I originally posted this information in the forum, but I think it might work better as a weekly blog. (So, for people who've read this already, sorry for the repost. No new information here, but the next installment should have some, come Wednesday.) My plan is to examine DC's output every week; maybe a week-by-week analysis will reveal something about their digital strategy. Or not, but worth a try, I think.
(Ironically, so far I haven’t bought any digital comics myself, and I probably won’t until I get an iPad or something similar. The free comics I’ve looked at on my desktop computer have been a real struggle, but on my friend’s iPad, they were completely intuitive.)
Anyway, here’s what happened back on July 14th:
The following comics continue their runs with one comic each: Authority, Bayou, Fables, Gen13, Green Lantern Corps, High Moon, Generation Lost (released day-and-date), Mirror's Edge (finishing its run), Night Owls, Sandman, Stormwatch: PHD, Supernatural: Origins, Unwritten, Wildcats.
New series introduced include: Azure (a Zuda title, and free), Kingdom Come, Planetary/Batman (a one-shot that follows up last week's Planetary/JLA), and The X-Files issue 0.
Some lines got multiple issues released.
First up are 3 issues of Action Comics -- 849-851. For a couple weeks, DC was releasing one issue of the Last Son storyline a week. But because of the infamous delays and fill-ins in that story, they're still releasing one issue of the story a week -- but also the last two weeks have included the fill-ins, as well, leaving no breaks.
Batman, on the other hand, is all fill-in -- 659-662, the 4 issues of the Ostrander/Mandrake Grotesk storyline that broke up Morrison's run.
DMZ seems to be releasing 3 a week after its initial offering of 5: 9-11 this week. Also like last week, Jonah Hex has 2 new issues, and Superman/Batman has 3.
Green Lantern (in addition to the GLC book) gets 2 issues -- one more issue into Secret Origin, and another into The Sinestro Corps War. They're trying something different with this one, serializing two stories at once. (They're also doing that with Batman at the moment, releasing the Morrison-era books concurrently with Year One. The different Superman releases, on the other hand, are all in different titles.)
Not continued from last week was Victorian Undead, which left off at issue 3.
Along with Azure issue 1, DC's other freebie this week is a short origin of Green Lantern.
Two more comics were added on the 15th: The missing All-Star Superman #4, and Batman #407, the third part of Miller & Mazzuchelli's Batman: Year One. I wonder if those have the original coloring, or the remastered version done for the hardcover.
Like Wonder Woman #1 (released a couple weeks ago), Batman: Year One was released in 1987. So those are the oldest comics DC is offering digitally right now, and 1987 is the year to beat.
(Incidentally, all of DC’s July 14th releases are now listed as being July 15th releases on Comixology’s New Releases page.)
Anyway, I don't know what all this will tell us, but I'm interested in getting it all down and finding patterns in their release schedule. I'm very curious as to how comics are markets and sold, and think it might be interesting to follow one company's strategy -- particularly one with a number of diverse lines, such as DC.