Friday, June 12, 2009

Top Ten Best Selling Graphic Novels....

Rankings reflect sales of graphic novels, for the week ending April 11, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. In addition, these rankings also include unit sales reported by retailers nationwide that specialize in graphic novels and comic books. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders.

You can also read my personal opinion of each graphic novel listed. Except for the Manga, I don't read those. My thoughts will be in Italics right next to the books description.

Hardcover Bestsellers

1 BATMAN: R.I.P., by Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel. (DC Comics, $24.99.) Thomas Wayne, the father of the caped crusader, is cast in a sinister light. I personally think this whole story arc was the biggest waste of time. Grant Morrison seemed to be going somewhere with the story, but it ended up being a complete flop. However, to understand all that went on with Batman's death, you might need to pick it up.

2 BATMAN: HEART OF HUSH, by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen. (DC Comics, $19.99.) A childhood friend of Bruce Wayne returns to plague the caped crusader anew – and Catwoman is caught in the middle. Paul Dini does not disappoint. Hush is an exceptionally interesting character and this story makes the tension between the two so much greater.

3 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $39.99 and $75.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books. As you all know, this is my favorite book. So if it were up to me, I'd have put this at the top. But sadly, people feel that the awful writing of Grant Morrison is better than the genius that is Alan Moore.

4 BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics, $17.99.) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker. You might recognize some of this story from the film, The Dark Knight. This was a great take on the Joker origin story. Definitely worth buying!

5 JOKER, by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. (DC Comics, $19.99.) The Joker, newly released from Arkham Asylum, deals with the rivals who have carved into his territory. This is an amazing read. You'll be dropping your jaw at every paged turn!

6 ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL, Vol. 3, by Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch, Nick Runge and David Messina. (IDW Publishing, $24.99.) Los Angeles is overrun with demons, but Angel’s struggles are just beginning. Never read it...

7 ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, Vol. 2, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. (DC Comics, $19.99.) These stories, free of the barnacles of continuity, include an encounter with Zibarro, the only sane resident of the Bizarro world. Completely over rated. Morrison again brings us a pretty worthless story that would have been better left written by someone capable, or not written at all.

8 SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. (DC Comics, $19.99.) The Man of Steel’s arch foe returns tougher than ever and is a responsible for a death in the family. i have this story arc in single issues. This was a great story arc. I was on the edge of my seat with each issue! Geoff Johns really knows how to grab you.

9 THE DRESDEN FILES: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, by Jim Butcher and Ardian Syaf. (Random House, $19.95.) This comic book collection is a prequel to the Dresden Files series of novels, which are part fantasy and part noir. Never read it.

10 SAGA OF SWAMP THING: BOOK 1, by Steve R. Bissette and Alan Moore. (Vertigo, $24.99.) The inspired reinvention of the classic horror character gets a new printing. Such a weird and twisted story. I love it!

Softcover Bestsellers

1 WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $39.99 and $75.) This epic tale from 1986 signaled a new maturity in comic books. This is where it should be, at the top!

2 WOLVERINE: ORIGIN, by Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert. (Marvel Comics, $16.99.) Revealed at last: the secret history of the mutant known as Wolverine. Funny thing is, I have read this. It's surprising I know, because I'm not a marvel person. but I did enjoy this story. Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert do amazing work.

3 V FOR VENDETTA, by Alan Moore, K. C. Carlson and David Lloyd. (Vertigo, $19.99.) A vigilante tries to free London in a world where Germany won World War II. This is always worth reading. This is probably Alan Moore's most poetic story he's ever written. the use of language is just stunning. The story is fantastically written.

4 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Vol. 3, by Drew Goddard and others. (Dark Horse, $15.95.) “Season eight” of Buffy continue in Tokyo where she investigates a new threat. Never read it, Buffy is more of a TV show for me than a comic.

5 THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. (Dark Horse, $17.95.) A team of heroic children reunite as dysfunctional adults and are forced to join forces against a threat that is very close to home. I checked this out at the library. It's a lot of fun and worth reading.

6 BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, by Frank Miller. (DC Comics, $14.99.) Another classic from 1986: The caped crusader comes out of retirement to save Gotham City from a depraved street gang that are more monsters than man. you know, I have never really understood what people like about Frank Miller. His stories are all the same. The writing for me jumps up and down. This book was nothing special to me. but I guess if I had read it when it was first published I might have thought differently. But the story seems to be just one big gun fight. yeah, batman carrying a gun around? Sorry, I don't but it.

7 WALKING DEAD, Vol. 9, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics, $14.99.) The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies continues. Never read it...

8 WALKING DEAD, Vol. 1, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. (Image Comics, $14.99.) The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies continues. Never read it...

9 THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, Vol. 1, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil. (America’s Best Comics, $14.99.) The gifted Mr. Moore plucks characters from classic literature (including Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and the Invisible Man) to combat a criminal mastermind. this is such a fun story! The classic Victorian story characters form a team of to fight evil, who wouldn't want to read that??

10 Y THE LAST MAN: UNMANNED, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. (Vertigo, $12.99.) The first installment of this brilliant series follows Yorick Brown, the only male survivor of a plaque that kills every other man, in his quest to find his girlfriend and the cause of the catastrophe. I've heard this and need to find time to rent it from my library. But I've heard that this Graphic Novel is worth reading.

Manga Bestsellers - sorry, I didn't include links for these. not sure where to find them. go to Amazon, I'm sure you can find everything you want there.

1 NARUTO, Vol. 43, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) Naruto’s former teammate, Sasuke, learns vital detail about his family’s past.

2 NARUTO, Vol. 44, by Masashi Kishimoto. (Viz Media, $7.95.) The secret history of Sasuke’’s family continues to be revealed.

3 NARUTO, Vol. 42, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) Naruto’s teacher Jiraiya must delve deep into the past to uncover the secret of Pain’s origin.

4 VAMPIRE KNIGHT, Vol. 6, by Matsuri Hino. (VIZ Media, $8.99.) Cross Academy has day and evening students, but the latter have a secret: they are vampires.

5 NARUTO, Vol. 41, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) A secret from the past comes back to haunt Naruto’s teacher, Jiraiya.

6 NARUTO, Vol. 40, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) A journey to the Land of Rain unveils a secret.

7 FRUITS BASKET, Vol. 22, by Natsuki Takaya. (TokyoPop, $10.99.) This series is about humans who are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

8 GANTZ, Vol. 4, by Hiroya Oku. (Dark Horse, $12.95.) Kei Kurono died in a train accident. Or did he? He’s now stuck in a never-ending battle against alien forces, along with other human who have recently met their demise. But will the second death prove more fatal?

9 ROSARIO + VAMPIRE, Vol. 6, by Akihisa Ikeda. (VIZ Media, $7.99.) Tsukune Aono’s new school is filled with vampires and werewolves. How is a human teenager to survive?

10 NARUTO, Vol. 39, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $7.95.) The ninja world of Naruto is threatened by an old enemy.

My Response:
So it really makes me off that Geoff Johns only has one book in this list, where as Grant Morrison has three. I also don't like the fact that Grant Morrison's story arc "Batman R.I.P" hit the top of the seller list when the entire story was really bad and made no sense.

Maybe I should blog about how much I hate Grant Morrison....

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