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The Walking DeadGeoff Johns and Gary Franks' Batman: Earth One, their reimagining of Batman's origins and first days as Gotham City's hero, topped the graphic novels sales chart in August and was the best-selling graphic novel in the specialty market for the second month in a row.

Including Batman: Earth One, DC Comics had four of the month's best-selling graphic novels. Swamp Thing Volume 1: Raise Them Bones from Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette ranked #3, Superman: Action Comics Volume 1: Superman, Men of Steel from Grant Morrison and Rags Morales ranked #4, and Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo ranked #5.

Two volumes of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead from Image Comics placed in August's top ten — Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #2 and Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #9.

Marvel Comics also had two titles in the top ten. Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler's Hulk Season One, an original graphic novel that retells the origin of the Hulk, ranked #6 and Fear Itself from Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen ranked #10.

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life from Oni Press ranked #7 and Dark Horse Comics' star Wars: The Clone Wars: Sith Hunters rounded out the top ten at #8.

Also from the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection Volume 3 was the publisher's top book in August at #45.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 5.84 MAR120234 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC $22.99 DC 
2 20 4.46 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
3 12 4.02 MAY120280 SWAMP THING TP VOL 01 RAISE THEM BONES TP $14.99 DC 
4 3 4.00 APR120245 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL $24.99 DC 
5 4 3.55 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 DC 
6 13 3.26 MAY120746 HULK SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
7 5 3.12 MAY121234 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 01 $24.99 ONI
8 77 2.75 APR120041 STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS SITH HUNTERS TP $7.99 DAR
9 28 2.73 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
10 7 2.73 JUN120721 FEAR ITSELF TP $29.99 MAR
11 29 2.72 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
12 14 2.60 APR120025 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 03 RUSSIA $19.99 DAR
13 16 2.49 JUN120731 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 04 DARK ANGEL SAGA BOOK 2 $19.99 MAR
14 17 2.48 MAY120769 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
15 18 2.42 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
16 44 2.37 APR121134 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 06 $10.99 RAN
17 38 2.31 MAY120285 SUPERBOY TP VOL 01 INCUBATION $14.99 DC 
18 9 2.27 MAY120289 BATMAN NO MANS LAND TP VOL 03 NEW EDITION $34.99 DC 
19 40 2.24 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
20 32 2.14 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
21 75 2.13 MAY121323 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
22 24 1.90 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC 
23 37 1.89 JUN120937 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 10 $16.99 BOO
24 19 1.88 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
25 41 1.83 JUN120719 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREM HC VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
26 71 1.79 MAY120765 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 08 CHILDREN OF BROOD $16.99 MAR
27 49 1.77 MAY120760 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR
28 129 1.72 JUN120482 PROPHET TP VOL 01 REMISSION $9.99 IMA
29 47 1.71 MAY120741 SCARLET SPIDER PREM HC VOL 01 LIFE AFTER DEATH $19.99 MAR
30 35 1.70 MAR120059 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 25 $19.99 DAR
31 22 1.69 FEB120053 GRENDEL OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 HUNTER ROSE $24.99 DAR
32 55 1.68 MAY120282 DEATHSTROKE TP VOL 01 LEGACY $16.99 DC 
33 64 1.67 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
34 61 1.67 JUN120739 ELEKTRA ASSASSIN TP $19.99 MAR
35 57 1.66 MAY120770 PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR
36 116 1.65 MAY121325 BLEACH TP VOL 44 $9.99 VIZ
37 46 1.65 SEP110038 SERENITY HC VOL 01 THOSE LEFT BEHIND 2ND ED $17.99 DAR
38 43 1.64 JUN120729 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
39 119 1.64 MAY121326 BLEACH TP VOL 45 $9.99 VIZ
40 100 1.58 MAY120771 X-MEN FF TP $16.99 MAR
41 76 1.57 MAY120284 RESURRECTION MAN TP VOL 01 DEAD AGAIN $14.99 DC 
