1. Naruto, Volume 31.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-519432
Naruto, Viz Media’s bestselling manga juggernaught, is back on top of the list, taking over from Jeff Kinney’s Rodrick Rules, which has been the top seller since February. In volume 31, Naruto and his close friends go into battle and one of them won’t survive.
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
Abrams/Amulet, $7.95 ISBN 978-0-810-99473-7
3. Vampire Knight, Volume 5.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-519548
4. Bleach, Volume 24.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421516035
5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Hadon Blackman, Brian Ching et al.
Dark Horse, $15.95 ISBN 978-1-593-07891-1
Haden Blackman, who wrote Dark Horse’s Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, also produced the video game the graphic novel is based on. Each copy of the video game purchased at StarWarsShop.com includes a special Force Unleashed mini-comic and DH publicist Jacq Cohen said the graphic novel has 75,00 copies in print and sales of more than 52,000 copies to date.
6. Batman: The Killing Joke.
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
DC Comics, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-401-21667-2
7. Negima: Magister Negi Magi, Volume 19.
Del Rey, $10.95 ISBN 978-0-345-50526-2
8. Naruto, Volume 30.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51942-5
9. The Gentlemen’s Alliance +, Volume 7.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51973-9
10. Wanted, Volume 1.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-519340
Take Note:PW’s starred review of DC Comics’s All-Star Superman (#11 on the list) says, “Morrison’s superb Superman stories can be poignant, action-packed or downright silly, often in the same tale.” Along with artist Frank Quitely, Grant Morrison has reinvented the Man of Steel for a new generation.
In DMZ vol. 5 (#14 on the list), published by DC/Vertigo, acclaimed comics writer Brian Wood has vividly re-imagined New York City as a war devastated Demilitarized Zone in a futuristic U.S. Civil War.
Alan Moore and David Gibbon’s classic superhero epic, Watchmen, continues to be the bestselling backlist graphic novel on the planet. Over the previous four weeks the title has sold more than 70,000 copies.