Understandable, I respect your opinion.
I hope we get more Elseworlds as well; possibly some of the annuals, as there were some amazing stories in there.
I like that DCUI is focused completely on comics now, because I know that DC is finally taking digital seriously.
However, the bitter part of this bittersweet deal for me is that the archive issues are reportedly being limited to five a week
Which isn’t bad if that’s all that was being digitized by DC, but there was this case with an issue of Catwoman a couple weeks ago.
So, I guess we’ll see.
I have been a member for one week. So far, I am really enjoying it! The selection is solid, and growing, and the comic reader works well.
Welcome to DC Universe Infinite @Smitty_G!
I guess I would have to say that I was pretty disappointed with the rollout of DC Universe Infinite. I’d like to make it clear that I’m not disappointed with the DC Universe Infinite service as a whole; I’m never going to cry about 25,000 comics (we’re certainly spoiled in that regard), the comic reader works well enough, and I love the community (it’s honestly the best part of the service). And the removal of the movies and TV shows didn’t bother me too much: the announcement was made far enough in advance that I had plenty of time to watch what I wanted to watch, and most of that stuff has now been added to HBO Max anyway (with the one major exception I can think of being Superman: The Animated Series, which will hopefully be coming soon). No, what disappointed me about the rollout were a) the new Android app, and b) the new comic additions:
The new Android app
All that really needed to be done to the app to prepare it for the transition to DCUI was to remove the movie/TV and community sections, give it a fresh coat of paint, and change the name. Instead, what we got was a buggy mess that was somehow much worse than the version that immediately preceded it. I wasn’t expecting any major upgrades to the app, but I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be made worse. It gave the distinct impression that the app was rushed out to meet the January 21st deadline without it fully being tested, which is never a great impression to give. Among many other bugs, problems and annoyances, the most egregious one is that the user-created comic issue lists somehow ended up in reverse order from how they were created. Meaning that, assuming you’ve added the issues to your lists in chronological order, they are now backwards, putting the final issues of a series/storyline at the top of the list, and the first issues at the bottom, with no way to re-sort them. We now either have to re-create all of our lists in backwards order, or else scroll all the way to the bottom of them to read through them. It’s now been a month and this error has yet to be corrected. Applejack has assured us in Office Hours that the first major update to the app is coming soon, though, and I certainly hope that a correction to this problem will be among the updates. But this and the other problems with the app left a bad taste in my mouth, and gave me a bad first impression of DC Universe Infinite right out of the gate, bad feelings that I did not have about DC Universe Classic.
The new comic additions
While I am certainly grateful to DC for adding all of the comics that they did, what we actually ended up getting was nowhere near what was promised in the pre-launch marketing. There was a lot of hype about Vertigo, Black Label and graphic novels coming to the service, but when the Every Title Launching on DC Universe Infinite on January 21st, 2021 thread dropped, the reality sadly didn’t live up to the hype. Some of the biggest and most important Vertigo series were missing, like The Sandman, Y: The Last Man, and (inexplicably since we used to have it on here) Grant Morrison’s Animal Man; “graphic novels” pretty much only extended to the “Earth One” series, and even then, only to the first books in those series; and, most disappointingly (for me), only a handful of the Black Label titles: among others, no “White Knight” beyond the first series, no “Last Knight on Earth”, no “Joker: Killer Smile”, and it looks like we’re not going to be getting “Three Jokers”, either (I believe the first issue would/should have arrived here in March, and it’s not there on the “coming soon” list). Plus, DC is still keeping essential classics like “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight”, “Batman: The Killing Joke” and “Watchmen” off of the service. There was lot of noise made about how DC is getting really committed to DC Universe Infinite, placing a lot of focus on it, and how important it is to their future plans. As far as I’m concerned, as long as these essential classic titles are being withheld from the service, and as long as so much of Black Label is missing, DC can’t possibly claim to truly be committed to DCUI 100%. There’s obviously still some reservations about the service somewhere there. The little exclusive digital-first series that we get are nice, but let’s be honest, they’re no replacement for the heavy hitters that I just mentioned. And yes, I’ve heard all of the arguments about supporting comic shops and book sales, etc., etc., but that just doesn’t hold up to scrutiny for me, especially when you can get all of those titles that I just mentioned for free (yes, free) through your local library on hoopla. I shouldn’t have to go off to some other service to get all of my comics (particularly one with a vastly inferior comic reader). DCUI should be the one-stop shop for everything DC. And I’d much rather pay DC my cold, hard-earned cash for it to be exactly that.
