Jul 24 2013

Captain Ultimate, New All Ages Comic

We’ve mentioned Joey Esposito here before (actually, we’ve even met him in person — nice guy). Joey is the comics editor at IGN, and also writes comics himself. His latest is Captain Ultimate, a really fun all-ages book published by MonkeyBrain Comics. Joey wrote it with fellow IGNer Benjamin Bailey. The amazing art is by Boykoesh, with eye-catching colors by Ed Ryzowski. Adam Pruett is the letterer. (Hey, Stan Lee always mentioned the letterers back in the day. Artie Simek, represent!)

Here’s the cover:

The cover of Captain Ultimate #1.

Looks like fun, right? It is. Read on for more info. Read more »


Jun 25 2013

Free Digital Superman Comic From Amazon – UPDATED

Amazon is offering a free Superman Digital Comic when you sign up for the Amazon Comics Newsletter. Click the link below for details. Limited time only, disclaimer disclaimer disclaimer.

Sign Up for the Amazon Comics Newsletter and Get a Free Digital Comic

UPDATE: I did it. Signed up for the Amazon Comics Newsletter. Received a “code for a Free Download of Superman No. 1” via email, clicked the link, entered the code, and look, on my screen, it’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s a digital Superman comic, which in this case means this particular issue of Superman from 2011. (Just so you know what you’re getting for free.)

Amazon would like you to read comics on a Kindle Fire, but if you don’t have one you can read the issue in a web browser. I think you can read it on the old school Kindle but I’ve never tried and it won’t be in color, of course. (Great Rao, I said “old school Kindle“.) When I checked out, no mention was made of reading Kindle comics using the Kindle app on an Android device. Nor is there any mention made of reading them on an iPhone or iPad.

Anyway, I got my free comic. Or more accurately received a license to read said comic digitally. Was granted a license to read the comic? Something like that. Only Jor-El knows for sure. If you want your freebie, click the link below.

Sign Up for the Amazon Comics Newsletter and Get a Free Digital Comic


Jun 07 2013

Deadpool Digital Comics On Sale (DaddyDeals)

DaddyDeal for today — Deadpool digital comics are on sale at Marvel.com. Or you could sign up for Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and read as much Merc With The Mouth as you want.

This deal is being offered in part to celebrate Deadpool’s new video game, which will be released on June 25, 2013. The game is Rated M, as in not for kids. Here’s a trailer. Don’t watch it at work. Or near your children.

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Comics featuring Deadpool are generally not kid-friendly, although at some point you may decide your kids are old enough for the joyful juvenilia that Wade Wilson provides.

If you have no idea what I’m babbling about, that’s OK. Although if you like babbling, Deadpool delivers. He has multiple personalities, a healing factor, and a totally reasonable obsession with Bea Arthur. (Yes, I’m serious.) Plus he’s Canadian!

Bottom line: if you want some Deadpool digital comics, you can get ’em for only 99 cents. Such a deal!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Sale! Digital Comic Collection – Marvel Comics


Apr 08 2013

Marvel Mondays Digital Comics Sale – Runaways (DaddyDeals)

Here’s my feeling about digital comics. I like comics. I like my iPad. So it’s peanut butter and chocolate, right?

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(Random aside from the YouTuber who posted the video: “Seriously, who struts down the sidewalk munching on a jar of peanut butter???” Never thought of that.)

Here’s the problem. When you buy a comic book, a plain ol’ dead-tree paper comic book, you have a physical object that you can resell or give away. That’s not the case with digital comics.

HOWEVER. Digital comics are SO much easier. You tap, you download, you have comics. (It’s actually a little dangerous with Apple’s in-app purchasing.) On an iPad with a retina screen, they look amazing. Even on an iPad without a retina screen, they look muy bueno. But you don’t really own anything. If the comic behind the digital sales process disappears, who you gonna call? The Digital Comics Police? Good luck with that.

Therein lies the conflict. What’s a fanboy fangirl fanperson person who enjoys reading comics to do?

For me, I draw a line. Not a line in the sand. Just a criteria. Here’s mine.

With digital comics, I’ve decided that if the price is lower than print, I’m in. If the price is MUCH lower than print, I’m all over it like Rorschach on a can of beans.

Enter Marvel Mondays. Today, April 8, 2013, the deal is a bunch of digital Runaways comics for 99 cents each. That’s a good deal. Since the site says Marvel MondayS (with an s) rather than Marvel Monday (with no s), my guess is that there will be similar sales occurring on — wait for it — future Mondays.

So you take the good, you take the bad, you them both and then you have the facts of comic book life.

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Runaways Marvel Monday Sale! Digital Comic Collection – Comics by comiXology.