While holding the line at $2.99 was a rallying cry for DC a few years ago, since then realities have been encroaching on comics pricing. DC’s stealth price hike is well under way and it’s much like when Marvel started hiking things to $3.99 several years back. New series are among those getting hiked, and Trinity War seems to be an excuse to raise some prices, with the odd legitimate double-sized issue thrown in.
For instance, this week alone:
Supes Unchained = 25 pages (2 not by Jim Lee)/stiff cover for $4
JL/Trinity = legitimate 35 pages/stiff cover for $4
Astro City = 24 pages for $4 (yes, there are 40 pages — 14 of them are ads, 1 letter page, one Vertigo editorial page)
If its over 20 pages, is it $4?
Moving forward to the October solicitations, we see the Justice League books staying at $3.99/32 pages, as well as Forever Evil, Superman/WonderWoman, Damian: Son of Batman, Superman Unchained, Action (no longer listed as 40 pages), Batman/Superman, Detective (no longer 40 pages), All-Star Western (no longer 40 pages),
Astro City is listed as $3.99/40 pages, but who knows how many ad pages it will have in October?
If you want more $3.99 comics, keep buying them.