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DC Joins comiXology Unlimtied, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading

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With the launch of their digital platform DC Universe in 2018, DC Comics finally dipped their toes for the first time into the world of unlimited comic reading. Today, its been revealed we’re getting three new ways to do that as well.

ComiXology and Amazon have announced that DC and Vertigo Comics are now available through multiple subscription services at no additional cost: comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading. Expanding availability to these three services makes it easier than ever for Amazon customers to enjoy DC’s Super Heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League, as well as DC Vertigo’s high concept series like Sandman, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Fables, and more.

With the addition of thousands of select DC single issues, collections and graphic novels – including exclusive fan-favorites from the DC Vertigo imprint – comiXology Unlimited remains $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members. Kindle Unlimited members will also enjoy a selection of single issues, collections and graphic novels, while subscribers of Prime Reading will have access to a curated and rotating list of highly regarded DC and DC Vertigo graphic novels, for no additional cost. This expansion across the three services provides the perfect entry points for those new to DC and DC Vertigo.

Today, comiXology Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited members see the addition of many bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo titles, including a selection of single issues, collections, and graphic novels available to read from the following series:

DC:

All Star Superman 
Animal Man (2011-2014)

Aquaman (2011-2016)
Arrow (2012-2013)
Batgirl (2016- )
Batman (2011-2016)
Batwoman (2011-2015)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 
Batman: The Long Halloween
 
Batman: White Knight
 
Cyborg (2016- )

Green Lanterns (2016-)
Harley Quinn (2016-)
Identity Crisis
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Injustice 2 (2017-)
The Mulitversity (2014)
New Super-Man (2016-)
Supergirl (2016-)
Teen Titans (2016-)
Wonder Woman (2016-)
…and many more!

DC Vertigo:

100 Bullets
American Vampire
Astro City (2013- )
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (2004-2005)
Clean Room (2015-2017)
Doom Patrol (1987-1995)
Ex-Machina
Fables
Hellblazer
Preacher
The Sandman
Scalped
Sweet Tooth
Transmetropolitan 
V for Vendetta 
Watchmen
Y: The Last Man
…and many more!

There’s a Massive Marvel Sale in their Digital Comics Shop

Looking to stock up on digital collections through the holidays? From now through 1/3/19, 11 PM ET, Marvel’s Digital Comics Shop is serving up an unmissable year-end sale…with every single in-store collection marked down for incredible savings! New to comics or digital reading? Trying to find the next great series to dive into? Visit the Comics Shop to grow a digital collection that you can read, anytime, anywhere!

Best of all, digital trades and issues are perfect for on-the-go reading! All purchases in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop are added to your personal library, and can be read on any web browser or mobile device in the Marvel Comics app on iPhone®, iPad® and select Android devices!

An added bonus? Marvel Insiders get a one-time reward of 2,000 Insider points when they shop this Massive Marvel Sale! Not a Marvel Insider?** Sign up today and earn points to redeem for exclusive prizes just by being a Marvel fan!

Head to the Comics Shop NOW! With over 3,500+ discounted trades, you’ll have no shortage of classic stories and fan-favorites to choose from! Shop now – sale ends 1/3/19, 11 PM ET!

*Offer ends 1/3/19 11 PM ET and is valid for select digital trades only.  Marvel user account and internet connection required.
** Marvel Insider Loyalty Rewards Program open to U.S. residents only.  See marvel.com/insider for terms, program, and activity details.
Massive Marvel Sale

Marvel Unlimited Expands this December

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 12/3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #19
DAREDEVIL #603
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
LOCKJAW #4 SERIES COMPLETE!
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #6
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: THE SPIDER-DOCTOR #1
MS. MARVEL #30
SPIDER-GWEN #32
STAR WARS: LANDO – DOUBLE OR NOTHING #1
THE PUNISHER #225
X-MEN: BLUE #28
X-MEN: RED ANNUAL #1
YOU ARE DEADPOOL #5 SERIES COMPLETE!

