<i>Watchmen</i> editions lead New York Times lists

After seeing the USA Today and Amazon.com charts yesterday, it's no surprise that Watchmen leads the hardcover and softcover categories this week on The New York Times' Graphic Book Best Seller lists.

That, of course means, Starman Omnibus, Vol. 2, slips from the top spot on the hardcover list to No. 7.

Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto again dominates the manga category, laying claim to seven of the 10 slots. The most recent volumes of Bleach, Gentlemen's Alliance and Black Cat slipped in at Nos. 4, 8 and 9, respectively.

The hardcover and softcover sections continue to show signs of genre diversity in the bestseller lists' second week with titles like The Complete Peanuts: 1971-1972, Jack of Fables, Vol. 5, The Walking Dead, Vol. 9, Sonic the Hedgehog Archives, Vol. 10, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe muscling their way in among the superhero books.

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.

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