So this is available now. I went with a full year’s subscription which got me an extra 3 months for pre-order. It’s now $74.99 annual or $7.99 monthly. I’m probably not the best person to review it, since I’m not very familiar with DC comics, but as no one else has posted, I thought others might want to know what it looks like.
As far as the actual comics app goes, it seems to work fine. I’ve accessed it both via iOS and in Chrome on Windows. iOS requires downloading comics before viewing them (similar to Dark Horse’s App), which is a bit more of a pain then Marvel Unlimted, which allows viewing without pre-downloading. No download needed on Windows. Other than that it allows viewing either entire pages, or individual panes. Image quality is very good. I have seen some User Interface oddities — on iOS, occasionally tapping on a page, it fast forwards through several pages, and on Chrome on Windows, it sometimes seems to reload the comic instead of going to the next page (I suspect, it’s not doing a good job loading the upcoming pages, and sometimes it hasn’t loaded the next page yet, so it redisplays the current page while requesting more pages).
Probably the biggest issue is how deep is the library, and that’s something I can’t answer well, not knowing DC. Just to give some numbers, currently there are over 30 different Batman series listed, with a variety of different numbers of issues in each ranging from Batman Eternal with 52 issues and Batman Legends of the Dark Knight with 103 issues down to Batman Unseen with 5 issues and Batman and the Joker’s Daughter with just one. (That’s not including various Batman related characters like Batgirl, who has three series up). There are seven Green Latern series, with the biggest one (listed as Green Latern 1960-) having 76 issues. Wonder Woman on the other hand only has 5 series up with a maximum of 17 issues in one and 11 in another. Superman also only has 13 series up, with some of them having only a single issue (like Red Son). They released the whole thing on “Batman Day” so it may be that they deliberately went heavy on the Batman.
One thing that’s not clear to me is, is this like ComiXology Unlimited, which seems to be an opportunity to sample stuff and then see if you want to buy the rest of the series, or is it more like Marvel Unlimited. Superman Red Son they only have 1/3rd of the story up. Similarly, I started reading Batman New 52 (2011) (with the Owls) and discovered there were only three and that wasn’t enough to finish the story. So I’m left wondering if I’m supposed to buy the rest, or if I’m going to get more of it next month.
Also how much are they adding each month? How much are they removing. There was a rumor that Identity Crisis was there for a limited time, so I went through all seven issues last night (boy that was depressing), but it’s not clear where that rumor came from or if there’s any validity to it. If they’re removing stuff regularly, are they going to give us advanced notice (because if they don’t I’ll be pissed).
Movie and TV wise, there’s a fair amount of stuff up, but again, I’m probably not a good judge of this. There are a few oddities, they have Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but not The Dark Knight Rises (they also have all the late 80s to 90s Batman movies along with Superman I-IV from the late 70s and 80s). They seem to have a good selection of animated movies, including some new stuff like Batman Gotham by Gaslight and Batman Ninja which I think were both released this year.
Overall I’m pretty happy with it, since it gives me a good opportunity to explore a lot of the DC Universe, for what I consider a pretty reasonable price (with the pre-order discount it comes out to $5/month and $6.25/month without preorder seems pretty reasonable). If I run into a lot of incomplete stories though, my opinion could change pretty quickly. We’ll also have to see what happens with them adding and removing comics from the collection. In theory I don’t think it’s that unreasonable for them to only provide a large but rotating collection of comics (Marvel Unlimited is amazing, and I don’t see how the economics on that even work). But it remains to be seen if in practice, a rotating collection leaves us with lots of unfinished stories and lots of stories we really want access to with no idea when they’ll show up.