Batman and ‘Smallville’ Lead DC’s Charge Into Digital

DC Comics announced today that the comic book publishing company would be expanding its digital comics initiative with brand new weekly comics with Smallville Season 11, Batman, and a manga-inspired Ame Come line leading the charge.

Alright DC Comics, you’ve got my attention. This news story comes alongside a nice feature with writer Bryan Q. Miller on USA Today as he discusses preview pages and the previously announced Smallville Season 11 weekly digital comics series that follows the events of the popular TV show, which finally hits the digital platform today. Next month, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti will begin a new weekly digital comic based on Manga style that focuses on Wonder Woman and other female superheroes which takes the Ame Comi name from DC’s popular statue line. Where this gets really interesting to me, however, is with the announcement of the weekly Batman comics.

Starting in June, some of the best creators working in comics will be collaborating to do weekly, out of continuity digital comics that seem to be presented as a mini-series of sorts from each creative team. Working on this criteria, there’s potential for some truly great comics to come out regarding Batman, especially when you hear some of the names announced so far. Firstly, Damon Lindelof of LOST fame and Jeff Lemire will be collaborating on a Batman story, and if you can wrap your brain around the idea that there will be a comic book that features Batman in the style of Sweet Tooth, you must realize how amazing that truly is. Also announced for these digital issues are Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith (who unfortunately won’t be working with Niles on this project), B. Clay Moore, Nicola Scott, Joshua Hale Fialkov, and even more. So saying that I’m excited about this would be a gross understatement. I mean, these are some of my favorite creators working in comics and they’re working on my favorite character. It’s like they know me and want me to love them!

This is all part of truly impressive line of digital exclusive (sort of?) that continues to grow. These newly announced comics join an already established base of digital exclusives such as Arkham Unhinged and the DC Beyond line. DC is making a point of making new comics available consistently and available to a great number of people who unfortunately don’t have the ability to go to a comic shop every week.

The Batman comics are slated for June, while Ame Comi debuts next week, and Smallville Season 11 is available now. All of these comics come with a price point of $.99.

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