The latest Marvel release to include a download code for a digital copy with the purchase of a physical book is their Season One line of graphic novels, the publisher announced Friday.
This comes the same week as the release of Avenging Spider-Man #1 — the first Marvel comic to offer such a deal — and Thursday's announcement that each book in Marvel's Ultimate line will include download codes as of January 2012. Like the polybags for the single issues, the hardcover Season One books will be shrinkwrapped to protect the code until purchase.
The Season One line consists of original graphic novels telling in-continuity stories aimed at new readers and set in a modernized version of their characters' early history. Thus far, four books have been announced for release in 2012, and it looks there will be more on the way.
"We're committed to attracting new readers by providing compelling original stories about our top heroes from our most exciting creators, all packaged at an unbeatable value," Marvel senior vice president of sales David Gabriel said in a statement. "The response to Marvel: Season One from fans, retailers and press has been so incredible that have a second wave of graphic novels in development for later this year."
The first Season One book, Fantastic Four: Season One, is scheduled for February 2012, by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist David Marquez. March brings X-Men: Season One by Dennis Hopeless and Jamie McKelvie, followed by Daredevil: Season One by Antony Johnston and Wellinton Alves in April, and May's Spider-Man: Season One by Cullen Bunn and Neil Edwards.
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