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DC lowers comics cost starting January 2011


Like all good things, there’s a catch. And in this case, the catch isn’t that bad. While they are being nice enough to lower the prices and keep most of the comics at 2.99 bucks each, they will also be reducing the number of pages. As if the ads and redundant pages in it aren’t enough, now they are lessening the pages of actual comics in exchange for lower prices. I guess it’s really a fair exchange but i’m worried it may affect the flow of stories because of the change in number of panels.

Here’s the official news:

“As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they’d collected for years,” said DiDio. “We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point.”

DC’s press release explicitly listed out January titles that would be seeing some alteration, as well as the titles that would be the exception to the new price point. You can find that below. Also, stay tuned to IGN as later today we’ll be talking to DiDio and Lee about this shift and several other topics. We’ll bring you that interview as soon as we can.

From the Press Release:

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

American Vampire;
Batman: The Dark Knight;
Batman Incorporated;
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
JSA All-Stars.

As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:

Gears of War;
God of War
Kane & Lynch;
Ratchet & Clank.

As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:

Action Comics;
Adventure Comics;
Batman: Streets of Gotham;
Detective Comics;
Doc Savage;
Justice League of America;
Legion of Super-Heroes;
The Spirit.

In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:

Batman: Europa # 1
First Wave # 6
DCU: Legacies # 9
Weird Worlds # 1
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen

The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:

Hellblazer # 275

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