Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin's new The Private Eye #1 is now available for download at http://panelsyndicate.com/. In an interesting twist, however, the creative team is telling readers to name their price to purchase the comic. That's right, you can pay as little as $0.01 or as much as $1,000,000 for the 32 page first comic. Also, all downloads are DRM free, meaning that the download is actually yours to own.
So what exactly is The Private Eye #1 about? Without spoiling too much, it's about a futuristic world without Internet and looks to examine how people maintain their anonymity offline. Of course, there's the classic noir elements too. Beautiful women, footchases and discreet meetings all play a part in the first issue. I'd give a full review, but there's no reason for you not to give it a try yourself.
It'll be interesting to see how BKV and Martin's experiment works out. This is the introduction of a new distribution model, one that values content over control and relies on the relationship between the creators and their readers to make a profit. It's also BKV and Marcos Martin, two of the best creators in the industry today, which all but guarantees that the comic will bring in buckets of money.
The Private Eye is exactly what the often stagnated comic industry needs. A fresh story with stunning visuals and a forward thinking way of how to reach more than the 100,000 who make weekly trips to the comic book store. Purchase The Private Eye #1 and be part of a potentially industry changing concept. Or, go and read yet another event comic in which nothing happens. Your call.