November 13, 2007
Marvel will be putting its back issues online for reading (though, theoretically, not for downloading).
The company hopes to draw in younger readers. In addition to the 2000+ older issues that will be available, newer comics will go online as well, but only after six months or more have passed.
November 13, 2007 @ 4:37 am
Not a bad priceAt $60 a year, I might go for that. The question is, will they be the same issues that GIT Corp has been releasing? If so, then I’ve already got them in a pretty convenient format.
November 13, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
Re: Not a bad price
At $60 a year, I might go for that. The question is, will they be the same issues that GIT Corp has been releasing? If so, then I’ve already got them in a pretty convenient format.
It’s a great price and I joined up in about the first hour it was available. I scanned through what is available and it’s like someone took lists of comics from the last 46 years and fired a shotgun at it to determine what to put up. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially since older comics didn’t typically require more than issue or two to get a full story – especially during Jim Shooter’s run as Editor-in-Chief, when he famously instructed creators that they were not to stretch a story past two issues unless it was going to be as good as Fantastic Four 48-50 – "When Galactus Came to Earth and Got Indigestion." The bottom line is that the selection available is extensive and covers many more titles than the DVD-ROMs available so far, but the collections aren’t complete.
I think the service is solid. It’s not going to be as great for 21st-century comics thanks to decompression and issues not yet available online, but the comics that are available look good, read well in Marvel’s reader (use single-page mode, though, because the fancier options aren’t really ready for primetime), and there are so many of them. I’ve wanted an affordable, legal alternative to buying comics for a long time, and now I’ve got it. I signed up for a month because I wasn’t ready to commit, but I’ll be going yearly before the month is through.
The weaknesses of the service are vastly outweighed by the strengths for my purposes, and I hope DC follows suit.
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