As the discussions around digital comics have evolved, and as more and more of the companies relesed digital comics apps, the question that everyone has been asking has been "When is DC Comics going to offer digital comics?"
Well, very quietly DC Comics has finally provided an answer. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning the DC Comics iPhone and iPad application became available for download in the iTunes App Store.
I immediately downloaded the app onto my iPad and here are a few screen caps:
When I opened the app it defaulted to the Featured page which contains a mix of books across DC Comics' imprints. There are even a bunch of samples and previews you can download for free (you can download one book with no hassle, but after that you need a comiXology account).
Click over to the New section brought a whole slate of books to check out. You'll notice issues of both Jonah Hex and The Losers as well as issues of All-Star Superman, Planetary, The Unwritten, Tiny Titans, Fables, Sandman, Green Lantern and … waitaminute…
That is the new issue of Justice League: Generation Lost! That's the issue that hits comics stores today (or tomorrow depending on when you're reading this!) Ohmygod!
This is a developing story with a lot of information to process so check back here all throughout Wednesday for updates.
UPDATE: As you can see if you've taken the time to poke around the app you've seen that DC has set tiered pricing. $0.99 for some older Wildstorm issues, $1.99 for older and more recent DC, Vertigo and Wildstorm issues, and $2.99 for current issues, like Justice League: Generation Lost #4. Speaking of Generation Lost, the entire mini-series will be available for purchase on the app the same day that it is released in stores. DC implies that this may just be the first title available for day and date purchase. We shall see about that. In addition to the one day and date comic, there is also a free 10-page preview of Superman #700, which hits stores next week. — Conor Kilpatrick
UPDATE: 100 news issues are going to be added to the app each month. One new issue of Sandman will be added each week. — Conor Kilpatrick
UPDATE: Here's what comics are on the app so far:
Batman Black & White (five chapters)
Mirror’s Edge #0
The Origin of Batman #1
The Origin of Superman #1
Superman #700: Preview
Gen 13 #21: World’s End
Stormwatch: PHD #13: World’s End
Team Zero #1-6
Wildcats: World’s End #1
Action Comics #844
All Star Superman #1
The Authority: World’s End #1
Dante’s Inferno #1-3
Green Lantern #21
Green Lantern #29
Green Lantern Corps #14
Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1
Jonah Hex #1-6
Justice League: Generation Lost #1-3
The Losers #1-12
Mirror’s Edge #1-3
Tiny Titans #1-6
The Unwritten #1
Justice League: Generation Lost #4
– Conor Kilpatrick