DC Comics to End Double Shipping of Select Titles

DC Ending Biweekly Books In 2020

DC Comics has announced to retailers that their biweekly books will return to monthlies in 2020. Retailer Ryan Higgins revealed this on Twitter, after obtaining DC’s permission to do so.

DC Comics logoThis comes on the heels of Tom King stepping down from writing the main Batman title, as well as his moving to a 12-part Batman/Catwoman book. In this case, Batman will still have an additional title to make up for the lost biweekly issue. “A new Tom King and Clay Mann Bat/Cat series in 2020 fills the gap once Batman begins to ship monthly,” DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras stated. Other titles that will be returning to monthly status include Detective Comics, FlashJustice League and Wonder Woman. Several other books that were biweekly at the dawn of the Rebirth era, such as Nightwing and Deathstroke, have already reverted to monthlies. 

Economic Woes to Blame for DC’s Decision?

It is possible, albeit speculative, that DC is doing this for economic reasons. It would theoretically reduce costs for printing, especially since the increase due to Trump’s tariffs. DC’s share of the marketplace has also been reduced. In part, this is due to rival Marvel choking DC (and everyone else) out with more product than any other publisher on the shelves. Readership also appears to have dropped due to controversial choices in storytelling. 

More Titles to Fill the Gap?

Whatever the reason may be, DC isn’t exactly cutting more books. They have already announced several other titles in recent months. It is likely that they will announce further new titles to fill the gaps created by the new schedule. This could include books for characters that have not gotten as much attention in recent years. 

The new Batman/Catwoman series, by Tom King and Clay Mann, is set to debut in 2020. It will be monthly as well. 

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