Marvel Infinite Comics – The Future of Digital Comics?

Posted Aug 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm in Threads > Entertainment

I have been an avid comic reader for many years now. Going to the comic book store on a Wednesday–new comic day!–has been one of my favorite things to do. As much as I love comics and comic book stores, though, I love technology and the thought of a paperless world where I can get all of my entertainment on any device I have at hand. I’ve embraced the cloud with open arms and adopted very new device I could afford (which, to be honest isn’t many).

As comics have transitioned to digital, I’ve welcomed it, just like I welcome all other evolutions in technology, media, and entertainment. I’ve welcomed it and have been disappointed by it.

I was really excited when I first learned about motion comics. Then I watched them and hated them. Motion comics were this limbo between comic and animated feature. Some had voice actors, some didn’t. Some were like an audio book with slightly twitchy pictures. There were a few that I enjoyed, but I felt the medium was lackluster.

The Comixology, DC, and Marvel apps have been pretty great in transferring the comic reading experience to tablets and phones but it didn’t really feel like anything more than scans of comics. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the convenience of getting the comics right when I want them without leaving the house and the ability to read them everywhere.

Marvel’s new format, Marvel Infinity Comics, however, seems to embrace the medium. I’m no Marvel fanboy. In fact, I love DC comics and read them almost exclusively (though I’ve been reading Avengers vs. X-Men and I’m excited for “Marvel NOW!”). The best way I can describe it is it’s fluid. The fluidity of it really feels right when reading a comic like AVX #1 – Infinite (a tie-in story about Nova). It helps build suspense. So far the two comics that have taken advantage of this format are from the point of view of just one character and it’s been really interesting to experience. The way the comic only shows you what it wants you to see until you swipe your finger forward really helps build the momentum and suspense of the comic.

What does everyone else think? Is the Digital Comic medium destined to just be a same-day-as-print carbon copy? Or do you think we’ll start seeing the different companies really innovate? Do you guys have any new ideas on how digital comics could evolve that haven’t been mentioned here? Or are you completely against digital comics and think they should go away as quick as they came so that you can have your the smell and feel of the print copy?


  • Taylor Wimberly

    I was never a big comics fan, but Infinite Comics sounds pretty awesome. Comics designed to specifically to take over the entire screen sounds like a win for Android owners.

  • lou2cool88

    Yeah, I’ve read the two infinite comics Marvel has put out recently and really can’t wait till they take advantage of the full potential of the format. Hopefully it isn’t relegated to a gimmick where they only release a few comics with mediocre writing and artists. They need to put their heavyweights in and let them write infinite comic-specific stories or even figure out a way to release the same-as-print comic as an infinite comic as opposed to the current, static digital format.

  • MitchRapp81

    I’ve just recently jumped into the whole comics thing (when Season 1 of Walking Dead finished airing, I utterly destroyed like 80 straight issues just to see what happens next…)

    I’m very impressed with some of the new stuff (Avengers vs. X-Men, Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe, Winter Soldier, Avengers Assemble etc..) but I honestly CANNOT get into DC stuff. I tried a few “New 52″ issues but God, it’s boring when you compare it to some of the Marvel stuff.

    This, however, is the first I hear of this “infinite marvel” business. TO THE GOOGLE!

  • lou2cool88

    I did the same thing with Walking Dead. When I first read it, it was already 60 issues in. I was extremely disappointed when I got current because that meant I couldn’t binge-read anymore! Now I just wait (im)patiently like everybody else and issue 100 was CRAZY.

    DC’s stuff is definitely hit and miss lately and I’m generally I’m more of a DC man than I love Scott Snyder’s Batman, though. and Geoff John’s Justice League and Green Lantern stuff is also my top DC stuff. And if you’re looking for some really good books, check out the Animal Man and Swamp Thing titles.

    If you’re reading AVX, they’ve had two tie-in infinite comic issues, one with Nova and one with Cyclops. They were interesting and I really enjoyed the format–hence this post! I’m really excited for Marvel NOW. These reboots at the very least keep things interesting.

    I’d love to see DC do something crazy with their digital formats. They’ve been doing a lot of Digital First stuff but it’s just digital exclusive content in the same format as other digital comics as far as I know.

    Here’s hoping Marvel does more Infinite Comics stuff. Happy Googling!