Review: Material Comic Viewer

Cedric Vandelaer’s Material Comic Viewer is a comic book viewing app with a minimal design that results in easy viewing and navigation among your comics. Like many comic book and manga readers you’re not going to get a ton of features, but while Material Comic Viewer does a lot of what other readers do, it does quite a bit more.

Review: Material Comic Viewer

While there’s your mandatory multitouch zoom, capability on different devices, and reading from different archives such, Material Comic Viewer also allows you toyou’re your comics from cloud storage. This is a departure from the majority comic viewers that require that your comics be on SD card or phone storage.

Material Comic Viewer also allows for users to organize their comics in collections, something a few other comic viewers use, but is different from the bookcase format of some and closer to the list format of others. In settings, users can edit how the loaded comics are shown. You can a bookcase-like presentation with covers shown, a list with just titles, title cards with a mini-view of the cover and comic info, or title cards with just the info—which is the title, number of pages, issue, and release year.

Review: Material Comic Viewer

There are very few downsides to this app. Design-wise Material Comic Viewer is sleek and won’t drain your battery, it does everything most viewers do, and it allows for you to enjoy your comics via means other than immediate storage.

The only downside is if you’re impatient, you might not care for how the load time on the app finding comics. This can be reduced by narrowing things down to fewer folders, but if you have a folder where all of your comics are stored it will take longer for Material Comic Viewer to read everything.

Material Comic Viewer is available for Android. The Pro version is available for a little over $2, but there is a free version that allows you to make two categories.

RATING: 4.5/5

That said, if you’re looking for comics to add, you can find them through a number of comic bundles that pop up and ask that you donate a minimum amount. Most offer comics either loosely or in omnibus format depending on the theme of bundle. The file formats available are usually .pdf, .cbz, and .cbr with titles coming from independent publishers. If you don’t mind something a little older, The Digital Comic Museum offers a big collection of Golden Age comics from largely defunct publishers.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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