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PRI's The World Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye, the first volume of the best-selling Image Comics zombie series and the basis for a top-rated television series from AMC, returned to the top of the sales charts in April for the first time since December as the best-selling graphic novel to the direct market for the month.

In total, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten. Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra and Jordie Bellaire's The Manhattan Projects Volume 2 ranked #2. Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson's Happy ranked #3. Finally, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 ranked #4.

DC Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Sean Murphy's Punk Rock Jesus from their Vertigo imprint at #5. Also in the top ten were Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1: Faces of Death at #6, Batman: Detective Comics Volume 2: Scare Tactics at #7, Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition at #8, and Swamp Thing Volume 2: Family Tree at #9.

Rounding out the top ten, Marvel Comic's Hawkeye Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja ranked #10.

Among the other premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book in April was Aliens: Inhuman Condition, an original graphic novel by John Layman (Chew) and Sam Kieth (The Maxx), at #26.

Finally, IDW Publishing's top graphic novel for April was Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, a prequel to the new film Star Trek Into Darkness, at #14.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 4 5.24 NOV128157-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
2 7 3.79 JAN130500 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 02 $14.99 IMA
3 17 3.65 FEB130420 HAPPY TP (MR) $12.99 IMA
4 34 3.47 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
5 6 3.44 JAN130330 PUNK ROCK JESUS TP (MR) $16.99 DC 
6 8 3.32 JAN130296 BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 01 FACES OF DEATH (N52) $16.99 DC 
7 2 3.13 DEC120324 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL 02 SCARE TACTICS (N52) $29.99 DC 
8 11 3.12 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
9 20 2.89 JAN130301 SWAMP THING TP VOL 02 FAMILY TREE (N52) $14.99 DC 
10 19 2.77 DEC120744 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 MAR
11 25 2.68 JAN130507 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 04 TRUANTS $14.99 IMA
12 26 2.53 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 IMA
13 9 2.22 JAN130772 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP VS $24.99 MAR
14 22 2.13 FEB130270 STAR TREK COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS TP $17.99 IDW
15 15 2.10 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC 
16 13 2.07 JAN130755 UNCANNY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 RED SHADOW NOW $24.99 MAR
17 16 1.98 JAN130757 AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 AVENGERS WORLD $24.99 MAR
18 41 1.96 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
19 45 1.95 JAN130302 WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 01 LOST DAUGHTERS (N52) $14.99 DC 
20 28 1.91 JAN130779 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 06 FINAL EXECUTION BOOK 1 $19.99 MAR
21 47 1.91 JAN130761 IRON MAN EXTREMIS TP NEW PTG $14.99 MAR
22 62 1.82 JAN131200 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 10 $10.99 RAN
23 51 1.80 JAN130314 SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 TP VOL 01 THE GUARDIAN $14.99 DC 
24 163 1.77 NOV090539 DARK TOWER FALL OF GILEAD PREM HC $24.99 MAR
25 162 1.77 SEP072167 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
26 83 1.76 DEC120054 ALIENS HC INHUMAN CONDITION $10.99 DAR
27 165 1.75 JUN082298 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME HC $24.99 MAR
28 21 1.74 DEC120736 IRON MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MAR
29 104 1.73 FEB110651 DARK AVENGERS HC $49.99 MAR
30 170 1.67 MAY100674 DARK TOWER PREM HC BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL $24.99 MAR
31 59 1.66 JAN130297 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 02 YOUR KISS MIGHT KILL (N52) $14.99 DC 
32 56 1.66 SEP120449 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 IMA
33 174 1.65 JAN092437 DARK TOWER TREACHERY PREM HC $24.99 MAR
34 52 1.64 JAN130759 FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 01 NEW DEPARTURE NEW ARRIVALS $15.99 MAR
35 36 1.59 DEC120086 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 13 $19.99 DAR
36 39 1.59 JAN130309 BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED TP NEW PTG $19.99 DC 
37 30 1.59 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
38 108 1.59 NOV120020 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 DAR
