- Posted by Johanna on November 20, 2007 at 7:46 am
- Category: Comic News
I haven’t bothered talking about Marvel’s Digital Comics Unlimited. (DCU — and that’s the difference between Marvel and DC. DC, if they came up with a Marvel-related name, wouldn’t use it.) That’s because I don’t care. You can’t download the comics, so you have to be tethered to an internet connection to read them. They haven’t been designed for online, so they won’t be a good reading experience on my laptop. They aren’t considered a product in themselves, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to read complete storylines or that comics you’re interested in won’t expire. They’re protecting their retailers with a six-month posting delay, so you won’t be able to read what people are talking about in a timely fashion, which is the kiss of death for a periodical with an implicit expiration date.
Wow, I guess I did have something to say about them. Anyway, that’s not the point. Why I’m posting is this: because of Marvel’s online comic effort, they’ve yanked the license for those wonderful DVD-ROM comic compilations as of the end of the year. If you’re interested in any of them, buy them now (complete product list).
The good news is that they’ll have Archie compilations coming in 2008. Hopefully, those products will have more attention to detail (like accurate and honest creator credits) than the usual Archie historical project.