As I mentioned earlier today, digital comics are now available for the PlayStation Portable through Sony’s PlayStation Network. Comic books from 2000 AD, Ape Entertainment, Archie Comics, Dable Brothers Publishing, Disney Digicomics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Insomnia Publications, Marvel, Red 5 Comics, and Titan Publishing are available. Some of the issues are free, but most of them cost $1.99.
Browsing through the store is a snap. The comics are divided by publisher then title. If you can’t find the available issues you want then you’re an idiot.
I immediately went for three comic books I know and love — Astonishing X-Men #2, Marvels #1, and Marvels #2. The “Gifted” storyline in Astonishing X-Men was fantastic and Marvels was one of the best books ever.
Downloading through WiFi wasn’t the best decision I made in this process. The three issues took around 25 minutes to download. It would have been faster to download everything to my PC and transfer the books to my PSP via USB cable. Lesson learned. Now let’s get to the experience!
I made the mistake of thinking these were motion comics, which have voices. Digital comics are just images and text. That’s totally on me…but had I known that, I wouldn’t have bought three issues for comics I already have at $1.99 a piece.
Overall, I really didn’t like the experience these digital comics offered. The way the reader went from panel to panel was annoying. At times, it strained my eyes and made my head hurt. I also didn’t like the relatively slow navigation from panel to panel and page to page. I’m always flipping back real comics to double-check on something a character said or did. You can’t easily do that with these digital comics.
While digital comics might be neat to have on an airplane and digital files won’t clutter anyone’s living room, I rather have a real comic book than a digital one. Considering that I’m mostly amped for digital distribution, this surprised me. While $1.99 is cheaper than what most comics cost these days, I rather spend an extra buck for a superior experience. Maybe things will get better with time, but right now I wish I had my $5.97 back.