If I have been keeping track correctly, it has been three weeks without new comic books from Marvel, DC, and other major publishers. However, according to a recent tweet, it seems that come April 28th, DC Comics will resume shipping new titles!
Life without new comic book releases every week hasn’t been nice. I’m someone who enjoys waking up on Wednesday and going through a whole lot of new titles to read and review. I really thought that the current unfortunate global situation wouldn’t impact the comic book industry, and that I would continue getting my dose of weekly comic books – at least in digital form.
However, Marvel, DC and other major publishers decided to take a break after Diamond Comic Distributors announced that they were halting deliveries of new content to stores as of April 1, 2020. Now to be fair, we have been getting some digital-first content – which has been at least a bit of comfort for comic book readers.
According to the press release, DC Comics stated:
After a four-week break, new superhero stories will be arriving at operating retail stores! We surveyed more than 2,000 stores across the world and many comic book store owners are finding new and creative ways to get books to the fans who want them. Check out the map below to see what shops are open or available near you!
You can view said map here.
Take note; only a limited number of titles will be shipped.
- April 28
- Batman #89 (3rd printing)
- Daphne Byrne #4
- The Dreaming #20
- Nightwing #70 (2nd printing)
- Batman GIANT #4
- May 5
- Batman and the Outsiders #12
- DC Super Stars #17 (Facsimile Edition)
- The Flash #753
- The Green Lantern: Season Two #3
- Hawkman #23
- House of Whispers #20
- Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #4
- May 12
- Harley Quinn #72
- Justice League #44
- Justice League Odyssey #20
- Lois Lane #10
- Metal Men #6
I mean, some new comic books are better than none, right?
As of writing this, Marvel has yet to announce if it has any plans to ship new books on the same date(s) as DC.
I hope that this initiative from DC Comics is successful and other companies follow suit. I can’t wait to begin reading and reviewing the upcoming Empyre event from Marvel!
How has your life been without weekly comics? Let me know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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