DC’s premium digital comic book subscription service and community has officially arrived. DC Universe Infinite is replacing the previous DC Universe streaming service. All previous video content will be moving to HBO Max.
Formerly a streaming platform for DC movies, shows, comics and more, DC Universe has been inadvertently swallowed up by HBO Max. Current account holders won’t be affected in any other way. A subscription to DC Universe Infinite will cost $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year.
Nearly a Thousand New Offerings (and Counting)
DC Universe already had a large lineup of comic books and graphic novels from DC’s past and present — and DC Universe Infinite has added nearly a thousand new titles on top of that, with more set to be added each week.
For the first time, comics from DC’s Vertigo imprint are available to subscribers, including “Hellblazer” (all 300 issues), the complete run of “Preacher” along with the one-shots and the “Preacher Special: Saint of Killers” miniseries, “Lucifer,” “The Losers,” “The Kitchen” and celebrated series originally released under the Wildstorm label like “The American Way” (written by “Future State: The Next Batman” scribe and Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley) and “Ex Machina.”
DC Black Label
DC’s current home for offbeat and mature readers material, DC Black Label, joins DC Universe Infinite with Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s supernatural thriller “Batman: Damned,” all 12 issues of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ multiple award-winning “Mister Miracle,” “Superman: Year One” from comics legends Frank Miller and John Romita Jr., the vibrant reinvention of Harley Quinn’s origin in Stjepan Šejić’s “Harleen,” and installments of “Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey” and “The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage” (with the remaining issues of both series on the way in subsequent months).
In conjunction with the upcoming Milestone revival, comics from the imprint’s original era are being added to DC Universe Infinite, with “Hardware no. 1,” “Static no. 1,” and the four-issue series “Static Shock!: Rebirth of the Cool” all available now, with more to come starting next week.
Hill House Comics
DC Universe Infinite is now home for the Joe Hill-curated horror line Hill House Comics, with the complete runs of “Basketful of Heads,” “The Dollhouse Family,” “The Low, Low Woods” and “Daphne Byrne,” alongside the first four issues of “Plunge” (with the final two added in the near future).
Plus, DC classics including “V for Vendetta” and “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” Darwyn Cooke’s “Batman: Ego and Other Tails” (cited by Matt Reeves as inspiration for his upcoming film “The Batman”), multiple Earth One graphic novels (the first volumes of “Batman: Earth One,” “Green Lantern: Earth One” and “Wonder Woman: Earth One”), Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones’ coming-of-age tale “Supergirl: Being Super,” and “Justice League: The World’s Greatest Superheroes by Alex Ross & Paul Dini,” which collects each of the titular pair’s collaborations: Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: War on Crime, Shazam!: Power of Hope, Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth, JLA: Secret Origins, and JLA: Liberty and Justice! According to DC, many more titles are to come.
New Titles Sooner
With the launch of DC Universe Infinite, the time frame between DC’s new single-issue release dates and their debut on the service gets a lot narrower: from one year to six months. Not only does that mean you’ll have access to the latest issues sooner, it means we had a lot of catching up to do — so cancel your plans, you’ve got six months of Justice League, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, The Flash, and way more to look forward to, like Dark Nights: Death Metal no. 1 and no. 2, DCeased: Dead Planet no. 1, and the first three issues of Strange Adventures. (It’s okay, you’ll finish wallpapering your bathroom one day.)
DC’s digital-first titles continue to premiere on DC Universe Infinite three months after release, and new chapters of Batman: The Adventures Continue, DCeased: Hope at World’s End, and many more are available now.
For the commitment-phobic out there—or anyone who loves DC characters but maybe hasn’t explored the comics world as of yet — DC Universe Infinite offers a rotating, regularly updated slate of free-to-read comics. These will be focused on opening chapters in accessible stories starring DC’s biggest icons. Among the dozen free-to-read comics available now are Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman #1, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #1 and Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s Wonder Woman no. 1.
iOS 14 Features
For anyone using the app on iOS 14, you can add a DC Universe Infinite widget to your home screen, allowing you to easily return to exactly where you left off in your last several in-progress reads.
And if one app icon just isn’t enough — and it truly isn’t these days — DCUI gives you the option to customize your home screen with multiple icons of DC’s heroes and villains, in case you’re feeling a little more Darkseid one day and a little more Batwoman the next.
According to reports, DC Universe Infinite is directly integrated with the “refreshingly positive and friendly DC Community (positivity! on the Internet!) and the newly relaunched DC Shop, featuring exclusive and limited-edition items. And this is just the start, as more comics will be added to the service weekly, truly establishing DC Universe Infinite as the premier destination for DC fans.”