In interesting news around the internet, DC has announced issue scheduling changes on the Superman title. What this does is keep an issue coming out on a monthly basis, which I applaud. The bad news is that the fill-in issues mean that the current story arc is being delayed. Here is the news via Newsarama:
"UPCOMING SUPERMAN ISSUES GET NEW CONTENTS
Please note the following contents changes to upcoming issues of SUPERMAN:
SUPERMAN #660 (NOV060188) now will feature a story written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Mike Manley & Bret Blevins and a cover by James Fry & Rodney Ramos. This issue looks at someone who's popped in and out of SUPERMAN for months. Ever since "Up, Up and Away," he's made his presence known. Now, at long last, the story you demanded starring... The Prankster?! This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on March 14.
SUPERMAN #661 (DEC060191) now will feature a story written by Kurt Busiek & Richard Howell, with art by Richard Howell & Eduardo Barreto and a cover by Jesus Merino. In it, an ancient and vicious curse set into motion by the Greek gods hits Metropolis, challenging Superman in a way he's never been challenged before. It'll take more than the Man of Steel to save the day this time. Enter: Wonder Woman! But even their combined power may not be enough to halt a curse older than time itself! This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on March 28. Retailers may adjust orders on it through the Final Order Cutoff date of March 8.
SUPERMAN #662 (JAN070269) now will feature the start of the 5-part second half of "Camelot Falls," previous slated to appear in issue #661. This issue is written by Kurt Busiek with art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino. This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on April 11. Retailers may adjust orders on it through the Final Order Cutoff date of March 22.
SUPERMAN #663 (MAR070183) now will feature now will feature chapter two of the 5-part second half of "Camelot Falls," in which the Young Gods of New Genesis pay a visit to Metropolis, while the Prankster is on the loose and the threat of Arion looms over the city. This story was previous slated to appear in issue #662, and is written by Kurt Busiek with art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino, as solicited in the March Previews (Volume XVII #3). This issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on May 9.
Because of these changes, SUPERMAN #660, 661 and 662 will be made returnable at a later date."
I don't so much mind the shift in content as I am puzzled as to why the story arc is running so far behind. With Kurt Busiek writing it, I am not sure what to think. I know that Busiek usually keeps a tight schedule with his "comic book company" books while lagging on his Astro City projects. Maybe it is an artistic issue? I am really curious about this.
In other news, the esteemed Rich Johnston is back home from the New York City Comicon and he has oodles of news. This particular piece of information caught my eye.
I understand there are two months worth of "Countdown" content completely finished, three months before the new weekly book starts to ship.
That is wonderful news! Since it is green-lighted in the Lying in the Gutters column, I feel great hearing that. DC has done a nice job on 52 and it looks like Countdown will be no different. Yay!
Those are the pieces of news that really caught my eye tonight- both for completely different reasons. What do you think of the content change? Are you planning to pick up Countdown?
Have a wonderful evening!