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Top 100 Graphic Novels and TPs: January 2010

Just optioned by AMC for a television series, Image Comics' The Walking Dead from writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard has revolutioning zombie comics. The collection The Walking Dead Volume 11: Fear the Hunters gave Image the best-selling graphic novel in January as it collected the series' latest story arc.

DC Comics had three books in the top ten graphic novels for January. Leading the way from their Vertigo imprint was The Unwritten Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity at #2, which collected the debut issues of their new series about a young man who was the subject a series of children's books when he was younger. Chill, from the Vertigo Crime imprint, ranked #5, and House of Mystery Volume 3: The Space Between, also from the Vertigo imprint, ranked #7.

Marvel Comics had four books in the top ten with Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 22: Ultimatum, which showed the effect of the Ultimatum crossover on the world of Spider-Man, their top book at #3. This was followed by the collected edition of Ultimatum at #4, Captain America: Road to Reborn at #6, and Siege Prelude, which collected a number of stories leading up to this winter's Siege crossover, ranked #10 for the month.

Rounding out the top ten graphic novels for January was Dark Horse Comics, with two volumes in the top reaches of the chart. Blade of the Immortal Volume 22: Footsteps, the latest volume of the long-running and best-selling manga, placed #8 on the chart, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Volume 9: Destroyer ranked #9.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2010

