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Welcome Superman and Batman onto your Android phone with DC Comics

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Instead of a stack of current comics on your nightstand, you can have a neatly organized database on your Android phone. Not only is this more convenient, but it's more portable.

Those out there who regularly keep up with the latest comic releases will really enjoy the DC Comics app. There's a ton of downloadable content available here, including publications by DC Universe, Vertigo, Wildstorm and Zuda Comic Book publishers — all amounting to about 80 new releases per month. Issues range from $0.99 to $2.99 each. If you'd rather have a hard copy of a publication for your personal collection, you can place orders for print copies right from the app, with integrated in-app curating.

Just as easy as it is to keep up with the latest titles, collectors and fans are also able to browse archives that include all of those vintage classic issues, too.

There's a lot to look through, but finding your way around is a snap. That's because this application is probably more organized than your favorite comic-book store. There are three tabs on the menu: "My Comics," "Featured" and "Store." The Store tab has several different categories for you to peruse or search including by series, genre, creator, publisher, most popular, free, and storylines/arcs.

DC Comics' interface has a comic-book influenced design, but it's surprisingly underplayed. The subtlety makes for a classic and professional look, yet manages to maintain a very fun tone.

Because comics are such a special visual art form, I was initially hesitant about the idea of displaying these stories on such a tiny screen. The small screen doesn't fully play up the potential of a well-drawn comic, but this app does the best it can. The graphics are quite sharp, and the glowing LCD screen only seems to make the color more vibrant. It's very clear that the quality of the graphics was of the utmost importance when the developers created this application.

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