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Top 100 Graphic Novels: February 2010

Fables Volume 13 Bill Willingham's Fables, his take on the creatures of myth and legend as their lives intersect with our world, has been a strong seller for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint and was optioned for a pilot by ABC. The latest collected volume in the series, Fables Volume 13: The Great Fables Crossover, collecting a nine-part storyline that ran between Fables and Jack of Fables, provided DC/Vertigo with the best-selling graphic novel to comic shops in February.

In total, DC Comics had four of the best-selling graphic novels during the month. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman Volume 2 trade paperback ranked #3, Green Lantern: Secret Origin ranked #6, and Hellblazer: Pandemonium, an original hardcover, ranked #8.

Marvel Comics had two graphic novels in the top 10. The Kick-Ass Premiere hardcover, collecting the Mark Miller/John Romita, Jr. creator-owned series soon to be a film from Lionsgate, ranked #2 for the month, and The Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead Premiere hardcover, collecting the latest chapter of Marvel's adaptation of Stephen King's The Gunslinger series, ranked #8.

Dark Horse Comics placed three graphic novels in the top ten. Star Wars Adventures Volume 3: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes ranked #5, Star Wars: Legacy Volume 8: Tatooine ranked #9, and Berserk Volume 10 ranked #10.

Rounding out the top ten was Viz Media with Naruto Volume 47 at #4.

