Unlimited streaming has already conquered the world of movies and TV, and is swiftly making inroads for gaming and books. Why not comics as well? Comixology, purveyor of fine digital comics, just announced Comixology Unlimited: a service that lets you read as many comics as you can stomach for one flat rate, debuting with high-profile series like The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Saga.
First things first: Comixology Unlimited is a way to read thousands of comics for a recurring fee of $6 per month. The first month is free, but you do have to register a credit card. The service doesn’t cover every single comic on the service; most of Comixology titles will still be available only à la carte. However, the service does cover a respectable range of popular series, including titles from Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Archie Comics and Oni Press, among others. At present, the service is only available in the United States, but Comixology expects it will expand in the near future.
While Marvel and DC Comics are not part of the Unlimited package (Marvel has its own unlimited subscription service, while DC continues to sell titles only one at a time), there are still plenty of series that the average reader has heard of. In addition to those mentioned above, Comixology Unlimited also hosts Adventure Time, Bitch Planet, Hellboy, Lumberjanes, Peanuts, Sex Criminals, Star Trek and transformers, among other things.
However, if you’re familiar with how other unlimited subscription services work, you won’t be surprised to hear that Unlimited offers only “selections” from its most popular series. If you want the latest issues, you’ll have to shell out the regular retail price; after all, there would be little incentive to buy a new $3 comic every month if it were included in a $6 subscription.
Still, Comixology Unlimited looks like it offers plenty of content for not a whole lot of money, particularly if your comic tastes skew a little away from the mainstream. And in this writer’s opinion, Saga alone is worth the price of admission.