DC Holds BATMAN, INCORPORATED #3 for One Month Out of Respect for Aurora Victims

Today DC Comics informed retailers that they will wait on the sale of Batman, Incorporated #3 for an extra month, out of respect for the shooting victims in Aurora, CO this past week. The official reason, and it sounds like a fair one, is because of “content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events”. I confirmed this with my retailer, and artist Chris Burham also confirmed it on Twitter, referring to “grim imagery” in the book:

Burnham later added:


and:

The issue was slated for release this coming Wednesday, but will instead be released on August 22. Some retailers might receive their copies, and DC have asked them to hold on to them instead of stocking the shelves. If you see one out there, some retailer is being a jerk. It’s a classy move on the part of DC comics, and we’ve just got to wait a little longer for more of Grant Morrison’s tale. We can handle that.

Comments

  1. MegaPhilip MegaPhilip says:

    Not gonna lie, I’m a little bummed, but I respect the move on DC’s part. Looking forward to next month.

  2. KillTheG1mp KillTheG1mp says:

    Hmmmm… sucks but it is comprehensible.

    CBR has a 3-page preview, ya know, just to put some salt on top of the wound. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=13058

  3. lifesend lifesend says:

    I think’s they’re delaying it to ensure Burnham stays ahead of schedule.

  4. koryrosh koryrosh says:

    I agree with Josh that its a very class move, and it makes me proud to be a DC fan.

  5. daningotham daningotham says:

    Very class move. I don’t mind waiting at all. Like koryrosh said, makes me proud to be a DC fan.

  6. Sucks it had to happen but it is classy on everyone’s part for doing it.

    Although now I am a bit scared on what Morrison put into this issue to get such a reaction.

  7. Mykey Mykey says:

    Damnit.

  8. LuckyLouie13 says:

    So then there is no “grim imagery” in Batman – The Dark Knight, since it will be released this week? This seems more like a business decision than a classy move. This just puts unnecessary hype around a book that has absolutely nothing to do with the tragic events of this past weekend. If anything, this move will probably boost the sales of this book because of increased curiosity.

    • GKFinns GKFinns says:

      They said there is a specific scene that reminded them too closely of what happened. Perhaps there is a scene in which a gunman shoots a bunch of civilians? Who knows. But whatever it is, it was a class move on DC to delay the book out of respect.

    • LuckyLouie13 says:

      I got the book today and it’s pretty tame for a Bat-book.

  9. Kzinti says:

    What about the release of the Dark Knight #11 also released this coming Wednesday? I can totally understand holding back the Batman books out of respect, but not one over the other, unless it is just due to the Batman being in the name of the book.

  10. optic00085 optic00085 says:

    Much respect.

  11. kahones kahones says:

    Big ups to DC for doing the right (albeit small) thing!

  12. I think they are doing some classy things here and i applaud their efforts to help.

    I hear Warners is working with the governor to donate a large sum of money for the victims and organizing more fundraising, but keeping the amount hush hush so as to not create headlines and such.

  13. jwt6577 jwt6577 (@jwt6577) says:

    First and more importantly, good on DC for showing sensitivity.

    Second and more selfishly, this is the last book on my DCBS order for the month. Anyone know if they’ll ship without it?

    • Typically with DCBS, if a book is delayed it will just ship in the following shipment next month. You can see what books haven’t shipped and their individual status’ on the DCBS website.

  14. Could someone explain to me why this is a “classy” move?

    Would pulling the film out of theaters for a month be a classy move as well?

    • 1SinMuse 1SinMuse says:

      Classy as in they’re not smearing salt in an open wound and are instead giving it a little time out of respect and acknowledgment of the tragedy. You know, classy.

    • personally i think they should have pulled it for the weekend as a sign of respect and mourning, but i understand why that was basically impossible.

    • Also its probable this issue contains a scene reminiscent of the tragedy. I’m guessing that’s more the reason then anything else.

    • 1SinMuse, you seem to understand what is classy.

      Answer my second question and explain if it would be more classy to pull the film for a month or push back a Batman comic for a month?

