Hey, didn’t expect to be making this post but here we are. DC has released their new but not full search features for comics.
- I’m going to break them down and show some of the things I figured out
- Compare them to Marvel Unlimited
- Give my overall thoughts on them
Part 1 : break down
This is a breakdown of every feature.
Get to know: You can look at the list of characters being featured in films and TV and get the following essential stuff about them: Comic Series, Individual Comics, TV episodes, Movies, and Encyclopedia entries about that character. Right now there are 5 different get to know options: Swamp Thing, Batwoman, Batman, Superman, and Shazam. These series don’t include everything about the characters just some of the key things.
Storylines: You can get the collection for classic storylines. Though not every collection is on here, a couple of key events are including Dark Nights Metal, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Last Son, Batman: Year one, and Flashpoint.
Showcase: These are your more off brand collections like the Madhouse collections, Creator Spotlights, and stuff like Badass Ladies.
Series: This is your standard here’s all the series we have. However DC has done an incredible job and has begun sorting the series by era, characters, writer, and artist.
The eras are: Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Modern Age, and New 52. I am still waiting for Rebirth
to join the era’s list.
These features are even cooler together. You can pair them up. Want a Modern Age Morrison series? Here’s 5 of them. Want a Bronze Age Tom King Story? doesn’t exist. Want a Bronze Age series with Superman, Robin, Flash, and Cyborg drawn by Jack Kirby? Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen is here!! (Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know…)
Part 2: Versus MU.
MU’s features include: Every Event, Every Series, Sort by Year, Every Creator (Artist and Writer), and Every Character. There’s no combination abilities, collection sorting.
Search by Date Range or filter by year. Only gives single issues.
Search by Event. not complete
A full Creators section: Versus the 8 in DCU
A just a letter slider
and A bigger array of selections but not filters
Accumulation of searches
Series by era
Series by Character (Not just single issues)
Collection Searching (Sortof)
Part 3 : My Thoughts
Thank you DCU for adding stuff like this!! I really appreciate it! I love being able to search by era especially as the line between Silver, Gold, Bronze, and Modern is somewhat murky. I look forward to seeing more robust search abilites. Also it seems DCU will be committed to giving us more options not less as they continue with the DC Unlimited Update and beyond (Applejack if your reading this, do you hate the name C Unlimited Update. If so, what would you prefer I call it). The weird absence of the rebirth era is a little jaunting and if I want Silver Age Action Comics I can’t get the silver age one. I would love to eventually have Action Comics split by Era. Into Action comics Gold, Action Comics Silver, etc. I loved the little pictures for each era which I do feel defined the era quite nicely. (Except maybe the Modern Era which I’m pretty sure Applejack just wanted…) The character set is nicely done but it would be nice to have a characters section which breaks into families. Like click Characters–> Bat Family --> Villains --> Joker But it’s a great start!!!
With Creators, I think breaking them down by era could help. Part of the problem is its streamlined now but as the features get more robust it will get harder not easier to keep it easy and streamlined.
On behalf of the fans of DCU, Thank you for making an effort to streamline finding comics and I look forward to seeing what else you guys decide on!
The Road to DC Unlimited is my current writing series which is designed to tell the story of DC Universe reaching DC Unlimited as well as how fans can prepare for DC Unlimited. You can read my last post here
I’m also reading through DC Rebirth’s big events here:
-Nathan.Payson Your friendly neighborhood reporter!!
Disclaimer Everything I talked about is subject to change and Feedback is why DC gave us the Classics to start with. It’s a stress test. Also as of this time the filters are only available on Internet Browsers. No mobile update yet!