New titles dominate the Superhero chart, but the Manga and Author lists are all over the map.  We broke out the Top 20 Manga, Top 20 Superhero Graphic Novels, and Top 20 Author Graphic Novels in the book channel for March 2018 based on information provided by NPD BookScan covering the period April 2 to April 29, 2018, and here's what we saw.

This month’s big book on the Superhero chart is Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, a deluxe hardcover commemorating the 80th anniversary of the iconic superhero.  Published as a companion volume to Action Comics #1000,  the book includes a previously unpublished Superman story unearthed by Marv Wolfman (see "DC to Release Lost Siegel and Shuster Superman Story") as well as more classic Superman stories and commentary from a variety of  insiders.

Unlike the overall Adult list, the Superhero list is composed mostly of March and April releases, with the exception of the perennial best-sellers Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, and V for Vendetta, and the books that are associated with the movies Avengers: The Infinity War and Black Panther.

NPD BookScan Top 20 'Superhero' Graphic Novels – April 2018 (4/2/18 - 4/29/18)

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC

VARIOUS

DC COMICS

2

INFINITY GAUNTLET

JIM STARLIN

MARVEL COMICS

3

BLACK PANTHER BOOK 1: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET

TA-NEHISI COATES

MARVEL COMICS

4

MARVEL'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE

WILL CORONA PILGRIM

MARVEL COMICS

5

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER VOL. 2

CHARLES SOULE

MARVEL COMICS

6

WATCHMEN

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS

7

STAR WARS VOL. 7

KIERON GILLEN

MARVEL COMICS

8

OVERWATCH: ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1 HC

BLIZZARD ENT.

DARK HORSE BOOKS

9

INFINITY WAR

JIM STARLIN

MARVEL COMICS

10

GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 HC

GABRIEL HARDMAN

DC COMICS

11

X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN

ED PISKOR

MARVEL COMICS

12

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, DLX. ED. HC

ALAN MOORE

DC COMICS

13

INVINCIBLE VOL. 25

KIRKMAN ROBERT

IMAGE COMICS

14

BLACK PANTHER BOOK 2: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET

TA-NEHISI COATES

MARVEL COMICS

15

ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT

STOKOE JAMES

DARK HORSE BOOKS

16

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 5

TYNION JAMES

DC COMICS

17

V FOR VENDETTA

ALAN MOORE

VERTIGO

18

BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA

TA-NEHISI COATES

MARVEL COMICS

19

THE SANDMAN VOL. 1

NEIL GAIMAN

VERTIGO

20

BLACK PANTHER BOOK 3: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET

TA-NEHISI COATES

MARVEL COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

Am I There Yet? tops the Author list, bumping the latest volume of The Walking Dead to the #2 slot, a reversal of the March placements.  VIZ Media's compilation of the webcomic Homestuck, a cult hit from a few years ago, makes the #5 slot.  Image Comics has a heavy presence (11 titles) but other than that the top 20 books have little in common, with a wide range of genres, voices, and styles.

NPD BookScan Top 20 Author Graphic Novels – April 2018 (4/2/18 - 4/29/18)

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

AM I THERE YET?: THE LOOP-DE-LOOP, ZIGZAGGING JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD HC

MARI ANDREW

CLARKSON POTTER

2

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 29

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

3

PAPER GIRLS VOL. 4

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

4

SAGA VOL. 8

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

5

HOMESTUCK: BOOK 1: ACT 1 & ACT 2

ANDREW HUSSIE

VIZ MEDIA

6

MARCH: BOOK ONE

JOHN LEWIS

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

7

WHAT TO DO WHEN I'M GONE: A MOTHER'S WISDOM TO HER DAUGHTER HC

SUZY HOPKINS

BLOOMSBURY UK

8

THE PHILOSOPHY OF SNOOPY HC

CHARLES M. SCHULZ

RUNNING PRESS ADULT

9

FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC

ALISON BECHDEL

MARINER BOOKS

10

AMERICAN GODS VOL. 1: SHADOW HC

NEIL GAIMAN

DARK HORSE BOOKS

11

THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS VOL. 2

JONATHAN HICKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

12

SAGA VOL. 1

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

13

MONSTRESS VOL. 1

MARJORIE LIU

IMAGE COMICS

14

THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 28

ROBERT KIRKMAN

IMAGE COMICS

15

SAGA VOL. 7

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

16

TERMINAL LANCE ULTIMATE OMNIBUS HC

MAXIMILIAN URIARTE

LITTLE BROWN AND CO.

17

MOONSTRUCK VOL. 1

GRACE ELLIS

IMAGE COMICS

18

PAPER GIRLS VOL. 1

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

IMAGE COMICS

19

EVERYONE'S A ALIEBN WHEN UR A ALIEBN TOO: A BOOK HC

JOMNY SUN

HARPER PERENNIAL

20

HEAD LOPPER VOL. 2

ANDREW MACLEAN

IMAGE COMICS

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

VIZ pretty much owns the Manga chart, taking 18 out of the 20 slots, and even within that, a few series are heavily represented: Seven volumes of My Hero Academia and six of Tokyo Ghoul/Tokyo Ghoul: Re.  While the most recent volumes are at the top of the chart, readers are clearly playing catch-up.  This is not the case with Attack on Titan; Volume 24 is an April release, but no other volumes made the top 20.

Two other volumes are noteworthy: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Volume 3, is the sole shojo (girls') title to make the list.  The original Cardcaptor Sakura was an early shojo manga hit, and the creator group CLAMP has a following, so this may be benefiting from nostalgia among older fans as well as enthusiasm from younger readers.  And Volume 21 of Assassination Classroom is the series finale.

NPD BookScan Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels – April 2018 (4/2/18 - 4/29/18)

Rank

Title

Author

Publisher

1

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 12

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

2

TOKYO GHOUL: RE VOL. 4

SUI ISHIDA

VIZ MEDIA

3

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL. 24

HAJIME ISAYAMA

KODANSHA COMICS

4

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS VOL. 3

AKIRA HIMEKAWA

VIZ MEDIA

5

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 1

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

6

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 11

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

7

TOKYO GHOUL: RE VOL. 3

SUI ISHIDA

VIZ MEDIA

8

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: CLEAR CARD VOL. 3

CLAMP

KODANSHA COMICS

9

ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL. 13

ONE

VIZ MEDIA

10

TOKYO GHOUL: RE VOL. 1

SUI ISHIDA

VIZ MEDIA

11

TOKYO GHOUL VOL. 1

SUI ISHIDA

VIZ MEDIA

12

TOKYO GHOUL: RE VOL. 2

SUI ISHIDA

VIZ MEDIA

13

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 2

KOUHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

14

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM VOL. 21

YUSEI MATSUI

VIZ MEDIA

15

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 10

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

16

RWBY

SHIROW MIWA

VIZ MEDIA

17

DRAGON BALL SUPER VOL. 2

AKIRA TORIYAMA

VIZ MEDIA

18

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 9

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

19

TOKYO GHOUL VOL. 2

SUI ISHIDA

VIZ MEDIA

20

MY HERO ACADEMIA VOL. 3

KOHEI HORIKOSHI

VIZ MEDIA

Source: The NPD Group/BookScan

For charts of April graphic novel sales from NPD BookScan:
April 2018 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels
April 2018 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:
April 2018 NPD BookScan - Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
April 2018 NPD BookScan - Top 20 Kids Graphic Novels with Actual Sales
April 2018 NPD BookScan - Top 20 Superhero, Manga, Author Graphic Novels with Actual Numbers


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."