1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
Abrams/Amulet, $7.95 ISBN 978-0-810-99473-7
2. Naruto, Volume 28.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51864-0
3. Fruits Basket, Volume 19.
Tokyopop, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-598-16863-1
4. Batman: The Killing Joke.
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
DC Comics, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-401-21667-2
Originally published in 1988, DC’s The Killling Joke has been republished in a new, recolored 20th anniversary hardcover edition that takes the #4 spot on the list. Written by the acclaimed comics writer Alan Moore, the book was a critical success when first published. It is credited with presenting the Joker, Batman’s ultimate nemesis, as a homicidal maniac and served as an inspiration for the Joker’s portrayal in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film and in the forthcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight.
5. Vampire Knight, Volume 4.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51563-2
6. Full Metal Alchemist, Volume 16
Viz Media, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51381-2
7. Dark Wraith of Shannara.
Terry Brooks, Edwin David and Robert Napton
Del Rey, $13.95 ISBN 978-0-345-49462-7
“My approach to creating the graphic novel was simple: come up with a new story set in the Shannara world. My concerns about having to write and draw the story were quickly resolved. Stick figures and dialogue consisting of exclamations were the limit of my very rudimentary[comics] skills, so writer Robert Napton and artist Edwin David were brought aboard to do the heavy lifting.”—Novelist Terry Brooks on the process of creating a manga/graphic novel adaptation of bestselling prose series,Shannara
8. Death Note: How to Read 13.
Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata et al.
Viz Media, $14.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51888-6
9. Bone: Ghost Circles.
Scholastic/Graphix, $7.95 ISBN 978- 0-439-70634-6
10. Fairy Tail, Volume 1.
Del Rey, $10.95 ISBN 978-0-345-50133-2
Del Rey also did well with Fairy Tail, a new fantasy/action manga, in the #10 slot. Del Rey launched the series by publishing volumes 1 and 2 simultaneously so readers could quickly get involved in the story. Created by manga-ka Hiro Mashima, who also created the popular Rave Master seies, Fairy Tail is the story of a cute girl wizard, her zany companions and their adventures as part of Fairy Tail, a guild full of equally wacky wizards who work for good.
Take Note:Star Wars Legacy: Shards vol 2 takes the #11 slot. It’s a collection of bonus comics that flesh out the Star Wars Universe as conceived in the original Star Wars movie triology. This volume also marks the return of a major character from the original movies and Dark Horse publicist Jacq Cohen said Shards has sold more than 20,000 copies.