In the last Diamond Dateline DC Comics announced a Final Order Cut-Off program, which will allow retailers to adjust their orders on periodical comic books as late as three weeks before the books ship. Retailers will also be able to raise or lower orders on trade paperbacks up to five weeks before they ship. For order adjustments on hardcovers and CMX manga titles retailers will have an extra seven days after the order form is due to Diamond, and in the case of DC Direct merchandise, which is typically solicited far in advance of shipment, retailers will have five weeks after the order form due date to adjust orders.
Marvel has had a similar program in place for over a year and DC has been experimenting with the process on its weekly 52 comic series. The new policy will take effect with DC books included in the August issue of Diamond Previews, which shipped to retailers earlier this month.