What if it's not Dr. Manhattan, but really Geoff Johns keeping all the good continuity to himself?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Nightwing #30 Delayed to May 28th (No, Really)
Well, there's no getting around this one... DC fucked up bad. Really bad. I mean, monumentally bad. Turns out the world "Forever" in the title Forever Evil literally meant for-fucking-ever.
If you've been keeping up with release dates and what not, perhaps you've noticed some delays to Forever Evil recently. Issue #6 came out a few weeks late, and then the final issue got pushed back into mid-April. How far into April, you may ask? Well, past the intended release date of Nightwing #30, which would no doubt deal with whatever happened in the event. So how does DC deal with such a time discrepancy? Well, that's where this gets fun.
No, really... I'm not making these dates up. Previewsworld has updated the release dates for these two titles, as well as Justice League #30 and JLA #14 so it's official... Monster delays, and monster fuck up from DC in wrapping up their first major event.
This of course all stems from the delay of Forever Evil #7, because that's the DCU lynchpin at this point. The delay is absurdly long, like they might have scrapped the whole fucking issue and started from square one long. We've got nothing but rumors and whispers to go on, but last minute rewrites aplenty have been a long rumored problem at DC, and I'm willing to be that's what happened here. When big delays happen, people are always quick to blame the artist for being slow, but I'd like to point out that when David Finch was on Batman: The Dark Knight, he had zero issue keeping up with a monthly schedule, certainly never needing a two month delay to finish a single issue.
So there's your bit of news for the day. Have a good time waiting! But in the meantime... I'll propose something.
With news of the original delay to mid-April, I've mentioned on Twitter a couple of times that DC should probably reevaluate how they do events in the future, mainly that they should probably take a look at how Marvel does things. If you're unfamiliar with Marvel, they get shit done way in advance, and often will double ship their event tiles. Yeah, yeah, you're buying twice as many issues in a month, but then a half-year story only takes three months, all while you're getting consistent art on each issue.
Even before the delays, one of the bigger criticisms people had towards Forever Evil was that it felt so fucking long, which I agree with. Lots of stories be it Forever Evil, "Zero Year" or whatever, just feel long... and that's because they are. When you really start to look at the time, it begins to add up and all the sudden you're sitting here thinking "Wow, I spent a year of my life waiting for this story to wrap up." Zero Year, in my opinion, can pull that off, because it does a lot of new and crazy stuff to stay interesting... but it still gets me how long it is sometimes. Forever Evil on the other hand, well it spent five long issues just setting up and gathering the cast, then the issue where something actually happens got delayed by a week or two, and now the final issue isn't going to be released until what might as well be the year 2027 at this point. This kind of nonsense is why I think DC should get their event schedules together, and just ape Marvel's format. Get these issues complete and in the bag as soon as possible, with plenty of time before release. Then shit like this won't be a problem, and other books, who have no problem meeting their deadlines, but unfortunately depend on a late book, won't be punished. Of course... if the culture of editorial interference and constant last minute rewrites being required is true... DC's got a whole bigger problem to deal with first.
When all is said and done, people are going to bitch about this, but there's nothing they can do. DC might not even acknowledge it, in hopes it just goes away. But I really don't hope it goes away. DC's got retailer roadshows coming up soon, along with that, convention season is getting into gear... and I believe they really need to be confronted with this embarrassment, because that's exactly what it is: a complete embarrassment.