42 80 1.55 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
43 85 1.52 MAY120324 HOUSE OF MYSTERY TP VOL 08 DESOLATION (MR) $14.99 DC 
44 21 1.48 MAY120290 GREEN LANTERN GREEN ARROW TP $29.99 DC 
45 8 1.47 MAR120369 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ULT COLL HC VOL 03 $49.99 IDW
46 135 1.45 JAN120087 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 02 PROMISE PART 2 $10.99 DAR
47 26 1.45 JUN120741 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 07 $29.99 MAR
48 53 1.44 APR120368 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSICS TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
49 93 1.44 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
50 73 1.42 MAY120283 OMAC TP VOL 01 OMACTIVATE $16.99 DC 
51 87 1.42 APR120033 CONAN DAUGHTERS OF MIDORA & OTHER STORIES TP $14.99 DAR
52 58 1.41 JUN120722 FEAR ITSELF TP AVENGERS $19.99 MAR
53 31 1.40 FEB120708 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 11 HAMMERLESS BELL $22.95 STU
54 70 1.39 MAY120291 BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM TP VOL 03 HOUSE OF HUSH $17.99 DC 
55 30 1.36 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
56 60 1.35 JUN120746 ESSENTIAL WARLOCK TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
57 52 1.34 JUN120716-M ASTONISHING X-MEN NORTHSTAR HC $24.99 MAR
58 104 1.34 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
59 121 1.33 JUN120813 SONIC SAGA TP VOL 01 DARKEST STORM $11.99 ARC
60 101 1.33 JUN121162 AMULET SC VOL 05 PRINCE OF THE ELVES $12.99 SCH
61 124 1.28 APR120050 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 42 $12.99 DAR
62 141 1.27 MAY120306 ALL NEW BATMAN BRAVE & THE BOLD TP VOL 02 HELP WANTED $12.99 DC 
63 65 1.26 MAY120296 SHOWCASE PRESENTS TALES OT UNEXPECTED TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
64 39 1.24 MAY120443 CLASSIC GI JOE TP VOL 15 $24.99 IDW
65 140 1.23 MAY120858 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 03 KNUCKLES RETURNS $11.99 ARC
66 114 1.21 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE $14.99 IMA
67 10 1.20 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
68 36 1.20 MAY120294 HITMAN TP VOL 07 CLOSING TIME $29.99 DC 
69 117 1.19 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
70 79 1.16 JUN120402 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CLASSICS TP VOL 02 $17.99 IDW
71 48 1.16 APR120040 STAR WARS OMNIBUS CLONE WARS VOL 01 REPUBLIC WAR TP $24.99 DAR
72 148 1.16 APR121133 NEGIMA GN VOL 35 (MR) $10.99 RAN
73 45 1.16 MAY120428 STEPHEN KING JOE HILL ROAD RAGE HC $24.99 IDW
74 107 1.16 MAY120281 HAWK AND DOVE TP VOL 01 FIRST STRIKES $16.99 DC 
75 59 1.14 JAN120299 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 DC 
76 133 1.13 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
77 56 1.13 APR120279 RIGHT STATE HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
78 134 1.12 MAY120310 SUPERNATURAL THE DOGS OF EDINBURGH TP $14.99 DC 
79 51 1.12 MAY121013 RASL TP VOL 04 LOST JOURNALS OF NIKOLA TESLA $19.95 PUB
80 154 1.11 APR120049 GANTZ TP VOL 24 $12.99 DAR
81 138 1.11 MAY120293 FLASH CHRONICLES TP VOL 03 $14.99 DC 
82 74 1.09 MAY120416 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
83 131 1.08 JUN120723 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL 01 FEAR ITSELF $15.99 MAR
84 139 1.08 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
85 207 1.06 MAR090173 SUPERMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MAN OF TOMORROW HC $24.99 DC 
86 143 1.05 JUN120743 NAMOR VISIONARIES BY JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
87 81 1.05 JUN121291 LENORE SWIRLIES HC $17.95 RAN
88 144 1.05 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
89 145 1.04 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
90 125 1.03 JUN120462 GUARDING THE GLOBE TP VOL 01 (RES) $16.99 IMA
91 69 1.01 MAY120286 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS TP VOL 03 $24.99 DC 
92 155 1.01 JUN120480 PETER PANZERFAUST TP VOL 01 THE GREAT ESCAPE $14.99 IMA
93 153 1.00 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
94 147 1.00 JUN120735 X-MEN LEGACY TP FIVE MILES SOUTH OF UNIVERSE $15.99 MAR
95 86 1.00 FEB120245 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL 01 FACES OF DEATH $22.99 DC 
96 68 0.99 JAN128076 UNDERWATER WELDER GN $19.95 TOP
97 270 0.99 DEC080152 BATMAN THE HEART OF HUSH HC $19.99 DC 
98 72 0.99 DEC111102 ROUTE DES MAISONS ROUGES TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 GG 
99 142 0.98 MAY121235 PENNY ARCADE TP VOL 08 MAGICAL KIDS IN DANGER $14.99 ONI
100 199 0.98 MAY120846 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP VOL 02 $9.99 ARC

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