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Digital Comic Update – 07.09.10

Posted by Luke Brown On July - 9 - 2010

Your weekly dose of digital comic breakdowns for the iPad, iPhone, and PSP is here. Give it a read.

BOOM! Studios

Again another week goes by without an update to the BOOM! Studios app. Very disappointing.

comiXology

There’s a good solid helping Marvel books this week starting with Jonathan Hickman’s and Dale Eaglesham’s opening arc on Fantastic Four, which is pretty solid, as well as another six or so issues of “Brand New Day” Amazing Spider-Man stories. The finale to Incognito arrives this week as well, and if you’ve been reading the series, obviously you’re picking it up, and if you’ve been waiting for the whole mini to become available before you bought it, today is your lucky day. Other than that, there really isn’t much to talk about otherwise. There is a free issue of Valentine Reloaded, which is worth checking out since it’s free, but I don’t know much about the book beyond that. Not a bad week, but a little disappointing considering last week’s selection wasn’t anything to be excited about either.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #545-549 – $1.99 (each)
  • Barack the Barbarian #1-3 – $0.99 (each)
  • Blade #11-12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Buckaroo Banzai: Hardest of the Hard #1 – $0.99
  • Dynamo 5 #8-10 – $0.99 (each)
  • Elephantmen #12-13 – $0.99 (each)
  • Fantastic Four #570-574 – $1.99 (each)
  • Incognito #6 – $1.99
  • Kolchak Tales: Night Stalker of the Living Dead – $0.99
  • Moon Girl #5 – $0.99
  • Uncanny X-Men #488-491 – $1.99 (each)
  • Valentine Reloaded #1 – FREE
  • X-Men #192-196 – $1.99 (each)

DC COMICS

So this week the DC app brings the conclusion of the Batman story “Hush” to the marketplace, as well as three new issues of DMZ and four new issues of Fables. All three of these books come highly recommended, but the real star of the week is Detective Comics #854. Greg Rucka and JH Williams III do a fantastic job on this book, which properly introduces Batwoman to the DC Universe. The art is phenomenal. The writing is top-notch. Best of all, you also get the Question back-up story from Rucka and Cully Hamner, which stars Renee Montoya as the mysterious super-detective. I’ve bought this comic in some form or another three times already, and today marks the fourth. It’s just that good. There are also three free comics (Blackest Night #0, Night Owls #1, and Wildstorm Universe #0) you should check out. Blackest Night #0 isn’t very heavy on content, but it does set up the blockbuster Green Lantern event of last year. Hopefully this is an indication that Blackest Night will be hitting the store shortly. All in all, it’s another strong week for the newest app on the market.

  • Action Comics #846-848 – $1.99 (each)
  • All Star Superman #3 – $1.99
  • The Authority: The World’s End #2 -$0.99
  • Batman #406 – $1.99
  • Batman #617-619 – $1.99 (each)
  • Batman #658 – $1.99
  • Bayou #2 – $0.99
  • Blackest Night #0 – FREE
  • Detective Comics #854 – $1.99
  • DMZ #6-8 – $1.99 (each)
  • Fables #11-14 – $1.99 (each)
  • Gen 13 #22 – $0.99
  • Green Lantern #22 – $1.99
  • Green Lantern #31 – $1.99
  • Green Lantern Corps #15 – $1.99
  • High Moon #2 – $0.99
  • Jonah Hex #10-11 – $1.99 (each)
  • Mirror’s Edge #5 – $1.99
  • Night Owls #1 – FREE
  • Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta – $1.99
  • Sandman #3 – $1.99
  • Stormwatch: PHD #14 – $1.99
  • Superman/Batman #14-16 – $1.99 (each)
  • Supernatural: Origins #1 – $1.99
  • Victorian Undead #3 – $1.99
  • Wildcats #2 – $0.99
  • Wildstorm Universe #0 – FREE

iVerse/IDW/Archie

Start your week off right by downloading World War Hulk #1. It’s non-stop action drawn by John Romita, Jr, and starring the Hulk. It’s good. New issues of GI Joe: Cobra and Eternals, as well as Captain America Comics, make an appearance as well. Perhaps the best addition to the iVerse store are the first four issues that Thor appeared in Journey Into Mystery. While they do show their age a bit, it’s a rare opportunity to get your hands on comics this old, and to see where a character came from to where they are today is always interesting. Over on the IDW app you can get your hands on the free copy of GI Joe: Real American Hero #155 1/2, which launched the IDW revamp of the GI Joe line. It picks up almost instantly from the original one-hundred and fifty-fifth issue, and longtime Joe fans will be happy to finally see what happened next, albeit more than a decade later.

