As reported earlier this morning, DC Comics has entered the digital age of comic distribution a little more than a hundred books and some free previews to buy, including the first six issues of Tiny Titans (aw, yeah), the first twelve issues of The Losers, all six issues of Green Lantern: Rebirth, and the first issue of my favorite book right now, The Unwritten. Each title mentioned is $1.99 each (which I find weird since Unwritten debuted as a dollar), but there are a few free titles such as Fringe #0, Mirror’s Edge #0, and Batman: Black and White (five stories!).
The DC Comics app and store for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is being powered through ComiXology, who is also partnered with Marvel Comics for their app, as well as BOOM! Studios for theirs. So in a span of a few months, ComiXology practically has a huge chunk of the digital comics market…before the Longbox app has even launched. Do they even have a chance now?
Now, I was wondering if there was a Windows Application or something in that ballpark so I wouldn’t have to view my comics on strictly Apple products. Well, there is https://comics.comixology.com/# which allows readers to view virtually all their digital comics from ComiXology on a web based interface, including the new DC Comics, which have their own storefront. Marvel is unfortunately absent from here, as they have their own web-based digital comics solution in place. With that available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users already, the only questions remaining are solutions for Android or other wireless platforms, and for consoles, as planned by the aforementioned Longbox.
I think DC is doing the right thing and tapping into a market that is slowly but surely becoming something that people have been wanting more of. I’m not a naysayer in the situation or anti-tech, but I’m not completely won over…yet. More titles are to be added later, but nothing I absolutely need right now, but I can see later down the line if I miss an issue or can’t go to my LCS where something like this might come in handy.
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