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Carbon Leaf -- Under the WireCosmic adventures beckon for Iron Man as he joins forces with Star Lord and his team in Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven's Guardians of the Galaxy #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book to retailers in March.

In total, Marvel Comics had seven of the month's top ten best-selling comics. Age of Ultron #1 by Bendis and Bryan Hitch ranked #2, Paul Cornell and Alan Davis' Wolverine #1 ranked #4, Age of Ultron #2 ranked #5, Age of Ultron #3 rnaked 7, Superior Spider-Man #5 ranked #8, and All-New X-Men #8 ranked #10.

DC Comics had three titles in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert's Batman #18 at #3. Also in the top ten were Justice League #18 at #6 and Justice League of America #2 at #9.

Among the Premier Publishers, Image Comics' top book for March was Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead #108 at #21.

Brian Wood's Star Wars #3 from Dark Horse Comics was that publisher's top book for the month at #44.

Finally, IDW Publishing's top book for March was My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #4 at #55.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 153.24 JAN130642-M GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99 MAR
2 2 126.88 JAN130627-M AGE OF ULTRON #1 $3.99 MAR
3 3 100.00 JAN130234-M BATMAN #18 $3.99 DC 
4 5 85.33 JAN130653-M WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
5 4 79.32 JAN130634-M AGE OF ULTRON #2 $3.99 MAR
6 6 74.33 JAN130205-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #18 $3.99 DC 
7 7 72.77 JAN130637-M AGE OF ULTRON #3 $3.99 MAR
8 8 68.33 JAN130712-M SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 MAR
9 9 66.53 JAN130195-M JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 $3.99 DC 
10 10 65.99 JAN130674-M ALL NEW X-MEN #8 $3.99 MAR
11 11 62.81 JAN130714 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 MAR
12 12 62.23 JAN130641 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6AU $3.99 MAR
13 13 62.20 JAN130672-M UNCANNY X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR
14 14 61.19 DEC120620-M UNCANNY AVENGERS #5 $3.99 MAR
15 15 59.97 JAN130662-M AVENGERS #8 $3.99 MAR
16 16 59.25 JAN130676 ALL NEW X-MEN #9 $3.99 MAR
17 17 56.77 JAN130661 AVENGERS #7 $3.99 MAR
18 19 55.29 JAN130242-M DETECTIVE COMICS #18 $3.99 DC 
19 22 50.62 JAN130253-M GREEN LANTERN #18 $2.99 DC 
20 23 50.48 JAN130233 BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 $2.99 DC 
21 24 48.90 JAN130615 WALKING DEAD #108 (MR) $2.99 IMA
22 20 47.25 JAN130664-M NEW AVENGERS #4 $3.99 MAR
23 30 46.46 JAN130229-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #9 $2.99 DC 
24 18 44.87 JAN130221-M ACTION COMICS #18 $4.99 DC 
25 38 41.41 JAN130699-M DEADPOOL #6 $2.99 MAR
26 21 39.86 JAN130680-M INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5 $3.99 MAR
27 43 39.36 JAN130240-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #18 $2.99 DC 
28 45 38.68 JAN130209-M AQUAMAN #18 $2.99 DC 
29 25 37.51 JAN130697-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #3 $3.99 MAR
30 46 37.48 JAN130245 BATGIRL #18 $2.99 DC 
31 26 36.61 JAN130682 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #6 $3.99 MAR
32 29 36.48 JAN130677-M SAVAGE WOLVERINE #3 $3.99 MAR
33 47 36.28 JAN130605 SAGA #11 (MR) $2.99 IMA
34 48 36.02 DEC120256-M SUPERMAN #17 $2.99 DC 
35 28 35.91 JAN130468-M EAST OF WEST #1 [*] $3.50 IMA
36 27 35.67 JAN130683-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 $3.99 MAR
37 50 34.98 JAN130225-M SUPERMAN #18 $2.99 DC 
38 51 34.97 JAN130251 NIGHTWING #18 $2.99 DC 
39 31 34.17 DEC120165-M BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #4 (MR) $3.99 DC 
40 37 33.88 JAN130705-M NOVA #2 $3.99 MAR