      Now, if the comic has a scene of a theater shooting, then I totally understand it.

    • 1SinMuse 1SinMuse says:

      Scorpion, I thank its more classy to push back the comic, it shows respect for the tragedy as well as not reopening wounds. As the tweets up top say the creators see things in the comic that are inappropriate at this time and have wisely chosen to delay it a bit.

      It would be respectful and or “classy” to pull the film as well but one could argue that by doing so would be letting the shooter win, by giving into fear and compromise.

  15. Sensei44 Sensei44 says:

    Very respectful move on DC’s part. Ignore the naysayers.

  16. sitara119 sitara119 says:

    cool, DC. very cool.

  17. BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

    That sucks. I love this book. Is everything going to be all better a month from now? Are we gonna spend 4 weeks speculating about what happens in this issue?

    It’s sad that a great movie and great book are getting tied-in, through not fault of their own, to some weirdo loser the world despises.

  18. MisterKyleW MisterKyleW says:

    I get the feeling that some of the “naysayers” here aren’t understanding that they aren’t just holding this book for a month simply because it’s a Batman book. The article and Burnham’s tweets clearly say that it’s primarily the content of this particular issue that concerned DC. Good move on their part.

    • MisterKyleW MisterKyleW says:

      Just to clarify, I don’t want to generalize that statement to every dissenting opinion out there. I’m certainly not referring to all naysayers, only some.

  19. KariHudd KariHudd says:

    This isn’t class, this is drivel. First, this isn’t a main Batman book. Second, I don’t think even 100,00 people buy this book, who from Aurora that was directly effected by this tragedy, is going to pick this book up and say this is insensitive. Nothing can trivialize or debase a mass murder, especially a comic book. Should movie theaters close down for a month, should the batman movie stop playing for a month, should people turn in their guns for a month? No, well, I would say yes to the last question, but the point is; DC comics has a hidden agenda behind this. I also think it is hubristic and presumptuous to think, putting back your book is showing respect. Send the victims some money if you want to show them respect. After all, people were killed going to see a character you own.

    • KariHudd KariHudd says:

      *100,000

    • JSAkid JSAkid says:

      “Hidden agenda”…that just sounds paranoid. If there’s content in the book that they feel is “too close to home” like probably a mass shooting in the issue it is a respectful move DC’s part but in a broader sense if they really wanna show respect they should hold all the Bat titles a month. If you can’t wait a month for a comic book, you seriously need to get a life but then if they do that some lonely nut case might actually pull another killing rogues gallery style.

  20. WheelHands WheelHands says:

    I was looking forward to the book, but I can live with this. Books are delayed all the time. All least in this case there’s a valid reason. I can’t believe the people who are claiming that DC has some shady scheduling agenda. If Burnham or Morrison were behind, we would just be forced to wait without so much as a tweet, let alone an official statement. If anything, this allows Burnham a little breathing room. And if it means we get top shelf Burnham work for the rest of the run, I like the idea even more.

    Let’s get some perspective, people. It’s just a comic book.

    • daningotham daningotham says:

      “Let’s get some perspective, people. It’s just a comic book.”

      Exactly. People were killed, I’m fine waiting to read this comic book for a month. Plus I read that this run will end at issue #12. So we might as well savor them.

  21. This is dumb. I don’t feel as if I’m being insensitive in saying that. The book is going to be released eventually. I don’t understand what the delay is going to solve aside from a couple “too soon” comments.

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      You really don’t understand what the delay is going to solve?

      Now I don’t know what’s in the book, but for the sake of making the simplest argument here, let’s say the book features a massacre in a movie theater. It probably doesn’t, but that doesn’t matter, at this point ANY scene of a killing in a confined public setting is going to make some people uncomfortable.

      So if DC releases this book 5 days after a similar incident has happened IN REAL LIFE, the media narrative becomes “Batman comics — and comics and entertainment media in general — incite real life violence”. That’s been the narrative for years, and it moves in cycles, peaking whenever a tragedy occurs. We’re not here to argue the veracity of that narrative, that’s not the point.

