Dark Horse’s Escapist Secret

Did you know that Dark Horse’s latest promotional-priced series launch, The Escapist #1, is a reprint? The story was previously published in Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #8. (Gee, I wonder, with a title like that, why a relaunch with a shorter name would be a good idea?)

I didn’t, either — probably because Dark Horse didn’t bother to mention it to anyone. It wasn’t in Previews, where all relevant order information is supposed to be listed. Sounds to me like Dark Horse should make orders returnable, because some customers and retailers were misinformed about what it was they were buying.

Update: Reportedly, Dark Horse has agreed and the comics will be returnable.

3 Responses to “Dark Horse’s Escapist Secret”

  1. Ralf Haring Says:

    What an incredibly shady move on Dark Horse’s part. Presumably anyone buying the old Escapist title would still be buying the new one, so they couldn’t have thought no one would notice.

  2. Randy Lander Says:

    So here’s a question… if a comic reprints something nobody has read, is it still a reprint? :)

    I don’t know where I picked up the info (osmosis, maybe?), but I knew that the first issue of Escapists #1 was a reprint when I ordered it for my shop. The $1 price point was the clue that sealed the deal. Not arguing that Dark Horse should have made it clear, but this seems more like a slip-up than anything malicious.

    Of course, I could be biased, as I quite liked the story, and was pleased to see it get a new life in a format that I thought I might actually be able to sell, unlike the pricey and difficult to move Escapist anthology.

  3. Johanna Says:

    But the 25-cent introductory Conan wasn’t a reprint. The price is a hint, but it’s not a certainty.

    Dark Horse should have made clear it was a reprint in the ordering information. Once that omission was pointed out to them, they should have immediately announced it was returnable instead of it even being a question. That’s the only thing I think they did wrong.

    The Escapist comics have had amazing lineups, but they’ve been way too expensive for what they were, in my opinion. This series ditches the anthology approach, right?




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