It is unfortunate that for the time being there is no end in sight for this pandemic. One of the most affected industries is the comic book industry. This relies on a week to week shipments of new comics that are released every Wednesday. Publishers across the board are trying to put together different plans to deal with the current restrictions. Some are going to release digital books. While others are trying to find different alternatives other than Diamond to distribute new books.
Valiant Entertainment won’t do either during this time. Via Comic Book Resources senior editor Heather Antos explained why they have decided not to release any new titles for the time being.
“In a time where folks are stuck inside and can’t venture out to their local comic shop to pick up their pulls, sure, it makes sense to see what’s available digitally — and there is no fault in doing so or for creators and publishers to make digital offerings during this time,” Antos said. “However, we at Valiant have always said that retailers are the backbone of this industry and right now they need publishers’ help more than ever.”
“There is absolutely no substitute for the physical experience of going to a comic shop on Wednesdays to pick up new books,” she continued. “So while we aren’t releasing anything new digitally, we are making several of our #1s available to download for free.”
In my opinion there is no substitute for a physical copy of a comic book. Some books you have waited a month to find out what happens next. You arrive at your local store, chat with people who have probably become friends and pick up that anticipated book. Sometimes you don’t leave the parking lot before you’ve already opened it up to see what comes next. Sure you can get the story digitally, but you’d be missing out on a great experience.
Valiant has an amazing catalog of characters that I think everyone should experience. With Valiant Entertainment making a lot of their number one’s available for free, this will give everyone a chance to experience some great storytelling. Especially if we are talking about titles that were released after the 2012 relaunch. Some of my favorite characters are Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Ninjak, X-O Manowar, and Livewire.
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Source: Comic Book Resources