      The point is this — whatever profits DC loses on this book by holding it a month pales in comparison to the shit-storm they’d experience if this book were released with the “grim imagery” so soon after an actual event.

      So if you break it down in a crass way, who should DC upset? A small number of fanboys who care more about their fiction than their reality? Or the large number of people who (thanks to the media) would take serious offense (justified or not) resulting in metric shit-tons of bad PR?

      The way I see it — there are 12 Batman fans who will NEVER get to read this book. Why should I give the tiniest piece of shit if I have to wait 30 days? There are more important things to stress over.

    • @KenOchalek Exceptionally well stated. Nice job.

  22. Sherlock19 Sherlock19 says:

    If it makes a majority of people feel comfortable about an incredibly uncomfortable situation, I’m cool with waiting a month.

  23. This is what the phrase “letting the terrorists win” means. Batman has nothing to do with that shooting except on the most superficial level. The guy was crazy. If not for Batman, he would have been obsessed with something else, Power Rangers, Doctor Who, whatever. DC should put out a statement saying they’re sad, because everyone is sad. Nothing beyond that is needed. Unless you got shot or someone who know got shot, your moralizing is just grief whoring.

    I think I’m being reasonable but you can go ahead and call me a dick. Just don’t delete this. It isn’t trolling, it’s the truth.

    • I’d respect them a lot more if they removed the film from the theaters than just pushing back a Batman comic book.

      That would tell me they were serious about being classy and sensitive even though I don’t think they should be pushing anything back or removing anything.

      It is not like Morrison is trying to capitalize off the situation in this issue.

      By removing the movie from the theater, they would lose a ton of money and that would make me think that a megacorporation might actually care more about people than money.

      I haven’t seen the film, but I got to assume that there could be some sensitivity issues with guns and mass killing done by lunatics somewhere in it.

    • adrianrigter adrianrigter says:

      @willupsbrighton, i don’t think anyone on the planet has defined “Letting the terrorists win” as “delaying a comic four weeks”.

      And what you call grief whoring i call basic empathy. It’s something humans have, though i can think of a couple of exceptions.

    • I said I was empathic right in my comment. People died. Everyone is sad. I’m sad but there’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing DC can do either. Delaying a comic book one month isn’t going to help, it’s just jumping of the grief bandwagon. Like people on September 11th who were like “my step dad’s ex-girlfriend was in the Twin Towers!”

    • BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

      I kind of agree with you WB – I don’t think you’re being a dick. Holding a comic back a month isn’t going to fix anything about this horrible situation.

      And Scorpion – pulling the movie from the theaters? How is that fair to the director/actors/movie studios/theaters/fans/etc? How does that make anything better?

      If people really wanted to do something, they would work to prevent guns from getting into the hands of lunatics – but it seems like the NRA support and “American freedom” are so strong that not a damn thing will get done. It would accomplish a hell of a lot more than pulling a movie that is a victim of some wannabee badass nut.

    • kzap kzap says:

      I’m inclined to agree with you although I hate the phrase “letting the terrorists win”. Clearly delaying a comic book wasn’t the guys intention so I’d hardly count this as him winning.
      But I also agree the book shouldn’t be delayed, sure print a warning with it but nothing more.
      Remember the victims of the tragedy were Batman fans (who else goes to a midnight screening) they would have wanted people to enjoy the series, showing respect to them by delaying people’s enjoyment of a Batman book seems oxymoronic to me.
      That’s like not teaching anyone for a week because some of the people who died in Columbine were teachers, a totally empty gesture that allows people to feel like they’re doing something by in fact doing nothing.
      I understand the reason for this is because some of the imagery in this book may be “too close for comfort” so print a warning with it, if people want to choose to not read it for a week (or a month, or a year) they can do that but surely adults should have the choice to decide what does and doesn’t offend them.
      And honestly I’ve can’t think of any MORE STUPID than pulling the film from theaters, what would that achieve?

  24. Cooper Cooper says:

    To anyone complaining about the delay:

    Would you rather this ‘grim imagery’ was published on Wednesday, the mainstream media got a hold of it, and managed to spin it to make comics look like they were capitalising on a horrific tragedy?

