Our digital comic update is back, but with a brand-new twist. Each week we’re going to highlight the best books across all platforms (iPad, PSP, iPhone, Android, etc.) that you can’t miss out on. Think of this as What to Watch for Digital Edition.
Death Note, Vol. 7 – $4.99 (Available on the Viz Manga App)
I consider myself still fairly new to manga. I only read a handful Japanese graphic novels, and the advantage of being so late to the game is being able to cherry-pick the good stuff right from the start. I had always wanted to read Death Note because it’s not just a great supernatural story, but it’s also a really wonderful mystery thriller. The two main characters are genius-level intellects, and watching them battle back and forth is like watching a modern-day Holmes and Moriarity push each other to their respective limits. Though I definitely recommend starting this book from the beginning (the first chapter of the first volume is available for free), you’re going to download this volume eventually anyway, so you might as well just start this week.
Also, I don’t typically like spending more than $1.99 on any digital comic, but these volumes run anywhere from 180-200+ pages in length, so the price is definitely worth it.
Dogs of Mars #1 – FREE (Available on the ComiXology App)
The latest creation from the minds that brought us Moon Girl and Black Cherry Bombshells, Dogs of Mars is the story of an Earth outpost on Mars that comes under attack, and what the captain of the colony must do to survive. Most importantly, this comic is free, so there’s really no reason not to give it a try. However, I really enjoyed Moon Girl, and I have some high hopes for this story. Plus, each subsequent part of the series will be released for free, like ComiXology has done before with stories like Box 13. I’m a sucker for space adventure, so I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
GI Joe: Cobra #12 – $1.99 (Available on the Comics+ and IDW Comics Apps)
What I love most about GI Joe: Cobra is that it takes the espionage and counter-terrorism very seriously. If you haven’t heard of this book before, GI Joe: Cobra is a very different take on the classic action figures and cartoons than the one you’re likely used to. Eschewing all the lasers and crazy, unrealistic plots, Cobra follows Chuckles, a deep cover operative who’s desperately trying to unravel the mysterious Cobra organization from the inside. Many familiar names appear, but their appearances are much more in tune with the real world than the cartoon ever was. This issue in particular changes the game for good, and is the perfect example of why this book is one of the best spy thrillers currently on stands. I don’t want to spoil what happens, but if you’re not on board with GI Joe: Cobra after this issue, then you’re going to be missing out on some really great comics.
Super Dinosaur #1 (10-page preview) – FREE (Available on the ComiXology and Image Comics Apps)
Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard team once again for a comic about, well, I’m pretty sure the title says it all. Though this is only a 10-page preview of what’s to come, what’s inside certainly gives you a good idea about what you’re in for when the full book releases. These two have shown before that they know how to craft a really great comic, and I can’t wait to see just how far they’re going to take this concept.
Unknown Soldier #1 – FREE (Available on the ComiXology App)
Now I don’t know much about this comic, but I do know that it gets some pretty high praise, and I’ve always wanted to read it. Joshua Dysart has written some BPRD stories that I’ve enjoyed, and I’m always looking for a comic that stretches beyond typical superhero action. The story is set against the backdrop of the Ugandan conflict in 2002, and is known for presenting a great statement on the duality of man. I can’t wait to read it, and I hope you do check it out. It is free after all.
Vixen: Return of the Lion #1 – FREE (Available on the ComiXology and DC Comics Apps)
I did miss out on this five-issue mini-series when it first shipped, but I aim to rectify that this weekend starting with this first issue. Written by G. Willow Wilson, whose work I enjoy, this mini is about Vixen’s return home to Africa, and her fight against the men who killed her mother. Sounds pretty basic, but knowing Wilson, I’m sure there’s going to be some very strong characterization, and something like that is important when creating a mini focusing on one central character. From what I’ve seen so far, the interior art by Cafu is solid, though I do have to admit it’s a shame that artist Joshua Middleton only did the covers. That said, this book is definitely worth checking out not only because it’s free, but also because it highlights a strong female character that doesn’t necessarily get a lot of face time in the regular DCU.
That’s all for this week. Have a book you want to see featured here? Leave a comment or email me details, and I’ll check it out.