Earlier in the month, Kobo announced their latest partnership with Dark Horse Comics, showcasing their best-selling comics on the Kobo Vox eReader. I had the chance to check out this new addition to the Kobo library firsthand and with some very good results!
If you're not familiar with Dark Horse Comics, they are one of the most innovative comic companies out today, bringing readers several popular titles like Sin City, Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Goon and many more, each focusing on much darker themes than your typical superhero fanfare. While these comics can also be found on iPhone/iPad and Android devices, Dark Horse's partnership with Kobo seems all the more fitting.
“All of us at Kobo are thrilled to add Dark Horse’s amazing titles to our library,” says Michael Tamblyn, EVP Content, Sales & Merchandising. “Based on strong visual storytelling, comics are a great fit for the eReading industry. This partnership truly marks a continuation of Kobo’s ‘Read Freely’ philosophy, where we’re dedicated to providing a world-class catalogue of titles suitable for any market.”
While only available on the Kobo Vox, this 7" touchscreen eReader is a perfect way for readers like you or me to experience a comic in vivid colour. I'm sure this eReader has already been covered extensively on Future Shop, but for me it was a first-time affair. I tend to be pretty old-school when it comes to reading (you should see my book/comic book library!) but there is a real convenience in having digital copies of all of your favourite series.
While a colour touchscreen is an automatic bonus when it comes to eReaders nowadays, the Vox also features outdoor screen optimization and extra-wide viewing angles -- perfect for people on-the-go. While I won't go into too much more detail about the Vox (I mean, it's already been out since May 2010!), I'll focus more so on the comics themselves and how they look and feel on the eReader.
I had the opportunity to check out Volume 1 of Hellboy on the Vox and I was absolutely amazed by how vivid the colours truly were. The creators behind Hellboy payed careful attention to colour and shading in the series and this was perfectly displayed on the eReader. Even when viewing at different angles, the extra-wide viewing feature made it so that I could read the story freely without any annoying glare.
One thing missing was the ability to pan from frame to frame -- one of my favourite new features in digital comics. Sometimes, it can be hard keeping track of which frame comes first, especially for those not used to reading graphic novels, so I feel this definitely could have come in handy for some fast reading. I suppose to compensate for that is the sharp, clear text so you'll almost never have to actually zoom in on any of the text boxes. Hellboy's framing is never too abstract either so it shouldn't be too hard to pick up for first-timers.
It's also nice to see such quick page turns when tapping the screen. With about a 1 second response time, the last thing you'll have to worry about is gut-wrenchingly slow lag.
That all said, this is a must-see for anyone interested in comics and own a Vox or plan on owning one in the future. While there are definitely those who prefer trade paperbacks over digital copies, this will save a lot of time, money and space so it's worth the look.
If you check Kobo's website, you'll find nearly 100 titles from Dark Horse with new titles to be added monthly. If you don't already have a Kobo Vox you can find them at Future Shop at the below product page:
The Kobo Vox combines everything great about the Kobo with amazing new features that bring your reading experience to new levels. You'll enjoy hours of reading on the 7-inch colour display, downloading from a selection of 2.5 million titles, and even surfing the web and downloading apps from the Android market. The Kobo Vox is the eReader that does so much more.
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