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Variant cover by Paul Pope for Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan. I have mixed feelings on the Before Watchmen project, but I absolutely love Paul Pope. Everything he does has this sense of beautiful unease and imperfection.
Brace yourself, this may be hard to hear. According to iFanboy, DC Comics is doing something innovative. Shocking, right? A company that I’ve often labeled as the poster child of old media has a pretty awesome new digital distribution scheme. Let me break it down with bullet points:
- Two new books set in the Batman Beyond universe, Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond, are being launched as digital products. None of this “buy it in the store for $3, get it on your iPad for $2” nonsense.
- The stories will be released in weekly chapters, not issues. I’m not really sure what that means, but I’m envisioning micro-stories of sort, amounting to six pages or so. Which is perfect for a digital product.
- At the end of every month the chapters from both Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond will be collected into a 48 page print product called Batman Beyond Unlimited.
This is really interesting to me because it’s basically taking the trade paperback model and giving it a monthly turnover. It’s still a somewhat broken system, in that DC is trying to funnel people from digital products into print products, instead of the other way around (FYI, DC! Less overhead on digital products means you make more money on those sales if you’re doing it right), but it’s a really exciting prospect nonetheless. People who buy monthly comics will still be able to do that without issue, but the emerging market of people who have an iPad and are willing to pay for weekly stories now actually have something available to them.
In ten years I could see this being the norm… cheap digital stories every week with only the “big” comics (Batman, Action Comics, Barack the Barbarian) getting monthly trades. I think I’d like that.
I’ve been picking up all the new number one issues for DC’s big relaunch event, and, for the most part: they’re boring. Maybe boring isn’t the right word… each issue is very clearly the prologue to a much larger arc, so I don’t feel right recommending any of the titles. Especially when you’re dropping $3.99 for a setup that equates to “Hi Batman! My name’s Green Lantern!” There is one book I would recommend checking out, though: Animal Man #1. It could be my affinity for the character, but this book works much better than all the other DC relaunches. It’s written by Jeff Lemire, who is probably best known for his Vertigo series Sweet Tooth (which I swear I’ll get around reading some day), and focuses on taking Animal Man back to the Grant Morrison version of the character… a meta-fictional animal rights activist who is a superhero on occasion.
Now that I think about it, if you haven’t already you should read the first volume of Grant Morrison’s Animal Man (which costs all of fourteen American dollars on Amazon) before you check this new book out. Because it is good, and because I am obligated to mention the book whenever I discuss Animal Man. Or animals in general. Or men. Close acquaintances will sadly confirm this.