Comic Zeal is just one of many comic readers available from the App Store. Having tried out a whole, er, zero alternatives, I can’t testify that Comic Zeal is the “best”, but I can tell you why it’s really good.
Also, yes: comics are great. Shut up.
Having had an odd old time with Android's Droid Comic Viewer on my HTC Desire HD (it really doesn’t like CBR files), I was relieved to find that Comic Zeal is slick as a, uhm, really slick thing.
Comics are lovingly stored in Collections (by title), and can be viewed in grid or list view. From the latter, it’s easy to sort comics into your preferred order.
While we’re on that subject, I did have a small problem with a couple of comics refusing to adhere to the simple alphanumeric sorting system (The Walking Dead 71 should come immediately before The Walking Dead 72, for example), but it was easily resolved with a little dragging and dropping.
It’s ridiculously easy to pop comics into Comic Zeal. The easiest method is via iTunes (USB or Wi-Fi), but you can also import them via Dropbox. The latter does take a bit of time, however, so it's not ideal for large batches.
Navigation in Comic Zeal is smooth as a baby’s bum. There’s a tiny portion of the screen dedicated to turning pages (at the extreme left and right). The theory is that you can easily zoom using the remaining portion without straining your chubby little fingers.
To turn pages, Comic Zeal suggests sliding your thumb from your iDevice’s frame to the screen and back. Works a treat.
Other neat Comic Zeal features include automatic opening of the next comic, a zoom lock, and smart rotation for pages displayed in landscape (portrait being the default, of course).
And that’s Comic Zeal. If you’re a big fat comic nerd with an iPad, this is the app for you.
- Slick navigation
- Easy sorting
- Easy to add comics
- Zoom lock
- Occasionally glitchy auto-sort
- Costs a few quid (£2.99)
Summary: Fancy reading comics on your iDevice? Get Comic Zeal.
Developer: Bitolithic Pty Ltd
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Price: £2.99 @ App Store