There’s no better time to catch up on those comic books you’ve been meaning to read. Whether it’s a highly acclaimed classic or the source of the last show you marathoned on Netflix, digital comics make it easier than ever to catch up without leaving the house. They can be read on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone. And with ComiXology Unlimited, you won’t have to spend all your money to start your binge reading.
For just one low price per month (and before that, there’s a 30-day free trial period), the subscription puts over 20,000 comics books at your fingertips — and that’s a lot of books to sort through, so we’re here for you to highlight some of the best. We’ve picked 25 must-read comic books currently on ComiXology Unlimited that are perfect for binging. That means everything we’ve chosen has multiple volumes (if not the whole series) available so you can download, settle in, and immerse yourself in the story.
Editor’s Note: ComiXology Unlimited is only available in the U.S.
You can check out our list by flipping through the slideshow below or continue scrolling to read it as an article.
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Brian Michael Bendis brought together the past and the present in this 2012 X-Men series. When the original five students Xavier from their first days of the school are thrown forward in time to the present, they’re not prepared for the future they find. The entire run is currently ready to read on ComiXology.
Jeff Lemire’s take on Animal Man is one for the ages. Both a superhero horror story and an intimate character study that’s unexpectedly shocking and emotional, Buddy Baker’s strange journey unfolds in this complete run. Buddy is a family man at heart, and this harrowing story takes him on a quest to discover the origin of his powers and his daughter’s new dark abilities.
Batman: The Complete Hush
If you’ve never set aside the time to read Hush, now’s your chance. The complete story is on ComiXology Unlimited and is considered a modern Batman classic. Introducing a new villain that’s just as formidable and intriguing as any member of the Rogues Gallery you already know and love, Batman: Hush is an incredibly personal tale for the Dark Knight rendered with gorgeous visuals.
Batman: The Long Halloween
Another Batman classic that you can read in its entirety, The Long Halloween takes place during Bruce Wayne’s early days as the Dark Knight. A mysterious foe known as Holiday only kills once per month on, you guessed it, holidays. Batman races against time to find the killer before another victim is claimed in this timeless thriller that features numerous iconic Batman foes.
Batman: Year One
Maybe THE Batman book, Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One is a retelling of the Dark Knight’s origin in a gritty Gotham. Bruce Wayne, only 25 years old, returns home at the same time police officer Jim Gordon moves to Gotham with his wife. Bruce dons the cape and cowl to take on Carmine Falcone.
Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J. H. Williams isn’t just considered one of the best Batwoman books out there; it’s also the basis for the CW incarnation of Kate Kane. This collection of Detective Comics #854-863 is the complete story of Batwoman’s efforts to uncover the enigma of Alice, the leader of a criminal cult.
A team of superheroes are trapped in a small town in Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer… and not everything is as it seems. Banished there after their version of a universe-shattering crisis and unable to escape, five superheroes start new lives as the story of what really happened unfolds. Intimate and funny, Black Hammer is a bingeworthy book for fans of both superheroes and their weird and wonderful world. (The story continues in Black Hammer: Age of Doom, also available on ComiXology Unlimited.)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
You’ve binged the Netflix series, now go to the source! Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t the story of the cutesy teenage half-witch you might remember from the 90s. This is the dark tale of Sabrina Spellman, a teenager who finds herself trapped between two worlds: the normal human world and the horror-filled, supernatural realm of witches. All eight issues are on ComiXology Unlimited now.
DC: The New Frontier
Darwyn Cooke’s take on DC Comics’ greatest heroes distills the characters down to their most heroic essence. Superman, Wonder Woman, and more of your favorite superheroes returned to the Golden Age in this breath of fresh air. From its absolutely stunning art to its message of hope, The New Frontier is a welcome reminder that superheroes can still smile.
Faith Herbert isn’t your typical superhero. Gifted with the power of flight, she patrols the city as Zephyr. Faith was introduced in the pages of Valiant’s Harbinger series, but her career as a hero really took off in the hands of Jody Houser and an all-star lineup of artists. Her complete solo series is now on ComiXology Unlimited.
When it comes to universe-shattering comic events, it doesn’t get much bigger than the alternate reality story Flashpoint. The 2011 crossover event created a universe in which Barry Allen lost his powers, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are at war, and the Dark Knight was darker than ever. And that’s just the start of the story. Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert turned the DC Universe upside-down with Flashpoint, paving the way for the New 52 reboot. If you’ve never read this shocking mini-series, there’s no better time than now.
