Hey everyone, for the last couple of weeks it’s been extremely difficult to keep track of all the IDW TMNT releases as it seems there are multiple different stories going around about what’s shipping when. Not sure if this is Diamond’s issue (likely) or something else but I’ve been feverishly researching this and I think I have a good-enough handle on things to provide what I’d call a “90% certainty” update for you on some titles.
CONFIRMED First, let’s start with the TMNT Global Conquest editions. I’m not sure if you’ve all been in the same boat as me with the recent planned releases of the editions but I haven’t seen a single one of these appear anywhere yet (including in both of my comics orders – 1 state-side and 1 International). Well, that may be because it seems that they’ve been delayed until Jan. 18. Again, I have not yet been able to nail down a cause here but based on my conversations with local comic shops the finger seems to point at Diamond’s distribution problems. Oh what fun a comic distribution monopoly is, right?
Second, both the Michelangelo #2 Cover RI A and the IDW TMNT #4 RI B (25 copy incentive), while already released, seem to be extremely difficult issues to find (especially the latter of the two). Again, these are both missing from my my online orders and I’ve found only one in my local comic shop. The cause? Well, it seems that many of these copies arrived to vendors and comic shops heavily damaged or in extremely poor condition. As an example of the type of damage…one local comic shop told me they opened their Diamond box and found their only copy of the #4 RI B folded nearly in half and stuffed alongside the edge of the box. WTF Diamond !?!?
CONFIRMED Lastly, here’s some inside info. that I’m not yet ready to set in stone but all signs point to being true. IDW TMNT #6 looks to be delayed until Jan. 25 (one week delay). I heard rumors of this earlier in the week and just today I found a source that confirmed it. Since I can’t find this change with multiple sources yet we’ll leave this in “unconfirmed” status for now.
OK, I hope that gets you up to date on the state of IDW TMNT comics for the time being. Have a great weekend!