- Posted by Johanna on February 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
PC Magazine online, of all places, published a slideshow of “10 Digital Comics You Should Read Right Now”, a way to promote comics for tablet and smartphone use. The introduction spells out that they don’t want to cover webcomics, which is fine. I know some disagree, but separating the two still makes sense to me in terms of format and/or storytelling.
However, after an introduction like this:
There’s still something to be said for the experience of holding a paper comic in your hand, and collectors especially still see print as the preferred, beloved comic book platform. But, for many, mylar bags, price guides, and long boxes are all things of the past.
I was surprised to see the 10 items selected, because they are mostly better known as print comics. Here’s their list:
- Amelia Cole (Monkeybrain)
- Batman Beyond (DC)
- Five Ghosts (Image)
- Hawkeye (Marvel)
- Locke & Key (IDW)
- The Manhattan Projects (Image)
- Molly Danger (Action Lab/Kickstarter)
- Prophet (Image)
- Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)
- The Superior Spider-Man (Marvel)
Ok, there’s one Monkeybrain title, but that digital-first company puts out so many more good books! And what about Thrillbent or other digital original titles and publishers? (And why would you pick Batman Beyond over the more enjoyable Batman ’66 or Batman: Li’l Gotham?) When I see a list specifically headed “digital comics”, I expect to see more about comics breaking ground in that space, less about established favorites and existing publishers and books better known in print.
The list was generated by polling “the PCMag.com staff”, so perhaps these choices simply reflect that bigger companies have better advertising and brand awareness. They state they plan to update the list monthly, and they’ll take suggestions from readers, so maybe they just need some gentle recommendations.