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Digital Comic Update - 07.02.10

And We're Back.

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It’s been a while, but the Digital Comics Update is back, and on its new regular day, Friday. Take a look at what’s new this week on the iPad, iPhone, and PSP.

BOOM! Studios

Since they’ve added their own comiXology-powered app to the iTunes marketplace a few weeks ago, there has been one update. I don’t know whether or not that’s due to Apple’s approval process or that BOOM! is still in the process of turning their vast library of books into digital reader-friendly versions, but I do know that it’s a shame the app hasn’t had more comics added to it. BOOM!’s got a lot of solid books, and I think a lot of people would like to read them. Hopefully next week there’ll be some new comics to talk about.

comiXology

It must be a slow week all around on the digital comic front because this week’s comiXology update is pretty small. The good news is you can get a copy of the first issue of Zuda’s High Moon for free, which is nice because it’s a pretty good read. Zuda just yesterday announced their plans to switch to a completely digital distribution format, so I’m curious to see how that works out for them. I sort of enjoyed Marvel Zombies 2 when it came out a few years ago, and if you liked the first mini-series, then this is something you’ll likely enjoy as well. Sean Phillips does some good work on the interiors, and they look pretty fantastic in the digital format. Other than that, there isn’t much to see here. You’ll also find a few issues of Invincible, two Iron Man mini-series, and a handful of X-Men and Uncanny X-Men making an appearance, but mileage may vary on all of those titles.

  • Airboy 1942: Best of Enemies, Vol. 1 – $0.99
  • All-New Iron Manual: Part 1 and 2 – $1.99 (each)
  • Buckaroo Banzai: Origins #1 – $0.99
  • Final Destination #4-5 – $0.99 (each)
  • Grimm Fairy Tales #1: April Fools Edition – $0.99
  • High Moon #1 – FREE
  • Invincible #71 – $1.99
  • Invincible Returns #1 – $1.99
  • Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #1 – FREE
  • Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #2-4 – $1.99 (each)
  • Iron Man: The Inevitable #1- 6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Marvel Knights #11-12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Marvel Zombies 2 #1-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Rotten #1 – $0.99
  • Se7evn: Lust #4 – $0.99
  • Uncanny X-Men #484-487 – $1.99 (each)
  • X-Men #188-191 – $1.99 (each)

DC COMICS

Released last week, the DC Comics app keeps the momentum from their launch going with another healthy dose of strong comics from both their current and classic library. The first five issues of DMZ are out, and if you haven’t read the book before, I suggest you do so now. Set during an alternate future where New York City is a demilitarized zone in the civil war that’s broken out between the Free States army and the US military, DMZ follows journalist Matty Roth on his journey to find out the truth about what’s happening in the no man’s land that was once the most impressive city in the country. Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchelli do an amazing job, and even as a person who doesn’t care about politics in the least, the story is fascinating. The second arc of Fables is also out this week, as are another three issues of Jim Lee’s and Jeph Loeb’s “Hush” story in Batman. You can also get the second part of “Year One” from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in Batman #405. It’s a great story, and shows how brilliant Miller used to be when writing superhero comics. And since Wonder Woman is a pretty big deal this week, the DC app has both George Perez’s 1987 relaunch and Allan Heinberg’s 2006 relaunch of Wonder Woman #1 available, in addition to a free preview of Wonder Woman #600, which came out this past Wednesday.

  • Action Comics #845 – $1.99
  • All Star Superman #2 – $1.99
  • Batman #405 – $1.99
  • Batman #614-616 – $1.99 (each)
  • Batman #657 – $1.99
  • Dante’s Inferno #4-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • DMZ #1-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Fables #6-10 – $1.99 (each)
  • Fringe #4-6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Green Lantern #30 – $1.99
  • High Moon #1 – FREE
  • Jonah Hex #7-9 – $1.99 (each)
  • Mirror’s Edge #4 – $1.99
  • Origin of Wonder Woman – FREE
  • Planetary/The Authority: Ruling the World – $1.99
  • Sandman #2 – $1.99
  • Superman/Batman #11-13 – $1.99 (each)
  • Victorian Undead #2 – $1.99
  • Wonder Woman #1 (1987)  – $1.99
  • Wonder Woman #1 (2006) – $1.99
  • Wonder Woman #600 Preview – FREE

iVerse/IDW/Archie

The iVerse-powered apps drop a ton of content this week, including free looks at Archie’s Summer Splash and Tek War Chronicles. The first three issues of the original Captain America Comics are available, and while they certainly show their age when it comes to storytelling, their release is a prime example of why digital comics are a valuable resource: the archiving of the medium’s history. A few more issues of Incognito drop this week, as do more than a dozen different BOOM! titles like The Anchor, Die Hard: Year One, and Irredeemable. The first issue of Neil Gaiman’s Eternals is made available this week as well. Teamed with John Romita, Jr, Gaiman reintroduces the Jack Kirby-created characters into the Marvel Universe once more. Though much hasn’t been done with them since the mini-series ended, it’s a beautifully drawn and expertly written story that anyone, even people who are completely unfamiliar with the characters, can enjoy. The IDW app has the first issue of Steve Niles’ and Ashley Woods’ Mystery Society, which is a decent introductory issue that is helped by the gorgeous artwork of Woods.

