MARVEL launches monthly all-you-can-eat comics app
$10 a month for 13,000 or so back issues. Every comic is at least six months old, so there is no competition with the newest stuff. I can't help but wonder if this is going to murder the trade collection dead though.
No word on if any of the actual artists are getting paid from this. My gut says "hell no." So if you believe in ethical art consumption, you'll want to give this a pass.
There's one thing every comic fan has been yelling about for years: Why isn't there a subscription service that lets you pay for an all-you-can-eat monthly dose of comics? Marvel just did it. Marvel Unlimited, formerly MDCU, is on iPads and iPhones now.
Marvel Unlimited is a new app, separate from the Marvel app already in the store. The app is an extension of the new HTML5 reader that Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited rolled out recently, but much more convenient. It's only on iOS for now, but will be on Android "soon". You can also just use Android's browser, but that's not a very fun experience. The subscription is the same as the web-based version, so if you already subscribe to MDCU, you can use the app, too. If not, subscriptions are $10 per month, or a "limited time" annual subscription for $60 ($5 per month).
Some specifics: It's got access to 13,000 back issues, lets you add comics to your library like you would in Spotify or Rdio, can store six issues for offline reading (ugh, yes, we'll get to that), sorts by character, series, creator, or events (think Civil War, Onslaught, etc.), and syncs your downloaded comics across all your devices.