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Top 50 Best-Selling Graphic Novels for 2019

DC Comics -- WatchmenTo 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 for 2019. Each month, Diamond Comic Distributors announces its best-selling graphic novels and manga based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops.

The inspiration for the critically acclaimed television series on HBO, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, published by DC Comics, was the best-selling graphic novel of 2019.

DC had five titles among the year's top ten including Tom King and Mitch Gerad's Mister Miracle at #5, Sean Gordon Murphy's Batman: White Knight at #7, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke at #9, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Batman: Damned at #10.

Image Comics had four of the year's top ten graphic novels. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' award-winning Saga Volume 1 ranked #2; Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress Volume 1 ranked #4; Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans' Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker at #6; and Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudino, and Cliff Rathburn's The Walking Dead Volume 31 at #8.

Also in the top ten, Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's Umbrella Academy Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite, the basis for the Netflix television series, was Dark Horse Comics' best-selling title of the year at #3.

Among the premier publishers, Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim's The Infinity Guantlet and Al Ewing and Joe Bennett's The Immortal Hulk Volume 1: Or Is He Both tied as Marvel Comics' best-selling graphic novel at #17; Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys Omnibus Volume 1, the basis of the Amazon Prime super-hero series, was Dynamite Entertainment's top title of the year at #22; IDW Publishing's top book Rich and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons was their top book at #46; and BOOM! Studios' Firefly: The Sting, an original graphic novel based on Joss Whedon's cult classic television series, ranked #126 for the year.

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2019

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE PUBLISHER ISBN DIAMOND
CODE
1 WATCHMEN TP $24.99 DC COMICS 9781779501127 JUN190614-M
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066019 AUG120491
3 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SUITE $17.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781593079789 SEP108136
4 MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632157096 APR160803-M
5 MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR) $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401283544 OCT180598
6 DIE TP VOL 01 FANTASY HEARTBREAKER (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534312708 MAR190080-M
7 BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401279592 JUL180733
8 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 31 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534310520 JAN190186
9 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE HC NEW ED $17.99 DC COMICS 9781401294052 JUN190574
10 BATMAN DAMNED HC (MR) $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401291402 MAR190571
11 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 32 $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534312418 JUN190045
12 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MARVEL COMICS 9780785156598 JUL110745
13 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632156747 JAN160645
14 SAGA TP VOL 09 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308374 JUL180297
15 DARK NIGHTS METAL TP $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401288587 OCT180569
16 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS $17.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781595823458 DEC098005
17 IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 01 OR IS HE BOTH $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302912550 AUG181082
18 UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 03 HOTEL OBLIVION $19.99 DARK HORSE COMICS 9781506711423 MAR190279
19 JOKER TP BLACK LABEL $14.99 DC COMICS 9781401291860 APR190556
20 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP $9.99 DC COMICS 9781401283537 JUN180439
21 DETECTIVE COMICS 80 YEARS OF BATMAN DLX ED HC $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401285388 DEC180641
22 BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (MR) $29.99 DYNAMITE 9781524108595 DEC181256-M
23 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632150035 MAY140626-M
24 HOUSE OF X POWERS OF X HC $60.00 MARVEL COMICS 9781302915704 SEP190963-M
25 MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ MEDIA LLC 9781421582696 JUN151643
26 MONSTRESS TP VOL 04 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534313361 JUL190105-M
27 MONSTRESS TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534306912 JUL180261
28 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 06 $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534313248 JUL190107
29 IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 02 GREEN DOOR $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302912567 NOV181036
30 BATMAN WHO LAUGHS HC $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401294038 JUN190568
31 TEEN TITANS RAVEN TP DC INK $16.99 DC COMICS 9781401286231 FEB190469
32 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607066927 APR130443
33 BATMAN HUSH TP $29.99 DC COMICS 9781401297244 JUN190569
34 GIDEON FALLS TP VOL 01 BLACK BARN (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308527 AUG180153
35 DISNEY DESCENDANTS EVIES WICKED RUNWAY TP VOL 01 $15.99 TOKYOPOP 9781427859907 JAN192254
36 MIRACULOUS TALES LADYBUG CAT NOIR TP S2 VOL 04 NO EVIL DOING $8.99 ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT 9781632294401 SEP181357
37 DISNEY DESCENDANTS EVIES WICKED RUNWAY TP VOL 02 $15.99 TOKYOPOP 9781427861467 FEB192149
38 MIDDLEWEST TP BOOK 01 (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534312173 MAR190092-M
39 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781632150196 SEP140684
40 MONSTRESS TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534300415 APR170834
41 IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 03 HULK IN HELL $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302915063 FEB190998
42 COSMIC GHOST RIDER TP BABY THANOS MUST DIE $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302913533 NOV181028
43 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES 30TH ANNIV ED $19.99 DC COMICS 9781401284770 JUL180774
44 SAGA TP VOL 08 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534303492 OCT170715
45 MAGIC ORDER TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781534308718 FEB190095-M
46 RICK AND MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS TP VOL 01 $19.99 IDW PUBLISHING 9781684054169 DEC180776
47 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMAGE COMICS 9781607069317 JAN140556
48 DC POSTER PORTFOLIO STANLEY ARTGERM LAU TP 01 $24.99 DC COMICS 9781401293451 OCT180551
49 LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP $15.99 MARVEL COMICS 9781302912536 OCT181018-M
50 DOOMSDAY CLOCK HC PART 01 $24.99 DC COMICS 9781779501202 JUL190638

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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.