(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 13, 2014) — The murder of the Watcher drew Earth’s heroes to the Moon’s surface and prompted an investigation to find the perpetrator in Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato, Jr.’s Original Sin #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2014 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics had four titles place among the month’s top ten best-selling comics. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten, led by Batman #31 at #4. Also in the top ten was Image Comics with The Walking Dead #127 at #8.
Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 34.38% dollar market share and a 36.46% unit market share. DC Entertainment was second with a 30.04% dollar share and 33.52% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 8.86% dollar share, followed by IDW Publishing at 6.38% and Dark Horse Comics at 5.96%. Sales overall slipped in May, a four-week month, when compared to April with its five shipping weeks.
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are revisiting Batman’s origins in the “Zero Year” storyline, and the collected edition of the first story arc — Batman Volume 4: Zero Year: Secret City — from DC Entertainment was May’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the publisher’s four in the top ten. Also notable, Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Rick Remender Matteo Scalera’s Black Science Volume 1: How to Fall Forever at #3. Additionally, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy In Hell Volume 1: Descent from Dark Horse Comics ranked #7.
Released to coincide with the new Transformers: Age of Extinction film, Running Press’ Transformers: Light-Up Optimus Prime Bust & Book Set was May’s best-selling book. Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia continued its run as a best-seller as the month’s #2 best-selling book.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||5.96%||5.50%|
|ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC||0.81%||0.84%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.39%||4.31%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTALSHIPPED|
|DARK HORSE COMICS||36||23||0||59|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MAY 2014 VS. APRIL 2014|
|MAY 2014 VS. MAY 2013|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2014 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2013|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||ORIGINAL SIN #1||$4.99||MAR140615-M||MAR|
|2||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2||$3.99||MAR140641-M||MAR|
|3||AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1||$3.99||MAR140638-M||MAR|
|5||FOREVER EVIL #7||$4.99||JAN140237-M||DC|
|6||ORIGINAL SIN #2||$3.99||MAR140627-M||MAR|
|7||JUSTICE LEAGUE #30||$3.99||FEB140149-M||DC|
|8||The WALKING DEAD #127 (MR)||$2.99||MAR140520||IMA|
|9||NEW 52 FUTURES END #1 [*]||$2.99||MAR140164-M||DC|
|10||BATMAN ETERNAL #5 [*]||$2.99||MAR140208||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||BATMAN VOLUME 4: ZERO YEAR: SECRET CITY HC (N52)||$24.99||JAN140342||DC|
|2||BATMAN VOLUME 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52)||$16.99||FEB140248||DC|
|3||BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP (MR)||$9.99||MAR140535||IMA|
|4||X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS HC||$24.99||JAN140780||MAR|
|5||BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL HC||$22.99||JAN140326||DC|
|6||MANIFEST DESTINY VOLUME 1 TP||$9.99||MAR140546||IMA|
|7||HELLBOY IN HELL VOLUME 1: DESCENT TP||$17.99||JAN140125||DAR|
|8||SAGA VOLUME 3 TP (MR)||$14.99||JAN140556||IMA|
|9||MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 4: FOUR DISCIPLINES TP||$14.99||FEB140529||IMA|
|10||GODZILLA: AWAKENING HC||$19.99||FEB140325||DC|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||TRANSFORMERS: LIGHT-UP OPTIMUS PRIME BUST & BOOK||$12.95||FEB141599||RUN|
|2||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|3||GODZILLA: LIGHT & SOUND MINIATURE BOOK KIT||$12.95||JAN141512||RUN|
|4||THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 84 SC||$14.95||MAR141577||SAN|
|5||DOCTOR WHO: WHEN’S THE DOCTOR SC||$7.99||DEC131415||PEN|
|6||DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 74 SC||$14.95||FEB141624||SAN|
|7||WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS HC||$14.95||MAY131497||RAN|
|8||X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST PROSE NOVEL HC||$24.99||FEB140834||MAR|
|9||AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES 1965-1969 HC||$41.95||DEC131299||TWO|
|10||ART OF NEIL GAIMAN: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY HC||$39.99||MAR141568||HAR|
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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.
Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.
Please note that comics marked with an asterisk have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.
The count of new titles shipped includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.
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