Wonder Woman Officially Bimonthly

DC Comics just sent out a news update:

Please note that beginning now, WONDER WOMAN will be published on a bimonthly schedule.

WONDER WOMAN #3 (JUN060222) is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in stores on October 11.

All orders on WONDER WOMAN #4 (JUL060198) have been cancelled. This issue will be resolicited in the October Previews (Volume XVI #10), scheduled to arrive in stores in December.

Beginning now? How about beginning with #1?

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9 Responses to “Wonder Woman Officially Bimonthly”

  1. Craig Says:

    Remember when slipping to a bimonthly schedule meant that the comic was close to cancellation? I kind of miss those days….

    Of course, I don’t really miss Don Heck’s artwork, either, so I guess I’m torn…

    I really wonder if there was any lead time given to either writer or artist for this book. Why is it necessary to rush? Wouldn’t having 12 books out on time be more profitable? That’s a genuine question, I’m not just being facetious.
    craig

  2. Johanna Says:

    The writer has TV commitments, which I’m guessing is part of the problem.

    And yes, 12 issues of a moderately successful title will tend to make more money than 6 or fewer issues of a highly successful one.

  3. George Says:

    Well, at least it’s getting easier and easier to just decide not to follow this book at all in serial format. A bi-monthly WW with a restored secret identity cliche, nostalgia for the spinning-into-costume routine, and the white jumpsuit isn’t something I’m really interested in. Now if only DC will decide to extend its tpb collections of the Perez era through the end of his run as writer–there’s a non-monthly WW I’d buy.

  4. Jer Says:

    I was actually counting on the book running late for bugetary reasons anyway – an official announcement of bi-monthly for the book is more a confirmation of reality than a change of status. Thanks DC for cutting my purchase of Wonder Woman from $3 per month to $1.50, you’ve saved me $18 per year!

    And I remember back in the day when artists were almost exclusively the culprits in the “late book” phenomenon – its strange to me that writers are having these kinds of problems – especially TV writers who normally write for “hour” long serials. It would seem to be that by their pacing, roughly 10 minutes of action takes place in a comic book (or less, if you’re Joss Whedon), so four issues would be roughly equivalent to 1 full script. Not that I’m condoning that style of pacing, but that’s how they seem to be writing it. I know they write in teams for TV and all, but 1 full script every 4 months doesn’t seem like it would be overwhelming. Maybe I’m wrong and the process isn’t as seamless as that, but the books I’ve read from TV-writer crossovers (including Heiberg’s own Young Avengers) seem to match that style of pacing.

  5. Johanna Says:

    George, I didn’t review #1 because it all seemed so generic to me. I know part of that is my changing taste, but I think part is also that the book is being built by-the-numbers.

    Jer, I think there’s a learning curve that’s often underestimated. Not everyone can start writing comics effectively — there are unique qualities to the medium that need to be understood and mastered.

  6. James Schee Says:

    Hmmm it could be interesting to see if 6 issues of this book actually get out before 3 issues of Hughes All Star Wonder Woman which doesn’t start until next year.:)

  7. Jer Says:

    Johanna,

    I think you may be being too generous with the learning curve aspect – I think it may just be priorities. The comic companies seem to be more understanding with “schedule slip” for writers and artists than the TV folks are – understandably, because the money invested in TV is huge and the stakes are high. When a writer starts to prioritize, the fact that missing a TV deadline might cause him some heavy pain on his career while missing a comic book deadline will get some pained phone calls from his editor probably plays into it a bit.

    I’m sure you’re right, at least some of it is learning curve – writing for comics SHOULD be quite different than writing for TV, or movies, or novels, or what have you. But Heinberg’s Young Avengers just drip with TV writing – especially in the pacing. The way his books read, I guess I just think his TV writing skills should be helping him crank out the scripts, not hurting him that much.

  8. Lyle Says:

    The comic companies seem to be more understanding with “schedule slip” for writers and artists than the TV folks are – understandably, because the money invested in TV is huge and the stakes are high.

    That’s a good point, Jer… especially if one is writing for a show like Grey’s Anatomy where a late script can have consequences similar to Civil War being delayed (since the network can’t skip ahead and show the next completed episode).

  9. Johanna Says:

    I agree, TV is likely seen as much more important by everyone concerned.

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