If DC was hoping to get retailers buzzing about this month’s foil covers for select books, this probably isn’t what they had in mind. Retailers and customers across the country are reporting that nearly all copies of Batman #56, one of three foil-covered DC books this week, are arriving in stores damaged. The issue is significant crinkling/creasing around 1/8th of an inch from the spine, as evidenced in the photos below:
While the damage doesn’t hinder the reading experience, it’s certainly inconvenient for those who want pristine copies for their collections, and after the Batman #50 debacle DC didn’t need to give retailers another reason to be annoyed about the publisher’s top-selling book. This also comes hot on the heels of the Batman: Damned controversy, which caught a lot of retailers by surprise, though at least that was a book they could still sell without any damage caveats.
It’s interesting that only the foil Batman comic appears to have been impacted. The other two books featuring foil covers this week, Green Lanterns and Green Arrow, appear to have made it from the printer unscathed. The foil on those two books is silver, while on Batman it’s gold, so perhaps there was a different printing process used for Batman that ultimately resulted in the damage.
While retailers have already made the publisher aware of the issue, there’s been no word yet from DC on it, or whether a reprint will be offered. As of this writing the foil Batman #56 is still available from Diamond, though the non-foil variant cover has sold out. More on this as it develops.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.