What are the best resources for reading comics online?

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    #1View Comic Online

    View Comic Online
    Reading Comics online for free.
    Websites

    Free

    Harold Kennedy
    Written on February 2, 2017
    "This online comic is so interesting and very useful to me. I no longer have to remember where i kept my comic book the last time I was reading. It's all online and it is a dream come true really. Also it has a cool feature it enables us to select the chapter that I would like to read."
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    #2Read Comic Books Online

    Read Comic Books Online
    One of the websites with the most facilities and a wide catalog to read comics online and free.
    Websites

    Free

    Matthew Henderson
    Written on March 5, 2017
    "I'm old enough to remember the classic smell of comic books- somewhere between newspaper and a novel. Well, nowadays I'll just have to imagine the scent because this site has hundreds of comic books available to read. They are all in digital form which makes them far more accessible than clunky, physical print comics. I put my nostalgia aside and dove into the fictional universe."
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    #3Comixology

    Comixology

    Comixology is a cloud-based digital comics platform that enables you to discover, buy, and read comics. This app will help you discover new comics based on your preferences. Aside from the app, the service can also be accessed on browsers.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Wayne Walters
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "Sometimes I can't find a comic book that I want to read in my local comic shop, and until recently I had no solution to the issue. Comixology has allowed me to browse comics that I can't find elsewhere, and makes it easy to search for a specific edition of something."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the Famous Funnies, considered as the very first true American comic book, was published in 1933? Back in 1837, the way stories were told changed, as a character named Obadiah Oldbuck was drawn as a series of pictures accompanied with text captions. Although it was originally created as a distraction for its creator Rodolphe Töpffer and a few of his friends, it suddenly grew in popularity in both the United States and France. Considered as the first comic ever created, Töpffer was seen by many as the father of the genre, being honored annually during the yearly Comic Book Day. While Töpffer’s Obadiah Oldbuck was considered to be the first comic, the 1933 publication known as Famous Funnies was dubbed as the first actual comic book, produced from the United States from a collection of strips that had appeared earlier in newspapers. Famous Funnies would eventually run 218 issues, inspire imitators, and launch a new form of mass medium. Despite being used for telling stories of all kinds, debates and arguments raged for a long time as to whether or not comic books can be considered as literature.

The introduction of Superman in 1938 turned comic books into a major industry, thereby ushering the Golden Age of Comics, wherein the archetype of the superhero came into fruition. The success of Superman spawned a series of spin-offs and a whole new genre of masked characters with secret identities, superhuman powers and abilities, and colorful outfits.

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    #4DC Comics

    DC Comics

    The DC Comics app is a free downloadable comic reader powered by Comixology that lets the user download and enjoy comics through its weekly offerings and classic library. It's iOS and Android compatible and has a website for online viewing.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Julio Durán
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "As much as I love the feel of a real comic book in my hand, it's just not possible considering I'm always away from home. With this app, I can not only read my old favorites, but it also publishes current issues as they come out! The zoom feature also works extremely well, which is great for my smaller smartphone."
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    #5Marvel Comics

    Marvel Comics

    The Marvel Comics app is Marvel's specific branch for reading digital comics that were purchased by the user through the app, the Marvel digital store, or Comixology. It offers free comics for download and access to over 13,500 comics.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Michael Richards
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "When I was 7, a classmate snatched my Spiderman comic because, he rudely claimed, "Dumb girls don't read comics!" Everyone at recess laughed. They turned me off comics after that, though I still loved them, especially all the Marvel superheroes. Now that I'm older and wiser, I know that comics are for everyone, all genders and all ages. The Marvel Comics app is great for this. I got to catch up on all the comics and loved and read new ones. The app is a great way to keep it all in one place."
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    #6Manga Rock

    Manga Rock

    Manga Rock is an application created by Not A Basement International. It has thousands of high-quality manga in its library. It has a feature that allows downloading of manga for offline reading.

