The Wormhole wrote:
Countdown to Darkness #4 is currently scheduled for release on April 17. However, the graphic novel compilation of the entire series will be released on April 10. How's that for fucked up?
was released the same way; the trade paperback was available a week before issue #4.
The reasons had to do with production and distribution. The trade paperbacks were printed elsewhere and had a different supply chain. And technically, the trade paperback of Countdown
was street dated for the same day as issue #4. But some outlets ignored the street date and put it on sale early.