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Top 25 Graphic Novels for August 2016

To help educators and librarians learn what bestselling titles their students and patrons are buying from their local comic shops, we present the Top 25 Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks for September.

Darth Vader puts down a rebellion against the Empire's rule in Kieron Gillen, Leinil Francis Yu, and Salvador Larroca's Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 3: The Shu-Torun War from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel for August. In total, Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten including Ta-Nahesi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze's Black Panther Book 1: Nation Under Our Feet at #3, Spider-Man/Deadpool Volume 1: Isn't It Bromantic? at #4, and Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Jail at #5.

DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke Special Edition at #2, followed by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams' Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (copublished by IDW Publishing) at #5, Teen Titans: Earth One Volume 2 at #8, the Harley Quinn Book and Mask Set at #9, and Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: An Adult Coloring Book at #10.

Also in the top ten was Image Comics; Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 6 ranked #7 for the month.

TOP 25 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in August 2016

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE PUBLISHER ISBN DIAMOND
CODE
1 STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 03 SHU TORUN WAR $16.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785199779 MAY160924
2 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC COMICS 9781401216672 NOV070226
3 BLACK PANTHER TP BOOK 01 NATION UNDER OUR FEET $16.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302900533 JUN160956
4 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 ISNT IT BROMANTIC $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785197867 MAY160926
5 STAR WARS TP VOL 03 REBEL JAIL $19.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785199830 MAY160922
6 BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401262785 APR160380
7 SAGA TP VOL 06 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157119 MAR160684
8 TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE HC VOL 02 $22.99 DC COMICS 9781401259068 APR160323
9 HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET $34.99 DC COMICS 9781401262662 APR160377
10 HARLEY QUINN & SUICIDE SQUAD AN ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $15.99 DC COMICS 9781401270056 MAY160307
11 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 04 DIE FOR ME (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157188 MAR160667
12 MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157096 APR160803
13 PRETTY DEADLY TP VOL 02 THE BEAR (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632156945 FEB160697
14 BATMAN NOIR THE KILLING JOKE HC $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401263645 APR160379
15 DEADPOOL AND MERCS FOR MONEY TP VOL 00 MERC MADNESS $16.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785192640 MAY160928
16 RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01 $19.99 ONI PRESS INC. 9781620102817 JUL151482
17 INVADER ZIM TP VOL 02 $19.99 ONI PRESS INC. 9781620103364 APR161827-M
18 DEADPOOL WORLDS GREATEST TP VOL 03 DEADPOOL VS SABRETOOTH $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785196198 JUN160968
19 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632156747 JAN160645
20 INJECTION TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157201 APR160829
21 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066019 AUG120491
22 SUPERMAN LOIS AND CLARK TP $17.99 DC COMICS 9781401262495 MAY160323
23 BATMAN HARLEY QUINN TP $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401255176 APR150289
24 FLASH TP VOL 07 SAVAGE WORLD $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401263652 MAY160313
25 HULK SEASON ONE PREM HC $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785163886 MAY120746

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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.