When I first decided to try the Marvel Digital app, I justified it to myself on cost of print counterparts. Read a couple stories and that’d pay for itself, compared to buying the collected volumes.
For that first month, I ultimately read about 50 issues, working out to everything being like having read a bunch of 25-cent bin books. For “only” $10 spent, I was quite pleased with myself.
But getting into Month #2, I found myself devouring issues, and REALLY found myself taking advantage of the content-to-price ratio.
First, I decided to read/finish the final part of the run of Uncanny X-Force I’d dropped after frustration with the shipping frequency and art changes and general bad attitude toward Marvel and $3.99 books.
Finishing that, I followed a story thread into Uncanny Avengers; then followed stuff from that into the “core” event mini for Axis. Then I backtracked on Magneto’s story…and then decided to backtrack further to get the context for him going off on his own. But knowing the books had run side-by-side, I decided to pair Uncanny X-Men with All-New X-Men.
And in the reading I tried to include Annuals, which led me to the Arms of the Octopus “Special” issues; I also read all the tie-ins of the Battle of the Atom crossover.
Amidst all that, I also took about a week and a half “off” from the comics to read two full-length books: A Street Cat Named Bob, and The World According to Bob.
All in all, for what amounted to just under 3 weeks of reading, I breezed through nearly 120 issues, all from within the last several years; well over $400 had I bought the issues in-print as they were coming out, and still significantly cheaper than even a 25-cent bin.
All that X-reading has me looking at my third month definitely including the entirety of the first Wolverine & the X-Men, probably the middle Uncanny X-Men run, and the female X-Men title. I might throw in the core AvX series as a re-read. I also find myself interested in reading stuff because I “can,” that I would not otherwise have any real interest in…though some of it I’m content to save for another month or two, when the app catches up to immediately pre-Secret Wars continuity.
Skeptical as I was to start…the way it’s played out–having a tablet I like and plentiful wi-fi (at home and at work)–this has been amazing for my getting back a “joy” in (Marvel) comics.
My list of comics read:
- Uncanny X-Force #25-35
- Uncanny Avengers vol. 1 #1-25
- Uncanny Avengers vol. 1 #8AU
- Uncanny Avengers vol. 1 Annual #1
- Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1-9
- Magneto (2014) #1-14
- All-New X-Men (2012) #1-26
- Uncanny X-Men (2013) #1-22
- X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1-2
- X-Men (vol4) #5-6
- Wolverine and the X-Men vol. 1 #36-37
- All-New X-Men (2012) Special #1 (Arms of the Octopus 1 of 3)
- Indestructible Hulk Special #1 (Arms of the Octopus 2 of 3)
- Superior Foes of Spider-Man Special #1 (Arms of the Octopus 3 of 3)