I got very little sleep last night, when the wee morning launch of the DC Comics App hit iTunes, and gave me one more reason to tout digital comics, the iPad and DC Entertainment. With over 100 digital editions available on launch, it appears we have plenty of reading to keep us busy. But what comics did DC leave out in the launch, and what titles need to appear soon to capitalize on the craze?
Take the jump to see our suggestions.
1. The Dark Knight Returns
Let’s face it, Batman is a big big deal for DC, and with renewed interest in the Batman movie getting play across the Intardwebz thanks to recent comments made by Christopher Nolan, this series need to find a home in the DC Comics digital store right away.
This one is a little harder to package, as it would take a really long time to for ComiXology to do that magical auto-transition thingy that makes reading digital comics through their app such an interesting experience. Granted, the movie didn’t reach crazy status after it arrived in theaters, but when the print trade collection sold more in one month than the company normally sells in a year, there just might be an opportunity to get some additional sales with this trade.
3. Wonder Woman
She’s one of DC’s Trinity of characters, and she appears on the splash screen of the app, yet she’s no where to be found in the store (as of this writing). Let’s not forget the female heroes!
Even though the universe has changed, again! there’s no reason why new comic readers wouldn’t find this weekly series fascinating. The B,C, and D-list characters keep the story relatively fresh, with the big picture reveals still creating a lot of impact for new readers. Plus, I want to carry around a huge comic series on something that is really portable.
5. Blue Beetle
It’s a closed series, as it tells everything a reader needs to know from beginning to end, and it is a fantastic ride. With word that a Blue Beetle television series is headed to the small screen, now is the perfect time to start building a following.
6. Every Golden Age “DC” book
Detective Comics, Action Comics, Superman, Batman, Justice Society of America. Finding early issues of these titles is near impossible and most readers don’t have the money in the bank to pick these up at auction. I really didn’t want to pull the Competitor’s Card this soon, but Marvel does have first appearance issues and series of Iron Man, Thor, and the Avengers. Heck, with the push to return current characters to the Silver Age, might as well throw in all the Showcase series, too.
7. Crisis on Infinite Earths
Barry Allen made Ultimate Sacrifice in this series, and it still stands as one of the most important company wide events from any publisher. While it may not hold up as well as other series on this list, there’s still enough interest (as seen in trade sales) that it would sell well in the DC Comics digital store.
We’ve already reviewed the first two omnibus editions of James Robinson and Tony Harris’ Starman on the Major Spoilers Podcast, and it’s been a favorite our ours each time. Another closed series that introduces and builds the universe of Starman still reads well today, and the combination of Robinson and Harris in one series shouldn’t be passed up on the iPad.
9. Y: The Last Man
Y: The Last Man? Why not?
10. Identity Crisis
It’s the beginning of the end in this murder mystery that introduces readers to the dark times of the JLA. Stunning art, surprise twists, and a few tear-jerking moments, make Identity Crisis a series that would look stunning on the iPad.
IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING WITH YOU, ISN’T IT?
I know, I know; the application has just been released, and it seems there’s no pleasing me. Of course I can be pleased, just look at that list above and charge my account accordingly.