Version Reviewed: 1.7.1
App Reviewed on: iPad 2
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In the year 2014, Comic Books couldn't be any more popular than they have been at any point in history. No longer is Batman being blamed for ADHD or Deadpool tantalizing children to crime. Heck, people don't even point a finger at Rick Grimes for any violent public acts. At the same time, we've also been blessed with new ways to read our beloved illustrated stories; such as computers, phones, and tablets. 20 some years ago people would get teased for reading Amazing Spider-Man at school, but now that same person looks like a rockstar. Especially with the new tech.
A popular way to read electronic comics has been using PDF, CBR, or CBZ files, which are offered through a variety of different publications for purchase and are DRM free. Obviously, readers will want to view their new comics on a device that feels natural to read them on, not on a laptop or desktop. So here to save the day, giving users the best reading experience for the iPad, is Chunky Comic Reader!
Chunky Comic Reader has answered a long wish list for many users: HD resolution, a ton of different ways to import files (Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP, and a whole lot more), an extremely organized system, and basically anything and everything a digital comic aficionado would want. This app performs all of these functions with a great users interface and with exceptional ease, making this an almost perfect app for the comic book fan.
One of its highlighting features is the fact that Chunky Comic Reader actually organizes comics by series as well as alphabetically. So when importing a bunch of different comics from different runs, it will neatly place them so users can tell the difference. Let's say a user was importing Spectacular Spider-Man as well as Superior Spider-Man. Based on the meta data Chunky Comic Reader would know the difference, separating them into different areas as they are two different series. If the meta data is also put in correctly, it will even organize them by number - such as putting All Star Western New 52 #0 before the 3rd or 4th installment. It's basically iTunes for comics.
Chunky Comic Reader is well worth the price of admission for those who are looking for a great way to manage their DRM free comics. With a number of places offering CBR and CBZ files for purchase, the idea of having this app along side say, Comixology, is not out of the question. This is by far the most organized app out there for comics. The presentation for the comics themselves aren't too shabby either. One may have issues keeping their DVDs or clothes organized, but with Chunky Comic Reader they'll never spend time searching for where the heck they put that Gail Simone comic.