1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
Abrams/Amulet, $7.95 ISBN 978-0-810-99473-7
2. Batman: The Killing Joke.
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
DC Comics, $17.99 ISBN 978-1-401-21667-2
DC’s 20th anniversary hardcover edition of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s superhero classic, The Killing Joke, returns to the list for a second month, rising from #4 to the #2 slot. Originally published in 1988, the book has been completely recolored and its presentation of the Joker, Batman’s ultimate adversary, as a homicidal maniac served as an inspiration for the character’s portrayal in the forthcoming Batman film, The Dark Knight.
3. Vampire Knight, Volume 4.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51563-2
4. Kingdom Hearts II, Volume 2.
Tokyopop, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-427-80059-6
Volume 2 of Shiro Amano’s Kingdom Hearts II, the wildly popular manga adaptation of the videograme series co-developed by Disney and Japanese entertainment powerhouse Square Enix, is back on the list at #4 from Tokyopop. Kingdom Hearts II is the third version of the popular rule playing game and features a cast of Disney characters in addition to original settings and characters. The game has sold more than 3.5 million copies since it was released in 2006.
5. Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
Brian Michael Bendis et al.
Marvel, $19.99 ISBN 978-0-785-13231-8
Marvel hit the jackpot this month, placing 4 books in the top ten. At #5 is Secret Invasion: The Infiltration, a collection of Marvel stories dating to the 1960s that give background on the Skrulls, the alien race of shapeshifters that has invaded the ranks of Marvel’s greatest heroes in the new crossover series Secret Invasion.
6. Fruits Basket, Volume 19.
Tokyopop, $9.99 ISBN 978-1-598-16863-1
7. Absolute Boyfriend, volume 6.
Viz Media, $8.99 ISBN 978-1-421-51562-5
8. Marvel Zombies: Dead Days.
Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar, Reginald Hudlin et al.
Marvel, $29.99 ISBN 978-0-785-13232-5
At #8 is Marvel Zombies: Dead Days,the latest version of the tongue-in-cheek transformation of Marvel heroes like the Fantastic Four and the Black Panther into brain-eating zombies by writers Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar and Reginald Hudlin.
9. Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk.
Greg Pak et al.
Marvel, $34.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12012-4
Marvel’s deluxe hardcover edition of Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk takes the #9 slot and features the Incredible Hulk smashing his way through an alien planet.
10.X-Men: Messiah Complex.
Mike Carey, Ed Brubaker et al.
Marvel, $39.99 ISBN 978-0-785-12899-1
And the mutant superhero population is under attack again in X-Men: Messiah Complex at #10 in a hardcover collection of stories written by popular Marvel writers Mike Carey, Ed Brubaker, Craig Kyle, Peter David and Christopher Yost.