A while back, I logged some week-to-week posts on DC’s digital reprint program through Comixology. It’s been a while, and their digital offerings have matured, so I thought I’d take another look at what they’re adding each week. Currently, they seem to be doing about 30 books a week. I might not list all the issue numbers going forward – if the 90s Superman titles continue moving forward at two of each a week, there’s not much value in listing each issue. But let’s take a look at this week’s, and let’s see where the patterns take us, shall we?

 

90s Superman: DC is following the 90s Superman titles (soon to be the 2000s Superman, as this week’s titles are from December 1999) pretty quickly, giving us 8 issues of the books every week. There’s a lot of material to get through, but that’s still an admirable clip. We may only have a few more weeks of this, judging by Action Comics (the one title of the bunch that doesn’t change its numbering and continues for a long while) – 761 is the most recent issue, and Action already seems to be in the digital library from 769 on. Superman, Adventures of Superman and Superman: Man of Steel have bigger gaps, though. 

Action Comics 760, 761

Adventures of Superman 574, 575

Superman 152, 153

Man of Steel 95, 96

 

Arion: 11, 12

DC has been adding two issues of Arion: Lord of Atlantis a week for the last 6 weeks. There are 35 issues and a special, so there's a way to go before the series is completed.

DC Comics Presents: 75, 76

DCCP started out at a faster pace, but has been going two a week for a little while now. There are about 20 issues to go. Bonus: More Arion this week, in issue 75!

Guy Gardner: Warrior: 33

11 issues to go.

Huntress: 19, 4-issue 1994 series

We wrap up the Cavalieri/Staton ongoing that introduced Helena Bertinelli, and then power through a Chuck Dixon mini from 1994. Will Huntress return next week, or will we move on?

Justice League America (Bwa-ha-ha) 51, 52

This one has a ways to go before having everything available.

Manhunter: 34

Four more issues till it’s all there!

Mister Miracle: 23-25

This wraps up the 70s run – Kirby and then Marshall Rogers, it’s all there! (I think DC also recently wrapped the 70s Return of the New Gods run, too.)

Superman (Bronze Age): 233

This is an interesting one. The Kryptonite Nevermore cover – I’m surprised it wasn’t available before this. Will DC continue from here? Their 70s Superman offerings on Comixology are paltry.

Wanderers: 7, 8

This 80s Legion spinoff ran 13 issues, so we’re almost there.

Wonder Woman (Silver Age): 130, 131

DC has been making silver age Wonder Woman stories available, probably wishing to expand their catalog in anticipation of the movie. At this point the silver age issues go from 112-131, with a couple of gaps.

Swamp Thing (Diggle/Dysart run): 25

4 more issues to go.

Trigger: 5

This Vertigo sci-fi series lasted 8 issues. I don’t remember it at all.

 

That’s a pretty exhaustive look at this week’s offerings. Next week, I’ll probably just note new additions (what will replace Mister Miracle? The '89 and '96 series have already been collected, so we might be in for something new. And there might be more Huntress comics that haven't been reprinted yet, but Comixology has a bunch of them listed already, and the Bat-universe is so sprawling it's tough to search), unexpected omissions, breaks from the patterns, and go forward from there. 

And to make things easy to follow:
Week 2. (April 6, 2017)

Week 3 (April 13, 2017)

Week 4 (April 20, 2017)

Week 5 (April 27, 2017)

Week 6 (May 4, 2017)

Week 7 (May 11, 2017)

Week 8 (May 18, 2017)

Week 9 (May 25, 2017)

Week 10 (June 1, 2017) -- All the golden age Wonder Woman goodness!

Week 11 (June 8, 2017)

Week 12 (June 15, 2017)

Week 13 (June 22, 2017)

Week 14 (June 29, 2017)

Week 15 (July 6, 2017)

Week 16 (July 13, 2017) -- Our Worlds at War! Underworld Unleashed!

Week 17 (July 20, 2017) -- The Great Ten! More Wonder Woman!

Week 18 (July 27, 2017) -- Batman Confidential and Deathblow? Young Heroes in Love?? Doom Patrol!

Week 19 (Aug 3, 2017) -- Some Bronze-age Batman!

Week 20 (Aug 10, 2017) -- Loeb/Sale Challengers begins!

Week 21 (Aug 17, 2017) -- Silver Age Challs!

MIDWEEK SALE BLAST (Aug 22, 2017): Wildstorm!

