10 Best Comic Apps for iPhone and iPad

All You Need To Know About the Best Comic Apps

If you like reading comics and graphic novels on your iPhone or iPad (and why wouldn't you?), there are a number of great comic apps to meet your needs. Overall, we were very impressed with the current crop of iPhone comic apps -- some have a few minor glitches, but all the apps we tested deserve a recommendation. Since these free comics apps won't cost you anything until you start downloading, it can't hurt to try out a few and see how you like them.

If you have to pick one, we recommend the Marvel Unlimited app due to its all-you-can-read model in which you pay a flat yearly price and get unlimited comics.

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Marvel Unlimited

Marvel Unlimited app
Marvel Unlimited app. image copyright Marvel

Marvel Unlimited gives you access to more than 17,000 digital comics. Members of Marvel Unlimited can now experience over 70 years of Marvel's greatest comics like never before. If you love Marvel Comics, there's no better way to read them on the iOS (the other Marvel app on this list is for comics you want to buy, rather than just read). Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. 

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Dark Horse Comics App

Dark Horse Comics app
Dark Horse Comics app. image copyright Dark Horse Comics inc.

If you're a fan of Dark Horse comics, you couldn't get many titles for your iOS device until now. Dark Horse's well respected and diverse library wasn't available in the other apps, but now it's here in a dedicated app and it's free. A terrific app for a library of the best  comics. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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DC Comics App

DC Comics app for iPhone
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The DC Comics app provides an excellent reading experience. The app utilizes "Guided View" optimization, so it's easy to move from panel to panel by swiping your finger (a full-page view is also available). The DC Comics app still offers in-app purchases, so getting comics is a snap. Since this is an app for just a single publisher, you won't get the same variety as you will in some other apps, but fans of DC Comics will find a lot to like here. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5. 

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IDW Comics App

IDW comics app
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The IDW Comics app is a great choice for reading comics on your iPhone or iPad. Even though it only includes comics from IDW Publishing, there are hundreds of individual titles to choose from, including G.I. Joe, Transformers, and CSI. You can choose how the pages transitions -- by sliding, curling, or fading -- and there is no delay when moving between pages or frames. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5. 

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Marvel Comics App

Marvel comics app for iPhone
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The Marvel Comics app is a fantastic way to experience the Marvel Universe on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, You can download hundreds of comic books featuring your favorite Marvel Comics characters, such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more. The Marvel app has a flawless reading experience that makes it easy to become engrossed in your favorite comic. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5. 

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Comics Plus

Comics Plus for iPhone
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The Comics Plus app takes everything we like about the IDW app—the two apps are nearly identical—but it makes some key improvements. By iVerse Media, the app allows for same day digital single issues and graphic novels. It contains thousands of comics from publishers like IDW, Marvel, Red 5, and Image. The download process is quick, and we love the reading experience -- the comics have been optimized for the app, so you can scroll between frames with just the swipe of a finger. Simply put, we love this app for reading comics on the go. Unless you have an affinity for a publisher not included, the iVerse app is a nice option. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5. 

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TMNT Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles app
image copyright IDW

Have fond memories of the classic black-and-white Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics from the '80s or just interested in getting ready for this summer's blockbuster movie? Then this app delivers Shredder, Splinter, Leonardo, Donatello, and everyone else for you. Enjoy some free comics and then use in-app purchases to build your Turtles collection. Not Reviewed. 

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My Little Pony App

A new app sure to appease My Little Pony fans, the app offers a huge collection of comics with brand new stories. The app offers improved page viewing with zoom capabilities. Not Reviewed.

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Plants vs Zombies Comics

By Dark Horse Comics, Plants vs. Zombies is based on the hit video game. Readers get to tune into the adventures of Patrice Blazing and Nate Timely to fend off a “fun yet dead” neighborhood zombie invasion. Not Reviewed.

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Transformers Comics

By IDW Publishing, Transformers Comics can be downloaded onto your iPad or iPhone. Users will be welcome to enjoy the entire Transformers comic book universe all in one app. Not Reviewed.