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Cosmic 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.


Elbow -- High IdealsBatman battles the Court of Owls — and their leader, Bruce Wayne's long-lost brother — for the soul of Gotham City in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls hardcover from DC Comics, the best-selling graphic novel to retailers in March.

In total, DC Comics had three of the month's top-selling graphic novels. Snyder and Capullo's Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls ranked #2 and James Robinson and Nicola Scott's Earth 2 Volume 1: The Gathering ranked #10.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon at #3. Also in the top ten were the softcover edition of Avengers Vs. X-Men, the crossover event of 2012, at #6; Kick-Ass 2 from Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. at #7; and Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl, also from Millar and Romita, Jr., at #8.

Dark Horse Comics' Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 4: The Search Part 1 ranked #4.

Rounding out the top ten was Image Comics with two titles, led by Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye at #5, followed by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #9.

From the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top graphic novel in March was Doctor Who Volume 1: The Hypothetical Gentleman, based on the top-rated BBC America series, at #46.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 $3.99 JAN130642-M MAR
2 AGE OF ULTRON #1 $3.99 JAN130627-M MAR
3 BATMAN #18 $3.99 JAN130234-M DC 
4 WOLVERINE #1 $3.99 JAN130653-M MAR
5 AGE OF ULTRON #2 $3.99 JAN130634-M MAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE #18 $3.99 JAN130205-M DC 
7 AGE OF ULTRON #3 $3.99 JAN130637-M MAR
8 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 JAN130712-M MAR
9 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 $3.99 JAN130195-M DC 
10 ALL NEW X-MEN #8 $3.99 JAN130674-M MAR
11 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 JAN130714 MAR
12 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6AU $3.99 JAN130641 MAR
13 UNCANNY X-MEN #3 $3.99 JAN130672-M MAR
14 UNCANNY AVENGERS #5 $3.99 DEC120620-M MAR
15 AVENGERS #8 $3.99 JAN130662-M MAR
16 ALL NEW X-MEN #9 $3.99 JAN130676 MAR
17 AVENGERS #7 $3.99 JAN130661 MAR
18 DETECTIVE COMICS #18 $3.99 JAN130242-M DC 
19 GREEN LANTERN #18 $2.99 JAN130253-M DC 
20 BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 $2.99 JAN130233 DC 
21 WALKING DEAD #108 (MR) $2.99 JAN130615 IMA
22 NEW AVENGERS #4 $3.99 JAN130664-M MAR
23 BATMAN INCORPORATED #9 $2.99 JAN130229-M DC 
24 ACTION COMICS #18 $4.99 JAN130221-M DC 
25 DEADPOOL #6 $2.99 JAN130699-M MAR
26 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5 $3.99 JAN130680-M MAR
27 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #18 $2.99 JAN130240-M DC 
28 AQUAMAN #18 $2.99 JAN130209-M DC 
29 UNCANNY X-FORCE #3 $3.99 JAN130697-M MAR
30 BATGIRL #18 $2.99 JAN130245 DC 
31 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #6 $3.99 JAN130682 MAR
32 SAVAGE WOLVERINE #3 $3.99 JAN130677-M MAR
33 SAGA #11 (MR) $2.99 JAN130605 IMA
34 SUPERMAN #17 $2.99 DEC120256-M DC 
35 EAST OF WEST #1 [*] $3.50 JAN130468-M IMA
36 CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 $3.99 JAN130683-M MAR
37 SUPERMAN #18 $2.99 JAN130225-M DC 
38 NIGHTWING #18 $2.99 JAN130251 DC 
39 BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #4 (MR) $3.99 DEC120165-M DC 
40 NOVA #2 $3.99 JAN130705-M MAR
41 SECRET AVENGERS #2 $3.99 JAN130668-M MAR
42 EARTH 2 #10 $2.99 JAN130218-M DC 
43 FANTASTIC FOUR #5AU $3.99 JAN130640 MAR
44 STAR WARS #3 $2.99 JAN130113 DAR
45 CABLE AND X-FORCE #5 $3.99 JAN130693-M MAR
46 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18 $2.99 JAN130256-M DC 
47 IRON MAN #7 $3.99 JAN130687 MAR
48 CABLE AND X-FORCE #6 $3.99 JAN130695-M MAR
49 FANTASTIC FOUR #5 $2.99 JAN130689-M MAR
50 TEEN TITANS #18 $2.99 JAN130280-M DC 