    No matter how long ago this comic was produced, lots of the public will only see it one way: as a reaction to the incident.

    • Those people are stupid. They will still see it the same way a month from now. There’s no point trying to appeal to them.

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      @WillupsBrighton: Yes, those people are probably stupid. But no, they won’t see it the same way a month from now.

      Because they likely won’t even see it at all.

      While I personally believe that DC has some pure motives in delaying the book, there is a realistic motive in that delaying the book keeps whatever “grim imagery” is in it from blowing up in media narrative of this whole incident.

      News organizations will continue to cover the massacre in Aurora until the criminal trial is over, but within a week or so, the level of coverage on this event will drop to almost nothing.

      I’ve heard it said that “the media can’t tell you what to think, but they can tell you what to think about”. And right now, lots of people are thinking about and paying attention to all things Batman. In four weeks, most of those people will be thinking about something else.

    • JDA190 JDA190 says:

      I’ve already seen a segment on Fox News starting to blame the comics for this horrific event.

    • daningotham daningotham says:

      Yeah, everybody is looking to place blame somewhere and to find out ‘why’ he did it right now. That’s all we need is for a Batman comic to come out tomorrow showing gun violence. The media would be all over that. Just like how they blame Marilyn Manson for kids committing suicide.

    • Cooper Cooper says:

      @KenOchalek I should point out that, like yourself, I believe DC has some ‘pure motives’ here. I’m just offering up an additional reason!

      In conclusion, people are stupid.

    • sitara119 sitara119 says:

      @daningotham
      you’re right. some media(of course it would be Fox) are looking to place blame beyond the shooter himself.
      they also tried to blame Marilyn Manson for Columbine, which makes about the same amount of sense as blaming Batman for this theatre incident.

    • kzap kzap says:

      Okay I see you’re point. I do think there’s no ethical reason for delaying the book but if it does keep the mainstream media from attack comics I can understand the decision.

  25. JDC JDC says:

    Good job, DC.

  26. CaseyJustice CaseyJustice says:

    In the language of the statements above, it seems like there was a scene in the book that was similar to the events of that night. That’s why they’re delaying it, not because it’s Batman.

    It’s not letting the terrorists win, it’s not a plot, it’s not pandering to an ignorant media. It’s just decent.

    My hat off to you, DC. If I wore a hat.

  27. flapjaxx flapjaxx says:

    Let’s be honest. There is only a tiny segment of the population that would even know about Batman Inc #3. But if ONE person got offended and leaked the unintentionally offending page to the media, then DC/Warner would have a big problem on their hands. So they pushed the comic back to cover their own ass.

    And Chris Burnham is a slow-as-molasses artist. ALL of Morrison’s Bat-saga has been plagued by slow artists and delays. Shame that the last 12 issues are already getting pushed back. The press release doesn’t say whether #4 and all subsequent issues will be pushed back as well. I bet they will.

    All that said, if the scene really is too close for comfort, then this is probably the right thing for DC to do. Period. But it’s just awfully convenient how it works to cover DC’s ass and give their slow artist more lead time.

    • i don’t know about that. In light of recent events, newspapers and journalists are looking for stories and connections. Its practically a given there will be a few reporters checking out new books on wednesday just to see what the current climate is. I’m sure a “Are comic books too violent?” story is already in editorial queue somewhere at a news organization.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      I totally agree with @wally. You have to be pretty naive to think reporters are going to be at least glancing through every Bat book this month.

  28. Smasher says:

    it’s a classy move but also a defensive one.

    the media would likely take whatever’s incendiary about Batman Inc. #3 and run with it – disparaging DC Comics and Warner Brothers.

    this shouldn’t be about Batman it should be about the people who lost their lives and friends and family who mourn them.

  29. mguy77 mguy77 says:

    Classy move DC. A month is a small price in terms of waiting for a comic. Just take 5 or 10 dollars and donate to a charity of your choice instead.

    Off my soap box.

