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Top 50 Graphic Novels for April 2018

DC Entertainment's Action Comics: 80 Years of SupermanTo help educators and librarians to be informed about what their students and patrons are buying from their local comic shops, we present the Top 50 Graphic Novels titles for April. Each month, Diamond Comic Distributors announces its best-selling graphic novels and trade paperbacks based on Total Unit Sales to comic book specialty shops.

DC Entertainment's Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, a hardcover collection of Superman stories from Action Comics spanning the last eight years, was April's best-selling graphic novel.

Also in the top ten for DC Entertainment, Batman Volume 5: Rules of Engagement ranked #5.

Image Comics had four titles in the top ten: Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's Paper Girls Volume 4 ranked #2, followed by Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga Volume 1 at #4, Saga Volume 8 at #8, and Paper Girls Volume 1 at #10.

Marvel Comics also had four titles in the top ten, led by Jim Starlin and Alan Davis' original graphic novel, Thanos: The Infinity Siblings at #3; Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim's The Infinity Gauntlet at #6; Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2: Legacy's End at #7; and Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey at #9.

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

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE PUBLISHER ISBN DIAMOND
CODE
1 ACTION COMICS 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC $29.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278878 DEC170241
2 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 04 $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534305106 FEB180663
3 THANOS INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN HC $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302908188 DEC170936
4 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066019 AUG120491
5 BATMAN TP VOL 05 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT REBIRTH $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401277314 JAN180382
6 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785156598 JUL110745
7 STAR WARS DARTH VADER DARK LORD SITH TP VOL 02 LEGACYS END $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302907457 JAN181040
8 SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534303492 OCT170715
9 PHOENIX RESURRECTION RETURN JEAN GREY TP $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302911638 JAN181041-M
10 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632156747 JAN160645
11 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN TP $29.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302904890 DEC170935
12 STAR WARS TP VOL 07 ASHES OF JEDHA $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302910525 DEC170955
13 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534303720 AUG170610
14 BATMAN DETECTIVE TP VOL 05 LONELY PLACE OF LIVING REBIRTH $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278229 JAN180383
15 DEADPOOL VS OLD MAN LOGAN TP $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302909178 JAN181054
16 PUNISHER PLATOON TP (MR) $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785190189 JAN181059
17 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066927 APR130443
18 SAGA TP VOL 07 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300606 JAN170850
19 SUPERMAN TP VOL 05 HOPES AND FEARS REBIRTH $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401277291 JAN180391
20 HEAD LOPPER TP VOL 02 CRIMSON TOWER $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534305083 FEB180630
21 SAGA TP VOL 06 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157119 MAR160684
22 SAGA TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632154385 JUL150565
23 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607069317 JAN140556
24 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632150776 OCT140644
25 NIGHTWING TP VOL 05 RAPTORS REVENGE REBIRTH $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278816 JAN180387
26 REDLANDS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534305007 DEC170659
27 RUNAWAYS BY RAINBOW ROWELL TP VOL 01 FIND YOUR WAY HOME $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302908522 JAN181044
28 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 02 $12.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632158956 SEP160815
29 RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS TP VOL 03 BIZARRO REBORN REBIRTH $19.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278373 JAN180388
30 GREEN LANTERN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $24.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401241865 DEC170239
31 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 03 $12.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534302235 JUN170777
32 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 05 ARMS RACE $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302910471 JAN181051
33 LAZARUS X PLUS 66 TP (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534304888 DEC170719
34 ROYAL CITY TP VOL 02 SONIC YOUTH (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534305526 FEB180679
35 INJUSTICE 2 TP VOL 01 $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278403 JAN180404
36 SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 05 KILL YOUR DARLINGS REBIRTH $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278809 JAN180389
37 DEATHSTROKE TP VOL 04 DEFIANCE REBIRTH $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401275471 JAN180384
38 BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 06 $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534304987 JAN180702
39 JESSICA JONES TP VOL 03 RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302906375 JAN181057
40 SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL 05 GWENOM $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302907648 JAN181055
41 MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 12 $9.99 VIZ MEDIA LLC 9781421597010 FEB181932
42 SUPERGIRL TP VOL 03 GIRL OF NO TOMORROW REBIRTH $14.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278243 JAN180390
43 PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 02 MOST WANTED $17.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302907570 JAN181056
44 FIGHT CLUB 2 TP (MR) $19.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506706283 DEC170052
45 BUG THE ADVENTURE OF FORAGER TP (MR) $16.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401275303 JAN180360
46 COYOTES TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306479 JAN180663
47 CYANIDE & HAPPINESS TP GUIDE PARENTING BY 3 GUYS W NO KIDS $9.99 BOOM! STUDIOS 9781684150021 DEC171192
48 JAMES BOND CASINO ROYALE HC $24.99 D. E. 9781524100681 JUL171682
49 REEFER MADNESS TP $19.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506702278 DEC170136
50 FLASH BY MARK WAID TP BOOK 04 $34.99 DC ENTERTAINMENT 9781401278212 JAN180397

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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.