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The women of the X-Men — among them, Storm, Rogue, Rachel Summers, and Jubilee — join forces in Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel's X-Men #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in May.

In total, Marvel Comics had six of the month's top ten comic books. In addition to X-Men #1, Age of Ultron #7 ranked #4, Age of Ultron #8 ranked #5, Superior Spider-Man #9 ranked #6, Superior Spider-Man #10 ranked #7, and All-New X-Men #11 ranked #9.

DC Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #20 at #2. Also in the top ten were Justice League #20 at #3, Justice League of America 33 at #8, and Detective Comics #20 at #10.

Among the other premier publishers, Image Comics' The Walking Dead #110 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard was the publisher's top book for the month at #13.

Dark Horse Comics' top book in May was Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda's Star Wars #5, ranking #41 for the month.

Finally, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #7 was the publisher's top book at #68.


BOOM! Studios' Adventure Time: Playing With Fire, the first original graphic novel based on Cartoon Network's top-rated series, was the best-selling graphic novel to comic book specialty retailers in May. In total, BOOM! had two titles in the top ten, with Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens at #5 for the month.

Image Comics had two titles in the top ten — Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 ranked #2 and Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3.

DC Comics had three titles in the top ten, led by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis' Superman: Earth One Volume 1 at #4. Also in the top ten were Grant Morrison's Superman in Action Comics: Volume 1: Superman and the Men of Steel at #9 and Vertigo's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Volume 2, based on the best-selling novel, at #10.

Marvel Comics' two titles in the top ten were Deadpool Volume 1: Dead Presidents at #7 and Superior Spider-Man Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy at #8.

Also in the top ten, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 1 ranked #7.

Rounding out the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 3: Guarded ranked #16 for the month.

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 X-MEN #1 $3.99 FEB130492-M MAR
2 BATMAN #20 $3.99 MAR130201-M DC 
3 JUSTICE LEAGUE #20 $3.99 MAR130173-M DC 
4 AGE OF ULTRON #7 $3.99 MAR130600-M MAR
5 AGE OF ULTRON #8 $3.99 MAR130603-M MAR
6 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99 MAR130615-M MAR
7 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 MAR130617 MAR
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #3 $3.99 FEB130111-M DC 
9 ALL NEW X-MEN #11 $3.99 MAR130614 MAR
10 DETECTIVE COMICS #20 $3.99 MAR130210-M DC 
11 IRON MAN #9 $3.99 MAR130624-M MAR
12 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4 $3.99 MAR130163-M DC 
13 WALKING DEAD #110 (MR) $2.99 MAR130595 IMA
14 UNCANNY AVENGERS #8 $3.99 MAR130609-M MAR
15 AVENGERS #12 $3.99 MAR130612-M MAR
16 UNCANNY X-MEN #6 $3.99 MAR130638 MAR
17 UNCANNY AVENGERS #8AU $3.99 MAR130608 MAR
18 AVENGERS #11 $3.99 MAR130611 MAR
19 GREEN LANTERN #20 $7.99 MAR130224-M DC 
20 THANOS RISING #2 $3.99 MAR130636-M MAR
21 BATMAN AND RED HOOD #20 $2.99 MAR130200 DC 
22 NEW AVENGERS #6 $3.99 MAR130633 MAR
23 BATMAN INCORPORATED #11 $2.99 MAR130196-M DC 
24 TEN GRAND #1 (MR) [*] $2.99 MAR130432-M IMA
25 AQUAMAN #19 $2.99 FEB130125-M DC 
26 DEADPOOL #9 $2.99 MAR130643 MAR
27 DEADPOOL #10 $2.99 MAR130644 MAR
28 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #20 $2.99 MAR130207-M DC 
29 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #7 $3.99 MAR130651 MAR
30 AQUAMAN #20 $2.99 MAR130177-M DC 
31 WOLVERINE #3 $3.99 MAR130647-M MAR
32 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #8 $3.99 MAR130652 MAR
33 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #8 $3.99 MAR130649 MAR
34 ACTION COMICS #20 $3.99 MAR130189-M DC 
35 UNCANNY X-FORCE #4 $3.99 FEB130549-M MAR
36 UNCANNY X-FORCE #5 $3.99 MAR130662-M MAR
37 SUPERMAN #20 $2.99 MAR130192-M DC 
38 IRON MAN #10 $3.99 MAR130627-M MAR
39 NIGHTWING #20 $2.99 MAR130220 DC 
40 WAKE #1 (MR) $2.99 MAR130295-M DC 
41 STAR WARS #5 $2.99 MAR130057 DAR
42 CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 $3.99 MAR130650 MAR
43 EARTH 2 #12 $2.99 MAR130185-M DC 
44 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR130209 DC 
45 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #20 $2.99 MAR130227-M DC 
46 BATGIRL #20 $2.99 MAR130214 DC 
47 SAVAGE WOLVERINE #5 $3.99 MAR130645-M MAR
48 HAWKEYE #10 $2.99 FEB130568-M MAR
49 EARTH 2 ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR130187 DC 
50 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #20 $2.99 MAR130229-M DC 