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

QUANTITY RANK DOLLAR RANK INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 19.40 NOV090228 FABLES TP VOL 13 THE GREAT FABLES CROSSOVER (MR) $17.99 DC 
2 1 14.92 DEC090575-M KICK ASS PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
3 10 9.08 NOV090170 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP VOL 02 $12.99 DC 
4 14 8.36 NOV090945 NARUTO TP VOL 47 $9.99 VIZ
5 28 7.20 SEP090035 STAR WARS ADV TP VOL 03 LUKE SKYWALKER TREASURE DRAGONSNAKES $7.95 DAR
6 11 7.06 NOV090177 GREEN LANTERN SECRET ORIGIN TP $14.99 DC 
7 4 6.85 NOV090539 DARK TOWER FALL OF GILEAD PREM HC $24.99 MAR
8 5 6.73 OCT090300 HELLBLAZER PANDEMONIUM HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
9 12 5.50 NOV090075 STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 08 TATOOINE $17.99 DAR
10 15 5.24 SEP090043 BERSERK TP VOL 33 $14.99 DAR
11 24 4.83 NOV090237 MADAME XANADU TP VOL 02 EXODUS NOIR (MR) $12.99 DC 
12 3 4.25 OCT090253 STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 04 $49.99 DC 
13 16 4.13 NOV090541 DEADPOOL PREM HC VOL 03 X MARKS THE SPOT $19.99 MAR
14 23 3.94 DEC090611 HULK TP VOL 03 HULK NO MORE $15.99 MAR
15 6 3.92 OCT090299 PREACHER HC BOOK 02 (MR) $39.99 DC 
16 30 3.78 NOV090173 DC UNIVERSE ORIGINS TP $14.99 DC 
17 35 3.66 NOV090168 BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 09 $14.99 DC 
18 80 3.59 NOV090986 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 09 $7.99 VIZ
19 62 3.58 NOV090061 MESMO DELIVERY GN VOL 01 $9.99 DAR
20 17 3.47 DEC090684 IGNITION CITY TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 AVA
21 47 3.43 DEC090825 NEGIMA GN VOL 25 (MR) $10.99 RAN
22 22 3.42 DEC090596 DARK AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 02 MOLECULE MAN $19.99 MAR
23 26 3.39 NOV090181 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE TP $17.99 DC 
24 54 3.22 NOV090199 TINY TITANS SIDEKICKIN IT TP $12.99 DC 
25 41 3.11 DEC090619 IMMORTAL WEAPONS TP $16.99 MAR
26 74 3.06 NOV090963 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
27 39 3.06 AUG090317 ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP VOL 03 $16.99 IMA
28 9 3.05 DEC090613 DEADPOOL & CABLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP BOOK 01 $39.99 MAR
29 50 3.04 DEC090612 WOLVERINE DARK WOLVERINE TP PRINCE $14.99 MAR
30 48 3.04 DEC090624 SPIDER-MAN ANTI-VENOM TP $14.99 MAR
31 49 2.99 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
32 20 2.91 DEC090595 HALO HELLJUMPER PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR
33 13 2.89 AUG090551-M WOLVERINE HC OLD MAN LOGAN $34.99 MAR
34 44 2.88 NOV090172 HITMAN TP VOL 02 10000 BULLETS $17.99 DC 
35 33 2.81 DEC090628 ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL TP VOL 05 $19.99 MAR
36 34 2.78 DEC090623 SPIDER-MAN 24 7 TP $19.99 MAR
37 18 2.72 DEC090897 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 07 $24.99 IDW
38 56 2.71 NOV090169 BATMAN KING TUTS TOMB TP $14.99 DC 
39 7 2.67 SEP090500-M MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 12 $54.99 MAR
40 38 2.66 DEC090597 NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 12 POWER LOSS $19.99 MAR
41 40 2.63 DEC090616 MARVEL 1602 TP $19.99 MAR
42 57 2.61 MAR092483 BROKEN TRINITY TP $14.99 IMA
43 25 2.48 OCT090251 SUPERMAN MON EL HC VOL 01 $24.99 DC 
44 27 2.46 DEC090590-M MMW CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
45 67 2.29 DEC090621 WAR MACHINE TP VOL 02 DARK REIGN $15.99 MAR
46 31 2.29 DEC090599 SPIDER-MAN GAUNTLET PREM HC ELECTRO SANDMAN $24.99 MAR
47 21 2.27 SEP090521-M FANTASTIC FOUR IN SEARCH OF GALACTUS PREM HC $29.99 MAR
48 94 2.25 NOV090944 YU GI OH R GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
49 19 2.18 DEC090617 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE TP ULTIMATE COLLECTION $34.99 MAR
50 98 2.17 DEC090792 PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER TWO TP VOL 01 $9.99 DE
51 8 2.16 SEP090498-M MMW GOLDEN AGE DARING MYSTERY HC VOL 02 $59.99 MAR
52 96 2.14 SEP090046 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 10 (MR) $10.99 DAR
53 117 2.13 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
54 102 2.13 NOV090947 D GRAY MAN GN VOL 16 (MR) $9.99 VIZ
55 81 2.11 NOV090551 IRON MAN & ARMOR WARS GN TP $14.99 MAR
56 43 2.11 DEC090602 HULK PREM HC VOL 04 HULK VS X-FORCE $24.99 MAR
57 92 2.09 DEC090709 LUCKY STAR GN VOL 04 $10.99 BAN
58 29 2.04 DEC090584 ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $29.99 MAR
59 70 2.03 JAN092437 DARK TOWER TREACHERY PREM HC $24.99 MAR
60 107 2.02 NOV090950 ONE PIECE TP VOL 29 $9.99 VIZ
61 78 2.01 OCT090026 LITTLE LULU TP VOL 22 BIG DIPPER CLUB $14.99 DAR
62 45 2.00 DEC090626 THOR BY DAN JURGENS & JOHN ROMITA JR TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
63 110 1.99 NOV090957 INU YASHA TP VOL 45 $9.99 VIZ
64 37 1.99 NOV090035 INDIANA JONES FURTHER ADV OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 $24.99 DAR
65 112 1.98 NOV090951 ONE PIECE TP VOL 30 $9.99 VIZ
66 113 1.98 NOV090953 ONE PIECE TP VOL 32 $9.99 VIZ
67 115 1.97 NOV090952 ONE PIECE TP VOL 31 $9.99 VIZ
68 116 1.97 NOV090954 ONE PIECE TP VOL 33 $9.99 VIZ
69 76 1.97 JUN082298 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME HC $24.99 MAR
70 86 1.94 DEC090618 HOUSE OF M TP MASTERS OF EVIL $14.99 MAR
71 59 1.92 FEB058406 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
72 65 1.88 DEC090604 X-MEN LEGACY PREM HC EMPLATE $19.99 MAR
73 55 1.85 DEC090896 GI JOE TP VOL 02 $19.99 IDW
74 52 1.83 DEC090627 DAREDEVIL LONE STRANGER TP $24.99 MAR
75 128 1.81 SEP090288 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
76 69 1.80 DEC090600 INCREDIBLE HULK PREM HC VOL 01 SON OF BANNER $19.99 MAR
77 79 1.79 NOV090171 BRAVE AND THE BOLD MILESTONE TP $17.99 DC 
78 153 1.78 NOV090828 TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED TP VOL 13 $7.99 IDW
79 71 1.78 DEC090601 MIGHTY AVENGERS PREM HC UNSPOKEN $19.99 MAR
80 118 1.75 DEC090728 ANCHOR TP VOL 01 $9.99 BOO
81 72 1.73 DEC090910 STAR TREK NERO TP $17.99 IDW
82 142 1.73 OCT090309 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 01 TOMMY TAYLOR BOGUS IDENTITY TP (MR) $9.99 DC 
83 46 1.70 AUG090802 COMPLETE DRACULA HC (MR) $24.99 DE
84 88 1.67 DEC090625 BLACK PANTHER POWER TP $16.99 MAR
85 64 1.67 DEC090919 ANGEL ONLY HUMAN TP $19.99 IDW
86 82 1.66 NOV090175 FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH DANCE TP $17.99 DC 
87 108 1.66 DEC091069 SOUL EATER TP VOL 02 $10.99 HAC
88 77 1.65 DEC090598 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
89 32 1.64 SEP090519-M AVENGERS KORVAC SAGA PREM HC $34.99 MAR
90 124 1.59 OCT090802 MUPPET PETER PAN TP VOL 01 $9.99 BOO
91 87 1.59 NOV090176 FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH RUN TP $17.99 DC 
92 42 1.57 DEC098265 KICK ASS HC TITAN UK ED (MR) $24.99 TIT
93 61 1.56 OCT090768 28 DAYS LATER HC VOL 01 $19.99 BOO
94 157 1.54 APR058372 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $9.99 DC 
95 75 1.53 DEC090911 STAR TREK ROMULANS PAWNS OF WAR TP $19.99 IDW
96 63 1.52 SEP090505 CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR HC $24.99 MAR
97 51 1.51 DEC090379 POPGUN GN VOL 04 $29.99 IMA
98 109 1.50 DEC090583 IRON MAN TALES OF GOLDEN AVENGER TP GN $14.99 MAR
99 83 1.49 DEC090620 DOMINIC FORTUNE IT CAN HAPPEN HERE AND NOW TP (MR) $19.99 MAR
100 103 1.48 NOV090931 MEGA MAN MEGAMIX GN VOL 01 (OF 3) $12.95 UDO

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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 3,500 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.