So hot off the press is a release from Image. Looks like the new Kirkman and de Felici book Oblivion Song will be over printed to avoid second prints and beyond. Talk about killing the spec value of a book.
They sure are putting a lot of faith in this book. Or perhaps just piggy backing off Kirkman’s popular name. Perhaps this will be bigger than I anticipate but honestly, I’ve read the first issue and I don’t see this as being as big as they think it will be.
From the press release:
The highly-anticipated OBLIVION SONG #1 by Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE) and Lorenzo de Felici will launch in comic book stores on Wednesday, March 7th. There will be no additional printings for this launch issue, so fans are encouraged to add this sure-to-be-hit series to their pull lists and hit their local comic shops in time to snag their copy.
“The response to this new series from the retailer community has been overwhelming so far, and it looks like this launch is shaping up to be huge,” said Kirkman. “Lorenzo and I are thrilled. I know keeping a new series on the stands so new fans can get caught up when issue #2 comes out and beyond is extremely important to the life of a new series. That said, I want people to be able to get the first printing of issue #1 to add to their collection. So we’re going to avoid selling out in the first place by printing enough to hopefully meet or exceed what all indications say will be a massive demand.”
A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them, but after many years, they gave up. Nathan Cole…won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those still living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe…Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?
The collector’s edition of the debut issue of OBLIVION SONG features an exclusive limited edition variant cover by de Felici! It comes with a statue (11”) based on the cover to OBLIVION SONG #1, an exclusive print, and a collector’s pin. These items will only be available in this limited edition set (limited to 1,000).
OBLIVION SONG #1 (Diamond Code JAN180587) and OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #1 COLLECTORS EDITION (Diamond Code JAN180599) will be available on Wednesday, March 7th.
Poyo sadly recommends if you’ve pre-ordered multiple copies of this book, feel free to cancel such order or change to 1 copy. This book’s spec worthiness just got thrown out the window with this type of news. Sure they’re in the business of attracting readers but this may back fire on Image if the book doesn’t take off like they certainly anticipate.