From the House of Ideas: A look at the new Marvel digital comics reading experience, so far

A few weeks back I wrote about the imminent shuttering of the Marvel Comics App, which has been my main way of reading comics for over a decade now. I wasn’t sure how things would go, but as of May 2nd the changes started going into effect, and this week I wanted to share my experience so far.

First of all, the migration aspect of the comics moving from the Marvel Unlimited App ecosystem hasn’t been too bad at all, but if you’ve got a large collection of books, you’re going to have to demonstrate some patience. Lots of your single issues can be found in your new library, but if you’ve got a lot of trade paperbacks, you’re not going to find all of them yet. For instance, while my New Mutant Epic Collection books are available to read, as of today, I’m still waiting to see my various Uncanny X-Men Epic Collections arrive, along with other trades like Civil War. The overall migration should be completed by June 2nd, I believe, so I’m hoping all of those titles will be easily found.

The Sorting functionality is easy to use in the Marvel Unlimited App for my new library, though it’s not particularly easy at the moment to Search for your own books. It’s difficult to determine which books you own and which are locked if you’re not a Marvel Unlimited subscriber. That’s not a huge issue, though, as you do have a My Library tab that you can scroll and sort through; you just can’t search properly at the moment (or at least I haven’t been able to figure out how to.)

It’s worth noting that my most recent books from last week were not immediately available to read in the Marvel Unlimited App. They didn’t appear properly until today, in fact, which was unfortunate because the comic nerd in me wanted to read them in the new setting. However, in what I consider extremely good news that I hope doesn’t change anytime soon, those new books could be read on release day in the ComiXology App, which houses all my comics from every publisher, not just Marvel. Not just that, but all of my previously purchased Marvel books remain live in the ComiXology App as well. Will this change on June 2nd? I honestly don’t know, but I certainly hope not.

Overall, I’m feeling less concerned about my Marvel Digital Library as the weeks from the announcement go by. I’m optimistic that I won’t lose any of my titles, and with some patience I figure that I’ll be able to adapt to the Marvel Unlimited App well enough. I’ll share another update once the Marvel Comics App is closed for good in a few weeks.

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