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Justice League Darkseid scattered Earth's heroes, forcing Green Lantern to take the lead to save the world in Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League #5 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book sold to specialty retailers in January.

In January DC Comics achieved an accomplishment unseen since January 2005: a publisher taking all of the top ten spots on the monthly comics sales chart. The publisher's Batman #5 ranked #2, Action Comics #5 ranked #3, Detective Comics #5 ranked #4, Green Lantern #5 ranked #5, Batman: The Dark Knight #5 ranked #6, Superman #5 ranked #7, The Flash #5 ranked #8, Batman and Robin #5 ranked #9, and Aquaman #5 ranked #10.

Marvel Comics' top book in January was Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco's Uncanny X-Men #5 which ranked #11.

Dark Horse Comics' top comic for the month was Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9, based on Joss Whedon's fan-favorite television series, which ranked #63.

IDW Publishing relaunch of J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl in January with Danger Girl: Revolver #1 was the publisher's top book for the month at #97.

Rounding out the premier publishers, Image Comics' top book in January was Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead #93 at #59.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 106.20 NOV110104-M JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 $3.99 DC
2 3 100.00 NOV110133-M BATMAN #5 $2.99 DC
3 2 80.53 NOV110125-M ACTION COMICS #5 $3.99 DC
4 4 76.13 NOV110138-M DETECTIVE COMICS #5 $2.99 DC
5 5 75.01 NOV110154-M GREEN LANTERN #5 $2.99 DC
6 11 58.87 NOV110140-M BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #5 $2.99 DC
7 14 56.49 NOV110129-M SUPERMAN #5 $2.99 DC
8 18 54.88 NOV110113-M FLASH #5 $2.99 DC
9 15 50.20 NOV110145 BATMAN AND ROBIN #5 [*] $2.99 DC
10 24 49.88 NOV110109-M AQUAMAN #5 $2.99 DC
11 7 48.64 NOV110564-M UNCANNY X-MEN #5 $3.99 MAR
12 8 48.41 NOV110563 UNCANNY X-MEN #4 $3.99 MAR
13 9 45.62 NOV110560-M WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #4 $3.99 MAR
14 6 44.97 NOV110566-M WOLVERINE #300 $4.99 MAR
15 10 44.89 NOV110504-M AVENGERS X-SANCTION #2 $3.99 MAR
16 52 44.16 NOV110111-M WONDER WOMAN #5 $2.99 DC
17 13 43.82 NOV110527-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677 $3.99 MAR
18 16 42.00 NOV110493-M AVENGERS #21 $3.99 MAR
19 56 41.85 NOV110183-M TEEN TITANS #5 $2.99 DC
20 17 41.57 NOV110531-M AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 $3.99 MAR
21 19 40.93 NOV110520-M SCARLET SPIDER #1 $3.99 MAR
22 20 40.55 NOV110495-M NEW AVENGERS #20 $3.99 MAR
23 21 40.13 NOV110525-M AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 MAR
24 59 40.08 NOV110158-M GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #5 $2.99 DC
25 60 39.79 NOV110147-M BATWOMAN #5 $2.99 DC
26 27 39.33 NOV110149 BATGIRL #5 [*] $2.99 DC
27 22 39.12 NOV110576-M UNCANNY X-FORCE #20 $3.99 MAR
28 28 38.65 NOV110153 NIGHTWING #5 [*] $2.99 DC
29 34 38.62 NOV110575 UNCANNY X-FORCE #19.1 $2.99 MAR
30 23 38.19 NOV110515-M ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 MAR
31 36 37.98 NOV110589 DEADPOOL #49 $2.99 MAR
32 29 37.30 NOV110157 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #5 [*] $2.99 DC
33 25 35.98 NOV110480-M CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 $3.99 MAR
34 12 35.44 NOV110507 AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 MAR
35 26 35.16 NOV110477-M INCREDIBLE HULK #4 $3.99 MAR
36 41 34.59 NOV110544-M FANTASTIC FOUR #602 $2.99 MAR
37 68 33.57 NOV110164-M SWAMP THING #5 $2.99 DC
38 47 33.33 NOV110529-M DAREDEVIL #8 $2.99 MAR
39 44 32.65 NOV110542-M FF #14 $2.99 MAR
40 37 32.41 NOV110160 RED LANTERNS #5 [*] $2.99 DC