Not every comic book you read right now has to be an action-packed explosion of superheroes. Giant Days by John Allison and Lissa Treimen is a quiet slice of life comedy that will keep you just as enraptured as any book on this list. Meet Susan, Esther, and Daisy and watch the ups and downs of their college lives unfold with the complete series now on Unlimited.
If you’ve ever wanted to catch up on Hellboy, settle in, because 12 volumes of Mike Mignola’s remarkable series are on ComiXology Unlimited. The comic book series recently wrapped up with an appropriately epic conclusion. Will Hellboy ultimately save or destroy humanity? Once you’re done with the series, you can even find an art book to flip through with Hellboy: The First 20 Years, also on Unlimited.
Another timeless classic in the DC Comics universe of stories, Kingdom Come takes comic book readers to a future in which young superheroes are reckless vigilantes and a retired Clark Kent spends quiet days alone on the farm, but the world still needs saving. Mark Waid and Alex Ross team up for an exceptional addition to the DC mythos, creating a thought-provoking and wholly unique superhero experience.
A new president walks into the Oval Office for the first time, but he’s not prepared for what he finds on his desk. A letter from the previous holder of the office tells him a secret: aliens have been discovered, and a team of astronauts are en route to meet them. The story switches from the politics on Earth to the action in space to make one suspenseful experience. The first half of the sci-fi series is on Unlimited now.
Locke and Key
Did you finish this spooky series on Netflix, as well? Then it’s time to dive into the comic book version of Locke & Key with the first five of six collected editions on ComiXology Unlimited. Three kids discover that inside their ancestral home hides not only a strange collection of magic keys with wondrous powers but a murderous creature who resides on the grounds that knows all about the keys and wants to use them to enact a nefarious plot.
You know the name, now read the book! The first two volumes of Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley are on ComiXology Unlimited in full color. See the battle against the evil exes like never before when you catch up on the comic series. It’s a funny and action-packed modern love story.
The complete Spider-Verse event at your fingertips in one click of a button? Stop reading and download it now! If you loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, pick up this collection to the tale that inspired it all. Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, and all of your favorite characters are all here in a Marvel Comics storyline that’s already considered legendary.
Strangers in Paradise
If you haven’t heard of Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise, get ready to be blown away. This comics masterpiece is a story of friendship and heartbreak told in striking black and white panels. While the original dramedy series ran for years, you won’t have to wait to see how the story ends for David, Katchoo, and Francine–the entire series is on ComiXology Unlimited right now.
Looking for a down-on-their-luck private eye story to get you through the day? Take a look at Stumptown by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth—especially if you’re a fan of the television series by the same name. You’ll find the first two volumes ready for download with your Unlimited subscription now.
Speaking of series based on comics, it doesn’t get more bonkers than The Boys. The first half of the gruesome comic book series, collected in six volumes, is now on ComiXology Unlimited. Enter an unpredictable world of reckless superheroes and the men and women charged with keeping them under control.
The Sixth Gun
The Wild West gets spooky in this supernatural horror series by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt. The Sixth Gun is a story of six magical firearms that can change the world and the race to claim them. The most powerful of them ends up in the hands of a young woman, who finds herself a target of forces both natural and unnatural. Read the first four volumes on Unlimited.
The Umbrella Academy
Where to turn after you’ve finished another compelling Netflix series based on a comic book? You got it, ComiXology Unlimited! You’ll find the first of three collected editions of The Umbrella Academy ready to download now. The story of seven exceptional superpowered children puts a new twist on the idea of found family and what it means to be a superhero.
You might think you know The Vision from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but you’ve never seen him like this. Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s miniseries is emotional and disquieting, simultaneously moving and shocking, and a wholly unique comic book experience. You’ll find the first half of the story ready to download on Unlimited now.
X-Men: Grand Design
Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design is a gorgeous retelling of 60 years of mutant history in one graphic novel. It takes decades of X-Men lore and streamlines it into one single story that uses a bit of creative magic to make it all work together, even the weirder stuff. Whether you’re refreshing your mutant memories or you’re catching up on what you might have missed over the years, this book is a must-read for any fan of the X-Men.
Kelly Knox is a freelance writer who also contributes to StarWars.com, DCComics.com, Nerdist, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @kelly_knox to talk Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, and comics.