Well, this is interesting: DC Comics and ComiXology have released a digital only “omnibus” collection of Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s Planetary, collecting the entire 27 issue run, along with the 8 page preview story, in one $24.99 digital edition.
The new format – apparently only available for a couple of weeks as part of an experiment, according to ComiXology CEO David Steinberger – somewhat addresses concerns on the part of some critics that the current model of releasing single issues digitally is unwieldy, overly expensive and more complicated for those wishing to read a complete story than it has to be. It’ll be interesting to see how the omnibus – which is cheaper than buying the individual issues,
but just slightly (never mind, it’s $1.99 an issue, not 99 cents like I misremembered) – fares in the digital marketplace, but I hope it succeeds, selfishly. I know that I’d rather buy digital collections than individual issues making up an entire run of a particular story.