Last week, Dark Horse Comics had some good news for manga fans: they now have a version of their Dark Horse Digital Comics platform just for manga. To kick things off, they added some of their classic manga titles to their digital comics store, including Trigun Maximum, Hellsing and Lady Snowblood for the web, and for iOS devices including the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.
After launching Dark Horse Digital Comics, their digital comics platform in January 2011, Dark Horse has been steadily rolling out some of their best-selling titles for sale over the past year -- but not many manga titles, mostly because of that ole' right-to-left reading format that most Japanese comics are published, including many Dark Horse titles. So for a long time, the only manga titles available on Dark Horse Digital were ones that were already flopped (left-to-right reading) Lone Wolf and Cub and Samurai Executioner, both by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Dark Horse reps promised that a manga app was in the works, and sure enough, they delivered. Right now, it's only available for the web and iOS devices, but Dark Horse is hard at work on getting a version for Android devices out soon.
Here are the manga and manhwa titles that are currently available on Dark Horse Digital Comics:
- Trigun Maximum Volumes 1-3 by Yasuhiro Nightow
- Lady Snowblood Volume 1 by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura
- Hellsing Volumes 1-3 by Kohta Hirano
- Bride of the Water God Volumes 1-3 by Mi-Kyung Yun
- Crying Freeman Volumes 1-2 by Kazuo Koike and Ryoichi Ikegami
- Old Boy Volumes 1-2 by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi
- Path of the Assassin Volume 1 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
- Samurai Executioner Volumes 1-5 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
Each title costs about $5.99 - $6.99 per volume, which is much less than the usual $9.95 - $14.95 per volume cover price of these same titles. (Although they currently only accept credit card payments for digital titles, vs. PayPal, Google Checkout or other convenient online payment methods) Best of all, Dark Horse promises to release new volumes each month, if not sooner.
Hopefully, we'll be seeing more recently-released titles added to the Dark Horse Digital line-up, including their CLAMP titles like Magic Knight Rayearth and Gate 7, long-runing favorites like Gantz, Berserk, and Oh My Goddess!, their Neon Genesis Evangelion titles like Campus Apocalypse and The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, and lesser-known but no-less-worth-reading titles like Eden: It's an Endless World! and MPD Psycho.
So which Dark Horse manga titles do you most want to see available on Dark Horse Digital Comics? Add your picks below!
Image credits: © Yasuhiro Knightow, Dark Horse Comics