest collected volume of the political superhero series from Brian K. Vaughn and Tony Harris, giving DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint the best-selling graphic novel in the month of December. DC Comics also placed Batman: The Cat and the Bat at #6 for the month, collecting the storyline from Batman Confidential that matched Batgirl against Catwoman.

Marvel Comics had three graphic novels in December's top ten. Deadpool Volume 2: Dark Reign, chronicling the Merc with a Mouth's adventures in the wake of Secret Invasion, placed #2 for the month, followed by the Marvel Zombies Return hardcover at #7 and Ultimatum: X-Men/Fantastic Four, collecting the final adventures of these teams in the Ultimate Universe as the Ultimatum crossover unfolded, placed #10.

Dark Horse Comics placed two graphic novels in the top ten — Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 4: The Colossus of Destiny at #3 and The Goon Volume 6: Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker at #9.

Other publishers in the top ten include BOOM! Studios' Irredeemable Volume 2 at #4, VIZ Media's Bleach Volume 29 at #5, and IDW Publishing's The Rocketeer: The Complete Collection hardcover at #8.

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

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 12 7.64 SEP090201 EX MACHINA TP VOL 08 DIRTY TRICKS (MR) $12.99 DC 
2 13 6.25 OCT090622 DEADPOOL TP VOL 02 DARK REIGN $14.99 MAR
3 40 5.58 OCT090097 STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP VOL 04 COLOSSUS OF DESTINY $7.99 DAR
4 9 5.19 OCT090788 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 02 $16.99 BOO
5 31 4.70 SEP091004 BLEACH TP VOL 29 $9.99 VIZ
6 26 4.32 SEP090160 BATMAN THE CAT AND THE BAT TP $12.99 DC 
7 11 4.09 OCT090596 MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN HC $24.99 MAR
8 6 3.73 AUG090961 ROCKETEER COMPLETE COLLECTION HC VOL 01 $29.99 IDW
9 21 3.71 AUG090047 GOON TP VOL 06 CHINATOWN & MYSTERY MR WICKER $15.95 DAR
10 16 3.60 OCT090624 ULTIMATUM X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR TP $19.99 MAR
11 23 3.54 OCT090634 SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 01 NICK FURY AGENT OF NOTHING $16.99 MAR
12 100 3.49 SEP091020 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 08 $7.99 VIZ
13 7 3.46 OCT090635 X-FORCE CABLE MESSIAH WAR TP $34.99 MAR
14 77 3.46 JUL090090 STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP VOL 01 SLAVES OF REPUBLIC $9.95 DAR
15 17 3.46 AUG090052 STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 07 STORMS $17.95 DAR
16 18 3.21 OCT090623 ULTIMATUM TP MARCH ON ULTIMATUM $19.99 MAR
17 37 3.20 SEP090228 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 05 LONELY CITY NEW ED (MR) $14.99 DC 
18 42 3.16 OCT090646 PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX TP WELCOME TO BAYOU (MR) $14.99 MAR
19 29 2.98 SEP090170 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 03 $17.99 DC 
20 51 2.98 SEP090172 TEEN TITANS DEATHTRAP TP $14.99 DC 
21 53 2.93 SEP090166 GREEN LANTERN CHRONICLES TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC 
22 8 2.93 SEP090038 STAR WARS THRAWN TRILOGY HC VOL 01 $34.95 DAR
23 54 2.91 OCT090638 X-MEN SPIDER-MAN TP $14.99 MAR
24 24 2.89 OCT090642 THOR TP AGES OF THUNDER $19.99 MAR
25 48 2.87 AUG091146 TALES FROM WONDERLAND TP VOL 02 $12.99 ZEN
26 67 2.87 JUN090062 GANTZ TP VOL 08 (MR) $12.99 DAR
27 25 2.87 OCT090636 X-INFERNUS TP $19.99 MAR
28 38 2.85 OCT090630 DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN TP $16.99 MAR
29 19 2.84 SEP090865 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 06 $19.99 IDW
30 27 2.83 OCT090633 FANTASTIC FOUR TP MASTERS OF DOOM $19.99 MAR
31 70 2.81 OCT091177 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 07 $10.99 HAC
32 4 2.78 JUL090585-M MMW NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD HC VOL 02 $54.99 MAR
33 62 2.73 OCT090368 AMORY WARS TP VOL 02 SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE $14.99 IMA
34 83 2.71 SEP090173 SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM TP $12.99 DC 
35 85 2.65 SEP090188 SUPERGIRL COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE EIGHTH GRADE TP $12.99 DC 
36 15 2.63 AUG090204 EX MACHINA DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 02 (MR) $29.99 DC 
37 35 2.59 OCT090612 X-FORCE PREM HC VOL 03 NOT FORGOTTEN $19.99 MAR
38 33 2.55 OCT090615-M ANITA BLAKE PREM HC BOOK 02 LC NECROMANCER $19.99 MAR
39 47 2.54 SEP090161 BATMAN THE WRATH TP $17.99 DC 
