Finding the perfect bedtime story can be hard, and ultimately even kids will grow tired of listening to the same story over and over. Meanwhile buying new books can break your bank, and there’s still no guarantee your ravenous young readers won’t tire of them quickly. Luckily Marvel Comics has a solution with Marvel Unlimited.
Marvel Unlimited has been around under a few different names as a digital collection in the Marvel library, available for a monthly (or discounted annual) fee. The recent focus on preparing it for devices like the iPad and other tablets makes it ideal for parents looking to read bedtime stories. With a guided-view option that allows you to find what to key on in the next panel, and the Marvel characters that kids know, it seems like a win-win — with one caveat.
Like any library, there are books that aren’t appropriate for every reader. Some books have too much mature content (despite the appearance of characters loved by all ages). Some may be too scary for younger readers and some of them are part of highly complex stories that are hard to break into for the uninitiated reader. While there are Marvel Adventures comics written for younger readers, not all of them are actually good.
Fortunately, there are some writers in the series that make finding the perfect bedtime comic easy. The Marvel Adventures line has been directed towards younger readers since the start, and knowing which writers to choose is incredibly helpful. Paul Tobin’s stories in Marvel Adventures Spider-man (2010-2012) is a prime example of standalone stories with a light serial twist. Tobin masterfully combines humor and excitement, usually with two stories per issue, while providing a safe introduction to Spider-man and building a solid supporting cast. It’s all-ages appropriate.
Emma Frost, a new female superhero, and her friend Chat, are perfect for reinforcing strong gender identity in little girls. Marvel Adventures Spider-man fits into that category, too, with Tobin’s and Colleen Coover’s character Bandette (thought Bandette may be slightly too mature for older readers).
The average issue can be read in around 10 to 20 minutes, and feature Spider-man and his supporting cast solving problems and learning lessons that kids can easily understand. You can also save issues, easily travel between issues and filter them by creator.