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN HC VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 NOV120259 DC 
2 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC 
3 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 DEC120744 MAR
4 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 NOV120020 DAR
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMA
6 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP $34.99 JAN130771 MAR
7 KICK-ASS 2 TP (MR) $19.99 AUG120686 MAR
8 KICK-ASS 2 PRELUDE HIT-GIRL PREM HC (MR) $24.99 OCT120679 MAR
9 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
10 EARTH 2 HC VOL 01 THE GATHERING (N52) $22.99 NOV120262 DC 
11 MASSIVE TP VOL 01 BLACK PACIFIC $19.99 NOV120024 DAR
12 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 07 THE WOUND (MR) $14.99 DEC120368 DC 
13 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 01 YESTERDAYS X-MEN NOW $24.99 DEC120733 MAR
14 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
15 BATMAN GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT TP NEW ED $12.99 DEC120332 DC 
16 IRON MAN EXTREMIS HC $24.99 DEC090580 MAR
17 STAR WARS CLONE WARS TP DEFENDERS LOST TEMPLE $7.99 NOV120013 DAR
18 SPIDER-MAN DYING WISH PREM HC $24.99 NOV120768 MAR
19 CARNAGE HC FAMILY FEUD $24.99 JUN110729 MAR
20 AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 05 (MR) $29.99 NOV120298 DC 
21 RED LANTERNS TP VOL 02 DEATH OF RED LANTERNS (N52) $16.99 DEC120329 DC 
22 JOE THE BARBARIAN TP (MR) $19.99 DEC120365 DC 
23 AVENGERS SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 DEC120737 MAR
24 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 03 $16.99 DEC120746 MAR
25 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245-M IMA
26 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
27 SUPERIOR TP (MR) $19.99 DEC120724 MAR
28 SECRET INVASION HC $34.99 JUN100656 MAR
29 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 08 $24.99 DEC120759 MAR
30 X-MEN CLAREMONT AND LEE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 MAY110714 MAR
31 GAMBIT TP VOL 01 ONCE A THIEF $18.99 DEC120740 MAR
32 X-MEN FALL OF MUTANTS HC $99.99 NOV100638 MAR
33 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 02 LORDS & OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120325 DC 
34 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
35 TOWER CHRONICLES GN VOL 04 GEISTHAWK $7.99 JAN131201 LEG
36 ADVENTURE TIME MATHEMATICAL ED HC VOL 01 $34.99 JAN130978 BOO
37 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP VOL 03 AVX $16.99 DEC120741 MAR
38 SEVERED TP $14.99 JAN130513 IMA
39 SHADE TP $19.99 NOV120272 DC 
40 X-STATIX OMNIBUS HC $125.00 JUN110719 MAR
41 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP120922 BOO
42 X-MEN X-CUTIONERS SONG HC $49.99 MAY110730 MAR
43 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 26 BLIZZARD (MR) $19.99 NOV120067 DAR
44 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) TP VOL 01 $9.99 JAN131309 VAL
45 OZ MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ HC $29.99 JUL100672 MAR
46 DOCTOR WHO 3 TP VOL 01 HYPOTHETICAL GENTLEMAN $17.99 JAN130424 IDW
47 I VAMPIRE TP VOL 02 RISE OF THE VAMPIRES (N52) $16.99 DEC120326 DC 
48 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206 IMA
49 CROSSED TP VOL 05 (MR) $24.99 JAN130904 AVA
50 NEMO HEART OF ICE HC $14.95 DEC121247 TOP

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