Free Windows 8 Comic Reader App: Swift Comic Viewer

Swift Comic Viewer is a free comic reader application for Windows 8. The app allows you to read comic files of various formats, chief among them being the CBR, CBZ etc. formats. The app has a dark black look to its interface which fits in well with devices that utilize LED displays as this allows the app to save battery. You can simply browse and open the comic file that you wish to read via the Browse button in the main screen of the app. What’s more, the app allows you to easily open image files inside of a folder as well by selecting an entire folder if your comic files are stored in image format inside of a folder.

Swift Comic Viewer is available for free from under the Books and Reference category of the App Store.

Swift Comic Viewer comic opened

Main features of Swift Comic Viewer for Windows 8:

Opening the Swift Comic Viewer app by clicking on its app icon upon installation will make you enter into a whole new world where you can read your CBR, CBZ etc. comic files. The main interface of the app is shown below.

Swift Comic Viewer main screen

Here, you can choose to perform various actions like opening a file, opening a folder etc. via the dedicated tabs on the left side of the screen which easily allow you to do the same. Let me quickly jump in and open a comic file that I had previously downloaded on to my system by clicking on the File tile at the top left side of the screen. When you click on it, you will be presented with a file browser screen from where you can navigate and select the file that you wish to open on your device. Once you have chosen a file, you will be presented with the comic reader interface where you can scroll and read the comic.

Swift Comic Viewer comic opened

When the comic has been opened up on your screen, you will be able to switch between the pages by using the buttons in the control bar which will allow you to do the same. You can access the control bar via the same method of right clicking anywhere on your screen which will reveal two control bars from the top and the bottom of the screen. You can see the control bars in the below screenshot.

Swift Comic Viewer control bars

In the above screen, you can navigate between the pages via the buttons in the control bar at the top of the screen. You can switch between pages via the First, Previous, Next and the Last buttons at the top of the screen. The first button takes you to the first page, last button to the last page, previous to the previous page and the next button takes you to the next page of the comic. You can also rotate the comic via the buttons at the bottom right, and you can also zoom via the zoom button. You can close the comic via the Close button, and hence I can say that the interface of the app is really simple and minimalist to say the least, with self explanatory options.

If you are looking for eBook reader apps instead of comic reader apps, you can feel free to check out the OverDrive Media Console and the Book HD apps.


Swift Comic Viewer is a pretty neat and well designed comic book viewer app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 which allows you to open up a large variety of comic book files including formats like CBR, CBZ etc. You can definitely rely on it to have your back when all you need is a simple comic viewer app with no bells and whistles.

I rate the app 3.5/5.

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