Dark Horse joins comiXology's digital domain ... finally

More than 800 titles from Dark Horse Comics are available at comiXology

With Dark Horse Comics finally signing with comiXology, fans can get more of Buffy slaying, Frank Miller sinning and Hellboy pounding the bad guys -- online.

More than 800 Dark Horse Comics titles have become available digitally on comiXology, including "Hellboy," "Sin City," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Avatar: The Last Airbender," "The Goon" and "Usagi Yojimbo." Under the agreement, Dark Horse Comics collections, graphic novels and manga will be available on comiXology the same day the print versions arrive in bookstores.

The deal is significant because it solidifies the app's hold on the industry. Dark Horse was the last major comic company to contract with the digital service. Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite, BOOM! Studios, IDW, Archie, Top Cow and Image Comics -- along with a slew of smaller publishers -- have been on the service for a while.

"I've been a fan of Dark Horse since I was a kid -- and have continued to be so throughout their rich history -- so this is an important addition to comiXology not only for me personally, but for our customers," said comiXology co-founder and Chief Executive David Steinberger in a statement.

The deal allows comics readers to catch up not only on some of Dark Horse's licensed books like "Angel & Faith" and "Orphan Black" but also take in some long-running titles like "Grendel" and "Lone Wolf and Cub." And for those who haven't yet got with it in the digital realm of comics, they offer many free comics to test out the service.

For those who are already on board, the company also released some new features Monday to help organize and view comics better. A new "Smart Lists" view to track what you're reading, a new "Recommended for You" list and a cover view that lets you see your entire collection cover by cover when browsing your library are just a few of the upgrades the company has released.

jevon.phillips@latimes.com

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