Week 22 (Aug 24, 2017) -- Holding pattern...

Week 23 (Aug 31, 2017) -- chugging along

Week 24 (Sept 7, 2017) -- Same old, but with newer Challengers

Week 25 (Sept 14, 2017) -- Baron/Jones Deadman debuts

Week 26 (Sept 21, 2017) -- Holding steady, with more Deadman

Week 27 (Sept 28, 2017) -- Deadman in Action Comics Weekly?

Week 28 (Oct 5, 2017) -- A slow swerve into Batman

Week 29 (Oct 5, 2017) -- Doom Patrol finishes in the smallest week ever

The Gap List: a list of unexplained or awkward skips.

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Here's this week's new DC backlist:

Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 7: Wise Son vs Demon Fox... and Holocaust returns!
Breach (2005-2006) 10: Penultimate issue, with appearances by Talia, H.I.V.E., and Kobra!
Hardware (1993-1997) 13: Curtis tries to get a little R&R.
Wasteland (1987-1989) 4-6: More bizarre stories -- including a reaction to Rambo's "This time we win" slogan as the leadoff to issue 5. For some reason, issue 6 isn't available until Friday.
Who’s Who Update 1987 2: More leftovers, new characters, and updated post-Crisis statuses from 80s DC. Wally West, Ch'p, Deimos & Phobos, and more!

Also, DC's Comixology sale is a really good one this week -- a spotlight on Green Arrow. These are some of the best collection prices I've ever seen, with books like Hard Traveling Heroes and Green Arrow Year One going for $1.99 apiece. 

Here's this week's DC backlist on Comixology -- 7 books in all:

Breach (2005-2006) 11: The final issue. I've got to go back to finish this. 
Icon (1993-1997) 13: We get more Buck Wild, as well as the debut of the Pam Grier-inspired Lysistrata Jones!
Static (1993-1997) 14: The conclusion of the "Worlds Collide" DC/ Milestone crossover finally arrives... before chapters 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, and 13. Most of these chapters should appear in the next few weeks.
Wasteland (1987-1989) 7-9: Issue 8 has the debut of one of DC's weirdest recurring features: The Dead Detective, by John Ostrander and William Messner-Loebs. 
Who’s Who Update 1987 3: The perfect source for all the information you could want on Ian Karkull or Katma Tui! (Interestingly enough, it looks like the covers are taken directly from the Who's Who Omnibus -- the page numbers for entries are put on the front cover, and they're in the thousands.

Sales-wise, DC has a Pride sale going throughout June -- lotta Batwoman, John Constantine, Bombshells, and more... I recommend Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles. There's also a Start of the Summer sale, which seems like a big hodge-podge of stuff. I can't say the prices are really wowing me, though.

Here's what's coming up on DC Universe Infinite in July... which mirrors what's coming up for Comixology. In short, Wasteland wraps up, Milestone continues, Strange Adventures continues, and Sword of Atlantis begins! Plus a little Batman, who presumably does only DC approved Bat-actions in the course of these adventures.

July 6

Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 9

Hardware (1993-1997) 15

Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 3

Wasteland (1987-1989) 16

Wasteland (1987-1989) 17

Wasteland (1987-1989) 18

Who’s Who Update 1988 1

 

July 13

Aquaman Sword of Atlantis (2006-2007) 46

Batman 214

Icon (1993-1997) 15

Static (1993-1997) 16

Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 4

Who’s Who Update 1988 2

 

July 20

Aquaman Sword of Atlantis (2006-2007) 47

Batman 215

Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 10

Hardware (1993-1997) 16

Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 5

Who’s Who Update 1988 3

 

July 27

Aquaman Sword of Atlantis (2006-2007) 48

Batman 218

Icon (1993-1997) 16

Static (1993-1997) 17

Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 6

Who’s Who Update 1988 4

These last couple weeks have been a handful, and today's no different. But here's what came out on Comixology, with a few notes of interest (and less formatting than usual, for speed's sake):

June 22
Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 8
Hardware (1993-1997) 14
Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 1: The debut issue of DC's main sci-fi anthology -- and it looks like this is going to run for a bit, as by July we're scheduled to have the first 6 issues out! It'll be interesting to flip through these.
Wasteland (1987-1989) 10
Wasteland (1987-1989) 11
Wasteland (1987-1989) 12
Who’s Who Update 1987 4: Moonbow! The People's Heroes! Marine Marauder!

