Quantcast

Across the UniverseThanos' mad quest to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet and rule reality — a saga that continued in The Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and The Infinity Crusade — began in Jim Starlin's The Thanos Quest, and in September Marvel Comics reprinted the mini-series, giving the publisher the best-selling Graphic Novel for the month.

DC Comics had four of the month's top ten graphic novels, led by Walt Simonson's original graphic novel The Judas Coin at #2. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench at #5, Paul Dini's Batman: Arkham City at #9, and Batman: Knightfall Volume 3: Knightsend at #10.

Image Comics had three volumes in the top ten, led by Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 8 hardcover at #3. The Manhattan Projects Volume 1 ranked #7 and Thief of Thieves Volume 1 ranked #8.

Dark Horse Comics had one title in the top ten — Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 3: The Promise Part 3 at #4.

Rounding out the top ten, Legendary Comic's The Tower Chronicles Volume 1: Geisthawk, a new supernatural series from Matt Wagner (Grendel) and Simon Bisley (Lobo), ranked #6. In addition, this book was the best-selling Non-Premier Graphic Novel for the month.

Also from the Premier Publishers, IDW Publishing's top book in September was Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Volume 1, the collected edition of the first four issues of the science-fiction franchise crossover, at #15.

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

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 6 8.39 JUL120553 THANOS QUEST #1 $7.99 MAR
2 3 3.35 MAY120270 JUDAS COIN HC $22.99 DC 
3 2 3.33 JUL120438 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 08 (MR) $34.99 IMA
4 23 3.31 MAY120011 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 03 PROMISE PART 3 $10.99 DAR
5 5 3.16 MAY120278 AQUAMAN HC VOL 01 THE TRENCH $22.99 DC 
6 36 3.11 JUL121137 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 01 GEISTHAWK $7.99 LEG
7 13 2.96 JUN120470 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD $14.99 IMA
8 14 2.86 JUL120437 THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
9 16 2.51 JUN120243 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY TP $16.99 DC 
10 4 2.47 JUN120242 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 03 KNIGHTSEND $29.99 DC 
11 28 2.28 JUN120239 TEEN TITANS TP VOL 01 ITS OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT $14.99 DC 
12 19 2.24 JUN120718 DR STRANGE PREM HC SEASON ONE $24.99 MAR
13 56 2.13 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
14 41 1.94 JUN120708 NEMESIS TP (MR) $14.99 MAR
15 24 1.91 JUL120287 STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION TP VOL 01 $17.99 IDW
16 42 1.90 JUN120236 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 01 TROUBLE IN MIND $14.99 DC 
17 62 1.85 JUN121344 NARUTO TP VOL 58 $9.99 VIZ
18 34 1.84 JUN120280 AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 DC 
19 35 1.78 JUN120246 GREEN LANTERN WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS TP $16.99 DC 
20 21 1.76 MAY120279 GREEN LANTERN CORPS HC VOL 01 FEARSOME $22.99 DC 
21 18 1.71 MAY120322 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 04 (MR) $24.99 DC 
22 57 1.62 JUN121186 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 07 $10.99 RAN
23 43 1.58 JUN121130 LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 05 $14.99 FAN
24 47 1.57 JUL120655 WINTER SOLDIER TP VOL 01 LONGEST WINTER $15.99 MAR
25 27 1.57 JUN120842 CROSSED WISH YOU WERE HERE TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 AVA
26 44 1.55 JUN120720 DEADPOOL TP VOL 10 EVIL DEADPOOL $16.99 MAR
27 45 1.53 JUL120672 VENOM CIRCLE OF FOUR TP $19.99 MAR
28 48 1.39 JUN120244 BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 03 $16.99 DC 
29 39 1.38 MAY120031 STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE III EMPIRE LOST TP $19.99 DAR
30 33 1.38 MAR120234 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC $22.99 DC 
31 63 1.36 JUN120249 PENGUIN PAIN AND PREJUDICE TP $14.99 DC 
32 58 1.36 MAY120066 BERSERK TP VOL 36 $14.99 DAR
33 54 1.33 JUN120732 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR
34 65 1.31 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
35 32 1.27 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 DC 
36 46 1.25 JUL120308 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING TP VOL 03 SHADOWS $17.99 IDW
37 104 1.25 JUN121345 BLEACH TP VOL 46 $9.99 VIZ
38 15 1.24 JUL120656 SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-ISLAND TP $34.99 MAR
39 107 1.24 JUN121346 BLEACH TP VOL 47 $9.99 VIZ
40 26 1.22 JUL120638 OZ HC DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ $29.99 MAR
41 94 1.21 JUN120726 HULK SMASH AVENGERS TP $14.99 MAR
42 49 1.20 JUL120642 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREM HC VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
43 74 1.18 JUN120237 FURY OF FIRESTORM NUCLEAR MEN TP VOL 01 GOD PARTICLE $14.99 DC 
