Thanks to the power of digital comics, DC has announced a line of comics where the reader can choose the direction of the story.
Although there is a lot of pleasure to be gained from visiting the comic store to pick up your singles, sleeving and organising your collection or even just casting an affectionate eye over your longboxes, digital comics has been a revolution in terms of how we buy and read our favourite funnybooks.
DC has just added a new layer: choose your own adventure. In a line that the publisher is calling DC² Multiverse, readers will be able to select individual characters, storylines and plot developments for a multitude of different endings, making each book eminently re-readable.
The company is also releasing a range called DC², which layers dynamic artwork onto the pages, giving the stories additional depth. This means that a single panel can be used to relay a sequence of events instead of just one frame.
The first book to receive the Multiverse treatment will be Batman: Arkham Origins, based on the upcoming video game. But there's more to it than multiple storylines. DC² Multiverse will also feature dynamic artwork and sound. Action sounds can be played as the reader reaches particular scenes — a police siren or a scream, for instance — and readers can also choose to add their own soundtracks to the comic.
The first DC² title will be Batman 66, based on the 1960s television show starring Adam West.
"Digital comics have proven to be a driving force in attracting new readers; in fact, since the onset of Same-Day-Digital, our print and digital sales have both risen by double and triple digits, respectively," said DC co-publisher Jim Lee. "With Digital-First titles, we've created a successful formula of pairing comics with other media forms like TV shows and video games. Today's announcements demonstrate how we can tie innovations that organically fit and enhance comics — for example, with Batman: Arkham Origins, you can choose the destiny of your character by playing the game and reading the comic."
DC has not yet announced either a launch date or pricing for the new lines.