'Marvel Unlimited' Comic Subscription Service Launches on iOS

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Marvel Comics has launched a new subscription-based comic service on iOS called Marvel Unlimited. The service delivers 13,000 back issues of a wide variety of Marvel comic books, with more to come over the next six months. Subscriptions are $10 per month, or a "limited time" 12-month subscription for $60.

    All of the comics in Marvel Unlimited are at least six months old, to avoid competing with the day-and-date sales of new comics as they get released. Those are available through the Marvel Comics app.

    Gizmodo tested Marvel Unlimited out, and had positive things to say:
    One of Gizmodo's biggest complaints was that users can only download six issues for offline reading, not nearly enough to read on a plane flight, for example. A Marvel spokesperson said the company was "listening" to reader feedback on the subject. He also noted that this is "phase 1" of Marvel Unlimited, and more would be coming later this year.

    Marvel Unlimited is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Marvel Unlimited' Comic Subscription Service Launches on iOS
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    That is freaking awesome. I spend almost $60 a month on a handful of issues. The netflix of comics has arrived.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    Well said. I love the Netflix analogy. Spot on!
  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2013

    I used the promo code 20MARVEL to get an extra 20% off so it was only $47.90
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2005
    But only 6 issues offline? There goes my beach reading...
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Lucky! It showing as expired now. Bummer.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2012
  8. Snowshiro, Mar 7, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008

    A tip for anyone signing up.

    If, like me, you sign up on the website and capitalize your username (e.g. capital 'S' in Snowshiro) and then try logging into the iOS app to link to your account, it doesn't work.

    You have to use the lower case version of your name (e.g. 'snowshiro'). Don't put any capital letters or it rejects your login. This had me confused for quite a while. It's made worse by the fact that everywhere else in your account management section your username *is* capitalized.

    So far, the deal itself is awesome (pretty much all the comics I can ever read) but the developers have made some very poor choices such as the one above. Also if you choose the "forgot password" option, it sends your current username and password in plain text in an email. This is a pretty poor way of doing it. It also only had one password box (no password confirmation) when I signed up, so if you mistype your password on signup, you're completely screwed because you can't login, and you can't change it.

    Love the idea, but some of the implementation is amateurish and they should hire a better development company.

    Edit: The iPad app is also extremely amateurish.

    * Views that don't line up properly with the screen
    * Unable to view full comics full screen in either orientation without a stupid big info bar at the top and big borders.
    * Personal library that "loses" stuff you've downloaded already
    * Some functionality completely broken, e.g. all your comics disappear when switching between list and cover view.
    * Information windows riddled with HTML character codes instead of text
    * A scrollbar for quickly moving through pages that seems to have a mind of its own and often goes in the opposite direction to the way you're dragging
    * "Smart panels" (zoomed cell by cell progression) that seem to have been defined by a chimp using it's tongue.
    * Several random crashes in the first half hour of use.
    * Some pretty weird UI decisions (like the toggle button for read offline)

    Really pisspoor development. Marvel need to fix this stuff quickly before it damages their reputation. As an iOS developer myself, I'm unimpressed. It's "tolerable" in that I can at least read stuff, but the overall presentation is buggy, rushed and unworthy of a great name like Marvel.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Does this include comics from the 1960's and 1970's?

    I love these old ones - the Silver Surfer, Fantastic 4, Dr Strange etc. *EVERYTHING* was hand-drawn, no computer art. It just seems so much more engaging. There is some modern stuff I like - Neil Gaiman etc but I generally buy it in graphic novel format, not in the episodic comic format that Dickens would be familiar with.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    Yes, yes, yes!!

    I was saving up to buy the whole collection, but luckily I waited.

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