Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer and Manga Vanquish DC Comics and Marvel Comics in Best Selling Adult Graphic Novel in May
NPD BookScan released their May charts and it shows another clear manga victory over Western comic book publishers like DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
ICv2 released the charts and they report “For the second month in a row everything is manga in the Book Channel’s Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels, based on NPD BookScan data for May 2021 (52/21 / 21-5 / 29/21). ”
The first place belongs to Attack on Titan Vol. 33.
The following three places have been claimed by VIZ Media and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba. Volumes 8, 9 and 10 took second, third and fourth places respectively.
The first volume of My Hero Academia rounds out the top five.
The first volume of Attack on Titan came in sixth grade. It was followed by Spy X Family Vol. 1, My My Hero Academia Vol. 27, Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 11 to conclude the top ten.
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The next ten titles were Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun Vol. 1, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 1, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 7, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 12, Komi can’t communicate Vol. 1, Hunter X Hunter Vol. 1, My Hero Academia Vol. 2, Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 3, and My Hero Academia Vol. 26.
As ICv2 noted, all manga was in the Top 20. There were no Western comics.
There have been a number of changes from April, when manga topped the top 20 locations. Chainsaw Man Vol. 4 and Chainsaw Man Vol. 2 were second and sixth on the list in April. They did not map in May.
Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 9, Vol. 1 and Vol. 7 was also featured in the third, eleventh and 14th in April. They did not map in May.
The titles that remained in the top 20 were My Hero Academia Vol. 27, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 1, Attack on Titan Vol. 1, My Hero Academia Vol. 2, Spy X Family Vol. 1, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 3, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 8, Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 9, My Hero Academia Vol. 26, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. 7, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Vol. ten.
To find western comics, you need to check out the NPD BookScan Top 20 Graphic Superhero Novels graphic.
It comes as no surprise, many of the entries here are older titles. There are also no Marvel Comics titles listed, with DC Comics dominating the list with 17 entries.
The first place belongs to the 2019 DC Comics edition of Alan Moore’s Watchmen.
The rest of the Top 5 includes Scott Snyder’s The Batman Who Laughs HC, Godzilla vs. Kong: Godzilla Dominion by Greg Keyes, Batman: Three Jokers HC by Geoff Johns and Deceased: Dead Planet HC by Tom Taylor.
The other five Top 10 titles include Scott Snyder’s Dark Nights: Death Metal: Deluxe Edition HC, Dark Knights: Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs, Scott Snyder’s The Batman Who Laughs HC, Jeph Loeb’s Batman: The Long Halloween and Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke Deluxe Edition HC.
Finally, the list ends with Godzilla vs. Kong: Kingdom Kong, Batman: Year One, Dark Knights: Death Metal: War of the Multiverses, The EC Archives: Tales From The Crypt Vol. 1, Harleen, The Sandman Vol. 1: 30th Anniversary Edition Préludes et Nocturnes, Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition, Batman: Last Knight On Earth, Batman: White Knight and Dark Knights: Death Metal: The Darkest Knight.
What do you think of the manga that once again claims the top 20 spots in NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for Adults rankings?