Comic Time, a handy comic reader for your Windows Phone

If your a fan of graphic novels or comic books, Comic Time is a comic reader for your Windows Phone that is a attractive option to consider.

Comic Time supports CBR (rar) and CBZ (zip) files and has built in integration with your Skydrive to download your comics. You also have support for internet URL's to download your favorite comics.

Comic Time is nicely laid out with a Smart Mode display designed to deliver your comics to your Windows Phone screen one panel at a time. If comics are your game, Comic Time isn't a bad option to consider for your mobile reading needs.

When you first launch Comic Time your gaming library is empty and you'll need to find a way to download titles to your Windows Phone. Button controls line the bottom of the main page that will start the download process, view your library and turn on/off the Smart Mode viewing.  Smart Mode optimizes your comics in order to detect the individual story panels inside each page of the comic. With Smart Mode you will see only one panel at the same time when reading the comic.

Along with the control buttons you also have the three-dot menu that will pull up options to go to a particular page of a comic, share a comic to your social networks, access the app's settings and view the help screens. Settings cover various viewing settings including choosing normal or manga reading modes, enable/disable transition effects, and turning on/off the thumbnail view of the full comic page.  

Download options include integration with your Skydrive account, downloading a comic through a direct URL link or scanning a QR Code, or directly downloading a comic from a PC by USB or Wi-Fi.

Once you've populated Comic Time with comic titles, they will be listed on your Library Page. Just tap the title to start reading. Adjacent to the Library Page is a page that will display your current comic.  If you need to delete a title, just tap and hold on the title listing and a pop-up menu will appear where you can delete things.  Once you've downloaded comics, the control buttons will be hidden up under the three-dot menu while viewing your Library Page and while reading comics.

With Smart Mode you will only see one panel at a time and navigation is done by swiping at the screen. It takes a little getting used to but after reading a few pages you get the hang of it.  You'll get a few tips pop-up as you first start using Comic Time to help you along the way and if you ever need to revisit the tips again, you can reset the tips in Comic Time's settings.

If you prefer to view full pages of comics, you can turn off Smart Mode through the control buttons. You'll get the full page that can be zoomed into and scrolled about by touch.  However, when you move to the next page of the comic Smart Mode will be re-activated. You can disable this feature in Comic Time's settings.

I'm more of the old school and for me, comics aren't the same unless they are in printed form. But electronic media is very popular and Comic Time comes across as an excellent choice to enjoy your graphic novels from your Windows Phone.

There is a free trial available for Comic Time (limited to one comic download) with the full version running $.99. It is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices and you can download Comic Time here in the (opens in new tab) Windows Phone Store.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Thanks for reviewing this. Been looking for a comic app.
  • Was using Lindy on 7.x and tried this one on my 521. Really wish there was an option to store comics on the SD card instead of internally.
  • Strangely enough WP8 does support some ways to get data from SDcards into apps, but almost no applications use it. I know there's even a somewhat functional file explorer in the Store.
    This is why it's so puzzling that none of these comic apps (or emulators etc.) support reading stuff from the SDcard. My Lumia 720 simply doesn't have the space leftover to stuff the main memory full of comic books. Making an app like this useless.
  • SD Card access is read only mode, so apps are quite limited :(
  • I don't need to write comments, I need to read them, so I'm fine with that.
  • Sure :)
    I was talking about storing downloaded comics ;)
  • Love this app, have been using it since April. Very well supported by the devs and any feedback is always addressed. this is probably the most used app on my 920. highly recommended!
  • Still waiting for comixology since 95% of my digital comics are on there
  • You'll be waiting a long time - the app was pulled in April and they are no longer supporting Windows Phone. You're not missing out on much as the app was horrendously slow and they never fixed it.
  • aka an app to read pirated comics.
  • Can I swipe right so the page flips right for Japanese manga?
  • Yes there is that option under settings
  • No SD card support. :-(
  • Comicana is working on adding support for SD Card's currently. That's a pretty good free app without any ads.
  • Lindy all the way.
  • My favourite for reading comics on WP is Comicana:
  • Comicana and Comic time function alot the same but it seemed like Comic Time didn't do horizontal orientation.  Comicana is really the best I've used. The interface isn't as clunky as Lindy and the comics don't seem to take up as much space as opposed to lindy also.
  • You are = you're! First damn sentence! Come on...
  • Best way of reading comics in my phone ever!
    just awesome :O
  • I've just found this video showing the app working :)
  • Is there any way to read comics purchased from comixology on your windows phone 8?
  • Let me see ...
  • You can pack your comix0l0gy comis into CBZ files and load them with Comic Time.
    You can do this using Chrome: You need a Chrome extension. Download it (extension.crx file) from In Chrome, click on the settings icon on the right (looks like three vertical lines on top of each other) Select Tools > Extensions Drag and drop the extension file (extension.crx) to the extension page Now you just open a comic in the Comixology web page reader and you should see an orange panel, asking for back-up. :)  
  • Another video: