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Comic book fans have had various ways to read their favorite titles on Android for quite a while, most notably official stores like Comixology and Dark Horse. Now they can skip the middleman (well, at least one of the middlemen) for DC Comics. The nearly 80-year-old company has finally started publishing its comics, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks directly to the Books section of the Google Play Store.

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At the moment the selection of DC titles is somewhat limited, at least when compared to the tens of thousands of issues published over the years. That said, some of the biggest runs from the major superhero characters are already up, in addition to some of the bigger one-off titles like Watchmen and V For Vendetta. Graphic novels under the Vertigo label have also been published.

For those of you whose tastes skew towards Marvel, there are already a few trade paperbacks on Google Play Books, but the best option remains the Comixology app or the official Marvel Comics app. There's also the all-you-can-eat Marvel Unlimited service, but the app has been getting extremely negative reviews ever since it was released. Then again, you could always go to your local comic book shop or bookstore... if you can find one.

Update: Looks like DC's comics are also available in Canada.

Via Engadget

Burbank, CA – Oct. 8, 2013 – DC Entertainment, the #1 comic book publisher in the U.S. and home to iconic Super Heroes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, announced today an extensive line-up of graphic novels and collected editions are now available for download from comiXology and Google Play. This expansion in distribution brings bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo titles, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sandman, Y the Last Man and an assortment of DC Comics – The New 52 collections, among many others, to an even broader audience of digital readers.

"This expanded distribution furthers DC Entertainment's goal to offer our readers convenience and choice," stated DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. "ComiXology is a clear leader in delivering digital comics, while Google is one of the biggest mobile content brands in the world. We're very excited to bring bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo graphic novels to their customers."

Broad digital distribution has remained a cornerstone of DC Entertainment's business, leading to extensive growth in both digital and print sales over the past three years as digital availability attracts new readers and comic fans alike. DC Entertainment has the widest digital distribution of any comic book publisher and was the first publisher to make its entire line available same-day digitally with the launch of DC Comics – The New 52 in Sept. 2011. That launch is widely seen as reinvigorating the comic book industry.

Visit comiXology.com or Google Play to download the latest graphic novels and collected editions from DC Entertainment. The full list of graphic novel titles now available on comiXology and Google Play includes:

  • All Star Batman & Robin
  • All Star Superman
  • American Vampire Vol. 1-5
  • Animal Man Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Aquaman Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Batgirl Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Batman & Son
  • Batman and Robin Series
  • Batman Earth One
  • Batman Inc Vol. 1 (Deluxe)
  • Batman Inc. Vol. 1 (New 52)
  • Batman Knightfall 1-3
  • Batman RIP
  • Batman The Complete Hush
  • Batman Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Batman Year One Deluxe
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Dark Victory
  • Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Batman: Night of the Owls (New 52)
  • Batman: The Black Mirror
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Before Watchmen Series
  • Blackest Night
  • Catwoman Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Daytripper
  • Death of Superman
  • Dial H Vol. 1 (New 52)
  • Earth 2 Vol. 1 (New 52)
  • Fables Vol. 1-18
  • Fables: Werewolves in the Heartland
  • Final Crisis
  • Flash Rebirth
  • Flashpoint
  • Green Lantern Rebirth
  • Green Lantern Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Identity Crisis
  • Infinite Crisis
  • Justice League Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Kingdom Come
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1-2
  • Nightwing Vol.1- 2 (New 52)
  • Punk Rock Jesus
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Sandman Vol. 1-10
  • Superman Earth One (Vol. 1-2)
  • Superman Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Superman: Birthright
  • Superman: For Tomorrow
  • Superman: Last Son of Krypton
  • Superman: Secret Identity
  • Swamp Thing Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Teen Titans Vol. 1-2
  • The Flash Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Vol. 1-2
  • The Joker
  • Unwritten Vol. 1-7
  • V for Vendetta New Edition
  • Watchmen
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 1-2 (New 52)
  • Y the Last Man Vol. 1-10
Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • fixxmyhead

    Gaaaaaay

    • Mibiro

      tooooing!

    • Jeremiah Rice

      What could possibly be gay about superheroes? Aside from the big strong men and colorful underwear and nubile young sidekicks and big glowing swords/spears/lasers and lots of implied symbolism about secret identities and a surprising under-representation of women and I'll stop now.

      • fixxmyhead

        Exactly. Bitches don't like guys that read lame ass comic books. I'm sorry but I like getting pussy unlike some other guys that just wanna read comics and play dungeons and dragons crap

        • Kid.Drunkadelic

          if your going for superficial honeys, then have them.

        • Jeremiah Rice

          With that kind of class and sophistication, I bet the "bitches" can't get enough of you.

          • fixxmyhead

            I do alright. The trick is make a lot of friends with girls.

        • wef

          You always know you found a virgin when you encounter someone who brings up pussy and bitches on an Android website.

        • Q

          I assume the head of your's that needs to be "fixxed" is the one down below, that does most of your thinking.

          • fixxmyhead

            To be honest yea you're right that's why my last relationship ended. My ex and my friends say I'm a sick, nasty bastard.

    • Dushyant_C

      You had an incident in your childhood , don't you....

  • https://plus.google.com/117965295509267254340/posts Dean Wisener

    Could this be the start of day-and-date releases of single issues on Play? I really want to be able to read from the play store.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Could be. I don't see any reason why DC would decide not to.

    • MeCampbell30

      Shouldn't be any different than magazines. I'm actually suprised it wasn't put there since I consider graphic novels more magazine-like than book-like.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    "Graphic Novels" is just a term for Comic Books that aren't yet secure in their manliness.

  • Leonardo Baez

    cool... now make it avaible in other languages too...

  • Vitaet

    They are also available in Russian Google Play, if anyone's interested.

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Why is this better than the Comixology app? Which I believe is cross-platform and offers more reading choices. Honest question.

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