44 76 1.18 JUN120238 LEGION LOST TP VOL 01 RUN FROM TOMORROW $14.99 DC 
45 100 1.18 JUL120650 X-MEN WAR MACHINES TP $14.99 MAR
46 75 1.17 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
47 40 1.16 MAY120313 WORLD OF WARCRAFT PEARL OF PANDARIA HC $24.99 DC 
48 95 1.16 JUN120725 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL 02 FEAR ITSELF FALLOUT $15.99 MAR
49 72 1.14 JUN120730 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 01 $15.99 MAR
50 78 1.13 JUL120666 FEAR ITSELF TP SECRET AVENGERS $19.99 MAR
51 359 1.11 AUG120838 NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD DAY O/T UNDEAD GN (MR) $2.99 AVA
52 55 1.10 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
53 129 1.09 JUN120737 MARVELS AVENGERS TP BLACK WIDOW STRIKES $12.99 MAR
54 81 1.08 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
55 128 1.07 JUL120651 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE TP $12.99 MAR
56 7 1.06 APR120321 DAVE STEVENS STORIES & COVERS HC $49.99 IDW
57 68 1.05 JUL120646 UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN PREM HC VOL 03 AVX $19.99 MAR
58 88 1.04 JUN120728 STAND TP VOL 04 HARDCASES $19.99 MAR
59 87 1.03 JUN120240 VOODOO TP VOL 01 WHAT LIES BENEATH $14.99 DC 
60 70 1.03 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
61 77 1.03 JUL120653 PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA TP VOL 02 $16.99 MAR
62 90 1.02 JUN120254 SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 10 $14.99 DC 
63 93 1.01 JUN120245 FLASH TP VOL 02 THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT $14.99 DC 
64 96 1.00 JUL121308 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
65 66 1.00 JUL120645 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREM HC VOL 03 AVX $19.99 MAR
66 67 0.97 JUN120283 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 02 (MR) $19.99 DC 
67 69 0.95 JUN121372 GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 12 $15.99 ZEN
68 37 0.95 MAY120048 BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 02 WOLVES AT GATE $29.99 DAR
69 125 0.95 JUN120745 THUNDERBOLTS TP LIKE LIGHTNING $16.99 MAR
70 116 0.94 JUL120776 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SELECT TP VOL 06 $11.99 ARC
71 51 0.94 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
72 20 0.92 APR120684 INCOGNITO CLASSIFIED EDITION HC (MR) $44.99 MAR
73 86 0.92 JUN120255 SUPERMAN THE BLACK RING TP VOL 02 $16.99 DC 
74 139 0.92 JUN121342 ONE PIECE TP VOL 64 $9.99 VIZ
75 71 0.91 MAY120033 CHRONICLES OF KING CONAN TP VOL 03 $18.99 DAR
76 1 0.89 JUN120398 JOE KUBERT TARZAN OF THE APES ARTIST ED HC (NET) $75.00 IDW
77 30 0.88 MAY120032 STAR WARS CRIMSON EMPIRE SAGA HC $34.99 DAR
78 111 0.88 JUN120250 GREEN ARROW LONGBOW HUNTERS TP NEW ED $14.99 DC 
79 99 0.86 JUN120742 AVENGERS CELESTIAL QUEST TP $24.99 MAR
80 85 0.86 APR121228 ALIEN ILLUSTRATED STORY TP $14.95 RAN
81 9 0.86 APR120690-M MMW IRON FIST HC VOL 02 $69.99 MAR
82 112 0.86 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
83 91 0.85 STAR08102 SQUEE TP $15.95 SLA
84 101 0.85 JUN120733 WOLVERINE TP GOODBYE CHINATOWN $16.99 MAR
85 147 0.84 JUN120808 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 03 $9.99 ARC
86 103 0.83 JUL120668 FEAR ITSELF TP UNCANNY X-MEN $16.99 MAR
87 118 0.82 JUN120269 FRINGE BEYOND THE FRINGE TP $14.99 DC 
88 168 0.82 JUN120461 GLORY TP VOL 01 THE ONCE & FUTURE DESTROYER (MR) $9.99 IMA
89 64 0.82 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC 
90 82 0.82 JUN120248 SHOWCASE PRESENTS AMETHSYT TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
91 79 0.81 MAY120065 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 $19.99 DAR
92 22 0.81 MAY120326 100 BULLETS HC BOOK 03 (MR) $49.99 DC 
93 146 0.80 SEP110039 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1 $10.99 DAR
94 8 0.80 APR120688-M MMW ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE HC VOL 04 $74.99 MAR
95 84 0.80 JUN120247 LOBO PORTRAIT OF A BASTICH TP NEW PTG $19.99 DC 
96 50 0.78 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
97 152 0.78 MAY120064 OREIMO TP VOL 01 $10.99 DAR
98 92 0.77 JUL120641 SPIDER-MAN LIZARD PREM HC NO TURNING BACK $19.99 MAR
99 115 0.76 JUN120270 PRINCE OF CATS TP (MR) $16.99 DC 
100 12 0.75 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA

This information may not be reproduced in any format without the express permission of Diamond Comic Distributors.

For retailers, Diamond offers the Top 300 Comics and Top 300 Graphic Novels sales charts on the Diamond Tools page of the Diamond Retailer Services website to provide more information about the industry's top selling publications.

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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, minus any copies that are distributed free of cost.

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.

ARCHIVE

Everybody likes to see how their favorites measure up over time, so we're happy to provide these archives of the top-selling comics and graphic novels charts, broken down by month, going all the way back to 2002!