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An untold chapter in the life of James Howlett, better known as Wolverine, is revealed in Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert's Origin II #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book in December 2013.

In total, Marvel Comics had four of the month's top ten best-selling comics. Also in the top ten were Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's Avengers #24.NOW at #2; Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel's Inhumanity #1 at #9; and Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Humberto Ramos' Superior Spider-Man #23 at #10.

DC Comics had six titles in the top ten led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #26 at #3. Also in the top ten were Geoff Johns and David Finch's Forever Evil #4 at #4; Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #5 at #5; Johns and Doug Mahnke's Justice League #25 at #6; Amanda Connor, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin's Harley Quinn #1 at #7; and Johns and Ivan Reis' Justice League #26 at #8.

Image Comics had five books in the top 100, led by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #118 at #14.

Dark Horse Comics had a strong month for Star Wars comics with three issues in the top 100 — The Star Wars #4, adapting George Lucas' original screenplay, ranked #35; The Star Wars #0, a special behind-the-scenes issue about the making of the adaptation, ranked #39; and Brian Wood's ongoing Star Wars #12 ranked #56.

Rounding out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #14 placed in the top 100 at #92.


Snow White and Bigby face challenges – her cubs are lost and their marriage is threatened – in Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's Fables Volume 19: Snow White from DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint and December's best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten graphic novels from DC was Nightwing Volume 3: Death of the Family at #6.

BOOM! Studios had December's #2 graphic novel with Adventure Time Volume 2: Pixel Princesses, an original graphic novel from Danielle Corsetto and Zack Sterling.

Darwyn Cooke's adaptations of hard-boiled crime novels continued in December with Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground, which ranked #3 for the month.

Marvel Comics had three titles in the top ten, led by Deadpool Kills Deadpool at #4.

Image Comics rounded out the top ten with three titles as well, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #7.

Also among premier publishers, Adam Warren's Empowered Volume 8 from Dark Horse Comics ranked #13.

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ORIGIN II #1 $4.99 OCT130650-M MAR
2 AVENGERS #24.NOW $4.99 OCT130656-M MAR
3 BATMAN #26 $3.99 OCT130190-M DC
4 FOREVER EVIL #4 $3.99 OCT130115-M DC
5 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 $3.99 SEP130208-M DC
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 $3.99 SEP130170-M DC
7 HARLEY QUINN #1 $2.99 OCT130185-M DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 $3.99 OCT130121-M DC
9 INHUMANITY #1 $3.99 OCT130637-M MAR
10 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 OCT130686-M MAR
11 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #24 $3.99 OCT130688-M MAR
12 BATMAN SUPERMAN #6 $3.99 OCT130176-M DC
13 ALL NEW X-MEN #20 $3.99 OCT130723-M MAR
14 WALKING DEAD #118 (MR) $2.99 OCT130633 IMA
15 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.1 $3.99 OCT130676-M MAR
16 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #10 $3.99 OCT130125-M DC
17 UNCANNY X-MEN #15.INH $3.99 OCT130647 MAR
18 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.2 $3.99 OCT130678-M MAR
19 AMAZING X-MEN #2 $3.99 OCT130721-M MAR
20 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.3 $3.99 OCT130680-M MAR
21 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.4 $3.99 OCT130682-M MAR
22 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.5 $3.99 OCT130684-M MAR
23 JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1 $2.99 OCT130141-M DC
24 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #9 INF $3.99 SEP130672-M MAR
25 UNCANNY AVENGERS #15 $3.99 OCT130664 MAR
26 NEW AVENGERS #13.INH $3.99 OCT130643-M MAR
27 DETECTIVE COMICS #26 $3.99 OCT130187-M DC
28 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #10 $3.99 OCT130699 MAR
29 SAGA #17 (MR) $2.99 OCT130619 IMA
30 X-MEN #8 $3.99 OCT130725 MAR
31 GREEN LANTERN #26 $2.99 OCT130206-M DC
32 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #3 $3.99 OCT130156-M DC
33 DAMIAN SON OF BATMAN #3 $3.99 OCT130182-M DC
34 AVENGERS ANNUAL 2013 #1 $4.99 OCT130665 MAR
35 STAR WARS #4 LUCAS DRAFT $3.99 OCT130011 DAR
36 BATMAN AND TWO FACE #26 $2.99 OCT130201 DC
37 DEADPOOL #20 $2.99 OCT130732 MAR
38 DEADPOOL #21 $2.99 OCT130733 MAR
39 STAR WARS #0 LUCAS DRAFT $3.99 NOV130026 DAR
40 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #26 $2.99 OCT130198-M DC
41 FOREVER EVIL ARKHAM WAR #3 $2.99 OCT130133-M DC
42 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #16 $3.99 OCT130709 MAR
43 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #39 $3.99 OCT130727 MAR
44 AQUAMAN #26 $2.99 OCT130143-M DC
45 NIGHTWING #26 $2.99 OCT130197 DC
46 ACTION COMICS #26 $3.99 OCT130174-M DC
47 EARTH 2 #18 $2.99 OCT130149-M DC
48 SUPERMAN #26 $2.99 OCT130172-M DC
49 FLASH #26 $2.99 OCT130147-M DC
50 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #26 $3.99 OCT130129-M DC

