[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5615:]]I think I might blame Dan Slott for this one as well.
Joining recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man and Superior Spider-Man, Scott Snyder's conclusion to the "Death of the Family" storyline has leaked online in its entirety.
Batman #17 was uploaded yesterday sometime by what looks to be a worker from a comic book shop.
It could be a publisher's advanced copy, as I believe retailers get their deliveries on Tuesdays from UPS.
The scans for Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man and now Batman either came out on Monday or well in advance, which suggests the copies that are being uploaded are being given directly from the publisher to the retailer, perhaps.
A simple way to curb this - and know for sure - would be to watermark the pages.
Or just send out a scanned black and white copy of the pages.
I suppose the purpose is to give the retailer incentive to buy more by giving them a sneak peek - if this is the case - but there's gotta be an easier way to curb the leaks.
Of course that is, if they actually want to.
Like we saw with Dan Slott's Spider-Man books, it basically looked like a marketing campaign as Slott was telling little fibs on his Twitter leading up to the issues official debut, with the spoilers hitting the net and every site covering them.
Basically when it comes down to it, spoilers don't really spoil sales, but actually might help out by creating a lot of buzz.
However, I'm not sure if that is the case regarding the ending to Batman #17, if what I am hearing is correct.