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A bank robbery committed by Bruce Wayne poses a mystery that Batman must solve in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #19 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book to retailers in April.

In total, DC Comics had three of the top ten best-selling comics in April. Also in the top ten were Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' Justice League #19 at #5 and Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's Batman and Red Robin #19 at #9.

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi's Thanos Rising #1 at #2. Three issues of Brian Michael Bendis' Age of Ultron placed in the top ten; issue #4 ranked #4, issue #5 ranked #6,and issue #6 ranked #7. Finally, Bendis and Steve McNiven's Guardians of the Galaxy #2 ranked #10.

Rounding out the top ten, Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's Jupiter's Legacy #1 from Image Comics ranked #3 for the month.

Among the Premier Publishers, Brian Wood's Star Wars #4 from Dark Horse Comics was that publisher's top book for the month at #40.

Finally, IDW Publishing's top book for April was My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #6 at #65.


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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #19 $3.99 FEB130151-M DC 
2 THANOS RISING #1 $3.99 FEB130488-M MAR
3 JUPITERS LEGACY #1 (MR) [*] $2.99 FEB130379-M IMA
4 AGE OF ULTRON #4 $3.99 FEB130474-M MAR
5 JUSTICE LEAGUE #19 $3.99 FEB130121-M DC 
6 AGE OF ULTRON #5 $3.99 FEB130477-M MAR
7 AGE OF ULTRON #6 $3.99 FEB130480-M MAR
8 WALKING DEAD #109 (MR) $2.99 FEB130472-M IMA
9 BATMAN AND RED ROBIN #19 $2.99 FEB130150 DC 
10 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #2 $3.99 FEB130512-M MAR
11 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 FEB130536 MAR
12 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8 $3.99 FEB130537 MAR
13 ALL NEW X-MEN #10 $3.99 FEB130543-M MAR
14 UNCANNY AVENGERS #6 $3.99 JAN130658 MAR
15 UNCANNY X-MEN #4 $3.99 FEB130545-M MAR
16 UNCANNY X-MEN #5 $3.99 FEB130547-M MAR
17 AVENGERS #10 $3.99 FEB130501-M MAR
18 DETECTIVE COMICS #19 $7.99 FEB130159-M DC 
19 AVENGERS #9 $3.99 FEB130499-M MAR
20 UNCANNY AVENGERS #7 $3.99 FEB130487 MAR
21 GREEN LANTERN #19 $2.99 FEB130170-M DC 
22 NEW AVENGERS #5 $3.99 FEB130505-M MAR
23 WOLVERINE #2 $3.99 FEB130556-M MAR
24 DEADPOOL #7 $2.99 FEB130553-M MAR
25 BATMAN INCORPORATED #10 $2.99 FEB130146-M DC 
26 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #6 $3.99 FEB130526-M MAR
27 SAGA #12 (MR) $2.99 FEB130461 IMA
28 DEADPOOL #8 $2.99 FEB130555 MAR
29 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #19 $2.99 FEB130157-M DC 
30 ACTION COMICS #19 $3.99 FEB130138-M DC 
31 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #7 $3.99 FEB130530-M MAR
32 SUPERMAN #19 $2.99 FEB130141-M DC 
33 CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 $3.99 FEB130519-M MAR
34 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27AU $3.99 FEB130486 MAR
35 NIGHTWING #19 $2.99 FEB130168 DC 
36 WONDER WOMAN #19 $2.99 FEB130129-M DC 
37 BATGIRL #19 $2.99 FEB130162 DC 
38 SAVAGE WOLVERINE #4 $3.99 FEB130558-M MAR
39 EARTH 2 #11 $2.99 FEB130135-M DC 
40 STAR WARS #4 $2.99 FEB130044 DAR
41 ULTRON #1AU $3.99 FEB130485 MAR
42 IRON MAN #8 $3.99 JAN130688-M MAR
43 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #19 $2.99 FEB130173-M DC 
44 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #28 $3.99 FEB130593-M MAR
45 FLASH #19 $2.99 FEB130127-M DC 
46 EAST OF WEST #2 [*] $3.50 FEB130440 IMA
47 CABLE AND X-FORCE #7 $3.99 FEB130551-M MAR
48 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #19 $2.99 FEB130175-M DC 
49 FANTASTIC FOUR #6 $2.99 FEB130521-M MAR
50 BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #6 (MR) $3.99 DEC120168-M DC 

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMA
2 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 02 $14.99 JAN130500 IMA
3 HAPPY TP (MR) $12.99 FEB130420 IMA
4 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
5 PUNK ROCK JESUS TP (MR) $16.99 JAN130330 DC 
6 BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 01 FACES OF DEATH (N52) $16.99 JAN130296 DC 
7 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL 02 SCARE TACTICS (N52) $29.99 DEC120324 DC 
8 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC 
9 SWAMP THING TP VOL 02 FAMILY TREE (N52) $14.99 JAN130301 DC 
10 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 DEC120744 MAR
11 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 04 TRUANTS $14.99 JAN130507 IMA
12 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
13 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP VS $24.99 JAN130772 MAR
14 STAR TREK COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS TP $17.99 FEB130270 IDW
15 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 JUL110251 DC 
16 UNCANNY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 RED SHADOW NOW $24.99 JAN130755 MAR
17 AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 AVENGERS WORLD $24.99 JAN130757 MAR
18 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
19 WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 01 LOST DAUGHTERS (N52) $14.99 JAN130302 DC 
20 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 06 FINAL EXECUTION BOOK 1 $19.99 JAN130779 MAR
21 IRON MAN EXTREMIS TP NEW PTG $14.99 JAN130761 MAR
22 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 10 $10.99 JAN131200 RAN
23 SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 TP VOL 01 THE GUARDIAN $14.99 JAN130314 DC 
24 DARK TOWER FALL OF GILEAD PREM HC $24.99 NOV090539 MAR
25 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC $24.99 SEP072167 MAR
26 ALIENS HC INHUMAN CONDITION $10.99 DEC120054 DAR
27 DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME HC $24.99 JUN082298 MAR
28 IRON MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 DEC120736 MAR
29 DARK AVENGERS HC $49.99 FEB110651 MAR
30 DARK TOWER PREM HC BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL $24.99 MAY100674 MAR
31 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 02 YOUR KISS MIGHT KILL (N52) $14.99 JAN130297 DC 
32 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
33 DARK TOWER TREACHERY PREM HC $24.99 JAN092437 MAR
34 FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 01 NEW DEPARTURE NEW ARRIVALS $15.99 JAN130759 MAR
35 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 13 $19.99 DEC120086 DAR
36 BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED TP NEW PTG $19.99 JAN130309 DC 
37 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 MAY090178 DC 
38 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 04 SEARCH PART 1 $10.99 NOV120020 DAR
39 DIAL H TP VOL 01 INTO YOU (N52) $14.99 JAN130295 DC 
40 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 JUN110717-M MAR
41 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
42 TINY TITANS TP VOL 08 AW YEAH TITANS $12.99 JAN130325 DC 
43 IRON MAN PREM HC BELIEVE VOL 01 $24.99 JAN130756 MAR
44 OZ HC OZMA OF OZ $29.99 JUN110730 MAR
45 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 04 $9.99 JAN131321 VIZ
46 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP120922 BOO
47 DC UNIVERSE BY ALAN MOORE TP $24.99 DEC120333 DC 
48 MIND MGMT HC VOL 01 $19.99 DEC120059 DAR
49 BLEACH TP VOL 56 $9.99 JAN131324 VIZ
50 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 MAR092419 IMA

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