There was once a time when the act of buying comic books was as simple as taking a stroll to your local supermarket, deli, 7-11, or newsstand to pick up your favorite titles. Sadly, the direct market eventually killed that accessibility, leaving many long-time comic book fans (and potential new ones!) without an easy way to find Superman, X-Men, and other tales that astonish. Though there are efforts to reverse that misstep, technological innovations now make it incredibly easy to read a vast number of offerings from major and independent publishers, all without getting off your duff. Digital comics have changed the game.
Digital Comics Defined
What are digital comic books, you ask? Digital comics are, well…comic books in digital format. It’s a broad umbrella that covers digital versions of print titles (such as Spawn) and original digital titles (such as Avengers: Back to Basics). The Comixology marketplace is the big dog in the space, with its excellent sales, browser-based reader, and mobile apps. Before you explore the service, check out these Comixology tips that will improve your digital comics experience.
Digital comic books let everyone from the first-time reader to the longtime fan enjoy titles on a PC, tablet, or smartphone. There are books from big guns like DC and Marvel, as well as titles from smaller publishers like Boom, Dynamite, and Image. The comics aren’t strictly superhero-based, either. Though super-powered slobberknockers dominate the comic book industry, there’s also a healthy share of mystery, horror, science-fiction, and slice-of-life stories. Digital comics offer something for everyone.
The Comic Books to Buy
If you’re looking for digital comic book recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. Unsurprisingly, the PCMag staff has quite a few comic book nerds in its ranks, and I’ve tapped the group for recommendations.
So check out the list below for our top digital comic book picks. The titles we showcase aren’t strictly the best comics on the market. Instead, consider this a collection of our favorite digital comics of the moment.
Are you ready to explore super heroics, hard drama, science-fiction, and other genres? If so, these are the 10 digital comics that you should read right now.
And, if you’re curious about how comic books are made in contemporary times, check out From Ink to iPad: The Evolution of the Modern Comic Book.