Diamond has released their charts for the top ten comic book sales for May 2014 in addition to graphic novels, books, toys and games.
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.
DC Collectibles launched a new action figure line in May with the DC Comics Designer Series 1: Greg Capullo Figures, and the Batman figure from the line was the month's best-selling toy product. All four figures from the line were among the top ten, and DC Collectibles had five of the month's top ten products.
NECA/WizKids newest expansion for the Marvel HeroClix game, the Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool Booster Brick, was May's best-selling games product. April's top selling product, USAopoly's Monopoly: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, dropped to #5 in May.