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Batman: Through the Looking GlassBatman tumbles into the hallucinogenic nightmare of Wonderland thanks to his first encounter with the Mad Hatter in Batman: Through the Looking Glass, an original hardcover graphic novel by Bruce Jones and Sam Kieth (The Maxx) from DC Comics, which was the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in January.

DC Comics had a strong month for graphic novels in January, taking five of the top ten spots on the sales charts. In addition to Batman: Through the Looking Glass, The Unwritten Volume 5: On to Genesis from the Vertigo imprint ranked #5, Grant Morrison's Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne trade paperback ranked #6, Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth Volume 4: Endangered Species from the Vertigo imprint ranked #9, and David Finch's Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 1: Golden Dawn ranked #10.

Image Comics had three books in the top ten, all from writer Robert Kirkman. Invincible Volume 15: Get Smart ranked #2, The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3, and The Walking Dead Volume 15 ranked #7.

Marvel Comics had one book in the top ten — the collected edition of Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself at #4.

Dark Horse Comics rounded out the top ten with B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Volume 2: Gods and Monsters at #8.

Finishing off the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top-seling graphic novel in January was Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters Volume 2 at #105.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 4.92 SEP110169 BATMAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS HC $22.99 DC
2 4 3.83 NOV110396 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 15 GET SMART $16.99 IMA
3 33 3.43 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
4 2 3.06 OCT110712 FEAR ITSELF PREM HC $34.99 MAR
5 18 3.00 OCT110301 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 05 ON TO GENESIS (MR) $14.99 DC
6 10 2.78 OCT110245 BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE TP $19.99 DC
7 29 2.50 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 (MR) $14.99 IMA
8 12 2.49 SEP110018 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTERS $19.99 DAR
9 23 2.46 OCT110296 SWEET TOOTH TP VOL 04 ENDANGERED SPECIES (MR) $16.99 DC
10 6 2.45 SEP110181 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 GOLDEN DAWN DLX ED $24.99 DC
11 52 2.39 NOV111126 NARUTO TP VOL 54 $9.99 VIZ
12 13 2.35 SEP110025 STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL 11 WAR $19.99 DAR
13 51 2.31 SEP110039 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 01 PROMISE PART 1 $10.99 DAR
14 42 2.21 NOV111036 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 $10.99 RAN
15 40 2.06 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
16 31 2.00 SEP110020 WITCHFINDER TP VOL 02 LOST AND GONE FOREVER $17.99 DAR
17 16 1.97 SEP110180 BATMAN AND ROBIN WHITE KNIGHT DARK KNIGHT HC $22.99 DC
18 36 1.92 NOV110627 AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
19 19 1.92 NOV110612 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BATTLE OF TULL PREM HC $24.99 MAR
20 28 1.86 NOV110815 IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 08 $16.99 BOO
21 24 1.78 SEP110187 WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH HC $22.99 DC
22 58 1.67 NOV110645 WOLVERINE WOLVERINE VS X-MEN TP $15.99 MAR
23 48 1.66 OCT110241 BATMAN BEYOND INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TP $16.99 DC
24 14 1.66 OCT110246 CATWOMAN TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC
25 27 1.57 SEP110750 JIM HENSONS DARK CRYSTAL HC VOL 01 CREATION MYTHS $19.95 ARA
26 55 1.57 NOV110626 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN AND WOLVERINE TP $19.99 MAR
27 44 1.48 NOV110611 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
28 113 1.47 OCT110819 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 17 $7.99 ARC
29 63 1.44 OCT110249 FLASH TP VOL 01 THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES $14.99 DC
30 22 1.42 NOV110633 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 06 $29.99 MAR
31 80 1.41 OCT110271 YOUNG JUSTICE TP VOL 01 $12.99 DC
32 37 1.40 NOV110618 FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 02 $24.99 MAR
33 9 1.39 SEP110226 PREACHER HC BOOK 06 (MR) $39.99 DC
34 78 1.37 NOV110641 TWELVE TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR
35 72 1.36 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
36 66 1.36 NOV110646 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS CONTAGION TP $19.99 MAR
37 25 1.36 OCT110247 RESURRECTION MAN TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC
