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Image, comiXology offer 20 first issues for free


Image Comics has been on a roll lately, even before announcing a ton of projects by some great creators in San Diego in July. The last few months have brought us Saga, Fatale, The Manhattan Projects, the Glory and Prophet relaunches, Secret, Hell Yeah and many more. So who can blame you if you missed a few of them along the way? We’ve all got to eat.

If you did miss a few titles that you wanted to read or were just curious about, Image Comics and comiXology are now offering 20 first issues for free via the digital comics distributor. The list includes the first issues of the titles I listed above, plus Mind the Gap #1, Thief of Thieves #1, America’s Got Powers #1, Epic Kill #1, Creator-Owned Heroes #1, Dancer #1 and more. Apparently this isn’t a limited time only thing; according to the press release, they “will remain free permanently. So no need to rush; just mosey on over to comiXology or fire up your iPad and download them at your leisure.

The full press release can be found after the jump.

Image Comics for Free at comiXology
Prices permanently slashed on 20 first issues

Berkeley, CA – August 24, 2012 — The first issues of many of the new series launched in the first half Image Comics’ iconic twentieth anniversary year are now free at the digital distributor comiXology. The issues will remain free permanently, starting on August 24.

The free issues include the first issues of some of 2012’s best-selling comics, including SAGA #1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, FATALE #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra, THIEF OF THIEVES #1 by Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer, and Shawn Martinbrough, AMERICA’S GOT POWERS Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch, and MIND THE GAP #1 by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, and Sonia Oback.

The other free first issues are ALPHA GIRL #1, CREATOR-OWNED HEROES #1, DANCER #1, DANGER CLUB #1, EPIC KILL #1, GLORY #23 (first issue of the relaunch), GRIM LEAPER #1, HELL YEAH #1, HOAX HUNTERS #1, NO PLACE LIKE HOME #1, PETER PANZERFAUST #1, PLANETOID #1, PROPHET #21 (first issue of the relaunch), and SECRET #1.

Many of these titles have been or will soon be collected into trade paperbacks, making the free issues the perfect way for readers to sample new Image Comics titles before purchasing collections.



Picked up Saga #1 this way. Hopefully they will keep the reduced prices on all issues going forward. Though Images’ prices for trade paperbacks are so good, I will trade wait on this and probably Fatale after this second arc.

So pleased this happened–I’ve been reading these #1 issues off and on throughout Saturday. They’ve definitely encouraged me to go seek out the relevant trade paperbacks of some series.

Thanks, Image and Comixology!


August 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm


So their marketing ploy worked

Nitzan Rotschild

August 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Mind the Gap is great – hopefully this will help get more readers acquainted with it.
I think not starting Prophet and Glory with #1’s was a bad call. It’s confusing, and it put me off of picking up the first issues of the relaunch when they came out.

Dave Robinson (@dcrwrites)

August 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

What scared me was the realization that I had already bought 11 of the 20 issues. I grabbed the rest because I’m sure I’ll find something worth buying more of :)

I have picked up a couple of them (Saga and Mind The Gap) and will get some more.

Image is really doing a good job. I’m very impressed with them as a publisher with their timely trade releases, future collections to catch even more people up, a good (and forward thinking) digital policy and releasing plenty of interesting and high quality series.

Great news! I’ve only brought Saga so far, with pre orders on the Glory, Prophet and Thief of Thieves trades.

And there are at least 5 more I’ve wanted to check out – and now this is the perfect way!

Thanks Image!! :)

I appreciate them trying some new promotions but everyone knows what really needs to be done is drop the price of new digital issues to 99 cents and sell bundles of issues by storyline/run/etc on the cheap.


August 27, 2012 at 6:54 am


I agree that a digital comic should never cost more than 99 cents – perhaps not even that much

But dropping prices to that level would further kill the print comics market

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