May's Top Comics & Graphic Novels!

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2The Avengers and the X-Men continued their pursuit of Hope while the Phoenix Force neared Earth in Avengers Vs. X-Men #4, the best-selling comic book to comics retailers in May 2012.

Overall, Marvel Comics had three of the month's top ten books, all of them part of the Avengers Vs. X-Men event. Avengers Vs. X-Men #3 was the month's #2 book, and AVX Vs. #2, the tie-in comic that focuses solely on the fights from Avengers Vs. X-Men, ranked #6.

DC Comics had the other seven books in the top ten, led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman #9, part of the "Court of Owls" storyline, at #3. Justice League #9 ranked #4; Batman Annual #1, a tie-in to "Court of Owls," ranked #5; Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham's Batman, Incorporated #1 ranked #7; Detective Comics #9 ranked #8; Action Comics #9 ranked #9; and Green Lantern #9 ranked #10.

Image Comics' The Walking Dead #97, the first of two issues of the Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard zombie series, was the publisher's top-selling comic in May at #28.

Dark Horse Comics' best-selling book for the month continued to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9; the ninth issue ranked #94 for the month.

IDW Publishing's top book in May was Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1. The first part of the long-awaited crossover between these two venerable science-fiction franchises ranked #121.

Batman: Through the Looking Glass Earth's heroes joined forces to confront the threat posed by Darkseid in Justice League Volume 1: Origin, the best-selling Geoff Johns and Jim Lee storyline for DC Comics. The collected hardcover edition of the storyline was the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in May.

DC Comics had a strong month with graphic novel sales, taking six of the top ten spots. Also in the top ten were Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls, the story arc by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, at #2; Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor's original graphic novel Batman: Death By Design at #4; Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt at #5; the hardcover edition of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen at #9; and Green Lantern Volume 1: Sinestro at #10.

Image Comics had three books in the top ten, all from Robert Kirkman's zombie series, The Walking Dead. Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3, Volume 4: Hearts Desire ranked #6, and Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #8.

Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with the hardcover edition of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.'s Kick-Ass 2 at #7.

Among the other Premier Publishers, Dark Horse Comics' top book in May was Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 2: The Promise, Part 2 at #11, while IDW Publishing's top book was Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom at #18.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2012

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 $3.99 MAR120534-M MAR
2 AVENGERS VS X-MEN #3 $3.99 MAR120530-M MAR
3 BATMAN #9 $3.99 MAR120184-M DC
4 JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 $3.99 MAR120159-M DC
5 BATMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR120188 DC
6 AVX VS #2 $3.99 MAR120528-M MAR
7 BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 $2.99 MAR120149-M DC
8 DETECTIVE COMICS #9 $3.99 MAR120189-M DC
9 ACTION COMICS #9 $3.99 MAR120176-M DC
10 GREEN LANTERN #9 $2.99 MAR120204-M DC
11 EARTH 2 #1 [*] $3.99 MAR120145-M DC
12 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #9 $2.99 MAR120193-M DC
13 BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 $2.99 MAR120196 DC
14 UNCANNY X-MEN #12 $3.99 MAR120539 MAR
15 AVENGERS #26 $3.99 MAR120538 MAR
16 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #11 $3.99 MAR120541 MAR
17 NEW AVENGERS #26 $3.99 MAR120542 MAR
18 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #10 $3.99 MAR120540 MAR
19 FLASH #9 $2.99 MAR120168-M DC
20 WORLDS FINEST #1 [*] $2.99 MAR120147-M DC
21 SUPERMAN #9 $2.99 MAR120180-M DC
22 NIGHTWING #9 $2.99 MAR120203 DC
23 AQUAMAN #9 $2.99 MAR120166-M DC
24 BATGIRL #9 $2.99 MAR120200 DC
25 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686 $3.99 MAR120573-M MAR
26 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685 $3.99 MAR120571-M MAR
27 ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 $3.99 MAR120623-M MAR
28 WALKING DEAD #97 (MR) $2.99 MAR120507 IMA
29 UNCANNY X-FORCE #25 $4.99 MAR120615-M MAR
30 TEEN TITANS #9 $2.99 MAR120229-M DC
31 WALKING DEAD #98 (MR) $2.99 MAR120508 IMA
32 SECRET AVENGERS #27 $3.99 MAR120543 MAR
33 CATWOMAN #9 $2.99 MAR120202 DC
34 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9 $2.99 MAR120201 DC
35 WONDER WOMAN #9 $2.99 MAR120164-M DC
36 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #9 $2.99 MAR120210 DC
37 X-MEN LEGACY #267 $2.99 MAR120547 MAR
38 GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #9 $2.99 MAR120208-M DC
39 TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR120228 DC
40 BATWOMAN #9 $2.99 MAR120197-M DC
41 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #3 $3.99 MAR120548 MAR
42 X-MEN LEGACY #266 $2.99 MAR120546 MAR
43 X-O MANOWAR #1 $3.99 MAR121222-M VAL
44 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 MAR120560 MAR
45 INCREDIBLE HULK #8 $3.99 MAR120594-M MAR
46 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #39 $3.99 MAR120569 MAR
47 BIRDS OF PREY #9 $2.99 MAR120199 DC
48 DIAL H #1 [*] $2.99 MAR120153-M DC
49 FANTASTIC FOUR #606 $2.99 MAR120597 MAR
50 RAVAGERS #1 [*] $2.99 MAR120157-M DC

