1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Last Straw.
Abrams/Amulet, $12.95 ISBN 978-0-810-97068-7
2. Naruto, Volume 43.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-52929-5
3. Naruto, Volume 42.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-52843-4
4. Naruto, Volume 44.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-53134-2
5. Fruits Basket, Volume 22.
Tokyopop, $10.99 ISBN 978-1-427-80683-3
The story of an orphan girl taken in by a magical family—turns out if you hug them, they turn into animals from the Chinese Zodiac!—Fruits Basket is an enormously popular series that mixes humor, fantasy and romance. A perennial manga bestseller, the series is an equally popular anime series. The Tokyopop manga series will finally come to an end with volume 23.
6. Naruto, Volume 41.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-528427
7. Naruto, Volume 40.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-528410
8. Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Volume 21.
Del Rey, $10.99 ISBN 978-0-345-50528-6
9. Naruto, Volume 39.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-521756
10.Naruto, Volume 38.
Viz Media, $7.95 ISBN 978-1-421-521749
Take Note: Dire contemporary events have given Marvel’s hardcover graphic novel adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand—the hair-raising tale of an apocalyptic pandemic—a new and even creepier sense of dread. The Stand: Captain Trips made the list even though the book is being sold only through the comics shop market.
Riding a way of fan interest generated by the new Star Trek film, Star Trek: Countdown (#14) by J.J. Abrams, Robert Orci and David Messina (IDW), is the official prequel graphic novel tie-in to the new blockbuster movie and outlines a new slate of heroes and villains in the latest revision of Gene Rodenberry’s classic science fiction saga.
Cartoonist Jeff Smith’s Bone: Crown of Horns (#13), the final volume in Smith’s acclaimed epic fantasy adventure series, was published in January and continues to sell well and appears on this list for the third month in a row. Originally self-published in black and white by Smith, the series has been published in full-color by Scholastic/Graphix since 2005 and has gone on to sell more 2 1/2 million copies. On May 22 the Wexner Center at Ohio State University will screen a new documentary on Smith, The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics.
Also selling well: Grant Morrison’s Batman R.I.P. (DC), Bill Willingham’s Jack of Fables: Turning Pages (Vertigo), Alan Moore’s Light of Thy Countenance (Avatar), Wolverine: Origin (Marvel) and James Patterson’s Maximum Ride: The Manga, vol. 1 (Yen Press).