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10 best comic book apps and readers for Android
Comic books have been around for a long time. It’s responsible for some of the most magical and amazing stories told in the last century. Everybody knows who Superman and Spider-Man are. The movies have done great at the box office as well. As a result, people are reading more comic books. The good news is that you can read them on mobile. In fact, with how big Marvel has been over the last decade, this is actually a rather crowded market these days. That means you have plenty of options. We can help with that! Here are the best comic book apps and comic book readers for Android!
The best comic book apps for Android
Price: Free app / Comic prices vary
Amazon Kindle is one of the largest digital book stores on Earth. It makes sense that it’d be among the best comic book apps. The app itself isn’t amazing for comic book reading. However, you can certainly use it that way. The service has a bunch of comics to buy. You can sync your comics between devices and even your Kindle if you have one. Their selections range from older comics to newer ones. It’s a good, basic source for comic books. It’s also good for casual fans who also want a platform that sells other types of books as well.
See also: The best eBook reader apps for Android
Astonishing Comic Reader
Price: Free / $1.49
Astonishing Comic Reader is essentially an ereader for comic books. You can’t buy comics from this app. However, you can read the comics you’ve already downloaded through other apps. You can also upload the collection to the service for easy syncing between devices. It has Chromecast support so you can read comics from your TV. There is also a manga mode in case those types of comics are more your thing. It supports the CBZ and CBR file types. It’s one of the better comic book apps.
CDisplayEx is a lightweight CBR reader. It supports various file types, including CBR, CBZ, PDF, and others. You can also access cloud storage via Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive if you prefer to store your comics in the cloud. The UI is clean and there are some neat customizations to the reading experience. An example is the ability to change the white balance or gamma for a better reading experience. Plus, you get the usual stuff like a dark mode. This is a popular comic book reader on PC and the Android version is quite good as well.
See also: The best manga apps for Android
Price: Free / $15
CLZ Comics is something a little bit different. It helps you keep track of your physical comic book collection. You simply scan the barcode (or enter manually). The app keeps track from there. There is an option to create an account that allows for online backups, data syncing, and cross-platform support. It doesn’t let you read comics on your device. However, this is an excellent way to catalog large collections to keep track of what you have. You can add 100 comics for free. A single $15 in-app purchase unlocks the app for unlimited additions.
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Price: Free / $5.99 per month / Individual comic costs vary
Comixology is among the most popular comic book apps. It’s also probably the one you should start with. It boasts a collection of over 75,000 comics from DC, Marvel, and other publishers. It also has a decent selection of manga. The app itself is excellent for reading comics. It also features the ability to sync your purchases across multiple devices. There is also an all-you-can-read subscription service for $5.99 per month. It doesn’t feature every comic that you can buy, but the collection is fairly substantial. This is the one we’d recommend first.
Price: Free app / Up to $2.99
ComicScreen is another good comic book reader. It supports most file types and has a variety of reading customizations. You can also do some neat stuff like turning pages with hardware keys. In terms of functionality, the app works fine and we didn’t have any problems with it. Some have complained about it not working with FTP all that well, but that’s a rather niche use case anyway. This is a good offline reader overall.
Price: Free / Comic prices vary / See Comixology
DC Comics is, well, DC Comics’ official app for its comic books. It works a lot like Comixology because the two apps integrate with one another. We think that’s a smart move because otherwise you’re just reinventing the wheel. In any case, you can even merge your Comixology account if you want to. The app has a vast selection of DC Comics, including every hero you probably know about. The app seems to cost the same as Comixology as well so there is that. It’s a great little comic reader for DC fans.
See also: The best DC Comics games for Android
Google Play Books
Price: Free / Comic prices vary
Google Play Books is an excellent source for books, comics, and manga. It’s an all-in-one kind of online book store. Google has also integrated features to make reading comics a little more fun as well. Their selections are top-notch. You can find most of the classics, new comics, and a variety of manga. Plus, your purchases save to your Google account. That makes it easy to sync it onto multiple devices. It has the same perks as the Amazon app. It’s a great place to buy comics while also wanting to dabble with other types of literature.
Hoopla Digital is a neat little app. It integrates directly with a bunch of libraries. You use your library card to check out and consume content. It has movies, TV shows, music, ebooks, and comic books. In fact, the app has reader features specifically for comic books if you want. This option is excellent because it’s completely free and you use the library system to save yourself a few bucks. However, your local library has to be a part of the Hoopla network for it to work for you. The app is a bit buggy, but for the low price of free, we didn’t have much room to complain.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Marvel Unlimited is Marvel’s best effort for an app. It boasts a collection of over 20,000 comics. You subscribe to the service for $9.99 per month. You then have access to all of them. The app lets you download up to 12 issues offline at a time. That should last for most airplane flights. The app itself is still very much a work in progress. It is improving all the time, though. It’s definitely one of the best comic book apps for Marvel fans. However, with the selection and the price tag, we’d probably just recommend Comixology instead.
See also: The best Marvel games for Android
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