    Matthew

  30. USPUNX USPUNX says:

    Wow, there certainly are a lot of ignorant people out there. If you don’t understand why DC did this or have to ask “why this is classy,” then I truly feel sorry for you. Putting your need to read a comic a month sooner over a company trying to be sensitive in light of a tragedy is repulsive. We don’t often seen massive companies like DC “do the right thing” so when it happens we should applaud them.

    • mutielover says:

      unless the book is about some guy shooting up a movie theater (which, of course is possible), I dont see how delaying a random book is “classy”. It would be far more impressive if they stopped showing DKR for a weekend or donated part of the proceeds to the family.

      where you see classy, I see PR damage control.

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      @mutielover: I’ll agree that “classy” might not be the best descriptor, but delaying a specific book for a specific reason (there’s nothing “random” here) isn’t damage control.

      Damage control would be whatever PR moves DC/Warner would have to pull if this book came out as scheduled and reopened the wounds of last weekend while also providing ammunition for the “violent media creates real violence” contingent.

      Absolutely no one is meaningfully hurt by delaying this book.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      @mutie: What “damage”? No one (outside of one story on Fox News) is blaming Batman comics for what happened. So how is this damage control and what damage are they controlling? If DC was in damage control mode why wouldn’t they delay ALL Batman comics?

      Ken’s right, maybe classy isn’t the right word but what DC is doing is the right thing.

    • BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

      I understand why there are doing this – I think it’s a decent gesture for a company in terrible situation.

      But what I want to know is, Ken, although no one is hurt by this delay, who is helped?

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      @BCDX97: That’s a fair question. Like you, I believe that DC is trying to the decent thing, but honestly I think the delay ultimately helps them.

      Because of the way media works these days, we ought to assume a lot of attention is being paid to anything with Batman.

      And as others have stated, all it would take is one reporter to look at Batman Inc 3, see something they think is in questionable taste, and then report on it in a manner that gets everyone riled up. But instead of being riled up at a real life mass murderer, folks will be riled up at DC comics.

      So DC benefits by not arming their detractors.

      But I’m not cynical enough to believe that was the primary motive. It may be that DC is acting like an over-protective parent, but I think the delay allows sensitive readers who may have been emotionally affected by the murders more time to process what really happened and what it means before revisiting the same kinds of things in fiction.

      Personally, I’d probably be okay with reading the book this week. But when I saw the movie on Friday night after following the news at work all day, I was a little uncomfortable with the guy dressed as Bane in my theatre (and especially the guy dressed in a black cloth face mask and black duster — not a character this long time Bat-fan recognized). And during the opening scene I couldn’t help but think that the gunshots on screen were loud enough to be mistaken as real gunshots.

      So since everyone reacts to tragedy differently, I think DC’s move could help the more sensitive segments of it’s audience. And it definitely helps DC avoid a lot of negative press.

  31. Kmanifesto says:

    The real testament to this decision will be how comic book buyers respond in a month. Will the book sell more or less?

    What better way to ‘exploit a situation’ than by ‘not exploiting a situation’ and calling attention to it. It’s a catch-22. really.

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to say DC is calling attention to this in order to score corporate sympathy points. They informed their retailer network, the artist made a comment on Twitter about it, and Josh picked up on the threads and reported it to us.

      It’s not like DC issued a press release or anything.

      And Batman Inc has been delayed before (for less understandable reasons) and Morrison fans are pretty conditioned to deal with delays, so I don’t think this affects sales in any significant way.

    • Kmanifesto says:

      KenOchalek stated,”…I don’t think it’s fair to say DC is calling attention to this in order to score corporate sympathy points.”

      That was not my claim. My comment, if explanation is needed, suggests that DC’s decision will net a ‘Catch-22′ situation. Where there is controversy, attention will be given whether you want it or not. Placing your pinky-toe in a pond will still cause a ripple throughout the entire pond.

      The belief that DC sent that e-mail out to their retailers hoping none of the retailers or customers would ask questions, and then, in turn, make its way to the internet where bloggers/commentators can then state their opinion on said action (ie. “classy”) is a bit naive. Decisions like this by DC, regardless of motive, will get people talking. Thus, attention and publicity. It’s Guerilla Marketing 101.

