ICv2: March 2022 NPD BookScan – 71Bait

A film, TV show and national politics made their mark on the Book Channel’s Top 20 Authors, Manga and Superhero Graphic Novels charts based on NPD BookScan data for March 2022 (27.2.22-4.2/ 22) provided for ICv2.

The release of The Batman had the greatest impact (see “‘The Batman’ Approaches $500M”); While there are always many Batman books in the superhero list, this month there are 15, which seems like a record. and the batman box set, which came out a few weeks after the film premiered, hit the March charts despite releasing on March 29, almost the end of the month.

Moon Knight also performed well on the superhero charts in the run-up to the Netflix series, which premiered March 30 (see “‘Moon Knight’ Trailer, Date”). Moon Knight by Lemire & Smallwood: The Complete Collection ranked 3rd; There were also two Moon Knight books on the February charts (see “February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Superhero GNs”). The Lemire/Smallwood Collection was also the #2 title in comic stores in March (see “Top 20 Graphic Novels – March 2022”).

NPD BookScan Top 20 ‘Superheroes’ Graphic Novels – March 2022 (02/27/22 – 04/02/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

MUELLER, FRANK

DC COMICS

2

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

3

MOON KNIGHT BY LEMIRE & SMALLWOOD: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

JEFF LEMIRE

MARVEL COMICS

4

BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS

SCOTT SNYDER

DC COMICS

5

BATMAN: HUSH (NEW EDITION)

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

6

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

Frank Mueller

DC COMICS

7

GUARDIAN (2019 EDITION)

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

8th

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE DLX. Ed. HC (RE-ISSUE)

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

9

BATMAN: THE CHEATER

MATTSON TOMLIN

DC COMICS

10

BATMAN: DARK VICTORY

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

11

BATMAN VOL. 2: THE CITY OF OWLS (THE NEW 52)

SCOTT SNYDER

DC COMICS

12

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS

SCOTT SNYDER

DC COMICS

13

BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT HC

CHRISTOS GAGE

DC COMICS

14

THE BATMAN BOXSET

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

15

BATMAN: THREE JOKER HC

GEOFF JOHNS

DC COMICS

16

MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS & MALEEV: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

MARVEL COMICS

17

HORIZON ZERO DAWN VOL. 2: LIBERATION

Anne tool

TITAN COMICS

18

BATMAN: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

JIM STARLIN

DC COMICS

19

THE SANDMAN VOL. 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES 30TH ANN. Ed.

NEIL GAIMAN

DC COMICS

20

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT

SEAN MURPHY

DC COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

Maia Kobabes Gender Queer continues to benefit from media coverage and controversy over its presence in libraries (see “’Gender Queer’ was the most challenged book of 2021”). This graphic novel was published in 2019 but didn’t appear in the Authors Top 20 until November 2022; it fell off in December but has been back for three months. This month it’s at number 8, its highest position to date.

The only new title in the author list was Volume 1 of The beautiful house by the lake the horror story of James Tynion IV, published by DC under its Black Label imprint (see “DC Publishes the Tynion IV Series”); it also topped the ComicHub chart for March.

This month’s chart continues some well-known trends: Three of the top four titles are volumes by solo leveling, and another Korean title, Volume 1 of the abandoned empress, is in 14th place. hellbound, which was on the February charts didn’t make the March Top 20. The fact that Volume 1 of Solo leveling is the top title means new readers keep coming to the series; the fourth volume will appear in May.

NPD BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – March 2022 (02/27/22 – 04/02/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

SOLO LEVEL, VOL. 1

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

2

THEY CALL US ENEMY

GEORGE TAKEI

TOP SHELF PROD.

3

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 2

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

4

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 3

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

5

LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

6

MARCH: BOOK ONE

JOHN LEWIS

TOP SHELF PROD.

7

LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE HC

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

8th

GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR

MAIA KOBABE

ONI PRESS

9

THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE HOUSE VOL. 1

JAMES TYNIONIV

DC COMICS

10

SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY: THE BIRTH OF MANKIND

YUVAL NOAH HARARI

HARPER PERENNIAL

11

1984: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

GEORGE ORWELL

MARINE BOOKS

12

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 1

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

13

KEY ROLE: THE MIGHTY NO ORIGINS – CALEB WIDOGAST

Jody Houser

DARK HORSE COMICS

14

THE DESERTED EMPRESS VOL. 1

IN ONE

YEN PRESS

15

FUN HOME: A TRAGICOMIC FAMILY

ALISON BECHDEL

MARINE BOOKS

16

CRITICAL ROLE: THE MIGHTY NO ORIGINS – JESTER LAVORRE HC

SAM MAGGS

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

CRITICAL ROLE: VOX MACHINA ORIGINS LIBRARY ED. HC: SERIES I & II COLLECTION

CRITICAL ROLE

DARK HORSE COMICS

18

Killing a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel HC

HARPER LEE

HARDER

19

I WAS YOUR AMERICAN DREAM: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR

MALAKA GHARIB

CLARKSON POTTER

20

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

The manga chart is identical to the top 20 adult titles in March 2022 as all of these titles were manga. So, check out our previous coverage to discuss the manga trends in March (see “March 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult GNs”).

NPD BookScan Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels – March 2022 (02/27/22 – 04/02/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

MY HERO ACADEMY VOL. 30

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

2

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

3

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA – TALES OF WATER AND FIRE

RYOJI HIRANO

VIZ MEDIA

4

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 1

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

5

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 2

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

6

MY HERO ACADEMY VOL. 1

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

7

TOILET-BOUND HANAKO-KUN VOL. 0

AIDAIRO

YEN PRESS

8th

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 2

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

9

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 14

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

10

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 3

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

11

BERSERK DELUXE VOL. 1 HC

KENTARO MIURA

DARK HORSE COMICS

12

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 4

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

13

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 12

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

14

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

15

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 3

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

16

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 9

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

17

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 1

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

18

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 2

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

19

KAIJU NO. 8 VOL. 1

NAOYA MATSUMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

20

BERSERK DELUXE VOL. 10 HC

KENTARO MIURA

DARK HORSE COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

For NPD BookScan March 2022 Graphic Novel Sales charts:
March 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Graphic Novels for Adults
March 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Graphic Novels for Kids

For NPD BookScan actual sales charts, see these articles on the ICv2 Pro website:
March 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels With Actual Sales
March 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Author, Manga & Superhero Graphic Novels With Actual Sales
March 2022 NPD BookScan – The 20 Best Graphic Novels for Kids with Actual Sales

NPD BookScan collects weekly point-of-sale data on printed books from over 16,000 locations including e-tailers, chains, wholesalers, independent bookstores and more. NPD BookScan covers approximately 85% of the US commercial print book market. The ranks in this chart are based on unit sales. Some publishers classify titles that are primarily text or art books as graphic novels; We have removed these titles from the rankings above.

For previous BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see “BookScan Top 20 GN Index”.

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