  • 28 Days Later #11 – $1.99
  • Betty and Veronica Spectacular #79 – $0.99
  • Black Scorpion #2 – $0.99
  • Captain America Comics #4-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Daredevil #85 – $1.99
  • Dynamo 5 #24 – $0.99
  • Eternals #2  – $1.99
  • GI Joe: Cobra #5 – $1.99
  • GI Joe: Real American Hero #155 1/2 – FREE
  • Immortal Iron Fist #3 – $1.99
  • Journey Into Mystery #83-86 – $1.99 (each)
  • Logan’s Run: Last Day #2 – $0.99
  • New X-Men #11 – $1.99
  • Pantheon #3 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: McCoy #3 – $1.99
  • Tek War Chronicles #1 – $0.99
  • Transformers Ongoing #8 – $1.99
  • World War Hulk #1 – $1.99
  • X-Men #171 – $1.99

MARVEL COMICS

There are a few books worth pointing out on the Marvel app this week, but the biggest deal is the complete “Old Man Logan” storyline from Wolverine #66-72, and Giant-Size Wolverine: Old Man Logan #1. Mark Millar and Steve McNiven do a really nice Unforgiven homage here, and though the ending is a bit absurd, it’s still a very fun read. McNiven’s art is the real star here though, and the book is worth checking out for that alone. You will also find the first six issues of Ultimate X-Men available, and if you’re someone who’s not all that familiar with continuity, or are looking for a fresh take on old characters, I highly recommend those books. Last month’s Dazzler one-shot by Jim McCann and Kalman Andrasofszky is decent, but despite looking like a story that would be easily accessible, is only for true fans of the character. That’s not to say you wouldn’t like it if you were unfamiliar with Dazzler, it’s just chock full of inside info and references to events long in the comic continuity past of the character that I can see it being difficult to get into as a newcomer. Shockingly no free books this week, which is a shame because I’m sure giving away the first issue of Black Panther could have generated a bit more interest in the book.

  • Black Panther #1-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Dazzler #1 – $1.99
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 – $1.99
  • Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men: Parts 1 and 2 – $1.99 (each)
  • Giant-Size Wolverine: Old Man Logan – $1.99
  • Infinity Gauntlet #1-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Marvel Adventures Iron Man #3 – $1.99
  • Ultimate X-Men #1-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Wolverine #66-72 – $1.99 (each)

Panelfly

Hope you like the Female Force comics Bluewater Productions makes because there are four of them available this week starring Sarah Palin, Barbara Walters, Condoleezza Rice, and JK Rowling. BOOM! Studios’ 28 Days Later and Marvel’s New X-Men make up the bulk of the rest of what’s available, but it’s nothing you haven’t seen on another app at one time or another before. I’m still waiting for Panelfly’s iPad app to launch because there are a few books I’m willing to check out, but reading them iPhone-sized on the iPad just isn’t something I’m willing to do just yet.

  • 28 Days Later #5-10 – $1.99 (each)
  • Female Force: Barbara Walters – $0.99
  • Female Force: Condoleezza Rice – $0.99
  • Female Force: JK Rowling – $0.99
  • Female Force: Sarah Palin – $0.99
  • Irredeemable #13 – $1.99
  • Marvel Knights #12-15 – $1.99 (each)
  • New X-Men #21-25 – $1.99 (each)
  • X-Men 183-187 – $1.99 (each)

PSP

Fifty-four new comics hit the PlayStation store this week, and though many of the books available I’ve praised above, there are few titles unavailable on other apps that are worth your time. The first two issues Criminal: The Sinners lead the pack on the PSP this week, and show once again that nobody does modern crime like Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Resistance and Free Realms, the PSP exclusive titles, also get new issues this week, and fans of either of those games will want to check out those books. Again, more Fables and DMZ is always a good thing, and there’s a healthy dose of Green Lantern comics for sale that belong in everyone’s collection, digital or otherwise. Take note that even though Justice League: Generation Lost #5 appears on the store, it will not actually be available until next week.

  • 2000AD Prog # 1687 – $1.99
  • Astonishing Tales (2009) # 4 – $1.99
  • Batman: Year One # 3 – $1.99
  • Black Panther (2005) #6 – #9 – $1.99 (each)
  • Cancertown # 6 – $0.99
  • Criminal: The Sinners (2008) #1 & #2 – $1.99 (each)
  • Devi # 7 – $1.99
  • DMZ: On the Ground #6 – #12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Donald Duck and the Secret of the 313 – $0.99
  • Eleventh Hour #3 – $0.99
  • Fables #11 – #14 – $1.99 (each)
  • Finding Nemo # 0 – $0.99
  • Free Realms #5 & #6 – $0.99 (each)
  • Ghostbusters: Convolution # 1 – $1.99
  • G.I. Joe: Cobra # 10 – $1.99
  • Green Lantern: Secret Origin – Part 3 # 31 – $1.99
  • Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War – Part 4 of 12 # 4 – $1.99
  • High Moon: Chapter 1 # 2 – $0.99
  • Jonah Hex #13 & #14 – $1.99 (each)
  • Justice League: Generation Lost # 5 – $2.99
  • The Lexian Chronicles # 8 – $0.99
  • Marvel Zombies 2 (2007) # 1 – $1.99
  • Mickey Mouse in: “The Haunted City” – $0.99
  • Night Owls # 1 – FREE
  • Planetary: Authority # 1 – $1.99
  • Planetary: JLA # 1 – $1.99
  • Project Eon # 2 – $0.99
  • Ramayan 3392 AD # 7 – $1.99
  • Resistance #5 & #6 – $1.99 (each)
  • The Sadhu # 7 – $1.99
  • Scrooge McDuck and the High Sea Trap – $0.99
  • Snakewoman # 7 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: McCoy # 3 – $1.99
  • Superduck # 13 – $1.99
  • Transformers # 8 – $1.99
  • Victorian Undead # 3 – $1.99
  • Walk-In # 6 – $1.99
  • Wizards of Mickey # 9 – $0.99
  • Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper # 1- $1.99



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