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A few weeks ago, I asked about going digital. I've now bought myself a Samsung Galaxy 7 and it's pretty nifty.

I've downloaded the comixology app and can safely say that it's great. There's a lot of free previews available for indie books that I'd never have heard of otherwise. So far I've read previews of Matriarch (about a superhero/ad-exec/single mum. I'll probably get the full story soon), The Hope Virus (about a teenager whose diary becomes a manifesto for a dystopian future. The preview looked good, but only gave a prologue, so I don't know how the concept will turn out. I'm interested, at least), Malignant Man ("What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Let's apply that to a brain tumour. It's interesting), Ripped (a decent concept that somebody stuck a bunch of other concepts on to make it confusing, with art that muddies the storytelling experience. Not worth picking up), Memoir (about a town that develops collective amnesia, possibly about a mass-killing. Not that good, actually). There's a wad of DC previews, which look very smart, but it's for books that I'll not buy (though going digital will make it a bit easier to dip into things like Wonder Woman if I fancy it post reboot/relaunch).

There's a lot of good stuff underneath the big 2. It's a commonly held belief that 90% of everything is crap, but that doesn't mean that it's only the top 10% of the market that's any good. I like being able to explore books that receive less recognition (basically, it appeals to the inner ponce in me to be reading and enjoying a book that nobody else has heard of. Oh, the heady days of 2000, downloading free music from of tiny bands from Los Angeles.)

So far, the pick of my freeviewing has been Hero 9 to 5, a book about the superhero arm of the welfare state. It's got a good sense of humour and raised a few guffaws out of me. The comic timing is largely spot on, though there's a few bits where they try a bit of 4th wall breaking that just falls on its arse.

The official synopsis is What if being a super hero was just like any other job? What if you fell in love with your arch enemy? What if your sidekick had a crush on you? Meet Jacob Reilly, aka Flame-O. He didn't want to be a hero, he wanted to be a rock star, but now he's stuck working for Heroes for Zeroes, and his life is about to get, really, really complicated.

Apart from my objection that the NHS doesn't call itself Healthcare for proles (and lets ignore the bollocks that Liz Jones has been spouting. Once you've read that article, give them your fucking money) and so I don't see why the government's superhero agency would be called Heroes for Zeroes. Surely somebody in Whitehall would have had a word with the relevant minister to suggest rebranding. Besides, in the Big Society, we don't need superheroes when we can just do it all ourself for free.

Anyway, enough of my addled thoughts )
The art is decent, apart from the fact that most women have balls stuck on their ribcage instead of breasts. It's a good story and at £2.44 for all four issues, cost me less than S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 this week. Result.


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