It’s coming fast, kids. IDW recently announced a four-week window for digital comics releases, and Marvel today announced their first day-and-date release of a comic, the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN ANNUAL #1 by Matt Fraction and Carmine Di Giandomenico. While the story concerns the origin of the Mandarin, in future days, this issue may be remembered for ushering in a revolution as surely as the original DAZZLER #1, the first comics shops only comics release.
Fans can purchase the entire 80 page issue at their local comic retailer or purchase it on the Marvel Comics app, with all three chapters available the day the issue hits stores.
“We’re pleased to offer readers two options to experience Matt Fraction’s absolutely thrilling work on Invincible Iron Man,” said David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Circulation. “Fans going to their local comic store can pick up the entire Invincible Iron Man Annual at a low price that day or all three chapters through the Marvel Comics app.”
But what is that “low price”? CBR notes the cover price of the annual is $4.99. Marvel normally sells its digital comics for $1.99.
Clearly a pinkie toe in the water of the much-dreaded by some “day and date digital delivery” for periodical comics, we can hear fists clenching and teeth crunching all the way from the Charlotte hotel room where we’re writing this. Developing.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.