      KenOchalek stated,”…It’s not like DC issued a press release or anything.”

      In the age of viral/social media, a press release isn’t always needed to garnish the same effect. Especially, if you are trying to distance yourself from a possible ‘sticky’ situation.

      KenOchalek stated,”…I don’t think this affects sales in any significant way.”

      By all means it does. Sales are affected immediately. By not coming out tomorrow, they are not selling and will not be reflected for July sales. For a fickle market, a month is a long time.

    • Josh Flanagan Josh Flanagan (@jaflanagan) says:

      I am SO naive.

    • I think honestly the whole cliffhanger of the first issue was Damien being shot and I bieleve they said a six year old got shot and they might hit a little close to home In light of recent events.

    • KenOchalek KenOchalek says:

      I acknowledge the Catch 22 situation, as well as the fact that in the age of social media a tweet can be as big or bigger than a press release, but when you say “What better way to ‘exploit a situation’ than by ‘not exploiting a situation’ and calling attention” it comes across to me as an implication that DC’s decision to delay the book stems from less than honorable intentions (i.e. that they’re delaying the book to capitalize on the buzz works that are quasi-censored tend to generate).

      I can’t say you’re wrong, but that’s an oppressively cynical way to look at things. I know I tend to suffer from an abundance optimist when it comes to comics, but I think DC’s just trying to do the right thing in a crummy situation.

      And I know a delay will affect sales…that’s why I added the phrase “in any significant way”. True, this is a fickle market, but I’d say DC has some experience with delayed Morrison books. Yet they continue to publish Morrison books. This tells me that they’re either bad at their jobs (unlikely) or that his books are profitable no matter when they ship (more likely).

    • Kmanifesto says:

      @Josh Flanagan – Just to be clear, the ‘naive’ statement wasn’t aimed at you, it was directed at those that believe that DC sent the e-mail out to their retailers with the idea that nothing would be made of it. I mentioned your ‘classy’ quote merely as an example of how a message progresses down to the customers (often with color commentary). Now, IF you do believe that DC’s action would go without fanfare then yes, naive is the right word, but, personally, I do not believe you believe that.

      @KenOchalek – “…it comes across to me [...your statement...] is an implication that DC’s decision to delay the book stems from less than honorable intentions.

      I have no way of knowing this. After 17 years in the PR business, it is assumed that when a company does something that goes against a regularly scheduled product release, people will talk.

  32. Delaying a book is one thing, but I’d lose a lot of respect for them if they actually edit out this scene. There’s being “respectful” and then there’s outright “cowardice”, and censoring would be the latter. That’s letting fear dictate the things you want to do in life, and it sends the wrong message.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      Agreed. I feel the same way about the potential re-editing of Gangster Squad. These things were created before the shooting and allowing the tragedy to change them is letting fear dictate action.

    • Josh Flanagan Josh Flanagan (@jaflanagan) says:

      The old DC regime did this several times. This is a definite step forward.

  33. Dont rrly care if its pushed back I can understand if anything it saves me 3bucks to get a soda at TDKR movie when I go see it this weekend.

    • lifesend lifesend says:

      Damn, sodas are that cheap at your local theater?

    • I think there like 3.75 4 bucks but I dot get to go that much cause I dont wanna take my 11 month son to the movies with me don’t know how hes gonna react and dont wanna ruin it for the other people trying to watch the movie.

    • Kmanifesto says:

      A small Coke at my theatre is $5.25, Medium $5.50 and $6.00 for Large. Ridiculous really, but thats what happens when your profits are derived from food sales as opposed to the movies themselves.

    • wow your Theatre is expensive I can get a large Mt. Slushee for 5.50 but it might be one of theose things depends on where you live cause most people dont even know my town exist (Washington, PA).

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      I know your town exists! I live in State College, PA.

    • lifesend lifesend says:

      I’m in NYC and they’re about $5 and change from what I remember. Last time I actually bought something to eat/drink was when I saw the Phantom Menace in 3D. I left work before lunch time, pretty much had the theater to myself.

