Before the iPhone, "This image would clearly be understood without the voice balloon, or the character's open mouth," says cartoonist Tom Pappalardo, who jokes that Steve Jobs ruined comics.
Before donating 11 bucks to your local cinemaplex to watch Michael Cera awkward his way through Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, you might want to experience the original graphic novels in their interactive iPad glory. It looks pretty sweet.
The iPad should technically be perfect for comics. The large screen, the swipe gestures and the pinch-to-zoom all make digital comics that much better than it has before. But no one comic reader has gotten it completely right.
The left half of the image is the money—that's how you're going to be reading Marvel's comics on the iPad. What the screenshots don't show, however, is what happens when there's a two-page facing layout.