Marvel Comics Unlimited tests iPad friendly beta

Marvel Comics Unlimited is a Netflix-like service that lets you subscribe to and consume huge quantities of catalog titles. Like Netflix, it isn't the new stuff, and the old stuff is rife with content gaps, but unlike Netflix, until now Marvel Comics Unlimited was locked into Adobe's Flash player, and that meant it couldn't work on the iPad. iBooks (pictured above), Kindle, and the ComiXology apps have all been options, though single purchase a la carte ones. That's starting to change, however, with a new, iPad-compatible version of the player now being offered as a beta to subscribers. Jason Snell of Macworld took it for a test-drive:

I found more than 300 issues of the 500-plus issue run of Uncanny X-Men, including the very first issues and the Byrne-Claremont run, but not my beloved Paul Smith issues (#154 to #166 are MIA), and most of the recent issues. You can search the catalog by character, series, event, or release date, so I was able to select “House of M” and see all the books in that event, not just the core eight-issue miniseries.

It wasn't polished or perfect yet, but the potential seems to be there. Of course, a native app would be even met (why not excelsior that, Marvel?) Check out the rest of Jason's preview to see where they are and how far they still have to go. Then let me know, would you drop $10 a month or $60 a year for all-you can eat Marvel comics?

Source: Macworld

Rene Ritchie

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macsmister says:

I would sign up for an all you can eat package including Marvel, DC and Dark Horse for $20/month. Please content providers work together to make something like this happen!

Dorian Kernytsky says:

srsly, bro… unless I read something wrong, $60 a year for all of marvel comic you could want is an amazing way to *legally* get them.

Michael Ellis Day says:

The price point is pretty high considering Marvel doesn't have royalty sharing deals in place for most of those older comics, so in most cases the original creators won't see an extra dime.

iSRS says:

16¢ a day for all I can read Marvel Comics?

Guess I'll have to renew my long lapsed subscription (I had it the first year, but there wasn't that much available at the time).

Wonder if there is a trial. Assume there will be.

Rene, I agree with a dedicated app (or build it in to the current app) - I am sure it will get there, but they might restrict that to the monthly for new sign ups.

'Nuff said!

Kuldeep Bansal says:

The price point is pretty high considering Marvel doesn't have royalty sharing deals in place for most of those older comics, so in most cases the original creators won't see an extra dime.

kralnor says:

I'll read ebooks on a device all day, but for comics I feel like I need the real thing. Maybe its the 12 year old collector in me.

LanceWebb says:

No Thanks! Is there any Netflix like option for eBooks?