Starting on Monday, DC’s digital comics platform, DC Universe Infinite, will add a new “Ultra” tier that will give subscribers access to new issues one month after their release in comic stores. The new tier will cost $99 per year — the “introductory pricing rate” — compared to the current $74.99 it costs to subscribe to the service.
“We’re excited to introduce the industry leading one-month windowing of digital comics with DC Universe Infinite’s Ultra tier,” said DC Senior Vice President and General Manager Anne DePies. “This new offering is part of DC’s vision of being everywhere our fans are–online and at comic shops. With a shorter digital release window, fans can enjoy our fantastic new stories, anywhere, anytime-while continuing to find the latest issues at comic shops.”
The new tier will also offer one free physical book when you subscribe, starting with The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. It will have an exclusive cover by Ivan Reis:
When the new tier launches on Monday, subscribers will get instant access to many recent comics, including Black Adam #1-4, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-4, Flashpoint Beyond #1-5, Poison Ivy #1-4, The Nice House on the Lake #1-9 and more. And in mid-November, Ultra subscribers also gain access to more than 5,000 exclusive titles from Vertigo, DC Black Label and Collected Editions from DC including Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives, 100 Bullets and American Vampire.
But those who don’t want to upgrade to the new tier get something, too — the publisher announced they will add new graphic novels like Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven, Nubia: Real One and Mister Miracle: The Great Escape, as well as more than 100 issues from MAD Magazine’s 70-year history, for everyone.
They do not appear to be offering a monthly payment option for the Ultra tier, at least that I can see. The fine print spells out, in all caps even, that “THE NON-REFUNDABLE $99.99 SUBSCRIPTION FEE WILL BE BILLED IN FULL AT THE TIME YOU ENROLL IN THE OFFER.”