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To prevent another world-endangering conflict between humans and mutants, Captain America forms a new team of Avengers and X-Men in Rick Remember and John Cassaday's Uncanny Avengers #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book to the specialty market in October 2012.

In total, Marvel Comics had five books in October's top ten. Avengers Vs. X-Men #12, the grand finale to Marvel's summer event, ranked #2. A+X #1, the debut of a new anthology series spinning out of Avengers Vs. X-Men, ranked #5. AVX Vs. #6, the final issue of the "fights only" companion series to Avengers Vs. X-Men, ranked #8, and AVX: Consequences #1, the first issue of a special follow-up series to Avengers Vs. X-Men, ranked #10.

DC Comics had four books in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #13, the first part of the epic "Death of the Family" Joker storyline, at #3. Justice League #13 from Geoff Johns and Tony S. Daniel ranked #4. Also in the top ten were Green Lantern #13 at #6 and Detective Comics #13 at #9.

Image Comics returned to the top ten in October with Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #103 at #9.

Dark Horse Comics' top book in October was Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14, which ranked #104 for the month.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor who: Assimilation2 #6 was the publisher's top book for October at #118.


Across the UniverseClark Kent makes new friends in Metropolis and faces new threats as Superman in J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' Superman: Earth One Volume 2, the sequel to their best-selling graphic novel of 2011 and the best-selling graphic novel in October.

In total, DC Comics had five books in the top ten. Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 1: Knight Terrors, collecting the first arc of Paul Jenkins and David Finch's Batman epic, ranked #6. Nightwing Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes ranked #8, the V For Vendetta book and mask set ranked #9, and Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls returned to the top ten and ranked #10.

Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #2, which collected the first story arc of the acclaimed science-fiction epic. Also, three collected editions of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead placed in the top ten. The Walking Dead Compedium Volume 2, a collection of issues #49 through #96, ranked #3. The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #4, and The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #5.

Rounding out the top ten, Marvel Comics' Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe ranked #7.

Dark Horse Comics' top book in October was Star Trek: Agent of the Empire Volume 1: Iron Eclipse which ranked #36.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Volume 2 was the publisher's top book at #106.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in October 2012

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 $3.99 AUG120550-M MAR
2 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #12 $4.99 JUL120535-M MAR
3 BATMAN #13 $3.99 AUG120180-M DC 
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE #13 $3.99 AUG120146-M DC 
5 A PLUS X #1 $3.99 AUG120562-M MAR
6 GREEN LANTERN #13 $2.99 AUG120199-M DC 
7 DETECTIVE COMICS #13 $3.99 AUG120184-M DC 
8 AVX VS #6 $3.99 JUL120526-M MAR
9 WALKING DEAD #103 (MR) $2.99 AUG120472-M IMA
10 AVX CONSEQUENCES #1 $3.99 AUG120569-M MAR
11 MARVEL NOW POINT ONE #1 $5.99 AUG120546-M MAR
12 ACTION COMICS #13 $3.99 AUG120164-M DC 
13 UNCANNY X-MEN #20 $3.99 AUG120670-M MAR
14 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #13 $2.99 AUG120187-M DC 
15 BATMAN AND ROBIN #13 $2.99 AUG120189 DC 
16 AVX CONSEQUENCES #2 $3.99 AUG120571-M MAR
17 AVENGERS #31 $3.99 AUG120582-M MAR
18 EARTH 2 #5 $2.99 AUG120160-M DC 
19 BATMAN INCORPORATED #4 $2.99 JUN120173-M DC 
20 AVX CONSEQUENCES #3 $3.99 AUG120573-M MAR
21 UNCANNY X-MEN #19 $3.99 JUL120543 MAR
22 AVX CONSEQUENCES #4 $3.99 AUG120575-M MAR
23 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695 $3.99 AUG120600 MAR
24 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #696 $3.99 AUG120601 MAR
25 BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #2 (MR) [*] $3.99 AUG120129-M DC 
26 AVENGERS #32 $3.99 AUG120584 MAR
27 AQUAMAN #13 $2.99 AUG120150-M DC 
28 NEW AVENGERS #31 $3.99 AUG120585 MAR
29 BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #4 (MR) $3.99 AUG120137-M DC 
30 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #18 $3.99 AUG120674 MAR
31 SUPERMAN #13 $2.99 AUG120169-M DC 
32 BEFORE WATCHMEN DR MANHATTAN #2 (MR) [*] $3.99 AUG120133-M DC 
33 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13 $2.99 AUG120203-M DC 
34 ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 AUG120168 DC 
35 TALON #1 [*] $2.99 AUG120173-M DC 
36 BATGIRL #13 $2.99 AUG120190 DC 
37 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #19 $3.99 AUG120675 MAR
38 FLASH #13 $2.99 AUG120157-M DC 
39 WALKING DEAD MICHONNE SPECIAL (MR) $2.99 AUG120473 IMA
40 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #13 $2.99 AUG120205-M DC 
41 NIGHTWING #13 $2.99 AUG120197 DC 
42 FANTASTIC FOUR #611 $2.99 AUG120631-M MAR
43 UNCANNY X-FORCE #32 $3.99 AUG120682 MAR
44 WONDER WOMAN #13 $2.99 AUG120152-M DC 
45 LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1 $3.99 AUG120237-M DC 
46 RED LANTERNS #13 $2.99 AUG120207-M DC 
47 MINIMUM CARNAGE ALPHA #1 $3.99 AUG120596-M MAR
48 TEEN TITANS #13 $2.99 AUG120230-M DC 
49 HIT-GIRL #4 (MR) $2.99 AUG120688-M MAR
50 DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #1 $3.99 AUG120637-M MAR