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 26.65 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
2 16 9.20 OCT090309 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 01 TOMMY TAYLOR BOGUS IDENTITY TP (MR) $9.99 DC 
3 2 6.73 NOV090559 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 22 ULTIMATUM $19.99 MAR
4 6 5.82 NOV090561 ULTIMATUM TP $19.99 MAR
5 12 4.77 SEP090215 CHILL HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
6 14 4.76 NOV090558 CAPTAIN AMERICA ROAD TO REBORN TP $19.99 MAR
7 24 4.60 OCT090303 HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 03 THE SPACE BETWEEN (MR) $14.99 DC 
8 10 4.58 SEP090042 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 22 FOOTSTEPS $19.99 DAR
9 18 4.38 OCT090108 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 08 DESTROYER $17.99 DAR
10 8 4.32 NOV090557 SIEGE PRELUDE TP $24.99 MAR
11 19 4.15 NOV090540 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI PREM HC VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
12 11 3.93 NOV090626 NO HERO TP (MR) $19.99 AVA
13 23 3.66 OCT090254 TALES OF THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL 02 $19.99 DC 
14 9 3.65 SEP090039 STAR WARS OMNIBUS SHADOWS OF EMPIRE TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
15 15 3.64 NOV090562 SPIDER-MAN ELECTION DAY TP $24.99 MAR
16 34 3.59 NOV090560 ULTIMATUM REQUIEM TP $15.99 MAR
17 30 3.44 OCT090243 BATMAN UNDER THE COWL TP $17.99 DC 
18 66 3.39 OCT091141 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 22 $9.99 VIZ
19 26 3.38 OCT090602 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 03 MOST WANTED BK 02 $19.99 MAR
20 22 3.36 APR083834 TROUBLEMAKERS HC $19.99 FAN
21 39 3.35 OCT090247 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA SANCTUARY TP $14.99 DC 
22 13 3.23 NOV090538 LIST HC $29.99 MAR
23 20 3.20 NOV090556 HULK FALL OF THE HULKS PRELUDE TP $24.99 MAR
24 29 3.19 NOV090570 ESSENTIAL AVENGERS TP VOL 07 $19.99 MAR
25 28 3.15 NOV090565 DAREDEVIL TP BORN AGAIN $19.99 MAR
26 70 3.14 AUG090055 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 34 $10.99 DAR
27 46 3.10 SEP090031 GOON TP VOL 00 ROUGH STUFF REVISED ED $13.99 DAR
28 90 2.96 NOV090617 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 12 $7.95 ARC
29 32 2.94 OCT090246 DOC SAVAGE THE SILVER PYRAMID TP $19.99 DC 
30 33 2.86 NOV090232 LOSERS VOLUME 1 AND 2 TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
31 53 2.85 OCT090298 HUMAN TARGET CHANCE MEETINGS TP $14.99 DC 
32 69 2.74 NOV090746 TSUBASA GN VOL 25 $10.99 RAN
33 85 2.73 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
34 59 2.57 OCT090248 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA STRANGE ADVENTURES TP $14.99 DC 
35 61 2.57 OCT090307 YOUNG LIARS TP VOL 03 ROCK LIFE (MR) $14.99 DC 
36 96 2.53 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
37 41 2.45 NOV090827 TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON TP VOL 04 $17.99 IDW
38 71 2.34 AUG091074 STREET FIGHTER IV TP VOL 01 $12.95 UDO
39 17 2.32 JUN090616 X-MEN MUTANT MASSACRE HC $39.99 MAR
40 44 2.31 OCT090255 TITANS TP VOL 01 OLD FRIENDS $19.99 DC 
41 4 2.31 JUN090055 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 05 $49.95 DAR
42 21 2.31 AUG090555 X-MEN ASGARDIAN WARS HC $34.99 MAR
43 47 2.30 OCT090250 SUPERBOY THE GREATEST TEAM UPS EVER TOLD TP $19.99 DC 
44 5 2.30 SEP090018 BARRY WINDSOR SMITH CONAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $49.99 DAR
45 35 2.28 NOV090542 SPIDER-MAN RETURN OF BLACK CAT PREM HC $24.99 MAR
46 50 2.25 JUL090606-M X-MEN VS AVENGERS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
47 3 2.24 AUG090547-M MMW ATLAS ERA JUNGLE ADVENTURE HC VOL 01 $59.99 MAR
48 52 2.18 JUL090604-M X-MEN VS FANTASTIC FOUR PREM HC $19.99 MAR
49 77 2.18 OCT090264 BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP $12.99 DC 
50 58 2.18 OCT090249 REBELS TP VOL 01 THE COMING OF STARRO $17.99 DC 
51 8990 2.14 FEB072176 RED PROPHET TALES OF ALVIN MAKER PREM HC VOL 01 BM ED $19.99 MAR
52 73 2.09 OCT090385 SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 04 $14.99 IMA
53 7 2.07 AUG090545-M MMW DOCTOR STRANGE HC VOL 04 $54.99 MAR
54 122 2.05 JUL098327 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 21 $9.99 VIZ
55 124 2.03 OCT091128 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 04 $9.99 VIZ
56 57 2.02 NOV090543 SECRET WARRIORS VOL 02 GOD OF FEAR GOD OF WAR PREM HC $19.99 MAR
57 127 1.99 OCT091138 INU YASHA TP VOL 44 $9.99 VIZ
58 109 1.98 SEP090705 INCREDIBLES TP VOL 01 CITY OF INCREDIBLES $9.99 BOO
59 128 1.98 JUL098326 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 20 $9.99 VIZ
60 64 1.98 OCT090019 REX MUNDI TP VOL 06 GATE OF GOD $17.99 DAR
61 130 1.97 OCT091130 ONE PIECE TP VOL 24 $9.99 VIZ
62 83 1.93 OCT091123 PLUTO URASAWA X TEZUKA GN VOL 07 $12.99 VIZ
63 117 1.92 SEP090712 MUPPET SHOW TREASURE OF PEG LEG WILSON TP $9.99 BOO
64 104 1.86 OCT090267 MAD ABOUT SUPER HEROES TP VOL 02 $12.99 DC 
65 48 1.86 NOV090547 OFF HB OF MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 12 $24.99 MAR
66 113 1.85 OCT058020 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED $12.99 DC 
67 156 1.79 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC 
68 51 1.78 NOV090548 AVENGERS WORLD TRUST PREM HC $24.99 MAR
69 37 1.76 AUG090745 LIFE & TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK HC VOL 01 (BOOM) $24.99 BOO
70 121 1.72 OCT090866 NEGIMA NEO GN VOL 04 (MR) $10.99 RAN
71 55 1.70 NOV090531-M MMW FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
72 97 1.68 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
73 139 1.64 OCT091079 STARCRAFT GHOST ACADEMY GN VOL 01 $10.99 TOK
74 108 1.62 NOV090554 MARVEL FAIRY TALES TP GN $14.99 MAR
75 74 1.62 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
76 144 1.62 SEP090701 CARS TP VOL 02 RADIATOR SPRINGS $9.99 BOO
77 112 1.61 NOV090563 MARVEL DIVAS TP $14.99 MAR
78 67 1.60 SEP090750 BOYS TP VOL 05 HEROGASM (MR) $19.99 DE
79 99 1.60 JUL090022 CLEANERS TP VOL 01 ABSENT BODIES $14.95 DAR
80 27 1.57 SEP090277 ART OF GREG HORN HC VOL 02 COVER STORIES $39.99 IMA
81 88 1.57 JAN092437 DARK TOWER TREACHERY PREM HC $24.99 MAR
82 165 1.55 OCT091131 ONE PIECE TP VOL 25 $9.99 VIZ
83 65 1.54 AUG090566-M THING PROJECT PEGASUS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
84 49 1.51 NOV090568 HULK VISIONARIES PETER DAVID TP VOL 07 $29.99 MAR
85 172 1.51 OCT090699 ARCHIE & FRIENDS TP VOL 02 BETTYS DIARY $9.95 ARC
86 146 1.50 NOV090566 WOLVERINE BLACK CAT CLAWS TP $12.99 MAR
87 25 1.49 OCT090995 COMPLETE CHESTER GOULDS DICK TRACY HC VOL 09 $39.99 IDW
88 40 1.47 NOV090567 ALIAS ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP BOOK 02 $34.99 MAR
89 76 1.45 NOV090544 CABLE PREM HC VOL 03 STRANDED $19.99 MAR
90 132 1.44 NOV068026 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (MR) $12.99 IMA
91 183 1.44 OCT091154 NANA TP VOL 20 (MR) $9.99 VIZ
92 166 1.43 OCT091093 FATE STAY NIGHT GN VOL 06 $10.99 TOK
93 182 1.43 OCT091132 ONE PIECE TP VOL 26 $9.99 VIZ
94 168 1.43 NOV090652 GURREN LAGANN GN VOL 04 $10.99 BAN
95 185 1.42 OCT091133 ONE PIECE TP VOL 27 $9.99 VIZ
96 82 1.42 NOV090537 HULK SON OF HULK HC DARK SON RISING $19.99 MAR
97 187 1.41 OCT091134 ONE PIECE TP VOL 28 $9.99 VIZ
98 79 1.41 NOV090840 STAR TREK SPOCK REFLECTIONS TP $17.99 IDW
99 221 1.40 NOV090552 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN AND AVENGERS TP DIGEST $9.99 MAR
100 86 1.40 NOV090545 AGENTS OF ATLAS TURF WARS PREM HC $19.99 MAR

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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.