41 30 30.91 NOV110562 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #1 $3.99 MAR
42 42 30.37 NOV110152 CATWOMAN #5 [*] $2.99 DC
43 33 29.84 NOV110487-M DEFENDERS #2 $3.99 MAR
44 31 29.67 NOV110570-M X-MEN #23 $3.99 MAR
45 43 29.35 NOV110150 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #5 [*] $2.99 DC
46 32 29.18 NOV110497-M SECRET AVENGERS #21 $3.99 MAR
47 54 28.80 NOV110583-M X-MEN LEGACY #261 $2.99 MAR
48 35 28.73 NOV110484-M MIGHTY THOR #10 $3.99 MAR
49 45 28.58 NOV110132 SUPERGIRL #5 [*] $2.99 DC
50 57 28.48 OCT110674 X-MEN LEGACY #260 $2.99 MAR
51 48 28.38 NOV110108 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #5 [*] $2.99 DC
52 49 28.27 NOV110163 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #5 [*] $2.99 DC
53 51 27.98 NOV110166 ANIMAL MAN #5 [*] $2.99 DC
54 61 27.07 NOV110499 SECRET AVENGERS #21.1 $2.99 MAR
55 38 26.94 NOV110491-M INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #512 $3.99 MAR
56 39 26.72 NOV110518 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #6 $3.99 MAR
57 40 26.04 NOV110517 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #6 $3.99 MAR
58 55 25.81 NOV110131 SUPERBOY #5 [*] $2.99 DC
59 64 24.21 NOV110472 WALKING DEAD #93 (MR) $2.99 IMA
60 46 23.86 NOV110579 ASTONISHING X-MEN #46 $3.99 MAR
61 50 23.28 NOV110524 CARNAGE USA #2 $3.99 MAR
62 62 23.17 NOV110118 GREEN ARROW #5 [*] $2.99 DC
63 66 23.10 NOV110020-M BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #5 $2.99 DAR
64 63 22.57 NOV110175 SUICIDE SQUAD #5 [*] $2.99 DC
65 105 22.31 NOV110171-M STORMWATCH #5 $2.99 DC
66 69 22.02 NOV110533-M VENOM #12 $2.99 MAR
67 65 21.86 NOV110146 BIRDS OF PREY #5 [*] $2.99 DC
68 73 21.18 NOV110535 CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #626 $2.99 MAR
69 75 20.46 NOV110474 FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #6 $2.99 MAR
70 76 20.05 NOV110475 FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #7 $2.99 MAR
71 79 19.70 NOV110586-M X-FACTOR #230 $2.99 MAR
72 198 19.32 OCT110967 LORD OF THE JUNGLE #1 (MR) $1.00 DE
73 58 18.76 NOV110181 ALL STAR WESTERN #5 [*] $3.99 DC
74 86 18.31 NOV110578 NEW MUTANTS #36 $2.99 MAR
75 87 18.29 NOV110482-M JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #633 $2.99 MAR
76 85 18.29 NOV110151 HUNTRESS #4 $2.99 DC
77 53 17.92 SEP110631 SUPERIOR #7 (MR) $4.99 MAR
78 77 17.81 NOV110170 DEMON KNIGHTS #5 [*] $2.99 DC
79 78 17.67 NOV110189 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #5 [*] $2.99 DC
80 89 17.56 NOV110546 PUNISHER #7 $2.99 MAR
81 67 17.53 NOV110547 MOON KNIGHT #9 $3.99 MAR
82 90 17.41 NOV110541 HULK #47 $2.99 MAR
83 95 16.75 NOV110476 AVENGERS ACADEMY #24 $2.99 MAR
84 83 16.58 NOV110144 BATWING #5 [*] $2.99 DC
85 82 16.53 NOV110122 SAVAGE HAWKMAN #5 [*] $2.99 DC
86 84 16.46 NOV110174 DEATHSTROKE #5 [*] $2.99 DC
87 100 15.89 NOV110574 X-23 #20 $2.99 MAR
88 71 15.88 NOV110142-M BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2 #4 $3.99 DC
89 101 15.77 NOV110551 THUNDERBOLTS #168 $2.99 MAR
90 74 15.72 NOV110354-M FATALE #1 (MR) [*] $3.50 IMA
91 92 15.68 NOV110167 FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #5 [*] $2.99 DC
92 102 15.57 NOV110552 THUNDERBOLTS #169 $2.99 MAR
93 94 15.21 NOV110119 DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #5 [*] $2.99 DC
94 96 14.86 NOV110188 LEGION LOST #5 [*] $2.99 DC
95 80 14.80 JUN110712-M BRILLIANT #2 (MR) $3.95 MAR
96 98 14.71 NOV110117 FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #5 [*] $2.99 DC
97 70 14.69 NOV110287-M DANGER GIRL REVOLVER #1 $3.99 IDW
98 110 14.47 NOV110585 GENERATION HOPE #15 $2.99 MAR
99 112 14.41 NOV110580 MAGNETO NOT A HERO #3 $2.99 MAR
100 72 14.39 NOV110315 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #6 $3.99 IDW

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