Version Reviewed: 1.0
iPhone Integration [rating:3/5]
User Interface [rating:5/5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:2/5]
Manga comics on the iPhone. MRM are bringing us these beautifully drawn comics to read on our mobile devices. I think they are visually stunning and I can see this as an interesting use for technology.
I looked at three of their titles, Love is in the Bag, Realms Perilous and From the Dead.
When you launch the app, you see the cover of the Manga comic. From there you can click on the small information button on the bottom right, but really the only options are the animation settings and the default is fine anyway. From here you can also read the about information. It doesn't need options tho, it is what it is: a comic.
This comic is an interesting - well slightly odd - story about a teenage girl who turns into a handbag at the sign of excitement. (I did say it was odd). The cover is colour, but the rest of the story is all in black and white. I'm not quite sure what the reasons were for that but I would have loved to see the colour continue throughout. (Realms Perilous was colour for the whole comic, as was From the Dead.)
I am a little confused about if it is basically you pay your money for the one comic, or if for that price you are then given subsequent issues. I found it difficult to get any information about this. If it is like a typical comic where you would buy it and that is your property, the one off purchase, I'm not sure it will work. The whole point with the digital medium is that things are shared and updated.
This generation of Internet users don't really want subscriptions as such, when there is so much content already out there. If it is that you pay for it as a one off then I could see this popular however as a gift idea. In that particular field it would be great. If they made many more titles with different genres of stories (with full colour), then it would make a pretty special gift.
Currently as it is, I would suggest getting one of their titles to have on you device because it really is a great use of the platform. I enjoyed showing the comic to friends who all thought it was a pretty nice thing to have on it.
Re-useable? I'm not sure, if you are the type to re read a comic, then yes sure. I'm not. But I would be showing it to friends and family.