Week of 12/10

ANT-MAN & THE WASP #1
ANT-MAN & THE WASP: LIVING LEGENDS #1
ASTONISHING X-MEN #12
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #19
CAPTAIN AMERICA #703
DAZZLER: X-SONG #1
DEADPOOL #1
DOCTOR STRANGE #1
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST #2
IMMORTAL HULK #1
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #4
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #31
RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #6 SERIES COMPLETE!
SPIDEY: SCHOOL’S OUT #1
STAR WARS #49
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ADAPTATION #3
WEAPON X #19
X-MEN: GOLD #29
X-MEN: RED #5

Week of 12/17

DARTH VADER #17
DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1
DOMINO #3
EXILES #4
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #2
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #2
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1
MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1
NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #4
OLD MAN LOGAN #41
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #305
QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #2
S.H.I.E.L.D. BY HICKMAN & WEAVER #6 SERIES COMPLETE!
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #34
STAR WARS: THRAWN #5
THE PUNISHER #226
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #33
THOR #1
VENOM #2
X-MEN: BLUE #29

Week of 12/24

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 SERIES COMPLETE!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #20
ANT-MAN & THE WASP #2
AVENGERS #3
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #20
CABLE #158
CAPTAIN AMERICA #704 SERIES COMPLETE!
CHAMPIONS #21
DAREDEVIL #604
DOCTOR STRANGE #2
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #2
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: BLACK WIDOW #1
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CHAMPIONS #1
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
RUNAWAYS #10
SPIDER-GWEN #33
SPIDEY: SCHOOL’S OUT #2
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #28
TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1
WEAPON H #4
X-MEN: GOLD #30

Week of 12/31

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WAKANDA FOREVER #1
BLACK PANTHER #2
DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #2
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #2
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #3
MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #7
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: WEBS AND ARROWS AND ANTS, OH MY! #1
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #32
MOON KNIGHT #196
MS. MARVEL #31
MULTIPLE MAN #1
OLD MAN HAWKEYE #6
OLD MAN LOGAN #42
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #306
SENTRY #1
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #21
STAR WARS: LANDO – DOUBLE OR NOTHING #2
THOR #2
VENOM #3
X-MEN: BLUE #30

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and more! With December’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following issues: THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #23-41, WEBSPINNERS: TALES OF SPIDER-MAN #1-18, MARVEL KNIGHTS (2002) #1-6, QUASAR (1989) #10-25, PUNISHER (1987) #1-9, and much, MUCH more! This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and on select Android devices.

Uncanny X-Men #1 Gets a Digital Director’s Cut

THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK! Marvel’s mutants return with a new ongoing series, a 10-part weekly epic with X-Men: Disassembled! Pick up #1 of Uncanny X-Men…back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be their final adventure! Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Pérez join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED! Available wherever Marvel comics are sold!

For a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at this can’t-miss 10-part epic…by purchasing #1! Those who have preordered or purchased a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men #1 or subscribed to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 12/4, 11:59  PM ET, will receive the DIRECTOR’S CUT edition of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1!*

This exclusive content will feature: a draft of #1’s script (including a script to #1’s back-up bonus story!), pencil pages, color pages, a variant cover gallery, never-before-seen character designs and MORE! Preview an all-new chapter for the strangest heroes of them all…who are about to challenge a new status quo! Limited time offer, act now!

Offer Details

* Limited time offer. You must purchase or pre-order a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 or subscribe to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 11:59 p.m. (ET) December 4th, 2018 to be eligible to receive a copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 Director’s Cut. Offer is limited to one per account. The offer expires on 12/5/18. ComiXology reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is valid for one-time use only, is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

Around The DC Universe: Titans, Jason Todd, The Longbow Hunters, and More!

Welcome to “Around the DC Universe,” Graphic Policy’s weekly guide to the best comics and shows on DC Entertainment’s premium subscription service.

Original Series

After a week away from this column I had a bit of catching up to do with Titans. The show continues to be one of the best that DC has ever produced, finally bringing the team together in one episode and introducing the second Robin, Jason Todd in another. With the series entering its second half the characters are really starting to gel as a group. It’s a lot of fun to see the chemistry between them at work and watching Dick take on the villainous Nuclear Family as Robin was tremendously satisfying. Jason too is very well done. There aren’t many portrayals of the character to hold up against Curran Walters’ for comparison but he does a good job defining him nonetheless. Walters’ Jason evokes the blend of sympathy and disdain that the character demands with a screen presence that is magnetic. He’s a great addition to the regular ensemble and I hope to see more of him as the series develops.

