Over the weekend, The Outhousers’ twitter account (@TheOuthousers) was contacted regarding a counter reset and DC’s bumbling of the publication order of their First Contact crossover between Batman/Superman and World’s Finest. Tipsters were up in arms about the fact that part three (Batman/Superman #9) of the four part "First Contact" story was delayed from last week, March 19th, until April 16th.
No big deal, right? Anymore a book being delayed anything under six months is still considered "on time." No, what makes this newsworthy is that part four, the one that is after part three (Worlds' Finest #21) for the number challenged, will be published on its original date, March 26th. That’s this week; thus creating a three week gap between parts four and three's shelf date. Good thing every comic book reader reads comic book news sites or there’d be a ton (ok, six) of readers really pissed off this coming Wednesday.
We here at The Outhouse would like to apologize first for not reporting on this story when the tips first started flying in. There really is no excuse for our tardiness on this issue except for the fact that it was over the weekend and, ironically enough, most of our writing comes from when our staff writers are at work Monday through Friday. It seems that on the weekend our wives and children want attention…the bastards.
Also, no one I felt like talking to on the writing staff new what the hell First Contact was. It took us way longer than it should of for anyone to realize it was a crossover between Earth-1 and 2 (isn’t it?) Just discussing the tip created a half our long rant about how bad Star Trek: First Contact was and how no one should be sorry about any part of that movie being delayed or destroyed.
As to the delay itself, I toyed with the idea of making it seem like all of DC’s books are published “out of order” thus explaining how there are already continuity issues with a universe barely two and a half years old. But it's Monday morning and I haven't had enough coffee yet to care. Jude had a good idea I was too lazy to run with, but I won’t tell you what it is in case he wants to refurbish it for another article.
Now, to what you all really want to know; is this a counter reset? I don’t know. I am not on the counter re-set committee and one of the co-chairs doesn’t like me much anymore, so I don’t want to bother him. What I do know is that Greg Pak has already fallen on his sword over the whole thing, so just be patient this article will be updated once a decision is reached. Until then, I’m going to go read Maximum Carnage in the order it was published.
10:24 am (EST) UPDATE: COUNTER RESET!