For a long while (as long as I’ve been a subscriber anyway, which goes back at least a year or two now), DC has been the lone notable holdout for the Amazon-owned monthly fee-based digital comics service. While Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image Comics were available in somewhat ample supply—allowing readers to checkout early volumes of everything from recent Amazing Spider-Man runs to Hellboy to Saga—there was nary a Superman, a Batman, or a Wonder Woman to be found on the platform.
That, however, has changed. The proof is on the ComiXology Unlimited page itself (with its capital X in the middle and all). On Tuesday morning, unlimited subscribers have new access to bedrock DC titles like Watchmen and All-Star Superman, as well as other more recent work, including some of the Earth One books, the Batman/Flash Rebirth crossover, and Action Comics #1000, among others.
This is a big deal because DC has largely avoided this sort of broad monthly-fee based comics platform. While Marvel has given readers access to much of its back catalog for years via Marvel Unlimited, DC didn’t have a commiserate service until late last year, when it launched its DC Universe streaming package. Even then, calling it commiserate to Marvel Unlimited is maybe a little generous, light as DC Universe was at launch…at least on the comics selection. Exclusive DC Universe shows like Titans and Young Justice Season 3 (which dropped last week) were met with a more satisfied reaction from a lot of fans.
It’s also worth noting that there will be no fee increase for ComiXology Unlimited in the wake of this addition, and that the new books will also be available through Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.
Anyway, that’s really all there is to it right now. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to re-read some of my favorite Rebirth runs (Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp’s Wonder Woman, to be exact), which I’ve been meaning to revisit but haven’t wanted to dig in my closet to find the floppies.
Happy reading to all of you!
UPDATE…the press release with a list of some more of the newly-available material is below:
DC joins comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading
Now there are three more ways for readers to enjoy DC’s acclaimed titles and characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Justice League, Sandman, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Fables, and more
ComiXology Unlimited is just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members
January 8, 2019 – New York, NY – DC, comiXology, and Amazon announced today that select DC and DC Vertigo titles are now available through multiple subscription services at no additional cost: comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading. Expanding availability to these three services makes it easier than ever for Amazon customers to enjoy DC’s Super Heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League, as well as DC Vertigo’s high concept series like Sandman, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Fables, and more.
With the addition of thousands of select DC single issues, collections and graphic novels – including exclusive fan-favorites from the DC Vertigo imprint – comiXology Unlimited remains $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members. Kindle Unlimited members will also enjoy a selection of single issues, collections and graphic novels, while subscribers of Prime Reading will have access to a curated and rotating list of highly regarded DC and DC Vertigo graphic novels, for no additional cost. This expansion across the three services provides the perfect entry points for those new to DC and DC Vertigo.
“We are thrilled to now include an incredible selection of DC’s vast library of Super Heroes and DC Vertigo titles as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading, bringing an even bigger benefit to all our subscription members” said comiXology CEO and Co-Founder David Steinberger. “With the addition of DC and DC Vertigo titles we’re providing more convenience and a great opportunity for readers to discover and explore some of the best stories comics have to offer at no additional cost to their current Prime, Kindle Unlimited or comiXology Unlimited subscription.”
“DC is constantly looking at ways of growing the audience for comics and graphic novels, so teaming up with comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading is a natural fit,” said John Cunningham, Senior Vice President of Sales & Trade Marketing. “From Aquaman to Sandman, there’s so much for DC readers, old and new, to love here.”
Today, comiXology Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited members see the addition of select bestselling DC titles available to read – including but not limited to selections from the following series:
All Star Superman
Animal Man (2011-2014)
Batgirl (2016- )
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: White Knight
Cyborg (2016- )
Green Lanterns (2016-)
Harley Quinn (2016-)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Injustice 2 (2017-)
The Mulitversity (2014)
New Super-Man (2016-)
Teen Titans (2016-)
Wonder Woman (2016-)
…and many more!
Astro City (2013- )
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (2004-2005)
Clean Room (2015-2017)
Doom Patrol (1987-1995)
V for Vendetta
Y: The Last Man
…and many more!
Fans across the globe have been attracted to DC’s amazing characters through top-grossing movies, critically-acclaimed TV series, and ground breaking new publishing series that have driven titles like The Flash, Arrow, Batwoman, and Hellblazer to new heights, alongside perennial favorites like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more. The expanded availability of DC’s content announced today between DC, comiXology, and Amazon builds upon DC’s digital comic book partnership on comiXology and Kindle.
ComiXology Unlimited currently offers over 20,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost.
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is a revolutionary, cloud-based digital comics platform. With content from over 125 publishers as well as thousands of independent creators from around the world, comiXology provides an unrivaled library of comic books, graphic novels, manga and bandes dessinées. The company’s first in class innovations include the exclusive Guided View technology which provides an immersive and cinematic reading experience and a new monthly subscription service. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit comixology.com and follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
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DC, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and WarnerMedia. DC works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC is one of the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.