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 01 PLAYING FIRE $11.99 FEB130825 BOO
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMA
4 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01 $12.99 FEB130226 DC 
5 ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE & THE SCREAM QUEENS TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR130946 BOO
6 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MAR
7 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 01 $17.99 MAR130366 IDW
8 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 MY OWN WORST ENEMY NOW $17.99 MAR130724 MAR
9 SUPERMAN ACTION TP VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL (N52) $16.99 FEB130215 DC 
10 GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO HC VOL 02 (MR) $19.99 JAN130329 DC 
11 AQUAMAN TP VOL 01 THE TRENCH (N52) $14.99 FEB130206 DC 
12 BATMAN INCORPORATED HC VOL 01 DEMON STAR (N52) $24.99 JAN130294 DC 
13 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 02 BULLETPROOF (N52) $24.99 JAN130300 DC 
14 AQUAMAN HC VOL 02 THE OTHERS (N52) $22.99 JAN130293 DC 
15 THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 02 $14.99 JAN130523 IMA
16 BTVS SEASON 9 TP VOL 03 GUARDED $17.99 JAN130085 DAR
17 BEDLAM TP VOL 01 $9.99 MAR130464 IMA
18 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
19 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 03 $24.99 JAN131224 ONI
20 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 DEC120744 MAR
21 NARUTO TP VOL 61 $9.99 FEB131179 VIZ
22 PETER PANZERFAUST TP VOL 02 HOOKED $14.99 JAN130511 IMA
23 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP120922 BOO
24 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 02 HERE TO STAY $24.99 MAR130722 MAR
25 CAPTAIN UNIVERSE HERO WHO COULD BE YOU $7.99 MAR130696 MAR
26 BATMAN NOIR EDUARDO RISSO DELUXE ED HC $24.99 JAN130307 DC 
27 CABLE AND X-FORCE TP VOL 01 WANTED NOW $17.99 FEB130625 MAR
28 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
29 THOR GOD OF THUNDER PREM HC VOL 01 GOD BUTCHER $24.99 MAR130725 MAR
30 BATMAN DEATH BY DESIGN TP $14.99 FEB130217 DC 
31 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
32 THUNDERBOLTS TP VOL 01 NO QUARTER NOW $15.99 FEB130627 MAR
33 SPIDER-MEN TP $19.99 FEB130638 MAR
34 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK PREM HC VOL 01 AGENT OF SHIELD NOW $24.99 FEB130623 MAR
35 AVENGERS ARENA TP VOL 01 KILL OR DIE TP NOW $15.99 FEB130624 MAR
36 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 11 $10.99 MAR131208 RAN
37 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC 
38 STAR WARS DARTH MAUL DEATH SENTENCE TP $15.99 OCT128106 DAR
39 GREAT PACIFIC TP VOL 01 TRASHED (MR) $9.99 MAR130504 IMA
40 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS TP VOL 03 $19.99 FEB130637 MAR
41 DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME TP VOL 01 $17.99 MAR130399 IDW
42 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
43 BATMAN BEYOND 10000 CLOWNS TP $16.99 FEB130221 DC 
44 PUNISHER TP ENTER WAR ZONE $16.99 MAR130745 MAR
45 CROSSED WISH YOU WERE HERE TP VOL 02 (MR) $19.99 MAR130857 AVA
46 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 05 DANGEROUS HABITS NEW ED (MR) $19.99 JAN130335 DC 
47 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD $14.99 JUN120470 IMA
48 ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP $29.99 JUL110247 DC 
49 AUTHORITY HC VOL 01 $29.99 JAN130305 DC 
50 SUPERBOY TP VOL 02 EXTRACTION (N52) $14.99 FEB130214 DC 

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