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Top 50 Graphic Novels for September 2018

Image Comics' Saga Volume 9To help educators and librarians to be informed about what their students and patrons are buying from their local comic shops, we present the Top 50 Graphic Novels titles for September. Each month, Diamond Comic Distributors announces its best-selling graphic novels and trade paperbacks based on Total Unit Sales to comic book specialty shops.

Ending with a death that forever changes the series, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 9 from Image Comics was September's best-selling graphic novel and one of the five Image titles among the top ten.

Also from Image Comics, The Walking Dead Volume 30: New World Order ranked #2, Monstress Volume 3 ranked #3, Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici Volume 1 ranked #4, and Descender Volume 6: War Machine ranked #8.

DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Tom King, David Finch, Joelle Jones, and Mikel Janin's Batman & Catwoman: The Wedding Album at #5, followed by DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis Volume 7 at #7, and Action Comics #1000: The Deluxe Edition at #10.

Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten; their top book, Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Smuerak's Franklin Richards: A Fantastic Year, ranked #6, and Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Volume 3: Burning Seas ranked #9.

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in September 2018

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE PUBLISHER ISBN DIAMOND
CODE
1 SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308374 JUL180297
2 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 30 NEW WORLD ORDER (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308848 JUL180335
3 MONSTRESS TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306912 JUL180261-M
4 OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306424 JUL180159
5 BATMAN CATWOMAN THE WEDDING ALBUM DELUXE ED HC $17.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401286538 JUN180572
6 FRANKLIN RICHARDS FANTASTIC YEAR #1 $7.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785194637 JUL180973
7 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP $9.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401283537 JUN180439
8 DESCENDER TP VOL 06 WAR MACHINE $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306905 JUL180209
9 STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 03 BURNING SEAS $19.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302910563 JUN180982
10 ACTION COMICS #1000 THE DELUXE EDITION HC $19.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401285975 JUN180558
11 DARK KNIGHT III THE MASTER RACE TP $24.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284312 JUN180575
12 JUSTICE LEAGUE NO JUSTICE TP $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401283346 JUN180583
13 STAR WARS TP THRAWN $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302911560 JUN180981
14 BATMAN PRELUDES TO THE WEDDING TP $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401286545 JUN180571
15 DISNEY MANGA NIGHTMARE CHRISTMAS ZEROS JOURNEY TP VOL 01 $15.99 TOKYOPOP 9781427858979 JUL182329-M
16 SKYWARD TP VOL 01 MY LOW-G LIFE $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308336 JUL180169-M
17 FLASH TP VOL 07 PERFECT STORM $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284527 JUN180576
18 X-MEN RED TP VOL 01 HATE MACHINE $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302911676 JUN180984
19 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS TP VOL 07 BATMAN ETERNAL $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284213 JUN180566
20 INFINITY COUNTDOWN TP $29.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302913557 JUN180971
21 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 06 CHILDREN OF THE GODS $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284244 JUN180592
22 YOU ARE DEADPOOL TP $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302912383 JUL181182
23 ABSOLUTE BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE HC $49.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284121 JAN180393
24 SUPER SONS TP VOL 03 PARENT TRAP $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284466 JUN180588
25 AMULET SC GN VOL 08 SUPERNOVA $12.99 GRAPHIX 9780545828604 JUL181945
26 KICK-ASS NEW GIRL TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308329 JUL180249
27 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785156598 JUL110745
28 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC RED GOBLIN $34.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302913540 JUN180961
29 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 07 JUSTICE LOST $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284251 JUN180582
30 LEGEND OF ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS GN VOL 04 $9.99 VIZ MEDIA LLC 9781974702268 JUL182362
31 INFIDEL TP (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308367 JUL180148
32 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP VOL 08 TO KILL FOR $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302910952 JUN180985
33 HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 HELLBOY IN HELL $24.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506707495 MAY180371
34 NIGHTWING TP VOL 06 THE UNTOUCHABLE $19.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401287573 JUN180584
35 VENOM ADVENTURES DIGEST $9.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302913632 JUN180976
36 MIGHTY THOR TP VOL 04 WAR THOR $19.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302906597 JUN180988
37 VENOM TP PLANET OF SYMBIOTES $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302913656 JUN180979
38 ANTHONY BOURDAINS HUNGRY GHOSTS HC (MR) $14.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506706696 MAY180324
39 TITANS TP VOL 04 TITANS APART $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284480 JUN180591
40 ORIGINAL SIN HC $75.00 MARVEL COMICS 9780785190691 AUG140894
41 HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP VOL 06 ZODS WILL $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284442 JUN180577
42 MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157096 APR160803
43 OZ OMNIBUS HC $125.00 MARVEL COMICS 9780785187837 APR140763
44 VENOM TP VOL 04 NATIVITY $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302909833 JUN180973
45 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401245252 FEB140265-M
46 MARVEL ZOMBIES TP VOL 01 $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785120148 AUG082452
47 ALL STAR BATMAN TP VOL 03 THE FIRST ALLY $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284305 JUN180567
48 KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS TP $19.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506706726 MAY180373
49 SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL 06 LIFE OF GWEN STACY $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302911928 JUN180987
50 BATMAN THE COURT OF OWLS SAGA ESSENTIAL EDITION TP $24.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401284336 JUN180569

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. 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.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.