June 29
Icon (1993-1997) 14
Static (1993-1997) 15
Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 2
Wasteland (1987-1989) 13
Wasteland (1987-1989) 14: The cover for Wasteland 14 is enjoyable (and a completely surreal headscratcher) all on its own. Like most (all?) Wasteland covers, I don't think it has anything to do with the contents of the issue. Go to Comixology and admire this in all its baffling squalor.
Wasteland (1987-1989) 15
Who’s Who Update 1987 5: Robin! The Rocket Red Brigade! Starfinger II! Z'ymyr!


The Milestone books keep chugging along. Ideally we'd have Shadow Cabinet 0 and Xombi 0 out by now, since they're chapters in the Shadow War crossover that's otherwise completely available. 

As far as I can tell, there's no current DC sale. That's unusual.

Seven items on this week's Comixolgy DC backlist!

Blood Syndicate (1993-1995) 9: On the verge of the Shadow War crossover, which the other Milestone books have already gotten to!

Hardware (1993-1997) 15: Alva's revenge!

Strange Adventures (1950-1973) 3: Chris KL-99, and more!

Wasteland (1987-1989) 16 - 18: The 80s avant-garde anthology wraps up!

Who’s Who Update 1988 1: Flash guest-stars Blue Trinity! The new mysterious Suicide Squad member, Duchess! Updates to Doctor Occult and Garguax!

DC's got a Black Label sale going on, but none of the prices seem particularly appealing. Even the single-issue prices are $1.99 instead of 99 cents. 

Rob:

Is something wrong with the Strange Adventures listings?

While Amazon is finally gaining those specific issues (they never had #2 or 3 before now), they're $1.99 each, which is the standard back issue price.

Were they supposed to be on sale for a lower price to celebrate their arrival or am I wrong about that?

I can understand the higher price for the Black Label stuff, since the print version is higher priced than other comics. If The Question series is on that sale, I would recommend that for sure. Jeff Lemire writes it, with Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz on art.

(Holy crap, I actually spelled Bill Sienkiewicz correctly!)

Lee -- are you talking about 60s Strange Adventures? They're not part of the sale, and are just regular back-issue price, $1.99. If you're talking about the recent Black Label series, issues 1-7 are on sale. DC doesn't do back issue pricing on its modern issues anymore; they're cover price until they go on sale for a bit. 

Trav, the oversize Black Label comics are $2.99 or $3.99, depending on their initial price. But even the regular comic-size ones, like Basket Full of Heads, are $1.99. 

I think DC is experimenting with their sale prices. They're probably not getting the same result on their sales anymore, since they've launched DCU Infinite. I know I used to wait for sales to buy things through Comixology, but now I hardly ever bother, since the material's at my fingertips as part of my subscription. They might be experiencing a BIG drop in volume, and are trying to make up for it by offering less-impressive discounts to those who are still buying issue-by-issue. I doubt it'll make up the difference, and might erode their margins even further.  

Rob:

I was referring to the 1960s title. Before recent additions, all Amazon ever had was issue 1 before a big jump into the 200s. Would love to catch this version on sale at a good price someday.

And in all honesty, I'm personally not sure anyone at DC knows what they're doing print wise any more.

Since AT & T took over the company, the main focus seems to be the entertainment (TV, movies, and streaming) division.

Sorry, Rob, looking at what I have immediately at hand, the Black Label over sized comics are $6.99 each. That is the The Question, Hellblazer, and History of the DC Universe.

Although, those are the magazine size comics.

Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) said:

Sorry, Rob, looking at what I have immediately at hand, the Black Label over sized comics are $6.99 each. That is the The Question, Hellblazer, and History of the DC Universe.

Yep, the $6.99 "Prestige Plus" books are $2.99 for this sale, and the $7.99 Harleen is $3.99. But the regular comic-size books are $1.99. 

Black Label is a little confusing, since it releases things in so many different formats and price points, but people tend to think of only the Prestige Plus size books as Black Label, since they're the splashiest. 

That said, the newest Hellblazer series is Black Label, and it was EXCELLENT. If you love classic Hellblazer but have given up on DC's treatment of the character, get the two Si Spurier/Aaron Campbell trades, Marks of Woe and The Best Version of You (currently on sale, although Marks of Woe is the bigger discount). They're 100% great. Last year DC released two books that could stand proudly alongside their 80s heyday: Suicide Squad and Hellblazer. Both are spectacular. 

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