It seems like Marvel fans should get themselves prepared for the pretty bad news! Comic Fans should Brace themselves as publishing giant is halting production on approximately one-third of all of its May and June releases. This is going to be effective immediately.
A Sudden Delay In Marvel Comic Books Is Disappointing Fans Worldwide!
Considering the recent turn of events due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Diamond Comic Distributors, one of the industry’s largest distributors has announced that they will be halting all deliveries indefinitely.
This implies that many of the comic book shops that sell online will also have little or no new incoming product. Considering that several publishers use Diamond distributors as their exclusive distributors, this implies that it means a lot of empty store shelves.
As the impact and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Diamond Comic Distributors has made the difficult decision to postpone Free Comic Book Day 2020 to a date later in the summer.
— Diamond Comic Distributors (@DCD_Nexus) March 19, 2020
The Delay Is Announced Keeping The Recent Turn Of Events In Mind!
A spokesperson has addressed the issue and stated that this sudden announcement is taken in order to help spread the number of publishing products over the coming weeks and months. However, there’s absolutely no reason to worry as the creators who have worked at on the titles will be compensated for the works completed to date. So, while a delay has been officially announced we don’t know when this delay will be over. Fans can assume that once the health crisis gets over, everything will be back to normal.
However, every cloud does have a silver lining as it Marvel recently announced that it would be offering free access to some of their comics’ most iconic storylines for free through it’s Marvel Unlimited services. Moreover, many other companies are following a somewhat similar process with Amazon’s ComiXology service recently extending its 30-day free trial period to 60. This is giving fans access to tens of thousands of titles for free while they self-quarantine.