I dont know how to feel about this. Obviously bad for the layoffs.
As someone on the outside of the comics industy who only occasionally buys a trade that I hear is good or admire the art, I feel like this was coming eventually.
And it seems to be a more complicated issue besides, "agenda pushing", and worse stories. The march of time was coming one way or the other. I think comic book companies need to watch and study the webcomic industry that only gets larger by the day. I dont think batman shit is the only profitable thing I think that hardcore batfans make up a large purchasing percentage skewing numbers for the company, leading them to shill bat stuff everywhere.
I know it sounds blasphemous but digital only vertical scrolling/designed stories could turn out rather well. Relax the guidelines for creators/employees and make teams even smaller (sorry inkers) to potentially increase revenue. Though traditional comics that get trades wouldn't' be phased out entirely. Now this system would probably be exploited by big companies to pay small creators/employees pennies for good content, but after some big legal battle or public outcry they could turn it into something worthwhile and marginally more ethical.