Another field that has felt the amazing impact of Internet Technology is the fascinating world of comics. For those who love comics, the way they are read has been changed by digitalization. They have now been transformed into apps that allow for convenient digital reading and easy arrangement into library collections. This is a list of the current and most popular comic apps that you can use with your mobile devices.
ComiXology (Android/ iOS) (Free)
ComiXology ranks as one of the most popular apps in the digital world of comics. Readers have direct access to read and purchase from ComiXology's website through its app which features major comic publishers like Marvel, DC and a host of others. Allowing users to download content from the website, the app can be assessed on Android and iOS platforms. A drawback, however, is that while a 'Guided View' mode will allow you to read the comics on small screen phones, this facility is available only for ComiXology purchases, and it cannot be imported from another comic collection, nor can you purchase it as an iOS app. Similar patterns of app usage can be found on Marvel and DC.
Dark Horse Comics (Android iOS) is another that has established its own app and market platform. It features popular franchises like Star Wars, Mass Effect, Aliens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in addition to a rich collection of Sin City, manga and manhwa, and Hellboy. Although it's Comic guided view is smooth enough, it's Panel-to-Panel view is not as friendly. It's greatest advantage, however, is that its left reading mode is the one that works best for Dark Horse's extensive manga series collection.
2000 AD (iOS) (Free)
Free 2000 AD comics and magazines are provided on a platform that supports only the iOS device, and you can subscribe to the range of Judge Dredd Magazine, the Strontium Dog, Sláine, and the 200AD comics anthology. Also, individual issues can be bought, while any of its subscription selections can be saved on the series.
Marvel Unlimited (Android, iOS) ($9.99/mo)
Marvel Unlimited app provides access to a pool of comics from Marvel Comics' archives. You can access continuous access to 13,000 or more publications, or even issues from several classic titles of Marvel at $10 for a month, or $70 for a year. A slight drawback is that you can only read while online, although you can bookmark a limit of 12 issues for your online reading.
ComicRack (Android, iPad) (Free / $7.99)
Coming with a unique library management, several different reading modes, and other customizations, this app is very user-friendly because it also features an original desktop comic reader, and comes with a great list of comic issues. Another unique feature of ComicRack is that you can read on the go, as it allows you to sync your collection and other issues between your desktop and your phone. The fact that it supports formats like .CBR, .CBZ, .PDF, .DJVU is an added advantage.
This is merely a tip of the iceberg, as the list of comic apps from which you can gain access to your favorite comics, and save your preferred ones, is increasing by the day. We now have a convenient platform for those with an insatiable appetite for comics they can have access to at anytime and at any place.