Geek Pick Comixology Is Still Netflix for Comics

first_img It’s a shame the comic book industry seems set on becoming increasingly insular because theoretically there’s never been an easier time to get into comic books. Superhero movies are the biggest cultural events on the planet. And the widespread use of iPads and other tablets means you can easily purchase an endless supply of books, catching up on dense stories from across history, without clogging your house with dead trees.As with the streaming TV service wars, all the big comic book publishers have their own independent reader apps. But if you just want one app to rule them all, Comixology is still the way to go.Powered by Amazon, Comixology stands above the rest just with its sheer volume of comics to choose from. It’s not totally complete in terms of older material, and really what archive is, but you can find books from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Shonen Jump, Archie, Boom, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Lion Forge, Valiant, Top Shelf, and some others we’re probably forgetting.These publishers just can’t resist having their books easily for sale alongside Amazon’s other infinite goods on sales. However we also blame Amazon’s profit-splitting feud with Apple for still preventing us from buying comics directly in the Comixology iOS app, which is annoying. That kind of Bezos muscle could’ve been an easy excuse for Comixology to disappoint as a reading experience. Fortunately the service itself also holds up its end of the bargain in terms of rich features.It’s easy to buy comics on launch day and sync them across multiple devices. There are multiple ways to pay for comics like through gifts or bundles or even a convenient full-on Netflix-style Comixology Unlimited subscription service for $5.99 per month. No DRM means you can download your (non Marvel or DC) purchases for offline desktop reading without hassle, although you can’t lend issues to friends. And different presentation options let you adjust the reading experience for your comfort.For more on Comixology check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on comics check out these groundbreaking female artists, the history of rock stars making comics, and the greatest comic book romances.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Wall Clock Tells Time With TechGeek Pick: Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on targetlast_img

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