ICv2: February 2022 NPD BookScan – 71Bait

There is a mix of old favorites and new releases in the table of the top 20 graphic novels by authors, manga and superheroes in the Book Channel, based on NPD BookScan data for February 2022 (01/30/22 – 02/26/22). provided for ICv2.

There are four February 2022 releases in the Superhero chart: Moon Knight: The Complete Collection at number 2, Moon Knight: The Midnight Mission at number 4, Batman: The Deceiver at number 7, and the Milestone Compendium at number 20. Two from DC Comics, two from Marvel Comics. Two are new (Moon Knight: The Midnight Mission and Batman: The Deceiver), while the other two collections are older material.

Volume 1 of Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond, a mid-January release also makes the top 20 despite not making the January charts.

Looking at the charts as a whole, there is a fairly balanced mix of older titles and newer titles released in the last two years. DC has 14 books in the list, Marvel has five, and Dark Horse Comics has one.

NPD BookScan Top 20 ‘Superheroes’ Graphic Novels – February 2022 (01/30/22 – 02/26/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

GUARDIAN (2019 EDITION)

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

2

MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS & MALEEV: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

MARVEL COMICS

3

BATMAN: YEAR ONE

Frank Mueller

DC COMICS

4

MOON KNIGHTS VOL. 1: THE MIDNIGHT MISSION

JED MACKAY

MARVEL COMICS

5

BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT HC

CHRISTOS GAGE

DC COMICS

6

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

NEIL GAIMAN

DC COMICS

7

BATMAN: THE IMPOSTOR HC

MATTSON TOMLIN

DC COMICS

8th

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

9

V FOR VENDETTA

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

10

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

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

11

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS

SCOTT SNYDER

DC COMICS

12

GUARDIAN: THE DLX. Ed.

ALAN MORE

DC COMICS

13

BATMAN: THREE JOKER HC

GEOFF JOHNS

DC COMICS

14

STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS

CHARLES SOUL

MARVEL COMICS

15

HARLEEN HC

STJEPAN SEJIC

DC COMICS

16

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS

Frank Mueller

DC COMICS

17

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: BEYOND VOL. 1

KELLY THOMPSON

MARVEL COMICS

18

BATMAN: HUSH (NEW EDITION)

JEPH LOEB

DC COMICS

19

THE WITCHER OMNIBUS

PAUL TOBI

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

MILESTONE COMPENDIUM ONE

DWAYNE MCDUFFIE

DC COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

The authors table also includes many older titles, but something interesting happens here: Five of the books in the table are Korean (the three volumes of solo leveling, plus Volume 1 of The Abandoned Empress and Volume 1 of The Hell Gang). It’s actually quite an interesting mix this month, with three volumes critical role, two of Invincible, both the hardcover and paperback versions of lore olympus, and a few perennials: They called US Enemy, 1984, Sapiens.

It’s not surprising to see fun home on this chart, but Gender Queer occurs less frequently. His presence in February lends some credibility to the idea that attempts to ban a book result in a surge in sales; Gender Queer is probably the most challenged book in the country right now. It should be noted that Mouse does not appear on the graphic novel charts because it is technically classified as a memoir; If it were counted as a graphic novel, it could very well be here as well.

NPD BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – February 2022 (01/30/22 – 02/26/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

KEY ROLE: THE MIGHTY NO ORIGINS – CALEB WIDOGAST HC

Jody Houser

DARK HORSE COMICS

2

THEY CALL US ENEMY

GEORGE TAKEI

TOP SHELF PROD.

3

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 1

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

4

LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

5

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 2

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

6

LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE HC

RACHEL SMYTHE

DEL REY

7

IN LOVE & PAJAMAS: A COLLECTION OF COMICS ABOUT BEING TOGETHER YOURSELF HC

CATANA CHETWYND

ANDREWS MCMEEL

8th

SOLO LEVEL VOL. 3

CHUGONG

YEN PRESS

9

MARCH: BOOK ONE

JOHN LEWIS

TOP SHELF PROD.

10

THE DESERTED EMPRESS VOL. 1

IN ONE

YEN PRESS

11

GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR

MAIA KOBABE

ONI PRESS

12

CRITICAL ROLE: THE MIGHTY NO ORIGINS – JESTER LAVORRE HC

SAM MAGGS

DARK HORSE COMICS

13

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

CRITICAL ROLE

DARK HORSE COMICS

14

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 1

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

15

1984: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

GEORGE ORWELL

MARINE BOOKS

16

SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY VOL. 1: THE BIRTH OF HUMANITY

YUVAL NOAH HARARI

HARPER PERENNIAL

17

THE HELLBOUND VOL. 1

YEON SANG HO

DARK HORSE COMICS

18

FUN HOME: A TRAGICOMIC FAMILY

ALISON BECHDEL

MARINE BOOKS

19

INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2

ROBERT KIRKMAN

PICTURE COMICS

20

SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY VOL. 2: THE PILLARS OF CIVILIZATION

YUVAL NOAH HARARI

HARPER PERENNIAL

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

Once again, the February 2022 top 20 manga chart is identical to the adult comics top 20 chart. So, be sure to check out our previous coverage to discuss February’s manga trends (see “February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Comics”).

NPD BookScan Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels – February 2022 (01/30/22 – 02/26/22)

rank

title

author

publisher

1

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 9

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

2

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 14

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

3

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

4

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

RYOJI HIRANO

VIZ MEDIA

5

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 1

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

6

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 2

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

7

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 2

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

8th

DEMON Slayer: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 3

KOYOHARU GOTOUGE

VIZ MEDIA

9

MY HERO ACADEMY VOL. 1

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

10

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

11

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 4

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

12

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 3

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

13

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 5

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

14

KAIJU NO. 8 VOL. 1

NAOYA MATSUMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

15

MY HERO ACADEMY VOL. 2

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

16

KOMI CANNOT COMMUNICATE VOL. 17

TOMOHITO ODA

VIZ MEDIA

17

JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 0

AGAINST ACUTAMI

VIZ MEDIA

18

SPY X FAMILY VOL. 1

TATSUYA ENDO

VIZ MEDIA

19

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 34

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

20

CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 6

TATSUKI FUJIMOTO

VIZ MEDIA

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

For the NPD BookScan February 2022 Graphic Novel Sales chart:
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Graphic Novels for Adults
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Graphic Novels for Kids

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