Alias Ships Out of Order
Alias Comics 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 , 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.