The 7 Best Sites to Read Comics Online

Read Avengers, X-Men, Superman, and Wonder Woman comic books digitally anywhere

A man and woman dressed up as superheroes reading comic books online on their computer.

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Long gone are the days of having to buy a physical single release comic book or trade paperback to read the latest Avengers or Wonder Woman storyline. Many major and minor comic book publishers now release their comic books digitally in a variety of formats that are consumable on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Whether you're looking for a way to read Marvel Comics' latest Spider-Man comic online or are trying to find out how to read some digital Naruto manga on your iPhone, there are numerous options available to you.

Here are seven of the best ways to read comic books online.

Comixology digital comic book online storefront.

 Comixology

Comixology began selling digital versions of comic books in 2009 and since then has quickly become the most-popular location for buying and reading comics online. Major publishers such as DC and Marvel Comics distribute all of their popular series on Comixology and there's a large number of smaller publishers and Japanese manga series available on the platform as well.

Comic books purchased from Comixology can be read within any web browser on any device or via their official iOS and Android apps designed for tablets and smartphones. Comixology also features some connectivity with Amazon after being acquired by the company in 2014; Users can sign in with their Amazon accounts and some comic books purchased on Amazon, that have a Kindle & Comixology badge on their store listing, can be read within Comixology apps.

What We Like

  • Amazon Kindle users can import their digital comic books for free.
  • Massive library of new and classic comic book and manga series.

What We Don't Like

  • It can be hard to find specific volumes of a comic book series on the website due to the sheer number of books available.
  • Windows users have to use the web browser comic reader which works but isn't as smooth as the dedicated apps.

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Walking Dead digital comic book on Amazon.

 Amazon

Amazon has a growing library of new and classic comic books available in single issues and trade collections. All of the digital comic books on Amazon can be read on the Kindle ereader or official Amazon Kindle apps and select purchases can also sink over to the Comixology apps.

Something that Amazon offers more of than many other online comic solutions is the ability to buy self-published digital comic books that are uploaded by independent publishers who have yet to break into the market at large.

What We Like

  • It's very easy to find and buy comic books on the Amazon website.
  • Kindle & Comixology-branded comics can be read on Comixology apps as well.

What We Don't Like

  • Comixology connectivity is surprisingly limited to only some major comic book releases.
  • The Kindle app for Windows 10 can be extremely buggy when it comes to turning pages in a comic book while in Tablet Mode.

Reminder: With the exception of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, all of Amazon's Kindle ereaders use black and white e-ink screens which isn't the best way to consume popular American comic books which are created entirely in color. Such releases are best read within the Kindle smartphone and tablet apps.

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Marvel Digital Comics Shop for buying and reading comic books online

 Marvel

While Marvel Comics makes a lot of their comic books available on Comixology and Amazon, the publishing company also runs their own digital storefront which focuses exclusively on their own series.

The Marvel Digital Comics Shop sells digital single comic book issues and trade collections that can be read via the official Marvel Comics app on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Comics can also be read online via a web reader in most browsers.

What We Like

  • Ideal for Marvel fans who don't read comics by other publishers.
  • Star Wars comic books are also available.

What We Don't Like

  • Disappointingly small number of comics in the Story Arc and Series search results means that tracking down specific issues could take a while.
  • The web store has a very outdated design.

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Marvel Unlimited digital comic book subscription service.

 Marvel

Marvel Unlimited is a monthly subscription service that gives subscribers access to over 20,000 Marvel comic books for $9.99 a month. Marvel Unlimited is a completely separate service from the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and also uses its own apps for iOS and Android devices. A web reader is also available for all browsers.

In addition to the growing library of comics to read, which is updated monthly, Marvel Unlimited subscribers also gain access to merchandise savings, 15% discounts on Marvel Digital Comics Shop purchases, and a membership kit containing exclusive collectibles such as a limited edition action figure and pins.

What We Like

  • Large library of classic and modern Marvel comic book series.
  • Potentially cheaper option for those who are thinking of buying a lot of comic book back issues.

What We Don't Like

  • Comic book issues are added several months after their initial release so this isn't a replacement for buying comics the day they come out.
  • Those wanting to read comics by other publishers will need to use another service in addition to Marvel Unlimited.

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DC Universe comic book and TV streaming service.

 DC Comics

DC Universe is a Netflix-like streaming service made for the hardcore DC Comics fan. For $7.99 a month, users can watch a wide variety of cartoons, movies, and TV series based on popular DC characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. The classic Wonder Woman and Batman TV series are available to stream as are modern series like Titans.

In addition to the streaming superhero shows and films, DC Universe also gives subscribers access to a curated library of DC's comic books. These comics can be read online via the official iOS and Android smartphone and tablet apps or even viewed on your television with a Roku or Amazon Fire.

What We Like

  • Packaging DC superhero comic books, movies, and shows in one package is a great idea.
  • Displaying a comic book on a TV makes the reading experience more cinematic and social.

What We Don't Like

  • DC Universe will have very little appeal to fans of other comic book companies.
  • A monthly subscription for yet another streaming service could be a hard sell for those already using Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

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Line WebToons free online comic book store

 Line

Similar to how Snapchat and Instagram TV reimagined video consumption for smartphone screens, Line WebToons has done the same for comics. Each comic book issue on Line WebToons is designed to be consumed on a mobile device with panels that flow vertically as opposed to the traditional boxed comic book page.

All of the comics on Line WebToons can be read online or offline for free and there's an impressive number of genres to explore from romance, superheroes, and action to sports, comedy, and fantasy. There's also a diverse range of creative voices on Line WebToons with everyday fans uploading their own creations as well as several established industry professionals like Stan Lee contributing to the platform.

Each comic books series is best consumed via the official iOS or Android apps however all content is available via a web browser as well.

What We Like

  • All comic books on Line WebToons are completely free.
  • Line WebToons' unique reading format sets it apart from other publishers.

What We Don't Like

  • Comic book chapters can take a while to download for offline reading.
  • No super-popular comic book franchises or characters.

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eManga for buying Japanese manga comic books online.

 eManga

eManga is one of the few places online to download and read manga (Japanese comic books) legally. All series sold on eManga are officially licenced and purchased volumes can be downloaded in PDF, ePub, PRC, MOBI, and CBZ formats for reading on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or ereader.

Most of the manga sold on eManga is rather niche however there are several series by legendary creator, Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy, which will pique the curiosity of anyone with even the slightest interest in Japanese comic books or animation. Each manga volume retails for around $8.

What We Like

  • Manga is downloadable in a variety of file formats.
  • Good selection of niche manga series.

What We Don't Like

  • Fans looking for popular series like One Piece, Naruto, and Fairy Tail will need to look elsewhere.
  • eManga isn't as popular as Comixology and Amazon so many of its store pages lack customer reviews.