  • 28 Days Later #9-10 – $1.99 (each)
  • The Anchor #1 – $1.99
  • Archie’s Summer Splash #1 – FREE
  • Betty and Veronica: Summer Spectacular #1 – $1.99
  • Black Scorpion #1 – $0.99
  • Captain America Comics #1-3 – $1.99 (each)
  • Codebreakers #1-2 – $1.99 (each)
  • Die Hard: Year One #4-8 – $1.99 (each)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? #8-10 – $1.99 (each)
  • Eternals #1 – $1.99
  • GI Joe: Origins #16 – $1.99
  • Incognito #4-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Irredeemable Special #1 – $1.99
  • Logan’s Run: Last Day #1 – $0.99
  • Mystery Society #1 – $1.99
  • Sonic Universe #9-15 – $0.99 (each)
  • Tek War Chronicles #0 – FREE
  • Transformers: Reign of Starscream #4-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Unthinkable #1 – $1.99
  • Veronica #200 – $1.99

MARVEL COMICS

Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America all get a healthy share of the limelight on this week’s update. Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America has been an absolute joy to read over the last five years, and the issues on sale this week officially introduce Bucky Barnes as the new Cap in place of the recently deceased Steve Rogers. Marvel takes the dip this week with the day and date release of the Invincible Iron Man Annual, which is stupidly broken into three parts, thus making it more expensive than the version you could buy at retail. Regardless, the issue is actually very good, and if digital is the only way you’ll read comics, then this is a book worth reading on your iPhone. Perhaps the nicest addition though is Sean McKeever’s Gravity mini-series from a few years back. A wholly new character created by McKeever, Gravity is a kid from the mid-west who wants to make it as a superhero in the big leagues of New York. This is easily my digital pick of the week for audiences of all ages. The story is nicely done in five issues, and should get you excited for another of this week’s releases, Young Allies #1. Written by McKeever and starring a slew of young heroes in the Marvel Universe that haven’t already been claimed by the Young Avengers, X-Men, or the Runaways, Young Allies is off to a promising start, and could be the Marvel version of the Teen Titans if it continues to be as good as this first issue.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #552 – FREE
  • Amazing Spider-Man #553-557 – $1.99 (each)
  • Captain America #31 – FREE
  • Captain America #32- 36 – $1.99 (each)
  • Firestar #1 – $1.99
  • Gravity #1-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Invincible Iron Man Annual #1: Parts 1-3 – $1.99 (each)
  • Marvel Adventures Iron Man #2 – $1.99
  • Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #2 – $1.99
  • Nomad: Girl Without a World #1-4 – $1.99 (each)
  • Ultimate Iron Man #1 – FREE
  • Ultimate Iron Man #2-5 – $1.99 (each)
  • X-Men: Curse of the Mutants – FREE
  • Young Allies #1 – $1.99

PSP

There are a lot of comics on this week’s PSP update, but for some reason Sony’s decided to rename some of the comics from DC after the story arc that takes place in the issue, rather than giving the issue’s actual number. It’s odd to see Batman: Hush #7 on a list when a comic with that title never existed. Anyway, you’ll find the second six issues of the “Hush” storyline on the store this week, in addition to the first five issues of DMZ, which as I’ve explained earlier, are comics you should be reading. More of Marvel’s Criminal and IDW’s various Transformers books also hit the PlayStation store this week, which should excite fans of those two franchises. Provided in conjunction with the new motion comic, Marvel’s also released the first five issues of Reginald Hudlin’s Black Panther, which were good, but in a week as packed as this, tend not to stand out as much as they should. PSP exclusive titles like Resistance and Free Realms continue their run, but I’m a bit disappointed there’s no new issue of God of War. It’s odd that the past few PSP updates have been so disappointing, and then a huge update full of great reads drops. Perhaps they learned their lesson, and the store will look this good for the rest of the year.

  • 2000AD Prog #1686 – $1.99
  • Army of Two #5 – $1.99
  • Astonishing Tales (2009) #3 – $1.99
  • Batman: Hush #7-#12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Batman: Year One #2 – $1.99
  • Black Panther (2005) #1-#5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Criminal (2008) #6 & #7  – $1.99 (each)
  • DMZ #1-#5 – $1.99 (each)
  • Dante’s Inferno #4-#6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Devi #6 – $1.99
  • Fables #6-#10 – $1.99 (each)
  • Free Realms #3 & #4 – $0.99 (each)
  • Fringe #4-#6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Gladstone Gander and the Boomerang Friendship – $0.99
  • Green Lantern: Secret Origin #2 – $1.99
  • High Moon #1 – FREE
  • Hope Falls #3 – $0.99
  • Jonah Hex #7-#12 – $1.99 (each)
  • Mirror’s Edge #4-#6 – $1.99 (each)
  • Mystery Society #1 – $1.99
  • Ramayan 3392 AD #6 – $1.99
  • Resistance #3 & #4 – $1.99 (each)
  • Snakewoman #6 – $1.99
  • Star Trek: The Movie Adaptation #4 – $1.99
  • Superduck and the Haunted Villa – $0.99
  • The Adventures of Sinbad Duck – $1.99
  • The Lion King – $1.99
  • The Sadhu #6  -$1.99
  • Transformers #7 – $1.99
  • Transformers: Ironhide #2 – $1.99
  • Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #5 – $1.99
  • Ultraheroes #6: Good and Evil – $0.99
  • Victorian Undead #2 – $1.99
  • Walk-In #5 – $1.99
  • Wonder Woman #600: Preview – FREE
  • X-Mickey #14: Werewolf Night – $1.99
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  • Makyo
    Makyo

    i love that these are so inexpensive but it makes it all the more tempting to go download-crazy. i see a very sad bank account statement in my future.

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