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Let’s Get Digital – 03.12.11

Posted by Luke Brown On March - 12 - 2011

Check out this week’s must-have digital comic downloads for the iPad, iPhone, Android, and PSP.

Box 13, Vol 2: The Pandora Process #12 – FREE (Available on ComiXology App)

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis continue their sci-fi thriller again this week with the twelfth installment of “The Pandora Process.” Box 13 is exclusively available through ComiXolgy, and even though it’s a much shorter comic than most others available, the quality of the work is top notch. I love following the mystery that the creators have managed to wrap me up in, and Ellis’ pseudo-noir style works fantastically. If you haven’t read any of this story, fret not, as every single chapter is still available for free on the app. Just make sure you catch up in time for the next installment.

Death Note, Vol. 8 – $4.99 (Available on Viz Manga App)

By this point I’ve probably got just as much manga on my iPad as I do on my shelves at home. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I thoroughly enjoy Death Note. It’s an incredible battle of wits with a supernatural twist, and though the eighth volume is available this week, all of the previous entries are still available as well. Don’t forget, Viz is still running their month-long deal where all first volumes are a mere $0.99. Check out Death Note. If you like the idea of characters like Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty pushing one another to the limit, you’ll enjoy watching Light and L mentally battling every volume.

Human Target, Vol. 1 #1-4 – $1.99 each (Available on ComiXology App)

Peter Milligan made one hell of character out of Christopher Chance, the man who assumes another person’s identity to save his or her life. These four issues, which constitute the initial mini-series that led to a short-lived ongoing, tell the story of Chance’s return to the game. In it, he’ll not only battle assassins and gangs, but he’ll also tackle the personal demons that result from living his life as other people. It’s action-packed, emotionally charged, and quite possibly one of the most interesting comics you’ve never read.

Infestation #1 – $0.99 (Available on Comics+ and IDW Comics Apps)

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning bring their golden touch to IDW for the company’s first event ever. Spanning through all the publisher’s major titles, Infestation is the story of what happens when zombies suddenly spring up in the GI Joe, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, and Transformers universes. It may sound ridiculous at first, but the duo have done wonders for Marvel’s space characters, and for all intents and purposes, have done a nice job making something like this not only seem feasible, but it’s also a pretty good read. These are some of the most cherished franchises in geekdom. Don’t you want to see what happens when all hell lets loose?

Invincible, Vol. 10-11 – $1.99 each (Available on Image Comics App)

So I don’t know how long this price is going to last, but it won’t be long. These trade collections are currently priced at $9.99 (Vol. 10) and 11.99 (Vol. 11) on the ComiXology app, so you can see that you’re getting a really great deal. Invincible is a very smart and fun superhero comic from Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley. It may not make a great deal of sense to you to pick up volumes so late into the series, but the price can’t be beat, and I can guarantee you’ll be searching out the rest of the series immediately after reading through these two books. Grab them before someone realizes what a horrible pricing mistake they’ve made.

The Question #1 – FREE (Available on ComiXology and DC Comics Apps)

I’ve never read this mini-series by Rick Veitch and Tommy Lee Edwards, but I aim to rectify that situation promptly. I love the Question. He’s one of my favorite characters (or should I say “she” now that Renee Montoya is the current Question?), and I had no idea this story even existed. Since it came out at a time when I was away from the comic game for a bit, I’m glad to see that it’s being made available digitally. Rick Veitch is no slouch as a writer, and Tommy Lee Edwards is a master of his craft. His unique brand of painted art is captivating, and I’ve always thought it would work well in a mystery. I can’t wait to read this, and I hope you download it as well.

Superman Confidential #1 – FREE (Available on ComiXology and DC Comics Apps)

How often do you get to see two comic book powerhouses like Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale collaborate together? Not very much. That’s why it was such a big deal when DC announced that the two of them would be launching this non-continuity Superman book. Though a few shipping delays when it initially was released caused some of the impact the book might have had to wain, I still enjoyed it. Darwyn Cooke is one of my favorite creators. His talent as a writer and artist put him leagues above and beyond many other creators working today. Tim Sale has a wonderful style and technique that makes reading anything he’s drawing a true treat. Now that you can find the whole story in one place, and get this issue for free to boot, there’s no reason you shouldn’t check it out.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to check back again next weekend for more digital download recommendations.

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