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DC to End Practice of “Double Shipping”

Since 2016, DC Comics has been releasing two issues of the same series once a month or ‘double shipping’, but it has been announced that the company plans to stop this and instead just release one issue of an ongoing series once a month.

Citing this very tweet, Forbes wrote that “…starting in 2020, all of DC’s titles will release a maximum of one issue a month”

DC has not made any public statements about the changes yet, however CBR notes that “DC already announced changes to the Batman shipping schedule earlier this week”.

DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras

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They go to quote DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras as saying, “a new Tom King and Clay Mann Bat/Cat series in 2020 fills the gap once Batman begins to ship monthly”.

Man reading a comic book

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The benefit of double shipping are obvious—twice the sales for a must-see tentpole series. That’s your Batmans, your Supermans, your Wonder Womans.

But the downsides are steep. For one, if I want to read Flash and Aquaman, then to keep up I need to spend $3.99 four times in a single month. If I’m not willing to do that, then I’ll only spend $3.99 twice a month, thus costing DC the extra money.

Secondly, double shipping puts pressure on the writers and artists to write quickly and draw even quicker, which oftentimes sacrifices a more polished story and artwork. If I spend $3.99 for a comic only to find out the story needed to go another round at the editing booth, then should I bother spending $3.99 later that month for the next story in that series?

 

Batman and Bruce Wayne

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But DC Comics still wants those Batman sales, given that he is a tent-pole character. As Higgins wrote above, DC doesn’t want to lose those extra Batman sales, so they’ve ordered a new miniseries called Batman/Catwoman, which is to be written by Tom King and drawn by Clay Mann.

DC’s current double shipped titles are Detective Comics, Batman, FlashJustice League and Wonder Woman. You can order them at Comixology.
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‘The Princess Diaries’ Author Writing Black Canary Story

Black Canary is one of the DC Universe’s most iconic heroines. The character first appeared in 1947, slowly growing through the ages to become a self-assured, independent character. Her power is a ‘canary cry’, a supersonic scream, powerful enough to shatter windows. The current and most iconic Black Canary is Dinah Lance, who has appeared in such works like Arrow and Justice League.  Black Canary has been consistently seen as a superhero icon and a feminist role model to the comic book fanbase’s female culture. This latest book puts a new spin on the character for a new generation, written by a famous author.

 

Dinah Lance sits with her parents around a table over dinner, arguing
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According to BustleThe Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot is writing a new Black Canary comic book, with art by Over the Garden Wall artist Cara McGee. The story will focus on a younger Dinah Lance, who is a brash, fun loving thirteen-year-old girl whose powers slowly begin to develop, manifesting in things she doesn’t mean to do, like shattering glass or knocking people over with her supersonic voice. Meg Cabot hopes the comic will resonate with younger readers, hence making Dinah a middle-schooler and making her face the same problems they do. The character’s typical costume, fishnets and a leotard, was also changed for this reason. Hence, her costume is this comic looks like something a kid could design themselves and make them know they could be a hero too, just like Dinah.

The novel is titled Black Canary: Ignite, and will be part of the DC Universe’s new imprint, DC Zoom, which will also have other titles focusing on younger iterations of their classic hero gallery: such as Mera: Tidebreaker, Wonder Woman: Tempest, and Batman: Gotham High. These stories, like Black Canary: Ignite, will be under a YA imprint and hopefully inspired younger readers with their tales.

 

Black Canary knocks down a bunch of her peers with her sonic scream (by accident)
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The book is due November 5th! Check it out or better yet, buy it for your kids. Go, Dinah, go!

 

 

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