The Beat’s Guide to Avoiding the DC SPOILER

Oh no! Spoilers have escaped onto the internet once more, this time for a DC title of some kind! How can you avoid reading these before you pick up the issue they relate to? Why, by following this winningly winning guide to avoiding all the places where it’s being spoiled!

I won’t spoil the spoiler in this article, either, so you’re safe here. As ever.

The New York Post have broken the news, so avoid them for a start. It’s likely that USA Today will follow up, so you’re going to have to resist your natural impulse to see Brian Truitt’s lovely face until after Wednesday (or you could always google image search him, if you really need to). In fact, why not, I’ll find a picture of him and tag it to this article.

Bleeding Cool have, surprisingly, hidden the reveal from their front page, so that’s nice, although they mention the issue which the spoiler occurs in. Newsarama and iFanboy have also both named the issue being spoiled, although the actual spoiler is hidden behind jumps for both sites.

CBR’s front page spoils the story. The Outhousers have found out and revealed some insights from DC’s top marketing brass. Spoilers over at their website too! Calamity all round for those wishing to avoid spoilers!

Valerie Gallaher over at MTV Geek has an interesting look at how stories get leaked, both because of and despite the best attempts of a publisher, although again this does mention the issue involved, so you might be best covering your eyes while you read it.

Tom Spurgeon has yet to comment on the news, although Comics Reporter does currently feature a lovely picture of a bridge on the front page.

HOWEVER: The Beat is safe to read! We have not revealed the story being spoiled, unless you specifically click into Todd’s news story today and scroll all the way down. It’s not mentioned on the front page, we are a safe haven. Stay in safety with us a while longer. Luxuriate with us and enjoy the feeling of being unspoiled.

But the real thing to note is that DC Comics will be running the spoiler in all their comics this week, running in the back as part of their ‘Channel 52′ feature. If you read a comic from DC this week and it DOES NOT feature a shocking moment which is almost worthy of being WTF, then don’t go beyond the final page! Because Channel 52 will spoil the story for you. Read the issue, whatever it may be, and then return, glowing, back to the comics internet.

DC’s website now features a pop up window which spoils the THINGY, whilst Comics Alliance have a warning, but also don’t hide the spoiler. Marvel.com remains the safest place to hide until Wednesday.

Don’t use twitter, don’t go on facebook, for heaven’s sake don’t go into a comic book store, and above all else — DO NOT read the comments to this post.

Comments

  1. the Tiki says:

    You folks do realize that Grant Morrison actually announced this news LAST WEEK on his two part interview on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast?

    the Tiki

  2. “HOWEVER: The Beat is safe to read!”

    …except for the way the headline on the front page mentions the publisher of the comic, and the general category of the event being spoiled, which narrows things down somewhat.

    I’m trying to get over my aversion to spoilers, because that seems easier than getting the entire internet to avoid discussing something, but c’mon, you’re not completely innocent here.

  3. Sorry, we wanted to get a couple of quotes from the DC higher-ups. We’ve got our take on the spoilers here: http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/news/120651-new-york-post-spoils-batman-inc-one-day-too-early.html

  4. Oz Carver says:

    In the interest of helping The Beat preserve its admirable spoiler-free-zone goal, I will point out that a link to Allen’s article was double-posted to Facebook this morning and because the default thumbnail option* was left in, said links contain the cover of the comic in question, which in turn features the character in question.

    Didn’t bother me as I immediately clicked the link to read the article anyhow, and I generally don’t worry about spoilers; just an FYI in case this contradiction wasn’t previously noticed by Beat staff.

    * I know it was the default option because I in turn shared one of the double posts with a comics-focused FB group I belong to and while the comic cover was the default thumbnail, two other spoiler-free options were available in addition to turning off the thumbnail completely.

  5. David says:

    In general, not reading the comments tends to be a good idea.

  6. “But the real thing to note is that DC Comics will be running the spoiler in all their comics this week, running in the back as part of their ‘Channel 52′ feature. If you read a comic from DC this week and it DOES NOT feature a shocking moment which is almost worthy of being WTF, then don’t go beyond the final page! Because Channel 52 will spoil the story for you.”

    This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

  7. Al™ says:

    Speaking of spoilers, (don’t worry, I am NOT GOING TO SPOIL ANYTHING) the local movie theatre takes the cake.
    When I was there on the weekend to see the new Bruce Willis DieHardForeverAndEver movie, the preshow interview segment told us all about the movie. Then there was the trailer (‘spoiler’) for the actual movie, played about 5 minutes before the movie started.
    Okay, enough.

  8. jesses slide says:

    Marvel spoils everything all the time now even in their own advanced solicitations. You even want readers avoiding listings directly from the publisher so they can’t even choose which comics to buy or read? Its always see no evil, hear no evil which is the same as the pot calling the kettle black.

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