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Carbon Leaf -- HomeA cub sets off on an epic journey in Bill Willingham's Fables Volume 18: Cubs in Toyland, the latest collected volume of the best-selling series from DC Comics' Vertigo imprint and the best-selling graphic novel to comics retailers in January.

In total, DC Comics had four volumes in the top ten for January. In addition to Fables Volume 18, Justice League Volume 2: The Villain's Journey hardcover ranked #6, Justice League Volume 1: Origin ranked #7, and Animal Man Volume 2: Animal Vs. Man ranked #10.

Image Comics had five volumes in the top ten, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #2. Also in the top ten were four volumes of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead — Volume 1: Days Gone Bye ranked #3, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us ranked #5, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars ranked #8, and Volume 17: Something to Fear ranked #9.

Rounding out the top ten graphic novels for January was Marvel Comics with The Silver Surfer by Stan Lee and Moebius, a new edition of the classic graphic novel, at #4.

Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' best selling graphic novel in January was Star Wars: Blood Ties Volume 2: Boba Fett Is Dead at #22.

Finishing out the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's top graphic novel for the month was Gil Kane's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist Edition at #27.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 3 6.48 OCT120296 FABLES TP VOL 18 CUBS IN TOYLAND (MR) $16.99 DC 
2 9 5.86 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
3 10 5.70 JUL068351 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $9.99 IMA
4 25 4.54 NOV120729 SILVER SURFER BY STAN LEE AND MOEBIUS #1 $7.99 MAR
5 5 4.48 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
6 4 4.06 SEP120233 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY $24.99 DC 
7 8 3.54 OCT120252 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 DC 
8 15 3.25 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
9 18 3.19 SEP120449 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 IMA
10 14 2.97 OCT120251 ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 02 ANIMAL VS MAN (N52) $16.99 DC 
11 13 2.95 NOV120497 INVINCIBLE TP VOL 17 WHATS HAPPENING $16.99 IMA
12 22 2.36 SEP120265 NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 07 THE ICELANDIC TRILOGY (MR) $16.99 DC 
13 27 2.34 SEP088205 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 IMA
14 12 2.32 SEP120234 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 02 GUTS (N52) $22.99 DC 
15 29 2.27 OCT120256 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 BLOOD (N52) $14.99 DC 
16 16 2.17 SEP120231 BATWOMAN HC VOL 02 TO DROWN THE WORLD (N52) $22.99 DC 
17 24 2.05 NOV120771 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP CONSEQUENCES $17.99 MAR
18 37 1.93 OCT120253 BATWOMAN TP VOL 01 HYDROLOGY (N52) $14.99 DC 
19 19 1.93 OCT120695 CARNAGE MINIMUM CARNAGE TP $24.99 MAR
20 38 1.86 SEP088206 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
21 11 1.83 NOV120442 ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS HC $29.99 IMA
22 44 1.64 SEP120054 STAR WARS BLOOD TIES TP VOL 02 BOBA FETT IS DEAD $14.99 DAR
23 21 1.64 JAN120300 BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $24.99 DC 
24 55 1.59 OCT120261 BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT GOLDEN DAWN TP $14.99 DC 
25 52 1.57 SEP088207 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (MR) $14.99 IMA
26 69 1.43 SEP088208 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 IMA
27 1 1.37 AUG120380 GIL KANE AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIST ED HC (NET) $95.00 IDW
28 58 1.37 OCT120265 WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS AFTERMATH TP $16.99 DC 
29 71 1.36 APR120487 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD (MR) $14.99 IMA
30 30 1.35 SEP120257 BOOKS OF MAGIC DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) $24.99 DC 
31 40 1.33 SEP120239 SHOWCASE PRESENTS WEIRD WAR TALES TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
32 57 1.32 SEP120922 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOO
33 59 1.32 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC 
34 77 1.31 FEB082136 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER (MR) $14.99 IMA
35 31 1.31 OCT120689 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER PREM HC MAN IN BLACK $24.99 MAR
36 79 1.28 SEP120235 BATMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 11 $14.99 DC 
37 80 1.27 OCT120254 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 02 TRIPLE THREAT (N52) $14.99 DC 
38 34 1.24 OCT120694 SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH TP $24.99 MAR
39 84 1.23 JUN120470 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 01 SCIENCE BAD $14.99 IMA
