I've Made the Transition to Digital Comics by Comixology

I've always liked digital comics. Maybe because of Scott McCloud's trust in them and his experiments with the genre. The real problem with them had been that comics are print first and exist within that aspect ratio and digital comics have to fit 4:3 or 16:9 screens. Digital comics for a long time were all pirates sharing scanned Western comics to cheap people or those who lived in a foreign countries and had very little options. Great programs rose to help read these comics comfortably such as Comic Rack, which is somehow still in beta four years later. Anyway, comic book publishers were losing money and needed a platform in which to sell their products in a comfortable and profitable fashion. Enter Comixology.

Comixology has become the leader/monopoly in the field of digital comics receiving support from all major publishers. Apparently on the iPad it's just like reading a regular comic, except for those pesky double page spreads. On my iPod, back when I hadn't lost it, I read the first issue of 52 and was kind of blown away by how well their (patented) guided view works. I tried out their PC viewer which is not their greatest, but if you scoot up close to the screen it works fine. It also has guided view if you so prefer to repeatedly click or mash the arrow button.

So when DC announced they were rebooting and that they would go date-and-digital last year, they also announced that titles would be a dollar less the month after their print debut. That sounded great because I was over my monthly budget for comics. Also online I would hear horror stories of people that had truckloads of long boxes following them around when they moved. Growing up in the home of two-packrats the idea of having less stuff sounded great. Also, I would be able to take my entire collection with me anywhere I went, which is amazing. Even though these advantages are great I still wanted to help out the awesome guys down at my LCS. Also announced with the DC Relaunch was that LCS's could house digital stores powered by Comixology. I think I read on Bleeding Cool somewhere that they get a share kicked back if it reaches $100 minimum per month. Unfortunately, Marvel is joining the Comixology game late and has no titles available through my LCS's store, which is fine because I only buy DC and Image. Oh Image, that reminds me, back issues are all available on Comixology for most titles, so there is no worry of missing an issue. Thus, I am buying the back issues of Invincible and Walking Dead that I torrented to get caught up.

Overall, I'm happy with the service, I can read any comic in my collection without having to go digging and have access to those wonderful $0.99 sales. Since it is a cloud service, there is a feeling of anxiety that you might lose all the titles you bought if they ever go bankrupt. So once a month I printscreen myself copies of my purchases for ComicRack. In a way, using Comixology is kind of like when people put computers into offices and thought they'd use less paper in that I've been buying more titles since switching because they are cheaper. I cannot resell comics if I hate them as there are no refunds, but since I make myself wait a month for the price drop I have that time to mull over my purchases carefully. Unfortunately I can't get my comics signed by creators if I ever do get to a con some day, but I could just buy an autograph book or something. So that I can still see the people in my LCS I do buy at least one print comic a week. Three out of those five have combo packs and the other two I buy digitally later.

So here I am a digital comic book reader. It's probably been easier for me to transition because I only became a weekly comic book reader two years ago and only have two longboxes, one of which is only 1/6 full. I wrote this post because when I was researching whether to switch to Comixology there were very few posts about it in my Google searches. Hopefully someone making the same decision finds this and is helped by it. So in conclusion, I love the service and definitely recommend Comixology for those on the fence about it. Happy reading!

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Update 14: Complete List of the DC Relaunch Books

The complete listing of the 52 new DC books in September: 
 

Justice League of America #1

Justice League of America #1 
August 31, 2011
Writer: Geoff Johns 
Artist
: Jim Lee   
Cover: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Rated: T
Known Cast: Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Hal Jordan, Batman, Flash, Cyborg 
Notes: I've heard that there are supposed to be up to 14 members. Flash does not have a hyperlink attached, because his identity has still not been announced. This issue will be available for $3.99 for regular in print and $4.99 for a copy of it in print and digital. Digital is $3.99 for the first four weeks, then it will be offered for $2.99
  
 

Wonder Woman #1

 Wonder Woman #1
Date: September 21, 2011
Writer: Brian Azzarello 
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Cover: Cliff Chiang 
Rated: T 
Known Cast
: Wonder Woman 
Notes: For the Comic Book retailers, they are letting them order this book and five other (TBA) at 15% off. Does this say something about the quality? DC needs to do Wonder Woman right for this relaunch as she was having trouble recently this is her chance to recover.  
 

Aquaman #1

Aquaman #1 
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Geoff Johns 
Artist: Ivan Reis 
Cover: Ivan Reis 
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Aquaman 
Notes: In the cover it doesn't look like Aquaman's actually wearing Lee's v-collar and his hair air slicked back too. This book was planned to shoot off of Brightest Day to a point. 
 

