1. Naruto, Volume 15. Mashashi Kishimoto.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51089-7
Viz featured its wildly popular Naruto franchise (#1 and #5) during the recent San Diego Comic-con by showing demos of Naruto-inspired videogames for the Playstation 2 (Uzumaki Chronicles) and for the Xbox 360 (Rise of a Ninja). Fans also got the first chance to play Naruto: Clash of the Ninja on the Nintendo Wii.
2. Kingdom Hearts, Volume 2. Shiro Amano.
Tokyopop, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-427-80058-9
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jeff Kinney.
Abrams, $10.95 ISBN 978-0-810-99313-6
4. Death Note, Volume 12. Tsugumi Ohba.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51327-0
5. Naruto, Volume 14. Mashashi Kishimoto.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51088-0
6. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1
Laurell K. Hamilton. Art by Brett Booth.
Marvel Comics, $19.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12723-9
“It’s taken me this long to recover from the shock that is Comic-con. Why shock? This is a convention that dwarfs Dragoncon. Which I thought was pretty damn big. I have wandered around, trying to get my footing…ironically, the day I finally get up and go, okay we can do this, is Saturday…how much worse can it be? Do not answer that. You’ll scare me.” —Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter author Laurell K. Hamilton on her Comic-con experience.
7. Bleach, Volume 19. Tite Kubo.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51043-9
8. Fables: Sons of Empire, Volume 9. Bill Willingham et al.
DC Comics, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-401-21316-9
Bill Willingham’s acclaimed series updates the lives of classic fairytale characters like Snow white and the Big Bad Wolf, who have been forced out of their mythical homelands by an enemy called The Adversary, and set up a clandestine community in New York City called Fabletown. DC Comics’s Fables was the hit of the Eisner Comics Industry Awards, held at the recent San Diego comic-con, winning 4 Eisners, including awards for Best Anthology and for Best Shortstory.
9. Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk. Greg Pak et al.
Marvel Comics, $39.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12245-6
Banished to a savage alien planet by the superhero elite, the Hulk becomes a gladiator and smashes his way to become ruler of the planet in Planet Hulk, comics writer and filmmaker Greg Pak’s epic recreation of the character.
10. Millenium Snow, Volume 2. Bisco Hatori
Viz Media, $8.95 ISBN 978-1-421-51203-7