40 49 1.23 OCT120299 GLOBAL FREQUENCY TP (MR) $19.99 DC 
41 90 1.22 OCT120262 BATMAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TP $14.99 DC 
42 36 1.21 OCT120696 FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 05 $24.99 MAR
43 62 1.16 NOV118095 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC 
44 131 1.13 NOV121345 HARBINGER (ONGOING) TP VOL 01 OMEGA RISING $9.99 VAL
45 100 1.11 NOV082242 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 09 HERE WE REMAIN (MR) $14.99 IMA
46 83 1.11 OCT120250 CULLING RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP (N52) $16.99 DC 
47 66 1.10 OCT120700 ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
48 65 1.10 OCT120699 OZ DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ GN TP $19.99 MAR
49 41 1.10 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC 
50 103 1.10 JUN090332 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 10 WHAT WE BECOME $14.99 IMA
51 6 1.09 AUG120496 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02 (MR) $59.99 IMA
52 68 1.08 OCT120301 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 03 (MR) $19.99 DC 
53 39 1.05 OCT120048 STAR WARS OMNIBUS INFINITIES TP $24.99 DAR
54 28 1.04 OCT120683-M AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BY BENDIS HC $34.99 MAR
55 64 1.04 SEP120048 CONAN TP VOL 12 THRONE OF AQUILONIA $19.99 DAR
56 45 1.04 AUG120701 ULT COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03 $24.99 MAR
57 75 1.02 OCT120690 SECRET AVENGERS BY RICK REMENDER TP VOL 01 $19.99 MAR
58 110 1.01 OCT090390 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 11 FEAR THE HUNTERS (MR) $14.99 IMA
59 78 1.00 SEP121301 ALICE IN WONDERLAND TP (MR) $15.99 ZEN
60 111 1.00 OCT110502 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 WE FIND OURSELVES (MR) $14.99 IMA
61 50 0.98 OCT120267 JLA TP VOL 03 $24.99 DC 
62 124 0.95 NOV121384 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 12 $11.99 HAC
63 81 0.95 OCT120270 SUPERMAN LAST SON OF KRYPTON TP $19.99 DC 
64 86 0.94 OCT120701 ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
65 88 0.93 SEP120708 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN TP ALPHA AND OMEGA $19.99 MAR
66 121 0.93 APR110444 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 14 NO WAY OUT (MR) $14.99 IMA
67 92 0.93 JUL100259 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC 
68 60 0.93 NOV120782 X-WOMEN TP $24.99 MAR
69 122 0.92 SEP100413 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE (MR) $14.99 IMA
70 26 0.91 OCT120708 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 01 TOMORROWS AVENGERS $39.99 MAR
71 63 0.91 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC 
72 125 0.90 OCT120481 CHEW TP VOL 06 SPACE CAKES (MR) $14.99 IMA
73 74 0.90 MAR120234 BATMAN EARTH ONE HC $22.99 DC 
74 93 0.90 OCT120707 MARVEL UNIVERSE END TP $19.99 MAR
75 94 0.89 OCT120688 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER TP LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA $19.99 MAR
76 127 0.88 APR100438 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 12 LIFE AMONG THEM $14.99 IMA
77 97 0.88 OCT120691 DEFENDERS BY MATT FRACTION TP VOL 02 $19.99 MAR
78 102 0.87 OCT121298 WONDERLAND TP VOL 01 $15.99 ZEN
79 98 0.87 OCT120709 ESSENTIAL X-MEN TP VOL 11 $19.99 MAR
80 106 0.85 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC 
81 134 0.84 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
82 136 0.84 OCT060163 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 DC 
83 147 0.84 OCT120278 GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES TP $12.99 DC 
84 67 0.84 JAN120299 JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $24.99 DC 
85 144 0.83 NOV120875 SONIC UNIVERSE TP VOL 04 JOURNEY TO THE EAST $11.99 ARC
86 76 0.82 NOV120770 WOLVERINE SABRETOOTH REBORN PREM HC $24.99 MAR
87 95 0.80 NOV120389 TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW
88 109 0.80 NOV120781 X-MEN BLANK GENERATION TP $19.99 MAR
89 140 0.78 APR120439 FATALE TP VOL 01 DEATH CHASES ME (MR) $14.99 IMA
90 154 0.78 OCT120493 REVIVAL TP VOL 01 YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS $12.99 IMA
91 116 0.77 SEP120050 ROBERT E HOWARDS SAVAGE SWORD TP VOL 01 $17.99 DAR
92 73 0.77 SEP120047 CONAN HC VOL 13 QUEEN O/T BLACK COAST $24.99 DAR
93 35 0.77 JUL121070 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 06 1947-1948 $35.00 FAN
94 32 0.77 AUG121326 SUPER STREET FIGHTER GN VOL 01 $34.95 UDO
95 114 0.76 NOV120952 SIMPSONS COMICS SUPERNOVA TP $15.99 BON
96 61 0.76 OCT120692 FEAR ITSELF TP FEARLESS $29.99 MAR
97 42 0.75 JUL108204 WALKING DEAD HC VOL 02 (MR) $34.99 IMA
98 119 0.75 JUN100127 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $19.99 DC 
99 99 0.75 JUN120225 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC 
100 118 0.74 NOV120775 DARK AVENGERS END IS BEGINNING TP $19.99 MAR

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