40 116 2.49 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
41 63 2.44 OCT090628 DARK REIGN YOUNG AVENGERS TP $16.99 MAR
42 65 2.35 MAY091049 STREET FIGHTER TP VOL 05 KICK IT INTO TURBO $13.99 UDO
43 44 2.35 OCT090619 MINI MARVELS TP ULTIMATE COLLECTION GN $19.99 MAR
44 39 2.34 SEP090207 FRINGE TP $19.99 DC 
45 118 2.30 AUG090053 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 03 $9.99 DAR
46 84 2.28 JUL090364 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 03 $14.99 IMA
47 49 2.27 SEP090162 BATMAN THE CULT TP $19.99 DC 
48 50 2.25 AUG090015 CHRONICLES OF KULL TP VOL 01 KING COMES RIDING $18.95 DAR
49 5 2.24 JUN090609-M MMW GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER HC VOL 03 $59.99 MAR
50 141 2.23 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
51 55 2.21 OCT090627 AGENTS OF ATLAS TP DARK REIGN $19.99 MAR
52 1 2.21 AUG090962 ROCKETEER COMPLETE COLLECTION DLX ED HC VOL 01 $75.00 IDW
53 57 2.20 SEP090547 SKY DOLL TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 MAR
54 74 2.20 SEP090795 HIDEYUKI KIKUCHIS VAMPIRE HUNTER D GN VOL 04 $13.95 DIG
55 120 2.18 SEP091007 ROSARIO VAMPIRE GN VOL 10 $9.99 VIZ
56 59 2.17 OCT090632 DARK REIGN HOOD TP $19.99 MAR
57 96 2.14 SEP090164 BOOSTER GOLD BLUE AND GOLD TP $14.99 DC 
58 30 2.13 OCT090594-M MMW UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
59 61 2.13 OCT090605 SPIDER-MAN RED-HEADED STRANGER PREM HC $19.99 MAR
60 140 2.13 OCT090621 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 14 THWIP DIGEST $9.99 MAR
61 60 2.12 OCT090625 MS MARVEL TP VOL 07 DARK REIGN $19.99 MAR
62 32 2.08 OCT090639 MARVELS TP $24.99 MAR
63 98 2.07 SEP090174 TERRA TP $14.99 DC 
64 93 2.05 SEP090528 BLACK PANTHER TP DEADLIEST OF SPECIES $15.99 MAR
65 36 2.03 OCT090631 DARK REIGN UNDERSIDE TP $24.99 MAR
66 105 2.00 SEP090525 UNCANNY X-MEN FIRST CLASS TP HATED AND FEARED GN $14.99 MAR
67 145 2.00 SEP091006 ONE PIECE TP VOL 23 $7.95 VIZ
68 66 1.98 AUG090016 CHRONICLES OF SOLOMON KANE TP VOL 01 $18.95 DAR
69 68 1.95 OCT090647 ESSENTIAL X-FACTOR TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
70 139 1.93 SEP091017 INU YASHA TP VOL 43 $9.99 VIZ
71 102 1.92 SEP090022 FEAR AGENT TP VOL 05 I AGAINST I $14.95 DAR
72 123 1.89 JUN090793 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 01 $9.99 BOO
73 56 1.89 OCT091062 ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 03 $18.95 RED
74 88 1.88 SEP090165 GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY ENEMIES LIST TP $17.99 DC 
75 20 1.88 MAY090847 POPEYE HC VOL 04 PLUNDER ISLAND $29.99 FAN
76 92 1.82 AUG090027 365 SAMURAI & FEW BOWLS OF RICE SC $16.95 DAR
77 22 1.81 SEP090893 ART OF STEVE DITKO HC $29.99 IDW
78 94 1.81 SEP090168 MIGHTY TP VOL 01 $17.99 DC 
79 81 1.81 SEP090510 NEW MUTANTS PREM HC  RETURN OF LEGION $19.99 MAR
80 110 1.80 JUL091089 STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS TP VOL 02 CHUN LI $12.95 UDO
81 78 1.79 SEP090167 JLA YEAR ONE TP $19.99 DC 
82 104 1.77 OCT090640 RUNAWAYS GOOD DIE YOUNG TP $16.99 MAR
83 91 1.77 SEP090847 WOLVERINE WEAPON X 100 PROJECT TP $12.99 THE
84 10 1.76 MAY090184 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT ARCHIVES HC VOL 06 $59.99 DC 
85 2 1.76 MAY090564-M TOMB OF DRACULA OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99 MAR
86 69 1.74 OCT090716 GRAVEL TP VOL 02 THE MAJOR SEVEN (MR) $19.99 AVA
87 34 1.73 OCT090644 WHAT IF CLASSIC TP VOL 06 $29.99 MAR
88 90 1.70 OCT090604 THUNDERBOLTS PREM HC WIDOWMAKER $19.99 MAR
89 89 1.68 SEP090169 RANN THANAGAR HOLY WAR TP VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
90 109 1.67 AUG090313 ONE MODEL NATION GN $17.99 IMA
91 76 1.65 OCT090987 DOCTOR WHO THROUGH TIME AND SPACE TP $19.99 IDW
92 198 1.65 SEP090858 TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED TP VOL 12 $7.99 IDW
93 106 1.64 SEP090171 SIMON DARK TP VOL 03 THE GAME OF LIFE $17.99 DC 
94 124 1.63 SEP091016 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 06 $12.99 VIZ
95 99 1.57 OCT090643 SUB-MARINER TP DEPTHS $19.99 MAR
96 3 1.54 JUL090584 DAREDEVIL OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 BY BENDIS & MALEEV $99.99 MAR
97 72 1.54 OCT090614 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC VOL 03 WAR OF KINGS BK 02 $24.99 MAR
98 75 1.51 OCT090603 PUNISHER DEAD END PREM HC $24.99 MAR
99 158 1.49 AUG090744 FINDING NEMO REEF RESCUE TP $9.99 BOO
100 52 1.46 SEP090822 MORE THAN COMPLETE ACTION PHILOSOPHERS TP $24.99 EVI

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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.