Remember people talking about how Image Comics will once again be the #1 comics publisher? Well, they just announced that you can now subscribe to your favorite Image Comics via Image Direct. Saga, Chew, Walking Dead, Sex Criminals and the Wicked + The Divine fans can now subscribe directly to their favorite comics. And the more you subscribe to the bigger the discount. You can even buy the WHOLE image catalog every month for $1117.99. Average discounts for subs are about 30% off.
“Even with all the wonderful work our retailer partners in the Direct Market do, the number one comment we get from fans is they frequently can’t find the Image titles they’re looking for,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics said in a statement. “Given that there are fewer comic book stores than ever before, we’re hoping that Image Direct makes our titles available to fans who don’t have easy access to a local comic book store, or whose shop doesn’t carry the full range of Image titles.”
Obviously, for those who like their paper comics—and given all the great covers appearing on Image comics of late, who wouldn’t?—now you don’t even have to miss an issue. I have no idea what traditional retailers will think of this—traditionally, they view subs with caution—but given Image’s rising share of the market, I doubt it will have an immediate impact.