DC Comics announced last month that their streaming service DC Universe would be adding over 10,000 comic book titles to the service, in a similar manner to Marvel Comics’ Marvel Unlimited, but for $2 less. Some thought it was too good to be true, and in a way, it is.
DC posted a FAQ section regarding the comic selection for DC Universe and we’ve copied the relevant portion below.
🌟 Will the expansion be all at once? What’s the date and/or schedule?
We are rolling titles out in a few large batches, roughly ever week. You can expect to see everything we intend to carry on the service by the end of April. There are some exceptions you will not see in our Ultimate DC Comics Digital Library, which you can read all about below.
🌟 Will you have Vertigo, Milestone, Black Label, and other imprints?
While we are huge fans of the various imprints acros s DC, we are currently not going to be featuring Vertigo titles, and most other DC imprints. You may see some representation around the edges where exceptions are made, but these will be few and far between.
🌟 How about Elseworlds, or crossovers like Batman/Predator or Superman/Aliens? Or movie tie-in comics?
Generally, yes. But there are some exceptions if found under specific imprints or other rights holders. Please explore the rest of the FAQ to gain a better understanding of what might inform our library shelves.
🌟 Will you have graphic novels and other collected publications? Or just single issues? Or both?
We will be featuring strictly DC single issues that are available digitally. What this doesn’t include are collected editions like trade paperbacks, graphic novels, and other published collected editions.
🌟 Does this mean no more rotation?
Yes, we are no longer rotating comics! While we may remove certain titles on occasion, we have no intention of continuing the rotating comic program. When possible, we will give you advance notice when a title is going to be removed from the service.
🌟 Are “new” comics added on a weekly or monthly basis?
We will be adding more comics every week from titles published 12 months ago, as well as newly digitized/archived titles.
DC won’t be including Vertigo, Black Label, Milestone, or any other imprints, except on an exception basis. In addition comics will have had to have been available for an entire year before being added to the service. In comparison, Marvel Unlimited gets titles after six months. Additionally, “items like Killing Joke and others that are still valuable for collectors and retailers alike,” won’t be included per a comment on the FAQ.
Still, at only $7.99, which is the price for two standard DC comics, you’re getting quite a bit. Just not the good stuff.