Last month, we reported on DC Comics' difficulties with getting habitually late artist Bryan Hitch to complete the Justice League of America comics he was contractually obligated to create, forcing the company to cancel two of the issues (though they hilariously claim Hitch will complete them sometime in the future, even though he's now working on a new post-Rebirth JLA comic). This month, DC's woes continue, as the company has had to hire what can only be described as a "gaggle" of fill-in artists in order to maintain its twice monthly shipping schedule on several books. Newsarama muckity muck Chris Arrant has the details, describing what he generously calls "hiccups:"
DC has informed retailers that July's Superman #3 will be drawn by announced Super Sons artist Jorge Jimenez (replacing series co-writer/artist Patrick Gleason on that issue), while Green Lanterns #3 artists Robson Rocha and Jay Leisten will be joined by Jack Herbert, Neil Edwards, Keith Champagne, Tom Derenick, and Tom Palmer.
Please note that both books were already planned to have rotating artists to keep up with the schedule, with Doug Mahnke rotating with Gleason on Superman and Ardian Syraf rotating with Rocha. Looks like that still wasn't enough to produce the comics on time, so seven artists needed to spring into action to dig DC out of the hole just three issues into the comics.
In addition, according to Arrant, even more pre-Rebirth books are getting delayed, making them even more impotent as relics of a pre-reboot line of comics that are becoming less and less relevant as time goes on. Arrant writes:
In addition to those creative changes, DC's retailer email also reveals delays across several of the final "New 52" era titles. June 15's Harley Quinn #29 and Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot/Katana #6 are moved back to June 22, while June 22's Harley's Little Black Book #4 is bumped three weeks back to July 13. Sister titleHarley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys #4, along with Legends of Tomorrow #5, are both pushed from July 13 to July 20. The Hanna-Barbera title Future Quest #2 was also delayed, moving from June 29 to July 6.
DC was hoping for a Rebirth, not only of its comics universe, but hopefully of its business as well. However, it looks like they're failing in the same hilariously inept ways they always have. And so, we have no choice but to...
RESET THE COUNTER! It has been zero days since DC did something stupid.