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Dark Horse Comics returned to Joss Whedon's fan-favorite Serenity universe in August with Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories, a collection of mini-series and specials in an omnibus hardcover, giving the Oregon-based publisher the month's best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers.

Overall, Dark Horse has a strong month for graphic novels in August, with three of the month's top ten books. Also in the top ten were Star Wars Adventures: Chewbacca and the Slavers of the Shadowland, a graphic novel for young readers, at #2, and B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 1: The New World at #4.

DC Comics also had three graphic novels in the top ten. Their top book for the months was the WE3 Deluxe Edition, a hardcover collection of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's acclaimed story about three animals turned into weapons for the military, which ranked #3 for the month. Also in the top ten were Paul Dini's Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories at #5 and Batman: Under the Red Hood, the collected edition of the storyline that inspired the recent direct-to-DVD animated movie, at #9.

Marvel Comics had two books in the top ten — FF by Jonathan Hickman Volume 1, collecting the first six issues of the new series about the Future Foundation, at #6, and Invincible Iron Man Volume 6: Stark Resilient, Book 2 at #10.

Image Comics rounded out the top ten with two volumes of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. Volume 14, No Way Out, ranked #7 for August, and volume 1, Days Gone Bye, ranked #8.

Finishing off the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top-selling book for August was Infestation Volume 1, collecting the first half of the publisher's zombie crossover event that encompassed Transformers and G.I. Joe; the book ranked #50 for the month.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2011