    Apps

    Stephen Stone
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Manga Rock generally works well for those looking to read (specifically Japanese) comics on the internet. It has other functions as well, like letting you know when there's new content out you might be interested in, or helping you search for new things to read. The ads can occasionally be intrusive, though."
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    #7Astonishing Comic Reader

    Astonishing Comic Reader
    Astonishing Comic Reader is a next-gen comic reader full of stunning features! With an elegant and simple interface, this app allows you to browse and read all your comics on your device.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Keith Wheeler
    Written on February 6, 2017
    "I was beginning to collect a lot of digital comics, but wanted some way to organize them to read them without having to access them from my Cloud storage. I've found that Astonishing Comic Reader has really worked to make this possible, without bombarding me with ads! The app also makes suggestions of other comics I might enjoy, then I can purchase them from within it. "
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    #8Comic Book Plus

    Comic Book Plus

    The premiere site for legally available Golden and Silver Age comic books, with free downloads, online viewing plus a friendly and lively forum, and more. 

    Websites

    Free

    Christopher Young
    Written on January 19, 2017
    "I have always tried to find a place where I could read older comics and save a bit of money and I didn't have any luck until I stumbled upon Comic Book Plus. They not only have your favorite older comics there, but they have a huge selection of newer comics that I am sure all comic book fans will enjoy. If you have someone who is just getting into comic books I highly recommend Comic Book Plus because they provide comic books in any genre and any setting. This will make it much easier for a person getting into comic books to quickly find something they might like. "
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    #9Simple Comic

    Simple Comic
    Simple Comic is the most intuitive comic reader on the Mac. Its clean interface gives you full control of your viewing experience without getting in the way. Reading comics on a computer has never been easier.

    *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Software

    Ronald Reyes
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "If you were looking for a program that makes reading comics easy this is the program for you. For actually reading comics online though, this won't help you out in the least. You would still need to locate and find a place to get the comics at."
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    #10Manga Fox

    Manga Fox

    Manga Fox is a manga paradise for viewers to read online for free. It features more than 8,000 high-quality manga and the most read manga per week currently hosted at the website.

    Websites

    Free

    Jacob Andrews
    Written on September 8, 2017
    "Manga Fox allowed me to view different anime pictures online and contain so many pictures. I really enjoyed the offerings of the website. More pictures would be nice though."
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    #11Kissmanga

    Kissmanga

    Kissmanga is a free website for reading manga online without registration. For faster access, mangas are categorized to genres like action, adventure, and fantasy or status if it is on-going or completed.

    Websites

    Free

    Justin Hopkins
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "This website seems like a useful resource for finding and reading romantic manga. However, this subject matter may only be interesting to a limited number of people. Also, I wonder if there is a way to translate the manga into other languages besides japanese and english."
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    #12Mangafreak

    Mangafreak
    Mangafreak is a website for reading manga without payment and registration. It includes the latest chapter of popular manga like Naruto, Boruto, One Piece, and Bleach. This site includes manga with different genres. 
    Websites

    Free

    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on January 31, 2017
    "Mangafreak is a very colorful comic book web site that seems to feature a lot of titles that are only published online. The front page is quite busy and it takes a while to gather yourself and figure out what is going on and how best to read the comics. After looking at it a bit I clicked on a comic and it indeed did bring me to a chapter of the one I clicked on. However my local anti-virus software immediately threw a warning suggesting the page was scanning my PC maliciously so I closed both the open comic and the site I was on. Although the site looked good I suspect some of the links are indeed infested with web sites that are nefarious in nature."
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    #13Viewcomics.net

    Viewcomics.net

    Viewcomics.net is a free website for reading comics online. It contains a list of comics such as Marvel and DC which can be searched from genre or series status. 

    Websites

    Free

    Việt Anh Bùi
    Written on March 29, 2019
    "good site"
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    #14Comic Zeal

    Comic Zeal

    Comic Zeal was the first reader in the App Store and lets you read comics and organize your collection. It features two-page mode for a faster reading and allows you to import new items by different ways. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    Steven Scott
    Written on January 18, 2017
    "Yet another app to help you tote around your comic books everywhere you go. Today, there are too many options with Marvel's app and other mainstay comic book reading apps. The big question we have to ask ourselves: how do I get my existing library of comics int this new app? Do I have to buy them again? I ran through this comic book app for about two weeks before I had enough and just wanted to switch back to my existing apps. Paying extra for comics I already bought just didn't appeal to me. If you are new to comics on apps and haven't invested anything to this point, its features are worthwhile. For everyone else, carry on with what you were reading."
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    #15Comic Online Free

    Comic Online Free

    Comic Online Free is a hosting website that offers a wide category of comics from the big universes like Marvel and DC. The site provides an alphabetical order storage where users can read it all online completely free of charge.

