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

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

The new year brings some changes to the top 20 Author, Manga, and Superhero graphic novels in the book channel, based on NPD BookScan data for January 2022 (1/2/22-1/29/22) provided to ICv2.

It’s a new year and a new lineup for the Superhero chart.

The holidays are over, so it’s not surprising that A Vader Family Sithmas, which has topped the chart for the past two months, is gone; the number two title in December, the collected edition of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye, has slipped off the chart as well.  Two returning titles, Nightwing, Vol. 1: Leaping Into the Light and Star Wars: The High Republic, Vol. 2: The Heart of Drengir, both of which debuted in December, stay on the chart but lower down than last month (see "December 2021 NPD BookScan").

With no new blockbuster to take the top spot, older titles fill the gap.  The 2019 edition of Watchmen tops the chart, followed by Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point, Batman: Year One, and V for Vendetta, all of which have been out for a while.  Then Spider-Man: Life Story appears in fifth place; this book was released at the end of December.

There were three January releases on the chart, although two of them, Ultimate Spider-Man, Vol. 1 and Bloodborne: 1-3 Boxed Set, are older material in new formats.  The brand-new book is Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, Vol. 3.

As always, the chart is heavy on Batman titles, but there are four Star Wars trades up there as well.  DC Comics has 11 titles on the chart, Marvel Comics has six, and Titan Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and IDW Publishing have one each.
NPD BookScan Top 20 'Superheroes' Graphic Novels – January 2022 (1/2/22 – 1/29/22)
Rank
Title
Author
Publisher
1
WATCHMEN (2019 EDITION)
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
2
BATMAN/FORTNITE: ZERO POINT HC
CHRISTOS GAGE
DC COMICS
3
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
FRANK MILLER
DC COMICS
4
V FOR VENDETTA
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
5
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY HC
CHIP ZDARSKY
MARVEL COMICS
6
HARLEEN HC
STJEPAN SEJIC
DC COMICS
7
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE DLX. ED. HC (NEW EDITION)
ALAN MOORE
DC COMICS
8
BATMAN: THREE JOKERS HC
GEOFF JOHNS
DC COMICS
9
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
MARVEL COMICS
10
BLOODBORNE: 1-3 BOXED SET
ALES KOT
TITAN COMICS
11
THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS
SCOTT SNYDER
DC COMICS
12
THE WITCHER OMNIBUS
PAUL TOBIN
DARK HORSE COMICS
13
STAR WARS: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS
CHARLES SOULE
MARVEL COMICS
14
STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS VOL. 3: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS
ETHAN SACKS
MARVEL COMICS
15
NIGHTWING VOL.1: LEAPING INTO THE LIGHT HC
TOM TAYLOR
DC COMICS
16
STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC VOL. 2: THE HEART OF DRENGIR
CAVAN SCOTT
MARVEL COMICS
17
TRANSFORMERS/BACK TO THE FUTURE
CAVAN SCOTT
IDW PUBLISHING
18
BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN
JEPH LOEB
DC COMICS
19
BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT
SEAN MURPHY
DC COMICS
20
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER BY GREG PAK VOL. 3: WAR OF THE BOUNTY HUNTERS
GREG PAK
MARVEL COMICS
Source: The NPD Group/BookScan
The Author chart, on the other hand, has stayed pretty consistent.  Lore Olympus is still at the top, followed by Volumes 1 and 3 of Solo Leveling.  Both Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer and Book One of March are back on the chart after a brief hiatus, as is Run, the sequel to March.  Books that charted in December but not January include Strange Planet and Stranger Planet, as well as the graphic adaptations of 1984 and Dune.

