After a couple of weeks of relative dormancy, this is the week where DC started to get its act together. There were planty of new debuts (and almost-debuts) this week: Four from the DCU, three from Vertigo, and one from Wildstorm. (Zuda remains MIA.)
Also new is that DC has opened its own virtual storefront at DCcomics.com. It’s Comixology powered, and the same comics are available via the standard Comixology site, but here I can see DC’s new releases without the other ones, which makes my life a little easier – and it means I won’t overlook a Wildstorm book I’d never heard of when it was on the stands. (Interestingly enough, when I log in and click on "My Comics" on the DC site, I don't see any; if I do it through the Comixology site, I see my purchases, all Boom! publications so far.)
So what’s new?
First of all, all four issues of The Dark Knight Returns,
priced at $2.99 instead of $1.99 (but they’re long issues).
Also in the DCU, it looks like DC's finally decided what it wants to do with Superman. We’ve got four issues of the triangle-flavored Superman books leading up to the Death of Superman. The order to read them is Superman: The Man of Steel
73, Adventures of Superman
496 and Action Comics
683. The Death of Superman kicked off a long run of really entertaining Superman comics, so assuming these get followed up with World Without a Superman and Reign of the Supermen, these books should continue for some time. Spoiler Alert: DC also releases the secret origin of Doomsday as its free origin this week.
DC’s also releasing For Tomorrow, the Brian Azzarello/Jim Lee run on Superman,
starting with Superman 204 and 205. It ran for a year.
The final DCU debut is Identity Crisis,
which releases issues 2 and 3, and resents the price of the previously-free issue 1 to 99 cents.
Wildstorm and Vertigo are swinging for the fences this week, too. Wildstorm’s offering is The Authority,
Volume 1, releasing 5 issues of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch’s groundbreaking series.
Meanwhile, Vertigo has released three of its best: Transmetropolitan, The Invisibles,
and 100 Bullets,
each one with a 99-cent introductory issue. Invisibles
and 100 Bullets
get 3 issues each, while Transmet
leads off with 6.
After all that, let’s just run down the rest in alpha order, shall we?
wraps up with Winick “Red Hood” run, with 649, 650 and Annual 25. Also, there’s issue 682, the first part of Morrison’s Final Crisis tie-in. The Long Halloween
also gets a new issue.
New issues are also released for Birds of Prey
(two), Ex Machina, Fables, Flash: Rebirth, Gears of War, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, GLC: Recharge, Hellblazer
(two), Justice League: Generation Lost
(day-and-date), Justice Society
(two), Planetary, Power Girl, Sandman, Sleeper
(two), War of the Supermen, Superman/Batman, Welcome to Tranquility
7 (it’s back!), Wonder Woman
(two) and Y: the Last Man.
That’s 64 issues. DC Digital’s biggest week since it’s debut. And with the new storefront, I think we can expect more weeks like this in the future.
The DC Store at Comixology emphasizes The Dark Knight,
with The Authority, The Invisibles
and For Tomorrow on the side.