Horror comic fans – and all comic book fans, for that matter – can breathe a huge sigh of relief: DC is stepping up to the rescue.
With comic book stores closed across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Diamond Comics distributors not planning to resume operations until the end of May, DC Comics has decided to expand its DC Digital First program, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
DC’s program, which serializes its comics digitally, had focused on comics related to media adaptations of their books, including the series Injustice: Gods Among Us and DC Comics Bombshell, as well as books related to The CW’s Arrowverse TV shows.
But the comic book giant is now going the extra mile for hungry comic book fans. The first titles in this new expansion include Swamp Thing: New Roots, the horror favorite, as well as Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Batman: Gotham Nights and Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace.
DC publisher (and superstar artist) Jim Lee explained the new program this way, “This strategy aims to deliver daily content to fans immediately, and also to ensure that when comic book stores reopen, they will. will have new content and products. that their customers will want.
Lee added that the regularly scheduled DC print comics, generally available on Wednesdays, “will continue to be available digitally on Tuesday day and date.”
On the flip side, he continued, the DC Digital First comics “will be released seven days a week, with a different business presentation that will distinguish those titles from the physical ones.”
In addition, DC has also launched “DC Essential Reads,” a new digital promotion “that will publish the first issues of a number of top-selling and critically-acclaimed series free of charge for a limited time,” said Lee.
Horror fans will love this too. Titles included in this special production include The Sandman No. 1, Watchmen No. 1 and Doomsday Clock No. 1.
All of this news follows a recent DC announcement – reported on Horror News Network – that the company will begin shipping a limited selection of new comics to North American comic book stores next week, April 28, using new distribution channels.
Just what the world needed in the midst of this coronavirus crisis: New comics are on the way. Keep reading Horror News Network for any new development in the four-color world of horror and fantasy.