The Flash #1

 The Flash #1
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato  
Artist: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato  
Cover: Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato 
Rated: T  
Known Cast: A Flash (Barry or Wally probably) 
Notes: It's probably Barry. I got the date from an example used here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/06/02/dc-relaunch-not-a-reboot-holding-the-line-variants-72-discounts/ 
 

The Fury of Firestorm #1

The Fury of Firestorm #1 
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Ethan van Sciver, Gail Simone 
Artist: Yidilray Cinar 
Cover: Ethan van Sciver 
 Rated: T 
Known Cast: Ronnie Raymond, Jason Rusch, Martin Stein 
Notes: Ronnie and Jason are both in high school and have to deal with each other. Gail has said that the series was insisted by DC to be about their relationship as a team. Also, DC told Bleeding Cool to take down this conceptual art of Firestorm so here we go: 
 Me...Scary...Looking

Notice how there's no skin color to his face. And just like that the race issues go away. (i.e. "Hey he was black, because of Jason, but now that Ronnie's back he has a white face! Was that on purpose?!) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Savage Hawkman #1

 The Savage Hawkman #1
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Tony Daniel 
Artist: Philip Tan 
Cover: Philip Tan
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Hawkman 
Notes: If Brightest Day is still in effect we're going to see Hawkman  SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden content.
 at the beginning. 
 

Green Arrow #1

 Green Arrow #1
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: J.T. Krul 
Artist: Dan Jurgens 
Cover: Brett Booth 
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Green Arrow 
Notes: Oliver is rich again.
 
  

Justice League International #1

Justice League International #1 
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: Dan Jurgens  
Artist: Aaron Lopresti 
Cover: Aaron Lopresti 
 Rated: T 
Known Cast:  Batman , Rocket Red, Fire, August General in Iron, Booster Gold, Vixen, Donna Troy?, Ice, Guy Gardner
 Notes: Jaime could be on the team, but it sounds like he might also be getting an on-going. Looks like Booster will be the leader from his center postiton. 

Mister Terrific #1

 Mister Terrific #1
Date:  September 14, 2011
Writer: Eric Wallace 
Artist: Roger Robinson 
Cover: J.G. Jones 
 Rated: T 
Known Cast: Mr. Terrific 
Notes: No word on the JSA at the moment. 
 

Captain Atom #1

 Captain Atom #1
Date: September 21, 2011
Writer: J.T. Krul 
Artist: Freddie Williams II 
Cover: Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
Rated: T   
Known Cast: Captain Atom 
Notes: Will be dealing on his internal struggle of his powers and how he feels he's losing his humanity. 
 

DC Universe Presents #1

DC Universe Presents #1 
Date:  September 21, 2011
Writer: Paul Jenkins 
Artist: Bernard Chang 
Cover: Ryan Sook 
Rated: T 
Known Cast: Deadman 
Notes: Deadman is the first of many story arcs. This book is going to be an anthology series, focusing on different characters here and there. 
 

Green Lantern #1

 Green Lantern #1
Date:  September 14, 2011
Writer: Geoff Johns 
Artist: Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy 
Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado 
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Hal Jordan
Notes: Johns is going to be keeping most of his work from his current run. 
 
 

Green Lantern Corps #1

Green Lantern Corps #1 
Date: September 21, 2011
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi 
Artist: Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna  
Cover: Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy. (Unreleased)
Rated: T  
Known Cast: John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Alpha Lanterns 
Notes: Dealing with deadly forces across the universe. 
 

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1 
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Tony Bedard 
Artist: Tyler Kirkham, Batt 
Cover: Tyler Kirkham, Batt. (Unreleased)
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Kyle Rayner 
Notes:  Kyle is going to be the leader of a team with the powers of  Rage, Avarice, Fear, Will, Hope, Compassion, and Love.  
 

Red Lanterns #1

 Red Lanterns #1
Date: September 14, 2011  
Writer: Peter Milligan 
Artist: Ed Benes, Rob Hunter  
Cover: (Unreleased) 
Rated: T+  
Known Cast: Atrocitus, Red Lantern Corps 
Notes: Fighting injustice across the universe. Expect plenty of gore!  

Batman #1

 Date: September 7, 2011  
 Batman #1
 Write:
Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Cover: Greg Capullo 
Rated: T     
Known Cast: Batman 
Notes: Still no words on the Robins' place in continuity. Only one Batman.
 

