There is a CNet article by Dan Ackerman on 20 great free iPad comic books that's worth a gander. What I find most interesting is that he hadn't read a comic book in 20 years, but with the iPad, he's going back to reading comics. And that's the most important thing to me: getting new or old readers back into the clubhouse.
My main gripe about the iPad digital comics is that you have to install five or six applications. It's annoying, oh you want to read Fringe? You have to start up the iVerse app. If you want to read Batman, you have to load up DC Comics. There should be one universal comic book application. I mostly just read the two major publishers: Marvel and DC, so those are the only two apps that I've installed. And I've previously mentioned, since both uses that ComiXology engine, they both have the same flaws.
20 great free iPad comic books
by Dan Ackerman July 24, 2010 5:02 PM PDT
One of the under-the-radar killer apps of Apple's iPad is the collection of comic book storefronts (which also double as comic readers). They're all free, and connect you to virtual comic shops that sell digital issues of comics for about two dollars each -- with transactions handily conducted through Apple's app store backend.
There are official Marvel and DC Comics apps, along with indie apps such as Comics + app from iVerse, IDW Comics, and the Comics app from ComiXology, which sell titles from a variety of large and small publishers. All of these apps have a very similar layout, and many sell overlapping products. Even better, they all have a frequently changing collection of free comics available to download, making it easy to build a small virtual comic book library for the low, low, price of free.[ Read more 20 great free iPad comic books ]