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Marvel offers digital bundles

Marvel comics has become the latest comics publisher to offer entire story arcs at a slight discount through their digital comics app (the one run by comiXology). They are launching with ten titles:

  • Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1
  • Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1: Five Nightmares
  • New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout
  • Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
  • Thor, vol. 1 (by J. Michael Straczynski)
  • Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility
  • Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 1: The Fantastic
  • Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human
  • Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People

I checked in with comiXology CEO David Steinberger, and he said the discounted collections are available only through the Marvel app. A number of other publishers, including Archaia, IDW, and Image, are already doing this, and Steinberger expects to see more: “This is a great value to the consumer, both from it being a bit cheaper than the individual issues and from the fact that they are complete story arcs in a convenient form,” he said.

In related news, the debut of MIles Morales in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 broke the record for the most digital sales on the day of release—although since Marvel isn’t releasing any numbers, it’s hard to know exactly what that means.



hmmmm….im suddenly interested in digital comics. i like this idea of selling in tpb format.

Yeah, I noticed this yesterday when I browsed the Marvel store.

Price seem to be about the same as what Amazon takes for the TPBs.

I’m okay with buying a single issue in digital simply because it makes storage easier however the nice thing about trades is having them on a shelf where people can see them and access them. Additionally there’s nothing nicer than having a full run of a series in trade format with with matching spine dress. What I would prefer are the large series that are not or would take forever to come out in trades. For example the X-Men and Fantastic Four sets (and there were others as well) that came on disc and could be view on the computer. Now if you bundle those and sell those for a comparable price I’m there.

Maximum Carnage is an interesting choice. It hasn’t aged well and it’s steeped in 90’s characters.

talk to me when marvel stops hating android.

Maximum Carnage wasn’t any good in the 90’s!

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