Notice anything missing from the DC section of Diamond Distributors’ list of books to be released next week…? Here’s a clue: It’s been the top-selling book for the last few months, and an embarrassing – but not necessarily surprising – choice for the first New 52 book to miss a scheduled ship date. Yes, Justice League #5 has been delayed according to current shipping updates, fulfilling every naysayer’s expectations since Jim Lee was announced as the series artist.
The book is apparently only slipping a week, but given its third week placement in DC’s monthly schedule, that makes it perilously close to slipping a calendar month in future. Lee is also off the book for #7 and #8 (Gene Ha is filling in with #7, #8′s artist hasn’t been revealed yet, I don’t think…?), allowing the book to get back on time if #6 stays on the later schedule, but nonetheless: the flagship of the line shipping late is sure to cause some red faces over at DC – and if it manages to slip into another month altogether, it’ll also impact the publisher’s bottom line. What is the likelihood that we’ll see some unannounced fill-in artist helping Lee with #6 to ensure that doesn’t happen?