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If it seems like there have been a lot of stories in this space about Valiant Comics’ Divinity, that’s because the book just can’t seem to stop selling out.
The first issue of Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine‘s ambitious look into the future of the Valiant Universe has sold out four printings to this point, and returning to press for a fifth edition makes it the first Valiant comic to do so. the first printing of Divinity #1 sold over 12,000 copies at the distributor level, but numbers on subsequent releases have not been made available by Diamond Comic Distributors or the publisher, so it is difficult to determine precisely how large the additional print runs have been.
The downside is that Valiant does appear to have underestimated demand for the fourth printing, having failed to run enough to meet demand. What that means is that the publisher will be forced to limit the number of copies sent to any one retailer, a process referred to in distribution circles as allocation. Regardless, the fact that demand has remained strong speaks well of the relaunched Valiant Comics’ commitment to quality, as well as their ability to avoid massive overprints, a practice which contributed heavily to the original line’s failure.
The fifth printing will arrive in stores on June 17th, following the release of the series’ conclusion on May 27th.
We’d like to hear from our readers. Have you been able to get your hands on a copy of the first issue or has it been sold out at your local comic shop? Let us know in the comments!