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Digital Comic Update – 06.03.10

Posted by Luke Brown On June - 3 - 2010

The Digital Comic Update is back with all the iPad, iPhone, and PSP comic releases you can handle.

comiXology

There are quite a few comics worth checking out on this week’s update on comiXology. First, there are four free comics that you should download simply because they’re free, and you may end up enjoying the rest of the series. Both of Red 5′s Free Comic Book Day offerings, Atomic Robo and Neozoic, are pretty solid, and though I don’t know much about The Bomb or Dark Mists, I’ll be checking both of them out for the low, low price of free. In addition to the first four issues of the series, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the story that inspired Blade Runner, also gets a free preview issue. If you enjoy science fiction at all, you should totally check that book out. Oddly enough, two of the Marvel offerings, Blade and Immortal Iron Fist, don’t get a free first issue on this app, yet on the Marvel app they do. I never read the Blade book while Howard Chaykin was working on it, but I can say that Matt Fraction’s Immortal Iron Fist is probably one of the best things he’s ever written. I really want to check out Dust, if only because a new series is starting this week in print (Dust Wars), and the art looks great. BOOM!’s Die Hard: Year One was a pretty solid series, and if you’re a fan of the movies, it’s definitely worth checking out if only to see how John McClane became the man you know in the films. The clear front-runner for pick of the week though has to go to Garth Ennis’ and Amanda Connor’s The Pro. It’s a comic about the world’s first superhero hooker. Need I say more?

  • Atomic Robo: Free Comic Book Day 2010 – Free
  • Blade (2006) #1-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • The Bomb #1 – Free
  • The Bomb #2-4 – $0.99 (each)
  • Captain Action #3-5 – $0.99 (each)
  • Dark Mists #1 – Free
  • Dark Mists #2-4 – $0.99 (each)
  • Die Hard: Year One Preview – Free
  • Die Hard: Year One #1-4 – $1.99 (each)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Preview – Free
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #1-4 – $1.99 (each)
  • Dust #1-2 – $0.99 (each)
  • Hulk (2008) #4-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Immortal Iron Fist #1-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Irredeemable #10-12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Marvel Knights #1-3 – $1.99 (each)
  • Moon Girl #4 – $0.99
  • Neozoic: Free Comic Book Day 2010 – Free
  • The Pro Preview – Free
  • The Pro – $3.99

iVerse

I think it’s great that there are so many different apps you can get for comics on Apple products, but when they’re implemented as poorly as iVerse’s, it’s a bit disappointing. It’s often difficult to make out just what comics are available on the new releases page since the page doesn’t always display all the actual releases for the week. Case in point, this week’s addition of Incredible Hulk #88 and #91 would appear initially to be the only new Incredible Hulk comics, yet issues #89 and #90 are also available. You can only tell this by checking the series info on one of the displayed comics. This isn’t the first time this has happened, and it probably won’t be the last, but I’d like someone at iVerse to look into addressing this issue. It can only help them sell more digital comics. Complaints about the app aside, other than the Incredible Hulk comics mentioned (which contained the prelude to “Planet Hulk”), the only other addition worth checking out is the second issue of BOOM!’s The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh. It’s an interesting mystery series written by Mark Waid, and is definitely worth the aggravation of dealing with the iVerse app to read.

  • Betty and Veronica #152 – $1.99
  • Dynamo 5 #19 – $1.99
  • Incredible Hulk #88-91 – $1.99 (each)
  • The Red Star #2 – $0.99
  • Sabrina: Manga #13-14 – $0.99 (each)
  • Star Trek: New Frontier #2 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: Spock Reflections #3 – $1.99
  • Transformers: Best of UK Prey #2 – $1.99
  • Transformers: Ironhide #1 – $1.99
  • The Unknown: The Devil Made Flesh #2 – $1.99

Marvel

After not updating for a week, Marvel comes back with a double dose this week. For better or worse, one of those updates is strictly confined to the X-Universe, while the other is loaded with Immortal Iron Fist and Blade comics. There are four free comics available between the two updates: Blade #1, Immortal Iron Fist #1, New X-Men #37, and Uncanny X-Men #487. I recommend all of them because they’re free, but Immortal Iron Fist and New X-Men are both great reads that should get you interested in reading more of the regular books. I can’t praise Matt Fraction’s Immortal Iron Fist enough, and with twelve issues available to start, I think many of you will find yourselves in agreement with me after reading it. New X-Men is a solid book about younger mutants living with the X-Men, and even though the issues available here aren’t anywhere near the beginning of the story, you might find them enjoyable nonetheless. The issues of Uncanny X-Men available are from the time when I had dropped the book, so there might not be a whole lot worth liking there.

  • Blade (2006) #1 – Free
  • Blade (2006) #2-12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Immortal Iron Fist #1 – Free
  • Immortal Iron Fist #2-12 – $1.99 (each)
  • New X-Men #35-36 – $1.99 (each)
  • New X-Men #37 – Free
  • New X-Men #38-43 – $1.99 (each)
  • Uncanny X-Men #481-486 – $1.99 (each)
  • Uncanny X-Men #487 – Free
  • Uncanny X-Men #488-491 – $1.99 (each)

PSP

It is not a good week for the PSP comic store. While there are new issues of Atomic Robo, Criminal, and Powers available, that’s just about it. There are quite a few comics from the now defunct Virgin Comics, none of which were terrible, but none of which were all that memorable either. Beyond has the the distinct pleasure of being a Ron Marz adaptation of a Deepak Choprah story, but I’d wait and see if the whole mini-series pops up on here before picking up the first or second issues. There really isn’t much else I can recommend to anybody here. Sure, the Prince of Persia graphic novel is a nice touch, but the movie wasn’t all that great, so why would the adaptation be any better?

  • 2000AD Prog # 1682 – $1.99
  • Atomic Robo Vol.3 # 4 – $0.99
  • Beyond # 2 – $1.99
  • Criminal (2006) # 8 – $1.99
  • Criminal (2006) # 9 – $1.99
  • Devi # 2 – $1.99
  • Donald Duck and the Contact Savingitis – $1.99
  • Donald Duckling and the Assisted Courtship – $1.99
  • Eat the Dead # 2  – $1.99
  • Hope Falls # 1 – $0.99
  • Kong: King of Skull Island # 5 – $0.99
  • Powers (2000) # 7 – $1.99
  • Powers (2000) # 8 – $1.99
  • Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time # 1 – $2.99
  • Ramayan 3392 AD # 2 – $1.99
  • The Sadhu # 2 – $1.99
  • Serpent Wars # 4 – $0.99
  • Snakewoman # 2 – $1.99
  • Virulents # 2 – $1.99
  • Walk-In # 2 – $1.99
  • X-Mickey # 13 – $1.99
  • Zombie Broadway # 2 – $1.99



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