The Amazon-owned Comixology—the iTunes of digital comics—offers a near-perfect combination of store and comic book reader in its wonderful Comics app. Available from Google Play, the free Comics app transforms your Android smartphone or tablet into a digital long box that houses and syncs your purchases across multiple devices. Comics has an excellent panel-to-panel Guided View mode, digital comics that release on the same day as the print editions, high-definition comic book files that render stunningly on HD displays, and a new Comixology Unlimited subscription-based service that lets you read thousands of title per month. While Comixology’s Android app has some holes in its back catalog and lacks features found in the Web version (Comixology.com), it’s still by far the best digital comic book experience available for Android.
You begin by creating a dedicated Comixology account or logging in with your Amazon credentials. Purchased books are tied to your account, so you can access them from Comics’ multiplatform mobile apps (it’s also available on iOS and Windows Phone), as well as Comixology.com. In fact, the reading works cross-platform, too. When I opened Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 on a Google Nexus 6P, Comics asked if I wanted to continue where I’d left off at Comixology.com. Those who read on multiple devices will really appreciate that feature, as you never have to flip digital pages to pick up where you left off.