Marvel has unveiled a new line of digital comics based on the characters currently starring in its TV shows. The Digital Originals line debuted on Wednesday with the launch of a new Jessica Jones series, with more announcements coming.
Speaking to IGN about the line, editor Nick Lowe explained, “There’s a huge audience out there — not just on the Netflix front but on ABC, Freeform, Hulu, etc. — that experience these characters digitally. In fact, it was hard not to notice when characters like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist were some of our biggest sellers in the digital marketplace. That was the inspiration for the Kaare Andrews/Afu Chan’s Iron Fists digital strategy and this next big step for us.”
The Digital Originals will differ from traditional Marvel comics by offering 40 pages at a $4.99 price point, as opposed to the traditional print release of 20 pages for $3.99. Lowe explained, “We looked at the velocity of many of the digital release programs of our television shows and thought twice-the-content might fit the bill here, too.”
The current titles under this banner are:
Kelly Thompson and Mattia de Lulis – Jessica Jones
BLIND SPOT Part 1! Jessica Jones was once the costumed super hero known as Jewel. She sucked at it. Now she’s a private investigator at her own firm, Alias Investigations. She sucks less at that. With the Purple Man gone, her relationship with her husband, Luke Cage, and their daughter, Danielle, is better than ever. But her past always comes knocking, and when a woman whose case she fumbled winds up dead on her office floor, Jessica goes from private investigator to prime suspect. Can she find the real killer and clear her name? A DOUBLE-SIZED Marvel Digital Original you don’t want to miss!
Anthony Del Col and Johnoy Lindsay – Luke Cage
With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem’s worries. Someone has their sights set on the city’s 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It’s up to Luke Cage to stop the killer—but he’s just received a grim diagnosis of his own…
Clay McLeod Chapman and Guillermo Sanna – Iron Fist: Phantom Limb
A darkness is spreading through New York – something evil that preys on those who believe in the supernatural and the occult. And when palm readers and fortune tellers start turning up dead, the situation catches the attention of Danny Rand, AKA THE IRON FIST! But this might be one paranormal problem too great for even Danny to take on alone…
Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman – Daughters of the Dragon
A DOUBLE-SIZED Marvel Digital Original you don’t want to miss! MISTY KNIGHT and COLLEEN WING have stolen the shows on Marvel’s LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST and DEFENDERS on Netflix and now they have their own MDO series! This duo has been fighting crime as the Daughters of the Dragon for years but with Misty’s new job with the FBI, does this mean the two are splitzies? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! A crazy adventure that Colleen initiates puts comics’ two greatest ass-kickers on a collision course with a weird and scary side of the Marvel Universe that will have you on the edge of your seat.
The Marvel Digital Originals are available now.