Check out this week’s must-have digital comic downloads for the iPad, iPhone, Android, and PSP.
Bakuman, Vol. 3 – $4.99 (Available on Viz Manga App)
First things first. March is almost over, and that means that Viz’s sale on all first volumes ($0.99 each) is almost at an end. I hope you gave some of the books, like Bakuman or Claymore or even Naruto, a chance. Now on to this week’s manga pick, Bakuman. I’ve been looking forward to reading this installment since the moment I finished the second volume. Getting such an inside look at the manga industry, and seeing just how different it is from the American comic industry is only part of the reason I can’t stop reading this manga. It’s also about the journey of young creators Akito and Moritaka as they try to become some of the youngest people to work in the industry. The real manga’s creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata are doing some incredible work on this title, and it’d be a shame if you were to miss out on any more than you already have.
Green Lantern #76-89 – $1.99 each (Available on ComiXology and DC Comics Apps)
Apparently ComiXology and DC Comics had a St. Patrick’s Day sale where over 200 comics were just a mere $0.99. Of course, those comics were all Green Lantern and Green Arrow related (including the complete “Blackest Night” saga), so I’m a little disappointed in myself for not pointing it out, let alone taking advantage of it. Though the sale may be over, all of the books released are still available, and that means you can now get your hands on digital versions of the classic Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams run of Green Lantern. The hard-traveled heroes tackled some sociological and political issues of the time very well, and it was one of the first times that modern day topics and issues were as much a part of the comics as the heroes were. It’s a great run that really set the stage for so many books and creators working today.
Dr. Who – FREE to $1.99 (Available on Comics+ and IDW Comics Apps)
There is a whole boatload of Dr. Who comics available this week, and though I’m only just starting to get into the television show, I can almost guarantee there’s a bunch of you out there who are dying for more stories of the Doctor to tide you over until the new season begins. There are literally dozens of Dr. Who comics starring a few of the modern day Doctors, and while a good percentage of them are $1.99, there are a small handful of free books available. I’ll likely check these books out once I’m more familiar with the second Doctor, but don’t let my inability to stay current with my BBC programming stop you from enjoying more TARDIS adventures.
Dragon’s Lair – $9.99 (Available on ComiXology App)
I love Dragon’s Lair. I still remember the old Saturday morning cartoon adventures, and I’ve even forced myself to play through the very dated video games. For me, getting a book like this is a no-brainer. There are few artists who design characters better than Don Bluth, and though this book isn’t drawn by Mr. Bluth himself, the artist sticks to the designs very well. Even though I’m not exactly fond of paying this much for a digital comic, I haven’t seen a physical copy of this comic collection in ages, so I’m willing to bend my own rules a bit. You may not be as big a Dragon’s Lair fan as I am, so feel free to check out the 20-page free preview that’s also available. It might change your mind.
World War Hulk #1-5 – $0.99 each (Available on ComiXology and Marvel Comics Apps)
Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #1-6 – $0.99 each (Available on ComiXology and Marvel Comics Apps)
This weekend ComiXology and Marvel are having a sale on the World War Hulk mini-series, as well as the Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk mini-series. Each book is just $0.99, and this is actually a pretty good sale. World War Hulk was the final chapter of one of the best Incredible Hulk storylines of all time, and with art by John Romita, Jr, you had better believe the muscles were bursting off of every page. Written by Damon Lindelof and drawn by Lenil Yu, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk was a bit of a mess when it was initially released. The writing was fun, and the art was great, but massive delays caused most people’s interest in the book to wain. Fortunately for you, all of the books are together in one place, and you no longer have to worry about waiting three years between issues. If you’re looking for some fun books that are just chock-full of action, look no further.
That’ll do for this week. Be sure to check back again next weekend for even more digital comic goodness.