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Comics: DC Universe doubles comic collection, Mark Millar confirms Magic Order return, Shueisha pushes digital manga

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Jan 29, 2019, 11:35 AM EST

While comic adaptations have long dominated the news, especially with regards to the big two of Marvel and DC, today’s comics roundup should be only good news for fans of traditional comics — particularly if they’re fans of the latter’s print offerings.

That’s because, according to a release, DC Universe will be answering its subscribers’ concerns about its relatively wimpy comic collection and “doubling the current number of titles by the end of March,” starting on Jan. 29.  That means thousands more comics including beloved runs like Batman: Hush, Flashpoint, Infinite Crisis, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing arc, Grant Morrison’s Animal Man arc, Batman: Year One, and way, way more will be available then and over the next few months.

“When launching DC Universe we knew the comic reader was an area that we wanted to expand and provide more choice. Fans want a place to discover new titles and the opportunity to enjoy full arcs of iconic and notable storylines from start to finish,” said Sam Ades, senior vice president and general manager, DC Digital Services. “We are listening to fans and responding with an expanded comic book offering that improves the overall DC Universe experience.” DC summed everything up in a brief video announcement — check it out:


Next up, some Mark Millar news. The Magic Order, Millar and Olivier Coipel’s bloody take on Harry Potter-ish teen fiction, was scooped up by Netflix and snatched off the shelves by tons of fans. Now, although it seemed inevitable, Millar officially announced the book’s second volume in an offhand tweet about his own illness. Classic.

Watching Peaky Blinders and knocking out a little work on the second volume of The Magic Order, all in a (sick) day’s work:

Millar followed up the tweet by explaining he’s been working on it since Jan. 2 and that so far he’s done about “a week's work on it in 20 days (15 pages).” With a finale on the horizon and the multi-family blood feud about to be escalated to the next level, fans can go into The Magic Order #6 when it’s released on Feb. 13 without fear of a dearth of a follow-up. It’s definitely on the way, as long as Millar recovers from this bug.


Finally, we go to the world of manga. According to io9, mega-manga company Shueisha is launching a worldwide app to expand upon its digital Weekly Shonen Jump offerings.

That means those fans outside the countries previously served by the WSJ app will soon be able to read official translations of their favorites. Launching today, Manga Plus is the Android/iOS app that’ll be hosting non-Shonen Jump titles in addition to 13 completed series including fan favorites Naruto, Bleach, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The latest translated chapters of ongoing titles are free, as are the first chapters, while fans can buy digital collections of the chapters in between. The rest of the service is ad-supported — no subscription here.

Manga Plus is also debuting official English-language translations for a few series that have previously only been translated by fans, who illicitly scan copies of the manga for international readers. Spanish translations are on their way too, which will lead to the possibility of more languages in the future. Manga Plus is available to download now.