Something that we first caught wind of via Schwapp!!! . . . A friendly word of warning to those wishing to avoid any and all spoilers related to the forthcoming Blackest Night. Avoid like a Zombie Apocalypse any DC Direct product listings for September or October 2009. You may have noticed that we ran the solicitations for April 2009; this includes a DC Direct assortment for four Blackest Night figures.
Here’s the version that we ran (after the jump . . .) AGAIN, SPOILERS. NO COMPLAINING IF YOU GO ON.
Okay, excellent. Three visible characters, and one blacked out. That’s what you saw here. Not so the print version of Previews, or the listing for DC’s April 2009 products at Diamond Comics.com. As you can see, the fourth figure is revealed in the ordering information as the Black Lantern Earth-2 Superman.
In fact, in the print version, not only is the figure completely visible, so is the NEXT assortment of Blackest Night figures, which features GL John Stewart, Sinestro Corps horroshow Kryb, one of the as-yet-unseen-in-action Indigo Lanterns, and ANOTHER Black Lantern, Martian Manhunter.
While we understand the necessity of listing the figures for order many months in advance, a regular practice for DC Direct, this would seem to be a big blow to the element of suspense being cultivated in the run-up to Blackest Night itself. Granted, theories have already been flying around due to convention panels and what-have-you regarding the oft-repeated statement “The Dead Will Rise”, but having photos show up well ahead of the actual appearance has to blunt some of the effect. A casual reader flipping through Previews could be very annoyed by this. Thoughts?