Comixology: Unlimited is a unique way to consume digital comics (see what I did there?) for the reasonable price of $6.99 a month. Is the service unlimited? Not exactly, but it’s a service that new readers interested in dipping their toe into the world of comics will find beneficial. Additionally, I think this program will appeal to long-time readers who might be looking for something new to read other than their go-tos.
Currently, Comixology is offering a free 30-day trail of the service. Yes, you read that right my panel-loving, word-bubble-reading, comic-book-connoisseurs; the service is currently free. Being the smart shopper that I am (aka cheapskate), I signed up for the service without hesitation to give it a look-see. Here’s the great, the good, and the not so good of Comixology: Unlimited.
The variety and the number of comics available through the service is large. What’s cool about this service is that it spotlights a lot of publishers and creators that might not be known. For example, I searched for Dick Tracy and although Dick Tracy is not part of unlimited yet, I was given several recommendations based on my search that are associated with the unlimited service. Some of these comics I never heard of, and probably never would have, absent me using the unlimited service.
Since many of the first issues of a series are available, or the first trade of a series is available, I can get a taste of a series before I choose whether or not to invest in it. Also muy bueno is that the monthly cost of the service is the price of two comics ($6.99). I’m just guess-tamating here, but I found well over 500 comics available through the service to date.
I enjoy listening to David Harper’s Podcast called Off Panel and just recently he interviewed Comixology CEO David Steinberger about the unlimited service. According to Steinberger more issues will be added to the service in time which means an expansive library of comics for the price of two – that’s crazy. You can listen to the interview here.
Setting up your account to be unlimited is pretty easy and effortless. I like the fact that there is a box that you can check so that only the unlimited comics appear when you’re searching for titles or creators. I have yet to read Jonathan Hickman’s East of West (I know, I know – everyone keeps telling me how great it is) so I searched for it, and up popped the title and other recommended titles.
Even if you don’t have the unlimited box check marked, it’s easy to tell which comics are unlimited because of the banner that is across the comics in the lower right hand corner. Also commendable is that an entire discover page on the Comixology site is dedicated to guiding you through those comics that are being spotlighted as unlimited. Every genre and publisher that you can think of (and even those that you can’t) are listed out on this page making it very easy for you to find something that suits your taste.
THE NOT SO GOOD
DC and Marvel do not participate in the service. This is no fault of Comixology since the publishers made the decision that they did, but I’m just saying, it would be nice to have them a part of the service. From what I could tell, not everything a part of the service was identified on the discover page. Since the idea of the service is designed to highlight the unknown, I’d like to see everything offered on one page so that I don’t have to search through the site to see what is unlimited.
I really, really hope that at some point in time Comixology offers an “all you can read” service for a single price that includes every publisher out there. I know that’s very wishful thinking, so until then, let’s be thankful that something close to that is being offered. Like I said earlier, this is a great way to introduce new and old readers to a lot of comics at a fraction of the price. Consume Review Repeat gives Comixology Unlimited an 8 out of 10 “snikts!” for making it as easy to read comics as it is for Logan to make a sandwich.