Watchmen and Naruto again top The New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Seller lists, but the lower positions this week get a little more interesting.
Apparently riding a wave of movie-fueled interest, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Joker, and Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke grab the second and third spots on the hardcover chart. Likewise, Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert’s Wolverine: Origin, Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta seize the second, third and fourth slots in paperbacks.
Two Grant Morrison collections — All-Star Superman, with Frank Quitely, and Batman: R.I.P., with Tony Daniel — come in at numbers four and five in hardcovers.
Other notable entries on the two lists include Humbug, Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years, Vol. 1, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, and Madman Atomic Comics, Vol. 2.
Naruto loosened its hold, if only slightly, on the manga category, with five volumes (down last week from seven).
The Times lists are compiled using an arcane formula that includes sales data from hundreds of retail outlets, including independent booksellers, book chains, online stores and direct-market shops.