A digital comic book does not always have the same content as a print comic book of the same name and number. In April of 2017, print issues of X-Men Gold (2017-) #1 were delivered to comic book stores. Fans were quick to point out that the artwork, by former Marvel artist Ardian Syaf, included controversial references to the Qur'an and Indonesian politics. The artwork was removed from later printings, the digital issue, and the forthcoming trade paperback; however, print issues had already been distributed with the artwork included. There were, simultaneously, print and digital issues of one comic book that did not have the same content.
In The Language of New Media, Lev Manovich argues for the expansion of the definition of new media beyond that which uses “a computer for distribution and exhibition rather than production” (19). Manovich writes,
Following Manovich’s extended definition and argument: print comics would be understood as digital if they are scripted, penciled, lined, colored, lettered, formatted, edited, and/or mediated through a computer. Digital comics are not just one medium within another. They are a remediation of an old medium through new media.
There is no reason to privilege the computer as a machine for the exhibition and distribution of media over the computer as a tool for media production or as a media storage device. All have the same potential to change existing cultural languages. And all have the same potential to leave culture as it is. (19)