However, there’s an intriguing new title at number 15: Volume 1 of The Abandoned Empress, a new Korean series that has all the ingredients of an isekai manga except that it’s not Japanese: when the woman who was prophesied to be the next empress is elbowed aside by someone else who was prophesied to be the next empress, she died and is reincarnated as a ten-year-old, ready to fight for her crown.  So far, most of the manhwa (Korean comics) we have seen have been action titles like Solo Leveling, so this is something new.
NPD BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – January 2022 (1/2/22 – 1/29/22)
Rank
Title
Author
Publisher
1
LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE
RACHEL SMYTHE
DEL REY
2
LORE OLYMPUS: VOLUME ONE HC
RACHEL SMYTHE
DEL REY
3
SOLO LEVELING VOL. 1
CHUGONG
YEN PRESS
4
SOLO LEVELING VOL. 3
CHUGONG
YEN PRESS
5
THEY CALLED US ENEMY
GEORGE TAKEI
TOP SHELF PROD.
6
SOLO LEVELING VOL. 2
CHUGONG
YEN PRESS
7
MARCH: BOOK ONE
JOHN LEWIS
TOP SHELF PROD.
8
FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC
ALISON BECHDEL
MARINER BOOKS
9
RUN: BOOK ONE
JOHN LEWIS
ABRAMS
10
BRZRKR VOL. 1
MATT KINDT
BOOM! STUDIOS
11
IN LOVE & PAJAMAS: A COLLECTION OF COMICS ABOUT BEING YOURSELF TOGETHER HC
CATANA CHETWYND
ANDREWS & MCMEEL
12
SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN VOL. 4
JAMES TYNION IV
BOOM! STUDIOS
13
INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 1
ROBERT KIRKMAN
IMAGE COMICS
14
SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY VOL. 1: THE BIRTH OF HUMANKIND
YUVAL NOAH HARARI
HARPER PERENNIAL
15
THE ABANDONED EMPRESS VOL. 1
INA
YEN PRESS
16
CRITICAL ROLE: THE MIGHTY NEIN ORIGINS–JESTER LAVORRE
SAM MAGGS
DARK HORSE COMICS
17
THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM VOL. 4 (B&N EXCLUSIVE)
ROBERT KIRKMAN
IMAGE COMICS
18
INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2
ROBERT KIRKMAN
IMAGE COMICS
19
SAPIENS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY VOL. 2: THE PILLARS OF CIVILIZATION
YUVAL NOAH HARARI
HARPER PERENNIAL
20
GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR
MAIA KOBABE
ONI PRESS
Source: The NPD Group/BookScan
The January 2022 Manga Top 20 is identical to the Adult Top 20, so check out our earlier coverage for a discussion of January’s manga trends (see "January 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels").
NPD BookScan Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels – January 2022 (1/2/22 – 1/29/22)
Rank
Title
Author
Publisher
1
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA–STORIES OF WATER AND FLAME
RYOJI HIRANO
VIZ MEDIA
2
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 1
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
3
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 0
GEGE AKUTAMI
VIZ MEDIA
4
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1
GEGE AKUTAMI
VIZ MEDIA
5
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1
KOYOHARU GOTOUGE
VIZ MEDIA
6
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 2
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
7
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 2
KOYOHARU GOTOUGE
VIZ MEDIA
8
DRAGON BALL SUPER VOL. 15
AKIRA TORIYAMA
VIZ MEDIA
9
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 4
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
10
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 3
KOYOHARU GOTOUGE
VIZ MEDIA
11
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 3
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
12
SPY X FAMILY VOL. 1
TATSUYA ENDO
VIZ MEDIA
13
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 5
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
14
MY HERO ACADEMIA: TEAM-UP MISSIONS VOL. 2
YOKO AKIYAMA
VIZ MEDIA
15
ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 34
HAJIME ISAYAMA
KODANSHA COMICS
16
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 8
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
17
MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 1
KOHEI HORIKOSHI
VIZ MEDIA
18
CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 6
TATSUKI FUJIMOTO
VIZ MEDIA
19
JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 13
GEGE AKUTAMI
VIZ MEDIA
20
TOILET-BOUND HANAKO-KUN VOL. 12
AIDAIRO
YEN PRESS
Source: The NPD Group/BookScan
For charts of January 2022 graphic novel sales from NPD BookScan:
January 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels
January 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:
January 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
January 2022 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Author, Manga, and Superhero Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
January 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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