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The early years of Batman are chronicled in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman Volume 4: Zero Year: Secret City from DC Entertainment, the best-selling graphic novel in May.

In total, DC Entertainment had four of the month's top ten graphic novels. Also in the top ten were Batman Volume 3: Death of the Family at #2, Paul Dini's Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell at #5, and Godzilla: Awakening at #10.

Image Comics had four titles in the top ten, led by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera's Black Science Volume 1: How to Fall Forever at #3. Also in the top ten were Manifest Destiny Volume 1 at #6, Saga Volume 3 at #8, and The Manhattan Projects Volume 4: Four Disciplines at #9.

Marvel Comics had one title in the top ten, the original graphic novel X-Men: No More Humans by Mike Carey and Salvador Larroca at #4.

Rounding out the top ten was Dark Horse Comics with Mike Mignola's Hellboy In Hell Volume 1: Descent at #7.

Also from the premier publishers, IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Volume 4 ranked #18.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in May 2014

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 7.23 JAN140342 BATMAN HC VOL 04 ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY (N52) $24.99 DC
2 6 7.20 FEB140248 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 DC
3 14 7.01 MAR140535 BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01 HOW TO FALL FOREVER (MR) $9.99 IMA
4 3 6.23 JAN140780 X-MEN NO MORE HUMANS OGN HC $24.99 MAR
5 5 5.69 JAN140326 BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA BLOODSPELL HC $22.99 DC
6 28 5.05 MAR140546 MANIFEST DESTINY TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
7 8 4.90 JAN140125 HELLBOY IN HELL TP VOL 01 DESCENT $17.99 DAR
8 12 4.89 JAN140556 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 IMA
9 16 4.59 FEB140529 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 04 FOUR DISCIPLINES $14.99 IMA
10 9 4.55 FEB140325 GODZILLA AWAKENING HC $19.99 DC
11 42 4.12 AUG120491 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
12 19 3.95 FEB140851 DEADPOOL TP VOL 04 DEADPOOL VS SHIELD $15.99 MAR
13 23 3.89 FEB140288 FAIREST TP VOL 03 RETURN OF THE MAHARAJA (MR) $14.99 DC
14 11 3.68 JAN140159 TRUE LIVES OF FABULOUS KILLJOYS TP $19.99 DAR
15 53 3.58 JAN140558 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
16 7 3.41 FEB140842 AGE OF ULTRON TP $34.99 MAR
17 31 3.19 APR130443 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 IMA
18 20 2.96 MAR140395 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TP VOL 04 $17.99 IDW
19 32 2.83 FEB140247 BATGIRL TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 DC
20 41 2.75 NOV128157 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 IMA
21 18 2.71 FEB140835 GOTG ALL NEW X-MEN TRIAL OF JEAN GREY PREM HC $24.99 MAR
22 37 2.69 FEB140252 AQUAMAN TP VOL 03 THRONE OF ATLANTIS (N52) $16.99 DC
23 76 2.68 FEB140285 COFFIN HILL TP VOL 01 FOREST OF THE NIGHT (MR) $9.99 DC
24 26 2.54 FEB058406-M WATCHMEN TP $19.99 DC
25 33 2.43 FEB140846 ALL NEW X-MEN TP VOL 03 OUT OF THEIR DEPTH $19.99 MAR
26 15 2.37 FEB140832-M MIRACLEMAN PREM HC BOOK 01 $29.99 MAR
27 45 2.33 FEB140251 SHAZAM TP (N52) $16.99 DC
28 25 2.27 JAN140337 AQUAMAN HC VOL 04 DEATH OF A KING (N52) $24.99 DC
29 17 2.23 JAN140368 GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE HC (MR) $29.99 DC
30 59 2.15 JAN140559 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1 (MR) $14.99 IMA
31 34 2.13 MAR140873 GOD IS DEAD TP VOL 01 (MR) $19.99 AVA
32 48 2.11 FEB140253 CATWOMAN TP VOL 04 GOTHAM UNDERGROUND (N52) $17.99 DC
33 63 1.85 DEC120323 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
34 65 1.83 FEB140256 RED LANTERNS TP VOL 04 BLOOD BROTHERS (N52) $16.99 DC
35 1 1.80 DEC130371 JACK KIRBY NEW GODS ARTIST ED HC $95.00 IDW
36 39 1.79 JAN140355 BATGIRL HC VOL 04 WANTED (N52) $24.99 DC
37 117 1.77 MAR140551 UMBRAL TP VOL 01 OUT O/T SHADOWS (MR) $9.99 IMA
38 56 1.76 JAN140800 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 01 COSMIC AVENGERS $19.99 MAR
39 58 1.74 FEB140293 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 06 (MR) $19.99 DC
40 69 1.71 JAN140347 ARROW TP VOL 02 $16.99 DC
41 52 1.70 JAN140195 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 16 $19.99 DAR
42 54 1.69 JAN140131 SLEDGEHAMMER 44 TP VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
43 44 1.69 FEB140837 UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC VOL 03 GOOD BAD AND INHUMAN $24.99 MAR
44 55 1.68 JAN140170 MURDER MYSTERIES HC 2ND ED $19.99 DAR
