Marvel Unlimited is a great service, whether you’re a brand new prospective fan, or a reader who has been around for years. Despite that, Marvel themselves haven’t done a great deal to get the message out about what the service is.
So since a few people seem unsure as to how Marvel Unlimited works, here’s a handy guide.
What is Marvel Unlimited?
It’s a digital comics service accessible for tablets and computers. It works best when accessed by an Android or iOS device, but using it via an internet browser is just as simple.
How does Marvel Unlimited work?
Think of it like Netflix. It’s a subscription service where you pay monthly and can access the whole library of comics.
Are any of the comics free?
Yes, they actually cycle in and out some free comics per month. The selection isn’t great, but it’s better than nothing. For the full experience though, you’ll have to pop down some money.
What sort of comics are available?
All sorts. If you’re after big names like Avengers, Deadpool, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor and so on, then they’re all there. Alternatively smaller titles like Spider-Girl, Thunderbolts, Dark Wolverine, Iron Fist etc. are there too. There’s almost every worthwhile Marvel series from the last decade or so, as well as classic comics from much further back.
Can I download comics from Marvel Unlimited?
You can onto a tablet, but you’re limited to just a few at a time. The best way to use it is via an internet connection. Which does make it a bit problematic if you’re traveling and don’t have internet access.
Can you permanently buy comics on it?
Yes, but I don’t recommend it. Marvel comics are also available on Comixology, a separate app that’s actually linked to Marvel’s official app (unrelated to Unlimited at this time). The comics on there have optional guided view, meaning you can read seamlessly from panel to panel for a more cinematic experience. If there’s a digital comic you absolutely must have, I’d get it on Comixology instead.
Does Marvel Unlimited have any type of guided view?
Technically yes, but it’s not ideal. It generally doesn’t work very well so I suggest reading the comics on full screen view. This means you’ll be looking at an entire page of a comic at once.
Are the comics on Marvel Unlimited new?
Yes and no, and that’s a good thing! As already mentioned they have diverse, extended runs of older comics and modern ones too. The newest comics are only a few months out of date though. If you didn’t mind being behind, reading comics exclusively via Marvel Unlimited would actually be financially better than buying them, assuming you were reading more than a mere four comics a month.
Does Marvel Unlimited work on a phone?
I only have experience accessing it via an iPhone, but I’m afraid once again I can’t recommend it. The screen is far too small and scrolling around the page is not very intuitive at all.
Does the app cost money?
No the app is entirely free. You log in once on the app, which gives you access to the comics via your subscription.
How much is a Marvel Unlimited subscription?
The usual price is as follows:
$69 for a year
$9.99 for a month
They also have a special $99 a year offer, which will net you an special Ultron figure, but that’s only for US residents.
Occasionally they run deals though, so you can get discounted rates. Right now, until March 14th, you can get a whole month for the ridiculously low price of 99 cents. All you need to do is enter the code ‘SXSW99’ when filling in your order.
Do you have to be in the US to access Marvel Unlimited?
No, although Marvel Unlimited is American you don’t have to be in the USA to access it. I’m in the UK and I pay my ten dollars a month just like everyone else, they accept Visa so it’s not hard to pay for it for most international customers.
What should I read on Marvel Unlimited?
I’m currently putting together a future series of articles which will detail just what I recommend. But if you’d like some very quick suggestions then: New Avengers (2004), Astonishing X-Men (2004), Cable & Deadpool (2004), Captain America (2004), Captain Marvel (2012) and Daredevil (1998), are all well worth checking out.
As a side note, looking at that list makes me realise how much nostalgia I’ve got for 2004. That’s around the time I got properly back into Marvel comics as a teenager, so I suppose that had quite the impact on me! Those are only a very quick handful so keep an eye on the blog for future suggestions, there are dozens and dozens of other great series’ on the service.
Also a good rule is to look at what’s new, then find it via browsing and read the back catalogue. Then you’ve got something to look forward to and follow. But it’s just as fun to find a long finished series and binge read the whole thing. It’s your call how you’d prefer to use the service.
So where do I sign up?
There’s a section right here on the Marvel website just for Unlimited in particular. There you can read the comics, or find more information on where to download the app.
Hopefully that should clear up any questions you might have about what Marvel Unlimited is, and whether it’s worth your time. If you’ve got a question that’s not covered here just fire off an e-mail or grab me on Twitter and I’ll try help you out.