Marvel’s first motion comic stars Spider-Woman

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Here’s the trailer for ‘Spider-Woman, Agent of S.W.O.R.D.’ -- the first motion comic from Marvel, which is dipping a toe into the medium that DC has been pursuing more aggressively to date. This five-part story is by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev and goes on sale today at iTunes. The episodes cost 99 cents for the first two weeks of release then jump to $1.25.

It’s interesting to consider the motion-comics marketplace. The medium hasn’t really captured the imagination of fans yet, and it’s not clear what the upside is. The funny thing for me is that, at first, motion comics and their static image and use of screen-slide approach reminded me of the 1960s’ Marvel television cartoons -- the same cartoons that I simultaneously loved and mocked as a kid because they were far less ‘animated’ than other animation. Clearly, though, the medium is advancing, and the work is becoming more eye-catching...
-- Geoff Boucher


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