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comiXology Review: A Marvel-ous App

Platforms: Android, iOS

Price: Free

We have been in the digital revolution for a while now and Comixology is here to bring comics to the digital medium. Comixology is basically the iTunes of digital comics. You begin by creating an account with every purchase made on Comixology being tied to that account. Once those purchases are made they can be accessed through the Comixology app on any platform and Comixology’s website by signing into said account.

Over the last few years Comixology has expanded its catalog to include over 40,000 comic book titles from Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW and more. This comic book collection includes new comics coming out every Wednesday, digital exclusive comics and classic comics. The one downside of purchasing comics digitally is the pricing of new comics, which may deter rampant spending since they are priced exactly the same as the physical copies. That said, there are free comics and $0.99 to $1.99 comics in the catalog.

The navigation of Comixology is intuitive with the latest comics as well as comic sales and recommendations shown on the Features front page. The catalog is broken down further so you can find comics by publisher, alphabetically, author or Comixology’s built-in search function.

As for the reading experience Comixology gives you a few opinions in order to read your comic books. You can either read comics in a traditional way by scrolling through an issue page by page or you can use Comixology’s patented Guided View technology. The Guided View will guide you through the comic panel by panel, reading the comic in its natural order. This feature is made especially useful when using Comixology on a smaller screen. 

POSITIVES

+Easy set-up with cross-platform purchases

+Navigation makes it easy to find what you’re looking for

+Extensive collection from Marvel, DC, Image, IDW and more

+Several reading options

+HD comics

NEGATIVES

Pricing on newer comics

Overall Impressions

If you’re looking for a way to get into comics without having to fill your room with physical copies than Comixology gives fans all they could want. The ever growing collection of comics and the HD capabilities of the app give users a great reading experience.

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