"Less than two years after DC Comics began selling digital versions of its own comics on the same day as print, the superhero publisher announced two new digital comics formats: DC2, which will feature "dynamic artwork" that unfolds as the reader taps on the screen, and DC2 Multiverse, a choose-your-own-path format that will allow users to make decisions at key points that will unlock different storylines.
The DC2 format will debut with Batman '66, a digital comic from creators Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case based on the classic Batman television series. Rather than flipping through pages, readers will "tap on the screen to bring the next element of the story to life, whether it's a whole panel, or a word balloon or a sound effect," DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee told Wired. "What's cool is that you really get to challenge the rules of traditional storytelling. You aren't beholden to a strict left to right western culture narrative. You can have elements that leap back and forth."
Lee says the format will play off many of the tropes of the fan-favorite Adam West show, with sound effects and meta-fictional elements that will appear and unfold in unique ways through the new format. Similarly, the DC2 Multiverse format will debut in Batman: Arkham Origins, a digital comic tie-in for the upcoming Warner Bros. video game where Lee says the ability to choose different paths through the story will "bring an aspect of gameplay to storytelling."
They'll also give the stories another quality familiar to gamers: replay value. "If you go back in the decision-making tree and replay other events or other decisions, you'll get a lot more reading experience and reading content," said Lee. And while readers will be able to interact with the story – and have different narrative experiences based on the choices they make – they may also have a hand in how the comics unfold in the future
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