    Websites

    Free

    Comic Online Free
    Written on July 31, 2018
    "This website i find amazing. Try to access and comment here your thinking"
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    #16CDisplay Ex

    CDisplay Ex
    CDisplay Ex is the most used comic book reader. It is able to read all comic book formats (.cbr .cbz .pdf, etc...) .
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Nicholas Cook
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "I absolutely love my comics. That being said, I prefer to read them online. This means that I can keep my beloved comics in great condition and still actively pursue my love of reading comics. With CDisplay Ex, I have the ability to read comics at my fingertips. I love it!"
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    #17MComix

    MComix
    MComix is a user-friendly, customizable image viewer. It is specifically designed to handle comic books (both Western comics and manga) and supports a variety of container formats, and runs on both Linux and Windows.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Raymond Gray
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "I like reading comic but found reading them online to be a hassle. MComix is a convenient way for me to skip the headache and dive into my favorite ones. I was able to open pretty much any type of file with ease."
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    #18Crunchyroll Manga

    Crunchyroll Manga

    Crunchyroll is a mobile application which provides unlimited access to a variety of Japanese manga. Moreover, its premium users will be able to access the latest Japanese titles from Fairy Tale, Space Brothers and many more. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Vibhore Rathore
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "This is a great manga app. Huge selection of manga available, and now you can read comics on the go from your mobile phone. All new manga straight from Japan is available. So you're getting the new stuff, not the leftovers."
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    #19BookWalker

    BookWalker
    BookWalker is one of Japanese's most popular reading platforms for digital manga & light novels. Use your PC, smartphone, or tablet to access digital manga and light novels and purchase manga in different genres.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Lauren Watson
    Written on July 15, 2017
    "BookWalker allows access to a wide variety of popular manga and light novels. Access can be gained through your laptop, phone, or tablet allowing you to read manga and light novels anywhere you are. Further, pricing is average and appropriate. "
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    #20The Comics Alliance Guide to Great Comics for Trans and NB Youth

    The Comics Alliance Guide to Great Comics for Trans and NB Youth
    ComicsAlliance has put together a list of great comics for younger readers featuring transgender or nonbinary characters. These are comics that are suitable for a wide range of ages, and come from a wide array of genres, from fantasy to electro-pop to superheroes to slice-of-life.
    Articles

    Free

    Divya Rathore
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "This is a great solution as comics can be read online through this website. It also helps those who do not fit the gender binary find representation in their interest of comics online."
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    #21NekoManga

    NekoManga

    NekoManga is a website that offers a huge catalog of manga scans for you to read online and for free. With daily updates, NekoManga offers titles such as One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Boku no Hero Academia, and much more.

    **NO LONGER AVAILABLE**

    Websites
    Stephanie Holmes
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I've found this website to be one that offers a big catalog of manga scans and it's free. It gives daily updates and has a lot of titles to offer."
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    #22Comic Rocket

    Comic Rocket

    Comic Rocket is a popular tracker for webcomics with a wide range of topics and genres. It has a website and an Android app. When users start reading a comic, they will be taken to the original web page with a Comic Rocket wrapper around it.

    Apps

    Web, Android

    Free

    Mildred Woods
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "This comic tracker is the best of its kind in the market "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for reading comics online
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1View Comic OnlineWebsites 32 Free
2Read Comic Books OnlineWebsites 29 Free
3ComixologyApps 28 Free
4DC ComicsApps 27 Free
5Marvel ComicsApps 26 Free
6Manga RockApps 21 Paid
7Astonishing Comic ReaderApps 19 Free
8Comic Book PlusWebsites 18 Free
9Simple ComicSoftware 16 Paid
10Manga FoxWebsites 9 Free
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