Thursday, September 06, 2007

Superman Confusing...

From our DC weekly email:


Originally scheduled to appear in SUPERMAN CONFINDENTIAL #6 (MAY070149), the final chapter of the story “Kryptonite,” written by Darwyn Cooke and illustrated by Tim Sale, will be rescheduled to appear in a future issue of SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL.

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #6 (MAY070149) now will feature the story that had been scheduled for issue #7, written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin with art and cover by Koi Turnbull and Sandra Hope. In this story, the first chapter of a two-part tale, the fate of Metropolis is at stake when Superman gets mixed up with Lori Lemaris!

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #6 (MAY070149) is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 26. Retailers may adjust orders on this issue through the Final Order Cutoff date of September 6.

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #7 (JUN070175) now will feature the concluding half of the the story written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin with art and cover by Koi Turnbull and Sandra Hope, originally scheduled to appear in issue #8. This issue includes appearances by Lori Lemaris, Lex Luthor and Lois Lane, and is scheduled to arrive in stores on October 17.

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #8 (JUL070223) now will feature a story written by Vito Delsante with art by Julian Lopez & Bit and a cover by Pete Woods, originally scheduled to appear in issue #9. This issue, guest-starring Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott, is scheduled to arrive in stores on October 31.

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #9 (SEP070187) now will feature the first part of a three-part story written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning with art and cover by Chris Batista & Cam Smith. In this issue, witness Superman’s fateful first encounter with The Forever People and Darkseid! When Beautiful Dreamer goes missing, the Forever People take their search to Earth, only to find The Man of Steel! But as the battle between New Genesis and Apokolips rages on, Superman finds himself — and all of Earth — caught in the middle! SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #9 is scheduled to arrive in stores on November 14.

Confused yet? Me too. How's the average person supposed to follow this? I need a guide book to make sure I know what's going on here.

DC has been doing these weird story arc cut-and-paste jobs in order to get the comics out on time. I appreciate them wanting to do that, but I don't like this particular result - arcs starting and finishing with no rhyme or reason. It killed my sales numbers on Action Comics when they did this! Maybe, just maybe, publishers should work a bit harder to get people do deliver their work on-time. Is that so hard? Give them enough time and a deadline and be firm to that - it is what happens in most other workplaces.

Also note - I pasted the notice from DC directly into this blog. The spelling errors are theirs - I guess they don't have a spell-checker on their email. In fact, they even misspell the title of the comic once.


Brian Burkart said...

And this is why "Superman Confidential" has been dropped from my pull list. I thought the confidential line was to feature A-list creative teams and none of these arcs interest me. It's a shame that both Confidential books have beeen so lackluster.

Ben from Arizona said...



WTF is going ON over there?!

Things were moving right along and they can't deliver the last friggin issue of the first friggin arc?!

What is the MATTER with them?!

They've done the same thing with Action Comics and Superman! Whenever I pick up an issue of Supes, AC and now Supes Confidential, I don't know WHAT arc I'm reading! The Camelot Falls arc has been going on FOREVER, interspersed with crappy one-shot issues featuring the Toyman or some other tertiary villain! Then Last son from Krypton gets chopped up in AC and they're now concluding the story in an Annual? Here's hoping the Johns/Donner/Powell Bizarro arc (which, as most fanboys are aware, PALES in comparison to All-Star Supes' Bizarro story) is a two or three parter - DC has proven that any more than two or three issues in a story, their guys can't handle it!

What a joke!

It's a good thing DC's handling some of the best-known and most-loved characters in comic book/popular history. If DC was Dynamite or Image, the walls would have crumbled in LONG AGO!

Okay...sorry about that... I figured this was the proper forum for griping (anywhere else and nobody would have cared).

Lisa said...

I hear ya Ben! If I get to meet up with Didio again this year at the Baltimore con, I'll let him know how you, and I, feel about this nonsense!