39 65 1.59 JAN130295 DIAL H TP VOL 01 INTO YOU (N52) $14.99 DC 
40 31 1.57 JUN110717-M FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 MAR
41 66 1.54 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
42 87 1.54 JAN130325 TINY TITANS TP VOL 08 AW YEAH TITANS $12.99 DC 
43 32 1.49 JAN130756 IRON MAN PREM HC BELIEVE VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
44 189 1.49 JUN110730 OZ HC OZMA OF OZ $29.99 MAR
45 111 1.46 JAN131321 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 04 $9.99 VIZ
46 57 1.42 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
47 33 1.41 DEC120333 DC UNIVERSE BY ALAN MOORE TP $24.99 DC 
48 44 1.39 DEC120059 MIND MGMT HC VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
49 120 1.38 JAN131324 BLEACH TP VOL 56 $9.99 VIZ
50 3 1.37 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
51 316 1.36 AUG110700 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM PREM HC QUESADA CVR $24.99 MAR
52 29 1.35 JAN120303 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL TP NEW ED VOL 01 $29.99 DC 
53 53 1.35 DEC120068 ANGEL & FAITH TP VOL 03 FAMILY REUNION $17.99 DAR
54 143 1.35 JUL110247 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP $29.99 DC 
55 37 1.34 JAN130770 OZ ROAD TO OZ HC $24.99 MAR
56 35 1.30 NOV120014 STAR WARS DARTH VADER & GHOST PRISON HC $24.99 DAR
57 71 1.29 MAY110713 WOLVERINE BY JASON AARON OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $99.99 MAR
58 88 1.28 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 IMA
59 192 1.28 JUN120225 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC 
60 27 1.28 JAN130773 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP X-MEN LEGACY $29.99 MAR
61 84 1.27 OCT120252 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 DC 
62 77 1.27 JAN130781 VENOM DEVILS PACK TP $16.99 MAR
63 58 1.26 JAN130315 SUPERMAN SECRET IDENTITY TP NEW PTG $19.99 DC 
64 156 1.26 JAN110820 DEADPOOL HC VOL 01 $39.99 MAR
65 80 1.25 JAN130298 FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE TP VOL 02 SECRETS DEAD (N52) $16.99 DC 
66 209 1.25 JUN100127 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
67 81 1.24 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC 
68 82 1.24 JAN131306 X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) TP VOL 02 ENTER NINJAK $14.99 VAL
69 64 1.19 DEC120051 STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT TP VOL 03 ESCAPE $18.99 DAR
70 46 1.17 NOV120259 BATMAN HC VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 DC 
71 67 1.16 DEC120747 SCARLET SPIDER TP VOL 02 LONE STAR $19.99 MAR
72 1 1.15 JAN120420 WILL EISNER SPIRIT ARTIST ED HC (NET) $95.00 IDW
73 55 1.15 FEB130361 JUDGE DREDD (IDW) TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
74 5 1.14 AUG120324 TMNT ULT COLL HC VOL 04 $49.99 IDW
75 96 1.14 JAN130760 X-MEN LEGACY TP VOL 01 PRODIGAL $15.99 MAR
76 105 1.13 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (SEP088207) $14.99 IMA
77 299 1.13 JUL100672 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ HC $29.99 MAR
78 72 1.11 JAN130778 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER TP VOL 03 $19.99 MAR
79 154 1.10 FEB131173 TIGER & BUNNY GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
80 159 1.08 FEB131168 SHADOWMAN (VU) TP VOL 01 BIRTH RITES $9.99 VAL
81 117 1.08 FEB131197 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 13 $11.99 HAC
82 61 1.05 SEP120233 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY (N52) $24.99 DC 
83 215 1.05 DEC090579 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 01 $39.99 MAR
84 127 1.05 DEC120101 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 44 $12.99 DAR
85 40 1.05 JAN130790 ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT COMPLETE COLLECTION TP $29.99 MAR
86 23 1.05 FEB130422 INVINCIBLE HC VOL 08 ULTIMATE COLLECTION $39.99 IMA
87 118 1.04 JAN130780 PUNISHER NIGHTMARE TP $14.99 MAR
88 101 1.02 NOV058130 SUPERMAN RED SON TP $17.99 DC 
89 124 0.99 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
90 331 0.98 APR120245 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL $24.99 DC 
91 136 0.96 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
92 204 0.96 MAY110730 X-MEN X-CUTIONERS SONG HC $49.99 MAR
93 132 0.96 DEC120102 GANTZ TP VOL 27 (MR) $13.99 DAR
94 113 0.96 JAN130316 SUPERMAN BEYOND MAN OF TOMORROW TP $16.99 DC 
95 18 0.95 DEC120363 100 BULLETS HC BOOK 04 (MR) $49.99 DC 
96 89 0.94 JUL080124 JOKER HC $19.99 DC 
97 142 0.94 JUL120214 NIGHTWING TP VOL 01 TRAPS AND TRAPEZES (N52) $14.99 DC 
98 310 0.94 APR110693 X-MEN AGE OF X HC $29.99 MAR
99 554 0.94 OCT120270 SUPERMAN LAST SON OF KRYPTON TP $19.99 DC 
100 356 0.93 NOV120270 SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW TP $24.99 DC 

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