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Top 100 Graphic Novels for 2018

Marvel Comics -- The Infinity GauntletTo help educators and librarians to be informed about what their students and patrons are buying from their local comic shops, we present the Top 100 Best-Selling Graphic Novels for 2018. Each month, Diamond Comic Distributors announces its best-selling graphic novels and manga tiles based on Total Unit Sales to comic book specialty shops.

Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim's The Infinity Gauntlet, collecting Marvel Comics' 1991 cosmic crossover and the basis for Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, was the best-selling graphic novel of 2018.

Image Comics had six titles in the top ten. Three volumes of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' award-winning Saga placed in the top ten, led by volume 9 at #2, followed by volume 1 at #3 and volume 8 at #4. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead Volume 29: Lines We Cross ranked #6, Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls Volume 1 ranked #7, and Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress Volume 1 ranked #10.

DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten. Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, a collection of some of the best Superman stories from the pages of Action Comics, ranked #5. Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight ranked #8, and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition ranked #9.

Among the premier publishers, Dark Horse Comics' Legend of Korra Volume 2: Turf Wars Part 2 was the publisher's top book for 2018 at #26; BOOM! Studios' Lumberjanes Volume 1 ranked #96; IDW Publishing's J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl Gallery Edition ranked #269; and Dynamite Entertainment's James Bond: Casino Royale, an adaptation of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, was their top book for the year at #644.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in 2018

