DC Comics Announces Major Digital Expansion

If you are a DC Comics fan, it looks like every day is about to become New Comic Book Day. The company announced today that they will have new Digital First releases every day of the week. Monday will also feature DC Essential Reads, featuring free first issues of classic stories.

These DC Digital First titles boast big name creative teams and top characters. Here is the info from the press release sent out by DC: “The first week of DC DIGITAL FIRST titles include Superman: The Man of Tomorrow by Robert Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, and Adriano Lucas, Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Sal Giunta, Brad Meltzer, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair with a second story by Larry Hama, Mirko Colak, and John Kalisz, Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Inaki Miranda, and Hi-Fi, Aquaman: Deep Dives by Steve Orlando, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran,l and Adriano Lucas, Flash: Fastest Man Alive by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, and Marcelo Maiolo, DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies by Amanda Deibert and Erich Owen, and Swamp Thing: New Roots by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, and John Kalisz. These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.”

As far as DC Essential Reads go, a variety of titles will be available each Monday including Watchmen #1, The Sandman #1, Dark Nights: Metal #1 and others. For now, this will be happening until June 8th. These titles, and DC Digital First, will be available at your favorite digital retailer.

While stressing a demand from readers for more access, DC clearly wants to assure fans that they are no leaving print titles behind. “I really want to stress that regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “On the other hand, DC DIGITAL FIRST comics will be released seven days a week, with a strikingly different trade dress that will distinguish these titles from physical versions.”

Remember, DC has also added many print distribution options in the wake of the temporary shutdown of Diamond Comic Distributors. It is too soon to tell if these efforts by DC will be temporary or permanent across the board. The only firm date we have appears to relate to DC Essential Reads.

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