We sample the free wares available in the biggest iPad comic book apps and pick the best examples for casual readers, making it easy to build a virtual comic book library for the low, low, price of free.
San Diego Comic-Con Sampler
A cool sampler from the San Diego Comic-Con, with short stories from Batman, Super-Man, and others.
A lengthy intro to a Green Lantern story arc--notable for its grim opening (at the grave site of a famous, and seemingly deceased, character). And since the Green Lantern movie is in production, you're likely to hear a lot more about this perpetual B-list hero over the next year.
A groovy trip in the "wayback" machine, this '70s series spin tales of classic heroes during World War II, including the original Human Torch (apparently some kind of robot) and Captain America, along with youthful sidekicks Bucky and Toro (all names it may be useful to know someday for a bar trivia night competition).
A single-issue prologue to Inception, it features the story of the protagonists' last job before the movie starts. A bit of an underwhelming read, if only because the source material sets the bar so high, but excellent background for completists.
A lighthearted series about a do-gooder hero and his sidekick-in-training, this was picked up for a single season as an ABC Family TV series (and, in fact, was originally conceived as a TV pilot before a comic).
A 14-page preview of the latest repackaging of a classic '80s sci-fi series. Unfortunately, it doesn't really do much to explain the concept (a space refugee dreams of mass murderers and is compelled to bring them to justice), but this was such a great series, it's definitely worth checking out.
The first part of a five-issue miniseries about a near-future world where people sit at home while living their lives through robotic avatars (like that could ever happen). It was later turned into an unfortunate Bruce Willis action vehicle.