Menu
Marvel offers $US0.99 access to Unlimited comic archive

Marvel offers $US0.99 access to Unlimited comic archive

Marvel Comics is offering a 30-day trial of its Marvel Unlimited subscription service for $US0.99 through March 14.

Marvel Comics is making its subscription comic service, Marvel Unlimited, available for 99 cents for the first month until March 14.

Marvel Comics is making its subscription comic service, Marvel Unlimited, available for 99 cents for the first month until March 14.

Marvel Comics is making its subscription comic service, Marvel Unlimited, available for $US0.99 for the first month until March 14. If you're a comic-book fan--either present or past--it's a great deal to try out Marvel's all-you-can-eat approach to comic reading.

I first signed up for Marvel Unlimited back in 2012 when rumors of its arrival on the iPad were everywhere. The company launched its iOS app in March 2013, and has been improving it steadily since then. An Android version also followed later in the year.

The Marvel Unlimited app isn't as sophisticated as Comixology's app, but I've found it to be a stable, solid full-screen reading experience for many months now. There's even an offline option that lets you cache up to 12 issues on your device for reading when you've got no Internet connection.

As usual, offers like this have caveats--you have to sign up for an autorenewing Marvel Unlimited account, so you'll need to cancel within 30 days in order to avoid being charged $US10 per month for the service. (The monthly charge is a sucker's bet, anyway--if you commit to an entire year the price drops to $69.)

Marvel Unlimited's catalog of more than 15,000 comics ranges from Marvel's '60s heyday to issues from just a few months ago. You won't be able to read the current releases (issues don't appear on Marvel Unlimited until several months after they've been in comic stores and on Comixology.) But unless you're a hard-core comic-store dweller, you may not care.

If you're a Marvel fan, it's a pretty good deal. I decided the service was worth $69 per year after a business trip to the east coast. I cached the beginning of Mark Waid's run on the new Daredevil comic on a whim--I'm not a fan of Daredevil, but I had heard good things about the run. Between those issues and various others I read on my flights to Boston and back, I calculated that in less than a week I had read nearly $60 worth of comics.

While Marvel Unlimited is kind of, sort of a "Netflix for comics," it's important to keep in mind that only Marvel's own comics are available on the service. No indie books or books from major-publisher rival DC are available. If your dreams are full of Spider-Man and Hawkeye, you'll be thrilled. If you prefer Superman, Batman, or Invincible, look elsewhere.

Still, at $US0.99 for a 30-day trial, it's worth checking out if you're intrigued. And here are some reading suggestions from our own Andy Ihnatko! If you get hooked, drop the monthly plan and go for the $69 annual option.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobilemobile applicationsentertainmentcomicsMarvel ComicsComixology

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2018 inductees - Chris Simpson, Kendra Ross and Phill Patton - to the third running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing landscape of the technology industry in New Zealand, while outlining ways to attract a new breed of players to the ecosystem. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures for 2019 Hall of Fame lunch
Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019

The channel came together for the inaugural Reseller News Emerging Leaders Forum in New Zealand, created to provide a program that identifies, educates and showcases the upcoming talent of the ICT industry. Hosted as a half day event, attendees heard from industry champions as keynoters and panelists talked about future opportunities and leadership paths and joined mentoring sessions with members of the ICT industry Hall of Fame. The forum concluded with 30 Under 30 Tech Awards across areas of Sales, Entrepreneur, Marketing, Management, Technical and Human Resources. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Upcoming tech talent share insights at inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum 2019
Show Comments