a reason Comixology has emerged as one of the most famous comic book
apps around - it's fast, has a huge collection, and is incredibly easy
to use. But if you don't like the changes that recently took place or you don't like its overall model, there are plenty of good alternatives.
We looked at a mix of apps that let you buy
content and others that just let you read the content you already have,
and these were our favourites:
The home of
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, DC Comics has a pretty good app
that's free (pictured on top) on both the App Store and Google Play,
through which you can buy all the issues you want - singles cost Rs. 60,
while collected issues cost more.
You can also buy entire
series, such as The Dark Knight Returns or The Killing Joke, instead of
buying the individual issues. What's great is that you can buy the
latest comics without spending too much, but if you're reading a lot of
comics, then the costs will pile up pretty quickly.
A buffet style serving of Marvel's past catalogue, Marvel Unlimited (free on the App Store and Google Play)
isn't the app to get if you want to read the latest comics as soon as
they come out.
But if you're a new comic book fan, who
wants to find out who Ultron is before they release the second Avengers
movie, then paying $9.99 per month (or $69 annually) is a pretty good
choice. You'll need to create an account on Marvel.com, but after you
sign in with your credentials, you can read as many comics as you want,
saving up to 12 issues at a time for offline reading. The navigation
through pages is good, moving in and out of individual panels depending
on the size.
There's a six month gap between the latest
issues being released and appearing in the app, but with thousands of
issues available right away, that doesn't feel like a big issue. And you
don't have to be a Marvel Unlimited member to try out the app, and read
from a small selection of free comics, so you check out the app without
spending money either.
If you're not
looking for just the big names from DC and Marvel then Comics+ is a
great alternative to check out, on both the App Store and Google Play.
It's got titles like Tarot, Adventure Time and Hexed and most comics
are priced at Rs. 60. It's all handled inside the app, so you're simply
browsing through the comics, and with a few taps, you could have bought
and downloaded something new to read.
With the support of
publishers like IDW, Image, BOOM! Studios, Campfire comics, Marvel, PVP
Online, Top Cow and a lot more, there is a pretty good catalogue
available to choose from as well.
you're just looking for a great way to read comics, and not shop for
comics, then Comic Zeal is the way to go. This Rs. 300 iOS app
works on both the iPhone and the iPad, and loads comics instantly. It
can open PDF files, and also the popular CBZ and CBR formats, so if
you've already got a collection of digital comics, then Comic Zeal is a
The app automatically zooms in and out of
panels, letting you read easily, and lets you transfer comics directly
via USB, or over WiFi, or Dropbox. It's also got some amazing file
management, and automatically sorts your comics into series using
metadata from Comic Rack and remembers where you were in each one. These
library features are the biggest selling point of this app, and make it
well worth the money.
is a free iOS app which works a lot like Comic Zeal. In fact, in terms of features, it's almost exactly the same - but it doesn't have the same kind of library
management which makes Comic Zeal such a great option.
this app is able to do all the same things - it's fast, syncs with
cloud storage to read your comics, can transfer files directly via USB
or WiFi, and it loads comics with a guided view so you can move from
panel to panel and page to page.
And while Comics Zeal
does a better job with the library management, ComicBookLover is free,
and loads huge CBR files in the blink of an eye, which is definitely a
This is a great app
if you're a fan of "scanlations", fan translations, of popular manga
series such as Death Note, Naruto, Bleach and more. The official Viz
media Manga app is actually pretty great, but it's not on the Indian app
store as of now, so fan powered stores are the best option for now.
Manga Rock is available on both the App Store and Google Play
One thing you need to be aware of when reaing a scanlation is that it's
done by people in their free time, and can include some really
Still, the app itself is pretty
great as you can track your favourite series and get a notification
every time a new issue comes out; the app also remembers which issue in a
particular series you were reading, so if you've been switching between
books and return to a title after some time, you don't need to search
for the right volume to open. The free version is pretty good, and it's
definitely worth the Rs. 300 in-app purchase to remove ads that come
with the free version.
Extra reading: For BlackBerry and Windows Phone
a BlackBerry user on his primary device, this reporter has decided that
visiting Marvel.comon the browser is a better experience than most
native apps. The Android apps are stable though, and can definitely be
For Windows Phone, we don't have much first hand news to
report, but we've heard really good things about Comic Book Reader which uses Skydrive to store your CBR files, and another app that has gotten a lot of good reviews is Comic Time, which has support for right to left reading for manga, and USB file transfer support.