Marvel Comics, Later and Later
Penguin Random House, the exclusive distributor of Marvel Comics in the direct-to-comic-store market, issued the following note to comic book retailers the other day, saying “please note that Marvel is making measurable changes to the schedule of many comics comics and collections. We’ll keep you updated as these changes go into effect.”
Because, yes, Marvel Comics schedules are running late. Really late. Things haven’t been this bad since Steve McNiven was late Civil war and it set back Marvel’s entire publishing line. Many comic book publishers have suffered from scheduling issues lately, but Marvel Comics’ dominant presence in the direct market means their delays have a bigger impact. And it’s no more visible than in the X-Men timetables printed on the back of each of the Krakoan comics, which show just how much change has taken place since the comic was published. Basically, this is the last work of Krakoan fiction.
A shortage of paper in the market and available printing presses was followed by a train strike in Canada following protests by truckers, all of which had an impact. However, with the demand for cardboard boxes, which caused much of this shortage, falling again, paper may be a little more available in the coming months. But here are some of the biggest delays hitting Marvel titles right now, as detailed by Penguin distributor Random House. These are of course not definitive dates, but they give you the scale of the problem at the moment.
This week should have seen Venom: Deadly Protector #2, Wolverine Patch #2, Immortal X-Men #2 and X-Men: Red #2 but they have all been delayed until May 18. Subsequent problems continued further into the following months. Whereas Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #3, also supposed to be released, was delayed even later until June 15
The already delayed for a year Predator # 1, now clear of legal problems, is postponed from July 6 to August 3
Deadpool: Bad Blood #4 – which is the reprint comic – is rescheduled from May 18 to August 31, with earlier issues rolling down the schedule. Even with Pontoon #9 has been postponed from July 13 to August 17, star wars #26 is postponed from July 6 to August 17. also the date of Star Wars; Halcyon Legacy#5, which is delayed from June 8, as well as tales of suspense #57 Facsimile edition.
The amazing spider man the revival slips on schedules. The first issue was a week late, the second should have been released today and is now postponed to May 25. And now, amazing spider man #7 is postponed from July 6 to August 3, and amazing spider man #8 from July 27 to August 17.
As we mentioned yesterday AX Judgment Day #1 is postponed from July 6 to July 20 and #3 from July 20 to August 10. Although those who have seen a replacement artist in Guiu Villanova don’t worry, it’s still Valerio Schiti, it was just a bug. Schiti is currently drawing number 4…
Chances are there will be more delays to meet the schedule, because according to PRH, ghost rider #5 has been postponed from June 22 to August 3 while ghost rider #6 has been postponed from July 26 to August 3. Two issues shipped the same day? Something similar is happening X-Men Legends with #1 delayed from May 18, #2 delayed from June 29, and #3 delayed from July 27, all delayed to August 3. Also Love at first sight #1 is delayed from May 25, Love at first sight #2 delayed from June 29, and Love at first sight #3 postponed from July 27 to August 3. Right now it will be a very busy August 3rd.
avengers forever #8 is delayed from July 6 and Avengers 1,000,000 BC from July 13, both to August 3. The X Terminators Launch #1, Wolverine: crest #2 and XII House #4 are all delayed from July 6 to August 3. X-Men Unlimited: X-Men Green #1 is delayed from May 18 to August 3, while #2 is delayed from June 22 to August 31 Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5 is delayed from June 29 and Spider-Man 2099: Omega Exodus #1 from July 6 to August 3
There are many more, but this will give you an idea of the magnitude that hits. As the books are delayed, it also means fewer titles each week until Marvel catches up. Marvel had five and four new FOC titles respectively in the past two weeks, and nine next weekend. That doesn’t mean that Marvel will only be releasing these few titles in the coming weeks, it’s just a chance to expand things a bit further…