Are the DC Giants Shipping on a Bi-Monthly Schedule?

A month ago the DC Giant books (which most call the DC Walmart books because they were exclusive to Walmart for over a year) stopped being exclusive to Walmart and were available to order into comic book shops but also still available at Walmart.  Instead of being exclusive to Walmart, the Walmart versions now have "exclusive reprint covers" and show up earlier at Walmart (anywhere from a few weeks, to over a month, or longer). The first titles to show up in Walmart were:

  • Batman Giant (Volume 2) #1
  • The Flash Giant (Volume 2) #1
  • Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) #1
  • Wonder Woman Giant (Volume 2) #1

Along with three one-shot titles:

  • Scooby Doo 50th Anniversary Giant #1
  • Villains Giant #1
  • Ghosts Giant #1

And the still Walmart exclusive Superman Giant (Volume 1) #15 (including Tom King and Andy Kubert's part 11 of their 12 part serial Up In The Sky).

Except for Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) #1 (due October 23rd) all of these titles have reached comic book shops, and Walmart will be seeing the second month batch of books showing up soon. Bleeding Cool has talked with several creators and the Giant line is something that several creators, from Gail Simone, to Jeff Parker (including work on the upcoming Superman Giant (Volume 2), to John Layman, we know are working on and producing material for upcoming issues. Except according to the solicits for comic book shops you'd have no idea of that because they are bare bones…

For November:

BATMAN GIANT #2

  • Includes 24 pages of new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

SWAMP THING GIANT #2

  • Includes 24 pages of new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 11.27.19
  • $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

DC WAR GIANT #1

  • Includes 32 pages of new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 12.11.19
  • $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

WONDER WOMAN GIANT #2

  • Includes 24 pages of new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 12.11.19
  • $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS GIANT #1

  • Includes 24 pages of new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 12.18.19
  • $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

And for December:

BATWOMAN/SUPERGIRL: WORLD'S FINEST GIANT #1

  • Includes new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 12.04.19 | $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

THE FLASH GIANT #2

  • Includes new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 12.04.19 | $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

AQUAMAN GIANT #2

  • Includes new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 01.08.20 | $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS GIANT #2

  • Includes new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 01.22.20 | $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

TEEN TITANS GO! GIANT #2

  • Includes new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 01.15.20 | $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

SUPERMAN GIANT #1

  • Includes new stories plus classic reprints!
  • ON SALE 01.01.20 | $4.99 US | FC | 96 PAGES | DC

Now these solicits get really odd when you look at them as some of the solicits from December (Flash Giant #2) are set to go on sale before comics solicited in November (DC War Giant #1 or Wonder Woman Giant #2).

So what is going on?

Well what seems to be most likely is the amount of titles are being scaled back per month to six instead of the seven (eight if you count the Superman Giant (Volume 1) Walmart only exclusive) in future months and that the main titles are going bi-monthly with 4 to 5 main titles and one special.

The main titles being:

  • Batman Giant (Volume 2)
  • Wonder Woman Giant (Volume 2)
  • The Flash Giant (Volume 2)
  • Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2)
  • Teen Titans Go! Giant
  • Aquaman Giant
  • DC Super Hero Girls Giant
  • Superman Giant (Volume 2)

Now the Bi-Monthly idea (or a staggered shipping schedule of some sort) seems to be supported by the solicits, and the first issues of the Volume 2 Giants had none of the "next month" blurbs, a feature found in all the Volume 1 Walmart exclusive comics.

So Are the DC Giants shipping on a Bi-Monthly Schedule?

We'll be finding out exactly what titles are coming real soon as the October books for Walmart will be showing up very soon and will at least include:

AQUAMAN GIANT #1
New cover by Liam Sharp
This issue includes two new stories:
o "Aquaman Vs. Black Manta," a 16-page story written by Steve Orlando with art by Daniel Sampere
o "Attacked by Scorpio," an eight-page story written by Marv Wolfman with art by Pop Mhan
Plus, these reprint tales:
o "Throne of Atlantic: Prologue," from Aquaman #14
o "A Queen in Exile," from Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1
o "The Rise of Aqualad Part One," from Teen Titans #6In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
Final Orders Due: Sep 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

(Still no cover shown…)

So Are the DC Giants shipping on a Bi-Monthly Schedule?

TEEN TITANS GO GIANT #1
New cover by Marcelo DiChiara
This issue includes two new stories:
o "The Hic You Say," a 16-page story written by Sholly Fisch with art by Marcelo DiChiara in which Kory gets the hiccups
o "Fan Favorites," an eight-page story written by Ivan Cohen with art by Sarah Leuver, in which Beast Boy is elected most popular hero.
Plus reprint tales from Teen Titans Go! #1-3In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
Final Orders Due: Sep 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

So Are the DC Giants shipping on a Bi-Monthly Schedule?

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS GIANT #1
New cover by Yancy Labat This issue includes two new stories:
o "Panic at the Disco," a 16-page story written by Amanda Deibert with art by Erich Owen
It's time for the greatest teenage tradition of them all: the school formal! But when Livewire attacks and sets everyone's toes a-tapping, the girls will have to put their dancing shoes to make it through the night!
o "Harvest Festival," an eight-page story written by Amy Wolfram with art by Agnes Garbowska
The girls are excited about this year's Fall Festival, but Harley Quinn has other plans! Will Bumblebee be able to stop her and keep the pumpkins from flying?
Plus reprint chapters from DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths, DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus, and DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero HighIn Shops: Nov 13, 2019
Final Orders Due: Sep 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

And the final issue of Superman Giant (Volume 1) #16. So four issues for October? Or will Batman Giant (Volume 2) #2 and Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) #2 also be put out for sale, debuting over a month early for Walmart shoppers?

About Ian Melton

Japanese Teacher, Comic Book, Manga, & Anime collector, LCBS worker, father of 2, fan of far too many things for far too long...