    • @USPUNX I kno thts kinda close but IDK where that is.

  34. Smasher says:

    Channeling my inner-Rush Limbaugh (ugh). Dude on the cover has burnt orange hair just like ___.
    Sad but it’s really that simple and we haven’t seen the interior pages.

  35. IroncladMerc says:

    Any time one of these big tragedies happens, there seems to be a lot of coincidences in the media, almost as if the collective unconscious knew this was going to happen and it comes out in these “Coincidences”, like the trailer that was playing before the movie, and this comic which most likely has a scene of someone shooting up a movie theater if I read their hint correctly.

  36. daningotham daningotham says:

    I’m going to see it this weekend too. Kind of hard to get excited for it now though. And I’m guessing that was one of the motives of the shooter, to ruin something so many people were looking forward too. And I don’t buy soda at the theater. My Wife’s purse can hold 2 20oz perfectly. ;-)

    • I wish I could get my wife to go see it with me shee refuses cause it’s comic book related and anything comic related she hates even my collection.

  37. I remember the week of the Columbine shooting that WB pulled an episode of Buffy from airing because it depicted a school shooting. The episode eventually aired months later during the summer. It is appropriate and a respectful move if nothing else. Anyone who thinks of secret motives, or is pissed about missing their comic seriously needs to reevaluate their priorities in life.

  38. chelsea chelsea says:

    I think this is definitely a classy choice. It probably would have been worse if they didn’t hold it back for a month. If they stopped playing the movie, that would be defensive and wrong. Also, they’re not holding back the comic just because it’s a Batman comic,and it’s not just a random Batman book. I think this is a well thought out decision about the specific content of the comic. Like @Jeremy Carrier said, they’re not editing the comic, that would be outrageous, they’re just holding it back for a measly month. Out of respect. It’s a good thing.

  39. MaxPower MaxPower says:

    How about we just re-visit this topic in a month when the book is released and we see what the content is. If there is anything even resembling a shooting of innocent civilians, then how could we possibly criticize this decision? If the content is only tangentially related, then there can be debate of DC over-reacted or what have you. Until then, I’m willing to take the company and the artist who actually drew the images at their word and consider this a move motivated by genuine respect to the situation and those affected.

  40. LucasEwalt says:

    I got my copy early this morning. My LCS forgot about this, and then when I asked about it they were like, “oh, sh**… and pulled the rest of them off the shelf. (I think they said they’d only sold a few so far that day.) But he let me keep mine for reminding him. So… If anyone wants to know what the controversy is about, I can let you know.

  41. Asked a retailer earlier if they’ve got the copies and he said they have them but keeping them till next month. Good job. Also asked him if he’s read it. He did… Could I blame him?

  42. scottsisco scottsisco says:

    I was shocked when this book was in my stack today. My shop said they were giving it to customers with the book on their pull list but not putting it on the shelf for everyday off the street customers. I will say, on first flip through it’s not immediately apparent what the problem is. There is violence sure, but about the usual for this book. Again, that’s when flipping through the book. I’m going to have to read the book to get the context and why it was pulled.

    http://instagram.com/p/NhRWqvzKaD/

    • LucasEwalt says:

      I think it was on the first page where the person posing as a teacher pulled a gun on a classroom of students. No shots fired or anything, but that was the closest thing I could find to anything that related to the recent tragedy.

  43. Aireannaiel says:

    Don’t censor the art. Don’t let him feel like he’s affected us. It’s not the first scene to show what it does. It won’t be the last.

  44. AquaPimp82 AquaPimp82 says:

    By holding this book DC is letting the terrorists win.

  45. Jr. Wormwood Jr. Wormwood says:

    Got mine today. I guess I get why they’re doing what they’re doing. I still think I’m the only one in the world who doesn’t think this book is that great. And I’ll wait for everyone else to get their hands on it, but I think the art is already starting to go downhill.

  46. Agent Graves Agent Graves says:

    Read this and even after being told there is inappropriate imagery in it, I still don’t know what they’re referring to. Lame.