Detective Comics #1

Detective Comics #1 
Date: September 7, 2011  
Writer:   Tony Daniel
Artist:  Tony Daniel 
Cover: 
Tony Daniel
Rated: T 
Known Cast:
Batman 
Notes: 
  Going to fight a serial killer called the Gotham Ripper
   
 
Nightwing #1
 Nightwing #1
Date: September 21, 2011
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Eddy Barrows 
Cover: 
Eddy Barrows  
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Dick Grayson, 
Notes:
Will be in Gotham this time.

 

Batman and Robin #1

 Batman and Robin #1
Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Peter Tomasi 
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Damian WayneBatman 
Notes: Bruce and Damian working as father and son.

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

 Batman: The Dark Knight #1
Date:  September  28, 2011
Writer:  David FInch 
Artist:   David Finch  
Rated: T  

Batwoman #1

 Batwoman #1
Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: JH Williams IIIHaden Blackman
Artist: JH Williams III  
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Batwoman
Notes:  Was pushed back in May and June, probably because they knew for sure then that they were rebooting. 
  

Batgirl #1

Batgirl #1 
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: Gail Simone 
Artist: Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes 
Rated: T 
Known Cast: Barbara Gordon 
Notes: Well, she's obviously not paralyzed anymore. 

Catwoman #1

Catwoman #1 
Date: September 21, 2011
Writer: Judd Winick 
Artist:
Guillem March 
Cover: 
Guillem March 
Rated: T+  
Known Cast: Catwoman 
Notes: We know this book is happening for sure.

 

Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1 
Date: September 21, 2011
Writer: Duane Swierczynski 
Artist: Jesus Saiz 
Cover: Jesus Saiz 
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Poison Ivy, Black Canary, , Katana 
 

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 
Date: September 21, 2011
Written: Scott Lobdell 
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Cover: Kenneth Rocafort 
 Rated: T 
Known Cast: Jason Todd, Roy Harper, Starfire 
Notes: Jason is the leader.   
 
 
 

Batwing #1 

Batwing #1 
Date: September 7, 2011
Written: Judd Winick 
Artist: Ben Oliver 
Cover: Ben Oliver 
Rated: T 
Known Cast: Batwing 
 

Swamp Thing #1

 Swamp Thing #1
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: Scott Snyder  
Artist:
Yanick Paquette
Cover: Yanick Paquette   
 Rated: T+ 
Known Cast: Swamp Thing
 
 
 

Justice League Dark #1

Justice League Dark #1 
Date: September 28, 2011 
Writer: Peter Milligan 
Artist: Mikel Janin 
 Rated: T 
Known Cast: Deadman, John Constantine, Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu 
Notes: United to stop threats the DCU does not see

Animal Man #1 

 Animal Man #1
Date: September 7, 2011 
Writer: Jeff Lemire  
Artist: Travel Foreman, Dan Green
Rated: T+  
Known Cast:
Buddy Baker, Ellen Baker, Maxine Baker, Clifford Baker 
Notes:
His daughter starts getting powers.
 
 
 

Demon Knights #1

 Demon Knights #1
Date: September 14, 2011 
Writer: Paul Cornell 
Artist: Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert 
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Etrigan the Demon
Notes: Etrigan's going to have an "unlikely team" to defend Camelot 
 

Frankestein, Agent of SHADE #1

 Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE #1
 Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Jeff Lemire  
Artist: Alberto Ponticelli  
Rated: T  
Known Cast: Frankenstein, SHADE
   
 
 
 
 

Resurrection Man #1

Resurrection Man #1 
Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning  
Artist: Fernando Dagnino 
Rated: T+  
Known Cast: Resurrection Man 
Notes: Gets new powers every time he killed.  
 

I, Vampire #1

I, Vampire #1 
Date: September 28, 2011 
Writer: Josh Hale Fialkov  
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino 
Rated: T+  
 

Voodoo #1

 Voodoo #1
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer:  Ron Marz  
Artist: Sami Basri
Rated: T+  


 

Legion Lost #1

 Legion Lost #1
Date: TBA September 
Writer: Fabian Nicieza 
Artist: Pete Woods  
Rated: T  
 
 
 

Legion of Superheroes #1

 Legion of Superheroes #1
Date: TBA September 
Writer: Paul Levitz 
Artist: Francis Portela 
Rated: T 
 

Teen Titans #1

 Teen Titans #1
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund 
Rated: T  

Static Shock #1

 Static Shock #1
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: John Rozum, Scott McDaniel 
Artist: Scott McDaniel, Jonathan Glapion 
Rated: T 
 

