But I think this is also true of any comic worth its salt, from Little Nemo through Carl Barks to The Invisibles. I appreciate that you can always zoom out to see the intended layout, but I feel a bit uneasy about this reading style becoming the digital default - it’s important to understand that a good comic page is more than the sum of its panels, even in works like Watchmen where the layout rarely varies. Will a ‘born digital’ comic reader grok this? Will it change how artists approach the page, or the very concept of the ‘page’?
It’s a mutation issue, I guess - it might well be beneficial for future works, and open up all kinds of interesting possibilities. For existing, print-based comics, I’m not so sure.
Of course having access to thousands of great comics digitally is a huge deal, and we’ve already seen artists like Chris Ware making good creative use of a digital medium. I’m trying hard to fight fossilisation here. Can you tell?