Diamond Comic Distributors operate a strict street-fate policy for comic books, with most stores receiving them the day before publication date, and having to hold them until the following day. Retailers pay $5 into a fund each week to pay for secret shoppers to keep their competitors in line. And this past week, there was more pressure as shops received two Wednesdays worth of comics in one shipment, due to the Christmas break.
While that restriction seemed to hold, Diamond's decision to ship books earlier this week, ahead of sale for next Wednesday seems to have been a hold too far. Retailers were told they could sell the Diamond PReviews-related catalogues straight away but to hold everything else.
Not everyone may have got the memo…
SO OBVIOUSLY I WONT SPOIL THE ISSUES, BUT FOR SOME REASON THE COMIC STORE I WENT TO HAD CHAMPIONS #1, HEROES IN CRISIS #4, AND INFINITY WARS: INFINITY A WEEK EARLY @BatmansBookcase
THEYRE AS CONFUSED AS I AM, BUT THEY STILL LET ME BUY IT
— BIG OUNCE(Antonio Ortega) (@HaroldLauder4) December 28, 2018
Yeah, I've read it.
— Batman's Bookcase (@BatmansBookcase) December 28, 2018
Hey, Comic Fans, it took a while but our comics for the week are out and ready! Come grab the new Heroes In Crisis #4, or see a famous Fantastic Four couple tie the knot of Fantastic Four #5!
— Comic Shop (@The_Comic_Shop) December 27, 2018
And apparently every cpomic book store in Australia.View this post on Instagram
NEW COMICS WEDNESDAY! HEROES IN CRISIS #4! #newcomicsday #newcomicwednesday #newcomicswednesday #heroesincrisis #heroesincrisis4 #heroesincrisis2018 #wonderwoman #batman #theflash #flash #kidflash #dc #dcu #dcuniverse #dcrebirth #dcrebirthcomics #justiceleague #theflash #superman #tomking #harleyquinn #boostergold #sacramentocomics #sacramentocomicshop #hrsportscardsandcomics
There are lots of spoilers running around out there, so do be carefel. But here is how DC Comics is handling their tribute to the late Stan Lee, who would have been 96 yesterday.