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 FABLES TP VOL 19 SNOW WHITE (MR) $16.99 SEP130305 DC
2 ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 02 PIXEL PRINCESSES $11.99 SEP131012 BOO
3 RICHARD STARKS PARKER SLAYGROUND HC $17.99 OCT130333 IDW
4 DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL TP $14.99 SEP130799 MAR
5 STAR LORD WORLDS ON BRINK $7.99 OCT130698 MAR
6 NIGHTWING TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 SEP130273 DC
7 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
8 DEADPOOL TP VOL 03 GOOD BAD AND UGLY $15.99 SEP130800 MAR
9 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
10 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
11 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 01 $14.99 MAR110767 MAR
12 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 03 $17.99 NOV130340 IDW
13 EMPOWERED TP VOL 08 $16.99 AUG130070 DAR
14 AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 JRJR CVR $99.99 SEP110637 MAR
15 MARVEL ZOMNIBUS HC $125 APR120685 MAR
16 TEEN TITANS TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY TO (N52) $14.99 SEP130274 DC
17 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 02 BULLETPROOF (N52) $16.99 SEP130275 DC
18 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 QUESADA CVR $99.99 JAN120715 MAR
19 MASSIVE TP VOL 02 SUBCONTINENTAL $19.99 AUG130069 DAR
20 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 06 $14.99 SEP130543 IMA
21 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD HC VOL 02 $19.95 SEP130878 ARA
22 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 03 END OF DAYS (N52) $24.99 AUG130298 DC
23 CONAN TP VOL 14 THE DEATH $19.99 AUG130073 DAR
24 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 07 $14.99 SEP110670 MAR
25 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 03 $14.99 MAY110743 MAR
26 DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 02 $34.99 SEP130797 MAR
27 MY LITTLE PONY DIGEST TP VOL 02 $6.99 NOV130339 IDW
28 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 19 MARCH TO WAR $14.99 SEP130566 IMA
29 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 06 $14.99 AUG110711 MAR
30 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 05 $14.99 JUL110732 MAR
31 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 04 $14.99 JUN110750 MAR
32 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 09 $29.99 SEP130798 MAR
33 NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 02 $14.99 APR110700 MAR
34 BATMAN HC VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $24.99 MAY130216 DC
35 ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 03 DARK TERRIBLE NEW RACE MAN $19.99 AUG130091 DAR
36 GODLAND FINALE $6.99 SEP130509 IMA
37 X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS HC $125 SEP110635 MAR
38 GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP VOL 02 ALPHA WAR (N52) $16.99 SEP130267 DC
39 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY MCFARLANE OMNIBUS HC $99.99 MAR110747 MAR
40 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
41 BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 03 CLASH OF DAGGERS (N52) $14.99 SEP130270 DC
42 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS BY MARK MILLAR OMNIBUS HC $75 NOV110596 MAR
43 BATMAN JUDGE DREDD TP $19.99 SEP130278 DC
44 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 15 $19.99 AUG130076 DAR
45 THANOS TP INFINITY ABYSS NEW PTG $24.99 SEP130815 MAR
46 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
47 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
48 MARVEL POINT ONE TP $24.99 MAY110754 MAR
49 NEW AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 02 INFINITY $24.99 OCT130753 MAR
50 IMMORTAL IRON FIST COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 01 $39.99 SEP130808 MAR