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The Walking DeadGeoff Johns and Gary Franks reimagined the history of Bruce Wayne and his early days as Gotham City's crusading hero in the original hardcover graphic novel Batman: Earth One, the best-selling graphic novel to retailers in July.

In total, DC Comics had five titles in the top ten with Fables Volume 17: Inherit the Wind, from DC's Vertigo imprint, at #2; Batman & Robin Volume 1: Born to Kill at #6; Suicide Squad Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth at #8; and Scalped Volume 9: Knuckle Up, also from the Vertigo imprint, at #9.

Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Darwyn Cooke continued his award-winning graphic novel series from IDW Publishing with Richard Stark's Parker: The Score, the publisher's top-selling graphic novel for July at #3. Also in the top ten from IDW for the month was Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks at #7.

Dark Horse Comics had one title in the top ten, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall at #4.

Rounding out the top ten was Image Comics with two titles led by Invincible Volume 16: Family Ties at #5, followed by the Wild Children one shot at #10.

Also among the premier publishers, Marvel Comics' top graphic novel for July was Daredevil by Mark Waid Volume 1 at #11.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in July 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 25.87 MAR120234 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC $22.99 DC 
2 3 8.44 APR120282 FABLES TP VOL 17 INHERIT THE WIND (MR) $14.99 DC 
3 2 4.61 FEB120313 RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE SCORE $24.99 IDW
4 9 3.99 APR120017 BTVS SEASON 9 TP FREEFALL $17.99 DAR
5 12 3.79 MAY120553 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 16 FAMILY TIES $16.99 IMA
6 5 3.57 MAR120241 BATMAN & ROBIN HC VOL 01 BORN TO KILL $24.99 DC 
7 6 3.18 APR120391 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 05 CLOCKWORKS $24.99 IDW
8 20 3.04 APR120250 SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 01 KICKED IN THE TEETH $14.99 DC 
9 21 2.99 APR120293 SCALPED TP VOL 09 KNUCKLE UP (MR) $14.99 DC 
10 68 2.98 MAY120522 WILD CHILDREN ONE SHOT (MR) $7.99 IMA
11 18 2.92 MAY120763 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 01 $15.99 MAR
12 13 2.80 MAR120242 BATGIRL HC VOL 01 THE DARKEST REFLECTION $22.99 DC 
13 42 2.76 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
14 24 2.57 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
15 29 2.47 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
16 17 2.46 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
17 47 2.43 APR121262 NARUTO TP VOL 57 $9.99 VIZ
18 16 2.25 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
19 27 2.10 APR120701 ANT-MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
20 35 2.03 APR120247 DEMON KNIGHTS TP VOL 01 SEVEN AGAINST THE DARK $14.99 DC 
21 75 2.02 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
22 23 1.99 FEB120266 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 02 KNIGHTQUEST $29.99 DC 
23 33 1.94 MAY120764 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
24 25 1.89 MAY120413 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING TP VOL 02 $17.99 IDW
25 48 1.80 APR120246 BATWING TP VOL 01 THE LOST KINGDOM $14.99 DC 
26 14 1.80 MAR120047 CREEPY PRESENTS RICHARD CORBEN HC $29.99 DAR
27 65 1.74 MAR058151 BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP $19.99 DC 
28 69 1.74 MAY120768 ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP $14.99 MAR
29 44 1.69 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC 
30 22 1.68 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 DC 
31 63 1.67 APR120725 X-23 TP VOL 02 CHAOS THEORY $16.99 MAR
32 52 1.65 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US  $14.99 IMA
33 95 1.59 APR121264 BLEACH TP VOL 43 $9.99 VIZ
34 55 1.58 APR120259 WONDER WOMAN THE TWELVE LABORS TP $14.99 DC 
35 96 1.58 APR121263 BLEACH TP VOL 42 $9.99 VIZ
36 67 1.49 APR120252 GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC 
37 38 1.48 MAR120257 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SHOWCASE TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
38 94 1.48 MAY120761 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY TP LIFE OF BUCKY BARNES $14.99 MAR
39 45 1.46 MAY120949 INCORRUPTIBLE TP VOL 07 $16.99 BOO
40 85 1.45 MAY120775 RED HULK TP HAUNTED $16.99 MAR
41 10 1.42 MAR120042 HELLBOY LIBRARY HC VOL 05 DARKNESS CALLS WILD HUNT $49.99 DAR
