What a way to wake up in the morning! This was something that had been discussed in a podcast, and it appears that Image was scanning our brain waves. I think this is such a great idea, and a very smart way to attract new readers. What better way to get someone into a new comic than to offer the first issue for free? 215Ink does it, and it seems now that Image is doing it too. Who’s next? We’ll just have to wait and see on this one.
The first issues of many of the new series launched in the first half Image Comics’ iconic twentieth anniversary year are now free at the digital distributor ComiXology. The issues will remain free permanently, starting on August 24.
The free issues include the first issues of some of 2012’s best-selling comics, including SAGA #1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, FATALE #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra, THIEF OF THIEVES #1 by Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer, and Shawn Martinbrough, AMERICA’S GOT POWERS Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch, and MIND THE GAP #1 by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, and Sonia Oback.
The other free first issues are ALPHA GIRL #1, CREATOR-OWNED HEROES #1, DANCER #1, DANGER CLUB #1, EPIC KILL #1, GLORY #23 (first issue of the relaunch), GRIM LEAPER #1, HELL YEAH #1, HOAX HUNTERS #1, NO PLACE LIKE HOME #1, PETER PANZERFAUST #1, PLANETOID #1, PROPHET #21 (first issue of the relaunch), and SECRET #1.
Many of these titles have been or will soon be collected into trade paperbacks, making the free issues the perfect way for readers to sample new Image Comics titles before purchasing collections.
How can you beat that?! Saga, America’s Got Powers, Danger Club,Planetoid, and Mind the Gap? These are such great series on their own, and Image is putting out that first issue for free?! Why are you still reading this? Head over to ComiXology and check them out!