UPDATED: Marvel Digital Exec Comments on UNLIMITED Release
First introduced in 2007, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited is an online service that provides thousands of streaming back issues for a monthly (or yearly) fee. Previously only available on browsers, Marvel Unlimited brings it to iPads and iPhones, and Gizmodo (who call it "Marvel's Spotify for Comics") reports that it'll be out on Android "soon."
"It's more of a borrow function, meant to be used in tandem with the Marvel app," said Marvel Digital SVP Peter Phillips in the Gizmodo article. Currently, six issues can be made available for offline reading.
The iOS app is a free download and features a resolution roughly as sharp as ComiXology's app, though without guided view and noticeably more sluggish when zooming in and out on a page. Marvel Unlimited was first beta tested on iOS devices late last year.
New releases on Marvel Unlimited include last year's Avengers vs. X-Men #1, issues of the current volume of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, early #20s issues of Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force run, older titles and more. Gizmodo quotes Phillips as saying that most major titles "should be in there at six months; we're pretty timely with that."
Phillips also told Gizmodo that this is "Phase 1" of Marvel Unlimited, with a "fan club membership opportunity" to come in the future. With multiple announcements promised by Marvel for South by Southwest this Sunday, there are likely more digital comics announcements to come from the publisher.Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!