Comics

One of the earliest series I recommended through this column was Kevin Smith’s run on Green Arrow. This time around I call your attention to another classic story featuring the emerald archer: The Longbow Hunters by writer/artist Mike Grell. From the same era as Miller and Mazzuchelli’s Batman Year One and Tim Truman’s Hawkworld, this three issue mini series reintroduced Oliver Queen to the post-Crisis DC Universe. Grell’s Ollie is a grounded, urban vigilante on the hunt for a serial killer who stalks the streets of Seattle amidst a much larger affair involving rogue intelligence operatives and mysterious assassins. Fans of the TV show Arrow will recognize many familiar elements in the mini series itself and the follow up ongoing series with artist Ed Hannigan, several issues of which are also available on DC Universe in Green Arrow (1987). While the art is gorgeous and the stories compelling in their own right I do think this run is missing something. A notably conservative creator Grell never fully embraces the liberal politics that have been one of  Oliver’s trademarks ever since Denny O’Neill and Neal Adams got their hands on him in the late seventies.  One might expect a critique of the lefist point of view, coming as the series does at the height of the Reagan era, but ideology is mostly ignored to the detriment of the characterization of comics’ proudest liberal. While it does strike slightly right of the bullseye, The Longbow Hunters is still a high water mark in Green Arrow’s career and is worth the attention of anyone who is interested in his adventures.

Technical Issues

The addition and subtraction of new comics remains the biggest problem with the DC Universe service. As I reported several weeks ago, the powers that be seem to be discussing how to improve the comics portion of the site by changing how the library is curated. What this means is still being left vague by the moderators of the community forums but the sense of disaffection among users is palpable. Nothing has been added to the comics library to replace Dark Victory after that title expired on November 12th and there have been no announcements about any forthcoming special features.

While I appreciate DC’s commitment to using subscriber feedback to improve the user experience, by not continuing  to rotate new special feature titles while they discuss a fix they’re giving the impression to anyone who doesn’t follow the community forums that they’ve abandoned comics streaming as a feature. Coming on the heels of the demise of Filmstruck it doesn’t breed confidence in Warner Brothers’ long term commitment to this product or its users. I for one think that there is a lot of untapped potential in DC Universe and would hate to see it fail to live up to it. 

eigoMANGA Has Launched A Free Streaming Service Called Comic Climax

eigoMANGA announced today that the company has launched a free comic media streaming service for iOS and Android called Comic Climax.

Comic Climax includes access to digital comics, video animation, and music soundtracks. Users are be able to stream and discover comic media, search and filter by genre, creator and title, save comics to read offline, as well as find out more about their favorite creators.

At launch, the service includes comic titles such as, ‘Give My Regards To Black  Jack’, ‘Vanguard Princess’, ‘Danity Kane’, ‘God Drug’, ‘Soul Ascendance’, original animation videos such as ‘Demian’, ‘Break Ups’, ‘Short Age’, the official soundtrack to the video game ‘Vanguard Princess’, and the award-winning feature-length animated film ‘Padak’ among others.

Comic Climax is free to download worldwide on iOS and Android with no sign up required to access the streaming service.

Comic Climax is eigoMANGA’s latest digital comic distribution platform; in March 2018, the company released a virtual reality (VR) digital comic app for iOS and Android called ‘ComX VR’.

Disney+ Gets a Second Star Wars Live-Action Series Plus a Loki Live Action Series is Being Developed

Disney‘s much talked about digital service finally has a name, Disney+. Along with that announcement, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has revealed new series that are being developed for it.

The service is getting a second live-action Star Wars series. This series will focus on Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the early years of the Rebellion and before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Cassian Andor.

The service is also getting a live-action series centered around the Marvel character Loki and will star Tom Hiddleston.

This is on top of other new stories set in the worlds of Monster Inc. and High School Musical as well as another Star Wars set live-action series, The Mandalorian which takes place after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.

Disney+ is scheduled to launch in the U.S. in late 2019.

Around the DC Universe: Titans, Doom Patrol, Dark Victory, and Green Lantern

Welcome to “Around the DC Universe,” Graphic Policy’s continuing feature that helps you get the most out of your subscription to DC’s premier comic book and video streaming service.

Originals

This week Titans introduced their version of The Doom Patrol. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about any of the comic book versions of the team but I did enjoy watching this episode. Brendan Fraser especially stood out as Robot Man, striking a perfect balance between goofiness and pathos that made me want to watch more.

I hate to say it but the one part of this show I’m not loving is Starfire/Kory Anders. Anna Diopp does a fine job of portraying the character but I don’t think the writers really know what to do with her.  Her costume is also completely ridiculous. I was willing to accept it in the beginning since it made sense in the context in which she’s introduced but four episodes (and a transatlantic flight) later the fact that she’s still wearing it stretches the bounds of credibility by making her stick out like a sore thumb. Hopefully the whole crew will be due for a change of clothes soon.

