Review: The Private Eye # 1

The creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin surprised the comics industry this week with the release of “The Private Eye”.


The comic which is colored by Munsta Vicente was released at a “name your price” rate for a wide range of DRM-free digital formats including CBR, CBZ, and PDF.


What’s DRM-free you might be asking?… DRM is Digital Rights Management, meaning copy-protection. So if something has DRM, that means it’s a pain in the ass to copy it from one computer to another. A perfect example would be when you purchase a movie online, then you want to watch it on your other computer and the copy right protection won’t let you. If something is DRM free, you can just do whatever you want with it.


The way that Vaughan and Martin are distributing the series is nothing short of revolutionary.  Rather than publish a traditional miniseries, the collaborators have created Panel Syndicate, a website where they’ll release digital comics in a variety of formats, all DRM-free, which will undoubtedly please those who have been critical of the industry’s predominant digital-delivery methods. What’s more, the creators are allowing readers to name their price!  (Hitting upon another hot-button subject in the digital debate, that $2.99 or $3.99 is too expensive for a standard-length comic).


The Private Eye is a detective story set in 2076, when everyone in the United States has a secret identity. The protagonist is a member of the paparazzi, outlaw private investigators who dig up the kind of personal dirt no longer readily available through search engines. It’s a mystery with lots of masks, but no superpowers.


The comic has smart writing, engaging characters, and a great plot twist.  The artwork is simply beautiful, the costume design and coloring make this one of the most unique looking comics available today.


The Private Eye # 1 is on sale now, at


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