On the heels of the release of the newest issue of Doomsday Clock comes the announcement that the series will undergo a scheduling change. The writer and mastermind behind the series, Geoff Johns, took to Twitter today to announce that the series will now shift to a bi-monthly schedule.
"We're shifting to bi-monthly," the author's tweet reads. "I know how disappointing that is, truly. We are trying our best work with 32 pages an issue and going down to 20 pages a month was not an option for us."
The comic series, written by Johns and illustrated by artist Gary Frank, was originally billed as a monthly 12-issue series that would run for a year, but is proving to take longer than anticipated to create. Rather than reduce the number of pages per issue or bringing in fill-in artists, Johns, Frank and DC Comics have adjusted the scheduling.
Delays between issues aren't unheard of in the comic book industry, especially when important event series and big creative talents are involved. Doomsday Clock is an ambitious project, and twelve 32-page issues on a monthly schedule always seemed like a bit of a challenge, especially considering Frank's highly-detailed artwork.
"We'd rather tell you when it's coming out than just be late," Johns said in a follow-up tweet. This means that the series, which was supposed to reach its conclusion in December of 2018, will now reach its end well into 2019. The series has been promoted as taking place roughly a year into the future of the DC Universe, so it remains to be seen how this scheduling change might affect plans for the rest of DC's series.
Doomsday Clock #3 is in stores now.