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Welcome to Panel Syndicate, where artist Marcos Martin and writer Brian K. Vaughan deliver original comics directly to readers around the world, who pay whatever the hell they want for each DRM-free issue.

Our first new storyline is THE PRIVATE EYE, a forward-looking mystery we created with colorist Muntsa Vicente. Set in a future where privacy is considered a sacred right and everyone has a secret identity, The Private Eye is a serialized sci-fi detective story for mature readers.

You can download our 32-page first issue right now, for any price you think is fair. 100% of your payments go directly into our greedy mitts and will help fund the rest of a story that we’re both very proud of (we hope there will be around 10 issues total; an old-school “maxiseries!”), so thanks for reading…

Story by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Marcos Martin
Colors by Muntsa Vicente

Price: $UP TO YOU
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 36.7%


brendanohare03/22/13NoRead Review
Avg Rating: 4.8
Users who pulled this comic:


  1. Surprised this isn’t getting more attention. The first issue was really really good.

  2. I got offline for a day and shit was turned upside down…

  3. I’m down for this. The art looks fun. Just wish I could buy this on the same system as my other digital comics.

  4. Decided to drop 1.99 their way with a message that this’d better be goddamn great, since I don’t do digital comics. I guess now I do, at least with this title, since it was goddamn great!! Bring on the next installment 🙂

  5. Just bought this and read it and LOVED IT!

    Story: 5
    Art: 5

    I’ll write up a proper review tomorrow.

    Too bad this is only a 10 issue comic – I can see this series going on for years given the world that BKV has already shown us in just 32 pages. I am already digging it way more then Saga.

    Go it right now! (and don’t forget to pay for the fucker):

  6. I hope this is the best buck I ever spent in my life. I’m going to read this tonight.

  7. I don’t buy digital, but this REALLY makes me want to…

  8. Great first issue, my first thought as i finished it was…”Archaia could put together a hell of a hardcover for this…”


  9. Unsurprisingly, this was a phenomenal first issue with a cool concept, already intriguing characters, beautiful art and a typically awesome cliffhanger. I have to say though, while I love the fact that BKV and Marcos made the comic downloadable, DRM-free and priced at whatever readers are willing to pay – and that the money goes straight to them – I really can’t get my head around reading digital comics. I don’t have a tablet so am stuck reading it on my laptop with a screen that is too small to properly read it at full size so I have to clumsily scroll across the page and have to zoom in and out when I want to view the whole page at once. It’s a terrific read, I just wish it was a comic BOOK.

    • I much prefer getting a COMIC book myself.

      Because that’s the important bit.

    • Me, too, I love BKV. I love Marcos Martin. But I don’t know if I want this or not. I guess I could just try the first issue for free and if I like it pay for the next issue. But I hate reading PDFs and don’t have any tablet or reader. Except an old black and white Kindle – that would suck for this.

  10. Vaughan does a better job setting up unique, interesting, and fully realized worlds in his first issues than most comic book writers do in a years worth of books.

    Every time he writes a book I feel like there already exists a Wikipedia full of mythology that I’m just not aware of yet, but I don’t need to be in order to read the story.

    It’s incredible, it’s like he makes a new Middle Earth or Hogwarts or whatever with each new book he writes, but the worlds are more real and more interesting.

  11. My first digital purchase. It would take someone like Vaughan to push me on this. I see more in my future. What a great, great start for a comic.

  12. Not gonna lie, I didn’t pay anything for this and just downloaded it. I love the fact that the creators here are letting their audiences literally try *fully* before they buy. I’m not sure what I’ll be deciding to pay but whatever it is I’ll be doubling it next month when I download issue #2. Like most readers I’m used to paying $2.99/$3.99 + tax (-tax on Comixology, but I pretty much only buy discounted books there anyway) for my books. On this, even if I choose to pay $1.50 or $2.00 the cash goes DIRECTLY to the creators! That is amazing! I know the suggested donation is $0.99, but I feel the creators are worth a bit more. I’m very excited to see what this does for comics and where things go from here!

    Still need to check out Mark Waid’s Thrillbent…

  13. I hope more creators try this method of delivery! Fantastic first issue.

  14. I saw this ‘elsewhere’ and gave it a try. Immediately went to the actual site and downloaded it from the creators and threw 3 bucks their way. Really enjoying the world concept. Some awesome elements to play with. Got a ‘Strange Days’ vibe from this one but like the power of the press. Can’t wait for next issue!

  15. I paid $3.50 “donation” to the cause. I was surprised by the unique story by BKV & glorious art by Martin. I give the art a 5.0 & the story a 4.0 rating. Since there was no halves on the rating I gave it a 4.0 rating overall. I’m pumped for the next issue.

  16. I don’t think enough has been made of Muntsa Vicente. Her color work on this is amazing! Yes,Vaughn’s story is tight and Martin’s art is exceptional, but Vincent’s magic truly elevates the imagery and feel of the story – Hope to see more from her!

  17. I enjoyed the hell out of this. BKV can efficiently set up a new world in a first issue like no one else.

  18. My Pick of the Week.

  19. Somebody needs to start selling dreamcoat hoodies ASAP.

  20. 99 cents. Haven’t read it yet. More for the next issue if it’s good

  21. This is great …..however, be careful if you are purchasing via a tablet. Simply bookmarking the resulting file will NOT make it available to you tomorrow. Unless you leave it on an app such as Kindle, it will be gone. I had to download it again today….leaving a message for them as to why I was buying this “second” copy for $0.00.

    Hey, guilty conscience!


    • That happened to me too, but there was an option to open it in iBooks on my iPad and it saved it to my PDFs the second time.
      Guilty conscience here too, but they’ve got me hooked for the whole series so hopefully that makes up for it.

  22. Bought it, didn’t love it. I don’t understand the BKV craze.

  23. YEAH! 51 POTW%

    • “The Private Eye” is a quality book for certain. I chose another book but I gave Private Eye a 4 (really a 4.5) out of 5.


  24. Do they plan on putting this book in print? I won’t buy any digital books, I am old school that way.

  25. This was excellent.

    And I know they say they don’t plan on releasing this in print. But I sure hope they consider a collected edition when it’s all said and done. This is going to be a great story. Would be a shame if you couldn’t own it on your shelf. I can do without single issues for the time being, and I got no problem pay $2-3 an issue digitally as it’s released. But crossing my figerers they realize the demand.

  26. Like others, this was my first official digital purchase and I already find myself second guessing my hard copy collecting habit going forward.

    Honestly, I’m happy receiving art in any form as long as its in the intended format of the creator. Though I have no doubt they’ll eventually release this in print due to demand, this book is created for digital consumption – both stylistically in its widescreen mode and thematically in its story.

    I can see non-tablet owners being hesitant, but if you do own one – it reads fantastically.

    Beyond that, there’s just something really exciting about seeing all this play out. I was past my Radiohead phase when “In Rainbows” came out, so I’m happy to be a part of what may be a creator-owned digital revolution for comics.

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