Exclusive: 2018's Top 100 Best-Selling Graphic Novels

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

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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.

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