Called the “iTunes of comics” by the New York Times in 2012, comiXology is one of the best apps for fans of comics looking for new releases or old classics. The company was launched in 2007 as an online community for fans of the medium, but in 2009 the comiXology reader app launched to allow for the purchase and reading of digital comics—a milestone that has reinvented the way comics are distributed to readers all over the world.
What makes the comiXology app work so well? For starters, the company has ensured that you can use it on just about any device, having made versions for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows 8. Because the app is linked to your comiXology account—much like Amazon’s Kindle Reader app—you can read your comics from any of your devices, and even your computer.
But the real secret to comiXology’s success isn’t the way it’s similar to another great app—it’s the ways it sets itself apart. ComiXology offers the “Guided View” option, zooming in on individual panels to maximize the visual clarity no matter what device your on. Swiping ahead brings up the next panel or word balloon, leaving no doubt as to which part of the story comes next.
- Integrated store offers new comics and classics from all the major companies like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image, as well as from smaller and independent publishers.
- Reader is simple to use, and syncs across all devices, meaning you have access to your collection no matter where you go.
- Guided View lets you enjoy all your comics, even if you only have a tiny screen.
- The store frequently has sales and free previews, allowing you to get the most comic book bang for your comic book bucks.