Just days before the Saturday release of Apple’s iPad, there’s confirmation that the much-anticipated media slate will feature a Marvel Comics app developed by ComiXology.
While noting that the Marvel application doesn’t yet appear in the iPad’s App Store, Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times says he’s “very impressed and excited” by what he sees: “This underscores a sentiment that everybody in comics has felt ever since rumors of an Apple tablet became tangible: that the device would finally make the experience of reading comics digitally into something that’s practical, enjoyable, and most importantly deliver the story in a way that feels like a comic book.”
David Pogue of The New York Times describes the Marvel app as “brilliant in its vividness and panel-by-panel navigation,” while BoingBoing‘s Xeni Jardin starts with “spectacular” and “game-changing” before getting a little more specific: “crisp, lucid art, the ability to navigate frame-by-frame, rendering spoilers down the page obsolete.”
We talked with quite a few comic creators at Wizard World Toronto about their feelings on the iPad, and most were incredibly positive. Stay tuned as we update with further information and quotes. It’s only a matter of time before DC, Image and IDW voice their plans.