Nov 1, 2009

Marvel Comics Come to The iPhone

There have been quite a few applications that have tried to introduce comics reading to Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone handlhed devices.

The best of breed is the Comics app, which dissects each comic into individual panels, which can then be flicked through with a "guided scrolling" feature which brings you through each issue, a frame at a time. It's a good solution for the problem of reading media that is meant to be absorbed in a far larger size and with a far better resolution than Apple's touchscreen iPods and iPhones can afford.

However, Comics had an achilles heel: none of the big two comics publishers, Marvel or DC, were on-board. Well, no longer. Smelling the sweet simoom of the winds of publishing change, Marvel has signed a deal with Comics to release some of their titles virtually, over the App Store.

Right now, you can buy five separate comics, most of which are Marvel's X series of titles. Along with Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men - a nerd - favorite - you can buy Captain America, Marvel Zombies, X-23 and X-men: Age of Apocalypse. Each issue costs $2.

Unfortunately, if you want to read comics abroad, this deal is a United States exclusive right now. But the price is about what it should be, aod hopefully, Marvel will iron out their regional licensing issues in time, bring X-Men to iPhoners all over the world.

By: John Browlee,

No comments:

Post a Comment