I agree. I find it crazy that even if they remove the tv/movie stuff (which I didn’t watch except for Doom Patrol), they would still have a larger backlog than Marvel, better quality scans than Marvel Unlimited (as DCU uses the ones given to Comixology, also), and still cheaper than Marvel Unlimited.
If Marvel Unlimited can survive this long with about the same level of content, less quality scans and costing more…
Shouldn’t DCU do just as well, if not better?
When WB decides to remove the tv/movies and focus the app solely on comics, there’s a few things they should do:
- Advertise the crap out of it. DCU’s main problem has been the mixed signals it sent out during the first year of its existence. It was promoted as mainly a video app, with comics as a garnish. Until people started reacting negatively due to the lack of the CW shows (which they couldn’t get access to) and the DCEU movies (which were under contract to HBO).
So, WB decides to compensate by adding the full library of digital comics (sans Vertigo) to the app. This was a good idea, but the audience that signed up initially didn’t sign up for comics.
Meanwhile, there are people out there that would sign up just for the comics, but they didn’t know there were comics on here. It’s possible they tried the app when it first launched and left it because back then, there really wasn’t many comics on here.
So, WB needs to advertise DCU for what it is, and what they want it to be going forward. Clear the confusion.
- More effort into digitizing the backlog. This is something that DC/WB has the most control over, leaving DCU pretty much at their mercy. The comics that come here each week are the same ones being digitized for Comixology.
But it’s only like 8 comics a week.
For a fictional universe that’s been around for over 80 years, 8 comics a week just barely scratches the surface.
I’m guessing WB/DC don’t want their weekly output of backlog titles to exceed the number of new titles each week, out of fear that the new stuff would get crowded out or readers would throw their money on the cheaper back issues instead of buying the $4 or $5 books.
Nevertheless, they need to increase the backlog digitizing content.
- Add Vertigo. If they make it a $2 add-on to have access to all the Vertigo and Black Label titles, that would make it the same price as Marvel Unlimited and add so much more. At least another 40 years of comics.
I know I wouldn’t mind paying a Marvel price to get both DCU and Vertigo.