Sandman Overture # 1 hit stores on October 30th and while it was expected to ship every other month with issue two coming in this December, Diamond has notified retailers that issue two has been pushed to February with orders for the solicited December issue cancelled outright. People are predictably blaming artist JH Williams for the delay and expressing disappointment over a series that had over a year of lead-in time already being affected by delays. This is yet another blow to DC’s image that it doesn’t need right now. The response to the first issue, at least from my standpoint in the retail end of things, was overwhelmingly positive. I don’t imagine that this delay will affect sales all that much, as those who were dead set on picking up the issues of Sandman will do so no matter when they hit stands, but at a time when DC needs fewer bullet points for the online community to take pot shots at you can imagine that one of their most hyped and anticipated series seeing a two month delay is at the top of the pile for things they don’t want to deal with.
Sam Humphries made the announcement on his Tumblr page that his run on Uncanny X-Force will be coming to an end with issue number 17 early next year. This comes as sad news to me, who only yesterday started reading the series on the suggestion of my co-worker who praised it as the best X-book on the stands right now. I am currently loving all the x-books and think everyone working on those titles are doing a bang-up job, with major props to Brian Wood and Brian Bendis for revitalizing the line after my own interest had started to flag a little bit.
Uncanny X-Force is indeed every bit as good as my cohort describes. If you aren’t reading it you should definitely give it a read. It has a very distinct voice when coupled with all the other X-books. Humphries instills characters like Psylocke and Storm with a boldness and unique voice that I personally feel they have sorely lacked in the past. Also, anybody who has the good sense to realize that Puck deserves to get some of the spotlight from time to time deserves a whole heap of praise.
Humphries and Garney put together a truly special x-book that I am sad to see go. I wish I would have been able to go along for the ride from the beginning. I’ll follow through with it to the end now, though. I hope I’m not alone.