DC Comics Announces Plans For New Comic Books To Hit Stores Beginning On April 28, 2020 By Two New Distributors Not Diamond!

DC Comics Announces Plans For New Comic Books To Hit Stores Beginning On April 28, 2020 By Two New Distributors Not Diamond!

DC Comics reports:

      DC ANNOUNCES ITS RETURN TO COMIC BOOK STORES ON TUESDAY, APRIL 28

      New DC Comic Books to be Available at Open and Operating Comic Book Retailers

      DC comic books are returning to comic shops beginning Tuesday, April 28. After a four-week break, fans can celebrate that new superhero stories will be arriving at operating retail stores.

      After surveying more than 2,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada, it became clear that many comic book store owners are finding new and creative ways to get books to the fans who want them. To find stores that may have the new titles, visit the comic shop locator webpage:

      www.dccomics.com/comicshoptracker

      Check the page often, as it will be updated with new retailers.

      The new slate of titles includes (also available for digital purchase at participating digital retailers):

      Tuesday, April 28:

      New Comic Books:

      Batman #89 (3rd Printing)
      Featuring the first appearance of Punchline!

      Daphne Byrne #4
      Daphne gains a new ally as she continues to wrestle with the malevolent forces within her!

      The Dreaming #20
      The unbelievable finale to Si Spurrier and Bilquis Evely’s epic tale from the Sandman Universe!

      Nightwing #70 (2nd Printing)
      The Clown Prince of Crime comes to Ric Grayson and Bludhaven in this prelude to The Joker War!

      Batman GIANT #4
      Classic stories from the world of The Dark Knight, plus an all-new chapter of the original story “Concrete Jungle,” by Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Ryan Benjamin!

      Tuesday, May 5:

      New Comic Books:

      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

      Tuesday, May 12:

      New Comic Books:

      Harley Quinn #72
      Justice League #44
      Justice League Odyssey #20
      Lois Lane #10
      Metal Men #6

      For more information on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, please visit the website at www.dccomics.com, or follow on social media at @DCComics and @thedcnation.

DC Comics added the following to retailors:

      To assist with the immediate distribution of DC titles during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we’ve secured the assistance of two distributors to help facilitate orders of and shipping of our revised publishing schedule. Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors have agreed to work with us to distribute these new comics….

      …To that end, instead of simply ‘lifting and shifting’ the same scheduled titles for each of the missed in-store dates, we’ve made changes to the publishing schedule. The new schedule is designed to allow each of you to begin ordering a limited amount of DC product at first, and then ease back into the number of books that represents a normal release schedule from DC when your business can accommodate it.

All previous orders of DC Comics for April 2020 have been cancelled with retailors expected to resubmit orders based on the new release schedule.

Lunar and UCS are newly created companies to be managed by Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) and Midtown Comics respectively. This is a seismic shift in the industry as for years Diamond Distributors has a had a monopoly on comics distribution. No more, but for how long?

In addition sites, including Newsarama, are reporting that Lunar and USC will be dividing up North America as follows for distribution purposes.

      Lunar is talking the lead on distribution to comic retailers based in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. They are also handling distribution to the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.

      USC is taking point on distribution to stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, West Virgina, and the District of Columbia. The Canadian provinces they’re taking point on are New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.

Interesting times ahead.

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