Over on his Tumblr, Neil Gaiman has ‘fessed up that it was his grueling tour for his new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane—which took him across the US and back again for a two-month period—which was to blame:
Sure. I understand your disappointment and sympathise. We’re both really sorry about the delay. It’s unprofessional, and is mostly due to the giant signing tour I was on from June, and me not getting script written on the tour, with knock-on effects. We’re hoping it’ll be the only delay though.
The delay has incensed the internet and doubtless left people at DC feeling sad. However, can anyone doubt that the second issue will still sell pretty well?