The multiverse faces collapse and worlds collide in Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars #1 from Marvel Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2015 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.
Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 40.17% dollar share and a 41.11% unit share. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 25.43% dollar share and a 26.04% unit share. May’s number three publisher was Image Comics with a 8.89% dollar share and a 10.28% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 5.06% dollar share and a 3.82% unit share. BOOM! Studios placed fifth for the month with a 3.96% dollar share and a 7.16% unit share, and Dark Horse Comics was sixth with a 3.83% dollar share and a 3.43% unit share.
In May, Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, including Secret Wars #2 at #3, Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli’s Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1 at #5, and G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett’s A-Force #1 at #6. DC Comics had two titles in the top ten, led by Jeff King and Andy Kubert’s Convergence #5 at #9. Also in May’s top ten was BOOM! Studios’ John Omohundro and Eryk Donovan’s Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 at #2.
Batman faces new threats from the Riddler and Killer Croc in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s original graphic novel, Batman: Earth One Volume 2 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel Comics had three titles among the top ten, including Night Nurse at #2 and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War at #5. Image Comics had four titles, including Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, and Stjepan Sejic’s Rat Queens Volume 2 at #3; Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards Volume 2 at #4, and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 4 at #6.
Drawing on the in-game materials from the best-selling video games, Dark Horse Comics’ Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 2 was May’s best-selling book. In total, Dark Horse had three titles among the top ten, including the perennial favorite Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia at #4 and The World of The Witcher at #5.
Kotobukiya’s Marvel Now: Deadpool ArtFX+ Statue was May’s best-selling toy product and one of the manufacturer’s two products in the top ten. DC Collectibles had seven products in the top ten, led by the DC Comics: The New 52: Harley Quinn Action Figure at #3.
The Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble Booster Brick from WizKids/NECA was May’s best-selling game product.
TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
|DARK HORSE COMICS||3.83%||3.43%|
|EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD||1.16%||0.27%|
|VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC||0.85%||0.92%|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||7.43%||4.81%|
NEW TITLES SHIPPED
|PUBLISHER||COMICS SHIPPED||GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED||MAGAZINES SHIPPED||TOTAL
|DARK HORSE COMICS||33||17||0||50|
|ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS||11||2||0||13|
|OTHER NON-TOP 10||93||91||17||201|
COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
|MAY 2015 VS. APRIL 2014|
|MAY 2015 VS. MAY 2014|
|YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014|
TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS
|1||SECRET WARS #1||$4.99||FEB150650-M||MAR|
|2||BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES OF HOLO JOHN #1||$4.99||MAR151109-M||BOO|
|3||SECRET WARS #2||$4.99||MAR150618-M||MAR|
|4||STAR WARS #5||$3.99||MAR150683-M||MAR|
|5||DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #1||$4.99||MAR150644-M||MAR|
|7||OLD MAN LOGAN #1||$4.99||MAR150656-M||MAR|
|8||DARTH VADER #5||$3.99||MAR150688-M||MAR|
|9||CONVERGENCE #5 [*]||$3.99||MAR150155-M||DC|
|10||CONVERGENCE #6 [*]||$3.99||MAR150159-M||DC|
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS
|1||BATMAN: EARTH-ONE VOLUME 2 HC||$24.99||JAN150232||DC|
|3||RAT QUEENS VOLUME 2: THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N’RYGOTH TP (MR)||$14.99||SEP140647||IMA|
|4||SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOLUME 2: GRIDIRON TP (MR)||$9.99||FEB150542||IMA|
|5||CIVIL WAR TP||$24.99||JAN072436||MAR|
|6||SAGA VOLUME 4 TP (MR)||$14.99||OCT140644||IMA|
|7||LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST GN||$19.99||MAR151495||VIZ|
|8||DEADPOOL VOLUME 8: ALL GOOD THINGS TP||$24.99||MAR150804||MAR|
|9||THE VALIANT TP||$9.99||MAR151614||VAL|
|10||SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)||$9.99||AUG120491||IMA|
TOP 10 BOOKS
|1||DRAGON AGE: THE WORLD OF THEDAS VOLUME 2 HC||$39.99||DEC140101||DAR|
|2||ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL: KYKLO NOVEL||$14.95||MAR151665||RAN|
|3||ESSENTIAL EVANGELION CHRONICLE: SIDE A SC||$39.99||JAN151635||UDO|
|4||LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC||$34.99||SEP120055||DAR|
|5||THE WORLD OF THE WITCHER HC||$39.99||OCT140122||DAR|
|6||MARVEL: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON POP-UP BOOK HC||$14.99||MAR151735||HAC|
|7||THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: A HANDBOOK FOR GIRL GEEKS HC||$15.95||MAR151759||RAN|
|8||TH ECOMPLETE GUIDE TO SELF PUBLISHING COMICS SC||$24.99||MAR151750||RAN|
|9||WOMEN OF WONDER: CELEBRATING WOMEN CREATORS OF FANTASTIC ART||$24.95||MAR151727||PUB|
|10||BRAVEST WARRIORS: THINGS TO DOODLE & DO SC||$12.99||MAR151492||VIZ|
TOP 10 TOYS
|1||MARVEL NOW: DEADPOOL ARTFX+ STATUE||SEP142328||KOT|
|2||THE DARK KNIGHT: THE JOKER MAF EX FIGURE||APR148224||MED|
|3||DC COMICS: THE NEW 52: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE||DEC140434||DC|
|4||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE||SEP140356||DC|
|5||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE||SEP140357||DC|
|6||MARVEL: WOLVERINE DANGER ROOM SESSIONS STATUE||AUG142465||KOT|
|7||DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: MERA STATUE||NOV140352||DC|
|8||BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: SCARECROW ACTION FIGURE||SEP140358||DC|
|9||THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE||OCT140413||DC|
|10||DC COMICS: SUPERMAN & BATMAN BOOKENDS||NOV140347||DC|
TOP 10 GAMES
|1||MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BOOSTER BRICK||MAR152655||NEC|
|2||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR BOOSTER PACKS||JAN158366||WIZ|
|3||YU-GI-OH! HEROCLIX SERIES THREE||SEP142619||NEC|
|4||HARLEY QUINN PUZZLE||MAR152470||NMR|
|5||THE WALKING DEAD: PRISON BOARD GAME||JUN142630||MEG|
|6||STAR WARS ARMADA: VICTORY CLASS STAR DESTROYER EXPANSION||JAN152641||FAN|
|7||MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DRAGONS OF TARKIR FAT PACK||JAN158368||WIZ|
|8||STAR WARS ARMADA: ASSAULT FRIGATE MARK II EXPANSION||JAN152634||FAN|
|9||MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HANDBOOK HC||FEB142547||SCH|
|10||MINECRAFT: OFFICIAL MOJANG CONSTRUCTION HANDBOOK HC||FEB142548||SCH|
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