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February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Author, Manga, Superhero Graphic Novels – ICv2

February 2022 NPD BookScan - Top 20 Author, Manga, Superhero Graphic Novels - ICv2

There’s a mix of old favorites and new releases on the chart of the top 20 Author, Manga, and Superhero graphic novels in the book channel, based on NPD BookScan data for February 2022 (1/30/22-2/26/22) provided to ICv2.

There are four February 2022 releases on the Superhero chart: Moon Knight: The Complete Collection at number 2, Moon Knight: The Midnight Mission at number 4, Batman: The Imposter 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 Impostor) while the other two are collections of older material.

Volume 1 of Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond, a mid-January release, also makes the Top 20, although it wasn’t on the January chart.

Looking at the chart as a whole, there’s a pretty even mix of older titles and newer ones that were published in the last two years. DC has 14 books on the chart, Marvel has five, and Dark Horse Comics has one.
NPD BookScan Top 20 'Superheroes' Graphic Novels – February 2022 (1/30/22 – 2/26/22)
Rank
Title
Author
Publisher
1
WATCHMEN (2019 EDITION)
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
2
MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS & MALEEV: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
MARVEL COMICS
3
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
FRANK MILLER
DC COMICS
4
MOON KNIGHT 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 IMPOSTER HC
MATTSON TOMLIN
DC COMICS
8
BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN
JEPH LOEB
DC COMICS
9
V FOR VENDETTA
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
10
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE DLX. ED. HC (NEW EDITION)
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
11
THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS
SCOTT SNYDER
DC COMICS
12
WATCHMEN: THE DLX. ED.
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
13
BATMAN: THREE JOKERS HC
GEOFF JOHNS
DC COMICS
14
STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS
CHARLES SOULE
MARVEL COMICS
15
HARLEEN HC
STJEPAN SEJIC
DC COMICS
16
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
FRANK MILLER
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 TOBIN
DARK HORSE COMICS
20
MILESTONE COMPENDIUM ONE
DWAYNE MCDUFFIE
DC COMICS
Source: The NPD Group/BookScan
The Author chart has a lot of older titles as well, but something interesting is happening here: Five of the books on the chart are Korean (the three volumes of Solo Leveling, plus Volume 1 of The Abandoned Empress and Volume 1 of The Hellbound). It’s actually quite an interesting mix this month, with three volumes of Critical Role, two of Invincible, both the hardcover and paperback versions of Lore Olympus, and a couple of the perennials: They Called US Enemy, 1984, Sapiens.

It's not surprising to see Fun Home on this chart, but Gender Queer occurs less frequently. Its presence in February thus gives some credence to the notion that attempts to ban a book lead to an increase in sales; Gender Queer is probably the most challenged book in the country right now. It should be noted that Maus does not appear on the graphic novel charts because it’s technically classified as a memoir; if it were counted as a graphic novel, it might very well show up here as well.
NPD BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – February 2022 (1/30/22 – 2/26/22)
Rank
Title
Author
Publisher
1
CRITICAL ROLE: THE MIGHTY NEIN ORIGINS–CALEB WIDOGAST HC
JODY HOUSER
DARK HORSE COMICS
2
THEY CALLED US ENEMY
GEORGE TAKEI
TOP SHELF PROD.
3
SOLO LEVELING VOL. 1
CHUGONG
YEN PRESS
4
LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE
RACHEL SMYTHE
DEL REY
5
SOLO LEVELING 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 YOURSELF TOGETHER HC
CATANA CHETWYND
ANDREWS MCMEEL
8
SOLO LEVELING VOL. 3
CHUGONG
YEN PRESS
9
MARCH: BOOK ONE
JOHEN LEWIS
TOP SHELF PROD.
10
THE ABANDONED EMPRESS VOL. 1
INA
YEN PRESS
11
GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR
MAIA KOBABE
ONI PRESS
12
CRITICAL ROLE: THE MIGHTY NEIN 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
IMAGE COMICS
15
1984: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
GEORGE ORWELL
MARINER BOOKS
16
SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY VOL. 1: THE BIRTH OF HUMANKIND
YUVAL NOAH HARARI
HARPER PERENNIAL
17
THE HELLBOUND VOL. 1
YEON SANG-HO
DARK HORSE COMICS
18
FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC
ALISON BECHDEL
MARINER BOOKS
19
INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2
ROBERT KIRKMAN
IMAGE 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 Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels chart, so check out our earlier coverage for a discussion of February’s manga trends (see “February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels”).
NPD BookScan Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels – February 2022 (1/30/22 – 2/26/22)
Rank
Title
Author
Publisher
1
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 9
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
2
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 14
GEGE AKUTAMI
VIZ MEDIA
3
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1
KOYOHARU GOTOUGE
VIZ MEDIA
4
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA–STORIES OF WATER AND FLAME
 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
8
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 3
KOYOHARU GOTOUGE
VIZ MEDIA
9
MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 1
KOHEI HORIKOSHI
VIZ MEDIA
10
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1
GEGE AKUTAMI
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 ACADEMIA VOL. 2
KOHEI HORIKOSHI
VIZ MEDIA
16
KOMI CAN'T COMMUNICATE VOL. 17
TOMOHITO ODA
VIZ MEDIA
17
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 0
GEGE AKUTAMI
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 charts of February 2022 graphic novel sales from NPD BookScan:
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Kids Graphic Novels

For the charts with the actual sales numbers from NPD BookScan, see these articles on the ICv2 Pro site:
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Author, Manga, and Superhero Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
February 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Kids Graphic Novels with Actual Sales

NPD BookScan collects weekly point-of-sale data on print books from over 16,000 locations including e-tailers, chains, mass merchandisers, independent bookstores, and more.  NPD BookScan covers approximately 85% of the U.S. trade print book market.  The ranks on this chart are based on piece sales. Some publishers classify titles that are primarily text, or art books, as graphic novels; we've removed those titles from the ranking above.

For past BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novel lists, see the "BookScan Top 20 GN Index."

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