ComiXology Subscription Will Let You Gorge on Thousands of Digital Comics
By Jake Rossen
Digital comics storefront ComiXology has long been a destination for readers who want to get their comics fix without risking human interaction at a retail location. This week, the company announced a monthly online subscription service that offers unlimited viewing of thousands of titles for $6 a month.
While not quite the “Netflix of comics”—Marvel and DC are not opting into their library at present, and the service is actually owned by Amazon—ComiXology can still offer you a pretty substantial queue. Titles like Scott Pilgrim, Hellboy, Archie, and Chew join catalog titles like Love and Rockets, Spawn, and The Walking Dead, with the selection expected to rotate in a manner similar to movie streaming sites.
There is some criticism stirring for the model. Publishers may not offer the latest monthly titles, preferring to maintain their initial-release sales numbers; not all issues of a particular comic may be available, requiring consumers to spend more to finish a run; several creators have taken to Twitter to criticize the distribution method, which they allege doesn’t pay royalties for their work to be reproduced. Fans looking to decide whether the service is for them have 30 days to cancel without being charged.