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Friday, May 11, 2018 

DC's books are going up another dollar in price

If most of DC's leading books hadn't been as expensive before as Marvel's are today, they're certainly getting there now:
As of last week, all DC Universe comics will be priced at $3.99. When DC Rebirth launched in 2016, every comic was priced at $2.99. In 2017, over a dozen titles were bumped up to $3.99, with all of DC’s twice-per-month titles (that featured their most popular heroes) remaining at $2.99. To make up for the price increase, a code for a digital copy of the comic was added as compensation to the affected comics. But this new price increase isn’t as generous to readers: even though DC’s whole superhero line is now at $3.99, complimentary digital codes will no longer be offered in all comics and will instead only be included in a select few special books like major first issues, events, and so on.
Would that mean crossovers too? This just compounds my belief why company wide crossovers have to cease, because they're eliminating self-contained stories and creative freedom, and above all, they're a needless expense for all concerned.

And if Marvel could price nearly all their pamphlet books that high for more than a decade, it figures DC would eventually get to that point as well (some IDW and Dark Horse books are also at 4 dollars now), and none of the steps they took in the past few years like cutting back on page counts were bound to avail for long. It's another explanation why I believe the time has long been overdue for comics to abandon the pamphlet format and make the move to trade collections instead. The old business model is not working anymore, no matter the quality of the stories, and DC/Marvel certainly aren't doing much to provide quality for a long time already.

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