Best Ways to Read Digital Comics in 2024

Here are the best subscriptions and apps to access your digital comics.

Marvel Unlimited

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Line graphs showing the search trends for the comics publishers Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and Boom! Studios.


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Line graphs showing the search trends for the comics publishers Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and Boom! Studios.

That large spike in Marvel searches around 2018 coincides with the release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Google

According to Google Trends, more people have searched for Marvel Comics than other major comics publishers over the past 20 years. The Marvel Cinematic Universe probably factors into these searches, but the first MCU film — Iron Man — was released in 2008 and Marvel Comics was beating other publishers before the film’s release. If you’re into Spider-Man, X-Men, Captains America or Marvel, Thor or the Avengers, you’ll find them in Marvel Unlimited. 

Marvel Unlimited subscriptions start at $10 for a monthly subscription and $69 for an annual subscription, and the service gives you access to old and new comics featuring beloved characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America. The app has over 30,000 Marvel comics available, and it adds new comics weekly.

You can download the Marvel Unlimited app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store.

DC Universe Infinite

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Line graphs showing the search trends for superheroes like Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Iron Man and Captain America


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Line graphs showing the search trends for superheroes like Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Iron Man and Captain America

It appears that films helped spike interest in comic characters over the last 20 years.

Google

According to Google Trends, DC Comics might be the second most popular comics publisher, but then, it has Batman. Based on Google Trends data, the Dark Knight is the most popular superhero over the past 20 years compared with other well-known characters like Spider-Man, Superman, Captain America and Iron Man. DC Universe Infinite gives you access to comics starring the DC Trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as teams like the Justice League, Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.

A DC Universe Infinite subscription starts at $8 for a monthly subscription or $75 for an annual subscription and gives you access to the full runs of archetypal comics like Action Comics and Detective Comics. You also have access to over 32,000 other comics, including influential works like Watchmen and The Sandman, and new comics are added every week.

You can download the DC Universe Infinite app from the App Store and Google Play.

Comixology

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Comixology

The Comixology app is a digital comics storefront owned by Amazon, and it has over 230,000 comics, manga and graphic novels. While you can purchase comics from either Marvel or DC through the app, you can also purchase popular nonsuperhero comics, like Saga and The Walking Dead.

Comixology also has a subscription service, called Comixology Unlimited, which you can subscribe to for $6 a month. With a subscription you can access over 45,000 comics and manga, including collected volumes of The Walking Dead and Attack on Titan, and a library of Comixology Originals from creators like Scott Snyder. You also get discounts on some digital single issue comics.

You can access Comixology from the Kindle app from the App Store and Google Play.

Libby

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Libby

Libby is an app that connects you to your local public library’s eBook collection, including any digital comics your library offers. However, that also means you’re limited to only the digital comics your library offers. So you might not have access to older or newer comics, or comics that aren’t as popular or mainstream. 

Libby’s biggest strength is its cost: free. All you need is a library card, a tablet to read on and a love for comics. That means you can save your money for tickets to Comic Con.

You can download Libby from the App Store or Google Play.

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