Artist Gary Frank confirmed today that Doomsday Clock will switch from a monthly schedule to bi-monthly.
On Twitter, Frank discussed the reasoning behind the schedule switch up.
Sorry. It was always foreseen that there would be a break between 4 and 5.
But no one wants to miss shipping or have to cut back on the complexity. I’m hoping that we can use this to get enough of a cushion to switch back to monthly at some point.
— Gary Frank (@1moreGaryFrank) January 22, 2018
Initially, Doomsday Clock was solicited as a monthly series. It also had scheduled breaks in March and August. However, the Watchmen/DCU crossover series will be released every other month starting in May with issue #5.
Doomsday Clock Delays: Good or Bad?
It appears in a way to prevent indefinite delays and maintain high quality, DC is changing the scheduling. It is a smart move to make. Any series delays will inevitably disappoint comic fans. But DC is at least allowing their retailers to plan ahead and anticipate releases of a high-demand comic series. Unlike other late comics- literally every Kevin Smith Marvel comic- kept comic shop owners on the hook and made readers lose interest in the comic. At least a regular, elongated schedule will allow comic book shops to plan ahead.
January 24, 2018 will release Doomsday Clock #3.