When Bleeding Cool ran Marvel's planned May-and-June shipping titles which seemed to be spreading the first two weeks of what was planned for April, across two or three months from the end of May into July , we also noticed that a number of titles had been missed out, and posted a list: Some of those missing were related to the Black Widow movie, also postponed, but others were not. Now the second shoe has dropped. A number of these book, will now only be published digitally, for now at least. They will be starting next week, before the rest of the print comics make it to comic stores. Marvel indicates that these may appear in print, but only in collections. Notably a number of these books are the final or penultimate issues of mini-series, so we can probably look forward to more to come in subsequent weeks. Which means retailers and readers will have bought the first few issues in print but readers will have to go digital to get the ending, or buy the first issues all over again in a trade paperback. Some of these titles are also part of crossovers and events, now only available digitally. With comic book stores now cut out of these transactions, and forced to send their reader to go on-line to get conclusions, I expect some seriously negative retailer reaction to this news. Here is the current digital-first line-up.
Wednesday, May 13:
AVENGERS OF THE WASTELANDS #4
Wednesday, May 20:
2020 IRONHEART #1
MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: THE BLACK CAT STRIKES #4
HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #5
It looks as if the Outlawed event titles have not been affected – not yet anyway, so that Runaways, Miles Morales, Power Pack and New Warriors will still be coming out as planned. But this is pretty rough for a lot of people I reckon.