ComiXology crashes after Marvel offers over 700 free digital comics [Update]

The folks at Marvel Comics just launched an offer that has the servers at the ComiXology digital comics service dealing with a massive amount of traffic. A few hours ago, Marvel announced that for the next two days it will let users of ComiXology download over 700 issues of Marvel comics for free.

That's the good news. The bad news is as soon as that offer was revealed earlier today, the ComiXology servers couldn't deal with the flux of comic book fans who were wanting to download all those free issues, either from the ComiXology website or via one of the service's many apps, including the Windows 8 app.

A post on the ComiXology Twitter page shows that the company is still trying to get things back online

 

The massive free digital comic book offer was just one of many announcement similar announcements Marvel Comics made this weekend. It also launched a new iOS app for its Marvel Unlimited service, which allows users to read tens of thousands of older issues for one monthly fee. Marvel plans to add sound and music to some of its digital comics later this summer.

Update: The website seems to be slowly coming back online; keep in mind that the free comic book offer from Marvel will last until the end of the day on Tuesday.

Source: ComiXology | Image via Marvel

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Oh snap son, thanks for posting about this. For some reason I never got an email about this offer. I think I'm gonna go load the app up on my tablet and score me some comix!

LOC said,
Oh snap son, thanks for posting about this. For some reason I never got an email about this offer. I think I'm gonna go load the app up on my tablet and score me some comix!

Unfortunately they're all issue #1... And the comics themselves are really expensive. I think I'd still rather wait for the hardcover collections a few months/year later. A shame, because if they were 99 cents each, I'd be more likely to buy.

Yeah I don't really care if they are #1 issues or not. I haven't actually read paperback comics in years sadly, but as a major comic lover and reader until a few years ago, and a serious comic collector until about 2002, I'm all in on this. Still haven't been able to log into my account though, so eh.

John Callaham said,
Um....at the moment they are free...what's wrong with picking up anything for free..even if they are all number one issues

Because reading only the #1 issue is like reading only the first chapter of a 20 chapter book, or the first episode of a 20 episode show. Would you only watch the first episode of Walking Dead and then skip the rest?

Free is great if you were going to read the series anyway, but otherwise... Meh.