You might have heard that Mark Waid got serious about digital comics. He started blogging regularly at markwaid.com, and started up Thrillbent.com, with producer John Rogers. Previously, Waid debuted Luther, and today sees the first issue of the Waid written Insufferable, a comic drawn and co-created by Peter Krause, Waid’s Irredeemable artist.
For all intents and purposes, it’s a mainstream superhero comic-meets-webcomic. They’ve added pageturns to the webcomic, and broken up the rigid page format of your traditional comics. It’s not new, but it is new. Dig? It’s about costumed crimefighters, and the production looks very much like the comics you’ve read many times. Of course, this is free, and available for your consumption right now.
The way this works now, is that you go read it.
Will it succeed? Well, what does that even mean? You can put all sorts of neat tricks into your comic book presentation, and “reinvent” the format, but when it’s all said and done, the story has to be intriguing. The writing and art has to be good, or at least resonate with a fanbase. Mark Waid is enjoying a heck of a ride right now in comics, from one end of the spectrum to the other, with his critically acclaimed Daredevil run, as well as this web based departure in creator-owned comics. Let’s watch what happens.