REVIEW: “ComiXology Unlimited”
A digital comic book subscription service
provided by ComiXology and Amazon.com
I have always loved comic books. When I collected them, I made sure all of them had backers and bags for appropriate storage. Now, I’ve moved into the digital realm of comic books, which, I admit, I was hestitant and even avoiding the experience. There is something to be said about the experience of holding a comic book in your hand and reading the fantastic adventures of your favorite heros, heroines or villians.
I have kept my eye on ComiXology for a while now–at least 5 years or so. Finally, they have come up with a project that I am on board with 100%. For only $5.99 USD per month you have an unlimited amount of downloads on pre-approved comics via the publishers. If you are not sure ComiXology Unlimited is for you, a 30 Day FREE Trial may be the route to go. Not everything is allowed under ComiXology Unlimited, but that does not mean you will be missing all that much, and the way things are going with digital publications now, I’d be willing to make a good bet with a large sum of money that all comic books are going to go digital as well as printed.
ComiXology Unlimited is also only available in the U.S.A. and it requires you to merge your account with Amazon.com with your ComiXology account. I am assuming this is for billing purposes, but the process went fairly smoothly as I recall.
Guided View is shown at the bottom center. This view allows you to read the comic book page in order, one frame at a time. It glides from one frame to the next and allows for a seamless and smooth transition between panels. It is by far my favorite because sometimes when there is a lot of text, you aren’t necessarily sure where to start. Guided View also doesn’t lose resolution on the comics, so when you are zoomed in, you do not notice any pixellation on the images.
I’m kind of doing this backwards. I’m getting ahead of myself.
Below is the discover / visual search tool for navigating the ComiXology Unlimited “Free” Comics. I may as well go ahead and add that the Unlimited means truly unlimited. You can download and read as many of the approved titles for as long as you’d like, and as many times as you’d like.
I am into Sci-Fi/Fantasy, so after clicking on that graphic I was taken here:
Scroll on down a bit more and I found Fathom, a series I have long been wanting to read! I was so excited when I saw all of the options. But for now, to get into the nitty-gritty of the subscription: The subscription does not mean you own the comic. I’m assuming, based on the verbiage used and seeing that some comics are cycled out of the Unlimited subscription, that these pieces are only temporary? That is a guess. I can understand needing to cycle out old comics, I suppose.
They have changed the language here to be “Borrow” “Download” and “Read”. So, anything that has a “Borrow” button beside it is something that you can get and read for free with your subscription.
After you have Borrowed and downloaded the comic, you can read it just like you would with any other digital comic. I know that ComiXology supports iOS devices, and is an app that you can download from the App Store. The ComiXology app is no longer supported on Windows 10 and is not available to download on the app store. ComiXology recommends the browser experience for Windows users.