If you don’t feel like running out to your nearest bookstore to browse the comic book aisles, webcomic apps are the next best thing. For some, they’re even better than a physical book.
With both free and paid comics, you can view them immediately and save them for later. You also don’t have to worry about the pages getting worn out.
What are the best apps for comics, you ask? Let’s find out!
Top 5 apps to read comics and manga
You can find heart-wrenching romance, and the scariest horror comics imaginable on Tapas. Read and share comics that you love and explore the top charts to see what’s popular. The comics feed is a constant stream of new content that is updated daily. Subscribe to the ones that you like to save to your favorites or you might miss them.
There are in-app purchases in the form of “ink,” which you use to buy more episodes of a comic. If you spend ink on a comic, it turns into money to support comic creators. Ink ranges from $1.99 for 1,600 units to $50 for 60,000. You can also earn ink by watching in-app ads, or downloading other related gaming apps and playing to a certain level.
Webtoon, or Line Webtoon, is a Korean app that uploads daily comics that have millions of subscribers per comic in a ton of different languages. The app calls itself the largest digital comics publisher in the world. By looking at the exhaustive collection of genres and comics per genre, we’re inclined to believe that.
Featured webtoons are updated weekly, and by purchasing coins, you’re able to access the ‘fast pass’ function and read them early. Post comments and get recommendations from other readers, and check out the staff picks of the week for new additions to your subscription list.
To stand out from the rest, WebComics offers all of their comics completely free for the first three days. After that, you can purchase coins to keep reading.
There are a lot of ways to earn more coins instead of purchasing them: checking in daily, inviting friends, watching ads, favoriting comics, and just reading on the app gives you 10 coins every four minutes. WebComics is heavy on the manga style, but there’s something on the app for everyone.
One thing that’s different about comiXology is that you can read comics on any device or on the web. The service is less manga and more comic books and graphic novels – you’ll find Marvel and DC here.
You can sign up with a comiXology account or through Amazon. If you buy compatible comics on Amazon you can view them on the comiXology app. The app does have a section for free comics, but in order to read others, you’ll have to purchase them on Amazon. You have a free month of unlimited membership which allows you to read all of comiXology’s catalog. After 30 days, the membership is only $5.99 a month.
5. VIZ Manga
Viz Manga has every single title that has been released under the Viz name. Anything you can think of, you can find. Classic Pokémon volumes have all been uploaded and newer manga, like the insanely popular Food Wars! is up to date. Preview the manga or purchase it at market value, and it’s saved to your library forever. If you’re a fan on Shonen Jump, unlock the digital vault with a membership and read more than 10,000 chapters for only $1.99 a month.
We’re pretty sure that if you’ve got all of these apps in your arsenal, you’re set on comics, graphic novels, and manga for life. Time to get reading!