Mar 7th 2012 By: Andy Khouri
Coinciding with today's release of The Manhattan Projects
#1, Jonathan Hickman, Image Comics
and digital comics retailer comiXology
announced that the popular writer's back catalogue of creator-owned
work is now available for the first time
in the digital space, and in a highly competitive format
. Test Pattern
is a five-volume digital omnibus
comprising Hickman's The Nightly News, Pax Romana, Transhuman
(with J.M. Ringuet), A Red Mass for Mars
(with Ryan Bodenheim) and The Red Wing
(with Nick Pitarra), all of which are packaged as a single file purchasable for $34.99
More on this, plus a preview of The Manhattan Projects
#1, after the cut.
"As an innovator in the world of digital comics, comiXology is the logical place to release the entire back catalog of my creator-owned work along with my latest work, The Manhattan Projects
," said Hickman in a press release
. "Digital is here to stay, and I look forward to finding a whole new audience with these projects and with comiXology."
A complete paperback collection of the stories collected in Test Pattern
would retail for around $75, making the $35 bundle
one of the most aggressive digital strategies I can remember. Collecting five graphic novels in this way casts a very unflattering light on the periodical-based, close-to-print-price formats of most digital comics products, even those available from indie comics publishers. Making the purchase even more inviting is the Test Pattern
sampler, a free download that contains the first chapters of each of the five stories.
Hickman's announcement is well-timed, with Apple confirming today the coming of a new higher resolution iPad
, a device whose iOS platform has been a popular market for comiXology
for some short primers on the Jonathan Hickman creator-owned catalogue, and click here
for more on The Manhattan Projects.
Issue #1 is on sale now from comiXology
and in finer comic book stores.