1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Abrams/Amulet, $7.95 ISBN 978-0-810-99473-7
2. Bleach, Volume 22.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51179-5
3. Bone: Ghost Circles.
Scholastic/Graphix, $7.95 ISBN 978- 0-439-70634-6
Jeff Smith’s acclaimed fantasy/adventure series, Bone, just keeps rolling along with Volume 7, Ghost Circles taking the #3 slot this month. Bone has sold more than a million copies since Scholastic began publishing the series in 2005. This year Smith is also preparing for a major exhibition of artwork from Bone at the Wexner Center Galleries in Columbus, Ohio, that will open on May 10. The show, Bone and Beyond, will feature more than 75 original drawings from Bone as well as selections of Smith’s work from Shazam and his forthcoming series RASL.
4. DeathNote: How to Read 13.Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata et al.
Viz Media, $14.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51888-6
This month we take a short break from the usual domination of Viz Media’s Naruto franchise. But two of Viz’s fan compendiums are serving as place holders. Death Note: How to Read 13 (at #4) and Naruto: The Official Fanbook (at #6) are special fan-directed encyclopedias offering every manner of inside dope on these two wildly popular manga series. Death Note How to Read 13 offers story summaries, character information, production notes and interviews with Death Note creators Tsugumi Ohba and Tekeshi Obata—in addition to a previously untranslated manga chapter.
5. Absolute Boyfriend, Volume 5.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51535-9
6. Naruto: The Official Fan Book
Viz Media, $14.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51844-2
Naruto: The Official Fanbook offers official maps and character profiles in addition to lots of material generated by the fans themselves. It even includes creator Masashi Kishimoto’s original 44-page Naruto story.
7. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Volume 16.
Del Rey, $10.95 ISBN 978-0-345-50148-6
8. Ultimate X-Men: Sentinels, Volume 17.
Robert Kirkman and Ben Oliver.
Marvel, $8.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12549-5
9. Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 10.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51929-6
10. Savage Sword of Conan, Volume 1.
Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith and John Buscema.
Dark Horse, $17.95 ISBN 978-1-593-07838-6
With the possibility of a new Conan the Barbarian film looming, Dark Horse has begun a comprehensive Conan publishing program that includes everything from a hardcover coffeetable book to a relaunch of the periodical series. DH is also reprinting the run of the 1970s-era Savage Sword of Conan series (at #10 on our list), featuring b&w art and longer stories, collecting the work of such classic Conan creators as Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in chunky trade paperback editions.