Marvel Digital Comics Relaunch

Marvel’s trying again with digital comics. I’m pleased to see that She-Hulk is one of the titles getting the promotional push, since it’s one of the two titles from them I follow. (The other is Young Avengers.) Others featured in the launch are Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (what could have been a good book damaged by a poorly thought-out crossover), Captain America, and their kid book Franklin Richards.

The user experience could be improved: the control panel is too confusing and overwhelming to new users, basic elements are missing (the scroll bar, for example, has no thumb to indicate where you are in the document), you can’t read a page as a page (you have to zoom into a panel in order to read the text); and they demand user registration to read their free offerings (even when newspapers are moving away from registration, because it only gets you dirty data).

I never tried their previous effort at online comic reading, so I can’t compare the two in terms of presentation or ease of use. I hope my readers will comment.

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