Amazon's been testing a lot of different ideas, including digital comics, with its new publishing wing. Now, it seems that the online retail giant is really committing to the format. This morning, Amazon announced the formation of Jet City, a sci-fi/fantasy comics imprint, and the launch of Symposium, a "sidequest comic" that ties in to the Foreworld series.
As we previously noted, Batman '66, the new digital first series from Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case, launched today. As we also previously noted, it's pretty great. In his excitement to get word out about the book, Parker jokingly tweeted out that even if people are talking about other subjects, they should still use #Batman66. And, because many of us are terrible human beings, he was obliged in some very amusing ways. To further celebrate the book, we collected some of the best #Batman66 tweets we saw that are wholly unrelated to the comic (including our own, because we are nothing if not massive egotists), and you can check them out below.
If colors seem a little brighter, food tastes a little better and the air smells a little sweeter today than it did yesterday, there's a good reason for that. Things have changed, my friends: We are now living in a world where Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case's Batman '66 comic exists, and everything is a little more wonderful than it was before.
This was a big day for Image Comics. At their annual Image Expo, the publisher announced several upcoming titles from top flight creators. Mixed in with all of those announcements, however, was rather significant news about its digital content: starting today, Image Comics is now selling DRM-free digital versions of all its digital comics on its newly relaunched website, making it the first major U.S. comics publisher to make such a move.
If nothing else, recent developments in entertainment have taught us three things: Children of the '80s are now adults, they're nostalgic, and they have money. These three simple, irrefutable facts have led to three Transformers movies, two G.I. Joe films, and Keith Giffen writing Masters of the Universe comics. The nostalgia wave continues, as relatively new digital comic publisher Lion Forge Comics has reached a deal with NBCUniversal to produce digital comics based on Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, Miami Vice, Knight Rider and Airwolf.
Despite its tremendous recent growth, one of the ways in which ComiXology was still a bit behind for many digital readers was in subscriptions for ongoing titles. That's all changed as of this morning, as the online store has announced subscription services for all ongoing titles as well as bundle packages, allowing customers to purchase curated collections at discounted prices.
DC Comics' digital first Adventures of Superman offers exactly what many readers have been asking for: a cast of great creators, free of continuity constraints, telling fun stories about the Man of Steel and the characters around him. So far talent like Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Chris Samnee and Riley Rossmo have created tales featuring Superman, Bizarro, Brainiac, and more, and in the upcoming tenth chapter, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning get their turn. Featuring art from Wes Craig and Craig Yeung, Adventures of Superman Chapter 10 shows a day in the life of Lex Luthor, which entails, among other things, Luthor doing exactly what you'd expect: making notes on his list of ways to kill Superman.
DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of Adventures of Superman Chapter 10, which you can check out after the cut.
DC Comics' pricing policy for digital comics has changed. Earlier today Comic Book Resources broke the news that DC has extended its window for reducing prices on its same-day digital comics released on ComiXology.
DC Comics announced two brand new digital comics formats Tuesday evening, one that might look somewhat familiar to readers of Marvel's Infinite Comics, the other which puts a new spin on the classic "choose your own adventure" book.
"What if superheroes were real?" is obviously a heavily mined premise for countless expressions of American comics' most enduring genre category. Less common is the premise, "No, I mean, what if superheroes were really real?" put forth by Jay Faerber in many of the comics he's written over the last decade, most especially the multi-volume Noble Causes and its spinoff Dynamo 5, which detail the personal lives of a dynasty of heroes. Faerber's fascination with the intersection of real people and fantastical powers continues in Anti-Hero, a new digital-first work for Monkeybrain whose first issue imagines how a superhero's lifestyle would impact the stability of his family, with an added twist: what happens when that superhero's secret identity is compromised by an opportunistic street criminal?