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE PUBLISHER ISBN DIAMOND
CODE
1 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785156598 JUL110745
2 SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308374 JUL180297
3 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066019 AUG120491
4 SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534303492 OCT170715
5 ACTION COMICS 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401278878 DEC170241
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 29 LINES WE CROSS $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534304970 JAN180844
7 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632156747 JAN160645
8 BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401279592 JUL180733
9 DARK NIGHTS METAL DELUXE ED HC $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401277321 JAN180379
10 MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157096 APR160803-M
11 STAR WARS TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1 $7.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302914905 MAR180947
12 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 04 $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534305106 FEB180663
13 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401245252 FEB140265-M
14 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 30 NEW WORLD ORDER (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308848 JUL180335
15 BLACK PANTHER TP BOOK 01 NATION UNDER OUR FEET $16.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302900533 JUN160956
16 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066927 APR130443
17 DARK NIGHTS METAL DARK KNIGHTS RISING HC $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401277376 JAN180380
18 GREEN LANTERN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401241865 DEC170239
19 MONSTRESS TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306912 JUL180261-M
20 SAGA TP VOL 07 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300606 JAN170850
21 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC COMICS 9781401216672 NOV070226
22 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607069317 JAN140556
23 MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES HC (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308466 JUL180133
24 MONSTRESS TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300415 APR170834-M
25 WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401281175 JUL180591
26 LEGEND OF KORRA TP VOL 02 TURF WARS PT 2 $10.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506700403 SEP170087
27 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 02 $12.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632158956 SEP160815
28 INFINITY WAR TP $29.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785121053 JAN062102
29 SAGA TP VOL 06 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157119 MAR160684
30 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 03 $12.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534302235 JUN170777
31 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632150776 OCT140644
32 FLASH TP VOL 01 LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (REBIRTH) $17.99 DC COMICS 9781401267841 OCT160292
33 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 05 $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308671 OCT180099
34 SAGA TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632154385 JUL150565
35 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632150035 MAY140626-M
36 THANOS WINS BY DONNY CATES TP $19.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302905590 APR180867-M
37 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 06 IMPERIAL PHASE PART 2 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534304734 NOV170862
38 STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 01 IMPERIAL MACH $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302907440 AUG171045
39 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 ISNT IT BROMANTIC $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785197867 MAY160926
40 SNOTGIRL TP VOL 02 CALIFORNIA SCREAMING $15.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306615 MAR180757
41 BATMAN TP VOL 05 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT REBIRTH $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401277314 JAN180382
42 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401223175 MAY090178
43 SNOTGIRL TP VOL 01 GREEN HAIR DONT CARE $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300361 DEC160774
44 DARK NIGHTS METAL THE RESISTANCE TP $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401282981 JAN180381
45 DARK DAYS THE ROAD TO METAL HC $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401278199 DEC170376
46 BATMAN TP VOL 04 THE WAR OF JOKES & RIDDLES (REBIRTH) $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401273613 SEP170400
47 MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ MEDIA LLC 9781421582696 JUN151643
48 STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 02 LEGACYS END $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302907457 JAN181040
49 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632150196 SEP140684
50 DESCENDER TP VOL 05 RISE OF THE ROBOTS $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534303454 NOV170741
51 BATMAN FLASH THE BUTTON DELUXE ED HC (REBIRTH) $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401276447 JUN170380-M
52 RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI PRESS INC. 9781620102817 JUL151482
53 BATMAN TP VOL 01 I AM GOTHAM (REBIRTH) $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401267773 OCT160291
54 KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534304710 NOV170691-M
55 FLASHPOINT TP $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401233389 OCT138324
56 BATMAN TP VOL 06 BRIDE OR BURGLAR $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401280277 APR180261
57 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS DATE WITH DISASTER TP $9.99 DC COMICS 9781401278786 NOV170216
58 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781582406725 NOV128157
59 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401225759 JUL100259
60 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401232597 JUL110251
61 ISOLA TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534309227 JUL180153-M
62 OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306424 JUL180159
63 STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 01 VADER $19.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785192558 JUL150827
64 LEGEND OF KORRA TP VOL 03 TURF WARS PT 3 $10.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506701851 FEB180062
65 BATMAN TP VOL 07 THE WEDDING REBIRTH $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401283384 JUL180717
66 DESCENDER TP VOL 01 TIN STARS (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632154262 JUL150554-M
67 THANOS INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN HC $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302908188 DEC170936
68 GIDEON FALLS TP VOL 01 BLACK BARN (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308527 AUG180153-M
69 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785164036 AUG120709
70 I HATE FAIRYLAND TP VOL 01 MADLY EVER AFTER (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632156853 JAN160644-M
71 VENOM TP LETHAL PROTECTOR NEW PTG $16.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302911768 NOV178028
72 BLACK EYED PEAS PRESENTS MASTERS SUN ZOMBIES CHRONICLES TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302910846 APR171143
73 INFINITY TP $49.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785184232 JUN140730
74 BATMAN CATWOMAN THE WEDDING ALBUM DELUXE ED HC $17.99 DC COMICS 9781401286538 JUN180572
75 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 08 $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534305564 JUN180144
76 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 07 MOTHERING INVENTION (MR) $17.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308404 AUG180194
77 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534303720 AUG170610
78 KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300286 NOV160670
79 SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300613 DEC160767
80 VENOM BY DONNY CATES TP VOL 01 REX $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302913069 AUG181081
81 HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 SEED OF DESTRUCTION $24.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506706665 JAN180104
82 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785131724 JUL100692
83 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS OUT OF THE BOTTLE TP $9.99 DC COMICS 9781401274832 FEB180156
84 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 05 COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306776 MAY180229
85 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN TP $29.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302904890 DEC170935
86 BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS $14.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781616557867 NOV160051
87 WHERE WE LIVE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP $19.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308220 MAR180600
88 DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401263119 NOV150279
89 STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 03 BURNING SEAS $19.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302910563 JUN180982
90 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP $9.99 DC COMICS 9781401283537 JUN180439
91 KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 04 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306516 JUN180190
92 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 04 GUT CHECK (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534301948 NOV170835
93 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785121794 JAN072436
94 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE (NEW PTG) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607067702 APR178855
95 BATMAN TP VOL 03 I AM BANE (REBIRTH) $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401271312 MAY170321
96 LUMBERJANES TP VOL 01 $14.99 BOOM! STUDIOS 9781608866878 FEB151172
97 PREACHER TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401240455 MAR130303
98 DESCENDER TP VOL 06 WAR MACHINE $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306905 JUL180209
99 PHOENIX RESURRECTION RETURN JEAN GREY TP $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302911638 JAN181041-M
100 DEADPOOL VS OLD MAN LOGAN TP $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302909178 JAN181054

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How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

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.