41 35 33.66 JAN130668-M SECRET AVENGERS #2 $3.99 MAR
42 54 33.51 JAN130218-M EARTH 2 #10 $2.99 DC 
43 33 33.18 JAN130640 FANTASTIC FOUR #5AU $3.99 MAR
44 53 33.01 JAN130113 STAR WARS #3 $2.99 DAR
45 34 32.40 JAN130693-M CABLE AND X-FORCE #5 $3.99 MAR
46 57 32.06 JAN130256-M GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18 $2.99 DC 
47 36 31.94 JAN130687 IRON MAN #7 $3.99 MAR
48 39 31.11 JAN130695-M CABLE AND X-FORCE #6 $3.99 MAR
49 58 30.89 JAN130689-M FANTASTIC FOUR #5 $2.99 MAR
50 61 30.50 JAN130280-M TEEN TITANS #18 $2.99 DC 
51 60 30.48 JAN130258-M GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #18 $2.99 DC 
52 40 30.47 JAN130749 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #26 $3.99 MAR
53 41 30.43 JAN130750 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27 $3.99 MAR
54 62 30.21 JAN130211-M FLASH #18 $2.99 DC 
55 32 30.13 DEC120398-M MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #4 $3.99 IDW
56 42 29.79 DEC120171-M BEFORE WATCHMEN OZYMANDIAS #6 (MR) $3.99 DC 
57 64 28.50 JAN130710 THUNDERBOLTS #6 $2.99 MAR
58 65 27.96 JAN130711-M THUNDERBOLTS #7 $2.99 MAR
59 73 27.90 JAN130670-M YOUNG AVENGERS #3 $2.99 MAR
60 66 27.85 JAN130213-M WONDER WOMAN #18 $2.99 DC 
61 68 27.36 JAN130252 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #18 $2.99 DC 
62 70 27.24 JAN130262-M CONSTANTINE #1 $2.99 DC 
63 49 27.01 DEC120666-M A PLUS X #5 $3.99 MAR
64 71 27.00 JAN130730 DAREDEVIL #24 $2.99 MAR
65 44 26.36 JAN130386-M MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #5 $3.99 IDW
66 52 25.59 JAN130721 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #21 $3.99 MAR
67 74 25.58 JAN130741 DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #3 $2.99 MAR
68 75 25.53 JAN130260-M RED LANTERNS #18 $2.99 DC 
69 78 25.15 JAN138169-M BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 $2.99 DC 
70 77 25.09 JAN130691-M FF #5 $2.99 MAR
71 55 24.97 JAN130709 A PLUS X #6 $3.99 MAR
72 56 24.20 JAN130744-M X-TERMINATION #1 $3.99 MAR
73 80 24.09 JAN130248 CATWOMAN #18 $2.99 DC 
74 59 22.96 JAN130715 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #18 $3.99 MAR
75 83 22.93 JAN130659-M AVENGERS ARENA #6 $2.99 MAR
76 84 22.76 JAN130246-M BATWOMAN #18 $2.99 DC 
77 86 22.28 JAN130268 SWAMP THING #18 $2.99 DC 
78 206 22.23 JAN130867-M SHRUGGED VOL 2 #1 $1.00 ASP
79 63 21.42 JAN130725-M ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 MAR
80 87 21.20 JAN130707 X-MEN LEGACY #7 $2.99 MAR
81 89 20.82 JAN130267 ANIMAL MAN #18 $2.99 DC 
82 90 20.65 JAN130220 WORLDS FINEST #10 $2.99 DC 
83 67 20.62 JAN130666-M AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #13 $3.99 MAR
84 94 20.48 JAN130703-M FEARLESS DEFENDERS #2 $2.99 MAR
85 92 20.43 JAN130708 X-MEN LEGACY #8 $2.99 MAR
86 93 20.36 JAN130199-M GREEN ARROW #18 $2.99 DC 
87 91 20.34 JAN130228 SUPERGIRL #18 $2.99 DC 
88 72 20.08 JAN130745-M ASTONISHING X-MEN #60 $3.99 MAR
89 76 19.08 JAN130728-M DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #6 $3.99 MAR
90 98 18.61 JAN130264 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #18 $2.99 DC 
91 69 18.47 JAN130388-M MY LITTLE PONY MICRO SERIES #2 RAINBOW DASH $3.99 IDW
92 79 18.47 JAN130727 ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #2 $3.99 MAR
93 99 18.45 JAN130238-M TALON #6 $2.99 DC 
94 100 18.30 JAN130278 SUICIDE SQUAD #18 $2.99 DC 
95 102 17.73 JAN130227 SUPERBOY #18 $2.99 DC 
96 103 17.39 JAN130078 HELLBOY IN HELL #4 $2.99 DAR
97 107 17.17 JAN130717 SCARLET SPIDER #15 $2.99 MAR
98 106 17.14 JAN130476-M SEX #1 (MR) $2.99 IMA
99 85 17.00 JAN130722 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #22 $3.99 MAR
100 111 16.33 JAN130718 VENOM #32 $2.99 MAR

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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.