Since the merger that brought WarnerMedia under the corporate umbrella of AT&T, folks recognized their streaming problem. There is DC Universe, an original streaming and comics service for DC characters. There is, now anyway, HBO Max, a streaming service for all things Warner Bros. Essentially, these two services were in competition with each other, and that’s not a tenable situation. Today, DC Comics announced essentially what we predicted some weeks ago. The video offerings, both original to DC Universe and older DC-based series and films, will move to HBO Max, while the comics will remain as part of a service called DC Universe Infinite.
The true value of the DC Universe service always was their selection of comics to read. Yes, shows like Titans, Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, and Young Justice Outsiders are great. However, you could conceivably watch all of those things in a single month. The comics? You could probably spend a year or two trying to read every single one. And now that HBO Max is home for the shows and films, DC Universe Infinite will add tens of thousands of more comics and subscriber-only originals. Now, instead of competing with all the streaming services and HBO Max, DC Universe Infinite will really only have to compete with Comixology.
The relaunch for DC Universe Infinite will happen on January 21, 2021 and the subscription prices will not change, but you can bundle the subscription with HBO Max.
As DC Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee said in a statement:
“Our fans love the platform’s robust library of comic books and, with the transformation, we will not disappoint. I’m excited to share that not only will DC UNIVERSE INFINITE members still be able to read all of the great comics that they’ve enjoyed but new issues are debuting on the platform quicker than before, digital first exclusives are being created, and the members-only events will begin as soon as possible. There has never been a better time to be a DC fan!”
I subscribed to DC Universe when it first debuted, planning to maintain the subscription long enough to see the original series’ first seasons. However, I found myself using the service for comics more and more. I was able to read the endings of storylines that I started 30-plus years ago and never finished. I found beloved old comic stories, my paper copies of them lost to time and carelessness. The access to old and new series, films, and cartoons was nice, but the access to comics was worth the price of subscription each month for me.
So, while this seems like bad news for DC Universe (and is for those hit by layoffs), it’s not bad news for fans. If you only like the shows, movies, and cartoons, HBO Max is the only subscription you will need. But, if you also appreciate reading DC Comics, then DC Universe Infinite is something you should definitely consider.
What do you think about the reshuffling of DC content between HBO Max and DC Universe Infinite? Share your thoughts and reactions below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.