Hawk and Dove #1

Hawk and Dove #1 
Date: September 7, 2011  
Writer: Sterling Gates 
Artist: Rob Liefield
Rated: T 
 

Stormwatch #1

 Stormwatch #1
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: Paul Cornell 
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda  
Rated: T+ 
Known Cast: Martian Manhunter, Midnighter, Apollo 
 

Blackawks #1

 Blackhawks #1
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Mike Costa 
Artist: Ken Lashley 
Rated: T 
 
 

Men of War #1

Men of War #1 
Date: September 7, 2011
Writer: Ivan Brandon 
Artist: Tom Derenick  
Rated: T+  

All-Star Western #1

All Star Western #1 
Date: September 28, 2011
Writer: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti  
Artist: Moritat 
Rated: T+  
Known Cast: Jonah Hex, Amadeus Arkham 

Deathstroke #1

Deathstroke #1 
Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Kyle Higgins  
Artist: Joe Bennet, Art Thibert 
Rated: T+  

Grifter #1

 Grifter #1
Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Nathan Edmondson 
Artist: CAFU, BIT 
Rated: T  

OMAC #1 

OMAC #1 
Date: September 7, 2011
Written: Dan Didio, Keith Giffen 
Artist: Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish 
Rated: T  

Suicide Squad #1

Suicide Squad #1 
 Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Adam Glass 
Artist: Marco Rudy 
Rated: T+   
Known Cast: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark

Blue Beetle #1

Blue Beetle #1 
Date: September 21, 2011 
Written: Tony Bedard
Artist: Ig Guara
Rated: T 
 

Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1 
Date: September 7, 2011 
Written: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Rags Morales, Rick Bryant       
Rated: T 
Cover: Rags Morales  



Superman #1

Superman #1 
Date: September 28, 2011  
Writer: George Perez 
Artist: Jesus Merino
Rated: T  

    

Supergirl #1

Date:  September 21, 2011                               
Supergirl #1 

Writer:
Michael Green, Mike Johnson 
Artist: Mahmud Asrar 
Rated: T  

 


Superboy #1

Superboy #1 
Date: September 14, 2011
Writer: Scott Lobdell   
Artist: R.B. Silva, Rob Lean 
Rated: T 

Non-DCU Books

Batman Inc #1

 Date:  Q1 2012 
Written:  Grant Morrison  
Artist:  Chris Burnham  
 
Known Cast:  Batman , Leviathan 
Notes:  Will be the "second season" of Batman Inc. after #10 in August. Old DCU.
 
Batman Beyond #1
 
Date:
 TBA September 
Writer: Adam Beechen  
 
Notes: Earth-12. Confirmed via Twitter by Beechen. Guess it will be starting in October as the bookshelves will be crammed with the 52. 

My Greatest Adventure #1

A continuation of Weird Worlds. Slated for October. 
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So how does Terry McGinnis fit into the mainstream universe?

From the perspective of the show it's obvious the choice is Bruce. Still with what Grant Morrison's been doing with Batman so far it would make more sense for Damian to raise him.  SPOILER WARNING: Click here to reveal hidden content.

 Also there is the issue of how Terry would deal with Damian, with Bruce he has a gruff pretty-cranky old man. With Damian he would have someone who would be giving him orders that might entail breaking a limb, or even killing. Who knows he might've mellowed out a little bit, but I find it doubtful. Bruce was someone Terry could look up to with respect, someone who could find a way to do things without killing, not so with Damian. My verdict is I think Terry would be a much more respectable Batman with Bruce's teachings, but a Batman Beyond trained by Damian would be very interesting. If there was ever a comic devoted to Damian's Batman I think Terry should eventually be his sidekick. I say sidekick, because in the 2-page clip "Eternal" Damian is shown talking to Connor in the future and both in their respected father's roles. In that conversation he says thing are going well with Terry. I guess that could be explained through Damian using the Lazarus Pits like he did in the alternate future in Justice League Generation Lost #14 where he lived well into his 100's. Was it 160? Anyway, I've spent a lot of time talking about Damian and Terry over Bruce, because they seem to have a more open future. No matter what, DC is going to keep Bruce doing what he does in Gotham to some degree, or they might actually make the call for him to retire at some point. If they do, then Damian's Batman story could begin same as Terry's Damian upbringing bringing in some very good reading. For the future I hope those two stories get some coverage, because Bruce's Terry story is being told right now. Enjoying it as I might, I can't help thinking what those stories would be like especially with Morrison at the head. But enough mental exercise for now I need sleep.
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