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in October 2012

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $22.99 JUN120225 DC 
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
3 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 AUG120496 IMA
4 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 JUL068351 IMA
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
6 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 KNIGHT TERRORS $24.99 JUN120234 DC 
7 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
8 NIGHTWING TP VOL 01 TRAPS AND TRAPEZES $14.99 JUL120214 DC 
9 V FOR VENDETTA BOOK AND MASK SET (MR) $24.99 JUN120291 DC 
10 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 JAN120300 DC 
11 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 06 TOMMY TAYLOR  WAR OF WORDS (MR) $16.99 JUL120262 DC 
12 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 MAR092419 IMA
13 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV118095 DC 
14 CASTLE PREM HC RICHARD CASTLES STORM SEASON $19.99 JUL120637 MAR
15 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK TP VOL 01 IN THE DARK $14.99 JUL120211 DC 
16 SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 05 UNNATURAL HABITAT (MR) $14.99 JUL120259 DC 
17 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 01 GUNS AND GOTHAM $16.99 JUL120213 DC 
18 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 01 $14.99 JUL120658 MAR
19 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE TP $29.99 JUL120661 MAR
20 SUPERGIRL TP VOL 01 LAST DAUGHTER OF KRYPTON $14.99 JUL120216 DC 
21 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS HC VOL 01 RING BEARER $22.99 JUN120235 DC 
22 CHARLES BURNS HIVE GN $21.95 AUG121252-M RAN
23 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
24 I VAMPIRE TP VOL 01 TAINTED LOVE $14.99 JUL120212 DC 
25 SUPERCROOKS PREM HC (MR) $19.99 AUG120687 MAR
26 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 APR120487 IMA
27 MIND THE GAP TP VOL 01 INTIMATE STRANGERS (MR) $9.99 AUG120486 IMA
28 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 JAN120299 DC 
29 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN TP FRIENDS BEAT UP YOUR FRIENDS $19.99 JUL120649 MAR
30 VENOM TP SAVAGE SIX $16.99 JUL120671 MAR
31 DEATH THE DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) $29.99 JUN120272 DC 
32 POWERS TP VOL 14 GODS (MR) $19.99 MAY120727 MAR
33 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 JUL110251 DC 
34 HELLBLAZER THE DEVILS TRENCH COAT TP (MR) $16.99 JUL120255 DC 
35 CROSSED TP VOL 04 BADLANDS (MR) $24.99 AUG120845 AVA
36 STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE TP VOL 01 IRON ECLIPSE $18.99 JUN120040 DAR
37 HOBBIT TP $20.00 JUL121018 RAN
38 BATMAN ODYSSEY HC $29.99 MAY120287 DC 
39 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
40 CHRIS WARE BUILDING STORIES HC $50.00 JUL121170 RAN
41 BATMAN EYE OF THE BEHOLDER TP $14.99 JUL120220 DC 
42 SECRET AVENGERS TP RUN MISSION SAVE WORLD $19.99 JUL120662 MAR
43 BLEACH TP VOL 48 $9.99 JUL121266 VIZ
44 BLEACH TP VOL 49 $9.99 JUL121267 VIZ
45 STAR WARS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 10 WAR $19.99 JUL120042 DAR
46 AGE OF APOCALYPSE TP VOL 01 X-TERMINATED $16.99 JUL120659 MAR
47 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206 IMA
48 UNCANNY X-FORCE PREM HC BOOK 01 FINAL EXECUTION $24.99 AUG120699 MAR
49 RED HULK TP MAYAN RULE $16.99 AUG120718 MAR
50 STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 05 OUT WILDERNESS $17.99 JUL120041 DAR

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