By Todd Allen
DC is making a bigger leap into the digital comics space… tomorrow (6/7/12). They’re starting an original series of weekly Batman digital comics, titled “Legends of the Dark Knight.” The $0.99 comics will be out of continuity adventures, with each issue debuting on Thursday. They aren’t skimping on the creative teams, either.
The initial creative lineup, courtesy of the official announcement:
June 7 – “The Butler Did It” written by Damon Lindelof with artwork by Jeff Lemire
June 14 – “All of the Above” written by Jonathan Larsen with artwork by JG Jones
June 21– “The Crime Never Committed” written by Tom Taylor with artwork by Nicola Scott and Wayne Faucher
June 28 – “Crisis of Identity” Part 1 written by B. Clay Moore with artwork by Ben Templesmith
July 5 – “Crisis of Identity” Part 2 written by B. Clay Moore with artwork by Ben Templesmith
July 12 – “Crisis of Identity” Part 3 written by B. Clay Moore with artwork by Ben Templesmith
This means DC has a new digital comic out each day of the work week:
- Monday is Palmiotti & Gray’s Ame-Comi Girls (faux-manga super-heroines)
- Tuesday is Batman: Arkham Unhinged (like the video game)
- Wednesday is the various Batman Beyond universe comics
- Thursday is Legends of the Dark Knight
- Friday is Smallville
Yes, that’s an awful lot of digital Batman, but there’s a Batman movie coming out soon. Please note that all of this is out of continuity. 3 of the 5 are based on other media treatments (a cancelled live action show, a cancelled cartoon and a video game).
Either way, that’s a real publishing slate and more prominent print names. I don’t think we’re out of digital’s experimental period, but the experiments are getting more interesting.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.