Hold the line at 2.99, that slogan is something that DC championed several years ago but dropped it and then brought it back for Rebirth. Starting this April All 15 monthly DC comics will be going from 2.99 to 3.99. What does this mean for the future of DC’s bi-weekly titles? Are some of the monthly series on the chopping block? Read further on for my take on this price hike.
The link I provided in my first paragraph lists all the titles that will be receiving price hike coming this April and almost all of them are books that don’t feature the mainstay DC heroes that have been published for over seventy five years. I imagine that DC is only making this move as a pure economic decision, and they want to support these smaller titles in any fashion they can but at the end of the day they have to make money from this venture. With the price hike. DC will now offer free digital codes which I think is a fair enough trade since you’re basically getting two comics for the price of one, albeit it’s the same comic at least they are giving you in exchange. I’m not saying you have to be happy about it, but DC could have just hiked the price up to 3.99 and not given anything in return.
One title on the list of books was All Star Batman which currently has a 4.99 price point and while I’ve loved the series if that book made the jump to 5.99 for a monthly superhero comic I would have dropped the series. Thankfully that isn’t happening and I’ll continue to pay the price of 4.99.
In terms of speculation I believe that before 2017 is over, more than half of DC’s line will revert from bi-weekly to monthly and this price hike gives credence to my own personal theory. I hope I’m wrong in how many DC titles will be making the monthly switch, but if a handle of them did and they we’re able to keep a consistent art team then I would be more okay with it. What are your thoughts on DC’s latest price hike? Let me know in the comments below!