While I’m fairly certain nobody from Marvel or DC has read my heavily documented case against escalating cover prices, it appears that the publishers have been listening to the cries of the community that comics are getting too expensive. (There’s even a Facebook group for it.)
On Thursday DC announced (followed hours later by Marvel) that all of their 32 page books would stay at or drop to $2.99, and their 40 page books with backup features would drop the backup and move to $2.99 as well. Great news!
Well, except for one thing: DC also announced that their 32 page comics would be dropping across the board from 22 to 20 story pages*. I think that there’s a strong case to be made that this is a line-wide price HIKE. Creators are paid for 2 less pages, DC gets the ad revenue for two more pages, and prices stay the same. We’re paying the same amount of money but for less content. We’ll have to wait and see what happens to production quality.
I’m trying hard not to be the world’s biggest cynic, but I’m not necessarily convinced that this is the boon for fans that we think it is.