(There was also the case that LeonardoMyst mentioned of the missing Catwoman (1993) #24 issue a couple weeks ago, but I attribute that more to a mistake made somewhere along the line, rather than an intentional withholding. Hopefully that mistake will be corrected soon.)
So, yes, ultimately I was disappointed in the rollout of DC Universe Infinite. But I remain ever hopeful: hopeful that the problems with the Android app will be corrected, hopeful that the missing titles will someday be added, and, overall, hopeful that the service will continue to be improved. Hope is what the DC Universe is all about after all, isn’t it?
So far I’ve been pretty happy with DC Universe Infinite.
A couple of minor things I’d like to see…
- A dark mode for the dcuniverseinfinite.com page. I mainly read on the iPad Pro and that obviously has dark mode, but on the web page would be nice too.
- I suppose this may be impossible, but I’d like to just be able to buy new comics through DC Universe Infinite. Cut out comiXology all together. I currently buy new comics through comiXology and their DC app for individual issues, and Apple Books for collected editions. I’d love to be able to cut that down to DC Universe Infinite and Apple Books.
Anyway, other than those couple of things (those couple of #firstworldproblem things), so far so go. Looking forward to any new visual and feature refreshes and updates, because I always like the “new.”
Overall though, eight out of ten, I guess, is how I would rate DCUI after one month.
There are over 10 years of Batman left out from Batman 60 (1950) to Batman 138 (1961). Some of us are here for the older issues.
I’m having a great experience with dc universe infinite, vertigo(while not all) and black label? Yes please. I look forward when they bring in future state
What?! Wow cool, Thankyou so much for letting me know @Don-El!
My favorite thing about DCU was reading comic books on TV, instead of on a phone or tablet, so that’s been a pretty big drag for me. The 6 months for new comics thing is a great value for those that aren’t buying new all the DC they’d want to read, but I do buy them new, even the ones I’m on the fence about, because I really love DC. Overall I think the site is a great bargain, but for me personally, if I’d known the comics streaming option was going away, I doubt I’d have renewed for DCUI. I would and do recommend it to friends that want to get into DC though.
I was also partial to reading comics on my TV. While it’s not the same, I’ve found screen mirroring to be a good substitute.
To say I’m incredibly disappointed is a giant understatement. I have accepted that video content has moved over to HBO Max; fine, whatever. But there is almost no content being added to the app. Seriously, how many back issues have been added since the “upgrade” to DC Universe Infinite? I wanted to love the app, but I feel swindled out of money due to the false advertising and AT&T’s clear lack of interest in this app. Nothing has substantially improved foe navigating the comics content, and there are literally decades of content that could be added if AT&T had any interest in doing so whatsoever. Count me out for re-upping the subscription next January. I can see why you decided not to use the Poll here—the results would not be great.
I love it!! I wish they would add a notification feature to keep me up to date with all the great weekly comics I follow.
I would have preferred a Superman 55 comic instead (or also?)
Hi @gusrobledo.89817 - Welcome to the community! We’re happy to have ya here, please let us know if you have any questions. You can share any comic book requests to this thread here, this will ensure that the mods see your request and pass it on up.
Thanks! So far, so good.
I’m reading comic books regularly again. It has been a long time coming(DC Universe transition to DC Universe Infinite)with a few bumps but I am satisfied with this.
What does this mean? I cancelled my subscription here because I can’t read on my tiny phone, I had become spoiled reading them from my 60 inch TV via the xbox app. I miss it terribly. I need a workaround or for DCUI developers to get their heads out of their (you know what) and make what I assume a lot of us want. Anyway I’m back in if it can be viewed on my TV, otherwise this is a waste of money for me.