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 5 7.87 MAY110013 SERENITY HC VOL 02 BETTER DAYS & OTHER STORIES $19.99 DAR
2 59 6.98 MAY110021 STAR WARS ADV TP CHEWBACCA & SLAVERS O/T SHADOWLAND $7.99 DAR
3 6 6.24 FEB110270 WE 3 DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
4 15 6.01 APR110034 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 01 NEW WORLD $19.99 DAR
5 18 5.97 MAY110240 BATMAN MAD LOVE AND OTHER STORIES TP $17.99 DC 
6 23 5.19 JUN110738-M FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
7 39 5.10 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
8 82 5.09 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
9 7 5.07 MAY110241 BATMAN UNDER THE RED HOOD TP $29.99 DC 
10 47 4.87 JUN110755 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP VOL 06 STARK RESILIENT BOOK 2 $15.99 MAR
11 32 4.83 JUN110757 SHADOWLAND TP $19.99 MAR
12 26 4.72 APR110249 HELLBLAZER BLOODY CARNATIONS TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
13 22 4.48 APR110204 GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS HC VOL 01 $22.99 DC 
14 36 4.35 MAY110252 SUPERMAN BATMAN NIGHT AND DAY TP $17.99 DC 
15 49 4.27 MAY110242 BATMAN IMPOSTORS TP $14.99 DC 
16 14 4.17 APR110244 FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 03 (MR) $29.99 DC 
17 77 4.16 MAY111195 LOEG III CENTURY #2 1969 (MR) $9.95 TOP
18 29 4.09 MAY111095 CROW SPECIAL ED TP $18.00 POC
19 34 4.07 MAY110741 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ TP $19.99 MAR
20 41 4.04 MAY110295 MADAME XANADU TP VOL 04 EXTRA SENSORY (MR) $17.99 DC 
21 95 4.02 JUN110841 BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS TP $9.99 ARC
22 31 3.99 MAY110039 CREEPY PRESENTS BERNIE WRIGHTSON HC $19.99 DAR
23 35 3.97 JUN110773 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS TP $19.99 MAR
24 85 3.95 JUN110770 X-MEN LEGACY COLLISION TP $14.99 MAR
25 37 3.92 APR110199 SHOWCASE PRESENTS TRIAL OF THE FLASH TP $19.99 DC 
26 65 3.84 MAY110761 SPIDER-MAN BIG TIME TP $14.99 MAR
27 30 3.82 APR110206 SUPERMAN GROUNDED HC VOL 01 $22.99 DC 
28 40 3.81 MAY110296 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 10 ONE MORE TIME NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
29 28 3.78 JUN110729 CARNAGE HC FAMILY FEUD $24.99 MAR
30 44 3.62 DEC100056 CHRONICLES OF CONAN TP VOL 21 BLOOD OF TITAN $18.99 DAR
31 61 3.57 JUN110761 INCREDIBLE HULKS DARK SON TP $19.99 MAR
32 27 3.56 APR110011 STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 $24.99 DAR
33 81 3.44 JUN110753 SILVER SURFER TP DEVOLUTION $14.99 MAR
34 55 3.38 JUN110745 X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM PREM HC $19.99 MAR
35 8 3.29 MAY110780 TERRY MOORES ECHO COMPLETE ED SC $39.99 ABS
36 63 3.22 JUN110736 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 08 UNFIXABLE $19.99 MAR
37 130 3.20 MAY111247 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 07 $9.99 VIZ
38 42 3.16 APR110200 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS HC VOL 03 STRANGE FRUIT $22.99 DC 
39 69 3.15 APR110202 FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN TP $17.99 DC 
40 121 3.13 JUN110954 PLANET OF THE APES TP VOL 01 $9.99 BOO
41 105 3.10 APR110038 GANTZ TP VOL 18 (MR) $12.99 DAR
42 3 3.10 MAR110747-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC $99.99 MAR
43 45 3.08 JUN110740 SPIDER-MAN FANTASTIC SPIDER-MAN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
44 137 2.99 JUN110846 KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 01 $9.95 ARC
45 99 2.98 JUN110760 SHADOWLAND DAREDEVIL TP $14.99 MAR
46 56 2.89 MAR110064 BLACKJACKED & PISTOL WHIPPED CRIME DOES NOT PAY PRIMER $19.99 DAR
47 10 2.86 MAR110355 JACK KIRBY OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 STARRING GREEN ARROW $49.99 DC 
48 78 2.86 JUN110741 DEADPOOL AM SPIDER-MAN HULK IDENTITY WARS PREM HC $19.99 MAR
49 116 2.86 APR110040 DRIFTERS VOL 01 (MR) $12.99 DAR
50 50 2.86 MAY110356 INFESTATION TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
51 21 2.85 MAY110034 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 02 $34.99 DAR
52 25 2.82 APR110201 DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES HC $34.99 DC 
53 68 2.81 MAY110297 SANDMAN TP VOL 06 FABLES AND REFLECTIONS NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
54 101 2.81 JUN118137 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION $15.99 MAR
55 140 2.81 JUN110751 AVENGERS ACADEMY TP ARCADE DEATH GAME $14.99 MAR
56 107 2.80 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
57 46 2.78 JUN110737 NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
58 143 2.76 JUN110767 X-MEN PHOENIX RISING TP $14.99 MAR
59 86 2.75 MAY110253 TEAM UPS OF THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP $17.99 DC 
60 110 2.74 NOV100507 MAGDALENA TP VOL 01 $14.99 IMA
61 67 2.72 MAR110066 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 02 $19.99 DAR
62 74 2.70 APR110192 BLACKEST NIGHT TP $19.99 DC 
63 102 2.70 JUN110503 MALINKY ROBOT COLL STORIES & OTHER BITS TP $16.99 IMA
64 73 2.68 MAY110249 SUPERGIRL BIZARROGIRL TP $19.99 DC 
65 19 2.67 APR110209 SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER VILLAINS HC $39.99 DC 
66 109 2.64 MAY110045 CHIMICHANGA HC $14.99 DAR
67 13 2.64 MAR110769 X-MEN X-TINCTION AGENDA HC $49.99 MAR
68 38 2.62 JUN110756 THUNDERBOLTS BY ELLIS AND DEODATO ULT COLL TP $29.99 MAR
69 12 2.61 MAR110751-M MMW DAREDEVIL HC VOL 06 $54.99 MAR
70 117 2.59 MAY110279 WORLD OF WARCRAFT TP VOL 04 $14.99 DC 
71 79 2.58 MAY110282 99 DAYS HC (MR) $19.99 DC 
72 53 2.57 JUN110746-M ANNIHILATORS HC $24.99 MAR
73 120 2.54 JUN110758 SHADOWLAND STREET HEROES TP $19.99 MAR
74 124 2.51 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
75 122 2.50 JUN110752 SPIDER-GIRL TP FAMILY VALUES $19.99 MAR
76 9 2.47 MAR110749-M MMW ATLAS ERA VENUS HC VOL 01 $59.99 MAR
77 24 2.47 MAR110346 TALES OF THE BATMAN GENE COLAN HC VOL 01 $39.99 DC 
78 312 2.46 JUN111286 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 01 $4.99 VIZ
79 84 2.45 MAY110278 RESIDENT EVIL TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
80 128 2.43 JUN110510 HALCYON TP $14.99 IMA
81 175 2.43 MAY111244 BAKUMAN TP VOL 06 $9.99 VIZ
82 62 2.39 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
83 54 2.38 MAR118164 CRIMINAL MACABRE OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
84 4 2.38 APR110205 NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $75.00 DC 
85 179 2.36 JUN110769 WOLVERINE HERCULES MYTHS MONSTERS AND MUTANTS TP $14.99 MAR
86 133 2.35 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC 
87 91 2.34 JUN110768 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE EMPIRE TP $19.99 MAR
88 92 2.33 JUN110772 X-MEN CURSE OF MUTANTS TP MUTANTS VS VAMPIRES $19.99 MAR
89 93 2.33 JUN110775 ESSENTIAL WEB OF SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
90 57 2.30 MAY110043 GREEN RIVER KILLER TRUE DETECTIVE STORY HC $24.99 DAR
91 113 2.26 JUN110764 FANTASTIC FOUR BY WAID & WIERINGO ULT COLL TP BOOK 02 $24.99 MAR
92 58 2.24 DEC100079 TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99 DAR
93 336 2.20 JUN111287 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 02 $4.99 VIZ
94 11 2.19 JUN110511 INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 $64.99 IMA
95 76 2.16 JUN110735 CAPTAIN AMERICA PRISONER OF WAR PREM HC $24.99 MAR
96 142 2.14 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
97 104 2.11 JUL080124 JOKER HC $19.99 DC 
98 157 2.08 MAY111241 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 16 $12.99 VIZ
99 132 2.06 FEB110022 MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER TP VOL 01 $15.99 DAR
100 148 2.04 MAY111238 MEGA MAN GIGAMIX TP VOL 02 $12.95 UDO

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