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.

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