45 50 1.67 MAR141195 ANDRE THE GIANT LIFE & LEGEND GN $17.99 ST.
46 84 1.66 FEB140254 BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT TP VOL 02 $14.99 DC
47 125 1.65 JAN140555 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 IMA
48 85 1.59 SEP088204 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 IMA
49 73 1.58 NOV070226 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 DC
50 36 1.56 FEB148212 BATMAN BRUCE WAYNE MURDERER TP NEW ED $29.99 DC
51 68 1.54 OCT110741 X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TP $19.99 MAR
52 136 1.53 JUN130466 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE $9.99 IMA
53 67 1.53 FEB140843 INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTER $19.99 MAR
54 61 1.51 JAN140182 STAR WARS LEGACY II TP VOL 02 OUTCASTS BROKEN RING $19.99 DAR
55 138 1.51 FEB140533 PRETTY DEADLY TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 IMA
56 64 1.51 JAN140156 MIND MGMT HC VOL 03 HOME MAKER $19.99 DAR
57 62 1.51 JAN140208 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 29 BEYOND GOOD & EVIL (MR) $19.99 DAR
58 72 1.41 FEB140257 AUTHORITY TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
59 91 1.37 JUL130235 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DC
60 101 1.36 NOV082245 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 IMA
61 93 1.34 FEB140250 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 04 GOLD STANDARD (N52) $16.99 DC
62 94 1.33 FEB140848 NOVA TP VOL 03 NOVA CORPSE $16.99 MAR
63 95 1.31 FEB140856 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP PETER PARKER ONE AND ONLY $16.99 MAR
64 30 1.27 FEB140858 IMMORTAL IRON FIST COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 02 $39.99 MAR
64 82 1.27 FEB140263 SPECTRE TP VOL 01 CRIMES AND JUDGEMENTS $19.99 DC
66 83 1.27 FEB140262 SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPER FRIENDS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DC
67 4 1.27 DEC130761 ANNIHILATION OMNIBUS HC $125.00 MAR
68 109 1.26 SEP130566 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 19 MARCH TO WAR $14.99 IMA
69 66 1.20 JUL110251 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 DC
70 116 1.20 FEB140258 BATMAN DEATHBLOW AFTER THE FIRE TP $14.99 DC
71 77 1.20 MAR140369 STAR TREK KHAN TP $19.99 IDW
72 46 1.14 FEB140831 IRON MAN FATAL FRONTIER HC $34.99 MAR
72 120 1.14 DEC130494 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 02 WE ARE ALL ONE $14.99 IMA
74 71 1.13 MAY090178 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 DC
75 112 1.10 DEC120744 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 MAR
76 129 1.10 AUG120709 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 MAR
77 60 1.09 FEB140841 AGE OF ULTRON COMPANION TP $29.99 MAR
78 115 1.09 MAR140760 AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TP FORGERIES OF JEALOUSY $16.99 MAR
79 13 1.08 DEC130769-M MMW DAREDEVIL HC VOL 08 $69.99 MAR
79 75 1.08 JAN140792 CASTLE UNHOLY STORM PREM HC $24.99 MAR
81 51 1.07 FEB140863 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP GHOSTS OF PAST $34.99 MAR
82 81 1.05 FEB140840 IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 04 IRON METROPOLITAN $24.99 MAR
83 80 1.05 MAR140782 DEVIL DINOSAUR BY JACK KIRBY TP COMPLETE COLLECTION $24.99 MAR
84 74 1.04 JAN140183 STAR WARS OMNIBUS DARK TIMES TP VOL 02 $24.99 DAR
85 29 1.03 FEB140839 CATACLYSM HC ULTIMATES LAST STAND $49.99 MAR
86 153 1.03 FEB120285 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE NEW ED (MR) $12.99 DC
87 102 1.03 MAR140776 OZ OZMA OF OZ TP $19.99 MAR
88 104 1.02 FEB140821 FIRE GN HC (MR) $19.99 MAR
89 196 1.01 MAR140533 ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL TP VOL 01 $9.99 IMA
90 57 1.01 FEB140857 SHE-HULK BY SLOTT TP VOL 02 COMPLETE COLLECTION $34.99 MAR
91 150 1.01 JAN140165 EMILY AND THE STRANGERS HC VOL 01 $12.99 DAR
92 121 1.00 MAR140542 INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE TP VOL 02 $16.99 IMA
93 118 1.00 FEB140847 A PLUS X TP VOL 03 EQUALS OUTSTANDING $17.99 MAR
94 106 0.99 JUL100259 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES NEW ED (MR) $19.99 DC
95 211 0.97 MAR141283 LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA GN VOL 01 HIGH RISK $7.99 NBM
96 135 0.97 MAR130727 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR
97 87 0.97 JAN140340 JOKER DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52) $24.99 DC
98 88 0.97 JAN100681 CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $24.99 MAR
98 145 0.97 MAR140536 DRUMHELLAR TP VOL 01 BADLANDS AND BAD TRIPS (MR) $14.99 IMA
100 143 0.96 APR130482 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 IMA

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