38 69 1.36 OCT110251 SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN TP $14.99 DC
39 41 1.34 NOV110617 FEAR ITSELF AVENGERS PREM HC $24.99 MAR
40 53 1.34 NOV110610 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREM HC VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
41 11 1.33 NOV110605 SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-ISLAND HC $39.99 MAR
42 60 1.32 OCT110254 SECRET SIX THE DARKEST HOUSE TP $16.99 DC
43 50 1.27 NOV110636 MARVEL FIRSTS 1970S TP VOL 01 $29.99 MAR
44 81 1.24 NOV111151 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
45 109 1.24 OCT111248 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 08 $9.99 VIZ
46 67 1.20 NOV111155 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 05 (MR) $13.99 HAC
47 88 1.14 SEP088205-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE (MR) $14.99 IMA
48 8 1.13 AUG110277 ANNOTATED SANDMAN HC VOL 01 (MR) $49.99 DC
49 71 1.10 NOV110619 ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE BY HICKMAN PREM HC $19.99 MAR
50 120 1.06 NOV111127 ONE PIECE TP VOL 60 $9.99 VIZ
51 87 1.05 NOV110643 X-MEN LEGACY AFTERMATH TP $15.99 MAR
52 89 1.04 NOV110634 RED SKULL INCARNATE TP $15.99 MAR
53 54 1.03 SEP110215 ADD HC (MR) $24.99 DC
54 64 1.02 OCT110056 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED TP VOL 03 $19.99 DAR
55 139 1.00 SEP110044 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 10 $9.99 DAR
56 103 1.00 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
57 106 0.98 SEP088206-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (MR) $14.99 IMA
58 5 0.98 AUG110688-M MMW ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH HC VOL 04 $64.99 MAR
59 100 0.98 SEP110221 FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM (MR) $14.99 DC
60 132 0.98 OCT111250 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 07 $9.99 VIZ
61 7 0.98 AUG110686-M MMW CAPTAIN MARVEL HC VOL 04 $59.99 MAR
62 135 0.97 NOV110638 MYSTIC TENTH APPRENTICE TP $14.99 MAR
63 75 0.95 OCT110719 STAND TP VOL 02 AMERICAN NIGHTMARES $19.99 MAR
64 34 0.94 AUG110693 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 02 $34.99 MAR
65 59 0.93 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
66 35 0.93 AUG110694 X-FORCE HC VOL 02 $34.99 MAR
67 79 0.93 OCT110718 AVENGERS ACADEMY TP VOL 02 REAL WORLD $19.99 MAR
68 193 0.92 NOV111057 SMURFS GN VOL 10 RETURN OF SMURFETTE $5.99 NBM
69 92 0.91 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
70 68 0.89 JUL110245 BATMAN NOEL DELUXE EDITION HC $22.99 DC
71 62 0.88 AUG110698-M SPIDER-MAN MASQUES PREM HC $24.99 MAR
72 117 0.88 DEC058055 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $14.99 DC
73 84 0.88 NOV110642 DAKEN X-23 COLLISION TP $19.99 MAR
74 174 0.87 JUL111024 CHARLIE ADLARD CURSE O/T WENDIGO TP $7.99 DE
75 112 0.87 NOV110637 MARVEL POINT ONE II TP $24.99 MAR
76 126 0.87 NOV110384 BLUE ESTATE TP VOL 02 (MR) $12.99 IMA
77 175 0.86 NOV110758 WARREN ELLIS ATMOSPHERICS COLOR ED GN (MR) $7.99 AVA
78 123 0.86 OCT111182 POLLY & PIRATES TP VOL 02 $11.99 ONI
79 65 0.86 NOV110601-M MMW UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOL 04 $24.99 MAR
80 90 0.85 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
81 137 0.84 JUL108036 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE $12.99 DC
82 94 0.84 NOV110808 HELLRAISER TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 BOO
83 56 0.83 OCT110253 SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY TP VOL 01 $29.99 DC
84 121 0.81 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
85 91 0.80 NOV110644 X-FACTOR TP VOL 12 SCAR TISSUE $19.99 MAR
86 122 0.80 SEP088207-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
87 73 0.77 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC
88 315 0.77 JAN072434 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR
89 20 0.77 MAR092419 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 IMA
90 70 0.77 SEP110033 CONAN HC VOL 11 ROAD OF KINGS PT 1 $24.99 DAR
91 76 0.76 OCT111090 ROMEO & JULIET THE WAR GN $19.99 182
92 128 0.76 SEP088208-M WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE (MR) $14.99 IMA
93 101 0.76 SEP088030 V FOR VENDETTA NEW EDITION TP (MR) $19.99 DC
94 61 0.76 NOV110632 DAREDEVIL BY BRUBAKER AND LARK ULT COLL TP BOOK 01 $29.99 MAR
95 130 0.75 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
96 138 0.74 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC
97 99 0.74 NOV110647 ESSENTIAL MARVEL TWO IN ONE TP VOL 04 $19.99 MAR
98 46 0.73 NOV110639 SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE BEN REILLY EPIC TP BOOK 03 $39.99 MAR
99 105 0.73 NOV110624 X-23 PREM HC VOL 02 CHAOS THEORY $19.99 MAR
100 108 0.72 JUL100259 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC

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