Official Press Release
Continuing its current string of sold-out issues, DC Comics announces that THE FLASH #200 (MAY030174), BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS #1 (JUN030151), EMPIRE #1 (MAY030173) and FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 (JUN030177) have all sold out at the publisher.
"Once again, these issues all flew out the door faster than anticipated, even with significant overprints on each of them," says Bob Wayne, DC's VP - Sales & Marketing. "Reader enthusiasm for all these series is very strong, so we urge retailers to increase their orders now."
One day before its in-store date of August 6, BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS #1, sold out at DC one day before its in-store date of August 6. This issue is the first of the highly-anticipated 9-issue miniseries written by Greg Rucka with art and covers by Klaus Janson.
"Klaus and I couldn't be happier to hear about this," says Rucka. "We've put a lot of time and effort into this miniseries, and it's gratifying to have it sell out so quickly."
THE FLASH #200 sold out at DC one week after its in-store date of July 30.
"Response to the 'Blitz' storyline blew away all our expectations," says Geoff Johns. "With all the talk about the ending of #200, I've got high hopes for the months ahead. It's a good time to be a FLASH fan."
Following the speedy sell-out of its first issue, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 sold out at DC almost a week before its in-store date of August 6.
"I'm delighted to discover that our patented brand of neo-vaudeville idiocy hasn't gone out of style," says J.M. DeMatteis. "We all slipped back into our old roles with alarming ease on this project and it's been as much fun the second time around as it was the first."
"I'd just like to offer heartfelt thanks to the readers out there," says Keith Giffen. "It's a tough market and every little bit helps."
EMPIRE #1 sold out at DC one week after its in-store date of July 30.
"Emperor Golgoth is pleased by this development, and has promised to temporarily curtail the ritual lashings of comics retailers everywhere in response," says Mark Waid.
DC has no plans to go back to press on these issues at this time, and will continue to evaluate each on a case-by-case basis.