42 56 1.40 APR120248 GRIFTER TP VOL 01 MOST WANTED $16.99 DC 
43 76 1.38 MAY120733 CASANOVA TP VOL 03 AVARITIA (MR) $14.99 MAR
44 71 1.35 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
45 108 1.35 MAY120759 X-MEN STEVE ROGERS ESCAPE FROM NEGATIVE ZONE TP $14.99 MAR
46 32 1.33 APR120256 JLA TP VOL 02 $24.99 DC 
47 101 1.31 APR121232 LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) $9.95 TOP
48 49 1.30 APR120257 SHOWCASE PRESENTS RIP HUNTER TIME MASTER TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
49 105 1.30 MAY120774 THOR DEVIANTS SAGA TP $16.99 MAR
50 46 1.28 MAY120757 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN PREM HC ALPHA AND OMEGA $24.99 MAR
51 40 1.28 APR120325 KISS GREATEST HITS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
52 82 1.27 MAY120987 PEANUTS TP VOL 01 $13.99 BOO
53 86 1.25 APR120258 WONDER WOMAN ODYSSEY TP VOL 01 $14.99 DC 
54 34 1.24 MAR120280 NEIL GAIMANS MIDNIGHT DAYS DLX ED HC $24.99 DC 
55 28 1.22 MAY120740 SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH HC $29.99 MAR
56 7 1.20 FEB120652-M MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 14 $69.99 MAR
57 64 1.17 MAY120767 GHOST RIDER TP COMPLETE SERIES BY ROB WILLIAMS $29.99 MAR
58 127 1.16 APR121259 ONE PIECE TP VOL 63 $9.99 VIZ
59 60 1.16 APR120249 MEN OF WAR TP VOL 01 UNEASY COMPANY $19.99 DC 
60 50 1.15 MAY120364 TRANSFORMERS AUTOCRACY TP $19.99 IDW
61 62 1.13 JUN100127 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
62 104 1.13 MAY121352 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 10 $11.99 HAC
63 91 1.13 MAR120019 DRAGON AGE HC VOL 01 SILENT GROVE $14.99 DAR
64 99 1.11 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
65 102 1.11 APR120253 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 01 INTO THE WOODS $14.99 DC 
66 114 1.11 MAY120776 COUNTER X TP X-FORCE RAGE WAR $19.99 MAR
67 103 1.07 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
68 142 1.07 APR121273 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 14 $9.99 VIZ
69 70 1.07 MAY120352 CROW MIDNIGHT LEGENDS GN VOL 01 DEAD TIME $17.99 IDW
70 133 1.06 SEP110039 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1 $10.99 DAR
71 57 1.06 MAY120365 TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ONGOING TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
72 87 1.05 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
73 109 1.05 APR120278 UNCHARTED TP $14.99 DC 
74 37 1.02 MAY120752 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 05 $29.99 MAR
75 77 1.01 MAY120405 STAR TREK ONGOING TP VOL 02 $17.99 IDW
76 112 1.00 MAR120034 MIKE NORTONS BATTLEPUG HC VOL 01 $14.99 DAR
77 156 0.99 APR121268 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
78 84 0.98 MAY120398 GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING TP VOL 02 $17.99 IDW
79 100 0.98 MAY120758 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY PREM HC TERRORISM MYTH $19.99 MAR
80 88 0.98 MAR120022 ORCHID TP VOL 01 $17.99 DAR
81 140 0.97 SEP111319 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 01 LTD PRICE CUT ED $9.99 ZEN
82 132 0.96 APR120477 SUPER DINOSAUR TP VOL 02 $12.99 IMA
83 143 0.96 JAN128171 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 02 $9.99 ZEN
84 58 0.95 MAY120755 ULT COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
85 11 0.95 FEB120654-M MMW GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 07 $74.99 MAR
86 36 0.93 MAR121056 WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 01  POOR OLD MAN $28.99 FAN
87 201 0.92 APR121171 SMURFS GN VOL 12 SMURFS VERSUS SMURFS $5.99 NBM
88 66 0.91 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
89 115 0.89 MAY120779 AVENGERS WEST COAST AVENGERS TP FAMILY TIES $29.99 MAR
90 118 0.89 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE  $14.99 IMA
91 169 0.88 APR121260 BAKUMAN TP VOL 12 $9.99 VIZ
92 93 0.88 MAY120526 SUNSET HC (MR) $19.99 IMA
93 288 0.85 APR121286 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 08 $4.99 VIZ
94 72 0.84 MAY120754 SECRET AVENGERS BY RICK REMENDER PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
95 173 0.84 APR121265 CLAYMORE TP VOL 20 $9.99 VIZ
96 128 0.84 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
97 135 0.84 MAY121350 SOUL EATER NOT TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
98 74 0.83 JAN120299 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 DC 
99 106 0.82 APR120708 HALO FALL OF REACH INVASION PREM HC $19.99 MAR
100 90 0.81 MAR121061 GOD AND SCIENCE HC RETURN O/T TI GIRLS $19.99 FAN

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