Comic book movies are huge business. Already this year cinemas up and down the country have played host to Thor, The Green Hornet, X-Men: First Class and The Green Lantern. This weekend, Captain America makes his debut as the final member of Marvel’s all-star Avengers brigade. Oh and did we mention Cowboys & Aliens, a film starring 007 or Daniel Craig as his mother calls him, is due out in August?
With such a wealth of blockbuster capers derived from the humble comic book industry, we at Life Of Android thought it was about time we picked the top cartoon offerings on Android. Delve in and get excited before heading off to watch Captain America: The First Avenger at your local multiplex this weekend. Apparently, non-geeks are allowed to buy a ticket too.
Sadly Marvel Comics, home to the likes of Spider-Man, Wolverine and Iron Man, have yet to release their fantastic iPad app on Android. Given DC Comics boast an arsenal of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, there’s more than enough material to keep us entertained in the meantime. With over 1,000 comic books and graphic novels published annually plus and archive of free and older offerings to tuck into, this really is a great app for novices and fanatics alike.
Fresh Comics is most relevant for our friends in the US but any UK nerds wanting to know roughly when their weekly import will arrive should take note. The app essentially works as a catalogue whereby users can search by publisher for the comic book they want, find out its release date and their nearest stockist. All that’s left to do is pop down to your local retailer and read the damned thing. We’re beginning to see how The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy put on so many pounds.
Sentinel Of Liberty is Marvel Entertainment’s first Android app and essentially serves as a taster for the Captain America movie. That’s not to say this arcade-action romp isn’t a whole lot of fun, it just knows its limitations. Gameplay follows a standard side-scrolling routine but combat is great fun, especially once you’ve mastered the powerful array of combo attacks at your disposal.
Droid Comic Viewer
Droid Comic Viewer is a free app for those who want to read their pre-downloaded comic books on an Android handset. With a simple user interface and support for CBZ/ZIP, ACV, CBR/RAR , JPEG, PNG, BMP file types, plus image folders, you can’t really go wrong here. Recent updates have even added support for Android tablets allowing crisp drawings to be viewed in all the luxury a larger screen allows.
Vintage Comic Droid
There’s only one thing better than a great comic book. A great comic book which you bagged for free. Enter Vintage Comic Droid and its library of more than 3,000 free public domain comics. There’s no Marvel or DC here, they’re naturally protected by copyright, but if you can’t find something worth reading from this vast collection then perhaps you’ve suffering the after effects of a nasty spider bite. Next comes the uncontrollable urge to dress up in spandex.