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Exclusive: The 2010s' Top 100 Best-Selling Graphic Novels

Image Comics -- The Walking Dead Volume 1Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 1, the first volume of his zombie series published by Image Comics and the inspiration for the hit television series, was the best-selling graphic novel of the 2010s.

Image Comics had six of the decade's top ten best-selling grpahc novels and 51 of the top 100. The top ten includes the first three volumes of Kirkman's The Walking Dead (Volume 2 ranked #4 and Volume 3 ranked #9) and the first three volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' award-winning science fiction epic Saga (Volume 1 ranked #2 for the decade, Volume 2 ranked #5, and Volume 3 ranked #8).

DC Comics had three titles in the top ten and thirty of the top 100. The hardcover edition of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke ranked #3 for the decade, followed by Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen at #7 and Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns at #10.

Marvel Comics had one title in the top ten and ten in the top 100. Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War, the inspiration for Marvel Studios' blockbuster film Captain America: Civil War, ranked #7 for the decade.

Other publishers in the top 100 for the decade include BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Oni Press.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced from January 2010 to December 2019

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMAGE COMICS
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMAGE COMICS
3 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE HC $17.99 JUN190574-M DC COMICS
4 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204-M IMAGE COMICS
5 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMAGE COMICS
6 WATCHMEN TP $24.99 JUN190614-M DC COMICS
7 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MARVEL COMICS
8 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMAGE COMICS
9 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245-M IMAGE COMICS
10 DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV150279-M DC COMICS
11 BATMAN HUSH TP $29.99 JUN190569-M DC COMICS
12 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745-M MARVEL COMICS
13 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMAGE COMICS
14 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC COMICS
15 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205-M IMAGE COMICS
16 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES 30TH ANNIV ED $19.99 JUL180774-M DC COMICS
17 SAGA TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMAGE COMICS
18 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 JUL110251-M DC COMICS
19 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692-M MARVEL COMICS
20 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206-M IMAGE COMICS
21 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 JAN160645 IMAGE COMICS
22 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MARVEL COMICS
23 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 OCT090390 IMAGE COMICS
24 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 OCT060163 DC COMICS
25 MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 APR160803-M IMAGE COMICS
26 SAGA TP VOL 06 (MR) $14.99 MAR160684 IMAGE COMICS
27 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 APR100438 IMAGE COMICS
28 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE $14.99 SEP088207-M IMAGE COMICS
29 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE (MR) $12.99 FEB120285-M DC COMICS
30 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMAGE COMICS
31 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 SEP100413 IMAGE COMICS
32 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 MAR092419 IMAGE COMICS
33 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684-M IMAGE COMICS
34 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE $16.99 APR178855 IMAGE COMICS
35 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 APR110444 IMAGE COMICS
36 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 NOV082242 IMAGE COMICS
37 V FOR VENDETTA TP (MR) $19.99 SEP088030-M DC COMICS
38 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (NEW $16.99 APR178856 IMAGE COMICS
39 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 OCT110502 IMAGE COMICS
40 SUPERMAN RED SON TP $17.99 JAN140353-M DC COMICS
41 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 JUL130235 DC COMICS
42 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 JAN140558-M IMAGE COMICS
43 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 JUN090332 IMAGE COMICS
44 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER $16.99 APR178857-M IMAGE COMICS
45 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 APR120487 IMAGE COMICS
46 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 SEP090288 IMAGE COMICS
47 SAGA TP VOL 07 (MR) $14.99 JAN170850 IMAGE COMICS
48 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 APR130482 IMAGE COMICS
49 KINGDOM COME TP $19.99 JAN190687-M DC COMICS
50 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 01 PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE $11.99 FEB108442-M ONI PRESS INC.
51 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 JAN140555 IMAGE COMICS
52 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $22.99 MAR120234 DC COMICS
53 FLASHPOINT TP $16.99 OCT138324-M DC COMICS
54 PREACHER TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 MAR130303 DC COMICS
55 BLACKEST NIGHT TP $19.99 APR110192 DC COMICS
56 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MARVEL COMICS
57 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $22.99 JUL168350-M DC COMICS
58 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 FEB140248 DC COMICS
59 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 19 MARCH TO WAR $14.99 SEP130566 IMAGE COMICS
60 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 01 (MR) $14.99 JAN140559 IMAGE COMICS
61 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 DEC120744 MARVEL COMICS
62 STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 01 VADER $19.99 JUL150827 MARVEL COMICS
63 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MARVEL COMICS
64 SANDMAN TP VOL 02 THE DOLLS HOUSE 30TH ANNIV ED (MR) $19.99 AUG180642-M DC COMICS
65 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 OCT120252 DC COMICS
66 SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR) $14.99 OCT170715 IMAGE COMICS
67 RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01 $19.99 JUL151482-M ONI PRESS INC.
68 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH (MR) $9.99 MAY140626-M IMAGE COMICS
69 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT $19.99 JUN090991 IDW PUBLISHING
70 STAR WARS TP VOL 01 SKYWALKER STRIKES $19.99 MAY150811 MARVEL COMICS
71 DESCENDER TP VOL 01 TIN STARS (MR) $9.99 JUL150554-M IMAGE COMICS
72 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SUITE $17.99 SEP108136-M DARK HORSE COMICS
73 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 02 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMAGE COMICS
74 BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01 HOW TO FALL FOREVER (MR) $9.99 MAR140535 IMAGE COMICS
75 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 01 (MR) $34.99 JUL108203-M IMAGE COMICS
76 JOKER HC $19.99 JUL080124 DC COMICS
77 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMAGE COMICS
78 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 JAN120300 DC COMICS
79 FLASH TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD (N52) $16.99 MAY130224 DC COMICS
80 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 06 FINEST HOUR $11.99 MAY101089 ONI PRESS INC.
81 MARCH GN BOOK 01 $14.95 JUN131298 IDW PUBLISHING
82 SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 01 KICKED IN THE TEETH (N52) $14.99 APR120250 DC COMICS
83 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 02 $12.99 SEP160815 IMAGE COMICS
84 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP120922 BOOM! STUDIOS
85 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 23 WHISPERS INTO SCREAMS $14.99 FEB150545 IMAGE COMICS
86 FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM $14.99 DEC138056-M DC COMICS
87 SERENITY HC VOL 03 SHEPHERDS TALE $14.99 JUL100030 DARK HORSE COMICS
88 SCOTT PILGRIM GN VOL 02 VS THE WORLD $11.99 FEB108443-M ONI PRESS INC.
89 BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP $24.99 NOV130237-M DC COMICS
90 SANDMAN TP VOL 03 DREAM COUNTRY 30TH ANNIV ED (MR) $19.99 SEP180601-M DC COMICS
91 CHEW TP VOL 02 INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR (MR) $12.99 FEB100354 IMAGE COMICS
92 WYTCHES TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 MAR150524-M IMAGE COMICS
93 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 01 $29.99 FEB082311 MARVEL COMICS
94 Y THE LAST MAN TP VOL 01 UNMANNED $14.99 DEC108152-M DC COMICS
95 SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR) $14.99 JUL180297 IMAGE COMICS
96 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 25 NO TURNING BACK (MR) $14.99 DEC150677 IMAGE COMICS
97 TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP VOL 01 BACK ON THE STREET (MR) $14.99 DEC080220 DC COMICS
98 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 AUG120496 IMAGE COMICS
99 LOW TP VOL 01 THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE (MR) $9.99 DEC140670-M IMAGE COMICS
100 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 24 LIFE AND DEATH (MR) $14.99 JUN150590 IMAGE COMICS

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