It's a peculiar twist of the calendar that most American comic books are arranged monthly – but that some months have four weeks of shipping and some have five. This has encouraged the "fifth week" special event in the past, though of late Marvel has found it good reason to increase the amount of comics they'll ship in those particular months.
But DC has arranged a strict monthly schedule for their new DCU relaunch, with each book getting an allotted week of the month, though they will swap them, depending. So for a month with five shipping weeks, wouldn't it make sense to ease the pressure a little and let the fifth week take up the slack?
Not a bit of it. This month is a five week month. And on November 30th, none of the new DCU relaunch books will be shipping that week, only two of the comics introduced later.
DC Universe Online Legends, Thunder Agents, Batman Odyssey, Legion: Secret Origin, and then a selection of kids books, Vertigo books and collections. DC declined to comment on this decision.
But for those following the DC Relaunch week in, week out though, it may feel a little peculiar.
A chance for Marvel to take the lead? Not really, they have half the normal issues scheduled for that week and none of them what you'd call a blockbuster title. Of course, comics from previous weeks could be late…
But as it stands could November 30th be a bit of a damp squib in the comic store?
And will books like Thunder Agents #1 be able to clean up as a result? Or the game spinoffs Uncharted #1 and End Of Nations #1?
Let's find out!