Digital Comics: What You Should Know and What You Should Be Reading

DC published the first digital comic in the 1990s. It was called “Batman: Digital Justice.”

Comics have been around forever. Well, not forever—they were first published in the 1800s—but you get it. They’ve been around for a long, long time. And, as we’ve surged into the future, it only makes sense that comics books would continue to advance and evolve as so many other mediums and technologies have. Here’s a brief look into what comics have evolved into:

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DC published the first digital comic in the 1990s. It was called “Batman: Digital Justice.” This new format used sophisticated computer graphics that had never been seen before. We may scoff at the graphics today, but they were groundbreaking at the time and paved the way for comics like D2 to emerge on the scene.

What Is D2?

D2 is one of the newest formats for digitally-produced comics. These comics include sound effects, moving images and, fun fact, do not require the comic book reader to turn the page. Instead, a simple tap or swipe of a device, such as a tablet or smartphone like the Apple iPhone 7, allows readers to view the next virtual page of the story.

Who Offers Digital Comics?

There are many comic book publishers offering this new, digital comic style, some of which include the iconic DC, Dark Horse, IDW, Dynamite, Marvel and Image. Many of the publishers have apps that allow you to purchase the comics. These digital comics go on sale at the same time as their paper counterparts, so there’s no special early-access. However, if a comic that you’re searching for has sold out in stores in paperback, you can likely find the digital version online.

What You Should Be Reading Right Now

It is hard to say what you should read and what you should pass up since the market for digital comics is so huge—no, really, it’s gigantic. But, we’ve got to be able to narrow it down somehow. Amazon’s Comixology has a seemingly endless lineup of comics. Their top selling digitals are without a doubt “Saga,” and “The Walking Dead.” Both have an average rating of five stars and it’s easy to see why. Their gory, action-packed storylines are a hit with readers. We give ‘em both five stars, too.

What’s New?

There are a series of great comics coming to the digital platform in the near future. Aftershocks’ “Shipwreck” is one of them. Available in early October, this story follows Jonathan Shipwright, the sole survivor of a mysterious shipwreck, telling a tale that is full of shock, secrets and surprises. Another digital comic that is available for preorder is “Moonshine.” This unique digital comic, by image Comics, is set in the prohibition era in the creepy deep backwoods of Appalachia. Lou Pirlo, a man just as ruthless as a NYC crime boss, is the star of the show. He’s sent to negotiate a deal with one of the best moonshiners in West Virginia, but there’s more to this story than illegal booze, namely some bloody family secrets. But we won’t give the entire story away. These two digital comics should be added to your must-read list. You can preorder and purchase both “Moonshine” and “Shipwreck” on Amazon’s Comixology.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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