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I began reading comics in my teens and as you might guess they weren’t the superhero comics. My obsession centered around the Alien comics. I discovered them by accident in a local comic shop I could walk to from my house. Since then my tastes have evolved but still tend to fall into the genres of science fiction and horror. I like, what I like. If you follow me on Twitter or Google+ you’ve witnessed my mini-fits over The Walking Dead books. I even have a special shelf set aside for them. The cats will tell you, no, this is their shelf–don’t listen to them.

A few months ago I discovered the Dark Horse App for iPhone/iPad. Then came the Image App. This week I added the Comixology App.

Before you start jumping to conclusions, for me, digital comics will never replace the print version. I feel the same way about ebooks vs. print books. There will be titles I’ve read in the digital format that I will want in print version. I won’t be reading The Walking Dead in digital format–I want those big hardback books! However, some titles I’m prepared to keep digital. I enjoy them, the story is rich and entertaining, but the art doesn’t wow me enough to say, I need a physical copy of this comic.

That’s how I feel about Y: The Last Man. A fellow blogger recommended this series ages ago because of my love of all things post-apocalypse. After installing the Comixology app I discovered they were running a half price sale on this series. I bought the first 6 issues. I’m currently reading issue #5 and expect I will buy more issues, but I’ll keep it digital. Here’s a description from Goodreads:

“Y” is none other than unemployed escape artist Yorick Brown (his father was a Shakespeare buff), and he’s seemingly the only male human left alive after a mysterious plague kills all Y-chromosome carriers on earth. But why are he and his faithful companion, the often testy male monkey Ampersand, still alive? He sets out to find the answer (and his girlfriend), while running from angry female Republicans (now running the government), Amazon wannabes that include his own sister (seemingly brainwashed), and other threats.

Here’s my ratings (out of 10):

Story: 8

Art: 6

Covers: 8 (different artist)

It’s less expensive for me to buy them individually at $1.99 than pay $12.99 for the softback volumes. And since I’m not blown away by the art this seems the best route. I wasn’t sure I’d take to reading comics on my iPhone, but as it turns out, it’s quite addictive. I usually read one comic in bed, each night after I’ve turned off the light. Sure, I’d much rather read them on an iPad but I don’t see one of those in my life any time soon.