Comic book readers take note, Longboxed (by John Hickey) is easily our new favorite app for browsing and tracking upcoming releases. Available for the iPhone (and as a web service), Longboxed lets you explore thousands of comics from "major publishers," check weekly releases, search for titles, and most importantly, add favorites to a pull list from which Longboxed then builds weekly bundles: think checklists of this week's available issues, perfect for taking to that next trip to the comic book shop.
Embellished solely by comic book covers and clean typography, Longboxed looks sharp, like Castro, but for comics. Exploration is easy, search by title, browse by publisher, or just scroll through this week's releases. When you see a comic you like, just hit the "add to pull list" button to add it to your pull list. Continually updated, Longboxed content is reliably up-to-date, and your bundles are always ready to go at the beginning of the week. Nice touches include variant covers, tap to enlarge artwork, an adorable pull-to-refresh animation, and a "Popular" feature on the landing page that highlights 10 of Longboxed users' most pulled titles.
Nice as Longboxed is, I do have a few things on my wish list for future updates. The ability to "add to pull list" is oddly not available from the app's "Popular" and weekly "Releases" areas, though it clearly should be; let's fix that fast. App-wide search and bundle price estimates would be nice additions, as would additional landing page content using Longboxed subscriber data similar to the previously mentioned "Popular" offering. Something like "Trending," "New," or "Best of Publisher 'X'" would not only be pretty cool, but would also spur more title discovery and app usage. The ability to rate titles and issues could further improve these categories and add a social aspect to Longboxed that is currently being overlooked. Finally, though perfectly suitable as is, higher resolution cover artwork would definitely add some pop to Longboxed's already pretty pages— especially, and perhaps selfishly, on the iPhone 6 Plus.
Don't let my wish list sway you though, Longboxed does what it needs to and looks good doing it, right now. If you read more than a handful of different titles, from more than one publisher, head to the App Store and grab Longboxed, you're going to like it. By the way, if we haven't mentioned it already, we should mention it now: Longboxed is at the time of this writing, totally free (though you can and should tip the developer via an in-app purchase). So, while trying Longboxed won't cost you a thing, don't blame me if it has you spending more on comic books in the weeks ahead.
Longboxed requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.