DC Postpones BATMAN INC. #3 Due to Aurora Shootings


DC Comics is postponing the release date of this week’s Batman Incorporated #3, in light of Friday's shootings in Aurora, Colorado.

In a statement released Monday to comic book retailers, DC Entertainment said:

"Out of respect for the victims and families in Aurora, Colorado DC Entertainment has made the decision to postpone the release of Batman Incorporated #3 for one month because the comic contains content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events. We request that retailers do not make this issue available as previously solicited. Its new on sale date is August 22, 2012. This includes all versions of Batman Incorporated #3, previously set to go on sale 7/25 and arriving at retail on Tuesday 7/24 and Wednesday 7/25."

"All versions" includes the main edition and the variant, b&w variant and Digital Combo Pack versions.

The digital version will also be postponed.

DC urging retailers not to put the issue on sale clearly means some or all issues are on their way or will arrive at retail locations Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chris Burnham, artist on the book, said on twitter of the delay, "The book printed on time. I’m looking at a copy on my desk right now. This isn’t a scheduling excuse, we’re trying to do the right thing. it’s not just a Batman comic with guns in it. There’s a specific scene that made DC & the whole Bat-team say ‘Yikes.’ Too close for comfort.”

In addition, DC and Warner Brothers have thrown their support behind the Giving First organization. In a statement on the DC Blog, they said,

"Warner Bros., which includes DC Entertainment, has identified a way for fans to join them in supporting the victims and families of the Aurora shooting tragedy by making a donation to a specific fund designated by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.  The Community First Foundation is a longstanding, trusted organization that is dedicated to making sure your gifts are directed to the appropriate nonprofit agencies serving those affected.  Donations are being accepted through www.givingfirst.org (a program of the Community First Foundation).  Click on the link and then on the box “Support Victims of the Aurora shooting.”  From there, you can choose “Community First Foundation - Aurora Victim Relief Fund” to make your contribution. Thank you for your heartfelt generosity."

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