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The recent string of successful Marvel and DC movies coupled with an increase in the availability of digital comics 8 Places To Buy Comics Online, Whether You Like It On Paper Or Digital 8 Places To Buy Comics Online, Whether You Like It On Paper Or Digital I am presuming here that you the reader are now an adult or at least in your late teens who is probably reading at least a Dan Brown or the latest bestseller on political philosophy.... Read More has helped fuel the revival of the comic book industry. More people are reading comics, they’re available more widely, and they’re finally starting to get the recognition they deserve as part of the literary canon.

Unfortunately, going down to the local comic shop to pick up your favorites can be quite expensive, with single issues costing $10 or more. When you’re only getting a small portion of a larger story, the sums involved can really add up fast.

However, there are plenty of places you can read comics for free online. You can use these eight websites to get into comics for the first time, catch up on older issues, or just to poke around looking for hidden treasures.

Hello Comic!

Whether you’re looking for comic books 12 Tips to Successfully Selling Your Comic Book Collection 12 Tips to Successfully Selling Your Comic Book Collection Where should you sell your comics? Ensure you get the best price? And find a good home for them? Here are some tips for successfully selling your comic collection. Read More from Marvel, DC, Image, Vertigo, or other publishers, Hello Comic! is a great place to start. With comics dating from the 1980s through to very recent releases, you can find all of the heroes that you’ve seen on the big screen as well as discover new favorites.

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It’s not just superhero comics 10 Books You Need to Read After Watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron 10 Books You Need to Read After Watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron If you love The Avengers: Age of Ultron, then we have a selection of books you should read next in order to burrow deeper down the rabbit hole. Read More that you’ll find here, though. You can also read all of The Walking Dead to hold you over until it’s back on TV Can't Wait For The Walking Dead? These Zombie Games Will Hold You Over Can't Wait For The Walking Dead? These Zombie Games Will Hold You Over If you love the undead, you need to check out some of the classics in gaming as well as some new titles that really bring out the terror of a zombie apocalypse. Hey, why be... Read More , check out Neil Gaiman’s very popular Sandman series, and explore the popular dystopian Y: The Last Man. This is a great place to start if you want to see what the comic book world has been up to for the past 30 years.

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GetComics.info

Though it’s not quite as easy to navigate as Hello Comic!, GetComics.info is a great place to find back issues of Marvel and DC comics as well as issues from smaller publishers. You can browse around the Marvel and DC category pages to find something you’re interested in, or use the search function to see if the site has what you’re looking for.

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One thing that sets GetComics.info apart from other online comic book sites is that you need to download any issues to read them. It’s nice to be able to just read a comic online as soon as you find it, but because you can easily download an issue, you can keep it and read it whenever you’d like.

comiXology

If you want to read comics online, comiXology is tough to beat. It’s primarily an online comic shop (and one of the best ways to read digital comics The Best Apps for Reading Comics on Your iPad The Best Apps for Reading Comics on Your iPad There are many reasons to buy an iPad, but few are as nerdy as the pursuit of a digital comic book reader. Read More ), so its guiding purpose is to get you to buy issues, but they do provide a large collection of frequently updated free comics as well.

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In addition to Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and other big-name publishers, you’ll find manga, independent releases, and issues from smaller publishers as well. Start with the free issues on comiXology, and you may find yourself hooked!

DriveThru Comics

You won’t find the big names here: Marvel and DC are absent from the list of publishers on DriveThru (though 2000AD’s Judge Dredd is available). However, this is a large collection that contains a huge variety of comics that spans genres and styles. Many first issues are free, and if you decide that you like the series, you can buy and download subsequent issues from the store.

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The filters in the search menu on DriveThru can be used to browse genres, formats, publishers, and prices. Use them to narrow down the selection of comics and start exploring. You might find something that you really like that would be hard to find elsewhere.

Amazon Best Sellers

You might not think of Amazon as a website offering free things, but there’s actually a surprising amount of free content available 7 Really Free Things You Can Do On Amazon Without Spending A Single Dime 7 Really Free Things You Can Do On Amazon Without Spending A Single Dime Everything here might be tagged with a dollar sign, but there are many alternative ways to use the resources on Amazon. Yes, they are free. Dive into Amazon's depths. Read More if you know where to look for it. The Comics & Graphic Novels Best Sellers list also contains the Top 100 free titles available for download.

