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ComiXology rolls out 'Unlimited' digital comic book service

ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology has officially launched its monthly subscription service for comic book readers. Like Marvel Unlimited, ComiXology Unlimited offers access to thousands of comic books for $6/month. The App Store changelog notes that you can "read thousands of comics, graphic novels and manga as part of your subscription," but it doesn't mention you only get access to back issues from smaller publishers, such as Dark Horse and Image. While this means you will be able to read popular titles like The Walking Dead, you will still need to buy your major titles from Marvel or DC individually. Unless of course you're signed up for Marvel's own subscription service. Unfortunately DC hasn't received the memo about subscription services, yet.

Adaptive Audio and Other Big Changes Coming to Marvel Unlimited iOS App

Marvel Entertainment is making some pretty big changes to its Marvel Unlimited app for iOS devices. The new version of the app will feature smoother panel transitions, adaptive audio and "DVD-style extras," according to CNET. Adaptive audio adds movie-like soundtracks and sound effects to Marvel's digital comics. The background score not only changes from panel to panel, but it also adapts to a reader's speed. Marvel is currently testing the new feature on its current Captain America: The Winter Soldier story arc.

Marvel Smart Soundtrack

Kristin Vincent, Marvel's vice president of digital products, said the smart audio feature will be added to more comics in the future, after they get enough feedback from fans.

"I think we have the best fans in the world, and the most vocal fans in the world. We're always watching the metrics," Vincent explained to CNET. "We look for what people are sharing in the social space. We're very in tune with our fans, or at least try to be, and move where they move."

Review: Marvel Comics App for iPad

I want to read comics again.
I was an avid reader of comic books from about the ages of 10-16 years old, right up until I figured out what girls were and how to talk to them.  I still read them after that, just not as much, and I stopped wearing Spider Man T-shirts in public.  Eventually, I just stopped going to the comic shop and buying them at all for some reason.  My iPad was then delivered on April 3rd, and the first app I downloaded was the Marvel Comics app. My love for comic books was immediately rekindled.  

Other than a few free issues, each issue will cost you $1.99. There is absolutely no discount for buying multiple issues at a time.  Five hundred plus issues are currently available.

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