Nudged by my interest in Poser’s cool new comic book mode, I decided it was time to catch up on the best of non-superhero speculative comics and graphic novels from recent years. So I went looking for an Android comic-book reader software that Google Play would deign to install on my older and under-powered tablet.
After trying some of the better known .cbr readers (beware, there seems to be a lot of hype about mediocre apps), and having Google Play laugh scornfully at my puny tablet for others, I came across a powerful free Japanese reader. It’s really excellent, installs on older Android versions, and is in English. Its name is ComittoNxN (scroll down the Google Play page a little, to see the link to the free version). (Update: is also on the Kindle Fire)
Since my tablet is older, I’m thinking that some of higher-res .cbr comic book files will also need to be reduced in size. For that I found that the free desktop version of ComicRack has a powerful and well-hidden CBR shrinker and converter.
Books I’ve either got hold of already, or plan to get in the future:
(Warning: there are various levels of spoilers at the other ends of these links…)
Journey to Star Wars: Shattered Empire (Marvel’s prequel for the new movie).
The High Ways.
The World Below.
Aama: The Smell of Warm Dust.
The Leaning Girl.
Faster Than Light (made with Poser).
(Possibly also SAGA, said to be ‘Star Wars meets Game of Thrones’).
Skies of Fire. (Only two issues, a failed Kickstarter — but worth seeing for the art)
The 2014 gamebook 80 Days also looks fascinating, although sadly it won’t run on my older version of Android.
And some macabre/Lovecraftian…
Slaine: The Horned God.
Fall of Cthulhu Omnibus.
I may also look at some of the better older comics adaptations of R.E. Howard stories, such as the 1970s Savage Sword Of Conan under writer Roy Thomas (to issue 60).