Alias Ships Out of Order

Alias hasn’t shipped any regular comics since November 9, when they released Killer Stunts Inc #4, Lethal Instinct #4 (both originally due in July), Sixgun Samurai #2, and XIII #3 (both due August).

Now they’re sending out some more titles. According to their message boards (link no longer available), shipping next Wednesday, December 21 are:

  • 10th Muse #8
  • David Shepherds Song Vol 1 TP
  • Hyperactives #0
  • Legend of Isis #7
  • Lethal Instinct #5
  • XIII #5

You may have noticed that they’ve never shipped XIII #4. A check of shipping lists also reveals that they also skipped 10th Muse #7 and Legend of Isis #6. Their previous issues, #6 and #5 respectively, shipped November 2 (due September). I guess that’s one way to try and catch up on perpetually late comics! Yet another screwup from a company best known for them.

Update: I notice that Alias is also promising Legend of Isis #10 and 10th Muse #11 for February 2006, which means that they’re promising to put out three more issues of each title in the next two months. Even if they can manage that, shortening the time that each issue has to sell is likely to depress overall sales.

Update 2: Reportedly, the skipped titles did make it out to some stores last week. I haven’t yet seen an explanation for the spotty distribution. Regardless, shipping two issues in two weeks doesn’t give retailers much time to sell the books.


7 Responses to “Alias Ships Out of Order”

  1. Sebastian Says:

    Also “David Shepherds Song #3 (of 3)” has not shipped yet and now they’re putting out the trade. WTH? >_

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, that’s a shame for the readers following that series. I can understand why economics drive those sorts of decisions, but it teaches readers not to buy miniseries at all.

  3. Sebastian Says:

    On the other hand, this is still second-hand information. Diamond’s shipping list isn’t online yet and the initial poster in the thread you linked just copied information from the midtowncomics.com website. I, for once, have no idea how reliable that website is. We’ll know more tonight, when Diamond posts their list.

    ~Sebastian

  4. Sebastian Says:

    …and all confirmed by Diamond. So much for that. *sigh*

    ~Sebastian

  5. Lisa Lopacinski Says:

    As I said in my Speakeasy comments, the one thing that turns people off to a comic, and a publisher for that matter, it’s LATENESS. The general public will put up with it, to some extent, from the big two, because they have to. But they generally won’t tollerate it from these new, smaller guys. Retailers thought that Alias put too much out too fast, and it seems that we were right.

  6. Sebastian Says:

    I got David #3 and Opposite Forces #4 at my LCS today… two series finished, so far so good. That delay and the books not showing up on the online shipping lists seems to have been at least as much Diamond’s fault as Alias’s, this time around.

  7. Johanna Says:

    You’re right, it’s likely that Diamond is part of the problem — although one would hope that a publisher stayed on top of its releases enough to realize when there were problems, work with the distributor to get them solved, and answer customer questions about them.

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