Special Features

Last Tuesday Batman: Dark Victory was added to the service for a limited time (they’ll be taking it down November 11th). This sequel to The Long Halloween, which features the fallout of the Holiday murders on the Gotham underworld and a version of Robin’s origin, is an improvement on the original but it does rely on it rather heavily for the purposes of continuity. It’s probably not the best choice if you steered clear of The Long Halloween and its not good enough in my opinion to make reading The Long Halloween worth it. If you ignored my advice or if you’re only discovering this column after learning that the original was not your taste, then check it out. It’s by far Jeph Loeb’s most readable epic.

Comics

If you were hoping for some Green Lantern comics to go along with the release of the first issue of Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s run, then prepare to be disappointed. DC Universe’s current selection is rather spotty and missing some well regarded material including most of the classic runs by Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams and Geoff Johns. The best stuff currently available to binge are the first twenty issues of Hal Jordan’s original series from the 1960s with stories by John Broome and art by Gil Kane. While these comics are plenty goofy (as well as being full of the casual racism and sexism of the silver age) they are still worth reading as historical documents. It was editor Julius Schwartz’s reinvention of Green Lantern (along with The Flash) that set the tone for a new generation of comics. Gil Kane is perhaps the best representative of DC’s silver age style with his dynamic sense of motion and more modern page layouts (though he would not really hit his stride until later in the run when he began to ink himself) and Broome managed to weave entertaining science-fiction yarns that saw Hal adventuring across both time and space, introducing key concepts and characters along the way.

Andy Bean and Derek Mears will play Swamp Thing in the new Live Action Series

After some casting announcements have been made in recent weeks, we finally know who will play the title character in DC Universe‘s Swamp Thing series.

Two individuals are stepping in the role to play the two sides of the character. Andy Bean will play Alec Holland, the biologist who transforms into Swamp Thing. Derek Mears will play the creature he turns into after his accident.

The actors join Will Patton as Avery Sunderland and Crystal Reed as Abby Crane.

The show is set to debut in 2019 as part of the DC Universe digital platform.

Marvel Unlimited Expands this November

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 11/5

ASTONISHING X-MEN #11
AVENGERS #1
AVENGERS: BACK TO BASICS #5
CAPTAIN AMERICA #701
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST #1
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #3
RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #5
ROGUE & GAMBIT #5 SERIES COMPLETE!
SPIDER-MAN #240 SERIES COMPLETE!
STAR WARS #47
VENOMIZED #5 SERIES COMPLETE!
WEAPON X #17
X-MEN: GOLD #27
YOU ARE DEADPOOL #1

 

Week of 11/12

DARTH VADER #16
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300 SERIES COMPLETE!
DOMINO #2
EXILES #3
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1
INCREDIBLE HULK #716
NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #3
OLD MAN LOGAN #39
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #304
RUNAWAYS #9
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #32
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ADAPTATION #1
STAR WARS: THRAWN #4
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32
VENOM #1
X-MEN: BLUE #27
YOU ARE DEADPOOL #2

 

Week of 11/19

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #35 SERIES COMPLETE!
AVENGERS #2
AVENGERS: BACK TO BASICS #6 SERIES COMPLETE!
BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #18
CABLE #157
CAPTAIN AMERICA #702
DAREDEVIL #602
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #1
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DAREDEVIL #1
MIGHTY THOR: AT THE GATES OF VALHALLA #1
QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1
STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #27
THE PUNISHER #224
WEAPON H #3
X-MEN: RED #4
X-MEN: THE WEDDING SPECIAL #1
YOU ARE DEADPOOL #3

 

Week of 11/26

BLACK PANTHER #1
CHAMPIONS #20
DOCTOR STRANGE #390 SERIES COMPLETE!
FALCON #8 SERIES COMPLETE!
HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #1
INCREDIBLE HULK #717 SERIES COMPLETE!
INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #1
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600 SERIES COMPLETE!
LEGION #5 SERIES COMPLETE!
MOON KNIGHT #195
OLD MAN HAWKEYE #5
OLD MAN LOGAN #40
S.H.I.E.L.D. BY HICKMAN & WEAVER #5
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #33
STAR WARS #48
STAR WARS ANNUAL #4
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #20
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ADAPTATION #2
WEAPON X #18
X-MEN: GOLD #28
YOU ARE DEADPOOL #4

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel and more! With November’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following issues: Thunderbolts (1997) #51-74, Mutant X (1998) #1-17, Taskmaster (2002) #1-4, Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992) #36-42, Elektra: Glimpse and Echo (2002) #1-4 and much, MUCH more! This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and on select Android devices.

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