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You can of course see the Top 100 comics and graphic novels that are free, but you can also filter the list by genre on the left, helping you find the type of comic that you’re interested in. The list is updated hourly, so you should check back regularly for new titles.

ElfQuest

An award-winning independent comic, ElfQuest has been running since the late 1970s, and every issue released before 2014 is available for free on its website. If you like fantasy worlds, you should definitely check it out.

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The site also includes a number of comics and stories from the world of ElfQuest. The series has now concluded with the Final Quest story arc, which can be purchased from Dark Horse, which is also publishing the complete ElfQuest series in collected editions.

Digital Comic Museum

If you want to see where today’s comic books got their start, you should check out the Digital Comic Museum and its huge collection of Golden Age (1930s–1950s) comics. You won’t recognize many of the titles or characters (though Captain Marvel does show up), but you can see how the Golden Age books had a strong influence on today’s works.

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If you’re looking for modern comic books, you won’t find any here. But it can be awfully fun to browse through some of the classic titles from 60+ years ago and see just how far the artwork and storytelling have come.

Internet Archive Comic Books and Graphic Novels

With over 10 petabytes of data, it’s no surprise that the Internet Archive 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive The Internet Archive keeps a variety of old content alive on the Web for the future. What kind of content can you dig up, and why should you care? Let's find out. Read More has over 15,000 comic books and graphic novels in this collection (and possibly more elsewhere). From the Golden Age to today, just about everything is represented in the Archive. While it can be difficult to navigate, if you spend some time looking, you can find almost anything you want.

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Because of the huge amount of material and inconsistent labeling, searching for the name of a comic or a character is probably your best bet. But if you’re just getting into comic books and you want to see what’s out there, away from the mainstream, scrolling through the Archive and clicking on a few random comics might be a good tactic.

Get Reading!

Comic books are enjoying a resurgence, and you can take full advantage of it if you know the right websites to visit. These eight sites will help you find new comics to read, let you revisit your favorites, and give you a glimpse into the past to see what the Golden Age was like. Although you won’t get the very latest issues on these sites, you’ll have more than enough comics to keep you busy for months.

What are your favorite places to read comics online? Do you prefer to buy issues or read them for free once they’ve been out for a while? How do you think reading comics online compares to reading paper issues? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  1. DC Master Race
    July 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hello Comic! has moved to hellocomic.to
    You might wanna update that link...

  2. Matty C
    July 23, 2016 at 9:56 am

    looking for the 94 superboy collection. readcomics.net and readcomics,to are both missing issues

  3. Captain Hase
    June 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    How does "getcomics.info" work? If I want to download a comic (it seems I cant read it online at all?) I get transfered to a site with attention line "You have requested a link to sh.st". If I then klick the "Get Link" button, I get directed to a nearly empty site and nothing happens. Thanks a lot in advance for any help :)

    • Cường Keng
      June 28, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Read Comics Online for Free. Biggest database for Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics Online

  4. Naim
    May 31, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Hi! have you found a new page like Hellocomic? it was recently taken down...

    • foxxstory
      June 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      readcomics.net

    • DC Master Race
      July 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Hello Comic wasn't taken down, it's moved to hellocomic.to

  5. melela
    May 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    thank you for this

    • Dann Albright
      May 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      You're welcome! Happy reading. :-)

  6. Joe
    May 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    whats the best site currently? Ive mostly used view comic. please and thank you

    • Dann Albright
      May 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      It depends on what you're looking for. I'd try Comixology or DriveThru first.

  7. jj
    May 8, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Hello Comic was recently seized, may or may not be returning.

    • Dann Albright
      May 9, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out. This article is a bit dated now, as things can change really fast. Maybe we'll have to work on updating it or getting a new one out soon!

      • foxxstory
        June 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        try this readcomics.net

        • Dann Albright
          June 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm

          Just checked this out, and there are definitely some good issues available; lots of new stuff. But that make me a little nervous that it'll get hit with a cease-and-desist pretty soon.

  8. Bobby poo
    May 5, 2016 at 2:10 am

    This shit doesn't work

    • Dann Albright
      May 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      If you're willing to provide some useful information instead of a profane complaint, I might be willing to help you out.

  9. CoralineCastell
    December 10, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Just what I needed! Thank you. (:

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