We're going to try really hard to get through this story without making a Hall & Oates joke, but no promises. Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin are major names in the comic book world. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Batman, the Runaways, Y: The Last Man; these are just a few of the characters and stories they are associated with. So naturally, their next big project would be online, DRM-free, pay what you want, and come out with little to no fanfare, right? Well, yes. The Private Eye, a new comic by BKV as he's affectionately known to fans, Marcos Martin, and colorist Muntsa Vicente, started today, and can be found exclusively at PanelSyndicate.com. There is no DRM on the file you buy and own, whether you choose to download it in PDF or the popular comic book rar or comic book zip formats, CBR and CBZ. What's more, they're not asking for any specific amount of money. Instead, you tell them what you want to pay, and download the issue. That's it. It's not stored in the cloud, it doesn't need any special software, just download and read the 32-page first issue of a planned 10-issue "maxi-series." There are reports that currently demand has outstripped Paypal's capabilities at time and it's been anecdotedly difficult to get through, but we were able to purchase on our first try. The comic is downloadable in English, Spanish, and Catalan, allowing readers of both creators' native tongues to enjoy the story. No word on whether they play with words or play with love (darn, almost made it).
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