 

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2012

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN $24.99 JAN120299 DC
2 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99 JAN120300 DC
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 JUL068351 IMA
4 BATMAN DEATH BY DESIGN DELUXE ED HC $24.99 JAN120285 DC
5 ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 01 THE HUNT $14.99 FEB120247 DC
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205-M IMA
7 KICK-ASS 2 PREM HC (MR) $24.99 MAR120637 MAR
8 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204-M IMA
9 WATCHMEN HC $39.99 JUL080172 DC
10 GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 SINESTRO $22.99 JAN120301 DC
11 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 02 PROMISE PART 2 $10.99 JAN120087 DAR
12 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
13 SPIDER-MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 JAN120731 MAR
14 CATWOMAN TP VOL 01 THE GAME $14.99 FEB120248 DC
15 BATMAN AND ROBIN TP VOL 03 BATMAN ROBIN MUST DIE $17.99 FEB120258 DC
16 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 01 BLOOD $22.99 JAN120302 DC
17 EMPOWERED TP VOL 07 (MR) $16.99 JAN120091 DAR
18 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 04 KEYS TO THE KINGDOM $19.99 MAR120354 IDW
19 AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 02 (MR) $17.99 FEB120289 DC
20 NARUTO TP VOL 56 $9.99 FEB121183 VIZ
21 UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 03 DARK ANGEL SAGA BOOK 01 $19.99 MAR120680 MAR
22 PRO ONE SHOT (MR) $7.99 MAR120443 IMA
23 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206-M IMA
24 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 05 $10.99 FEB121079 RAN
25 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 OCT110502 IMA
26 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 01 SIGNAL MASTERS $14.99 FEB120250 DC
27 GREEN LANTERN BRIGHTEST DAY TP $19.99 FEB120254 DC
28 BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 02 $19.99 FEB120255 DC
29 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT TP $19.99 MAR120684 MAR
30 AVENGERS X-SANCTION HC $24.99 FEB120664 MAR
31 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 11 $19.99 JAN120102 DAR
32 MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR120679 MAR
33 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE $14.99 SEP088207 IMA
34 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED (MR) $12.99 FEB120285-M DC
35 STORMWATCH TP VOL 01 THE DARK SIDE $14.99 FEB120251 DC
36 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 01 THE MIDAS TOUCH $14.99 FEB120249 DC
37 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 NOV082242 IMA
38 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 SEP088208-M IMA
39 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 09 $16.99 MAR120860 BOO
40 BATMAN KNIGHTFALL NEW ED TP VOL 02 KNIGHTQUEST $29.99 FEB120266 DC
41 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME TP $17.99 FEB120259 DC
42 ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 07 MONSTROUS $16.99 MAR120677 MAR
43 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 JUN090332 IMA
44 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 FEB082136 IMA
45 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 APR110444 IMA
46 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 OCT090390 IMA
47 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 SEP100413 IMA
48 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
49 MAGNETO NOT A HERO TP $14.99 MAR120675 MAR
50 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 APR100438 IMA

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Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, minus any copies that are distributed free of cost.

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