Disney Comics

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Huge portal of fun reads featuring favorite characters.

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Ease of Play

Figuring out how to use the app to read comics is very easy. Finger flips turn pages. Users can pinch and zoom if they want a close-up of the artwork or need help reading. The slideshow feature is offered at the beginning of each comic -- and easy to pull up mid-book. And finding a comic they want to buy is easy in the store. 

Violence & Scariness

The app itself is free of any violence, as you might expect, but some of the downloadable comics contain typical cartoon mischievous violence or scary images, while others (such as Tron Betrayed) tell stories that tie in to a PG-rated movie and have violence that is a bit more mature. 

Sexy Stuff

While there are a handful of free comics to download, the app is mainly designed to encourage fans to download digital comics via in-app purchases, which range in price from 99 cents to $3.99. Many of those comics are promotional tie-ins to Disney movies, such as Cars and Tangled

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Comics is a comic-reading app that encourages and relies upon in-app purchases. The app itself comes with no comics installed, but five classic comics (featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and the usual Disney characters) are available to download for free to get users started. From there, they'll have to buy what they want -- including additional Mickey comics or those tied to more modern Disney properties. Parents should also know that the characters in the comics are not like the one on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Mickey's less a kindly uncle here and more an instigator -- as well as more action-prone. It's true to the character, but not to how many people (especially kids) view him today. 

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Is it any good?

Comics are a big part of Disney's empire, so their entry into the eComic market was inevitable. Thankfully, they added a Disney touch to DISNEY COMICS, making it useful and entertaining. Readers can flip through the comics at their own pace or enable a slideshow that focuses on one frame at a time, letting people see enlarged images and words. Some comics come with sound effects, as well. And the controls let people set the pace of the slideshow -- as well as choose whether they want to hear sounds.

The selection of free comics is minimal, but they're meant as an appetizer. The selection of comics that can be purchased inside the application is decent, but not complete. Disney plans to add two books per week, it says. Some users have complained about bugs and other errors, but updates to the app are intended to address this. It's a good comic app with plenty of reasonably priced comics -- though the ones at $2.99 and $3.99 are harder to justify. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free (comics range from $.99 to $3.99)
  • Release date: July 5, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 7.40 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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